Archives for February 25, 2015

SAVVI offers New Nickelodeon Characters – PAW Patrol, Dora and Friends, SpongeBob SquarePants, Blaze and the Monster Machines, and Bubble Guppies Affordable, Safe & Fun!

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SAVVi, manufacturer of temporary tattoos and novelty products, recently announced the extension of its partnership with Nickelodeon through December 2016 in the U.S. and Canada, along with the addition of new license properties.  Available now, PAW Patrol, Dora and Friends, SpongeBob SquarePants, Blaze and the Monster Machines, and Bubble Guppies join SAVVi’s existing license agreement with the network, which includes the successful Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles line.

Dora and Friends and SpongeBob SquarePants have been a constant staple in my own household for 15 years.  I have three children that grew up on these Nickelodeon properties. I speak for countless households across the country when I express the amount of fun and entertainment children have derived from the TV series and theatrical releases,” explains Brian Mueller, VP of Marketing and New Product Development. Mueller adds “Our full line of tattoos, stickers and novelty products allow young fans new ways to experience these characters.”

Nickelodeon fans can find their favorite characters in the form of temporary tattoos, stickers, coloring poster sheets, paint poster sheets, Magic Coloring Art Scratchers, and activity kits comprised of any combination of the above listed products.

We received samples and the SpongeBob  tattoos were a hit in our house! I like that they are so affordable! But, even more..I love that the tattoos are safe and children will love them! We also received a sample of PAW Patrol Magic Paint Posters and these are just perfect for rainy days and travel. Both are Recommended for ages 4+.

SAVVi sells its unique product portfolio in over 80 countriefs and to hundreds of the most popular retailers such as Walmart, Target, Toys R Us, Walgreen’s, Dollar General, Family Dollar, Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, JoAnn, Old Navy, Claire’s and Kmart.

About SAVVi

SAVVi, a Division of TM International (TMI), is a premier U.S. manufacturer of printed novelty products, and is proud to be in business for over 25 years as the largest manufacturer of temporary tattoos in the world. SAVVi products are sold internationally at major discount, retail, grocery, craft supply and toy stores. In addition to being a division of the world’s largest manufacturer of temporary tattoos, SAVVi also produces a wide variety of craft and children’s activity products. SAVVi designs and manufactures over 97% of its products in Tucson, AZ.  Products are non-toxic, hypoallergenic, use FDA certified colorants and comply with CSPC/CPSIA and ASTM requirements. All products meet or exceed US, Canadian and EU safety standards. The company’s products have a worldwide reputation for quality. More information is available at www.savvistuff.com.

 

About Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon, now in its 35th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 20 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B).

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this feature post. Photo Credit: SAVVi, a Division of TM International (TMI), Nickelodeon. No other compensation was received.

 

Xylitol products can help improve Children’s Dentist visits! Helpful tips & products!

Xlear Inc., the leading manufacturer of xylitol products on the market today, has released this fun video to share with our SoCal City Kids’ families!  More and more parents are leaving the dentist’s office in shock at the amount of dental work their young children are in need of.  Even when you think you are teaching your kids proper dental hygiene, it is sometimes just not enough.  Xlear has put together a video showcasing the most effective way to keep your kids pearly whites healthy and strong!

We also received the following Xlear products and recommend them!

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Spry Infant Tooth Gel

Quick Facts:

  • Contains xylitol, a healthy and natural sweetener
  • Contains no additives or artificial sweeteners
  • When applied to teeth, xylitol promotes optimal calcium absorption and development of tooth enamel
  • Retailing for $5.49, Spry Infant Tooth Gel is available for purchase online at www.xlear.com

Spry Infant Tooth Gel, made by Xlear, Inc. (pronounced “clear”), is perfect for youngsters who haven’t quite mastered the art of brushing their teeth. The sooner parents start to give their children xylitol based products, the sooner they begin to profit from xylitol’s benefits. Spry Infant Tooth Gel is the perfect product to start with, as it is less messy than tooth paste and has a naturally sweet taste that infants and toddlers will love! Simply apply the gel directly to their gums and teeth or place a few drops on their toothbrush before brushing, and your children will be on their way to obtaining superb dental health and hygiene.

 

Xlear Inc., recognized as one of the leading manufacturers of xylitol products, is committed to providing consumers with the natural health benefits of xylitol.  Xlear Inc. prides themselves on manufacturing all natural products including Spry Infant Tooth Gel, which are safe for people of all ages.
What is xylitol?

Pure xylitol is a white crystalline substance that looks and tastes like sugar. It is a naturally occurring 5-carbon sugar alcohol found in many fruits and vegetables and produced in small amounts by the human body. It has the same sweetness as sugar (sucrose) but with 40% fewer calories and none of the negative tooth decay or insulin release effects on sugar. Xylitol also has a low glycemic index (7) and has little effect on blood sugar levels. Xylitol is recommended by dentists, medical doctors, periodontists, pediatricians, and many health organizations and health professionals worldwide as a sweetener for anyone concerned with dental health, upper respiratory health, and sugar consumption in general.

I don’t have a little one. My only son is 11 years old so we had a family member try this one out. Although it is safe for all ages, my son refused to try it and we have a 4 year old nephew. It was a hit! He actually likes using this Tooth Gel!

The next product is SparX Candy! My son did not refuse to try this one! He liked that it it candy, I assume. I like that it has less sugar. 

Quick Facts:

  • Contains xylitol, a healthy and natural sweetener
  • Reduces the risk of tooth decay and dental caries
  • Available in three delicious varieties — natural berry, citrus, and fruit flavors — and are packaged in 30 gram tubes
  • Retailing for $1.49 per tube, SparX Candy is available for purchase online at www.xlear.com and at Whole Foods, Vitamin Shoppe and other select retailers nationwide.

SparX Candy made by Xlear, Inc. (pronounced “clear”) is just what health conscious parents have been craving — a sweet, healthy treat that does not taste like a diet snack. With children consuming more sugar than ever before, there has been an alarming increase in a variety of related ailments; from tooth decay to obesity and diabetes. With this in mind, Xlear has developed a candy line that parents and health professionals will actually want children to eat. SparX Candy offers parents and kids sweet and delicious products without sugar, while delivering enough xylitol to have maximum health benefits to both teeth and body.

 

Xlear Inc., recognized as one of the leading manufacturers of xylitol products, is committed to providing consumers with the natural health benefits of xylitol.  Xlear Inc. prides themselves on manufacturing all natural products including SparX Candy, which are safe for people of all ages.
What is xylitol?

Pure xylitol is a white crystalline substance that looks and tastes like sugar. It is a naturally occurring 5-carbon sugar alcohol found in many fruits and vegetables and produced in small amounts by the human body. It has the same sweetness as sugar (sucrose) but with 40% fewer calories and none of the negative tooth decay or insulin release effects on sugar. Xylitol also has a low glycemic index (7) and has little effect on blood sugar levels. Xylitol is recommended by dentists, medical doctors, periodontists, pediatricians, and many health organizations and health professionals worldwide as a sweetener for anyone concerned with dental health, upper respiratory health, and sugar consumption in general.

 

For more information, check out the website.

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this feature post. Quick Facts/Photo Credit:  Xlear.

 

Dreft is a Must-Have for those with little ones! Great if you have BIG ones in the house too!

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Little kids are always taking off their diapers, spitting up on the carpet, spilling their food or throwing it. Just when mom thought that her favorite throw was ruined from baby poo she stole from her kids’ diaper bag. In addition to using Dreft on their clothes to remove stains, parents can use it on the carpet or fabric furniture as well. The stain remover is safe for all colorfast fabrics, works in all temperatures, and does not harm little one’s sensitive skin.

I don’t have any little ones in my home but I do have a big kid and food still ends up on clothes and on the carpet. My son also has somewhat sensitive skin. We often use Dreft laundry products. I received samples of the Dreft laundry stain remover and the Dreft to go instant stain remover and I really like that both work so well! These products are really a Must-Have for anyone with little ones and even BIG ones! The Dreft to go instant stain remover is perfect for travel too!

Check out the website for more information!

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this feature post. Photo Credit: Dreft.

Nathalia -New Kid’s Music! Giveaway Opportunity!

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Nathalia is a children’s songwriter and performer based out of Los Angeles. She has just released her second bilingual children’s album, “Dream a Little.” Her website is www.nathaliamusic.com. You can listen to full tracks and follow along with lyrics. I checked it out and love the lively fun music and definitely recommend for younger children! They will love dancing and singing along to Nathalia’s music.

She will also  be releasing her very first music video for the song, “Los Planetas”, on March 3rd!

We have teamed up for a Giveaway! Two winners will win her CD! To enter, check out her website and let us know your favorite (or your children’s) favorite song! Deadline to enter is February 28th, 2015 at noon PST. Two winners will randomly be selected via Random.org.

Self Disclosure: I did not receive compensation to post and have only received the CD’s for the giveaway.

Craniosynostosis – new memoir calls attention to ‘Cranio Kids’ defect OVERLOOKED AND MISDIAGNOSED: Memoir Calls Attention to ‘Cranio Kids’ Birth Defect

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Author shares his struggle with cranial birth defect and interviews families, doctors, and surgeons in new memoir to offer first-hand perspective (and relief) of Craniosynostosis.

Your baby is going to be developmentally delayed, is the nicer, water-downed, version of what the nurse said in the delivery room the day Kase Johnstun was born. She inappropriately and incorrectly labeled his condition to his sobbing mother. This type of misdiagnosis happens more often than you’d think. In Beyond the Grip of Craniosynostosis: An Inside View of Life Touched by the Congenital Skull Deformity (Mcfarland & Co Inc Pub), which publishes this December, author Kase Johnstun sets out across the country to interview families struggling with his same condition, accurately known as Craniosynostosis, and interviews doctors, craniofacial surgeons, neurosurgeons, pediatric anesthesiologists, and other experts who can help demystify the often misdiagnosed birth defect.

 

Children born with Craniosynostosis, often referred to as cranio kids, are born with a defect in which one or more of the sutures between the bones of the skull close prematurely. This prevents the brain from growing into its natural shape, as the brain controls the shape of the skull.

 

Treatment for Craniosynostosis usually includes surgery to help with the symmetry and appearance of the head and to relieve pressure on the brain and allow it to grow naturally. Craniosynostosis can be genetic, can be a result of environmental limitations in the womb, or can be caused by many other factors.

 

“I interviewed a mother who told me her brave little boy loved his ‘superhero scar,’” said Johnstun. “It’s unbelievable the roller coaster of emotions cranio families have to deal with and how frequently the feelings can grab you by surprise.”

 

In Beyond the Grip of Craniosynostosis, Johnstun is gentle as he is thorough in his due diligence. Throughout the book he dispenses critical information and paints a vivid picture of life behind the statistics.

 

“I’m told repeatedly that Craniosynostosis is rare, that 1 in 1,700 or 1 in 2,000 children are born with this,” he said. “But just over 4 million babies are born in the U.S. each year. When you do the math, that’s a lot of parents who are in the same vulnerable position my parents were in and a lot of kids growing up with all these mixed feelings. I want to provide comfort and recourse to them.”

 

Part memoir and part medical study, the book touches on the modern medical history of cranial sutures, as well as ancient treatments dating to the time of Hippocrates as well as surgical techniques used today to allow the brain to grow naturally. It is with great care that Johnstun chronicles the experiences of American families affected by Craniosynostosis. Each entry demonstrates the uniqueness of that case, the chosen treatment, and its result. A true testament to a second coming of age, Johnstun, now in his thirties, encapsulates a rite of passage that everyone will be able to relate to. Beyond the Grip of Craniosynostosis highlight’s one man’s quest for information, the internal conflict that arises, and the desire to break down the enormity of a situation into smaller manageable pieces to regain a sense of control.

 

About the Author

Kase Johnstun is an award-winning essayist. He is the co-editor/co-author of Utah Reflections: Stories from the Wasatch Front (History Press). His work has appeared nationally and internationally in journals and magazines such as Creative Nonfiction Magazine, The Chronicle Review, Label Me Latina/o, Prime Number, and as a regular contribution to The Good Men Project. He has an MA and an MFA in Creative Writing, and his set of essays Tortillas for Honkies and “Other” Essays was recently named a finalist for the Autumn House Press 2013 Award in Creative Nonfiction. He is a full-time lecturer in English at Utah State University. Learn more about Kase on his blog or on Facebook.

Find the book here!

Credit: Beyond the Grip of Craniosynostosis: An Inside View of Life Touched by the Congenital Skull Deformity (Mcfarland & Co Inc Pub)