Friday, June 24, 2016

A Little Survival Guide For the Long Summer Vacation

With the long summer break from school, it can be a little daunting knowing what you can do with the kids all of the time. There might be a few things that you already have planned. Some kids will have a summer camp or a scout camp. Perhaps you have a family vacation planned or another trip. Even with those things, there is still a lot of time to fill. How can you spend those days, without driving each other crazy?

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One of the best things to do is to make a plan. If you just take each day as it comes, everyone might get a little bored. Plus, the chores and tasks of everyday life can get in the way sometimes. So you need to plan out what you will do. Maybe take time once a week, to roughly plan out the following week. Some days will be around the house and doing ‘normal’ things. The house isn’t going to clean itself. But if the kids know what the plan is, they can look forward to doing something the next day, or the day after that. If there isn’t anything in sight for them, they will get bored and restless.

Kids days out are some of the best things that you can do. Getting out of the house and neighborhood is a must some days, right? So think of what isn’t too far away from you and then look into what you can do. Is there a water park or a theme park? Perhaps there is just a large park to play and have lunch. Your kids might like hiking or fishing and spending time in the great outdoors. Whatever they like, just plan something accordingly. Consider your budget, of course. If it is something that would be a special treat for them, have them earn the money to help you pay for it. They will appreciate the time much more and not expect lots off you.


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There are still plenty of other things that you can do that don’t have to cost anything. Do your children like to be crafty and creative? If the do, you could set them challenges to create something using some trash boxes or cans. Get the paints out or play doh. They can spend hours with those kinds of thing. You could paint with water outside in the yard or press flowers or make daisy chains. They could even just have a water fight or create a movie. I think lots of kids like to be able to watch themselves back. We probably all have a computer with some basic editing software so it could be put together in no time. What you can do will depend on the ages of your children, but these are all free or low-cost things.

Do your children like to bake? If you don’t want them to have the treats, they could always bake them for neighbors. Getting some kind of service involved in their summer is a great thing to do. Then they don’t just expect to take, take, take. When they give to others, it helps to round them as people.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

5 Children's Products for a Better Nights Rest







Eclipse “MyScene” Kendall Thermaback Curtain Panel

Eclipse Thermaback Curtains provide the perfect nights sleep by helping to block out light and outside noise. Additionally, these curtains are economic as they reduce incoming heat in the summer and cold in the winter. Beautifully designed with a traditional pleated look, these curtains are available in a variety of  colors to compliment any decor. (Prices vary by size)


Crane Drop Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier

Stuffiness keeping them up at night? The Crane Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier, Features an award winning design and top rated performance, providing up to 24 hours of soothing moisture to help relieve the effects of dryness and congestion, helping you and your Family to breathe easy and sleep through the night peacefully. (MSRP $49.99)


Teach Me Time! Talking Alarm Clock & Night-Light

The Teach Me Time! Talking Alarm Clock & Night Light provides the comforts of a soft night light with a gentle wake up and learning! At bedtime, a soothing yellow night-light comforts children as they fall asleep. In the morning, it glows green when it's okay for children to get out of bed! If children wake up before the green light comes on, they know to go back to sleep or quietly play in their room until 'green means go'! Also included are interactive games to build time telling skills and concepts. (MSRP $34.99)

Kidzooz

The Kidzooz Children's Sleep Pillow provides fun and comfort. Specially designed for children 3 to 10, Kidzooz pillow are shaped like their favorite zoo animals for warm companionship. Making them unique is the fact that they were designed by a chiropractic expert for proper kid-sized support, the center of this pillow cradles the head comfortably while the firmer foam borders support the child’s neck when he or she is sleeping. Kidzooz are the healthier (and fun) option to the everyday pillow. Kidzooz are available in in three designs: Dog, Tiger and Panda bear and have a removable, washable cover and overnight carrying bag. (MSRP $39.95)



Graco Sweet Slumber Sound Machine

The ultimate in soothing, the Graco Sweet Slumber Sound Machine features soothing sounds, customizable tunes, soft night light and auto shut off. Help your baby drift off to sleep and rest easier with the calming effects of the portable Graco Sound Machine. (MSRP 65.99)

Monday, June 20, 2016

Make A Splash with "Finding Dory" and Nature's Harvest® Bread (Giveaway) #SP

Disney/Pixar's “Finding Dory” is already making a big summer splash in theaters across nation. And now you can create a splash of your own with Nature’s Harvest® bread, “Make a Splash with Whole Grains Sweepstakes” and limited-edition “Finding Dory”-themed packaging.

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Make A Splash with Whole Grains Sweepstakes

From April 28 to July 7, Nature’s Harvest® bread is also hosting the *Make A Splash with Whole Grains Sweepstakes on its Facebook page. Here you can enter for a chance to win some fun “Finding Dori” prizes, weekly. Some prizes include movie tickets, autographed posters, prize packs and more. 





Limited-edition Packaging
Can’t get enough “Finding Dory”? Now on supermarket shelves you can find limited-edition “Finding Dory” themed packaging, featuring your favorite lovable characters, on loaves of Nature’s Harves®t bread. Collect four Nature’s Harvest® breads and receive a free, limited edition Dory TY® Sparkle Eye Beanie Boo™ plush toy. Check out www.wholegrainsplash.com for more info!

Keeping in spirit with “Finding Dory” and the whole grain goodness of Nature’s Harvest® bread, we had a little fun creating and deep sea lunch, featuring whale shaped ham and cheese sandwiches, celery sea grass, blue berry bubble bubbles, and raspberry rocks!



You too can create your very own Dory inspired lunch with Nature’s Harvest® bread, where every variety of has at least 8g or more of whole grains per serving and contains no artificial flavors, colors or high fructose corn syrup. It’s a bread choice we all can feel good about!


Nature’s Harvest® bread is available at major retailers nationwide and comes in delicious varieties including:

*denotes No purchase necessary to win. Find official Make A Splash with Whole Grains Sweepstakes rules here

Win it: One lucky reader will have the chance to win two (2) fish-shaped cookie cutters and one (1) coupon valid for up to $5 off any Nature’s Harvest® bread.

“The Nature’s Harvest® bread information, coupons, gift card, gift pack, and additional giveaway have been provided by Nature’s Harvest® bread so that I could try the product and share my thoughts and information about Nature’s Harvest® bread. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not reflect the opinions of Nature’s Harvest® bread.”

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Beat Spring Showers with ShedRain

“Rain, rain, go away! Come again another day.” This has been feeling like the theme to my life the past few weeks and in a quite literal way. Those spring rain shower just won’t quit and just walking to the car lately opens you up for the potential to be soaked. However, rain drops are no longer a bother to my family when we are toting around a stylish line of umbrellas from ShedRain.


For my littlest loves, they can beat the rain with ShedRain Critter Umbrellas. An adorable line of umbrellas shaped like critters we adore. They're specially crafted with an improved mechanism that prevents pinched fingers when opening and closing the umbrella and plastic tips and a plastic top cap eliminate sharp edges. Cute and safe!




Mom can stay dry and still be chic as well with ShedRain’s Vented Fashion Compact umbrella.




With extra wind resistance and fashionable designs and patterns this umbrella is as functional as it is stylish. Providing superior ShedRain technology with an easy open/close technology. Don’t be caught in the rain without it!

Wind an issue? Then you’ll love The ShedRain WindPro® Umbrella. Simple in design, the WindPro is made for the stormiest of days with wind resistance, strong, durable frame, ribs, and shaft that make it easy to fold up. The WindPro opens and closes with a push of a button, being ever reliable and keeping you protected.


Don't be caught in the storm without the best (and cutest) rain gear by ShedRain; making the best, most durable, most innovative umbrellas since being founding in 1947.

These umbrellas and many more can be found for purchase at www.ShedRain.com

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Celebrate International Bath Day with Yookidoo's Flow N Fill Spout!

Do you know what June 14th is? It’s International Bath Day! Legend has it that on this day Greek mathematician, scientist and scholar, Archimedes, discovered while taking a bath that an object’s volume could be accurately measured by being submerged in water! Unable to contain his excitement, Archimedes leapt out of the bathtub and yelling “Eureka, Eureka!” as he ran through the streets of Syracuse, Greece.

Today, adults enjoy bath time as a form of relaxation and little kids everywhere enjoy it as a time of discovery and play. And this year toy manufacturer, Yookidoo, is putting even more fun and discovery into bath time, honoring Archimedes and all great little discoverers, with bath toys like, Yookidoo’s Flow N Fill Spout.


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Product(s) provided at no cost for review purposes. All opinions expressed are my own and yours may differ.
Yookidoo’s Flow N Fill Spout engages children in active water play while teaching the basic properties of physics such as empty/full, float/sink, heavy/light, and cause and effect. This brightly colored and fun designed spout attaches to the side of the tub with two suction cups. It requires two “AA” batteries to function, and with its gentle and safe filter sucks in bath water and recycles it out of the spout. 


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It also includes three interchangeable tumblers that when placed in the holder beneath the spout preform different actions. Once wheel spins from the flow if the water, one sprinkles the water back out and one catches it. 


Flow N Fill Bath Toy

Bath time has never been so fun for my little one and now your little one can enjoy the Flow N Fill Spout too! Celebrate International Bath Day and those Eureka moments and find Yookidoo’s Flow N Fill Spout, available on Amazon.com for the SRP of $19.99.


Additionally, you can keep up with the fun by visiting @yookidoo_intl on Twitter or Yookidoo on Facebook.