Nutritionist Tips for a Healthy Trick or Treat *Guest Post*

 Amber’s First Halloween 2008
We won’t be Trick-or-Treating this year but in case you are here are some good tips!
Nutritionist and registered dietician Mary Gocke from the Center for Health and Healing in New York warns against feeding kids too much candy as overconsumption of sugar can lead to decreased immune function, mood swings, anxiety, depression and fatigue. Mary suggests the following tips for parents to make sure their kids enjoy Halloween without suffering from the effects of too much sugar:

· Have a Big Dinner – make sure your kids have a healthy dinner before going out trick or treating, being full means they’ll be less likely to gorge on candy later that night
· Nuts and Cheese – keep tasty treats such as almonds and string cheese handy will trick or treating and make sure your kids snack on these low-glycemic foods throughout the night, it’ll help lower their blood sugar.
· Drink water – water not only helps wash away the sugar from the teeth, helping kids avoid cavities, but it also helps combat blood sugar levels
· Avoid sticky candies – these sweets linger longer on your teeth and increases the risk for cavities.

· Try these instead! – plain chocolate bars (especially if they contain at least 65% cocoa), Sweet Tarts, Smarties and Pixy Sticks are better for your teeth

Bath Luve *Review*

For those of you who were around for my Baby Boy Blog Shower you probably remember my Bath Luve Giveaway. At the time my own Bath Luve had gotten lost in the mail so I wasn’t able to do a full review of  it. Happily I did get it and now that my sweet little guy is here it’s been getting lots of use! Me and Tyler both love it! I love it because it’s super duper cute (not to mention protecting me from uh….squirts….) and he loves it because it keeps him comfy cozy all over during his baths. (See how happy he is? 🙂 )
You can find out more on the Bath Luve Website. This would make a great baby or Christmas gift for any parent with a baby!

Dogwood Clothing *Review*

I’ve mentioned before that the only thing I was not excited about when I found out I was having a boy was the clothing options…or rather the lack of them! As it turns out, however, there actually is a ton of cute boy stuff out there–you just need to know where to look! I am so happy about the clothes that I received from Dogwood Clothing Co.! All of their clothes are cute, sassy, fun, and unique. The quality of the pieces is top notch as well! The “Men Rocking” shirt made us all laugh, I’m in love with the high quality, uber cute khakis, and everyones favorite was hands down the truck t-shirt. I can’t wait for Tyler to grow just a little more so that he can fit into them! We were also sent stickers that say “Brother for Sale $1.00 or best offer” and the “sister” version of it as well. I thought those were hilarious and immediately showed them to my brother and sister who were visiting at the time, haha! Since they were visiting I got to show the clothes off to my entire family and they were all impressed with them.
If you are looking for high quality, unique boy’s clothing I would highly recommend buying from Dogwood Clothing Co.!

Jessica’s Jewelry *Giveaway*

A little while ago I mentioned Jessica’s Jewelry in my post about buying hand made. I also said you’d be hearing more about it so here’s that post!
Jessica has adorable, affordable jewelry and she’s super sweet! I won the above set in a giveaway (it’s even cuter on!) and then recently bought my mom some earrings from Jessica for her birthday. Right now Jessica is hosting another giveaway on her fan page and all you have to do is leave a comment on her wall to enter! So please head on over “like” her Jessica’s Jewelry Fan Page and please let her know I sent you her way!

One Hand, Two Hands by Max Lucado *Review*

Although Amber has gotten to the point where she enjoys playing with all her toys her favorites are still books! Because of this I’m always thrilled to get a new book to add to her collection. One Hand, Two Hands is adorable! I love the soft sweet illustrations and the fun simple rymthes. Both those things make it perfect for toddlers. It starts out with fun, silly rymthes and then works in the wonderful ways we can help others with our hands later on. We both enjoy this book and it would make a great addition to any child’s library!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255  : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Children’s Chestal Cough Medicine *Review & Giveaway*

**This giveaway is now CLOSED congrats to Viva 32 who won***

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. No–not the holidays, flu and cold season!!!!

Ok, so I’m being slightly sarcastic! As I’ve told you in my past several posts now I am battling one vicious cold bug at the moment. The worst part of it is that I have had a horrible, horrible cough but wasn’t able to take any “real” medicine because I’m nursing. Thankfully I had received this bottle of Children’s Chestal to review and although I’m sad that I can actually review it (who wants to be sick?!) I can tell you first hand that it does work! I noticed that my coughing was much worse the nights that I didn’t take it than the nights that I did. The all natural ingredients which include honey work great without giving you any nasty side effects like the other alcohol based cold medicines do. It doesn’t taste bad either–like watered down honey basically. I would recommend this and it’s great to have if you’re nursing like me or if you have a child! Amber hasn’t gotten to try it yet because thankfully she somehow managed to skip this bug but I will definitely be giving it to her when the next inevitable cold comes along! You can find out more information along with where you can purchase Children’s Chestal on the website here.

One Lucky Reader will win their own bottle of Children’s Chestal!
This giveaway is open to US residents 18 years and older only
As always be sure I have a way to get your email address so I can tell you that you won! If I don’t have an easy way to get it (in your comment, google profile, etc) I will automatically choose a new winner. A new winner will also automatically be chosen if any of the entries are not followed specifically (such as doing the mandatory entry). Also leave a separate comment for each additional entry that you do! One comment = one entry!
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I will choose the winner via random.org contact them via email and post them on this blog. They have 48 hours to claim their win before a new winner is chosen.
Good Luck!!!

Not So Fat Tuesday ~ Week 5

So the 2 week break turned into a 3 week break when I got a nasty, nasty cold right as my parents were leaving. Thanks to that and being soooo behind I had to skip last week as well. But I’m back now, baby, and better than ever!!!!

Or not so much….I’m actually still really sick. Bleck. Seems like once a year I get a ghastly cold that knocks me off my feet for a couple of weeks. So exercising is definitely a no go until I can quit hacking and hacking just from talking. So the goal for this week is to start up my food journal again and for the first time write down everything I put in my mouth for a whole week and what amounts it went in there in. This is especially important since Halloween is this weekend and hubby did the shopping which means we have a ton of junk food around here right now.

There is nothing like seeing multiple pictures of your yucky chub hanging over your pants to motivate you though! Yikes!!! How is it that when you look in the mirror you think, “I don’t look that bad–I’m looking pretty good!” Then when you see pictures (especially ones you didn’t know were being taken) of your gut/love handles you go “Ok I do NOT look very good right now!” Sigh…but that’s why I’m doing this in the first place right?! For ever further motivation here is another “Skinny Pretty” picture–and yes, for all you country music lovers out there that is Dierks Bentley with his arm around me!!!!! 😀 😀 One of my favorite memories from back in my Skinny Pretty Single days 🙂

As far as progress I countered all the chocolate chip cookies, rich seafood, steaks, and more with miles and miles of walking while holding/rocking/bouncing a cranky little guy so in the end it all stuck me right back where I left you off at with about 2-3 lbs. lost from my original weight.

How have you been doing since I left and how do you plan on making it through Halloween?

Really Woolly Kids *Review & Giveaway*

***This giveaway is now CLOSED Congrats to tanya904 8 who won***

Although I try to make sure Amber doesn’t get too much TV time each day there are times like this week when I’ve been super sick and far behind when it’s just the best thing for everyone. I know that watch she watches really affects her though (pretty much after watching anything she quotes from it for forever). I learned the hard way in North Carolina that even when it comes to children’s shows you have to be so careful about what your kids watch. Amber started saying “Oh my Gosh” all the time and in our house that is not ok–especially not coming out of the mouth of a 2 year old! I was boggled as to how she could have possibly learn that till I noticed on one of her cable TV shows the main character said it. Of course it didn’t even cause a blip on my radar but she sure picked up on it!

I’m so happy that I don’t have to worry about problems like that with Really Woolly Kids! Instead Amber will be learning about God in the way I want her to learn about Him! The Trusting In the Shepherd DVD we were sent was absolutely perfect too because Amber’s going through the typical “scardey cat” phase most toddlers do. How wonderful to have something to help reassure her that everyone gets afraid but with our Shepard watching over us we have no reason to be! The characters are adorable, both story lines are super cute and it is not at all annoying! (that is huge for me! I watch everything with her so there are many outlawed shows just because I can’t stand them, haha).
We were also sent the Activity Book which is adorable and I’m keeping to give Amber for Christmas. Both items are super affordable and would make wonderful Christmas gifts! You can purchase them and watch a preview/video clip on the Really Woolly Kids Website Here. Be sure to “like” them on their Facebook Page Here as well!
One Lucky Reader Will Win their own Trusting In the Shepherd DVD!
This giveaway is open to US residents 18 years and older only
As always be sure I have a way to get your email address so I can tell you that you won! If I don’t have an easy way to get it (in your comment, google profile, etc) I will automatically choose a new winner. A new winner will also automatically be chosen if any of the entries are not followed specifically (such as doing the mandatory entry). Also leave a separate comment for each additional entry that you do! One comment = one entry!
**Mandatory Entry**
This must be done in order for any other entry to count
Tell me who the child you would give this DVD to is.
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1 Entry ~ Snag my blog button, isn’t it cute?! Leave me the url so I can come visit your blog!

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1 Entry ~ Blog about this and be sure to link back to this post, leave me the URL to the post, you know you wanna share the love!
5 Entries ~ Purchase any of the Really Woolly DVDs/Toys/Books
1 Entry ~ Tell me what your favorite kids show or movie is
This Giveaway will end 11/15/10 at 11:59 p.m. EST
I will choose the winner via random.org contact them via email and post them on this blog. They have 48 hours to claim their win before a new winner is chosen.
Good Luck!!!
“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Why Are You Working?

As you may remember, I recently partnered up with Making Work at Home Work as a blogger. I especially like this month’s article–such wise, true words!!!!

By Mary M. Byers

Believe it or not, there are a lot of people who don’t know why they are working. Most assume that they are working for money. But when I talk to people about the topic, I hear a lot of different reasons for work. Some work for the mental stimulation. Some to keep their skills up to date. Other work to support their scrapbooking habit or to be able to purchase cosmetics at a discount.
There’s a big difference between working to put food on the table vs.working for the “extras” such as summer camp or a vacation. Both are legitimate but it’s essential to be honest about your motivation. Knowing what drives you will help you keep your priorities in order. When my children were young, I worked for the extras. However, instead of stopping when I earned enough to help with vacation costs I kept right on going, becoming a workaholic in the process. It didn’t serve me or my family. When I recognized my error, I was able to cut back on work in order to create a healthier balance. Now that my children are school-age and I’m working to help cover orthodontia, tuition and retirement, I’ve increased my hours accordingly.

Understanding why you are working makes it easier to make tough work-related decisions. Will you work on the weekends? Stay up late to get it all done? If you’re working to put food on the table, the answer will more likely be yes. But if you’re working for the fun of it, you may choose not to compromise family time by late night or weekend work. When you know why you are working, it gets easier to decide what kind of boundaries you’ll adhere to.

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Mary Byers is the author of Making Work at Home Work: Successfully Growing a Business and a Family Under One Roof. You can learn more about making work at home work by subscribing to Mary’s free blog at http://www.makingworkathomework.com/. Interested in more articles like this? Join the blog ring here.

Upside *Review & Giveaway*

***This giveaway is now CLOSED congrats to Gianna 15 who won***

As a family we love to watch movies! In today’s day and age, though, it’s hard to ever find movies that are appropriate or family friendly. It seems like there almost always has to be something (or many somethings)unnecessarily stuck in. Many times when you do find a Christian film to watch it seems corny and low budget because, well, truth be told they do have a very low budget! My husband especially does not like corny “rated b” movies. I am happy to say that Upside met with even his approval! My parents and brother & sister enjoyed it also and I especially liked it and enjoyed watching it twice. Though the acting of some of the minor characters is off at times the main characters were great, especially Randall Bentley, and the story was riveting and unique. I loved the way that everything felt true to how it would really be in “real life” and although the Gospel message was clearly and wonderfully presented they definitely didn’t bash you over the head with it which would make this a wonderful gift for an unsaved friend or family member. You can visit the Upside Website Here to watch the preview & purchase the movie.
One Lucky Reader will win their own copy of Upside!
This giveaway is open to US residents 18 years and older only


As always be sure I have a way to get your email address so I can tell you that you won! If I don’t have an easy way to get it (in your comment, google profile, etc) I will automatically choose a new winner. A new winner will also automatically be chosen if any of the entries are not followed specifically (such as doing the mandatory entry). Also leave a separate comment for each additional entry that you do! One comment = one entry!


**Mandatory Entry**

This must be done in order for any other entry to count
Go watch the trailer and tell me why you’d like to win this DVD
**Additional Entries**
Because this is a great movie!
1 Entry each ~ Follow me through Google Friend Connect, Subscribe to my RSS feed (Ramblings For You), or subscribe to me via email (Ramblings to Your Inbox) <--come on, you know you want to!!!
1 Entry **Daily** Follow Me on Twitter and Tweet. Be sure to leave me the link! You may copy/paste the following:
Win the inspirational DVD Upside! http://tinyurl.com/38lufue  @coastiewife321 ends 11/7 #giveaway Pls RT!
1 Entry ~ Snag my blog button, isn’t it cute?! Leave me the url so I can come visit your blog!
1 Entry ~ Blog about this and be sure to link back to this post, leave me the URL to the post, you know you wanna share the love!
5 Entries ~ Purchase Upside–it would make a great Christmas gift!
1 Entry ~ Tell me a favorite quote from a movie
This Giveaway will end 11/7/10 at 11:59 p.m. EST
I will choose the winner via random.org contact them via email and post them on this blog. They have 48 hours to claim their win before a new winner is chosen.
Good Luck!!!