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Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6 NIV

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Keep Momming

Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 6:57 AM
Disclosure: “I participated in a campaign on behalf of  Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Shire. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.”

Raising a child at any age is challenging, and when it comes to mothers and daughters, the dynamic can be even more complex. What some may dismiss as “typical tween girl behavior” can sometimes be symptoms of something more serious. Research suggests that girls are more likely than boys to report having mostly inattentive Attention- Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) symptoms. Since inattentive symptoms can be less noticeable than hyperactive and impulsive symptoms, it is important that moms know what to look for.

That’s why I’m pleased to be joining Shire, CHADD and Holly Robinson Peete to announce the launch of keep momming, a new public service initiative geared towards the moms of tween girls to raise awareness of ADHD.

The campaign is anchored within a new digital hub, KeepMomming.com, where you’ll find tips, tools and other go-to resources for moms, including a checklist to help recognize the symptoms of ADHD – inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity – and then encourages moms to talk to their daughter’s doctor. The keep momming initiative can help moms learn about ADHD and provide ideas on how to spark a conversation and stay connected with their tween.

Check out Holly’s message about how she keeps momming http://goo.gl/MR8HL2, and don’t forget to visit KeepMomming.com.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Orkin Bug Wisdom Backyard Explorers Kit Giveaway

Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 3:18 PM 0 comments
Disclosure: This is a compensated post provided by Partners Hub and Orkin.

Kids love Summer and bugs! With Orkin, they can enjoy Summer exploring their own backyard and learn all about bugs.

Summer is here and Orkin some amazing “Bug Wisdom” to soak in and a “Backyard Explorers Kit” to keep the kids busy at home!

When life hands you dung, just roll with it.
At Orkin, we never stop learning. Our new “Bug Wisdom” video series is a reminder that some of life’s biggest lessons come from small places. Bugs are smart, curious creatures – we humans can learn a lot from their ways.
Take the quiz to discover your “Spirit Bug,” and check out all the GIFs to soak in every nugget of wisdom that these bugs have to offer!
The Orkin Man always knows what to look for when he shows up at your home. If you want to get exploration down to a science, be sure and enter to win Orkin’s Backyard Explorers Kit!
Orkin Backyard Explorers Kit:
- The Orkin 9-Page Activity Bug Book
- Orkin Bugview Bug Catching Tool and Magnifier
- Red/Black Summer Wayfarer Sunglasses
• Take the “What’s YOUR Spirit Bug?” Quiz and find out which smart, curious creature you are most like! 
• Click through all the GIFs and soak in every nugget of wisdom that these bugs have to offer!
One reader will win an official Orkin Backyard Explorers Kit just by taking the quiz! 

 Take the “What’s YOUR Spirit Bug?” Quiz and share your result and bug wisdom by posting a comment. 
 Scroll through all the GIFs and share your favorite bug wisdom as a comment.

Get Social With it! 
• Tweet using the #BugWisdom hashtag and have your audience tweet at you with their “Spirit Bug” and bug wisdom 
• Share on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest 

Each household is only eligible to win 1 Orkin Backyard Explorers Kit via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification
The prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS. No P.O. Boxes please

Friday, June 27, 2014

Need Ideas and Inspiration? Check Out #eBayGuides #sponsored

Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 5:19 PM 0 comments
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post

Need ideas and inspiration? Check out my latest #eBayGuides. I've written 20 different guides to give you tips, ideas, and inspiration. 

Here is the link to my lastest #eBayGuide: 5 Kid Friendly Travel Tips-#eBayGuides

To read my other guides just click on view my guides for more.

I would love comments and feel free to share on social media.

Thanks y'all!

Monday, June 16, 2014

FutureFood 2050- #sponsored #futurefood2050

Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 10:01 AM 0 comments
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and contains hyperlinks. However, all opinions are my own.

As a parent, I'm concerned about what my family eats. With so many different food products available on the market, sometimes mom's are clueless when it comes to what in the heck are our families really eating!

The folks at the  Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) have been dedicated to advancing the science of food since 1939. Their non-profit scientific society—with more than 18,000 members from more than 100 countries—brings together food scientists, technologists and related professionals from academia, government and industry. 

Last Spring IFT launched FutureFood 2050 —a multi-year program highlighting the people and stories leading the efforts for a healthier, safer and better nourished planet that’s needed to feed 9 billion+ people by 2050.  IFT continues to roll out interviews with the world’s most impactful leaders in food and science, and next year watch for FutureFood 2050, the documentary film.

I had a chance to stop by the new website and check out some very interesting articles. As a concerned parent, I want to know what my family is eating and what changes are being made to ensure my family's safety.

One of my biggest concerns is food safety. With so many different food-borne illnesses, it's scary to think my family could get sick from eating a hamburger or a piece of fried chicken. Consumer activist Caroline Smith DeWaal has devoted her life for nearly twenty years to insure the safety of consumers. She has dedicated her career to fighting food-borne illnesses by documenting them and advocating for faster and stricter reporting standards.  DeWaal is changing the horizon regarding how food is processed. Although, it is an ongoing process and much work needs to be done before no food-borne illnesses exist, DeWall is making a difference one small step at a time. To read her story click here.

Be sure to check FutureFood2050 out and sign up at www.futurefood2050.com to follow the stories and connect science to the conversation on how to feed the planet. As a parent, it's one of the best decisions you can make for your family.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

How to Train Your Dragon 2 Coming to Your Local IMAX Theater

Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 10:32 AM 0 comments
Disclosure: This information has been provided by IMAX

Looking for an action-packed weekend of fun for the whole family? Head to your local IMAX® Theater for the premiere of How to Train Your Dragon 2!


Starting this Friday, June 13th, the second chapter of DreamWorks Animation's belovedHow to Train Your Dragon franchise is soaring to all IMAX theatres domestically in select engagements. The IMAX 3D release will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience®, creating a unique environment that will make audiences feel as though they are flying alongside heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon, Toothless.

Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, T.J. Miller, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Kristen Wiig reprise their respective voice roles, joined this time by Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett, Djimon Honsou and Kit Harington.

For more information about How to Train Your Dragon 2, please visit DreamWorks Animation's official website.

For IMAX Theater locations and local showtimes click here

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

eBay How to Guides- #eBayGuides #sponsored

Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 10:01 AM 0 comments
My family and I love eBay and when I got the opportunity to write 10 ebay How to guides thanks to Social Moms, I was thrilled.

  1. Beat The Summertime Blues
  2. Throw a Country-Western Backyard 4th of July Party-#eBayGuides
  3. Awesome Father's Day Backyard BBQ Gifts- #ebayGuides
  4. How to Get Your Child Interested in Nature
  5. How to Throw a Backyard Safari Birthday Party
  6. 5 Ways to Throw a Backyard Summer Party-#eBayGuides
  7. How to Turn the Spare Bedroom into a Nautical Themed Home Office
  8. How to Have Rainy Day Fun the Kids-#eBayGuides
  9. How to Create a Faux Indoor Garden
  10. How to Create a Shabby Chic Guest Bathroom- #eBayGuides

I'd love to know what you think.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Keep the Kids Safe and Sound During the Summer

Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 6:57 AM 0 comments
The opinions in this article are my own. I do not work for, or with, any brand mentioned in this article, nor do I have any official relationship with them.  I have a relationship with GigaSavvy, for whom I create original editorial content.

Summer is right around the corner. Kids are filled with anticipation and parents are filled with dread. How do you keep your child healthy during the summer? Keeping your child well during hot summer months can be daunting, but if you follow these tips, you and your child will have a stress-free, fun-filled summer. You can relax and your kid can be a kid.

The hot summer can bring on a lot of health issues for your child, but the best way to keep them safe and sound is to follow the RULES

  • Remind your kids of summer hazards. The hot summer brings out snakes and a variety of insects. These creatures like to hide in dark places. Kids like to explore where they shouldn't. It's your job as a parent to be on guard. The best way to keep them safe from harm is to remind your child to stop, look, and listen.  Practice these safety habits with your child. Have them stop before they go wandering off into the unknown. Make them look before they leap. Lastly, make your child listen. If he or she is aware of their surroundings, they are less likely to get bitten or stung.

  • Use common sense. Kids are natural born curiosity machines,especially in the summer when they are bored. They want to explore and get into trouble. Keeping your child out of harm's way is a task. You have to teach him or her to use their common sense. Remember, if something doesn't look right, then it will hurt your child.  The best way to protect them from harm is to repeat the warning signs, remind them of danger, and require frequent check-ins. 

  • Listen to your child. The best way to keep your child safe and sound during the summer is to listen. Kids will let you know when something isn't right. Their tone changes when they're in danger. Keep your ears open and your child safe.

  • Employ other parents and kids. Form a summer neighborhood watch. More sets of eyes are better than one. If your child is being watched constantly, the less likely he or she will get hurt.

  • Stabilize your child's surroundings. If your child's environment is free from debris, danger, and disregard, he or she can enjoy their summer without worry. You can breath a sigh of relief. Your main job during the summer is to keep your child safe and sound.
If you are your child follow the RULES, you both will have a stress-free and fun-filled summer. For more information about staying healthy check out Molina Heathcare for great tips and advice.


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