Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Caring Causes: Give Back as a Family

Thanksgiving will be here before we know it. For many people, the season of gratitude is a great reminder to give back to those in need—whether it be by donating to a food drive, volunteering at a soup kitchen or giving money to a favorite charity. For parents like us, Thanksgiving season offers the perfect opportunity to teach kids about the importance of giving back to one’s community. And there’s no better way to do it than as a family! We’ve put together a few family-driven ways to embrace this “teachable moment” and set a great example by instilling the spirit of giving in kids. After all, kindness counts!

Donating Goods
Make donating goods a family affair! Here’s how to get the whole crew involved:
·         Food Drives: Have kids go through cupboards with you to identify canned goods and boxed items that your family can donate to your local food drive. Ask older kids to check expiration dates to ensure freshness, and give younger kids the job of sorting or placing items in boxes. Or take a trip to the grocery store together and let kids help pick out items to buy and donate. By loading items onto the grocery belt and helping to bag and deliver goods, they’ll feel like an important part of the process.
·         Clothing Donations: Donating clothing is a win-win. You get to eliminate clutter and help those in need at the same time. Plus, you’re keeping items out of landfills by giving them a second life! Have kids play “fit model” by trying on clothing and seeing what no longer fits. They can also help sort, fold and bag clothing, and/or accompany you to the drop-off site.
·         Toy Drives: Many organizations, such as Toys for Tots, collect new, unwrapped toys for children in need during the holiday season. To get your kids involved, take them to the toy store and have them pick out a gift that they think a little boy or girl their age might like. They’ll love getting to weigh in with a kid’s perspective!

Donating Time
There’s no better way for parents and kids to bond than to do some good together. Here are some of our favorite ideas for pitching in as a family:
·         Visit VolunteerMatch to locate volunteer opportunities in your area. You can filter your search by “kids” to find age-appropriate activities that all family members can participate in—from park cleanups to animal rescue efforts and more.
·         Check with your school, place of worship or community groups to see if they need any assistance with charitable programs. Is the PTA collecting toiletries for a local women’s shelter? Volunteer your family to design, print and distribute flyers to get the word out. Is your child’s scout troop visiting a nursing home for holiday caroling? Dress your spouse and kids in cute matching sweaters and attend as a family to belt out holiday tunes.
·         Don’t wait for a formally organized effort to spread kindness or lend a hand. Pay a family visit to an elderly neighbor who may be lonely, or buy a bunch of craft supplies and sit down together to make holiday cards for the troops. Welcome the new family in town by shopping for and assembling a basket of goodies. Bonus points if you include Go Organically Organic Fruit Snacks.

Happy helping from all of us at Go Organically Fruit Snacks! Made with real fruit, our gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free kids snacks are a great choice for your on-the-go life. Be sure to follow us onFacebook for more kid-friendly ideas!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Amazing Apps: SlumberType

SlumberType is made by the genetics experts at Exploragen. SlumberType uses your DNA data to help you proactively figure out how to sleep better and lead a healthier life. It works and is currently the number one DNA lifestyle app available. 

The app functions by analyzing four key sleep measurements – Chronotype, Sleep Quality, Sleep Onset Latency, and Sleep Duration – and then determining how the person's DNA impacts whether they are a morning or night person, how long it may take them to fall asleep, the duration and quality of their sleep, and how these may impact other areas of their lives such diet, exercise, caffeine consumption, etc. 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Sweepstakes: Fall Home and Gift Giveaway

The Fall Home and Gift Giveaway is running in partnership with some of the top home companies including Glossybox, Blindsgalore and Country Living. The contest runs through next Wednesday, November 22 and there are over $2000 in prizes. 
Reinvent Yourself For The Holidays With $2,450 In Fun And Easy Modern Lifestyle Products

  • $350 In Custom Window Coverings from BlindsGalore
  • $350 in Unique Jewelry, Clothing and Conscious Gifts From Sivana Spirit
  • 3 Pairs of Stylish and Comfortable Jambu Shoes ($350 Value)
  • $350 in Authentic Italian Products from Nonna Box
  • 12-Month Beauty Box Subscription + 1 Limited Edition Box ($350 Total Value) from GLOSSYBOX
  • $350 in Beautiful Home Goods from Great Bay Home
  • $350 in Modern Furniture from Interior Designer And Fortune 500 Resource LexMod
Entry Period: Now through NEXT WEDNESDAY 11/22
1. Enter by clicking the link and submitting your entry.

Healthy Habits: Flu-Proof Your Home

According to the CDC, this year’s flu strain could be severeAnd with holidays and family gatherings taking place later this month, now is the time to “flu-proof” your home. 
Those tiny droplets from coughing, sneezing and talking can spread to others as far as six feet away, making those with flu germs highly contagious, even if they aren’t yet showing symptoms.
To minimize the spread of germs from person-to-person (and state-to-state if you’re traveling), here are a few tips to flu proof your home:
  • Get the flu shot now: Many people believe they should wait until later in the year or when flu peaks to get vaccinated. While the CDC is reporting that flu activity is low, it takes two weeks for the body’s immune system to fully protect against the flu. Now is the best time to get a shot is before the season starts.
  • Don’t forget to clean these germy items: Cleaning before and after guests come over will help disinfect any flu germs. Don’t forget about some of the germiest items we may not clean as often - TV controllers, kitchen sponges, hand towels, cutting boards, children’s toys and faucet handles and knobs.
  • Wash, wash, wash: Whether it’s before or after eating or after touching your eyes, nose and mouth, it’s critical to wash hands often, especially in a group setting. Use paper towels or disposable towelettes to limit the transfer of germs. 
  • Stay home if you’re sick: According to a new CityMD survey, 75 percent of people under 35 years old admitted leaving the house last time they had the flu. Stay home if sick to prevent the spread of the flu, especially if you will be around infants or the elderly, who are more susceptible to the illness. 
MedExpress Urgent Care, a neighborhood medical provider with more than 200 centers in 18 states, typically sees an increase in visits to its centers around the holidays and are well-versed in cold and flu season.

Amazing Apps: Band

The holidays are upon us and for anyone who has ever tried to plan a family gathering, regardless of size, you know that getting everyone to commit to a date followed by coordinating dishes, drinks and schedules is a major undertaking.  BAND is a 100% free app that makes the planning process easier and helps with the inevitable stress of the chaotic holiday season including crowded shopping malls and too much family bonding time.  BAND allows party hosts to manage everything within one centralized communication platform without using multiple channels such as emails, texts, and calendars. 

The first step to planning the perfect holiday soiree is finding a date that works for everyone’s busy schedules.  You can now send out a calendar to all your guests and ask them to check yes or no to a few possible dates and times and then you can focus on the important things…..who’s bringing what from side dishes, to drinks to entertainment.  BAND makes coordinating family gathering must-haves and delegating tasks virtually effortless through maintaining to-do lists and sharing messages all through the app.  Worried that someone won’t bring the cranberry sauce?  When using BAND, keep tabs on who read your posts using the handy view counter.

BAND also has an unlimited photo and sharing feature so the most memorable and funny family moments can be shared with grandparents and relatives who may not be (or who you may not want to friend) on social media.   

BAND is available for free on Google Play and Apple’s AppStore

Area Attractions: Granite Peak

With the power of new snowmaking systems, Granite Peak Ski Area is ready for the 2017-18 season with over a quarter (25%) of the primary terrain open, including eight of its widest runs and two terrain parks, all with superb snow conditions.

“Our 60 new energy efficient, tower-mounted snow guns double our early season snowmaking capabilities, and our opening day last Saturday (November 11) was our earliest opening ever, and  with our best conditions ever on an opening day,” said Vicki Baumann, general manager. “Join us on Friday as we celebrate the start of a great season of skiing and snowboarding with live music and fireworks.”

The current terrain has a deep 20 to 40-inch base and is serviced by Comet, a six-person, high-speed lift and Blizzard, the large conveyor lift for the beginner area. For a live, panoramic view of current conditions above the ski area, visitwww.skigranitepeak.roundshot.com.

“If conditions allow, we will have additional terrain and lifts opening next week and anticipate 46% to 51% of our primary terrain open for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend,” said Baumann.

Early season ticket prices until Dec. 15 start online at $42 per day for children ages 6 to 18, and $52 for young adults ages 19 to 29 and seniors, and $62 for adults. Visit www.skigranitepeak.com for complete lift ticket prices, along with lesson and rental information. After opening weekend, Granite Peak will be open daily from Nov. 22 through April 8, 2018.

All guest services, including ticketing, chalet, gift shop, rentals and lessons, are open daily. Visitors can call the resort’s Central Reservation phone number, at 715-298-4036, for any assistance with information and ski and lodging packages.


Granite Peak Ski Area, located at Rib Mountain State Park, has a vertical peak of 700 feet with 75 runs, four terrain parks, three mogul runs, acres of tree-skiing and three high-speed lifts. For more information, visit www.skigranitepeak.com.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Shopping Savings: Carol's Daughter

This holiday season, CarolsDaughter.com is the go-to destination for the SWEETEST deals on hair & body recipes and holiday gift sets featuring their most loved products! 

Please see below for new gift set offerings, in addition to Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals exclusively available to you and yours at CarolsDaughter.com.
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Carol's Daughter Holiday Body Collection Gift Sets

The NEWEST Body Collection, featuring Karite Coco Nourishing Gift Set and the Almond Cookie Gift Set, are the SWEETEST gift sets for every BODY on your list. Not only are they made with love, but their soothing and warming scents makes them the perfect gift this holiday season.

Blended with Shea Butter (known as Karité in Senegal), Coconut Oil and carefully selected ingredients, this velvety, deeply nourishing trio instantly moisturizes extra dry, parched skin. Made with love, it leaves your body silky soft with a light, decadent scent.

This set includes:
  • Karité Coco Creamy Body Wash gently cleanses and deeply moisturizes. 12 fl oz
  • Karité Coco Velvet Body Cream instantly moisturizes dry, parched skin for 24 hours. 6 oz
  • Karité Coco Intensive Hand Cream deeply nourishes rough, dry hands. 2.5 fl oz

Almond Cookie has been the most-loved aroma for well over a decade. Blended with Almond Oil and carefully selected ingredients, this softening trio nourishes dry, tired-looking skin and hands.

This set includes:
  • Almond Cookie Softening Body Wash gently cleanses as it nourishes all over. 12 fl oz
  • Almond Cookie Frappé Body Lotion softens and hydrates all over. 12 fl oz
  • Almond Cookie Nourishing Hand Cream comforts and softens hands. 2.5 oz
CarolsDaughter.com Holiday Sales

Carol's Daughter Black Friday Specials 
  •  Date: Mon 11/20 - Thurs 11/23
    • Black Friday Preview - Up to 40% Off + Free Hair Milk Original Travel-Size LIC w/$40
  • Date: Fri 11/24
    • Black Friday - Up to 40% Off + Free Hair Milk Original Travel-Size LIC w/$40 + FREE SHIPPING ON ALL ORDERS TODAY ONLY!
  • Date: Sat 11/25-Sun 11/26
    • Black Friday EXTENDED - Up to 40% Off + Free Hair Milk Original Travel-Size LIC w/$40 (limited quantities left!)

Carol's Daughter Cyber Monday Specials 
  • Date: Mon 11/27
    • CYBER MONDAY - Up to 50% Off + Free Monoi Travel-Size LIC w/$35 + FREE SHIPPING ON ALL ORDERS TODAY ONLY!
  •  DateTue 11/28 - Sun 12/3
    • Cyber Monday EXTENDED - Up to 50% Off + Free Monoi Travel-Size LIC w/$35

Visit the "special offers" section on CarolsDaughter.com for access to savings all season long.

Shopping Savings: Unique Black Friday Deals

Black Friday is the perfect time to shop for that unique and PERFECT gift!  We represent Bevy & Dave History Makers Puzzle Block Set and Airfree Air Purifiers.  Both companies are participating by offering exclusive ONLINE one-of-a-kind discounts for Black Friday Shoppers.   Please see below for more information on these deals:
Bevy & Dave History Makers Puzzle Block Set is happy to announce they will be participating in an ONLINE Black Friday sale and are promoting their one of a kind children's puzzle block set for only $19.99.  This deal will run from 5 am EST until Midnight! 
Airfree is happy to announce they will be participating in ONLINE Black Friday sales and are promoting the following select products:
P3000 – The Airfree P3000 pack will consist of 2 units 
Black Friday Pack Retail price for 2 UNITS is $319.00 
Original MSRP for 1 unit is $299.00 – an AMAZING SAVINGS OF $279.00 ON TWO!

Black Friday Retail: $99.00
Original MSRP: $169.00

Iris 3000
Black Friday Retail: $179.00
Original MSRP: $329.00
Black Friday Retail $199
Original MAP: $399

Caring Causes: Brem Foundation (Cancer Screening)

Even though breast cancer awareness month has passed, that doesn’t mean that it should be forgotten for another year. While many women can get mammograms free of cost even without insurance, the follow-up exams, biopsies, MRIs and more that may follow abnormal mammogram results are not free, and can be both emotionally and financially devastating.
Why not consider giving the gift of early detection this holiday season to those who may not be able to afford it, or in honor of someone who has battled breast cancer? The Brem Foundation, a non-profit maximizing women’s chances of finding an early, curable breast cancer through education, access, and physician-training, is offering an easy way to donate on the Brem Foundation website so you know exactly what your money is going.
  • $290 buys a diagnostic mammogram
  • $483 buys a core needle biopsy
  • $1,084 buys a breast MRI
A little more about the Brem Foundation:
The Brem Foundation is inspired by Dr. Brem’s mission and life story. Dr. Brem’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 33, and given six months to live. She lived for 43 more years. Inspired by her mother, Dr. Brem went to medical school to specialize in Radiology and Breast Imaging, and diagnosed her own breast cancer at age 37. She is still one of the leading breast-imagers in the world today. Her daughter Andrea, now CEO of the Brem Foundation, decided she would not be the third-generation to get breast cancer in her thirties, and at age 30, she had prophylactic double mastectomies.

Contest: Duck brand Stuck at Prom

The fads of prom are ever-changing – from grand ball gowns and traditional black tuxes to two-piece dresses and elaborately patterned jackets. And that’s just the fashion. These days, teens are watching online DIY make-up tutorials, rather than heading to a beauty salon; renting jewelry and accessories rather than buying; and even attending prom solo instead of as a couple.

Now in its 18th year, the Duck® brand Stuck at Prom® Scholarship Contest is breaking from previous traditions and embracing the ebb and flow of these trends. For the first time ever, creative makers can enter their unique promwear designs to win one of two coveted $10,000 Grand Prizes as individuals (rather than as a couple). There will be one Grand Prize winner in the Dress Category and one in the Tux Category, totaling $20,000.

“For nearly two decades, our Grand Prize winners wowed us with their craftsmanship, attention to detail and wild imaginations. They truly define what it means to be a ‘maker,’ someone who breaks the mold to create something the world has never seen before,” said Ashley Luke, category manager at ShurTech Brands, LLC, the company that markets the Duck® brand. “Now that individual entrants have a chance at the top prize, this opens the door for even more students to enter Stuck at Prom, and we’re eager to witness the next generation of designers, artists and innovators.”

Since 2001, the contest has inspired the creativity and uniqueness of students all across the U.S and Canada. Throughout the years, Stuck at Prom® judges, and the public, have awarded creative high school students with more than half a million dollars in scholarships. Students have made countless never-seen-before designs and styles from the hundreds of Duck Tape® colors and prints available, giving these makers the opportunity to showcase their talents and highlight their individuality in new and exciting ways.

Important Dates:
·        Submission Period: April 2 through June 1, 2018
·        Judges Voting Period: June 2 through June 8, 2018
·        Finalists Announced: June 14, 2018
·        Public Voting Period: June 14 through June 25, 2018
·        Grand Prize Winners Announced: July 9

Contest judges responsible for selecting the five finalists in each Category will review all submissions based equally on creativity, workmanship, originality, use of color and design, and the accessories that were created using Duck Tape®The Grand Prize Dress winner and the Grand Prize Tux winner, selected by public vote, will each receive a scholarship prize of $10,000, totaling $20,000. The remaining eight runners up will receive a $100 Duck Tape® prize pack.

For additional details on Stuck at Prom®, visitStuckAtProm.com.