The past eight months have been somewhat of a blur for Kajsa James, mother of Maddie, who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in January and passed away eight weeks later in March of this year. Between processing her daughter’s sudden and fatal diagnosis, and co-founding the Maddie James Foundation, which raised $1 million dollars in less than three months to secure the naming rights to the soon-to-be built Maddie James Seaside Learning Center at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point, CA, certain things have gotten lost in the chaos. Other memories are crystal clear.
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In my quest to avoid getting burnt out while trying to get back in shape by changing my work out routine, I have tested out another round of exercise DVDs. Once again, my requirements to make the list for an excellent work out program are that it be easy to follow, not too long (under an hour), as entertaining as possible, make me sweat and really sore in all the right places so I can really pack a punch in case someone tries to cut in front of me at the coffee shop… kidding… kind of. In all seriousness, my pursuit of defying gravity and my pipe dream of one day having Madonna arms (okay, maybe not THAT buff) also helps me have the energy to keep up with the kids… until 4pm or so when I need to be back in the coffee line which brings me back to that point, as well, ahem. Read on to get my reviews for the top fitness DVDs.
Denise Austin-Sculpt and Burn Body Blitz
Apparently it turns out I’m odd for [Read more…] about 4 Work Out DVDs That Work
Have you ever been asked what’s the one beauty product that you couldn’t live without? Mine is mascara. It’s always been mascara. Even before I really wore makeup (to see how I learned about concealer and tinted moisturizer, click here), I ALWAYS wore mascara. As a result, I keep an eye out for the latest and greatest–from drugstore brands (Maybelline) to designer blends (Lancome)–to see what makes my eyelashes look longer, fuller and more intense.
When I tested this baby out, I was surprised by how big the brush is. We’re talking really big–nice and [Read more…] about Road Test: Mascara
Think baby product recalls cover all dangerous items being sold right now? Think again! In fact, Breezy Mama turned to Terri Miller, an injury prevention Program Coordinator for Safe Kids Georgia at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, to get the scoop on baby items and crib safety from when swaddling can become dangerous to baby cribs and baby sleeping products that can result in injury or infant death.
Why aren’t crib bumpers safe?
SIDS/SUIDS prevention and baby safety advocates advise against using crib bumpers because there have been cases of [Read more…] about 4 Dangerous Baby Products Being Sold Right Now
After seeing Facebook updates from one of my and Alex’s all time favorite people from high school, Kristen, about her fostering a child and that she wished more people understood the process, I reached out to see if she would write about how to become a foster parent for Breezy Mama. She did and I get chills every time I read it. Her story is so inspiring and courageous… well… I’ll let you read for yourself. And I bet she will be one of your all time favorite people afterward, too.
I had never experienced the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) before. This was my first time. While enjoying a trip out of town I received a phone call for a 2 week old baby that needed a temporary home. 48 hours later, there I was; washing my hands for the required 2 minutes before I could meet my new foster daughter. Those two minutes felt [Read more…] about An Amazing True Story on Foster Parenting