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St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children Raises Awareness of Breastfeeding

PHILADELPHIA, July 28, 2014 — To celebrate National Breastfeeding Awareness Month in August, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children will host a breastfeeding awareness week August 4-8, 2014 at the hospital, located at 160 East Erie Avenue in Philadelphia, PA.

The event will help raise awareness for the importance of breastfeeding and provide helpful information to hospital employees and the community. Throughout the week, tables with informative materials on breastfeeding, staffed by St. Christopher’s employees, will be set up in three locations: the Lower Atrium at the main hospital, in Ambulatory Pediatrics on the first floor of the main hospital, and in the lobby of the Nelson Pavilion, located across the parking lot from the hospital.
St. Christopher’s currently has a hospital-based Breastfeeding Committee comprised of nurses, and Certified Breastfeeding Counselors (CBC). A CBC is a person who receives training and competency verification in breastfeeding, knowledge of milk production, prevention and management of breastfeeding complications, feeding difficulties and handling and storage of breast milk. The group assists mothers who are learning to breastfeed, as well as provides support and education to breastfeeding or pumping mothers and staff.

“Currently, our group sees about 170 newborns per month,” says Deborah Sandrock, MD, International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), physician at St. Christopher’s. We assist moms in obtaining personal items to help with breastfeeding and work closely with home care visiting nurses who are involved with our patients. We also have a MILK warmline that provides breastfeeding support to moms if they have questions or concerns between appointments.”

The purpose of the Breastfeeding Committee at St. Christopher’s is to increase the rates of breastfeeding at St. Christopher’s and to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding and breastmilk. Lactation Consultant services are a part of outpatient newborn visits for breastfeeding families, as well.

“Breastfeeding may help to lower the risk of SIDS in babies, as well as reduce the risk of Type 2 Diabetes, childhood leukemia, ear infections, obesity and asthma,” says Dr. Sandrock. “Breast milk is also easier to digest than formula and is rich in nutrients and antibodies.”

Dr. Sandrock adds that breastfeeding may also lower the risk of Type 2 Diabetes, breast cancer, ovarian cancer and postpartum depression in women.

St. Christopher’s Hospital
Since 1875, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children has been providing exceptional patient care and advancing new pediatric treatments through research and innovation. Through affiliations with Drexel University College of Medicine and Temple University School of Medicine, St. Christopher’s is a teaching hospital helping to train the next generation of professionals in pediatric medicine.

A 189-bed hospital, St. Christopher’s is committed to delivering high quality family-and patient-centered care to children throughout the greater Delaware Valley. Its highly acclaimed programs include a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center, Level IV NICU, a Heart Center and Oncology unit. Hospital services also include the only dedicated pediatric burn center in the area. Thanks to our nursing excellence, St. Christopher’s achieved Magnet status in 2009. Numerous St. Christopher’s physicians are frequently recognized in regional publications as “Top Docs” in their fields of expertise. In 2012, St. Christopher’s announced a $110 million expansion to include two new structures. The Critical Care Tower, which features advanced technology while incorporating families’ needs, will house 50 critical care and 60 Level IIIC NICU beds. The Center for the Urban Child will provide children with comprehensive services to help break the cycles of food insecurity, violence and childhood illness.

To learn more about St. Christopher’s, visit or call 215-427-5000. Find us on social media at,,,, and on instagram at @stchrismarketing and twitter at @stchristhospital.

Book Review: Have You Ever Wondered About Angels, by Chris Alexandria

Book Review:

Have You Ever Wondered About Angels, by Chris Alexandria


Have You Ever Wondered About Angels, by Chris Alexandria and illustrated by Alex Levitos is a brand new book that explains the basic concepts of Angels in the sweetest of a story.

Lets let my daughter’s quote speak for itself (she’s only 5), she made me read it twice in a row to her as soon as we received it, she LOVED this new book.

“I love it, I want to read it all night. It’s the best book I ever heard. My mom chose this book for my bedtime story and I didn’t think I would love it so much, but I did”, Mama Chrissy’s Five Year Old Daughter!


Mama Chrissy too thought this book was beautifully written as well as illustrated. Kudos to both Chris & Alex for an amazing book!


Angel Poem


Angel Poem on page 26 that my daughter and I say super quick whenever we feel the need for angel support for anything.

angel poem



You can find this book online at Chris Alexanderia’s, Angel Chatter website, Amazon or many of the mind, body, spirit expos’s she attends. Chris does much more than write children’s books. She is guided by angels to help us in many, many ways. It was my pleasure to meet her in person last year and she was quite the presence and had a long last effect on me and I’m please to be honored to review this new children’s book and look forward to all her future work, because she has found her path and is helping people like me everyday and I love helping people like her help even more people…even if it’s just one more person….doesn’t matter to me, that just means it was only meant to help one. However, I know in my heart she and I are both here for much more than that! This is just the beginning!

Light & Love to all of you!!! Many, Many Blessings & Namaste!

Mama Chrissy


Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Friends Forever Released March 5, 2013

Strawberry Shortcake

Berry Friends Forever Review

Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Friends Forever Released Today, March 5, 2013

Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Friends Forever Released March 5, 2013

When the very formal Berry Bitty Buggy Derby is revived, the girls are unfamiliar with the traditional behavior for the event. Blueberry starts off as the resident expert, but eventually gets so obsessed with manners she does more harm than good. In the end, the girls work together and learn the true meaning of being BFF’s or Berry Friends Forever.

My little one watched it twice in a row she was so excited!! She loved this new release and I thought it was another great movie that taught my daughter more important life lessons! Thumbs up Strawberry & Friends!!! Keep it the good work!

Please Touch Holiday Events


Please Touch Museum®, The Children’s Museum of Philadelphia™ is offering a host of fabulous and festive exhibits and programming for the entire family. From Enchanted Colonial Village and Countdown to Noon to the 90 minute adult Centennial Tour, the holiday season at Please Touch® is filled with intergenerational fun, all included in the Museum’s price of admission. This holiday season, PTM is the place to be while family is visiting from out of town and the kids are off from school.

WHAT: November 16, 2012-January 2, 2013 Enchanted Colonial Village, Supported by The Philadelphia Foundation Monday-Saturday 9:00am-4:00pm and Sundays 11:00am- 4:00pm Please Touch Museum shares the magic and motion of the holidays with the return of the Lit Brother’s Enchanted Colonial Village. Visit this representation of an 18th century village, featuring a Bakery, Village Store, Blacksmith and Toymaker shops. Together, these scenes make for a wonderful intergenerational learning and memory making experience.
November 29 Sugarplum Fairy Appearance from Pennsylvania Ballet’s George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ Thursday, 11:00 am- 12:00pm Please Touch Museum hosts a festive meet and greet with a Sugarplum Fairy from Pennsylvania Ballet’s George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker! The Sugarplum Fairy will demonstrate several ballet positions and read an excerpt from the holiday classic. Founded in 1963 by Balanchine student and protégée Barbara Weisberger, Pennsylvania Ballet is one of the nation’s leading ballet companies.
December 31 Annual Countdown to Noon Celebration 12:00pm & 1:00pm Countdown to Noon™ lets children usher in the New Year at a party created just for them! As the Noon hour arrives, little party animals will countdown to 2013 as streamers and confetti blast from Countdown cannons. Countdown to Noon celebrations will take place at Noon and 1:00pm. Please Touch Museum will be open from 9:00am – 3:00pm on Monday, December 31st. The Museum will re-open at 11:00am on New Year’s Day.
Please Touch Museum’s Centennial Tour Please Touch Museum’s 90-minute Centennial Tour explores the history and transformation of Memorial Hall, the first home of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the 1876 World’s Fair. Memorial Hall is the only major structure remaining from Philadelphia’s 1876 Centennial Exhibition. The guided tour for adults includes a ride on the fully restored 1908 Woodside Park Dentzel Carousel, the Centennial Exploration gallery, and an 1889 scale model that depicts the Centennial’s landscape. Guided tours leave from the admissions desk every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. No reservations are required, adults only. Self-guided tours are also available at any time during regular museum hours.
Please Touch Museum, The Children’s Museum of Philadelphia Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park 4231 Avenue of the Republic Philadelphia, PA

Please Touch Museum at Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park is dedicated to enriching the lives of children by providing learning opportunities through play. Recognized locally and nationally as one of the best children’s museums, Please Touch is open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m.-5 p.m. from April 1st through September 30th. From October 1st through March 31st, hours of operation are Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sundays 11a.m.- 4p.m. Admission is $16 for adults and children age one and over. Children under one are free. For more information, please call 215-581-3181, or visit our web site at

The Gender Dilemma Part II

Does anyone remember a few months ago – in this post – how anxious I was to find out the sex of my baby?  Not sure if you all recall, but I went (ran like a wild woman) to Fetal Vision Imaging in Langhorne, PA to see if I could have them confirm what the Perinatalogist’s office had already told me.   And sure enough, I was able to get a valid confirmation of my……



I am sooo excited!

I think we are so blessed to be able to have the experience of raising both a girl and boy.

And…  to be honest I am really looking forward to cheering on some Little League baseball in my future!  :)

Johnny & Sherry, the owners of Fetal Vision, are the greatest people.  Friendly, informative and only want you to have the best experience when you are there.   That is why they are so hung up on making sure you DRINK PLENTY OF WATER before you have an ultrasound done with them.  72 oz. of water a day to be exact! Drinking all of that water helps to keep the amniotic fluid nice and clear so that you get the best pics possible of your baby.

I told Johnny that I was going to share the pics with you all and he was  SUPER nice enough to do a quick 3D shot for me!  I am only 16 weeks along here, (and WAS NOT drinking 72 oz. of water a day) so the pic isn’t as clear as it could be.  The baby also doesn’t look like you would normally see advertised at one of these ultrasound sessions.  This is one of the reasons they stress LOTS OF WATER and why that they like to do them when the baby is bigger and more pudged up and filled out – around 26 – 28 weeks.


Fetal Vision Imagining offers all kinds of  packages so even if you are on a tight budget, I think there is something you can afford if you really want to get a 3D peek at the reason why your belly is a big as house.  ;)    Click HERE to see what they offer.

I am having a 2nd 3D/4D Ultrasound done in about 2 weeks and we can’t wait to see what/who my baby looks like.  The experience is like nothing else,  (besides actually having and meeting your new little one) because you can share it with others.  My parents and daughter will be coming with us this time.  I know they are just as excited as we are to see our little guy.  We had a 3D Ultrasound done with my daughter before she was born and I feel it helped us to bond with her before she was even here.


Having a baby is such a wonderful time in a woman’s life and I am sooo happy to be able to share it with my family and friends this way.



Top 10 Tips for shopping a consignment sale

This is the season for children’s consignment sales. Seasonal consignment sales offer a unique venue for families to sell items their children no longer use and others a chance to purchase the same items at a fraction of regular retail prices. Sales set up shop for a weekend or a few days in the spring and fall. Some sales also offer a holiday sale around December that specializes in toys and holiday clothes. Here are some tips for successfully shopping one of these events. Mark your calendars for the Kidzsignments Fall/Holiday event (November 17-19 at 76 Reaville Avenue (next to McDonalds) in Flemington). Check out our website at for more information and complete sale schedule.

Find a Sale

Pick a sale that best fits you. Consider how far you’re willing to travel, sale hours, how popular the sale (the more popular usually means the more crowded), what they sell (not all sell car seats or maternity clothing), what payments they will accept etc. A large sale is usually worth the drive, but don’t rule out smaller less popular sales that may not have a large quantity, but will likely still have quality items for sale. Google your area using keywords ‘children’s consignment sale’ to find one in your area.  If you find a sale you enjoy, join their email list to stay informed.

Make a List

Like grocery shopping, it’s never a good idea to walk into a consignment sale without a list – your plan. Take a few minutes prior to the sale to write out what you’re looking to buy. This goes for clothing, sports equipment, books etc. Don’t forget to specify sizes too.

Set a Budget

Walking into a consignment sale for the first time can be overwhelming. There are thousands of GREAT things to buy and the prices are always great. If you don’t set a limit, you will likely over spend. Consider shopping with cash to avoid the urge to buy more with a credit card. Please note that not all sales will accept credit cards for payment.

Leave the Kids at Home

Some sales restrict if or when children may attend. It’s never a great idea to bring your children even if a sale allows. It’s usually stressful to shop anywhere with a child but a consignment sale can be even tougher because of the crowds and lines.  It’ll be more fun for everyone if you can leave the little ones at home.

Shop Early

Most sales allow sellers and volunteers to shop before the public. This can be the difference it makes to ensure you get the ‘best’ deal, and not just the ‘good’ deals. You don’t have be a consignor to shop early. Check sale websites for opportunities to volunteer a few hours to earn a preview shopping pass. Some sales offer First-time moms an opportunity to register for an early shopping pass (rules will vary per sale). Visit the sale website for specifics on early shopping opportunities. If you plan on shopping the first public day, be sure to arrive early, up to an hour, to get in line.

Grab Your Tools

Having the right tools will make your shopping much easier. Use string to measure your child’s waist and length to use when shopping for pants/skirts. You can use cardboard to trace an outline of their feet to help with shoe or snow boot sizes. You can also keep a list of clothing and shoe sizes when shopping. If the sale allows, bring a wagon, basket or rubber bin to hold you items while you shop. It is also a good idea to come in a vehicle large enough to hold your purchases (especially if you are shopping for train tables, infant gear or furniture).

Shop Strategically

When you first arrive make a beeline for the items you want most. Ask about ‘HOLD’ areas or marking items ‘SOLD’ to avoid carrying (or dragging) heavy loads. When shopping for clothing hold an item if it is a “maybe”, instead of returning only to find it gone. Don’t forget that the last day of a sale is usually a discount day. And don’t make the assumption that nothing good would remain on the final day of a sale. Many overpriced items can be snatched up on half price day when the price is right.

Think Outside the Box

Most people think of consignment sales as a less expensive way to buy clothing, toys and baby gear for their family. But consider buying birthday, holiday and other gifts at a consignment sale. Many consignors are selling brand new items – similar to what you may find at WalMart or Target. Some larger sales offer brand new products lines like Melissa & Doug for sale at a discount.  You may also find vendors at some sales selling homemade items or hard to find items.

Know Your Prices/Brands

Consignors are usually responsible for setting their own prices. Don’t assume every price is a ‘good price’. Know the higher end brands (i.e. Baby Gap, Gymboree, Janie & Jack) which will be priced higher AND the lower end (i.e Jumping Beans, Circo, Kid Connection, Faded Glory) which should be priced lower. Take advantage of your SmartPhone to check Ebay or retail store websites (i.e. to compare pricing.  Remember, consignment stores will not negotiate pricing or take items back if you find them cheaper somewhere else.

Inspect Your Items

Be sure to double check your finds before paying for them.  Check the sizes on the garment label. Be careful when buying clothing sets to ensure all pieces are the same size. Most sales inspect items during drop off, but it’s always a good idea to look for stains, holes or make sure toys work and have all the pieces. Double check your movies to make sure the correct DVD is inside and check books for tears and writing. Remember, most sales don’t accept returns.


Laurie Owens lives in Flemington, NJ and is the mother of 3 children and owner of Kidzsignments Childrens Consignment Sale. She organizes semi-annual events in Edison and Flemington (Nov 17-19). If you’d like to learn more about her consignment sale, visit her website at


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