Healthy Versions of Your Favorite Junk Food

While most of us love the taste of junk food, we still know how unhealthy it can be for our body. Wouldn’t it be great if healthy food tasted this good? Well, since we can’t change the nutritional value of junk food, the next best idea is to use substitute ingredients to make them healthy. Here are some healthy versions of your favorite junk food:

Sour Patch Kids

Sour Patch Kids

Ingredients

For the Jellies:

  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lime, lemon, or orange juice or bottled cherry juice
  • 1/2 t citric acid
  • 1/2 cup water, divided
  • 4 (1/4 ounce) envelopes powdered unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup (3 1/2 ounces) granulated sugar

For the coating:

  • 1 T powdered sugar, plus more for dusting
  • 1 T cornstarch
  • 1 T granulated sugar
  • 1/2 t citric acid

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Oreo Cookies

Oreo Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1¼ cups/155g cocoa powder
  • 1½ cups/190g all-purpose/plain flour, plus more for dusting
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup/228g butter, softened
  • 1½ cups/300g granulated sugar
  • ½ cup/110g soft brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon instant coffee, dissolved into ½ teaspoon warm water
  • 6oz/170g rolling fondant icing

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Cheese Crackers 

Cheese Crackers

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 4 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 stick room temperature butter
  • 2 tablespoons quark, sour cream, or half and half
    salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon hungarian hot paprika (optional)

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Sour Cream and Onion Potato Chips

Sour Cream and Onion Potato Chips

Ingredients

  • 2 russet potatoes, sliced thinly with a mandolin
  • oil for frying

For the seasoning:

  • ¼ c. nutritional yeast
  • 2 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. dried chives
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley
  • ½ tsp. sea salt

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Peanut Butter Cups

Peanut Butter Cups

Ingredients

For the peanut butter:

  • 16 oz. jar of dry roasted, unsalted peanuts
  • 2 t coarse seal salt
  • 2 T honey

For the peanut butter cups:

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footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

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How to Relax on a Family Vacation

Relax on a Family VacationAs if vacation isn’t relaxing enough, sometimes parents are looking for that additional feeling of not having a care in the world! With all the stress of our daily jobs and chores, it’s such a great feeling to be able to take a vacation and enjoy the calmness and serenity of relaxation. Here are some great ways to relax while on your next family vacation:

Spa

The spa is well known as one of the most relaxing places you can visit, and especially while on vacation. Since most resorts and vacation destinations offer spa treatments, parents should take the time out of their day to enjoy a relaxing massage and/or facial, while letting the kids have fun on their own.

Sunbathing

If you’re on vacation, there’s a good chance you’ve traveled to someplace warm and sunny. When you get the chance, head to the nearest beach, set up a comfortable lounge chair, and just soak up the sun! It sounds so simple, but the feeling of relaxation is inevitable when you have nothing to worry about aside from sunburn!

Keep it Simple

While it’s always smart to plan out each day of your vacation, try to keep it as simple as possible. The last thing you want to do is worry about schedules and meeting times during your vacation away from work. Try to plan one primary activity for the day and let the cards fall as they may! This will undoubtedly lead to a more relaxed trip for the entire family.

Connecting Rooms

When booking the hotel that your family will stay in, try to find ones that offer connecting rooms. You owe it to yourself as parents, and to your children, to provide separate living quarters while on vacation. The adults deserve privacy and peace and quiet when necessary, and the kids will have a much better time at night knowing they don’t have to be super quiet to appease their parents.

Book with a Budget

Booking with a budget in mind doesn’t mean settling for a poor quality vacation in order to save money. Try to book your family trip with a budget in mind to take the pressure off of you once you actually make it to your destination. If you’re able to get a great deal and/or save money in the booking process, there will be a lot less stress about spending money and having a good time while on your vacation.

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Zippyz? Send your topic idea to: media@shopzippyz.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Zippyz makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

Teaching Your Children to Go Green

Teaching Your Children to Go GreenTaking steps to protect our environment is often a lifestyle adjustment for adults. It’s not easy being green if you weren’t raised that way. It’s on us to pass along the three R’s to our children. Reduce, Recycle, Reuse. Here are some ways you can instill eco-friendly habits in our children that will follow them into adulthood.

Reduce

Energy Use. There’s never a better time to teach someone about energy conservation than during childhood. Remind generation x to unplug their electronic devices from the wall when they are fully charged in addition to turning off the lights during the day. These constant reminders will change the way your children handle energy.

IDEA: Make solar s’mores. Children love s’mores, and you probably do too! This is a fun group project you can do with your children to teach them all about of natural energy. With household items like cardboard, and aluminum foil with sticks and stones you can create solar powered oven powerful enough to make delicious s’mores.

Recycle

Recycling is simple to do but it plays such a huge part in protecting our environment. Separating plastics/glass from paper and trash we can have positively impact our world.  Excess waste has detrimental effects on our planet. Recycling helps reduce the harmful pollutants used in landfills.

IDEA: Recycle incentive. By labeling garbage cans and giving our children the responsibility of separating the garbage appropriately, we reinforce the importance of recycling. Children love a good game. Providing a small incentive like a trip to the movies, or pizza night after one month of perfectly separated trash will keep them motivated to keep recycling.

Reuse

In addition to showing children how to appropriately dispose of papers, plastic and trash on garbage day, teach them how to refurbish. Trash isn’t always garbage. There are tons of fun ways to recycle, revamp and refurbish items around the house. Many of these ways can be fun!  DIY crafts from repurpose items and donating clothes are some of the best ways to introduce recycling habits to children. Once children begin to see the value of otherwise useless items, they will develop the habit of finding ways to reuse items before they discard them.

IDEA:  Create Customized Organization Containers. It’s easy to toss your old baby wipe boxes and jars once you’re done with them, but there are tons of ways items can be repurposed for storage and even art.

Tell us your favorite ways you go green with your children in the comment section below!

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Zippyz? Send your topic idea to: media@shopzippyz.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Zippyz makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

7 Fun and Useful Parenting Hacks to Try Out

Useful Parenting HacksI don’t think you’ll be able to find any parents who would tell you that taking care of kids is an easy job. While you need to take good care of your child to make sure that they are happily growing up, you also need to take care of all your other life’s tasks. Luckily there are plenty of “hacks” to make parenting easier and more fun for both you and your kids. Try some of these parenting hacks with your children:

1. Tank Top Barrette

If you have a daughter, there are probably plenty of cute barrettes around the house. This hack is especially helpful for when you receive an item of clothing as a gift that may be a little too big on your child. Simply grab one of her barrettes and clip it to both strings in the back of the tank top to make for a better fit!

2. Monster Spray

Scare away those monsters with monster spray! Fill a spray bottle with water and decorate it to make it special. If your child complains about monsters, give the likely hiding spots a quick spray to ease your child’s fears.

3. Clean-Up Game

This hack is not only fun for your child but it’ll actually help you clean the house. When it comes time to sweep the kitchen, make a small square on the floor with tape, in which your child will aim to sweep any dirt into. This also helps develop their coordination and motor skills in the process!

4. Travel Art Kit

A DVD case makes a convenient spot to hold crayons, colored pencils and a bit of paper. It snaps up nicely so nothing gets lost. This is a great way to let your kid be creative while you are on the go.

5. Draw Their Feet

How many times have you made it to the store for new baby clothes and realized you don’t know which size shoe will fit them right? Rather than dragging your child along for the errands, simply draw their feet on a piece of paper and bring it with you for shoe shopping! You don’t have to worry about their shoes being too small anymore!

6. Portable High Chair

With the purchase of a portable high chair, your life will be made so much easier with your child. This portable product will allow you to feed your child easily and effectively anywhere you go. With children getting hungry so quickly, this will come in handy!

7. Shoe Caddy Storage

When you take a long car trip, you’ll want to bring plenty of items to distract your kids, but they can make a mess in the car. Use a shoe caddy to hang on your backseat and keep everything organized.

infant support pillowGuest Blog by Alicia Overby – Founder & President of Baby Elephant Ears

Alicia is wife, mother, and creator of Baby Elephant Ears. Baby Elephant Ears was created out of parental concern, not financial desire. In 2005, when their second child was an infant, he cried all the time and just couldn’t seem to get comfortable.

After seeking advice and suggestion from the medical community and alternative medicine, they eventually ended up in the chiropractors office where their baby was successfully treated for asubluxation, discomfort most likely the result of the strain during labor, which was now being exacerbated by the normal lack of infant neck strength. Only proper neck, head, and back alignment would offer him relief. When they couldn’t find a product to give their baby the necessary support, Alicia took matters into her own hands and crafted her own infant support pillow. The first Baby Elephant Ears was born!

Interested in writing a guest blog for Zippyz? Send your topic idea to: media@shopzippyz.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Zippyz makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

5 Ways to Make Unique Family Memories

Make Unique Family MemoriesAs our kids grow up, there comes a time when we look back and ourselves, “Where did all the time go?” In fact, we ask ourselves that often. We’ll look at one of our children and realize they aren’t the little peanut we brought home from the hospital a few years back. Suddenly this little person is moving around the house and having opinions of their own.

We can’t stop time, but we can do some things to make sure we remember the formative years.

1. Schedule one-on-one time – When we’re in a crowd, even if it’s full of family members, there’s no way to get alone time with your child. In this busy day and age where there’s a thousand things to do, we have to schedule one-on-one time. Find time to do something you both like and share enjoyment.

2. Make holidays unique – Holidays have a special place in all of our memories. We can talk about that funny thing that happened July 4th ’07, or the special Christmas decoration mom bought in 20011. You can help build special memories by adhering to some traditions and starting some new ones. Do something unique, like play a special game on Thanksgiving or watch a certain movie on Christmas Eve.

3. Take family vacations – I know not every family can afford an elaborate family trip to an exotic location everywhere, but there are plenty of cheap options available. The trick is to get away from the normal and experience something different as a family; something you’ll be able to talk about for years to come. Take a road trip to visit a relative or simply go camping.

4. Save as much as you can – Every time you do something as a family that you want to remember, try to save something from the event. For example, save your airline tickets from the flight, or the menu from that theme restaurant, or their favorite baby pajamas. Keep all these keepsakes in a box that you can leaf through from time to time to trigger the memories.

5. Share meals together – There’s something intrinsic to our biology about sharing meals together. Have a party in your home and you’ll notice that most people tend to congregate near the kitchen. Every significant holiday we celebrate together involves food. Make sure that you and your family spend several nights each week having proper meal at the table.

How does your family make and preserve memories?

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Zippyz? Send your topic idea to: media@shopzippyz.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Zippyz makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

The Differences Between Your 4th Child and Your First

The Differences Between Your 4th Child and Your FirstWhen you have your first child, everything is new and a bit scary. You’re unsure of yourself, constantly asking questions and calling your pediatrician. By your second baby, you have a handle on things. Life isn’t so scary, but you still insist everyone wash their hands before touching your baby. The third baby is pretty simple; you have the help of the first two to get things done and you’re basically a pro. By the fourth baby, things are very different…

1. There are a lot less photos

During your first pregnancy, you probably took a photo of your belly every week. You took a photo of your child every day and posted it to Facebook immediately. It’s all so new that you had to document every moment of it. Your next kids, however, didn’t get such a treatment.

2. People celebrate a whole lot less

For your first baby, family you didn’t even know you had suddenly appeared to bestow gifts. Your neighbors from three streets over introduce themselves just to see the baby. Your home is overrun by baby gear and cute outfits. By your fourth kid, people have lost track of your pregnancies and aren’t sure if you have a brood of children or if you’ve started a mobile daycare.

3. You relax your hygiene rules

The first baby got a new outfit every time she drooled. You passed out hand sanitizer to friends who wanted to hold her. Now you’re wiping your last child’s mouth with her sleeve or even your thumb, handing her off to people without a second thought, and you aren’t sure how long she’s been wearing that onesie.

4. Illnesses are a lot more common

When it was just you, your spouse and your first baby, illnesses weren’t that common. There was the usual baby sniffles and occasional ear infection, but nothing serious. With a house full of kids, however, disease seems to materialize from nowhere and everyone gets it. Your last child has had a perpetual runny nose since birth.

5. You don’t worry about milestones

Is he holding his head up enough? Is he rolling over on time? Does he look like he’ll walk soon? There’s a lot of anxiety for new parents who are concerned that their child is developing on schedule. For the later kids, you won’t even stop to consider if things are happening “on time.”

6. You pay a little less attention

I’m not saying you love your newest child any less. Of course not. But you there’s no way you can keep the same level attention to detail as you could for your first. In the beginning, you might have kept a poop diary, scheduled your life around his naps, and carefully selected any TV programs that might be within earshot. On the fourth child, however, you let a lot of that go and cast your worries aside.

infant support pillowGuest Blog by Alicia Overby – Founder & President of Baby Elephant Ears

Alicia is wife, mother, and creator of Baby Elephant Ears. Baby Elephant Ears was created out of parental concern, not financial desire. In 2005, when their second child was an infant, he cried all the time and just couldn’t seem to get comfortable.

After seeking advice and suggestion from the medical community and alternative medicine, they eventually ended up in the chiropractors office where their baby was successfully treated for asubluxation, discomfort most likely the result of the strain during labor, which was now being exacerbated by the normal lack of infant neck strength. Only proper neck, head, and back alignment would offer him relief. When they couldn’t find a product to give their baby the necessary support, Alicia took matters into her own hands and crafted her own infant support pillow. The first Baby Elephant Ears was born!

Interested in writing a guest blog for Zippyz? Send your topic idea to: media@shopzippyz.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Zippyz makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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Healthy Family Food Recipes

I prefer to live a healthy lifestyle wherever I can. That’s especially true when it comes to the products and foods I offer my kids. Organic cooking is not that much different than cooking traditionally grown foods, you just have to keep an eye on your ingredients. Sometimes you have to make some substitutions, but there are plenty of incredible organic recipes out there. Here are some of my favorites.

1. Organic Strawberry Lemonade Pops

Organic Strawberry Lemonade Pops

Skip the pesticides and extra sugar! These are perfect for the summer and easy to make in large quantities.

2. Organic Potato Crust Quiche

Organic Potato Crust Quiche

Quiche is a great breakfast/brunch food for busy mornings because it can heated up and consumed quickly. Plus you can change the toppings to whatever foods your family prefers.

3. Organic Pumpkin Cheesecake

Organic Pumpkin Cheesecake

Everyone loves cheesecake! Be sure to make this one while pumpkins are still in season so you get the freshest ingredients.

4. Organic Chocolate Mousse

Organic Chocolate Mousse

This is a fun dessert because most people don’t have mousse on its own very often. Usually we use it as a filling, but it’s quite delicious.

5. Organic Pizza Zucchini Boats

Organic Pizza Zucchini Boats

Kids love pizza! You can make them extra healthy by skipping the traditional dough crust for something healthier like zucchini.

6. Guacamole Bruschetta Toast

Guacamole Bruschetta Toast

These have a ton of flavor and a nice texture (the soft vegetables and crunchy toast play nicely together). They’re better served as an appetizer than a stand-alone meal.

7. Banana Oat Energy Bars

Banana Oat Energy Bars

These are great for snacks for the kids because they lots of healthy ingredients. Plus, they don’t require any cooking, just mixing, so you can whip them up quickly.

8. Organic Frittata

Organic Frittata

Like the quiche I mentioned above, this frittata can easily be customized depending on your family’s preferences.

9. Organic Maple Roasted Chicken with Vegetables

Organic Maple Roasted Chicken with Vegetables

Sometimes you just want a hearty meal, especially during this part of the year. This is a good one to serve if you have company visiting.

10. Roasted Cauliflower Soup and Spinach Salad

Roasted Cauliflower Soup and Spinach Salad

This is a light meal perfect for when you dine alone. I wouldn’t recommend it for kids unless their tastes are really refined.

organic bedding and accessoriesGuest Blog by Jennifer Cicci of Babee Talk

As a mother, Jennifer understands the importance of offering nothing by the best for baby. Motivated by teeth marks on her children’s cribs, she decided to design a teething rail cover after trying products that didn’t measure up when it came to quality or style. What she found out made her even more concerned about children’s safety and health: The toxic chemicals used in the production of synthetic materials have been linked to birth defects, reproductive disorders, and weakened immune systems.

She asked herself, “What if I could revolutionize the way parents decorated their crib with a safe and stylish teething rail cover that could be placed on the crib from day one?” Babee Talk® launched in 2014 with organic bedding and accessories. Chew-friendly, drool-friendly, and organic inside and out, her products ensure a healthy start in life for babies.

She only offers products that she would provide for her own children. She hopes moms and dads will start to talk about the importance of choosing safe, healthy, eco-friendly products, especially for babies.

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Signs That You Need a Mommy’s Day Off

Mommy’s Day OffDespite the fact that mothers are virtually super heroes in disguise in terms of how much they’re able to accomplish every day, everyone gets tired eventually. The task of taking care of a child can be a job of its own, but managing everything else on top of that becomes incredibly tough. There are certain signs you may notice when your body needs a break, both mentally and physically. Here’s how to tell you may need a mommy’s day off:

Always Tired

If a good night’s sleep or a short nap doesn’t help you recharge, more drastic measures are necessary. Being constantly tired could mean something is wrong physically as well. If being tired becomes your standard excuse for not doing daily activities, going out, or just hanging out with friends, take a day or two of physical and mental rest so you can get your body back to normal.

Can’t Finish Tasks

If you find that you are rarely completing your tasks, then most likely the some extra rest is needed to increase your efficiency. A one-day rest might give you the energy and perspective you need to find the motivation to get important tasks finished. You can’t let your exhaustion interfere with vital activities of your day.

Life is Lacking Fun

Can you think of the last time you actually went and had a nice day with fun activity? Whether it be golfing, skiing, enjoying a favorite destination, or simply getting out of the house, you need some endorphins to give your brain and emotions a lift. This all starts with making sure your body is rested and ready enough for a full day of fun activities.

Always Busy

If you find yourself constantly running around all day without being able to take any free time for yourself, a mommy’s day off is much needed. A restful day will help you realize that being busy every hour of the day is not only unhealthy, but it’s not necessary all week.

Can’t Exercise

Physical activity is not only important for the body, but for the mind as well. The more sedentary your daily life becomes, the less energy you will bring to your work and your relationships. Once you take a day off to get rested, you’ll most likely feel energized enough for a good workout. This will act as a win-win due to the fact that exercising will in turn release endorphins to make you feel great when it’s time to get back to work.

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Zippyz? Send your topic idea to: media@shopzippyz.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Zippyz makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

How Moms Can Get Some Sleep

How Moms Can Get Some SleepAs a parent, we talk a lot about baby sleep. We analyze our children’s sleep schedules, judge their needs and bend over backwards to help them get the sleep they need. But what about moms?

There have definitely been some mornings for me where I laid in bed, looking up at the ceiling, wishing I could have just fifteen more minutes of sleep. I’m sure I’m not alone. Motherhood is a grueling experience for new parents. Amidst the lovey tender feelings is certainly some stress and anxiety. So how does a mom go about getting the rest she needs?

Sleep when the baby sleeps

There will always be chores to perform and errands to run, but your priorities should be your baby’s health and your own. When baby sleeps, you should sleep. Even if you aren’t particularly tired, lie down and close your eyes for a few minutes. Get the rest when you can.

Avoid excessive responsibilities

Everyone as a limit; a point of which they can do no more. Recognize yours and stop volunteering to help when you’ve come to it. For example, don’t volunteer to attend your child’s school field trip if the thought of a long day with hours on a bus makes you anxious.

After your delivery, use the hospital nursery

It’s funny that when we’re the most exhausted we’ve ever been (right after birth), we also want to interact with our little one as much as possible. Take advantage of the hospital staff and let them tend to your baby for a night or two while you recuperate. You’ll have plenty of time to bond.

Accept offers of help

When grandma wants to visit for a couple hours, say yes! Even if you don’t feel tired or stressed, let her come over and mind the baby for a bit. Rather than use the time to recover your inner calm, use it to prevent stress and exhaustion. Plus, you might have plenty of people who would enjoy the experience.

Speak up!

If you’re tired, tell someone! There’s no need to carry a burden by yourself if others are willing. Talk to the people in your life, especially your spouse. Let them know that the stress is starting to accumulate and you’re worried about its effect on your health.

In fact, carrying for a child while you are sleep deprived is dangerous. You could make a terrible mistake. You aren’t a bad mom just because you need some time to yourself – you’re just human.

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

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Arts & Crafts for the Winter Holidays

In my area of the world, it’s gotten real cold but we haven’t had much snow, so the kids are playing indoors for the most part. It is fun to decorate our homes for the holidays, but store-bought decorations can only go so far. Every home needs a few personal touches to feel authentic. Here are some holiday art projects that you can make with the kids to decorate your home.

1. Mitten Cupcake Toppers

Mitten Cupcake Toppers

These are simple, quick and you can add them to any type of cupcake you prefer (although a white frosting looks best). All you have to do is print out an image of mittens, cut them out and tape a toothpick to the back.

2. Paint Chip Christmas Tree

Paint Chip Christmas Tree

This tree made of paint chips can be hung up anywhere – the hallway, the kitchen, or a bedroom. If you live in a small apartment, it can also substitute for a real tree. Basically you just use paint chip samples (or colored paper) cut into triangles to form the shape of a colorful tree. (Helpful tip: lay out your design on the ground before you start securing it to the wall and take a photo so you get the pattern just right.)

3. The Rudolph Wreath

The Rudolph Wreath

Every kid knows the story of Rudolph! It’s a big part of childhood. With just some basic silver garland, a plain wreath, a few antler-like branches, and a red ornament, you can hang Rudolph on your door for everyone to see.

4. Bottle Cap Snowmen

Bottle Cap Snowmen

These are a pretty simple craft you could probably do with the supplies you have at home. All you have to do is paint some bottle caps white, paint on the buttons, eyes and noses, and secure it all together with ribbon. Hang on your tree or wherever!

5. Felt and Ribbon Ornaments

Felt and Ribbon Ornaments

Admittedly, these aren’t simple but they look simply amazing – unlike any ornament you can buy in a box. You’ll need some special supplies and have to follow the directions carefully, but once you make a few it will be easy to reproduce them quickly. Plus you can vary the craft so you have different ornaments.

6. Rudolph Cork Ornament

Rudolph Cork Ornament

There are actually several crafts you can make with your extra wine bottle corks, but Rudolph is my favorite (because the kids get a kick out of it). With a couple twigs, some fabric scraps and a bead or button for the nose, you can make all of Santa’s reindeer plus Rudolph.

baby swaddleGuest Blog by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the  Woombie Baby Swaddle

Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.

Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.

Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!

For more information, visit www.woombie.com.

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