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July In Review

Monday, July 31, 2017


July sped by, and it’s hard to believe another month has come and gone. We finished up our NJ trip, came home for 5 days, and then headed off to San Diego, followed by Chicago and a visit to Wisconsin where Zachary was at camp! Things are kind of back to normal now, I think! I will once again be linking up with Shoes To Shiraz for her monthly Month Review in Numbers Link Up!

Month Review In Numbers

Days We Were At Home – 21

Days Spent Driving Home From NJ (We actually left from NY…) – 3


Hours Spent Driving Home From WI – 8.5

States Driven In – 12
NY | PA | MD | WV | KY | IN | IL | MO | KS | WI | MN | IA

States Slept In – 6
NY | WV | MO | KS | CA | IL

Days Zachary Has Been Home From Camp – 9

Days Simon Attended Day Camp – 13

Days Gabbie Attended Art Camp – 10

Reviews Posted – 2
Himalaya Botanique Toothpaste | Vegetable Grilling Basket

Books Reviewed – 2

Ideas Posted – 6
10 Daily Habits | Came Fun Package | Yummy Grilled Steak Wraps | Learning About The Water Cycle | My Heritage | Road Trip Play List

Travel Related Posts – 5
Fun Stores in NYC | Springfield, IL | Chicago Museum of Science and Industry | Cleveland Museum of Natural History | Jewish Children’s Museum

Geocaches Found – 6 (2 in WV, 3 in CA, 1 in IL)

Royals Games Attended – 2

Holidays Celebrated – 1 (July 4th)


Items Checked Off Our Summer Bucket List – 2
Visit San Diego | Attend Camps


Items In My July Picture Folder – 715

Pictures Shared On Instagram – 20

Total Blog Posts – 22

Happy August everyone!

Celebrating World Breastfeeding Week With 111 Reasons

Friday, July 28, 2017

The following is a guest post on a topic that means a lot to me! Thanks for reading!

World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year during the first week of August - a whole seven days devoted to the wonder and miracle that is breastfeeding. It’s a time that’s set aside to celebrate those mothers who have made the commitment to nursing, educate others on why breastfeeding is so critical to a baby’s health, and promote the multiple benefits of breastfeeding.

World Breastfeeding Week is far from an individual campaign; its goal is much broader than that. Organized by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, they not only promote breastfeeding through encouraging each woman’s individual choice, but also fight and campaign for government-level policies to support a woman’s right to do so. Because when women choose to breastfeed, it positively affects society as a whole in so many different ways. In fact, that’s even the World Breastfeeding Week theme for this year - “working together for the common good.”

What Makes Breastfeeding So Great?

The more you learn about breastfeeding, the more you realize how perfect this theme is. Most people understand that a mother’s milk is best, but they don’t understand how truly far-reaching the health and societal benefits are. This infographic from Mom Loves Best lays it out pretty clearly - the benefits and protections offered by breastfeeding are absolutely astounding!

You probably have a general idea that breastfeeding protects babies against illness - but you likely have no idea just how much. Sure, the antibodies in breast milk provide protection against cold and other respiratory illnesses, but they also fight more serious afflictions like pneumonia, salmonella infections, meningitis, and sepsis.

Learn more about the 111 Benefits of Breastfeeding

The Benefits Don't Stop There

Beyond protecting your baby from illness, breastfeeding offers benefits that extend well into their childhood and result in reduced incidents of chronic illness and other medical afflictions. Breastfed babies experience fewer inguinal hernias, less blindness, reduced gastrointestinal distress, and suffer from fewer allergic reactions. Breastfeeding has also been credited to protect against some developmental issues including bedwetting, poor communication, and delayed motor skills.

And as amazing as that is, the benefits still don’t stop there. Breastfeeding benefits extend well into adulthood - including reducing one’s risk of Multiple Sclerosis, mental health issues, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, and even cancer. Breastfeeding mothers also see benefits themselves in the form of a reduced risk for many cancers, lowered risk of cardiovascular disease, and protection against osteoporosis.

Breastfeeding Together For The Common Good

It’s clear that the benefits of breastfeeding can have a far-reaching effect not only on the individuals involved but on society as a whole. Healthier families mean healthier communities. Healthier communities mean fewer sick days at work, increased productivity, and reduced health care costs. And this doesn’t even take into account the ecological benefits of reduced pollution from eliminating the need to produce (and throw away) items related to formula feeding.

It’s no wonder that this year, World Breastfeeding Week is “working together for the common good.” It’s obvious that the decision to breastfeed is more than just personal. It benefits us all.

About the Author

Jenny Silverstone is the mother of two, a breastfeeding advocate and a writer. You can find her sharing guides related to overcoming common struggles associated with breastfeeding on her blog, Mom Loves Best.

Have a great weekend!

Jewish Children’s Museum

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Jewish Children’s Museum

As you probably realized, we visited a lot of science museums this summer. So when I mentioned that we visited a museum in New York City, you probably figured it was yet another science museum. And we actually did visit some of the museums on the list that are in NYC! But on the day in question (the first Monday we were in NJ / NY), we actually visited a different type of museum – The Jewish Children’s Museum in Brooklyn. We had been there in the past, but it had been awhile for me. The kids loved it and could have spent at least an hour in each section of the museum! Sadly for them, we did not have that much time, so I kept having to rush them along!

We started out with the crafts area, where each person can complete a craft project from a variety of choices.

This one is mine!

The kids all did projects that consist of putting sequins into a foam board to complete a design. Aren’t they cool?

Next we checked out a temporary play area that had an underwater theme.


And then we moved on to the Jewish Life area, where kids learn about all areas of Jewish life!

Respect Your Teachers game.

Creating a get well card for children in a local hospital.

Kosher supermarket with quizzes about blessings on food.

The Jewish Holidays area is large and has a ton to do!

Starting with Shabbat (the Sabbath):

A large spice box with different spices in the drawers.

Matzah Ball computer and large challah to crawl through.

Huge braidable challah.

Watching a video about wine inside a large wine cup!

Dancing for Simchat Torah:


Trying to unlock doors and learn about Sukkot:


Interactive Hanukkah Menorah:


Flowers blooming on Mt. Sinai for Shavuot:


Next we went up to the top level to check out the Gallery of Games, which includes mini golf!


And a rock wall:


Then we checked out the display about Jewish History. This part we really had to speed through as we were running out of time!


Like I said, my kids could have spent way more time in this museum! The Jewish Children’s Museum is great for kids of all ages and backgrounds and if you’re ever in the area and have the chance, I would recommend checking it out!