Bye-Bye Hospital Nurseries, An Update

Feb 10, 2014 by

Me, Marie & Baby Olivia!

Me, Marie & Baby Olivia!

Back in September I wrote a post about how it seems like more and more hospitals are either getting rid of their nurseries or are strongly discouraging new moms from using them. I only discovered this issue because I went to visit my friend and fellow blogger Marie at a local hospital and she told me that when she asked to send her daughter to the nursery for a little bit, she was informed that they no longer had a nursery and encouraged 24/hour rooming in. I was really struck by that and wanted to know why this was happening. Was it for financial reasons or because of something else?

I reached out to the CT Hospital Association for answers and they looked into this for me. Turns out that yes, most hospitals in CT either have a 24 hour room in policy for new moms or are moving in that direction. And the reason isn’t because of money, it’s because hospitals want a baby-friendly certification from Baby-Friendly USA.

Helping Kids Succeed by Failing

Jan 8, 2014 by

Editor’s Note: This piece was written by Jessi Christiansen, the Head of The Independent Day School, located in Middlefield, CT.

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One of the most painful parts of parenting is watching your child fail. When our kids approach a potential new friend on the playground and are rebuffed or try out for a team and get cut, our hearts break along with theirs. Our instinct is to protect them – to shield them from the sad feelings, to prevent a future failure in anyway we can.

But what if supporting those failures, rather than the more obvious successes, determined your child’s ability to be a success in the future?

GIVEAWAY: Massage/Facial/Spa Package

Dec 13, 2013 by

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Yes, please!

We’re closing out this super fun week of giveaways with another massage package!!

We’re thrilled to highlight Curative Touch Massage located in East Granby, Connecticut.

The winner of this giveaway will receive (value: $250):

-One 90 minute massage

-One 60 minute facial

-One 60 minute sauna session (or another service of your choice at the same price point)

Curative Touch Massage offers a wide array of services including a variety of massages, facials and skin care services. Jacinta, the owner of Curative Touch, is a firm believer in the connection between body and mind and is a huge proponent of massage for relieving both physical and emotional stress. And as moms, we have plenty of BOTH!

They cater to clients of all ages including children, adults and seniors. And they’ve gotten some great feedback from their clients including:

When mom needs a sick day

Dec 12, 2013 by

During the day, my job is to take care of our daughter. While I’m paid in spades in laughter and snuggles, the other benefits for stay at home moms are lacking – namely sick time (and a salary…and vacation time…and health benefits…even a lunch break…but that’s a conversation for another day).

I can remember it happening maybe two other times – one of those being when I felt like I might die from mastitis – where I needed my husband to stay home from work to take care of our daughter while I took care of myself. He needed to take time so I could take time.

Last week, an inexplicable illness struck. I still don’t know what I had, but I do know that I could hardly move I felt so crummy. And, with my husband unable to take time off this time, I had to call upon my in laws to take my daughter for the day while I got some rest. I’m fortunate to be able to do that.

GIVEAWAY: Photography Session with Josephine Photography

Dec 12, 2013 by

We are thrilled to highlight Josephine Photography for today’s giveaway! I love her photography style so much. She is very passionate about making sure to photograph from her heart to capture your family story. In each portrait session, she brings her journalist style and knowledge to help create natural, effortless images.

The winner of this giveaway will receive a Portrait Package ($250 value):

-Pre-consult (discuss time, location, expectations, wardrobe)

-A portrait photo shoot with up to 7 people within 20 miles of the 06109 zip code

-Post-consult (view images and print ordering)

-$100 shop credit

The best way to show you her style of photography is to show you some of her work – enjoy the images below that we took from her blog:

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See what I mean? Gorgeous photos!! Make sure to enter below and check her out on Facebook too!

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