Monday, June 20, 2016

The Best Toys & Activities For Children’s Vision

As parents we always want what’s best for our kids and when it comes to protecting their valuable vision, there’s a lot more we can do besides giving them more carrots and taking them to see the eye doctor on a regular basis. As a matter of fact, when it comes to avoiding a laundry list of possible vision problems, many parents may not realize that playtime can be the perfect time to develop our children’s eyesight.

Games like hide-and-seek or “peek-a-boo” certainly make good use of growing vision, but check out these age-related games, toys and activities that are good for kids:

Birth to Six Months: Brightly colored rattles, squeaky toys, crib mobiles and gyms. Play patty cake and peek-a-boo with them.

Six Months to One Year: Colorful stuffed animals, floating bath toys, building blocks and other stackable items. Begin introducing them to books, especially those designed for the youngest of eyes and tiniest of hands. Roll a ball to them, tap a balloon through the air and read together with your child while they look on.

Year One: Continue with toys that require hand-eye coordination like building blocks and step it up a notch with a rocking chair and riding toys. Begin to teach them to play catch and encourage them to look at books on their own.

Two Year Olds: Time to break out the paper, pencils, markers and crayons. More advanced learning types of toys, puzzles, sorting shapes, sizes and colors. Aiming activities like ring toss or bean bag targets and take them outdoors to play catch.

Three to Six Years: Building toys with snap together pieces, more advanced puzzles, finger paint, chalk, modeling clay and large balls. Books with activities like connect-the-dots, games, stickers and other projects. Introduce them to playground equipment, especially those that require balance and grasping. Consider a tricycle and then starting them out on a bicycle with training wheels.

Seven Years and Older: Teach them to ride a bike and other activities like jump rope and roller skates. Introduce them to different types of sporting spheres, baseballs, basketballs, soccer balls and (although they’re not round) footballs. More sophisticated building toys and puzzles. Remote controlled toys, board games and other thought involved games and activities.


Remember to always have children use the proper protective gear, not just helmets when necessary, but also appropriate eyewear when needed. Eye injuries are the leading cause of blindness in children and 90% of sports related injuries could have been avoided with the use of things like goggles, safety shields, eye guards and other protective gear designed for a specific sport or activity.

When your child is outdoors, you apply sunscreen, but don’t forget about sunglasses. Be sure to invest in at least one pair of high-quality sunglasses that can block out up to 99% of the sun’s harmful UV rays. And remember, sunglasses aren’t just for summer, they should be worn year round to protect young eyes.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Your Holistically Hot Transformation Book Review

I wanted to share this amazing book that is coming out this week. Your Holistically Hot Transformation by Marissa Vicario is the best new lifestyle book out there, and the last one you will buy! Marissa's approach to healthy eating and making good choices is all about balance. She shares tips and tricks that have helped her find a good balance, but she acknowledges that we will all not be perfect 100% of the time and that is OK! 

What it is ok not to be perfect with your eating? Why is it that once it is written in a book it makes it such an easier thing to believe. Sometimes I think that it is the little things like that which causes the biggest changes in us all. This book is a nice quick read and Marissa shares tips along the way to help you make small changes to your diet and lifestyle. 

This is the book for you if you want to make some healthy changes but do not want to do them all at once. 

Check out Your Holistically Hot Transformation and get the Kindle version for FREE this week!

*** No compensation was received for this review, I was sent an advanced copy of the book to read. 

Monday, June 6, 2016

Potty Training in a Long Weekend

Potty Training- it is the thing that no one likes to talk about. It seems like kids either get it or they don't. I am not sure there is an in between with it. The first time around we had huge success with Miss E, but I was worried about Little B. She is my more stubborn child and the one that does things when she wants to. That said she was coming to me as soon as she peed and telling me. I knew she was ready from my first go round and we had been using our little potty for a while now. Here is the potty we like, the Arm and Hammer by Munchkin 

Arm & Hammer by Munchkin 3-in-1 Potty Seat 1 ea

This potty seems to be just about the right height for my on the shorter side girls. We also went to the store and got some underwear as well. 

Girls' Nickelodeon® Paw Patrol Bikini Briefs - Multicolored

I do not go with training pants, unless we are in the car or at night (I do not push night time potty training as I enjoy my sleep too much!). So we woke up that Friday morning and "ditched the diaper." We even ran a few errands first thing with no accidents. I took her to pee every 20 minutes, by setting the timer on my phone.  Then the accidents started (at home) but we had 4 that day. That night Hubby and I asked ourselves if we thought she was ready and I knew we had to push through.

So we tried again and went with underwear in the morning. We had a great morning and she had 1 accident, then held it and would not go on the potty for about 4 hours. Then she has another accident and said "Sorry Mommy" for about 10 minutes. I knew she was getting it now. 

Sunday we tried again, and she did great all day, until we went out for Easter dinner at a family members house. She was playing with all the kids and forgot to tell me she needed to go and had an accident. Three days in and 1 accident, I was ok with that. 

Monday, Little B went to school and they actually did not take her training pant off, but did take her to the bathroom each hour. That night she came home, I took it right off and she STARTED ASKING TO GO POTTY! She had it! We have not been accident free, but they are few and far between and she can go in the car and anywhere else diaper free! 

I know that all kids are different, but with both my girls we went right to underwear at age 2 and they both got it with no problems. I am so proud of both of them and I have complete faith in this method. 

Monday, May 30, 2016

Spring Cleaning the Healthy Way

Spring clean is an essential part of most people moving into the new spring season and in my case in moving this winter. I wanted to share my methods and favorite products for cleaning up and around the house.

First of all I am huge fan of natural cleaners. I use a 1/2 and 1/2 vinegar and water solution for almost all the surfaces in my home. I like that it is natural and that the kids and join in the cleaning. My 4 year old loves to help clean!

When you have those more stubborn stains in the bathrooms I like to add a little Seventh Generation Dish Soap to the mix. Do equal parts of the dish soap to the vinegar and water mix.

With little ones that are sensitive to most dyes and perfumes, Seventh Generation is my go to when I buy cleaning products. 

I also like to use microfiber cloths to clean with so that we are not creating as much waste. These are one of my favorites

Also this time of year I like to clean out the extra junk (ok maybe that is because some stuff was left in our new house.) We had a lot of paint cans left (after I went through and matched all the paint colors up!) that needed to go. I think it is always important to check where to drop off paint and other chemicals. Our township makes it super easy to dispose of these things, they have a drop off right behind the township building, but I recommend that everyone find out what your town policy is. It is always best with little ones to keep these things out of the house. 

Check out some more tips here:

Show Us Your Spring Clean

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.