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I Did Everything Right and My Kid Is Still Picky AF

By Dallas Stevens

My husband and I love food. High brow, low brow, and everything in between, we are good eaters and very little is kept off the menu. I only mention this because, despite all of our best efforts and hopes, my son has still turned out to be a picky eater.

When I found out I was pregnant with my son, one of the many things I hoped for him was that he would have the same connection to food that we do. I envisioned him cooking dinner with his dad and enjoying things like sushi. And for a while, it was true.

During my pregnancy, I read one study that suggests moms who had a more diverse diet while pregnant were less likely to have picky eaters. So I ate everything. Spicy food, different cultures' foods, and unique flavors. I even actively decided that the one thing that I didn't like, bell peppers, would still be incorporated into my cooking. After all, it would be hypocritical of me to say that he wasn't allowed to dislike certain foods if I chose not to eat something myself.

Things went well at first. We do nightly family dinners, and once he was eating solids consistently, we would make him whatever we were eating and he would happily enjoy it. We tried to keep his meals and ours, consequently, as diverse as possible. He would eat Indian food, rich French dishes, and all kinds of "non-kid foods." Even fish and oysters were favorites of his. That is, until they weren't.

Despite my best efforts, once he began to recognize particular foods and have favorites, it was all over.

Dealing with fussy eaters is difficult, especially when every day is a variation on a similar theme.  Each meal has a rotation of a few selected items that he'll eat and refuses to deviate from. While he does have a couple of food items that he loves that I would consider more adult flavors, like smoked salmon, more often than not he has become a "kid's meal" type of boy.

And don't even get get me started on if foods happen to touch each other on his plate.

At this age, children like routine. I've standardized every other part of his life like sleep and play, so it makes sense that he would enjoy the comfort of familiar meals. Just like I get pleasure from trying new foods, right now he savors consistent foods that he knows how to request.

I try to maintain a sense of perspective when dealing with picky eaters. He's gone through phases before and I'm hopeful that if we keep giving him family meals and doing what we should, eventually he'll be willing to try something different.

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10 WTF Surprises of Being a New Mom That You'll Never Read in Any Book

By Gen Cohen

Like most women, I was nervous about becoming a mom and worried a lot about what it would be like. I tried to prepare myself as best I could, and while I didn't read all the baby books, I definitely asked around. Before I gave birth, I knew I might be surprised by the challenges of breastfeeding and the weird noises my newborn would make in her sleep. I heard all about the squeeze bottle I'd soon keep by the toilet. And I was warned to get my sleep in now.

But there are some things I realized soon after becoming a mom that no one ever told me and I certainly didn't find while flipping through What to Expect When You're Expecting, or even when reading articles online chronicling the "37 Most Shocking Things You Never Knew About Motherhood." Here, 10 of the real WTF surprises and pieces of advice for first time moms.

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15 Ways For Moms and Daughters to Have More Fun Together

By Dallas Stevens

15 Ways For Moms and Daughters to Have More Fun Together



With the chaos of juggling our own schedules with our kids' calendars, it's easy for your quality time to be limited to carpool conversations and the bedtime routine. Penciling in some one-on-one time with your favorite girl may require a little extra effort, but it'll pay off in spades. Here, 15 ways to stop stressing and start making memories.

1. Ice Cream Outing

Because calories don't count when you're spending time with your favorite girl!

2. Sign Up For a Mother-Daughter Cooking Class

The weeknight dinnertime rush tends to take the fun out of cooking. Bring it back by devoting a few hours to hands-on foodie fun with your little one. Look up a cooking school in your area — you may be surprised to find how many kid-friendly classes are out there.

3. Spa Day

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Instead of trying to squeeze in a mani-pedi while your kids are at school or during your lunch hour, schedule appointments for two after school or on a weekend afternoon. It's a fun opportunity to indulge yourselves in some girl time.

Keep reading for more great mother-daughter date ideas!

4. Farmers Market Fun

Give her a lesson in where her food comes from by taking your daughter out for a one-on-one farmers market outing. Let her have a say in your selections, and encourage her to help turn your produce picks into dinner once you're back home.

5. Play Tourist in Your Own Town

We often take for granted that our own town or city has some pretty amazing sites to see. Spend an afternoon exploring with your girl. Head off to a destination that you've always wanted to check out, or take her to one of your own favorite spots that she hasn't seen yet.

6. Get Crafty

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Sometimes staying home is the easiest and best way to bond. If she's got siblings, plan some crafty QT during their nap time or when dad or someone else can take them out for a bit.

7. Volunteer

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Do good while having fun by signing up to volunteer for a few hours. It's a great opportunity to learn which causes speak to your daughter and spark a conversation about the importance of giving back.

8. Invite Grandma Along

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What's better than two generations of family fun? Inviting a third along!

9. Get Active

Depending on her age, bring your daughter along for a jog in her stroller, a side-by-side power walk, a class at the gym, or whatever other fitness fun suits your fancy.

10. A Night at the Movies

Let your little chick pick the flick, and treat yourselves to a movie date.

11. The 9-5

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If you're a working mom, make arrangements to bring your daughter in to visit your office for the day (or, depending on her age, an hour or two). Give her a better understanding of what her mom does for a living, and spark a conversation of what she could see herself doing as an adult.

12. Day Trippers

Take advantage of a sunny weekend afternoon, and take a meandering drive down a scenic stretch near your home, either with a drivable destination in mind or just an openness for adventure!

13. Plan a Picnic

Take the experience of planning and preparing a meal together, and make it even more special by enjoying it al fresco — just the two of you.

14. Ladies Who Lunch

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This weekend, skip brunch or lunch with your gal pals, and instead take your special little lady out for a date a deux. A one-on-one meal is a great opportunity to get her to open up on what's happening at school, in her social circle, and more.

15. Explore Nature

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There may be a chill in the air, but don't let it slow you down. Bundle up, and hit up a local nature trail, park, or boardwalk (hot cocoa in hand, perhaps?) for some outdoor exercise and conversation.

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Connecting with Autism Spectrum Kids

By Scott Morris

Connecting With ASD Children (from Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine)
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Communicating and connecting with someone who has Autism can be difficult. If you have a loved on or a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder you might notice they have difficulty making eye contact, or they may withdraw into themselves or they might seem uninterested in relating to family members. As a parent these symptoms can be frustrating and heartbreaking but there are ways you can remove boundaries that this disorder has created. As part of Autism awareness month we want to help you break down the barriers of ASD.

How common is ASD? According to the CDC approximately 1 in 68 children have been identified with autism spectrum disorder. From a study performed by the CDC about 1 in 6 children in the United Stated had a developmental disability in 2006-2008, ranging from mild disabilities such as speech and language impairments to serious developmental disabilities including intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy and autism. ASD is also more common in boys.

Although ASD has no cure, there is still hope through treatment. Doctors and other health experts have learned the key on how to deal and communicate with kids with Autism.

BayCare recommends we should:

  • Be patient. Many children with ASD take longer to process information. Try slowing down your conversation to his or her speed.
  • Teach your child how to express anger without being too aggressive. Children with ASD should know they shouldn’t have to hold in their anger.
  • Be persistent yet resilient. Don’t get upset if your child does not respond to you as you’d like. Many children with ASD have trouble both showing and controlling their responses.
  • Be polite. Children with ASD respond best to positive reinforcement, so make sure to reward good behavior.
  • Ignore irritating attention-getting behavior. ASD children may act badly at times to get you to focus on them. The best way to prevent bad behavior is by ignoring it.
  • Interact through physical activity. ASD children tend to have short attention spans, especially when it comes to communicating. By letting your child run around and play outside it allows them to relax and feel calmer.
  • Be affectionate. Children with ASD just like other children need a hug every once in awhile. Often times children with ASD they have trouble showing their feelings, but they still need to know you love them.

Upcoming events for Autism: 

Tampa Bay Autism Speaks Walk 

The Tampa Bay chapter of Autism Speaks will hold this event at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL. Proceeds will support Autism Speaks’ mission: To fund research and family and adult services.

 

Ro.Sham.Bo.Baby 

These adorable sunglasses for kids, like these black toddler Wayfarer sunglasses, come in a variety of colors and sizes. Designed to care for your baby or toddler’s eyes, a portion of the proceeds of these stylish specs goes to the Autism Research Institute.

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8 spring fashion favorites for kids (and the Best Baby Sunglasses Around)!

By Scott Morris

8 spring fashion favorites for kids


Ro·Sham·Bo Baby sunglasses
 

By Jackie McGoey

Digital Editor

Springtime is probably my favorite time of year when it comes to fashion. Kids ditch the heavy winter coats in favor of floral prints, polka dots and bright rain boots. Here’s what all the cool kids are wearing this season. Plus, a little something for mom, too!

kidpik.com

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I couldn’t have discovered kidpik.com at a better time. My daughter is totally into fashion right now and, without hesitation or prompting, would describe her style as “fabulous.” But even if your girl is more sporty, glam or modest, the beauty of kidpik is that it’s completely tailored to her. Girls (sizes 4-14) can choose which colors, patterns and styles they love to wear and within a few days, a box of clothes and shoes arrives at the door. Parents with commitment phobia will love that there’s no subscription fee, shipping is free and you only pay for what you keep. However, if you do decide to keep the whole box, you get a 30 percent discount. I’d call that pretty fabulous.

 

The average kidpik.com box retails for $75.

Umi Shoes

 

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Come spring, kids can’t wait to ditch the closed-toe shoes and set their piggies free. Cute sandals that are comfortable and well-made are worth their weight in gold. Add in the fact that Umi shoes are made from eco-friendly materials and genuine leather and I’m planning on my girls living in them all season long. In my house, we’re loving the Celia and Cora styles. And boys will turn heads (and still be able to play rough and tumble) in the Mason and Nolan styles.

 Umi Shoes retail for $50+.

Picklez by AC Lens glasses

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As a proud member of the four-eyes club, it’s exciting to see how far eyeglasses designs have come. I think back to the bent up, wire-rimmed frames I began wearing in third grade and I cringe. Kids today are so lucky they have cooler options like the new Picklez line from AC Lens. Bright colors and fun, trendy shapes allow kids to express their personalities. They even come in non-prescription lenses for those kids who like the playful look of glasses but don’t have the medical need to wear them. Best of all, they’re super durable (a must with kids) and the scratch resistant lenses come with a protective UV coating.

 

Picklez glasses retail for $49.95.

Glitzies hair stickers

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Any fashionista will tell you that if the ‘do isn’t right, nothing is. Glitzies stick-on hair jewels add a bit of shine and shimmer to everyday hairstyles. Silver sparkles accent fishtail braids, pearls add sophisticated glam to your girl’s top knot and try cheetah-print hearts for when she’s really feeling adventurous.

 Glitzies hair stickers retail for $9.95.

ro.sham.bo baby sunglasses

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If babies in tiny sunnies don’t make you smile, you’ve got a cold, cold heart. Beyond upping your little’s cuteness factor, Ro·Sham·Bo Baby is making sure those baby blues (or browns or greens) are protected right from the start. Their stylish kids' glasses offer 100 percent UVA and UVB protection and are light, flexible and virtually unbreakable (seriously, just check out this video). A portion of all sales benefits the Autism Research Institute in San Diego and just in case you’re not already crushing hard, the shades come in names like “Kelly Kapowski” (hot pink), “Ice Ice Baby” (bright white) and “McFly” (tomato red). Be still my ‘90s heart.

Ro·Sham·Bo Baby stylish kids' glasses and sunglasses retail for $20.

Runchkins.com

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Kids seem to grow out of clothes faster than you can blink sometimes. Runchkins--a new personal shopping service based in Chicago--promises to buy back their items once your child outgrows them. Unheard of! Here's how it works: For a nominal subscription fee, hand-picked items for girls and boys (up to age six) are delivered to your door. Choose what you love and send back what you don’t. Simple! Prices are comparable to higher-end boutiques, but keep this on your radar for the future: you can soon choose to receive gently-used items in your box, which will reduce the final cost to you significantly.

 

The average Runchkins outfit retails for $88.

Doodle Pants

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Your kiddos will have the cutest bums in Chicago in Doodle Pants leggings. And as we’ve all seen, spring in Chicago can mean snow (really, Mother Nature?), so having a few options to keep those chunky legs warm is a good idea. The 75+ designs are fun and creative, and most importantly, they’re comfy, with extra room in the seat (perfect for cloth diapers!). If you love them, you’re in good company; celebs such as Olivia Wilde, Jessica Simpson and Jenna Dewan-Tatum do, too.

 Doodle Pants retail for $24.99+.

Skylar Luna organic loungewear

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Nobody, kids included, wants to be uncomfortable when they’re sleeping. Skylar Luna’s short sleeve pajamas sets are perfect for warm spring nights. Wrap your kids up in softer-than-soft Turkish organic cotton as they drift off to sleep. The sets are so cozy in fact, don’t be surprised if, come morning, your kids want to stay in their jammies all day long.

 Skylar Luna organic loungewear retail for $30+.

BZees shoes

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Chasing after toddlers, running behind new bike riders fresh off training wheels and walking big kids to school. Face it: moms have to be on their feet a lot. BZees line of sporty footwear aims to make that time as comfortable as possible. The lightweight slip-ons, strappy sandals and wedges (my personal favorite) are made with a special air-infused outsole and free foam footbed which make you feel like you're walking on air. Say goodbye to aching feet at the end of the day. Bonus: They're machine washable!

BZees retail for $59+.

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Fox News Coverage!

By Scott Morris

Check out this Fox News review feature showing off the best baby sunglasses in the world! They're perfect as presents for babies!

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MILWAUKEE -- Easter is right around the corner, which means chocolate bunnies, jelly beans and marshmallow eggs. But your kids' Easter baskets don't have to be filled to the brim with junk food.

Local mommy blogger, Krista Bainbridge, joins Real Milwaukee with some fun Easter basket fillers. Click here for more information.

Goodies to Try:
- Cake pops from Itz My Party Cakery - located at 53rd and Bluemound.
- YumEarth Lollys: low sugar, no additives, no dyes, organic

Toys and Games:
- Zoonicorns: promote positive social interactions and bravery, plus they come with a book!
- Board Games - visit winning-moves.com

Babies:
- My Boo & You onesies: made in the USA and are 100% organic cotton
- Bumkins
- Ro*Sham*Bo sunglasses
- Soapettes - stuffed animal and soap holder in one!

Teens & Adults:
- Del Sol: color-changing nail polish
- Art Therapy: monthly coloring book club
- Shea moisture

Other fun & quick ideas:
- Movies, books, puzzles, balls, outdoor activities, bubbles

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Roshambo Baby Sunglasses Are Doing Their Part to Support Autism with Surfer’s Healing

By Dallas Stevens

#StandUpforAutism #DoGood

 

Fun. Sun. Family. Doing Good.

Sounds like a perfect combination to me.

Ro∙sham∙bo baby, owned and operated by San Diego family Scott, Julia, Avery (5), and Chloe (2) are helping kids with Autism. The company has recently formed a “totally rad” charitable partnership with Surfers Healing, a non-profit organization committed to aiding children on the autism spectrum by providing surfing lessons in a safe and comfortable environment. Plus, how dope are these baby sunglasses?

Check out this incredibly touching video on Surfer’s Healing YouTube page.



Pro surfer Israel Paskowitz founded Surfers Healing because his son, Isaiah. has autism, and riding the waves with his father calmed him like nothing else.  The founders of ro∙sham∙bo baby grew up in the beach and surfing culture and love what Surfer’s Healing is doing, so a percentage of all their sales go to supporting the inspiring work of Surfers Healing.

Surfers Healing has been at it for over fifteen years who’s volunteer-staffed camps give over 4,500 children with autism and their families a fun, engaging day at the beach. Attending a Surfers Healing camp positively impacts children with autism, instilling confidence and calm. It also can have a profound impact on the parents. Autism parents are always told what their children cannot do, but at Surfers Healing, it’s all about what their kids can do.

Kids' recommended polarized sunglasses from Ro·Sham·Bo Baby are made in Italy, are super durable and bendable, come with a shatter-resistant lens and are small parts tested, offer a full lens and damage replacement guaranteed, block 100% of UVA/B rays and are optometrist approved. Prices start at $20 a pair and collections include baby, toddler, junior and adult sizes. Fun baby shirts for boys and girls are also available!

The ro•sham•bo baby company name is derived from the rock, paper, scissors game most of us played as kids.

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We're #1! Named favorite baby sunglasses on the market!

By Scott Morris

Sorry, but we felt like doing a little bragging. Recently, a leading kids' sunglasses retailer (aptly named, My First Sunglasses Company) chose little ol' roshambo baby as their favorite baby sunglasses brand and the baby shades they recommend without hesitation to their parents seeking advice on the best baby sunglasses on the market. We thought we would share what they had to say, this is straight from their blog:

roshambo baby Designer Baby Sunglasses - We LOVE These Baby Sunglasses...Heres Why

Designer Baby Sunglasses from RoShamBo BabyMay 1, 2015

Spring is definitly here and lots of parents are shopping for a pair of awesome sunglasses for their child.  We are having a wonderful time talking with our customers all over the world helping parents looking for the perfect pair of stylin' sunglasses for their babies and kiddos.  The most common question we get is pretty straight forward, "which pair of sunglasses should I get for my child?" 

Though we stand behind all of the kids sunglasses and baby sunglasses we offer, we frequently point our parents toward our overall favorites.  RoShamBo Baby designer sunglasses for babies are easily our top pick!   We love this company and their products for so many reasons and we know that our parents do to when they recieve their order.

RoShamBo Baby is a small family run business, like us, based in California.  Unlike all of the other sunglasses companies we work with, we have built a personnal relationship with RoShamBo Baby and have gotten to know Scott (the "Chief Everything Officer") very well.  We were first drawn to their baby sunglasses because of their unique Italian made origins.   Most of our products originiate from Asia, which isn't all bad, but the factory making RoShamBo Baby sunglasses is a small family run business that Scott and his wife have personally toured.  Pretty cool!  Equally awesome is that the RoShamBo baby sunglasses have cool California styling with a classic retro-wayfarer look with super flexible frames made of baby safe materials.  We all know our babies love to put things in their mouths...including their sunglasses.  Last, but certainly not least every pair of RoShamBo Baby sunglasses sold helps support autism research.  No other kids sunglasses company does anything like this and that is pretty amazing!

It is easy to buy an inexpensive pair of kids sunglasses that will last a summer.  As a parent, it feels great getting an awesome pair of sunglasses for your baby that will last for years, comes from small family run businesses, is made of baby safe materials, and helps support autism research. For all of these reasons and many more you now know why we just plain LOVE RoShamBo Baby sunglasses and can easily point our parents and customers towards them. 

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