So Long….For Now

Posted by Cindy

August 31, 2009 | Leave a Comment

It is with some sadness, that I inform you that I am taking a break from Mommy Babble. Actually, as of September 1, 2009 the powers that be at Content Quake are putting CQ on furlough. We are welcome to blog hre but…we will not be paid for our posts. As much as I enjoy writing at CQ, I need to spend my time where I am making money. I would like to invite you all to my main blog The Mom Maven, where I write parenting advice, Disney travel tips, product reviews and host giveaways. In case you have never visited me over there I’m going to give you some links to my favorite posts.

Teen Behavior, Thank-you Hotels Combined and A Pirate’s Life for Me.

I also have several giveaways going on right now including Yoplait Whips! Summer Cool Down Pack and The Unexpected Gift which end tonight.

So, so long for now and I hope to see you at TheMomMaven.com!

Daisy Fuentes Pilates-Review

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August 31, 2009 | Leave a Comment

A while back I told you about the soon-to-be-released Daisy Fuentes Pilates for Wii by Sega. The game was released earlier this month and I have had the privilege of trying it out. I have never done Pilates before and I am not in great shape so I knew this would be a challenge.

The exercises are challenging, but not impossible. Actually for me the hardest part was the 5 minute run, warm-up. For me, a 5 minute run is a workout, not a warm-up! Once you get past the warm-up there are lots of exercises with tutorials so that you can learn how to do the moves properly. You can customize your workouts to meet your needs. This is a fun, affordable Wii based workout.

Back to School Reading Tips

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August 27, 2009 | Leave a Comment

Get your child back into the school groove with THE ELECTRIC COMPANY! Here are some suggestions from PBSPARENTS.org to keep the literacy learning going even out of the classroom.

  • Create a cozy, comfortable reading space with your child. Set rules for this area in your home to maintain peaceful reading.
  • Let your kids catch you reading. Talk about what you read in newspapers, books, and magazines with your children so they understand the importance of reading.
  • Encourage your child to read aloud at home. Your child will learn to read with expression and understanding while sharing stories with you – and siblings and grandparents, too!
  • A trip to the grocery store can reinforce reading skills. Have your child write the grocery list, find the items using the store’s signs, and read product labels — you can also encourage healthy eating.

Raspberry Breakfast Bars

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August 26, 2009 | Leave a Comment

Here is a great recipe for homemade Raspberry Breakfast Bars. These are great for a busy school morning or a leisurely Sunday Brunch.

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Whole Grain Raspberry Bites

Prep time: 15 minutes

Bake time: 25 minutes

Makes 15 servings

Raspberry filling:

1 package (6 ounces) Driscoll’s Raspberries

1/4 cup granulated sugar

2 tablespoons cornstarch

2 tablespoons orange juice

3 tablespoons orange zest

Breakfast Bars:

1-1/2 cups regular or quick oats

3/4 cup whole wheat flour

2/3 cup packed brown sugar

1/3 cup almond pieces

1/4 cup wheat germ

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/3 cup canola oil

¼ c egg substitute

Raspberry Filling:

Preheat oven to 350ºF.

Combine raspberries, sugar, cornstarch, orange zest and orange juice in a small saucepan. Stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Simmer, stirring constantly for 2 minutes until sauce is thick and translucent. Remove from heat.

Breakfast Bars:

Combine oats, flour, sugar, nuts and cinnamon in a food processor. Process until oats and nuts are finely ground. Add oil and egg substitute; pulse to evenly combine, scraping sides of work bowl.

Press half of the crumb mixture evenly on bottom of a 9-inch square pan. Spread raspberry filling evenly over crumbs. Top with remaining crumbs and pat down gently.

Bake 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely in pan. Cut into bars.

Helpful Tip:

Two minutes is the magic time it takes for cornstarch to thicken and turn clear – be sure to stir the fruit and cornstarch while simmering.

Pressing the crumbs firmly into the pan and on top of the berry filling is important to make the bars hold together.

NUTRIENT INFORMATION PER BITE:

176 calories 3.77 g protein 2.9 g fiber

7.2 g total fat 25.9 g carbohydrates 20.3 mg sodium

.76 g saturated fat 0 mg cholesterol

Back to School tips from PBS Kids

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August 24, 2009 | Leave a Comment

PBS PARENTS Experts Share Tips on Getting Kids and Parents Prepared for the New School Year
Starting the school year can be a time of great excitement… and anxiety. Help calm your child’s fears with these teacher-approved hints that will get everyone ready for the big day:

  • Ease into the routine. The start of a new year can be stressful -practice your routine a few days in advance.
  • Ask your child compelling questions. Specific questions help children picture what school will be like.
  • Describe what will happen on the first day. This will help ease nervousness or confusion
  • Tool up. Obtain the class supply list and take a special shopping trip, letting your child pick out a few special items.

For more helpful tips, visit PBSPARENTS.org. And check out the new Back to School channel on the
PBS KIDS GO! Video Player (PBSKIDSGO.org/video) for curriculum-based clips from ARTHUR, THE ELECTRIC COMPANY, MAYA & MIGUEL and more to foster learning.

Jelly Telly and Upward Partnership

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August 22, 2009 | Leave a Comment

New online children’s network, JellyTelly, launched by VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer, has recently partnered with sports ministry Upward Unlimited, an international non-profit organization that gives churches opportunities to provide sports ministry leagues to children. The goal of the partnership is to encourage participation in Upward with fun, fast-paced messages about Christian values and character from JellyTelly.

In the new partnership, each child who enrolls in Upward receives a special code to unlock a learning video with a sport specific scripture at www.teamupward.com. This innovative concept was part of the official launch of the company’s new website which took place in June 2009.

Unlike traditional sports programs, Upward’s structure was created to allow children to participate in practices and games without league standings. In the Upward program, sportsmanship, kindness and character are valued and promoted as winning qualities. The videos, which have been created by VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer’s JellyFish Labs, are specifically produced for Upward to echo each of these values.”Upward already has a wonderful ministry to a huge audience of kids,” says Phil Vischer. “It’s a privilege for us to help them reach a new generation of web-savvy kids in a way that can build their spiritual, moral AND physical health.”

To date, the campaign has been widely successful, designed to serve over 500,000 children with messages of God’s unconditional love and endless encouragement. Currently, JellyTelly plans on creating approximately 80 exclusive videos over the course of one year to fulfill its commitment to the partnership.

“We have been so pleased with the partnership with Phil Vischer and JellyTelly. Through the course of the next twelve months, over half a million children and their parents will be impacted by the clever and humorous approach to teaching sports and reinforcing the messages from Upward coaches,” says Caz McCazlin, President of Upward Unlimited. “In this day and age, the ability to consistently impact and influence children where they are is a rare talent. We see the JellyTelly partnership as a way to successfully use the internet to reach these children.”

Click the link to learn more about Jelly Telly.

Tight Curves Winner

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August 22, 2009 | Leave a Comment

The winner of the Tight Curves Protein Powder is comment #67. Congratulations Beth!

Go Back to School with Parent Corner

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August 20, 2009 | Leave a Comment

Empowering parents to support their student’s academic achievement, Discovery Education introduces Parent Corner, a free Web site filled with interactive digital content that engages learners of all ages. Situated at the intersection of home and school, Parent Corner is a trusted resource families can depend on to support teachers’ classroom lessons and aid with homework.

Among Parent Corner’s free resources is Motivation Station, which Discovery Education developed in partnership with Hallmark Cards. Providing creative and useful ideas for motivating students to academic excellence, Motivation Station offers tips and suggestions about fitting in at school, managing homework, dealing with sibling rivalry, and more.

A national survey sponsored by Hallmark Cards showed more than three-fourths of parents are looking for new ways to boost their children’s confidence during the back-to-school season. Hallmark Cards supports parents through both the Motivation Station and a line of products that help encourage student academic achievement in a genuine, authentic way.

In addition, frequent online polls ask caregivers questions about their child’s school environment to help determine the best support tools for students as provided by a variety of experts. Motivation Station also features a special tool where parents and others can design encouraging notes and cards to inspire their student’s academic growth.

Parent Corner’s robust Homework Help resources – including thousands of online videos, simulations, texts, and links – are useful study aids that engage students of all ages in learning. With digital content for all grades and across a ll disciplines, Homework Help supports academic achievement in the subjects students are currently studying in the classroom, including science, English, social studies, and mathematics.

WebMATH, another resource featured on Parent Corner, is the perfect solution for students and parents struggling with math homework. A digital tool that generates answers to specific math questions and problems, WebMATH answers are generated and displayed in real-time, demonstrating how the solution was reached, after a user types in their math problem and clicks “solve.”

“The most successful students I’ve ever met were the products of a solid partnership between their teachers and caregivers,” said Dale Fulton, Senior Vice President of Curriculum Development, Discovery Education, and a former associate superintendent in the Montgomery County, Md., public school system. “Parent Corner provides parents and others a powerful suite of free digital resources that can help bridge the g ap between home and school, and ensures that parents and other caregivers have the digital tools they need to help students continue to learn once they leave the classroom.”

Parent Corner also highlights hundreds of activities to keep students motivated and on track during school breaks. Visit Parent Corner today .

Apps for Moms

Posted by Cindy

August 19, 2009 | Leave a Comment

I am addicted to my iPodTouch. I got it for Christmas last year and it has proven to be the single best gadget ever, next to my laptop. I love trying new iPhone/iPodTouch apps, especially those that make my life as a busy mom easier. I thought I would share a few of my favorites with you.

  • iFood Assistant by Kraft Foods. Bring the Kraft recipe database straight to your iPhoneTM or iPod Touch®. This new downloadable application gives you easy, delicious recipes and meal ideas, right at your fingertips. It’s smart, portable and so simple! (free)
  • Baby Log Records diaper changes, feedings, naps, and baths. It can even be exported to an Excel spreadsheet. This is perfect for the mom who has their baby on a schedule. ($4.99)
  • Phony Phone Using the PhonyPhone™, parents can transform any iPhone into a fun, educational digital playground for kids without having to worry about them accidentally making calls. ($0.99)
  • Purex Laundry Help This is the go-to guide for key laundry care information at the touch of a button. The application has three help sections: Stain Guide-The best ways to remove tough laundry stains by fabric type (2) Fabric Care-Has instructions on how to wash and dry specific fabric types (3) Clothing Label Decoder-Helps you understand all the laundry care symbols on your clothing. (free)

These are just a few of my top picks for fave Mom iPhone apps. Do you have a favorite? Let me know and I’ll compile a list of Mommy Babble Reader’s Choice iPhone apps for moms/dads.

Tips for Healthy Teeth

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August 14, 2009 | Leave a Comment

As the summer heat hits its height, parents reach for the coldest of frozen treats to cool their kids down. After playing on the playground on a hot day, ice cream, popsicles, and cold fruity drinks are the go-to choices for snack time and refreshing thirst-quenchers for your little ones. Although yummy and cooling, these frosty foods and drinks are packed with sugar that can lead to cavities and tooth decay. To help your child’s teeth survive the sugary summertime, Dentist Dr. Dan Smith offers his Top 5 Tips to keeping your child’s pearly whites healthy.

1. “Be sure your child brushes their teeth twice a day with ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste,” says Dr. Smith. This does not mean a quick once-over with a brush but, watch as your child brushes each surface of their teeth for two full minutes.

2. “Replace your kid’s toothbrush every three to four months,” according to Dr. Smith. The tell tale sign that a new toothbrush is needed is frayed bristles. A brush with worn down bristles won’t do a good job of cleaning your child’s teeth.

3. “Have your child floss daily,” states Dr. Smith. All that sugar will build up between teeth and under gums. Flossing helps remove the plaque and food particles that have accumulated.

4. “Feed your child a balanced diet,” claims Dr. Smith. It is okay to indulge your kid’s sweet tooth but only from time to time. It is paramount to feed your little one a balanced diet of fruit, veggies, dairy, protein, and carbs.

5. “Schedule your child regular visits to the dentist for cleanings and oral exams.” Last but not least, a check-up every six months is recommended by Dr. Smith in order prevent cavities and other dental problems. However, your dentist can tell you when and how often your child should visit based on their personal oral health.

About Dr. Daniel C. Smith, D.D.S., F.A.G.D.

Daniel Smith, D.D.S., F.A.G.D in 1981 graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Dentistry and began his professional career with a three-year stint as a member of the US Public Health Service in Dallas, Texas, while simultaneously practicing in a private office in Plano, Texas. Dr. Smith in 1988 established Focus Dentistry located in Agoura Hills, California where he practices today.

He prides himself on his commitment to continued education and has spent over 2,000 hours building his expertise in dentistry, with more than 1,000 of those hours dedicated to implant dentistry. Dr. Smith is a graduate of the Misch International Implant Institute, having completed in 2004 a residency in prosthetics and in 2005 a residency in implant surgery. He maintains memberships in several organizations including the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, the Academy of Osseointegration, the International College of Implantology, and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Additionally, he was awarded a mastership and diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantology in 2005.

Dr. Smith frequently lectures on implant dentistry and is the director of Focus Dental Institute for Implant Reconstruction as well as co-director of Focus Center of Sleep Apnea and Snoring. Please visit www.FocusDentistryOnline.com to learn more.


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