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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

My Experience with the Dr. Mom Otoscope

In today's post, I want to tell you about the Dr. Mom line of Otoscopes. As a mom of children who have experienced many ear infections, and one who even has tubes in his ears,  I recently had one of those moments where I felt surprised because several other moms told me that they own an otoscope. I had never thought about owning one! I didn't know that this was "a thing." So, I thought that this would be a good post for today since many of you may not have known that these products exist for moms. Even if you are aware of them, you may not realize that they come in a variety of price ranges, so let share some details!

Let me start by sharing some details about the Dr. Mom LED Pocket Otoscope (4th Generation).  I have the pediatric specula tips, but they also sell adult ones. Here is a snippet from the Dr. Mom brand website:
"An otoscope that is built to last a lifetime. It uses a larger OPTICAL quality glass lens that has a scratch resistant coating and 5X magnification. Handle is built from a heavy grade aircraft aluminum metal. We use a heavy duty Gunter brand on/off switch which is the best of the best in switch manufacturing for long term reliability. The amount of light produced for visualization inside the ear and the clarity of vision is second to none on this otoscope. I have been an ER Physician for 25 years and have used many different otoscopes throughout my career. In my honest opinion I can see the tympanic membrane as clear with this otoscope as I can with Welch Allyn models costing much more. We offer a no risk 30 day no questions asked money back guarantee. Give it a try I think you will be very impressed with what you get for not much more money than the cost of a simple Welch Allyn Halogen bulb. Not to mention this otoscope uses an LED module on circuit board with a DC/DC boost converter and voltage regulation and will probably last a lifetime without ever needing a bulb replacement. Even if the LED ever does go out our replacements are only $5 not $25-$30. Batteries will also last and last sometimes up to 6 months to a year being reported by our customers. If you are a medical person and have used otoscopes in the past and have realistic expectations on what you are normally able to see inside the ear you will be especially impressed with this otoscope I guarantee. ******* We did have a problem with the nose cone on our first production of this model otoscope. We sold several thousand of these before we realized there was a problem. If you got one of these models please contact us and we can send you a new metal nose cone which will immediately resolve this issue.Large OPTICAL Quality Scratch Resistant GLASS lens - See the difference a larger optical quality glass lens can make
Proprietary Bright White Full Spectrum LED module with DC-DC Boost converter
5X Magnification plus Insufflation Outlet!
A NOSE Cone that allows for easy on off removal of our standard disposable specula
30 High resolution eardrum photos and detailed use instructions provided via a weblink
Here is a photo of the Dr. Mom Otoscope package after I opened it and inserted the battery.

Now, let me share my personal experience. I don't know what it is about my family, but I had tubes in my ears as a baby after chronic ear infections. My oldest son had tubes in his ears due to ear infections. His ENT recently told us that they should have fallen out by now, but we could wait a few more months. If they don't fall out, then he'll need surgery to remove them. Say, what?? Another surgery with anesthesia? Nooooo! Of course, as a mom, I'm stressed out about this and can't help buy wonder on a daily basis about whether they have fallen out yet. At my son's annual exam at his pediatrician, he told us that the tubes were kinking. I didn't know what that meant, but it meant that was a good thing that they may possibly be working their way out. Now, let's hope, fingers crossed, that they fall out!

As you may have guessed, I am anxious to know if and when these tubes fall out of his ears. I can't keep paying to visit his pediatrician or ENT to ask for sneak peeks while I wait for his ENT appointment in Fall. That's where the Otocscope from Dr. Mom has come in to help this anxious mom! As mentioned above, I have a 4th Generation Dr. Mom LED Pocket Otoscope and a pack of disposable Specula Tips that let me take a peak whenever I want. The clarity is amazing - the tubes are bright blue and are easy to spot. I am now able to monitor his ears and see whether anything is happening with those tubes.  It's pretty cool, right?

I also have a toddler that seems to pick up germs easily.  I also love having a Dr. Mom Otoscope to peak into his ears before we go to his pediatrician.  It helps me to better advocate for my child if I notice something. I really like the examples on the Dr. Mom box (shown below). Of course, I am not a medical professional, so I rely on my pediatrician's professional advice (as should everyone), but, as a mom, I really like being able to peak at my son's ears and use any of my observations to help advocate for him. After all, it's tough since he isn't old enough to talk and tell us how he feels. 

So, am I the last mom to know about the Dr. Mom Otoscope?  I was blown away a few weeks ago when I learned that several other moms that I know have one! They were actually surprised that I didn't have one.  It's such a cool little invention to keep in my medicine cabinet.   Even better, let me tell you that Dr. Mom offers several variations in different price ranges from approximately $15 to $50.  Here are some links to check them out.  (The first link is the one that I have.)

Disclosure: I have no medical training. Please always consult your child's pediatrician for medical advice when your child may be sick or have an ear infection. However, please feel welcome to take the information that I shared to your pediatrician if you think that any of it is helpful for discussion.

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I'm Preparing My Children to Be Future Tech Moguls with The Learning Journey's Code & Learn! Space Ship

As a Mom and an Engineer, I am over-the-moon that my son is coding with the trendy Code & Learn! Space Ship. Our children are growing up in a world where technology has more and more influence in our lives. This makes computational thinking important. It's never too early to start So, let me share how I am giving my future little tech mogul a head start!

Let's start with the product description from The Learning Journey website for the Code & Learn! Space Ship (Item no.: 201855):

"Introduce children to basic programming and coding with these fun, light up, infrared remote control playmates. In mode one, use the coding card deck and color grid map to challenge your child to find the right path to a destination by entering directional instructions into the remote control. Hit go and they will know they got to the right place when the cockpit of the ship or antennae of the ladybug light up the color of the mat square they land on. If it matches the card they are correct! Mode two allows your child to “drive” the remote control playmate around for freewheeling fun. A great tool for learning sequencing, directions, problem solving and logic. These products align with the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) standards. Requires three AA batteries (included) and two AAA batteries (not included).
Ages 5+ years."
Their YouTube video gives a really nice overview here:

This set is an amazing amount of fun. My son understands colors and shapes, so this is a blast for him.  He's not perfect at it yet which is great because that means that he is learning.  It's fun to see him so curious and engaged. I think that the little alien design was genius for younger kids.  It looks adorable and makes fun noises to add to their interests.

Finally, let me add this this toy has provided hours and hours of fun.  That's one of my main criterion for toys - I want them to entertain my children for many hours. This toy achieved this goal! It was fun, educational, and extremely engaging!
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Friday, August 10, 2018

Visit MOOYAH for a Mommy-and-Me Date with Burgers & Shakes Before the School Year Begins

The new school year is just around the corner. Life is often hectic once school starts, so this is a great time to spend extra time together. In today's post, I'll share a fun Mommy-and-Me Date idea -- Burgers & Shakes at MOOYAH!  I'll tell you about MOOYAH Milkshakes that are filled with Peace, Love, & 100% Real Ice Cream. I'll also share some fun conversation topics.

Let's start with the Mommy-and-Me Date concept.  I initially started our Mommy-and-Me Dates as activities where each of my children could pick something fun to do and we would spend one-on-one time together. However, my children are clever and convinced me that they wanted to share their Mommy-and-Me Dates so that they could double their fun.  So, now we have two per week where they each pick something fun and the three of us go.   We always look forward to our special time together.  Sometimes our outings are as simple as a trip to have smoothies and visit the library. Other times, we'll drive into Dallas to visit the Perot Museum.  However, as creatures of habit, one of our favorites is a trip to MOOYAH because we love the food, chalkboard, and opportunity to bond.

MOOYAH is one of the first restaurants that we visited when we moved here several years ago. Our first visit was memorable because the staff introduced us to the menu and told us about the area. I remember that one of the employees even brought a small milkshake over for us as a nice surprise. We somehow felt more at home by finding our local MOOYAH because our visit was such a welcoming experience.  

MOOYAH is perfect for a Mommy-and-Me Date.  I've always thought that the designers of the restaurant must have children because they seem like perfectionists when it comes to catering to families. They have cozy oversized booths and a menu that has something for everyone.  They offer ways to entertain children with a fantastic Moodle Doodle Chalkboard for kids to draw while they wait for their food.  They also have coloring sheets with trendy cow-themed designs.  I'm one of those moms that feels stress about taking my children to restaurants in case their behavior is not perfect, but I truly feel like it's acceptable to bring my children to MOOYAH since the restaurant is so welcoming to them. 

Now, let's talk about food!  My favorite menu item is the Loaded House Salad that comes with Fresh Greens, Avocado, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Fried Onion Strings, and Balsamic Vinaigrette. You may optionally add a burger to this salad which I definitely recommend!

Another mom-friendly sandwich is the Farmer's Favorite which comes with a MorningStar Farms Black Bean Veggie Iceburger, Swiss Cheese, Avocado, Tomatoes, Spicy Ranch Dressing.

My oldest son has always been a fan of their burgers, but recently changed his favorite to the Hamburdog.  This sandwich is unique and memorable! It's absolutely perfect for a Mommy-and-Me Date since I'm sure that it will be a fun memory to later discuss when my son reflects on his childhood. It contains Fresh, Never-Frozen Certified Angus Beef® topped with a Hebrew National® All-Beef Hot Dog, Cheddar Cheese, Bacon, JalapeƱos, Fried Onion Strings, Ketchup, Non-GMO Potato Bun.  (We ordered it without the JalapeƱos since my son is still young and doesn't quite have a love for the extra heat yet.)

My youngest enjoyed a Kids Meal with a Cheeseburger, Applesauce, and Milk.  The funny thing is that I remember when this was my oldest son's favorite meal!

Of course, we all shared fries.  MOOYAH has the best fries.  We order the Sharable size which is more than enough for all of us.

Finally, let's talk about Milkshakes!   MOOYAH is currently celebrating a summer of love with their trendy milkshakes. They use 100% ice cream in their rich and delicious milkshakes that you may have optionally topped with whipped cream and cherries.  (Go for the whipped cream and cherries -- they are only young once and you'll be glad to have the memories!)  

The shakes include:

  • Hershey's Chocolate
  • Vanilla 
  • Cookie Dough
  • Mint Chocolate Chip
  • Oreo
  • Reese's PB Cups
  • Strawberry
Personally, my favorite is the Mint Chocolate Chip Milkshake.

My youngest sons love the Reese's PB Cups Milkshake. 

Now that I've told you about the fun atmosphere and food at MOOYAH, let me share some fun conversation topics for your Mommy-and-Me Date:
  • What do you think you will be when you grow up?
  • What do you think your siblings will be when they grow up?
  • What is your favorite memory?
  • How did you change over the past school year?
  • What are things that you like about yourself?
  • What is something that you want to accomplish this school year?
  • What is the best way to encourage you at school?
  • What is your biggest strength?
  • If you could only eat one food forever, what would it be?
  • Write today's date on the MOOYAH Moodle Doodle Chalkboard and draw a picture of us having lunch.
We hope that you enjoy the last week before school begins!  Please feel welcome to use our conversation topics for a fun Mommy-and-Me Date with your children.  If you want to visit a trendy MOOYAH restaurant, click here for their store locator.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Join Celebrity Chef George Duran on a Quest for the Perfect Cheeseburger Enter the Jarlsberg Sizzling Summer Burger Contest to Win Big

In today's post, I'll tell you about the trendy Jarlsberg Sizzling Summer Burger Contest, share one of their trendy burger recipes, and share my own personal favorite recipe for fries to accompany any of their fabulous burger recipes!

Let's start with the details:

What: Join Celebrity Chef George Duran on a Quest for the Perfect Cheeseburger and Enter for a chance to win in the Jarlsberg Sizzling Summer Burger Contest to Win Big
When: The Contest Runs from Now to August 27th
Where: Prepare one of the Burger Recipes for a meal and then enter from the convenience of your own home - it's that easy-peasy and delicious fun!
Here are the details from their press release that you'll want to know:
"DARIEN, CT (July, 2018) - Jarlsberg® Cheese famous worldwide for its mild, mellow and nutty flavor and ooey gooey meltability, launches a global recipe global contest starring two best friends: burgers and cheese. Cheese fans and all foodies can enter the Jarlsberg Sizzling Summer Burger contest from July 2nd to August 27th at https://www.facebook.com/jarlsberg. Entrants will have the chance to win exclusive Jarlsberg® Grill Kits every week and the grand prize is a Big Green Egg Grill, so that winners can re-create their favorite Jarlsberg® burgers, just in time for Labor Day weekend! 
The program also offers some great new burger ideas from Celebrity Chef George Duran. Duran, the Venezuelan born American chef, is well known for hosting cooking programs on TLC and Food Network and his appearances on numerous TV shows. He has created four distinctly different Jarlsberg® burger recipes, including one vegetarian burger and one burger with grilled pineapple slices in place of burger buns.
Each of Chef Duran’s four burger recipes offer a summer story and their own film: The Marvelous Meltdown (Jarlsberg® Fondue Burger), Melted Maui Madness(Pineapple Bun Jarlsberg® Burger), The Viva La Quinoa (Quinoa and Red Lentil with Jarlsberg®), and The Brooklyn Bacon Bonanza (Bacon Burger Stuffed with Jarlsberg®). The burgers are placed in different settings, and the ambience is quintessentially New York: three of the four burger shorts are filmed in a Williamsburg brownstone, and the fourth on a rooftop in Queens with the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop. 
“As summer heats up around the world, we wanted to share some creative and luscious ways to enjoy burgers made with Jarlsberg® Cheese,” said Valerie Liu, Marketing Manager. “Chef George Duran elevates burgers in brand new melted and magical creations. You won’t want to stop at just one!”"
Next, let me share my favorite burger recipe from Jarlsberg Cheese:
Recipe: The Marvelous Melt-down – Fondue Burger 
Makes 4 burgers

For the burgers:

  • 1 tbsp. panko-style breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp. heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 lb minced beef
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • 1/4 tbsp. black pepper
  • Butter
  • 4 sesame burger buns
  • Lettuce
  • Chopped scallions
  • Red pepper flakes (optional)
For the Jarlsberg® fondue sauce:
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 C. of whole milk
  • 1 1/2 C. of grated Jarlsberg® cheese
1. In a small bowl, mix the breadcrumbs and heavy cream until absorbed ( about 3 – 4 minutes)2. In a large bowl, mix the beef with the garlic and breadcrumb mixture until combined. Season with salt and pepper and form 4 large burgers. Make a large indentation in the middle of each burger and preheat your grill.3. In the meantime, make the Jarlsberg® cheese fondue sauce by melting the butter in a small saucepan and whisking in the flour. Whisk over a medium heat until browned. Slowly whisk in the milk and allow to thicken (about 3 – 4 minutes). Add the grated Jarlsberg® and whisk until smooth. Keep some cheese aside.4. Grill each burger as desired, spread butter inside the buns and toast lightly. Arrange lettuce on the bottom half of the bun, followed by the burger. Then pour fondue sauce on top of the burger. Add the other half of the bun and pour more fondue sauce over the top.5. Garnish with scallions and red pepper flakes.

Now that I've shared my favorite burger recipe from Jarlsberg Cheese, let me share my personal recipe for quick and easy Poutine for busy moms.  This recipe is one of my go-to recipes on busy evenings when I have a long day and was stuck in traffic, but need to feed my family dinner quickly.

Recipe: Mom's Quick & Easy Last Minute Dinner Solution of Poutine with Jarlsberg Cheese 

  • One bag of frozen French fries
  • One jar of gravy
  • 1 package of Jarlsberg® cheese (slices)
1. Prepare the fries according to the instructions on the bag that you bought.

2. Heat the gravy over low heat in a sauce pan until warm, stirring frequently.

3. When the fries and gravy are done, add fries to each plate, generously top with slices of Jarlsberg cheese, and pour gravy over the fries and cheese.

This recipe is the perfect complement to many of the Jarlsberg Cheese Burger recipes! Visit Jarlsberg here.
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Check out Trendy Jennie-O Turkey Products & Enter for a Chance to win a Year of Turkey Products & Big Green Egg! #dadsmaketheswitch

Did you know that my husband is an amazing cook when it comes to using Jennie-O Ground Turkey or Jennie-O Turkey Breasts?  He makes the best Jennie-O Turkey Burgers with his own secret seasoning.  He also makes Jennie-O Turkey Breasts every-other-Friday when I am at work by putting a Jennie-O turkey breast in the crockpot during the day and then adding stuffing just before he pulls the turkey breast out.  You could definitely say that we are loyal fans of Jennie-O since these recipes have been staples at our house for over a decade.  Has your husband mastered a recipe that uses a Jennie-O turkey product? In today's post, I'll tell you about a fun contest for your husband to enter (or for you to enter on his behalf)!

Here is the overview:

Dads are connecting with kids over food more than ever, and Jennie-O wants to share some of those moments with the first contest of its kind celebrating dads in the kitchen with sons and daughters. The gist is this – dad (or you on behalf of your dad or partner) submits a family-favorite recipe including turkey, along with a photo and description of the special bond. Winners get a year of turkey products and a Big Green Egg. Enter here!

If you want some inspiration, visit the Jennie-O website to check out their NEW product listing here. The new products are sure to offer inspiration for new recipe ideas!

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

(Win it!) 5 Tips for Reducing Anxiety and How Headspace Changed Our Family's Daily Routine

In today's post, we'll share some tips for coping with anxiety as a family. Personally, my oldest son and I have to consciously take steps to try to minimize our anxiety. My husband is generally free of anxiety, but he sometimes struggles when he is stressed out at work with deadlines.  We've found that it helps each of us to acknowledge our feelings and to support each other. In today's post, we'll share some tips that are helpful to our family.

1. Seek counseling.

I'll start by recommending counseling because a highly trained specialist will be able to understand your individual situation. Some health insurance plans will even cover a certain number of visits each year, so take advantage of that benefit if you have it!

2. Exercise regularly together.

If you follow regularly, you know that my family is very active. We bike, run, swim, and walk on an almost daily basis. Exercise helps to ease our anxiety. We notice a difference when we skip our daily exercise. For instance, we cut back on exercise during the recent heat wave and quickly realized that our daily exercise routines added peace to our lives and the disruption was rough. We are happy to have resumed our morning runs.

3. Minimize caffeine.

My son and I are not big fans of coffee, so cutting out caffeine is easy for us. However, my husband is obsessed with espresso.  However, he is very conscious about cutting back on the caffeine when he knows that he has upcoming deadlines for work and is prone to anxiety.

4. Eat a healthy and well balanced diet, especially cutting out sugar.

Let me start by telling you that we are not perfect. We still love sugar. However, a while back, we took a 2-week hiatus from sugary snacks and substituted them with string cheese, hummus and crackers, and other snacks that were not packed with sugar.  While I thought that we would want to binge after the 2-week trial, we actually lost most of our cravings for sugar. We also felt calmer.  Again, we aren't perfect and I'm not suggesting that you never eat a cookie again, but cutting back made a difference to us.

5. Meditate with Headspace.

As a former skeptic about meditation, let me tell you that a trendy app called Headspace changed my mind and taught me to reduce my anxiety through meditation. Actually, my entire family uses it together in the evening. Let me talk about each of our views and experiences:

  • My husband has been doing yoga since he was 2-years old and loves to meditate. He quickly latched onto Headspace and can't go a day without using it. 
  • Personally, I used to be the skeptic. I found yoga classes to be boring and never enjoyed them. However, through the Headspace app, I've learned that I actually love meditation and thrive when I meditate. I think that the fact that I am a visual person and that I also like numbers such as seeing the status/time of my progress in combination with the calming lessons is part of why Headspace clicked with me.
  • My son also loves Headspace and looks forward to our evening sessions.  There are even times during the day when he will say that something was stressful and will ask us to use Headspace with him.  

Let me share some examples of the app.

Headspace gives a great introduction to the fundamentals of meditation through easy to grasp analogies.  Even better, the analogies are frequently supported by whimsical animations that help get the point across to meditation novices.  For example, this screenshot illustrates a scene from a video that likens thoughts to passing cars.

The uncluttered app interface also serves as analogy for an uncluttered mind.  First, you select a program from a very large library, with options to suit everyone.

Then, to start a program, the process is very simple.  Just follow the on screen prompts and select the right duration for you.

After finishing your meditation, check your stats and get ready for next time. 

We absolutely love Headspace! It was a game changer for our family's routine. We found the ability to create more peace in our lives.

I hope that these tips help your family!

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