When your kids gets lice it can leave you feeling helpless and sometimes angry. You may feel, “Who gave this to my kid?” and then spend hours cleaning your bedding, house and toys. I’m no stranger to lice. My kids have had it twice. It is horrible. I’m OCD so I go into a complete tizzy when I see it. My husband has to calm me down so I don’t hyperventilate. Bugs in my kid’s hair? Noooo! After many uses of the typical lice over-the-counter shampoos, we have found the perfect treatment that ACTUALLY WORKS! And it’s natural, which is very important to us. We are bigs fans of www.Fairytaleshaircare.com – give them a try, you’ll be very pleased.
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Our Rosemary Repel® line is infused with organic herbs of rosemary, citronella, lavender, and tea tree oil – all fragrances which have been shown to help repel lice. A study done in the Israeli Medical Journal showed that citronella was the most effective herb- but we already knew that! Our products were independently tested and proven to be nearly 100% effective when used together and according to instructions. Our Lice Good-Bye uses all natural yeast enzymes to dissolve nit “glue” and break down the skeletal system of a louse and nit (egg) – a much more effective treatment than products such as Rid or Nix. All of the Fairy Tales products are paraben and sodium laureth sulfate free and use the finest ingredients such as Vitamins A, B, E and passion flower, aloe, jojoba, rose hips, sage, cherry bark and chamomile to help make bath time an easy time for parents and children.
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It was a pleasure to head over to Mariel‘s home in Malibu to get a glimpse at how she lives. I cuddled with her white cat and pet her two doggies as the camera crew set up. I couldn’t wait to show her my new Sony Cyber-shot, as she is a healthy life style advocate and I knew she needed a camera to showcase her craft.
She says, “Creating a healthier body and mind allows us to do more and live a longer, more vibrant and meaningful life. It is my belief that the choices we make, the information we seek, and the food we eat are integral to our well-being.”
Mariel has written books about life, yoga, nutrition and well-being including a cookbook. She has created a company called Mariel’s Kitchen in order to share her passion for living a healthy, happy life. Through making positive, intentional choices about food, movement, home, and silence, she has found her center and balance.
For more great parenting tips, check out Kimberley’s book, The Go-To Mom’s Guide.
I’m sure you’ve had those days were pirates or ninjas rule the roost! For many children, weapon play is one of the ways they can process their fears, feel safe, and experiment with self-defense.
This is a natural phase, and should come after 4 or 5 years of age. The discovery and lure toward pretend weapons is expected however, children under 4 should not be exposed to violent influences from their peers or the media. It is not advised to encourage this type of play with toddlers – they are simply too young to comprehend any of the concepts. As children grow older they begin to understand how weapons have played a part of our history. They may begin to ask questions about why people use guns and swords.
For more parenting tips, check out Kimberley’s book, The Go-To Mom’s Guide.
Make a concerted effort to engage in “Mommy Cherishing” activities — How many times this month did you do something just for yourself? Did you take a nice long bubble bath, read a great book, or get your toe-nails painted fire engine red? Moms are happier and more mentally balanced when they can plan activities that fuel their passion for life.
Stop Competing With Other Women — A perfect mom is hard for anyone to bond with. We feel we can never live up to that type of mother so we shy away with intimidation from the so called, ‘perfect mom.’ However, a mother who is confident and a tad self-deprecating is alluring. She shows us her strengths as well as her weaknesses, which allows others to bond with her in a non-competitive way. The more women continue the cycle of female or mommy competition the less chances we have to build a universal female support system.
Ask for help when ever possible — It’s not easy asking for help. You may think just because you wanted to be a parent you have to rise to the occasion all the time. That doesn’t mean you can’t ask for help. Many people are willing to help. The key is to actually ask.
Simplify your life by doing less — Doing nothing, or being alone is really doing something. Never underestimate the power of mommy-decompression time. Just like sleeping serves as a restoration for the human body, doing nothing can do the same for moms. It’s okay to have nothing on your plate. The most common advice I give mommies is to cut out what is not necessary. Simplify, simplify, simplify. Less is more.
When you run an errand, tack on an extra half hour to do something fun – It’s okay to do Mommy-Cherishing activities when you have time off — So many errands are done out of necessity and tend to use up all the time we have off. I know moms don’t have time to grab a vanilla iced blended or flip through the pages of a cool magazine at the bookstore, but why not? We rightfully deserve it. It’s okay to add some fun to your day before you run your errands! The next time you have time off, tack on an extra forty-five minutes to do mommy-cherishing activities.
Complaining without action gets you nowhere. It’s your choice to either restore or accept your post-baby body — Women gain weight as they age; however it’s a mommy’s responsibility to maintain optimal health and good self-esteem. You can sit silently and envy the fit mommies or get moving and get some cardio and Pilates action going! You can take the path of least physical resistance and accept that life changes many things, which includes your figure.
Learn to take “Mommy Time Outs” when you’re angry or cranky — I’m better off yelling, “Mommy Needs A Time Out!” then taking it out on the family. However, that’s what happens to moms who don’t take a break. I don’t mean take a break and sit down for minute. I’m talking about taking several hours off of mommyhood or work to do something that brings back your vitality.
Quiet yourself at least once a day
Taking time for your self is essential for good mothering. No one really ever plans on being a martyr-mom. We all know that in the end that this type of mom will eventually burn out and her children may witness her unravel. Taking time off from chores, work and family can be very mommy enhancing.
A happy woman makes a happy mom.
GO RED FOR WOMEN! This made me cry and laugh all at the same time. But in the end it’s a very serious message. Heart disease is the #1 killer of American Women. Make it your mission and share. Starring and directed by Emmy-nominated actress Elizabeth Banks.
“A little film about a super mom who takes care of everyone except herself.” — Elizabeth Banks
You’ve got to love when your child brings home his special art project for you to ohhhh and ahhh over. Take a look at what my 5-year-old made just for me in Kindergarten. I love it. He knows what mama loves to do…fight germs! LOL. Check out more of my shows here.
You are in the market and your child throws the dreaded tantrum, or you’re at a play date and your child is being pushy and bossy and then loses control. Toddlers and preschoolers throw tantrums because they have an intense desire to do things, but their mental and motor skills have developed more quickly than their ability to communicate. Because they don’t quite yet have the ability to express frustration, they do so by throwing a tantrum. Tantrums are a part of normal child development. However, there are ways in which parents can learn how prevent them.
For more information, read Kimberley’s book, “The Go-To Mom’s Parents’ Guide to Emotion Coaching Young Children.”