Life

Death of REDbird

In the process of preparing for our trip to Tokyo, I discovered the Target Prepaid REDCard from Jared at ThiftyTraveler.com.  Apparently, this reloadable card has bill pay features that allow one to pay bills that typically require check payments.  Translation (for credit card point lovers):  you can now pay your mortgage and utility bills using this card and earn points that you otherwise would have left on the table! 

But there’s a catch–in an effort to close this loophole to discourage “churning”, as of May 6, Target no longer accepts credit card loads for its Prepaid REDCard.  However, card holders may still load via gift cards that have PINs (which will be processed as debit cards).  In other words, there’s now an extra step.  You’d have to buy a VISA gift card (that has a PIN), go to a Target store in person, and then load the REDCard (and likely have to “split tender” the transaction).  More on this at ThriftyTraveler.com.  Also, FrequentMiler has an excellent site on how to find a REDCard as not all states have them.  For most people, it’s probably too much work.  But if you’re a stay-at-home mom who goes to Target regularly for baby stuff, anyway, this is worth the extra ten minutes.

Only Skin Deep?

I have a confession: since I’ve had Max (a little over eight months ago), I’ve not been wearing sunscreen (or makeup, for that matter).  The reason?  I don’t want to expose my baby to harmful chemicals.  Of course, the chemicals in question aren’t harmful to me but with Max being so young, I don’t want to take any chances of his skin absorbing anything that could have adverse effects on his health.  And so my quest for more “natural” skincare begins…

Chicken Soup (Chinese Style)

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1 Organic Cornish Game Hen

2-3 Fresh Gold and/or Red Potatoes

2 Tablespoons of Fresh Ginger Root

1 Tablespoon of Goji Berries

1-2 Cups of Fresh Cherry or Grape Tomatoes

1-2 Cups of Shitake Mushrooms

1 Cup of Fresh Celery Chunks

2 Tablespoons of Fresh Red or Yellow Onions

2 Teaspoons of Fresh Chopped Green/Spring Onions

Add all of the above to soup pot or pressure cooker pot (placing chicken first and on the bottom).  Fill soup pot or pressure cooker pot with water until all contents are 1/2 to 3/4 of pot.  Program to cook in pressure cooker for 1 hour.  For stovetop (soup pot), boil on high for 1 hour and then medium to low for 1 hour.  Serves 3 to 4.

 

 

 

Zipadee-Zip

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Bracing ourselves for sleepless nights, D and I ordered three Zipadee-Zips before my delivery date.   Although the item isn’t recommended for newborns, I thought I would try it out on Max, anyway, and to my pleasant surprise, it actually helped to extend the length of his sleep.  According to the founder and inventor of Zipadee-Zip, Stephanie Parker, babies have the Moro or “startle” reflex and this item helps to soothe and/or lessen that effect.  Zipadee-Zips are roomy and comfortable pajama/sleeping bag alternatives for babies and I look forward to Max growing up with them.  Verdict: Baby registry-worthy.

Nest

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Although I’m still in recovery mode from the pregnancy, I’m also in 100% nesting mode for the new house.  And, yes, I have become a full-fledged linen snob.

For starters, I’ve realized that you do get what you pay for in terms of quality when it comes to things like towels and bed sheets.  With that said, I’m still very much a value shopper.  Since our current bed sheets are on their last leg, I decided to invest in some Frette linens (used at the Ritz and Four Seasons in Paris).  One Kings Lane has some fabulous deals on the brand.  I also purchased a couple Frette bath mats for $19 each (not bad for thick Egyptian cotton, eh?).  Goal:  to create a spa/hotel-like feel for the bedrooms and bathrooms in our new home.

Baby Lounger/Chair: 4Moms Plush Mamaroo

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The 4Moms Plush Mamaroo is a fantastic infant/baby chair and lounger.  The electric chair has four side-to-side rocking settings as well as musical features.  It is pricey ($249.99).  However, you can get the infant insert and this chair should last a while in terms of growing with your child.  We have this chair in the living room during the day and Max sleeps very soundly on it.  The fabric cushions as well as the mobile balls are also machine washable and dryable :).

Puj Flyte Infant Tub

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After dealing with the hazards of the 4Moms Infant Tub (large, bulky, awkward, unstable, and, ultimately, unsafe), I decided to get the Puj Flyte Infant Tub for Max and am very happy with my purchase.  The Puj tub is compact enough to fit into most bathroom sinks, is mold and mildew resistant, is BPA and PVC-free, and is slip resistant.  I also like the fact that the material is a hard foam.  Max hates taking baths as it is and this tub makes the task easier and safer.