Archives for July 2020

Books of the month!

Here are the top book selections for the month!

This one is a must-read for teens and parents too!  Making Sense of “It”: A Guide to Sex for Teens (And Their Parents, Too!) by Alison Macklin, Vice President of Education and Innovation at the Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. I like that this one can be read separately or together to meet everyone’s different needs. It has a lot of helpful information and I liked the Conversation starters presented in the book.

You can find out more here.

Do you have a teen who is going off to college soon or maybe this is their last year or two of high school. This book is a must! The College Bound Organizer helps students to be prepared!

The College Bound Organizer is your step-by-step comprehensive guide to organizing every part of the college application process from college search through college admission.

Applying to college is intimidating and overwhelming for both teenagers and parents. This book will really help! You can find this book on Amazon!

Looking for a book to that may help younger children limit screen time? This activity book is great for travel and it’s just fun for summer days when the kids are getting bored. With the pandemic, we are all staying in more than usual and this is just perfect! It is packed with plenty of fun activities. It can also be found on Amazon.com.

Teenagers and adults will love Creative Lettering and Beyond: Timeless Calligraphy. This book will make it easy to create invitations, cards and artwork. It may also provide fun away from the screens this summer. It can also be found on Amazon.com.

Looking to alleviate stress and be creative at the same time? This one is a must-buy! Meditative Stone Art (Rock Point / April 14, 2020 / US 23.99).

Chock-full of beautiful photography and easy-to-follow instructions to get your designs just right, along with drawing tutorials and information about gathering the perfect stones, tools and supplies, and art techniques, Meditative Stone Art will have you feeling inspired, focused, and relaxed in no time.

Maria Mercedes Trujillo Arango is the author of Rock Point’s Meditative Mandala Stones kit and is a self-taught illustrator-crafter from Bogota, Colombia, who now calls New Zealand home. She likes to draw, paint, and embroider. In 2001, she became interested in mandalas and started drawing them and learning more about their history, psychology, and symbolism. Since 2011, she has combined her love of mandalas with painting beautiful stones she has collected. This one can also be found on Amazon.com.

Self Disclosure: I received free copies of the above books but only feature books that I highly recommend. Cover images were also provided. No other compensation was provided.

These Children’s Activity Books are the books for the week!

Peel + Discover: Oceans, Peel + Discover: Space, and Peel + Discover: Cars! Trains! Trucks! And More (June 23,2020; Ages 6+; $9.95)

The sticker book series that provides young learners with a world of intriguing information to discover using—you guessed it!—stickers! Each sticker page features hidden facts underneath stickers. Once a sticker is peeled off, a relevant, fascinating fact is revealed. Activity pages with corresponding prompts are featured next to the to the sticker pages for readers to use as sticker landscapes, adding hours of fun to the whole experience. Kids will turn into trivia buffs right before your eyes. These will be a hit with your children and I recommend for ages 6-9.

My favorites are the Space and the Cars! Trucks! Trains! These next ones are sure to be hit this summer with the kids! Welcome to ORIGAMI CITY (June 23, 2020; Ages 6+; $24.95)a vibrant paper metropolis boasting bright yellow school buses, a bustling airport, adorable dogs chasing squirrels, and more. A revolutionary, modern twist on the ancient art of origami, ORIGAMI CITY is brimming with beautifully illustrated folding papers, step-by-step instructions, and a foldout paper play mat on which to build the perfect paper neighborhood. From the brilliantly creative mind of Taro Yaguchi, origami master, patent lawyer, and founder of Taro’s Origami Studio in Brooklyn, NY. Yaguchi has established himself as a creative leader in the world of origami and has garnered attention from major brands like Uniqlo, Lexus, Twitter, NBC, and production studios such as Nickelodeon, Laika Studios, and Focus Features.

And, looking for something for the little older kids this Summer? This next one is great for ages 7-10. It is sure to keep them busy and having fun! Mega-Maze Adventure! A Journey Through the World’s Longest Maze in a Book (July 7, 2020; Ages 7+; $14.95) is an interconnected maze spreading across 14 swirling, hypnotic, and richly illustrated pages. Starting with the cover of the book, weave your way through the zig-zagging maze until you reach a portal, a physical hole in the cover that takes you inside the book. Though the maze continues through each portal, every turn of the page reveals a new thematic realm: Skyscraper World, Butterfly World, Rollercoaster World, Snow World, Underwater World, Dragon World. Fourteen-pages and portals later, find yourself in End of the World having completed the entire 604-foot long maze!

You can find these at at workman.com

Self Disclosure: I received free copies of the above books to facilitate this book feature. Cover images were also provided.

Traffic Laws Across the Nation: See How Each State Does Something Slightly Differently

Driving is one of those things in life where you just know how to do it once, and then you’ve pretty much got it for life. Whatever state you learn to drive in, you’ll learn the laws of the road and you’ll probably stick with those laws for the rest of your life. However, did you know that many states actually have different traffic laws from one another?

Yeah, it can get pretty confusing at the best of times. While many basic rules are the same, such as which side of the road you’re driving on and making sure you obey the speed limit, there are plenty of different laws out there, some of which are very weird and very wonderful.

With this in mind, we’re going to take a look into some of the weirder and most unique traffic laws in some of the states; perfect for either educating yourself for your next trip there or just has a piece of random knowledge!

Alabama

While this is probably quite self-explanatory, Alabama road traffic laws specifically state that you cannot drive a vehicle while blindfolded. I would say that the origin of this law may be quite an interesting one to find out.

Arkansas

Make sure you’re not honking your car horn at anywhere, any place, or any building that serves cold drinks, beverages, and sandwiches after 9 pm, or you’re officially breaking the law.

Connecticut

I’m not from Connecticut, but I can’t imagine this one being the case in the modern-day, but officially in New Britain, it’s illegal for fire trucks to drive over 25 mph, even while on their way to deal with a fire. Strange to see how that law came about.

Georgia

If you’ve got something stuck in your mouth, you better not be spitting out the window of your car, or a public transport vehicle, such as a bus, because you’re technically breaking the state traffic laws and may end up in trouble! If you’re spitting from a truck, however, you should be fine. If not, you may need to get yourself successful car accident lawyers to help get you off!

Hawaii

While this traffic law is a little more understandable in some circumstances, the island of Hawaii traffic laws state that it’s against the law for any vehicle to be moving while using their hazard lights. Make sure you don’t flash them if you see someone you know out of habit!

Louisiana

Now, while I’m sure this law isn’t enforced anymore, the actual traffic laws in this state claim that a woman’s husband must, by law, wave a flag in front of her car before she’s allowed to legally drive it. Imagine standing in a court of law and giving testament to this one.

Maine

You can’t buy a car on a Sunday. Sorry, it’s simply against the law.

Summary

And there we have it; just a handful of some of the perhaps strangest traffic laws in the States. While many of them are perhaps not enforced anymore, it’s always a good idea to keep an eye open for crazy laws you may not know about, so you don’t get into trouble!

Sheba, July 30th Pet of the Week!

The Queen of Sheba, according to the legend, bore a treasure trove of gifts for the one wise enough to answer her questions. Our Sheba, a majestic 3-year-old brown tabby, is equally gifted and will bestow hers on the person wise enough to take her home forever. Sheba is aptly named, as she is truly a queen—a gentle, kind and loving one. She possesses all the traits you’d want in royalty and deserves only the best. Because the shelter is closed to the public, adoption appointments are conducted through email, so contact AnimalRescue@longbeach.gov to meet Sheba. Ask for ID#A644509.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

Rubio’s Gives Free Chips & Guac on National Avocado Day

Rubio’s Coastal Grill is giving away free, freshly made chips and guacamole with any order, in celebration of National Avocado Day on Friday, July 31, 2020. Rubio’s guacamole is made onsite daily, using rich Hass avocados, cilantro, garlic, lime juice and natural sea salt. Simply redeem the coupon (https://www.rubios.com/coupons/national-avocado-day) at any of Rubio’s participating locations.

Operations at Rubio’s have shifted greatly due to COVID-19. While food safety and cleanliness have always been a top priority at Rubio’s, new initiatives include tamper-proof seals on all delivery orders, daily health checks for all team members, protective face coverings and gloves, extensive sanitizing and disinfecting of restaurants and patios, strict social distancing protocols inside and outside, and contact-free curbside or express pickup and free delivery, on all orders of $20 or more.

Guests are encouraged to order through the Rubio’s app and Rubios.com. For more information about Rubio’s Coastal Grill and to view the menu, visit Rubio’sFacebook and Instagram.

Self Disclosure: I received some form of compensation to post. Credit for information and image: Rubio’s.

It’s time for week #5 of Camp Warner Bros.

It’s week 5 at Camp Warner Bros.! This week, when the forces of evil unite from across time and dimensions, it’ll take the combined efforts of distinctly different, yet similar Super Hero teams to keep the universe secure in the action-packed animated mash-up movie –  Teen Titans Go! Vs. Teen Titans.

It’s time to get crafty with these adorable Teen Titans Go! Vs. Teen Titans Character Banks –  while learning a little bit about finances and household responsibility!

Gain control of your own Titans Tower  – and give your campers a lesson of earning, motivation, and accountability by offering allowance for their Summer Chores! Campers can save their money in their very own Character Banks: https://wbproductions.box.com/v/CampWBCharacterBank

While chores can be a bore – you can figure out small incentives to help your campers learn about the value of the dollar, and working hard for something they really want. You can teach budgeting and saving to help set them up for their future. If they feel like being real Super Heroes – they can even do chores for charity – and have them donate to a cause that can save someone else’s Universe!

About Teen Titans Go! Vs. Teen Titans:

In Teen Titans Go! Vs. Teen Titans, the comedic modern-day quintet takes on their 2003 counterparts when villains from each of their worlds join forces to pit the two Titan teams against each other. They’ll need to set aside their differences and work together to combat Trigon, Hexagon, Santa Claus (that’s right, Santa!) and time itself in order to save the universe.

Now for the giveaway! One winner will win a Digital Code to Teen Titans Go! Vs. Teen Titans on Movies Anywhere! The first person to leave a comment wins! The deadline to enter is July 30th, 2020 at noon PST.

Self Disclosure: I am a #CampWarnerBros. ambassador. I received a Camp Warner Bros, kit to participate. Images and information have been provided.

Have anxiety? This book may be helpful!

Do you suffer from anxiety? Mindfulness really does seem to be helpful and I really enjoyed reading this book. In Clinical Psychologist Dr. Scott Symington’s go-to guide, Freedom from Anxious Thoughts and Feelings: A Two-Step Mindfulness Approach for Moving Beyond Fear and Worry [New Harbinger], he presents an intuitive and accessible approach called the Two-Screen Method® (TSM) to help when you feel overwhelmed and overcome with worrisome thoughts. Using this simplified mindfulness approach, you learn to make space for the challenging thoughts and feelings, while redirecting your attention and life energy to your values. By using the two-screen method, along with its three anchors— mindfulness skills, healthy distractions, and loving action— you learn to relate to your thoughts and feelings in a whole new way. When the internal challenges show up—worries, fears, dark moods, etc.— you’re equipped with an easy-to-follow game plan, so you can experience relief and get back to living your life.

I like that it is easy to follow and is practical. I highly recommend this self-help book. You can find it on Amazon.com.

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample of the book to facilitate this post. Images were also provided.

Virtual Summer Camp Designed By Parents, For Parents

  • WHEN: Monday, July 27 – Friday, July 31
  • HOW TO ACCESS: Arm & Hammer’s YouTube channel
  • REGISTER TODAY: Parents can register for FREE by visiting armandhammer.com/summercampFUN FACT: In less than 72 hours, camp has already received over 4K signups!
  • ABOUT CAMP: 
    • 15 Dynamic Videos: Each day, Arm & Hammer will share a YouTube playlist of three videos that guide kids through a recipe, experiment, or craft. 
    • Downloadable Instructions: Each video is accompanied by downloadable PDFs with full instructions so kids can spend less time in front of a screen, and more time creating! 
    • Flexibility for Parents: Parents have the flexibility to choose if they want to participate in the fun or opt to watch from afar as their kids take the lead.
  • ABOUT COUNSELORS: Arm & Hammer’s team of savvy parent influencers teamed up to create kid’s activities with parents in mind! 
    • Amber Kemp-Gertsel, DIY “Craftavist”: A finalist on NBC’s Making It and a self-proclaimed PhDIY, Amber is an expert on all things cute, creative, and crafty. 
    • Ana Dziengel, STEAM Camp Organizer: Ana is passionate about STEAM education and helping the next generation grow and develop through creative endeavors. 
    • Beau Coffron, AKA LunchBox Dad: A devoted foodie, Beau shares his (almost) too-cute-to-eat food creations on his viral Instagram. 

Credit:  Arm & Hammer Summer Camp.