KidsLink: Milestones, Vital Records, and Memories

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Last month when I attended the Type-A conference, I discovered a lot of great new brands and made tons of new blogger friends some of which I mentioned in this post. One group of people that I didn’t mention in that post were the family behind KidsLink, a new app for parents that allows you to stay organized while keeping your child’s digital print safe. Although, I did mention it on the Mamademics FB fan page and twitter to see if my fans would be interested in trying it out with me.  I held off mentioning it here because I wanted to give myself a bit more time to try it out, so that I could give it a comprehensive review.

I’ve mentioned this before that I’m a bit shy and introverted, so I did not walk up to the booth and introduce myself right away, but one of the creators of the app stopped me instead. I’m sure I was rocking the deer in headlights face and he tried to rescue me from being awkwardly. We started chatting about the app and I quickly decided that I absolutely needed to have it, Chris walked me through the setup process and made sure I understood the key features before I left the table. KidsLink is a digital scrapbook that keeps track of milestones and moments for each child. You can securely store and access important documents (vaccination records, insurance cards, etc) from any device via the KidsLink Vault. Plus, you can privately communicate with designated close friends and family via the KidsLink Stream. A lot of their focus with the app is about protecting your child’s digital footprint, especially for those of us who are bloggers and try to be careful about what we share about our children.

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I appreciated the digital footprint and privacy, but honestly, a part of me felt like why in the world do I need another app for keeping track of my kid and communicating with family and friends. You know what sold me? Being able to add my husband, mom, and mother-in-law, so that we all have access to important information. This means if/when Sesame gets sick and our parents have him they can easily access his latest vaccination records, insurance card, and any other important information that may not have come up in a family conversation. I will not have to worry about Mr. S possibly taking Sesame to the doctor without me thinking he may not remember something because as long as I update the vital records on a regular basis everything is right there for him.

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Reminders for each child’s doctor’s visits was a close second to selling KidsLink to me. Now that well visits are spread further apart and Sesame is pretty healthy I do not always remember when I need to make an appointment. Plus, if we ever decide to give him a sibling that’s another person’s schedule to keep track of lol. Well the app sent me a reminder that it was time for a 30 month checkup. Of course it can’t make the appointment for me, so he’ll end up being almost 33 months before his check up (oops), but it gives me time to finish adding things to the vault. This weekend I need to make sure the alternative vaccination schedule we’re using is in there because for some reason we’ve had issues with the office having the correct schedule. I also need to make sure I add the last record they gave us, so that we all know which vaccinations he’s received so far. Oh and I absolutely need to remember to add that this summer he had a negative reaction to Children’s Motrin (night terrors and a rash), so that his grandparents will remember to never give it to him and so that I can tell the doctors that when they ask me about possible allergies.

So far, my only dislike is that there isn’t something to remind me to make my own doctor’s appointments lol.

Right now KidsLink is an invite-only app for iPhone users, but you can download the app from the app store (or use the quicklink http://mykidslink.com/install) and redeem using my code MAMADEMICS.

How do you protect your little one’s digital footprint? Would you use this app? If you’re already using it, what do you love (or maybe not love) about it? Let’s chat about it in the comments :)

 

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Creative Galaxy Inspiration: “Make a ‘Bueberry’ Pizza”

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

One of the things I really enjoy about being a mom is having an excuse to do arts and crafts without people looking at me like I’m crazy. If you follow my public instagram account, you know that I love crocheting because it’s relaxing, and because it’s also introduced me to other types of crafts like the time I tried to make buttons. My newfound love for crafting is also being passed down to Sesame. One of the first crafts I did with him was edible finger painting and I even let him finger paint cards that he sent his grandmothers for Mother’s Day.

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Mind Right Monday: Relax, Relate, Release

Happy Monday! It’s time for another Mind Right Monday link-up hosted by yours truly, Dani from Ok, Dani and Reese from Reese and Coco. Just make a post that includes 1) your GOALS for the week and 2) what you’re GRATEFUL for, and BOOM You’re Done!! Oh and link up your post at the end… (If your post doesn’t meet those two requirements, it will be deleted)
Here’s how I did last week…
  • Catch up on all grading (seriously it’s a massive pile right now)
  • Email my advisor what I’ve worked on and schedule a meeting. I’ll feel better if I’m not emailing “empty-handed.”
  • Come up with a plan for advertisement packages
  • Meditate and journal

Yea I only accomplished one of my written goals. I did also manage to finish all open custom orders for Hook Smart though.

This week’s (main) goals
  • Email my advisor what I’ve worked on and schedule a meeting. I’ll feel better if I’m not emailing “empty-handed.”
  • Come up with a plan for advertisement packages
  • Meditate and journal

I am grateful for…

  • Sleep (Sesame has been sleeping more, which means I’ve been sleeping more)
  • Clothing Sales (I snagged some nice fall pieces last week )
  • My son’s relationship with his grandparents. Even though neither set live here, he still talks to them regularly and gets excited to see them.
  • Having options

What’s on your list this week? What are you giving thanks for this week?

 


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Type-A Conference Recap: Baby Food, Disney, and New Friends

This post is long overdue, but as some of yall know I attended my first blogger conference during my birthday week. The first day of the conference was my actual birthday, which I was nervous about but it worked out for the best. I wanted to write this the week after, but life happens and it honestly gave me some time to reflect on the experience as a whole. Here are a few of my highlights from the weekend:

1. Eating Baby Food…

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Okay I know that seems a little strange, but go with it lol. One of the sponsors from the conference was Beech-Nut,  a baby food company. They’re rebranding and created an amazing new line of baby food that actually tastes like food. Seriously, we sampled a ton of it and I even took there #NotBabyFood Challenge.

 

Aside from being pleased with the fact that the food tastes like FOOD, I really enjoyed meeting the people who work for the company. They were honest and genuine, and spoke to all of us like we were people and not just another way to advertise their products. Sesame is two and a half, so his baby food days are done, but I enjoyed their food so much I told them to come out with healthy toddler/preschool snacks next.

2. The Disney Party

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There was a Disney party on my BIRTHDAY!!! Yes, you read that correctly. If you really know me, you know that I’m a big Disney fan and that Belle is my favorite princess. Costumes were encouraged, but not required. I went as a modern day version of Belle or what I imagine she would look like if she were around in 2014… oh and Black lol.

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3. Making new friends/Meeting them IRL

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Lindsay from RedHeadBabyMama via her Instagram acct

I’ve gone to academic conferences in the past, so I know all about the conference experience, but I was surprised to leave with new friends. In the past, I’ve attended the conference with a group of friends from school and kind of ended up stuck to them. Sure, I’ve talked to other scholars at these conferences, but it’s really hard to make a new friend when you’re trying to make sure you sound intelligent at all times. By lunchtime on the first day, I had already been approached by one person who follows Hook Smart on Instagram and sat at a table with women who read my post on Ferguson. Every time I looked like a deer in headlights because of my shyness and anxiety, someone would come up and ask me if I needed help or tell me to sit with them. We were all there to learn about growing our blogs, so I expected a little competitiveness, but everyone I spoke with was very helpful and didn’t mind sharing their “secrets.” Plus, it was so awesome to finally meet some of the bloggers I follow online in person. I wish I had taken more pictures, but I know I’ll see them next year.

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Fadra modeling one of my Hook Smart creations. Picture via her blog, All Things Fadra

 

With a bunch of the ladies from Georgia Social Media Moms and one of the nominees for the "We Still Blog Award" via A Bug and a Bee

With a bunch of the ladies from Georgia Social Media Moms and one of the nominees for the “We Still Blog Award” via A Bug and a Bee

 

There are so many other things that I enjoyed, but since my blog isn’t about “how to blog” I won’t bore you with the details. There are some other things that will creep up in posts over the next few weeks though.   Have you ever attended a blogging conference? What was your experience like?

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Mind Right Monday: Grading, Grading, Grading…

Happy Monday! It’s time for another Mind Right Monday link-up hosted by yours truly, Dani from Ok, Dani and Reese from Reese and Coco. Just make a post that includes 1) your GOALS for the week and 2) what you’re GRATEFUL for, and BOOM You’re Done!! Oh and link up your post at the end… (If your post doesn’t meet those two requirements, it will be deleted)

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Last (well two weeks ago) goals…. I didn’t finish most of my goals, so I’ll just bold the ones I did and let it go for now. 

  • Workout and Meditate (I’m not going to say how many times a week)
  • Add new neck warmer styles and candy corn hats to my Etsy shop
  • Design gift card for Hook Smart
  • Finish 3 out of 5 outstanding Hook Smart orders
  • Brainstorm next post in the Raising an Advocate series (what y’all wanna talk about?)
  • Conference decompressing (organize contacts, follow up with folks, read through notes, etc)
  • Plan out special blog posts for the next few months.
  • Catch-up on grading (I’m sooooo behind *sigh*)
  • Email my advisor for real this time (I’m scared…)
This week’s goals seem simple, but they’re going to take A LOT of time
  • Catch up on all grading (seriously it’s a massive pile right now)
  • Email my advisor what I’ve worked on and schedule a meeting. I’ll feel better if I’m not emailing “empty-handed.”
  • Come up with a plan for advertisement packages
  • Meditate and journal
I am grateful for…
  • My sisters (the ones who’ve been checking on me lately) they know who they are
  • My “on-line” friends. They’ve really been keeping me afloat lately.
  • My little family
  • Great health insurance

What are you grateful for this week? What’s on your weekly agenda?


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