Make Baby's Room As Safe and Beautifull As It Can Be!




Celebrate Earth Day With Making Your Nursery
Eco-Friendly, Safe And Healthy For Baby

Earth Day is just around the corner and it’s a great time for parents and expecting parents to think about how they can make their nursery safe and healthy for baby. The folks at Lorena Canals, home of eco-friendly rugs for the home, have some suggestions for creating the perfect eco-friendly nursery for your baby.

Go Green with Bedding & Flooring: There are a few items in the nursery that are best purchased in organic cotton and eco-friendly fabrics and materials. Think mattresses, beddings, rugs, and paint. If flooring is optional, choose bamboo or hardwood over carpeting which contains allergens and chemicals. Carpeting is harder to clean and keep out dust and dirt. Choosing organic, eco-friendly products are free of toxic compounds and chemicals, and much better for baby.


The Perfect Palette: Babies respond better to soothing paint and nursery colors in a soft palette like greens, aqua blues and pale pinks. Paler colors are calming and help induce sleep. Bright, bold colors are patterns can be fun, but are stimulating, something to keep in mind when the purpose of a room is to sleep. When selecting paint, choose one free of VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds containing carbon chemicals).

It’s Play Time: Designate a specific area to the room for reading, listening to music, snuggling and bonding in baby’s nursery. If you make an area for this, baby will soon learn that pleasant things happen here. This area could include a rocking chair, small child’s chair, a basket of toys, a bookshelf (anchored to the wall) or basket for books and a plush rug for the floor. Anywhere that you and baby can spend time awake together is perfect. Opt for an organic, hypo-allergenic rug like Lorena Canals since baby will be spending much tummy and play time on the floor.


The Ideal Feeding Area: There’s nothing like a nice glider or overstuffed chair with an ottoman for feeding baby. Daytime, and especially night time, feedings will be much more comfortable and relaxing in a great chair. Add a cozy pillow for your lower back and a nursing pillow to support your arm that holds baby. Whether you’re nursing or bottle feeding your little one, support and comfort for you is key. If you’re relaxed, baby will be too. Keep a basket nearby for items like burp cloths, baby wipes, books or magazines, extra pacifiers, and any other items you may require while feeding.

Time for a Change: Before you know it, you’ll be a quick (diaper) change artist like most parents. This can be a changing table or a dresser with a changing mat. Before purchasing a changing table, consider your needs beyond diaper changes and think about you can use this piece of furniture when your baby is out of diapers. Keep essentials like diapers, wipes and diaper cream close by so that the important things are always within arm’s reach. Invest in a high-quality diaper pail to place right next to the changing table to keep baby’s room smelling fresh.


The Importance of Air & Light: A few weeks before baby is expected to arrive, open the windows and air out the room, especially important if you’ve been painting and wallpapering. Lighting may not top your list of nursery needs, but it is no less important. It’s a great idea to have a night light or small lamp in the room to check on baby during the night and for middle of the night diaper changes and feedings. It’s also nice to have a lamp near the feeding and play area. Choose soft, less harsh lighting that’s soothing to baby.  Make sure to place the crib away from the window as bright sunlight or street lamps may hamper baby’s ability to sleep.

These suggestions are available with a credit and link to Lorena Canals


Lorena Canals is the founder of the Spanish lifestyle brand by the same name and is making her eco-mark in the North America with gorgeously designed, eco-friendly and exceptionally-made, washable rugs and cushions in adorable shapes, designs and colors. They are also all natural, hypo-allergenic and functional. Lorena is a mom of two and has been designing and creating products for children’s rooms for 25 years.

“The Jurassic Games” Begins Production in Oklahoma

I am so excited to see this!

High Octane Pictures, in association with the Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO), is proud to announce the start of production on the feature film “The Jurassic Games”. The film is utilizing the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program administered by OF+MO, and has started principal photography as of March 17, 2017, with filming scheduled for multiple locations around the state.

Starring Oklahoma native Ryan Merriman (“Final Destination 3”, “The Ring Two”) and Perry Reeves (“Entourage”, “Old School”) with an entirely Oklahoma based crew, “The Jurassic Games” marks the third feature film from Oklahoma’s own Director Ryan Bellgardt.  

A unique mixture of “The Hunger Games” and “Jurassic World”, this film imagines a world set in the near future wherein ten death row convicts are chosen to compete in The Jurassic Games, the ultimate virtual reality game show that pits its players against dinosaurs and each other. However, there is a catch. If you die in the virtual game, you also die in reality, and for Anthony Tucker (played by Oklahoma resident Adam Hampton), survival is his one chance to be reunited with his children after having been wrongfully imprisoned for the murder of his wife. As the devious Gamemaster continues adding improbable challenges, the characters will find the odds stacked against them as only one victor can emerge as winner and reclaim their freedom.

“Our office looks forward to working with Ryan Bellgardt and his team on their most ambitious project to date,” said OF+MO Director Tava Maloy Sofsky. “We appreciate Ryan’s loyalty and commitment to producing films in Oklahoma, and we are thrilled the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program has afforded him the opportunity to do so as his productions continue to provide job and educational opportunities for our local talent, crew and students.”
About Oklahoma Film + Music Office
Created in 1979, The Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO) strives to share all that Oklahoma has to offer by welcoming filmmakers and music professionals to the state and by creating a network of support to develop Oklahoma's film and music industries. For more information about the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program or the Oklahoma Film + Music Office please visit

About High Octane Pictures:
High Octane Pictures (HOP) cultivates relationships with distributors, talent agencies and various strategic entertainment partnerships in order to sell a slate of commercially viable motion pictures.

Our primary function is bridging the gap between the producer and distributor. As such, HOP provides full service to our filmmakers, helping them secure distribution for completed films and, in certain cases, financing for projects in development and providing finishing funds.

Galen Christy founded High Octane Pictures after working as a Sales Agent and Partner with Empress Road Pictures for six years. Before that he worked at the world's leading talent agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA) for the President and head of the company, Richard Lovett. Shortly after CAA, Galen segued into the creative world working as VP of Development for film director, Marcus Nispel. 

Over his career, Galen has worked on many films with budgets ranging from $500K to as high as $30 Million. Some titles include the recent remake of "Conan the Barbarian" starring Jason Momoa and the Blumhouse film "Exeter" starring Stephen Lang.

The HOP team draws upon our vast deal-making experience with a genuine dedication to innovative sales and marketing techniques. HOP has brokered deals in over 50 countries across the world. We pride ourselves on our ability to introduce new product to the marketplace.

Get A Yoga Instructor To Come Right To Your House

Being called “The New Way to Yoga”, Easypose is changing the way people practice yoga with a website and mobile app to book private on-site yoga classes to people’s homes or workplaces.
March 16, 2017 – Los Angeles, Calif. – Easypose, today announces the launch of its free yoga class promotion called #FREEFLOW. The promotion offers a free private in-home or office yoga class with a certified Easypose yoga teacher booked via the Easypose website or mobile app. First-timers and current yoga practitioners alike are both welcomed to take advantage of the offer to progress their practice and realize the healing benefits of yoga. This campaign celebrates the company’s 1-year anniversary and is available in Southern California, Northern California and the New York Tri-State Area. Interested parties are encouraged to use the promo code #FREEFLOW at the checkout page. More info at

According to a 2016 study by Yoga Alliance, 98% of the current 36 Million yoga practitioners consider themselves beginners. Easypose helps yogis of all types and skill levels improve their practice with private yoga instruction in the comfort of their home or workplace. Since the company started last year, people in over 40 cities across the U.S. have improved their yoga practice all with the ease of booking a private yoga teacher via the Easypose web site or mobile app.

The same study revealed that in 2016 over 80 million people tried yoga for the first time but only 6 million people decided to continue on with the practice. This large attrition rate can be attributed to the numerous pain points that yoga newcomers experience in the traditional yoga experience such as overcrowded studios, intimidation, lack of personalized attention and social anxiety.

“Our vision is to make people healthier with the help of yoga,” said Easypose Founder, Ruben Dua. “The platform we have built allows people of all types and skill levels to partake in private yoga instruction and realize the true benefits of yoga such as improvement to flexibility, cardiovascular health, strength, posture and stress management.”

Interested parties are encouraged to take advantage of this offer by signing up to Easypose and using the promo code #FREEFLOW at the checkout page. More info at

About Easypose
Based in Los Angeles, Easypose is a startup that connects businesses and consumers with a network of yoga teachers via a website and mobile app platform. The service is available in Southern and Northern California and the New York Tri-State area with over two thousand teachers in its network. The company has been featured by USA Today, Self Magazine, Yoga Journal, Fox, Good Day LA and is used by companies such as Salesforce, Bertelsmann, Chow Now, eHarmony and Prezi. Yoga to Your Place™ More info at

Live a Healthier Lifestyle by Switching To Green Cleaners

You can find home and carpet cleaners in most stores that carry groceries or cleaning products. However, many of these products contain chemicals that are harmful to your household and the environment. This is why green cleaning has become a way of life for many homeowners. If you are ready to switch to a greener lifestyle, here are several benefits of green cleaning in your home.

Positive Impact On The Environment

You are doing the environment a favor by switching from chemical-based cleaners to green cleaners. Green cleaners are made with natural ingredients, and this means you are not releasing any chemicals or toxins into the air.

You are reducing pollution to the air and water by switching to green products, and green cleaners also minimize the negative effects on the ozone and global climate. Green cleaners even come in recyclable packaging so you can reduce the amount of waste that winds up in the landfill.

Healthier For The Household

Green cleaners are healthier for your household because they are not releasing any toxins into the air. This means your family members and pets are not at risk of breathing in these harmful chemicals. The products are also designed to meet strict requirements to avoid combustion and skin absorption, so you do not have to worry about damaged packaging causing burns to their eyes or skin.

Make Your Own Cleaners

You can make your own cleaners using products found around the house or at the grocery store. There are many websites with recipes for natural cleaners, and the ingredients include common household products such as baking soda, vinegar and even water. This is a great way to save money on chemical-based cleaners that are too expensive.

Find Products In Stores

You may not have the time to find a recipe, gather the ingredients and make your own green products. The good news is you can find green products in the cleaning section of your local grocery store. You may even find an entire aisle of green cleaning supplies, or you may come across a store that only sells natural products. You can also stock up on green cleaning products by shopping online at grocery store and shopping websites.

You Can Still Hire A Professional

There comes a time when you need to hire a professional cleaning service for your carpet or entire home. A hectic schedule, medical issue or an important event are all scenarios that call for a professional cleaner. You may feel nervous about a professional cleaner bringing different types of cleaning products into your home. However, you do not have to sacrifice your green lifestyle just to hire a professional cleaning service. There are many companies that specialize in green cleaning, such as Green Choice Carpet Cleaning. The companies only use products and supplies that are safe for the environment.

You can create a healthy lifestyle for yourself, your household and the environment by switching to green cleaning products.

Diary Of A Beautiful Disaster by Kristin Bartzokis

March 21, 2017
Diary of A Beautiful Disaster
KiCam Projects
192 pages, with 8page photo insert
Paperback, $18.95
SELFHELP/ Motivational & Inspirational

She had just scored a perfect 10 on her floor exercise routine, but Kristin Bartzokis stood stoically before the screaming crowd.

For Kristin, this moment of perfection was something she always knew she could achieve. She’d been raised to live without limitations, and she’d adopted a determination to stay strong and unemotional, no matter what.

Born with Treacher Collins Syndrome, a facial abnormality, Kristin learned at an early age the importance of strength- strength when confronted with multiple surgeries, strength when confronted with stares and questions, and strength when confronted with the constant knowledge that you will never look, or be, like everyone else.

Kristin Bartzokis’ life story is one of achievement and inspiration, an example of an unbreakable spirit and unwavering fortitude. No matter what life has thrown at Kristin, she has turned challenges into triumphs and used obstacles as stepping stones.

Diary of a Beautiful Disaster empowers readers to embrace their own uniqueness and boldly go forth into the world being exactly who they are. Kristin reminds us that although life can be complicated and messy, it is always, above all, beautiful. 

The 411:

This is a moving book by an inspiring young woman who strives to help others understand her story and other's who may have facial abnormalities or just not fit into what "society" deems as beautiful. We are all beautiful and if you are like me you can see the beauty where sometimes others fail to. Kristin story gives background to her beginnings and life while providing an education for those who may not know what Treacher Collins Syndrome is. It was interesting to read how Kristin deals with staring, and the challenges of being accepted by her peers while staying positive through it all.

 My kids and I read Wonder this past Summer which was about a boy named Auggie who had Treacher Collins Syndrome and this was the first time I had ever heard of it.  Treacher Collins Syndrome is very rare and effects only about 1 out of 50,000 births and effects facial bone development including cheeks, jaw and ears. Babies born with Treacher Collins need to have their hearing checked early so hearing aids can be used as early as possible.

Kristin's story is given from her prospective but also includes pages of journaling provided by her parents. It was so hard reading some of the entries especially during the first surgery. I cannot imagine the fear.  Kristin's parents made sure their daughter grew up like everyone else. Kristin excelled in gymnastics, had many friends and while she struggled to not compare herself to others (who doesn't?) she never gave up doing her very best and being the best she can be. This is something we should all do!  If the rest of the world was more accepting of people's differences what a wonderful world this would be.

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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary book for my honest opinion.No monetary compensation was offered.

A Crafting For Kids Must Have

In Crafting Fun for Kids of All Ages, blogger Kim Uliana offers 200 entertaining, versatile, and easy-to-assemble arts and crafts projects for any occasion. Make glittery snowflakes and thumbprint ornaments during the holidays, create straw hats and button sunflowers for summer vacation, or decorate personalized bookmarks for back-to-school.

Kim guides readers through each project, giving step-by-step instructions even the youngest crafter will be able to follow. Projects are organized by materials to provide easy searching and shopping for children and adults.

Learn how to turn everyday crafting materials into pieces of art with Crafting Fun for Kids of All Ages. Pipe cleaners will become dream catchers and tiaras; buttons will turn into necklaces and wind chimes; tissue paper will transform into princess hats and fire-breathing dragons. Activities include:

Crafting with clay
Painting processes and ideas
Fun with pipe cleaners
Creative construction paper
And a whole lot more!

The 411:

This is the perfect craft book for home or school. The simple step by step instructions are those as young as 3 or 4 with assistance. 

The book is broken up in sections with 200 crafts using buttons, Popsicle sticks, paper plates, pipe cleaners, cup cake liners, pom poms, glitter and more. We love the ideas and can't wait to get many of them done. We only had pom poms in the house so we used that but many homes will have much of the supplies necessary. We need to make a run to Walmart and pick up some things.

I work in daycare with ages 2-3 and I cannot wait to do an Easter craft with them from the book. With supervision many of these projects will be perfect to do with my group of preschoolers.   They LOVE "art" projects and many of these are great for fine tuning their fine motor skills.

My daughter was inspired to get off her computer and craft since getting the book.  She saw some pine cones at school and brought them home for a pom pom craft. I was impressed with her hot glue gun skills. Aren't they cute?

I watched her and created my own pom pom, Cyclops, Santa snowman magnet for the fridge. 

So cute!

I am looking forward to showing off more of the fun crafts we do from this book. 

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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary product for my honest opinion. My reviews are 100% honest and true based on my personal opinion not on a company’s description or request. I am not employed by any company I review for. No monetary compensation was received.:

Ripley's Believe It Or Not Board Book Set #Giveaway

Ripley Publishing Introduces Two New Board Books
Wonder what in the world you just met, as you turn the pages of
Wacky 1-2-3 and ODDphabet!

ORLANDO, Fla. (February 28, 2017) - Ripley Publishing is expanding its line of popular children's books with the launch of the company's first board books, Ripley's Believe It or Not! ODDphabet and Ripley's Believe It or Not! Wacky 1-2-3, suitable for ages 3 and up.
Ripley's Believe It or Not! ODDphabet and Wacky 1-2-3 make learning letters and numbers tons of fun! From a painting elephant to singing mice, and everything in between, each quirky character is based on a true Ripley's-verified story.
From A to Z and 1 through 12, rhymes and colorful illustrations engage young readers to learn the basics while promoting inclusivity and individuality.
"Not your average board book, we created ODDphabet and 
Wacky 1-2-3 to make learning fun for children and parents alike," said Amanda Joiner, Director of Publishing Operations.
Both books feature highly engaging illustrations by Ripley cartoonist John Graziano, who also illustrates the daily Ripley's Believe It or Not! cartoon.

The 411:

These board books are the perfect size for little hands. Each one has fun, colorful pages that will kids will adore.

ODDphabet is the perfect ABC book to add to your child's library. Filled with a new take on the alphabet including words like Blobfish for B and Narwhal for N. The cute animals will keep children interested while they learn the letters of the alphabet

Wacky 1-2-3 is colorful and fun helping kids count up to 12. 

My preschoolers loved these books especially the page with the 12 cupcakes. They couldn't stop pointing at them.  

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