Top 10 Christmas Gifts 2012

We’ve got 56 days until Christmas! If you haven’t started shopping, its time to get lists made and hit the internet.  The power of the web has allowed us to browse, compare, shop and find coupons right from our swivel chairs. I love it! I’ve done a little research for you and created this list of hot items for 2012.  Electronics rise to the top of the lists again, but I’ve included some favorites for our little tikes too.

1. We are all talking about the coming elections but Apple has swept the electronics race yet again. iPads, iPods, iPhones, Apple T.V, and all of the accessories that go with them are losing no momentum.  The shuffle, the Nano and even the touch have all been out dated by a new iPod line released this year.  My kids have already asked for the new iPod touch this year. Rather than take 5+ spots for all of the products Apple provides, we are going to give them the number spot and move on.

2. If you have a gamer in the house we know you have heard of this next item.  “Call of Duty Black Ops 2” is certain to sweep the shelves this holiday as always.  Most avid gamers can’t wait until Christmas to break into this game.  With its release on November 13th it will be hard to get your gamer to wait.

3. Furby makes the list again this year.  With new colors and features including a downloadable app, they make the 2012 list.

4. This next item is new this year. “Fijit Friends” is an interactive toy that speaks, dances and has voice recognition.  It even responds to over 150built-in phrases and jokes.  It has some cool features but with a $50 price tag (Toys R Us), you might want to wait for a sale or use those valuable $10 coupons that come each year with their “big book of toys”

 

 

5. The Kindle Fire is said to do well this year.  With easy downloadable features, the avid reader will love this.

6. Barbie’s are a classic staple in a little girl’s life.  Kits that include miniatures and pets are great affordable options for gifts.  The Barbie Puppy Swim School set is a great idea for about $25 at Toys R Us.

7. It wouldn’t be Christmas without an appearance from Elmo.  This year’s version is the “Sesame Street Laugh Out Loud Elmo”.  It rolls around on the floor and tells jokes and comes with a squeaky toy that activates his laughing.

8. If you have a little girl, the Lalaloopsy dolls are still a hit.  With a variety of dolls and products, there is something that will fit any budget.

9. If there is a boy in your house, LEGO’s are probably filling one of those storage bins in his room.  LEGO’s make a great gift for boys of most ages and come in so many varieties that it will be easy to find something for everyone. The Ninjago and Star Wars varieties are always popular options.

10. Last but not least, the “Leapfrog  LeapPad 2 tablet” is expected to be a big seller this year.  If you have toddler/preschooler in the house, this is a good option for promoting some great skills and having fun.

Hope this helps you get started.  Thursday we will post a list of  DIY Christmas gift ideas for our “Thrifty Thursdays” Update.  Come visit us each day as we post great info M-F.  See below for what you can expect each day.

Funniest Baby Costumes

 

 

As I was browsing the web last week I thought it would be fun to post some of the cutest baby costumes I came across.  Well after a little searching and a lot of laughing, I had to switch that to the funniest baby costumes.  I hope you find them as humorous as I did.

 

 

 

 

 

This spring chicken looks like he just laid an egg

 

 

 

 

 

Toddler Taco Tuesday!

 

 

 

 

 

Looks like his dad is starting off his day with a solid breakfast.  Who need bananas when you can have babies in your bowl!

 

 

 

 

 

This cute little meatball can sit on my table any night.

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s not open this can of babies…I mean worms.

 

 

 

 

 

Order up!

 

 

 

 

 

If this baby starts singing “kiss the girl” I’m outta here!

 

 

 

 

 

Do you smell something????

 

 

 

 

 

“Yes I’ll have a #4 and make sure you put plenty of packets of baby in there”

 

 

 

 

 

Who’s carving the turkey?

 

 

 

 

 

Baby Prohibitionist

.. nuff said

Exercising while breastfeeding

 

Can I follow my same exercise routine if I am breastfeeding? If you are a breastfeeding mom, or considering breastfeeding, questions like these often get asked.  I’m here to help answer them for you.

Can I still exercise and run while breastfeeding? Good question! Of course you can exercise while breastfeeding.  Studies have shown that there is no difference in milk supply for women who exercised regularly.  Exercise improves a mother’s heath and has a positive effect on her emotional well-being.

Are there any disadvantages to exercising while breastfeeding? When a mother exercises at 100% intensity or works out until exhaustion, some studies show a decrease in IgA levels for 10-30 minutes after your workout.  IgA’s are the immunologic factors in a mother’s milk.  The IgA’s are not reduced enough to have any effects on your baby, but pumping before your heavy exercise is an option while your body restores itself.

My baby doesn’t want to nurse after I’ve been working out. Why? This could be as simple as sweat! Make sure that you shower before trying to feed your baby.  They often do not like the salty taste of the sweat on your breast.

It hurts when I run……help! For any women with large breasts out there you know this feeling, but this can be magnified when breastfeed.  Nursing or pumping before your workout will certainly help this issue. If running, jumping etc., the proper support is definitely a must.  If you are still uncomfortable, try lower impact exercises or swimming! It’s a great workout and less strenuous on your chest.  As with a regular workout, I would suggest showering after swimming.  Public pools and the taste of chlorine might not be favorable for your baby.

Since I’ve been working out, I have lumps around my breasts that are painful. What is this? Don’t panic! This is most likely a blocked or plugged duct.  If you lift weights often or do any other excises that involve repetitive arm movement, you are at risk of developing a plugged duct. Just cut back on your weight lifting and start again more slowly once the duct is clear. As always, if you have any concerns that there is a bigger issue, please see your physician.

Final tip! Stay hydrated. Your body is producing a lot of fluid during this special time.  Remember to replenish those important fluids that you lose during your work out.

Working out is fun, makes you feel great, and is healthy for your body and mind.  So take a class, go for a swim, get out that jogging stroller or take a ride on your bike. Have a great time!

-bizzy babee

Boob Check!

 

Ok ladies, in light of breast cancer awareness month I thought it would be fitting to make sure that our breasts are happy and healthy! The self-breast exam is a great way to make sure that everything is where it is supposed to be. It is also one of the best ways to catch any unusual lumps and bumps early so that they can be taken care of properly.

Let’s get started!

In the mirror:

  1. Stand undressed from the waist up in front of a large mirror in a well-lit room. Look at your breasts. Don’t be alarmed if they do not look equal in size or shape. Most women’s breasts aren’t. With your arms relaxed by your sides, look for any changes in size, shape, or position, or any changes to the skin of the breasts. Look for any skin puckering, dimpling, sores, or discoloration. Inspect your nipples and look for any sores, peeling, or change in the direction of the nipples.
  2. Next, place your hands on your hips and press down firmly to tighten the chest muscles beneath your breasts. Turn from side to side so you can inspect the outer part of your breasts.
  3. Then bend forward toward the mirror. Roll your shoulders and elbows forward to tighten your chest muscles. Your breasts will fall forward. Look for any changes in the shape or     contour of your breasts.
  4. Now, clasp your hands behind your head and press your hands forward. Again, turn from side to side to inspect your breasts’ outer portions. Remember to inspect the border underneath your breasts. You may need to lift your breasts with your hand to see this area.
  5. Check your nipples for discharge (fluid). Place your thumb and forefinger on the tissue surrounding the nipple and pull outward toward the end of the nipple. Look for any discharge. Repeat on your other breast.

In the shower:

  1. Now, it’s time to feel for changes in the breast. It is helpful to have your hands slippery with soap and water. Check for any lumps or thickening in your underarm area. Place your left hand on your hip and reach with your right hand to feel in the left armpit. Repeat on the other side.
  2. Check both sides for lumps or thickenings above and below your collarbone.
  3. With hands soapy, raise one arm behind your head to spread out the breast tissue. Use the flat part of your fingers from the other hand to press gently into the breast. Follow an up-and-down pattern along the breast, moving from bra line to collarbone. Continue the pattern until you have covered the entire breast. Repeat on the other side.

Lying down:

  1. Next, lie down and place a small pillow or folded towel under your right shoulder. Put your right hand behind your head. Place your left hand on the upper portion of your right breast with fingers together and flat. Body lotion may help to make this part of the exam easier.
  2. Think of your breast as a face on a clock. Start at 12 o’clock and move toward 1 o’clock in small circular motions. Continue around the entire circle until you reach 12 o’clock again. Keep your fingers flat and in constant contact with your breast. When the circle is complete, move in one inch toward the nipple and complete another circle around the clock. Continue in this pattern until you’ve felt the entire breast. Make sure to feel the upper outer areas that extend into your armpit.
  3. Place your fingers flat and directly on top of your nipple. Feel beneath the nipple for any changes. Gently press your nipple inward. It should move easily.

 

If you have done all of these steps and you are still feeling unsure, just ask your family doctor or OBGYN to do a quick exam on your next visit.  If you are over 35, its time to get the real thing…. The mammogram!

Just remember that it’s better to be safe than sorry.  Many things can be done early on so to prevent and reduce breast cancer so don’t delay!

Breast-feeding or Breast augmentation?

 
I have had breast augmentation can I nurse?

These days this question comes up more often than you think! Whether it be enlargement, reduction, lift, removal of tumor or mastectomy, many women have had surgery on their breast and ask….can I still Breast-feed? Well here is the answer. In most cases YES! Now I am not a doctor and if you have additional health issues that led to your surgery, you should always consult your doctor first.  As for the most common of the listed above, (breast enhancement!), you should be fine to feed.

Lets do some explaining.  The breast has glands that are in the breast tissue.  These glands are filled with milk after the birth of a baby.  This generally causes your breast to become even larger. All of this happens magically thanks to Mother Nature.  There are 3 ways that breasts are implanted into the breast tissue.  They can be inserted through the armpit, under the breast, or through the nipple.  Although all 3 do not prevent from nursing, but it has been said that some mothers that use the nipple entry method lose sensitivity in the nipple due to nerve damage during the surgery.

Let you doctor or nurse practitioner know if you are thinking about breast-feeding and they can answer any further questions you might have.  As for nursing with breast enhancement…. You are good to go! So head over and grab one of our full coverage wraps.  New colors are coming this week!

A Woman’s Choice

 

It seems that woman are often faced with so many difficult choices thee days.  We want what’s best for our kids and our families, but we also tend to get pulled in so many directions.  I read a couple of articles this week that hit home for me and wanted to share my thoughts in this week’s blog.

I read an article this last week that says that woman get 27% less sleep than men.  Additionally there is another 17% gap in quality sleep for women that work out of the home.  To top it all off, men get an additional 4-80 minutes of leisure time per day over woman. I’m sure these results are nothing compared to our single mom’s out there get.  But this isn’t a man vs. woman statement.  This is a “mom’s work hard” statement.  Which brings me to the second article I read.  It was about mothers who work in the home.  I’ll briefly tell you that I worked out of the home for 15 years trying to balance family and career.  I recently decided to give up that career (and pay!), to work in my home and be closer to my family, so I have seen both sides of the coin.

This article was about standing up for mothers that work in the home. How these moms truly work hard to make everyone else’s life easier. And I think the statistics above show that.  But what hit a cord for me was how we are always trying to justify our choices.  The stay-at-home mom trying to prove she works hard, and the working mom trying to prove her family is still important and her kids are not neglected because she made this choice. These feeling couldn’t be more true.  As a working mom I felt I was always apologizing when I couldn’t be there 100% of the time.  Now working from home I feel more busy than ever, yet I still run down everything I’ve done for the day to my husband hoping he doesn’t think I’m laying around all day while he’s out working.

If you are a woman reading this I am sure that at some point you’ve had these feelings.  Feel strong in your choice! We are all mom’s doing our best to take care of these little miracles.

This brings me to another hard choice every woman has to make. BREASTFEEDING! We here are Bizzy Babee know that breastfeeding isn’t for everyone.  That is a choice that each woman has to make for herself.  We are here to provide a way for you to do it comfortably if you decide to do so.  If breastfeeding isn’t the way for you, that’s ok! Bizzy Babee wraps can be used on planes, at games, watching movies, or just for swaddling your baby as you try to rock them to sleep. Grab a BB wrap for your next shower and pick one up for yourself! I wear mine at football games to give me coverage while sitting on bleachers and to keep me warm.

And a special thanks to the owner of Bizzy Babee Ashlie Belnap, the hardest working mother I know!

Showered With Gifts!

Showered with gifts

 

Last week I talked about the coolest baby trends happening this year.  Every mom wants to be on trend and have the best items for their baby, but with all the new items she is hunting for, she may not be able to get all the items she wants. That’s where you come in.  The best baby shower gift is one that mom both needs and is chic! When we arrive at a shower with our gift, it is nice to get the new mom to be something that she might not get for herself.  I’ve tied together the top 10 baby shower gifts with my favorite gift items.

1. Personalization – Personalizing gifts is a great way to put thought into your gift with out spending a ton of extra money.  This personalized picture is a great way to add to a mother’s new nursery.  Pair two in theme for a wining gift.

2. European Baby – As mentioned in last week’s update, Europe infused fashions are on trend.  These European baby booties are a chic addition to baby’s wardrobe.

 

 

 

 

 

3. Chew on this – Teething rings are always a popular baby gift, but this teether ties a personal touch with the handcrafted design of wood that is on trend for the upcoming year.

 

 

 

 

 

4. A, B, C’s – Reading is one of the most important things we can do with our budding babies. This starter library is a great way to start a new mothers collection.

 

 

 

 

 

5. Giddy-up – Baby carriers are becoming very popular.  This ergonomic carrier is both comfy and cute.

 

 

 

 

 

6. Hang me out to dry – Seems like we never have enough hangers for all those new outfits we get. These wooden hangers could be used both functionally and as décor’

 

 

 

 

 

7. Write this down – We all have great dreams of scrapbooking, journaling, and keeping every lock of hair that falls off our babies head, but lets be honest, its hard! This 5-second memory journal is a great idea for busy mom’s (which Is all of us right!)

 

 

 

 

 

8. Hobo Baby – As mentioned last week, multi purpose items are great for moms.  I found a Hobo bag that doubles as a diaper bag but will last long after that. This silver sling is H.O.T.

 

 

 

 

 

9. Did you make that?   – Hand crafted items are in, but not all of us are ready to D.I.Y everything! This Handmade baby book is adorable!

 

 

 

 

10. Boobs and Bottles – Every mother makes that tough choice to breast or bottle-feed her baby. Either way they will need supplies! Often times we forget that nursing moms still need pumps, pads, and bottles to store milk if needed.  But every nursing mother needs something to swaddle her baby in while covering herself up. Our nursing wraps are made of the best breathable quality fabric and will look great on.  No more half aprons! Try one of these for your next shower gift