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    Parenting 101 For A New Mom

    Some say that permissive parenting can be useful for the child in the progression of experimentation and exploration. Christian parenting today is rewarding along with stressful, show appreciation in all the elements of your well being and you are going to be abundant, manage your stress threshold and you are going to be in a position to appreciate far more in your life. Children have so many influences in the modern culture. If you want to spend some money for investment then you can use this website game judi pulsasure you will become rich.

    Therefore, what are the various kinds of parenting. You’ve got to remember parenting isn’t the sort of job that it is possible to quit, whenever you don’t feel like it anymore. Authoritative parenting is one particular form of the four chief parenting styles.

    The child speaking about trauma a part of the healing practice. Unconditional parenting will learn what the kid requirements and work with them rather than against them, and won’t ignore the need since it does not conform to the accepted norm.

    Parents ought to endeavor to raise their children with the authoritative kind of parenting. It is very important to discover all of the information about permissive parenting. Children learn best by modeling so that it’s important to live the lifestyle you need your kid to practice.

    Parenting responsibility has ever been thought to be the toughest undertaking of an adult. Parenting is not too simple, there are lots of efforts need to do. She begins from the day your child is born.

    It would be exceedingly helpful for your child if the both of you could agree on what forms of discipline ought to be used for misbehavior. There is going to be occasions when you will disapprove of your youngster’s actions and attitude, but don’t forget you do not wish to traumatize your son or daughter in the approach. Obviously, your little one shouldn’t be exposed to any type of abuse of any type.

    It is possible to take your child on an enjoyable outing and give the other parent another opportunity to go to over the weekend if that one didn’t do the job. When a kid is caught stealing, he lies impulsively to refrain from losing his stolen loot and prevent discipline. Your child is likely to make decisions and do things that you may not like.

    Therefore, what are the various kinds of parenting. You’ve got to remember parenting isn’t the sort of job that it is possible to quit, whenever you don’t feel like it anymore. Perhaps, ultimately, slacker parenting isn’t for you.

    If you get a special needs child then you are going to find parenting even more challenging. She is probably the most important category for young parents, because here you will learn some useful tips about parenting, choose of right items for your baby and much more. She begins from the day your child is born.

    It is possible to take your child on an enjoyable outing and give the other parent another opportunity to go to over the weekend if that one didn’t do the job. When a kid is caught stealing, he lies impulsively to refrain from losing his stolen loot and prevent discipline. Your child is likely to make decisions and do things that you may not like.

    Some say that permissive parenting can be useful for the child in the progression of experimentation and exploration. Christian parenting today is rewarding along with stressful, show appreciation in all the elements of your well being and you are going to be abundant, manage your stress threshold and you are going to be in a position to appreciate far more in your life. Children have so many influences in the modern culture.

    Parents ought to endeavor to raise their children with the authoritative kind of parenting. It is very important to discover all of the information about permissive parenting. Children learn best by modeling so that it’s important to live the lifestyle you need your kid to practice.

    The child speaking about trauma a part of the healing practice. Although other parenting styles could possibly be effective in altering your youngster’s behavior in the brief term, they’re not related to the long-term advantages of authoritative parenting.

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    Dental Office Must-Have for Kids: Dental Reflections Dublin

    My five and six year olds have always enjoyed caring for their teeth. When I told them we were visiting a new dental office they screamed with excitement. You see, we hadn’t been to the dentist in a (*muffles mouth*) couple years. Changes in health insurance and family size kept me from scheduling regular appointments. Thankfully, Dental Reflections Dublin, including Dr. Rudi As-Sanie, didn’t judge (me) us when we entered their doors.

    With multiple children, including a toddler, I look for a few things: convenience, comfort and a kid-friendly staff. It’s hard for me to muster up the courage to take little ones to the grocery store. It takes even more courage to take them to a quiet office of any kind. Successful dental office visits with kids requires just a few things.

    Dental Office Must-Have for Kids

    Toys & Play Area

    Dental Reflections Dublin spoke my kids’ language as soon as we entered the doors–LEGOs were on the table in the waiting room! There was an additional play area in the exam area where kids could read or draw to pass the time.

    Open Exam Rooms

    Not only do most kids want to know that mom or dad are near, but having one big open space for the children’s exams allow parents to be present with more than one child at once. Having more than one appointment at the same time is always my preferred office visit. At Dental Reflections I was able to conveniently keep an eye on and encourage both daughters during their cleanings.

    No Pain

    Getting sunglasses to block the hygienist’s light was the first step to making my girls feel comfortable. They instantly thought they looked cool, so of course, they felt cool. The hygienists connected with the girls by explaining every part of the exam.

    This helped diminish any fear the girls may have had. Our oldest had a couple wiggly teeth and was apprehensive about them being cleaned. Thankfully, they were handled with care and the hygienist even demonstrated how my daughter could properly clean the loose teeth without them hurting.

    More Toys, Prizes and New Brushes

    Of course, it’s not a dentist appointment unless you get to pick new toys and toothbrushes. Receiving goody bags and choosing new toys was certainly one of the highlights of the visit. Brushing at home got a little sweeter with new “grown-up” like spinning toothbrushes.

    A Family Dentist

    I too had an exam, which followed my daughters’. Adult exams are given in a private area, separate from the pediatric side. The exam included x-rays, a thorough cleaning in a private area, digital pictures of my teeth taken with a pen-like camera (so cool), that were later displayed on a tv monitor as Dr. Rudi explained to me the good (and some bad) results. Dental Reflections provided, by far, the most comprehensive and pain-free dental visit I have had.

    As an office, they showed genuine interest in my oral health and the level of comfort of my family. After being cared for by the hygienist and Dr. Rudi As-Sanie, we left feeling like we had just made new friends.

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    Ourstory: How I Am Teaching Black History Through Music

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    This post is sponsored by School Yard Rap. All thoughts are 100% my own.

    I recently stumbled on a song called Black Made That on Instagram. I only heard a snippet of it so immediately started clicking around until I found the full song on YouTube. What I found was a rap song and video that, in such an incredible way, educated listeners about black inventors and their inventions that have changed the world. Griot B, also known as Brandon Brown, and the School Yard Rap movement instantly captivated my daughters and I. Like clockwork, I now hear, “Mommy, turn on Black Made That!” during our daily designated learning time.

    After a few more clicks I discovered Griot B had created an entire album, Ourstory, dedicated to educating people of all ages, especially school-aged students, about black innovators, current racial events, history and an overall appreciation of black culture. This discovery has made my job as a homeschooling educator a little easier. Teaching history to five and six year olds can be challenging. At those ages, history can be deemed boring if not presented in a creative way for easy comprehension. My daughters constantly sing and dance, so this album was the answer to our not so exciting history lessons.

    Ourstory

    Brandon “Griot B” Brown is an educator in California and knows music is one of the best ways to get a message across to young people. With the album, Ourstory, he has done something that I have never seen before. He has taken rich history and culture of black people and has placed it in a format that translates to children and adults in a world that is heavily influenced by a Hip Hop culture. The album is 18 tracks of black history and culture, inspiration and affirmation. It’s more than just simple words thrown together and put over a dope beat. Unlike many of the mainstream music of today, Ourstory includes lyrics and flow are eye-opening and lack gimmicks. Our children needed this work of art yesterday.

    Griot B didn’t hesitate to share about topics that some would consider taboo. This album is so well-rounded! Check out just some of the topics on the album:
    ancient kings and warriors
    The Harlem Renaissance
    Historically Black Colleges and Universities
    appreciation of skin color
    Juneteenth
    revolutionary slaves
    The Black Panther Movement

    Why the World Needs to Hear It

    I wasn’t introduced to black history outside of Martin Luther King, Jr., Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks or encouraged to fully embrace it until high school. My African studies teacher, Mrs. Owensby helped change my perspective of people of color. She introduced me and thousands of other students to HBCUs across the country and encouraged us to take pride in who we were through how we behaved in and outside the classroom. Although I am grateful for the introduction, I wish it had happened earlier.

    The world needs to learn the truth as early as possible. As a society we have historically been fed falsehoods about many communities and people of color. It’s due time our children learn historical facts, develop a love and appreciation for black culture, and receive inspiration for their bright futures.

    Ourstory in Classrooms

    Educators can easily use this album in schools, after-school childcare programs and recreation centers to open the minds of young people. In songs like, Black Made That and Nubian Queens, we have heard names of historical figures in history and further researched them. One inventor my daughters wanted to learn more about was Lonnie Johnson, inventor of the Super Soaker water gun. The album does what text books just can’t do.

    To purchase the album and learn more about Griot B & School Yard Rap, follow along on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and YouTube!

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    LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus is on Its Way

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    The anticipation is great and Fall 2018 can’t get here fast enough. I am raising two LEGO fanatics and the news we recently received has us cheesing from eart to ear. Easton Town Center, here in Columbus, has something special coming its way–LEGOLAND® Discovery Center! My family and I recently attended the groundbreaking for the new attraction.

    The event included words from Easton’s CEO, Jennifer Peterson, representatives of LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus and Merlin Entertainments and Experience Columbus. Bertie the Builder, the LEGOLAND Discovery Center mascot, made an appearance, allowing attendees to snap picture after picture.

    The highlight of the event was the dropping of 90,000 LEGOs from a dump truck, which kids soon ran to to build until their hearts were content. The cold temps didn’t stop anyone from having a little LEGO fun.

    The LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus is set to open in the fall of 2018 (I’ll keep you posted). Children will have over 36,000 square feet of space to build and create. This $10 million indoor center’s features include:

    LEGO Theme Play Areas

    Two Interactive Rides

    Master Model Builder Classes

    Party Rooms

    4-D Cinema

    My LEGO loving family cannot wait for the doors to open! It will be the perfect place to head to during the day after homeschool lessons.

    Are you excited about what’s happening in Columbus?

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    Books,  Reviews

    Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2018 | Baby Goes to Market Review

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    I received a complimentary book in exchange of an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

    Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2018 (1/27/18) is in its 5th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators. 

    Everything You Should Know about Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2018

    This is my third year participating as a blogger in the Multicultural Children’s Day. Each year I work with great authors and publishers who celebrate diversity. Below are some of the best publishers and authors of celebration.

    MCBD 2018 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board.

    Honorary

    Children’s Book CouncilJunior Library Guild

    Platinum

    Scholastic Book Clubs

    Gold

    Audrey PressCandlewick PressLoving Lion BooksSecond Story PressStar Bright BooksWorldwide Buddies

    Silver

    Capstone PublishingAuthor Charlotte RiggleChild’s Play USAKidLit TVPack-n-Go GirlsPlum Street Press

    Bronze 

    Barefoot BooksCarole P. RomanCharlesbridge PublishingDr. Crystal BoweGokul! WorldGreen Kids ClubGwen JacksonJacqueline WoodsonJuan J. GuerraLanguage LizardLee & Low BooksRhymeTime StorybooksSanya Whittaker GraggTimTimTom BooksWaterBrook & MultnomahWisdom Tales Press

    2018 Author Sponsors

    Honorary Author Sponsors

    Author/Illustrator Aram Kim and Author/Illustrator Juana Medina

    Author Janet BallettaAuthor Susan Bernardo,  Author Carmen Bernier-GrandAuthor Tasheba Berry-McLaren and Space2LaunchBollywood Groove BooksAuthor Anne Broyles,  Author Kathleen BurkinshawAuthor Eugenia ChuAuthor Lesa Cline-RansomeAuthor Medeia Cohan and Shade 7 PublishingDesi BabiesAuthor Dani Dixon and Tumble Creek PressAuthor Judy Dodge CummingsAuthor D.G. DriverAuthor Nicole Fenner and Sister Girl PublishingDebbi Michiko FlorenceAuthor Josh FunkAuthor Maria Gianferrari, Author Daphnie GlennGlobe Smart KidsAuthor Kimberly Gordon BiddleAuthor Quentin HolmesAuthor Esther IveremJennifer Joseph: Alphabet OdditiesAuthor Kizzie JonesAuthor Faith L Justice , Author P.J. LaRue and MysticPrincesses.comAuthor Karen Leggett AbourayaAuthor Sylvia LiuAuthor Sherri MaretAuthor Melissa Martin Ph.D.Author Lesli MitchellPinky Mukhi and We Are OneAuthor Miranda PaulAuthor Carlotta PennReal Dads ReadGreg RansomAuthor Sandra L. RichardsRealMVPKids Author Andrea ScottAlva Sachs and Three Wishes PublishingShelly Bean the Sports Queen,  Author Sarah StevensonAuthor Gayle H. Swift Author Elsa TakaokaAuthor Christine Taylor-ButlerNicholette Thomas and  MFL Publishing  Author Andrea Y. WangAuthor Jane Whittingham  Author Natasha Yim

    We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also works tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.

    Twitter Party

    Sponsored by Scholastic Book Clubs: MCBD’s super-popular (and crazy-fun) annual Twitter Party will be held 1/27/18 at 9:00pm. Join the conversation and win one of 12-5 book bundles and one Grand Prize Book Bundle (12 books) that will be given away at the party!

    Free Multicultural Books for Teachers

    Get a copy here!

    Free Empathy Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators

    Click here to grab a kit!

    Follow Along on Social Media

    Don’t forget to connect with us on social media and be sure and look for/use our official hashtag #ReadYourWorld.

    Baby Goes to Market Book Review

    I remember going to the grocery store as a child with my mother. My mother knew my sister and I well, so before we entered the store she would tell us, “Don’t ask for anything”. We were typical kids. We wanted everything we saw in the store and would continuously beg for various items–mainly snacks. The Candlewick Press published story, Baby Goes to Market, reminded me of those moments.

    Baby Goes to Market, a story written by Atinuke and illustrated by Angela Brooksbank, is a cute story about a baby boy who went to the market with his mother in South West Nigeria. He goes on this journey while being carried in a wrap on his mother’s back. Like most moms on a mission, the mother in this story is focused on filling the basket on her head with fruit, vegetables and other items while baby secretly has a little fun of his own. Unbeknownst to his mom, sellers at the market were handing the baby goodies to munch on during his ride through the market.

    This book is the perfect addition to the Multicultural Children’s Book Day celebration. The Nigerian people are beautifully depicted, through both words and illustrations. Each page of Baby Goes to Market colorfully depicts what a day at a busy South West Nigerian market looks life. Women are shown with braids, head wraps, and baskets upon their heads. Families are shown shopping and selling fresh produce. The story provides giggles and grins and readers will naturally find themselves cheering for the little guy, hoping he too fills his basket.

    You can learn more about this fun story here. Learn more about MCBD2018 by following the official hashtag, #ReadYourWorld, on social media.

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    Black History Resources for Kids

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    I received complimentary copies of books in exchange of an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

    Celebrating the history of all people can and should be done all year long. I encourage this in my home because I want my kids to know that history is full of diverse people who have made contributions to bettering the world. I am raising African American children, so I put a lot of emphasis on learning black history and finding black history resources for kids.

    As a homeschooling parent I have found many homeschooling history curriculums exclude the rich history and notable contributions of black people. This is just one of the reasons why I choose to piece together our homeschool curriculum. My aim is to create a well-rounded curriculum that allows my children to gain knowledge about diverse people and cultures and encourages them to think critically. I know other parents desire the same, which is why I’m sharing some of my favorite black history resources for kids I have recently discovered.

    Black History Resources for Kids

    50 Inspirational Bedtime Stories: 50 Amazing Black People Who Changed the World

    Written by L.A. Amber | Illustrated by T.Z. Nissen (Recommended for ages 5+)

    This is a fantastic resource that can be used as a reference book for many years. Each page features a black revolutionary, innovative or gifted legend, from Sojourner Truth to Ray Charles to former President Barak Obama. What I love about 50 Inspirational Bedtime Stories is it features world changers who are living and those of the past.  Its vibrant illustrations of all 50 people are colorful, detailed and simply captivating. Readers will find the stories of these amazing people inspiring and informative. Each story ends with, “Did you know…” giving readers a quick, often unknown, fact. Find out how you can get this book for your library here.

    Our Legendary Ladies: Harriet Tubman

    Written by Megan Callea | Illustrated by Jennifer Howard (Recommended for readers up to 8 years old)

    This is the first board book I have ever read that shares black history with young readers. I love the motto that Our Legendary Ladies often shares–Start them young. They are right. It’s never too early to share historical literature with children, especially when the story is of a revolutionary like Harriet Tubman. Although the book is made up of a handful of page turns, the simplicity and preciseness of the words on each page allow young readers an opportunity to learn about slavery and the courageous woman who helped free many. Harriet Tubman is historian approved and the illustrations easily draw in readers and depict the journey Harriet embarked on time and time again.  Learn more about this resource on the Legendary Ladies’ social media channels. Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

    Mahalia Jackson: Walking with Kings and Queens

    Written by Nina Nolan | Illustrated by John Holyfield (Recommended for ages 5-10)

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    It’s not often that the story of a gospel legend is shared. This work by Nina Nolan and published by Harper Collins, is a new favorite of mine because of that. The name and voice of Mahalia Jackson is known across the world, but details of her life aren’t as widely known. Her dedication to singing Gospel music, not just in the church, and being a part of the Civil Rights movement are shared in a way that children will forget they’re reading a biography. My daughters love to sing and dance, so this book had them completely enthralled. Share the life of Mahalia Jackson with a young reader you know by visiting NinaNolanBooks.com.

    Urban Intellectuals Black History Flash Cards

    Created by Urban Intellectuals (Recommended for ages 5 and up)

    Black History Flash cards by UI are what we  have needed for a long time. This deck of 52 cards features phenomenal black events and people, none of which should ever be forgotten. The face of the cards show photographs of the events and people and dates. The backside of the cards features multiple facts that will cause children to want to learn even more black history facts. There are two volumes of cards available. Learn more (affiliate link) here.

    Love these black history resources for kids? Let me know in the comments.

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    For The Home,  Reviews

    Grocery Shopping Online is Saving My Life | Giant Eagle Curbside Express Delivery

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    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GiantEagleDelivers #CollectiveBias

    I see my children almost 24/7. My days are spent as both their parent and primary educator. Having the opportunity to be with my children as much as I do is certainly a blessing, but it comes with some cons. I don’t get a large amount of time to do things outside of keeping up with the kids. However, I have learned to make the most of my time and to be as resourceful as possible so I don’t feel like I’m doing too much–mommy guilt and burnout is real. One thing I have almost mastered is grocery shopping. If I don’t send my husband to pick up our list of items, I have likely ordered groceries online to be picked up curbside. Recently, I discovered something even better than curbside pickup–Giant Eagle Curbside Express Delivery!

    How Giant Eagle Curbside Express Delivery Works

    Giant Eagle’s Curbside Express Delivery allows me to stock the refrigerator with good food options without the stress of going inside the store, especially with children in tow. With this service I’m saving time, get a personal shopper, and have the ability to intentionally make better buying choices.

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    Shopping

    Giant Eagles online shopping platform is simple to use and requires a quick log in. Once you connect your Advantage Card (yes, you still get your Perks!), you’ll be able to see your Giant Eagle shopping history, allowing you to add things to your cart even faster.

    In my recent order I filled my cart with items to make a healthy salad for the new year, personal items like soap and shampoo, and, my favorite, fresh flowers. With your order you can be as specific about what you want as you would like. For instance, I wanted fresh tulips and desired them to all be one color. My personal shopper chose gorgeous stems–all red. You can do the same with produce and meat options and more. If the store is out of an item, you can give them permission to substitute your desired item with the next best thing at no added cost.

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    Waiting

    My local Giant Eagle had delivery time slots available for next day delivery. Same day delivery is available at some stores if the order is received by 3:30 P.M.Slots are one hour slots, so I chose 12pm-1pm, a time when I knew I’d be at home with my kids. Once I made my online payment, the only payment option for this service, it was time to wait.

    Delivery

    Giant Eagle partners with Deliv® to make home deliveries. The $12.95 delivery fee (waived on your first order) covers the service and no tipping is required. My delivery arrived a few minutes shy of my one hour window. There was nothing to sign or pay. All it took was a, “Hello! Thank you. Bye!” and my grocery shopping was complete. The entire process was so simple that I will certainly order through Giant Eagle’s Curbside Express Delivery again.

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    5 Easy Steps for a Flavorful, Healthy Salad

    Discovering a time and sanity saving service has helped me to begin the new year with a bang. It also allowed me to create a healthy salad to remind me to take care of myself. With all of life’s responsibilities it’s easy to consume foods that may not be the best options but shopping online helped me to be more aware of what I added to my cart.

    Broccoli & Cauliflower Salad

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    What You’ll Need

    3/4 pound fresh broccoli (about 3 crowns)

    1/4 pound fresh cauliflower (1 crown)

    3/4 cup dried cranberries

    16 ounces poppyseed salad dressing

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    1. Wash

    Thoroughly wash the broccoli and cauliflower.

    2. Chop

    Create broccoli and cauliflower florets by chopping the veggies.

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    3. Mix

    In a large bowl, mix the produce, dried cranberries and poppyseed dressing until the dressing evenly coats the vegetables.

    4. Refrigerate

    Refrigerate the salad for 30 minutes or overnight to marinate.

    5. Enjoy

    Serve the salad cold and enjoy!

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    Learn more about Giant Eagle’s Curbside Express Delivery here to experience stress-free shopping, too!

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    Reviews

    Don’t Forget to Care for YOU | Carise’s Joy Review

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    This post is sponsored by Carise’s Joy. All thoughts expressed are 100% my own.
    I have a terrible habit of not always taking care of myself. The majority of my day is spent nurturing, caring for and educating my children. I am slightly embarrassed to share that I tend to neglect my hair, nails, and skin. My hair is usually dry, my hands can always use lotion and my feet are, to say the least, disastrous. The winter is the worst time for skin and hair to experience dryness, yet I typically don’t jump into action to restore the moisture until it’s a little late. I’m attempting to be proactive this season by giving my hair and skin some joy—Carise’s Joy.
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    I know I’m not alone when I say being a mom (and wife) comes with many responsibilities–we are bosses! We are often so caught up in making sure everyone around us is taken care of that we forget about our physical and mental health and beauty. I recently realized that taking care of ME doesn’t require a ton of time or money–just intentionality.

    Carise’s Joy

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    For the past few weeks I have given my skin a lift by using products offered by Carise’s Joy–whipped butter, hand and body scrub, and body butter. Listen. It’s so good that even my husband keeps dipping into the jars. This line of products are handcrafted and free of silicones, parabens, formaldehyde donors, mineral oils, or petroleum. Creator, Candace Gaiters, proudly uses “sustainable ingredients infused with natural butters and oils blended to perfection with LOVE and JOY”. The entire Carise’s Joy skincare line will be available for purchase online on its new site beginning January 19.

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    Options Galore

    The line smells so good! I know, you’d rather know if the products are actually effective (and I’ll get to that), but each of the three jars of joy I have are incredibly, aromatically satisfying. This alone has me eager to apply it to my skin each and every day. Carise’s Joy offers both scented and unscented products. If you are a fragrance kind of girl (or guy) there are several scents for you to choose from:

    Bulgarian Lavender Essential Oil (My choice for the whipped butter, perfect for relaxing.)
    Brown Sugar Fig
    Rose
    Japanese Yuzu Citrus (I chose this scent for the hand and body scrub.)
    Cranberry Pomegranate
    Bartlett Pear
    Jasmine
    Plumeria
    Love’s Joy (My absolute favorite and choice for the body butter.)
    Gardenia
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    Hand and Body Scrub

    My rough hands and feet love the hand and body scrub. I use it three to four days a week while I shower and/or at night solely on my hands. The scrub immediately exfoliates and softens my skin and the Japanese Yuzu Citrus scent is absolutely refreshing. It’s not too coarse and feels like I’m rubbing brown sugar and oils onto my body.

    Whipped Butter

    The whipped butter is perfect for dry and damaged skin. My favorite time to use it is on my hands and a small amount on my face before bed. It comes out of the jar thick but almost instantly melts into your skin when applied. Only a little is needed to moisturize dry areas so the eight ounces of whipped butter can easily last a long time.

    Body Butter

    If I had to pick a favorite product from the entire line it would be the body butter. I wish you I could add a scratch and sniff sticker to this post so you could get a whiff of the amazing fragrance in my jar. You’ll get to choose your own scent, but the Love’s Joy scent is divine! The butter itself is incredibly moisturizing with a consistency similar to a thicker lotion. Like the whipped butter, only a little is needed to satisfy the skin.

    I can honestly say that my skin, especially my hands, are smoother and retain the moisture provided by all of the Carise’s Joy products. I am finally taking care of me without the accompaniment of mom guilt.

    Be sure to follow Carise’s Joy on Instagram for product updates and purchase your own jars on CarisesJoy.com anytime after January 19.
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    Around Columbus,  Parenting

    Give Her Hope This Holiday Season

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    This post is in partnership with YMCA of Central Ohio, however, all thoughts are my own.

    I became a mom a little over six years ago. That day changed my entire world and was one of the best moments of my life. Motherhood can be magical, but for some moms, magical moments don’t occur as often as they wish. This Holiday season I am helping bring awareness to those moms, particularly women with children who are experiencing homelessness, by partnering with the YMCA of Central Ohio and the Give Her Hope campaign.

    Homelessness in Central Ohio

    Unsurprisingly, during the winter months the number of people experiencing homelessness increases. The YMCA of Central Ohio assists families all year round, but provides services to many more individuals during this season than others. The Van Buren Center in Downtown Columbus sees an average of 250 women, 30 expectant mothers and 227 children each night. Their shelter and placement services, along with 60 partnering agencies, are keeping these families together during their most difficult times and circumstances.

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    Tonja’s Story

    Here’s a look at what one woman has experienced with homelessness and the YMCA:

    Give Her Hope

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    Easy Crockpot Mangolian BBQ Shredded Chicken Sliders

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Conagra Brands. All opinions are mine alone. #RecipesThatCrock #SeasonalSolutions #CollectiveBias

    Easy Crockpot Mangolian BBQ Shredded Chicken Sliders | MommyWifeLife.com

    Can I admit something? I don’t always look forward to dinner time. It’s one area of my life where I sometimes lack motivation and inspiration. Pinterest sometimes assists with recipes, but if the recipe requires a lot of time or many ingredients, I typically run as quickly as I can. Busy moms can’t always prepare gourmet meals, so tasty and easy is usually the mealtime goal for families. My crockpot Mangolian BBQ Shredded Chicken Sliders recipe is just one of the easiest meals I’ve created.

    I’m not a food blogger, which is why you’ll find food recipes here and there on this blog. However, when I come up with a recipe that is as delicious and easy as this simple crockpot meal, I must share. Mangolian BBQ Shredded Chicken Sliders are perfect for a midweek meal, tailgating, and even a party entree. It requires only a handful of (inexpensive) main ingredients–chicken breasts, P.F. Chang’s® Mangolian BBQ Home Menu Sauce, brown sugar and pineapple. All these ingredients put into the crockpot for a few hours creates something special–an easy and flavorful entree.

    I found all these ingredients at Meijer. Their multicultural food section made it super easy to find the sauce. When it came to choosing what flavor I wanted to accompany my chicken, I was torn between the La Choy® Teriyaki Sauce and the P.F. Chang’s Mangolian BBQ Sauce. I knew both would give me the tangy taste I was searching for, but I ultimately went with the Mangolian BBQ Sauce.

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    The P.F. Chang’s sauces are free of artificial flavors, sticks to the protein or veggies being cooked, and are created with premium and distinct ingredients.

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    Ok, you probably want to know how to make these sliders, so let me tell how to create them!

    Mangolian BBQ Shredded Chicken Sliders

    What You’ll Need

    4 boneless chicken breasts

    1 bottle of P.F. Chang’s Mangolian BBQ Home Menu Sauce

    2 tablespoons of brown sugar

    2 teaspoons salt

    1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder

    1 whole pineapple

    Step-by-Step Directions

    For easy clean-up later and superior non-stick, spray the bottom of the crockpot with PAM® Pump Spray (It only has three simple ingredients, no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.).

    Add all ingredients, minus the pineapple, to the crockpot and combine.

    Cook on high for 3 hours, stirring occasionally.

    While you wait, cut the pineapple into slices and refrigerate.

    Shred fully cooked chicken with a hand mixer. To avoid sauce splatter, set mixer to the lowest setting and use in a pulsating fashion.

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    Serve warm on slider buns and garnish with 1/2 slices of pineapple. Serves 4-6.

    Easy Crockpot Mangolian BBQ Shredded Chicken Sliders | MommyWifeLife.com

    It’s seriously delicious and will be a hit wherever you serve it! Click here for more crockpot meals and food inspiration.