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Comfy, Cozy, and Soft Blanket

What could be better than curling up under a comfy, cozy, and soft blanket? My daughter doesn’t think there’s much. She’s got a favorite place on the couch to cover up when she is watching TV or playing games on her iPad. With the JULY HOME Flannel Fleece Throw, she likes it even more.

This throw is so incredibly soft! It’s 100% Microfiber Polyester and it comes in various sizes and colors. You can get either a Queen or 50″ X 60″. We chose the 50″X60″ and the color Beige. The other colors are Blue, Grey, Mustard Yellow, and White. It also comes with a beautiful sunshine pattern lightly embossed in the fabric. Very pretty!

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About this item

  • TOP CHOICE FOR BLANKETS OR THROWS – hypoallergenic thick flannel fleece blanket meant to last a lifetime
  • EASY TO CARE FOR – Breathable, shrink and fade-resistant throw blanket, that doesn’t pill or shed
  • GREAT FOR EVERY ENVIRONMENT – A great year-long blanket to use indoor or outdoor
  • A COLOUR THAT FITS IN – The beige fleece blankets goes everywhere: couch, car, office, or farmhouse
  • THE IDEAL GIFT – Chic and useful, the fluffy blanket is a great gift

This comfy, cozy, and soft blanket only costs $13.97!

Go to the Archives section on my front page for more reviews, both by Guest Contributors and myself.

Fun and FREE Culinary Kids’ Games

Does your child like to cook and bake with you? Mine does. She also loves playing games. That’s why we visited Kids Food Games. This is a sight with more than 35 free games. The games offer fun ways to learn about farming, food, cooking, baking, the restaurant business, kitchen work, and hospitality. The games do NOT include ads or branding. They each open in a new page to allow for distraction-free play. The games are published for mobile and desktop use. To help you choose the best games for your child, each game has a full description with grade level suggestions. But best of all, the games are FREE!

Free games with no ads. Perfect.

We picked out our five favorite games from their collection. They are all appropriate for my second grade daughter. We have included the detailed descriptions from the website. You can also click through and try the game for yourself!

Burger Maker: Stack ingredients according to the order list to make a perfect made-to-order burger in 10 to 15 seconds. When done with the ingredient list you have to click the “serve now” button under the burger to deliver it to the customer. Ingredients must be added from bottom to top to stack them in the correct order. This game is simple enough that second or third graders might like it, but older students may find this game repetitive.

Puzzle Farm is an easy puzzle game consisting of farm animals and other scenes from farm life. This game is quite easy, with each of the half-dozen puzzles consisting of a dozen square pieces that snap into place. The puzzle shows a gray scale outline of where the pieces go until they are filled in, making it ideal for students in second grade or below.

Pancake Pile Up is a simple physics-based game where players see how many pancakes they can add to a stack before it falls over. If the pancake is dropped from the top of the screen it hits the remaining stack harder than if it is dropped from just above the stack. This game is easy to play, but could grow repetitive quickly for older children, making it a great game for students in second through third grade.

Fruit Snake is a snake game where a snake grows longer as it eats fruits like apples, oranges, lemons, kiwis, watermelons, cherries, strawberries, grapes and bananas. If the snake runs into its own tail due to turning too sharply it loses one of three lives. The timer starts off with 30 seconds left and time increases when eating some of the fruits. This game is easy to play though it takes about a minute to load on the first play.

Pizza Party serves guests custom made pizzas using ingredients like tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, ham, mushrooms, basil and pepperoni. This game is easier than many of the other games since the crust is automatic, almost every order (except for the ham and mushroom) starts with tomato sauce, there are few total ingredients to choose from & you can add ingredients in any order. This game is quite easy to play. Second and third grade students should enjoy it, with students in higher grades finding it a bit boring until they advance to higher levels and can choose between making more advanced pizzas like quattro stagioni to go with basic margherita, marinara and pepperoni pizzas.

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Make a pizza just like this with Pizza Party!

After you try the games, check out the comprehensive list of guides at the bottom of their site. Kids Food Games offers guides for recipes, food safety, nutrition, culinary science, and even edible crafts!

We had fun with Kids Food Games and we hope you do too. And if your child knows a food game that is not on the site, let them know. They take suggestions.

Happy Cooking!

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How Sleep Can Be a Priority

If you hear yourself often saying any of the following things about sleep, please read on:

“I am not a good sleeper.”

“I wake up at 3 am and stay awake.”

“I am always tired.”

My husband, my mother, my father, and I have said all of these things numerous times in our lives. My husband and father both have Sleep Apnea. When treated with a CPAP machine, they have the quality and quantity of rest they need. My mother is a worrier. She can’t sleep because she’s thinking too much. That’s a bit of my problem as well, but I am like most mothers with small children…I am a light sleeper. I hear every sound. I use a fan, but I still hear every little noise.

According to “Causes of Sleep Problems” on WebMD:

Other factors that can interfere with sleep include:

  • Genetics: Researchers have found a genetic basis for narcolepsy, a neurological disorder of sleep regulation that affects the control of sleep and wakefulness.
  • Night shift work: People who work at night often experience sleep disorders, because they cannot sleep when they start to feel drowsy. Their activities run contrary to their biological clocks.
  • Medications: Many drugs can interfere with sleep, such as certain anti-depressants, buy lisinopril online blood pressure medication, and over-the-counter cold medicine. Some medication, however, actually has the opposite effect as it can relieve symptoms that are preventing them from having a good night’s sleep, such as aspirin 75mg.
  • Aging: About half of all adults over the age of 65 have some sort of sleep disorder. It is not clear if it is a normal part of aging or a result of medications that older people commonly use.

My doctor recently told me that everyone should be able to sleep through the night, for at least eight hours, without getting up to go to the bathroom. And if you can’t, you should see a urologist. While I don’t really believe that because every BODY is different, I do believe that we can achieve quality rest with easy and safe habits. Being comfortable is an essential part of getting a good night’s rest and so, if you don’t have one already, you really need to have a mattress that’s fit for purpose. The mattress material and size matter the most. Now, the material is something one can decide on their own. But, mattress size might vary and that’s why Bed Sizes UK guide and similar resources should be utilized for purchasing the right kind. If you sleep with your partner or children, you ought to have a bigger bed for a comfortable night’s rest. A king-size or even a super king-size might suit your requirements. A mattress is a long-term investment and so basic research should be carried out before the purchase. It’s a good idea to have a look at some mattress reviews, because once you find that great mattress review, you will be sold. Flicking through people’s testimonials for each style, material, depth, comfort of a mattress can help you pinpoint exactly which one will suit your preference. It is the best way to shop for anything online. However, some say that those from Saatva are particularly luxurious and, if you’re in the market for one, you may want to take a look at Raise to find coupons and discounts for their mattress products so that you can make a great saving.

We’ve heard all the advice that makes complete sense, yet we don’t always follow it:

  • only use your bedroom for sleep and sex…no TV, no electronics
  • go to bed and wake up at the same time every day
  • finish eating and drinking at least three hours before bedtime
  • keep your bedroom cool and comfortable

These are all great. Here are some more you can add to the list.

  • diffuse and apply essential oils, such as Lavender, Copaiba, Vetiver, and Cedarwood
  • avoid stress in your life, especially before bedtime
  • use meditation, prayer, or any calming ritual before bedtime and if you wake up and can’t get back to sleep
  • invest in a quality comfortable mattress, like the GhostBed memory foam mattress
  • consider sleeping with a fan or sound machine
  • make sleep a priority in your life

These are all manageable habits. And the last one is simply a mindset. We think we can survive a day after a bad night sleep with caffeine, power drinks, and just pushing through, but we don’t have to and we shouldn’t. Sleep is a huge part of your lives. We are meant to spend about one third of our lives asleep. That’s a lot! Make it a priority. Find the ways that work for you. And get a good night’s sleep.

That’s an order.

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Motherhood to Menopause

When going from motherhood to menopause, one might experience a few life-changing adjustments. And not only did I go quickly from motherhood to menopause within a few short years, but I became a mother with the use of IVF hormone treatments, so put that in the mix, and stand back!

I became a mother for the first and last time at the age of 44 using IVF with a donor egg.  All sorts of things happened to my body before, during, and after pregnancy, motherhood-to-menopause, even almost seven years later, are still wreaking havoc:

  • anxiety/depression
  • Placenta Previa
  • Postpartum Depression
  • severe anemia (lost half of my blood volume following my C-section)
  • weight loss (lost 30 pounds immediately following birth…it was mostly fluid)
  • weight gain
  • abnormal/heavy periods
  • hot flashes
  • night sweats
  • irritability/mood swings

I was intrigued to find out about the tampon box. At least I can get a little help with one of my problems. My periods come when they feel like it and they are awful. Sometimes two to three times a month, sometimes not for two months. So, really, I’m probably somewhere between Perimenopause and Menopause. I find myself wishing for menopause, but want to be very careful about what I wish for. In any case, having this box would be nice.

Despite all of the physical, emotional, and mental turmoil of becoming a mother so late in life, none of it compares to the love I feel for my sweet girl. She is everything to me.

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Be Careful Out There Yogis; Your Body Needs You…

Be Careful Out There Yogis; Your Body Needs You…

As I picked up one of my favorite magazines and started to flip through it, I was so excited to see an eight page article about yoga. Wow! It had lots of information, beautiful graphics, and even a map showing all the yoga studios in the area. But as I read it, I became more and more disappointed.

This ‘beginner’s guide’, in my opinion, was actually quite intimidating in itself. The information was overwhelming. The graphics were gorgeous, yet not comprehensive. The map was helpful, yet furthered my concerns.

But enough about the article. I am really not here to criticize the magazine or the article’s author. It really was a nice article and any exposure yoga receives is good. And this magazine has always been one of my favorites and still is.

What I want to do, as a Certified Integrative Yoga Therapy Instructor, is take it back several steps and offer my own ideas about starting or continuing a yoga practice.

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  1. Put safety first. Know your body and it’s limitations. Honor it. Practice the type of yoga that allows helpful and safe movement in your body, not the type that forces struggle and strain. Muscle spasms in the back often lead people to start a yoga practice. But a safe and modified yoga practice is essential in this case, or the spasms can become worse. One of the best ways to do this is to use props like blocks, bolsters, straps, blankets, and the wall. Use what you need to stay safe and feel good.
  2. Look for classes with descriptions using words like gentle, modified, slow, and well…beginners. Even if you are returning to yoga after a previous practice of intermediate, advanced, even power yoga, there is obviously a reason you took a break. Enter your new practice gradually and give yourself time to work back into it. And by all means, if you’ve never done yoga before, a gentle class suited for beginners is a must. And what’s even better is a Beginner’s Series, where you can learn the postures in detail.
  3. Do YOUR yoga. Even if you don’t know what that is yet, you do know your body, so honor it. All of your postures will look different from someone else’s and that is perfect. Your yoga. Your mat. Your choices.
  4. Try out a few different instructors and stick with the one who actually gives you instructions, cues, corrections, modifications, and positive feedback. Unfortunately, we are a dying breed. But we are out there and we want to help you.
  5. Breathe. Your body will thank you for it. It will actually move more easily and be open to new postures if you give it oxygen. Inhale deeply to open and lengthen the body. Exhale long and slow to settle into the posture. It will take a few reminders but practice will make it perfect.

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I’ve been doing yoga for 13 years now and have been certified for almost two. I was lucky enough to learn from the very best instructors in this area. When people take my class for the first time, they say things like this:

  • no one ever told me I was doing that wrong
  • you are just what I was looking for
  • I’m so glad you give instructions and corrections
  • I’ve never been sure how to do many of the poses
  • your voice is soothing and makes me comfortable
  • it feels like coming home

This list isn’t for bragging. This list tells me that I’m doing what I was trained to do. Teach yoga in a safe, positive, and friendly environment. Allow my students to practice at a level and pace suited to their needs.

I teach yoga four times a week at three different locations to a variety of ages, genders, levels, physical abilities, and personalities. My job is to serve all of them, as best as I can.

So, I ask all yoga instructors and students…please be careful out there.

And call me if you need me.

Libby Blumberg, RYT 200

904-521-7097

libby@shantimomforone.com

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