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Be Nice to Mama
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I'm a mama of two small boys. Join along as I share some of our daily adventures of a little bit of everything. You can contact me at lindsayrobin [at] gmail [dot] com.
Interests: family time, cooking, skiing, traveling, reading, nursing, hiking with our dog
Recent Activity
The other day I submitted an application to be a Snow Mama in Park City, Utah. What is a Snow Mama, you might ask? Well, it's a mama who likes to ski, snowboard and do other fun things with her kids and talk about it with other parents. It's essentially a parent Ambassador or go-to person for other parents who are thinking about traveling. We all know that traveling with kids, especially small ones, can be stressful, so I think this is a great way for the resort to reach out to parents who are thinking of paying a visit... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2010 at Be Nice to Mama
Tomorrow is my first day back to work in a very long time -- about a year and a half to be exact. Since then I have spent my days as a stay at home mama for my two boys. I am excited to get back into my professional life. I have been looking forward to this for a long time, but just now that I have put the kids to bed tonight and my mind is beginning to slow down from the day, I feel the butterflies in my stomach descending. And I feel the melancholy moving in--just like... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2010 at Be Nice to Mama
Thanks for the comments -- Andi, Gretchen and Ginna. You two with kids who have food allergies have a really good outlook on the situation, and it seems as the kids get older, the more they can protect themselves. But still, Im sure its a little scary as a parent. Gretch, Ill check out the article. I dont know if youve seen my update, but as it turns out, the only allergies we have to really worry about are egg and peanut, which makes life a little easier. The no soy or dairy was going to be tough! Glad to hear I wasnt too offensive. L
Toggle Commented Aug 31, 2010 on Food Allergies at Be Nice to Mama
Andi, thanks for sharing, especially since you have firsthand experience with food allergies as a parent. Again, I hope I wasnt offensive in my post. I totally agree with you about peanuts. I have no problem giving those up because I know the dangers of being near those. And I hear you about kids leaving their food lying around. Luke will be in the 1-2 yr old class and that age group is so curious and gets into everything, so I imagine they have to be extra precautionary. It sounds like you know a lot about this stuff, I appreciate your input. Did Hazel have a reaction or was she okay? And did you find out about her allergy through an allergy test? Just curious... :) Sent from my iPhone
Toggle Commented Aug 26, 2010 on Food Allergies at Be Nice to Mama
UPDATE: I called up the director of the preschool to confirm these food allergies to dairy, soy, egg, peanuts and tree nuts. As it turns out, Luke's teacher misunderstood "the memo" and the only restrictions we really have to make are peanut and eggs. The child has an allergy to the others, but the reaction is very minor. Phew. So, basically, I made a really big deal out of nothing. Thanks for listening. At least I'm a little more educated about food allergies now. Thanks to all of you who left such thoughtful and informative comments. L Last night we... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2010 at Be Nice to Mama
Oh, how could I forget THAT one? Good idea. Where are you on the sleep deprivation/crazy index today?
Toggle Commented Aug 11, 2010 on Update From the Cornfields at Be Nice to Mama
For those of you who have been waiting for the next Be Nice to Mama post, I didn't want you to think my family and I had been swallowed up by a massive combine in one of the cornfields nearby. I have been blog-negligent. Apologies. The house is pretty much un-packed and we are ready to roll for the school year. By the way, we live on a boarding school campus now. In about a month, the grounds will be swarming with teenagers. I thought I'd be in major city withdrawal. But as it turns out, I am getting into... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2010 at Be Nice to Mama
While living in DC, I recently met some volunteers from an awesome organization called Army of Women. It is a collaboration between Avon and the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation. This non-profit focuses on recruiting women to participate in breast cancer research, taking a grass roots approach. They are looking for women of all types who might be willing to participate in trials around the country: women with breast cancer, women in remission, and those of us who have never had cancer but want to find a cure for our family, friends, patients, teachers, and all of the other strong... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2010 at Be Nice to Mama
We have another cute snotty-nosed kid on our hands these days. My littlest guy has two green fountains streaming out of each nostril. I'm blaming it on the air-conditioning. Nowadays, when he has a cold I go into my medicine closet, reach in and pull out my new best friend: our Nosefrida The Snot Sucker (I'm serious, this is how the website refers to it). This genius BPA & Phthalate-free nasal aspirator hails from Sweden and will clear out your baby's nose in no time -- with a little bit of your help. It looks bizarre (see picture above), but... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2010 at Be Nice to Mama
I'm sure most of you have seen the site Shit My Kids Ruined. It's a collection of hilarious photos that (mostly) parents have sent in to a blog, showing the massive destructive forces of their children. On a whim, The Husband sent one if of our older guy and back in May they posted it. We just recently discovered it. (Since it's a picture I'm going to categorize this post with Wordless Wednesday -- eventhough there is a lot of verbage.) Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2010 at Be Nice to Mama
Now that we have left DC we are settling into life in The Cornfields. The pile of boxes is getting smaller and smaller and our familiar belongings are beginning to shape our home. The Husband still doesn't have a pillow to sleep on -- he's using a folded toddler comforter -- but once we find our stash of pillows, we'll be all set. And until we located the silverware last night, I was feeding the boys their yogurt and baby food on butter knives. I promise...they weren't sharp. Don't report me. As I was reviewing the day, I was thinking,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2010 at Be Nice to Mama
A lot of blogs these days feature something called Wordless Wednesday. They post a bunch of photos, instead of writing an actual blogpost. So, I am officially starting Wordless Wednesday on Be Nice to Mama. The hardest part will actually be remembering when another Wednesday rolls around -- amid the chaos of life, I tend to lose track of my days. This week I'm posting some of Luke when he was first born. Nostalgia set in big time this past week, as we marked his first year on July 2. Enjoy the pics. I look pretty hot in all of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2010 at Be Nice to Mama
On Saturday, The Husband and I celebrated 6 years of marriage. Now, those of you who know us understand that we go even further back. We met in ninth grade, dated for most of high school, went to different colleges and then found each other again for good after graduation. We started our relationship in 1993, so that means we've been together over half of our lives. Wow. We're getting old. I like to look at our wedding pictures and read through our wedding ceremony together every June 26, and close my eyes to remember the taste of the raspberry... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2010 at Be Nice to Mama
I agree. As women, fathers contribute so much to a womans sense of confidence. Those dads that teach us to value our own opinion and the power of our minds help us to become strong, self-assured women. Your dad is definitely a winner :) At this point, hes pretty much an expert at raising intelligent, confident and beautiful women. xo
Toggle Commented Jun 23, 2010 on Happy Belated Father's Day at Be Nice to Mama
Off the top of my head I have three things to be thankful for during this Father's Day season. 1. I was raised by a wonderful father who was present during my childhood and continues to be a wonderful and influential friend and mentor in my life. 2. I married a very good man whose top priority in life (in addition being a good husband :) is being a good father. 3. My two boys have incredible male role models in their lives -- their dad, their grandfathers, great-grandfather, uncles, cousins and close friends of ours. My husband recently pointed... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2010 at Be Nice to Mama
For these next two weeks, I am tying up some loose ends and trying to fit in all the stuff that I meant to do when we first moved here. This week I used my Groupon coupon for Chef Geoff's(a yummy restaurant in the DC area) with a friend for lunch. We paid $20 for the Groupon coupon, which gave us $40 worth of food/drinks. Now, if you've never heard of Groupon or LivingSocial Deals, you *must* check them out. They use "collective buying power" to send out regional coupons to some really great small businesses. When you sign up,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2010 at Be Nice to Mama
aha. so the cat is out of the bag. news travels pretty fast there. yeah, the town has really grown a lot, but at least the school still has some great property. its all so beautiful. i love the corn fields, the trails, the pond. just a big change. not sure which is a greater change -- moving away from a city or moving onto a campus. itll be an adventure, for sure. and ill be making my way to concord pike pretty frequently!
Toggle Commented Jun 19, 2010 on Cornfields at Be Nice to Mama
When you think life can't get any crazier, it does. Especially when you throw some kids in the picture. After changing cities once this year (and moving twice while here in DC), we are packing the bags yet again. Can you believe it? I can't. Did I really agree to this? Are my kids really going to survive their third move in less than 12 months? Or is it me and my own sanity that I'm really worried about? I'm looking around this home that we've recently just put together, where I thought we'd be for at least a couple... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2010 at Be Nice to Mama
When traveling with children I think most of us parents can probably say that we seek out kid-friendly amenities at hotels when we make our decision to book a room. Cleanliness, pools, walkability to attractions, easy parking, proximity to know what I'm talking about. I'm still in denial that these amenities have become so attractive to me, but I just found out about a really awesome program that Marriott is starting. It's called Tots Travel Too and it's totally free and it includes some pretty great stuff: (1) A pack n play with a Coverplay removable slip cover (2)... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2010 at Be Nice to Mama
What an awesome experience, Effie. Well, I didnt develop preeclampsia the second time, so hopefully you wont either. I know what you mean about the labor and delivery nurses, but after having worked as one, your hands are kind of tied due to hospital policy. Some are just more willing and educated to work with moms who wan to go naturally than others. Sent from my iPhone
@ Gazelle. You DO have the best job in the world. Thats why Im enrolled in Penns Midwifery program:) Keep on doing the amazing work! Im sorry we never had a chance to meet. But maybe Ill be back if there is a Baby #3! @ Julie. We heart Kathie too. She delivered both boys, as you know. @ Lura. The nurses do the hearing tests, but it just goes to show you they dont have to be done immediately after birth like they do in the hospital. THANKS for reading, ladies. xo
This past weekend I received the newest quarterly newsletter from the The Bryn Mawr Birth Center-- the place where I delivered my boys (well, Liam was technically delivered in the hospital due to my preclampsia, but I was with the same lovely midwives). Now that we have moved from the Philadelphia area, it's like an old friend saying hello when we get one of their newsletters. I wait until the boys are sleeping so I can sit down uninterrupted and read it from cover to cover, which always makes me miss my monthly, then biweekly, then weekly visits to the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2010 at Be Nice to Mama