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Got Breastmilk?

Well folks, a Guinness World Record was set in March that deserves some recognition.  And no, it doesn’t have anything to do with longest fingernails or most shirts worn at a single time (anyone else automatically think of Joey Tribbiani from Friends?).  No, this record has everything to do with breastmilk.  According to CBS Dallas/Fort Worth, Alicia Richman of North Texas donated upwards of 86 GALLONS of it, securing her spot as a Guinness World Record holder for “Most Breastmilk Donated”.  I’m no statistics buff, but one could assume that amount could easily overflow a spacious bathtub.  Wowza.  I get this phrase is overused but it’s a necessary evil sometimes – You go girl!  That donation will improve the lives of so many infants.  Her main reason behind the overflowing donation?  To spread awareness of the benefits of donating to your local breastmilk bank.  What an inspiration!  You can check out the full story here.

Breastmilk is such a precious resource for many preemies and ill infants.  For more information on how to donate, check out the Human Milk Banking Association of North America.

“Mom Cars” have Swag

We all know what I’m talking about.  The “mom car” stereotype has been around for ages, and it hasn’t always been pretty.  However, the modern mom has plenty of decent car options, particularly as the SUV has finally come to the rescue of every mom trapped behind the wheel of a clunky van.  But just for kicks, let’s go back a bit…

As a young child, my siblings and I would pile into a beat up gray station wagon with wood trim along the side (oh yes, it really was that ugly beautiful).  I vividly remember fighting for the back seat because you could face the rear of the car.  Not only was it an entirely different riding experience to face the back, but I was able to squish my face and stick out my tongue at the innocent drivers behind us-arguably the best form of entertainment for any child while riding in a car.  Then came the caravan and minivan in my household.  Pilot seats were covetable; but as the youngest, I was lucky to graze my leg past it on the way to the backseat…

I have so many memories in those “mom cars” and when I saw this video campaign for Toyota featuring “The Sienna Family” a couple years back, I couldn’t help but laugh.  With over 11 million views, “Swagger Wagon” is hard to miss.  But if for some unknown reason you missed this viral video or need a reminder/laugh, check it out.

Pure awesome.

What is your favorite “mom car” memory?  What swag do you drive now?

“Not this time, Holiday Weight”

Ah… It’s that time of year again – the holidays have arrived!  I absolutely adore this time of year.  Fall brings crisp weather, football games, pumpkin patches, delicious seasonal drinks (why are pumpkin spice lattes and apple cider not offered in IV form?), and the perfect reason to cuddle up to your baby!  However, all fabulous things have a price as is completely apparent when scanning my closet.  Halloween has come and gone (mostly, I swear that pillow sack of candy is actually screaming my name) and the eat-‘til-you-can’t-feel-your-legs holiday of Thanksgiving is next.  Noticing a theme here?  An abyss of calories is in our near futures!  Help.

Grab onto baby and hold tight!  Here are some tips to keep the holiday weight at bay, and keep baby happy in the process:

  Exercise.  Still using a stroller?  Before it gets too cold, hit the ground running.  Even simply walking around the block is a step in the right direction.  Bonus: You and your baby will get some good ol’ Vitamin D in the process.  Weather isn’t cooperating?  Old fashioned jumping jacks, crunches, and pushups seriously work magic – and it’s something your little tyke can mimic!

  Dance with baby!  Put on some tunes and boot, scoot, and boogie down with your little one.  It’ll keep you active, reduce stress, and your baby will love you for it.

  Play outdoors.  If you’re inside all of the time it’s too tempting to sit on that comfy couch or shaggy rug.  Go outside and bounce around!

  Dress well.  I know, that sounds weird, but hear me out.  That little black dress hanging in your closet is not for nothing.  We know that the right outfit can make us feel more confident, just as wearing bulky sweaters can make us feel…how shall I put this…more comfortable to finish that bag of chips because it’s almost empty anyways (when in reality there is about 3 servings left – minor details!).  As odd as it sounds, if it helps to dress nicer to be more aware of your body image, then go for it!  Plus, this is a great excuse to dress baby up too!

  And lastly, always have healthy snacks on hand for you and your baby (depending on age, of course).  If you’re prepared, it will be much easier to turn your nose to those holiday leftovers, or at least eating in excess.  Know what that means?  You’ll have more energy to keep up with baby, and phew, do you need it!

Green Living

Always on the prowl for green products for my home, I stumbled across this the other day and felt obligated to share.  WebMD Health has teamed up with Healthy Child Healthy World in creating this awesome virtual tour guide of your home to shed light on how to keep you and your loved ones happy and healthy-without the toxins!  This is a must-read for anyone looking for eco-friendly options to keep your family safe and healthy.  I mean, who knew TV dust particles could be dangerous?  Check it out here!

Cloud Dough

Looking for a fun activity to do with your little one? You might want to save this activity for a rainy day! If you haven’t heard of it already, cloud dough has been floating around Pinterest lately thanks to the blog, Flights of Whimsy, as an easy activity to do with the kids. And with only two ingredients, it’s the perfect alternative to playdough without any of the artificial dyes.  Click here on how to make it with your kids!

Newly Pregnant?

Congratulations!  You are about to embark on the most amazing journey of your life.  Sure, sleep may be a thing of the past, but the rewards will far outweigh the struggles.  With so much to learn, it can be really overwhelming, especially if there aren’t too many people in your situation for support.  Check out our forums page for guidance and join the Birthday Month Club to talk with other mom’s going through it with you!

And remember, breathe!

Gift Idea: Illuminating Nightlight

Confession:  If there is a store that sells lighting, I can almost guarantee you will find me wandering aimlessly around that area.  I don’t know what it is, there is something magical and literally warm about it that just pulls me in.  So obviously when I spotted this cute little fella in the warehouse I fell in love with it.  If you are looking for a special gift for an upcoming event, this interactive toy and nightlight fits the bill.    Cloud b has designed both a Twilight Turtle and a Twilight Ladybug sure to please any little cutie.  The illuminating lights along it’s body actually represent eight different constellations for a tranquil nighttime setting-the perfect adornment to any room!  A nightlight designed specifically to soothe babies to sleep that also serves as an interactive stuffed animal? Get. Out.

Going Gaga for GaGa Deals

Ever feel like after an exhausting but successful day of bargain hunting you deserve a trophy? No?  Just me? Well, regardless, we all love a good deal.  Granted, I’m no Extreme Couponer (or Extreme Cheapskates for that matter!  Oh, TLC, you’re too much…) but I do fancy myself to be quite the go-getter in my attempts of cutting costs.  With the financial woes facing parents today, finding the best bang for your buck is more important than ever.  That said, if you are unfamiliar with BabyEarth’s GaGa Deals, I have three words for you: you are welcome!  Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST we post an item to GaGa Deals every hour on the hour.  Now, here is where it gets interesting, you can visibly watch the price tick down penny by penny as the hour elapses.  It is the perfect way to get some fantastic deals on some great baby stuff,  but stock is limited so don’t miss out!

Check the site often; you never know what we’ll post next!  New addiction?  Perhaps.  Please don’t hate me! ;)

New Toy Recall

October 31, 2012:  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in accordance with Imagine Nation Books, has issued a recall of Double Dazzler Light Show Toys.

According to the CSPC, “the battery in the toys can overheat and pose a burn hazard.”

For more information, click here.

Baking with Mommy

Let’s face it, family bonding time typically revolves around the dinner table, if not only at the dinner table.  With limited time already and the holidays quickly approaching, you might find yourself in the kitchen a bit more than you’d like-whether that’s because you are whipping up the next best thing since Aunt Joanie’s sugar cookie or snagging one from the cupboard, that’s up to you, no judgment here!  Regardless, more time spent in the kitchen means less time with your family so why not have them join you in the kitchen?

This apron is the perfect eco-friendly adornment to keep your little chef clean.  Don’t trust they can sift flour or crack eggs without you spending an extra couple hours in the kitchen cleaning up the mess?  Try this adorable cupcake set!  It’s the perfect way to get them involved while maintaining your recipe…and sanity!