College Bound, Home, Infant Toddler Products, Reviews

Name Stories personalized name print

Comment: I was sent a print for this feature. Thank you to Name Stories for collaborating with Parenting Healthy

Name Stories personalized name print

Last week we tore up our tweens game room and to reorganize that room it meant using his bedroom for extra storage. We are distance learning to start the school year in most of Wa. state so we needed to create him a home learning space. He is 12 and heading into the 7th grade so we did our final sweep of toys and little boy ‘stuff’ – he wants sports and gaming. I would love to hold onto the memories and toys and prints that meant so much to him at different times in his life, now he says, “Mom. Just toss it”.

Aside from basketballs and gaming themes I hung my piece of special, his Name Stories personalized name print so that he remembers exactly who he is and meant to be by his name. Anthony – it means Son of Hercules, strong, independent, wise. A strong Italian name connecting him to his genealogy and defining his spirit. This is a keeper and will stay with him on a wall forever.

Name prints

These name prints are available at Name Stories and I was even able to personalize it by adding the top line, Our Amazing Son…Anthony. I chose the white on red as red is his favorite color. His personalized name print came wrapped well and undamaged, ready for a frame.

Whether for baby’s room or to add something special to your teen’s space, this personalized name print will remind them of the meaning of their name. When we are rearranging the home and our lives around distance learning or perhaps you will switch to homeschooling to keep social distancing, this can be a special personalized name print to hang in this space.

At a time of new normals and a huge shift in schooling or even for the teen heading to College on top of a virus which adds worry, perhaps this gentle reminder to ground them in the meaning of their name and who they stand for is needed more than ever. Name Stories has your child’s name and meaning ready to print and send. Customize your child’s personalized name print today at NameStories.com

Education, Reviews, Toy Reviews

EXIT The Game brings the escape room experience to your home (ages 10+)

Comment: I was sent these games. Thank you to Thames & Kosmos for collaborating with Parenting Healthy

EXIT: The Game brings the escape room experience to your home

Have you ever experienced an escape room event? If you have teens and need a party gathering idea, I challenge you to try an actual escape room. Its puzzles and riddles that get you out of the rooms and the faster you solve them the faster you move to the Exit. EXIT The Game are games for ages 10+ (depending on the version as some are 12+ and 16+). These bring the escape room to your home!

EXIT The Game

Anthony is 12 and we first learned about EXIT The Game from Thames and Kosmos when we visited Sweet Suite Toy Fair in NYC a few years back. Anthony was a tad young, had never experienced an escape room but I thought these looked so fun. Now he is a few years older and I finally got my hands on a few to try.

Once we realized how to solve page 1 riddle we began to make more sense and moved through the rest – yes, we had to use all 3 hint cards but this was our first attempt. We played House of Riddles rated for his age and it was challenging, a good thing! See how hard he is contemplating below…

escape room game

I have not dug into The Catacombs of Horror as that is an expert level ages 16+ but we will graduate to that soon enough. The riddles are fun and perhaps there is a bit of a theme to the set of riddles as you turn each page.

The instruction booklet worked well for us, but the best way to learn to play EXIT The Game is to download the Kosmos Helper App. In the app, you can find animated explanations of the instructions and other helpful features for a selection of Kosmos games. Available on iOS and Android devices,

EXIT game rules

This is such a great sleepover game for tweens and teens. If you like challenging games and to witness your older child’s level of problem solving the family game nights will surely be fun and challenged with any of the EXIT The Game sets. Available from Thames & Kosmos as well as retailers such as Amazon.

Apps, Children's Books, Education, Kids, Parenting, Reviews, School, Tips and Tricks

2020 Back to School Guide – School Supplies, Apps, Children Books and More

2020 Back to School Guide

2020 Back to School Guide

Welcome back to another guide full of seasonal topics. Our 2020 Back to School Guide is here! This is all about school from getting your supplies ready, finding the best educational apps or books and more. If it fits the education topic, we will feature it.

Keep checking back throughout these school months and see what new topics and brands I have added! In August we will have a fun giveaway for visitors so stay tuned on the blog!

Make sure to also visit our  Summer Guide and stay tuned for the Fall-ing for Baby Series and Love Your Pet Guide coming soon!


Pick Up Sports – Virtual Sports Classes for Kids ages 3-6



Learning a Musical Instrument Has Lifelong Benefits for Children



DEAL!! Learn any Language online from anywhere with LearnLanguages24


They keep bringing the lunchbox back with veggies uneaten! You need ENOF!


Face Masks for Kids and Adults that filter particles and droplets


Paleo Pro – Primal Protein Bars to get your student through their long study nights


Wear your sunscreen and hand sanitizers for easy access! – Send your student to school with HandiGURU


College Care Packages: Succulents Subscription Boxes


Add some baked cheddar straws to their lunches – made with aged Wisconsin cheese from Mama Geraldine’s


Wander Puzzle Co is making connections with women through their designs – great for College roommates to connect!


Send the kids back to school with their personal collapsible water bottle from Nomader


Mary’s Gone Crackers – a plant-based snack for lunch


Parents of tween girls – resources as you shop for her firsts! Bleuet Girls


Calm Strips are sensory adhesives you can stick to just about anything to provide stress and fidgeting relief


Election Night, a family game that teaches math, geography and about the electoral college for ages 8+.


The New Art of Raising Happy Kids: Today’s Guide to a Strong, Confident & Caring Child – new book


Trust me! Your child will love to be rewarded for their hard school work this year from Cuddle Clones


More coming to this link up above…keep checking back!

2020 Back to School Giveaway coming soon…..

Fashion, Reviews, Travel

Swiss Digital Women’s Smart Massaging Backpack – Review

Swiss Digital Women's Smart Massaging Backpack

Take comfort to work with the Swiss Digital Women’s Smart Massaging Backpack. I almost don’t know where to start as I run through all the features this bag offers from a fashionable and classy look to a back and straps that actually give you a massage! I suppose I will start on the very outside of this backpack.

comfortable backpack

I LOVE the colors! The rose on black is incredibly stunning and you get the right touch of rose gold in the zipper designs. Before you unzip this backpack’s many zippers, you get your phone charging port and power button for the back massager.

Just by unzipping the small side pocket of the Smart Massaging Backpack you will find 2 built-in USB cords. The white cord runs to the back massage power and the black cord runs to your outer USB phone plug to charge your device/phone. You keep your power bank in the side pocket (or remove it as you board the plane which will make this bag TSA-friendly) and plug in either cord. Switch from massage power to phone charging without removing the bag from your back by reaching that side pocket and changing cords or use 2 power banks and keep one in the side for massage power and one in the sleeve in the main pocket for your phone charge. This backpack is so versatile.

work bag

The Smart Massaging Backpack has so much organization potential which suites me 100% as I need to stay as organized as possible when working or traveling. The protective laptop pad even fits my Macbook Pro with its leather case on!

With my old bag I had to take my laptop out of its case to fit it in the protective sleeve. It has the RFID Protection Pocket.

laptop bag

Here is the back! Here you will find the power button for the back massage. It is located in the lower back pad and you just make sure you have a power bank to the white cord in the side pocket and hold that power button down for about 3 seconds to activate. Once you feel the vibration, keep clicking that power button until you reach the desired massage vibration (there is more than one – back, shoulder or both)!

massage bag

There is a mid outer sleeve so you can secure your backpack over your luggage handle. Adjust the shoulder straps easily with a lot of room and also there is a secure waist strap if you need.

The Smart Massaging Backpack includes the same features as SwissDigital smart backpacks with the extra benefit of a personal back massager. 

Massaging backpacks ($99): Available at Costco

To see more backpacks offered by SwissDigital, please visit their website: https://www.swissdigital.us/