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Top 5 Back to School Stressors and How to Bust Them

Top 5 Back to School Stressors and How to Bust Them (GUEST POST) By Dr. Sanam Hafeez,  NYC Licensed Neuropsychologist and School Psychologist
While the start of a new school year comes with excitement for kids, it also comes with stress. It’s common for kids to feel overwhelmed this time of year especially as they navigate the challenges that crop up with a new school year. This stress can manifest itself in stomach aches, headaches, loss of appetite, even depression. Here are 5 common top back to school stressors and how parents can help their kids to bust them. 1. Facing the bully. For kids who are bullied, summer break also means a break from the relentless verbal and at times physical abuse that can be crushing to a kid’s self-worth. Oftentimes kids won’t tell parents that they are being bullied because they are embarrassed or fear telling school administrators will only escalate the bullying. As the school start date approaches, pay attention to your kid’s anxiety level. Communicate an…

Start each day with @CommunityCoffee (plus a recipe!)

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The older I get, I seem to enjoy coffee more and more.I am thinking that I drink more now because I have found that Community Coffee works best for me.  I love flavored coffee and they have yet to disappoint me! I used to never drink it, then it was like 1 or 2 times a year. I have noticed that I was drinking 1 or 2 cups a week, these days I catch myself enjoying a nice cup daily.
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Community Coffee began in 1919 and almost 100 years later, it is still here. It is a four generation family that makes it and I am pretty sure that we can agree that there are generations that have passed along the love to keep them in business!  ( I can't help but notice when I see Community Coffee ads on the sides of buildings!  I wanted to g…

Have you seen #TheBossBaby

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You know how you go to a hotel and they have the "new movies" that are like $18.99 to watch? Well, over the summer, we paid the price to see Boss Baby!   Broxton had been BEGGING to go see it in the theaters and we just had so much going on that we never made it.  Once he saw the 9 million ad's for it at the hotel, I figured let's just go ahead and see it so he can stop asking about it.  Savannah fell asleep and we enjoyed room service and a movie.  We LOVED it!  Was it worth the $18.99?  I sort of have to say yes, since we knew at that point we would have to add it to our home theater collection.
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I was so excited to learn that we would be having the chance to review it and share with you guys! Once the p…

Time to declutter!!!

Decluttering expert Tracy McCubbin, founder of dClutterfly, has 10 tips and tricks to declutter and organize your home in preparation for kids to go back to school, including:
Before the onslaught of this school year’s crush of homework and artwork, make sure you have decluttered last year’s!After a summer of “I’m bored” you’ll have a great idea of what toys your kids really play with.  Time to donate (or toss if they are broken) toys that didn’t get touched.  And don’t forget the holidays (more stuff) are just around the corner.  3.1% of the world’s children live in America, but they own 40% of the toys consumed globally.Did summer reading lists create a glut of books in your home?  Time to do a purge of the books that won’t get read again or won’t ever be read.  Also, return the overdue library books!Running around in bathing suits and sprouting up like weeds means your kids have outgrown a lot of last year’s clothes. Time to do a deep dive on their clothes and donate the clothes the…

Shimmer and Shine - Magical Pets of Zahramay Falls

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Savannah is still young enough to not be into all of the Nickelodeon shows, but she does have some that she likes.  We have not introduced Shimmer and Shine on a regular basis, but I have seen the kids going crazy over it and she loves it when she does get to see it on TV.  Lucky for Shimmer and Shine fans, Nickelodeon  has released a new DVD.
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The fascinating pets of Zahramay Falls come out to play in the new DVD - Shimmer and Shine: Magical Pets of Zahramay Falls. In this magical DVD collection, viewers are introduced to Shimmer and Shine's exotic animal friends including a rainbow tiger, a color-changing fox and more! Fans can join their favorite genies-in-training and their fur-ever friends as they compete in a tale…

Almost time for #TheNutJob2

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We love the First Nut Job, so we are so excited to see this one! Just thought I would share with you! Maybe I can take the kids as a treat to celebrate my birthday?  It comes out August 11, so get ready!



THENUTJOB 2: NUTTY BY NATURE In Theaters August 11 Surly Squirrel (Will Arnett) and the gang are back. We are once again in Oakton where theevil mayor has decided to bulldoze Liberty Park and build a dangerous amusement park in its place. Surly and his ragtag group of animal friends band together to save their home, defeat the mayor, and take back the park. THENUTJOB 2 also features the voice talent of Katherine Heigl (TheNutJob), Jackie Chan (Kung Fu Panda 3), Peter Stormare (Penguins of Madagascar), Bobby Cannavale (Ant-Man), Isabela Moner (Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life), and Maya Rudolph (TheAngry Birds Movie). 
Cast: Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolph, Bobby Moynihan, Gabriel Iglesias, Jeff Dunham, Bobby Cannavale, Isabela Moner, Sebastian Maniscalo, Peter Stormar…

So much fun @BeauBiloxi

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If you remember me talking about how much we love the Beau Rivage in Biloxi, Mississippi, you might be curious as to why I take my kids to a "casino."  There are some people that just don't realize how much there is to do there.  Today, I want to share more about "The Beau!"

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First of all, as I have mentioned before, The Beau Rivage Resort and Casino is so much more than just a hotel and casino. When we went to Biloxi to handle things after the death of Marc's dad (years ago), we were lucky to be stranded there. Not sure what I am talking about?  The weather was bad and that was when the Ice Storm hit the south. We were stuck at The Beau and it could have been worse.  They have several restaurants…