How to Turn on the Heat this Summer: 3 Essential Trends

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Ah, summertime; many of us are absolutely ecstatic about the opportunity to engage in all of the fun festivities this time of year has to offer. Although it is nearly a given that shorter clothing is recommended for the hotter temperature of this season, one thing you might have not known about are the essential summer trends you cannot afford to miss out on.

How to Turn on the Heat this Summer: 3 Essential Trends

This year, spring into summer with some of the greatest—and most appropriate—trends around. And being that I consider myself a mom who would NEVER be caught dead wearing mom jeans- you can be sure my summer essentials will keep you stylish and on trend!

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10 Tips for Talking with Children About Tragic Events and Disasters

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In the midst of a tragedy or disaster, you might feel helpless. I know a recent conversation with my nine year old son about his fear of being persecuted as a Jew in light of the most recent events in Israel drove home just how much our children need us to be there to comfort them.

10 tips for talking with children about tragic events and disasters

Children, like many people, may be confused or frightened, and will most likely look to adults for information and guidance on how to react. Parents and caregivers can help children cope by establishing a sense of safety and security. As more information becomes available, adults can continue to help children work through their emotions to minimize stress and hopefully, prevent trauma.

Talking to your child about a tragedy can help him/her understand what’s happened, feel safe and begin to cope. If you don’t speak to your child about a tragedy, he might hear about it from someone else. It also might give the sense that what happened is too horrible to talk about, making the event seem even more threatening.

There’s not necessarily a right or wrong way to talk to your child about a tragic event. Think about what you want to say and choose an appropriate time such as at bedtime or dinnertime

You might start by asking your child what he or she already knows about the tragedy. What has your child heard in school or seen on TV? Make your child feel comfortable asking questions and discussing what happened. However, don’t force your child to talk.

Listen closely to your child for misinformation, misconceptions and underlying fears. Provide accurate information. Share your own thoughts and remind your child that you’re there for him or her. Also, be sure to explain that the event isn’t his or her fault.

Your child’s age will play a major role in how he or she processes information about a tragedy.

The Staten Island Jewish Community Center offers these 10 tips for talking with children about tragic events and disasters read more »

10 Netflix Films a Craft and Treat to Keep your Little One’s Brain Active all Summer Long

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My nine year old son has spent the bulk of July asking me questions. Like those real thought-provoking-stop-you-dead-in-your-tracks questions about life. ABOUT HIS existence. About the existence of a higher power. About the news and how a higher power could allow so much fighting and death and destruction. He also has questions about our Earth and its conception, questions about this great country of ours, and yes questions about what exists beyond what we can see. And the truth is- while I am hard-pressed to come up with answers about morality, social justice and why evil exists and multiplies- I can at least share information about our past, our missions to space and yes some very brave explorers who have become his beacons of courage. ( yes Lewis and Clark are now his two favorite people that he said he wish he could invite over for lunch).

10 Netflix Films a Crafts and a Treat to Keep your Little One's Brains Active all Summer Long

Which brings me to the fact that although it is summer and School may be out, the learning doesn’t have to be. And if your kids are anything like mine and they CANNOT, I repeat, they cannot go cold-turkey when it comes to giving up screen time- and yet you still want to keep them learning- Netflix has you covered. that’s right- NETFLIX is the perfect way to beat the heat and indulge screen time with documentaries about dinosaurs or the moon, which will keep the kids happy and us moms feeling like we are doing our part to keep our kids from the summer slide too.

Keep reading for 10 Netflix Titles that will give your kidlets that  Summer Brain-Power Boost, a fun craft and of course a treat! read more »

The Sunday Swoon: Get your Kids Excited About Going Back to School with WallPops and a GIVEAWAY!

Whether it’s middle school, senior year or stepping onto a college campus, the first day of school is exciting.  It’s a chance for students to reinvent themselves, to get a fresh start with new goals and to make a new friend or two along the way. However, when the thrill of the first week fades and routines become mundane, the thought of waking up for class is one that many students dread. What if they had something to look forward to every time their locker door opened? What if their at-home or dorm room study areas weren’t boring?

The Sunday Swoon: Get your Kids Excited About Going Back to School with WallPops and a GIVEAWAY!

This back-to-school season, WallPops, the premier line of peel-and-stick wall art from Brewster Home Fashions, has new offerings that add a big dose of style to the school scene. From coordinated locker kits to four-piece organizers to chalkboard dots, the extensive line takes the ordinary out of every day. Keep reading for a few of my FAVORITE  peel and stick and wall art back to school  decorations and how you can win a Wall Pops; Bon Voyage Calendar,  A Wall Quote, A Small Wall Art Kit: Black & Kraft Board, a Locker Chandelier, and a Locker Kit !

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Summer Safety Tips for Kids Including Vision Protection and Wellness

Just because you’re a  parent, it doesn’t mean you spend every waking minute watching your kids! Contrary to popular belief, most  parents don’t spend their every waking minute focusing on their children! Between scheduling their kids’ activities, keeping the house from appearing as though it were ravaged by a hurricane and trying to serve up well-balanced and nutritional meals, parents might overlook some important safety tips to keep in mind as they enter into the long, hot days of summer especially when it comes to their VISION!

Summer Safety Tips for Kids Including Vision Protection and Wellness

Since 2011 The Vision Council has conducted the Sun Protection Survey to measure UV knowledge and sunglass use. Consumers have more sunglass options than ever. Whether playing during school recess, for fun on weekends or as part of organized sports teams, children spend significant time outdoors. Research shows that children receive three times the annual sun exposure of adults and are especially vulnerable to UV-related harm. Unlike the mature ocular lens of an adult eye, a child’s lens cannot filter out UV rays as easily, allowing them to reach the retina. Keep reading for some vision statistics to keep in mind and vision Prevention, Protection and Wellness safety tips.

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