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How to Throw A Baby Sprinkle #PampersFirsts

Special thanks to Pampers for making this post, and the Baby Sprinkle, possible.  All opinions are my own.

Historically, baby showers have only been thrown for a first baby, with the purpose of showering the new parents-to-be with the gear and supplies they’ll need when baby arrives.  In my humble opinion, every baby deserves a celebration, so the recent trend of throwing a baby sprinkle for is one that I heartily endorse.   A baby sprinkle is a toned down version of a baby shower– a baby shower lite, if you will– where you sprinkle the mom-to-be with the necessities, and is a great way to celebrate the mom-to-be that is expecting her second or seventh baby!  I recently received an opportunity to host a Pampers Firsts party, and thought it would be the perfect opportunity to throw a baby sprinkle for a friend that is expecting baby #4, while #3 is in first grade.  After all, what better way to sprinkle a mom-to-be with love than with a bunch of Pampers Swaddlers, right?  I love Pampers products and used them exclusively with my oldest two.  We cloth diapered for the first 18 months with Little Miss, but when she turned into a super soaker, we switched to Pampers.   I thought I’d share with you how to throw a baby sprinkle!

How to Throw a Baby Sprinkle @thatbaldchick

1. Determine your budget. This may seem like a no-brainer, but determining your budget first will really help you throw a great sprinkle without breaking the budget.  You’ll enjoy the process so much more if you’re not stressing over whether or not you’re breaking the bank!

2. Select the date and time. Ask the mom-to-be to come up with a few dates and times that she is available for her party, keeping in mind that since she has older children, her availability may be affected by school schedules and extracurricular activities, not to mention her work schedule if she’s employed.

3. Make the guest list.  Since a baby sprinkle is meant to be a more intimate gathering of friends and family, the guest list is likely to be smaller and ten to twenty guests is a great number to aim for.   Once you have a head count, you’ll be able to determine how many invitations you need to make (or order) and how much food you’ll need, and how big your venue should be.

4. Select your venue.  Of course, you’ll need to know where your having the sprinkle before you can make (or order) invitations.  Your home is a great place to host a sprinkle, to keep it relaxed and intimate.  Of course, the church lobby or the local rec center will work, too.

5. Select a theme or color palette.  Finally, before making or ordering your invitations, settle on a theme.  Whether you choose to go with the sprinkle theme (which is super cute), a character theme, or just use the colors of the nursery-to-be, you’ll want the decor to match, so knowing your theme (or color scheme) is a good idea.  Decorations for a sprinkle can be kept simple, with just streamers and balloons.  Of course, you can be more elaborate and use paper lanterns, themed centerpieces, or flowers as well.  We used Pampers colors for our party.  :D

how to throw a baby sprinkle @thatbaldchick

6. Send the invitations.  Remember to allow plenty of time for the guests to RSVP, and to calculate the cost of postage into your budget if you’re mailing the invitations.  Since a baby sprinkle is less formal, an invitation by email or Facebook event is perfectly acceptable. Be sure to include any special instructions on the invitations.  For example, you might ask guests to bring a pack of diapers or diaper wipes, or a new book, for baby.

7. Decide your menu.  Keep in mind that finger foods are often easy to prepare and easy on the budget. If you’re serving something like finger sandwiches or pizza, figure 1.5- 2 servings per person, so you don’t run out.  Best to have left overs than hungry guests.

8. Plan your event agenda.  Determine the order of the event.  Plan to start your first activity or serve food about twenty minutes after the start of the party, and then create a fun flow that keeps guests entertained and engaged.

9.  HAVE FUN!  Throwing a sprinkle is a privilege, not a chore.  Be sure to have fun with it.

#PampersFirsts Baby Sprinkle @thatbaldchick

For the baby sprinkle I threw, I kept it pretty simple.  I created a cute display with packs of Pamper’s Swaddlers in various sizes– did you know that in addition to be the #1 choice of hospitals in North America, Pampers Swaddlers go up to size 6, offer up to 12 hours of overnight protection, and have a color changing wetness indicator?– and Pamper’s Sensitive Wipes to complete the decor.  I did simple packets of chocolate drops for favors, and printed labels that said “Thanks for sprinkling baby x with love” and used the Pampers heart on them.  We enjoyed a light lunch of chicken salad sandwiches, mixed fruit, veggies and pita chips with hummus, and chocolate dipped pretzels.

Before opening gifts, we watched the Pampers Firsts video together.

watching the #PampersFirsts video

I confess, I teared up.

So sweet.

How to throw a baby sprinkle with #PampersFirsts @thatbaldchick

It was a great get together, and my friend went home with a huge box of diapers and wipes, swaddle blankets, a diaper bag, and some seriously cute clothes for the new baby.  Not to mention the honkin huge basket of books her Mom got for the baby.

Now you can create and share your own journey of Firsts at pampersfirsts.com.

Pampers has developed a micro-site that will allow you to upload images of your baby from your computer or pick from your Facebook gallery and create a :15 second video to share out with friends on Twitter or Facebook. The video will highlight the baby photos and all their first milestone moments.

Learn more about Pampers Swaddlers by visiting the Pampers Swaddlers Website.  While you’re there, you can fill out a fill out a quick review of Pampers Swaddlers diapers and tell Pampers your thoughts.  The fact that the Pampers Swaddlers now come in size 6 is because of customer feedback!

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Who would you throw a baby sprinkle for?

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Affordable Medication Should Be Accessible to Everyone in the USA

Special thanks to Sirum for making this post possible.  All opinions are my own.

This last week I was talking with a friend on the phone.  She’d just been to the doctor and the doctor had given her a prescription for an antibiotic.  She’d taken the prescription to the pharmacy, but when faced with nearly a $200 fee for the short term script, she chose to leave without it.  As she told me she didn’t get the prescription filled, because it just wasn’t in the budget, my heart kind of sank.

when prescription medicine is too expensive @thatbaldchick

My conversation with my friend got me to thinking about my parents.  I thought it would never happen, but my Dad plans to retire this year.  He’s been working for the same company for over 40 years, and quite honestly, I thought he’d work until the day he died.  Anyway, I was talking with my Mom on the phone this morning and we were talking about the things that would change when Dad retires.  Most notably, they will lose their primary insurance and have to rely on Medicare Insurance.  They’ll have to purchase prescription medication rider, as well, because of Dad’s medications.  Even with the coverage, they’ll spend nearly $500 a month on medication that was previously covered.  As Mom said, “It’s gonna hit us hard in the pocket book.”

With this in mind, I chatted with a few blogging friends, and they, too have experienced the pinch at the pharmacy counter.  Here’s what they said…

“My Mom didn’t fill a prescription and it landed her in the hospital.  The cost of the hospital stay was more than the cost of the prescription.”

“I actually begged a pharmacist to see if he could reduce the price of a prescription because I couldn’t afford it.”

“I use multiple pharmacies because different ones offer different prices, discounts and even free prescriptions (such as antibiotics).”

“My husband he will skip a day or two if he’s getting close to time to refill and knows he can’t afford it, or he just doesn’t fill it at all depending on the med.”

Lee, from My Sentiment ExactLee, said, “I have suffered with severe migraine pain for years due to the high cost of many prescription pain killers. Even with insurance the co-pay is astronomical. So basically I’m forced to grin and bear it. No one should have to live with migraine pain due to high prescription cost.”

Jen, from The Suburban Mom, said, “Yes, just last month. My daughter got a prescription for her eczema that was $210. I have the same medication, but we had a prescription drug plan on our insurance when I filled mine (it was $10). Now we have a high-deductible plan, so I decided we will share the bottle until we run out. Then we will look at paying for the medicine. I still think $210 vs $10 is insane”

I can’t tell you how many times, as a nurse, I admitted patients to the hospital who would report similar scenarios when I obtained their medication history.  They would try to make their prescription “stretch” by skipping doses, or wouldn’t get prescriptions filled because it was too expensive, then they’d land in the hospital with complications of the same condition because they hadn’t taken the medication they needed.

It absolutely broke my heart for my patients then, and breaks my heart for my friends and my parents now.  Mom and Dad will be living on a fixed budget once Dad retires.  What happens if they have unexpected vehicle expenses or home repairs that they have to pay for?   When you have to choose between your medicines and your mortgage, or groceries, something NEEDS to change.

Sirum is a non-profit organization who are on a mission to make medication accessible to everyone in the USA.  Sirum helps to save lives by providing unopened unexpired medications to patients in need.  Every year $5 billion of drugs are wasted as medications are destroyed, flushed down the toilet or dumped.  Sirum are working towards getting health facilities, pharmacies & hospitals, manufacturers & wholesalers, and more to donate these unopened unexpired medications to people in need.  To that end, Sirum wants you to hear your story as they will be approaching the US Congress on March 8th 2015 with the stories they’ve collected, and your help can influence the future of healthcare in the USA.

Share your story with Sirum today. Stories must be submitted by March 6, 2015 for inclusion.  Each person can really make a difference and Washington needs to see the names and faces of the people who are struggling all across the USA.

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Dr Seuss Activities

I love finding different Dr Seuss activities to do as we Celebrate Dr Seuss Day in March!  Seriously, there are so many awesome ideas out there.  Last year, when we did our And to Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street unit study we did had fun with a Sensory Bin, used play dough to Create A Creature, went on a Geography Journey, and created a My Street Journal.  Oh, the fun we had!

And To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street Activities @thatbaldchick

This year, instead of focusing on just one book, I want to do a variety of activities and here are some of the Dr Seuss activities I’m considering…

11 Dr Seuss Activities @thatbaldchick

  1. Silly Phonics Game for Beginning Readers ~Learn Play Imagine
  2. There’s a Wocket in my Pocket Lacing Activity ~Parenting Chaos
  3. Dr. Seuss ABC Book Writing Letters in Shaving Cream ~I Can Teach My Child
  4. Dr. Seuss Math Activity ~Parenting Chaos
  5. Dr. Suess Activities Red Fish, Blue Fish ABC Match ~Growing Book by Book
  6. The Foot Book Dr. Seuss Inspired Bath Activities ~Learn Play Imagine
  7. Dr. Seuss ABCs Gross Motor Activities ~3 Dinosaurs
  8. Homemade Oobleck Recipe: A Fun Dr. Seuss Inspired Activity ~Artsy Momma
  9. There’s a Wocket in my Pocket ~I Can Teach My Child
  10. Dr. Seuss Inspired Sensory Bin ~Life’s Little Projects
  11. Dr. Seuss The Sneetches Activity ~I Can Teach My Child

Still need ideas for your Dr Seuss celebrations?  Check out the Dr Seuss Crafts and Dr Seuss Printables we’re looking at using!

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Teeth Fairies- A Baby Teeth Tradition

Ok.  Confession time.  We haven’t done Santa Clause, the Easter Bunny, Elf on the Shelf or any other made up special-time-of-the-year characters with our kids because we have always felt guilty lying to them, knowing that some day they would find out that their beloved whoever wasn’t real and be broken-hearted.  How the Tooth Fairy wormed her way into my children’s lives and has held us captive for years, with the pressure of sneaking into their dark rooms to swap out cash for teeth- without kicking toys across the hardwood floors and waking them- is beyond me.  I think it was probably one of those things that wasn’t even on our radar until our oldest suddenly lost her first tooth and we were so excited that we blurted out, “THIS IS GOING TO BE GREAT!!!  THE TOOTH FAIRY WILL COME TONIGHT AND BRING YOU MONEY FOR THAT!!!”  After which we turned to each other and mouthed, “Why in the world did I just say that?  Stupid, stupid stupid…!”  

Regardless, the Tooth Fairy has been a tradition in our home on a regular basis for about 4 years now…and she’s no more adept at not kicking loud toys across the room today than she was 4 years ago.  You know…just in case you were wondering.  I have, in the past, searched for ways to make this a more educational experience (since we are breaking our own self-imposed rules), but no dice.  There just isn’t a whole lot out on the market to make this more than just a fun game.

Cue Teeth Fairies- A Baby Teeth Tradition!  This adorable little story, which is accompanied by a plush, colorful Tooth Fairy doll, and housed in the MOST adorable gift box set, was written by Ingrid Bencosme in response to her desire to make the Tooth Fairy experience more fun and educational for her daughter.  In this modern twist on the classic premise, the Tooth Fairy in training (she isn’t a full Tooth Fairy until her child looses their first tooth) keeps watch from different locations throughout the house to make sure that the child she is assigned to is taking care of his or her teeth and eating healthy, while reporting back to the Head Tooth Fairy.  Super cute and fun, although whether or not I will remember to switch her location daily is anyone’s guess!

Teeth-Fairies-BookSet-Doll copy

Teeth Fairies- A Baby Teeth Tradition gift set is available February 20, 2015 and can be purchased on Amazon.  Bonus- a portion of the set’s proceeds will be donated to the non-profit Communities in Schools!

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Dr Seuss Crafts

If you’re gearing up to Celebrate Dr Seuss Day in March, like we are, you’ll want to see these Dr Seuss Crafts! Last year we made Paper Tube Binoculars in our And to Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street unit study.

Here’s 10 Dr Seuss crafts you’ll love, and that I am considering for this year.  Talk about cute!

10 Dr Seuss Crafts You'll Love @thatbaldchick

  1. Yarn Truffula Trees ~3 Dinosaurs
  2. 15 Minute Dr. Seuss Party Hats ~It Happens in a Blink
  3. Make Thing 1 and Thing 2 ~The Country Chic Cottage
  4. Seuss Preschool Craft ~365 Days of Crafts
  5. Truffula Trees Craft ~I Can Teach My Child
  6. Quick Cat in the Hat HAT ~Red Ted Art
  7. Lorax Handprint Craft ~Just 2 Sisters
  8. Fishbowl Craft: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish ~I Can Teach My  Child
  9. Truffula Trees ~Rick A Bam Boo
  10. There’s a Wocket in my Pocket Craft ~Life’s Little Projects

Have you seen a cute Dr Seuss craft that I should check out for our Dr Seuss celebration?

Still need ideas?  Check out the

Still need ideas for your Dr Seuss celebrations?  Check out the Dr Seuss Printables and Dr Seuss Activities we’re looking at using!

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