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Ear Infections – a Natural Remedy?

By Kay on Mon, Aug 10, 2009


I’m one of the luckiest moms on the planet. Out of my three children, only one has ever had an ear infection. It was the probably one of the most stressful weekends I’ve ever experienced as we waited to get into the doctor’s office on Monday. The pain that my poor daughter went through was gut wrenching for this mom!

I called a friend of mine who is very in touch with all things organic, natural, and homeopathic and begged her for a natural remedy to help us through the weekend. And of course, she had one! I had totally forgotten about this solution until a mutual friend of ours came to a Mom’s Night Out with her sick baby who also had an ear infection. Not only did my friend tell this mom how to take care of it, another mom in the group walked into the kitchen, prepared this solution below and took it to my friend to administer to the desperate mom’s crying baby. The mom sent an email to all of us the next day thanking our friends for helping her out and ecstatic that the solution took care of her baby’s ear infection without a doctor’s visit!

(Obviously, you’ll want to go with your gut on anything anyone recommends for treating your children – if you’re not comfortable with it, don’t do it! Research another solution and go with what gives you (and your partner) the most peace. Just my own little disclaimer here before dispensing ‘medical’ advice…)

Here’s my friend’s instructions: Continue reading…

The Baby Whisperer and Learning Your Baby’s Cries

By Kay on Wed, Aug 20, 2008

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At one of our last Moms’ Night Out gatherings, we were all discussing babies (duh! We ARE a bunch of moms!) and their cries.  Several of us had heard of the ‘baby whisperer’, Priscilla Dunstan, who was on Oprah, but only a couple of us had ever tried it.  My sister-in-law has tried it with her baby, Grayson, and is swearing by it!  She said she’s been able to figure out his cries pretty easily and is having a much easier time with him than with her other 2 kiddos. Just thought I’d pass it on…

Baby’s Smile and Your Brain

By Kay on Thu, Jul 10, 2008

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You know the magical moment…  

The one where you gasp, your heart completely melts, and you’re filled with more joy than you ever thought a human could feel…  

Baby Karis SmilesThe moment when your baby first smiles at you.

Well, apparently, some super-smart people at Baylor College of Medicine decided to find out exactly what that smile does to a mom.

Here’s what they say:

They found that when the mothers saw their own infants’ faces, key areas of the brain associated with reward lit up during the scans.

“These are areas that have been activated in other experiments associated with drug addiction,” said Strathearn. “It may be that seeing your own baby’s smiling face is like a ‘natural high'”.

Read more about their findings here…  Much can be gleaned from reaction to baby’s smile

What I love is that scientists are just confirming what all mothers around the world already know.  There’s nothing better than your baby’s smile! 🙂

Product Review: Graco TurboBooster SafeSeat Youth Booster

By Kay on Thu, Apr 3, 2008

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Graco TurboBooster SafeSeat Youth Booster in IonicWe just recently moved Karis into a car seat out of her infant seat which meant Ethan got kicked out of his seat. Since he’s over the weight requirements for a booster, we opted to just move him straight into this Graco TurboBooster instead of buying ANOTHER car seat that would only last another year or so and also cost an arm and a leg.

  • I LOVE how easy this booster is to move from car to car. Basically unthread the seatbelt from the shoulder belt positioner and you’re good to go!
  • Ethan loves the race car color scheme (as does his daddy!) and the fact that he now feels like a ‘big boy’.
  • Kate loves that she’s not getting hit in the face with the side of a huge car seat. (She sits in the middle of the back seat between her two siblings. Not something she’ll be able to do much longer as her hips and shoulders grow and become wider than the opening between the two seats. Hopefully we’ll be able to purchase a larger vehicle by the time that becomes an issue. And when we do, we’ll probably get Kate the pink princess version of this same seat.)
  • Shawn loves that the price didn’t strain our pocket book too much. I think we got ours on sale for around $40.
  • Karis loves the fact that she’s not stuck in that rear-facing infant seat anymore. She loves being able to see out the windows!  🙂


By Kay on Sun, Feb 3, 2008

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One of my favorite blogs that I visit all the time has just launched a new forum-based website called Freepeats. It works very similarly to FreeCycle only it’s more for the mommy demographic. It’s all about finding and giving away new or gently-used baby items in your local area. The cool thing for me is that they just added Houston (my home town) to the list. And through the month of February, it’s completely free to join.

So, if you’re even the slightest bit thrifty and want to know how to get a hold of baby and maternity stuff for free, check out the site and sign up for your local area. Then come back and tell me what YOU gave away or got for free! 🙂

Holy cow!! Great use of visuals to help explain the proposed budget cuts and their actual impact on the overall budget.

You’ll never fold tshirts the same way again!

If you ever wanted to hear someone put a mommy’s day into a song, try this one! (I guarantee you’ll laugh your butt off.)

A little on the political side, but interesting nonetheless…

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