Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Reframing the Conversation Around Autism


What does it mean to grow up with a condition and not know it? What happens when you discover the condition at forty years of age? Does it become an excuse for a lifetime of missteps and confusion? Or does it lead to a journey of understanding who you are and a burning desire to help others understand themselves? More than 3.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder. And 35 percent of young adults with autism have not had a job or received postgraduate education after leaving high school. Faced with many challenges, individuals on the spectrum have different and unique ways to carve out a better and fulfilling life for themselves.


Told from the perspective of somebody living on the autism spectrum, A Long Walk Down a Winding Road: SmallSteps, Challenges & Triumphs Through an Autistic Lens [Spectrum Wisdom Publishing, October 2019] by author Sam Farmer offers clear advice and simple steps for people looking for greater happiness and success in spite of the challenges and adversity that often interfere with these pursuits. Interwoven with real stories of personal triumphs, Farmer reframes the conversation around autism and Asperger’s—which too often veers into negative territory in the public consciousness. 

Raw, emotional and inspiring, A Long Walk Down a Winding Road is more than a memoir; it emphasizes the importance of a broader acceptance of autism and argues why it should not be thought of as a disorder. Farmer illustrates how society can greatly benefit from showing an understanding of people who are different. By embracing his “Aspie” profile, Farmer found his pathway towards self-love and understanding.

Farmer says, “My hope is that my reflection and guidance may help others address certain challenges which tend to be shared by autistic and non-autistic folks alike.”
In this transformative book, readers will uncover:
  • How one may learn how to love him or herself 
  • An understanding of bullying and how to rise above it
  • Why being autistic should not be viewed as a disorder, a disability or a diagnosis—rather, it should be looked at as a “profile” with unique attributes that stem from neurological differences 
  • Strategies for greater career and workplace success
  • How being autistic has brought about unique challenges in Farmer’s roles as husband and father, and the mind shift and growth that resulted from his efforts at confronting these challenges
  • Social skills challenges which people both on and off the spectrum may experience, and how such challenges can be addressed
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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Award-winning Child Advocate Touts Celebs for Helping Save At Risk Youth


New York media veteran and nationally recognized, award-winning child advocate, Steve Simpson was abused as a child. He was suicidal, had failing grades and even ran away. But for over two decades, he has been traveling the country, leading youth groups, helping save lives, and he suggests that celebs like Demi Lovato & Selena Gomez are helping offer a positive influence on teenagers and young adults and that they even possibly have saved lives, too. He will say that:  
  • It’s that feeling that you’re alone with your problems which is one of the causes of hopelessness that lends to the horrible choice of suicide
  • Demi Lovato & Selena Gomez let young people know they can not only survive their problems but can even be successful and happy despite their problems
  • When Steve was growing up unfortunately performers and celebrities did not open up like Demi and Selena, therefore he, like so many others, would simply look at them and how great everything seemed with them and wonder "What's wrong with my life?"
  • Most young people are resistant in getting help (therapy, 12 step programs and self-help groups and going to a school counselor) because of the stigma. When Demi & Selena openly talk about being in therapy or involved in self-help groups it takes away from the stigma and encourages young people to get help
  • There are many young people who want to be singers, actors, musicians, writers etc. who are in abusive and dysfunctional homes who are horribly discouraged by their own family. Steve’s abusive alcoholic father took every chance he had to bash his talents and rip apart my self-esteem. Demi & Selena give an example to those talented young people to continue to not give up their dreams and talents.
Being a writer/youth advocate who has been consistent in the media since the early 1990s and has run youth and young adult groups throughout the years Steve knows what is in the minds of young people and how they react to things they hear and Demi & Selena have been consistently some of the most effective celebrities who have really helped young people.


Steve Simpson is a child advocate, child abuse survivor and media commentator who just released The Teenage and Young Adult Survival Handbook -- a small guide that is modestly tucked inside in all four of his YA adventure novels which covers most of the topics plaguing young people today—suicide, bullying, sexual abuse, physical abuse, verbal abuse, self-worth, being the child of an addict, living in a dysfunctional home, surviving school and more. Simpson was even recognized by President Barack Obama, former New York governor David Paterson and the County Executive of Nassau County for his efforts on behalf of abused children.

Monday, October 28, 2019

8 Tips To Teach Your Kids How Money Works

All parents want nothing but the best for their kids, and that includes growing up to be successful in life. But when it comes to money, many parents struggle terribly to teach their kids about it. The good news: even parents who haven’t been financially successful themselves can teach their kids everything they need to know about money including how misunderstood it is by the masses.

Steve Siebold is author of the new book “How Money Works: Stop Being a Sucker,” and is a self-made millionaire who has interviewed more than 1,300 of the world’s wealthiest people over the last 35 years.  

His 8 tips to help parents teach their kids how money works:

  • Teach your kids to dream big: The self-made rich are the biggest dreamers in the world, and parents encourage their kids to dream beyond what they think is possible. The truth is that not all their ideas are winners, but that doesn’t discourage them from thinking about it. Encourage you kids to dream about whatever it is that motivates, excites and drives them. 

  • Teach your kids to build a healthy relationship with money: Unfortunately, most people see money through the eyes of fear and scarcity. The wealthy teach their kids to look at money as a positive force in their lives, and see it through the eyes of freedom, possibility, abundance and opportunity.

  • Teach your kids that wealth is nonlinear: School and most of what you learn is going to teach you to think in linear terms or in a straight line. 123. ABC. Unfortunately, the serious problems in society are rarely solved at this basic level of thought. Encourage your kids to look at things in as many different ways as possible, and in ways that other people never even consider. Teach them that linear thinking is the obvious. Nonlinear thinking is the nonobvious.  Linear thinking will make your kids a living. Nonlinear thinking will make them rich.

  • Teach your kids to maintain a sense of urgency: Teach your kids that with each passing year, time seems to accelerate, so they must operate with a sense of urgency. The masses procrastinate, stall and put-off fulfilling their commitments to the very last minute, which is often too late. Teach your kids it starts now by completing their class assignments, homework, chores, sports or music practice, and anything else they commit to in advance or at least on time.

  • Teach your kids to embrace conflict: Most people avoid conflict at all costs. They hate it. Teach your kids that constructive conflict can be a valuable learning mechanism. When smart people disagree on ideas, philosophies and strategies, new levels of understanding can be reached. Teach your kids to keep their emotions out of conflict and look at it through the eyes of logic and learning. If they do this, they’ll be able to use conflict to learn, grow, be more successful and make more money. Remember, conflict is inevitable, but combat is optional.

  • Teach your kids to fail forward: Teach your kids that success is usually built on a series of attempts and failures. Most of the world views failure as a death sentence. Instead of learning from the failure and moving forward, most people shrink back into their comfort zones and play it safe for the rest of their lives. Teach your kids that failure isn’t fun, but it is the required foundation of making it big. Making mistakes and the education they will give you is to be expected and embraced.

  • Teach your kids to take responsibility: Teach your kids they are responsible for their success, fulfillment and happiness. Most people like to blame everyone and everything but themselves for their struggles. It’s never their faults because they refuse to grow up and accept the fact that they are makers of their own destinies. Teach your kids not to wait for the hero on the white horse to come riding in to save them. They are the heroes and they are 100% responsible for saving themselves.

Teach your kids to cocoon themselves: Teach your kids to be selective over who gains access to their inner circle. The masses see this as an elitist action successful people take to isolate themselves from others because they think they’re better. That’s simply not true. Cocooning is about protecting your consciousness from the fear and scarcity mindsets that plagues the masses. Dr. Albert Einstein said, “Consciousness is contagious,” and he couldn’t be righter. Your kids will be the average of the five people they spend the most time with 

Sunday, October 27, 2019

My Life In Pics 8-17 to 8-21

I am soooo behind as usual. As I sit here trying to get down 8 oz of pure Aloe Vera juice on a rainy Sunday my thoughts go to all the things I didn't get to over the summer.  Life got in the way and Summer was a bummer but the last few weeks have been great so I wanted to play catch up since I have time. I should be reading one of my review books (they are backing up) but since I just dropped my daughter off at a friends to watch movies with some of her closest and the boys are busy with football I thought why not!?

Aug 17 - Goddess got her twice a year hair cut. She was not the happiest because it was time to take off a few inches. Usually she gets a trim but it was getting nasty at the ends.  Our stylist is the best. I have been going to her for 12 years and we trust her with long hair PLUS she is the blow out Queen. I don't know how she does it but our hair looks amazing when we walk out.


Aug 18 - This is my girl! She loves taking photos as much as I did/do! I always had a camera in my hands. She saw a Garden Orb Spider and ran in to get one of my cameras.


Aug 19 - The braces are finally on! My girl has two canines that have stuck out forever. Her lips use to get caught on them and it was taking so long for all the baby teeth to come out. They are finally on and and 2 months they are already aligned. Now we work on the overbite.  I had just told her she looks nice with braces and this was the face I got!


Aug 20 - My daughter go this awful lighting photo but I love it because this is how Luna and I usually spend our time together. Forehead or nose to forehead or head. There is something so relaxing about our heads being together. There are 10 Scientific Reasons You Should Have A Cat in case you needed to know. 


Aug 21 - This is George! Do you need another reason as to why we cat sit!? George is cute. His family are friends. We enjoy spending time with him and his furry sibs and miss them when we are done sitting.


Halloween's Here! Are Your Teeth Ready?

Dentists love Halloween as much as the next person, but the holiday can pose a sticky situation for your teeth. However, there are ways to enjoy tonight's treats without destroying your pearly whites. 

Here are some tips:

* This may sound counterintuitive. But let kids eat as much of their candy as they want tonight. It's easier on the teeth than eating treats in 20 to 30 minute intervals, day after day. 

* Share the wealth. Chances are your kids are going to bring home way more candy than they need. Consider taking some to co-workers, or finding a local dental office that is offering a candy buy-back program.

* Make sure to brush and floss. As always, after the candy binge, make sure your kids properly brush and floss to get rid of all of that sugar and residue.

* Take control after Trick-or-Treat night. Dispense treats after Halloween in one-time sittings so that your kids are binging on sugary treats all day and night


Dr. Jamie Reynolds (www.AskDrReynolds.com) is recognized on an annual basis as one of the top orthodontists in metro Detroit. His book, World Class Smiles Made in Detroit, puts an emphasis on the many benefits of having a great smile. Reynolds – who is a national and international lecturer on high-tech digital orthodontics and practice management – attended the University of Michigan.

Get them brushing early with these products

Never Stop Dancing Is A Must Read

I just started reading Never Stop Dancing: A Memoir by John Robinette and Robert Jacoby  https://never-stop-dancing.com/.  Never Stop Dancing is a story of grief, male friendship, and healing conversations. 

A summary...  “Be present,” “cherish each day,” “always say I love you.” John Robinette lived those words. Or so he thought.

In the spring of 2010, John’s wife, Amy, was killed in an accident on the streets of Washington, DC, leaving him alone to raise their two young sons. His world was shattered and his friend, Robert, was shattered seeing him grieve. Robert was at a loss as to what he could possibly do--what anyone could do--to help John in his miserable situation. Then the thought came: Just be with John; talk with him; listen to him. Robert proposed an unusual idea: he would interview John over the course of the first year after Amy’s death. The hope was to meet John directly in his experience of sorrow, explore his grief with him, and discover what lessons might be learned.


Now, nine years later, a book is born of those candid conversations. Never Stop Dancing avoids clich├ęd takeaways about grief and healing to chart a deeper, thornier examination of loss and regret. Robert and John were transformed through their shared experience and emerged strengthened with an abiding male friendship that cuts against the grain of pop-culture trends of quick fixes and easy answers. 

Review coming but I had to let you know about this amazing book!

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Zoonicorn Wish Me Unicorns



I believe in Zoonicorns, do you?
Zoonicorn plushies originated from a unique idea for a children's story that soon flourished into a limitless dreamland of mythical creatures who create an environment in which social and emotional learning are the main themes. Zoonicorns, Valeo, Aliel, Promithea and Ene are part unicorn, part zebras, with magical wishing horns. Kiss the nose of your Zoonicorn, watch their horn light up and make a wish!


Through collaborative problem-solving, Zoonicorns promote and empower children to be more confident which will better equip them with critical thinking and decision making skills. Children between the ages of two through six have an active imagination, which may result in the creation of childhood fears. Zoonicorns are perfect playmates for this age group! They are soft, cuddly plushies in bright colors; which make soothing sounds used four touch points to help relieve stress and anxiety.


Zoonicorns are immune to the let-downs of life, always greeting your child with a happy face; providing comfort when needed. They will never bend or dent and can be dependable, helpful companions for your child as he/she grows and matures.



Wish Me Zoonicorn plush toys will be available in retailers such as Target, Meijer, Walmart, Cracker Barrel and Amazon in the U.S. this fall.

The 411:

We think Zoonicorns are adorable. They are the right size for small hands and come in 4 different colors. The company also has a wonderful You Tube Channel with 13 short videos featuring the Zoonicorns and focuses on social skills and emotional learning and growth as well as problem solving and working with others. 



My preschool class were introduced to the Zoonicorns last week. I showed them 3 episodes which were perfect since they are all under 3 minutes and then brought out Aliel which is the one we received. They all wanted to kiss it and get the horn to light up but since it is mine and everyone is coughing and sneezing, I left a note in everyone's file so their parents can look up the website and You Tube Channel. Maybe some will receive one this Christmas. 

My daughter and I think it is cute and she says if she was younger she would have asked for one on her Christmas list. I think it is perfect for ages 3+ as indicated but would give to a 2 year old as well. 

For More Information visit their You Tube Channel and website.



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

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

PBS' Odd-tober Schedule




This “Odd-tober” PBS KIDS invites families to celebrate Halloween with spooky episodes of their favorite shows. PBS KIDS will be the go-to destination for Halloween tricks, treats and spooky stories!

On October 31, PBS Kids will air a mini marathon of festive content in the morning and the afternoon:

7 a.m. / 4 p.m. ARTHUR AND THE HAUNTED TREE HOUSE
This Halloween is sure to be the spookiest ever for Arthur and his friends. While trick-or-treating,
Francine meets an old woman with a very mysterious past, while Binky finds himself at Mr. Ratburn’s amazing haunted house (that’s scarier than math class!). Muffy and Bailey decide to cut through a dark, rainy cemetery. And as for Arthur, Buster and Ladonna? Their tree house sleepover seems to be haunted…but by what?

8 a.m. / 3 p.m. WILD KRATTS: Creepy Creatures
The Wild Kratts aren't too sure what to do for Halloween. Should they go trick or treating or just have a Halloween Party? The Kratt bros decide that the best thing to do is to discover some new "creepy cool" creatures. Heading off to find these new animals friends, Martin and Chris don't realize that Zach and the other villains have come up with a plan to ruin Halloween. Can the Wild Kratts defeat the villains and still get to celebrate Halloween? Science Concept: Features that may seem creepy are critical for an animal's survival.

9 a.m. / 2 p.m. CURIOUS GEORGE: A Halloween Boo Fest
It’s George’s first Halloween in the country, and Bill tells him and Allie about the “Legend of No Noggin” – a spooky tale about a hat-kicking scarecrow who haunts the countryside on Halloween. But is the legend real? George and Allie are determined to find out by taking a picture of No Noggin in hat-kicking action. But first, George needs to figure out what he’s going to be for Halloween so he can win the costume contest at the town Boo Festival and give the prize to the Man with the Yellow Hat. Will George be able to put together the perfect costume and find out the truth about No Noggin? Only the curious will find out!

10 a.m. / 1 p.m. CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT HALLOWEEN
The Cat in the Hat takes Nick and Sally on the craziest Halloween ride filled with howlers and shockers and scary fandangles, big laughs and music and fun from all angles! Their fright-filled adventure takes them deep into the Oooky-ma-kooky Closet where Nick and Sally discover the very best Halloween costumes ever!

On pbskids.org, kids can watch Halloween-themed clips and full episodes and can play festive games, including CURIOUS GEORGE’s “Pumpkin Boo.” Halloween videos will also be available on the PBS KIDS Video App and on PBS KIDS on Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire and Chromecast.

Unexplained: Real-Life Supernatural Stories for Uncertain Times



Unexplained by Richard MacLean Smith is a collection of the strangest unexplained true stories MacLean Smith has collected over the years as the host of his top podcast of the same name, which has been streamed over 16 million times.

In every corner of this earth there are secrets. They are hidden in the dark edge of the woods, nestled in the cold stars, and staring out from a stranger's eyes. And whether they be demonic possession or an unsolved murder, the unknown has always haunted our dreams.

From the hit podcast Unexplained comes a volume perfectly crafted for the curious, the cynical, and the not-easily-frightened. Richard Maclean Smith is the expert in the unknown, and humbly offers up ten tales of real-life events that continue to evade explanation. With these chilling stories comes the missing key: a connection to our own beliefs in science, superstition, and perception.

What can a case of demonic possession teach us about free will? What can a cursed box show us about the act of storytelling? What can a supposed instance of reincarnation tell us about developing a concept of the self?

Perhaps some things are just better left unexplained.


Booklist says Unexplained “explores ten real-life mysteries in chilling detail and examines how they connect to our perceptions of the world. True crime aficionados will enjoy fresh perspectives on Elisa Lam’s perplexing death, the unidentified corpse found on Australia’s Somerton Park beach, and the recent Slender Man case. 

Smith’s writing terrifies but doesn’t sensationalize. Complex concepts and theories, like multiverses and singularity, are broken down clearly. This title will appeal to anyone who ponders the unknown.”

Along with the 10 strange, unexplained stories in the book MacLean Smith discusses:

What can a case of demonic possession teach us about free will? 
What can a cursed box show us about the act of storytelling? 
What can a supposed instance of reincarnation tell us about developing a concept of the self?

The 411:

I enjoyed most of the stories included in the book and have started listening to the Podcast which the book is based on.  My family are huge fans of the weird, supernatural and paranormal. We love true stories that make us go hmmmm. I enjoyed reading more detail of some of the stories I had already heard of like a very young boy who remembers his life as a WW2 pilot the story of Elisa Lam. I really enjoyed that Slenderman was included as well. I would have preferred more stories and less filler but it was an interesting but not a quick read. I cannot wait to pass this over to another paranormal fan to see what they think. 

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

3 Amazing Health Benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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Oils and fats in general have been demonized by nutritionists for a very long time, but more recent studies show that good fats could actually be beneficial and even essential to good health. One of these good fats is extra virgin olive oil. What differentiates this type of olive oil from others is that it is largely unrefined, maintaining all the nutrients and some of the flavour profile of the olives it came from. It is best used as a condiment or as part of dressings but not for cooking. It is great for adding flavour to sauces and soups or used as a simple dipping sauce. But it’s also chock full of natural goodness and could help you stay healthy in a number of ways. Here are some of the amazing health benefits of extra virgin olive oil.

It’s Full of Healthy Fats and Antioxidants

A major difference between EVOO and the other types of olive oil is the extraction process. No heat or chemicals are used to extract extra virgin olive oil, which keeps all the antioxidants intact. It is said to contain over 30 different phenolic compounds, which are a special form of antioxidant that can protect the body from free radicals and cellular damage. This means that extra virgin olive oil can help slow down the aging process and ward off disease.

However, it’s also important that you know where your extra virgin olive oil comes from and how it was extracted if you want to get the benefits. The quality of the olives will also make a difference. Look for olive oil that has been cold pressed if you want the best quality.

It Could Help Prevent Diabetes

Diabetes is a major public health issue in Australia and all around the world. It is estimated that over 1 million Australians are suffering from the condition.

Diabetes is usually caused by a loss of the effectiveness of insulin, which is responsible for regulating blood glucose. However, it has been found that some of the phenolic compounds in olive oil could help restore insulin sensibility and make it more effective. One study found that adding olive oil to your daily diet could reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by as much as 12 percent.

Olive Oil Could Improve Bone Health

Olive oil could also be a contributor to better bone health as well because it has been found that olive oil could help reduce bone loss due to aging. Multiple human and animal studies found that it could help increase the breakdown of calcium, which could improve bone formation.

In one study, participants who were supplemented with extra virgin olive oil were examined for risk of bone fractures. Those who had the highest intake of extra virgin olive oil had 51 percent less risk of developing a fracture.

Olive oil is the definition of a super food and should be in everyone’s pantry. Make sure that you drizzle a little on your salads, stews and sandwiches and see what this wonderful oil has to offer.

My Second Instagram Giveaway Ends In 2 Days

Winners 10/24/19


The winner of the Back To The Roots Windowsill Giveaway is L. Nykaza
The Winner of the Charleston Chew Chocolate K-Cup Giveaway is J. Villiano
The Winner of the Frankie's Scared Of Everything Book Giveaway is MMMillay
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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

All Treat, No Trick! Kids are FREE at Medieval Times this Halloween + A #GIVEAWAY




Does your little one want to be a Queen this Halloween?  Perhaps they want to be a knight?  Whatever they want to dress as this Halloween, Medieval Times (149 Polito Avenue, Lyndhurst NJ) has a special treat in store for celebrating the holiday.  Kids are FREE at the castle this Halloween, with the purchase of a full-priced adult ticket per each child's ticket.  



Just use the code TREATKF at www.medievaltimes.com.  This special offer is valid for the Halloween show on Thursday, October 31 at 7:00 pm. Once you're done trick or treating, head on over to the castle to make this a most memorable Halloween.  The Queen encourages you to attend in costume!

Well the kids can't go alone! So....thankfully Medieval Times is offering 2 tickets to 1 winner. 

If you have never been to Medieval Times you need to go. I have gone four times and loved it every time especially the last time where I brought my in-laws who live a town away and have never gone as well as my husband and my kids.  You can see the review along with too many photos here.  Just watching my father-in-laws face was worth the ride. He was like a little kid. 


The giveaway can be valid for tickets for the Halloween show or any show through November 30.  

To Enter 


Disclaimer: No monetary compensation was offered to host this giveaway.

Medieval Times - Kids Are Free This Halloween


Maria's Space First Christmas Gift Idea of 2019 -The Magic Christmas Ornament Collection By James Barbato and Victoria Barbato


The Magic Christmas Ornament Collection
By James Barbato and Victoria Barbato 

Invite the magic of Christmas into your home this winter with The Magic Christmas Ornament Collection. This spellbinding Christmas storybook and collectible tree ornament set will inspire new traditions and pull readers, both young and old, into a world of holiday splendor. The Magic Christmas Ornament Collection includes an heirloom quality case bound hardback book, an ornament just like the one in the story, and a beautiful decorative package, perfect for making the gift of Christmas a lasting memory.

On Christmas Eve, Victoria’s father gathers her and her brothers, Joseph and John, around the fireplace to tell the story of a very special ornament that has hung on their tree for as long as they can remember. Their father found the ornament in a mysterious tree one snowy evening when he was seven years old, and brought it home. After hearing the story and going to bed, Victoria, Joseph, and John sneak back downstairs, and discover the ornament has magical powers! It whisks them away to the happiest place on Earth: Santa’s workshop! The children can’t believe their eyes as Santa himself appears before them. They also see mountains of toys, reindeer prepping for flight, the largest Christmas tree ever, and hundreds of elves - one of whom seems very familiar. This elf, named JJ, gives them a tour around the workshop, tosses Victoria one of Santa’s ornaments, and leads them outside, straight to a mysterious tree in the woods. Victoria somehow knows to place Santa’s ornament into the tree’s knothole, and the magic of the ornament whisks them right back home. When they return, the children know they’ll never forget the magic of Christmas that they witnessed that night.

Full-spread illustrations, featuring dazzling and colorful scenes, will inspire the festive spirit in readers of all ages. This beautiful hardcover comes in a shiny gift box with an ornament just like the one in the story—perfect for holiday gift-giving, reading aloud, and cherishing year after year. In true Christmas spirit, a portion of all proceeds will be given to the Marine Corps' "Toys for Tots" program. The book alone is available for $19.95. The price of the full collection is $44.95.

The authors’ father and grandfather, Sylvester (Ziggy) Barbato, was one of nine children from an Italian immigrant family. Ziggy often told James, his son, that their family was too poor to afford toys, but he always vowed that his children would experience the spirit of Christmas nonetheless. The Magic Christmas Ornament is an original story created by James Barbato and Victoria Barbato, allowing their family to share the magic of Christmas—and all of its excitement—with yours.

About the Authors:
James (Jim) Barbato is a former college professor and business owner. He is also the son of a U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant and lived all across the United States and Canada for the first twelve years of his life. As a child, Jim developed a strong Christmas spirit, inspired by the stories his father would tell. Jim often told original stories to his own three children, including the story of "The Magic Christmas Ornament," which they still remember and cherish as adults.

Victoria Barbato is currently an Instructional Coach for English language instruction in the Boston area. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Education and a Master’s degree in English, and is passionate about teaching and creating equity in educational opportunities for all learners. Growing up, Victoria was greatly inspired by her grandfather’s and father’s stories because they connect to the importance of family, convey fascination with the world, and always have a message of hope.

The Magic Christmas Ornament Collection
By James Barbato and Victoria Barbato
Pure Imagination Enterprises LLC
ISBN: 978-0999869222
Collection $44.95 (Super Premium Hardcover Book, Ornament from the book, and Decorative packaging)
Super Premium Hardcover only, 11” wide by 8.5” high, 32 pp. $19.95, ISBN: 978-0-9998692-0-8
Ornament only (Ornament from the book) $19.95

For more information, please visit magicchristmasbulb.com.


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Celebrate Disney's The Lion King With A Lion King Banana Smoothie Recipe & Simba Pumpkin Stencil

Disney's The Lion King Is Available Now. To Purchase or rent for $5.99 


I loved the Lion King but have yet to see this one. I CANNOT wait. Tomorrow I am picking up the makings for this Lion King Banana Smoothie. I love smoothies!


We didn't do pumpkins this year but maybe there is still time to grab one. This Simba stencil is so cute!


A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish - Downloadable Christmas "Wish List," Exclusive Clip & Photo Reveal




Halloween is right around the corner and you are probably gearing up with candy for your trick-or-treaters and costumes for your little ones. But as soon Halloween is over – the Christmas season will kick into full swing! Friends will begin decorating their trees, stores will start advertising their must have items of the season, and kids will start dreaming of presents on their holiday wish list!

Just in time for the highly anticipated release of A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish on Blu-ray and DVD on October 29, and on Digital now.


Whether your kids are naughty or nice (or somewhere in between and still trying) – sending a wish list to Santa has been a Christmas tradition for children and parents for many years. So print out this list, and break out your Santa cams – as we are bringing on the good behavior early this season!




I love the idea of this wish list and I will be doing it with both my kids!

Six Eating Disorder Symptoms to Watch For




Eating disorders are a complicated set of mental illnesses that have the highest mortality rate. Those with anorexia, for example, have a 20% mortality rate if untreated. Thankfully, treatments for eating disorders have proven to be very effective.

Treatment, however, is not just for those who are the worst off. It is for this reason why it is so important that you know what symptoms to look out for:

Three Different Types of Eating Disorder

There are a variety of eating disorders, but to put it plainly, they can often be subdivided into three main categories:

Restrictive

The most infamous type of restrictive disorder is anorexia, but it doesn’t end there. Those who are compulsive about what they eat, how much they eat and more will all fall under this category.

Purging

Bulimia is the most common type of purging disorder. It doesn’t matter if a large amount of food was consumed or a small meal.

Binging

Binge eating is a very common eating disorder that does not result in purging. That being said, this does not automatically mean that someone with a binging disorder is going to be overweight. It depends on the type of food, but regardless, the compulsion is an issue that must be addressed.


It is important to note that there are variations of these three categories. For example, you might have someone suffering from anorexia and not be stick thin. Someone might binge and yet not be overweight. It is the underlying behavior and damage caused to their health that is the issue, not the size of their form.

Top Six Symptoms to Watch Out For

 1.    Overemphasis on Weight

One key sign is a fixation on their weight at any stage. The sufferer could be thinner than anyone they know and still find flaws. 

2.    Worryingly Restrictive Diets

Being in a diet does not automatically mean that the person has an eating disorder, but if they are prolonged and worryingly restrictive (i.e., they don’t provide the health and nutrition their body needs), then it is time to be worried and seek out help.

3.    A Refusal to Eat Around Others

Another key sign that there is something wrong is that the person in question refuses to eat in front of others. This is usually because they feel ashamed of what they are doing to themselves. This could be not eating, binge eating, or purging after eating. 

4.    Extreme Mood Swings

Extreme mood swings are another key sign of an eating disorder when combined with others in this list. Low blood sugar, not eating enough, or feeling angry and frustrated and ashamed of their eating habits can cause victims to lash out. 

5.    Physical Symptoms

If your loved one (or yourself) has reached the point where physical symptoms are showing it is time to seek out professional in-patient treatment. Anorexia, in particular, is very deadly without treatment, and those suffering from anorexia and are severely underweight need to check in to Eden Treatment immediately. 

6.    Eating Disorders are Often Accompanied by Mood Disorders

It is important to remember is that many eating disorders, particularly binging or purging disorders, are also accompanied by mood disorders like depression. Keep an eye out for these more widespread illnesses on top of the aforementioned eating disorder signs.