Sunday, January 27, 2008

New Products - New Partner

Nanny Deprived is proud and excited to announce that we have partnered up with Polkadot Papoose to sell their hand made slings. If you haven't seen them, you need to right away!

Polkadot Papoose offers beautiful fabric combinations and supurb workmanship for all of their slings. Each sling is named after a heroine from several famous great books. Each has two complimentary fabrics which makes all the slings fully reversible. A pacifier pocket is sewn onto both sides of the sling so you can always reach that all important binky.

These slings are wonderful for getting jobs done while caring for your little one. Babies are even able to breastfeed while snug inside the papoose! Be sure to see these beautiful slings in our store or at!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Cleaning a Car Seat

Have you ever cleaned out a car seat? I mean really took everything apart, unscrewed and cleaned? I guess this is something that should be done more frequently than every 4 years. I must have missed that section in the Mommy Handbook.

Sure, I've vacuumed them out before but I've never took everything out and threw the fabric in the wash. It was extremely disgusting and difficult. There are no words to describe the appearance of a 2 year old, half- eaten animal cracker or a decaying Mike and Ike as it lays on your kitchen floor. Once again, I'd like to give a shout out to the manufactures of the Dust Buster.

Whenever any type of food lands on the floor in our kitchen, we immediately call one of our dogs over. My daughter discovered me sitting on the floor trying desperately to pry the car seat fabric from the shell and she called the dog over to eat the pile of debris off the floor. Now, I've seen my dog eat some really disgusting things before, too gross to mention here, but I just couldn't let her eat this. Some of that food had been in the darkest crevices of the car seat and probably hadn't seen the light of day in years.

To make matters worse, I have a bored 4 year old and a hungry dog sniffing around as I begin to become extremely agitated by the difficulty of removing the car seat cover. Of course my daughter thinks this is a good time to sit in the car seat. After shooing her and the dog away, I throw my hands up in despair and give up. Because I would need a screwdriver, I decide it's a job for my husband.

After much cursing by my husband, the fabric liner sits in the washing machine, clean for the moment. I'm sure after 10 am tomorrow it'll be covered in pop tart crumbs and cheese-itz. My conscience is clear for the moment. I've been a good mommy. At least I won't have to do it again for another 4 years.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Rainy Days = Stupidity

We've had a few rainy days lately. It's hard to try to find things to keep my kids entertained when they can't go outside. When my daughter mentioned "play-doh" I of course cringed and a shiver went through my body. But since there was nothing else to do, and I knew a tantrum was going to make an appearance if I said no, I decided to give in and get out the bag of play-doh.

I moved the little table to the only non-carpet area of my house and opened all the little tubs. I then tried to make my escape to the computer. After listening to 5 minutes of repetitive "Help me, Ma" from my 2 year old I threw in the towel, pulled up a chair way to tiny for my rump, and dug into the play-doh.

I hate to admit it, but I kind of got into it for a few minutes. We made a mouse house for my daughter complete with sectional couch, TV, table and fridge. She dug it! I was the coolest mom for awhile. But then Go, Diego, Go came on and everyone left me sitting at a tiny table covered with bits of play-doh scattered about. I had to pick it all up which is no fun at all. It's impossible to get out of carpet! Thank God for my dust buster.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

DVD Players in Shopping Carts for Kids!?

Have you seen them? They are all the buzz of suburban moms in Atlanta. Those enormous, giant, brightly colored, very loud, very hard to push shopping carts that have a DVD player built in. Oh yes! The kids ride below and are almost enclosed inside a bubble of loud Barney mayhem.

I had heard of them and even made my husband do a drive by of a Publix on our way home from a restaurant because I could see them inside. I just had never "experienced" one of them until the other day.

I needed to go to Publix instead of my ordinary grocery store. One of my friends told me Lean Cuisine dinners were on sale at 50% off. A deal too good to pass up even though it meant I'd have to bring the kids with me. A fate normally worse than death.

As soon as we walked into the store, the carts were there right in front of us. It was like the sky had opened up and a beam of light shown down on them. I think angels were singing somewhere amidst the chaos. Before I could even think about it, or try to think of a reason to persuade my kids the bright signing carts weren't any fun, they were buckled inside the "Barney" cart pushing all the buttons. What could I do but hang my head in defeat and dig out a dollar to put into the machine which would unlock the cart.

Once in the store, I immediately felt horribly stupid trying to push a very awkward, very purple, very loud cart with two crazy, excited kids inside. All this for some frozen boxed dinners?

I decided I might as well enjoy the peace. I must say, one good thing was the fact that I could barely see or hear my kids. From the front I could see them but that required me to walk around and bend down to ask what was wrong. While I was trying to push, I could see their lips moving through the bubble but couldn't make out what they were saying. For the most part, the kids were content.

You should have seen the stares I was getting trying to turn that monstrosity around the corners. It didn't help to have the Barney Song playing extremely loud. I definitely saw looks of pity from some businessmen trying to buy lunch from the deli.

Finally, I picked out the last of my groceries and went to the counter. Now the kicker is that you can't take these special carts outside. So while I was trying to pay, I had to remove my screaming 2 year old from the large cart and put him in a very boring old buggy. It was chaos. I almost left without my groceries I was so confused. Three people were coming at me with carts and taking the Barney cart away while I was prying my son's hands from it. At this point, I would gladly have paid 3 times as much for a Lean Cuisine to not be in this situation.

An unhappy, screaming child in an old boring buggy, or the enormous, awkward Barney cart... which is the lesser of two evils? I'm still not decided on that one!

Thursday, January 3, 2008

SALE - Personalized Roll Neck Sweater for Baby!

Baby It's Cold Outside!!

Be sure to check out our great Personalized Roll Neck Sweater in our baby boutique! It's such an adorable product and a great gift for a newborn or a 1st birthday. Choose from pink, natural or navy blue and customize it the way you want.

Nanny Deprived has these soft and adorable sweaters on sale for a short period! Regularly $45.00 -- Now $35.00! We at Nanny Deprived want to warm up your baby with a great sweater!