Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Child Passenger Safety Week (Sept 14-20, 2014)

In case you haven't heard yet this week is Child Passenger Safety Week. Being the daughter of a retired police Captain car safety is one of my top priorities. I have heard countless stories for seat belts and Child safety seats saving lives. I have also heard stories of child safety seats not being installed correctly and children getting hurt and even had a close friend almost die and end up with a broken neck at the age of 2 because she was not secured in a Child safety seat.  The girls were extended rear facing baby's, they stayed rear facing tell they were just over 2 years old. My oldest stayed in her 5pt harness tell she was at it is limits and has just now transitioned to a booster. In honor of Child Passenger Safety Week the good people at Safety 1st has put together some child passenger safety tips that I would like to share with everyone just in case you need to brush up on your safety seat tips.  I would also like to remind everyone that National seat check Saturday is September 20th so if you haven't had your child's car seat checked recently the 20th is a great day to stop by a CPST and be sure it's still installed correctly.

Car Seat Safety Tips
By the experts at Safety 1st

Importance of Rear Facing
In March of 2011 the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated their car seat recommendations advising that children should remain rear facing until the age of two.  According to a study in the Journal of Injury Prevention children under the age of two are 75% less likely to die or be severely injured in the event of a car crash if they are rear facing. When a child is rear facing their head, neck and spine are better supported and in the event of an accident, crash forces are distributed over the child’s entire body.

Typically the center rear seat is the safest place for a car seat, and never install a car seat in the front seat.  If your car does not have a latch connector for the middle seat, you can use the middle seat belt to properly secure the base.  When installing, make sure the base of the car seat moves no more than an inch from side to side. An easy way to test this is to hold at the belt path.

Car Seat Expiration
Car seats do have an expiration date, it is recommended that car seats be replaced every 5-8 years, or immediately after a crash.  The reason for an expiration date is because plastic can warp and materials can fray, which can make car seats not as effective in the event of a crash.  Additionally car seat technology and state and federal car seat regulations change over time.  Important warning labels may wear out and instruction books may get lost, which can lead to improper use of the car seat.

Safeguard the Car
Childproof the inside of the car and eliminate projectiles.  Anything in the car that is not secured is a possible projectile – even a child’s toy, or a water bottle. In a crash, objects take on greater weight due to crash forces.

Child Passenger Safety Week (September 14-20, 2014)
National Seat Check Saturday (September 20, 2014) 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Fit Made Fun Day

Frog Jump
Hey everyone this past Saturday Sept 6th I partnered with LeapFrog and CLIF Kid to host a Fit Made Fun Party. We invited some family and friends over to get there kids moving and playing. We got the opportunity to try out the New LeapBand by LeapFrog and had some great snacks provided CLIF Kid. I set up the LeapBands the night before to be sure they were charged and ready to go. I downloaded the 60 minutes in motion cards and some other great activities for the kids. I think the 60 minutes in motion cards were the favorite of the day. They kids has a blast it was a race to see who could finish first. Some of the parents even joined in the fun. Rock and Role and the Frog Jump were by far the favorite of the day.

one of the first friends to arrive
she couldn't wait to check it out.
The LeapBand is a cool interactive activity tracker designed just for kids to encourage active play and healthy habits with cute customizable pet pals. You can program it for school time and bed time so they are not allowed to play during those times. Kids have to do activities to earn points to unlock fun and new rewards. Kids can even track their progress on the energy bar. Parents can set up 50 different challenges to get their kids active. The LeapBand comes in three colors, blue, pink, green.  They are water resistant and have a rechargeable battery. There is also a Pethathlon App that you can get for smart phones and tablets and the LeapPad ultra. The LeapBand sells for about $ 39.99. You can get at several different places including walmart. You can also click HERE to get it from LeapFrog. My only complaint is the band is kind of stiff and might be a little tight on a bigger kids wrist. The color on the screen is great and the pets are super cute. The activities are a blast and I love that I can set it so they cant play with it during school time. The kids would like it to be a bit louder they had a hard time hearing it when there was more than one of them around.

After all that moving and wiggling the kids were hungry and were ready for a snack. Our snack was provided by CLIF Kid. We received CLIF KID ZBar Protein in chocolate chip, peanut butter chocolate and Chocolate Mint. Each bar has 5g of protein and 3 grams of fiber. Sugar content ranges from 8 to 9 grams per bar so they are lower in sugar content than some of the other brands we have tried. They are also made with organic whole grains. The kids loved these things and they made a great healthy snack. My girls are not much for granola type bars they usually choose carrots over them so I was surprised at how much they enjoyed these. The other kids seemed to enjoy them and even took some of the left overs home.
I know they are good but take the wrapper
off first please!

Disclosure: I received these products free of charge in order to host this party. It was sponsored by LeapFrog LeapBand, CLIF KID, and BSM media.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Dark Hope Book One of the Archangel Prophecies

As always, I was excited to get a new book in the mail. This one is called Dark Hope, it is book one of the Archangel Prophecies series.  Dark Hope is written by Monica McGurk you can click HERE to read a little about her.  Dark Hope is classified as a young adult fiction book you can find it in both kindle and paperback on amazon.  The kindle edition sells for $7.99 and the paperback sells for $14.07.  You can click HERE to find it.   A portion of proceeds from this book will be donated to partner organizations that fight Human Trafficking.  The Author sites ECPAT and Street Grace as partner Organizations.

Summery of the back of the Book:
"For years, Hope Carmichael, survivor of a shocking child abduction, has lived a sheltered existence under the protection of her fanatically religious father.  Now, liberated by her mother, Hope prepares to start life over as a normal kid in an Atlanta, Georgia, High School.  Normal, that is, until Hope meets Michael, a gorgeous emancipated teen with a mysterious past and a strong interest in her.  Hope's life is filled with questions.  What's behind the angry looks she gets from Lucas, leader of a gang of students? Who's responsible for sending Hope strange valentines inscribed with Bible quotations?  How does this relate to the sinister business of human trafficking that operates on the periphery of Hope's suburban world?  And is Michael really a protector, or something more sinister- and just why does he seem so familiar?  In an epic narrative that takes readers from the back streets of Atlanta to the height of Vegas penthouses and beyond, Hark Hope introduces The Archangel Prophecies, a saga of extraordinary love, vast mythological scope, and great moral urgency."

I read a lot, and when I say a lot I mean at least 2 books a week not including all the children's books I read to the girls.  I am not real picky with what I read as long as it has the ability to pull me in a little and get me wondering whats next.  I will admit I have have read a lot of the young adult fiction books that have come out lately I even read the vampire one.  So reading a young adult fiction book was not new to me, and most are actually good.  I started this book thinking it was going to take me a week to read it, but I quickly got sucked into the story.  It was a classic battle between good and evil and I had to know who would win.   I read the hole thing in about a day and half and it left me wondering what would happen in the next book.   The Majority of the book kept my interest and even left me wondering what was going to happen in the next book.  I was always trying to figure out who Michael and Lucas really were.  Who Hope would end up with, would they find the missing girl, would Hope be saved or lost to evil.  The book touches on some issues like Human trafficking and child abduction both serious issues around the world.  There is some scripture in the book but I cant say how accurate or inaccurate it is, since Dark Hope is a fiction writing, I didn't take the time to look each passage up and check it.  The end of the book has questions and topics for discussion, and even an author Q&A section to help you get a little more involved in the book and series. A great bonus for book club members.  Over all I felt it was a good read and I can wait to see what else Monica McGurk comes up with.

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

EnduraCool by Mission

Summer is in full swing hear in Missouri. Its been a cooler summer than normal but still plenty hot. I have been seeing commercials for the Multi-Cool for a couple months now and always wondered if they really worked.  This past week I got to try it out first hand. Mission EnduraCool gave me the opportunity to try out a couple of there products. I received a Multi-cool, a Cooling mesh towel, a cooling towel, a cooling bandanna, and a cooling cap to try out. Prices range from about $14.99 to about $43.99, and come in various colors. You can find everything HERE at the Mission Enduracool website.

These things are super easy to use even my 4 year old can do it. Here is how the company says it works: the "patented technology, powered by Coolcore works by absorbing moisture and perspiration into the fabric core where the unique radiator-like fiber construction circulates water molecules and regulates the rate of evaporation to create a prolonged cooling effect". Key features are: Patented technology cools 30 degrees below average body temperature when wet. UPF 50 protection from the sun, Chemical-free, when wet stays cool for hours, when dry soft and absorbent, and its reusable and machine washable.  Basically you get the Item wet snap it by pulling both ends away from each other to activate the cooling properties and it gets cool. It also absorbs your sweat and uses it to cool you down.
I tested out cooling mesh towel first while the kids were out riding bikes in the yard. On the day I first tested the towel the temperature was about 95. I got it wet wrung it out and snapped it. I wrapped it around my shoulders and sat in the sun to see if I would start baking.  I was surprised to find that it really did have a cooling effect even more so when there was air blowing on it. Like on a breezy day or while I was riding my bike. I was able to sit in the direct sun for about an hour before it started to dry out and loose its cooling effect.  I had to re wet it and snap it again and it began cooling all over again.  It would be great to lay over a infant seat or stroller to shade baby as there products do provide UV protection.
I do want to point out that it doesn't get ice cold or even refrigerator cold. It did cool me off and was noticeably cooler than my body temperature and the temperature of the area I was sitting in.
I took the cooling cap out for a test drive last weekend while I was cutting wood. Temperature was in the 90's and I was in the sun.  It was also great and it helped me stay cooler while we were cutting. My only complaint is that it was a white hat and it was grimy after about 20 min. But wood cutting is dirty business. I haven't washed it yet so I don't know how it will wash up but I think it will come clean.
Both of the girls and my mom have tried out the multi-cool and cooling towel. They all report that it does feel cool when they put it on. They actually argue over who gets to wear it they like to wear which one.  Personally I like wearing the multi-cool as a headband. The company actually makes a head band that I would love love to have. It would be wonderful for cutting wood in the summer. It would also be perfect when I am working out, both out side and in the gym.  Over all the product works well for me and I would buy any of the Mission Cooling products. They offer so many great colors and even some great patterns that I can see my self getting one of each color just to match my gym gear.

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Disclaimer: I received these products free of charge in order to test them and write this review. I did not receive any payment for this review all opinions are my own or that of my kids.

"Keep Momming"

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Raising a child at any age is challenging, and when it comes to mothers and daughters, the dynamic can be even more complex. What some may dismiss as “typical tween girl behavior” can sometimes be symptoms of something more serious. Research suggests that girls are more likely than boys to report having mostly inattentive Attention- Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) symptoms. Since inattentive symptoms can be less noticeable than hyperactive and impulsive symptoms, it is important that moms know what to look for.

That’s why I’m pleased to be joining Shire, CHADD and Holly Robinson Peete to announce the launch of keep momming, a new public service initiative geared towards the moms of tween girls to raise awareness of ADHD.

The campaign is anchored within a new digital hub, KeepMomming.com, where you’ll find tips, tools and other go-to resources for moms, including a checklist to help recognize the symptoms of ADHD – inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity – and then encourages moms to talk to their daughter’s doctor. The keep momming initiative can help moms learn about ADHD and provide ideas on how to spark a conversation and stay connected with their tween.

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

AirForce BlowGun

Foam dart guns are all the rage in our house right now. Thanks to AirForce BlowGun my girls have discovered a love for foam dart guns. The AirForce BlowGun is a super simple foam dart gun. Basically you stick a foam dart in the barrel of gun place your mouth on the mouth piece gently suck in and then blow out to launch the dart out of the barrel.  Its so simple even my 3 year old niece can shoot it. They sell for $24.95 on Amazon.com click HERE to find them. They also sell refill packs you get 50 darts for $9.95 click HERE for those. Click HERE for the AirForce BlowGun web site.

When our AirForce BlowGun arrived the girls were super excited and basically tore open the shipping box to see what had arrived. In side the actual box we found the BlowGun, a pair of safety goggles, and a pack of 10 foam darts. There is some minor assembly required but no tools are necessary. All you have to do is stick the mouth piece on the side of the gun I didn't even need directions to figure this part out. We did read the directions on the back of the box to see how to load the gun. One of the first things I noticed is that its made of a nice sturdy plastic its not a flimsy hunk of junk.

It took the girls who are 4 and 6 years old all of 2 min to figure out how to load and shoot the AirForce BlowGun. My 4 year old is a lefty and she does have some trouble shooting it but I hear a left handed model is in the works. They also offer a video on how to convert a right handed gun to a left handed gun. We may have to do this if the left handed models don't come out soon. I'm not sure how long I can handle the two girls arguing over this one gun. We definitely need a second one. Pop (aka grandpa) is even getting in on the fun and chasing the girls and Nana (aka grandma) around the house with it. You can also shoot baby marshmallows out of it.
The aim is surprisingly good for a toy.

I have no complaints about this toy. It works wonderfully there is really nothing to stop working on it. Since you use your own lung power to shoot it, you don't have to pump it up like some of the other foam dart guns. So in less your kid tosses it off the second story deck or pounds on it with something heavy this baby is going to last you the long haul. I do wish they sold them in two packs since its a lot more fun to play with a buddy.  One of the tips did come off one of the foam darts but I just glued it back on it was not a big deal and I am sure one of the girls probably pulled it off while they were arguing over who's turn it was. I have to admit everyone in our house is arguing over this thing. I have a feeling everyone is going to be putting these on there birthday and Christmas list this year. Check out this cool video from AirForce BlowGun.

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Disclaimer: We received a Free AirForce BlowGun to test out for this review. All opinions are my own or that of my family and children. We were not paid for this review.