{GIVEAWAY} Refresh A Baby Adapters – Turns Water Bottles Into Baby Bottles

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Refresh-a-Baby turns water bottles and beverage bottles into baby bottles!

Fresh water for your baby is now only a water bottle away…just add formula!

Refresh-a-Baby is a patented baby bottle nipple that adapts onto water bottles, instantly converting the water bottle into a baby bottle without the hassle of clean up time saving parents time and energy on-the-go!

 

 

Benefits of Refresh-A-Baby

  • Perfect for use of baby formula/juice/even fits “ready made” baby formula bottles
  • Baby’s Fresh Water Source
  • BPA Free
  • Leak Free
  • Convenient for travel/airports/theme parks
  • Dishwasher Safe
  • Light Storage/Fits in purse
  • Reusable
  • Easy To Use
  • Unique Push Fit Application
  • Practical for busy Parent’s on-the-go
  • No More cleaning Stinky Bottles
  • Helps Keep To Feeding Schedule
  • Instantly Hydrates Your Baby
  • Recyclable
  • Universal, fits most water bottles
  • Ready to use Immediatley

Check out this video:

Refresh-a-Baby fits the following water/beverage bottles tested below:

Aquafina, Evian (regular & sports cap), Publix (small and large bottles), Spring, Volvic, Fiji, Dannon, Dasani, Zephyrhills (all) , Poland Springs, Crystal, Nestle, Poland Springs, Sam’s Choice, Aqua Panna, Smart Water, Break Escapes, Deer Park, Arrowhead, Ice mountain, Ozarka, Mountclair, Vittel, Smart Water, Contrax, Biota, Volvic, Naya, SPA, Kentwood Springs, Crystal Geyser, Crystal, Springtime, many juice bottles, Enfamil “Ready to Use” Baby and Infant Formula Bottles, Similac “Ready To Feed” Infant Formula Bottles, and many more.

Buy Now:  Have some people in mind that these would be great gift or stocking stuffers for and can’t wait!  You can purchase a Refresh A Baby Water Bottle Adapter valued at $6.99 directly by clicking here!

 

Giveaway

These are really great to have in your diaper bag.  Refresh-A-Baby will be giving 2 lucky winner 1 Refresh-A-Baby water bottle adapter!  US Residents Only! Must be 18+ to enter.  Enter every day.  Ends 11/30.  Use the form below.

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{GIVEAWAY} DaddyScrubs Gift Set

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DaddyScrubs

The DaddySwag Gift set – This gift set is perfect for any expectant daddy! It includes our signature DaddyScrubs, and I’m The Daddy Tee, sunglasses, mug, hat, stickers & more!!

Treat the new dad in your life like the celebrity he is with a DaddySwag Gift Box. Each item is personally selected by Daddy Nickell himself – including a set of our signature DaddyScrubs. Celeb dads like Antonio Sabato Jr., Kevin James, Ian Ziering, John Roberts, Ty Murray, Cash Warren, and Donald Trump Jr are just a few of the proud parents sporting their DaddyScrubs!

What’s Inside:

DaddyScrubs – Edgy, Navy
I’m the Daddy Tee – White Edgy
I’m the Daddy Hat – Navy
I’m the Daddy coffee mug
3 pens • Sunglasses
and more!
*Note: Specified size applies to Scrub and Tee: Medium, Large, X-Large, and 2XL

Buy Now:  Don’t have time to wait until Christmas.  Then you can purchase this wonderful gift set directly by clicking here!

Giveaway

This wonderful gift set is valued at $89.95, but the wonderful people at DaddyScrubs will be giving 1 gift set away to one lucky winner!  US Residents only, must be 18+ to enter.  Enter every day. Ends 11/30.  Use the form below to enter.
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{GIVEAWAY} Spark of Amber Jewelry


Spark of Amber
is a company that sells all natural Baltic Amber teething jewelry (necklaces and bracelets) and also 100% natural Baltic Amber jewelry for adults.

(Pictured left) I was so captivated by the color and raw look of the Baltic Raw Amber Bracelet “Woodland” Raw Amber.  and the Baltic Amber Ring “Tropical Peace” Style 2.

Benefits of Amber:

Baltic Amber is a fossilized resin found in the Baltic Region, primarily in Lithuania.  It contains 3-8% of Succinic Acid, long prized for its medical qualities.

Europeans greatly prize beautiful Baltic Amber for its claimed 100% natural anti-inflammatory, pain relieving, and calming properties for babies and toddlers.  The jewelry is light weight so easy for babies to wear.

I don’t know about you but I have seen many mommy blog with their children wearing these necklaces, and since I don’t have a baby I don’t know personally if they work.  teething necklace

So when I was contacted by Julie the owner of Spark of Amber, that she would like to be featured in our guide, I was so excited to review the bracelet and ring pictured above.

My Thoughts: The ring is beautiful.  The colors remind me of the tropics.  The nice thing about all this jewelry is that the colors are so versatile and unique, but can coordinate with other pieces of jewelry.    The ring is elastic so it should be able to fit any size finger, note that it can be a little snug. (If you like your rings fitting a little looser, just make a note when you checkout that you would like the ring in a larger size).  The bracelet is beautiful.  I love the unpolished raw look of the stones.  Both the bracelet and ring are beautiful as the rest of the jewelry offered by this company.

(Disclosure: I was given the Amber bracelet and ring to facilitate this post.  All opinions are my own.)

Buy Now: Bracelet is $21.99 and can be purchased directly from Spark of Amber by clicking here.

Buy Now: Ring: is $12.99 and can be purchased directly for Spark of Amber by clicking here.

 

Giveaway

 

But here is the fun part.  Spark of Amber is giving away one of the Baltic Raw Amber Bracelet “Woodland” to one lucky winner!  US Residents only, must be 18+ to enter.  Enter every day.  Ends 11/30.  Use the form below to enter.  Good luck!

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Ways I’ve Helped My ADD Daughter to Excel

Engaging a child with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) can be a difficult task at times. Some days seem to be easier than others, but it all boils down to my own motivation to keep her on task. Although you can be faced with a great amount of frustration, you need to realize that the child is honestly doing their best. For some parents, this can be quite difficult at times. You just need to realize that you’re not going to be able to force them to change their genetic makeup and you need to roll with the punches.

1. Reading More – As my daughter loves everything dinosaur related, I’ve used this hobby to engage her to accomplish a lot of tasks. Although she doesn’t have much motivation to read some materials, she is always eager to read if it has to do with her reptilian “friends.” This has made a great impact in her reading at school in general. Although the teacher still has a problem getting her to read requested materials, my young daughter puts a great deal of effort into her ever growing collection of dinosaur books.

2. Repetitive Repeats – One way I have been able to get her to focus on a task is by having her repeat my instructions back to me. If she gets it wrong, I give her the instructions again asking her to repeat what I just said. This way, she has to think about what it is I want her to do in order for her to relay it back to me. This has worked exceptionally well, and I’ve found that it is much easier to repeat myself in this manner over the frustration of dealing with miscommunication later on.

3. Eliminating Distractions – Limiting distractions when she is learning has made a vast improvement in how well she retains knowledge. Even in school, her teacher tells me of how my daughter doesn’t seem to focus well in the group of children within an entire class, but she can easily do what needs to be done if she is alone or in a much smaller group. I’ve found this to be true within the home as well. When I am helping her with homework or asking her to complete a task, all music and television needs to be off momentarily. Having her focus on my eyes while I speak to her also help her to remain focused.

4. Scheduling – Being on a set daily schedule has been greatly beneficial for my daughter. Although the first few weeks were a bit of a rocky start, she has adapted and has made great progress keeping to it for day-to-day requirements. However, this required a great deal of vigilance on my part. You can’t just make a schedule and expect an ADD child to follow it from the beginning. There are times where I have to stop and remind her what she is supposed to be doing, but those moments are getting fewer and fewer as time goes on. I’ve also had to rearrange my schedule a bit in order to keep her on task, but it’s a small price to pay to help my daughter take the first steps to being successful in life.

While raising an ADD daughter has been frustrating at times, she has been our sunlight when things seem to get dark. Her outlook on life is comical and she is always in a perky mood. No matter how much life tends to beat me up, I can always rely on her to be the one to pick me up with a hug and an, “I love you.”

Author Bio:

Elizabeth Reed is a freelance writer and a resident blogger at Liveinnanny.org. She particularly enjoys writing about parenting, childcare, health and wellness. In addition, she is an expert consultant on issues related to household management and kids.

 

There’s An APP For That: Assistive Technology (AT) & Learning Disabled Children

What are the signs of intellectual disability in children?

Signs may appear during infancy, or they may not be noticeable until a child reaches school age. It often depends on the severity of the disability. Some of the most common signs of intellectual disability are:

Rolling over, sitting up, crawling, or walking late
Talking late or having trouble with talking
Slow to master things like potty training, dressing, and feeding himself or herself
Difficulty remembering things
Inability to connect actions with consequences
Behavior problems such as explosive tantrums
Difficulty with problem-solving or logical thinking

Students with learning disabilities struggle with schoolwork in many ways. Some with reading, others with math, memory, organization or writing. Assistive technology (AT) can enable them to be more independent learners.

Source: BestEducationDegrees.com

How Is ADHD Diagnosed?

If you have a child that seems to act out more than others or who has a difficult time concentrating on homework and other tasks it may be time to find out if they have ADHD. ADHD stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and effects many child and even adults in our country. But how is this disorder diagnosed? Here are some things you and your doctor should be looking for.

Signs of the disorder are sometimes seen in the child before they even become of school age. Toddlers that have a lack of attention and are easily bored with watching TV or playing games can have ADHD. If a young child seems hyperactive or simply out of control this can be a sign as well. While these behaviors are somewhat normal in young kids it is recommended that they are seen by a doctor if these signs seem more prevalent than in other children their age.

When you do decide it is time to see a doctor they will sit and talk with you and your child to get a little background on the situation. They will try and rule out any other things in their life that could cause this type of behavior. Other things that can make a child act out of control or lack attention are a sudden change in the child’s life such as divorce or death in the family, an ear infection that can cause lack of hearing, a learning disability, or anxiety and/or depression. These other possibilities will be ruled out by talking with you and your child plus any necessary testing.

Once other things have been determined as not an issue with your child ADHD testing will begin. A specialist will put your child in different situations and monitor how their emotions are handled. Situations can include doing homework, putting together a puzzle, playing a board game, being put in a noisy room, etc.  During this time of testing your doctor may ask you and your child’s teachers to fill out assessment forms to see how the child interacts at school in comparison to home.  Be prepared to answer questions such as:

  • Do excessive behaviors affect all aspects of your child’s life?
  •  Do you see these behaviors happening more in your child then those children they interact with?
  • Are the behaviors continuous or do they normal stem as a response to a particular situation?
  • Do these behaviors only happen at a certain place or are they happening at home, school, playground, etc?

Because there is no one test to pin point if someone has ADHD doctors rely highly on your accounts and information. Before you actually take your child in to see the doctor try to remember times where your child has displayed ADHD tendencies and write down these occurrences. When you, your doctor, and your child’s teachers work together this deficit can easily be controlled. Children who are diagnosed with ADHD go on to live happy and productive lives thanks to all of those that helped in the diagnosis.

Written by: Tyler Clark works for the Liahona Academy and is an expert in ADHD information and knowledge.

She is our bundle of joy and has the most pleasant of demeanor regardless of the situation. However, she is truly the definition of Attention Deficit Disorder. It’s rough for a parent to watch as their child simply doesn’t pay enough attention to detail and struggles to do the most simplistic of chores. She has to spend time in a special room at school in order to learn some of the most basic of tasks because she can’t keep focused in a regular classroom. After explaining the letter “W” to her five consecutive times, she will still assume it’s various letters other that “W.” It can be frustrating to say the least. However, we’ve been able to make strides in her development by creating a strict routine to help her stay focused. How does this help our little girl?

1. Repetitive Learning – Although she has a “varying level of ADD,” according to the school counselors, she is still capable of learning. It just takes her a little longer than the average child. In order to facilitate greater understanding of what needs to be done, we adhere to a strict daily routine that is followed to the letter. By repeating the same task over and over, she grasps the concept of what needs to be done and has made a great improvement overall in school and at home.

2. Uninterrupted – As we know that she is easily distracted by some of the smallest of objects, her schedule for the day keeps her away from other diversions. For instance, the small desk she uses for reading and homework is in her room and away from the diversions of television and other people. While I thought that her toys would have been an equal distraction, I found that she stays on task much better when she is alone as I periodically check on her.

3. Planning the Day – As we develop her schedule with her own input, we are teaching her the value of organizing time. She knows that in order to watch television at five o’clock, she needs her homework done by then. We’ve actually began to notice that she keeps track of her time quite well lately. This has been greatly beneficial to helping her retain knowledge of how to tell time. Since fun time is something she anticipates, the five on the clock has been made important.

4. Putting Things Away – One of our regular routines is placing objects back where they need to be. Every time an item is used regardless of its purpose, it needs to be put back. Although this aspect of the routine did take a great deal of time for her to accept, she now is in the habit of putting everything away. This has made additional impacts in how she interacts in the classroom according to her teacher. She is considerate and knows that stuff needs to be put away in order to find them later.

A stable and regular routine over the course of the past year has made a vast improvement in a great deal of her interactions. Although it can be difficult to keep her mind focused on random communications or instances she’s never experienced before, the projects and tasks that are important to her development are manageable and improving. While I am sure we’ll have to adapt as the years go on, the vast strides she has made this past year make the time worth the investment.

Author Bio:

This post is contributed by Linda Bailey from housekeeping.org. She is a Texas-based writer who loves to write on the topics of housekeeping, green living, home décor, and more. She welcomes your comments which can be sent to b.lindahousekeeping @ gmail.com.

Music education is a proven way for aiding in the development of your child’s brain. Exposure to music can aid in language development, increasing IQ as well as spatial-temporal intelligence reports an article from PBS.

 Image from mindsonmusic.kindermusic.com

Most parents would love to give their little ones the benefits of an early music education. However, enrolling in special mommy and me classes or private lessons can be an extra expense for which many families simply do not have room in their budgets.

Luckily, with these 5 fun and mostly free tips, you can get on your way to teaching your kids the joy of music and enabling them to reap the learning and development benefits that go hand in hand with early exposure to music.

1. Keep the Rhythm

It may sound simple, but letting your kids pull out those pots and pans can be a great place to start music education. Whether it is sturdy dishes, toy maracas and tambourines or just clapping hands there are multiple ways to incorporate simple musical activities into playtime by showing them how to keep a beat and tap out a rhythm. If you or your spouse are not entirely sure how to go about this, then take advantage of multiple online resources for helping kids to learn rhythm through simple activities.

2. A Musical Field Trip

Perhaps down the road your child will be interested in taking guitar lessons, but right now it is probably simpler to start by simply exposing your little Mozart to the fun of live music. Most cities provide free concerts for children. These might take place on a Tuesday morning at the library or at an afternoon concert for children put on by the local symphony. This is a great way to inspire a love of music in children as watching performers and hearing the loud sound of live songs can be captivating. And many concerts geared toward children are free and put on by the community.

3. Make Your Own Instruments

A fun craft time activity can be made from collecting recycled materials and transforming them into musical instruments. Make a tissue box and rubber band guitar or a rain stick from an old paper towel tube and some dry pinto beans. Empty tin cans can be decorated into a beautiful drum set. The possibilities are seemingly endless. And while your children enjoy using their creativity and learning about music, they will also get the added bonus of being exposed to the idea of sustainability through using recycled materials.

4. Check Out the Public Library

Another totally free resource is the public library. The library will have picture books on the lives of famous composers as well as sound recordings to help your kids experience the different genres of music. Together, you and your child can learn about Mozart’s childhood and Beethoven’s struggle with deafness. This is an excellent way to make history and music come alive for children.

5. Share Your Own Music

Finally, pull out your own records from the era in which you grew up. Sure, the 70s and 80s may not be considered classical works, but they are still wonderful examples of the journey of music through the decades. Dance around the living room with your kids as you share rock and roll and other styles of music that they might enjoy.

Author Bio: Jessica Socheski is a freelance journalist who currently writes about finding ways to save money on health care, fitness, and nutrition. Connect with her on Twitter.