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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Savoring August as a Family


Savoring August as a Family
By: Jamie Perillo, LPC
I was recently asked to make a list of ways to help kids with back to school anxiety, which I will share with you – but not today. If you live in the Northeast kids begin to head back to school beginning of September or the end of August. You and your kids can think about this in two ways: we only have a month until school starts or we still have a month left. Which one feels better? I prefer the latter.

Today kids are busier than ever, which means so are you. Between over scheduled activities and schools’ increasing demands, I am seeing more anxious, overwhelmed, and stressed –out kids in my psychotherapy office. So, today, instead of writing about how to make the transition back to school easier I am writing about embracing the end of summer.

Summer is the season of Abundance – a time to enjoy the warm weather and all of Mother Nature’s goodies. Grab your flip flops and picnic baskets and head to the beach basking in the sun, jumping in the waves, resting in the arms of a summer’s breeze. Frolic with your kids through the freshly cut grass, play ball, jump in the pool, peruse the local farmer’s markets and make a meal together with Summer’s bounty. Rest under a tree, bare feet grazing through the grass and reading your favorite book. This is summer in all of its glory - a time to exhale, unwind, and recharge. You deserve it and so do your children.

I am not telling you to procrastinate the inevitable; I am asking you to enjoy the present. If your kids are excited to get their lunchboxes and backpacks - do it, but then put them away. Return to summer. This August I invite you to practice being in the moment – you and your family will feel relaxed and happier.

6 Ideas to Help you Savor Summer:

1. On index cards make a list of reasonable activities you and your family would like to do. Have each person place the cards in order beginning with their favorite activities. As a family decide which activities you would like to do throughout the month. Remember, this isn’t a plan to “go, go, go,” - make sure to leave time for lazy summer days because some of the best memories occur during unplanned time.

2. Practice presence. Inhale. Notice the scents of freshly growing flowers, barbeque, newly cut grass, and salty ocean air. Exhale. Feel your feet on the grass or sand.

3. Express gratitude. What you are thankful for grows.

4. Take it slow. Schedule lazy days. Unscheduled down time allows for kids to use their creativity and imaginations.

5. Parent from your CORE. Take a moment to imagine what August would ideally but realistically look like for you and your family. How does that feel? Can you make a few small changes to get closer to that image?

6. Enjoy! Embrace your inner child with your family.

 Thank you to guest blogger Jamie Perillo LLC, child and family therapist, for this helpful article!


Saturday, August 8, 2015

Lactation Cookies To Boost Your Milk Supply #breastfeedingmonth



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Serves: 2½ dozen
 
Ingredients
  • • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • • 1 cup oats
  • • 1 ½ cups brown sugar
  • • 1 cup sugar
  • • 1 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • • 3 Tbsp. brewer’s yeast
  • • 2 Tbsp. flax meal
  • • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • • ½ tsp. salt
  • • 1 cup butter, softened
  • • 1 egg
  • • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • • 1 15 oz. can pumpkin puree
Directions
  1. ) Preheat your oven to 350°.
  2. ) Mix the dry in ingredients in a bowl.
  3. ) Combine the butter, egg, vanilla, and pumpkin puree in a separate bowl.
  4. ) Slowly mix the pumpkin mixture into the dry ingredients.
  5. ) Scoop heaping tablespoon-sized portions of dough onto a cookie sheet. Leave about 1 ½ to 2 inches between each scoop.
  6. ) Bake for 15 minutes. Baking times may vary.
  7. ) Remove from the oven and allow to cool

These look so good, warm from the oven with a big ol glass of milk......mmmmm!! 

Credit to this awesome blogger Here 


Friday, August 7, 2015

Breastfeeding Support : Tips From A Lactation Consultant


In celebration of National Breastfeeding Month we want to share this awesome article to all our breastfeeding moms out there, we salute you!

Author: Wendy Wisner (IBCLC)

1. We've all had days when we wanted to give up.

2. There are breastfeeding helpers out there who won't judge you. Keep looking till you find one who makes you feel safe and supported.

3. Breastfeeding isn't all or nothing.

4. Breastfeeding looks different for each mom and baby.

5. It's normal for newborns to never want to be put down. Ever. And it's normal for them to nurse all the time, sometimes more than once an hour. Really.

6. Almost all moms will make enough milk if they nurse often enough, but for a small number of moms, this isn't the case. Low milk supply is a real thing, and if you have it, you deserve good, kind, thoughtful help.

7, Tongue tie really can impact breastfeeding. Tongues that are tied down can't milk the breast properly (leading to low weight gain) and can cause a lot of pain.

8. Tongue tie isn't always the problem, or isn't always the only problem. Breastfeeding difficulties are usually multi-faceted, which is why all moms deserve the skilled help of a good IBCLC.

9. I wish all good lactation consultants were covered under insurance. But we are not there yet. Please spend the money to get good help. Most lactation consultants don't cost more than a good stroller or a baby swing. Most lactation consultants will spend two or more hours with you and provide follow-up.

10. Most breastfeeding problems can be solved by going back to basics. If your nipples hurt, you probably just need to change position, shape and hold your breasts, or unlatch and start again. If you aren't making enough milk, you probably just need to nurse more frequently. Start with the basics before assuming anything more complicated is going on. Trust biology, your body, and your baby.

11. Lactation cookies and herbs can really help, but they are only helpful if combined with other treatments for remedying supply issues.

12. Breastfeeding isn't meant to be done alone. Find your tribe. Go to a breastfeeding support meeting. Find moms online who have babies your age. It can make a huge difference. The Mommies Network chapters all have breastfeeding support forum groups find one here www.themommiesnetwork.org 

13. Some babies sleep long stretches and fall asleep easily. Some do not. It (usually) has nothing to do with how you are feeding your baby. It's usually just genetics and temperament.

14. There is no magic age when babies should stop nursing in the middle of the night. Some babies need the nutrition well past the first few months, and many like the nighttime connection for years.

15. You should breastfeed for as long or as short as you want. It is entirely up to you (and your baby).

16. It is NEVER anyone's place to judge a mom who chooses not to breastfeed. There are so many reasons why a mother might make this choice, and none reflects poorly on her mothering or her level of care for her child.

17. How much you pump doesn't always reflect how much milk your baby takes at your breast. Most babies take more than the pump extracts; some take less.

18. Working and pumping mothers deserve all the respect and love in the world.

19. Exclusive pumping moms do, too.

20. Babies who never latch are rare, but this does happen, and it is one of the hardest things I have witnessed as a breastfeeding helper. These moms deserve the right to mourn the loss of at-breastfeeding, but they need to know this doesn't make them any less a breastfeeding mom.

21. All mothers have a right to feel whatever they feel about how breastfeeding went for them. All feelings are normal. All feelings are real.

22. Whether or not you breastfed or were breastfed matters in many ways, and in many ways it doesn't matter at all.

23. Breastfeeding, above all, is love. It's one of many ways to exchange love with your baby, your toddler, or your child.

24. Children need to grow up seeing breastfeeding. It makes breastfeeding normal. It teaches them breastfeeding positioning, behavior and more. This is one of the key ways we can increase the breastfeeding rates in our country.

25. Breastfeeding is normal. Breastfeeding is intense. Breastfeeding is simple. Breastfeeding is beautiful.


credit to Huffington Post for the article
Wendy Wisner is a mom, writer, and lactation consultant (IBCLC). This post first appeared on her website in honor of World Breastfeeding Week. Follow Wendy on Facebook and Twitter.


Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Minimalist Guide To Decorating A Kids Room #decor #kids

~The Minimalist Guide to Decorating a Kid's Room~
By Jane Blanchard
A minimalist approach to designing a child’s room can yield many benefits. A number of design suggestions for kids’ rooms seem cluttered and noisy, and they often impose a high level of maintenance upon a family. Cluttered spaces have even proven to increase stress levels for children and adults. With a few targeted and minimalistic design choices, you can make a child’s room both fun and functional.
Open Space


Children like to play, and the reality of childhood is that they’re going to spend more days playing indoors than they’d prefer. One way to make life a little easier for kids is to create an open space within a room, allowing them to use their imaginations rather than dealing with a lot of furniture and items. This carries with it the added benefit of making it easier for a child to clean a room, and parents can readily tell whether the job has been done right.
Containers

A child’s life includes owning a lot of prized possessions, and all of those toys, stuffed animals and collectibles need to be contained. By installing a few containers in each bedroom, parents can teach children the value of maintaining an orderly personal space. When they want to need where something special is, they’ll be able to locate it quickly because they’ll know exactly where it belongs. An added bonus is that dressers can double as both sources of visual interest and storage.
Focus on Colors

Children often enjoy personalizing their own spaces, and they’ll take that effort as far as their parents might permit and then a little further. If a child is old enough to understand the basic process of designing a space, that’s a good time to help them starting discussing how to personalize a room. The focus of this effort should be on color choices, rather than radical designs. A minimalist approach can allow parents to create a space that they and their children can live with for years to come.
Area Rugs


A child’s room can be a maintenance nightmare, but one way to attack the problem is to install areas rugs. They can be removed and cleaned, and parents can place a different rug in the room in the meantime. When the inevitable messes of childhood happen, a cheaper area rug can be thrown out.
For more design ideas, head to Modernize.com.

Do you have great ideas or photos of your own kids room redo's, we would love to hear about them, even feature your photo's, email blogs@themommiesnetwork.org.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Word-full Wednesday #mommiesnetwork

A Word--full Wednesday... we hope to add a sparkle to your eye and a smile to your face each week with positive thoughts, quotes and photos.



“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”– Ralph Waldo Emerson



”Often we women are risk averse. I needed the push. Now, more than ever, young women need more seasoned women to provide that encouragement, to take a risk, to go for it. Once a glass ceiling is broken, it stays broken.”– Jennifer Grahnolm
 

 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Let's Get Crazy .... Qcrazy #deals #frugal #Charlotte #NC

Are you in or near the Charlotte North Carolina area? Planning a trip soon to the area or know somebody who lives near Charlotte?
Have we got some Crazy.......savings.....Qcrazy that is, for YOU!
Attention members and supporters of The Mommies Network,

We are working with Qcrazy, a coupon and fundraising company, that has supplied us with over $6,500 of Charlotte discounts to local restaurants, businesses, and services. Non-profit supporters, relatives and friends can access these coupons directly on their smartphone!
Great news... It's only $25 to support The Mommies Network by purchasing this coupon booklet including all $6,500 worth of deals. A large portion of proceeds from the purchased booklets will be given back to help moms find encouragement from other mothers, and overall empower them to be better women.

Click on this link to get your coupons & deals on your phone:
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Please help us pass this message along to raise money! Forward and/or e-mail this message to your friends and family. Post it on your Facebook page, Twitter page, Instagram page, etc. to get out the word for us.


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Sunday, May 10, 2015

If I Could Mom...... #MothersDay

photo credit Janet Zeh 

If I could, I'd change the world for you,
I'd create sunshine in each corner
and make sure that only warmth
and beauty
would touch your life.
I'd make sure that only the best 
came your way~~~
beginning with each sunrise~~
so that in each hour of each day,
happiness would touch your heart.
If I could, I'd put a smile on every face
that looked your way,
so that you'd only see 
the friendship side of life.
I'd make your world so perfect
that every morning
would renew your spirit
with the great anticipation
of blessing yet to come.
I'd bring each corner of your world 
the light and beauty it deserves ~~
so that each second, each moment,
and each hour of every day
would be the best for you...
so you would have perfect happiness
~~~ Barbara J. Hall ~~~



Happy Mothers Day from all of us here at The Mommies Network, we hope you enjoy your day today!  Take time today to feel the sunshine, smell the flowers and enjoy all those hugs. 





Thursday, May 7, 2015

Michelle In The Middle Summer Camp!



Last year we partnered with Michelle Icard, author of the phenomenal parenting book Middle School Makeover, to share advice on how to help preteens and teenages through the troubling times that come with transitioning to Junior High. Her book covers everything a parent should know-- from dealing with bullies (or dealing with your child if they ARE the bully), social media rules, sex talks, and everything in between!


Now you have the opportunity to take her advice a step further with Michelle in the Middle Camp! This experience is a fantastic way to get your preteen excited, and prepared, for the new world waiting for them. Through team building exercises and plenty of fun games they will learn about problem solving, empathy, critical thinking, and of course-- confidence! This year they have partnered with SparkPoint Studios and Painting with a Twist to bring some great creative aspects to your child’s experience.



Spots are limited, so be sure to check out what Michelle in the Middle Camp has to offer below, and help your child learn the tools for successful Middle School years (Not to mention a relaxing week to yourself)!!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Global Day For Hope - Planting Awareness #HOPE2015 #PLANTHOPE #iFred



A recent study shows that 1 in 9 kids attempt suicide before graduating high school. The good news: this is preventable, and there are ways to help. The International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression (iFred) uses their Schools for Hope to teach parents, teachers, and students how to fight the leading predictor of suicide-- hopelessness.

This year iFred is starting the first annual Global Day for Hope, this Saturday, May 2nd.  They would like to invite people from all over to spread awareness about depression and how to get help when you need it. Participation is easy! Just wear yellow (the color of joy and happiness) and/or plant a sunflower (or many) for yourself or with friends to take part in this celebration of HOPE!


Don’t forget to share your enthusiasm with your favorite social media sites! Post, tweet, or instagram using #HOPE2015 and #PLANTHOPE. Don’t forget to tag @ifredorg and check out how other people are using this day to shine a positive light on depression and battle the stigma and hopelessness people face every single day.

Check out their facebook event and the Global Day for Hope map to see where sunflowers are being planted for the cause. Together we can work to help those with depression find hope.

For more information on iFred and all of the exciting work they’re doing check out their sites:


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Bring Your Table To Life, Produce A Better Mother's Day

Spring is here and Mother's Day is just around the corner. Bring some color, creativity and life to your table with this produce flower vase that mom will love.


Marzetti® believes in celebrating Mother’s Day with plenty of creativity! Check out this video for inspiration and to support The Mommies Network. For each like and share, we’ll donate $1 (up to $5,000). Check out the video on Facebook to share HERE  


So how do you make this fun looking arrangement for mom or yourself? Check out this video for complete instructions:


Make sure to check out all the good stuff that Marzetti® offers, salad dressings, dips, slaw dressings, deserts, and salad toppings.