Monday, December 22, 2014

#Giveaway Cosco Scenera NEXT Car Seat at Walmart + $25 Walmart Gift Card


As a parent, I find that I am always looking for those products, those items, that can help with ensuring my kids safety. One place that I add products to, to help with keeping my kids safe is the car, and with the holiday travel season upon us, having those car seats that can help with keeping my kids safe and secure while we travel is very ideal! Well to help with this, I was introduced to the new Scenera NEXT Car Seat from Cosco, which can be found at Walmart!

This car seat is not only new to the market, but at just $46, it is a car seat that is also affordable! I like the price, and I also like that I can find this new car seat in a variety of pattern choices as well. Then when it comes to the safety factor, well the Scenera NEXT Car Seat is one of the only car seats on the market to fit three car seats across. The seat is forward and rear facing from 5-40 pounds, has side impact protection and machine washable fabric. The harness features five heights and three buckle locations allowing you to get the best fit as your child grows. The Scenera NEXT is also approved to be used in the aircrafts, which is a big plus for the holiday travel! 

Aside from the safety features that this car seat offers, I like knowing that the products from the Cosco line are made in America, and that with the first 500 Scenera NEXT Car Seats that are sold, you will get a handwritten note from one of the kids of the Cosco employees, which were written at the launch of this new car seat!!


Well to help celebrate the launch of the new Cosco Scenera NEXT Car Seat at Walmart, the wonderful people from Cosco would like to send one of my amazing readers their own Scenera NEXT Car Seat and a $25 Walmart Gift Card!!!




Product received, thank you to Cosco well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Sunday, December 21, 2014

What "Mom" Means to Me + Win A Garth Brooks VIP Experience



When I think of the word "mom", there are many things that come to mind. From thinking of my own mom, to the person I am seen as in my children's eyes as their mom. With my mom, the word mom has so much meaning. She was the woman who raised me, the woman who made sure that when I was sick, I was taken care of. The woman, who along with my dad, made sure that my sister and I were provided for, that we had what we were needed, and who also as a team, prepared us for life, and teaching us right from wrong. To this day, my mom is the one I go to when I have questions, the one I turn to when I need someone to talk to, and the one who I will call at random, just to hear her voice and say, "hi", and also tell her that I love her.

So as I look at what the word "mom" means to me, as the title I am given being a mother to my own children, a lot of it comes from my own mom. As I raise my children, I think on what my mom would have done, I think about the lessons she taught me, the advice she gave me, things that I hand down to my own children.

It was not until I held my first child in my arms, that I realized why my mom sacrificed so much, like giving up a date night to stay home with a sick child. Choosing to put her own wants on the back burner, in order to make sure that my sister and I were happy, and were able to do the things we wanted to do. Doing everything she did, to make me the person and mom I am today, and I am so grateful for every bit of it!

Well with the thought of mom in mind, I like to find music, the music that she not only shared with me, that reminds me of her, but also new songs, that I can listen to, that can also remind me of what being a mom is all about. I am one who loves to find the music I enjoy online, and download it to save so I can listen to it over and over again, and one site that I have enjoyed finding music on and creating my own library with is Ghost Tunes! With Ghost Tunes, I can search the music, find whole albums or even individual songs, purchase that music, then save to my library, which I can then download and save so I can listen to it any time I want!

Aside from the music that I can find and download from Ghost Tunes, right now, you can enter to win in the Garth Brooks "Mom" VIP Experience Contest! This is a contest that is made with moms everywhere in mind, because it not only gives the chance for mom and a guest to go and see Garth Brooks live in concert with airfare and hotel included, but it also celebrates the new release of Garth Brooks new single, "Mom"!

So as you are celebrating the holidays, be sure to head on over to Ghost Tunes today, download your copy of the song "Mom" by Garth Brooks, and also enter for a chance to win in the Garth Brooks "Mom" VIP Experience Contest!!






Compensation was provided by GhostTunes via MomTrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Ghost Tunes or MomTrends.
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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Get those Holiday Wrapping & Gifting Supplies at Home Depot

As we get those gifts to give, and start preparing to wrap those gifts to put under the tree this year, we want to ensure that we have the tools needed in order to complete the task at hand. So to help with the task of wrapping the gifts and sending out those holiday cards, we were sent a great holiday tool kit packed with the items that we will need to get those gifts wrapped with from Office Depot!

In this kit, we received some scissors for cutting the wrapping paper with, invisible tape for taping up the presents, some ribbon, pens and permanent markers, gift tags, some holiday cards and stickers for sealing the cards with, a wireless portable speaker, and some Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa! I like that this kit has those items that we sometimes forget when we get ready to wrap those gifts, and I like that to help keep spirits bright as we wrap the gifts, we can sip on some hot cocoa and listen to some of our favorite holiday music!

I also like knowing that if we have any of those last minute needs when it comes to the wrapping of gifts or even the gift giving, we can run to our local Office Depot or Office Max, and purchase the items we will need! Making Office Depot and Office Max, a great stop to put on the list this season for getting your own holiday tool kit, as well as some of those last minute gifts to give.


Product received, thank you to Office Depot and Office Max as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Gift Giving this Season with Bassbuds

With the holiday shopping season here and those days before the big day getting shorter, I like to head out to ensure that I have covered all aspects when it comes to the gift giving. I think one of the hardest things to do is find those stocking stuffers to give, so when we were sent some of the products from the BassBuds line, I was excited to check them out and add them to our holiday gift giving this year!

With the BassBuds, we can get some very fashionable in-ear headphones. They are high performance luxury for the ears, and with 20 colors to choose from, we can choose from the largest color collection in the world! I like that each of the earpieces are embedded with genuine Swarovski elements! Along with the crystal look you get with these headphones, you also get a high definition crystal clear Advanced Crystaltronics sound. Another great feature is the fact that I can use the Bassbuds for hands free calling, use the integrated MP3 controller so I can play, pause and skip tracks using the voice control.

The Bassbuds are also compatible with all smartphones and MP3 players. There are 3 difference sizes of ear pieces that I can use with the memory foam and silicone ear buds. With the anti tangle wire, I can head to the gym without having to waste time on trying to untangle my ear buds. The jack is a gold plated 3.5mm for optimum connectivity. In all making it so when I use the Bassbuds, I can get crystal clear sound from my headphones and pick up that amazing bass sound when using them with my smartphone, MP3, tablet or any other Bluetooth audio device!


Then with the Bassboomz, I can take my music on the go, with the portable speaker. I like the fact that this is a wireless speaker, and that I can sync it to play the sound from any of my Bluetooth enabled devices, including my tablets and computer by using the AUX cable that comes with this speaker. Oh, and with this small speaker, I can get an amazing sound quality, allowing me to listen to my music that I have on my smartphone or MP3 player, in my house.

With the fact that this speaker is so portable, I can use it at parties, take it with us on vacation to the beach, and for the holidays, play the holiday music from my smartphone for all to hear! There are 8 colors to choose from, and with the fact that I can get up to 6 hours with the volume turned up to 70% after only a 2 hour charge, I find this Bluetooth speaker to be a must have for not only giving this holiday season, but also a must have when giving a gift to yourself this holiday season!

So as you head out to do that last minute shopping, and find yourself stumped on what to get to add to those holiday stockings this year, add the Bassboomz and Bassbuds to your list, and give the gift of music this year!



Product received, thank you toBassbuds and the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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#HintingSeason Best Buy: Your Shopping Destination




That time is here, the time where the crowds are out in full swing, and the race to find those gifts to give this holiday season, is on! When it comes to those gifts, there are many to choose from, but like in my house, there are some items out there, that are on the top of the lists, that I can find under one roof and at amazing prices, when I shop at Best Buy, making the holiday shopping a lot easier!


Of those items that are a must have this year, I have found the XBOX One to be at the top of some of those lists. With the XBOX One, my husband can have access to the hottest must have games out there, connect to his XBOX Live Account, stream movies and shows from the apps we can get on the XBOX One, and even watch those Blu-Ray movies from it!

Another set of items that are on those must have lists this year, are the products from JBL! With the line of JBL products that we can find at Best Buy, they include ones like the JBL Charge 2, JBL Flip 2 and the  JBL Reflect Earbud Headphones. With the JBL Charge 2, you find a speaker that gives you twin passive radiators for deep bass, a massive 6000mAh battery and a hands-free conference speakerphone which the key benefit is the Bluetooth Social Mode which allows up to three different users to take their turns to play their own playlists on a single speaker.

With the JBL Flip 2 you get a personal speaker with dual performance-tuned JBL drivers and a built-in bass port, and with the JBL Flip 2 you get the SoundClear with helps with echo and noise cancellation combined with the state-of the art microphone system to pick up calls on the speaker. With the JBL Reflect Earbud Headphones you get a pair of headphones that are great for wearing to the gym, they are sweat proof, have a 5 hour rechargeable battery and a reach of about 40 feet. The JBL Reflect BT’s with the ergonomic eartips along with the built-in magnets you can keep your buds on standby without having to worry about loose cables.

Then when it comes to that holiday travel, finding some great GPS systems to give is very ideal, so when I head to Best Buy, I like that I can find the latest and greatest when it comes to the GPS that are out there like the ones from Garmin and TomTom! Like with the newest models that are out there I can get those in car GPS that feature bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling, traffic and weather updates, lane assist, lifetime traffic and map updates as well as voice recognition technology! Some of the GPS that can be found at Best Buy include the following:

Garmin 52LM
5.0” display
Maps of 49 U.S. states, plus lifetime map updates1
Lane assist with junction view
Displays speed limit and accurate arrival time
Easily find addresses and millions of points of interest
Spoken turn-by-turn directions     ·      

Garmin 2597LMT
5.0” display
Maps of 49 U.S. states, plus lifetime map updates1
Lane assist with junction view
Displays speed limit and accurate arrival time
Easily find addresses and millions of points of interest
Spoken turn-by-turn directions     ·      

TomTom Go 50s
Lifetime TomTom Traffic: Drive with TomTom Traffic for the lifetime of your device
Lifetime Maps (US, Canada, Mexico): Always drive with the latest map
3D Maps. See buildings and landmarks in stunning 3D
5" touchscreen with advanced lane guidance

In all making Best Buy, your shopping destination this season when it comes to those hot must have items!

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free
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Friday, December 19, 2014

Warming Up this Holiday Season with Tequila Lime Turkey Enchilada Soup


As we prepare for the holidays, I find that with the cold weather that is here, that having some great tasting soup on hand is ideal. Another item that we like to have on hand over the season for making drinks with when we are entertaining is some tequila, so when we were sent some of the Jenni Rivera La Gran Senora Tequila, I was excited to not only share it this season, but also cook with it!

The first thing I have to say is, when I saw that this was the Jenni Rivera Tequila, I was very excited to try it! For one it is a tequila that has been endorsed by a woman, and for two, Jenni Rivera was a beloved singer of one of my closest friends, so I knew she would also enjoy it this season as well! Just from the taste of this tequila, we found that we like how smooth it is, which really helped when deciding to use it in a soup.

I chose to make a Tequila Lime Turkey Enchilada Soup, using the Blanco we were sent. This soup turned out to be a great soup for the cold weather, and really came in handy for those sore throats we had in our home recently. I liked that with the amount of tequila that is used in the soup, you get the fainest of the tequila flavor, giving the broth an amazing flavor!
Tequila Lime Turkey Enchilada Soup

Ingredients needed:

2 Cartons Chicken Broth, 2 pounds turkey or chicken breasts, 2 medium carrots, 5 medium potatoes, 2 celery, 1/2 white onion, and 1 can of the hatch green chile enchilada sauce, 2 cups water, 1 lime, 1 bag of tortilla strips, and 2 shots of the Jenni Rivera Tequilla (Blanco)

Chop up the meat, you can use chicken in place of the turkey, dice the carrots, celery, potatoes and onion, then add the chicken broth, meat, carrots, celery, potatoes, onion, enchilada sauce, and water to a pot and mix. Also roll your lime (so you can get more juice out of it) and cut in half, squeeze both halves into the soup mixture and stir. Turn heat on high, and continue stirring until soup begins to boil. Then turn heat on medium, and let cook for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Once the soup is finished cooking, spoon into bowls and sprinkle tortilla strips on the top, serve and enjoy!


Product received, thank you to 3 Crown Imports and the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Thursday, December 18, 2014

#GIVEHAPPY Holiday Shopping with OshKosh B'gosh

I participated in a Blog Blast Activation on behalf of Influence Central for OshKosh B’gosh. I received an OshKosh B’gosh gift card to thank me for my participation.



When it comes to the holiday shopping, I find that when I head over to OshKosh B'gosh, I can not only find the cutest outfits of the season for all of my kids, but I can also find them at amazing prices! Yes, I said all of my kids, because when I shop at OshKosh B'gosh, I shop for the baby and toddler, as well as my 2 older kids since they have an amazing selection in clothes for children sizes 0-12! Also, right now, when I head to OshKosh B'gosh, I can save 25% off of my purchase of $30 or more when I print off and use the coupon above, making OshKosh B'gosh a holiday stop on my list!

So as you head out to do your holiday shopping, be sure to head to OshKosh B'gosh, and print off your coupon which you can use between now and December 31st! You can find your nearest OshKosh B'gosh by going to the store locator, or go online and shop and be sure to use the online promo code: GIVE25 at checkout!



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#CamerasatBestBuy #HintingSeason Best Buy: The Camera Destination


As we head out to find those must have gifts that are sure to make those on our lists happy, or even those gifts for ourselves, I find that heading to Best Buy, where I can find a variety of products to choose from, all under one roof, can help with the holiday shopping! For me, one gift that I always enjoy getting and even giving is a camera. I also like knowing that when I head to Best Buy, I can find a variety of those must have cameras that are on the market, and even check out some of their features for myself while I am in store!

With the selection of brands that are out there when it comes to the cameras, I like knowing that I can shop at Best Buy with ease, and find the latest and greatest that are out there when it comes to those cameras that offer the built in Wi-Fi! With the built in Wi-Fi, I can not only take some amazing pictures, but I can then share them right from my camera! Of those cameras with the Wi-Fi, I find that with the Nikon D5300 DSLR with the 18-55mm VR lens, I can capture those high quality photos, then share them instantly.
The Nikon D5300 DSLR camera comes with an AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens that allows me to capture sharp photos and video footage. With the optical image stabilization, it can help prevent blurring to ensure image clarity! This amazing camera can be found at Best Buy, and comes in three colors which include the black, red, or grey!


Another great camera that I can find at Best Buy, that has not only the great picture quality but also the Wi-Fi is the Sony Alpha A6000, which has a 24.3-megapixel, Exmor APS-C CMOS sensor that makes it easy to capture photos with an amazing clarity. You can find this camera in black, silver, or white!  


Then for those who want to be able to use a camera that has the built in Wi-Fi along with the ability to use some of those Android apps that they love, the Samsung Galaxy 2 16.3-megapixel Digital Camera is a great choice! The 16.3 megapixel1/2.3" BSI CMOS sensor allows me to capture sharp images, and high-definition video footage. The 4.8" touch screen makes it so it is easy to use and navigate, and with the built-in Wi-Fi I can share the photos and videos I take without having to plug into my computer! 

Making the cameras I can find from the Best Buy Holiday Gift Center, a selection of cameras that will help me when it comes to shopping for everyone on my list this year!




The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free
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Gift Giving for Toddlers with the Casdons' Toy Dyson Vacuum


If you are in search of a great gift to give the toddler in your life this holiday season, be sure to check out the Toy Dyson Vacuum! I know in my house, with my toddler, he is always wanting to help me with any chores, so finding toys that are replicas of some of the gadgets I use to clean with is something I look for. So I was excited to check out the Toy Dyson Vacuum I was sent to review and add to this years holiday line up!

With this adorable mini toy Dyson, my little guy can vacuum right along with me, or when he and his siblings are playing, he can pretend to clean house! I like how it maneuvers like my Dyson vacuum does, and it also has little colorful balls on the inside that cyclone, just like mine does with the dust particles is cleans up! Oh, and to give it a even more realistic feel and look to it, it has realistic sounds and can actually suck up small pieces of paper and such off the floor!

At 25 inches high, it is the perfect size for my little guy, and after he is done cleaning, he can empty out his dirt bin that is in the back, just like mommy does! Making the Casdons' Toy Dyson Vacuum a great gift to give the toddler on your list this holiday season!


Product received, thank you to Casdons' and the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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The Hundred Foot Journey on Blu-Ray


With the holiday break in the horizon, I like to find movies that I can put on and watch with the family. So when we were sent The Hundred-Foot Journey on Blu-Ray, I was very excited to watch it and add it to our family movies to share over the holidays this year!

In this movie, you have a Indian family, who after a tragedy, find themselves displaced. They are a family who are known for their love for food. They not only cook together, but their foods are something they pride themselves on. The family find themselves, broken down in a small French village, where they decide to put down roots in and open a family restaurant. This all seems great until they realize that the local French restaurant is not only one that is known for its amazing cuisine, but also one that does not take kindly to a little competition. The two find that they can come together, in the strangest of ways, both having a love and passion for food!

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We have enjoyed watching The Hundred-Foot Journey, and look forward to sharing it when our guests arrive this next week for the holidays! You too can share this movie with your family by heading out today to bring home your copy!

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Product received, thank you to the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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#Giveaway Holiday Prize Pack from MGA Entertainment

With all of the holiday shopping that we have been doing, we can find ourselves wore out. I mean as a parent, we go on searches, going from store to store, or scouring the online stores, to find that gift the ones that the kids have asked for, spending a whole afternoon searching for one product. This can be quite a chore all in its own, then for those kids where they do not have a preference on what they want, or the ones you are stuck on when it comes to finding that perfect gift to give, we can find the stress of the holidays upon us and in full swing!

Well the people from MGA Entertainment know that this time of year can be a stressful one for parents, knowing that parents can feel a little pooped when it comes to the season, and they want to help ease some of the stress of trying to find those gifts to give this year by giving one of my amazing readers a great holiday prize pack! This pack will include a selection of toys, that poop in one way or another with the Moxie Girls Poopsie Pet, a Lalaloopsy Babies Diaper Surprise Doll, and a Big Dog Truck!











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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Dressing Little Ones in the Truly Scrumptious Line at Babies R Us


With the colder weather upon us and the holiday shopping in full swing, I like to not only head out to find some of those great gifts to give, but also find those adorable clothes to keep the little ones in my life warm during the season! To help with that search, I was sent some of the new items from the Heidi Klum Truly Scrumptious line of clothes, which can be found at Babies R Us.

For my toddler, I was sent the very adorable, Boys Black Fleece Monster Hooded Sweatshirt to review. This sweatshirt will not only to help keep my little guy warm this season, but with the adorable Interchangeable Mouth Appliques, my little guy found this sweater to be more than just another sweatshirt! He loves the monster face, and that he can open and close his monster mouth with the zipper, making this sweatshirt from the Truly Scrumptious line a great choice for any toddler boys in your life!
Then for baby, I was sent the very adorable Truly Scrumptious Girls Printed Brocade Sweatshirt. This sweatshirt is another that will help with keeping baby warm this season, and with the shiny design that is on this sweatshirt, it makes this sweatshirt more than just another sweatshirt as well. So it can be worn when heading out with baby as she is dressed up to keep her warm, or even with a pair of pants for everyday play, making this piece another great piece from the new winter line of the Truly Scrumptious clothes at Babies R Us!!



Product received, thank you to Babies R Us and the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Holiday Gifts for the Kids from the Maya Group


As we see those days on our countdown getting shorter when it comes to the Christmas countdown, I find that checking out some of those last minute gifts for the kids is something I, as well as others, are in search of. To help with this years holiday guide when it comes to those last minute must haves for the kids, I was sent a couple of great gifts from the Maya Group to review.

For those girls out there, like my daughter, who are tech savvy tweens, who love to decorate and personalize just about everything, I was sent the Make Your Own Case iPhone and iPod Touch Case Maker to review. With this case maker, my daughter and her friends, can find ways to personalize their gadgets. They can design 2 of the real cell phone cases that come with this set or design one of four ready made cases, to make the case their own, and a fashion accessory that makes a statement!

They are easy to make, by pushing the plungers that are filled with the colors of their choice, then filling the mold. Once the molds have set, my daughter and her friends can then bling out their favorite photos and put them on their cases! This is a great gift to give this season and you can find the Make Your Own Case Makers at Walmart!
Then for boys like my son who love those fun toy guns that are out there, or even those big kids like my husband who also enjoys playing with the toys guns with the boys, we were sent the Xploderz Mayhem to review. This fun toy, has a multi-shoot auto firing system, that can shoot off 120 rounds of ammo in 60 seconds! It comes with 2,000 rounds of ammo and with a velocity of 100 feet per second it is 50% faster than any foam blaster! Making the Xploderz Mayhem a great gift to get the kids this year!

In all, I found both of these gifts along with some of the other hot must have toys from the Maya Group line to be great gifts to give this holiday season! So as you head out to get some of those last minute gifts this season, be sure to check out the Make Your Own Case Maker and the Xploderz Mayhem!



Product received, thank you to the Maya Group and the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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#CanonatBestBuy #HintingSeason Gift Giving from Best Buy with Canon


As a mother, I have been one to capture the moments of my children's lives over the years. I have had many cameras, and it was not until I received my first Canon DLSR Camera, that I realized that I could change the way I took pictures. Since my first camera, I found a love for the Canon DSLR Cameras as well as the lenses that I can add to my cameras, and one place that I have on my list every year when it comes to shopping for cameras is Best Buy! Well like many, I find that every couple of years, I like to upgrade my equipment, and like many out there, I have found a want for the Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera.

With this camera, I can get continuous auto focus when I capture HD video of the kids as they interact with one another or for when I take video of their soccer games in the coming spring! I like that I can take advanced photos that are easy to take, making photography fun for both capturing those moments with my kids as well as on my blog. I can also get an exceptional image quality as well as some great features that will help with enhancing creative expression while taking photos!

There is 18.0-megapixel CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 5 image processor so you can get vivid, crystal-clear images. And with the 3" vari-angle touch screen, you can find easy navigation, making this camera a must have for anyone who enjoys taking pictures! I find that this camera would make for a great gift, and with the fact that when say, my husband goes to Best Buy between now and Dec 20th to purchase the Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera for me, he can save $150, I see no excuse on him not knowing what to get me this year! So if you love taking photos, and you want a camera that will give you the quality that you are looking for in the photos and videos you take, then head to Best Buy today, and get the Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera or find ways to give those who are scratching their heads on what to get you, hints on what it is you want!



The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.
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Tips for Improving Posture in Kids

You can tell your child to stand or sit up straight 100 times a day, and it is probably not going to help them. There is a lot more to poor posture than most people realize. Bad posture can stem back to them being a newborn, so it is not always as easy to correct as you might think.

Spinal Development in Babies

Children grow at a rapid rate for their first four years. The nerves, joints, and muscles are all developing, so although you may be just now noticing your 7-year-old hunched over, this habit can be the result of spending too much time in a car seat years ago. Approximately 10 percent of children 8 to 10 years old complain of lower back pain and posture is the main culprit.

Causes

Poor posture can be the result of one or a combination of causes, including:

Eye problems
Ear problems
Central nervous system disorders
Musculoskeletal system problems
Peripheral nervous system disorder

Deconditiong of a muscular system is the most common cause. Holding your body in an improper position for extended periods of time weakens certain areas of the muscles. So, while you think they should just be able to stand straight now, it is really not that easy.

Improving Posture

Ideally, you will take steps to promote healthy posture from babyhood. So, if you are dealing with one child with bad posture and you are expecting another shortly, as least you can help your next child have a healthy back from the beginning, which is a lot easier than making corrections. That being said, hope is not lost for the one you are watching hunched over their homework right now. These tips will help.

Make it a Priority - Your child may think you are nagging them, but it is important to make proper posture a priority. When they are made aware of their slouching it becomes easier for them to recognize on their own.

Ergonomic Seating - Sitting on their bed or at a desk hunched over while reading, studying, playing video games, or hanging out with friends is doing more damage. Bean bag chairs are the most recommended pieces of furniture because the beans cradle and support their back. This eliminates strain and is essential for a healthy spine.  If you are looking for a bean bag chair online, stores like SoothingCompany.com offers them.

Yoga - Body awareness is a focus during yoga practice. Many postures require the spine to be straight for proper extensions. There are yoga studies that offer a kids' class or at least a "mommy and me" class for little ones.

Praise - Make sure you praise them, when you notice they have good posture. This will give them more incentive to continue to put forth the effort to correct the habit.

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Helpful Advice for Getting Your Child to Sleep in Their Own Bed

You let your child sleep with you once when they had a bad dream. Then, the next night it happened again. Pretty soon it is months later, and your bed has officially become their bed. You can't really blame them for not wanting to start sleeping in their bed now, but sooner or later they are going to have to learn to sleep alone. Be prepared to not get your full eight hours of sleep during this transition, but if you are consistent, you will have your bed back again in to time at all.

Pick the Right Time

Maybe you want your bed back now, so you can get through a night without getting kicked, but it is important that you time the transition thoughtfully. If you are leaving for vacation in a week, trying to potty train, or have something else going on that affects them your best bet is to wait. Choose a time when there are not any other changes or events happening.

Bedtime Routine

Talk to them about sleeping in their own bed during the day. Don't wait until bedtime to spring it on them. If you don't already have a bed time routine, now is a good time to start. Your child's mind needs time to quiet down. A warm bath can be helpful and story time definitely helps. You may even want to make a homemade bedtime story with illustrations, and make sure one of the pictures represent your child sleeping in their own bed.

Lights Out

Once you make the decision that they have to sleep in their own bed, you have to really commit. Letting them come in your bed for just a few minutes only makes it harder. You have to be prepared for crying and/or temper tantrums.

The easiest way to tackle this process is by sleeping in their room. Not with them though! Put a sleeping bag on the floor, or blow up the air mattress. Stay all night because if they wake up, and you are not there, you know they are coming to find you. After a few nights the reset button will be naturally pushed, and you can sneak out.

Morning Praise

It is important to praise them for getting through the night, even if there was fussing. It will give them incentive to do it again. Make a sticker chart and after seven days of sleeping in their bed, they get a reward.

Create the Right Environment

Your child's bedroom environment will play a role. You want the space to be calming, so their mind will be quieted. This will help them fall asleep faster. Clean the clutter, rethink that bright red accent wall, and shop for wall fountains which can be found online at stores like SoothingWalls.com. The cascading water will help them fall asleep faster. Plus, the sound acts as a noise barrier, so they might not hear you when you make your escape in the middle of the night. A gate in the doorway can also eliminate the risk of them coming to find you.

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