Nov 29, 2015

You Don't Have to be SuperMom

I'm sure some of you have noticed my hiatus from writing lately. At least I hope someone has.  I mean, there is someone reading what I write, right?!  Besides you, Mom.

I don't know.  It's kind of felt like I haven't had much to say lately.  I mean, many of you consider bloggers to be experts in their niche, right?  Isn't that our whole point of being here? I chose parenting as my niche, because when I first became a mom I knew it all!  Oh buddy, was I wrong.  I mean, when they were tiny, I knew when to feed them, how to get them to sleep, what was wrong when they cried.  Now that they're getting older though, the more I get that overwhelming urge to run away.

The two year old will be whining, the four year old wants to fight and argue with everyone, the house has become a disaster that would make my own mother disown me, and I don't even know where to start to fix any of it.  Or if it's just all normal.

It's 11am on a Sunday.  One kid is still in his pajamas, and the other... well I'm lucky if I can keep a diaper on her.  Right now she is hopping around in a pillowcase like she's gonna win the world championship sack race, while Bubba is chasing her on his bike.  There's pillows and blankets everywhere and what I'm pretty sure is crumbled up toast from their breakfast all over the rug.  And right now? I'm just happy that they aren't yelling for me.

That's what being a mom really looks like.  At least in my world.  Maybe your kids have their hair fixed at all times and their toys are all put away.  Maybe you made a full breakfast and sat down to eat with them, while I was thrilled that mine were taking bites of their eggs while running circles around the house because getting them to eat anything is like pulling teeth.

Sometimes you have to relax I guess.  Trying to fit into this SuperMom role doesn't always turn out how you want it to, and you can't let it get to you.  That's what I have to keep telling myself lately, because otherwise I would feel completely hopeless.

Then I think about how amazing my kids are.  When they're making that mess with the pretend food, it's because they were making lunch for Momma.  When she refuses to wear pants, it's because she wants to be a big girl and pee on the potty.  When they're crying about not being able to go into the kitchen with me, it's because they want to help and to be closer to me.

One day, I'm going to realize that I can't remember the last time we laughed at bubble beards, because I was in too much of a hurry to let them have a bubble bath and play in the tub.  My daughter wont want me to sing to her anymore at bed time, my son will stop coming to me to kiss his boo-boos, and they're both going to grow up one day and have families of their own.

Life is too short to waste.  It's time to remind myself that instead of getting overwhelmed and feeling like I'm doing something wrong, I need to focus on the things I'm doing right.

Nov 14, 2015

The Importance of Gratitude

In an increasingly individualistic society, it’s hard to understand why we need to be grateful and what the benefits of gratitude are. On the one hand, we are used to provide for our needs alone (most people feel that money can and should buy almost anything), and on the other hand, if someone helps you, your first thought is to do something in return and be even, instead of feeling and expressing authentic gratitude.

So why is gratitude such an important value if everyday life suggests we can live without it?

Gratitude means, first of all, understanding and valuing the kindness that stands behind a good action directed at you. Feeling of loneliness and alienation disappear when you realize that someone out there really cares about you - gratitude works like a social binder that brings people together.

People who make a habit out of expressing gratitude enjoy a wide range of benefits with a direct impact on their well-being:

Being happy

Researches have suggested that people who are grateful are also happier. Cultivating gratitude brings other positive emotions as well, such as feeling energetic, enthusiastic, empathetic and hopeful. The good thing about relying your happiness on gratitude is avoiding the negative phenomenon called hedonistic adaptation – for instance, if you are happy only because you have money, you’ll need to have more and more money in order to experience the same level of happiness in the future. With gratitude, the level of happiness increases as we make habits like holding a daily gratitude journal.

Improving health

Several studies performed in the last years have shown that people who keep a gratitude journal exercise more, sleep better, and experience fewer physical symptoms. Feeling gratitude instantly induces a relaxation response and tackles the symptoms of depression. Gratitude has extraordinary effects on sleep – people who count their blessings often enjoy improved sleep quality, have increased sleep duration, and need less time to fall asleep. Gratitude has also been linked to a lower risk of developing coronary diseases as it lowers stress levels.

Eliminating negative feelings

It’s hard to achieve results by simply saying “From now on, I will improve my self-esteem”. Negating bad feelings will not make them disappear instantly – you need to replace them with something good, and gratitude is the root of all these positive aspects: optimism, spirituality, altruism, confidence, and empathy. The result is developing a brighter personality.

Boosting your career

Do you know the main reason why most people quit their job? You have probably dealt with it too – not receiving recognition in the workplace. Gratitude makes wonders both for people who express it and for people who receive it. Gratitude strengthens the relationship between mentors and protégés, encourages networking, makes managers more effective, and improves decision making skills. A workplace where gratitude plays an important role is more enjoyable and allows people to advance their careers.

Making your days better

There’s a famous quote saying “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” (Annie Dillard). Gratitude has the power to change your day for the better. Let’s say you are having a bad day because you had an argument with a friend, someone yelled at you, or you were stressed at work. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and think only about the bad things in your life. Your mind frame won’t change unless you decide to do so, and one of the most efficient ways of immeditaley feeling better is thinking of the things you need to be thankful for: being loved by family and friends, having a roof over your head, and simply being alive.

Improving your personal relationships

Every friend, family member or co-worker we come in contact with will make us angry at some point. Instead of reacting in anger and getting mad at them, stop for a moment and think of the reasons why you should be grateful for that person – such as the good things they have done for you. Switching your attitude will enable you to express your discontent without hurting them or being rude.

Learning how to feel and express gratitude is like getting lemons and making delicious lemonade instead of complaining about their sour taste, don’t you think so? In the end, everyone will be happier!

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Nov 12, 2015

Private Schools Can Offer Educational Advantages for Parents and Students

The first Catholic school in the United States was established in 1606 in the town, which is currently known as St. Augustine, Florida. The school was founded by the Franciscan order. Georgetown was the first Catholic college that was formed in 1789. Georgetown continues to be one of the most prestigious universities in America. Since the 17th century until present-day, thousands of private schools have been established. According to the Council for American Private Education (CAPE), there were 30,861 private schools in the United States during the school year of 2011 and 2012 and more than five million enrolled students. 42.9 percent of students attended Catholic schools, 19.8 percent attended nonsectarian schools and 14 percent attended conservative Christian schools.

Private school education provides parents with the choice to determine which program matches their expectations. Many parents who select private schools over public education are satisfied with overall structure of the programs. Some of the factors that parents consider are the teacher to student ratio, disciplinary effectiveness, academic standards, graduation rates, standardized test scores and opportunities for student to partake in extracurricular activities. Some parents also incorporate the schools’ religious foundations in their school selection criteria.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, parents are more satisfied with the opportunity to select the right schools as opposed to being required to enroll their children in a district neighborhood school. Some parents believe that public school districts may not provide students with a well-rounded education, and many fail to meet the needs of students. Many parents also believe that private schools offer a better learning environment and more one-on-one attention from teachers.

When determining which schools offer the best private education, parents must conduct research on the each school’s ability to provide the right environment and education that's needed for their children. If you’re considering private school, you should first discern the specific needs of your child and jot down your expectations. There are websites available online, such as Private School Review, to help you create a list of schools in your area. You can determine which schools offer the right schedules and curriculum for your child and whether the tuition fit within your budget. If you’re looking for single-gender schools, you can also find this information throughout your online research. There are many schools that are designated as girls’ schools and boys’ schools, like the Archer School for Girls listing. Before making the final decision, tour the school, get a feel for the environment and discuss your questions and concerns with the school administrative staff and teachers.

When a parent is actively involved in his or her child’s education, it can result in a positive outcome as a whole for the child. One of the beginning steps that a parent can make to show support to the child is to select the school that offers the best education all-around. Many private schools have strong foundations in providing quality education and guiding students to become successful and productive citizens in society.

Nov 9, 2015

Reducing Spit-Up: GERD vs GER and how Enfamil A.R.™ Can Help

Tracking PixelI received product and compensation from Mead Johnson Nutrition to create this post written by me. All experiences and opinions expressed in this post are my own and not those of Mead Johnson Nutrition. Consult your pediatrician before making changes to your baby's diet or if you have concerns related to your baby's digestive health. Please see the product label/website for acceptable use and benefits. You can contact Mead Johnson Nutrition with product related questions or comments toll free at 1-800-BABY 123 or through the Contact Us link on Enfamil A.R. or

When my four year old was a newborn, he was... how should I put this? A productive burper. After a feeding, I would lay him up on my chest, pat his back a few times, and then shudder as the spit-up rolled down my shoulder. I tried several things that the pediatrician recommended: like keeping him upright after a bottle and stopping after every ounce to burp him. He still spit up. That's when we found out about Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER for short), or uncomplicated reflux.

Not to be confused with GERD or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (Acid Reflux), GER isn't usually a result of excessive acid production. Though parents often associate frequent spit-up and irritability with acid reflux, about two thirds of otherwise healthy infants may have uncomplicated reflux. It's common for babies to spit-up while their digestive system develops, and every baby has periods of fussiness and irritability.

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends conservative management and lifestyle changes as first line options and advises against the overuse of medications that reduce the production of gastric (stomach) acid. One of these changes includes using thickened feedings such as Enfamil A.R.™. Enfamil A.R provides the benefits of thickened feedings with more balanced nutrition and less hassle compared to adding rice cereal to formula.

My little guy would've really benefited from using a formula like Enfamil A.R. We had the joy of adding extra rice cereal to every one of his bottles; and let me tell you­ the measuring, shaking the bottle until it all dissolved (that was a workout in itself), cleaning the dried cereal from the bottles... hassle wasn't even the word I'd use.

Enfamil A.R. is the #1selling brand of formula for spit-up and is clinically proven to reduce spit up by over 50% in infants with frequent spit up while still providing the complete nutrition your baby needs to reach key milestones.

Oct 28, 2015

Pharmaceutical Profession and You! Drugstore

For most people, pharmacies are completely different than any other type of shop. Most of them exuberate with cleanliness. It is only to be expected given the importance of hygiene in such places. Medicines need to be kept in certain temperature, humidity and light otherwise; they could turn bad in no time. Nevertheless, even though pharmaceutical shops are quite specific, same rules apply to them as any other type of shop.

Have in mind that profit is what drives any company. Pharmacies and pharmaceutical industry in general are regarded as one of the most profitable undertakings. However, there is always a price to success. The fact that companies are achieving high profit means that it will attract more competition. This is at the same time, the biggest problem within this industry. Companies are forced to constantly think of new medicines so that they can remain relevant. Anyway, this makes research and development the most important branch of any organization. Under this pressure to constantly provide new drugs (and more importantly to invent new drugs in order to compete with other companies), pharmaceutical giants often disregard some general rules sending volatile medicines on market. Due to this, there is a great mistrust towards them in last couple of decades.

Similarly goes for supplements. These products are some of the newest and most popular items which you can purchase in every pharmacy. Unlike regular drugs, they can be called ultimate product because they can be used by both sick and healthy alike. Fast growth of this market led to appearance of numerous vitamins and minerals that do not fulfill their function. There is public debate in USA as to how to regulate this market and allow only proper medicines. Specialists from You! Drugstore warn consumers not to rush when it comes to shopping. Instead, they should check each product individually and decide whether the thing which is being purchased is fulfilling its role.

Back in the days, pharmacies were local undertakings that meant to provide patients with drugs. Nowadays, they are similar to any other store when it comes to marketing. Pharmacists are willing to force drugs with high profit margin upon user, whether they can perform well or not. In a sense, your average pharmacist is very similar to any other salesmen, which is not necessarily positive. Additionally, pharmacy owners invest good money into training of these individuals. Adequate skillset is needed in order to properly promote and sell products.

But, even with all its downsides, pharmacies have seen certain improvements. Online shopping was recently introduced into this business that allowed more comfort for patients. Even though most pharmacy owners will claim that internet had negative impact on their profit (because patients will buy only the drugs which they need) it allowed them to do business with less expenses. At the same time, today it is possible to cover much bigger area and to store all your medicines in one place. This makes logistics better, especially for pharmacy chains.  

Oct 26, 2015

Honest Toddler Food for My Honest Toddler with Sprout® Organics

My two year old... Oh man, is she funny!  She takes everything so literally, and doesn't miss a beat when it comes to sharing her opinion with the world.  Her most recent challenge has been potty training, and we're still working on making it a more regular thing.  Yesterday, we had this conversation:

Me:      Kaya, do you want to go poop on the potty?
Kaya:   No, Momma.  I will poop IN the potty.

I mean, seriously.  How cute is that?  She's one of those unabashedly honest, pure kids that doesn't realize how funny she is, but has me cracking up all day long.  

I'm so happy to be working with TapInfluence and Sprout® Organics to let you all in on my little secret when it comes to making sure she gets the nutrition that she needs, without all of the chemicals and preservatives.  She's my honest toddler, so I want to make sure she's eating honest foods.

Available at Publix, Sprout® Organic Baby Food offers nutritious and delicious baby and toddler foods.  USDA certified organic, it is the only baby/toddler food with no additives, fillers or flavors in any of its recipes.  Honest ingredients that match the flavors on the front of the package, Sprout® makes food that I'm happy to give my little one.

Our favorites are their Superfruit blends.  With combinations like Apple, Apricot & Strawberry; Pear, Cherry & Acai; and Plum, Apple & Blueberry, I know my Kaya is getting beneficial nutrients without any of the chemicals or preservatives.

Sprout® Organic Food  provide a balance of wholesome and organic vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and proteins to encourage a love of healthy foods right from the start. Their foods are also less acidic, since they don't use harsh acid preservatives, like citric or malic acid, in their purees. And they honestly name our recipes, so we know exactly what we're feeding their children.

real.honest.pure.  That's what my daughter is, and that's what I want to give her to eat.

Do you have an honest toddler?  Tell me one of your favorite stories in the comments below!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sprout® Organic Baby and Toddler Foods. The opinions and text are all mine.

Oct 15, 2015

#NannyNoseBest Boogie Wipes Giveaway

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Oct 6, 2015

Smart Machines by Brain Crunch

You know how you'll sit for hours watching your little ones, daydreaming about their future occupation?  I've convinced myself that my little Sammy-man is bound to be an engineer.  He spends so much time building his towers and "robots" - that big brain of his in full imagination mode. S.T.E.M. toys are my favorites for my kids, to keep them learning as they play, so needless to say I jumped at the chance to work with Brain Crunch for a review of their Smart Machines.

We received the Smart Machines - Blue Edition, a build-it-yourself remote controlled machine kit that is a blast for the whole family.  Each kit comes with a color step-by-step (with pictures) guide on how to build the machines, making it easy for me to follow along too while the little guys build.  My favorite part is that there's plans and pieces to make four different machines - meaning that they can tear down their creation and make an entirely different one, keeping them busy and having fun.

Each machine's plans shows a difficulty meter, letting you know how challenging it will be to build. I would recommend starting with the easiest one, the duck machine, and gradually working up to the skier robot.  An included remote control means that after their machine is assembled, they'll be able to control it and show off their skills!

The best part?  There's no limitations to what they can make.  The four machines that the kit includes plans for are just the beginning - by the time they've mastered those machines, your kid will have the skills to create their own impressive machines to wow their friends and family.  There's no limit to the amount of learning fun that Smart Machines has to offer!

I'm including this in my holiday gift guide, because there's nothing better than a challenging toy to help your little ones expand their brains and work on their problem solving skills.  You can find Smart Machines on the Brain Crunch website for $59.99.

While I received the aforementioned product free of charge, all opinions are 100% honest and my own. 

Oct 1, 2015

Nature’s Bounty B Vitamins Help Me Supercharge the Weekend

This post is sponsored by Nature's Bounty®, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

I don't know about you, but by the time the weekend rolls around, I'm usually worn out from the hustle and bustle of the week.  All I really want to do is turn on the TV for the kids, curl up with a good book, and enjoy some quiet.  With three kids though, it never happens like that.  To be honest, I feel guilty for even thinking that, because I want to set a good example for them on how to be healthy and active.

Vitamin B is a great way to give me the energy support I need.* What I like most about it is how easy it is to add into my weekend routine and it doesn't let me down with any heartburn, bad after taste, or tummy upset like I have had in the past with other vitamins.

It's nice for the kids to see me take my vitamins along side them so I know they are not thinking "Mommy doesn't take hers so I don't want to take mine". I want to be the best mommy ever and let them follow by example.

I don't want to be the mommy at the park that watches the kiddos and holler from afar. I want to play on the swings, play tag, slide, and all that stuff. I want to get dirty.  Every day you strive to be your best. That’s why Nature’s Bounty® supplements are designed especially for you – they’re made with only the best possible ingredients and trusted quality for over 40 years.

I am so happy I have my Vitamin B by Nature's Bounty. It helps me get through my weekend with all of the activities that we have planned as a family.  B vitamins play a role in energy support by helping converting food into energy*. Vitamin B-12 is essential for the normal formation of blood cells and contributes to the health of the nervous system.*

*   These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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Sep 30, 2015

Help Wipe Out #DiaperNeed

Having a new baby is one of the biggest transitions your life can take.  Emotionally, physically... and especially financially.  A newborn goes through approximately ten diapers a day for their first month of life.  That's 300 diapers!  It adds up quick, and with all the other expenses you already have, plus the other expenses that come with having a new baby, it's easy to see why some parents struggle to afford to keep their little one's bottom covered.  That's why I'm working with AWHONN (Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric & Neonatal Nurses) and Mom It Forward for this sponsored post to drive awareness to diaper need and how you can help.

When my son was first born, my fiance was the only one working.  After rent, bills, formula... the essentials... we were completely broke.  I remember counting pennies a couple of times to make sure that my baby would have a dry bottom, but then sometimes that wasn't even enough.  It's heart-wrenching, embarrassing, and terrifying to be in that situation.  Luckily, one day I found a food bank that provided diapers to moms in need, and I can't even begin to tell you how grateful I was to not have to worry that week about diapers.  It was a complete blessing.

My story isn't an original one.  1 in 3 moms report experiencing diaper need - the lack of an adequate supply of diapers to keep a baby clean, dry and healthy.   5.3 million babies and toddlers living in low-income families are affected by diaper need.  Without clean diapers, babies are more prone to rashes, infections, extra visits to the pediatrician’s office, and in the most extreme cases, hospitalization.  Healthy Mom&Baby magazine, the nurses of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, Kimberly-Clark, and the National Diaper Bank Network are partnering for Diaper Need Awareness Week and asking that you donate diapers to families in need in your community from now through October 4.

Now that we're financially better off than we were those almost 5 years ago, I pay it forward by donating diapers to help another mom who may be in that situation.  You can donate diapers too, by visiting

What are the health risks of diaper need?
  • Not having enough clean diapers means parents may change their baby’s diapers less frequently than needed or worse, dry out diapers for reuse.
  • Health experts recommend that parents use disposable diapers. They can better protect baby’s skin by wicking away moisture.
  • Children can’t attend childcare without a sufficient supply of disposable diapers. (Most childcare facilities and laundromats won’t accept cloth diapers.)
  • Without enough diapers to enter childcare, parents may be forced to leave work and forgo paycheck to care for their baby.
  • Diaper need affects not only a child’s health, but the overall well-being of the entire family.

Please make a difference and go to to donate TODAY.

This post was made possible through a partnership with Mom It Forward and AWHONN.

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