FREE Resources in a Community Near You!!!! Yes FREE!

Today, I made the discovery of all discoveries! When I took my little peanut to the library for a free infant massage class, I thought why not learn to relax my baby before bed, who doesn’t love a great massage. The class was not only informative and free but we also walked away with massage oil, well it’s Grapeseed Oil (we were told you should us an oil you wouldn’t be afraid to eat and that was odorless), and stacking cups for baby to play with… Win! But that’s not all, I learned that there is more to this program then just an hour trial class, it’s actually a 4-week series and the series is FREE! I know; I couldn’t believe it either! The program is part of a program called First 5 San Diego and it is directed towards parents with newborns to 5 year olds. They provide parenting classes, classes on sleeping, massages, nutrition, behavior, and the list goes on. They even provide testing to make sure your child is where they should be developmentally so that you can make sure they are on the right track as they prepare for grade school! AWEMAZING right? The program is all FREE; it’s paid for from money earned from a tobacco sales tax (thank you San Diego smokers)!

Photo Courtesy of First 5 San Diego

Photo Courtesy of First 5 San Diego

As we were sitting and learning about everything First 5 San Diego has to offer we discussed how many free programs there are out there for parents from helping them to stimulate their peanuts, to classes’ on behavioral issues to family activities. Here are some ways in which you can find some of these programs in your area.

  • Check you Library Events Calendar
  • Find Local Parent Magazines (they often have event calendars in the back)
  • Check your local newspaper
  • Call your local community center
  • Google your city names and free activities
  • Check with your pediatrician or local hospital
  • Check local museums, gardens, etc. (they often offer a free day for residence)

These are just a few of the ways to search for programs in your area. I encourage you to look around. There are so many programs out there for families that are absolutely free so why not take advantage of these to enhance your child’s life as well as your time with them!

Enjoy what is out there; it’s nothing short of AweMazing if you take the time to look for it!

XOXO

P.S. I did sign up for the FREE 4 week Baby Massage class, I will let you know how it is- Thank You again San Diego Smokers!

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Coconut Water: A Win All Around

Coconut Water

Coconut Water

Hot summer days (and by hot I mean 85 degrees here in San Diego), brings the need to stay hydrated in order to keep the body functioning all cylinders. While water is good and probably the best choice, coconut water is a good substitute as it contains electrolytes like potassium that are essential to the body in order to maintain hydration. Electrolytes found in coconut water help detox (i.e. aftter a night of drinking) and repair (after a long workout) the body.

While I was pregnant my swollen feet and leg cramps were unbearable. As I was drinking as much water as I could I still was in pain. My Dr. then suggested I try coconut water to get the extra electrolytes that my body needed. I started drinking coconut water once in the morning and again at night and I was able to feel the difference, I wasn’t waking up at night with excruciating leg cramps and the swelling in my feet went down (slightly). Since having little peanut I have continued to drink coconut water to help stay hydrated so that I can continue to breastfeed.

Just recently, I have looked into the true benefits of coconut water and was truly shocked at how AweMazing it really is.  It provides so much more for your body than any sugary sports drink out there plus it’s all natural without any of the sugars added. Many professional athletes are ditching the standard sports drink and going to coconut water for a faster recovery. These benefits are a win all the way around.

Benefits of Coconut Water

Benefits of Coconut Water