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Healthy Kids, Naturally

Healthy Kids, Naturally

(Family Features) Keeping kids and teens healthy can be a challenge during the busy school year. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that nearly 22 million school days are lost annually due to the common cold alone.

Fortunately, there are some simple, and natural, things parents can do to help kids stay healthy and energized for all their activities.

Hygiene. The CDC says that the single most important thing you can do to keep from getting sick is to wash your hands. When there’s not sink and soap around, use natural hand sanitizers—wipes or gel—with 100 percent pure essential oils.

Nutrition. Growing bodies and brains need fiber and nutrients to stay healthy. A child’s health can suffer from too few of these good things and too many sugary, highly processed foods.

The USDA Food Guide Pyramid recommends nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day. One serving size of fruits and veggies for children equals one of the following:
• 1/2 cup…

Complete Public Records ~ Genealogy Help

Being a scrapbooker, I have taken on the role of family historian for my families history. I have a love for genealogy along with my scrapbooking. Part of searching through my family history, I need to take advantage of state public records to help with my research. You can use Public Records resources to research marriage and divorce records, birth and death records, business information, property records, court and criminal public records, links to employment searches, unemployment benefits, etc. As you can see they are good for more then genealogy.

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The Dangerous Days of Daniel X ~ Review

I am a huge James Patterson fan. My favorite books to read are mysteries and for a long time I only read women authors. I was never anything intentional, and I didn't even realize it until I read my first book from Patterson. I had heard how great the Women's Murder Club was, I had to run out and read it. I was instantly hooked. Since then I have read tons of his books with the Alex Cross series being a favorite. When the The Dangerous Days of Daniel X came out and it was geared towards boys, I didn't think anything of reading it. Then when Mother Talkers sent out an invite to review this book, I passed that up as well. I figured, I'm a girl and I have two girls, nobody here to enjoy this book. Then when Mothers Talkers sent out a second request for reviewers, I thought I better ask to join, I knew this would be a book I'd like.

Let me tell you, I am so glad that I ended up joining this tour. Once again Patterson creates an excellant book. The Dangerous D…

The Women in theaters Sept 12th + Giveaways

Dove Partners with Hollywood Film to Empower Women to Work Together.

From the website ~ The Women is a fast-paced, witty and emotional look at all things female, including loyalties, betrayals, careers, families and most of all, friendships. A remake of the 1939 classic film, The Women features an all-female cast of distinguished actresses, including Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett Smith, Cloris Leachman, Bette Midler and Candice Bergen.

To help promote this movie, Dove has put together a short film - The Women Behind “The Women” - that goes behind-the-scenes of “The Women,” focusing on real beauty vs. manufactured beauty ideals in Hollywood. This film follows a 16-year-old teen as she discovers first-hand, how Hollywood creates the images we see on screen and highlights the work and people involved in making a major motion picture come to life. I'm really looking forward to watching this movie. I received two tickets to see the movie from Dove an…

Win a $50 gift certificate from Tiny Prints!

*Contest has ended, confirming winner*

A leader in holiday photo cards, Tiny Prints has a great new line of cards for this upcoming 2008 holiday card season. They are so excited about this line, that they couldn't wait to show you it. Tiny Prints is offering a sneak peek to showcase the all new card designs. You can help out, by entering their contest to help determine what cards will be most popular this coming holiday. During this early preview period, the new holiday cards are not yet available for purchase; however, for a very limited time you can receive amazing early-bird savings on their soon-to-be retired photo cardsChristmas cards and holiday invitations.
To help them celebrate the launch of this new card line, they're looking for contestants to review any of their very newest 2008 Christmas cards, holiday photo cards and business holiday cards for those who work in or own companies. Simply go to Tiny Prints (, browse your favorite …

Review ~ Bugalug Hair Products

If you have daughters, or any little girl in your life for that matter, you know how important hair accessories are. What mom doesn't dream of dressing up their precious little one in cute outfits with matching hair pieces? If this sounds like you, then you probably know how hard it is to find all those cute little hair things that match plus actually stay in the hair. This is where the company Bugalug comes in. A Canadian based company.

The company was born out of need, a need for cute hair accessories. Barrettes that stay in place, with trendy colors, simple designs that aren't too cutesy.

I was sent two of the striped barrettes from the Sweet Treats collection and the headband you can see in the picture to the right. The headbands are so cool, they are full adjustable. The actually fit baby to adult. They stay in really well too. That surprised me a bit because it is a nice soft ribbon, I thought it would slip out. The piece that makes it adjustable though, really h…

Review ~ Yoplait Yogurt

My oldest daughter has a major sweet tooth. I struggle daily with getting her to eat healthy. One thing I can always count on though is yogurt, she loves it. When I was asked to review Yoplait yogurt for kids, I jumped at the chance.

I bought the Strawberry Banana drinkable yogurt for her. It has a smooth texture to it with a great flavor. One benefit to the smooth yogurt, is there no choking hazard for younger kids. The bottle is a nice side, just perfect for a small snack or for little hands. Yoplait Kids has 25% less sugar then leading brands of kids yogurt. It also contains omega-3 fatty acid that helps support healthy brain growth, plus Vitamin A & D and Calcium for strong bones. Don't forget all the benefits to live and active yogurt cultures, these are great for kids digestive systems!

The yoplait kids in a cup has that great spoon hugging texture as well, this is a great way to teach toddlers how to use a spoon. The yogurt comes in a variety of …

Unique Skins ~ Review + Giveaway

I was giving the opportunity to order a Unique Skins through the Family Review Network. I placed my order right away for my Ipod.

The site is super easy to navigate. On the sidebar, you can select what device you have. You also have the option on the top right to browse by device. They carry skins for tons of products including the Apple line, most cel phones, Wii + other game consoles, even laptops.

Once you select your device then you start designing. You can choose one of their designs or upload your own. My computer can be difficult, so I just chose one of their designs. Actually my kids picked it out, can you tell? The photo above is the back. The photo below is the front. Like I said the process was so easy. You can decide how big or small you want the image. You can use one or several. Super easy! Plus the price can't be beat, $6.99 + a cheap shipping charge to protect your expensive investment!

What exactly is a Unique Skins? Well is vinyl with a non permanent …

Fall into Reading 2008

Directions and Information taken from Callapidder Days, click banner above to join in.

Who:Fall Into Reading 2008 is a fun challenge that is open to anyone and everyone! As long as you can read, you can participate! (It's best if you have a blog, but if you don't, feel free to participate via comments as we go along.) We've had people from around the world, and readers as young as ten participate in these reading challenges, so don't hesitate to join right in.

What:Fall Into Reading 2008 is a casual, low-pressure challenge that revolves around -- you guessed it -- reading. My goal is simply to provide you with motivation to read, and to provide an opportunity for all of us to set goals when it comes to our personal (or family) reading.

As a participant, all you'll have to do is make alist of books you want to read this fall and post that list on your blog. They can be books you intend to read on your own, books you want to read with your kids/family, Bible study books…

Holiday Grand Plan Week #2

Grand Plan - Week 2 Tasks for the Holiday Grand Plan

Calender Week

[ ] Divide the Christmas Card List into 5 groups. Write and address one group
this week.

[ ] Make the holiday budget. Work together with your spouse to set a
comfortable level of holiday spending. Use the printable holiday budget form.

[ ] Print master shopping list to speed errand days.

[ ] Do your visual field a favor with a quick d�cor declutter. A clean sweep
now makes holiday decorations all the more impressive.

[ ] Set up a holiday housework plan. Print our chore checklist form. Post it
publicly and hold family members accountable for delegated tasks.

[ ] Make a family wardrobe check. Fill out the family wardrobe worksheet. Put
and "to Buy" items on your shopping list.

[ ] Perform a tabletop check. Inventory serving pieces, table linens, china and
flatware. Will you be ready to set a holiday table?

[ ] Establish good health habits to cushion your family from holiday stress.
Focus on regular bedtimes, proper diet, and m…