Baby Names Inspired By Famous Places In America 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 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

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? 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

Do You Know What Drowning Looks Like?

As summer is approaching, your kids will be swimming in pools and playing in the ocean before we know it. We all know that safety is first when it comes to water play, but do you actually know what drowning looks like?  The article "Drowning Doesn't Look Like Drowning" was passed on from the blog, Juggling With Kids ( via Facebook and I really wanted to share it with you. 

The Red Cross has launched a national campaign to encourage more Americans to learn now only how to swim but to become stronger swimmers. They state that only four in ten parents of children ages 4-17 reported that their child can perform all five basic swimming skills, but more than 90 percent of them acknowledged their child was highly likely to participate in water activities this summer.

Do you know what drowning looks like?
Unintentional drowning is the number two cause of accidental death in children, age 15 and under (just behind vehicle accidents). Approximately 750 children who will drown next year, about 375 of them will do so within 25 yards of a parent or other adult. In ten percent of those drownings, the adult will actually watch them do it, having no idea it is happening.

You probably are thinking, "How can the parent not know with all the splashing and yelling for help?"  That is because TV makes us think that is how someone drowns, but actually it is almost always a very quiet event.  The waving, splashing, and yelling that dramatic conditioning (television and movies) prepares us to look for, is rarely seen in real life.

The Instinctive Drowning Response, named by Francesco A. Pia, Ph.D., is what people do to avoid actual or perceived suffocation in the water. In an article written for the Coast Guard’s On Scene Magazine, he described the instinctive drowning response like this:
  1. Except in rare circumstances, drowning people are physiologically unable to call out for help. The respiratory system was designed for breathing. Speech is the secondary or overlaid function. Breathing must be fulfilled, before speech occurs.
  2. Drowning people’s mouths alternately sink below and reappear above the surface of the water. The mouths of drowning people are not above the surface of the water long enough for them to exhale, inhale, and call out for help. When the drowning people’s mouths are above the surface, they exhale and inhale quickly as their mouths start to sink below the surface of the water.
  3. Drowning people cannot wave for help. Nature instinctively forces them to extend their arms laterally and press down on the water’s surface. Pressing down on the surface of the water, permits drowning people to leverage their bodies so they can lift their mouths out of the water to breathe.
  4. Throughout the Instinctive Drowning Response, drowning people cannot voluntarily control their arm movements. Physiologically, drowning people who are struggling on the surface of the water cannot stop drowning and perform voluntary movements such as waving for help, moving toward a rescuer, or reaching out for a piece of rescue equipment.
  5. From beginning to end of the Instinctive Drowning Response people’s bodies remain upright in the water, with no evidence of a supporting kick. Unless rescued by a trained lifeguard, these drowning people can only struggle on the surface of the water from 20 to 60 seconds before submersion occurs.
Look for these other signs of drowning when persons are in the water:
  • Head low in the water, mouth at water level
  • Head tilted back with mouth open
  • Eyes glassy and empty, unable to focus
  • Eyes closed
  • Hair over forehead or eyes
  • Not using legs – Vertical
  • Hyperventilating or gasping
  • Trying to swim in a particular direction but not making headway
  • Trying to roll over on the back
  • Appear to be climbing an invisible ladder.

The CDC also has a lot of wonderful information about water safety and I wanted to share the information about drowning prevention. Here are some important tips to follow to prevent drowning.
  • Supervision when in or around the Water. Designate a responsible adult to watch young children while in the bath and all children swimming or playing in or around water. Supervisors of preschool children should provide “touch supervision”, be close enough to reach the child at all times.  Adults should not be involved in any other distracting activity (such as reading, playing cards, talking on the phone, or mowing the lawn) while supervising children. Buddy System. Always swim with a buddy. Select swimming sites that have lifeguards whenever possible.
  • Seizure Disorder Safety. If you or a family member has a seizure disorder, provide one-on-one supervision around water, including swimming pools. Consider taking showers rather than using a bath tub for bathing.
  • Learn to Swim. Formal swimming lessons can protect young children from drowning. However, even when children have had formal swimming lessons, constant, careful supervision when children are in the water, and barriers, such as pool fencing, to prevent unsupervised access are necessary.
  • Learn Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). In the time it might take for paramedics to arrive, your CPR skills could make a difference in someone’s life.
  • Do Not Use Air-Filled or Foam Toys.   Do not use air-filled or foam toys, such as "water wings", "noodles", or inner-tubes, in place of life jackets (personal flotation devices). These toys are not designed to keep swimmers safe.
  • Avoid Alcohol. Avoid drinking alcohol before or during swimming, boating, or water skiing. Do not drink alcohol while supervising children.

If you have a swimming pool at home:

  • Four-Sided Fencing. Install a four-sided pool fence that completely separates the house and play area of the yard from the pool area. The fence should be at least 4 feet high. Use self-closing and self-latching gates that open outward with latches that are out of reach of children. Also, consider additional barriers such as automatic door locks or alarms to prevent access or notify you if someone enters the pool area.
  • Clear the Pool and Deck of Toys. Remove floats, balls and other toys from the pool and surrounding area immediately after use so children are not tempted to enter the pool area unsupervised.

If you are in or around natural bodies of water:

  • Know the local weather conditions and forecast before swimming or boating. Strong winds and thunderstorms with lightning strikes are dangerous.
  • Use U.S. Coast Guard approved life jackets when boating, regardless of distance to be traveled, size of boat, or swimming ability of boaters.
  • Know the meaning of and obey warnings reporesented by colored beach flags, which may vary from one beach to another.  (Flag color infomation available on their website HERE.)
  • Watch for dangerous waves and signs of rip currents (e.g., water that is discolored and choppy, foamy, or filled with debris and moving in a channel away from shore). If you are caught in a rip current, swim parallel to shore; once free of the current, swim toward shore.
I also want to remind everyone that drowning is not just something that happens in pools, oceans or lakes.  Your Swanky Baby takes a bath everyday (well, almost everyday right?) and it is just important to follow these tips and know the signs of drowning when giving a bath. Most importantly, NEVER leave your child alone in the bath.

Fun and Healthy Snacks For Kids put together these creative and fun snacks that I think your kids will eat right up! I wanted to share, especially for those with picky eaters.  The best part is that they are super easy for the parent to make! Happy snacking!

Apple and Grape Cars 
Cut apples into 1/2-inch slices and put toothpicks into both ends of the
apple slice.  Attach grapes to the toothpicks to make wheels.
Kiwi and Banana Palm Tree

Put half of a banana as the trunk of the tree and cut one kiwi into slightly
curved slices so they fan out like palm tree leaves.
String Cheese Octopus
Take kitchen scissors and cut the bottom of the string cheese in half. Then keep 
cutting the string cheese pieces until there are eight tentacles.
To make eyes, cut a raisin in half and stick it with peanut butter.
Strawberry Flower
Slice two strawberries into 1/4-inch pieces then arrange the strawberries to form flower petals. Fill the middle with blueberries and use a stalk of celery for the stem and leaves.
Orange and Carrot Sun
 Place a thin slice of orange in the center of a plate. Arrange baby carrot sticks around it into triangular-shaped rays, and give it a happy face by placing two raisins as the eyes.
Red Pepper and Hummus Volcano
Place 2 tablespoons of hummus on a plate and take a butter knife to spread the
hummus into a triangular shape. Cut a red pepper into 1/4-inch slices, and place
them at the top  to make it look like spewing lava.
Please visit for more fun and easy snacking ideas!

Top Baby Names Of 2013 ~ With A Big Change!

After the 14 years straight the name Noah has finally knocked the name Jacob out of first place for the top boys name. In fact it fell to third place with Liam making it at number two.  No big changes for girls names as Sophia has held first now for three years in a row.

The Social Security Administration usually puts out the list of names around Mother's day based on what information the parents supply when they apply for their child's Social Security number.  This past year over 4 million babies had applied for Social Security cards.

Here are the top 10 boys and girls names for 2013. Did your baby's name make the list?

1. Noah
2. Liam
3. Jacob
4. Mason
5. William
6. Ethan
7. Michael
8. Alexander
9. Jayden
10. Daniel

1. Sophia
2. Emma
3. Olivia
4. Isabella
5. Ava
6. Mia
7. Emily
8. Abigail
9. Madison
10. Elizabeth

More Awkward Pregnancy Photos

I can't get enough of these ridiculous, funny and awkward pregnancy photos. I think you can't either! I have posted about these photo poses before, but I have to show you more. Please check out my first Awkward Pregnancy Photos post HERE. Enjoy!

That is a lot of photoshopping.

Be afraid?

Oh my.

Can't stop the chores even to take a professional photo.


Peek-A-Boo, I see you!

Look at her belly or I'll shoot you!

Is that the Daddy?

Yeah, that is all we need to see of her in the photo.  This pregnancy is all about me.

Maybe my friends will wish me a Merry Christmas like this too!

Pretty Gender Reveal Cakes

Gender reveal parties are very popular now during a pregnancy. 
Some have used cakes, silly string, piƱatas and balloons coming out of a box to share the gender with friends and family. 
If you are planning a gender reveal party and want a cake as your reveal, you may want to check out these cute cakes to use at yours.











Which one is your favorite?
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