7/25/2012

Review & Giveaway: Fiber One Nutty Clusters & Almonds Cereal

Review & Giveaway: Fiber One Nutty Clusters & Almonds Cereal

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Review & Giveaway: The Big Book of Sweet Stickers from Silver Dolphin Books

Review & Giveaway: The Big Book of Sweet Stickers from Silver Dolphin Books

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Wordless Wednesday: Fitness Update

Over Forty :) (47) 07/22/2012  70 lbs less of me


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7/23/2012

Little Seed: Songs for Children by Woody Guthrie


Smithsonian Folkways Will Release Elizabeth Mitchell's 
Little Seed:
Songs for Children by Woody Guthrie


 Available July 10

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(Washington, DC, Summer 2012) On July 10, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings will release Elizabeth Mitchell's Little Seed: Songs for Children by Woody Guthrie, featuring re-imagined renditions of 13 kid-friendly Guthrie classics.
 
The only album of Guthrie’s children’s songs coinciding with the Woody Guthrie Centennial (www.woodyat100.com), 'Little Seed' pays tribute to the legendary songwriter's uncanny ability to inhabit both the perspective of a loving, protective parent and the voice of a freewheeling child. The album includes thoughtful versions of children’s songs “Riding in My Car,” “Grassy Grass Grass,” and “Bling Blang.” Mitchell also shares her version of “This Land Is Your Land,” Guthrie’s signature song that many people consider a second national anthem.
 
As always, she is joined on the recording by family (husband Daniel Littleton and daughter Storey) and friends, including Amy Helm, daughter of the late Levon Helm, pillars of the American acoustic music scene Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, and Ruthy Ungar of Mike and Ruthy and formerly of the Mammals.
 
"Woody Guthrie’s songs for children are a gift to all of us. They are a part of me, part of my family," says Mitchell. "Thank you, Woody, for giving us this beautiful experience and so many others like it. We can feel this profound musical joy anytime, anywhere, with you in our spirits and your songs in our hearts."
 
Acclaimed by Time magazine as one of the "Stars of Kindie Rock," Mitchell is also a founding member of veteran indie rock band Ida and is one of Smithsonian Folkways' best-selling artists. 'Little Seed' is her third album with the label, following You Are My Little Bird (2006) and Sunny Day (2010), and features eight newly recorded tracks and five previously issued favorites. 
Upcoming family concerts with
Elizabeth Mitchell and You Are My Flower
June 17 - Clearwater Festival in Croton-on-Hudson, NY
July 5-7 - Wolf Trap Theater in the Woods, VA
July 28-29 - Newport Folk Festival, RI

  Thanks to Beth Blenz-Clucas, Sugar Mountain PR for providing a free copy of Little Seed.  


My Thoughts

I love introducing my daughter and grandchildren to new music that is made just for their tiny ears. If only a concert would come to my neck of the woods. Lol Anyways, If you live in one of the areas listed above, why not check out their concert. This would be a fun way to experience Americana through folk songs and a great way to bond with your special little one(s). 

In the meantime, I will continue listening to Little Seed with my kids. Enjoy!


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SC scientists discover new species of sharks | WWAY NewsChannel 3 | Wilmington NC News

SC scientists discover new species of sharks | WWAY NewsChannel 3 | Wilmington NC News

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Winn Dixie Box Tops for Education $25 GC Giveaway

Winn Dixie - Box Tops for Education
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7/20/2012

RetailMeNot Contest & Super Savings

 RetailMeNot Contest

Help me spread the word about RetailMeNot!


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Your Baby's Motor Skills Development by Eirian Hallinan


Your Baby’s Motor Skills Development
By Eirian Hallinan

All babies are unique and develop their motor skills according to their own timeline. However there are warning signs to look for in case these skills such as sitting and crawling are too delayed and you need to seek advice from your pediatrician.

Newborn Babies to Three Months Old – at three months old your baby should be able to hold his head straight, reach for toys, turn his head to follow faces he recognizes and smile. When he is on his tummy he should be able to lift his head up as he pushes down with his elbows and turn to the side.
Seek advice if:
·         He only looks to one side and does not bother with the other side
·         He does not hold his head up whilst on his tummy
·         When laying on his back he does not kick his legs

Three Months Old to Six Months Old – during this period your baby will start to discover his environment and his own body. He should continue developing his hand control by reaching out for his toys. He should be rolling from his back to his tummy and his head should start lifting higher whilst he pushes on his extended arms so he can have a good look around. By the time your baby is five months old he should be able to sit up with his legs spread out and his arms out front to support him. Once your baby is seven months he should be able to sit upright without support once you have placed him in that position. By this age too you should notice his cognitive skills developing so he will enjoy looking in mirrors and making noises.
Seek advice if:
·         He does not bring his legs up to his hands and mouth
·         He only kicks his legs together rather than one by one
·         He only leans forward when he is sitting
·         He cannot roll from his back on to his side and briefly hold the position

Six Months Old to Nine Months Old – at this age your baby will really begin to explore with all his new skills. By nine months he should be able to sit in a mixture of ways, easily moving from sitting to getting on his hands and knees. Just before he begins to crawl you should see him getting onto all fours, rocking backwards and forwards. At nine months he might be able to stand up by grabbing onto furniture but not all babies can at this age.
Seek advice if:
·         He cannot balance on all fours
·         He cannot sit up on his own
·         He crawls in a bunny-hop way
·         He only sits with his knees bent on either side (as if in a W position) or he only sits in a ring position

Nine Months Old to Twelve Months Old – at this stage your baby will consistently practice the same movements of crawling, pulling to stand and climbing which strengthens him and enhances his control so that he should soon be able to walk independently. Being able to stand and then walk are major accomplishments. Your baby may be walking when he is ten months but if even if this does not happen until he is fifteen months it is still considered normal.
Seek advice if:
·         He is not walking beyond fifteen months old
If you are concerned about your baby’s motor development then ask your pediatrician for advice. Usually you will be shown how to encourage your baby to develop his skills through positioning and play.

Eirian Hallinan has written numerous articles in the baby care field. She believes in healing naturally, first, especially when it comes to infant colic.



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7/18/2012

I'm Crazy For You by Madonna

I'm Crazy For You ~ Madonna



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Why Tears Are A Good Thing! by Eirian Hallinan

Why Tears Are A Good Thing!
By Eirian Hallinan
Crying is particular to human beings and is a socially adaptive skill. There are often lots of tears shed during the first few weeks of school because it is usually the first time your child experiences an extended separation from you. It is an important stage for your child when she begins to learn that she can be part of a group outside of her family. During those first days she is working out how to cope with separation, loss, anxiety and change. The skills and techniques she learns will be needed throughout her whole life. As a protective parent you may find it difficult to see your child crying but know that generally, children are resilient and can utilize coping skills remarkably well. Crying is one of a child’s best coping strategies so children should be allowed to cry. The benefits of crying include:
·         The release of tension – it is not healthy to bottle up negative emotions such as loneliness, fear, anger or anxiety. It means you are probably not breathing well, you are tense and rigid. Once you cry, your lungs expand and fill with oxygen. Once your tears have subsided you begin to breathe more efficiently. The louder you cry, the better, as it is more of an emotional release. You will find that once you have stopped crying your muscles are more relaxed.
·         Crying encourages people to come to you and it has been observed that popular children are often the ones who are emotionally open. Other children will comfort the tearful child and strong bonds are created. Crying can help others by showing a tense child who finds it hard to cry that it is safe to release your tears.
Children have their own individual ways of coping. Your child may cry and want to be held and understood or perhaps she prefers to be left alone and maybe hides behind a curtain or piece of furniture where she feels safe. Your child may cry quietly or loudly, for a short time or until she is unable to cry any longer. You will probably see your child go in and out of a crying session all the while trying to process her feelings and observing what others are doing. At some point she may be distracted by something fun or that makes her laugh.
You should not tell your child to stop crying or to pull herself together. Avoid saying things like ‘stop crying’ or ‘your eyes will go all red’ or ‘the other children will think you are silly’. Unless she has been crying for an excessively long time and making herself unwell also refrain from trying to distract your child or saying ‘I do not know why you are making such a huge fuss’. By crying your child is soothing herself and as long as she is not hurting herself or others there is nothing wrong in crying episodes.
Everyone cries at some point and it is totally acceptable for you to cry sometimes. It is a healthy and natural way of releasing anxiety. It is a hard time for you to adjust when your child first goes to school. Being emotionally open, accepting your child’s tears and realizing how wonderful crying is as a coping mechanism will enable your child to develop her coping skills in a healthy way.
Eirian Hallinan has written numerous articles in the parenting field. She believes in healing naturally, first, especially when it comes to infant reflux.


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Wordless Wednesday: Mini- Vacation

 Wordless Wednesday

Summer Age 6

Kristinia & Helana Age 3


When: Monday, July 16, 2012
Where: Atlantic Beach, North Carolina

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7/17/2012

THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN

THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN
DISNEY




THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN
DISNEY
Website and Mobile site: Disney.com/OddLife
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Genre:                          Drama-Comedy
Rating:                         PG
U.S. Release date:        August 15, 2012
Running time:               100 mins.

Cast: Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton, Dianne Wiest, CJ Adams, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ron Livingston, M. Emmet Walsh, Odeya Rush, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Lois Smith, with David Morse and Common
Director:                       Peter Hedges
Producers:                    Ahmet Zappa, Scott Sanders, Jim Whitaker
Executive Producers:    John Cameron, Mara Jacobs
Story by:                      Ahmet Zappa
Screenplay by:              Peter Hedges


Academy Award®–nominated director/writer Peter Hedges (“Dan in Real Life,” What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?”) brings enchantment to the screen with “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” an inspiring, magical story about a happily married couple, Cindy and Jim Green (Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton), who can’t wait to start a family but can only dream about what their child would be like. When young Timothy (CJ Adams) shows up on their doorstep one stormy night, Cindy and Jim—and their small town of Stanleyville—learn that sometimes the unexpected can bring some of life’s greatest gifts.

When young Timothy suddenly comes into the lives of Cindy and Jim Green, they learn that sometimes the unexpected can bring some of life’s greatest gifts.


OFFICIAL BOILERPLATE:

Academy Award®–nominated director/writer Peter Hedges (“Dan in Real Life,” What’s Eating Gilbert Grape”) brings enchantment to the screen with “The Odd Life of Timothy Green.” It’s the inspiring, magical story of a happily married couple, Cindy and Jim Green (Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton), who can’t wait to start a family but can only dream about what their child would be like. When young Timothy (CJ Adams) shows up on their doorstep one stormy night, Cindy and Jim—and their small town of Stanleyville—learn that sometimes the unexpected can bring some of life’s greatest gifts.

Disney presents “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” with Ahmet Zappa, Scott Sanders and Jim Whitaker producing, story by Ahmet Zappa and screenplay by Peter Hedges. “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” is slated for release on August 15, 2012.


“Like” THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OddLifeMovie

Follow THE OFF LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/#!/OddLifeMovie

THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN opens in theaters everywhere on Wednesday, August 15th!


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Live Chat with NYT bestselling author Andrew Gross – Tues. July17 7:30pm ET #livechat »

Live Chat with NYT bestselling author Andrew Gross – Tues. July17 7:30pm ET #livechat »

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Winner Announcement

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Winn Dixie $25 Gift Card through MyBlogSpark

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7/07/2012

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