A mommy must-know — how to determine your bra and cup size

July 21, 2016

3286b3212e603407bb6eaedaf49e1da0Most women are not wearing the correct bra size. Why? Sometimes we just go with what feels comfortable, but a lot of times, that won’t do the “job.” Here is how you can figure out your bra and cup size quickly and easily.

First, take a tape measure and measure around your body right under your breasts. This would be the area where your bra will strap around, the area right on top your rib cage. We’ll call this Measurement 1.

Now take the same measurement, but a little further up over the fullest part of your breast. This will help determine your cup size. We’ll call this Measurement 2.

Now, add 5 to Measurement 2. If it ends up an odd number, round up one. This is because bras only come in even numbers, and you’d rather have it a little big and be able to size it down than have it too tight around.

In order to find your CUP size, you want to take the difference between Measurement 1 and Measurement 2. Use the information below to get an idea of your cup size:

  • Less than 1/2 inch is an AA cup.
  • 1/2 to 1 inch is an A cup.
  • 1 to 2 1/2 inches is a B cup.
  • 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 inches is a C cup.
  • 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 inches is a D cup.
  • 4 1/2 to 6 inches is a DD cup (or E).
  • 6 to 7 inches is a DDD cup (or F).
  • 7 to 8 inches is a G cup.

Example: Measurement 1 is 30 inches and Measurement 2 is 35 inches. Your bra size would then be a 36DD.

Many stores, like Victoria’s Secret in Crossroads, Westroads and Oakview Malls, will do free bra fittings. Let them help you if you’re confused by the “technical method.”🙂


Brain Quest games are great for expanding minds on the go!

July 21, 2016

a723a32e6479f7349c43b82f3b1b5e9bDon’t let your child’s brain rot at the pool all summer–keep your child’s school skills sharp with Brain Quest cards!

Brain Quest cards have been around for a while, even when I was younger, and I remember rainy days of quizzing my older brother with age-appropriate questions to stump him, and vice versa.  And what better time to keep your kids in the know than with the same game I played when I was younger!

Considering I was familiar with the Brain Quest cards, I was quick to snag some when my son entered grade school.  Of course, they do have Brain Quest games for the younger crowd, but I figured grade school was a great time to introduce him to learning outside the classroom.

Each set of cards come connected together, and have questions and answers for easy individual play.  They can quiz themselves in Math, English or History, or you can buy subject-related Brain Quests for each grade as well.

I have found Brain Quest cards to be extremely useful in typically boring childhood situations, such as waiting at the doctor’s office, driving in the car or while waiting for food at a restaurant.  And my son actually has a lot of fun learning by asking ME the questions!

Brain Quest cards can be found at any bookstore in the Omaha area, including Barnes and Noble and Borders.  Or, you can purchase them online.  Here is a quick list of the many Brain Quest products you can buy, and remember–they come in all ages!

  • Brain Quest Be A Know-it-All English
  • Brain Quest For the Car
  • Brain Quest For Threes
  • Brain Quest Workbook Grade 1
  • My First Brain Quest
  • Brain Quest America


The best toy for your little electronics fan – Snap Circuits!

July 21, 2016

624846af364181b0739844a47f6a1495I don’t know about your 9-year-old boy, but mine LOVES finding out how things work!

And what better way to help him learn than with these awesome Snap Circuits!

If you haven’t heard of them, they’re pretty cool, even for an adult to mess around with.  I first saw them when my nephew got one for Christmas, and got to thinking Chris would love something like that.  Down the road, I ended up buying him one from the Toys R Us down on Dodge, and he’s been highly entertained since.

There are different versions of the Snap Circuit sets, but each one comes with an instruction book on how to create different scenarios with the electronics.  With these Snap Circuits (which are exactly what you think–pieces of circuits that are actually connected with, you guessed it, snaps!), you can create a radio, a spinning helicopter, a burger alarm, and all sorts of neat little projects.  The instruction book is very easy to read and understand, but then again, my son is just kind of brilliant like that…

Not only does this toy rank high in MY house, these Snap Circuits have also won awards for Dr. Toy’s Best Educational Product, and has the seal of approval from the National Parenting Center.

Oh, and don’t forget the batteries–you’ll be going through quite a few of them!

For more toy, books, and other product reviews, visit the Omaha Stay-at-Home Moms Product Reviews category!

Itzbeen how long since your baby’s diaper been changed?

July 21, 2016

96ecd80fdd5db0964cf984ba79087093As a new mom, sometimes the advice you get about what time, how many times, when, and where you should do this, that, and the other can be a little overwhelming.  But when it comes down to it, you’re the parent and you know your child best.

But what happens when someone else is in charge of your baby?  Or what about splitting child-care with your husband and have zero time to go over what’s been done while heading out the door to work?  In comes the Itzbeen Baby Care Timer.

It’s so simplistic and amazing, I wonder why I didn’t think of it.

It’s a simple electronic timer that you can mark whenever your baby eats, sleeps and poops.  Oh, and there’s another button that you can use for whatever else you need to time (like the last time you got eight hours of sleep, perhaps?).  It resets the timer each time you push the button, so you know how long “ItzBeen” since the last occurance.  And for those of us who are breastfeeding, there is a switch on the bottom that reminds you which breast you last fed your child on so you can keep it even and consistant to avoid any uncomfortable fullness.

So when you’re heading out the door and handing your child to your husband or the nanny, pass the baby off with the Itzbeen Baby Care Timer and you’ll save yourself lots of time and energy, and your baby’s caretaker a lot of unanswered questions.

To purchase the Itzbeen Baby Care Timer, visit Amazon.com or a store near you!


Summer Infant Day & Night Baby Monitor is a favorite!

July 21, 2016

eb2e5c6c5afce8e02001c52fe77de7c2I know, I know, I’m so hooked on electronics.  What did OUR parents do before all this technology?

Of course, when my husband and I did our baby registry for April at the West Omaha Babies R Us, we had a little too much fun with the scanning gun!  But we did register for some great baby items, and one of them that we felt was quite important to have was a baby monitor.  The thing was, we wanted one that worked.  We had one with our son that was really bad with reception and was very staticy, and it didn’t do well at night even though it said it had night-time capabilities.

So we figured when it came to registering for a baby monitor before our daughter was born, we decided to go a little more upper-end this time.  We registered for the Summer Infant Day & Night Baby Monitor, and sure enough, his parents were the ones that bought it for our baby shower.

And I will say, even though it does run a little more (about $150 new, depending on where you purchase it), it is definitely worth every penny paid (or gifted!).  It is a color monitor, but at night, it’s black and white, but super crisp and clear.  We had it mounted above April’s crib at first, but then when she started standing, we actually attached it to the wall on the other side of the kids’ room so we could see BOTH kids’ beds.  It’s great at night when our son has trouble winding down for the night and we can make sure he’s actually going to sleep and not messing around with toys or anything.  It’s come in handy numerous times, and it’s great and portable–the handheld monitor clips on your pants so you can be anywhere in the house and still get decent reception.

If I was asked what I thought was the best baby gift ever, this would definitely rank high.  I can use this for not only when my kids are younger, but as they get older, making sure they’re not doing something they’re not supposed to in the playroom or to be able to keep an eye on them while in the other room doing dishes or whatnot.  This baby monitor is definitely up there on my Mommy Must-Have list!


Germ Guardian Nursery Sanitizer Review

July 21, 2016

3c012f9e9a87262e29ad67c9815a79d2Do your child’s binkies qualify for a frequent flier program?  My daughter’s binkies are always getting thrown, dropped, slid and hidden all over the house, and I can guarantee you that she’s found some and tried putting them BACK in her mouth after they’ve been dropped in the sand at the park or slid across the muddy kitchen floor.

My house is not a pigsty by any means, but it’s definitely not hospital-approved sanitized, either.  So for moments like this, I can use the Germ Guardian Nursery Sanitizer.  It uses dry heat, so its great for things that you normally wouldn’t put in the dishwasher on the sanitize mode.  It’s not very big, so it’s not really made to sanitize bottles and such, but it’s great for small teethers, toys, pacifiers and other small doodads that always end up in your child’s mouth and then the floor.

The Germ Guardian Nursery Sanitizer is also a great product for any parent dealing with reoccuring bouts of thrush with their child.  My daughter had thrush off and on for the first nine months, and I wish I had this when I was dealing with trying to sanitize everything and making sure everything was “really” clean.

If you don’t need something like the Germ Guardian Nursery Sanitizer, be a sweetie and buy one for a new mom’s baby shower and let her know how much you appreciate a nice, clean, germ-free binkie.


Child Safety 101: How to find registered sex offenders in your area, State of Nebraska

July 21, 2016


Our children’s safety is of the upmost priorities when it comes to raising our kids.  And we’ve all heard the scary stories about sex offenders in our neighborhoods.  From the indescribable to the shocking, we’ve heard it all on the news and refuse to have our children become victims of any sexual offenses.

That’s why the State of Nebraska posts a list of high risk, level 3 sex offenders online.  Personally, I think ALL sex offenders’ information should be available on this site, but some is better than none.  The Nebraska State Patrol updates this list daily, so you can be assured that new incidences will be uploaded immediately.

You can search the sex offenders by name, zip code, or county on the website, and it will bring up photos, physical details, and when they were convicted and what they were convicted for.  It also lists where they live, so you can be sure to have your children stay away from the area if out by themselves biking or skateboarding.  Even though not every sex offender offends again, they percentage of those who do are enough to keep your kids locked in the house!

If you have any additional information for police to post on their site, please contact them to help keep the Sexual Offenders Registry accurate and up-to-date.

Child Care 101: How to find a licensed and registered daycare provider in the State of Nebraska

July 21, 2016


When you’re a working mom, or if you need someone to watch your kids for an extended period of time during the day, you only want the best for your children.  When it comes to daycares, there are a lot of people that do it without being registered with the State of Nebraska as a daycare provider.  This is very important–this is a great way to make sure your daycare provider, whether just a family provider or one that is a little larger than a home daycare, is up to par and meets the standard requirements of a facility that is set up for child care.

In the State of Nebraska, there are numerous compliance requirements, including the cleanliness of facilities, the space provided for children to play, fire and tornado safety drills numerous times a year with the children, CPR and First Aid instruction, distribution of prescription medications, food preparation guidelines, and a long list of other requirements in order to be a licensed daycare provider for other family’s children.  In fact, if you want the full list, you can find it here at the child care provider checklist (it’s 13 pages long!).

Of course, if you’re hiring family to watch your children, that’s entirely your perogative.  But when it comes to the safety and facilities that your children are being monitored in, sometimes a certified or licensed provider is preferred.

If you’re looking to find a registered daycare provider in the State of Nebraska, you will find a list of current licensed child care providers on the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services website.  You can either do a search of licenses on their website or you can download a PDF of current child care providers that are registered in the State of Nebraska.  This list sorts all providers by zip code and is around 400 pages long.

Remember, if you’re looking for someone that is legally qualified to care for your child, it’s a good idea to do your research.  The Nebraska Health and Human Services Department makes sure childcare providers meet strict expectations and go through a background check to ensure they are in a position to take in children for daycare.  There’s no better way to put your mind at ease than by doing your due diligence.


Omaha Consignment Sales 101: How to price your children’s clothes to sell on consignment

July 21, 2016

If you’re familiar with consignment sales, you know how profitable they can be for the sellers and how much shoppers can save and benefit from nearly new and used clothing, toys and baby gear.  And if you’re from Omaha, you’ve heard of these semi-annual consignment sales, such as All About Kids Omaha, the Kidz Shoppe and Reruns R Fun.  But when you’re ready to sell your children’s clothing and toys, you may hit a brick wall when it comes to pricing them appropriately.  How much should you sell the swing for?  How much would someone pay for a pack of bibs?

First off, you’ll want to be sure that whatever you are selling is in new, nearly new, or lightly used condition.  The better condition it is in, the more likely it is to be accepted by the consignment sale, sought out by the buyer, and sold to a happy mother.  If something has been in storage for a while, wash it, iron it, clean it, or if it’s a toy, wipe it down, run it through the dishwasher, or whatever needs to be done to clean it and sanitize it and make it look great!  Remember, looks are everything when it comes to buying used items, so think like the buyer and clean, wash and sell accordingly.

Most consignment sales want clothing pinned on metal wire hangers and toys, games, etcetera bagged in groups.  Be sure to follow the consignment sales’ instructions perfectly or you may end up creating more work for yourself or your merchandise may not be accepted for consignment.  Read their website, call their customer service or talk to an owner or volunteer–you’ll want to make sure that all your time and energy is spent on a profitable sale.

When it comes to toys, if there are missing pieces, it’s probably not worth selling.  But if everything is together, sell it as a set.  If you have various Legos or building toys, bag them up in like sets and sell them that way.  Have a bunch of random brands of army men?  Bag them up and sell them as a bunch.  It’ll do better that way, and sure beats sorting through to figure out which ones are which brands.

When it comes to clothes, make sure it looks great.  If there’s a stain, tear, or broken zipper, send it to the garage sale pile.  Make sure to wash the clothes, iron them and make sure all zippers and buttons are intact.  Pin on a metal wire hanger and follow the consigner’s directions on pricing.

But what do I price it?  Well, you’ll want to take a few things into consideration.  This would include how new it is, if it still has the tags on it, what size, season or style, and also the brand name of the clothing and overall condition.  In fact, All About Kids Omaha’s website has a great listing of how you should price your items.  It gives you a chart with different items and supplies you with a general dollar amount.  Think like a buyer–what would you pay for it?  You’ll want to make money, of course, but you also don’t want your time and energy wasted and have to lug most of your clothes back home after a disappointing profit.  Check out the pricing chart on their site to get an idea of what to price your items at.

Most sales will prefer that you have items arranged in order of size.  Be sure to keep the genders separate and sizes in order so that it makes for an easier check-in with the consignment store.

If you have any more tips and tricks on consignment store sales, feel free to leave a comment and help others who are struggling when it comes to pricing and preparing their children’s clothes and toys for consignment sales here in Omaha.

For a list of other consignment opportunities in Omaha, visit the Omaha Consignment Sales 101: Where to turn your kids’ outgrown clothes into cash today!

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Omaha Consignment Sales 101: Where to turn your kids’ outgrown clothes into cash today!

July 21, 2016

7e77a9fae22d85d041c84a632d052b94With the changing economy, it’s hard to find great deals on kid’s clothes.  So after you’ve paid retail prices for your kids’ outfits and they’ve outgrown them, what do you do with them?

Consignment sales in Omaha have become very popular.  Not only are they a way to get new, nearly new or used clothing and toys at a great price, but they give parents the chance to sell their children’s outgrown (or never worn!) clothing and make more than they would at a typical garage sale, especially if their children’s closets are full of name brands like Gymboree, The Childrens Place, Gap, and Nike.

There are two kinds of consignment sales: one, the semi-annual consignment sales.  There are set up to allow you to put a price on your items and allow the sellers to take a percentage of your profits for running the sale, housing the merchandise, and allowing you the opportunity to bring home the clothes that do not sell, instead of having them donated against your will.  Depending on the consignment sale, the percentage taken can range from about 10% to 30% of the marked cost.  The consignment sale itself will generally run for a weekend or a week, and allow shoppers to have a discounted day of shopping on the last day of the sale.  Of course, you can opt out of having your items discounted, but if you really want to get rid of the clothes, it’s best to participate in the discount days.

The other kind of consignment sales are the ones where you can make cash today on your items.  Instead of selling your items at the cost you specify, the consignment store will basically buy your items from you at a lump cost and will then resell for profit.  Of course, the nicer your merchandise is, the more you’ll be paid.  Once you have your cash, the deal is done and your clothes will be priced and sold at the store, which is open year-round and is NOT a semi-annual sale deal.

If you are interested in consignment stores and sales, here are some Omaha events that happen on a regular occasion.  If you’re looking for a semi-annual sale, here are the top sales:

  • Reruns R Fun
  • All About Kidz Omaha
  • Kidz Shoppe
  • Omaha Parents of Multiples Club
  • Munchkin Junction
  • Take 2 Kids

Instead, if you’re looking for a place to sell your clothes today for instant cash and a no-fuss get-em-outta-here deal, you’ll want to check out these popular Omaha stores:

  • Once Upon a Child
  • Kid’s Attic
  • Plato’s Closet
  • Consignments Made Easy
  • Big Wheels 2 Butterflys
  • Kids Go Round

For tips on pricing your items for a consignment sale, check out Omaha Consignment Sales 101: How to price your children’s clothes to sell on consignment

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