- As soon as you get team roster – email the list to see if anyone is interested in carpooling. If you work or have multiple kids playing sports you will either need a carpool or a clone to survive.
- Consider a prepaid cheap phone. I felt uncomfortable leaving my 11 year old cross town while I was with my 6 year old at a different practice. If there was some emergency I wanted him to call or text. I got a $19 phone off of Amazon and paid $30 for 360 minutes. A good investment for piece of mind.
- Look at used sports equipment. If your child is trying a sport for the first time you might not want to shell out money for top of the line new equipment. In Boston there is a high quality used sporting equipment store that sells new and used. Play it again sports.
- If you have to buy a uniform – make sure you follow all ordering deadlines. You don’t want your child to miss out playing because hey don’t have the uniform.
- Get a dedicated bag for that sport. It doesn’t have to be a sport specific bag – any bag will do. I found that if one bag is for that child and that sport we are much less likely to misplace a glove, stick or pad. I nag them until they put all the equipment back in the bag (even when they are practicing at home) and then have a hook in the garage for that bag. When we are running late for a game or practice – we can grab and go.
- Always bring a water bottle for the kid and for yourself!
- Remember sunscreen for everyone even early in the spring when it still feels cool.
- Bring a chair for yourself. These games can go on forever – comfort is key! I leave a few in the car for any other family members that might join for the game – grandparents or siblings.
- Is is always colder then you think it will be. I keep a blanket in the car for emergencies. I also always bring a jacket even if the sun is shining.
- Thank the coach every chance you get. For younger kids – the coaches are parents. Without them none of this could happen. At the end of every game I encourage my kid to thank the coaches and I do the same.
Not a rule but more of a tradition – pregnant Jewish couples usually do not have baby showers. There is a superstition about buying and receiving baby gifts before the birth of a baby. To follow this tradition is hard as you are sitting there with a growing belly and desperately wanting to get organized for your new family member. As I was pregnant with my first son, I chanlled this energy into what I called “The Big Baby List.” I needed to get organized the only way I knew how – making a list! I divided it into different sections. (1) Need Before; (2) Need After; (3) Need Later; (4) Hospital Bag.
You can download this list here and edit it to make it your own. Big Baby List
Need Before – these were the handful of things that I wanted to buy before. I felt that I couldn’t go into the hospital to give birth without having these things already bought.
- Pack-n-play or other bassinet
- Infant Car Seat
- Nursing Bras
- Baby Wipes
- Glider / Rocking Chair
- Wash Cloths
- Burp pads – cloth diapers
- Baby laundry detergent
Need After – these were things I wanted to my parents and close friends to go and buy shortly after we came home from the hospital. We didn’t need these things right away – but I thought we would use them sooner rather than later.
- Diaper Pail + refills
- Baby Monitor
- Stroller that fits infant carseat
- Umbrella stroller
- Baby Carrier
- Baby Bjiorn or sling or Ergo
- Night Light
- Breast feeding pillow
- Breast Pump
- Nursing Tops
- Breast Pads
- Onsies (4-7)
- One piece nightgowns w/ drawstring bottom (4-7)
- Cotton shirts w/ snaps @ neck (4-7)
- Sweater or jacket (1)
- Socks/booties (4-7)
- Grooming kit
- Soft hair brush
- Infant Nail Clippers
- Baby Shampoo
- First Aid Kit
- Rectal Thermometer
- Diaper Ointment
- Baby Tylenol
- Bulb Nose Aspirator
- Petroleum Jelly
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Diaper Bag
- Travel baby wipes
- Changing Pad
- Hooded terry cloth towel
- Laundry bag
Need Later – these were things on my wish list, but I knew we could wait until the bris or later to receive them.
- Sheets – 2-3
- Bumper pad for crib
- Changing Table Pad
- Baby Bathtub
- Baby swing/bouncer
Hospital Bag – I obviously had my hospital bag packed for a while – but it still felt good to have a checklist. These were musts for me to have in the hospital.
- Going home outfit – me
- Lip Balm
- Snack food
- Sanitary Pads (the ones they give you are enormous!)
- Nursing Bra
- Book on nursing
- Telephone List (list of people or places you will need to call from hospital)
- Furniture Store
- Magic Beans
- Baby’s going home outfit
- T-shirt that snap closed on the side
- Something for the feet
- Outer outfit
- Receiving blanket
As I try to recover from my lack of will-power over my kids halloween candy – I am refocusing on starting my days out right. That can only mean one thing…. SMOOTHIES!!! I have been making smoothies for myself and my family for the last 15 years. I have come along way with adjusting the taste, consistency and ingredients. I started out using orange juice and sorbet! Not exactly the picture of a healthy treat. Over the last 6 months, I have been focusing more on almond milk, frozen fruit, greens and sometimes protein power. Before I share my thoughts on exact recipes I wanted to share my favorite equipment.
I have been very happy with this powerhouse of a blender, the Ninja Master Prep, which has been serving me well for the last two years. At under $50 it is a great deal. There are so many blenders out there and a variety of different prices. I like this blender because the blades come out of the base, which makes cleaning really easy. It comes with two bowls. I use the big one for smoothies and the small one for blending nuts and making pesto.
I usually drink my smoothies on the go. Most often I am driving my kids to school – so it is the perfect grab and go breakfast. My favorite container for my smoothies is a regular mason jar. The colorful smoothies look super pretty through the mason jar glass. The jar is sturdy, easy to clean in the dishwasher and I always have a ton of them!
I also love my stainless steel straws. I have a thick straight one (seen in the first picture) and a thinner bent one (seen in the bottom picture). The thick one is better for chuck smoothies and the thinner one is better to fit through the stainless steel lid. I have experimented with different straws and containers – and this is what works for me.
Come back tomorrow for my basic smoothie recipe