Update Your Mommy Checklist

Hey Mums! How are you all doing? In the middle of all the work, parenting and your regular chores..take a moment and pat yourself on the back. Just know that what you are doing for your kids, no one else can and that makes you the best Mom in the world!

This post is for new moms and moms who have been moms for quiet a while now 🙂


If you get lost somewhere in the middle of your daily routine and feel like whenever you step out with family, you either forget the wipes or extra clothes at home for the little one or maybe you forgot to carry extra water..I know this can be overwhelming and its perfectly okay to forget at times (though it seems like the end of the world most of the times).

A well-stocked diaper bag can save the day. But what do you really need in there? It depends on how old your child is, how long you’ll be out, where you’re going, and how prepared you want to be or like to be.

Let’s look at the basics. You can print this out and put it somewhere on the fridge or on your baby’s cupboard so that you don’t forget anything.

The essentials
Diapers
One for each hour you’ll be out, plus a few extra – just in case.

Wipes
You can stick ten or so in a plastic bag if you’re not going out for long. Wipes are perfect not just for diaper changes, but also for sticky hands and dirty surfaces.

Hand sanitizer
For cleaning your hands after diaper changes when there’s no time or place to wash them.

Changing pad
Many diaper bags come with a reusable changing pad, or you can buy one separately. Some parents like the disposable ones for traveling. A hand towel from home will also do.
Plastic or biodegradable bags
For storing soiled diapers, clothes, and baby blankets. Just make sure your child can’t get to them, since plastic bags (including the biodegradable versions) pose a suffocation risk.

Snacks for old babies and toddlers.
Very useful when you can’t stop in the middle of nowhere to feed your little one. Could also prove beneficial to soothe a tantrum or unnecessary crying while you are driving.

Sippy cup of milk, water, or juice (for toddlers)

Extra clothes for your child
You never know when spit-up, drool, spills, or poop explosions will necessitate a change of clothing.

Blanket
You can use it to cover your baby or as a changing pad, nursing cover, bib, shade, or burp cloth. Always comes in handy.

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Moving on from Bag Essentials to Mommy and Me Essentials.

Most of the time we forget the little things that are actually the most important things on a parents checklist. I say this for Moms and Dads, both. These are more for older kids. I have three of my own, two girls (7 and 2.5) and one boy (1 year old).

  • Your kids need tons of hugs and kisses.
  • Say I love you to your kids at least 3 times a day.
  • Ask them how their day was?
  • Use polite words and set an example for your child to follow.
  • Let your child choose what he wants to eat when you dine out.
  • Ask about your child’s friends.
  • Tell them you are proud of them.
  • Encourage them to help with chores around the house starting with cleaning up their own toys and colours.
  • Do one activity together each day, be it coloring, painting, cycling, skating, reading or anything at all.

Your kids are watching you two more than they watch anyone else. Make sure you leave a good example for them to follow. Say I love you to your partner in front of your children, they need to see and feel that. Hug each other. Smile at each other. Respect each other. Make time for each other.

If you need someone to talk to, I’m here.

Much love!

 

The Day Of Love!

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Now that the day is over…I couldn’t help but think about all those people who are anti-love, anti-celebrations, and anti-valentine’s! Well I know there are too many of you out there. Let’s not get into the debate of right and wrong, let’s not get into the religion factor..let’s talk in general..because in general we do so many things on a daily basis that our culture, religion or ethos do not allow but we do it anyway, but when it comes to valentine’s we don’t mind raising an eyebrow. But anyway this is getting serious, and I want to keep this light 🙂

To those who notice all the heart shaped balloons adorning the streets and markets.

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To those who can’t help but notice that Oh it’s valentine’s day after 3 days

To those who make fun of people carrying flowers for their loved ones

To those who sit in front of their television screens, laughing hysterically at the corny valentine’s transmission specifically comedies.
(mixed feelings mostly..to be or not to be…)

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To those who bring home chocolates, perfumes and flowers for their wives so they wouldn’t complain but also declare that they don’t believe in all this.

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To those who find themselves singing romantic songs (or humming quietly to themselves) throughout the day because whether they like it or not they are part of this. I know you secretly love watching romantic movies, and cry when no one is watching…
p.s.your secret is safe with me sssshhhh..!

To those who went out with their friends and celebrated being single. (like a boss)(well done!)

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To those who didn’t even bother wishing each other 😛

To those who frowned all day because….*gasp* it’s so wrong, I’m assuming you hate people who celebrate anything at all.

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To those who thought that it’s a day of love and surprised their parents with a cake and gift, telling them that they love them. (You guys rock. Way to go!)

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To those who say that this is rubbish, when you are with someone, everyday is valentine’s day ( really? do you buy candies, teddies, flowers, gifts for them everyday, or do you take them out to a candle light dinner every night, or do you plan something special) No right? There is no harm in going all out for only one day.

And to all those who took advantage of the great sales and deals at all big stores 😉 (smart move)

It doesn’t matter why is this day being celebrated, in what part of the world, for what reason..what matters is that you made someone feel special for that one day, sharing love and actually expressing it won’t do you no harm. This day is merely an excuse for most to tell their significant other that they care more than they let on. If someone bought heart-shaped balloons today, maybe they succeeded in bringing a smile to someone’s lonely days..if they bought flowers, chocolates and perfumes, maybe they don’t mind making someone feel special..if they went out for a romantic dinner, maybe they like celebrating little things in life..if someone posted on facebook about their wives making a special dinner for them, maybe they treasure them beyond what you can imagine and accept, maybe they feel fortunate to have good life partners..

Be the reason behind someone’s smile..Be the reason they look at themselves in the mirror and feel fortunate to have someone love them the way they do…be the reason they sleep peacefully at night knowing they have someone watching over them.
Be that person! Live and Let Live! Cheers!

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Daddy-Daughter Duo… Dave Crosby & Claire Ryann

I’m sure by now you have probably seen the disney-inspired daddy-daughter duo videos going viral on Facebook and Youtube. This duo is not very easy to forget, they will stay on your mind long after you’ve seen and heard them. The videos have such a tender simplicity, the ability for the Dad to create a moment with his daughter and to share it with the world is nothing short of beautiful.The way he only has eyes for his princess, the way he softens his voice to allow her to dominate in all its sweetness…It’s magical!

The little angel has such an incredible control over her voice that it gave us chills.It gave us goosebumps and got us really teary eyed. Hats off to the handsome Dad who saw her potential and shared it with the world by giving it just the right lift that she needed at such a tender age. Her innocence has been preserved in all her videos..we don’t see her trying to be a glamazon like many other videos we have come across. Well done parents of Claire Ryann!

Dave Crosby is an incredible singer, he has his own Youtube channel : Crosby 
You have to listen to his songs, he is an amazing singer.Music isn’t his full-time job but he has done a few big corporate music projects and he is coming up with some great songs this March. He has also done some applaud able covers. Subscribe to his channel for more.

Here is one his masterpieces

Coming to Claire Ryann. This little girl with such a strikingly beautiful and innocent face that is unforgettable, and a talent like that just adds a cherry on top.


Claire and Dad have done some amazing videos together.
Dave says “Claire learned to talk at a super young age and we noticed really early on that she could carry a pitch. I remember some time after her first birthday, she was slamming her hands on our little keyboard in the living room. She started hitting the same note over and over, and then she began to sing the exact same note. I was sure at that moment that she was going to be able to sing.

This led to an obsession with Disney songs. It started with Frozen, but we also introduced her to some of the classics: she absolutely fell in love with The Little Mermaid when we showed it to her. We bought “Part of Your World”  for her and she would request it whenever we drove around in the car. Pretty soon, she was singing the entire song word for word everywhere.

One day, I was getting an oil change and while I was paying, [Claire] suddenly burst out into the Little Mermaid song, walking around the waiting area and being so dramatic. It made everyone in the waiting room laugh and people were pulling out their cell phones and recording it. That gave me the idea to put a video on YouTube. A few months later, during Christmas break, we finally made our first video to the song from Little Mermaid.”
(courtesy:www.parents.com)

You can find all their videos on their Youtube channel called Claire and the Crosbys.
We put together some of our favorites for you. Here you go:


Signing off
W&S

Back to school checklist!

Summer comes to an end! For parents its the beginning of their child’s academic year. As exciting as it is, it can be stressful. Of course we don’t want everything to be done at the very last minute so we made a checklist to help us accomplish it all before the first day!

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  • Make sure your child is properly registered for school, particularly if he or she is going to a new school.

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  • Ensure that your child is finishing (and finishing well) any summer homework that has been assigned.

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  • Schedule  doctor and dental appointments before the school starts. Many kids need certain immunizations before school starts. For little ones it could be problems like cavities, new tooth etc. that needs attention as you most certainly don’t want them missing out on anything because of a toothache.
  • Get any school supply checklists from your child’s school. (Many schools post them on their school websites.)
  • Confirm any before and after school care that your child needs during the school year so that you don’t have any surprises on the first day of school.

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  • Plan some play dates for your child before school starts. Often kids get disconnected from their school friends during the summer because they don’t see them every day. Help them reconnect by inviting old school friends over to play.
  • Schedule a haircut for your child if you haven’t already done so. Trust me your little ones will definitely feel more excited about going to school if they know their hair looks new too
  • Visit your child’s school; find your child’s classroom. Look for the cafeteria, the bathroom, the gym, the outdoor playground, and the front office. Anxiety goes down when kids get the chance to walk around a school before it starts.
  • Help kids clean up their rooms. Many become disasters over the summer. Now is the time to get them organized so that your child can easily find his or her clean clothes. My 5 year old actively helps me clean up her room, we change the layout of the room sometimes to keep things interesting.
  • Store school supplies in an easy-to-locate place.

 

  • Start changing your child’s sleep and eating schedules to match the school’s schedule. Most kids have gotten into a summer schedule where they sleep in late and eat breakfast and lunch at odd hours.
  • Fill out all school paperwork. Parents often get flooded with forms from the school, either before school starts or right after it does.
  • Create a route for getting to school. Even if your child rides a bus, get a copy of the bus schedule and follow it with your car. That way your child can see where the bus goes and where it stops. (Some kids get very anxious about their bus routes, particularly if they have to change buses or the bus stops at multiple schools.)
  • Take your child grocery shopping. Together, find healthy foods for snacks and school lunches.

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  • Create a homework space. Find a place for your kids to do homework. If it’s a designated space for homework (such as a desk in their room), help them set it up with supplies. If it’s a shared space, create a folder, backpack, or box where they can keep track of their homework supplies.
  • Set up a homework time now. Get kids in the habit of reading books during the homework time so that when school starts, they’re ready to start doing homework again.
  • Get excited about school starting. When kids see that you value education, they’ll be more apt to value it as well.

Post your checklist on the fridge. That way its always infront of you and you won’t miss anything important. Make good use of sales (if any) and get everything ready!

Our little ones won’t be so little after a few years so let’s cherish the time when we can still get excited about their new class and first days! and yesss!!! Take lots of photos!!

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Much love!

W & S!