Jul 15, 2018

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Jul 6, 2018

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Jun 26, 2018

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE SHOPPING FOR NEWBORNS



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If you are expecting a baby, this is the perfect time to start saving money for all the things you’ll need for your bundle of joy. But if you don’t know what you are looking for, your experience might be an overwhelming and scary one.
From buying the best cheap baby rocker to finding the right size of a cot, you will need to go through this list to know just what to look for in stores.

       Consider Your Budget
Money is always significant when it comes to buying items; nailing down your budget is the first step to choosing what to buy for your baby. Without a proper budget, it would be easy for you to overspend or save too little. So, sit back and start running a check and balance on what you won’t need anymore.

       Ask around
When you are pregnant, there’s a not-so-subtle urge to buy all the baby items you see because of how cute they will look on your baby. You need to calm that urge down and ask around from other mothers what you need to buy and what can wait till later.

       Think Before You Purchase
Before you buy that baby product that is both big and expensive, think carefully about how you’d use it. Without thinking it through, you might end up buying an item you will use only twice.

       Don’t Be Swayed
Despite what baby websites and salespeople tell you, you do not need to buy one of everything in the store. You need to narrow down your baby list to the most essential and helpful. You are the one having the baby, so you know what should be on your must-have list which should include a bouncy chair, a carrier, and a nursing pillow.

       Baby Showers
Some expectant moms feel the pressure to buy everything with their money. But that doesn’t have to be the case as you can have a baby shower. A baby shower helps in reducing the number of essentials you will have to purchase and the number of trips to the store. You need to stop thinking of how bothersome it is to get family and friends to buy you a few baby things; you can get their help by throwing a baby shower.

       Don’t Ignore Help from Loved Ones
There is a possibility that you will get offered a bunch of used items or clothes for your baby. Don’t even think of turning them down. If the pieces are well used, you will have something to take out of your list. Hand-me-downs help reduce a parent’s stress level because of the comfort in having a stash of items in their closet.

       Research
It is also unavoidable that many people with good intentions will come to you with ideas on what you need to buy. While getting advice is excellent, you need to get into stores and markets to get a feel for baby products. Seeing things firsthand will go a long way in ensuring you get items that meet you and your baby’s needs.

       Go for easy-on, easy-off outfits
Since your baby has no idea what a designer outfit is, you should look out for one-piece outfits that snap or zip up. You will most likely discover that the zippers will save you (or your loved one) the frustration of having to correctly put the snaps together when you’re sleep-deprived or in a rush. Most importantly, don't overstock on onesies — it’s possible that you will get enough at your baby shower.

       Double Up on the Diapers
Ensure that you have an extra diaper box filled with diaper supplies – diapers, wipes, and cream – placed into a corner of the living room. You should also consider stashing an extra changing pad behind the sofa.

       Clothing
A newborn spends most of their days sleeping and eating. So when you go shopping for baby clothes, comfort is a priority. Keep in mind that babies also grow fast, so be sure not to buy too much for any age. Experts recommend 100% cotton where possible to reduce any reaction to combinations.

A Simple Checklist
       Clothing – onesies, undershirts, pajamas, socks, booties, hats, mittens

       Blankets – receiving, swaddling

       Feeding – Feeding bottles, bibs

       Diapering – changing bag, changing mat, diaper cream, wipes, diapers

       Bath time – towels, soap, shampoo, sponge, baby bath

       Bedtime – crib, mattress, mattress cover, bed sheet

       Other – changing table, rocker, playpen, Moses basket

       Transport – car seat, baby carrier

       For Mum – nursing bra, nursing pads, nipple cream

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Jun 20, 2018

Five Summer Safety Tips Every Mom Should Know


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Summer is here, and, if you’re like most parents, that means you and your kids are going to spending a lot more time running around outside.



If you want to enjoy your fun in the sun without worrying about burns, bites, and other common summertime injuries, keep reading. Listed below are five summer safety tips that every parent should keep in mind to keep their kids (and themselves) safe and healthy all summer long.

1. Practice Sun Safety


Spending about ten minutes in the sun unprotected allows you to safely boost your vitamin D levels. If your children are spending more than ten minutes outside without sunscreen, they’re definitely at a higher risk for sunburns and UV damage.



Make sure your kids are applying sunscreen that has a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15, although 30 is preferable. Look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen, too, that will protect against both UVA and UVB rays. Apply it generously and re-apply it every two hours. If your children are doing a lot of swimming or sweating, you may need to reapply sunscreen more frequently.



Kids who are particularly prone to sunburns may also want to wear sun-protective clothing as an extra precaution.

2. Guard Against Bug Bites


Insect bites are annoying and can potentially spread a variety of diseases to children and adults alike.



If you’ve got a big camping trip coming up -- or just live in an area that has a lot of insects flying around -- be sure to invest in a quality insect repellent.



Use caution when using repellents that contain DEET -- this is an insecticide that is toxic and can even be deadly if it accidentally swallowed. Look, instead, for a non-toxic insect repellent -- many contain essential oils like citronella, cinnamon, and lemongrass -- to keep bugs at bay.



If your child is stung or bitten by an insect, be sure to remove the stinger (if the insect has one) right away. Then, apply ice to the area to minimize pain and swelling. You can also use hydrocortisone ointment to prevent itching.

3. Protect Your Kids’ Heads


During the summer, your kids are probably going to spend a lot more time riding bikes and scooters outside. These activities are fun, and they’re great forms of exercise, but they can also be very dangerous if your children aren’t wearing proper safety gear.



Make sure your child wears a helmet whenever they’re riding a bike, scooter, or anything else on wheels. A heavy-duty helmet will protect them from serious head injuries should they fall or get hit while riding.



Remember to lead by example -- if you want your kids to wear helmets, make sure you wear yours when you’re out riding with them!

4. Avoid Dehydration


When they’re spending lots of time out in the heat, especially playing sports, it’s easy for children to get dehydrated. Make sure they drink plenty of water before, during, and after their trips outside.



You may be tempted to mix things up by giving your kids sports drinks or juice instead of water. While these drinks are fine from time to time, they’re also full of sugar, so they should definitely be an occasional treat rather than a daily occurrence.

5. Brush Up On Your Pool Safety


Finally, make sure your kids are staying safe when they’re playing in the pool. Thousands of children drown every year, and many more are injured in near-drowning accidents.



In order to keep your children safe while they swim -- especially if you have a pool in your backyard -- keep these tips in mind:



  • Put up a gate with a lock and alarm
  • Never leave kids to swim unsupervised, no matter how capable you think they are
  • Don’t treat a flotation device as a lifeguard substitute



It’s also beneficial to learn CPR for kids, specifically. Hopefully, you’ll never need to use these skills, but they’re good to know nonetheless.

Final Thoughts


  • You don’t need to be a helicopter mom, of course, but it’s important for every parent to understand these basic summer safety tips. They’ll give you peace of mind and help your kids get the most out of their summer vacation.

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Jun 18, 2018

#90DaysNoPay? I'm Going on a Getaway!

Who doesn't wonder as they pay their bills each month what they would do with a little extra money in the bank? If I could skip my car payment for 3 months I would love to take my family on a vacation to Mackinac Island, check out Stitch Fix or maybe subscribe to Martha & Marley Spoon for meal delivery. 


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When you finance your new or used auto loan with Cornerstone Community Financial Credit Union (CCF), you will be payment-free for 90 days, which means you can enjoy that new vehicle and some extra activities!  Or, Cornerstone may be able to save you money by refinancing your existing auto loan from another financial institution. By refinancing your auto loan with CCF, you can still take advantage of the limited time 90 day, no payment offer. <Apply now


There are so many fun, educational activities the whole family can enjoy on the island. You can tour Fort Mackinac and Fort Holmes to learn a little about the history of the island. There are horse-drawn carriage tours of the island as well. One of my favorite things to do is bicycle the 8 miles around the island. You do not have to be a seasoned bicyclist to do this (or I'd never make it) and it can be done at your leisure. Bicycles can be rented at many stores along Main St and it's a great way to explore the island and get some exercise. Of course, there is the famous Mackinac Island Fudge to try.

Check out Ten Things do with Kids on Mackinac Island



If I can't make a vacation work I would love to try a personal shopper service, such as Stitch Fix. What woman wouldn't like to have a personal shopper send a selection of clothing to her that she can try on in the privacy of her home? Stitch Fix is $20 per shipment and they send you a prepaid package to return clothes that don't work. Keep the clothes you like and return the rest. Stitchfix.com has an extensive style quiz, asks your sizes, gives you some sample looks so your stylist can get a feel for what types of outfits you like, asks for your color preference and will also shop for shoes, jewelry, outerwear. I rarely shop for new clothing and if I had a few extra hundred dollars a month I would love to stock up my wardrobe with some classic pieces. 


Check out what fellow Metro Detroit Mommy writer, Crystal, has to say about Stitch Fix on her own website Mom Among Chaos



Another service I'd like to try is a meal delivery service, like Blue Apron or Martha & Marley Spoon. It can be exhausting cooking for a family of 5. Trying to make a meal that most everyone will eat, is healthy and easy to prepare gives me a headache most days. I usually end up cooking the same dishes over and over again. I would love to tell someone else my family's preferred foods and receive my dinner ready to assemble and cook, We could try some new foods, learn new recipes and make dinner fun. For $145.00 per week, I can sign up and try a personalized menu for my family, making dinner a little less stressful. The best part is you can skip a week or cancel the service at any time. 

Read about our experience with Martha & Marley Spoon:



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Jun 12, 2018

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Check out our listing of over 30 Splash Pads in Metro Detroit.

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