Enjoying Early Childhood

Early childhood is a precious time in the life of a child. It is a time for children to develop as they begin to age towards becoming an adult. Numerous studies have confirmed that early childhood is very important for each child. While it can be easy to focus on educating a child, there are other ways to develop a child that are safe and fun.

Going Out Exploring
It can be one thing to tell a child about animals that may be exotic or unique. It can be another thing to show children animals that are wild and different. Parents, relatives playground photo playground_zpsna1gp6x8.jpgand other adults can do a great disservice to children by only showing them life through the pages of a book or pictures on a screen. Children love to explore and interact with life. Take advantage of their curiosity and go places. Go to a zoo and see the monkeys and other animals that are difficult to locate. Make the decision to go to a lake. See a child dig in the sand and be amazed at the waves. Instead of describing something, try to show the child in person what is trying to be communicated. When this is done, it can excite and educate younger children more than learning how to write certain letters or numbers on a paper.

Run, Jump, Play
Children at young ages are not meant to sit in chairs for a very long time. It can be difficult for children to stay quiet for even an hour for an event, such as going to a restaurant, sitting in church or being quiet during a funeral. Instead of getting after a child, there are plenty of ways a child can work off some energy. One of the best ways this is done is with peers. There are early childhood environments that enable children to play and have a good time with others. Playground equipment continues to improve in terms of safety and design. Furthermore, playground equipment and other types play sets are being intentionally made for children who are quite young. This is a wonderful benefit to parents who want their younger children to have fun and be active.

Early childhood should be a fun and pleasing experience. Young children are still figuring out many things in life. Adults should be giving young children opportunities to be active while having fun.

 

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How to make Banana Loaf Bread

I made banana loaf bread for the very first time.  It wasn’t 100% successful because some of the part burned especially bottom part but happy because the bread didn’t go to waste completely and besides it was my first baking experience.

Anyhow, I got banana loaf bread recipe in this site http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/banana_bread/. All the ingredients are easy to find and some are already in the kitchen so I didn’t think twice of baking banana loaf bread.

Ingredients
• 3 or 4 ripe bananas, smashed
• 1/3 cup melted butter
• 1 cup sugar (can easily reduce to 3/4 cup)
• 1 egg, beaten
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• Pinch of salt
• 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour

Method
No need for a mixer for this recipe. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). With a wooden spoon, mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the sugar, egg, and vanilla. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. Add the flour last, mix. Pour mixture into a buttered 4×8 inch loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour. Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and slice to serve.

Yield: Makes one loaf.

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I followed all the ingredients and baking procedure and patiently waiting for the outcome. After 30 mins I smelled something, my loaf is beginning to burn. I checked it and inserted a toothpick inside, just like the bakers said you will find your cake or bread done when the toothpick comes out clean. When I inserted the bread isn’t cook yet.

So I continue baking and didn’t mind the smell but instead of cooking it for one hour I only baked it for 50mins. The oven i used has function knob that allow to select heater setting. At first i selected lower setting and it took time before i changed it to upper setting. I think that’s the reason why the bottom part burned completely.

Well after 50 mins it was done. I let it cool first and transferred to plate. As expected the bottom and top part burned, I wasn’t surprised. The bottom part is burned completely sorry I didn’t capture it. Just think of charcoal and it was like that. The top part is slightly burned but inside it was cooked properly see image below.

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The family who tasted my banana loaf said it was good well not the burned part. I must say I’m 60% satisfied with my first baking experience. I’m using mini oven so I think the cooking time is different compared to big oven.

Anyhow, for sure this isn’t the first and the last and definitely I will bake banana loaf bread again, I won’t stop until I perfect it.

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 This post was created June 2013, copied from my deleted blog.

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Ways to Pamper your Pets

When you’re leaving your canine friend in the hands of someone else, you want to know that they’re being left in the lap of luxury. Paw Print Inn agrees with this premise, and they do everything they can to ensure your dog is positively pampered during their stay. With safety-focused amenities like back-up generators, air filtration systems, and smoke, fire, and security systems, you can drive away with complete confidence!

Boarding–Or a Veritable Canine Hotel?

Long gone are the days of cement flooring, chain link kennels, and threadbare blankets. Your pooch will have morning and afternoon play groups, plush bedding, four daily potty outings, and twice daily premium meals. With soothing background music and room service, your dog may never want to come home!

Service Add-Ons

Throw in some goodies with your pet’s stay. You have the option to choose from an a la carte menu to make their stay even better. Private play sessions, bedtime stories with accompanying tuck ins, and a soothing brush-and-massage are just a handful of the goodies you can throw your dog’s way.

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Doggie Daycare

If you just need your dog entertained for a few hours, they can have a blast at doggie daycare. They’ll engage in supervised play with dogs that are all similar sizes. When the sun’s out, they can play in the grassy, fenced in outdoor play yard. If it’s cold or rainy, the cushioned indoor playrooms provide hours of entertainment for the most rambunctious of pups.

Dog boarding can be fun! Don’t feel guilty leaving your dog at a stale, noisy kennel. Leave them where they’ll be treated like family and you’ll feel great about leaving your dog behind.

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Maintenance Checks and Repairs During Summer

For sure everyone is excited because summer is almost here. So, have you booked your vacation places already? We can still feel the northeast monsoon in the morning but we can’t deny the hot weather in the afternoon. So we can say summer is fast approaching. Anyway, before your summer getaway, make sure your home is safe and free of damages. Here are some maintenance checks and repairs during summer.

Dry season is the best time to do house maintenance checks and repairs as the repairs will not be hampered by the rains. And because its school ends, this is also the best time for the kids to help. So what are the home maintenance activities we can do?

Wash and clean exterior of the house – this is the best time to give good scrubs especially the walls.  Regular soap and water will do. If needs some repaint better do it today but be sure to use paint especially for exterior walls.  Based on what I read rains contain acid that can penetrate the walls and cause damage. So for sure too much rains from the last rainy season left something bad in our walls.
Clean gutters and catch basins  – simply to prevent clogging and dirty gutters would result to easy damaged.

Check roof for leaks – Of course it’s not a good idea patching up holes during rainy season so better do it while its hot. You can check watermarks in ceiling, if there’s spot for sure your roof is already damaged. Check roof paint if peeling or chipping already if so, this is the best time to repaint.

Check Air Conditioning Unit – this is the hardest working appliance during summer months so to make sure it is working fine do a regular cleaning.

Trim trees and bushes – untidy plants make home look dark and cluttered. Also branches of the trees might entangle in electric wires.

Septic tank maintenance  – I read that cleaning a septic tank can be done in 7 to 10 years but if you can’t flush toilet anymore better check and clean the tank. Avoid flushing down tissue paper and other items such as sanitary napkin in bowl. For floor drains put strainer to catch hair and other wastes. Product like liquid sosa can be used to kitchen sinks to melt down oils dumped into it and prevent clogging.

Hire a pest control experts – need some actions to our household pests like flies, mosquitoes, cockroach, fleas, rodents and dread home destroyer termites. We don’t want to live in a dirty house. Summer is also the breeding season for flies; use insecticides with green label or Eco-friendly and not hazardous.   (Read from magazine).

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