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Saturday, December 28, 2013

All-In 2 Night by Lynn Burgess Book Review

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 1:10 PM 0 comments
Disclosure of Material: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookCrash.com book review program, which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR Title 16, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

If  you're like me, you probably don't have enough time in the day to spend quality time with your kids or maybe you're kids are too busy for you! Whatever the reason, there's now a great solution: All-In 2 Night by Lynn Burgess.

Most families spend more time in front of the computer, television, video game, or cell phone than together. Lynn's book brings family's back together for 40 weeks, one night a week, ten to twenty minutes with great family together activities. Some of the activities include love languages, listening for God, self-esteem, the fruits of the spirit and many more.

I know my family has grown apart due to technology, but just spending 1 night a week focused on "family" has brought us closer together.

This is the perfect family "activity" book for parents with kids ages 2-10. If you're family has drifted apart, All-In 2 Night by Lynn Burgess is the glue that will bring it back together. 

You can pick up a copy at Amazon, B&N and other online stores. Be sure to check out All-In 2 Night  on FB

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Liz Tames a Dragon (and her Anger) Book Review

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 3:36 PM 1 comments
Disclosure: I received a copy for review. However, all opinions are my own.

Kids get angry and sometimes have a hard time controlling their anger. With most kids it's frustration that leads to anger. Other times it can be a variety of more serious issues. Whatever the reason for their anger Author Stephanie Painter has written a wonderful children's book that will help any child conquer their anger.

In Liz Tames a Dragon, Liz gets so anger she turns into a dragon, but once she learns how to tame the dragon and her anger she returns to normal. My grandson gets angry a lot and I was so thankful Stephanie contacted me. Liz Tames a Dragon is the perfect book for any child who has an inner dragon and also a great parenting tool. As a parent, I'd recommend this book to any parent whose child has anger issues(which is a normal emotion). 

This book couldn't have come at a better time for me and my grandson. After the death of my youngest daughter, my grandson had a lot of anger and Liz Tames a Dragon showed him how to tame his persona; dragon.

Included also is an Activity Guide for Parents and Child Therapists by Marlo Carney Zarzaur, Ed.D., includes art, games and activities that will help kids learn how to verbalize their emotions and recognize physical cues of anger.

We give Liz Tames a Dragon (and her Anger)  two thumbs up and 5 stars!

Liz Tames a Dragon (and her Anger)  written by Stephanie Painter and illustrated by artist Jeanne Seagle is available for $13.95 at Bright Kids Books.

Anger is a normal emotion, but one that can be difficult to learn to control. The picture book Liz Tames A Dragon (and her anger) will help children find healthy ways to manage their angry feelings. In the story, Liz finds that sharing life with a sister isn't always easy. She becomes so angry that her anger morphs her into a fire-breathing dragon. Liz is certain that her sister has cast a magic spell until she realizes only she has the power to tame this dragon. Watercolor illustrations by artist Jeanne Seagle capture the character’s anger, confusion, and cooperative actions that lead to peacemaking.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

My Friend Jesus Book Review and Giveaway- #sponsored #giveaway #tommynelsonmommy

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 6:50 AM 31 comments
Disclosure: I'm a Tommy Nelson Mommy and received a copy for review. However, all opinions are my own.

As a Christian parent and grandparent, I want my children and grandson to know Jesus. My grandson is almost a pre-teen and to me Jesus is the most important person in his life right now. He's getting to the point where peer pressure is starting and without Jesus, he would be lost.

My Friend Jesus by Kathryn Slattery takes kids on a personal journey with Jesus. My grandson has a lot of Christian books in his collection, but this book in my opinion is the most important book he'll ever read. My Friend Jesus is 5 stars and two thumbs up in this grandma's book.

For  ages 5-10 My Friend Jesus helps parents share the Good News with their children and lead them to a lifetime relationship with Christ. This wonderful book also Invites children to know how much God loves them in words they can understand.

My Friend Jesus is available from Thomas Nelson for $12.99 or you can enter to win a copy on the Rafflecopter below.


Jesus can be your friend and Savior. 
All Christian parents want their children to come to a relationship with Jesus. My Friend Jesus is written in fresh, clear language that children can understand and is appropriate for all denominations. The book not only tells the gospel story about Jesus, but also, in the most natural, gentle way, introduces children to a personal relationship with Him. A prayer at the end of the book guides children into that life-changing friendship with Jesus. This is the book author Kathryn Slattery wishes she had when her own children were young—which is the reason she wrote it! 
Originally published as The Gospel for Kids, this book sold more than 100,000 copies. This new book will feature beautiful new art and lightly edited text. 
“It’s one of the best books of Jesus for young people I have encountered.”  —Madeleine L’Engle, Newberry Medal–winning author of the bestselling children’s classic A Wrinkle in Time 
“Kathryn Slattery has told the story so simply, briefly, cutting right to the essentials, managing to mix the profoundest truth with humor, talking to children without talking down to them. The Gospel for Kids goes on our grandparent bookshelf with great anticipation.”  —Elizabeth and John Sherrill, coauthors of bestselling inspirational classics The Hiding Place and The Cross and the Switchblade 
“A magnificent piece of writing, making the Gospel so plain and at the same time losing none of its beauty. The book is very attractive for adults also.”  —Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, author of the international bestseller The Power of Positive Thinking and founder of Guideposts magazine
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Monday, December 16, 2013

Lobo's Howliday $100 Book Blast

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 12:00 AM 1 comments
About the Book ~ *New Release*
Lobo's Howliday by C.L. Murphy
Title: Lobo's Howliday (The Adventures of Lovable Lobo) Author: C.L. Murphy Publication Date: Dec. 1, 2013 Publisher: Independent - Peanut Butter Prose Number of pages: 32 Recommended age: 3+      


It's almost Christmas and Santa finds himself in quite the predicament due to unintended consequences as a result of trying something new. Lobo, and his raven sidekick, Roxy, travel to the North Pole to help the jolly ole' one and are guided by the Arctic animals. The colors of the season delight along the way and make for a howling good holiday. Can you howl Ho Ho Ho?  

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"The Adventures of Lovable Lobo: Lobo's Howliday is a children's book written by C.L. Murphy. Lobo and his friend Roxy, the raven, are surprised when an owl comes to see Lobo with a special delivery. Within the bag is Arty, an Arctic mouse who has an urgent request from Santa. Santa needs Lobo's help this year, and the three of them set off for the North Pole. Along the way, they meet an Arctic fox, who lets them stay the night in his den and a polar bear who transports them across icy water. An Arctic wolf accompanies them for the rest of the journey to Santa's Village, where an Arctic hare is waiting for them. Santa has updated his method of delivering gifts on Christmas, but he's got a problem that Lobo can help him with. I was spellbound reading The Adventures of Lovable Lobo: Lobo's Howliday. C.L. Murphy's artwork is simply amazing. Each page is filled with images you can get lost in: lush green forests, sparkling night skies, snowy expanses, and the animals have personality and incredible appeal. If you're lacking in Christmas spirit this year, no matter what your age, spending some time with Lobo, Roxy, and Arty will soon change your attitude. Lobo's Howliday is also a great way to introduce a child to the Northern Lights, the Arctic, and the amazing animals that live there (see if you can find the Orca!). I've already recommended The Adventures of Lovable Lobo: Lobo's Howliday to friends who have children or grandchildren. It's a very special book." ~ 5 Star Review, Jack Magnus, Readers Favorite


Available for 99 cents!


 Lobo's Howliday will be available as a FREE download on Dec. 18th only. 

About the Author: C.L. Murphy

C.L. Murphy and Lovable Lobo C.L. Murphy and Lovable Lobo. While new to the children's book writing and illustrating scene, C.L. has been doodling her way through life since she won a school wide poster contest in the third grade. She's had the pleasure of working as an artist in residence, creating cartoons and painting murals with the children at local elementary schools. She adores the wonder and curiosity of young children. For years, she filed picture book ideas away, until the reality of the empty nest syndrome sunk in and she decided to bring her favorite one to fruition. She based the character, Lovable Lobo, on something very dear to her heart, a real wolf that she's raised for the last 13 years. She's felt the need to protect him his entire life, primarily due to the preconceived notions that wolves are to be feared. She lives amongst the wildlife in an enchanted forest in the beautiful Oregon wilderness. She has always appreciated nature and animals have always played a major role in her life. She was that little girl who brought home the strays asking "Can we please keep it?" At an early age she realized her connection with animals by training a wild bluejay to appear on command to take food from her hand. Check out her book series and discover that you, too, will find Lobo lovable.

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Prize: $100 iTunes gift card (or PayPal cash prize) + a Wolf stuffie Contest runs: December 16, 2013 to January 14, 2014, 11:59 pm, 2013 Open: Internationally How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, C.L. Murphy and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.
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Saturday, December 14, 2013

NCV Bible in a Year Review and Giveaway #tommynelsonmommy #review #giveaway

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 3:29 AM 13 comments
Disclosure: I'm a Tommy Nelson Mommy and received a copy for review. However, all opinions are my own.

My grandson collects Bibles and the Bible in a Year is by far one of the best we've found so far. This Bible also offers 16 pages of color inserts that allow for personalization and reinforce biblical knowledge. Features include: presentation page, Bible timeline, My Favorite Bible Verses, How Do I Pray?Why Should I Read the Bible?, How Do I Forgive?, Bible Verses to Know, and more!
My grandson has special needs and loves the color inserts. He enjoys sitting down and reading this one everyday.


Kids can read through the entire Bible in one year! 
Our children need to make every day God’s day, and nothing will help them do that more than reading His Word. The unique Bible in a Year with New Century Version® text guides kids to easily read through the entire Bible in 365 days. The simple-to-understand language is divided into daily portions that include selections from both the Old and New Testaments, as well as Psalms and Proverbs.
If your child only has one Bible then this is the one they need to have. You can purchase a copy for $19.99 at Thomas Nelson or win  a copy on the Rafflecopter below.

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Friday, December 13, 2013

“TJ Put Your Phone Away” Children's Book Review- #review #kidlit

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 6:40 AM 1 comments
Disclosure: I received a copy for review. However, all opinions are my own.

As a grandparent and writer, I love discovering great kid lit especially in my own backyard. TJ Put Your Phone Away is written by two local teachers physical education teacher Blake Gilchrist, and his wife, Erin, who co-authored and illustrated their new children’s book.

TJ Put Your Phone Away tells the story of a middle school kid who misses life because he's glued to his cell phone. Parent's can relate to this book as well. Kids today seem to be glues to their cell phone and parents can learn a valuable lesson as well.. My grandson loves this book and we give it two thumbs up and five stars.

You can read the Gilchrists' story here. Also, be sure to check out TJ Put Your Phone Away FB page.

 T.J. Put Your Phone Away is a MUST HAVE for a family in 2013. The authors of the book say... "It's for people, like us, overwhelmingly consumed with our handheld devices, social media, and communications via internet, that we often forget human interaction and what it's like to live off-screen." -Erin Gilchrist Ph.D. "The small lessons that can be taught to a child about manners, paying attention to the people you love, the respect of personal interactions, and the importance of relationships, are lessons that we all need to be reminded of, no matter the age." -Blake Gilchrist Follow TJ on twitter: @TJPhoneAway

You can purchase TJ Put Your Phone Away on Amazon for $6.99.

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My Story: Joseph and My Story: David Review and Giveaway- #giveaway #sponsored #tommynelsonmommy

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 5:51 AM 6 comments
Disclosure: I'm a Tommy Nelson Mommy and received a copy of both books for review. However, all opinions are my own.

Kids love stickers and these cute My Story books comes with a “Sticker Journal”. and 64 themed stickers so your little one can make up there own story at the end of the book. Each delightful book tells the story of of Joseph and David in a first person perspective so kids can understand these Bible heroes.
My grandson loves to sit down and read their story and create his own story at the end which keeps him occupied and entertained while telling a wonderful Bible story. Your child will be fascinated as well.


A whole new way for kids to learn about their favorite Bible heroes!
Kids are accustomed to hearing stories about their favorite Bible heroes—but what about from the perspective of the heroes themselves? In this My Story series from Make Believe Ideas, heroes come to life as they tell kids their life stories from a first-person perspective. At the end of each book is a “Sticker Journal”. Kids can place these 64 story-themed stickers into the stories, adding another element of fun!

My Story: Joseph by Fiona Boon, Nadine Wickenden

With his coat of many colors and abundant faith, Joseph is a favorite character of many children. In My Story: Joseph, the hero chronicles his amazing life that children treasure from the Bible. Kids will learn from Joseph’s story to always trust God, no matter what the circumstance, because He will see them through. 

My Story: David by Fiona Boon, Nadine Wickenden

Children have long heard the story of David and Goliath, but they’ve never heard it straight from the young hero’s mouth. In My Story: David, the young shepherd with enormous faith tells kids about his decision to fight the Philistine soldier mocking the tribes of Israel. Children will learn that trust in God helps them to do great things, no matter their size!

Each book is priced at $4.99 and is available at Thomas Nelson or you can win the set by entering the Rafflecopter below.

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Jesus Calling® for Kids—Deluxe Edition-Review and Giveaway- #sponsored #tommymommy #giveaway

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 6:43 AM 54 comments
Disclosure: I'm a Tommy Nelson Mommy and received a copy for review. However, all opinions are my own.
When it comes to daily devotions for kids, Jesus Calling® for Kids has to be one of the best I've found so far. Parent's along with their kids share the same daily devotion which is a plus for me. I think it's a great idea parents can share these wonderful devotions with their kids. My grandson and I sit day every night and read one of the many devotions.
Another plus is the leathersoft cover.


With devotionals written as if Jesus is speaking directly to a child's heart, Jesus Calling® for Kids is now available in deluxe leathersoft package.

 Based on Sarah Young’s renowned bestseller Jesus Calling, this is a wonderful devotional for children. The scripture and themes correspond with the daily reading in the adult version, so parents and kids can share spiritual time together.
This deluxe version features a rich blue and orange leathersoft hardcover with the iconic bird in center stage. It’s a beautiful package that parents and grandparents will be proud to give children year-round.
It is Sarah’s fervent prayer that our Savior may bless readers, and now young readers, with His presence and His peace in ever-deeper measure.

If you only choose one devotional for your child this holiday season, be sure to add Jesus Calling® for Kids—Deluxe Edition in your child's stocking. You can purchase for $14.99 or win a copy on the rafflecopter below.

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

The Story of Christmas Book Review and Giveaway-#sponsored #giveaway #tommymommy

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 9:32 AM 4 comments
Disclosure: I'm a Tommy Nelson Mommy and received a copy for review. However, all opinions are my own.

I can't believe Christmas is four weeks away! Most kids are thinking about what Santa will bring and have forgotten the true meaning of the season. The Story of Christmas is a wonderful reminder for children ages 0-3, but kids of all ages will adore this cute, durable board book. My grandson and I read The Story of Christmas together because I wanted him to understand the true meaning. 


The true Christmas story in a package kids will love.

This board book is a wonderful way to introduce the miraculous story of Christmas to young hearts. Sweet, rhyming text and adorable illustrations will engage children as parents and grandparents read about the nativity story. The padded cover is a soft but durable format for little hands, and the “carry-me” handle makes it easy for kids to tote this book to bed, to church, in the car, and on-the-go.
The Story of Christmas is one book you need to add to your gift giving list this Christmas. You can purchase a copy for $5.24 at Thomas Nelson or enter to win a copy on the Rafflecopter below.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Itsy Bitsy Christmas Book Review and Giveaway-#tommymommy #review #giveaway #sponsored #christmas

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 6:36 AM 3 comments
Disclosure: I'm a Tommy Nelson Mommy and received a copy for review. However, all opinions are my own.

With Christmas soon approaching, what better gift to give your child than the gift of reading.

If you're a fan of Max Lucado, then you're going to love the story of Itsy and Bitsy two little mice who witness the first Christmas. This charming story brings to live the miracle of God's love and children of all ages will love this book! My grandson and I read Itsy Bitsy Christmas several times and couldn't get enough!

Here's a special treat for your little one: Itsy Bitsy Christmas coloring sheets.


“The King has come! Even for a little one like me.” 
Do you ever feel like you are too small or too ordinary? That is just how Itsy and Bitsy feel. When these two charming little mice hear that a King is coming to Bethlehem, they set off with great enthusiasm to find Him. Along the way, they are met with discouraging words telling them they are too little and unimportant for any king. Just when Itsy and Bitsy begin to believe that they really aren’t big enough for the new King, they learn that Christ the King has indeed come for everyone. 
Crafted by master storyteller Max Lucado, Itsy Bitsy Christmas helps children understand God’s great love and know that He sent His Son for all of us—little or big, young or old. 
Itsy Bitsy Christmas retails for $14.99, but is on sale for $11.24 at Thomas Nelson or you can win your child a copy on the Rafflecopter below.

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

The Purex and Isotoner Sweepstakes has launched! #purex #giveaway #sponsored #isotoner

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 10:01 AM 0 comments
Disclosure: I'm a Purex Insider and this information was provided to me. I received no compensation, but entered to win a gift card.
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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Pacha's Pajamas Cd's Review #sponsored #review #giveaway

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 1:00 AM 3 comments
Disclosure: This is a compensated post. I received monetary compensation. However, all opinions are my own. 

As a parent are you tired of your kids listening to distracting and distributing music? I know I am and if you're like me you are too! Kids today need more than vulgar and violent lyrics. They need serene and sedate lyrics. Kids need something with educational value and  be entertained at the same time.

With Pacha's Pajamas, not only are kids being entertained, but educated as well.
Who is Pacha and why should your kids listen to her? Pacha is a little girl who is whisk away into the jungle by magical pajamas for a music festival orchestrated by the plants and animals. What she finds is a fascinating world of music and fun. Your kids will enjoy hours of wonderful soothing music and learn about the environment as well.

There are two great Cd's your child can listen to. When my grandson sit down to listen to these great songs and stories, I was thrilled with each message included in words. 

In  A Story Written By Nature Double Album  celebrities such as Cheech Marin along with the Agape Youth Choir bring to life a wonderful magical story with a 2 CD set that includes 28 tracks filled with songs and stories. Volume 1 includes delightful songs such as Pacha's Theme and Wake Up Everybody. My grandson spent hours grooving to the beat and stomping his feet. Your child will also!
Volume 2 focuses on more about nature with songs about frogs and elephants. These wonderful songs are much more than just cute tunes, you're child will learn valuable lessons about the earth and environment.
You can listen to a sample here.
A Story Written By Nature Double Album is available on 2 CD set for $19.99 or digital copy for only $13.99. If you're a parent, this is one investment you want to make for your child's educational future. 

There is also just a CD available with just songs that your  own child can go on a magical journey to the jungle and party like a rock star with Pacha. This CD is available for only $12.99.

Not only will your child enjoy hours of a fun-filled jungle adventure but the price is right as well. Spending $20 to give your child a world away from violence is money well spent.

Also be sure to join Pacha over at Google Hangout today. Fox News is reporting with its team of real foxes! Google Hangout to celebrate the awards Pacha has won and the release of the albums, A Story Written By Nature: The Songs, and A Story Written By Nature Vol. 1 & 2.

My grandson and I give Pacha's Pajamas five stars and two thumbs up not only for the great songs but for the educational value. Your child will come away with a love and respect for nature. So grab your pj's and get ready for a magical jungle concert featuring Pacha and the animals of the jungle!

To join in the fun be sure to check out FB, Twitter, Pinterest, and You Tube.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Rock Harbor Search and Rescue: Lost and Found Review and Giveaway #sponsored #tommymommy #giveaway

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 7:12 AM 3 comments
Disclosure: I'm a Tommy Nelson Mommy and I received a copy of this book for review. However, all opinions are my own.

Rock Harbor Search and Rescue: Lost and Found is book 2 in the mystery series by bestselling fiction author Colleen Coble and I have to say one of her best! If your child hasn't read the series they're missing out on a great mystery series! My grandson has both books in the series and loves them. Rock Harbor Search and Rescue: Lost and Found will take your child into a world of mystery and keep them enthralled. Collen Coble weaves mystery throughout the pages. The main character is a modern day Nancy Drew. This book is recommended for 7-12 year old's, but kids of all ages will love this mystery. You can purchase  Rock Harbor Search and Rescue: Lost and Found for $9.99 or win a copy on the Rafflecopter below.

You can see my review of book 1 here.


An old photo brings a shocking revelation and it’s up to Emily and her best friend Olivia to solve the case!
Fourteen-year-old Emily O’Reilly and her best friend Olivia Webster have a knack for solving mysteries. Emily has been busily training her new puppy Sherlock to be a Search and Rescue dog so that the two can lead search-and-rescue missions someday. So when Emily stumbles across an old photo of Olivia’s adoption day—a fact that has never been revealed to Olivia—the two quickly decide to uncover the mysterious details surrounding Olivia’s birth parents.
But the two bite off more than they can chew as they dig into learning more about Olivia’s adoption without notifying her parents. And to make matters worse, Emily’s mother Marika, a convicted felon recently released on parole, will stop at nothing to contact her daughter—a fact that Emily is not happy about.
When her beloved stepmother Naomi disappears, Emily takes it upon herself to connect the dots and conduct her own snow-bound search-and-rescue mission with Sherlock. Will Emily ever find the secret behind Naomi’s disappearance? And will Olivia ever learn the truth about her adopted parents?
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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Moms, Win a Day Off Sweepstakes- #sponsored #giveaway #win

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 6:38 AM 0 comments
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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Back-to-School Health Tips by Dr. Doni Wilson - Award Winning Doctor and Nutrition Specialist

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 2:34 AM 0 comments
From what to eat for breakfast, to healthy snacks and lunches that will keep your kids energized, to school year sleep recommendations, Dr. Doni’s advice will help empower families to a health start to the school year. 

 Dr. Doni, an award-winning naturopathic doctor and nutritional specialist, is committed to helping empower families with advice about natural health solutions to improve their lives. Dr. Doni is sharing top tips for back-to-school wellness -- with advice ranging from healthy eating approaches to sleep recommendations -- so families can start the school year on the right foot. 

Tip One – Start the Day with a Protein Rich Breakfast & Prepare Protein Rich Meals/Snacks 

To help regulate blood sugar be sure your kids eat a protein-rich breakfast before they head off to school, and include protein at both snack and lunch time. As you might imagine, children, just as adults, feel and learn better when they eat small “meals,” always including protein, every 2-4 hours. If I could change the definition of “snack” and “meal,” I would combine the two! I would make a meal the size of a snack and with the protein content of a meal. Plan on having a protein-rich meal ready for your child when they arrive home from school, and then another protein-rich meal for dinner. Some examples of foods rich in protein to include in your kids’ meals include: Turkey, turkey sausage/bacon, chicken, salmon, and nuts. 

Tip Two – Balance Blood Sugar with Complex Carbohydrates 

Often when we think of a snack, it is carbohydrate filled (popcorn, chips, and fruit for example). The same goes for "breakfast" (cereal, toast, juice, waffles). High carbohydrate foods raise the blood sugar temporarily, and then cause a rapid drop, resulting in decreased focus, irritability, and fatigue. Keep in mind, there are two types of carbohydrates – simple and complex. When you seek a carbohydrate, try to incorporate complex carbohydrates instead, such as brown rice, quinoa, vegetables, nuts and seeds into your diet. They leave you feeling satisfied longer and help keep your energy levels steady.

The solution for optimal health and blood sugar balance: Eat every few hours and always include a protein (known to increase energy and focus). When eating carbohydrates, try to incorporate complex carbohydrates. 

Tip Three – Shop for Health: Create a Back-to-School Grocery List that Promotes Wellness 

Empower your kids with healthy food when you see them off to school.

Here are suggested items for your grocery list (and your kids’ snack/lunch bag) that will support healthy eating during the school day. • Turkey roll: 2 slices of Applegate farms turkey rolled and wrapped in a paper towel, with an ice pack • Turkey jerky: 1 preservative free, natural turkey jerky • Hard boiled egg, on an ice pack • Organic corn tortilla chips and/or Blue Diamond hazelnut rice crackers • Sunflower seeds, shelled • Hummus in a small container • Grapes, carrots, or apple slices (show your child how to eat these with protein, not alone) • Gluten-free pretzels • Apple or berry sauce in squeeze packages

Note: Many classrooms do not allow nuts when a student in the classroom is allergic, so save nuts and nut butter for breakfast and snacks later in the day. 

Tip 4 – Offer Your Kids Food Rich in Antioxidants 

Antioxidants fight the oxidation process, a chemical reaction that can cause damage to many cells in your body. Try to incorporate foods rich in anti-oxidants into your kids’ meals. Some examples include red peppers, blueberries, prunes, pomegranates, kale, brussel sprouts, nuts, cranberries, cabbage, and beets.

You can also add antioxidant rich food into after-school smoothies. Here is one suggestion for creating a smoothie for your kids: Start with a protein powder base, like Nutrabiotic rice protein (plain, vanilla or chocolate) or The Hamptons Cleanse Shake (berry flavor – ok for kids too!) or InflammaCore (banana, orange or cherry flavor). Then add any of the following: • Cocoa powder • Stevia, liquid comes in various flavors • Proberry, berry extract • Flax oil • Cashew or almond butter • Ice 

Tip 5 – Be Sure Your Kids Get Enough Sleep 

Getting enough sleep is critically important for kids, especially as they head back to school. After a summer of late nights, it is critical to get your kids back on a schedule so they can learn and thrive at school. Here are some helpful guidelines illustrating how much sleep your kids need, based on their age.

Be sure to incorporate an extra 20-30 minutes for getting ready for bed so they have time for brushing, flossing, mouth rinse, and reading. • 3 – 6 years of age: 10 – 12 hours of sleep per day • 7 – 12 years of age: 10 – 11 hours of sleep per day • 12 – 18 years of age: 8 – 9 hours of sleep per day.

About Dr. Doni Wilson 

Dr. Donielle (Doni) Wilson is a nationally celebrated naturopathic doctor who is dedicated to maximizing the health of women, as well as men and children, through natural approaches. She is also a certified professional midwife (CPM), doula, and nutrition specialist. 

Dr. Doni started her career in a naturopathic clinic helping patients with environmental and food allergies, where she created a specialized approach to food intolerances and “eating for health.” She also created the Hamptons Cleanse – a popular nutritional regimen that reduces inflammation, heals digestion, supports detoxification, and brings the body back to a state of optimal health. She started her naturopathic practice in 2001, based on the approach she developed which starts by looking at how stress impacts health in each person’s body. Her practice also extends to helping women with hormone imbalances, menstrual irregularities, cervical dysplasia, difficulty conceiving, and recurrent infections. 

Dr. Doni is deeply dedicated to addressing ailments related to stress. She has devised treatments for stress-related illnesses, which include utilizing nutrients and herbs to balance hormone and neurotransmitter levels. Her approaches make life-changing differences in health conditions such as Depression, Anxiety, PMDD, Insomnia, and more. In her new book, THE STRESS REMEDY, Dr. Doni discusses how and why we experience stress, its impact on health and wellbeing, and offers expert approaches to reclaiming health. 

Dr. Doni earned a doctorate in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University and certifications as a professional midwife and doula. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and a bachelor’s in science from Oregon State University. 

In 2004, Dr. Doni was awarded the NYANP Naturopathic Doctor of the Year award. She is renowned in her field and, in addition to serving as the president and executive director of the New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians (NYANP), she is a member of the following organizations: American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP),
Connecticut Naturopathic Physicians Association (CNPA),
American Association of Naturopathic Midwives (AANM),
Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians (PEDANP) and
Association for the Advancement of Restorative Medicine (AARM). 

Dr. Doni is regularly called upon to discuss naturopathic medicine in the media and has recently appeared in First for Women, WABS Radio, Huffington Post, Easy Eats Magazine, Natural Health Magazine, Kiwi Magazine, Integrative Clinician Journal, Integrative Medicine Journal, and CNN.com.

Disclosure: This information was provided by Orchard Strategies. I received no compensation.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

God's Love for You Bible Storybook Review and Giveaway #sponsored #giveaway #tommymommy

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 9:41 AM 12 comments
Disclosure: I received a copy of the book for review. However, all opinions are my own.

When I received God's Love for You Bible Storybook in the mail this month, I couldn't wait to share with my nine year old grandson. I wanted to share God's love with him and this book is awesome! 

God's Love for You Bible Storybook encourages children to share love with others and teaches God loves everyone. Not only is this a great book to share with your child but proceeds of this book will be donated to World Vision.

God's Love for You Bible Storybook

*ages 4-9
*Contains favorite Bible stories and remarkable faith stories about children worldwide that share the themes of God's love and faithfulness
*Kids will learn about God's Word and discover that they can be a part of what He is doing in the world today
*Contains vibrant illustrations of Bible stories and beautiful photos from all over the world

You can enter on the Rafflecopter below to win a copy to share with child. You can also purchase here for $19.99

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

2013 RED RIBBON WEEK® Oct. 23-31 #RedRibbonWeek

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A Healthy Me is Drug Free!™

I’m a parent who believes in a drug free future for my children. Join me in celebrating Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31).

For more information, visit RedRibbon.org

Sunday, October 20, 2013


Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 5:19 PM 1 comments
Disclosure: I received a copy for review from Role Mommy and a chance to win prizes. However, all opinions are my own.


Although I no longer have a  "baby", Retro Baby provides great resources to get back to basics. I wish I this book was available when my kids and grandson were babies. If you are pregnant or have a baby, then Retro Baby is one book you need to add to your collection.

More about Retro Baby:
What do we risk by overusing baby equipment and technology? What are the best ways to help little ones build a strong foundation for growth and development?  The American Academy of Pediatrics  launched a new book  this October.  Titled Retro Baby (AAP, October 2013) and written by one of the country's most prominent and respected occupational therapists and child development specialists, Anne Zachry, PhD, OTR/L, the book emphasizes the importance of one-on-one play with children in the early stages of life, good old-fashioned bonding and recommends over 100 OT-approved time-tested activities.

Incorporating the latest recommendations from the AAP, Zachry - also a professor of OT at The University of Tennessee Health and Science Center - bases the book on her over 20 years of experience and extensive research by her and other experts in the field.  Retro Baby Covers how an infant's brain, body, motor and sensory skills develop, explains the negative impacts of overusing certain baby gear and provides specific instructions for play positions and activities that are appropriate for each developmental stage, giving parents both a starting point and guidelines to help them properly invest in their child's future.

Retro Baby arms parents and caregivers of children birth to 24 months with important advice including:
  • Activities, tips (and even homemade toy suggestions) for building a solid sensory motor foundations throughout various stages of a child's development;
  • The proper and healthy daily amount of time to use various types of baby gear; certain baby gear to avoid;
  • Tips for practicing Tummy Time;
  • Preventing Positional Skull Deformities. 

Anne H. Zachry, PhD, OTR/L is a pediatric occupational therapist and child development specialist with more than 20 years experience. Her research on this subject has been published in national peer-reviewed journals and her profession’s trade magazines as well as a number of parenting magazines. She cites and extensively supports AAP policy and is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and has lectured at the University of Memphis and is a Professor of Occupational Therapy at the University of Tennessee Health and Science Center. Her blog, “Pediatric Occupational Therapy Tips: (www.drzachryspedsottips.blogspot.com) averages 30,000 hits monthly.

Product Details:
Retro Baby Book
Author: Anne H. Zachry, PhD, OTR/L
Publication Date: October 2013
Price: $16.95
Available through Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, and bookstores nationwide

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