Sep 30

6 Back-to-Flu Tips

While I was generally excited about the girls starting school full-time this fall, I was super nervous because it generally means that they are bound to get sick. I remember when Harlan first started preschool it only took her a month to come down with a cough and the sniffles. It seemed like we were at our pediatricians office or an urgent care facility every other week because she or Avery had come down with something.

A couple of weeks ago MacKay and I took the kids into the city for a morning at Haven’s Kitchen to spend time with the lovely ladies of Cool Moms Picks, learn how to cook delicious and healthy snacks, and  check out more about LiveHeath Online, an app that offers a way for parents to get one-on-one time with a doctor from the comfort of your own home.



With cold and flu season upon us and both girls in school, this was the perfect opportunity for me to learn about this app. Sometimes coming down with a cold is unavoidable and because you know kids always have the best timing, I’m sure they will wake me up at 3am letting me know they are sick (because doesn’t it always happen that way?)

Thankfully rather than searching for a place that does 24-hour care or trying to schlep all three kids to their pediatricians office the next morning, LiveHealth Online is a safe, fast and easy option. With the app, you can talk face-to-face with a doctor to get a diagnosis and treatment (even prescriptions) for every member of your family all on your phone. The LiveHealth Online app is available 24/7, 365 days a year.

At just $49 a visit, it’s less expensive than most urgent care facilities and you don’t have to get all of the kids dressed and in the car for the visit.

And while LiveHealth Online is a great option for those times when our family gets sick, ultimately we want to do whatever we can to avoid coming down with a cold or flu this season (crossing fingers.)


At the brunch I had the chance to meet with Dr. Mia Finkelston, a LiveHealth Online doctor, who gave us some everyday health and wellness tips to reduce your family’s risk of getting sick from seasonal and school-borne illnesses this fall and winter.

  • Rest up: Make sure your kids get between 9.5 – 12 hours of sleep each night to restore their bodies, improve their ability to help fight off germs, and reduce their stress levels.
  • Hands off: Germs are lurking everywhere during the school year and are transported mostly through our hands. Teach your kids to keep their hands away from their face, and make sure they wash hands often, especially before eating.
  • Eat for wellness: Stock up on nutritious foods to help kids and parents function at optimum levels. Kids love to snack. Pack nuts, whole grain crackers, and fruit in their school bag so they don’t head to the vending machine.
  • Don’t skip breakfast: Studies show that eating breakfast helps kids focus better in school, and they are less tired and cranky.
  • Immunize: Make time to get the flu shot for your family because studies show it safely protects against the most common strains of flu.
  • If your kids are athletes, it’s even more important that they get enough sleep, eat healthy and stay hydrated!

Great news! You can get one FREE visit with a LiveHealth Online doctor by using the code MommyinCity. Simply register for your free  LiveHealth Online account by downloading the app from iTunes or the App Store or Google Play store and sign-up in one quick step. Or, you can visit and register.

(Code is good for one free visit. Expires 12/31/14)


{Disclosure: I was compensated for this post as a part of my partnership with LiveHealth Online and attended the Cool Mom Picks event solely because I wanted to. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.}

Photo Credit: Aaron Adler Photography

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Sep 29

Settling In

It’s been a month since both girls started school. Our routine during the week has finally started to feel normal. Although our days don’t fluctuate much, it’s so refreshing to have this new schedule. Thankfully the transition into the school year has gone practically flawless ( I say practically because ironically today we overslept throwing our schedule completely off,) which took a lot of stress away from me.

When we lived in the city, Harlan had school in the afternoon, which we loved. I have never been much of a morning person so we took our mornings with leisure and took our time getting ready. It wasn’t until after lunch time that we took off for the day to take Har to school.

Now we have both girls starting early in the morning. While I enjoyed our slow mornings in the city, I have found that I really enjoy getting out in the morning and starting my day. I am much more productive when I am forced to get out and start my day. You know that saying, “The early bird gets the worm?” I get it now.

The girls have had no problem transitioning. While we’ve moved our bath time to the evening instead of the morning for the sake of time, they haven’t noticed that much of a change to our schedule. We tried to keep our schedule the same during the summer so that when school-time did roll around, it wouldn’t take much on our part. With a few exceptions, bedtime has always been at 7pm for both of them and they wake up on their own in the morning. Keeping the routine the same was key for us because I haven’t had to do anything extra to get them ready for the school-year. As a busy mom of three, this was really helpful.

What I love most about this new season of our life is that it finally gives me the opportunity to have one-on-one time with each of the kids.  IMG_8819

Harlan is usually always the first person awake in the morning and will come in my room to wake me up and cuddle with me. She  just lays next to me for a while while I wrap my arms around her. Although she’s not my baby anymore, there are times when I get to reminisce those days and our morning cuddles give me just that.


Avery and I have time together in the mornings while she isn’t at school. Two days a week, while Macks is taking his morning nap, A and I do our thing. Most of the time it’s turning on music so she can sing and dance for me, but she also loves drawing pictures together.


While Macks is always my right-hand man, I have been focusing more on our alone time together. I’ll get on the ground with him and play. We just sit and laugh together. He’s at the stage when everything I do deserves a laugh. He’s my biggest fan at the moment.

It’s reassuring when a new phase of your life that you’ve been stressing over turns out to be far better than you could have ever expected. The girls are so excited to wake up every morning to go to school, I’m loving the productivity in my day, the alone time that I get, and the one-on-one time I get with the kids. I’d say we’re settling in to our new life just fine.



 {Disclosure: I am working with Playtex as a proud member of the Playtex Baby Mom Trust program, a virtual network where moms can find common ground and support each other through sharing stories, tips, product reviews, insights and unique experiences of motherhood. As always, all opinions are my own.}

Sep 26

Macks: Month 7


This is SUPER late, but with Macks’ weight problems this month, I’ve been really focused on his feedings and

This month has brought its ups and downs. The downers would be Macks’ weight. When we went in for his seven month weight check we learned that he lost three ounces. I didn’t expect him to gain much weight (because my kids never do at this age,) but I didn’t expect him to lose any either. But he did gain an inch in height this month, so that was definitely a plus.

I am convinced that Macks is just days away from crawling. He mastered getting on all fours this month and also managed to perfect the plank. He also loves to push himself backwards across the room in order to get to where he wants to go.

Sleep has gotten somewhat better this month. He’s more consistent than he has been and is sleeping through the night most of the time. He does get up very early in the morning though, but I’m convinced it’s only because he wants to see his daddy before he heads off to work.

I am hoping that month eight brings us mobility as well as weight gain!

{Month One :: Month Two :: Month Three :: Month Four :: Month Five :: Month Six}

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