The First Ever Human Milk Bank in NY

Yesterday, Sept 21 2016 marked the opening of the first ever human milk bank in NY. This is such a wonderful thing! What an amazing way to help save infant’s in need. Read below for the press release.

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Via nymilkbank.org

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, NY – September 21, 2016 – The nonprofit New York Milk Bank (NYMB) today announced its grand opening as the first and only comprehensive, community-based milk bank dedicated to serving New York State. The opening ceremony was held at the NYMB’s new facility in Westchester County, NY, where it will process donated breast milk and coordinate distribution of pasteurized donor human milk (PDHM) to feed babies in need, particularly premature and sick infants.

 

“We are thrilled to be able to help address the critical need for accessible, affordable donor breast milk in New York and beyond,” said Julie Bouchet-Horwitz, Founder and Executive Director of the NYMB, and a board-certified lactation consultant and family nurse practitioner. “Research shows human milk provides the best nutrition for babies and protects against numerous life-threatening infections, especially in vulnerable preterm infants. Establishing The New York Milk Bank has been a true labor of love for our team, and we are committed to improving the health and survival of babies in need by providing safe PDHM when their own mother’s milk is not available.”

 

Approximately one in 10 babies is born prematurely. These infants often face significant health challenges and are at particular risk of developing the serious intestinal disease necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), which may be fatal.Feeding premature babies exclusively with human breast milk can dramatically reduce the risk, so it is crucial that hospitals have a dependable, affordable supply of PDHM.

 

New York State will need an estimated 200,000 ounces of PDHM per year just to meet the needs of the smallest premature infants. Until the opening of NYMB, milk donated by mothers in New York has been sent to milk banks in other states for processing and distribution.

 

“My daughter was born prematurely at 24 weeks and needed donor milk for months after her birth. I saw firsthand how beneficial breast milk can be for babies struggling to survive, and know how scary it is, as a parent, not to have milk readily available,” said Theresa McCaffrey, of Hastings-On-Hudson, whose daughter is now two years old. “When Ceci was born we had to ship milk in from Massachusetts because there wasn’t a milk bank in New York State. The New York Milk Bank is providing an important service to our community, and I’m happy that New York families have such a strong advocate when it comes to the health of our babies.”

 

Already, more than 20 hospitals in New York are using donor milk. The NYMB is working with others to ensure donor milk is available to all infants in need across the state. Mothers who have been screened by the NYMB can donate milk at one of the 17 depots in New York accepting donations – from Buffalo to New York City – with more opening in the coming months. Mothers may also ship their frozen milk directly to the NYMB.

 

“We are incredibly thankful for the generosity of mothers who donate their extra breast milk to help save the lives of premature, low birth weight and sick infants,” said Roseanne Motti, Manager of the NYMB. “They are part of a centuries-old tradition of donating milk to help infants in need, and provide an essential benefit that has been validated time and again by the medical community.”

 

The NYMB is licensed by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and accredited by the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) to ensure safety. To learn more about the NYMB or find out how you can become a donor or a recipient of breast milk, visitwww.NYMilkBank.org.

 

About The New York Milk Bank 

The New York Milk Bank, Inc. (NYMB) is the first and only comprehensive, community-based donor human milk bank in New York State, based in Westchester County, NY. It is a 501(c)3 nonprofit milk bank and a member of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA). The NYMB is committed to improving the health and survival of infants in need by providing safe pasteurized donor human milk when their own mother’s milk is not available in sufficient quantities. It was started by a volunteer group of lactation experts including physicians, nurses, and lactation professionals and is licensed by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH). To learn more, visit www.NYMilkBank.org.

 

About Pasteurized Donor Human Milk (PDHM)

Research shows that human milk provides the best nutrition for all babies and is especially critical for premature infants, who face significant health challenges. When a mother’s own milk is unavailable, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that preterm infants receive pasteurized donor human milk (PDHM). The Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) was founded in 1985 to establish standards for North American milk banks, and there are currently 25 HMBANA banks in North America with five more in development. Donors to HMBANA-accredited milk banks undergo a thorough screening process, including verbal and written questionnaires, a blood test for HIV and other infectious diseases, and medical clearance from the donor’s and baby’s health providers. Donated milk is then pasteurized to destroy bacteria and viruses and tested to ensure safety. Donor human milk is species-specific, and, once appropriately pasteurized, is safe for vulnerable infants.

 

Halloween Dirt Pudding

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Looking for an easy, go to dessert that the kids and adults will both love? Look no further! Dirt Pudding is super easy and quick to make and can be made in small cups or a large bowl.

Simple ingredients make this a perfect Halloween dessert.

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Chocolate instant pudding, Cool whip, oreos, and gummy worms.

That’s it!

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Mix and cool the pudding per directions. Add in 2 heaping spoonfuls of cool whip and fold it in with a spatula or a spoon.

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Add in gummy worms and put into small clear cups or a bowl. Top with crushed Oreo cookie crumbs (remove the icing) and let chill in the refrigerator for an hour.

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It tastes like chocolate ice cream and it’s so fun to eat even if you’re an adult.

Enjoy!

NJ – Are you ready for the ‘American Dream’?

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New Jersey are you ready to be home to The American Dream? Mall that is. It’s the long awaited monstrous mall that was once called ‘Xanadu’. That project was stalled due to funding, but the vision was always there and that vision, renamed ‘The American Dream Mall’ will call East Rutherford, NJ home!

It’s set to open Summer of 2017 and will be home to some of the most extravagant destinations such as Nickelodeon Universe. Although we will not be the first in the country to get this theme park, we certainly welcome it with open arms.

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Via visitstpaul.com

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When you envision The American Dream Mall, think of the mall of America times 2, plus the Pocono Mountains, plus 6 flags all wrapped into one. Something for everyone

The Indoor skiing slopes will be the first if it’s kind in NJ with realistic slopes and ski lifts.

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Here is a glimpse into just some of what it is expected to be;

French Toast Banana Bread Pudding Recipe

Every now and then I get into the mood to create a new recipe. I like putting new spins on old favorites and since it’s September and the kids are back to school, I have a little bit of time on my hands.

And so came about French Toast inspired Banana bread pudding – that’s a mouthful! Literally😉

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French Toast Banana Bread Pudding

1/2 loaf of bread toasted in oven at 350°for 15 mins (I used white, French is better)
2 cups milk
1 cup granulated sugar
4 eggs
1tsp vanilla
1capful of bourbon (optional)
1 banana
1tbs cinnamon
As many chocolate chips as you’d like!
Mix well in a bowl and pour over bread cubes and let soak for 10 minutes.

Bake uncovered at 350° for 30 minutes, then coat top with melted butter, and up the heat to 400° for another 15 minutes or until browned on top.

This tastes like a twist on French toast and is great for breakfast, snack or dessert!

Zazzle is the never ending vortex of stuff – in a great way!

20160907_184758Sorry to do this to you. I really am, but have you seen the face lift zazzle.com had? I remember zazzle being one if the first online personalization sites and it was really cool, but also really boring at the same time. It had basic “add your own image” options and sold sub par coffee mugs and basic t-shirts. Now, it is anything but basic.

I don’t think you should do it to yourself, but if you feel like you have hours to get sucked into the seemingly never ending site of goodness, then be my guess. Head to zazzle.com and I’ll talk to you in a few days when you’re done browsing the first category and planning your home redecoration strategy.

Not only did they step up their game hard core on the personalization items, the also added a “sell your own”tour feature that is almost like etsy. I say ‘almost’ because, wait for it…… You DESIGN IT and then they produce and so it for you. Pure genius. No hassle with creating and then boxing and shipping. None of that. You submit your own personal designs and ideas, and if it sells, you get a portion of the money. It’s that simple. Obviously there are copywrite laws you must abide by and all of that fun stuff, but I thought it was pretty cool and made the new zazzle.com that much more awesome.

It was so hard for me to pick only a few things to review for you guys because they gave so much to offer and so many categories. Those cool prescription mugs you’ve seen in memes on Facebook? Yes they sell those. Portable phone charging banks? Yup. Even cute photo cardboard cut outs? Sure! Why not. I’m serious, they have em’.

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I opted for a customized family photo calendar because I get one ever year, usually from shutterfly with their “free” deal they offer around the holidays, but I figured I’d give zazzle a chance. Boy am I glad I did! The picture quality is AMAZING!  And I’m not just saying that for the sake of the review. See for yourself. Keep on mind these photos were taken and uploaded via a cell phone, so you know they’re usually pixelated when blown up to an 8×10 or larger. These aren’t at all! They’re even better then they looked on my cell phone. What’s even better is that the quality is so amazing, that after the year is up, I can cut out the photos and frame them if I want to.

Here is an extreme close up of the photo. See any pixels?

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I also got a large 20×30″ poster of a beautiful butterfly that I thought would match my new living room decor colors. I didn’t realize how large it really was because the price was so cheap, that I can’t really figure out where I want to hang it once it’s framed because it’s so huge. The quality is excellent though and it shipped in 1 day.

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Don’t mind the creases, it came in a tube but I had folded it after. Silly me, probably not the best idea.

Lastly I ordered a dog bowl with my furry child’s photo on it. I’m still waiting for it to show up because it came on the manifest with the poster the day after ordering, but it still hasn’t shown up at my house so I can’t take a photo of it. I’ll need to contact then in regards to that, but I’m sure it’ll be really cute. They have different styles of dog bowls, pet beds, ornaments, you name it, they have it.

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You don’t have to personalize anything either if you aren’t looking to do that. If you’re someone who just looks for cool things and likes them as they are, they have that too. And tons of it. Artwork from famous artists, as well as designs by other shoppers as I noted above. It’s really an endless vortex of stuff, and I mean that in the best way possible. The only thing I couldn’t find on there, and I was suprised, was the large “Instagram” cut out people use at parties and stuff. I thought for sure they’d have those for sale, but maybe I just didn’t search correctly for it. And large bulky puzzles. They have personalized puzzles that are like 150+ pieces, but nothing floor size or 20 pieces or less for young kids. I know my kids would absolutely love doing a puzzle of a picture of themselves but they’re still not into the really tiny piece ones just yet.

The best part of all of this is, they’re still zazzle. So when you sign up for their emails you get tons of offers daily on items like 50% off flash sales or even up to 80% off of certain items!

*Disclaimer; This is a sponsored post and I have been provided with products to review for this post. All opinions are my own.

Back to school clothing routine

Back to school is next week for my kids. If you’re anything like me, a working mom or dad, back to school time can make you cringe. Packing cute lunches is fun for the first week, and adorable brand new school outfits will quickly become just another shirt in the laundry.

For me, I have to be to work earlier then my kids go to school. Laying out outfits have proven to work in the past, but there are those days that I forgot to leave them out and it can lead to morning caos and extra wasted time.

We’ve all seen the tutorial if easier packing for your luggage, why not for your kids school clothes?

STOP, DROP, & ROLL is the basic idea!

You can plan it based on the weather forecast for the week, or have a separate drawer or lighter or heavier clothes. You can pack based on the week, or fold up a bunch of “outfit rolls” and just pick and go in the morning.

Why didn’t I think of doing this sooner? Especially with 2 boys, clothes get thrown all over and unorganized. Can’t get much more organized then this! You can also put a hair tie or clip around them for the girls outfit.

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Organize by the day of the week or just simply throw them in. Either way, it makes laundry day folding much easier, the clothes piles much less, and the school day mornings much simpler!

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Influenster Vox box – Endless Summer

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I haven’t gotten a voxbox in s while and I was getting a little bit disheartened with Influenster. I had gotten a ton of emails for “pre-qualifiers” for Vox Box’s but I wasn’t actually qualifying. Finally I got the notice that I got the ‘Endless Summer’ one which is right up my alley! I love Summer and everything that goes with it! They got this box right with everything that embodies the best season.

My favorite items are definitely the eye liner and mascara. I’ve never tried this brand by these 2 items are ones I cannot live without. If I was stranded on an island and can only choose 5 items to bring, eye liner and mascara would be in it for sure (haha, if you know me, you know this is true).

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Both are Velvet Black

I sure do love mail polish. Although I haven’t been as into it lately, I do get slightly obsessed with design tutorials and have tried quite a few with little success. One thing good that come from my obsession is my stamp kit for nails. It’s fun and effortless and can be soothing. This will be a fun color to add to my collection along with the Seche Vite top coat.

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The Summer always leads me to my blonde roots. Or should I say dark tours ruining my fresh blonde look just weeks later. Now that Summer is over, I’m looking forward to trying this to let my natural hair grow out a bit before I do it all over again next year.

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This is self explanatory. Seche Vite top coat = everything.

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While everyone is rushing to get their pumpkin spice lattes to hurry on fall, I’ll be trying out these wonderful healthy teas to see if they’re something I’ll add to my daily routine. The words “Activate your soul” have got to mean something here.

#Numi tea has been around a while and I’m excited to try these. I wouldn’t buy a big thing of them until I know if I enjoy them.

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Protein is something I’ve never tried. I haven’t heard if Iron Tech but it says this is an “everyday” protein. I’ll have to see if I feel any different and if it’s worth it to add to my regimen everyday.

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