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Emily Dickinson wrote a famous quote about hope. Something about it being a bird and never giving up?


Hope is a wonderful things, but there’s something they forget to tell you about it–sometimes you’re desperate for hope. You want to be hopeful, and you’re looking for any little thing to help you feel it.

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Nutrition, Drew Brees, and a Reader Treat

Long ago, before I had the baby, so like, two weeks ago, I took Charlie to what was probably his second-ever well-child visit. This is probably shocking to a lot of you, but when you’ve got seven specialists, surgery, and a nasty case of epilepsy, you tend to forget some of the more basic things including well-child visits. Also, that whole thing where they hand you a chart so you can check off the things your child is doing? That chart can bite me. Things are a bit calmer now (knock on wood), and I wanted to talk to the doc about the tongue-tie thing, so I went ahead and scheduled Charlie for a five year well visit.

The visit went really well–Charlie’s pediatrician rocks and knows his history, so we don’t waste a lot of time covering old news. Bonus points: I didn’t even have to fill out one of those terrible questionnaires.

One question she asked got me though–she asked me if we saw a nutritionist. This is a perfectly legit question–Charlie did have a feeding tube at one time and was even diagnosed with Failure to Feed, but we’ve been doing so well for so long that I never really thought about it. I got a little nervous, but then I told her about his diet–two to three eggs in the morning with cheese and ketchup, school lunches, and toddler-friendly fare for dinner: mac n cheese, spaghetti and meat sauce, beans and rice, etc. She was actually impressed with his diet! She said he had more variety than many of his typical peers.Yay! But she did mention that we need to start adding more fruit and veggies.

Well, I have great intentions in these areas, but I’m a slow-goer in general. It was total kismet that GoGo squeeZ contacted me like the next day to see if I’d like to do a giveaway. Yay! It got even better when they told me that they’d partnered with Drew Brees for their latest initiative. Drew Brees plus anything is good for this NOLA girl’s heart.

baby eating go go squeeze

My prima donna five-year old didn’t want to do pictures, so Louie offered to help out. Note: the cap to the GoGo Squeez is not for kids under three.

So here’s the deal: GoGo SqueeZ has partnered with Drew Brees to create an interactive story book on Speakaboos called When I Play. Basically, you get Drew Brees reading a story to your kids (I know a lot of Moms who would mind that!) plus fun, interactive elements. It’s very cute and reminds me of an ipad app, but on a Windows computer. Also, it’s free.

To celebrate, they’re giving away samples of their newest product, AppleMango Squeez, and a free tote bag to one of my readers. The AppleMango Squeez is 100% fruit and sweetened only with juice–this is great because even my super-picky Charlie will eat it, and he doesn’t eat much. It’s an added bonus that you can eat this stuff without a utensil–my little man hasn’t totally mastered the spoon just yet.

So. . . want to win some free?

Here are the details:

Leave me a comment to be entered to win–tell me your favorite fruit.

The drawing will close at midnight on July 3rd.

I’ll select someone at random from the comments below.

Now go let Drew Brees read your kids (you) a story!

Barefoot Books Review and Giveaway *Now Closed*

picture of a book with a girl in a wheelchair on the page

Oh look! A girl in a wheelchair!

I pretty much never do giveaways on this blog. Most of the time the things they offer aren’t a good fit for you guys, my readers. That’s why I was so excited when Leah of Barefoot Books contacted me about the company she works for–Barefoot Books.  Not just any old books, these are breath-taking kind that make the former educator in me sing with glee. [Read more…]

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