Thursday, November 30, 2017

Saying Goodbye To A Pet Is Never Easy.

My daughter added the cross to the photo

Parents experience endless milestones with their children. Some magical and heartwarming, some awful and unavoidable.

Teaching young children about death, family member or pet, tops the terrible list, but there are tools and attitudes moms and dads can arm themselves with, that can ease the conversation for all.

Paw Pods is on a mission to make pet loss beautiful, easily understood, environmentally safe and as dignified as possible. 

A teaching tool for kids to learn about the circle and celebration of life...

Fish tend to be the “starter pets” for kids. However, that doesn’t diminish the important lessons of responsibility and compassion that are instilled from pet ownership. With a short life span, it’s inevitable that young ones will see that first pet pass away. The first instinct is to flush it down the toilet, which is wrong and harmful for several reasons:  

§ This creates infestations in storm drains, ponds and rivers that kill the ecosystem, creates a competitor and predator to local fish and affect the growth of native plants. Not only is it illegal and unfair to your pet, but the goldfish harm the natural environment as they can grow to the size of dinner plates. 

Paw Pods Fish Pods can help young ones avoid the trauma of seeing a pet flushed down the toilet. This also may serve as an important teaching tool for parents, death can be very difficult to explain, let alone comprehend for children, make them a part of the process.

Creativity helps the healing process. You and your little one can decorate the pods with your pet’s name and pictures to allow children to be involved in creating a pet memorial and leave their sadness behind.

While it’s impossible to shelter your children from the loss of a pet, you can help them cope

Learn why parents are looking to Paw Pods:

100% Biodegradable & no artificial colors

Made with sustainable bamboo and rice husk, designed to degrade within 3-5 years of being introduced intro environment

Prices range from $9.99-149.99--a fraction of the price of a traditional pet casket

The ultimate teaching tool that shows kids the value of a life, while also comforting them at the time of loss, say goodbye to your pet the healthy, sensible way with Paw Pods.

The 411:

It is never easy to lose a pet. I remember as a kid my friends would bury their pets in the backyard in a cardboard box. It never felt right. All I ever thought about was how cold the pet must be. It was a pathetic resting place for a loved pet.

The Pod is 100% biodegradable and made of bamboo powder, cornstarch, and rice husk which allows it to break down to beneficial compost within 5 years.

They Pods come in different sizes from fish size to medium pet size and can be painted or personalized if your child wishes. Let them lead the best way for them to cope. Maybe leaving good-bye messages or writing their pet's name is what will help them most.

It also comes with a sympathy card in the same shape that is featured on the top of the pod. After placing the pod in the ground you can place this card that contains seeds for a living memorial

I think this is a beautiful tribute to a much loved pet.

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

Explaining Santa When You Get Those Questions!

Mom, are you Santa Claus?

Love, Santa
is the beautifully affirming answer to that that inevitable, daunting question.

Every parent who celebrates Christmas will adore the gift of Love, Santa—a lavishly designed picture book by acclaimed author Martha Brockenbrough and illustrator Lee White!

Love, Santa began as a real-life series of letters between Martha and her young daughter Lucy. As happens in so many families, Lucy wrote letters to Santa every year that Martha secretly answered. Then Lucy turned nine and asked the most dreaded Christmas question.  So Martha wrote one final letter, explaining the truth about the magic of Christmas and the identity of Santa Claus.

We are all Santa Claus when we give the gift of love.

Martha knew her story could help other parents going through the same daunting moments so she posted it on a popular parenting blog. The reaction was immediate: the original piece was picked up by national outlets including The New York Times, has been shared and pinned millions of times worldwide.

Martha Brockenbrough is available for interviews and other content. Lucy is now a teenager and collaborated with her Mom on a holiday songs project, the proceeds of which will go to charity.

The 411:

I love this book. It is so sweet and beautifully written. It is the story of a little girl who writes letters to Santa every year and gets responses from him. There are actually envelopes with letters inside glued to the pages of the story that you can take out and read.

As she gets older she starts writing to her Mom asking if she is Santa. Mom explains in the most lovely way ever that Santa is an idea. He is how you show love and that he is real in our hearts and in what we do for others.

If this is something you are dreading, this is the perfect story book.

To Purchase


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

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Mind Stretchers #Giveaway

Mind Stretchers Vol 1ACTIVATE your thinking muscles. It’s too easy just to turn on the TV and let the images of the day wash over us, leaving brain cells unchallenged and a bit sad. Keep your brain happy with this mind stretching collection of puzzles. Crosswords, word searches, trivia, logic and numerical games—these teasers are all designed to inspire and stimulate the mind. So turn off the dreaded box and turn to Mind Stretchers—you’ll be entertained, learn new things, wake up your brain and it’s definitely more fun than watching the news.


Mind Stretchers Vol 2 CoverGet a full-brain workout with a new collection EVEN MORE mind stretching puzzles Now in its second volume this beloved series offers more teasers all designed to inspire and stimulate the mind. Switch off the TV, put down the phone and embrace Mind Stretchers—you’ll be entertained, learn new things, wake up your brain and it’s definitely more fun than watching the news.

The 411: 

I don't know about you but I love books like these. We all like to play our Candy Crush or whatever big game you are playing on your phone but there is nothing like sitting down with a book and tackling these puzzles. They definite exercise the mind and as we get more and more engrossed in our virtual digital world I believe we all need to take a moment to unplug and be in the real world.

Can you complete a whole crossword puzzle? I think it has happened 25 times in my life. It makes you feel good and stimulates the mind. These books are perfect because there is no way to get bored. It is not just crosswords, or a book of word finds or Sudoku. It is all of these and more.

I have been working on Volume 2 of Mind Stretchers at lunch for the past week. It definitely is fun and my co-workers have been great getting involved in my puzzles and helping me to complete them. Instead of playing solitary on your phone, I have been laughing and socializing with friends who also love playing these games.

Get a book, unplug and exercise your brain.

Look for these books and more fun items on my Holiday Gift Guide located at the top of my home page.

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