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Coffee & Pregnancy

Posted by on Oct 3, 2015 in General | Comments Off on Coffee & Pregnancy

While working as a barista at a coffee shop, I heard pregnant women were not supposed to drink coffee. Turns out, that’s just a myth. However, caffeine consumption should not exceed 200 mg per day. To put that in perspective, an 8 oz cup of coffee has approximately 95 mg of caffeine. Caffeine can affect your baby’s heart rate but the main reason for watching caffeine consumption is due to the risk of miscarriage. If you are a coffee drinker, confirm with your doctor that you are not a high-risk pregnancy before continuing to get your coffee fix. For the majority of coffee lovers, caffeine is a luxury (let’s be real, it’s a necessity) that you don’t have to give up! And as a barista, after learning this fun fact, could serve a caffeinated beverage and not be too quick to judge a (what I thought to be) poor decision. Be pregnant. Drink coffee. Be happy.

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Oh, Avocados!

Posted by on Oct 3, 2015 in General | Comments Off on Oh, Avocados!

Avocados, a well-known super food, are a great snack option before, during, and during pregnancy. Not only are they great for you, but they also have a positive impact on your little one before and after birth.

Avocados contain folate, vitamin E, B vitamins, iron, choline, and fiber to promote a healthier pregnancy. They also contain potassium – even more than a banana! Potassium is important for heart health and circulation, which means increased blood flow through your body – keeps you feeling good! Low potassium levels can contribute to infertility, so consider adding this healthy snack to your diet and increase your chances of a little one. Avocados are a fruit, but not high in sugar. They are high in HEALTHY fats – fats that are good for your heart. Also, they are easy for your baby to eat and offer your baby valuable nutrients!

You can do so many things with avocados – they make a great spread or addition to any sandwich, simply add them to your cheese and crackers, and even try replacing mayo with avocado in dishes.

Avocados are a raw food that is easy to prepare, easy to eat, and so good for you! Oh, avocados!fruit

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Take it Easy with these 3 Summer Activities

Posted by on May 30, 2015 in General | Comments Off on Take it Easy with these 3 Summer Activities

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Lemonade stands – a great activity for kids that they are excited about!

Lemonade stands help to teach kids the importance of hard work and reward, strengthens their communication skills, and keeps them busy for an afternoon.

Something new to try:

Get some fruit puree (or better yet, make some fresh yourself!) to add to your lemonade.

Just fill up the bottom 1/4 of your cup with the fruit puree and top with lemonade. It’s easy and adds something special to your kids’ lemonade stand! If this may be one-too-many steps for your child, simply add the fruit puree to the cups (preferably plastic as paper ones may get soggy) and set in ice, keeping the cup upright. The cups will be easy to grab and fill accordingly.

Treasure hunts – a new adventure at your own house!

Treasure hunts are a fun and organized activity that can be done with a group, inside or outside.

I found that leaving clues helps the kids keep interest and stay organized. After they find one clue, they move on to the next, and the last clue leads them to the treasure map. Once they find the map, they will know the location of the “treasure.”

Something new to try:

The treasure is water balloons and quickly leads them to their next outdoor activity. Divide the balloons up, pick your “home base,” and go!

Painting the dog house – help make something special for your furry friend!

Painting can get messy, so why not paint while you soak up some sun? One of my favorite activities I did as a kid was painting my dog’s house. Buddy was such a good dog I wanted to make his dog house extra special. So, when it started looking a bit faded, I got to pick out some paint and give the dog house a fresh coat. I even painted his name above the door. This is a fantastic activity to get the creative juices flowing and is appropriate for a group (probably 4 or less – one side of the dog house for each child) or an individual child.

Something a little less permanent to try:

Use chalk instead of paint. It’s temporary but still makes for a great activity and “gift” for your dog!

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Orange and Gray Stripe Teen Bedding Set

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in General, Kids Room Decor, New Arrivals, Our Designers & Brands | Comments Off on Orange and Gray Stripe Teen Bedding Set

gray-white-orange-4-piece-teen-stripe-twin-bedding-setIt’s spring! And this means it’s time for spring cleaning. Throw out the old and begin with something new – why not an orange and gray stripe teen bedding set for a young person in your home?! The orange and gray stripe bedding set by Sweet Jojo Designs is great for any young male or female. With a splash of color and simplistic design, this bedding set creates a clean and fun feel to any teen’s room.  The orange and gray stripe teen bedding set is available in full/queen size, but you can also get it in a 4 piece twin set, modernize your nursery with the 9 piece crib set or add some spunk to your toddler room with the 5 piece toddler collection.

Start your spring off with a fresh new look for your teen’s bedroom and even bathroom! This orange and gray stripe teen bedding set and all the matching accessories are a great transition into a more mature bedroom. It’s simple design and color scheme make this orange and gray bedding set and matching orange and gray accessories easy to match with other room decor. Throw out those old bedding sets and start your spring off with a new fun and fresh orange and gray bedding set!

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Yoga for Pregnancy

Posted by on Apr 21, 2015 in Fit Pregnancy, General | Comments Off on Yoga for Pregnancy

Pregnant woman exercising, isolated on whiteYoga is a great way to tone the body and relax. It’s beneficial for people of all ages and can be physically and emotionally positive for any mom-to-be. If you are currently taking yoga classes and are pregnant, be sure to inform your yoga instructor. Depending on how far along you are, they will need to instruct you on the modifications necessary for each pose. There are also specific classes out there for pregnant women that will be easier and less strenuous on the body.

Benefits of yoga during pregnancy can include longer and more restful sleep and decreased stress and anxiety. Yoga promotes increased movement which can improve flexibility, strength, and endurance of muscles, as well as a decrease in lower back pain and even headaches.

I took a friend to my yoga class while she was at the end of her first trimester. It was her first time practicing yoga and she was a bit hesitant. The instructor was easily able to make modifications for her throughout the class. My friend said it was a great way to get exercise without worrying about over-doing it or getting too tired, plus she didn’t get over-heated and got to wear cute and comfy clothes.

Yoga is a great way to get exercise, meet other moms-to-be, and relax.

Practice yoga for a healthier pregnancy. Share your yoga experiences with us!

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5 Ways to Track Your Baby’s Milestones

Posted by on Jan 16, 2015 in baby, General, New Mom on the Block, Toddler | Comments Off on 5 Ways to Track Your Baby’s Milestones

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Pregnancy and new motherhood are magical times. Many new moms feel that there’s no way they could forget their baby’s firsts—first smile, first word, first step…first tantrum. As many moms will tell you, though, the sleep deprivation and the busy-ness of motherhood don’t always lend themselves well to keeping your memory sharp. Here are 5 ways to track your baby’s best moments and milestones to ensure that you don’t forget them.

  1. Keep a Line-a-Day Journal
    One easy way to preserve memories and create an amazing, lasting gift for your children when they’re older is to keep a line-a-day journal. Pick out a journal (even a simple spiral notebook works fine), and write down one memory, event, or milestone each day. You and your family will appreciate all the little moments you thought you forgot later and you’ll keep track of the biggies!
  1. Make Memory Jars
    Label a jar or can with the year and cut a hole in the top. Keep a pen and some squares of paper next to your jar. Each time your baby hits a new milestone or does something you want to remember, jot it down on a square of paper and stick the memory into your jar. At the end of the year, you can more formally record each memory, stick the squares in a scrap-book or album, or simply collect your memory jars, compiling a gallery of memories for your family to go through.
  1. Use a Calendar
    If you know that the only way you’ll keep track of milestones is by putting forth the least amount of effort possible to do so, simply use a calendar. If you’re a paper person, write milestones down on the calendar on the day they occur. If you’re a digital gal, keep track of memories in your Google or Outlook calendar.
  1. Take Photos and Videos
    Even though you think you’ll remember your baby’s chubby cheeks, tiny voice, or the way she sneezed, chances are you won’t! Take a lot of photos and videos, you will be so happy you did in the future.
  1. Save Tidbits
    In addition to writing down milestones, it’s fun to save some visual reminders of special events. Save scraps of wrapping paper, family Christmas cards, etc. to compile in a scrap-book along with your memories and milestones for a beautiful family keepsake!

What’s your favorite way to preserve the special moments in your family’s life?

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