Top 5 Posts from 2014! Happy New Year! #2015

Tomorrow starts a new calendar year for the world, and a brand new year for our blog.  I saw posted on Facebook today, the phrase "Tomorrow is the first blank page in a 365 page book."  As we head towards that first "page" of 2015, I just want to take a few moments and thank you for following my blog.  Whether you are a silent reader or a frequent comment"er", you me a lot to me and this blog.  I do this because I want to share advice, experience, important information and my random thoughts with all of you, but also because I believe in a sense of community, whether it be in person or online. Here is my list of Top 5 Posts from this year. I look forward to sharing much more with you in 2015! Happy New Year!

  1. Wake Up People - Facebook Messenger Isn't Reinventing the Wheel!
  2. Easy Homemade Meatballs & Gravy
  3. Dear Fox News, Do a Little Research Before You Publish Parenting Advice!
  4. One Mother's Guide to Exclusively Pumping Breastmilk for Baby
  5. Witnessing a Miracle: Our Lives will Never be the Same (Part One)

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A New Year is Upon Us! Sharing My Goals for 2015! #newyearsresolutions #2015

As Christmas is just a few days away, many of us are taking the time to think about the upcoming New Year and what goals we have in mind as January 1st, 2015 rolls around.  Many people refer to to these as resolutions, but personally, I like to call them goals.  I feel like they are better described this way as they aren't all necessarily a "resolution" but are more so a goal I would like to achieve in the coming year.  

Bamboo Infinity Scarf Nursing Cover and $25 PayPal #Giveaway!

Welcome to the Curasanas Infinity Nursing Scarf + $25 PayPal Giveaway, 
hosted by Housewife on a Mission and sponsored by Curasanas!

I am a huge suppoter of nursing in public and believe that some mommas need the right "tools" to help them be successful in this.  One of those tools is anursing conver. With this cold winter weather, we have a really great giveaway of a silver bamboo infinity scarf from Curasanas, that one of our readers are going to love winning, especially if they are a breastfeeding mama! Not only is this scarf great with almost any outfit, it is also perfect for wrapping and hiding your little one while breastfeeding-- all while comfortably cuddling in a cashmere-soft material close to mom!

Parenting Adventures: The Specialists #FPIES #FoodAllergies #MomLife

*This series focuses on our adventures in parenting and all the ups and downs along the way*
Welcome back to another "Parenting Adventures" post, here on Savy Mommy Moments.  As you may recall, our last post talked about our sweet baby girl, Savy Baby, and the struggles we encountered when introducing her to solid foods.  This post will be focusing on the next steps for determining the cause of her food and growth issues.  This step includes several specialists, a pediatric GI, a nutritionist and a pediatric allergist. 
First stop, was the Pediatric Gastroenterologist (GI).  At this appointment, they took all her vitals, height and weight and talked about her issues with food and lack of growth. She agreed it sounded like a case of FPIES, but also agreed with our pediatrician that there could be an underlying issue affecting her growth.  So, she ordered a full blood panel looking for anything abnormal with her liver, kidneys, thyroid, heart, vitamin/iron levels and much more.
We immediately left the GI's office and got her blood drawn (not my favorite part).  She was an absolute champ and only cried for a second when the needle went in and then just watched them draw the blood. What an amazing little girl (and daddy for holding her). I stood in the corner stifling my cries.
Savy Baby after her blood draw

#Disney #Frozen Toddler Bed & Chair #Giveaway! @darcibean @DeltaChildren

I think we all can agree that anything Frozen is a must have this holiday season!  My kids,  especially Savy Toddler,  just love this movie and anything that goes with it.  Admittedly,  I even love it and find myself singing the songs frequently.  
Everything Mommyhood has teamed up with a handful of bloggers to bring you this fabulous giveaway just in time for the Holidays! Special thanks to our co-hosts Our Piece of Earth, Bayou City Mamas, Metro Detroit Mommy, The Stuff of Success, and Found Frolicking.
Sponsored by Delta Children!
Everything Mommyhood received both Disney's Frozen Upholstered Chair & Canopy Toddler Bed, make sure to check out her review! Disney's Frozen Upholstered Chair Review Disney's Frozen Canopy Toddler Bed Review

Citrus Lane November & December 2014 Unboxing! @CitrusLane - Day 7: Holiday Gift Guide #holidaygiftguide

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A few months ago, I was passed along a special promo code to try out Citrus Lane's subscription box service.  I had been dying to try it out for a while, so I decided to give it go! If you don't know anything about this service, here is a little bit of information directly from their website:

Kid' Sleep Moon Sleep Trainer - Day 6: 2014 Holiday Gift Guide! #ClaessensKids #HolidayGiftGuide

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When your child is a baby, all you want is for them to sleep! And then when they finally start sleeping through the night, they get too big for their crib and it's time for a big kid bed.  You know, the one they can get in and out of on their own, which is fantastic when they need to go to the bathroom or you don't have the energy to lift them into the bed, but not so when all you want is for them to STAY IN BED!

Daniel Tiger's Happy Holidays Gift Set! Day 5: 2014 Holiday Gift Guide! @PBSKids #holidaygiftguide

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As I have shared in the past, our family absolutely loves Daniel Tiger! This year, we were so excited to receive Daniel Tiger's Happy Holidays Gift Set! The gift set includes a really fun holiday themed Daniel Tiger DVD, as well as a Daniel Tiger figurine with movable head and arms! This is going to be a really fun gift for Savy Toddler to unwrap under the Christmas tree this year!

Chomping Plush Toys - Day 4: 2014 Holiday Gift Guide! @jordanop #holidaygiftguide

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Looking for a fun unique gift for that person on your list that seems to have everything?  Check out Fluffy Friends Chomping Plush Toys! These toys caught my eye at the Chicago Toy & Game Fair and I just had to learn more about them.  They are a cross between cute and fluffy and mean and ferocious.  They have a fun chomping action that is controlled by your index finger and thumb on the back of the Fluffy Friend.  They just love to chomp on anything durable like shoes, pencils, and even your fingers (not recommended). Perfect for the coworker you actually like or your significant other who loves unique gifts. It would even be fun to “chomp” a giftcard into one’s mouth and give both as a gift to someone! 
Check out the video below to learn more about these Fluffy Friends!

Snapo Building Blocks - Day 3: 2014 Holiday Gift Guide! @SnapoToyBlocks #holidaygiftguide

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In our house, building blocks are the one toy that all of the kids play with frequently.  They love to use their imagination to build everything and anything.  That’s why I am really excited to come across the Snapo booth at the Chicago Toy & Game Fair.  Snapo Build & Go Blocks are a really cool new way to build not only up, but side to side.  The blocks feature a 3-D building feature that allow your kids to attach them on any side.  There are also two sizes, Big Blocks and Standard Blocks, so that you can buy them for any child, even those under 3!  These blocks are a really cool design and I love that they are made right here in the U.S.A.  Also, they are compatible with most major blocks on the market, so you can add these to your favorite block sets and instantly expand the building possibilities.

Check out the video below to see them in action!

The Presidential Game - Day 2: 2014 Holiday Gift Guide! @presboardgame #holidaygiftguide

Day 2 of my 2014 Holiday Gift Guide features a fun family game that puts you in a race to become the next President of the United States!

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Admit it. At one point in your life, you dreamed of what it would be like to run for President. You imagined yourself campaigning the country working towards gaining those much needed 270 electoral votes.  Okay, maybe you did or maybe you didn't dream of being President of the United States of America.  Either way, this is one of my favorite board games of the holiday season: The Presidential Game

Mabel's Labels Cyber Monday Sale! Day 1: 2014 Holiday Gift Guide! @mabelhood #cybermonday

Welcome to Day 1 of my 2014 Holiday Gift Guide! Today I am introducing you to a extremely useful and helpful gift for every parent or caretaker in your life! 

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Every year, I spend countless hours trying to figure out what to get the young parents in my life who have everything! Earlier this year, I met Mabel's Labels at a blogger conference and fell in LOVE with their labels! As a mom of three with kids who have or currently attend daycare/preschool, I know how important it is to keep my kids stuff properly labeled. I'm also a mom to a child with FPIES, which means that her stuff must be properly labeled so that there is zero risk of her getting ahold of a cup or bottle that is filled with something that could make her sick.