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This Morning Sam Went to Mars

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This Morning Sam Went to Mars tells the story of eight-year-old Sam, who is always daydreaming about exploring space and the deepest seas, which is awesome—except when he’s supposed to be focusing on homework or in class. It seems like all he hears is, “Focus, Sam!” and “Pay attention!” The doctor says Sam is lucky: He has a very powerful brain! But he does need some help focusing. She gives Sam and his dad lots of strategies to try, like staying organized, eating better food, and asking for help when he needs it. Sam’s favorite strategy? Make time to exercise his imagination!
This Morning Sam Went to Mars is written and illustrated by Nancy Carlson. Through the character of Sam, the book offers strategies to help all kids who are easily distracted, including those with ADHD.
This Morning Sam Went to Mars is Nancy Carlson’s sixty-fourth book, and continues Carlson’s philosophy of creating a story that helps children overcome a particular issue and feel good about themselves. Her characters aren’t perfect—they often have fears, anxieties, and disabilities. Through her books, kids learn to cope with different challenges. They can learn that they don’t have to be perfect to be a good person.
This Morning Sam Went to Mars was written to help kids improve their focus in all areas, whether they are one of the nearly 5.4 million children ages 4–17 who have been diagnosed with ADHD, are highly distractible, or could maybe use a little nudge in the focus department.

We have really enjoyed this book.  Broxton keeps asking me to read the Astronaut book to him over and over again... He likes looking at the book and we discuss foods that are healthy and ways to control being distracted.  One thing I enjoyed?  This book showed Sam going to the doctor and the doctor telling him things to do and eat to focus... It wasn't telling him to take a pill and best of all, it did not tell him to stop daydreaming, it was telling him to KEEP dreaming...  There is a time and place to use that creativity!  


Did You Pump?

*  This is not a sponsored post.  I just know that as a mom (that tried to breastfeed and pump)  I would have loved to have had more information out there for me....

So, without further ado... Let me tell you about the Evenflo Breast Pump:

 This liquid gold (Breast Milk)  is one of nature’s purest forms of nourishment; however, the way a mom expresses her milk during pumping could affect its purity.
To prevent contamination, moms are advised not to share or buy used pumps, and to avoid ‘open system’ pump where there is no barrier between the milk collection bottle and the pumping mechanism. In these open systems, breast milk can be exposed to the air and bacteria, and can actually backup into the tubing and pump – areas that are difficult to clean and can become a breeding ground for bacteria, mold and viruses. Instead, moms looking to buy a breast pump should invest in a closed-system like the high-quality, yet affordable, Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump by Evenflo. This pump features a PerfectlyPure™ closed-system design that prevents milk backup and keeps milk as pure as nature intended.

(Deluxe Version Featured Here)

Evenflo® Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump
·         PerfectPosition™ offers slouch-free pumping comfort
·         AdvancedFit™ Flange System gives mom three sizes for perfect fit
·         AdvancedControl™ with 32 settings allows mom to find perfect speed and suction
·         PerfectlyPure™ closed-system design prevents milk backup and keeps milk as pure as nature intended
·         Includes educational programming, a $60 value, access to a priceless resource for success
·         Deluxe version includes: premium shoulder bag, ice packs, 4 milk storage bottles, thermal cooler, extra membranes
·         Deluxe Plus version includes the shoulder bag, ice packs, 6 milk storage bottles, thermal cooler, plus a Manual Pump adaptor
·          Available at SRP $99.99, Deluxe SRP $129.99, and Deluxe Plus SRP $159.99

As an added bonus, moms who purchase the new Evenflo Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump will also receive free access to International Board Certified Lactation Consultant Shari Criso’s full length, online educational programs ($60 value) – “Simply Breastfeeding”™ and “Breast Pumps and Briefcases™.”  Rich with information and guidance from Criso’s 20+ years working one-on-one with breastfeeding moms, both programs address topics most relevant to nursing moms, and those planning to pump. Additional tools, such as video instructions for pump use can also be found on the newly launched Evenflo Feeding website:

Did you pump when you had a little one? 


First Practice of the Season W/W

Broxton decided that he wanted to play Soccer... 
So, we signed him up... 
When I was growing up, all the kids did t-ball and football... soccer wasn't a typical sport...  
(Not that I know of)  
Anyways, now, it seems like soccer is "the" sport for little ones to play... 

I am fine with it, as it lets them run and be active, not to mention work together as a team.  

Here is Broxton ready for his first soccer practice.  

Of course, he had a blast... 
What made it even more awesome was that my brother surprised him and came to watch a few minutes of his second practice... When Broxton kicked the ball in the goal, he had to look over to make sure Ashton had seen it... I thought that was so super sweet!!!
Just look at this face... I love it!!!!!!!!!!

What sports are big ones for little kids where you live? 

Kung Fu Panda - The Scorpion Sting October 15th

****  I am a Fox Insider.  This is not a sponsored post, but I do work with them in reviews.  I am not required to post this... Just wanted to share.

Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness: The Scorpion Sting
Get ready for more high-kicking action and fur-flying fun in this awesome animated TV series based on the Academy Award®-Nominated hit movie Kung Fu Panda*! He may not be your typical warrior, but Po packs an arsenal of martial arts skills as big as his heart...and his stomach. Always ready to fight for what’s right, Po and the Furious Five—Tigress, Monkey, Mantis, Crane and Viper—face exotic dangers at every turn, including a pair of magic shoes with an evil “sole,” and Scorpion, one of the sharpest villains in all the land!
*2008, Animated Feature Film

More than two hours of adventure including:
 Scorpion's Sting
 Crane On A Wire
 Love Stings
 Kung Shoes
 Owl Be Back
 Qilin Time
 Monkey in the Middle

“Scorpion Maze” App (available for download on iOS and Android devices):
The adventure continues with the interactive online game, “Scorpion Maze!” Fans will play as Po avoiding the Scorpion while trying to collect the Sun Orchids and Shifu's Secret Power Scroll in this fast-paced and addictive arcade-style game. Each DVD set comes with a unique code allowing fans to join the action, unlock power-ups and find exclusive downloads. Do you have what it takes to defeat the Scorpion?

Ornaments With Love "Early Bird Special"

***  This is not a sponsored post, I just wanted to share with you all "Early Birds!"

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