As a parent, when you have little ones you always have some sort of worry when they get sick or hurt, especially when a ‘first time’ happens. A lot of us run to the computer and Google or run to the phone and call some one we know, or the doctor on call. Most of the time it’s nothing, and we freak ourselves out, especially when it’s late at night and we have no one to turn to, Google can be your friend and enemy at the same time when trying to look up symptoms.
The Big Book of Symptoms is available to help parents in those times of need, you can quickly grab the book out of your bookshelf and instead of seeing the worst of the worst from Google, you get a clear image of symptoms and what might be going on, as well as what action you can take.
The Big Book of Symptoms can help you with minor everyday concerns to more serious conditions, it’s designed to help you, not scare you. From determining bug bites, bee stings, fever, rashes just about everything you can run into with a child.
There’s also a lot of aides in the book to help you calm a colicky baby, help your toddler with sleeping, helping your teens cope with things as well as a first aid guide for emergencies. This book isn’t just for parents of small children!
Edited by two esteemed members of AAP, Steven P. Shelov, MD, FAAP, and Shelly V. Flais, MD, FAAP, The Big Book of Symptoms is an A-Z directory and ultimate guide to over 100 of the most common childhood symptoms from infancy to adolescence.
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This is a great resource for parents, even with my kids at 8 and 10 I love having this book in our home, it helps out this paranoid mama a lot!
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July 22, 2014 – 12:21 PM - | Posted in health, Reviews | No Comments »
Being Italian, soccer tends to run in our blood. My oldest daughter has got that soccer fever running through her veins, she just loves playing it. My brother takes the time to teach her some great skills, and she heads out onto that field and gets physical when she needs to. Spring and Fall it’s all about soccer in our house.
With the world cup going on, we’ve had soccer fever this summer as well, although Italy didn’t continue on to the finals, we had fun while it lasted.
With soccer, comes snacks. Usually a parent is responsible each week to bring something for the kids to refuel on after the game. A lot of times, soccer also includes fundraising. Equipment and uniforms aren’t cheap!
There’s a new program called Ritz Bits Snack For Your Champion Program and they have paired up with PearUp.com to use social networking to help teams raise funds.
PearUp.com is a social engagement platform. Your group can earn sponsorships through both local and national brands at no cost, yes that’s right, FREE! Pear launched in 2012 and began as a product launched by Apparel Media Group which is now a subsidiary of CostomInk, a 1,000+ person company that provides custom apparel and related solutions to millions of groups and occasions.
Team members complete digital steps on behalf of Ritz Bits that earn them dollars. You can like Ritz Bitz on Facebook, follow them on Instagram, or sign up for emails, it’s totally up to you, but for each step a team member completes, they get dollars towards their goals. The more tasks done, the more dollars you earn!
At the end of the 10 day period, the group leaders can claim an online certificate for the amount earned that is redeemable at any Pear printer, or a check can be made out to the individual in charge of financial’s for the team.
Ritz Bitz is always a great snacks for kids before, after or even on an off game day. And with their help with PearUp.com, they’ll continue to fuel kids who are passionate about soccer. Take some time to create a Pear for your own team, or help another one out by visiting www.pearup.com. If you do create a Pear for your team, please feel free to leave your link in the comments below so we can visit and help support!
This post is sponsored by Global Influence, all opinions are of my own. Please see my disclosure policy for more info.
July 11, 2014 – 1:54 PM - | Posted in promotions | 1 Comment »
During the summer months, the kids are home, and we tend to get out of the house a little more, our family tends to eat out a lot, and when you have 2 kids in tow, eating out can be expensive, but fear not! I just came across a list of 62 different places where kids eat FREE! This might even be great information while traveling this summer, save some money during your vacation!
Bradsdeals.com found 62 different restaurants that offer free meals for kids, I added some ones that I knew of as well, check them out below:
The National Chains
*Participation may vary, so be sure to call ahead and check with your local chain.
Applebee’s: Kids eat free on a select day of the week. Participating locations only; day of week varies by location.
Arriba Mexican Grill:Kids eat free all day on Sundays. One free kids’ meal per paying adult.
Bennigan’s: Kids eat free on a select day of the week. Participating locations only; day of week varies by location.
Back Yard Burgers: Kids eat free on Tuesdays with the purchase of an adult combo meal.
Bar 145:Tuesday special: One free meal for child 12 and under per adult meal purchase.
Bob Evans: Kids eat free on Tuesdays after 4 p.m. with the purchase of an adult meal.
Brewzzi:Kids 12 and under eat free on Mondays; up to to kids eat free for each adult meal of at least $12.
Carrows:Kids 10 and under eat free after 4 p.m. One free kids’ meal for each paying adult.
C.B. & Potts:Kids eat free all day on Thursdays.
Captain D’s Seafood Kitchen:Kids eat free here on Thursdays. Up to two kids get a free meal for each paying adult.
The Chartroose Caboose:Kids eat free all day on Thursdays with purchase of an adult meal of at least $8.
Chevy’s Fresh Mex:Kids eat free all day on Tuesday. One free kids’ meal for each paying adult.
Chick-fil-A:Kids eat free on Tuesdays between 5:30-7:30 p.m. with the purchase of an adult combo meal. NOTE: some locations charge $0.99 per kids meal.
Chicken Out Rotisserie:Kids eat free all day on Friday with the purchase of an adult meal.
Cici’s Pizza:Kids under 3 eat free every day.
Cinzetti’s:Kids under 12 eat free between 5-9 p.m. on Mondays.
Cody’s Original Roadhouse: Kids eat free at Cody’s on Tuesdays. Limited to kids 10 and under; two kids eat free for each paying adult.
Culver’s: Kids 12 and under get a free frozen custard with the purchase of a meal (valid daily).
Damon’s Grill:Kids eat free all day on Wednesdays. One kids’ meal per paying adult.
Denny’s: Kids eat free at Denny’s on Tuesdays from 4-10 p.m. (at some locations, Saturdays, too). Up to two kids get a free meal for every paying adult.
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit:Kids eat free all day on Sundays; drinks included.
The Distillery:Monday special: One free kids meal with soda or juice purchase.
Firehouse Subs:Kids eat free all day on Wednesdays. One free kids’ meal for each adult combo meal purchased.
Fudruckers: Kids eat free on Mondays between 5-9 p.m.
Go Roma:Kids eat free all day on Sundays. Two free kids’ meals per paying adult.
Golden Corral: Kids 10 and under eat free on Mondays from 5-9 p.m. Two free kids’ meals per paying adult.
Hooters: Kids eat free from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sundays.
IHOP: Kids eat free on Mondays from 4-8 p.m. One free kids’ meal for each paying adult; drinks not included.
IKEA:At some IKEA locations, kids eat free at the food court on Tuesdays. There are also some specials throughout the year.
Jason’s Deli: Kids eat free all day on Wednesdays. One free kids’ meal per paying adult.
Jeffery’s Sports Grill:Kids eat free all day on Wednesdays. One free kids meal per paying adult.
The Locker Room:Kids eat free on Thursdays from 4-9 p.m.
Lone Star Steakhouse: Kids eat free all day on Tuesdays. Two free kids’ meals with the purchase of an adult meal.
Little Bitty Burger Barn:Kids under 10 eat free all day on Wednesdays. Two free kids’ meals for each paying adult (with drink purchase).
Maggiano’s Little Italy:Kids under 5 eat free all day on Saturday.
Mi Hacienda:Sunday special: Kids eat free with adult entree purchase.
Moe’s Southwest Grill: Kids eat free all day on Tuesdays. One free kids’ meal per paying adult.
Norms:Kids eat free all day on Tuesdays. One kids’ meal per paying adult, drinks not included.
On The Border:Kids receive a free sundae with meal purchase (valid daily).
Perkins: Kids eat free on Wednesdays. One free kids’ meal for each paying adult.
Piccadilly:Kids under 6 eat free all day on Fridays.
Pizza Hut:Kids eat free all day on Tuesdays.
Pizza Street:Kids under 10 eat free on Tuesdays. One free kids meal per paying adult; offer limited to cheese pizza only.
Pizza Papalis:Wednesday special: Purchase medium pizza or larger and receive two kids entrees and soda. Dine-in only.
Planet Sub: Kids eat free all day on Sundays. One free kids’ meal for each paying adult.
Ponderosa Steakhouse:Kids eat free on Tuesdays after 4 p.m. Two free kids’ meals for each adult meal purchased.
Qdoba Mexican Grill:Kids eat free on Sundays and Wednesdays.
Ralphie’s Sports Eatery:Tuesday special: Kids 10 & under receive one free kid’s meal per adult entrée.
Red Brick Pizza:Kids eat free all day on Tuesdays. One free kids’ meal per paying adult.
Red Robin:Kids 10 and under eat free on Mondays.
Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina:Kids eat free all day on Thursdays with a paying adult.
Shari’s:Kids eat free from 4-9 p.m. on Saturdays.
Shoney’s:Kids under 4 eat free all day on Fridays (with paying adult).
Sidelines II:Monday special: Free kids meal per adult meal from 4-9 pm.
South End Bar and Grill:Sunday-Saturday special: One free kids meal per adult meal purchase of $6.99 or greater.
Steak ‘n Shake: Kids eat free on Sundays. One free kids’ plate for every $9 adult purchase. Dine-in only.
Texas Land & Cattle Steak House:Kids eat free from 11-4 p.m. on Saturdays. Two free kids’ meals per paying adult.
Texas Roadhouse: Kids eat free on a select day of the week. Participating locations only; day of week varies by location.
TGIFriday’s: Kids eat free on Mondays and Tuesdays.
The Original Pancake House:Sunday-Saturday special: Kids eat free buttermilk pancakes with every adult meal.
UNO Chicago Grill:Kids eat free on Tuesdays with the purchase of an adult meal.
White Castle:Kids eat free on Sundays from 4-8 p.m. with purchase of an adult meal over $4.
Kids Eat Almost Free
The following restaurants aren’t quite free, but they’re close enough to warrant inclusion.
Bd’s Mongolian Grill:Tuesday special: Kids 11 and under eat and drink for only $3 with each adult meal purchase.
Buffalo Wild Wings: On Mondays, the kids’ menu is $0.99 from 5-8 p.m.
Doc Watson’s:Wednesday and Saturday special: Kids meals are only $1 with adult meal purchase.
Famous Dave’s BBQ:Monday special: Kids meals are $.99 with adult meal purchase.
Fazoli’s: On Tuesdays, kids’ meals are $0.99 each from 5-8 p.m. Offer valid for up to two kids meals per adult entree.
Fire Mountain: On Thursdays, get kids’ buffets for $0.99. Offer valid for kids 11 and under; up to two kids’ buffets per adult buffet.
Olga’s Kitchen:Sunday-Saturday special: Kids meals for $2.99 with adult meal purchase.
Luby’s Cafeteria: On Wednesdays, kids under 10 eat for $2. Offer valid after 2 p.m.
McAlister’s Deli:Kids’ meals are $0.99 everyday at select locations.
Old Country Buffet: On Thursdays, get kids’ buffets for $0.99. Offer valid for kids 11 and under; up to two kids’ buffets per adult buffet. Offer also valid at some HomeTown Buffet locations.
Ryan’s: On Thursdays, get kids’ buffets for $0.99. Offer valid for kids 11 and under; up to two kids’ buffets per adult buffet.
Spaghetti Warehouse:Monday special: Kids meals $1.99 with adult entrée purchase.
WhichWich Superior Sandwiches:On Mondays and Saturdays, kids’ meals are $0.99 with the purchase of a 7″ Wich. Offer valid for kids 12 and under.
Did we miss any? Know of any restaurants that are not on the list that offer kids meals for free? Add them in the comments below.
July 10, 2014 – 3:00 PM - | Posted in free stuff, freebies | 3 Comments »
EVERYONE is taking photos these days, with cameras on our phones, we’re quick to snap a pic and post it on social media in an instant to share with all of our friends and family. Instagram is popping with so many different photos from so many different people, but what if you could WIN prizes with those photos your taking every day? What if? Wouldn’t you love to earn more than just views and likes? Welcome Snaapiq into your life, a free iOS app you can download on your phone.
Snapiq is easy to use, and very similar to Instagram except you can win prizes for your photos. You can enter any photos, new or old and as many as you wish, it’s super easy! Just follow these steps below to get started:
1) Download Snaapiq (FREE iOS)
2) Join Photo Adventures
3) Win SnaapCoins
Once a photo adventure is over, a winner will be chosen. If chosen, the prize will be sent to your Snaapiq account. SnaapCoins are earned for photo submissions and sharing with friends. Earn SnaapCoins for a chance to win additional weekly and monthly prizes.
Finding adventures on Snaapiq is easy, just find the Adventures button on the bottom of your screen and scroll through the various different adventures you can submit your photo to. You enter your photo, and add a description than share it with other users of Snaapiq. You’re also able to share it to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to earn even more SnaapCoins.
The more adventures you take photos of and enter, the more chance you have to win awesome prizes. Adventures are around you EVERYWHERE!
I think this is a super cool app! I wish I was able to download this for my Android phone, maybe it will be something they plan on launching soon? I can only hope!
Enter to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card! Just simply enter via the Giveaway Tools widget below, make sure to complete the mandatory entry for all of your entries to be valid.
July 10, 2014 – 10:27 AM - | Posted in Giveaways, iOS Apps, technology | 70 Comments »
6 Tips from Life Time’s Registered Dietician to Combat the BBQ Bulge
This Summer, don’t let the BBQ become your diet downfall. Even the healthiest of eaters can be overwhelmed by the array of dips and fixings at a typical summer bash. According to the Daily Mail, the average BBQ diner eats more than 3,000 calories in a single sitting – the equivalent to a day and a half’s worth of food for the typical woman. Life Time – The Healthy Way of Life Company’s Registered Dietician Laura Burbank suggests six simple ways to keep BBQ fare from becoming a dieter’s nightmare.
Salty, crispy, grab-able snacks such as chips, pretzels and snack mixes are everywhere at summer social gatherings. To counter the temptations, fill up the buffet tables with healthier foods with a crunch like salty kale chips or strips of bell peppers to dip in spicy hummus, guacamole, or sour cream. Produce such as broccoli florets, carrots, jicama, cherry tomatoes and baby cucumbers also make great snacks.
Juice, sodas and sweetened teas are often made with high-fructose corn syrup and may contain brominated vegetable oil, which can wreak havoc on our bodies. Instead, pack coolers with sparkling mineral water, unsweetened tea, or offer a water cooler filled with chilled cucumber – mint or berry/citrus-infused water.
Despite the fact that bread products raise blood sugar as quickly and as much as eating two tablespoons of pure sugar, we still seem to fill these picnic staples with anything we can throw on the grill. Try going bun-less by eating with a fork and knife to slow down your eating. Use a lettuce-wrap approach to put some color into your meal or toss your grilled goods on top of a plate of hearty salad greens.
Most condiments are packed with unsavory additives to enhance flavor, shelf life, texture, or appearance. Season with fresh or dried herbs and seasonings and try dry rubs for chicken and ribs, pack some fresh herbs and spices into your grass-fed burger patties, or marinate your poultry or seafood with olive oil, citrus, and herbs before searing them on the grill. Fresh salsa, guacamole, sour cream, or hearty mustard are great toppings for your bun-less burger, chicken, or brats.
Potato salads, macaroni salad and pasta salad do not offer our bodies any true nourishment. Replacing these sides with some roasted vegetable salads or crisp, lightly-dressed coleslaw or use Greek yogurt in place of mayonnaise or sour cream when making your own side dishes.
Popular summer desserts such as gelatin and colorful ice pops include artificial coloring agents that could just as easily dye our hair, clothing, or crafts. Instead, choose to naturally sweeten up your party with fruit kabobs, frozen berries with heavy cream, or homemade real-fruit popsicles.
July 10, 2014 – 9:34 AM - | Posted in diet, health | No Comments »