Category: Mommy Stuff

Link Round-up: Natural Teething Solutions, a Peanut Butter Cup Bar Recipe, and More

Posted on Nov 20, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has natural teething solutions, a peanut butter cup bar recipe, cleaning secrets, and more.

Muslin and Merlot taught us how to make glue gun snowflakes.

Kids’ Activities Blog shared natural teething solutions.

How Does She shared 18 of the best cleaning secrets.

link_ru_peanut_butter_cup_bars

A Beautiful Mess has a peanut butter cup bar recipe.

Olivia Cleans Green showed us how to make vegan lip balm.

A Beautiful Mess taught us how to make spicy peanut noodles.

Pizzazzerie showed us how to make easy, cute Thanksgiving fortune cookies.

Photo credit: Muslin and Merlot and A Beautiful Mess

How Not to Be Exhausted When You Have a New Baby

Posted on Nov 17, 2014 by 1 Comment

When my first child was born I was an energetic 22 year old who had always been pretty active. Within a week after her birth I was an exhausted, lethargic couch-potato. I couldn’t understand how people could have more than one child and live.

We were very poor and one day the hospital called about the remaining balance on the bill. The collector did what collectors do — harassed me until I burst into tears and screamed, “I don’t have any money right now. If that’s not OK you can come get her. At least I’d get some sleep.”

I would never have given her up, you know.

Over the next 21 years I had seven more children and I learned a few things about rest. When you have children, adequate rest is imperative because without it you are going to be a screaming, stressed out mess. That doesn’t do anyone any good.

  • Make rest a priority. When you’re nursing the baby don’t multitask but sit down and put your feet up. Don’t text or talk on the phone, just let your mind float.
  • Drink lots of water and stay hydrated.
  • Limit sugar and junk food. You’ll get that afternoon slump and not be able to overcome it.
  • Cut corners where you can. I hate convenience foods but there were times when frozen chicken nuggets meant I could get in a 30 minute nap.
  • Keep it simple. You aren’t going to screw your kid up.
  • Stress makes you tired so make a list of things that are stressing you out and get rid of everything that you can. Try to find ways of dealing with the stresses that you can’t remove from your life. Get counseling if you need to.

What are your tips for getting more rest?

photo credit: Sara Lafleur-Vetter via photopin cc

Link Round-up: Thanksgiving and Christmas Crafts, a Lotion Review, Journal Prompts, and More

Posted on Nov 13, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has journal prompts, Thanksgiving napkin ring ideas, a lotion review, and more.

Crafts by Amanda showed us how to make Thanksgiving napkin rings.

Pint Sized Baker shared a recipe for pumpkin muffins with sugared pepitas.

Create Craft Love showed us how to make a scarf-covered Christmas wreath.

link_ru_journal_prompts

A Beautiful Mess shared journal prompts for November.

Crafts ‘n Coffee showed us how to make a DIY retro starburst holiday tree.

Tasty Kitchen shared a butternut squash and black bean enchilada skillet idea.

Makeup and Beauty Blog reviewed the Soap & Glory body butter set.

Photo credit: Crafts by Amanda and A Beautiful Mess

“Dear Santa” Joke Backfires

Posted on Nov 13, 2014 by 1 Comment

Thanksgiving isn’t here, but the Christmas decorations are up in the stores. In one Florida Dillard’s store, a sign included in a Christmas display in the girls department has turned into a controversy. It was meant as a joke, but has turned into anything but.

The sign read, “Dear Santa, This year please give me a big fat bank account and a slim body. Please don’t mix those two up like you did last year. Thanks.”

One mom took a picture of the sign and posted it on Facebook. It was shared hundreds of times and quickly collected comments suggesting it sent the wrong message.

For me, all this fuss is making a mountain out of a mole hill. It reminds me of how cartoons used to have different levels of humor so they entertained adults on one level and kids on another, even though they were intended for adults.

But there were critics who didn’t like that either, and gradually, cartoons were dumbed down until most of them are just silly and not really funny.

Critics of the sign are asking, “What would a little girl want with a bank account?” I can think of a couple of ways to answer this.

We could go the direction of teaching our kids the importance of saving, but I don’t think kids would bother reading that sign, and if they did it would be like watching the cartoons and not getting the adult level of the humor.

And if they did read it and wondered what it meant, it would be a chance to explain that it is a grownup joke, and it would be dismissed.

I don’t have a thin body and I don’t have a big fat bank account, but I think the sign is funny. I’ve seen this saying shared on Facebook as a joke before now, so it’s not even an original idea.

It’s just a joke. I really don’t think it’s sending a wrong message. Instead, I think this over reaction sends a wrong message. It shows we’ve lost the ability to laugh at ourselves.

It used to be if you didn’t like something a store did, you’d let management know. If management chose to ignore your complaint, you stopped shopping there. Now with social media bullying, all that has changed. And it’s not a joke.

Photo credits: WPTV News

Link Round-up: Spicy Cheesy Kale Chips, Dressing Toddlers on a Budget, and More

Posted on Nov 6, 2014 by 3 Comments

Today’s link round-up has a recipe for spicy cheesy kale chips, tips for dressing toddlers on a budget, DIY baby food jar candles, and more.

Shaken Together Life taught us how to make pumpkin pie white chocolate pretzels.

3 Boys and a Dog shared a recipe for spicy cheesy kale chips.

Crystal & Co. shared five tips for dressing toddlers on a budget.

link ru diy cup sleeve

Organized 31 showed us how to make a cup sleeve out of an old sweater.

The Domestic Life Stylist showed us how to make delicious pumpkin oatmeal.

Growing Up Book by Book shared dinosaur activities that help teach letter sounds with fossil matching.

Mommy in Sports showed us how to make baby food jar candles.

Photo credit: Shaken Together Life and Organized 31

Alyssa Milano Shares Intimate Breastfeeding Photo

Posted on Oct 31, 2014 by No Comments

Alyssa Milano is one of those celebrities who seems to hang on to her down-to-earth persona amid success. She shares little insights into her private life with her fans, without branding herself and everything she touches like a Kim K.

On Monday, October 27, she posted an intimate photo on Instagram of herself breastfeeding her two-month-old daughter, Elizabella.

These days you never know what to expect when it comes to the topic of breastfeeding. Who would have ever thought something so natural would be controversial, but people do tend to hold strong views about where and when it should be done.

But Milano posted the black-and-white breastfeeding snapshot anyway, and the response from fans as been overwhelmingly positive with almost 24,000 likes.

One fan, ainalani_aloha, said, “Love the breast is best picture, way to represent! Breast milk is the best first perfect food!” And another fan, apadilla2824, echoed similar thoughts with, “Beautiful! Thanks for sharing. Nursing is a beautiful thing! 9 months in and love the bond. You are a great example for others out there.”

At 41, Milano has totally embraced motherhood and addresses issues related to being a mom on social media. She believes it’s a great way to raise support between moms rather than judgement.

Recently, she has tweeted about the difficulty of working out after you’ve given birth on Twitter saying, ““First time working out since having the baby (4 weeks ago). Dear lord. Everything hurts.” Hearing things like this from a celebrity reminds us that they are human just like us, and have to work to get back into shape, just like us.

Milano is totally committed to her role as mom and announced at the end of September that she will be leaving her starring role in the popular TV show, Mistresses, because the filming location has been changed from L.A. to Canada.

“It’s with a heavy heart that I have decided that I can’t relocate,” she said. “I have two babies under 4. Being a mother and wife comes first and I just cannot uproot my children and separate the family by moving away.” – Alyssa Milano website

Photo credits: Instagram

Link Round-up: Sweets, Fashion Talk, Things to Do with Toddlers, and More

Posted on Oct 30, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has cinnamon rolls, pumpkin pie, fashion talk, things to do with toddlers before they turn two, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie showed us how to make mini cinnamon rolls.

Mommypotamus taught us how to make maca energy bars.

Cupcakes and Cashmere shared what makes a basic wardrobe item an essential.

link ru pumpkin pie
I Heart Nap Time shared a pumpkin pie recipe.

Rookie Moms shared a list of things to do with toddlers before they turn two.

Babble took a humorous look at a kid-free employee’s complaint that parents “get” to take extra time off when their kids need something.

Mom-Blog offered tips for going dairy-free without losing your mind.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and I Heart Nap Time

Do You Feel Valued in the Workplace?

Posted on Oct 29, 2014 by No Comments

Dedicated people are the heart of any successful business, but I think many modern employers are failing to realize that their cost-cutting policies have a significant effect on employee morale.

I understand that businesses need to make a profit, but I also think that more companies could follow IBM’s example.

Early this year, the company announced that top executives would be forgoing bonuses to free up funds for essential research. IBM also invests heavily in the job satisfaction of its current staff members.

The company was among the first to offer paid vacations, group life insurance, and survivor benefits. In 1953, the company made headlines when the president sent out a letter saying that they believed hiring decisions should not be based on gender, race, or ethnic origin.

Today, IBM has a very family friendly work environment and is consistently one of the few technology companies honored by Working Mother as a top place for women with young children to find a desirable work/life balance.

Since technology has always been a male-dominated sector, I think this says a lot about the progressive nature of their management team.

Yes, these policies cost the company money. However, it’s a strategy that seems to be working for them. To date, IBM employees have earned five Nobel Prizes, five National Medals of Technology, five National Medals of Science, and four Turing Awards.

The company has held the record for most patents generated by a business in the United States for 20 consecutive years. Fortune ranks the company in the top 10 in terms of the number of employees, market capitalization, and profitability.

If you work outside the home, do you feel like your employer values your contributions? If not, what changes would be necessary to make you feel appreciated?

Photo credit: Stock.chng

Preemie Born at 23 Weeks Celebrates 1st Birthday

Posted on Oct 24, 2014 by No Comments

First birthdays are special, but for 25-year-old Rachel Crockett, the celebration for her son Conner marked a milestone many said would never happen.

Back when her water broke at 23 weeks, doctors delivered the bad news. Her baby was going to die. But when she saw his heartbeat on the scan, she knew differently. She knew she could save him.

Studies show that babies born at 39 to 41 weeks of pregnancy do better than those born 37 or even 38 weeks. When Rachel’s water broke at 23 weeks, her doctors told her she would miscarry.

In the UK, abortion is limited to 25 weeks or less. Rachel and her partner Craig Walkow told the doctors they wanted to save the baby, but even though Conner’s heart still beat, they were told her “case” would be treated as a miscarriage.

Desperate, they knew they had to find a specialist hospital to save their baby. They found one 39 miles away, but doctors said she couldn’t be transferred unless the hemorrhaging stopped.

Time was running out. She did the only thing she could think. She lied and said the bleeding had stopped.

They made the transfer to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford and a day later she gave birth to Conner. She was only 23 weeks and two days along and the baby came into the world weighing only 1 pound 2 ounces.

“We thought we would never get the baby we always wanted, but I pushed them.” Rachel Crockett via the Daily Mail

Conner celebrated his first birthday in October, 2014. It was a milestone many didn’t think would ever happen.

Conner was in the hospital for the first 7 months of his life. He suffered many setbacks including fungal meningitis, perforated bowels, and a brain bleed. He also had to undergo eye surgery to have his retinas reattached after they started to detach due to a condition brought about by the ventilators.

While Connor has already faced more challenges than many children face their entire childhood, with more undoubtedly in the future, Rachel doesn’t regret her decision. In fact, now she calls on maternity units to do more to save babies who are routinely considered “unviable.”

She is also pushing to have the abortion limit amended to 20 weeks. She says, “I think the abortion limit should be lowered to 20 weeks – especially considering what happened with Conner. By then, you can see their sex – they are a person.”

Photo credits: wikimedia