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Nov
17
Posted by Mobile Moms at 4:02 pm

Giveaway Train has written a review of our Stroller Hand Muff. Check it out!

Mobile Moms Review & Giveaway

My giveaway sponsor is the fabulous Mobile Moms! If you are a MOM, then you know during the colder months you can bundle up the kids and push them in the stroller, but what about your hands? Well you could wear gloves, but what if the kids need something? Then you have to pull the glove off to grab something out of the diaper bag. Ugh! So, how do you keep your hands warm? Mobile Moms has created a simple solution… aStroller Hand Muff ~ it’s a convenient, warm, easy to use, and extremely useful way to keep your hands warm while taking the kid(s) for a walk.


The Stroller Hand Muff is easy to attach. It velcros on the sides and in the center. Bonus for parents, it also has a zippered pocket to hold your accessories (keys, cell phone, money, tissue, etc.). The Stroller Hand Muff comes in black, chocolate brown, gray, hot pink and navy (same colors as the Toastie Toddler Blanket…hey, moms love to match!).

The Stroller Hand Muff is plush and cozy! It’s so soft, you don’t want to take your hands out. It just might encourage you to take a REALLY long walk (just so you can feel the soft fur inside).

Mobile Moms hand muff fits all types of stroller handles. I used it on my double stroller, but it would easily fit my umbrella stroller too.

 

Here’s a little more about Mobile Moms:

 

Mobile Moms was founded by New York based designer Eva Centeno in 1983. As most moms on the go, Eva wanted to keep her baby warm on her walks through New York. But most blankets just fall off and get tangled in the wheels of the stroller…so this inspired her to design the Original Toastie Toddler Blanket.

Mobile Moms products are designed with moms in mind…focused not only on function, but fashion as well.  

Her products are fashionable yet classy and highly functional. She uses the best materials on the market to provide a product that will last. She enjoys providing products that make life easier for the busy multi-tasking mom of today whom she calls Mobile Moms!

Nov
03
Posted by Mobile Moms at 3:21 pm

The connection between mommy and baby is essential for the baby to learn trust and emotional well being. There are many things you can do to strengthen this bond from in utero and beyond.

1. During your pregnancy your baby hears your voice so talk, sing, speak to them even before they are born. The term “baby talk” refers to the high pitched voice that parents use with their infant which is actually preferred and comforting to a newborn.

2. Make faces at your newborn. Smile, coo, make eye contact and just gaze into the eyes of that beautiful new life in your arms. This is a way to connect, to bond…a baby enjoys watching you and trying to imitate. Have you ever had a baby coo back to you and try so hard to talk?

3. Physical contact is a sure way to connect. By nursing, cuddling, swaddling, rocking, massaging or even just carrying the baby close to you your baby can hear your heart beat and feel the touch of your skin. Having skin to skin contact is actually great to do!

4. Calm down….it’s all good….pretty much whatever you do with your baby in a loving way will build a bond and help you connect. Just remember they are watching, listening and learning by everything you say and do :)

5. If at first you are too tired or stressed or just not connecting it’s all okay. Let someone else take over for a while. Your spouse, mother another adult. The important thing is that your baby bonds with a significant adult even if it’s not you.

Oct
21
Posted by Mobile Moms at 3:19 pm

 

Now that the kids are back in school and Fall is upon us we can step back and breathe. Fall is upon us with a crispness in the air, pumpkins for carving, leaves changing colors, and baskets of apples to crunch on. This is a time when we can focus and concentrate more on family with a tribute to a joyful spirited season ahead of us.

As I write this I can just smell the cinnamon spice on my baked apples or the warmth of a fur blanket wrapped around me to ward off a chill. The fireplace is beginning to be used and the leaves are crunching under my feet. I love this time of year!

My thoughts are going ahead to family celebrations for Thanksgiving and the Holiday Season. I try to stay in the moment and not speed ahead to these months even though the stores are already inundating me with Christmas decorations! I want to slow it down and enjoy this transition, this time of the year……Fall.

I am getting ready with my Toastie Toddler in the stroller so that my little one will be warm and snug on those chilly mornings and evenings. It is not time yet for my stroller hand muff but I am ready! This is the time of year when my walks outside pick up the pace and I feel rejuvenated.

What are some things you like to do in the Fall? Any special activities you would like to share? Here is an easy recipe  for Baked Apples:

Ingredients

  • 4 rome or granny smith apples, cored and top sliced off
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup apple cider or water
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl combine raisins, walnuts, cinnamon, brown sugar, lemon juice and zest. Stuff apples with mixture and place in small baking dish. Add 1/2 cup cider or water and bake for 30 minutes or until tender.

 

 

 

 

Oct
19
Posted by Mobile Moms at 4:02 pm

 

 

Someone once told me that this is a flyer they saw up on their pediatricians wall. They took the number down thinking they would never call. Than it happened. They hit the wall. The wall is when you are not sure what you are suppose to do for that baby that won’t stop crying. The wall is when you just don’t think you can manage to go on with lack of sleep, not being able to shower, taking forever to get dressed and get out of the house, or when you are stuck inside for days at a time with a sick child. This is the wall that all mothers hit at one point or another! And that is when you call. You call a friend, a sister, the number from the pediatricians wall.

Finding the support of mothers, sisters, friends, other woman is not always easy but necessary when you are a new mom. As a new mother you need to have support, reassurance and if you are lucky an extra set of hands to help you out!

Isolation is a pretty common feeling for new moms until they get into their groove. Finding support from other woman is crucial at any stage of the game. At first you need to find other woman who are going through what you are going through. Join a new mothers group, lactation group, new mommy class anything to get you out and with other woman going through the same thing as you. Your friends who you left behind in the corporate world or wherever, if they do not have children yet, they will not understand what you are now going through.

Other new moms can offer tips that would be helpful, understand and have empathy for all you are feeling. Moms need to hear from other moms that all of these feelings are normal. It can be fun to connect with friends on facebook and other social media but this can be isolating as well. Get dressed, put your baby in a front carrier and get out. I met my best friend at a toy store when I was just looking around in my neighborhood. She was french and carrying her baby in a basket! I was so intrigued I went to speak with her and invited her over immediately for tea. We haven’t stopped talking since and our “babies” are now all grown up! Reach out, other new moms will be happy you did.

Remember – Moms wanted…..for companionship and conversation. Not a bad flyer to put up!

What do you think Mobile Moms? Where have you connected with your new mom friends? What groups worked for you? Please share with other new moms as I am sure they would love to hear your voice!

 

Oct
14
Posted by Mobile Moms at 5:43 pm

 

 

I have been thinking a lot about healthy eating and what that means to me. There are so many diets on the market that tell you to do this or do that it all gets very confusing. As with most things I believe in balance. I really don’t believe in cutting something out of your diet unless you find you don’t feel well when you eat it. For instance my daughter is now gluten free because she found she didn’t feel well when she ate gluten. It is amazing when you pay attention what goes into your body and see how you feel you really do know when you are eating healthy for your body.

In this time pressured world we often eat quickly and on the go. We forget that we need to fuel our bodies, mind and soul with food. It is important to take the time to sit down and eat. Create the atmosphere so your body knows it is time to slow down, eat and digest. I believe it is healthier, cheaper, and nicer to cook and eat at home. Mind you I love to go out and I enjoy all kinds of cuisines, but overall when I cook my own food I know what goes in it and often do feel better.

When you are pregnant it is most important to pay attention what you put in your body as you are feeding two! Once you have the baby your body will need extra fuel to keep you going and going :) Than your baby will start to eat and need you to feed them so it is best now to think about what you eat and how you want to feed them! Organic? Farmers market? Non pesticides? What are some quick and easy preparations you can learn that will help you to take care of yourself and your family?

We will be running a contest on our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/MobileMoms for moms that want to share their best easy recipe for themselves or their kids. All you need to do is go to Mobile Moms facebook page, like us, post your recipe and we will be awarding the winner with a Back Pack Diaper Bag! This is worth $98.00 so come join in on the contest!

We look forward to seeing your healthy recipes on our facebook page!

Oct
04

 


 

Getting ready for a new baby requires a lot of thought and planning about everything from what diapers the baby will wear down to the decoration and arrangement of baby’s room. Today’s parents want to create a haven for their little one that will help their baby feel comforted and nurtured, as well as stimulated enough so that they thrive. Increasingly, parents are going beyond the traditional coordinated “theme” rooms and incorporating feng shui to ensure baby not only has an attractive, but also harmonious, environment.Feng shui, the Chinese system for arrangement and placement, so often used in businesses and homes is now making its way into the nursery, and for good reason, too. Feng Shui proposes that by arranging and aligning the room correctly, energy will flow better in the room and that all who reside in the room will flourish and prosper better than if the energy is the room was not harmonious. Understandably, no one needs to thrive and flourish more than a baby.

To maximize the energy in baby’s room, there are several important factors to consider, such as room location, safety, colors, and furniture arrangement. These make up the foundation of good feng shui in the nursery. Plus, using feng shui will help to make babies less fussy, make them feel more comfortable in their surroundings, and will promote their health and well-being.

By following some of the most basic considerations, feng shui can help parents create a room that makes them and their baby happy. Here are 7 tips for creating good feng shui in your baby’s room:

1. Select a good location for the baby’s bedroom.
A new baby should have a bedroom that is not over a garage or has an empty space below. The bedroom also shouldn’t be located where there is excessive noise that might keep the baby from sleeping, such as close to a living room where the TV is on or close to a noisy street or neighbor.

2. Bed placement is important.
Put the baby’s bed on a solid wall across from the door with the head of the crib against the wall, rather than lengthwise, just as you would a regular bed. Too often parents put the long side of the crib against the wall instead of the head. Avoid doing this because the baby will be in a defensive position. After all, you wouldn’t want to sleep with your bed against a wall, so don’t place your baby that way.

The bed should not be against a window or be directly in line with the door. Make sure the baby does not sleep or has a bed placed against a slanted wall or ceiling. These press on the baby. Avoid placing the baby against a wall that is shared with a bathroom, toilet, storage, or utility-type room.

3. Opt for soothing colors.
Children benefit from bright colors in play areas, but if these are used in a baby’s room, infants can be over stimulated to the point that they do not rest well. Because deep sleep in babies is necessary for healthy growth, be sure to select restful, muted colors.

Whites are excellent for children, but avoid black and white color scheme because there is too much contrast. Select color palettes that are close to one another and harmonious in feng shui terms, such as green and blue, white and beige, or pink and yellow.

4. Create soft movement in the room.
A room that is too still becomes stagnant and this is not beneficial for the growth of the child. To create good, but soft energy and movement, hang mobiles close to a window to move gently in the breeze and keep soft music playing in the room. You can also place a small fan on a dresser turned on low to keep air moving in the room. Avoid placing the baby under a ceiling fan as these disrupt their body energy.

5. Watch for pointed objects.
Make sure there are no hard corners from dressers or changing tables pointed at the baby’s head or body. Move these to another part of the room where they are not pointed in the direction of the bed.

6. Select design motifs with care.
Nature designs are excellent and promote growth. Animal designs should also be chosen carefully. Ferocious or aggressive animals, even when they are made for a baby’s room, should not be chosen. Some of these are found in jungle motif designs and include lions, tigers, bears, and reptiles.

You should also make sure that designs do not have harsh points, such as arrows, crosses, diamonds, or triangles. Motifs with fish are fine as long as the watery theme is not overly dominant. Otherwise, respiratory, lung, nasal, or kidney problems could develop.

7. Keep lighting balanced.
During the day, the light in the baby’s room should neither be too bright or too dark. Install blinds that can be lowered or raised as needed to keep the room at a pleasant level of lighting (being sure to keep cords out of baby’s reach). If the room is too bright, the baby won’t rest deeply. If too dim, the room would be too “yin” and the baby could fail to thrive or have respiratory problems.

© K Weber Communications LLC 2002-2009
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Kathryn Weber is the publisher of the Red Lotus Letter Feng Shui E-zine and certified feng shui consultant in classical Chinese feng shui. Kathryn helps her readers improve their lives and generate more wealth with feng shui. For more information and to receive her FREE Ebook “Easy Money – 3 Steps to Building Massive Wealth with Feng Shui” visit http://redlotusletter.com and learn the fast and fun way how feng shui can make your life more prosperous and abundant!

Check out this site as well! Great information!

http://www.kenlauher.com/feng-shui-tips/?Tag=Baby+Nursery+Ideas

Oct
03
Posted by Mobile Moms at 6:26 pm

 

I often write about how one can remain happy as it seems to be allusive for many and something everyone is looking for. It really is quite simple actually. We are in control of ourselves, our thoughts, our beliefs and whether or not we want to be happy or not. I know, life hands you challenges and often punches. Just look at the stock market today! The question is how are you going to handle those challenges and punches. Are you going to crumble, spiral into an abyss, or try to look at the world in a brighter way?

It is up to you. It is your attitude that counts. Sometimes we get into these worry frenzies and we need to change the channel. I have heard squeeze your thumb and change the channel. Put a rubber band on your wrist and ping it every time you get negative to remind yourself or switch a band from wrist to wrist just to pay attention. Paying attention is key. What are your thoughts like? Do you beat yourself up day in and day out? Do you call yourself stupid? Not a good idea, be nice to yourself, yourself hears you :)

All of this sounds simple and easy and if I only knew what you were going through. The truth is we all go through something or other one time or another. I would rather get through with a smile on my face and a happy song in my heart rather than depressed and under the covers, wouldn’t you? I would rather sing Don’t worry Be Happy and Singing in the Rain rather than the blues.

I was even reading these 7 tips on how to stay happy which is good for your heart…..and soul. Check this article out in Real Age!

http://www.realage.com/blogs/doctor-oz-roizen/7-ways-to-train-your-brain?src=edit&chan=tip&con=tip&click=p5

 

Mobile Moms I know you have a lot on your plate and oh so much to do. First things first…..breathe, smile, sing a song and get on with life and all it has to offer. Appreciate the small things because it is not the years we have or the successes we accomplish or how great our kids are or are not it is the moments that count so pay attention to each and every one as much as you can.

How do you stay happy out in this crazy world of ours?

 

Sep
25
Posted by Mobile Moms at 2:34 pm

Just saw the movie with Jessica Parker, Don’t know how she does it all? Have you seen it? Can you relate? :)

It was interesting to watch another mother trying to do it all. Work, be a “great” mom, wife, generally do it ALL! Like the person in the circus who has many plates up in the air you need to keep them all spinning! Often times you feel like a magician.

How does one do it all? Can you do it all? How do you prioritize? I liked when she said in the movie that she would share some of her tricks with her co worker. I would have liked to hear some of them. What are some of your tricks? Mine are to be organized, make lists like she did, share the job with my husband, and get the kids on board. Keep it simple if you can.

I also liked how she didn’t want to lose herself if she gave up her job. I always think it is important to know what is right for you. SAHM or working mom whatever is best for you. No judgements allowed!  I didn’t see any self care or enough husband time which was disconcerting. But than again, how do you do it all? How do you think Jessica Parker really does it all?

Would love to hear your thoughts about this movie, your life trying to do it all and what works and doesn’t work for you. Come on Mobile Moms share some of your tricks of the trade!

 

 

Sep
22
Posted by Mobile Moms at 9:36 am

 

To worry or not to worry this is the question. If you are a person who worries about your kids, life, the economy, the world, whatever do you find that this helps the situation? It has been shown that 85% of the time to worry is unwarranted and only causes stress on you and others around you. I know for a fact that it can play havoc on your blood pressure and overall health. So what is one to do?

Begin by putting certain things in place for yourself. For example watching your thoughts and catching where they are going. To spiral and worry is not helping the situation. If you have reason for concern take action. If not release it to the universe and pray for the best for all concerned to happen. Living in fear is not the answer. Think about living in love, it might help.

This article points out how worrying is also not helpful to your children. http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/44426505/ns/today-parenting/#.TmjRtc2iWqk

Take time out today to watch where your thoughts go. You are in control so remember Don’t worry be Happy!