Winter Be Gone.. New Spring Kids Belts Coming Soon

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Winter has been brutal this year, I’m not a complainer, but I’m over winter!!!!! Spring can’t come soon enough. With that being said, we are getting ready for Spring, our new belt colors will be arriving soon. Stay tuned and stay warm.

Check back on Monday for the release of our Spring kids & toddlers belts. ~ http://www.cutebeltz.com
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Eco-Friendly Options for Spring Cleaning Your Home | Cute Beltz

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It’s never too late to give your home an eco-friendly spring cleaning.  Thankfully strong, irritating cleaners are no longer the only cleaning supply option. We’ve gathered some safer household cleaning alternatives to help you and your family protect the environment—and your home.

To Buy

1. Dave by Eco-Me All Floor Cleaner: Safe to use on tile, sealed wood, vinyl, and more, the Dave by Eco-Me All Floor Cleaner eliminates bacteria without harsh chemicals.  Eco-me.com

2. Method Antibacterial Toilet Cleaner: Squirt Method’s antibacterial toilet cleaner under the rim and the citric acid-based formula kills 99.9 percent of germs. Methodhome.com

3. Seventh Generation: Of all the eco-friendly companies, Seventh Generation probably has the largest line of products, including cleaners, laundry care, toilet paper and even baby care items. Seventhgeneration.com

4. Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Surface Scrub: Skip the elbow grease. A few shakes of Mrs. Meyer’s Surface Scrub are all you need to tackle hard-to-clean spots in the kitchen or bathroom, and it’s safe to use on stainless steel. Mrsmeyers.com

5. Green Works Compostable Cleaning Wipes: Biodegradable, plant-based cleaning agents make these compostable wipes ideal for quick cleanups. Greenworks.com

6. Vaska Spotoff Spot Remover: The color-safe, botanical surfactants in Spotoff make it the perfect pre-treatment for spills on rugs, curtains, and clothes. Vaskahome.com

To DIY

1. Baking Soda: Baking soda works great when you need a soft scrub & something more abrasive than liquids only.

2. Borax – Cleans and deodorizes. It softens water and is an excellent disinfectant. It’s available in laundry section of grocery store.

3. Hydrogen Peroxide: This is a disinfectant that can be used to bleach, kill bacteria, mold, and even salmonella.

4. Washing Soda – Cuts grease and removes stains. Disinfects and softens water. Available in laundry section of grocery store or in pure form from chemical supply houses as “sodium carbonate.”

5. Vinegar: Distilled white vinegar is the do-it-all of natural cleaners & no house should be without a giant bottle of the wonder liquid. Simply mixed with water, or with any of the below items, it can clean just about anything.

6. Citrus Fruit: Fruits such as lime, lemon and grapefruit can help polish, bleach, eliminate mildew and of course add a fresh fragrance to the home.

What eco-friendly products do you use in your home? – Cute Beltz

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Traveling With Kids Simplified

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Whether you’re taking your first big trip with a newborn or you’re a seasoned traveler with a disaffected teen, these tips and tools can help make family vacations more fun and way less stressful for everyone. Check out how you can make traveling with kids a breeze!

Packing

Depending on the age of the kids, have each child bring a small backpack filled with their toys and goodies for the flight.  When possible, load their bags with some of the other things that you need, such as bottles, diapers and wipes. Even very young kids can carry a small backpack filled with their own diapers. This saves you space in your bag and makes the child feel like a “big” boy or girl.

To avoid lugging a heavy stroller, buy a lightweight or “umbrella” stroller for your trip. They are generally inexpensive (under $50) and easy to roll down the ramp and gate check.  If you bring a cumbersome stroller, the airline might have you check it as luggage. You also run the risk of an expensive stroller getting damaged in transit. Whichever you bring, wait to check it at the gate, right before boarding. It will be waiting for you when you land and you’ll be able to wheel junior to the baggage claim.

With a baby under age 2, bring an FAA approved car seat onto the plane with you. If there is an extra seat you will be given the extra seat for the baby. If not, then they will take it from you and put it underneath. This is a great option if you need a car seat where you are going. If not, it is probably not worth it.

Booking and Checking In

When selecting a flight, try to book nonstop flights during off-peak hours, either early or late, when kids are likely to sleep through more of the trip.

Check in for your flight online as early as possible (24 hours before).  If you are traveling with an infant consider asking for a seat in the back of the plane. If there are any empty seats left on the flight, chances are they will be there, and you might have extra room to stretch out. In addition, you are closer to the bathrooms, will have extra standing space and will have flight attendants close at hand, if you need them. Bulkhead seats have a little extra leg room, and remember that you’ll need to avoid exit-row seats with kids.

Give Yourself Plenty of Time

How early you need to arrive depends upon a variety of factors, including your airline, airport, plans for parking, flight time and whether or not you are checking baggage. If you’re traveling during school vacations, chances are good the airport will be crowded with other families doing the same. We recommend arriving at least ninety minutes ahead of your scheduled departure. Keep in mind that some destinations (such as international flights and the U.S. Virgin Islands) have earlier check-in times than others and if you miss the plane, it can be very difficult for you to find enough seats or seats together on a later flight.  Because of the new security regulations, make sure you and the children are in shoes that are easy to get on and off. Before taking off the children’s shoes, double check with security if it is necessary, since depending on the type of shoe, often it is not

Keep Kids Entertained

Try to pack a few surprises for the kids in your carry-on. Go to a discount store, and pick up a couple of small inexpensive items like stickers, small toys or action figures for younger kids and music, books or handheld games for older kids.   Pack toys that do not have pieces and do not require numerous things to work. Better even than a coloring book and crayons is a doodle pad with the coloring stick attached that can erase and start over.

During takeoff and landing, make sure to have kids drink or chew gum. Make sure the baby is either nursing or drinking a bottle. Explain to them what is happening, and if they are too small to see out the window, play a game where they have to tell you when you are finally in the air or when you have finally touched ground.

Have fun! –Cute Beltz

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Fun Ways to Get Your Kids Excited About Gardening

Involving children in fun gardening activities provides valuable opportunities to enjoy the spring and summer weather while helping to instill a love of nature in your little ones.

Kids can benefit from gardening in many ways. Not only does it teach children patience, it helps to improve life skills, a child’s well-being and forms a positive connection between the child and the environment.  Children not only learn the process of growing a flowers, fruits or vegetables, they get to experience the process using multiple senses. These experiences, along with hard work, encourage kids to respect their environment and learn how things within the environment work together.

Tips to get your Kids into Gardening:

  • Start with a story: Choose a selection of books that focus on different veggies you may plant, the process of gardening, and the overall impact that a garden can have on your family, community, and the environment. Books can plant the seed of excitement in your child and give her an idea of what to expect from her own garden.
  • Give them the Tools:   One thing is for sure, and that’s that things aren’t as fun when it’s hard to maneuver the tools needed to get the job done. Provide the kids with a set of tools their own size so that they can get the work done more easily and because they’ll like having their very own set that made just for them.
  • Get the whole family involved: Children find anything more exciting when there are others to share the experience with and garden is no exception. Pick the vegetables, wash them, bring them into your home, and talk about the ways that your family will enjoy the vegetables that they grew on their own.

Check out these fun gardening projects that your kiddos can enjoy!

Hanging Rainboot Garden

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This is a great way to repurpose those adorable little boots that your kids have outgrown (and that you just can’t bear to part with). You can also represent each member of your family with a boot!

What You’ll Need: Several pairs of rainboots, all sizes and colors (the more the better!), soil and seeds, a drill or awl, nails or hooks.

How to Do It: Drill drainage holes in the sole of each boot, and then again in the top of the boot for hanging. Fill boots with soil, plant seeds or plants according to directions and hang as desired using a nail or a hook on a fence or wall. You could also arrange the boots on the ground as a collection of colorful containers.

Letter Gardens

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It’s a gardening and spelling lesson all rolled into one! This project couldn’t possibly be easier, and the results will delight your kiddo.  It can be done indoors at any time of the year, so no worries if you don’t have a yard. Let your kid’s imagination go wild and help them spell out words, their initials — or even use this project to help teach your preschooler the alphabet.

What You’ll Need: Seeds, soil and containers for planting, preferably one that is tray-like.

How to Do It: Fill your containers with soil and use your hands or a stick to draw the outline of a letter. Carefully sow the seeds along the shape, spaced according to the directions on the packet. Water the soil daily until your seeds begin to grow.

Herb Terrarium

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It’s simple, fun and can be done indoors, and your kids will have fun decorating their mini-garden with bits and pieces they collect from around the neighborhood.  It’s super inexpensive and you don’t need to get down on your hands and knees.

What You’ll Need: A big glass jar or a bowl, two or three small herb plants, gravel, pantyhose or some other mesh material, moss and some small decorative items like shells or stones.

How to Do It: Soak your moss in water while you place two inches of gravel in your container. Place the mesh over the gravel. Arrange your plants in your bowl or jar and then fill with soil. Lay the moss over the soil where you want it and add your decorations.

How do you get your kids excited about gardening?

 

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