Baby Registry Must-Haves

Baby Registry Items

Finding the right items for your baby registry just got easy. I recently shared four things to keep in mind when setting up your baby registry. Today, I share the products that are not only useful to your newborn, but will grow with him/her every step of the way. Below are five essential items for your baby registry:

1. Graco SmartSeat All-in-One Seat
Yes, this one was a bit expensive, but it will be the only car seat your child will use. I chose it because it not only saved me money, but it comes from a trusted brand. Note: It does not have handle bars. Although I am perfectly fine with this, some parents like to carry the carseat everywhere. 

2. Graco DuoDiner Highchair (the last one, red and brown)
The one I chose is red and brown and it works well for a little boy or little girl. It has multiple uses and is so easy to clean, that is a plus in my book! The back of the chair works as a storage space once your baby is old enough to properly sit up all the way.

3. Summer Infant Four Stage Deluxe Baby Bath & Shower
This item was purchased by his godmother, and I am so thankful for it! My son is one and I have been using this since he was born. I will admit that I have never used the shower piece.

4. Infantino Twist n’ Fold Gym
My son used this more as an infant. Now, he uses the pieces, i.e. the pillow and mat, to play. He loves to throw the pillow around. I love how this toy can be broken down into pieces and is easy to carry as well.

5. Arm & Hammer by Munchkin 3-in-1 Potty Seat
We are in the beginning stages of potty training and he is  so curious about this new toy we have placed in his bathroom. It can be broken into parts and be used on a regular toilet once he is old enough to sit himself. Also, it duals as a step.

Are there any other items you would add to this list? 

Motivation Monday: Remember How You Felt

How you feel

Every day gets a little bit easier. Sebastian is now a one-year-old, and is wilder than ever. Although he can be a handful, I always try to remember that he is just exploring the world around him.

As he continues to grow I think of the many things he has left behind, such as his swing, walker and more. His glass bottles are no longer a chore. Boiling them every single day to make sure he did not catch an infection, and I cannot forget the pump! Rushing home from work to pump breast milk during my lunch hour was not fun. Eventually I gave in and let my dad give him formula.

All this no longer matters. At least, it does not seem to matter to Sebastian. He has passed these stages. Slowly perfecting his walk, getting closer to a run and then he is off to more important things. Lately, climbing is one of his favorite things to do. Climbs on the couch, on the speakers, and as of late, the bed. The smile on his face once he reaches his destination is priceless, and very much inspiring. I hope to always have that same smile when the day ends. As tired as I am from chasing him around to make sure he does not upset the pup I have to smile at the little things because one day all these tired nights and all the madness will no longer matter. The things that will are his happiness, what he has learned, and most importantly, how much we have loved him. I know he is aware of how much we care about him — heck, I sometimes hold him a little too tight when we hug because he has completely changed my life. And for that, I am forever thankful.

I hope you and your little one(s) are having a wonderful Monday! <3

IMACS Giveaway: $25 Amazon eGift Card + Mathematics Enrichment Program Enrollment

IMACS Giveaway
Now that most school have an emphasis on teaching memorization of formulas and facts for standardized testing as opposed to teaching students how to think logically or creatively, it is nice to have a resource like, Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science, IMACS

IMACS offers a Mathematics Enrichment program (1st-6th), Computer Programming & Virtual Robotics (3rd-9th), University Computer Science (7th-12th), University Mathematics (8th-12th), Hi-Tech Summer Camp (entering 1st-12th), Homeschool Program (1st-9th; Logic Puzzles, Computer Programming & Virtual Robotics, Electronics, Beginning Chess, Serious Fun, Right-Brain Combo) which are all designed to expand your child’s mind through the development of critical thinking, logic and reasoning skills.

Unlike tutoring, IMACS doesn’t drill what your child is already learning in school. IMACS aims to take your child’s knowledge deeper and teach him or her how to develop critical thinking skills and a genuine understanding of the logical reasoning process required to solve real problems, math or otherwise. This is great because it teaches your child(ren) the skills needed to solve the kinds of complex problems found in virtually every career field.

IMACS challenges each student by ability level, not by age which is why they offer a FREE, one-hour placement class that is used to determine your child’s starting point (Don’t worry it’s not a test).

They don’t bore children with repetition and memorization, they make it fun by using a curriculum filled with games, puzzles, virtual robotics, and other engaging activities.

IMACS has locations in Aventura, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Plantation and Weston.

They also offer pull-out or after-school classes for students who attend American Heritage (Plantation), Pine Crest (Boca Raton), Pine Crest (Fort Lauderdale), The Sagemont School (Weston), University School (Davie), St. Mark’s Episcopal School (Fort Lauderdale), Hochberg Preparatory (Aventura) and Weston Christian Academy (Weston).

A schedule of their classes/programs can be found here: http://www.imacs.org/class-schedules/after-school/

Now on to the Giveaway…

IMACS is giving away a $25 Amazon.com eGift Card AND (1) enrollment in the second quarter of its Mathematics Enrichment program (this 8-week quarter starts the week of November 10th and has a prize value up to $575). The winner may choose to attend classes at any of IMACS’ five South Florida teaching centers and your child will need to attend a FREE placement class so that IMACS can place them in the correct level of instruction.

Disclaimer: No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per address. Void where prohibited by law. Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for prize fulfillment. Teach Me 2 Save is NOT responsible for prize fulfillment. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. For questions or to see your product featured in an Event you can contact Leanette (at) TeachMe2Save (dot) com

Creating Your Baby Registry

Baby Registry
If you are like me, you typically buy anything and everything you need. So, maybe a baby registry is pointless, right? Wrong.

Yes, you can go ahead and save money to buy your own items, but it would be cheaper if your family and friends pitched in to purchase the items for you. People in your life are going to ask what items you will need for your little one. Sharing a link to a list of items is much easier than explaining to them that you want the Graco SmartSeat in Rosin, nothing else because it just won’t match your child’s theme. I know. I did that!

Everything that was in my registry I have used at least once with my son. But, there are items I regret adding to the list. To help you avoid these mistakes, I have put together a list of necessary baby items your little one will love as he/she continues to grow. But first, let us discuss setting up your baby registry.

Your Baby Registry Awaits!
If you no longer doubt that you need a registry, then you have come to the right place. I have seen baby registries with “useless” items that can easily be replaced with everyday items, e.g. the body pillow. You could use a bunch of pillows that you already own to do the same. When I finally convinced myself that a baby registry would be not only helpful for me but also for my baby shower guests, I did some research, consulted some friends and co-workers to see what retailers would be best. And yes, I did decide on more than one registry. I will explain why below.

Here are 4 tips to creating an awesome registry that saves you time and money:

1. Choose your retailer(s).
Just because I chose to have family and friends purchase items for my son’s arrival did not mean I wanted them to spend all their money. I chose Amazon, Babies ‘R’ Us and Target because they had the best prices, plus I frequently shop at these retailers. If you also choose more than one, I suggest doing a little price comparison to help your family and friends save. Hint: Babies ‘R’ Us and Target will give you discounts after your baby’s arrival date has passed for left-over items. 

2. Load up on items.
If you know the brand of diapers you want to use, ask for stacks of them! You can even sign up for freebies and trials:
Huggies (Free samples of diapers and wipes)
Honest (Free-trial)

3. Think of quality.
You want to best for your baby, and sometimes that means digging a little deeper into your savings. Before you make the purchase, ask other parents for their opinion on the brands and/or products.

4. Search for the best online reviews.
Although it may feel as though you are alone on this journey, remember there are thousands of moms who went through the same feelings. If you like a brand or product that your friends do not necessarily know much about or do not highly recommend, check out what other parents have to say about it.

I hope these tips help. Have fun setting up your baby registry! 

Motivational Blog Tools

Motivational blog toolsThere comes a time in your life when you do not feel motivated to write. It is no longer a writer’s block issue, it is simply lack of motivation to keep going. Whenever I am faced with these moments I like to think of new ways to rework my blog and think of new ways to engage my readers, and most importantly, keep myself entertained as well.

I am a visual person — always have been. So when it comes to reworking my blog, it usually means a new look and image ideas. When I first started this tips series it was focused on moms. I had introduced it at a time when people were posting on Instagram about “what so-and-so be like.” You know, “Dominicans be like…” or “Spanish people be like…” Being a first-time mom, I wanted to create content that would help other moms in my position. Someone I knew personally made a comment about how I had just given birth and “considered myself an expert.” Although I should not have let her ignorance get to me, it did.

I started this blog to document my personal experience, hence the name: “Motherhood Through My Eyes.” I learned a valuable lesson after removing the person from my Instagram page. The truth is, not everyone is going to be happy for you. There will be people who are miserable with their own lives and they want to bring down your shine. The best thing to do is dismiss negative people from your life and continue to do whatever it is that makes you smile. For me, it is working on my blog and connecting with the online mom community.

Keeping Up With Your Blog
To help keep me motivated during the week, I like to look at my blog stats and pay close attention to the types of posts that get the most views and where they come from. This helps me better understand my readers. Yes, this blog is about my life with my little family, but occasionally I will throw in some posts that benefit the reader, such as tips.

WordPress has pretty detailed stats, but I also like to look at clicks on my Facebook page and Twitter posts. On Facebook, I use the Facebook Insights tab and click on individual posts to see how many clicks they received. As for Twitter, I like to use custom links from bitly to track clicks and where these clicks occur.

Scheduling posts is always fun when you have so many ideas in mind. I originally started a spreadsheet on Google Drive to help track my MomViews series. With time, I began to miss writing things down on paper. I thought of my school years and how much I loved having a planner. So, I headed to Target and picked one up. I chose a small planner that I could take with me wherever I go. Although I do use my phone to “jot” down ideas, I like to brainstorm with future posts and upcoming events with my planner. Also, by having a planner I am a lot more organized.

Creating Images
I love to use images to accompany posts because it helps tell the story. They are typically photos I have taken with my iPhone and I add text with Keynote or PicLab. There are moments I create images from scratch, e.g. the image in this tips series. There is also Canva, another free option that can beautify your blog and even your social media sites.  Whatever image you decide to use, make sure it helps your post.

If you need expert advice contact a graphic designer. Since my brother is a graphic designer, I usually consult with him whenever I have a question.

Draft It Up
Whether you are at an event or conducting an interview, sometimes people speak faster than you are able to write. For these moments, I like to use the Evernote App. It is easy to use and integrates with your computer, mobile phone and tablet. The best part is you can record audio while typing away some notes. If you are at an event and would like to share the knowledge on social media, you can also try these tips I mentioned here.

With the Evernote App, you can send your notes (audio included) from your phone or tablet directly to your email. If you already have the app on your computer you can just open your account to access a previously recorded note.

If you need an extra set of eyes to review your draft, use the Hemingway App. The app helps clarify your points and makes it easier to read for your followers.

Do you have any tools that motivate you? 

Covering Events With Social Media

Covering events with social media

I have been covering events for almost five years now, and social media makes it so much easier to take notes, create a draft, and post.

In today’s post, I am sharing tips on how you can do the same.

Upon arrival, scan your surroundings for the perfect standalone image. This can be a board with the name of the event, the logo of the event/company hosting the event or a simple display table. Use the image to check in on foursquare and/or Facebook or share it on Instagram to let other attendees know you have arrived. Ask if there is an event hashtag so you can connect with others. This is why I love using hashtags. Hashtags help group conversations about a specific topic, in most cases, an event. I recently shared interesting ways to use Twitter here.

When covering an event with social media, you want to do the following:
– Share the knowledge on Twitter.
– Read what others are saying about the event and engage with them (they could make great testimonials).
– Share images on Twitter, but be careful not to over-share on Instagram.
– Be descriptive with your captions.

Little Things To Keep In Mind
Although tweeting during someone’s presentation might seem as though you are not paying attention, you are sharing the knowledge you learn from the speaker with a wider audience. The best part is you can always go back to your tweets to remember points from the presentation.

Aside from tweeting, I like to share a couple of images on Instagram. Originally, I would share several images on Instagram to help promote a live event. But, if you are an avid Instagram user, you know that multiple posts (more than three) in less than 10-15 minutes from someone makes you think twice about following them. When it comes to multiple posts, think twice about your audience. Who are the people that follow you, and do they care about seeing more than one post?

If you are looking to share multiple images, go with Twitter or Facebook. Both social sites allow you to post multiple photos in one status update. Use this to your advantage. Hint: This is great when sharing a recap in photos. You can do the same on Instagram as well by downloading PicFrame

Whenever you share anything across social sites you want to be descriptive in your caption/posts. By doing so, you make it easier for those that are not at the event to feel as though they are right there with you. Sharing tips or interesting news from the event is a good idea because this makes it easier for you to do a write-up when it is all over, or even share key takeaways with your followers.

Is there anything you would like to add? Comment below!

All About Moms Expo Free Family Event in Coral Springs, FL

All About Moms Free Expo Event Coral Springs FL

As a first-time mom, I love hearing about local mommy-and-me events. With Halloween around the corner, all I keep thinking about is where will I take Sebastian out in his cute little mischievous monkey costume?

Behold, the All About Mom Expo Free Family Event in Coral Springs, FL.

The event will take place Saturday, Oct. 25 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and is sponsored by Personalized Pediatrics, Boca Midwifery and Friends & Family Spinal Care. Tickets are free of charge and there will be various activities for families. I am so excited and cannot wait to meet with other moms!

For more information, or to RSVP, click here.