When it comes to splurging on some baby items, there is a list of the top items worth spending a little extra on. You want to get quality, but you also want to ensure that you make the mothers life a bit easier. This can be done through the right products for the money you spend.
Here is a list of some of the top baby items worth spending a bit extra on this year. Whether you have a baby already, or you’re about to have a baby or your giving these as a gift - these are the top items that are must-haves!
Spending a little extra money on the best baby monitor that allows you to not only hear, but see baby is a good investment to make. Not only can you use this one wirelessly, but you can change the lenses on it to ensure that you get the clearest picture. This set up comes with everything you need to make sure baby is safe and sound while napping or sleeping through the night, best of all the top models are WIFI enabled so you can view your baby from anywhere in the world.
These are quickly sweeping the nation, after being in Finland for so long and you can grab yours too! The Baby Box Co. is responsible for creating some of the best Baby Boxes out there. Skip the bassinet and go straight for something that is educating parents on safe sleep habits, while also being able to provide baby with something other than a bassinet to sleep in. It is definitely worth the price you pay.
Joovy Zoom 360 Jogging Stroller
This is one of the best jogging strollers in 2017 and worth spending a little extra on. It has all the right compartments on it, while also providing a smooth, safe ride for the little one. You can strap them in tightly with the five-point harness, while having the ultimate smooth ride, even over the bumpiest of roads. You can ensure that you (and baby!) will enjoy jogging around with this.
Dr. Browns Options Glass Bottles
There are highly rated when it comes to choosing a bottle that prevents colic and gas in babies. Whether you breast or bottle feed, these can be a great way to go. The glass bottles cost a little bit more than traditional plastic ones, but they’re a gift that keeps on giving. While reducing colic and even spit-up in babies, they provide a great way for the little one to enjoy a feeding and not have pain after.
Ergo Baby Carrier
This is a bit more expensive than some of the other baby carriers out there, but the money spend is well worth it. For an easy way to carry baby from birth through toddlerhood, they provide not only comfort for the little one but comfort on mom and dad. The baby comfortably fits in the carrier, while the carrier takes most of the strain off of mom or dads back. It is an ergonomically designed carrier that is also great when you want to protect baby’s little limbs or hips. They come in many cool patterns and colors too, so you can choose which one you like the most! It is a must-purchase on our list of baby items!
Of course, your selection does not have to be the exact ones on this list, spending a little extra on these items never hurts. You can ensure that you have the best possible quality when the time comes, while also being able to have a useful product at the same time. You want the best for baby, but now you can get the best for you, as well!
Today I have a guest blogger. It is my teen daughter Gabriella. She makes the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever had. Truly! She is going to share her method & recipe with us & I am so excited to share it with you. Here is how she does it.
1/2 cup white sugar
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup melted butter ( 1 full stick)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg ( beaten first before you add)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon hot water
Then add what ever you want in them: for me it's chocolate chips
For my brother it's chocolate chips and almond pieces
Preheat oven to 350
Mix all of the dry and wet ingredients separate
Then mix them together all well
Get a cookie sheet & line with parchment paper
I personally use a mini ice cream scooper
Don't have a heaping pile of dough
Make it even on top
Put the cookies 3 wide and 4 in length
Bake for 10-12 minutes
My special trick is to wait for the cookies to puff up then gently press them with a spatula to puff the air out so you don't add more time for burnt cookies. Do not over cook the cookies or they will be dry. They are ok just a tad bit under done. The cookies will stay moist longer than over baked cookies. I personally prefer them that way & warm straight from the oven!
Cookies are one of life's comfort foods. It is also a great frugal gift to give. And there is simply nothing like a fresh batch baking in the oven to make a home instantly cozy & welcoming. Thank you Gabriella for guest posting today!
So here’s the deal ladies, if you’re a mom and have been working your butt off to get your tummy back to some semblance of “pre-pregnancy you” e.g. Personal Training, Yoga, Pilates, and still not seeing the results, it may not be your fault. You could have a condition called Diastasis-recti. Diastasis- recti is when you rectus abdominis (or six pack muscle) separates. Well it it’s not really the muscle; it’s more the connective tissue (Linea Alba) that attaches the two sides of the muscle together. See when you’re pregnant all of your muscles and ligaments become looser to prepare you for childbirth; including your stomach muscles. As your belly gets bigger the stretching makes the Linea Alba thinned and sometimes creates gaps and overstretching. In most cases it goes back in a few months but sometimes it doesn’t.
If you had your baby a while ago and you still look pregnant, check if you have a Diastasis. It’s an easy enough test https://www.abdominalconnections.com/daily-guide/. If you do have one, there’s a program that teaches you how to heal it yourself. That means no expensive physical therapy sessions that take up your time and money, and no surgery! The company is called Abdominal Connections, and the woman who created it healed herself from an 8 finger separation, that’s insane! It uses an easy 6 Step Program that’ totally flexible for busy moms. If you do any of the steps you’re going see results, the more you do the faster your progress. They also have On Demand web videos so you can get a workout anywhere you have internet (awesome). Give it a try, as they say “doing something is so much more than doing nothing and you will see results”.
Abdominal Connections is a rehabilitation program for women who have been diagnosed with Diastasis recti; separation of the outer most abdominal muscle. It is a non-invasive alternative to surgery.
An estimated 90% of all maternal women will have a diastasis to some degree. The condition is not covered under most medical insurance plans and physical therapy can be costly. Abdominal Connections addresses every aspect of the healing process from superficial tummy skin to the necessary strengthening of compensating muscles to avoid re-injury.
Our 6 Step Program promotes Healing from the inside out using all the tools available and addressing every detailed component associated with the Diastasis-recti condition. Our program teaches you how to safely modify daily activities; from carrying your baby to getting out of bed, so you can feel confident getting through your day without worsening your condition and protect any progress you’ve already made.
Our Video On demand allows you to take charge of your workout using safe and effective exercises that not only facilitate healing your diastasis but tone and strengthen your entire body.
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I was contacted by Shutterfly. They wanted to share with us today how to hang pictures on different types of walls. I think it is great. Enjoy the information below.
Today I bring you my guest writer Nicole U
Get Organized: A Cleaner Home Begins with a Cleaning Kit!
Does this sound familiar? You’re ready to clean your home. You’ve worked up the energy, you’ve set aside the time, you’ve kicked the kids out of the house, now you just have to do it.
And you could “just do it,” but there’s one small problem. All your cleaning stuff is scattered around the house in closets and cupboards, under sinks and in the basement. Everything is everywhere and you’re not even sure you have everything you need to get the job done. Frustrating!
Maybe you’ll just forget about cleaning today. Sounds like a lot of work.
We’re dealing with a couple of easily fixable problems here: 1) The Wrong tools, 2) Disorganized tools
1) The Wrong Tools: STOP USING A BUTTERKNIFE WHEN YOU REALLY NEED A SCREWDRIVER
Moms have to be resourceful. I’m pretty proud that I can fix almost anything with a needle and thread, a roll of duct tape, a coffee mug, and a butter knife.
In fact, I just fixed the lock on my house with a butter knife the other day. It worked like a charm.
But here’s the deal. Even though I can totally use a butter knife as a screwdriver for small jobs, I know that bigger jobs will go a lot faster if I put down that butter knife and just use a for real screwdriver!
The point is, you need to have the right tools for the job. Nothing more, nothing less.
And you need to have the right cleaning supplies for the job. Nothing more, nothing less.
And I’m guessing that like most people you have all sorts of cleaning products lying around. Some practically empty, others you don’t even like to use because they smell weird, and still others that you might not know quite how to use. And how ironic that this hodge podge of CLEANING products usually just makes a mess in the cabinet under your sink?
2) Disorganized Tools: STOP RUNNING LAPS AROUND YOUR HOUSE
Awhile back, I had the pleasure of helping a family get their home ready to put on the market. After a long and difficult search, they had found their NEW home, a place where their family could grow and flourish.
Problem was, they needed to sell their CURRENT home. It really wouldn't be a problem at all. They live in a great area and their house is SUPER charming. The REAL problem was going to be whipping the house in to shape so it would show at its best and sell in a snap.
I was helping with bathrooms and kitchens and mom and dad were taking care of this and that around the house. But it was sloooooooow work.
Of course, the sweet little kiddos needed to be taken care of all throughout the process. And in addition to cleaning, some stuff had to be thrown out and other stuff needed to be packed away. A LOT OF DECISIONS needed to be made in a short period of time.
Mom was running laps around the house…upstairs, downstairs, to the basement, outside, inside, snacks and potty time…and on and on. The responsibilities never end.
The result? By the time I left after several hours, mom felt like she had accomplished little, still had an overwhelming amount of work to do, and wasn't quite sure how to tackle it calmly and systematically.
Do you ever feel like you’re just running laps around your home, spending hours cleaning and still not getting it all done?
If you put together a simple cleaning kit, you will have all the right tools and you will have them organized and at your fingertips. Then, you can just clean room by room and FLY through the job!
After years as a professional home cleaner helping families get and stay NEAT, I’ve created a simple list of everything you need to clean your home from top to bottom. Follow this checklist and you will have the right tools for the job ready to go whenever the mood to clean strikes!
If you’ve found this checklist helpful, I invite you to check out my website, blog and Facebook page. And please send me any cleaning conundrums you may be dealing with.
Sticky floors, dusty ceiling fans, dirty blinds, whatever…I’ve got you covered! Hey, we’re in this together.
I was tagged by my blogging friend Louida over at Product Review Mom
1. Are you named after someone?
No not really. But my middle name came from my cousin I think.
2. When was the last time you cried?
Just the other day.
3. Do you have kiddos?
I do I have 2 kids on earth & 2 in heaven. My girl is 14 & my son is now 19! Amazing they both are.
4. If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?
I should would. I am a great friend!
5. Do you have a guilty pleasure?
Pedi-Spa days sometimes & save for back messages too
6. Do you like your handwriting?
I do not really I would love for it to be prettier lol I just do not have time lol
7. What’s your favorite cereal?
Cheerio’s with banana’s in the bowl!
8. What’s the first thing you notice about people?
Their mannerism & their voice
9. What is your eye color?
10. Scary movie or happy endings?
I hate scary movies! I love Michael Jackson and even the video Thriller scares me still lol I am a scary cat so I like happy endings
11. Favorite tv show?
Shark Tank is my favorite TV show at moment
12. Summer or Winter?
I do not like winter much at all. I love summer I feel more free in summer & love to be outside with the flowers wearing flip flops! I stay healthier in summer too.
13. Hugs or Kisses?
I give hugs depending on who it is lol but I love kisses only for my husband & from him & my kids at least and babies with chubby cheeks! LOL
14. What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home?
I would say California! I live on the east coast but moved to C.A. a bit then moved back here. It’s a long way by car let me tell ya!
15. Do you have any special talents?
I can sing,play guitar, make songs,draw,dance & think up new ideas, I even love to juggle a trade I learned in drama class years ago!
16. Where were you born?
17. What are your hobbies?
Blogging ( now a business) product reviewer, knitting,crafting of any type,decorating,reading,making up new dance routines , I love to think of new ideas & try to reinvent things lol
18. Do you have any pets?
Yes a cute Guinea piggy named Rocky
19. Favorite movie?
Rocky ( actually all of the Rocky Balboa series!) And yes the pet is named after the movie
20. What color is your car?
21. What do you want to be when you grow up?
I want to be a successful entrepreneur who shines for Jesus.
Thanks for tagging me Louida, this a lot of fun & new for me!
Did you get to know me better?!!
Visit Louida at her blog here .......
Today I want to introduce you to Linda over at Craftaholics Anonymous! As you can tell by the title of her site that she is indeed very crafty! I love her since of style and the way she can take a little of this and a little of that and pull off a great big WOW did you see that?!
Today she is sharing with us her Spring mantel! I love it . I love the color. I love the way she used some of what she already had on hand & some re-purposed items as you all know I love! And also made some new things.
Thanks Linda for inspiring us to spruce up our mantels for Spring. It's about time to clear out the old winter blues and welcome in the colors of Spring! You celebrate it well my blogging friend.
I am hosting today a guest post by Sarah M. at Goedeker's Home Life . Let's welcome Sarah!
How to Paint Laminate Furniture
Many people buy new laminate furniture, or discover secondhand pieces with laminate surfaces at thrift stores, and naturally want to paint it to better fit with the current theme of the room it will be placed in. However, painting laminate furniture isn’t as easy as taking a brush and getting to work.
Paint will not adhere to laminate because it has a shiny finish; it will bubble up as soon as you apply it. Many people don’t know this starting out and quickly get frustrated when their attempts at painting are fruitless.
Goedeker’s would like to help you avoid any pitfalls when it comes to painting laminate furniture, so we’ve put together this step-by-step guide.
1) Disassemble the piece of furniture.
Remove any drawers, doors, or other components you can. This will make it easier to paint the unit, preventing unwanted drips and better reaching corners where the pieces fit together.
However, if the pieces don’t want to come apart easily, don’t force anything and risk damaging the furniture. Simply paint those areas very carefully.
2) Many people recommend lightly sanding the laminate first.
Some people believe sanding is optional, even saying it unnecessarily harms the surface of the furniture. If you agree, feel free to skip this step and continue to the next one.
If you choose to sand your furniture, Wikihow recommends using fine-grit sandpaper. Make sure to sand the entire surface and sand all areas evenly, but avoid sanding too hard, which may rub right through the laminate and start tearing into the particleboard underneath.
Remember to wipe away the sanding dust first before you use primer and paint. Use a vacuum first, then go over it again with a tack cloth to get any remaining dust.
3) Apply one coat of primer.
Cover your furniture with a thin coat of primer using a foam paintbrush or high quality polyester-bristled brush.
Pick a primer that is designed to adhere to glossy surfaces if you decide to forego sanding. Oil-based primer grips laminate better, while water-based primer is only useful when you’ve sanded first.
Even though the primer dries within a couple of hours, wait an entire day for it to dry thoroughly before you start painting.
4) Now you can begin painting.
It is best to use a latex-based interior paint when working with laminate furniture.
Use a roller for the larger surfaces then fill in any blank areas with a paintbrush. The roller can also be used to blend any haphazard paintbrush strokes. Strive for a smooth, even coat.
You can spot sand any areas that bubble up when painted to ensure that the paint will stick.
If you need to paint multiple coats, wait a day between each coat. Once you are satisfied, you can cover your furniture with a topcoat of protective finish if you’d like.
5) Reassemble your furniture.
Make sure the paint or topcoat has had time to dry thoroughly before you piece your furniture back together. Again, do so carefully. If you accidentally scratch up the paint in the process, you can touch up these spots with a small brush.
And there you have it! In a matter of days, you are able to give your piece of laminate furniture a complete makeover.
Did you find this guide helpful? What piece of furniture in your house, laminate or not, could use a fresh coat of paint? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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I have a guest blogger today, Jenny of Heck yeah, I Made It Myself! Be sure to stop by and check out her blog! Today Jenny is going to show us how to make our own mineral powder makeup for natural, healthy, basic & simple beauty! This is frugal also as you know and will last you forever.
Recipe: Equal parts cornstarch and french green clay (I got mine online @ amazon.com but I think Whole Foods has it) and, if you want to add a hint of color, (I did) a little bit of cocoa powder.
I LOVE this stuff! It cost me about $10 for everything and I have enough for at least 5 years. Lol! Honestly. I used 1/4 c of each (which was an 1/8th of the bag of french green clay) and then put a small amount of the mixture in a leftover Mary Kay mineral powder container (that lasts me several months) and still had more than 1/4 of a cup of the mixture left. I gave that to my mother in law and still have more left than I know what to do with.
Going from an $18 each Mary Kay powder (which I loved, don't get me wrong) to $10 for more than I know what to do with? I'll take it!
And it works. My face looked really smooth and the french green clay has great benefits to your skin NATURALLY. I'm sold! :)
Ps: It smells like chocolate so how can you go wrong? Lol!
Thank you Jenny for sharing and teaching us today!
I want to welcome my dear friend & guest writer Shannon today! She is going to show us how she makes homemade laundry soap! Thank you Shannon for sharing this with us. You did an awesome job!
Here's is the recipe for the homemade laundry detergent I've been making and it lasts me almost a year.
4 cups of hot tap water
Fels Naptha Bar
5 Gal bucket w/ load
Grate the Fels Naptha bar (the whole bar).
Put 4 cups hot water in a large pot. Add the grated Fels Naptha.
Cook, stirring occasionally, until the Fels Naptha is completely melted.
While that's cooking, take your 5 gal bucket and fill it half way with HOT tap water.
Add 1 cup Washing Soda and 1/2 cup borax to the 5 gal bucket and stir until it's totally dissolved.
Once dissolved, fill the rest of the bucket with HOT tap water. Stir to mix.
I was at my friends ladies night at her church when she introduced me to a lovely lady named Susie. She is in her 70's and is a sweet Jewish christian lady. She is the type of lady who lights up a room with her smile. I am happy to meet a new friend! I told her about my site and asked her to share one of her recipes with us. She was so happy to share!
Susie's Zucchini Soup Recipe
Zucchini soup is the perfect way to use up zucchini and keep you warm during early fall days.
Serves 4 ,Prep time: 15 min - Cook time: 15 min
I want to welcome today my guest writer and sister in Christ Mandy!
I was just thinking about my life and how blessed I am and I remember the 1st of Feb. 2010...the day my life CHANGED FOREVER! It started off as the worst day of my life. My husband (at this time a VERY jealous and untrusting man) had started the day off by waking me up when he got home from work to ask me why one of his co-workers were asking about me and the kids. Like I knew something?! All day long he beat me down emotionally and by the time he left for work that night I didn't want to live anymore. I had decided that I was going to end my life but then God steped in!
It was through the use of the internet that He reached me. I was getting ready to say good bye to the world when a friend that I hadn't heard from in over 10 years suddenly sent me an IM...It simply said that she didn't know why she was writing to me just that I had been on her mind all day and she wanted to tell me that I was loved. She told me that even though she didn't know what I was going through she knew that I didn't have to do it alone. She told me about Jesus and what He could do for me...His child to help me through this. After talking to her I hit my knees and I gave myself to Christ.
That was the day that I was born anew. I became a happy housewife instead of feeling like my husband was trying to 'repress' me and all that stuff! The more I prayed, read my Bible, and did my best to be the woman of God that I was meant to be...Especially in regards to the way I treated my husband...The better life seemed. Even the bad days. I also noticed that my husband was starting to change as well and he is now a wonderful man of God. Of course there is still room for us both to continue to grow and we will do so hand in hand. God has put us through some test sense we have both given our lives to Him...hubby breaking his ankle, people trying to cause problems for our family, a miscarriage, and our newest son being born with a deformity with his eye lids...but through it all we were calm and it all brought us closer together instead of pulling us apart because we have learned that God is in control and that there truely is no reason to worrie about our needs. If we do our part in following His way He will make sure we always have exactly what we need!!!
What you need to know about Flat Head Syndrome in Babies
Since the Back to Sleep campaign began in the 1990s, there has been a dramatic decrease in the number of deaths from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), which is a fantastic result. However the fact that babies are now sleeping on their backs is causing a dramatic increase in the incidence of Baby Flat Head Syndrome. This can affect up to ½ of all babies who sleep on their backs. This is something that expectant and new parents need to be aware of so they can look out for it, as it is easily prevented and treated when the baby is still very young.
What is baby flat head syndrome?
Baby flat head syndrome is a common term used to describe a variety of conditions that cause flattening of an infant’s head. By far the most common of these are deformational or positional plagiocephaly and brachycephaly. These conditions are caused by repeated external pressure placed on the same area of the baby’s head, which causes the soft skull to become misshapen. In plagiocephaly, the flattening is on one side of the back of the head, while brachycephaly is flattening across the entire back of the head.
What should you do if you notice your baby developing a flat spot?
It’s very important to consult your doctor or qualified medical professional if you notice your baby’s head flattening. There are other more serious conditions, such as craniosynostosis, which need to be ruled out. Some of these conditions can only be treated with surgery. These conditions are rare, but you must get to the root cause of the flattening. It is also possible that there are related conditions such as torticollis, a tightening of the neck muscles, that could be contributing to the problem and must be addressed.
How is baby flat head syndrome treated?
Most cases are treated in the early stages using techniques such as increased tummy time and repositioning. There are some pillows and products available that can help you with the job of keeping pressure off the flat spot. This works best when started as early as possible, as soon as you notice any flattening and ideally when the baby is less than 3 or 4 months old. If the baby gets a little older and these techniques are not effective enough, then often a cranial remolding helmet will be required.
For more information on preventing and treating this condition, please visit our Baby Flat Head Syndrome blog (http://www.babyflathead.org/).
Sarah Davidson is a working mother of one, and writes about this issue on her Baby Flat Head Syndrome blog at http://www.babyflathead.org/.
Submitted by Sue Page ( thanks Sue)
BUNDT PAN LEMON CHICKEN
4 Servings: Cooking Time: 1 hr – 1 hr 20 min.
Contributed by Peggy Hill
Best Ever Banana Cake
Are you tired of having to throw out bananas because they brown before you can eat them all? Well not anymore because now you can have cake, super easy to make and extra moist every time.
I have taken this cake to church fellowships and to share at work and everyone always asks me for the recipe and then they are floored at how easy it is to make.
My husband is not a fan of banana bread because he thinks it is dry and tastes like "old bananas," but he loves this cake because it is always so moist and delicious.
Easy, affordable and tasty!
2 large or 3 medium very ripe bananas
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 yellow cake mix
(oil, eggs, and water for cake mix)
3/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
In large mixing bowl mix the bananas and baking soda. (An electric hand mixer is great for this)
On top of bananas; mix yellow cake according to the directions on the box.
Stir in walnuts
Grease bundt pan (cooking spray works fine)
Bake for 50 minutes