Baby Travel Checklist

Posted on: April 14th, 2014 by firsttimemom


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LaToya Maddox always wanted to become a mother. But she didn’t think she could have children. About 14 years ago, she had a miscarriage and underwent a D and C surgery. Her doctor told her she would never be able to reproduce. Then in May 2012, she went to her yearly gynecologist appointment, and to her surprise, she was pregnant. She gave birth to a beautiful baby girl in January 2013, and six months later, she discovered she was pregnant again–this time with a baby boy. Since then, she has lived her life to the fullest. She moved from California to Georgia with her husband. She took a job as a middle school teacher and cheerleading coach. When not at school, she works as an event planner and a plus-size professional model. 


It’s not all work and no play for this mom on the go. LaToya loves to travel, so she’s figuring out how to navigate vacation planning for not only a couple but a family. So, I thought LaToya would be the perfect person to review Playtex™  products that make traveling with little ones a cinch.


Live Well Pass It On

Posted on: April 10th, 2014 by firsttimemom

Live Well

Disclosure: Diary of a First Time Mom is teaming up with UnitedHealthcare’s® Generations of Wellness® program to encourage others to live well and pass it on. Although I received some form of compensation, all opinions remain my own.


Recently, I took a trip to Carnegie Science Center with my little explorer. She gravitated towards Space Place, a section that teaches kids what it’s like to be an astronaut. We designed and launched rockets, dropped payload parachutes and conducted stimulated hands-on experiments. Then, we stepped on a scale. The scale converted our weight on several planets and the moon. I weighed 25 pounds–as an astronaut!


Grow a Garden Before Your Little One Grows Up

Posted on: April 7th, 2014 by firsttimemom


I am a member of the Everywhere Society, and Everywhere has provided me with compensation for this post about Macy’s. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own. 

My daughter has probably made more meals in her two years on earth than I have over the course of my entire life. Albeit, her food is plastic, wooden or invisible. Each day, she pretends to be a waitress, scribbles down my order  with a crayon and whips up imaginary cuisines in her kid kitchen. Recently, we visited the science center, and she spent most of her time playing in an interactive garden–not a surprise! (more…)

Move Off of Disorganization Island

Posted on: March 31st, 2014 by firsttimemom

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Hi, my name is Queen Heather, and I reign over Disorganization Island. I live in a castle at the corner of Lost Lane and Rush Way. Every morning, Princess Caitlynn and I embark on an adventure throughout the kingdom, searching for matching socks, hidden cell phones and misplaced car keys. When we make it past the gates, we sometimes keep our chariot waiting and run back to the tower to retrieve Duchess Doll or another forgotten member of the royal family. On the way to rule the world (also known as work), we sometimes slay dragons in the form of traffic jams and red lights.


I must conquer clutter, or else my land (and my sanity) will be invaded. Therefore, I hereby issue the following decree: Be it resolved that all citizens of Disorganization Island institute a morning routine ritual for a fortnight (two weeks).


Little Remedies to Cure Boredom

Posted on: March 30th, 2014 by firsttimemom

Little Remedies Little remedies DisclosureCollage Growing up, I hardly ever got sick. I attributed my good health to eating my vegetables, especially the green leafy ones. My sister only ate potatoes and corn and an occasional green bean. She stayed home from school much more often. Decades later, my daughter has inherited my health and my appetite. I can count on one hand how many times she fell ill. And if I don’t count fevers tied to teething, the number dwindles even lower. Always full of energy, my daughter is usually running around her kitchen, serving make believe meals or dancing to cartoon theme songs.


When Caitlynn does catch a cold or has an upset tummy, I give her a dose of a Little Remedies® product, and she is back on her feet within a few hours. Occasionally she gets an upset stomach. Perhaps in part from eating everything–this little girl has tried everything from sushi to guacamole. When her stomach gurgles, and with gets gas, I give her Little Remedies® For Tummys™ Gas Relief Drops. It’s a safe remedy to ease tummy troubles and eliminate toots–we think that’s a much cuter way to describe a not so cute act of expelling. Like most moms, I don’t like to medicate my baby. But when I do, I reach for a Little Remedies® bottle. The product line has no artificial color, flavors, alcohol, saccharin or preservatives. There are even formulas for dehydration and constipation!   So, I don’t worry about side effects when treating  her. Instead, I worry about how I’ll entertain her when she’s under the weather. Instead of wanting to watch TV, she wants to snuggle up next to me. More clingy than usual, I like to give her extra attention to make her feel better. We typically do one of four activities.