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Friday, October 24, 2014

The Top 10 Toys of the Year from Family Fun Magazine's Toy of the Year Awards

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The Top 10 Toys are revealed just in time for the Holidays in the Family Fun Magazines Toy of the Year Awards. These toys were chosen based on fun, durability and innovation. All are under $100 and will make great gifts.

Here are the Top 10 FamilyFun T.O.Y. Award Winners for 2014:

  1. Crayola Virtual Design Pro – Hand-drawn artwork goes high-tech in two fully loaded activity sets. The two collections, Fashion and Car, allow kids to stretch their creativity skills and bring their designs to life in a virtual world. Kids use the free app to scan their creations into a tablet or smartphone, then customize each model or car’s look before sending them down the runway or racetrack. Crayola; $29.99 each set; Ages 6 and up; iOS and Android

  1. Hot Wheels RC Street Hawk – Two words say it all: flying car. This remote-controlled dragster kisses land good-bye and soars up to 200 feet in the air. Light yet resilient, it goes from doughnuts on the driveway to aerial loops and back again. Mattel; $59.99; Ages 8 and up

  1. DigiBirds – These three interactive birds with cheerful songs are a pick worth tweeting about. Controlled by a whistle ring that doubles as a perch, the chirpers come programmed with 20 melodies and can be set to sing solo or as a choir. Spin Master; $29.99; Ages 5 and up

  1. Gyrobot – Put a spin on the science of gyroscopes by constructing this kit’s seven cool motorized models. Tester favorite: a robot who rolls across a tightrope. Thames & Kosmos; $49.95; Ages 8 and up

  1. Paper Style: Hairdos – This quirky craft book introduces 15 characters, including a mermaid, clown, vampire, and pirate, all in need of a haircut. Each comes with a paper sheet of hair that kids can cut, curl, braid, and crimp into mod makeovers. Chronicle Books; $16.99; Ages 8 and up

  1. Max Tow Truck – When monster-wheeled bad boy Max exclaims, “Load me up!” he’s not kidding. Equipped with a powerful electric motor and sturdy plastic chain, Max hauls up to 200 pounds. Jakks Pacific; $59.99; Ages 6 and up

  1. Lego Juniors – You might call this line of new Legos the missing link — or brick — between little-kid Duplos and more advanced sets. Each themed pack, such as Construction, contains regular-size bricks alongside larger preassembled pieces, meaning easier and faster builds. Lego; $9.99 to $49.99; Ages 4 to 8

  1. Splish Splash Sink & Stove – After cooking a tasty pretend meal on the stove top, kids wash the included dishes and utensils in the sink with a working pump faucet. Little Tikes; $19.99; Ages 3 to 8

  1. Creature Clash! Card Game – This wildly clever card game allows players to take turns creating fantastical animals by picking three cards: a front, middle, and back. Next, they choose a player to attack, who then makes her own critter. The winner is determined by adding up the numerical strengths of the various creature parts. Chronicle Books; $14.99; Ages 6 and up; 2 to 6 players

  1. Record & Learn KidiStudio – Aspiring DJs can compose and record their own songs in free-play mode, or choose from 20 melodies and a variety of sound effects – including cheers. A record for scratching, a whammy bar, and a pop-up mic with voice-changer are all included for more music fun. VTech; $39.99; Ages 3 to 10

Uses for Super Bright #glowsticks

This is a promotional post for Good Stuff

It is that time of year for fall and holiday parties. What differs from parties and celebrations in the fall and winter versus spring and summer is that it is darker earlier in the evenings. When you have events or parties where kids are attending, keeping them entertained indoors because it is too dark out can be challenging and even makes it more difficult for adult conversations to take place. Clearly, kids are better able to entertain themselves in wide open spaces and Super Bright Glow Bracelets may be your ticket to a sane event. 

When the lights go out an the glow in the dark fun comes out, you have kids that can entertain themselves for a long time. They work great for school movie nights, trick or treating, evening fun and even stocking stuffers so the kids have them as they need on dark nights. They can even come in handy with winter power outages to help calm the kids anxieties a bit.

  • Long lasting - Super Bright 
  • Durable & High Quality
  • Create super bright glowing bracelets, necklaces, glasses and more!
  • Includes 100 units - 8" long premium quality glow bracelets
  • Non-toxic and CPSIA Compliant - Premium Quaility

Get your Super Bright Glow Sticks now! Hand out to Trick or Treaters or use as a carnival prize!

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Give the Gift of Art Made by Pediatric Cancer Patients from the Children's Art Project #HolidayGiftGuide

This is a promotional post for Children's Art Project

Are you wondering how you can give a  unique gift that may stand out a bit from typical gifts. Perhaps you have the hard-to-shop-for person on your gift list-a boss, co-worker or teacher. It is safe to say that you cannot go wrong gifting an item that has a meaning behind it's manufacturing and gives back with the purchase. The Children's Art Project (CAP) is art on useful items designed by pediatric cancer patients. When you give a CAP gift, your recipient will see the name of the child who designed it along with a special label on the back telling them the item was bought from The Children's Art Project of these pediatric patients. 

I was given these adorable eating and stationary sets shown above. They are very well constructed and a lot of fun in the designs!

The Children's Art Project began in 1973 with a volunteers idea to take the art of the pediatric cancer patients at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and make holiday cards. Since then, the store has grown to more than just holiday cards. You can find, totes, office supplies, jewelry, apparel and more! You can find something for everyone and you are making a difference for young patients. Shop by design or by category and you be inspired to give a gift with a cause.

How your purchase helps

All donation categories are for the cancer patient as they endure their illness or after remission and plan to move on in life. It not only brings a sense of pride and cheerfulness for the kids, but can come back and benefit them in school scholarships and other programs they will forever be eligible for.
  • Child & Adolescent Life Program: To normalize a child's life in and out of the hospital and bring comfort before procedures
  • Educational Programs: Maintains the appropriate education level in and outside of treatment. Ca support Hospital classrooms or liaison services with outside schools
  • College & Graduate School Scholarships: For current and former patients
  • Camp Star Trails: Overnight summer camp for patients and their siblings
  • And many more...
Here is a little more inspiration to give a gift that keeps on giving

Give a gift that matters, not just to your recipient but to the child who designed it! It is the perfect gift that will work for anyone on your gift list year round! Keep The Children's Art Project in mind with your holiday shopping.

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Disclaimer: Parenting Healthy was provided samples. All opinions are 100% my own

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Marley Coffee: My Morning Redemption

This is a promotional post for Marley Coffee

When you wake up and start preparing your morning coffee, do you give much thought to what was put into those beans or grounds to bring you the flavors and aroma you crave? Did you pick up a generic can because it was on sale or do you search for coffee based on the care put into the roasting so you get optimal flavor? My morning redemption comes from Marley Coffee! in Bob Marley?

Did you catch my 'Redemption' mention? If you did, you are a Bob Marley fan like I am! Did you know that Bob Marley has always said he would return to farming one day? Well, according to his son, Rohan, he always mentioned that dream. This is why Rohan has put the same love and care behind the beans of Marly Coffee that his father would have if he were farming today.

The Beans

When something is made of quality, it inspires you and moves you and this is what Rohan wants to create between his father's music and his dream of farming. With this combination, you get flavors like Lively Up!, Mystic Morning, Buffalo Soldier, One Love and the flavors go on and on! 

This is Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee! What does that mean? It means you get what coffee Connoisseurs call the world's finest coffee. These coffee cherries are hand picked, checked for quality and grabbed by size, color and density. Then they are further inspected by the Coffee Industry Board of Jamaica. A board? Yes! There is a board because protecting the quality of Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee takes pride and passion. 

This 100% Arabica coffee is sustainably grown, ethically farmed and artisan roasted for perfection. They are roasted in small batches so every bag and cup has the finest quality of taste and aroma. 

The good of Marley Coffee

  • Rainforest Alliance Certified Seal
  • Rastafari standards of ITAL
  • EcoCups-all recyclable
  • USDA and OCIA-certified Organic
  • SWISS Water Process seal-no chemicals added to remove the caffeine from decaf blends
  • Kosher certified
  • supporter
  • WaterWise Coffee Project supporter
  • Sustainable farming
The next time you sip your morning coffee, know the story behind it and you will appreciate your morning that much better. Remember Marley Coffee blends the next time you visit your local retailer. The flavor is amazing! I love dark roasts and both these flavors I have-Lively Up! and Spiced Root Rum are a little morning heaven in my cup! No sugar needed-the taste was such great quality I didn't want to ruin it with the sweetener! 

Disclosure: Parenting Healthy was provided samples. All opinions are 100% my own

Stop fevers fast with Children's Advil #ChildrensAdvilSugarFree

This is a promotional post for Smiley360 and Advil

As cold and flu season hits, so do our children's fevers. With my boys, Advil has always been my go to for pains and their Children's Advil Fever is just as effective. A few nights ago my 6 year old came in our room crying in the middle of the night. This is abnormal and he started uncontrollably crying as he complained of leg pain. I quickly assessed if he fell out of bed, had marks anywhere like he slept wrong but nothing. I try to comfort him and tell him they are growing pains and we all get them. He agreed to a hot 3am bath and I reached for his Advil. As the Advil started working as he soaked in warm water, the cries lessened and he climbed into bed with us and fell asleep fast!

What makes Advil so great is that they offer dye-free varieties in Berry and White Grape. My son likes the berry taste. There is no sugar and one dose lasts 8 hours!
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Disclosure: Parenting Healthy was provided samples. Opinions are my own

New Carmex Moisture Plus designs for stocking stuffers #HolidayGiftGuide

This is a promotional post for Carmex

You have seen all of my Holiday Gift Guide items so far this year. If you have not been following I have a Happy, Healthy Holiday Gift Guide for 2014. In this post, I am sharing a stocking stuffer idea! I love getting creative ideas. Without them, I end up picking up the typical eye-spotting treats as I aimlessly roam aisles such as gum, toothbrushes, candy. Here is an idea every female child to adult will love! Carmex has NEW designs for their Moisture Plus Lip Balm. See them above? These are so fun and look so much better tan the boring-labeled sticks! And for the tween who you don't allow in makeup yet, this is a fun item for their stocking to keep in mind.

Carmex Moisture Plus is a broad spectrum SPF 15 Sunscreen protectant and contains Aloe and Vitamin E and has a soft vanilla flavor. It will not break the makeup rules as they all go on clear.

Look for the Carmex Moisture Plus designs in a retail store near you!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

AFLAC Ultimate College Football Experience Sweepstakes & tips for a safe sports season

I am a Mom to 3 boys. My older step-sons are 22 and 16 and our son is 6. The oldest played tennis a bit, the teenager played years of soccer and baseball and my 6 year old started baseball last spring and starts basketball this fall. How many sports injuries have we dealt with? None! I'm serious! I was just as athletic when I was younger as I ice skated for 6 years and played softball and a bit of track. No real injuries or broken bones myself all of those years either! Just a bit of cartilage damage in my knees today. This is not always the norm for most families and I feel my safe-streak with these boys can end at anytime. It takes one wrong move, fall or twist of a foot to end a sport season. It takes one wrong step or crash to suddenly find your child in a hospital, surgery needed and the budget hit hard with medical expenses! The moment you sign that sports registration paper, you are signing up for the possibility of medical expenses hitting suddenly! Luckily, there is AFLAC. They know this risk to you and want to share some eye-opening facts about the cost of sports injuries!

Some tips for sports safety include

The Effects of Sports Injuries on the budget
  • 66% of workers are unable to afford the sudden costs of injuries and illness
  • For a broken leg, costs average about $10,000 without insurance and that's just 1 limb!
  • Most primary insurance plans will not fully cover the medical bills of injuries or illness
  • 1 in 10 kids will suffer sports injuries of some sort in a year-the odds aren't great in your favor!
How can AFLAC prepare you?
  • AFLAC is a supplemental insurance-you carry a primary insurance that does not full cover all expenses
  • The supplemental insurance of AFLAC helps those residual out-of-pocket costs
  • Some covered ailments are: broken teeth, concussion, Ambulance/Medical Air transport, ER Visits and Lacerations to name a few
  • Cash benefits to help cover gas, food, lodging, child care and other out-of-pocket costs necessary for treatment of injury or illness
Feeling lucky?

The AFLAC Ultimate College Football Experience Sweepstakes is happening now!
Are you a college sports fan? You will want to enter!

1 winner will be announced on 3 different dates for a total of 3 winners!

10/28, 11/4 and 11/11, 2014
Prize for each winner:

  • Two tickets to the biggest college football game of the weekend.
  • Meet & greet with Desmond Howard
  • Round trip airfare.
  • Hotel accommodations.
  • Ground transportation to and from events. 
  • $500 prepaid debit card for food and other expenses.
Entry Form & Official Rules URL:

  • CONSUMER NOTICE: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW.Open to legal permanent residents of 50 U.S. states and DC, 21 or older, who have Internet access and valid email address prior to 08/28/14. To enter and for Official Rules, including odds and prize descriptions, click here: This sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook or Twitter. For a winner's list (after 11/10/14), visit the Ultimate College Football Experience tab of this page or mail request to Aflac "Ultimate College Football Experience" (Specify Winner List), Media Relations, 1932 Wynnton Road, Columbus, GA 31999. Sponsor: American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.