Friday, August 26, 2016

Are YOU Celebrating National Dog Day With Your Best Friend?

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this product, free of charge,from Woof Pup, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own. 

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Did you know what today is?


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National Dog Day  celebrates all breeds, pure and mixed and serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, either from public shelters, rescues and pure breed rescues. National Dog Day honors family dogs and dogs that work selflessly to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort. Dogs put their lives on the line every day - for their law enforcement partner, for their blind companion, for the disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage. 

So how about giving your selfless dog a big HUG today?

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Miss Grace and Marley have! 

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And be sure to take great selfie of that hug and share it over at, where you can add it into the “Woofpup of the Month”contest, where Woofpup! members can vote on their favorite pups and each month the top dog will have a limited-edition stuffed animal made in its likeness for anyone to buy! Just like this one:

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Isn't that just TOO adorable?

Here's another look:

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Yup, Miss Grace adored meeting Ruby and introducing her to her kennel mates Barney (the Beagle) and Puppy (the black Lab). She's adjusted very well to having 'siblings' and marley has only dognapped her twice (so far)! And don''t you adore that Woofpup logo patch on the foot!

Woofpup! is the online community for pup-passionate people to share photos and stories of their dogs.  It takes mere seconds to sign up and get to sharing about YOUR favorite dog! Did I mention the winner gets a $500 prize too? That buys a LOT of dog food and travel for you and your buddy! Plus you can check out the shop and see if there is a doppleganger of your favorite buddy there for sale!

So what are you waiting for? 

Go take that selfie and head over ot Woofpup! and tell us about your favorite dog!

Say Goodbye to Stress and Tension With Tranquility- the Perfect Solution!

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this product, free of charge,from Phytopia, via tomoson, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own. 

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Back to school is Here. 

I know, scream, it's ok.

Then come back, because I have something that WILL make it easier 
(and no, I'm NOT talking about sending the kids to boarding school..)

Tranquility Essential Oil for Anxiety & Stress Relief

From our friends over at Phytopia, this new Tranquility Essential Oil for Anxiety & Stress Relief  is perfect for not only creating a relaxed atmosphere, it can take away your stress and let you sleep soundly!

This Tranquility blend can easily help you beat the physical and emotional toll of Back to School time stressors. It can bring balance into our bodies and counter tension. Tranquility also improves your mood! Plus it can reduce your chances of developing stress and anxiety related ailments, which means time down for you, and a lot more stress on the family!

Extracted from plants known to soothe the senses, stimulate mental clarity and help promote a sense of well-being, Tranquility is a natural way to combat any anxiety in your life. It is made from natural essential oils extracted from carefully-grown and harvested barks, roots, leaves and flowers, like Rose Oil, Geranium Oil, Vanilla, Orange Oil, and Evening Primrose. This is actually a new blend that I had never thought to make! But these ingredients have been used since ancient times, by many cultures for stress relief, so they should work together! But unlike modern-day drugs or medications, that claim they combat stress, Tranquility's ingredients have NO known side effects and very little safety concerns (some people might react to the carrier oils- so you should always test before you start using any oil). 

Did you know that stress is the Number 1 disturber for your sleep? Which is why sleep does not come easy for a lot of people. But oil blends like Tranquility can help eliminate these those sleep issues, by easing your stress. I started putting this blend in Miss Grace's bedroom diffuser and I was wowed by how well it worked to get her into a deeper sleep pattern! She has always been a problematic sleep, having problems staying in deep sleep. We've tried different combinations of sinus and sleep pills, naturally and prescribed, and still have the same results. BUT once we started using Tranquility, she started sleeping more sounding, and STAYING asleep all night! I was really surprised at how well it worked! I then started adding a couple drops of lavender and we found that she was able to fall asleep twice as quickly. Dada! A sleep solution has been found!

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We also found that having her inhale it before stressful moments helped to calm her down, and have her receptive for learning/dancing. I tried it in my bath after a stressful couple of days and found that my muscles just started relaxing and I could literally feel the stress go away. I love the bigger Euro dropper, made for non-spilling, on the large bottle, that allows you to get a decent size drop out at every time, perfect for bath and diffuser. We also tried a couple of drops in an evening candle and it made everybody relax after dinner! 

We have been really impressed with this oil and it had gone into the top of our most used list! 

The Tranquility blend comes in a lovely gift packaging set, with a drawstring bag, how to use cards, and how to make changes in your life. Which means they make great hostess and holiday gifts for the Fall season too!

So if you are looking for a blend that can help take away your stress, this amazing blend is the one you want!

Be sure to follow Phytopia on their Facebook, and Instagram pages, for specials, info on using essential oils, and health benefits!

Recipe Weekend: I Heart Naptime and YOU Should Too! ( Cookbook Review and Giveaway)

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge,from Grand Central Life & Style, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own.

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School is back in session and I bet you're already screaming
"Do I HAVE to cook?", right?

Already trolling the internet for easier, quicker recipes?

Have you checked out the I Heart Naptime website?

Over a million people do every month! They can’t get enough of Jamielyn’s recipes and charming crafts, and now she has a new book out, putting them in an easy to use format, just in time for the “back to school” when quick, easy yet delicious meal plans and snack ideas are most needed (and welcome.) 

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THE I HEART NAPTIME COOKBOOK features more than 100 tried and true recipes, and updated childhood favorites, that can be made (or assembled) in less than one hour. This means that even the busiest parent can whip up delicious dishes for the family, like Perfect Crepes with Fresh Raspberry Sauce, Fluffy Buttermilk Biscuits, One Pot Cheesy Bacon and Chive Macaroni, Sweet and Sour Meatballs, Peanut Butter Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches, and Cookies and Cream Cupcakes. 

Jamielyn, mother of three, knows all too well how precious nap time is. THE I HEART NAPTIME COOKBOOK also includes a handy guide to freezer cooking, holiday ideas, meal planning advice, and essential time savers and hacks that make it easy to answer the age-old question, “What's for dinner?” This cookbook is sure to please busy moms and dads who want to put a homemade dinner on the table, but don’t have all day to prepare it.


This is a gorgeous book that will have you flipping pages and trying to decide what recipe to start with! The recipes are on the simple side, so the book is also a great starter cookbook too! The recipes really do take under an hour for the most part, allowing you to move on to other relaxing things, like just sitting and enjoying the quiet... or making any of the clever gift, and craft ideas included in the book! 

The recipes in the book are all lovely- we've tried about 1 from every category, like the chicken tacos, apple German pancakes, Parmesan asparagus, tortellini soup,  and they were family pleasers, so we'll be making them again!

This is a great book and I can see giving it along with some cooking and crafting basics, to a new mom, as a lovely shower, or adoption, present! It would make a great holiday or hostess gift as well!


These muffins are sure to make anyone’s day just a little brighter. They have all the goodness of a snickerdoodle cookie baked into a muffin. The chunks of apples and cinnamon in every bite are a treat. Enjoy them at breakfast, as an afternoon snack, or as dessert.

Apple Snickerdoodle Muffins
Makes 18 muffins, 
PREP 30 min, COOK 16–18 min for a TOTAL 46–48 min


For the batter:

1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 large apple, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/4-inch cubes
½ cup canola oil
½ cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
¾ teaspoon salt
Nonstick cooking spray (optional)

For the topping:

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
¼ cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

For the glaze (optional)

½ cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon milk


1. Make the batter: In a medium bowl, stir together ¼ cup of the brown sugar, and 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon. Stir in the apple cubes and set aside.

2. In a large bowl, using a hand mixer, beat together the oil, granulated sugar, and the remaining ¾ cup brown sugar until combined. Add the eggs, sour cream, and vanilla and mix until smooth.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, nutmeg, the& remaining 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and the salt. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until well combined. Fold in the cinnamon apples. Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes.

4. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line two muffin tins with paper liners or spray with nonstick cooking spray.

5. Make the topping: In a small bowl, using a fork, stir together the topping ingredients until the mixture is crumbly. Don’t overmix. Set aside.

6. Using a large ice cream scoop or spoon, fill the muffin cups almost to the top. Sprinkle about 1 teaspoon of the topping over each muffin.

7. Bake for 5 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 375°F and bake for 11 to 13 minutes more. Insert a toothpick into the center of a muffin to make sure it comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes.

8. Make the glaze (optional): In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and milk. Drizzle on top. 

About the Author:

Jamielyn Nye is an author, recipe developer, and food stylist and the founder of the popular cooking and craft blog, I Heart Naptime. Her recipes and crafts have been featured online onbBetter Homes and GardensMartha StewartPeopleReal SimpleToday, and Country Living, among others. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man. She enjoys dreaming up delicious recipes, thrifting and thinking of all the possibilities an old treasure can become. Jamielyn loves hunting down the best bakery in each city she visits and enjoys life with her family in Ohio (but let’s not be mistaken—she is a true Arizona girl at heart). 

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Guest Post/ Giveaway: Your Resilient Child: Parenting that Builds Confidence and Grit by By Patty Wipfler and Tosha Schore,

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge,from JRB Communications, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own.

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This afternoon, I have a great guest post AND giveaway for you, 
from Hand in Hand Parenting, and the new book
Listen: Five Simple Tools to Meet Your Everyday Parenting Challenges.

Even today many of us think that building resilience and grit in our children requires the use of harshness. It’s not that we want to scare them or hurt them or worry them. We just don’t know how else to get from the screaming, tantruming child to the strong, confident one. The truth is that a crying or upset child is not weak or broken. He is brilliant - using his body’s natural ability to heal from upset to regain access to his thinking brain that will guide him well. It’s just that we adults are so uncomfortable with big loud feelings that we get in the way of success!

Children who seem to lack confidence or resilience know how to gain those qualities, but they need our support to make it happen. Setting Limits by offering them expectations, and then stopping to really listen to any feelings that come up around that limit is a great way to escort a scared child towards confidence. We call this willingness to hear how a child is feeling when they are upset “Staylistening.” Because separation is such a common struggle for children of all ages, it is often the perfect place to help a scared child gain confidence.


The first step in moving towards confident separations is to plan for emotional ones. You’re ready to be an agent of change when you’ve anticipated the upset that is surely coming. Second, understand that your child’s upsets reflect underlying fear, not a deliberate desire to ruin your plans. Think about where your child’s fears might come from. If your son clings tightly to you at bedtime, consider what earlier separations he might be recalling. Has the daughter who won’t participate in that gymnastics class she wanted so badly had difficulties in groups of children before? You may be able to identify a few of the hard times that could be contributing to your child’s separation fears. But don’t worry if you can’t think of anything. He can shed his fears without either of you knowing their origin. 

The third step in helping your child through separation struggles is to address your own fears and worries. As your child shows how threatened he feels, your own feelings can be triggered so that you become unsure of his safety, too! Your worries will be transmitted to him without a word. Things will go better when you get the support you need to release those feelings.

Remember how you felt leaving your crying child to get to work on time? Or how it felt moving your child from a crib to a “big kid” bed? Do you remember longing for your own mom? Your dad? Listening Partnerships work well for identifying and venting feelings from memories like these.

In the throes of a difficult separation, Setting Limits and Staylistening are your go-to tools. You’ll want to let your child know ahead of time that a separation is coming up. He needs to know where you are going, when you’re coming back, and who will stay with him. If he begins crying at this news, Staylisten. He’s using the healing process already.

Here’s a story from our new book Listen: Five Simple Tools to Meet Your Everyday

Challenges that shows you what it can look like. This mom took a broad perspective on her son’s separation issues, chose to set a limit and Staylisten, and watched big new doors open for him.

When my son was in sixth grade, he was still too frightened to go on sleepovers. I didn’t want to push him to do something he wasn’t ready for, but all his friends were sleeping at each other’s houses, and I sensed that my son really wanted to as well. I felt that his fears were holding him back. After  sharing my feelings about this issue several times with a Listening Partner, I decided that I was ready to help my son.

I had gone to overnight camp myself when I was young, and I wanted my son to begin going to the same camp. I knew he’d love it, and I’d heard that one of his close friends was also going. I knew that if I set a limit here, I’d need to Staylisten, and this would move him into a more rational and relaxed space.

One day, the two of us were home alone and I said to my son, “I’ve decided I’d like you to go to sleepaway camp this summer. The session that fits with our schedule is full, but I put you on the waitlist.” I knew that he would be upset by this proposition, but I didn’t realize just how scared he was! He began trembling. He begged me not to send him. He told me that he couldn’t be away from me for that long—that he would die! At first I was taken aback by the rush of emotion and the intensity of my son’s words. But I quickly realized that this limit was important. 

His upset and trembling continued for a good hour. I listened. Then he calmed down and asked, “Do you think I’ll like it?” He was still hesitant, but he had shed enough fear that he could see the possibility that my decision to send him to camp was a good one. We talked for a while, and then moved on to other things. 

The next day I heard my son say to his brother, “I’m going to sleepaway camp this summer! Well, if there’s space. I’m on the waitlist.” He was proud. And then he turned to me and asked if he could spend the night at a friend’s house that same night. While I remained calm, inside I was bursting with excitement at my son’s newfound freedom. “Absolutely! Why don’t you give him a call and see if 
tonight works.” Since that day, my son has been sleeping at friends’ houses regularly. And that summer he had the time of his life at camp. His first words off the bus when he got home? “Can I go to Session Three next summer? It’s longer!” 

Want to help your child build confidence? Hold out reasonable expectations. Listen to his fears. Get the support you need to address your own worries. You’ll be amazed at how quickly things can  change!

You can learn more about the authors and their new book, Listen: Five Simple Tools to Meet Your Everyday Challenges, on the Hand in Hand Parenting website.

About the Book:

LISTEN: Five Simple Tools to Meet Your Everyday Parenting Challenges, is a book designed to share Patty’s more than 40 years of unique experience working with families, parents, children and therapists to build strong emotional connections in a family that lead to unbreakable bonds that truly last a lifetime.  In LISTEN, Patty provides a parenting toolbox with tips for everything from helping your child through the fear of doctors or accidents to teaching them to accept the differences between people. She offers successful strategies to tackle homework conflicts, child care challenges and sibling rivalries. With skill and wisdom, Patty helps you build confidence in your child and learn how to truly listen to your teenager when they are going through the older version of a temper tantrum.  

About the Author:

Patty Wipfler is the founder and program Director of Hand-in-Hand Parenting, a non-profit established to support parents with the insights, skills and tools to build meaningful connections that parents and children need to thrive.  She is the author of Listen: Five Simple Tools to Meet Your Everyday Parenting Challenges

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TWO BTHM readers will get to win this great new book, just released this week!

How to Make fall Crafting EASIER on YOUR Hands!

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this product, free of charge,from Compression Comfort, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own.

If you do a lot of Fall crafting, then you might find your hands starting to hurt, especially, if you're older!

But there is a easy solution:
comfort compression gloves

You may have heard how compression gloves can help, but been reluctant to try them. These copper infused gloves not only offer you relief from arthritis pain, but also from general hand pain. They can actually reduce injury to your active hands, by increasing oxygen and blood flow to your hand. Which as we know helps keep muscles loose, and to recover more quickly from repatitive use. The gloves are  88% copper nylon & 12% spandex, so they help stabilize muscle tissue, while keeping the swelling at a microscopic level, thereby reducing pain.

Plus these gloves are easy to use, thanks to their rubber palm strips, that go up the bottom of the fingers, that make picking up items a breeze compared to other gloves. 

Which means you can use these gloves for just about anything- typing (like writing up blog posts!), crocheting, sewing, knitting, cooking, and even sports like biking, tennis, basketball, skiing, snowboarding, and even just everyday activities. 

I ordered the medium, as my measurement came to 3.2 and I have to say it has been a perfect fit!I normally wear a size Medium in gloves, so I was happy that they fit similarly. I do like that they cover my entire wrist and that's all. I like having more movement and by covering the wrists, the gloves offer great support, yet aren't too tight, as you can see from the picture below. They provide plenty of support, without cutting off circulation. I've been able to wear them for 5 hours with no issues at all. They definitely made a difference while sewing, with all that cutting and ironing!

I highly recommend these gloves- they work well and are inexpensive!

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you can save 10% each on Qualifying items offered by Best Bargain when you purchase 2 or more. Enter code WGGRDDNY at checkout using THIS Amazon link!

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