Thursday, 27 April 2017

Clever Ways to Keep Your Toddler Engaged This Spring

Spring has arrived! All the pretty bird songs we have missed are ringing through the air, beautiful blossoms are popping up all over and winter is but a memory. With all of that comes spring break for many schools and preschools. If you don’t have travel plans, you may be stuck in the house with your toddlers for the next week or so.

Indoor Activities

If you are tired of hearing the same repetitive electronic toys going off or reading the same books over and over again, here are a few ideas to keep your child engaged.

Household Items
Toddlers play with everything. There are “toys” around your house you might not have thought of. Cotton balls are a hit for toddlers. They stuff them in their ears, rip them apart and put them in their pockets. Some will probably try to eat them as well.

Big cardboard boxes are great forts, while small ones make ideal containers for play cars, dolls or other small toys. Add crayons to the mix, along with some old magazines or newspapers, and you will provide lasting creative activities.

Pots and Pans
Get out the pots and pans! You won’t even need to show your toddler what to do. They will instinctively smash them together in no time. Watch out — they might scare themselves at first. However, you will get sick of the noise before they will!
Play Dough
Make your own colorful dough to play with. Enlist the “help” of your toddler as best as he or she can participate. It’s inexpensive and made of ingredients you should have readily available in your home.
Provide your toddler with plastic spoons and knives or cookie cutters to make interesting shapes or animals. Your toddler shouldn’t eat it, but if they do, the only bad result will be the salty taste in their mouth. That should keep them from doing it again. Purchase commercially made dough in advance if this isn’t your thing.
Paint in a Bag
This is fun! Put paint inside clear, sealable, gallon-sized bags. Seal and secure with tape and then tape them to a slide-by door or wall. Your toddler can manipulate and spread around the paint without getting any on her clothes or body. Watch them mix colors together, make shapes with their fingers, or just squeeze the bag looking for results. Monitor this activity for accidents.
Pack and Play
If you need to make a phone call or you are at your wit’s end and need a break, the Pack and Play is a great source of relief. Make sure you throw in some of your toddler’s favorite stuffed animals, books or toys to play with. If they’re ready for puzzles, those will buy you some time as well. This will keep your toddler occupied for quite a while and may even lull them to sleep.

Outdoor Activities

Spring weather can go either way, but if it’s nice out, get yourself and your toddler some fresh air while enjoying any number of these activities.

Treasure Hunting
Get a clear plastic bag for you and your toddler. Walk around the yard and pick up interesting things revealed by the spring melt such as coins, hardware or winter play toys. Discover new items such as fresh blossoms, old pine cones and leaves or interesting rocks. You can get a bigger bag for yourself and do a little spring cleaning while you are at it.
Head to the Park
If your toddler is old enough, go to the park and see what new challenges he or she can find. Offer your child some free play inasmuch as you think he or she can handle it safely. Free play is scientifically proven to help your child develop neuron connections in the brain associated with problem solving, planning skills and emotional balance.
Free play also provides a great deal of physical activity with jumping, climbing and running, depending on your toddler’s limits. Without even trying, your child will develop strength, balance, agility and fine motor skills.
Sidewalk Chalk
Show your toddler a box of colorful sidewalk chalk. Invite him or her outside and see what creative things you can make. Your toddler might be tempted to eat the chalk at first, so show him or her its proper use. After a while, you will simply be monitoring your child’s work. They’ll end up covered in chalk dust, so dress accordingly.

See, there are many ways to keep your toddler busy and yourself less overwhelmed with their care. Your home offers many fun activities and toys you may not appreciate as an adult, and the outdoors is full of wonder and healthy physical activities.

The trick is to engage your toddler in the world around them, no matter where you are. Let your child discover things on their own — as long as it’s not the electrical outlet or hot stove! Enjoy your spring, even though it may not be a break for you.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Yummy Ways To Get The Kids To Eat Better

Kids can be picky eaters, and that can make life hard for moms. Just when you want them to eat better for the good of their health, they’ll refuse. Instead, they’ll moan and cry until they get the food they want, which is usually junk food. There is nothing wrong with indulging them now and again, but parents also need to put their foot down and say no. For the most part, you want your kids to eat as healthily as possible because every mom worries about their children put in their bodies. The great news is that you can get them to eat healthier if you follow these neat tricks. The following is a list of tips from a variety of mothers other the years. After all, we have to stick together! Good luck

Think Ahead

Does your day revolve around your child’s stomach? Most moms would agree because the kids can’t go hungry. So, when you’re out and about, you might have to get them something quick and easy just to make sure they don’t starve. Okay, they won’t starve, but they will scream the car down until they get their food. A cool trick that always works is to think ahead when you plan on leaving the house. Your kids will have a meal schedule that you want to maintain, and you can do it with a cooler box. As long as you pack the cooler with plenty of snacks and fluids, they’ll never go hungry. And, because you choose what goes in the box, you also get to pick healthy options like carrot sticks. If fruit and vegetables are the only things that are available, they will inhale it before your eyes.

Bite Your Tongue

One thing that all mothers do is to try and force their kids to eat by saying something like ‘eat your vegetables.' Although the logic is sound, the execution often has flaws, the main one being that they will resist. Kids are young and naïve, but they are suspicious of authority from the beginning. The first time a parent asks them to do as they are told, they will do the opposite. So, by telling them to eat their meals, you’re doing more harm than good. The best option is to leave them to their devices and hope that they finish off the majority of the meal. Sorry to say it, but this tactic tends to be more effective than enforcing the law.

Test The Waters

Children are growing and developing all of the time, and the same goes for their taste buds. Unfortunately, something they liked in the past might not be one of their favorites any longer. You can’t do anything about it because everyone has food likes and dislikes. All you can do is find an alternative that will last for the time being. To do that, you need to start varying the meals so that the kids have more options. There will be times when they spit it out because it’s disgusting, but you shouldn’t worry. Just make a note of the ingredients and try something new. In the end, you will find meals and ingredients that they love. And, God willing, everything will be healthy.

Make Stock Meals

Are you a mom that wants to make a different dish every week? It’s commendable, but it’s also a lot of hard work. Kids are skeptical of new food because they don’t like change. So, once you find the meals that they are willing to eat, there is no need to make your job as a chef more difficult. Moms need to remember that they aren’t running a kitchen in a Michelin star restaurant. Nope, the menu doesn’t have to be new and exciting because you’re not Gordon Ramsay. What you are is a mother that wants the best for her kids. With that in mind, don’t worry about feeding them the same meals. As long as they are healthy and the kids clear the plate, you have done a good job.

Snack Time

Kids snack, and there is no point in stopping them from eating when they are hungry. Of course, if dinner is almost on the table, there is no need to fill their stomachs. But, if the next meal is quite a way away, they will need a snack to boost their energy levels. It’s easy and tempting for moms to hand them a bar of chocolate to keep them quiet, but chocolate is junk food. At least, it is if it has less than 75% cocoa and you give it to them in large quantities. When they snack, you want them to eat lean and healthy produce. The problem is that this kind of produce isn’t tasty, so they’ll throw it in the garbage. Well, it isn’t usually delicious. Fruits like mullberries and strawberries are different because they contain natural sugars. The sugars aren’t harmful enough to do any damage, but they do enhance the flavor. The result: the kids eat them up as if they were chocolate. Snack wise, fruit is always a fantastic option.

Double Dip

It pays to think about your eating habits to help you with your child’s. For instance, if you wanted to eat healthily but didn’t like the taste, what would you do? The typical answer would be to add a sauce to make it go down smoother. Ketchup, mayonnaise, and mustard are a mother’s best friend because they add a different dimension to food. What was once boring is now a flavorsome and exciting meal, and the kids won’t be able to refuse. The great news is that there is a whole range of dips at your disposal which are as tasty as they are healthy. Dishes like hummus and salsa are only two examples, but they are dozens more. If the kids aren’t playing ball, hand them the tomato sauce and what their eyes bulge. Dips are so simple, yet they are very effective.

Breakfast Is The Most Important Meal

For whatever reason, kids love breakfast. In fact, they love it so much that it might be their favorite meal of the day. It’s the most important meal of the day, but for reasons you might not expect. Because kids are willing to eat in the morning, it’s an excellent time to sneak in food which they could refuse later in the day. Eggs, for example, are full of protein, a nutrient which every growing child needs for their muscles. Plus, breakfast is a chance to fill up their stomachs until lunch. If your child loves to snack, you might resent the fact that you have to feed them chocolate and sweets. With a high-fiber meal, there is no need to worry about unhealthy snacks. The fiber in cereals is often enough to keep them satisfied until it wears away.  

Allow Treats

A personal trainer follows a strict routine, but they also their clients treats from time to time. The reason they do this is that they understand the connection between moral and eating right. In simple terms, it can get boring eating healthily from dusk to dawn, which makes it harder to resist temptation. A treat boosts morale and keeps them on the correct path. In a weird way, the same works for children. Sure, your kids aren’t looking to lose weight or train for a marathon. But, you do want them to eat a balanced diet, and balanced means a mixture of everything. A slice of pizza, for example, isn’t going to hurt anyone. What it will do is keep them happy and more likely to follow the routine.

Getting the kids to stop eating junk food is never easy. In fact, it’s one of the hardest jobs that a mother faces. But, it is possible if you follow these simple steps. 

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Helpful Products for First Time Moms

Having your first baby in a week and don’t know what to do? Don’t know what you need in those first few weeks after you bring your baby home?  Here comes baby — and with baby comes more things that are necessary. 

Baby bottles and blankets are just the basics. Here are some perfect products for a first-time mom like you.

A Breastfeeding Pillow
Breastfeeding is best for your baby and it’s also good for your health. Breast milk provides the ideal nutrition for infants. But breastfeeding is not always easy. If you are going to breastfeed, having the right pillow to support your baby in the proper position and bring them level to your breast to ensure the right latch, is extremely important. This pillow serves as a back support, as a nursing positioner, as a makeshift cradle for the baby on the couch, and as a tummy time prop positioner. Get a nursing pillow that’s compact and easy to carry around.

Nipple Cream
Breastfeeding is a partnership between mother and baby that can have a steep learning curve. Until both have had quite a bit of practice, improper technique and latch can result in chapped, cracked and sore nipples. Nipple creams are very helpful in addressing sore and wounded nipples while nursing. Some mothers never require anything to apply to their nipples. But in some occasions, they find nipple creams for soothing. Even the most gruesome of breastfeeding scenarios will eventually improve.

Baby Carrier
Baby carriers are ideal for moms. These include strollers and carriers. It’s one of the most comfortable and secure ways of carrying your child around. However, there are a number of questions that you keep hearing from parents looking for a baby carrier for their baby. You’ll want to look for one that has easily adjustable straps on your shoulders and hips so you can evenly distribute the weight and save your back some pain. Toting your little baby around will become a much easier feat with a baby carrier that’s actually comfortable to wear. 

Cloth Diapers
The most common reason for diaper rash is excessive moisture against the skin. If you are a first-time mom, experts recommend cloth diapers. Cloth diapers are soft against your baby’s skin. Cloth diapers are also free of the many chemicals contained in disposable diapers. This is a very effective way to avoid awful rashes in your baby. Cloth diapers are best for babies, day and night. If you want to be the most economic, using cloth diaper is the most fitting diaper for you. Here is a very important reminder you should always take. Newborns should be changed every hour and older babies every 3-4 hours, no matter what kind of diaper they are wearing.

Baby wipes
Even if you don’t use cloth diaper, you should opt to try cloth wipes. They are softer and gentler on your baby’s sensitive skin than disposable wipes and easy to launder, but tough enough to deal with the biggest messes. You also use less and they result in fewer rashes because they aren’t full of soaps. It is recommended that aside from using cotton balls, you can also use baby wipes in cleaning newborn’s waste. For cleaning your baby's bottom, you can also use this product. Baby wipes are a diaper-changing essential. 

Baby Clothing
A little preparation goes a long way when shopping or registering for baby clothes. You'll be changing your baby's clothing several times a day because babies can be messy so make sure outfits are uncomplicated and open easily for diaper changes. In general, you want soft, comfortable clothing with no irritating tags or seams. Cute colors and adorable prints may be what draw you to a rack of baby clothes. In choosing baby clothes, you have to think that’s safety’s first. Stay away from clothes that pull tightly around your baby's arms, legs, or neck because it’s unsafe. Also, consider the price too. Be economical and wise to save money.

Baby sleeping materials
There are variety of ways your baby can sleep safely. At different times, babies have slept in your bed, in a bassinet, in a co-sleeper, in an open-front crib side-car to our bed, in a playpen, and in a stand-alone crib. Figure out where you will feel most comfortable with your baby sleeping and make it work safely. During day, you can let your baby sleep in a crib or in a mattress. This mattress keeps your baby warm, cozy and comfortable. 

You don’t have to worry about the things you need to have for the comfort of your baby. Don’t panic. Even you’re just a first-time mom, you only know what’s best for your baby. After all, these products are just there to help and guide you. The safety, security and welfare of your baby depend all in you.
Carolette Alcoran is a Content Writer from the Philippines. She has rendered services accurately and is flexible in writing various topics. She writes promotional advertisements, issues concerning both virtual and reality, lifestyle tips, marketing trends and also media’s effectiveness. She’s building her twitter account, you can follow her here.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Money Saving Tips For Dealing With Compensation Payments

After being injured at work or through the actions of other people or organizations, you should expect some compensation. However, as with everything else in life, it isn’t quite as simple as making a claim and winning what you deserve.

As I mentioned in my recent post on the financial impacts of a personal injury at work, there is a lot that can go wrong - and today, I thought I would go through some of the things you need to consider if you want to save some money and try to maximize your compensation at the same time. Let’s take a closer look.

You should always use a lawyer

Lawyers are expensive, and there might be a temptation to do without them and represent yourself. But unless your injury is an open and shut case -which few are - there is no way you will get what you deserve without the help of an attorney. Let’s say you are making a claim against a big company.

When it comes down to the court case, the likelihood is that the big business will have an entire team of lawyers trying to limit their damage, and without any experience of being in court, you will struggle to get your points across.

So, while spending money on a lawyer might be expensive, ultimately you are far more likely to win bigger when it comes to your settlement.

Don't go for a lump sum

If you are worried about receiving a lump sum and spending it all, there are other ways of getting your compensation paid. You don't have to get it all in one hit - structured settlements are a way of getting your compensation paid at intervals over a particular time frame. And they can work out well if you are worried about wasting lump sum payments.

But, as mentioned in this Strategic Planners structured settlement review, sorting out a structured settlement is not always an easy task. You and your lawyers will have to be able to predict the future in the long-term and plan payments appropriately.

For example, if your injuries mean you need an operation in 5-6 years time, your structured settlement should include allowances for it, which will, in turn, affect the rest of your payment structure, too.

Wait for your medical treatment to conclude

If you go for your compensation straight away, you might be missing out on a lot of money. The fact is that when you get an injury, some symptoms might not show up for a while. And the best - and most financially sensible - thing to do is wait until you have had all your medical treatment.

Your bills and medical records will be great evidence when it comes to your case, and will all add up to a bigger compensation settlement.

A lot of people make the mistake of trying to settle their case before they have received all their treatment, but the quicker you receive treatment, the better in the vast majority of cases.

I hope these tips help you out should you ever have to pursue a compensation claim. With the right lawyer by your side, you should be able to get more from your settlement - good luck!

Friday, 21 April 2017

April Swago is here!

Swagbucks has one more bit of April fun - it's the return of Swago! It's just like bingo, but in this case you're filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online.

The best part is that the points you get can be used to get free gift cards to places like Amazon, or PayPal cash!

Fill up your board and then submit your pattern to get even more points - if you can fill in the whole board, you get a 300 SB bonus!

Click here to sign up and get started! If you sign up through my link and earn 300 SB before May 1st, you'll get a bonus 300 SB!

Thursday, 20 April 2017

How to protect your hardwood floors and increase comfort.

Walking around in a home that has nothing but hard flooring can be uncomfortable. Wouldn't it be nice if you could get a super plush soft floor to walk on or play with the kids on without having carpet throughout the entire home? Now with Rug Pad USA you can make every rug in your home ultra soft and comfortable as well as keep it from sliding around. Here are some more reasons to get a Rug Pad:

Protect Your Floor

Rug pads help prevent irreparable damages, blemishes, and scratches to your floor while protecting floors from erosive dirt and debris that naturally accumulates underneath rugs. Most rug pads also serve as a safeguard against spills that may permanently stain or mar floor finishes.


Cushioned rug pads offer a comfortable yet durable buffer that provides a plush and soft area underfoot. Rug pads keep your rug anchored flat on its surface without bunching, knotting, or wrinkling. Cushioned pads also help block the transference of sound from your feet to the floor.

Non-Slip Safety

Rug pads prevent stubborn throw rugs from slipping and sliding in high traffic areas. Non-slip pads are designed to adhere your rug to its surface in order to avoid bunching or knotting that could cause accidents or falls.


The use of a high quality rug pad prolongs the life, beauty, and strength of your rug and serves as protective buffer against everyday friction that eventually degrades the quality of your rug.

Facilitate Airflow

Rug pads promote and encourage airflow between your flooring and rug. This allows for particles of dust or dirt to be easily swept up while vacuuming while leaving space for both your floor and rug to breathe. Proper airflow facilitation prevents debris build-up, which is essential in the conservation of flooring and the durability of your rug.

There are so many to choose from:
 Superior Lock
 Our most comfortable non-skid pad, made with a reinforced natural rubber backing.

Cloud Comfort 
Dreamy cushioning that comes from 100% visco elastic memory foam, the same found in quality mattresses.


Add cushion while preventing spills from reaching your floors.

Don't just take my word for it check them out at RugPadUSA to find the perfect fit for your home. I promise you once you try one you will need one for every rug in your home. 

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Introducing Your Dog to Your New Baby

Expecting a new baby can change a lot of things, including your adult dog’s behavior. His position in your family will change and you don’t want him to blame the baby. Make as many changes in your home environment and your dog’s routine as early as you can.

If certain areas of your home will be off limits, like the nursery, establish that now. It’s also a good idea to teach your dog the difference between his toys and the baby’s. For dogs that have trouble differentiating between certain toys, use scent recognition to teach them the difference – put a dab of Listerine on the baby’s toys, truss the scented baby toy and a dog toy then play the game “which one is yours?” Playing this game once a week, most dogs learn the difference within a month.

The sound of a crying baby also upsets a lot of adult dogs, so it’s a good idea to desensitize your dog to the sounds before the baby arrives. Use a tape of a baby crying, put it in the crib, turn it on and see how your dog reacts. Some experts recommend that you go so far as to get a doll and rehearse various activities that you’ll actually perform with the baby in the dog’s presence. When your dog acts indifferently to the crying or the particular activity, he is desensitized.

Finally, when the big day arrives, dad should wait in the car with the baby while mom goes inside and greets the dog. Once the initial excitement is over, she should put the dog on a leash and have him sit or lie next to her while dad enters with the baby in his arms. Mom then slowly walks the dog toward the baby and dad. If the dog balks, acts nervous or anxious at any point stop and try again later. If all seems fine, let your dog sniff your baby. Most dogs treat babies with indifference and move on.

The key is to introduce them gradually, don’t force it and don’t make a fuss. And no matter how well you know your dog, never leave him alone with your baby. Most dogs adjust quickly to the new addition.

Dr. Carol Osborne, D.V.M.
Dr. Carol Osborne, DVM is an author and world-renowned integrative veterinarian of twenty plus years. The first veterinarian in the U.S. to be certified as a Diplomat of the American Board of Anti-Aging Medicine for humans, Dr. Carol has applied her knowledge in the field to pioneer the exploration of new therapies for the treatment and prevention of age-related degenerative disease as well as promotion of optimum health and performance for pets.  Dr. Carol also created and patented PAAWS: Pet Anti-Aging Wellness System, for dogs and cats.
After graduating from the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Carol completed a prestigious internship at the Columbus Zoo.  Shortly thereafter, she launched a very successful private practice. Dr. Carol offers traditional and alternative veterinary care for dogs and cats with a softer, natural touch. Her approach highlights the importance of nutrition and utilizing holistic avenues in combination with traditional treatments.

Dr. Carol’s first two books, Naturally Healthy Cats and Naturally Healthy Dogs hit the international best seller lists. The multi-faceted Dr. Osborne is also an Emmy-nominated television journalist. She has gained national prominence through her frequent appearances on popular shows including Fox & Friends, The Today Show, Discovery’s Animal Planet, and Good Day L.A., where she was the on-camera staff veterinarian. Dr. Carol has also been featured in USA Today, The L.A. Times, Ladies Home Journal, Woman’s World, InStyle, PetMD, Dogs Naturally,, and the New York Daily News.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Spend Money to Make Money: 4 Methods

Sometimes, you have to spend money to make money. In fact, a lot of the time you do. Unless you're working for an employer, you often need to invest a bit of money to be able to make some back. While it might not sound appealing, it can be the best way to make more cash. Although you have to earn back the money you spent first, you could then go on to earn more than you might with any easy-earners like doing surveys. If you're looking for ways to bring in some money, I have some ideas that will require an initial spend but will help you quickly earn it back.

Selling Things You Buy

There are so many ways to set up a business, whether you want to run it full-time or just have something that will pretty much run itself on the side. Opening up an online store is one of the most popular things to do, and you can set it up, so you don't have to do a lot. You can do it without spending much, especially if you use dropshipping instead of buying stock. But you'll still need to spend money on some things, like buying a domain and hosting for a website. Starting a business can be very low-cost, but it's rarely completely free.

Making Things to Sell

While you might not exactly see it as a business if you enjoy making things, deciding to sell them does essentially mean you're running a business. Even if it's a small one. If you're in any way creative or crafty, whether on the sewing machine or in the kitchen, you could make money from the things you create. But, of course, you need to pay for the materials you use, which means it's not something you can do for free. If you want to start selling, you can quickly begin to use your profits to buy more materials.

Renting Out Things You Own

Another way to earn from things you buy, instead of selling them, is by renting them out. There are lots of things you can create an income from with just one purchase. For example, you could buy an inflatable bounce house and rent it out to people having kids' parties. There are some things you probably won't buy just to rent to others, but you can anyway. For example, I think it's a good idea to let people hire my motorhome. A motorhome is an expensive purchase, but not one you can use all that often. Renting it out helps to pay for it and ensures it's not going to waste.

Earn Cash Back

Earning cash back is perhaps more saving money than earning it. But if you're planning to shop anyway, you can view it as making money. There are lots of offers you can find in various places, but it's also possible to access cash back schemes. I like Ebates, which is a popular option.

You don't always have to spend money to make money, but it can help. But before you spend, think about whether your plan is worth it.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Can You Buy a House Frugally?

When we ask if it’s possible to buy a house frugally, it’s possible that the meaning gets a little mixed up. Some people assume that this would mean “can you buy a house dirt cheap?”. (Spoiler alert: the answer is probably “no”.) What we should actually think about here is bringing the “frugal mindset” to the act of buying a home.

One of the keys to living a frugal life is to identify areas where people usually end up losing a lot of money, often without even realizing it, and then avoiding those issues. It’s why, for example, so many frugal people go green wherever they can - they have the foresight to see that it will save them money in the long run!

A lot of people, even frugal people, don’t end up bringing a frugal mindset to the process of buying a house. We’re going to explore ways to do this by identifying problems that often lead to financial problems or even disaster in the near future.

The debt domino effect

People who buy homes are more likely to fall into other forms of debt soon after their purchase than people who don’t buy homes. It’s estimated that nearly half of all people who apply for a mortgage open a new credit card within twelve months. About a quarter will go on to open an auto loan in the same period. Consumers who don’t have a mortgage are about half as likely to get into the same forms of debt. This is because people often become ‘desensitized’ to other large purchases after getting a mortgage. Don’t fall into that trap!

Unrealistic mortgage expectations

One of the best ways to save for a downpayment on a mortgage is, of course, to live frugally! But even living frugally doesn’t always guarantee that you’ll sign up for a mortgage that works for you. The best thing you can do is work out how much you can borrow with a mortgage calculator long before you plan on applying for a mortgage. Once you’ve figured that out, you’ll know whether you’re living frugally enough to get the mortgage you need to find a comfortable place. Remember that the more frugal you are, the more money you’re going to have at the end of each month - and that’s what mortgage lenders really care about!

Greedy real estate agents

Those who want to take a frugal methodology to the home-buying process need to be wary of local home values. People who want to save money often hire real estate agents to find the best deals for them. But here’s a problem: real estate agents usually earn at least 3% commission on the home you end up buying. That means the lower the price they find for you, the less they get paid. This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t work with one, nor even that you should be totally paranoid around one - but you should remember not to put complete trust in them if you really want to save as much money as possible.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Self Care Mother's Day Gift Ideas

It’s easy for moms to get lost in motherhood and forget about taking care of themselves. Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 16th, and while many dads and kids think that expensive jewelry and gifts are the way to show their appreciation to mom, Author, mother, and wellness expert  Kristy Rodriguez says that moms especially need help with self-care, and has great tips and gift ideas for different types of Dmoms to help improve their well-being and self care this Mother’s Day and beyond! Kristy says self-care looks different for different types of moms -- whether a busy working mom, athletic mom, new mom, pregnant mom, or foodie mom. She has a visual round-up of gift ideas and activities for each type of DC mom!


Athletic moms
  • Foot massage with a tennis ball Or use a lacrosse ball- These can be used to massage your own back, neck, glutes, or hamstrings.
  • Water BottleLifeFactory is Kristy’s favorite. These are glass, non-toxic, and available in  fun colors and different sizes.
Pregnant moms
  • Pure Nurture Book: It’s the essential guide to self-care during pregnancy.
  • Coconut Oil or Sesame Oil: Keeps skin smooth, soft and hydrated with a natural product, no added ingredients or toxic chemicals. It also helps prevent stretch marks, and it is great to massage with the oil before or after your shower.
Foodie moms
  • A candle: Mindfulness at meal time. Help make mealtime a special time for mom. Kristy can discuss the difference between a healthy candle vs. a toxic candle.
  • Mason Jars. These are great for storage, trail mix, smoothie to go, overnight oats, flower vase, and good for the planet.
Busy working moms
  • Non-toxic Nail Polish for a at home manicure and pedicure. Kristy can share why non-toxic nail polish is important and also include some of her favorite brands.
  • Podcasts: Kristy has a list of her favorite inspiring, uplifting, funny or entertaining podcasts for mom to listen to on the way to work. Best part: They are free!
New Moms
  • Journal: A great way to practice gratitude.  This can also help mom keep track of feedings, write notes about how they’re feeling, letters to their little ones to put in a keepsake box for later.  
  • Dark Chocolate: These are a decadent treat packed with antioxidants and great for or moms avoiding coffee while nursing.  Kristy can share which chocolates are best and why, including ingredients.

  • As a dance minor in college, Kristy developed destructive habits including obsessive exercising and meticulous calorie-counting. She was later diagnosed with an eating disorder.  Kristy sought help after college and healed from her eating disorder.
  • Kristy’s father passed away from cancer three days after her 30th birthday.  She didn’t feel ready to get pregnant after suffering this loss and truly never felt ready.
  • Kristy stopped breastfeeding when her daughter was around nine months old, and postpartum depression symptoms set in.  Her therapist suggested a specialist, saying that postpartum does not necessarily mean you are symptomatic just after giving birth.  Her specialist prescribed antidepressants, which Kristy weaned herself off of after a period of time so she could get pregnant again.
  • During her second pregnancy, she was keenly aware that the postpartum depression could return, so decided to implement the self-care tools she shares in Pure Nurture.  She took better care of herself emotionally and hired a postpartum doula.  She practiced meditation and HypnoBirthing, and she framed her mind in a more healthy way.
  • Kristy has made it her goal to help the next generation through healthier pregnancies.  Mothers’ health directly affects the health of their babies -- and so many ailments that can be passed on through stress and anxiety during pregnancy.  Kristy was to reshape the way women experience pregnancy and the postpartum period.

Kristy S. Rodriguez, pre- and postnatal wellness expert and advocate, is the owner and founder of Pure Nurture, LLC, a business devoted to educating and inspiring women to nurture and nourish themselves through pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period. As a Holistic Health Coach and Registered Yoga Teacher specializing in pre- and postnatal wellness, Kristy works with individual clients, as well as teaching classes and workshops, both in person and online.
Her passion for prenatal health and wellness began while she was pregnant with her first daughter. After giving birth to her second daughter, she decided to dedicate her work to supporting women who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant, as well as mothers of newborns. With her cumulated years of experience in education and health, she brings extensive knowledge, personal experience, and deep compassion to her students. In a supportive, non-judgmental way, Kristy helps her clients and students live healthier, happier, more energetic lives.