Powering Down: The Importance of Getting Enough Sleep

Is your child getting enough sleep?  We are phasing out of the days where kids run around all day and play outside until the street lights come on.  In today’s world, a lot of kids are entertaining themselves in a new way and it may be affecting their sleep.  About 75% of elementary and middle school children have access to some type of electronic device in their bedroom.  The extra stimulation, light and sound can make it harder for children to relax and get enough sleep.

The solution?

Try to limit screen time at night and at least 1 hour before bedtime.  Instead, try unplugged activities like reading, games, exercise or quiet time.  Keep in mind, adults should lead by example in this department and use the time as quality time with family.

Lack of sleep can lead to decreased concentration in school, a weakened immune system, increased risk for obesity and moodiness.  Kids ages 5 to 12 should be getting at least 10 to 11 hours of sleep.  So, let’s power down at night so we can power up in the morning for a successful day!

The Reasons I Became an Entrepreneur

The Reasons I became an Entrepreneur

The truth is I was young and fearless. I started my first company when I was 24. I had been a nanny since I was 19 and really felt like I had found my perfect job. Sure, I had people give me the “when are you going to get a real job” face but I felt confident in my chosen career. I had always grown up really just wanting to be a mother. I had never dreamed of running a company and certainly would have not seen my self as an Entrepreneur. But I feel life guides you and priorities change you.

Olive You Nanny was created in 2004, while still being a nanny. I knew this industry, I knew what nannies wanted and worked for many families, so knew what families needed. I took a year to do my research and jumped through the hoops of the department of Labor.

And there I stood….open for business!

 

I was busy immediately. Thankfully we are still busy today, in 5 states and 14 AMAZING ladies who run Olive You.

I had my first son a year after I started OYN. Juggling motherhood was far from easy. I didn’t want to miss the milestones, so working from home was the best of both worlds. Adding two more kiddos to the mix came even more challenges but I’ll save that for another blog post called “How to manage your crazy life with kids and a business!”

As I multitasked through phone calls, diaper changes, nursing while making breakfast, consultations and interviews I thought…I really have it all. Sure, I likely have ADD and have an ongoing list a mile long in my head, dirty laundry piling up, dog hair on the floor but I wouldn’t change a thing. I feel fortunate to have a amazing husband who has a “normal” job and insurance. This is how I make this dream a reality.

It’s a perfect match.

Author: Sarah Davis

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Nanny Backpack Roundup

At the Elm Grove Park this morning with E, I was so annoyed with my oversized crossbody as I went down slides, crouched into small spaces, and ran from playground to sand pit. It got me thinking that a backpack would be a great solution!

E has her own mini backpack that couldn't be cuter, and we do take it everywhere we go, but she doesn't like carrying it herself yet and it most definitely doesn't fit me. So, when we get to our location, I typically take out a diaper, wipes, her snack, and water and shove it in my purse so it's easier to carry. Not ideal! I'm thinking one of these backpacks below may need to be purchased in the near future. Which one is your favorite? 

1. Oh Joy!® Backpack Diaper Bag - Dashes via Target  -  Okay, so this one is technically a diaper bag backpack, and I am in love! If you don't follow Joy Cho of Oh Joy on social media, you should! She is a fun and colorful working mama with stylish collections available at Target. This one may be my favorite because of the inside organization and easy-cleaning nylon. ($39.99)

2. Koed Backpack by Madden Girl via DSW  -  I love this nautical look that is perfect for hauling your nanny essentials or as a carry on on vacation. It's a little less bulky than the rest too, very slide friendly.  ($39.95)

3.  Casanova in Cognac Taupe via Sole Society  -  This backpack is for the ultra hip nanny or mom! It may not be as versatile or easy to clean, but you definitely won't be compromising your style. It goes great with any outfit and is perfect for vacation too! ($59.95)

4. PUMA Equation Laptop Backpack via TJMaxx   -  This backpack is a great mix of sporty and stylish. Bring your laptop to work to use during nap time and easily take it out before a field trip with your little. I love the cognac details and multiple zippers for easy organization. ($29.99)

5. Women's Corduroy Backpack - Mossimo Supply Co.™ Mint via Target  -  I love this backpack for fall! It's a fun color and I can't say that I've ever seen a corduroy backpack before. Bonus, it's on sale! ($20.99)

6. Adidas Excel III Backpack via Nordstrom Rack  -  Light pink and navy, you just can't go wrong. It's even big enough for hauling sand toys to the park! ($39.97)

7. Trans by JanSport®Ocean Vintage Floral Print Backpack  via Target  -  Okay, this one looks like beautiful antique china I would love to have in my cupboard. Not into the floral? Trans by JanSport has tons of other fun prints to choose from! ($44.99)

8. Fossil Keyper Backpack via DSW  -  This backpack is a great color for year round use and seems ultra durable with the coated canvas. The positive customer reviews speaks for itself. ($69.95)

Thanks for reading! I'll keep you updated if I take the backpack plunge. What's your favorite day bag? Oh, and don't forget to follow @oliveyounannymke on Instagram for more!

xoxo,

Maggie

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So Much Fun in the North Shore!

Have you have recently moved to the northern suburbs, or are you contemplating a move? There are plenty of great, kid friendly businesses to keep your little ones (and you!) entertained and even meet new friends! When I started doing nanny placements in the north shore, I have to admit, I wasn't that familiar with the "burbs", and had to quickly familiarize myself. What I found were so many wonderful places for parents (and nannies) to meet, have fun, and even learn. I feel good things should be shared, so here are just a few of my favorite finds.

Play Spaces: Indoor play spaces are great for so many reasons. I love them for pre-crawlers to beginning walkers especially, because they mirror the park experience without the "Oh wait, don't put that in your mouth!", or "Oh no, what did you just crawl through?!" aspect. They are also great for any age when the weather isn't cooperating. Little Beans Evanston and Growth Spurts in Wilmette are two great options. 

Beyond a Toy Store: The Sensory Kids Store  in Wilmette, was created by a mom of kids with developmental differences, and is the first of it's kind. While this store may cater to kiddos with developmental differences, it is a wealth of knowledge for all parents and kids of all abilities. I love a store I can walk into and know that every item was hand selected with care and purpose, and The Sensory Kids Store certainly qualifies.  

Kid Friendly Eats: Be on the lookout for a great new spot opening soon in Northbrook. The Jar Bar is a genius idea from a mom who understands the need for quick, healthy options outside of the city. They are set to open in April, and with offerings like Cookie Dough Overnight Oats, I'm definitely planning a trip! Jar Bar will be a great, kid friendly spot to meet friends for lunch, grab a portable lunch to take to the park, or swing through for breakfast on your way to the train. 

Party Like a Rockstar: Our friends at Chicago Kids have created a new resource site, Basharoo. This site gives you everything you need for party planning in one place. How great is that?! Basharoo lists locations, entertainers, rentals, and even photos of parties for inspiration. 

Hopefully this list encourages you to explore the beautiful north shore suburbs. This is just a small sample of what it has to offer. Do you have a favorite spot?

Author: Jessica Schwartz, North Shore Placement Specialist

Evanston's beautiful beaches! 

Evanston's beautiful beaches!