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Helping Nurses Help Nepal After the Earthquake

An important message from Mommy Mia:

Lisa (RN) Providing Support to Nepal after the Earthquake

My cousin, Lisa, is amazing.  In the last 3-weeks, she quit her job and put her life on hold for a month in order to go to Nepal and help the victims from the devastating earthquake that struck the country back in April of 2015.

My cousin is a registered nurse (RN) and I vividly remember sitting at the breakfast table with her after my grandmother’s funeral, and we had both just learned about the devastating effects that the earth quack had made on he country of Nepal.

She immediately turned to me and said, “I need to go there and help.”

3-months later, my amazing cousin is doing exactly what she said she would do.

She found an executive leader through “Helping Hands” ( and she is now over in Nepal helping the hospitals (who are still overwhelmed with patients).

Are you interested in helping this Registered Nurse support Nepal?

What could I do to help Nepal? I wondered.  I am not a registered nurse.  I would have a difficult time traveling to Nepal and leaving my family behind.  My idea: help my cousin promote her

My cousin wants funds so that the hospital that she works for is able to purchase the medical supplies and equipment that they need in order to treat their patients.  She also will use this money for purchasing educational training for the local nursing staff of these hospitals. has created a Blog on behalf of my cousin (and on behalf of Nepal) in order to support her admirable efforts.

Medical Supplies that Were Provided by Lisa

Here is the link to my cousin’s Blog about her nursing volunteer work that she is doing in Nepal:

How the iPhone Brought Huge Smiles to Orphans With HIV

HIV Orphanage Clinic
Hanoi, Vietnam

I just recently posted about a favorite smartphone app of mine for Toddlers – “Elmo Calls.”  I thought that I should share a few fun pictures that I took when I visited an HIV Orphanage Clinic when I was in Hanoi, Vietnam last month. (My graduate class volunteered at the orphanage and rounded up donations as part of our residency for my MBA Program.)  Anyways, the little girls at the clinic LOVED the ‘Elmo Calls‘ app……their “Face Time” with Elmo brought huge smiles to their faces.  Elmo was a huge hit.  The little girls were jumping all over me for more.  

I took a few screen shots of them with the Elmo App.  If you look it the bottom  left-hand corner of the pictures (below), you can see the little girls’ reaction as they watch Elmo on my iPhone screen.  They’re so cute.

These little girls were so much fun.   I think all of the kids at the clinic there every day.  I’m rounding up more donations to send over to them at the end of the month.  Among other things, I plan to send over a few of the Leachco. Newborn Podsters (another favorite baby gear item of mine) to the Clinic for the the newborn unit.  I think they could use them. 

HIV Orphanage Clinic
Hanoi, Vietnam

Winner Announcement for February 2013 Blog Giveaway

Winner of the February 2013 GIVEAWAY:

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Guess what?

Another lucky winner gets a smaller, yet awesome, prize: the Fisher Price Soothe and Glow Seahorse.

Thank you for entering!
Stay tuned for upcoming GIVEAWAYS!

Winners will be contacted in the next 2 days to see where they want their prizes to be mailed to.

Top 11 iPhone Apps to Make Mommy Happy and Organized (2013)

Here is a list of 11 of my favorite iPhone apps that have made my life significantly easier as a mom so far in the year 2013.  From cooking, to organizing my finances to distracting my child while in the waiting room at the pediatrician’s office, these apps rock my world.  Share your favorite iPhone or smart phone apps by commenting below!

1.  Globe Convert

If you are like me and are particularly challenged at converting teaspoons to tablespoons, ounces to gallons, Celsius to Fahrenheit, feet to miles, days to years (etc.), then you will love this app.  I use it a lot for cooking when I need help converting a recipe’s ingredients from “cups” to “ounces” (especially if I’m doubling a recipe or cutting a recipe in half).  I found this app when I traveled to Asia last year and needed a quick way to convert US Currency to the Vietnamese currency. (Oh yeah, it does currency conversion too).

2.  Show Time

If you are obsessed with tracking which television shows that you have and have not seen (like Mr. Mia), then you will love this app.  Mr. Mia likes to know if there is a new “How I Met Your Mother” or a new “Homeland” for him to watch and this app tells him, which saves him from having to scroll through the DVR to figure that out (such a hard life).

3.  Award Wallet

If you have awards accounts, then you will probably love Award Wallet.  This app will track all of your rewards and points, automatically, and give you a dashboard of all of your accounts – all in one place.  It’s amazing.  I use it for my airline miles, Pampers and Huggies points, and for Best Buy’s rewards program.

4.  No Time to Cook, by Real Simple
I love to cook, and I love all the recipes that I see in my Real Simple magazines, so I absolutely love this cooking app that Real Simple put together.  It has great recipes, and a keyword search option.  You can organize sort by “meal type,” “prep time”, and ingredients.  Love this app.

5.  Slice – Package Tracker

If you do a lot of online shopping, then this thing rocks.  Not only does it track all of your online purchases automatically (no matter what store you order from), but it alerts you with push notifications when your package is “out for delivery” and when your package has been delivered.  The also keeps track of how much you spend, so it serves as a great reference when you’re trying to budget or cut your spending.  This app does all of the work for you.


The personal finances app is AMAZING.  I can track all of my accounts (bank accounts, mortgage, credit cards, retirement, etc.) on one app – it’s basically a dashboard of your own personal net worth.  It’s also amazing for payment reminders and budgeting.  

7.  Any List

If you and your husband both have iPhones, then the AnyList app is fantastic for shared “Honey Do” lists.  You just share your “Honey Do” list with your husband (type in his email address into the “share” option of the app), and then he can view the list from his phone.  You’ll get updated when he checks off an item.  Warning: he will also make a “Honey Do” list for you.

8.  I Hear Ewe
My daughter has loved this app since she was 12-months-old.  It’s a great way to play with your baby and teach her animal noises while laying on your couch.

9.  Elmo Calls

I love (love) the Elmo Calls app simply because my daughter gets so insanely happy every time Elmo “calls” her. It’s formatted to appear as if your toddler is “Face Timing” with Elmo.  It is hilarious.  When I traveled to Vietnam and visited an orphanage, the little kids loved to play with this app on my phone (see more about that on my post: How the iPhone Brought Huge Smiles to Orphans With HIV). 

10.  Your Bank’s Mobile App

If your bank offers a mobile app with a “Deposit” feature, then I highly recommend using it – that is if you despise running errands in the same way that I do.  I never go to the bank anymore because of my bank’s mobile app – it’s amazing.  I can literally deposit the checks that I receive into my bank account using my iPhone without every leaving my living room. This is a lazy person’s dream.

11.  Pinterest

What kind of list would this be if I didn’t include the Pinterest app?  This app won’t exactly make a more efficient person, but it’s really fun to waste time playing on Pinterest.

What are your favorite iPhone or SmartPhone apps?

Here is a list of the links for my favorite apps, plus a few more that I really enjoy:


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Favorites From Around the Web (July 2013)

Creepy Comments From Children

The Article, These Creepy Comments From Kids Will Give You the Chills, will do what it promises. It’s a compilation of quotes that different moms sent in of the various “creepy” things that their children have said.  

The Baby Owner’s Manual

The book, The Baby Owner’s Manual: Operating Instructions, Trouble-Shooting Tips, and Advice on First-Year Maintenance, is a funny and cute little idea as a gift for parents, or for parents themselves.  Mr. Mia received this as a gift, and it’s made a great coffee table book.

The Baby Owner’s Manual

Presentable Yoga Pants!

The Mothers En Vogue – “Weekender Pants” are the closest that I’ve come, so far, to obtaining my dream of finding yoga pants that are actually presentable and that I could wear to happy hour at a decent restaurant without judgement (see more on my love for yoga pants at My Love Letter to Yoga Pants).  

Moms vs. Dads – The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

How Mom’s Really Feel About Summer Break

Great Way to Make Your Kids Feel Special on Their Birthdays

This mom made a list of 20 Ways To Make Your Kids Feel Special on Their Birthdays.  It’s so cute.  I’m willing to bet that these kids never wonder if their mom loves them.  I love this.  

Hilarious Dog Photos

If funny pictures of dogs makes you happy, then you will enjoy this post of 17 funny pictures of dogs.  

Goat Cheese, Avocado and Crisp Prosciutto Crostini

Goat Cheese, Avocado 
and Crisp Prosciutto Crostini

Inspired by a recipe I found on Martha Stewart’s website – Crisped-Prosciutto and Avocado Crostini Recipe, I decided to give the recipe a whirl the other night.  This was my midnight snack – if you follow my blog, you will learn that I tend to cook a lot at midnight.  I made a few changes to the Martha Stewart ingredients, but followed the instructions that the Martha Stewart website recommended pretty much exactly.  This was SO good!  The crisped prosciutto adds a salty amazingness to the recipe.  Instead of manchego cheese, I recommend using goat cheese (goat cheese is found in the “fancy/gourmet cheese” section of the grocery store).  Goat cheese is my most favorite food item in the world.  


  • Sliced Prosciutto (find it by the fancy cheeses at the grocery store)
  • Olive oil
  • French Bread Baguette (aka: a loaf of french bread) – I made this recipe a few times, I don’t think the size of the baguette necessarily matters….but if I could make a recommendation, I would recommend using a small-sized baguette…French Bread is my favorite type of bread for baguettes.
  • Garlic – Instead of garlic cloves, I used garlic powder (simply because I was feeling lazy)
  • Avocados (ripe)
  • Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper
  • Goat cheese


For the instructions, I followed the instructions, pretty much exactly, as the Martha Stewart website recommended (link: Crisped-Prosciutto and Avocado Crostini Recipe).  I ate this with a salad.  I was literally saying “Oh my god – yum yum yum” as I ate this – with food in my mouth.

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Around the Web Favorites – August 2013

1.   40 Ways To Entertain Your Kids While Lying Down

  • posted an Article, 40 Ways To Entertain Your Kids While Lying Down, that I have personally found to be quite clever and informative, as it appeals to two of my favorite activities: my love for lying down on my sofa; and my love of playing and entertaining my little toddler.

2.   Top 10 Parenting Hacks

3.   Where’s My Cell Phone?

  • Do you lose your cell phone around your house?  Don’t have a land-line to call it and make it ring so that you can find it?  I use on a weekly basis, if not more frequently.

4.   Blog Raffle (Giveaway) on Mommy Mia Monologues

  • ENTER HERE to put your name in to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card. 
  • Two winners!
  • Blog raffles ends on August 8, 2013.

5.   Use Adhesive Hooks to Organize Pot Lids and Save Cabinet Space


  • On the post, Use Adhesive Hooks to Organize Pot Lids and Save Cabinet Space, from, the author suggests using 3M Adhesive Hooks (Damage Free) as a drill-free way to hang pot lids in your cabinets.  I love this idea for pot lids – at least as a temporary solution until I trust myself drilling holes in our kitchen cabinets.

6.   Favorite Apps of My 2-Year-Old
from the blog, Second Story Window

  • The blog, Second Story Window, the author posted, “Favorite Apps of My 2-Year-Old” – a list I plan to carefully review prior to my next flight with my toddler that’s coming up soon.  This looks like a great list (I skimmed over it and I know my toddler loves at least three of the apps she recommends, so I’ll definitely be using this list as a reference.

7.   Surprise Kitty (Video)
from Animal Planet, on YouTube
  • This video is an “oldie but goody,” and it’s still super cute.  

My Kidney Stone Nightmare – What Do Single Mothers Do?

Day 1:  

The Middle of the Night – “Back Pain” – 4:00 AM

Last week, I woke up in the middle of the night for some strange reason.  I sat up in bed and felt a stabbing pain in the lower part of the right side of my back.  I got up to use to bathroom, and I figured that I had slept on my back in a weird way and that my muscles were in a knot. 

(Dun, dun, dunnnnn…..)

12-Hours Later – “You have a kidney stone.” – 4:00 PM

Then, 12-hours
later, I found myself in the office of my OB/GYN – crying, and squirming, and I was delirious because of the pain.  I begged the receptionist to let me see a nurse or a PA or someone – anyoneI’m pretty sure the receptionist thought I was a crazy homeless person because, according to my sister, I had mascara running down my face and I was pacing around like a crazy person (I was in pain!)…and according to my sister, all of this topped with the over-sized fleece hoodie jacket that I was wearing made me appear to be a total homeless crackhead to the unsuspecting receptionist at my doctor’s office.  To my OB/GYN’s reception:  I am sorry if I scared you.  But I was oblivious to how ridiculous I looked and sounded.  The pain was felt like a mixture between a typical back pain but this pain somehow felt like it extended into my surrounding organs; the pain also felt like a urinary tract infection, which was why I chose to run to my OB/GYN’s office.  

The P.A. graciously took me back, gave me some pain medication for my bladder, and she told me that I needed to go to the Emergency Room – she thought that I had kidney stones.  

Yep.  I had a kidney stone.  

Day 2:

36-Hours Later – It Gets Worse – “You actually need surgery.” – 4:00 PM

After 24-hours, the kidney stone wouldn’t “pass,” and I was back in the Emergency Room with a 103-degree fever.  They sent me to surgery to put a “stint” my urinary tract (to allow the kidney stone and the infection to drain or something), and I had to have the stint in for 4-days; and HOLY MOTHER OF GOD THAT IS SO UNCOMFORTABLE AND PAINFUL.  

I am better now, but I have been absent from my blog for the past two-weeks for 3 reasons:
  • Kidney stones (and kidney stone infections) hurt like a &^%$ 
  • Pain medication makes me a useless blob

Moral of the Story:  

  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Pray to God that you never have a kidney stone.

A Major Question I Have:

  • What the hell do single moms do when they have a health crisis and need to go to the Emergency Room?  Who watches their kids?  Who helps them?