Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Jamaican team Launches Globally Respected Early Childhood Parenting Programme

For a long time, Jamaica's outstanding feats have been linked to successes on the track and musical accomplishments. It is therefore super refreshing when my fellow country men and women excel at academics, politics, international competitions, fashionable showcases, culinary delights and more recently start up companies and ICT inventions. With the recent heart swelling Man Booker win by Jamaican Marlon James it prompted me to blog about yet another outstanding Jamaican based grouping that has been receiving international acclaim in the field of Early Childhood Parenting programmes.

On Tuesday, September 29, 2015, a University of the West Indies based group (Bonus points for my alumni) made their way to the Inter American Development Bank's (IDB) offices in Washington, D.C to launch an established and highly successful parenting model, aptly called Reach Up: An early childhood parenting programme.  
Some members of the Reach Up Team: Joanne Smith, Kristy Fernandez, Amika Wright Christine Powell, Susan Chang and Susan Walker
But what made this programme so different, so meaningful and successful was the fact that it did not begin today but has been steadily and sometimes even quietly reaping successes over the past 30 years. Beginning as the Jamaica Home Visit Programme of the 1980's to where it stands today helping parents and their children to "Reach Up" and achieve their full potential.

To date, this programme #FromJamaicaToTheWorld has already been implemented in Jamaica, Bangladesh, India, Brazil, Madagascar and Peru and best of all provides a globally scalable, easy to replicate early childhood development solution. 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Youth Money Talk Hackathon & the case for Respect in Jamaica



Just yesterday, August 26, 2015, I was a part of an audience of some 500 plus youth leaders at a Forum hosted by the Ministry of Youth and Culture with the main presenter being Minister of Finance, the Hon. Peter Phillips. The event promised to provide a platform for the involvement of our youth at the decision making table as a critical part of Jamaica’s success and economic growth. I was intrigued as I've long held the view that engaging with and encouraging participatory strategies for our youth can yield meaningful results.  Besides, I have been keen on ways to grow my recently launched FREE service provider listing site www.extrahandsja.com  and felt the forum may provide me with an opportunity to network


A few things out of the way, the event was branded as a #MoneyTalkHackathon and a quarter of the way in, I wondered about the term Hackathon and if the word forum may not have been more appropriate. As always, the trusty twitter network picked up on that too with several persons asking why the event was labelled a hackathon.  Eventually technology startup/tech events entrepreneur Ingrid Riley provided some well needed clarity.




Moving ahead, As a young entrepreneur (Check out my latest project- a FREE service provider listing site www.extrahandsja.com) I also found the Money Talk aspect of the forum not as dense as I had expected, having secured my space to learn more about the economic empowerment activities and engagements for our youth. I was more keen on what efforts would be put in place to better assist young people to not only understand money and its management but to also be educated to the point of having a better appreciation about how their money management actions affect Jamaica at the microeconomic level. This especially as the Ministry's Invitation letter promised "We believe that there needs to be a clear understanding of the current economic climate of the country and path we are on to compete globally...Together, we will explore how the current Economic Reform Programme (ERP) impacts Jamaica’s young people presently and in the future. This engagement will result in a greater understanding of your future economic prospects in Jamaica."

Lovely objective, but not sure if this was achieved...


I had also anticipated that this "Money Talk" hackathon forum would have provided a launching pad for interventions that will make "money talk"a bit more relatable for our young people- break down the jargons, key in young people on the basics of investing, generating income, avenues for helping with starting and sustaining businesses-you know MONEY TALK kind of stuff and this I articulated via several tweets as I missed the opportunity to raise these points directly.





A look at the #MoneyTalkHackathon  and #MoneyTalkJa hashtags going throughout the night revealed that several persons were on the same path with their questioning and the concerns they raised via twitter such as...





At best, the #MoneyTalkHackathon therefore provided a good start for what should become a series of sessions where young people can have open dialogue with their leaders. BUT that brings me to the next point.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Jamaican Mommies launches ExtraHandsJA.com- FREE Listing Website Connecting Jamaican Service Providers and Customers


Have you ever had challenges locating a local carpenter? Electrician? Household worker? IT Technician? plumber? Ever wondered where to find a good makeup artist? Photographer or even a band? Do you offer these and other services and need a FREE online platform to advertise your services? Thanks to Jamaican Mommies and www.EXTRAHANDSJA.com this challenge will soon be non existent for service providers and customers in varied parishes across the island. 

With constant requests to the Jamaican Mommies network for contact information for household helpers, babysitters, plumbers, mechanics, tutors, school bus drivers and the like, the EXTRAHANDSJA concept was born.

Admittedly, when preparatory work began in July 2014, the initial focus was on parent support services but after much market research it was decided that a wider service provider to consumer market existed, hence the aim to connect Service Providers to Customers.

WHY EXTRAHANDSJA

Screen shot of ExtraHandsJA's website www.extrahandsJA.com


At ExtrahandsJA, we believe that at some point or the other we all require an extra Hand hence our tagline "Because YOU deserve an Extra Hand".  Service providers require an Extra Hand to connect with prospective customers and customers who need an Extra Hand within their home or businesses require a singular location to search for, review and connect with such service providers.  At ExtraHandsJA we therefore  bring it all together- connecting the service providers to customers by allowing service providers to LIST THEIR SERVICES FOR FREE!!


HOW DOES IT WORK?

Since the site was published on June 25, 2015 the primary aim has been site population.  As such primary efforts have been around encouraging service providers to LIST THEIR SERVICES FOR FREE!!. This is a pretty easy process which sees members of the public completing our online form and hitting the submit button. 

As the site has two fold functionalities, the secondary aim is to encourage members of the public to interact with the site, search for and subsequently make contact with and employ the services of providers listed on EXTRAHANDSJA.com. 

Once a sizable service provider listing has been amassed, the growing database will be made public for customers to search and make contact with the respective service providers. In the interim, members of the public are encouraged to SUBSCRIBE FOR UPDATES and be among the first to know when new listings are added to EXTRAHANDSJA.com. 

BENEFITS OF LISTING WITH EXTRAHANDSJA



In addition to FREE listings, Jamaican Service providers are presented with the opportunity to;
  • Improve their Sales Prospects
  • Increase their online Presence with a professional service provider profile
  • Connect with Prospective customers and
  • Receive customer reviews of their services thereby building credibility for their offerings. 
Customers benefit too as they will soon discover the convenience of having a comprehensive list of service providers at their fingertips. 


CATEGORIES OF SERVICES THAT CAN BE LISTED



EXTRAHANDSJA lists professional and Work-in-progress services.  We understand that many persons are constantly discovering new talents and while they may still be honing their craft, we encourage persons who are still working to perfect same to still LIST THEIR SERVICES FOR FREE!!. So did you discover you have a knack for creative hair dos? nails service?  Are you great at baking products? proofreading documents? Reviewing resumes? writing? Now may be a great time to assess your service offerings and list them today.  As a broad guide, EXTRAHANDSJA lists services for:
  • household workers (helpers, gardeners, caretakers)
  • cleaning services
  • courier services
  • personal shoppers (supermarket, pharmacy etc)
  • fashion and beauty services
  • healthcare professionals
  • food and beverage services
  • entertainment services (MCs, DJs, bands, venues etc)
  • design & decor services
  • transportation services (including drivers)
  • tailors & seamstress services
  • landscaping & garden services
  • computer & electronic repairs
  • photography & videography
  • child care/special needs
  • tutoring
  • skilled workers (plumbers, carpenters, painters, masons, shoemakers, electricians, mechanics, etc) 
  • Personal Services (Personal Training, direct consultations)
AND SO MUCH MORE......

EXTRAHANDSJA TO DATE

To date, some pretty interesting listings have been streaming in and several persons have also been subscribing to the site.  Thanks to on the ground marketing at the recent Denbigh Agriculture show, EXTRAHANDSJA was also able to expand the island wide pool of listings being submitted. 

As we inch closer to our site population goals, we encourage members of the public to continue to share the good news with other persons who would love to list for FREE, List their own and look out for EXTRAHANDSJA's additional publicity efforts. 

To LIST YOUR SERVICES FREE Complete the form on our site>> http://www.extrahandsjamaica.com/list-your-services.html

TO SUBSCRIBE FOR UPDATES, Simply provide your basic information>> http://www.extrahandsjamaica.com/search-database.html

So what are you waiting for?!! Do it! Do it! Do it NOW!! Pop on by to WWW.EXTRAHANDSJA.COM

Questions? Comments? drop us a line below, email us at extrahandsja@gmail.com or drop us a line via the contact box on EXTRAHANDSJA.COM


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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Jamaica Emancipation to Independence- Calender of Events


As a child, I vaguely remember Emancipation and Independence celebrations, yet I do recall my parents making a big enough deal about same.  My mother would reference Mello go round (I believe it was still called that then) and over the period my father would make the yearly trek to the Denbigh Agriculture Show in Clarendon.

As an adult, I have visited quite a few of the celebrations with my family in tow and it was indeed a spectacular showing. A lot must be said for the keen attention to details over the August 1-6 period.   Well done JCDC.

This year as Jamaica celebrates 53 years of Independence under the theme "Jamaica 53.. Proud and Free" the nation's cultural agency Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC)  has an extensive list of events to celebrate Jamaica's 53 years as a Free Nation.  I implore you to check it out as the 2015 activities feature a wide variety of options for all members of the family!! and best of all Jamaican Mommies will be giving away tickets to the many Independence and Emancipation events this year!!!. 

We have also highlighted Pickney Pendence which is a programme specifically prepared and produced for children. Its aim is to create an atmosphere for children to learn about and be better able to appreciate the concept, significance and meaning of Emancipation and Independence in a fun way. Jamaican Mommies views this inclusion favourably :)


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

So We Had a Cat (Part 2): Is a cat right for you?!



When last we spoke, Blossom our beautiful blue-grey eyed kitten had posed so intimidating that she entered and left our home in less than a month. It was not easy for sure and as I continue, I hope to appease those Facebook followers who after reading part 1 scolded "Why did you scheme to give away the cat" and "I'm sure she would've gotten better in time" and the many tear stained emoticons and sighs....

 If you are still not up to speed catch up on Part 1 of Coombsies and the Cat

After that 9: 10 p.m. delivery featuring a wide eyed, (I swear she was weeping) cat, we the conniving parents settled in to discuss how best to break this news to our 6 year old daughter.   You see even with all the perceived 'problems' of dealing with a uber playful kitten and a constantly fear and anxiety stricken child were the even greater problems of being the traitorous parents who would no doubt have to deal with the never ending blame sure to come our way.

So what did we do? As adults who need to make responsible adult decisions everyday to ensure we strike the right balance for our child?

We SLEPT!!

Yep we went to bed and literally decided to tackle the bull by its horn whenever that was.

Monday, July 20, 2015

So we HAD a cat: Is a cat right for you?

Yes you read that right.. we HAD a cat and no she didn't die. We (two grown folks) clearly overwhelmed by one tiny kitten, agonized then recalculated, then reassessed then simply gave her away. Yes I know "but cats are so soft and cuddly and cushy and friendly", but before you hurl all those anti-cat lover slurs my way hear me out while I even manage to throw a little salute the cat lover's way in this two part piece which really should be called Coombsies and the Cat.

Meet Blossom, she really is the cutest little cat I have ever seen and so is her 3 other siblings.  You see, so cute they were that I thought it would be impossible to select from the the litter, but my 6 year old took one look at the photos and decided she wanted "That one mommy, the one with the little spot in her forehead and her name will be Blossom" and so it began.

Friday, July 10, 2015

5 Simple Activities Kids Thoroughly Enjoy WITH YOU!!!

We're all about Guest Bloggers and have a special place for #DadsWhoBlog As such Jamaican Mommies welcomes guest blogger George Schalter from Educational Kids Games. His post below embodies much of what Jamaican Mommies have been championing as it relates to spending quality time with your kids through practical tips for keeping the family together . Read on...


Parents, don’t you just love seeing your kids’ faces light up with joy and excitement as they’re having fun? Of course you do! Unfortunately though, it isn’t often that we actively plan for such experiences, since we tend to believe that they require a lot of time, effort, money, or even all three! Fortunately, that is far from true. Kids are easily entertained, and you can create special moments with them by indulging in quick, fun activities that they’re bound to enjoy.

Here are five activity ideas to get you started.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

JAMAICA SUMMER ACTIVITIES LISTING 2015


Since we launched our 2014 Summer Activities Listing, I am happy to report that there was an overwhelming demand and after the unavoidable delays, our 2015 Jamaica Summer Activities Listing is now ready!!!


Special Thanks as well to the many organizations, other parenting networks, friends and all of you in the webosphere who shared activities with us for inclusion in our listing.

In the event you still have an activity to add, drop us a line via jamaicanmommies@gmail.com or via our website's contact us box

Do remember to SHARE with all the other parents you know who wish to have a comprehensive list of the available summer activity options.


Please note you can also download the list via Jamaican Mommies 2015 Summer Activities Listing

P.S.  Have you checked out our new Jamaica Mommies affiliate yet?! Pop on by www.extrahandsja.com. It's all about connecting Service Providers and Customers!! So List your services for FREE or subscribe for listing updates!!




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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

PRACTICAL TIPS FOR KEEPING THE FAMILY TOGETHER

A few weeks ago, I was a part of a bubbly laughing off our heads mommy and daddy audience who were a part of the B3 Magazine's Parent's Date Night. While the night featured hilarious, laugh out loud moments, what stuck the most were the very impactful presentations. With the theme Paving the path from diapers to diplomas" flowing throughout the series of activities, the emphasis was on equipping parents with the tools for emotional, social and academic success. In line with this theme, local entrepreneur Nicole McLaren Campbell of AIM Educational Services presented on catering to the educational aspect of your child's well being while Antonnette Cowan-Palmer of NCB focused on the educational aspect. But what jumped at me the most was Melanie Schwapp's presentation on keeping the family together. Schwapp, local author of the book Dew Angels (Pick up a copy via Amazon) shared some very important pointers and today we share her meaningful presentation on what she calls "Creating a deep comfort and friendship in the home within a sometimes erratic and volatile world"


When I became a mother, I was not ready. I mean, I had the nursery beautifully decorated with all the things a first time mother has – the diaper holder thingy, the wet wipe warmer, the measuring spoon for the measuring spoon that measured the formula, 962 pretty dresses so my new daughter could wear a new one every half an hour …..I had it all. But at that moment when Briana was born and they brought her to me, I quaked. I wasn’t ready for the love I felt. It was a physical feeling, so strong that it hurt every fibre of my heart. I had never felt anything like that in my life, and it frightened me. I knew then that this precious blessing was now completely in my care, and I would be responsible for every single thing that came into her life.

Thank goodness that the instinct of motherhood kicked in, and Briana survived me. So did the two other children that followed her. It was not an easy road, though. I think my husband and I learned a lot more from our children than they learned from us. For one thing, we got a whopping lesson in something called ‘Patience’. We also learned that above everything else, the joy and security within our family should never be compromised by anything. We strove, through the years, to create a deep comfort and friendship within our home, a security that has become a stable buffer within a sometimes erratic and volatile world.

A few pointers that served us well were –"

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Moms Say: For Mother's Day I'd Love.... More moms require quality time over things

Move over flowers, Candy and Cards, there is a new Mother's Day fave on the block! (Well Kinda. Sorta).  Truth is, we have been witnessing an evolution in terms of what moms want on special days.  Indeed just last year when JamaicanMommies appeared on Smile Jamaica morning time programme, we spoke at length about the things moms would truly love for Mothers' Day.  As it turned out then, most of the things moms would truly love weren't things after all. 

This year to put things into perspective and to hear the 'word on the street' we asked several moms across varied online parenting platforms a simple question, What would you truly appreciate this Mothers' Day?

The responses by and large leaned towards time, support and bits of pampering, Our mums noted: 



1. M. Harris "I would certainly welcome a body massage from head to toe"


2. C Christie "I would love some sleep. and yes a full body massage. Throw in a mani n pedi . Ohhhhhh and chocolate"

3. TGreen Yeah I'd like a few days alone to sleep and sort whatever I can in my life and in my head

4. F Mair Some me time would be great!! No kids, just me *sigh*

5. M Johnson I would appreciate all the household chores done without one question or suggestion be requested of me. I would love some serenity without feeling guilty. Ice cream and complete relaxation. Hopefully mental relaxation too.

6. A Bailey I would like some me time

7. M Solomon Well I'd like a pair of Prada shades and some Jessica Simpson pumps if you want the things list, but generally, I would like for someone else to cook, wash and comb the hair and do the homework. I will still do the bedtime story

8. H Argueta A picnic in an open field.

9. N Bryan I want to be able to go to bed early without my stepson needing to sleep on my chest.lol I can keep wishing it ain't gonna happen.

10. K Blake To be left alone. It would be such a comfort to not hear the squabbling and mommy every minute.

11. A Wilson I would love to go to the movies alone..... Just a personal joy I miss.


12. D Pinnock I would love an AC'd room with a super comfy couch/bed and HGTV, all my meals would be prepared and brought to me too and no interruptions

13. S Coombs ooh I would love to fall asleep on the beach too as long as someone is awake watching my back #BestSleepsUnderTheTree at Fort Clarence

14. R McKoy I could lay in the bed watching HGTV allll day no "mommy come play with me" "cooooome mommy". Food brought to me, nap here and there.....but the weirdest part of it all is I want to hear her playing and giggling in the background.

15. NZee Peace quiet and no interruptions even for 2 hours . I just need an early night in and a late morning out

16. RWhyte Sleep sounds very good. I would love a day just to do that!


17. H Thompson I would love to Sleep late; Eat a meal I did not cook...Get a foot massage and just relax

18. I Blythe nuff (Lots of) pampering! breakfast in bed and the works lol.

19. P Williams I want to sleep late, very late, get breakfast in bed when I'm ready. My favourite breakfast: ackee n saltfish with fried dumplings etc. hot chocolate, then I want to go to the river and sleep under a tree or hut or something like that. Then I want to watch a movie with my kids. That'll do me

20. D Savory 2-3 hours undisturbed!



Out of curiosity Jamaican Mommies enquired why so many mums are focusing on special moments, rest and relaxation versus a list of things and two of the mums put it best when L
Deslandes noted "It looks like we all want the same thing!" and NBryan summarized "We moms are on duty 24/7 that's why we don't need things just alone time.our little ones are already everything we need and more" << seriouss awwwww moment here.

So there you have it, Mommies do you agree? Daddies, Thank us for the direct insights later.



Of course with all the focus on the special moments and relaxation this Mother's Day, it still doesn't hurt to gift all those hardworking mommies this year.  Additional tips can be found via What moms really want this Mothers' Day and be sure to match gifts to hobbies, passion or interests.  Amazon also has some great Mothers' Day specials  going so be sure to check those out!!



Did we miss anything? What would you truly love this Mothers Day?!
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Friday, April 24, 2015

Moms Say: I wish I Had....

Images courtesy of Skkan Media via Jamaican Mommies Mothers Day Picnic 2014
A few days ago in our Jamaican Mommies Facebook Group (yep it's private so go ahead and request to join) us Jamaican Mommies began discussing some of the things we have triumphed at and others that we wish we had done... differently and so began the Jamaican Mommies "Moms Say.." Series. Each Week we'll ask several Mommies from varied parenting groups a simple question and share their responses. 

This week we asked, " How old are your Kids and looking back on your parenting Journey,  What is your biggest parenting "I wish I had"? 

In the end several things stood out,


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Get #DressedToTheTea for Charity- Local charity hosts International Women's Day High Tea


It was just a little over a year ago that Jamaican Mommies Editor in chief donned High Tea attire and went for Tea with a cause and forged an ongoing relationship with a noteworthy local charity with a global network- The occasion, Dress For Success Jamaica's annual fundraising High Tea

A year later and with the proceeds going to Dress For Success Jamaica's Career and Economic Development efforts, we are on board again and encourage your support for the event on International Women's Day, March 8, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.

With the theme being Dressed to the Tea: A Blooming Tea Affair, it seems poised to be an the perfect opportunity to grab your girlfriends and get dressed for a cause (Don't feel left out though guys, gentlemen are also welcomed).


Jmommies Editor in Chief (At right) does high tea with from L-R Milliner Marcellas James; Fashion Proprieter Kerry Ann Clarke and Senator Imani Duncan-Price at the 2013 Dressed for Success High Tea
With well known tea brand, Twinnings and Sangsters Jamaica Rum on stream this year, patrons will be greeted with a unique tea cocktail on arrival at the Terra Nova hotel.  

According to Dress for Success Jamaica's Chairman/Founder, Charmaine Lewis, the High Tea continues to be one of the organization's biggest fundraisers and this year the theme was strategically chosen as it encourages every woman to thrive and bloom beyond their circumstances.


Lady Hisae Fitton (wife of Britain's High commissioner to Jamaica in 2013; Miss Jamaica World 2013, Gina Hargitay; Her Excellency, The Most Honourable Lady Allen and .Miss Jamaica Franchise Holder, Laura Butler at the 2013 staging of the event.

With Career Development and economic advancement for women (many of whom are single parents) in need being the major charity under DFS Jamaica's programme,  funds generated from the event will go towards maintaining the suiting and career development programme.  


In exchange for their patronage, attendees at Saturday’s High Tea will be delighted with live performances, a silent auction, delightful culinary fare and several other fun and engaging activities.   
The Jamaica Junior Theatre gave a wonderful performance of Alice in Wonderland at the 2013 event

The event is just a week away so remember to book early!!


Tickets for the yearly event are available at Kerry Man Woman Home on South Avenue and Angela’s Boutique at South Avenue or via Dress for Success Jamaica’s ticket hotline at 472-4600/547-4326

A trio of beautiful ladies at the 2013 High Tea

You can also secure your tickets via Jamaican Mommies by Emailing Jamaicanmommies; tweeting us @JamaicanMommies or sending us a message via JamaicanMommies on Facebook

So hurry on, get your tickets now!!!

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Dress for Success Jamaica provides work attire, career development tools and a support network for women who need help in entering the work force.   These vital resources are provided at no cost to these women who are often single mothers, HEART trainees and university graduates who need help in order to achieve self-sufficiency and in turn provide for their children and extended families.  To date, we have assisted over 350 women on their path to economic independence. 




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Friday, February 20, 2015

My 6 yo's Birthday And A Few Things I have Learnt

Dancing away before dance class.. Somebody is happy for sure!!
This past weekend, the unbelievable occurred. My "literally just born" child became all of 6 years old and I kinda panicked because it all seemed to happen wayy too fast . In the midst of my mini panic, I also remembered that it was with her birth that I started Jamaican Mommies (Happy 6th JMommies :-)- You need a post of your own) and more importantly with what I'd like to call a whirlwind birth day weekend, She had a blast and I had a few lessons.

You see, apart from the lessons learnt on never making your child's birthday be more about you than them in the middle of planning, executing, mediating, pick ups and drop-offs, several things stood out.

For starters:

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Single with Kids on Valentine's Day? Give that Other Kind of Love!!!


In another 4 days it will be Valentine's Day and when you think of it, What really comes to mind?
Likely, you conjure images of candlelight dinners, chocolates, roses, scented massages, romantic days and nights and essentially everything R-O-M-A-N-T-I-C. But what happens when you a. A Single Parent with Kids b. Have a partner AND Kids (with no sitter)?

Enter solution Numero Uno (or your no option solution if your child's birthday falls around Valentine's Day like mine)- Give yourself and your family the Agape style Love!!

Sure, it's awesome to have the cushy-feely kind of love on Valentine's Day as you snuggle down with your special someone and whisper sweet nothings, play romantic songs in the background and then do all those NSFW (Not Suitable for Work) activities, but the application of love for oneself and Love for One's Kids on Vday can be just as heartwarming.

For starters, Make a Big Deal about it.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Mommy! It's not Even your Birthday!

Ok so this is personal. Yet it is also a bit general because every parent wants to feel like they are getting it right and birthdays are often the time when you feel most compelled to get everything RIGHT for your little prince or princess to the point that it often gets wayy overdone. So naturally, as my boobsie (She has already started declaring she is not a boobsie :( ) turns all of 6 next week, I have activated BMM (Birthday Mama Mode).

In the beginning, I DECIDED on a Candy land multi coloured Pool party (Simply because she couldn't settle on a single animated character and she loves water just like her mama). The party would feature multi coloured streamers, helium balloons (I really should invest in one of these), a rainbowy cake, coloured tutus all around (yep she has enough to suit herself and about 6 friends Thanks to one I made last year and about 5 others from a family friend who makes beautiful tutus such as this one here I would also round out the tutu troop in this cute little number. I imagined about 20 people max, but got up to over 50 once I started an actual list (gulp).

Of course, what good is a kiddie birthday party if I didn't throw in some DIY stuff, so while working with a budget, I decided to borrow some super cool foodie ideas from our previous post on Fun summer foods for kids ; I wanted to toss in Roasted frankfurter kebabs, multicoloured cheese sandwiches, have a lemonade stand with multicolored ice cubes and do cute cheerios cups a la the usual sweets on a table.  I had it all figured out. The kids would laze and play all day, indulge in water games with their water squirters, overindulge in rainbow coloured candy and fruits, Kai's tutor and I would go DIY gungho with the multicoloured decor; two adults would be assigned on pool duty, my artistic brother assigned to face painting duties, professional photographer (aka family friend snapping away) while the other parents lazed around having polite chatter.  It was 6 year old perfection if anyone bothered to ask me.

Except...

Friday, January 23, 2015

Nipple Shields: Temporary Breastfeeding Solution for new moms with Latching woes

As a young mother wailed about breast sores, small nipples and her inability to breastfeed her newborn, it brought me back to a similar experience and a solution that few Jamaican Mommies seem to know about (yes we did a poll on our Facebook Page once and many didn't seem to know)

Back in 2009 I was one such mama, who had many grand breastfeeding plans which just about shattered when multiple attempts led to a 'too small/too flat nipple' diagnosis. How was I going to reap the mommy and me bonding and countless other breast feeding benefits I wailed?! and within a day, the solution was forthcoming. My trusty paediatrician, mentioned an item that was previously unknown to me-The Nipple Shield and I have since been thankful for that little item that made my life so much easier as a new mom, if even temporarily. 



Sunday, January 4, 2015

Happy New Year: Cheers to a Happier, Healthier, More balanced you! in 2015

Happy New Year!! Season Greetings, Cheers to a new leaf and then some!!

It's that time of the year when resolutions and reflections are in order and even as some pull last year's resolutions from the dust pile, there is no doubt that the thought and feel of a new year brings with it some level of new hope, new optimism and that "Yes you can-niveness" that you were somehow unable to muster up all throughout 2014.  So to celebrate with you and to encourage you along in 2015, Jamaican Mommies has compiled a list of small changes/steps you can make this year to celebrate the new you!!

Are your efforts for 2015 focused on Spending more QUALITY time with the family? Do you want to be more financially prudent? Want a healthier 2015? or do you want to have that deep-seated Peace of mind that seems to be ever fleeting? Chances are, we have a tip or two for you.


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