Getting Up and Giving Back with Striiv

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I have to admit.  Since I started this whole work at home/some office time/being a mom thing, I'm exercising less.  What can I tell you?  My time is more limited than ever.  I have multiple projects going on at the same time, and with the constant children/babysitter/mom breaks and mishaps (last week my sitter was in the hospital), there is less time than usual to get up and move, I am exercising less than I ever have in my adult life. I still have a membership at the gym, but I refuse to give that up, knowing and hoping that one day I will return on a … [Read more...]

Product Review: Ridemakerz for Car-Serious Kids

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This past Saturday I dragged my husband and kids into the city bright and early, not an easy feat in my house.  For one thing, my hubby is english and he likes to call home on Saturday mornings.  For another, my family just aren't morning people, none of us really are.  On the weekends, we all like time to CHILL OUT.  But I was invited to what I thought was going to be quite a special event hosted by Disney and I was quite demanding that we get up and out. And indeed it was worth the early trip in.  It was a an event hosted by the folks behind the new … [Read more...]

Product Review: Teaching Our Children About Money

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When it comes to teaching kids about money, the sooner the better.  This is something I've known for a long time. My six year-old son has an obsession with money.  I'm telling you, it's a genuine obsession.  A few months ago he went to a friend's house whose older brother had a computer, and my son decided he had to have one.  He immediately started saving every penny he got a hold of.  Unfortunately, some of that involved stealing money out of my husband's wallet, but in any case he became intrigued with the concept of money.  He had piggy banks for … [Read more...]

Fair Trade: Sustaining Communities by Giving Back

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Recently on a Traveling Mom retreat in Orlando, I met Megy Karydes from WorldShoppe.com.  We happened to sit next to each other during all the dinners during the retreat, and I listened intently to her tale about her Fair Trade business which works with more than 100 artisan cooperatives, non-governmental organizations and locally controlled small businesses in more than 30 countries including Asia, Africa, and Latin America.  I found it fascinating how she making a difference in people's lives from so far away.  Megy was wearing some of the jewelry … [Read more...]

Holiday Gifts for Kids Wrap Up

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Here is a list of what I consider to be the HOT toys that are sure to be a hit this holiday season.  If you're trying to come up with some ideas for your holiday shopping for your kids without breaking the bank, here are some of the newest toys out on the shelves that I've personally tested on my kids, ages 6 and 7.  Shopping for other people, even your kids, can sometimes be frustrating, so hopefully this list will ease the experience a bit. Squinkies - Who would have known that these little miniature collectibles would be such a hit with my … [Read more...]

When Grammy-Winning Artists Get Together and Talk About Fruits & Vegies

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I was recently sent a copy of a new CD called "Healthy Food for Thought: Good Enough to Eat" to listen to and voice my thoughts about.  At first glance, I didn't comprehend the CD's significance, nor did I realize how much enjoyment was about to come in my home as a result.  I can't stress enough what an interesting, valuable CD this is.  First of all, 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this CD go to the New York Coalition for Healthy School Food.  The goal of this CD is to assist with the nation's initiatives regarding nutrition and childhood obesity … [Read more...]

Review and Interview: Kathy and Janet Lennon’s Best Pals

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My mom's favorite story from my childhood is one about a rag doll.  I had spotted it in a window of a shop in Atlantic city while strolling on the boardwalk.  The shop was shut, and my grandmother told me we would go back another time.  We never did, and I talked about the doll incessantly. Later, I'm not sure how much time had elapsed since the window-shopping trip on the boardwalk, my mother fell ill. We lived in Atlanta; my grandmother lived in Philadelphia.  When my mom went into the hospital, my grandmother flew down to take care of my two … [Read more...]

A Look at the New “Pinkalicious” Line of Toys

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A few months ago, I wrote about the play, "Pinkalicious" that I took my daughter to see in NYC a few years ago when she was five.  I described how much she enjoyed watching a play about one of her favorite story book characters.  She's not the only one.  Millions of little girls have been inspired by Pinkalicious, since the first book came out in 2006.  My daughter's world has revolved around the color pink since she started making her own decisions about her personal preferences.  In addition, the series, as well as the play, has taught her the lesson … [Read more...]

Kidz Bop Dance Party for Nintendo Wii, Too Much Fun for My Kids

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There's a ruckus in my house!  You know what's causing it?  The new Kidz Bop Dance Party for Nintendo Wii that just hit stores this month.  Labeled as the "ultimate party in your own living room," it really is.  My kids are movin' and groovin' and loving this new game.  It features 24 songs from current top 40 musicans like Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Keha, Michael Jackson, Disturbia and Rihanna.  Kids are the singers of the songs, just like on the Kidz Bop CDs.  Some of the lyrics have been altered to fit the tates and minds of children. The … [Read more...]

Review: Mothers Need Time-Outs, Too and Giveaway

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My husband is always asking me why I need so many time-outs.  He has never understood my rationale for wanting and needing to spend time alone.  Sometimes the weight of motherhood falls hard on my shoulders.  After hearing, "Mommy, I need this" and "Mommy, I want this" all day, I sometimes just need a break.  A bit of time to myself has always been the magic cure.  I end up nurturing my soul and come back a better mom, with more patience than I had before I left for time to myself.  I've made a concentrated effort to keep up with my interests and see my … [Read more...]