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The Cradle Coach

by Pennie on December 6, 2014

cropped-The-Cradle-Coach-Logo-PNGFor many new parents, that solid eight hour stretch of sleep that most used to experience before they had children is now a distant memory. This does not have to be a permanent condition of parenthood. Everyone in your family can get a good night’s sleep again with The Cradle Coach!

From the Cradle Coach Philosophy: 

When people hear about sleep training or that you’re a sleep consultant, they automatically think they will be forced to let their child cry. As your sleep guide, my mission is to find the right method of sleep plan that suits your family and situation. I don’t practice with one program or one method. I educate on many methods and my goal always is for my parents to choose a method that they are comfortable with, provided it’s one that suits their childs personality and temperament.

Babies can’t communicate their complaints like we can in regards to change. Who likes change? When a child is crying it out, more times than not it’s because they are fighting the change that the parent is implementing. I can’t promise you no crying. Chances are, there may be some crying involved in your Sleep Plan. I can promise you that we will work with you in developing a plan that you are comfortable with and ready to do. We will offer you the guidance and support you need to make it through the process.

For more information visit The Cradle Coach website and find and follow them on Facebook Twitter.

Nicole’s take:  With 3 babies you can imagine sleep is difficult.  For them and for us! I am so lucky in that the babies started sleeping through the night pretty early on.  They all have reflux and were so premature that they slept on an incline in Rock n Plays for a long time! They were in our room and I loved it.  When they got to be about 8 months I wanted to move them to cribs in their own room and tried one night – total disaster!  I realized I needed professionals!

Enter The Cradle Coach! They are a local to me company that specializes in assisting parents with their kids’ sleep issues! I did a phone consult with our sleep consultant, Anna, and she was able to better understand what was going on in our house with respect to sleep.  A few days later we had a training phone call where she provided me the schedule she had created for us and instructions on how to implement it.

I had told her that 2 of the girls get really upset and make themselves throw up and I wasn’t comfortable with it getting to that point.  The schedule and instructions took everything I wanted into account! I got started and Anna was available for several days to ask me how things were going and give advice.  I loved having the individualized schedule and instructions as well as access to Anna for advice and tips.

I’m happy to report that 2 out of the 3 are in their cribs for naps and overnight! That was my goal.  Charlotte was transitioned to sleep laying flat in the pack n play in our room which is big since she hasn’t ever laid flat.  She is doing great there and will transition to her crib very soon!

Disclosure:  Nicole received discounted sleep services in exchange for this post.  All opinions are her own.  

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I received the invitation to review the BurgerFi restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, FL and immediately thought that my in-laws would enjoy this restaurant. They live very close by and I know how they enjoy trying new restaurants! So I sent them to review the restaurant and they LOVED it! Please read their thoughts below the restaurant information.

For over 100 years, the classic hamburger has been an American institution. From its early years at carnivals and fairs, the hamburger has held a special place with Americans; A cheeseburger, fries and a Coke is the quintessential meal.

Even with its glorious history, it was not until recently that we began to experience a Burgerfication of the Nation®. The taste sensation is made possible by the perfect combination of all natural Angus beef from cattle that are raised in the most stringent standards. This flavor and tenderness that we’ve come to expect in a fine steak, is now made possible in a hamburger.

At BurgerFi our burgers are never frozen, never cooked in a microwave oven and are guaranteed fresh, juicy and delicious!

BurgerFi is changing the way we think of the burger.

BurgerFi picks up where the other “better burger” franchises leave off. First, BurgerFi focuses on all-natural, grass-fed beef. We do this because it tastes better, and it’s better for you- with no chemicals, and no additives. Also, where others limit their menu to just the basic, no-frills options, BurgerFi has built a menu with specialty items like Kobe beef hot dogs, gourmet toppings, delectable desserts, craft beer & wine, and an overall focus on a healthier menu selection.

More than just great food, dining at BurgerFi is a unique experience- one you can feel good about. Each BurgerFi store is built according to environmentally sustainable best practices, and includes earth-friendly elements, like chairs that are made from recycled Coke bottles, tables made out of compressed recycled wood, and large fans that use 66% less electricity. BurgerFi maintains a low carbon footprint, and maintains strict recycling programs for oil, cardboard, bottles and cans.

For these reasons and more, BurgerFi has been called the very ‘heart’ of the better burger movement.

From my mother-in-law Penny: On January 30, 2013 my husband and I went for dinner at BurgerFi located on the 2300 block of Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale.  When we came up to the counter we were warmly greeted by Daniel Falcone, one of the owners.  After a brief conversation we started reading the overhead menu choices.

I decided on the prime brisket cheeseburger which comes with swiss and bleu cheeses.  It was delicious and cooked just right.  My husband had the quinoa vegiFi burger which he really enjoyed.

The sides we ordered were a regular order of hand cut fries (enough for 2 people) and some of the best onion rings I have ever eaten.

We had 2 diet sodas (from the fun freestyle machine, see picture above!) and for dessert we had their concrete which is a vanilla custard with almond and pecan crunchies which was really good.

The restaurant decor is open, bright and clean lined.  My final comment concerns the restroom.  It was very clean and well lit which is a fact that shows respect for customers to the smallest detail.  We will return.

So 2 thumbs up from my in-laws who are pretty discerning diners! The pictures look so good – I can’t wait to head down that way soon to give it a try! Or maybe they will be opening a BurgerFi in Palm Beach, Martin or St Lucie Counties? I can hope!

We received a complimentary review meal. All opinions remain our own.

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Use to Get Low Prices

by Nicole on November 11, 2012

For those of you living in south Florida, spendLO is a new company with such a great premise! Instead of calling around to get the lowest price and having to explain what you want done a thousand times, you just post your project on the website and wait for the proposals to come to you!

The story:

The concept for was derived from a recent experience one of our local vendors encountered while attempting to upgrade office facilities. In the process of planning the move, the need for a local transport vendor to help transfer the office contents came up. After reaching out to several local companies, each with similar questions about the project yet each providing much different pricing, all of which were out of their budget, made them realize there had to be an easier way to shop for a transport vendor. Well, there was, and it became known as spendLO.

spendLO is an internet based platform that provides the opportunity for local consumers to post the need for local products or services and the price in which they are willing to pay. Businesses registered with spendLO receive notification when postings applicable to their business are submitted and have the opportunity to bid accordingly. The consumer selects from the bids received based on pricing and the businesses’ reputation. In the end the consumer determines the cost of service and promotes a stronger local economy by working with local businesses. How did we ever do it any other way?

I found the process super easy.  I signed up for my FREE account and then posted the job I wanted done which was complete auto detailing.  I put as much detail as possible into the listing, like that I wanted the car waxed, etc.  I set a price that I thought was fair ($100) and within a few hours I already had some responses.  I really liked how I could see more information about each company who put a bid in like how long they have been in business, how many employees they have and where they are located.  Based on the responses I got I chose someone local to me who has been in the auto detailing business for years.

I ended the request for service vendor and selected Jerry as the winner! I was given his contact information and sent him an email.  He responded very quickly and we worked out the where and when for the auto detailing.  He came right to my job and got to work! He did a great job, my car has never been cleaner.  Jerry was very professional and I loved that I got a super low price for the detailing of my car.  The 5 minutes it took to post my project on spendLO was well worth it and I know I saved a lot of time from calling around to find the lowest price.  I will not hesitate to use spendLO again for projects around my house!

I received compensation to use the service and post my review.  All opinions are my own.

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