39 Weeks is Best – Prematurity in Babies Infographic – Prematurity Awareness Month

39 Weeks is Best – Prematurity in Babies Infographic – Prematurity Awareness Month

As I mentioned the other day, November is Prematurity Awareness Month so this week’s infographic (source: March of Dimes) talks about this serious issue. My own son was premature at 34 weeks. The day he was born he had to be transported by ambulance from my hospital to Cardinal Glennon to their NICU (neo-natal intensive care unit). This was one of the best days – son being born – and … Continue Reading →
I Am A Victim of Domestic Violence Plus Domestic Violence Infographic

I Am A Victim of Domestic Violence Plus Domestic Violence Infographic

I am a victim of domestic violence. That is a really hard sentence to write or say out loud… I mean really hard. I actually told the story about the last physical event early this year on my Mother’s Day post, Sadness on Mother’s Day. Even though I knew it was domestic violence I just didn’t want to say those words. It’s my own son. How does this happen? Most people think … Continue Reading →
Daddy Bear Returns

Daddy Bear Returns

When my son was little he received a Hallmark bear on his first Valentine’s Day in 1995. He loved this bear and it instantly became his comfort item. So much so that I bought a second one because I had read to get two of whatever the comfort item was so you could swap them out and wash them. Good idea, but it didn’t work. T (my son) knew right … Continue Reading →
Tips to Get Kids Outside and Away From Screens

Tips to Get Kids Outside and Away From Screens

(Family Features) Remember taking off for a day of adventure on your bike, returning home only for dinner? Kids these days don’t have the same incredible experience of exploratory, unstructured play. According to a new survey commissioned by Nature’s Path, 54 percent of moms say their kids spend more time playing in front of a screen than playing outside. “Playing outside in nature is critically important for kids’ development. Research … Continue Reading →
A Day in the Life of Twins, Grandma and the Droid #MotoZ and Moto Mods

A Day in the Life of Twins, Grandma and the Droid #MotoZ and Moto Mods

Right now I am still watching my twin granddaughters full-time. It is a lot of work, but also a lot of fun. They are (almost) 6 months old and getting to be quite the handful as they become more and more active. I also recently received a new Droid #MotoZ from @Verizon #VZWBuzz #ad, along with several of the Moto Mods. This Droid Moto Z smartphone and the mods are … Continue Reading →
Twins Eating Solid Food for First Time!

Twins Eating Solid Food for First Time!

Okay, I have to share another proud grandma moment. This week my twin granddaughters, Violet and Valerie, had their first solid foods – rice cereal! It was so fun being able to be here with them for this first and I love that we were also able to do a Facebook Live video so that our other family members could watch them as well. For those curious which twin is … Continue Reading →
Tech Tips for Parents for Back-to-School – Do you know how to do these things?

Tech Tips for Parents for Back-to-School – Do you know how to do these things?

Fall is on the way and that means the new school year begins. Schools are getting better about using technology not only in the classroom, but also to share information and stay in touch with parents during the school year. This means that parents need to know more about using tech also. Here is a list of tech things parents of students need to know as school starts again. If … Continue Reading →
Babies, Washing Hands More Often and Udderly Smooth Giveaway!

Babies, Washing Hands More Often and Udderly Smooth Giveaway!

So the twins are almost 5 months old now (can you believe it) and since they have been born I have found myself washing my hands so much more. Because of that I also find that my hands can get dried out more often. Udderly Smooth saves my hands and keeps them feeling soft and smooth even with all the hand washing I do these days. When we use traditional … Continue Reading →
Keeping Summer Fun

Keeping Summer Fun

Summer is here and that means it’s time for baseball games, barbecues, camping trips and other vacations. However, it’s also a time for continued learning, whether you’re staying at home or out on the go exploring your community and beyond. Research shows that children who don’t read over the summer risk losing up to three months of important skills they obtained during the school year, and for students from economically … Continue Reading →
Preventing the Summer Slide and Tips for a Fun and Educational Summer + Infographic

Preventing the Summer Slide and Tips for a Fun and Educational Summer + Infographic

Summer is here and I think just about all the kids are finally on summer break from school. “Summer Slide” is the term used for the kids when they lose some of what they learned in the school year over the summer break. It is well documented. It doesn’t mean that kids have to do traditional studying in the summer, but there are fun activities you can guide them towards … Continue Reading →