Sunday, June 25, 2017

BOOK REVIEW - THE BIRTHDAY PARTY

The Birthday Party by Ronald and Juanita Destra and is a fun book for young readers. The story is easy to read and has plenty of colorful illustrations as well. It is the story of a boy who turns 12 years old and finds himself having an odd day.  As he wakes up and tries to be independent, he makes his own food in the morning and rides his bike to school alone. He stops at his friend, Johnny's house but he is not there, so he continues riding to school. He is excited about the fact that he turned twelve and he gets to see his friends in school. However, much to his disappointment, everyone seems to be acting weird. No one says anything to him or even knows it's his birthday.

As he attends each of his classes, he just wants the day to be over so he can get home to his family.  When he finally arrives at his house that afternoon, his parents are not around, only a note from them. He can't believe it. His parents aren't home, no presents and a totally uneventful day.  He then decides to do his homework, watch a little TV and then shower.  After a while, he finally goes downstairs and his parents are home.

They both had smiles on their faces and then...

If you want to know what happens next, "The Birthday Party" is set to be released n July 29, 2017 by Destra World Publishing.




~ About the Authors ~

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About Ronald:

Ronald Destra is a children book author, illustrator, publisher, entrepreneur and husband who resides in Florida.

He has published six children books and is a co-founder of Destra World Books Publishing, LLC. His passion is to help children learn that they do have a purpose in life and to never give up no matter what life throws at them.

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About Juanita

Juanita Destra, is a medical field worker, author and publisher. She is the co-founder and CEO of Miami-based Destra World Books Publishing, LLC

The company provides professional literary services to authors and business owners. Their company specializes in book, eBook, audio book publishing, marketing, editing, promotion, graphic design and much more.

Friday, June 23, 2017

INSPIRATION FOR MOMS TO GET FIT

As a new mom, I remember how hard it was to lose that extra baby weight that I gained during pregnancy. "Breastfeed!  It will make you lose weight," they said!  Yea, not so much! Some people are lucky, I was not.  First of all, I was not able to breastfeed and secondly, getting the weight off was not an easy task for me. I was home all the time, stressed, as a first-time mom and I just kept eating. The reality is that sometimes, even after breast-feeding and even years after having children, for some people the extra weight is still there. Not very comforting, I know. For some of us, it is no easy task to lose the excess weight. And not everyone is a gym-
going enthusiast. Sometimes, just having children and the hectic pace of life, is enough to contribute to slacking off when it comes to our weight and health & fitness.The good news is, it doesn’t always have to be like this.

I know from personal experience that sometimes it is easier to have that slice of pepperoni pizza or drink a soda, or eat your kids leftovers. Sometimes, you do not want to go for a walk or not go to the gym,because you are just too tired or busy, but remember, you cannot give in!  If you want to lose weight and get back to being “fit” again, you have to set a goal for yourself and stick to it. You might be tempted to slack off, but if you stick to your goal, later on you will not regret it.

Sometimes, you just need someone or something to boost you into getting motivated.  Personally, I found “my something” that helped me start losing weight and definitely got my
energy level up. Once you get that little bit of motivation, it is just a matter of habit and discipline to stick to your new routine and ultimate goal, but you have to really want it. You have to be ready!  


If you have a baby or young toddler, you can even go jogging or a brisk walk with your child and start getting in shape!


                                           
 

Remember, you did not gain all that extra weight in a week, so don't expect it to come off in a week as well!  The key is to not give up.


True, when you have little ones to take care of at home it becomes harder to go to the gym or to stick to an exercise routine, but you can start with the little things. For example, make a conscious effort to not drink soda anymore, and stay away from sweets. Do not eat junk food just because you are hungry. Choose healthy snacks instead of junk.

Stay focused and keep reminding yourself that you want to look and feel better, except now the difference is, it is not just a thought in your head, now you are making a real effort to make a change!  When you feel the urge to have a soda, take a deep breath and say, "no!" Reach for a glass of water instead, maybe with a few lemon wedges for flavor. And instead of a slice of pepperoni pizza, grab a healthy snack, like an apple with almond butter or string cheese.
 
Focus on making healthier choices when it comes to your meals and snacks.Every little bit helps when it comes to making a change in your eating habits. I’ve learned that half the
battle is mental.  By that I mean, once you make a mental note and a commitment to YOURSELF that you genuinely want to change to a healthier you, you can make it happen. 


There is no one that can stop you, so don’t give up!

Use this time you have with your baby or small children to go for a walk, while you put them in their stroller or have them ride their bike or roller blades, if they are old enough. You don’t have to go for a mile run, but start with a small walk around the block. It can be very beneficial for your health and can help to get your endorphin's going.

Remember, you are not alone in this journey. You are now on your way to A Fit Place! You are not going to go on a diet, you are going to focus on living a healthier lifestyle. YOU CAN DO IT!

If you need assistance in your weight loss journey or you are simply looking for motivation, please feel free to email me, a personal development coach, at: AFitPlace@gmail.com or visit online at Instagram: FitTeamMommyWarrior for inspiration and motivational health tips.

You can do this!! 
LissetteRo                                                                                                                                 
 

a.k.a. Mommy Warrior



Tuesday, June 20, 2017

THERE'S A SPECIAL PLACE IN HEAVEN FOR MOMS

As we all know, parenting is no easy task and being a mom, I think is an even tougher job at times because we play so many different roles in the lives of our children. I think it can be said that being a mother is one of the most rewarding and yet exhausting jobs we will ever have. At the same time, each day is filled with happiness and a love that is so pure and beautiful.


That is not to say that it is not also extremely difficult too! And being mom to more than one child is an even tougher job!


Recently, I came across this beautiful hand-painted calligraphy frame with the inscription: "
 
"There's a special place in Heaven
for the Mother of three boys"

http://artist-jmstewart.com/mother3boys.html


Nothing can be more true; with all the sacrifices mothers make, the nurturing and the unconditional love they provide their kids, mothers are truly irreplaceable!


There is a special place in heaven for moms because of their undying love, devotion and patience.

"There are words to make you laugh, words to make you cry...  words to remember, there are words of humor, hope wisdom and prayer."

 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

5 SUPER FUN GARDENING ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN

Gardening is fun, rewarding and it creates a sense of accomplishment in the children. The children will feel accomplished when the plants grow to maturity under their care. Furthermore, being involved in gardening activities enables the children to learn about nature, recycling and also it instills a sense of responsibility in them. So instead of just swimming and lazing around in summer and spring, encourage your little ones to take up gardening and see their hard work pay off. This article will highlight five super fun gardening activities for children.

Have a Potato Farm

You can encourage the children to plant potatoes in their small garden at the backyard or even in containers. A good salad or a meal is not complete without fresh baby potatoes. And am very sure your kids love chips, right? Well, you can have homemade chips for everyone! Potatoes are easy to grow and don't need lots of care and attention. All you need is a vegetable patch or even a large container. You can even recycle that baby bath or sink that you are not using anymore. Before planting the potatoes, make sure you go fairly deep and also have drainage holes in the bottom if you are using containers, to get rid of excess water that can rot the plants.

Create Herb Garden

Growing herbs is fun and easy. It requires low maintenance and a little patience as herbs grow fairly fast and are the most versatile plants. Some herbs like cress and rocket start to sprout in as little as two days! I am sure your children will be thrilled by this. They will love harvesting the herbs and bring them to the kitchen to be included in their meals. Please note that herbs need plenty of sunlight and good quality soil. So make sure you choose a sunny spot and quality soil for your project. One of the herbs, mints, is a favorite of many. This is because it grows very fast, spreads evenly and it tastes yummy and smells good. You can add it in drinks or even use its cuttings as air fresheners in bedrooms and bathrooms. You can even plant herbs indoors, but facing the windows.

Plant Green Vegetable Garden

Greens are the easiest crops to plant as they can grow both indoors and outdoors. All you need to get started is a sunny spot, seeds, pots, and soil. In order to enrich the soil, you can use organic materials like compost, shredded leaves, and even animal manure. You can grow greens such as lettuce, kale, mustard and even spinach, which are great for salad. Growing greens not only provides fresh, nutritious vegetables, but also can be an educative venture as the children learn more about the different types of vegetables and their nutritional value. The upside of this is that your children will get to eat vegetables well without a fight, as they had grown them.

Build a Maze

Children love to play in a maze as it brings a sense of mystery and is also fun. You can capitalize on this by helping them build a maze using sunflower plant. Sunflower is beautiful and is tall enough for this fun activity, but you can also use corn plant or wildflower. Sunflowers have cheerful blooms and they come in different sizes. They also come in a varied range of colors like white, yellow, orange and even red. You can engage your children in designing the maze, selecting the maze location and in planting the sunflower. The plant needs plenty of sunlight to thrive, so make sure you select a sunny spot with well-drained soil. Sunflower seeds are a birds' favorite and its kernels are used to make oil.

Create a Worm Farm


Most children love to play with worms and getting their hands dirty; therefore, they will be thrilled to have their own worm farm. Worms create tunnels through the earth and this helps the plants to get access to water and nutrients. Furthermore, these slimy creatures convert wastes into compost, hence enriching the soil. Therefore, having them around is not a bad idea at all. Having a worm farm will create an avenue for the children to learn more about them and also can help convert your kitchen waste into compost manure for your vegetable garden.

In conclusion, these are just but few gardening activities for children. Ignite that idea in them, let them learn to grow their own food and have fun while on it.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

PLAYGROUND SAFETY CHECK LIST


According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, emergency departments in the U.S. treat more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger for playground-related injuries each year. Most of these accidents are linked to the parents' lack of education on playground hazards. 

You can check out this checklist on the link below:




Monday, June 12, 2017

A PARENT'S GUIDE TO SMART PHONES






Although smartphones can be good to have in an emergency or to keep in touch with friends and family, they also present numerous risks if children aren’t careful. Parents must make sure children
use smartphones responsibly and safely, because irresponsible use can lead to issues far worse than a hefty phone bill. 

 

Below is a Parent's Guide to Smartphones and a few things parents must keep in mind when considering whether to allow their kids to have smartphones. 

 

A Parent’s Guide To SMARTPHONES

1. Is Your Child Ready For A Smartphone? The proper age is determined by your child’s maturity level and sense of responsibility. Your child may be ready for a smartphone if he or she: 
    • Understands the cost of using a smartphone and is willing to limit use within the boundaries you set 
    • Is willing and able to take proper care of the phone without breaking or losing it, including accepting the consequences of these 
    •  Knows to always answer when you call or text 
    •  Will talk to you openly about the apps he or she is using
    • Can use proper etiquette while talking to others on the phone
    • Won’t use the phone at inappropriate times (i.e., family time, meal time, homework time, etc.) There is no single “correct” age for children to begin using smartphones.   
2.What Are The Risks that Come Along with Internet Access? These risks to children include:
    • Cyber-bullying from peers  
    • Child predators knowing their location through GPS or social media  
    • Viruses and malware if children accept content from unverified sources  
    • Inappropriate content such as violent videos or mature material
Once your child has a smartphone, he or she can be exposed to a lot of risks...

3. How Can I Make My Child’s Smartphone Safer?  
    • Requiring a password so only parents and their children can access the phone 
    • Setting parental control restrictions to prohibit/restrict in-app purchases, set privacy controls and limit app usage 
    • Installing special apps to remove ability to text while driving, view and control children’s contact lists, locate and track devices, set times when devices can’t be used, and/or receive reports about web browsing habits
    • Contacting service providers about setting limits on data, text and voice usage 




    Despite these risks, there are steps you can take to make it safer for your children to use a smartphone, such as: 

    4. How Do I Set Rules And Monitor My Child’s Smartphone Behavior? It is important to set the ground rules right away and keep tabs on your child’s behavior online by: 
      • Meeting with your child before activating his or her phone
      • Understanding your child’s school rules concerning smartphone usage during school hours 
      • Downloading and using a security app to restrict phone usage 
      • Checking your child’s smartphone regularly for new contacts and asking your child to verify them 
      • Deleting contacts you determine to be unsuitable for your child 
    Being consistent about the rules and their enforcement. Ultimately, the buck stops with you when it comes to your child’s smartphone usage.

    5. How Do I Talk To My Child About Smartphone Usage? You have to bee sure to lay out all rules concerning smartphone usage right away and be consistent 
      • Post the rules where they can be easily found, or ask your child to sign an agreement concerning phone usage
      • Remind your child that anything done or said online may be seen or shared by anyone  
      • Advise your child to never accept friend requests from a stranger  
      •  Discuss the effects of cyber-bullying and help your child understand how what he or she says online can impact others 
      • Ask your child if he or she has any questions about the rules
    As with everything, the most effective way to keep your child safe and responsible with smartphone usage is to be open and communicative with him or her. 


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    Monday, June 5, 2017

    BASIC INVITE FOR BABY SHOWER

    As a mom, I can honestly look back now and say, that being pregnant was one of the most rewarding and thrilling times of my life.  Everything that comes with being pregnant and preparing for baby's arrival is so exciting. Even when you are helping a friend prepare for their baby's arrival that is an awesome experience as well.  A big part of that fun is the baby shower!

    Whether the baby shower is for you or a friend, finding the right invitation, and theme is also important.  Back when I was pregnant, it was not a common thing to have a "gender reveal party," but now-a-days, it has become all the rage. I love this idea! I was lucky enough that my daughter-in-law had a gender reveal party. I helped her look online for the invites and I can say that the ones we found on BasicInvite.com were absolutely adorable!



    Preparing a baby shower party for your family member can be as intense, as if it was your own. You want everything to be just right. I went through a lot of the options but ultimately, the "mommy-to-be decided on which gender reveal baby shower invitation to choose that went with the theme.  It was perfect and the guests later commented on how cute the invitations were.

    I liked using BasicInvite.com because they have a great baby shower product line and some especially unique designs. It was super easy to personalize ours and we had it match my son and his wife's (the expecting parents) nautical theme. We were able to change the colors to match our theme, then add our wording and change the font. 

    So, if you are planning your own baby shower, your friend's or a family member's and you are wondering where you can buy baby shower invitations, I highly recommend, BasicInvite.com 

    https://www.basicinvite.com/baby/baby-shower-invitations.html



    Wednesday, May 31, 2017

    WHAT ARE FIT STICKS AND HOW WILL THEY HELP YOU

    Have you heard of FITTEAM FIT STICKS? Maybe you've seen post on social media, maybe a friend has talked to you about it.  Well, if you have never heard of FIT or you want to learn more, this is the perfect article to that will summarize it for you!

    FIT by Fitteam Global is a great-tasting, all-natural beverage with a revolutionary blend of USDA Certified Organic ingredients that boost your energy, lift your mood, controls your appetite and aids in weight management. 

    FITTEAM FIT is an organic blend (energy and fat loss) beverage in powder form, known as FIT STICKS. It
    is the first beverage of its kind that is organic, non-GMO, gluten free, lactose free, soy free, vegan and kosher. All you need to do is combine one FIT STICK with 6-10 oz of water and drink 2 times daily. FITTEAM FIT is designed to be used at the gym, on the road, or anywhere life takes you.

    Ingredients:

    -Organic Garcinia Cambogia
    -Organic Caffeine
    -Ogranic White Tea extract
    -Organic Ashwagandha
    -Organic Green Tea extract
    -Organic Red Yeast Rice
    -Organic Grapefruit Seed extract
    -Organic Blueberry fruit extract
    -Organic Cayenne Pepper

    FIT also contains Vitamin B-12; has zero calories and is sweetened with Organic Stevia Leaf Extract

    FITTEAM FIT BoxDrinking FITTEAM FIT one to two times daily may help provide:*
    • Increased Energy
    • Enhanced Fat Loss
    • Appetite Control
    • Increased Metabolism
    • Improved Mental Focus
    • Mood Enhancement
    • Blood Glucose Control
    • Antioxidant Benefits




    FITTEAM, offers you the opportunity to buy, sell and distribute FIT, as well as the ability to create residual income, undergo personal development, bring about social awareness and most importantly, help others! If you want to be part of the FITTEAM, just contact AFitPlace@gmail.com or go online to read more at FITTEAM.

    Monday, May 29, 2017

    SMARTY PANTS

     Here is a great way to give back while giving your kids a healthy vitamin. Recently, I took my son to the pediatrician and she recommend I start giving him (and my daughter also,) a multi-vitamin. She recommended "SmartyPants," so I immediately went home, got online and ordered it.  As I researched the product I was happy to learn that SmartyPants comes in gummy form, has tasty flavor and is involved in giving back! 

    For every bottle of SmartyPants you buy, they make a 1-for-1 nutrient grant to Vitamin Angels, helping mothers and children around the world gain access to life-changing vitamins and minerals.

    So far, they have made over 3.9 million nutrient grants. They hope to make 10 million grants by 2018! 
    So, if you want to give your child a multi-vitamin, and help mothers and children around the world, consider "SmartPants."  SmartyPants Kids Complete is more than a multivitamin. It is a great-tasting gummy multivitamin, with 13 essential nutrients, including vitamin D as D3, vitamin B12 as methylcobalamin, and folate as methylfolate, along with omega 3 fish oil – all in one.Oh! And it's gluten-free!

    About the product
    • 13 ESSENTIAL NUTRIENTS & WILD-CAUGHT OMEGA 3 FISH OIL for brain health*
    • VITAMIN D3 for bone health* + HIGH POTENCY B12 for mental focus and energy balance*
    • NON-GMO. GLUTEN-FREE. ALLERGEN-FREE. Contains NO synthetic colors, artificial flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives. TESTED AT EVERY STAGE of the manufacturing process. 

                                                                     

    Saturday, May 27, 2017

    INSPIRATIONAL MOM GETS HONORARY M.B.A.

    Image Source: ABC News
    As moms, as parents we make sacrifices for our children all the time, but this mother, uprooted her life to help her quadriplegic son follow his dream of getting his Master of Business Administration (MBA!)

    Judy O' Connor followed her son, Marty O' Connor from Florida to Southern California to be his hands and legs. She attended every class with him for two years, taking notes for him and helping write down the answers to test.  In 2012 Marty was left paralyzed after he fell down a flight of stairs and was left without the use of his hands and legs. Judy O'Connor, a retired elementary-school teacher, pushed her son Marty in his wheelchair for him to receive his degree during commencement Saturday at Chapman University in the Los Angeles suburb of Orange County.

    During the graduation ceremony at Chapman University, the faculty and Board of Trustees awarded Judy with an honorary M.B.A. degree for her work and sacrifices in helping Marty achieve his goal.

    As you can see and hear in the video, the commencement announcer also struggled with a little more emotion.  Judy maintained her composure and proved what a strong mommy warrior she really is!

    May we all strive to be as selfless as this wonderful mom, during our time here on Earth! She definitely deserves an M.B.A. in motherhood!

    Here's to all the moms and dads who have made sacrifices for their children to make a difference in their lives, no matter what it is!

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