Thursday, September 3, 2015

Butter Braid® pastry

The one-and only Butter Braid® pastry is hand-braided and filled with delicious fruit and cream fillings.
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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Mindprint Learning Profiles

Have you ever wanted to know where your child’s strengths and weaknesses are in how they learn?

Standardized testing in schools do not typically test all aspects of a processing problems and cater to those strengths.  My 8 year old son was placed school a year early when entering kindergarten and had seemed to excel at many things through the years, but I was curious to know what things I could do to enhance his learning and help him hone in on potential weaknesses he might have.  Paying attention to a child’s education early on and playing an active role in their learning can further their understanding and create a more cohesive environment for them in their future endeavors.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Pampers Premium Care Diapers

When we first found out I was pregnant with twins, one of my first thoughts was "you're joking, right"?! After laughing maniacally for close to ten minutes (maybe longer?), I started thinking about all the expenses that comes with one baby... Then, surprise... there were two... 

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Back to School: Amp up your Digital Storage and Memory with SanDisk Storage from Best Buy

It's that time again!!! Back to school is happening parents! Many of our readers have children heading back to high school, starting or continuing college and are in need for exemplary storage for their digital files. When I was in undergraduate school, I lost fourteen pages of a paper. I wasn't using a proper backup and there was a power surge and I didn't have the system set to backup and auto-save any changes to my paper. There was a power surge and it literally fried everything. My paper? GONE.

That's one thing you don't want to do- you don't want to lose fourteen pages of work. That was at least 20 hours of research and writing. You don't leave that hard work up to a discount brand digital storage and external memory source. Trust me. You lose your hard work just one time? You'll never do it again. That's why my family uses SanDisk. When each of my nephews started writing papers and when my nephew heads off to college next year, they will be receiving external memory storage from SanDisk.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Tongue-Tie in Babies: Lessons Learned By A New Mom

I am so excited to be sharing this post from my friend, and fellow Occupational Therapist, Rachel from Can Do Kiddo. She wanted to share HER experience with having a child with a tongue-tie and how it affected her nursing relationship with her little, as well as the things she learned so that she will be able to have more success with her next little.

Breastfeeding is natural and women have been doing it since the beginning of time. So why wasn’t it working for me?! In celebration of World Breastfeeding Week, I’m happy to share our Tongue-Tie journey and what I’ve learned along the way with fellow parents.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Breastfeeding: Managing Breast and Oral Thrush

When my first child was a few months old, I got thrush. I went to 9 different appointments in 2 weeks with different practitioners. The only one that listened to me was an IBCLC. 

My OBGYN passed the buck to my primary care physician, who of course passed the buck back. I saw multiple nurse practitioners between offices, my daughter's pediatrician diagnosed HER with oral thrush. I even saw two infectious disease practitioners and a general surgeon (who supposedly said it appeared as though it didn't think it was yeast until we treated it and the symptoms went away... Here's my thrush "protocol" (not medical advice, this is just what I do for my yeasty issues). With my first, I had it three times and once for three months long. I had it once with my twins and the NICU refused to give my milk, although it is PERFECTLY SAFE to feed baby thrush milk. There is a technique to flash pasteurize your milk to kill the yeasties but that's another post all together.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Your new travel necessity: First Aid Shot Therapy

Who else gets a headache from even thinking about traveling with kids? I know I do. With twins under one, one of them medically fragile, travel becomes the equivalent to a four letter word. However, I came across these sweet little shots that are the super quick cure all for all your travel ailments- headaches, hives, and even a *cough* hangover from one too many glasses of wine! 

Summer of Kitchenaid: Make some Ice Cream and Memories

Summer-of-KitchenaidOne of my MUST HAVE items for my kitchen when I "grew up" was a Kitchenaid stand mixer. I hoped and hoped someone would purchase this for us on our wedding registry, but no one did. For years I coveted these. Finally, last year, I won one in a giveaway just like this! The first thing I made was a homemade cake, baked completely from scratch. SUPER tasty.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Breastfeeding: 4 Ways to Nurse without Using a Cover

This week Is World Breastfeeding week! So… to keep with that theme we decided to address something very important that may be on the mind of many and can be a bit taboo to some.  Cover or no cover?  Because you know you just totally want to carry an extra item in that already stuffed diaper bag? (do you sense the dripping sarcasm there?).

Bees, the good, the buzzzzzy, the endangered.

As a person quite severely allergic to bees, I'm a bee smoosher. I'm guilty, 100 percent, of smooshing before I think. I really need to stop reaching for the shoe. You see, bees are essential to life as we know it. While there are other insects that pollinate our flowers and trees, Bees are the ultimate pollinator. Right now in the U.S. there is a gross undersupply of bees, and it's leading to some problems. In order to have the delicious crops that feed our families and our livestock, we need the pollinators. People like me, chronic bee smashers, aren't exactly helping.