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Do you have a hard time just finding time to stay active? Do you decide not to exercise or change to a healthier diet because these changes seem overwhelming?

The Moderation Nation Web site can help with this. Moderation Nation is a national wellness campaign created by the Hershey Center for Health & Nutrition® (HCHN), in collaboration with the American Dietetic Association and the American Council on Exercise, to help people access practical tips, tools and resources for achieving balance in nutrition and physical activity while enjoying chocolate in moderation.

I got a kick out of some of their ideas:

  • Activity Snacks. When it comes to getting active, sometimes you need to think of activity as a “snack,” not an hour-long workout or elaborate routine, but something simple and fun to fit into your busy lifestyle. Moderation Nation has created several “Activity Snacks” to get you moving throughout the day – in the kitchen, while watching TV, playing with kids indoors and outdoors, or at your desk.
  • Batuka Videos. A fitness activity fit for the whole family. The video will help you learn the Batuka dance in the comfort of your living room, while having fun and getting in some of your daily recommended physical activity.
  • Activity Snack App. A free app that can help you track your exercise “snacks”

Visit to The Moderation Nation Web site to see more about Nation™ Activity Snacks™ and Batuka Dance.

We had fun doing the Batuka Dance! (Batuka is a South American dance, combining fun moves and great music.)

We had fun doing the Batuka Dance! (Batuka is a South American dance, combining fun moves and great music.)

Want to win a “Moderation Nation” prize pack, which includes one bag of Hershey®’s Drops, a Moderation Nation tee shirt, a Moderation Nation branded bag, Hershey’s coupons, and Moderation Nation recipe cards?


I challenge you to try Batuka to win the “Moderation Nation” prize pack!

Mandatory Entry: leave me a comment about how much you like to dance

For additional entries, you can:

Please leave separate comments for each entry method:)

Hershey Center for Health & Nutrition provided me with this prize pack and information.

Watch for new packaging

Watch for new packaging

As a Mom, I try to keep updated about things that may affect my children. I recently heard that Tylenol is making some changes in Infants and Children’s Tylenol. I want to forward this information to my readers as I know it is important. As early as this next cold and flu season, changes will be being made. These changes affect:

Concentration – Infants’ TYLENOL® will now have the same concentration of the active ingredient, acetaminophen, as Children’s TYLENOL®, which will standardize dosing across the products and age groups.

Dosage Methods and Packaging – When Infants’ TYLENOL® returns to store shelves as early as this upcoming cold and flu season, the products will continue to include specially designed dosing devices appropriate to the age of the child.

Infants’ TYLENOL® will include SIMPLEMEASURE®, a new, enhanced bottle with a protective opening and push-in syringe designed to:

  • Provide even more accurate dosing and easier administration to infants
  • Allow for better control when dispensing with fewer spills
  • Further reduce the risk of children getting to the medicine in the bottle

Children’s TYLENOL® bottles will also have a protective opening that will make it more difficult for children to get into the bottles.

There may be a time period when more than one concentration of infants’ acetaminophen products will be available in stores, and parents and caregivers might have both in their medicine cabinets. Caregivers should always read and follow the dosing directions on the package they are using.

Parents and caregivers should contact their child’s healthcare provider if they have questions about dosing instructions.

You can find more information on the TYLENOL Products Update Page.

Helpful Tips for Giving Medicines to Infants and Children:

Simply remember to NURSE

Never give adult medicines to children.

Use the measuring device (syringe, dropper, dosage cup) that comes with the medicine every time you use it. Don’t use kitchen spoons (teaspoons or tablespoons).

Read and follow instructions on the label. Never give more than the recommended dose and do not give the medication more frequently than recommended.

Store all medicines out of the reach of children. Immediately following use, always restore the child resistant cap and put the medicine back into a high and out of sight location.

Every child grows. Know the infant’s or child’s weight and/or age to help determine the appropriate dosage.

“I wrote this post as part of a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Tylenol. I received information and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”

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If you are interested in learning more about Autism or looking for some support I totally recommend visiting Penny Ray at Not New To Autism. She has a wealth of information and great ideas! And, in honor of World Autism Day I’d like to share a special video from

The Swingset Mamas:


Looking for a cool addition to the baby’s nursery? A way to help your whole family breathe a bit easier and healthier during the long days of winter?

Check this out–Purely Products has released a Healthy Night Light. This is an air purifier inside a night light…basically an LED light with a built in ionizer. The light has an energy efficient long life LED 35,000 hours and cleans the air even when the light is off–it is an automatic on-off light (so you don’t have to do a thing!) Also, the light is cool to the touch an important aspect to me with my young child.

puvhnl1pp_400So, how does it work? The built in ionizer releases negative ions that clean the air, removing dust mites, pollen, mold spores, pet dander, smoke and other airborne allergens. Each one is effective in a room up to 12’x12′.

Health Benefits
  • Built-in ionizer emits refreshing negative ions
  • Cleans the air, controlling pet dander, pollen, dust mites, mold spores, smoke & other allergens
  • Negative ions have been shown to increase levels of serotonin, delivering more oxygen to the brain
  • Great for people with asthma, allergies & pet dander issues

My husband commented that he thinks we have been sleeping a bit easier since we got this in December…with our cat and dog and the fact that I cannot keep up with the dust around here, I figure using this healthy night light in our bedroom is a simple, beneficial little addition. I have it placed near my youngest daughter’s bed and my only complaint is that I didn’t get it in pink! I have a few other Purely Products and I find their items really fascinating–I especially like my handy-dandy germ killing pocket purifier.

The Healthy Night Light comes in cream, pink and blue and can be used anywhere you’d want some low-level light at night: nurseries, children’s bedrooms, seniors living spaces…

There is also a two year warranty. The Healthy Night Light single pack is $19.95, or purchase 2 for $29.95–you can even mix and match your colors.

You can visit the website at Purely Products and interact with Purely Products on Facebook and Twitter.

AND…I get to give one away to a lucky winner!

I want to make this a quick turn around contest as I am late posting this already (I know, I’m usually so perfect. No laughing!) Seriously, I think this is an ingenious product and I would love to have one of my readers win it. So, lets make this simple.

To enter, go “like” Purely Products on Facebook. Come back here and tell me that you did for your entry. If you feel chatty, also tell me what color you’d get:)

I will draw a winner on 1/10/11 (my son’s birthday!!) Good luck.

“This is a MamaBuzz review. The product was provided by Purely Products for this review.”

Fit Mommy Friday!

Heather —  November 12, 2010

Curious? You can see my Fit Mommy Challenge Post. Today, I need to list how I am doing on my goals in the challenge.

  1. My goal: To continue to eat only organic foods- Did This, no eating out this week
  2. To lose 10 Lbs for Christmas- Well, have not lost any yet.
  3. To drink wine at most 1-2 nights per week, a maximum of 2 glasses- Blew this, I know, it doesn’t matter its organic. My husband pointed that out….
  4. To not eat at all after 7:30 pm- Did eat several times after 7:30. I kept forgetting. Noticed I look for carbs- crackers, things like that after kids are settled and I’m tidying kitchen
  5. To not eat/taste batter/appetizers etc while Holiday cooking- Did not eat while cooking, except when I put out appetizers for company. I probably ate way too many calories there, talking and moving around
  6. To incorporate more veggies into my diet- Ate carrots for snack 2x, purposefully did not buy anything like pretzels. Added more veges to lunches
  7. To exercise at least 4x per week- Exercised officially 2x.

ok. So there you have it. Not a great re-start. But, I kept putting it off, then the week was almost gone. I was more aware and mentally noticing my weaknesses, rather than trying not to!

Now that I’ve faced my weaknesses…yuck….I have high hopes for this upcoming week.

Head over to Got Chai to how the other participants are doing!

Whole Foods Holiday Gift Boxes.

Heather —  November 8, 2010

I love gift boxes!! Honestly, my favorite treats are gift baskets. It is even better when the mailman comes…and you don’t know what you’ll find inside…I just love the anticipation with this kind of gift!

Anyway, suffice it to say I’m a sucker for the Holiday gift boxes and baskets. So, when I saw that my favorite store, Whole Foods, is offering Holiday Gift Boxes this season, I got, well, a bit over-excited. Those of you who know me, know that I did.

So is it wrong to have that kidlike eagerness?

Nah. Enjoy life, right?

And, if you want to treat friends and family…but not load them down with foods with artificial preservatives, flavors and hydrogenated fats, this is a great way to go. All the products inside the gift boxes meet the Whole Foods Quality Standards.

I may just order myself another one. Or two.

As you can see in my video, I got the Ciao Down Package. This is a great one for large families—A healthy, full meal, with a special appetizer and bit of dessert!

I loved the selection of Whole Foods Gift Boxes. You can choose from:

  • The Gift of Grub – Summer sausage (with no artificial nitrates!), shortbread, nuts, caramels, chocolate and more.
  • You’re Zenzational — Lotions, bath salts and other personal care products.
  • Get Warm, Get Fuzzy – Coffee, tea and cocoa together with plenty of sweet treats.
  • “You Rock” Box o’ Choc – A tremendous amount of chocolate, including bars, cookies and brownie bites.
  • Ciao Down – Pastas, sauce, pesto and other classics combine for easy Italian feasts.

I can’t decide which other one I’d really want. Shortbread vs. Coffee? Spa products? Who decided what was to be in the boxes? They are geniuses. The only hard thing about giving these gift boxes is making the choices. Seriously. (If you really cannot decide, they have gift cards, too)

Also, how often have you felt badly when you get tons of packaging? I was impressed that my package was sturdy but not overpackaged. Whole Foods says that they went green for these gift boxes. Want specifics? Here you are:

“By using a higher quality corrugated cardboard in one box instead of lower quality in two, we were able to use fewer resources. And the cardboard we did use is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (license code FSC-C101601).”And, for packing materials, they use 15% post-industrial waste shredded paper that is compostable and recyclable.

Prices range from $40 to $60 (plus shipping).

You can’t get these in-store—they are only available online. You can also check out Gift Box FAQ!

I received a Ciao Down Gift Box from Whole Foods for my Review. I have given my honest opinion.

Fit Mommy Friday

Heather —  November 5, 2010

Well, I jumped back into Fit Mommy Friday on Nov. 3rd, officially. You can see my Fit Mommy Challenge Post. Today, I need to list my goals for the challenge.

  1. To continue to eat only organic foods. I began this in April. From time to time, I have cheated–only very slightly though–this mainly happens when I eat out. Occasionally, I will also take a review item that I will try for the family, because it IS pretty healthy and I like to offer healthy giveaways. Overall, this goal is pretty much accomplished, but I want it to be a total way of life.
  2. To lose 10 Lbs for Christmas
  3. To drink wine at most 1-2 nights per week, a maximum of 2 glasses
  4. To not eat at all after 7:30 pm
  5. To not eat/taste batter/appetizers etc while Holiday cooking
  6. To incorporate more veggies into my diet
  7. To exercise at least 4x per week

ok. So there you have it. Wish me luck? Also, you are welcome to join in! Head over to Got Chai to join up!

Fit Mommy Friday

Heather —  November 3, 2010

Ok. So let’s try this AGAIN.

A sweet blogging friend of mine began a challenge a while back called Fit Mommy. The concept is great–eat healthy, exercise, challenge yourself to whatever level you want. Check in with a group of likeminded and supportive women with a check-in blog post each Friday and read up about how everyone else is doing.

I started out with a bang. Then, the weather continued to be freezing…and I got sick. I whined and groaned and over the next few weeks, basically dropped out of Fit Mommy. (I think they were probably glad)

Anyway, I saw recently that Fit Mommy is having a showdown to help people get motivated again during the Holiday Season:

“Beginning Monday, October 25 and running through December 31st (65 days), Fit Mommy is hosting its first Fitness Challenge!”

Now, I just blogged about this, and I know it’s a bit late. But everyone is welcome to join in…and there is even a prize package for a lucky Fit Mommy!!

I told Denise (the original Fit Mommy) that I really should do this. I also admitted that I could probably drop some weight instantaneously if I quit one thing….yes, that would be having a glass of wine in the evenings. Or was that two? (yes, mom, I’m mostly joking)

Anyway, Smart Fit Mommy Denise sent me a fantastic video clip that says it all. Take a look:

Motivated? There are a bunch of people playing along–Go to Got Chai to join in!

My goals? I will post them this coming Friday! Right now, I am off to download Fit Mommy 10 Week Daily Checklist available through Mrs. White’s blog @ The Legacy of Home (She’s the co-host for the challenge:)