A Friday funny for our Foxy Mamas

Eating seems like a pretty intuitive and enjoyable task, right? Not if you’re a toddler. Getting kids to eat is probably more impossible than keeping all your socks accounted for on laundry day, especially when 95 percent of the food ends up on the ground, smeared across their shirt (or yours) and stuck up their nose.

A recent viral video “If Moms Ate Like Their Kid” gets it. The hilarious sketch, which has more than a million and a half views on Facebook, shows that parenting with humor is necessary.

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Los Angeles moms Laurel Coppock, Molly Erdman and Megan Grano are the masterminds behind The BreakWomb. The long-time friends, actors and writers started making videos together a year ago and posted their first YouTube video in January.

There’s a lot of pressure on today’s moms, and The BreakWomb’s videos definitely say, “Hey, we’re not perfect—we all have kids who are going to lick the toast then throw it on the ground. And that’s OK.”

“It feels like life continues to get busier and faster, and you have to do more and more for your child to succeed,” Grano told Today. “These videos have helped us lighten up about it.”

By: Angelica Lai 

& Mom.me

SPOTLIGHT: Chenille Satchels

Carry a "Foxy" Vida

As we head into colder possibly more rainy months, it’s apparent that spotlighting the Chenille Satchel collection is the thing to do! These bags “get-it-done” with style and grace, no matter what the weather forecast brings you.

We have had plenty of great feedback about how the Chenille holds up to daily wear, use and the occasional being run over by the stroller a few times…. .Not sure how that happens, but it’s apparently a thing! This luxury weight chenille can stand up to the toughest of conditions that you can throw at it. And if that means throwing baby food, milk, dirt, rain and sweat at it, we’ve got you covered. This wipeable fabric cleans up like-new.

And, if all that wasn’t enough, having a water-proof lining helps to top scales as “the perfect diaper bag”. You be the judge. We’d love to hear from you! And if you don’t 100% love it when you receive it, return it for a full refund. You have nothing to lose and a great long-lasting companion bag, to gain!

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Fashionable, High-Quality Diaper Bags From Foxy Vida (Review & Giveaway)

Along with the joys and challenges of parenthood, comes a lot of stuff.  Once you have a child, the days of leaving the house with nothing more than your wallet and keys are over.

Diapers, wipes, extra clothing, toys, snacks, and other items to keep your child happy are suddenly a necessary part of every excursion.

That doesn’t mean you have to lose your sense of style, however.  Diaper bags have come a long way since the time when your only options were plastered with obnoxious cartoon characters or colors so bright they hurt your eyes.

I’ll never forget the ridiculous diaper bag I used 16 years ago when my first child was born.  I took it with us everywhere, but often left it in my car, choosing to forgo convenience in order to maintain my dignity.

As I got older, and had more children, I decided to ditch the diapers bags, and opted instead to use an over-sized purse as my way to keep the baby necessities close by.  Although this worked for awhile, I knew there had to be a better option.

I was recently introduced to an amazing line of durable, stylish diaper bags that have completely changed the way I carry the gear I need for my kids.

Foxy Vida LogoFoxy Vida is a company dedicated to providing modern and chic diaper bags that are as functional as they are stylish.  Their mission is to inspire and reward moms everywhere, by creating products for the most sacred time in their lives.

Designed by Mary Montane, who is most well-known as a castaway on CBS Survivor, but is also a driven designer in the fashion industry, Foxy Vida offers a solution for moms looking for a diaper bag with function, style, and purpose.

Foxy Vida recently sent us their Satchel Diaper Bag to review.  I have used it several times now, including on a recent road trip, and absolutely love it!

Foxy Vida Satchel Diaper Bag

The Foxy Vida Satchel Diaper Bag comes in a variety of styles.  I was sent the Black Lattice design, which I adore for its simplicity and versatility.

Of course, what really matters in a diaper bag, is the functionality, and this bag has it all.  With 9 pockets, including interior and exterior zipper compartments, 3 elastic bottle pockets, 2 side bottle pockets, 2 front V-pockets, and a water bottle band, the Foxy Vida Satchel Diaper Bag can easily contain and organize everything you need while on-the-go with kids.Foxy Vida Satchel Diaper Bag - inside

Other features of the Foxy Vida Satchel Diaper Bag include:

  • Waterproof nylon lining
  • Interior key clip
  • Adjustable shoulder strap
  • Comfortable featherweight tote handles
  • Curved zipper closure
  • Vegan leather changing pad (16″ x 22″)

Made from a durable cotton/polyester blend, this bag is sure to last through all of your parenting adventures.  The large size (14″H x 18″W x 4″D) is able to handle everything you could possibly need for a day out on the town.

Moms everywhere are sure to appreciate this purposeful, organized diaper bag.

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You can check out the full line of diapers bags and accessories for stylish moms by Foxy Vida on their website.  Be sure to connect with them on Facebook and Twitterto stay updated on new products and promotions.

We have a Foxy Vida Satchel Diaper Bag in Black Lattice to give away to one of you.  Good luck!Foxy Vida Satchel Diaper Bag

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It’s that time of year again! Here are some great suggestions for starting your Back to School Routine!

Smoothing the Start of the School Year

SCHOOL YEAR
It’s August… that means three, four, even five more weeks of summer vacation depending upon your child’s first day of school. Summer time and the livin’ is (still) easy!

Even though the reliability of the school year schedule actually makes life easier for most children and parents, getting back into the swing of things can be a real challenge. There are so many adjustments to be made from the more carefree summer life to the hurry-up-we’re-going-to-be-late-school year.

A mindful transition from summer to the school year, done gradually and purposefully before school actually starts, will go a long way towards easing that transition.

Here are some tips for starting the school year off smoothly:

Mind your attitude. Not all children are excited about the start of school, but a positive attitude can be contagious. Instead of saying things like, “Your teacher won’t allow that kind of behavior in school,” try being positive by saying, “I know your teacher will be so excited to hear all about our trip to the mountains.”

Help an older child get fired up about what he might learn this school year: “This is the year that you get to study astronomy. I can’t wait for you to teach me which star is which.”

Introduce your child’s school night bedtime before school starts. School-age children need 9 to 11 hours of sleep, and while they get that during the summer, it usually starts later than is good for a school night. Seven days before the start of school, begin bedtime 15 minutes earlier. Each night, take it back a few more minutes, until you get to the desired bed time.

Your child should awaken naturally in the morning after she has the amount of sleep she needs. If she does not, you will need to adjust her bedtime earlier. She needs to become accustomed to getting up at the time that works for her and for you on school days.

Introduce your school night routine at the same time, a full week before the actual start of school. While you may have allowed TV or tech time before bed in the summer, it may not be a great way to get your child calm and ready for bed on a school night. Go back to your routine of bath/shower, books and tuck time. Get back to your low-key rituals that include an intimate bed time chat, downloading his day.

Adjust your morning routine. A week before school begins, introduce the school morning routine. A sure-fire way to start the morning out right — without fights about clothing and the like — is to follow this schedule:

1. Snuggle time (Hopefully even your older kids still crave it!)

2. Get dressed (Beginning at 4 years old, children choose their own clothing, hopefully laying their outfits out the night before.)

3. Eat breakfast, but only after your child is fully dressed. (If you are worried that he will get his school clothes dirty, throw on one of your old t-shirts over his clothes.)

4. Brush teeth.

5. Bonus time! (a few minutes on the computer, a quick game of Uno!)

Designate and make ready a homework place. For even the most reluctant child, there’s nothing quite like new school supplies. (Remember?!) After you have shopped with your child, decide with him where he will do his homework. Not only should he have his notebook supplies, but also he can feather his homework nest. The more involved he is, the more willing he will be to settle down and get to work.

When the school year begins…

Create routines. Whether it’s the way your child helps you make lunches, when and where he does his homework or when he does his chores, routines help the child to stay on track.

Have rules. Each family will have a different idea about TV during the week, computer and tech time, etc… Have a family meeting to discuss your ideas. Be sure to solicit your child’s opinion, and compromise where you can. Children who are involved in the rule- making are more likely to stick to them.

Do as much as you can do the night before. Help your child lay out his clothes (if necessary); set the table for breakfast; make the lunches; put the grounds in the coffee maker; put trip slips, backpacks and anything that needs to go to school by the exit door.

Set your own alarm clock earlier. I know you’ll hate this one and I am sorry. But hurrying is the enemy of children. Set your alarm clock 10 minutes earlier than you think you need. If you are not rushed, you will be more relaxed with your child. You will be just that much more available to your child, and he won’t need to act out to get your attention. A chaotic, hurried atmosphere doesn’t make for a great school day send off.

Overestimate your family’s prep time. However long you think it will take everyone to get ready for school… double it! If there is extra time, spend it doing something fun, even unexpected with your child. It will help to start her day off happily, and it is much better than rushing her.

Eat breakfast together. Spending a little quality time at the breakfast table together (not reading the paper, not checking email, not focused on the food that is or isn’t being eaten!), goes a long way toward filling your child’s tank. His moments with you will stay with him throughout his whole day, reminding him that he belongs to a family who loves him.

World Breastfeeding Week Aug 3 – 7 Calling for a stronger workplace policy

UN marks World Breastfeeding Week with call for stronger workplace policies for nursing mothers.

3 August 2015 – United Nations officials are marking the annual World Breastfeeding Weekby highlighting the vital importance of a practice that gives children the healthiest start in life and the need to strengthen policies to promote nursing with stronger workplace policies.

The theme for this year’s observance, held from 1 to 7 August, is “Women and work – Let’s make it work,” which emphasizes the need for better support systems and policies to enable working mothers to breastfeed.

“We know that breastfeeding helps children to survive and thrive – enabling infants to withstand infections, providing critical nutrients for the early development of their brains and bodies, and strengthening the bond between mothers and their babies. And the benefits of breastfeeding last a lifetime,” said the heads of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Anthony Lake, and the World Health Organization (WHO), Margaret Chan, in a joint statement.

The statement points out that a recent Lancet study found that infants who were breastfed for at least one year went on to stay in school longer, score higher on intelligence tests and earn more as adults than those who were breastfed for only a month. Despite this growing evidence, only 38 per cent of infants around the world today are breastfed exclusively for even the recommended first six months of life.

In Maderia, Ethiopia, health extension worker Elsebeth Aklilu takes a break from counselling women and their children on best nutrition practices, to breastfeed her own 10-month-old son. Photo: UNICEF/Christine Nesbitt

Summer Kid Foodie FUN!

How many of you feel like summer just started?? I sure do. But it hasn’t and now it’s well on it’s way to “back to school” time!

So, the whole Month of August will be dedicated to all things SUMMER and FUN! Even down to the food recipies we post!

Here’s a fun one to kick off August! It’s so cute, fun and SO EASY! My kids are going to eat this up- literally!

C/O: Mrs. Happy homemaker http://www.mrshappyhomemaker.com

Fruit Pizza
Ingredients
  • 1 seedless watermelon
  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • 2 bananas, sliced
Instructions
  1. Slice up your watermelon into round, circle slices. Slice each watermelon round into 4 triangular slices. Top the watermelon triangles with a few of the sliced strawberries, sliced banana, and blueberries. (Feel free to add other fruits of your choice to top your ‘pizza’ with!)
  2. It’s that fast to make – it’s all ready to be served, eaten, & enjoyed. So easy even the kids can do it!