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Giveaway for St. Patty’s Day! = We have a winner!

Congrays to Jennifer Storey who won our St. Patrick’s Day giveaway!

I hope you enjoy your porn as much as I did. ;P

Hope everyone had a happy and safe St. Patty’s Day!


Will there be gold at the end of your rainbow next week? I’m going to be giving away the book, “Porn for New Moms” on St. Patrick’s Day. This ought to shake your shillaly!

Just leave a comment below with your name an

d email address and I’ll randomly pick from the entries.

Have a great and Safe St. Patrick’s Day.

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Apps that help kids learn to read

Are you looking for an application (app) to help your kids learn to read? Ah, educational and distracting. Here’s my favorites apps that have the ABCs. Oh and P.S. it’s on the cheap!

It’s also a great use for those in ESL (English as a Second Language).

abcABC PocketPhonetics-Lite: letters, sounds & writing
(Apps in My Pocket Ltd.)

Great ‘first’ look at Phonics for kids. Uses three modes of teaching manipulation: sight, sound and writing (tactile).

This is really helping my son develop the relationship between sounds letters make and the words they make up.

abctracerABC Tracer Lite Free – Alphabet Flashcard tracing phonics and drawing

Great fine-motor skill practice. Kids get to trace letters. Has the alphabet, numbers and words.

ABC’s Free

My boys love the fact that it sings the alphabet and /or letters by pressing the arrow buttons on the botton of the app. They get to control the rhythm.

Baby Flash Cards
(Dream Cortex)

Helps kids learn vocabulary and practice memorization.

ICDL Books for Children
(ICDL Foundation)

– Old school books for your iPhone. Not a lot of stories, but it’s free.

Parents Magazine iPlay ‘n Learn
( by Resolute Digital)

Letters, numbers, colors and shapes all in one!
It is broken down into three ways to play and learn: flash cards, tracing practice and quizzes.

Sight Words Free

-It shows and speaks the words.

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How My Breasts Saved the World

I have to give up nursing. It’s more of a habit for the two of us now than it is about nutrition. I have become sicker than ever and I have tried taking all meds that you can with breastfeeding. I hope to get some sleep tonight without this dreaded cough. The new meds I have can’t be taken if you’re nursing. So here we go on another adventure.

I have tried for months to get my kid to take a bottle and sippy cup, but by accident he started taking a straw. I offered it to the wrong kid and lo and behold he drank it. Surprise, life is a box of chocolates.

Looking back over my nursing adventure, I went from:
I’m not doing that,
to I’m doing it!
to this is convenient
to this is not convenient
to this is a wonderful bonding experience
to I can’t believe you’re growing so fast.

I heard about this book as I was googling weaning.
It’s called How My Breasts Saved the World: Misadventures of a Nursing Mother, by Lisa Wood Shapiro.
I wonder how this woman’s experience is similar to my own.

Uh, off to tuck him in again, don’t give in, don’t give in, don’t give in….

Christmas Miracle

Mom Baby RevivedI heard on the news that there was a family that had a miracle this Christmas season. A mother went into labor and had a heart attack and died during delivery. The doctors did an emergency c-section, but the baby was also not breathing. The father sat there helplessly while his family lay before him. Miraculously the mother began breathing and so did the baby. They were alive. Today they are home, happy and healthy. The medical team cannot explain what occured. What a miracle! It’s a reminder to all of us out there on what is truly precious this holiday season.
As I think of all the things that I resolve to do next year, loving my family and not taking them for granted is at the top of the list. What else really matters?

Read the article for yourself here.

President Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize? Is this Internet Baby Next?

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President Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize? Is this Internet Baby Next?

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida – October 9, 2009 – Earlier today it was announced that President Obama would be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his global peace making efforts. The decision surprised many and left much to debate as critics felt that it was too soon in President Obama’s term to be awarded with such an honor. Whether one agrees with the selection or not, it does give inspiration that dreams can come true. With that inspiration, BabySpot, Inc., the Facebook for Babies (as dubbed by CNET), is launching its newest baby and Nobel Peace Prize hopeful with BabySpot Broward will bring together, peacefully, all parents and babies in the greater Ft. Lauderdale area. It follows the recent launches of,, and The site is a social networking and informational community for Broward County parents by Broward County parents. The site will provide reviews of doctors, hospitals, restaurants, products, and services specifically for parents of newborns. Members of BabySpot Broward will have free access to a number of features including photo and video sharing, group discussions, blog capabilities, and mobile uploads, however, they will now do so in a community that addresses their local needs and concerns.

James Rivera, CEO of BabySpot, Inc. states, “As a resident of South Florida and a father of two, my wife and I are always looking for the best local providers for our kids. BabySpot Broward will provide that information for parents throughout the greater Broward County area. We are excited to welcome to the BabySpot family a local Mom and social media expert, Jennifer Fleck, who will help provide relevant information to fellow parents”

Jennifer Fleck, Executive Director of BabySpot Broward, a Broward County resident and mom states, “As a local mom I know how hard it can be to find local resources for my child and family. My goal is to bring parents in Broward County together and share their reviews of family oriented services and events. We aim to showcase the hottest events, products, and services that Broward County has to offer. It will be an honor to serve our community!”

About BabySpot, Inc.

Founded in 2008 by James Rivera and Zameer Upadhya, BabySpot, Inc. provides social networking and informational sites for parents and their families in a free, safe and secure environment to connect and interact virtually to share baby’s precious moments as they grow. This is accomplished through,,,,, and With a safe and secure platform, parents can comfortably, and easily, share their profiles privately or publicly; upload pictures and videos, blog and chat live. While experiencing the joy of forming lasting connections and creating new memories, parents and their loved ones are exposed to rich educational content, various nonprofit organizations, fun contests, and local reviews and recommendations.

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Real Food for Mother and Baby: A Book Review

Here is an interesting book. It’s called, “Real Food for Mother and Baby.” It’s reviewed by Mom’s Crowd.

Here’s my take. I haven’t read it yet, but I’m interested to see the “newbie” and “breastfeeding” sections. I know it will be better for me, and being a former expat in Europe I miss the farmers markets. There’s nothing like fresh food straight from the farm. The experience of smelling the fresh vegetables, bread, cheese and flowers was wonderful. Meeting the farmers and learning about the area was a real plus. It’s a real community feeling.
The States are slowing coming around, but I’d love to see more markets year round. I would also like to see recommendations for those of us who are squeezed for time. Is there “real food” for people on the go?

Read Mom’s Crowd review here.

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A Working Mother’s “Stay-at-Home” Experiment

A 'New Found' Respect For Mothers
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by Lela Demeter
I am a working mom – 10 months out of the year.  Yes, I am an educator and I do look forward to June, July and August.  This summer vacation was especially poignant, because it would be the first summer I spent with my son, and the longest duration of time we had together since his birth and my subsequent maternity leave.
The anticipation for summer built from the moment I went back to work.  Admittedly, I had been looking forward to going back – there were a lot of things I needed to do at work and I missed the pace of the workday.  As a new mother, my day had a structure all its own, a seemingly endless cycle of waking, sleeping, feeding, and changing diapers.  After I had recovered from my son’s birth (an experience we were very fortunate to come through with flying colors), I missed talking to someone who could answer, and I would anxiously await my husband’s arrival home.  I did a majority of the night feedings – my logic was that he worked all day – and I would be at home to sleep.  I want to make it clear that I did not and do not resent either of my boys (married or birthed), but I was just ready to go back.  I love my son more than life, but I just felt like I was missing out.
When I did go back in January, my son was in the midst of a two week (thankfully) bout of colic.  However, one can only imagine how I felt that week.  However, with lots of coffee and an iron will, I was able to complete a graduate degree and work AND take care of my family in the six months until summer break.
So, when my job responsibilities came to a close with the end of the school year, I was ready to be a full time mom for a little while.  However, it wasn’t the idyllic time that I thought it would be.

My son, now eight months old, was a different person from the helpless infant of my maternity leave.  A blissfully mellow baby, he has become his own little person, complete with opinions and demands.  Immediately, I was back on the baby schedule of waking and sleeping, feedings and changing diapers. But, this time was different as the “happy blob” stage of infancy was OVER.  Now, my day was spent tackling a moving land shark of a child.  A child, may I add, that weighed over twice what he did during my maternity leave.
I began to become quietly desperate.  Forget sleeping in and enjoying a leisurely morning – I was on as soon as he was, and I wasn’t leaving for a job.  I started to hide out in my bedroom when my husband got home. Twelve straight hours of an infant began to wear on me – I wasn’t as patient with my son as I was when I worked.  I didn’t treasure the time with my boy, as I felt constricted.  I literally never had a moment without him.  I couldn’t focus on anything but him.  My house wasn’t any cleaner and I spent more money as I would go shopping just to escape the same four walls.
But, the benefits to me being around all day were obvious.   I was the first person to see my son crawl and the emergence of his first baby teeth.  Instead of reaching for his grandfather (his daily caregiver), he reached for me.  He began to recognize his name when I said it to him.  I love this kid more than anything and these small things were the balm of my desperate heart.
Now, as summer begins to swing into twilight, I am looking forward to going back to work.  Why?  Believe me, I am not in a rush to feel the mommy guilt of leaving my baby for eight hours a day.  I will miss playing with him.  I will miss being the alpha and omega of his daily existance.  But, for me at least, the eight hours a day I work at a job are my vacation from parenting.  When I hit the door of my car to go home, I am in mommy mode.  I get the twenty minutes from work to home to decompress and switch gears.  When I get home, I am all for my son, with a focus.  This is probably the second reason I work (the first being money), I feel like I personally am a better parent because I work, because I get to be away and come home and be completely focused.  As hard as it is to be a working mom, it is incredibly hard to be a SAHM.  Some people may disagree with me, but this experiment made me feel that working is the right choice for me.
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I’d Trade My Husband for a Housekeeper

I’ve just read, I’d Trade My Husband for a Housekeeper by Trisha Ashworth. I really liked her perspective on the relationship of man and wife after the introduction of kids. I think she’s written about something that’s been unsaid for so long. In a marriage a relationship changes. I met my husband in high school, but I’m a much different woman now then I was then, at least I hope so.I think as we change our marriages change too, with jobs, goals, pets and kids. Of course your relationship changes with kids, YOU change with kids. You are a different person as a mother than you were when you were a wife. I know that my mindset changed, my goals were tweaked.

What I didn’t expect was the strain my marriage would have. Yes, we love each other, but damn we’re tired. We have to compromise on a lot more than dinner now. Who does what around the house, who gets up for the 12 or 3 am feeding, sex tonight or next month? For example, who’s the “bad cop” and who’s the “good cop”? I know we didn’t discuss this and if we did it wasn’t a serious conversation.

This book helps you think of questions you may not have thought of asking each other. There are bullet pointed sections, short antecdotes, quizzes that have you answering honestly and steps to help you communicate or keeps you in check. I loved that it was written for someone who was short on time and has a sleep-deprived “mommy brain”. It was easy to flip through and easy to read and had me uh-huh-ing and shaking my head yes enough to capture my husband’s attention.

The book definately helps you reevaluate your goals as a person, mother and wife.

It’s a great conversation starter with your husband. It’s even better if you can have a conversation with your husband without the kiddos flinging cheerios. It might be the best if your husband can sit down and answer questions without a sarcastic comment like, “Are we going to talk about our feelings now?”

I’m going to try and use this book to help my husband and I to reconnect. It was nice to read a perspective similar to my own, I knew I wasn’t the only one out there in a whirlwind of mommyhood/marriage confusion.

Hope it helps you too.

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