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Holiday Gift Guide Coming Soon

Time to get ready for the Holidays with MommyB Knows Best because the Holiday Gift Guide rolls out a little over a week on November 16th! This is my first year (since I was only a month into my blog last year) that I will have the Holiday Gift Guide and Giveaway and if all goes well this will definitely be an ongoing event for the blog.

Here’s a teaser of some of the great companies you’ll be able to check out, get discounts from and win fun stuff from….

MommyB Knows Best Holiday Gift Guide Teaser

AND MORE!!!!

If you are a company and want to get in on the Holiday Gift Guide and Giveaway there’s still time, please check out my Contact MommyB tab or click here: http://www.mommybknowsbest.com/contact-mommyb/ for more information.

Of course I’ll be running giveaways, tips and tricks and reviews between now and then as well so keep checking out MommyB Knows Best!

Momnesia Mondays

Momnesia MondaysSorry I abandoned you all last Momnesia Monday, the trip to Northern Virginia strikes again! We had some internet issues although honestly I don’t know if I would have been able to write anyway, being in an unfamiliar place with two little ones is not the best atmosphere for anything really. Speaking of which, I had different topics picked out for this post but have decided to write a little bit about Travelling for this Momnesia Monday. Hope you don’t mind.

With the holidays coming up I’m sure some of you, if not most of you, will be traveling quite a bit, whether it’s by air, road, or for you really lucky ones, by foot! Even though it wasn’t holiday travel this past visit to Virginia it certainly reminded me that we have another trip to visit family on Christmas, woe is me. Now don’t get me wrong I love seeing family and friends, but the getting there and being in unfamiliar, non-kid proofed surroundings makes me stress.

I’ve always been a little uptight about cleanliness and organization, I guess that’s what makes me “me” and a little Type-A too and I’m okay with that. Thank Heaven for parents who aren’t as fanatical as I am though as I’m sure it proves for a much less stressful trip. That being said, now that we have two children it’s even harder to travel, not only do we have somehow three times the amount of stuff, who knew a baby could make that happen ;), but we also have to try to find somewhere to stay where Little Miss A won’t wake Baby C up during nap time, and if we’re in a standard hotel or the car I go ahead and kiss those dreams goodbye right away. I’m not going to fool myself into thinking my un-meak 3 year old would have it any other way, and I love her energy but I’d just love to save myself a, “shush” or two.

MomnesiaI know I have a long way to go, but I’m trying to be more laid back and even more proactive (if that’s even possible). I bring sanitizer, lysol, outlet covers, along with our normal travel gear. We try to stay in suites or with family when possible so Baby C has the option of a separate room for naps. And I try to remember that it’s not the end of the world if Baby C doesn’t get her nap in the car, although it does make for very, very long trips when you have a screaming tired baby. I do wonder though why it’s legal to sedate your pets on long trips but not your children.

What have you learned from long trips with your child(ren)? Any tips you can pass on to the rest of us??

Check out this Swagger Dad video on how he gets his children to behave in the car:

{What are Momnesia Mondays?? Basically each Monday I’ll be writing a post on my Momnesia, in hopes that maybe I can feature your Momnesia moments as well! Momnesia means that time in our lives when we say we’ll always or never do something and because we’re parents and go through different experiences, our opinions of the way we parent change. In my personal opinion, having Momnesia is good, it means there’s growth and acceptance going on and even if we’re not changing our own styles completely perhaps we’re looking at other parents and families differently. After all, I believe that each family is different and as parents we have to do what we feel is best for our own families.}

Hyland’s Teething Tablets Recalled

Hyland's LogoEt tu Hyland’s?? My all time favorite, most highly recommended teething pain releivers have jumped aboard the recall train. Why you ask?? As of Saturday, October 23rd, 2010 Hyland’s Teething Tablets made the recall list for several reasons, the main being that they contain a toxic ingredient called, “Belladonna” aka Deadly Nightshade. (Random fact: Belladonna was most likely William Shakespeare’s likely choice of drug for Juliet’s sleeping “potion.”)

Sound scary?? Well, it kind of is. Belladonna can be known to cause seizure, difficulty or slowed breathing, lethargy, sleepiness, muscle weakness, skin flushing, constipation, difficulty urinating, or even agitation. All in the name of removing redness and gum swelling, really?? Who’s the Smart Alec that though that would be okay? Surely I’d never give my daughters poison in return for relief from redness and swelling. Come on! Read More

POMx Iced Coffee Drinks Review and Giveaway {CLOSED}

POMx Iced Coffee TrioAs you read my title I bet you’re wondering why POM Wonderful, the company known for it’s healthy, delcious pomegranate juice would have anything to do with an iced coffee drink. I was thinking the same thing when I saw POMx Iced Coffee on Twitter.

Calling themselves the “Healthy Buzz,” I had to try it out, plus I’m insane for iced coffee although I try not to drink too much caffeine with nursing Baby C. Their marketing is also a bunch of hilarious sheeps that say, “For maximum Wakey-wakedness,” and, “It doesn’t taste like pomegranate.” The funny thing is that I actually thought it may taste like pomegranate and prepared myself. Even though I love POM Wonderful juice I just don’t know how it’d go over in an iced coffee.

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Dear John DVD Review

Dear John ReviewWill love survive the distance in this 2010 Nicholas Sparks novel-adapted movie, Dear John? In the film, soldier John Tyree (Channing Tatum) becomes romantic with the sweetly, Southern Savannah Lynne Curtis (Amanda Seyfried)and our country’s involvement in the war in Afghanastan changes their plans for love.

Although I did not read Dear John the novel, I don’t feel like I was in the dark or should have read the book prior. Dear John the film, in the middle of the story rather than the beginning or the end. I liked the “twist” although it took me a little while to realize it was the middle.

The story is about two young people who meet during spring break, only to fall in love with each other before being separated by war. They make a promise to write letters to each other as a diary of their lives apart. Read More

Childcare Options {Guest Post}

NannyBefore starting your childcare search read this great post about the most common childcare options, there are some positions out there that you may not have thought of or never knew existed.

Childcare Options

-Nanny

A nanny is a childcare provider, typically full-time, who is employed by a family to provide supervision and a nurturing environment for the family’s children. A nanny provides these services without direct parental supervision. Nanny services are typically rendered in the family’s home, but a nanny may live in or out of a family’s home. The well-being, education and development of the child on a day-to-day basis are the primary responsibilities of the nanny. Job duties typically include child supervision, nurturing, bathing, feeding (including meal preparation), housekeeping (including the children’s laundry), homework supervision, errands, exercise, and transportation. Read More

The Motherhood Parenting Advice Wrap-Up

The Motherhood LogoAs I mentioned before I was asked to co-co-co-co-host a chat on TheMotherhood.com on the topic of parenting advice, namely new parents and expecting parents. Thanks to those of you who came in to chat and for those of you who weren’t able to make it but sent sweet words of support.

Here are some of the highlights from the chat originally posted on: http://beenthere.typepad.com/ Read More

Market Mommies Mom’s Night In Shopping

Market Mommies MNIDo you love to shop but hate going to the stores? Would you love for the shops to come to you?? Market Mommies has a huge database of mom owned companies from around the world who want to showcase their products. Check out MarketMommies.com this Tuesday, October 5th from 9pm to 11pm Eastern Time for their very first Mom’s Night In Shopping Extravaganza, and if you can’t make it this Tuesday it will be an ongoing event each Tuesday, same time, same Market Mommie place. Read More

Co-Host MommyB

Mom AdviceRecently, I was approached by TheMotherhood.com to co-host a great discussion giving “words of wisdom” to expecting and new moms. Maybe they asked me because my website threw them off, “MommyB Knows Best.”   While I admit I don’t know it all, (shhh don’t tell anyone, it may ruin my reputation!), I sure do love giving new moms some of the advice that helped me along the way, including, “Listen to the advice that everyone gives you, but only use what you feel is best for your family.”

Whether you’re not a mom yet, a mom-to-be, or a seasoned mommy, this chat is for everyone.  Participants of the chat will automatically be entered in an Avent giftbasket giveaway so be sure to tell your friends and family to come chat with me too.

Join me tomorrow, at 12:00 noon eastern standard time for this great LIVE text chat and Avent giveaway. Here’s how to make sure you get a chance to chat: go to http://www.themotherhood.com and sign up for your free account (no strings attached) today or tomorrow morning before the chat begins so you don’t miss out on any of the fun! Then tomorrow at 12:00 noon, Eastern Standard time go to this link: http://www.themotherhood.com/talk/show/id/62065 and sign in using your username and password and chat away!

Hope you get a chance to jump in on this fun discussion and help me kick off my first co-hosting “gig” with a big bang!

What is your “best” piece of mommy advice???

Lansinoh Affinity Breast Pump Review

Lansinoh LogoBefore I even gave birth to Miss A I received sample products in the mail from Lansinoh, a great company that focuses on real moms and providing products to meet their nursing needs.

I absolutely love Lansinoh’s Lanolin cream (nipp

le cream), milk storage bags, and their disposable nursing pads, and after trying out Lansinoh’s brand new Affinity, Double Electric Breast Pump I now love them even more. Read More