Monday, September 29, 2014

Bi-weekly Bump- Week of September 29th

The new way to tell you your due date are chainging with these new pregnancy Due Date Recommendations that are good for every mom
Carrie Underwood talks about being in her first trimester of pregnancy

Chelsea Clinton had a baby girl on Saturday after midnight
Kate Middleton is pregnant with her second child! Will it be a little sister or brother for Prince George?
How Nashville handled Hayden Panettiere's Pregnancy in the Season 3 premiere 
Kristen Bell says she is much more comfortable during her second pregnancy because of new paparazzi laws
Low iron intake during pregnancy linked with autism
Gavin Rossdale says Gwen Stefani told him about her third pregnancy in an E-Mail
Sarah Drew's first pregnancy had her mourning her 20s
And finally make sure to send us your BFP’s (Big Fat Positives for your newbies out there) so we can put them on our Tumblr Page!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Essential Pre-Pregnancy To Do List

If you are just starting your TTC Journey, here is our complete essential pre-pregnancy to do list.  

Along with this list, we also have a board on Pinterest and a Tumblr with our most popular pregnancy hacks (Insert shameless plug here) 

Also here are some of the most helpful links on the web that you should browse:
Parenting – 20 things all couples should do before getting pregnant
What to Expect – 8 things to do before getting pregnant
And from the Center for Disease Control – Preconception Care

We also have included the list below as a printable on our Google Drive that you can download yourself, print out and have it with you at all times! 

Diet and Fitness:
       Get down to a healthy BMI between 20 and 25
       Start working out at least twice a week
       Start wearing yourself off of alcohol
       Start skipping the caffeine

       Find out when you ovulate
       Have sex!
       Consider charting down your basal temperature
       Stop smoking, drinking, and get help if you need it
       Get on prenatal vitamins
       Get off the pill- it could take up to 4 months for it to clear out of your body

       Start saving now and plan a baby budget
       Consider buying items you may need in bulk using coupons and storing them away for use later
       Have a talk with your partner about your financial situation

Doctors and Checkups:
       Call your health insurance company to look into options
       Talk to your doctor about genetic testing 
       Schedule a preconception checkup with your OB/GYN
       Make a list of questions for your doctors
       Get immunized

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

What states have marijuana legalization on the ballots for November?

Every 5 minute commercial break has 5 political commercials, there are billboards on your commute to the office, and your neighborhood has lawn signs on practically every front yard; this is the reality of Election Day getting closer. With the November elections coming up in less than 2 months, Americans are getting the full force of political campaigns. Along with voting for your new public officials, there will be a number of initiates on the board to legalize marijuana.

Currently, Huffington Post has a list of 15 states that will vote on the matter in November.  Each state votes on its own plan to legalize medical marijuana or recreational marijuana.  With legalization allowed in two states now, there is a growing industry.  Not only has legalization raised tax dollars for the state governments of Colorado and Washington but there has been less petty crime in Colorado. 

Many people believe that there will not be a huge turnout in November this year because it is not a Presidential year.  In 2016, many people think that more Generation Y’s will turn out to vote for the next President.  A lot can change in two years, and even states that aren’t even considering legalization of recreational marijuana might have to start considering it in 2016, especially since we all know things can change very quickly. 











New York


Rhode Island

Washington, D.C.

With 15 or more possibly voting on legalization of recreational marijuana, you have to wonder how many will pass?  In ten years, how many states will have passed this law? 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Breastfeeding in Public

Colborne mom Gianna Petrella breastfeeds inside the Tweed Tim Hortons Sunday during a nurse-in held by area mothers. A North Bay mother said she was asked by a staff member there to "cover up" while she was breastfeeding her child there last weekend. Emily Mountney-Lessard/The Intelligencer

Mammals are categorized by having a backbone, having fur or hair, being warm-blooded, and lastly whose females nurse their young with milk.  Like the over 4000 species of mammals female humans are naturally created to breastfeed their young. 

If breastfeeding is so natural and has been done since the dawn of time, why is it still taboo to see a woman breastfeed in public? Breastfeeding is considered one of the healthiest ways you can help your child.  Breastfeeding has even been linked to lower obesity rates in children and to influence the child's eating habits at age 6 and beyond. 

Why should she have to cover up when she is simply feeding her child?

Breastfeeding used to be 100% completely normal.  There are photos and paintings from hundreds of years ago that show breastfeeding.  If breastfeeding was considered acceptable then, why can’t we accept it now in this modern day society. 

In this world of sexualizing women why is it when a woman is using her breasts for the reason that nature intended for them to be used is offensive and unmentionable?

With the help of social media, pro-breastfeeding in public advocates are pushing for a change. 

There was currently a “Nurse-In” at a Tim Hortons recently when a mother was asked to “cover-up” by a female employee.  StaceyKennelly, who is from North Bay was traveling through the Tweed area, and was nursing her child while waiting in line.  She was asked to “cover-up” and she did not, saying it was against her human rights.  She says this has happened before.

“Unfortunately this is a major reason why mothers give up on nursing” she said.  Women don’t want to nurse their babies in public because they are afraid of being asked to leave, the dirty looks, and the comments.

There has also been the multiple stories of people asking nursing mothers to go into a public restroom and nurse there. 

"Do you like eating in public restrooms? Or does the sight of a toilet and the acrid scent of piss ruin your appetite?

Johnathan Wenske and Kris Haro, both juniors at the University of North Texas, created these nicely made student ads depicting young mothers breastfeeding on toilets—to support bill HB1706 in the Texas legislature, which would protect mothers from harassment and discrimination when they breastfeed their children in public.

The creatives were inspired by the story of a woman who was harassed for breastfeeding in a Target. They decided to shoot three young mothers, perhaps because young moms are least likely to breastfeed. To their credit, the ads don't try to shock. They merely capture the everyday situation many mothers face "when nurture calls." They don't go overboard by art directing a dirty bathroom or even a poorly lit bathroom, but the images are still powerful because breastfeeding in a toilet stall, even a reasonably clean toilet stall, is disgusting.
The three simple headlines are pretty perfect, too." -- Adweek 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Drug Testing Policies aren't changing

With the legalization of recreational marijuana in two states and the legalization of medical marijuana permitted now in 23 states, drug testing policies are changing.  Even though the acceptance of weed is now at over 50% of Americans agreeing with the use of medical and recreational marijuana, it is still taboo in the workplace to talk about it.  It is common to see the “Drug-free Zone” or “Drug-free Workplace” in employee handbooks.  Even in Colorado where there are marijuana stores scattered throughout the states, there are still job postings where “marijuana use unacceptable” and “drug-free company” at the bottom of the listings.

Brandon Coats was paralyzed in a car crash when he was 16.  Since 2009, he has used medical marijuana to relieve painful joint spasms.  Coats said he smoked at night before bed to sleep the whole night without waking up in pain.  He was employed by Dish Network and he answered customer phone calls.  He was asked to take a drug test and Coats knew he was going to fail.  Coats did fail his test and was promptly fired the next day despite having a medical marijuana card.  Coats pointed out that a drug free zone and an ‘at will’ state means that a company can fire you if you fail a drug test.

"On September 30th, Coats will take his argument before the Colorado Supreme court in a lawsuit challenging his 2010 firing.  For years, courts in Colorado  and across the country have ruled against marijuana users, saying that companies have the right to create their own drug policies.  But legal experts say that if Mr. Coats prevails -- he lost 2-1 in an appellate ruling -- his case could transform how businesses must treat marijuana users. 

"The result is a clash between a culture that increasingly accepts marijuana and companies that will fire employees who use it” – The New York Times

Alaska, Vermont, California, New Hampshire, Oregon, Massachusetts, and New York are among the next states that are pushing towards the legalization of recreational marijuana.  Is it hopeful to think that when recreational marijuana is legalized in a few more states that drug testing policies will change?  Maybe, but all of the current evidence points out that drug policies will get stricter before they become looser.  With the cost of drug testing rising, there is money in the industry and having strong anti-drug policies in the workplace are lucrative to the drug testing field.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Are Your Consumer Spending Habits Tracked?

Anytime you use a credit card or loyalty card, give out your zip code or phone number, or use a coupon you are giving away personal information about yourself.  Using technology companies can now take your information from you and use it to their advantage.  Target has found a great way to do this if you don’t mind having your privacy being diminished.

A man found out the hard way about Target’s statistics when he walked in to a Target store demanding to speak to the manager about why they were sending his teenage daughter, who was still in high school at the time, coupons for baby items.  

“My daughter got this in the mail!” he said. “She’s still in high school, and you’re sending her coupons for baby clothes and cribs? Are you trying to encourage her to get pregnant?”
The manager didn’t have any idea what the man was talking about. He looked at the mailer. Sure enough, it was addressed to the man’s daughter and contained advertisements for maternity clothing, nursery furniture and pictures of smiling infants. The manager apologized and then called a few days later to apologize again.

(Nice customer service, Target.)

On the phone, though, the father was somewhat abashed. “I had a talk with my daughter,” he said. “It turns out there’s been some activities in my house I haven’t been completely aware of. She’s due in August. I owe you an apology.”

“If we send someone a catalog and say, ‘Congratulations on your first child!’ and they’ve never told us they’re pregnant, that’s going to make some people uncomfortable,” Pole told me. “We are very conservative about compliance with all privacy laws. But even if you’re following the law, you can do things where people get queasy.”

 The New York Times wrote an article on how personal information these days is like gold to marketing departments. Being able to send coupons to customers who are pregnant can push them to buy all of their products at Target, maybe even do their registries there.

The desire to collect information on customers is not new for Target or any other large retailer, of course. For decades, Target has collected vast amounts of data on every person who regularly walks into one of its stores. Whenever possible, Target assigns each shopper a unique code — known internally as the Guest ID number — that keeps tabs on everything they buy. “If you use a credit card or a coupon, or fill out a survey, or mail in a refund, or call the customer help line, or open an e-mail we’ve sent you or visit our Web site, we’ll record it and link it to your Guest ID,” Pole said. “We want to know everything we can.”

Also linked to your Guest ID is demographic information like your age, whether you are married and have kids, which part of town you live in, how long it takes you to drive to the store, your estimated salary, whether you’ve moved recently, what credit cards you carry in your wallet and what Web sites you visit. Target can buy data about your ethnicity, job history, the magazines you read, if you’ve ever declared bankruptcy or got divorced, the year you bought (or lost) your house, where you went to college, what kinds of topics you talk about online, whether you prefer certain brands of coffee, paper towels, cereal or applesauce, your political leanings, reading habits, charitable giving and the number of cars you own. -- The New York Times 

What do you think of this? 

The New York Times
Forbes Magazine 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Bi-Weekly Bump- Week of September 15th

A Manhattan single mom is pregnant with her child and she is 51!
PrinceGeorge is getting a little brother or sister next spring.
Kate’s severe morning sickness is torture says mom who had the same condition during her pregnancies.
Liv Tyler is pregnant and is now expecting her second child
A new study looks at the effects of binge drinking once during the early stages of pregnancy can have on your child’s mental health in the future
Are antidepressants safe for pregnant women?
GwenStefani is pregnant and told her husband about their third child together over email
Our list of 2015 most popular baby names is out.  Would you name your child after a fictional character? (Hello Hermione)
Shakira shows off her growing baby bump and reveals her baby’s gender (It’s a boy!)
Jill Duggar shows off her 11 week growing baby bump

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Organizing the paper monster!

With school back in session you are bound to start getting more and more paperwork.  With each child in school comes flyers, permission slips, reminders, worksheets, pictures from school, art projects, and many drawings and writing assignments.  It is very easy to get overwhelmed especially when you need to start remembering extracurricular activities, test dates, spelling words, and field trips. 

We have scoured the internet (mostly Pinterest) to find the best ways to organize all of this paperwork. 

The Binder System:  From our favorite organizing blog, I Heart Organizing, Jen put together these adorable binders for her boys for elementary school.  Read all about it on her blog here

The File System: The binders above can easily get full and if you don’t want to end up getting a 4 or 5 inch binder for each child (That can get heavy!) try the file system.  This is what Jen from I Heart Organizing upgraded to after she found her binders not being able to support all of the artwork her sons had.   This method is simple, give each child a crate or box and put file folders in there for each year.  This method leaves plenty of room to expand in case your child ends up being the future Picasso or you can’t bear to throw anything away.

For Large Art Work (to be stored away): This art portfolio has a nice professional look to it and even has handles.  You could get one for each child and put all their artwork in it and put it in the attic or basement.  It’s slim so it could easily slide in between two shelving units to keep it from bending.  Downside: It is made out of paper so this is best for storing but not for traveling with. 

For Artwork (for display purposes): This large photo album from Amazon is 18” by 24” and is large enough to keep large art projects safe.  Perfect to have on the coffee table or a shelf to show grandparents and friends at a moment’s notice.

Framing System: How cute is this idea?  You shrink your child’s artwork and then mount in in a large frame.  Think about the possibilities? You could have all of your child’s elementary school artwork in one place!  This would look great in a great room or even a play room. 

Are you going to implement any of these ideas? Do you have any methods already in place? 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

2015 Baby Names

(Image Source: Google Images) 
Baby Names inspired by movies are continuing to be a spread including Elsa from "Frozen", Katniss from "Hunger Games", and Khaleesi from "Game of Thrones". 

2015 is coming up sooner than you make think. With every year that comes and goes so do a few baby names.  Each couple wants to pick a baby name that they love and is unique, and that will grow with the child as he or she grows up into an adult.  Besides picking a baby name that you love, you also want to pick one that isn’t the most popular name so your child doesn’t end up being the fifth Caitlyn (or Kaitlyn, Catelyn, and Katelynn) their biology class or in my case the fourth Rebecca in one French class. 

Chris Franck, an assistant research professor in statistics at Virginia Tech, with help from his new name predictor can predict how a name will rise or fall in the next 25 years by examining the performance of earlier names that followed similar patterns of popularity. 

If you want to stay ahead of the curve there are two major points to consider in a name:  the present popularity of a name and where it is in its popularity cycle.  The popularity of the name can be found using information from the Social Security Administration which publishes lists of the most popular names using the data from Social Security Cards. Currently Noah is the most popular boy’s name and Sophia is seated at the top of the girl’s names.  Though what is popular now, might not be popular in a year.  

“Like stocks, hot names can stay dominant for a decade 
or flame out after a year” – Time Magazine.

The model works by looking at previous names that have followed the same popularity cycle.  The model looks not only at the last past decades but into the beginning of the 20th century. 

If you want to read more about this baby name predictor please click here to readthe article from Time magazine.   

Using the baby name predictor, we have put together a list of our top picks for 2015. 

Top Boy Names:

Top Girl Names:

If you want some more ideas for baby names consider reading The’s top 25 “rules”when picking out your name.

Do you have your names picked out? 
Do you have any names that you absolutely love or hate?  
Let us know in the comments below   

Monday, September 8, 2014

Africa has lowest tobacco use while pregnant

A recent study published in the September edition of the Lancet Global HealthJournal shows that Africa has the lowest tobacco use in women who are pregnant.  Currently Southeast Asia has the highest percentage of women using tobacco while pregnant.  The study was done from 2001 to 2012 and looked at tobacco use while pregnant throughout the world.  The study estimates that one in every 30 women used tobacco.  Tobacco use was more common in low-income and middle-income women than the upper-class.  In Turkey, the percentage was around 15% of women.   

Tobacco use in pregnant woman has been linked to high blood pressure or preeclampsia, asthma, premature delivery, low birth weight, and even placental abruption.  The risks are high for both mom and child when smoking while pregnant.  Second hand smoke has also been known to hurt a fetus and even if mom doesn’t smoke if she is around people that do smoke the baby can still develop problems in the womb. 

“Pooled prevalence of any tobacco use in pregnant women in LMICs was 2-6 per cent; the lowest prevalence was in the African region 2-0 per cent and the highest was in the Southeast Asian region 5-1 per cent.

The pooled prevalence of current tobacco smoking in pregnant women ranged from 0-6 per cent in the African region to 3-5 per cent in the Western Pacific region.

The pooled prevalence of current smokeless tobacco use in pregnant women was lowest in the European region 0-1 per cent and highest in the Southeast Asian region 2-6 per cent.

It said worldwide, use of tobacco is viewed as an important threat to the health of pregnant women and their children, adding that overall, tobacco use in pregnant women in LMICs was low; however high prevalence estimates were noted in some LMICs.”

There have been many attempts to warn pregnant or soon to be pregnant women about the risks associated with tobacco use.  There is even a British TV show that tries to help expectant mothers with their addictions to alcohol and tobacco. 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Driving Stoned?

.08 is been drilled into anyone ever getting a license or even going to the DMV for that matter.  It is the legal limit of alcohol that is allowed in your blood stream to be able to drive legally.  Now with the legalization of marijuana becoming more and more popular law enforcement agencies are looking at how driving under the influence of marijuana will affect future and current laws. 

With the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington there are more drivers on the road that are “impaired” from marijuana.  Besides the two states that allow recreational marijuana there are 24 states that allow it solely for medical purposes.  However, with the acceptance of marijuana being pushed to the front of the news there are speculations that recreational marijuana will soon be allowed in Alaska, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon and the District of Columbia.

There is not a lot of data on this topic and while some people say driving while high will negatively affect the driver’s ability to maneuver safely; others say that driving will high has no impact on the driver whatsoever.

“Colorado, Washington and Montana have set an intoxication threshold of 5 parts per billion of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in pot, in the blood. A few other states have set intoxication thresholds, but most have not set a specific level. In Washington, there was a jump of nearly 25 percent in drivers testing positive for marijuana in 2013 - the first full year after legalization - but no corresponding increase in car accidents or fatalities.

What worries highway safety experts are cases like that of New York teenager Joseph Beer, who in October 2012 smoked marijuana, climbed into a Subaru Impreza with four friends and drove more than 100 mph before losing control. The car crashed into trees with such force that the vehicle split in half, killing his friends.

Beer pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide and was sentenced this past week to 5 years to 15 years in prison.

A prosecutor blamed the crash on "speed and weed," but a Yale University Medical School expert on drug abuse who testified at the trial said studies of marijuana and crash risk are "highly inconclusive." Some studies show a two- or three-fold increase, while others show none, said Dr. Mehmet Sofuoglu. Some studies even showed less risk if someone was marijuana positive, he testified.” -- (Associated Press Quote)


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is conducting research to get a better idea of how pot affects driving. NHTSA and Washington state officials have also teamed up to assess change in marijuana use by drivers before and after the state allowed retail sale of the drug, with results due next year.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Introducing Pregnancy Hacks

If you follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or especially Pinterest and Tumblr you may have seen some of these Pregnancy Hack Posts.  These Pregnancy Hacks are supposed to be an equivalent to Life Hacks that have been spouting across social media for quite some time now. 

Below are just a few examples of our Pregnancy Hacks.  They are lingered around all of our social media accounts.  Make sure to follow us on Pinterest and Tumblr when new hacks are released.  

Do you have any tips for getting pregnant?  
List them below in the comments! 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Bump on a Budget- Month of September

Signing up for email lists can be great; you can get coupons, free samples, and lots of valuable information.  However if you sign up for too many emails you run the risk of getting your information sold to other companies and then the 5 emails you signed up for daily become 50 or 100 emails. Before even getting pregnant consider creating a separate baby coupon email using Yahoo or Gmail.  If you get too many emails you can simply just ignore them or close the account when baby comes.  You also don’t have to worry about your personal account getting flooded with emails that you didn’t ask for and don’t want. 

Have you heard of David Ramsey’s cash envelope budgeting system?

Every family needs a household binder and a budgeting system so here are our favorite examples from Jen at I Heart Organizing

An article from Money Advice on a few tips to save money before baby comes

And another article from DailyFinance about how to make some extra cash before the little one arrives

Monday, September 1, 2014

Bi-Weekly Bump- Week of September 1st

Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher are expecting their first child together and they announced it with their dogs (how cute!)
Cutest and probably shortest pregnancy progression ever... some guy crammed nine months of pregnancy into one six second Vine video
Jill Dillard, formerly Duggar is pregnant just 2 months after her wedding
Type 2 Diabetes is a possible outcome of too much weight during pregnancy
Giant panda in China fakes pregnancy ‘to receive nicer food and round-the-clock care’.  Clever Panda! 
Hayden Panettiere  accidentally reveals baby's gender on the Emmy's Red Carpet. 

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