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Parenting

Get Yourself Outside!

 

July is a great time to get outside! Long Island has a host of outdoor amenities at our fingertips; we would be doing ourselves a disservice not to explore them.

 

Have you seen our newsletter? We gave away a bike bingo template. Cut your items off the bottom, arrange your board and take a tour around the neighborhood.

 

There are great kayaking and paddle boarding rental locations in the area. Our favorite is down by Browns River Road. Visit Captain Kayak right in Sayville and take a water tour of the bay or inlet areas. http://www.captainkayak.com/

 

Want to stay in the yard? Fill up water guns from the dollar store with watercolors and spray at a canvas across the yard. If you do this, we’d love to see your art!

 

Another great dollar store find is the variety of glow sticks! Pick up a few pack of necklace size glow sticks and 6 short sticks in 2 different colors to play glow stick tic-tac-toe!

 

As always, use caution when you’re outside with proper sunscreen and insect repellant. Visit our Facebook page for links on non-toxic solutions.

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Father's Day Ideas

Fathers day is June 17th, and we have a great list of family friendly activities to celebrate the father figures in your life.

Try out mini golfing! Sayville falls is open and they have fun course for the whole family! They often have deals on their website, so check them out here: https://sayvillefallsminigolf.com/

Check out Bowlero! The recently renovated Sayville lanes has a lot to offer, including specials on Sunday games! Bowl with the whole family! View their deals here: https://www.bowlero.com/location/bowlero-sayville/specials

Bike bingo! Make your own cards and use a hole punch and rubber band to secure it to your bicycles. Take a trip around the neighborhood and cross off what you see at each stop.

Attend a Home Depot workshop! The Patchogue location has a bunch of DIY workshops, even one for making a workbench! Register here for a bunch of creative projects: https://www.homedepot.com/workshops/#store/1258

Go natural! Is the dad in your life trying to get healthy? Stop by the center and pick up a gift card and start him on the path to wellness! With a variety of services for every need, we have something for everyone. www.southbaywellness.com

Happy Father’s Day!

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10 Natural Gift Ideas for the Eco-Conscious Mom

 

Earthy mamas deserve all the love. They take such good care of their little ones, all while ensuring that the family is not exposed to harmful chemicals or being needlessly wasteful or hard on the environment. How do you show your gratitude for mom’s serious selflessness? By surprising her with natural goodies, of course! Here’s a list of awesome eco-friendly gift ideas for mom and her little bundles, just in time for Mother’s Day!

Sweet, Sustainable Surprises for Mom

No matter if she’s wrangling toddlers or sending care packages to the dorms, mom always knows how to make you feel good! Spoil her right back with these sweet, eco-friendly gifts that elicit extreme calm. The key to a good gift for mom is to focus on things that make her feel great. Whether she’s a working warrior or a stay-at-home superhero, she deserves every little bit of indulgence and relaxation!

  1. Earthy Bamboo Dishware—A good chunk of the best sustainable goods are made of bamboo, which isn’t surprising because it’s the fastest-growing plant on the planet. One great way to up mom’s eco game is to surprise her with bamboo dinnerware and serving staples—we’re crazy about the lovely, non-toxic styles from Bambu. If she loves a good picnic, she’ll also love the sustainable twist of disposable bamboo plates and flatware.
  1. Soothing Essential Oils—Did you know that essential oils can do more than just calm us down when we’re feeling stressed out? They can also soothe achy muscles and deliver potent antiaging ingredients that make us look and feel younger. If the goal is to help her unwind and de-stress after a long day, you can’t go wrong with organic lavender, chamomile or pretty much any bright, floral essential oil.
     
  2. Yoga Pants Made from Coffee Grounds—These days, it seems like you can reuse almost anything and turn it into something else entirely. Case in point: The brand-new yogawear line Rumi X offers a great collection of trendy, flattering activewear staples made from coffee grounds and crab shells! Mom will be so pleased with these the next time she hits the mat!
     
  3. A Stylish Zero-Waste Purse—You’ve gotta think of the earth in terms of your accessories, too. The devil’s in the details, they say. We love this super-sustainable Cambodian clutch made from zero-waste fabric scraps and vegan leather, and we’re pretty sure any fashionable, sustainable mom will, too. It doesn’t hurt that this sweet little satchel is also really cute!
  1. Dreamy Organic Bath Bombs—Like Sylvia Plath once said, “There must be quite a few things a hot bath won't cure, but I don't know many of them.” Give mom a break from the stress and craziness of life with some sustainable bath bombs that are simultaneously super-indulgent and totally guilt-free. We’re on the Lush bandwagon—all their bath time treats are made of fresh, organic fruits and pure essential oils.
  1. Super-Soft, Sustainable Slippers— Noticing a theme here? Eco-conscious moms need to relax and there’s no better way to spoil her than with calming, lounge-worthy staples. There are a number of different sustainable slipper brands out there, but we’re particularly fond of Acorn, which creates heavenly-soft slippers using eco-friendly cotton and recycled materials. No needless waste here!

Bonus: Eco-Friendly Gifts for Kids

When is mom happy? When her kids are happy. Perfect for newbies, these eco-friendly kids’ toys and gifts make super-thoughtful baby shower gifts for earthy mamas. They can also be used as unique kids’ gifts if you’ve got a budding conservationist on your list!

  1. Cozy Organic Cotton Plushes—It’ll make any earthy mom feel at ease when her little one is cuddling a stuffed animal made of super-soft organic cotton or cozy bamboo yarn. We love the adorable and beautifully crafted eco-friendly stuffed animals made by Our Green House—they’re cute, cuddly and gentle on the earth.
  1. Kid-Friendly Essential Oils—Mom has a whole bag full of soothers, pain removers and germ-zappers, and if she’s anything like us, she’s probably obsessed with what’s in all of those little bottles. She’ll love a set of kid-friendly essential oils that calm kids, kill germs, stop sniffles and more the natural way. These babies are truly a savvy mom’s secret weapon!
  1. Eco-Friendly Crayons—What makes a crayon eco-friendly? Typical crayons are made of paraffin wax, which is derived from petroleum. Unfortunately, this material takes years, even decades, to erode in a landfill, so you might want to consider some eco versions when shopping for conscious moms and kids. Look for crayons made of beeswax or soy—two biodegradable, renewable resources that are much more sustainable than paraffin wax.

 

  1. Classic Toys Made of Milk Jugs—Of course, many of our little ones’ favorite toys are made of plastic, which isn’t exactly the best for the environment. But there are several disruptive toy makers out there crafting recycled playthings that kids and parents adore. We love the collection by Green Toys, featuring 100 percent recycled plastic toys that are made in the U.S. Total win-win for mom and munchkin!

 

Cheers to Green Moms!

Whether you’re looking for truly thoughtful eco-friendly gifts for Mother’s Day or a special surprise just because, you can be sure she’ll love any of these sweet, sustainable surprises. Remember to add some fresh flowers (organic, of course!) and a recycled greeting card to tie your theme together. We’re sure that any green mom or mom-to-be will positively adore these unique, eco-conscious goods.

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In Celebration of Mom's Everywhere

Motherhood is not easy and as soon as you have a handle on what to do with one child, the next requires something totally different! Maybe your journey to motherhood was unexpected or had hurdles you hadn’t considered. Regardless of how you got here, we are happy to celebrate you, mom!

Here are some amazing ways to pat yourself on the back today:

1 Go Grocery Shopping Alone.

We all know the speed at which we grocery shop when we know the kids are at home waiting for us. Imagine the serenity of shopping at your leisure! Stroll the aisles at a snail’s pace instead!

2 Spend More Than 5 Minutes In The Shower

Lock the door too! Indulge your senses and bring some aromatics into the bathroom during your retreat. Bonus points if you warm the towel in the dryer before you hop in.

3 Take A Drive and Listen To The Music You Like

Remember how you used to jam out in the car before kids? Crank that uncensored music, the kind your kid would be mortified to know you listen to. Take a drive without a destination and turn up your playlist.

4 Learn Some Meditation Techniques

By now you must have heard about the benefits of meditation and mindfulness techniques. Let your mind and body find peace and relaxation with these simple yet effective tools.

5 Read That Book You’ve Been Putting Off

Even if you didn’t think to order one ahead of time, visit the library and browse a bit! Literature is an incredible release for your mind. Spend some time snuggled up with a page turner.

6 Indulge In Your Guilty Pleasure

Whether it’s celebrity news or eating all the marshmallows out of the box of Lucky Charms, let go of the restrictions you normally place on yourself and indulge a bit! Giving in to your guilty pleasure every now and again is a great way to treat yourself.

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9 Family Fun Activities

Although fairer weather may seem like the easier choice for activities to connect with your family, the winter has a lot to offer too. If you can’t get outdoors, we have a great list of family friendly activities for you, to help you and your family connect during these shorter and darker days.

  1. Paint a the snow with water guns that have dyed water.

  2. Cut out paper snowflakes- you can even use tissue paper!

  3. Clear away snow from small areas in the grass and make a twister game or hopscotch in the snow.

  4. Sew or glue the opening of old clothes and stuff with either more clothes that don’t fit, or stuffing materials, and make a snuggle buddy

  5. Blanket forts!

  6. Bingo- Make bingo cards with things of certain shapes or colors inside the house.

  7. Turn off the lights, close the blinds, make popcorn and watch a movie in the living room.

  8. Bundle up and go for a walk. The sun goes down early, it’s like a whole new neighborhood after dark.

  9. Pull out all your leftover craft supplies and make something unique. Bonus points if it is holiday based.

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Trick-or-Treat Ideas

It is Halloween already! Time to get ready for all the cute trick-or-treaters who will be knocking on the door. Halloween is a fun holiday for the kids but does it need to also be an unhealthy holiday? Unfortunately, our kids are already bombarded by traditions loaded with dangerous food dyes, artificial flavors, tons of sugar and allergens. As parents, we get to set the example for our children. We can start this Halloween by removing the junk food focus. Here are some ideas for treats you can give out that are not candy related:

  • Non-toxic slime
  • Pencils and pens

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How to Keep Your Kids Active All Summer Long

It’s the moment your children (and you) have all been waiting for. Warm weather and summer time! Now that school's out and the sun’s shining, you and your little ones have loads of time to spend together.  So much time, in fact, that you may be nervous about running out of creative, inexpensive activities to do with your children. No need to worry though- we’ve come up with a list of classic, simple past times, that will keep you and your children busy all summer long.   1.Set up a hammock. Lay in it, read in it, cloud watch in it. This outdoor summer setup is perfect for relaxing in with your children. 2.Do yard work together. Get them to pull weeds, and water plants with their very own watering can. 3.Build a fort outside. Drape some sheets over lower tree branches. Eat dinner in the fort, tell stories in the fort, even sleep in the fort! 4.Give your car a wash. Let your little one put the soap on the car, and wash it down. They’ll love playing with the bubbles ...

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101 ways to stay away from electronics

Think your well of family fun activities is running dry? Have no fear! We’ve got you covered…101 102 times.

Just when you thought there weren’t any leisurely activities left that didn’t involve electronics, we’ve found 102 for you! From collecting seashells on the beach, to making snow angels in the snow, this list will keep you and your family active all year long. There are some ideas on this list that involve electronics- we advise you not to engage in these on days when electronics are meant to be forgotten.  

http://www.allprodad.com/articles/more-great-articles/101-weekend-family-activity-ideas/    

TED gives a Talk

What’s better than a TED talk? A TED talk about electronics and its negative impacts on your children of course! Educate yourself and protect your children from becoming impacted by TV’s harmful consequences.

Don’t miss out on what pediatrician and parent, Dimitri Christakis, has to say about, TV and the affect it has on brains…but not just any brains… your children’s!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoT7qH_uVNo

Pass The Salt

Just when you thought you couldn’t do anything to get your children’s attention at the dinner table…

A cute little video that puts a spin on what normally happens at the dinner table. Try this at home, and you’ll have your kids second-guessing whether they should whip out their cell phones while having a family meal.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_-xTxP1hD4


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