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Mama’s Boy

28 Mar

and that he is. Just like I like it.
Here is my little man, enjoying the heck out of some yogurt.
Don’t be shy…. SMILE!

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Random Thoughts

27 Mar

Occasionally I have a post with an array of topics. It’s when I have one of those do everything days. That’s today. I don’t know if it’s the 2 cups of iced coffee or the gospel music playing…. yeeeah… sometimes that happens… AMEN KIRK FRANKLIN! (I’m serious.. if you need some Redbull just listen to Gospel= same effect, Just don’t let your Jewish husband catch you singing “Ohhhh Jesus!”)  So enjoy my home organizing, cooking, muffin making, book loving, puzzle reviewing, explosion called Tuesday. wait.. It’s Tuesday right?

This is during breakfast- Peanut Butter Face

Making Pesto Pasta with Cherry Tomatos… boil…

Add Olive Oil to Pesto Powder.. few spoons.. to your liking..

Chop your tomatoes…

Toss. It’s super simple. Super easy, healthy and my Husband loves it. ❤

Also made Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins with a Wilton Heart Pan.. when you flip the hearts over you have this perfect place for a scoop of vanilla ice cream. This was a request from the Man of the House…

2 Books I am obsessing over right now.  I just discovered The Pioneer Woman‘s blog which saved my life (& wallet) with a homemade Iced Coffee recipe- AMAZING. Love her book, full of colorful photos & goes with you step by step so you visually see. Cake Pops is from another blogger Bakerella— Thanks Sis! It was a birthday present and I love this one as well. I love baking and decorating cakes so this is super cute. Lots of ideas for upcoming holidays and birthdays.

My kids were fighting over a Melissa & Doug puzzle non stop so I had to hide it until I bought another one.. Now life is good. They are latch puzzles, they love opening each little door and placing the magnetic puzzle pieces in. My son is 1 and my daughter is 2.5 so this is great for all age ranges.

LAST CHANCE TO WIN!

6 Apr

Again… If you want to WIN a My Duo Double Stroller by Stroll-Air you must, must get to their contest page and get going!
CONTEST PAGE STROLL-AIR

This baby comes packed with all the features we need and it is so user friendly. So here goes:

*Fully adjustable handlebar height
*Dual-facing seats (easy to click in and out and lightweight)-takes about 2 times to get the hang of it but after that it’s easy – one baby can face you and the other out or both facing you or both out – takes about 10 seconds to switch
*Napper bars w/ strap
*Fully reclining seats sits at about 85 and 180 degrees
*Fully adjustable footrest – keeps kiddos feet from dangling
*Wind/Rain Covers
*Mosquito Nets
*Umbrella
*Boots (footmuff)
*Air pump
*Diaper Bag – attaches to handlebar
*Swivel/Lockable Front wheels
*BIG basket
*Coil shocks

Good Luck!

New Obsession…

29 Mar

Usually I obsess over new trends, debuting cars, shoes, and brand spankin’ new gadgets (uh hello, iPad 2) but there are times in the baby world where there is a product so awesome and kick butt that I can’t help myself. Well, I just had a baby 2 weeks ago, and I have been on the double stroller hunt for months…6 months to be exact. I didn’t want to make the same mistakes I did before. I bought the Quinny Buzz for my daughter and ended up unhappy…and it ended up on Craigs List.
So I found an expert to help..the Stroller Queen. I paid her a fee to help me hunt down the perfect stroller for all my needs. I took a quiz of about 10 questions. Like, How important is the fold? What type of area do you live in? Urban? Small Town? How much upper body strength do you have for lifting into a car, etc…
So we went back and forth for a week or so, after looking at tons of sites, reading blogs, watching tons of You Tube reviews, and asking millions of annoying questions, she finally found my perfect stroller.

The Stroll Air Duo!

Look at this beauty!

Here is some info about it and why I am now obsessed, and a Stroll Air Fan.
Basically it’s a side by side double buggy, but what makes it unique is that it can accommodate two full sized car seats onto the chassis.
Not that I personally need that but if you have twins then bingo! If you’re thinking that it will be impossibly wide, one of the seats mounts slightly lower than the other so it still manages to only be 29″ wide so easily glides through doorways. So that means I can go shopping in New York and get in and out of stores without getting myself all frazzled.
The fully rotating wheels make it easy to turn on a dime and it has fantastic manoeuvrability. My biggest issue with the Quinny Buzz was the front wheel, It would get stuck at the worst times!  So that was a big selling point to me, easy to move!
The air filled wheels make easy work of grass and mulched surfaces and the  wheels can be locked straight for even rougher terrain. It comes with two seats which can be positioned independently so that you could have your toddler facing forwards while your infant can face you. That was also a big selling point to me… I like the choice of having my kids face me. And I also Love the fact I can have a car seat attached or bassinet.
The seats have a fully flat recline which is quick and easy to adjust, as well as adjustable footrests and bumper bars. Each has a huge canopy to shade from the sun and comes with a mesh net and a rain cover. The handle bar can also be adjusted to suit the height of the adult carer and comes with a matching diaper bag.
It is easy to fold and has stand on end position in a half fold but when fully folded is very compact for a double buggy. Some serious thought has gone into the design of this Stroll Air double Stroller and for me it ticks all the boxes.

So if you have twins or 2 younger kids this is an amazing stroller! Even if you have a 3rd semi older child you can get the standing attachment. I can’t wait to get one!

Be sure to friend Stroll Air on Facebook too

They have contests randomly, who wouldn’t love to win a Duo? 😉

Your Green Baby

1 Feb

Should you supplement your toddler’s diet? What supplements should you give, if any? How much? When? How often?

Experts disagree on whether a daily multivitamin/mineral is a good idea for all children. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), for example, advises giving your child a supplement only if your pediatrician recommends one. Because so many common foods are fortified, most children don’t need supplements, the AAP argues. On the other hand, the AAP acknowledges that a multivitamin/mineral supplement won’t hurt as long as it doesn’t exceed the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for any vitamin or mineral. Other experts say that a daily supplement is a good way to fill in any gaps in your child’s nutrition.

Most experts do agree that:

  • As long as you don’t overdose your child on supplements (exceed the RDA for any one vitamin or mineral), a daily multivitamin won’t hurt.
  • Some children — like vegetarians, or those with sensitivities to certain foods, for example — might need a daily multivitamin/mineral supplement to meet their RDAs.
  • Supplements are not a substitute for good food, and they should never be used to justify a poor diet. If your child isn’t eating well, give him a supplement, but also take steps to improve his eating habits.

Personally I give a daily Vitamin, DHA 3, and probiotic to my daughter.  And even in the winter a dose of “Sniffle Stopper” (herbs that prevent the common cold)
Everything I use is all organic, gluten free, and vegan (except for the DHA). I take the same exact vitamins everyday except for adults all in pill form.

Here is some info on the daily preventative care I give my daughter and myself.

Probiotics – probiotics are good bugs or bacteria that live in our digestive tract, and provide us with health benefits beyond belief; in fact research continues today to discover what else these little “bugs” can do for us. Good bugs are still very important for your toddler. They aid in digestion, provide immunity, manufacture B vitamins and vitamin K among other things. If your toddler has been on antibiotics their good bacteria will have been wiped out along with the bad bacteria, this is an important time to re-inoculate the gut with good bacteria to ensure her immune system is strong and digestion is working well. Also if you have a baby girl antibiotics can give her yeast infections because it is taking all the good bacteria out of her system, another good reason to give her probiotics during this time. I give it daily, being on antibiotic or not.

At a year, I recommend moving to a child formulation or an adult formulation. I began giving Maya a children’s formulation in powder form at her first birthday. Half a teaspoon everyday mixed in her drink.

The benefits of probiotics include:
• They improve digestion by stimulating peristalsis, the rhythmic contractions of the large intestine
• They act as natural antibiotics helping to fight off bad bacteria in the gut
• They are responsible for the manufacturing of B vitamins and vitamin K. B vitamins are important for energy production and vitamin K for blood clotting.
• The usage of probiotics during pregnancy is linked to a decrease in eczema and other allergies in babies.
• Probiotics are important for immune health – believe it or not up to 80% of our immune system is located in our digestive tract
• Probioitcs have been shown to aid in the elimination of digestive complaints including gassiness, constipation, diarrhea and IBS
• Probiotics can also help to reduce symptoms of colic in your baby.

Supplementation with a good quality probiotic is suggested to ensure colonization for the digestive tract. You can find probiotics in some food products including yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, tempeh and miso but they will not contain enough to properly colonize your gut and provide maximum benefits.

Vitamin D – For all the same reasons this was important for your baby, it remains important for your toddler. You can choose to supplement or during the summer you can get your energetic toddler outside for some sunshine on unprotected skin – just 15 to 20 minutes 3 to 4 times per week is enough, before or after the strongest rays of the day. If you live in the north, supplementation during the winter months will be necessary as the sun is not strong enough for our bodies to produce vitamin D.

Supplementation recommendations for toddlers given by The Vitamin D Council are for  1000 IU per day for every 25lbs of body weight.

DHA – This healthy fat continues to be important for your toddler. The nervous system and brain are still developing; supporting this development with DHA is important. If you are still breastfeeding your baby will get DHA from you if your diet is sufficient. If he is not breastfeeding then you can begin to supplement with a DHA supplement, usually found in the form of fish oil. There are fish oil formulations for toddlers, usually flavoured to make getting in them a little easier. For vegetarians you can opt to use an algae source of DHA. It comes in a capsule. The photo above is Maya’s DHA in liquid form and strawberry flavored. I mix half a teaspoon in her coconut juice daily. And she drinks it up no problem!

Multivitamin – A multivitamin is really just insurance that your active toddler is meeting his needs for minerals and vitamins. As I mentioned earlier food and eating are not always a top priority for your toddler so providing a multivitamin will ensure they are meeting their needs and preventing a deficiency. The photo above is also Maya’s Multi Vitamin, in liquid form 2 full teaspoon is what I give her.

Vitamin B12 – This is an important vitamin that is lacking in a plant based diet. If your toddler is not fond of meat or if you are raising a vegetarian toddler supplementing with vitamin B12 is important. Vitamin B12’s primary functions are in the formation of red blood cells and the maintenance of a healthy nervous system. B12 is also necessary for the rapid synthesis of DNA during cell division. Not a necessary supplement for a meat eating toddler, but very necessary for a vegetarian toddler.

Good Luck and Keep your little bean Healthy and Happy 🙂

(This article is geared towards toddlers not babies under the age of 1 year.)

How Do I Discipline a Toddler Who Hits?

20 Jan

In addition to cuddling, sharing and being sweet, toddlers often display unpleasant, angry tendencies, such as hitting, screaming and biting. Don’t feel like your toddler is the only one. They all go through a stage like this! (Maybe in different ways.) Like many parents of toddlers, you may feel like your gentle baby turns into a tiny monster, wreaking havoc and distress with his or her bouts of anger. Teaching your child not to hit requires plenty of effort, including speaking to your child in a calm and positive manner. Your own behavior can make the difference between escalating and defusing the situation. So yes, my Toddler beats me up! Well ok, maybe I’m exaggerating a little. Wether it be the terrible 2’s, 3’s, 4’s or just a wild stage… I think almost every parent goes through something like this.

My daughter is 17 months, and just started.. shall we say testing her boundaries? ( Or is it testing mine?!)  Around 10-11 months She first started throwing her head back when she couldn’t get her way. She didn’t care where she was, what was behind her, She just threw her head back full force! As I leap over the sofa to catch her head before it hits the wood floor. Now if she can’t get her way she has a total collapse on the floor. Which is not as bad… I guess.  All in all she is a well-mannered child but she still is in the limbo of communication. She can’t fully express verbally what she wants and sometimes it causes these breakdowns… but I learned the art of distraction at this age is key. Always hug, kiss, and then try to move on to something else distracting her from whatever it may be be that upset her or frustrated her. As they say “Out of Sight, Our of Mind”

Here’s what I’ve learned. It’s more exhausting to discipline our children than to give in. BUT in the long run it’s worth it. Consistency is king. Our kids will push and push if there is any glimmer of hope that Mommy will cave. No means NO! You have to back up your position and stick to it. All caretakers must share your vision of what is and is not acceptable. Understanding the source of your child’s outbursts may help you avoid them and deal with them better. I m not an expert at any means, with only a toddler and one on the way, but I have learned that eventually kids tire of hearing no, they stop freaking out, and eventually stop insisting on what they cannot have.

Behaviors that trigger them can be modified. I do NOT mean you should call in sick and not go to work when your child is having a separation meltdown, I mean that tweaking your dialog to prep them may be helpful.

Here are a few steps to help with this “hitting” Stage: (Some Steps might be more usefully for older children)

Step 1
Inform him that hitting is an unacceptable behavior. Speak to him with words he can understand. Tell him to use his hands for gentle touches and not to hit others, including you and the family pets. Demonstrate this behavior by not lashing out in anger. I always say “No Maya, No Hitting, Kiss Mommy, Hug Mommy” Then give her a hug showing her what you should do. Let her hear in your voice love and compassion and that by hitting you She hurt your feelings. The usual reaction after that is She gives me a hug or hides her head in my lap, knowing what She did was inappropriate.

Step 2
Talk about anger. Let her know that everyone feels anger and this is a normal emotion. Differentiate between the feelings and the unacceptable actions, such as hitting and other aggressive behaviors. Help her recognize her angry feelings by verbalizing your own feelings of anger. Let her see how you deal respond to situations that make you angry. That suggestion is obviously for a semi-older child, My daughter is 17 months so not at this stage yet to discuss feelings but remember your Child is ALWAYS watching! If you are in the car and get full-blown road rage, your child witnesses this and copies this! You are her role model, so if you want a well-mannered, positive, loving child, Make sure you demonstrate these same practices in your daily life!

Step 3
Avoid anger triggers. Like adults, children tend to act their worst when they feel frustrated, tired and hungry. Reduce the likelihood of hitting by making sure your child gets adequate sleep and eats a well-balanced diet. Not that this can always be prevented, but it’s a nice goal to strive for. Minimize escalating temperaments by reducing your own level of stress, giving yourself time to relax and rejuvenate every day.

Step 4
Suggest acceptable alternatives to hitting and slapping. Let your young child know you understand how frustrating it feels to try to hold your anger inside yourself. Discuss and demonstrate ways to deal with anger, such as squeezing a pillow or walking quickly.

Step 5
Put your child in a brief time-out when he hits. Designate an area, such as a certain chair or rug, as the time-out area. Explain that hitting means stopping all activities and spending time in his time-out spot. Let him take two to three minutes to cool down. After the time-out ends, discuss his behavior and remind him that every time he hits he has to take a time-out. Do not allow him to watch television or play with toys during this disciplinary measure.


Step 6
Notice your child’s good behavior and compliment her on her achievements. Rather than harping at your child, focus your reactions on her ability to interact in positive ways. Verbalize your enjoyment and pleasure when she acts nicely and refrains from hitting. I think this is the most important Step! Dwell on the positive, praise her when she is doing well, and give lots of love! She will bask in the attention and glow with happiness when she gets cheers and hugs for a positive action, which in turn will encourage more positive actions.

Good Luck! And Always remember to give unconditional Love to your little beans! 🙂

Lighthearted Books for Mothers

29 Dec

I am a avid reader.. whether it’s books on Religion, Childcare, Cooking, or Business Ideas… If someone recommends a book to me, more times than not I pick it up. I was recently on a cook book kick and was devouring books on cooking tips, tricks and ideas.I recently just bought a few books geared towards mothers and motherhood. Not the typical parenting books, but books that make you laugh, feel like a woman, help show you a balance  between you as a person and you as a Mother… There is a TON out there!  If you are a new Mother or a Mother of 5 sometimes it’s good to pick up a light-hearted book, by Mother’s just like you telling it how it is.

A few of my Favs are:

Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth About Pregnancy and Childbirth–  More for the Pregnant New Mom, but it’s hilarious! Written by Jenny McCarthy
This book made me literally laugh out loud.. my husband would look over at me like I was a nut! Not really any scientific facts here, just a womans perspective of pregnancy and all that goes with it, the good the bad the ugly. Funny Book!

Life Laughs: The Naked Truth about Motherhood, Marriage, and Moving OnAlso by Jenny McCarthy, not as good as Belly Laughs but the next stage in her books… Having the baby, relationship between you and your husband, and balancing it all… Cute & Funny

If You Give a Mom a Martini: 100 Ways to Find 10 Blissful Minutes for Yourself–  Tips on finding 10 minutes to yourself. All about the balancing act, and making sure you give back to yourself so you can be a better Mother to your children. It’s true! If you neglect yourself in a way your neglecting your children! If you feel calm, relaxed, centered and positive your kids and husband all feel your energy. It is definitely intended to make life easier for all the stressed-out moms who juggle work, play, marriage, kids, household chores, PTA meetings, dance classes, and the list goes on and on. This damn book made me buy a Bedazzler!  No Joke!

There is a ton more, go to Amazon and read all the reviews to find what fits you!

Toddler Teething

27 Dec

After the first initial teething hump…you breath a sigh of relief. Finally able to see small pearly white tips popping up from your frustrated infants gums. All the frozen ice rings, rosy cheeks, and sleepless night were worth it. Time to move on..right? Not so fast. Be ready for round 2. Toddler teething.
There is good news and bad news when it comes to a teething toddler. The bad news is that the teeth children struggle most with, those that generally appear between the thirteenth and nineteenth month of age, are the largest in surface area and therefore among the most painful. Wait, remember I told you there’s good news. The good news is that now your child is likely old enough to communicate to you what’s wrong—that it’s his or her teeth that are causing the pain and general grouchiness. Sometimes.
My little one is 16 months old and still isn’t able to fully communicate with me what is bothering her… After her biting of the top of her sippy cup I got it.
It’s important to note that the same soothers that worked for your teething baby may not be safe or appropriate for a toddler. For example, an older baby with newfound strength could bite right through a traditional, liquid-filled teething ring. But here’s more good news: Most toddler teethers are old enough to improvise ways to soothe themselves. In our house it’s chewing on books. Not the kind of improv I was looking for, so we learned to clear out the good books, you never know when she gets the urge to chew!
After the two-year molars make their appearance, teeth generally take a “rest” for a few years, until the six-year molars and other permanent teeth start doing their thing, sometimes bringing with them memories of the moodiness and other side effects your child went though as a baby and toddler teether.

Good Luck! Remember all these little struggles are worth it 🙂  Enjoy every stage with your baby as she or he grows into Toddler-hood then into Pre-school-hood! It goes fast… so even the ‘tough’ times are apart of the process. Just give them as much love as possible and always, always, always be patient!

How to feed a Toddler.

11 Nov

With out losing your mind!

After my daughter graduated from the bottle to table food, I came to a point where I was frazzled with what to feed her.  Yes, at first its jared baby food, but slowly you introduce solids.. that’s when it can get tricky.
First… She’s a toddler, so that means she is picky and doesn’t always like what I try to feed her. Also at her age (15 months) she still can’t have everything under the sun.. and I want to be selective with what she eats, we all should with our children and ourselves! Mainly I stick with organic foods and snacks but I see myself getting into a weekly routine of the same old foods over and over, because I know that’s what she will eat.
Recently it’s been, Macaroni and Cheese, cereal,  yogurt, mashed banana, spaghetti, and these organic vanilla snacks. So It was a relief when I came across this site:  Weelicious

Which gives you ideas and tips for feeding the wee ones and making it fun in the process for them and less stress on you! Also they have some tips on healthy eating for yourself and making baby food!

Lunchskins!

30 Oct

For those of us who have kids, need to pack a lunch for ourselves or others, or just like to pack snacks in little plastic baggies, I found a better solution. Lunchskins.com
Reusable sandwich baggies and hoagie baggies…and they are supper cute! Check out the crabby baggie! You can wash the baggies in running water and let dry or throw in the dishwasher and your good to go!
They have been certified as lead, Bisphenol-A (BPA) and phthalate-free. Also helps reduce waste, saves you money in the long run, and they add a cute flair to your lunch!


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