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Hurray for a new, faster, more accurate #TBBloodTest!

by Paula on October 4, 2015

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I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for the TB Blood Test. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

 

TB Infographic

 

Many moons ago, when I was about to start kindergarten, my mom dutifully took me to the local health department (there were no pediatricians in rural SC then so that’s where we had routine immunizations and tests performed) to have my necessary boosters and tests.

My little arm was injected with a tiny amount of tuberculin and my mom was told to bring me back within the prescribed 48-72 hours to have the test read.

I’m sure you can guess where this is leading.  Yep, my test was deemed positive.  I then was prescribed a course of medication to eradicate any tuberculosis cooties I might have had.  And now, when I apply for a job within certain fields, I have to present my certified letter and TB card showing that I’ve been successfully treated for TB.  What fun.

All of that to be able to tell you how thrilled and excited I am that there is a new TB test that uses a blood sample.  A definitive test.  A completely objective test.  Not one that relies on someone’s subjective measurement of a whelp/lump.  Because it’s completely possible to have a false positive test result.  To have a lump because the site itches and you had to scratch it!  (and you know a 5 year old is completely able to ignore itches!)

And did I mention that this new blood test is a one-visit deal?  Only one visit to the doctor, not two, and we all know how much time a doctor’s visit can take.  Oh, the hassle and aggravation.  And that’s just you.  What if you’re taking in a child or two? Yep, the blood test sounds like a splendid idea.

TB Blood TestI’m sure my mother would have much preferred the TB blood test when I needed it.  Definitely I know I would have chosen it for Ariel if we had needed it.  Interested in finding out more about the TB Blood Test?  Check out the TB Blood Test website here.

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FREE Summer Movie Fun!

by Paula on June 1, 2015

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Looking for some free entertainment this summer?  We highly recommend watching some of the many wonderful FREE movies and television shows available on Amazon Prime.  We’ve long been members of Amazon Prime and love the free two-day shipping.  Recently, though, we’ve started streaming videos and have thoroughly enjoyed seeing some new flicks as well as some oldies but goodies.  And now with a FREE 30 day trial of Amazon Prime, you can join in the fun this summer!


 

Here are a few of the wonderful flicks we’ve been watching… or have plans to!

 

Anastasia movie featuring the voices of Meg Ryan and John Cusack

 

Ella Enchanted featuring Anne Hathaway and Hugh Dancy

 

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang featuring Dick Van Dyke

 

So what about you?  Planning on taking some time to share some oldies but goodies with your tween?  Looking for a FREE entertainment for this summer?  Sign up for your free 30 day trial of Amazon Prime here and ENJOY!

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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! It’s Read Across America Day!

by Paula on March 2, 2015

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Read Across America Day An NEA Project

 

Could there be a more wonderful literary holiday to celebrate than Read Across America Day?  AND… it’s observed on Dr. Seuss’s birthday?!?  I don’t think so!

Ariel and I adore Dr. Seuss books, of which we have many, and one of our favorite musicals is Seussical.  The whimsy and creative writing style of Dr. Seuss has been a favorite of generations of children and there’s no better day to celebrate reading than on his birthday!

 

Happy Birthday to You! by Dr. Seuss

 

Join us today as we honor Dr. Seuss and Read Across America!

To find out more about Read Across America, check out the NEA’s site hereAngie at The Country Chic Cottage has a huge collection of resources that you might find helpful in plabnning your celebration.

And, as usual for us, it is All About Those Books  :)  :

 

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Moms Need To Know: TweenTribune from Smithsonian

by Paula on September 22, 2014

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Smithsonion TweenTribune

Ariel is expected to write about current events in several of her classes.  One of her teachers listed TweenTribune as a possible resource for her class to use to find articles written on her grade level.  Of course, I had to check it out.  I’m impressed!

Smithsonian also boasts TTJunior for grades K-4 and Teen Tribune for grades 9-12.  Teachers can sign up and allow their students to comment on stories, but registration isn’t necessary to read articles.

Miss America cups with credit

The articles posted are interesting and have been tailored for reading levels and appropriateness.  I was glad to see a story about the most recent Miss America pageant (with an Associated Press byline and photos) as well as an article about Chicago pizza tours (yum!) — also with credit given to Associated Press for story and photo.

I was especially excited to see a story about Isabella Rose Taylor, the young designer that we fell in love with last year!  She’s getting ready to host her first show at New York Fashion Week!  I told you back then to keep an eye on her!

While not not all the news that you’d find on a regular news site, it’s a great, safe starting point for tweens looking for an article about current events.  I’m definitely glad to have discovered TweenTribune!

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NEW Taylor Swift Single #ShakeItOff

by Paula on August 18, 2014

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So excited to have a new Taylor Swift tune today!!  And it’s perfect that it came at the beginning of the school year because while the summer was drama-free, I’m fairly certain school will not be.  :(

What to do about all the haters?  Shake it off!!  I love it!!

(Of course, I’ve been telling Ariel that for years but now that Taylor Swift is saying it…..!)

 

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BGCA Cyber Safe Futures Initiative Works to Make the Internet Safe for Everyone #Sponsored #MC #CyberTribe #CyberSafe

by Paula on June 30, 2014

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I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for BGCA. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating.

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Keeping my child safe on the internet is one of my biggest parenting concerns.  I know I can’t keep her locked away in a secluded tower (a la Rapunzel), but I do wish it would be harder for trouble to find her.

What kind of trouble? you ask.

I’m concerned about so many things:

  • cyberbullying
  • mobile device safety
  • online privacy
  • personal data sharing

While locking her up in a tower might sound like the ideal solution, it’s not.  Teaching her how to stay safe is the smart way to help her navigate the internet’s murky waters.

But….

  • How to talk to her about internet safety without sounding like a nagging parent?
  • How to help her develop that street-smart skill set to keep her safe?
  • How to open up lines of communication so that she knows I’m here to help her through all of this?

Thankfully, I don’t have to do this alone.  Boys & Girls Clubs of America have developed a wealth of Cyber Safety Resources that can help all of us parents as we guide our children through this trying time.

I started off on the BGCA Cyber Safety Resources site and jumped at the chance to take a quiz.

Are You a Cyber Smart Parent? Take the quiz!

Just taking the quiz was eye-opening for me!  While I think I am fairly cyber-smart, I don’t think I’ve ever truly discussed “think before you send” as it regards to statement permanence.  Once it’s on-line, it’s forever on-line!!  And that, along with making sure a comment is kind and appropriate, is a big conversation to have.  Teens and tweens have grown up with the internet—they don’t know a life that isn’t at least partially lived on-line!  But just as there are rules of the road and etiquette standards to uphold, online behavior has its own guidelines, both for safety and for courtesy.

Take the quiz and be sure to check the answer key!  You might be surprised by what you find.

 

CyberSurvivor BGCA Cyber Safety Resources

 

Next, I checked out the video posted on the page….and then followed it with another and then another.  There’s a series of five game-show-style videos designed to present information to parents in an informal, easy-to-process manner.  Ariel actually heard the videos playing and came over to investigate.  We viewed all five videos together and were most surprised and dismayed at the number revealed for the question “How many Facebook users are ages 10 and under?”  I won’t tell you how many–I’ll let you watch it yourself–but I was shocked.  (I do know many of Ariel’s friends are active on social media, but she is not and won’t be until she’s the minimum age… and maybe even not then!)

Here’s the video that shocked us:

 




 

You check out all of the series of Boys & Girls Club of America Cyber Survivor Challenge videos here.

 

You Ask...We Answer!  BGCA Cyber Safety Resources

 

Probably my favorite part of the BGCA Cyber Safety Resources site is the You Ask…We Answer! section where anyone can ask a question of their CyberTribe and gain insight into a teen’s mind.  And through the end of June, if you ask a question of the CyberTribe, you’re entered into a drawing for an iPad Mini!  It’s a win-win!

Wondering what kinds of questions other parents are asking?  Click on the CyberTribe responds button and peruse a variety of queries and the thoughtful answers given by CyberTribe members.

 

CyberTribe Responds BGCA Cyber Safety Resources

 

Definitely a page I’m going to bookmark and pin for future reference!

My main takeaway from this site:  Keep the conversation going.  Don’t stop.  Don’t think one comment/convo/lecture/incident is enough.  For our children’s sake, we as parents have to take a leading role in this effort and realize how vast our influence on their social media safety is.

It’s important.

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Moms Need To Know! Monday Link-Up Party

by Paula on June 15, 2014

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Moms Need To Know! Monday link-up party

 

It’s Monday and that means we’re looking for some fun ideas to fill our week!  Crafts!  Travel!  Recipes!  The door is wide open for us!

Have you posted any informative posts lately?  Product review?  Travel tips?  Craft ideas?  Recipes?

We’d love to have you join our Moms Need To Know! Monday link-up party so our readers can check out your tips and info!!

Party Rules:

  • It’s not required to participate, but we’d love it if you’d post a link back to TheTweenAndMe.com
  • Please click on other blogger’s links and leave some comment love–there are a lot of great ideas out there!
  • Please do not link to Etsy shops, giveaways or your home page. Please link only to specific posts.
  • Please link only original projects YOU created.
  • By submitting a picture, you are stating that you own or have permission to post that picture.
  • By linking up, you grant TheTweenAndMe.com permission to use your photos. Proper credit & links will ALWAYS be given.
  • We love to pin your posts to our various Pinterest boards and our special Moms Need To Know! Monday board!

And now it’s time! Tell us…. what do Moms Need To Know?

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Moms Need To Know! Monday

To link back to the party, just copy and paste this code into your blog:

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Moms Need To Know! Monday Link-Up Party

by Paula on June 8, 2014

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Moms Need To Know! Monday link-up party

 

Happy Monday!  Ariel and I are looking forward to our first full week of summer fun and are planning our activities for the rest of the summer.  I have found some amazing crafts that we’re planning to try and more than a few books that we want to read.  And of course, there are some fabulous places we’d like to visit!

How about you?  Have you posted any informative posts lately?  Product review?  Travel tips?  Craft ideas?  Recipes?

We’d love to have you join our Moms Need To Know!  Monday link-up party so our readers can check out your tips and info!!

Party Rules:

  • It’s not required to participate, but we’d love it if you’d post a link back to TheTweenAndMe.com
  • Please click on other blogger’s links and leave some comment love–there are a lot of great ideas out there!
  • Please do not link to Etsy shops, giveaways or your home page.  Please link only to specific posts.
  • Please link only original projects YOU created.
  • By submitting a picture, you are stating that you own or have permission to post that picture.
  • By linking up, you grant TheTweenAndMe.com permission to use your photos.  Proper credit & links will ALWAYS be given.
  • We love to pin your posts to our various Pinterest boards and our special Moms Need To Know! Monday board!

And now it’s time!  Tell us…. what do Moms Need To Know?

 

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Moms Need To Know! Monday

To link back to the party, just copy and paste this code into your blog:

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Coming Soon! Xbox One Giveaway! {Bloggers, Sign Up Now to Participate!}

by Paula on May 19, 2014

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Vote in the State Farm Neighborhood Assist Grant Program to Help Fund Local Organizations!

by Paula on May 12, 2014

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I grew up with parents who were very involved in our local community and I believe whole-heartedly in the words of wisdom from Margaret Mead:  Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world.  For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.

As an adult, I’ve embraced that philosophy and have worked to incorporate it into my daily life.  Before I married and had a child, I volunteered with Big Brothers/Big Sisters as a Big and as a board member.  I’ve worked with my local United Way on various volunteer committees.  Most recently I’ve served two years as co-president for my daughter’s school’s PTO.  I don’t think I would feel as alive and a part of my community without being involved with these worthy efforts and want to encourage everyone to find a cause they can join and contribute their efforts to supporting.  Ariel and I currently work together on small donation-based activities, but are planning this summer to get more involved with our local animal shelter to give of our time.  I want her to feel that same warm fuzzy feeling I get from volunteering my time.

 

State Farm Neighborhood Assist Grant Program

 

That’s why I’m so excited to tell you about the State Farm Neighborhood Assist Program!  Volunteers and community leaders across the United States and Canada submitted over 4,000 worthy community projects to this grant program.  A group of thirty students, 17-20, serve on the State Farm Youth Advisory Board and those dedicated students whittled the list to just 200.  Now the general public can download a simple Facebook app and vote on their favorites.  You get up to 10 votes per day and can vote from now until May 16!  Here’s a link to the State Farm Neighborhood Assist Facebook App.

Who to vote for?

Oh, my!  There are so many worthy applicants!!  It’s hard to choose!!  I want to give them ALL $25K!  I ended up choosing several programs for my votes today:  Buddy Packs Help Kids in Kirkwood, MO (working to alleviate food insecurity among students); Severson Sisters in Metro-Phoenix, AZ (working to empower girls and reduce bullying); and Camp Journey @ Ross Point in Spokane, WA (provides free week-long summer camp experiences to children with pediatric cancer).  It was hard picking just a few, but the ones I chose all work with children and because I believe so strongly in encouraging kids and building them up to work toward a better tomorrow, I felt like those projects were extremely worthy.  (Out of the 200 projects listed, I didn’t find ONE that wasn’t deserving of the money.  There is so much need out there and I know grant programs like this one are so very appreciated by these organizations—and indeed, they are crucial to these organizations’ survival.)

The grant programs are separated into three broad categories:  Safety, Education, and Community Development.  You can search for grant opportunities by state or by type of grant.  You can also view a Leaderboard to see which projects have garnered the most support to this point.

Here’s a great infographic that showcases some statistics about last year’s program.

 

State Farm Neighborhood Assist Grant Program 2013 Infographic

 

I’m blown away by the fact that the top 5 causes from last year were from small cities (less than 275,000 in population)!  That goes to show you the power of a vote!!

So what are you waiting for?!?  GO VOTE!!

And then come back here and tell me….

Who did you vote for?

 

 

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