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16 4 Benefits of Laughing Your Way Through the New Year 13 Your Child's Weight A Letter to my Teenage Son About Marriage................................................................... 6 Upspring Baby Products.................................................... 9 NurturMe The Tummy Friendly Brand...............................................12 MAM Teethers...................................................................17 Editor's Picks..................................................................... 18 PawPods Makes it Easier to Say Goodbye to a Beloved Pet.............................................. 20 Care Resource A Renewed Commitment To Personal Wellness............23 Mom Knows Best The Best Mom Invented Products...................................25 How Mothers Can Deal With Stress and Learn How To Be Confident.................................... 30

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Growing Up!

WHY IS BREAKFAST

SO IMPORTANT? Our first 2018 issue is here and we can't believe how fast the days are going by! To us it's not just another issue, but another milestone that we've accomplished in putting together a magazine filled with exceptional articles, editorials and amazing product reviews. Every issue includes our popular Editor's Pick where we feature products that we love, editorials on important topics we face as modern families with the everyday life and the most important job we have, raising our kids. With this issue I want to wish you another great year and look forward to bringing you many more of our Sprinkles Magazine!

Breakfast is indeed a very important meal. A good breakfast fuels you up and gets you ready for the day. In general, kids and teens who eat breakfast have more energy, do better in school, and eat healthier throughout the day. Without breakfast, people can get irritable, restless, and tired. So make time for breakfast — for you and your kids! www.kidshealth.org

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LETTER TO MY TEENAGE SON ABOUT MARRIAGE Dear Teenage Son, Today your dad and I celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary. It was a remarkable day since increasingly, marriages are falling apart. Tying the knot is the easy part, staying together requires intentional habits and staying in love most certainly does not happen by chance. Here are some things you may be unaware of that your dad has done well to keep us together and in love over the years By Kathryn Streeter

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Exercise has been a priority. We married young and he brought his high school football body into the marriage. Luckily, he quickly realized that without playing the game his muscles would soften and so he morphed into a runner. When we turned 30, just as when we turned 40, people continued to warn that rapid weight gain was practically guaranteed due to a slower metabolism and a sedentary lifestyle. Your dad thought it a ridiculous prophecy and rejected it. Because of this, at age 46 he kept up with you in the last Spartan Race competition. Not only is he able to be a more engaged father, his disciplined workout routine has kept me motivated to do the same. We have a fuller life because we can bike, paddle-board and hike together. Besides the natural health benefits of exercising, we recognize that our options are more open to the adventures we can have now in midlife and beyond. If the day comes, I imagine that we'll also be better able to keep up with grandkids. Synchronized habits. Your dad's professional

life has always meant that the alarm sounds early. Synchronizing our sleep habits was reasonable because we wanted to be tired at the same time so that our rising together helped launch a new day better. Establishing this routine helped us do the little but difficult daily things together like getting you out of bed for school. There were times in your dad's career when he'd barely get home in time to kiss you good night before you drifted to sleep. We'd then share a simple meal off the grill and though he'd be deservedly whipped, he would fill me in as I would him on the day. It helped keep our worlds connected. Too many couples fall apart because their worlds grow apart. When I've wronged him, he doesn't harbor resentment. Your dad doesn't keep a list about what I've done wrong. He doesn't keep score. This character quality is something I've admired in him since we were newlyweds. I'm profoundly grateful that he honestly lets things go after some disagreement has been righted. There are already too many

things that pull relationships apart. Nagging each other about trivia is perilous to a strong marriage. So is regurgitating past wrongs. It simply doesn't profit the relationship. Prioritizing play every weekend. Your dad likes to make memories together. Early on in our marriage, we did weekends very simply: we played together. When you kids entered the picture, we adjusted and went to playgrounds. We didn't have huge expectations for our weekends. The honey-do list didn't exist and neither did your dad have unrealistic expectations for me. We were content putzing around and playing together. Do couples who play together stay together? For us, yes. This doesn't negate the obvious, that, as you've often seen, he's often worked late into the nights. But play over the weekend was and always will be important. Forthcoming about the week's demands. We talk beforehand about what is scheduled for the upcoming week—no surprises means better FEB/MAR 2018

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prepared. This time of exchanging and reviewing the pending week's schedule often revealed just how many times your dad had excused himself from various cocktail parties and receptions so as to get home at night. These conversations were illuminating to me: it underscored his desire to get home to us at the end of each intense day. It also helped me to prepare for the extra-long days as a work-at-home-mom (WAHM) when he was gone and I'd be running completely solo. Willingness to lead. Since I'm the product of an indecisive home, I've appreciated your dad's unapologetic direction. When I am ambivalent and he's felt strongly, I appreciated your dad showing decisiveness. It's a relief. He's offering something I don't have and helping us to be whole. Of course there are ways I solely contribute to our marriage partnership, but I humbly acknowledge that this isn't one of them. As you grow into manhood, you're learning from observing men in

your life. We both know that your dad hasn't been a perfect. But when he's messed up, he's been able to readily apologize and make fun of himself. He doesn't take himself too seriously. As your mom, I've been delighted to watch you two hang out together. Ultimately, these notes I've written down today are to help you know your dad more fully and recognize habits that have contributed to our marriage. This letter isn't to be confused with marriage insurance, as if such an equation existed to achieve a long, happy marriage. You're your own man. You'll be great just as you are.

~Mom Originally published on The Good Men Project. Kathryn Streeter's writing has appeared in publications including The Washington Post, The Week and Austin American-Statesman. Find her on Twitter, @streeterkathryn. Kathryn Streeter Freelance Writer | Washington, DC 'Be kind to oneanother': The importance of sibling relationships, The Washington Post. • My Daughter's Messy Room Drove Me Crazy, Now I Miss It, Grown & Flown.• Our Nomadic Lifestyle Was the Best Gift We Ever Gave Our Kids, SheKnows.


For moms, by moms, UpSpring Baby is where innovation meets tradition. Made with love and backed by science, the brand was created to provide clinically-backed solutions for mom and baby from preconception and beyond including products that are accessible and affordable, while not sacrificing quality. UpSpring was founded in 2005 to help women better meet the everyday health and wellness challenges and frustrations of motherhood so they can simply enjoy the experience. Throughout it all, mom inventors have continued to be a vital part of UpSpring's success working with leading scientists, microbiologists, chemists and other dedicated professionals who share the brand's goal of taking care of mom so mom can take care of baby. http://www.upspringbaby.com/

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Shrinkx Belly Bamboo Charcoal Bamboo charcoal fiber increases circulation naturally and helps raise metabolism. Recommended by OB/ GYNs.Supports core abdominal muscles and helps uterus return to original size. Reduces swelling, inflammation and bloating. Adjustable, moisture-wicking and antibacterial; Latex-free.

NEW! Milkflow Fenugreek + Blessed Thistle Powder Drink Mix Recommended by lactation consultants to help promote healthy breast milk supply. Delivers 1,800 mg of fenugreek in each yummy chai tea latte flavored drink. All natural, nonGMO, and gluten-free.

C-Panty (High Waist) Designed for C-section recovery by a C-section mom and medical team. Medical grade compression reduces swelling, reduces discomfort, helps speed recovery. Patented, built in 100% silicone panel minimizes scarring. Recommended by OB/ GYNs; Can be worn immediately post C-section up to 12 months.

Milkscreen Test for Alcohol in Breast Milk (8 Test Strips) The first and only test of its kind! Recommended by pediatricians and lactation consultants. Non-invasive test strip; Easy-to-read results in just two minutes. No more guessing if your breast milk is safe for baby!

Probiotic + Colostrum (Powder for Babies + Kids) Helps reduce occasional digestive upset and other tummy troubles.6 probiotic strains, prebiotics, and Colostrum for immune support. Flavorless powder easily mixed with room temperature, or cool, liquids or food. Easy to use single, serve packets. Gluten free, sugar free, free of hormones and kosher.

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Take Vegetables From “YUCK” to “YUM” With Sneakz Vegan Protein Powder! Sneakz introduces its new Vegan Protein Powder, a non-dairy and nutrient-packed protein formula for kids, teens and adults. Adding its proprietary blend of healthy veggies like sweet potatoes, carrots, beets, spinach and cauliflower, Sneakz brings a new level of nutrition to the high-protein trend. Sneakz Protein Powder is available in three tasty flavors such as Chocolate, Vanilla and Strawberry.

There is a 1/2 serving of vegetables per 8 fl oz., as well as 14 grams of protein, Ganeden BC30 probiotics and essential amino acids. NO artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, non-GMO, gluten free and certified kosher! Sneakz Vegan Protein Powder can be mixed into any recipe to create healthy and delicious smoothies, shakes, baked goods and more. Sneakz is now accepting pre-orders on its website, and the protein powder will be available at mass retailers this spring. MSRP $21.00; OR sign up for a monthly subscription on Sneakz.com and get a 10% discount of $18.90 per bag. For more information, visit www.sneakz.com. Also connect on social media by following @sneakz on Facebook; @sneakz_organic on Instagram; and @sneakzorganic on Pinterest. ### MEDIA CONTACT: FEB/MAR 2018

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The Tummy Friendly Brand™ NurturMe makes organic tummy friendly baby and toddler foods that are designed to help take the worry out of feeding your little one. The company’s certified organic ancient grain, fruit and veggie meals and snacks are naturally gentle, easily digestible and free from common allergens that can upset sensitive little bellies – including gluten, dairy, soy and egg.

NurturMe ancient grain-based cereals and snacks are also fortified with a daily recommended dose of probiotics that support digestive health and immune health. Just one serving of NurturMe’s new Ancient Grain Cookies, Organic Quinoa Baby Cereals or 100% Quinoa Squares delivers up to 10 times more active cultures than probiotic yogurt.

Probiotics, which are live, active, good bacteria, can aid infants to create a healthy colony of bacteria and microbes within their gastrointestinal systems. NurturMe’s ancient grain-based meals and snacks are formulated with GanedenBC30, a trusted and proven probiotic strain, that supports digestive health, immune health, and is the only spore-forming probiotic strain that has FDA GRAS for infant formula.

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YOUR CHILD'S WEIGHT "What's the right weight for my child?" is one of the most common questions parents have. It seems like a simple one, but it's not always easy to answer.


Among kids the same height and age, some are more muscular or more developed than others. That's because not all kids have the same body type or develop at the same time. Growth and Puberty

Not everyone grows and develops on the same schedule. During puberty, the body begins making hormones that spark physical changes like breast development in girls, testicular enlargement in boys, and spurts in height and weight gain in both boys and girls. Once these changes start, they continue for several years. The average kid can expect to grow as much as 10 inches (25 centimeters) during puberty before reaching full adult height. Most kids gain weight more rapidly during this time as the amounts of muscle, fat, and bone in their bodies change. All that new weight gain can be perfectly fine — as long as body fat, muscle, and bone are in the right proportion. Because some kids start developing as early as age 8 and some not until age 14, it can be normal for two kids who are the same gender, height, and age to have very different weights. It can feel quite strange for kids to adjust to suddenly feeling heavier or taller. So it's perfectly normal for a child to feel self-conscious about weight during adolescence — a lot of kids do.

Figuring Out Fat Using BMI

Experts have developed a way to help figure out if someone is in the healthy weight range for his or her height. It's called the body mass index, or BMI. BMI is a formula that doctors use to estimate how much body fat a person has based on his or her weight and height.

The BMI formula uses height and weight measurements to calculate a BMI number. Though the formula is the same for adults and children, figuring out what the BMI number means is a little more complicated for kids. For kids, BMI is plotted on a growth chart that uses percentile lines to tell whether a child is underweight, healthy weight, overweight, or obese. Different BMI charts are used for boys and girls under the age of 20 because the amount of body fat differs between boys and girls and body fat changes as kids grow. Each BMI chart is divided into percentiles. A child whose BMI is equal to or greater than the 5th percentile and less than the 85th percentile is considered a healthy weight for his or her age. A child at or above the 85th percentile but less than the 95th percentile for age is considered overweight. A child at or above the 95th percentile is considered obese. A child below the 5th percentile is considered underweight. Before you calculate your child's BMI, you'll need an accurate height and weight measurement. Bathroom scales and

tape measures aren't always precise. So the best way to get accurate measurements is by having kids weighed and measured at a doctor's office or at school.

What Does BMI Tell Us?

You can calculate BMI on your own, but consider asking your doctor to help you figure out what it means. Doctors do more than just use BMI to assess a child's current weight. They also take into account where a child is during puberty and use BMI results from past years to track whether that child may be at risk for becoming overweight. Spotting this risk early on can be helpful because changes can be made before developing a weight problem. Kids are developing weight-related health problems previously seen only in adults. Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure (hypertension) are now commonly seen in overweight and obese kids and teens. They're also more likely to be overweight as adults. And adults who are overweight may develop other serious health conditions, such as heart disease.

Although BMI can be a good indicator of body fat, it doesn't always tell the full story. Someone with a large frame or a lot of muscle instead of excess fat (like a bodybuilder or athlete) can have a high BMI. Likewise, a small person with a small frame may have a normal BMI but could still have too much body fat. These are other good reasons to talk about your child's BMI with your doctor. If you think your child has gained too much weight or is too thin, a doctor should help you decide whether your child really has a weight problem. Your doctor has measured your child's height and weight over time and knows whether growth is proceeding normally. If concerned about your child's height, weight, or BMI, the doctor may ask questions about your child's health, level of physical activity, and eating habits, as well as your family medical history. The doctor can put all this information together to determine whether there's a weight or growth problem. If your doctor thinks your child's weight isn't in the healthy range, you will probably get specific dietary and exercise recommendations. It's important to follow a doctor's or dietitian's plan that's designed for your child. For kids and teens, significantly restricting calories or following fad diets or starvation plans can deprive them of the nutrients their growing bodies need and may actually slow down growth and sexual development. What if your child is worried about being too skinny? Most kids who weigh less than others their age are just fine. They may go through puberty on a different schedule than some of their peers, and their bodies may grow and change at a different rate. Most underweight teens catch up in weight as they finish puberty during their later teen years, and there's rarely a need to try to gain weight. In a few cases, kids and teens can be underweight because of a health problem that needs treatment. If your child feels tired or ill a lot, or has symptoms like a cough, stomachache, diarrhea, or other problems that have lasted for more than a week or two, talk with your doctor. Some kids and teens are underweight beFEB/MAR 2018

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cause of eating disorders, like anorexia or bulimia, which need medical attention.

The Role of Genes

Heredity plays a role in a person's body shape and weight. People from different races, ethnic groups, and nationalities tend to have different body fat distribution (meaning they accumulate fat in different parts of their bodies) or body composition (amounts of bone and muscle versus fat). But genes are not destiny — kids can reach and keep a healthy weight by eating right and being active. Genes aren't the only things that family members may share. It's also true that unhealthy eating habits can be passed down. The eating and exercise habits of people

in the same household probably have an even greater effect than genes on someone's risk of becoming overweight. If parents eat a lot of high-calorie foods or snacks or don't get much exercise, their kids tend to do the same. The good news is these habits can be changed for the better. Even small changes, like cutting back on sugary drinks and going for a walk after dinner, can add up to make a real difference. So remember, it's not a specific number on the scale that's important. It's making sure that kids stay healthy — inside and out. www.kidshealth.org


4 BENEFITS OF LAUGHING YOUR WAY THROUGH THE NEW YEAR by Lee Volpe Like clockwork, people are composing their lists of New Year’s resolutions, and at the same time they’re ending this year with some of the same problems, frustrations or worries of past years. They want to take a brighter outlook and ride those resolutions to a higher quality of life in the New Year – but inevitably, familiar issues get them down year after year. How can this New Year be different? How can you stay more positive and hopeful despite problems that won’t go away when the big ball drops in Times Square? “Making laughter a part of your every-day life is the answer. When life gets tough, laughter begins,” says Lee Volpe (www.LeeVolpe.com), a humorist and author of Black Sheep Tries Bleach: Humorous Stories to Ease Life’s Growing Pains. “We all have humor inside us. It is so healthy to use it in a variety of ways. When you really deconstruct some things in your life that may be problems or annoyances, you can creatively come at them with laughter, and your whole outlook changes.” Mentally and physically, the benefits of laughter are many, Volpe says,and she lists five of those benefits that can help you make 2018 a happier New Year: • Reduces stress. Laughter reduces the level of stress hormones. such as cortisol and epinephrine (adrenaline), and it boosts the immune system. Science has further shown that after a good laugh, muscles FEB/MAR 2018

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can be relaxed for up to 45 minutes. “Laughter is a free stress-management strategy, and in today’s pressurized, problem-filled world, there’s a big premium on that,” Volpe says. “Laughter is often the best kind of therapy.” • Burns calories. Everybody wants to lose weight in the New Year, right? “Laugh hard enough and you may be able to skip some gym visits – and who doesn’t want to do that,” Volpe says. Studies show that a good stream of laughter can burn 40 calories in 30 minutes. “I saw where you really can burn 75 calories in 30 minutes by banging your head against a wall,” Volpe says. “Knock yourself out.” • Becomes a coping mechanism. Laughter makes us feel good. Instead of complaining about life’s frustrations, trying to laugh about them helps. “Humor helps you keep a positive outlook through difficult situations,” Volpe says. “When something extremely frustrating or depressing occurs, try to take the longer view and envision that one day you’ll be able to look back on it and laugh. But why not laugh right now? You also feel stronger. This approach will also make you better equipped to deal with future negative events less stressfully.” • Brings people together, strengthens relationships. Laughter connects us with others. You can’t enjoy a laugh with other people unless you take the time to engage with them. “It improves the quality of social interaction you have with your friends, co-workers, and acquaintances,” Volpe

says. “The old saying is, ‘Laughter is contagious.’ If you bring more laughter into your life, you can help others around you to laugh more and reap the benefits of humor, which in turns helps them with their problems. It makes other people happy, because it’s very infectious, just like anger is.” “We all need more laughter with the way the world is these days,” Volpe says. “Maybe you can start by laughing at your own New Year’s resolutions list. For a lot of people it turns out to be a joke anyway. And it doesn’t have to be a new year to start a new day, a new outlook, for yourself.” ABOUT LEE VOLPE Lee Volpe (www.LeeVolpe.com) is the author of Black Sheep Tries Bleach: Humorous Stories to Ease Life’s Growing Pains. After a short career as an actress, Lee found her voice as a humorist, and has never looked back. Since 2011, she has been making a name for herself professionally as an honest, Laugh Out Loud (LOL) humor writer, dealing with daily life and relatable situations. Applauded for saying what most are thinking, Lee has the unique ability of finding wit in the way and amusement in the angle. Marcia Corbino of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune described Lee as “Erma Bombeck meets Sex and the City.”


Mam Introduce Mam Friends Teether Collection MAM, the leading designer brand of award-winning, medically sound and innovative baby products, introduces the MAM FRIENDS TEETHER COLLECTION. The new teethers feature four cheerful characters with bright bodies and varying textures to help sharpen baby’s visual sense and support sensory development in addition to easing teething symptoms Handmade from safe 100% natural rubber, MAM Friends are the perfect companion as infants start to explore the world around them. Suitable for use from 2 months, the soft and gentle teethers are light and easy to hold making them perfect for little hands. The partly hollow teethers are perfect for squeezing and chewing. Developed in collaboration with pediatric dentists, MAM Friends are BPA-free, BPS-free, PVC-free, lead-free and CPSIAcompliant. Before first use it is recommended the product be boiled for 5 minutes (boiling of teether after initial use, sterilization and placement in dishwasher, microwave or freezer not recommended). For regular cleaning, the surface can be wiped with a damp cloth and air dried. Four adorable best friends for baby are offered in the MAM Friends Collection:

LUCY THE SNAIL (2+ MONTHS) Lucy is super soft and light. Fun and bright, Lucy appeals to baby’s senses from the very start.

MAX THE FROG (4+ MONTHS) Max has a cheerful face and a bright body with varying textures that support baby’s sensory development.

ELLIE THE BEE (3+ MONTHS) Ellie’s wings make her easy to grab and hold. Her bright colors and varying texture’s support baby’s sensory development.

BOB THE TURTLE (5+ MONTHS) With his fun 3D shape, bright colors and varying textures, Bob will help stimulate and develop all of baby’s senses.

ABOUT MAM MAM combines technological innovation, medical function and contemporary design to develop superior baby care products that support a baby’s development from day one. Since MAM developed its first pacifier in Vienna in 1976, it has evolved to become a global authority on baby care product design and quality. Today MAM products are used by families in over 60 countries and on six continents. To find out more and view MAM’s baby care range of award-winning pacifiers, bottles, cups, teethers, oral care items, coordinating accessories and gift sets visit www.mambaby.com. AUG/SEPT 2017 FEB/MAR 2018

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DARK TIDES CANDLE

A customer favorite, this candle is hand-poured in industrial-chic paint cans and sealed with a lid for maximum freshness while not in use. Basalt is a candle and lip treatment company with a minimalist, organic, and eco-friendly outlook on style. Dark Tides will fill your space with an amazing aroma from a special blend of scents. PECCADILLY.COM

1-2-3 BUILD IT™ ROCKET-TRAIN-HELICOPTER

Product Description: Your budding engineer will love using these mixand-match pieces to build three different modes of transportation—an airplane, a tugboat, or a car (one at a time). Use the play screwdriver to put the large, durable pieces where they go. Great for learning early STEM skills. Built plane measures 7 1/2”L x 4”H. AMAZON.COM

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BOTLEY® THE CODING ROBOT ACTIVITY SET

Product Description: Meet Botley. The code to fun! As the newest member of the learning resources family, Botley is here to introduce coding in a fun, friendly way. Children as young as 5 can learn to code with Botley, but with his advanced features he’ll grow with them for many fun years to come. And that’s not all – Botley is ready to use right out of the box, 100% screen free and includes a 77-piece activity set – the only robot to offer that! For even more fun, explore coding with Botley’s advanced features. Botley can detect objects, be programmed for if/then logic, follow looping commands and take on obstacle courses. He also has a black line follow mode and hidden features to unlock! AMAZON.COM

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MYHUGABOO

Carefully crafted for infants 3 to 11 months, see why Hugaboo makes it easier for mommies to keep their energetic baby supported: 1. Learn New Skills: Each Hugaboo comes with two toy attachments that will keep your tiny tot occupied and their mind engaged – plus, they're adorable! 2. Clean Up, Clean Up: This lightweight fabric is 100% polyester fiberfill and machine washable for an easy cleaning! 3. I Like to Move it, Move it: The compact size of the seat lets the active mom easily bring baby to any part of the house and stay hands-free. 4. Stay Supported (And Comfy): Keep your bundle of joy's back, sides and legs stabilized while they learn the ins and outs of sitting up on their own. Lastly, the plush cushion wraps around your infant, giving them a protective snug 24/7. MYHUGABOO.COM

BABIATORS

Babiators, the world’s cutest aviator and Wayfarer-style sunglasses with 100% UVA/UVB protection, has just launched their new Ice Collection. Trendy and sleek frosted Navigator frames come with cool pink or blue lenses to keep your Rockstar looking stylish. Durable and tough just like children, Babiators are made of pliable rubber and shatter-resistant lenses, making the virtually indestructible. BABIATORS.COM

LACTATION MASSAGER

Improve your breastmilk flow: By providing gentle pressure and vibration to the affected breast, the lactation massager helps express breast milk and restore your flow. The milk expressing tool will help make emptying breasts easier, while also assisting in reduced supply, undersupply, and oversupply issues. LACTATIONMASSAGER.COM

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PAWPODS

MAKES IT EASIER TO SAY GOODBYE TO A BELOVED PET

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The death of a loved pet is something no one wants to face, unfortunately most of us will have to. 65% of U.S. households own a family pet and each year, nearly 50 million of them pass on annually. As deeply saddening and heart wrenching as that is, Paw Pods’ burial pods help make that loss a little easier. With bio-degradable pods, owners can bury their pets at home with a dignified, beautiful memorial. The pods can be decorated with paints, markers or stickers giving children and adults a way to express their grief in an expressive and therapeutic form. A seeded leaf of perennial flowers is included with every pod. Its annual blooms create a living memorial to a treasured friend.   Paw Pods recognizes that beyond the unconditional, pure loyal love and joy pets give us, their carbon footprint on our planet is next to none, so their afterlife should follow suit. All pods and urns are eco-friendly and made of bamboo powder, rice husk, and corn starch, designed to respectively degrade in 3-5 years after being introduced to the environment.  Additionally, pet owners sometimes mistakenly flush what they believe is a dead fish down the toilet, when it’s in fact, very much alive. Those fish often wind up in lakes and rivers where they can introduce diseases to native fish and water sources. Paw Pods’ Fish Pod offers a safer way to lay pet fish to rest.   Paw Pods are extremely affordable, ranging in price from $9.99 to $149.99, a fraction of what traditional pet caskets cost.

PAW PODS COME IN A VARIETY OF SIZES:

FISH POD

The loss of a fish may be a child’s first experience with death. These small fish shaped pods can help them avoid the trauma of seeing a pet flushed down the toilet. This also may serve as an important teaching tool for parents, death can be very difficult to explain, let alone comprehend for young children, make them a part of the process.

MEDIUMSIZED POD

Accommodates medium-sized pets including rabbits, cats and smaller dogs. This size pod is the most commonly used.  

HEART SHAPED URN

When burial space is limited or cremation is preferred, the heart shaped urn is a lovely option and can also be used as a display.  

ADDITIONAL SIZES

They love all animals, from a tiny hermit crab to a majestic Great Dane, Paw Pods offers sizes for almost all pets. Anyone that has ever owned a pet, sought out on that adventure for companionship, to expand their homes and to open their hearts, find solace in knowing you are reciprocating that unequivocal love and friendship.  

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A bit about Paw Pods – Paw Pods is a company of pet owners and pet lovers dedicated to helping other pet owners navigate the painful experience of losing a treasured animal friend. It was started as a way to help its founder deal with his own grief after losing two of his cherished dogs and being severely disappointed in the way in which they were returned to him.   You may not need them right now; but they want to be there when you do. Visit HTTP://PAWPODS.COM/  for more information. 


A Renewed Commitment To Personal Wellness FREE ANNUAL WELLNESS VISITS FROM JANUARY 1 – MARCH 31 The holidays are behind us, and a new year means a new focus on your personal health. It’s time to get back in shape and have a free, annual wellness visit at Care Resource. New, uninsured patients can meet with a primary care physician to have a basic exam, routine labs and a cholesterol screening. Our Registered Dietitian, Gloria Cabral, would like to stress the importance of a cholesterol check-up as a healthy, annual practice. “The body needs some cholesterol in order to function properly. The body’s cell walls, or membranes, need cholesterol and the body uses cholesterol to produce hormones, vitamin D, and the bile acids that help to digest fat, but, the body needs only a small amount of cholesterol to meet its needs.To lower cholesterol, the American Heart Association recommends that one eat low saturated fat foods, quit smoking and exercise. Aside from adding zing to almost any dish, some studies show garlic may help lower cholesterol; it’s also been found to prevent blood clots, reduce blood pressure, and protect against infections.” Join the Care Resource family and help us provide you with the absolute best opportunity for a long, healthy, and productive life. Care Resource services are provided on a sliding-fee scale based on income and household size. This scale can provide reduced fees for those who are uninsured, have a low income, or may be undocumented. This is the time to make a commitment to your personal health and wellness in 2018. A free wellness visit includes a physical exam, a cholesterol screening, blood pressure testing, and routine labs. The following promotion is available for new patients without insurance from January 1 to March 31, 2018, and by appointment only. Please call 305-576-1234 ext. 470 (English) or 471 (Español) to schedule an appointment. For more information about cholesterol, please take a moment and read “Cholesterol 101: A Basic Introduction to Cholesterol” from the American Heart Association. Care Resource is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with locations in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Care Resource provides comprehensive primary medical and preventive care, including dental care, in-house pharmacy services and behavioral health/substance abuse services to all individuals in South Florida’s diverse communities. FEB/MAR 2018

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MOM knows BEST As the saying goes, “Mom always knows best!” These products were all invented by moms who saw a need and created a product to fill it. From an all-natural miracle cream to a tantrum-reducing snap-on shopping cart tray. Check out their inventions below!

BABY BUTZ CREAM BY OLEN COSMETICS

Avoid sensitive skin disasters! With 100% natural ingredients and 30% zinc oxide, Baby Butz is the safest and most effective diaper rash and chapped skin treatment available without a prescription. This miracle cream is sworn by hospital neonatal units too. Age range: Birth+ Available online: Amazon.com

MY MAGIC MUD ACTIVATED CHARCOAL TOOTH POWDER FOR WHITENING

This completely natural wonder product has gone from farmer’s market favorite to global goto for people searching for more natural ways to live. My Magic Mud® tooth powder is like nothing you’ve ever used before but after one try, you’ll see and feel the results! Age range: All ages Available online: VitaminShoppe.com

BABY SHUSHER SLEEP MIRACLE SOOTHER

Get your baby to settle or sleep faster and expend less of your energy because this genius unit makes the shushing sound for you. One of the only products on the market that uses a real human voice to shush and soothe little ones in the car, crib, stroller or anywhere your baby needs it. Age range: Birth+ Available online: buybuybaby.com

SNAP & SHOP

Snap & Shop is easy to use, portable, dishwasher safe, provides a clean surface for kids to eat their favorite snacks and is easy to pack up before heading to the store. With its patent designed handle grip and flexible arm, the snack tray will stay secured to any shopping cart handle allowing your child to munch away. No more tantrums from hangry kids! Available Colors: Pink, Green, Blue Age range: 9 months-4 years Available online: snap-shop-tray.myshopify.com

FAIRHAVEN’S MILKIES MILK-SAVER

Easy to use, simply slip the Milk-Saver into your bra cup on the side you’re not nursing or pumping from and it collects the milk that is leaked when your milk lets down. This prevents you from wasting a single drop and can be safely saved for another feeding. Age range: Pumping/Breastfeeding Women Available online: www.fairhavenhealth.com

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BAPRONBABY’S EZCLEAN BAPRON

The bapron is a bib and apron combined so it’s one less thing to store. It ties in the back so there’s no impromptu mid-meal removals from junior which means less mess and laundry. It can also be used as an apron for art and messy activities and it comes in adorable patterns perfect for boys and girls. Age range: 6 months+ Available online: bapronbaby.com


SOME TREATS FULL OF LOVE

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Heart Shaped Rice Krispies Treats Ingredients 3 Tbsp. butter or margarine 1 pkg. (10 oz.) JET-PUFFED Marshmallows 8 drops red food coloring 6 cups KELLOGG’S® RICE KRISPIES® cereal assorted decorating icings

Instructions Melt butter in large saucepan on low heat. Add marshmallows; cook until marshmallows are completely melted and mixture is well blended, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add food coloring; mix well. Add cereal; mix well. Press onto bottom of 15x10x1-inch pan sprayed with cooking spray. Cool completely. Cut into heart shapes with greased 4-inch cookie cutter. Decorate with icings as desired.

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Chocolate-Covered Marshmallow Kisses

Ingredients 16 JET-PUFFED Marshmallows 16 maraschino cherries with stems, patted dry 2 pkg. (4 oz. each) BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, broken into pieces, melted Instructions Make indentation in each marshmallow with your finger; insert cherry into indentation, leaving top of cherry partially exposed. Using fork to support bottom of marshmallow, dip, 1 at a time, in chocolate, turning to evenly coat marshmallow and cherry. Gently shake off excess chocolate. Place on waxed paper-covered baking sheet. Refrigerate 20 to 30 min. or until chocolate is firm.

Double Chocolate Pudding Dessert Cups

Ingredients 1 pkg. (3.9 oz.) JELL-O SIMPLY GOOD Chocolate Flavor Instant Pudding 2 cups cold milk 1/2 cup raspberries 2 Tbsp. white chocolate morsels Instructions Beat pudding mix and milk in medium bowl with whisk 2 min.; spoon into small dessert dishes. Let stand 5 min. Top with raspberries and chocolate morsels.


Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

Ingredients 1 pkg. (2-layer size) white cake mix 3 egg whites 3/4 cup water 2 Tbsp. oil 1 pkg. (4 oz.) BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, melted 1 Tbsp. red food coloring 4 cups JET-PUFFED Marshmallows 4 oz. (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened 1 tub (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed 1 Tbsp. powdered sugar Instructions Heat oven to 350ยบF. Beat first 4 ingredients in large bowl with mixer 2 min. Stir in melted chocolate and food coloring. Drop 2 Tbsp. batter, 2 inches apart, into 36 mounds on baking sheets sprayed with cooking spray. Bake 12 to 14 min. or until toothpick inserted in centers comes out almost clean. Cool on baking sheets 3 min. Remove to wire racks; cool completely. Microwave marshmallows in large microwaveable bowl on HIGH 2 min. or until melted, stirring after 1 min.; cool slightly. Add cream cheese; mix until blended. Gently stir in COOL WHIP. Spread 2 Tbsp. marshmallow mixture onto bottom side of each of 18 cookies; cover with remaining cookies to make 18 sandwiches. Sprinkle with sugar before serving.

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HOW MOTHERS CAN DEAL WITH STRESS and Learn How To Be Confident

Motherhood is a prime source

the perfect partner, friend, employee, family

of anxiety and stress

member and so on... So it's no wonder so many mothers report feeling stressed about

Before becoming a new mum, you would

not being able to get enough done in their day,

never have believed the amount of stress

or feel anxious about regularly falling behind.

that could come from expecting yourself

These feelings often lead to further stress and

to be perfect. Not only do mothers expect

a lack of self-confidence and self-esteem.

themselves to be the perfect parent, but there is added internal and external pressure to be

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When you are feeling anxious or stressed, it can be very debilitating and can lead to procrastination or inefficiency as your mind is not is an efficient state to cope with all the demands on your plate. However, one of the keys to feeling calmer and more composed is to take stock of what you can and can't control. For instance, as a busy mother, you may have a huge list of tasks to get through in your day. You have made the assumption that you can achieve this 'monster' list because you expect that when you place your child down for a nap today you will have 2 hours of 'free-time' to get everything done. Unfortunately, something has upset your child today and she has taken much longer to settle and only sleeps for 30 minutes. You normal reaction might be to feel like a failure, to get angry or upset and to even criticise yourself for not being able to control this situation and have your child in a regular sleep routine. But what if you decided to rethink about what you can and can't control. This scenario is a very common one for mothers with young children. There is an

expectation that babies SHOULD just follow and routine. What mothers are often not considering is, like adults, children are not always predictable. How many times have you struggled to get to sleep or to sleep well because you were feeling sick; it was too hot; you were uncomfortable; you were upset; you were too cold and so on? A young child or toddler is unable to explain why he/she is having difficulty sleeping, yet parenting experts claim children just need to be placed in a routine to sleep and everything will work out fine. So it's no wonder that mothers blame themselves or their child when things don't go according to the experts' plans. If on the contrary, in situations like these, you stopped yourself from feeling upset about the 'uncontrollable' situation and you re-evaluated your list of tasks, you would begin to take control of

your emotions and amend your routine throughout the day accordingly. For instance, you may decide to play with your child for a while and then engage in the activities you had planned together. Even if you were planning on getting some chores done, you could let your child play next to you whilst your cleaned. You could also make the safe assumption that your child will most likely be extra tired that evening, so you could get those chores completed then. Either way, YOU have taken control and adapted to the 'uncontrollable' in a way that has reduced your stress levels and still enables you to complete the things on your list - with much less stress.

GAINING CONTROL REDUCES DEPRESSION

Depression comes from a feeling of being helpless and hopeless, so it makes sense that when you regain a sense of control, you begin to feel happier and more hopeful about the future. When you take control of your own health and wellbeing, you also reduce stress and boost self confidence

Some good examples of this are taking control of your:

WELLBEING: Committing to reducing salt and sugar intake

SELF ESTEEM: Being mindful of negative self-talk RELATIONSHIPS: Taking a breathe to think before

speaking in a 'snapping' tone to your partner or kids FINANCES: Making an appointment to see a financial planner CAREER: Taking stock of what will truly make you feel happy and balanced now that you have a family PERSONAL LIFE: Feeling comfortable with your parenting decisions and your personal beliefs and values FEB/MAR 2018

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All these examples above are ways that you can regain control of your life. It is through this behaviour that you can boost your self confidence in times of stress and provide guidance and support for those you love most. Take a few minutes now to think about what you would like to regain control of this week and commit to doing this as soon as possible. To find out how you can reduce anxiety and boost your self-esteem and self-confidence visit: https://howtobehappy. lpages.co/how-to-buildself-confidence Help For Mums Specialises in supporting working mothers to feel self confident, happy and healthy Article Source: http://EzineArticles. com/expert/Lizzie_O'Halloran/1209055 Article Source: http://EzineArticles. com/9841897


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