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Apple’s New Period Tracker Can Help You Get Pregnant

Because I am Team iPhone and I am aware of the ongoing beef/battle with Samsung Android users, I am happy to report that Apple has beat Samsung with developing a period tracker that can help women that are trying to conceive have a baby!

Apple announced that beginning September 16, the watchOS 6 update will add a functionality to allow women to track their menstrual cycle. Apple Watch app, called Cycle Tracking, will quickly log information about your cycle, including the timing, flow level, symptoms, and results from ovulation prediction kits.

It is a standalone app on the Apple Watch ($384 at Amazon)and is built into the Health app on the iPhone ($1,000 at Amazon).

Using the data produced, your Apple Watch can alert you when your period is coming, and estimate the window when you are most fertile.

Tracking your cycle is essential also when you have your next annual OB/GYN check up, you will be able to give your doctor

For starters, it can give you a sense of when your last menstrual began and ended, so you can give your Ob/Gyn healthcare provider  the precise length of your cycle and provide clues for conditions such as endometriosis or polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).

Also, during your period, you can log your flow level and symptoms like cramps or headaches.

I see Samsung users community are waiting for it to be available on those devices. In the meantime, there are numerous apps available in the Google Play store that can do the trick, until then. (smile)

Former Google Employee’s Pregnancy Discrimination Suit Moves Foreward

A former Google employee whose memo alleging discrimination against pregnant women went viral is moving forward with her claim against the company.

“As a Google employee I witnessed pregnancy discrimination, and then was faced with it in my own life,” Chelsey Glasson, who worked at the Mountain View, Calif. company for more than five years as a user research lead and manager, said in a statement Wednesday. “And, like so many women, I felt threatened by retaliation for reporting the discrimination. This memo, which I published internally at Google and has been read by over 11,000 Google employees, states clearly why we must continue to fight this bias.”

Glasson added that employees who bring up pregnancy discrimination are often silenced or forced to suffer consequences that damage their careers in the long term.

“With a goal of shedding light on pregnancy discrimination and advocating for needed public policy and other changes, I will move forward with legal action,” she writes.

Two Google employees who helped to organize the 20,000-strong global walkout also alleged that the tech giant retaliated against them — a claim that the search giant has denied. The massive walkout was in response to issues of sexual harassment, as well as pay inequity and racial justice.

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This Is The Toy You Get to Calm A Fussy Baby at Night (REVIEW)

You’ve heard the tales of brand new parents using a hairdryer to pacify the incessant cries of their babies because of the commonly known fact that you can sooth an inconsolable newborn with familiar sounds like songs he heard while in utero. It’s that white noise that calms them right down. I’m a firm believer. 

We’ve always credited parents for coming up with the most inventive and innovative solutions!

Two moms with a combined 5 children among them found an automatic solution to having to put on white noise emitting sounds to soothe a baby in the middle of the night: Whisbear is a plush bear that emits the same swooshing sound that surrounds a baby while in his mom’s tummy.

The super soft grey humming Bear is also considered an intelligent toy that helps new parents overcome one of the biggest challenges of early stage parenting — lack of sleep.

The bear is inspired by creatures in children’s books. It has a cute big old bobble head and four long legs lined in crinkly material that a baby can pull and tug on. It’s a Bearhead. The crinkly legs make the bear a sensory toy as well that promotes both  fine motor and sensory development skills.

Two magnets sewn inside the forefeet connect over a crib, car seat or stroller so the bear itself doesn’t’ become a suffocation hazard and can do its job safely from above.

Sisters Zuzanna Sielicka-Kalczynska and Julia Sielicka-Jastrz came up with Whisbear in late 2014 and quickly brought it to market in their native Warsaw, Poland starting with their own family and personal circle.

“We have used Whisbear with our own children, the children of our friends and many more people. Whisbear really works,”

They even gifted a bear to Princess Charlotte when she was born. Kate thanked them personally when she formally presented the sisters an award for their invention a few years back.

How Does It Work

Insert the innovative circular disc holding the shushing sound inside the bear and it shushes for 40 minutes straight. If you push the on button until you hear a beep, you activate the CRYsensor mode. In that mode, the bear only comes on when it “hears” the baby fuss, wail or cry.  To adjust the level of the shushing, press and hold until you get to just the right volume of the humming for you and your baby’s comfort, then release the button.  It gets it just right!

In 2016, after winning numerous toy awards, the sister makers of the toy took their success to the United States when they were selected by Google-backed Blackbox.vc Accelerator for international start-ups in Palo Alto, California and now the bears are available to American moms too!

Our Thoughts

We were generously gifted a complimentary bear to review. My sister’s in law got a bear for her brand new boy, Micah, born in January and she loved it! Mom Tashae said, “miraculously, it works!” Whisbear calms him right down when he wakes in the middle of the night and gets him to go back to sleep before she can even get up to check on him. So it turns out this toy is a sleep saver for moms and dads too!

T’s sending us a photo of it in action to share soon. We’ll post it on our Insta when it’s ready! Although we didn’t pay for ours, Micah’s mom said she would gladly pay the $49.99 retail price.  She said the bear gave her peace of mind and is actually cost-saving for the amount of productivity she (and dad) got when they could sleep for longer periods of time, thanks to the bear.

Another great plus is that the bear comes with a lifetime guarantee! (when you register your purchase) Sweet! The toy also has excellent reviews over on Amazon.

And remember recently when we blogged about how the top beauty bloggers are becoming moms and are switching up their online social media content to include baby-related imagery, news and reviews? It turns out a few have even used Whisbear for their little ones and found success. We say this based on the pics we peeped on Whisbear’s Insta:

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🌟GIVEAWAY CLOSED! Congrats @jmleong2!🌟 I’m giving away a Whisbear (the Humming Bear) to one lucky follower! It comes with a sound device AKA the cry sensor so when it hears your baby cry, it will shush your baby back to sleep🙌🏽 It’s been working on Liam and he loves playing with it when he’s awake too! . TO ENTER: 1. Follow me @rainaelegado 2. Follow @whisbear_usa 3. Tag a friend in the comments (one tag is an entry, feel free to tag more for more entries) 4. Giveaway will end tomorrow at noon (1/23)! . Thanks! . . . . . #giveaway #whisbear #snugglemeorganic #cosleeper #carters #cartersbaby #cosleeping #5months #organicbaby #childhoodunplugged #justbaby #kidsmoom #childreningram #babiesofig #motherhoodsimplified #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood #momswithcameras #joyfulmamas #babynumber3 #ilovemyson #mamasboy #momblog #momblogger #dearestviewfinder #stunning_shots

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A lot of you asked for a review of this after I posted on my stories so here goes…If you’re one of my long suffering friend then I’ll already have droned on about how white noise it my number one baby survival tool. If you’ve been especially unlucky, I’ll have bored you with the theory behind why it works so well. 💤 Anyway lets just say this @whisbear_official gift from the gods was made for me. White noise disguised in a cute teddy that clips onto anything by magnetic legs. I was sold already but the cherry on top is the cry sensor, so as soon as Remy stirs, moans, (& in our case the last 2 nights) coughs, the noise kicks in. Meaning I don’t even have to move my lazy butt across the bed to start it up. 🙌🏽 I don’t even wake up! It’s going to be a god send when he’s in his own room next month! (I’ll add a video of it in action today to my stories). Interested to know who already uses white noise, because I’m always surprised by how many people haven’t heard of it?

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Find the makers on Instagram.  Follow them on Facebook too!

The Most Googled Super Bowl Snack Recipe

The Super Bowl Sunday is this Sunday, the culmination of the National Football League‘s season.  As with each year, in recent years, Google has revealed the most uniquely searched Super Bowl recipes by state in the U.S. over the past week.

According to a Google spokesperson, the company looked for searches that are over-represented in each state (as opposed to the U.S. overall). It then reported each state’s most popular unique search term.

Below is a sample listing from Google’s findings. I’ve listed the states up to my home state of Maryland. Naturally, because the state is known for crab cakes, crab dip is the number one most searched. If you’re looking, you can access the popular Joe’s Crab Shack restaurant’s crab dip recipe here  or click the image below to be taken to the scrumptious recipe by the website Littlespicejar.com.

Also, if you are in the search for recipes for this Sunday,  Google Home’s recipe can help you find a recipe, then give you a walk you through

Alabama

Chicken recipe

Alaska

Dill pickle dip with dried beef

Arizona

Green chicken enchilada recipe

Arkansas

Five bean chili

California

Fried rice recipe

Colorado

Baked chicken wings recipe

Connecticut

Buffalo chicken dip recipe

Delaware

Stuffed peppers recipe

D.C.

Pizza bites recipe

Florida

Shrimp recipe

Georgia

Ham bologna turkey sub recipe

Hawaii

Nacho recipe

Idaho

Potato recipe

Illinois

Philly cheesesteak recipe

Indiana

Chicken recipe

Iowa

Stromboli recipe

Kansas

Calzone recipe

Kentucky

Fondue recipe

Louisiana

Pork tenderloin recipe

Maine

Chicken wing recipe

Maryland

Crab dip recipe

Massachusetts

Chili recipe

Google launches new YouTube App just for little kids



Each of my kids have been addicted to YouTube and YouTube videos beginning at age 6, but as a parent I am always concerned that they could easily navigate away from family-friendly cartoons and mine-craft play and onto the more nefarious and R-rated content that can be found freely on the social media video sharing site. 
Good news! Google has built, from the ground up, the first ever YouTube Kids app for kids ages 2-8. It’s available for FREE in the Google Play and Apple Store in the United States now.
The app features a fun, bright and playful design and is packed and pre-loaded with age-appropriate videos, channels and playlists. To add an educational component, there is also a focus on early literacy. The icons are larger, bolder and brighter to appeal to young audiences.
And parents remain in control with its parental control options:
o    Timer: Let the app be the bad guy with a built-in timer that limits kids’ screen time. The app alerts them when the session is over so you don’t have to.
o    Sound Settings:  Parents have an option to turn off background music and sound effects, so your kids can keep watching quietly while you catch up on chores or simply take a break in peace.
o    Search Settings: If you’d rather limit your children to just the pre-selected videos available on the home screen, you can turn off the search feature.
o    Product feedback: The goal is to continuously  improve YouTube Kids App, so there’s also a space for you to give YouTube your feedback.
Sweet! The app has different categories, depending on the interest of each kid in your family. I have a nature and animal lover, a tech kid and a pony and little figurine fan. 
Among the favorites are: Jim Henson TV, Mother Goose Club, Talking Tom and Friends, National Geographic Kids, Reading Rainbow and Thomas the Tank Engine, and discover new videos coming soon from beloved YouTubers like the Vlogbrothers and Stampylonghead.
It was great to see that a non-profit watchdog group I know and love has also approved and highly recommends it!
Common Sense Media said, the app is “an exceptionally fun way for kids to browse online videos and for adults to guide their viewing.”
Cool beans!
“It’s a serious contender as a family’s go-to way for kids to watch videos online,” according to the non-profit organization which provides education and advocacy to families to promote safe technology and media for children. “There’s something for everyone on YouTube Kids. Toddlers to big kids will be able to find a show, some music, or some educational content that fits their interests.”
Check it out, friends! Here is a promo vid:

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