Summer/Family Hiatus

Due to an unexpected family issue as well as it being summertime, we are taking 2 weeks off and will post new shows in July.  We are excited to bring you more wonderful topics.

Helping a Special Girl

Anna has a dear friend named Presley. Last year, she was diagnosed with SMARD (Spinal Muscular Atrophy with Respiratory Distress). There are currently only 20 children living with this disease because most children born with it die very early. SMARD robs a child of their muscular abilities like walking and using their hands. But it also robs them of their ability to breathe and eat on their own. Their minds are bright and engaging but their bodies do not have the ability to support them without the aid of a ventilator, a feeding tube and 24-hour care.Anna and Pres

Presley is three years old and wise beyond her years. She is funny and spunky and very loving. Anna and Presley love to play with their bears, have tea parties, and play on the iPad together. SMARD will rob her of her life if therapies or a cure are not found.

SMARD research receives no federal funding because it is rare, but thanks to funds raised by the small group dedicated to children with SMARD, there is some hope for Presley. Dr. Cox at the Jackson Lab in Maine has been researching SMARD and is on his way to finding new discoveries. For more info on the research, please see

The SMARD community has a goal to raise $100,000 to fund additional research and speed up the life-saving process. Mike and Mindy, Presley’s parents have created bracelets to help raise money for SMARD research. They have purchased the bracelets themselves so 100% of the donation goes directly to research. So far, they have reached $1000.

Bracelets are $6.00 each or 2 for $10.00 or 5 for $20.00.

If you can donate to Anna’s beautiful friend, please contact me at and I will send you Mindy’s contact information. She has mailed them all over the world. I would be very grateful for any help! $6 is less than you would spend on lunch so brown bag it one day and donate!

If you have another idea for a fundraiser or if you know a group that might take up the SMARD cause, please let me know too. I would LOVE to help them!

Moving to Athena 365

We are moving our shows from iTunes to Athena365 over the next several months.  You will still be able to access shows on our website at any time and on Athena365 on our own internet radio channel.  Please make the move with us so we can share the message with more moms. Listen to this discussion to hear why!

Sorry for the Delay in Posts

We have been experiencing LIFE full in the face lately so we have not been able to post.  A new show is coming soon on preparing for your child’s senior year and one on Tiger Mothering.  Please stay tuned.

Baby Bump Contest – the online version of the What to Expect When You’re Expecting book series—is running our annual Baby Bump Photo Contest sponsored by Hallmark. There is also the opportunity for friends, family and members of the What To Expect community to cast their vote and entice even more excitement.
The photo contest is easy and fun:

Submit a shot of your tummy between now and December 6th, 2010.

One grand-prize winner will receive $200 gift card, one $1,000 gift card, and one copy of What To Expect When You’re Expecting: The First Year, autographed by author, Heidi Murkoff.
14 weekly winners will each receive one $60 gift card.

Check it out!

Click Here to Enter!

Start an Online Boutique with Help

If you have ever wanted to start your own online baby boutique and want to have someone else set it up for you, check out Eboutique Builders.  Let them know we sent you.

See and let Jaime know you heard from us. Or, if you know someone who might be interested, refer them and you could make $150.

Talking about Death with Children

Laura Wellington, creator of the Wumblers, discusses how to talk to children about death and how she turned tragedy into triumph. Laura’s story of personal tragedy and how she helped her children through the experience will give you insight into how you might deal with a similar situation.  Being prepared to know how to talk with your children (even though we hope you never have to) can ease the burden you might face. Also, learn how Laura’s creation, the Wumblers, is helping teach values to children!

A New Way to Look at the World

Shelly discusses how to look at things in a different way and spell your family name with things around your house or in a building.  Nancy interviews an expert on taking beach photos.  Make sure you check out the photos on the website to see the great results and read comments from Steffani on her reactions!

These are Shelly’s Results:


These are our friend Steffani’s results and her comments about how this has helped her kids:

“I let them each child take the camera and find things around the house that could look like the letters in their first name. After they took the pictures, we edited them on our computer, cropping them so that the most important part was revealing the letter.  It was a ton of fun.  I have our last name one printed up in a small oblong frame and underneath “Packer” it says, “Home is where the most important things happen” because all of the things we used for our letters were found in our own home. I want to have their first names printed out in 4×6 and deco-page them to wooden blocks to put in their room.  That part hasn’t happened yet.  But . . .  I have noticed that the kids (after doing this–even CY) are always pointing things out as we drive or go places.  ”Hey, that looks like an M! or  K!”  I think it is helpful in their brain development and creativity to think outside the box.


Choosing the Right School for Your Child

With today’s variety of public schools, charter schools, private schools, magnet schools and so forth, you need to choose the right school for your child.  Sometimes a move to a different school can make all the difference and sometimes it might make it worse.