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Friday, October 19, 2018

Practical Products For Healthy Kid Winter Survival

Be prepared this winter with these kid health products!

I received several samples to facilitate this post.

 Are you ready for winter? Most people get ready for winter by making sure everyone has warm clothes and making sure that the heater is working. While others think about all those germs and the miserable colds/flu that the kids are always coming down with. So they take the kids to the doctor for their flu shot and start thinking of ways to keep the family healthy through diet and hand washing. Everyone starts the winter thinking that this is going to be the winter that no one gets sick. Despite all the best practices, someone always comes down with a cold. So be prepared this winter with some practical products that you should keep on hand this winter so you are prepared for a sick child.

 Ten Tips For Keeping The Family Healthy

Vitamins are a must for winter survival

  Vitamins are a winter survival must-have in my house. When kids have the vitamins & minerals that their body needs, they are able to fight the germs better. My kids are picky when it comes to taking their daily vitamin and I have learned if it does not taste good, they will not take it. My boys like these Non-GMO Gummy multivitamins from Simply Natural Nutritionals. The delicious flavors of strawberry, cherry, and orange have 30% less sugar than other brands. My boys like that they do not stick to their braces either. These soft gummies are free of soy, nut, yeast, dairy, gelatin, salt, fish, egg, and gluten also!

Check out this Cold & Flu Honey Lemon Ginger Tea

Mommy my ear hurts!

  What mom wants to hear their little one complain about an earache? Not me and the last that I want is a costly doctor visit only to hear that it was just excess ear wax. Did you know that excess ear wax buildup can cause infection, earache, temporary hearing loss, etc? Not all earaches are ear infections and it just may be too much hard wax that needs to be washed out. If the child does not have a fever or other signs of a cold, then try the Wax RX Wash System before calling the doctor. My older son used to always complain of his ears hurting and after I washed out the ear wax blockage, the pain went away. This professional-grade ear wax cleaning system is easy to use at home with a super easy 3-step process!

My boys love Elderberry Cold & Flu Fighting Gummies

 A go-to winter travel must have kid product

 The last time I traveled, I experienced an incredible ear pressure pain in my ears. It started on the airplane and the pain was awful. It took a long time for my ear to pop, in fact, one ear had the increased pressure several hours after we landed. I wish that I had packed EarPlanes in my carry-on bag. These wonderful soft earplugs come in kid and adult size and can help kids with the pain and popping of air pressure while in-flight or with other pressures of the air. When these unique ear plugs arrived at my house my ears were stuffy with fluid from allergies and once I placed an EarPlane into my ear, the fluid drained and I had immediate relief. So these comfortable earplugs might just give some needed relief from an ear infection. I will be using the EarPlanes on my next trip so I do not experience that awful pressure pain again in my ears. I like that they even have a strap with them so they do not get lost while on the airplane.

 This homemade elderberry syrup is great for cold/flu season!

A soft bunny will help kids rest when they are sick

 When kids are sick they need their rest and this cute Xander Bunny stuffed animal will comfort kids so they can rest. This soft plush bunny comes with a removable heating pack that is filled with Michigan cherry pits & lavender. The bunny provides warmth and the soothing scent of 100% natural lavender that helps kids fall asleep. This bunny is the perfect sick day companion and can also be used as a bedtime buddy year-round. Unlike some stuffed animals, the animal cover of the Xander Bunny can be hand or machine washed to keep it clean and germ-free. This adorable bunny also comes with a 100 % lavender spray so you can spray the relaxing scent on other items or in the air.

What are you must-have practical products for healthy kid winter survival?

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

The Best Educational Gifts For Babies & Toddlers

Check out my favorite holiday gifts for my grandbaby.

          I received samples of toys to facilitate this post.

  This Christmas is going to be so exciting with the newest member of the family. It will be so fun to spoil my new grandbaby with lots of toys. This will be the baby's first Christmas so it will be all so new to her. I am so happy that my daughter will be living in Albuquerque. This grandma already has a collection of toys stored away for future holidays and birthdays. My granddaughter may not be ready for some of these toys but I wanted to share them with readers who have toddlers.

The best gifts are ones that teach through play

  I think most toys are teaching baby's something as they are always learning new things. The gifts that I selected as my favorites are great teaching through play toys. I like these toys as they bright and colorful. They also teach little one's things like ABC's, numbers, colors, reading and more. These are also toys that give children many years of play, especially the ABC's toys as it can teaching them colors, matching, reading, and even writing skills.

Check out these tips for helping your child succeed in school

This cute bee helps babies learn their ABEECs!

 The AlphaBee is a friendly bumble bee that helps toddlers learn ABCs, 123s, and shapes! This friendly bumblebee carrying case opens to reveal a three-in-one learning activity set that comes with brightly colored shapes that babies can boost those fine motor skills as the place them in the correct spot or on the included activity cards. The case has a sturdy latch and handle so this is the perfect learning to take on the go to places like grandmas or the doctors.

Ages: 2+
MSRP: $19.99
Available online at Amazon or Learning Resources

Connect colorful elephants to learn ABC

These Snap-n-Learn® ABC Elephants are on parade and they’re bringing the alphabet with them! Babies will love holding these cute elephants and then learn how to connect them all while learning their alphabet. Each colorful elephant has a different letter and they connect from tail to trunk. So younger ages are learning fine motor skills while older kids can make words. The toy comes with a reusable storage tub for easy and fast cleanup.

Ages: 2+
MSRP: $19.99
Available online: Learning Resources

A soft that teaches sensory play

  The VTECH® Touch & Discover Sensory Turtle™ can be enjoyed by babies as early as three months so this will be a perfect toy for my new granddaughter this Christmas as she will be almost 4 months by then. I love that this toy can be enjoyed without the electronic part when they are little. My grandbaby can get some great fine motor skills and sensory play as she touches the different textures on the turtle. I love that this cute colorful turtle is also soft so little ones will not be hurt when they drop it. The turtle also has a mirror as babies love looking at themselves. When my granddaughter gets older, her mom can turn the turtle on so the baby can press the buttons to learn her colors. This cute plush will be great for long car ride entertainment.

Ages: 3mths+
MSRP: $19.99
Available online: vtechkids

A cute puppy that makes storytime fun

 This cute LEAPFROG® Storytime Buddy™  will be great for storytime and helping my grandbaby fall asleep. This cute puppy is soft so it can stay in bed with them and maybe when the baby wakes up she will play with the toy for a bit so mom can get that much-needed sleep. This toy will encourage a love for reading in young kids while helping them learn numbers, shapes, and other items. It is never to early to start reading to babies.

Ages: 2+
MSRP: $34.99
Available onlineLeapFrog

A backpack filled with exciting learning

The Go-with-Me ABC Backpack™  teaches little ones their ABC's with colorful letters that also help with learning fine motor skills. Toddlers can place the letters in the spaces or use the attached pencil to draw with on the draw and erase board. The screen shows how to write each letter step-by-step and then shows how to turn each letter into animals. Inserting the 26 letter pieces into the letter spaces teaches the letter name, letter sound, an animal that begins with that letter and more. Little learners can play seven different activities and when they’re done, the plastic backpack holds all the pieces inside. Clip the backpack closed and wear like a real backpack for learning on the go.

Ages: 2-6
MSRP: $29.99
Available online: LeapFrog

An adorable interactive monkey

This cute Fingerlings® HUGS™ is made for toddlers but I think babies would enjoy listening to the cute sounds that it makes. This soft toy monkey from WowWee makes the cutest sounds when you swing them, pet them or rock them to sleep. When you kiss the monkey, they even kiss back. You can even record your voice on the soft plush monkey and it will repeat what you say.

Ages: 2+

MSRP: $29.99
Available online: Fingerlings   

The World of Eric Carle Around the Farm Game Tin

For the littlest budding farmers comes the darling game where they have to reunite baby animals with their parents.

Based on Eric Carle's best-selling book, players spend a fun-filled day Around the Farm helping baby animals find their way home. Player spin the spinner and search for baby animal cards that match their parent cards. Children learn the difference between baby and adult animals and practice their memory skills as they turn over cards to find matches. The first player to bring all his or her babes home wins!

Age range: 3+
MSRP: $11.99
Available online: Amazon

Which toy is your favorite?

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Healthy & Delicious Dairy & Gluten Free Foods

After discovering my dairy allergy, I am now label reader!

I received several healthy products to enjoy and facilitate this post.

  I used to discover gluten-free and dairy-free foods so I could inform my readers about which ones taste good, I never imagined that I would have to start reading labels for my own health. Last month I discovered that I had a dairy/milk allergy through diet elimination and a blood allergy test. While I was happy to finally get my asthma under control, I was not one bit happy that I have to avoid things like cheese and chocolate. My blood test also revealed that I might be sensitive to soy, wheat, and peanuts. While I am not eliminating the soy, wheat, and peanuts from my diet, I am choosing to eat less of them as it was the build-up of dairy that caused me to experience an asthmatic cough, that at times left me struggling to breathe, for at least 6 months. My asthma is not gone as I have other triggers like chemicals, plants, dust, and weeds but it is so much better. My body is no longer producing massive amounts of mucus and I can run again without a struggle. So I am learning about making different choices when it comes to food and I want to share with you some gluten-free and dairy-free products that I discovered this week.

I can enjoy Cheddar flavored crackers on a dairy-free diet

  I was pleasantly surprised that a cracker made from cauliflower could taste like a cheese cracker. I was also surprised that a gluten-free pretzel could taste good. These gluten-free and dairy-free snacks are all plant-based and even my boys liked them. My boys said that the pretzels tasted like real pretzels. While they would eat the cheddar flavored cauliflower crackers, they said they preferred cheese crackers made with real cheese. If I was craving cheese crackers, the cauliflower ones would be one that I would eat as they were salty and had a coating that was similar to a cheese powder. I am not usually a cheese cracker person so I would eat the pretzels to cut back on wheat in my diet.

Coffee is the best dairy-free snack choice for me

  I know that coffee by itself is already dairy-free but I discovered a new brand that is made for moms and I wanted to share it with you. I am glad that I can use almond milk in my coffee to make it dairy-free. The concept behind Mama Java Coffee is one that I like. Their coffee is made to be reheated and still taste good. I remember when my kids were little and I never seemed to have time to enjoy my coffee after I made it. I would take a sip and then a baby or kid needed my attention. So my coffee had to go into the microwave to be reheated several times a day. I loved the taste of the Embrace The Chaos blend and it still at times describes my day. Like last week when my son had 2 unplanned doctor/dentist appointments on the same day. This coffee tastes like fresh coffee no matter how many times I reheat it and it also was a perfect drink to go with my Dairy-Free Blueberry Lemonade Energy Bites. Use my code momknowsbest when you order your much-needed coffee and I get a small percentage of the sale. Check out all the varieties of this coffee made for moms at https://www.mamajavacoffee.com

Each roast has its own perfected body, aroma and taste specifically for the needs of moms (translation: it still tastes good even when cold + old). We use only the TOP QUALITY ARABICA BEANS and roast multiple times a week to ensure only the freshest coffee hits your cup (even if it does take you all day to drink).

Fuel your brain with a delicious gluten-free bar

  I love all the clean ingredients in these tasty IQ Bars. These bars can be enjoyed on lots of food plans like Vegan, Keto, Paleo, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, and Kosher. I love that they have functional ingredients to help my brain and plant-based protein. The Blueberry Lemon Sunflower bar was my favorite but the Cacao Almond Sea Salt took care of my chocolate cravings. They even had a Matcha Chai Hazelnut bar that had green tea powder in it for amazing antioxidants. They do contain mushrooms so I can only enjoy them once in a while as I also have mushroom sensitivities. I can eat mushrooms but not a lot of them at a time or I start experiencing allergy symptoms like a drippy nose and sneezing.

Detox with a delicious chocolate drink

 Most people think of a detox as something that causes you to be on the potty all day. That is far from what a detox supplement is. A detox drink instead is a healthy way to eliminate harmful toxins from our body and helps provide overall wellness and vitality. Every day, you're exposed to toxins in various amounts through the air, water, food - and even the products you consume day in and day out. So enjoy a delicious chocolate drink that is dairy-free, vegan, gluten-free, and soy-free to help your digestion track be healthy. I added this chocolate powder to my protein smooth for a yummy chocolate smoothie but you can also stir it into a glass of cold nut milk.

What Will Detox Organics Do For My Body?
Daily support for healthy elimination of toxins
Helps maintain a natural pH balance within your body
Replenishes electrolytes with RAW Coconut Water
Supports overall health and wellness
Supports detoxification
Helps achieve recommended daily serving of fruits and veggies
Boosts energy
Reduces inflammation
Promotes weight loss
Eliminates fatigue 
Reduces Bloat
Eases Digestion

Experience the superfood Moringa in many delicious products

 Moringa has been referred to as the “Miracle Tree” and the “Tree of Life".  So when I can enjoy a snack with lots of great nutrition that is always a win for me. The Energy Bars were quite delicious and loaded with coconut and fruit. While the fruit bars tasted like moist sweet fruit. These bars do contain soy so they will be an occasional snack for me as large amounts of soy give me indigestion. Moringa Wellness has many other products with Moringa in it so I can see these being great snacks for my boys so they can get some awesome nutrition into their bodies. This company also carries muffins that are not gluten-free but they are dairy-free and my boys made a batch all by themselves the other day. Got to love that they are old enough to help with the cooking. My boys said that the chocolate muffins were yummy. Since they contained such great nutrition, they are enjoying the muffins for breakfast.

Moringa contains over 90 nutrients, 46 antioxidants, 18 amino acids including all 8 essential amino acids, making it one of nature’s most nutritious whole foods. Being packed with nutrients, moringa is obviously an extremely rich source of calcium, chromium, iron, magnesium, potassium, selenium, and zinc, and of vitamin A, vitamin B complex, vitamin C, D, E, and K.

Which dairy-free & gluten-free product are you excited to try?

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