Thursday, August 25, 2011

Restaurants for Babies?

I've noticed that dining establishments don't carry very "baby friendly" menus. Sure they've got kid menus, and even have a FEW healthier options on them sometimes. But what about baby? I don't see many places offering items like applesauce, or fresh fruit (bananas?), or even some kind of steamed veggie side dish. If you've got a one year old who is eating but still doesn't have all his teeth for chewing, and you run out to the mall...and lunch time hits...but you forgot to bring a jar of baby food or something appropriate - what are you to do? I wish that restaurants would just add one or two items that could conceivably be considered safe for babies to eat.

What do you think? Would there be a big market for this type of offering? What foods would be quick and easy for restaurants to offer without causing them too much work?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Get Enough Fiber... the Delicious Way with Kellogg's #FiberPlus

We can all remember the dry, tasteless days of our parents' fiber cereal. As we sat eating our sugar bombs, we wondered why people would ever eat that kind of stuff. I called it cardboard cereal.

But then you grow up and realize that having good fiber in your diet is healthy. But who wants to choke down flavorless cereals?

I was tentative to try out Kellogg's new FiberPlus cereals, but boy, was I surprised.

This is NOT your grandmother's fiber! My favorite was Kellogg's FiberPlus Berry Yogurt Crunch. It's like a really yummy granola. You wouldn't even know there was extra fiber in it. And bonus: there's also antioxidant vitamins like C and E!

The cereal has a fantastic crunchy texture, a yummy berry sweetness, and holds up well in milk (not soggy!). I would often eat a small bowl for dessert while watching television after dinner!

Kellogg's FiberPlus Cinnamon Oat Crunch was also very good - just like an O's cereal with a little sweet and cinnamony taste! Definitely delicious as well.

I think nobody has to go back to tasteless, boring bran flakes to get enough fiber. Kellogg's new FiberPlus cereals are definitely my recommendation!

DISCLOSURE: I was sent product samples for my use in creating this post. I was not compensated in any way. My opinions are honest and 100% my own.

Monday, August 15, 2011

New Moms: Chronicle Baby's First Day with #thedaybabywasborn

Everybody warns you, but it's like you don't believe it until you experience it. That first day when you have a baby - it goes by in a blur. Not only is it just SUCH an exhilarating moment, but you're also probably exhausted and not feeling your best. Add to that, people, nurses, doctors coming and going. And a newborn ... you're going to be overwhelmed.
I have a huge regret about not taking enough pictures on the day my son was born. I THOUGHT I was taking enough but we were so bone-tired, we discovered later we had just taken a few videos and maybe a couple dozen shots. They were TERRIBLE pictures too. We looked super tired, I was all blotchy and the baby was never awake. If we had planned ahead and put more time in, we might have a better record. Totally regretting not doing more.
But when you're exhausted it's not always easy to remember to be the family historian. Now, there's a new way to create a beautiful record of baby's first day! Next time I have a baby, I'll be using Tommee Tippee's free service The Day Baby Was Born to help me record every lovely minute of that day!

With this service, you can collect data like news stories, Facebook wall posts (think all those congratulations and well-wishes from friends and family!). It's all digital, so you don't have to do a lot of work, or spend time pasting photos into albums that will just get dusty on the shelf.
Plus, depending on how much time you want to put in, you can expand your memories. You can add to the actual DAY your baby was born by including a pregnancy journal and even write a letter to your baby (good to know in advance for the next baby I have - I'll definitely be doing this!). I think it's so important to record feelings, happenings, and photos from the days surrounding your child's birth. They will wonder in later years what that day was like - and now, you'll be able to share it with them!
In the end, you'll have a detailed storybook of your child's new life, and you'll be able to share this storybook with your family as well.

Here's a sample storybook. Or watch a video to see how it works.

It's simple, customizable, and easy for busy moms.
Don't let a single moment, photo, or feeling from that beautiful day fly away... record each precious thought about your world, the day your baby arrives and changes your world forever!
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DISCLOSURE: I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Tommee Tippee blogging contest for a chance to get a gift pack worth $50. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Why We Raise Children

...instead of leaving them to their own devices:
To nourish children and raise them against odds is any time, any place, more valuable than to fix bolts in cars or design nuclear weapons.
~Marilyn French
We call it "raising" children - not letting them go to seed. It's like a garden, which you have to plan, prep, care for, feed, tend, weed out the bad and encourage the good. If our world could just get the business of raising children correct, perhaps there would be no need to design nuclear weapons.