8 Signs of a Body Image Disorder in Teens

The way we think and feel about our body image has a direct impact on our mental health, contentment, and self-confidence. Unfortunately, many people are not happy with the way they look, and it seems that it is not just adults who are struggling to maintain self-esteem in the age of the ‘selfie’ and edited images on social media.

It has become evident through many studies that children as young as three are speaking negatively about their appearance and talking about the need to diet. Some children have even tried dieting by the time they turn six, and before the age of 12 a high number of girls believe that they are unattractive. These negative thinking patterns can lead to body image issues, unhealthy lifestyles, eating disorders or body image disorders. Here we explore the potential signs of a Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) in teenagers to helps parents recognize when their teenager may be developing problematic body image issues.

What is Body Dysmorphic Disorder?

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is a type of anxiety where a person focuses on particular aspects of their appearance or parts of their body and worries that they are abnormal or too unattractive. While others do not notice anything unusual and those close to them try to reassure them, they are convinced that they are flawed. They will usually obsess about what they perceive to be a flaw with intrusive thoughts and poor self-esteem, which can have a destructive impact on their life. This may also cause them to try and cover parts of their body, and they may even consider (or go through with) cosmetic surgery. Someone with BDD is not vain or superficial; they are unable to prevent their negative thoughts from interrupting their day.

We have listed the potential signs of BDD below. If you are concerned that your teenager is exhibiting several of the symptoms it’s important to know that it can be treated with therapy and medication. It’s best to seek professional help from a specialist center, such as Ignite Teen Treatment, where they will advise the most appropriate action or treatment. This may include counseling, medication, or cognitive behavioral therapy. Remember to reassure your teenager that their condition is nothing to be ashamed of and that with the right help they will recover.

Signs of Body Dysmorphic Disorder

1. Regularly checking their appearance in a mirror
2. Asking for reassurance about their appearance from family or friends
3. Being afraid of seeing their reflection or photos of themselves and avoiding mirrors and cameras
4. Re-applying make-up or fixing their hair to an excessive amount as they are never satisfied
5. Exercising excessively and/or obsessively
6. Regularly dieting and/or restricting their diet to an unhealthy degree
7. Avoiding events or social occasions which require them to show parts of their body, e.g., going to a swimming pool or to the beach
8. Talking about needing or wanting surgery to ‘correct’ what they perceive to be a flaw.

4 Important Things To Remember When Dealing With Grief

Dealing with the death of a loved one is always tough, but it’s something that we all have to face
at some point in our lives. It’s important that you find a way to move on with your life and learn to
live without that person, but a lot of people find that they cannot move past it. But if you don’t, it
can start to have a serious impact on your physical and mental health and affect your quality of life
in so many ways. If you are trying to deal with the loss of a loved one, here are some important
things that you should remember. 

Seek Help If You Need It 

This is one of the most important things that you should remember. It’s perfectly natural to
be struggling if you have just lost somebody, and there is no shame in asking for help. A lot
of people don’t like the idea of speaking with a counselor or going to a support group but it can
make such a huge difference. If you are finding it hard, make sure that you reach out to somebody,
even if it’s just a friend or a family member. 

Speaking with a counselor can help you to learn new methods for dealing with your grief and
managing your mental health during a difficult time. Talking with somebody about your feelings
makes so much difference, so it’s definitely worth considering seeking help from a counselor.

Support groups are also very useful for people that are dealing with grief. It can sometimes feel like
the people around you don’t understand what you are going through and that can be very isolating.
But if you attend a support group and speak with people that are experiencing the same thing as
you, it can be a big help. People that have been dealing with grief for longer than you will also be
able to give you good advice to help you on your journey.

Look For Financial Support 

This is something that people don’t always think about, but if you lose a member of the household, it
could leave you in some financial trouble. Without their income, it may be difficult to manage all of
your expenses. Even though that is probably the last thing on your mind right now, it can make your
situation worse if you have financial problems to deal with on top of your grief. That’s why you should
seek financial support if you can get it. If a person is involved in a fatal accident, you should speak
with wrongful death lawyers to see if you have a case. If you can get some compensation, it will be a
huge help, and getting justice for the person that you lost will make it easier for you to move on. You
should also see if there is any government assistance that you might be entitled to as well. Any
financial help that you can find will make things a lot easier for you during this difficult time. 

Don’t Neglect Your Own Health 

It’s so easy to forget about your own health when you are grieving, and people slip into bad habits.
You might find it difficult to sleep and you may stop eating proper meals. But if you don’t take care of
yourself, it will make you feel a lot worse. That’s why it’s important to focus on health and wellness
and make sure that you are taking care of your physical and mental health. Eating well is very
important so, even though it can be hard to find the energy, you need to make sure that you are
eating regular meals and you are cooking healthy options instead of relying on junk food and snacks.
Getting into a good sleeping routine is important too, but it can be very difficult in this situation. If you
are finding it impossible to sleep, you should speak with your doctor and see if there is anything that
they can give you. 

Don’t Rush Back Into A Normal Routine 

A lot of people will tell you that you should keep busy and try to get back to your normal routine so
you are not sitting around thinking about it all the time. But keeping yourself busy is not the best
thing to do because you are just running away from the issue. It’s important that you tackle your
feelings head on and deal with them, rather than simply distracting yourself from them by keeping

Dealing with the loss of a loved one is difficult and it will always take time before you can start to get
back to normal. But the transition will be a lot easier if you remember these important things.

It's Coming Sooner Than You Think - Get In The Spirit With A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish #CinderellaChristmas

The countdown has begun! 1 More Day, and we can barely contain our excitement. Laura Marano is bringing Christmas to October – and we have a never-before seen clip from her upcoming holiday film to share with you, and enchant your day!

Tomorrow – October 15 – A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish will be available on Digital from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (and on Blu-ray & DVD on October 29).

The holidays are a time to reminisce about wonderful memories with your loved ones, a time to put out your holiday d├ęcor that has been passed down from generation to generation, and a time to cozy up by the fireplace and watch your favorite holiday movies with your family!

We here to get you ready for the best Christmas ever! Just in time for the highly anticipated release of  A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish, we also have a fun craft to do with your kids at home! We hope you can share with your readers to get them into the holiday spirit, as well as make with your kids at home - and create holiday memories to last a lifetime.

Get Crafty With DIY Mason Jar Snow Globes:

Snow Globes can be treasured year-round and can sometimes hold sentimental value. Create memories with your littles ones with this quick craft made from items you probably have lying around the house!

Never-Before-Seen Film Clip:

In this clip you will find Kat Decker (played by Laura Marano) reminiscing about dad, as she holds a snow globe he gave her and she sings a beautiful song

Brimming with overtones from the classic fairytale, this contemporary musical follows Katherine “Kat” Decker dreaming of becoming a famous singer-songwriter. Her reality, however, is suffocated by her conniving and cruel stepfamily and a demoralizing job working as a singing elf at billionaire Terrence Wintergarden’s Santa Land. When she starts to fall for Nick, the handsome new Santa at the tree lot, things begin to look up. Unfortunately, when her stepmother and stepsisters realize Kat has been invited to the prestigious Wintergarden Christmas Gala, they’ll stop at nothing to procure their own invitation and keep Kat from attending. With the help of her attentive dog, a true friend, and a little bit of holiday magic, Kat may just make it to the gala, discover the true identity of Nick, and experience the true meaning of Christmas.

The Magic Mirror by Anna Staniszewski - Early Chapter Book

Pick a book. Grow a reader! This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!

The Enchanted Kingdom is in a heat wave until the Ice Princess uses her magic mirror to make winter come; no wonder Kara and Zed are too hot. But the magic mirror is broken! And no one else wants to help the princess. Can Kara and Zed find out how to fix the mirror and bring back winter? Or will it be summer forever? Macky Pamintuan's illustrations are on every page, welcoming readers into the adorably silly world of the 'Once upon a Fairy Tale' series.

The 411:

Children are going to love the Once Upon A Fairy Tale Series if the series is anything like this book. The Magic Mirror is the perfect Chapter Book for new Chapter Readers because there are wonderful sketch illustrations to break up the story which is about friends Zed (Royal Messenger) and Kara who set out on an adventure to help the the Ice Princess after reading one of the scrolls in his messenger pack. You see the there is a terrible heat wave that melted the wax seal on a letter from the Ice Princess to he Prince. Her Magic Mirror is broken and without it she cannot bring on winter.  She tells the kids that her sister smashed her mirror. When the kids head over to the Sun Princess' castle they find out that a Snow Monkey named Clyde that was given to the sisters by their parents and was to be shared is spending more time with the Ice Princess. Basically these sisters are jealous of each other and blame the other! The kids use their sleuthing skills to figure out why the girls are angry, how the mirror broke and eventually bring peace to the Enchanted Kingdom so that the seasons continue to change and all is well.

This is a wonderful story. Morals, communication and meeting each other half way so everyone is happy are the morals of this story for me.

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Disclaimer: I received an ARC for my honest opinion. No monetary compensation was offered. All opinions are my own.

Monkey & Cake Have A New Book Out: My Tooth Is Lost

Meet Monkey and Cake.
They are silly. They are curious.
Sometimes they fight.
But Monkey and Cake are always best friends.

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Day the Crayons Quit, Drew Daywalt, and illustrator Olivier Tallec, comes a fresh new duo Monkey and Cake. In this book, Monkey has lost a tooth! This makes Monkey sad. Cake reassures Monkey that the tooth fairy will come... but Monkey isn't so sure. Can Cake help find the lost tooth instead?

With Daywalt's signature voice and style, the relatable humor of Elephant and Piggie, and the wise friendship of Frog and Toad, Monkey and Cake invites readers to laugh along and let their imaginations soar.

I Love Monkey and Cake Books. If you have a child who is learning how to read, wants to read on their own or are reluctant readers this is the series for them!

A fun read, easy words, adorable characters. Kids will love reading about Cake and Monkey.

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Barbie Forever - The Perfect Coffee Table Book For Barbie Lovers

I was a huge Barbie fan growing up. As a child my family never bought us "real" Barbies, we got a lot of "fakes".  You know the dollar store type dolls but I loved Barbie. There was nothing like her and I was so jealous of my friends who had Barbies. Oddly enough; fast forward to 2005 when my baby girl was born. I started a nice, little collection of Barbie dolls for when she was old enough to play with them. SHE NEVER WAS INTO THEM! UGH.  This book will be with me forever. 

Barbie Forever: Her Inspiration, History, and Legacy (epic ink, September 24, 2019, $40.00 US), by author and historian Robin Gerber, presents a detailed, full-color portrait of this beloved doll through all-new interviews, original sketches, vintage photos, advertisements, a foldout timeline, and much more.       

Barbie Forever explores how the doll came to be, what it takes to create one of her many looks, and how her legacy continues to influence the world. Since her debut in 1959, Barbie has been breaking boundaries and highlighting major moments in art, fashion, and culture. She has been an interpreter of taste and style in every historic period she has lived through and has reflected female empowerment through the more than 200 careers she has embodied. Today, celebrating 60 years as an international icon, Barbie continues to spark imaginations and influence conversations around the world.

I loved reading about Barbies start! Over my 53 years I knew a little history of Barbie but this is such a great collection of "everything Barbie".

Check this out! So friggin' cool!

A real photo of me looking at my friend's Barbies with envy! (NOT a real photo)

There are so many photos in this large book. Anyone who loves Barbie will love this book! It is perfect for coffee tables and makes me wish I had one to display it on. However, it will forever sit on my bookcase and I will take it down every now and again to look at the pictures.

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Hamilton Mills Coffee Pumpkin Spice #Giveaway - 40 KCups Ends 10/31

Guys if you are like me you LOVE everything about fall. The apples, the Halloween festivities, the decorations, the mums, the scarecrows, the crisp mornings and sunny afternoons, the leaves, the sweater weather and pumpkin spice everything. I LOVE IT! It is my favorite season and I love pumpkin. The Hamilton Mills Pumpkin Spice flavored coffee is perfect! It is one of those Limited Fall Edition coffees that you need to get your fill of now because it isn't around forever.

Hamilton Mills uses 100% Arabica beans roasted for full bodied coffee. While I felt this wasn't a bold coffee it was a nice medium coffee perfect to enjoy at this time of year or anytime you are missing Autumn.

If you are someone who loves the smell of coffee this is one that will be a favorite. This week every time I made a cup, everyone else suddenly wanted coffee as well. The smell says delicious.

My favorite way to drink this is with Pumpkin Spice Creamer, Whipped Cream and a touch of Cinnamon on top. It is like dessert in a cup. I found I didn't need to have something sweet with my coffee, it was the perfect treat all by itself.
For a chance to win, enter the form below or order your own Hamilton Mills Coffee here.

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Halloween Coffee - Trick & Treat K-Cup #GIVEAWAY - Ends 10/31 @javafactory

Such a fun coffee! I love the box (a glowing Jack O' Lantern and black and orange color), the name; Trick or Treat and the taste which is a delicious blend of pumpkin and marshmallow! This is the perfect Halloween party coffee or when you just need to have a little fun.  Java Factory’s Limited Edition Trick & Treat coffee is so good. Sweater Weather is here as is everything pumpkin spice. What makes this flavor different though is that touch of sweet marshmallow.

Like all the other Java Factory coffees Trick & Treat is made with 100% Arabica Coffee. The taste isn't overpowering and if you are not a pumpkin lover you may find this changing this for you.  The flavor is a light to medium coffee and my co-workers wait for the days I bring in a new box of K-Cups to try so I can't wait to show them this one.

I have a second box so I can do a bowl of candy for my Trick Or Treaters this year but I am also doing a bowl for parents containing Trick Or Treat K-Cups. I know they will love it.

This is a delicious treat. In fact, I am drinking a cup right now. It is the best way to write a review post about coffee..wish you could try it with me. One of my readers will have the chance at the end of this post. Check out my little video and don't worry that hand is part of the house decorations. No one was hurt in the making of this video!

For a chance to win, enter the form below or order your own Trick Or Treat Coffee here.

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Doom Patrol Could Be Your New Binge Worthy Show - Season One Is Out On Blu-ray, DVD and Digital

Embrace the Strange to Save the World


Contains All Action-Packed Episodes from the First Season of the Hit DC UNIVERSE Original Series, Plus Gag Reel & Deleted Scenes!

Get a Grip of Your Inner Demons on October 1, 2019
With the Release of the Hit Series on Blu-ray™ & DVD

Things are about to get weird! Get ready for nonstop action as the world’s favorite misfit DC Super Heroes are about to enter our universe with the release of Doom Patrol: The Complete First Season on Blu-ray and DVD on October 1, 2019 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Strap yourself in for an exhilarating ride with all 15 episodes from the first season of the DC UNIVERSE original series, plus enjoy the captivating extra features including gag reel and deleted scenes. Doom Patrol: The Complete First Season.

Following the mysterious disappearance of their leader, Dr. Niles Caulder (“The Chief”), these reluctant heroes will find themselves in a place they never expected to be, called to action by none other than Cyborg, who comes to them with a mission hard to refuse. Part support group, part Super Hero team, the Doom Patrol is a band of superpowered freaks who fight for a world that wants nothing to do with them.

“In only its first season, the critically acclaimed series has received a 95% certified fresh rating and scored an 8 out of 10 on RottenTomatoes.com – and continues to gain momentum,” said Rosemary Markson, WBHEG Senior Vice President, TV Marketing. “Now is the time to join in on the investigation of the world’s weirdest phenomena with these unique DC Super Heroes. We are excited to make this outstanding first season available on all formats – Digital, Blu-ray and DVD – for fans and newcomers to enjoy along with a never-before-seen gag reel!”

With Blu-ray’s unsurpassed picture and sound, Doom Patrol: The Complete First Season will be released in 1080p Full HD Video with DTS-HD Master Audio for English 5.1. The 2-disc Blu-ray will feature a high-definition Blu-ray and a Digital Copy of all 15 episodes from season one (available in the U.S.).

Doom Patrol stars Diane Guerrero (“Orange is the New Black”), April Bowlby (“Two and a Half Men”), Joivan Wade (“Doctor Who”) and Alan Tudyk (“Firefly,” Serenity) with Matt Bomer (Magic Mike), and Brendan Fraser (The Mummy), and a special appearance by Timothy Dalton (License to Kill). Based on the characters from DC, Doom Patrol is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (“The Flash,” “Supergirl,” “Riverdale,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow)”, Jeremy Carver (“Supernatural,” “Frequency”), Geoff Johns (Aquaman, Wonder Woman), Chris Dingess (Agent Carter, Eastwick) and Sarah Schechter (“The Flash,” “Supergirl,” “Blindspot,” “Black Lightning”). Doom Patrol is the second original live-action series from the DC UNIVERSE digital subscription service.

·     Gag Reel 

·     Gag Reel
·     Deleted Scenes

1.  Pilot
2.  Donkey Patrol
3.  Puppet Patrol
4.  Cult Patrol
5.  Paw Patrol
6.  Doom Patrol Patrol
7.  Therapy Patrol
8.  Danny Patrol
9.  Jane Patrol
10.   Hair Patrol
11.   Frances Patrol
12.   Cyborg Patrol
13.   Flex Patrol
14.   Penultimate Patrol
15.   Ezekiel Patrol


BD and DVD Presented in 16x9 widescreen format
Running Time: Feature: Approx 900 min

Enhanced Content: Approx 25 min 

The 411:

I am not even sure how Doom Patrol was never on my radar. It has all the elements everyone loves in superhero movies. The Doom Patrol are a bunch of Misfits with names like Robot Man, Negative Man, Elasti-Woman and yo Crazy Jane with all her personalities brilliantly played by Diane Guerrero She is amazing! Love her!

Everyone in the Doom Patrol have become unwilling superheros because of their disabilities or accidents. The series stars Brandon Fraser, Timothy Dalton, Matt Bomer, Diane Guerrero as well as other familiar faces.  These guys fight to protect the world and the people within it even though no one wants anything to do with them.

I love the weirdness of it all. This is not your regular superhero show yes it is witty, funny, interesting with the characters healing their guilt, learning about their abilities and learning about each other but I was floored with how twisted it is. It truly pushed the envelope. I mean come on these writers are definitely fun people.  In episode 2 Donkey Patrol the gang enters another town through a donkey. Through a friggin donkey! We watch one of our heroes' eye as she tries to see down into the donkey then the rest get pulled in as she falls into the gullet of the donkey. Hello! Hysterical. I wish there weren't so many adult scenes so I could watch with my kids. However that won't be happening. There is a scene where Cliff flexs and gives everyone an orgasm even the street he is on has an orgasm. LOL...This is the scene that made me talk to my co-workers about the show.

This is definitely a must see especially if you are into odd, strange, weird, brilliant shows. I friggin love it. One episode 4 right now and plan on watching again with my husband when he has time. I think he will love it.

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

How to Emotionally Support Your Child with Leukemia

If your child has been diagnosed with leukemia, it can be incredibly harrowing to stay positive and encouraging through the progression of treatment. Here are some ways to help your child emotionally navigate their cancer treatment. 

Find Low Energy Hobbies

Often times, one of the most depressing aspects of cancer is the fatigue and lack of ability to participate in activities. Try to invest time into activities that require less energy but can still be entertaining and fulfilling for your child. Some wonderful low energy hobbies include doing puzzles, learning needlework such as knitting or crocheting, origami and jewelry making. Creativity can help stimulate your child's mind and also pass the time. 

Join a Support Group

Sometimes one of the best support systems you can receive while going through cancer is the experience and guidance of those who are taking the journey simultaneously. Childhood leukemia support groups are a great option for connecting with others and sharing stories and words of encouragement. Meeting with others on a similar path can be of great benefit to your child while they are fighting leukemia. 

Use Positive Affirmations Daily

Positive affirmation is a specific way of speaking that can be used to change your outlook on your current situation or life in general. They can be utilized for any benefit, from stress relief to inviting hope into your current outlook. Speaking positive affirmations to your child on a daily basis can help both of you to manage stress and other physical symptoms of leukemia treatment, such as nausea, fatigue and hair loss from chemotherapy. 
Although watching your child suffer with leukemia can be a grueling experience, there are ways to emotionally help them navigate cancer and its treatment. Using these tips, you can help your child make the most they can out of a negative situation. 
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