Ikea’s Christmas Reminder for Parents


Watch this video and reflect on what Christmas is really all about. Happy Tuesday, friends!


HTML Lesson 3: Paragraph and Heading Tags

So, we have learned about making a head and body in HTML, and now we need to actually print something onto our page.

Paragraph and Heading tags

The majority of your website content will be written in a <p> tag, or the paragraph tag. This is the tag to write basic sentences and form paragraphs. To make your site more readable and attractive, you will add <h1> or heading tags.  Let’s take a look at the tags:

<p> This is a paragraph </p>

<h1> This is a heading </h1>

<h2>  This is a smaller heading </h2>

<h3> This is an even smaller heading </h3>

There are actually 6 heading tags <h1> <h2> <h3> <h4> <h5> <h6> to select from, depending on the size of the heading you need.

I have written them in on jsbin.com and produced the following output:


When making a webpage, you will want to use a variety of headings and sections of text.


Write a program that prints a 2 paragraphs with two heading tags.

(Click here if you need a refresher on the basic structure of an html page.)



Try “The Hold” to calm a crying baby

Time for a ‘mommy’ post. This video of a pediatrician from Pacific Ocean Pediatrics quickly calming tiny, crying newborn babies is a must watch. “The Hold”, as Doctor Robert Hamilton calls it, consists of crossing the baby’s arms across their chest and holding their arms/chest while holding them by the bottom with the other hand.  He then holds them at a 45 degree angle and gentle rocks and bounces the baby, who becomes quiet and alert almost immediately.

Both of my babies loves to be rocked in a similar as itty bitty newborns, so it makes sense this hold works so well!  Watch the cute video and try it if you have a newborn!

Brushing Teeth: there is an App for that?



Ok, I will be honest. Until recently, brushing my toddler’s teeth hasn’t been the easiest task. She greatly disliked it, even though she helped pick our the Tigger and Pooh brushes. It was such a battle of wills, and although I usually won, it still was a generally unpleasant task. Thankfully, it has become easier as she grows older, but I can empathize with parents who do struggle with the routine each day.

Enter: Apps.  Oral-B and many other companies have produced timed apps that will entertain children for the recommended 2 minutes it takes to brush their teeth. These apps also have alerts to brush each day, fun characters that children can remember and look forward to seeing.

The techy side of me likes to see the positive use of apps, and teaching dental health to children is important, and if an app will acheive that goal, I’m all for it.

But on the other hand, I hesitate to have my babies and toddlers watching the screen for something as routine as brushing their teeth. My worry is that we have become (or can quickly become) too reliant on a screen to make regular life bearable. We have not used an app yet, and instead try to sing silly songs or jingles to encourage the activities.

What are your thoughts on the use of such apps?