Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Dear Humans on the Road

Dear Humans with whom I share the privilege of driving each day, 
Please accept my apologies for the following comments, 
lightly dusted with sweet sarcasm. Enjoy!


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1. I tend to stop at all red lights prior to turning right. It's not something I made up just to make you irritated while you are on your way to work. I'll assume that the kind gesture you offered as you zoomed past me was a "Hey, girl. How ya doin?" 


2. When there is a shirt load of construction going on as I try to exit my building, it can be difficult to see around the gates, cones, and barricades that have been erected. Additionally, I need to watch out for the students who need to cross the 4 lane road to get to school across from my exit. When I finally see some clearance and have my turn signals on, that is NOT a sign for you to speed up, hug my arse, and honk that I have gotten in your way. (Yes, I intentionally spelled arse that way.)


3. When I need to change lanes to avoid missing my exit, I would appreciate it if you took notice, stopped tailing the cars so closely it is impossible to merge into traffic, and did not take it as a personal challenge to compete with me for road space. I have enough challenges without that extra stress.


4. Pay attention. PLEASE! Get off your cell phones and just...DRIVE! I'm tired of watching out for you as you swerve into my lane. 


Finally, please help me understand how honking at me and showing me your "special" communication finger is making the world better, safer, kinder? 


This post is dedicated to the wonderful people who provided three horn honks and two finger gestures this week. (And it's only Tuesday.)







Now...Go buy something nice for your mamas!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Ten Fabulous Gift Ideas for Moms

Happy Mother's Day 2018



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Taking care of your changing body will allow you to prepare for the birth of your little one. ProSource has a fantastic variety of colorful mats, exercise balls, and muscle therapy equipment! These items may provide relief from sore, aching back muscles, inspire you to maintain fitness, and help during labor. You will find perfect gift ideas for yourself, a friend's baby shower, and your favorite Yoga enthusiast.  Shop Now for special offers.

Disclaimer: Please always consult with your physician, doula, labor/delivery team for advice regarding best practices before, during, and after your pregnancy with regard to physical activity and equipment recommendations for optimal fitness.


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Pregnancy and Parenting create incredible challenges when it comes to sleep!  As your body's shape changes, it can often be hard to adjust to a comfortable sleep position.  I was a tummy sleeper prior to pregnancy.  When I did try side lying, I found myself rolling to the right instead of staying on my left side as recommended by my Obstetrician.  Body pillows, sleeping upright in a chair, and other attempts to accommodate my growing belly were rarely successful. I was not only hormonal, but tired and sometimes even irritable from lack of sleep.

I researched several on line reviews and found that "nectar" mattresses have an excellent reputation for quality and comfort. This is the mattress I would have loved to own when I was pregnant!  Totally worth the investment! There is a guarantee and special offer on this site that you don't want to miss.  Enjoy your pregnancy in comfort with a "nectar" mattress created especially for this season in your life.


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My skin decided to be extreme during my pregnancies. Skin that was previously clear and smooth became less silky and I had more breakouts. Additionally, the presence of stretch marks became more visible as my belly expanded to accommodate our developing little "snuggle" c. 2001 (a term of endearment given by my husband.)

Pregnancy is the perfect time to embrace the benefits of high quality skin care.  Looking your best and taking care of your body is a fabulous way to feel confident, promote healthy habits, and develop a special routine that will encourage you to take time for relaxation and meditation.  

The Spoiled Mama has a beautiful selection of toxin-free, organic, high quality skin care products for before, during, and after pregnancy!  You will also be surprised to find a Happy Mornings Tea To Help Morning Sickness. This is perfect for alleviating nausea regardless of what time of day it hits.  Discover the best  nipple creams (Fix that Sucker Nipstick Nipple Cream for Sore Nipples) for breast feeding moms, calming and hydrating body wash (Luxe-Mama Calming and Hydrating Pregnancy Safe Body Wash), and Mama's More Milk Please Tea to Increase Milk Supply


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Reader moms will love receiving a specially autographed book from their favorite author!  Check out this incredible Collectibles site and find a treasure to share.  
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Pura Vida Bracelets

Donating to a charitable cause plus receiving a stunningly simple yet elegant piece of jewelry are two gifts in one for Mom on her special day! So many selections of bracelets, necklaces, and rings are available just in time for summer beach wear and seasons beyond! 

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I love a product with an incredible beginning!

“Pura Vida” means “pure life” in Spanish, a Costa Rican philosophy that encourages the appreciation of life’s simple treasures. Slowing things down, celebrating good fortune, and refusing to take anything for granted embodies this laid back lifestyle. “Pura Vida” means living life to the fullest.
 It’s more than just a saying... it’s a lifestyle.
  Every Pura Vida Bracelet is carefully handcrafted by artisans around the world. The commitment to their craft is conveyed through the quality of their work. The artisan’s dedication to the “pura vida” way of life is demonstrated in the seemingly endless color combinations and innovative styles. Each bracelet is as unique as the person wearing it.




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”I like to use metaphors from nature, symbolic of human experiences... rosemary for remembrance, a bird for healing, a butterfly for strength against adversity. These items can mean different things to different viewers. I try to give each piece another level of meaning that's not always obvious—that the viewer can sense or imagine.” ~ Susan Lordi 

 

The Willow Tree is one of my absolute favorite gift selections when it comes to acknowledging special moments, poignant memories, and milestones.  There are so many beautiful works of art available and I am incredibly excited to have this opportunity!  I will never forget receiving my first Willow Tree piece, and I am confident that you too will find a special tribute to your loved one.  
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  One way to recognize someone's special interests is to find fun, creative, and innovative symbols that can be displayed.  These protective lens caps give your photographer another option to express their creativity.  










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 Memories to Last a Lifetime


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Create a beautiful photo collection to commemorate all the amazing mom moments in your life. Now is the perfect time to gather those memories and enjoy the extra savings! Mixbook has everything you need to make your mark and share your family's story.

 

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Who doesn't appreciate a great looking carrier bag that functions as a travel/diaper bag?  
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Show mom how much you believe in her business savvy and help her promote that product or service!  

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 I have thoroughly enjoyed writing this for all of you, and I hope you will share how you like to remember your special day.
Wishing everyone a beautiful weekend filled with adventures,
and plenty of resources to cope with whatever challenges you will encounter.

Much Love,



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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Search for Significance in Prayer


 Here is something I have been wanting to share
 since my father passed away on 03/14/2018 this year.


We called this the "Papa Shack" where my father kept many of the books he read, including those related to theology and prayer.  
We keep finding prayer cards everywhere.
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Our family recently decided to participate in a school related prayer rotation in honor of my father, Bella’s grandfather, who died on 03/14/2018.  Each family who participates adds a note to the prayer journal.  I added the following comments today, and tomorrow will pass the book on to the next family.  
This is a beautiful tradition. 


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Our family made an emergency trip to Georgia when I found out my father was in the hospital. I truly believe the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart and advised me to get there with the children without delay. We made it in 2 days by car.  Less than 2 weeks after receiving the news that my father had Stage 4 pancreatic cancer that had metastasized, my father transitioned from this world into the arms of Jesus.  The moments we shared while being present for my mother and father during that time were some of the most precious times we had spent together as a family.   

Our family met with the parish priest to discuss funeral arrangements. He asked each family member, from wife to children to grandchildren, to send him our thoughts regarding my father’s life and the impact he had in this world.  I’d like to share my contribution with you. (Some minor editing has been done to create this post.)


Dear Father,

Please consider these thoughts regarding my father and the grandfather of Isabella, Nathan, and Sebastien for your homily during my father's funeral mass.

My father taught us to be faithful and encouraged us to embrace the power of prayer.  Our earliest memories involved us praying together as a family.  We gathered together for meal time prayer and every evening before bedtime. Our night prayer involved praying for every family member and for the souls of those who had already departed from this world.  Everyone was included.  By praying for family members who had passed, he was in a way preparing all of us for the time when our earthly existence would come to an end.  This is something I have shared with my own children.

Dad also began a tradition of blessing each of us with the sign of the cross on our foreheads at bedtime and whenever we were getting ready to leave after a visit. It was a symbol of his faith and one of the gifts he bestowed upon us even when he was ill in the hospital.  I treasure the moment each of us was able to bless him with the sign of the cross on his forehead, place a kiss on him, and touch the arms that had held us and hugged us, as we watched him prepare for his transition from this world into the arms of Jesus.  How can such a moment be so sad, sweet, and hopeful at the same time? 

I am confident that my father changed the world for the best. By planting the seeds of faith in each of us, teaching us to accept and embrace people even if they have differing views, and showing faith in action, my father left a legacy that encourages and challenges all of us to reach out to those in need.  It is up to all of us now to plant, grow, and nurture the traditions of faith that might lead others home to Jesus too.  Each of us have gifts and talents that are meant to serve as strategies for faith in action. 

My father had special gifts in musical performance, conducting, teaching, and discussing religion.  He never turned away anyone who came to our door to talk about their faith.  The day after he passed, two young people came to our door to invite us to their church.  I spoke with them and remarked how incredible it was that they had chosen the day after my father was called home to visit.  I spoke with them about my father's faith and how he loved discussing theology.  I encouraged them to take that story with them, hold it in their hearts, and remember they are making a difference every time they extend an invitation of faith. I thought to myself, "Thank you, Dad, for giving me this opportunity to speak with them on your behalf. You made a difference even after your death."

When I was a child, my parents had a large rosary hanging over their bed. It glowed in the dark and made me feel so safe and secure. If I had a nightmare, I knew I could find my way to my parent's room by looking for that rosary.  I believe that God lead my father past the pain he was experiencing in the same way. Although we will miss my father's physical presence in our lives, his spirit will always be with us.

Here are some things my children wanted me to include:

Always a loving person, my grandfather taught me how to stand strong in the waves even when you didn't know where the current was going. To literally go with the flow. While I will never forget our inside jokes, the ongoing screech of his lullabies, or his constant smirks at the dumb stuff our family would do; the one thing there is to remember was the humble hearted man who taught me to just be. (Isabella)
 
I've known Grandpa all of my life.  He was a quiet person, but he had his sweet, funny personality and the warped sense of humor that my family knows and loves.  I never really knew what Grandpa did until I got older and could understand better. I was AMAZED. That's my Grandpa?  I have a pretty cool Grandpa.  He played instruments, conducted, was in the Army, and he studied hard for so many things.  The best part of all was how humble he was.  He never bragged or talked much about his accomplishments, but I know he would have appreciated being acknowledged.  I love my Grandpa and my entire family.  He left behind a legacy that will live on, and I thank him for that.  Thank You for being my sponsor for baptism and confirmation. We all love you Donald/Grandpa.  May you rest in heaven in the hands of God. (Nathan)
 
I had a really hard time seeing Grandpa so sick.  I love him and appreciate the funny things he said to us.  The last joke I told him was the one that made him laugh the hardest before he got so sick.  When I was three I said, "Why did the chicken cross the road?"  He asked why.  I said, "To slap the fish."  The way I said it was so funny that it became one of our stories.  I am glad I inherited his trait of being left handed and also his sense of humor.  It makes us special.   (Sebastien)
 
Father, we know you can't include all of this, but we hope it will help you understand a little more about our Dad.  We greatly appreciate that you took time to speak with us last Friday, and we look forward to hearing you speak at Dad's funeral. If there is anything else I can do to be helpful, please let me know.

Kindest Regards,
Mary

Our family looks forward to hosting the prayer rotation again soon, as a reminder that living a prayerful life is an important part of our contribution to our family, friends, and community.  My father lived this way throughout his life, and I am grateful that he taught us how to pray.  Even now, my mother continues to find evidence of my father’s daily prayers.  He had hand written pray cards throughout the house, including on his treadmill where he ran and apparently prayed for all of us. 

Lovingly,
World of Writer Mom



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Thursday, April 12, 2018

KABRITA Goat Milk Formula! Tummy troubles, "Be GONE"!


Excited to have an opportunity to promote this incredible product! 
 If only I'd had this when my children were little. 
We could have saved them a lot of tummy troubles
Happy to help other parents now through this offer.

 
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What can you do when meals upset your baby's or toddler's digestive system?


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 (This is one option. World of Writer Mom recommends that you discuss any changes in your child's diet with a developmental pediatrician.) 




When my children were babies, I tried breast feeding and ended up having to supplement their intake with additional assistance from formula.  We ended up doing a combination of both as I struggled to find the right formula for their sensitive tummies.


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 I personally had a history of upset stomach from the time I was an infant. Perhaps it was possible that whatever issues were present during childhood, I had passed along to my babies. I was lactose intolerant and even into adulthood have had sensitivities to certain foods and situations.  As a teen I once drank milk with a warm cookie and ended up being taken to the Emergency Room due to the severity of my pain. 


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My mother did try a product for me back in the day called "acidophilus" milk. (Sounds yummy, huh?) It  supposedly had eliminated lactose from the milk. It was okay, but I couldn't stand the taste. It seemed incredibly more expensive than regular milk. I ended up avoiding milk products or paying the consequences.

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When my first child was born fifteen years ago, I was shocked at how regular, milk based formulas negatively impacted her digestive system. She cried, had lots of gas, and was miserable after her feedings from the formulas we tried. There were times her bowel movements were so acidic that she developed difficult rashes. Alternatively, there were times she became so constipated I cried with her. Soy milk was not helpful either. We gave her special drops to help alleviate the pain (with the supervision of her pediatrician) but I wished there were alternatives.  

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My second child's situation was similar. He had diarrhea and rashes plus a lot of reflux.  Again, we tried various formulas and the special tummy drops. I believe it was a few months into our dilemma that one particular brand of formula came onto the market for "sensitive tummies" and that seemed to finally offer a little relief. We transitioned to a newer brand of lactose free milk available when my baby became older and even though it was expensive, we were happy that it worked well for him.

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By the time child number three arrived, we were already anticipating what could happen and were a little better prepared for the tummy upsets. Still, it would have been incredible to have some alternative to discuss with the pediatrician.

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 When I discovered this product on line, I felt amazed and really wished it had been available (or I had been aware of the benefits) when my own babies were small.  I also didn't have the information regarding digestion of proteins that might have been helpful to me.  It wasn't necessarily just the lactose that was a problem.  It was the ability to break down the proteins in cow's milk.



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There is plenty of research to indicate that goat's milk is compatible for human consumption without the side effects of lactose milk.


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The following information is taken directly from the Kabrita website. You are invited to read about this product and if it sounds interesting to you, please share with your child's developmental pediatrician. Perhaps it could offer some relief for your aching tummies too. Kabrita can be used in smoothies and in place of milk for a variety of recipes.  Try your sample today!

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KABRITA is a line of gentle Goat Milk Formula and Goat Milk Baby Foods made with naturally easy-to-digest, non-GMO goat milk that is gentle on tiny tummies. KABRITA Goat Milk Foods are produced without any exposure to antibiotics, pesticides, growth hormones or preservatives, and are free from artificial colors and flavors.

Goat milk protein forms a gentler curd in the tummy compared to cow milk protein, and has also been shown to be broken down and digested faster! At KABRITA, our products are made with love, backed with science and designed to offer gentle nutrition for little ones. KABRITA Goat Milk Foods have a mildly sweet and fresh taste and smell that little ones love. Recommended by pediatricians throughout the U.S.









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Remember...


Your children will grow up just fine whatever you choose to use in collaboration with your developmental pediatrician!  Ultimately, YOU know your babies best, and will make the ultimate decisions when it comes to their nutritional needs.

  I am happy to offer this as an option and welcome your insights regarding how you manage challenging dietary needs.  Please visit again and share your recommendations too!  Raising children is an incredible gift and the most ginormous challenge you may face. (It's worth it!)



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I have over 20 years of experience in Early Childhood Development Birth-Age 5 including work in classrooms and as an Infant/Toddler Program Manager.  I have several writing projects in progress including a resource book for parents of infants and infant room teachers in a full day child development (school) program.  The book will provide families with information about what to expect and how to monitor their child's progress in an Infant room.  My second book project involves how to cope with family challenges, lessons in forgiveness, dealing with a spouse's addiction, and reinventing yourself along the way.  I am excited about all of these projects and am currently accepting comments regarding experiences my readers have had placing their child into a full day child care program.  I would also like to hear from Infant room teachers.