I’m only in my mid-30s, but I have the beginning signs of arthritis in my foot and ankle. Nearly every woman in my family develops arthritis eventually, so I used to think joint pain and stiffness was inevitable as I aged. I recently discovered that arthritis is the nation’s leading cause of disability. One in […]
As a mom, I know that many of the toys advertised on TV look amazing but then sit unused in the toy box. When I enter my local toy store, I see items that I know my kids will love and use. With a special eye for relevance and all out fun, small toy store owners handpick […]
Now that kids are back to school and life is in full force it’s totally time to get down to business with the meals. I try as hard as possible to keep my son healthy, especially since I grew up battling the bulge. It’s not always an easy task to get your kids to really and truly understand the value of health and eating well! And if your house is like mine, you’re always fighting the food fits. I’ve learned a few lessons along the way and would love to share my tips with you! Remember..I’m not a doctor or dietitian.
Finding a teether that works can seem elusive because your baby’s preference will change as he progresses through different teething stages. I spent a lot of money testing different teethers when I was a new mom only to find my baby didn’t like most of them. With my second, I was fortunate enough to receive a complete set of MAM Teethers.
First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign has raised awareness about the problem of childhood obesity. A new app called Smash Your Food, now available in the Apple App Store for $2.99, aims to make it easier for parents and kids to learn about healthy foods together.
Bedtime can be quality time rather than battle time. By establishing a consistent routine, you can make bedtime more enjoyable for the whole family.
Haydenburri Lane’s Bedtime Safari products were designed in conjunction with child development specialists to help children learn the necessary skills and activities needed to get ready for bed.
Haydenburri Lane provides advice to parents on how to establish a positive bedtime routine and why routines are important. (Click here to read their Parents’ Guide.) And they offer a series of board books for preschoolers that make learning routines fun. There are five main characters- Bubbles the Hippo, P.J. the Bear, Chomper the Crocodile, Paige the elephant, and Rory the tiger. Each character stars in a board book and teaches a different skill.
If only Elizabeth Pantley would accept my offer to come live with me, I could hear her helpful and calming advice all day long. Maybe her next release will be an affirmation CD for stressed-out parents.
Pantley’s The No-Cry Nap Solution: Guaranteed Gentle Ways to Solve All Your Naptime Problems is another winner–combining research-based information about children’s sleep needs with practical and gentle advice and Pantley’s own unique supportive perspective for parents.
Congresswoman Barbara Jordan once said, “Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap.” That woud be lovely, but I would content myself with just my household…
Setting up a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) is a great way to save money on your doctor’s co-pays, health-care deductibles, prescription drugs, and more. But if you have any money left in your account at the end of the year, you’ll lose it. You might not know that you can use your FSA funds on […]
The Scott Common Sense Community allows you to share your household shortcuts and get tips from other members that will help you save time and money, organize your stuff and stay healthy. You can find daily tips at Scott Common Sense as well as helpful tools like a calorie counter, recipe substitution chart, a calendar (pictured here), and a Grocery Checklist. […]
Kids across the country head back to school next week. I don’t have a school-aged child, but I do have a teenage mother’s helper who comes a few days a week to help with the baby. So “Back to School” meant I needed to find a new babysitter. While I’m fortunate to live close to […]