Advice from Today’s Moms

Hello, fellow Working Moms Against Guilt. It’s Tuesday, the day when I usually post a quick and easy recipe for you and your families to try. The craziness of my family life hasn’t eased, what with tax season upon us and me expecting our second child in a matter of weeks, so today’s recipe is *really* quick and easy:

Take two pieces of bread and slather one with mayo, the other with mustard. Get out the leftover ham from Easter dinner and stack it nice and thick between the bread slices. Add cheese, if you like, and perhaps a little pickle, lettuce or tomato. Serve with mini-carrots right out of the bag, or apple slices, and a glass of milk.

Voila! All of the major food groups are covered! 🙂

But seriously, I’m having a hard time finding much I can eat lately (besides ham and veggies), thanks to the heartburn from H-E-double-L. It’s all part of the joy of pregnancy, which hubby and I are re-discovering as we prepare for the new Little One to make her appearance.

One of the things I’ve done a lot less this time around is read pregnancy and parenting books. I feel like I’ve “been there, done that” and could *write* the textbook. So when I got a package containing the book “TODAY’S MOMS: Essentials for Surviving Baby’s First Year,” it took me a couple of weeks to crack the cover. Slowly, though, I started reading bits and pieces, and I found myself enjoying it. The book was written by “Today” show producers Mary Ann Zoellner and Alicia Ybarbo, with contributions by cast and crew members, including Matt Lauer, Kathie Lee Gifford, Meredith Vieira and Al Roker. It’s your standard new-parent advice, but I like the conversational tone and the variety of viewpoints. If you or a new mom in your life is a fan of the “Today” show, then this would make a great resource.

Adding to my interest in the book is its connection to Pampers, with which I’ve done a bit of work in my various capacities as a copywriter, mom blogger, etc. Just this month, the diaper brand helped celebrate the book’s launch with a party in New York, hosting a diaper drive for moms in need through the non-profit Baby Buggy. Attendees who donated a package of specially-marked Pampers also triggered a donation in support of the Pampers “One Pack = One Vaccine” campaign to benefit UNICEF. The campaign helps protect women and their newborns in the developing world against Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus.

If you’re interested in “TODAY’S MOMS” and you’d like to donate as well, you can get a bundled set, which includes the book and a package of Pampers Swaddlers, through A portion of proceeds from the set will be donated to Baby Buggy to help families in need.

Check it out!

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