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Welcome to Wishenpoof

Welcome to Wishenpoof

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post via KidzVuz. All thoughts and opinions are my own.) Wishenpoof, the newest Amazon Original Kids Series, will be available for Amazon Prime members beginning on August 14th,  One of the perks of being a blogger is the chance to preview new TV shows, and my boys (ages 4 and 7) binge-watched the entire 13 episode run of Wishenproof during a recent vacation. Created by Angela C. Santomero (Blue’s Clues, Creative Galaxy, Daniel Tiger’s … Read entire article »

Filed under: DVD, Educational, entertainment, Featured, Free, Free Trial, Kindergartners, News, Parenting, Pre-schoolers, Pro-Social Skills, School Aged Children, Socially Conscious, Television, Toddlers, Video

#TakeCare and Get Covered!

#TakeCare and Get Covered!

  So many people in this country are still without health insurance. Did you know that more than half of the uninsured could find insurance for less than $100 per month (under $50 for people under 35)?  The uninsured are exposed to significant financial risk from medical issues, accidents or emergencies. Even young and healthy individuals are at-risk. One trip to the emergency room for a broken arm or a bad ear infection could cost thousands … Read entire article »

Filed under: Health, Maternity, News, Parenting

Mini Acts Mighty Impact Contest by Auntie Anne’s

Mini Acts Mighty Impact Contest by Auntie Anne’s

Do you know someone who continually gives and gives and never asks back — someone who may have done something they feel is small but its ripples carry far and wide? Auntie Ann’s is giving you the opportunity to nominate someone exactly like that  for the Mini Acts Mighty Impact contest running now through June 2014. Take just a minute and nominate someone (a friend, a family member, a coworker, etc.) who has performed a Mini Act with … Read entire article »

Filed under: Contests, News, Socially Conscious

Sign the Petition to #BringBackOurGirls

Sign the Petition to #BringBackOurGirls

  On April 15th, an estimated 234 girls between 16 and 18 years old were taken from a school in northeastern Nigeria by a group of Islamic militants called Boko Haram. That’s all that is known for sure. The girls are believed to have been taken into the Sambisa forest. The forest, reportedly quite thick and swampy and containing a sizable wildlife population ranging from monkeys to elephants, is a Boko Haram stronghold. Escapees report that once … Read entire article »

Filed under: Charity, News, Socially Conscious, Women's Issues

Bloganthropy Announces Finalists for 2013 Blogger of the Year Awards

The fourth annual Bloganthropy Awards held Nov. 21 at the Champions for Kids Annual Conference. PAOLI, PA – The Annual Bloganthropy Awards, which recognize and honor bloggers who use their sites to support charitable causes, announced its finalist selections for the 2013 Bloganthropy Blogger of the Year award. This year’s finalists are: New Jersey Digital Moms and Social Media Moms –  Social Media Moms, a united group of mothers active in social media, and New Jersey Digital Moms, a network … Read entire article »

Filed under: Charity, News, Socially Conscious, Women's Issues

Tips from a Child Psychologist: How to Talk to Your Children About The Boston Marathon

Like most five year olds, my son is just full of questions. But questions about violence are the hardest to answer. I’m rarely at a loss for words, but like most parents, I have struggled to find a way to discuss the Aurora movie theater shootings, the Sandy Hook school shootings and the Boston Marathon bombings. We want our children to feel safe, yet we know we cannot keep them completely safe all the time. While watching a movie. In a classroom. Running in a marathon.  These should be “safe” activities… and statistically speaking, they still are.  But reason and statistics do not reduce my anxiety. And I think a lot of parents are in the same boat. If you are looking for a way to discuss the Boston Marathon or other … Read entire article »

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It’s Never Too Early to Start Fighting Arthritis Pain

It’s Never Too Early to Start Fighting Arthritis Pain

I’m only in my mid-30s, but I have the beginning signs of arthritis in my foot and ankle. Nearly every woman in my family develops arthritis eventually, so I used to think joint pain and stiffness was inevitable as I aged. I recently discovered that arthritis is the nation’s leading cause of disability. One in every five adults has arthritis; that’s 50 million people in the US. 27 million Americans have osteoarthritis, the most common … Read entire article »

Filed under: Advice, Body After Baby, Charity, Events, Exercise, Featured, Health, News, Socially Conscious, Tips, Uncategorized, Women's Issues

Debunking Myths About Food Safety in the Home

Debunking Myths About Food Safety in the Home

  Many of us grew up thawing frozen meat on the counter and keeping leftovers far too long.  Times have changed. Now that I’m a mom, I make an effort to serve my family only food that I’m sure is safe. The USDA has food safety recommendations to help us keep our families safe from the unfortunate side affects of unsafe food preparation (such as food poisoning). But it isn’t always easy to know what is safe? For … Read entire article »

Filed under: Charity, Cleaning, Cooking, Featured, Feeding, Food, Germ Protection, News, Nutrition, Recipes, Safety, Socially Conscious, Uncategorized

Have You Discovered “The WooHoo Factor”?

Have You Discovered “The WooHoo Factor”?

As a mom, I know that many of the toys advertised on TV look amazing but then sit unused in the toy box. When I enter my local toy store, I see items that I know my kids will love and use. With a special eye for relevance and all out fun, small toy store owners handpick each toy brand that enters their door and you feel it when you go inside. I am much happier knowing that … Read entire article »

Filed under: Advice, Charity, Events, Featured, Gift Guides, Gift Ideas, Gifts 2007, Hip Find, News, Play, Socially Conscious, Tips, Uncategorized

Help Share our Strength Fight Childhood Hunger in the Classroom

Help Share our Strength Fight Childhood Hunger in the Classroom

Did you know that 3 in 5 U.S. public school teachers say students regularly come to school hungry? This week Share Our Strength released its’ 2012 survey of America’s teachers reporting on their experiences with hunger in the classroom and the findings show that hunger is a huge problem in this country. Children are not getting the healthy, nutritious meals they need to grow, learn and thrive.  This is an issue every one can support and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Charity, Featured, Food, News, Nutrition, School Aged Children, Socially Conscious