Archives for August 2014

Go Out And Play With KaBOOM!

Disclaimer: I received a Go Out and Play Essentials backpack and compensation for my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

“Mom I’m bored. There’s nothing to do.”

“Mom I don’t want to ride my bike. There’s nothing to do.”

“Mom can we go to the park?”

At the park…“Mom there’s nothing to do.”

And on and on it goes. They want to go play outside and then claim there’s nothing to do. They’re bored. They don’t have anything to play with. And that’s where the KaBOOM! Go Out and Play Essentials backpack comes in.

If you've ever heard "Mom I'm bored," then the Go Out and Play Essentials backpack by KaBOOM! is a must have! It's full of things for the kids to play with outside like jump ropes, playground ball, sidewalk chalk, and a flying disk. Also include the book Go Out and Play! which has all kinds of outdoor games the kids can try.
The Go Out and Play backpack is packed full of things to beat boredom. There are two jump ropes, a rubber playground ball, two boxes of sidewalk chalk, and a plastic flying disc. The kids can all play together or go do separate things…there are enough options for the neighborhood kids to play too!

There’s also a book titled Go Out and Play! that I love.

If you've ever heard "Mom I'm bored," then the Go Out and Play Essentials backpack by KaBOOM! is a must have! It's full of things for the kids to play with outside like jump ropes, playground ball, sidewalk chalk, and a flying disk. Also include the book Go Out and Play! which has all kinds of outdoor games the kids can try.
This book is perfect for those days when the kids want to play something new. It’s full of fun outdoor games like games we played as kids (blindman’s bluff, red light green light, and four square) and games that I’ve never even heard of. It includes a variety of games depending on what the kids want to do. You’ll find tag games, hide-and-seek games, ball games, team games, sidewalk games, and more. It also includes tips for how parents can encourage and facilitate getting the kids to go out and play…something they definitely don’t do enough of these days.

Now here’s what I love about the The Go Out and Play backpack.

1. The backpack is made of a high-quality, super durable material. The kids can drag it around, fight over who gets to carry it, toss it back and forth to each other and it’s still in perfect condition. Yes, I’m speaking from experience.

2. There is enough in the backpack to keep multiple kids busy. They can play together or each choose something to do separately. All of the activities are good for kids of all ages.

3. You can pack everything in the backpack and still have room for water bottles, sunblock, etc. And because everything you need to get the kids to go out and play is included in the backpack, you can keep it in the garage or keep it in your car for on-the-go fun. I can imagine us taking it with us on road trips, camping, or when we are at the river and the kids run out of things to do on their own.

If you've ever heard "Mom I'm bored," then the Go Out and Play Essentials backpack by KaBOOM! is a must have! It's full of things for the kids to play with outside like jump ropes, playground ball, sidewalk chalk, and a flying disk. Also include the book Go Out and Play! which has all kinds of outdoor games the kids can try.
I also appreciate that with every purchase from the Go Out and Play Collection (and there are lots of fun things included so make sure to check it out!), a minimum of 8% will be contributed to the national non-profit KaBOOM!. KaBOOM! works to bring balanced and active play into the daily lives of all children, particularly those growing up in poverty in America. So with my purchases, I’m doing something good for my kids and for other kids too.

So there you have it! The KaBOOM! Go Out and Play Essentials backpack is the perfect way to get your kids outside playing in the sunshine. Head over to Imagine Toys for all sorts of ways to keep the kids busy and having fun whether they are playing inside or outside!

Happy 7th Birthday, Ethan!

Two weeks ago, the girls turned 5. Five! How quickly time flies! And then this past weekend Ethan turned 7. Seven years old. How in the world did that happen so fast? Didn’t he just turn three, and then four, and when did he stop being five and turn six? And now, just like that, my miracle baby is 7 years old.

Since the kids have birthdays just 6 days apart, we just have one big ol’ birthday party for them. Ethan invited his cousins and friends, and he had a blast. His WWE-themed birthday was a hit!

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Happy Birthday Ethan!

Ethan’s celebrating by having his favorite dinner…teppan grill!

Curious

Lego/Minecraft/Clash of Clans Master

Smart

Funny

Sensitive

Loves Playing Rough

Introverted

Healthy Sleep For Kids:How Much Sleep Should They Be Getting?

We are in week three of the new school year, and while Ethan is having no problems falling back into the earlier-bedtime-school-schedule, the girls just ain’t having it. Every night is a fight. They don’t want to go to bed, and when they get in bed, they don’t want to go to sleep. I’ve had to push bedtime up a half hour just to make sure they are asleep at a decent hour! Healthy sleep for kids is important, especially during the school year. But do you know how much sleep your child really needs?

Do you know how much sleep your kids should be getting? It's probably more than you think. Here are some tips for promoting healthy sleep for kids of all ages.
The CDC recommends the following number of hours of daily sleep for children of different ages:

  • Newborns: 16-18 hours a day
  • Preschool-aged children: 11-12 hours a day
  • School-aged children: At least 10 hours a day
  • Teens: 9-10 hours a day

Is it more or less than you thought it would be? I thought the kids needed only about 9 hours or so, so mine need at least another hour of sleep every night (which means an extra hour of mommy free time too!)

So how do you promote healthy sleep for kids? There are a lot of simple things that you can do to promote healthy sleep; sticking to a routine, limiting caffeine intake, and a healthy diet are all very important. But there are other things too, like keeping a sleep diary. You can find out all about Promoting Healthy Sleep For Kids at the OTCsafety website.

I’ve also written about promoting healthy sleep for kids here! My post How To Get Your Child To Go To Sleep has four simple (and fun) ways to get your kids to settle down and settle in for the night. Make sure to check out the fun song I’ve included, we sing it almost every night at your house!

Do you know how much sleep your kids should be getting? It's probably more than you think. Here are some tips for promoting healthy sleep for kids of all ages.
Now we all of our secret tactics for bribing, begging, pleading, ahem, I mean helping the kids get to sleep. One thing that I want to make sure to say is that you should NEVER under any circumstances give kids over-the-counter (OTC) medicines to make a child sleep. And according to the OTCsafety article about Promoting Healthy Sleep for Kids, OTCs can have “unwanted side-effects, and are best reserved for treating actual cold and flu symptoms. Diphenhydramine alone is approved by the FDA for “mild nighttime sedation” for children 12 or older. However, this is a treatment of last resort because it can cause drowsiness that extends into the daytime, affecting school and sports performance and other unwanted effects. In some children, diphenhydramine can actually cause hyperactivity.”

Do you know how much sleep your kids should be getting? It's probably more than you think. Here are some tips for promoting healthy sleep for kids of all ages.
For more information about over-the-counter medicine safety, you can check out my posts I’ve written as an OTCsafety Ambassador.

What healthy sleep for kids tips and suggestions can you give that helps you get your children back on a regular sleeping schedule once school starts? 

Disclaimer: I’m being compensated as an OTCSafety Blogger, though all thoughts, opinions, and suggestions expressed here are my own. Keep up-to-date on OTCSafety information by visiting the OTCSafety website  and by following them on Pinterest.

Get The Behavior You Want…Without Being The Parent You Hate

Disclaimer: My friend Dr. G is not only a family physician, but she’s also great at giving extremely helpful and effective parenting advice. She wrote a book titled Get the Behavior You Want…Without Being the Parent You Hate and asked me to check it out. I am not being paid to review this book and was under no obligation to review this book on my blog…but it’s so good that I decided to share it with you!

My friend Deborah Gilboa, aka Dr. G, is one of my favorite people to go to when I have questions about the kids. In fact, she’s even given me advice that I shared here on my blog titled How To Stop Yelling At Your Kids and Talking To Kids About Sex. I’ve met her in person and I talk to her almost everyday on Facebook. In short, I adore her. So when she asked me if I’d be interested in checking out her new book Get the Behavior You Want…Without Being the Parent You Hate, I jumped at the chance.

New to parenting or experiencing a new parenting problem? Check out Deborah Gilboa's book Get the Behavior You Want…Without Being the Parent You Hate. It's the only parenting how-to book you'll need!
If you are tired of screaming and nagging, begging and pleading, and tantrums (both by the kids and occasionally by you!), then you have to check out Get the Behavior You Want…Without Being the Parent You Hate.

I think what I like most about this book is actually two things: it’s geared towards kids 18 months to 12 years of age (my kids are smack in the middle of the age range) and also that the chapters are broken up so that you don’t have to read from beginning to end; you can jump around and read about the topics effecting your family now.

Issues with playdates? Check out Chapter 37. Everywhere your child goes for a playdate probably has rules different from the ones at your house. Dr. G says “…the rules in your home are not negotiable, even with guests.” And it’s good to teach your child that rule when they are elsewhere as well.

My sweet Mia loves to get dressed up, but hates to dress herself. She still wants me to do it for her. So I promptly flipped to Chapter 20: Teach Kids To Get Themselves Dressed.

There are even chapters about YOU…the parent. Chapter 16 is all about Your Bedroom as Your Sanctuary. It is okay to have off-limit areas for the kids. I’d love to make my bedroom off-limits unless invited, and we just started working on this one.

And because the topics are broken down based on your child’s age (ex: Toddler, Preschooler), this book will grow with you as your children grow.

Dr. G is funny, upfront, doesn’t beat around the bush, and offers advice and tips that you can start using today. Get the Behavior You Want…Without Being the Parent You Hate is a parenting book everybody should have on their shelves; it’s more like a parenting how-to manual!

You can grab a copy of Get the Behavior You Want…Without Being the Parent You Hate by pre-ordering on AmazonBarnes & Noble, and demosHEALTH. If you read it, make sure to add your review on GoodReads!

Want more Dr. G? You can visit the Ask Doctor G website, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Google +.

Did You Know You Can Swap Butter For Olive Oil? #PledgeforEVOO

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf Pompeian. All opinions expressed are my own.

What can I say? We love butter in our house. We go through lots and lots of it every week. And while it tastes good, it’s also very fattening…but there is a great substitute that you can use in just about any recipe that calls for butter. It’s olive oil! Yep, you can easily swap butter for olive oil without giving up any great flavor.

Did you know you can swap butter for olive oil in almost any recipe? Even recipes for sweet treats and baking. Includes a conversion chart. #PledgeforEVOO
I’m sure you know all about the health benefits of using olive oil. And being able to swap butter for olive oil in nearly any recipe is so easy. Just use this simple conversion chart as a guide when making the switch from butter to olive oil. No guess work required.

Worried about the taste in baking? Make sure to visit the Pompeian website to check out all the varieties of olive oils, including Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Special Blends, and the premium Varietals Collection Pompeian has to choose from. For baking cakes and cookies, you can use olive oil! Pompeian Extra Light Tasting Olive Oil will work perfectly. So you can make my Butter Cookies with Jelly without using any butter. Or maybe even try to swap butter for olive oil in my Death by Chocolate cookies.

Did you know you can swap butter for olive oil in almost any recipe? Even recipes for sweet treats and baking. Includes a conversion chart. #PledgeforEVOO
Just yesterday I made Cheez-Its Chicken for dinner.

Did you know you can swap butter for olive oil in almost any recipe? Even recipes for sweet treats and baking. Includes a conversion chart. #PledgeforEVOO
Instead of dumping all of that butter over the top of it, I did swap butter for olive oil. Not only did my family not notice a difference in taste, but they actually liked it better! The chicken came out crispy and tender. I’ll be continuing to swap butter for olive oil in this recipe for sure!

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You can also try my Lemon Olive Oil Cake that was featured at Scary Mommy’s.

Did you know that August is National Olive Oil Month? Pompeian wants to reward consumers who pledge to use olive oil instead of butter when cooking and baking. Visit the Pompeian Pledge Page and take the Pompeian Pledge for a chance to receive a gift from Pompeian (a free movie redemption code and a coupon for a free bottle of olive oil). Every week in August, 5 additional fans who have pledged will win a fun prize pack. Pretty cool, huh?

Did you know you can swap butter for olive oil in almost any recipe? Even recipes for sweet treats and baking. Includes a conversion chart. #PledgeforEVOO
Have you ever tried baking with olive oil? Do you prefer butter or olive oil? Are you willing to take the pledge to swap butter for olive oil and give the swap a shot?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf Pompeian. All opinions expressed are my own.

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