For your little loves this Valentine’s Day

You have their best interest and they have your heart. This Valentine’s Day celebrate your little loves with products created out of love. Thank you for supporting Mom & Dad Invented businesses!

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Accessory Connectz® Create endless looks with one little gadget. Accessorize flip-flops, headbands, belts, pet collars and so much more. Made in the USA.

Babee Covee convertible 6-in-1 baby blanket can be used for 1) car seat canopy 2) stroller cover/blanket 3) shopping cart cover 4) high chair cover 5) nursing cover and 6) playtime blanket.

Baby Jack Blankets Sensory Blankets Baby Jack Blankets creates sensory ribbon tag baby blankets. Vibrant & modern fabric paired with plush dimple minky backing.  Accented around the blanket are ribbons sewn shut into Tabs to prevent tiny fngers from getting intertwined like other products on the market. Ribbons provide entertainment, security and comfort. Babies love textures; item also used as a tactile toy for autism and special needs.

Bobee Inc A wall-mounted diaper dispenser and wipe caddy that allows you to•Keep one hand safely on your baby while grabbing a diaper or wipe with the other hand•Decorate the dispenser to match your nursery room decor with our line of colorful polka dot decals•Organize the changing table area for other important baby items•Keep diapers and wipes up and out of the way from curious little hands. Made in USA.

Cover My Heart Nursing Cover, Fashion with a Purpose, from nursing cover to fashion accessory for moms everyday look.

Daddy & Company DaddyScrubs is dedicated to providing dads in every stage of fatherhood a way to proudly proclaim, “I’m the Daddy!” DaddyScrubs is committed to excellence and strives to deliver quality products at great prices while ensuring the highest level of customer service and satisfaction.

Homeworks Etc. Designs Homeworks Etc. designs wall decor and more for baby nursery and kids rooms.  Our goal is to design wall decor that is decorative and functional, unique and stylish. They include: Wall Hooks {Growth Charts} Wood Letters {Canvas Art} Signs {Decals}. Mix and match our designs to create a space that reflects your likes and your child’s interests.

LillyBit Uptown Diaper Clutch A brand dedicated to creating stylish and functional, on-the-go accessories.

Liv N Lily Boutique Liv and Lily is a luxury brand of children’s accessories that has brought premium fabrics together with sophisticated designs to create a line as stylish as it is timeless. Inspired by playful and traditional elements along with style icons, dressing up your children has never been more lavish and luxe.

Lovey’s Body Products Inc. Lovey’s Body Products makes natural, worry-free body care products for you and your baby.

Magnificent Baby Spend more magnificent moments with your little one. Our easy-to-use, Smart Close magnetic-fastening infant’s wear will have your baby dressed in seconds! No more snaps, no more buttons! Soft. Simple. Magnetic.

Maria Dismondy (children’s author)  Maria is the author of award-winning children’s books, including Pink Tiara Cookies for Three, Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun, and The Juice Box Bully. She believes in making a positive difference in children’s lives.

Milk N Cookies Milkin’ Cookies are delicious lactation cookies for nursing moms. They include healthy ingredients to boost breast milk production

Rock a Thigh Baby Socks Made in USA, eco-friendly, children’s thigh-length socks (like legwarmers with feet), developed by a WI mom of 4 girls.

Poopoose The Original PooPoose™ is a high quality changing pad that makes changing diapers faster, easier, and safer.

SeatPak Huggies Award Winner. Inventor of the SeatPak, the mini diaper bag that attaches to the infant car seat for hands-free carrying. Also attaches to a stroller, luggage, purse handle and more.

Sticky Bellies  Sticky Bellies® are milestone stickers for your favorite bellies!

SwimZip UPF Protective Swimwear Making UV protection a ZIP! Swim shirts with UPF 50+ and a full length zipper for easy on easy off for parents and children alike!

Teething Bling Teething jewelry made for Moms, safe for babies!

The Push Pack Prepacked Hospital Bag Selling peace of mind in a bag. Home of the Push Pack – the prepacked hospital labor bag. One less thing for expecting moms to worry about. Created by a mom for moms. A great baby shower gift, just for the MOM to be!

Tivoli Couture Practical Luxury Solutions for Baby’s Comfort Year Round

Vulli Sophie the Giraffe USA Sophie the Giraffe is the world’s favourite baby teethers from France. Trusted by celebrities and mothers, millions of Sophies have been sold worldwide since 1961. Sophie is handmade in the French Alps using natural rubber from the Hevea Tree.

7 Ways to Lower Her Risk of Breast Cancer

yogaAccording to The American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women and about 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. With earlier detection through screening and increased awareness, women can educate themselves and work to lower the rates of death from breast cancer. It’s important to note that breast cancer prevention starts with healthy habits. Here are seven tips every woman should know to help lower her risk of developing breast cancer.

1. Stay a healthy weight.

A woman is at a higher risk of developing breast cancer is she is overweight or obese. Research shows that postmenopausal women who are obese are 1.5 times more likely to develop breast cancer. According to oncology dietician Katrina Claghorn, R.D., body fat may convert adrenal hormones to estrogen after menopause. However, losing weight before menopause lowers risk.

2. Exercise.

The National Cancer Institute shows that exercising four or more hours a week can decrease estrogen levels and in turn help lower breast cancer risk. Since physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight, it can also help prevent breast cancer. It has also been suggested that exercise may stimulate the immune system or fight free radicals that corrode cells.

3. Limit alcohol.

Limit yourself to no more than one alcoholic beverage a day, including beer, wine or liquor. The more you consume, the greater the danger as alcohol reduces the liver’s ability to metabolize estrogen. Some studies show that even one to two drinks a day over your lifetime can spike your risk of breast cancer.

4. Know your family history.

If your mother, grandmother or maternal aunt developed breast cancer at age 50 or earlier, you may carry the gene BRCA1 or BRCA2, which can place your lifetime risk of breast cancer at 60% (and your risk of ovarian cancer at 15-40%). Your family history can’t be changed but you can work on making other healthy lifestyle choices to lower your risk.

5. Eat Healthy.

Diet rich in fruits, vegetables, fish, olive oil, whole grains and legumes is linked to a reduced risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women. Fiber can enhance the bacteria that metabolizes estrogen and escorts it out of the body. Eating healthy can help you maintain a healthy weight and can also decrease your risk of developing other types of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

6. Check your D levels.

Vitamin D has been shown to block the growth of breast cancer tumors. Research shows women who got a lot of vitamin D from diet, supplements or spending time outdoors were 25-50% less likely to develop breast cancer than those with lower levels.

7. Breastfeed.

Research has shown that breastfeeding lowers the mother’s risk of breast cancer. It is thought that breastfeeding interrupts ovulation which lowers estrogen output. DiscoveryHealth says, “Breastfeeding may help breast cells become fully mature and thus less prone to mutations that can turn cancerous.” The longer that you breastfeed, the greater its protective effect.

For more information on how to lower your risk of developing breast cancer, visit http://www.breastcancer.org/risk.

nursing brasGuest post by Nicole Zoellner from NizoWear.com 

Nizo Wear is the first nursing bra to have a unique, patented pocket in the pull-down flap that can hold a heating or cooling pack helping bring moms relief and healing faster while being extremely comfortable and super chic.

Nizo Wear nursing bras were inspired by the real-life experience of the company’s founder, Nicole Zoellner. When Nicole became pregnant with her son, she eagerly read all the materials her doctor had given her about the benefits of breastfeeding. She happily anticipated the feelings of serenity and bonding that nursing promises mother and infant.

So, Nicole set out to do for other nursing moms what no-one had been able to do for her: provide a practical, comfortable way to get relief from the soreness breastfeeding mothers often experience. Her design was patented, and Nizo Wear was born.  Visit www.nizowear.com.

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5 Ways to Get in Shape as a Busy Mom

get in shapeA lot of new moms think that once their baby arrives that they’ll never find time to work out. They resign themselves to not getting back in the shape they crave. It is possible for moms to get fit even while they’re caring for their baby, you just need to find the right fitness regimen that works for you. Many gyms offer day care to mind your baby or classes designed for both of you. There are also many ways to work out in the comfort of your own home or outdoors at the park - with your baby! Here’s five ways you can get in shape as a busy mom.

1. ‘Mommy & me’ yoga classes

“Mommy & me” classes are designed not only to help you get in shape, but also to help you and your baby bond while playfully interacting. Moms build strength, flexibility, and muscle tone through the traditional yoga movements, and babies to get explore movement as well through poses and massages.

Helpful tip: Bring a convenient, double-sided padded play mat to keep things clean.

2. Hiking

Use a front or back carrier to haul your little one around as you take a long walk or hike. Go early in the day when the sun isn’t so harsh and be sure to dress baby (and yourself!) appropriately for the weather. Bring plenty of snacks and water to stay fueled. Sing or talk to your baby while you hike for a bonding experience.

Helpful tip: It’s best to bring a hiking buddy. If you have to go alone, always inform someone when and where you’re going, as well as when you should be expected back.

3. Stroller fitness classes

These total body work outs are made for moms who want to work out with their baby in the stroller. They include power-walking, muscle toning, and activities to keep baby entertained through it all. These fun classes can be found indoors and outdoors. Check out programs like Please N Thank You Fitness in NYC or the nationwide Stroller Strides program. For outdoors classes in cooler weather, don’t forget to pack a Babee Covee. The 6-in1 baby blanket and cover makes the perfect stroller blanket and can also be used as a nursing cover, car seat cover, play time blanket and more.

6-in-1 baby blanket and cover

4. Go for a swim

It’s safe to bring your little one into the water around four months. He or she will love splashing around! Lift baby up and down to work out your arms. Move baby back and forth to work out your chest and back. You could also find a safe flotation device for baby to sit in and splash while you work out, but always remain right along side. Be sure to make sure the water is warm enough so baby is comfortable.

5. Dance party!

Dancing is a great way to get in shape without feeling like you’re exercising. Babies are easily entertained by music and they’ll quickly imitate your silly movements. Not only will you get your heart rate up and build muscle, but your little one will learn muscle control, balance, and coordination. All you need is 20 minutes a day to feel better.

baby blanket and coverWritten By Alma Moussa, Inventor of Babee Covee.

Invented by accident by Alma Moussa during a playdate, the Babee Covee is a versatile baby blanket and cover that has six uses in one! This award-winning, must-have baby gear eliminates the need to buy, pack, and carry bulky single purpose items while protecting baby from germs where ever you go; no more overflowing diaper bag’ no more blanket falling off the car seat and no more germs on publicly shared items!

The Babee Covee can be used as: 1) car seat canopy cover 2) stroller cover/blanket 3) shopping cart cover 4) high chair cover 5) nursing cover and 6) playtime blanket. It easily attaches to a car seat or stroller and does not fall off! It can also be used to cover the baby for privacy while sleeping (includes a peek in window).

Visit www.babeecovee.com for more information.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Babee Covee? Send your topic idea to media@babeecovee.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Babee Covee makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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5 Time Saving Tips for Busy Parents

time saving tipsBeing a parent isn’t easy. The demands change as your kids get older, but you never seem to get a break. Whether you’re changing diapers or driving to soccer practice, you probably feel like it would be helpful just to get a few extra minutes back in your day. Here are 5 time saving tips for busy parents. Use them individually as needed or combine them all to maximize the savings.

1. Plan your meals ahead of time.

Create a detailed meal plan of every meal you’ll be cooking for the week. Shop accordingly to get everything you need. Then, when you have some time, prepare as many meals as you can. Cook it ahead of time and store in the fridge until dinner time, or just combine the necessary ingredients. Consider cooking more soups and stews that can be prepared at any time and don’t take much of your attention when cooking.

2. Invest in multi-use items.

Not only can you save money by buying only what you need, but you save space and reduce clutter by having fewer items around. By reducing the number of products you’re forced to lug around, you’ll spend less time packing and unpacking the car, and you’ll find yourself more mobile with your kids. For example, purchase a stroller with built-in car seat. Leave the stroller piece (which is smaller than a regular stroller) in your trunk for easy mobility. Also, eliminate the need to pack everything except the kitchen sink when going out with baby or toddler; overflowing diaper bags take time to pack, not to mention the time it takes to go back to the house if you forget something!  The Babee Covee is a 6-in-1 baby blanket and cover that can be used as a car seat canopy cover, shopping cart cover, nursing cover, stroller blanket/cover, high chair cover, and playtime blanket. Products like this will save you time and money too!

3. Establish a routine.

Humans are creatures of habit. We naturally like to do the same thing at the same times. Exploit this trait by creating consistent, healthy habits. Your body and mind will naturally fall into rhythm and your daily tasks and chores won’t seem so stressful. Plus, once your family knows what they have to do (personal chores, dinner time, bedtime routine, etc.), everything will run smoothly. For example, set a bedtime and stick to it. It’s easier to get your kids to bed if they’re little bodies are naturally falling asleep

4. Hold weekly family meetings.

Meetings are helpful because it makes everyone feel like they are a part of running the family unit. This is especially helpful for kids. Use these meetings as a time to discuss the week’s meal plan (so no one objects right as you sit down to eat) and discuss any activities or plans that are upcoming. This way, everything can be accounted for and nothing comes up last minute.

Helpful tip: Pair your family meetings with a fun game or activity to promote bonding.

5. Let your family and friends help.

If you’re honest with your family about your goals and your need for more time, you’ll be surprised who is willing to help. Often grandparents and other relatives are wishing they got to see your kids more often but don’t want to be intrusive. Use them as helpful tools. Let the family spend quality time with your little ones while you get through your chores, prepare a week’s worth of dinners, or run some errands. Not only will you get more done, but you’ll strengthen the relationship between your kids and their family.

baby blanket and coverWritten By Alma Moussa, Inventor of Babee Covee.

Invented by accident by Alma Moussa during a playdate, the Babee Covee is a versatile baby blanket and cover that has six uses in one! This award-winning, must-have baby gear eliminates the need to buy, pack, and carry bulky single purpose items while protecting baby from germs where ever you go; no more overflowing diaper bag’ no more blanket falling off the car seat and no more germs on publicly shared items!

The Babee Covee can be used as: 1) car seat canopy cover 2) stroller cover/blanket 3) shopping cart cover 4) high chair cover 5) nursing cover and 6) playtime blanket. It easily attaches to a car seat or stroller and does not fall off! It can also be used to cover the baby for privacy while sleeping (includes a peek in window).

Visit www.babeecovee.com for more information.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Babee Covee? Send your topic idea to media@babeecovee.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Babee Covee makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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Mom’Preneur Spotlight + Giveaway‏: Buzzy

buzzyspotlightThis month’s MomPreneur Spotlight features MMJ Labs’ Dr. Amy Baxter, mom of three and the inventor of an innovative device called Buzzy. Dr. Baxter began her journey about 10 years ago when her 4-year-old son had a traumatic experience while getting a routine vaccination at the doctor’s office. She then wanted to find a fast and effective solution to provide pain relief for the many children and adults in the world suffering from needle phobia.

Dr. Baxter’s “aha” moment occurred after driving home from work one night; Dr. Baxter noticed when she got home her hands were numb from the vibrating steering wheel in her car. She began testing her idea in her basement (later called “The Hive”) and found success with a personal massager and a bag of frozen peas. Buzzy today consists of a palm-sized high frequency/low amplitude vibrator and a wing-shaped ice pack to confuse the body’s nerves and distract attention away from a needle’s poke. Buzzy’s effectiveness comes from the physiology called Gate Control. Larger cold and vibration nerves crowd out smaller pain nerve sensations when both are felt simultaneously. Like running a burn under cold water or a dentist jiggling a jaw, the brain cannot separate the sharpness of a poke from the cold and motion sensations.

While Buzzy began as a vibrating bee for Dr. Baxter’s son’s shot phobia, it quickly became a solution for adult injection pain and burning. Now, Buzzy is being used for everything from itching to splinters to bee-stings to blocked milk ducts. To her surprise, Dr. Baxter has heard from users enthusiastic about Buzzy for autism distraction; eczema itching; botox and tattoos (and tattoo removal) laser hair removal and tick removal and even tummy tickling to keep infants from rolling off the changing table.

Winning the 2011 Medical Design Excellence Award in Over the Counter and Self-Care product category, Buzzy is the perfect solution to bring to the doctor or use for shots at home. “To many adults, needle pain may not seem like a big deal, but Buzzy has actually saved lives,” says Dr. Baxter. Over 36,000 Buzzies are now around the world and used in over 1200 hospitals helping people overcome needle and other types of pain.

Visit www.buzzy4shots.com for more information.

You can win a Mini Buzzy and Babee Covee of your very own right now by entering our Mom’Preneur Spotlight Giveaway below!

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11 Tips for Working During Your Pregnancy

working during pregnancyPregnancy is an exciting time, but it can also be a confusing one, especially as you try to strike a balance between your job and all of the physical, mental and emotional changes you’re going through. Achieving that balance can be difficult, but with these tips you can navigate your way through pregnancy and work with relative ease.

1. Keep safe snacks at your desk

Arguably one of the most difficult parts of pregnancy is the first trimester. Many women aren’t yet ready to spill the news about their pregnancy to their employers or coworkers, but morning sickness (that often is more aptly “all day sickness”) can tip off coworkers long before you actually break the news. To keep morning sickness at bay, keep bland snacks at your desk that you can snack on throughout the day. You can usually quell nausea with crackers and pretzels, and many women find that continual snacking helps relieve nausea.

2. Tell your employer

Before you break the news to your coworkers make sure to tell your employer, especially if you work in a small company. The last thing you want is for your employer to find out that you’re pregnant through the work gossip grapevine instead of directly from you. Your employer is also likely to be a little more understanding about frequent trips to the bathroom and a slight decrease in productivity if you’re up front and honest about your pregnancy and how your body is responding to it.

3. Be flexible

In today’s fast-paced society, many women feel the need to keep up the same frenetic pace that they maintained pre-pregnancy. Sometimes, however, you need to just slow down a little bit. Don’t be afraid to take a personal day if you’re really struggling one morning and you’re going to spend more time running back and forth to the bathroom than actually working. Try to juggle around your meetings if you know there’s a certain time of the day that’s particularly rough for you. Be flexible as your body adapts to pregnancy.

4. Learn when you need to say no

As much as you may want to, you’re not going to be able to do everything. You’re going to find you have less and less time outside of work to take on extra tasks as you prepare for the arrival of your baby. Learn when you need to say no instead of trying to take on extra projects even though you truly don’t have the time to fully dedicate yourself to them. This is not the time to be continually stressed over projects that you didn’t actually need to agree to do.

5. Listen to your body

Your body is going through a myriad of changes throughout your entire pregnancy. Listen to your body during this time! If you find yourself getting sleepy during the work day, take a short break and walk around. If you’re getting dizzy because you haven’t eaten enough, get a small snack. Hydrate throughout the day. Take mini mental breaks. Cut yourself some slack from time to time.

6. Find ways to stay comfortable throughout the day

As your body changes you’re going to find that you’re less and less comfortable throughout the day, especially if your job requires you to sit or stand a lot. Find ways to make yourself more comfortable. Ditch the four-inch heels in favor of flats, buy maternity clothes that fit instead of trying to squeeze into your pre-pregnancy pants, invest in a seat cushion – anything that can help increase your comfort levels while helping you continue to maintain your work professionalism will be well worth the investment.

7. Plan your doctor’s appointments wisely

Doctor’s appointments are an inevitable part of pregnancy. From regular appointments with your OB to different blood tests, you’re going to find yourself in quite a few waiting rooms during the next nine months. Try to plan your appointments so that they fit into your work day, not detract from them. If possible, locate a doctor close to your workplace. Schedule appointments for early in the morning, after you leave work for the day or over your lunch break, and avoid scheduling them on days that you know are stacked with meetings or conference calls.

8. Review your company’s maternity leave policy and plan accordingly

Every company is different when it comes to maternity leave. Depending on your company’s policy, you could be looking at fully paid leave, unpaid leave, or something in between. You could have six weeks, or you could have 12. Since there is no hard rule regarding maternity leave, it’s important to find out well in advance what your company’s policy is so that you are able to plan accordingly.

9. Figure out what your work plan is post-pregnancy

Are you planning on going back to work full-time after you have your baby, or are you going to stay at home? Will your employer let you work part-time, or even remotely? There is no right or wrong answer for how you handle employment post-pregnancy, only what’s right for you and your family. Once you do figure out what your post-pregnancy employment plans are, discuss them with your employer. Be up front about what you want to do, that way they have time to find a suitable replacement if you aren’t’t planning on coming back, or you can iron out the logistics of working from home, working part-time or easing back into full-time work.

10. Come up with a game plan for when you go on maternity leave

Before you leave the office to go on maternity leave you need to make sure that you have everything in order so that whoever is filling in for you knows exactly what to do. Tie up as many loose ends as possible, delegate work as needed and create detailed lists so that anyone is able to easily pick up where you’ve left off. This will not only make it easier for anyone filling in for you, it will also make it easier once you re-enter the workplace.

11. Start thinking about childcare

For many expecting moms, the thought of securing childcare is very stressful. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be. Start doing your research early, including evaluating your options and your budget, and you’ll be well on your way to making the right childcare choice for your family. If you’re considering a nanny, give yourself at least four weeks to conduct your nanny search.

It may seem overwhelming at first, but with a little planning you can find a healthy balance between taking care of work and taking care of you.

temporary nanny and baby sitting serviceGuest blog by Ethel Wooten of Houston Nanny.

Houston Nanny is the temporary services branch of Morningside Nannies, Houston’s best nanny placement agency. Houston Nanny is dedicated to helping Houston area parents find quality temporary, short-term and back-up in-home childcare.

Since 1992, Morningside Nannies has been helping Houston area nannies find qualified nannies and babysitters. As an award-winning full-service in-home childcare referral agency, Morningside Nannies strives to help Houston area parents meet their childcare needs.

Morningside Nannies is the 2008 Association of Professional Nanny Agencies award recipient. Our agency holds membership on both the Association of Professional Nanny Agencies (APNA) and the International Nanny Association (INA).

Visit www.houstonnanny.com for more information.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Babee Covee? Send your topic idea to media@babeecovee.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Babee Covee makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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12 Ways Moms Can Be Greener in 2014

moms go greenThese days it’s easier for parents to live a greener lifestyle and teach their families to be environmentally conscious. There are so many ways that you can make a difference and make small lifestyle changes in order to help save and protect the earth. For moms this includes buying products that are eco-friendly, making your own natural products, and making the effort to do things a little differently than what you’re used to. Families can start by making one simple change for each month in 2014. By introducing these changes into your families’ lives gradually, it makes the transition to a greener lifestyle easier for kids and parents so everyone will be excited to adopt these changes.

 1. Buy organic baby/kids products and clothing

Parents should be paying attention to the materials that make up the products they buy for their kids. Often these products contain harmful ingredients and chemicals that are not safe for children. Always check the labels when purchasing baby and children’s products.  Avoid items containing polyurethane foam which is often treated with toxic fire-retardant chemicals.  Look for eco-friendly, hypo-allergenic, and non-toxic products made from organic materials with low-impact dyes.

 2. Car-free Saturdays

Every weekend parents can make the decision to not use the car at all and opt to walk or use their bike. Many times parents rely on their cars for every little trip, even if it’s just to drive a few blocks away to a friend’s house or to the park. Making the sacrifice to not use the car one day a week encourages families to go out into the fresh air and get some exercise. Plus it saves money on gas while reducing emissions that contribute to global warming.

 3. Ditch the Ziplocs and use reusable bags

Instead of using plastic bags that can be dangerous to the environment and have chemicals that can leach into food, opt for glass containers or reusable bags. Use bags that are eco-friendly, washable and BPA and Phthalate-free. Reusable bags are much more convenient and safe for storing lunch and snacks for kids when they are chemical-free. These bags can also be used for all kinds of storage to organize clutter and can be washed numerous times while remaining durable.

 4. Switch to eco-friendly cleaning products and laundry detergent

Using green cleaning products for the home ensures the safety of your family and pets. These cleaning products contain no harmful chemicals that are dangerous for your health and can cause allergies and skin rashes. You can even use some items you already own at home to make your own natural cleaners. Use eco-friendly cleaning products and laundry detergents that are super-safe for your home, are all-natural and great for those with sensitive skin.

 5. Use motion sensor lights or light dimmers in your home

Motion sensor lights can detect when someone enters and leaves a room so they automatically turn on or off. With these lights you will never forget to turn the lights off again so they automatically save energy for you and they’re great for kids who can’t remember to turn the lights off when they leave a room. Light dimmers also save energy while they are in use by using less electricity and they can save you money in the long-run.

6. Be smart about your paper/plastic use

You can reuse all of the paper in your home for kids’ art projects, wrapping paper and more. Use old magazines to make fun collages and old memos and note paper for kids to draw on. Make a printing mistake?  Don’t throw the paper away!  Have a bin nearby for recyclable paper.  When ordering take-out, let the restaurant know that you do not need them to send napkins, plastic utensils, condiments or anything else you already have. Finally, opt for dry-erase boards for writing down messages and notes to the family so you don’t have to use memo pads.

 7. Donate old clothes, toys and books

If your kids have gently-used clothes and toys they have outworn, donate them to a local thrift store or Salvation Army store so another family can use them. You can donate all sorts of items to these stores,  so clean out those closets and pantries, and make one big trip to the store. This is a great family activity and teaches children the importance of giving back.

7. Line-dry your clothing

A clothes dryer may be convenient but it also results in an expensive electric bill.  It can use more energy than any other appliance in your home. Start hanging your laundry on a clothes line to dry to cut down on costs and electricity. Did you know that in most homes in Russia and France they only have washing machines?  Everyone hangs their clothes to dry all year round.

9. Buy locally grown food

Buying local is a great way to save; food is fresher and tastes better. Plus, you’ll know exactly where your food is coming from and it’s healthier for you. When you buy local you’re supporting sustainability and farms with eco-friendly practices.

10. Set up recycling bins in your home

Get your kids to practice recycling regularly by setting up different colored recycling bins in the home. Teach kids which types of items go in each bin and what is not allowed in the bins. Show them the labels on items that indicate the item is recyclable and make a game out of it so kids have fun learning.  And recycle plastic grocery bags by taking them back to the grocery store and placing them in the appropriate bin. Buy and use recyclable shopping bags for your grocery runs.

11. Choose products with an Energy Star label

The Energy Star program is sponsored by the EPA and the Department of Energy and it rates different household appliances and items. An item with an Energy Star label guarantees the item is energy efficient. By using Energy Star products you use about 30% less energy than the average household.

12. Plant your own garden

Growing your own fruit and vegetables at home can save you a lot of money and provides your family with healthy, nutritious food. You don’t need a big space to grow a garden and it has an immensely positive impact on the environment. Use eco-friendly methods to maintain your garden, like composting and collecting water in a rain barrel.

nursing pillowWritten by Sandy Clark, Inventor of San Diego Bebe Eco-Nursing Pillow

San Diego Bebe® was designed by San Diego native Sandy Clark, a passionate breastfeeding advocate and mother of twins. Clark was inspired at a San Diego beach one day where she witnessed a young mother unsuccessfully nursing her baby. As the mother struggled to keep a blanket across her shoulder while her baby wailed from heat and hunger, Clark vowed then and there to design a product that would help resolve the issue of privacy while nursing. San Diego Bebe® was born that day.

When Clark sent her nursing pillow to Duke to be tested and reviewed, Duke University Chemical Scientist Dr. Heather Stapleton, who is a mother herself, said, “The San Diego Bebe® Eco-Nursing Pillow is not only a very supportive pillow with amazing features for discreet nursing, but is also free of flame-retardant chemicals that have been shown to cause adverse health effects in animal studies. I applaud Double Blessings (Clark’s company) for taking steps to produce high quality products that meet the same flammability standards without using these chemicals.”

San Diego Bebe® Eco-Nursing Pillow is the healthiest and most innovative nursing pillow on the market. Made with virgin polyfiber Eco*Loft™, a non-toxic and hypo-allergenic foam-alternative, it’s void of harmful chemicals. It’s also recyclable and eco-friendly. San Diego Bebe® is available in two versions, for nursing one baby or twins. The entire line is baby-safe, and is covered with deluxe plush fabrics including organic cotton.

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3 Cookies Recipes Santa Will Love

cookies for santaIf you have little ones who are still excited about Santa Claus visiting their house on Christmas Eve, you’ll probably be leaving cookies and milk for him. Nice kids will leave him his treats to thank him for his generosity; the naughty ones will try one last bribe to get their presents.

Leaving cookies for Santa evolved from the German tradition of honoring Saint Nicholas. St. Nick was a German bishop who is remembered for being especially kind to children. Long ago, a feast would be held in his name, and children would leave food and drink out over night for him and his attendants. Since this tradition happens near Christmas, over time the two celebrations became associated.

Here are 3 great (and simple) cookie recipes for you to make with your kids. Use this as an opportunity to build excitement with your children and talk with them about the meaning of Christmas and the importance of giving.

Holiday Sugar Cookies

You can turn a plain ole’ cookie into something special simply by cutting them into festive shapes. And everyone loves sugar!

holiday sugar cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup butter – softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions:

1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.

2. Cream together butter and sugar until light.

3. Add vanilla and egg and stir until well combined.

4. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt until a soft dough forms.

5. Shape dough into a flat disc and wrap in waxed paper or plastic wrap and refrigerate at least one hour before rolling.

6. Dust rolling surface with an equal mixture of all-purpose flour and powdered sugar. Roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness and cut into desired shapes.

7. Place cut cookies onto a baking sheet prepared with cooking spray or covered with parchment paper.

8. Decorate with colored sugar or other decorations as desired.

9. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until very lightly golden.

10. Cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes before removing to racks to cool completely.

Buttery Chrisp XXL Chocolate Chip Cookies

Santa’s a big guy and he needs a big cookie. Not only are these giant, gooey, and buttery, but they’re super simple to make and require minimal clean up.

Buttery Chrisp XXL Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons beaten egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line a small baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Place butter and sugars into a medium mixing bowl, beat with spoon until well combined. Add beaten egg and vanilla, mixing to combine. Add flour, baking soda and salt. Stir a couple times

3. add chocolate chips, stirring to combine. Scoop dough into the middle of your prepared baking sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until baked through. Let cool for on baking sheet for 10 minutes before 4. removing.
5. Place on a plate for Santa Christmas Eve along with a glass of milk!

Perfect Oatmeal Cookies

These oatmeal cookies are delicious and a bit different. Instead of raisin-y, they’re buttery, crisp, and chewy. Santa won’t be able to resist!

perfect oatmeal cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup sweetened, flaked coconut
  • 1 stick butter (I use salted)
  • 2 tablespoons boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon Lyle’s Golden Syrup (or light corn syrup)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (or half as much table salt)

Instructions:

1. Heat the oven to 300º F and prepare a large cookie sheet. Cover with parchment paper for even browning and easy clean-up, but you could grease it instead.

2. In a large bowl, stir together the oats, coconut, flour, sugar, and salt. Meanwhile melt the butter and syrup together in a small pot over low heat.

3. Stir the baking soda into the boiling water, then stir this into the butter and syrup and pour all of it over the dry ingredients. Stir well, then drop cookie-sized amounts onto the baking sheets, leaving plenty of space for them to spread.

4. Bake for 12-15 minutes, switching the pan around for even baking if needed, until the cookies are golden all over and quite brown on the edges (keep an eye on them — they can burn quickly); the cookies will look puffy when you remove them from the oven, and then they will sink and go a bit lacy. Leave them on the cookie sheet for 3 or 4 minutes before removing them with a spatula to cool on a rack; if you go at them too early, they will fall all to pieces.

eco-friendly bagsGuest blog By Lisa Paul Heydet of ZizzyBee Bags 

At ZizzyBee, we believe children bring fun and whimsy to our lives…along with the need for organization of hundreds of teeny, tiny little toy parts. And like most moms, we believe it is important to keep organized while using products for our children that are safe, washable, well designed, and practical. With this in mind, full-time single mom and entrepreneur Lisa Paul Heydet, saw a need and created ZizzyBee Bags.™

ZizzyBee Bags eliminates the need for baskets and bins and makes toys portable and travel a snap.  The attractive bags look good hanging from a hook or stacked in a diaper bag or suitcase. Keep children’s rooms organized by storing toys and clothes in ZizzyBee Bags. With two different sizes to choose from, you can use ZizzyBee Bags to keep items organized in desks, closets and more. They are easily packable and transportable for vacations, gym and work, road trips, school, grandparent’s house, playdates, strollers and so much more.

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Car Seat Safety Tips for Parents Traveling With Small Children

car seat tipsWhen it comes to traveling by car with little ones, parents want to be prepared to make the trip as safe as possible. It’s not always easy to know what to do to protect your children, which is why you can find different resources online to help guide parents on how to keep kids safe in and around vehicles. As a mom of four and as a certified car seat safety instructor, I encourage parents to do their research on vehicle safety.  Below are four tips for choosing the right car seat.

One of my favorite sites to help parents find the right car seat for their situation is Healthy Children, which is from the American Academy of Pediatrics. They have a list of car seats on the market each year that gives the sizes and prices of each car seat.

Parents should remember that four things need to be true for a car seat to be the right one for them:

1. The car seat must fit your child.

You should choose your car seat based on your child’s age and size. As children grow they may no longer fit in the same seat. Check the manual for your car seat to determine the maximum weight and height allowed by the manufacturer.

2. The car seat must fit your car.

Car seats are not designed to fit every vehicle. To make sure it’s the right fit for your vehicle you should test the car seat that you are planning to buy and also read the car seat section of your vehicle’s owner’s manual for more information.

3. The car seat should fit your budget.

Car seats can be expensive but just because it costs more does not mean it’s a better choice. Making sure that it’s the right fit for your child and vehicle are the better criteria to go by. Choose the car seat that best suits your needs. Keep in mind you should never purchase a used car seat without knowing the history of the seat and checking to see if it has been recalled. If you have any questions about the seat, call the car seat manufacturer.

4. Most importantly, you need to use the car seat correctly EVERY time.

You have to make sure that your car seat is facing the right direction according to your child’s age. Infants and toddlers under age 2 should ride in rear-facing car seats. It’s also important that you use harness straps and chest clips correctly so they fit snugly across your child’s body. Always follow the instructions from the car seat manufacturer to ensure that you are following all of the guidelines.

Just because a seat is fancy or a brand name doesn’t mean it is the right one. Every car seat on the market meets all of the U.S. standards for car seat safety. Cup holders, colorful decorations, or licensed characters do not help at all with safety.

For more information on car safety for kids visit www.safekids.org and www.safercar.gov.

Find a car seat inspection station near you at http://www.nhtsa.gov/apps/cps/index.htm. A certified technician will inspect your car seat and show you the correct way to install it.

no slip baby bowlWritten by Brabara Schantz or Baby Dipper Bowl

As a stay-at-home mom of 2 sets of twin babies, Barbara faced the daunting task of feeding them. Frustrated with the bowls she had already purchased, she researched and bought other bowls, but still remained disappointed. She needed a bowl that required only one hand to successfully feed a baby, but wasn’t able to find one on the market that satisfied this need. The vision for the Baby Dipper® bowl came to her when her twin girls were about 6 months old, not long after they started eating baby cereal and other pureed foods. After much learning and hard work, she was able to bring the Baby Dipper bowl to market so that others can enjoy true one-handed feeding.

For more information, visit www.babydipper.com.

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Top Multi-Purpose Gifts for Parents

Moms and dads use a bunch of different items and accessories for babies on a regular basis and it’s not always easy to pack everything when you go out. These items take up tons of room and clutter your home plus it’s expensive to buy so many single-purpose items. Some companies are starting to make things easier for parents by designing multi-purpose items that cut down on cost, space and time. Here’s a list of the top multi-purpose items that make great gifts for parents.

1. Babee Covee

car seat canopy cover

Babee Covee is an award-winning convertible baby blanket and cover that is SIX products in ONE! It makes daily life with baby easier by eliminating the need to buy, pack and carry bulky single-use items while helping to protect baby/toddler from germs where ever you go.

The trendy Babee Covee can be used as: 1) car seat canopy cover 2) nursing cover 3) shopping cart cover 4) high chair cover 5) stroller cover/blanket and 6) playtime blanket.

$39.99 – $49.99

www.babeecovee.com

2. Tiny Love 3-in-1 Rocker Napper

rocker and napper

This innovative rocker and napper that features a one hand switch from sit to sleep. Rocker easily converts from seat to comfy napper and provides soothing movements to rock your baby at all 3 reclining positions. Flat pad with raised borders offers a safe and cozy napper environment and cute musical toy hangs off the Rocker’s adjustable arm.

$99.99

www.tinylove.com

3. ZizzyBee Bags

reusable, washable storage bags

ZizzyBee Bags are handy, compact, reusable, washable storage bags convenient for every part of your life. The neat freak in your family will love that they help you store and organize just about anything! From diapers/wipes, make-up and sports gear, to even purse clutter these trendy bags makes organization easy and they’re see-through so you can easily find what you’re looking for.

Reduce single-use bag waste while keeping life’s clutter cleaned up. With two eco-friendly bag sizes to choose from, ZizzyBee Bags are a perfect fit for storage and organizational needs.

$15.99-$19.99

www.zizzybeebags.com

4. Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Multipurpose Ointment

multipurpose, non-irritating, petroleum-free ointment

Mama’s got the natural touch with this multipurpose, non-irritating, petroleum-free ointment. Pediatrician-tested to be gentle enough for everyday use, it moisturizes and smooths baby’s skin by forming an effective barrier against dryness. Calming your little love’s sensitive diaper area so both baby and mommy get the relief they so dearly need.

$9.00

www.burtsbees.com

5. Nursing/Teething Necklace

teething necklace

This teething necklace is 100% natural and it is made with covering wooden beads with a cotton thread. Crocheted beads necklace is in lilac and mint blue colors. This necklace is not only a beautiful and interesting accessory for every woman, but also can be a nursing/teething necklace for breastfeeding/bottle-feeding mommies. It is a colorful pastime for your baby while nursing. Nursing necklace helps to catch your baby’s attention and occupy baby’s hands. Different textures of beads help to evolve your child’s fine motor skills. And it can be used as a teether.

$25.00

http://www.etsy.com/shop/SvetlanaN

6. Multi-Purpose Bib

Multi-Purpose Bib

The Multi-Purpose Bib is a unique hands-free baby bottle holder that allows for the parent, grandparent or caregiver to bond with their baby while feeding as well as giving them the opportunity to multi-task!

$19.95

www.gotbibs.com

baby blanket and coverWritten By Alma Moussa, Inventor of Babee Covee.

Invented by accident by Alma Moussa during a playdate, the Babee Covee is a versatile baby blanket and cover that has six uses in one! This award-winning, must-have baby gear eliminates the need to buy, pack, and carry bulky single purpose items while protecting baby from germs where ever you go; no more overflowing diaper bag’ no more blanket falling off the car seat and no more germs on publicly shared items!

The Babee Covee can be used as: 1) car seat canopy cover 2) stroller cover/blanket 3) shopping cart cover 4) high chair cover 5) nursing cover and 6) playtime blanket. It easily attaches to a car seat or stroller and does not fall off! It can also be used to cover the baby for privacy while sleeping (includes a peek in window).

Visit www.babeecovee.com for more information.

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