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New Baby Gear Rental Business

7 Jun

“He who must travel happily must travel light.”

Fellow readers – I am excited to announce another baby – but this one doesn’t require diapers – well not exactly!  My good friend, Rosi, and I are thrilled to launch our newest business venture: Mums and Bums Nicaragua, Baby Gear Rental Business!

Mums and Bums Nicaragua is the one and only source for baby gear rental in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. Vacations are great, but travel can be difficult when you have to lug around heavy equipment like strollers and car seats. Mums and Bums Nicaragua is here to lighten your load! We have everything you need to make your child (and you) as happy and comfortable as possible while on vacation.

Please visit our new Facebook page to learn more about the products we have available for rent.  Contact us if you need something that you don’t see listed, as we are constantly updating our rental inventory!

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Lucy Tuesday (take seven): The Recycler

24 Oct

Lucy was on “rainy season” break from school last week, so instead of a Lucy Tuesday, we had Lucy All Week.  We managed to hit the park, the library, the market, a friend’s house, and even Managua throughout the week, but looking back at the week in pictures, a very clear theme emerged…

Lucy loves a good art project.  She comes home from school every day covered in marker, paint, and glue.  Nearly every day lately, she asks to “do art.”  I’ve got a decent amount of simple art supplies, but was glad to have stocked up on a few additional items while in Managua.  But pipe cleaners and yarn can only hold a little girl’s attention for so long – and so we set about finding items around the house that we could repurpose and boy did we hit the jackpot!

Day 1: Cardboard Box Town

I never thought I’d say this, but thank goodness for diapers.  Monday should really be called “sponsored by Huggies and Pampers.”  Lucy was up before 5 a.m. on day 1 of school vacation week and so it took some extra creativity to keep her occupied.  The good thing is that Lucy is thick into imaginary play and once she has something that grabs her attention, she will roll with it for at least an hour.

Three diaper boxes, some construction paper, and a little ingenuity and we had a house, a yard, and a sled for Lucy’s friends.  I initially called it a car, but Lucy was quick to point out that the box had no wheels and should therefore be a sled.  An observation which blew me away considering that she was recalling a memory, from almost a year ago, of sledding with Daddy and Grandpa.  We added in a few projects she brought home from school (the whale, the rooster) and voila – she had a full on farm (because don’t you know that whales live on farms).

Day 2: Plastic Bottle Flowers

It’s hard to top the creation of a village, but every town needs a garden and so for day two, we cut into plastic water bottles to make hand painted flowers.  This was a HUGE hit!  I made sure to do the cutting, but then let Lucy run wild with the paint.  We had fun mixing the primary colors to make new colors.  We added some popsicles sticks to the base to make stems and a garden we created:

Day 3: Wax Paper Stained Glass

This activity was a bust.  I thought Lucy would love ripping tissue paper to shreds and gluing it to wax paper, but she lost interest shortly after the glue came out.  Truth be told, I did most of the ripping and only managed to get her to glue some paper before she took off for the sink to wash off the glue.  Once the glue set, she did consult with me on what shape to cut and she helped me to loop the yarn and hang it in the window.  I will say that the glue was a great alternative to ironing the paper – better for little hands.

Day 4: Cardboard Picture Frame

This was the surprise hit of the week!  Lucy loves looking at photos of her family back in the States, especially her cousins.  So when I suggested that we make a picture frame for one of her many photos, she was thrilled.  I cut a rectangle out of one of the remaining diaper boxes, gave her a container of “stuff” and the glue stick and let her go.  Once she decided it was complete, we added some yarn to hang the frame, though Lucy preferred to wear the frame for most of the day.  Every day since, I’ve discovered the frame hanging in different locations throughout the house:

Day 5: Toilet Paper Cars/Trains

This was another fun one thanks to the number of elements involved in making the cars.  We first painted and waited for the tubes to try.  While they were tanning on the porch, we cut out the wheels and painted those.  Once the body of the cars were dry, Lucy set about decorating them with stickers.  By then, the wheels were also dry and we were able to attach them with pipe cleaners.  Though cars are fun, trains are even better, so we eventually added the yarn and attached the two rail cars to make a train.  The train has gone on to take up residence just outside the cardboard box house – after all, Lucy’s friends need a way to get from the pool to home…

It was a busy week for little girls…and moms!  We now have a collection of recyclable materials waiting in bodega for the next school break.

Lucy Tuesday, take five: The Reader

4 Oct

“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.”
— Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

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Lucy has become pretty adept at identifying letters lately.  It takes us twice as long to read a book because she likes to point out each of the letters that she recognizes.  She’s nailed “L” and “T” so that she can quickly find “Lucy’s and Teddy’s” letters,” but she’s also got a good handle on “A, C, D, F, G, I, J, M, O, S, U.  It’s pretty amazing to watch these early stages of reading, though it can make bedtime last twice as long!  As a lover of reading myself, I find great joy in listening to Lucy “read” to her dolls and friends. And it’s even more wonderful to see the pride emanate from deep inside when she shares her own love of reading with us.

So, a visit to the library seemed liked an obvious choice for a Lucy Tuesday.  Plus, it’s indoors and when you get started as late as 10 a.m., you want to be anywhere but outside!

The San Juan del Sur Biblioteca Móvil was established in November 2001 on the patio of Hotel Villa Isabella, by owner Jane Mirandette.  In January 2002, the library moved down the street to its own building, four local employees were hired, and the San Juan del Sur Biblioteca Móvil became the first stationary public lending library in Nicaragua.   The San Juan del Sur Biblioteca’s Mobile Project began in May, 2003. Three times a week, library staff and volunteers load bins of books onto a pickup truck and venture into the countryside surrounding San Juan del Sur. At each site, library patrons are able to browse and exchange books, and other educational and recreational activities are frequently provided for children.  By June 2008, the mobile project  is bringing more than 5,000 books to 32 remote farming communities, and it had issued more than 3800 library cards to children, their teachers, parents and other residents.” – from the San Juan del Sur Biblioteca Movil website.

The library houses over 12,000 books, primarily in Spanish. Patrons can borrow and return  library materials, and children can browse through bins of attractive, brightly-colored books.  Though we had visited in the past, this was an exciting trip for Lucy because after choosing a few books to bring home, Lucy received her first library card!

We were particularly happy to find a number of bilingual books for Lucy to share with Gloria.  The library also has a small collection of toys, as well as tables covered in craft paper and crayons, inviting kids to draw.

After our stop at the library, we popped across the street to check out the new playground equipment that was recently installed.  Purple-obsessed, Lucy made a beeline for the violet seahorse, but quickly discovered that without shade from the trees, the plastic was just too hot.  So, she migrated to the climbing equipment and there met two new friends, Yennifer and Isabel.

Eventually, we both got hot and hungry and so we made our way to one of Lucy’s favorite snack stops, El Gato Negro for a cinnamon bun and some fresh juice for mom.  And because we were jut next door to Daddy’s office, we decided to stop in for a quick visit and to share our snacks…

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