Prime Day Deals – Gorgeous Lace Teepee for Kids 37% Off!

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Lace Kids Teepee

This gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous teepee by Little Dove is on sale today for Amazon Prime members.  37% off!

List Price: $139.99
Sale Price: $109.99
With Deal: $87.99 & FREE Shipping.
You Save: $52.00 (37%)

This certainly isn’t a NEED item but it sure is a WANT items.  I adore this!  If you know a princess who would enjoy this girlie teepee you can click here to save $52 on it!

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Prime Day Deal- 23andMe DNA Testing Kit for just $99.99!

23andMe DNA

Prime members can get this 23andMe DNA Testing Kit for just $99.99 right now!

This is a crazy LOW price for this!! The lowest before this was $125 and it’s currently $199 for non-Prime members!

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Prime Day Deal – Echo Dot (2nd Generation) only $29.99!

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Echo DotPrime members can get this Echo Dot (2nd Generation) for just $29.99 shipped! Choose from black or white at this price.

This is the LOWEST price on record and the only other time we’ve seen this price was during Black Friday!

Want something a little bigger with a bigger sound? You can also click here to get the regular Echo for just $69.99 shipped right now!

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Prime Day Deal – Lowest Prices on Fire Tablets!

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Fire Tablet

If you’ve been wanting to buy a Fire Tablet, (or yours just fell down cement steps like ours did) you won’t want to miss these exciting and exclusive Prime Day Deals that are happening right now! Prime Day is Amazon’s biggest discount day so these are the absolute LOWEST price you’ll see on these tablets!

Choose from the following deals:

There are also several bundle deals you can choose from, if you’re looking to buy more than one tablet at a time!

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Are Plastic Straws Out? Plus, Alternatives!

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10 Plastic Straw Alternatives

Plastic straws may very well be a thing of the past before we know it.  Big companies are taking a hard look at these cheap but harmful beverage tools.  Starbucks said in a press release that they are working on removing all plastic straws by 2020.  This will effect all of their stores (roughly 28,000 from what I’ve read) and that alone will eliminate 1 billion straws a year.  1 BILLION!  That’s crazy to think about.  My son’s favorite color is green and that’s his favorite part of the Starbucks experience so I’ll have to work to find him a green reusable straws.  Starbucks isn’t the only ones making a change.  McDonald’s has mentioned a desire to go that direction.  Even bigger than those two giants, Seattle, Miami Beach and Malibu, California have already passed bans on plastic straws in its bars and restaurants, with Seattle being the first to completely eliminate them.  With the straw landscape changing course I’ve hit to the internet to find plastic straw alternatives.  Here are the 10 best reusable straw options I’ve found!  (You can go here to read more about how the straw industry is changing.)

Stainless Steel Straws

  • 1.  Stainless steel – We already use stainless steel straws in our home for cold beverages I’ve never taken them out…yet.  You can buy my favorite ones here for $6.89 for 4 on Amazon (note, the price could change at any time).  It even comes with a handy brush for easy cleaning.

Rose Gold Straws

  • 2.  Rose gold straws – Okay, so this is the same as the stainless steel straws above but they’re straight and half of them are rose gold!! Who doesn’t love rose gold?  Now you can feel a little fancier while helping save the planet. This set is available here on Amazon for $14.95 and comes with a cleaning brush and convenient carrying case for on the go sipping.

Lolistraws

  • 3.  If you’re Shark Tank lovers like myself you’ll remember an edible cup and plate company.  That company is Loliware.  Well, they are in the process of making edible straws.  You can preorder yours here for a discount through Indiegogo.   Lolistraw by Loliware – It’s the world’s first edible and hyper-compostable straw.  The Lolistraw is made from seaweed and its coloring and flavor comes from fruit and vegetable pigments.  How cool?!

Hay Straws

  • 4. Hay straws!  Sounds crazy but fun, right?  Hay straws are made from wheat stems, which would other wise go to waste.  You can find them here on Amazon and get a pack of 100 for $10.

Glass Straws

  • 5.  Glass straws.  These aren’t your plain Jane glass straws, these come in six beautiful colors and are shatter-resistant.  This might be the set I need to get for my son to take with us to restaurants!  It’s not quite the vibrant Starbucks green but I think he’ll like it.  You can find this set here on Amazon for $10.29.

Aardvark Paper Straws

  • 6.  Aardvark paper straws. These paper straws are made right here in the U.S. using only materials that are non-toxic, BPA free, and elemental chlorine free.  This sounds like a great change from plastic straws anyway, don’t you think?  You can find these here on Amazon.  I’m not giving a price for these because they come in a variety of colors and sizes so the price varies greatly.

Biodegradable Straws

  • 7.  Plant based straws.  Their Amazon listing says, “Straws are awful for the environment but not these, these straws are made of plant-based and other non-toxic materials, they are even compostable! There is no petroleum and they are completely food-safe.”  That sounds good to me.  A friend of mine just found out that her work uses these.  She has used them for months and never realized it wasn’t a “regular” old plastic straw.  You can get a pack of 200 here on Amazon for $11.50.

Simply Straws

  • 8.  Simply straws.  This party pack of straws comes wit a heftier price tag but comes with a lifetime guarantee.  The blue straw is especially vibrant and lovely!  You can get this set here on Amazon for $44.43.

Bamboo Drinking Straws

  • 9.  Bamboo drinking straws.  This eco-friendly product boasts, “100% ORGANIC, PESTICIDE FREE, FERTILIZER FREE, AND GMO FREE are all top priority factors for a premium product.”  This set of 12 sells here on Amazon for $12.21.

Silicone Reusable Straws

  • 10.  Silicone reusable straws.  This rainbow set of angled straws will be great for on the go drinking.  This set sells here on Amazon for $8.99. An affordable option that is also kid-friendly and dishwasher safe.

Hard Plastic Reusable Straws

  • 11. Hard plastic reusable straws.  These straws are colorful and will bring a little pep to an otherwise boring meal.  This 18 straw set comes with a cleaning brush and is available here on Amazon for $6.99.

Oops, I actually gave 11!  Oh well, the rose gold stainless steel and the stainless steel one were pretty much the same one anyway, right? haha

Those are the best reusable straw options I could find but I would love to hear if you know of another one.  I heard of a really cool ice mold you could use to make an ice straw.  Obviously, this wouldn’t be great for travel but super fun on a summer day.  Unfortunately, it isn’t still in production.

Plastic Straw Alternatives

Ways to Practice Kindness as a Busy Adult

Once we become an adult life gets a little trickier. We often have children and spouses to think about and tend to. We have a job and often times we opt to homeschool our children which just adds to our plate of things to do. Every adult is a busy adult in this world, and with technological advances, it seems adults are able to do even more at once without blinking an eye. While it’s great that we can remain busy as adults, it’s also important to remember that we should be kind to others. Practicing kindness as a busy adult helps reduce stress and forces us to slow down from our day to day life. Here are a few ways you can practice kindness no matter how busy you are:

Ways to Practice Kindness as a Busy Adult

Give up Your Seat

If you’re on public transportation and see a passenger get on without a place to sit, stand up and let them have your seat. This small gesture of kindness could make that person’s day and in turn, inspire them to do the same next time around.

Hold the Door

Nothing beats that feeling when a stranger holds the door for you. All too often we’ve seen a stranger ahead of us in line or leaving a store when we’re about to go inside and they don’t hold the door. Holding the door for the next person entering or exiting is a simple act of kindness anyone can do.

Use your Manners

Tell the cashier to have a great day. Consider leaving a thank you note on a small piece of paper for anyone who’s done something kind that day for you. Always say please and thank you when being served in a restaurant or at a local store.

Give up an Hour

Take one hour out of your day to reach out to friends. If someone needs to vent about something or needs your advice with a situation, give them your undivided attention for at least an hour. This will help them feel calmer and in turn, make you feel good that you helped them out.

Forgive a Debt

Sure we all need money but one unique act of kindness is to forgive one debt every year. If someone owes you money, consider forgiving their debt. Be sure to forgive a debt that you can afford to forgive and feel confident this is the right act of kindness for you and that friend.

With World Kindness Day quickly approaching, it’s important that we all aspire to be more kind to our fellow human beings. When you practice an act of kindness you are doing your part to help make this world a more positive, happier place.

Audiobooks for Road Trips with Kids

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Everyone loves a good story, right?  Also, everyone loves road trips with kids, right?  Yea, that last answer you gave sounded less enthusiastic that the first.  Audiobooks make road trips more than tolerable but even enjoyable!

Here are the audiobooks my kids would enjoy on a road trip and I hope yours will too!  If you’ve never tried Audible by Amazon you should look into it.  Their free trial gives you 2 free audiobooks that you get to keep even if you cancel your subscription right away.

Boxcar Children Audiobook

The first book I’d recommend is the beginning of The Boxcar Children Collection.  This series is a rich, easy read that my kids are hooked on.  My kids are 4 and 6 and they both enjoy these stories.  We haven’t enjoyed the audiobooks yet because we haven’t traveled since we’ve discovered this series but we’re already on book 38 of the series. 

This audiobook series includes 3 books for one price ($33.60) but you’ll get the whole set free plus another book if you sign up for the free trial.  I like how they’ve lumped the first three books together into one set.

Little House Audiobook

The Little House series is another great one that we’ve only had the pleasure of reading and not listening too.  It has great reviews on Amazon though so I’m sure the reader does a fabulous job.

Pippi Longstocking Audiobook

Pippi Longstocking has been a favorite of young girls for decades now and this audiobook will help introduce it to more children.

Mary Poppins Audiobook

What kids wouldn’t love a story about a nanny who could clean up their toys, dance with them on rooftops and hop into sidewalk drawings with them?  Mary Poppins is a classic and my kids adore her.

Peter Pan Audiobook

Peter Pan is another story that ignites a child’s imagination and takes them far away from home.  This is another one I think all young kids would enjoy.

A Bear Called Paddington

The bear from darkest Peru will surely warm heart young and old.  🙂  A Bear Called Paddington is another great classic book for young kids.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a delightful tale of fantasy.  I can still remember feeling my heart race as I first read this book and eagerly anticipated Charlie opening his chocolate to find the golden ticket.

I love watching my kids read books that I did as a kid and see their excitement as the characters take shape and they see themselves in the character’s shoes.  Discovering new books together is great too so please, let me know any audiobooks that your children enjoy.

Car Seat Safety Checklist

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Car seat safety is one of the most overlooked responsibilities of a new parent. While this is commonly overlooked, it doesn’t negate the fact that parents do want their child to be safe when riding in the car. As a means to help educate you on car seat safety and help reduce the stress of wondering how safe your car seat really is, I have created this car seat safety checklist.

Car Seat Safety Checklist

  • -Research the four types of car seats and which one is right for your child.
  • -Know the car seat safety recommendations from NHTSA.
  • -Follow detailed instructions on installation of the purchased car seat.
  • -Know how to install anchors properly so the car seat is secured in the car.
  • -Make sure you can’t move the car seat more than 1 inch to left or right.
  • -Tighten straps so there is no slack when harnessing child in car seat.
  • -Keep child rear-facing until the age of 2 at a minimum.
  • -Have rear-facing car seat at 45-degree angle at all times.
  • -Place retainer clip at child’s armpit level and keep it there at all times.
  • -Children who have outgrown car seats and weigh less than 80 lbs should always ride in a booster seat.
  • -Research car seat for any recalls before purchasing.
  • -Do not buy second-hand car seats; they are unsafe after being in an accident.
  • -Upgrade car seat when the child outgrows the seat to maintain safety.
  • -Purchase an all-in-one seat to save some money rather than buying used.
  • -Visit a local car seat safety checkpoint, usually hosted at fire stations.
  • -The seat belt should be snug across chest & shoulders and lie across thighs.
  • -Register your car seat to get notifications of any future recalls.

There are many types of car seats and some may fit better in the family vehicle you have than others. Regardless of what type of car seat you decide to purchase make sure that it is new, has never been in an accident and doesn’t have any recalls. Following a car seat safety checklist and being familiar with NHTSA’s requirements will help you maintain car seat safety at all times.

It is said that car crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13. Because the number is so high, this car seat safety checklist is my way to help more parents have safe riders every time they buckle their child into a car seat.  I hope this car seat safety checklist inspires you to double check your car seat today.

How to Have Fun While Spring Cleaning With Kids

Spring cleaning season is here and with that comes the need to get the family on board to clean together. Open up those windows, get the air flowing through the home, and get prepared to make spring cleaning with kids a fun event with these ideas. This post contains affiliate links.

Spring Cleaning With Kids

Visual Timer

Use a Timer

Many children work best when a timer is put on. This timer can be set in 10-15 minute increments. This establishes a goal for your children to reach. I recommend visual timers for kids so they can see a picture of how much time is left.  (Here is a great visual timer from Amazon for only $24)  As the timer winds down, your children will know to step up their game and get that cleaning task done before the timer goes off. For each new task, set the timer again. This is a fun way to keep the family motivated when tackling spring cleaning.

Name Tags

Create Job Titles

For every family member, there should be a job title. This job title will define what tasks and area of the home each family member is in charge of. Giving each family member a job title will make them feel confident and excited to be in charge of their job duties during spring cleaning. Job titles can include fun titles such as Sweeper Upper or such to make spring cleaning a bit more humorous.  If you happen to be like me and have young kids who love stickers of any kind, you might enjoy making personalized name tags for them.

Put Music On

Music is a great motivator for adults and children. Consider making your spring cleaning a family dance party affair instead of a dreary boring day of hosing out the house. Have upbeat dance music playing that’s family-friendly to ensure everyone stays on task and motivated to continue on in their mission to help get spring cleaning done.  The Greatest Showman soundtrack is our current favorite.

Root Beer Float

Celebrate Your Successes

Lastly, be sure to celebrate together as a family whenever a large task has been accomplished. Whether you go out to dinner, make some sweet treats or have some root beer floats, find a way to celebrate together as a family to reward everyone for their hard work. When the children know a reward is the final step in this spring cleaning event, they will be extremely motivated to keep helping.

There you have it 4 fun ways to make spring cleaning with kids fun. It’s great to get the whole family involved in spring cleaning because it will take far less time to complete and it helps teach children the skill of learning what to get rid of and what to donate. As you work to spring clean the home, you can separate piles into junk, yard sale, and donate piles to venture off to the local shelter to donate any reusable items.  Speaking of, you may be interested in my 200 Things to Throw Away post.  I don’t really advocate throwing away everything but only after things can be donated, recycled, etc. do I suggest throwing in the trash.

Things to Throw Away

 

Respite Care Lets You Enjoy Your Spare Time to the Fullest

Enjoy Life

Quite surprisingly, the importance of Respite Care is still being underestimated even after realizing its immense value in lending aid to those families who have a disabled or an ill family member. Regardless of how well you care for your loved one, still the adverse effects of stress on your health and that on your family cannot be disregarded. And that is why your attention and focus need to shift on Respite Care such that a full realm care for your ailing aged loved one can be ensured all at once.

Now, the benefits of Respite Care are so many; it is just impossible to put forward the same in simple words. A majority of individuals who care for their loved one do so without any form of specific training; in fact most of the times, they find the stress and the responsibilities of being a primary caregiver thrust upon them. As per recently published reports, no less than sixteen million adults in the United States spend time caring for a family member with some sort of disability and the irony of the fact remains that more than half, approximately nine million people, experience serious health issues of their own. If you happen to be one of them and experience psychological, physical and emotional stress that results from taking care for your loved one, certainly it is judicious on your part to look around for available options around.

No matter whether Respite Care has to be made available at home or in an assisted home center, the underlying motive of the same remains the same and that is to extend supportive health care services on a short-term basis when the primary caregiver is not available. If you are someone entrusted with the responsibility of caring for a patient with Alzheimer’s, you must have realized as to how stressful the same can really be. This is where you shall find Respite Care facilities to be of real benefit as seeking advantage of the same offers you with the advantage of benefiting from the much desired “me time” and the opportunity of “recharging your battery”

The Caring People website has discussed in detail what is Respite Care and how availing the benefit of the same can be helpful for a primary caregiver. The array of services, which Respite Care provider can make available, include round-the-clock supervision, transportation, group activities, breakfast, lunch and dinner, laundry services and medication management. Apart from the same, you can expect assistance with regard to maintaining personal hygiene including, grooming, bathing, dressing and using the restroom.

Ensuring proper care for your elderly loved one can be hard work and there remains a fair possibility that you would experience fatigue and eventually burn out after a few months or years. Apart from the same, you may suffer in silence from chronic mental problems such as depression, anxiety and many more. Surely, after going through all the pros and cons that Respite Care can extend, it shall not be wrong to claim that Respite Care is like a godsend for tens of millions of Americans.


What is Respite Care Infographic

Courtesy of: https://caringpeopleinc.com.