Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials.~Meryl Streep

Motherhood has a very humanizing effect.  Everything gets reduced to essentials.~Meryl Streep

Monday, December 28, 2009

Recycling Greeting Cards

Throughout the year it is easy for greeting cards to pile up in a junk drawer. From birthday, holiday, to special occasion, greeting cards are endless. Instead of throwing them away, how about supporting a good cause and making a difference in a child's life. Send them to St. Jude's Ranch where children will use your old cards to make new ones. These children actually make new cards by removing the front and attaching a new back.
This is an activity you can even get your children involved with and they will know that they are making a difference in another child's life! A friend introduced me to the idea several years ago and I've been doing it every since. For more information visit:

Cards may be donated by sending them to:

St. Jude's Ranch for Children
100 St. Jude's Street
Boulder City, NV 89005-1618
Attn: Recycled Cards

Monday, December 7, 2009

On The Go?

I can understand that being pregnant and traveling may turn into a disaster when you need to use the bathroom. That's why I use when I am on the go! Using your Blackberry or iPhone, locating a bathroom is only a simple click away. All you need to know is the zip code of where you are and several options will pop up. It's also a great site to use while planning a road trip. You'll never have to wonder where the next rest stop is.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Snag Gift Cards At a Discount

Looking to save $$$ this holiday season? Go to where you can buy second-hand gift cards at low prices. You can either give them away as gifts or use them your self. Inventory is updated daily and a buyer can save up to 40% off face value. The site guarantees all cards listed and expiration date and conditions of each card are posted so you don't have to worry. If you happen to have a gift card that you wan to sell, the web site will pay you up 85% of the face value.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Exercise Ball...A Must Have

An exercise ball or birthing ball is a must have for pregnant women. Working out using the exercise ball during pregnancy helps to decrease discomforts and prepare the body for labor and birth. These are workouts I use during the third trimester of my pregnancy to relieve back pain and other discomforts.

Sit on the Ball. Just sitting on the ball can improve posture, balance, stomach muscles and relieve back pain.

Bounce on the Ball. While in a sitting position, bounce on the ball to strengthen leg and abdominal muscles. You can also rotate your hips in a circle to strengthen abdominal muscles.

Lunge. Place the ball against a wall and then place the small of your back against the wall. Stand with your legs spaced a little further than your hips. Extend your left knee (so you're lunging) and hold for 5-10 seconds. Return to the start position and then do the same with the right knee. Do this for 12-15 reps. You could also sit on the ball, with the pelvis tilted back and do the same exercise to strengthen leg muscles and improve balance.

Hands and Knees. Get into a hands and knees position and lean over the ball so your cheek is resting on the ball. Rotate your hips or do a pelvic tilt while in this position. To do a pelvic tilt, tighten your stomach muscles so the pelvis tucks under. This will help to relieve back pressure not only during pregnancy but also during labor.

Remember to always check with your doctor before starting an exercise program during pregnancy. When doing exercise ball workouts use caution...your center of gravity is not the same and it is possible to fall of the ball and injure yourself.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Are You A Fan Yet?

Now that I have a toddler and another baby on the way, I am always looking for great deals at children's stores. Especially for clothing and baby gear, that's why I became a fan!

I am a fan of The Children's Place and Babies R Us personally and on Facebook. They recently updated their Facebook pages to keep their fans informed about steals and deals for the latest fashionable clothing and upcoming events and sales. For example 10/24 only, Babies R Us launched a printable 20% coupon to use in-store for any one baby item.

From now until October 31st The Children's Place is giving away a $50 gift card EVERY DAY to one of their Facebook Fans regardless if you are new or old! And all you have to do to enter is become a fan!
To become a Facebook Fan click on the links below and start saving. Who knows, maybe you'll be the next $50 winner of The Children's Place giftcard!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Infant & Children's Tylenol Recall

The drug company McNeil announced a voluntary recall of twenty-one children and infant's Tylenol, due to possible bacterial contamination of an ingredient used to make the product. There has been no bacteria found in the finished product, but the recall was announced as a precaution. Consumers may contact McNeil customer service for a coupon to replace the product at 1-800-962-5357.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Loaded Pumpkin Muffins

Looking for a healthy and delicious pumpkin recipe? These muffins are great for breakfast or to have as a mid-day snack. This recipe makes 24 regular size muffins or 72 mini muffins. These muffins can be stored in an airtight container for up to three days of freeze up to three months.


3 Cups Wheat Flour
2 T. Baking Powder
1 t. Pumpkin Spice
1/2 t. Salt
4 Large Eggs
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1 1/2 Cups Milk
1/2 Cup Butter
15 oz. Can Pumpkin Puree
3/4 Cup Raisins (optional)
3/4 Cup Walnuts (optional)
Cooking Spray

Optional Frosting:

Combine 8 oz. of light cream cheese, 1/2 t. of vanilla, and 3T. of powdered sugar.


Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees and spay muffin tins with cooking spray. Mix first five ingredients together. In a separate bowl combine eggs and sugar than beat until smooth. Add milk, butter, and pumpkin puree until blended. In two batches add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Mix well than add raisins and nuts if desired.

Spoon mixture into muffin tins and bake for 20-25 minutes. Let muffins cool completely before frosting.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

For those of you who have followed by blog and fellow blog readers, I apologize for the lack of posts. Due to life circumstances, I had to temporarily put my blog on hold. But I am back and plan to continue with many posts!

Thank you for your time, patience, and support! Stay tuned for new posts.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Crib & High Chair Recall

Evenflo Envision High Chairs

High chairs sold from December 2002 through April 2006 were recalled because the recline fasteners and screws can fall out and the back seat may come off. Call 800-233-5921 for a repair kit.

Jardine Cribs

Cribs sold from September 2005 through April 2009 were recalled because the wooden slats can break. This will cause a gap in which a child can become trapped. Call 800-646-4106 for a credit towards a new crib.

Crib Styles:
- Americana
- Berkley
- Capri
- Hilton
- Olympia
- Positano
- Spindle
- Windsor

Only the Following Crib Model Numbers are Included:
BC-23, BC-36B, BC-36G, BC-36P, BC-007, BC-010, BC-010C, BC-010HP, BC-010W, BC-017, BC-107C, BC-107CR, BC-110C, BC-110HP BC-110W, DA617BC, DA620BC, DA715BC, DA770BC, DV730N, DV730W, DV830-N, DV830-W, 0108L00, 0113B00, 0113K00, 0303C00, 0303G00, 0303B00, 0308C00, 0309K00, 0108C00, 0312D00, 0102B00, 0102E00, 0308L00, 0302P00, 0302C00

Saturday, June 13, 2009

5 Tips For New Parents

1. Organize your home before the baby arrives. You won’t believe how much clutter a newborn can bring to a house! It all begins with that first baby. Get a head start by carefully planning and organizing ahead of time. Here are some ideas:
  • Put a basket in every main room for toys. It’s a cinch to pick up all the toys and toss them into the basket at the end of the day, and your child can learn to do this independently at a very young age.
  • A well organized changing table: we use my parents old vanity.
  • Designate a place in the kitchen for bibs, baby bottles, baby dishes & utensils, etc. or they will take over your counters and drawers.
  • Organize baby clothes in boxes by gender, season & size in a storage area. You’ll be going through baby clothes every two or three months.
  • Make sure laundry is cleaned, folded, and put away.
  • Put batteries in toys and baby equipment is put together. With a newbie in the house you will not have a time or the energy to that care of these things. It also gives you the opportunity to focus on yourself and enjoy your new baby!

2. Use a Backpack diaper bag. Forget the standard diaper bag. We parents need use of both our hands as much as possible. An ideal one would have two halves: one for the diaper bag, one for your purse items. Keep your purse and diaper bag items simple and organized (use Ziploc baggies if you need to), and you’ll be set! A couple rules of thumb: always have one more diaper than you think you need; always have one change of clothes until the child is beyond potty-training; have a plastic bag to put soiled clothes in; and make sure you have a back-up binky or burp cloth or whatever your baby gets attached to, if applicable.

3. Freeze meals ahead of time. This is a great tip for those that do not have family members living close by and you can’t always depend on people coming over with several meals. All you have to do is freeze half of your dinner every night about a month or two before the baby arrives. Doing this will save you time, money, and energy in the long run. By the time the baby arrives, you will have about 3 weeks of dinners prepared!

4. When friends and family members offer to help…take it! Whether it’s to pick up items at the store, watch the baby so you can catch up on much needed rest, or assist with household chores.

5. Find a way to get your sleep. Don’t feel bad about turning people away. When we had our daughter my husband and I limited our visitors to one a day, turned off our phones, and put a note on our front door. Since our friends and family were anxious to see the new baby, this was the only way we could get some quiet and alone time. Just remember you need to take care of yourself!

RELAX AND ENJOY! This stage will be over before you know it, and babies are so precious. Enjoy this time fully. I hope these tips encourage and enable you to be a successful, joyful parent. They should also give you an idea of what’s ahead. Good luck and happy parenting to you!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Stepping Up Your Workout

Did you know that after a year of giving birth, 26% of women still carry 10 lbs of baby weight? Experts say that in addition to cutting calories, improving your fitness routine is vital to keeping off the extra baby weight. Please keep in mind that if you are nursing do not cut calories. Your body still needs about an extra 300 calories a day.

Here are some ideas on how an hour of activity can step up your "workout". Who said it had to be boring!

  • Bike Riding 441 Calories

  • Dancing 370 Calories

  • Gardening 324 Calories

  • Brisk Walking 297 Calories

  • Light Cleaning 240 Calories

  • Playing With Kids 216 Calories

  • Strolling 206 Calories

For more information on activities and calorie counts go to

Old Navy Recall

Old Navy recalled about 35,500 stuffed animals sold from July 2008 through February 2009. The button eyes can detach and become a choking hazard to children. For refund information call 866-580-9930, go to, or go to

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Strawberry Milk & Strawberry Jelly Recipe

Do your kids love strawberries, milk, and jelly? Here are two healthy and simple ways to make strawberry milk and strawberry jelly.

Strawberry Milk

Mix 3 cups of fresh strawberries and 1 1/2 cup of milk into a blender until smooth. Serve!

Nutritional Information: Per glass 135 calories, 1g. fat

Strawberry Jelly

Mix a packet of Ball Simple Creations Freezer Jam Fruit Pectin with 1 cup of sugar. Crush 4 lbs. of strawberries (you can also use other fruit) with a masher, then add to the sugar mix, and fill five 8 oz. jars. Let the jelly set on the counter for half an hour, then refrigerate for up to three weeks or you can freeze up to a year.

Nutritional Information: Per jar 18 calories, 4 g. fat

Friday, May 29, 2009

Congestion During Pregnancy

OK, now I'm sure I am not the only pregnant woman out there that is/has/or will suffer from congestion during pregnancy! Thanks to our wonderful hormones kicking in full swing the nasal passages swell and make it difficult to breath.

After several sleepless nights I went on to search for my own holistic remedy. One drug-free method I found are Breathe Right strips. I've worn them at night and even though it doesn't clear the nose, it makes breathing easier by slightly opening up the nasal passages. Some other methods I found include:

  • Saline Nasal Spray.
  • Humidifier.
  • Boil water than place a towel over your head and lean over the bowl of water for 20 minutes.
  • Rub your tongue on the roof of your mouth and rub between your eyebrows at the same time. Yes this one seems strange, but when you are desperate you'll try anything!

If anyone has tried other holistic methods and they have worked, leave a comment to let me know. I would like to try it!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Fun Face Plate

Here's a chance for your toddler to eat their meals and express their creativity. The opportunities are endless so load on the veggies and let the food play begin. This plate sells individually for $9.99 at

A Guide To Playgrounds

Traveling this summer? I found this awesome website It's a great resource to go to to find a play space or playground when vacationing or traveling with children. All you need to do is enter the city and state or the zip code into the search box and an interactive map appears.
When my family travels to Bar Harbor this summer, I've already located parks to take my daughter to. This is a tool that I will definitely use regularly this summer!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Eddie Bauer Play Yard Recall

Wednesday May 13, 2009 Dorel Juvenile Group announced a recall of about 71,000 Eddie Bauer brand Soothe & Sway play yards in the United States and 5,600 in Canada in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
The rocking bassinet attachment can tilt when secured by straps in the non-rocking mode or can stay tilted without returning to a level sleeping surface while in the rocking mode, causing an infant to roll to the corner or side of the bassinet. The infant can then become wedged in the corner or pressed against the side or bottom of the bassinet, posing a risk of suffocation.

Models included in the recall are 05046 (all units) and 05044 (only those units manufactured before December 1, 2008). The model numbers and manufacture dates are printed on a sticker on one of the support legs underneath the play yard. The play yards were sold at Target, Sears, and Burlington Coat Factory stores nationwide and through online retailers from January 2008 through May 2009 for about $150.
Immediately stop using the bassinet attachment of the play yard, which can then be used safely, and contact Dorel Juvenile Group for a $40 voucher toward the purchase of a new Dorel product. For additional information, call Dorel Juvenile Group at (888) 233-4903 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Eastern time, Monday though Friday or go to for more info.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Sale...Newborn Diapers

Looking for a deal? has a sale going on for Newborn diapers. They have fast and free 2-day or next day shipping on orders over $49. Plus you can save $10 on your first order by entering the following code BCENTER at checkout...what a deal!
Check it out:

Ten Unique Ways to Announce That You Are Pregnant

Announcing that you are pregnant is a memorable and unforgetful moment. Therefore it needs to be memorable! I found this great site that shares fun ways to announce to your family that you are expecting a baby that they will never forget! Check it out!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Exercising During Pregnancy May Increase Baby IQ

I found an article which states mothers who exercise 30 minutes a day during pregnancy are helping to boost their child’s IQ. Nisbett who is a psychologist states "Exercising large muscle groups increases the growth of neurons and adds to the blood supply of the brain."

It's an interesting article that shows a different approach. Check it out

Monday, May 11, 2009

Setting A Good Financial Example

Today as women, we are more involved than ever in the financial decision making of our household. A recent study by Women & Co found that 63% of women are the CFO of their household. Therefore the impact that we will have on our children's future financial decision making is enormous. We can choose, as mother's, to have a positive or negative impact on our next generation. Here are some tips to setting a good financial example for your children.
  1. Talk To Your Children About Money. Money really needs to be an open and ongoing topic with your children. Opening up the dialog, gives them the opportunity to ask questions and learn about smart financial guidelines.
  2. Get Financially Fit. Get a piggy bank and create opportunities in which your children can "work" for money. Such as payments for tasks outside the household routine.
  3. Practice What You Preach. The financial decisions you make will have an impact on your children. If you are responsible with your finances than your children will model it.
  4. Create A Common Goal. Get your kids involved in the family financial planning early by creating a family fund that will be put toward a goal everyone agrees on. That could be a vacation, a gift, or a charity that all the family members would like to support.
  5. Know Why Money Matters. Finding a balance between your family's finances and your family life. The finances should support the family life, not control it.

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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Pregnancy Journal & Planner

I bought and used this journal for my first pregnancy and it was a great tool to help make all the details of my pregnancy more manageable. There is a week-by-week tracker that notes the age and the length of the embryo. Here you can also make notes on how you are feeling, any movement and sensations you are experiencing, and things to do that week. I really enjoying going back and reading about my pregnancy!

There are also to-do lists; suggested questions to ask when looking for health care provider, locating childcare options, and touring a birthing facility. This journal is a great way to have all your pregnancy related information in one place!
The Pregnancy Journal & Planner can be purchased at any bookstore or on-line. I recommend purchasing it through Barnes & Noble's authorized used book sellers, since the selling price starts at $1.99 versus $11.99 new.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

How To Make Play Doh


2 Cups Flour
2 Cups Water
1 Cup Salt
2 Tablespoon Oil
2 Teaspoon Cream of Tartar
Food Coloring


Combine all ingrediants in a heavy 2-quart pot and stir over medium heat until the misxture sticks together in a ball. Let cool. Place in an airtight container. Lasts for several months.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The 20 Most Unique Celebrity Baby Names

I love unique names and we’ve all heard some of the strange names that celebrities give their children. But what I am wondering is how they came up with such weird names. Whether it’s to be trendy, unique, or noticed…who knows. But here are the top 20 most unique names celebrities named their children.

20. Kal-El
Parent: Nicolas Cage

19. Pilot Inspektor
Parent: Jason Lee

18. Fifi Trixibelle
Parents: Bob Geldof and Paula Yates

17. Apple
Parents: Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin

16. Coco
Parents: Courteney Cox and David Arquette

15. Kyd
Parents: David Duchovny and Tea Leoni

14. Sage Moonblood
Parent: Sylvester Stallone

13. Destry
Parent: Steven Spielberg

12. Madox
Parents: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

11. Memphis Eve
Parent: Bono

10: Ocean
Parent: Forest Whitaker

9: Prince Michael II/Blanket
Parent: Michael Jackson

8: Bronx Mowgli
Parents: Ashlee Simpson and Peter Wentz

7: Blue Angel
Parent: The Edge

6: Audio Science
Parent: Shannyn Sossamon

5: Moon Unit
Parent: Frank Zappa

4: Diva Thin Muffin
Parent: Frank Zappa

3: Moxie Crimefighter
Parent: Penn Jillette

2: Tu (Morrow)
Parents Rob Morrow

1: Jermajesty
Parent: Jermaine Jackson

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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Consignment Shopping

I love great deals and shopping in a Consignment store is one way I save and make a little money! But how do you know if you are getting a great deal or just buying used rags? Anyone can shop Consignment, but to be great at it all you need are some tips, patience, and a little endurance.

Here are some tips to being a smart consignment shopper:
  1. Know your price range before shopping. Consignment shops differ in price ranges, so know your budget before picking a store. If you are looking to spend $10 to $20, you should look at going to a lower-end resale store. For high-end designers, only go to high-end consignment shops.
  2. Don't be in a rush and if can make the trip without the kids, do it. Consignment stores have so much at great discounts; you have got to take your time looking. I search through the racks for the really good bargains that have been marked down.
  3. Check the stores return policy. Each store has their own return policy and you need to know if they accept returns, give store credit, and how long you have to bring back an item.
  4. Only buy items in like-new condition. You should only shop at stores that sell excellent condition items, and always review the condition of the item before purchasing it. Never accept items that have holes, stains or are tarnished in any way.
  5. Sign up on their guest book, personal shopper lists, or e-mail lists. It’s a great way to request items you are looking for and they will call you when the item comes in. You will also receive newsletter updates on sales and upcoming events.
  6. Make friends with the sales people. New items come in daily, and often times items don't even make it onto the rack, so stop into the store once a week.

Consignment stores are also a great way to make some extra money on clothing, toys, or items that are no longer used. Most Consignment stores will give you 40% of the price of each item sold, in cash, or 50% of the price of the items sold, in store credit.

Here are some tips to Consigning your own stuff:

  1. Make sure your clothes are clean and neatly folded. The better your clothes look, the quicker they will sell, and the quicker you will get money. Try fabric softener-your clothes will smell great.
  2. Equipment sells better with instructions and current price info.
  3. Equipment and accessories also must be cleaned.
  4. Bring your stuff in early in the season. The earlier you bring them in, the higher it can be priced and the more money you will make. Some stores reduce the sale price 25% after being on the rack for a month.
  5. Save yourself the trip and call ahead to make sure they are accepting the items you’re looking to consign.

Like I said I love great deals! And fact that I can take some of my daughter’s items in to consign and exchange for what she needs is a great money saving technique that I will utilize for several years. To locate a store near you either check your local phone book or go to

I have two personal favorite Consignment stores that I shop at and consign regularly: Little Trends located in Dracut, MA and Mother & Child located in Nashua, NH. If you are looking to be a Consignor or just Consignment shopping I highly suggest checking out these two stores! They both have great deals, monthly events, and special reward programs for frequent shoppers. Check them out!!!

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Monday, April 27, 2009

Exercising During Pregnancy

Though you may not feel like running a marathon, many women benefit from exercising during their pregnancies. Early in the pregnancy, you should talk with your doctor or health advisor about starting/continuing an exercise routine. The amount of exercise recommended depends largely on your pre-pregnancy condition and be prepared to make adjustments to your routine throughout the pregnancy.

Exercise not only benefits you, but also the baby. A weekly exercise routine can help you feel better by toning muscles, reduce back aches, reduce constipation, and help you sleep better at night by reducing stress. Exercising not only helps you return to your pre-pregnancy weight, but also prepares your body for birth. Strong muscles and a good heart have been proven to greatly ease pain and delivery (so they say). And just in case you have a lengthy labor, good endurance will help. Studies have also shown that exercise reduces complications like preeclamsia and gestational diabetes.

Now I’m not saying that if you exercise you definitely won’t experience any of these challenges. I exercised prior, throughout, and post pregnancy and still struggle with high blood pressure. We can’t change our genetics, but we can help to minimize complications and challenges that may come our way.

Since I was labeled as being in good health condition, my doctor gave me the go ahead to continue my normal exercise routine. I recommend that if you don’t have any restrictions from your health advisor continue your routine, but listen to your body.

Suggestions for following an exercise routine:

  • If you are tired or it hurts…stop. Give yourself a break…you are pregnant!
  • At the gym, lower the weight if you have any pain or anything feels uncomfortable.
  • Wear a belly band for extra back support…it worked wonders for me!
  • If you experience dizziness, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, or pain in your back or pelvis than stop.
  • Avoid activities that require bouncing, jarring, leaping, or sudden change of direction.
  • Just keep moving…every little bit counts!

My well rounded exercise routine during pregnancy:

  • Went to the gym 3 times a week.
  • Always used a cardio machine, but instead of 20 minutes I did either 10 or 15 minutes. If you have high blood pressure, make sure that your heart rate doesn't go above 140.
  • Weights for upper and lower body. As I advanced through my pregnancy I decreased the weight to make it more comfortable. I discontinued my abdominal workout around 5 ½ months because it was uncomfortable. It is also recommended that at 5 months not do anything that requires you to be flat on your back.
  • Stopped mountain biking around 6 months because it was uncomfortable.
  • I walked almost everyday…it’s so easy to do this!
  • I returned to the gym about 2 months post-partum with the same routine I was doing when I left and built it back up.
  • Almost immediately after having the baby you can start walking and doing Kegal exercises. I also bought an exercise ball for the days I couldn’t make it to the gym…at least I still got a little workout at home.

Warnings signs to check with your doctor:

  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Unusual pain
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Unusual shortness of breath
  • Racing heartbeat or chest pain
  • Fluid leaking from your vagina
  • Uterine contractions

Wondering how to get started here are some ideas:

  • Start gradually. Even 5 minutes a day is a good start if you've been inactive. Add 5 minutes each week until you reach 30 minutes.
  • Dress comfortably in loose-fitting clothes and wear a supportive bra.
  • Drink plenty of water to avoid overheating and dehydration.
  • Skip your exercises if you're sick.
  • Go for a walk in an air-conditioned mall on hot, humid days.
  • Remember to listen to your body and have fun!

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Who's Due Next?


Naomi Lowde-Priestley announced last month that their second baby is on the way. Here she is showing off her belly at the 24th Annual Odyssey Ball with husband Jason Priestley. Jason and Naomi also have a daughter Ava Veronica whose 21 months.


Elisabeth announced that she is due in August with a third child. Tim and Elisabeth have a daughter Grace who is 3 1/2 and Taylor who is 17 months.


Nicole is pregnant with her second son and due this summer. Her baby boy will join older son Dashel Pierce who is 23 months.
For additional info on mom-to-be celebs go to

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Yummy Apple Flaps

Here is a healthy and tasty breakfast your whole family will enjoy. My 15 month old loves eating apple flaps and they are so easy to make! I cut the them into little pieces and she just gobbles them up. You can make a couple apple flaps and store the remaining batter in the refrigerator for the next couple of days.
Depending on their age, this is a great opportunity for older children to help with stirring or dividing the ingredients. Here is the recipe…let me know how much your family enjoys them!

1 ½ c. Flour (I use wheat flour)
2 T. Sugar
1 T. Baking Powder
¼ tsp. Salt
2 Eggs, beaten
¾ c. Milk
2 T. Melted Butter
1 c. Applesauce

Mix the first 4 ingredients together. Combine eggs, milk, butter, and applesauce. Stir into flour mixture until just moistened. Cook on hot griddle or pan, just like you would with pancakes.

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Monday, April 20, 2009

How To Have A Healthy Pregnancy

One of the best moments in my lifetime is becoming a mother. It's a feeling that only other mothers can understand. From the time I conceived and throughout the next 9 months or so, all I wanted was a healthy baby. Sex, appearance, and color did not matter just a healthy child. A mothers health comes first and should be the primary concern of any expecting mother. I quickly understood that taking care of myself was and still is the most important focus of motherhood.
It is important to follow a certain healthy lifestyle and avoid a few things to insure a healthy baby. An expectant mother must stay healthy by eating nutritious foods. You are not just eating for yourself, but also for your baby. A balanced and nutritious diet must include fruits, vegetables, milk products, meat, and protein daily. A pregnant woman must also consume about a gallon of water a day, to keep herself hydrated and to keep the baby healthy.

Here Are Foods To Avoid

Unpasteurized Products :

  • Raw Milk

  • Soft cheeses : feta goat cheese, brie, camemberts

  • Mexican-style cheeses : queso blanco and queso fresco

  • Unpasteurized juice

Raw Eggs :

  • Raw eggs

  • Caesar dressing
  • Egg nog (unpasteurized)

  • Hollandaise sauce

  • Cookie batter

  • Homemade ice cream

Undercooked Meat:

  • Deli meat

  • Sushi

  • Pates

  • Raw seafood, especially shellfish

  • Undercooked chicken or meat

Certain Fish:

Following is a link to a chart that shows which fish are safe during pregnancy and which ones to stay away from.

Other things that pregnant women must avoid that effect the development of the fetus:

  • Alcohol or Drugs

  • OTC or over the counter medicines

  • Consumption of a lot of hot or spicy food items

  • Limit caffeine

  • Some vitamin supplements

  • Jacuzzi’s, Sauna or sun bathing, as it has been found that women with over heated bodes tend to deliver baby’s with neural defects.

There several evidences that indicates exercise is very healthy for expectant women. A weekly exercise routine that incorporates both cardio and weights will help you feel better, assist the laboring process, and help shed the baby weight quicker. I exercised throughout my pregnancy, right up to 2 weeks before I had my daughter and returned to the gym when she was 2 months (check with your health advisor for their suggestions). As my pregnancy progressed I modified my workout. It is important to keep moving, listen to your body, and do what you can...every little bit counts!

All of this information is not only useful for expecting mothers, but also pre and post pregnancy. Nursing mothers need to be extra careful about food consumption because it can seep into the mother's breast milk (I will write about the effects of nursing another time). But of course check with your health advisor if you have any questions or concerns about your pregnancy. Stay healthy and enjoy your pregnancy!!!

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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Laundry Saving Ideas

  • Instead of changing the bed sheets every week, change them every other week. By going to bed clean it will help keep your sheets clean too.
  • Reuse bath towels. Instead of putting them in the laundry after every use, change them out every week or so.
  • Assign a bath towel color to each family member so they know which one is theirs.
  • Throwing a dry towel in with wet clothes helps the load dry faster.
  • If your clothes are clean fold them and put them away to wear another time instead of putting them in the laundry.

Evenflo ExerSaucer Triple Fun Activity Centers & Infantino Lion & Lamb Grabby Rattles Recall

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Making Baby Food

It may seem impossible, but it not as difficult and time consuming as you may think. By preparing bulk food a couple times a week or even once a month, your overall food prep time will be cut to only a few minutes per serving. I started making, prepping, and freezing Alexis's food when she was 6 months of age. It has saved me time in the long run and she doesn't have to wait for her food. We all know how impatient babies are when they want to eat! You just need to take it out of the freezer and's that simple.

What I love the most about making my own baby food is that I know exactly what is in it and that my baby is getting all the nutrients she needs. You also can't beat price per ounce when making your own vs. store bought. Tools you need to make your own baby food are:
  • Blender or Food processor
  • Small Tupperware for storage
  • Ice Cube trays for storage
  • Zip Lock bags to store frozen food cubes
This website is a resource I used on a weekly basis. Here you will find baby food recipes, tips for cooking and preparing baby food, and what foods are safe to introduce and when. I'm telling you this was my bible for making Alexis's food! It's so easy...if I can do it so can you!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Making Your Own Play Kitchen!

My daughter Alexis isn’t old enough yet, but when she is I would like to make a play kitchen for her. I found this idea originally from a crafting blog, but have thought about the idea myself in the past.

It is a play stove top made from a plastic box and swirls made with construction paper. You can keep all the kitchen toys in the box and take them out to cook. It's a brilliant space saver idea! You can find detailed information at

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Stretch Marks: One Way To Prevent Them

Wondering what to use to prevent stretch marks on the belly? Try Deep Comfort Body Butter made by Clinique. One of my friends told me about it when I was about 6 weeks pregnant and I am so glad she did! A few friends and I used this product throughout our pregnancy and we did not get any stretch marks…AMAZING! From what I have read, body butter is very good moisturizer for the skin. Just rub it on your belly daily throughout your pregnancy. Deep Comfort Body Butter comes in a 6.7 oz. container and can be purchased either online through several websites or select stores for $23.50. The sweet aroma and rich smooth texture makes it worth the money!

To read product reviews and additional information about the use of this product go to:

Monday, April 13, 2009

When We Came Home From The Hospital

If you are a new or expecting mom you need to read this!

The second night Alexis was home, she wouldn’t sleep in her bassinet, crying every time we put her down. This was full fledged, red in the face, screaming at the top of her lungs cry. Of course being first time parents we were doubt founded and knew that something was wrong. We tried everything; walking, feeding, changing, and anything we could think of, but nothing worked.

After 6 hours of dealing with this, it was about 3:00 am and we decided to call the pediatrician. We got the BEST advice ever!!! Since I was breast feeding, my milk came in and Alexis was getting used to having food in her stomach. The pressure of the food in her stomach made it VERY uncomfortable for her. The doctor recommended putting her to sleep in her car seat because it takes the pressure off. We were amazed, it worked right away and Alexis slept for 5 hours straight…she was exhausted! We put Alexis to sleep in her car seat for about a week. When she started sleeping in her bassinet, we put a couple books under the mattress to elevate her body. Elevating the baby’s head also helps with gas issues. We elevated Alexis head when she was sleeping in her bassinet and crib. Works really well!!!

My husband and I where very upset that the hospital did not share this information with us prior to leaving. So my goal is to pass this little tidbit of advice for new moms and moms-to-be! Please help me in sharing this wonderful information...I really wish someone shared this with me!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Sensitive Baby Doll

If your child has asthma, allergies, or other sensitivities, than I have found a doll for them. Sensitive baby is a certified asthma and allergy friendly toy. It is manufactured with materials that do not contain chemicals or allergens that have been known to trigger asthma. Although there are specific custom care guidelines to follow throughout the life of this doll, it is very simple. There are several dolls to choose from for all ages. My daughter received this doll as an Easter gift and she LOVES it! The clothes come off for easy cleaning and dress up! Sensitive Baby can be found at Toys R Us and several online stores.

For more information go to:

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Free Printable Activities

Are you looking for FREE lesson plans or printable activities, especially themed ones? Well take a look at Here you will find free preschool lesson plans, educational early childhood activities, printable crafts, and other resources for children ages 18 months through 6 years of age. It’s a great resource for parents who home school, childcare providers, babysitters, and parents! First School gives instructions for each activity, templates to choose from, gives age suggestions for activities, and lists materials needed for each activity. Could it get more simple or convenient? Hours of fun and learning for children of several ages!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Would You Like To Own Harlow Madden's Hand-Me-Downs?

Nicole Richie is selling her 14 month daughter's clothing for charity at Some items you can bid on include a Maclaren Lacoste stroller signed by Nicole, a Ralph Lauren romper, a rainbow striped cashmere sweater, and infant moccasins. This auction runs through Friday April 17 and all the proceeds will go to the Richie-Madden Foundation, which helps disadvantaged kids. This is a great opportunity to support a great cause and own some star-struck clothing!


Monday, April 6, 2009

Creative and Cost-Effective Tips

When your children outgrow their sand box, convert it to a garden. Grow vegetables, plants, and flowers. It’s a creative and healthy way to teach children healthy eating habits and raising a garden.

Looking for cost effective ideas? Here are 3 ways to save on much needed alone time with the hubby, especially if family isn’t around to help out!

Go on a date during the day:
Going out for lunch or a matinee is cheaper than fancy dinner and an evening movie. Plus a responsible teenager is probably more than willing to baby-sit at a discounted rate mid-day.

Group date:
Team up with other friends who have children and split the cost of a sitter. Offer to pay the sitter a little more, you will still pay less than if she were working for you alone.

Trade with friends:
Ask a friend to watch your children and than offer to watch theirs. It’s a win win!

How To Eliminate Breast-Feeding Completely

Normally children begin to show an interest in weaning between 6-12 months of age. If your child hasn’t weaned by 12-18 months than usually the parent needs to initiate it, but the child is still receptive. After 18 months of age, experts say that children usually resist weaning because they become too attached to the breast. I noticed that my daughter was showing a disinterest in the breast around 11 months of age. She would nurse for short periods, want to play, and become easily distracted. It wasn’t until she was 12 months that I started the weaning process.

To prevent engorgement and shock to the child, it is important to gradually eliminate breast-feedings. I took it slowly, fully weaning my daughter within 2 months. It may also be best to postpone weaning during any major development period or any major changes. Keep in mind it that it is possible to eliminate breast-feeding more quickly. This was the speed I chose that was conducive for both my child and myself.

When weaning, eliminate the feeding that is least important to your child, which is usually the mid-day one. Replace the feeding with one complete cup feeding. If the child is older than 12 months, you can use whole milk. Otherwise use formula or expressed breast milk. About once a week or when you or baby is comfortable, drop a breast feeding. The morning and the bedtime nursing are usually the last to go and there is no reason why you can’t continue it if that’s what you and your children want.

Since this is an adjustment to your baby’s schedule, utilizing distraction during weaning may be helpful. Playing with toys, reading a book, or cuddling will assist your child during this transition. Keep in mind, DO NOT sit in the same place you nurse your child, nor use the same words/language. It is amazing how smart babies are. They can associate both the scenery and word usage with nursing. If weaning has not been successful or you have any questions/concerns, call your pediatrician.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Banana Muffins

Do you have a picky eater? Here is a quick, easy, and healthy banana muffin recipe, your toddler is sure to love! This recipe yields 12 muffins, but I double the ingredients to make 2 batches. These muffins also freeze very well. Older children can help with the measuring and mixing...great for a rainy day activity. My daughter loves these muffins...let me know how your family likes them!

2 bananas
1 egg
3/4 cup sugar (or 3/4 teaspoon Stevia)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking power
1/2 teaspoon salt

Process the bananas in a blender to make a puree. Combine the banana puree, egg, sugar, and olive oil; mix well. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl. Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture until moistened. Spoon the batter into muffin cups (I spray Pam into the cups to prevent the muffins from sticking). Bake at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Some Creative And Useful Tips

What to do with those old winter gloves…Make animal puppets by cutting off the fingers!

If your kids get sick of their toys, divide them into big plastic containers, and each week, bring out a different one. It’s like they are getting new toys!

Summer will be here before we know it. When you are at the beach, make sure to bring baby powder. It’s the best way to get rid of sand!
What to do with those old baby clothes hangers. Here are 4 ways to recycle them!

Make wings for dress-up:
Align two hangers hooks to form an oval and tape them together. Cut some ribbon and tie around the tiny hooks inside each hanger (this is so your child can put them around their shoulder). Than cut paper or fabric and attach to hanger.

Ribbon Organizer:
Snip off a piece of hanger right above one corner. Than just slip the ribbon spools onto the hanger, tape back together and it hang wherever you want to.

Bubble Wand:
Pour bubble solution into a nice big baking dish and have a blast!

Barrette Holder:
Tie some ribbon onto the bottom of the hanger and snap the barrettes on the ribbon.

Important Mylicon Gas Drops Recall

1 ounce bottles of Mylicon Gas Relief Dye Free Drops, sold from October 2008-November 2008 were recalled because some bottles have metal fragments, which occurred from the manufacturing process. You can call 800-222-9435 for product replacement or a refund.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Alyson Hannigan & Alexis Denisof Welcome Baby Girl!

It's a girl! Actress Alyson Hannigan and her husband, actor Alexis Denisof, welcomed their baby girl Satyana Denisof on March 24, 2009 in Los Angeles. This is their first child who were married in 2003. They successfully kept the baby's sex a secret during their pregnancy and are looking forward to parenthood!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Conquering Constipation

So for those who know me, you are aware of the constant battle my child has with constipation. She struggled with gas issues when she was a newborn, but began struggling with constipation at 6 months of age, when she began solids. To help with her constipation, we gave her what the pediatrician and everyone else recommended “give her anything that starts with P (prunes, peaches, peas, and pears), apple/pear/prune juice, stay away from rice cereal, massage, and warm bath.”

As she grew older, new solids where introduced (very slowly) and we had to find the right balance between solids and liquids. It worked temporarily, but at times would still struggle with severe constipation. After about 3 months and no additional assistance from the pediatrician, I was furious and went on my own hunt…to conquer her constipation.

What I discovered was some babies do not get enough fat in their diet…basically the extra fat moistens their stools. And with my daughter eating all those fruits and veggies she probably wasn’t getting all the fat she needed. The secret is Flax Oil. I gave ½ teaspoon in the morning and within hours she was unplugged. I was amazed at how quickly and effectively it worked. Now I put about 1 teaspoon in her milk or food everyday and she very rarely gets constipated. If I notice her stools hardening than I give her an extra teaspoon in her lunch.

Flax oil is located in the natural section of most grocery stores. You can either buy the seed and grind it yourself or oil. Just watch out…if you give your child too much their stools will get runny. Of course you should check with your child’s pediatrician if you have any additional concerns. But I just really wanted to share how we conquered the struggle with constipation. No one told me about Flax Oil, so I am spreading the word!

Here's a couple of links that may be helpful!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Being A Storyteller

Even though my daughter is only 14 months, she loves it when I create a story that's not in one of her books. Here are some guidelines that I tend to follow when I tell her stories.

  1. Start with a fun lead character. Someone that is familiar like your child, a pet, or an animal.

  2. Take the time of day into account. Bedtime stories should be the action stories for during the day.

  3. Tailor the tale to your child's interests. Create a story around what you child enjoys. If he is into trucks, have the lead character be a truck driver.

  4. Work in suggestions (great for older children). Ask your child for their input. They'll love it when their ideas come to life!

  5. Vary your tone. Be upset when there is a sad part and speed up to convey action. Add funny sounds to make the story more exciting. Even young babies can distinguish the tone of your.

  6. Choose the perfect ending. If you finish the story with a cliffhanger, your child will anticipate the next story time.

Is This (Poop) Normal?

OK, so who really wants to go there? But in reality we all wonder if our baby’s poop is normal! Sudden changes in poop can be very concerning, especially for new mother’s. So here is a little informational table to inform us all:

Tarry & Sticky Black Poop. For the first week or so, your baby’s first poop is called meconium. Looks weird, but totally normal.

Mustard/Yellow Poop. Yellow, seedy, and runny common for breastfed babies.

Green Poop. It usually comes from their waste moving quickly through the tract.

Tan Poop. Tan-colored and soft are normal for formula-fed babies. As solids are introduced your baby's poop will become browner and smellier.

Multiple Color And Color-Changing Poop. As long as the colors are listed above there’s nothing to worry about. Baby poop changes colors on a regular basis.

Chalky White Poop. Could indicate that there is no bile from the liver to digest food. Call the doc.

Tarry Black Poop. When NOT the first poop, could mean there is blood in the digestive tract. Call the doc.

Bright Red Blood Poop. Blood has been expressed very close to the anus (i.e. no time to turn black.) Call the doc.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Some Good Books

With much information and so many books have you ever wondered where to find the good/useful information? I decided to create a list of books that have inspired me over the past two years.

Secrets of the Baby Whisper by Tracy Hogg. This book gave me insight in discovering my child's temperament and how to communicate and understand my baby, treating her the way I would like to be treated. You'll also get helpful tips on setting your baby on a routine within weeks by using E.A.S.Y. This book is a MUST for all new moms!!!

The Vaccine Book by Robert W. Sears, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Being a new mother, the hype surrounding vaccinations scared me (to say the least). But this book was very informative. Instead of giving parents advice, it provides an in-dept look at each vaccine and disease, including, ingredients used, side effects, and the rarity of diseases This book gave me the knowledge and understanding to assist my family in making a good decision for our child. Please, talk to your child’s pediatrician about any concerns you may have.

The Wonder Weeks by Hetty Vanderijt, Ph.D, and Frans Plooij, Ph.D.
When Alexis was about 3 months, I was very discouraged with her behavior. Her sleeping, eating, attitude, and just about everything went on the frits. This book gave me courage and understanding why Alexis was acting the way she was. The Wonder Weeks will take you through the first 14 months and outline the 8 major development periods. Providing charts, calendars, and checklists, this book will teach you how to aid your baby through these fussy periods and track their progress.

Be Prepared by Gary Greenberg and Jeannie Hayden. This is a survival manual for guys entering fatherhood. My husband (and I) have been inspired with the insights, tips, and advice on conquering the first year of our child’s life.

Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Pregnancy by John Adams, M.D. and Marta Justak. This book provides advice and information from conception to post-delivery. I really enjoyed that this book was written by both and OB/GYN and a mother. So you will get both perspectives on a variety of issues.

Louder Than Words by Jenny McCarthy. What this book taught me was you must be your own advocate for your child. Go to whatever length to get the answers you are looking for at whatever cost. If you do have an Autistic child, Jenny does an awesome job taking you through Evan’s journey of Autism and his recovery.

Please feel free to comment and share any books that have inspired you!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


So I am very excited that to set up this new blog. I am a first time mom of a 14 month baby girl Alexis, who is a wonderful blessing to our family. I had a full term pregnancy with no complications and a smooth delivery. I nursed her for a full year than successfully weaned her to milk.

For those who are curious Mom 2 mom is blog that discusses baby health, education, pregnancy, breastfeeding, toys, immunization, and other topics that matter a lot to mothers.

I am continually expanding my research on mom and baby topics and very interested in sharing this information. I look forward to sharing my knowledge with other parents in the near furture, so stand by for future posts!