Learning a second language with Whistlefritz is fun!
Learning a second language at a young age can play a key role in a child’s academic achievements which can help them immensely as they mature.
According to the Cornell Language Acquisition Lab, “Learning a second language does not cause language confusion, language delay or cognitive deficit, which have been concerns in the past.”
Studies indicate immersion via learning and hearing. Eventually, if they are able to master speaking a new language, it may be the best way for kids to pick up new words and increase their chances of becoming bilingual.
Whistlefritz is an awarding program that uses language immersion so your child can learn how to speak Spanish or French! It was created after Founder, Heidi Stock set out on a mission to find a fun yet educational teaching materials for her children to learn a new language. She quickly realized that most programs solely featured cartoons and didn’t feature live speakers for children to watch the movement of their lips. Not finding what she wanted, Heidi decided to create it herself!
Whistlefritz’s programs allow kids to join a group of lovable characters. The set includes the animated mouse Fritzi, the animated mouse who whisks you on an adventure with her other colorful friends to learn another language! The combination of live-action, animation, and lively music makes the programs as entertaining as they are educational. Children will learn their second language through Whistlefritz the same way they learned their first language: through words used in context by live speakers in engaging games, well thought out skits and catchy music.
Whistlefritz’s collections include DVDs, flashcards and worksheets that are available in Spanish and French
Ahhh.. Creating a will. One of the last things you ever want to do. Not only is it time consuming and a bunch of legal terms, but it is also talking about your possibly timely or untimely demise and something we really do not want to talk or think about. The fact is, it’s important. Especially if you have children.
I have been following the Dave Ramsey program for a little over a year now, and one of the things he preaches is the benefits of having a Will.
Many of us, when we think of a Will, we think of old age and how we will divvy up our belongings to our loved ones. The fact of the matter is, a Will is much more than that, and anyone over the age of 18, especially anyone with a child or children need to start thinking about their Will now. Even better, don’t just think about it, get it done.
A Will is there in case something were to happen to you to let your children go to whom you wish. Without a written, legal Will, there is a long process with the state in which probate court will need to be involved to decide the fate of where your children go. And who knows where they’ll wind up in the mean time…
There is an easy to use online program that literally makes creating a will a 10 minute thing. You can go to Trust & Will and create a Trust, a Will, or just a document to specificity the guardians of your children should something ever happen to you and/or your spouse. You can do all 3 in one document for a discount as well.
What’s the benefits of each? They break it down simply for you below;
Once you have the document completed, you can choose to print it yourself, or to have the documents sent to you (or both). You have to get it notarized in order for it to become a legal document, so you’ll need a physical copy no matter what.
That seems to be the biggest issue for people, finding the right place or the time to get the documents officiated and notarized. Luckily, if you have a UPS store by you, you’re in luck. Simply go to their website and click services. You’ll see a notary public section where you can make an appointment. I found it extremely convenient that they have weekend appointments. All in all it should take no more than 30 minutes. And bonus? They provide the signature witnesses as well which is another annoyance to find witnesses available yourself.
I was skeptical of it only taking 10 minutes, but honestly it did. It is such a simple process and my husband and I are happy to have this crossed off of our “adulting” to-do-list.
*Disclosure: I was provided product in order to review the item and give you my opinion of it.
April’s Dailygoodiebox is here and as always, it’s more than just free samples!
Full size items grace this months box and every item is something I haven’t seen yet in stores. They’re all intriguing products with stories of all natural starts. All of these items have a purpose you didn’t know you needed until now.
First up is the Tickle Water. What an adorable concept. Sparkling water for adults and children. A great way to get children happy about drinking water.
Reading the back of the bottle makes me want to go buy a pack of these. Kids like soda because of the sugar sure, but they also like the bubbles.
Not only is this fun ances have a cute bottle, its all natural and TASTES GREAT! Clear the way for Tickle water!
Leading Addiction and Relationship Specialist Dr. Drew, and World-Renowned Psychologist and Parenting Expert Dr. Shefali Coming to Speak at iPlay America
Freehold, NJ., February 4, 2019 – Two of America’s favorite doctors and best-selling authors are speaking live and meeting with guests at iPlay America in February. Dr. Drew Pinsky, known by many as Dr. Drew, will be headed to iPlay America on Tuesday, February 19 to speak about his expertise as a doctor of internal medicine, addiction expert and best-selling author. Later in the month, on Tuesday February 26, Dr. Shefali will be sharing her wealth of knowledge as a leader in the field of mindfulness psychology and parenting.
Sponsoring doctors Drew and Shefali is the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), the largest leadership honor society in the country. The mission of the NSLS is to help the greatest number of people in the greatest way by offering life-changing lectures from the nation’s leading presenters to help people discover and achieve their goals.
Dr. Drew Pinsky, a California native, has been practicing medicine for over 30 years. Dr. Drew is most known for his time producing and starring in Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew and Teen Mom. He will be coming to iPlay America to speak to fans about his personal journey beginning in medical school, overcoming obstacles, building resiliency, the science behind addiction and destigmatizing mental illness.
Doors will open at 6:00 PM and the event will begin at 7:00 PM. VIP and general admission tickets are available for purchase at https://www.iplayamerica.com/event/dr–drew/. VIP tickets include a priority seat at the speaking engagement, a photo with Dr. Drew and a copy of his book, Cracked.
For over a decade, Dr. Shefali has been one of the world’s leading clinical psychologists. After receiving her doctorate from Columbia University, she began working with patients by integrating eastern philosophy and western psychology. Dr. Shefali, who has been endorsed by Oprah, is also a world-renowned wisdom teacher, international speaker and acclaimed author. She has presented her ideas at TEDx, The Kellogg School of Business and The Dalai Lama Center for Peace. At the appearance, Dr. Shefali will share her knowledge and methods to uncover the reasons why we limit ourselves, the ways our upbringing conditions us and the pathway to break free and break through.
Doors will open at 6:00 PM and the event will begin at 7:00 PM. VIP and general admission tickets are available for purchase at https://www.iplayamerica.com/event/dr-shefali/. VIP tickets include a priority seat at the speaking engagement, a photo with Dr. Shefali and a copy of her latest book, The Awakened Family.
“We are thrilled to host such well-known experts like Dr. Drew and Dr. Shefali at iPlay America with these two inspirational and informative events in,” said Jessica Schwartz, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for iPlay America. “Our fans are always looking for us to host a variety of engaging events, and we are happy to continue to provide new and exciting experiences to central New Jersey residents.”
About iPlay America
iPlay America is theplaceto Get Inside the Fun! It’s all indoor, family-friendly themed environment provides guests nearly four acres of outstanding rides, games, and attractions making it the perfect destination for FUN year round! The Event Center @IPA is home to concerts, corporate events, expos, galas, trade shows, company outings, sporting events, social gatherings, and every kind of party. iPlay America offers guests a mouth-watering selection of Boardwalk style fare, classic American cuisine at Game Time Bar & Grill, and an impressive event catering menu. ALWAYS free to enter, iPlay America’s guests can enjoy exciting attractions like 2-level Laser Tag, Indoor Go-Kart Track, Spinning Coaster and the Sky Trails® High Ropes Course (the largest indoor ropes course in New Jersey). iPlay America is a 2017 winner of TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for Outstanding Service. For FUN, fine food, and events of any size, the award winning iPlay America is the place to Get Inside the Fun. iPlay America is located on Route 9 at 110 Schanck Road in Freehold, New Jersey.
Enjoy the health and mindfulness benefits of aromatherapy with Utama Spice products!
I received the above pictured products to review from Utama Spice all natural aromatherapy and share my experience with you all. I am also giving away a diffuser, so stay tuned until the end to enter! Giveaway includes ONE Sonoma Yi Luxury Diffuser LED Lamp;
Elegant, clean design a perfect complement for the home, studio, spa, or salon
Natural wood base, pure-white ceramic lid
Retail value $39.99
I have dabbled with different essential oils and am a huge fan of tea tree oil to heal almost anything. So when I was asked to check these out, of course I agreed although I had never heard of Utama Spice company before.
They have so many products, it’s amazing! From organic bug sprays, to lotions, oils, shampoos, and chapsticks. Do yourself a favor and check out their store. They also do giveaways each month, and they’re pretty awesome packages you can win directly from their website.
The essential oils they sent I actually have never used. They are;
Cajeput (Melaleuca Cajuputi) – Use for cuts and scrapes, therapeutic massage, decongestant.
A slightly medicinal smelling oil that carries a fruity camphor aroma with hyacinth and herbaceous undertones. Properties include antimicrobial, astringent, analgesic, stimulant, and anti-inflammatory, and as a natural bug repellent.
Cajeput has great value in skin care and wound cleansing, stimulates the mind and assists with getting back into balance. Its antiseptic and expectorant properties make it excellent for respiratory tract infections such as colds, laryngitis, bronchitis and it may be helpful for asthma, as well as nasal and sinus congestion.
Pain relieving properties make it useful in massage for neuralgia, headaches, muscle stiffness and general aches and pains. The oil is also reputed to have insect repellent qualities and can be applied to sooth insect bites.
Orange (Citrus Cinensis) – Use as room deodorizer, decongestant, stress relief and stimulation.
A refreshing sweet citrus aroma that delivers a multitude of uses.
A widely used room deodorizer with uplifting effects. Can also help relieve the symptoms of colds and other respiratory ailments.
Its strong licorice flavor and aroma is gained from the steam distillation from the crushed seeds of the plant
Clove (Eugenia Caryophyllus) – Use as massage oil for stress relief and aphrodisiac, pain relief, skin care.
A sweet warm scent and very intense flavor. Clove oil is known to provide potent antiseptic and anti-inflammatory benefits and is a preservative when used in all-natural products.
Clove can be applied topically to irritated skin, combined with Coconut or Argan oil to create an aromatherapy massage oil, or mixed in other products to enhance their benefits. Clove oil can be used with a diffuser to sooth respiratory illnesses, relieve stress and treat headaches.
All of their essential oil’s are 10ml. You can buy them in sets of 5 for $34.99 or single bottles at $14.99 AND they’re currently running a special, if you buy 5, you get a FREE Diffuser! How is that for getting a bargain?
Next up is the Yoga Mat Spray ($9.99 MSRP) comes in a 100ml bottle. There are 3 varieties to choose from but I was sent to Lavender which I love. It is such a relaxing fragrance. Although I am not a “yogi” I like to spray it around the house creating a calming environment.
“The missing link to achieve the perfect end to your practice. With just a few simple sprays you can sterilize your mat and bring on inner peace”
I also tested out the “Supa Dupa” Moon Flower incense and whoa are they nice and big! I hate getting incense and they burn so quick and done. These are huge! They burn very slow and are very aromatic. I was impressed by how long they were as well. They come in a really nice box too!
I got the 12 long sticks, which is $12.99 but they have a smaller option where you can get 6 for $6.99 as well.
Utama Spice’s natural incense sticks are all created using locally sourced spices and herbs. Lovingly hand rolled in Bali the incense is dipped in pure essential oil making these incense one of the most lovely smelling natural dupa sticks
“This long burning incense is a blend of flowers, barks, herbs, oils, nuts and spices using no synthetic or endangered plants. Wrapped in recycled paper. Handmade with Fair Trade and Tri Hita Karana principles.”
Lastly and most important, the Sonoma Yi Diffuser. This is the one I am GIVING AWAY to one of you lucky readers! You can pick up some oils for it in the Utama store or use any you currently have (although I have to say, that you SHOULD definitely check out some from Utima as they are high quality and so many to choose from).
Not only is it a Luxury ultrasonic diffuser, it is also an air humidifier and attractive LED lamp.
Elegant, clean design a perfect complement for the home, studio, spa, or salon.
DiaResQ is a NEW Natural Approach That Comes to the Rescue!
Think of all the times that you are running errands and need to eat something quickly that doesn’t agree with you later! Next time when you feel the signs of diarrhea, you can reach for a product that really works! DiaResQ is a food, not a drug, made from naturally derived ingredients to provide rapid indigestion relief.
How Does DiaResQ Work?
DiaResQ works with your body to support digestive health and restore normal intestinal function. It features an innovative combination of immune factors and important nutritional components. Plus, it is safe for children as young as one year in age. Besides being handy to have at home, it’s the perfect companion to take on trips near and far!
How is DiaResQ Different?
Many diarrhea relief products alleviate the symptoms by interfering with your body’s natural immune response when you eat something that doesn’t agree with you. DiaResQ is different because it works with your body’s natural defenses to support digestive health by delivering micronutrients, macronutrients, and immune factors to get you back to normal in no time!
Digital wellbeing. The new normal health checkup you must do on yourself and your children.
Being a blogger, I have some close contacts with youtube, and have been enlightened by their ability to say, “hey, we love you, but you need a break from us!”
YouTube is introducing new tools that help people better understand their tech usage, focus on what matter most and disconnect when needed. Starting today, anyone can find all of these new tools in one place, alongside more info about how much time they’re actually spending on YouTube.
You can access this easily on your youtube account by clicking to home. There is a new “time watched” button.
I thought I watched much more than this, but I guess it’s been a busy week and I haven’t been as engulfed in my phone.
It’s almost scary to hit the button and see the reality in black and white.
I suggest everyone takes a moment to check this new feature out and especially check in on your children’s youtube binging and see if you need to adjust anything to fit your family needs better.
This is better explained in a blog release from Youtube themselves.
You know I enjoy a good subscription box. So when I was invited to review Yogi Suprise, of course I jumped on board. It’s something about the ‘unknown’ when that box shows up on the mail, it makes it feel like ion opening a present!
New to market, Yogi Suprise is a monthly subscription box valued at over $70 a month according to their website. They only pass a $44.95 fee along to the customer for this monthly box (+ Free Shipping), and although the subscription auto-renews monthly once you sign up, you have the option to cancel at any time..
What’s different about Yogi Suprise? It promotes a healthy lifestyle, with Yoga, charity, and global well-being intertwined.
Not only do you get 6-7 full sized products to delve into, and monthly self healing Yoga sequences.. you also get a monthly chance to enter to win a retreat to a different island monthly. You can choose between the ‘Lifestyle or ‘Jewelry” boxes. The one i received is the lifestyle box, so it is a mix of goodies.
So without further delay, I present to you, my first Yogi Suprise Lifestyle box.
Check out their site for more info and to sign up and receive your box and save 15% for life with my code (coming soon) ♡ Yogi Suprise 《
Details of products;
Headbands For Hope
Peaceful Warrior Pouch
A Path of Light Clementine Scented hand lotion
‘This Bar Saves Lives’ snack bar
Can’t leave out my little side kick who made an appearance in the video 😍😎 he was just as excited you unbox it as I was!
Today is June 2nd, the unofficial start of Summer in my mind. It immediately makes me feel at ease knowing school is coming to an end for my kids and long play days in the yard await. Health has been on my mind as well since of course everyone wants to be in their best shape for the beach and water parks.
Lately I’ve been on sort of a health kick.. walking a mike a day on my lunch break at work and eating more consciously. I’ve been getting a little into essential oils and using my oil diffuser while i take a shower or a relaxing bath with a bath fizz and some eucalyptus scented Epsom salt.
It helps me to wind down from the day and just clear my mind. My kids have also used the eucalyptus to help with allergies and sinus issues, I just prop the diffuser in their room and they’re good to go after a couple hours relaxing with it filling the room with aromas.
With that being said, I want to give my opinion on a lesser known mom and pop store in my home town of Staten Island (I love saying I was born on an island because it’s true haha).
Www.Relaxbehealthy.com sent me a few items to check out and i have to say I’m really loving them. I haven’t had much experience with essential oil water sprays but these probably take the cake of i had to guess from what i see with their essential oils.
All of their products are organic and hand made in their shop with imported products from around the world. The items in reviewing are made from raw materials from Bulgaria and are the real deal.
First up to the plate is the Lavender Water. It’s a 4oz misting spray and is $10.99. It has a scent of lavender just a bit lighter then the oil, and is a super soft delicate mist.
All natural Bulgarian organic Lavender water:
Use to soothe skin, used for redness of soon, eczema, inflammation caused by mosquito bites (must try this!), and acne. It also helps eradicate dandruff and prevent scalp infections.
When sprayed directly only hair, it helps make hair shiny as it conditions the hair.
You can use the water spray as deodorant for your body, or even spray on furniture and around the home to deodorize.
There are many other different uses for lavender you can experiment with.
Now this Rose Water is my absolute favorite. They captured such am amazing scent I could wear it as a body must and probably will! Also $10.99 at their store, I wish you could smell it through this post, but if you do order from them, I suggest you put this in your cart.
All natural organic Bulgarian Rose Water:
It can help reduce the redness of irritated skin, get rid of acne, helps to maintain the skin’s PH balance, helps to hydrate the skin, helps to aid healing scars, cuts, wounds, regenerate skin tissues, dermatitis and eczema. It is a great cleanser and aids in removing oil and dirt accumulated in clogged pores, helps aging skin, wrinkles and fine lines
Extra fun uses include mood enhancer and spray the scent on your pillow to help to sleep better.
Enhance the quality of hair. Helps to rid dandruff, natural conditioner.
For dry & frizzy hair: Mix equal parts rosewater and glycerin, apply on the scalp, massage for 10-15 minutes. Let it stay for another 30 minutes and wash off with shampoo.
Last but not least is their 20ml Lavender Oil that retails for $24.99 but is currently on sale for $21.99 At their online boutique. This little potent bottle is much more fragrant then any other essential oil I’ve gotten and you can tell it’s just so fresh and pure. Check out my buffet below to see what i compared it to.
Today, lavender oil benefits your body in the following ways:
Yesterday, Sept 21 2016 marked the opening of the first ever human milk bank in NY. This is such a wonderful thing! What an amazing way to help save infant’s in need. Read below for the press release.
HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, NY – September 21, 2016 – The nonprofit New York Milk Bank (NYMB) today announced its grand opening as the first and only comprehensive, community-based milk bank dedicated to serving New York State. The opening ceremony was held at the NYMB’s new facility in Westchester County, NY, where it will process donated breast milk and coordinate distribution of pasteurized donor human milk (PDHM) to feed babies in need, particularly premature and sick infants.
“We are thrilled to be able to help address the critical need for accessible, affordable donor breast milk in New York and beyond,” said Julie Bouchet-Horwitz, Founder and Executive Director of the NYMB, and a board-certified lactation consultant and family nurse practitioner. “Research shows human milk provides the best nutrition for babies and protects against numerous life-threatening infections, especially in vulnerable preterm infants. Establishing The New York Milk Bank has been a true labor of love for our team, and we are committed to improving the health and survival of babies in need by providing safe PDHM when their own mother’s milk is not available.”
Approximately one in 10 babies is born prematurely. These infants often face significant health challenges and are at particular risk of developing the serious intestinal disease necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), which may be fatal.Feeding premature babies exclusively with human breast milk can dramatically reduce the risk, so it is crucial that hospitals have a dependable, affordable supply of PDHM.
New York State will need an estimated 200,000 ounces of PDHM per year just to meet the needs of the smallest premature infants. Until the opening of NYMB, milk donated by mothers in New York has been sent to milk banks in other states for processing and distribution.
“My daughter was born prematurely at 24 weeks and needed donor milk for months after her birth. I saw firsthand how beneficial breast milk can be for babies struggling to survive, and know how scary it is, as a parent, not to have milk readily available,” said Theresa McCaffrey, of Hastings-On-Hudson, whose daughter is now two years old. “When Ceci was born we had to ship milk in from Massachusetts because there wasn’t a milk bank in New York State. The New York Milk Bank is providing an important service to our community, and I’m happy that New York families have such a strong advocate when it comes to the health of our babies.”
Already, more than 20 hospitals in New York are using donor milk. The NYMB is working with others to ensure donor milk is available to all infants in need across the state. Mothers who have been screened by the NYMB can donate milk at one of the 17 depots in New York accepting donations – from Buffalo to New York City – with more opening in the coming months. Mothers may also ship their frozen milk directly to the NYMB.
“We are incredibly thankful for the generosity of mothers who donate their extra breast milk to help save the lives of premature, low birth weight and sick infants,” said Roseanne Motti, Manager of the NYMB. “They are part of a centuries-old tradition of donating milk to help infants in need, and provide an essential benefit that has been validated time and again by the medical community.”
The NYMB is licensed by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and accredited by the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) to ensure safety. To learn more about the NYMB or find out how you can become a donor or a recipient of breast milk, visitwww.NYMilkBank.org.
About The New York Milk Bank
The New York Milk Bank, Inc. (NYMB) is the first and only comprehensive, community-based donor human milk bank in New York State, based in Westchester County, NY. It is a 501(c)3 nonprofit milk bank and a member of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA). The NYMB is committed to improving the health and survival of infants in need by providing safe pasteurized donor human milk when their own mother’s milk is not available in sufficient quantities. It was started by a volunteer group of lactation experts including physicians, nurses, and lactation professionals and is licensed by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH). To learn more, visit www.NYMilkBank.org.
About Pasteurized Donor Human Milk (PDHM)
Research shows that human milk provides the best nutrition for all babies and is especially critical for premature infants, who face significant health challenges. When a mother’s own milk is unavailable, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that preterm infants receive pasteurized donor human milk (PDHM). The Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) was founded in 1985 to establish standards for North American milk banks, and there are currently 25 HMBANA banks in North America with five more in development. Donors to HMBANA-accredited milk banks undergo a thorough screening process, including verbal and written questionnaires, a blood test for HIV and other infectious diseases, and medical clearance from the donor’s and baby’s health providers. Donated milk is then pasteurized to destroy bacteria and viruses and tested to ensure safety. Donor human milk is species-specific, and, once appropriately pasteurized, is safe for vulnerable infants.