Sometimes it’s easy to forget what it’s like to be a kid.  We get so busy rushing around, stressing over paying bills and trying to keep the family routine running smoothly that we overlook the world from our child’s eyes.

I’ll admit, I’ve been on a tear lately trying to keep the house clean and dealing with a number of serious issues in my life.  It seems as if on a daily basis I’ve been on my girls to clean up their Barbies that seem to have taken over the house.  Every night I find plastic shoe bins, pieces to games and other things scattered around the room and it’s been making me crazy.  

But last night the girls asked me if I would play Barbies with them.   I suddenly realized that it’s been a long time since I’d done this.  So they introduced me to the magical world they had created.  The plastic shoe bins were actually different rooms for each doll and the various game pieces were being used as surf boards, beach umbrellas and drinking cups.  They proudly presented me with my two Barbies and invited me to a party with the other dolls.

I sat in amazement realizing how fabulously active their imaginations were and the pure joy I felt being a part of their world.  The “clutter” I had been nagging them to clean up was actually a magical world they had created.

So, for a few hours last night, I forgot about the pressures that were weighing me down and reveled in the simple happiness of a make-believe world.  And before I lecture them again about cleaning up “a mess,” I’ll try to see if from their eyes.

Look and feel beautiful on the inside and out! The Safety Mom & Dermage Spa want all Fairfield County, CT women to glow this summer!

And, to help you do this we are holding an amazing event on June 1st from 5:00 – 10:00pm

I’ll be signing copies of my new book, “Honey I Lost the Baby in the Produce Aisle!: The Safety Mom’s Guide to Childproofing Your Life”

Clinical Nutritionist, Loryn Galardi, M.S. will be on hand to help you begin to EAT YOURSELF HEALTHY: Eating to Reduce Aging and Disease.  What do allergies, weight gain, heart disease, depression, diabetes and even premature aging have in common?  INFLAMMATION.  The foods we eat every day affect the inflammation in our bodies in complex and unpredictable ways.  Learn simple ways you can prevent and even reverse the damage caused by inflammatory foods.  

We’ll also be discussing the importance of getting environmental toxins out of your home and some much safer alternatives.

And, it’s just as important to feel healthy and beautiful on the outside.  Get some tips on keeping your skin glowing and youthful all summer and beyond.  Learn the benefits of Botox.  If you’ve ever thought about it now’s the time to learn more!

Come by to learn more and enjoy some wine and hors d’oeuvres

Please RSVP to Stephanie and then come by anytime between 5P and 10P.  To schedule a botox treatment, please call Dermage Spa directly.

Mother’s day is right around the corner and I’ve already been dropping hints. I’m not much of a jewelry person, (shoes are much more my obsession of choice!) but I absolutely fell in love with this Circle of Love pendent created by jewelry designer Zedena Designs. There are more than 60 colors of Genuine Swarovski Crystals to choose from and, best of all, it’s available online for $49 at the Zedena Designs website. Colors correspond to birthstones making an extra special custom gift!

This is a great idea for anyone to give that special woman in his or her life a gift that represents those closest to her heart. Each piece is custom designed by the client. Choose custom from the drop down menu and email them at jewelry@zedenadesigns.com with your birthstone choices and your order number.

But Zedena Designs has made it even better and is offering a 20% off coupon code for the Safety Mom community! Simply enter SafetyMom2011 at checkout to get the discount. The offer is available until Mother’s Day.

Travelling for the holidays this year? For many of us we’ll be hitting the road for Grandma’s house, friend’s parties or even a family vacation. And, with airline travel being as crazy as it is, more families will be driving instead of flying.

Car accidents are still one of the leading causes of injuries for kids. Finding the right car seat, making sure it’s attached properly and being certain that they’re buckled in can add another layer of stress to the trip.

Or, maybe like me, you have a son, daughter, grandchild or niece or nephew that’s just starting to drive. That definitely causes stress for most people!

Want to learn some tips on driving safety and car seat safety? Need some tips about how to protect your teens and toddlers when they’re in the car?

Join us Monday night to talk car safety! Our host is LifeBelt, a terrific new product that guarantees your teen and toddler are buckled in every time they ride in the car! We’ll also talk about some basic car seat do’s and don’ts and some other products to keep everyone in the car safe.

Twitter Party Information:

Monday, December 20, 2010 8:30PM EST
Follow @safetymom & @autolifebelt
Be sure to use #carsafety for a chance to win one of three $25 Amazon Giftcards!!!
Lifebelt – www.nobucklenostart.com

As women, we are in a daily struggle to manage our lives as well as our kids and parents.  While juggling kid’s activities, jobs, cleaning, classes or doctors appointments, we oftentimes forget about ourselves. All women need to know the steps to understand the symptoms and reduce the risk of illness including heart disease.  And, we also need to be able to manage the health of our children and our older parents.  This is why I am so excited to be working with Heart360, an online health management system that provides both information and the tools needed to assist us in staying healthy.

So, be sure to mark your calendar for December 16, 2010 at 8PM EST and join the Safety Mom Heart360 Twitter Party.  Dr. Eric Peterson, Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology and the Associate Director of the Duke Clinical Research Institute will be there to answer your questions as well as discuss how to monitor your health, communicate more effectively with your health care providers and help manage your family’s medical issues. 

In the meantime, go to www.heart360.com, sign up and start tracking your medical heart health today!

To attend, simply follow @safetymom & @hearthub.  Please sure to use #health360 on all your tweets for a chance to win one of three $25 Amazon gift cards!

Alison Rhodes is the founder of Safety Mom Enterprises and Safety Mom Solutions, the premier baby proofing and child safety company in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut area. Alison is a family safety expert, TV personality and consultant.

This week marks a year since I moved out of my house and started my new life as a single mom. In some ways it’s flown by but, when I think back on everything that’s happened since, it seems as if I’ve lived a lifetime. The kids were on a week-long vacation with their dad this past week and it gave me time to do some “house-cleaning” both literally and figuratively.

I remember last year as I was packing up to move out I made my first purchase on my own without having to check with anyone else. It was a vacuum cleaner. Something incidental but, in my mind, it was monumental. I didn’t have to explain to someone else why this was the right vacuum for me. I didn’t have to debate whether to “shop around” to find another. I just was able to do it and, let me tell you, it was the best feeling in the world!! Renting a house on my own was certainly another big step. I negotiated the lease, dealt with the paperwork, dealt with the utility and cable companies, coordinated the move…everything. It seemed overwhelming and exhausting but I remember the first night I was here I toasted myself for having done it. Now this past week I did the one thing I never thought I would be able to do on my own – I bought a car. I really do think of myself as a successful and intelligent business woman but, when it comes to dealing with cars, I feel completely naïve. I was completely stressed out this week because I knew I had to handle it and I was dreading it. But, once again, I rose to the occasion, quickly and efficiently found a car, negotiated the price and bought a car! The sense of accomplishment I felt can’t be described. Now I know I can do things on my own!

My life has changed dramatically in the past year. I went from owning a home, where I had to worry about repairing whatever broke and maintaining it, to renting a home where I could call the landlord to fix it. I turned in a leased vehicle, for which I was making monthly payments, to a car I bought outright and got rid of one big monthly payment. That’s when it occurred to me – not only do I feel empowered by accomplishing these things on my own but, by changing my lifestyle and not being burdened by certain financial responsibilities, I feel so much more less stressed!

And that’s when it occurred to me. One of the lessons I didn’t even realize I learned this year was that by getting rid of the material “stuff” in my life and simplifying I feel even more free! And so, I’m taking stock of everything around me and deciding what really needs to stay and what can go. This includes my kids toys, clothes I haven’t worn in years and yes, even some people who have filled my life with negativity rather than support. My new life is filled with less stuff but also less stress and more happiness and peace. I intend to keep it that way.

Alison Rhodes is the founder of Safety Mom Enterprises and Safety Mom Solutions, the premier baby proofing and child safety company in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut area. Alison is a family safety expert, TV personality and consultant.

By The Safety Mom

The big question everyone asked me today was “How was it taking 5 kids on vacation?” Well, as I said, lesson one is that it’s absolutely not a vacation for the parents! But, it was fun! I would definitely recommend Hershey Park and Lancaster, PA for any family – there’s something for everyone.

For the trip down I borrowed a Toyota Sienna. I’ve always been a big Toyota fan but had never been in one of their mini-vans (it was always my “pre-kid” car!) I was always one of those women that vowed to never drive a minivan. But yes, like most of us, I resigned myself to growing up and becoming a parent. Of course, now with kids I see how much easier life is with one. When I was researching the Sienna online I ran across their new ad campaign on You Tube. If you haven’t seen it, you need to check it out – it’s hilarious!

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ra4JPZz3_Vo&hl=en_US&fs=1&rel=0]

Without a doubt, the commercials highlight some of my (and my kids) favorite features as well:

Reclining middle seats – The kids were constantly fighting over who could sit in one of the middle seats. There is a footrest that comes up and it completely reclines. Yes, we could have slept in it!

Back-up camera – OK, in the commercial she uses it to check out other people going into yoga class but it is definitely a great option. Around town, I can make sure that a child isn’t behind the car as I’m backing up from a parking lot. In Lancaster, it helped me be sure a goat or cow wasn’t behind me!

Tons of room – With 5 kids comes a lot of stuff but no one felt crowded! Between floaties, favorite stuffed animals and blankets and tons of souvenirs we were packed full. I loved that I could open the trunk with the key fob when I had my hands full of wet beach towels and holding my 4 year-old’s hand.

Of course, a 4 hour car trip would probably not be possible without the built-in DVD player and headphones (Toyota, please consider giving two more standard with the car???) At least it stopped the “Mom are we there yet?” question for a little while!

The other feature that I thought was really cool was the Front and Rear Intuitive Parking Assist. Whenever I get too close to something a warning alarm starts going off. I have to admit, for someone who is lousy at parallel parking like myself, this is a dream come true!!

And, as the Safety Mom, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the three row side curtain air bags. On our way down we saw a horrific accident and it always makes you stop and think. So many car accidents are a side-impact collision that for me, this is an absolute must.

The Sienna is definitely a cool minivan and that comes with a lot of great features. The kids loved the Toyota Swagger rap as well and are now making up their own dance – stay tuned to YouTube for our version of the Swagger family!

Alison Rhodes is the founder of Safety Mom Enterprises and Safety Mom Solutions, the premier baby proofing and child safety company in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut area. Alison is a family safety expert, TV personality and consultant.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcKOrFP50lA&hl=en&fs=1&]

There is no doubt that moms are the hardest working people on earth. Whether you’re a stay at home mom or work outside the home, trying to juggle all of the responsibilities is pretty overwhelming.

Continuing with my musical theme, the Dolly Parton song “9 to 5” got me thinking – who actually works a 9 to 5 job anymore?!?!? I can understand 5A – 9P…maybe that’s it – maybe someone transposed the numbers!

One of the challenges I face is that my office is in my house. I purposely arranged my career and my life so that I could be home with my kids to do homework, eat dinner and be around for after school activities. The problem is that there are a few times that I need to be on the road for business trips. One recent trip took me out to Las Vegas for the ABC Show which I’ve blogged about. This was a 4-day trip in which I was working from 5A to at least 11P. But some people, even fellow moms and friends, assumed I was “goofing off.” After all, who actually works in Las Vegas??? Clearly these people had never been sent to a trade show before!

Once I’m home from a trip like this I need to really go into overdrive making up for the lost time doing chores, errands and other day-to-day activities. It’s so overwhelming I’m sure anyone would realize that “goofing off” is not an option for me or any other working mom.

So, I figured that I would show everyone a typical day in my life – which I am confident is similar to almost every other mom out there! I’ve bemoaned the never-ending laundry cycle before. This is something they never tell you in any of the “What To Expect” books when you’re pregnant! But, as I’ve said before, my new Frigidaire Washer and Dryer allows me to do about 7 loads of laundry a day thanks to the 25-minute wash Quick Cycle and the TimeWise™ Technology which ensures the washing time is the same as the drying time. And the Express Select Controls makes it easy to use – even when I’m still half asleep in the morning! I save even a little more time thanks to the Frigidaire Dryer’s DrySense™ Technology which gets the wrinkles out so I don’t have to iron my clothes, probably the most dreaded chore of all for me.

So, sit back and enjoy my rendition of “9 to 5” which absolutely should be retitled “5 to 9”! This is for every hard working mom out there!