Monday, June 4, 2018


Summertime has arrived!  If you have toddlers or young children you know keeping them entertained is not always an easy task. Let me introduce you to a fun way to keep your child entertained and looking forward to learning. It's called Little Passports.

As adults we rarely ever get mail anymore unless they are bills and I know when I get something in the mail that is not a bill I get excited! I also remember that as a child, anytime I would receive something in the mail, like my Highlights magazine (back in the day,) it was so much fun. Imagine your kids looking forward to getting a special package in the mail just for them!  Your child is sure to love going to the mailbox to check for their Little Passport package every month.  Little Passports is a fun and educational way to keep your children engaged in learning about the world, about science, reading and other great topics.  They can also enjoy adventures with the fictional characters of Max, Mia and adorable dog, Toby.  Both kids and moms love Little Passports!

Little Passports is an award-winning gift subscription that was created and tested by real kids, and created with educational value in mind by educators, toy industry veterans and scientists. If you’re looking for a fun and educational gift for your toddler or school-age kids, Little Passports is the way to go! It has won the "Mom's Choice Awards - Honoring Excellence," 2017 Parenting Product Award, Brain Toy Academics Choice Award Winner, iParenting Media Award and so many more.

Little Passports was founded in 2009 by two moms, Stella Ma and Amy Norman, who wanted to inspire kids to learn about the world while having fun. It is the perfect gift and it's educational! It is perfect for children ages 3-12 years old. (Includes a "passport," world map, stickers, activities and so much more...)

1 Choose a subscription
Little Passports offers fun and engaging options for children ages 3-13 with several different payment plans. 

2 Check your mailbox
Each month, your child will receive a new package in the mail filled with fun and engaging products.
3Discover and learn
Start exploring and spark a lifelong love of learning. 

Friday, May 18, 2018

I am not a big drinker but I am big on "relaxing mom time!"  When I saw this ad for the SipCaddy Portable Cup holder, I just had to share it because I have so many mom friends, I know would love this, as they just love their glass of wine.  Oddly enough, I do not like wine at all, but I love how this cup holder is so versatile that you can use it for just about anything else.  Well, maybe not a Jack Daniels but it will hold a can of beer or soda or a bottle of shampoo for your convenience.

I guess the whole point though of having the portable cup holder is to find the time to just de-stress in the most relaxing atmosphere possible - bath time.

However, this idea for moms, kinda' seems like straight out of a fantasy movie. I mean, really, who has time to lounge in a bath and sip wine when you have little kids? I know when my kids were little, I was happy to just sneak in a shower.  True. That's how crazy it is when you have little ones and no help around.  Sometimes, you are home alone with the kids and your husband or partner is out working and you are stuck at home with the kids.

Luckily, I am out of that stage! Wahoo! And I look forward to any possible moments of relaxing without kids nagging about something. Although kids nagging tends to come with the "mom life" description!  Hence, the need for SippyCaddy portable cup holders!   

Just don't be fooled about the kids not being little anymore, there will always be something as they grow older. So if your kids are still really young, enjoy that phase too!  It goes by so quickly!

Anyway, I guess, if you have the time to take nice long baths, having a glass of wine or beverage of choice at your disposable, wouldn't be such a bad idea after all.  Who wouldn't enjoy a happy hour bath time right?

If so, enjoy it!

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Thursday, May 17, 2018


Summer is almost here again, which for me, lately, is not really something I look forward to.  If you have followed my blog before, you may already know that I am a brain tumor survivor. If not, well, now you know. 

As a result of the craniotomy (brain surgery) I had in 2013, I ended up with what people call "barometer head."  Basically, when the weather changes, I get thrown for a loop! "Weather changes almost always cause changes in atmospheric pressure. So, my headaches or migraines are caused by  changes in the weather, which are officially called barometric or pressure headaches or migraines. Also, because our sinuses are filled with air, any change in that pressure can affect headaches. Barometric pressure headaches tend to occur after a drop in barometric pressure.  When you first start suffering through this, it is hard to gauge when the headaches will actually occur. (NOTE: If you happen to be suffering from headaches as well, I recommend that you start a journal. Write down when you get a headache, how long it last and what weather pattern was occurring on that day (before or after your pressure headache.)

So, although I was born and raised in Florida, and I love it, these last few years have really been an adjustment. As fun as summers have always been my whole life, especially, after having kids, lately, I tend to dread this time of year. The headaches increase for me during the summer because of the rain and humidity and then my pain is compounded by flare ups of my rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. I know I sound like a mess but for the most part, I am really not. I am just in search of a way to keep things under control, especially when summer rolls around.

So, why am I writing about all this?  Although I could sit here and kvetch, what I am really looking for is recommendations and some constructive input - homeopathic, organic remedies to alleviate these symptoms. I had been reading up on something called Migraine Magic, that helps alleviate migraines by spraying yourself with a mist or using a roll-on your head and I am seriously considering ordering this, simply because I have read such great reviews on that product. However, I feel like I need something that will help me treat my overall symptoms.  Sure, I take vitamins, but when real pain hits, I need something stronger and I don't want to continue to take OTC's (over-the-counter) pain relief medicine. I have tried a lot of different supplements over the course of the last few years but I need something different and effective!

For the most part, I am a happy, healthy mom, working on my writing, my side hustle businesses and network marketing.  However, when those "mama said there'd be days like this" hit me, well, I just feel like I want to shut down the whole world! Realistically, that is not an option, so hence my willingness to try something new.  People have suggested essential oils, acupuncture, yoga and more. I know a combination of all those things would probably be helpful as well but I have been going down a different route of research lately.

A while back I ordered an Anti-Aging Cream with Apple Stem Cells from a company called Hemp Genix and I loved it! "This cream helps to prevent age related skin degradation, along with the regrowth of healthy skin cell formation." They combined 30mg of pure CBD oil to provide natural healing properties.  Now, you must be wondering what does anti-aging cream have to do with my headaches and pain symptoms?  Well, because I loved their cream so much and I got a lot of compliments when using it, I started reading about the company, which lead me to my research on hemp and CBD oil. CBD is short for Cannabidiol.

This is what I found out from their website:

"Cannabidiol called CBD for short, is derived from hemp, which is the male cannabis plant. CBD hemp oil from this plant may contain trace amounts of THC, but WON'T get you high at all. It is just one of over 85 cannabinoids presently identified in the cannabis plant and is the second most abundant cannabinoid in marijuana after THC. In hemp, however, THC is only present in trace amounts, while CBD dominates the plant’s makeup. CBD interacts with our naturally occurring systems, but is non-psychotropic, it doesn’t cause a high. This makes it a safer, less controversial alternative, while still offering significant health benefits.

CBD hemp oil is produced using high-CBD, low-THC hemp, not at all like medicinal weed items, which are typically produced using plants with high groupings of psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Since hemp contains just follow measures of THC, these hemp oil items are non-psychoactive."

So, why do I think CBD oil might help me?  My research online has lead me to many articles but basically, what I learned is that "CBD may prevent the body from metabolizing anandamide. This is a compound associated with pain regulation." And regulating my pain is most certainly something I need! Maintaining high levels of anandamides in your bloodstream, may reduce feelings of pain and also, CBD is known to limit inflammation within the body, which may also help reduce pain and other immune-system responses, like for people who have rheumatoid arthritis or other auto-immune diseases. 

According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), cannabis has been used for nearly 3,000 years in alternative medicine. Some of these uses include the management of pain, neurological symptoms, and inflammation. 

So the other day I was doing all this research on CBD oils and other options to find pain relief and my teenager overhears me discussing it with a family member and later tells me, "Yea Mom, you should try smoking pot. Try it." (as she laughs,) She tells me a lot of people she knows are "vaping."  (Geez, now I need to go do more research! LOL!)

Now, while I don't care if other people smoke pot, this is definitely not something I want my kid doing (smoking pot or weed or whatever the correct terminology is,) this is simply about me finding an alternative method to manage the pain when it hits me. Actually, I would prefer before it hits me!

I have certainly learned a lot in my research about CBD oils and hemp.  Vaping CBD oil is one of the preferred methods to ease side effects for many people who suffer from things like all types of cancers, stress, anxiety, joint pain, seizures, inflammation, sleep-apnea, high blood pressure and the list goes on.

I was curious...

How I should use CBD oil if I opted for this method. 

What I learned is that CBD oil is taken via vaping or ingestion. Oral CBD is less likely to cause side effects, so as a beginner I may want to start here. You can put a few drops of the oil under your tongue, or you can  take CBD capsules, or even eat a CBD-infused treat.  

Next question...

Will I get high from CBD oil?   


CBD oils are made from marijuana, but they don’t always contain tetrahydrocannabinol
(THC). THC is the component that makes users feel “high” or “stoned” when smoking cannabis. Conclusion is, CBD oil doesn’t have psychoactive properties.

Hmmm, decisions, decisions...

Now, in all seriousness, if you are reading this and can relate or if you have tried an alternative method for pain management, especially CBD oils, I'd love to hear about it.  Any recommendations, suggestions. (Serious comments only please.)

Thanks for joining me on my journey (quest) to find pain relief!


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FYI - CBD does not cause a high, unlike THC. The reason why CBD is non-psychoactive is due to its lack of affinity for CB1 receptors. CB1 receptors are found in high concentrations in the brain, and are the pathways responsible for the psychoactive effects of THC.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018


Did you know that Avon's Skin So Soft Bath Oil works as a flea repellent? Avon says Skin So Soft has been tested and proven to have flea-repellent properties that last for six days after application. "Not only does the woodsy fragrance of Skin So Soft keep fleas from biting your pets, but it also can help protect you!"

Ever since it hit the market in the early 1960s, Avon's Skin So Soft bath oil has maintained a reputation for repelling ticks, fleas and other insects without the use of harsh chemicals. 


• It will leave your pup's fur feeling amazingly soft
• Smooths skin without irritation
• Fresh scent will make your dog smell amazing
• Contains jojoba oil
• Fresh herbal scent
• Works effectively to repel fleas and keep ticks and flies away

**Why exactly does Avon Skin So Soft Bath Oil repel fleas and other annoying insects?  Well, it could be one of the ingredients called: Dicapryl adipate

Dicapryl adipate has been shown to have insect repellent properties and is therefore useful in insect repellent formulations. Dicapryl adipate is free from the disadvantageous properties, such as skin irritation, which are exhibited by many known insect repellent agents.”   as per Google [1]

Please note that Avon does not market or advertise the Skin So Soft Bath Oil as a repellent, it has simply become the "go-to" product based on customer testimonials and repeated use. Many people prefer to use the Skin So Soft Bath oil on their dogs because it has proven effective for them and leaves a great scent.  The same can be said for humans!  It keeps your skin silky smooth and also keeps the bugs away, while you are enjoying the outdoors.

If you are a dog owner, Skin So Soft Bath Oil is perfect for your mascot because it repel fleas, ticks, flies and other annoying bugs safely, is economical to buy, it has multi-uses and most importantly, it is chemical-free!

No more worrying about having your dog outside, especially when warm weather hits!  You both can use Skin So Soft, so stock up now!

                                      Order Your Skin So Soft Bath Oil Here

**UPDATE:   This update is for those who ask if Skin So Soft Bath Oil is hypoallergenic.  The bath oil is just that, a bath oil that contains jojoba seed oil and leaves skin (and fur) feeling silky smooth without irritation. The original Skin So Soft Bath Oil has very few ingredients, so the chances of allergic reaction are slim.

However, the Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus line (sunscreens and insect repellents) is hypoallergenic and pediatrician-tested. It is also an EPA-registered insect repellent and sunscreen product. 

If you just want to try a small version of the bath oil, you can always try the original Skin So Soft bath oil in a spray pump.  Click here to view.  (Note:  direct delivery available.)

You get all of the skin moisturizing, dryness reducing, non-irritating effects in a convenient 5 fl oz. bottle. The fresh herbal scent with crisp botanical lessens redness and is gentle for sensitive skin.

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Friday, May 4, 2018


This is RORY the LION. He is available to do fundraisers! If you want to raise money for your school, church, club or any organization (especially, if it is child-friendly,) please contact me via email at: or send me a direct message to my business Facebook page at: AvonMommyWarrior,  so we can discuss the details on how to raise money!

IDEA: Sell “Rory the Lion” for $20 to raise money and then donate the lions sold (from those who want to donate them back) and donate them to a children’s cause like St. Jude’s, or a local hospital or even a preschool or daycare or to an orphanage.) 

There are a lot of ways to raise money and using RORY the LION is a grrrr-eat way to start!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

As a blogger and online marketer,  I spend countless hours on my computer. If you are like me and also spend a lot of time on your computer, you'll probably appreciate the use of a stand up desk.  At first, I was a little reluctant to switch from my regular desk but using a stand up desk gives you so much more versatility.  A stand up desk is designed to allow you to set up an office anywhere! It is easy to carry, with a light weight aluminum frame, that is flexible.

I love it because it makes a perfect desk for my laptop.  I have also seen others use a stand up desk for a variety of other things such as:

- TV Dinner Tray
-Sound Equipment Table
-Projector Table
-Standing Desk
-Book Tray
-Writing Desk
-Tablet Holder

The one I have is one of the lower priced models of stand up desk that lets me attach my mouse pad to the side of the stand. I have mine set up on the left, since I am a lefty! And it also came with a USB cord that connects to my laptop and powers the USB CPU cooling fans. The legs on the stand are totally adjustable and it is super to easy to carry anywhere!

My favorite use of the stand up desk is to be able to carry it to bed or the couch and do a little work from there while I am comfortable! 

If you want something a little more sophisticated for an "office look," there is also the option of having a completely portable workstation.  An adjustable workstation allows you to find that needed healthy balance between sitting and standing up throughout the day. This workstation option gives you the option of buying it with a manual riser or electric riser.

So, if you are living the laptop lifestyle, this is probably a great option to consider.
The good news about the stand up desk, is that there are so many options of brands and prices. There is a price range for all!  

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018


Nothing ruins a day outdoors like getting bitten up by mosquitoes or bugs, but that doesn't have to deter you or your kids from having a good time outside. Whether it is a day at the beach, an outdoor picnic, a day of camping, kayaking, or hiking, the bugs, no-seeums and/or mosquitoes will be out and ready to attack but all you have to do is show those bugs who is the boss!

I know that here, where I live in Florida (by the Everglades) the mosquitoes are a huge problem and so is Zika Virus, so finding the right insect repellent is key.  Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito (Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus). These mosquitoes bite during the day and night.

One of my favorite products on the market to fight off the bugs and mosquitoes and protect from harmful UV rays is Skin-So Soft Bug Guard, especially because it is deet-free and instead, contains contains Picaridin. Picaridin is a synthetic repellent modeled after a compound that occurs naturally in the black pepper plant.  Skin-So-Soft Bug Guard Plus effectively repels mosquitoes, deer ticks, black flies, sand flies, gnats, no-seeums and biting midges.

The CDC recommends the use of insect repellent to reduce your risk of bug bites (including mosquitoes, ticks, and some flies) that can spread diseases (including Zika, dengue, and Lyme disease), many of which cannot be prevented or treated with a vaccine or medicine

By using Bug Guard Plus insect repellent and sunscreen you are helping to take steps to prevent bug bites.And the great news is that Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus is an EPA-registered insect repellent.
Use Insect Repellent
Use EPA-registered insect repellents for protection against mosquitoes, ticks, and other bugs. Other repellents protect against mosquitoes but may not be effective against ticks or other bugs.

These ingredients are helpful in protection against mosquitoes and more...
  • Picaridin (also known as KBR 3023, Bayrepel, and icaridin)
  • Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or para-menthane-diol (PMD)
  • IR3535
  • 2-undecanone (methyl nonyl ketone)

IR3535 -  is an ingredient that provides repellency against a broad range of biting insects, including mosquitoes, deer ticks, black flies, gnats, no-seeums and biting midges.

When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breastfeeding women.


• Repels mosquitoes that may transmit West Nile Virus
• Repels deer ticks that may transmit Lyme Disease
• Repels mosquitoes, deer ticks, black flies, sand flies, gnats, no- 
  seeums and biting midges
• Provides SPF 30 protection
• PABA-free and DEET-free
• Non-greasy
• Vitamin E and Aloe
• Pediatrician tested

Insect repellents are one part of a more comprehensive program to control mosquitoes that transmit diseases such as dengue or Zika. Avoiding or preventing bites can help prevent transmission of dengue and any other vector-borne diseases.  ( Source:

Tips for Babies & Children

an adult male applying insect repellent to a child's face
  • Always follow instructions when applying insect repellent to children.
  • Do not use insect repellent on babies younger than 2 months old.
  • Do not apply insect repellent onto a child’s hands, eyes, mouth, and cut or irritated skin.
    • Adults: Spray insect repellent onto your hands and then apply to a child’s face.
  • Do not use products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or para-menthane-diol (PMD) on children under 3 years old

Show those bugs Who is the Boss! Protect your family with America's #1 Deet-free repellent.

UPDATE: (as of 5/6/18) - An article was posted by the New York Times stating that: "Tick and Mosquito Infections Spreading Rapidly, C.D.C. Finds."

To Order Your Deet-free Insect Repellent, visit: BUG GUARD PLUS

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Summertime is coming and what better time to take your kids to a LegoLand Discovery Center.  LEGOLAND® Discovery Center is designed specifically for children aged 3-10 years to enjoy - everything is kid-sized.

Here are some great reasons to visit.
  • Fun Family LEGO-themed Play Areas
    including Build and Test and MINILAND® (Philadelphia)
  • LEGO® 4D Cinema (select locations)
    Join the action as your favorite LEGO stars come to life in 4D!
  • Special events all year round
    Our special events are popular - book tickets in advance!
  • Birthday parties and group deals
    LEGO themed birthday parties
  • Practice your ninja skills
    Complete obstacle course challenges in the LEGO NINJAGO Training Camp!
  •  Get LEGO® building tips 
  • Learn building tips from our Master Model Builder Workshops.

Look for a discovery center in your city and take the kids! 


Dino Explorer at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Arizona


LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta


MINILAND at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston


Arctic Adventure at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Philadelphia


LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth

LEGOLAND Discovery Center LEGO Star Wars Days happening at select locations during May.

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth

Book online for the best prices!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018


Mass Shootings, school shootings, serial bombers, you name the tragedy and it is almost always someone who was upset and decided to take their revenge out on the innocent. You can turn on the news at any given time, on any given day, in the United States and these are the topics headlining the news. Guns, bombs, knives, vehicles...the weapon of choice is there; however, I believe we have a huge problem in this Country and it stems from unhappy, angry people (which for some reason, tends to be mostly white, angry males.) 


We have to not only address the issues of gun violence in our Country and better security in our public places (especially schools,) but we have to address the underlying component, which in my opinion, tends to be angry, disgruntled males, who are more prone to commit these heinous crimes, that we are unfortunately seeing in our country more and more each day! Whether they use assault weapons or home-made bombs or vehicles to plow people down, there are some common denominators and one of the big ones is ANGER. Anger is one letter short of danger.   

Statistics show the number of mass shootings in the United States between 1982 and February 2018, by race and ethnicity of the shooter(s) between 1982 and February 2018, are 56 out of 97 mass shootings were initiated by White shooters. The Las Vegas strip massacre in 2017 had the highest number of victims between 1982 and 2018, with 58 people killed, and over 500 injured, also at the hands of a white male.  (Source:

My 15-year old daughter survived the mass shooting on February 14, 2018 at her high school in Parkland, FL, a crime also committed by an angry white male. She was on the 3rd floor in the 1200 building that day, as the shooter came eerily close to her classroom. The reports and history of this particular perpetrator indicate he had many life-altering moments that gradually affected him and his anger towards others (his own mother, other students and neighbors,) was evident. Sadly, no one really took action to prevent the unfortunate outcome.

We can argue about crime statistics, we can point fingers at black and white, Hispanic, non Hispanic etc...but this article is mainly about the anger - the disgruntled feeling that bubbles over in the mind and soul of these individuals, that percolates to the point of literally blowing up (themselves or others.)

I cannot even begin to tell you the reasons why these people act out in such horrific ways. I mean, I can speculate: lack of love, lack of empathy, lack of self-worth? Perhaps they were bullied and had enough? Who knows? I leave that up to the psychologist, psychiatrists and those who want to analyze such things.  

What I do know, is that as a mother, as a parent of 2 young kids, step mom to three and "nana" to three little ones, my goal is to teach children what I can to make them better human beings and in turn, hopefully, my own children, will eventually raise decent human beings as well!   We have to give our children roots, a strong foundation, in which they can eventually use to fly into the world equipped to handle whatever they have to face.


Tragedy can strike anywhere as we know all too well.  It happens in our schools. It can happen in a church, in a movie theater, it can even happen on a soccer or baseball field.  The truth is, in today's world, we are not safe anywhere if you really start to think about it.

However, we cannot cower in fear and hide. Instead, I believe that we must demand change. We must take action.  We have to get to the root of the problem(s.) We must empower our children, (the youth of today and the grandchildren of tomorrow) to be strong in their convictions and know that they are loved and capable of great things, no matter what background, race or socio-economic demographic, they come from.

We have to teach our children from the time they are born that they ARE loved. (My thoughts are, if someone is not emotionally equipped to love a child unconditionally, they should not have one!) We have to teach them to love and show them compassion! Teach them tolerance and empathy by example. My father always told me, "todo los poquitos cuentan," meaning, "every little bit counts."  They add up. All the things we teach and show our children from the time they are young, they count. They are the building blocks to make strong decent human beings. I am not talking about raising doctors, lawyers, engineers etc...I am talking about raising loving, compassionate, empathetic human beings. All those little things we teach, they matter.

"Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see. - Neil Postman

Additionally, we must get rid of the taboo that comes with talking about mental health issues. As mentioned before, the majority of mass shootings are committed by white males.  We have to dissect the issues affecting these white males. We have to address the issues affecting our young boys, our youth in general.  We teach our kids from the time they are young, "big boys don't cry," and "girls are made up of sugar and spice and everything nice."  We need to focus on kids, on people as individuals, not just give them labels.  We are so indoctrinated in schools to follow the rules, to do well on standardized testing but no one teaches life skills - not the majority of public schools anyway.  Sure, there are always exceptions, but my point is that we have to start focusing on a person's emotional well-being as much as we focus on their academic and/or work performance. We have to also teach our children how to manage their anger in a healthy way.

We have a much bigger problem with society that is not being addressed as it should. For example, the bullying problem among children is this country is rampant. (And even with some well-known adults.) We have to recognize when a child has a problem or is the problem, and we have to address it - not let he/she fall through the cracks of a broken system. Obviously, when a child has already become a major problem (ie: juvenile delinquent) all the love and talking in the world may not make a difference, however, that individual still needs help, still needs counseling, still needs rehabilitation, if possible.

If you are part of the "system" then it is your obligation to do your job right and do it with passion and genuine care, otherwise, get out of the way and let someone who is willing to do the job, do it, without "passing the buck!"  We have all kinds of systems that fail our children and we must work together to fix that. We must demand change.

On a positive note, I must recognize that there are many good schools and good systems in place that do everything they can to protect our children, however it is those that fall through the cracks that can become a major problem in our society down the line.

The issue of anger and being "disgruntled" at someone (or something) has undoubtedly played a huge role in most mass shootings.   We can march endlessly, we can secure our schools, we can vote politicians out that we don't like, but at the end of the day, we must get to the underlying root of the problem. 

Sure,there will always be troubled people in the world but if you are a parent, a guardian, or a relative of a child, the very least we can do is teach by example and do our best to raise a generation of loving, decent human beings and help those with "issues," to find their way to get help.

"Where there is anger, there is always pain underneath." ~ Eckhart Tolle

No parent is perfect, no child is perfect.  There will always be problems.  There will, unfortunately, always be tragedy in the world, but as individuals, we must do what we can to make a positive difference in our own "bubbles. I have said it before, "We are puzzle makers in this jigsaw of life and we have to put all of our pieces together, to make it work." 

I still believe wholeheartedly, that we must continue to fight for gun reform now, but that we must simultaneously begin to address mental health issues and mindfulness. We must teach our children to teach their children and so on, to be BETTER HUMAN BEINGS! 

Our children's future depends on it!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018


Guest Blogger:  Manish Vakil

Playtime: How Your Child’s Activity Improves Development

Physical activity offers a waterfall of benefits, both for our bodies and our minds. But today, people are becoming more and more immobile — that goes for adults as well as children.

There’s good news, though: We’re beginning to recognize that this immobility (and its consequences) are an issue.

All sorts of programs are popping up, initiatives aimed at getting our children moving and combating obesity:
The American Heart Association and the National Football League have partnered on the Play 60 Challenge, which encourages young people to engage in physical activity at least an hour a day.

In 2010, First Lady Michelle Obama founded the Let’s Move! program, which is fighting against the rise of childhood obesity — an epidemic whose rates have tripled in the past 30 years. 

The United States Center for Disease Control is sharing the stories of young people who have successfully improved their diets, increased exercise and lost weight.

These programs are a fantastic step in the right direction. But how early is too early for your young child to get active?

It’s Never Too Soon To Be Active

Older children join soccer teams and other organized activities. But your child needs to be active, even if he or she is too young to participate in sports.

A study of the relationship between physical activity and comprehensive health in early childhood indicates the benefits of physical activity are sweeping, even for children between 0 and 4 years old. They enjoy enhanced and accelerated:
  • Motor Skills: Active children under the age of 4 have shown advanced skills related to body control, grasping, balance and hand-eye coordination.
  • Social Skills: Preschool students who participate in dance and similar activities show gains in “social competence and externalizing behavior,” and their teachers describe them as “more outgoing and less socially withdrawn.”
  • Cognitive Skills: Physical activity even in the first year of life has been shown to increase language development and early communication, including “facial expression, sounds, vocalizations and babble.”

And, of course, there are known health benefits to physical activity throughout childhood, including heart health and even cancer prevention.

How to Get Your Young Child Active

A collection of scientific studies shows that young children find physical activity most enjoyable when there’s no competition involved. That’s perfect when your child is too young for organized sports and classes.

So, instead of promoting competition, encourage your child to explore many different physical activities. Always support your child’s active play, and cut loose yourself — let him or her know that you’re having fun, too.

For children through 4 years of age, seek out play environments that are safe but that also allow children to make decisions for themselves and to take reasonable risks. All of this will help your child maximize his or her playtime and help achieve the greatest benefit from physical activity.

Discover an Indoor Play Area Near You

Across the United States, indoor play areas are opening (and thriving) as parents look for spaces where their young children can safely play. These indoor play areas are great when it’s too cold outside, great when it’s too hot outside, and great when you just need a space to let your toddler or young child romp safely and constructively for anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours.

Take advantage of these indoor play areas as safe spaces where your young child can unlock the benefits of physical activity: improved motor skills, social skills, cognitive skills and more. And let children explore freely, make their own decisions, and take the safe, measured risks that are so important to development.

Not all indoor play areas are created equal, though. The best have studied how to promote development in young children, and their play areas are actually carefully constructed spaces that include a sort of play curriculum.

What Are You Waiting For?
Parents need to play, too. When you need to unplug and relax, there’s no better place to do so than alongside your child at a local indoor play area. Help your child take important developmental steps and forget about the world for a while when you find one of these safe, active spaces near you.