August Baby Fun Facts

August is the third month of summer, and like July, it originally bore a different name before being renamed for one of the great Roman emperors, Augustus. Augustus had a number of military triumphs in the month of August. It was the month that he expanded the empire by conquering Egypt.  Babies born this month have some interesting facts associated with their birth month.

August is celebrated as a harvest month in the pagan festival of Lughnasadh. It is also International Beer Day (not great for your baby—but fun when he or she grows up!), Independence Day in several countries, and also a month marking many important events which ended World War II. The middle week of August is the high point of the Perseid meteor shower, a beautiful event which lights up the night skies with falling stars.

The birth flowers for August are the gladiolus and the poppy, and the birthstones for this month are the peridot and the onyx. The gladiolus represents strength of character and takes its name from the Latin word for sword—another August connection to ancient Rome and martial power. Poppies bear a more ominous interpretation of sleep and death—but also of resurrection. They remind us that all things change, and that the coming months will bring autumn and winter, but that spring will come again. Your new son or daughter will go through ups and downs, as every growing child does.

Peridot relates to health and wealth and allows the user to fend off negative emotions by enabling a deeper understanding of relationships. In traditional remedies it has been used to cleanse the heart and open the heart chakra. Onyx is a grounding stone which centers and calms the mind, reducing emotional energy. It promotes reticence and self control.

Babies born in August are either Leos or Virgos. If you are a Leo, you are a fire sign and a natural leader who is generous to others and wants to provide and to lead. You have the capacity to help others, especially if they are willing to follow your lead. You may struggle with anger should others seem unappreciative of your efforts, and you will need to carefully check that trait if you are to lead others successfully. You probably will do best in relationships and workplaces where you are allowed to make most of the decisions. Famous Leos include Bill Clinton (August 19) and Jacqueline Kennedy (July 28).

If you are a Virgo, you are a mutable earth sign ruled by Mercury. Virgos tend to be reliable hard workers who are committed to their tasks. Virgos excel to meet the highest mark in work and in relationships, but can be overly critical of others. Virgos favor constancy and stability, so if your baby is a Virgo, make sure you provide a stable home for him or her to grow up in. Famous Virgos have included Mother Teresa (August 27) and Michael Jackson (August 29).

August is a month associated with change, growth, and accomplishment. If your child is born in this month, he or she may grow to change the world and others.

July Baby Fun Facts

July, the second month in summer, is the warmest month of the year in the northern hemisphere. The hot days of summer invoke memories of childhood fun and games. If your baby is born in this month, his or her birthday will be among those wonderful childhood memories. Life flourishes in full force in mid-summer. Flowers are in bloom and trees are green. July takes its name from Julius Caesar, who was born in this month and ushered Rome into a new era.

July features Independence Day and revolutionary celebrations in over a dozen countries, making it a global month of commemoration steeped in history. July brings together the old and the new, marking change and growth. It is also National Ice Cream Month in the United States.

If your child is born in July, his or her birthstone will be the ruby. The July birth flowers are the larkspur and the water lily, and the horoscope signs for this month are Cancer and Leo. The water lily is the national flower of several countries, echoing again the themes of independence and growth. The larkspur symbolizes openness of the heart and attachment and love.

The ruby is a warm, deep red stone which symbolizes wealth, love, passion, joy and power. It is wonderful for strengthening the heart chakra and for revitalizing emotional energies. This is a stone of leadership which intensifies the emotions. It also can be used to heal the root chakra from associated illnesses.

If your birthday falls after June 21, then you are a Cancer. Cancer is a water sign with a deep emotional current. If you are a Cancer, your life probably revolves around your home and family. You may be sensitive to insults, perhaps even remarks or actions not intended as such. You have a home within your own soul that you can always curl up in when you feel threatened, and the home you create around yourself will feature stability and emotional connectedness. A couple of famous Cancers include Princess Di (July 1) and Nelson Mandela (July 18).

If you were born after June 21, then you are a Leo, which is a fire sign ruled by the sun. Leos are usually ambitious but generous, and make excellent leaders. As a Leo, the happiness of others is always a prime concern, and you will probably put yourself in a position to be a provider. Watch out for your ego though; sometimes if Leos feel underappreciated, they can throw quite a tantrum! Leos tend to take charge in the workplace and in their personal relationships, and do well in positions where they can care for others. Famous Leos have included Jacqueline Kennedy (July 28) and Bill Clinton (August 19).

As you can see, a child born in the month of July could follow a path toward leadership, much like Julius Caesar, the warrior and ruler for whom this month was named. If you were born in July, and particularly if you were born a Leo, take care to keep your ambition in check and you will be sure to thrive and lead and inspire others.

Plan Your Winter Wonderland Baby Shower With These 4 Steps

Every new mom loves to be pampered and spend time with loved ones just before the new addition to the family. A baby shower is mom’s chance to shine and get loaded with gifts. Traditionally warmer weather baby showers have been held outdoors, but what about those moms who are due in the middle of winter when it’s cold and snow is piled up?

Baby showers can be fun anytime of the year with a bit of creative thinking! Here are the a few tips and baby shower ideas to make your baby shower memorable even in the midst of a cold, snowy weather.

1. Decorations

Background décor can be a simple design or as elegant as walking into a winter wonderland. Try using snowflakes and a cool color scheme, like white and blue to suit the winter season. Cut table cloths to resemble icicles and napkins into snowflakes. Use a light dusting of confetti on the tables to accent the sparkles of snow. Use snow globes as a centerpiece for each table, and allow one of the guests sitting at the table to take it home as a prize.  Or if you prefer, consider our Holiday Snow Boy or Snow Girl Diaper Cake as the focal point for your table decorations.  Make use of the space you are holding the shower in. If you are holding it in your living room cover your furniture with baby blankets and decorate your lampshade with snowflakes or snowmen.

2. Food

Serve mugs of hot chocolate with whipped cream or marshmallows. For edibles any type of traditional food can be served but Stuffed peppers, Pot Roast or Ham are easy to prepare and will go a long way feeding hungry guests. For the non-meat eaters in attendance a hearty potato soup with a salad on the side will warm them up! A potluck is always a safe bet as, have friends and family bring a dish to share and have the mom-to-be sample everything. Make cookies in the shape of snowflakes and snowmen. Instead of the traditional “watermelon buggy” try making one from pumpernickel bread with spinach dip in the middle! Whether you decide on a sit down meal or a buffet make sure to have plenty of finger foods on hand. Guests will want to walk around and talk while they snack.

3. Keepsakes

Print out snowmen and have guests write personal messages and well wishes or mom and baby. Bind the snowmen together with yarn or staples to make a book for mom.

4. Games

Don’t say “Baby”! Play a game where guests start with one pin with a small bed on it, through the course of the shower if anyone says “baby” the first person to hear it gets a bead from their pin. The person with the most beads at the end of the shower wins! Another fun game to play is the “How Big is mom’s belly?” game. Each guest takes a guess on how big mom’s belly is, but instead of inches have party goers guess how many diapers it would take to go around mom’s belly. Make sure to have cloth or disposable diapers on hand to measure mom and determine a winner! This game’s sure to bring more than a few chuckles from both mommy-to-be and the guests!

The fantastic baby shower ideas outlined above are sure to make your winter baby shower an absolute hit! Above all, just make sure everyone has a blast amidst the chilly winter frost and celebrates the coming of that bundle of joy with lots of laughter and joy!