Baby, Baby! is a cute board book by Diane Stortz, illustrated by Ailie Busby. The book showcases typical baby abilities while teaching about God’s love. Baby will enjoy rhymes, colorful illustrations, a big mirror, familiar activities, and other smiley babies. This book combines all these features into a short rhyming poem, ending with a reminder that Baby will always be loved by God. #BabyBaby #FlyBy Take a peek at what we thought about this book:
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Over the past few years, I have learned so much about eating healthy, local and organic and we feel so much better! I am always on the lookout for USDA organic products that I can trust to nourish myself and my family. Recently, as a member of Moms Meet (greenmomsmeet.com), I received samples to try out from ORGANIC INDIA.
As a tea lover, I was very excited to see the USDA logo on some delicious sounding teas! ORGANIC INDIA makes their trademark product, Tulsi (Holy Basil) tea in over 20 flavors, and I tried out:
Tulsi (Holy Basil) Original
Tulsi (Holy Basil) Green
Tulsi (Holy Basil) Moringa
Tulsi (Holy Basil) Cinnamon Rose
I later bought the Tulsi (Holy Basil) Lemon Ginger
My favorite may be the original Tulsi. I started with that one and just love it. The flavor is light and delicate, but seems to have a more robust flavor to me than a green tea, for example. I did not feel I needed to add lemon or honey to enjoy it, and it was not too strong or dense a tea flavor either. I was happy that I did not have to talk my family into trying our Organic India items. On the contrary, I had to share more than I wanted to! MY husband loved the Tulsi (Holy Basil) Moringa, and pretty much used the whole box. My one daughter enjoyed the Tulsi (Holy Basil) Cinnamon Rose, and I was thrilled when she would choose that over something like hot chocolate. Seriously.
When I ran out of all my teas, I got the Tulsi (Holy Basil) Lemon Ginger, and I like that as well. It has a definite ginger bit of spiciness to it. My least favorite would be the Tulsi (Holy Basil) Green, that just did not taste enough for me. The teas are organic, caffeine free and just as much a herbal supplement as a cup of tea. The Holy Basil is noted for its stress relieving properties. Organic India website mentions that “modern research has classified Tulsi as an adaptogenic herb. Adaptogens have been shown to support the body’s natural immune system while relieving the body’s negative reaction to stress.
Support for the immune system
Increased stamina and endurance
Relief and protection from everyday stress
video on tulsi:
Other tea flavors add additional properties, but after drinking the Tulsi teas for over a month, I agree they are stress relieving and I really look forward to my cup of tea.
I also realized that Organic India offers all kinds of organically grown herbal supplements. I began to try out several supplements that came in capsule form as well as a neat product, Moringa Leaf Powder.
As we enjoy smoothies very often, the Moringa Leaf Powder was easy to incorporate into our diet. I simply added a 1/2 teaspoon whenever I made a smoothie. I also would sprinkle it into stews and soups, occassionally pasta sauce. I think it gave my family some benefit. Research supports that it definitely can. I can say that my kids stayed healthy during a nasty round of colds and flu going around!
Here are some details on Moringa:
Moringa is considered one of the most complete, nutrient-dense plants on Earth, containing over 90 nutrients, 46 antioxidants, and abundant minerals.
Moringa leaves have been eaten for thousands of years as a superfood nutritional supplement, and are often used to combat malnutrition in impoverished countries.
Daily use of Moringa as a dietary supplement can help restore nutritional imbalances.
This concentrated superfood is both alkalizing and energizing, and is abundant in vitamins, minerals and complex amino acids.
ORGANIC INDIA Moringa is USDA Certified Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, Kosher and Halal certified, gluten-free, and vegan.
One 8 oz. canister of Moringa Leaf Powder retails for $22.99, and 90 capsules of Moringa retails for $19.99.
How will you enjoy your daily dose of Moringa? You can sprinkle it in soups, smoothies, and over salads, or combine it with almost anything to create a power-packed punch of nutrition. Moringa can be mixed in with mac-and-cheese or other children’s foods to add a serving of the green superfood to kids’ diets as well.
The herbal supplements I tried include:
Moringa (in capsule form) -help to restore your imbalances, add concentrated superfood nutrition to your diet and help you to consume the recommended 6-10 servings of vegetables per day.
Joy! -uplifts mood, boosts energy and vitality, and reduces emotional tension and stress
Turmeric Formula -supports important blood and liver functions, healthy joints and overall well-being, which is ultimately reflected in a radiant, supple skin.
My husband has been using the Moringa and says he feels better when he takes it. I take the Joy! and Turmeric and I feel that they have helped keep me reasonably healthy during a hard winter. I love knowing that the supplements are USDA certified, that makes me more confident in their ability to work.
Video on supplements:
ORGANIC INDIA describes its mission as “To provide true wellness for all by offering 100% organic, pure, and natural products.” ORGANIC INDIA also strives to create a sustainable global environment by working with thousands of family farmers in India on tens of thousands of acres of certified organic farmland. The company actively promotes sustainable agriculture and pays these farmers premium prices for their crops.
So far, I am very impressed with these products. The teas and supplements we tried are tasty and I feel they are of good quality. I like that the Organic India USA website offers ALL kinds of detailed information on their products, even videos explaining the health benefits of the various supplements. Try out their Organic India Herb Finder! #momsmeet
As well as online, I can find the teas in many of my local stores including Vitamin Shoppe and my local Food Co-op.
I really recommend these products. Check them out for yourself, and Save 20% on Organic India products by using the code kiwi20. This code is for one-time use only.
*I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product.
As we recently moved into a new area, my world is a bit upside down right now. And, while I am figuring out what activities are available for my kids at the moment, the Summer Camp programs and registrations are all popping up already! I know many camps fill up quickly, so I am sifting through some things, trying to come up with some plans for Summer.
One thing that caught my attention was the British Soccer Camp. Em has played Soccer for a few years and always enjoys it, so I think we will try this out. There appear to be camps for all ages, nationwide, and the prices look very reasonable. I am really looking forward to reviewing this opportunity.
Check it out:
British Soccer Camp is the most popular camp in North America – 150,000 campers! With an innovative curriculum that develops skills, speed and confidence in players ages 3-18, British Soccer Camps provide boys and girls with the rare opportunity to receive high-level soccer coaching from a team of international expert’s right in the heart of their own community. In addition to teaching new skills and improving game performance, each British Soccer Camp provides lessons in character development, cultural education and is the most fun your child can have learning the sport they love!
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*I will receive a promotional item in return for posting about British Soccer Camp.
I think by now we’ve all heard the varied opinions on detoxes. Some are for a strict juice detox or otherwise, and some say that our liver does a fine job of detoxing on its own – why starve ourselves?!
I am never one for starving myself so I am somewhere in the middle. I listen to my body as best I can and it is definitely not telling me to go hungry (big surprise) But if I can find a way to support my liver, sure!
I’m always keeping an eye out for small, sustainable things I can build into my daily routines, because if I make something a habit, I don’t have to use willpower to keep it up!! I came across Your Tea, and I was excited to test it out. Your Tea builds its blends according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) principles to bring together an effective fusion of herbs that can assist with:
reduction of excess weight
I regularly drink herbal tea (my usual is peppermint with raw honey and ACV added) so adding this to my routine was easy! The biggest benefit I noticed was that it helped me to pay attention to when and what I was eating, and it reduced my appetite – especially for sweets. After a few days I was actually craving the earthy tea instead of sweets. Most importantly, it does not have a laxative effect!
It gently cleanses and nourishes the digestive system, helping it to work efficiently and keeping you in tip-top shape. I believe that if your gut is unhappy – there is no doubt that symptoms will show throughout the rest of your body! I experienced this for years until I realized I was only treating symptoms not finding the root of the problem.
Initially, the Tiny Tea may stir up some…leftover stuff in your digestive system, so I experienced maybe two days of a weird feeling after the tea, but after that I craved it.
In addition to the Tiny Tea, they have tons of other varieties I am interested in that assist with fertility, hormone balance and more. Find them here.
Visit the site to find all the details and take advantage of a 5% coupon when you sign up for their newsletter!
Do you drink herbal tea for your health?What’s your favorite?
I’ve recently discovered Thrive Market, and am happy to see such a place popping up online! It has a product lineup best compared to Whole Foods, with prices and a membership setup similar to Costco (price 25-50% off retail). They also aim to make “healthy living easy and affordable for everyone”, and for every membership purchased, one is given to a low-income family.
And for the readers here – they are generously giving one year membership for free, a $59.95 value! Enter for the chance to have access all year to 25-50% off your favorite organic and natural market items.
I love shopping at my local health food store, but love online shopping even more…so I felt right at home here. I did a little research for you via an order thanks to the kind folks at Thrive and I am really excited to report how wonderful my experience was!
First of all, the website is gorgeous. I love clean, simple lines and this site balances a full inventory with a surprisingly clean, minimal interface. Easy to navigate and shop – which makes the process faster and much easier than in-store shopping.
The product lineup is pretty extensive. I found all of my favorite teas, baking ingredients/dry goods, snack bars and supplements. There are a few things I may still have to go to my local health food store, like refrigerated probiotics.
Oh – and an important feature – once you have an account, your shopping cart syncs across devices! I love this since I often pause and pick back up later on my iPad.
They have my favorite tea for almost 1/2 price! I actually have paid even more than the retail price they list for it – bad!
easy checkout (really, really easy)
get your organic goods while catching up on Scandal
still get your refrigerated items at the store
shipping is average – not fast, not slow
can’t wait for even more products available
So, you can save money while eating clean, healthy foods. And, especially if you live in an area where organic foods are hard to find, Thrive Market is an essential site to check out! I am happy to share the below giveaway. Good luck!
Whether you like to enter the new year with a list of resolutions for yourself or not – you can’t deny that a shiny new year is associated with a clean, fresh start!
I personally do not like resolutions. Only a mere 8% of people have success*, and the rest may feel badly about the “failure” and end up worse than before! A big new years resolution (they can be small but let’s face it, they are usually big ones) doesn’t exactly jive with the “baby steps” path to health that I subscribe to. For example, the top resolution is to lose weight. But that doesn’t associate well with the reason WHY you want to do that, or how. It’s a giant, looming, disconnected ambition without a plan. Instead, choose a baby step that focuses on happiness, or a small goal that is a part of reaching your weight goal. In time, the weight loss will feel like a coincidental by-product.
With that in mind, do take advantage of the clean slate and think about what baby steps you can take this month to start the year off right! Maybe this will be the year of lasting habits, not resolutions.
Keep an eye on your email – this month we have several giveaways coming up to help you on your way!
Disclosure: As an Affiliate Blogger for Busch Gardens Virginia through Mom Central I received an invitation to a Christmas Town Preview Event. Opinions are my own.
Well, I haven’t fully decided on our Thanksgiving menu for this year yet, but I am definitely in a much merrier mood after visiting Busch Gardens® Christmas Town™ for a Preview Event!
Nothing lifts my spirits more in Winter than gorgeous sparkling lights, hot cocoa, and beautiful Christmas music. We began our evening at the Christmas Town Lighting Ceremony with the O’Tannenbaum Tree in front of Das Festhaus. A collective roar of approval went through the crowd at the lighting of 8 million Christmas lights and I am so glad we were there.
Shortly after the tree lighting, it began to get dark and the park really took on a festive and magical appearance.
I honestly enjoyed the lighting throughout the park the most overall.
My daughter was delighted with the refillable hot cocoa mugs, the rides and the fun of running around after dark in winter weather. While obviously not all the rides are open, many are and I loved seeing the England Skyride cars going across the sky rimmed with lights.
As I was cold (definitely dress warmly this year!), I ended up wandering through many of the shops. I got a beautiful mistletoe ornament in the England Christmas Towne Shoppe, and walked outside to find “snow” falling. Just beautiful. My kids were enjoying the firepit with peppermint hot chocolates.
Personally, I thought the lights at the Polar Pathway in Italy were the most amazing.
I also loved the Peace on Earth theme reflected in so many lights in Italy.
We wandered around just enjoying all the lighting, heading towards Castle O’ Sullivan in Ireland for a Dinner at Santa’s Fireside Feast.While this was especially for my youngest, we all enjoyed the show and got to visit with Santa Claus, have cookies served by Mrs. Claus and watch the jolly elves. A fun experience overall.
After dinner, we discussed which show to see, with choices like the Scrooge No More, Miracles and Gloria. We peeked in at the Deck the Halls performance in Das Festhaus. At that point, my daughter learned there were live penguins over in the Ice Palace, so shows were put on hold and we continued our journey around the park.
All too soon, it was closing time. As usual, we did not get to do everything available! I need to go back and see more of the live shows, which all sounded wonderful. As a southern girl, I just wish it would stay about 50 degrees for me, but nevertheless, I would go back. I think this is a fantastic holiday tradition for families and yet again, I found all the employees very kind, the park clean and the festivities and shows family friendly.
Take a look at the Christmas Town website to plan your trip, Christmas town runs through December 31, 2014. And yes, your kids will be tired out from having so much fun!
As an aside, I’d also like to share that I got to try out Photokey. Photokey is a new program they are offering at the park. Using Photokey, you can visit places inside the park, take digital pictures that are then available online for you to access and print, even create gifts.
I had some trouble with my photokey, because of a problem with my password. I was really upset, but it was my error. Luckily, they figured out the issue and I was able to get some great shots. I love the idea of owning all my photos. We were able to get some beautiful photos of my daughter with Santa Claus and now I can turn these into ornaments for grandparents! I do recommend looking into the Photokey service.
Here are a few of my favorite spots with Photokey locations in the park:
Highland Stables (Scotland)
Christmas Carriage (Big Ben in England)
O Tannenbaum (Oktoberfest)
Polar Pictures (Polar Pathway in Italy)
Visit Christmas Town for Christmas Town details, and to watch for specials – I have seen a few already. I so want to go back with all my family! To see more pictures check out #ChristmasTown, or @BuschGardensVA on Twitter and Instagram. The official Facebook page is:www.facebook.com/buschgardens.
You can also download the Busch Gardens mobile app, it is available on the iTunes and Google Play store. Play a new scavenger hunt in the app, while you are enjoying Christmas Town:)
Oh WOW. We had a fantastic time at the LEGO® KidsFest at Virginia’s Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, VA last Friday!
My expectations were pretty high after hearing about the event, but the reality was even better than I expected. First of all, there were SO many things to do. I felt a bit overwhelmed, but in a good way! Legos were everywhere:
They had so many event areas for the kids (and parents) to play in, we never even got to do everything while we were there for over four hours. My daughter particularly loved seeing all the full size lego figures. They had so many popular figures, from Star Wars to The Lego Movie to Marvel. I loved how several areas offered photo booths and handed us a hard copy of our photo! I assumed it would be an extra cost and what a nice surprise for a parent that it was free.
The Master Builder, Chris, was fascinating, talking about how he creates the figures. The kids were so attentive and excited with his talk, and I loved the way he treated the children. He really listened to them and answered their questions. In fact, the entire staff was extremely good with the kids. They were very friendly and helpful, and just treated the children with kindness and respect. I was surprised and I know the kids appreciated that. I saw one little boy, so excited to talk with Chris, the master builder. He showed Chris something of an idea of his and Chris was so positive. It was just really good.
My daughter was just jumping from one thing like the girls legos, to the brick piles, to the Star Wars area all night, and creativity was really encouraged. Kids were able to make things and put them in display cases and many areas offered relay races and building competitions, all in good fun.
Food was available and I do think the price was reasonable for what they offered. Only one show remains for 2014, In Indianapolis, but I really recommend watching for this coming near you in 2015! I would love to take a pile of kids, it is well worth a trip.
I encourage you to LIKE and Follow LEGOKidsFest on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram for all the latest ticketing updates as this event has been selling out in prior cities.
The LEGO KidsFest 2014 has one remaining tour stop Indianapolis, IN (Nov. 7 – 9).
LEGO KidsFest is a hands-on, educational, all-ages LEGO extravaganza features millions of LEGO bricks, not to mention lots of construction zones, dozens of life-sized LEGO models and displays, LEGO Friends, LEGO Chima, LEGO Star Wars, live LEGO Master Builders, and so much more covering three acres of space.
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