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Natural Baby Summer Essentials – Babyganics Giveaway

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Natural Baby Summer Essentials - Babyganics Giveaway

Sunscreen, swim diapers and insect sprays! Did I cover most of the the summer essentials for baby? Doesn’t bug spray and sunscreen sound scary when it comes to products you need to apply to baby’s skin? The chemicals and mists can’t be good. Babyganics was made to protect baby from harsh chemicals found in many essential products while also protecting them from the sun and bugs (it doesn’t hurt to lather up your own skin too because baby is as close to your skin as they are their own most of the day).

Babyganics asked if I would offer a giveaway to all of you and I was sure you would all love the chance to win your summer essentials. Products are available at Target stores near you.

Babyganics Sunscreens

  • All mineral sunscreens (zinc oxide and titanium dioxide) & a combo of mineral & chemical sunscreens (zinc oxide, octisalate and titanium dioxide)
  • SPF formulas provide broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and range from 30SPF – 50+SPF
  • Glides on smooth- effortless application
  • Non-allergenic and tear free
  • Also contain Neo-Nourish and all are fragrance free

Swim Diapers

  • ​The only swim diapers with sun sensing scenery*
  • Provides UPF+ protection for covered areas**
  • Won’t swell in water
  • Water resistant soft cover
  • Pull-on design and comfy fit
  • Tear-away sides for easy removal

Natural Insect Repellents

  • Formulated with: essential oils—Citronella, Peppermint, Rosemary, Lemongrass & Geranium
  • Formulated without: parabens, sulfates, phthalates, artificial fragrances or dyes
  • Plant and essential oils help keep mosquitoes away
  • A DEET Free Choice
  • Non-greasy formula

The Babyganics Giveaway 

1 lucky reader will win a bundle of essentials from Babyganics. Open until May 30, 2018 and US only. Good luck!

This giveaway is part of the Come What May & Love It Giveaway Hop hosted by MamaTheFox.comAfter you enter this giveaway, hop on over to the other links below to enter more fun giveaways hosted by fellow bloggers!

MamatheFox and all participating blogs are not held responsible for sponsors who fail to fulfill their prize obligations.

 

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Food, Healthy Living, Parenting

Spice Islands Teams up with Taste Buds Kitchen To Provide Cooking Classes

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Spice Islands Teams up with Taste Buds Kitchen To Provide Cooking Classes

Spice Islands® and Taste Buds Kitchen has something new and exciting they are working on together by way of a year-long program that includes thousands of cooking classes, workshops and special events nationwide from May 2018 through May 2019. Spice Islands knows that TBK makes cooking classes fu and enjoyable for the entire family.

It is always fun to learn new ways to incorporate different spices into our home cooking. Now this will become available within its classes for the family.

Although I cannot locate any classes near me in the Seattle area, there are many offered as far west as Texas and along the East Coast. I hope you can find a class near you and have a fun family outing as you learn to cook together.

“The classes will bring to life such dishes as Homemade Garam Masala using several Spice Islands Spices, Poached Pears featuring Spice Islands Saigon Cinnamon, Butternut Squash Empanadas featuring Spice Islands Garlic Powder and Smoked Paprika as well as hundreds of other recipes and ideas. For more information including the upcoming schedule and to register for Taste Buds Kitchen cooking classes featuring Spice Islands premium spices, visit www.tastebudskitchen.com.”

Children's Books, Parenting

The Magical Mindful Day – Children’s Book Review

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The Magical Mindful Day - Children's Book Review

The Magical Mindful Day 

by: Deborah Slazar Shapiro

It is a story about hope for the future on this Earth that you and your child will enjoy together. In the book, The Magical Mindful Day, brings awareness to the world around us. As the subtitle states, it is a story about Mindfulness, Connection, and Caring for the Earth. My son and I read this together and it is so engaging especially with the illustrations on each page.

To be mindful you have to first understand what it means to be mindful and paying attention to what is going on around us. The book talks about recycling, choosing outdoor play over electronics, the element of breathing and taking in Oxygen and so much more that connects us to all living things.

You can visit their website to hear a relative song and more about the book and Author.

Healthy Living, Parenting, Summer

Stay Safe This Summer with These Water and Sun Safety Tips

Stay Safe This Summer with These Water and Sun Safety Tips

Summer is coming and we start to hear the horror stories that come with hot days – leaving children in hot cars, accidental drownings. It can happen to anyone, but seldom happens to those that are proactive, follow safety recommendations and stay alert at all times. With a young family member of mine injured in an accidental drowning near death accident several years ago, I can say there is no such thing as helicoptering too much around your children and water.

Whether planning a family vacation this spring / summer to the beach, lake or Great Wolf Lodge Grand MoundAquatics Director, Michael Mastroni can help prepare for fun-filled time in the splash zone with these top tips:
  • Never swim alone.  Always use the buddy system and be sure the area is well supervised by lifeguards before you or other family members enter the water.
  • Encourage your child to wear a life jacket. Many public pools and water parks provide life jackets for your use free of charge and it’s better to be on the safe side if your child is not a confident swimmer.
  • Never assume someone else is watching your child. Even with lifeguards nearby, you have the responsibility for your child. The best way to keep your child safe is to play right alongsidethem.
  • Stay hydrated.  Swimming and playing takes a lot of energy, especially during the hot summer months. Drink plenty of water or sports drinks and rest in a cool location.
  • Forget the Bling.  Before heading to the beach, pool or water park, avoid swimsuits that have ties, grommets or decorations that could get caught on something during water activities.
  • Skip the flip-flops. Look for sandals with a heel strap or a full-coverage slip-on water shoe that will stay in place both in and out of the water.
  • Too much sun is no fun.  Be sure to limit your exposure during peak hours of 12pm-3pm and reapply waterproof/sweat proof sunscreen every 80 minutes.
  • Take a CPR course. Knowing these skills can be important in any environment. This is a skill we all can benefit from – on land and around water.
  • Read all of the signs before going on a waterslide, pool or attraction. Make sure your child meets the posted requirements.  If you have questions about an attraction, ask an employee at the facility.
  • Plan ahead. As a family, decide on a meeting place to go to if anyone gets separated.  Kids can take off in instant and crowded parks and beaches can make it difficult for little ones to find you.  Choose an easy-to-spot location that can be easily found by all family members.
  • If you see someone struggling in the water, call for help. Remember “Reach or Throw, Don’t Go!” Even professionally trained lifeguards don’t enter the water without having the proper flotation devices to keep themselves safe.
Education, Healthy Living, Parenting

6 Things to Do Early With Your Kids (That You May Think Are Crazy)

Many people are often saying that today’s children are growing up too fast, and while we certainly want them to keep their innocence for as long as possible, it’s still very important to do certain things early with your children. This doesn’t mean they’ll be forced to grow up sooner, but it will help you from experiencing some meltdowns or other issues as your child gets older. Here are six things to do early with your kids that you may think are crazy but will actually help keep you sane.

6 Things to Do Early With Your Kids (That You May Think Are Crazy)
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1. Visit the dentist.

Ever since your child was born you take him or her to the doctor, but most parents think they can put off the dentist until your child is on his or her way to kindergarten. Unfortunately, this is not the case. According to professionals like Stanton Smiles in Florida, “Seeing a dentist early can not only accustom your child to a dental professional, but it can often help us resolve issues before they turn into more expensive fixes like root canals or pulled teeth.” According ot the American Dental Association, you should bring your child for his or her first dental visit around the age of one.

2. Eat healthy.

Sure, popping some chicken nuggets in the microwave or heating up a nice grilled cheese sandwich is the easy way out, but it’s meals like this that will get your kids to deny what’s good for them. From the moment you can feed your child something other than formula or breast milk, be sure to include healthy foods, such as vegetables, into his or her diet. Teaching them to be open about food and recognize what’s good for them can help you have a less picky eater as your child grows.

3. Talk about money.

Talking about important issues like money may seem crazy, but teaching your child about the importance of money at an early age will only benefit your child in the long run. For instance, be sure your child understands how to save money and the value of things like an allowance. You can even teach your child about how money comes in and goes out by “charging them” for things like rent, electricity, food, etc. Obviously, this can be done at a very small scale, but by doing so, you’ll have a child who understands the value of a dollar and can create a lifestyle that doesn’t involve too much debt.

4. Talk about sex.

If you think talking about money was hard, you know the sex talk may be a bit harder. However, when you can talk with your children early about sex, it will help them have a better understanding of their own bodies and how to protect it from harm. Let your child know what parts of their body are private and what to do if they ever feel uncomfortable with someone’s touch. Raising this awareness early can keep your child from situations that put them in danger.

5. Teach proper hygiene.

Kids are notorious for never wanting to bathe, but if you can make bath time fun and get your kids used to washing hands and brushing teeth regularly, you’ll have a child with better hygiene than most. It’s also a good idea to pay attention to your child’s body. Boys as young as first grade can start to produce a stink when they sweat, and this may mean you’re buying your son deodorant at that age. However, by teaching these things early, you’ll have an easier time with your child when they start to go through puberty.

6. Talk about other big things.

Talking openly and honestly with your child will be very advantageous for them, so don’t hold back on having big conversations. For instance, if you’re a religious person, then you may want to talk with your child about religion when they’re young. If you want to teach them about the dangers in the world, don’t hesitate to talk about things like “stranger danger” or even bullying in school or online. These conversations will not only help your child learn, but they’ll also encourage your child to come talk to you when they’re in need or troubled.

Being a parent is a tough job, but if you can start on these things early, you’ll find that your child has an advantage growing up. Plus, you’ll just be happy to know you were helping to shape them into good people from the start.

Children's Books, Education, Parenting

New Anti-Bullying Books: The Little Girl with the Big Voice

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New Anti-Bullying Books: The Little Girl with the Big Voice

The Little Girl with the Big Voice – Release Date April 24, 2018

by: We McDonald

We Mcdonald was a beloved contestant on the hit NBC show, The Voice. In this book she tells the story in her own words about being a girl who endured bullying. In her story she finds her voice and no matter what anyone says, she overcomes the bullying and gains success.

This book is a part of the Lightswitch Learning division of the Sussman Education Company. This means that The Little Girl with the Big Voice is an engaging resource for parents and teachers who want to help their children succeed all the way around. The book is inspiring and based on a real life story.

You can find the book on Amazon and begin lifting a child up today with this inspiring story.

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