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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

How To Prep Your Vehicle For A Baby On Board

There's plenty of good advice out there about how to prepare for your baby. However, in the fun of decorating the nursery, choosing strollers and shopping for clothes, it can be easy to overlook your car. When it comes to prepping your vehicle for your baby, here are a few things not to forget.

Ensure Your Car Is Maintained Properly
Make sure you get any necessary maintenance undertaken before the baby arrives. If you're not sure what this might involve, check out this
car maintenance quiz. Finally, as well as oil changes, tire checks and the like, don't forget the heater and AC. If you can't control your vehicle's temperature, you'll worry about whether your baby is too hot or too cold. Of course, car maintenance is an on-going necessity and can be both expensive and inconvenient. You may want to investigate leasing as an alternative. There are some excellent deals available from suppliers that really understand the needs of the family market, such as Intelligent Car Leasing.

Clean Out The Car
If tidiness isn't your strongest point, your car might be carrying a little too much trash. Clearing it out not only creates a more pleasant environment for you and your baby, it makes more space for all the baby paraphernalia. Once it's empty, shampoo and vacuum the interior or have someone do it for you. Then, when it's pristine, if you plan to keep your stroller in your car's trunk, think about investing in a rubber mat for the floor of the trunk. This will help keep mud and spilled food off the floor space. You'll also find such a mat is easy to pull out and hose clean.

Install All The Car Seats Properly
This is the single most important step you can take when it comes to prepping your vehicle for a baby. A properly-fitted car seat can literally be life-saving. Always read the instruction manual and, if you're not sure you've fitted the seat correctly, have someone check it for you. The
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has some excellent advice and details of how to find a car seat inspection station near to you.

Load Your Car With Baby Essentials
There are several things that can make car journeys with your baby easier.
1. If your car isn't already fitted with tinted windows, a good window shade will be invaluable. Screening your car's rear side windows will keep the sun out of your baby's eyes and also, hopefully, encourage your little one to take a nap. There's plenty of choice when it comes to choosing a shade and you'll find that they're also easy to remove.
2. Attaching a convex rectangular mirror beneath the existing rear view mirror will allow you to keep an eye on your baby without needing to turn around or move the rear view mirror.
3. You probably already have some in the diaper bag but keep a stock of wet wipes in the car too. They're handy for clearing up the inevitable spills and messes babies and young children are so good at creating. After all, a long, slow journey will feel even longer and slower in a car that smells of vomit.



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How to Treat Your Child's Sprained Ankle


The duties of motherhood are immeasurable and practically perpetual. Even into adulthood, mothers will care for their children well after they believe they no longer need her maternal guidance.

However, while they're children they will almost always end up in need of their mother. Children are particularly hazardous to their own health, eating and doing things that they shouldn't or injuring themselves with an uncanny lack of effort.

One of those injuries that almost everyone has seemed to have had during childhood, is a sprained ankle. A time when mothers assume one of their many alter egos and become a super-nurse. If your child just limped indoors for the first time and you're unsure of what to do, don't worry -- you got this.


How Do I Know If It's A Sprain?

Sprains occur when the ligaments in the ankle are overextended or torn due to a movement outside of their normal capability. More often then not, a sprained ankle is a result of an inward rolling of the ankle and accounts for over 80% of ankle sprains.
  • In order to tell if your child's ankle has been sprained:
  • Ask them if they have a jolt of sharp pain if they try to put weight on the afflicted foot;
  • Find out if the pain is coming from the inside or outside of the ankle;
  • Look to see if there is any bruising or swelling at or around the ankle; and
  • See if they're able to move their foot within the range of motion they normally have
If any of these tests indicate that your child may have sprained their ankle, then the next step is treatment.

Treating The Sprain

There is a common acronym for the process of treating an ankle: R.I.C.E.

Rest: The number one thing you child will need to do is get off of their feet. They'll need to limit the amount of weight they put on the ankle and shouldn't walk unless necessary. If they do need to walk, crutches should be used to minimize the strain on the ankle.

Ice: This will reduce the inflammation of the injury, but you shouldn't ice the injury for more than 20 minutes at a time. Place a thin piece of cloth between the ice bag and the skin to avoid frostbite as well.

Compression: Wrap the ankle in some type of elastic or athletic bandage to help reduce the swelling. This can also help keep the ankle stable and reduce accidental movement. Remove the bandage or loosen it significantly at bedtime. 

Elevate: Prop your child's foot up at a level above their waist with soft pillows or something similar.

However, if you notice any of the following signs, you should take them to the emergency room right away.
  • The joint looks odd or deformed;
  • Your child is pale or has a unstable pulse; 
  • Your child experiences extreme pain, a tingling sensation, or paralysis. 
Your child may not always believe that they need you, but you'll always know that they do.
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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Mother's Day Bouquets from Teleflora

Mother’s Day is a time to recognize and call out the importance of our mother’s role in our lives. We remind our mothers that we *see* them, we appreciate and them and we thank them for how much we have been shaped by their love and care. I always love treating my mom like a queen on Mother’s Day! 


As a mom myself, I treasure the charming cards and gifts my kids give each year on Mother’s Day (I thank the teachers a daycare in advance for this year’s wonderful creation!). Since they don’t have their own credit cards yet (lol), my husband always makes sure to help the kiddos pick out some flowers for Mom too. He’s tried so many different options for Mother’s Day flowers, but my favorite is the annual Teleflora Mother’s Day bouquet. This year, the Teleflora team has created another stellar line up of Mother’s Day bouquets at price points to fit almost every budget. Their new campaign is called “‘Love Makes a Mom” and I’m sure I will need the tissues when their new videos launch this May. They are always so poignant and touching (and, yes, I do cry regularly at commercials)!


 We at Mommy Katie were lucky enough to get a preview of one of this year’s Teleflora creations, the ‘Wildflower In Flight’ bouquet. It is a gorgeous arrangement of pink roses, purple chrysanthemums and white daisies. The keepsake vase is decorated with old world charm, including elegant script and a vibrant dragonfly motif. It is absolutely stunning! I’ve had it for over a week now, and the flowers are all still looking fresh and healthy (how do they do that?!?). I really am impressed by my local florist’s artistry in executing this arrangement. Goodness knows it is way beyond what I have been able to do when my dear hubby has experimented with the ‘arrange them yourself’ floral deliveries! (I am always somewhat chagrined/embarrassed at my inability to replicate the gorgeous arrangements shown on the photos.) The Teleflora website makes it easy to choose the style your mom will love, and you can even customize the size of the bouquet or add chocolates or another small gift for Mom.


I love how easy it is to give Teleflora arrangements to show Mom how much I appreciate her (and, for a limited time, it’s even easier - new subscribers to the Teleflora online newsletter can take advantage of a 20% off coupon) 

Product received, thank you to Teleflora as well as the PR for supplying us with a product for this review, all opinions are our own.
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#Giveaway 3-months Subscription to Audiobooks.com

Quick..what is your favorite book? Got one? If you are like us you would have a hard time choosing one, there are just too many good ones out there. We all know the joy and emotion a good book can evoke, and we all wish we had more time to read. While ebooks have made it easy to carry a large number of books on your phone or other mobile device, the challenge of finding enough time to read still remains. That is where audiobooks come in. These have been around for a long time (remember books on tape?) but it’s only recently that the ease and cost-effectiveness of digital access has made them even more popular. For people who are always on the go or multi-tasking, like the busy mom of today, audiobooks can be a godsend. Now a busy mom can easily ‘read’ her favorite book on her phone while running errands or driving kids all around town.




A great place to get your hands on a large variety of audiobooks, from today’s best sellers to the classics, is audiobooks.com. Audiobooks.com is a subscription based streaming and downloadable service for audiobooks, delivering access on any internet-connected mobile device. They have over 100,000 titles available to subscribers, with new titles being added all the time. Now they want to share their great service on by making this Mother’s Day even more special for one of our amazing readers by offering 1 free title for three consecutive months:

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Product received, thank you to Audiobooks.com as well as the PR for supplying us with a product for this review, all opinions are our own.
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Transitioning Your Pet to a Rotational Feeding Schedule

This post is sponsored and written by me on behalf of Petcurean through a campaign managed by their PR. All opinions are my own.


When it comes to our pets, we find that as pet parents, we want to ensure that our fur babies are happy and healthy. We do this by providing our pets with exercise, playing with them, and having the foods and treats they enjoy on hand. The thing is, just like humans, pets enjoy changing things up, especially when it comes to the foods they enjoy. Where by rotating the recipes they enjoy, we can give them the variety they will be sure to appreciate. So when the experts from Petcurean offered helpful information on transitioning pets to a rotational feeding schedule, I was not only pleased to have the information on hand for my own reference, but also excited to share the information with our readers as well. You can read this information below:


Similar to how humans appreciate variety in their daily meals, pets, especially picky eaters, can enjoy an assortment of foods through rotational feeding. Giving them a different food on a weekly or monthly basis is a great option for mixing things up, so your pet doesn’t get bored. A rotational feeding diet can include a mix of recipes and different types of food like dry, canned or freeze-dried. Some people believe that feeding foods with different nutritional makeup will give your pet a more rounded diet. In addition, feeding a wet food in rotation can help with hydration.

When transitioning your pet to a rotational feeding schedule, a gradual change from one diet to the next is always recommended. However, rotating foods that have a similar ‘base’ recipe, but only features different meat proteins may be a little less stressful on your pet’s digestive system. With Petcurean’s GO!GATHER, and NOW FRESH lines, you can do rotational feeding of the different types of food within each product line, without having to account for a transition period.  For example:

  • Alternating between the three NOW FRESH Small Breed recipes will provide picky small dogs with more flavor variety.


  • If your pet has sensitivities, make sure that you stick to similar recipe bases, like GO! Sensitivity + Shine Limited Ingredient Diet recipes for cat. Alternating between the duck, pollock, and freshwater trout and salmon recipe may help prevent any sensitivities during the rotation.


If you’re interested in having your pet try a rotational diet, consult with your veterinarian first. He or she may be able to offer some advice on the best direction to go and how to start. Some pets may not respond well to rotational feeding if they have a sensitive tummy and is prone to digestive upset.



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Friday, April 20, 2018

Outdoor Fun with the t3 Scooter from Razor

With the weather warming up and the sun shinning, we find that we like to spend more and more of our free time outdoors. This is especially true when it comes to the kids, and like many with kids, I like to ensure that when we head outside or when the kids want to play outdoors, that they have toys and outdoor equipment that they can enjoy. So when we were sent the t3 Scooter from the line of scooters at Razor, I was excited to check it out and have my kids begin enjoying it while they are outside playing.



After taking the t3 Scooter out for a ride, we found that it was the perfect one for my preschooler to enjoy riding on. This is because there are 3 wheels in the front, which offer more stability and not only helps with balancing while riding, but also keeps the scooter from tipping over. The wheels also allow the steering and control to be easier for my little guy to handle, where he can practice and master his riding skills. Which in all, gives us a scooter that is like the ones made for older kids, for little kids to use and master riding as they find a love for the world of Razor!





Product received, thank you to Razor as well as the PR for supplying us with a product for this review, all opinions are our own.
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