Taking out stains with the Rit Color Remover

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After a long weekend in NYC my husband and I decided to just wash all our clothes together (whites and colors) – it was a bad idea. My brand new plum colored dress stained his white polo and button down shirt. I felt so bad! I did a search online and found the Rit Color Remover. Figured it was worth a try since both shirts were basically all white.

I read all the Amazon reviews and realized that I did NOT want to put it in my brand new washing machine or use the stovetop method. I was not in the mood to inhale fumes. Instead, I decided to go with one reviewer’s suggestion to just soak the clothes in hot water mixed with Rit. It was a wonderful suggestion! I found a big enough container that I didn’t mind throwing away, filled it with hot tap water (didn’t even need to be boiling water, just hot), and then went outside and mixed in the Rit Color Remover. The reviewers were not kidding when they said the smell was foul. Just imagine what it smells like in the inside of a hair salon or nail salon…one that is not well ventilated. Thankfully all the fumes went into the air. Afterwards I washed off the Rit mixture, put the clothes in the washer and dryer and they spelled as good as new!

So here’s what I thought about Rit – It worked well, but it was a little time consuming and a little bit of a hassle. If I had somehow ruined a piece of clothing that meant a lot to me, I think I would do it again. Otherwise, I probably would just throw it away and call it a day. Hope this helps someone else who is wondering if they should use Rit Color Remover!

Safari Feet

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Saw this interesting indiegogo campaign (sort of like kicksarter) through a friend and thought I’d share with you guys. No, it does not send email to a stuffed animal or consolidate all your credit cards into one. The concept is actually very simple: it’s a stuffed animal and a book. However, the difference between buying this product and buying the same combination from your local BuyBuyBaby is that this product will provide a sustainable income, training, and skills to impoverished women in Ghana, who will be creating the stuffed animals. It’s a great project to support if you’re 1) looking for ways to help out those less fortunate without feeling like you’re donating money to thin air, 2) looking for that present for the family who has everything, or 3) looking for a present for a kid who loves animals and wants to learn more about their natural habitat.

The stuffed animals come with a book that engages kids through stories about animals, their natural environment and the country they’re from. Additionally, the stuffed animals and packaging will be made from responsibly sourced materials. The funding will support a facility in Ghana, sewing machines, materials, book publishing, and marketing. Another cool fact is that this effort is being started in Atlanta. Have any questions? Let me know and I’ll pass it along to a co-founder.

 

Mommy Guilt

I was volunteering at the Nearly New Shop a few weeks ago and a mom bought a book named “Mommy Guilt”. It’s funny how the universe sends you signs like that. I had been grasping with Mommy Guilt for the past few months. You see, we recently moved to a new neighborhood and my son switched daycare providers. Every day I dropped him off he would cry and cry and not want to let me go. I thought this would only last for a week or two…let me tell you, it has been THREE MONTHS and my son just started walking into his classroom acting all grown up and saying “Bye Bye Mommy”, basically shoving me out the door. Where did my little 2 year old go and how did he grow up so fast? So here’s what I have to say to all of the working moms out there who are experiencing mommy guilt – it is hard. It is definitely hard. You will feel guilty for not spending all day with your kid. You will feel like weekends are exhausting but so short lived. But try not to guilt yourself over a crying baby/toddler when you drop them off at daycare or with the nanny. Because when you come pick them up, they will run into your arms, and when they stop crying for you when you drop them off…you will sort of miss it.

In terms of managing being a mom, work, and life, I’ve been reading a couple of books that I’ve really enjoyed:
Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink
Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has The Time

I’m still in the middle of the second book but I hope to write a book review sometime soon. The best advice I’ve gotten has come from my husband as I’m crying over whether or not to sleep because I’m tired and pregnant or unpack more boxes because we still have so many boxes to unpack. He said to me – just do a little at a time (5 minutes before bed, 30 minutes if you wake up early one day) and eventually it will all get done. Best advice ever.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Announces Summer Safety Tips

It’s finally summer! Maybe not officially, but in the wonderful city of Atlanta it has been nice and sunny for the past few weekends, pools have opened, and schools are out for summer. That being said, I recently got these summer tips from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and thought they’d be great to share! Some of my favorite tips?

1. “Drowning can occur in a matter of seconds, so at least one adult should be a completely focused “Water Watcher.”
2. “Remind your kids before every road trip, and even just a quick trip down the road, the importance of staying calm and low-key in the back seat. Distracted driving puts all passengers at risk.”
3. Keep newborns out of the sun. From 0 to 6 months, sunscreen is not recommended because a baby’s skin is too sensitive. Instead, keep your baby out of direct sunlight as much as possible by using proper clothing, umbrellas, canopies, and trees to provide shade for your little one.

Let’s keep our kids safe while enjoying summer at the same time! Have any favorite tips you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments below :)

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Announces Summer Safety Tips
Five part initiative on summer safety for kids

ATLANTA (May 22, 2014) – Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has released its 2014 Summer Safety Tips, which focuses on five aspects of summer safety that parents and children can practice to ensure a safe and healthy summer. The list includes helpful advice to promote water, travel & play, sun & skin, heat and fireworks safety. “Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death in children age 14 and under,” said James Fortenberry, M.D., Pediatrician-in-Chief, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. “Summer is an exciting time for kids. With that excitement comes an added responsibility for parents and children to educate themselves on what they can do to ensure a safe and healthy summer.” Children’s has created a special section of their website dedicated to summer safety awareness. Parents can visit choa.org/summersafety to educate themselves and their children on ways to have a safe and healthy summer. The tips include:

  • 1. Water Safety – Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional death of children age 14 and under. Practicing water safety including boat, pool, swimming, life jacket and general water safety can help prevent this.
  • 2. Play & Travel Safety – The summer season brings more time outside and on the road. Keep your family safe by practicing safe play and travel tips like following road rules on a bike or properly buckling your children while in the car.
  • 3. Sun & Skin Safety – Melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer that can spread rapidly to different parts of the body, accounts for up to three percent of pediatric cancer. Protect your kids by taking measures to prevent sunburn, and by understanding the potentially permanent effects of excessive sun exposure.
  • 4. Heat Safety – Each year, young athletes and children die from heat-related illness, which is completely preventable. Know the signs of heat illness, keep kids hydrated while playing outside, and understand how to protect babies and young children from the heat.
  • 5. Fireworks Safety – When it comes to fireworks safety, stick to the professionals and keep kids away. Doing so can prevent burns, the most common fireworks injury.

“We see an increase in emergency department visits during the summer months due to unintentional injuries that can be prevented by taking a few extra safety precautions,” said Dr. Fortenberry. “Summer should be a fun and active time for families, not spent in the hospital.” For more detailed information about Children’s summer safety tips, please click on the links above.  These tips are intended for media use.  Please credit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

About Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, a not-for-profit organization, is dedicated to making kids better today and healthier tomorrow. Our specialized care helps children get better faster and live healthier lives. Managing more than 850,000 patient visits annually at three hospitals and 24 neighborhood locations, Children’s is the largest healthcare provider for children in Georgia and one of the largest pediatric clinical care providers in the country. Children’s offers access to more than 60 pediatric specialties and programs and is ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report. With generous philanthropic and volunteer support, Children’s has impacted the lives of children in Georgia, the United States and throughout the world. Visit www.choa.org for more information.

The Junior League of Atlanta, Inc., Unveils 17th Annual Tour of Kitchens

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Come support one of the Junior League of Atlanta’s biggest fundraisers!

Save the date, mark your calendars, and répondez s’il vous plait, ladies and gentlemen. It’s almost time to experience the most deliciously exciting event fundraiser of the year – the Junior League of Atlanta, Inc. (JLA) Tour of Kitchens. JLA is pleased to announce the 17th Annual Tour of Kitchens, a two-day self-guided tour featuring a view into 14 of Atlanta’s finest residential kitchens created by the city’s most celebrated designers. Tour of Kitchens 2014 will be held Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 30, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Kitchens on the Tour will include special appearances and demonstrations by Atlanta’s most legendary restaurant chefs and dignitaries. Tickets are available now at www.tourofkitchens.org.

Designed as a self-guided tour, Tour of Kitchens provides attendees exclusive access to renowned kitchens in some of Atlanta’s most exclusive neighborhoods, including Buckhead, Brookhaven, Ansley Park, Midtown, Sandy Springs and Dunwoody. Tour of Kitchens will showcase many “firsts” this year, including its first official child-friendly chef – Chef Ed Harris, Season 4 Winner of The Food Network’s “Chopped,” as a commitment to reducing childhood obesity. Another first is the kosher kitchen designed by Lefko Design + Build.

Days before the event on Thursday, March 20, 2014, hundreds of patrons will attend the 17th Annual Toast of the Tour event celebrating design inspiration, culinary fun and community service. Toast of the Tour will take place at the PDI Kitchen, Bath & Lighting Showroom in Midtown West and will incorporate culinary demonstrations, cocktails and feature a spectacular silent auction. Bidders can expect phenomenal items, such as VIP Suites at the Mandarin Oriental, Loews and Four Seasons, Spa gift certificates, designer accessories, sports memorabilia from Atlanta’s home teams and culinary experiences in your home with Atlanta’s premier and world renowned chefs.

“This year’s Tour of Kitchens is poised to be the most impressive to date, with an extraordinary list of local kitchens, designers and entertaining events,” states Michelle Wells, president of JLA. “As our largest event fundraiser, all proceeds support our community initiatives and partners, which serve the needs and women and children in the Atlanta area. This is a very special and deliciously fun event for our community partners, members and Tour of Kitchens supporters.”

The Junior League of Atlanta is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. As JLA’s largest annual event fundraiser, Tour of Kitchens and its surrounding event, The Toast of the Tour, support this commitment by raising more than $1 million dollars since its inception.

Advance purchase tickets to the event are $35 per person and include both days of the Tour. A limited number of tickets will be available the day of the Tour for $40. Tickets to the Toast of the Tour party are $60 until March 12 and $75 until the event. 

A full list of kitchen designers and architects featured on Tour of Kitchens 2014 include: CSI Kitchen & Bath Studio; Design Galleria; Harmonious Living by Tish Mills; Rose Hall Kitchen Galleria; HammerSmith, Inc.; Insidesign; Kitchen Design Korner; Morgan Creek Cabinet Company; Kingdom Woodworks, Inc.; Home Forge Remodeling LLC; Bell Kitchen & Bath Studios; Home ReBuilders; Renewal Design-Build; Lefko Design + Build.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.tourofkitchens.org.

About The Junior League of Atlanta, Inc. (www.jlatlanta.org)
The Junior League of Atlanta, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

Best Portable Train Sets

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I have two sets of wish lists – one for myself, and one for my son, of course. For the longest time I have had this train table on my son’s wish list but never bought it because there is absolutely no space in our house for yet another table and sometimes I think $150 might be better spent elsewhere. However, I knew he loved trains and train tables because he would always gravitate towards them at daycare. Luckily we came across this train set at IKEA a few weeks back which our son absolutely LOVES.

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2014 Junior League of Atlanta Tour of Kitchens Fundraiser

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As a member of the Junior League of Atlanta I’d like to let everyone know that March 29-30th, 2014 is the 17th Annual Tour of Kitchens and Toast of the Tour – one of the Junior League’s largest fundraisers. The highly-anticipated, two day Tour features access into 14 of Atlanta’s most stunning kitchens, created by the city’s most talented and sought after designers. Approximately 1,200 attendees will watch as elite Atlanta Chefs, including Chef Ed Harris – Season 4 Winner of The Food Network’s Chopped, perform culinary demonstrations in various homes on the Tour. Harris, the Tour’s “Child Friendly” Chef, will promote healthy recipes– directly related to a portion of the JLA’s mission and commitment to reduce childhood obesity.

A week before the Tour on March 20, 2014, 600 patrons will raise their glasses at The JLA Toast of the Tour event. It is an evening of celebrating design inspiration, culinary fun and community service complete with a spectacular silent auction. For more information about this event, please see the Tour of Kitchens website. For more information about the Junior League of Atlanta and the community organizations that Junior League members volunteer with, please see the Junior League of Atlanta website.

Happy Belated Valentine’s Day!

Cute-Valentines-Day-Cards-HD-WallpapersHappy Belated Valentine’s everyone! My husband and I actually celebrated a week late since our day care had a date night event yesterday and we didn’t want to go through all the hassle of getting dinner reservations months in advance only to have to wait to get seated once we got to the restaurant. In prior years we have tried to celebrate the weekend of Valentine’s Day instead of the day of, but it is just as crowded and I loved that we waited a week to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year. The restaurant wasn’t crowded at all and it was easy to get reservations.

My son, however, got to celebrate Valentine’s Day at his school on Valentine’s Day :). I was lazy this year so just bought one of those packs of Valentine Day cards and put them together for his classmates. However, my son got some cool Valentine’s from his classmates! My favorite? A plastic bag with a cuties orange in it and a picture of their daughter with the words printed “<Girl’s Name> thinks you’re a cutie”. My son LOVED the cuties orange and ate it immediately. I found this free printable online and I’m thinking I may use it next year and copy her idea :) Other cool Valentine’s included Valentine’s Day themed snacks instead of candy. :)

Snow safety tips from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Hope all my Atlanta readers are staying warm at home! For all of my readers outside of Atlanta, Atlanta has been hit with another snowstorm just 2 weeks from our first snowstorm of the year and most everybody is working from home and staying home from school so that the roads are clear and accidents are minimized. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta graciously sent over some snow safety tips that I thought would be appropriate given the weather. There’s also a great list of indoor activities and family friendly workouts that can cure indoor boredom. I especially like the indoor basketball and indoor bootcamp ideas! Stay warm, stay safe, and have fun!

As temperatures continue to drop and many Georgia schools are closing due to weather, parents are looking for ways to keep their kids active, moving and healthy even when indoors. But often that is easier said than done. This is why Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Strong4Life put together these great ideas, suggestions and expert advice to help your readers! See below for some of the top line topics with links to more detailed information:

INDOOR ACTIVITY IDEAS

o   Dr. Stephanie Walsh keeps a list of indoor activities on hand to help combat the winter blues. Check out her Healthy Dose blog entry, complete with simple ways to move indoors, including fun (and inexpensive) activities such as Indoor Bowling, Detergent Jug Catch and Ribbon Limbo.

o   Do animal races, walking over “hot lava” and dance parties sound fun? Check out our printable Indoor Activities for Kids PDF. Let your (and your child’s) imagination run wild, let your hair down and enjoy an afternoon of fun with your kids.

o   Lace up your favorite gym shoes and get moving with our great ideas to bring the best of circuit training to your house. Use our printable At Home Boot Camp PDF to get a great family workout without even having to go outside.

  • THREE REASONS TO GET OUTSIDE THIS WINTER

o   Did you know that cold weather doesn’t make you sick…that’s just an old wives’ tale. Studies show people who are chilled are no more likely to get sick than those who aren’t. Check out Strong4Life’s Three Reasons to Get Outside this Winter.

Once your children head outdoors though, it’s important to make sure they take precautions to stay safe. Click here for tips on snow safety.

The 7 Stages of Motherhood: A Book Review

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I found this gem of a book at the Buckhead Library and have been reading it all week. It has me tearing up while waiting for the MARTA and is exactly the type of book that I’ve been looking for but never knew existed. Ann states that she wrote the book because there are so many books about child development and child raising techniques but not many on the journey of being a Mother – of what it means, of what you experience, of how it truly changes your life. I like that the author brings in many of her own experiences of being a mother as well as experiences from other mothers as well. The way she describes how torn she is between loving her job and wanting to be there more for her children is so spot on and I think is a feeling that all working mothers feel, if even just a little. I loved reading about the struggles mothers have as their kids grow up – whether you are a stay at home mom or working mom. To me, this book is like hearing advice from Moms who have gone through the whole journey and who want to share some advice or words of wisdom with you. It makes me look forward to the upcoming years of parenting and makes me more aware of what is to come. I highly recommend reading it!

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