Night time diaper changes made easy with ZIPaboo review and giveaway

The below is a sponsored review post on behalf of ZIPaboo

I love footed pajamas, especially for babies.  Being that even summer here the nights can be very cold I like for my littles to remain warm at night.  Unfortunately the Drama Queens have resorted to sleeping in just undies and when they do sleep in jammies some how they end up off in the middle of the night.  Luckily Kaleb is still too young to take them off, so I can at least keep him nice and warm still.  The problem with footed pajamas is that you have to unsnap them or unzip them all the way down to the foot, take out their legs and expose them to the cold to change a diaper as well as often struggle to get them back on.  Doing this in the middle of the night when baby just woke for a change usually results in a sleepy baby waking up more and fighting to go back to sleep.  ZIPaboo makes changes so much easier.

About ZIPaboo

Zipaboo is the patent-pending baby footed onesie that makes diaper changes a ZIP!  Zipaboo has a strategically placed zipper that starts at the base of one leg, circles the belly and moves back down the opposite leg; allowing for a quick and easy diaper change at any time!  Once unzipped, the fabric flap folds forward and gives the parent immediate access to the infant’s diaper without exposing their chest to the cold air or tugging at their legs.  Simply place their legs back into the onesie and ZIP!  The days and nights of trying to align a zillion snaps or cram your baby’s leg into an awkward zippered pajama leg are over! Change your baby’s diaper quickly, conveniently, and comfortably with Zipaboo!

Zipaboo are designed and created by using the finest Peruvian Pima cotton; known around the world for its unparalleled softness and radiant luster.   Peruvian Pima cotton is incredibly soft, durable, and extremely resistant to pilling.

I received the ZIPaboo in Sam.  Simply adorable gray body with white sleeves and gray polka dots and their logo on the chest.  What I love about these is that they zip right in the right area without any night time struggles.  Having four children there have been many middle of the night changes and nothing is more funny and annoying to wake up in the morning and see that the snaps on the jammies all snapped wrong or their legs all squished wrong in the leg.  One of my biggest pet peeves about the zipper jammies is that one leg often seems to fit tight on the side that doesn’t zip up, but the side that does has more room and for some reason they ride up in the crotch.  ZIPaboo eliminates all of that.  Having the zipper come up one leg, curve around the crotch area and down the other leg you have a centered zipper.  The centering of the zip allows both legs to be equally fitting and no fighting to get one leg into a full leg which always seems to be too tight on my littles thighs. I love that your don’t have to unzip all the way up the chest either. Normally you have to almost undress your little one just to get at their diaper area for a change. With ZIPaboo you unzip around the legs, take their legs out, change the diaper, put them back in, zip them up and done. No longer does almost their entire body have to be exposed to the cold or having to fight a wiggly baby to keep their arms in and not end up completely undressed.

Kaleb (despite being sick) really loved them.  Originally I would have waited until he was better to take pictures, but at the time I was free and wanted to get my review written, unfortunately we ended up with a sick hubby and Khloe the next morning and I didn’t get the chance and haven’t had a chance to take new pictures.  Even though he was sick (and once he got past fighting having clothing on) he pulled his hand into the sleeve and began to rub the fabric.  I found them to be so soft and judging by his reaction so did he.

I really hope they come out with different colors and patterns because they would make for a great night time baby wardrobe.  Not that the current selection isn’t cute, I just like having variety.  Currently they offer;

  • Sydney, pink body with white sleeves and pink polka dots
  • Saylor, gray body with pink sleeves and gray polka dots
  • Sam, gray body with white sleeves and gray polka dots
  • Noah, gray body with blue sleeves and gray polka dots
  • Jake, blue body with white sleeves and pink polka dots

You can purchase the Sam ZIPaboo for $36 as well as all the other colors on their website, or you can win your very own right here.
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Boston is my home!

Pardon some of this post, I am going to use slang and shortened words as I would in every day speaking just as I would if I were talking to a local.  If you have a question about anything feel free to ask.  I could not express myself correctly if I were to correct how I would say it if we were speaking face to face.  Also it will be long, how I love where I live, my feelings and the events of the last week.

Unless you have only come to my blog to enter giveaways and not read personal posts or the About Us section you should know I live in Eastie.  For those of you not familiar with Boston, Eastie is where Logan is located.  We live a block from the airport and you actually become used to the sound of planes taking off and landing, so when there were no planes it was eery to say the least.  If you walk to the end of my street there is a playground and just behind that a harbor walk, which follows behind some airport buildings and ends at the Logan Hyatt.  I was born in a Boston hospital and grew up just over the Tobin in Chelsea.  For 31 years I have lived in the immediate Boston area and I would not change that one bit.

If you are a Bostonian, Masshole or even a New Englander you will understand our complaints about the weather, but still love it all the same.  I mean who wouldn’t complain when one day it is 70 degrees and the next you get hit with a snowstorm.  Even in the middle of summer when we are battling horrible humidity I have learned not to put away all the warm clothes.  Sure it won’t drop to 15 degrees, but there can still be some cold nights, even still I could never move.  Whenever I am away, despite enjoying my vacation or trip for whatever reason I long for home.  I become homesick.

As a child Boston seemed “so far away,” from Chelsea, but in all actuality less than 4 miles away.  It was such a big deal when as a pre-teen we all jumped on the bus without our parents permission and headed to Haymarket to go to Faneuil Hall or Downtown Crossing.  Now living in Eastie I walk a couple blocks to Maverick, hop on the T and can go anywhere just about.  Within 20 minutes I can walk the Freedom trail, shop Downtown, ride a duck boat and hang out by the Charles.  Just yesterday we went to the GCDC in Cambridge hosted by Diaper Lab then jumped back on the T after and spent the remainder of the day at the Children’s Museum.

The history surrounding me is simply amazing.  Buildings and locations that founded our country all within a short ride on the T or by car.  Places like Lexington and Concord that hosted Revolution battles, Paul Revere’s home, Boston Common, Bunker Hill, Plymouth Rock and Salem to name a few, some with nearly 400 years of history.  I’ve also loved having such a rich history.  It is partly what made me proud to be from Mass.  Sure our accent is made fun of, but it is our own and no one (no matter how hard they try) can get it just right.

When the marathon finish line was bombed on Monday. I was just in shock.  Marathon Monday, Patriots Day!  Sure other attacks or natural disasters upset me.  I was in high school when Columbine happened and it did leave me afraid, 9/11 left me worried of other attacks, Newtown, CT. children the age of Khloe just enjoying their lives.  All had some emotion behind them for me. I am not lessening the sadness of any of them including the plant explosion in West, TX. that was forgotten and barely spoke of over the last few days because of the marathon attack.  While I am upset over them all they never hit as closely as this attack.  Sure after most of the above mentioned events I was nervous, scared, watched the news or read articles here and there, but never was I so anxious and afraid as I was this last week as I am sure anyone with local or personal ties to the other events feel.  I moved on quicker like most everyone else does after the initial news of what has happened, went on with every day life because while sad “it was not me or my family.”

Let me explain why this touched me a bit more.  I have lived here for 31 years and never headed into Boston to watch the runners, every year I intend to and want to, it’s just never happened.  While a lot of Boston and even Mass. shuts down for Patriots Day as a child my mother always worked (she was head of security for a terminal at Logan) and as I became older it was not a holiday any job I worked closed for.  What is Patriots Day exactly?  Many asked why it is a holiday (and most schools around here are on April break by this Monday).  It is the anniversary of the battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the revolutionary war.

Monday was like any normal weekday for us.  We woke up, had breakfast, watched some cartoons, played, had lunch and waited for hubby to get home at 3pm.  Just as he pulled up I checked Facebook on my phone and saw a friend had posted “Wtf is going on in town right now?” and two different replies “bomb explosion at the finish line” and “Multiple casualties.”  Thinking her friends were busting balls I instantly opened up MyFoxBoston to find it was true and switched the TV over to the news.  Had Richie’s daughter Ari occupy the girls with various activities as we watched it unfold.  I could not believe what was happening.  Not our city.  It was always every where else, not here.  Ari’s mom wanted her to come back home (she was here for vacation week) and I didn’t blame her, they are south of the city a ways and if I were in her shoes I too would want my children home away from the worst of it.

The remainder of the week I tried to keep things as normal as possible and not watching the news.  Hubby went to work, the kids played outside.  Life was normal, but heightened anxiety.  Whoever did this was still out there and close to our home.  Saddened, upset, pissed by this attack I opted not to blog this past week, despite several review and giveaway products stacking up, some I am already behind on due to illness and being mad at myself for having lost my wallet (or allowing it to be stolen).  I just could not push myself to write and even if I tried it would not have been good.

On Thursday night after everyone was a sleep I turned on a DVR show and when it was finished the station it had recorded on had the news on.  They were talking about madness.  A robbery, killing of an MIT officer, police chase with bombs being thrown, a shoot out in Watertown and a transit cop being wounded.  I tuned in just as one suspect was down and it was not known he was one of the bombers they had just released information on.  Once it was determined I could not fall a sleep, they were hunting for the second.  I tried so hard to sleep knowing that hubby would leave for work at 5:30am and the kids would be up by 11am at the latest.  Watertown is just 11 miles from us, this man is still loose, we live next to Logan.  I was scared.  I needed to know what was happening.  Hubby woke for work and headed in.  Lock down was issued for Watertown and surrounding cities, but not Boston (just a small area).  T service was suspended, Logan grounded, taxis off the road, hospitals locked down.  They were on Mt. Auburn St. the same street just a little ways from where I delivered Kaylee and Kaleb at Mt. Auburn hospital.  The injured officer was taken there.

Then it happened.  The governor declared Boston on lock down. I was home, alone, with the kids and my hubby is now trapped at work.  I called and texted back and forth with him.  He works one city over in Chelsea where I grew up and despite their not being on lock down, the nursing home he works at was.  I wanted him home and now.  The drama queens were restless, it was a beautiful 70 degrees out, the nicest day we’ve had to date and they did not understand why they were stuck inside.  Finally he was able to get out and came home at noon with his mother.  Still stressed, I was relieved to have him home.  We could not stop watching the news.  I had to watch.  My uncle (who for some reason does not speak to me anymore and acts meanly towards our family) is State Police Bomb Squad.  He had been in Boston since Monday and there was no way he was not in Watertown.  Even if they did not have all bomb squads there or he wasn’t needed knowing him I knew there was no way he would not be there.  We might have our issues, but he is my uncle, my family and I do love him still.  I was worried.

By Friday night I was on no sleep.  Who knows if this man was even still in Watertown, he could be any where now.  They had a press conference removing the lock down and restoring T service despite him still on the run, Diaper Lab canceled their GCDC event.  Being in Cambridge where they lived it was only smart.  Worried we would be in the middle of changing diapers and a lock down would happen families with children are stuck in a building with limited food and supplies for who knows how long.  I was sad.  I have attended the last two years and hated that we would miss joining in because of this coward.  Just moments after all this happened, we finally changed the channel and began watching something not news.  I was chatting on Facebook and preparing to write some reviews despite not really feeling in the mood to when I saw everyone posting they got him.  I made hubby put it back on, watched the replays of videos hearing the shots fired.  Watched as they moved in with robots to make sure he didn’t have a bomb.  His brother blew himself up who knew if he intended to do the same.  Then we waited and waited and finally they had him!  Facebook went crazy, Boston went crazy, the world went crazy!  GCDC was back on which meant waking early to be on time.  I began prepping for the next day and I could hear BPD sirens as they returned to the precinct up the street, could hear people screaming and cheering them on as they returned.  Watched as towns all over praised their officers for getting this scumbag.

Yesterday was a happy day.  We woke at 6am, showered, dressed and left by 8:30am to Maverick station which was guarded by 2 State Police officers.  Blue line for 2 stops and then a switch to orange line at State.  We saw 4 BPD officers full gear walking towards the way we came, the drama queens asked if they helped catch the bad men and then thanked them as they passed.  1 stop to Downtown crossing, walk to Park and red line to Davis.  We then walked to the VFW (getting lost and ended up on the wrong side) and near the station saw a pair of running shoes setup with flowers in them.  Not sure if someone left them for someone injured or just as a tribute in general.  Had a great change, spoke with some great vendors including my contact from Happy Family, got an amazing swag bag and even won a raffle prize!  Let the kids play for a bit after (they had Knucklebones come in with awesome play stuff)  and decided since we were so close to the Children’s Museum to head over.  After a great day we headed home and saw 4 Homeland Security officers and 2 Transit officers at South Station.  It just felt safe so we decided to have a pizza at the station because we all realized it was already 4:30pm and we had only had snacks through out the day.  It was great to be out.  It was amazing to feel safe again.

I do want to apologize for West, TX. who was virtually passed over in the news.  I am saddened for them and hope they can find answers on what went wrong at the plant.  I understand how some can be upset by them not getting much media exposure because it was all Boston.  While I am not saying it was right, I am trying to imagine it in the media’s point of view.  Boston was attacked by what most from the get go believed to be terrorists.  It was uncertain how many there were, if there were more bombs or something else was planned.  This doesn’t just effect Boston, they could be part of a group that intends to attack other cities and states.  While West as some put it had more victims and was just as sad, if not more so, it was uncertain if the events in Boston had the potential for more bloodshed and death.  The plant was an accident, a bad accident and still under investigation while the marathon was an attack.  I imagine if it was determined that the plant was attacked and blown up coverage on both would have been equal, but media goes with the bigger story.  Yes West was upsetting, horrible, lives and homes were lost or injured/destroyed. After the explosion it was a matter of finding those missing, mourning the dead and trying to move on.  Do you think the marathon would have gotten as much exposure had it just been a malfunction that caused an explosion?  I doubt it, the news would have briefly talked about an explosion at the marathon, told us how many were killed and how many were injured and moved on.  Do I think it is wrong?  Yes, but at the same time people needed to know they were safe and that no one else had to worry about more attacks.  Do I think West could have used a bit more exposure?  Yes, I think more than a few minutes once on our local news was needed, but again the marathon bombers and manhunt was an on-going story, new stuff happening minute to minute, while West once outside the local area was something that had already happened and was being reported on.  Had the marathon attack not happened outside of Texas, West still would have been a few minutes on the nightly news and not much more.  So I do understand some of the upset, I do believe some are getting too pissed off about it.

Now here are some random pictures from our life all around Boston!


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Share your memories uniquely with Piczzle puzzle review and giveaway

The below is a sponsored review post on behalf of Piczzle

PiczzlePiczzlePiczzle puzzle makes for a unique gift. I am always looking for new ways to share pictures of the kids because let’s face it pictures are boring and take up space.  You don’t want to throw them away, but you also don’t need to have a picture that is ten years old hanging on your wall.  I like to keep a few older pictures out and have more recent ones displayed.  Of course not everyone loves to display pictures and often they get toss aside after being looked at, never to be glanced at again.  Sure you could go the canvas route or a picture book, but again once you look at it and/or display it for a little while it usually is never touched again.  That is what makes Piczzle picture puzzles so special, they turn your picture into a puzzle.Traverse puzzle 2

I had a hard time deciding on a picture to use.  I wanted something with all four of the kids, but I didn’t have a picture and trying to take one of them all is impossible.  Finally I settled on individual pictures of each kid, converted them to sepia for a uniform look and then created a collage.  I chose the Basic Design, medium cardboard picture puzzle (8.5 x 11″ with 48 pieces).  Ordering Piczzle photo puzzles is very simple and fast.  Simply pick your puzzle, upload your image, pick your text and checkout.

Once my puzzle arrived I was in love instantly.  The quality of the print was beautiful and vibrant and the cardboard was strong and durable (it holds up to Kaleb grabbing a piece here and there).  It is not cheaply made like some generic stock image puzzles you purchase at the stores.  I love that you can add text to it, which helps to make it an even more personal for yourself (or as a gift).  The Drama Queens just loved their puzzle and put it together, took it apart and put it together again.  They were also super excited to see themselves on it, which is a bonus because they are usually bored with puzzles after a day or two.

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Lysol Healthing Initiative

Lysol Healthing InitiativeStaying healthy and avoiding germs is a big concern in our home.  As some of you may know hubby works for a nursing home and you can imagine the germs he comes in contact with daily.  Between residents that may be ill and the doctors, nurses, family members and deliveries in and out of his building every day he has tons of opportunities to pick something up and bring it home to us.  With four young children you can believe that I want to keep them protected because once one is sick they all end up sick and we start the vicious cycle of passing it back and forth.  At their age they are getting into and touching everything and Kaleb is at the “oh this looks nice let me stick it is my mouth” phase.  The Drama Queens are famous for covering every surface in food, dirt, pen, marker, crayon, chalk and of course their finger prints which just calls to germs “come live here, they have created a home for you.” With Spring here we will begin spending more time in the yard which means playing in the dirt, touching bugs and who knows what else and them touching every surface in the house including where we prepare food.

Lysol disinfecting wipesI have always been a germaphobe and kept a can of Lysol Disinfectant Spray and Disinfectant Wipes at my desk at all times.  It might have been my desk, but often if someone was walking by and the phone rang and no one was available to answer it they would step into my little cubicle and use my phone or on days I was not at work need Lysol disinfecting sprayto access my email and files.  Of course when I was working I was pregnant, then a mom and pregnant so I wanted to avoid any illness at all costs so every morning before I even began working I would take my spray and wipes and begin disinfecting my little area.  This continued even more so as became a SAHM and the children got older trying to avoid any contamination from outside sources (yup you can believe I would be cleaning everything down the second you left my house).

What is healthing?

Healthing is the extension of LYSOL and its Mission for Health, the motivation behind the creation of their products that are centered on killing 99.9 percent of germs and providing solutions for the home that help promote good hygiene and disinfection.

To help spread the word about Healthing, LYSOL and television personality Giuliana Rancic have partnered together to visit YMCAs in select markets across the country to demonstrate Healthing in action. At each YMCA location, LYSOL will provide attendees with hands-on education about the products and steps required to practice improved hygiene habits in their own home, while making the idea fun and relatable to kids. LYSOL will also provide educational information and disinfecting products to the local YMCAs, along with the donation of a one-year membership to a deserving family.

One important way to integrate Healthing into your home is to understand the difference between cleaning and disinfecting, as both are important components of the Healthing process.  While cleaning and organizing is certainly important, killing germs on commonly touched surfaces can lower the risk of spreading bacteria and viruses between family members.

LYSOL Healthing Tips

  1. Don’t let spring cleaning overwhelm you – take it one room at a time and stock up on products that will help you to get the job done effectively, including LYSOL® products, paper towels, sponges, and trash bags.
  2. Know the difference between cleaning and disinfecting! Both are important components of the Healthing process and LYSOL® has products that can help with all related tasks. While cleaning and organizing is certainly important, killing germs on commonly touched surfaces can lower the risk of spreading bacteria and viruses between members of the family.
  3. Start with the basics – wipe down easy to reach surfaces and then move onto the little nooks and crannies.
  4. Remember to dust around wall art, photographs and woodwork.
  5. Use a disinfectant product, like LYSOL® Disinfecting Wipes, to help ensure you’re killing germs as you clean, and think beyond the usual places. Be sure to clean even the smallest surfaces, such as light switches.
  6. Don’t forget to disinfect places that you don’t see or think about often, like the door knobs, cabinet handles or sink drains.
  7. Make it a family activity and tailor tasks to specific age groups.  Give younger children simpler, one-step tasks like dusting or picking toys up off the floor, and save the more complex jobs, such as vacuuming, scrubbing, and disinfecting for older members of the family.
  8. Remember to practice proper hand washing as well after you clean, either with soap and water for 20 seconds or a hand sanitizer. Hand washing is the single most important thing you can do to prevent illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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To remain healthy I urge the Drama Queens to wash their hands after using the bathroom as well as before eating anything.  I wipe down all surfaces before preparing meals, before eating and after eating.  Any item that will come into contact with Kaleb’s mouth (bottle nipple, sippy cup, spoons) I place on a plate or napkin while preparing.  I worry that after hubby has gotten home from work he may have touched the surface and I don’t want to have to wash the counter every time I am prepping something for Kaleb because that would be time consuming.  I don’t want to chance any germs coming into contact with his stuff.  I try to at least once a month or every other month take any toys that can be soaked sit in a tub of bleach and water to kill off anything that might have decided to make their home on them (which with these children can be anything).  We also have a major ant problem (which has already begun) so keeping surfaces free of anything helps combat the problem a bit and this weekend we are going to begin our Spring cleaning by moving around furniture and cleaning areas we don’t get to on a daily basis.

I know there is more I can do to protect our family and I am going to begin incorporating Lysol’s tips and involving the Drama Queens in cleaning the house (which they really enjoy).

LYSOL’s Healthing Initiative:

  • Website:
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To help spread the word about Healthing, LYSOL and television personality Giuliana Rancic have partnered together to visit YMCAs in select markets across the country to demonstrate Healthing in action. At each YMCA location, LYSOL will provide attendees with hands-on education about the products and steps required to practice improved hygiene habits in their own home, while making the idea fun and relatable to kids. LYSOL will also provide educational information and disinfecting products to the local YMCAs, along with the donation of a one-year membership to a deserving family.

What extra steps do you take to keep your family healthy? Do you have a favorite LYSOL product to help you out?

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Stella Cove Beachwear has you covered this Summer

The below is a sponsored review post on behalf of Stella Cove Beachwear

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Living in Boston we are very close to several beaches.  We sometimes head to the beach several days a week to let the kids enjoy the sun and sand.  I love for the Drama Queens to be fashionable in their swimwear, which often can be hard because I wait until it is too late in the season to purchase their swimsuits.  My selection is usually limited to the stores in the area which do not carry just swimwear and I never think to order online.  I was excited at the chance to review swimwear from Stella Cove Beachwear because everything they sell is gorgeous and I had not yet purchased the girls swimsuits for the coming Summer season.

portiaWhen the swimsuit arrived I opened it right away and determined that Keira would be the proud owner of the beautiful Portia swimsuit.  The swimsuit is a bright white and covered with vibrant butterflies, perfect for the Summer and my little girlie girl.  I love that the straps crisscross because the girls often struggle with straps being too loose and falling off their shoulders.  The swimsuit itself has a great stretch to it making it easy to get it on and off which also was a problem in previous swimsuits, which can pose a problem when you have a little one trying to race to the potty and they can’t get the swimsuit off in time.  I also love that it is not too high cut on the leg, but not to low that it would irritate the girls.  I find the cut to be cute as apposed to the sexy high cut look I have seen on some swimsuits designed for young girls.  I felt it is very modest, but not over the top coverage allowing for Keira to enjoy her time at the beach without exposing too much or fussing with a lot of fabric.  It pairs nicely with the matching slip dress, making for a quick and easy trip to the beach without having to put on a full outfit.
portiaKeira fell in love with her swimsuit the second she saw it and had to try in on right away.  The fit was perfect and I can see it will easily fit until the end of summer and perhaps until the end of next summer.  Once she had it on she did not want to take it off.  She proceeded to walk around the house with just the swimsuit on, then actually put her pajamas on over it and slept with it on.  She kept asking if we could go to the beach right now (in the 30 degree, snow covered ground day).  I had to fight her to take it off the next morning with the promise that we would setup their little pool and she could wear it as soon as the weather was warm enough.  That worked for a few days, but she just began asking again where her swimsuit has gone to (I have it hidden in our dresser so she won’t find it).

Stella Cove Beachwear doesn’t just sell girls swimwear, they also carry sunglasses, cover ups and surf guards as well as boys swimsuits and swim guards.  I think Kaleb would look absolutely adorable in the Very Loud boardshorts.  You can purchase the Portia swimsuit for $90 on Stella Cove Beachwear’s website as well as many other beautiful and adorable swimsuits.

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Sickness strikes again

Wow this year has been hitting us left and right with illness.  I finally got caught up again from the cold that settled and got passed back and forth since December only for us to get sick again.  On Friday night Kaleb spiked a low fever and it was gone by morning.  The girls went with my father and his awesome girlfriend to the circus for their birthdays while hubby, Kaleb and I shopped for Easter.  Strolling through Target and Kaleb was a happy boy, enjoying himself when in line around 6pm he began choking and threw up all over himself.  From then on he was miserable and threw up all day Sunday.  Hubby got home from work at 6:30pm and began throwing up and at 2am Khloe threw up all over her room and all day Monday was sick (luckily hubby called out).  Kaleb appeared to have almost bounced back Monday and then Tuesday he was back and forth miserable (he is teething so it was hard to determine if he was feeling better, but having pain from his teeth).  Today he has had moments of playing normal, was drinking and nursing almost non-stop, but refusing his favorite foods almost all day and when he did eat or nurse he would throw up.  From 11am to 2pm he had 4 diarrhea diapers and had drank close to 10oz of water.  By this time he was beyond fussy, throwing himself around trying to get comfortable and at times staring blankly and very lethargic and about an hour ago I noticed his lips are all chapped.  He did just drink almost 7oz of water and fell a sleep and if/when he wakes again I am taking him into the clinic to make sure he is not severely dehydrated and determine if it is something to treat or just a matter of keeping him hydrated until this passes.

I have some giveaways that ended, some more coming as well as some reviews, but he has to come before the blog.  I apologized for being missing again, but all this illness has had me exhausted beyond making sense.

NMEDA: National Mobility Awareness Month

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of NMEDA for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

NMEDA (National Mobility Equipment Dealer Association) is a non-profit trade association of mobility equipment dealers, manufacturers, driver rehabilitation specialists and other professionals dedicated to expanding opportunities for people with disabilities to drive or be transported in vehicles modified with mobility equipment. NMEDA helps to get people with disabilities to their destinations whether they drive on their own or to be driven in a vehicle capable of handling their disability. You can learn more by visiting their website.

May marks the 2nd annual celebration of National Mobility Awareness Month and raise awareness of the mobility solutions available in your community. In honor of Natioanl Mobility Awareness Month we want to hear what makes someone a local hero. Whether you are living with a disability or someone who has taken the time to help someone with a disability we want you to share your story.

Backed by five recognized spokespeople you can submit your stories to be shared by local and national media as well as online communities like NMEDA’s Facebook page, blog and websites. Stories will be shared from Local Heroes and you should encourage friends and family to vote and share your story for a chance to win one of three custom Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (WAV). The favorite stories will be chosen and the winners announced in May.

Here is a timeline of important dates

  • February 25 – Begin accepting written or video stories at National Mobility Awareness Month and on NMEDA’s Facebook Page
  • March 11 to May 10 – Voting begins for your favorite Local Hero (link)
  • May 20 – Winners selected
  • May 30 – Winners announced

If you are a Local Hero or know someone that is you should submit a story. and perhaps make a difference in a disabled person’s life by winning a WAV. All it takes is a few minutes to share.

The goals of National Mobility Awareness Month is to educate the public on the following:

  • People with disabilities constitute the largest minority group in the United States
  • Over 18 million people in the U.S. and Canada have mobility issues
  • One in five elderly have mobility issues
  • You have a 20% chance of becoming disabled at some point in your life if you don’t already have a disability
  • There are mobility equipment manufacturers, dealers and driver rehabilitation specialists in your community dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities
  • Automotive mobility solutions are available for people with disabilities enabling them to enjoy active, mobile lifestyles

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