Thursday, April 24, 2014

Do You Have the World's Best Sitter?

Sittercity's America's Top Sitter Contest

Sittercity Contest Searches for America’s Top Sitter

Is your sitter out-of-this-world amazing? Sittercity wants to hear about him or her! 

Starting, April 21, Sittercity is hosting their second annual America’s Top Sitter contest, where you can nominate 
your caregiver to win the title of America’s Top Sitter and a $5,000 cash prize. Yes, you read that right, a $5,000
 cash prize!

Here’s how it works:
Visit Sittercity on Facebook at

Click on the “America’s Top Sitter,” icon, then the “Enter Contest” tab (if you have any questions 
before you start, check out the “Contest Details” tab). 

Then, fill out all the required information and agree to the official rules.

Now here comes the fun part. Sittercity wants you to brag like crazy about you sitter by answering
a series of questions that will highlight his/her experience and knowledge, dependability,
creativity, and commitment and flexibility.

You have from April 21, 2014 to May 2, 2014 to submit an entry to 

Contest Details:
  • Contest Start Date: April 21, 2014
  • Upload a picture of your sitter and tell Sittercity why your sitter is amazing/awesome/can’t be replaced
  • Link to upload submissions: click here.
  • Submission deadline: May 2, 2014
  • Judging Period: May 3-9, 2014
  • Voting Period: May 13-19, 2014
  • Winner Announcement: May 20, 2014
  • Contest winner prizes:
    • Grand Prize: $5000
    • Remaining Finalists: $100 SpaFinder gift card and Sittercity t-shirt
    • Superlative Awards may be presented to other finalists

Once the entry period has ended, a panel of expert judges will select 10 finalists from the nominations. 
Who are the Judges? 
  • Jill Smokler, New York Times bestselling author of Confessions of A Scary Mommy (April 2012) and
  • Motherhood Comes Naturally (And Other Vicious Lies) (April 2013) as well as the
  • owner all things Scary Mommy;
  • Lyss Stern, founder and CEO of, a luxury lifestyle company catering to influential 
  • and trendsetting moms; 
  • Jeremy Hilton, 2012 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year 
  • Jessica DiVanno, last year’s winner of America’s Top Sitter; 
  • Cindy Mattioli, working mom who nominated last year’s winner.

After 10 finalists have been selected, it’s up to Sittercity’s Facebook community to vote for the winner. 
From May 12-19, their Facebook fans can vote for their favorite sitter once a day, everyday.
On May 20 Sittercity will announce the winner of America’s Top Sitter 2014!
If your sitter has what it takes to be the next America’s Top Sitter, then nominate them today! Sittercity’s America’s Top Sitter: Nominate Your Sitter Today, deadline: May 2, 2014
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Does My Kid Have Food Allergies?

So no, my kid as of now does not have any food allergies. His mama on the other hand, well, I have a TON of food allergies. I saw my allergist today and asked her what the likelihood of my son having allergies and she said 25%, not as bad as I thought. Me on the other hand, well I am allergic to RAW carrots, broccoli, apples, apricots, everything from the ocean, eggs, hazelnuts, and pecans. Now, some of these allergies are worse than other and therefore I do eat some of the things that I am allergic to. I can eat fruits and vegetables cooked, so things like applesauce is ok. I eat eggs just not very often. I do not eat anything from the ocean, that is the worst of my food allergies. Nutella and pecan pie is a no for me. Did you know that peanuts are not nuts? They are legumes, so no I do not have a peanut allergy. 

Why am I telling you this? Because as someone who suffers from food allergies, I don't want the world to think that if someone with food allergies eats something they are going to die immediately, cause it just doesn't work like that. Allergies have a scale, and they progress, if you nip the reaction in the bud, then it won't progress to affect your breathing. That is why it is important to be prepared, I always allergy pills, prednisone, benadryl, and an epipen on me at ALL times. I have never had to use my epipen and my allergist says that most people do not end up ever having to use it, but you never know what the next reaction will be like. 

I asked my allergist today when a good time to get my child tested, and she said not before 5 unless symptoms start to show. So what symptoms could she be talking about? 

-Mild symptoms may include one or more of the following:
  • Hives (reddish, swollen, itchy areas on the skin)
  • Eczema (a persistent dry, itchy rash)
  • Redness of the skin or around the eyes
  • Itchy mouth or ear canal
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach pain
  • Nasal congestion or a runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Slight, dry cough
  • Odd taste in mouth
  • Uterine contractions
Severe symptoms may include one or more of the following:
  • Obstructive swelling of the lips, tongue, and/or throat
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Shortness of breath or wheezing
  • Turning blue
  • Drop in blood pressure (feeling faint, confused, weak, passing out)
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Chest pain
  • A weak or “thread” pulse
  • Sense of “impending doom”
Severe symptoms, alone or in combination with milder symptoms, may be signs of anaphylaxis and require immediate treatment.
Allergies can be very serious stuff and should always be diagnosed and treated by a doctor, but they should not make you fear food for yourself or your child. Know what your allergic to be and be prepared and ask questions. Don't be afraid to bring your own food place. Life does go on with food allergies, I know from experience. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Who Loves Tea? I Love Tea!!!

Tea Collection's Friends & Family Sale: 20% Off Everything
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 Nothing better than spreading love to friends and family, and that is just what Tea Collection is doing! For just two days only (4/22 and 4/23) you can receive 20% off everything on Tea Collection during their Friends & Family Sale. Take advantage of the sale and pick up twirly dresses, colorful Tees and sweet baby items for summer. Also check out Tea's new sporty selection of swimsuits for your little water bug. Feel free to tell your friends and family, because there is always enough Tea Collection love to go around.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Get Crazy with Crazy 8's Crazy Summer Sale!!!

I love crazy 8. I found the store one day in the mall on a whim and seriously bought way too much adorable clothes for my son. They are owned by Gymboree so you know the quality is good, but the prices are a little bit more affordable in my book.
  Warmer weather is quickly approaching, but not as quickly as your kids grew out of last year's clothes! It's time to start stocking up on this season's styles for spring. Luckily, Crazy 8 is offering 20% off markdowns, up to 60% off at Crazy 8 so your kids can get everything they need (and some they don't!) without cleaning out your wallet. That's up to 60% off! The sale starts tomorrow (4/10) for a limited time, so hurry before it's gone!

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

April is here, and that means Summer is near

When I was a kid I loved going to camp, I went to Camp Sprout Lake and then Camp Tel Yehudah in the Hudson Valley in New York and there was nothing I did not love about it. I made made my best friends in the world there and cannot wait until my son is old enough to attend. I remember the endless hours of packing my mom and I had, and the labeling of EVERYTHING. Literally, everything from socks and underwear to sweatshirts and dresses. Make your lives a little more organized  by picking up some Limited Edition Camp Combo Packs from Mabel's Labels . These UV resistant, waterproof labels and tags are designed for kid camp equipment — clothing, toiletries, swim gear, backpacks and more — and ready to take a summer beating. To complete the outfit of adventure, receive 20% off of an insulated water bottle from Eco Vessel with your Limited Edition Camp Combo Pack purchase

Let Mabel's Labels help you to get them sorted, tagged and prepped for a summer they won't soon forget. Plus, save $2 with early bird pricing now through April 30th! Happy Camping!

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