Disney’s Brand New Beauty and the Beast
Seems like just yesterday that Beauty and the Beast came out to Disney. Maybe just a few years ago, right? Well, can anyone guess how long it has been?
How about 1991? (((cringe- I feel old))). Yes, seriously that long ago. So with new technology and so much more. Check out the trailer of Emma Watson, as Belle, singing! Man… did anyone else not know she had such an amazing voice? I can not wait to bring the kids to see Beauty and the Beast when it is released!
Emma Watson singing “Belle” from the film!
I love how detailed the Beast’s face is. Can’t wait to see how scary he is too. This is a whole new Beauty and the Beast for this generation to come to love and for us older ones to love again. Stroll with strong-willed Belle as she thwarts Gaston’s approaches and shows girls everyone that women can be strong and independent.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST opens in theatres everywhere on March 17th, 2017!
Who is your favorite character from Beauty and the Beast?
CARS 3 Coming In June
There are so many things to look forward to with June! Summer is almost here. Kids are almost out of school. We can travel more, go to the beach and sleep in… and we can go to the theaters and watch the to-be-released Cars 3!!! Who else is totally excited about this? Do you have a favorite based on color or personality of the car?
Kids and adults will enjoy this awesome Disney/Pixar movie featuring all the CARS favorites and maybe some secret guests!
This is a perfect movie to welcome summer. I can’t wait to bring my kids and their friends! Grab some popcorn and enjoy.
Key cast members and new characters in the upcoming faster-than-fast film CARS 3 were announced today! Joining Owen Wilson in the all-new story that tests the heart of a champion in a high-tech world are Cristela Alonzo and Armie Hammer as unconventional trainer Cruz Ramirez and next-gen racer Jackson Storm, respectively.
“Cristela is full of optimism and a positive energy that I think really comes through in Cruz’s personality,” said CARS 3 Director Brian Fee. “And of course, she’s a hilarious comedian, so that doesn’t hurt either. Armie brought a great combination of intensity and charm to the role of Jackson Storm. His charisma helped create a character you really love to hate.”
Lightning McQueen Is Red Hot!
Lightning McQueen is world champion—a modern-day racing legend who’s riding high with five Piston-Cup wins under his hood. Suddenly, he finds himself faced with a new generation of racers who threaten not only his dominance in the sport—but the confidence that got him there. Determined to get back to the pole position, the #95 must decide if his love for racing is enough to fuel the comeback of his life.
CARS 3 opens in theatres everywhere on June 16th!
Directed by Brian Fee (storyboard artist “Cars,” “Cars 2“) and Produced by Kevin Reher (“A Bug’s Life,” “La Luna” short), CARS 3 cruises into theaters on June 16th!
New York Style Snacks For Your Lunches
Lunchtime isn’t always easy. It is sometimes a rush to get everyone fed between doing a million things. For others it is a evening chore to create for the next day for kids’ school lunches or to bring a lunch to work. breakfast is usually cereal, waffles or yogurt. I like to plan ahead for dinners, by at least a week, and make sure I have to ingredients available but I don’t always plan lunch. I found some delicious snacks that can be made as a lunch or put with a lunch that are healthy with no artificial flavors or colors.
New York Style Crisps, Chips and Panetini
New York Style has a decent variety to use as a side in a lunch, like the pita chips, or as part of the meal, like the bagel crisps or Panetini. Both can be used as a bottom for a spread, salsa, cream cheese or even a sandwich. I love that their snacks are twice baked (never fried) and they are packed full of flavor.
Some choices for your lunch are the pita chips to dip in hummus, spinach artichoke dip or salsa, bagel crisps to put a spread on or Panetini for a bruschetta-type sandwich.
Pita Chips come in:
- Chia Seeds & Quinoa
- Ancient Grains & Flaxseed
- Sea Salt
- Red Hot Chili Pepper
- Garden Fresh Ranch (my favorite)
- Garlic & Herb
Bagel Crisps Come in:
- Sea Salt + Black Pepper
- Cinnamon Raisin (these are great with cream cheese or peanut butter).
- Roasted Garlic
- Sea Salt
- Garlic Parmesan
Panetini (oven baked Italian toast) comes in:
- Garlic Parmesan
I have to say the Panetini are my favorite, especially the garlic parmesan. I made them like an open-faced sandwich with some chicken salad on top and it was delicious.
Check out this Printable Coupon for your own New York Style chips and for more New York Style recipes.
What are your favorite lunch ideas?
Why Everyone Should Breastfeed: Why Some Don’t
Yes, I think all babies should be breastfeed. I like to say, ‘breastfeeding isn’t for every mom but it is for every baby.’ See, it is important for so many reasons that I could type for hours. If you want to know, research it. If you want to breastfeed try. I know some moms have complications. I did too. But most of them can be overcome. Contact a midwife, lactation consultant, La Leche League leader, find a friend that successfully breastfed. Breastfeeding is important for your baby’s health. When people say ‘breastfeeding is best’ it means formula is okay, but not ‘best.’ I don’t like it where people feel that breastfeeding is on a pedestal, like it is harder, elite moms do it, or it is no big deal if you don’t. It is really semantics but I like it this way: Breastfeeding is normal. Yes, normal. Not best, not better. Below that, if you can’t breastfeed, is pumping and giving your baby pumped breastmilk. Below that is Getting donor milk, like from a milk bank. Last choice is to give your baby formula.
Moms should breastfeed to have that closeness with a baby. Give their baby a better immune system. Lower chance of ear infections. Higher IQ. Lower chance of childhood diabetes. Plus there are benefits for mom. Burning more calories. Lower chance of breast cancer. Delayed menstruation. There are a lot more reasons too!
With breastfeeding you don’t have to worry about a lot too!
- You don’t have to have an ice chest or all bottle parts and clean water.
- Bottles drop on the ground and get dirty.
- Bottles have to be sanitized.
- Water has to be clean.
- Formula in a bottle goes bad quickly so must be drank or dumped.
- Formula has recalls for being tainted with or having bad ingredients.
- Poor families will dilute formula, causing slow starvation in infants.
- Breatfeeding offers babies a variety of tastes instead of the exact same one ever feeding.
- Breastfeed children have lower food allergies.
So, once you have decided to breastfeed you have to look into a few other things you might need. Breastpump, breast pads, nursing bras, nursing tops, a cover (if you feel so inclined). Not all of these are created equal. Cost is often a factor in deciding on a product but for some, like breastpumps, you want to buy an expensive one if you are planning to go back to work. About $200 is a normal price for a double electric one. Something else important is lactation bra pads. They come in all sorts of materials and styles. Since they are on your breast and that is touching your baby’s mouth organic is important. Making sure they are washable is important too. That way they can be reused and not thrown in the landfill. EcoNursingPads are made with the softest bamboo that gets softer and softer with each wash ensuring maximum comfort.
Why Moms Don’t Breastfeed
This doesn’t have easy answers. But I’ll try. I used to be every judgemental about it but I realized we are all in the same boat of parenthood, all trying our best. I might give my kids food others wouldn’t, sometimes too much tv. Yes, breastfeeding offers the most in health benefits but not everyone can do it. Statistically, the younger the mom and the lower the higher-education, the more likely to formula feed too.
- Mother might have to go back on medicine after baby is born that isn’t health for baby to get through breastmilk.
- Baby is a premie and can get pumped milk but can’t be picked up or breastfeed.
- Mom has had breast reduction or mastectomy and doesn’t have milk ducts to breastfeed.
- Mom has no support system, her mom didn’t breastfeed, and has no clue what to do or how to do it.
- Mom was raped or sexually abused at a younger age.
- Teen moms often formula feed for a few reasons.
- Mom could not get baby to latch on, did not have enough milk and did not have help to try to over come these difficulties.
Some, but not all, of these could be overcome. There is, of course, the reason in that the mom simply chose not to! It IS a personal choice.
For those that breastfeed, didn’t and wanted to or wish they had, what advice to would you give to pregnant moms or moms with newborns?
15 Must Haves For First Time Moms
Being a first time mom means a million questions, asking the doctor, your friends, reading books, etc. Plus a baby shower, or two. Many first time moms end up with an overwhelming amount of gifts but not always with the necessities. Having a registry helps but how do you know what to put on it? I’ve been a mom for over 16 years now plus am an aunt and have lots of friends with kids. Believe me, I’ve seen presents that I know are unnecessary! Best to plan ahead. Make a list. Focus on needs the mommy and baby will have.
1- Clothing. Yes, of course your baby will need clothing but NOT too much! Everyone will want to buy you newborn outfits. Some babies might only fit into these for a week or two. Very big babies might be less. With my firstborn I had about 40+ outfits that he’d outgrown before he ever had a chance to wear them! So, spread them out. Instead of all 0-3 month clothing get some 3-6, 6-9, 9-12. Also pay attention to the seasons. You won’t want to buy a snowsuit for a baby born in July nor a swimsuit for a baby born in November.
You’ll want some mittens for the hands, since newborn finger nails are super sharp. Onesies too. And some basic clothing that is easy to take on/off for bathing and diaper changing.
2- Get a Boppy with an extra cover. These are great for so many different reasons. They are made for propping a baby up higher for breastfeeding. But they are also good for laying a baby on it, helping a baby sit up and giving a baby some tummy time. I’ve even seem moms use it to put behind their back to help them sit up in bed. This is great for newborns but can be used for a few things for at least the first year. You can get at most places that have baby registries and on Amazon.
3- Belive it or not not all moms will need a breast pump. It totally depends on if you are going back to work or leaving the baby with someone else. However, they are good to have if the mom is engorged and the letdown is too much for the baby. If it is for something like that a manual pump might work. If you need one for going back to work you’ll want a dual electric pump. Do not settle for a cheap pump. The quality will reflect. Medela makes good pumps and you might be spending about $200 one one.
Also, if you are planning to breastfeed do NOT use pacifiers. Wait until breastfeeding is well established. Otherwise pacifiers can interfere with breastfeeding and cause nipple confusion.
4- If you are going back to work and are not close to the baby you will need to pump your milk while you are gone and transport it to/from work. Get a bag that works for you. I love the stylish breast pump bags by Kaylaa Bags. They can be used as a diaper bag, breast pump bag and as a tote or purse. The Rosy Weekend comes with two hand straps and a shoulder strap plus side compartments for a breast pump’s hoses to come out. It is very sturdy and has a flat bottom.
5- When the hospital gives you a nose aspirator KEEP IT! Do not lose it. I have never found one that works as well as the one they give out. You’ll need it when your baby has a cold or sinus congestion to help with breathing.
6- Small things! Receiving blankets and baby rags are great! You’ll need the blankets to swaddle your baby and the rags for spit up and bathing your baby.
7- Lanolin cream for mommy in case of sore and cracked nipples. Once you start bathing your baby you’ll want products that re delicate for their skin and won’t dry it out. I found BabyTime by Episencial offers a variety or products. Lotion, bubbles, baby wash and more. All that have natural and organic ingredients, many that are plant based. They are also vegan and gluten-free.
8- A sidecar, side sleeper, bassinet or crib. Maybe people co-sleep and this is fine as long as neither parent smokes, drinks or is obese. Plan where you will have your baby during naps and bedtime.
9- Rocking chair with foot stool for the mom or a very comfortable place to sit with the baby for rocking and feeding.
10- Diapers. Of course you’ll need diapers, right? But what type? Cloth, disposable? Both? Also do not buy them too much in advance. I noticed with my kids if we used diapers that were old (been around 6 months or longer, even if sealed in package) they’d get a rash. So, don’t get a year’s worth of diapers. Get a month of diapers at a time. This way you won’t have too much if your child has a growth spurt and goes up a size.
11- Ring Sling or some type of baby carrier. You’ll need to be holding your baby often and these are great to keep your baby close to you while still having full use of your hands. Make sure you get the right size and one for the right age of your baby. There are many sling groups out there or you can ask someone from La Leche League to help. Some La Leche League groups sell them or if not should know of a place to buy them and learn how to use them.
12- Have snacks handy for the mom and a water bottle. If you are nursing you’ll need to make sure you are drinking plenty of water and having small snacks. I found trail mix was good to have on my end table. A good book too, in case my child fell asleep and I didn’t want to get up.
13- A safe place to put the baby while you shower or cook food. I put my kids in a portacrib while in the shower and a swing or Rock ‘N Play while in the kitchen or while doing laundry. It is easy to transport room to room and is soothing.
14- If you plan to mail Thank You Cards do it before the baby comes. You can order custom ones online and even upload photos to the card. If you want to wait and use the cards as an announcement you can upload photos to the site and put one or a collage of photos on the card. You can even use these as family Christmas cards. I just ordered some for Christmas cards and they look fantastic. The colors and pixels are great and photos are seamless. The option to have a photo inside or on the back cover is available too. Or make them really easy and make photo-post cards. The possibilities are endless.
See.. Mine are teens but the cards are still great!
15- Health basics. You definitely want a baby thermometer and not to wait until your baby has a fever to buy one. Nail clippers are good too. If you have a large house you’ll want a baby monitor. You can even find ones that work with your computer or cell phone.
All in all, you don’t want too much or things you’ll never use and you won’t want where you don’t have enough and need to run to the store with a newborn. Planning ahead is essential since once the baby comes things will get a whole lot busier.