Friday, July 22, 2016

Kid-Approved Snacks from Pirate's Booty

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For now it is days at the water park and camping trips and in about a month we are back to school and packing lunches. No matter the occasion, the popular snack that is baked and never fried is here in snack size pouches for easy packing. Pirate's Booty is made with real ingredients-puffed rice and corn with real aged white cheddar.


You can find Pirate's Booty by the bag for handfuls of snacking or in pouches. The pouches are easy to open-my 8 year old was able to open with no problem. I had these shipped to my door and no packages came open in shipping so it stores very well. The 1/2 oz packages are the perfect snack size.


Pirate's Booty is gluten-free and does not contain any artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. They are also kosher and the Pirate's Booty Smart Puffs and Original Tings are Non-GMO. Bored while snacking? Find some Pirate Activities on their website. Fun activities you can use if you have a pirate-theme party coming up.


Remember these fun pirate snacks for the summer and back to school. Visit http://www.piratebrands.com/ to learn more.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Subscription Box for Teacher: Teacher Peach's A Note From the Teacher

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Recently, I introduced you to the Subscription service with teachers in mind. Teacher Peach is a great gift for teachers and the classroom. You can get a subscription sets or oder one-time gifts. This particular subscription box can be bought with 1, 3, 6 and 12 month options. Your initial box is the starter kit and thereafter you get additional cards, stickers, stamps and more. This is the A Note from the Teacher subscription box at Teacher Peach.


Box 1 contains greeting cards, postcards, seals, stamps, AnecNOTES and more. There is a fun tip sheet for writing ideas. The focus of the box is to keep yourself connected to students and families with hand written notes. There is no better personal touch than the thought of such notes. 


There is a little bit of everything in the sets. You have cards that recognize achievements, parents, celebrations, good work and more. There are blank card options for write-ins and the seals and stickers add an even greater touch. YOU also get the organizer in Box 1 to store all the cards in. It is a gift that can give all year long.


Start your school year off with a personal touch and consider the subscription gifts from Teacher Peach for you or a teacher you know. Teachers-veteran or new will appreciate the encouragement to hand write to students and parents.

Visit http://www.teacherpeachboxes.com/ to see all that is available for the classroom.


How to Help your Child Go Through a Divorce

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Divorces are like earthquakes. They just happen, almost unannounced and cause havoc in our lives. Just like with any natural disaster, they have their direct casualties which are the ex-spouses and the
collateral damage, which are in most cases the children. Being both the casualty, and oftentimes the
cause in such a process (there are no innocents) I have made many mistakes and had some success in
helping my child overcome the difficulties of parents living separately. It’s human to make mistakes, but it is also human to learn on someone else’s and your own missteps. Here are some of the most valuable lessons I learned, while guiding my kid through this turbulent period.

How to Break the News?

Up until this moment everything was clear, we have already made a firm decision about the divorce, and agreed that it is the best path for both of us, and for our child who should not grow up in an unhappy marriage. But once we sat on the couch next to her, everything collapsed. I felt like a murder suspect in front of a jury. And then, I knew, I should have prepared better, for tears, for the tough question, for everything. The most important thing to know here, is that you should be empathic and honest, and speak clearly, but in a kid-friendly manner. All the kids need to know in moments like this is that both of you still love them.

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Who’s to Blame?

Blaming the other spouse, even if he did make mistakes, can be the worst thing for kids. It is very difficult to restrain from the “good guy – bad guy” narrative, but for the sake of your kids, you should both rise above that. This rule should start from the moment of breaking the news, and throughout their entire childhood. Sure, it would be easier not to have to lie, if you could forgive each other.

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Maintaining the Relationship with the Ex-Spouse

Divorce isn’t about picking sides, and no one has the right to force children to make that decision. They love and care for both of their parents equally. Even though it can be very painful, especially in the first couple of months, it is important to have a healthy relationship with the ex-spouse. This will also be of immense help when it comes to making the decision about custody. When we decided to file for divorce in California, we came to agreement that both of us will have legal custody, while I will have physical custody. Remember that, although it is important to be friendly, you shouldn’t go too far, because a child can see that as possible reconciliation.

Expressing Thoughts and Feelings

No matter how old your kid is he/she surely has an opinion about the current situation and you should allow and encourage him/her to say it out loud. I also tried to share my feelings, in a most kid-friendly way possible, and explain my reasoning. It is very important to accentuate often that the divorce has nothing to do with the kid, and that you love him/her immensely.

Routine and Stability

It is important to keep some sense of routine. A child can’t just stop seeing one parent all of the sudden. But you shouldn’t escape of establishing some new routines. Pizza night in the middle of the week – why not? Board games with neighbors in Sunday? Everything fun and relaxing you can remember will help your kid to find some happiness in all that mess. It was an eye-opener when my kid asked me why I am always sad and nervous… The lesson? Do not change, lose confidence or despair. Be the mother/father you have always been.

It is the reality of being a parent – you put your kids first. During the divorce, we must be strong enough to make it easier for them, even though that makes it more difficult for us.

About the author

Marie Nieves is a lifestyle blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. She likes to read poetry and prose and to surf the Internet. Her favorite writer is Tracy Chevalier and she always carries one of her books in her bag. She is an avid lover of photography who loves to talk about her experiences.

You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter and Pinterest.

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