Monday, May 23, 2016

Health Baby Home Party

I love my Generation Good Health Baby Parties! They not only allow me the chance to try some of the amazing products that they offer, but also share them with my friends.

This box was no exception, we had great items from Bobble, Zarbee's, and of course Seventh Generation. 

I want to share some personal favorites from the box, starting with Bobble. Our house loves our Bobble bottles, we each have one and the new Infuse bottle is awesome. This bottle allows you to add fruit or use the filter with your water. It is a 2 in 1 and who does not love that!

Zarbee's are a stable in out house with a little one with asthma that causes a rough night time cough some days. 

We keep the natural Dark Honey cough syrup on hands for those nights she needs it. 

While I love all the Seventh Generation products, I wanted to share my current personal favorite, the Lavender and Mint Hand Soap

I love how gentle this is on the baby's skin since she has eczema and loves washing her hands. This soap keeps her skin from drying out while preventing germs.  These are just a few of my current favorite Health Home products, thanks again Generation Good.

*** I was not compensated for this post, but I did receive free product samples to try and share. 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Generation Good Healthy Baby Home Party

What is a Healthy Baby Home Party? 
Seventh Generation's home parties are powered by people like you who are focused on creating a healthy environment for the next generation. Developed with input from non-profit partner, Healthy Child Healthy World, they are a great way to get together with friends, share helpful information, and make an impact!
Healthy Baby Home Party kits are provided to all selected hosts and are filled with educational info about our environment, helpful tips, a fun game, and samples and coupons from Seventh Generation and other favorite family-friendly brands like bobble, American Meadows and Zarbee's Naturals.
What is the Application Process?
  • Sign up to join the Generation Good community, or log in if already a member.
  • Accept the Healthy Baby Home Party Application offer on your Generation Good dashboard and complete the application.
  • Applicants will be notified by mid-June if they have been selected to host a party, via an email to the email address assigned to their Generation Good member profile.
  • All selected applicants will then need to confirm their participation by accepting the Healthy Baby Home Party Mission in Generation Good and confirming their shipping address.
  • Hosting spots are open to US residents only at this time. Canadian parties are planned for later in 2016!
  • Full terms and conditions are available within Generation Good in the "Healthy Baby Home Party Application" offer.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Inspire Women to Achieve Education Beyond High School

Forty percent of households with young children in the home are now headed by breadwinner moms. These women are either the sole or primary income earners. This trend is growing, up from just 11 percent in 1960, so it stands to reason that when women do better for themselves, families all over improve as well. While there are many avenues available for women to improve their economic condition, post high school education offers significant opportunities for career advancement.

The biggest share of this group of breadwinner moms are single mothers. More than 63% of these ladies earn an average of $23,000 annually. Pursuing additional education beyond a high school diploma will make a significant difference in a mother’s ability to provide for her family.

A 2011 study found that student with college degree earn 84 percent more than those with only high school diplomas. The average salary for a bachelor’s degree holder is $51,000. Add to that an advance degree like and MBA or law school, that figure jumps to $100,000.

The economic benefits of pursuing your education beyond high school are pretty clear. However, the mechanics of making that plan happen can be easier said than done – especially if you have a family to raise. No one said it would be easy, but there are steps women can take to ease the headache of going back to school and increase the odds of successfully completing an advance degree program.

Figure out how to fund your degree
The economic outcomes may be tempting, but paying for college now is no small feat. Working women should first determine if their employers offer any type of tuition assistance program. There may be an employment requirement upon completing your degree. However, the benefit of receiving tuition assistance may be well worth the extended commitment.

Community college and/or public commuter colleges are also a great way to pursue a degree while keeping costs down. Often these schools offer evening programs that are easy to coordinate with a full-time job. State grants can further cover the costs of tuition, books, or supplies. A conversation with the school’s financial aid counselor would be well worth your time.

Student loans are available as a last resort. While loans make funding school an easier option on the front end, make sure you keep them low and used for essential school fees only. Women want to avoid overburdening themselves with excess debt. Use student loans sparingly and as a last resort if no other funding options are available.

Establish your support system
Attending classes and completing assignments will take up a significant amount of time. Lean on relatives or friends to help you with childcare responsibilities during this time. When those closest to you recognize that you’re trying to improve your earning potential, they may be more likely to lend a hand.

Develop a schedule that works
Juggling school, home, and family can be tough without the proper limits. Enlist the help of older children to maintain a routine at home. Work out a reasonable schedule with other responsible guardians to keep everyone on task. If your course load is too hectic, consider taking less classes per semester. While your program may take longer, you’ll be less stressed in the near term and more likely to keep up with the rigors of the academic requirement.

*** This article was written by Vera Marie Reed

Monday, May 9, 2016

Let's Talk Allowance

So when did you start giving your kids an allowance? This came up at our house recently as Miss E is all about these Shopkins things. In an effort to allow her to buy some and learn something, I thought we would start working on getting an allowance. I was home with her one Friday after she was getting over the stomach bug and was cleaning when she asked if she could help. I let her help mop the hardwood floors and then gave her an allowance of $1 for helping.

She then asked how many dollars she needed for Shopkins, I told her about $10 and she went searching all her little purses to come up with $10 and then asked to go to the store. I am thinking that she at least learned the lesson, but I am wondering how does allowance work in your house?

Here is her allowance

Her first set of Shopkins she bought!

Monday, May 2, 2016

New Leaf Team Room

I have always been a fan of tea. My grandmother use to take me out to tea all the time. When I found out the tea room she took me too had new owners, I knew it was time to take the girls. We headed off to the New Leaf Tea Room in Riverton, NJ. The staff let me pre-order the girls sandwiches so they could bring the food right out, and they had Pink Lemonade for the girls to have in place of tea. They loved the experience and want to go back already!

Here are some pictures:

**This post was in no way sponsored or was I compensated, I just loved the staff and wanted to shout out a local business.