National Boss Day

Today is National Boss Day and to show my appreciation I gave my boss “my mom” a card as well as her favorite Cinnamon Dolce Latte from Starbucks. She loves coffee and drinks it all day long, so I knew she’d love it. This is the first year my mom can officially call herself a boss since I’m officially her first permanent employee. She was very appreciative and thankful.

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Mommy and Me

I was helping my mom clear out her spare room and found some old photographs. This picture above was taken in 1981. It’s amazing how much we change and grow through the years.

Growing up I remember my mom always being a hands on kind of mom. She loved my brother and I unconditionally, she took care of our boo-boos, she never let us go hungry even if that meant we had tuna casserole or goulash often and she encouraged us to do our best. She worked hard for everything she received and never minded getting her hands dirty. She always knew how to make things work and grow especially in the garden. She made many of my Halloween costumes growing up and I too hope to be able to do the same for my son. She’s sarcastic to friends and family while polite and reserved with strangers. She is stubborn and hard headed. She is smart, talented and driven. She’s a wife, mother and friend.

My mom and I are still close and I love her dearly. She can be a pill at times, but she’s my mom and I wouldn’t trade her for the world.

Melaleuca

If your looking for products that are effective, safer, environmentally friendly, and economical, you should look into Melaleuca. They sell health and beauty products as well as products for the body, the home and the kids.

Melaleuca’s scientists have spent years developing EcoSense – a line of cleaners with an entirely different philosophy. You shouldn’t have to choose between effective cleaning power and the health of your family or the safety of your home. Rather than relying on harsh chemicals to break down dirt through chemical reactions, Melaleuca relies on natural solvents and enzymes to penetrate dirt and stains, and put them into solution (much like water dissolves sugar or salt) so they can be easily rinsed away. The result? Fabrics and surfaces are cleaned without the damage caused by caustic cleaners. Melaleuca’s EcoSense products are effective, safer, environmentally friendly, and economical.

Many EcoSense products are super-concentrated, so there are no fillers, no unnecessary ingredients, and no large, bulky containers. That means less plastic for packaging. And, all EcoSense products are packaged in recyclable bottles so they can be easily recycled in areas with recycling programs. That not only makes EcoSense easier to use and store, it reduces the impact on landfills, water treatment facilities, and recycling plants as well.

See for yourself. Every Melaleuca product is backed by our 100% satisfaction guarantee. If any EcoSense product fails to meet your highest expectations, contact us within 60 days for a full credit or exchange.

I have personally tried the Clear Power Glass Cleaner, Sol-U-Mel 3-1 Cleanser, No Work Daily Shower Cleaner, Diamond Bright Dishwasher Detergent, Triple Antibiotic Ointment as well as the Lemon Bright Dishwashing Liquid and I enjoy them all. I particularly enjoy knowing that the products I am using to clean my home are not filled with toxic chemicals that can be damaging to my family and home. Melaleuca also has a 100% gaurantee, so if you don’t like a product you can receive a credit or exchange it within 60 days. Now that’s good news!

Money Tips for stay-at-home moms &/or dads

Sharon Epperson, the CNBC personal finance correspondent for the TODAY SHOW, wrote an informative article regarding money tips for stay-at-home moms.

Five ways to manage your money:

1. Set a budget
2. Maintain seperate accounts
3. Continue to save for retirement
4. Make sure you’re adequately insured
5. Stay connected

I would highly recommend this article if you are a mom or dad that is contemplating whether or not it’s possible for one parent to stay at home with their child. Sharon Epperson does a great job expanding on each of these categories and she just may get you on the right track to reach your goal.

Adorable Halloween Costumes

One Step Ahead has an amazing selection of the most adorable children Halloween costumes that I’ve seen. They have dragons, honey bees, peas in a pod, cowboys, pumpkins, scarecrows, jalapanos, owls and lobsters. And these are just to name a few. If you’re still looking for that perfect costume I would highly recommend checking out the website. Actually, I would highly recommend you check it out anyway because you’d be surprised at the extensive everyday children’s items they carry. They have everything ranging from fun and educational toys to clothes to safety times for the home. They really do have a great selection.

How to write a birth plan

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I was having a hard time coming up with a birthing plan of my own because there are so many things to consider. After reading many books I came across this example in the Johnson’s Mother & Baby book. It was the most simple and direct way to write a birthing plan and I thought I’d share.

Birth Plan

I am looking forward to the birth of my first child, and I have written down a few ideas on how I hope my labor will progress.

Support person – My partner, ____, will be with me throughout the birth.

Monitoring – I understand that you routinely do a 20 minute electronic fetal monitoring session, which is fine. If all is well, I would like the baby to be monitored from the on with intermittent monitoring.

Positions – I don’t think I will want to be restricted to the bed, and would welcome the use of other active birth aids.

Pain relief – If necessary, I may request pain medication. I hope not to need demoral or an epidural, although in the event of a cesarean section, I would like to have epidural anesthesia so I can be awake for the birth.

Amniotomy – I would prefer not to have my membranes ruptured artificially.

Episiotomy – I would prefer to tear natural than be cut

(Sign your name)

***Make sure to bring at least 2 copies with you to the hospital. Give one to the nurse attendant, doctor &/or midwife and keep one for your own reference.

What to pack for the hospital when you go into labor

What to pack for the hospital when you go into labor:

Mom

*1 nightgown, and a bathrobe
*Nursing bra
*Breast pads
*Slippers
*Several pairs of underwear, either cotton or disposable
*Toiletries: toothbrush and toothpaste, washcloth, towel, brush, hair ties, face cream, shower gel, shampoo, makeup, small mirror, perfume
*Clothes to wear home
*Snacks for you and your partner
*Magazines, books, or other diversions
*2 copies of your birth plan
*Health insurance and hospital preregistration information

Baby

*Outfit to go home in
*Sweater or coat and a hat to come home in, depending on the weather
*Blanket
*Socks

***Remember that you must install a rear-facing infant seat into the car in which you are bringing the baby home

Father

*A change of clothes
*Drinks and snacks
*Telephone numbers for friends and family to let them know the good news
*Camera and film, or video camera
*A bag with basic toiletries

Extra comfort aids for labor (check with your doctor to make sure you can bring these extra items with you)

*An extra pillow or pillows
*A CD player and CD’s of relaxing music, plus spare batteries
*A cassette player and books on tape plus spare batteries or IPod
*A hot water bottle for pain relief
*A journal
*A big box of tissues
*Lip balm
*A spray bottle, filled with cool water to spray your face
*A pregnancy book with highlighted pages for easy reference on medications, birthing positions, etc. that will help you make quick decisions in the delivery room if your doctor asks

This list was found in the Johnson’s – Mother & Baby book

They Might Be Giants

Last night a group of us went to see They Might Be Giants in concert at the House of Blues. This is a band that my husband has enjoyed way before he met me and has since been so kind as to show me what I’ve been missing. Last night was the first time I had the chance to see They Might Be Giants live and I have to say I was impressed. Here is a video of one of their well known songs, Birdhouse in Your Soul from their Flood CD.

Russian woman’s 12th baby weighs in at 7.75 kg

A Siberian woman in Russian gave birth to to her 12th child, weighing in at 17.1 pounds on September 26th of this year. Her other 11 children weighed over 5 kg, but the 12th was by far the largest. Believe it or not, but her baby doesn’t beat the Guiness World Records for the largest baby. That title goes to a baby boy born in the US in 1879.

What the ____! That title alone is enough to scare any pregnant woman. There is no way you can squeeze a 17 pound baby out of your “you know what.” I can only imagine what the doctor and surgical team faces looked like when the doctor started pulling the baby out. Geez!

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