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Eight Easy Ways You Can Prevent Headlice This Summer

June 21, 2017 at 7:25 AM • Posted in Family Health & Wellness, Mom Resources, Safety TipsNo comments yet

Summertime is (officially) here in the metro area and we want to make sure that your family stays safe and healthy this year. We’ve teamed up with our friends over at Combers KC to share eight easy ways you can prevent lice this summer today on the blog. Take a look…

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Eight Easy Ways You Can Prevent Headlice This Summer

When school ends for the summer, a lot of people think head lice ends too. But, kids are just as likely to get headlice in the summer as they are the rest of the year. In fact, summer is our busiest season. So, as your children head off to summer camps, sleepovers, scouts, daycares, etc…  here are some great preventative tips to keep them lice free:

#1 Pre-Check Before Camps

Children should be checked for any indication of head lice before and after summer camps. You want the all clear before they leave, but you also want to make sure they didn’t pick it up while they were away.

#2 Detect Early

Check your child’s head before and after sleepovers as well. Early detection will make lice removal much easier and it will stop the spread to the rest of the family.

#3 Take Preventative Measures

Preventative shampoos, conditioners, and spray shields will help prevent head lice too. Lice do not like these scents, so adding one of these to your packing list for camps and family vacations will assist in lice prevention.

#4 Sleep Head To Foot

Having children sleep head to foot will also help them avoid getting lice. 95% of people contract lice through direct head to head contact, sleeping this way will avoid this.

#5 Send Comfort Items With Kids

Children can take their own pillow and blanket as well, just to be sure there is nothing transferring back and forth.

#6 Keep It Up

Girls, who are more susceptible to getting lice because of their longer hair, can wear their hair up, off the shoulders. Buns, braids, ponytails, and even hats will keep the hair up and make it more difficult for lice to latch on.

#7 No Sharing

Make sure no one is sharing brushes, hats, helmets, or any other hair accessories. If possible, write your child’s name on them so everyone knows who’s is whose and there is no confusion.

#8 Get A Good Comb

A good Nit comb will save every parent a lot of stress and frustration. If you see your child scratching, or just think you see something suspicious in their hair, checking them with a Nit comb will be the easiest way to find traces of head lice.

As always, if you need any help checking or treating for headlice, call Combers KC (913)451-2662

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6 Simple Ways To Make Life Easier

June 9, 2017 at 7:08 AM • Posted in Mom ResourcesComments Off on 6 Simple Ways To Make Life Easier

As moms, we are always looking for ways to make life easier and more simplified. As our little ones continue to grow (and grow, and grow!), life doesn’t seem to slow down no matter how much we wish it would. If you’re like me, and you’ve been trying to find ways to get more organized, you’re in luck. Today, on the blog, iFamilyKC Mom Squad blogger Sarah shares some simple ways to make life easier and you happier along the way! Take a look…

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6 Simple Ways to Make Life Easier – And You Happier!

I am constantly looking for ways to make my families’ life run smoother. And from my recent round of Facebook stalking, I can see that everyone else could benefit from this as well. And what a great time to start getting in these habits—summer! So when school starts up again you are ready to go!

I have tried all the Pinterest posts about posting a calendar for the family, running a chore chart, and organizing to your schedule but something always happens—one of the kids spills something on her dress which sends us all into a code 10 freak out mode or the dog chews up my razor and I can’t seem to find the other two blades which means a code 10 call to the vet. Whatever the issue our best laid plans don’t always go on schedule, so I am sharing with you just a few tips and tricks that I have found helpful. Will these all work for you? No. Will you be able to use all of them? Probably not. But hopefully adding a few things will create just a few more minutes and feel free to use those minutes for you. Cleaning the dog slobber off your black dress pants or something!

1. Sunday-Funday

Or as I like to call it Sunday-Plan Day, this usually means an hour or so planning out the week. My family did well at this for a little while, then we stopped, then we went back to a few things. Basically when it all works we can organize several things in this hour: we plan the weekly meals, pickup schedules, clothes, and after work/school activities. It basically gets my husband and I on the same page so we aren’t making the 4:45 in the afternoon call as to whether or not you can pick up the girls.

2. Planning Weekly Meals

If you buy for the week you know that everything is defrosted and in the fridge instead of the moment of panic when you realize you forgot to take the chicken out of the freezer! It can also save a lot of money too; when you realize said chicken is not defrosted then you won’t spend additional money going through the drive thru on the way home! Everyone who knows me knows that I am huge proponent of the online grocery and pickup or delivery service. I can still find the best price and I trust the associates at my store to pick out the freshest items on my list. It makes me so happy that I don’t have to spend my weekend at ten grocery stores or drag the kids to the store only to strategically plan not to go near the candy or toy aisle. And you purchase right from your meal list no more and no less!

3. Planning Clothes For the Week

I personally can’t do this. I am what you can call an emotional dresser. I wake up and then decide what I want to wear; I get anxiety if I plan what to wear and then it doesn’t look right or it is just one of those days that black looks better! But for my girls I can still do this! I have learned to let them help with this planning, for anyone that asks it’s such a good learning tool to help them learn organization, days of the week, weather—but really? I can’t do the code 10 freak out when one is wearing a dress and the other wants to wear one too but that is not in their Monday box. Invest in 5 small plastic shoe boxes and a label maker and get to planning—make sure to include underwear and socks too!

4. Money Is The Root Of All

I am not the expert in financial planning. My husband and I have an “awkward financial discussion” about every month. So I refuse to give you tips on what works or what you can do. I will say that right along with that Sunday Plan Day is a Money Date. Communication and discussion about upcoming debits to the finances can save on many “AFDs” and this will help work into your budget as well. On our money date we look at the month, look at the budget and then always communicate in a non-judgmental and supportive way. We also take a look at last month and see where we need to improve. We can also look at any extra monies we may have coming in or going out.

I also may have an addiction to online shopping. Confession—there have been some months that packages have shown up on our door and I couldn’t tell you what they were! First of all take all those apps off your phone and disconnect the one touch buy on Amazon! When you have something that you just aren’t sure would fit into the budget this month and could be considered frivolous go ahead and add it to your cart but wait 48 hours before you click “buy”. If in that time you still feel like you need this then buy; most of the time though that 48 hours puts some perspective on if you really need the patriotic pillow covers!

5. Time Is Never On Our Side!

I am not one for clocks; I have never really been a fan of having them and especially not in the bathroom. I find myself checking everything and then hurrying and causing more chaos than it is worth. However, when my girls get up in the morning and are waiting for me to get ready I turn on a show for them, don’t judge me! Have you ever put mascara on while one is going in and out of your legs and keeps turning on the water in the bathtub to give the dog a drink? That morning I only put mascara on one eye—everyone at work thought I had pink eye! In any case I always put on a 30 minute show which means that I can time myself without having the use of a clock. Another tip along this same vein is creating a playlist for the time that you want to spend getting ready; once that playlist is running down you should be dancing out the door!

6. Outsource

Such a bad word in this day and age, maybe delegation sits a little easier.  It is okay to ask for help. A mantra that I am trying to learn myself but relying on your village to help with little things around the house or picking up something you forgot on your online grocery list is perfectly okay. Summer is the worst for things like this; even though it is summer break we are almost busier on weekends and in the evenings than we ever were when school was in session. My girls’ birthdays are both in the summer and from previous blog posts I am sure that you know I don’t go small when it comes to birthdays so planning and preparing for these starts in May. Right now I have my mom tying together silverware packets! Something that isn’t much but would have taken more time than needed to when I could be focusing on other things.

From iFamily to Yours,

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Donating Blood? What You Need To Know Before You Go!

June 5, 2017 at 7:28 AM • Posted in Family Health & Wellness, Mom ResourcesComments Off on Donating Blood? What You Need To Know Before You Go!

Donating blood can feel like an intimidating process if you’re not familiar with it but it’s an incredible gift to give to our community. If you’re able to donate, check out these six, simple reminders to know before you go from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad blogger Erin. Take a look…

What you need to know before donating blood

Donating Blood? What You Need To Know Before You Go!

If you’re looking for something to do this summer to “give back” that is free, easy and (fairly) painless, think about donating blood!  A few years ago my husband started with the American Red Cross and we started giving blood regularly.  It has been an extremely rewarding experience for both of us and I would highly recommend it!   Here are some reminders to know before you go:

Reminder One

In the words of Derek Shepherd, “It’s a beautiful day to save lives!” A pint of blood has the potential to save as many as 3 lives so get out there and start saving people!

Reminder Two

Drink lots of water and eat iron-rich foods a few days before giving blood.  Both men and women have a certain iron level you must meet in order to give blood or you will be deferred.

Reminder Three

In most states, you must be 17 years or older to donate blood. Also, certain health conditions and travel destinations can affect your eligibility to give blood. You must be at least 110 pounds to donate.

Reminder Four

It is helpful to know a few things about blood types.  If you are O negative, that means your blood is universal and can be used by anyone without the chance of rejection so therefore this blood type is in high demand. If you are AB, you are able to receive any type of blood donation.

Reminder Five

Whole blood donations can be done every 56 days and power red cell blood donation can be done every 112 days.

Reminder Six

If you are afraid of needles, just look at the picture of my husband below! He conquered his fear after many years and is able to regularly give blood with no issues!  The feeling of accomplishment and helping people far exceeds the small feeling of the pinch of the needle!

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There are many opportunities to donate in KC! If you are looking for a place to donate check out the American Red Cross or Community Blood Bank. Both companies are running promotions right now with the KC Royals and Worlds of Fun if you donate.

From iFamily to Yours,

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Beat The Summer Slide: A How To Guide

May 31, 2017 at 11:22 PM • Posted in Educational Fun for Kids, Mom ResourcesComments Off on Beat The Summer Slide: A How To Guide

Avoiding the summer slide can be difficult, especially when your children are eager to get out and enjoy pool time, run around with friends, and get away for that much needed family vacation. Make sure that your child doesn’t fall behind before the new school year starts with these six simple (and fun) ideas from Erin. Take a look…

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 Beat The Summer Slide: A How To Guide

School is out for the summer!  My kids and I are embracing summertime full force with picnics, parks, pool time, and nature walks. We are loving summer and I know the “official start” to summer may be up for debate but it has definitely started in our house!  I definitely plan on sharing some super fun summer activities and boredom busters later on this season! However, I thought it was important to share with you some tips on beating the summer slide, where knowledge and skills are lost over the course of summer.  I read a statistic recently that said when kids go back to school in the fall that teachers will spend around six weeks re-teaching old material to make up for lost time.  My kids’ education is so important to me, so hearing that stat made me think about some ways to beat that summer slide and keep the kids learning and on track for the next school year.  Take a look at some ideas here and feel free to add your own ideas below in the comments.

#1 Read

Read 20 minutes a day. Read aloud. Have your child read to you. Listen to audio books. Lead by example and encourage your kids to read by enjoying a book yourself. Let your child pick out a book based on their own interests.  Read outside on sunny days or build a fort on rainy days and read inside the fort. Make it fun and engaging!

#2 Visit The Local Library

The MCPL branches have a fantastic summer learning program going on now until July 31st for ages birth to 19 years!  Kids can earn points by reading, doing small various activities at home and attending programs throughout the summer. Book prizes are awarded with each completed level and drawings are taking place throughout the summer for tickets to the Royals, Legoland, Powell Gardens, Coco Key, and much much more! Check it out and sign up online.

#3 Sharpen Math Skills

There are some awesome math apps out there like Reflex, which uses fun games to practice math skills.  You can also create good ole fashioned flash cards for addition and subtraction, multiplication and division facts.  Workbooks and activity books can be fun for road trips or for the daily commute. I’ve found some great flashcards and workbooks at Dollar Tree and Five Below.

#4 Take Field Trips

KC has SO many things to do for kids! Make it fun and educational by visiting fun places: Union Station and Science City, Money Museum, SEALIFE, KC Zoo, Harry S. Truman museum, Burr Oak Woods, National WWI Museum and the list goes on and on.

Pro Tip: Check out FieldTripGuideKC.com for inspiration on enriching activities for your kids! 

#5 Learn Around The House

Use everyday tasks you can encourage your kids to learn different things.  Take the kids grocery store and give them a chance to practice math skills, cook together, do fun science experiments with everyday household items, measure things inside and outside the house, chart the weather highs and lows and different weather patterns.

#6 Play Board Games

Uno, Monopoly, Bananagrams, Battleship, Memory, Hi Ho Cherry-O, Checkers and Chess, Dominoes are all great games to boost brain power!

By providing opportunities for your kiddos to keep learning throughout the summer months, you will give them an excellent head start to school in the fall and have some fun in the meantime!  And the teachers will thank you for it too!

From iFamily to Yours,

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22 Simple Summer Snack Ideas Your Kids Will Love!

May 30, 2017 at 11:46 AM • Posted in Family Health & Wellness, Food, Mom ResourcesComments Off on 22 Simple Summer Snack Ideas Your Kids Will Love!

Happy Tuesday, Kansas City!

Summer break is in full swing here in the metro area and,  if you’re like me, you’re already dealing with the constant battle of feeding (always) hungry kids at home and on he go. Brigette, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad team, is here to help. She’s come up with a list of 22 simple summer snack ideas your kids will love this season. Whether you’re heading off to camp, venturing out to the park, or relaxing at home – we’ve got you covered right here on the blog. Take a look…

22 Simple Summer Snack Ideas

22 Simple Summer Snack Ideas Your Kids Will Love!

The kids are out of school and, unless they are in summer camp, chances are they are like mine…and will be snacking! Kids seems to want more snacks than anything else, especially on days when they are very active and hitting those growth spurts.

Snacking during summer can be tricky at times, especially if you’re not prepared. It always seems to be easier to just stop somewhere to grab some fruit snacks or another sugary “snack”- And we all know what happens when they get that sugar overload! There are kids bouncing all over the place, attitudes change, and, of course, they are not receiving any nutritional value. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with what I like to call “fun snacks” (such as fruit snacks or the occasional sour patch kids) every once in a while. Of course, only you know what is best for your child.

But if snacking is something that just seems to be hassle getting together of too time consuming, here is a list 22 of my favorite go to snacks! Especially during the upcoming summer time heat!

Fresh Fruits

1. Apples

2. Mandarins/ Cuties

3. Bananas

4. Grapes

5. Berries

6. Pears

These are some of the best fruits to pack! They don’t need to be kept cool and you can throw a few in your snack back or purse! Plus they don’t have much waste (wrappers, bottles) o you don’t have to worry about a huge mess. For those really hot days, I freeze our grapes and let the kiddos eat them on the road. They taste like grape popsicles! If you have a smaller kiddo and need to cut the apples beforehand, soak them in a little lemon juice water to prevent the browning.

Veggies

7. Carrots

8. Celery

9. Cherry tomatoes

10. Edamame

11. Broccoli

These veggies are also great to just grab and go! A little wash off when you get home, chop them if not already in “baby form” i.e. baby carrots and you are set! My littlest loves tomatoes so these always get packed!

Grains &  Nuts

12. Granola Bars

13. Energy Cookies

14. Almonds

15. Trail Mix

16. Gold Fish

17. Dry Cereal

These are items we keep in our home all the time! Our oldest doesn’t like granola and the boy doesn’t like almonds so we get the Ziploc snack size baggies and fill them with a variety of these snacks. This way they can choose their own, not overdo it and still be a happy camper. Our energy bites are the only thing that really takes time to prep. For our kids we use about 2-3 mashed ripe bananas, about 1 cup and a half oatmeal and a few table spoons of chocolate chips. I mix them all together and bake for until they are firm. My kids love these especially with ice cold milk!

Drinks

18. Water

19. Fruit Water

20. Lemonade

21. V8 Juice

22. Juice Box

These should be every parents go to drink arsenal! One thing that my kids love to do is freeze their drinks (I guess they get their love of ice from me!). They will freeze their cups of whatever and when they are ready for some, they grab a spoon and dig in! I also fill their water bottles half way and freeze them. When we are ready to go out in the heat, I fill the rest with water and they have instant ice water that will last much longer than a few cubes.

I hope these easy snack ideas will make your kiddos summer snacking a lot easier! Let us know what simple snack ideas YOU have to help other moms on the go!

From iFamily to Yours,

Brigette

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New & Expecting Parents Join Us For Baby Love-Kansas City’s Only Baby Fair!

May 17, 2017 at 6:40 PM • Posted in Fairs and Festivals, Maternity & Prenatal Resources, Mom ResourcesComments Off on New & Expecting Parents Join Us For Baby Love-Kansas City’s Only Baby Fair!

New & Expecting Parents Join Us For Baby Love-
Kansas City’s Only Baby Fair!

Oh Baby! If you are expecting or have a little one at home, Baby Love, KC’s Only Baby Fair is the place to be!
Join us for a day of pampering, learning and connecting with resources in Kansas City to make the parenting journey easier.
Plus, as a bonus for coming, there are swag bags stuffed with samples, gift cards and baby items for the first 250 EXPECTING mamas.
Grab your advanced tickets here and save! 
$8 in advance, $12 at the door
Does your company offer a product or service that you know would benefit New and Expecting families in Kansas City?
Do you want to get your information in front of 3,000+ of these families who are eager to learn about how you can make their parenting journey less stressful?
Limited Vendor Spots Are Still Available!
For more information about reserving booth space
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From iFamily to Yours,

Your iFamilyKC Team

30 Fantastic Gifts for Mother’s Day This Year

May 5, 2017 at 9:49 AM • Posted in Creative Fun, Holiday, Mom ResourcesComments Off on 30 Fantastic Gifts for Mother’s Day This Year

Happy Spring, Kansas City! We’re finally moving into the nicer, warmer spring weather which means it’s also time for Mother’s Day. We here at iFamilyKC love our moms, and one of our Mom Squad Ambassadors, gives us all a great list of gift ideas to treat our moms like the queens they are on their special day. Take a look!

30 Fantastic Gifts for Mother's Day This Year 30 Fantastic Gifts for Mother’s Day This Year

Finding a gift for the woman who deserves the world has always been a challenge. What do you get someone who gives her soul so freely to others? How can one gift reflect everything she means to you?

You want to capture her value, how you see her, her beauty, her love, her inner strength, and everything she has taught you. Yet, you have no idea where to start. Well, rest your head, my dear, we are here to help. Most of us know that all moms really wants is to be shown how YOU see them. If you find a gift that reflects the light in her that shines through you… then you’re golden.

My best advice is you simply think the gift through.

What does she truly like? What does she truly LOVE doing?

Give her a gift that reflects what she loves the most. She truly just wants to be seen, understood, and shown that you pay attention to her. Honestly who doesn’t want that? I have included a list of gifts that reflect thought, passion, and love. I hope at least one of these help capture the essence of the wonderful person she is.

Good luck my loves. Channel your love for her, and I promise she will see and feel that, regardless of what the gift maybe.

#1 Help her relive a memory

…from your past that reflected what an amazing mom she is. Find old pictures from a childhood vacation and turn them into a photo album, have a quilt made out of old family photos, make a video for her of your favorite pictures of her, have artwork made out of a picture of the two of you, make a coffee cup of family photos, or simply make her a gift card to take her back to a place the two of you holds a special memory. Let her relive the love you felt in that moment. Trust me …. She will melt! <3

#2 Take her on a picnic

Make a picnic basket that includes her favorite foods, a blanket, a playlist of her favorite songs, and take her to her favorite park or garden. Let her keep the picnic basket and the playlist.

#3 Enroll her in a class

what is something she has always wanted to do? Yoga, paint, bake, dance, sing, sculpt, etc.… find her a gift card to a class, buy her some of the supplies she would need for it, and let her live out her dreams. Think of all the classes she let you be in when you were a kid… it is now her turn!

#4 Coffee & tea

Does she love tea or coffee? Why not update her mugs…. Get her some fancy tea cups with saucers, loose leaf tea, fancy coffee, or gift cards to her favorite coffee house.

#5 Items to entertain

Does she like to entertain others? Why not get her new serving dishes, new place settings, etc.

#6 Cooking utensils for the cooks

Does she like to cook? How about a personalized cutting board, new tea towels, new knifes, cooking classes, etc.

#7 Monthly subscription

Enroll her in a monthly subscription club of something she loves, there truly is a club for everything. They have Cheese Clubs, Wine Clubs, Cookie Clubs, Soap Clubs, Plant Clubs, etc. If you enroll her in a  monthly club she can receive one of her favorite items every single month. You just pay a small monthly fee and in return mom gets a gift once a month.

#8 Jewelry

Does she love jewelry? Well if so there are so many options online… you could get something custom made for her, get her a gift card to her favorite place, or just make her a piece of jewelry.

#9 Baking items

Does she bake…. Get her new pans, measuring cups, new supplies, etc.

#10 A cookbook of her recipes

Turn her recipes into a cook book … literally… or, take family recipes and turn them into a family cook book. There are many options online available.

#11 Yoga items for the yogi mom

If she is a yoga lover get her a new yoga mat, yoga music, a yoga bag to carry her mat, or new yoga clothes.

#12 Workout gear for the gym mom

If she loves going to the gym get her some new workout clothes, a new water bottle, iTunes, headphones, etc.

#13 Tech gadgets for the tech savvy

If she is always on the computer … you could get her a new laptop stand, bag to carry her lap top, speakers, gift card to her favorite online store, etc.

#14 Spa treatment…at home

New soaps, bath products, new robe, new towels, sheets, etc.

#15 Spa Treatment…away

A day out at the spa that includes a massage

#16 Pictures, pictures, pictures

Picture frames filled with your favorite pictures

#17 Family portraits

A family portrait session including the WHOLE family

#18 Take care of her feet

A pair of new shoes and a pedicure

#19 Concert or play tickets

#20 Tickets to a comedy show

#21 Some alone time

A weekend by herself- let her have the gift of solitude.

#22 A clean house

Hire a cleaning crew for three months and let her simply enjoy a clean home without having to be the one to clean it.

#23 Make her favorite meal

A home cooked meal prepared by the family- recreate her favorite meal for her.

#24 A Date night

Get them a gift card for somewhere fancy… maybe get her something to wear too.

#25 Girls Night Out

#26 Plan a family reunion for her

#27 Surprise her with someone who lives far

Fly in someone to visit she has mentioned she has wanted to see for a long time.

#28 Plan a family vacation

#29 Mail her a thank you cards every day for a month

Include everything you have ever wanted to thank her for but haven’t.

#30 Most importantly SPEND TIME WITH HER

After all, that is all she truly wants!

For more inspirational content, connect with Leah directly on Facebook at Living Life With Leah.

From iFamily to Yours,

 

 

 

 

 

10 Creative Gifts Teachers Will Love on the Last Day of School

April 28, 2017 at 10:20 AM • Posted in Mom ResourcesComments Off on 10 Creative Gifts Teachers Will Love on the Last Day of School

Good Morning, Kansas City! The end of the school year is approaching and it’s time for us parents to show the teachers in our (and our kids’) lives some appreciation. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Brigette, gives us a great list of 10 gifts you might give. Check it out!

10 Creative Gifts Teachers Will Love on the Last Day of School

 

10 Creative Gifts Teachers Will Love on the
Last Day of School

 

The last days of school can be such an emotional time for parents, students and teachers. Another year of learning, friendships, struggles all seem to get wrapped up into a whirlwind of emotions! I know I was a mess on my kids last day of public school simply because I loved their teachers and I knew what big adjustment was in the near future! And even though throughout the year you thank them, cooperate with them and help out on field trips or in the class room, there is still something about a gift from the heart that teachers love!
So, here are 20 simple, yet meaningful gifts you and your child(ren) can give to their teacher at the end of this year!

 

#1 Punny Thank You Notes

I’m sure you have seen these all over Pinterest! A super cute note attached to candy, gift cards or school supplies. These are always a cute Idea! Most of the time you just have to cut and paste and then you are good to go! This is one of my favorite resources for Punny Thank Yous!

#2 Personalized cups/mugs

First off, who doesn’t love a good mug!? You can head off to your local Big Lots or Ross and find monogrammed mugs or cups! If you are a crafty person, you can go a little further and put one of their favorite quotes or even a picture on one! Shutterfly (my favorite) can even do it for you!

#3 Pictures

Teachers always remember their students and a picture is worth a thousand words. Grab a plain frame from the Dollar Tree and have your kid decorate it then place their school picture inside. Bonus if they have one with their teacher! Make sure you put their info on the back!

#4 Gift bags

A gift bag can really go a long way. Fill a bag with some of their teacher’s favorite things. If they collect something like post cards, you can theme the bag around that collection by adding in stamps, pencils and blank post cards.

#5 Handmade shirts

When I was little, we made hand print shirts all the time! You can either outline your kids hand with fabric puff paint or have them cover their palm with paint and print it on a shirt or blanket. This would be a great classroom project for everyone!

#6 Gift Cards

Sometimes people say gift cards are so “impersonal” or that they aren’t from the heart. I beg to differ! Gift cards are one of the best gifts you can give to someone! You can buy one from their favorite store or load a visa gift card so they can use it on whatever they would like. A lot of times, teachers use their own money to buy items for the class room so a gift card is a great way to give them back some of that money.

#7 Wine

Ok, obviously you are not going to send a bottle of Rosé to school with your kid lol. But if you have the time yourself (after school hours) drop off a wine basket along with chocolates! If you don’t have the time to stop by yourself, there are tons of wine clubs and deals on Groupon that will deliver right to their door.

#8 Cards

Just about every teacher loves to get notes and cards from their students, you can buy a piece of fancy cardstock and have your child write a sweet memory, a poem or really anything that they want.

#9 Spa bag

After school ends, I’m sure your child’s teacher will want to pamper themselves after completing another long year. So, why not make them a spa bag? Add in some scented lotions, nail polish, face masks and a beautiful candle!

#10 Cash

Ok, who doesn’t just love cold hard cash?! You can tuck it in an envelope or get with the other parents in the class and all take up a collection. You can have all the kids and parents present their teacher with a gift of moolah. Most classes are pretty big these days, so if everyone puts in a little, you will surely receive a lot more than just one person!

 

I hope these ideas gave you some inspiration for your child(rens) end of school gift for their teacher this year. They do a lot and spend so much time with your kids, I know that anything or a sign of gratitude will be enough!

From iFamily to Yours,

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Deal with the Choice of Breastfeeding: A Mother’s Journey

April 11, 2017 at 5:16 PM • Posted in Family Health & Wellness, Maternity & Prenatal Resources, Mom ResourcesComments Off on How to Deal with the Choice of Breastfeeding: A Mother’s Journey

Howdy, Kansas City! Bringing a new baby into the world comes with it’s own set of worries and can be overwhelming. The responsibility of another human being is nerve-racking to say the least, particularly figuring out how to keep them fed. There’s plenty of controversy surrounding feeding a newborn, and our Mom Squad Ambassador, Sarah, wanted to share her journey through the overwhelm. Check it out!

How to Deal with the Choice of Breastfeeding:  A Mother's Journey

 

How to Deal with the Choice of Breastfeeding:
A Mother’s Journey

Last week my husband and I took our oldest to Kindergarten round-up. I did surprisingly well, but I was told this is the easy part; you go and listen to a presentation and take some paperwork, none of it is real yet. Kind of reminded me when we first got pregnant with her. We tried for what seemed like so long, we prayed, we planned, and we mapped out cycles and when that stick finally showed that plus sign we couldn’t believe it. I know that shock lasted for about 7 months, that is when we started getting the room ready, buying the hundreds of items that you needed in order to bring this 7 pound little person home and when we started buying for me. I was never one to imagine that anything would go differently than what I planned. Labor would go smoothly and perfectly (which it did except for the 22 hours to get her here!) and then we would have a happy and healthy baby that would start breastfeeding right away. Just to be sure, I made a batch of flax seed muffins two weeks before my due date. I still remember the look on my Dad’s face when he tried one at breakfast one day; which was pretty much that same face I made every morning when I ate one. But with all this preparation I got the pump ready and sterilized and cleaned out the freezer for the containers of breast milk that would start flowing the minute little girl hit the ground!
News to all you new moms out there—don’t make plans ahead of time. Sometimes things just don’t go the way you plan and I know now that this is okay. To be clear I am ProChoice—Breastfeeding ProChoice that is, we will leave politics out of this. I believe that every mom has a right to choose whether or not to breastfeed their child and they shouldn’t be judged either way for this. From that first meeting at the hospital I was urged to breastfeed because of the wonderful benefits it offers. I completely agree; all of the benefits to me and my child let alone the bonding that I would get to do with her while feeding her, and even better was the money that we would save in formula, bottles, etc. I was on board—remember the flax seed muffins? Fast forward to labor and birth, we were blessed, all went just fine and I wasn’t too worried when we had issues latching that first time; this happens, we will bring in the lactation consultant just relax and hold her close. When she latched that first time it wasn’t like a huge relief, if anything it was worse.

When the lactation consultant came in the next day things went from bad to worse; we had tried so many times to get anything to come out I was now bleeding and baby girl didn’t want any part of that- and rightly so! The lactation consultant still tried to get her to latch; tried to get something to come out and at the end of the session said I was dehydrated and my milk just hadn’t come in yet; give it a little more time. By day two—I was in tears, baby girl was still doing fantastic trying to latch but she was still not getting anything if very little. Everyone said that it was still important whatever she could get. At this point it was extreme agony for me to have her latch; but as a mom you work through it. I never could have imagined something so easy to be so difficult—NO ONE warned me about this.

At the end of day two, I was in pain, crying all the time and the lactation consultant kept telling me that I needed to try harder, that I needed to maneuver myself and my babies’ head to make sure she was latching. After trying for a few more times, tears welled up in my eyes. I looked up at her face and all I saw was disgust, she told me if I didn’t try harder that little girl could start to become malnourished and sick; bottle feeding was not an option because it would confuse her. After she left, I was inconsolable. How could someone who worked in this line of work be so mean and heartless when it came to a mom that was obviously having trouble? I felt completely worthless, my husband did everything he could to make things better and our little angel wasn’t even complaining, but I knew she must have been so hungry and I (her mother and provider) couldn’t give her what she needed. We went home three days later; little girl was doing fine she had only lost a little weight and whatever she was getting was moving through her. There were several theories that we had; maybe it was the hospital setting that was making me nervous, maybe it was because baby girl hadn’t cried very much signaling my body to produce. Whatever the reason I was so glad to get away from that consultant who I thought was having a bad day which turned into having a bad week and then by the time we left she had completely given up on me.

Once at home, my doctor and pediatrician said to pump and/or feed every hour and let her cry a little bit. On baby girl’s first pediatrician appointment she had lost some weight; now we needed to look at the pump, maybe it wasn’t strong enough, maybe it wasn’t frequent enough. So back up to the room I went with that terrible sounding machine hooked up to me. At this point I wasn’t spending any time with my baby, let alone my husband who I am sure was stressed out as well. Having a crying wife and baby was probably not his idea of a first week at home! My entire life was pumping to get those few drops of precious fluid. You are probably screaming at this point asking why didn’t I stop? Because I am her mom, my one job is to take care of her, provide her with nourishment and I would not be beat by my bodies’ unexplainable problem. In my head, nothing and no one else could do this.

Then I got a call, from a nurse who happened to be my best friend. She “gave me permission” to stop, she told me I wasn’t a bad mom but I would be if I continued. Why did her words echo differently for me? I knew I didn’t have to pretend with her, she knew what I was like and she knew I wouldn’t stop; it was like an addiction, an addiction to be the best and provide because I thought that if I couldn’t do that simple thing then what else was I going to mess up on?

When I say that I am ProChoice to breastfeeding—this is a stance that I took after having my babies. I was all for the benefits and helping my child grow and prosper but my body had different ideas. The second time around I was more firm, when my milk didn’t come in with my second daughter, we had the lactation consultant come in; and I saw the same look in her eyes of disgust that I couldn’t do this one simple task. I cried one more time and then had an amazing nurse who gave me “off the record” samples of formula that we supplemented right away. I told the lactation consultant that I didn’t want to see her again and came to the reality that my milk didn’t come in, so what move on! And you know, my second daughter didn’t mind at all.

This is only my view and my experience. I am sure there are a hundred moms out there that had amazing experiences and there are lactation consultants who are helpful and take pride in their work—bless you for helping those new mommies. But I know there could be just one mom that needs that friend to tell her to stop! What may be best for your baby may be something entirely different than what you are doing. Think big picture instead of just one little room—what is the best for you and what is the best for baby. You are still a great mom and that baby will soon be sitting at the table refusing to eat her dinner and you know what? It’s okay to stop forcing her—its okay to let her eat when she wants—she came out that way, why would it change!

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Spring Break Fun For Kansas City Families!

March 10, 2017 at 11:02 AM • Posted in Creative Fun, Educational Fun for Kids, Family Events & Activities, Mom ResourcesComments Off on Spring Break Fun For Kansas City Families!

Happy (Brisk) Friday Morning, Kansas City! It’s hard to believe that Spring (BREAK) is almost upon us here in the metro. I got a text this morning from a friend who was looking for ideas for where she could send her kids over break this year. Like many of you, she’s balancing work and parenthood and there simply haven’t been enough hours in the day to plan out activities until now. You’re in luck, Erin, one of our iFamilyKC Mom Squad Ambassadors, has come up with a list of fun camps and activities that your family can take advantage of this month. Be sure to also check out the current issue of iFamilyKC as well as our online events calendar for more fun ideas of family outings and activities going on around the metro. Take a look…

Spring Break Activities For Kansas City

Spring has almost arrived in Kansas City! Ignore the fact that this is the Midwest and we have snow in the forecast over the weekend! Along with spring comes spring break for the kiddos. If you’re like me you’re probably looking for some activities and ideas to entertain them (our break is 10 days long) for the duration.   Check out these fantastic places around the KC Metro area offering spring break camps and/or activities:

Union Station  – Spring Break Blast! Da Vinci: The Exhibition, Science City, Planetarium Shows, Zootopia, Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice at KC’s BIGGEST SCREEN, Junie B Jones The Musical, Model Rail Experience

Science CityInternationally awarded science center featuring 80,000 sq feet of activities to explore. Will be open every day through March 27th.

We Rock the Spectrum  – Spring Break Day Camp offered March 20th-March 24th. The deadline for registration is March 10th at 7pm. Call 816-844-9580

Sunset TrailsSpring Break horseback riding camp offered March 20th-March 24th. Campers will learn safety, horse care, play games and be able to show off their skills at the fun show at the end of the week. http://www.sunsettrailsstables.com/kids-horseback-riding-spring-break-camp

Champion Gymnastics AcademySpring Break camps offered March 13th-March 17th, Mon-Fri 8am-4pm.

Elite Gymnastics and AquaticsSpring Break Swim and Gym offered March 13th-March 16th, 1pm-3pm.

Learning2FlySpring Break camp offered March 13th-March 16th. Mon-Thurs, 8:30am-3:30pm.

Sky Zone SkyCamp is offered during spring, summer and fall breaks. Half day and full day camp available.

Looking for some more ideas? Look no further!

Go on a Nature Scavenger Hunt

Details HERE!

Make a bird feeder

Bird Feeder, DIY Projects, Kids Crafts

Learn How HERE!

Explore the City Market  – Shop all the seasonal produce and homemade goodies! And while you’re at it take a ride on the KC Streetcar  which runs daily and offers FREE rides around the area!

And you won’t want to miss out on these amazing places:

College Basketball Experience

Gymboree Schedule a FREE class for your little one

Xtreme Gymnastics  Every Friday night is kids night out from 7pm-10pm, $13

Emerald City Gymnastics  Friday, March 17th is a special open play session from 1-3pm, ages 4-12

Paradise Park Has fun activities and special savings all month long! Take advantage of their exclusive coupons in this month’s issue of iFamilyKC!

Urban Air has an array of fun activities going on during Spring break and all month long. Be sure to check out their online calendar for family fun details.

KidsPark St. Patrick’s Day party March 17th, Don’t Bug Me March 25th

SEA LIFE Check out Doodle Reef and the new CLAWS exhibit! Kids go FREE with promo code: iFAMKC         

LEGOLAND Open daily

WWI Museum  Check out Hands on History family event every Sat at 2pm

Ceramic Cafe  Check out their fun classes!

Paint, Glaze & Fire  Family Fun Night 2nd Friday of the month!

Summit Lanes Back to the 50s every Sun 12-5pm AND be sure to check out Mommy & Me Bowling specials on Mondays and Wednesdays (details are in the current issue of iFamilyKC!)

Create2Day  Family, Friend, and Fun Friday

Jump City Ninja Turtles Party! March 24th 5:30pm

From iFamily to Yours,

Erin

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