Tips, Ideas and Advice

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Occasionally, I get an idea I can’t get out of my head. So I’m going to put it out there and go with it.

If you’ve read my blog long enough, you’ll know I’m a list junkie. But did you know I also like to collect tips, ideas and advice? Ever since I became a mother, I’ve been hungry for information. How to start solids, what’s the best baby carrier, how to co-sleep safely, games to play with a toddler, how to wean, and on and on and on. I find a lot of great advice from friends on Facebook when I ask via my status update. I also get great tips and ideas on public forums on parenting out there.

My conclusion? People are sharers. People love to share their tips, ideas and advice. Isn’t that wonderful?

This is the idea. Each week on Tuesday, I will to ask you for tips, ideas and advice on a topic. If you want to share, please email me your tip, idea or advice and the following Tuesday, I will post the top tips, attributing the contributor accordingly (by name, blog name and Twitter handle). I will also ask for tips for a new topic then!

And if you have something you need help on, email that along too and I’ll post your question/ topic! As this is a family friendly blog, let’s stick to family friendly topics such as anything concerning children of all ages, household-related issues, cooking and or baking (recipes, tips, menu planning etc), and you can even ask questions about blogging (e.g. Blogger versus WordPress, what is BlogFrog, what writing communities should I join etc).

ย Does this sound like fun? I do hope you’ll join in. Pretty please? I mean, look I even have a button!


I’ll kick it off with this:

ย I live in an apartment, with little or no access to a backyard, patio or playground. Do you have any fun age-appropriate indoor activities to suggest for an 20 month old toddler?

Please email your tips, ideas and advice, or question/ topic you want me to highlight, by Friday, September 9, 10.00 p.m. (EST) to: mamawantsthis{@}gmail{.}com

I really hope this will take off, but I won’t be able to do this without your support. I look forward to hearing from you! Thank you!

Linking up with lovelinks #22.




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  • September 6, 2011 Leighann

    GREAT idea Alison!!!
    I will think about this and email you! Can’t wait to read everyone’s ideas.

    • September 6, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Leighann!

  • September 6, 2011 Shell

    Such a fun idea!
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    • September 6, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Shell, I hope you join in!

  • September 6, 2011 Kid Id

    What a cool idea! Hope it works – I’d like to read other’s people’s tips, advice and ideas too. Plus, you have a cool button for it, so I can’t see how anyone can resist!
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    • September 6, 2011 Alison

      Hehe, thank you. I had the button made when I had the blog redesigned. This idea has been brewing for nearly 3 months!

  • September 6, 2011 Robin

    Very cool. Of course you had to start with something I suck at, but I will give it a think. And will definitely read tips from others!
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    • September 6, 2011 Alison

      Hehe, sorry, I promise there’d be something easier/ better next week!

  • September 6, 2011 Rach (DonutsMama)

    We don’t have much of a yard either so I’m not any help on this, but I will be reading to see what others suggest.
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    • September 6, 2011 Alison

      Yay that’s the point of the series, that people like us get the help we need ๐Ÿ™‚

  • September 6, 2011 Melissa

    Great idea! Unfortunately, I’m not much help on this topic since my wee one is only 6 mo. But I hope to contribute to future topics. And I’ll email you some questions I have, as well. I hope this takes off!
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    • September 6, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Melissa, I hope so too!

  • September 6, 2011 Sandra

    I think it’s a great idea…and is there anything you don’t do. You have super powers don’t you…that would explain the ‘no sleeping ever’ thing you have going on!
    I have no advice for you however. My answer would be: nap time. Put him to bed. Isn’t it nap time yet?
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    • September 6, 2011 Alison

      Haha! Thank you, I don’t have super powers, I’m just incredibly dumb. And nap time? Nap time only covers 2 hours of the many hours the little man is up and about.

  • September 6, 2011 Natalie

    This is a fantastic idea! I should expect nothing less out of you Alison ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • September 6, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Natalie, I hope you join in!

  • September 6, 2011 Not a Perfect Mom

    ooh, look at you with your very own meme!
    Let’s see…
    whenever we can’t go out I spray some shaving cream on the table with some utensils and let them go to it…seriously, shaving cream keeps them busy for an hour or so…
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    • September 6, 2011 Alison

      Thanks for the tip, Holly. I hope to remember to include it as I’m getting everyone to email me their tips.

      And this is not a meme, just a weekly feature on this blog ๐Ÿ™‚

  • September 6, 2011 Ann

    I like that you want the tips emailed, so you can share the best….I’ll have to give this one some thought!
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    • September 6, 2011 Alison

      Please do, I need support from everyone!

  • September 6, 2011 Kimberly

    Alison, I love this idea!

    I have a ton of ideas from when I used to teach preschool. I’ll make a list of some of the fun things we did and I’ll email it along!
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    • September 6, 2011 Alison

      Yay, thanks Kim! Look forward to getting your email!

  • September 6, 2011 Gillian

    I love this idea! I’ve been wanting to start something similar on the blog I’ve listed! Would love to link up etc! Let me know. Blessings
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    • September 6, 2011 Alison

      Hi Gillian! This is not meant to be a linky, just a weekly series on the blog, right here. If you have any tips to share, just email them to me and I’ll feature them next week! Thank you.

  • September 6, 2011 rubyspikes

    I will play along. As soon as I think of some tips. Going to think on it now….

    • September 6, 2011 Alison

      Yay, thank you!

  • September 6, 2011 My Inner Chick

    Mama, Alison,
    You are the Blogging Goddess ๐Ÿ™‚ x
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    • September 6, 2011 Alison

      Hah! Hardly ๐Ÿ™‚

  • September 6, 2011 jackie

    I’ll have to think back to what I did with my son when he was that age. We spent a lot of time indoors. Love this idea!!
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    • September 6, 2011 Alison

      Yay, look forward to your tips, Jackie!

  • September 6, 2011 Kiddothings

    I see someone’s getting a little tipsy here today! Haha! Great idea!
    I did a post before on indoor activities I do with my kids. I’ll tweak it a bit and have it sent to you.
    Do you want it in a proper post kind of format or just points?
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    • September 6, 2011 Alison

      Hah, this was the feature I hinted at a few weeks ago. Just a couple of points, short, as I need to condense everyone’s tips into one post. Thanks!

  • September 6, 2011 Christi

    Great idea – just sent you an email!
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    • September 6, 2011 Alison

      Thank you so much Christi, appreciate the support.

  • September 6, 2011 Barbara

    such a cute idea!
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    • September 6, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Barbara!

  • September 6, 2011 Blond Duck

    A sandbox! You could put it on a balcony or make a little one for the bathtub….
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    • September 6, 2011 Alison

      Great idea, thank you.

  • September 6, 2011 Lola

    I love this idea, but I think I can be relatively sure that my ideas won’t actually make it to your blog. No worries. I can just leave geniusy comments.

    Personally, I believe that there are endless indoor activities that your toddler will enjoy that can also lighten your load as a mom. Sorting and folding laundry, cleaning the inside of the oven, changing lightbulbs, vacuuming, toilet scrubbing, the fun goes on and on! Did you know that your toddler can be trained to use the blender to bring you cocktails? It’s true! It’s why G-d gave them 10 little fingers. A couple of those are superfluous.
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    • September 6, 2011 Alison

      Hahahaha you funny lady! I do set the toddler to work – he likes to ‘sweep’ and ‘mop’ the floor, and use up endless wet wipes to ‘clean’ the surfaces. He’s very helpful for a 20 month old.

  • September 6, 2011 Devan

    i love this idea! can’t wait to read what questions are being asked & the tips that people give. Love when we can learn from each other!
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    • September 6, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Devan, I do hope I get lots of responses ๐Ÿ™‚

  • September 6, 2011 angela

    How fun Alison! I have a few ideas…I’ll e-mail later tonight!
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    • September 7, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Angela!

  • September 6, 2011 Kristin

    I definitely think this could take off, Alison. Although I have no tips or advice for this week’s topics because I’m wondering the same thing! We have plenty if outside play areas, but on rainy days the panic sets in. Her blocks and Legos and various other assortment of toys only occupy her for so long. And the child does NOT watch TV! So, I’ll be checking in next week to see what people have to say. ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • September 7, 2011 Alison

      Yes, do check in next week, I’ve already received some great tips!

  • September 6, 2011 Erica M

    Such a good idea. You get a gold star for building community. I want to be you when I grow up.
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    • September 7, 2011 Alison

      Aw, you’re so sweet, Erica!

  • September 6, 2011 Mama, Hear Me Roar

    What a fantastic idea, Alison! I love your start up topic and can’t wait to see what others have to say. I did a 4-part series on fun indoor activities for toddlers on my blog (will email you the link), but am still building up my own resource. My kids can never get enough of indoor activities!
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    • September 7, 2011 Alison

      Thank you so much, I did get your email, will have a good look!

  • September 6, 2011 Jessica

    Sounds like a great idea, look forward to seeing it take off!
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    • September 7, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Jessica!

  • September 7, 2011 Julie

    We have plenty of yard space but live on a busy street, so I don’t like to take the kiddo out there. Interested to see what advice is offered.
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    • September 7, 2011 Alison

      Great, check back next week, I’ve already received some great ideas!

  • September 7, 2011 Jenny

    Hi Alison!

    Thank you for your well wishes and compliments on our little princess ๐Ÿ™‚ Will try to update the blog whenever I can, do check out my Facebook page as I’m on FB more often ๐Ÿ™‚

    Btw, although I stay in a landed property, most of the time, we’re in our bedroom aka playroom, so indoor activities tend to be around the TV (Sesame, bible action songs, Disney movies etc), iPad (games, ebooks, puzzles etc), drawing, sticker books, Mega Bloks, or even water pool in our balcony.
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    • September 7, 2011 Alison

      Hi Jenny, glad to hear you and your little one are doing well. Thank you for your input!

  • September 7, 2011 Jamie

    Great idea! Go you!
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    • September 7, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Jamie!

  • September 7, 2011 Galit Breen

    What a great idea girlfriend!
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    • September 7, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Galit!

  • September 7, 2011 leah aka FFPMaMMa

    You never know till you try! I might have a few ideas to email to you too…Have fun with it & looking forward to seeing how it goes for you. Good luck with it!
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    • September 7, 2011 Alison

      Yes, I hope it takes off, and better to try and fail than fail to try right? Thank you!

  • September 7, 2011 Megan (Best of Fates)

    I like this idea – so many people know useful tips! Not me though, I’m pretty un-knowledgeable!

    p.s. The inability to right click on your blog drives me absolutely, completely crazy.
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    • September 7, 2011 Alison

      You can send questions, if not tips ๐Ÿ™‚

      (sent you email about the no right click)

  • September 7, 2011 Elena

    What a fun idea! Honestly, the reason I started a blog was because I love to share parenting tips (without being know-it-all’ish of course) and I kind of got away from that for a while. Can’t wait to read these posts!
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    • September 7, 2011 Alison

      I’d love if you can share some tips and advice, Elena!

  • September 7, 2011 Jackie

    I can’t wait to see what everyone suggests! I have a very busy little boy who could use something to occupy his time in the evening while I cook dinner!
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    • September 7, 2011 Alison

      Tune in next Tuesday! Appreciate your support.

  • September 7, 2011 Jessica

    I think you are asking for advice to the question you posted at the end of this, yes? If so, I suggest getting building blocks that he can build up and kick down. That’s what my kid likes to do all day long.
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    • September 7, 2011 Alison

      Haha, good one Jessica. Thank you.

  • September 8, 2011 Runnermom-jen

    You have the best ideas, Alison! And I love the button!
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    • September 8, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Jen, I hope you join in!

  • September 8, 2011 Mrs. Weber

    Fab idea. I’ll be in touch if I have any questions…which, I am sure I will!
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    • September 8, 2011 Alison

      I hope you do!

  • September 8, 2011 Charlotte

    What a great idea this is! I wish I had more advice to share in terms of parenting, but any other topic I’m your woman (well, aside from computers… can’t really help there either). So uhm, essentially, I might not REALLY come in handy for this but I look forward to reading answers and will def send on to my mommy friends ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • September 8, 2011 Alison

      Don’t worry, there’ll be more than parenting topics (I hope!). If you have any questions, do email me!

  • September 8, 2011 Mama And The City

    I think is a great idea. In fact I love it. Once you have the code for your button I’ll add it to my page to have it handy.

    p.s. somehow I did know you are a list junkie. ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • September 8, 2011 Alison

      Thank you! I don’t plan to have a grab button for this, but I will have a page dedicated to this, with a link to all the posts, sort of like a resource page. It’d be up when the first post with tips go up next week! Thank you for your support.

  • September 11, 2011 Lady Jennie

    I would love to participate in the ones that I feel like I have something to offer. This is a great idea. I’ll keep my eyes peeled for relevant ones to me.
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    • September 11, 2011 Alison

      Excellent, tune back in on Tuesday!

  • September 11, 2011 Alexandra

    I think this is a great idea.

    Absolutely great: just wish I had this when I was a new mother.

    The internet is wonderful.

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    • September 11, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Alexandra! I do hope you can participate by offering some words of wisdom in future installments.

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