Every mom needs I am the first person to say that it's important for mom to be happy and healthy in order for the babes to also be happy and healthy. But, I'm kind of falling behind - everyday life takes over and mama time and TLC takes a back seat. For instance, despite putting it on my to-do list every single day, I have yet to get out and exercise and - why yes! I will have that Coke Zero for breakfast. I know! Terrible, but its the reality of a busy mama.
With all that said, you can image that having ME time is nearly impossible. I work straight through the day then it's dinner time and well… you get the point. So I've learned to sneak in ME time in very unusual and creative ways.
Here are 10 ways I sneak in some relax time - I take what I can get!
1. I wait until my husband gets home and I go to the supermarket - ALONE! I know, its not fun and it has to be done, but going alone is like being on vacation in Hawaii for me. I walk up and down the aisles, singing along to Michael Bolton or whatever soft
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Every mom needs I am the first person to say that it's important for mom to be happy and healthy in order for the babes to also be happy and healthy. But, I'm kind of falling behind - everyday life takes over and mama time and TLC takes a back seat. For instance, despite putting it on my to-do list every single day, I have yet to get out and exercise and - why yes! I will have that Coke Zero for breakfast. I know! Terrible, but its the reality of a busy mama.Read More »from 10 Unusual Ways I Manage to Get Some "Me" Time
- Disney Baby | Team Mom – Tue, Jun 4, 2013 3:58 PM EDT
My little Monet.Let's face it, once your itty-bitty baby enters oh-so-opinionated toddlerhood, life changes. Most of it's outrageously fun - the discovery, the vocabulary, the interactions, the independence. But every now and then, these little people decide to dig in and show us who's boss. Having been through this a few times myself, I've learned that sometimes it's really as simple as using our words. By adjusting your perspective, you'll adjust your toddler's too.Read More »from 3 Ways to Talk to Toddlers so They Won't Freak Out
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Here are a few examples.
1. Consider avoiding the word "no."
Let's say your toddler decides her body is a canvas (obviously this one isn't too hard for me to imagine). While, upon discovering you have a little Monet, you may be inclined to react with a "No!", I've found that only fuels the fire - or marker, in this case. Reminding her, instead, that a marker draws on paper not bodies, or hands are for hugging, not hitting, empowers your toddler to be the boss the next time around. Because
Fresh Fruit Finger Jell-O
Ever since my mom made a batch of jJell-O for our 4th of July party last summer, my kids have been obsessed with making and eating Jell-O for snacks and after dinner dessert. And I get it, I truly do. It bounces, it jiggles, and it's fun to play with. Oh, and it's super sweet to eat.
So I thought to myself, what if there was a way to make a batch of this yummy goodness that was both simple and a bit more nutritious than the conventional box method of preparation? Jell-O that my little ones loved to eat, and I didn't mind serving up because it was packed with fresh fruit?
It took me a couple batches to play around with, but I think we have a winner.
Fresh Fruit Finger Jell-O:
Makes enough to fill a small shallow baking dish (8″ x 8″). Or in our case, the bottom of an ice cube tray.
- 1-1/2 cups fresh berries (a combo of strawberries, blueberries, blackberries or raspberries work well)
- 2-1/2 tablespoon gelatin
10 Reasons To Love Tummy Time!
Put Little L on her tummy and she starts to grunt, swing her arms, hold up her head then finally lets out a WAIL! I immediately turn her back over and call it a day. Despite being a second-time mama, there are things I didn't particularly master the first time around - this clearly being one of them. When I was at the pediatrician two weeks ago, she reminded me to give her plenty of "tummy time" and teach her how to love it. I said, "Oh she doesn't like it" but the doctor assured me it was good for their development and that is a learned habit.
I did skin-on-skin from the second she was born, but haven't since her first month. Now we are back to tummy time here at the very busy casa - even my four year old says "Mami, don't forget to give Little L tummy time!"
Here are 10 reasons to love tummy time with Baby!
1. Start Early And Start Slow!Keep the skin-on-skin tummy time going beyond the first few weeks (not like I did) and it becomes a comfortable and learned habit. If youRead More »from 10 Reasons to Love Tummy Time!
- Disney Baby | Parenting – Mon, Jun 3, 2013 3:09 PM EDT
Me, as a first time mom 8 years ago on my first Mother's DayI went on a little vacation with a couple of girlfriends and our families recently. We've been friends for almost 15 years and while I was the first to enter motherhood over 8 years ago (and 3 kids later!), my two girlfriends are still new to the gig, having just become moms less than 3 years ago, and both with only 1 child. While we experienced moms always have a thing or two to learn as our first borns get older and enter new stages, when it comes to babies, we tend to feel pretty competent and think we know all there is to know (at least I do). Well I was reminded once again, that us experienced moms could always learn a thing or two from fellow moms, and especially from first time moms. Here's why.Related: Muscle mama! 10 ways to get toned with NO extra effort
I was discussing teething remedies with one of my girlfriends and mentioned how I was using the same old remedy tablets I had been using since my first born began teething 8 years ago, and I was shocked to hear thatRead More »from The Advice I Didn't Expect from a Less Experienced Mom
- Disney Baby | Parenting – Fri, May 31, 2013 3:25 PM EDT
What I really do with my time
Each of us makes our own choices for how we will mother and what is best for our children and our families as a whole. For our family, we have chosen to have one stay-at-home parent, and that's me. I care for the needs of our family and home during the day and do my writing work at night, after my littles are in bed. It's working well for us, and I am so grateful to have the opportunity to have this choice for our family. It's not always easy, but it is always worth it.
When I was a kid, I remember thinking that being a stay at home mom couldn't possibly that hard. Didn't moms just get to read magazines and tell their kids what to do all day? Judging by my stack of magazines, many months high, that I've yet to even glance at, the answer is no. Fellow stay at home moms, this one's for you and the hard work you do. Here's a little glance at where all my time goes. Where does yours go? Is it dinnertime before you realize it? Every day I wonder, "Where did the day go?"
These 15Read More »from What I'm REALLY Doing All Day as a Stay-at-Home Mom
Isn't it true that for every decent photo you capture of your children, there are literally hundreds that need to be deleted? This past weekend I took some time to clean up and organize the photos on both my computer and my smartphone. The process was tedious, and I think my pointer finger got a blister on it from hitting the delete button over and over again.
And while the bulk of the outtakes got instantly trashed, I noticed a select few really captured the true essence of what our daily lives look like. - By Emily EllingMORE ON DISNEY BABY
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- Disney Baby | Parenting – Thu, May 30, 2013 4:21 PM EDT
Inspired by the popular Instagram hashtag #tbt (Throwback Thursday) where people share their nostalgic photos, I was inspired to dig up a few of my own baby photos and compare them alongside my own baby's photos. Check out our "Then" and "Now" photos! - By Lauren Hartmann
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My husband and I had a terrible time coming up with names for our children. We didn't want any family names, but needed names that worked well in both English and Spanish and were easy to pronounce for the non-Spanish speaking side of the family.
We wanted something fresh yet classic. Our son's name, Matías was inspired by a German ski jumper when my husband was watching winter sports on ESPN. It worked in Spanish (that's the version we use) and wasn't too common. Our daughter's name, Lucía (that's Little L) was much more difficult to agree on, but I wanted a strong, traditional and not overly used Spanish name. I felt so much pressure to choose the right one, after all this is for life!
The point is that every parent draws inspiration from somewhere - a family name, a favorite sports star, a name they once read in a book or a favorite television show character. I always say, when you know you know. So if you are looking for some inspiration, here are names that have madeRead More »from 10 Baby Names Inspired by Your Favorite TV Shows
- Disney Baby | Team Mom – Wed, May 29, 2013 3:26 PM EDT
All images used with permission and copyright Kerry Goodwin Photography.For National Photography Month, I sat down with North Shore, Mass. professional photographer Kerry Goodwin to talk about her essential advice and newborn photography tips for parents when photographing baby, and hiring a professional photographer to capture the magic of their newborn.
Hi Kerry! Given your experience with all of the types of photography that you do, what makes photographing newborns particularly unique?
I think the thing that sets newborns apart from all the other photography I do is that newborns are best photographed asleep. There is nothing better than a swaddled, cozy, happy, sleeping baby. It just melts your heart. One other big difference for me since I don't photograph in a studio is that newborns are photographed inside their homes where the rest of my work is generally done outside.
Why should parents consider hiring a professional to take portraits of their newborn?Read More »from Capturing Newborn Pics: 8 Things a Pro Wants You to Know
A professional will (hopefully) have a lot of