#ImBornTo Support the March of Dimes

This post was written by the Experimental Mommy in partnership with The Motherhood and March of Dimes. All opinions are 100% my own.

As one of 39 Moms (one for each week of a full-term pregnancy), I have loved being part of a team of bloggers to help raise awareness for the incredible things March of Dimes has (and continues to) accomplish with your donations. The #ImBornTo campaign has helped shine a spotlight on the fact that in the United States, one baby is born prematurely every minute and approximately 72 children die each day before reaching their first birthday. This fight to save babies and help all moms have healthy, full-­‐term pregnancies has been the focus of the March of Dimes’ mission for the last several decades.

Recently, I hosted a few friends at my home to let them know about the amazing work done by March of Dimes and how exactly  they could help fulfill their mission. Over some sweet Southern tea and dessert, I shared with them a few ways they could be a part of the solution.

From Mother’s Day to Father’s Day, the March of Dimes encourages consumers to shop, donate or take part in partner promotions to support the cause. Each partner including Martha Stewart, Bon Ton, Mud Pie, KMart, Alex and Ani, eBay, AE Jewelers, and Blue Rhino have different promotions to support the cause and you can help by simply shopping the deals!

Need more reasons to shop? Support of the March of Dimes last year alone provided 15,700 babies lifesaving surfactant therapy, developed by March of Dimes researchers, and gave 90,000 families with a newborn in intensive care comfort and information through NICU Family Support®.

What will you do to help babies reach their full potential?


CellScope: Oto Remote Care for Ear Infections

This post was written by Linzy of Crawfish Tales in partnership with CellScope. All opinions remain 100% honest.

First, I will say that I was so excited for the chance to try out this product! My first child had tubes placed in her ears at 9 months of age because of multiple ear infections. So with my second child starting daycare,  I am sure that runny noses, ear infections and gunk are not far behind. Build those immune systems young and they will be healthier later, right? So far that has proven true with my first child.

Since my oldest had chronic ear infections with no obvious symptoms like fever, it was hard to know when to take her to the doctor. Do I take her just in case? Do I take her today but the infection shows up three days from now? It is such a hard balance and you can’t keep running to the pediatrician. Not only will the insurance co-pays add up but so will the vacation time that I would take each and every time. I always wished there were something that could give me an indication of when to go to the pediatrician.

Fortunately, CellScope is going to help parents by filling that void.

I got to test out the product and I will say that I LOVE it and it is totally going to change how we cope with sickness in our house. It is very easy to use. Open the box. Simple enough so far, right? Then download that app. Easy! The CellScope comes with an iPhone case (models 5, 5s and 6) and you attach the provided camera to the case with a simple snap. Simply log in to the app and create a profile of your child. You can create difference profiles for each of your kids which is fantastic! This is great because their information is saved in the phone so you don’t have to reenter it each time you use the program.

Now, you’re ready to roll! The app directs you on what to do and really makes the process foolproof.  Install the disposable ear probe with a click, insert the probe in the eardrum, click record and the Oto HOME takes a video of your child’s ear drum. Don’t worry if you are not sure what you are looking for, the app is super smart and guides you. It has arrows that appear on the screen that indicate which way you need to turn the phone for the recording to get a good view of the eardrum.

I had no problem getting the recording on my four year old. She thought it was VERY cool to be able to see inside her ear when I let her watch the video. Now, send the video through Oto CONNECT to a remote physician on their team. Or, if you want to send it to your personal pediatrician there is a function in the app that lets you email the recording.

The CellScope doctors are board certified, trusted physicians who have gone through a robust screening process and have been chosen based on their medical expertise and commitment to helping make healthcare more convenient for patients. The doctors are based in California currently and provide remote consultations via the Oto CONNECT service.

Payment is easy (there is a $10 fee to have your video reviewed by a physician on the CellScope team). Program your credit card into the app so it remembers each time you use it and don’t have to enter it every use. The best part? You are guaranteed results in two hours.

When I sent the video to the physician you can add comments to send directly to the doctor and you have options to include other symptoms. It is everything that you would share with your pediatrician if you were in the office. When I got my results back, my daughter’s eardrum was clear. But if she would have add an inner ear infection then then the physician could have sent a prescription directly to our local pharmacy. How cool is that?!

Try CellScope for Yourself: COUPON CODE!

The product is $79 and is available online at http://store.cellscope.com. If you want one for your home, for the next 30 days you can get 30% off with the code: CRAWFISH30

I love the idea that the company is working to provide quick and convenient diagnosis for routine health issues. I can’t wait to see what they come out with next.

Scholastic Summer Reading: Challenge Accepted!

This post is written by the Experimental Mommy in partnership with Scholastic. All opinions remain 100% my own.

Three and a half. That’s the number of school days left until Summer begins.  On one hand, I am looking forward to a more relaxed routine and hours of family fun.  On the other, I want my girls to keep up the skills they learned and provide more educational opportunities throughout the Summer. Thankfully, Scholastic has a great way to help!

From May 4th-September 4th, Scholastic has challenged kids everywhere to beat the summer reading record of 304,749,681 minutes. This year’s theme, “Power Up & Read” , powered by Energizer®, encourages kids to read all summer long and unlock 12 original short stories by bestselling children’s authors as kids reach reading milestones.

To make things even more fun, Energizer® and Scholastic are partnering to create the “Power the Possibilities” campaign which gives moms the tools they need to unlock their child’s talents, fuel their ambitions and set them up for future success. Right now, parents can buy any specially marked pack of Energizer® brand batteries to scratch for a chance to win the Energizer® Instant Win Game and one of thousands of prizes that will power discovery and learning including a family trip to New York City, a Scholastic Study Corner Makeover, a tablet with Scholastic apps, a library of Scholastic books and more! Plus, everyone who plays can also download free digital stories for their family.

Not sure where to begin? Parenting expert, Maggie McGuire provides tips and book choices for all ages this summer in support of the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge in a series of online videos.  Maggie offers parents unique tips to get kids to “power up & read” such as:

  • Find books that makes kids laugh
  • Introduce kids to STEM and science through reading
  • Ways to get crafty with your kid’s favorite summer reads
  • Tips for reading-on-the-go during summer vacation
  • Rainy day reading activities

As a Scientist myself, I found these resources from Scholastic Parents very helpful:

After talking to my girls about the challenge, they couldn’t wait to begin.  We signed up for the Summer Reading Challenge and each pledged to read 800 minutes during Summer to help break the record.

What are your kids’ Summer Reading goals? Join the Scholastic Challenge and get them motivated!


Making Strides with March of Dimes #imbornto

This post was written by the Experimental Mommy in partnership with The Motherhood and March of Dimes. All opinions are 100% my own.

As a scientist, I have had the opportunity to see how dollars are spent in a lab and what a difference the brilliant minds are making to help solve the problems of today’s society. And I have also had the unfortunate experience of seeing what happens to this valuable research when funding runs out or is no longer renewed. But thanks to organizations such as the March of Dimes and your generous donations, life saving research can continue. Still, many people want to see the tangible effects of their donations. Is our money truly making a difference?

The answer is yes.

Impact from the generous gifts the March of Dimes has received has funded important research and programs that help all babies begin healthy lives. In fact, you’ve benefited from the work of the March of Dimes if you or someone you care about:

  • Received the polio vaccine
  • Took a prenatal vitamin with folic acid while or before becoming pregnant
  • Received an APGAR score immediately following birth
  • Was born prematurely or has a premature baby

For more than 75 years, the March of Dimes has helped babies be born strong and healthy through research, vaccines, education and breakthroughs. The current challenge is that in the US, one baby is born prematurely every minute and approximately 72 children die each day before reaching their first birthday. The fight to save babies and help all moms have healthy, full-­‐term pregnancies has been the focus of the March of Dimes’ mission for the last several decades.

What can you do to help?

The March of Dimes knows that every baby is born to do something special and unique but they can’t do it alone. The #ImBornTo campaign celebrates the great things babies are born to do and thanks mothers and fathers who are the guardians and protectors of babies’ hopes and dreams.

From Mother’s Day to Father’s Day, the March of Dimes encourages consumers to shop, donate or take part in partner promotions to support the cause.  For example, Chef Emeril Lagasse has teamed up with Martha Stewart Living to help raise at least $30,000 for the March of Dimes by giving patrons the opportunity to add a donation to their check (4/26 to 5/10 and from 6/7 to 6/21) at participating Emeril Restaurants in New Orleans, Las Vegas, Orlando and Charlotte.

Other participants include Bon Ton, Mud Pie, KMart, Alex and Ani, eBay, AE Jewelers, and Blue Rhino.

Visit imbornto.com to learn more about special Mother’s Day and Father’s Day offers from the March of Dimes partners. Want to learn even more? Join @TheMotherhood for an #ImBornTo Twitter Party on Thursday, May 7th at 1pmEST.

Curing the Spring Slump with Breakfast from Denny’s

This post is written by the Experimental Mommy. I am a #DennysDiners Ambassador and I am compensated for my time and effort. All opinions remain 100% mine.

The end of the school year is close…14 days to be exact. In September, I was the epitome of June Cleaver serving the kids a hot breakfast full of protein and love to start the school day off right. Somewhere around December, oatmeal and fruit became the norm and by February, the kids were lucky if we had time to eat a quick bowl of cereal before running out the door to beat the bell.

Fortunately, I was asked to continue as a Denny’s Ambassador and I decided to give our breakfast routine an overhaul.  As soon as we walked in to our local Denny’s Diner, the smell of maple syrup made my kids eyes as big as saucers as they watched the stacks of pancakes being delivered to lucky customers. Despite the crowd, we were seated quickly and a friendly waitress brought the kids some colorful menus.

Recently, Denny’s launched a new kids menu featuring much-loved characters from DreamWorks Animation’s award-winning film and television franchise. The characters of the Penguins of Madagascar adorned our kids menus in a variety of interactive, themed puzzles and games which kept the kids busy while waiting for our stacks of heaven on a plate.

On the back of the menu, we noticed that there was a QR code to scan. My older daughter picked up on this immediately and was able to download the DreamWorks COLOR App which gave her access to an exciting selection of movie content and games plus an opportunity to take selfies with your favorite characters. Throughout the year, Denny’s will offer three more  DreamWorks kids menus inspired by films Mr. Peabody & Sherman, The Croods, Home, How to Train Your Dragon and more.

When our food was brought to the table (the girls went with the Build Your Own Grand Slam, Jr. option), they fell in love with the new Adventure Kids’ Cups, too. My little one drank every last bit of her milk (perhaps a little too quickly) in order to see what animal was inside the cup. We can’t wait to go back and collect all 4 animals!

If your breakfast could use an overhaul like mine, bring the kids to Denny’s before school lets out for Summer. And since breakfast can happen at ANY time at Denny’s, consider going on Tuesdays from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m when kids eat FREE!