{Book Review} Stress Free Kids – A Parent’s Guide

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With today’s fast paced world it’s no wonder more and more children are suffering from anxiety. It’s a difficult world we live in these days and the social media aspect of our children’s lives add to the normal every day peer to peer pressures our children face. While my children are not on social media just yet, I can see how this fast pace everything-happens-now type of life can be a strain on our children who are not born to handle such extremes.


Stress Free Kids: A Parent’s Guide to Helping Build Self-Esteem, Manage Stress, and Reduce Anxiety in Children is almost like having a baby book how-to for new parents, we all need to have a self help book to guide us in the proper directions with our children from time to time. Society places so many demands onto a child, it’s no wonder more and more children, including my own, are being diagnosed with some level of anxiety. If you are a parent who has suffered from anxiety your own self, then it may be easier for you to work with your child but all too often I find parents who have not a clue how to uplift their anxious child. This book comes in handy as a way to open any parent’s eyes to methods that may not have been tried in their household as of yet. It’s a genuinely amazing book and I would highly recommend you take a gander at reading it.

Stress Free Kids really does guide parents to teach their children how to manage stress, worries and build self-esteem. Most of you who frequent my online ramblings know that I am a huge advocate for high self-esteem in children and making children feel secure. I am raising a child with a mood disorder and anxiety, this book has really helped me see that I have been doing a decent job all along to ensure my children have the skills to cope with today’s society but my fiance, on the other hand, wants to read this book to better learn how to handle scenarios in our household with both my kids and his teenagers. Life is all about learning and in parenting, every day is a learning experience. Think of Stress Free Kids: A Parent’s Guide to Helping Build Self-Esteem, Manage Stress, and Reduce Anxiety in Children as a pocket bible for parents raising children in today’s highly demanding world!

The author, Lori Lite has been featured in Real Simple, Family Circle, the New York Times, Prevention and USA today. Suggested retail for this book is $15.99 (US) and $17.99 (Canada). ISBN 13: 978-1-4405-6751-3 ISBN 10: 1-4405-6751-4

KideCals Personalized Labels and Stickers Giveaway #contest #win #holidaygift #spon

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I recently received some labels from KideCals for my daughter, she has my organization gene with some things, the exception is her bedroom. Apparently a chaotic organized mess is how she prefers her bedroom but when it comes to other areas in her life, she loves labeling things. Personalized labels and stickers from KideCals make a great stocking stuffer gift idea this holiday season and I’m about to share with you some options I think make the perfect gift.

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Our unique kid name labels stick to any surface – including clothes – and are waterproof, dishwasher & washing machine safe! Stick these personalized kids name labels & kids name tags on easily lost items such as water bottles and mittens so they get quickly returned! With over 80decal and label designs to meet trends and interests, there is a style of personalized labels for everyone – even grownups! KIDECALS makes custom labels for birthdays, weddings, or other events. A great way to personalize a party! We also offer hand-painted kids wall decals for an instant mural in any room of the house. These PVC free decals are removable and repositionable.

My daughter received a package of KideCals that include her name and cell number so that she can stick them on any of her school items, with her heading to middle school next year I really wanted to make sure she had decent labels to ensure her items are saying “this is her property”. The quality of the personalized labels were great, they are strong, high quality and do stick to just about any surface. My daughter absolutely loves her new KideCals labels.

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Do you know someone who is a baker? How about canning? KideCals offers labels for canning jars too, which is a wonderful holiday gift for your favorite canning addict in the family. I am not kidding when I say KideCals has a label for everyone on your list this holiday season, check out KideCals.com for their wide selection.

Since we love KideCals so much, I wanted to host a giveaway for you all to get your own package of personalized labels for the home or a loved one this holiday season.

Enter for your chance to win one $21 Voucher Code for KideCals.com

Giveaway Starts today and ends 12am EST on December 14, 2013. Open to USA and Canada but if you win and are from Canada you will have to pay shipping costs. USA winners will not need to pay shipping.

Winner will be announced live on site and emailed directly. Winner shall have 48 hours from announcement post and email to claim prize otherwise another random winner shall be chosen using the random generator through Rafflecopter.

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Buying a House Is a Great Investment but Takes a lot of Time to Find Right Mortgage

My boyfriend recently went through the process of purchasing a home here and let me tell you what, the process is unlike it used to be back when I purchased my first home in 2005. There are so many mortgage options available with different rates as well as different regulations set forth as to what type of home you can purchase. Check out Canadian mortgage rates online or you can check out American mortgage rates online just about anywhere on the Internet. I believe checking out the mortgage rates in your area is the first step in any home buying decision.

Buying a house with a View

There are a lot of other factors, aside from just the rates that may take place when you are looking to get your first home mortgage. The type of home you are hoping to get into, the views the home has all may play a key role in what location you decide to purchase a home. Maybe you wish to have a home with a lot of acreage so that the family can run free and have a blast playing outside instead of constantly complaining that they have nothing to do because your yard is too small. Some people look at the local attractions when seeking to get a first time home mortgage, such as whether there are trails around the area to enjoy for nature walks or four wheeling.

When we were out shopping for a home we basically wanted to make sure that there was space inside of the house for all of our family as well as a decent backyard for we are an outdoor type family. While we ended up with half an acre and a decent sized home, getting into the home took some time. As I said in the first paragraph, different types of home mortgage companies have different regulations; depending upon the type of mortgage loan you choose or are eligible for you may be placed in a position to be a bit more picky about the location and type of house you purchase.

Whether you are looking to buy for the first time or purchase a second home, checking out online mortgage rates is the best way to determine if 1) you can afford such a decision right now and 2) if you would even save money in purchasing a home in the long run. In my local area it is much more cost effective to purchase a home with a mortgage than it is to rent a home or apartment. With the cost of living rising and income for employees staying around the same, you have to make certain that your home mortgage choice is what fits your families needs both financially and long term growth wise.

2013 Holiday Gift Guide

With the Back to School season quickly approaching that means the holiday season is shortly behind it. Shopping online usually is the most affordable way to shop for the holidays because you can find so many deals as well as promo codes. When shopping in person you will have to search fliers to find sale dates, sale prices and occasional coupons for various items. When shopping for a large family during the holiday season it’s best to look online for deals as well as unique gift ideas.

Having a large family  means a large variety of wants as well as style preferences. With young children it’s usually simple to get them something that will make their eyes glimmer on the holiday morning, but with the older children they tend to have a more expensive taste, even their clothing selections can get costly. For the female in your life a sammydress gift means style and comfort. Something stylish and affordable for your loved female.

With my daughter I am always on the look out for unique gift ideas because she is her own individual person who enjoys items that you won’t find everywhere. That is where gift ideas such as the newspaper print handbag shown below would be a total hit for a young girl like Miss Ki who loves to make a statement with her clothing and accessories.

Really no matter who you will be shopping for this holiday season, just make sure to create a list for all in the family. The first step to gearing up for holiday shopping would be to set a budget based on what your family can afford as a whole. While it’s super fun to do gift giving and have a variety of presents under the tree, it’s more fun when you do not spend more than you can afford. All too often families go broke or into debt for one simple holiday, that is where online shopping and sites like Sammy Dress come into play for finding cheap and unique gifts this holiday season!

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Parenthood 101 Heartwarming and Humorous Stories about the Joys of Raising Children of All Ages

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Today I am sharing a Chicken Soup for the Soul book that was released in March of 2013, apologizes on the delay in getting this information to you. I suppose better late than never. As I work to move this week I wanted to make sure that I share this new book with you all because it’s a great read for you all about Parenthood. Parenthood is a tricky thing for us, you see it’s the hardest but most rewarding job I personally have ever had. I bet others may be able to relate to that feeling.


Chicken Soup for the Soul: Parenthood: 101 Heartwarming and Humorous Stories about the Joys of Raising Children of All Ages is a fun read, and as usual it’s a positive uplifting book for you to enjoy. Stories from Becoming a Family to What Goes Around Comes Around and my all time favorite topic “Love Conquers All”. Each chapter shares wonderful, personal, real life stories from others as they went through parenthood. From stories you can relate to, laugh at, shake your head at and simply enjoy, I think you should go ahead and go see if you can’t purchase this Chicken Soup for the Soul: Parenthood book today for yourself or a loved one.


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