Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Looking to be a Better Parent in 2014? Start By Reading Raise a Happy Child and be Happy too! (Review with Giveaway, Ends 01/13/14, US Only)

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
 
I just want to say upfront that this book is a lifesaver and a God-send! How to Raise a Happy Child (and be happy, too!) by Heather Criswell, Kid Whisperer and Taryn Vogt, Cofounder of the Everyday Genius Institutes  is a book that I feel has helped put parenting techniques into perspective for us.
 
My childhood, at home with my mother, wasn't the best. To put it simply, it was full of anger, abuse, and a general feeling of not being wanted. To say the least, I didn't have the greatest role models in the parents that I primarily lived with (my mother and whomever was her husband at the time, as I had two stepfathers before she passed away). Some of this has carried over into my own parenting, meaning that I wish I could communicate with my children better than I was communicated with as a child. Primarily, I raise my voice much more often than I wish I did. While I am certainly leaps and bounds ahead of what my childhood looked like, I know that I have room for growth (don't we all?). I have been wanting to move towards a more peaceful aspect of parenting. Whenever I would make such comments to my husband, he always would associate such ways with "wiping your child's butt until they are 18". Basically, he felt that a lot of the comments that I made would mean that we would be enabling our kids to rule the roost.
 
 
Then, along came How to Raise a Happy Child (and be happy too!)
. Reading through the book, I realized that we already use some of these techniques (such as giving children acceptable choices). Michael still had some reservations about applying some of the techniques, but he was willing to try because we both know that something needed to change. Things were not working as is. There was too much anger and attitude going on in our home. Some might attribute it to puberty, stress, etc. but we didn't want to use excuses, we wanted a solution.


 
 
 
The first few chapters of the book discuss (and help you analyze) what makes you a successful parent. This is honestly a subject that I had never put much thought into before. I posted something about it on Facebook on my status and in a group or two about parenting. I was interested to see what others thought made them a successful parent in order to help me better consider it myself. Comments came in ranging from "A day when there is no bickering amongst the children, homework is completed, and there are no arguments about bedtime." to "My children being happy with whom they are." to "Giving my children more in life than I had.". Interesting answers, don't you agree?
 
The book takes you through many scenarios, involving the author's childhood memories of instances that spoke to her emotionally, examples involving her preschool and foster children, and showing alternative thinking. It really helps put things into perspective about allowing your children to have more freedom and control, without using timeouts, punishments or rewards. It gives you positive ways to openly communicate with your children and to help them learn to openly communicate with others, including you!
 

 
 
Throughout the book, there are some QR codes that take you to specific videos related to the portion of the book that you are reading from the book's WiseInside YouTube video channel. Michael found these helpful and insightful. He isn't much of a book reader. While he would read a short passage when I would encourage him to or listen as I read a medium sized portion aloud to him, these QR codes were what caught his attention the most. This was a very useful tool to include! 

 
Also within the passages, you will find various charts related to the topics of each chapter. There are MANY charts throughout the book that clearly show you typical responses and then the more positive response. These were also fantastic tools and something that I could quickly read aloud to Michael.
I look forward to implementing more techniques routinely, until they become habitual!, so that our family will become happier together!
 
 
 
"Crawl inside the mind of kid whisperer, Heather Criswell, and see how she discovered (over 25 years and 30,000 children) what works with every child, in every situation, every time. She, along with Everyday Genius Institute cofounder Taryn Voget, bring you extraordinary new thinking and approaches in working with children. And when you put these simple strategies into action in your own life, raising amazing children will suddenly feel so much easier and more fun than you ever imagined.

In this groundbreaking book (with included “how-to” videos), you will learn simply genius strategies to get the results you desire with your child – without using the word “no” or giving time-outs, punishments, or rewards. You will be a parenting success with bedtime, manners, homework, sharing, mealtime, back-talking, disrespect, fighting, grades, lying, and so much more.

You will have an opportunity to question your parenting assumptions and learn, step-by-step, refreshing new techniques to get the results you want. You will discover how to raise capable, self-reliant, truly happy kids in a stress-free environment.
This is no ordinary “how to” parenting book. It shines a light on an inspiring new approach for today’s parents."
 
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a Rafflecopter giveaway I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

The Truth About Factory Farms Infographic

This information plays a large role into why we prefer to purchase free range and grassfed meat whenever we can. There is a conventional chicken factory not too far from our home and I have heard that they just drop all of the male chicks into the dumpster LIVE. How horrible of a death they must suffer!

What do you think about Factory Farms?

  The Truth About Factory Farms
The mass production of America's food comes with a hefty price. Find out the environmental, animal, and human impact of raising over 99 percent of US farm animals in factory farms in this infographic, "The Truth About Factory Farms." Use the embed code to share it on your website or visit our infographic page for the high-res version.
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Monday, December 30, 2013

Condor Trek Kids by Playful Planet Yoga Book Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.





My kids have recently discovered that they really enjoy yoga. We did a review a few weeks ago for a Storyland Yoga DVD. Since reviewing that DVD, I have made a point of finding more yoga materials for them and decided to take part in a friend's challenge to do yoga every day during the month of January. We found some yoga on YouTube and pinned it to Pinterest to easily find it later, acquired some other yoga DVDs, books, and pose cards and also have a Condor Trek Kids book that is based on the Storyland Yoga DVD that we reviewed!





 
 
The first time that we read this book, I simply had the children read it together. Then I read it to them and had them incorporate the yoga poses.

 
Egg Yoga Pose

 
Egg Yoga Pose

 
Book Pose

 
Book Pose

 
Bicycle Pose

 
Bicycle Pose
 
 
 
The book has incredible hand drawn illustrations. I also really like that the book encourages eco-friendly choices such as biking, kayaking, and a solar powered rocket! 

 

 
 
Not to mention that biking and kayaking are other great forms of exercise!


 
The pictures have beautiful colors and represent multiple nationalities.


 
The parts of the book that are for reading include live pictures of children showing the yoga poses. There is at least one yoga pose per page.

 
My children really like this book and have enjoyed using it as a bedtime book. I like that it helps them focus and calm down right before bed.
 
Learn more about Peaceful Planet:
 
 
Like Peaceful Planet on Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/PlayfulPlanet
 
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Cute, Made In the USA, Swimwear For Little Ones by Babi-Kini

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
 
 
I am so very excited to show you Babi-Kini! I know, I know..it is not exactly swim season in most of the country right now, but my kids always seem to have their biggest growth spurts during the winter and it is usually late winter that I am looking to get them new swimwear because they have outgrown what they had!




 
 
Here is Daniella modelling her adorable Babi-Kini, the Charm School sunshirt set.
 
 
 

 
 
 
As you can better see here, it is a two piece bathing suit. I knew that this year I wanted to get Daniella a modest two piece bathing suit. Last summer, whenever we went to the splashpad or watermark or pool, it made Daniella a wreck. She thoroughly disliked essentially completely undressing from her one piece bathing suit to go potty, especially right out of the water. She would get so cold and act very cross. So when my sister-in-law suggested a two piece bathing suit, I got nervous. We are huge believers in dressing modestly and the thought of my three year old wearing a bikini honestly made me cringe. My sister-in-law reassured me that we could find a two piece bathing suit that would cover Daniella's belly and she was right! I was so glad to see that Babi-Kini has this set.
 
 

 
 
Yes! Babi-Kini is made in the USA!!
 
 
 
 
Here are both pieces more up close.

 
 
Sunshirt

 
Bottoms

 
Tags. This set is for sizes 3-4 years.

 
I have to say that I really like the two piece set on Daniella. More than just for modesty and bathroom ease, I like that the top is a full 3/4 sleeved sunshirt with UV protection!
 
I completely understand that not everyone prefers to dress as modestly as we do. And that's okay! Babi-Kini is proud to sell you your little one's first bikini! They have so many adorable, cute, almost over the top precious patterns and styles for you to choose from. There truly is something for everyone at Babi-Kini. 



"We started making Babi-Kini's many years ago and have had a blast doing so.  What started out as gag gifts for a couple of business associates has turned into a thriving business.  Everyone who saw the little bikini's wanted one and so the story goes.  Fast forward several years later and here we are, swimming in itsy bitsy-teeny-weeny-yellow-polka-dot-bikinis, and we love it!  Babi-Kini's are so fun to design, produce, and sell because they make everyone smile.  You just can't help yourself when you see them…..they are so darn cute!

Babi-Kini products favor a blend of top quality swimwear fabrics and trims. We offer you complete, utter, off the charts, adorable, charming, endearing, cuteness! We manufacture Babi-Kini in the USA, right here in San Diego California.
As seen on Kourtney Kardashian's daughter, Penelope!
"
 




Keep up with Babi-Kini on the web:

Website- http://www.babikini.com/index.htm

Like them on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Babikini

Follow them on Twitter - https://twitter.com/babikinis

And check out their blog - http://babikini.com/blog/




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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Pain Relief with Zeta Touch Stone Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.


  I was really excited to learn about the Zeta Touch Stone! A little over five years ago, I was hit by another driver while on my way to pick my son up from school. Among other injuries, I suffer from ongoing ulnar compression issues. Which is basically a fancy way of saying that the nerve that you refer to as your funny bone was being squeezed due to inflammation. This causes multiple problems on almost a daily basis for me. I frequently have pain in my wrist and elbow and tingling in my ring and pinky fingers.



 
I refuse to use pain medication. I see a fantastic Maximized Living chiropractor twice a week which really helps, but I need something more. I am sure that my regular readers know that I prefer the most natural ways possible. The Zeta Touch Stone has been very helpful with this.

 
Even though I have only had the pleasure of using my Zeta Touch Stone a couple of weeks, I have already noticed how well it works. Since it uses far-infrared therapy for a deep penetrating form of heat (but it doesn't feel hot!), I began keeping it in my pocket all day. Since it responds to external heat and cold, by keeping it in my pocket, I was ensuring two things:
1. I would always have my Zeta Touch Stone within easy reach.
2. It would always be warm/hot and ready to use.

 
I like that it comes with its own stand. I use the stand overnight when I remove it from my pocket. 

 
The Zeta Touch Stone is an exceptional hand therapy product that provides pain and stress relief. It can be used to help treat symptoms resulting from arthritis, repetitive stress injury, stroke recovery and more.
 
Features:
  • Reduction of swelling, joint aches and pains
    Ideal for hand therapy and strengthening
    Perfect for traditional hot or cold and far infrared therapy
    Soothes muscle spasms and promotes increasing flexibility
    Cutting edge hand therapy product that provides natural relief from pain and stress
    Made in the USA
    FDA registered
I LOVE that it's Made In The USA!

I also found that by keeping it in my pocket on the leg that is affected by my sciatic nerve, I have had less tingling in my leg from that nerve, too!






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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Krill Oil versus Fish Oil Infographic

Having used both krill oil and fish oil myself, I definitely feel a difference when I take the krill oil. Plus, the fishy taste going down is dramatically less and "burp-back" is practically non-existent!

What do you think about krill oil?

krill oil vs fish oil infographics
Learn why krill oil is a safer and smarter choice than fish oil through the Fish Oil versus Krill Oil: The Cold, Hard Facts infographic. Use the embed code to share it on your website or visit our infographic page for the high-res version.
<img src="http://media.mercola.com/assets/images/infographic/krill-oil-vs-fish-oil.jpg" alt="krill oil vs fish oil infographics" border="0" style="max-width:100%; min-width:300px; margin: 0 auto 20px auto; display:block;"><p style="max-width:800px; min-width:300px; margin:0 auto; text-align:center;">Learn why krill oil is a safer and smarter choice than fish oil through the <a href="http://www.mercola.com/infographics/fish-oil-vs-krill-oil.htm"><strong>Fish Oil versus Krill Oil: The Cold, Hard Facts</strong></a> infographic. Visit our infographic page for the high-res version.</p>

Healthy, Organic Matcha (Green Tea Powder) by KissMe Organics Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

We were intrigued when we received our Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder by KissMe Organics and debated over which ways we wanted to try to use it. Our Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder came with a downloadable 70 page  recipe guide. We flipped through it trying to decide what we wanted to do.


The first thing we tried was simply blending a scoop or two into a pitcher or unsweetened tea. We love tea. We prefer to brew our own tea and sweeten it with stevia. The Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder added a nice light flavor to our tea!

 
This is what the powder look like inside the package.

 
With Christmas coming, I knew that we were going to want to bake Christmas cookies and I really wanted to find a way to avoid artificial colors. I decided that the Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder would be a great way to decorate green Christmas cookies!   

 
I put my cream cheese frosting in a bowl and added a small amount of the powder.

 
I blended it well.

 
We decided to do a cookie cake alternating sugar cookies and gingerbread cookies. 

 
Then I frosted the cookies. Don't they look delicious?

The children really enjoyed them. They thought it was really neat that Mama made GREEN cookies for Christmas! Brandon couldn't eat enough of these. He especially liked the gingerbread cookies. Daniella and I preferred the sugar cookies. I think that I added a little too much of the powder. It was very noticeable on the gingerbread cookies. But overall, it was an interesting, new, and fun way to use the Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder.

What are some benefits of using the Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder?

ORGANIC MATCHA - GREEN TEA POWDER
THE ANCIENT SECRET TO BEAUTY, HEALTH AND LONGEVITY

 USED FOR:  LATTES | SMOOTHIES | BAKING
ALL DAY ENERGY WITH INCREASED FOCUS

Matcha provides 4 to 6 hours of mild steady energy as it acts as both a stimulant and a relaxant. This is ideal for focusing on whatever the day throws your way.

METABOLISM BOOST

Consuming matcha green tea can increase thermogenesis (the body's own rate of burning calories) from a normal 8%-10% of daily energy expenditure, to between 35% and 43% of daily energy expediture.

IMPROVED SKIN HEALTH

​Scientists have discovered that Matcha Green Tea helps protect the skin from harmful UVrays, while improving blood flow and oxygen levels lifting the overall quality of the skin.

137x THE ANTIOXIDANTS OF BREWED GREEN TEA

Antioxidants are essential as you age to boost your body's natural defenses against oxidation. Researchers have found that a high level of dietary antioxidants can prevent many age-related diseases.

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