The Captain’s New Smartwatch for Kids is Fun and Multifunctional!

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The Captain has wanted a watch for the longest time.  We put it on his birthday list, but he constantly talked about what kind of watch he wanted.  Once he saw the commercials for a smart watch, however, it was all over!  I told him that they didn't make those for kids, and he wasn't getting one that was made for adults.  He was ecstatic when I was proven WRONG and we got to review the VTech Kidzoom Smartwatch…..only for KIDS!  And the best part…it was GREEN, his favorite color!

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The Kidzoom Smartwatch is so much more than just your ordinary watch.  The Captain figured out all of the functions pretty quickly, too!  Here are the features of this smartwatch for kids:

  • 1.4 inch color touch screen
  • camera for photos and videos
  • voice recorder with five voice changing effects
  • special effects including customized photo frames, color filters, and distortion effects
  • four fun games, programmed and ready to go
  • Kid-durable design to withstand drops and bumps
  • Splash proof and sweat proof
  • Alarm clock with fun tones and animation
  • Timer and stopwatch in kid-friendly themes
  • 50+ digital and traditional analog displays
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Four vibrant colors: blue, pink, white and green
  • Micro USB cable for data transfer and battery recharging
  • Access to Learning Lodge app store to download more games and watch displays

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The Captain has had this watch for over a month now, and it really has stood up to bumps, drops, and even a few splashes and an almost dunk in the tub.  It's great for on-the-go games and a fun, easy accessible way to pass the time in the carseat.  The sound is adjustable and not annoying, either, which is great for parents like me who find lots of electronic devices highly annoying if they don't have a volume control.  Note for parents:  If you are giving this as a gift, make sure to charge it the night before because a smartwatch that doesn't work and must be charged is no fun.

The Captain's favorite part of the Kidzoom Smartwatch is the camera.  He took hundreds of pictures and, like a smart phone, it's easy to delete the pictures or transfer them to the computer.  

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Learn more about the Kidzoom Smartwatch and other VTech products at the VTech Facebook or Twitter pages.   Purchase your own at Amazon or the VTechKids.com.

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Celebrate Milestones in a BIG Way with Hallmark Cards for Kids

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Celebrate Milestones in a Big Way! #kidscards #shop #cbias

Back to school is an exciting time of year for everyone. New clothes, shoes, school supplies, classrooms, teachers….it's just all so fun!  I always loved the excitement of back to school when I was a kid and as a kindergarten teacher.  It was a very special time. We have decided to homeschool the Captain this year and I wanted to make him feel extra special and excited about the new year.  I picked up a few things at Walmart including new pencils, supplies and a cute card from the selection of Hallmark poster cards for kids that I knew he would love.  It was unlike a traditional card because it unfolds out into a huge poster!  The cashier was confused with it, and thought for sure it wasn't just ONE card because it was so big!

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I showed him the card and his new stuff for the new school year and he was thrilled. I know that the card made him feel special and he loved to know I had picked it up just for him!  He went crazy for the "Planes" theme!

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The card folded out to a huge poster for the Captain's room!

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Hallmark cards for kids are a wonderful way to show a child you love that they are special. They are great for any occasion – birthdays, good luck, or just that you are thinking of them!

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You can also earn rewards for the Hallmark cards that you buy at Walmart. For every five cards you buy, you will earn a reward.  Check out the Hallmark Card Rewards Program!  

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Team Up With A Sponsor to Get the Soccer Uniforms Your Child’s Team Needs at PearUp.com

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The Captain has played three seasons of soccer, and it has become a big part of our family.  I never played soccer, (except for those awesome soccer days in P.E.!) but Daddy and his family are big soccer people, so we felt like the Captain would enjoy it, too.  At first it was "awww…how cute, little three year olds kicking a ball down the field," but now, it's a big deal!  The Captain loves to learn about soccer, practice soccer in the backyard, watch soccer on TV (for a short period of time – remember, he's five,) and oh how he adores being on a soccer team and playing in games.  Playing soccer has taught him a lot about the need to practice to better himself, listening to a coach and following the rules of a game.  It's taught him about winning and losing, supporting his teammates when he's not on the field, and heading to practice and giving it his all, even when he doesn't really feel like it.  Soccer is a great thing for him.  He's even found that he loves being goalie.

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In order for players to be a team, they do have to have matching uniforms, and sometimes that is difficult to achieve.  Sports uniforms are expensive, after all.  But I've learned about a company called Pear Up that helps teams get a sponsor and work together to get the uniforms that they need.  PearUp.com uses social network actions to help teams raise funds and it's free.  Sponsors have the money to donate and it needs to go to someone…why  not your child's team?  Each group can earn up to $1,000 in a ten day period.  

You can check out the Pear for the Viking Youth Soccer team, who is working towards their goal with Ritz Bits.

You can also start your own Pear for your child's soccer team right now.  It can be for a uniform or team/league fundraiser.   It is easy to earn points doing things you do on a daily basis anyway, and points equal money for your team!  Check it out and check out the "Snack For Your Champion" program by Ritz Bits!  Ritz Bits is offering more than $100,000 to sponsor youth soccer teams across the country by providing team uniforms or a donation for team/league fees.  There is no catch!  Ritz Bits wants to generate goodwill and excitement in the soccer community. 

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Fine print:

  • Teams cannot be school affiliated.
  • The final award for the group is paid out by Pear to leagues and organizations directly.
  • Award redemption instructions are provided with each Pear Sponsorship certificate (which you'll receive via the site upon completion of your sponsorship) — 10 days or sooner if you choose to wrap up early.
  • Typical turnaround time for issuance of sponsorship awards for this program is one week.
  • Sponsorship award value may be paid via check directly to team or league organizations only, with proper (W-9 or EIN) validation — checks will not be issued to individuals.
  • There is a limit of one sponsorship per group; the program is only valid for groups who have not already completed a Ritz Bits sponsorship on Pear.

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Five Ways to Make Learning FUN for Your Preschooler (including Disney Junior Games!)

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Make Learning Fun for your Preschooler

The reality has set in.  The Captain is 5 1/2 and getting ready for kindergarten and D is 3 1/2 and getting ready for preschool.  It's still up in the air where he will go to preschool, but he is ready for more formal learning.  Well, as formal as preschool is, you know!  He loves to craft, pretend, play dress up, and practice his letters.  I love to find crafts and activities that are fun and educational for the boys.  

We recently visited Walmart and found a great resource for fun, all-in-one educational activities for getting ready for preschool.  Disney Junior games feature your child's favorite characters and age appropriate manipulatives to encourage learning and fun.  These include a learning easel activity, counting, first words, rhyming, alphabet, numbers, and colors & shapes activities and can be found in the back to school section:

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D was so excited to be able to pick out a few activities for his very own!  (Not having stuff handed down to him from older brother is pretty cool, you know.)  I wanted to buy everything they had, but decided on three activities that I knew D would love:  the Rhyming Activity featuring Jake and the Neverland Pirates, First Words Learning Activity featuring Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, the Counting Learning Activity and Alphabet Learning Activity, both featuring Doc McStuffins.

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D's favorite game was the Rhyming card with pictures.  He was pretty good at it, too!  I had to read the first word to him and he quickly found the pictures that rhymed.  I love that these games are all able to meet your child wherever he or she is at.  If they are ready to write the words, there are crayons and wipe off cards included.  If not, matching the cards is great, stress-free practice:

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D also loved the Doc McStuffins counting activity, where he wrote the number and put the same number of counters on the card:

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Here are four more awesome activities to help your child practice their numbers and letters without even knowing they are learning!

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Preschool Learning Activities

  1. Alphabet Balls - Play countless fun games with these DIY ABC balls!
  2. Homemade Number Puzzles - Super easy, fun way to practice number recognition.
  3. Alphabet Worksheet Printables - There are so many ways you can use these free printables!  Practice letter and word writing, draw or cut out pictures that begin with the letter, and more!
  4. Potato Stamp Craft - A new, inexpensive, and different way to create words!

And don't forget to check out the Back to School section at Walmart for fun learning activities, all packaged and ready to go!

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The Reward System That Has Helped Our Kids’ Behavior This Summer!

Around the middle of May, I began to get concerned about the boys' behavior.  I was looking at a summer with all three kids after the Captain ended his year in half day pre-k.  He is 5 1/2 and definitely acting like a 5 year old boy who has been surrounded by other 5 year old boys for months!  Thankfully no bad words have come up, but the potty talk and laughing incessantly at "poop" and other words were common, and he was teaching D, who is 3 1/2, just how hilarious they are.  There was also the disobeying, defiance, and being mean to each other that was driving me crazy.  Something had to be done.

Daddy is gone a lot during the summer because he is a youth minister.  Camps, trips, and other work engagements keep him busy and so I knew I had to do something to stop the negative behavior and get us all working together so we could have a great summer.  I began to think of what I should do…and then I remembered something that works brilliantly with all kids:  rewarding positive behavior.

When I was a teacher, I tried many things – treats, treasure box, encouraging words, and more.  But the one thing that got the best response from my class was when I gave them a sticker for any outstanding positive behaviors.  Soon, the whole class was trying to earn a sticker with their positive behavior that, while the negative behaviors didn't go away completely, they definitely decreased!  I saw this same phenomenon a couple of years ago when the Captain brought home a "Shine God's Light" sticker chart from VBS.  He was supposed to earn stickers by doing positive things for others, like praying for them, giving them something nice, or just doing something thoughtful for another person.  He was so excited about this chart, but for a (then) 3 year old, there were a LOT of spaces to fill.  You can't tell from this picture, but this was about half full:

Shine God's Light!

It took him about two years to fill up this chart, but when he did, we rewarded him with something he wanted:  a new basketball.  He didn't know he was working towards a basketball, but when the chart was full, he happened to want a basketball, so that's what we gave to him for his positive behavior.  I always prefer to get the kids something as a reward, not "just because," so I go that route whenever possible.  $15 for something he wanted, to reward him for two years of doing great things.  Pretty good deal, if you ask me!

So back to our current situation.  We needed to do something!  I was pretty much done with sticker charts, but I remembered that we had some aquarium stones and of course, lots of different sized jars!  I worked with the boys to make up a list of ways they could earn stones and informed them that they would be working TOGETHER to accomplish one goal.  Here are the four ways we came up with to "Shine God's Light" and earn a stone for the jar:

Ways to Shine God's Light

 They had to come up with what they wanted to work towards together, and when the jar was full, they would both get to enjoy the reward.  This has helped with the competitiveness and while it is sometimes hard to agree on something they both want, they really do work together!  The first goal they wanted to work for was to get the "Frozen" DVD.  Once I handed out the first stone, they were on a roll.  Their behavior really changed almost instantaneously.  Now, of course, they're still humans and we all make mistakes.  I just focused on correcting their negative behaviors but really rewarding their positive behaviors.  The boys were telling each other to "please move" and "thank you!"  They were obeying the first time (this one is the hardest and will continue to be the hardest because no one really likes to stop what we are doing and do something someone asks of us.)  It took about three weeks for the boys to fill the jar and when they did, we went out and bought the "Frozen" DVD the same day.  

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When that goal was met, the boys talked together about what they wanted to do next.  Another movie?  no.  A toy?  no.  They had been asking to do something special as a family, particularly asking to go to iT'Z, which is like a nicer, more pleasant experience than Chuck E. Cheese's and has a rock climbing wall, bowling, and more.  I'm not a huge fan of either place, but hey, if they want to work for a trip to go there, I'll be happy to reward their positive behavior.  So, I told them that the little short jar wouldn't really work because a trip to iT'Z is more expensive than a DVD.  I took a taller jar out of the cabinet and showed them and they agreed that they could work towards filling up that jar and earn the trip they had been wanting.  

(This also is a great way to delay an allowance in our house.  The Captain, especially, gets money and it burns a hole in his pocket.  He will waste it on anything and everything he sees if he doesn't have some guidance.  The stones in the jar have some "value" to them, but they're not monetary.  They can see that the jar for the DVD was shorter than the jar for the trip to iT'Z, so they can grasp the concept that some things cost more than others, but there is no handing out money.  There is no "you do this chore, I pay you $$."  An allowance will come in the future, but for now, this is a great intro to an allowance.  It's a reward for good behavior, not payment for a task.

This was our "Shine God's Light" jar a few days ago:

The positive behavior reward system that really and truly worked for our kids and really made them think and be aware of their actions.

Rewarding positive behaviors definitely takes effort on my part, and it's not fail proof, for sure.  They still act up and are still naughty at times, but their behavior is light years better than it was just two months ago.

Rules for earning a stone:

1.  You can't ask for a stone.  example:  "I cleaned my room, can I get a stone?"

2.  You can't get a stone for yourself.  Our cup of stones sits on top of the fridge so they aren't tempted.  (This is when the noise of a stone in a glass jars comes in handy….Mommy hears all!)

3.  You can suggest that your brother gets a stone if you see him doing something good.

4.  We can't take stones out.  I have been guilty of threatening them with this on bad days, but it's just not a good idea.  They earned them and they shouldn't be taken out.  Discipline and rewards for positive behavior should be two separate things.

5.  Stones aren't used for bribes or making deals.  No "clean your room and I'll give you a stone!"  Nope, it's "Wow!  You cleaned your room the first time I asked without complaining, thank you, you get a stone!"  Likewise, they can't say "Hey Mom, I'll pick up my toys if you give me a stone."  Scheming doesn't work for stones!

6.  All stones are of equal value.  Share a bite of your cookie with your brother?  One stone.  Spend an hour working with Mommy in the garden to keep her company?  One stone.  Get a diaper for Mommy because you knew she needed help, even though she didn't ask?  One stone.  Simple!

Some people will argue with this whole idea and say that kids should do what parents tell them "just because."  I've heard people say that kids should mind their parents all of the time and if they don't, they (get a spanking, get time out, etc.)  I DO believe that negative behaviors need consequences, but I'm telling you….kids aren't born with the ability to obey and need to be taught.  I prefer to teach them in a positive way because it gets better results.  Sure we discipline when needed, but for us, an appropriate mix of the two works really well.

This is a great way to help the kids learn about how others feel.  The boys have both gotten stones for helping other people and not even doing it just to get a stone.  Once they got used to helping others, it becomes more natural.  

If you want to go beyond showing your kids how to "Shine God's Light," and teach your kids about God's love, check out "Simple Ways to Bring Jesus into Your Child's Daily Routine."

 

 

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Use Your Smart Phone to Take, Track, and Monitor Your Whole Family’s Temperatures with the Kinsa Smart Thermometer

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I have struggled with finding the perfect thermometer since we first had the Captain.  We have tried every kind of thermometer there is and have been disappointed with every single one besides the cheap one they gave to us in the hospital when he was born.  The only complaint I had with that one was that it took foreeeever!  It was accurate, but waiting and keeping a baby still was absolutely torture on all of us.  Well, I am happy to report that we have finally found the perfect solution, and it's a smart thermometer!

The Kinsa smart thermometer is MORE than just a thermometer.  It's easy to set up with the black connector that comes with the Kinsa and a quick app download.  Soon you're good to go and ready to start taking and tracking the temperatures of everyone in your family.  You can create a profile for every family member and save data so you will know what's a normal temperature, symptoms, if someone is getting sick, etc.  And when you show up to the doctor, you can give accurate temperatures and times instead of just guessing like we have been known to do.  (oops!)  No more "he felt warm when he woke up and I think his temperature was 101, but I can't really remember…"  All the readouts are right there and you can access it with just a few taps.

Something else I love about the Kinsa is that you can use just the thermometer inserted into the smart phone OR make it longer with the cord.  

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The thermometer can be used orally, under the arm, or rectally, just like any other thermometer, and the Kinsa app specifically asks which method you are using.  

The Kinsa app is smart, also, because it has an interactive screen to keep toddlers engaged while they are having their temperature taken.  The fun bubbles calm your child and the numbers are large enough for them to see.  

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We tested the Kinsa smart thermometer and app one night when D had a fever.  It was quick, painless, and even exciting for him to have his temperature taken on Mommy's iPhone.  After it read his temperature at 100.3°, it asked if he had any symptoms.  The graphics were fun for him to look at and answer if he felt any certain way.  

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A few great things about the Kinsa:

  • gives you a fast and accurate temperature reading
  • free app for iOS and Android
  • meets ASTM standards for professional accuracy
  • use orally, under the arm, or rectally
  • displays in °F or °C
  • flexible design for comfort
  • water resistant for safe cleaning
  • optional extension cord
  • perfect for travel because it's compact and you will have your phone with you anyway!

​Do you want a Kinsa smart thermometer for your family or someone you know?  Visit Kinsa or Amazon to purchase one for only $24.99.

Kinsa is also giving away one smart thermometer to one Life With Captain Fussybuckets reader.  Just enter in the Rafflecopter form below!

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Feel Good About the Juice Your Children Drink!

Our boys are huge drinkers. While they love water, they – of course – love juice and beverages with sugar. The Captain is very picky with his juice and many times I have introduced a drink to him and he just turns his nose up and refuses to drink it. I was afraid that would happen when I gave him a Mott’s for Tots juice box, but to my surprise, he L-O-V-E-S it!

I am not one to restrict my kids of the sweet things, but I do have my reservations about a lot of things – candy, sodas, and junk food. I don’t like the feeling of having to feel bad about something like juice. And sometimes there are so many additives and extra sugar in juice that it really does become unhealthy. But I am thrilled with Mott’s for Tots and their juice, which contains 40% less sugar than 100% apple juice*. It also contains vitamins A, C, & E so it provides all the nutrition and goodness of apple juice without sacrificing flavor. Mott’s for Tots was developed with toddlers and preschoolers’ unique nutritional needs in mind.

The Captain really enjoyed his “juice break” while helping me take out the recycling one evening:

Both the Captain and D couldn’t get enough of the Mott’s for Tots fruit punch juice boxes. They are the perfect size for taking on backyard adventures, trips in the car, lunch boxes, soccer games, or even just as a simple, delicious drink with a snack at home. The juice boxes are also great for portion control, so I can regulate how much they have had and help them realize when they have had plenty of juice for the day. Their dentist told them to only have one juice per day and they are good about following his rule. But, you can bet they ask for their “juice of the day” soon after they wake up!

The Mott’s for Tots is also their favorite brand of apple juice. It’s a great treat for them and I’m happy because it has 40% less sugar than 100% apple juice*!

Learn more about Mott’s for Tots on their website, Facebook, and Twitter. Check out all of the delicious, low sugar flavor options available, and feel better about the juice your children are drinking!

*Mott’s Fruit Punch Rush and Wild Grape Surge have 15g sugar and the market average of 100% fruit juices and blends have 25g sugar.

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Keep Your Children Motivated this Summer with Learning Toys

This post about learning toys was brought to you by The Learning Journey International.  All opinions are mine.

Summer is here and school is out.  Hooray!  Well, it was "hooray" for a day or two and then what?  Boredom.  The Captain is busy, busy, busy and loves to learn, but if I don't make learning toys and educational items available for him, he tends to want to sit in front of the TV or play games on the iPad.  

We received the Touch & Learn Mathematics Bot to try out and he has really enjoyed playing with it.  The Captain LOVES math and Math Bot is perfect for him to play with.  Math Bot has helped the Captain with his math skills and kept him entertained already.  Math Bot features a colorful touch pad sensor panel, interactive LED face, and four game modes.  The different modes are different levels of difficulty.  "Learn the Numbers" is good for D, who is still working on learning what the numbers look like and what their names are.  "Find It" is challenging to D, because it encourages him to find the number that Math Bot says.  "Mathematics Quiz" and "Calculator Fun" are more on the Captain's level and really challenge him to sharpen his math skills!  Bot requires three "AA" batteries and sells for $29.99.

Touch & Learn Mathematics Bot

The other learning toy we were sent is the Go Green Recycle Truck Remote Control Shape Sorter.  Both of the boys really love this super cute and fun recycle truck.  What kid doesn't love a remote control toy?  The boys have driven this toy all over the house (and entertained Baby Brother with it, too!)  

The Recycle Truck encourages kids to learn their shapes and colors with three fun play modes.  The truck can be moved forward and backward with the remote control.  It also plays melodies and the lights blink, too!  I love how the back opens up, making it more realistic and fun.  The Recycle Truck also has an automatic shut-off feature that preserves the battery life of the three "AA" batteries for the main unit and two "AA" batteries for the remote.

Learn to Sort with the Go Green Recycle Truck Shape Sorter

The fun, educational toys are endless at The Learning Journey International.  Check them out, and make sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter, too!

Don't forget to enter to win your very own Math Bot!

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Yummy Ways to Add Protein to your Preschooler’s Diet

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D is our three year old and he has always loved to eat.  He is our child who loves peas, carrots, and broccoli, but turns his nose up at meat and beans.  He usually likes chicken, but other than that, it is hard to get him to eat protein.  He will eat fruit and vegetables all day, but I know he needs whole protein foods, too, so I'm always searching for ways to add protein to his diet.

The Captain, on the other hand, is a meat eater, through and through.  He struggles with getting enough calcium because he does not like milk or cheese.  I worry about him getting enough calcium just like I worry about D getting enough protein.  They both need calcium for strong bones and protein for energy to go, go, go!  Luckily, they both love yogurt so I was thrilled to find the Stonyfield Organic refrigerated yogurt pouches.  

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I love the convenience of the YoKids pouches.  You don't know how many times we are out the door and I realize the boys need a snack (or breakfast sometimes…oops!) and these pouches rescue me….just grab and go!  The boys love the strawberry flavor.  I love that the ingredients are always organic and never contain high fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors.

So whether we are going to school, a soccer game, shopping, or something as simple as talking a "drive" to the local recycling bin, the boys can have a quick snack that provides them with calcium and protein!  Plus, Stonyfield Organic yogurt has live and active cultures to keep the boys' tummies and immune systems in tip top shape.

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Yummy Ways to Add Protein to your Preschooler's Diet

Here are some yummy snacks for sneaking protein in your preschooler's diet:

I'm also excited that Stonyfield will be there for Baby Brother when he's ready to start eating yogurt.  The YoBaby and YoToddler refrigerated organic yogurt pouches are formulated for little ones and their special needs.

YoKids flavors:  Blueberry, Strawberry, Strawberry-Banana

YoToddler flavors:  Pear-Spinach-Mango, Strawberry-Beet-Raspberry

YoBaby flavors:  Blueberry, Mango, Sweet Potato, Vanilla

Stonyfield organic yogurt pouches are available in the dairy aisle, along with all the other Stonyfield products that we love!  They come in four packs or individual pouches.  Read more about these delicious yogurt pouches on the Stonyfield website.  Check the store locator to see if these pouches are sold near you!

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Soothe Dry, Itchy Skin with This Great Eczema Remedy! {WW giveaway, too}

This eczema remedy post was brought to you by the Eczema Company.  All thoughts and opinions are mine.

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I have written about eczema many times.  The Captain has suffered with dry, itchy skin since he was just a baby.  We have been through so many creams, lotions, medications, bath treatments, allergy medicines, and even allergy testing.  Some things worked for a while, then stopped, and there were times when nothing worked.  He has never been a good sleeper and eczema might very well be a big reason for that.  I remember when he was one year old, he would wake up crying because he made himself bleed in his sleep because he was scratching his legs so hard.  It was awful.  Through trial and error, I realized that I should never put any kind of cream or lotion with any type of alcohol in it.  Sounds obvious, right, but try finding a lotion or cream that doesn't contain any alcohol, even the ones specifically for eczema!  

We thought it could be a dairy allergy, because he had a milk protein allergy as a baby that caused tummy troubles, but he has since grown out of them.  Now he very rarely has any dairy and still has eczema flare ups.  His seasonal allergies are bad, so I know that his skin allergies and eczema are probably related to environmental allergens, but cannot be certain.  We have eliminated all fragrances and toxins from our laundry and bath products, which has helped some, but the eczema continues to come back.

A few months ago, I was asked by the Eczema Company to review some items for the Captain.  Admittedly, I was skeptical.  I felt like eczema was just something we would have to "deal with" for the rest of his life.  I have eczema and I have always just dealt with it in any way I knew how to.  If countless doctors and a dermatologist couldn't do more, I wasn't sure that anyone else could.  But you know, moms are pretty persistent and lucky for us, Jennifer Roberge created the Eczema Company to help people like us.  She has found what works best for her son and created a store for eczema sufferers.  It's refreshing to know that she knows what she's talking about and has researched and even has a blog created for her son's journey with eczema – It's An Itchy Little World.

After talking with me about the Captain's eczema, she recommended that we we try wet wrap therapy with the WrapESoothe shirt and pants:

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Wet wrap therapy is easy.  I was worried that it would be hard but the hardest part was finding a time when the Captain was willing to try it.  Here are the simple steps:

  1. Soak in lukewarm bath for 10-20 minutes.
  2. Seal the skin with moisturizer.  We used the Manuka Honey Skin Cream.  This cream is amazing!  It is soft and made with Manuka honey, which is known for it's healing properties.  It contains only honey, oils, water, and Manuka honey.manuka_honey_skin_cream__96651.1353083190.380.380
  3. Wet the wraps or the WrapESoothe clothes and lightly wring out.  You want them to be wet, but not dripping wet.
  4. Cover skin with wet wraps or the WrapESoothe clothes for a minimum of two hours.

For a complete how-to, check out this article about wet wrap therapy and this video:

We followed the steps and even though he was reluctant at first, the Captain tried it and lo and behold, it really worked.  Wet wrap therapy is meant for a short term fix for bad eczema flare ups, and it really was a miracle fix.  His skin was so smooth when we took the WrapESoothe clothes off.  I am beyond thrilled that we have this option for when his skin flares up!!

The Captain didn't want me to take pictures of him, so I didn't get his head in the shots, but I wanted to show how easy it was to put on and wear the shirt and pants.  He wore regular clothes over these and they did get damp, but not uncomfortably damp.  He thought these clothes were kind of cool.  He wears a lot of tight athletic clothes, so he really did like them.

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