Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Candy Recall Alert!!!


Parents, here's a heads up on two well-known candies that have just been recalled just in time for the candy filled holiday.

Please beware of Nestle's Raisinets Fun Size Bags (10oz) and select Colombina Mega Pops Lollipops (14oz and 28oz).

The Raisinets may contain peanuts as it was produced by a machine that processes peanuts. Therefore, to prevent any serious harm, please do not give out this candy to anyone, and find something else to replace it with. Parents of kids with peanut allergies, I am sure you do this already, but as added precaution, please be on alert should this candy make its way into your kids bags and pumpkins. Bags of this candy were sold in Target, Shop Rite and Don Quixote retail stores.

The Mega Pops Lollipops may have trace amounts of foreign particles that could be harmful, according to the manufacturer. The recall includes the following flavors: watermelon, cherry, orange and grape. Nearly 90,000 bags were sold at Dollar General, Family Dollar, Variety and Fred's stores, and wholesalers as well.

Regardless, as parents, it's imperative that we check our children's candy bags for unwrapped candy or this recalled candy while they are trick and treat and when at home. Let's make sure to remove this candy from the bunch.

Also, if you happen to see someone giving out this candy during Halloween, or another other time, please let them know of this news as I am sure they would not want to risk any harm to our little goblins and their chaperone's.

To learn more about these recalls, including lot numbers and how to get your money back visit the following links below.

Raisinets Recall List
http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm230723.htm

Mega Pop Lollipops Recall List
http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm230773.htm

Be safe this Halloween!

The Power of Friends

Over the years I have truly been blessed with great friends who are caring, compassionate, loving and supportive, and who are a significant part of my life.

Since having Sarah, I have come to realize this that much more in how these relationships have been a significant part of my life, and will be for years to come. I have also recognized that it is absolutely and positively necessary as a mom to include an additional group of friends who are fellow moms. It's these friends that get what we go through as parents, who understand the parental ups and downs, trials and tribulations, nervous breakdowns, and thrilling moments associated with parenthood.

This does not mean that non-parent friends are any less helpful, supportive, loving or meaningful. In fact, since becoming a parent it's these precious individuals who have somewhat become more like family. They are still an amazing part of my life and that of my child. In fact, it's these life-long friends that have now become like Aunts and Uncles to Sarah.

It's my mommy friends that get why I don't shower as often as I would like to, understand why I constantly wear my hair in a ponytail or headband, are there when I have mommy meltdowns and get why I like talking about Sarah incessantly. It's these friends that have given me free license to be selfish and talk about Sarah (the good, the bad and indifferent) as much as possible and to also be the necessary ear to listen to their rants and raves, be the shoulder for their crying, arms to hug and hold them, and accept it all. It's a mommy thing.

It is also nice to witness the bonds being formed between Sarah and the kids of my mommy friends, and also the bonds that these children have formed with us.

As we go through life I am sure you have experienced that our friends tend to change. Sometimes this happens when we experience major life changes and milestones and sometimes it happens due to personal interests or strains or just because.

It's incredibly important and healthy to have friends, old and new, as you walk through life. It's these individuals that provide you support and strength, along with your family, and bring great joy as well.

I certainly do not suggest that you say goodbye to your existing friends when you become a parent, as they are your foundation and much-needed support long before you became a parent. Instead, grow your support system and friend-base to include additional people who get what you are going through as a parent.

Friends will love you through it all. Sometimes there are hiccups. Sometimes there is time off to reflect. Many times the friends you keep are a reflection of who you are, people who inspire you, individuals who bring you strength and joy and who are special souls.

I dedicate this blog post to all my friends that are near and dear and who will always have a special place in my heart. Thank you for your love and support, putting me in my place, listening to me rant and rave, letting me be me, enabling me to be there for you, and supporting and loving you.

Here’s to the amazing power of friendship.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Mommy Moments of Reflection

Simply...

Visit to new house
Sarah and Daniel love it
Ready to move in

Sleepless nights thinking
Where all furniture will go
Assessing layout

Weekend flew by fast
Packing, playing, donating
Monday already?

No nap on Sunday
Made Sarah cranky all day long
Hello I B S

The cute things she says
Mommy be safe and careful
Just before long drive

Woke up to nieces
Lots of hugs and kisses too
Makes it all worth it

Ready to start work
Excited for a new week
Much that lies ahead

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Mommy Moments of Reflection

I know that today is Wednesday and that my Monday Mommy Moments of Reflection from the weekend past are past due.

Please forgive me.

As you know, it's been a nutty few weeks finding and securing a place to live upon relocation to our new city, confirming Sarah's new school/daycare, signing papers with new tenants who are taking over our apartment, and much else in between to get the apartment painted, packed, cleaned and moved. In addition, I just started my new job this week and loving it, but exhausted with so much else to do before moving day. I know that at this moment I should be packing boxes but just too tired. Needed time to sit and write to clear my head. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh.

I have still tried to make sure to carve out time for Sarah not only for loads of play but also in helping to explain to her daily the changes that are underway.

So, here goes, my Haiku from last weekend are below.

Paperwork to sign
Getting ready for new job
Excited to start

Friend's birthday party
Sarah as Cinderella
Incredibly cute

Snacks and toys and games
Much fun was had at party
Celebrate with friends

Trip to zoo with friends
Carousel, pony rides, more
Loads of fun by all

Time with mommy friends
Thankful for relationships
We're bonded for life

Ready for new job
To grow professionally
Itching to dive in

Graco Stroller Recall

For those of us that have Graco strollers please read the following news regarding an important recall announcement made this week.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced this week a voluntary recall of Graco's Quattro Tour and travel systems and MetroLite Strollers after four recent infant deaths due to the risk of entrapment and strangulation.

This recall applies to Graco Quattro Tour strollers and travel systems made before November 2006 and MetroLite strollers and travel systems created before July 2007. These products were sold nationwide online and in stores between November 2000 and December 2007.

To determine if your stroller is affected by this recall check for the model number printed on a label on the lower portion of the rear frame above the rear wheels or underneath the stroller.

Numerous model numbers are included in the following link below to help you be more certain if your strolle is impacted. The list of products recalled is available HERE.

While some of the model numbers are very close to what's on recall please know that the Quattro and MetroLite strollers ending with the number "3" are NOT affected at all by this recall. Whew!!! Thankfully, my stroller is not affected.

If your stroller is affected by this recall the good news is that you don't have to return it. FREE repair kits are being made available by Graco to help remedy the recalled strollers. First, stop using your stroller. Second, contact Graco toll free at 1-877-828-4046 or go the company's website at www.gracobaby.com to secure a free repair kit. Once you have received and repaired your stroller then you encouraged to use it again.

Let's continue to keep our kids safe.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Mommy Moments of Reflection in Haiku

It's been such a crazy week that I forgot to post Monday's Mommy Moments of reflection from the weekend past.

Sorry for the delay. Here goes.

Running around town
Trying to get a lot done
To ready for move

Such a great sister
Watching Sarah, taking care
While I house hunt

Saturday a fog
Tried to make a final choice
Think we found new home

Sunday, Sarah day
Had to be all about her
Playground, friends and fun

With much going on
It's easy to lose sight of
What really matters

Much needed playtime
Mommy, Daddy and Sarah
Reading, playing, fun

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Much Needed Time With Our Kids

It's been a crazy busy week with home hunting, securing the right daycare for Sarah, researching moving companies and finding a tenant to take our apartment and start a brand new lease.

I am wiped out.

I am exhausted.

However, today, I decided that it was imperative to have a day fully dedicated to Sarah since I have been running around so much. As much as there is still a lot to do to get ready for our relocation, today was to be all about what she wanted to do.

We spent the morning at the playground, had a playdate before lunch with good friends, played princess dress up, took a great nap together, had another great playdate with good friends before dinner time, made balloon animals, and ate crepes (Thanks Santina) and ice cream as well.

Today was a super great day. The weather was cool and sunny and not pouring rain. It was exactly what Sarah and I both needed after a busy couple of weeks.

It's amazing how perspective changes when you have children. Searching for a home requires so much more attention to detail as you are interested in the schools near by, location to public transportation, if necessary, distance from relatives, safety in the home, etc.

So many factors to think of.

Fingers crossed (and, from my lips (or keyboard) to G-d's ears) that by this time next week we will have much secured and confirmed. Praying for this so that I can start my new job with much completed on the family front. I will say that relocating a family is a lot of work. And, trying to do it all in such a short period of time has had my head spinning. However, in addition to my new, exciting career opportunity, having family in the area helping with Sarah while we searched, researched and solidified details has reinforced it all.

I know that the calm from the storm will come soon. I am just so excited for us to be making this change. I am also deeply saddened to be leaving behind many great friends, some family, and relationships Sarah and I have developed. Let's just say friends and family, we will indeed have room for you to sleep in when you come over for visits. And, we do intend to be coming back for visits often. New York will always be our home. And, friends are friends no matter where you live, the same with family too.

Here's to great friends, wonderful family and the amazing love and support we have been so fortunate to receive. May you be so lucky too. Thank you.

GPS: A Parent Must

This past week I spent a significant amount of time driving around south New Jersey home hunting and checking out the area for a quality daycare/school, playgrounds near by, and more, as we are soon going to be living down there.

On some of these jaunts I had Sarah with me in the car as well.

My lifesaver during these drives has been with a Global Positioning Device (GPS) -- specifically the Garmin nuvi. I am incredibly thankful to my husband Daniel who is a technology wiz and did much research to find us an affordable GPS solution that was also very easy for me to use. (Thanks honey).

Often times I will print out Mapquest directions when I go out for a drive to an unknown location. But, in driving around to check out the area printing out directions would have been too much and required a lot of unnecessary paper.

Being able to type in the address or landmark I wanted to get to, and so easily, made driving such a breeze. No stress at all while being behind the wheel trying to figure out which way to go. And, if I when I wanted to veer away from the route to check out additional sights, the GPS helped get me back on track.

When traveling with Sarah in the car, and she sometimes becomes finicky or uneasy, and I am trying to think about where I am and may become flustered, it can become a bad combination.

Seriously. GPS has been calming and significantly valuable in more ways than one. Each time I use it, especially with Sarah in the car with me, I think often how parent's who don't have it either built into their vehicle or as an add on, should indeed have it. GPS provides comfort and peace of mind when on the road. It also helps to prevent any individual, including parents, risk of an accident as the driver is less likely to make any quick turn offs from the road if you are not aware of a specific location; otherwise putting you, your child and others at risk.

GPS is a must for everyone, especially parents. I highly recommend this technology feature to make driving easy and the time in the car when traveling to unknown territory less stressful and best for all people in the car and on the road in your path.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Monday's Moments of Reflections in Haiku

A very busy weekend that was productive and fun combined. Much is happening to get ready for new job, new home, new community, new school...new everything. An exciting new journey for us lies ahead and one that I know will seem less harried once we are settled in. Family and friends have been so amazingly supportive and generous. Thank you to all.

A mommy night off
Bollywood dancing with friends
Great time for release

Hunting for a home
Close to schools, train, family
Must be Sarah safe

Many homes to see
Houses, condos, townhouses
Not yet found the one

A very long day
Searching for a place to live
Tired, exhausted

An all day playdate
Sarah played with her cousins
A fun time by all

Searching for tenant
Posting fliers with details
Boasting views, space, more

Playground fun with friends
Making most of our time here
Before the big move

A three hour nap
During chilly October
Sarah snuggle time

Brrrr, it’s cold outside
Dressed in fleece, scarves and smile
Playtime doesn’t stop

Excited for change
To start our life anew
In South New Jersey

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Having a Child Changes Everything

When you hear the phrase, "having a child changes everything," it's so the truth.

Since having Sarah, Daniel and I have thought much about what comes next. Where will she go to school and how will we pay for it, where do we see ourselves in a five years, do we want to expand our brood, do we have enough space, and most importantly, what do we envision our future to look like and what do we need to do to get there?

These are lots of questions. Some are easier to answer than others. And, with a recession taking place during it all many of these questions have been asked and re-asked and considered many times.

Thus, it has come time to say that after many years of living and working in New York City and Northern New Jersey, my husband, daughter and I, and our cat, are making a major move to the suburbs.

For many of you who know me, know that Daniel and I have tried this once before pre-Sarah. That move left us commuting well over four hours a day and only slighltly getting us closer to my sister and her family. After selling that home after a short time, we realized that the next time we do this it's to go all the way to be closer to family and be closer to work.

Therefore, I am thrilled to report that this mommy, and her family, are making a move away from what has been familiar for a significant part of lives and taking a leap and new journey to the place we will eventually plant our feet into the ground, gain security, be closer to family, and build a future together.

I have been incredibly fortunate to be offered a wonderful opportunity to work with a great company in Philadelphia doing public and media relations. And, this quality opportunity brings me closer to my sister and family -- BONUS! The best part, too, is that Sarah will be able to spend more time with her cousins and also become part of an even bigger, more extended family, something I have been wanting for her since she was born.

Therefore, this brood is packing up and moving on.

Being in New York a significant part of my life, leaving will be tough. This amazing City will always be home for me. However, I am thrilled, nervous, excited, stressed, happy, and a whole host of other emotions, about our new chapter in life.

Let's think about it. In the span of less than a few weeks, I accepted an offer for my new job, handed in my resignation, shared the news with family and friends, lept into trying to find tenants to rent our existing apartment, driven to South NJ a number of times to home hunt and shop for new school/daycare options, gotten in as many of healthcare visits before insurance changes, and overall, planning for a major relocation.

You can imagine that right this mommy's head is spinning.

I am working out the details for when we will be officially relocated and will be sure to keep you posted. Don't you worry. Just because this mommy is moving doesn't mean Mommy's Point of View is going anywhere.

Writing and sharing life experiences as a parent and providing words of wisdom and important news and information has been such a wonderful opportunity for me. I thank G-d everyday for bringing Sarah into my life and giving me some pretty amazing material to work with to create and grow as a person, as a mom and as a woman, and to share it right here with you.

Thank you to all my readers for your support, feedback, commitment and interest in Mommy's Point of View.

It's going to be a crazy time these next few weeks and months. I intend to keep writing through this transition. There are many lessons as a parent that I have learned just in the past few weeks that I intend to share in the future.

All in all, being a parent makes you think very differently. It's no longer about just what you want and what you need. Children play a signficant role in future decisions. It's all about finding the right balance and recognizing what matters most.

Having Sarah has helped to give me, and Daniel, clarity on our future. She has helped us to realize the importance of us wanting and needing to feel grounded and feeling we belong somewhere. (Thanks baby girl). We desire to provide more for Sarah including a quality education for a more afforable price, a backyard for play, more space to roam and explore, time with family, community and grounding.

Having lived a City life for a very long time this may sound odd. There are many wonderful and great experiences living in a major City or in its tri-state area. However, with it comes with a significant financial cost once has to weigh all the options. Therefore, to help provide what we wish for Sarah and to have a balance for us all, this move is exactly what we want and need.

Good luck to you on your choices and decisions as parents. Sometimes these decisions are tough and sometimes they are life changing. No one ever said life was easy, especially for those of us who are parents trying to pave the way for our kids.

Halloween Candy for the Troops

While we all recover from over indulging in too much candy during Halloween, still the candy is in our homes staring at us willing us to...