Thursday, January 07, 2016

Cuddles Of Love - A Book About Baby Massage By Jashpreet Kaur

I'd like to share with expectant or new parents this book on baby massage which I was reading recently. It is called "Cuddles Of Love" by Jashpreet Kaur,  a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI) with the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM) and Massage in Schools Instructor and International Trainer with the Massage in Schools Association (MISA).

My kids are preteens and teenagers now but with hindsight, I wish I had known more about baby massage when they were babies and toddlers. My babies and I would have had so much fun and benefit out of it.

This book is an eye-opener for me and would be a good read for a mother or father to be or as a gift to a couple who is expecting a baby. It talks about baby massage, bonding and loving touch including the whys, hows and benefits of baby massage. For example, I didn't know that certain oils should not be used when massaging baby or it is not a good practice to hand babies over to strangers at a spa, for example to do the massaging.

The main message of this book is "You can't spoil a child with too much love, one to one undivided attention and loving touch in the form of baby massage". Bonding with your baby in this manner helps baby and you relax and builds the foundation for a secure individual. You are the best toy your baby could ever have. Your baby needs you to cuddle, hold and love them. Its good for baby and good for you too!


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How To Obtain And Maintain A Healthy Lifestyle

While people make a wide range of New Years Resolutions, getting healthy is typically one of the most common types. However, many individuals who want to get healthy don't know where or how to start. Nevertheless, there are a wide range of strategies you can deploy to obtain and maintain a healthy lifestyle in 2016. Some of them include:

1. Test For Disease.

One of the first steps you should take in your pursuit of a healthy lifestyle is the identification of any diseases that could be detracting from your vitality and impairing your physiological functions. Companies like Diagnostic Automation/Cortez Diagnostics, Inc. make this process possible by providing clients with the rapidtest of their choice. The company provides testing kits for the following diseases:

-anemia
-cancer
-diabetes
-HIV
-hepatitis

2. Attain An Accountability Partner.

Another strategy you should use as you embrace health is attaining an accountability partner. Most people don't get healthy in isolation. Rather, they attain support, information, and advice from individuals who hold them accountable for accomplishing their health goals. There are many people who can function as your accountability partner, including a walking buddy, personal trainer, health coach, or doctor.

3. Make Healthy Eating Fun.
One of the reasons that people fail to get healthy results from the fact that they consume a horrific diet comprised of foods that lack fiber, vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Unfortunately, one of the reasons that this unhealthy mode of eating remains prevalent results from the creation of a culture that perceives bad food as fun and delicious and good food as boring and unappetizing. However, you can overcome this dangerous mindset by making healthy eating fun. Thanks to the Internet, you can easily access thousands and thousands of delicious, nutritious recipes that you will enjoy eating even as the food contributes to your vitality. For example, if you've always loved eating salt-laden, high-fat french fries, you can go online and access recipes for baked potato fries that taste just as good while also providing you with the nutrition necessary for energy and sustenance.

Embrace Optimal Wellness Now
If you want to get healthy in 2016, this article can help you do it. By using the wellness strategies found in this quick reference guide, you'll likely attain the level of vitality necessary to lead a healthy, happy life!

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Sunday, December 06, 2015

Christmas Books For Kids Ideas

Christmas Books For Kids can be given to kids before Christmas to get ready for the holidays or as a Christmas gift or stocking filler. Here are a few book ideas on or about Christmas for kids.


Christmas Books For Kids

Looking for Christmas Books for Kids? Here are some ideas to help you out. These Christmas books are for kids of various ages. They include First Christmas Storybooks, baby Christmas Board Books, Toddler Lift-The-Flap Christmas Books or Interactive Christmas Books with light, music, sounds, puzzles and activities, Christmas Books featuring famous cartoon personalities for toddler, preschoolers and grade school kids, and meaningful Christmas Books that can be read to kids. This comprehensive list of Children's Christmas Book Ideas include Children's Christmas Craft Books and Children's Christmas Carols or Songbooks too.

Holiday and Celebrations are a good time to teach kids about culture and celebrations through books. I love reading books to my kids leading towards a celebration. It creates a sense of excitement leading to the big day. It makes the children look forward towards the celebration in anticipation.

If you have the habit of reading to your children nightly before going to bed, you can pick up these Christmas Books for Kids and read one each night leading all the way to Christmas. If not, you may want to start the habit of reading now. It is a lovely way to relax and bond with your child plus your child will improved their vocabulary indirectly too. If your kids are old enough, they can read some of these Christmas books on their own.

The books featured below are great for Christmas or Holiday reading or as a Christmas Gift.

See the Christmas Children's Books highlighted in this post at a glance

1. My Merry Christmas: And the Real Reason for Christmas Joy by Sally Lloyed Jones
2. Frosty the Snowman: A Musical Book by Steve Nelson
3. Christmas Song Book with Sound Module (Play-A-Song) by Ltd. Editors of Publications International
4. The Night Before the Night Before Christmas (Reading Railroad Books) by Natasha Wing
5. Hello Kitty Hello Christmas! by Higashi Glaser Design
6. Phineas and Ferb #1: Oh, Christmas Tree! by Scott Peterson
7. Why Christmas Trees Aren't Perfect by Richard Schneider
8. Everything Kids' Christmas Puzzle And Activity Book: Mazes, Activities, And Puzzles for Hours of Holiday Fun by Beth L. Blair
9. Christmas Carol Mad Libs: Very Merry Songs & Stories by Roger Price

First Christmas Book For Babies


A First Christmas Book should be a touch and feel board book, a lift the flap or scratch and sniff scented book or a book with music and lights to delight the senses.

My First Christmas Book for Kids - My Merry Christmas: And the Real Reason for Christmas Joy [Board Book]


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A My First Christmas Book For Kids is a great way to introduce Christmas to your toddler.

When searching for a My First Christmas Book For Kids, try to go for a board book or a lift the flap book with lights and music. One with counting and numbers or a Twelve Days leading to Christmas counting is also a good First Christmas Book.

My Merry Christmas: And the Real Reason for Christmas Joy is one such good example of an excellent First Christmas Book for Kids.

Frosty the Snowman: A Musical Book [Hardcover] - Christmas Books from Baby to Preschooler


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Frosty the Snowman: A Musical Book [Hardcover]

A Musical Christmas book is fun for the baby to preschooler age group. Books like this: Frosty the Snowman: A Musical Book can get baby humming along with holiday tunes in no time.

Books that encourage participation

Push the Button Books and Books with Activities and Puzzles are great for toddlers and preschoolers to encourage participation while reading. There are plenty of interactive Christmas Books for kids to choose from.

Interactive Christmas Books For Kids - Christmas Song Book with Sound Module (Play-A-Song) [Board Book]


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Interactive Christmas Books for Kids with Sound, Light or Music is an excellent way to get kids excited about Christmas.

These push the button books with Christmas Songs, Christmas Lights or Puzzles and Activities are great for young children. You can even get a Scratch and Sniff Scented Christmas Book to encourage participation.

Christmas Poems or Stories that Rhyme

These are great for preschoolers or beginner readers. Early readers enjoy words and the sounds they make. Pick a Christmas Storybook with rhyming words for the preschooler to enjoy reading out loud.

Christmas Books For Preschoolers - The Night Before the Night Before Christmas (Reading Railroad Books) [Paperback]


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Preschoolers like funny stories especially those about family life and things around them that are dear and familiar to them. Poems or stories that rhyme are great for these early readers.

Check out The Night Before the Night Before Christmas (Reading Railroad Books) where Clement Moore's Classic Christmas Poem is given an original twist.

Character based Christmas Story Books

Children who are fans of a certain cartoon character will enjoy Christmas books featuring that character. These shouldn't be too hard to choose as you can easily know a child's favorite cartoon. If you don't know, just ask him or her.

Cartoon Character Christmas Books - Hello Kitty Hello Christmas! [Hardcover]


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Choose a Cartoon Character Christmas Books for kids who are fans of a certain cartoon character for they will easily identify with these cartoons and enjoy the story more.

For example, Hello Kitty fans will love this Hello Kitty Hello Christmas! It includes 4 punch out Hello Kitty Christmas Ornaments which should delight little fans. However, in terms of story line, this one is a bit limited.

When selecting books for young children, make sure you decide what you are looking for. Is it activities and puzzles or do you prefer to read a story. A story is more suitable for bedtime reading whereas an an activity or interactive book can be used during the day.

Disney Christmas Storybooks

You can't go wrong with Disney Christmas Storybooks as most children recognize and can identify with the characters from tv, dvd or movies.

TV Characters Christmas Books for Preschoolers to Grade School Kids - Phineas and Ferb #1: Oh, Christmas Tree!


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Kids age 6 and above may identify with certain TV Characters and will enjoy Christmas Story Books featuring these characters. Unlike the earlier Cartoon Characters for younger kids, these TV Characters are for the older set of kids from age 6 up.

Phineas and Ferb Fans will love this Christmas Story Book: Phineas and Ferb #1: Oh, Christmas Tree!

Meaningful Christmas Tales for Kids

Stories about the true meaning of Christmas and those with beautiful messages should be shared at bedtime. They make excellent bedtime reading material. It is a time to relax, to bond, to teach.

Family Christmas Books with Compelling Messages to be read to kids - Why Christmas Trees Aren't Perfect by Richard Schneider


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Parents looking for a Classic Christmas Story book with a compelling message should try this one Why Christmas Trees Aren't Perfect about the warm hearted Christmas tree with the message "living for the sake of others makes us most beautiful in the eyes of God."

Christmas Craft Book For Kids - Everything Kids' Christmas Puzzle And Activity Book: Mazes, Activities, And Puzzles for Hours of Holiday Fun


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Get in the Mood For Christmas

Get kids into the mood for Christmas with carefully selected Christmas Crafting Books and Christmas Carols Songbooks for kids that includes words and lyrics to favorite childhood Christmas Songs.

Christmas Carols Book for Kids


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A Christmas Carols Book For Kids will get kids singing and putting everyone in the festive mood. There is nothing like kids singing and laughter to brighten up one's home during the holiday season.

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Monday, November 09, 2015

Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends Online

If you have a little one who loves Thomas The Tank Engine And Friends, read this hub to find out where you can get more information about Thomas and Friends online.

Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends

Thomas and Friends. Percy, James, Gordon, Edward. My little guy loved them all. This site is for all little boys or girls (why not girls) who loves Thomas and Friends and of course the parents or guardians of these little ones to guide them to safe sites to play and learn about Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends Online.

We heard so many of the Thomas the Tank Engine songs it still strikes a familiar chord whenever we listen to any of them.

Use Thomas to teach

You can use your little one's interest in Thomas the Tank Engine to teach him or her all about transportation.

Thomas the Tank Engine Official Site

Our first stop is naturally the Thomas the Tank Engine Official Site. Here you will find Thomas and Friends Games, Thomas the Tank Engine Activities, Thomas Videos and more.

The must visit stop on this site is the Thomas the Tank Engine Depot where you will get to see the list of ALL the Engines on Sodor Island with pictures and a brief introduction about the Engine. Definitely a must visit stop for all parents if you want to know what engine your child is talking about. It never ceased to amaze me how my son and daughter used to remember all the names of all the engines on the island of Sodor.

Thomas the Tank Engine Wiki

Here is the wiki on Thomas the Tank Engine. Do read up about Sir Topham Hatt, The Fat Controller. He is the head of the railway.

Here you will get many facts about Thomas and friends that you never knew about. For example, did you know that Thomas was the only fictional character alongside 98 real-life adults included in the Independent on Sunday's 2009 "Happy List", for making Britain a better and happier place.

Thomas the Tank Engine Episode List


Here is the Thomas the Tank Episode List, all 463 of them. Wow! The list is compiled by IMDB together with a short summary about each episode. Very useful for Thomas the Tank Engine book and dvd collectors.

Thomas the Tank Engine Reward Charts

Reward Charts are great for teaching responsibility, time management and getting things done. Thomas the Tank Engine fans will be motivated with these Thomas the Tank Engine Reward Charts.

Thomas and Friends Printables

You can get some Thomas the Tank Engine Printables including online coloring pages for Thomas and friends at NickJr.com plus Thomas Party Invitations if you are planning to have a Thomas the Tank Engine birthday theme for a Thomas fan.

Thomas the Tank Engine Birthday

Why not plan a Thomas the Tank Engine theme party. Your little Thomas fan will be thrilled!!

Bake a Thomas the Tank Engine Cake

If you are planning a Thomas the Tank Engine theme birthday party for a little Thomas the Engine fan, you might like to bake a Thomas the Tank Engine cake.

Here is a step-by-step tutorial to show you how to bake a Thomas the Tank Engine Cake. You definitely have to visit this site even if you don't bake. The cake is simply amazing!!

Thomas the Tank Engine Activities

At DLTK's Crafts for Kids, you will find plenty of Thomas The Tank Engine Crafts as well as more Thomas the Engine Printables.

I like the Thomas and Friends Birthday theme ideas and games, Thomas the Tank Engine printable chore charts and Thomas and Friends iron on transfers for T-shirts etc. You can also find crafts for James the Red Engine and Percy the small Engine here.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

How to Get the Best Out Of a Home Renovation Project

A home renovation can be a daunting task. It is also an exciting project that brings with it the possibility of adding more space within the home and better utilizing existing space. There are a few steps that homeowners can take in order to guarantee that their renovation runs smoothly.

First and foremost, homeowners should know their budget and stay within it. Some homeowners mistakenly enter into a complicated renovation project thinking that if they spend money on projects or items that they cannot afford, the money will just appear to cover the expenses. The reality is that this is not the case. For this reason, it is good for homeowners to do their homework before starting their renovation. They may want to speak to friends and family members who have done similar jobs and ask them how much they paid for certain items. It is also a good idea to talk to a trusted contractor who has experience doing home renovations since they will be able to walk the homeowner through the different expenses that they might incur. If a homeowner is considering doing a rough in project tomorrow, it is important that they first get quotes today

Once a homeowner makes a budget, it is a good idea for them to tack on an additional 15 to 20 percent for unexpected expenses that will arise. It is recommended that if at all possible a homeowner should save up money to spend on their renovation as opposed to borrowing. Renovation projects are a lot more satisfying if they are paid for in advance.

Next, homeowners should have a realistic view of what they are going to have once the renovation is complete. It is nice to dream about the ideal living room, master bedroom, or kitchen space. However, when it comes time to actually begin the project, homeowners should have a realistic plan in place that takes into consideration their budget, the resources they have at their disposal, and their existing home.

Part of being realistic means understanding that at times renovation projects may need to be done in stages. Instead of completely renovating the kitchen and then installing a marble bathroom, homeowners may need to tackle one project at a time.

Finally, when it comes to renovations, a homeowner should realize that it is the details that can make or break a renovation. Failure to schedule different aspects of the renovation in advance may delay the project by weeks or months. For example, it does very little good to order beautiful bathroom faucets if the rough in for the plumbing has not been done. Proper planning and scheduling will go a long way in guaranteeing that a renovation goes smoothly.

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