2/4/16

5 Tips To Keep Your Baby or Toddler Warm and Safe This Winter

GUEST POST by Kate Trout
With winter storms blanketing half of the country over the past few weeks, as a parent, it’s always a good idea to follow some simple steps to make sure your baby or toddler is staying warm and safe.

While you or I are able to quickly realize when we are cold, children are less likely to recognize when their body heat is dropping, which can happen faster due to their smaller size.

As a mom of two young kids, I’ve developed a few common sense tips to ensure that my little ones are staying warm and safe in these frigid temperatures.

Here are a few of my favorites.

Tip #1: Dress In Layers

My favorite, most common sense tip is to dress your little one in layers! A good rule of thumb is to dress your child in one extra layer more than you are wearing yourself.

Of course, an extra layer of clothing will keep them warmer from the cold temperatures, and it’s also a good idea to ensure that their neck, head, and hands are all covered.

It’s easy to overlook their neck, especially if their hat does not go down far enough to protect it! For my youngest, I will usually wrap him up in a swaddle blanket to keep him warm and snuggly inside.


Tip #2: Check In On Their Warmth

Chances are, if your little one is outside playing and having fun, they’re not going to want to come inside, regardless of how cold they are.

And this is where you come into play!

No matter how warm your kiddo tells you they feel, it’s always a smart move to constantly check on them, to feel the back of their neck and belly, to actually feel if they are getting too cold.

If they are too wet or cold, bring them inside and dry them off, and get them into a warm change of clothes.

Tip #3: Use A Humidifier

I have two humidifiers in my house, and I must say, they work extremely well for us.

When it gets cold outside, you’ll notice that the humidity and moisture inside your home start to drop. This lack of moisture can lead to allergies, chapped skin, and can even cause cold and flu symptoms!

A good humidifier will help to restore the proper balance of moisture in the room, helping to eliminate bacteria and germs, and also making the air in your house feel fresher.


Tip #4: Make Sure They Stay Hydrated

Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean your kiddos don’t need to stay hydrated!

Of course, it may be more difficult to get them to drink a cold glass of water when the temperatures are low, so try offering them some warmer drinks or even cups of soup.

In my house, a warm glass of milk or a cup of chicken soup is usually a crowd-pleaser, and I can rest easier knowing they’re staying hydrated throughout the day.

Tip #5: Check for Frostbite

I’ve saved my biggest worry and anxiety for last!

When my kids are running outside in the cold and rolling around in the snow, I am constantly on the lookout for frostbite. You should look for gray, blistered, or pale skin anywhere on their fingers, toes, nose, or ears.

If you think your child has frostbite, get them inside the house immediately and put them in warm (not hot) water. If you are still very worried, be sure to call your pediatrician.

Winter can be a tough time if you have little kids.

On the one hand, they love to be outside playing and having fun.

But on the other, it’s our jobs as parents to keep them safe and warm!

Kate Trout is the author behind Maternity Glow, A New Mom's Guide to Figuring it All Out. She's a coffee addict, wine drinker, and cheese lover. Oh, and she's also Mom to the two cutest little kids.

2/1/16

Giveaway! Champagne and Teddy Bear Gift Basket #HugsAndKisses

Welcome to the Hugs and Kisses
Giveaway Hop

February 2-16, 2016

Visit all of the participating bloggers listed below
and enter to win sweet prizes on each blog!

I'm giving away the
from GourmetGiftBaskets.com
ARV $89.99

Your sweetheart will swoon over this amazing gift basket!

It includes an adorable plush teddy bear, delicious bubbly champagne,
and lots of mouthwatering gourmet chocolates including:
Lindt Truffles,
Mocha Wine Wafers by Sacramento Cookie Company,
Raspberry filled Dark Chocolate Bar by Ghiradelli,
Chocolate Covered Cherries by Annalie's Chocolates,
Chocolate Wafer Petites by Dolcetto,
and Dark Chocolate Smothered Pretzel by Asher's.

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for Valentine's Day gift baskets
or any occasion!

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To enter, just fill in the giveaway form below. Giveaway is open to US residents, ages 21 and up. Giveaway ends on 2/16/2016. Good luck!

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Giveaway! $25 Applebee's Gift Card

Welcome to the
Love is in the Air Giveaway Hop

February 2-16, 2-16

I've teamed up with a fantastic group of bloggers to share some awesome giveaways with all our readers. Be sure to hop around to the all of the participating blogs listed below and enter some fabulous giveaways, each worth a minimum of $25!

I'm giving away a
$25 Applebees Gift Card
To enter, just fill in the giveaway form below.
Open to US residents, ages 18 and up.
Giveaway ends on 2/16/2016.
Good luck!

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1/31/16

Giveaway! Winner's Choice of Teach My Deluxe Learning Kit

Welcome to the
We Love Giveaways
Giveaway Hop

Hosted by

February 1-15, 2016

Spread the love with a giveaway hop!
Each blogger listed below is offering a fabulous giveaway,
so be sure to hop to each blog and enter to win!

I'm giving away
Winner's Choice a
Teach My Deluxe Learning Kit!
Choose from
Teach My Baby
Teach My Toddler
Teach My Preschooler
ARV $29.99

The "Teach My" kits are fabulous learning materials for early education. They are designed so that parents can spend quality time with their baby, toddler, and preschool, in a way that helps to set them up for success. I've personally reviewed the Teach My Preschooler kit (read my review HERE) and, as an early childhood educator, I highly recommend Teach My kits!
Did you know that Teach My kits are now available at Target? There are 650 lucky Target stores across the United States that are featuring Teach My Baby, Teach My Toddler, and Teach My Preschooler Deluxe Kits! 
Photo credit Christy Cook
You can find Teach My deluxe kits in the children's section of these Target stores. This Target was already sold out of the Teach My Preschooler kit, so don't wait! Get to your local Target and grab these wonderful learning materials for your young child.
Photo credit Christy Cook
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Win your choice of a Teach My Deluxe Kit!
To enter, just fill in the giveaway form below. Giveaway is open to US residents, ages 18 and up. Giveaway ends on 2/15/2016. Good luck!

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1/30/16

Giveaway! $25 Amazon Gift Card

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Welcome to the
BMN LOVES GIVEWAYS
Giveaway Hop!


January 31 - February 14

We're celebrating the upcoming LOVE holiday with something everyone loves... giveaways!
Be sure to hop around to all the bloggers involved in the Hop, including the two Grand Prize giveaways, in the linky below!

I'm giving away a
$25 Amazon Gift Card!
There are many wonderful Valentine's Day gifts available from Amazon.com!
Check out some of these great gift ideas!

    

    

    


Enter to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!
To enter, just fill in the giveaway form below. Giveaway is open worldwide, ages 18 and up. Giveaway ends on 2/14/2016. Good luck!

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1/29/16

Bloggers Wanted! Sweetness and Light Giveaway Hop (February 15-29)

for the Sweetness and Light Giveaway Hop!

This giveaway hop event will run February 15th - February 29th, 2016.
The Sweetness and Light Hop event is not "themed."

When you add your blog home page link below, you are agreeing to the following:
And yes, some of the things listed should be standard, and we've removed blogs from events for not following our simple rules. If you have a question about a prize being acceptable, please ask.
  • Post your own dedicated giveaway for this event, from February 15, 2016, at 12:01 a.m. (one minute after midnight) until February 29, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. Everyone should set their post according to EST.
  • Your Giveaway may be self-sponsored (with a gift card or PayPal ONLY *no exceptions*) or a company-sponsored (prize shipped directly from the sponsor to the winner). Giveaway prize must be family friendly and valued at a minimum of $25.00.
  • Blogs without a giveaway post live at 9:00 a.m. on February 15th with ALL requirements will be removed from the linky. Sign up closes on February 13, 2016.
You are not required to post in advance of the giveaway event, HOWEVER... if you would like to help promote and bring in more participants, please place the event button in your sidebar, and link back to this post so others can join the fun.

We encourage you to also join the Weidknecht Events Facebook Group at http://www.facebook.com/groups/WeidknechtEvents/

Your giveaway post on February 15th must include the following:
  • Sweetness and Light Event Button
  • Links (nofollow, right click to copy the hosts links to insert into each host's name) to the hosts, LeahSay's Views and Planet Weidknecht (LeahSay is one word)
  • The provided linky "showing/listing" the links to all participating bloggers.
  • Your giveaway description, along with a photo of the NEW prize, and your contest form.
Giveaway Hop reminder and linky code will be provided at least one day before the hop begins, by email (make sure you double-check your email when signing up).

Questions can be directed to LeahSaysViews@gmail.com

Join the fun and promote your product with a great group of bloggers!

Ten Lemony Health Tips from Limoneira

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my post.
Lemons may be the sour fruit in the food world, but there are so many wonderful health benefits that come from lemons! Limoneira knows that this tangy fruit can jumpstart or refresh a healthy lifestyle, with just one lemon a day. “Lemons are among the healthiest and most accessible products people can buy from any market,” says John Carter, Limoneira’s Director of Global Sales. “That’s really the best part – lemons are so easy to integrate into everyday lifestyle.”
Adding a daily lemon can benefit your health in the following ways:
  1. Naturally restore the body’s pH levels: Lemons are alkaline-forming in the body and aid in restoring balance in a body’s pH levels.
  2. Fight infections and colds: The high content of vitamin C in lemons work to fight and prevent colds and infections.
  3. Liver detox: In addition to flushing out toxins throughout the body, lemons work to stimulate and detoxify the liver.
  4. Strengthen blood vessels: The bioflavonoid in lemons are handy for aiding in high blood pressure treatment because they can help strengthen blood vessels and prevent internal hemorrhage.
  5. Reduce inflammation and pain: A powerful and natural dissolvent of uric acid, lemons help to reduce pain and inflammation in the joints, helping to prevent inflammatory rheumatoid arthritis.
  6. Anti-aging benefit: The vitamin C in lemons helps it to neutralize free radicals, which are linked to aging and disease.
  7. Regulate digestion: Lemons can help regulate digestion by increasing the production of digestive juices.
  8. Potential anticancer properties: High in antioxidants, lemons are thought to protect cells from the formation of cancer cells and may also slow the growth of cancer cells.
  9. Lower cholesterol: Lemons are a good source of pectin, a soluble fiber that protects cardiovascular health.
  10. Prevent kidney stones: Consuming lemons can help raise citrate levels in urine, helping prevent the formation of future kidney stones, calcium deposits and gallstones.
Ways to add lemon to your daily consumption:
  • Squeeze lemon juice into your water and tea.
  • Make lemonade.
  • Add lemon juice to your vegetable salad and fruit salad.
  • Squeeze lemons onto your seafood and chicken meals.
  • Make lemon cake or lemon bars.
  • Make lemon juice/lime juice popsicles.
  • Add lemon juice to rice dishes.
  • Make lemon jelly.
And don't forget there are great ways to use a lemon peel too!

Learn more about Limoneira Lemons at


    

1/28/16

BUILT NY Insulated Neoprene Bags - Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
Moms are always on-the-go and we need products that can keep up with our busy lifestyles. BUILT NY has dozens of fabulous bags and totes that moms are going to love! From handy wine totes and beer totes, to roomy market totes and city totes, BUILT NY sets itself apart with innovative designs created from insulated Neoprene.
So much fuss is always made over kids' lunchboxes for school, but moms need and deserve their own fabulous lunchboxes! I received two of BUILT NY's lunch totes and they are unlike anything I've ever used. The insulated Neoprene is soft to the touch and the sturdy fabric lends a flexible shape to these roomy lunch totes. It's a material that can really stand up to lots of on-the-go use!
This gorgeous floral lunchbox is one of their Gourmet Getaway Lunch Totes. It's just one of ten patterns/colors available for this fun style. The base of this lunch tote expands, allowing it to stand upright when it's filled with food and drinks, but it also folds flat for storage.
The insulated Neoprene keeps food cool and fresh. It features a zipper with a darling chunky zipper pull. The interior is a bright, solid peach color that coordinates with the floral print. This lunch tote is super fun and incredibly functional!
The Spicy Relish Lunch Tote has a similar shape, with the expandable base, but it has a few other features too. It comes with its own detachable, adjustable shoulder strap, so you can sling it over your shoulder or choose to carry it with the handles. It also folds flat for storage.
It comes in seven stunning designs, from basic black to colorful polka dots. The interior of my black Spicy Relish Lunch Tote is a bright blue. It features a slightly different exterior stitching pattern and there's even a pocket inside. These lunch totes are so much better than a boring lunchbox or a brown paper bag!
Moms are going to love taking their new Lunch Tote to work, school, picnics, and even on road trips! BUILT NY also offers Bento Sandwich Boxes and Bowls, Mini Snack Totes, Bike Messenger Lunch Bags, and many other fashionable bags to choose from. Be sure to check out their Paper Gift Bags to wrap mom's new gift!
Shop BUILT NY at www.builtny.com. Moms (and single ladies, teens, and even kids) will love these Lunch Totes as much as I do! You can also follow BUILT NY on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram to be first to hear about new products.

1/26/16

Weekly Giveaway Linky - Wednesday Wealth (January 27 - February 2)

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What to Pack for a Trip to Israel #travel #visitIsrael

I am so excited! I've been invited by the Israel Ministry of Tourism to travel to the evangelical highlights across the country. In just a weeks, I'll be off on my grand adventure! Packing for an international trip requires extra research, since the customs are often different from what I'm accustomed to in America. I've put together a list of items I'll need for my journey and thought I'd share it with you. My trip will span eight days. If I've missed something that you know I'll need to pack, please list it in the comment section below.

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What to Pack for a trip to Israel:
I will be trying to get everything into one carry-on suitcase on wheels (under 45" circumference and under 18 lbs. packed) and one smaller bag for easier airport navigation and to minimize my storage needs for the touring transportation. I will be wearing my RFID-blocking travel vest as well.

My list below is for winter traveling. If you're traveling in the summer, you'll want to leave out the winter items and pack more summer-appropriate clothing (however, you should still take a jacket for cooler nights and higher elevations).

Clothing:
     Note: Do not pack tight-fitting clothes. Think modest and casual. 
     During February, the average temperature is around 55 degrees,
     but can be warmer or colder depending on latitude and altitude. 
     Rainfall is common in winter, especially in the north.
Pants (no jeans, as they aren't allowed in the holy sites) - I'm taking cotton slacks
Long skirts (the longer the better)
Long-sleeve shirts and blouses (some holy sites won't allow arms/shoulders showing)
Undershirts (to layer for colder places) - I'm taking white tshirts
Sweaters
Sleepwear
Coat or jacket
Comfortable walking shoes
Comfortable sandals
Scarf that can cover your head (for some holy sites)
Sun hat
Sunglasses
Winter cap, winter scarf, and winter gloves
Socks
Undergarments
Raincoat and small travel umbrella
Swimming suit (It's possible to swim in the Dead Sea in winter)
Small swim towel
Swim shoes (Bring large ziploc bags to store wet items)
Wristwatch
Simple, inexpensive jewelry

TRAVEL TIP: Instead of folding clothes, roll them before putting them in the suitcase and they won't wrinkle near as much.

Care Items:
     Where possible, use travel-sized products.
Sunscreen
Prescription medications (with a copy of the original prescription)
Over-the-counter medications for a headache, an upset stomach, and allergies
Hand sanitizer
Facial tissues
Toilet wipes (in case toilet paper isn't available)
     (Some public toilets charge a small user fee.)
Glasses and contact lenses
Hair brush
Hair ties
Shampoo and conditioner
Deodorant
Lotion
Chewing gum (to freshen breath on the long airplane ride)
Toothpaste and toothbrush
Shaving razor
Qtips
Bandaids
Soap bar in ziploc bag
Cosmetics

Tech Gadgets:
Electrical outlet adapter set (US is 110 v, Israel is 220 v 50 cycles)
Small laptop and cord
Tablet and cord
Cell phone and cord
MP3 music player and cord
Backup battery sources and cords
Digital camera, sd card, USB cord, and battery chargers
     (ASK before you take pictures. In some places it isn't allowed.)

Other:
Passport (ALWAYS keep it with you)
     (Travel Visas (and special vaccinations) NOT currently required for Americans)
     (Make 2 copies of your passport - one to leave home, one to carry separate
     from your passport)
Travel documents (airplane tickets, for example)
Identification card
Credit Cards (Mastercard and Visa accepted most widely)
Cash (many places accept small USD)
     (best to carry only $1 USD bills and $5 USD bills, and exchange large bills at airport)
Journal and Pens
Neck pillow and blanket (It's a long plane ride from the USA)
Pre-packaged snacks
Refillable water bottle
Books for the plane ride
A compact Bible (or download one on your phone)

Other helpful information:

US Embassy in Israel
     U.S. Citizens needing immediate assistance
     may call the Embassy at any time [972] (03) 519-7575

Estimated cash exchange (currency rates as of Jan 2016)
$1 USD is equal to about 4 NIS (new Israeli shekel)
    The shekel comes in denominations of 20, 50, 100, and 200
    1 shekel is 100 agorat
$5 USD is about 20 NIS
$12 USD is about 50 NIS
$25 USD is about 100 NIS
$50 USD is about 200 NIS

Helpful phrases in Hebrew
Please - B'vakashah
Thank you - Todah
Excuse me - Slichah
Okay - B'seder
Do you speak English? - Medaber Anglit?
Where is the bathroom? - Eyfo ha-sherutim?

Cell phone usage
If you want to be able to access your social media accounts when traveling internationally (without racking up expensive data plan costs), most devices will allow you to put your cell phone on Airplane Mode and still allow you to use a locally available Wifi service (such as a hotel or internet cafe that offers free Wifi to guests), if you go into settings and manually turn on the Wifi after putting your cell phone in Airplane Mode. If you absolutely need to make a phone call on your cell phone, simply turn your Airplane Mode off during the call.

Customs Passage
Be prepared for customs to go through everything in your suitcase. Also be prepared to answer questions about why you are entering the country. You'll need to fill out a declaration form when you leave.


Want to travel to Israel?

Visit the website of Israel Ministry of Tourism - www.goisrael.com

1/25/16

SCOTTeVEST RFID-Blocking Travel Vest #travel #tech

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
As much as I love the familiar comforts of home, I crave the excitement of traveling. It's so much fun to explore new places, to taste new foods, and to explore other cultures. Traveling expands both the mind and the soul. Much of my travel is within America, but I've also had the pleasure of visiting Cozumel, Mexico and the island of Nevis in the West Indies. Next month, I'll be traveling to Israel to see the many evangelical highlights across the country. There is no better way for me to protect and organize my personal items than the SCOTTeVEST RFID-Blocking Travel Vest.
Photo credit: scottevest.com
Available for both men and women, the SCOTTeVEST RFID-Blocking Travel Vest is incredibly lightweight and offers a multitude of organizational pockets. I have the women's travel vest in black (also available in gray, khaki, and red) and it features a whopping 18 pockets. The vest is masterfully designed so that I can carry my necessary travel items in a concealed fashion, and it also provides me with security.
The SCOTTeVEST features a pocket with RFID-blocking technology, which protects my passport and credit cards from high-tech skimmers that can steal my personal identity. It is located inside the vest which also protects me from pickpockets. There are also pockets for my cell phone, my tablet, my travel documents, my camera, my id card, my eyeglasses, and so much more.
Photo credit: scottevest.com
Each pocket features an icon to help me get organized before I set out for each day's journey. My SCOTTeVEST even features an extendable key holder so I don't lose my keys, a water bottle loop to keep my drink upright in a pocket, and even loops to string my earbud cords through so I'm not spending time messing with tangled cords. There's even a pocket with a slipcase for a hotel key. 
The pockets feature easy-grip zippers or velcro closures to keep my items secure but easily accessible when I need them. The SCOTTeVEST Travel Vest is made of a very lightweight exterior fabric that is water-resistant, with a lightweight interior mesh layer that helps keep the vest breathable. Plus, it's machine washable!
Having all my necessities ON me gives me greater peace of mind. I no longer have to carry a purse that can easily be snatched out of my hand, which also means I don't have to worry about where I'm setting down my purse when I'm eating or shooting photos. My hands are completely free and I know exactly where all my sensitive travel documents and expensive technology gadgets are.
My SCOTTeVEST also looks great! I can wear it over any shirt and under any jacket or coat. Since it's so lightweight, I don't even notice the extra layer. To anyone else, I'm just wearing a vest. Can YOU tell I've got all my gear in my vest?
I won't travel without my SCOTTeVEST. Of all the travel accessories available on the market, there isn't anything more valuable to own. I used to have to juggle a purse, a camera bag, and a backpack, plus my suitcase. Now I pack my clothes in a carry-on and everything else in my SCOTTeVEST.
Get your SCOTTeVEST RFID-Blocking Travel Vest at www.scottevest.com! They also offer jackets, hoodies, pants, shirts, and more. If you ever leave your house, you NEED this vest! I love mine and give it my highest recommendation. Get yours today!
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