7 Upcoming Family Friendly Events in the LA Area

Getting the family together to enjoy an activity doesn’t happen nearly as often as it should. It seems like everybody has a full plate when it comes to school, work, and other prior commitments. However, there are ample opportunities to enjoy family time in Los Angeles and the surrounding cities! Here are some of the upcoming family friendly events in the area to consider checking out with the family. If you’re looking for a way to get around without worrying about traffic or shuffling through Uber drivers, be sure to consider an LA Party Bus Rental or car service. It will make a big difference when you’re not the one in charge of finding directions and navigating the busy streets of Los Angeles or surrounding areas.

Royal Tea with Princesses

April 8, 2018 @ the Royal Tea and Treatery in Costa Mesa

If you have a child that’s into fairy tale princesses, you can’t miss out on this event at the Royal Tea and Treatery. Tickets are $25 per person and includes a meet and greet experience with photo sessions, interactive storytelling, a sing a long and performances, princess themed games, optional glitter makeup, an autograph signing and an etiquette session. Coffee, tea, cupcakes, cookies, and finger sandwiches will be available for purchase here. There’s only a limited number of tickets available, so be sure to hurry if you want to be a part of this event.

Family Yoga

April 14, [email protected] Ranchos Los Cerritos in Long Beach

From 9:00 to 9:45, yoga will be led by a certified instructor in the private garden at Ranchos Los Cerritos. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced yogi, you’ll have a great time gently exercising outdoors with the family. The session is $10 for adults and $5 for children. You also have the option to buy a season pass for the six week series. You are required to bring your own yoga mat or beach towel for anybody participating.

Kids World Fest

April 14, 2018 @ The Source OC In Buena Park

Kids World Fest is a free event at The Source OC that’s happening from 1PM to 4PM. If your children are interested in crafts, there will be a ton of workshops Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, a Grammy and Emmy Award winning bad will be performing! There will also be a fun, interactive Hip Hop dance class hosted by WeBreak. That’s not all, there will also be a magic show and balloon artist present here.

T4A Autism Awareness Fair

April 29, 2018 @ Gahr High School Gym in Cerritos

This Autism Awareness Fair is organized by Thinkers 4 Autism, a non profit entity raising funds to provide local families with services. The event takes place inside of the Gahr High School Gym from 10AM to 2PM. It’s a fantastic event to support because it’s truly helping a great cause. There will be a silent auction, raffles with great prizes, games, vendors, and live music at this event.

Mother and Son Dance

May 20, 2018 @ Caliente Bar and Grill in Moreno Valley

Mother and Son dances are classic events that always leave you with precious memories to look back on. The event begins at 4PM with a red carpet where you can participate in a photo opportunity. There’s also a photo booth on site, so there are plenty of opportunities to get a great photograph for the family. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children which includes your dinner and refreshments. Raffle tickets will be sold for those interested in participating in the giveaways.

Great Big Family Play Day

June 10, 2018 @ the Autry at Griffith Park in LA

This is the fifth annual Great Big Family Play Day put on by SoCalMoms. It’s located at the Autry at Griffith Park across from the LA Zoo, and it goes on from 9AM to 5PM. General admission tickets are $5 before the day of the event and $10 afterward. There will be carnival rides like a mega slide, climbing wall, kiddie swings, euro bungee, trackless train and a smaller slide. There will be hydration and sunscreen stations as well as food and dessert trucks accompanying over 100 local brands and businesses. You don’t want to miss the Princess Sing-A-Long or the Kids Fashion Show!

KidzCon

August 11, 2018 @ Magic Box in LA

This is a two day pop up installation at the Magic Box. It is centered around children’s fashion, but it also focuses on experiences, devices, learning tools, and interactivity. It runs from 11AM to 7PM on both days, and tickets range from $10 to $200 based on the package that you choose. They pride themselves on the social, entertaining shopping experience they’ve created. There’s a lot to take in here, so be sure to consider checking it out with the family. You never know what type of goodies you might come across!

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8 Neat Tips On Bathing Your Newborn

When leaving the hospital with a newborn, parents are sent home with an endless list of instructions on everything from the proper position for sleeping to bathing. In regards to bathing a newborn, parents are instructed to use common sense to decide if their newborn is in need of a bath. Parents are encouraged to do what is best for their baby, keeping hygiene and bonding in mind.

Parents usually find that newborns feel comfortable in the water and enjoy taking a bath. If your baby isn’t a fan, you can get him or her in and out pretty quickly. However, if your baby seems to like it, you can let them stay in the water for around 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, the water cools down rapidly, making your baby uncomfortable and at risk of getting too cold.

Whether you are a first time parent or it’s simply been awhile since you last gave a newborn a bath, the following tips are designed to help you give your newborn a bath.

Babies can easily get chilled

Before bathing your baby, be sure the room is warm and free of drafts. After you have finished giving your baby a bath, wrap your baby in a hooded towel and pat him or her dry. Get him or her dressed as quickly as possible.

Never leave your newborn alone in the water

A child can drown in less than 1 inch of water and in less than 60 seconds. Gather everything you need to bathe your newborn and make certain it is within reach before putting him or her in the water.

Stay away with scented products

Scented products frequently contain ingredients which can irritate your baby or cause an allergy. It is advisable to avoid them.

Be mindful of the stump

Before bathing your baby, use a cotton bowl with rubbing alcohol to clean the umbilical stump. Until your baby’s umbilical stump has fell off the area has healed, you should give sponge baths using a damp, warm cloth. After the umbilical stump has fallen off and the area has healed, you can begin giving your newborn a tub bath. Instead of a standard tub, it is recommended that you use a small baby bath tub or the kitchen sink.

Babies prefer a water temperature around 100⁰F (38⁰C)

You can use a bath thermometer or dip your hand in to ensure the water is a comfortable temperature prior to putting your baby in the bath. Never put your baby in until you have finished running the water. It can be somewhat scary to bathe your wet and wiggly newborn. Just stay calm, keep a good grip on him or her, and with practice, you’ll become an old pro.

Always start washing your baby from the top

Or the cleanest area and work your way down to the dirtier areas. Prior to getting started, use vegetable oil to wipe away any stool or visible dirt.

No soap till they turn 1

With the exception of a couple of drops of a mild baby wash or shampoo in your newborn’s hair, you should refrain from using soap until your baby reaches his or her first birthday.

Dry them thoroughly

To prevent your newborn from developing a moisture rash, be certain to get all body folds completely dry. Don’t forget the folds in the neck, arms, and legs. You can also apply a thin layer of baby powder. However, never let it get near your baby’s face. There is the potential for it to get into the respiratory system and cause pneumonia. Get all the clothes necessary before starting bathing the baby and be sure your changing table is clean and dry too.

If your baby has especially dry or cracked skin, you can apply an ointment or mild lotion. If your baby gets diaper rash, utilize a cream that contains zinc oxide. Otherwise, there is no need to apply anything to your baby’s skin.


Baths also offer a great opportunity for bonding, especially for fathers of newborns who are being breastfed. The intimacy the situation creates is similar to that created during breastfeeding. When possible, let dad take on the bath responsibilities.

Bathing your newborn can be a great experience, both for you and your baby. However, you can never be too cautious. Keep the tips above in mind and have fun. Your baby will only be this little for a short period of time, so take the time to enjoy it.

Overcome Infertility with Donor Egg IVF

Infertility. A feared diagnosis, seemingly final and absolute. It carries with it a certain level of stigma, as if it is somehow the fault of the patient, rather than the result of random circumstance. But with assisted reproductive technology, we haveprogressed to a point where infertility is not necessarily a permanent obstacle, but merely a small stumbling block. With cutting edge techniques such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), egg freezing, and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), it is possible to overcome infertility with donor egg IVF.

What Is a Donor Egg?

Donor eggs are obtained from young, healthy women who are thoroughly screened before donation. The eggs can be fresh or frozen; both boast similar success rates, but there are distinct benefits to using frozen donor eggs. With fresh donor eggs, the menstrual cycles of the donor and the recipient have to be synchronized. This requires a large amount of medication and time, and the two women must be in the same geographical area during the transfer. All this adds up to additional costs. Using frozen eggs is more cost-effective as there is no need for synchronization of menstrual cycles or travel, and procedures can easily be fit into an already busy calendar.

Donor Egg Advantages

For many women diagnosed with infertility, IVF is certainly an option. However, this procedure can only be successful if the eggs themselves are healthy to start with. As a woman ages, not only does her number of eggs decrease, but so does the quality of the ones that remain. There is an increased risk of chromosomal abnormalities, and the chances of a successful pregnancy are still slim, even with IVF.

IVF using donor eggs has success rates up to three times higher than traditional IVF for women over 40, and it is even more effective for younger women. In addition to being ideal for women with low egg quality or quantity, donor eggs can be a great alternative for women who have experienced prior miscarriages and women who want to avoid passing a genetic disease onto their children.

Beginning the Process

There are numerous donor egg banks throughout the United States, and even some who partner withselect fertility clinics. Most egg banks have an assortment of financial plans available and a fewoffer money-back guarantees, making the use of donor eggs financially attainable and an enticing option.

After clients register with a donor egg bank, they are free to browse the donor profiles to choose their perfect match. Some clients look for characteristics they feel are valuable or advantageous, while others look for traits matching the mother’s, so the child will ultimately bear some physical resemblance to her. Once an egg donor is chosen, the eggs are sent to the client’s fertility clinic where they remain frozen until needed.

Embryo Transfer

To prepare the uterus for a potential implantation, the egg recipient takes fertility hormones(progesterone and estrogen) for about 4 weeks. The frozen eggs are thawed and fertilized with the father’s sperm (or donor sperm), using a process called intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). This process inserts a single sperm into each egg to ensure fertilization.

The newly fertilized eggs are allowed to develop and divide under the care of an embryologist, who observes the growing embryos and chooses the most favorable ones for implantation. On day 5, genetic analysis can be performed to look for any chromosomal defects. A catheter is used to insert one or two embryos into the uterus, where they will hopefully implant into the uterine wall. Roughly two weeks later, a blood sample is taken to test the levels of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), the hormone indicating pregnancy.

The Changing Face of Infertility

There were once limited options for a woman faced with infertility, the most common being surrogacy or adoption. With education and professional support, along with ongoing advances in reproductive technologies like donor egg IVF, hopelessness is being replaced with optimism. Women have a greater likelihood of experiencing pregnancy by taking advantage of the benefits of using donor eggs. They can look forward to carrying and delivering their child, savoring all the joys that new motherhood has to offer.

What’s Your Parenting Style?

A fundamental skill for powerful parenting is your ability to set clear, direct and specific limits. Limits should be easy for your child to follow. But it’s hard to always know what your non-negotiable limits for behavior should be, so wouldn’t you think that parenting with your spouse would make it easier? Not so, according to many of the parents I work with in consultation. While most parents agree that parenting together is important, many say that blending two parenting styles makes setting limits even harder.

The Styles

Let’s divide the parenting styles into three types:

  • Reactive
  • Wavering
  • Proactive

Reactive Style of Parenting

If you have the reactive style of parenting you may feel that you are spending most of your parenting time in conflict with your child. Although you may have clear limits, you tend to react to your child’s misbehavior in angry or frustrated ways. Emotions may run high in your family with no one quite sure how to stop the constant conflict. Peaceful times seem few and far between. Often, behavioral skill building doesn’t take place, but testing of boundaries and limits does.

This style of parenting encourages your child to either avoid or provoke your reactions and teaches your child how to negotiate limits.

Wavering Style of Parenting

If you have the wavering style of parenting, you may have limits but be inconsistent about following through. Do you do a lot of talking and not a lot of acting when it comes to discipline? My guess is that your child may be pushing the limits because of your inconsistency. She may even be taking advantage of your inability to anticipate behavioral troublespots.

If you waver in your limit setting and follow through, your child learns that sometimes you mean what you say but often you don’t. This style of parenting encourages testing of limits because you child must test to know just what you expect of her.

Proactive Style of Parenting

If you have the proactive style of parenting, you have firm, unmistakable limits that are clearly conveyed to your child. This style of parenting fosters age-appropriate, independent decision making by your child.

When misbehavior occurs, words are followed by appropriate action. Your parenting is like having a backyard surrounded by a sturdy fence. Your child can choose to run or swing or slide but the boundaries of his yard are clear. You are teaching your child the skills he needs to become capable, responsible, and to be motivated from within. His ability to accept limits and act in acceptable ways will help him handle life’s ups and downs.

Parenting Strategies

The styles you and your partner have will either facilitate working together or not. Are you both reactive? Is one person reactive while the other parent wavers? Here are some strategies for blending styles that will make it easier for you to be proactive as you parent together:

  • Identify your styles. Talk about this when neither of you is upset about a parenting dilemma.
  • Think about what steps you can take to adopt a more proactive style.
  • Make the time to discuss what each of you will do to blend the best of your styles. Your goal is to present to your child more unity around limit setting.
  • Review what your limits really are. It will be impossible to convey them to your child if you are unclear about what rules are non-negotiable.
  • Decide, in advance and away from your child, how you will handle discipline issues that you don’t agree on. Don’t let your child know that he has the power to start arguments between you.
  • Offer support. Create a signal between you and your partner that conveys you need help when you are in conflict with your child.
  • Take a break. If one parent is in conflict with the child and the other disagrees with what is happening, take time out to discuss the plan. Tell your child you will get back to her when the two of you have decided how to handle the problem.

Respecting each other as you present a united front is the key to parenting together. Take the time to reflect on what brought you together in the first place. Especially when times are tough, remember that the respect you show each other is the respect your child is learning to have for you.

Most Common Security Practices At Home You Should Know

Did you know that in 2015, there were an estimated 1,579,527 burglaries in US alone which constituted an increase of 2% from the previous year? Most of us feel comfortable that nothing is going to happen in our house till the time an incident happens. It only has to happen once to make us devastated and mentally disturbed for a very long time. So to make sure you and your family are secure from any thefts or accidents within your house you should have a proactive approach towards implementing and teaching your family about most common security practices at home that can be easily and effectively implemented and used.

The most common security practices at home are sometimes the safest bet to protect you and your family from unwanted visitors. For sure, you don’t want any of your family members be in danger just because you do not implement such practices.

Ensure that you have an alarm installed.

This sometimes may not be efficient enough for a seasoned robber but you can at least have the mental peace that the help will come quickly. Having an alarm warning displayed on the house can also be a good deterrent for many thieves.

Light it up.

Make sure your porch, garden, front and back entrance are well lit. If you are not at home, make sure to leave certain lights on to give it a feel that somebody is still there. To conserve electricity use a timer to periodically switch certain lights, television, radio sets within the house or use motion detectors outside to switch on the light when there is some movement.

Sturdy as it goes!

Believe it or not, even with state-of-the-art and sophisticated security systems, expensive lightning and even complicated locks, your best line of defense against an unwanted intruder is a good sturdy bolt lock and door, which the intruder cannot forcefully pry open or kick in! Just make sure you have the keys separately given to your family members in order not to get lock out by your own home and go through the hassle of calling up key smiths (although they can be available 24/7).

Check all entrance points.

This includes all open points in your home; from kitchen door to windows, from patio doors to garages to even easily accessible tree house near bedroom windows. Confirm that all access points are secured, locked properly and so that it will be unaccessible to intruders.

Be creative.

Remember the movie Home Alone? Although we don’t recommend setting holed wooden floors or smashed bulbs in the window or tumbling toolkits. If there is a part in your house that is made of wood (especially a door or a window in your garage), beef it up by putting a secondary lock using sturdy wood planks. Get one of the best orbital sanders on the market, paint and polish it up, so it will still look like a decorative door or window. No need to heat up a door knob or place a staple gun.

Teach the children.

Teach your kids to differentiate between welcomed guests and unwanted visitors. Make the eye hole easily accessible to them at their level. They should learn not to give too much information over the phone call and never to talk to strangers.

Keep emergency numbers accessible.

Have all the emergency numbers and references easily accessible and within your reach.

Aside from keeping your home safe from any accidents, the above points are also great security practices that you can implement in your house to protect your family from an undesirable consequences.

Preventing and Reversing Hair Loss – Easy Peasy For Me!

Hair loss is a condition that affects millions of men around the world. It can have devastating effects on physical attractiveness and, consequently, on self-esteem. Most men will look in the mirror one day and notice that they do not have as much hair as they used to; the great majority of these men will do nothing about it and continue losing hair for weeks, months, and maybe even years. DO NOT BE ONE OF THESE MEN!! Here I will discuss simple preventive measures that you can take in order to prevent and reverse your hair loss.

I first noticed that I started losing hair when I was 23. I looked in the mirror, stressed out, but ultimately did nothing about it. A year later, I realized that I had lost significantly more hair and only then decided to try everything available and find what worked for me. IF YOU HAVE BEGUN LOSING HAIR, TAKE ACTION NOW! I cannot emphasize this enough. Not only will you help prevent your hair loss on the physical level, but knowing that you are doing something about it will boost your self-esteem and eliminate a lot of the stress associated with hair loss (which can lead to even more hair loss).

When thinking about hair loss, Minoxidil (marketed under the name brand Rogaine) is often the first product that comes to mind. There are a few things you should know about Minoxidil before you begin to use it. Minoxidil works only while you use it; this means that your hair loss will resume when you stop using the product. Minoxidil can also be relatively expensive and difficult to incorporate into your routine if you are as lazy or forgetful as I am. I tried Minoxidil, discontinued use, and noticed a great deal of hair loss. Consequently, I decided to leave the product for good and seek other solutions to my hair loss problems. This is not to say that Minoxidil isn’t for you… it just wasn’t for ME.

It took me months of research to find a topical solution that I was satisfied with. This product is Ketoconazole shampoo, which is marketed under the name brand Nizoral. Ketoconazole is an antifungal drug and DHT inhibitor. For those of you who don’t know, these are the two principal causes of hair loss (other than genetic predisposition, of course). Ketoconazole has been shown to be effective against hair loss, but is not marketed as such. One study even concluded that Ketoconazole was as effective as Minoxidil in the treatment of hair loss1. Ketoconazole shampoo is available in 2% and 1% solutions. I have not used the 2% solution (it is harder to find), so I can only speak of my experience with the 1%. The advantages of using Ketoconazole shampoo are that it is considerably less expensive than Minoxidil and is sold as a shampoo, instead of a foam (which makes it easier to incorporate into your routine). Additionally, Ketoconazole should only be used every third day, and a little bit goes a long way. So, a small sized bottle should last you a VERY long time. I can also say, from experience, that discontinued use of Ketoconazole will not lead to increased hair loss. You’ve got a lot to gain and only about $12 to lose. So go to your local drug store and buy a bottle of Ketoconazole shampoo.

If Ketoconazole shampoo can only be used every third day, what will you use to wash your hair on the other days? After trying many different shampoos, the answer is Pyrithione Zinc 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner (which is marketed under the name brand Head amp; Shoulders). I strongly recommend that you use the original; I have tried several varieties, including the one for “thicker looking hair”, and found that they are not as effective as the original. The original Pyriothine Zinc 2 in 1 rinses clean and leaves your hair hydrated (which helps counteract the effects of the Ketoconazole on the texture of your hair). It is also an antidandruff shampoo, which means it is an antifungal… and keeping fungus off your head is always a good thing. You can now establish your shampoo routine. This routine will consist of two days of Pyrithione Zinc 2 in 1 followed by one day of Ketoconazole shampoo

When using either of these shampoos it is important that you remember to not shampoo and rinse immediately, but give the products time to work instead. I would personally recommend leaving either product on your head for about 3 minutes before rinsing. After reading several blogs detailing people’s experiences with Ketoconazole, I would not recommend leaving it on your head any longer. If you experience any discomfort, irritation, or burning before the three minutes, rinse it immediately, of course. I would also recommend that you discontinue use of hair styling products as they can damage and dry your hair and clog hair follicles as well. Additionally, start patting your hair dry instead of drying it thoroughly or using the blowdryer. Preventing hair breakage is as important as preventing hair loss when it comes to appearance.

Now that the shampoo routine has been established, we turn our focus to diet. Start by drinking water. It’s that simple. Drinking more water will have dramatic effects on your hair, especially if you are a person who isn’t accustomed to drinking water throughout the day. I started drinking about 3 liters of water a day and noticed a change in my hair as well as my overall health. So you’ll urinate more… big deal, the benefits are incredible.

Another thing you should do is incorporate a multivitamin into your diet. Keep in mind that multivitamins are only fat soluble, which means that you should take them with either a meal or a glass of milk. A multivitamin should have everything you need to keep a healthy head of hair. Many people recommend using special vitamins for hair. But after having tried these myself, I found no real benefit other than faster hair growth (which only occurred after about two months of use). It is also important to note that many of the B-vitamins in hair pills are excreted in the form of urine when taken in excess. So, there is no real benefit to overloading.

A supplement I would recommend instead is Melatonin. Melatonin is a sleep aid, mood regulator, and powerful antioxidant. Studies have also proven this as an effective treatment for hair loss. I personally do not take Melatonin everyday (nor do I recommend this), but I use it on the occasional sleepless night or stressful day. Melatonin is also considerably less expensive than hair pills and available at any drug store.

There are also some other hair supplements but if both of my suggestions above doesn’t fit you, try checking out those pills that are researched by Andrea. She shares nice information there for all your hair loss problems, specially knowing and solving the root cause.

So there you have it. A few simple preventive steps that you can take to avoid hair loss. Try it for at least two months and then decide whether the regimen is right for you or not. Finally, do yourself a favor and don’t stare at the mirror all day. Focusing on your hair loss will only lead to stress. Instead, feel confident and proud that you are now doing something about it.

The intent of this article is to inform and educate individuals suffering from hair loss, as well as to share my personal experience and the regimen that helped me overcome hair loss. Please note that this article is NOT intended as medical advice. Please consult your physician before using any of the products mentioned within the article, and remember that one solution may not work for every individual.

A guest post from Gary Notman.

Keeping Appearances Great During the Holidays

During the holiday season everyone wants to be sure that their skin is looking healthy and radiant or their hair looks good, but often the stress of the season can makes everything appear dull. If you want to put your best face forward this holiday season there are a few tips that you may want to remember to keep yourself looking great.

Watch What You Eat

During the holidays it may be so easy to stray from that healthy diet that you have been following all year long. While a little cheating probably will not hurt you, getting into the habit of eating fatty foods and foods high in sugar, like chocolate, may cause your skin to be a holiday disaster. It may be easy to give in to those cravings when you are at parties, but make sure you make healthy choices. Limiting the fatty and sugary foods will help keep your skin from breaking out in time for your work Christmas banquet.

Be easy with Drinks

During this time, many are becoming indulgent in alcoholic drinks too. Non-drinkers may experience “holiday heart syndrome”, wherein they excessively drink for a short period of time. Obviously, this doesn’t make you unhealthy, but you we all know how you behave when a person is under the influence. Also, watch out for caffeine that are hidden from many hot drinks.

Take Time to Exercise

With all the hustle and bustle of parties and shopping for gifts you may be tempted to skip those workouts, but doing so can have adverse effects on your health. Often the holidays can be a stressful time and exercise is a great stress buster. Stress can wreck havoc not only to your skin, but to your hair as well but being sure to keep up your exercise routine will help you get rid of the stress. Exercise also helps improve the circulation in your body, which also will help you become healthy and fresh.

Get Plenty of Sleep

The holiday season is so busy and you may find yourself cutting into those precious hours of sleep trying to get everything done. When you miss out on sleep it can result in your overall appearance tired and dull. The body works on repairing itself while you are sleeping, so getting plenty of rest each night is essential to keeping your complexion radiant.

Just Relax

For some who are working on companies or business that are seasonal-driven, holidays can be very busy for you. However, there will ALWAYS be a time given to you so you can enjoy the season with your friends and loved ones. Take a short trip to another city (or another country, for some), go on a cruise, or maybe even enjoy the benefits of a couples massage gift coupons you got from your boss. This celebration is all about bonding time, so why not make it memorable anyhow.

Following these simple tips will help you look your best this holiday season. Your health is important and will be with you your entire life, so be sure that you take good care of it, even during the holidays. If you watch what you eat, sleep well, and keep up the daily exercise routine, no one will be able to miss the glow in you this holiday season.

10 Great Gadgets That Could Save Your Life

In the age of technology, gadgets have now replaced many of the usual tools people have to perform different tasks. There have also been many gadgets invented to make life easier for most. Many of these were developed for health purposes and can possibly save lives in the long run. Here are 10 great gadgets that can help people improve their health.

SwipeSense

This is a clip-on device that serves as a portable hand sanitizer. According to the CDC, incorrect hand washing is one of the main sources of diseases. Many people do not have readily access to sinks and soaps, but this gadget acts more than just a squeezable sanitizer. It actually records the times when it’s been used, so users can download their personal hand washing data and work on it as needed.

LifeStraw

We’re all gaga about the safety on our drinking water, asking if does reverse osmosis remove bacteria, or UV purification works. This gadget, however, turns contaminated water into safe, drinkable water and are especially useful for travelers, hikers, or anybody who does not have easy access to clean water. This also includes populations coming from remote and poor communities. Having clean water to drink is a privilege, and this gadget makes drinking water easier to come by.

Lumo Lift

The Lumo Lift is a wearable device that acts as a posture coach. Posture is something that many people don’t pay attention to. It is worn around the collarbone and gently sends a vibration signal each time the user slouches. It reminds the user to sit and stand properly, which is important in bone health especially as people age.

Fitness Band

Fitness bands are all the rage these days and for good reason as well. There are many types of fitness bands in the market, and each one has different capabilities. There are fitness bands that can monitor resting or active heart rates or other ones that track distances or calories burned while working out.

Smart Pill Bottle

This is just the gadget made specifically for those who are taking pills regularly and those who tend to forget when to take them. The smart pill bottle tracks when it has been opened or closed and how many pills had been removed. This information is then automatically sent to health care professionals to be monitored. This gadget is definitely both smart and convenient.

HapiFork

Even forks can have technology. HapiFork is a gadget that reminds and teaches people how to eat slower. Everyone knows what the benefits of eating slower are. It helps with weight gain, digestive issues, and many others. The gadget lights up and sends vibration anytime the user is eating too fast. It even measures and record the user’s data.

Dog Vest

Dog vests are especially important for those who travel with their therapeutic companions everywhere. This lets people know that the dogs are working when they are wearing their vests. In the case of an emergency and a dog is spotted with a vest, it alerts people that the owner might need extra care and attention because of a sickness or disorder.

Germicidal Air Sanitizer

Users can minimize the risk of getting sick with the use of a germicidal air sanitizer. This is a great update from the usual sanitizing spray, as this technology uses an ionizer and a germicidal UV lamp to remove harmful allergens in the air. There is nothing like breathing fresh and disease-free air, after all.

Sanitizing Wand

A UV light wand kills germs in the most used items and spaces in just 30 seconds. Regularly used items such as computer keyboards, doorknobs, or other electronic devices typically gather up a lot of bacteria innocently. The UV sanitizing wand is an easy to use, portable device that can kill bacteria with no problems.

Sleep Tracking Devices

Sleep is just as important as any other body function. Everyone needs sleep to stay healthy, and many people either don’t sleep enough or are just unable to. Sleep tracking devices help people develop better sleeping habits by measuring the user’s light and deep sleep and making suggestions on how to improve on it.

 

These gadgets are great for anyone who wants to make a healthy lifestyle easier to keep up. These, along with many other gadgets, were developed to improve health and life in general. With these gadgets, maintaining a healthy lifestyle will not only be simpler but will be enjoyable as well.

Effective Parenting: Are You Reacting or Responding to Your Children?

Anyone who is a parent or has been a parent knows how difficult of a challenge it is. Not only are you trying to teach information but you are trying to teach the way to cope with life and further you want your child to be a good citizen. The most difficult thing about this is that you are often battling your own emotions as well. You must keep a perspective and sometimes that is nearly impossible.
Where does a parent start?

We can look at some general terms. It is good if a parent tries to be effective, consistent, active and attentive.

What does an effective parent do? An effective parent responds, prevents, monitors and mentors and models.

This article is going to focus on responding.

What does it mean to “respond?”

It is important to respond, not “react.” So many of us react to our kids and nothing hurts them more quickly and, incidentally, it hurts us as well.

What do I mean?

Let us say that your son gets an “F” on his report card. You see the report card and you recall all the times he said to you he had no homework and you feel the anger well up in you. You scream at him and call him “lazy.” As we will be studying in a different article there may be a number of reasons that he got that “F.” Some would require a much different response than the “reaction” of calling him lazy.

Calling the child lazy is a reaction. If you gave it a couple of hours and thought things through and allowed your anger to subside you could talk to him and begin to be a problem solver. In other words you could respond to the situation.

It may be that he was afraid to tell you he was failing. Perhaps he doesn’t care but you will get to the real answer much more quickly if you are talking with him not at him.

As part of responding you must consider the age and the circumstances. Obviously running in a field is different than running towards the street and a two-year-old running toward the street requires different action than a 13-year-old.

A correct response includes weighing all the options and results. Do you really want to ground your daughter the night of her senior prom?

Always ask yourself questions. Are you aware why the behavior occurred? Are you being consistent with other decisions?

Do you have previous situations to compare this situation with? Past decisions that were successful can help you maintain consistency as well as solve the problem effectively.

When you make decisions, it is important to make them on a consistent basis. It is important to remember you are being watched by your children.

Exemplify thoughtful decisions as a teaching pattern.

It is erroneously taught by some that parents are but a minor influence on their children, nothing could be further from the truth.

Songs to Help You Deal with (NOT AVOID) Parent Burnout

The greatest job you will ever have is being a parent. But hey, let’s not kid ourselves; being a parent is not all sipping drinks with lime in a sunny clime. In fact, sometimes being a parent is more like eating a wrinkly lemon in a hurricane. One of the factors making parenting such a stressful job is the workplace. Your home. Your car. And all those places you travel together to get to. Add in the fact that it is almost certainly the closest you’ll ever come to working a 24 hour shift all seven days of the week and, well, burnout happens.

In fact, burnout happens to even the best, most dedicated parents who are not just paying lip service when they say it is the best job they could ever possibly have. The first step in DEALING with parent burnout is to reject the notion of avoiding parent burnout. Avoidance may be possible…but setting that extreme as your goal is simply added pressure that helps in no way. What can and does help is dealing with the probably arrival of burnout is lowering the bar of expectations just enough to allow you to rather easily limbo your way to the other side. You might want to listen to certain songs while you do that limbo by putting these tips to the test.

I Like to Move It, Move It

Pay attention to your body. Periodically check on yourself as getting stressed out can hugely affect your physical being. To deal this, get your body moving. Exercise is a scientifically proven way to lower stress, deal with depression and take the wind out of those particularly anxious moments when you just feel like you can’t take it anymore. Moving your body by means of the exercise of your choice—the specific do not matter one single bit—can also help you lose weight so feel like doing more with your kids and that is a clear path to avoiding burnout once you start mixing things up a little bit. Want your baby to include? Sure! Get your baby a gear that would help strengthen his lower leg muscles (walker), so he can be walking in no time.

Help!

You need somebody. Not just anybody, but somebody who has been through what you are going through. Seek out the advice and guidance of parents who successfully worked their way through burnout themselves. And you know the best place to start this quest for help? Your own parents! If you think that you were never enough of a problem to cause your mom and dad to suffer burnout…do not hesitate to seek their guidance before moving on to others.

Get Them Busy

You can listen to the Ramones while your children are enjoying their toys in play yard, but you probably don’t want your actions to be inspired by the lyrics. In fact, the key to dealing with parent burnout is taking a novel approach to the concept of babysitting. One paradoxical way of lessening the potential for burning out on your kids is to spend more time with other people’s kids. And vice versa. Set up a babysitting club with other parents you know and share the responsibility as a way to get some breathing time far more often than you will be saddled with taking care of all those other kids.

Behind the Wall of Sleep

Don’t ever let anybody try to convince you that everything about caring for babies and very young children is harder than taking care of older kids. When the devilishly inconsolable crying gets to be just a little too much to take, you can strap the baby into a car seat, drive around the block a few times and come home with a sleeping angel ready to put down for a hard sleep. Then that baby grows out of the toddler stage and the me-time that coincides with their nap time becomes a luxury of the past. The real principle at work is what goes on behind that wall of sleep rather than the sleep itself. When the kids grow too old for napping, simply substitute quiet play that doesn’t involve electronic simulation. Teach your kids the joy of board games, Lego, coloring books and any other activity they can be trusted to do quietly and by themselves so you can take back those moments of joyous solitude they gave you when they actually did used to nap.

Treat Me Right

Pat Benatar may have been directing this request outward, but in this case you should be directing it inward. When the breaking point that comes as a result of the stress of being a parent is clearly within sight, take a break and go treat yourself right. Doesn’t matter what, as long as it doesn’t cause lasting damage to the kids. In other words, treating yourself doesn’t include disappearing without a trace for a three day vacation in Vegas, but it does include anything from a luxuriously long bath with the door locked to splurging on a pair of ridiculously overpriced high heel shoes to allowing yourself one weekend every few months to hit the links instead of the playground.

What Would Brian Boitano Do?

If Brian Boitano experiences parent burnout, do you think he’d lace up his skates and hit the ice? Or would he head to the Alps to fight off grizzly bears. Doesn’t really matter because the point in question is what would you do if you were given free rein to indulge in a passionate hobby or even pursue the dream of becoming your own boss? A great way to reduce the potential for parent burnout is rigidly impose (within reason) a time and a place reserved for you to go after those other dreams you had before you dream of having kids pushed them to the back burner.

Dream Police

The dream police do exist when you are a parent. Their uniform may be a dirty diaper carrying a diaper pail or it may be a marching band uniform, but they are most definitely there to arrest you in the middle of a perpetrating the heinous crime of trying to sneak in some sleep when the kids are so otherwise preoccupied they don’t even notice you slip away. Reducing the impact of parent burnout is not about keeping the dream police locked out. After all, you are a parent and that is your number one responsibility. But try letting the kids know ahead of time that you just need to catch up on sleep. Set boundaries about what they can do while you sleep. What constitutes a true “let’s wake up mommy and daddy” moment and what it is excessive force by the dream police. You need sleep. You are entitled to it. And chances are you aren’t getting enough.

No More Mr. Nice Guy

And, hey, if it helps to put on makeup like Alice Cooper, by all means go for it. No means no. Except when you’re a parent in which no very often doesn’t really mean no and even if it does, your kids don’t really believe it. A parent’s job is to say NO a lot. So much that at some point very early on, the kids realize that most of the time it doesn’t really carry very much weight, which, of course, leads directly to burnout. Deal with burnout ahead of time by letting the kids know that when you say no because the weight of always saying yes is just getting too heavy, NO MEANS NO.

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