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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Ily Couture- Holiday Gifts under $50

Ily Couture- Holiday Gifts under $50


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Looking for holiday themed gifts? Ily has a great selection of affordable gifts for this holiday season. Ily is an original fashion company desiring to bring the best products and designs to their customers. ILY is dedicated to making everyone feel on point and on trend. Their design team brings original designs that express you and make you feel good. We add a ton of new styles each week so you have the best selection of newest pieces.

Here is a peek of what Ily has to offer in their Holiday Gifts under $50.

BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE MUG



Baby It's Cold Outside! Love the cooler temps and even the prospect of Christmas snow! Sip your favorite tea, coffee or even hot coco with our gold printed Baby It's Cold Outside Mug.

PLAID BLANKET SCARVES - 2 COLORS


Fall is here and we are ready with our New Plaid Blanket Scarves! These uber soft double sided scarves are perfect for your fall and winter getaway! Wrap once for a casual look or wrap twice for a neck warming look and zip up your jacket and you are ready to tackle the cold. Wear with the colored side out or reversed for a more neutral black plaid look. Our Plaid Blanket Scarves come in two colors, red plaid with a black on the back or green plaid with black on the back.

SANTA BABY TEE - KIDS


Santa Baby... How cute is our ILY original design: Santa Baby Tee. It's perfect for the Holiday Season. Your little nugget would look precious rocking this tee with skinny jeans and a santa hat. This Santa Baby Tee is Perfect for Christmas photos or Christmas morning opening gifts. This design features a darling red santa hat and hand lettered Santa Baby!

SANTA'S LITTLE HELPER - KIDS


Santa's Little Helper is perfect for your little helper. Pairs nicely with our adult red baseball tee and is perfect to wear all December long.

MERRY & BRIGHT TEE


There is no better shirt to celebrate Christmas in than in our Merry & Bright Tee! We are so excited to release our Holiday ILY exclusive tees and this is one of our favorites. The double stripe sleeve and red heathered tee will be your celebration look. Pair this with distressed jeans or even a holiday skirt. Fits slightly oversized.

HOLIDAY SLIPPERS


The softest Holiday Slippers to pair with any and all of your festive loungewear this season, pairs well with our Holiday Sweatshirts. Small/Medium 6-8 and Large/X-Large is 9-11 US women's size.

What do you think about these holiday gift ideas from Ily Couture?

Monday, 5 December 2016

2016 Lovepop Holiday Cards

Check out the Assortment of Holiday Cards Available at Lovepop



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Right now there are a variety of beautiful Lovepop cards available for the holiday season. Unfamiliar with Lovepop cards? Lovepop cards are intricate 3D paper sculptures, designed by naval engineers on cutting edge software and then hand-crafted in the Asian art form of sliceform kirigami. Holiday, Hanukkah and Christmas cards the come to life when you open them, and even double as a gift! These laser cut 3D pop ups are sure to wow!

To get more of an idea of what Lovepop cards are we have included the following 3 top-selling holiday pop-up cards that are sure to be a delightful and unexpected gift this holiday season. There are many additional holiday themed cards available.


1. Christmas Train Card
The red cover of this jolly Christmas pop-up card features an illustration that is guaranteed to elicit smiles. A laser-cut image of Santa en route from the North Pole to homes around the world in his train hints at the amazing surprise inside. 
Open this Christmas card and revel in the magnificent three-dimensional sculpture of an old-fashioned train, operated by Santa of course, full of stunning detail. The train is adorned with a holiday wreath, peppermint train wheels, and more. The pop-up train also sits atop a wonderfully detailed track. Watch the pop-upSanta Train is a Christmas card. Perfect for holiday gift-giving, your annual Christmas card send, or for that year-round Santa enthusiast in your life (we all know one). Wow your White Elephant recipient, co-worker, or kids this year with this awesome Christmas card.



2. Santa Hammock Christmas Card

The front of this holiday pop up card shows the sun setting over a tropical scene. Once opened the red card features Santa enjoying some well deserved post-Christmas fun in the sun. Santa is lounging in a hammock between two lovely palm trees and sipping a tropical beverage. Watch the pop-up! We can't think of anyone who wouldn't smile at this festive and original scene. Use the pop up card as a Christmas card, holiday party invitation, white elephant party gift, or keep it for yourself. We wouldn't blame you a bit.

3. Christmas Candle Card

The beautiful blue cover of this Christmas pop-up card depicts a lovely illustration of a traditional holiday candle. Upon opening the pop-up card, a stunning three-dimensional paper sculpture of the brightly lit ivory holiday candle emerges. The 3D sculpture is surrounded by paper boughs of holly, poinsettias, atop a crown of evergreen. The holiday season is a fabulous time to let friends and loved ones know you're thinking of them. Christmas candle is also a delightful gift for coworkers, family members, and anyone else who appreciates the simple elegance of this traditional Christmas decoration.

LovePop cards are affordable, unique, and fun. If you are planning to send out holiday cards this year, give Lovepop cards a try. They will definitely stand out from all the rest. 

Have you ever given or received a Lovepop greeting card?



Sunday, 4 December 2016

2016 Holiday Gift Guide for Children

2016 Holiday Gift Guide for Children! Adventures, Creativity, Learning, and Fun!


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2016 Holiday Gift Guide for Children

Our gift guide was put together carefully focusing on products that help children develop skills, inspire exploration, encourage creativity, and of course loads of fun. Children enjoy playing with all sorts of toys which we think is great. However, it is also important to expand their minds and give them the activities they need to strengthen their abilities and grow effectively. Here are our top ten choices for gift ideas for children. 



1. Little Passports. Little Passports  delivers a travel adventure right to your door! Choose from the Early Explorers (ages 3-5), the World Edition (ages 6-10), or the USA Edition (ages 7-12). Each subscription will have your child rushing to the mailbox, waiting for packages highlighting a new global destination or US state. They’ll receive letters, souvenirs, pop-out models, activities, stickers and more. Inspire a life-long interest in travel, language and world cultures with Little Passports!



. 2. Fisher-Price Activity Plush GorillaThe Fisher-Price Precious Planet Gorilla Doll will bring your child a mix of entertainment and learning with vibrant colors that are sure to please. This toy is large, giving your kid an ample size to grab onto for playtime. The activity plush animal toy has a mirror in his belly that lets your little one see themselves anytime they want. There's also a banana teether that will help as teeth begin to come in. The baby plush toy has a satin leaf attached to one hand, giving a unique texture for your child to explore. Press the music note and the light will flash and children will be rewarded with either a sung song or game. The Fisher-Price Precious Planet Gorilla Doll has noises and other interactive entertainment options.


3. Surprise Ride. Are you in need of some activites to keep your little one entertained while taking time to do some household chores. Through conveniently pre-planned activities, kids learn and explore while moms take a break. Rides are theme-based and cover a wide variety of subjects, from art and science to food and geography, and much more. Each monthly package includes:
- All the supplies needed to complete two projects that explore the month’s theme.
- A book, a snack, and other fun surprises to go along with the Ride.
- Our famous Surprise Ride booklet with lessons on the theme, interesting facts, and ways to continue the exploration.
Sign up for a monthly subscription and a fun-filled Ride addressed to your child will arrive on your doorstep every month. Perfect for ages 5+.
4. Osmo Creative Kit. Osmo makes games that merge virtual and physical play; if Osmo had a middle name, it would be "Interactivity." The Osmo Creative Kit uses interactive art tools in 3 creative apps: Monster, Masterpiece and Newton. Each app takes whatever kids draw and instantly brings it to life onscreen. The kit comes with easy-erase markers and a specially designed Creative Board that transfers what you draw into the digital world, exactly how you drew it! The drawings then become animation to take part in a story, solve a puzzle and more! Recommended for ages 4 - 12.



5. Dash & DotDash & Dot are real robots that teach your kids to code while they play. Using our free apps and a compatible tablet or smartphone, kids learn to code while they make Dash sing, dance and navigate all around the house. Sensors on the robot mean they react to the environment around them, including your kids.



6.  Epic. This year, give the SMARTEST gift... Epic! gives you & your family unlimited access to more than 20,000 high-quality books for kids 12 and under, for under $5/month. It's the year-round perfect gift beloved by parents, teachers & most importantly, kids.

7. Finding Dory Look and Find PuzzleIt's a puzzle! It's a game! It's a puzzle AND game! Assemble the puzzle that features hidden objects within it. Once assembled, look on the back of the box for a list of all the hidden objects, then try to find them within the puzzle! Children can race each other to find the objects. 


8.  Green Kid Crafts: Creativity and STEAM Kits for Kids! Green Kid designs and delivers hands-on, award winning, and eco-friendly Discovery Boxes, Creativity Kits, and STEAM Kits (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics). Here you’ll find information about our kid's subscription program, our best gifts for preschoolers and kids ages 3-10, our favorite kid's science experiments, plus craft ideas for kids.



9. Groovy Lab in a Box. With Groovy Lab in a Box, you will receive boxes full of everything you need to learn about and do hands on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) experiments for ages 8+.

10. Lil' Bear Book ClubLil Bear Book Club is a subscription box company that caters to young children. We send gift wrapped board books or Picture books to a child's door monthly to get him or her excited about reading. This is a great way for children to learn to read and for parents to bond with their kids. It also makes a fantastic last minute gift idea for a young child.

Did you see anything here you like? We hope this Holiday gift guide has been helpful.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Introducing Tummy Time to Baby

Introducing Tummy Time and why it is Important


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Introducing Tummy Time to Baby

Tummy time happens when your baby lies on his tummy with weight on his forearms and can either take place on the floor or by placing baby tummy down on your own chest. You can also try placing baby on his tummy over your legs while you are sitting or on a bed next to you. Tummy time is essential from day one to help your baby grow strong. When starting out your baby may fuss or cry when you put him on his belly. If this occurs you may want to start out with just a few sessions daily, each lasting three to five minutes until he becomes used to being in that position. Overtime sessions can become longer and be done several times a day.

Prior to placing baby on the floor you may want to lay down a playmat or blanket to help make the area comfortable and safe. Be sure there are no small objects laying close by. Sometimes it helps to prop babies up, giving them a better look at their surroundings. Try placing a rolled-up baby blanket under your child’s chest, increasing the size of the roll as your little one grows and gets stronger. 


Provide entertainment for your baby. Place some toys such as a noisy rattle, stuffed animal or interesting objects that can be found around the home. Offer a variety of items of various colors, shapes, and textures. Parents can spend some time getting down with their baby to bond and interact. You can lay out some brightly colored picture books and read or point out the objects in the books. Mirrors are also a great choice as babies are fascinated with watching their reflection. This will help keep him interested.



 Little for now

Tummy time is important and beneficial to a baby's health and development. It gives the baby's head a break in an effort to prevent flat spots from forming.Tummy time builds head, neck and upper body strength for when baby is older. All of this is needed in the stages of a baby's physical development including rolling over, pushing up and, eventually, crawling. It also helps promote sensory development, allowing babies to see the world from a whole new perspective.

Do you schedule tummy time with your baby?




Friday, 25 November 2016

Groovy Lab in a Box Giveaway!

Win a One-Year Subscription from Groovy Lab in a Box!


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Groovy Lab in a Box!

We love a GROOVY giveaway - how about you?

Our friends at Groovy Lab in a Box are hosting a sweepstakes where you can win a one-year subscription! All you have to do is type in your email address, and you are entered.

Click here to enter to win a one-year subscription from Groovy Lab in a Box!

Groovy Lab in a Box, the award-winning educational kits about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is presented in partnership with POPULAR MECHANICS for KIDS. Their STEM subscription box is interactive, hands-on and incorporates scientific inquiry and the engineering design process. Science made FUN for kids ages 8+.

Each month, they send out a themed box filled with investigations that are fun and hands on. The investigations culminate into an Engineering Design Challenge, where your STEMists must apply what they've learned from the investigations (and use their critical thinking skills) to complete the challenge. The boxes contain everything you need to complete all of the activities, including a groovy retro-themed lab notebook. The box activities are supplemented with their Beyond...in a Box web portal where your children will find videos, interactives and additional activities. Head over to Groovy Lab in a Box's website to learn more about this great service!

 Groovy lab in a box

Good luck! We hope you win a one-year subscription from Groovy Lab in a Box!




Saturday, 19 November 2016

Holiday Gift Ideas from Stella & Dots Covet Line

Shop Accessories from Stella & Dot's Covet Line 


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Stella & Dots newest collection of fine jewelry and leather accessories focuses on the finest materials and craftsmanship. Developed as an everyday luxury item, Covet by Stella & Dot is for the mobile and modern woman who appreciates quality and individuality. It was born from the belief that simple can be beautiful, that in fact, it’s the simple things in life that you should truly covet the most. Of-the-moment, but always timeless.

For the special women in your life (mother, daughter, sister, wife, close friend) spoil her with something from the Covet Fine Jewelry and Leather Accessories Line. Maybe you have a colleague, teacher, or neighbor that you want to show your apprehension for. Even if you are on a tight budget Stella & Dot have got you covered.

At the moment, you can also earn Dot Dollars at Stella & Dot! Get $25 for every $50 you spend. The more you shop, the more you get! It's the best time to give and the best time to get! You can redeem Your Dot Dollars December 27, 2016 through January 4, 2017



So sit down with a cup of coffee or tea and have a look around Stella & Dot Online, in the comfort of your home while you relax. You will be sure to find the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday list. 

These are some of my favorites:

1. Sparkle Studs - Smokey $19.00 

2. Wishing Bracelet - Protective Eye $19.00

3. The Wishing Necklace - Rose Gold $34.00

4. City Slim Clutch - Pewter Exotic $59.00

5. Covet Highline Bag - Black $149.00

Recognized as an Inc. 500 Fastest-Growing Company, Stella & Dot is a fashion social selling company that creates flexible entrepreneurial opportunities for women. Their boutique-style jewelry and accessories line is available exclusively online and through in-home Trunk Shows by Independent Stylists. Stella & Dot’s distinguished designers create one of a kind collections that are adored by both fashion editors and celebrities.



Did you see anything here you like? What do you think about Stella & Dot's Covet Line?

Monday, 14 November 2016

Personalized Holiday Cards from Tiny Prints

Personalized Holiday Cards and Free Merchandise from Tiny Prints


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With the holidays upon us, now is a good time to think about ordering those custom photo holiday cards. A wonderful source for personalized Holiday cards is Tiny Prints. Tiny Prints' holiday cards feature stylish professional design and high quality, as well as really fast production and shipping time.

Tiny Prints offers a wide variety of holiday cards, from general winter and holiday themes to Christmas and Hanukkah designs, as well as personalized gift tags, holiday party invitations, and address labels. They are also well known for their cool birth announcements, birthday party invitations, and more.



Right now Tiny Prints are running the following fantastic offers including some merchandise for free with purchase.

Enjoy 10 Free Holiday Cards Plus 30% Off Your Order
Ends: November 17

Enjoy 30% Off All Birth Announcements Plus Free shipping on Orders of $49 or More
Ends: December 18

$15 off $40+, $30 off $80+ sitewide for new customers
Ends: December 31


Have you ever given out personalized cards for the holidays?

Friday, 11 November 2016

Simple Ways to Make Bath Time Fun

12 Simple and Creative Ways to Make Bath Time Fun for Children 


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Simple Ways to Make Bath Time Fun

After a day of play and adventure the time comes to be cleaned up. For many children it is the worst time of the day. Maybe it’s because they know that its getting close to bedtime hour or maybe they just don't like getting wet. As parents we must ensure that we bring our children up knowing the importance of hygiene. This requires keeping them clean either by giving them a bath or shower. A bath seems to be the number one choice when it comes to toddlers and preschool age children. 

In these early years it can be very difficult for children to understand your reasoning. This is where as parents we have to get on our thinking caps and come up with creative and fun ways to entertain our little ones while they are having a bath.

Here are some bath ideas that will help to encourage children to jump on in.

1. Bath toys. A few ordinary rubber squirter duckies and other rubber squirter toys will add some fun to plain bath water.

2. Water balloons. Fill balloons with colored water. Let your child play with the balloons and pop them to see what color is inside.

3. Colored ice cubes fishing. Give your child a small net or mesh strainer and let them fish the ice. Encourage them to hurry and catch all before they melt.

4. Float or sink. grab different waterproof toys or other objects from around the house and guess whether they'll sink or float in the tub.



5. Art. Give them bath paints or bath crayons and let them decorate the bathtub and nearby tiles

6. Plastic containers. Let them fill cups, bowls, and containers with water and the pour it out over themselves.

7. Water guns or spray bottles. For extra fun fill with colored water.

8. Bath salts. A great sensory and smell activity. They feel like sand and kids can mix and match them.

9. Bubbles. Playing with bubbles is a silly, fun way to get clean. Be sure you add a couple extra caps of bubble bath so that there are plenty of suds to play with.

10. Surprise ice cubes. Freeze little toys inside ice cubes and watch the kids excitement as the ice melts and reveals their little toy!

11. Throw a pool party. Let them wear bathing suits or swimming trunks. Fill an inflatable pool and add some inflatable toys beach ball, and let them have a special tropical juice drink.

12. Treasure hunt. Find some items around the home that will sink to the bottom of the bath tub. Let your child wear goggles and use sight to find the different items.

Do you have children who hate having bath or shower? How do you make bath time more fun and enjoyable for them?


Simple Ways to Make Bath Time Fun



Friday, 4 November 2016

Crazy 8:Kidzpop Limited Edition Collection

Introducing the Kidzpop Limited Edition Fashion Collection from Crazy 8


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Crazy 8 has a begun a new partnership and it's with Kidz Bop! Right now and for a limited time Crazy 8's newly released Kidz Bop fashion collection is available at select Crazy8 stores and Crazy8.com.

The looks were designed by Crazy 8, inspired by the unique style personalities of each of the KIDZ BOP Kids — Matt, Grant, Sela and Ashlynn. Crazy 8 offers on-trend, age-appropriate looks that kids love to wear at prices that parents feel great about. Everyday, millions of kids and families welcome KIDZ BOP music into their homes and cars, making KIDZ BOP a fun and safe part of their daily lives.

For the girl superstar:


 Sparkle Star Tee


 Plaid Ponte Pants 




For the boy superstar:


 Life of the Party Tee


 Cargo Joggers


These outfit pieces are all fun, gorgeous, and oh-so-trendy! With Crazy 8 you are always sure to make a style statement with new plus now looks that kids love. Additionally, you are always sure to get a good deal. Play with prints. Pop some color. Dress your way. Mix + remix—these styles are up for anything. Shop the Kidzpop Limited Edition Fashion Collection from Crazy 8 today.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Health Benefits of Honey

12 Reasons why you Should eat Honey 


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Health Benefits of Honey

The benefits of honey go beyond its great taste. It is a great natural source of carbohydrates which provide strength and energy to our bodies. The glucose in honey is absorbed by the body quickly and gives an immediate energy boost, while the fructose is absorbed more slowly providing lasting energy. It is known that honey has also been found to keep levels of blood sugar fairly constant compared to other types of sugar. The following are reasons why honey is good for your body and mind.

1. Strengthen the immune system. It's antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties can help improve digestive system and help you stay healthy and fight disease. Raw, organic honey is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and enzymes which protect the body from bacteria and boost the immune system.

2. Brain booster. The sweet nectar is loaded in antioxidants that may help prevent cellular damage and loss within the brain. The brain needs calcium in order to process thought and make decisions and honey has the ability to help the body absorb calcium. 

3. Regulate blood sugar. Although honey is sweet, it has a fairly low glycemic index. The natural sugars in honey have a “slow-release” effect, which means it does not cause the sharp peak in blood sugar that other sweet substances (like refined sugar) do. The sugars in honey are therefore more slowly absorbed and metabolized. Despite its sweetness, honey will not cause blood sugar levels to spike as high or as fast as other high-sugar foods.

4. Prevent cancer and heart disease. Honey contains flavonoids and antioxidants which help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease.

5. Boosts energy. A healthy, whole-food diet and proper sleep is the best recipe for boundless energy, but if you're looking for a quick energy boost, such as before or after a workout, honey can suffice.



6. Helps digestion. Honey helps reduce constipation, bloating and gas, thanks to it being a mild laxative. Honey is also rich in probiotic or “friendly” bacteria such as bifido bacteria and lactobacilli, which aid in digestion, promote the health of the immune system, and reduce allergies.

7. Relieve morning sickness in pregnancy. Organic honey is also effective in relieving morning sickness for pregnant mothers. A warm tea made with honey and ginger is highly effective at calming a pregnant mother’s tummy.

8. Sooth a cough or sore throat. Add honey to a glass of warm milk and sip slowly to help suppress a cough or soothe the throat.

9. Treat dandruff. Honey diluted with a bit of warm water, every second day can significantly heal the scalp of dandruff and itching.

10. Clear skin. Milk and honey are often served together, since both of these ingredients help in creating smooth, beautiful skin. Consuming this combination every morning is a common practice in many countries for this very reason.

11. Lose weight. Though it has more calories than sugar when honey is consumed with warm water, it helps in digesting the fat stored in your body. Similarly, honey with lemon juice or cinnamon help in reducing weight.

12. Help you sleep. Mix a half glass of warm water with 2 tablespoons of honey and the juice of a lemon and an orange. The darker the honey, the better this works.


Health Benefits of Honey

Do you eat honey? 

Friday, 28 October 2016

Introducing Framed Canvas Prints!

Introducing Framed Canvas Prints Available at Mixbook!


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If you have been staring at your empty walls, searching for design inspiration, look no further! Mixbook presents, Framed Canvas Prints, a fantastic way to add beautiful custom décor to any room. Mixbook's Framed Canvas Prints add a sleek, contemporary style to the space and are bound to be a talking point for all your guests!



A high-quality canvas of your favorite photo can make a memory last for years. Mixbook has added a new dimension by offering floating frames for these prints as well!  Your canvas will look fantastic in white, black, or espresso colored frames to match any existing color scheme you have. Just like the Mixbook traditional canvas prints, the framed canvases come ready to hang, but now also provide sturdy support for placement on tables, mantles or other flat display surfaces. Get started by uploading a picture today on Mixbook.com and transform your photos into works of art!


Your beautiful custom canvas prints also make beautiful gifts for those you love. Head on over to see more of Mixbook's Framed Canvas Prints!



Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Cutting the Cost of Expensive Tutoring Programs #TMInfluencer


Cutting the Cost of Expensive Tutoring Programs to Set Your Child up for Educational Success


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In today's world education has become more of a priority than ever before. There are many professions that in the past may have required a lesser degree of studies, however these same positions now require a higher level. The workforce is becoming much more competitive especially for those affected by a collapse of the economy.

Parents today are setting higher standards for their children. This can be very stressful on both parents and children. Some families turn to tutoring in hopes that their children will better their academic achievements. Tutoring is for those students who are failing in the classroom or who need remedial work. For many parents in other communities though, tutoring is a way of life. It’s how they help their children get better grades in school, and on entrance exams and standardized tests.

TestingMom.com understands that setting up your child up for educational success is a parent’s most important job. Their online educational program was designed by parents (with the support of education professionals) to help other parents and their kids aged Pre-K through 8th grade develop a lifelong love of learning.



Testing Mom Site Features:

- Fun Skill-building Games

- Challenging Learning Activities

- Test prep materials for all 50 states (including state standards and Common Core).

Plus! Parents can customize each child's program by choosing practice questions for state standard, Common Core and IQ tests, assessments required for entry into gifted and talented programs as well as testing needed for private school admissions.



Studies have shown that parental involvement with a child's education at home instills confidence, improves overall academic success and helps kids perform at their highest levels on test day. We also feature supplemental educational activities for specific subjects, like reading, math, science, social studies, programming, digital media and more!

What methods do you use to help your children to succeed academically? Do you get assistance from a tutor?

Click on the link below for a chance to win a 1 year subscription of Testingmom.com!





Monday, 24 October 2016

10 Disposable Products to Avoid

10 Disposable Products to Avoid: Saving you Money and Helping the Environment 


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Disposable Products to Avoid


Most disposable products are made up of either paper or plastic materials and vary in terms of packaging. Whether they are packaged in boxes, plastic wrap, or bags in the end they all end up in the garbage. What many people fail to see though is that even though the items may be trash once used, it costs you money to do so. 

Disposal products also have a negative impact on the environment. Each time you toss something in the trash, you are just adding to the already existing piles of disposables in landfills. While not everyone can give up all forms of disposable items depending on individual and family needs, even giving up a few items can help save you money as well as the environment. Here are some items to consider.

1. Paper coffee cups. If you have to buy coffee while on the go purchase a refillable coffee thermos. Many places will even give a discount on the coffee which will pay for the cost of your refillable cup overtime.

2. Bottled water. It makes no sense at all to purchase bottled water yet most of us do even if it is only occasionally. Most of those bottles end up in the landfill. Instead, choose reusable, non-toxic,BPA-free water bottles filled with filtered tap water. You’ll save money, reduce your toxin load, and protect the environment all at once. 

3. Paper or plastic plates. These are most commonly used during parties and are such a waste of money. You can buy a bunch of sturdy reusable picnic dishes almost as cheaply as disposable ones. 

4. Plastic utensils. Disposable utensils are also unnecessary in every shape and form. You can now buy biodegradable, wooden and other types of compostable utensils which are obviously a better choice than plastic ones, however, in most cases (unless its a big party or event) you don't need to be using disposables at all.

5. Plastic straws. While straws are great for smoothies, milkshakes, and other drinks you may want to consider switching to stainless steel straws . What’s great about them is that you can clean them and reuse them for years.

6. Ziploc Bags. Ziploc bags are not only expensive, they are also difficult to recycle. It is much more sensible to buy reusable containers for storing leftovers or other foods.

7. Plastic shopping bags. Plastic bags are such an eyesore when strewn among the streets and are dangerous to wildlife. Keep reusable bags somewhere handy such as near the door or where you keep your wallet or purse. This you don’t forget them when you go shopping.

8. Paper Towels. Cotton washcloths are very inexpensive and work even better than paper towels.  It is very wasteful to use paper towels for liquid spills when you can just grab a cloth or rag and get the job done just as good.

9. Toilet paper. This one may not work for many people who are used to toilet paper. You won't know for sure unless you try. Some alternatives to using toilet paper are cloth wipes, and bidetsBidets is basically a sprayer that is attached near the toilet and available in many varieties. They are inexpensive and very easy to use. 

10. Floss picks. These might seem a quick and easy way to keep your teeth clean, but they are not reusable and costs much more than plain dental floss.




11. Diapers and wipes. Cloth diapers are no more time consuming than disposable diapers. Only difference is one goes to a landfill. This may not work for everyone but how will you know unless you give it a try. You can purchase individual cloth diapers to give it a trial run. You may even be lucky enough to get some free from companies looking for parents to test their diapers.

12. Nursing pads. Many breastfeeding mothers will start off with disposables and end up switchingto reuseables. Many mothers feel more comfortable with the soft cloth as opposed to the disposable ones.

13. Feminine hygiene pads or tampons. Did you know that there are now reusable products available for your periods? These include cloth pads and the diva cup.  Cloth pads are just as sanitary as the disposables without the added toxins. The diva cup fits like a tampon but catches your flow instead of absorbing it. 

14. Razors. If you are using disposable razors, it’s time to stop. You’re not doing the environment or your body any favors. Invest in an electric razor or am epilator to remove unwanted hair. Of course they are more expensive yet will pay for itself over time.

15. Travel size beauty products. Everyone knows it's cheaper to buy in bulk so why throw away money on travel-size toiletries that cost much more per ounce than the larger bottles you use at home? Instead, pick up a set of empty travel-size bottles and fill them with your favorite shampoo, conditioner, skincare lotion and other products.

16. Batteries. Disposable batteries are not only a re not only a waste of money but are very toxic when they enter landfills. They contain harmful metals like nickel,cadium, cobalt and they also contain mercury. If these chemicals leach into our environment, they are detrimental to our health and wildlife. Buy rechargeable batteries that can last up to several thousand recharges. Save money and keep these toxic chemicals out of landfills!

17. Ink Cartridges. Every school year we all buy new disposable pens and ink cartridges but where do the old ones go? Most likely they end up in landfills. To avoid this, buy refillable pens and ink cartridges.

18. Vacuum bags. The next time your vacuum needs replacing, consider buying one that doesn’t require vacuum bags. Most vacuums now have canisters you can empty and washable filters.

19. Dryer sheets. Dryer sheets are loaded with chemicals and quite pricey. For an alternative either add 1/4 cup of baking soda or vinegar to the wash to freshen up a load. You can also use wool dryer balls or make a ball out of aluminium foil. No toxins, no waste.

20. Gift wrap. Why not get creative with your wrapping instead of using wrapping paper from the shop. You can make gift wrap by using cloth fabrics, baskets, reuseable containers, or cloth bags. Wrap the gift and secure the end with some ribbon or elastic. 

Disposable Products to Avoid

Which disposable products have you stopped buying?