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Tips for Younger Children with Eyeglasses

Last year Lil’ C mentioned she was having a hard time seeing things in her Kindergarten classroom. Little did I know there were several signs that I brushed off that were pointing to her needing glasses. After a visit to the eye doctor, I realized that Lil’ C’s headaches probably weren’t related to allergies but most likely from eye strain.

While I was glad we went to see the eye doctor I wish I would have figured out that C’s eyes were bothering her sooner. Regardless, we found out that her eyes only need a little bit of help as her eye muscles are still developing. The ophthalmologist said this is a pretty common issue with children in this age group.

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Isn’t she cute?!?!

Since I’ve never needed glasses I wasn’t sure how to properly clean them or wear them. Luckily we’ve learned some great tips on eyeglass care for children that will help C take care of her glasses.

 

“If they’re not on your face they’re in your case.” This was a rhyme that C was taught to ensure that her glasses go in a safe place when she’s not wearing her glasses.

These days having glasses is “cool” and everyone wants a chance to wear them, unfortunately it’s also an opportunity for your child’s glasses get broken. Role play with your child scenarios where they learn to be comfortable saying, “no” to their friends when it comes to trying on glasses.

Purchase at least 2 pairs of glasses in case one is broken or misplaced. Of course buying glasses can get pricey so I suggest finding the frame shape for your child and checking out discount glasses websites like the ones we found at GlassesUSA.com. Aside from having a pair that she can use in case one is damaged, we also found that it’s nice for her to have a pair in her bedroom for nighttime reading and downstairs for school work since she’s not required to wear her glasses 24/7.

Have your eye doctor, or another adult show your child the correct way to remove their glasses. Often times Lil’ C will pull her glasses off with one hand causing her glasses to need adjusting and even going as far as bending the screws in her glasses {oops}. Sometimes you have to learn the hard way, but teaching your child is the best way to help their glasses last.

Purchase the protection plan. Trust me, it’s well worth it. See tip #4, C needed a new pair of glasses after bending one of her screws and scratching up her lenses a little, luckily we only had to pay a small copay for a replacement pair.

 

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Teaching Kids to Cartwheel, Handspring, and More at Little Gym Summer Camps

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This post is in partnership with The Little Gym of Huntersville/LKN.

Do you or your kiddo ever wish they could learn one skill like cartwheeling? I’ve mentioned before I’m the Mombassador for The Little Gym Huntersville – Lake Norman and Miss A and Lil C have enjoyed each of their classes and have been in classes for several years. I love that the classes give my girls well-rounded skills in all areas of gymnastics from balance to teamwork, and am excited that this year Little Gym is focusing on specific skills.

This summer, Little Gym of Huntersville – Lake Norman is offering several summer sessions for your children {ages 6-12 years old} to grow in different areas of their gymnastics.

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Here they are:

Caribbean Cartwheels & Hawaiian Handstands June 24th & June 26th

Cartwheels and Handstands are the “gateway skills” that will lead the beginning/intermediate level gymnast toward learning Round-Offs, Back Handsprings, Front Handsprings , and more!  Because Cartwheels and Handstands are both “upside down” skills, they do wonders for building your child’s upper body and core strength, too!  Learning and perfecting Cartwheels and Handstands are a “must” for young gymnasts!  A “Caribbean/Hawaiian” side theme will add a fun tropical twist to the week!

Back Handspring Bonanza July 15th & July 17th

This Skill Thrill Camp is perfect for those kids who are ready to learn the Back Handspring!  It’s also great for those kids who have learned a Back Handspring – but are ready for more advanced Back Handspring variations, i.e. Round-Off, Back Handsprings; Round-Off Back Handspring-Back Handspring; and more!  A three hour “Back Handspring Bonanza”!  What could be more fun?

Front Handspring Festival July 29th & July 31st

This Skill Thrill Camp is perfect for those kids who have learned their handstand – and are ready to move to the next step – a “Front Handspring”!  This camp is also great for kids who can do this skill by themselves – but just need some repetition and practice to solidify their technique and confidence.  This Front Handspring Festival will also be an “Upper Body Fitness Festival” of sorts – as handstands and front handsprings are a great way to exercise the muscles of the arms, shoulders, chest and back!

Amazing Aerials August 12th & August 14th

Is it possible to do a “no-handed cartwheel”?  YES – this skill is called an “Aerial”!  While advanced-level gymnasts may be perfecting their aerial or learning to link their aerial to other skills, beginning and intermediate gymnasts will have the opportunity to grow their cartwheels as they journey through the many skill progressions to learn the intricacies of this exciting skill.  This Skill Thrill Camp may be just the thing for those kids who are “THAT CLOSE” to doing their aerial by themselves!  This week may just do the trick!

Interested in finding out more information? Check out the schedule on TLG’s website: thelittlegym.com

Email The Little Gym of Huntersville/Lake Norman at {tlghuntersvillelakenormannc@thelittlegym.com} or call 704-948-7665 to enroll your child and let them know you heard about camp on MommyBKnowsBest.com

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As a Mombassador for The Little Gym Huntersville/LKN my daughters receive complimentary classes. I do not receive monetary compensation, and all the opinions and thoughts expressed in this post are my own, honest opinions. Yours may vary.

Get Healthy Savings, Earth Day Recycling Tips, and Donate A Photo

This is a sponsored post in partnership with The Motherhood and J&J Consumer Companies Inc.

If you’ve been keeping up with my HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® posts you know there have been some great deals and initiatives. This month is no different, lots of great savings, ways you can help the environment, and opportunities to help raise awareness for charitable causes.

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In addition to the great savings, you can be more active in your community by supporting Earth Day:

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Again make sure you get the great savings on Johnson & Johnson products, and do your part to donate to causes that will help our planet and the people in it. 

 

This post is part of the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® 2014 program by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. and The Motherhood, who sent me a box of products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are all my own, and I hope you enjoy them.

Green Mac & Cheese the Kids Will Love

Strolling through Costco the other day, my one-year-old daughter and I passed by the bulk pack of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. Immediately, she shouts “noodles” at the top of her lungs and attempts to dive out of the shopping cart, lunging toward the macaroni.

I put her and the box of mac & cheese securely in our cart and chuckled a bit to myself as we continued down the aisle. I can definitely relate to her reaction- who doesn’t love some classic macaroni and cheese?

While we often buy the blue box stuff, sometimes it’s fun to mix up the standard mac & cheese and give it a healthy, homemade twist. With St. Patrick’s Day approaching, I thought my daughter might enjoy a green mac & cheese.

Healthy Green Mac & Cheese the Kids Will Love MommyB

She was excited to devour these “green noodles” (as she calls them), made with quality ingredients like whole grain noodles and spinach, and full of color and flavor that surely appeals to the younger crowd.

Green Mac & Cheese Recipe Ingredients MommyB

Ingredients

  • 1 box (12oz,) whole grain noodles (I recommend a thicker-style noodle, such as spirals, elbows, shells, or ziti)
  • 1 package Mac and Cheese Blend shredded cheese (I have found this at both Target and Food Lion. If you can’t find it at your store, any cheddar blend will work. I have also made this with 6-Cheese Italian Blend for an Italian twist-delicious!)
  • 1 package frozen spinach
  • 1½ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

1. Cook spinach according to package directions.

2. Cook pasta in boiling water, according to package directions.

3. In a blender or food processor, combine milk, ½ cup of the cooked spinach, garlic powder, nutmeg, and salt/pepper. Puree until completely blended and smooth.

Green Mac & Cheese Recipe Blend MommyB

4. In a sauté pan over medium/medium-low heat, melt butter, then whisk in flour.

5. Slowly pour in milk-spinach mixture, whisking constantly. Allow sauce to thicken slightly.

Green Mac & Cheese Recipe Prep MommyB

6. Add cheese, one small handful at a time, whisking in a figure-8 motion until the cheese has dissolved into the sauce.

7. Adjust seasoning as desired.

8. Combine sauce and noodles and serve. (Tip: I would add sauce one ladle-full at a time to the noodles so your noodles won’t drown in too much sauce)

Green Mac & Cheese Recipe MommyB

Bonus Tip

Extra sauce can be frozen for future use. I usually freeze it in ice cube trays, creating individual 1oz. servings of sauce. Then, I will simply microwave a few cubes to top a quick side serving of pasta or even vegetables!

 

imageMelissa is a Communication Studies graduate of Clemson University. She recently traded in her human resources job for the best and most challenging career of all, being a stay-at-home mom. She loves coffee, cooking, crafting, and watching football. Melissa is also a former National Champion baton twirler and currently teaches baton lessons and judges baton twirling competitions across the nation. She recently launched the Honeybee Homemaker blog about her faith, family, and fun kitchen endeavors.

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Empowering Girls Through Sports #playlikeagirl

It’s been said that girls who actively participate in sports are healthier of course, but also get higher grades in school, and are more likely to have a better self esteem. While I won’t go as far to say that being involved in athletics will keep your daughter on the straight and narrow for the rest of her life, I will say that I have known young women who are involved in sports and have seen how focused, and guided they are in life. The positive impact that coaches and team mates have on those girls is incredible.

Growing up I was actively involved in community softball, and dance {although I would never label myself as athletic or sporty} and DaddyB played football and was in track and field. We both realize the importance of sports in our girls lives and what it brings beyond health factors.

Even though Miss A and Lil’ C are 3 and 6 years old, we feel it’s important for them to experience a diverse array of sports. From swimming to football, gymnastics and soccer, karate, dance and the list goes on, we don’t hold them back when it comes to trying out sports.

We encourage our little ladies to, “Play Like a Girl”, and even though that phrase, in the past, has carried negative connotations, we’re claiming it, and giving it power. Playing like a girl is awesome! We were made different than boys in lots of ways, and have our own strengths that we bring to the sports we play. I’m all for celebrating our uniqueness and will always be my girls’ biggest fan.

To encourage strength and pride in being an athletic girl, we watch television programming, {especially pre-Olympics and Olympic sports} YouTube videos, and talk about female professional athletes from different sports genres. I love seeing the glimmer our daughters’ eyes as they watch the Williams’ sisters, Yuna Kim, Gabby Douglas, and other awesome girl-powered athletes play. The sense of empowerment that my girls get from seeing strong women rock their sport and being active is invaluable.

Whether our girls are playing in our backyard, participating in sports with friends, or enjoying one of their classes, we’re always proud of their efforts. I think our proudest moments are when our girls conquer their fears and you can see the pride on their faces. Of course I love the moment Miss A learned how to cartwheel and think it’s awesome Lil C can dribble a soccer ball like a champ, but knowing that they both can be empowered through the sports and activities they participate in is what makes our hearts happy.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Verizon. The opinions and text are all mine.

What’s App-enning?? App Series: NEW CVS/pharmacy iPad App

At the end of March, CVS/pharmacy launched their new iPad app making it that much easier for customers to manage prescriptions and shop directly from our tablets, how cool is that?!?!

With the new CVS iPad app we can explore a virtual 3D CVS/pharmacy and quickly access services from the Pharmacy, ExtraCare, Photo Center and MinuteClinic, as well as browse their favorite departments to shop. Not only is this app really cool because it’s interactive, but it’s super easy to use. Plus, you don’t have to get out of your pajamas or do your hair to shop at CVS now, you can perform several typically in-person tasks from the comfort of your own home or even on the go.

CVS iPad App HomeScreen

Download the free CVS iPad app, and you’ll be instantly transported into what feels like your local CVS/pharmacy. Tapping on popular areas of the store from the home screen will launch mini apps (different parts of the store) including:

  • Pharmacy Services with Enhanced Prescription Management: With the swipe of a finger, customers can scroll through all their prescriptions in a matter of seconds and take actions including scheduling refills and viewing prescriptions available for pick-up. Caregivers can manage prescriptions for themselves and their families, using native tablet functionality such as drag-and-drop and easily sort by patient name, refill status and more. Patients can also view prescription details instantly with zoom-in detail screens and scan in refills using the iPad camera (supported on iPad 3 and above).
  • ExtraCare with Coupon Center: Shoppers can sign in to manage their ExtraCare savings and rewards by clicking the ExtraCare Coupon Center. The ExtraCare mini app allows visitors to check their balances or sign up for additional ExtraCare programs such as Beauty Club, ExtraCare Advantage for Diabetes and ExtraCare Pharmacy & Health Rewards. Similar to the in-store experience, customers are encouraged to make the ExtraCare Coupon Center their first stop to receive new coupons and personalized offers. On the CVS iPad app, they can view what offers are available with easy rotating display and animations, and then choose to send them directly to their ExtraCare card or print them.
  • Weekly Ad: Customers looking for deals or who prefer to plan ahead can view the weekly circular for their preferred location by using the GPS locator or entering their ZIP code. Additionally, customers can search the ad by category or brand, or search for a specific product and build shareable shopping lists.
  • Catalogue Style Shopping: Users can shop and search the full CVS.com product catalog, sorted by category. Savvy shoppers can also access weekly deals to take advantage of new offers every day on popular household essentials, beauty products, health needs and gifts.
  • Photo Center: App users can upload photos from their tablet camera roll to be printed for pick-up that very same day at a local CVS/pharmacy. Customers can also see various other photo products available in-store.
  • MinuteClinic: Users can quickly locate the nearest MinuteClinic or access a variety of informational resources on the types of services and minor illness exams offered, as well as check the various kinds of insurance accepted.

In the coming months, CVS/pharmacy will introduce support for additional tablet platforms and continue to enhance the CVS iPad app, offering additional new features that deepen the virtual shopping experience and offer informative and innovative ways for customers to interact with pharmacy services. For more information, make sure you head over to CVS.com/onthego and check it out for yourself!!

 

This is not a compensated post, however I have worked with CVS/pharmacy in the past. I stand behind their brand, and my family personally utilizes the services that CVS/pharmacy offers, even before our working relationship, and will continue to do so for many years. 

Hydration Station – How to Get your Kids to Drink More Water

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I definitely don’t drink enough water in my day. {I’m working on it though.} But I always make sure my girls are hydrated with the right stuff, namely water.

DaddyB and I don’t allow our girls to drink carbonated drinks, however they do love their juice, and we don’t mind giving it to them occasionally, but our preferred beverage to keep them hydrated and healthy is water. There are several things we do to encourage water consumption in our home, we purchase fun sippy cups, use bendy and swirly straws, we’ve even made ice cubes with fruit in them, but one thing we’re very consistent about is making water accessible to them.

Sippy Cup Lil C and Miss A don’t get water from the fridge and aren’t tall enough to get water from the tap, so when we are at home we set up a, “hydration station” or a drink spot for them. We make them aware that this is where their water will be and every so often {usually from 30-45 minutes} we have them take at least a sip of their water, if it’s hot out or they’re more active we’ll adjust.

Miss A is now 5 and here are some things she has to say about water {this video is completely unscripted and words and thoughts from Miss A}

Apparently, water is very important!!!

Luckily, I don’t have to make my girls drink their water, they do love it, but I think I’ve also done a great job making it fun. Just like anything parenting related, if you make it fun your kids will be more willing to do good things for themselves.

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That’s one way I’ve helped my kids discover the wonders of water. Brita’s new product, the Brita Bottle for Kids, now provides an easy and fun way to have clean, filtered H2O on the go.

Now I’m curious, how do you encourage your kids to drink more water? Reply below and one of my readers will win a $50 Visa gift card!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Brita. The opinions and text are all mine. Official Sweepstakes Rules.