Red Nose Day



If you have been watching NBC, shopping in Walgreen's or eating M&M's, you most likely have heard about Red Nose Day.  According to their website-  It is a campaign dedicated to raising money for children and young people living in poverty by simply having fun and making people laugh. Helping children by raising money and having fun? Sounds like a good idea to me!

50% of the grant money will be used to help children and young people in the United States.       
The other 50% of the grant money will be spent in some of the poorest communities in the world in Asia, Africa & Latin America.   The money will be used to help keep kids safe, educated and keep them healthy.

 
There are many ways you can help raise money in your community. If you are interested please click HERE to see their fundraising ideas.  Don't forget to buy your red nose at Walgreen's too!

Right now you can watch Nick Cannon complete a 24 hour dance-a-thon to help raise money for Red Nose Day. 

Also, Matt Lauer completed his Tour de Red Nose by cycling 226 grueling miles across four states in five days. All to help raise money to help children.



Don't miss the show! Tonight will be a three-hour celebrity filled entertainment show all to raise money for kids in poverty. It will feature superstar actors, comedians and musicians, original sketch comedy, hilarious parodies and amazing musical performances.  Sounds like a fun show for the whole family and call in to donate too!

If you want to donate to help these children please go to: www.rednoseday.org
 

Toy Car Storage

Do you have little cars all over your house? How many cars have you stepped on? :)  Here are some really smart ways to keep those toy cars in one place.

1. Magnetic Knife Holder - An inexpensive magnetic knife holder (like from IKEA) is the perfect way to store your kid's cars.




 
2. Toilet Paper Roll Garage - this is too cute and probably fun to make with your little one! Start saving those toilet paper rolls!
 
 
 
 

3. Buckets hanging on a pole- A simple bucket might be easier for the kids to put those cars away.




 
4. Short shelves - Lining them on shelves is a good way to get them off of the floor.
 
 
 
 
 
5. Caddy - Besides being portable, this caddy limits the amount of cars that are out at one time. (They have a tutorial on their website if you want to make one like this!)
 
 
 
 

6. Kitchen Canisters - Clear kitchen canisters are the perfect storage solution for crayons, figurines and, yes, mini cars.





7. Lay-N-Go - Nothing can be easier than this! The kids can play and then put those cars away quick!



 

5. Vintage Crate - A vintage crate (which they added casters to in this picture) is the perfect setting for old-fashioned-looking cars. It's also a great option for other well-loved toys like Legos and blocks. The best part? It's too heavy to dump!

Let us know if you store those little toy cars in something else! Send pictures too!

Your Pregnant Belly Is Too Big When...


One of the birth clubs at babycenter.com came up with a hilarious, but true list of when you know your pregnant  belly became huge. Here is what they had to say....   Enjoy!

  1. every door you open (car, bedroom, kitchen cupboards) all hit you in the stomach.
  2. your 4 year-old stands right in front of you and you can’t see her under your bump.
  3. you go to Olive Garden and can’t fit in the booth.
  4. you have to sit down to put on pants.
  5. rolling over in bed takes multiple maneuvers.
  6. your 3 year-old bounces off your stomach like a bouncy ball when you turn quickly, not realizing he’s there.
  7. you attempt to walk through a space and realize your belly is stuck.
  8. you can’t put your shoes on without help or a chair to elevate your feet.
  9. you can balance a plate or your tablet comfortably on your stomach as you sit.
  10. it’s hard to wipe after you pee.
  11. taking a shower becomes a workout.
  12. you cry because you dropped something on the ground.
  13. you can’t close your legs comfortably as you sit because your belly is in the way.
  14. every shirt you own starts looking like Miley Cyrus’ wardrobe.
  15. you feel like a turtle stuck on your shell trying to get off the couch or out of bed.
  16. you’ve perfected the art of doing most things sideways…cooking, dishes, laundry, because there’s no other way to reach.
  17. you walk in a room everyone’s eyes bulge out of their heads because they are afraid you are going to go into labor any moment, even though you have over a month left.
  18. you can’t  turn around in a bathroom stall.
  19. you park your car and the side mirrors are too close and you can’t get out.
  20. you have to shave by memory.
  21. you try to hug and kiss your husband and your bellies touch first.
  22. your 3 year-old gets mad every time he tries to sit in your lap because he keeps falling off due to your belly taking up all the space.
  23. you can’t reach the clothes in the bottom of the washer.

Most popular names of 2014

Every year the Social Security Administration releases its list of the most popular baby names  and here are the names of 2014.  This past year the most popular girls name was Emma and Noah for boys.  Here is a list of the rest of the popular names of 2014.   I wonder if Charlotte will bump up to
#1 next year?


Girls

1. Emma
2. Olivia
3. Sophia
4. Isabella
5. Ava
6. Mia
7. Emily
8. Abigail
9. Madison
10. Charlotte


Boys

1. Noah
2. Liam
3. Mason
4. Jacob
5. William
6. Ethan
7. Michael
8. Alexander
9. James
10. Daniel

What NOT To Buy Mom For Mother's Day

Mother's Day is in 6 days, so moms still have time to ask or hint for the perfect gift. Here is an oh-so-true list of what NOT to buy mom for Mother's Day.  Be sure to pass this list on to your family to make sure mom is treated right! 


Diet Books or Exercise Equipment
Should not even be a thought.
 
 
 
 
Bubble Bath Gift Basket
I think a massage gift card would be A LOT better.
 
 
 

World's Best Mom Jewelry or Clothing
and definitely not if it has bling.



Cleaning Supplies
NO!
 
 
 
 
Kitchen Appliances
I am sure she would love to use her gift to make everyone else meals with
 
 
 
 
Anything Dad Really Wants
I'm sure a few moms have received these gifts.
 
 
 
 
A Snuggie
NO!
 
 
 
 
 
A New Puppy or Kitten
Mom doesn't need to continuously clean up after her own gift!
 
 
 
 
Miracle Cream
NO NO NO NO!
 
 
 
 
Clothing That Is The Wrong Size
If you don't know her size, don't even try to buy it
 
 
 
 
And Anything Like This
I can't even imagine.
 

Do you have any other gift ideas that should be on this list and NOT given to Mom?  Share!

Getting Rid of the Pacifier - Advice Time!

Time to give your advice (and to take if you need it!) for this hot topic....Getting rid of the pacifier.


Please share any tips, tricks and what has worked for you when you had to take the pacifier away from your Swanky Baby.   I'll be adding your advice to this post, thanks!

Here is some advice from our readers, but we always love more! Thank you for sharing!

*New York State of Mom said...
We just took it away one day and that was that, it might have helped that it was around the same time we introduced the 1st stages sippy cups. With my neice she was addicted to her paci but loved to feel like she made her own choices so my brother gave her the "You're a big girl now" speach and let her decide to throw it away together. It worked (she was about 18mo) my son was around 6mo.

*Sandy @ The Mommy's Place said...
My 3 boys never really liked the pacifier. I always tried to give it to them and they spit it out.
If I had to give a suggestion just give them something like a sippy cup to replace the pacifier during the day.

*Klove said...
I've heard if you make a it more of a "we're giving this to a baby to use since you're a big boy/girl now" type of thing it works.

*Lil' Man's Mom said...
When my son named his binky I thought we were in for a rough time....
He had it for way too long, almost 2 years, but when I was done, I was done. When "E" went the way of the Monday morning trash truck one day there were no issues. Lil' man was old enough that he knew how to calm himself. We just told him that "E" was gone and wouldn't be coming back and avoided the baby aisle in stores for a long time!
I think If your child is old enough to know you are serious and it's NOT coming back they can cope....if they know you are wishy washy and feel guilty your child will react accordingly.

Kim ~ One Nutty Mama -
My sister had a tough time getting rid of pacifiers. So one day she got a bunch of balloons and tied the pacifiers to them. She told her them 3 year old that they were going to send them to the Paci Fairy so she can give them to other babies. She let the 3 yr old hold them balloons and let them go. When it came time for her 2 yr old son to get rid of them we put them in a box and "sent" them to a new baby. I never had a problem with the pacifier. My kid's either never took one at all, or played with it like a toy, only my oldest two actually used them. One day around 1 yr they both just tossed it out. My oldest threw it out the window on the interstate.. waving bye bye at it for miles and the other threw them into the trash, saying no baby. Her sister had been giggling at her for using a paci and I guess she had enough of it.

Michelle said...
We get rid of the pacifier at 18 months. I choose the day and that in the morning I let my little one watch me cut the nipple off. All day I let them play with the handle part-boy are they confused at first! And then they think it's funny. The first bed time isn't easy, but they know the binkies gone because they've played with it that way all day.

Grandma and Grandpa Name Alternatives

When I was in the hospital after delivering our baby, my parents and in-laws were sitting in the waiting room deciding what they each wanted to be called by their grandchild.  They each picked their name and they all ended up picking a different one. My Swanky Baby now calls our parents Grandma, Grandpa, Pops and Mimi! Do your parents each have different titles?

On the Ellen show, NeNe Leakes from The Real Housewives of Atlanta had talked about her grandchild being born last year.  She also told her that isn't a Grandma, but a Glamma. Many grandparents choose names that work best for them instead of the usual Grandma and Grandpa title.

Here are some alternative names to Grandma and Grandpa from babycenter.com, in case your family is looking for something different to be called.

Me with my grandparents.
Popular grandmother names
Grandma
Nana
Grammy
Granny
Mimi
Gram
Nanny
Oma
Mamaw
Gran

Popular grandfather names
Grandpa
Papa
Granddad
Gramps
Pop-Pop
Poppy
Papaw
Pop
Opa
Pappy


Creative, unique grandmother nicknames
Abi
Ama
Babs
Bella
Big Mama
Bubbe / Bubbie / Bubby
Coco
Cookie
Deedee / Didi
Fifi
Gaga
Gamma
Gangie
Glamour
Gramby
Gramma-Bamma
Honey
Hugs
Lala
Lulu
Mamie
Mamita
Mammy
Mia
Momo
Omi
Nanner
Panda
Punky
Safta
Tita
Uma
Vava
Yumma
Zippy

Creative, unique grandfather nicknames
Abi
Ampa
Baba
Bebop
Big Daddy / Big Papi
Big Dawg
Bubba
Bumpy
Chief
Coach
Dido
Doc
Fafa
Gampy
G-diddy
Graddy
Grandy
Heart
Honey
Jaja
Jimbo
Koko
Lolo
Nanu
Opapa
Pampoo
Pepe
Popper
Pow
Stud Pa
Tito
Uberdaddy
Umpa
Yubba
Zayde


Obol

When your kiddo is complaining that the cereal is too soggy and they won't eat it anymore, there is now a way to solve that.  The Obol is a cereal bowl that divides the cereal from the milk with a spiral slide in the middle. 

The bowl is easy to hold or you can set it down to finish what you were doing without anything getting soggy!  It has textured non-slip grip and rim making it easy to eat anywhere. The Obol is designed and manufactured in the United States and is made from food safe BPA free unbreakable polypropylene.

 
 
 
 
Perfect for dipping cookies or chips and salsa!
 
The bowl is $18.95 is if you buy the 3 pack they will give you free shipping.  Click HERE to read more.

The Shoe That Grows

The Shoe That Grows is an amazing shoe that grows and adjusts to five sizes and will last five years. Why is a shoe that keeps getting bigger so important?  After reading about the shoe on  theshoethatgrows.org, I wanted to let you know.  The information I am sharing is from their website.



The Shoe That Grows started when Founder and Executive Director Kenton Lee was living and working in Nairobi, Kenya and while walking to church, he noticed a little girl who had shoes that were way to small for her feet.  He created a shoe that can expand to their feet size for five years and the next size up will last another five years. It is a patented design of an innovative shoe that adjusts and expands and was developed in part by a shoe development company in the Northwest called Proof of Concept.



The shoe comes in two sizes: Small and Large.  Each size grows 5 sizes and lasts at least 5 years.
Small = Grows 5 sizes – From Kindergarten to 4th Grade
Large = Grows 5 sizes – From 5th Grade to 9th Grade. 
The Shoe is made with simple materials – leather, compressed rubber, and snaps.  No mechanical parts of gears to break.  They are easy to clean and easy to use.


Over 2 billion people, especially children whose feet grow out of shoes quickly, in the world suffer from soil-transmitted parasites and diseases and live in areas that do not have adequate sanitation. Many of these diseases and parasites get into the body because people don’t have shoes and having shoes that continuously fit their feet and protect them from disease is a win/win!


You can help these children by sending these shoes.  They have a "Fill A Duffle Bag" program that will send over 50 shoes in one bag.  Please click HERE to read more.


Baby's Beach Day!

Summer will be here before we know it and it's time to start planning all the gear you'll need for that little swanky baby of yours.  Babycenter.com put together a list of the items you might want to have and I found these fun and baby safe items on Amazon for you to check out. 

The UPF 50+ cabana pops up and folds down in seconds, protecting baby's skin from 98% of UV rays. It keeps little ones cool, with airflow panels and a ventilated roof. It also has roll-down privacy shades, storage pockets, and ground stakes.



Babiators - $31.05
Babiators sunglasses give kids the sun protection they need with 100% UVA and UVB protection lenses. Their aviator frames are made of 100% rubber, so they’re flexible, you can twist or flatten or bend them, and they’ll still return to their original shape! Their lenses are also impact and shatter-resistant.



Puddle Jumpers - $17.85
This life jacket is made from woven polyester and is designed for children between 30-50 pounds. It is Coast Guard approved and perfect for young child learning to swim





This blanket is easy to fold and compact.  You can unfold the cooler bag, which holds food and drink, and convert it to a compact messenger/cooler bag.  You can carry the blanket or convert it to a backpack.  It is machine washable, durable and has a water-resistant canvas backing.



 
 
These sunsuits have UPF50+ sun protection which blocks 98% of all harmful UVA and UVB rays.  .  They are lightweight, breathable, and comfortable.   They also have flat lock stitching to prevent rubbing against skin, which kids really love.  It also has an easy open front zipper with protection flap.



This PABA free sunblock is non-chemical and fragrance-free sunblock stick. It employs a highly micronized, non-whitening titanium dioxide that scatters and reflects dangerous UV rays, offering UVA-UVB broad-spectrum protection. It glides on smoothly for easy application.




This kids' swim vest, which fits ages 2-4, slips easily over swimsuits, and the buckled anchor strap keeps it in place. Allows kids to paddle freely, yet still feel secure. Provides a full 360 degrees of floatation, building water confidence as kids learn to swim. Swim tube inflates by mouth in 2 minutes and the safety strap adjusts for comfort.




Pop-up pool: $69.98
This sturdy vinyl pop-up play place can be used as a pool, ball pit, sandbox, and more. Its protective sunshade will pop up to protect kids from the sun's rays, so it's perfect for play all day. Take it with you and play anyplace-just pop it in the car in its convenient carrying case.



10 Things NOT To Say To A New Mom

While reading The Stir at Cafemom.com I came across this fun list of things NOT say to a new mom.  I not only laughed at all of these, but I related to many of them. I bet you will too, so I had to share this list (and their comments) with you all! Enjoy!

1. OMG! He/she looks just like your husband! We know. Zip it.

2. I lost all my baby weight in the hospital. There is simply no civil response to a statement like this.

3. Breast is best, you know. Yes, we're aware of that. Mind your own damn business.

4. You look exhausted. No shit.

5. Awwww, did you really want a boy/girl (whichever one you didn't end up with)? Yes! And fortunately babies come with an exchange policy, so we're expecting to trade her in any day!

6. You sure have your hands full! Why, yes, yes we do. Want to lend one of yours?

7. She needs a hat. So do you. On your mouth.

8. He's/She's so small/big/long/short/thin/fat. In what world are these observations welcome?!

9. My baby was sleeping all night every night from birth. Well, then how about you come and sleep-train mine?

10. When are you having the next one?

Do any of these sound familiar? Do you have any other Not To Say Questions to add to this list?  Please share!

Prettiest Girl Names Decided By Moms

PopSugar Moms asked moms to share what they thought were the prettiest girls names and here are the results...

Pretty Girl Names Inspired by Nature
Violet, Lily, Willow, Jasmine, FloraOliviaIvy, Holly, HyacinthDaisy, Saffron, Rosemary, Amber, Ruby, PearlIvory, and Jade, Brooke, RayneAurora, Dawn, Savannah, Luna, Summer, Autumn, WinterJanuary, April, Mae, and June.


Glamorous Pretty Girl Names
Scarlett, Audrey, Bridgette, PenelopeAva, Marilyn, Victoria, Vivian, or Valentina.


Pretty Girl Names Starting With "A" 
Arianna, Abigail, Angelina, Amelia, Avery, Ava, Aubrey, Aria, Ashlynn, and Athena.


Pretty French Girl Names
Genevieve, Amélie, Mathilde, Aurelie, Giselle, Sophie, Josephine, Juliette, Odette, and Colette.


Ending With "La"
Layla, Willa, Isla, Lila, Arabella, Jayla, and Delilah.
 

Ending with "Ee" Sounds
Hailey, MacKenzie, Leilani, Bree, and Zoe.


Pretty Place Names For Girls
Dakota, Brooklynn, Sydney, Ireland, Paris, LondonCharlotte, Florence, Alexandria, Aspen, Eden, Carmel, Sicily, Vienna, Sahara.


Pretty Irish Girl Names
QuinnFiona, Teagan, and Kiera.


Pretty Middle Names For Girls
RoseGrace, Marie, PaigeElizabeth, EmmaLynn, and Rae. 

Baby Old Wives Tales

Have you ever been given advice and thought, that has to be an old wives tale.  No one actually does or believes that!  Here are some old wives tales from Babble.com about raising babies that will definitely make you laugh.  I did!


Turn Your Outie Belly Button Into an Innie
If your baby has an "outie" push the stub in with an egg and tape a quarter or silver dollar to the belly button and bury the egg. In a week, take the money off and the baby will have an innie.

Bathe Your Baby in Guiness
Bathe your baby in Guiness Stout to help nourish his skin.
 
Don't Let Your Baby Look in the Mirror
Never let a baby under 1 year old see his reflection--it will take his soul.
 
Whipping Egg Whites For Better Bones
If you whip egg whites to a foam and rub it on your babies ankles and knees it will make their bones stronger and they will walk sooner.
 
Your Baby's Future
To learn about your baby's future, place books, few coins and a bottle in front of him. If he reaches for the books - he'll be a scholar. If he reaches for the coins - he'll be wealthy. If he reaches for the bottle - he'll be a drunk.
 
Burn That Diaper
Burn the first dirty diaper, and the child will have no stomach cramps.
 
Put Baby in the Rain
A fretful child can be calmed by holding her out in the rain for a few minutes.
 
Manure in the Baby's Shoes
To make a child grow tall, put manure inside the baby's shoes.
 
Blow Smoke in a Baby's Ear
Blow smoke in a baby's ear to put him to sleep.
 
 
Do you have any old wives tales? Please share with us!

Independence Day Clothing



A company called Independence Day have created a clothing line for those who live with autism.  Many living with autism might have challenges getting dressed due to buttons, zippers, and tags and Independence Day wants to help with that. 

Their clothing is made of lycra, spandex and other stretchable material so they are sensory-soft and yet sturdy.  They have removed laces, buttons, zippers, tags and any bulky seams. Their collars are a bit wider and the waistbands are a little looser, so putting their clothes on isn't a problem. To make their clothing even better, everything can be worn inside and out and frontward or backward.



Their clothing has sewn in compartments so parents can add a personal tracking device.  Independence Day is also committed to being safe and staying safe, and because some children with autism may wander off, they will also give away personal tracking devices for free.

Their clothing is made in the USA, they pre-washed fabric so it will not shrink.  It is all machine washable and their fabrics  are made with organic and natural fibers.


Please visit their website to read more about them and shop!  They're also having a sale in April for Autism Awareness month.


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