Post Break: The Road To Independence

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of NMEDA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Being a caregiver most especially to disabled people is not an easy job. There are certain cases when newly disabled people feel depressed, have low self esteem or just simply feels like they are of no use anymore and a burden to anybody. These are some cases that caregivers face and deal with but these people are way too dedicated to overcome such whims and rejection from the people they care for.

NMEDA, a non-profit trade association cares as much as those dedicated caregivers for all the disabled people. It aims to help educate disabled people pave their way to independence through educating them on buying products that promote safe driving and equipment. This way disabled people can be confident being out and about in their wheelchairs just like any independent normal individual.

Take note that NMEDA doesn't sell anything, it has dealers who are certified to carry approved products which adhere to the safety standards for the National Highway Transit Safety Administration. It also has Quality Assurance Program that is the only nationally recognized accreditation program for the Adaptive Mobility Equipment Industry. You can trust that the NMEDA dealers pass the QAP standards, this is their dedication to help bring you back mobility.

Help bring back independence to the elderly and disabled people, feel free to check the NMEDA site to see the nearest dealer in your area.

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Post Break: Anticipating Our Travel

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Hampton Hotels. All opinions are 100% mine.


My friends are anticipating our much awaited visit back home together with baby. Me and hubs also can't wait for that time to come, it's been almost two years since I left and haven't been back eversince. We're planning on bringing baby to the Philippines to meet the rest of my family and also to take the chance to relax for a little vacation. It's been so stressful here and we want to just take a little time off and enjoy the time with baby. It's important that baby has some good memories to remember as he grows and this experience will play a good role in shaping his overall development.

We're considering going to Cebu since my husband hasn't been there and it's a great place to go. We can get lots of souvenirs there and also try all the delicious specialties Cebu has to offer. Oh how much we miss authentic Filipino dishes! By that time baby can also try some of the foods since he'll be about a year old already.

At first I was thinking of staying in Plantation Bay Resort but the price is just too heavy for a big group so Hampton Hotel will be a great place to stay. Another perk for us is being a AAA member, we are entitled for discount there. To top that off it is sponsoring Hampton Chain of Friends Sweepstakes which can entitle you to win a weekend stay with your friends. I better try my luck and see if we can ultimately enjoy a great vacation with free hotel stay.

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Toy For My Boy

Introducing toys to babies is a good way to stimulate their development. It is advisable to know the proper toys to give according to their age. This way you'll get to see and observe also their development. Getting bright colored toys can also help with their visual recognition. Just like this rattle ball that I got for baby, the holes are great in helping baby practice his grabbing skills. and coordination. At certain age babies will use their fingers to grip things and small grabable toys are just perfect for them. The sound of the rattle is good for his hearing and can promote alertness too. It is also recommended to give one toy at a time so baby can explore, learn and appreciate it more.

Post Break: On Boost Mobile Packages

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Boost Mobile. All opinions are 100% mine.

Facebook has taken over the web but I'm one of those who's not very actively updating my profile. Most of my friends and even my sister's been asking me to upload more photos of my cutie little boy and up to now I haven't put anything new there. Even my profile wall is boring as ever.

Perhaps I should consider Boost Mobile to help me get connected better with my friends and relatives. Though I am more used to updating my social networks through the laptop or pc, it might be a lot more convenient when you can access the social media through your mobile. Since my hands are full juggling work, housechores and mommy duty this looks like a better option for me without having to sit infront the laptop or pc to make updates. I can be just right beside or even holding my baby and can still leisurely work on my facebook updates.

Speaking of phones, boost has great deals and packages for Blackberry for only $60 per month including unlimited nationwide talk, text, web and email. For Motorola i1 it's $50 per month for unlimited nationwide talk, text, web and email including unlimited 411, im and email. Pretty good prices for unlimited web packages plus cool phones with qwerty keypad, powered by android and wi-fi ready. Just like any other phone subscriptions payment system is easy with the Re-Boost system. Payments can be done in three ways, online, in person or by phone. It's a free option whether you like to go to a re-boost center to pay or simply set up a worry-free automatic payments every month, do a one time payment for the entire year. Get connected with less worries, you can get in touch with everybody anytime of the day all with the use of the handy dandy phones.

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Post Break: My Babies Arrival

Finding out I was pregnant was scary and exciting at the same time. I had no clue on how to take care of a newborn life. I wanted to find out as much information as I could. Since I have no transportation to get to the library and read books, I decided to go online via my clear internet. I was able to locate a lot of information on what changes my body is going through while i am pregnant.

Again, since I do not have transportation I did all of my shopping online for my new baby. I was even able to purchase diapers, wipes and bottles. I got name suggestions also online. Being able to shop online for my new baby is great and I don't even have to leave the comfort of my own home. I have everything I need for my babies nursery all the way down to the curtains. It is getting closer to my due date and I am fully prepared and have everything I need thanks to the convenience of online shopping.

Guest post written by my buddy Bertie Graham

Post Break: Please And Thank You

I remember when etiquette was something every child was taught. That definitely isn’t the norm now. I don’t mean that everyone should have to learn how to walk with a book balanced on their head, but there are certain things that come in handy knowing at times you least expect them, like writing a thank you card or using the right fork to eat your salad.

That’s why I volunteered to teach an etiquette class at our local community center. We just finished up our last class, as it was offered only in the summer, but I think that I’ll probably do it again next year. Most of my attendees were girls, but there were a few boys that looked like they weren’t enjoying it but were very polite and well behaved anyway.

But one thing that I learned this summer was that I need hearing aids North Carolina. I had a lot of trouble hearing the children speak and ask me questions so I made an appointment at one of free hearing test locations to take later this week.

I expect that my class will be a little larger next summer and that I’ll be able to address my hearing loss so I can be a better teacher.

Guest post written by Annie Smathers

Preparing for a new addition

When I first found out I was expecting as exciting as it was, it was very overwhelming. Being my first pregnancy I had no idea what I needed, what to expect, then there was the name. I would get home from work in the evening and fire up the laptop, turn on the clear internet 4G and get to researching.

My first thought was to find a pregnancy tracker, that way I knew what to expect from my body and what types of questions to ask the doctor. I could also get an idea of what was going on with the little one and where she was in the developmental stages. Knowing what will be going on with the body was great for my piece of mind. also helped me come up with questions for my caregiver, and asking educated questions is the best way to get the specific answer you're looking for.

You can also find all the furniture, clothing, and accessories needed for the little one online as well. This is extremely helpful in the later stages of pregnancy when maybe you don't feel like going out in the elements and shopping. You can get reviews online to products you may purchase, so you know what is truly the best of the best. You'll truly feel better knowing it's all at your finger tips.

The Author of this post is Velma Baird

Post Break: West Virginia Mountaineers

One of my favorite times of the year is when the West Virginia Mountaineers start their football season. My dad was a huge fan of the team even before I was born. I'm 40 years old now, and he is still as passionate as ever about them. Growing up, college football was as much a part of our family as holidays and family reunions. My dad taught me everything there was to know about the sport and it has developed into a very special father/daughter time for us.

When Rich Rodriguez left as head coach a couple of years ago, I was extremely disappointed because he was only the second coach I've ever known for the team for all the years I had been watching their games. Bill Stewart quickly took my disappointment away though! He has proven himself to be a great replacement and just what the Mountaineers need.

I am so looking forward to this next season. We already know the Mountaineers will be in a Bowl Game, and hopefully this is the year that we can watch them take the national championship for the first time ever. I just bought a new big screen TV, and to watch them finally win on my satellite dish tv would be the best gift this Mountaineer fan could have this year. Well, that and beating Pitt again!

Guest written by our friend Katie Callahan

Post Break: Babies And Puppies

We all know that having a baby is quite expensive but same goes with puppies. Yes, it's almost like having another baby at home. Both have to be immunized, nursed and be given vitamins. It's even funny to think that they almost have the same looking toys. No wonder why some people who prefer not to have a child would rather have a puppy.

I know this is a blog for motherhood but this time I'm writing about Nylabone. Nylabone Nubz are edible dental dog chews made of highly digestible natural ingredients and no preservatives which dogs will love. It is vet-recommended citing that it can help clean the teeth, freshen breath, reduce tartar and promote healthier gums. It's guaranteed safe and made in USA, available in your favorite Costco center. Check out the Costco monthly coupon book and grab some goodies for your puppies with a great coupon value of $3.50 valid from August 19th-September 12th.

Why Read to My Baby?

You may wonder about the benefits of reading to your baby. An infant won't understand everything you're doing or why. But you wouldn't wait until your child could understand what you were saying before you started speaking to him or her, right? And you wouldn't bypass lullabies until your baby could carry a tune or wait until he or she could shake a rattle before you offered any toys.

Reading aloud to your baby is a wonderful shared activity you can continue for years to come — and it's an important form of stimulation.

Reading aloud:

  • teaches a baby about communication
  • introduces concepts such as stories, numbers, letters, colors, and shapes in a fun way
  • builds listening, memory, and vocabulary skills
  • gives babies information about the world around them

Believe it or not, by the time babies reach their first birthday they will have learned all the sounds needed to speak their native language. The more stories you read aloud, the more words your child will be exposed to and the better he or she will be able to talk. Hearing words helps to build a rich network of words in a baby's brain. Kids whose parents frequently talk/read to them know more words by age 2 than children who have not been read to. And kids who are read to during their early years are more likely to learn to read at the right time.

When reading, your child hears you using many different emotions and expressive sounds, which fosters social and emotional development. Reading also invites your baby to look, point, touch, and answer questions — all of which promote social development and thinking skills. And your baby improves language skills by imitating sounds, recognizing pictures, and learning words.

c/o kidshealth

Post Break: Insulating your attic

After purchasing my home, I quickly found that I was losing a lot of heat from my house. Therefore, I went on a mission to find out where heat and cooling sears was at. The problem I found was Poor insulation in the attic. It seems most homes, old and new alike, have very little insulation in the attic. This in turn allows much of your heat to be released directly through your roof.

If you are not sure as to whether you need to add insulation to you attic, simply consult a hardware store. The insulation area of the store will usually have a chart depicting just how much insulation you should have for your location. Then, simply put your tape measure into the insulation that you do have in your attic and see if it measures up. I'm willing to guess it will not be what is recommended. If that is the case, the solution is simple.

You simply need to calculate and purchase the amount needed. After doing so, you just need to have it blown into the attic. It requires a machine that you can rent to blow it into the attic. If at all possible I suggest doing this project with a helper to feed the machine with insulation for you. Then, just pretend you are a fireman and blow the insulation equally across your attic!

I appreciate the guest post, Lindsay Valdez

Baby Development @ 5 months

Here are the baby milestones @ 5 months: By the end of the month most babies should be able to:
  • Pay attention to small objects
  • Experiment with the concept of cause and effect
  • See across the room
  • Begin using hands in a raking fashion to bring toys near
  • Begin teething

Baby J explores more with his fingers and coordination. He loves to roll around and started working on his crawl. He already can hold up sitting up straight for a short period of time. He's also very smart and observant, he knows how to look for me and locate me. He grabs his toys with his fingers and can toss it from left to right and the other way around. As for his teething, he's starting to have swollen gums but good thing he's not being so fussy at all.

Post Break: Project Runway: High Fashion is Better in HD

I love having the best hd tv provider, and my favorite show to watch in HD is Project Runway. Project Runway is a show where budding fashion designers compete for money to launch their own clothing line. Every Thursday night, you'll find me tuning my satellite tv to Lifetime to watch Project Runway in HD.

Watching Project Runway in HD enhances the viewing experience. With HD, I can see the intricate details of every design that goes down the runway. HD also allows me to see every little mistake that the designers make, from a crooked seam to a hanging thread. I get a better view of the models' walks and the judges' facial expressions. I can also see just what the designers are doing in the work room to create their looks. All of these details add to the drama of finding out who is "in" and who is "out" every week. I'm always on the edge of my seat, waiting to find out who wins and who gets sent home. When it comes to drama and high fashion, Project Runway never fails to disappoint.

Project Runway features some of the most talented new designers in fashion, along with some of the hottest outfits and most beautiful models. But if you're going to watch Project Runway, you have to watch in HD. There's no other way!

Guest post written by Jeramy Sparks

Immunization Schedules - 4mos

4 months

  • DTaP
  • Hib
  • IPV
  • PCV
  • Rota

Post Break: Using the Internet to Buy a Car

I was in desperate need of a car so I decided to start my search online. I used my satellite internet in Montana to help me with everything from researching different cars to finding the right dealer. There were so many sites that were able to help me with my car search. I started in a search engine looking for safe family sedans. I needed a four door vehicle that was safe for me and my family. I narrowed down my decision to a few different cars based on safety features and price.

I was able to actually contact the dealer to make an appointment to see the car in person instead of chatting using rural internet providers. I was able to go to the dealership and test drive the vehicle before I actually purchased it. This was great because I was able to get the feel of a few different cars to see which is the best for me. I was also able to actually see the backseat to see if a car seat would fit leaving enough space.

After much research and thinking I was able to pull out of the lot with a brand new car. I now own a very safe family friendly vehicle thanks to the trusted sites and reviews that I found online using wireless internet providers.

Thanks for the guest post by Esteban Vinson

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