Help Your Children Be The Best They Can Be

As parents, grandparents, teachers, counselors and more we want to help kids be the best they can be.  Self-esteem, tolerance, good values – these are gifts that will last children a lifetime and help them become successful adults. I want to share a great book with you that shows kids positive role models to follow in its stories about making good choices, having confidence and doing the right thing.  These stories serve as a sounding board to encourage conversation and discussion between children and adults.  Perfect for family discussions and great for the classroom.

From Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, Be The Best You Can Be is a  joint project of Chicken Soup for the Soul and The Boniuk Foundation, working together to promote tolerance, respect, and compassion, inspiring young people and adults to embrace their differences, reject stereotypes, and make good choices. It’s part of a larger effort that includes additional books for teens, college students, parents, and grandparents, as well as a family television show every Saturday morning starting in October.

Be The Best You Can Be Book

This book harnesses the power of storytelling to inspire and teach kids, while also entertaining them. Key issues such as bullying, tolerance, and values are addressed in stories selected from Chicken Soup for the Soul’s vast library and represent the best on these topics from the company’s 22-year history.

You can read a story from the book HERE!

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Self-esteem, tolerance, good values – these are gifts that will last children a lifetime and help them become successful adults. These stories, great for kids to discuss with parents and teachers, help them be the best they can be.

This collection shows kids positive role models to follow in its stories about making good choices, having confidence, and doing the right thing. Parents and grandparents will enjoy discussing the stories with children, making it a family event. Great for teachers to share with students, too.

This book harnesses the power of storytelling to inspire and teach kids, while also entertaining them. Key issues such as bullying, tolerance, and values are addressed in stories selected from Chicken Soup for the Soul’s vast library and represent the best on these topics from the company’s 22-year history.

This book is a joint project of Chicken Soup for the Soul and The Boniuk Foundation, which are working together to promote tolerance, respect, and compassion, inspiring young people and adults to embrace their differences, reject stereotypes, and make good choices. It’s part of a larger effort that includes additional books for teens, college students, parents, and grandparents, as well as a family television show every Saturday morning starting in October.
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Release date March 24, 2015.

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How To Keep Your Pet’s Body & Mind In Top Shape

If you’re an animal lover like me, you want to do all you can to keep your pet healthy and happy.  Healthy skin, coat, eyes, coat, immune system and brain are the keys to your pet living a long, vibrant life.  Did you know fish oil is one of the most important supplements to help keep your pets body and mind in top shape.

The omega 3 fatty acids in fish oil provide widespread benefits. It helps support healthy skin, coat, joints, heart, kidney and the development and maintenance of the brain, eyes and immune system. It also helps promote weight loss in overweight pets and may help reduce certain allergies.You have to be careful of the kind of fish oil you choose because they are not all the same.  The source, purity and concentration make a huge difference in the quality of the fish oil.

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TerraMax Pro’s Premium Omega 3 Fish Oil is the highest quality fish oil you’ll find anywhere. Carefully crafted from deep-sea, cold water fish and molecularly distilled for purity from all toxins, it’s refined for maximum potency without the overwhelming scent of other fish oils.

Some of the benefits of using TerraMax Pro Premium Omega 3 Fish Oil Are:

* EPA, one of the two omega 3 fatty acids in fish oil, acts as an anti-inflammatory, which can help with any condition that causes inflammation of the heart, kidneys, skin, and joints.

* DHA, the other omega 3 fatty acid in fish oil, is important in brain and eye development in puppies and kittens and is recommended for pregnant or nursing pets.

* It can help ease inflammation due to allergies, and reduce dry, itchy skin. This can be an effective way to potentially decrease the incidence of hot spots.

* It promotes a shiny, healthy coat, and may reduce shedding (For cats, this may mean fewer hairballs, since they won’t pick up as many loose hairs while grooming).

Omega 3 Fish Oil For Dogs

Only the finest fish oil is used for TerraMax Pro’s Premium Omega 3 Fish oil: Wild Sardines, Herring, Anchovy and Mackerel. Wild caught exclusively from the clean, icy-cold waters of Iceland, using only sustainable and environmentally responsible fishing methods safe for Dolphins and other protected species.

The fish oil is then purified with one of the best purification methods that exist, called Molecular Distillation. Molecular Distillation is one of the few methods that can remove heavy metals, PCB’s and other toxins to below detectable limits, making it safe for consumption.

TerraMax Pro’s Premium Omega-3 Fish Oil is guaranteed to contain 100% of the purest, most potent fish oil on the market to provide optimum nutrition for your pet. Their fish oil is all natural, human grade and does not contain any additives or preservatives. The proven science behind TerraMax Pro’s product makes it truly unmatched! Their proprietary formulation means a 100% Unmatched Experience. Try it now, keep your pet active, healthy and happy!

Omega 3 Fish Oil For Pets

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Our School Knows Everything About Common Core & Nothing About Common Sense

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Right now I feel like driving down to my kid’s school and leaving my son’s vomit coated, Merrell suede shoes on the principal’s desk.  You might wonder why I’m feeling the need to do what might seem at this point, a senseless thing.  I promise it will make sense when I’m done.

My kids got off the school bus today not filled with great things to say about their day.  In fact, my second grader had a bruised and swollen finger along with a bruised fingernail that he will most likely lose.  My kindergartener had another great day, he was vomited on and sent home without anyone cleaning him up, no note as to what happened, and put on a 40 minute bus ride.  Lovely!

No one called about our son who had his finger slammed in a locker by another student.  Oh yes, that was what caused the injury.  Nope, no call, nothing but a form from the health office that said bruised finger, student can move it, slammed in locker.

As for the vomit and my kindergartener, there was no notification of any kind.  Nothing, nada, zip, zero, zilch to tell us what happened.  Nothing but our child to recant the story.  What if our child had not been forthcoming, how would we know?  What if we were picking him up to go directly to a doctor’s appointment?  Do you know what he was told by the teacher’s assistant in his class?  He was told to go home and take his pants, socks and shirt off and take a shower.  He was also told to take his suede Merrells and throw them out.

So now does it make a little more sense why I want to march into that school and leave the ruined $60 shoes on the principal’s desk?  I however, will leave a note, letting him know my thoughts on the matter. Common core will seem like a picnic after I express how I’m feeling.

So what do you think?  How would you handle the situation?  I would love to hear your views.  Hope your kids had a better day.

 


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See How Magnets Work To Keep Your SmartPhone Secure

Maybe you are driving down bumpy mountain roads and want to make sure your phone is not sliding all over your dash or ending up on the car floor. Perhaps you just want to keep it securely in place on a counter or desk.  Whatever the reason, it is easy to do with the power of magnets.  DAFQCO’s Smart & Easy Magnetic Phone Holder is sleek and stylish.  It is easy to use and set up and comes with a money back guarantee.  Watch our review video below for all the details and to see it in action.

Smart and Easy Cellphone Holder

Package Contents:

• 1 detachable magnetic disk, gives you a choice to keep the magnet at the back of your device or leave the magnet on the ball mount

• 2 extra metallic phone attachments and 2 extra 3M tapes

• 1 steel ANTI-RUST ball mount for 360-degree rotation

• alcohol cleaning pads

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Smart & Easy Phone Holder

 

Please note, the magnet will not harm your phone but keep it away from credit cards, people with pacemakers and other magnet sensitive devices.  I was provided with this product to facilitate my review.  As always my words and views are 100% my own.

 


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The Secret To Never Dropping Your Phone Again

Ever find yourself frantically patting your pockets, looking for your smartphone…trying to capture that perfect moment, only to miss it because it took too long to get your phone out? Maybe you like to mountain bike, or rock climb, and wish you had easy access to your phone without having to stop and unpack it from its super safe location? Are you a mom with a  2-year-old that screams bloody murder until you hand over your phone at which point they throw it at the ground and laugh at you hysterically?

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This lanyard design turns your smartphone from being a concern and a hassle to being an accessory and easily accessible. Wear your phone several different ways and keep it safe from being dropped but at the same time right there in your hand when you need it.

ReelCase is sponsoring this giveaway in celebration of their Kickstarter Campaign! Head on over and show your support!  You can contribute as little as $1 and it goes a long way, or just stop by and leave an encouraging message on the Kickstarter Wall! 3 winners will each get their own ReelCase and a $25 Amazon Gift Card! US residents only please, Ends 5/12

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Easily Transition Your Baby From Breast to Bottle to Cup #TommeeMommee

As a Tommee Tippee Insider, Brand Ambassador or commonly refereed to  Tommee Mommee, I receive new Tommee Tippee Products.  These products are just hitting store shelves and I would like to introduce them to you. We have a video review below of the Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature-Tip It Up, Bottle To Cup Transition Set.  You can find this set as well as other Tommee Tippee products online or at your any of these Stores.  Please watch our video below to learn more about this great new collection.

Tommee Tippee Tip it Up

  • Specially designed for baby’s firsts sips providing a smooth transition from breast or bottle to cup drinking
  • For use with babies over 3 months, the bottle to cup set contains 2 x 9oz feeding bottles and 1 x first sips transitioning cup
  • Feeding bottle has a natural feel, medium flow nipple for “just like Mom” feedings
  • Removable, one piece non-spill cup valve keeps first sip mess to a minimum
  • Super soft spout is gentle on your baby’s gums and removable, easy-grip handles are perfectly designed for tiny hands
  • Always BPA and phthalate free for ultimate reassurance

 

Tommee Tippee Tip-It-Up-CloserTo Nature Bottle Set

Let us know what you think about these new Tip It Up Bottle To Cup Sets!


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See How To Keep Your Kid’s Belongings Safe This Summer & Save!

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Summer is coming, kids will be out of school and summer activities will be underway.  Camp, day camp, swim lessons, pool parties, sports, beach vacations and more may be on your child’s agenda.  Make sure their stuff is safe and labeled with Label Daddy labels.  These durable labels are perfect to label clothing, sports equipment, electronics, towels, water bottles, shoes and more!  Right now you can save 20% on Label Daddy labels! Label Daddy is the number one solution for labeling your belongings! Label Daddy labels keep your child’s things safe and protects them from being mixed up with other children’s stuff.

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These labels are super durable peel-and-stick washable labels — they’re washer/dryer safe, microwave safe, dishwasher safe and UV resistant! Label Daddy labels are also fun and attractive. You design your own labels! Pick from tons of colors, sizes and logos, including Disney and Marvel characters, MLB, NBA, and NHL team logos, other sport and fun logos, and more. Their exclusive laminated coating gives labels an extra layer of protection and is a must for camp! These labels are made in the USA and shipped directly to you worldwide.

Save 20% on your entire Label Daddy order – this is the best discount available anywhere. Use code USFAMILY20 at checkout.   Go HERE to shop and save!

 

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What To Look For In A High Speed Jump Rope

We recently reviewed the High Speed, Double Under Jump Rope from Inspired Fitness.  Maybe you are training or just like to jump rope and you are wondering what makes this high-speed jump rope different from the hundreds of others on the market.

High Speed Jump Rope

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Well, first this rope is put together with strict quality control to ensure you get the absolute best quality speed rope for your workouts.  The length can be adjusted easily with finger tightening screws, so you can go from user to user without needing a screwdriver to adjust the length.

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The handles are light and comfortable but they are super tough and the unique double bearing makes the rope not just faster but extends the life.  The cables are light, fast and kink-resistant for more intense workouts and minimal tangling.

My husband really liked the rope and it adjusted easily to fit our young son who did very well with it.  You can order your own right on Amazon and it comes with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee!

See the rope in action in our YouTube video below:

 

 

We were provided with a jump rope to facilitate our review, as always our words and views are 100% our own.


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Enter Our Balance Project Giveaway! #BalanceProject

Did you read our post about The Balance Project?  I hope so, and to bring more awareness we are running a giveaway!  One lucky blog reader will win a Balance Project Gift Pack that includes:  Balance Bar tote bag, notepad, iPhone card holder and a box of (15) Balance Bars!

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Does that sound good?  I thought it would.  You can learn more about The Balance Project by clicking on the link above.  To enter the giveaway just use the Rafflecopter widget below.  Open to US residents.  Good Luck!  Keep That Balance!  Thank you Balance Bar for sponsoring this great giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!

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Are You Having Trouble Achieving & Maintaining Balance In Your Life?

I’m really excited to let you know about The Balance Project!  Did you know that research has shown that 98% of Americans believe that reaching and maintaining a balance in their lives is important but only 14% say they always feel balanced.  That’s a huge gap!  Balance Bar Company wants to help fill that gap and so the makers of Balance Bar, a uniquely balanced energy nutrition bar, launched The Balance Project.  The Balance Project is a multi-year, multi-platform program that is designed to open a dialogue that will help improve America’s level of balance.

Do What Matters

The Balance Project is an online hub to share ideas, day-to-day victories and challenges while having fun and joining others on a journey to sustain balance.  Did you know that research shows the most common ways Americans try to achieve balance is by keeping their finances in order and through activities that improve overall health like getting more/enough sleep, eating healthy, and exercising regularly.

Despite this, 2 in 5 Americans believe it’s difficult to find balance. Gabrielle Reece is the exclusive guide of The Balance Project.  Gabrielle, a worldwide fitness and wellness role mode, entrepreneur, wife and mom of three, will provide tips, advice and personal insights for addressing and achieving balance in these areas. Visit project.balance.com for Gabby Reece’s tips & videos on staying balanced.

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“One the biggest reasons I see people fail at achieving their health and wellness goals is because they don’t go into a program with a balanced approach,” explains Reece. “I’m thrilled to share my perspective on balancing busy lives, families and work with healthy diet and exercise habits that anyone can incorporate into their lives.”

“One the biggest reasons I see people fail at achieving their health and wellness goals is because they don’t go into a program with a balanced approach,” explains Reece. “I’m thrilled to share my perspective on balancing busy lives, families and work with healthy diet and exercise habits that anyone can incorporate into their lives.”

Balancing Act
Balance is a very fluid goal, as our levels of balance are always fluctuating, even day-to-day and season-to-season. For example, Americans report being the most balanced on Saturdays, and the least balanced on Mondays. They also indicate that they are most balanced during the summer months, and least balanced during the winter months, when 61% of Americans report feeling unbalanced.

Gender Wars
According to the survey, 70% of male respondents indicate that they are more likely to feel balanced, while only 63% of women indicate the same. What are men doing differently? Staying calm. When looking for balance, ladies should take the idea of “don’t sweat the small stuff” to heart. In nearly every area tested, women are more likely than men to admit something has a significant impact on throwing them off-balance, including finances, sleep, health, and family.

Maternal Instinct
A mother’s work is never done, but at least she knows where to focus her attention to find balance. Nearly every single mom agrees that health (99%) and family and personal relationships (99%) are important to achieving balance in life. How can the busy mom get to a Zen state of balance? For starters, get outside. Enjoying nature (67%) and taking vacations (66%) are the top actions that have a significant impact on achieving balance for moms. Spending time with a significant other (63%) was revealed as the next most impactful way for moms to try to achieve balance.

Want to see and learn more?  Visit The Balance Project by clicking HERE!  Let me know what you think and how well you are achieving and maintaining a balance in your life.

The Balance Project Infographic

 

This is a sponsored post and I received product as part of a collaboration with Balance Bar.  As always my words and views are 100% my own.

*This study was conducted by KRC Research via an online survey of 1,002 American adults ages 18-64 from November 11-14, 2014.


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