Latch on NYC

Mayor Bloomberg has been on a roll lately on the different initiatives he’s trying to enforce in NYC.  Don’t get me wrong, I agree with some of them as controversial as it may seem.

–          Calorie Counting at Restaurants – I hate reading the menu boards and noticing my favorite sandwich actually has 12 billion calories; but I’m grateful to know how much I’m actually ingesting.  There was quite a bit of moans and groans about this initially, but now seeing calories on the menu is pretty norm through the city and country

–          Bullying Salt – in 2007, Bloomberg commissioned the Department of Health & Mental Hygiene to have sodium cut back by 25% in processed and pre-packaged food.  This is still in legislation, and alas – not a horrible idea either.

–          Limiting sodas to be no more than 16 ounces – there are still a lot of moans and groans on this one which I actually don’t get. There’s no evidence that banning sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces will prevent the typical consumer from buying the 2nd or 3rd one – BUT then that’s the financial choice you’ll now have to make.  I think all evidence supports that sugary drinks are never good for you; so Boombergs attack on sodas is to prevent people from drinking more than they should.  And hey, if you chose to decide to drink another 16 ounces, you’re only helping to stimulate the economy a bit more.

But his latest “Latch on NYC” nursing initiative has made people start spitting out fireballs and venom.  Michael Bloomberg is now launching the Latch on NYC nursing initiative in early September, which will encourage all hospitals to keep formula locked away so it will need to be signed out by nurses like medication.  Moms who want to formula feed will still be able to do so, but they will first receive a talk outling the benefits of nursing (aka – a lecture).  The hope is to that this voluntary program will promote breastfeeding as the default option and make it a bit harder to reach for formula.

 

At NYU Langone Medical Center, this has already been implemented, and breastfeeding rates increased from 39 to 68%.  27 of the 40 NYC hospitals have already eliminated gift bag freebies from formula companies.

 

Now I’m 100% all for breastfeeding, but I am also 100% pro-choice.  I believe the decision should ultimately be up to the mom.  Each mom has a different reason on why she decides to or not to breastfeed.  Moms shouldn’t be given a lecture simply because they decided breastfeeding isn’t for them.    What do you guys think?

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Pulling the Plug

Last night during dinner when my husband tried to turn on the TV to watch SportsCenter; I took the remote from him and said, “let’s not turn that on for now, and lets just have dinner as a family”.    And that was exactly what we did, we talked about our day, and ate our meals in quiet – without anything o.

 

Thinking about that bought back memories of a conversation I had with my mother many many years ago.  She and I were sitting together watching a segment on one of her favorite evening news shows about a technology in the not-too-distant future that would be able to “connect us to the world.” I could hardly believe what I was hearing and said to my mom, “whoa, how cool would that be?  Do you think it will ever happen?”. Her response surprised me. “I’m sure that one day it will be possible…I’m just not so sure that it would be good, though. There’s something to be said about human contact, Honey, and we don’t want to get too far away from that.”

 

Being a typical teenager, I figured that she was just of a different generation, so I passed it off.  Now though, I see what she meant.  We now literally have almost everything our minds could imagine at our fingertips. What we seem to sometimes fall short of, however, is paying attention to what’s right in front of our faces.

 

I’m guilty of this myself. I can sit on the computer for who knows how long, but I can’t begin to remember the last time I’ve written an actual letter. What was once a phone call is now a text. The irony of it all is that as ‘connected’ as today’s technology has made the world, it seems to provide an almost equal ‘disconnect’ in return.

 

I’m thankful at this point in time both my kids are not addicted to the television or computer; but it’s a time for me to remember to pull the plug when I get home.  We’ve taken up gardening as a family.  The kids are excited to see the plants grow, and where our vegetables come from.  To watch them get dirty in the front yard and hear the giggles and laughter is what creating childhood memories for them is all about.

 

Do you limit your children’s access to technology?

Diaper Deals -Week of 7/30

Here’s the weekly deals saving with shellie posts up to share with others:

CVS
Pamper Super Packs – $24.99
$3/1 Pampers coupon (PG 7/1 – Exp 7/31)
Earn$3 ECBs (Limit 1)
Final Price: $18.99

Rite-Aid
Pampers Jumbo Packs – $9
Earn $4 +UP Rewards WYB 2
Final Price: 2/$14 or $7 each

Walgreens
Huggies Jumbo Packs – $9.49
$2/1 Huggies SlipOn Coupon (SS 7/8) AND
$4/1 Huggies SlipOn Walgreens coupon (August Coupon Book)
Final Price: $3.49

Target
Pampers Giant Pack Diapers – $31.99
$3/1 Pampers coupon (PG 7/1 – Exp 7/31)
Earn $10 Target Gift Card WYB 2
Final Price: 2/$47.98 or $23.99 each

Amazon
In order to receive the Amazon Mom discount you will either need to have an Amazon Prime subscription or be in the initial 90-day trial period of Amazon Mom.

Huggies Little Movers– (120ct – Size 4) – $34.75
-Save 5% with Subscribe & Save
-Save 15% with Amazon Mom
-Clip $2 off Huggies Amazon Coupon
Final Price: $25.80 (like paying $5.81/jumbo pack)

Huggies Snug & Dry– (156ct – Size 3) – $34.25
-Save 5% with Subscribe & Save
-Save 15% with Amazon Mom
-Clip $2 off Huggies Amazon Coupon
Final Price: $25.40 (like paying $5.86/jumbo pack)

Pampers Cruisers– (160ct – Size 4) – $47.19
-Save 5% with Subscribe & Save
-Save 15% with Amazon Mom
-Click $3 Pampers Coupon
Final Price: $34.75 (like paying $5.65/jumbo pack)

Pampers Baby Dry -(222ct – Size 3) – $44.58
-Save 5% with Subscribe & Save
-Save 15% with Amazon Mom
-Click $3 Pampers Coupon
Final Price: $34.75 (like paying $5.64/jumbo pack)

Luvs– (204ct – Size 3) – $35.99
-Save 5% with Subscribe & Save
-Save 15% with Amazon Mom
Final Price: $28.79 (like paying $5.08/jumbo pack)

Seventh Generation -(140ct – Size 3) – $39.99
-Save 5% with Subscribe & Save
-Save 15% with Amazon Mom
Final Price: $31.99 (like paying $8/jumbo pack)

Awesome deal – BabyLegs Sale: Buy 1 Get 3 Free or 75% off of $75

 

Check out this awesome deal at BabyLegs.com! When you buy 1 pair (value at $12 or more) you get 3 free!

This offer includes all socks, warmers and Newborn items!  To get this offer, just go toBabyLegs.com and add 4 pair to your cart.  At checkout, enter the code B1G3F.

Or if you don’t want that day…check out this other awesome deal. You can save 75% off of a $75 purchase.  Just enter the code HEATWAVE at checkout instead.

Shipping is a flat rate of $5.95 – unless you spend $30 and then it is free!  Time to stock up for the winter!

 

thanks for sharing pennypinchinmom!

Back to School Deal: Stride Rite – 25% off all sale & clearance items

Believe it or not back to school shopping is starting! Summer is already half gone!

Check out this awesome back to school deal from Stride Rite going on now. Save an EXTRA 25% off all Sale & Clearance items! (Online only) Enter code: JULY at checkout and the discount will be applied at checkout.  Plus Free Shipping on ALL ORDERS! Hurry before all the shoes are gone! 

Diaper Deals Week of 7/23

Check out some of the diaper deals Penny Pinchin Mom shared:

 

:: CVS

Huggies Jumbo Packs – $8.99
$1.50/1 Huggies Dipaers (SS 7/8/2012)
ECB Earned: $1
Final Price: $6.49

Pampers Super Pack Diapers, $24.99
$3/1 Pampers Diapers (P&G 7/1/2012)
Final Price: $21.99

:: Walgreens

Huggies Boxed Diapers or SlipOns Big Packs – $19.99
$1.50/1 Huggies Diapers (7/8/2012 SS)
or $2/1 Huggies Slip On Diapers (SS 7/8/2012)
Final Price: $17.99

:: Target

Huggies Jumbo Packs, $9
$1.50/1 Huggies Diapers coupon (SS 7/8/2012)
Final Price: $7.50

 

:: Amazon

In order to receive the Amazon Mom discount you will either need to have an Amazon Prime subscription or be in the initial 90-day trial period of Amazon Mom.

Huggies Little Movers (120ct – Size 4) – $34.75
-Save 5% with Subscribe & Save
-Save 15% with Amazon Mom
-Clip $2 off Huggies Amazon Coupon
Final Price = $25.80 (like paying $5.81/jumbo pack)

Huggies Snug & Dry (156ct – Size 3) – $34.25
-Save 5% with Subscribe & Save
-Save 15% with Amazon Mom
-Clip $2 off Huggies Amazon Coupon
Final Price = $25.40 (like paying $5.86/jumbo pack)

Pampers Cruisers (160ct – Size 4) – $47.19
-Save 5% with Subscribe & Save
-Save 15% with Amazon Mom
-Click $3 Pampers Coupon
Final Price = $34.75 (like paying $5.65/jumbo pack)

Pampers Baby Dry (222ct – Size 3) – $47.19
-Save 5% with Subscribe & Save
-Save 15% with Amazon Mom
-Click $3 Pampers Coupon
Final Price = $34.75 (like paying $5.64/jumbo pack)

Luvs (204ct – Size 3) – $35.99
-Save 5% with Subscribe & Save
-Save 15% with Amazon Mom
Final Price = $28.79 (like paying $5.08/jumbo pack)

Seventh Generation (140ct – Size 3) – $39.99
-Save 5% with Subscribe & Save
-Save 15% with Amazon Mom
Final Price = $31.99 (like paying $8/jumbo pack)