Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Creative Kids Will Love Liquid Chalkers by Paper and Twine

I'm always looking for fun arts and crafts projects that my kids and I can do together, or they can do independently. Being a mom to four kids, I prefer projects that are really easy to clean up. These pens are not only easy to clean up, but they are also a blast to use! 
The Liquid Chalker pens are bright and colorful. They come in a package of 8 colors. My kids were so excited when they arrived! We quickly took a picture and then opened them. The pens have the same functionality as the Sharpie Oil-based Marker, where you need to shake them first and then press the tip down onto a paper towel or cardboard to allow the ink to soak into the tip of the pen before using. Once the tip of the pen has fully changed color, you are ready to go! 
The following is a YouTube video we created to help illustrate what you need to do and then how easy it is to draw with and wipe off!

How to Get Started with the Liquid Chalkers Video

My kids created a holiday theme throughout the windows of my house. If they created something they didn't like, they easily wiped it off with a paper towel. I actually was extremely impressed with how easy it was for them to wipe off the dried chalk marker with a non-wet paper towel.

Ideas for Using the Liquid Chalkers: 
There are so many uses for these chalker makers! 
  • You can write notes on your front door window like saying "Thank you" to your postman or "Merry Christmas". 
  • For tournaments and birthday parties, you and your kids can make fun pictures and sayings on your car windows. 
  • You can also decorate the windows of your home for the holidays for your neighbors and friends to enjoy.
  • Write a sweet note to your kids or spouse on their bathroom mirror.
  • And don't forget, you can always use these chalk markers on a chalkboard.
The only thing that you need to keep in mind with these pens is that they should not be used on any porous surface because they can absorb into it.
Overall, we highly recommend Liquid Chalkers by Paper and Twine! So much fun and creativity in one little package!

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I received this product free in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not compensated in any way for my review. All opinions of this product are 100% my own.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Type 1 Diabetes Medical Alert Bracelets Product Review

Type 1 Diabetes Medical Alert Bracelet
Since my 10 year old daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, we're always on the lookout for products that can make her life easier and safer. The Type 1 Diabetes Medical Alert Bracelet by Living the Dream Goods is a product that can alert a stranger to her disease in case of an emergency. It is made of silicone and is easy to take on and off without help. It also won't discolor your skin. What I loved about it is that it's light weight, easy to travel with, and bright! The words written on it are visible and easy to read. One side reads ALERT Type 1 Diabetes and if your rotate it the other side reads Insulin Dependent.

My 10 year old daughter wore it for a day and found that it caused a lot more attention to her type 1 disease than she wanted. Her friends continuously asked her about it after noticing the bracelet. As such, she has preferred not to wear it unless she is doing an activity that is of greater risk for her safety such as swimming or white water rafting.  She's more likely to experience hypoglycemia (blood sugar low) with these types of activities. 

Overall, we found the Type 1 Diabetes Medical Alert Bracelet to be useful, especially for traveling and vacations. We loved that it's durable, waterproof, and colorful! We've lost a couple expensive medical bracelets on trips. This package includes four, so you have a back-up if you lose one. Highly recommend if planning a vacation where you don't need the extra worry of losing or misplacing a medical alert bracelet.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

DIY: Make Your Own Reptile and Amphibian Tank and Carrier

My 11 year old son loves the outdoors! With his love comes studying every little and many gross creatures. Last week he brought home a wild snake. After a call to Petsmart and sending them pictures, we determined the snake was non-venomous. This was what sparked me to make some changes and set rules for making sure his explorations were safe as he learned.

Exploring nature is such a wonderful thing for a child! And I love that my son wants to spend his time learning about all the little creatures that exist there. But over the past couple of years, I've found his hobby is starting to become a little costly. I've also found that my time is becoming less and less because I'm always helping him take care of his little creatures.

So two weeks ago I came up with a solution!

The following is what my 11 year old son agreed to:
  • No living reptile, amphibian, insect etc that he brings home will become a pet
  • He is only allowed one reptile, amphibian, insect to study at a time
  • He has to wear rubber gloves before he touches any creature.
  • He is not allowed to physically touch a creature until we have determined it is not dangerous or venomous. We live in Copperhead snake territory and also spiders that are venomous. 
  • And lastly, we start using the resources within our house to do everything he needs to do, saving money
First thing we did was build a carrier (part-time study tank) for the reptiles, frogs, etc that he finds. The following is how to build your own tank for your child.

What You Will Need for Your DIY Reptile and Amphibian Tank and Carrier:
  1. Medium sized plastic container with a lid. If you don't have one, you can purchase one at the Dollar Store or even Target very inexpensively.
  2. Mesh. We have mesh from redoing our window screens. You can get mesh at Home Depot and Lowes.
  3. Duct Tape. We used our daughters duct tape that she uses for arts and crafts. 
How to Build Your DIY Reptile and Amphibian Tank and Carrier:
  1. Cut the inner part of the top of the container out.  
  2. Measure the mesh where it not only covers the inner hole you cut out, but also overlaps the edge about 3 / 4 of an inch.
  3. Using the duct tape, rip off strips of it and adhere the edge of the mesh to the outer area of the container's top. 

Now your child has a carrier and home for tiny little creatures they want to study at home. It's light and easy for your child to tote around outside as they explore nature.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Hot Wheels RC Street Hawk Remote Control Flying Car Product Review

My kids LOVED this toy! As a mom, I'm always looking for toys that are not only fun and educational, but also durable. I was very excited to have the opportunity to test one of the hottest toys this holiday season - Hot Wheels RC Street Hawk Remote Controlled Flying Car as a BzzAgent! Well... actually I had my 10 year old boy  and girl twins and 11 year old son test it for me. 

Checkout their YouTube Video below testing the product! It's amazing!  

Like most kids that get a new "amazingly" fun toy, each begged to play with it over and over again. It was amazing how you could remotely control it driving on the ground and then the next minute send it flying into the air. It was a little more difficult to control it when it was in the air, but it still was a blast! All three gave it two thumbs up!

This toy is a great toy for any boy, and even a girl! The age on the box stated that the toy was for people 8 yrs old and older. I actually think this toy is more geared for 10 years and older. I don't think my boys would have been careful enough with this toy at the age of 8 years old and the would have broken it within a few minutes. 

This toy is made of a foam like material and thin plastic parts. It's delicate in many ways. My boys thought it was pretty tough because they crashed it a few times. I'm not sure how many crashes this street hawk will be able to take. My gut says not many more. My last recommendation is that you also shouldn't fly it when it is windy. It is too hard to control and it will crash!

Overall this toy will keep your kids entertained (both boy and girl). I highly recommend it for this holiday season!

Available at Amazon, Walmart, Target

*As a Bzzagent, I was given this toy to review by Mattel for my honest review.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Preparing My 10 Year Old Daughter with Type 1 Diabetes to Manage her Disease Independently

We did it! My 10 year old daughter, Madison, who has type one diabetes went to the movies, the park and out for pizza without anyone educated or trained (just prepped) in her disease for the very first time! And I learned a lot from this experience.

First, I learned that Madison needs to understand that when she eats, it takes about 2 hours before her blood glucose will start to go down. Of course there are exceptions to this rule such as she is running around. Typically when a child with type 1 diabetes eats, their blood glucose will go up and peak about 2 hours later and then start to go down and stabilize.

Yesterday, Madison called me after the movie to let me know that her blood glucose was 323. She had eaten lunch at Noon. Then she ate candy at 1:30 pm with a blood glucose of 256. Her blood glucose still hadn't peaked from lunch. So eating more sugar with a higher blood glucose will make her blood sugar go up higher. The 323 was expected. I told her give it an hour and her blood sugar will start to go down. She felt a lot better after she called me.

Second, I should have educated her friend's dad on who to call for an emergency such as 911 and me! I think it's also important to be aware of the Glucagon pen. It's like an Epipen and used if a person with type one diabetes experiences hypoglycemia and passes out.

The following is how my husband and I are preparing our daughter to become more independent. This is a life threatening disease and it isn't easy for us to let her go out an entire day without us.  For me to feel comfortable, I need to know that she is responsible enough to take care of a disease that has life threatening results if not managed properly.
  • Prepare her medical / diabetes bag. In Madison's bag, we always have the following:
    • Meter including finger pricker and test strips
    • CGM (if she's not wearing it)
    • Two 4 oz juices
    • Container of Ritz peanut butter crackers
    • Wipes to clean her fingers for an accurate testing
    • Glucagon pen (for emergencies)
    • Ketone strips
    • Parents and doctors (endocrinologist) numbers
    • and sometimes Glucose tablets. These don't work as fast for Madison, so we hardly use them.
  • Check her blood glucose using a finger pricker, test strips and meter
  • Administer insulin using a wireless meter, her pump and/or shots. We've just required Madison to know how to administer insulin using her pump because that is all she uses.
  • Understand what to do (and how it feels) if their blood glucose is low (hypoglycemia). Every child is different, but when Madison is low - below 80 - she needs a 4 oz juice and a few peanut butter crackers. 
  • Know what to do (and how it feels) if their blood sugar is too high (hyperglycemia). 
  • Be able to test for ketones using ketone strips.
  • Know that when their blood sugar is too high they shouldn't be eating carbs. They can still eat non-carbs (cheese, meat, celery, cucumbers, pickles). Once their blood sugar goes down to a good number (we like 180), they can have a carb again.
  • Have a phone readily available. We let Madison borrow her brother's phone so she didn't have to keep asking her friend's dad. She texted me a few times and then called three times. It gave her peace of mind that I was there if she needed me. When we spoke, I had her answer her own questions versus me giving her the answers.
I would love to hear other ideas or suggestions for how to continue helping my daughter become more independent!

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Overprotective Mom Did It! My Type 1 Diabetes Girl Is Out At The Movies Without Me

My Girl With Type 1 Diabetes
I'm sitting at my computer nervously waiting for one text or call from Madison (my 10 year old daughter with type 1 diabetes) to let me know she's okay. I finally let her go to the movies and then out for pizza without me or her dad being there. It actually isn't that we need to be there. I always felt better if someone who was trained or well educated in her disease should be with her. Today, she's out without anyone who has been trained, and a dad who has only been briefly prepped on her complex and deadly disease.

Since she was diagnosed (November 4, 2011), my husband and I have attended every birthday party, athletic game, and school event she has been invited to. We have allowed her to go over friends houses without us, but with pretty strict rules to follow such as calling me when she was going to eat so I could confirm her carb count to insulin dosage, since the parent wasn't as well educated in that area. It just gave me peace of mind having her call me.

Waiting for My Sweetie to Come Home
But today, Madison is at the movies (Big Hero 6) and out for pizza with her friend and her friends family without me, and without having to call me. And YES, I AM WORRYING! Well...I actually am experiencing conflicting emotions right now. There is a part of me that is hoping she doesn't call or text me and she handles every high and low, every blood glucose check, and everything else with managing her disease on her own. This would be such a great accomplishment for her, giving her more freedom! But then there is a part of me that worries, that wants to know she's okay. AND I AM WORRIED.  I guess that's what comes with parenting and parenting a child who is living with this disease.

The movie started at 1:10 pm. It's now 1:35 pm and she hasn't needed to contact me, which is fantastic! But I hate wondering.

I do kind of feel bad. Madison asked if she could have popcorn, which I told her she couldn't. Popcorn is hard to measure and estimate an accurate carb count. As such I told her no. If she measured the popcorn wrong, she could experience hyperglycemia or hypoglycemia. I was trying to prevent her from experiencing either right now. When her blood glucose is high, It comes with so many downsides like headaches, stomach aches, and not being able to focus. Even though she won't be eating popcorn, I did pack her two snack sized candy bars, a lollipop, and a mint. All that she knows the exact carb count for.

And for her lows, she has three juices (to treat her lows) and peanut butter crackers (to stabilize her blood sugar). I also borrowed my son's cell phone so she would able to contact me herself and not have to constantly ask her friends dad, if she did need to reach me.

I can't wait till she comes home to hear how the movie was and how everything went. This is a day I will always remember because it's the day where I felt comfortable enough that she could take care of her type 1 disease on her own without an educated adult nearby. It also is a day where she felt confident enough to do it without her dad or I there.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

ASTROLOGY NEWS: Neptune, Jupiter and Uranus Changing Direction

Three major planets will be changing direction within a few weeks of one another, possibly triggering another shocking event that hits the hearts and homes throughout the world.

Neptune goes direct November 16, 2014. Neptune is the planet of dreams, illusions and fantasy. It also is the planet that increases the likelihood of flooding and hurricanes. This is a time period where your dreams can become a reality! With Neptune going direct in the sign of Pisces expect your intuition to be activated and your dreams to be remembered. Let your creative juices flow and don't forget to write down any ideas or insights you may have. They may prove to be valuable leads not too far down the road.

Jupiter goes retrograde December 8, 2014. When Jupiter goes retrograde, take a step back and reflect on what you have accomplished. Take a look at where you are and what you are working on. Then  start putting a strategy in place to make any necessary changes so when Jupiter goes direct April 8, 2015, you'll be ready to move forward in a bigger and better way!

Uranus goes direct December 21, 2014.  This is the unpredictable planet. You never know what really will happen when Uranus's energy starts to change direction. This planet represents change, invention, and revolution. It can create big explosions, cause power outages, hacking, retaliation, and major discoveries. With it in Aries, the sign of war and new beginnings, I'm sure we'll be hearing something BIG on the news. This planets energy starts a week or two before it changes direction. Its greatest impact will be a day or two before and even can continue a day or two after.