Giveaways

Take Your Family to the Zoo Giveaway

Welcome to our Take Your Family to the Zoo Giveaway!

Details: There will be 2 winners, each winner will receive a $125 Visa Gift Card from the folks from Leo the Wildlife Ranger!  You can read all about Leo the Wildlife Ranger here.

You must be 18 years of age to enter, open World Wide

This giveaway will go from 8.29-9.13 11:59 pm est

Good Luck and I hop you can become one of our two winners to Take Your Family to the Zoo Giveaway!

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Disclosure:
We reserve the right to make revisions, to cancel, or suspend this contest for any reason. We are not associated with any of the companies named above. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received Open to the US 18+ only. Confirmed Winner(s) (by Random.org) will be contacted by email. Winner(s) have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this giveaway. Mom Blog Society (and any other blog participating) is not responsible for product shipment/delivery. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements. Entrants must only enter with either one email address, IP address and/or Facebook account, anyone found violating these rules will be disqualified. It is at the sole discretion of the admin of the giveaway if the winner has met the rules or not.

Books Reviews, Children's Books, Education, Reviews by Anthony

Children’s Book: Kobee Manatee Shipwreck Sea Friends

Children's Book: Kobee Mantatee Shipwreck Sea Friends

We have done many book reviews on Parenting Healthy and so far the series that my son would say is one of his favorites is Kobee Manatee and his adventures. I would say it is because this series does a great job incorporating weather and science into the story. Each page offers some science facts in an illustrated brown tag within the page. This newest children’s book is called, Kobee Manatee: Shipwreck Sea Friends

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Kobee Mantatee Shipwreck Sea Friends was written in collaboration with world-renowned oceanographer and documentary filmmaker, Fabien Cousteau, oldest grandson of legendary ocean pioneer, Jacques Cousteau! How exciting is that? Anthony will tell you more about the story in the video below:

This is a children’s book that makes a great teacher and classroom gift for the end of the year-collect book 1 and 2 of Kobee Manatee also.

2016 Holidays, Gift Guides, Kids

Aurora World Fabbies Animal Plush #HolidayGiftGuide

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Holiday Gift Guide Feature: Aurora World Fabbies

I have seen the Aurora logo on some plush in toy stores. Even our local zoo has Aurora plush animals in the gift shop. I have an 8 year old who is a huge animal fan. These Aurora Fabbies he was sent are quite unique compared to other stuffies he has.

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This line of Aurora plush is made with a soft tweed material. This makes it different from the fur material you find on most animal plush. It actually makes it more solid which is great for display or standing up. These make fun room decor and even office decor for any animal lover because they look fab for anyone of any age-not just kids.

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Auroa Fabbies have 6 designs-Misty (cat), Bentley, Hugo, Dixie, Monty and McDougall (dogs). My son has Misty and Monty. Aurora has other styles of plush that make fun gifts to give a child (or adult) an instant plush friend for the new year.

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Visit Aurora and keep an eye out at retailers this season for these Fabbies and other gifts from Aurora.

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Visit the 2016 Holiday Gift Guide for the master gift list-it is updated daily.

Education, Food, Giveaways, Kids

Barbara’s NEW Wild Rewards Learning #Giveaway

This is not sponsored. No samples sent.

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I have featured Barbara’s products on Parenting Healthy before. My son loves their Puffins cereals. I wanted to help introduce the new Barbara’s Wild Rewards program to you. In this program you can earn rewards with your child by engaging when logged in and completing some learning activities. Use these rewards in various ways to save and be sent merchandise.

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How to use Barbara’s Wild Rewards

  • Go to https://wildrewards.barbaras.com/
  • Click the Join Now button up top
  • Enter your name, email and create a password
  • Head to your email to verify you are you!
  • You are ready to explore and learn. You start with 550 points just for signing up

You can earn by watching short videos, play trivia games, print color activity sheets for the kids, refer a friend, upload a receipt. You and your child will learn a lot about endangered animals as you move through the changing tasks.

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Rewards you can earn

  • Soft Plush Toy Animal – choose from an endangered puffin, panda or lion (3,500 points)
  • Barbara’s Wild Rewards Children’s Activity Book – includes 24-pages filled with fun and educational activities for kids and families to learn about endangered species (2,500 points)
  • Official Adoption Certificate – receive a certificate for a virtual symbolic animal adoption for either a puffin, elephant or Arctic fox. For each puffin adoption certificate redeemed, $10 will go towards the Audubon Society’s Project Puffin (up to $25,000 annually) and for each elephant or Arctic fox adoption certificate redeemed, $10 will go to the Defenders of Wildlife (1,500 points)
  • Coupon Reward – obtain $2.00 off any participating Barbara’s product (500 points)

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The Giveaway

1 lucky reader will win a Plush Puffin and 3 boxes of Barbara’s Puffin cereals. Enter below and open to US. Ends on 11/4. Good luck!

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Healthy Living, Parenting, Pets Products

How Animals Are Creating Happier, Healthier Kids

With all the Star Wars buzz, you may have seen pictures of Carrie Fisher (or rather, Princess Leia) toting around a French Bulldog with an oversized tongue. It turns out that he (Gary) isn’t just a lap dog. He’s actually Carrie’s service dog for her bipolar disorder. Now that Gary’s TV spots are earning him even more Instagram followers, the mainstream world is aware of this thing called animal-assisted therapy.
Gary is pretty ridiculously adorable, but he’s not the first pet to be used as a “therapist.” Animals from dogs and cats to dolphins and horses have been able to do some incredible things for people. Kids especially. Physical health, mental and emotional well-being, and behavioral challenges all stand to improve, and while specialized therapy animals come with special training and well-planned approaches, everyday household pets can be used for similar benefits (my son has a bunny!)
I know that medications are necessary sometimes, but they come with side-effects and consequences that no parent wants to put on their child. Specialists can be a helpful addition to any plan of action, but they’re also expensive and they may not be able to connect with our children. I’m all for us getting the help we need in whatever way it’s best given, but I think every parent should consider the ways a therapy animal or a special pet can help kids. Plus, lasting physical and behavioral changes come from developing new skills. And, it turns out, there’s an animal for that. <wink, wink>
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Emotions
The animal-human bond plays a HUGE role in our mood. It doesn’t matter if it’s time playing with a dog, petting a cat, riding a horse, or holding a guinea pig; they light us up. It’s no surprise given the way that animals around though. They live fully in the moment and they’re free of judgement. They’re absolutely immersed in the time we’re spending with them, and they give us their complete and undivided attention. On top of that, they “need” us for treats and fetch. The combination of attention, appreciation, and companionship lets us feel important and valuable. They’re also make some pretty hysterical YouTube videos, so they’re obviously experts at provoking giggles. This sort of fun and satisfaction promotes a deep bond and sense of gratitude that works. There are animals being used to assist everything from chemo pain, dementia, and depression and PTSD. In a world full of critical people. “logic and rationale,” and unending to-do’s, we need to be brought down to earth to remember the things that really matter. Pets have the basics down better than any “responsible” and organized adult.
The effect that animals have on our mood is actually being used for education purposes with reading dogs. These days, schools and libraries get regular visits from furry “specialists” for reading time. Their presence certainly gets kids smiling, but it’s much more than having a distraction. Kids are able to read to dogs without any fear of judgement, comments, or lifted brows. This is a HUGE deal for kids struggling with reading. Getting kids to actually pick up a book and read can be hard, and dogs are helping children to see reading time in a whole new light. Anxieties are dropped so kids can relax and really focus on the book in front of them. They get to feel important too because they have the job of sharing a new book with their reading buddy. This structure can completely change a child’s relationship with books because they go from associating reading with pain to pairing reading with fun and pleasure.   
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Health
Dogs are fantastic because they’re wagging and excitement offers a mood boost that comes with an excuse to get outside and get some fresh air. Exercise and time outdoors means feel-good endorphins and less stress. Getting a dog is obviously the best way to encourage more time outside, but health is about more than just exercise. Studies show that having a pet increases self-esteem, sociability, empathy and simply thinking about our pet can help us cope with negative experiences. Mental well-being is more important than ever with the world we live in, so if a pet can help with this than I’m willing to deal with a little poop now and then (though I would never, ever brave a poopy puppy).

 

Behavior
One of the areas receiving the most help involves autism spectrum disorders. The average person relies on words to communicate just as much as they lean on vocal tone, physical expressions, sayings, and word choice. These subtle forms of communication are often lost to  our autistic children, and that can make for some frustrating and confusing interactions.
Believe it or not, horses can help with this through equine-assisted therapy. Since horses aren’t vocal, they’re able to help autistic kids develop awareness of their surroundings and notice the non-verbal cues used for communication. It’s critical to be tuned in to a horse that you’re riding, and they communicate things with subtle body movements. All of the attention and care given before, during, and after rides really pushes kids to build their focus and awareness, but in a way that’s fun and meaningful.
Even for kids without autism or other disorders, pets can still play an incredible role in promoting behavior awareness and building new skills. The cues that animals like dogs and cats provide have much to say about their mood, and this offers the opportunity for some great discussion. By looking at how things affect an animal, our kids are able to see the relationship of cause-and-effect in action. Drawing these parallels lets them understand how they too are impacted by situations and feelings. Over time, an awareness develops that allows children to identify what they’re feeling, what’s bothering them, and where their behavior is coming from. Things suddenly aren’t so abstract or confusing, and they can quickly catch on to what’s going on inside. That’s huge!  
Whether you want to go all-out with a therapy animal or you want to spice up the family pet with a little thought and creativity, pets can have a huge impact on our kids. Certified specialists are obviously going to be a wealth of information and loaded with tested approaches, but I think that we can create our own “programs” at home. If we take the time to really understand our children’s needs and where their challenges stem from, we can develop an everyday system that can encourage them to build the skills they need to be happy and capable. Doing something is one matter, but living it. That’s the secret to success.

Cheers to parenting healthy!

*Post written by: Ash Stevens




Ash Stevens is a mother, writer, and a wannabe shaman. She loves health, gardening, simplicity, culture, chocolate, and sarcasm. If she isn’t writing about family and relationships on her blog, then she’s surely playing badminton with the kids. Find her on Twitter or Facebook and make a new friend!