Saturday, October 14, 2017

Affordable Fashion Jewelry



Looking for a simple and affordable gift for the upcoming holiday season? I recommend this diverse array of heart pendants!



-Nice colors: 12 assorted pendants
-.78 inch pendant
-Affordable gift/jewelry supplies
-Simple yet elegant

Disclosure: All opinions are 100% my own. I am not affiliated with the seller.

Want to browse or purchase these pendants? Find them here on Amazon

Friday, September 29, 2017

Review: LakiKid Weighted Lap Blanket

I review products from several websites. I've been an ambassador for a number of brands and products and participated in several discussion panels including Remington, Spectrum Brands, and Mattel to name a few. 

My experience with founder Jason Hsieh and LakiKid has been on par with big name brands!

With LakiKid you can expect:

  • Exceptional Customer Service
  • High Quality
  • Products Made in the USA
  • Free Shipping



Benefits of Weighted Sensory Lap Pad for Kids & Adults


SUITABLE FOR KIDS WITH AUTISM, ADHD, SENSORY PROCESSING DISORDER - 

Weighted lap pad can assist with aggression, attention, homework issues, anxiety, focusing, sensory seeking, trouble at school and more!

About the Product:

VERSATILITY – 

The plastic pellet filled lap pads can be used as a warming and/or cooling pad when warmed in the dryer or cooled in the freezer. 


EASY TO CLEAN - 

Sensory lap pads are machine washable and dryable - Gentle cycle highly recommended

NATURAL SOLUTION FOR KIDS WITH THE WIGGLES - 

Helps kids stay calm and still during test-taking, classwork, homework and more! Kids love the soothing, deep pressure these lap blankets provide.

DESIGNED AND ASSEMBLED IN USA - 


LakiBargain Lap Pads are made of polyester fleece and filled with plastic pellets. All lap pads are assembled in Illinois.

Is your child a wiggle worm? Does your child have difficulty staying put in a chair? 


Weighted lap pads are often incorporated into learning environments in which students need sensory feedback. Weighted lap pads may help diffuse tension, decrease restlessness and assist with focus. 

Easily Cleaned

Sensory lap pads are machine washable and dryable - Please use gentle cycle.

Which size should I choose?

For Pre-school aged kids Size Small or Medium is recommended 
For Young elementary aged kids Size Large is recommended

Sizing


Small - 9 x 13 inches; 2 lbs.
Medium - 13 x 13 inches; 3 lbs.
Large - 13 x 19 inches; 4 lbs.
Bear Sensory Blanket - 13 x 13 inches; 3 lbs.

12 x 12 inches; 3 lbs Sensory Blanket

Dual Purpose

These plastic pellet filled lap pads can also be used as a warming/cooling pad when warmed in the dryer or cooled in the freezer.

Designed and Made in the USA

Products are made of polyester fleece and filled with plastic pellets. All of our lap pad are assembled in Illinois, USA. Solid color and simple design is ideal for promoting calm without distraction. 
Free shipping to all 50 states in the USA. Products typically ship within 3-5 Business Days.

Founder Jason Hsieh says, they "are actively creating more additional products as they are building [their] brand."

LakiKid Fidget Foot Band can help kids with ADHD focus in the classroom with minimal interruption

Interested in LakiKid Sensory Products? Visit LakiKid!


Disclaimer: All opinions are my own. I was not compensated in any other way.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Back to Blogging :)

Hi, folks!

I hope you all are well and enjoying the start of autumn!

I can't believe Renee is in First Grade! She loves school and I'm glad!


First day of School


Autumn officially started: Friday September 22nd- but with the weather we've been having it looks like it'll be a little bit longer until the seasons really change.

We've been enjoying spending time with family and friends.

My handsome man: "Uncle Mo" and nephew "Ri" 2 months post surgery. Nothing's getting in his way!

We visited Boston Children's Hospital while my nephew was recovering from his third (and hopefully his last) Open Heart Surgery. We got there and he was sooooo happy to have another kid to play with and some fresh faces. It was heart wrenching: he wanted so badly to go home with us, to be at home with his Mom and dogs.

Fall


Fall is my favorite season! When the weather gets a little cooler, animals and pets tend to be a little more feisty :)

Fryeburg Fair, Maine


I'll be headed to the Freyburg Fair again this year. If you're planning a trip to New England for leaf peeping, October should be beautiful in color and temperature!

Some Basics of ASD: Autism Spectrum Disorder

What is it?

Autism spectrum disorder is a condition related to brain development that impacts how a person perceives and socializes with other people. ASD causes problems in social interaction and communication. The disorder also includes limited and repetitive patterns of behavior. The term "spectrum" in autism spectrum disorder refers to the wide range of symptoms and severity of symptoms.
Autism spectrum disorder includes conditions previously considered separate — 
  • Autism
  • Asperger's Syndrome
  • Childhood Disintegrative Disorder 
  • Unspecified form of Pervasive Developmental Disorder



Development

Autism spectrum disorder begins in early childhood and eventually leads to problems functioning in society and socially. Oftentimes children show symptoms of autism within their first year. A small number appear to develop normally in the first year, and then go through a period of regression around 18-24 months of age when symptoms are exhibited.
Social communication and interaction
A person with autism spectrum disorder may experience difficulties with social interaction and communication skills, including the following:
  • Does not respond to his or her name or appears not to hear you at times
  • Resists cuddling, hugs, and holding; seems to prefer playing alone, retreating into his or her own world
  • Poor eye contact and lacks facial expression
  • Nonverbal or delayed speech, or loses previous ability to say words or sentences
  • Can't start a conversation or keep one going, or only converses to make requests or label items
  • Speaks with an abnormal tone or rhythm and may use a singsong voice or robot-like speech
  • Repeats words or phrases verbatim, but doesn't understand how to use them
  • Doesn't appear to understand simple questions or directions
  • Doesn't express emotions or feelings and appears unaware of others' feelings
  • Doesn't point at or bring objects to share interest
  • Inappropriately approaches a social interaction by being passive, aggressive or disruptive
  • Has difficulty recognizing nonverbal cues, i.e. Interpreting other's facial expressions, postures or tone of voice

Patterns of behavior

A person with autism spectrum disorder may have limited, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests or activities; such as:
  • Repetitive movements: rocking, spinning or hand flapping
  • Participates in activities that could cause self-harm, such as biting or head-banging
  • Has specific routines or rituals and is sensitive to change 
  • Difficulty with coordination or odd movement patterns, such as clumsiness or walking on toes, and has odd, stiff or exaggerated body language
  • Is fascinated by details, such as the spinning wheels of a toy car, but doesn't understand the overall purpose or function of the object
  • Unusually sensitive to light, sound or touch, yet may be indifferent to pain or temperature
  • Doesn't engage in imitative or make-believe play
  • Obsession with an object or activity with abnormal intensity or focus
  • Specific food preferences, such as eating only a few foods, or refusing foods with a certain texture
For more in-depth information, visit the Mayo Clinic.

Prognosis

Early intervention is key. While there is no cure, there are a variety of treatments and therapies available. 

Autism Spectrum Disorder is unique to the individual in severity and level of functioning. Some people with autism spectrum disorder are highly intelligent and high functioning; while others may be lower functioning. 

While I do not have personal experience with Autism: I can tell you the Valedictorian of my graduating high school class was on the Autism Spectrum.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Job Opportunities!

Enjoy the freedom to stay at home with your family. Work remotely. Set your own schedule. Make money, network AND have fun!

Benefits:





  • Work with a great wellness company
  • Go Green!
  • Earn more money!
  • Replace your job, even!
  • Network and make friends.
  • Work Remotely!
  • Work whenever, wherever, and how much you want!
  • Great incentives!
  • Bonuses and more!
  • Opportunities for Advancement
  • No Selling
  • No recruiting friends and family 
  • No catalog orders
  • No making deliveries 
  • No cold calling
  • No business kits to buy

NO HASSLES OR SURPRISES!!!

The Nuts and Bolts of What We Do:

Set appointments. We are provided with a list of people who have requested information to work from home. We contact them to ask if they are still looking in teaming up with an established, ethical company with an A+ rating with the BBB? 

If they say yes then we simply set up an appointment for them to talk to one of our team leaders. It's as easy as that!

No experience or equipment needed. Work from your computer, smartphones or tablet. Training is taught step by step and everything is pre-written, so the messages we send are simple- copy and paste. We have a great team of people, and we have a TON of fun! Everyone sets their own flexible schedule and we work as a supportive team to help each other in every way possible!

Positions are open for residents of Canada and the U.S. who are 18 or older.

If you're interested in more information you, please email me at melasloot@gmail.com

Friday, January 20, 2017

Inauguration Day 2017

It's official. Today is President Elect Donald Trump's inauguration. While I tend to stay away from politics as a general rule, I am interested to see what the next 4 years will bring.

Mr. Trump claims he will "Make America great again!"
I'm anxious to see what's in store.

I hope we can become a supportive nation for each other; rather than a nation divided.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Give a Gift that Makes Memories

Exploring the Outdoors


My daughter just turned 6 in October. We live in rural Maine. Where I live, you can go outside and look up at the sky on a clear night and see all the stars. You can identify the constellations. Sometimes we can see the planets, satellites, asteroids, comets. Unless it's a cloudy night we can almost always see the moon and the stars. It's really breath-taking!

When she was born, I was lucky enough to meet one of the nurses who took care of me and my twin sister back in the 80s. As new parents, like most other parents we were so nervous. She told us there were 3 things children really needed, "Feeling secure or safe, love, and basic necessities."

Growing up we didn't always have a lot. We learned to appreciate what we had. To be humble: that no matter your situation there was always someone who was worse off. I tried taking some pictures for you, unfortunately, none of them came out: just a black screen :(

This is a fairly accurate depiction of the night sky where I live. Unfortunately none of the pictures I took came out: just a black screen. Source: Night Photography

It's the Simple Things in Life


It's the simple pleasures in life we share that will last a lifetime. During the holidays we sometimes go overboard on buying presents or the "things" but it's the feelings; the emotions associated with those things and the people. Family. Loved ones we're surrounded by that will last a lifetime.

Stargazing, nature watching are both experiences our family shares together.


GeoSafari Jr. My First Telescope


  • A Parents’ Choice Approved Award Winner (2016)
  • National Parenting Product Award (NAPPA) winner (2016)
  • Teacher's Choice Preschool Award Winner (2016)















  • Ideal tool for preschoolers interested in space and the moon
  • Encourages exploration and discovery
  • Provides hands-on experience with a scientific tool
  • Introduces the wonders of space
  • Perfect for STEM learning



My First Telescope is made for ease of use.











This is what I loved about the Geosafari Jr. My First Telescope:
  • No focusing, so it's user-friendly.
  • Easy open tripod
  • Lightweight and easy to carry
  • I liked the eyepiece even though you can't adjust the focus and this telescope is essentially a nicely made magnifying glass that looks like a telescope.
  • The concept is to get kiddos excited about the outdoors 
  • It helps kids develop their imaginations



This product is recommended for ages 4 and up. My daughter is 6 and this has definitely been one of her favorites. She loves that she can feel grown up, "Let me go get my telescope, so I can look at the stars!"

Folks, I'm sorry to disappoint you; but, I've tried it... I can't see my neighbor's porch light, let alone the stars with this product. It's essentially a magnifier and the website says this too.

But the bottom line is that doesn't matter! Like I said before, it's the simple things in life. Making memories. Feeling a part of the family. Being loved. Looking at the stars.

Find the Award-Winning GeoSafari Jr. Telescope at Educational Insights or visit Educational Insights for more great products!

Disclaimer: I received this product in order to facilitate my honest and unbiased review. All opinions are my own. I was not compensated in any other way.