Archive for November 2015

The Perks of Pregnancy

The Perks of Pregnancy
One of my goals this holiday season (and in life) is to count my blessings more often and stop focusing on what’s not perfect. I went into pregnancy with the attitude I probably wouldn’t like it. I would glance at women in their 3rd trimester and think OMG that looks so effing uncomfortable, fast forward... Read more »

Non-Toxic Product of the Month: Dr. Bronner's Organic Shaving Gel (Spearmint/Peppermint)

Non-Toxic Product of the Month: Dr. Bronner's Organic Shaving Gel (Spearmint/Peppermint)
Per Mercola.com our bodies absorb five pounds of cosmetic chemicals each year. For the majority of my life I put zero thought into the ingredients of my beauty products. When I started educating myself re: ingredients, it was incredibly disturbing. Shaving gels are the WORST and my body is constantly exposed through daily shaving. I... Read more »

Brief Insights for New Parents: Take Videos!

Brief Insights for New Parents: Take Videos!
You’re probably thinking: no shit Sherlock but you’d be surprised the amount of stuff (and vital stuff) that fails to get done once you bring a newborn home. You forget showers, what day it is, your last meal…the list goes on. Your energy is drained and sometimes even clicking the “video” setting on an iphone... Read more »
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Huffington Post Comment Feed Mom Shames Aspiring Writer

Huffington Post Comment Feed Mom Shames Aspiring Writer
“Take it with a grain of salt” is a modest philosophy when dealing with online comment feeds. Anyone with wi-fi, bitterness, and an inadequate understanding of the author’s life has free range to become an expert on the subject matter. Nonetheless, when half the comment feed of a Huffington Post article highlights sexist viewpoints on... Read more »

Parenting Burnout: Why It's Normal, How to Identify It, & What You Can Do

Parenting Burnout: Why It's Normal, How to Identify It, & What You Can Do
Burnout is not an unfamiliar concept for adults juggling a variety of different responsibilities and stressors. There are many forms of burnout which manifest differently per individual sufferer. I’ll discuss overarching symptoms in order to help people identity whether or not they may be experiencing burnout. I am no stranger to the concept of burnout,... Read more »

Mealtime: Recommended Products for Babies/Toddlers

Baby Bottle--Comotomo, Green, 8 Ounces:
We love these silicone baby bottles! The nipple design is very conducive to transitioning from breastfeeding. They are equipped with anti-colic vents which help Nate suck less air during a feeding & prevents excessive gas. They are safe for dishwasher, boiling water, & microwave (that’s a moo point since you should never put a baby bottle in the microwave). Best of all, the lids have tiny holes so when you put them in the dishwasher they don't fill with water/sediment & spill all over when you open it.
As your baby grows a bottle no longer constitutes mealtime. You start expanding the little one’s repertoire of food. It’s an exciting time but equally stressful & messy! Having the right bowl can prevent a massive mess on the dining room floor. Similarly the right bib can prevent turmoil to your baby’s clothes & high... Read more »
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Chicago Arsonist Keeps Residents on Their Toes

Chicago Arsonist Keeps Residents on Their Toes
While I was unloading my son from the car CBS Chicago approached me to discuss the serial arsonist in our area. The garage across from ours was a recent victim and remains boarded up as a constant reminder of its proximity to our bedrooms. The news crew was surveying the area with cameras in order... Read more »

Life Happened While I Was Mindlessly Riffling Through My Phone

I have a daily habit of reading the ChicagoNow homepage (try it you won’t be disappointed) and yesterday’s Why I’m Quitting the Internet by Brett Baker caught my eye. Ironically, it’s that type of thought provoking post that keeps me glued to the internet. My internet Achilles’ heel isn’t sitting in front of a computer... Read more »

11 Terms That Change Meaning When You’re a Parent

As your lifestyle changes to accommodate the presence of children your terminology adapts as well. Previous use of terms like slept-in evolve to mean something completely different once you have kids. Below is a glossary of common terms accompanied by their general meaning and parent equivalent. 1. Vacation Generally means: arriving at a destination, staying... Read more »
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I Won’t Accept Rude or Disruptive Behavior from My Children & You Don’t Have to Either

The featured article on Scary Mommy today is titled 7 Times You’re Not Entitled To Peace And Quiet Around My Child. As the title suggests the author discusses 7 places where people shouldn’t get pissed off if her child throws a fit or acts disruptive. I’m pretty sure it was meant partially as a joke... Read more »