My “AHA!” Moment…. The change of a Mother/Daughter Relationship After Birth of Baby

My Mom and I have always been close. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve had our fair share of arguments over the years, mostly when I was a teenager, but none the less, I grew up knowing I had a Mom who loved me unconditionally. But what I didn’t know, what I truly didn’t comprehend, was the depth of her love for me. That is, I didn’t fully understand the love of a mother until just recently.

I remember the excitement of finding out I was pregnant. After 2 long years of trying, including a devastating miscarriage (Ill come back to this at a later date); was it even possible that I could be pregnant??! I stood there just staring at the pregnancy stick, my heart pounding with happiness and disbelief!! Not quite a dark line, but not too faint either! Was the line even there? Was it just wishful thinking? Maybe I was hallucinating? Should I take another test? But it was there! That pink line-even if it was the faintest of faint, was there!! I’m gonna be a mom!!! I knew at that very moment that there would never be another baby loved more than mine.

Thinking back, I recall the first time I heard my baby’s heart beat, it suddenly became real! The thumping of his mirrored my own! It was loud and fast! I felt as if our heart beats were one! This is MY baby, I thought! I am FINALLY gonna be a mommy!

I couldn’t wait for my first ultrasound. Who would it look like? Would it be a boy or girl? Did I even want to know it’s sex? All I DID know, was that wanted to see my baby! And then, there HE was! My SON! I was in love!

Seeing our baby boy in 3D for the 1st time!

Seeing our baby boy in 3D for the 1st time!!

As my belly grew bigger, so did my connection to him. I imagined how I would feel when I held him in my arms the very first time. But then, a sense of panic set in…I had to first push this baby out of me! And no thanks to my sister in law, who showed me a Youtube video of a live birth, I was mortified, to say the least!

Seriously though, nothing was more amazing then the day my baby was born! I held him in my arms and knew that I could never love anything more. The love was so deep it shook my inner core. I was totally consumed and overwhelmed by the emotions I felt for him.

Kissing our baby boy at the hospital - 1 day old

Kissing our baby boy at the hospital – 1 day old

And at that very second I felt this connection to my mother that I had never felt before. I finally got it! My “AHA” moment…I realized that my mother had that same love, the different love that only a  mother has for their offspring. As a child you love your parents, but as a parent the love of your child is indescribable, the most intense love one human can feel. I get it now mom, I completely understand.. On October 21, 2010, the day my son was born, my life forever changed in more ways than one.

Happy to be home! Ryan 1 week old

Happy to be home! Ryan 1 week old

 

My mom and I on a recent mother daughter trip to Paris!

Eating on top of the Eiffel Tower

Eating on top of the Eiffel Tower

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Written by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz 

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Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

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5 Tips for Starting a Parent Support Group

Starting a Parent Support GroupParent support groups can share information about the disabilities of their children, school services, therapy, local policies, funding sources, transportation, medical facilities, emotional support and much more. If there aren’t any support groups locally that you feel as if you want to be a part of, you can look to start your own to help other like-minded parents. Here are our tips for starting a parent support group:

1. Energy and Time

Before even taking the necessary steps to begin forming this support group, it’s important to analyze your own situation in terms of the amount of energy and time you have to give. Starting a group takes a lot of commitment and if you end up becoming overwhelmed by all the work, it may end up being a waste. Having another parent to partner with to start the group can be a big help, however!

2. Meeting Area

Any functioning support group is going to need a reliable place to hold meetings and events. In the early stages of your group, a members’ house may suffice. However, if this will ideally become a successful support team, then a larger space will be needed. Check with your local churches, community centers, or other office buildings to see who may have space for rent.

3. Volunteer Help

When starting out, you’ll want to gather up a core group of parents who are willing to get the support group started from the ground floor. You’ll need their help in setting up various meetings and events, spreading the word to get more potential members, and any other tasks that you can’t handle on your own.

4. Communication

In order to maintain the various aspects of this support group amongst its members, a method of communicating with one another is necessary. Email usually works well for this, or even a listserv for when the group begins to grow larger in number. Many different email clients, like Yahoo, allow you to set up your own listserv for free in order to communicate with a group through email.

5. Spread the Word

While you may want to keep the support group personal and intimate, it’s still important to spread the word about your initiative. Remember, there’s most likely tons of parents who are faced with the same issues and problems as the ones in your group. After all, the goal of this is to help each other, so why not reach out to as many parents as possible?

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

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The Different Styles of Parenting

Different Styles of ParentingWhile there’s no exact recipe to being the perfect parent for your child, there are certainly various styles that could be beneficial for them. Some parents prefer to give their children more freedom to learn and grow on their own, while others can’t get enough of this process. Check out these different styles of parenting for kids:

Autocratic

Autocratic parenting is where parents establish the rules and expect that children will follow them without exception. Children have little to no involvement in problem-solving challenges or obstacles. These parents are also big on using punishments to teach lessons to their children.

Instinctive

Instinctive parenting is solely based on “going with your gut” and making decisions for your children based on this feeling. This style is heavily influenced by how the parents themselves were raised as children, as they will usually go with what feels “right” when deciding on a matter.

Permissive

Permissive parents don’t offer much discipline and prefer to take on the “friend” role. They’ll encourage children to be more open with them in conversations and issues in life. They tend to be lenient and may only step in when there is a serious problem. There may be few consequences for misbehavior because parents have an attitude that kids are just young and learning.

Authoritative

Authoritative parents have rules that children are expected to follow, but they allow some exceptions to the rule. They often tell children the reasons for the rules and they are more willing to consider a child’s feelings when setting limits. Rather than punishing a child for their mistakes, this type of parent will instead let consequence serve as the learning tool for a problem.

Attachment

Attachment parenting describes a style of parenting where parents attempt to build as strong of an emotional bond as they possibly can with their child. These parents will promptly tend to their child’s every need and be very sensitive and emotionally available to their kids. They hope that by building this strong of a bond, their children are more likely to trust them with any and all problems in the future.

Helicopter

Helicopter parenting is a unique style in which parents are generally not authoritative about issues, but rather will oversee almost all matters that the child is involved in. They tend to “hover” over their kids, like a helicopter would do. They want to constantly be involved with everything their child is doing, whether positive or negative.

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

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9 Important Vitamins for Kids

Important Vitamins for KidsIdeally, we all should eat a well-balanced diet that supplies us with the proper amount of vitamins, but that’s not always easy – especially if you have some picky eaters. Supplementing vitamins is often a practical solution or most people. Make sure your kids get these vitamins.

1. Potassium

Potassium helps to control nerve impulses and muscle contractions and maintains fluid balance. Great sources for this mineral include nuts, dried fruit, bananas, bran, raw fruit and vegetables.

2. Vitamin D

Vitamin D promotes bone and tooth formation and helps the body absorb calcium. Good sources include milk and other dairy products, and fish oil. The best source of vitamin D is sunlight.

3. Iron

Iron builds muscle and is essential to healthy red blood cells. Iron deficiency is a risk in adolescence, especially for girls once they begin to menstruate. Beef and other red meats, turkey, pork, spinach, beans, and prunes are all chock full of iron.

4. Zinc

Zinc aids in wound healing and immune function, is essential for normal taste, smell and sight, and can help in the formation of strong bones. Get your children zinc through lean meat, fish, and chicken, milk, whole grains, and nuts.

5. Calcium

Calcium helps build strong bones as a child grows. Calcium can be found in quality amounts in milk, cheese, yogurt, tofu, and calcium-fortified orange juice.

6. Vitamin A

Vitamin A is essential for eyesight, especially night vision and critical for normal growth in children. This vitamin also keeps the skin in the mouth, respiratory tract and urinary tract moist (protects against harmful bacteria). Finally, Vitamin A builds immunity to protect kids from infections. Good sources include milk, cheese, eggs, and yellow-to-orange vegetables like carrots, yams, and squash.

7. Vitamin B Family 

The Vitamin B family includes, B2, B3, B6, and B12. These vitamins aid metabolism, energy production, and healthy circulatory and nervous systems. Good sources include meat, chicken, fish, nuts, eggs, milk, cheese, beans, and soybeans.

8. Vitamin C

Vitamin C is needed for healthy skin, gums, teeth, bones and cartilage. This vitamin also assists with absorption of some types of iron, along with wound healing and resistance to infection. Good sources include citrus fruit, strawberries, kiwi, tomatoes, and green vegetables like broccoli.

9. Magnesium

This mineral provides structure for healthy bones, is involved in the release of energy from food, and is essential for muscle and nerve function. Magnesium can be found in milk, whole grains, green leafy vegetables, legumes, lean meats, nuts, and bananas.

baby swaddleGuest Blog by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the  Woombie Baby Swaddle

Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.

Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.

Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!

For more information, visit www.woombie.com.

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6 Helpful Tips for Newborn Care

Newborn CareBringing home a newborn baby can be a very hectic, exciting, and confusing time for parents. There is so much information that you will learn on your own throughout the parenting process, but it never hurts to read up and do some research. While it can definitely be an overwhelming time in your life, all that matters is that you’re striving to be the best parent you can be. Here are some helpful tips for newborn care:

1. Seek Advice

As a parent to a newborn child, you should never hesitate to seek advice from others who have more experience. Whether that means calling your doctor about a particular problem or just asking a fellow mom for a simple answer. It’s been shown that women who seek help with nursing issues have a much higher success rate, and this can apply to most topics of childcare.

2. Cry it Out

A newborn baby will inevitably cry – a lot! Since new parents aren’t familiar with this reaction to almost anything, it’s easy to see how this could cause some trouble. Your child could be newly diapered and well fed, and they’ll still find another reason to start crying. As long as you’re sure that nothing is wrong, it’s okay to allow your baby to simply cry it out sometimes.

3. Avoid Panic

Not surprisingly, new parents tend to panic over anything and everything that happens to their child. It’s important not to waste all that time worrying when, most of the time, there’s absolutely nothing wrong. When a baby spits up, vomits, or seems a little sick, these can be taken care of fairly easily and should not force you into a panic.

4. Early and Often

Anything that you expect your child to learn as they grow and develop, be sure to start as early as possible. Get a head start on communicating with them, potty training, basic shapes and colors, counting, and anything else you can think of to practice. Even though you know they won’t be able to respond with words from the start, there’s nothing wrong with getting them used to communication.

5. Perfect Parenting

One of the most important things to remember throughout your journey with a newborn child is that there’s no secret to perfect parenting. Reading and researching best practices for various parenting topics and issues is always a great idea, but you must ultimately make the judgment for how you will raise your child.

6. Have Fun

Throughout all the sleepless nights and hours spent trying to soothe your child, don’t forget to enjoy the entire experience! Time flies when we’re wrapped up in our daily jobs and activities, and it seems to pass by even faster with a child. Take plenty of pictures, keep notes in the baby book, and have fun all along the way!

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

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7 of the Best Healthy Summer Snacks for Kids

Healthy Summer Snacks for KidsThere’s nothing that makes lunchtime better for kids than opening their lunchbox to see one of their favorite treats inside. Especially after multiple classes and lessons, kids want to be able to enjoy their lunch when it comes time to eat. Keep your children happy and healthy with these delicious lunchbox treats for them:

1. Granola Bars

Granola bars are both healthy and delicious for kids. These treats are small enough to easily fit two of them in the lunchbox for your child. Next time you go grocery shopping, bring your kid with you so they could pick out their favorite flavor!

2. Veggies and Dip

Kids typically don’t enjoy eating vegetables, but they may like them a lot better if you make a couple adjustments to this snack. Try cutting veggies up into smaller portions and adding a healthy dipping sauce for them to enjoy, like French onion dip.

3. Fruit Salad

Fruit salad is a great way to provide your child with a delicious lunchbox snack that will also be extremely healthy. Grab a small Tupperware container and throw in some grapes, sliced bananas, blueberries, and various melons. The fruit container is a sweet treat for kids.

4. Yogurt and Granola

The combination of yogurt and granola provides two healthy snacks in one for kids. Kids will love how easy it is to put together, and especially how tasty it turns out. Make this snack even healthier by grabbing a Greek yogurt of choice and making your own homemade granola to throw in the yogurt.

5. Hummus

Hummus is a dip that can make tons of different snacks taste better during lunch. Putting a small amount of hummus into a container for their lunchbox is an easy way to make various snacks even tastier. Pack their hummus with snacks like pretzels, veggies, or healthy chips.

6. Trail Mix

Trail mix comes in so many different flavors and combinations that your child is bound to find a favorite for lunch. These mixes typically have a healthy serving a nuts, fruits, and granola for your child to enjoy and have a nutritious snack in their lunchbox. This is another snack that can be made at home with all the proper ingredients.

7. Beef Jerky

Beef jerky is another convenient, easy lunchbox snack for your child. As long as you can find the all-natural, healthy beef jerky, this is a great idea for a healthy treat. Also, you can substitute beef for turkey or bison for an even healthier alternative.

transition baby from swaddleGuest Blog by Stephanie Parker from Sleepingbaby.com, inventor of the Zipadee-Zip

The motto for Sleeping Baby, makers of the Zipadee-Zip, is: “Inspiring Dreams One Night at A time,” and that, in a nutshell, is how it all started…with one little dream that has since become the Parker family’s reality. When Brett and Stephanie Parker’s daughter, Charlotte, was born, the feeling that welled up inside of them was indescribable; they never realized until first looking into those baby blues of hers that they were even capable of that kind of love.

When it was time to transition baby from swaddling, the Parkers tried every sleep sack on the market and every swaddle weaning trick they could find for nearly two weeks and nothing worked to get baby Charlotte to fall and stay asleep.

Stephanie became determined to restore sleep and sanity to their household and set out to find a solution that would soothe Charlotte’s startle reflex and provide her the cozy womb-like environment she loved so much but still give her the freedom to roll over and wiggle around in her crib safely. Out of sheer desperation and exhaustion, the Zipadee-Zip was born. The first Zipadee-Zip(R) Stephanie put together on her little sewing machine worked like magic!

To date tens of thousands of Zipadee-Zips have been sold and all from word-of-mouth marketing. It is so rewarding for the Parkers to see other parents and babies getting the sleep they both need and deserve!

For more information, visit sleepingbaby.com.

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6 Things All First Time Parents Should Know

Things All First Time Parents Should KnowHaving your first child can be a very hectic, exciting, and confusing time for parents. While it can definitely be an overwhelming time in your life, all that matters is that you’re striving to be the best parent you can be. There are so many little bits of information that will be learned throughout the parenting process, but it also helps to do your research before the baby arrives as well. Here’s a helpful list of things all first time parents should know:

1. No Sleep

As soon as the little one arrives home from the hospital, you can pretty much kiss a good night’s sleep goodbye for a while. Your newborn will require constant attention and care, and short naps are a lot more likely than a full night of sleep.

2. Start Early

Anything that you expect your child to learn as they grow and develop, be sure to start as early as possible. Get a head start on communicating with them, potty training, basic shapes and colors, counting, and anything else you can think of to practice.

3. Crying

Expect your baby to cry. Whether your child is hungry, thirsty, tired, needs to be changed, or for absolutely no reason at all, you need to be prepared for the tantrums. At such a young age, crying is about the only way a baby can express its discomfort of something, so the crying is an inevitable result of having a kid.

4. Plenty of Care

There will be a ton of maintenance to be done with your newborn. Your baby will be hungry and need diaper changes every few hours, will need their skin cared for, have to take multiple naps, and need tending to when they throw a tantrum; and this is all just one day!

5. No Secret

One of the most important things to remember throughout your first journey with a child is that there’s no secret to perfect parenting. Reading and researching best practices for various parenting topics and issues is always a great idea, but you must ultimately make the judgment for how you will raise your child.

6. Enjoy!

Throughout all the sleepless nights and hours spent trying to soothe your child, don’t forget to enjoy the entire experience! Time flies when we’re wrapped up in our daily jobs and activities, and it seems to pass by even faster with a child. Take plenty of pictures, keep notes in the baby book, and have fun all along the way!

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

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6 Ways to Vacation Smoothly with Small Children

vacation home rental in orlando florida near DisneyIf you have a few small kids (or even one), you might be concerned about traveling to Orlando. The good news is that with a little careful planning, you can set anxiety aside and have a great time. Before you embark, here are some tips.

1. Stay in a vacation home. There’s no need to worry about your kids causing a commotion in a hotel if you rent a vacation home in Orlando Florida near Disney. There’s plenty of space for them to run around, even a yard and possibly a pool. If you have a big family, you can save on money with a vacation home rental as well.

2. Travel as light as you can. When you have kids, you tend to bring a lot of stuff around with you, so do your best to pack as light as possible. If you’re staying for an extended stay of two weeks or more, pack a single week’s worth of clothing and wash them once rather than carry two week’s worth. If possible, ship any of your gear and supplies ahead of you.

3. Schedule your day around naps. Just because there’s a lot of excitement doesn’t mean your kids can go without their regular sleep. Plan your day so it includes a quick stop back at the vacation home rental so your kids can get some sleep. If they are well-rested, they are sure to have a better time.

4. Bring distractions. When you’re in the air or on the road, your kids will get bored easily and begin to irritate mom and dad. Bring plenty of distractions for the car ride so they have something to do. Tablets and smart phones with games are simple, portable and keep kids busy for hours.

5. Don’t limit yourself. Orlando Florida and Disney are wonderful kid-friendly places. There’s no need to limit your vacation in any way because you have the kids around. Enjoy your favorite shows, attractions and restaurants with the whole family. Don’t worry that something might not be PG-rated. It all is!

6. Keep emergency contact information on your kids. In the event that you get separated in one of the parks (since they can be quite busy), put emergency contact information in the pocket of each child. Remind them that it’s there so they can tell a security guard or park personnel that they are lost.

Florida vacation home rentals

Guest Blog by Steve Casey of Florida Sunshine Vacation Rentals

Look no further for vacation home rentals near Disney in Florida! Florida Sunshine Vacation Rentals has thirty years experience providing guests with the best Florida dream vacation experiences possible, as well as a level of customer service that exceeds exceptions. They’re based in Orlando with a satellite office in the United Kingdom, so they know how to provide superior service to domestic and European guests.

Feel free to call upon their expert team to provide you with a smooth booking experience for your vacation rental home, condo, villa or townhouse in Orlando, Floridadiscount vacation home rentals, or other Florida destinations.

We will help you do all of the planning so you and yours can start making memories!

For more information visit www.floridasunshinevacationrentals.com.

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8 Spring Time Activities for the Whole Family

Spring Time Activities for the Whole FamilyWhen the sun is finally shining after spending months in the house all winter, both parents and their kids are looking for ways to enjoy the spring. Staring at screens day-in and day-out is much more exhausting than we think. Let’s get out of the house and off of the phone! Here are some ways to take you and your kids back to the days of old school fun.

Warning: This blog may cause extreme nostalgia!

1. Family picnic

Unfortunately so many people have forgotten the simple joy of gathering up a few friends and lying out in the park to eat sandwiches. Yes, people still do this, but not enough people. Did you know some kids don’t even know what a game of handball is in 2015? Show your kids the joy of park play and eating sandwiches. Bring a speaker for music and leave the tablets at home.

2. Bike riding

When we were children, it was a milestone in life to learn to ride a bike. Now, it’s pretty cool but not as common. The rush we get from bike riding is still unparalleled. The springtime is the perfect time to blow the dust off your two-wheeler and show your family around the neighborhood without the car. This is a workout and a ton of fun for both you and them.

3. Start a photo journal

Flowers blooming and birds chirping shouldn’t go undocumented. Taking your family outside to observe some of Mother Nature’s most beautiful creations is a fun way to bond. Try to learn photography techniques with your children then create a photo journal to look back on for years to come.

4. Blow bubbles

Nothing says it’s warm outside more than the effortless joy of blowing bubbles in the back yard. Young children love to play and dance amidst bubbles and they don’t get to see them as much these days. Turn up the music and blow a couple of bubbles. This is an easy way to celebrate spring without draining too much energy. (Bubble blowing machines are acceptable!)

5. Go to community sports games

Did you know most communities have dedicated sports teams? Show your community, school, or even job’s sporting team some love and show support in the bleachers. These events are often vastly under-attended in many communities so they’ll be glad you came. If you’re up to the challenge, your family can even sign up!

6. Wash the car together

“I don’t want my car washed for free,” said no one ever. I’m all for killing two birds with one stone. Most kids are really excited about the idea of helping mom or dad wash the car. Turn on the hose, grab a few sponges and make it a family activity.

7. Hop-scotch

Did you know that people still draw images on the asphalt with chalk? Did you know kids still enjoy it? *gasp* Having permission to go wild on the concrete is still an absolute dream for children. This is the easiest way for them to fulfill their vandalism fantasies without damaging the walls in your house.

8. Go to a carnival

Ferris wheels are still and hopefully will always be “a thing.” If you aren’t scared of heights your child will love experiencing a carnival with you. Cotton candy, bumper cars and clowns are things all millennial children should experience at least once!

infant support pillowGuest Blog by Alicia Overby – Founder & President of Baby Elephant Ears

Alicia is wife, mother, and creator of Baby Elephant Ears. Baby Elephant Ears was created out of parental concern, not financial desire. In 2005, when their second child was an infant, he cried all the time and just couldn’t seem to get comfortable.

After seeking advice and suggestion from the medical community and alternative medicine, they eventually ended up in the chiropractors office where their baby was successfully treated for asubluxation, discomfort most likely the result of the strain during labor, which was now being exacerbated by the normal lack of infant neck strength. Only proper neck, head, and back alignment would offer him relief. When they couldn’t find a product to give their baby the necessary support, Alicia took matters into her own hands and crafted her own infant support pillow. The first Baby Elephant Ears was born!

For more information, visit www.babyelephantears.com.

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16 Simple Ways to Make Your Baby Smarter

Ways to Make Your Baby SmarterAs parents, we all want our children to be as smart as possible. Smarter people have an easier time in life. They work easier, less physical jobs and often get paid more. The first years of life are the best time for a person to learn, so we need to stimulate our children as much as possible. Here are some simple ways you can help make your baby smarter.

1. Make lots of eye contact. Babies recognize faces early. Each time they meet your gaze, they learn a little more about other people and how to communicate.

2. Enjoy mirror time. Let your baby reflect into a mirror every so often. This will help him learn a little bit about himself.

3. Make exaggerated facial movements. Babies as young as a month old can imitate facial patterns. This is how they start to learn to solve problems.

4. Play peekaboo. This game teaches object permanence.

5. Change scenery. Every so often, move play time to a different room or slide the high chair to the other side of the table. This creates a fresh new stimulating environment.

6. Take your baby with you. It can be tempting to leave your baby at home with someone else when you need to run errands or go shopping. However, your baby needs to experience the world and see as much as possible.

7. Talk a lot. The best way to teach communication is to communicate as much as you can. Speak to your baby in your normal voice using normal words. Leave pauses where baby would speak so she begins to understand the rhythm of a conversation.

8. Narrate the world. While talking to your baby, narrate what’s going on or what you’re about to do. “I’m taking a left here to go to the bank.” That will teach cause and effect.

9. Build an obstacle course. Use pillows, cushions, boxes and toys to boost those fine and gross motor skills.

10. Nix the TV. The TV has its place, but it has a way of blocking one-on-one interaction.

11. Dress up. Use costumes and other family members’ clothes to play dress up games.

12. Count everything. From tissues and blocks to steps and stairs, have your kids’ count wherever they go. Math is super important.

13. Designate letter days. Like they do on Sesame Street, assign a letter to each day. Eat foods, play games, and sing songs that start with that letter.

14. Expand story time. Instead of reading the same stories, ask your kids to improvise for the characters or make up their own tales entirely. This will help them learn creativity.

15. Let him/her decide. Whenever possible, let your child make a decision, such as which color bowl to use or which outfit to wear. She/he will learn that decisions matter.

16. Include them in the chores. Without being a slave driver, have your kids help with the routine household chores, like sorting laundry, dusting shelves or picking up toys. This will help them understand responsibility to solving problems.

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

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