Friday, May 25, 2018

Ways to Keep Your Child's Brain Sharp

Parents, especially young age moms, are always on the lookout for some effective ways to keep their child’s brain active and sharp. It is a ‘need of the hour’ article because children today are getting excessively exposed to technologies and networks and it becomes mandatory for parents to find creative ways to engage their child’s brain. There is really not any specific secret formula for sharpening the children’s brain, but we can arrive at certain possible options which could work in a better way. There are several brain-stimulating activities that boost the mind of the kids, and they all work wonder during the first ten years of birth.

Bid bye to gadgets

When talking about stimulating brains, in the first place the technology and the gadgets have to be removed away so that the brain gets free. Naturally, only after evacuating the insignificant things off their mind, we can fill it with constructive choices. This may sound ambiguous to many parents, but it is indeed possible to pull off gadgets from their children, at least to a great extent, if not completely.
The only thing to ensure is to get children engaged in activities that amuse them more than what gadgets do to them. It may be a big deal for parents to find such activities, but it is obligatory to sharpen the brain. Well, focusing on soft skill activities and origami can help to build a strong concentration as well as a mental focus for the growing children. For instance, you can explore Origami Way so as to get some exciting origami diagrams for your kids.

Brian sharpening Foods

In addition to giving amusing activities for kids to sharpen their brain, it is significant to ensure that parents are giving right foods to their children. Though emphasised n number of times elsewhere, this still needs a repeated mention that says no to junk foods, as they make kids brain blunt and health at high risk. Healthy food options such as eggs, nuts and seeds, fruits, milk and yoghurt certainly help to keep the child’s brain sharper.

Good news for the children and parents is that even dark chocolates help to keep the kids’ brain active. Even some natural herbs help in activating the brain cells in young children, which can be taken under proper medical guidance.

Sports activate brain cells

Sports activities such as swimming, karate and brain gym programs profoundly help in activating the kid’s brain and to maintain a good mental and physical health. Outdoor activities are highly reduced these days, but it really helps the children to be energetic all day long. Sports also helps in good appetite and sound sleep for the children, which indirectly gives good mental health for the growing kids. Highly physically active kids seem to be sharper in academics also.


Reading sharpens brain

Reading is such a blessing for children to keep their brain and their emotions active and sharper. Parents must inculcate the habit of reading in children at a very young age and make it a practice at home. Reading is entirely different from academics, which many children today do not understand. The more the kids’ read, the more, the wiser they become. Every parent has a great responsibility in bringing the culture of reading in their children. This is such a great treat for kids’ brain.

Everything is simple and easily implementable, however high patience and perseverance is required to execute a new habit in children.


Goat's Milk #Soap Review

For washing our hands we usually use liquid soap. For washing our bodies in the shower we use bar soap. I love bar soap so much! It just that I can't see my boys coming in from outside to wash their dirty hands, and having muddy yuckiness left on the bar. I like bar soap much more because it has less chemicals in it.

What soap do you prefer: Bar or Liquid? 

I got a bar of Goat Milk Soap to review. I'm in love with how soft if makes my skin feel!


Where to Get it:

https://elitecreed.com/product/goat-milk-soap

Cost:

$6, which is a great cost in my mind!

What's in it to Make My Skin so Soft:

  • Saponified Organic Coconut Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Castor Oil
  • Shea Butter
  • Goat's Milk 


What They Left Out That's Harmful to the Skin:

  • No Sulfates 
  • No Phthalates 
  • No Parabens 
  • No Synthetic Colors 
  • No Petroleum
I never have understood why we (the US) has to put so much color into this. Don't get me wrong I love color (I teach Color Theory), but it doesn't make the product better to be say bright pink.

Sulfates bother my skin, so I try and stay away from them.


What I Think:

I love how this soap makes my skin feel! Have you ever used a soap that dries your skin out? That's not this soap! It helps with things like eczema and psoriasis. Although I do think many skin problems have to be helped from inside the body as well. When my kids had eczema probiotics helped! Some people need diet changes as well.

Disclaimer: I got this product for a discounted price in exchange for an honest review. I only review things I think will benefit my readers, and family. This post has my honest opinion.


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Mama's #jewelry for #mothersday #anyday

I know it's after Mother's Day, but I got something special for the day. It's a Mother's Ring. I've wanted one for awhile, but Travis is always too busy to make one. It does take time! 

I decided to go with NANA Princess Mother's Ring. 

 

Stones: It comes with 1 to 6 birthstones. I got 1 Peridot (Mica's August Birthday) and  1 Emerald (Isaak's May Birthday). The cost is the same as you go up to 6 stones. It is cheaper to get imitation stones, which I did get. 

Metal: Sterling Silver, 10k or 14k White, Yellow or Rose. I like White Gold best, second up is Yellow Gold, and my third choice would be Rose Gold. Each metal does make the cost of the different. What metal would you choose? 

Since we're on a medical budget (my surgeries and Mica's surgery) we've been watching what we spend. For now I get a sterling silver ring. Later on I'll get a white gold ring. 

Cost: It really depends on the kind of metal you choose, and if the stones are imitation, or not. If you go on the lower end the ring is $79, and if you pick the real stones for 6 stones and yellow gold for the metal the cost keeps going up.



I'm happy with it. It's kind of cool that both my boys have stones in the green family. The boys like that I got it as well. Isaak's asked to look at it up close. Mica's asked to take it off to try it on. I'm fairly cautious, but so are they. Isaak puts on and takes off my earrings all the time. He's so careful! 

When I'm not wearing my Mother's Ring it sits here:



Have you ever bought a Mother's Day Ring? 





Mama's Jewelry: 

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A key benefit to shopping with us is our fast turnaround times. As soon as we receive your order, our CAD technicians and certified jewelers get to work designing and building your custom item. All of our processes follow strict quality control measures. Everything that comes from us has our seal of approval. If we wouldn't give it to our loved ones, we won't send it to you!

Most orders for mothers rings and pendants are able to be sent out within 3 to 5 days, reaching you about a week later. If you're shopping at the last minute, Mama's Jewelry will take care of you and ensure that you get a custom made item that looks like it took months to make! For More Information Visit: https://mamasjewelry.com/

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Disclaimer: I got a Mother's Day ring to write this follow up post. This company did not influence me on what to write.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

WW: May Birthdays {Linky}

We celebrated May birthdays at my house on Mother's Day. It was busy! My nephew Evan turned 13, my son Isaak turned 10, and my nephew Edison turned 4.

Isaak was excited to get some $1 bills. He thinks he's rich when he gets $20.


We gave my nephew Evan a harmonica. He plays the flute, so I think he can figure this out.


We gave my nephew Edison a Plasma Car I won. My sister thought it was pretty fun. Edison liked the box, while it was being set up.



What have you been up to?




Sunday, May 20, 2018

PersonalizedArt.com Mens Toiletry Bag Review #FathersDay

I always struggle with Father's Day, and don't know what to get my husband and my Dad. They are not the typical guys that eat, sleep and drink sports. They don't drink alcohol. They don't even go fishing. I really don't picture either of them wearing a Dad t-shirt. It's not that they don't enjoy being a Dad, it's just not their style to wear sayings on their shirts.

In the past I've gotten them garden tools, plants, and art materials. We've also gone out for breakfast, instead of getting a gift.

What I Got This Year:

When I found the company PersonalizedArt.com, I was indeed a happy person. They have great personalized things on their site. I really like their Mens Toiletry Bags!


Features:

Material: It's 100% leather - I know Travis in particular loves leather. He's gone to a place in town just to buy leather for things.

Size: 9"x4"x4" - It's great for camping, short trips, long trips, and staycations.

Liner: It has a water resistant nylon lining - Great for if it gets water in it from toothbrushes, or razor.

For the Guy - This will work for anyone really. Even I like it! I had, "Apel" put on it, so possibly it can be one of those things that is handed down from Dad to a Son.

Free Engraving - You can put initials on the bag, a last name, or a first name.

Cost - $34, which isn't bad for it being leather and engraved.

Engraving: 

I do like how the engraving came out. They have 10 different fonts to pick from. I happened to get the font: Imperator. I love that they don't add a cost for the engraving.



Zipper: 

I like that the zipper isn't cheap plastic! It's a nice metal zipper! Everything is stitched really well too!


Other Things They Sell: 

Custom Puzzles, Mats, Glasses, Frames, Wooden Cutting Boards, Necklaces, Robes, Keychains, Mouse Pads, Calendars, Dog Collars, Journals, Watches, and much more!

What would you choose to get from PersonalizedArt.com?

Disclaimer: PersonalizedArt.com sent me this Mens Toiletry Bag for free to Review. They did not influence me on what to say. This is an honest review.


HSEOK Laptop Case | Sleeve Review

I bit the bullet, and bought my first laptop. It's a high end MacBook. I have to say I'm nervous to the next step, which is move my files from my work MacBook to my new MacBook. I love technology in some ways, and in other ways it's so overwhelming.

Do you feel that way at times with technology, or do you dive in like a kid opening a big present?

I am happy to share with you a laptop Case | Sleeve made by HSEOK. You can find it on Amazon for $15.99 on Prime.


Size:

15 to 15.6 Inch - The size I got to reivew
13 to 13.3 Inch



Colors:

  • Black - The color I got to review
  • Grey
  • Chevron Grey
  • Teal
What color would you pick? I wanted something that wouldn't be too girly incase the boys needed to use my laptop.



Perks:

I love that it's padded! I feel like black goes with just about anything.

It doesn't take up a lot of space.

It comes with another pouch, which can be used for the charger, a mouse, headphones, and other cords.

It doesn't cost a lot. I'm not saying I'm unwilling to pay more for a bag. This is a great padding for my laptop!

My boys have other HSEOK bags for a smaller laptop that they use for their Kindles. They like them a lot.


One Thing I Wish it Had:

I wish it had a handle. This is the only case that HSEOK had that would fit my laptop. They have other bags that have handles for a smaller laptop.

I'm thinking of keeping this in the padded sleeve, and get a messenger bag to put the sleeve in. Then it's extra padded.

I could keep this in a sleeve for home use, and a bag for taking it away on meetings and other things.

Do you have a laptop, or another device you use?

Disclaimer: I got this product to review for free from HSEOK. HSEOK did not tell me what to write. 

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Happy 10th Birthday Isaak!

Dear Isaak,

Happy Birthday! You're a decade old! How can that possibly be?


Things You Like:

You still love to create things. Paper and colored pencils are usually all over the living room floor. I say messes are ok as long as you are in fact creating.

You're into The Dangerous Book for Boys - Both the show and the book. There are things inside the book that boys like to do. I came home, and there were paper airplanes all over the house. The next day you found some rope on the street, and were trying out how to make different kinds of knots.

Source

You want what's right for the world. If that means standing up for your yourself, your friends, or even your teacher you'll do that.

You like being a book buddy. Mentoring the young kiddo at your school is a highlight to the week.

You enjoy being outside climbing trees...



and hugging trees too!


You want a Husky when you get older. You say they look the most like a wolf.

Your Newest Accomplishment:

A new title for Isaak Jaxon Apel exists. Meet Mr. Safety Patrol Man. As long as you take this role seriously, you'll do great. You can be like me at times - silly.


You also started playing the violin this year.

Your Best Friend:

Daniel! You say he stands with you no matter what.




Your Favorite Sport:

You say you like basketball and soccer, but you've played basketball more. It's fun to watch you grow with playing!

What You Want to Be:

No longer a hair dresser. You want to be a Movie Director and an Artist.

You want to change your name to I's. I still call you Zeek, Zeeky, and Zeeker.




One thing is true: If everyone were like you we'd have a better world. You stand up for people, when no one else does. 


 Dream Big! Accomplish Those Dreams! 


Love,

Mom

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Sharkee and the Teddy Bear, Bremner and the Party Books @Ripleys Review

Reading to small kids is so important. It helps them develop a love for reading and art.

Recently Ripley's Believe It or Not! introduced two new beginner reader books to the market. My kids are past the age for these books, but they are still fun to look at. They are best for ages 3 to about 6. These books are a quick read.

I like Ripley's Believe It or Not! is adding this new line of books.

Both books use the illustrations of Ripley cartoonist John Graziano. They are written by Carrie Bolin and Jessica Firpi.

About Both Books:
  • They should be in the stores now. The release date was April 10, and on sale May 1
  • There are 40 pages in each book
  • They are 8.2"x11.3", almost the size of typical printer paper, which is 8.5"x11"
  • Text is simple, easy to read, and there's a good amount of contrast from the pages to the text. That's what I found difficult when my kids were little - some text is hard to read at night because there's little to no contrast from the text to the background. These books are easy to read! Part of me wished that there wasn't a band on the Sharkee and the Teddy Bear book, and they would have just bled the background to put type over.
The first one is Ripley's Believe It or Not! Sharkee and the Teddy Bear

About the Book:
  • If you are looking to buy it the ISBN: 978-1-60991-208-6
  • Cute images. 
  • It's about a shark that loses his teddy bear. A fish tries to help Sharkee find his teddy bear, but it's a challenge because they are not that helpful.  





The second book is Ripley's Believe it or Not! Bremner and the Party

About the Book:
  • If you are looking to buy it the ISBN: 978-1-60991-209-3
  • Cute images
  • This book is about a fish that is worried to go to a party because it feels like it will become a blowfish, and won't fit in. When he finally gets up the courage to go in he realizes that all the fish are blowfish. They can all have a good time. 





These books do have fun messages and illustrations. 

Disclaimer: I received two board books from Ripley's Believe It or Not! to assist with this review. I wrote this post, and was not influenced at all with an opinion. I only review things that I find interesting, or that would benefit my readers or family. 

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