12/14/17

MyID Your Complete Medical Profile

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Many of us have some kind of medical condition, whether it's a life threatening allergy, a chronic disease, or just a need to carry around a list of medications you're currently taking. I have a thyroid condition and an allergy to medication with codeine. MyID is the easiest way to access, store, and manage your health information. Your profile can be accessed anytime, anywhere via MyID Products such as bracelets, sticker kits, and mobile apps. I recently received the MyID Medical ID Sport Bracelet for Kids along with two of the MyID Sliders for my foster child that has an allergy to peanuts and tree nuts. It's such a severe allergy that it requires us to carry an epipen everywhere. The MyID Sport Medical ID Bracelet is the perfect way to alert others to these allergies, especially when he is at school and I'm not around to be his voice!
The MyID Sport is made from lightweight and comfortable medical grade silicone. The Sport is available in a variety of colors to match your unique personality and style. The child sizes are available in the following colors: Gray/Blue, Black/Pink, Gray/Yellow, and Salmon/White. It also comes in sizes for adults and is ideal for an active lifestyle. It's 100% waterproof and comes with a lifetime warranty. There are other bracelet styles to choose from too! You also get a free online profile (no subscription required) plus a free iOS and Android app.
Every MyID product comes with 3 access points making it fast and easy for First Responders to access your profile. MyID Profiles are free for life with the option to add Plus features. Your free MyID profile also gets you access to a community full of reviews on medications, physicians, and insurance providers posted by other MyID users. You can even manage multiple profiles under a single account. It's the simplest way I've ever seen to have all your medical information in one place! I think it's a fabulous product and highly recommend MyID!
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Secrets of Winter - A Shine-a-Light Book for Kids

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I absolutely LOVE when a children's book has a special surprise and Secrets of Winter is one of my top favorite children's books this year! This book by Carron Brown and Georgina Tee explores what happens outside during the winter months. It may look like the world is sleeping, but there is so much happening! The pages on the left side of the book are in black and white, and the pages on the right side of the book are in color. 
There is a special feature in Secrets of Winter that I have never before seen in a book! Each of the color pages can be held up to the light to reveal a special surprise hidden on the page. The photo above and below are the exact same page! Imagine how exciting it would be for a young child to read through this book. The woodland is is filled with so many wonderful things and this book explores them all. This fantastic book is available in both hardback and paperback, and is a wonderful holiday gift idea!
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12/13/17

Holiday Gifts for Him from JT Spencer

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I most often hear that guys are the most difficult to purchase holiday gifts for, especially if he isn't closely related. I love the gift selection at JT Spencer! They offer lots of great gifts for guys that are stylish and practical. These high quality key fobs with stitching (and monogramming!) are the perfect choice and come in designs he'll love, like flags, sports, states, colleges, and animals. This sturdy key fob will hold all his keys in style!
Check out their amazing selection of belts and flasks too! You can search their site for great gifts for guys by schools and universities, or themes like equestrian, golf, happy hour, hunting, patriotic and more. Still can't choose? Get him a gift card from JT Spencer and let him decide what he wants! Shop now for guaranteed Christmas delivery!

National Geographic Kids Books make great gifts!

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Books are always a perfect gift, no matter the age of the lucky recipient! National Geographic Kids books are some of the most beautiful, most fascinating, and most loved books in the entire world. Here are some of my favorites to gift this holiday season!


Weird But True Christmas: 300 Festive Facts to Light Up the Holidays - This paperback is the PERFECT stocking stuffer for ages 8-12! Ready for some totally festive facts? Even Christmas can be weird -- it's true! Did you know that Santa's reindeer are probably all female? Or that artificial snow can be made from seaweed? Or that "Jingle Bells" was the first Christmas carol sung in space? Every kid will ho-ho-ho when they unwrap this book that is chock-full of the most random and fascinating facts about their most favorite holiday. Get it HERE!
Hey, Baby!: A Collection of Pictures, Poems, and Stories from Nature's Nursery - Sweet dreams are made of this! Join National Geographic Kids on a trip around the globe to celebrate nature's nursery.This collection of stunning photography of wee ones of the wild world will inspire, awe, and awww. With dynamic profiles, clever poems, time-tested folktales, amazing rescue stories, and unlikely animal friendships, this book will be a favorite with sleepy little ones, new parents, and moms-to-be. Featuring everything from wobbly baby bison to teeny turtles, mini-monkeys to fluffy foxes, this is the perfect keepsake book for the baby animal lover in us all. An awesome book for all ages! Get it HERE!
Bet You Didn't Know: Fascinating, Far-out, Fun-tastic Facts! - Did you know that the first stop signs were black and white? Or that a litter of kittens is called a kindle? Or that butterflies can see more colors than humans can? Based on a favorite department in Nat Geo Kids magazine, this book is overflowing with fascinating facts, silly stats, and catchy little knowledge nuggets in all kinds of cool categories, from astronomy and sea creatures to revolutions and breakfast. Special features include Extreme Weirdness, Strange Places, Wacky World, and more. An excellent hardcover choice for ages 8-12. Get it HERE!
Just Joking: Jumbo: 1,000 Giant Jokes and 1,000 Funny Photos Add Up to Big Laughs - What do you get when you have 1,000 giant jokes and 1,000 funny photos? A stocking stuffer that adds up to some seriously big laughs! If you have a budding stand up comedian on your list this year - this is the perfect book for them. Knock-knocks, puns, riddles, tongue-twisters, photos of silly situations and even the craziest info about the history of funny business - it’s all here. Ages 7-10 will love this paperback book! Get it HERE!
Ultimate Dinopedia, Second Edition - Attention dinosaur fanatics! This is a big, gift-worthy hardcover that is also the most complete and comprehensive dinosaur reference ever. Although these amazing creatures roamed the Earth ages ago, new dinosaur discoveries are still being made today. The new edition includes favorites, like the fierce T-rex and the gentle Brontosaurus, plus audacious new finds, like the Anzu, Kosmoceratops, and Yi. Every dino profile is colorfully illustrated and features descriptions of when they roamed the Earth, how they lived, what they ate, and more. There are more than 600 dinos featured in all, including 10 profiles of recently discovered dinosaurs and new entries in the Dino Dictionary. Reports from paleontologists present the latest news and insights from the field. A gorgeous hardbound book for ages 7-10. Get it HERE!

12/12/17

LetterHeads: An Eccentric Alphabet Book for Everyone

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I love this book! LetterHeads: An Eccentric Alphabet is a book that everyone is going to enjoy. This creative, one-of-a-kind graphic design book allows the letters come to life as characters to create a playful, emotional alphabet. This type of technology has previously been reserved for Hollywood blockbusters but is now available in this fun book.
LetterHeads is a hardbound book created by award-winning graphic designer Stefan G. Bucher who has created an engaging experience that pulls your loved ones from their devices. These elegant and engaging characters delight children, parents, and lovers of design. I really like the use of alliteration throughout the book too. Put this book on your coffee table and watch people reach for it again and again!
The book is inspired by the diversity of Los Angeles and aims to inspire color literacy. LetterHeads is the alphabet book of the 21st century!  Stefan G. Bucher is the man behind the Daily Monster series, which has hundreds of thousands of followers on YouTube. Grab a copy of his book now, and you can even order one autographed. It's the perfect holiday gift!
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ZEROTIE - World’s first hands-free, self-lacing shoes

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ZEROTIE is the world's first hands-free, self-lacing shoe for men, women and children. The hands-free lacing mechanism in the back of the heel allows you to easily slip the shoe on, roll your foot back to tighten lacing mechanism, and walk away without ever bending down or using your hands.
It's a game-changer for people who have difficulty tying their shoes, for kids who can't tie their shoes yet, and for busy moms and dads who always have their hands full. The ZEROTIE patented technology was founded on a simple idea – to give independence back to an aging Mother. When the founder’s Mother was unable to bend over to tie her shoes, he went on a mission to develop a self-typing solution.
ZEROTIE shoes are super comfortable and stylish, and are available in lots of great color combinations. I couldn't believe how easy it was to get my shoes on while holding a toddler by one hand and a squirming baby in the other arm!
To put them on, just slip your feet into the shoes, then roll each shoe back to tighten the laces. To take them off, just step on the heel tab to release the laces and step out of them! ZEROTIE even features unbreakable laces with a lifetime guarantee.
“This shoe presents a tremendous benefit to so many different types of consumers,” states Evan Cagner, C.E.O. of Synclaire Brands. “It’s really a quality of life product. Our technology works great for people who need to tighten and loosen their shoes constantly, and those who take their shoes on and off many times a day - health care professionals, frequent air travelers, triathletes, runners, home services workers, the elderly and disabled, and people with special needs.”
ZEROTIE offers free shipping on all orders and easy returns with a 30 day guarantee that you'll love your new shoes. I definitely love mine! They are stylish, comfortable, and the hands-free feature makes them my go-to shoes for my busy day with two little ones.
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12/11/17

Holiday Cookies: Prize-Winning Family Recipes from the Chicago Tribune

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One of the best things about the holidays is the sweets. It's the one time of year my family indulges in things we rarely eat the rest of the year. Holiday Cookies is a collection of prize-winning family recipes from the Chicago Tribune, including cookies, bars, brownies, and more. For nearly 30 years, the Chicago Tribune has run an annual Holiday Cookie Contest, asking readers to submit recipes that are both unique and meaningful to them. Each recipe is accompanied by a brief description or story explaining why the cookie is special to the reader and their family. The Chicago Tribune's award-winning food writers and editors carefully consider these essays, select the finalists, and then publish winning recipes.
This hardbound cookbook is a comprehensive collection of the best holiday cookies, curated from nearly three decades of reader submissions. These delicious recipes are a mix of both traditional and modern recipes, from diverse cultural background and skill levels, including Tropical Nuevo Latino Cookies, Dorie's Dark and Stormies, and Grandma Grump's Peanut Butter Drizzles. The book features full-color photography and helpful baking tips, and brings the warmth and expertise of a cross-generational baking community home for the holidays. From cookie classics to twists on old standards, Holiday Cookies provides the home baker with many possibilities for a holiday party, cookie exchange, or homemade gifts.
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Gourmet Gift Baskets - Pineapple Dried Fruit Platter with Cutting Board

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This is one of the loveliest hostess gifts I have ever seen! It's the perfect gift to take along this holiday season to give to those you visit. GourmetGiftBaskets.com has created a delectable collection of dried fruits, arranged beautifully on a gorgeous bamboo cutting board. Enjoy the fruits immediately, then enjoy the cutting board for years to come.
The Pineapple Dried Fruit Platter is packed with bunches of delicious dried fruits, including pineapples, apricots, apples, kiwi, dates, plums, and prunes! I remember my mom always having dried fruits available around the holidays and they are just as scrumptious as holiday candies. 
The fruits are beautifully arranged on the bamboo cutting board, so it can be unwrapped and set onto any holiday party table, ready to eat. GourmetGiftBaskets.com will even send it anywhere, so if you can't visit for the holidays, this gift is the perfect way to let someone know you're thinking of them.
The bamboo cutting board is shaped like a pineapple, so you can add a touch of the tropics to your holiday table. One side features an edge and the other side doesn't, offering a multi-use cutting board for different kinds of items. Bamboo is a sustainable, eco-friendly material that lasts a long time.
GourmetGiftBaskets.com is a one-stop-shop for holiday gifts, with hundreds of great ideas for everyone on your list. You're sure to find some great items for your own home too. Their gifts are perfect for family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and don't forget your mailman!
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12/6/17

Stuff the Stockings with Soapcreek

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Stuff the stockings with great products from Soapcreek! These Artisan Soaps are a work of art that offer amazing skin nourishing benefits. Soapcreek uses sustainably cultivated food-grade plant oils and scents every product with only pure therapy grade essential oils sourced from farms all over the world. The designs are created with mineral colorants and naturally colored clays which offer soothing and cleansing properties. The Pumpkin Pie Soap smells so delicious that it made my stomach growl when I opened the package. Their Candy Cane Soap would be the perfect addition to any holiday stocking!
Each bar has generous amounts of additives sourced both locally and worldwide through fair trade, such as exotic butters, oils, herbs, seeds, flowers, extracts, raw honey, goats milk, and yogurt, beneficial to many different skin types. Many of Soapcreek's varieties are totally vegan. They list out each ingredient, even the essential oil blend, because transparency is everything to the consumer. Their spa minerals are made with essential oils and natural salts from around the world, including the beautiful Himalayan Pink salt. Soapcreek lotions, cremes, scrubs, lip balm, and all their other products are made with the best available natural ingredients. I love the Cinnamint Lip Balm! Soapcreek products are perfect for family, friends, and coworkers, and don't forget your child's teacher.
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12/5/17

Rocking Monsters - Amazing Wooden Ride-On Toys for Children

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Childhood imaginations can run wild and conquering monsters are often part of child's play. Rocking Monsters are a brand new wooden ride-on toy created just for young children and we were lucky enough to receive one of the very first ones to see what we thought of it. Rocking Monsters are available in three different, exciting designs - Ghost, Octopus, and Shark.
Rocking Monsters are professionally designed by a graphic designer. They are natural - made of solid plywood, harmless oil, and harmless paints. Rocking Monsters are safe - with no splinters or scratches, and have carefully rounded corners. They are eco-friendly, with nothing harmful for the environment or children. They are ergonomic, extremely durable, and easy to assemble in just minutes with included hardware and tools.
We received the Rocking Monster Ghost. It arrived in a flat, wide box that featured a carry handle at the top. Upon opening the box, we found everything carefully packaged for shipping, stacked and wrapped with cellophane so there would be no damage or movement of the pieces in shipping. The hardware was all together in a zipper bag, along with easy to follow assembly instructions.
The wood used to create the Rocking Monster is absolutely beautiful. We love the natural look of the wood! I inspected each piece of wood and found absolutely no defects on any part of them. The main body part of the Rocking Monster was already assembled and we only needed to attach the leg pieces and the handle pieces.
The already assembled body of the Rocking Monster was created with two large pieces of plywood and three smaller pieces that create the "seat" of the Ghost. The two large pieces are slightly different, which creates an interesting three-dimensional appearance from different angles. There are rocker support pieces that slide into the main body, which are then attached with the included screws.
Once those are screwed down, the two large rocker pieces slide down onto the rocker support pieces. The pieces fit snugly, even before they are screwed down, which indicates careful planning and construction by the creators of the Rocking Monsters. Once the rocker pieces were added, we flipped it over to screw those to the support pieces.
The handles fit down into the head of the main body and are also attached with screws. I am so incredibly impressed with the solid construction of this toy. I believe the only way a Rocking Monster can be destroyed is to be thrown into a raging fire. It is so solid that it can withstand the weight of a 150 pound adult!
For over 25 years, I have worked with young children in preschool settings. I have seen hundreds of different kinds of toys and I've seen how children react to toys. One of the most exciting things for a child is to have a toy that they can climb on and ride on. What could possibly be more fun than a monster that they can conquer?
I wanted to show you some close-up photos of the quality of the wood used to create the Rocking Monster. Honestly, I believe this toy could last for hundreds of years, being passed down from generation to generation of children just waiting to be big enough to ride on it. Its design is ergonomic and perfectly sized for a 2 to 5 year old.
I also love the addition of a single color of natural paint to just a few spots such as the handles and the inside of the body. I cannot find anything about the Rocking Monster that I don't like! But the best test of all is whether or not a child is going to like a toy, whether they will use it regularly, and whether it will hold up to whatever they can dream up.
Our Rocking Monster Ghost has been thoroughly tested by a two year old who is very close to turning three years old. He was so excited when we pulled the pieces out of the box and jumped around while we assembled it. I'm not so sure he was happy that I kept stopping assembly to take more pictures because it meant he had to wait longer to climb on top. When he finally got to get on, he easily climbed on, swung his leg over, and rocked away.
He has rocked slowly, quickly, back and forth a little and a lot. I worried a bit that he might rock over, but the rocker pieces are perfectly designed with a bump at each end to prevent that from happening. Even with bare feet, his feet were comfortable on both the rocker pieces and the rocker support pieces, both of which are great spot to place little feet. The handles are naturally placed in the perfect position which helps generate ongoing child-motion for rocking. He has giggled, laughed, squealed, and rocked constantly. He is delighted with his Rocking Monster!
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