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.

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The Importance of Family Quality Time

importance of quality time with familySpending quality time with your family can’t be emphasized enough. This is especially the case in today’s society where it seems as if everyone is always busy and there’s very little free time between work, school, chores, errands, and everything else that gets in the way. Regardless of how busy life can get, making sure to keep your family as one of the highest priorities is important to keeping the bond of your family unit strong. Here are some reasons for making quality time with your family:

Make Memories

Families who spend more time together will have more opportunities for memorable moments to occur. Whether these memorable moments occur once a week or once a month, your children will be sure to keep them in mind as they grow older with you. This will also allow for a stronger family bond to be built. A study published in the journal, “Family Relations”, found that families who enjoy group activities together share a stronger emotional bond as well as an ability to adapt well to situations as a family. Having these memories to look back on and cherish later in life will not only bring happiness, but it will serve as a reminder of how strong your family is together and the love that has always existed.

Positive Development

The more time that children are able to spend with their parents, the less likely they are to experiment with illegal substances and find themselves getting into trouble. According to a 2008 study by the University of Minnesota, adolescents who shared dinner with their family five or more times a week lowered their risk of substance abuse by 50 percent as compared to adolescents who shared family meals less than two times a week. This time spent together, whether it be playing, eating, or just hanging around the house, will undoubtedly serve as a valuable prevention from troublesome issues later in life.

Academic Success

A child’s academic success is yet another benefit that is directly related to the amount of quality time your family spends together. Parents who have the time to communicate and interact more with their children usually results in better academic success in their child’s life. Being there for your child to answer questions they may have, listen to their struggles, and discuss possible solutions will go a long way in helping them at school. Remember, you’ve been there before and you’re obviously more experienced, so helping your child with these issues is important.

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.

Spending Your Mornings With Baby

bonding with babyBefore having children, I never thought mornings were very special. I didn’t dislike the mornings, but I never greeted the sun with a smile like they do in the movies. I would wake up and immediately begin to consider the things I had to do that day.

When I had a child, that all changed. Children are tremendously active in the mornings. I like to sit for a minute and gather my thoughts, maybe have a cup of tea and grab a shower before I am ready to start my day, but not my baby!

Your Baby’s Body is Ready for Action

Just like you and I, your baby gathers rest throughout the night. But unlike you and I, baby doesn’t have the skills to control that stockpile of energy. While we might conserve energy because we know it will be fourteen or sixteen hours before we rest again, your baby wants to play right now. His little body and mind will go-go-go until he can’t stay awake anymore, then he’ll do it all over again.

Your Baby Hasn’t Seen You in a While

After a long night in the crib, your child has probably woken up a few times just like you and I do. He will wake up, look around, and realize he’s in a safe place. If he has learned to self-soothe, he’ll fall back asleep until his body is well-rested.

What this means is that he is somewhat aware that time has passed. He knows you have been away from him for a long period of time and he’s anxious to see you. He misses you – not in an anxious way, but in the way we miss our loved ones when they can’t be around. You’ll probably notice that your little one is all smiles when you enter his room in the morning, bouncing back and forth or jumping in the crib.

Use This Time to Bond

This is the perfect time for some bonding because your baby is in the best mood. There’s no tiredness or crankiness to ruin playtime. Even a fall or head bump won’t ruin the mood at this time of day.

Use this time to get some powerful one-on-one bonding time with your child, even if it means you have to start your day a little earlier to fit it in. Play silly games, make funny noises, or stretch out on the floor with toys. Any time you get a chance to build a positive memory, you’re not just making your child feel loved: you’re compounding all sorts of developmental benefits that will stick with him for life.

Your child won’t mind; he’ll be up anyway!

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Laura, a mom of two, is the inventor of PunkinWrap, a multi-use car seat cover and baby wrap. PunkinWrap is the only wrap purposely designed to multi-task as a blanket, car seat cover, sunshade, changing pad, tummy time mat, and nursing cover.  The 7-in-one baby solution can be placed over baby while nursing, over the car seat, or over the stroller to keep baby protected from the sun at all times. The wrap is lightweight and breathable so baby is always comfy. Plus, it also gives baby privacy while sleeping and protects him from the other elements like rain and wind.

More so, Laura is a former nanny with a degree in psychology who formerly worked at Yale University doing research. As an Atlanta native and currently residing in the best suburb of Atlanta: Roswell, Laura and her husband love their community. Laura volunteers on various committees in their city to help give back in any way she can.  Laura and her husband spent several years taking care of rescue dogs – transport, intakes, fostering, etc. and had to step away a bit once they had their first child. The Gravetts now have two children (girls ages 3 and 10 months) and three rescue dogs.

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8 Tips for Kids to Learn Healthy Eating Habits

teach kids to eat healthyIt’s so tough to teach kids to eat well these days. There are unnatural and unhealthy ingredients in our most inexpensive, most accessible foods. Kids can eat all the bad stuff they like as soon as they’re out of our supervision. It’s tough to monitor their diets. Even still, it’s important that we work to leave them healthy habits once they’re out from under our thumbs. Here’s how you can tech your kids to eat well.

1. Dinner time should be family time.

In our modern, busy lives it’s not uncommon for the family to eat separately. A couple people eat together, another eats in the car on the way to practice, one eats leftovers when she gets home, etc. When we grab something quick or eat in a rush, those foods tend to be unhealthy. Have everyone sit down to dinner together so you can actively monitor everyone’s food intake.

2. Involve your kids in the food shopping.

This isn’t always practical, but whenever possible, include your kids in the food shopping. As you shop, examine the packing labels and discuss the ingredients. Point out how not all foods are equal, and while some may quell hunger, they offer little or no nutritional value. The idea is to make understanding what they’re eating a part of the process.

3. Track down tasty foods.

Foods and snacks don’t need to be laden with sugar to be tasty. In fact, after a period of abstaining from sugar, you would notice that sugary foods are nearly unbearable. There’s a lot of tasty and healthy options out there, you just have to find them. The unhealthy stuff is usually front and center because it’s cheap and easy for stores to stock.

4. Limit sugar and salt.

These two ingredients are a big part of American food and while they’re fine in moderation, they a play a big role in the processed food we put on our store shelves. We don’t just find salt and sugar in cookies and candy, either. Large amounts are added into our staples, like bread, canned soups and vegetables and condiments.

5. Limit portion sizes.

Avoid filling your child’s plate and forcing them to finish every bite. This creates an unhealthy behavior of eating just because food is available. If your child is honestly full, don’t insist they keep eating. We tend to make larger portions for ourselves than we need, but we finish it before our brain registers that our stomachs are full. Eat a bit less and you’ll be surprised that you aren’t hungry.

6. Keep a positive attitude.

Kids (or anyone, for that matter) don’t like to hear what they can’t do. They like to hear what they’re allowed to do. When they ask what’s for dinner, tell them the menu with a positive attitude. Talk about how much you love green beans, peas, carrots and broccoli. Make it seem like a treat that they get to eat such great food. Praise them for eating well without being forced.

7. Serve as a good role model.

Like all parts of parenthood, your kids are going to behave like you no matter what you say. You can’t tell them to eat healthy if you don’t do it yourself. Piling salad on their plates will feel like punishment if you’re skipping that course. Eat the same healthy foods your kids eat and do it with a smile.

8. Set reasonable goals.

Creating hard, unbending rules is the best way to see them broken. If you banish sugary treats from your house entirely, you’ll make your kids crave them and binge when they get the opportunity. Most foods are safe in moderation, so don’t skip birthday cake because it isn’t healthy; let everyone live a little.

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