Friday, October 31, 2014

Shopping Savings: Kidoodle TV

A Parent Media Co. Inc. (“APMC”) is pleased to announce the launch of its Kidoodle.TV® Halloween coupon campaign. The popular on demand video service for kids 12 and under is offering downloadable, printable coupon pages and promo codes perfect for sharing two months of free service (a $10 value) with Trick-or-Treaters, in Halloween treat bags, and more.  
As issues of childhood obesity continue to be a worldwide problem, Kidoodle.TV is happy to provide parents, teachers, grandparents, and others with a fantastic candy alternative.  “APMC and Kidoodle.TV were created to bring joy to children everywhere in a safe and wholesome way,” said Mike Lowe, President, A Parent Media Co. Inc. and Founder, Kidoodle.TV. “Many parents are looking for healthier ways to celebrate Halloween, and we are thrilled to offer a Spooktacular treat kids can enjoy well beyond holiday.” 
Built for kids and loved by parents, Kidoodle.TV is a mobile, fun and safe way to keep kids entertained. Featuring quality entertainment and educational programs from the likes of Hasbro, DHX, National Geographic and more, Kidoodle.TV contains no adult content and no commercials.  In addition, the service offers robust parental controls and viewing time limits.  Committed to a strong corporate social ethic for giving to those in need, APMC will donate $.50 for every Halloween promo code used between October 1 and November 30, 2014 to Ronald McDonald House Charities® Canada.
For more information and to download printable Halloween coupons, please visit

About Kidoodle.TV®
Kidoodle.TV® is an online, streaming video service for children ages 12 and under. It is not only mobile, but safe, with robust parental controls and time limits. Featuring a brightly colored, easy-to-use user interface, customizable profiles for up to 5 children, and great entertainment and educational content from a variety of sources for only $4.99/month, Kidoodle.TV is child oriented and convenient, with no adult content and no commercials. Kidoodle.TV® is owned by A Parent Media Co. Inc., a family focused company. Kidoodle.TV is certified by the kidSAFE® Seal Program and has received the Parent Tested, Parent Approved Award. 

Healthy Habits: Nasal Health Tips

Flu season happens between October and May. Although scientists are not really sure why the flu circulates every year, it is one thing in life that is pretty much a guarantee.  When the weather starts to cool down, little kids noses are getting stuffed up and the nasty boogers are starting to run down their face. Pediatric recommended Boogie Wipes want to share some tips to help your family stay healthy.
How to Blast Booger Picking
  • Hold a Booger Picking Intervention- Gather all the members of your family and calmly explain to your little one that booger picking is not an appetizing thing to witness. Explain to them that although many kids do it, it is not a good habit to have.
  • Break the Cycle- Chances are if your little one is digging for gold than they are developing a bad habit. Break the cycle! Begin a new habit by waking up and adding nose blowing to their morning hygiene schedule. A fun way to get them excited is by buying fun products. Boogie Wipes are great wipes to use on little ones; they have fun smells like grape and are super gentle saline wipes.
  • Keep Their Hands Busy- Breaking a habit takes time and distractions. If your child picks their nose while riding in the car, begin by introducing new tasks they can do to distract them from digging for gold. Hand your child a tissue every time you see her put her finger in her nose. Chances are she'll get so frustrated with having to wipe her nose every time you catch her picking she'll turn to the tissues more often instead.
  • Check that thing out- Take a look at their nose, if it is red and itchy no wonder they run for the hills at the site of a tissue. Invest in some nasal TLC products that will get their little honker up and running. Run a humidifier in your home or in your child’s bedroom. If your child’s nose itches, he might be picking it at to relieve the itching. A humidifier increases the moisture in the air, which can help with the dryness in his nose.
  • If All Else Fails- Take charge and keep your kid’s nose clean. Use a suction bulb, tissue or cotton swab to remove boogers and crust. When nothing's in your their nose to pick out hopefully your kid will get the hint and move on. Plus they will hate being treated like an infant and will begin to take on cleaning their own noses.
Tips for Mastering the Art of Nose Blowing
  • Ditch the tissue. It is best to take teaching nose blowing in phases. Rather than overwhelming your child with a tissue in his or her face, capitalize on other opportunities to familiarize your child with the meaning of blowing air through the nose. Oftentimes, children will quickly inhale and exhale air through their noses when excited. Get your child excited with a toy or funny face and when he or she starts to blow out puffs of air, give praise and congratulate him or her using the specific phrase you plan on saying when you want your child to blow into a tissue. Doing this on a regular basis will help children learn what blowing a nose means, like they learn how to wave or give a high-five.
  • Take advantage of bath time. Bath time is prime time to introduce your children to the idea of what it feels like to blow air through their nose and how to do it on demand. Have your child put his or nose just below the surface of the water and blow bubbles using only the nose.
  • Use a mirror. While you might know that blowing your nose causes something to happen, it can be a hard concept for children to grasp. They may not know that a sneeze makes it easier for them to breathe and that something actually comes out of their nose when it is blown. Have your child stand in front of the mirror the next time he or she has a stuffy nose, and although it may be gross, have him or her blow until they can see the mucus coming out.
  • Set up a racetrack. Another way to make learning to blow air out of the nose fun is to set up a simple racetrack on your kitchen table. Create a start and finish line and line up two light weight objects like a sequin, the corner of a piece of paper or a feather. Have your child position his or her face level with the table, you do the same, and then race to see who can blow their object across the finish line, using only your noses, first.
  • Make it their responsibility. Just like learning how to tie shoelaces is an accomplishment children look forward to conquering, mastering nose blowing can make your child feel just as important if you set it up properly. Get as creative as you want and present your child with a special handkerchief, decorated box of tissues or moist nose wipes he or she can use for nose blowing whenever needed. Or, let your kids decorate the box of tissues or wipes themselves and challenge them to be able to blow their noses without help by the time the box runs out.
Boogie Wipes are a soft, scented way to clean kids sticky, booger covered faces. Recently, they launched a product that makes nasal congestion relief more appealing and fun for children. Boogie Mist is a saline mist that is all natural and non-medicated. The Schnozzle, AKA scented nozzle, comes in grape and fresh scent to make the booger clearing process a little more appealing for kids. Having the flu isn’t fun for anyone, but Boogie Mist makes the most out of a bad situation.  

Parenting Pointers: STEAM vs. STEM

STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) has been a hot topic in recent years. Now there's a push to add A for Arts/Humanities to make it STEAM. 

Eric Klopfer is Professor and the Director of the MIT Scheller Teacher Education Program and the Director of the The Education Arcade. He provided some insight into the value of the arts and humanities and tips to encourage STEAM in your kids.

Contest: Del Fratelli Ripened Recipe Contest

Dei Fratelli, is having its Seventh Annual Ripened Recipe Contest as a way to celebrate National Tomato Month. This national cooking competition will take place through November 15. Home chefs are encouraged to create an original recipe using at least one Dei Fratelli tomato product, including the Dei Fratelli Truly Tomatoes that launched last year. The grand prize winner will receive a $250 VISA gift card, free Dei Fratelli products for a year, their recipe shared on the Dei Fratelli website, E-newsletter and social media pages, along with a YouTube video showcasing how to make the recipe for viewers.

The Seventh Annual Dei Fratelli Ripened Recipe campaign is being held to not only celebrate National Tomato Month this October, but also to inspire a healthy curiosity among consumers for new ways to enjoy tomatoes. Tomato enthusiasts are encouraged to get creative and submit an original recipe using any Dei Fratelli products. Recipes using six ingredients or less and/or that can be prepared in under 45 minutes will receive a bonus from the judges as consumers are looking for simple and quick meals that are flavorful. Individuals may enter online at, at, on or via U.S. Mail.

The top 10 recipes will be judged based on flavor, appeal and creativity. In addition to the grand prize winner, three runners up will be chosen to receive free Dei Fratelli product for a year and six honorable mention winners will be chosen to receive one month of free Dei Fratelli product and a Dei Fratelli home chef apron. All winners will be announced on December 15. New this year, a People’s Choice winner will be selected by the Dei Fratelli consumers in January. An additional six recipes will be posted on our website where consumers can vote for their favorite recipe from January 1st through January 18th with the winner being announced January 21st.  The People’s Choice winner will also receive a Dei Fratelli gift box of assorted tomato products. 

About Dei Fratelli

Dei Fratelli is manufactured by Hirzel Canning Company & Farms in Toledo, Ohio. A fourth-generation, family-owned and operated company founded in 1923, Hirzel Canning Company & Farms produces canned tomatoes, tomato products and sauerkraut in three processing locations. The company owns extensive greenhouses and farms in northwest Ohio.

Healthy Habits: Trick or Treat

It’s no coincidence that our Halloween tradition is to walk up to a stranger’s door asking for sugar with the phrase “trick or treat.” Ironically, it is a trick AND a treat - the trick is that we think it’s actually treats.
Between passing out candy to trick-or-treaters to attending treat-filled Halloween parties to facing all the leftover candy your coworkers bring to the office next week, it can be easy to justify a few extra treats here and there. But neurologically, sugar is a stimulant that keeps us craving it the more it is eaten, says Andrea Szebeni, a registered nutritionist and dietician with the Lighthouse Recovery Institute.  
Szebeni, who helps young women overcome eating disorders, provides these four tips for enjoying your favorite treats without going overboard:
·         Be realistic - Telling yourself you will never have another Twix when it has been your favorite Halloween chocolate for the last 15 years is probably not realistic, Szebeni says. The key is setting guidelines. For example, if you have three Halloween parties in two days, don’t try every dish and nibble on bite-size candy bars at each party - 6 small bites are the same as eating a king-size candy bar.
·         Plan ahead - Have a light snack before you leave the house so you are not hungry, which could make it easier to justify bad choices.
·         Make things easier for yourself - Instead bringing wine or more sweets, bring a dish that’s healthy and delicious and can be the perfect choice for you, Szebeni suggests. Be the hit of the party by bringing a pumpkin dip with vegetables or freshly baked parmesan kale chips with apples, cheese squares and blackberries.
·         Detox your taste buds - Over time we adapt to eating hyperpalatable foods that are high fat, high salt or high sugar. By eating these foods regularly we literally erode our taste buds. The good news is that you can renew your taste buds. Try abstaining from processed foods and hyperpalatable choices even for just one week. “As you begin to incorporate back certain foods that you enjoy but know should be limited, you’ll see that by only eating them periodically you will still enjoy them without feeling the need to overindulge,” Szebeni says.
Inconsistent nutritional habits also contribute to sugar cravings, Szebeni says. Not eating small balanced meals consistently throughout the day will make it much harder to stop eating. “Begin eating every 4 to 4½ hours and watch those cravings go away,” Szebeni says.
About Lighthouse Recovery Institute
Lighthouse Recovery Institute is a licensed drug, alcohol and eating disorder treatment center in Delray Beach, Fla., specializing in recovery for women. At the Lighthouse Recovery Institute, our mission is to help each client attain peace, happiness and permanent sobriety. With more than 30 years of experience in the treatment of drug abuse, alcohol abuse, eating disorders and trauma, our passionate team of doctors, therapists, and specialists provide nothing but the highest quality of care for every woman who walks through our doors.

Parenting Pointers: Love is Respect

Did you know that 70% of dating college age youth surveyed have reported experiencing emotional abuse in their romantic relationships? For many teens and young adults finding themselves in an abusive relationship (be it physical, emotional, sexual, verbal, tech or controlling situation) can feel like an inescapable trap.
In partnership with, Mary Kay’s 2014 Truth About Abuse Survey aimed to understand how long teens and young adults wait before they reach out for help and gauge what type of abuse is most prevalent among those who seek help.  
Olympic gold medal gymnast Jordyn Wieber has partnered with Mary Kay to help empower teens and young adults in abusive relationships, help them discover resources available to them and help them realize they are not alone. I'm able to post an interview with her and Brian Pinero, Director of Digital Services for the National Domestic Violence Hotline and loveisrespect.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Shopping Savings: Halloween Beauty Deals

All deals valid through November 1st.

Treat your skin with hydration and protection with Karin Herzog’s Day Protection and Oxygen Body 1%. Regularly priced at $55 each, the world leader in oxygen skincare is now offering these two favorites at $30 apiece. The Day Protection moisturizer minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while providing light skin protection with SPF 10. Vitamin A helps to boost collagen, while vitamin E soothes inflamed, overactive skin. The dual action Oxygen Body 1% moisturizer contains active oxygen and mild fruit acids to effectively remove dull skin cells while hydrating, softening and toning the skin. To save 40% on the Day Protection and Oxygen Body 1%, please visit

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Fun Freetime: Dove Theater

The Dove Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to family-friendly entertainment, has partnered with YEKRA, a versatile digital film distribution platform, to launch The DOVE THEATER, using YEKRA’s custom digital theater platform. DOVE now offers a curated collection of films suitable for family audiences. 

The DOVE THEATER, comprised only of films marked with DOVE’s highly-respected Seal of Approval, launches today with recent hits and fan favorites such as Dolphin Tale, Happy Feet, Where the Wild Things Are, and Gone with the Wind

This partnership between The Dove Foundation and YEKRA provides a destination for the millions of families that rely on The Dove Foundation’s rating system to access family- friendly and safe content. Titles are available for streaming and download (UltraViolet), with an accompanying in-theater store that offers physical merchandise like DVDs, Blu-rays, and product bundles.
The Dove Foundation allows other faith- and family-friendly organizations to host the DOVE THEATER on their own websites. By signing up via YEKRA’s AffiliateConnect program, interested companies, groups, and organizations will receive a short code to embed on their website. They’ll also receive a percentage of every sale through their theaters. 

The Dove FoundationTM is a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging the entertainment industry to create, produce and distribute a greater proportion of movies that are appropriate for family viewing; and to seeing the public better equipped to identify family-friendly movies and more deeply committed to support
YEKRA is a revolutionary digital distribution and marketing engine for films that’s rethinking the way we connect content with audience. YEKRA was founded as the nexus
for millions of viewers and promoters rallying behind the cerebral documentary Thrive: What
On Earth Will It Take? in 2011 by Lee and Sonya Waterworth. The company is based in Los
Angeles, CA.

Fun Freetime: Niya

Disclosure: I received complimentary products to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.

I recently gave my daughter the game Niya for her birthday. It's a really unique game from Blue Orange Games - a company that I love. Blue Orange makes games that are fun and also encourage critical thinking and strategy, with games that appeal to young and old at the same time. Niya is no different. My daughter just turned seven, and is able to grasp the basic game play. She also loves the Japanese art.

Even though I'm more able to see the strategy, and often win, she is clever enough to manage to beat me occasionally too. A game only takes about 10-15 minutes, so it's not longer than her attention span, or too long for her sister to wait for us to play.

You can find Niya - and other Blue Orange games - at a variety of specialty game shops and bookstores.

Thrifty Thinking: A Winner's Guide to Negotiating

Disclosure: I received complimentary products to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.

Molly Fletcher has been compared to Jerry Maguire, with experience working with big names in sports - Izzo, John Smoltz, and more. She's written a book,  A Winner’s Guide to Negotiating: How Conversation Gets Deals Done.

Here are the five big steps for successful negotiating:
  • Set the stage
  • Find common ground
  • Ask with confidence
  • Embrace the pause
  • Know when to leave
The great thing is, elements of these techniques can be used in many different ways. You might want to negotiate job conditions at work, like benefits or salary. Or you might just be looking for a way to allocate work and get others to shoulder part of the burden. You can even use these tips on your own kids for things that are negotiable (obviously not every parenting thing is).

Molly does a great job going into depth with each of these steps. The "find common ground" is, I think, an often overlooked step, but important. By finding common ground, you can establish a bit of relationship and trust, and come at the negotiation from a collaborative, win-win approach, instead of a competitive winner-take-all approach, which can be much more successful in the long run.

If you want to learn more, download the intro chapter for free.