It’s been a busy few days. Last week I went out of town and then returned to pages and pages of unanswered emails, thus the slow down in posts on Mommy Too!
However, I have been blogging about social media and mom blogging over at my personal blog, Jennifer James. I decided on a whim to be a participant in NaBloPoMo and will be blogging every day this month. Maybe I should have thought twice about that.
I also have a new post up over at my Mothering blog. It’s all about breastfeeding in rewind.
This week will have more posts starting today! Hope you stop by to read.
I always love when the MacArthur Foundation Fellows are announced each year. It’s probable that I will never be gifted with such a prized honor, but reading the work and accomplishments of those who do win gives me the extra push to continue working as creatively and diligently as I can doing the work that I do.
I am thrilled that Edwidge Danticat is one of the award winners this year. Her writing is exquisite and her dedication to her craft is palpable. Congratulations!
On the Net: www.macfound.org
Well, it’s that time again. Gap’s annual nationwide casting call for babies and kids is now underway in search of the next faces for babyGap and GapKids. And to make the casting call even more exciting Gap has partnered with DisneyFamily.com to offer great prizes and even more chances to win with its first-ever America’s Fan Favorite and Voters’ Sweepstakes awards.
Visit gap.com/castingcall. for more information about how to enter your child and the prizes for winners. Good luck!
This weekend join Geoffrey at your local Toys “R” Us to celebrate his birthday. There will be fun birthday parades, great activities, and free giveaways. Find your local Toys “R” Us.
When I hear things like “YoBaby Turns 10” I am reminded how old my daughters are now. Sometimes I ache for the days when they were younger with chubby thighs and pudgy cheeks. Now they’re 11 and 8 and aren’t babies anymore. Sigh. I’m starting to fret about college these days instead of trying to figure out the best stroller for my little ones. Time does indeed fly!
I have been a Stonyfield Farm loyal customer for years and am thrilled to share this good news for your growing toddlers. YoBaby now offers a 3-in-1 meal for your baby. There is now yogurt, protein, and a veggie in each 6 ounce cup in these great flavors: Pear & Green Bean, Peach & Squash, Apple & Sweet Potato. Yum!
YoBaby Meals Benefits:
- organic (always a PLUS!)
- provides more than 35% of a toddler’s daily protein and calcium
- great way to slip veggies into your child’s diet
On the Net: www.stonyfield.com
I didn’t know allergies were such a big problem in the fall, but apparently they are. I thought allergies were just a springtime nuisance, but ragweed is known to give people fits during the autumn months.
ChicagoHealers.com practitioner, Dr. Wahl, DAc, LAc, CH, is a Doctor of Acupuncture and herbalist who specializes in the treatment of children and adults with allergies and hypersensitivities. He offers these tips to help breathe easier this fall:
Take a whole food based Vitamin C.
Vitamin C acts as a natural antihistamine. Dr. Richard Podell, author of When Your Doctor Doesn’t Know Best: Errors That Even the Best Doctors Make and How to Protect Yourself, recommends 1000 milligrams of vitamin C (Ester-C) twice daily to help with allergies and asthma.
Drink a lot of cool water
Rehydrating is one of the best ways to eliminate toxins from your body. It cools you down and provides some symptom relief.
Stay away from dairy
If you have hay fever, eating dairy will produce even more phlegm and make you feel worse.
Get tested for food allergies
Many people who have allergies are also sensitive to different foods. These multiple sensitivities build on each other and stress the immune system. Find out what foods you are sensitive to and either eliminate them from your diet or get treated for them so you can eat those foods symptom-free.
For more practical and natural solutions to deal with allergies visit www.chicagohealers.com.
Just as some believe we are on the cusp of turning the corner to a post-racial society a new study comes out to negate those lofty dreams.
A study conducted at the University of Texas at Austin and written about in this week’s Newsweek in Nurture Shock: Is Your Baby Racist? says children as young as six months judge others based on skin color and that older children often label white people as nice and blacks as being not nice.
Even though the study took place in liberal Austin, Texas researchers found that children often heard from their parents that people are all the same and that God created all of us equal, but these words don’t always match up to the everyday attitudes of their parents and are reflected in children’s emerging racial attitudes.
Although fascinating research, it is just another reminder that we all have a long way to go for racial equality in this country. Read the full article at Newsweek.com.
Soft & Beautiful’s Just for Me!, the leading brand of hair care for black girls, is continuing their Milk and Cookies promotion in Baltimore and Atlanta this month.
At participating Walgreens, Just for Me! will have tents set up where your children can enjoy milk and cookies and also receive a kid ID card with any purchase from their new Hair Milk collection.
A professional photographer will be on hand for photos and they will also have a scale and height measuring chart for the IDs.
Each Milk and Cookies promotion will be between 10-3 at the following locations.
- September 12th – 3801 Liberty Heights Avenue
- September 13th – 1300 E. North Avenue
- September 19th – 6665 Highway 85 in Riverdale
- September 20th – 2065 S. Hairston Road in Decatur
On the Net: Just for Me VIP Club
I have always been a fan of Diddy, now even more so because I follow him on Twitter. From his tweets I’ve learned three things about Diddy: He loves what he does, he loves positivity and he loves exclamation points!
This Saturday, Diddy had an amazing launch party at MyHouse in Hollywood sponsored by CÎROC Vodka for his new album, Last Train to Paris.
As was to be expected, the night was a duel celebration of Diddy’s Last Train to Paris and Michael Jackson’s genius. Several times throughout the evening, the DJ stopped to spin MJ tunes and Diddy took the mic to pay homage to the musical giant and thank everyone for supporting Bad Boy.
Some of the celebs in attendance were Taraji P. Henson, Estelle, Wesely Snipes, Jessica Alba, Cash Warren, Hill Harper, Regina King, Elyce Neal, Lil Mama, Vanessa Simmons, Lo Bosworth, Holly Montag, Amerie, Ray-J, Rob Dyrdek, and Rachel Smith.
On the Net: www.lasttraintoparis.com
I cannot believe the news I read this weekend about the associate director at the Center for Health Policy at Duke, Frank Lombard. He was charged with trying to bring someone to North Carolina to rape his adopted five-year-old son. He has already repeatedly raped the little boy since he was an infant.
Lombard, who is gay, has two African-American adopted sons and decided to use them as sex toys as opposed to parenting them like a normal, compassionate person should and would. I don’t know what to say other than I pray that those children get the help and love they deserve.
I can’t help but know they will likely grow up to repeat the cycle if they aren’t cared for properly. I feel so sorry for the police officers, doctors, psychologists and social workers who have to deal with this evil every day. They have a bigger heart and stronger stomach than I. And as for Lombard, he’s likely to go away for a very long time, far, far away from children! I am only thankful he was stupid enough to get caught.