About Precious Years Blogger

Welcome! This site was created as a resource to engage with parents, grandparents, caregivers and nannies of infants, toddlers, and preschool age children. By connecting, I hope to inspire all to create a home environment that is safe and educational as well as enjoyable. In doing so we (collectively) could rest easier and enjoy our time with the children in our home or the child(ren's) home. I hope to share ideas on this blog in different areas like infant care, music, activities, book reading, and environmental setups. These topics may include issues that both parents/grandparents and caregivers/nannies struggle with.

About Iva
Early Care and Education has been my passion for many years. Recently, I have retired my child care business and applied my skills into my current position as a nanny. I love how my expertise has benefited in helping the families I nanny for. This new experience has opened my eyes as I witness the challenges parents and children deal with this day and age in an in-home environment. Previously, I ran a licensed Small Group Home Child Care and was in the business of caring for little ones for 10+ years. In addition, I am an Author of Precious Years Leaps & Bounds

As I was studying for courses required to obtain a certificate for Early Care and Education, I was fascinated with all the information I gathered in this area. I was awarded, through Central Arizona College, a certificate under ECE Family Child Care. In the last several years, I’ve been pursuing my education to further my passion in Early Childhood Education. As my child care program developed over the years, my true passion became tangible. I love teaching the little ones the love of learning while engaging with them. Overtime, I've watched them grow and develop into competent children ready for school. 

For more on my work experience and education, view Iva's Nanny Service website  

Hope you enjoy clicking through the different tabs on the top of this website and reading through the various articles I have written.

Favorite quotes:  

“Loving a baby is a circular business, a kind of feedback loop. The more you give the more you get and the more you get the more you feel like giving.” ~ Penelope Leach

“Every good and perfect gift comes from above . . .” ~ James 1:17

"For I know the plans for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me." ~ Jeremiah 29: 11-13

"Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you." ~ Matthew 7:7

"No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it." ~ 1 Corinthians 10:13

“Courage is the most important of all virtues, because without courage, you cannot practice any of the other virtues consistently.” ~ Maya Angelou

“If you get, give. If you learn, teach.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayers. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” ~ Maya Angelou

“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” ~ Maya Angelou





  1. Thank you for creating and maintaining this blog, Iva! You provide valuable information on many of the topics that new (and experienced) parents are curious about. Such a great resource!

  2. Well, I'm super excited to learn that I AM helping in some way. Thank you for commenting, Jen.

  3. Hi!
    Love your blog! My name is Jennifer and I am the founder of Baby Begin. We are passionate about making new moms aware of a condition that will affect 46% of new babies each year. Flat Head Syndrome (plagiocephaly) is 100% preventable and we are trying to make new parents aware of how to keep their baby's head round and pretty. Please let me know if you would be interested in joining forces in some way through a blog, interview, social media post, links, etc. I believe a grass roots effort is what we need to beat this.

  4. Thank you, Jennifer for connecting with me. I had an opportunity to view your website. Love how you are reaching out to help parents with "plagiocephaly." I sent you an e-mail with a suggestion of how I can help you reach your potential clientele. Let me know if you are interested.

  5. I stumbled across your blog and love it! I am new to the world of blogging, but have started doing Guest Blogging on several sites. I am a Pediatric Physical Therapist specializing in the birth-to 3 population. I blog about parenting, toys, diagnosis, information, and more. Would you check out my blog site: www.proeducationtoys.blogspot.com or my retail site: www.proeducationaltoys.com

    I'd love to collaborate with you!

    1. Hello Trisha, I checked out your websites. Love what you do for children. I'd love to connect with you and see how I could help you. I didn't see contact information on your blog. You are welcome to e-mail me at ivajd64@gmail.com

      Looking forward,


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