If you use Pampers products and haven’t signed up for the rewards program yet, it’s time you did! It’s completely FREE and you can earn amazing rewards from Shutterfly, Diapers.com, and Melissa & Doug. Right now I’m only a few points away from a FREE 8″ x 8″ photo book from Shutterfly (Pampers even covers taxes and shipping).
Every package of Pampers products has a rewards code on it. The points add up fast, and you can even find extra points if you Google search them or check out the Pampers page at RetailMeNot.com. The great thing about finding these points online is you can earn rewards without actually buying Pampers products.
This adorable elephant invitation is completely customizable. Choose different colors, fonts, and even size if need be. This is a digital listing, meaning I design it and you print, so the cost is incredibly low: ONLY $5. Included is a download for matching thank you cards. Check it out now and Pin It if you love it!
Now, between 10 and 18 months, is the time to start adding books to your library with educational value. Choose books that introduce body parts, letters, numbers, colors, shapes, and common animals. Around 15 months old, your child will become engrossed in learning about these topics. You’ll notice him or her sorting items by shape and color without your prompting. She’ll point to letter and start mumbling what sounds like the alphabet. Books that reinforce these concepts will become instant hits with your little one!
Here I answer your language development questions such as: How do babies acquire language? Can I read anything I want to baby? Why can’t I just talk to baby? When should I read to baby? … and much, much more.
I’m pretty sure most of my readers know to do a full search on any person they hire to work around or watch their children, but it seems the people posting job-wanted ads haven’t got the memo that their Facebook profile is just a click away.
Case and point, I saw this ad on a local Facebook flea market page:
I thought to myself, “I could really use some help around the house, especially cleaning out the basement, getting the yard ready this spring, and scrubbing my car inside and out. Not to mention, if I had someone to watch my son while I clean the house, that would be awesome!”
So, to her PUBLIC Facebook profile I went. Let me just put this out there; if the person’s Facebook profile is set to public, it doesn’t matter what you find there. Just DON’T hire that person. They clearly are showing a lack in judgment when it comes to safety and are the kind of person who lets it all hang out–not what you want around your child. Anyway, this is what I found as her two most recent posts:
She then went on to explain how just yesterday, on Valentine’s Day, she and her boyfriend broke up because he found out she talks with her ex-boyfriend. Needless to say, I and no other reasonable person will hire this girl.
If you are looking to hire someone to watch your child or help out around the house, do a thorough background check. Start with Facebook. You can easily eliminate 95% of unwantables by doing this quick search. Then try Google. If everything seems clean online, ask for references and ACTUALLY CALL THOSE REFERENCES. Finally, if you have a little extra money and the know-how, run a criminal check or ask if this person has these documents (people who have worked with children or have gone for a teaching certification WILL have these or something similar):
Criminal Record Check
Child Abuse Record Clearance
FBI Background Check
any CPR or first aid certifications
any teaching certifications
Remember that you aren’t overreacting. This is YOUR child and you are the child’s guidance and protection. You can never be too careful.
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Have you ever put something in an online shopping cart only to decide after shipping and taxes were included that you didn’t want it after all, especially for that price. Here’s a brilliant tip: leave it in the cart. Lately, I’ve been adding things to my cart on several store’s online shops, but I haven’t followed through with the transaction. All of a sudden, I’m getting e-mails saying things like, “You left something in your cart. Here’s a coupon to sweeten the deal.” So far, I have gotten this from Toys R Us, Target, and Angie’s List. I checked online coupon database RetailMeNot for the coupons I was sent and found they were unique. So, give it a try! I’m totally going to go add some more things to my carts and see what I get!
As part of my new year’s resolution, I promised myself to clean up this blog! I need to make the navigation bar easier to navigate, delete old and irrelevant posts, grammar check and update posts, and all-around give my blog an overhaul. I apologize ahead of time if you run into a crazy error, the navigation bars don’t work, or you are lead to a page that doesn’t exist anymore. I’m working hard to get this site to a more functional state so I can roll out some new ideas for this new year.
I’m not giving an estimated time for this all to be done because it will stress me out and I’ll end up just not doing it! Just know it will be all worked out soon.
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I hate to admit that I am the same weight I was at my 6 week postpartum obgyn appointment, and that was 15 months ago. It’s not to say I don’t consciously make healthy eating decisions and try to workout. I do. But despite how much we’ve overhauled our diet from our teenage years, my husband and I often find ourselves in a rut, especially after the holidays.
I usually can bounce back faster than he can. It’s very hard, especially when he brings home a Coke with my Subway for lunch or insists on eating dessert every night. I tell him over and over to stop mentioning these things. If he wants dessert, then just go eat it. Don’t announce it’s time for dessert and ask if I want any because it’s too much temptation and I always give in. It’s hard to eat nutritiously when there are constantly snacks in the house (I’m looking at you, husband).
The other problem is working out. I try to do this during the day while my husband is at work because I feel awkward doing it when he’s home. I know he’s not doing this, but I always worry about judgement. But working out during the day doesn’t work either. For one, my son FREAKS OUT when I lay down. I have no idea why, but as soon as I lay down to do some crunches or leg lifts he panics and tries to pull my head up (either by grabbing a handful of hair and pulling or putting his hand under my head and lifting). He’s too young for me to explain it’s okay. Also, he eventually ends up throwing his entire body on top of whatever body part I’m repetitively lifting and lowering, and I’m totally not strong enough to lift him with just my legs!
My biggest problem with working out is the fear of the soreness and headaches. I always get a headache when I work out. It may be because my son will not let me use a neck support or pillow (he pulls those out thinking I’ll stop laying down) and so I’m getting neck strain. It could be something else, also, but I don’t know what something is. I don’t want to be incapacitated by my workouts because I need to be ready-at-the-go to take care of my son. If I’m too sore or have a headache, I can’t be an effective caretaker. So, I don’t workout nearly as much as I should. I know I need to just do it. But I can’t get over those fears.
The Knot just came out with a list of “10 Wedding Blunders to Avoid“. One of their suggestions is to not micromanage your vendors. I couldn’t disagree more. You MUST micromanage them. Don’t rely on their professional talent because, in this day and age, no one has any sort of work ethic or professionalism about them. If you don’t tell them exactly what you want and check and double-check, you will get screwed over.
Case and Point.
Our wedding reception took place at a local Italian restaurant and reception hall. I ordered chicken, salad, mixed vegetables, and rigatoni. The package was supposed to include soft drinks, tea, coffee, and an ENTIRE SHEET CAKE. I specifically asked if the cake could be entirely white. This is what I got…
No, our theme was NOT Mardi Gras. Our theme was all white because we thought that would be the most simple (all white linens, flowers, etc. are easy to come by). I have no luck with cakes because this exact same thing happened when ordering my son’s birthday cake. Not only that, but these two cakes only equal HALF of a sheet cake. We all had to have tiny pieces and there was only one piece left to spare! The lady also started cutting the cake before I got to even see it.
The food also was in short supply. My husband and I went last in line and by the time we got there we had to scrape what was left just to make a plate. Also, we didn’t get any soft drinks.
Finally, since we didn’t hire a band because we thought it would be too much for such a small gathering, we asked that ambient music be played over their existing speakers (it’s a restaurant, so they usually have it playing). We entered to dead silence and I had to request it be put on. Music from the 1970s awkwardly burst over the speakers in the middle of silent eating. It was more embarrassing than letting it be silent.
We paid almost $800 for this very simple reception and were very disappointed in the quality service we received. I didn’t complain because the boss wasn’t in when we left and we went on a honeymoon the next day. It seems ridiculous for me to call now. I mean, what could they really do? But I’m still sad that I trusted them to do their job and they shortchanged me on my wedding day. :-(
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