Monday, April 25, 2011

Not So Picture Perfect

Easter Sunday, April 24th. We were dressed to a T. 
My girls were matching, with handmade matching flowers by Princy n Paris
My son had a suit & tie on. My husband had a suit on.
I told my kids that when it was time to take a picture they HAD to smile. It was Easter Sunday I had to get pictures! They pretty much cooperated with me. I had to remind them of our "deal" sometimes. 

I had to go through 3 photographers to finally get a picture that was NOT blurry!!! We got some quite interesting pictures. It my attempt to get the perfect picture there was one that was absolutely hilarious to me! I shared it my mom & sisters....but there is NO WAY I would put it on Facebook.....I mean what would happen when my FB friends saw the truth behind my beautiful pictures!!!! 

As I was reading a blog of Cheyenne Johnson. I realized it's ok to let other people know you're not so perfect.

So here are my secrets.....I edit the pictures I put up....especially the ones of me. If I look too pale, I make it a better color. If my teeth don't look good, I make it black & white. 
If my double chin is showing I crop it out. 

I'm not a perfect mom. {I know, a big shocker! :)} I don't have perfect kids! My 5 year old has started the eye rolling. My 3 year old whines non stop. My house isn't always spotless. I have weight that I don't like. I have features that I can't stand. I sometimes yell at my kids (and apologize later). 
The list could go on & on!

But who likes FAKE people!? :) so here's the 
Behind the Scenes of my Not So Picture Perfect Family

The sun was in Joel's eyes & he kept blinking. I was getting SO aggravated that we had to stop because of him.  Malayna was blinking due to the sun and .... Jayden....I don't know what he was doing!!!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Little Facts & Tips for Moms

Acid Reflux
If your child has reflux the natural solution is GUM. "Chewing gum stimulates the flower of saliva, which neutralizes stomach acid and makes kids swallow more often" says Leo Heitlinger, M.D. 
Parents Magazine, January 2011 Issue

Listen to those voices in your head! Talking something through with yourself can help you exercise self-control and stop you from making rash decisions, says research from Canada. 
Parents Magazine, March 2011 Issue 
-so talking to yourself is ok, that's good to know!-

Righty or Lefty?
Kids typically don't show a preference for one hand over the other until age 3 or 4. Stephen Christman, Ph.D. Righty: Almost 90% of kids are right-handed, meaning the brain's left hemisphere controls their writing and other fine-motor skills.  Righties are often better at multitasking; it's easier for them to use both sides of the brain at once.Lefty: Lefties might be more creative; they tend to have a larger corpus callosum, a brain sstructure that controls out-of-the-box thinking. 
 Parents Magazine, April 2011 Issue
-my husband is a Lefty...and he is very, very creative!-

Restaurant high chairs are covered with bacteria, according to a study from the University of Arizona - scary news, since babies & toddlers put their mouth on everything. When scientists swabbed the seats and arms of high chairs in 30 restaurants, they found bacteria counts much higher then those on the average public toilet seat, even though the chairs all looked clean. Two thirds tested positive for potentially harmful bacteria, such as E.coli and MRSA. Your best bet is to bring along antibacterial wipes to clean the chair, says researcher Charles Gerba, Ph. D.  
 Parents Magazine, April 2011 Issue
-I always clean & then put my high chair cover on them-

Always flush with the lid down. 
According to Charles Gerba, PhD, a professor of microbiology at University of Arizona in Tucson, flushing the toilet with the lid up is not wise. "Polluted water vapor erupts out of the flushing toilet bowl and it can take several hours for these particles to finally settle -- not to mention where," he says. "If you have your toothbrush too close to the toilet, you are brushing your teeth with what's in your toilet." 
 WebMD, 'Germs in the Bathroom' article
-pet peeve of mine!!! 
especially if someone is in my house & they leave the lid up! 
I even made a sign to put beside the toilet paper-