So trying to match the car seat to the kiddo with rules in constant flux is definitely not an easy task. So now the people over at safercar.gov offer this cool tool. I thought I'd share with you! I know I'd like to keep my little bugs safe in the car.
Head over to http://www.safercar.gov/parents/Car-Seat-Finder.html and try it out for yourself!
So today is my 5th Mother's Day. I have two wonderful children and know they love me like crazy, so yes I am blessed. However, I also feel extremely unappreciated by my husband especially on days like today. When we first got together he was spontaneous and romantic, as the years have gone by he has completely thrown that side of him away.
I woke up this morning to nothing, but a snide comment basically telling me I'm selfish for wanting to sleep in and he will give me 1 hour. Wait, he will give me 1 hour WTH! I mean how selfish of me to want to sleep in on Mother's Day.
Let's just say I am currently at critical mass when I should be feeling happy and loved. I have no idea how I am suppose to just either accept that my husband will neglect every possible moment to show me a bit of appreciation or decide that it's something I need.
Disclaimer: This is my version of fanfiction for MockingJay the 3rd book in the Hunger Games Series. If you have not yet read the books do not proceed it contains spoilers, but it is also a story set up all on it's own. I am a huge fan of the Hunger Games series and their Author: Suzanne Collins. This is me fleshing out a glimpse into the story, and I claim no ownership over character or even the story I have written. If it becomes a piece of the movie I would be giddy so (Hello Lionsgate I'm talking to you ) but chance are it won't as I am not the author. Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy it.
DIsclaimer: These opinions are 100% my own, they may differ from yours and that is okay, I share my passions and opinions with you and am open to yours. That being said, if you are passionate one way or another in this debate, expression of that should be respectful of all participating in the conversation. If you can not behave better than my two year old I will delete your posts and block you.
Today, I got both of my kids Vaccinated. Luke my two year old was up to date so only needed his Flu vaccine, Lily on the other hand needed to get her "Kindergarden" vaccinations. As many of you know that is the DTAP & MMR boosters, she also got her flu vaccine. It's a little late in the flu game but we had been sick most of the year so this is the first time we have as a family been healthy enough to make the effort. That being said, with all the hype about whether to or whether or not to vaccinate. I thought I'd share my opinion.
As a mother, like many of you I am literally terrified about the idea of one of my children becoming seriously ill. Not quite in the complete paranoia kind of way, just more in the dull ache in the back of my mind kind of way. That being said, if there is anything I can do to prevent illness I do it. My kids take daily vitamins and we try to keep a balanced diet, although with picky kids sometimes I am sure they are a bit off on one pyramid item or another. But, when it comes to vaccines I take them in the same stride as a multivitamin, they may not prevent all the illnesses but if I can hedge my bets well that is what I will do.
As a scientist, I am literally trained to see the benefit in vaccinations. Not just for the prevention of my kids from being sick, but in respect to preventing diseases from spreading. In our country where high quality and expensive antibiotics are readily available something like Whooping cough isn't necessarily a life threatening illness. However, in poverish countries where even a papercut or the common cold can prove fatal, something like whooping cough can most definitely be fatal. That being said if there is a way to limit the spread and thereby reducing the mutation rate of a disease I am all for it.
Although, I wasn't aware of the situation before I became a mother, it is becoming a trend to not vaccinate children. I see the memes on facebook which bash and promote negative information about vaccinations and celebrities endorsing the vaccination free lifestyle and I am pretty much floored. The concept of not vaccinating seemed so unreal to me, I assumed it was actually something that people hyped about, but in the end didn't take the risk. However, I recently came across the map above highlighting regions of diseases you could vaccinate against and their abundance in population.
As you can see above, the map is showing a huge number of outbreaks in the United States including Whooping cough. What?!! In the United States, where we have all the resources readily available our children are getting sick with something we could prevent?! Do you want to know why? Because of this man Andrew Wakefield, in 1998 he released a paper linking Autism to vaccinations, this paper was later retracted for being a complete fabrication and for it being found that he had financial gains to be made by falsifying datat. He in my opinion caused many of the worlds children to become sick and who knows how many lives were lost as a result. That being said he is not alone in this attack on children, celebrities such as Jenny McCarthy, use their spokesperson power to mis-educate the world and mothers like us into believing the words of this man.
Before you make a decision on whether or not to vaccinate please take the time to read up on the subject, also take time to get to know what a vaccine truly is and how it effects your child. Ask your pediatrician, they literally are low on the doctor pay totem pole and most do it out of love for children, they should be your ally and advocate in health not some celebrity looking for a claim to fame.
I'd love to have an honest conversation with you on the subject I am a mother and scientist I have a unique perspective on the matter and am always willing to listen.
If you are looking for a good snow day it doesn't take much to accomplish. But if you want to make sure you have a Super Fun Day with two kids under four I have the perfect recipe for you.
1. Pack for the problems:
We know our little guy sometimes struggles with remembering that he is no longer wearing a diaper, so an extra pair of clothing is always vital. But, when it comes to making sure everyone has a super fun day, I make sure to pack for everyone. A day trip ends up packing for an overnight, but its better than ruining the time of someone stuck in an outfit they are uncomfortable in.
2. Bring more than enough snacks:
Having snacks for the car ride as well as ample water gives you both security "just in case" you get stuck or just work up a bigger hunger than you expected.
3. Bring Wood:
If you are heading to a remote or "remote-ish" area, bring wood and start a fire. We had a nice little fire set up and it was a nice way to come defrost yourself a bit. It also is one of the few times where you really don't need a fire pit, you literally have a snow pit preventing it from spreading.
No matter how well you plan and pack sometimes you end up forgetting something, make sure it's not the gloves. The kiddos need their fingers and have so much more fun when they can make a snow ball or two.
5. Take a Ton of Pictures:
Make sure to get candid shots each moment they seem to grow so fast and each moment although important to be involved it is important to grab a memory.
Coconut Chicken Recipe:
This same recipe can be done either with chicken or shrimp for our house, we are chicken people so we went with the chicken. Here is what you will need recipe is for 1 lb of chicken:
When preparing this recipe modify to add spice or to make them more savory than they are sweet.
Orange Marmalade Dipping sauce:
Coconut Chicken Strips:
Disclosure: I received 4 free packages of Frosting in order conduct a review, it did not however change my opinion on the product.
I was recently given the opportunity to try out the Velvety Vanilla Frosting from the Frosting Queens. The Frosting Queens offer four varieties of All-Natural Frostings made with real butter including Velvety Vanilla butter cream which I used for this recipe!
The Velvety Vanilla butter cream contains Pure Cane Sugar (some cornstarch), Salted Sweet cream butter, pure vanilla extract, soy lecithin, Grade A Milk, Cream and Tocopherols (a natural antioxidant. This being said I found a way to incorporate it into the Lemon Brownies substituting many of the traditional ingredients to make an easy four ingredient recipe that is super yummy!
What you will need to make the yummy lemon brownies of your own:
How to prepare your brownies:
These brownies have a slight vanilla hue to them depending on the strength of the Lemon juice used and it is a nice addition. I had original worries that the strong natural vanilla flavor present in the frosting would overpower the lemon, but that is not the case. It completely serves as an addition and I will be attempting substitution in the future as a frosting of such good quality can be used in many versatile ways to help enhance a recipe. My next adventure will be in using the frosting as both a base and a frosting for sugar cookies.
I am beginning to write about my resolutions for this new year and am working through an introspective analysis of who I am. I have all my life been categorized as a "Control Freak", A-type personality that is very driven. That being said, I have lightened up a bit since my youth, but am definitely not to where I'd like to be. I would like to be a bit closer to the middle and enjoy things more. In order to do that I think I need to start with the area I think I may be lacking. That area in particular is my ability to play with my kids.
For many parents, it seems to come really easy to do the basics which is to play with their children. For me however, sometimes its feels like one of the most difficult tasks as a parent. With all the stresses of life feeling as though they are slamming into me I can't seem to separate myself from it, enough to really get into any game or playtime. At times it feels like my imagination seems to have gone missing and when it comes to games with them I literally can't understand why they are enjoying themselves so much and I am not, but I really want to.
In those moments, I look over at my husband. He is one of those people who can truly enjoy the moment, he can play and be completely happy. His happiness doesn't seem to be linked to anything other than the action which is occuring in the moment similarly to our children. He doesn't get worried or stressed out about things in the way I do. I think it is both a personality trait as well as his level of stress. Or at least that is what I am telling myself.
As the control freak in the family, I take on 99% of all the financial management for the family. When our family was down to one income and on a more limited budget I didn't feel comfortable letting anyone else manage it, as it gave me huge anxiety. Now that our financial situation has stabilized, I think it will help to begin sharing the load. I hope that by doing so I may regain my ability to play, if you have any advice for how to better compartmentalize my life I'd love to hear it. If you have gone through something similar, also please share. I feel pretty embarassed to feel this way.
My first Resolution of the 2014 year is to enjoy the moment more, by actively participating and trying to reduce my stresses so that I can stop being only half present in my life. I feel buried sometimes by the worries of the day and I want to be free of them.