Back to School 2018, Brands with a Cause, Fashion, Kids

This Target Clothing Line is Specially Made for Children Living with Disabilities

If you have a child who lives with a disability, you know the struggle to find fashionable and yet functional clothing for your little one. Whether it be a texture issue, accessibility or even just getting a proper fit with an age appropriate look, there isn’t a lot of options for parents to choose from. This is where Target has stepped up. They have rolled out a new 40-piece clothing line, Cat & Jack, which will give parents and children a much-needed choice in fashion.

This Target Clothing Line is Specially Made for Children Living with  Disabilities

Accessibility

Children with physical disabilities can have a difficult time finding clothing that fits comfortably around walkers, wheelchairs or other devices necessary for everyday life. The new clothing line launched by Target offers pieces which feature snaps along side seams for easy removal and easy dressing for both children and their caregivers. The pieces with back closures allow for easy access for toileting, or while the child is seated or laying down. Some pieces include additional zippers as needed as well.

Other children’s clothing does not offer such simple access, since pants must be pulled down, shirts lifted over their head and arms pulled through. These are all things that many parents take for granted with dressing their children. Target has removed these obstacles, giving better access for both kids and parents.

Texture

Many children with disabilities, especially those on the Autism Spectrum, have sensitivities to textures like tags or seams. Helping a toddler or child get dressed who is sensitive about the feeling of the clothing can be a daunting, and seemingly impossible task some days. However, the Cat & Jack line has removed this challenge with their release of tagless garments and even clothing pieces which feature a flatter, soft seam.

The garments without tags, simply have the washing information and size printed right into the fabric, therefore eliminating that pesky tag all together. The flat seam garments feature special stitching which prevents the seam from feeling raised or “too bumpy”, as my daughter would call it and much softer against the skin.

Looking Good and Age Appropriate

Whether we want to admit it or not, appearances do matter. This is especially true when you want your children to fit in as much as possible and feel included with their peers. When children are forced to wear clothing that is bigger than needed or has been altered and adapted for their special needs, this sets them apart from their peer group.

With these new clothing pieces from Target, children will be sporting similar fashions to their friends and schoolmates without compromising practicality and functionality. This goes a long way in inclusivity and self-esteem building for your children, which is, after all, an important goal for most parents.

Overall…

The Cat & Jack adaptive clothing line is a much-needed step in the right direction towards giving kids a chance to fit in with their peers, while keeping their specific special needs in mind. What is wonderful about this line is that it is offered at an affordable price, so most parents are not priced out of purchasing these pieces for the kids, as is the case with much of the speciality clothing available for kids.

Children living with disabilities can now learn to help with the dressing process since the snaps and closures are user-friendly, which in turn gives them a sense of pride and accomplishment. These pieces can help teach your child valuable life skills and self-care, while looking good too! These garments are all one giant positive step in the right direction towards giving our kids a chance to be a part of the crowd and building better self-esteem.

Brands with a Cause, Earth Friendly, Education, Healthy Living, Parenting

What Happens To Your Carton Recyclables Once They Leave Your Home?

This post was sponsored by the Carton Council as part of an Ambassador Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

What Happens To Your Carton Recyclables Once They Leave Your Home?

You know it is important! You see the blue containers! And you use recyclables everyday yet do you remain conscious about recycling? I know lunch breaks are short and running errands with a car full of kids steals all of your focus, but do you know what happens to your recyclables once they leave your home? Maybe if you have a visual and really understand the impact you can make, you will find a way to stay a bit more aware of what cartons you are tossing. I use this type of education and visuals as a teachable moment for the entire family.

A Recycling Video for Motivation

Let’s start with a short video from The Carton Council titled, How Recycled Cartons Become New Products. This is really fun to show the kids too because if they also have a visual that is motivation to help out and recycle. It is important to know why you can and should recycle food and beverage containers.

How and What Cartons to Recycle

You watched the video and now you know what can become of your recyclables. So how and what should you recycle? First of all, if you need a go-to site to see a lot more information on recycling than I can fit into one post, visit the Carton Council website.

The cartons you would typically recycle are packages from soups, broths, milk, juice, coconut & other waters. Other cartons used for packaging could be found with certain wines, creamers, beans to name a few. You would simply put these cartons in your recycling bin with your pickups.

Do you know if your community participates in curbside carton pick up? You can use the zip code locator at recyclecartons.com, or check with your local program to find out if recycling cartons is as easy as putting them on your curb. While there you can even find ways your family, work and schools can start their own easy recycling efforts. This can be a great class or senior project for your child to take on in their school! Think of what we can do with all of those juice and milk cartons from hundreds of students each day!

Let’s turn these shelf and refrigerated cartons into other paper products or chemical free environmentally friendly building materials.

The entire family can be involved in bettering your recycling habits! You can make it a fun spring or summer competition for the family that can build habits to last well beyond the season. You can start by making it the kids spring project to set recycling collections up in your home!

Getting the entire family to effortlessly recycle (and even to get staff and schools to recycle) can be simple. Sometimes all it takes is some education and a visual like the video I shared above. It is that simple to leave a positive footprint on the environment we will be leaving behind.

Click below to print your own summer chart!

Be sure to visit The Carton Council as I mention earlier because they even offer great ideas for making recycling fun and learn what happens to your recyclables once they leave your home!

Brands with a Cause, Gift Guides, Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Our Family’s Race Across the U.S.A. Personalized Board Game

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Our Family's Race Across the U.S.A. Personalized Board Game

New from I See Me is Our Family’s Race Across the U.S.A. Personalized Board Game. Like their personalized books and gifts the images you upload are perfectly placed and look fantastic. I decided to make one for my Brother’s family featuring my nephews, Dad and Mom. How adorable is this?

board game

Each player piece features their name and photo I chose to upload. You can see that one’s that are straight on shots look best but even the one’s I wanted to use like Elliot’s side view is just as fun.

personalized gifts

On the board features the boys names cleverly placed as well as Mom and Dad. The bright colors and easy flow makes it fun even for the 3 year old all the way to 11 year old big brother.

family game gift

Head to the I See Me promotions page and sign up to receive promotions and discounts. Currently you get 25% off site-wide with the code JOLLY until December 5thLetters of LoveI See Me has also partnered with Children’s Cancer Research Fund and every purchase benefits them. Visit as well and send a letter to a child patient spending the Holidays battling cancer.

Brands with a Cause, Food, Recipes

Meatless Monday Recipe – Spicy Thai Broccoli Salad

I have partnered with Goya Foods for feature

 #MeatlessMonday

What is your Meatless Monday go to dish? Goya challenged me with a creative Meatless Monday recipe and I had to use Goya Coconut Milk and/or Cream of Coconut. This recipe is a hybrid. I make a peanut sauce we all love and then took the contents of a standard broccoli salad and instead of the vinegar and mayo, I used my peanut dressing. Hence, the Spicy Thai Broccoli Salad. It was a hit!

My peanut sauce has a bit of a twist from a standard peanut sauce recipe. I use coconut milk and instead of red pepper flakes I use chili powder. It has a kick! The key thing to note is my peanut sauce recipe makes more than you need for the broccoli salad, so keep the rest in a jar to use for another meal that week!

If you like this recipe, try my other recent Goya recipe HERE!

Spicy Thai Broccoli Salad
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Spicy Thai Broccoli Salad

Ingredients

  • Salad
  • 2 Heads Broccoli (just the florets, cut into bite-size pieces)
  • 1/4 cup of Craisins or raisins
  • 1/8 cup sunflower seed kernels (sliced almonds are good too instead)
  • Peanut sauce
  • 1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup Goya Coconut Milk
  • 3 tbsp rice vingear
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp of Wok or sesame oil
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp finely chopped ginger
  • 1/8 tsp chili powder

Instructions

  1. Mix all together for the sauce and pour over salad ingredients. You can serve right away or chill and omit the sunflower kernels for right before serving.
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Goya has partnered with the Meatless Monday campaign to promote Goya;s “Can Do” initiative. For every can of Goya Coconut Milk purchased in November and December, Goya will donate products to Feeding America. The food will then be distributed to families in need at local food banks across the country. The ‘Can Do’ campaign is part of Goya Gives, a national initiative committed to supporting local communities through social and environmental causes.  By the end of the year, Goya will donate at least 600,000 pounds of food.

Brands with a Cause, Gift Guides, Holiday Shopping, Pets Products

Personalized Pet Gifts from ISeeMe

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Personalized Pet Gifts from ISeeMe

Personalized Pet Gifts from ISeeMe

Have a pet to shop for or perhaps you will be gifting a dog to a loved one? Consider these personalized pet gifts from ISeeMe. Seriously! They are too adorable. The book is so much fun and it is completely customizable. The steps are very simple to get the book the way you’d like it.

Maya pet gift scarf

If My Dog Could Talk

The book, If My Dog Could Talk, is in a gift set that is perfect for handing off as a present. It comes with the personalized bandana. Maya is wearing hers in a size small.

pet gift book

In the story “Maya” (or your dog’s name) is exploring the world alongside humans. It is humorous and has plenty of mischief.

The last piece to the set is a personalized placemat. Maya is using hers under her food bowl.

How to Personalize your Book

You start by choosing from 12 dog styles and 4-5 color options. The dog’s name and family member’s names are written into the story and displayed in the illustrations. Celebrate your pet by adding a special message and photo on the dedication page. You can even make this book for a pet that has passed (with the story written in the past tense).

Know Before You Buy – Promo Code

In November, ISeeMe is partnering with the Humane Society of Missouri with the code HSMO. Use this code to receive 10% off your purchase (of anything, not limited to the Dog book), and they donate a percent of proceeds back to them at the end of the month.

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Puppy Training with HERO Clean Products

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Puppy Training with HERO Clean Products

Puppy Training with HERO Clean Products 

We have a new puppy that we have been puppy training with HERO Clean Products! She (Maya) is a Whoodle – half soft-coated Wheaten Terrier and half Standard Poodle. She is such a love and also such a puppy. We are now in a world of potty breaks every 2 hours, “no bite!” and kennel training.

How I discovered HERO Clean Products 

Changing subjects a bit, I was in NYC this summer at a blog conference and met so many brands for home and family products. One such booth I spent time at was HERO Clean products. I am a sucker for products that have a clean and refreshing scent. I also need stronger than what I can seem to find at times. We raise boys in this house and when I learned their product with cut odors and sweat smells I wanted to try it for myself especially in my husbands and boys shoes.

I didn’t know then how much potty training with HERO Clean Products would save me during puppy training.

Puppy Training 

She has been doing good for the most part but there was a day we kenneled her and we did stay away a tad too long. When I came back she was laying in her bed on top of urine after piddling in it. So off to the bath she went and off to the laundry room her bed and toys went. I sprayed her bed down first with the HERO Clean Odor Eliminator.

After giving it a spray down I put it in the washer with a HERO Clean Laundry Pac. I wondered if I should use 2 pacs for puppy urine but decided I wanted to see if 1 pac did the job. It tackled the smell like a champ! I had to wash on delicate with cool water then dry it low and not only is there zero urine smell it has a great fresh scent that is better than any detergent I have owned. I keep the pacs and odor spray in the pet drawer now as I reserved it as Maya’s product!

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While her bed was washing I gathered her toys and pt them in a pillow case and got them ready for the next wash load with a HERO pac. I then used the HERO Clean All-Purpose Cleaner to give her kennel a wipe down.

Then I needed a good hand washing and HERO Clean was there for me too with the Dish + Hand Soap that has that same great scent.

Am I satisfied with the Puppy Training with HERO Clean Products? 

I am convinced I would have been only half as successful to have completely rid the urine smell and be left such a great scent on Maya’s bedding had I settled for standard detergents I usually use. I am writing this 3 days later and her bed still has no lingering urine smell. If you are holiday shopping for a puppy or kitten owner – or a family of boys, these products will be a gift worth receiving. HERO Clean was built for the stinky guys with the clean scent THEY like, but tackled puppy like a champ too! HERO Clean is a technologically advanced home cleaning products line specifically formulated and fragranced for guys’ gear and homes.