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1.4.17

Get Outside and Get Active

Did you know that today was National Love Our Children Day?  I didn't either, until just a bit ago. That being said, I thought it was great to share this email I received with you all.  (That and it is Spring Break here... Thought we could all use the push to get outside!)

WASHINGTON– Spring is here and it’s a great time for families with children to spend time outdoors and together.  The Episcopal Center for Children (ECC), a nonprofit organization providing mental health and special education services to children ages 5-14 in the greater Washington, DC area, offers tips to help families.
Being active as a family can benefit everyone. Adults need at least two and a half hours a week of physical activity, and children need 60 minutes a day.
“Several studies have shown that being outside and staying active improves health and well-being for adults and children,” said Dodd White, president and CEO of ECC. “For families supporting children with unique needs, doing activities together outside can promote positive behavior, relieve stress, improve focus, and help everyone in the family be mentally and physically healthier.”
Tip #1 –Set specific activity times for your family. Find time slots throughout the week when your whole family is available. Devote a few of these times to physical activities together outside. Try doing something active after dinner or begin the weekend with a Saturday morning walk.
Tip #2 – Get outside and get moving. Take your dog for a walk. Play “I spy” while walking somewhere. Play in the park or go to the community center. Play tag, hopscotch, or jump rope.
Tip #3 – Cope with any anxieties. If a child is anxious about going outside, bring along a favorite snack and anything familiar and comforting that can help extend “safe” feelings into the outdoors. Take a Teddy Bear Hike where each child brings a favorite stuffed animal along for the adventure.
Tip #4 – Use technology as a supportive tool. Technology can help children coping with special needs transition from indoors to outdoors and help them explore nature. For example, encourage them to use a digital recorder (or your cell phone) to record bird songs, a babbling stream and other pleasing sounds in your yard, the park, or along a trail. When you are back indoors, your child can use these recordings to calm themselves and reduce anxieties.
Tip #5 – Use tech gear to focus. Smartphones, digital cameras and binoculars are a great filter for children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder or autistic spectrum disorders. These items can help them focus on a single feature being observed and remove the extraneous visual stimulation around them.
Tip #6 – Start small. Begin by introducing one new family activity and then add more when you feel everyone is ready. Take the dog for a longer walk, play another ball game, or go to an additional exercise class.
Tip #7 – Use school activities as a jumping board for family activities. Talk about what your children learned at school in gym or physical education class. Ask them to show you what they learned. Help them practice.
Tip #8 – Build new skills. Try yoga, mindfulness practices or dance as a family. There are free resources on the internet and special classes in some communities designed for families and for individuals coping with special needs. Enroll your children in classes they might enjoy such as gymnastics or other sports. Encourage them to practice and go to their activities as a family.
Tip #9 – Plan ahead. Write your activity plans on a family calendar. Let your children help plan the activities. Allow them to check it off after the activity is completed.
Tip #10– Plan for all weather conditions. Have some ideas for indoor activities on standby in case the weather does not cooperate. Try mall walking, indoor basketball, or active video games or board games.
“Once you start getting outside regularly with your child, you will begin to see the results. Symptoms of anxiety, depression and acting out can lessen,” said White. “Self-esteem, focus and participation in social settings may improve too. And hopefully, you’ll be feeling better too.”
About the Episcopal Center for Children
The Episcopal Center for Children (Center) is a nonprofit, nondenominational school and treatment program for children contending with emotional challenges from the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Accredited by the Joint Commission, the Center serves children who are 5-14 years old in grades K-8. The goal of the Center’s treatment, therapeutic milieu, and individualized special education program is to empower each child to function productively within his or her family and community. Building on strengths within children, the Center partners with families in treatment and focuses on enabling its students to access and become their best possible selves. More information is available at eccofdc.org 

31.3.17

Kid not a fan of plain water? They should try @AquaBallDrink !

Living in Georgia, we don't really have different seasons.  That is my story and I am sticking to it!!! We have early summer, summer and Football.  Those are our seasons. Anyways, before I get a lecture on the different seasons, I wanted to share with you something fun.
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Broxton's school recently had a "color run" where the kids got to get sprayed with colored powder. To say it was fun would be an understatement. It was so cute to see the kids expressions as they ran through it. (They had the option to run through the color, or to run beside it and not get any on them. You should have seen them as they approached the area!)  Once it was over, I brought water for each of them to drink.It wasn't that hot in the morning, so I really did not even think about water.  By the time his class was participating, it had warmed up a good bit. I wish I had thought about it in advance, and I would have tried to grab Aqua Ball waters for the class!
KEY PRODUCT FEATURES: 
  • 10 oz of Purified Water in every bottle
  • Sugar-Free
  • Great Source of Vitamins B3, B5, B6, and C
  • Naturally flavored (no artificial flavors or colors)
  • 100% Preservative-Free
FLAVOR INFORMATION: 
AquaBall varieties include: 
  • Berry Frost 
    • Features Elsa, Anna and Olaf from Disney's "Frozen"
  • Fruit Punch
    • Features Disney's Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Donald Duck
  • Grape 
    • Features Marvel "Avengers'" Captain America, Iron Man and Black Panther
  • Strawberry Lemonade
    • Features Disney Princesses Ariel, Belle and Rapunzel
PACKAGE SIZE / MSRP:     
Single Bottle (10 ounces) / $1.00 to $1.19 in grocery stores, $1.29 to $1.49 in convenience stores
6 Pack / $5.49 to $5.79 in grocery


I really thought I would like the Strawberry Lemonade the best, but I was surprised!  Grape has been my go to choice!  Broxtoin is in 2nd grade, so the Avengers and Disney Princess ones would be great options for the kids!
If you are looking for a different thing to give for Easter instead of candy, why not look at making a gift and including some of the Aqua Ball bottles?  

29.3.17

A wish has been wished... #ThousandStarHotel

Sometimes all you really need is right there with you, but you are too busy wanting bigger and better and you miss out on the things most important.  That is the message I took from the book, Thousand Star Hotel by The Okee Dokee Brothers.  


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We love working with Sterling Publishing, so when I had the chance to review Thousand Star Hotel by The Okee Dokee Brothers, I was so excited.  This is a hard cover book, with no book jacket.  Two BIG things I LOVE when looking at childrens books!  Another added bonus to this book?  It comes with a cd!!!!   
This is a book about Mr. and Mrs. Muskrat (or you can call them "muskets if you are Broxton!)  They go fishing each day, catching just enough fish to make their dinner for that night.  One day, they catch a big one.  It wasn't just any BIG one, it was a special, wish granting catfish!!!  

I couldn't help read this without having an accent.  Really hope that wish granting fish had some twang in his voice, because he does in our house!  
The thing about this book?
Mr. Muskrat is wishing for bigger and better.  He wants a big fancy house with a proper roof!  Mrs. Muskrat is being sensible. She just wishes for nails and a hammer to fix up their current roof.  They stop the wish granting to change it up again and again.  I am not going to tell you what ends up happening, but I will tell you that the final wish (from Mr. Muskrat) is a THOUSAND STAR HOTEL.   You will need to read the book to see if the fish was honest about being a wish granting fish.  The book is great and I loved the message!
Look close enough to see your blessings are right there with you!  
I can't wait to listen to the CD. Our player is broken at the moment, but it is on the list!!

Information from the publisher:

Grammy® Award-winning duo The Okee Dokee Brothers are back with their second book THOUSAND STAR HOTEL (Sterling Children’s Books, March 2017). They’ve created a fanciful story—inspired by the folktale “The Fisherman and His Wife”—about the things we wish for . . . and the things we really need.
... 
Includes an 11-song CD and audiobook read by The Okee Dokee Brothers!
As childhood friends growing up in Denver, CO, Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing were always exploring the outdoors. They started playing music together in high school, and now, as the Grammy® Award-winning and three-time Parents’ Choice Award-winning The Okee Dokee Brothers, they have put their passion for the outdoors at the heart of their Americana folk music. THOUSAND STAR HOTEL is their second book – Can You Canoe? and Other Adventure Songs (Sterling Children’s Books) came out in 2016.

28.3.17

Six Flags is having a Spring Break Celebration!!!!

Are you going anywhere for Spring Break?  If you are near Atlanta, don't forget that Six Flags will be open and they are ready for you to have a blast!!!  Just received this email, so I thought I would share it with you all. 


BMX Stunt Show and Charity Super Hero Cape Event Highlight Six Flags Over Georgia Spring Break Celebration

· Park open daily for Spring Break, April 1 through 9
· High-flying, gravity-defying BMX Stunt Show returns
· Super Hero Cape-A-Palooza Event with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta April 3-4
· Park continues to hire for 3,100 employees for the entire season

When: Daily April 1 – 9, 2017
Where: Six Flags Over Georgia
                 275 Riverside Parkway SW
                 Austell, GA 30168

About Spring Break at Six Flags Over Georgia:
Six Flags Over Georgia will celebrate no school with its annual Spring Break celebration, April 1 through 9. Featuring 12 high-thrilling coasters and more than 40 rides and attractions, Six Flags Over Georgia is the best destination for thrilling fun.
Along with the park rides and attractions, Six Flags Over Georgia Spring Break will also feature:
· The high-flying, gravity-defying BMX Bike and Stunt Show, with multiple ramps and bike tricks daily; 
               and
· Super Hero Cape-A-Palooza with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA). For every cape purchased at our special Super Hero Cape tent at the front gate, Six Flags Over Georgia will donate a children’s youth cape to CHOA on April 3 and 4
Image Credit- Six Flags

The park is open daily for Spring Break April 1 – 9 and on weekends through May 14. Daily summer operation begins on May 20. For more information and park hours, visit www.sixflags.com/overgeorgia
Six Flags Over Georgia will hire 3,100 employees during the 2017 season. Hiring for the summer season is currently underway. Applicants must be at 16 years of age or older and apply online at www.sixflagsjobs.com. If found qualified, applicants will be notified by park management to schedule an interview.

Put Me In The Story has an Easter #Giveaway

Hippity Hoppity!  Guess who will be headed our way soon???  Old EB, you know... The EASTER BUNNY!!!!  I love personalized gifts and I love reading, so you know I absolutely LOVE that Put Me In The Story lets your child be the star!!!!   Savannah will be treated to a book especially for her this year and I can not wait to start reading it to her all the time!  If you are looking for a great idea, hurry up and order. You can still get it shipped before Easter!  

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Like I said, Put Me In The Story has the best books with YOUR CHILD right there in it!  You can upload a photo and a message from you to make it even more of a keepsake!   

Their most popular Easter books and items include:
·         An Easter Surprise + Plush Gift Set – An “eggs-straordinary” egg-hiding adventure with a clever twist! Perfect way to celebrate Easter together!
·         I Love You Honey Bunny + Plush Gift Set – Say hello to spring and tell your child all the ways they make the world a brighter place!
·         Plus personalized bunnychick, and Easter egg baskets!


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One winner will receive a personalized “An Easter Surprise + Plush Gift Set” from Put Me In The Story. Giveaway ends 3/30/2017 at 11:59 pm



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Love Lego? Love space? You will love #LDCSpaceMission at @LDCatlanta Thanks, @BRAVEprATL

Having an 8 year old, we love going to Legoland Discovery Center in Atlanta.  He has a blast there and it is so fun watching his mind at work playing with all of those LEGO bricks!  He has said he really likes that they made the play area the Pirate Adventure, so when we heard they had a limited time SPACE MISSION Exhibit, I knew he would love it.  We planned our trip to go see it and I was surprised when he asked if they still had the Pirate play area.  No need to worry, it is there... doubt it is going anywhere for a good while.  The first thing we noticed?  They have added this play area to the first area you enter.  If you have been before, it is the waiting room before the doors open to enter and learn more about the making of those little bricks!  

He was excited to get to play instead of just stand there and wait like you had to in the past.  

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As you enter, you see the Space Mission Exhibit off to the side.  

I had no clue that Broxton was an astronaut in his spare time!  He never ceases to amaze me!!!! 

The Space Mission exhibit has several stations that you can build on.  They also include laminated sheets with instructions to build.  

 One of the stations in the new exhibit.  

The attention to even the smallest details is a reason I love the designs at Legoland Discovery Center!

While we had a good time checking out the Space Mission Exhibit, Broxton was very eager to get to the Pirate Adventure Island area. I love that it is so open now.  Having a little sister, she wants to be right there with BIG BROTHER to see and do everything.  In the past, she would not have made it being so small, but with this new play area, she was free to go in there with him.  

She had so much fun, but in all honesty, she was a bit too small for it to go alone.  Lucky for us, they had an area with DUPLO blocks and we had a great time letting her build!  

The DUPLO station (in the play area) had a table, but she was just a bit too short to be able to play on it with ease.  The floor worked perfect for us.  Please note, they do have a toddler area.  She was just too busy trying to hang with big brother, so I didn't even try to go over there!

A big THANK YOU for the invitation for us to come and check out the new exhibit. Keep in mind, this is a limited time thing, so plan accordingly to go check it out!  

A little more about Space Mission:
Space Mission is a celestial building experience where guests can explore alien worlds built entirely out of LEGO® bricks, build their own spaceship, explore the mission control center and watch a LEGO® rocket blast off into outer space!

Have you been to Legoland Discovery Center before?  Do you have LEGO fans in your family?  What is a cool exhibit you think they should try and do at some point?
 
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