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Best Products For Your Baby Series: Oogiebear

Happy Weekend, Kansas City!

Let’s chat about my one of my least favorite topics today: boogers! As the mother of a three year old, I am constantly fighting an uphill battle of getting her to stop (for the love of all that is holy, please stop) picking her nose. It’s something all children do at one point or another and it’s something all parents just cringe at when it happens. But what’s the secret to stopping pesky nose picking all together?! I think I’ve found it in Oogiebear.
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It sounds so simple but we hardly ever seem to think about it:

If my daughter’s nose was clean, she probably wouldn’t pick it.

Oogiebear was created by Dr. Nina Farzin, a mother and pharmacist, with newborns and infants in mind. Her entire goal when she created the Oogiebear was to provide a safe, effective solution for dry, crusty mucus which is uncomfortable for small children. There are other products on the market with a similar purpose like the aspirator bulbs (the kind we’re all given at the hospital after delivery) which work on wet mucus but don’t impact the dry, sticky stuff. Unlike saline, which isn’t always easy to get into a child’s nose, the Oogiebear is dry and effective – it’s a more gentle, safe, and cleaner way to get those boogers out.

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So how does it work?!

The oogiebear is designed with two sides, one with a loop-end intended for sticky mucus and a scoop on the other end which is designed for dry boogers. The tool is made with soft rubber that’s easy to hold and gentle for babies and small children. The bear-head design is both clever (What small child won’t giggle at the idea of Mr. Bear going into her nose for a trip?) and safe for use, preventing the instrument from entering too far into your child’s nose.

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  • loop end for sticky mucus
  • scoop end for dried mucus
  • soft rubber coating is slip-free and gentle against skin
  • fun design prevents tool from being inserted too deeply
  • simple design makes every surface easy to clean
  • latex-, BPA- and PVC-free
  • more effective than aspirator bulbs, suction tubes, and saline sprays
  • can be used in little ears too!

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Oogiebear is available for purchase online for just $9.50 and, at that price point, is well worth the small investment for both babies and toddlers. I’ve been using it on my daughter’s nose and ears (cleaning it before and after using it on each) to remove ear wax and dry boogers and have noticed that she’s not picking her nose nearly as much as she used to (thank goodness). I’m definitely planning to use Oogiebear with my future babies (whenever that may be), too.

Want more information on Oogiebear?!

Check them out online at www.myoogie.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/myoogiebear


iFamilyKC Kids Club Event Recap: Gymboree Play & Music of Zona Rosa

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Good Morning, Kansas City!

It’s Tuesday, we’re inching towards the end of the month, and the SUPERBOWL is this weekend! We are so excited to recap our latest monthly Kids Club event with you today. Together with some of our awesome readers and fans, iFamilyKC Mom Squad blogger Jayne and her lovely little ones attended a play & music session last night at the Gymboree in Zona Rosa and it looks like everyone had an absolute blast! She shares her thoughts below but, in the meantime, we want to make sure you stay up to date on all the fun opportunities available to your family here in the area. We’ve got some great events coming down the pipe in the next couple of months so be sure to get on our email list for your invitation to join in on the fun.

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Can you all believe this weather lately?  The warm weather, the lack of snow, this is the mildest winter our family has experienced in years.  I do miss the snow juuuuust a little bit, but don’t get me wrong – I’m totally not complaining.  I’ll take 50 degrees in January any day! Last night, my family (and quite a few other iFamilyKC readers and their families) stepped out in the midst of this lovely weather to our Kids Club event at the Gymboree Play & Music of Zona Rosa.

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What an awesome time!
Gymboree of Zona Rosa offers a TON of really fantastic classes, including Play & Learn by age, Music, Art, Family classes, Sports, and School Skills for ages birth to five years old.  Not only that, but Gymboree offers birthday parties specializing from ages 1 to 5.  And by parties – I mean, planned, implemented and CLEANED UP theme parties!  That sounds like a parent’s dream, and I know my children would enjoy their Construction Zone and All Aboard Trains parties!

Last night, however, we were able to engage in some fantastic activities including guided and themed creative and imaginary play, singing, learning how to manipulate musical instruments and play to the beat of music, following directions, as well as quite a bit of really fun gross motor play and exercise with Gymboree’s play structures, mats, and activities.

As a parent with a degree in an aspect of child development (speech therapy, to be exact), I was very impressed by the number of different and new play structures available at Gymboree in addition to the fantastic play-led classes.  There were a few ways for the children to climb up or get into the structures that I hadn’t seen before, working on balance, spatial planning, and agility.

Outside of all the awesome activities and play structures?  Well, to put it simply – my kids just had fun! By the end of the class they were really reluctant to leave – and asking when they could come back!
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If you’re interested in learning more about Gymboree of Zona Rosa, you can check out their Facebook page here!
Thanks everyone for coming out!

This Weekend At the Box Office: “American Sniper” & “The Wedding Ringer”

Happy Weekend, Kansas City!

If you’re anything like we are – we CRAVE date nights in our household. Don’t get me wrong, we LOVE our toddler but I think it’s important for moms and dads to go out every once in a while. The quintessential date night, at least for my husband and me, has always been dinner and a movie. I had the opportunity to catch advanced screenings for two movies that are both hitting theaters nationwide over the weekend and I’m excited to share some thoughts on each of them with you.

These films couldn’t be more different from one another. “American Sniper” captures audiences through its depiction of the aftermath of war and “The Wedding Ringer” fills theaters with the sounds of laughter in its depiction of bro-hood. No matter what your flavor is, the theaters have something for you this weekend so grab a sitter, some popcorn, and enjoy the show.

American Sniper

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Deeply impacted by the terror attacks on the United States of America, thirty-something Chris Kyle knew he needed to make a difference and so he left his home and life as a traveling bull rider to join the Navy SEALs where he became one of the greatest snipers in US History.

In this true story, audiences watch as Kyle (played by Bradley Cooper), serves in four tours during Operation Iraqi Freedom helping to protect countless soldiers and complete his mission overseas. Director Clint Eastwood excels in bringing the gravity of war to the big screen reminding us all of the sacrifice the men and women in uniform make on a daily basis during combat. More so, Eastwood (along with the entire cast) depicts the impact that war can have when our soldiers come home.

Struggling with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) in the aftermath of war, Kyle finds that he can’t let go of Iraq in between deployments, impacting his home life and family. It isn’t until his fourth tour down range that Kyle recognizes his need to come home. Upon his return to the states, Kyle begins to seek help for his disorder and connects with other veterans to promote mental health.

This true story captures the difficulties of our soldiers and brings to light a topic that is often brushed under the rug. It’s rare to sit in a full, silent theater as the credits roll at the close of a movie but that’s exactly what happened with “American Sniper”. I believe that’s a testament to how impactful this film really is.

The Wedding Ringer

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From “Bridesmaids” to “The Hangover”, audiences have seen their fair share of wedding related comedies depicting the lengths some will go in the name of friendship. “The Wedding Ringer”, which hit theaters nationwide yesterday, isn’t exactly like those other movies…

“The Wedding Ringer” tells the story of Doug Harris (played by Josh Gad), a workaholic groom-to-be who, at the behest of his fiancee (played by Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting) , is forced to locate and recruit seven of his closest male friends for the wedding party. The only problem is that he doesn’t have seven close male friends. He doesn’t even have three. He doesn’t have one. He doesn’t have any friends. He’s also out of time. With just about a week until he ties the knot, Doug is out of options. Or is he?!

That’s where Jimmy Callahan (Kevin Hart) comes into play. Jimmy is a professional best man – someone who rents himself out for faux-best friendship for weddings (and, apparently, funerals). Doug meets Jimmy, Jimmy meets the future in-laws, someone catches on fire, and hilarity ensues. Josh Gad and Kevin Hart have a great bromantic chemistry that enables them to deliver a dynamite performance in a silly, funny movie (emphasis on silly).

Questions about this post?! Email us: Holli@ifamilyKC.com


New Year’s Resolutions: A Mid-Month Check-Up with iFamilyKC Mom Squad Blogger Jayne

Good Morning, Readers!

It’s Thursday – and we’re JUST ABOUT half way through the first month of the year. My gym (and yours, too, I’m sure) has been PACKED with “resolutioners”, many of whom won’t be there come March. New Year’s Resolutions can be tough to follow but it’s always a good idea to set goals.  Today on the blog, we thought it would be fun to check in with Mom Squad Ambassador Jayne and chat about her goals for the new year.

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Let’s Talk: New Year’s Resolutions With Jayne

Hey iFamilyKC families!  I’m so excited to be posting here on the blog as a part of the Mom Squad for the year of 2015!

(How it got to be 2015 already – I’ll never know!)

Just so you know where I’m coming from, I’m Jayne.  I’m a wife to my amazing husband and mother to two sweet toddlers.  We’re fairly new to the city, transplanting here recently from the Indianapolis area. As with most of the blog posts you’ll likely see this month, I wanted to talk a little bit about New Year’s resolutions to get us started!

I’ve thought a lot this year about what my personal New Year’s resolutions area, but even further than that I’ve made a few for our family.  Some of the resolutions I’ve made are focusing on our family as a whole, and some are focusing on our individual children.  It’s the first year that I’ve ever done this, and I’m finding it to be helpful to our family and would encourage you to do the same!  Without further ado, here they go!

 Get out and learn the city

As mentioned, we’re new here!  One of our major goals is to learn the city, the parks, the museums, the restaurants, and the life of Kansas City.  I’m so glad to be able to be a part of the Mom Squad so that I can share all of our adventures with you all!

   Enroll each child in 2-3 classes of their choosing

Since my children are so young, we’re not getting actively involved in a ton of stuff at one time – yet!  But I still think that letting them start to explore their interests even at such a young age will help guide their discovery of who they are bit by bit.

 Do more family cooking

I have a friend back in Indy who does a family version of “The Taste” each week, where all of her children make their own “spoon” to present to the family.  While my children are a bit on the small side for that endeavor at ages 2 and 3, we can still start to practice basic cooking prep and skills.

Spend more one on one time with my kids

So far, we’ve done most everything as a family.  With how close our children are in age, my husband and I typically just plan on doing everything together, as it makes things easier in the long run.  Because of that, though, my kids haven’t had a ton of one on one time with either my husband or me.  This year, it’s definitely in the plans to have a few more mother-son/father-daughter/etc. dates!

What are your 2015 New Year’s family resolutions?


Flash Giveaway: Clevamama Apron Baby Bath Towel

Good Morning Kansas City!

It’s Wednesday, the sun is shining, and it’s supposed to be 50 degrees this weekend (yay!) To celebrate the much anticipated “January Thaw”, we thought it would be fun to do a Flash Giveaway here on the blog!

Some of my favorite memories from when my daughter (who will be 4 years old next month) was a baby come from time spent giving her baths. From the first time she discovered she could splash water in the tub (and the adorable giggles that followed) to moment our toddler tub magically transformed into an imaginary pirate ship, bathtime has always been enjoyable in our household.

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No matter how much fun we seem to have scrub-a-dub-dubbing in the tub, we can never seem to stay dry when it matters most: Afterwards. We’ve always been conventional (read: boring) bath towel owners in our household and my daughter always finds a way to wiggle out of the wrap and replace it with my shirt to get dry.

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It seems that our household isn’t alone and Clevamama has a solution. They’ve designed a 100% cotton (extremely adorable) apron bath towel specifically created to keep Mom & Dad dry when baby (or toddler) gets out of the bath.  The design is pretty clever (hence the name) – it fastens around your neck (like an apron) creating a barrier between your dry shirt and soaking wet child. Once you’ve picked baby up, the towel completely wraps around baby’s body (complete with a hood!) so everyone stays warm and dry after bath. Take a peek at this video which demonstrates how their product works:

I know what you’re thinking: “Clevamama, where have you BEEN all my life?!” 

Each extra-large towel (designed for babies newborn to 4+ years) is ridiculously soft (the kind of soft that’s going to make you want one for yourself) and is guaranteed to be gentle and absorbent on your baby’s delicate skin. We love this product so much that we’d like to send one home with one of YOU!

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We’re giving away ONE Clevamama Apron Baby Bath Towel Splash & Wrap

Who wants it?!

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To get in on the action with this flash giveaway, simply follow the instructions below.

HURRY, this giveaway ends TODAY (Wednesday January 14th, 2015) at 10:00am CST

Good luck and, as always, “may the odds be ever in your favor”. We’re rooting for you!

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A First Time Parent’s Thoughts on Vacationing Without Kids – Written by iFamilyKC Mom Squad Blogger Molly

Good Evening, iFamilyKC Readers!
We are so excited to have our BRAND NEW 2015 iFamilyKC Mom Squad bloggers sharing their thoughts, opinions, and adventures in parenting with all of you each week. Tonight, Molly wanted to share thoughts and experience in taking a vacation without her daughter Layla. I think that we can all relate to the anxiety Molly and her husband experience as they prepared for their trip. We’d like to hear how your family vacations so join us in conversation here and over on the iFamilyKC Facebook page. Without further adieu, we present to you:
“A First Time Parent’s Thoughts on Vacationing Without Kids”
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Oh my goodness, I cannot tell you how much I was dreading leaving my little one behind for the first time so that my husband and I could go on a trip. I wanted to get a little r & r  and I wanted to spend some quality time with my husband but leaving my one and a half year old, who had never been away from me for more than two hours at a time, was killing me.  How would her grandparents know when she was hungry? How would they know when she wants to be held? Or ready for nap?
All these things were racing through my mind! It was making me sick thinking of all these horrible situations that could happen.
I woke up early on the day we were leaving, got everything done so that I could give all my attention to Layla when she woke up. I was crying and holding her, playing with her and she had no idea what was going on at all. Her grandma showed up about an hour before we were leaving and Layla was on cloud nine!! She loves seeing her grandparents and loves showing off and being silly with them.
It was then that I realized that she was going to be completely fine! It was me that was having the issues, not her. Yes, she would probably wonder here and there where I was but she was going to be just fine.  I needed to do things for ME, To make ME feel better. Because Layla was going to be completely fine.
I made a list of all her favorite snacks and food just incase they needed ideas. I also left a list of her “sample” schedule so they knew what time she napped, what time she had her milk, lunches, dinners, etc. I left notes for all my tricks on how to get her to calm down if upset, or how to get her to eat if she wouldn’t. Just things that would honestly make ME feel better. I don’t know if her grandparents read my list or not, but it made me feel so much more comfortable leaving her.
We boarded the plane and headed on our three day trip away from my baby, and I knew it was going to be just fine. She was actually going to have a great time! Grandparents spoil as we all know, so I knew it was going to go by fast for her. And thank God for FaceTime! I was able to call and talk to Layla two-three times a day. We sang our ABCs, blew kisses and I was able to actually see her and see that she was just fine!
I know it’s hard, and not easy leaving the kids behind. It’s much needed though! Our babies need to know that we will come back, and we need to have some time to ourselves to regroup and relax. Being a mommy is exhausting! 🙂 It was nice to know that I could go away for a few days and know everything would be okay.
iFamilyKC Mom Squad Blogger Molly enjoys spending time with her daughter around town. Share your travel experience with Molly and the rest of the iFamilyKC team in the comment section of this post. Questions about the blog?! Email us anytime: info@ifamilykc.com

To Cry It Out, Or Not To Cry It Out? Thoughts from Anne over at iFamilyKC’s Mom Squad

To cry, or not to cry.
That is the question.
This past month has been exciting, yes. It was Lara’s first Christmas and Jon and I felt like we were kids again…waking her up, bringing her downstairs to see the gifts Santa brought her. We were just giddy. Giddy AND DELERIOUS. We haven’t gotten a full nights sleep since sometime in November.
Yep, frickin’ NOVEMBER.
The craziest part about this, though, is that Lara has slept thru the night since we brought her home from the hospital.
We got a taste of the good life, a life with sleep….and then boom.
 
We woke up
 
Over the Christmas holiday it got really out of hand. We were up every few hours, on a good night.  We decided it was time to do something drastic.
So I turned to ‘ol faithful, my Moms on Call book. My Baby Bible. If you haven’t heard of Moms on call, check them out here.
One of the many perks of blogging is that I’ve connected with lots of new mommies.  If we pool together all the advice we’ve all been given, we’re all bound to keep our children alive.  Right?  I learned of Moms on Call via a blog connection and I’ll tell ya, I probably read it every. single. day.  There’s advice in there for just about everything you can think of.

Baby Shower Lists.
Bathing.
Pooping.
Nail clipping.
Food allergies.

You name it, they cover it.

When I went back to work full time the first of December, I let things slide.  I wasn’t reading the book. I didn’t care about stupid routines & structure.  ALL I wanted was to be with my baby girl even if that meant keeping her up way beyond her bedtime.  Needless to say, she wasn’t sleepin’ and we weren’t either.

Which leads me to this past week.  On New Years Eve, we put her to sleep around 8:00.  At midnight, the fireworks started…..and then the crying started.

She fell back asleep but was up again a couple hours later, and then another couple hours later.  The next morning we decided it was time to get serious.  We dusted off the MOC book and start reading.  According to her age, they recommend breaking the middle of the night feedings by letting them “cry it out.”
I will admit, I’ve always thought that concept was just pure barbaric.

Well, it may be barbaric, but it works.

But just because it works doesn’t mean it isn’t hard as hell.  That first night was TOUGH.  My heart broke in half listening to my baby helplessly cry her little heart out.  We pushed thru and twenty minutes later, she was asleep.  The next night, she slept 10 hours straight, and again the following night.

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Now, I’m officially a believer.  For us, the technique has worked so far.

So tell me, what sleep training techniques have you tried?

iFamilyKC Mom Squad blogger, Anne, documents her journey through life and parenting at “I Spilled My Wine“.
Questions about this post? Email us at info@iFamilyKC.com