Friday, May 31, 2013

Herbs and Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding? If you've ever wondered which herbs are useful or which ones aren't so safe while nursing, this free e-book from Earth Mama Angel Baby is an excellent guide.

Blogger Opp: The Big June Giveaway Event

The Big June Giveaway Event
Bloggers & Sponsors Wanted
Hosted by: Feisty Mom
Event dates: TBD
Free Blogger Event: Sign-up HERE

Thursday, May 30, 2013

8 Breastfeeding Apps For Your Phone

Here's a list of my favorite breastfeeding apps that I wanted to share. They were really helpful after Z was born. I don't have a need for them anymore now that my son is no longer a newborn. I do check them out from time to time. All of them are free unless you get the full version, if applicable. 

This app provides information on breastfeeding and links to online resources. You can record baby's feeding times, diaper changes, breast-pumping times, and sleep times. This was my first breastfeeding app after my son was born. I still have it saved on my phone and probably won't delete it. My log is still saved and I can't let go of it ;)

The Health Care Provider's Guide to Breastfeeding contains information about breastfeeding and is geared towards health care providers. Although I am not a health care provider, I still found valuable information regarding latch and positioning, donor milk, principles of milk supply, and medications and breastfeeding.

The Briggs Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation app is a reference guide regarding information about drugs that are safe or unsafe to take during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. They are listed in alphabetical order or by category.

Bosom Buddy Lite: Another app in which you can record baby's feeding times, diaper changes, and sleep times. It also has a built-in flashlight.

You can record baby's feeding, diapers, and sleeping times using the Baby by Smallnest app. Other features include sharing your baby's activity on your Facebook timeline and you can even invite your spouse or babysitter to help care for baby.

iBabyLog: An interactive app you can use to log the basics of baby's needs and more features including milestones, Dr visits, a to-do list and more.

Similac Baby Journal: Track breastfeeding, pumping, bottle feeding, sleep time, diaper changes and growth. Also features tips and advice.

The Nursing Log: A simple feeding log app. Features include changing background, reminders and emailing records.

There are always new apps made available, so make sure to search regularly. You might find some that are better than others.

Do you have a favorite parenting app that has helped you?

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored. I just wanted to share my opinion on different apps. Screenshots are from the Apple App Store.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Wordless Wednesday (Sort of)

Blogger Opp: Go With Me Chair Giveaway (Starts 6/3)

Attention all bloggers! Getting Green with Baby has teamed up with Kelsyus in a giveaway for a Go With Me Chair! One winner will receive a chair in his/her choice of color (green, pink, or blue dot). Giveaway is open to the United States 48 contiguous states. Promotion is required 3x/week during the entirety of the event. Free and paid links along with co-host options are available. If you are interested in signing up for this event, please follow the link HERE.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Father's Day Giveaway - Win a $100 Home Depot Gift Card (Ends 6/7)

Enter this awesome giveaway for a chance to win a $100 gift card to The Home Depot. If you follow me on Twitter (@HiccupsSunshine) you've already earned an entry. Just look for my Twitter link in the entry form. Good Luck!

Welcome to the Father's Day giveaway event sponsored by Tip Hero, featuring some wonderful bloggers. With Father's Day just around the corner, we thought that a giveaway event was a great way to recognize all of the dads out there and to give someone a chance to win a great dad-ly prize.

One lucky winner will be the recipient of a $100 Home Depot gift card to help get your favorite dad the perfect gift this Father's Day!

This giveaway begins on May 24th and will run until June 7th at 11:59pm US Eastern time. It will be open to residents of the US only, 18+. Use the PromoSimple form below to enter, and be sure to take advantage of the many entries you can gain. And make sure you come back daily for even more chances to win. Good luck to all!

$100 Home Depot Gift Card
Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post and I am not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Blogger Opp: All-Natural YesterYear Soap Giveaway (Starts 6/1)

YesterYear Soap Giveaway Button

FREE Blogger Opp!

Promoters will receive one free link (Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest) with announcement ($5 without announcement)
Get your annoucement HERE!
Additional Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest links are $1 each
E-mail subscribe, RSS, or Feedburner links are $2 each
Daily vote or daily comment links are $3 each
ALL paid links MUST be paid via PayPal as a GIFT to
Giveaway will be held from June 1st - June 15th
You MUST agree to promote the giveaway 3 times a week on Facebook and Twitter (and any other social networks you choose!)
If you would like to sign up to help promote this giveaway, please do so HERE!

Blogger Opp: Keurig K75 Platinum Giveaway (Starts 7/1)

Come and be part of these great giveaway

Giveaway dates:

July 1 to July 22

 Keurig K75 Platinum Single-Cup Coffeemaker  + Bonus 12 K-cup variety pack

Value $179

Available in 3 colors:

Midnight Black

US Only

Prizes will be ordered and shipped from

Here are the details to sign up:

-Free Link (Twitter or Pinterest)  
The first 50 bloggers to sign up will get a link free with announcement. 
Announcement is require or you have to pay a waver fee of $5.00
(Please read the sign up form on the top to know if we still have free space available)

-Link/ or extra links $3.00 each (if the free spots are gone, to be part of this giveaway you will need to pay $3.00 for each link you want on the giveaway)
Announcement is require or you have to pay a waver fee of $5.00.

-Co-Host $15.00
The co-host get 2 host page.  
10 links on the RC.
No announcement require.

Please send payment to as a gift.

Blogger Opp: Summer Bash Giveaway (Starts 6/15)

Hi and welcome to the sign up for Mommy Lesson Plans Summer bash!  This event will begin June 15th at 7pm and run thru July 15th at 7pm.
I am so excited for this giveaway! So far we have 8 confirmed sponsors with prize totals around $400. I am working with a few more and we will hopefully have 15 with prizes around/over $600! This is going to be HUGE and we will all get a great response from our readers! The prizes are half kids and half women's sop far but I am hoping a couple of men and neutral companies come thru before we get started!
I am only accepting 50 blogs with free links. After that it will only be host/cohost/and paid links available.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Blogger Opp: $100 Home Depot Gift Card Giveaway (Starts 5/24)

Tip Hero’s Father’s Day Giveaway Event  
Sign-ups are now open for this great new giveaway event!
  • Event is free to join with an announcement post. If you don't wish to post the announcement, please send the $5 non-post fee to
  • You'll receive 1 free link for participating (either Twitter or Pinterest)
  • Additional links (RSS/Email, YouTube, Twitter and Pinterest) are available for $5 each
  • Sign-ups for this event close on May 22th
  • Event runs from May 24th - June 7th
  • Prize: $100 Home Depot gift card

Please send all payments to as a "gift" via PayPal. Sign up for this event here

New Toy Phobia!

Awww :(

My husband bought our son a new toy and he is so afraid of it. I have no idea why he is scared of a cute puppy toy. He won't even go near it. We pretty much bought a $50 baby gate! I had a similar experience a few weeks ago when I took out a toy he used to play with when he was several months younger. I'm trying to figure out if it's the music or flashing lights that he's fearful of. It's almost amusing but I feel so bad for him. I started researching why babies act this way towards inanimate objects and what steps to take to help them overcome this fear. The keyword is patience!

Two interesting articles I found:

After reading those articles I have a better understanding of how to help him cope with this silly fear of new toys. We'll see in a few weeks if he has the courage to play with the "$50 baby gate". :)

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Label Lessons: Your Guide to a Healthy Shopping Cart [Naturally Savvy e-book]

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This e-book published by Naturally Savvy is full of healthy information about ingredients we need to eliminate from our food. I downloaded the e-book as a PDF and saved it to my desktop. Read it and share it with your friends and family!

You can choose to have the e-book emailed to you or you can view it online.

The Scary Seven:
  1. High-Fructose Corn Syrup
  2. Trans Fats
  3. Artificial Flavors
  4. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
  5. Artificial Colors
  6. Artificial Sweeteners
  7. Preservatives 

Have you decreased or stopped purchasing products that contain any of the ingredients listed in the e-book?



Blogger Opp: Keekaroo High Chair Giveaway (Starts 7/1)

Prize: Keekaroo Height Right™ High Chair + Infant Insert + Tray + Tray Cover $239.95 Value
Event Dates: July 1st - July 21st (3 Week Event) FREE TWITTER WITH ANNOUNCEMENT POST (OR PAY $5 IF YOU DON'T POST ANNOUNCEMENT) HTML HERE: Co-Host $10 - ANY 4 links and a back-link to your page (No Host Pages Available at this time) Extra Links $3- (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram ONLY) Subscribe by email link or a Daily Vote Link $5 All payments need to be paid via Paypal as a GIFT to Any Questions email me at Promotion will be required 5 days a week for the entire event on all social media, if you do not plan on promoting, DO NOT sign up because you will be deleted. I've had numerous sign ups for events with no promoting at all, there will be no free rides on the entry form. Promoting helps ALL of us. HTML will be emailed approximately 24-72 hours PRIOR to event, it is your responsibility to make sure you receive this, so PLEASE mark your calendars. Most referrals will receive a daily comment link to their blog.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Military Spouse Appreciation Day

I just wanted to wish some of the strongest women I know a Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day!

I feel honored to share this day with awesome women who stand behind their military men! You've probably heard it before - It's not always easy being a military wife but we wouldn't trade it for anything. It's nice to have someone to vent to who knows exactly what you're going through. Thank you for all of the support and advice.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Guest Post: Job-Seeking Myths That Can Sabotage Your Transition to the Public Sector


The transition from a military career back into the private sector has many factors involved that don’t always make it particularly easy. While some change is good, this career transition seems overwhelming to many military personnel. Unfortunately, many myths exist that actually perpetuate this fear and make the transition appear more difficult that it really is. While some of these myths have their basis in outdated facts, debunking them will help you successfully search and discover a job you will love, enjoy, and thrive in!

Myth #1: Applying to jobs is a long and arduous task.

Truth: Employers understand the need to attract the best talent available, and they also understand that even unemployed individuals have limited amounts of time to spend on applications. While you should certainly spend time perfecting your résumé and tailoring it to the job you want, applying for that job shouldn’t take a lot of time. Many tech-savvy companies now use electronic platforms provided by JIBE, a mobile recruiting specialty company, that allow applicants to easily upload résumés and other important documents and apply for jobs right from their smartphone or tablet.

Myth #2: There are no resources to assist military spouses in career development.

Truth: Military spouses often find career development difficult because of the frequent amount of moves and other realities of military life. Recently, a new federal program was introduced to meet this need. Joining Forces works with military families to assist spouses in finding and retaining lucrative jobs. In addition, the organization also works with employers to help create work environments that meet the unique needs of military families.

Myth #3: While unemployed, you should only focus on applying for jobs.
Truth: This transitional period is a great time for you to get involved in your community and share your time and talents with others. Many employers look for workers who volunteer regularly with not-for-profit organizations. Your community involvement will indicate that you have motivation and valuable skills to share. In addition, volunteering may also provide valuable networking opportunities – sometimes all you need is a foot in the door!

Myth #4: The time you spend in active duty will inhibit your ability to land a job with employers looking for “consistent” workers.
Truth: Employers have no reason to believe that your active-duty experience will limit your ability to show up to work regularly and on time. Furthermore, it’s actually illegal for them to deny employment based on your military experience. To better assist veterans transitioning into private-sector jobs, the government has established laws that give employment preference to those with service-related injuries or who served in the military during certain periods of time. These laws pertain to federal hiring practices as well as retention during workforce reduction.

If you’re transitioning out of your military career, congratulations and thank you for your sacrifice. Take the tips here, and face your future with courage. You can achieve your goals, whatever they may be, and many resources exist to help you along the way.

Emma is a mid 20-something year old with a passion for life, love, fitness, and helping others. She loves to be active and get involved in as many sport and community activities as possible. Emma is currently studying to become a Career & Life Coach, and loves to network with people from around the world! Check out Emma’s blog at

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Monday, May 6, 2013

Homemade Baby Food: Organic Apples

Homemade Organic Applesauce

I used organic Red Delicious apples to make this Homemade Apple Sauce

Wash and peel apples
Cut apples

Steam for 8-10 minutes

Puree away!

Easy! I also added a dash of cinnamon. 

 You can then place the puree into ice cube trays and freeze them for up to 3 months or store it in the fridge in a jar for 2 days. (Source)


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