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Unique Holiday Gifts for Unique Families

The Holidays can be a stressful time for some. People with big families stress on what to buy or what makes the best gift. Other people just hate shopping or don’t know what to get.
All those reason are why I have decided to put together this holiday guide.           What makes my holiday stand out over other holiday guides is most companies are mom made, mom ran, & mom owned. Also that most companies featured in this blog are offering my readers discount codes. Discounts will be listed at the end of the blog.

Gifts for the Kids who have it all 

Pearachute
Pearachute is changing the way parents and children share, discover, learn and play together. It’s the new way your child gets to enjoy classes they love and without being locked into a 5 week class that they end up hating. It gives you the freedom to try classes until you find one that you & your child love. They have gift cards, credits, and monthly membership. Pearachute is located in Chicago, Dallas, Kansas City, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.
https://www.pearachutekids.com

AquaMermaid
Who doesn’t want to be a Mermaid!?! With AquaMermaid everyone can become one during this unique swimming class. AquaMermaid is a class that teaches you how to swim like a beautiful mermaid. AquaMermaid operates in six locations throughout the US and Canada. One location being my hometown Chicago.

AquaMermaid also has this great mermaid tail which makes a great gift. They come in 3 lovely colors blue, pink and green. The mermaid tails come in kids and adults sizes.
https://aquamermaid.com

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Babies, Toddlers, Toys and more

Kleynimals 
Stainless steal rattles, teethers & flatware sets. I love that you can get the Kleynimals toy keys personalized, making them a perfectly unique & keepsake gift.
https://kleynimals.com

Chompy Chic Chewlery
Chompy Chic Chewlery are Teething necklace and other teething accessories. When you think teeth necklace you think female caregivers/baby gift. That is true but I have to say they make great male caregivers/dad gifts also. My husband has a great custom-made teething necklace. The owner listened to what he wanted and put it together prefect. Great for all ages
https://www.etsy.com/shop/ChompyChicChewlery

People Toy Company
This company has these great educational toys for all ages.
The infant toys help with brain developmental. They help your infant achieve cognitive and physical skills through fun, interactive and connected play.
People Blocks are great magnet blocks. They get you toddlers and preschooler’s brain working on what they will be building.
http://www.peopletoy.co/

Olie
Olie’s is a kids fashion and accessories. My favorite item by this company has to be the Minkey. It’s a hat, scarf and glove combination. It’s great for the winter and great alternative instead of a jacket in the car seats. Size NB to 4T
https://oliebaby.com

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Check Designs
Check Design is Custom made sewn gifts. I’m a big fan of the sport team slippers. They also has great poncho coats, that work great with the car seat.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/CheckDesigns

YuriBib
This bib is the best. It’s mom made so she gets how hard it is to keep babies clean during meal time. What other bib keeps the baby clean and your high chair. Just take off and shake out.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/YuriBib

Spoon Cocoon
This product Is really for the family on the go. It makes meal either at restaurants, visiting family or friends easier. It’s great for traveling also.
http://www.babyintow.com

Evenflo Feeding
The BALANCE + WIDE NECK BOTTLE are providing a complete line of feeding solutions for your baby’s changing needs. This bottle is the best for all babies; even breastfeed babies.
https://www.evenflofeeding.com

Gifts for Adults/ Parents/ Nanny

Mommycon 
MommyCon is a nationwide convention series dedicated to creating and nurturing a community of parents and parents-to-be in celebration of natural parenting.
MommyCon is a place you can build a community that understands what motherhood is not what instagram makes it look like.
https://mommycon.com/events/

If conferences are not your thing MommyCon also has a great shoppe. That includes everything tee-shirts, toys, teethers, menstrual cup etc.
https://shoppe.mommycon.com

DaddyCon
DaddyCon is the ultimate dad focused parenting convention. Dads need a community also. They are the only other person who know what your child is asking for when the say “ogurt”

The very First DaddyCon is in Chicago on March 3-4. With more locations and dates to be announced.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/daddycon-chicago-2018-tickets-38114715139/amp

Feminist inc
Tee shirts for all the family. My whole family has shirts from this company. They have great strong messages on all shirts.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/FeministInc?ref=l2-shopheader-name

Little Oak
Wood watches hand crafted with styles for women and men. You can get the watches personalize engraved. For every wood watch sold 10 trees are re-planted.
https://www.littleoak.store

If you have been following my sites you know I love everything in this guide.

Nanny Tee
Humorous Tee-shirts, apparel and other accessories for the Nanny in your life. https://www.nannytees.com

Discount codes
Use RHONDA2017 to receive 4 credits for $1 or a special discount off other memberships.
https://www.pearachutekids.com

Mommycon and DaddyCon
Use STRC18 to receive 10% off any ticket at any location
https://mommycon.com/events/

Little Oak Store Use RHONDA15 for 15%off
https://www.littleoak.store

AquaMermaid is offering 10% off mermaid tails with promo code CHICAGO
Mermaid tails for Kids and Adults

Chompy Chic Chewlery use Nannyrhonda for 20% off
https://www.etsy.com/shop/ChompyChicChewlery

Nanny Tee
Use coupon code RHONDA to save 10% on apparel valid ‪11/27-12/3‬
https://www.nannytees.com

You also check out my FB page for more discount codes for other companies and I’m always updating those codes.

NOTE: Head over to my FB Page to enter the mega giveaway with some of these great companies.  Will be posting shortly

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ChiTAG

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ChiTAG is celebrate their 15th Anniversary!

What is ChiTAG?
The Chicago Toy & Game Fair
ChiTAG is North America’s Biggest Toy & Game Fair Open to Kids of All Ages!
LOCATION: Navy Pier Festival Hall A & B 840 East Grand Avenue Chicago, IL 60611
DATE AND TIME: Sat, Nov 18, 2017, 10:00 AM – Sun, Nov 19, 2017, 5:00 PM CST

For ChiTAG 15th Anniversary they are bring more fun!
Come join the all the fun! Preview, play with and test the hottest toys and games from around the world.
Your family, friends and other attendees like Legos playsets, Build or Boom, Shark Bite, Catch the Fox, Rummikub Twist, Fish Food, all new Doggie Doo, Greedy Granny, Ultra Dash, Marbleocity, Automoblox, Magformers, Tileblox, Clicformers, Ice Cool, King Frog, Reef Route, Woo-Hoo, Flower Fairies, Peter Rabbit Secret Garden, 8-Bit Art Mario and many more!
Meet Toy and Game Inventors, take your photo with Star Wars characters and Princess Etch, enjoy live Stage Events with The Good Time Kids and Élan Dance Company – catch Ben’s Bubble Show, Mercy Magic, Contests, Giveaways, Ride-on Vehicles, Young Inventor Challenge, and so much more!

 

IMG_5835Last year was my first year attending ChiTAG. My family had tons of fun mostly playing with all the toys. We also got to meet Star Wars characters and my kids got to test drive some cars 🚗.

GIVEAWAY: Nannymomrhonda has four-weekend family passes (can be used for up to 6 family members) to give away! To enter, please Head over to
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If you don’t care to enter and still want to attend use code ChiTAGPLAY for 50% off your ticket https://2017chitagfairtickets.eventbrite.com

Parking:
It’s highly Recommended to reserving parking in advance with SpotHero, a parking reservation service that connects drivers to discounted, convenient parking!

Visit the Chicago Toy and Game Fair Parking Page to find and reserve convenient parking with rates up to 50% off drive-up.

Enter promo code CHITAG at checkout for $5 off your parking reservation!

 

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Worst Part of Being a Nanny

As a nanny, every-time I interviewed with a new family there is that one question I’m sure I will be asked. It’s the question that I dread every time. The question that reminds me of so much joy but also beings me so much heartbreaking pain.

That question is:
What is the most difficult thing about being a nanny?

I always answer this question the exact same.
I fall in love with the child I’m caring for. Then for whatever reason sooner or later sadly that child won’t be in my life. The family moves or starts daycare.

The plan is always the same; we will stay in touch. We say we will meet up for lunch, email, text, call etc. The first couple weeks sure those things happen easily. Then time and life gets in the way. As a nanny I have a new child to care for, that new child has now took hold of my heart and is pulling at it.
Being a nanny is so rewarding in so many ways. When the job ends its by far the worst part of my job.

In honor of National Nanny Recognition Week

My blog is giving away $25 gift card to Starbucks, Target or Dunkin’ Donuts to one great nanny on FB
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Like the FB page and the giveaway post also Comment what you think the worst part of being a nanny is!
Winner will be pick via Random name.
Giveaway will end September 30 at 5pm and winner will be announced October 1 Contest is not endorsed or promoted by Facebook in any way.

It’s National Nanny Recognition Week, the fourth week in September. In 2017, it’s September 24th to the 30th. But what is National Nanny Recognition Week? This holiday was created in 1998 as a time for the families you care for to celebrate you and everything you do

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The first families I had to stay goodbye to! I still think of them all the time.

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Little Oak Wood Watches

THERE’S ONLY SO MUCH TIME IN A DAY!

As a caregiver I’m always checking the time. Is it time to leave, will we be on time for class, is it time for a snack, and best of all, is it time for bed yet 😂!!! As a wife and mother I’m checking to see if it’s time for laundry to be done, time to cook dinner, time for school, time for the movie, time for a date night, family time etc. The hours, minutes, and seconds go by so fast or slow depending on the day you are having. Being on time is a big part of every bodies day.

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Little Oak

Why not check if you are on time with the very stylish wood watches made by Little Oak?!?! I had the pleasure of receiving the new trendy fashion accessory. I’ve heard a lot about wood watches ⌚️ but never seen one up close until now. Little Oak watches are made with organic wood. This makes each watch different and unique, something Little Oak is most proud of.

Let me tell you a little about Little Oaks wood watches.
Little Oak makes both men’s watches and women’s watches. All wristwatches come with a nice wooden gift box. You can get your Wood Watch Personalization engraving! It will need to be approved to ensure they meet the character requirements. Also there will be an additional 3 – 5 day shipping time. Little Oak watch company re-plants 10 trees for every wood watch sold. They work with the great company Retree to do that.

https://retree.com

Little Oak wood watches make great gifts for everyone or if you just want to pick yourself up something nice and unique. The other day in a mom’s group someone asked about 5th wedding anniversary gift which is wood. I gladly recommended Little Oak Watches.

I don’t see any better way to check the time, then with this great wood watch ⌚️ from Little Oak!

To receive 15% off your watch use
Discount code: RHONDA15

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Little Oak

https://www.littleoak.store
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Milk of Love

As my breastfeeding journey is coming to an end I thought it would be a great time to write about my experiences. I’m a mom of two great kids; that are 5 years apart. I’ve breastfeed both but I’ve been on two very different breastfeeding journeys.


In 2009 I gave birth to my first child. I ended up having a c-section after a very long hard labor, then pushing and an infection. My daughter was taken to the NICU, where she was given a bottle. This made me upset, hurt and disappointed. I had made it very clear I wanted to breastfeed. I was very determined to breastfeed her, no matter how hard it would be.Trust me it was very hard.

It took 5 days of pumping every 2 hours just for my milk to come in. Those 5 days were the hardest days of my life. My baby was in the NICU and I felt my body was failing me. I was emotional and in so much pain from the c-section. Getting her to latch and to feed was the hardest thing I had to do. The hospital offered no help. My husband was super supportive and helped in any way he could. He had to pour formula on my nipples as I tried to get her to latch on. I offered my breast before every formula feeding. It took me a long month to get her off the formula but I did it. When I finally did I was happy and so proud of myself and my little girl.

At 8 months I taught her how to sign milk when she wanted to nurse. At 9 months she started walking and comfort nursing. Every time she fall down she would sign milk and want to nurse. It was super cute. I night weaned with no problem. She would eat other foods and still nursed great.

The one challenge I had, was that I would never breastfeed in public or at family events. I would always go to the car. This made me not want to go out. My social life hurt in a big way. I felt alone and I have to say I lost some friends.

When she turned 1 years old I naturally introduced her to milk not knowing anything about extending breastfeeding. After that slowly she didn’t need or want me anymore. Our journey lasted 13 months! It wasn’t always easy but a very happy experience! I love the bonding experience we had and I think of it very fondly.

In 2014 I gave birth to my son also via c-section. He never left my side and nursed every minute of the day. When we got home I continued to nurse on demand. This time around I had another very active child and with the holidays coming I would still be feeding on demand. I knew this time people would see my breast and I embraced it! I feed him everywhere and around everyone. I educated people who had no idea about breastfeeding. I had a sense of pride, I felt unstoppable.
On top of feeding on demand I started pumped in between feedings. I knew I would go back to work right away and needed my little guy to take a bottle. What I was actually doing was creating an overflow and over-supply. This back fired big time; my son only took one bottle that was 2 ounces from his sister at 4 days old.

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I ended up get mastitis 4 times in 7 months. Any one who has had mastitis knows how devastating it can be. You have a fever, chills and you’re in so much pain. This was hard and got harder every time I got it but I push forward. I was determined to nurse a whole year. I felt if I gave that much to my daughter then my son deserved the same.
When my son turned 5 months I decided to cleaned out my freezer and donated 800 ounces of breast milk . This made me feel so good to help another mother feed her baby. It’s amazing meeting and connecting to women with babies the same age as my baby. It’s truly amazing what a women’s body can do. I happily donated to a couple of moms over my first year of breastfeeding, it was totaling around 3000 ounces.

When my son turned 1 years old I stop pumping thinking I would end my nursing journey soon; my son had other thoughts. I set a date in my mind March because cold and flu season would have passed. March came and gone; we still nursed on. It just worked for us. My baby was happy and so was I and that was all I cared about. We nursed all day and all night. I never night weaned him, he was a different baby then my daughter he was more needy. I was ok with that.

When my son was about 22 months of age night nursing started bothering me. He would wake 11:30pm, 2:45, 4:30am, 5:45am, then at 7 am to start his day. I wasn’t getting any sleep or time with my husband. I tried to tell him no for at least one feeding a night but it wasn’t working. He would wake and so politely say “please pretty please” in his very cute little voice. This would melt my heart and I would just nurse him.

When he turned 2 years old he became demanding about nursing. Asking all the time to nurse. On days I breastfeed him a lot he wouldn’t eating any other foods. If I went to out without him he would wake in the night to nurse more. I was super sore like the first couple of weeks of breastfeeding. I knew I had to do something. I decided to cut the night feedings. I sent my daughter to a sleepover and I moved into her room. I slept in a different room for 2 nights. My husband said my son woke looking for me but went back to sleep easily. The 3rd night I moved back into our room. My son then woke every 2 hours asking to nurse. I told him no-no matter how many “please pretty pleases” he said. This went on for 2 weeks, with no sleep and a very crabby little boy during the day. I decided it was time to stop. It was a very hard decision and weighed so hard on my heart. I knew it was best for my whole family.

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I woke that morning nursed my son and told him he drank it all. He asked that night I told him again he drank it all. I offered him a drink of water instead. That first night was the hardest but I stood my ground. We did a lot of hugs. It has gotten easier and he has stop waking up asking.

Today is day 10 without nursing my son! Last weekend I cried a little, when I was around amazing women who were all breastfeeding. I know I will miss my sons little body next to mine and the cute way he asks for his num nums. I know he is my last baby which has made the whole weaning harder. I know I did a great job and it was time to stop. It’s one of those things that are bittersweet. It has been the best experience with my two wonderful kids.

I’ve learned so much about myself during this journey. I am one strong, amazing and selfless women! I’ve feed two babies for a total of 3.50 years of my life. All these things I’m very happy and proud of! I am happily ending this journey and beginning my life as just a mother no longer a breastfeeding mother!

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Pranamat

Every year about 30% of Americans make a New Years resolution to become healthy & live healthier lifestyle. Like most people at the beginning of the year I decided to start that journey also. I started thinking about what small steps I can do. I decided to cut caffeine & sugars from my everyday life. I thought this might be the easiest thing to do with my busy lifestyle. Doing this turned out to be harder than I thought; so much harder than you can think. It turns out I need these two things to stay awake. Most of my days involves me chasing after two very busy kids all day long. Being able to stay awake and active is a necessity.

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Enter the Pranamat ECO into my life right on time. I read through the directions and reviews. I saw it works great for an energy booster. So I decided it might be a good way to zap me awake and recharge my batteries.
I set my Pranamat in front of the sink. Why the sink???? Well like most mom because I do dishes about 4 times a day 😂! It was the perfect spot for me. Every morning, I started my day off with stepping on the Pranamat; this would jump-start my energy. I would then step on the mat for about 10 minutes whenever I need a boost of energy throughout the day. It made giving up caffeine and sugar a lot easier. It also gave me that afternoon 3 o’clock boost that I needed.

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Warning: The lotus flowers can feel a bit sharp on direct skin contact!

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Winter Most Haves

As the cold weather rolls in; I come across tons of FB post of parents all asking what is the best coat to wear in a car seat. I always happily recommend Olie The Minkey. It’s not exactly a coat it’s more of hat, gloves, and scarf combination. All the pieces are attached to each other making it easy to keep track of.


Olie The Minkey is the only thing that I’ve come across that works the best with car seats. Coats and car seats don’t mix. I’ve included a link for coat and car seat safety.
http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2012/12/winter-coats-and-car-seats-keeping-your-child-safe-and-warm/index.htm

I had the pleasure of doing a blog before on Olie The Minkey The Dino. So if you read my other blog you will now I love Olie The Minkey.

Olie The Minkey has redesigned The Minkey. It is now more snug around your little munchkin face. This is so no air can reach the little ears. It also made of a thicker fleece but not bulky. Fits prefect under sweaters and jackets easily.

I love Olie The Minkey and so does my son just look at how happy he looks.

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