Monday, November 21, 2011

Donor Milk

Earth Mama Angel Baby sent me a great newsletter today about donor milk. I'm breaking the article down. If you want to read the whole article click here.

Milk Banking Questions


One in nine babies is born premature every day. These babies do better with breastmilk. It increases their survival, health and makes their hospital stay shorter. Sometimes Mother's are unable to produce enough. That is where the donors come into play.


Donors are becoming more of a need. Unfortunately there are not a lot of sites out there for donors to acquire money for donating their pumped breastmilk. It's more about the deep personal satisfaction from knowing they have helped improve the health of other babies.

All donor milk is pasteurized in order to eliminate any bacteria or other infecting organisms that may have been present.  Donors are screened before their milk is used.

Northwest Mother's Milk Bank:

The Northwest and Oregon have the highest breastfeeding rates in the nation. Their hospitals do not get donor human milk from their local area. Instead they get it from California and Colorado.

The Northwest Mother’s Milk Bank is working to open a local facility in their area. They need money for equipment and staff. For every box of Milkmaid Tea sold on Earth Mama Angel Baby from November 21 to December 30, 2011, Earth Mama will donate $1 to the  Northwest Mother’s Milk Bank.


There are special requirements that come from the donor themselves. They have to be clean, not taking any herbs or medicines.

How Much is Needed:

• A baby weighing 2 pounds takes up to 5.5 ounces of milk
• A baby weighing 4.5 pounds takes up to 12 ounces of milk
• A baby weighing 6.5 pounds takes up to 18 ounces of milk

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Controversial Advertising of the 21st Century

Benetton is known for their controversial ads. Just lately they put out an ad with president Obama kissing the pope. Do you think they take advertising too far? Remember that their goal is to unit people of all colors.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Jump Start on the Holidays - Energizer Batteries Giveaway

Babies and Kids + Toys and Products = A lot of Batteries!

Energizer® has just the solution to help you get a jump start on the holidays! 

Batteries for the gifts and a free online movie on demand rental to help with the relaxation. Simply purchase a package of specially-marked Energizer® Ultimate Lithium, Energizer® Advanced Lithium or Energizer® Recharge AA batteries and you will receive a free online movie on demand rental reward that can be redeemed at,, or the YouTube store.  

Once you get your batteries: 

1. Visit
2. Follow the instructions to input your battery pack codes.
***Please note: this promotion is limited to one (1) REWARD CERTIFICATE PER PERSON/HOUSEHOLD/E-MAIL ADDRESS.
3. The last day to redeem codes is 4/30/12 at 11:59 p.m. ET 

4. Your Reward Certificate does expire and must be redeemed for your online movie rental within 2 months from the date of issuance. Redemption of the Reward Certificate is subject to all terms and conditions and policies imposed by Hollywood Movie Money On-Demand Rewards.

Here's what Energizer® is giving away to one of my readers:

They are offering one lucky reader a giveaway package that includes two packs of either Energizer® Lithium or Energizer® Recharge batteries (or a combination of both if you prefer) marked with special codes.
Mandatory Entry:

What have you or are you thinking of buying for the holidays that requires batteries? Leave your email with this entry. {One Entry}

Optional Entries: 

1. Google Friend this blog. {One Entry}

2. Like Apel Mom and Energizer on Facebook. Leave part of your Facebook name. {One Entry}

3. Like me on Twitter and Energizer on Twitter. Tweet about this giveaway daily. {One Entry}

4. Like me on Twitter and Energizer on Twitter. Tweet about this giveaway daily. {One Entry}

5. Leave a comment on a non-giveaway post. List the post. You are free to comment on any post, but only one can be used for this entry. {One Entry}

6. Blog about this giveaway with a link back to this post. {Five Entries}

7. Vote for me on We're on the Fence. Just click to vote. {One Entry}

This contest closes November 28 at 10 pm and is open to the US. Winners will be picked at and announced on my Giveaway Page.


The opinions on this post are my personal take on the products. This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me.
I am not compensated to provide my opinion except for receiving the products themselves to test out.
If you have questions about this post please contact me at: alissa4illustration AT hotmail DOT com

Car Seats

Make sure you look on your car seat manual. Many car seats last only five years. A lot of people use car seats much longer then specified in the manual.

Fitting It
Call your child's pediatrician to make sure you can find a local area to position your car seat in your car. Here local fire stations check them.

Out with the Old in with the New
There are also some places that will take old car seats in. Then they give you a discount in their stores. Toys R Us and Babies R Us do this certain times of the year. If you sign up for the mailing list; you will get this information from them.

Clek Oobr and Olli Booster Car Seats are fashionable! I love that they are fun colors. Kids will enjoy sitting in their Paul Frank seats! My Organized Chaos is giving away two car seats! Woo Hoo! Hop on over to check out her giveaway!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Cloth Diapers

If I could change one thing about my kid's babyhood, it would be that I should have used cloth diapers.

"Disposable diapers contain traces of dioxin, and extremely toxic by-product of the paper-bleaching process. It is a carcinogenic chemical, listed by the EPA as the MOST toxic of all cancer-linked chemicals. In small quantities, dioxin causes birth defects, immune system suppression, skin and liver diseases, and genetic damage in lab animals. It is banned in most countries, but not in the U.S." - Mother Herb Diaper Service

Want to start using cloth diapers? My Baby's Going Green has a great giveaway going on right now to get you started!

One grand prize winner will receive 2 pocket covers in sage plus 2 micro terry fleece toppers and 3 hemp-organic cotton inserts. Value-$85. Two winners will receive 1 pocket cover in sage plus 3 micro terry fleece topper inserts. Value-$46.50 each.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Nutrition Past Babyhood

According to the USDA, children need to eat the following amounts and types of nutrients on a daily basis:


2-3 years old: 2 ounces
4-8 years old: 4 ounces


2-3 years old: 3 ounces
4-8 years old: 5 ounces


2-3 years old: 1 cup
4-8 years old: 1 ½ cups


2-3 years old: 1 cup 
4-8 years old: 1 to 1 ½ cups


2-3 years old: 2 cups 
4-8 years old: 2 ½ cups

Thursday, November 10, 2011


I really think these baby toys called DingaRings by Ob-Designs looks amazingly fun!

What I love about them: 
  • There are many choices of characters.
  • They are all natural.
  • It's both for teething and play.
  • It has a rattle inside.
Win one at New Age Mama!