Display Only Baby Showers

There is a new trend when it comes to giving a baby shower, it is called a "display only" baby shower. If you haven't heard of these type of showers, it is where the mama-to-be and her guests spend more time socializing rather than spend the time opening gifts.  The guests still get to see what she will be taking home for baby, because all the gifts are brought to the party unwrapped and displayed out on a table for everyone to see.

Others may want a display only shower if they want to “go green” and save trees on tons of wrapping paper from fifty or so guests. Usually a card or a tag is included with the invitation so that everyone and the mom-to-be knows who brought which gift. 
Some people love this baby shower trend because they really dislike sitting down for two hours watching the mommy-to-be open present after present, while others say they look forward to the gift opening or they feel it's presumptuous, assuming everyone is bringing a gift.

So, you be ready to throw a display only shower and now it's time to let the guests know in their invitation.  Not all the guests may know about this new trend, especially the older guests who have brought a wrapped gift for years.  I found this cute poem to add to an invite that may work.
Tradition is changing and Showers are too,
So here's an idea we hoped you could do...
When bringing a gift could you leave off the wrap?
As it's xxxxxx's last days with an empty lap.
An unwrapped present can be just as caring,
and will save her from all the pulling and tearing.
We'll display your kind treasures for all to see,
then relax and honor the Mommy-To-Be!
Would you give a mom-to-be a display only baby shower?  Have you attended one?  Share with us what you thought about it!

Books To Help Kids Go Back To School

Is your little one starting preschool or kindergarten?  They might be excited, a little nervous or really scared.  Here are some books I have found that may be fun and helpful to read to them as they start getting closer to that first day.  Book descriptions are from Amazon.com

It's the night before preschool, and a little boy named Billy is so nervous he can't fall asleep. The friends he makes the next day at school give him a reason not to sleep the
next night either: he's too excited about going back!
With the help of Angus, the lovable Answer Dog, best-selling author Heidi Murkoff extends a hand to children and parents as they tackle life's first experiences together.
Hooray! It's time to go to preschool and that means it's time for . . .
Having fun, Making friends, learning about the world, sharing with others
using your manners, playing games, running, jumping, and swinging
imagining and creating, snacks and naps, drop-off and pick-up.
More, more, more!
Preschool for Maisy means a day filled with friends and things to do, from the time she
hangs her coat on a special peg to the time she says good-bye.
This adorable picture book celebrates all the familiar milestones and moments shared by every single kindergartener. Whether it's the first-day-of-school jitters or the hundredth-day-of-school party, every aspect of the kindergarten experience is introduced with a light and funny poem.
It's the first day of school! Join the kids as they prepare for kindergarten, packing school supplies, posing for pictures, and the hardest part of all--saying goodbye to Mom and Dad. But maybe it won't be so hard once they discover just how much fun kindergarten really is!
Dexter already knows everything there is to know about kindergarten. His big sister, Jessie, told him all about it. So Dexter is not scared. Not even a little bit. But his stuffed dog, Rufus, is scared. Actually, he’s terrified. But Dexter--er, Rufus--has nothing to fear: As he’ll soon find out, kindergarten rocks!
It's just ten days before kindergarten, and this little girl has heard all there is to
know--from a first grader--about what it's going to be like.

It's the night before the Big Day—-first grade! Penny is excited to start the year with
 her best friend right beside her in the same classroom.
After the first day of first grade, Henry's not sure how he feels about it. The teacher isn't like his kindergarten teacher, and the fifth-graders hog the monkey bars. But as Henry tells his mother about a new friend who likes soccer and about how he'll learn to read books, he begins to realize that maybe first grade won't be so bad after all.

On the first day of school, new classmates are asked to share what they would most like to happen in the upcoming year. Some kids? hopes are familiar while others are off-the-wall. Whether it's looking good on picture day or skateboarding at school, everyone's wishes are shown in humorously exaggerated illustrations. As the first day draws to a close, there can be no doubt this school year will definitely be the best!

Backpacks For Kids From Preschool To 6th Grade

As kids are going back to school soon, your are probably starting to buy all the gear and supplies it takes to get through the year.  A backpack is a staple for school kids, but making sure you get the right one for your kid is important. 

Backpacks come in different sizes and that is for a good reason. A child's age and size will help determine how much weight they can carry.  Hopefully this handy school age/grade guide from cafemom.com will help you pick out the right backpack.

For your little one who is just starting off, make sure to purchase a mini-backpack such as
 these below.  You don't want it too big where they can't wear it comfortably or it becomes
to heavy for them.

comes in multiple animals - $23.95

 For your kiddo's first experience in "big kid" school, be sure to get them a junior sized backpack to make sure all of their papers fit. Check out these cute junior backpacks!

1st Grade to 3rd Graders
 These grade schoolers need a backpack that is more of a standard size, yet not too big.
The straps on the bag should not be too large for your child's height and frame. These should work!

4th Graders to 6th Graders 
Your child's books will be getting heavier, and so will the weight on their shoulders. This is a good time to start thinking about getting a backpack with wheels so they can pull it on heavier days.

Comes in multiple colors- $24.99

Baby Names Inspired By Famous Places In America

thestir.com noticed that there are a lot of babies being named after famous places around the United States.  Is there a place in the U.S. that you have loved so much that you thought it would make a great baby name?  Maybe you just liked that name of a city, even though you haven't been there? Here are the names and places that are inspiring parents to name their babies!














Did you name your baby after a famous place in the United States?  Please share!

Funny Movies To See If You're Pregnant

lilsugar.com put out this great list of funny movies you should watch if you are expecting.   I had to pass this along to you.  With the long weekend ahead, you might just be able to see a few of these! The descriptions are from amazon.com

Knocked Up (2007)
Katherine Heigl and Seth Rogen star in the story of one night stands, pregnancy, and learning to grow up.


George Banks (Steve Martin) is ready to get footloose and fancy free! So when his daughter and his wife Nina (Diane Keaton) both announce they are pregnant, George finds himself in one outrageous situation after another, desperately trying to recapture the wild and crazy days of his youth!


Jake and Kristy Briggs are newlyweds. Being young, they are perhaps a bit unprepared for the full reality of marriage and all that it (and their parents) expect from them. Do they want babies? Their parents certainly want them to. Is married life all that there is?
Juno (2007)
A sardonic but ultimately compassionate story of a pregnant teenage girl (Ellen Page) who wants to give her baby up for adoption. When she chooses a couple who place a classified ad looking to adopt, Juno gets drawn further into their lives than she anticipated.
Bruce Willis supplies the voice of Mikey's thoughts, this is one baby who says exactly what's on his mind. Mollie (Kirstie Alley) is a single working mother who's out to find the perfect father for her child. Her baby, Mikey, prefers James (John Travolta), a cab driver turned babysitter who has what it takes to make them both happy.
Baby Mama (2008)
Laughter and hearty guffaws abound in this comical look at 37-year-old career woman Kate Holbrook's (Tina Fey) desperate attempts to have a baby. Never mind that she's not married and has never been involved in a serious relationship; Kate wants a baby and will stop at virtually nothing to get one. Enter Chaffee Bicknell's (Sigourney Weaver) surrogate service and her recommendation of the working-class Angie Ostrowiski (Amy Poehler) who, with her common-law husband Carl (Dax Shepard), is just desperate enough to take on the job in order to make some money, and the stage is set for baby making.
For Keeps (1990)
When high school students (Molly Ringwald and Randall Batinkoff) fall for each other, they wind up taking a crash course in adulthood in this contemporary romantic comedy. On top of the world and in love, their futures seem idyllic until one little thing throws them off track - a baby.
Nine Months (1995)
Sam (Hugh Grant) has it all - a wonderful girlfriend, a successful child psychology practice and a red Porsche. But he's faced with having something he never wanted when he learns his girlfriend (Julianne Moore) is expecting. The news sends the unflappable psychologist into a panic. Torn between advise given by a well-meaning but over-bearing couple, (Tom Arnold and Joan Cusack), and by his confirmed bachelor buddy (Jeff Goldblum), Sam's in serious danger of losing his mind and his girlfriend. He's got just nine months - give or take a week, according to their crazy Russian gynecologist (Robin Williams) - to grow up!
Jennifer Lopez stars as Zoe, a single New Yorker who dreams about meeting Mr. Right, having a baby and living happily ever after. But after a string of Mr. Wrongs, Zoe commits to her back-up plan: to take on motherhood alone. Zoe's plan proves far from foolproof when moments after her procedure she's swept up into a whirlwind romance with Stan (Alex O'Loughlin), the man of her dreams. Can Zoe hide her pregnancy until Stan is ready for the truth? Or will the truth send him packing? The Back-Up Plan is a hilarious romantic comedy about courtship, love, marriage and parenthood - but not necessarily in that order!

Teddy Bear Waits For Baby Video

Get ready for a super cute stop motion video welcoming their baby home, in the view of the teddy bear.  This is just so cute!

The video from a Minnesota couple, Chris and Aimee Knutson made this to celebrate their son, Henry's birth.  The video has gone viral and should be! Chris Knutson said the project took 60 to 80 hours to complete. 

Number of child deaths left in hot cars on the rise

I wrote this post 4 years ago in August when sadly there had already been 28 deaths from babies being left in hot cars. Unfortunately again, the 2013 year ended with 44 deaths total. 

As of today, June 20, 2014 there has already been 13 child/baby deaths from leaving them in hot cars. I can't even believe those numbers!

This summer is going to be HOT! Please, please unbuckle your baby and take them out of the car even if you are just running that "quick" errand. It isn't worth it!!! 

Did you know that on average, 38 children die in hot cars each year from hyperthermia (heat stroke)after being trapped inside motor vehicles?  The year is only half over and there have been this sad amount of deaths already! These incidents can occur on days with relatively mild (i.e., ~ 70 degrees F) temperatures and that vehicles can reach life-threatening temperatures (up to 120 degrees) very rapidly. - information from the Dept. of Geosciences.

Did you know they sell devices that can help prevent this? Here is just one of the devices that can help keep babies being left in a hot car. Check out the Child Minder HERE.

If you don't have an electronic sensor then follow this simple tip to prevent leaving your child in the car - leave your diaper bad, purse or briefcase in the back seat while you drive. This will make you open the back door to get the bag and you will then see the baby too.

Rent Maternity Clothes

If you are pregnant and have a special occasion to attend, you should consider renting a dress for that special event!   Here are some of the places you can rent maternity wear from.  Descriptions of how it works are from the company's website.

Rent Maternity Wear

How it works: Choose your dresses; checkout; dresses arrive by FedEx; look fabulous at your event; put dresses in the included pre-paid, pre-labeled mailer; drop in the mail, and you're done.
Dresses start at $35.00!

Mine For Nine

How it works: Borrow by the month, or if you want to keep it longer, that’s great too! There’s never a late fee – after the first month, we will just charge your credit card for an additional month if we do not receive the item back within seven. The rental clock starts until you receive the package. We track the package delivery via the shipping service and then will send you an email with the return date. 
Along with dresses, they have work clothes and you can purchase items too!

Belly Bump Boutique

How it works: Belly Bump Boutique features online maternity formal wear for rent. Our mission is to save mothers-to-be significantly by renting -- rather than purchasing that same garment at full retail value.
Rent 1 dress, or multiple dresses, for your event. Rent now to secure your dress, even if your event is weeks away. Rental duration is 7 days from the date received.
Ship back to Belly Bump on the 7th day using our enclosed packaging and return label
All rentals include free return shipping and dry cleaning costs.

How it works: You can borrow for a month or two or three! Only pay a monthly rate every 30 days until the product is returned. When you are done, just return the products in a pre-paid envelope.

Books For Kids That Celebrate Dads

Father's day is in a few days, need a gift idea?  pbs.org put out this wonderful list of books for children that show the bond between dads and kids.  If you are looking for a special book for the dad in your life to share with his kids, one of these will definitely be it! 

1. Daddy Hugs or Daddy and Me By Karen Katz
2. Guess How Much I Love You By Sam McBratney
4. My Dad Is the Best Playground By Luciana Navarro Powell
6. My Dad By Anthony Browne
7. Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too By Anna Dewdney
8. The Night Before Father's Day by Natasha Wing
                9. A Wild Father's Day by Sean Callahan             
Just the Two of Us By Will Smith
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