Loving Moments SpokesMom Danah Bordner’s Exciting Family News!

Leading Lady SpokesMom Danah Bordner has exciting news to share with our nursing moms’ community!

danah-and-taylor-lpga-instagramAs the 2014 LPGA season gets underway, I have a lot of excitement about this upcoming year.  I will only be competing until May or so, but for good reason…Steve and I are expecting our second child in mid-August!  Taylor is very excited to be a big sister, and has learned to say the word “baby” while pointing at my belly.  We are happy that we will have an opportunity to spend more time together as a family at home this summer.  I feel so blessed to be a part of the Leading Lady team and can’t wait to try some of the new maternity pieces in their Loving Moments collection!

Congratulations to the growing Bordner family! We’re so happy to share in your family journey. You can watch Danah compete in the Kraft Nabisco Tournament in Rancho Mirage, California starting April 3rd.

Traveling with a One-Year-Old on the LPGA Tour

danah-and-taylor-lpga-instagramLoving Moments by Leading Lady Spokesmom Danah Bordner recently started her 2014 LPGA season by competing in the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA event in January. Held at the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas, Danah recounts what traveling with a one-year-old is like and how her support system allows for her daughter to cheer her on at each golf event:

Off to travel the world again with the LPGA Tour, and this year my little traveling companion is a one-year-old!  Boarding the flight, checking in at the hotel, and unpacking our luggage to make sure I have all of her necessities make the travel process more tedious. The actual flying time is the easiest part. Thanks to my wonderful mom (who couldn’t pass up the opportunity to go to the Bahamas), a fellow LPGA competitor, and amazing volunteers that help at each tournament. They make my job a little bit easier!

At each event, all of the LPGA competitors have child care provided by Smuckers®. Without the two fantastic ladies that come to each event, Taylor wouldn’t be able to travel with me. I can’t imagine not having her by my side every week. Yes, travel with a toddler has its share of challenges, but she is undoubtedly worth it.

Danah Bordner
Mom, LPGA Professional Golfer and Loving Moments Spokesmom

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Christmas Traditions

Merry Christmas

My little Taylor, enjoying the sunshine just before Christmas!

Christmas is a beautiful time of year because we get to celebrate our Christmas traditions. And for my family, children make this holiday time much more exciting. We have several wonderful Christmas traditions, new and old.  Some have been part of my family for decades.  Others we have introduced since Taylor was born.

One tradition we started with Taylor is baking a cake for Jesus. We want her to know the true meaning behind the season.  By starting this tradition, we are able to talk about our beliefs while doing a fun family activity.

Another tradition my family has revolves around food and golf…are you surprised?   We make homemade biscuits and gravy, then go out to play golf before Christmas dinner. I realize this isn’t typical for most families, but after spending over 30 years in Florida during Christmas, it seems it is the thing to do!

Whether you’re celebrating with family or friends, enjoy the many blessings that surround you.  Wishing you much joy and love during this holiday season!

Danah Bordner
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Thanksgiving Activities for Kids: My Grandma T’s Pie Crust Recipe

There are so many things for which we can be thankful:  family, friends, health and freedom are at the top of my list.  What are you thankful for this year?  Whether you are celebrating with family, friends or both, Thanksgiving is a time to come together to be thankful for all of the wonderful things in our lives.

I love to spend the holiday with my family, and this year for us that means planning Thanksgiving activities for kids.  You can spend time together doing a variety of things, from taking a fall hike, to doing a craft together, to volunteering in your community, or cooking.  I like baking, and creating all sorts of treats can make for fun Thanksgiving activities for kids. Just make sure you pick the right recipes, and plan ahead.

One of my all-time favorite recipes is my Grandma T’s easy pie crust.  It always gets me in the Thanksgiving spirit, and I bet it will do the same for you.  Get your kids involved by having them help you measure (for older kids) and pour (for younger kids) the ingredients.  In the end, this is one delicious treat for kids of all ages!

Danah and Taylor_Pumpkin PatchGrandma T’s Pie Crust

Ingredients:

4 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1.5 cups butter or Crisco

1 beaten egg

1 tablespoon sugar

1 tablespoon vinegar

½ cup cold water

Directions:

  1. Cut shortening into flour with pastry blender until the pieces are pea-sized.
  2. Mix egg, sugar, vinegar and water
  3. Add egg mixture to flour mixture and stir until it forms a ball
  4. Roll into pie pan

*Keeps up to 2 months in the freezer!

Of course, when you’re done making the crust, picking out the pie filling can be an equally delicious activity for the kids to enjoy!

Happy Thanksgiving,

Danah

Danah Bordner
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Baby’s First Birthday: Happy Birthday Taylor!

Danah and Taylor_Taylor Turns 1If you’re like me, many emotions surface as your baby’s first birthday approaches.

While you are working on the party plans, invitations and picking the right outfit (for yourself and baby!) for baby’s first birthday, you are still also working on perfecting parenthood too.  You wonder where the year has gone and start questioning yourself.  Did I take enough pictures?  Have we been involved in enough activities at each monumental stage of development?  Am I doing all that I can to make her life great?

Then you stop and look at your one-year-old and realize that she is as perfect as perfect can be.  You know she feels your love when her eyes brighten and you see her beaming smile as you walk into a room.  In addition to providing her basic human needs of nutrients (which you’ve provided in the best possible way through breast milk), clothing and shelter, love is the most important element we can fulfill for our children.  Love makes a difference in their first year of life, and well beyond.  The bond you’ve developed with your child will last forever, and the love she’s learning from you will spill over into every aspect of her future.

I’ve learned to cherish the “loving moments” in each and every day with Taylor.  I hope you are doing the same with your little ones as well.

Sippy Cups vs. Straw Cups: The Art of Drinking from a Straw

Danah and TaylorSippy cups and straw cups take up entire aisles at baby stores, as I’m sure you’ve noticed.  There are a seemingly endless number of choices made for babies and children of all different ages and with a variety of spouts.

At an early age, we encouraged Taylor to drink from a straw.  Research shows that drinking from a straw helps develop babies’ mouth muscles, which prepares them for speech.  A straw cup strengthens and positions the tongue correctly for successful speech.   Luckily, those aisles full of sippy cups and straw cups also come in spill-proof versions!

Taylor finally mastered the art of drinking from a straw at nine months and loves doing it!  Go Taylor, Go!

Danah Bordner
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National Ovarian Cancer Awareness: A Story of one Woman, One Sister, One Daughter, One Friend’s Battle against Ovarian Cancer

Earlier in September, I wrote about National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.  My best friend Erika died of the disease and I have made it a priority in my life to support and build awareness for this cause.  Part of my mission is to share information about ovarian cancer with women in order to help them understand the risk factors, symptoms and precautions to promote early detection and reduce ovarian cancer related deaths.  You can learn some basic information about the signs and symptoms in my recent Ovarian Cancer Awareness blog post.

Erika's Journey: The Endless MiracleMy best friend Erika had a beautiful soul that touched each and every person she met. Her smile, love for life, and laughter were all contagious.  She was a first grade teacher who was impacting the lives of children on a daily basis.  As she struggled with this vicious disease, Erika chronicled her battle and updated friends and family on her fight.  Her readership grew beyond loved ones into a worldwide audience.

Now Erika’s words have been made into a book, Erika’s Journey: The Endless Miracle.  Erika is no longer physically here to share her story, but her legacy lives on through this book.  As we join together to fight ovarian cancer, I encourage you to download the book and share it with those you love.  It’s available on Amazon.com, Apple iTunes, BarnesandNoble.com and Kobobooks.com.

Please join me in my mission to continue to make Erika’s life, and death, meaningful by educating and inspiring those you love to take action and stand up against ovarian cancer.

Danah

Baby Proofing: A Balance of Safety and Freedom

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LPGA Professional Golfer Danah Bordner with her husband Steve and daughter Taylor

Baby proofing is a necessary precaution, but in my home it is also important to us not to prevent Taylor’s natural curiosity. We want to make her feel that she belongs in our home just as much as we do.  Taylor started pulling up early:  At six month she was pulling up with assistance and at nine months she was pulling up on anything she could reach.  While she is loving the freedom, we are concerned about her safety around the house.

We knew baby proofing was important for protecting Taylor (and our house!) but we also wanted our home to look like adults live in it, too.  Here are some helpful tips we discovered to balance Taylor’s safety and freedom:

 

Outlets

Be sure to cover outlets.  The clear ones are barely noticeable.  Also remember to use power cord covers because it is far to easy for babies to pull plugs out from power strips.  The power cord covers fit under sofas and beds to stay hidden from view.

Fireplace

Lay a dense blanket over the hearth and place pillows on each corner.  This is a cozy way to prevent your house from looking like a jungle gym with foam padding.

Family Room

Allow babies to have their own space for toys in your family room.  After all, isn’t that the room where the family should enjoy spending time together?  Taylor has learned what space is hers and tends to leave our decorative items and furniture alone.  We use a cute basket that matches our décor.

Kitchen

Definitely lock kitchen cabinets and drawers that contain breakables and sharp objects, but do leave a few unlocked for your baby to play.  Fill it with Tupperware, pots, spoons and empty food containers so baby can pretend to cook along side you and develop a playful imagination.

It can be challenging to get your baby to understand boundaries but remain calm and patient.  Your baby will follow your lead, for better or for worse.

I hope your baby proofing goes smoothly!

Danah Bordner
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Ovarian Cancer Awareness: Help Me Support the Cause

Ovarian Cancer Awareness: Help Me Support the Cause

LPGA Golfer Danah Bordner and Loving Moments SpokesMom!

Ovarian cancer awareness is an issue very close to my heart.  Having lost my best friend to ovarian cancer, I am a supporter and champion of National Ovarian Cancer Month awareness every September.  For me and thousands of other supporters, September is a time to educate people on the signs and symptoms of this terrible disease.

Believe it or not, ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related death among women. Still, many women do not know the risk factors and warning signs of the disease.  Because of the lack of awareness, only 20% of cases are caught in the early and most treatable stages.  This is why all of us must all join together to spread knowledge and awareness.

Here are some basic facts we should all know:

Be aware of the symptoms so you can detect them in early in yourself and others.  The most common symptoms of ovarian cancer include abdominal pressure or swelling; pelvic pain; prolonged indigestion; changes in bowel and bladder habits; lower back pain; loss of appetite; and lack of energy.

Understand the risk factors so you can be more vigilant.  Ovarian cancer is more common in older women and usually develops after menopause.  Women who are obese, consume higher fat diets, drink excessive alcohol and smoke are more likely to develop the disease.  A family or personal history of ovarian cancer, breast cancer or colorectal cancer increase a woman’s risk as well.  Additionally, women who have received hormone therapy may have an increased risk of ovarian cancer.

Fortunately, there are some factors that decrease a woman’s risk of ovarian cancer.  Child birth and breastfeeding (yay!) lower risk of ovarian cancer, as does having used birth control at any point in your life.  Like many cancers and other diseases, eating a healthy, well-balanced diet and maintaining overall wellness can also reduce the risk of ovarian cancer.

There are many ways to get involved in raising awareness on a national and community level through the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC).  I am personally supporting the cause during our fifth and final major tournament on the LPGA Tour, which starts September 12th in Evian, France.  I am pledging money to NOCC for every birdie I make!

Who wants to join me?  You can follow my progress towards raising funds for ovarian cancer awareness on LPGA.com.  Let’s make a difference together!

National Ovarian Cancer Coalition

Danah Bordner
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Introducing Solids

My baby is growing up and we are now introducing solids!  In addition to breastfeeding, we recently started Taylor on rice cereal and a few vegetables per our pediatrician’s recommendation.  We weren’t sure how she would react to us introducing solids, and determining the exact amount of food she needs in conjunction with breastfeeding has been trial and error.  We certainly didn’t want to stuff her with solids to the point she didn’t want to breast milk.

At first we tried mostly vegetables because we heard that if you start a baby on fruit, she may only develop a taste for sweet things.  For Taylor, it didn’t matter.  She seems to eat anything we put in front of her!  Let’s hope she stays that way and isn’t a picky eater!

As with every stage of breastfeeding, I know my milk will change and adapt to Taylor’s needs.  In the short term, there may be a surplus of milk that I may need to pump and store until my body acclimates to the change.

I found some great information online about breastfeeding and introducing solids, especially on how to balance daily intake.  While you and your baby will ultimately determine what works best for you both, you can also consult your pediatrician and lactation consultant to get a customized recommendation.

Whether it’s breast milk or solids, enjoy this time with your little one because they grow up so quickly!

Danah Bordner and daughter Taylor

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