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The Baby Box: What You Need To Know

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The Baby Box Concept : What You Need To Know | Frugal Nesting

 

 

Why Is The Baby Box Concept So Popular?

Written by: Susanna Heiskanen of Tuutu Baby Box | Australia

[Note: Previously published work, published with permission from Tuutu Baby Box regarding their experience introducing the Finnish baby box concept in Australia*.]

The Finnish baby box has been around for over 75 years. Over 3 million boxes have been given to families by the Finnish government over the years. It was written into Finnish law in 1937 that expectant mothers were entitled to a baby box and in 1949 this was expanded to include all expectant mothers unrelated to their socio-economic circumstances.

 

Why has the baby box been so popular with the Finns? One of the reasons is that the box has really everything you need as a parent. Having received the box you would not need to buy a thing if you did not want to – the box doubles as a bed and the contents are enough for the first few months and beyond.  The box also promotes equality amongst parents and kids. Everyone has the same start in life and you can tell what year children were born in based on the clothes they were wearing. There are some products in the box such as muslin wraps that have been there since the beginning.

The baby box was introduced together with the Neuvola program. Neuvola is a midwife driven ante and post-natal clinic system that everyone is entitled to. It was a condition of receiving the baby box that the mother has to attend the prenatal program that educated mothers about breastfeeding, vaccination, safe sleeping practices and many more useful topics. The Neuvola system is still going strong and it reaches nearly all expectant mothers and their children under school age.

 

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MomLife Style | Wardrobe Essentials To Fight The Frump

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Cardigan \\  Hoodie \\ Flannel

Chambray \\ Mom Tee \\ Grey Tee

Jeans \\ Joggers \\ Pants

Blanket Scarf \\ Studs \\ Saddle Bag

Sandles \\ Tennies \\ Converse

Becoming a mom is the best thing I’ve ever been blessed enough to do.  You know that old saying that having a child is like making the choice to allow your heart to walk around outside of your body for the rest of your life.  Nothing captures the essence of motherhood more than that!  That being said, motherhood is the worst thing that ever happened to my appearance!  I say that in good humor, but you totally know what I mean!

I’ve been a mom for seven and a half years now.  I was 29 when I got pregnant with my first and had him when I was 30.   So I had all of my twenties to be skinny, sexy and well-dressed.  I’ve always been thankful for that!  But my 30’s have been spent in plain black yoga pants, gold flip flops, and a string of long & lean tank tops leftover from my first pregnancy wardrobe!  I rarely wear makeup and my up-do is less top knot than a failed attempt at a mom bun!  And I’m not even going to mention the weight gain after eight years and two pregnancies…yikes!

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Prior-Prior Year…what? Understanding Recent Changes to FAFSA

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Prior-Prior Year (PPY) FAFSA Changes

 

Are you confused by the recent changes to the FAFSA for the upcoming 2017-2018 academic year?  Of course you are, otherwise, you wouldn’t be reading this post!  And you are not alone.  I’ve already spoken to a number of people voicing their bewilderment over these changes.  Don’t worry, we will get you all squared away and you’ll be an expert on “Prior-Prior Year” by the time you are finished reading here today!

 

How do you fill the gap to pay those out of pocket education expenses?

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DO I EVEN KNOW WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT?

But first, let me introduce myself!  Welcome to my blog, Frugal Nesting.  I typically write about parenting young children, budgeting, and family life.  However, I am also a financial aid professional.  I’ve been working in finance for 14 years and 11 of those years have been in higher education.

Since I get so many questions about financial aid on a daily basis I figured I could take those questions and use my platform as a blogger to get answers out to the folks who need it.  This is particularly useful if it’s hard to get in touch with a real person at your school or you are intimidated by reaching out directly.

Now please note that each school is different and every student has a unique situation, so always check with your school, tax preparer, and/or applicable state/federal sources before making financial aid decisions.*

WHAT’S HAPPENING

Ok, on to the good stuff!  Now historically, you couldn’t begin filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) until January 1st for the upcoming school year.  And part of the process was answering questions about your income and, often, your tax return for the year that just ended.  For example, we are just now wrapping up the 2016-2017 academic year.  The 2016-2017 FAFSA became available on 01/01/2016 and asks questions about 2015 income and tax returns.  Got that?  Ok!

So if you are the parent of a rising sophomore, junior, or senior in college then you probably worked your way through all of that and might have even been feeling somewhat confident that you now know what to expect for next year.  I mean it’s not your first rodeo anymore, right?!?!

Or this might actually be your first rodeo, but you’ve talked to friends & family who gave you all the pep talks to get you ready for this whole new world of sending your love off to college.

Or maybe you are a student moving forward into grad school and doing this all on your own for the first time, but you were paying attention when your parents did it all through undergrad, so no sweat…

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Conquer Your Clutter | Clutter Go Away…{Don’t} Come Back Again Another Day

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Time to conquer clutter mama!

 

Are you tired of wasting precious time shuffling papers and looking for your missing shoe, or your vanishing purse? You dream of short-cuts to make your life more organized, but is it possible?

You’ve got great reasons for wanting to be more organized. You want the best for your family. You want to teach your kids to live in calmness, not chaos. You want to be patient without losing your ever-lovin’ mind in the insanity of so much stuff. And you just want to savor the time you have, instead of running around chasing clutter.
But sometimes it just feels so hard.

Maybe you’ve tried to get more organized before, and failed. Or thought you found the perfect system, only to have it not work for you at all. You’re not alone.

I know what it’s like to feel that getting organized shouldn’t be so hard, and the answer definitely isn’t to keep wasting money on more storage containers or pricey planners, either!

But what if you could learn from a group of organizing gurus all at once — regular people who’ve found practical solutions to their everyday struggles, and want to share their best tips and tactics with you in all the areas you find most challenging?

Because when you have the right info and tools at your fingertips, it’s so much easier. You know which papers to keep (and which should immediately be thrown away). You’re more confident in saying no to the things on your calendar that don’t matter (and yes to the things that do). You start learning the difference between what you really need and what will just add to the clutter to your home. You feel less stressed (and you’ll probably enjoy life more, too).

That’s why Stephanie and her team have put together the Conquer Your Clutter Super Bundle for the very first time. Their customers have been begging for help with streamlining their lives. The answer was this super-short opportunity to get a complete collection of organizational resources for a crazy low price.

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3 Things You Need To Do BEFORE Date Night as a New Mom

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Date Night New Mom

Preparing for Date Night

First of all Mama, if you are a first-time mom or recently gave birth, you need to ask yourself if you are really ready to be away from your baby for an extended period of time. One thing you will learn about me is that I am adamant about a woman’s need to follow her instincts when it comes to mothering and her baby. If you don’t feel ready, then there is nothing wrong with waiting a few more weeks, months, or even years until you are comfortable before your first date night after baby. Hopefully, your partner will be understanding and supportive when you express your feelings. That doesn’t mean you can’t go out, but it just means that baby will need to go with you! Yay family time!

If you think that you are ready for a night out with your partner (or with the girls) then I have some tips on things that you can do before you go! This advice is meant to help things go smoothly for you & the kids while you are away!

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My Favorite New Bath Time Tool

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LatherMitts are so awesome for bath time!

 

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How do you feel about bath time? Do you love it? Do you hate it? I’ve had sort of a love-hate relationship with bath time over the past seven years. It had become somewhat of a nightmare with my oldest because he has this beautiful kinky-curly hair that takes a ton of work. He screams and cries when it comes time to comb through the knots & tangles! And then those early baths with our new little guy did not do much to change that perception, as he screamed bloody murder every time he came into contact with the water. Luckily we seem to have turned a corner with little Baby Guy, he’s now entered the giggly, kicky, splashy stage! But bath time always presents challenges at our house, so I’ve always got my eyes out for things that will make bath time easier.

New Bath Gadget

One of the fun perks of being a blogger is the opportunity to try out and review awesome new products! And you may have noticed that I’m also a huge lover and advocate of small businesses! So I was super excited at the opportunity to try out a super cool new bath time tool for babies and kids (not that it wouldn’t be great for adults too)! LatherMitts by LatherUp are the upgrade to bath time that you didn’t know you needed!

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SURVEY ALERT: Pinecone Research is Now Accepting New Registrants!

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PineCone Research conducts on-line interviews with consumers from all walks of life to obtain their opinions about new products. To become a panel member, all you need to do is complete the simple form above. This will only take a few minutes of your time. It’s easy and fun to see and evaluate new product ideas in the comfort of your own home.

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Each interview usually takes 15-20 minutes of your time. Plus, you are free to leave the panel at any time should you choose to do so.

Registrants who complete the signup form online and align with the recruit target(s) and are eligible for membership consideration will immediately receive an email invitation containing a link, ID and password to complete the full registration process.

The link takes them to a brief “staging” survey (6 minutes or less) to gather some further information about that registrant and their household, and to gain agreement to the terms and conditions for panel membership.

Visit Pinecone and fill out a short questionnaire to see if you qualify. For those in the target demographic, earn as much as $3.00 per survey.

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The School Uniform Reinvented

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A new take on the stuffy old school uniforms for #BTS!

  1. Nautica Boys’ Double Breasted Shawl Collar Cardigan in Coal Heather  2. Boys’ Polo Shirt – Cat & Jack™ in Red 3. Boys’ Woven Cord Belt in Navy  4. Herschel Supply Co. Settlement Backpack in Woodland Camo/Navy/Red 5. Boys’ Pull-On Pant Cat & Jack™ in Blue 6. Stride Rite Made 2 Play Gannon Boot in Brown

School Clothes Planning

I am a planner.  I plan everything.  Right down to the most minute detail…it’s actually kind of OCD ridiculous!  In my planning process, I also research and try to create themes, etc.  So about a year and a half before my eldest started Kindergarten, I started planning.  I asked myself questions like “Am I going to red-shirt him since his birthday is so close to the cutoff?” and “Are we going to settle for the school by our house or are we going to appeal for a spot in a ‘better’ school?” and “What is he going to wear?”  Seriously.

As I researched the local schools, it quickly came to my attention that “uniforms” are common in this area.  I am not used to that at all because where I grew up we were able to wear whatever we wanted as long as it wasn’t provocative or otherwise deemed inappropriate.  In fact, I have very fond memories of expressing my individuality through the style of clothes I chose to wear.  So imagine my dismay upon learning of the uniform requirements that my own child would face.  That was one of the factors that led me to initially attempt an out of district transfer request.  That did not pan out, but I will save that story for another day.  Ultimately we resigned ourselves to being relegated to the ranks of those that wear uniforms.  And not the cute hoity-toity custom private school uniforms.  No, the dress code is polo shirts and solid khaki and/or navy slacks.  Uck.

Challenge Accepted!

I decided to make the uniform situation work for us by thinking outside the box.  Sure, we could have simply ordered the standard outfits from the catalog the school provides or gone the easy route with French Toast everything.  But no, that is not our style. Oh, and did I mention how I detest pique polo shirts?  I think they are the worst, particularly as part of a sloppily put together school uniform.  God forbid the pique polo and standard issue slacks are ill fitting…I just cannot bear the thought!  But what’s the alternative?  Think J.Crew, Mini Boden, Hanna Andersson, Tea Collection, etc.  However, our budget doesn’t support that kind of shopping for the everyday essentials.  We’re more the Gymboree, Kohls & Old Navy set.  But really we pretty much shop at Target and Amazon for just about everything these days!  So that is where this shopping trip will take us today!

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August Goals & {Nonexistent} July Income Report

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It's cool to see a post like this from someone just starting out before they are actually making anything! I love to watch the progression!

 

Life & Goals

Wow, life has been CHAOTIC lately!  In general, things have been crazy since MR* and I both work full time, I am a full-time MBA student, have a home to run, a wild six-year-old to wrangle and a wily infant to nurture.  Now I’ve added this blog to the mix and I think I need about 8 extra hours each day to manage everything properly!  Then add in a 3-week visit from my sister & her hubby from Russia.  The visit ended with a bang as much of the family ended up with a wicked case of stomach flu…yikes!  All while I was working on my first brand ambassadorship for one of my all time favorite brands!  Needless to say, I am super behind in school and my house looks like a tornado just blew through!  So I realize that I need to sit myself down and focus!

How am I going to do that?  Goal setting!  I recently stumbled across a 5-year plan that I prepared almost exactly five years before I found it again.  I had truly not looked at it since I wrote it up because my life is one wild and crazy time after another.  I had prepared it while at my former job and emailed it to myself on my personal email and that is where it sat.  Anyway, once I found it again I was amazed that I had literally done (or almost completed) every single thing on the list and they were not small feats.  I realized that the simple act of putting it down did something to my brain or to the quantum physics of my life that kept me on my desired path.  So I will be posting that soon along with my new 5-year plan and I challenge you to write one up yourself.  Feel free to share!

That being said, I realize that there is something useful about goal setting and maintaining a focus.  So I will be preparing monthly goals to go along with my five-year plan.  These goals will include professional, personal and blog related goals and you guys will hold me accountable…thanks in advance!

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