“No Sweat” Hat and Helmet Liners

12 Oct


According to The Center for Kids First, 30 to 40 million children are involved in organized sports every year through school or recreational programs. Most sports require protective headgear or hats to be worn at all times, which can cause the gear to stink and overall become gross.  NoSweat created the first disposable liner for helmets, hats and visors that instantly absorbs sweat while preventing odors, stains and even acne. The liners simply stick inside of headgear and can last up to two weeks depending on the person and activities being performed. NoSweat_FootballChanhassen_Storm_2016-1006.jpg

Learn more about NoSweat and how their headwear liners help prevent youth athletes from dealing with unwanted side effects of sweating like acne.

Students Need Mental Health Services Now More Than Ever

24 Sep


College students and youth across the country are experiencing record rates of anxiety and depression. According to the Centers for Disease Control, suicide stands as the second leading cause of death amongst young people between 10 and 24 years old. Just three years ago in 2015, the suicide rate amongst teenagers reached a 40-year high. And unfortunately, only 20 percent of children with diagnosable mental, emotional, or behavioral issues receive treatment leaving millions of teens and young adults without.

These numbers are devastating. Why are young people across the country suffering from mental illness at such alarming rates? For many school-age youth who go on to college or move to different states for school the transition can be quite difficult, sometimes it may feel unbearable.

Between the increased workload, navigating a brand-new community, possibly living on their own for the first time and trying to find your own identity as a growing young adult, students are exposed to constant pressure. This pressure can generate from peers, parents, or even themselves.

As a result of increased pressures, there is a rising amount of college students who are actively seeking treatment at counseling centers on campus. However, options for mental health treatment and therapy on many campuses are severely lacking. Approximately only 13 percent of colleges offer full-time, in-house mental health services.

The poor availability of mental health services on campus may sometimes be due to a lack of available therapists, and sometimes it’s simply not a priority for the university. This leaves students often waiting weeks just for an initial consultation with a therapist. Unfortunately for those students, depression, anxiety, and other serious mental health conditions do not wait until the next available slot for a consultation.

If we take a look at Florida, only 10 out of the 12 state schools meet the recommended one therapist per 1,000 students. Imagine one therapist tasked with supporting 1,000 students. The ratio is absurd and some would say unethical. However, Florida actually represents what is considered the norm across the country. Our students and our young people deserve better.

More and more parents and prospective college students are taking into consideration what mental health services are available before they even apply. In fact, about 28 percent of students and parents researching colleges are doing so.

However, even off campus there is a national shortage of therapists across America. It’s not only the youth who are being impacted, it’s the entire country. This is why mental health apps like LARKR provide a convenient alternative and solution.


Unlike traditional therapy or text-based apps, LARKR uses a video-based platform that connects users to a highly vetted and licensed professional therapist in real-time. Students don’t have to wait to go back home for the holidays to see their therapist, or wait until the semester starts to go back to the therapist they connected with on campus. With mobile therapy, students can have consistent quality mental health services in their back pocket.

For anyone who is currently in college or has a child in college, you are aware that most colleges already have mobile apps so that students can check their grades, look at the cafeteria menu, get important weather alerts and many other things. Why not integrate mental health services into the app as well?

Students across the country have already begun to take the first step in actively seeking mental health treatment. Now, colleges should be actively seeking more solutions so that they can meet the growing demand for more students to have better peace of mind.

LARKR’s video-based mental therapy app is working to improve mental health care for students and the continuity of their care whether they are on campus, at Spring Break, or back home for the holidays.  Founded by husband and wife duo Shawn Kernes (former CTO of StubHub) and Christianne Kernes (licensed therapist), together they are working to transform how people across the country gain access to quality mental health care.

Staying Fit and Living Trendy – Here Are Some Tricks

6 Sep
Photo by Matthew LeJune on Unsplash

In today’s world, one of the most difficult things is to be healthy and fit. With so many people working very long hours, often sitting at a desk for hours each day, and running personal errands every day, it’s not easy to keep your body and mind in the perfect condition. Still, it’s not impossible either.

Not only can everyone do something to improve their health, but we can also do it in a way that reflects modern trends when it comes to exercising and nutrition. Here are just some of the most popular tips that will help you boost your health and fitness.

High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

One of the hot tips is to include these sessions in your daily routine. Namely, you should engage in short bursts of activity, after which you’ll allow yourself a short period of rest or recovery. Such activities should not be performed over a period longer than 30 minutes, but the optimal regime should be established in consultations with your doctor and fitness expert.

HIIT activities help you burn more fat and put more oxygen into the body and they don’t require a lot of your time, which means you can do them every day. Whether you opt for bursts of running and jogging or working out in the gym is a matter of personal preference and recommendations, but one thing is for sure – it’s good for you.

Improving strength

Another popular option offered by probably every health club in the world is strength training or resistance training. You can choose to simply improve your overall strength or as the foundation for engaging in some other exercise format or sport. Since such activities require a certain muscular form, strength training is absolutely necessary.

One more benefit is that you lose body weight while toning up loose muscles. That’s why it comes as no surprise that those who lead a sedentary life are finding these exercises to be of great help. Again, you must not take up such activities without prior consultations with your doctor or fitness expert and you should always go through a proper warm-up session in order to avoid injuries.

Bodyweight training

The trendiest activity is probably bodyweight training, especially the kind that doesn’t require costly fitness equipment. Basically, it’s all about getting back to the basics, i.e. doing push-ups, pull-ups, tricep dips, sit-ups and full body roll-ups. The thing about bodyweight training is that people who can’t afford to go to the gym or are not keen or running can also improve their health and fitness levels.

Being active

If you can’t enjoy the benefits of exercising as such, you still have a chance to boost your fitness by changing some habits and routines. For example, avoid using the elevator whenever possible and use the stairs. Also, instead of using a car to get to a place that is walkable from where you live or work, put on some comfortable clothes, such as these women’s jeans for everyday activities, and walk. Try to introduce cycling if you already haven’t done that, since that’s one of the best fitness activities.


People are now more concerned about the food they eat than ever. They want to know how their food is made and where it comes from. Also, the idea is to spend as little time as possible preparing meals yet make the most of it. So, if you want to stay healthy and trendy at the same time, make sure you opt for organic, preferably locally-sourced food.

These are just some tips that should help you stay fit, but as you can see it is a relatively complex process, which involves several different aspects, all equally important. The most important thing, however, is to believe that you deserve a healthy lifestyle and that any major changes to your routine can only be introduced following consultations with medical and fitness experts.

by Georgia Selih, fashion consultant and author at highstylife.com


Fall Reads for Adults and Kiddos

23 Aug

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For little ones:

“Mrs. Bumbleberry” series:
We like “Mrs. B. Substitute Grandma” by Kathleen Beining
Available at Amazon & Barnes and Noble

Join Little Ladybug as she journeys through Happy Peaceful Forest. Discover and learn as she meets other forest animals.

One day Catalina overhears the king planning to build a wall and fears her family will never be able to visit. Catalina tricks the king into building walls that droop, drip, swirl, and swoosh away. But now the king demands a wall that will outlast even a Twinkie. Luckily, Catalina has the perfect ingredients to bake up a family reunion!

When Neeka was very little, she loved watching the crazy squirrels play in her backyard. Now five years old, she doesn’t have time for squirrels, especially since she’s busy with school and her little sister, Gel. Neeka is happy with her family and her home, but she feels so far away from her school friends. She wishes she had a playmate, and Gel is much too young.

One day, she comes home from school and finds a furry surprise on her parents’ bed. What she thinks is a pair of brown socks turns out to be a sleeping squirrel! When the squirrel sees Neeka, he is terribly frightened and tries to find a way to escape. Neeka is scared, too, having forgotten how she used to love watching the cuddly critters play when she was little.

With her family’s help, Neeka faces her fears and sets the squirrel free–after he’s had a good time exploring their house, of course. Outside, the squirrel doesn’t seem so scary anymore. In fact, Neeka begins to think maybe the little squirrel took the path inside because he wanted a friend, too. Together, Neeka and the squirrel might not be lonely anymore.

“Sophie the Skunk Who Sometimes Stunk” by Kathryn G. Evans

Sophie the Skunk is a funny, heartwarming story for young children, which emphasizes the importance of children trying new experiences and of their parents allowing children to investigate different avenues without pressure.

Sophie the Skunk is written for all those who hope to give their children the opportunity to find for themselves their talents and to have confidence in themselves as they learn that trying is good and winning is not everything.

In our world of competition, Sophie the Skunk stands out as a hope for simplicity and growth.

For Grown-Ups:

“The Ultimate New Mom’s Cookbook” by Aurora Satler

The Ultimate New Mom’s Cookbook is your guide to navigating this new world of prenatal nutrition, baby purees and picky eaters. Brimming with wholesome, satisfying recipes for every stage from the first day of your pregnancy to those tricky toddler years, this book eases your transition into parenthood and sets the foundation for your child to be a healthy and adventurous eater.

Chef Aurora Satler and nutritionist Allison Childress anticipate your every new-parent need, with recipes for stocking your freezer for those first days home from the hospital, nutritious foods mom should eat while nursing and methods for introducing your child to new flavors and food textures.

Delicious recipes like Tropical Tummy Mango Faux-’Jito soothe an upset stomach and satisfy intense pregnancy cravings, while Soba Noodle and Broccoli Rabe Buddha Bowls keep your energy up for sleepless nights filled with feedings. As your baby transitions to solids, nutrient-packed purees can be easily whipped up and repurposed into flavorful meals the whole family will enjoy, like Southwest Sweet Potato Cakes and Black Bean Salsa Fresca.

This essential manual will nourish your baby from the first day of your pregnancy through the toddler years.

“150 Best Toaster Oven Recipes” by Linda Stephen

A collection of recipes that is as versatile as your toaster oven itself.

Toaster ovens are versatile, compact and convenient, doing the job of both a toaster and a full-size oven while using far less space and far less energy. They can do so much more than just toast — they can bake, broil, brown and keep food warm. This updated edition includes 125 delicious recipes from Linda’s previous book, practical tips, and information on various toaster ovens, and, by popular demand, an all-new “Basics” section with over 25 easy recipes.

All of the recipes are designed exclusively for toaster ovens and include delicious options for any time of day. Some of the new basics include Deli Tuna Melts, BBQ Meatballs, Vegetable Bean Chili, and Chocolate Chip Muffins. Still featured are old favorites like Salmon Satays and Stuffed Baked Potatoes. With easy-to-prepare recipes and clear instructions, 150 Best Toaster Oven Recipes is perfect for students, singles and anyone looking to make a delicious meal in their toaster oven.

“Letting Go of Leo: How I Broke up with Perfection” by Simi Botic

People think you have it all together. What these people don’t understand is how exhausting it feels to make it look that way. The pressure to keep it all going is intense. You feel unfulfilled and don’t believe you measure up to others. You?re constantly searching for the secret to experience confidence in your own skin. Despite your have-it-all-together life, you can’t figure out how to accept or perfect yourself. You?ve tried diets, intense exercise, shopping, and stuffing brownies in your face. Yet nothing fills the hole deep inside, and you worry, Will I ever be enough? You?ve come to the right place. In Letting Go of Leo, Simi Botic gets personal about what she’s experienced and learned. She shares stories about eating a jar of peanut butter without choking to death. Stories about her thighs rubbing together. Stories of living a fantasy where she would marry Leo DiCaprio and win an Oscar. Stories of realizing that real life can be better than any fantasy, that she could show up for the good stuff and the hard stuff and, most importantly, for herself. Simi used to freak out about food, her body, and not being perfect enough. She freaks out a lot less now. In Letting Go of Leo, she shares how she broke up with perfection?and how you can too.

“Gone but Not Forgotten” by Jacqueline Brindle

From the Author: Without giving too much away, I’ll tell you a little about my book. Picture this: a young couple falls in love and marries. They experience a little heartache and soon start a family. Their love is strong, and life is wonderful until that fateful day that everything changes. Her fault? Maybe. His fault? Possibly. Does it matter? How do they cope? More tragedy befalls the couple. They endure it though, and eventually, life is great again until the unthinkable happens. How is it possible? Will there be peace? Will they have a happy ending or a new beginning? Perhaps . . . but then again, perhaps not.

“The Network Sage” by Glenna Crooks, PhD

Glenna Crooks’s inclusive and enlightening self-help book, The Network Sage, includes universally applicable instructions for cultivating one’s true potential by making use of networks.

Networking is typically a straightforward strategy, and is usually limited to professional, academic, or creative endeavors. Crooks broadens the notion, advocating for scrutinizing the potential in relationships with everyone from coworkers to a child’s dentist to a walking buddy.

“Treasures in Tragedy” by Kathleen Hathaway Mitchel

After Steven died, I began to read books about grieving, written by those who also had a child die. I could not get enough. I needed to feel like I was not alone. I needed to identify with somebody. I needed to know that I was not going crazy and that what I was feeling was normal — whatever normal means when your child has died. It helped knowing others had gone through what I was now experiencing. I learned that bereaved parents may do things that seem strange to others. That does not mean they are crazy or that they are not moving forward in their grief. They are coping the best way they can. They are trying to keep their child’s memory alive. Darcie Sims, a former grief counselor and bereaved parent, once said that as long as you are not hurting yourself or anyone else, then you are grieving exactly the way you need to do it.

Better dashboard dining: Hit the reset button on your kids’ nutrition with healthier on-the-go meals and snacks

20 Aug


By Esther Blum, Integrative Dietitian and Lifestyle Coach

As an integrative dietitian, I hear people’s battle cries for help, especially when it comes to feeding their kids healthy foods. Parents today are busier than ever, working and hustling kids to and from activities. So, preparing meals with real food can feel challenging. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

I want to help you tackle small but simple steps that can be game changers when it comes to ensuring that your children are getting all the nutrients they need to stay lean and healthy, emotionally well balanced, focused,, have strong stamina and performance in sporting events, and consistently get a good night’s sleep. The goal is to look at the big picture, and make small but effective changes over the course of a few months.

Nutrition School For Families

We live in a country with abundant opportunities to eat real food. Yet we often choose to buy junk foods with ingredients whose names we can’t pronounce and serve them to our children. Then we scratch our heads and wonder why our children have mood swings and struggle to get certain things done. Or why they’re already struggling with being overweight and having insomnia at night. Every day, I was hearing about struggles from parents whose children were suffering with ADD, ADHD, OCD, mood swings, insomnia, irritability and obesity. I had the tools to help people tackle these issues with simple meal and snack ideas, along with a few supplements. My 10-year-old son got wind of what I was building and he jumped on the bandwagon, too! And together we created Nutrition School For Families.

Nutrition School for Families is an online program that addresses the tough food and health challenges many of my friends, clients and family members are facing at home in their kitchens every day such as food battles, sleep issues, sensory issues, picky eaters, ADHD, gut issues, overweight children, body image issues and immune function. It is designed to help you and your family change the culture and the conversation around eating healthy food. The whole family should listen to the program together (it is in the form of daily podcasts, PDFs and videos) so you can start to create your new normal together.  

Better dashboard dining and other quick nutritional wins

The following tips give you a sneak peek into my Nutrition School for Families program and will help you get started one bite at a time:

  • Try this brain-boosting breakfast hack: Getting adequate protein in your child in the morning helps you win the day with mental focus and a happy mood. Ditch the donuts and cereal in favor of scrambled eggs and oats, a protein smoothie or a veggie omelet.

  • Use this fast fiber fix: We all lack fiber, especially the kids who won’t eat any vegetables. Soluble fiber is especially important to nourish the good gut probiotics, which supports good digestion and immune function. The solution? Add a scoop of gluten-free Sunfiber to just about any food, and you’re rocking and rolling! Unlike some fiber supplements which turn into gloppy messes when mixed with liquid, Sunfiber blends invisibly into foods without changing their taste, aroma or texture. And because it’s truly regulating, it helps with both occasional constipation and occasional diarrhea.

  • Keep Malaysian palm oil handy in your kitchen: Malaysian palm oil is preferred by many food manufacturers because it adds a creamy texture and it’s naturally free of trans fats. While using this sustainable oil for home cooking is a relatively new thing, it is catching on. Palm oil is heart-healthy and good brain food, and has a neutral flavor.

  • Try this for better dashboard dining: Even if you eat in the car, the food can be nutritious especially when you prep snacks ahead of time so that you can grab and go on the fly or have at the ready when the kids come home. Energize your kids with these high-performance snacks: cut up peppers with hummus; smoothies with bananas, cherries, wild blueberries, spinach, cocoa powder and almond milk (served in a to-go cup); apple slices with peanut butter; or half an avocado sprinkled with sea salt.

  • Here’s help for kids who are sleeping poorly: Tart cherry juice blended with sparkling water makes a natural melatonin mocktail that helps induce sleep. A simple and safe amino acid supplement called Suntheanine also helps improve sleep quality. It’s hormone-free, not addictive and won’t cause drowsiness the next day.

  • Picky eater rehab: Embrace smoothies! Adding ingredients that make the cut as healthy, which includes everything from bananas to greens to cocoa powder, will deliver a sweet and nutritious boost to your child’s day. Try introducing one or two new foods in a snack so your child won’t feel overwhelmed with a meal-sized portion. Give different versions of a food a whirl: Broccoli that is raw, steamed, grilled or roasted makes for some nutrient-rich variety that appeals to all palates.

  • Include your kids in the meal planning and preparation process. Ask each child to choose one or two meals for the week out of a cookbook, so there is variety with meals. Make it clear that not everyone in the family will be happy with every meal, but everyone has to take no-thank-you bites. Involving them with all aspects of menu planning and preparation, even if it’s just stirring something in a bowl, will help them to enjoy real food even more and give them confidence in the kitchen.


Hopefully you’ll find some or all these tactics helpful, whether you have a picky eater at home or just struggle with figuring out how to feed your family healthy food. All of us as parents are doing the very best we can with what we have, right? Keep learning and keep growing. You’ve got this!


About the author: Esther Blum, MS, RD, CDN, CNS, is an Integrative Dietitian and bestselling author of Cavewomen Don’t Get Fat; Eat, Drink and Be Gorgeous; Secrets of Gorgeous; and The Eat, Drink, and Be Gorgeous Project. She currently maintains a busy private practice in Connecticut where she prescribes whole food diet therapy and supplement protocols to heal and reverse chronic illness.

Esther is also the owner of Esther Blum, LLC—a concierge wellness consulting firm that cultivates and curates boutique, one-of-a-kind, experiential events for both small and large companies. Her services have been in demand at corporate special events, wellness retreats, day spas, and private parties.

Widely respected as an industry expert, Esther was voted Best Nutritionist by Manhattan Magazine. She has appeared on Dr. Oz, the Today Show, A Healthy You with Carol Alt, the ISAAC show, ABC-TV, FOX- 5’s Good Day NY, and Fox News Live. Esther is an in-demand authority frequently quoted in E!Online, In Touch, Time Magazine, The New York Post, The Los Angeles Times, In Style, Bazaar, Self, Fitness, Marie Claire, and Cosmo.

Esther received a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Nutrition from Simmons College in Boston and is a graduate of New York University, where she received her Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition. Esther is credentialed as a registered dietitian, a certified dietitian nutritionist and a certified nutrition specialist. She is also a member of the American Dietetic Association, Dietitians in Functional Medicine, Nutritionists in Complementary Care, and the Connecticut Dietetic Association.


GIVEAWAY! “National Family Fun” month PANDAS IMAX ticket pack!

13 Aug

Pandas are beloved around the world, and now they are coming to the big screen in the IMAX® original film “Pandas,” a breathtaking documentary adventure and amazing experience for the whole family narrated by Kristen Bell (“Frozen,” TV’s “The Good Place”).

At Chengdu Panda Base in China, scientists are taking the captive breeding program to the next level and preparing captive-born cubs for the wild.  This film follows one such researcher, whose passion leads her to initiate a new technique inspired by a black bear rehabilitator in rural New Hampshire.  What starts as a cross-cultural collaboration becomes a life-changing journey for one special panda named Qian Qian. The film, captured with IMAX® cameras, follows Qian Qian on an exciting new adventure into the mountains of Sichuan as she experiences nature for the first time and discovers her wild side.  The film is rated G.

PANDAS – Opens nationwide in IMAX theatres starting August 17th for a one-week engagement.  Watch the Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3eaGCk2Acs&feature=youtu.be


Qian Qian, a Giant Panda raised in captivity, eats bamboo, which represents nearly 99% of a panda’s diet, at her home in the Liziping Nature Reserve as seen in the new IMAX® film, Pandas, an IMAX Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures release.
Photo by Drew Fellman

Leave a comment here AND email me at atlantamom930 (at) gmail.com to be entered in the contest and your code for four passes will be emailed so you can see the movie before it is out of the theaters.

Introducing the Most Compact High Back Booster Seat Ever. For Parents, By Parents.

1 Aug


mifold Launches Second Booster Seat Innovation “hifold by mifold” With Crowdfunding Campaign

mifold, inventor of the ultra-compact car seat category, today officially introduced its latest product, and second crowdfunding campaign, ‘hifold by mifold™’. The highback Grab-and-Go Booster™ brings unparalleled compact portability to the car seat category for parents and caregivers who prefer a high back booster seat. The official Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign will launch during the summer.

Starting today, interested customers can register on https://gethifold.com/ for updates and the chance to be the first to place pre-orders with the best early-bird discounts of up to 50 percent off the recommended retail price.

hifold is the first-ever highback booster seat that is compact enough to pack in a backpack, duffle bag or suitcase, relieving parents of headaches and concerns during travel and on-the-go situations.

hifold was created by parents for parents to make their busy schedules easier to manage. hifold ensures a child’s safety and comfort are priority, whether carpooling, traveling or during everyday situations. “We are living through a transportation revolution with a shift from car ownership to car usage,” said Jon Sumroy, mifold CEO and inventor. “More and more people are ride-hailing and ride-sharing. When you need to take your car seats to and from the car, they have to be lightweight, compact and portable.”

Sumroy continued, “Many people asked us to bring the benefits of compact portability to highback booster seats. After more than two years of intensive development, we created hifold. Children still travel without a child restraint in at least 25 percent of car journeys. Our vision is to have a child restraint for every child, in every car, on every journey, every time.  hifold folds up to be so compact, portable and convenient that parents no longer need to cut corners and take risks with their child’s safety.”

Highlights of hifold include:

  1. Ultra-Compact: Lightweight, foldable and portable; 3x smaller than a regular highback booster when folded and easy to carry around.
  2. Safety First: Designed, engineered and tested to meet or exceed the regulatory requirements of every country on earth. Eight ultra-compact impact protection zones, with four layers for protection, safety and comfort.
  3. Adjustable: The most adjustable high back booster seat – the height, lap and shoulder width, and head rest can easily be adjusted to grow as the child grows.
  4. Advanced: Patented design and engineering.
  5. Comfortable: A soft, comfortable PU foam with airflow washable fabric™, and energy absorbing, dense EVA foam layer for added comfort and support.
  6. Proven Success: hifold is the product of mifold, a trustworthy company with a record of success.

mifold is known for its flagship product, the original mifold Grab-and-Go booster seat, which created the ultra-compact car seat category. Three years ago, mifold became the most successful crowdfunding campaign ever for a juvenile product: raising nearly three million dollars and delivering seats to customers in more than 150 countries. Since then, mifold has sold more than half a million seats around the world.

hifold will come to market in early 2019. It will be sold in the United States for $179.00 MSRP. BUT…AtlantaMom readers can get a HUGE discount with this special unique link: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/hifold-by-mifold-the-grab-and-go-highback-booster-kids?secret_perk_token=d9873a9c#/

Learn more about how to use the product here.

For more information or to sign up for updates, visit igg.me/at/hifold.


About mifold

mifold created the ultra-compact car seat category with the 2016 launch of the mifold Grab-and-Go booster seat. Today the range of mifold seats is helping deliver the vision of a child restraint: for every child, in every car on every journey, every time.  As the leader in advanced, compact, portable and safe car seats mifold allows children to be safe no matter whose car they are in. Created by Jon Sumroy, a father of four, the original mifold seat and the new hifold highback seat are great child passenger safety options for families traveling, ridesharing, carpooling and more. Learn more at www.mifold.com

Back to School Advice From Renowned Parenting Expert Eirene Heidelberger

31 Jul

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Eirene Heidelberger is a certified parent coach and the President & CEO of GIT Mom, a full service parent coaching firm dedicated to helping Moms “Get It Together!”. GIT Mom is the only parenting company in the country that puts moms needs center stage –  as happy momma means happy kiddos! Here are Eirene’s 4 top tips to help you keep your cool going back to school:

Prioritize Sleep

Start moving your kids bedtimes back 15 minutes every 3 days to get to the bedtime that allows them at least 10 hours of sleep a night. Then rouse your child at least 15 minutes before you need him to function, and give him his own “Me Time.”  This is the most important part of school mornings because the more awake he is the more cooperative he will be.


Communication Is Key

Start casually talking about going back to school and what you expect from your kids to get them mentally prepared. All of us parents are psyched it’s here, but, for our kids it can be gloom and doom so talk about the positives, like seeing friends every day and new fall activities. Talk about what happens at school, many schools offer a meet the teacher day before school begins so go with your child so she can see her classroom, maybe even decorate her locker and help her take ownership over her first day of school jitters.


The Clock Waits For No One! Create A Strong Morning Routine

Determine with your children what is a doable morning schedule to accomplish in order to successfully leave for school on time. First, start with the time you absolutely must exit your house, then add 5 minutes on to it because nobody can achieve their goal every day. Then start counting backwards with everything the family needs to accomplish. A sample schedule is:

8:00 exit

7:45 Brush teeth

7:30 clear breakfast table

7:00 breakfast

6:45 get dressed

6:30 wake kids

Be honest and realistic on your timing because running late is the gateway to yelling at your children.


Plan After-School Activities Carefully

Don’t try to keep up with the Joneses and enroll in every after school activity, pick one day to just be home as a family and don’t get Mommed out.

For more Back to School and parenting tips, visit: http://www.gitmom.com.


21 May

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The first and only sports bar made specifically for kids, called HEROFUEL, was introduced today nationwide.  My kiddos sampled them and gave them a thumbs up while playing basketball outside earlier today!

Specifically designed to meet the unique nutritional needs of kids who play sports, HEROFUEL kids sports bars are made with the Young Athlete Formula: simple ingredients that parents recognize and trust; 10g of protein to fuel growing muscles; and two delicious flavors that picky eaters love. HEROFUEL kids sports bars have 7-8g of fiber; 6-8g of natural sugar; and healthy fats derived from coconut and/or almonds.

“We want to inspire kids to dream big and fuel them every step of the way,” said HEROFUEL co-founder Reid Pearson. “With more than 45 million kids playing youth sports in the US, this is a huge opportunity to finally bring a nutritious option to parents, coaches, and concession stands nationwide.”

“Playing youth sports and practicing good nutritional habits should go hand-in-hand,” said HEROFUEL co-founder Kassidy Pearson. “HEROFUEL gives parents a healthy option they can feel good about giving their kids after school, on the way to practice, or before the big game. HEROFUEL sports bars are good for kids regardless of what sport, activity, or level they are competing at. As Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman said, ‘If you have a body, you are an athlete’.”

“It’s refreshing to see a bar made specifically for active kids,” said Kyla Channell, HEROFUEL Nutritional Advisor and Founder of Nutritional Revolution. “Until now, parents have had to choose between adult bars which often have too much protein and/or sugar, and typical ‘kids’ bars with little nutritional value.  With straightforward ingredients and adequate protein for growing kids, HEROFUEL should be every parent’s choice to fuel their athlete on the go.”

HEROFUEL was founded by Reid and Kassidy Pearson, a husband and wife team who were avid young athletes and now triathletes.  Understanding the importance of nutrition on performance, the Pearsons were surprised at the lack of nutritious, convenient snack options for kids playing youth sports.

HEROFUEL kids sports bars are available at www.shopherofuel.com, or on Amazon. 12-packs are available in two delicious flavors — Chocolate Chip Brownie and Cookies N’ Cream — for $29.99 with free shipping.

Center for the Visually Impaired a Vital Resource For New Moms

18 May

Teigan and Phoebe.jpg Around 4 million babies are born in the United States each year—that’s 4 million new mothers who celebrated Mother’s Day this year. As we all know, motherhood comes with its challenges—changing diapers, buying safe car seats, the right crib, the list goes on. When unforeseen circumstances, like the ones new mom Teigan Galloway faced, add to those challenges, new mothers can feel helpless.

At just over one month old, Teigan’s daughter Phoebe Galloway was diagnosed with Aniridia, the absence of the colored part of the eye (the iris). This rare genetic condition results in low vision, light sensitivity and cataracts. As a new mom, Teigan Galloway was overwhelmed by Phoebe’s diagnosis, scared to even imagine her daughter’s future and unsure of where to turn.

“At first my husband and I felt very alone, we didn’t know what to do, how to react, or where to go” said Teigan.

For Teigan, The Center for the Visually Impaired (CVI) provided her the resources and encouragement that she needed as a new mom. With CVI’s therapy and mentoring, baby Phoebe has learned to crawl and play with toys. Now 1 year old, Phoebe has developed a love for music in CVI’s BEGIN program —Teigan is even learning to play guitar for her. Most importantly, Teigan learned strategies to engage with her daughter despite her low vision. She can now envision a life for her Phoebe outside of a hospital room.

“When we started doing therapy at CVI, that’s when I began having hope for Phoebe’s future,” said Teigan. “One of the best things about CVI and the BEGIN program is the encouragement and the hope that they bring to Phoebe’s treatment.”

This Mother’s Day, hold your little ones tight and know that if it’s your first Mother’s Day and you’re feeling a little overwhelmed, there are millions of other moms feeling the same way. If you or someone you know could benefit from the vision services offered at CVI, visit http://www.cviga.org/ to learn more.

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