Category: Mommy and Baby Event


Hello from the author of “Raising Amazing Children (… While Having a Life of Your Own)” Deborah Drezon Carroll:
Our daughter’s wedding was a glorious event for us, as you might imagine. After it was over, though, one thing stuck in my mind. People, our friends and other guests whom we didn’t know, repeatedly came up to us and said, “Your daughters are amazing. What’s your secret?”
While that is a beautiful sentiment, and may even be true (if I do say so myself), I wondered: Are they really amazing? We have three daughters who are really just lovely people with good hearts and good souls. They weren’t exceptional students (they were good students for the most part) or outstanding athletes (they did try, though); they didn’t cure cancer in our basement, or discover the secret to solving the world hunger problem. They didn’t win scholarships or attend Ivy League colleges. They just were good kids (most of the time but certainly not without challenges along the way) who grew up to be teachers.
And that’s when I realized: maybe they are amazing.
If the goal of being a good parent is to do the job well enough for our kids to leave us someday and be happy people who are independent and live with integrity and decency, and if achieving that is amazing, maybe we were all amazing.
I thought about how we achieved such greatness. What was our parenting secret?
My husband and I had both been teachers early in our careers. We learned a great deal about how children develop. We learned strategies for facilitating growth in young people by treating them with respect, trust, faith, and high expectations. And, when we had our first child we got some very good advice.
The advice was to find ways to integrate our child into our lives rather than turning our lives completely upside down to integrate ourselves into our child’s life. In other words, we were advised to raise our kids while living life the way we loved it before our kids were born as much as possible. We were told to find ways to keep doing the things we loved so we could share them with our kids. And so we did. Whatever we did, we invited our kids to do it with us. From cleaning the house to traveling across the country on a camping trip (Yes, we did go on a cross country trip with three kids under the age of 5!), if it was something we did before we had kids, we did it with our kids. We tried not to give up any of the things that mattered to us before we became parents, we just found ways to incorporate our children into those activities.
As a result, our children learned life skills by experiencing life with us. They learned to love reading and writing as we do so they value education. They can do simple home repair, they all did their own laundry since they were very little, and each can negotiate a tight deal of any sort. They understand the value of work and the need to budget money as they watched us do both and learned by seeing our struggles and our successes. They learned compassion and caring for family, friends, and strangers as they lived both on a daily basis. In short, they learned how to live life by living it with us and witnessing the ins and outs of making a life work.
The simple tasks of everyday living provide parents with opportunities to teach children something of value each day. By inviting your kids to work alongside as you do things like shopping, housecleaning, gardening, cooking, home repair, traveling and more, you both win. You’ll save time as you’ll have helping hands to get the jobs done faster, your child will learn priceless life skills, and you’ll all have more time to enjoy life together.
By incorporating your kids into your life, you get to continue living a life that makes you happy. Happy parents raise happy children. Your kids will thank you for it… some day!
Raising Amazing Children (…While Having a Life of Your Own). The title sums up our parenting secret.
To learn more about Debby and her book, visit her website!

I was not skinny when I got pregnant with my first child, but I was active and losing weight putting me in the category of those with a little extra on an athletic body.  Then I got pregnant and very ill losing 20lbs and ending the pregnancy actually 2 lbs lighter than when I started.  After giving birth I obviously lost more weight.  I started doing yoga and working at getting myself health again.  After intense yoga practice earning me a 200 hour teaching certificate, I was still not feeling one hundred percent. On top of my issues getting my body back to pre-pregnancy normal functioning, I had also developed a lump on my right shoulder.  Due to the severe edema I experienced during the pregnancy I was told it was fluid and would dissolve as my body healed over that first year post-pregnancy.

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The Ultimate Mommy and Baby Giveaway

It’s finally here! March 8th, 2012 has finally arrived and so has The Ultimate Mommy and Baby Giveaway!! Join Kathleen’s Blog Spot, Crafty Kate Going Crazy and several other blogs for your chance to win over $500.00 in prizes. On March 31, 2012 we will be picking  two winners!!! Each winner will get a basket filled with different baby items. Plus there will be several other chances to win other prizes as well!!! What are you waiting for start entering!!!


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Free Subscription to American Baby Magazine!

Sign up today for your free subscription to America Baby Magazine!! The perfect gift for any Mommy to be or New Mom!! It is also a great magazine for anyone earning an early childhood
education degree.

Free subscriptions available only in the U.S. and are subject to publisher’s approval.
Just fill in the form  to begin receiving American Baby® Magazine ABSOLUTELY FREE! Publisher bases number of issues served on birth & due dates provided.

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Sign up today for your free subscription to Baby Talk Magazine!! The perfect gift for any Mommy to be or New Mom!!

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Vitamins Baby Blankie Buddy Review

I love everything about Vitamins Baby products! From their outfits to their toys. Both of my daughters Security blankets are by Vitamins Baby. The quality of their products are AMAZING. Alexandria is 5 and Cheyenne is 2 and they both still have their blankets in very loved condition. 🙂 Vitamins Baby also has a full line of adorable baby and toddler clothes.

Recently, my son was sent one the their super soft Baby Blankie Buddies to try. It is the perfect size to throw into the diaper bag and go. Yet, it still brings him comfort when he needs it. And I don’t have to worry if they get dirty cause I just throw them into the washer on delicate setting and let it flat dry and he is good to go! Vitamins Baby Blankie Buddy was such a hit that I had to go out and buy one for Cheyenne.

Each Blankie Buddy set includes two buddies! I love this. I don’t know how many times the kids have made one of their toys their absolute favorite toys and have lost it. Then I would spend countless hours looking for it or searching to buy a new one only to find out they are no longer made. Meanwhile, I have a child who lost their “best friend” and doesn’t understand. Each Blankie Buddy is 100% cotton and machine washable. Blankie Buddies come in 8 different animals including bunnies, bears, zebras, lions and more. Blankie Buddies are approximately 6 tall so they are perfect for you baby to carry everywhere with them.

Be sure to “Like” Vitamins Baby on Facebook to stay up to date on all their promotions and new product releases.

(I received a Blankie Buddy free of charge from the sponsor to write my review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review and my opinions are my true opinions of the product reviewed and was in no way influenced by the sponsor.)

It may be hard, but it’s not the end! Guest Post by Kayla Block

This post is going to be about Eric and I hitting rock bottom and working our way back up. It’s hard to talk about this – because honestly, no one likes talking about how hard life can be. Sometimes – it just needs to be said.
Before Eric and I got married and had Audrey, we had spontaneously moved down south and thought that we could get a fresh start on things, with it being a new place and all. Before we knew it, we were barely living pay check to pay check. We both had jobs, and at some point, Eric had two jobs but got laid off from the one that made more money. It just seemed like a giant black hole was eating whatever money we did bring in.
We were toying with the idea of moving back home to be closer to our family but we knew we barely had the money to do so. We could barely afford to keep a roof over our heads. Towards the end of us living in that house, we both were burnt out beyond belief. We had went from not arguing about anything to just arguing just for the sake of arguing, sometimes, in a matter 6 months to a year of living there.
As we found out I was pregnant, we were both in a frenzy of do we literally pack up and move pre-baby or wait until after she is born. We wanted to be closer to more family, but financially, it just wasn’t possible at the time. I had gotten laid off that month, and the job Eric was working was not giving him hours. Around 5 months of me being pregnant, we worked it out to move back. We now live a lot better than we did, and it seems like things are working out a lot better. We aren’t fighting like we used to, and although there is a small cushion in case of emergencies- which me managed to save up pre-baby and have just added a little bit since, we don’t feel as trapped by money. {Well, Eric does – but he is working on it.} I am even fortunate to be a stay-at-home mom while I go to school – which is a blessing!
Why living on nothing actually has helped us:

  • We know we can make it work if something were to happen again with jobs.
  • There are people out there less fortunate than us, and we should realize that, sometimes step back, and be thankful we have a roof over our heads and a hot meal every night.
  • That blessing sometimes do come in little bundles of joy.
What my daughter did for us, was make us put our priorities in order. She actually helped us start living a better, healthier lifestyle, more frugal and has brought some serious joy into our lives. Most of all, she has taught me patience and sometimes you need to go through a little hardship to get to a better place. Even though she wasn’t planned, it seems like it was meant to happen. She renewed our purpose and made us reevaluate our lives.

I know that looking back that, I am thankful that we had gone through that because it did make us closer, even if we were fighting.



Vendors and Small Businesses Participating in the Ultimate Mommy and Baby Event


Tallulah and Belle

www.tallulahandbelle.etsy.com

https://www.facebook.com/tallulahandbelle

Diamond Crochet & Crafts

www.facebook.com/diamondcrochetcrafts

www.diamondcrochetcrafts.blogspot.com

www.plus.google.com/u/0/b/111138411910571064349/111138411910571064349/posts

Kate’s Quilts & Crochet

www.crazycraftykate.blogspot.com

www.facebook.com/katesquiltscrochet

Kathleen’s Blog Spot

http://kathleensblogspot.com

http://facebook.com/kathleensblogspot

Stephanie Smith Only Green

http://momgoeswild.blogspot.com

www.facebook.com/stephaniesmithonlygreen

Bear Haven Boutique

http://www.bearhavenmama.com

http://www.facebook.com/bearhavenboutique

Sew Wickedly Sweet

www.SewWickedlySweet.etsy.com

www.facebook.com/#!/pages/SewWickedlySweet/123614977725640

Glenda Cates

Captured Moments Photography

https://www.facebook.com/capturedmomentsphotographybytiffanylewis

http://cmphotography2010.shutterfly.com/

Krystal Ramirez Photography

www.krystalramirezphotography.webs.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Krystal-Ramirez-Photography/284326934967186

Now and Zen4u 

http://www.facebook.com/NowandZen4u

http://twitter.com/NowandZen4u

http://handmadeartists.com/shop/NowandZen4u

 

Holly’s Cookie Lee Jewelry

www.cookielee.biz/hollygailey

www.facebook.com/HollysCookieLee

https://twitter.com/HollysCookie

 

Plexus Slim by Holly

www.plexusslim.com/52484

www.facebook.com/PlexusSlimbyHolly

https://twitter.com/HollysPlexus

PnkyVixen Bows

Ashlee Pratt

http://www.facebook.com/pnkyvixbows

Mirandaleigh Designs

Miranda Thiebaud McGregor

www.facebook.com/mirandaleighdesigns

https://mirandaleighdesigns.scentsy.us

Eclipse Spa

Michele Bodenheimer

www.eclipsespa.com/micheleb

www.facebook.com/mikishope

http://www.twitter.com/mikihope

 

Pink Zebra

Jennifer Kelly

www.facebook.com/JenniferLovesSprinkles

www.pinkzebrahome.com/JenniferLovesSprinkles

 

Thirty-one Gifts

Stephanie Barrett

http://www.mythirtyone.com/stephaniebarrett/

http://www.facebook.com/groups/111098179011603/

 

Tupperware 

Priscila Rios

http://www.facebook.com/Tupperware411

http://my2.tupperware.com/rios4tupper

Auburn Rose

Cindy Harkins

http://auburnrose.com

GrannysKnits

Elaine Curtis

http://grannysknits.etsy.com

Girls Gift Market

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Girls-Gift-Market/164141133638226

http://www.girlsgiftmarket.com/

Hosted by Kathleen’s Blog Spot and Crafty Kate Going Crazy!

The month of March is about new life… The snow starts to melt… Trees start to bud… Flowers start to bloom…Spring is here! What would be the best way to celebrate Spring?? How about with the Ultimate Mommy and Baby Event! The entire month of March Kathleen’s Blog Spot will write about everything Mommy, Baby, Pregnancy and Parenting. There will be several giveaways through out the month. Including A Huge Mommy and Baby Giveaway from March 8th – 31st. Two winners will take home over $500.00 in prizes from various small businesses!!!!

Be sure to look for New Reviews of the latest baby items and pregnancy must haves from our favorite companies and small businesses, including Pinxav, Tomy, Bear Haven Boutique, Pink Bowtique and more. You will also find Guest Posts from some our favorite bloggers. The month is sure to be full of fun and excitement!

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