Category: Mommy Stuff

Link Round-up: Salad Jars, DIY Hair Accessories, Kinetic Sand, and More

Posted on Jan 29, 2015 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has tips for keeping salads exciting and fresh (as well as easy to take for lunch!), a DIY suede flower comb, a kinetic sand how-to, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie shared a recipe for low-fat chocolate muffins.

Create Craft Love taught us how to make a suede flower comb.

Parenting Chaos shared the how-to behind DIY kinetic sand.

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A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make lunchtime a lot easier with salads in jars.

Our Small Hours shared an article about how to handle it when your mom criticizes your parenting.

Two Healthy Kitchens shared 41 delicious oatmeal recipes.

Luv a Bargain shared a recipe for classic lemon squares.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and A Beautiful Mess

Link Round-up: Money, Makeup, and More

Posted on Jan 22, 2015 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has tips for attracting money into your life, budgeting tips, pretend makeup for kids, and more.

I Heart Naptime showed us how to make a makeup brush roll.

Mind Body Green shared four simple steps for attracting money into your life.

Confessions of an Overworked Mom shared budgeting tips.

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Cup of Delight showed us how to turn the Barrel of Monkeys game into a valentine and shared a free printable.

Working Mom Magic showed us how to make pretend makeup to keep the kids busy while you’re getting ready.

Andie Conn showed us five easy and cheap ways to make your home look happier.

I Should Be Mopping the Floor shared a recipe for skinny creamy chicken soup.

Photo credit: I Heart Naptime and Cup of Delight

Link Round-up: Detox Water, Organization, DIY Projects, and More

Posted on Jan 20, 2015 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has detox water, linen closet organization hacks, DIYs, and more.

I Heart Naptime showed us how to make green enchilada soup in the slow cooker.

Confessions of an Overworked Mom shared a recipe for apple cinnamon detox water.

Glenrose Square taught us how to turn an old basket into a centerpiece.

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Seven Thirty Three shared some linen closet organization hacks.

Sunshine and Hurricanes shared the how-to behind a simple 15-minute Valentine’s Day wreath.

Design, Dining, and Diapers showed us how to create a mud room in the garage.

The Happy Housie shared five easy ways to warm up your space for winter.

Photo credit: I Heart Naptime and Seven Thirty Three

Mom Fired for Pumping Breast Milk at Work

Posted on Jan 19, 2015 by 1 Comment

It is stunning enough how many people want to act like breastfeeding is an unnatural and disgusting act, but now one Colorado mom was actually fired for pumping her breast milk while she was at work.

For moms who want to breastfeed but have a baby who won’t suckle, or who have to return to work when their maternity leave is over, this is what they have to do.

The woman who lost her job, Ashley Provino, worked for Big League Haircuts in Denver and has filed a federal lawsuit in which she claims that the owner of the business, Kyle Reed, “adamantly refused” her request to take breaks so she could pump every four hours.

Regular pumping is necessary to keep the milk supply coming in. But Reed told her that the whole concept was “gross” and refused to grant her permission for the regular breaks to pump milk for her infant son. Instead, he cut Provino’s hours until she never worked for more than four hours at any given time and then he finally fired her.

At this time Reed says the accusations are untrue. In fact he says it’s total fiction, and that “She has dollar signs in her eyes and thinks she’s going to win a million dollars,” but another complaint pertaining to the case filed by lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado has an additional worker saying she experienced a similar situation with Reed.

In an ACLU statement, cooperating attorney Paula Greisen said, “Discrimination against breastfeeding mothers in the workplace is not only illegal, it is also bad for Colorado families and businesses, because it forces women out of the workplace.”

Many medical experts recommend breastfeeding as the healthiest option for the first six months. Ashley Provino had a hard time getting her son to suckle, but she was committed to offering him the benefits of breast milk. So she turned to the pump, and ran headlong into another one of those people with a distorted view of what breastfeeding is. Sometimes I think the world has turned upside down when it comes to common sense.

For now, notices have been posted at the shop informing employees about workplace laws, along with training for workers on the issue, and the creation of a private area for nursing mothers.

Thankfully Provino took steps that will pave the way for other mom’s so they don’t have to experience the stress and inconvenience she suffered just to feed her baby.

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Study Shows Nail Polish Can Lower IQ in Unborn

Posted on Jan 15, 2015 by No Comments

Many of us enjoy pampering ourselves with a manicure. It’s fun just to relax and have someone else take care of us, and when we walk out with those shiny, colorful nails we feel pretty.

Now a study shows that the chemicals found in nail polish as well as other cosmetics, called phthalates, may potentially be hazardous to the unborn.

The study which was conducted by researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and published in the online journal PLOS ONE linked use of nail polish during pregnancy to lower IQ in children.

Preliminary results showed the unborn children exposed to elevated levels of two common chemicals used around the home, di-n-butyl phthalate (DnBP) and di-isobutyl phthalate (DiBP), had IQ scores more than six points lower, at age 7, than other kids who were exposed to lower levels.

When I read the results I wondered exactly how much exposure was required to reach “elevated levels.”

For this study, researchers studied the mothers-to-be’s urine to measure levels of four phthalates. Then when the children were born and reached age 7, the researches tested their IQs. Results “showed significant decrements in IQ associated with two specific phthalates.”

The moms with levels in the top 25 percent had children with IQs up to 6-8 times lower than children born to women who were in the lowest 25 percent of exposure to phthalates. That’s a big difference. In fact it was substantial enough that it even took the researchers by surprise.

While these chemicals are found in nail polishes, they are not the only culprit. These chemical compounds are used to keep products flexible.

Along with nail polish they are used in making cosmetics like soap, shampoo, perfume, hair spray, as well as plastic toys, shower curtains, wallpaper, plastic wrap, etc. They are listed as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.”

More research is needed to understand exactly how the phthalates are connected to the impact on IQ. Speculation is that phthalates may function like endocrine disrupters to the mother’s thyroid hormone which is necessary in the development of a child’s brain.

At this time, the authors of the study say, “These findings are important to inform policy makers of the potentially harmful effects of this class of chemicals.”

Photo credits: LaFemme5278

Link Round-up: Breakfasts, Shakes, Advice for Moms, and More

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has breakfast and shake ideas, advice for moms, and more.

Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons shared a penguin apple fruit snack idea.

The Joys of Boys shared advice for new moms.

Snappy Gourmet showed us how to make a healthy chocolate mockshake.

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A Mom’s Take showed us how to make heart-shaped sprinkle pancakes.

Crafty Journal taught us how to make heart soda can lights, which are perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Scary Mommy shared ways moms will eventually screw up.

Our Homemade Life showed us how to make a snowflake felt headband.

Photo credit: Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons and A Mom’s Take

Parenting Milestones Significant Events Often Overlooked

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 by No Comments

When I hear about milestones related to parenting, I think of baby milestones like first smiles, first teeth, rolling over, sitting up and all the others.

But along with all those baby milestones there are parenting milestones that some people might take for granted. These events are are significant in the lives of new parents.

I’m the oldest of 7 kids, so I didn’t think much about the first time I bathed my child, but for those with little or no experience giving your baby that first bath really is a milestone.

Learning to change a diaper…getting the fit just right and all that, is something parents get a handle on pretty quickly because we get so much practice. The milestone comes the first time you have to change your baby’s diaper in public. And in my book, how you dispose of that diaper is all part of that experience.

When your baby cries and you know why, that’s a milestone. I’m talking about recognizing the tired cry from the I’m hungry, or I’m wet cry.

Another significant event related to physical care is the first cutting of the fingernails. First of all, those fingers are sooo tiny and the skin so delicate. Plus, they don’t stay exactly still so it’s a challenge.

My great-grandmother believed you shouldn’t cut your baby’s nails because they would grow up to become a thief. Instead she said they should be bitten off. I considered it, only because I thought it might be easier.

The first time you call your pediatrician because your baby is sick is also a milestone. Whether it’s a cough, a fever, or something else, learning when to call the pedestrian is important. I still remember my doctor’s office telling me that I didn’t need to call regarding a fever, until they’d been running a temperature for 24 hours.

And a milestone that you might overlook has to do with discipline. The first time you punish your child in some way. It’s a hard thing for parents, but because we love them we learn to do it for their good. And down the road everyone benefits, because we raise kids who understand there are consequences and who learn to make better choices.

Parenting is full of milestones. We haven’t even talked about potty training and the first time your child wears their big boy/girl pants out, and we’ve just talked about infants and the toddler years.

From there we could talk about first sleep over, first day of school, first time they leave on the school bus, all the way up to the first time they drive, date, leave for college, or get married. The parenting life is full of milestones; enjoy each one.

Photo credits: Justin Mertz

What Not to Say to a Mom-to-Be

Posted on Jan 12, 2015 by 1 Comment

With my first pregnancy, I didn’t gain a lot of weight. Even so, my face grew rounder, my breasts were fuller, and of course my stomach grew bigger. I carried my daughter high, which led to heartburn in the later months.

Even though I wasn’t “big” by some standards, I sure felt big. But what can you expect when you have another life growing inside you?

With that pregnancy, I didn’t get a lot of comments on my size, but when someone said it could be “worse” it irked me. My self-image struggled to remember that eventually the baby would be born and I’d go back to normal.

Or so I thought.

When my daughter was born I was thrilled, but I wasn’t one of the lucky ones whose body snapped back into shape without a telltale mark. I learned firsthand what stretch marks were.

With my second pregnancy, I didn’t gain too much weight but I was much bigger. Part of it was that the baby was a little more than two pounds bigger, and while that doesn’t sound like a lot, when you add it to a pregnant belly it does make a big difference.

And I did gain more weight. The last couple of months I felt like I needed a crane to get out of a chair, so when people said things like, “You’re huge!” it didn’t help. I promise you, no woman wants to hear that she’s huge…ever.

I carried my second baby low, and even commented to the doctor about it. It was a little more uncomfortable at the end, but I didn’t have heartburn. However, when someone suggested the baby carried low because I lost my muscle tone with the first pregnancy, I didn’t find that helpful.

In short, I’d suggest you don’t talk about a pregnant woman’s size, or even how they’re carrying the baby. And no, they don’t want to hear they look like they could pop at any moment. Even if it is an innocent comment, it can hurt.

Don’t forget, pregnant woman are experiencing all kinds of hormonal changes that are contributing to their mental state. Telling them they will have a boy because their thighs have gotten big will not be looked at as exciting news.

No one, pregnant or not wants to be told they look like they could pop or that their thighs are big. Instead, approach a pregnant woman by asking how they are feeling, or remind them that they are beautiful or glowing. Positive words work wonders.

Lastly, keep your birth horror stories to yourself. Moms-to-be don’t need to hear about how you were in labor for three days or had the baby in the car along the side of the road.

Photo credits: Meagan

Link Round-up: DIY Face Mask, Better Oatmeal, Printable Thank You Gift Cards, and More

Posted on Jan 8, 2015 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has a DIY cranberry honey face mask, tips for better oatmeal, and more.

Happiness Is Homemade shared a free printable donut thank you gift tag.

Pink Heels Pink Truck showed us how to make a cranberry honey face mask.

Pop Sugar shared some tips for making better oatmeal.

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Chocolate Covered Katie shared the details of her new project: healthy breakfast month.

We Are That Family takes a look at what happens when we give kids everything they want.

Noah’s Dad talks about developing creativity in children.

Single Dad Laughing shared 100 kind of anonymous, but truthful parenting confessions.

Photo credit: Happiness Is Homemade and Chocolate Covered Katie