Apr 27, 2015

Little Tikes Gourmet Prep 'n Serve Kitchen #Giveaway

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You are entering to win a Prep 'n Serve Gourmet Kitchen! (ARV $124.99) Kids will love this stylish play kitchen. The working doors, shelves and storage areas promote physical play while the contemporary design lets them imitate real kitchen activities. The included kitchen play set has play food, pots, utensils and more.

This play kitchen is the absolute best. Mama Smith's daughters love spending time cooking and serving to their friends and family. They have had many families over and all of the children gravitate towards it - boys and girls alike! It is extremely well made and very durable.
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Apr 24, 2015

Addiction Rehab Services for Women

Drug and alcohol addiction is a widespread health epidemic that causes countless numbers of unnecessary injuries, illness, and tragic deaths every year. Thousands of people are admitted to emergency rooms due to accidental overdoses, or injuries received while under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Many others will find themselves committing crimes in order to supply themselves with the drug they crave, and may end up facing serious prison time.

Addiction Is Harder On Women

In many ways, if you are a woman, the issues you face are even more serious. Physically and emotionally, the toll taken by drug addiction is simply harder on women. This discrepancy is far from fair, but it's very well documented. In addition to being physically more prone to develop serious illnesses due to drug addiction, women also face the stress and shame of being alienated from their loved ones by the stigma of being an addict.

Women Detox Differently From Men 

If you are facing the prospect of going through withdrawal from drugs, or are simply determined to "tough it out" and conquer your addiction, once and for all, you should know that going "cold turkey" is not the answer to your problems. Because women's systems are more sensitive than men's, the variety of withdrawal symptoms that women face will most likely be radically different. In some cases, they may be far more intense and severe.

Don't Face Withdrawal From Addiction By Yourself

Instead of trying to face down the process of withdrawal by yourself, you are far more likely to succeed in breaking free of your addiction by checking into a women's drug rehab center. This is the place where you can get the personalized medical treatment and counseling that you need to kick your habit in a safe and healthy manner.

A program of drug detox and rehab that is specifically tailored to women is your best bet. The science of addiction rehab has progressed a great deal in the course of the last decade alone. Whole new methods of therapy and treatment have been developed to meet the needs of addiction patients of both genders. There has never been a better time to check into rehab and get the assistance and support that you need to reclaim your life.


Finding The Right Rehab Program For Your Needs

No matter where you may live, there is sure to be a suitable addiction detox and rehab center that you can check into to get the counseling and medical treatment that you need. If you are a woman who lives in the Fort Lauderdale area, you should be aware of New River Wellness Center. Their special programs and services for women can be explored at http://newriverwellnesscenter.com.

Apr 20, 2015

Potty Training with #PampersEasyUps {and a giveaway!}

This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Pampers. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

My baby Kaya.  She's not so much a baby anymore!  She's doing the potty-training thing (or should I say, potty learning?) and learning a brand new skill that she is so proud of.  She's growing up!



Potty training is stressful.  Even when everything's going right, there's still leaks, accidents, and timing.  It's a huge milestone, for both parents and toddlers, and for the most positive experience for everyone, Pampers has shared some of their best tips from L. Jana, MD:

1. Promote potty learning. Instead of referring to your child’s transition from wearing diapers to using the potty as “potty training,” consider calling it “potty learning.” After all, mastering this eagerly anticipated milestone of childhood takes time, teaching, and plenty of practice and patience!

2. Take a teamwork approach. From the outset, I find it helps to keep in mind that potty training is a team sport. If you simply remind yourself that you are (and always will be) on the same team as your child, it can really help you stay calm in the face of potty accidents and be a much more positive and effective potty training coach.

3. Stock your deck. Part of the secret to your child’s potty success will involve being well equipped and removing any obstacles that stand between your child and potty success. Sure, this typically includes a fun trip out to purchase a brand new first set of coveted “big-boy” or “big-girl” underwear. But it also means having on hand other practical supplies that can help foster your child’s interest and independence – from a step stool (to improve access to the toilet) or potty seat to training pants. That’s why I’m happy to partner with Pampers, whose Easy Ups training pants are designed to help the diaper-to-underwear transition by allowing potty-training toddlers to set aside their diapers and wear something with more of an underwear-like look and feel that still helps contain accidental messes no matter whether they happen at home, on-the-go or overnight.

4. Embrace success. As with any learning experience, young children can learn a lot from both their potty successes and their failures. While potty accidents are an inevitable (and admittedly inconvenient) aspect of potty learning, they shouldn’t dominate your day-to-day discussions. Instead, simply help your child learn to cope with (and clean up) any messes and focus your attention on celebrating your child’s successes with plenty of hugs and words of encouragement.

5. Watch for the signs. There are several characteristic signs and developmental abilities you can watch for that suggest children are ready to potty train. These signs of potty training readiness typically include the ability to use their words to express themselves, toddle their own way to the bathroom, pull down their own pants, and to be aware of the sensation of peeing or pooping (characteristically noticeable when young children suddenly stop what they’re doing as they feel themselves start to pee. Or when they start hiding behind the sofa or standing in a corner to poop. It is also helpful (and increases the likelihood of potty training interest) when children start to be bothered by their poopy and/or wet diapers, as that can serve as a good motivation for using the potty instead!

6. Start making connections. There’s a lot that you can do to help your child be well-prepared to use the potty successfully long before he actually starts to. Reading fun and engaging children’s books about potty training, such as You and Me Against the Pee! (which I co-authored) can go a long way towards making the idea of potty training a family and eagerly anticipated one. You can take this familiarity a step further by letting your toddler accompany you in to the bathroom when you need to go so that he both becomes familiar with the routine and comfortable with the idea of using the toilet, rather than being afraid of or intimidated by it!

Training pants like Pampers Easy Ups can help the diaper-to-underwear transition by allowing potty-training toddlers to throw out their diapers and wear something with more of an underwear-like design that still helps keep accidental messes off clothing, bedding and other surfaces - no matter whether they happen at home, on-the-go or overnight.

What makes Pampers Easy Ups go-to training pants? They have fewer leaks than the other leading training pant to help simplify and improve the overall potty training experience. Pampers Easy Ups have an absorbent core that holds 25% more than the other leading training pant to help ensure little ones remain dry. Plus, with up to 12 hours of protection, it works during the day AND night, enabling toddlers and moms to confidently and completely transition from diapers towards underwear.

Join @Pampers on April 21st from 9-10 pm EST as they host a Twitter Party with Dr. Laura Jana, pediatrician, award-winning parenting book author and potty training expert who co-authored to Its You and Me Against the Pee…and the Poop, Too! RSVP here: http://vite.io/doubledutydivas

Do you have a little one that's ready for potty-training?  Check out this awesome prize pack from Pampers to help make the transition even easier!



Pampers Potty-Training Prize Pack includes:
a pack of Pampers Easy Ups 
a Little Looster Step Stool, 
a Potty Ring 
"It's You and Me against the Pee... and Poop too!" book 
$50 AMEX gift card.

To enter, simply follow the giveaway form below. One person will win the prize pack.  All entries are optional, and the more you complete, the better your chance of winning! Good luck!


Pampers Prize Pack

Apr 15, 2015

$100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

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Apr 13, 2015

Sensory Processing Disorder in Children

Child covering earsThings have been semi-hectic lately, with all kinds of testing and meetings for my four year old.  We finally know what's going on with him, and it's looking like Sensory Processing Disorder.



What is Sensory Processing Disorder?


Commonly known as “SPD,” Sensory Processing Disorder is a condition that means sensory signals don't get organized into appropriate responses. In other words, children with the condition will find themselves clumsy and often anxious and unable to complete tasks. A child diagnosed with SPD will also find walking, playing, and other everyday activities challenging. Any movement you make, like chewing your food or opening a door, requires proper “sensory integration” which is often completed incorrectly if you have SPD.

A 2009 study suggested that 1 in every 6 children is affected by the condition, but thankfully, it can be treated. A combination of occupational therapy and listening therapy can help children affected by SPD, but before it can be treated, you have to know the symptoms and properly diagnose your child. The symptoms vary depending on the age of your child; it’s likely your child will only show a few symptoms.

Children with SPD tend to be “one extreme or the other,” especially when it comes to touching (i.e. they strongly dislike it and get irritated or they always want to be holding/touching things). If you notice these symptoms in your child, ask your doctor about the potential of SPD.

Infant & Toddler Symptoms


Infants and toddlers with SPD often have problems eating and may refuse to go near people. This is due to their potential oversensitivity to touch, which can also be exhibited if they seem irritable when dressed or hugged. They might be picky about certain materials in clothing and bedding. At night, they may potentially have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, and may also resist cuddling and cry or arch their back when held.

Other symptoms are more obvious, like not wanting to play with toys, trouble shifting their focus from one thing to the next, and a delayed reaction (or complete failure to notice) when they get hurt. Infants and toddlers with SPD also tend to have trouble vocalizing themselves and often seem startled when touched. You may have trouble calming them, even with a pacifier, toy, or your voice. They might bump into things frequently or have poor balance.

Lastly, if your infant or toddler seems extremely active and constantly moves their body/runs endlessly, you should consider SPD as a possible cause. Likewise, if they seem delayed when crawling, standing, walking or running, ask your doctor about their symptoms.

Pre-School Checklist


For pre-school aged children, there’s a different list of symptoms that you may notice. For instance, they may have difficulty being toilet trained and are possibly overly sensitive to stimulation (they may overreact to/dislike touching, noises, smells, etc.). Other times, they may be unaware that they’re being touched unless done with extreme intensity, which goes along with their failure to notice pain. Your child may also have difficulty learning, and might avoid fine motor tasks like drawing with crayons or buckling fasteners.

Additionally, if your child appears unsure about how to move or is often clumsy and awkward, or if they experience great difficulty learning new motor tasks, have the desire to be in constant motion, or tend to get in other people’s space, you may want to inform your doctor. Children with SPD may also touch everything around them or have difficulty making friends due to being overly aggressive or very passive and withdrawn. Those with SPD also tend to be demanding or hard to calm down and may experience sudden mood changes out of the blue. SPD can also lead to children seeming weak (maybe they slump or prefer sedentary activities) and you may find it hard to understand them when they speak. Finally, they may have trouble understanding verbal instructions which can lead to poor experiences at school.

Gifted Children


It’s believed by many that gifted children and those with ADHD and similar conditions are more likely to be diagnosed with SPD. A child with Sensory Processing Disorder shouldn’t be considered less intelligent then their peers, in fact, many are intellectually gifted. SPD is a condition that causes the nervous system to scatter the messages it receives, it has little to do with a child’s overall ability to grasp concepts, even though a child with SPD will learn things differently.

Learning Needs


If you have a child diagnosed with SPD, you need to consider their individual learning needs. In one study, a child by the name of Larry could process information being said, but had trouble paying attention with his eyes. Often times, he would lie on the floor or walk around the room while the teacher was explaining things. Despite the appearance of him ignoring the teacher and not paying attention, he would still have heard and grasped everything she said and was able to follow certain instructions. Larry was very attentive, but failed to respond to visual cues. Larry’s class was playing a game where they would all run around a rug and stop when they reached the red stop sign. Larry followed all instructions and understood his part, but whenever it came time to stop at the sign, he failed to do so. The teacher pulled him aside and explained the game again, and Larry said he understood. Yet, when they played the game once more, Larry still failed to stop. When the other kids teased him and yelled that he wasn’t playing right and was messing them up, Larry laid on the floor while the other students continued the game.

Taking the time to understand your child’s individual needs and reactions is the key to helping them learn and advance. You need to be an advocate for your child, inform their teacher of their condition and tell them what they should do if your child is unable to participate properly. Larry’s teacher was taught how to soothe him in situations where he couldn’t join in by rubbing his back and keeping in contact. Larry is a child who needs more physical activity than the other children and often needs to be touching things. While he knew and understood what was expected of him, he had trouble carrying out those actions.

What You Can Do


Luckily, the treatment for SPD involves many fun activities that involve environments filled with sensory objects. Treatment for SPD should be centered on the family, and you should always participate at your child’s sessions. Occupational therapy, listening therapy, and a combination of the two are the best ways to help your child’s condition. Also, acupuncture and similar treatments can lead your child to living a happy, healthy, and care-free life!

Spring Cleaning Tips with Laura Stack, and Fellowes P-12C

So how many of you have started your Spring Cleaning?  I'm telling ya, now that the air has gotten warmer and the sun seems a little brighter - I can't help but to start wanting to clean and refresh everything in sight.  Maybe it's because the spring reminds me of new beginnings.

I'm excited to be able to share with you some fantastic tips from Laura Stack, aka The Productivity Pro, on getting your house organized this spring!

1.       Get ready… Before you begin cleaning, be ready to tackle the clutter.

  • Prepare for a spring cleaning spree. Start by labeling five large boxes: Put Away, Give Away, Store Away, Shred, and Trash. Select an area, such as a drawer, desk, or room to organize first. 
  • Use a timer. Don’t view spring cleaning as an all-day task. Take an hour here and there to get the job done over several weekends. When you’re ready to begin, set your timer for 50 minutes. When it buzzes, use the last ten minutes of your organization session to handle the boxes: put things away, place charity items in the car, put items in storage, shred and toss out the trash.
  • Focus. Concentrate on organizing one area at a time. If you don’t focus, you’ll end up with multiple “half-organized” areas. 
2.       Get Set…Set a plan in place to stay productive as you spring clean all year long.

  • Innovative storage. Anything that goes together should be stored together. Find attractive boxes, baskets, toolboxes and totes to organize common items such as batteries, make-up, tools, cleaning supplies or gift-wrap. Use duffle bags to store sports equipment - one sport per bag per person.
  • One in, one out. As you group similar items together, avoid keeping too many of the same items. Do you really need five spatulas or dozens of sweaters? The next time you think about purchasing something you already own, give serious thought as to what are willing to give up. 
3.       Go…! Your clothing is put away and your sports equipment is tidy. Now that you have a good idea what you need to get rid of, let go of all the clutter!

  • Shred sensitive documents.  Paper piles can stack up fast around the house so shred sensitive documents with a reliable Fellowes shredder.  For large shredding jobs, the Fellowes 79Ci is the ultimate shredding machine. With its Patented 100% Jam Proof technology and ability to cross-cut up to 16 sheets per pass and an extended 20 minute run time, your paper piles will disappear in no time! Or, for smaller shredding jobs, try Fellowes P-12C that destroys 12 sheets per pass with a 5 minute run time.
  • Tag items. If you’re still having a hard time parting with certain things such as clothing or kitchen gadgets, place a tag on each item with the date one year from now. If you use the item, take the tag off. When that date arrives, anything that still has a tag goes. 
  • Donate. For items you want to get rid of that are still in good condition, consider donating to charity. While it can be tough for your little one to donate toys or for your husband to let go of his beloved CD collection, they’ll feel good knowing someone will benefit from these items. 



Disclosure: I received a sample in exchange for sharing these helpful tips!

Apr 3, 2015

LightHeaded Beds Giveaway

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LightHeaded Beds gave Tiffany from TiffanyReviews.com the best opportunity to work with them on a giveaway with their awesome beds. You will win a TWIN bed in shaker or Canterbury in WHITE.

LightHeaded Beds use interchangeable HeadLightz back-lit graphics that can change as a child discovers new interests. Lightheaded Beds turn a child’s room into a magical place. Their HeadLightz backlit graphics illuminate a room enough to read in bed and can be dimmed to allow young kids to fall asleep beneath the cozy glow of the Lightheaded Bed headboard. They offer a wide variety of sheets for the headboard that lights up, in all rangers from themes, colors, designs, Disney and so many more. The bed only takes about 30 minutes to put up. Just plug it in, point the remote and have fun playing with the neat settings. You will have the opportunity as well to use a 20% code for a bed from now through May 17th. In the meantime enter this awesome giveaway for a chance to WIN a kids bed.


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Apr 2, 2015

What Metal Can Offer {an Infographic}

No matter the industry, metal offers a variety of applications all over the world. This substance is essential to numerous construction projects, which includes quite a few uses within the transportation industry. For instance, train tracks utilized for mass transit purposes are created from high-intensity rolled steel, which can withstand a number of harsh weather conditions all year long. This durability is critical for transit operations tasked with transporting a large volume of riders on a daily basis, such as the New York City subway system. Metal also plays a role in vehicle manufacturing, proving useful for the construction of everything from cars and trucks to shipping containers used to transport vital goods long distances. When it comes to home construction, metal affords a number of beneficial applications. Those seeking a sleek and modern interior within the home favor metal fixtures for both aesthetic appeal as well as function. Stainless steel appliances are also ideal thanks to their ability to withstand rust and corrosion. Home plumbing systems typically make use of metal, with up to 85% of homes possessing the material in some form or another. Metal can also prove to be quite environmentally-friendly as compared to other substances. Many varieties can easily be recycled, while the material is a key component of solar panel construction, which can save homeowners a great deal of money.

Presented by Industrial Metal Supply Company Please see the infographic below for more information on all that metal can do.

Daily Dose Of Metal – Infographic

How Safe is Your Home?

When you have little ones, safety and security are more important than ever.  That's why I was happy to work with MBIntel on a Home Risk Analysis to see what kind of problem areas we might have.



I've always felt that my home was safe, possibly safer than most.  I mean, we keep doors and windows secure, have things baby-proofed, and live in a fairly safe neighborhood.  But after taking the home risk analysis from MBIntel, I was able to see the holes in our security and areas where my family may not be as safe as I thought.

Have you ever wondered if your house would be easy for a burglar to break into? Do you know the best places for smoke detectors and fire extinguishers in your home? What do you need to have stored in case of an emergency? The answers to all of these questions – and many more home safety topics – are in the MyIntel program. Better yet, this isn’t just some how-to manual – MyIntel tells you specifically what you should do to improve your home safety based on your specific circumstances.


Our risk analysis showed places we can definitely improve on to avoid issues and to make sure we are ready for anything.

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