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Dear Supernanny: The Letter That I Wrote to Supernanny After Drinking Boxed Wine…

The Letter That I Wrote to Supernanny 
After Drinking Boxed Wine…and that I proof-read later and then realized that I still meant every single word:

(ABSTRACT:  Jo Frost, “The Supernanny,” and Caesar Milan – “The Dog Whisperer” should team up, for at least three television episodes, to combine their wisdom and to help parents of both “humans” and “dogs” learn how to better manage these coinciding-environments).  

Dear Supernanny,

I do not need your help, yet.  I believe that I am following your advice quite well; y
our “Supernanny” show currently owns roughly 60% of the space on our family DVR, as I have weekly “Supernanny Marathons.”  Please note that our child is 18-months-old, and that this is the only child that Mr. Mia and I currently have.

That said, there shall come a day where I will choose to have another child; and possibly even another child after that.  And if Mr. Mia catches me at a “groggy” night, and if my OB/GYN ignores my request for him to, “PLEASE, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, STOP ME AFTER THREE CHILDREN!” (aka, tie my tubes), then there is a very, very strong chance that I will be writing to you, dear Supernanny, begging and pleading for your help. Please do not ignore me when and if this day comes.  I beg of you to please consider the application that my future, desperate-self may send to you.  

I thought it would be prudent to forewarn you in regards to my flaws – both as a mother and as a “lady”:


Comments That the Supernanny Would Say To Me Immediately Upon Observing My Daily Life:  

Instance 1:
  • Supernanny:  As a mother, do you ever do your laundry?
  • My Response:  I will shamefully respond with “no.” (See my post These Are My Pack n Play Confessions for further information).
Instance 2:

  • Supernanny:  Have you no control over your dogs?
  • My Response: No. Not really. (crap!)

Instance 3:

  • Supernanny:  Don’t you think it would be easier on yourself if you woke earlier in the morning?
  • My Response:  Yes. Yes, I do.  But I hate the mornings.  (All eye contact with Supernanny will be avoided at this point, so as to avoid the shameful stare that she will give to me.)


Supernanny, your show, the “Supernanny,” serves many purposes for my family.   Let me walk you through some of those purposes:

  1. Because of your awesome lessons in child discipline, I am confident that I will rock the time-outs for my children, and in an unexpected (but totally normal/healthy) way, I am actually excited to master this skill.
  2. Your “Supernanny” television series serves as a back-up method of birth control for me.  Thank you, Supernanny, for providing me with an amazing back-up reminder to take my birth control pill in a timely fashion each month.
  3. On a more sentimental note:  Your show reminds me of how important it is for parents to keep their own sanity together before they can ever reasonably expect to have any sort of control over their households.
  4. Joe, you are a “baby whisperer.”   That said, I cannot help but wonder whether you ever watch the TV show, “The Dog Whisperer” with Caesar Milan?  We have two dogs and a toddler – for a total of three creatures that we must maintain daily. 
    • Once I have my next child, I will be sending you and Caesar Milan (“The Dog Whisper”) a formal (and likely desperate) invitation to my household for a dual-consulting trip.  (See my list below for reasons that this would be the most amazing thing that will/has ever happen(ed) to me).
    • Joe and Caesar:  If you accept my invitation, then I will make you the best pulled pork sandwich and the best spicy pesto chicken pasta (with goat cheese) that either of you have even had.  I also make amazing salads and amazing crostinis. (I have become extremely hungry even writing about my cooking.)
    • I strongly believe that my two dogs, coupled with my toddler and my future out-of-control children will make for a great television show.
  5. Supernanny, if I never get around to having more children, will you please seriously consider teaming up with the Dog Whisperer?  I probably won’t have another child for at least a few years, but I would love to see you do this!  Our dogs try to eat my toddler’s cheerios  and taking the dogs out in the morning can be quite the challenge with a toddler.  The Lord only knows what I will face with more children and more creatures!
  6. To both Joe (Supernanny) and Caesar (The Dog Whisperer): our invitation for pesto chicken pasta and/or pulled pork sandwiches is always open.  I love you guys!

More on the Supernanny potential partnership with “The Dog Whisperer”:
(Thank you, Boxed Wine.)
  • The best(est) part, perhaps, will be to see my two favorite television celebrities – The Supernanny and the Dog Whisperer – work together. The entire last decade of my life has been dedicated to learning the best methods for raising happy, healthy creatures in my home – both my dogs and, now, my child.  And the majority of this advice has come from both you, Supernanny, and from the “The Dog Whisperer” – Caesar Milan.  

To see the two of you together would be the virtually the same as the following situations:

  • Witnessing Michael Jordan and Steve Nash collaboratively play on an NBA team together.
    • It would make me very happy.
  • It would be like if my favorite beer – Blue Moon – teamed up with my favorite wine – Chardonnay.  
    • It would make me very happy.
  • It would be like if my chocolate milk paired up with my favorite energy drink – V8 Splash.
    • It would make me very happy.
  • It would be like if my favorite show of all time, “Friends,” suddenly decided to collaborate with my current greatest, favorite show of all time – “Homeland.”  Can you imagine the synergy?  
    • It would make me very happy.
  • It would be like if the healthcare sector collaborated with the information technology departments (I’m a supply chain manager for a healthcare system during the day…this would be fantastic if this occurred).
    • It would make me very happy.

Thank you.


Mommy Mia

Favorite Baby Gym Photo Time

A Must-Have Favorite Baby Toy: 

Here are photos of my little one playing with the Fisher-Price Discover ‘n Grow Kick and Play Piano Gym.  I love this toy (it’s in my top 25 must-have items for newborns).

‘Photo Bomb’ of Toddler Using the Fisher-Price Discover ‘n Grow Kick and Play Piano Gym:

Below you’ll find a “photo bomb” of my little one going to town on this baby gym.  She used it all the way up to about 10-months-old.  This baby gym is mentioned in my post 6 Best Baby Toys (0-12 Months), and also in Top 25 Must-Have Newborn Baby Items.  The best part about it is the piano, and the mirror for baby to play with.

Here is a photo bomb of my toddler playing with the
Fisher-Price Discover ‘n Grow Kick and Play Piano Gym throughout her first year:

Tessa Had a Hard Day
at the Baby Gym 3-Months-Old
Baby Gym at 2-Months Old 
Baby Gym at 9-Months Old
Baby Gym at 2-Months-Old
Tummy Time With Baby Gym
at 4-Months-Old
Playing the Piano Lady Gaga Style
at 6-Months-Old
Baby Gym Workout
at 3-months-old
2-Months-Old Baby Gym


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How to Save Money on Diapers and Other Household Items


Step 1)  Sign up for Amazon Mom (discount on diapers).

Step 2)  Utilize Amazon Subscribe and Save (additional discounts). 

  • I love Amazon Mom and Amazon Subscribe and Save because these two programs combine to make the perfect Just-In-Time supply chain inventory system for your household (supply chain management synergy at its finest).  
  • Amazon Mom members receive 15% off of diaper orders.  
  • Amazon’s Subscribe and Save products provide a 5% discount off of all eligible products (e.g., toothpastes, deodorants, Diaper Genie refills, etc.). 
  • For diapers, this adds up to 20% off per pack of diapers! This is huge, especially considering that the diapers are delivered to your very own front door! 
Price Discounts With Amazon Mom and Amazon Subscribe and Save

Example:  We buy “Pampers – Overnight Extra Protection Diapers Super Pack” for our toddler.  Here is the pricing summary for buying these diapers through Amazon and Wal-Mart (as of January 2013):
  • Amazon Regular Price (including delivery) =  $28.99.
  • Amazon Price With Amazon Mom Membership + Amazon Subscribe and Save (including delivery to your front door) = $23.19 (20% off Amazon Price)
  • Wal-Mart In-Store Price (Wal-Mart pricing used for price comparison purposes) = $24.94 
  • Savings = at least $1.75 Per Diaper Pack
After doing the math, you see that with Amazon Mom and Amazon Subscribe and Save, you save at least $1.75 per pack of diapers through, AND the diapers are delivered to your front doorstep.

Screenshot of My Amazon 
Account Diaper Order


Important Notes About Amazon Subscribe and Save:
  • With Amazon Subscribe and Save, you get to choose the delivery frequency of the products that you subscribe to (for example: do you need deodorant twice a month, or once a month?…you get to decide).  
  • We use Amazon Subscribe and Save for our Diaper Genie Refills (3-Pack) and it shows up at our front door every 2-months.  It’s amazing.   Our entire household uses it for deodorant  toothpaste, hair products, etc.  I have my favorite makeup face powder sent to me monthly.
  • Subscribe and Save items will also save you from the pain of actually remembering to buy these items when you’re at the store.  Running out of deodorant or diapers is never a good thing.  This helps prevent that.     


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10 Ideas to Help Detraumatize Your Toddler During Vaccinations and Shots

1.  Bring a wing-man.

  • Make your partner come with you, or ask a grandparent, or auntie/uncle.  Schedule the appointment during your significant other’s lunch-break if you have to.  Otherwise, you will likely be left holding down your little one by yourself – straight-jacket-style – during shots, which means that no one is there to distract your little baby. 

2.  Download apps on phone that your baby/toddler will be mesmerized with.  

  • My young toddler is obsessed with Elmo, so we have the “Elmo Calls” app on our phone.  This was VERY useful as a means of distraction during our most recent vaccination visit (she still cried…but this app made it so much better).

3.  Bring new or forgotten-about toys.  

  • Pull these bad boys out right as the nurse has the needle ready.  
  • Tip :  Hide the toys in your purse and make sure your little one doesn’t see them ahead of time.
  • Here is a list of toys that my young toddler loves 5 Great Toys for Young Toddlers.  The toy remote control and the stuffed Elmo are great for vaccine appointment distraction.

4.  Consider spreading your little one’s shots out over multiple appointments.  

  • This can be a good idea.  I wish I would have spread out my daughter’s vaccines for her 12-month shots – she had to get four vaccines, plus a finger prick.  That was way too much for her and the appointment was a nightmare (read about it here at What To Know Before Baby’s 12-Month Check-Up).  Spreading these shots out would have made it significantly less traumatic.
  • I highly recommend doing this if your child will be getting his or her finger pricked – that is the worst…the nurse squeezes the blood out…and it’s so sad….seconds seem like hours while this is occurring.

5.  Make sure your little one has a good nap before your appointment.  

  • Tired Baby = unhappy baby.
  • Tired Baby + Vaccinations = VERY UNHAPPY BABY

6.  Make sure your baby has a full tummy.  

  • Hungry Baby = unhappy baby
  • Hungry Baby + Vaccinations = VERY UNHAPPY BABY 

7.  Stop at Starbucks on the way (for you).  

  • This will help you be a mommy ninja.

8.  Call your pediatrician’s office ahead of time to find out details.  

  • Is it 3 shots, 4 shots? 
  • Is there a finger prick?  

9.  Reward brave behavior of your little one.  

  • Ice cream or shakes are a great way to reward your child for brave behavior following pediatrician appointment that involves vaccinations.

10.  If it’s flu season, get the flu shot at the same time as your little one.

  • If you have a toddler, then show them how fun it is to be “brave.”  
  • MORE IMPORTANTLY, get your shots before baby and then convince the nurse that she is “so good at giving shots!” (build up her confidence) and then, she’ll try extra hard when it’s time to put the needle to your baby).  I swear, this method is effective.

Share your tips for surviving vaccinations 
with your baby or toddler by commenting below!


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