Looking for a fab craft to do with the kiddies on a cloudy day this summer!

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Then head to Michael’s, Walmart or Target!

Every summer I love doing fun crafts with the kids that they appreciate & enjoy making!

When children make/create something they are so proud of their accomplishments!

If you have a child who favors a particular article of clothing, by making one themselves you could get them to wear something else!

Also after a day outside in the heat, at the beach/pool, finding crafts are a great way to wind down and chill out!

“Momwhoknows Puffy Paint Clothing”

Materials:

*Tank tops, t-shirts, sweatshirts, shorts, jeans, socks, white Keds or Vans sneakers

*Newspaper

*1-2 3D-Puffy Paint Set

Directions:

1.) Cover the entire table with newspaper or a plastic throwaway tablecloth.

2.) Stuff each clothing item with newspaper to prevent the paint bleeding through.

3.) Have each child design their items and lay flat to dry for 2 days.

Crafts such as these are fun for children as early as age 2-adult!

Enjoy!

Take it from a Mom who loves sparking creativity in children!

Momwhoknows Meatless Avocado Pesto White Bean Portobella Mushrooms

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I am always looking to be innovative & creative with meatless meals.

Last night I created a, “Wow factor” recipie which I just had to share!

Momwhoknows Meatless Avocado Pesto White Bean Portobello Mushrooms

Ingredients:

*4 large organic portobello mushrooms

*1 ripe organic avocado

*1 clove of garlic

*1 cup of organic basil

*1 cup of organic raw spinach

*1 can/box of organic white beans rinsed and drained

*4 tbs. of grated Parmasean cheese

*Extra virgin olive oil

*Himalayan salt & pepper

*1/3 cup of water

Directions:

*Preheat the broiler on low in the oven, & heat the BBQ on a medium flame.

1.) Scoop out all the insides & stems of each portobello mushroom and discard.

2.) Brush each mushroom on both sides with olive oil.

3.) Next in a food processor add the garlic & pulse.  Afterwards add the avocado, basil & spinach and make into a paste consistency.  Scrape the sides of the processor, add the water to thin out, then salt & pepper to taste.

4.) Grill the mushrooms and spoon the avocado basil pesto mixture evently on all 4 mushrooms.

5.) Add 1/4 cup of white beans on top of each mushroom, & 1 tbs. of grated cheese & broil until melted.

Serve and enjoy!

*Note: The avacado pesto can be used on pasta, spiralized zucchini, or spaghetti squash too!

Take it from a Mom who loves creating delicious & healthy meals!

 

 

 

 

 

Want to know what is in my beach bag this summer!

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I am a woman with everything under the sun in my bag always!

People are amazed at the things that I carry, so I wanted to share them with you!

Loving my Henri Bendel bag with an interior pouch great for keys, ID, phone and lipstick.

My faves:

*Wet Brush

*SoCozy Detangler

*Goomee hair bands

*DVF studded sunnies

*Eos Spf 15 lemon lip balm

*Lululemon hat

*Leopard Towel

*Target Up Antibacterial Wipes

*Johnson & Johnson mini First Aid kit

*Honest Bug Spray

*Similasan Eye drops (for sunscreen & salt water eye irritation)

*Swimmer’s Ear drops

*Jellyfish Squish (amazing spray for jellyfish stings)

*Hint Watermelon Water

*Skinny Pop

*Sharpie marker (used for labeling drinks & pool/beach toys)

*Sand mit or baby powder (to remove sand easily)

*Large ziplock (for wet clothes)

*Hand sanitizer

*A small toy/snack to get the kiddies to leave the pool/beach without an argument (I hand this to them when we are packing up to leave)

*Garbage bag (to keep our trash from getting into the water)

Of course I carry sunscreen SolRx, as well as a light sweatshirt if the beach or pool gets chilly.

Whether it be at the pool or the beach, having it all in your beach bag makes life easier for sure!

Take it from a Mom who has it covered this summer, enjoy!

Looking to get the entire family moving?

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Then head to www.fitbit.com!

This Spring our entire family invested in Fitbit’s to have a health challenge!

At the end of each day we tally who has the most steps, miles and what activities we did for the day.

I am amazed how everyone is inspiring one another to get moving, which is so worth the investment!

Speaking for myself on the road to a better me, having such support pushes me each day toward my 10,000 step goal!

With the rise of obesity and health issues in this world, Fitbit’s are a great start to promoting exercise and getting your family moving!

There are many different varieties and features of Fitbit’s to meet your personal needs, as well as cool colors too!

Tracking sleep patterns, heart rate, steps, miles, etc. are an asset to seeing progress, & you too will be hooked!

Take it from a Mom who is halfway at her goal for the day, taking it one step at a time!

 

What to get mom you ask?

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*What mother wouln’t love a blue box/bag from Tiffany!

From jewlery, wallets, sunglasses & more, this store has classic gifts for mom!

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*For the trendsetter mom Balenciaga Arena two row bracelet at Barney’s will adorn her wrist this Spring!

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*Does Mommy like cupcakes?  Then Baked by Melissa  minis gift box will do the trick!

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*For the mother who collects red soles, Christian Louboutin’s new spring line has it all!  From flats to stilettos, Mom will be head over heals with a pair!

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*Summer is right around the corner, & Henri Bendel’s travel beach & tote scream, “Beach Glam!”

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*Sunglasses are a bright gift for mom especially, So Real Mirrored sunglasses by Dior!

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*What mother doesn’t have a sweet tooth? Sugarfina takes it to a different level!  From champagne flavored gummy bears, so lips, flowers & more, Mom will get her sugar fix for sure!

*Initial charms of children’s names are always adorable, especially designed by Helen Ficalora!

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*For the health consious mother, Williams Sonoma carries the Paderno 4 blade spirilizer which is amazing!  Vegetables will never be the same!

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*Alexandra Ferguson’s Best Mother Ever pillow is a sure bet for any family room!

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*Fitbit make over by the one and only Tory Burch!  Her double wrap bracelet fits most Fitbit bars, & will secretly hide her steps each day!

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*One of the greatest gifts are gift cards for take out in this adorable Take Out Menu binder from Amazon!

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*Looking to charm Mom, then Alex & Ani’s Mother’s Day collections are perfect!

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*Radiant skin in a jar is no other than La Mer!  With a variety of different formulas, it is one of the best for hydrating skin!

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*Kendra Scott’s Danielle collection comes in a variety of different colors which are a fun gift for mom!

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*When in doubt, spa gift card is a plus!  Bliss can take mom to a different relaxation zone!   Whether it be for a single or variety of services, a day for Mom to recharge is priceless!

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*Nothing smells more fragrant non other than Diptique candles!

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*Go to makeup products or a Gift card Benefit Cosmetics for sure!

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*How about a fun head scarf for the beach by Henri Bendel?

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*What mother wouldn’t love a blow out?  The Dry Bar has single or a package of blowouts which will please Mom for sure!

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*Does mom have a beauty nighttime ritual?  Then Sara Happs lip scrubs will be a sure hit!

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*For the hipster mom, Fenty by Rihanna for Puma slides will be her fave!

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*Does Mommy have a mini who loves to wear what Mommy does?  Then Gorjana Mini & Me bracelets are the perfect gift!

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Whether handmade or store bought,  Mom’s will adore the just right gift for her!

Take it from a Mom Who Knows!

Happy Mother’s Day ladies!

Do you know what your children are up to, or can see on social media?

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In the world of iPads, Smart and iPhones children are handed devices and more than you know comes with it!

It starts with fun apps, movies, then moves on to much more than most parents are aware of.

I just read, “American Girls“, by Nancy Jo Sales, which is a MUST read for all parents with children in middle/high school or college.

It cracks the silent code as to what is going on in the United States & the world with tweens/teens on social media which is truly mind blowing!

From bullying, body shaming, explicit photos & videos, internet surfing, the rise of STD’s, rape, online predators, sexting, dangers with some apps, pornographic videos all of which children can gain access to in a snap!

Below are just a few of the most popular apps that tweens/teens are using.

The A B C’s of the App World:

Ask.fm is one of the most popular sites used by children.  It allows users to anonymously ask questions consequence-free forum.

Blendr is an app that uses GPS to meet people. This app is used to flirt, send messages and videos. Users rate the others uses on a scale of their hotness.

The Down app is used in a way connecting Facebook friends and indicate if they want to hook up or hang out with someone.

Kik Messenger has over 100 million users on this app.  Exchanges of pictures, drawings, YouTube videos can be sent to users.  Sexting is done also on this app through having a, “Kik buddy”.  There are no parental controls on this app, and classified ads are done through giving out Kik usernames.

Apps like Snapchat (Allows a user to send videos and photos on his/her list of friends. The sender determines how long the image can be seen, then it destructs. This app is most used for sexting by teens because they think it is a safe bet no one will know.

What children/parents don’t realize is that the image can be screen shot then passed on by friends, as well as on porn sites for revenge like, Snap Porn!

Tinder is an app used for dating or, “hooking up”.  Through GPS users can search and see unlimited profiles from minors to adults.

This app pulls information from Facebook profiles.

Yik Yak is an app that allows users to post texts up to a certain number of characters.  Messages can be viewed by fellow Yakkers through GPS which is startling!

Although posts are anonymous, children can start to reveal personal information to complete strangers!

Whisper is an app that is used anonymously to confess thoughts or feelings.

Again through GPS users can communicate with people in their area.

What information I thought I knew to look out for in the years to come I was clueless to what is out there for kids/teens!

Social media does not come with a parenting guide, so my advise is as follows…

*Be aware of what apps your children have.

*Have continuing conversations about what they are doing on social media.  Discuss what is appopraite and not okay to post.

*Teach them online safety, versus lecturing.

*Have rules for example:

*Never post anything you do not want the world to see (bullying, inapporate photos/language).

Never give your full name, address, cell/home phone numbers

Never arrange face-to-face meetings

Never upload/post personal pictures of yourself

*Maintain access to your children’s online accounts, and randomly ask to see his/her devices.

*Set up a parenting contract and establish rules/consequences together.

*No devices in bedrooms!  Have a common area your children can ise their devices.

*Have a check out/check in for all devices.

There are countless parents I mentor and am friendly with who complain of their childrens sleeping habits, as well as that they cant get their kids off their devices.

If you set a time in the am/pm it will solve most issues!

They are children and NOT the parent!  It is easy to hand a device and the room is silent.  However as parents it is our job to set boundaries, and follow through with them.

The world is changing so fast, and we need to educate ourselves, as well as our children of the online world.

One of my favorite teachable moments I did in a workshop in one middle school was to give every student a piece of paper, Sharpie marker and an eraser.

I asked each student to write his/her most personal secret that they would NEVER share with everyone.

I then collected the Sharpie’s and asked them to erase what they just wrote.

The room was silent, and I think they understood that what your post can not be erased forever!

Friends can screenshot and share posts/photos and NOTHING is guaranteed that no one else can see!  Emails that are trashed aren’t really trashed!

This post is one I wish that you will share on all social media to educate other parents of what is going on in today’s world.

Take it from a Mom who wants to thank Nancy Jo Sales for shedding light onto what is happening in the social media world!

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Are you concerned if your child is approaching their milestone?

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Then have your child evaluated!

We as human beings are given the gift of intuition.  If something doesn’t seem right with your child, then seek a few opinions.

Aside from my styling and journalism jobs, I am also a Parenting Expert/Mentor.  I see many parents who sometimes ask me, “Do you think our child has any issues, or are their any red flags that we should look out for?”

My advice varies, first and foremost speaking with your pediatrician is the first step.  Afterwards depending on the situation, I have referred parents to see ophthalmologists, ENT’s, Occupational/Physical therapists, as well as Behavioral therapists to obtain more information.

I can relate on a personal level, for our daughter was born what her pediatrian diagnosed her with was Torticollis (head tilt).

My husband and I didn’t agree with the diagnosis, for over time for she had other issues with mobility and feeding difficulties.

It wasn’t until we saw an Occupational and Physical therapist who diagnosed her with Strabismus (lazy eye syndrome).  That explained it all!

She underwent eye surgery and all of her issues resolved along with Physical and Occupational therapies.

The message and advise I have for parents is to be your own advocate!  If something does not seem right, then go for an evaluation.

Early intervention works wonders, and if you are not satisfied with the answers you get then seek another opinion or more!

Take it from a Mom who has been there, and continues to be an advocate!

Do you know what time it is?

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It is time to make an appointment for your annual mamogram and blood work!

We all know someone battling with cancer, a friend, a family memeber, or a colleague.  However sometimes we think, “Not me!”

Yesterday I went for a mamogram to see if a small lump was cancerous.

Sitting there waiting, wondering, thinking, “We CAN and MUST be a voice for one another!”

Ask your friends & family members if they went for their yearly mamogram, screenings, blood work or other tests.  If they haven’t, push them to go, for early detection CAN save a life!

Take it from a Mom who is glad she went & will continue to be a beacon to help prevent cancer!