Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Snow Dough, snow day fun!

This week is school vacation week here.   Luckily, I work from home, so I have lots of free time with my kiddos.  However, tomorrow is going to be a busy day for me, so in preparation, I got to crafting.  I scoured Pinterest for some easy, fun projects for my kiddos.  They love crafts, they love art, they love imaginary play.  The projects I planned for them are simple but fun, they can do it by themselves while I'm tied up with work.  I can assist them if needed, but for the most part, I can plop the project in front of them and they can go to it theirselves.  So my first project I planned is SNOW DOUGH!  It is perfect for a cold, snowy/rainy indoor day. 


1 part hair conditioner
2 parts corn starch

a few drops of food coloring (not necessary) I didn't use any, my dough was true snow dough.... white!

I ended up using a large measuring cup while adding my ingredients.  I was warned that some conditioners are thinner than others, so I added about a cup of corn starch to my cup first, and then added the conditioner slowly, while mixing.  When the dough is perfect, it will still be powdery but when squished together, it will mold into shapes in your hands and stay formed.  If it is too sticky, add more cornstarch.  If it is too powdery and crumbles when you try to form a ball, add a little more conditioner.

 It will form and stay formed when it is the perfect consistency.  My quick sculpting skills helped me make a heart and a snow dough man! My hands were so soft and smelled so nice afterwards.  The dough will make my children very happy tomorrow.  They can mold and build all morning! 

Monday, February 3, 2014

Britax information webinar Please join me!

As parents, we all want our children to be as safe as they possibly can be.  I always tell my kids that my job as a parent is to keep them safe and healthy.  If I take short cuts in certain areas, I risk their health and safety and I am not doing my job!  One of my biggest concerns is car seat safety.  I have had my childrens' carseats installed by certified carseat technicians since they were babies.  And they ride in the top rated BRITAX carseats until they reach the maximum for height and weight limits on those carseats.  But lately, with height limits, weight limits, forward vs rear facing limits changing often, I get confused.  And with each new carseat I buy, it seems like there are more buckles and latches to install!  How do I install correctly, and what are the correct limits for my children? 

For parents who are concerned with carseat safety (and frankly, aren't we all?), there is a webinar hosted by carseat manufacturer BRITAX on Thursday February 6th between 1pm and 2pm EST.  The webinar is hosted by Sarah Tilton, who is a Child Passenger Safety (CPS) advocate for Britax.  Sarah has written THIS post about carseat safety.  Please check it out to learn some interesting tips about the proper way to install a carseat and safely fastening your child in. 

To register for this webinar, please click HERE.  It is a free webinar hosted by Britax.  Britax is hosting this so parents can learn all of the ins and outs of using the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) system in the car.  With the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards changing, this webinar will help parents learn how to keep their children as safe as possible in the car. 

I hope I can get as many parents as possible to sign up for this free webinar.  Let's keep our children safe! 

Pre-Mama Prenatal Vitamin Mix review

As soon as that first test stick showed two lines so long ago, I was on the phone with the OB's office to get an appointment.  They didn't book me for about 2 months later, but they told me the most important thing for me to do was to get a prenatal vitamin as soon as possible.  Off to the store I went and grabbed the one that was recommended by the pharmacist.  The next morning when I went to take it, I realized it was the biggest horse pill around!  How the heck was I supposed to swallow that each day??  So I went on a search for a different one.  And then I realized that all prenatals were huge.  It was a struggle each day to take the pills and I usually had to break them up to get them down. 

With my second and third pregnancies, I finally found chewable prenatal vitamins.  They were loaded with sugar, which didnt make me happy, but I knew they weren't huge horse pills.  But guess what?  With both of those pregnancies, as soon as something hit my tongue, I'd gag and usually vomit.  The nausea was terrible.  I knew it wasnt because of the pills, it was just my body reacting to the pregnancies, but I was pretty nervous.  Not only was I getting sick taking the pills, but I couldn't eat any food, either, because of the nausea and morning (all day and night) sickness.

 Now there is a solution for women like me who can't take a pill with pregnancy. PreMama prenatal vitamin drink mix.
It is a vitamin mix in a little packet that you simply stir into your favorite liquid and drink. It comes in two types, citrus and unflavored, which is truly unflavored. One packet is full of all of the vitamins and nutrients that a pregnant mama to be needs. It also gives you those added benefits after pregnancy and throughout breastfeeding. It supports healthy baby development and also helps with pregnancy symptoms such as morning sickness and constipation. One pack contains 30 single servings.

Just add to 12 ounces or more of water or another non-carbonated beverage each day and your daily needs of iron, Biotin (makes your skin, hair and nails healthy and strong), folate, vitamin B6 (lessens morning sickness) , vitamin D are completely met. Plus it boosts your daily intake of other vitamins and nutrients such as zinc, magnesium, calcium, B12 (boosts your metablism and energy), riboflavin and vitamin C. PreMama vitamin mix is gluten free and made with natural flavors.

  The citrus PreMama plus also has Omega 3's, choline, and CoQ10 on top of all of the other nutrients and vitamins found in the unflavored packets. It is really nice to have a alternative to all those huge horse pills and sugar filled chewables that were so hard for me to get down during my pregnancies!! 

PreMama is now available in Whole Foods stores from Coonecticut to Maine, and also in several smaller specialty vitamin and health food stores across the North East. For more information, please visit PreMama on the web

Disclosure:  I was sent this item for free, in return for a blog review.  My ideas and my opinions are my own.