Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Whole-Brain Child Workbook Review and Giveaway

I deal with anger on a daily basis. It can be exhausting, stressful, and depressing.  Over the years,  I have learned how to calm my kids and redirect their anger while building their self esteem and acknowledging their feelings.

Wether you have a typical child or one that has special needs we all struggle with anger. It could be in the form of sibling rivalry, outbursts, tantrums, homework struggles, computer time battles etc. There is away to have emotionally intelligent children. But it takes practice. 

Lots and lots of practice.






Enter The Whole-Brain Child WorkbookBased on their New York Times bestselling book, The Whole-Brain Child, internationally acclaimed neuropsychiatrist Dan Siegel, M.D., and brain-based parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D., have created a workbook to help parents understand the science behind their child s developing mind and survive the everyday parenting struggles that accompany each stage of growth. 

Drs. Siegel and Bryson declare the workbook free of rules, obligations, or guilt it s simply a tool for parents and caregivers to find more help with support, move towards a deeper understanding of and connection with their children, and gain a fuller understanding of themselves as parents.

What you can find:

  • Tools for solving sibling conflict, homework struggles, screen time battles, tantrums, outbursts, sulking and more.
  • Practical, age-specific exercises and activities
  • 12 whole-brain strategies, which can become a shared vocabulary for parents, grandparents, caregivers, clinicians, and educators 
  • Interactive format that allows journaling to integrate ideas with each person s own parenting approach
  • Cartoons, graphs and illustrations

Here is peek at what you will see in this workbook. 




I spent a couple of weeks writing in this workbook and trying out the techniques. I have to say, it has made a HUGE difference in me and my kids. My kids feel validated and I am less stressed and angry.  This summer has already proven to be a happy one all around. I am not perfect and I don't always implement what I have learned. We all have those days and that's ok. But for the most part as a family we are happier, my kids feel they can tell me what's really making them upset and know that I will listen. 

That is HUGE in my book. 

I love The Whole-Brain Child workbook so much that I have decided to give one copy away! This is for US residents only. Giveaway ends July 10th. 


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Monday, June 29, 2015

Combat that Stinky Toilet the Easy Way

If you have boys you will understand what I'm talking about. You might even shout an "Amen, Sister" after reading this next sentence.

Boys are stinky and gross! 

Yep, I said it. Not only are they stinky and gross but so is their bathroom. I swear, I need a gas mask just to go in there and clean. Don't get me started on the lack of toilet flushing going on in there. Investing in Biohazard suit seems like a great idea right now.


I must be allergic to their bathroom. My eye water, my nose runs, even my stomach does a dance. It's usually one boy in particular. I use the term, usually, very loosely.  I mean how does one get pee on the walls, floor, seat, and still manage to get most of it in the toilet. What are they doing in there? 

Never mind, I don't want to know. 

Don't get me wrong, I love my boys . I really do. They precocious, curious, smart, ingenious, and very very lovable.  But I can't stand cleaning their bathroom.  I tried ignoring it. I couldn't ignore it more than 24 hours. I tried making them clean their own bathroom. That only resulted in shampoo science experiments, lots and lots of  bubbles and water  everywhere. 

I went to Pinterest, my go to place for cleaning ideas, and found a inexpensive and easy way to clean the toilet bowl and rid the bathroom of that awful smell that radiates into the hallway. Toilet Fizzies!!! 

I am in love!!! It makes my life so much easier. Especially when I can get one of them to drop on in every few days to combat the smell. Best of all, it makes being able to clean their bathroom much easier. The toilet gunk and smell is to a minimum and it doesn't permeate the hallway. I can actually clean the bathroom once a week rather than once a day. 

Best of all it is so easy to make. 




Toilet Fizzies are the Bomb!

Ingredients

1 Cup of Baking Soda
1/4 Cup of Citric Acid (you can find it in the canning section of your grocery store)
1/2 tsp. Vinegar
1 TBS Hydrogen Peroxide
15 - 20 drops of Lavender and Lemon Grass Essential Oil
Muffin Tin 
Baking Cups
Spray bottle filled with 1/2 water and 1/2 Vinegar (makes a great cleaner too)





Directions

1. Add the baking soda, and citric acid to a bowl and mix with a fork to break up any clumps. 
2. In a small glass bowl or measuring cup, mix together the vinegar and hydrogen peroxide. Here is where you can add your essential oil. I used Lavender and Lemon grass (approximately 10 drops each). 

3. With a spoon, slowly drip the liquid mix to the powder. If you pour it all at once, it will fizz and create a big mess. Trust me, I know!

4. Gently mix to incorporate the oils. It should clump together kind of like Moon Sand only a little more clumpy (does that make sense?). 


4. Place your baking cups in your muffin tin and spray each cup lightly with the spray bottle (filled with the vinegar/water solution). Not enough to soak the cups but just enough to lightly coat them. 

5.  Fill your baking cups about halfway full if you are using a regular sized muffin tin. If you are using a mini tin, fill them to the top.  Make sure you clean off the top muffin tin off the mixture. It makes taking them out much easier. 


6. Pack those suckers down really well and spray each one lightly on top. Set to dry overnight. 



7. Once dry, place them in a pretty jar and store them in the bathroom. Just pop one in your toilet and let it fizz for a good 15 minutes then use your scrub brush and flush. That's it!! 

It deodorizes and helps loosen the gunk off the sides of the bowl. Best of all, your nose will thank you!!

Young Living gives you the opportunity to purchase essential oils at wholesale prices. For more information about buying essential oils wholesale visit: Wholesale Essential Oils – Young Living. You save 24% off retail prices when you join. You can also become a retail customer using the link as well. 


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Q's Race to the Top Review and Giveaway

As a mom of three kids on the spectrum, I know all too well the struggles with social interaction and understanding emotions.  All to often, my son will react emotionally to discipline with uncontrollable laughter or get angry when he's surprised.  

My kids need to be taught the correct way to respond to certain situations. It's not just when they are toddlers but throughout life. Eventually, they will get it but it will take more time than most kids. In the mean time, I am always looking for ways to teach them social etiquette and proper emotional responses, and empathy. 



Research suggests that improved emotional intelligence in children can help get ready for school and can guide them to succeed in relationships, future careers etc. Emotional intelligence not only pertains to coping with life as it comes and decision making, but also being able to read social cues, problem solving, and managing relationships. 

That's why, Sofia Dickens, a mom and founder of EQtainment created the game Q's Race to the Top. The company's mission is to improve emotional intelligence globally by creating fun and simple tools for practicing social skills and better behavior. 


In this interactive board game, children help Q, a genius monkey, race to the top of his tree house while answering questions and performing fun actions. Practice social skills and better behavior with questions designed to promote feeling identification and communication, manners, creative thinking, balance and coordination.  Q's Race to the Top is available exclusively at Target.



My boys, have begun loving playing games as a family. I love it because we get to spend time together but also it teaches my kids patience, turn taking, we get to know them as individuals as we spend time together. Playing this game has been the highlight of our days. The boys even took turns taking the game to school for "Game Day". 



It keeps my ADHD son entertained and occupied by giving the player a "Do" card with many physical activities to accomplish. And as you can imagine they are his favorite cards. It also helps my other son hone his motor skills and coordination that he needs help with. The best part as a mom, I get to see my kids encourage each other, help each other, and discuss things together when one doesn't know the correct outcome needed. It's neat to watch them teach each other social skills and how to read each others body language. 



 Overall, this game is a big hit with my kids. And It's actually quite fun for adults too! 

Wouldn't you like to try this game out with your family?? Your in luck!! I'm giving one away! This is open to US residents only. The Giveaway ends June 25 at Midnight. 




Note: I received the product shown to facilitate this post, opinions are my own.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Don't Pass up this Deal!!!

As you know, I have jumped in the essential oils bandwagon with both feet. Why?  Because  I don't want my kids to have to take so many medications. Because I want our home to become a chemical free zone. Because I want my husband and I to be as healthy as we can be for our kids. Because I want to set an example for my children. Because I have seen it work in my own family. Even the dogs use it.

We have used essential oils for cuts, scrapes, sleep disorders, snoring, asthma, detoxing our bodies, sniffles, allergies, cleaning, bug deterrent, weed killer, cooking, laundry, purifying the air and so much more. We haven't bought over the counter medications, cleaners, bug spray, weed killers or lotions in months. So far it has saved us over $300 dollars. One bottle can last up to two months depending on how often you use it. My husband is happy that we are saving money and I'm happy we are eliminating all those chemicals in our bodies and our home. 



Why am I telling you this? Because I love my oils. I have seen them work everyday and I want to share this opportunity with you. I can't keep this to myself. I get so excited when others come to me and tell me that the lavender helped their child sleep, or my dog has been able to ride in the car without getting sick, or it helped ease my headache pain. 

It's almost summer time and with that comes sunburns, mosquitos, cuts and scrapes,  fleas and ticks, etc. It's the perfect time for you to get started with Essential Oils. So for FOUR DAYS ONLY I'm offering this awesome deal! Sign up for a wholesale membership with the Premium Starter Kit (which retails for $261.84) and I will send you the Quick Reference Guide for Using Essential Oils AND a $25.00 Amazon Gift Card. 

Hurry Offer ends May 31!

It gets expensive when you purchase each item individually. The diffuser alone is $83.88(retail), Everyday Oils Kit is $170.72 (retail). This is a great time to get the Premium Starter Kit because the price goes up in June. On top of all that you will be able to purchase your oils at wholesale (24% off retail prices) sent straight to you door. Best of all, you get me!!! 

I will be available to teach you how to use your oils safely and answer your questions. I teach online classes that you can take in your jammies! Just like Three Peas in a Pod on Facebook so you can keep up with classes, learn new recipes, and the many many uses for these amazing essential oils. 

What issues do you need help with? Leave me a comment and I'll get you the information! 

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