Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude: Beyond Please and Thank You

‘Tis the season of giving … and getting. We all want our children to say thank you for the gifts they receive. But a thank you doesn’t necessarily mean they are truly grateful. I sat with the hosts of Fox6 Real Milwaukee to discuss cultivating an attitude of gratitude in our children. Click the picture below to watch the short segment, then read on for a few more tips I wasn’t able to fit into our conversation (so much to say; so little time!). (more…)

Momma, You Can Do This.

I was going to title this post, “Someday you’ll look back and long for these days, and other bull&%$.” But, swearing’s not really my thing.

The long view — enjoy every minute of this because it goes by fast — just doesn’t work for me when I’m in the middle of chaos as a mom of four. And I’ve definitely been in the middle of it this week. You see, my husband and 9-year old twins are gone on a 6-day canoe trip, leaving me flying solo with 2-year old Jax and 7-week old Baby B.

Deep breath. I’m the mom, I can do this. (more…)

Review: 4moms Breeze

4moms is an amazingly innovative company serving the needs of both parents and babies. I’ve used three of their six products to date, and I’m smitten with all of them. (If you missed it, I’ve already sung their praises in my review of their Infant Tub.)

So, when I was given the opportunity to review the Breeze, 4mom’s version of a playard, I was excited. And I’m. In. Love. (more…)

Review: 4moms Infant Tub

4moms is one of my favorite baby product companies. They are innovative and are truly tuned in to the needs of both parents and babies.

Both Baby B (my month-old baby girl) and I love the rockaRoo, which was gifted to us by a group of my girlfriends. It’s 4moms’ take on a 5-speed baby swing with a smaller footprint, squishy comfort for baby, the perfect recline position for reflux sufferers, and an MP3 hookup for your little cherub’s favorite lullabies.

So, when I was given the opportunity to review 4moms’ Infant Tub, I was excited. And, like my rockaRoo, I love it. (more…)

Review: Baby Jack & Co. Lovies

Blankie, lovie, tee tee (as my older sons called theirs), the soft, cuddly blankets to which small children become emotionally attached go by many names. They provide a sense of security when parents are away, keep monsters out of bedrooms at night, and are a natural and important part of childhood. (more…)