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

If you don’t care to enter and still want to attend use code ChiTAGPLAY for 50% off your ticket https://2017chitagfairtickets.eventbrite.com

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!



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. But When the job ends its by far the worst part of my job.


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


Little Oak Wood Watches


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.


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.


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


Little Oak



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.


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.


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!






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.


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.


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





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.

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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Sick Policy

In August my daughter started 2nd grade and with back to school cames all the colds. And of course she passes it on to her little brother; who then gives it to me. This past couple of months have been hard ones. We first got HFM (Hand, Foot,Mouth) then a stomach bug, and last a small cough. I get it; kids get sick 😷😷😷

This all got me thinking do parents, caregivers, play lots, classes have a sick policy in place. I know schools do. At the beginning of every school year I received email explaining the sick policy.

I asked a couple of owners of open play lots, nannies and parents I know. The owner policy was all the same. Some Nannies followed something similar with the child they cared for, but a lot parents had no ideal there was a policy.

Most classes and play lots have adopted a modified version of Dr. Bill Sears’ recommendations on when to keep children home, with additional information from the Washington State Department of Health’s policy on when to keep children home. This is what most schools use also.

When to stay home:

*a fever of 100 degrees or more within the last 24 hours.

*nasal secretions that are thick, yellow or green, especially if accompanied by a fever, an earache, frequent night waking, or a sick-looking-face.

*a cough accompanied by fever, chills, and coughing up of mucus.

*vomiting or diarrhea within the last 24 hours.

*a rash (especially with fever and itching).

*eye discharge or conjunctivitis (pink eye).

*open or oozing sores.

*lice or scabies.

Classes have all of the above and they also have this:

*If your child comes to class visibly ill (i.e. runny nose, fever, etc.) they reserve the right to ask that you not stay for class and you can schedule a make-up class when your child is feeling better.


Hand washing is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of infections.

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