Friday, November 28, 2014

Flick Friday-Disney’s INTO THE WOODS

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We are such fans of all the fairy tales stories coming out this year.  I have another one to tell you about coming this December....In The Woods



 “Into the Woods” is a modern twist on several of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy), all tied together by an original story involving a Baker and his Wife (James Corden and Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the Witch (Meryl Streep), who has put a curse on them.

“Into the Woods” will be released in theaters December 25, 2014.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Giveaway-Safely Traveling Booster Seat

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Many families will be traveling this holiday season, are you?  What precautions do you take to prepare for traveling to relatives homes?  When we are rushing around trying to get things packed and everyone to fit, we should not disregard safety.  Do you have kids under 4 ft 9 in tall?  Did you know they should be in booster seats?  Do you have a booster seat, what kind?

Every Britax Harness-2-Booster seat  received the BEST BET rating:

  • Britax Frontier 90 (highback)
  • Britax Pinnacle 90 (highback)
  • Britax Pioneer 70 (highback)
What does BEST BET mean?   A BEST BET booster correctly positions belts on a typical 4-to-8-year-old child in almost any car, minivan or SUV.

BRITAX Combination Harness-2-Booster seats can accommodate children forward facing in harness mode from at least 2 years and 25 pounds, up to 90 pounds, depending on the seat. They can then convert to a belt-positioning booster and accommodate a child to 120 pounds.

Before traveling, check your booster seat.  Here are some safety tips:
Britax encourages parents to call representatives at its Consumer Services department at 1-888-427-4829 or visit a local car seat checking station with any questions regarding the fit or installation of any child car seat at any time.

Are you in need of a booster seat?  Thanks to Britax, Independentmami readers can enter to win one of the Britax IIHS "Best Bet" carseats: •Britax Frontier 90 •Britax Pinnacle 90 •Britax Pioneer 70.  How to enter:

  a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway will end on 12/8/2014.  A winner will be randomly selected.  US only.  Winner will receive their carseat from the sponsor after January 2015.  Britax WILL CHOOSE WHAT CARSEAT, WHAT COLOR AND PATTERN THE WINNER WILL RECEIVE.  This prize is valued over $300.00.  Independentmami reserves the right to disqualify any entry that does not meet the criteria specified in the giveaway entries.  Good Luck. 

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunday Skincare-Oat Traditions and Home-made Wisdom

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This the season for tradition.  Today we are going to talk about oats, what they do, and how they can help our body.

What is oat?  It is a grain.  It has been found to be a health food that can also be used as a skincare product.
I like to eat oatmeal for breakfast.  It is low in fat and under 150 calories.  Oatmeal may help reduce the risk of heart disease.  And we have a history of heart disease in my family.  So eating oatmeal is a healthy choice I make for preventative maintenance for my body.  Oats are a good source of protein, calcium, iron, and other vitamins.  A good bowl of oatmeal can warm you right up too.  
Oats are a good source of protein, B vitamins, calcium, iron, fiber, Vitamin E and zinc. Oats may also help lower cholesterol, and are low in fat. If oats are not processed with the same machinery used to process gluten-containing grains like wheat and barley, they are gluten-free.

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Oats are a good source of protein, B vitamins, calcium, iron, fiber, Vitamin E and zinc. Oats may also help lower cholesterol, and are low in fat. If oats are not processed with the same machinery used to process gluten-containing grains like wheat and barley, they are gluten-free.

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Oats are an essential ingredient of AVEENO® Active Naturals Oat and have helped me to also improve my skin-care routine.  

Did you know that ACTIVE NATURALS® Colloidal Oatmeal can serve as a skin protectant?  It has the ability to attract moisture to the skin and to form a protective barrier.


Did you know that when carefully extracted from the oat kernel, ACTIVE NATURALS® Oat Extract, can provide a soothing effect while gently nourishing delicate skin.

One day when I was in high school I develop a serious rash.  I had no idea what it was.  It kept getting worse and worse as time went on.  I, of course, kept scratching at it.  When we visited the doctor, it was Eczema.

What is Eczema?  Eczema or atopic dermatitis is one of the most common skin disorders. There could be many causes of atopic dermatitis, including allergic or immune mediated components. In adulthood, the disease typically worsens and the skin becomes thicker and drier.

My skin was so horrible.  At first it was red.  Then it itched.  It got scaly.  It dried and cracked.  My doctor recommended I bathe in oat bath water to soothe my skin.  I soaked in oats for days.  It finally got better.  One of the reasons I have such dry skin is because I love to take HOT showers but this dries your skin.  Also as a teen, I never moisturized.  So even if this winter temps you to get into that hot water, the tips here is to use room temperature or warm water which to me is like cold water.

Now that I am a mami to my 2 babies, I know what to do if this happens to them.  My daughter was born with extra sensitive skin and we always have to moisturize her, sometimes twice a day.  I use Aveeno products that I know won't harm her skin.
Specially formulated with ACTIVE NATURALS® Natural Colloidal Oatmeal, AVEENO® Baby products help nourish, soothe and protect baby's sensitive skin, including toddler eczema, and the AVEENO® Baby Brand has been pediatrician recommended for over 60 years.

Other uses for oats:

-face masks
-scrubs
-exfoliates

Also, after I delivered my daughter my mom said to eat a bowl of oatmeal every day to keep my milk supply consistent.  I had a low supply at first but I increased my bowls of oatmeal and guess what, my milk production increased.  Like I said I normally eat a bowl for breakfast but when I would notice my milk supply low, I would add extra bowls at my snack times.  

What do you use oats for?  Do you have any home remedies?

Friday, November 21, 2014

Flick Friday-Inside Out

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Lately being a parent has been extra hard.  I am so glad to hear I am not the only one.  Sometimes our kids do not understand all that we parents go through until after they grow up and become parents themselves.

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley's main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.




Crecer puede ser un camino lleno de baches, y el caso de Riley no es ninguna excepción, ya que se encuentra desarraigada de su vida en el Medio Oeste cuando su padre empieza un nuevo trabajo en San Francisco. Al igual que todos nosotros, Riley se guía por sus emociones: Joy, o alegría (Amy Poehler); Fear, o miedo (Bill Hader); Anger, o ira (Lewis Black); Disgust, o repulsión (Mindy Kaling); y Sadness, o tristeza (Phyllis Smith). Las emociones viven en la Sede Central, el centro de control dentro de la mente de Riley, desde donde la ayudan y aconsejan en su vida cotidiana. Mientras Riley y sus emociones tratan de adaptarse a su nueva vida en San Francisco, surgen los problemas en la Sede Central. Aunque Joy, la emoción principal y más importante de Riley, intenta mantener un ánimo positivo, las emociones se enfrentan al tener que decidir cuál es la mejor manera de desenvolverse en una nueva ciudad, una nueva casa y una nueva escuela.

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INSIDE OUT opens in theaters everywhere on June 19, 2015!