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1 Simple Way to Entertain Your Newborn Baby

Black and  White  Images

Many newborn babies are, apparently, infatuated with the color-contrast of black and white images – the two very opposite colors stimulate
the newborn-baby mind in a way that they’ve never, yet, experienced.  Try to imagine the first time that you ever had the chance to experience and appreciate the differences between the colors of black and white – such a simple concept, yet, it is easy to understand how this would be fascinating for a little baby.

At about 4-weeks-old, my newborn was mesmerized with the black and white pictures that I had downloaded to my iPad after an article on suggested to me the idea of introducing B&W images to my newborn.  So, I typed in these keywords into Google: “black and white contrast images” and then, I downloaded a few of the PDF files that I found to my iPad.  Even though my 3-week-old daughter had a very short attention span (less than 2-minutes), it was still awesome to see her “WOW!-ed” little face – especially because this was probably the first time that I had ever seen her with any sort of expression of interest/fascination on her face in anything at all.

If you don’t have an iPad or tablet, then you can buy a book of great black and white contrast images to fascinate your baby. sells the book, “White on Black” for around $6.00.

Link to Book:  White on Black

Enjoy the simplicity of the newborn phase.
Newborn Tessa Loves Black and White Images
Ooooo.  Ahhhh!

Daily Mom Humor – Toddlers Always Win

Baby Monthly Milestone and Age Board Photos – Great Baby Gift Idea –

Watch Your Baby Grow Each Month 
with Baby Milestone Trackers
Tessa is 2-Months Old Today

We wanted to see how much our baby would grow from month to month, so we bought these adorable, “Baby is _Months Old Today,” signs from an artist off of when my daughter was born.  You can also get Baby Monthly Stickers from if you don’t like the board idea.  These monthly age baby boards  are preciously priceless, especially when you reflect back at the quick changes your little one made over that first year.

Iron-On Monthly Stickers 
Link:  Monthly Baby Bodysuit Stickers

Great Baby Gift

These signs also make an excellent baby shower gift (especially if the parents know the gender and have already decided on the baby’s name)!  There are a few different artists who make these signs on  Honestly, if you spent an afternoon at Hobby Lobby, you could easily make your own.  

We didn’t get the sign as a gift – we bought it ourselves off of Etsy (for about $25) after my sister suggested a similar concept to us – one where the baby wears a onesie that states their age in months, but you have to iron on the monthly image (or else gamble that the onesie that an artist provides will fit your baby).   I didn’t want to deal with that, and I certainly didn’t feel like (or have the mental energy) for ironing on anything on a monthly basis (I would prefer to use that time for a bubble bath and a glass of wine).  We were very happy when we stumbled upon these signs on Etsy because they are simple and easy to use – as the the monthly number is a just a velcro piece that is easily removed.

Tessa is 5-Months Old Today

Sentimental Value:  

I highly recommend doing something like this for your newborn.  I had no idea how much my little girl had changed over the past year until I compared her monthly photos. Pulls my heartstrings.  It’s a great addition to the baby book.

Tessa is 9-Months Old Today

Tip: My friend does this exact same thing for her son, except she makes sure that he sits in the same chair (their glider in his bedroom) for each photo.  I think that’s a cute idea because you can see how his size changes relative to a fixed object each month!  I attempted to do this and made my designated place her crib while she lay in her newborn lounger, but she got a lot more wiggly as the months went on, and this became less and less practical.


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Best TV Shows to Watch While Your Child Naps (2013)

Here is a list of great shows to watch while your child is napping (this list will be continuously updated). Because you are probably doing the way more important things while your child is napping (dishes, laundry, hanging that picture you’ve been wanting to hang for the last 10-months, etc.), then this list could very-well be meaningless – if it is, then good for you for being so responsible.  If you need to just sit down and relax in front of the device that was once your best friend (before you had children), then here is a list of my current favorite shows that may tickle your interest:

1.  Modern Family

  • Though I am not so sure the most recent seasons of this show are quite as funny as the original, Modern Family still, undoubtedly, remains in my top 5 TV Shows.

2.  Homeland

3.  Parenthood

  • This show will make you laugh out loud over and over, and also make you ugly-cry.  I think this show does such a great job at touching all of the parts of parenthood.

4.  Friends

  • If you don’t like the show FRIENDS, then you and I cannot be friends.  

5.  How I Met Your Mother

  • As of 2013, this show offers a great mix of parenthood, the single life, and the dating life.  This show gets better and better.

6.  Cougar Town

  • Love this show.

7.  Six Feet Under

  • This is another twisted Premium TV show (by HBO).  I watched this in my early 20’s, and grew to LOVE the characters.  This show strangely made me feel more comfortable with the idea of death.

8.  Dexter

  • If you have an open mind, then watch this show FROM THE FIRST EPISODE.  May I repeat: YOU MUST WATCH THIS SHOW FROM THE FIRST EPISODE!

9.  Supernanny

  • Nothing will make you remember your birth control pills like a Supernanny marathon.  

10.  Arrested Development

  • This show is great.

11.  New Girl

  • I love this show, but I’ve had mixed reviews from my friends.  If you’re an 1970’s to early 80’s baby, then you may not like this show.

12.  The View

  • Yeah, so what?  I watch “The View.”  It’s my guilty pleasure.  I was watching the show in Live-time back when Rosie O’Donnell and Elizabeth Hasselback got into that huge fight, and that may, or may not have, been the highlight of my day.  

    13. The Office
    • Do I really need to explain why this show is funny?

    14.  The Big Bang Theory
    • You may have to be a nerd or know a nerd to love this show (I meet both of these criteria).  I love this show.

    15.  The Mentalist
    • Patrick Jane (the main character) is a hottie, and this show is great for a weekly murder mystery.  It’s similar to CSI and Law and Order, but this show has a on-going theme (Red John) for the main character (who, again, is a hottie).

    16.  The Bachelor

    • I am ashamed, ashamed, to admit that I watch this show.  I blame my sister for getting me hooked.  This is my greatest guilty pleasure.

    What is your favorite TV Show right now?

    How the Newborn Podster Can Help Orphans in Vietnam


    HIV Orphanage Clinic – Hanoi, Vietnam
    How the Podster Can Help the Orphans

    I recently returned home to the United States from Vietnam, where we visited an HIV Orphanage Clinic and witnessed the heart-wrenching conditions that the children and the orphans there live on daily basis.  I returned home with a profound sense of gratitude, and guilt, for the life that I am fortunate, and lucky enough, to live.  

    Giving Coloring Books to
    HIV Orphanage – Vietnam

    My trip to Vietnam was a requirement of my Master’s program at the University of Wisconsin, where I am obtaining my Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and will graduate in February of 2013; our class visited Vietnam as part of our residency trip that is required in order to graduate.  The orphanage that we visited was an HIV Orphanage Clinic located in Hanoi, Vietnam.  I’ve thought about the children and the babies that I met every day since I left Asia.

    Life Isn’t Fair.

    I witnessed, first-hand, the operations of an HIV Orphanage Clinic in a third-world country, and it ripped my heart out.  Life isn’t fair.  I can’t go into the details about the conditions of the clinic, but what I can say is that I was blubbery sobbing mess underneath my sunglasses during the entire bus-ride back to the hotel after we left the HIV Orphanage Clinic. There is so much that I want to do to help these children (and the kind, patient caregivers at the clinic).

    Letter to Leachco – Asking for Help

    I have written a letter to the CEO and Vice President of Leachco, the manufacturer of my absolute #1 favorite baby product – the product is called the “Newborn Podster” (see my post about my Newborn Podster at How Do People Have Babies Without These Podster Things? for more details about the awesomeness of this product).  

    My letter asks for Leachco’s help and asks if they would be willing to donate their product to the orphanage in Vietnam. The letter is attached to this post.  Please keep your fingers crossed for a donation! 

    The Orphans Looking at themselves on 
    my iPhone camera…they loved it


    Below is a copy of the letter than I have sent to Leachco. on behalf of the orphans with HIV that we met in Vietnam.



    Clyde E. Leach – CEO and Founder of Leachco, Inc.
    Jamie S. Leach – Executive Vice President, Co-founder of Leachco, Inc.
    Leachco. Inc., Corporate Headquarters

    Dear Mr. and Mrs. Jamie and Clyde Leach,

    I first want to begin by telling you how much I love your company’s Newborn Podster Infant Seat Lounger. I purchased this item when my daughter was 3-weeks-old, and I wish I would have had it from the day she was born because it made my life, and taking care of my daughter, substantially easier.  I cannot begin to tell you how much back pain, and time, this product has saved me.  I carried your Podster with me nearly everywhere my daughter and I visited; I packed it in my suitcase when we visited the grandparents in Idaho.  Your Podster is, by far, the most practical, convenient baby gear item that I have yet to purchase. I don’t know what I what have done without it as a new mom! 
    HIV Orphanage Clinic – Hanoi, Vietnam

    I have purchased a total of eight different Podsters from you through since December of 2011.  Your Podster has become my “Go-To” baby gift – it is the first gift that I buy for all of my pregnant friends.  My friends inevitably end up feeling the same passion about your Podster as I do, and have told me that the Podster has now become their new “Go-To” baby gift item too! 

    I am a huge advocate of your product and even steer people away from the competing pillow that Boppy offers because I know that it doesn’t offer the same quality as your Podster.  Again, I love your pillow! 
    I saw how your Podster could significantly help these HIV orphans and their caregivers.

    In September 2012, I traveled to Vietnam for my International Residency visit for my MBA program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  Our class visited many organizations in Vietnam, and among those was an HIV Orphanage Clinic located in the city of Hanoi.  Although the clinic functions by receiving funding from the Vietnamese government, the funding does not appear to be enough, and this funding does not permit the clinic to extend at all beyond a narrow definition of “necessities” for the children.  There were no toys in sight and diapers were a precious commodity.
    HIV Orphanage Clinic – Hanoi, Vietnam

    Our class of thirty people brought along toys for the older children.  It was a heart-wrenching feeling to see that these children didn’t have any toys.  Our class also donated two beds to be used by children (ages 3-10).  Our class also provided the supplies and labor to paint and repair the outside playground of the clinic.  Although I am proud of our work, I know it wasn’t enough, especially for the infants, who I have thought about every day since.

    There are approximately fifteen infants, ages 0-12 months, at the clinic.  The only seating options that these infants have are the dirty floor, and metal beds that have a thin layer of bamboo as the mattress.   The caregivers lack any seating to place the infants that provides comfortable support.   

    All I could think about was how much this clinic would benefit from a LeachCo. Podster.

    Infant Bedding – HIV Orphanage Clinic, Hanoi, Vietnam
    With the help of my family, I plan to purchase 3 of your newborn Podsters 
    to send to the orphanage.

    Would your organization be willing to donate any number of Podsters to this clinic?  Are there any other amazing products (such as your portable bath tubs) that your organization would be willing to donate?  Please?  I’ve included the mailing address and contact information for the clinic at the bottom of this letter.  I will be happy to pay for any international shipping for any items that you are willing to donate. 

    I will love your product either way. I know that the Podster could change the daily lives of the infants by providing them a comfortable, cozy seating space; and if my experience and my friends’ experience is any indicator, your product will help these caregivers tremendously.  The Podster is significantly better than any swing, bouncer or cradle I have tried or researched.  The time and comfort your Podster will provide to this clinic will be invaluable.

    Thank you, in advance, for your time and consideration.  I will make myself available anytime, immediately upon your request.*

    Mommy Mia
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    Easy Toddler Meal Recipe: Pasta Salad

    Suddenly Toddler Pasta Salad


    • Suddenly Pasta Salad – Classic 
    • Shredded Carrots
    • Cooked Peas (lots of them) – you can use the frozen kind
    • Optional: Add Ground Turkey or Chicken, 1/2 lbs. (for protein)

    • Mix all of the ingredients together! 
    • Refrigerate and serve cold.

    The Best Part: Your toddler can pick everything up in by herself! You’ll have dinner for at least the next few nights. If you’re not comfortable with the size of the noodles, cut them in half. You can also do homemade pasta salad, or any other pasta salad brand you are accustomed to; I personally like the Suddenly Pasta Salad brand because these are the smallest rotini noodle I’ve found. 


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