Category Archives: Parenting

Fantasyland: Here We Come!

For all of you Disney aficionados, I am sure you know that Fantasyland will be opening in Magic Kingdom on December 6. It is going to be the biggest expansion of any of the Disney theme parks in history.

I have been invited to cover the opening as press and I would be lying if I didn’t say how extremely excited I am to be at Disney World to see the opening of the widely-anticipated opening of Fantasyland.

I will be there from December 5 – 7. That means I get to, for the very first time, see Disney World in all of its holiday glory. I am excited beyond belief. There really is something magical about Disney World. All of your cares subside for a few minutes. It’s lovely!

I hope you follow along as I cover as much as I can live from Disney World in early December.

Want to learn more about the new Fantasyland expansion? Visit DisneyWorld.com and also keep up with updates on the Disney Parks blog for daily information about Disney and its parks.

Disney’s Newest Ship, The Dream, Really Delivers

Last week I was on board the Disney Dream as a part of the media to cover Disney’s newest cruise ship. I have so much to share about the ship that I can easily post something new every day this week and more than likely I will.

I took my entire family along with me on the Disney Dream because I really wanted to see how the cruise accommodates families. I cannot express to you the level of friendliness, attention to detail, and unparalleled service we experienced from the moment we embarked to the moment we debarked. Suffice it to say, the Disney Dream operated like a very well-oiled machine.

Right after we walked across the gangway, members of the Disney Dream crew waited for each guest, asked our names, announced us with a microphone and clapped us on board. Then a member of the crew took us aside and personally told us how to find our rooms and something to eat. I loved all of that!

The Grand Lobby - The Disney Dream

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Maternity Coupons + Books for Expectant Moms

Be sure not to miss Destination Maternity’s up to 50% off fall sale: www.destinationmaternity.com/sale.asp

Free Shipping at Destination Maternity on orders over $100 use promo code: DMFS10. Valid Oct 7-11.

Also, there is an up to 30% off fall sale at Motherhood Maternity
http://www.motherhood.com/sale.asp

Free Shipping at Motherhood Maternity on orders over $75 use promo code: MHFS10. Valid Oct 7-11.

New Books for Expectant Moms from Meadowbrook Press:

The Official Lamaze Guide (2nd Edition)
This new edition has been updated to reflect the latest evidence-based research on pregnancy and childbirth. Since the first edition, childbirth in the U.S. has gotten riskier. The cesarean rate has continued to rise; now almost one third of women in the U.S. have a cesarean. There’s been a shocking rise in the maternal mortality rate. More babies are admitted to NICUs, and there’s been an alarming increase in incidences of postpartum depression and post traumatic stress disorder related to childbirth. BUY ONLINE (no affiliate link)

Guía sencilla para tener un bebé (Spanish Edition of The Simple Guide to Having a Baby)
This Spanish edition of The Simple Guide to Having a Baby is available at the same price as the English edition—a welcome change for healthcare organizations, hospitals, clinics, and childbirth educators who had been paying significantly more for an imported Spanish edition. BUY ONLINE (no affiliate link)

Two Promising Memoirs: One by Michele Norris of All Things Considered and Condolezza Rice

It’s a crying shame that as a busy mother and business owner that I don’t have time like I used to to simply delve into books at my leisure. I spend so much time working and mothering that books far too often fall to tenth and eleventh place in my priority spectrum. That said, I want to let you know about two upcoming memoirs that just may move up to sixth or even fifth place.

Michele Norris, the beloved host of All Things Considered, has penned a memoir, The Grace of Silence, about race, but in doing her research she unearthed hidden secrets from her own family. It sounds like a great book. In fact, it has been heavily endorsed by Henry Louis Gates, Gwen Ifill, Tom Brokaw, Richard Wolf and Doris Kearns Goodwin. With their recommendations I know it’s good!

And, Condoleeza Rice is back in the limelight with a book about her family, Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family. I have been wondering where in the world she has been hiding. Apparently behind a computer screen like the rest of us.

A Pea In a Pod’s Swimwear and MilkMakers Cookies

While the summer is quickly drawing to a close there are still many days at the beach and the pool left before we have to officially put away our summer wear.

A Pea in the Pod has you covered — literally!

Check out these fabulous one pieces, including the smocked maternity tankini swimsuit in navy. Plus, A Pea in the Pod has a $20 off $100 purchase that ends TODAY! Be sure to take advantage of the savings!

MilkMakers

While breastfeeding is a breeze for some moms, for others it can be a challenge. If you are having difficulty producing enough milk for your little one, consider MilkMakers.

MilkMakers are cookies that come packed with ingredients that help increase your milk supply like oats, brewer’s yeast and flax seed. Moms are advised to eat one to two MilkMakers each day to increase milk supply. And the packages can be stored in the freezer to maintain freshness.

Click the MilkMakers site to order.

Deliver My Baby + Motherhood and Feminism

It can be difficult to assess whether you want to have your baby delivered by a midwife or obstetrician. When I was pregnant with my second daughter I initially wanted to choose a midwife, but decided to go with an obstetrician simply because I vibed with the obstetrician better. Today, I would definitely choose a midwife, though, because I would want a more natural alternative for childbirth.

The American College of Nurse-Midwives’ (ACNM) has put together a web site, DeliverMyBaby.com, that helps you better form a decision about delivering your baby.

New Book: Motherhood and Feminism

A new book, Motherhood and Feminism, has recently been published by Seal Press. I was delighted to see Mommy Too! magazine was featured in it. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but will be digging into it while I travel this month.

To learn more about Motherhood and Feminism, visit SealPress.com.

Land O’Frost Brand Ambassador

On Monday, Land O’Frost’s community site for moms launched. It’s called Land O’Moms and I am proud to say I am one of three brand ambassadors for Land O’ Frost.

I am thrilled to be able to lend my voice as a mom of daughters who are inching closer to their tween years. Additionally, my family eats Land O’Frost lunch meats anyway, so the partnership is a definite win-win.

Right now on landomoms.com you can download a coupon for $2 of Land O’Frost Premium. Get the coupons while you can. They’re going quickly!

Baby, Kids, and Teens: Eebees’ New Book of Baby Recipes and Trump Kids

eebee's Mix & Mash eebee’s Mix & Mash by Every Baby Company, Inc.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I really miss those years when my daughters were just learning about foods, their textures, smells, and, of course, their tastes. I miss the days when my daughters squished through their food and tossed food everywhere when I let them explore on their own. Those days are long gone for me, but for you who have babies now, there is a new baby recipe book that you should definitely check out with your babies. And, that’s important.

Eeebees Mix and Match: Adventures in the Kitchen for Baby and You is a board book for your child that teaches them about foods and colors, and while they’re exploring through the pages you learn new recipes for baby food that are nutritious and easy for babies and toddlers to eat.

Additionally, there is an informative CD, co-produced by Parents TV, that explains the philosophy behind Eebees and serves as a how-to video for the recipes shown inside the book.

What makes Eeebees Mix and Match: Adventures in the Kitchen for Baby and You a great read for parents and kids: The food is unique for kids and opens them up to out-of-the-ordinary finger foods that far exceeds crackers and cereal like tofu and avocados. Plus, your child gets to see gorgeous photos of other children having a colorful good time with finger foods, bowls, and kitchen utensils.

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