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Stopping the Rise of Obesity


Did you know that Americans take in an average of 100 calories more than we need, every day?  If I'm honest with myself, some days I'm sure that the number would be 300+ more than I need.  

From Together Counts:
In May 2010, the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation made a commitment to First Lady Michelle Obama and the Partnership for a Healthier America to reduce 1.5 trillion calories from the marketplace by the end of 2015.
On January 9, 2014, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, an independent evaluator, confirmed that the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation had in fact reduced 6.4 trillion calories from the marketplace per year, exceeding the commitment by 400%.
The 6.4 trillion calorie goal represents a reduction of 78 calories per person per day, which includes adults and children. A study by Claire Wang, MD, ScD, Tracy Orleans, PhD and Steven Gortmaker, PhD that appeared in the May 2012 American Journal of Preventative Medicine concluded that in order to close the “energy gap” for children, a  reduction of 41 calories per child and adolescent per day would halt rising obesity levels in the United States. Additionally, James O. Hill, PhD has documented that reducing an average of 100 calories per adult per day will close the adult energy gap.
Those numbers are amazing!  By reducing the amount of calories we intake by just a small amount, we can fight obesity, not just in adults but in children too!   According to Dr. Oz - cutting just 100 calories a day means you can lose one pound per month.  Who doesn't like the sound of that??

Awesomely Funny Baby Onesies


Incorporating humor into everyday life is one way I keep from going insane.  What better way to show off your funny side than wearing hilarious t shirts?  Oh, I know!  Dressing your baby in funny onesies!

Here are a few that I think are awesome:

Tax Credit Baby Onesie
Silly Souls

Funny Baby Onesie: Boob Man
Walmart.com

Funny Baby Onesie: Diaper Make Me Look Fat?
Walmart.com

Funny Baby Onesie: As Seen on Ultrasound
Walmart.com

Funny Baby Onesie: Mom's Features, Dad's Fixtures
Sandbox Threads

Funny Baby Onesie: Look How Cute My Parents Used to be
Sandbox Threads

Ode to Snow


Oh snow!
How I loved you when I was younger,
before I knew...
2 hour delay?
oh, no school!
Those words had a different meaning
when I was a child.
Now I have my own, and I'm shaking my head in denial. 
Please don't close the school
for a light dusting of snow.
The roads are fine!
We're close enough to walk!
They'll get up, put on their shoes and socks,
and then they'll drive me crazy until the sun goes down,
No break for Momma when there's snow in the clouds.

#MC: New Year Healthy You with MinuteClinic

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for CVS/pharmacy MinuteClinic. I received promotional items as a thank you for participating.

A while back, I pulled a muscle in my neck playing with the little guy and needed to have it checked out. With two small children, it's hard to find the time to wait in the emergency room for a minimum of 4 hours (especially when it wasn't really an emergency) and my general practitioner wasn't able to fit me in for at least a week.  I needed relief right away!  A friend recommended CVS's MinuteClinic and I went immediately.  

The MinuteClinic is a walk-in clinic located in select CVS/pharmacy stores in 28 states and DC. They are open 7 days a week with evening hours - you don’t need to make an appointment!

DressFirst Prom Dresses

This is a sponsored post, written by me on behalf of DressFirst.com

I'm getting married.  We don't have a date set yet, and we don't have a very big budget, so I've just been browsing online to find specific elements for the wedding.  The dress for example - I can't spend a fortune on a wedding dress.  That's ok though, because I don't want the traditional wedding dress anyway.  I mean, I have two kids.  It's pretty apparent I can't really get by with wearing the virgin white on my wedding day. My style is more vintage and different.  I don't want to look like every other bride in history on my wedding day. So, I've been browsing for cheap prom dresses to find my perfect look.


DressFirst is a company that sells wedding gowns, special event dresses, wedding party dresses, and accessories at great prices.  They even sell gorgeous prom dresses.  

RECARO Car Seat Giveaway

Welcome to the RECARO Performance RIDE Giveaway!

Sponsored By RECARO

and
Hosted by More Than Mommy


RECARO boasts more than 100 years designing safe and comfortable seats, that they have now brought to child and infant car seats. Featuring side-impact protection, soft touch head restraints (made with PUR memory foam!), a 5 point harness, Easy Adjust technology and more.

Available in 9 color combinations, the RECARO is design, safety and comfort all in one beautiful, comfortable seat. You can find a full review from More Than Mommy.

5 Natural Home Remedies for Diaper Rash

5 Natural Home Remedies for Diaper Rash


5 Natural Home Remedies for Diaper Rash


My poor Kaya - I was just saying not too long ago that she's never had a diaper rash and then BOOM! now she does.  She had to take some antibiotics for a skin infection and now her poor little butt is red.  Since she just finished a round of antibiotics, I really don't want to subject her tiny little body to any more medicines if we can avoid it so I've been researching the top home remedies for diaper rash.  Here are my top five:

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Hurry, this deal is only available today, 1/16!  Don't blink or you'll miss out!

Winter Days: $100 Toys "R" Us Gift Card Giveaway


Welcome to the Toys"R"Us $100 Gift Card Winter Days Giveaway 
sponsored by Demagogue and hosted by The Parenting Patch

What it Means to be a Parent

Many of you probably wonder why this blog is called "Momma Without a Clue."  Why should I read a blog written by someone who doesn't know what they're talking about?  That isn't the case.  Sure, I have my clueless moments - but more, this blog is about my journey into parenthood.  Not knowing more than how to change diapers and feed a baby when I started this adventure, I learn more every day what it is that takes to be a parent.  It isn't all sugarplums and fairy dust, I'll tell you that right now.

Exhausted Mom

Being a mom isn't about changing a diaper - it's worrying how the heck you can afford diapers when you had to spend the last $12 of the week on formula.  

It isn't 2 A.M. feedings - It's freaking out when your baby refuses their bottle and falls asleep and then getting up with a screaming baby 4 times between midnight and daylight and then wondering how they're so happy and ready to play at 7A.M.

It isn't sleep training - It's letting your baby fall asleep on your chest in the hopes that you might get an extra two hours of sleep before they demand to be fed, or snuggled, or rocked.

It isn't "teething" - It's 5 gallons of drool, diaper rash, screaming, orajel, teething tablets, cold teething rings, and giving up when they decide that chewing on a wooden spoon is what will make them stop crying.

It isn't potty training - It's dropping everything that you might be in the middle of doing and running as fast as you can to the bathroom, scooping the little one up on the way, to make sure that they make it to the potty before there's a puddle in the floor (again.)

It isn't giving your child a bath - It's getting splashed, soaked, soap in your eyes, rubber duckies swimming, testing the water temperature, trying to clean the dirt off their cheek before they realize what you're doing.

It isn't planning your child's future - It's worrying to a point of panic if they are going to end up with the same anxiety disorders you have, if they are going to still love you when they turn into teenagers, if you will ever be able to afford a college education for them.

It isn't parenting - It's teaching your child how to be a good person, worrying every moment, loving harder than you ever thought possible, tearing your hair out, stepping on legos, breaking up fights, kissing boo-boos, making sure they eat, and being the best parent you are capable of being without messing them up too bad.

It's love.  Pure and simple.  


Florida Vacation Giveaway


3 days/2 nights of accommodations for 2 in FLORIDA! 
 Location Choices: 
Cocoa Beach, Daytona Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, 
Key West, Miami Beach, New Smyrna, 
Orlando, Palm Beach, St. Augustine or St. Petersburg. 
 Must be at least 21 years old. 

Wouldn't you love to win a get-away?  Here's your chance for a free 3 day/2 night vacation to Florida!

to giveaway an awesome Florida Vacation,
this giveaway will provide one lucky winner with
3 days and 2 nights worth of accommodations in Florida.

{Picture taken in St Petersburg, FL}

Ozeri INSTAVAC Food Storage Set Review

Disclaimer:  This post is part of an advertorial


With a new year beginning, I plan to try being a little more frugal.  Food waste is one of our biggest expenses around here, and it kills me!  Growing up without much in the fridge, I try to make sure my little ones always have enough to eat (and then some!) so sometimes food ends up going bad before it gets eaten.  I always end up tossing out fresh fruits and vegetables that have started to mold or wilt - half a head of lettuce and the quart of strawberries that I was planning to make dessert with ended up going out to the curb this morning. With Ozeri's new INSTAVAC Food Storage Container Set, our food will last longer and we will be able to save money.

green food storage containers

I Don't Spank

Someone asked me a few days ago how often I have to spank my son.  I was kind of taken aback, because I don't spank him.

I know every child is different, just as every parent is different. You have to cater your parenting style to  YOUR children, and even change tactics for each of your kids.

This is solely my own parenting technique when it comes to discipline – It’s what works for us.

I don’t like to spank. I was spanked, switched, hit with a belt, had things thrown at me, and yelled at until I  felt worthless. I was not abused in the traditional sense, as so many children are; I never had bruises or  broken bones. But the psychological wounds take so much longer to heal… I want my children to know that they are loved. There is a huge difference between guiding your babies  to make the right choices, and punishing them for being bad. That isn’t to say that Sammy is an angel –  he throws tantrums, occasionally hurts his sisters, acts like a wild child sometimes… he’s 3. It’s his job.

I do, however, prevent him from doing things that will hurt him or others by simple redirection. If he  does something that actually warrants punishment, I will make sure that he knows why he is in trouble  and make sure the punishment is appropriate for his actions. For example, if he is throwing toys – I  simply tell him to pick them up and put them in his room. There’s no reason to yell, because he listens  for the most part. If he ignores me or tells me no and continues to throw his toys, I will get down on his  level and explain why we don’t throw toys and tell him again to pick up his toys and put them away. If  he doesn’t listen this time, he will get a time out (one minute for each year – so 3 minutes for him) and  is usually so upset about getting into trouble that he will pick his toys up once time-out is over. 

Now this isn’t to say that he has never been spanked or that I have never lost my cool and yelled at him  – it happens. I am not a perfect parent and I will never claim to be. But it is never more than a swat on  his butt and only happens on the rare occasions that he is doing something really bad (Last week he was  trying to rip Kaya’s arms off – instant reaction was a “NO!” and a swat on the butt. He cried. I felt so  bad that I snuggled him and told him I was sorry… but I also made sure that he knew that it is not OK to  hurt his baby sister.)

What form of discipline do you use for your children?  What makes it work for you? 

$100 Paypal Cash Giveaway: 2014 Resolutions


Welcome to $100 Paypal Cash 2014 Resolutions Giveaway
Sponsored by The Leaker News and Hosted by Giveaway Monkey together with BloggieAway and Parenting Patch

Blogger Opp: HP Laptop Giveaway


Prize:

HP 2000-2d62NR 15.6" Laptop Computer - Black Licorice $529 plus one year insurance (total prize value $588)

 
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How To Create Custom Social Media Icons (with PicMonkey)


Momma Without a Clue: Blog Tutorial - Custom Social Media Icons

Today I figured that I would share with you all how to make your own social media icons.  You will need a background image, any one that you choose.  For this tutorial, I simply searched for "free backgrounds" and found a couple of websites that allow you to save their backgrounds for your use.  You could also use any picture that you've taken - be creative!

Clueless Momma's Top 3: Traveling with Baby

This post contains affiliate links

Yesterday we just got back from an over-night adventure to the fiance's brother's house.  It was only a two hour car ride, and then staying the night, and we headed back home before noon.  Shouldn't have been a big deal at all, but with three kids... there were definitely a few things I wish I had brought from home. So I decided to share with all of you my Must-Have List for Traveling with a Baby:



Sunshine Award


Thank you so much to Kareen from Pink Heartstring for nominating me for the Sunshine Award!  It really means a lot to me when my itty bitty blog is noticed by, well, anyone!  

So what is the Sunshine Award?  It is an award that is given to bloggers who are positive, inspiring, creative, or whose blog your just really enjoy reading.

Rules of the Sunshine Award: Answer 11 questions with random facts about yourself asked by your nominee. Then forward the recognition by choosing 11 other blogs and ask the bloggers 11 questions about themselves.

Here are the questions that Kareen wanted me to answer: 

1. As a mother, how do you consider blogging? Is it a job, a hobby or a past time?

As much as I would love for blogging to become my job or career, for now it is simply a hobby - a way for me to share my ideas and advice with other Mommas who may come across the same types of questions that I have already learned the answers to.

2. One challenging part of being a parent is to discipline the kids. How do you discipline your kids? Can you cite one example of a situation where you tried to teach them something?

Oh how I wish I had a good answer for this one.  Discipline is still one of those touchy subjects in my house - Dad's point of view is "I was spanked, I grew up fine."  I myself shy away from physical discipline and try to avert disasters before they happen.  On the occasion that "discipline" is necessary, I would rather sit my kids down and explain what they did that was wrong and how they could do a better job next time.  For instance, my three year old has a jealousy problem with my 8 month old daughter, and he will randomly walk up and hit her for no reason.  When this happens, I make him sit in time-out to think about why he shouldn't hit his baby sister and by the end of his 3 minutes of quiet time, he always goes over and kisses Kaya on the forehead and tells her that he's sorry.  It hasn't prevented him from doing it, but has taught him remorse.  So I can't say whether or not my method is successful - but I'm pretty sure that spanking him just teaches him that if someone makes you mad, it's ok to hit them.  

3. Since you are occupied with so many Super Mom stuffs, what do you enjoy doing when your child is not around?

This one may be a little different for me, as my two little ones are in daycare during the day and I have a lot of free time to myself.  During my kid-free hours, I usually work on my class work and spend time blogging.  

4. When you had kid/s, how did it affect your relationship with your husband, family and friends?

I've always been somewhat an introvert and never really spent time with friends, so that wasn't much of an issue.  I have found it is easier to make friends now that I have kids though - something about being able to relate to other mommas that brings us closer together.  As for my relationship with my fiance, we were brought even closer after we had children.  My family relationships have stayed the same.

5. All of us have dreams and aspirations in life. Did you achieve yours? Or was it detoured when you had a child?

My dream was to earn a degree in genetics and work in a lab somewhere.  But I ended up putting school off for far too long.  It was actually having children that opened my eyes and started pushing me toward my dreams again, even though they may have changed some.  I'm now in school working toward a degree in psychology.

6. Are you a shopaholic? What certain stuffs do you always get and can't resist to buy? Did that change when you had a children?

I'm not really a shopper.  Growing up poor taught me to be extra frugal, so except for a phase I went through when I had my first job and no responsibilities, I've never really made unnecessary purchases.  Until I had kids, anyway.  Now I have a hard time resisting the "OMG how cute" baby outfits and "he would really love this!" toddler toys.
  
7.  Did you look into maintaining a good figure, wearing makeup and fashionable clothes after giving birth?

I was one of the lucky ones, and I (please don't hate me for this) lost all of my baby weight right away.  As for wearing makeup and fashionable clothes?  I'm lucky if I have time to change out of my pajamas before starting my day!

8. What do you usually do when your child(ren) get tantrums? Do you yield to their demands or you impose discipline?

My three year old was a very late talker due to being tongue-tied.  Because of our communication issues, he would throw tantrums any time we couldn't understand what it was that he wanted.  It was scary for a while because he started hitting his head on the floor or smacking himself out of frustration.  However, with these tantrums, I neither imposed discipline (he was communicating in the only way he could figure out) nor did I give in to what it was that he was wanting (once I figured it out.)  I never wanted to reward that behavior simply because it scared me and I didn't want him to think it was ok.  Instead, I would hold him close and talk him through his upset until he could calm down enough for a reasonable conversation.  That still works now, even though the tantrums aren't as frequent.

9. My daughter loves Lalaloopsy and we are supportive of that. But we don't buy her every doll she wants. How do you spoil your kids while making sure that they will not get "totally spoiled"?

Cars.  My son loves any kind of car, motorcycle, truck... anything that he can make go "vroom" is something that he loves.  He doesn't go into a store expecting to get what he wants though, toys are for special occasions or special rewards. 

10. My daughter and I loves to eat ice cream a lot like everyday! What is one foodie that you and your kids love to eat together?

This is going to sound silly, but potatoes.  Again, with my little guy's tongue-tie, it was hard to get him to eat anything and I worried all the time that he wasn't getting the nutrition he needed - to the point of having to make him drink the Pediasure drinks to get a healthy amount of nutrients.  Then one day we discovered that he loves potatoes, so he and I will share a baked potato as a snack.

11. What are the crazy things you usually did when you were a teenager which you do not want your kids to do?

The teenage years.  Yeah, I had the full experience - the sex, the drinking, the parties... I think I might home school my kids when puberty hits haha

And now I have the honor of passing on the Sunshine Award to 11 other amazing bloggers who I believe fully deserve recognition!  

My nominees for the Sunshine Award:
Jennifer at Double Duty Mommy
Robin at Pink Dryer Lint
Talitha at Your Momstinct

And the questions for my nominees?
1.  Parenting isn't easy.  How do you make it through the roughest patches?
2.  Momma, Mama, Mom, Mommy, Ma, Mum... What do your kids call you, and is there a story behind why?
3.  Who is the woman behind the blog?  What do you like to do when you aren't writing?
4.  Bloggers get writers block - more often than not, I think.  How do you combat brain freeze when it comes to coming up with something new and original?
5.  When you aren't stuck listening to "Skinamarink" and "What Does the Fox Say" what music do you turn on?
6.  If your life was a movie, what genre would it be?
7.  I imagine my son as a computer genius and my daughter as a mad scientist - what careers do you picture your kids in?
8.  What topics are your favorite to write about?
9.  What one material possession could you never go without?
10. Are you where you want to be in life?  If not, what steps are you taking to reach your goals?
11.  What does blogging mean to you?

Gorgeous Bride Tiara Giveaway From MyEsoul

Gorgeous Alloy With Clear Cystal And Imitation Pearls Wedding Bridal Tiara

Welcome to the Bridal Tiara Giveaway from MyeSoul

MyEsoul is an internet shopping gallery with millions of products in categories ranging from wedding & events, clothing, cosplay & costume to computer hardware, electronics, cellular, home decorations and more.  Whatever it is that you're looking for - they've got it!

Looking beautiful on your wedding day is one of the most important things to any bride, so MyEsoul.com is offering one lucky Momma Without a Clue reader the chance to win this gorgeous Bridal Tiara!

Made from alloy with clear crystal and imitation pearls, this beautiful headpiece (valued at $35) would look lovely on any bride.  To win one for your very own, simply comment below with your ideal wedding look!

This post was sponsored through 4sponsor.com.  Giveaway ends 1/19 and the winner will be chosen via random.org.  Entrants' email addresses will be given to the sponsor.  Winner will not be chosen unless there are at least 20 entrants. Momma Without a Clue is not responsible for prize fulfillment.  By commenting, you are agreeing to these terms and conditions.   




7 Signs You are Too Comfortable with Your Significant Other

After you've been with someone for a couple of years, all modesty and self-preservation seems to fly out the window.  Especially after you've had kids.  Apparently, once your spouse has seen you push a kid out ("It's like a wet St. Bernard trying to come through a cat door!" was my fiance's reaction) they no longer worry about what they look like, smell like, or sound like in your presence.  And of course, women are no different, we tend to stop caring so much about impressing our significant other too.

So here ya go:  15 Signs You Are Too Comfortable with Your Significant Other.
Warning:  May be offensive to some
How to know you're been with your husband too long

Winter Days: $100 Crazy 8 Giveaway


Welcome to the Winter Days $100 Crazy 8 Giveaway sponsored by Gazers and hosted by The Parenting Patch

With winter days upon us, how does $100 to spend at Crazy 8 to help keep your kiddo warm sound? One (1) lucky reader of The Parenting Patch and Gazers will win one (1) $100 gift card to Crazy 8. 


To enter for your chance to win the Winter Days $100 Crazy 8 Giveaway, simply use the following Rafflecopter form. Good luck! Happy eating!

A Post About Me

Too often I get caught up in parenting my two babies and beautiful step-daughter that I forget to take a step back and remember who I am.  So today I feel like sharing a bit about the woman behind the "Momma" title - a glimpse into what makes me tick, what makes me, well, me.

I grew up in the mountains of North Carolina, in a small town that boasts a population of barely 1,600, where the stars shine bright and the crickets sing you to sleep.  Set in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, it wasn't uncommon to run barefoot through the yard or to go camping out in the woods.  We lived a dirt poor childhood - there was food on the table and a roof above our heads, but not much more than that.  

Source

Wordless Wednesday

New Year, New Baby Giveaway Hop: $25 juDanzy GC


Welcome to the New Year, New Baby Giveaway Hop
 hosted by Mama's Baby Cupcakes and co-hosted by So Easy Being Green and Viva Veltoro

Join us in celebrating the New Year and Michelle's new baby girl born this December, with this Giveaway Hop!

Focusing on items you'd want/need for newborns up to one-year old babies, this hop offers tons of baby gear - including bottles, blankets, toys, clothes, and more. After visiting my giveaway, you can use the linky below to hop around the other participating blogs - each blog has a minimum prize package of $25 per winner.

20 Finger Foods for Baby

Now that Kaya is starting to figure out the self-feeding thing, and baby food just isn't enough for her any more, I would like to share with you a few ideas for pick-up foods that baby can eat.

When to introduce finger foods:
Between 8-9 months, a baby will begin to show interest in feeding themselves by grabbing the spoon or trying to snatch food off of your plate.  

How to introduce finger foods:
Spread four or five pieces of finger food onto baby's highchair tray.  At first, baby may attempt to pick the pieces up by scraping them into the palm of his/her hand, but eventually (s)he will figure out the pincer grasp and pick the pieces up with their thumb and forefinger. 

Momma Without a Clue: Baby Finger Foods

Cooking with Toddlers



My little guy has had a fascination with following me into the kitchen lately, climbing up on the stool, and asking, "Help you cook?"  Kaya is usually always in the kitchen with me when I'm cooking - strapped into her highchair and chewing on something: a wooden spoon, rubber spatula, anything new and different so I can keep her entertained while trying to throw something together.  But now Sammy-man has been going through a jealousy streak and wants to "help" too.  At first, I wasn't sure if it was a good idea - I'm thinking hot stove, big messes, and sharp utensils.  

But the look on his face when I said no, and his squeaky little voice saying, "Sammy crying," made guilt fill me up and rethink my decision.  After all, there are so many benefits of having him in the kitchen with me:
  • Sammy's an extremely picky eater.  By helping to make his own food, he will learn more about it and want to taste his experiment (in theory.)
  • Having an extra pair of hands in the kitchen could help get dinner on the table faster, which means I'll have more time to relax and enjoy our dinner together.
  • He can entertain Kaya while I work on getting things going.
  • He makes an excellent gopher ("go fer" this haha).
  • He is learning to be more self-sufficient.
  • He is spending quality time with me.
So we decided to make pizza together tonight.  After washing his hands, he jumped right up on his stool and helped with every little bit.  I was worried that I would get stressed, but we actually had a blast!  He asked me what every little thing he could reach does, and I was happy to let him know.  He wanted to know the names of everything, and repeated them back to me just like a little parrot.  That in itself was amazing to me - since there has been so many issues with his speech.



Nutrition is extremely important during the toddler stage, when your little one's growth rate starts to slow down and their energy levels spike.  They should get between 1,000-1,400 calories per day.  My Sammy-man often refuses to eat so bringing him into the kitchen is a great way to get him interested in food.

Here's what the USDA's MyPlate Food Guide recommends for toddlers of two per day:
Grain - 3 ounces (1 ounce equals one slice of bread, 1 cup of cereal, or 1/2 cup pasta or rice.
Veggies - 1 cup
Fruits -  1 cup (1 banana equals 1 cup)
Milk - 2 cups (2 oz processed cheese equals 1 cup milk)
Protein - 2 ounces (1 ounce is equal to one egg, 1/4 cooked beans, or 1 ounce of lean meat)

As you can see, it isn't a lot of food that toddler's need - their stomachs are small so it's important to make balanced meals and snacks that really count. 

And, I'm happy to report, he ate a whole slice of pizza without complaining or spitting it out.  I do believe we now have a Mommy and Me hobby.  Next we'll try cookies =)

Does your little one help in the kitchen?  


Kiddy World Car Seat Giveaway

Hey everyone!  How would you like to win a brand new car seat for your little one?

Today I have the pleasure to feature the Kiddy World Plus Crafty Review and Giveaway Event. 
Below are just some of the things that Jay @Crafty Spices, has to say about this Car Seat and the details about the Giveaway.



"This truly is the last carseat anyone would have to buy, it goes from 22lbs (and 1 year) to 110lbs most children stop using a car seat before they reach 110lbs.

This Car Seat has really impressed me, while at first I was not totally sold on the idea of a shield instead of the 5 point strap that we are use to. Currently this is one of the features that I like the most. Once you have the seat secured to the car, it is really not going anywhere, you just seat you child put the shield over and tighten the straps, it really does not get any easier or faster.

Child sits comfortable on the seat and does not have the straps that many times are in there way, instead has a comfy-shield that acts as a pillow for regular on the go naps."

To read Jay’s full review follow this Link-Here


Crafty Spices with the sponsorship of Kiddy is offering us the opportunity to win a Kiddy Car Seat Winners Color Choice. This giveaway will begin January 06 and will end January 21, it is open to all U.S. and Canada residents age 18 and over, void where prohibited. One lucky winners will be randomly selected from all valid and verified entries.

Enter the rafflecopter for a chance to Win.
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Disclosure: Jay @Crafty Spices did receive a product for free and is sharing her personal opinion with all of us.  Her opinion may differ from ours and yours.  Neither Crafty Spices or Momma Without a Clue are responsible for sponsor prize shipment. Winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is selected.  All entries will be verified. 

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Zippy Fun Bandana Bib Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.


Kaya is teething, and the poor baby has been drooling like crazy.  So much so, that she even developed a small rash on her chin.  We've tried all kinds of bibs, but they didn't really seem to help.  The biggest problems were that the bib wasn't absorbent enough, they would hang down too far from her neck, or she would pull the bib off as soon as I put it on her (especially ones with velcro tabs.)

Not anymore!  We were sent a Zippy Bandana Bib to review, and it works perfectly!  Because of the extra fastening snaps, the bib is adjustable and fits snug against her neck (but not too tight.)  It is soft and comfortable for her, with a top layer of soft 100% cotton and absorbent fleece on the back.  They have so many cute styles, and for only $7 each you can have one to accessorize any outfit!

Here's Kaya in her new Red-White Polkas Fun Bandana:

Zippy Fun Bandana Bibs - Fashionable Fun For Little Droolers!


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

A Letter to My Children

My Babies,

I know I'm not the perfect momma.  I lose my patience, I am sometimes too busy to stop and listen to what you are trying to tell me, and on occasion I just feel like giving up.  It's been 3 years since I've had a good night's sleep, and that catches up to a person quick.  But I want you to know that I am trying.

Too often I get overwhelmed with dirty diapers and spilled milk that I sometimes miss the important things in life, like your sweet giggles and generous hugs.  Then, when you're off at daycare, my heart hurts because I'm not able to snuggle you.  You are both getting so big, so fast, and I'm so scared that I will miss something.

Sammy - I am so proud of you for everything that you do.  You're such a big boy!  I almost cried yesterday when you decided you were too big to sit on the potty and stood up instead.  You are so independent now that you feel like you don't need my help any more, but I want you to know that I am always here to help you when you change your mind or when things might get too difficult.  I know things are hard for you right now, having a new baby sister and not being the center of Momma's world anymore, but I want you to remember that I love you both the same, but I loved you first.  You will always be special to me, more special than you will ever know.  I need you to be my big helper, not to hurt your sister when you get mad.








Kaya - You started out this tiny little creature that I was almost scared to hold, in fear of breaking you.  So much has changed in the eight months that you have been here!  You are growing to be such a beautiful little girl, and I thank God every day for how healthy you are.  You are so smart and inquisitive, figuring everything out without Momma's help.  I was worried when you didn't seem to want to roll over, but then you started crawling and pulling up on everything in the same week!

To both of you - you are my world.  My life started the day I had you, Sammy, and was made even better the day Kaya joined us.

I love you, my Munchkins.

Love,
Momma


How to Design a Blog Header with PicMonkey

If you found your way here, I'm guessing you're an inspiring DIY'er when it comes to your blog's design. Sure, you could browse around Etsy looking for a custom header design, or hire a graphic designer to make one for you, but if you really want your blog to show off your personality, making your own is THE way to go.

Creating your own header doesn't have to be scary or over-complicated. Keep reading and I'll show you how you can make your own header with PicMonkey - a simple and easy to use (did I mention, free?!) online photo editor.


PicMonkey is one of my favorite online image editing sites because they offer so much in the way of designing and creating pictures that really stand out.

First things first - You will need to know the size of your blog. If you use Blogger, finding your blog width is as simple as going to your dashboard, clicking "Template", going to "Customize", and then looking under "Adjust Widths."

Dashboard>Template>Customize>Adjust Widths



As you can see, my entire blog is 1160px. Write your width down; this number is important since you'll use it in the next step.

Size Your Header

After going to PicMonkey.com, click on "Design." This will bring up a menu with several different options such as a Square, Facebook Cover, 4x6, etc. You will want to click on "Custom" and adjust the size to whatever size you want your header to be. I am going to enter in 1160 px for the width and 500 px for the height. This gives me a bigger canvas to work with than my actual header size.


Name your blog

If you click on the Tt symbol on the left-hand side of PicMonkey, it will bring up a list of fonts to choose from. Pick one that fits your personality, or your blog's style. For this tutorial, I used one of my own fonts and a premium font (must be a subscriber and pay the monthly fee for these- but if you use PicMonkey as much as I do it is definitely worth it in my opinion) but there are plenty of other great options that are free.


Choose the size and colors you want your text to be, and you can drag it to where ever you like it to be on the canvas. Remember not to fill the canvas completely, since we'll be cropping later.

Play around with several options and find what works the best. When you have your text the way you like, you can move on to the next step.

(Optional) Add an Overlay

The little butterfly button in the side menu is for overlays. You can choose to use one of PicMonkey's stock overlays, or you can upload your own. I decided to use the 'Cutimals' little hippos here.

Once you add the overlay, you can move it to where you want it to go. To place it behind your text, simply right-click your mouse and select "Send to back." You can select the color you want from the color menu, and use the slider to fade the overlay. That is what I did here:


Remove Background

Maybe this is just a personal preference, but when a blog has a colored background, I can't stand seeing a chunky header with a different color block standing out.  To remove the background from your header image, just go back to the edit menu and click 'Canvas Color' then check the box that says 'Transparent canvas' and click 'Apply'.


Crop and Save

Here's the part where knowing the length of your entire blog comes in handy.  If you want your header to stretch across the entire width of your blog, only crop it for height.  If you have a lot of blank space, however, you'll want to get rid of that to keep the image file size a little smaller.  

Just go back into the edit menu and click crop, then move the box where you want to clip your header.

Now, just click 'Save' at the top, and name your header. Just be sure to choose a .png extension if you used a transparent background.


Bonus: Reduce Size Before Uploading

By now I'm sure you've realized that larger file sizes take longer to load on your blog.  That's a total "eek!" when it comes to your header.  If you want to reduce the size of the file, without compromising the quality of the image, I suggest using a compressor like TinyPNG (free and totally online) before uploading it to the blog.  


As you can see, it's able to compress those image files drastically.

So there you have it, How to Design a Blog Header with PicMonkey.


If you're interested in having a custom blogger design - check out Clueless Momma Designs


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Comment below and let me know what blog design project you're working on. I'd love to help make it easier!