Archives for January 4, 2016

Sworkit kids: New Fitness App Designed to Get Kids Moving Sworkit Announces Launch of Sworkit Kids, a New Fitness App for Kids

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Designed to meet the health and fitness needs of children, Sworkit Kids aims to help kids stay active while teaching them to love exercise from an early age.

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Sworkit, the popular fitness app for adults on Android and iOS, is excited to announce the launch of Sworkit Kids, a new free fitness app that is making fitness fun for the whole family.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is recommended that children participate in 60 minutes of physical activity each day.
Sworkit (which stands for Simply WORK IT) is hoping to help children reach these goals with the release of their new kids fitness app, which was designed to meet the health and fitness needs of kids, while teaching them to love exercise from an early age.
“We want kids to grow up healthy, successful, and confident in themselves,” said developer Ryan Hanna. “Getting them up and moving is a way to encourage this lifestyle and increase their physical and mental development.”
Sworkit Kids features fun exercise videos demonstrated by kids for kids. Their customizable workouts focus on movements that promote strength, agility, and flexibility and can be performed in segments of 5 minutes or more.
Recommended for kids between the ages of 5 to 14, Sworkit Kids encourages kids to put their fitness skills to the test. Can they crab crawl for 30 seconds or do 10 squats? How long can they hop on one foot or walk the tightrope? Exercises like these get those little legs moving and their blood pumping while keeping them entertained.
Teachers and physical education specialists are even putting the app to use in the classroom. It can be used for only a few minutes to help get their wiggles out or put to work for an entire period of stretching and moving.
“I used the Sworkit Kids app in all of my classes from Kindergarten through fifth grade and they all loved it and so did I,” said Phys Ed Specialist Kevin Tiller.
With the busy holiday season quickly approaching families will be able to turn to Sworkit Kids to help keep the whole family active.
“When kids want to exercise it motivates mom and dad to get involved too, setting values and creating healthy habits they can practice their whole lives,” said Hanna.
Sworkit Kids is now available for free to download.

Look for it this New Year!


Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post. Credit: Sworkit Kids.

Our Book suggestions of the week Happy New Year!

The Happy Kid Handbook


Is trying to raise the best kid possible stressing you out?

You aren’t the only one.

It’s easy to get caught up in the “right” ways of parenting and lose yourself in the moment.


To help, child and adolescent psychotherapist Katie Hurley, LCSW wrote THE HAPPY KID HANDBOOK: How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World (Tarcher/Penguin; October 20, 2015).

In it, Hurley offers a straightforward approach that produces happy children and sane adults. Noting the differences between extroverts, introverts, and everything in between, Hurley urges parents to respond to the child as an individual and tailor their approach according to the particular needs of the child.



  • Understand their child’s personality and temperament
  • Discover how to best engage and empathize with each child
  • Help each personality type build social skills, understand emotions, and empathize with others
  • Know when and how to praise their child
  • Decide what or how many activities to schedule, and when to let their child quit


These and other actionable strategies help parents raise confident, capable – and most of all – happy kids. Simplifying what has become way too complicated and confusing, THE HAPPY KID HANDBOOK helps parents learn to use their instincts and meet their children exactly where they are.

I really enjoyed this book and am finding it very helpful! I like how it is simple to understand and easy to follow the advice in the book. This one truly is a must-read for all parents!

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The next one is a truly inspiring story!

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The Inspiring, True Story Of One Young Man’s Struggle Growing Up With Autism.

At the tender age of four, Andrew Edwards was diagnosed with severe autism.  With a complete lack of compassion, the medical specialist who diagnosed him told his mother, “Go home and watch Rain Man.  In all probability your son will be institutionalized.”  Determined to provide her son with the best life possible and prove that uncaring specialist wrong, Andrew’s mother – Hazel – dedicated herself to giving Andrew a normal life, the best education available, and all the resources he needed to help him achieve his life’s goals.

In his powerful, inspirational and often funny autobiography, I’ve Got A Stat For You, author Andrew Edwards recounts his difficult journey to manage his autism while living in a world filled with bullying and a lack of understanding. Growing up in a single parent household with his mother, encountering bureaucracy at every turn, and facing a world that did not want to understand or relate to him, Andrew ultimately emerged from his turbulent childhood as a successful and extraordinary young man.

Excelling as a young adult, Andrew has won a Welsh National Young Volunteer Award, given speeches, and has lectured to a wide range of audiences on autism and his struggles growing up. He has pursued and received his education, and secured his dream job as a statistician at Manchester United Television. From Wrexham, a small town in north Wales, to London’s Buckingham Palace, and incorporating stories of sport, The Simpsons, a love for music, and strange smells, I’ve Got A Stat For You is a powerful and inspirational true story that demonstrates how determination, a positive outlook, and the will to succeed can overcome all odds. It is a book that will appeal to anyone whose life is touched by autism in one form or another, as well as readers who appreciate real-life tales against the odds.

I did find this a real inspiring story and highly recommend!

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About the Author Andrew Edwards was born in 1984, in Wrexham, Wales. At the age of four, he was diagnosed as severely autistic. Andrew attended a number of schools during his childhood, and ultimately secured four G.C.S.E.s including one in history. Following a work placement at Manchester United Television, Andrew became a permanent member of staff, for more than 10 years, as a statistician. Following his redundancy at MUTV, Andrew has given himself over to volunteering and writing.

New Children’s Book Speaks on Self-Esteem is a Must-Read for young children!


Children of all ages struggle with their self-esteem. While many children fear that they are fat, some think they are ugly, or even feel ashamed of the culture they come from.

In “Timmy Teacup Transforms,” children will learn of Timmy Teacup who wishes to be a hot chocolate mug. Thinking that he will be happier, he soon realizes after transforming into one that it was not what he wanted after all.

“Timmy Teacup Transforms” will encourage children of all ages to appreciate their family, their home, and most of all – themselves.

I received a copy of this delightful story and recommend it highly for young children! I love the positive message of being yourself!

You can purchase here.

This next book for children addresses a major issue!

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How Does Being Labeled a Bully Affect Children?

Psychology has shown that labels can limit how children see themselves, as well as how other children and adults see them. Every label sends a message that tells kids how to think about themselves. When children are labeled as “bullies,” it may signal to their peers that they are bad kids who should be avoided and it may give adults permission to show scorn. Educator and mom Rene Micka aims to help children understand the consequences of being a bully through her debut children’s book Charlie’s Birthday Wish.

Written from the viewpoint of Charlie, the story’s antagonist, Charlie’s Birthday Wish teaches children to consider how bullies can be misunderstood, remorseful, and even forgiven. It also explores the consequences faced by those who choose to be unkind. The story uses rhyme to open an age-appropriate conversation about unkindness and its implications, not only for the oppressed, but also for the oppressor himself.

I received a copy of this book and it truly is a must-read! Young children will love the rhyme format and will be able to relate to the story.

Charlie’s Birthday Wish is available in print and ebook format and can be purchased from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other major online booksellers.

About Rene Micka

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Rene Micka is a parent and an educator who has worked with children of all ages for 15 years. She spends a great deal of time volunteering at her children’s Catholic school, where she runs many of the programs. Character education is a focus of all her efforts in the classroom. As a member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program, Micka’s experiences have led her to have a greater understanding of the issues affecting children in distressed situations. Although she is no longer teaching, she has made it her mission to see to it that children get the better life they deserve. Charlie’s Birthday Wish is her debut children’s book.

Connect with Rene Micka at and on FacebookTwitterGoodreads, andShelfari.

Self Disclosure: I received free copies of the above books to facilitate this post.


Free and Low Cost Events in January at Michaels

During the month of January, Michaels will offer a variety of free and low-cost in-store crafting events including an instructor Open House, a Warm Up America knitting and crochet party, paper crafting Valentine’s Day cards, jewelry making, drawing, painting classes and more! Kids Club events in January include snowflake banner decorations, a snowman mobile, a snowman craft stick and a paper craft flower.

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Instructor Open House

Saturday, January 9 | 11:00am – 3:00pm

Meet our talented instructors and sign up for a class in stores. There will be 50% off all classes when you sign up on January 9.


Paper Crafting Valentine’s Day Card

Monday, January 11 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Surprise your Valentine with a sweet, stylish and surprisingly simple accordion card.


Jewelry Class

Tuesday, January 12 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Build your jewelry-making skills with this charming three-tiered necklace project.


Warm Up America — Joining Party

Sunday, January 17 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Put your yarn skills to a great use with Warm Up America! Knit or crochet a 7˝ x 9˝ rectangle, then bring it to our joining party, where we’ll join them together to make colorful, cozy afghans to be donated to homeless shelters, hospices, veteran homes and social service agencies.


Painting Class

Monday, January 18 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Explore basic acrylic painting techniques, brushstrokes, color selection and more.


Drawing Class

Tuesday, January 19 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Learn basic techniques, including how to use fine art drawing pencils and erasers.


Arm Knit Cowl

Monday, January 25 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Create a cozy cowl using just your arms and some yarn.


Floral Class

Tuesday, January 26 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Create a gorgeous floral arrangement featuring magnolia, lotus pods and berries.


Valentine Cupcakes and Candy

Saturday, January 30 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Come watch a Wilton Method Instructor create sweet Valentine cupcakes decorated with colorful icing and delicious candy decorations that you can make yourself, and enjoy Wilton classes 50% today only when you register!




Sparkling Snowflakes

Saturday, January 9 | 10am — noon

Kids will make a Snowflake Ornament or string a few together for a banner. Just $2 per child, supplies included. Ages 3 and up welcome.


Snoman Mobile

Saturday, January 16 | 10am – noon

Your little makers can make a Snowman Mobile. Just $2 per child, supplies included. Ages 3 and up welcome.


Craft Stick Snowman

Saturday, January 23 | 10am – noon

Drop in and make a fun craft stick snowman friend. Just $2 per child, supplies included. Ages 3 and up welcome.


Heart Paper Flower

Saturday, January 30| 10am – noon

Drop in and make a fun heart paper flower. There will also be free face painting in stores! Just $2 per child, supplies included. Ages 3 and up welcome.

Credit: Michaels.

Tuesday, January 5th, is National Bird Day!

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This day points to the need to “keep wildlife wild” and to protect birds in their native habitats and sponsoring organization, Born Free, is promoting the day with a special giveaway of Raffi’s forthcoming album Owl Singalong.

Check out the Giveaway here!

Raffi’s Owl Singalong will release on January 15th. Fans may pre-order the album now via iTunes, Amazon and other retailers, and enjoy watching his newly released animated “Owl Singalong” video.


Raffi, as you probably know, is firmly committed to anything that is sustainable and green. He’s a fervent supporter of wildlife preservation, and his children’s albums reflect his love for animals and nature. Here’s what he says about National Bird Day:


“Throughout my career I have advocated for respect for children and the natural world.   My new album, Owl Singalong, opens with a recording of the hoots from owls who live near my home. Let’s keep all the birds singing! Thank you to Born Free USA for promoting National Bird Day and keeping birds in the wild!”  – Raffi



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