Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Support the Povi Kickstarter Campaign and Receive Your Very Own Povi for only $49 (a 40% Discount) #ad

Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored campaign for Povi. I received compensation for my participation, but my opinions are my own.

I love learning about new products that would be great for my girls, especially ones I stumble across on Kickstarter.  Have you visited Kickstarter lately and browsed the many campaigns from entrepreneurs looking for funding to get their products or businesses off the ground?  Well, today I have a great new product that I see being a must-have for young children between the ages of 3-8 years old.  It is called Povi, and is a cute huggable storytelling buddy.  Just look how cute Povi is...

"According to multiple studies, preschoolers who participate in social-emotional skills programs exhibit less aggression and anxiety and become better social problem solvers. Pro-ocial behavior in early childhood is closely tied to future academic performance and mental health. Thousands of schools now use programs with this goal in mind. Povi enables parents to implement social-emotional development at home."

While there are other storytelling buddies on the market, Povi really is unique in what it offers.  I can really see my two girls falling in love with their very on Povi storytelling buddy, as it helps to 

What is really unique about the Povi is that is a great tool to help parents open up lines of communication with their children about different emotions and feelings they may experience, by relating them to real-life stories Povi shares with you and your child.  

Povi was developed with busy families in mind.  With our crazy schedules with work and even the kids' sports and extra curricula activities, our one-on-one time with our kids is limited, which in turn hinders our ability to really have thoughtful and meaningful discussions, which our children can learn from.  With the help of this storytelling buddy, parents and children can enjoy quality time together listening to one of the 10 pre-downloaded stories that come with your Povi (or, one of 20 additional stories available for purchase).  Each and every story is written and curated by experts including psychologists, teachers and parents.  And, with the ability for parents to choose among three levels -- for ages 3-4, 5-6 and 7-8, you will find age appropriate content that will lead to thoughtful conversation together afterwards, on such topics as caring, resilience, confidence, motivation, thankfulness and other valuable life skills.

I, for one, have found it difficult at times to find stories that tackle such social-emotional skills that I may find my girls struggling with.  Either the stories I find are way over their head content wise for them to really grasp the subject matter, or the stories are too babyish, and it makes talking about these topics more difficult as they feel embarrassed with struggling with their emotions.

Here is a little more about Povi and how this unique storytelling buddy can help your child develop crucial social-emotional skills, through stories and open communication with you. And, read on and learn how you can show your support for the Povi Kickstarter campaign and receive a 40% discount on this connected storytelling buddy.

Highlights of the Povi Storytelling Buddy...

> Loaded with real-life stories children can relate to and endless conversation starters, Povi helps parent and child establish a daily habit of thoughtful conversation that in turn helps children develop crucial social-emotional skills

> Povi shares short stories based on children's everyday situations then engages young listeners and their parents in a discussion on emotions and feelings. 

> Povi is not designed to be played with alone, but rather always with a parent on hand to discuss the challenges presented and come up with possible solutions with their child.

> Povi comes with 10 pre-downloaded stories and a free app (available for Android or iOS) featuring additional questions parents can ask related to the stories and 20 additional stories that are age appropriate for each individual child. Parents can choose from among three levels, for ages 3-4, 5-6 and 7-8. The stories are written and curated by experts including psychologists, teachers and parents.  

To learn more about Povi and its many features and benefits visit www.povi.me.

Support the Povi Kickstarter Campaign and Receive Your Own Povi for only $49...

"The concept for this conversation-starting innovation came from Povi founder Seow Lim’s own experience with her son. “I always felt that I paid lots of attention to my child’s development and was very surprised when a school counselor said, ‘Your child is really smart, but he is not happy.’ It was so painful to me that I didn’t know this about my own son! In the process of transforming my parenting style from Tiger Mom to getting more connected to my child’s emotions, I created Povi.”"

Today marks the launch of the Povi campaign over at Kickstarter.  The first 2,000 customers who sign up and show their support for this cute and cute and oh so huggable storytelling buddy for only $49 -- a 40% off discount from the future off-the-shelf Povi Price!  What an amazing deal, and one that will not last for for long.  So what are you waiting for?  Head on over to the Povi Kickstarter campaign page -- https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/povibuddy/povi-the-connected-storytelling-buddy -- and show your support, and be one of the first 2,000 to score a discounted Povi for that special child in your life.   And, don't forget to tell your family and friends about the Povi Kickstarter campaign and discounted offer. 

Stay up-to-date on all things related to Povi, the connected storytelling buddy by following the official website and the Povi social media channels below...

Povi Official Website:  http://www.povi.me/
Povi on Twitter: https://twitter.com/povi_me
Povi on  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/povi_me/

Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored campaign for Povi. I received compensation for my participation, but my opinions are my own.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Leave it to the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center to Show Kids...“You Don’t Have to Be Big to Be Strong" #FloatingHospital #IC #ad #Toughlings

Disclosure:  This post was sponsored by Floating Hospital for Children as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. Thank you for supporting brands that support my blog.

Tufts Medical Center

Living in a small country setting brings with it ups and downs.  In regards to health services, we are lucky enough to have a local hospital about 5 minutes from our house.  So, if an emergency arises, we can seek medical attention quickly.  But, the downside is that if you need more specialized care or treatment you have to travel further into the state for skilled doctors and treatment facilities, or even out of state to the Boston area, where I am originally from.

Growing up, I was the accident prone child.  And, if I wasn't at the doctor's for an injury, I would be there for a cold, etc.  The doctors and nurses used to joke that I had a whole shelf in the cabinet for my growing medical charts...and, they all knew me and family by name. Not sure if that was a good thing or not. :-)

And, now that I am a mom, I am getting payback for having my mom take me to the doctors so many times, as I find myself utilizing our local hospital and pediatric and walk in centers for medical care for my girls.  Just a couple of weeks ago, instead of going to bed, my girls decided to have an impromptu dance party in the living room.  My oldest tried her luck at moon walking, but failed, as she slipped and whacked the side of her head on a wooden bench we had near the window.  She got up and laughed it off...until I noticed blood running down her head.  I looked, and low and behold, she had a large gash in her head that needed emergency medical attention.  I rushed her up to the ER, where the kind doctors and nurses helped to calm her down, before gluing her head closed.

Times like these I am grateful for the local hospital.  

But, if there ever comes a time that my girls need medical attention while in Massachusetts visiting my parents, they already know to bring them to the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center.  Because we are from the Boston area, I have family and friends who still live there.  And, when we get together and swap stories about our kids, the Floating Hospital for Children is brought up.  Either someone is talking about the Pediatric Emergency Department or the new check-in tool, InQuicker (allows parents to check-in for an estimated treatment time so that patients and their families can wait at home instead of in a Boston ER waiting room), for non-life-threatening emergencies.  

If you are not familiar with the Floating Hospital, and live in and around the Boston area and have children, here is more information, so that you can utilize this Floating Hospital if and when the need ever arises.

Like the name suggests, the Floating Hospital is a dedicated pediatric ED, which operates 24/7, everyday!  The hospital is set up with children in mind, by offering a child-centered environment with a play area waiting room and five dedicated rooms that are soothing, healing and suited for a child. The staff, which is second to none, and continually raved about by my friends and family, includes a pediatric emergency nurse and a pediatric technician. In addition to round the clock care for your child, the Floating Hospital also offer Child Life specialists’ (hours are 10 am–2 am) that also provide support to a child and his/her family. 

You Don't Have to Be Big to Be Strong at Floating Hospital for Children in Boston, MA.

The Floating Hospital is here to make sure children are seen quickly, no matter the time of day. And, because the Floating Hospital has affiliations with other community hospitals, you and your family can experience top notch care closer to home.  How is that for convenience?! 

You Don't Have to Be Big to Be Strong at Floating Hospital for Children in Boston, MA.

"Through Floating Hospital for Children’s network of pediatric affiliations, children with less-complex conditions can remain in the community under the expert care of our on-site pediatric hospitalists, specialized physicians who only care for children in an in-patient hospital setting. If more advanced care is required at Floating Hospital for Children, patient transfer and care management are quickly and seamlessly coordinated."

So, what sets the Floating Hospital apart from other area hospitals?  Besides being set up to cater to children, this hospital offers some fun and unique ways to give children courage when they visit and are faced with an illness or medical concern.  Take for instance their "The Toughlings" program.  

This program centers around a group of animals - Buff – a badger, Elbo – an octopus, Mica – an ant, Cozi – a turtle, and Sage – an owl -- who are all small...but, mighty - just likes the kids who seek treatment at the Floating Hospital.  These animals can be found throughout the hospital and elevator banks, to help ease anxiety and nerves of children as they make their way through the hospital, and may need a little extra courage.  Want a sticker?  Be sure to ask one of the nurses or staff, as stickers of these courageous group of animals is available for patients.

Another fun feature that is unique to the Floating Hospital is visits by mini-horses to the inpatient floors on a monthly basis.  While I never wish for my kids to have to have an extended stay at a hospital...but, how neat would it be to see a mini-horse walk into your hospital room?  This must really put a smile on the faces of children staying on one of the inpatient floors rooms.  Horses aren't your thing?  The Floating Hospital also has pet therapy dogs to visit and snuggle up with patients.  Wet kisses are always good medicine. :-)

Because play is a vital component of children’s lives, the Floating Hospital makes a point to have this at the forefront of their mission, and play is included in daily routines at the hospital and for those children hospitalized there.

The Child Life Services was initiate by the Floating Hospital way back in 1948, to help patients and their families cope with stress of illness, hospitalization, disability, etc.  Services provided include tutoring so kids don't fall behind in school if they find themselves out of school for an extended period of time, overnight privileges for parents -- who doesn't love a good sleepover, especially when you are away from your own bed, and need the company of your parent to ease your worries, and play (being an integral part).

Check out this video from the Floating Hospital which sums up all I mentioned above and more.  You will see the strength, courage and determination of the patients and staff at the Floating Hospital, and how their unified message "You Don't Have to Be Big to Be Strong" aligns with the Floating Hospital and their dedication to providing excellent care and services to your children, day or night, year round...

So, next time when you child gets hurt or is not feeling well and needs to visit the ED, why not check out the Floating Hospital?  You will find yourself feeling at ease, as will your child, as you walk into this child-centered hospital, and are greeted by caring and dedicated staff, ready to make your child feel better, and their stay -- no matter how long, one full of play and fun.  Ask around, and you will find friends and family raving about the Floating Hospital like I am. :-)

In the Division of Cardiology at Floating Hospital for Children, our cardiac experts are here for you and your child.

Stay up-to-date on all things related to the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center by following their official website and social media pages below...

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Last Minute Mother's Day Gift Idea -- Chicken Soup for the Soul: For Mom, With Love #Giveaway (3 winners)

Disclosure:  I was sent a sample from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

 Chicken Soup for the Soul gives you 101 ways to thank your mother, stepmother,
and grandmother and support the Boys & Girls Clubs of America at the same time!

My family always says it is hard to buy me gifts, especially when holidays like Mother's Day rolls around.  Why?  Well, whenever they ask me what I want, I tell them I have all that I need.  So this doesn't help with finding just the right gift.  Over the years my husband has learned what gifts are perfect...books.  I love books and can get lost in them.  Followers of my blog know I love Chicken Soup for the Soul titles, as I frequently share reviews and announcements of new book releases.  I am back with another book release in this popular series, just in time for Mother's Day. :-)  And, after reading this book from cover to cover in a couple hours this past weekend, I can assure you that you are in for a treat when you pick up this book.  This book is filled with truly touching and inspirational stories mothers, grandmothers and mother-figures can related to.  Make sure you grab a box of tissues if you cry easy like I do, as you will find yourself tearing up at different stories throughout the book.

Here is more about this new book available now in paperback from the folks at Chicken Soup for the Soul...just in time for Mother's Day!...

About this book:

"Mothers achieve the impossible, finding the time to raise their children, run their households, work, volunteer, and care for spouses, pets and elderly parents. You don’t really understand how hard it is until you become a mother yourself. And what do moms need? Not much, other than a little appreciation and some reassurance that all their hard work is making a difference.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: For Mom, with Love (Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC; Amy Newmark; March 22, 2016, 978-1-61159-962-6, $14.95) will have mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers, and mothers-in-law laughing, crying, and nodding their heads in recognition as they read these 101 stories of love and appreciation. Chicken Soup for the Soul’s editors selected their favorite stories for moms from the company’s classic books for inclusion in this special collection.

Mothers and grandmothers of all ages will feel loved, respected, and appreciated as they read stories about how their children and grandchildren view them as their most important teachers and supporters,their role models, and the source of strength that they need to navigate life. They’ll see how important their traditions are to their kids, even if they don’t always admit it, and they’ll understand how even the little things make a difference and are always remembered.

What could be better? 101 entertaining stories to show mothers and grandmothers how much they are loved and appreciated—and the book sales support a great cause, too! Chicken Soup for the Soul is donating the royalties from the book to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (www.bgca.org). Boys & Girls Clubs are an integral part of many communities, providing a safe place for kids to learn and grow during critical out-of-school time, and to have ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals. Great futures start at the Clubs where kids learn skills like how to success academically, how to prepare for college or careers, how to live a healthier lifestyle and how to become good citizens in their community. There are over 4,000 Clubs in every community across the nation and on military bases


Our moms love us unconditionally and we love them back, in all 101 stories in this inspiring collection. You can’t go wrong with this new bestseller from Chicken Soup for the Soul—for yourself and every mother, stepmother, and grandmother on your gift list!"


Thanks to the kind folks at Chicken Soup for the Soul, three (3) lucky readers will have a chance to win a copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul: For Mom, With Love, for themselves, or to give as a gift. 

To enter, please complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!



Chicken Soup for the Soul, the world’s favorite and most recognized storyteller, publishes the famous Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. With well over 100 million books sold to date in the U.S. and Canada alone, more than 250 titles, and translations into more than 40 languages, “chicken soup for the soul” is one of the world’s best-known phrases and is regularly referenced in pop culture. Today, 23 years after it first began sharing happiness, inspiration and hope through its books, this socially conscious company continues to publish a new title a month, but has also evolved beyond the bookstore with super premium pet food, television shows and movies, and a variety of other digital content and licensed products, all inspired by stories, as it continues “changing the world one story at a time®.”

Disclosure:  I was sent a sample from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.