Food, Gift Ideas, Giveaways, Kids, Mother's Day, Tips and Tricks

Pokemon DIY Party Favors featuring Palmers Candy – Giveaway

Thank you Palmers for partnering for this feature and offering my readers a giveaway. Opinions are my own

Pokemon DIY party favors

With a child turning 9 in a few weeks he is requesting a Pokemon party. It is hard to find the Pokemon theme in stores so I have had to resort to some DIY. He is having his party at a Trampoline Park so I just need a cake and some party favors.

how to craft

I went to Amazon and found some inexpensive bulk Pokemon Cards and Pokemon Figures as well as food cups. I used yellow and green construction paper I had and my glue gun. Then I used R.M. Palmer confections from their new e-commerce store.

Pokemon party

I used the construction paper because filling the cups with just candy seemed ordinary so I created a sort of base, like grass.

making cups

R.M. Palmer candies like caramel balls, peanut butter cups and peppermint patties are now available in bulk with fun colors for all of your celebrations and gatherings. I used some common Pokemon colors like red, blue, yellow and white.

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It was easier to empty all of the candy in one large bowl and mix. This way as I grab a handful for each cup it was assorted. Watch for little hands sneaking into the bowl.

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I stuck a Pokemon card inside facing out. The top was a yellow paper glued on and then a Pokemon figure hot glued to stay.

making Pokemon favors

R.M palmer candies listened to the requests of it’s fans and created an e-commerce site for your bulk candy orders. You can find some fun party inspirations too. Shop by flavor, colors or occasions.

Palmer party candy

With Mother’s Day coming you can have a lot of fun creating gifts for her with the bright colors and chocolate flavors she likes best. You get to be creative and R.M. Palmer supplies the chocolate.

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Want to win a prize pack of R.M. Palmer chocolates? Enter below. Open to US and ends on 5/15. Good luck!

Palmer Candies giveaway

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Books Reviews, Education, Parenting, Tips and Tricks

Managing Emotions with the Home Edition: Feeling Buddies for Families Toolkit

This is a compensated post for the review of the Feeling Buddies or Families Toolkit

Managing Emotions

We have 3 boys in our family. I have helped raise my husbands boys since they were 5 and 11 and they are now 19 and 24. We also have an 8 year old. Having a child much younger tends to result in a bit of spoiled tendencies and he can be a bit dramatic. He is what one would describe as…spoiled. We have tried many tactics that never seem to stick. He remains feeling entitled, melts down easily when he doesn’t get his way and tends to get bossy with others. I heard about the HOME EDITION: Feeling Buddies for Families Toolkit when I was approached and asked to become an Ambassador for the brand. I knew this may be just what we need before he gets much older and set in his ways.

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Getting Started

We have not begun using the program with him yet because we have some tasks to do prior to introducing him to the toolkit. This is explained in the Quick Start Guide that is the first thing to read when your kit arrives. Here is what your first tasks are:

  1. Review and follow the Quick Start Guide: This guide will give you steps with the order in which to use the kit.
  2. Watch the video coaching sessions with Dr. Becky Bailey in the order the Quick Start Guide suggests
  3. Read the provided book, Managing Emotional Mayhem

By the time you get to Step 7 you will have watched 6 videos, read the book, downloaded some materials to be used with your child and get to know your Feeling Buddies plush and how it will be used with our child.

Following this guide will ensure that as you introduce your child to the Feeling Buddies for Families Toolkit that it will be used correctly and introduce them as tools, not toys for your improvement on their emotional wellbeing. Make sure you take this time first before getting the kids involved. You will love getting to know Dr. Becky Bailey in the videos.

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The HOME EDITION: Feeling Buddies for Families Toolkit is a new product from Conscious Discipline, a leading provider in social-emotional learning and classroom management resources. This toolkit known for use in the classroom has now been modified for use in your home with your children and is only available at www.feelingbuddies.com to purchase for only $99.

Stay tuned as I will post about our progress using this toolkit between now and the end of April including a video by Anthony on how he feels this worked for him at the end.

What do you think so far? Is this a toolkit you can benefit from in your home?

Healthy Living, Tips and Tricks

Children’s Dental Health Month Closys Giveaway

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February is Children’s Dental Health Month and talking about oral care is not just brushing techniques, but using the right products. So many products are made with harsh preservatives and even sugars that do more harm than good. The commercials are catchy and have ingredients that brighten our teeth and fight cavities, but also contain ingredients unnecessary when there are better options.

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You will not find alcohol or sulfates in Closys proucts and they are pH balanced to make a real difference in your oral care routine. When the mouth is more acidic (an unbalanced pH), it’s more prone to germ growth.

CloSYS works better and feels better in your mouth because they use the right ingredients. CloSYS products are non-burning, non-irritating and non-staining.

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Where to buy and save

If you head to the Closys page and scroll to the bottom it asks for you name and email so they can send you a coupon to save at retailers like CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, HEB and online at Amazon.

The Giveaway

1 lucky reader will win a 1 month supply of Closys products. Enter below. Open to US and ends on 2/14. Good luck!

Closys dental giveaway

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Healthy Living, Life, Parenting, Tips and Tricks

New Years Goals: 6 Ways to Get Mentally Fit

Getting fit isn’t always physical. Sometimes the hardest change we can make is the mental aspect of healthy living. I was sent this article to share and wanted to offer you these tips on getting mentally fit for your New Years goals of 2017.

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Dr. Sanam Hafeez PsyD, a NYC based licensed clinical psychologist, teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College and the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services shares some key ways to get mentally fit for the new year so you can move forward successfully.

  1. Clear clutter. Look at your surroundings. If you have junk drawers galore, a messy car, countertops and cabinets that are full of stuff you don’t even use, it is time to clear the clutter. According to Dr. Hafeez, “cluttered spaces reflect a cluttered mind. If you want to wipe the slate clean to allow room for new people and circumstances that serve you, you must get your mind clear. Many of my patients who describe themselves as anxious, stressed or even depressed say they feel better when they start clearing up their physical space.”
  2. Exercise a little bit. Dr. Hafeez who also helps people overcome body image issues encourages aiming for smaller attainable wins. “People set high fitness goals for the new year and then fall off after a month or less. This leaves their self esteem shot which is when self loathing and depression can sneak in.” She advises setting a reachable daily goal of perhaps walking 10,000 steps per day. There are step-counting apps available to measure how much you walk and they add up quickly. “When you see accomplishment on a daily basis you stick with it, this sets your mind in a positive direction,” says Dr. Hafeez.
  3. Eat mind-boosting foods. Mental fitness also has to do with how well our minds work. A loss of memory or the ability to concentrate or focus can easily shift with an improved diet. “Research finds that along with other benefits, foods rich in Omega-3, such as some fish and nuts, as well as those full of antioxidants can help protect the brain from memory decline.” So eating more fish such as salmon and add fruits such as blackberries and blueberries to your diet can help. The good news is that brain boosting foods include delicious options such as chocolate, guacamole (avacados) and sunflower seeds.
  4. Color! The adult coloring book bandwagon is a good one to jump on. According to Dr. Hafeez coloring requires total focus on the present. The repetitive motion of coloring provides relief from stress and anxiety by entering a meditative state. “Not everyone can sit still and breathe for 15 minutes per day, but they certainly can color. It’s absolutely a fun way to achieve mindfulness and shake off the day,” explains Dr. Hafeez.
  5. Apologize and forgive. A fast way to mental fitness is forgiveness! “Carrying around resentments and guilt wears us down and can lead to serious illness such as cancer or stroke. If you experienced a tough break up, divorce or perhaps the 2016 political climate led to arguments and lost friends, reach out apologize and seek forgiveness and move on. Remember, forgiveness doesn’t mean you condone a hurtful behavior. Forgiveness frees you and the other person making it easier to move forward.
  6. Learn something new. Challenge your brain by learning a new language, how to cook, paint, do Tai Chi. Pick something you think would be interesting or useful to learn and learn it. If you avoided cooking your whole life, learning the basics will serve your brain very well. According to Dr. Hafeez, “the more we can activate the cognitive functions of our brains the better our short and long-term memory and hand eye coordination will be.”

Dr. Sanam Hafeez PsyD is a NYC based licensed clinical psychologist, teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College and the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, P.C. a neuropsychological, developmental and educational center in Manhattan and Queens. 

Dr. Hafeez masterfully applies her years of experience connecting psychological implications to address some of today’s common issues such as body image, social media addiction, relationships, workplace stress, parenting and psychopathology (bipolar, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, etc…). In addition, Dr. Hafeez works with individuals who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), learning disabilities, attention and memory problems, and abuse. Dr. Hafeez often shares her credible expertise to various news outlets in New York City and frequently appears on CNN and Dr.Oz.

Connect with her via twitter @comprehendMind orwww.comprehendthemind.com

*This is not a sponsored post. I was not compensated.

Education, Kids, Parenting, Tips and Tricks

5 Teaching Tips While Reading with your Child

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As soon as your child hits school age, it is typically a daily homework assignment for your child to read 20 minutes minimum a night. I have been reading to my son every night since he was an infant. He is now 8 and we read before bed still. As soon as he could talk at a very young age, I would take a letter and sound it out as I came across it in a book. I would have him repeat it with me until he would see that letter on a page and say it AND sound it. By 3 he could recognize 2 letter words so I would stop reading and let him read those on his own. It kept him learning letter sounds as a toddler and kept him focus on the story too.

Whether you are reading to a toddler or a third grader, there are ways to construct reading time in a way that will help your child tremendously excel in reading and comprehension with these teaching tips.

My son reading at 4 years old-Preschool

As you read with your child, stop to ask questions. You should ask questions before, during and after the story. This may sound like a chore, but in order for them to create an image and connect with the physical book as well as the story, they need to look beyond the words on a page. The younger the reader, the less questions and the older the reader the more in depth you can get.

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Before you start reading a new book, you can ask:

  • What they think will happen in the story based on the title and cover image
  • What might the problem or main idea be?
  • Where might the story setting be?
  • What do you know about this topic?
  • What are you wondering?
  • What does the title tell you about the story?

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While you read, you can ask:

  • What might happen next?
  • What is happening so far?
  • How do you feel about the story so far?
  • Why do you think the character(s) do that?
  • What might you have done?
  • What do you think is happening next by looking at the illustrations?

At the end of the book, you might ask:

  • What was the title again?
  • Why do you think the Author wrote this book?
  • What was the problem? Solution?
  • What did you like/favorite part. What didn’t you like?
  • What might happen in a sequel?
  • What would you have changed in the story?
  • Who was the illustrator? How did you like the illustrations?

My favorite books by age (below may contain affiliate links):

Tell me, what is your child’s favorite book right now?

Gift Ideas, Holiday Shopping, Kids, Parenting, Tips and Tricks

Toy Buying Guide and 5 Tips to Consider

Whether it is for Christmas, donations, a kids birthday invite or relatives celebration it can be hard to decide the right gift when buying toys for kids of other families. You can always put an ask out, but that always ends up with a general answer and you still remain clueless. There are toys that have a lot of pieces and would it be too advanced or toys that are loud and would their parents be highly unappreciative. Their are lists of top toys of the year available and if you’re lucky you can locate one, but what if you can’t?

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I have reached out to a few experts who share some toy buying tips for you:

1.Sandra Magura of Simply Pinspired and Author of HippoDuck says:

We take the kids to local toy stores and toy areas and when they see things they like/want we put them on the amazon list. We then share our lists with our family and they can purchase what they want. That way we don’t get doubles, they don’t get things that are

2. Stevanne Auerback a.k.a. Dr Toy’s FREE printable List of Questions to Consider When Toy Buying <<click HERE>>

3. To see an Age-by-Age Toy Buying Guide from Genius of Play <<Click Here>> 

4. Tanya Mitchell of Learning RX on choosing toys for children with learning struggles:

Look for toys that build cognitive skills, the foundational tools that help us think, learn, read and remember,” advises Tanya Mitchell, VP of Research & Development for LearningRx (www.LearningRx.com), the world’s largest one-on-one brain training company. “For example, the game Simon, which uses tones and lights to create a pattern, builds visual processing, short-term memory, attention and processing speed. Battleship requires logic & reasoning, working memory, planning and problem solving. If you have a grandchild with attention struggles, look for toys that work on attention. If your nephew struggles with math, look for toys that develop mental math, numerical concepts and math computations. We have a free three-page Games for Skills chart of well-known games, which can be downloaded at www.unlocktheeinsteininside.com to help determine which toys might work best for particular skill building.

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My list of favorite toys by age (contains affiliate links):

Baby: VTech Drop and Go Dump Truck

Toddler: Little Tikes Bath Drums

Preschool: Alex Jr. Tots Art Start

Elementary: Wonder Workshop Dash Robot

Tween: Poop Emoji Plush Pillow

Teen: Holy Stone Drone with Live WiFi Camera

College Student: Hot Water Electric Kettle

Tell me, what are your children asking for the Holidays? What are there ages?