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Parenthood Is NO Laughing Matter! Top Parenting Movies

Tuesday, April 24th

As we prepare for parenthood there is SO MUCH to learn. It can become seriously overwhelming. Bonding methods and product reviews, baby books and birth plans. It is all some major stuff. Totally stressful and incredibly nerve wracking. WooooSaaaaahhhh! Parenting is no laughing matter. Unless, it is.  Time to watch a movie about parenting…. Yup, you can do research from your couch and laugh about it too.

Some of the greatest resources for parents actually come from Hollywood. Who better to learn from then other’s glamified and glorified life experiences. Besides Art imitates life, right?

There are tons of films out there about the subject, where to even begin? Many websites have Lists ranking the best of the best from Ranker to Parents.com. That’s right, they do all the leg work so all you have to do is literally Netflix and Chill.  Here at A Happy Nest we certainly know a thing or two about this topic… Here are our TOP TEN:

Must See 1: Knocked Up (2007)

Must See 2: Baby Mama (2008)

Must See 3: Daddy Day Care (2003)

Must See 4: Babies (2010)

Must See 5: Nine Months (1995)

Best This one makes me feel better about my life 1: Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

Best This one makes me feel better about my life 2:           Raising Arizona (1987)

Best Retro 1: Parenthood (1989)

Best Retro 2: She’s Having  A Baby (1988)

Honorable Mention: Big Daddy (1999)

So now that you have a full watch list queued up and ready to go. Sit back make some popcorn grab a notebook for some necessary lesson listing and check out these classic movies. We guarantee that they will have you laughing and learning, what to do and what NOT to do.


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A Day With My Doula

Tuesday, April 24th

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It’s midday and you finally get the chance to lay your head down to for a much needed and desired nap. The morning was tough. Baby cried much more than usual. Your body revolted against your decision to take a leisurely walk at 7 weeks postpartum. Your body slowly melts into the soft bed that’s been taunting you and your breathing becomes relaxed. Your eyes close heavier and heavier until you reach a nice deep sleep. You begin to dream. You dream of waking up to a clean kitchen. You dream of the last loads of laundry drying, folding and putting themselves away. You dream of getting a few hours of sleep before baby wakes up. You dream of some companionship to get you throughout the remainder of the day. You dream of a Postpartum and Infant Care Doula.

“Babies respond to the calmness that I bring their mothers.”

As the hour roll on, you awaken revived, refreshed, and ready to take on the rest of day. “That was such a wondrous dream!” you think to yourself. Then, you remember! Your postpartum doula IS here, and realize that your “dream” is reality! Your kitchen has been tidied. Your mountain of laundry has miraculously been scaled down, and is sitting perfectly nested folded. Your Baby is napping swaddled, snug, and serenely. And your doula? Why she’s preparing a snack for you to enjoy while you two catch up on how things are going for you as a new mother.

“We know you can do it, you just don’t have to do it alone.”

A Happy Nest Postpartum & Infant Care Doulas offers so much to a family during their postpartum period. Each family presents their own needs, wants, and expectations; and we cater our services to each family. We listen to your concerns, and we answer your questions. A postpartum doula provides resources that benefit the entire family. We tackle the mundane household tasks, we occupy the tedious, and we care for mom so that mom can remain confident in her motherhood. We are here to assist YOU!

“Bringing Professional Doula Services to Your Nest!”

From a laugh to a cry, from a sigh of relief to a vent session, A Happy Nest postpartum doulas understand. We don’t judge, push, or lead. We listen, we hold, we follow your lead! Contact us to begin your one-of-a-kind postpartum doula services.

HAPPY WORLD DOULA WEEK!


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Loving Yourself Through the Month of Love

Tuesday, April 24th

Postpartum Mommy burnout is real. Be honest, when is the last time you did something JUST FOR YOU? While caring for our families, handling outside commitments and taking care of our homes, we often get caught up in all of their needs and forget about our own. You are no good to anyone when you are no good to yourself. So, find some time. NO! Make some time for self-care and you will be happier, healthier, and more productive in the long run. There are a million Mommy Pamper yourself blogs out there and they all say the same thing. Not this one…

Here are 5 Outside the Box, Simple, Self-Care Suggestions

Get A Blow Out:

Hollywood Stars have glam squads, but, we don’t need that to be glamorous. A Blow Out or Styling is a simple, quick, cost effective service offered by most every salon. No cut or color, just wash, style and go.  A trip to the shampoo bar is worth it on its own, who doesn’t love the feeling of getting their hair washed. It is the ultimate in relaxation. That incredible scalp massage can never be recreated no matter how hard you try in the shower it NEVER feels the same. Wait… There is more… Yes. Then you are whisked off to a stylist for a magical transformation leaving you looking Amazing and feeling brand new.

Master Make Over:

Never underestimate the power of a little make up therapy. You don’t have to be a Kardashian or getting married to get have your make up professionally done. All you have to do is ask. Most make up companies hire professional makeup artists to represent their products. Ulta, Sephora, Bare Minerals and every cosmetic counter in a Department Store have talented make-up artists on staff. Free and low fee makeovers are often a gratis service provided. Not only do you get to walk away with an instant face lift, but you get to learn all about how to do it yourself.

Get Centered:

Meditation may seem impossible. I mean how can we realistically silence our minds. It is best for beginners to have a guide. So how do you find one? You don’t need to be on a healing retreat or even be training to become a yogi. Many incredible guided meditations are right at your fingertips.  On YouTube.

Take A Journey With Friends:

Don’t have time to book a vacation? That’s ok, because the book is your vacation. So where do the friends come into play? Plus, there are so many books to choose from, and who has time to start up, and host a book club. Easy! Join an online book club based on your literary delight, there are tons of sites dedicated to virtual book clubs. Bonus, you can make friends from all over the globe with a common interest in the process.

Clone Yourself

Just kidding? Science hasn’t gotten us there yet. But, the next best thing is hiring a Postpartum & Infant Care Doula. These doulas are there to support you when you need them “most”. Postpartum doulas are all encompassing support. They are educated in feeding and sleeping methods, meal preparation that aides in postpartum wellness and understand all you are going through during this important time. Not to mention that they often are wizzes at cleaning bottles, doing laundry and even light housework. Sounds like a dream come true? It isn’t In fact Postpartum care is our specialty at A Happy Nest.


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The House Always Wins…

Tuesday, April 24th

It was 5:30am Monday, October 2nd. A text notification came through from my husband overseas…

                                           Husband: I know it is in the morning there, please tell me you are alright. I  don’t think you would have gone to a country concert, but just in case!!

                                         Me: I’m alright and going to kick your butt, I had 30 more mins to sleep. Why, what happened? I know friends that went.

                                         Husband: Active shooter. Mass shooting. 20 dead, a lot wounded

                                         Me: OMG!!! ::turns on the tv::

                                         Husband: So, you can kick my butt. Go back to bed.

                                         Me: Can’t now…

What unfolded as the minutes passed, and the numbers on the death and injured toll rose, was horrific. Thousands upon thousands of Harvest Route 91 attendees had become victims to a domestic terrorist attack. As each day passed this week, I learn more of people in my life who were there, who were first responders, who works with someone who was injured or killed. Las Vegas is an interesting city. You see, The Strip is a famous landmark that brings in people from all over the world in drones by the millions each year. Entertaining. Dining. Dancing. People watching. Celebrity Sightings. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. On the outskirts of this infamous place, you will find schools, and churches, and communities, and well, things every other town in America has. On Sunday, when our city was shaken, our city banded together and resembled the kinship of a small mid-western town.

Strangers became supporters.

Strangers became heroes.

Strangers became the village.

 

I have lived in Las Vegas for over 14 years. All 4 of my children have been born in Las Vegas and we call this our home. It is rare to find someone who has lived in Las Vegas 10 years +. What is even more of a unicorn is finding someone who is a Las Vegas Native (born and raised).  Our city is heartbroken and healing, and we are not done yet!

Our bulbs may dim, but they will not burn out.

I thank those that stepped in to help. I thank those that are volunteering and donating. I thank our law enforcement, hospitals, and medical services. I pray for the 500+ who were injured. I pray for the 58 souls we lost that day. I pray for the thousands that were victims. I pray for all who will be forever impacted.

We may be hurt, we may be shaken, we may be grieving, yet we are resilient and our city will rise again in celebration of life. As a friend has said…

“We Are The House!” ~ Jessica L., Las Vegas Native

 

How one can help? While blood donations are being put on hold for 3 months, donating time, money, and supplies for the victims, 1st responders, and hospital personnel are being appreciated and well-accepted. Purchases of hats, shirts, tattoos, foods, stickers across the Valley, where all proceeds are going to the victims of the mass shooting.  Please check out the source before donating or purchasing online.

GoFundMe (Ran by: Clark County Commission Chair, Steve Sisolak)

 

Vegas Strong


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From Bon Voyage to Bienvenidos

Tuesday, April 24th

Bon Voyage…

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Our year together has come to an end and it’s so hard to say goodbye. How can I describe the memories, the impact, the bond that you have imprinted on my heart, and the hearts of my family.  Jessica, you have blessed our world during a whirlwind of a time, and stepped right in as if you had been here all along. As you go forth into the world, know that you will forever be a part of The Fann Clan.

A new face, a new place. New adventures, new experiences.

That’s what the au pair program is about, on the surface.

Laughs. Tears. Traditions. Firsts. Cultures. Families.

That is what the au pair experience is truly about.

Last Summer, I shared about our au pair experience in its beginning stages. (A Summer With Our Au Pair)  I was uncertain of how this would all look once we got into the thick of school-work-holiday-deployment life. The fact of the matter is, it was better than I could have even imagined! Jessica was my partner-in-crime for the 5 days-a-week sport practices, the 4 games on Saturday afternoons, overseeing homework, assisting with dinners, and catching me up on the days happenings as I laid across her bed at the end of a long day.

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Playing the part for movie in the park “The Wedding Singer”

You see, to me, Jessica wasn’t a caretaker… or a nanny… or a babysitter… or an au pair, for that matter. She was a member of our family. A Thanksgiving trip to Arizona brought on the American traditions of eating way too much (that she had to switch pants) and experienced some middle of the night Black Friday shopping. Jessica’s face on Christmas morning was simply priceless as she realized that she had the same amount of presents under the tree as all the kids.

Sharing in so many firsts for Jessica, was a highlight for me. “S’mores are delicious!” she once proclaimed as we sat around an evening fire and ate the melty goodness. The movie seats at the luxury theatres were a frequented treat. “You mean I can lay back!?” she asked excitedly. Peanut Butter M&Ms were a midnight snack staple. The play in the park under the stars was amazing fun.  Her favorite fast food place hands down was Panda Express, and many many more firsts!

As much as I enjoyed having Jessica around me, she equally enjoyed life as a carefree young adult living in America. From ringing in 2017 on the Strip with friends, taking a week-long trip to Maui, and partying at the hottest clubs in Las Vegas hosted by some of the biggest names in Deejaying.

Jessica hung out with other local au pairs and built lots of friendships.

IMG_0242My children each connected with their “big sister” in their own ways as well. Dean will remember their afternoons visiting Craig Ranch Regional Park, the  Discovery Children’s Museum and Kid’s Club most of their days while the older kids were in school. They developed a bond that melts my heart. Gabe will remember the French he learned, accompanying to his baseball and soccer practices, the morning greetings with hugs, and the homework help.  Evie will remember the many times they laughed together, their girl time, and playing board games. Gigi will remember the Harry Potter talks and the big sister girl talks in Jessica’s room. John will miss having an ally in discussions and knowing that his family was in good company while he is away.

And me? Well, I will miss oh so much! To name a few: watching “our show” Orange Is The New Black, working our bodies from fat to fit with 21Day Fix Extreme, our bingo dates at the Aliante. Devouring desserts after the kids were in bed; the macarons…oh the homemade macarons!

 

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The Grand Canyon-West Rim

While we say ‘Bon Voyage’ to you, Jessica,

know we will always have the Grand Canyon.

 

…Bienvenidos!

On July 21st, we said “bon voyage” to our French  Jessica, and in that same evening said “Bienvenidos!” to our new Jessica, from Mexico! (Yes, they have the same name) What’s even crazier is that their birthdays are only 2 days apart! As we enter this new season of au pair life, we are hopeful that ‘new’ Jessica will endure this crazy little thing called life with the Fann Clan with love, grace, and heart.

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Stay tuned…