This year we’re participating in an awesome Bumblebean Holiday Giveaway that we’d love to share with you all! Bumblebean is the destination for unique brands for moms and kids. They’ve put together a special holiday giveaway and scavenger hunt for parents to learn more about these great brands. You will have the chance to win one of three Bumblebean bundles with up to 35 prizes in each prize pack! They’ll be giving away over $5,000 worth of top baby and kids items. You’re invited to be part of this amazing holiday giveaway and join in the Bumblebean fun!
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Yesterday evening a small blue finch/sparrow flew into one of our windows. My Mother-in-law quickly called me across the house. I hurried to see what was going on. While telling me she pointed at a little blue finch/sparrow laying on the patio. She distracted the dogs while I went out to get him, not even thing twice. Of course I didn't know the gender..lol. He was still moving, my cousin helped get a basket for him so we could place him in it. He didn't try to fight me, perhaps he knew I was trying to help him. I stroked his head and he just closed his eyes as if he knew he was safe. After placing him in a cloth lined bottle basket he went to sleep. We all hoped he would make it. It only took 30 minutes or so for him to recover. He was looking around eager to get out. As I spoke to this little creature he looked at peace. I took him toward the door, opened the basket and gently touched his back. Then he flew away. Now I begin to question. Why is it so hard to welcome help when we need it most? Perhaps just knowing how vulnerable scares us into oblivion. The world is an amazing place filled with positive and negative. It is up to us to always see that light and welcome positive guidance in any shape or form. ♥
Everyone has experienced loss one time or another. For some our first loss was a dear pet. For others it was a loved one. None the less these losses prepare us for our greatest losses the people we share most of our memories with. Day in and Day out these people and pets are there to comfort you in good and bad times. Yesterday we lost another pet.
If you are like most parents on the run, you don’t think twice about checking the car seat! Time and time again we go drop off our children and pick them up and think about how amazing they are! The School year is just around the corner and Child Passenger Safety Week is approaching! Here are some steps to insure safe travels before you leave the driveway every morning with children in tow!!
Step 1: Inspect Your Childs Seat for Wear and Tear
Every car seat has a manufactured date located on the seat bottom or side, as well as an expiration date depending on Manufacturer. Make sure all the straps are intact and that buckles work. You Need A New Car Seat IF: •History of car seat is unknown (e.g. garage sale item). •Car seat was involved in an accident where airbags were deployed. Check recalls at: http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/recalls/childseat.cfm
Step 2: Look at Labels on the Car Seat
Chances are you saw the labels when you installed your car seat, but you haven’t taken a second look since. Answer these questions: Is your child within the weight limits of the car seat? Is he/she facing the correct way (Forward-facing / Rear-facing) per manufacturer directions? Is the seat belt passed through the correct belt path for the position of the child? (Always Read Manufacturers Manual for Proper Installation and For All Restrictions)
Step 3: Is It The Right Seat for Your Child?
The best seat for your child is the seat that fits your car and child best! Brands don’t make the seat safe, your awareness does! Make sure the seat fits properly in your vehicle and that your child fits the seat. Most stores allow you fit your child and car seat to car before purchase. Only you know your child’s growth so think long term for your purchase.
Step 4: Keeping Your Child Safe
You strap your child in and secure his straps, right! Well 3 out of 4 parents strap their kids in wrong! Make sure the strap harnesses are At or Above shoulders for Forward-Facing seats and At or Below for Rear-Facing seats. You should not be able to pinch the straps. The straps should slip from your fingers once you’ve strapped your child in. The Chest Clip should be adjusted to fit over child’s chest, about armpit level. Never strap child in with a jacket on or blankets underneath. Never place a Rear-Facing Infant car seat in the Front Seat! For children that are Rear-facing there should be a least 1 inch of space between the Top of the Head and Top of the Car Seat. Safe Numbers: 4 and 40 (4 yrs old and 40 lbs to go into a booster, 8 or 57 (8 yrs old or 57 inches to get out of a booster and if child fits properly with vehicle safety belt)! Make certain that seat belt is over hips and shoulder strap is between neck and shoulder!
Make certain that you are not able to move the car seat more than 1 inch! Keeping Children Rear-Facing for As Long As Possible Within weight limit of Car Seat is recommended by American Academy of Pediatrics!
References: •Safe Kids Worldwide: www.usa.safekids.org •American Academy of Pediatrics: http://www.aap.org •National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: http://nhtsa.dot.gov •Safe Ride News: www.saferidenews.com •State CPS contacts: http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/CPS/Training/ContactList.cfm
Final Check- Kiss those precious cargoes on the forehead and tell them how much you love them!!
Contact a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician at Blissful Baby™ for a car seat check appointment in the Edinburg Area (866)684-4811. Nancy Cavazos (mother to a 4 y/o and 10 y/o) is a Baby Planner in the RGV and specializes in preparing you for your baby. Visit www.blissfulbabyusa for a list of services.
I started this venture over a year ago and it has been an amazing experience! I have met some amazing women! Like it says on About Your Baby Planner: I began by helping friends and family over 12 years ago with knowledge that I had acquired through my extensive research. It goes way beyond that! When I learned that I was pregnant I was scared, I did not know what to expect. I felt as if I didn't know enough, I had helped out my sister with her kids, but now I was going to have a baby. I was responsible for the well being of a baby, my baby! I had been the youngest of 6 children and learned responsibility at an early age. Once I confirmed the pregnancy with the OB I began, like most women do, searching the internet, buying books, reading magazines and watching all those sweet scary shows about babies. I then realized there must be another way! I thought why can't you talk to someone and feel as if you have a support system you can rely on without being scared? I had searched for classes, but the closest ones were in San Antonio. I knew at a young age that helping people was my passion. Life has a way of showing you what your true talents are by trial and error. After trainings, certifications, and more education , here I am ready to empower parents!
A little history: I was born in Galveston.TX and moved to the RGV when I was 8 years old. I Graduated from Edinburg North High School. Soon after, I took a course for a CNA, Physical Therapy Asst. I Later studied at UTPA with a major in Pre-Med Bio and minor in Psychology.