Chiquita Bites Review & Thirty-One Thermal Tote Giveaway!

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Chiquita Bites make healthy snacking as convenient as it gets.  The fruit and veggies are clean and ready to eat and range from 30-80 calories per serving.  Plus, Chiquita Bites are available in a variety of sizes to suit your needs.  The multipacks and family packs are perfect for recipes and parties.  The individual size serving bags are perfect for salads, picnics, and school lunches.  Best of all, the apples are already cut in easy to bite slices.  If you have a little one who still struggles with the tough apple peel, no worries!  Chiquita Apple Bites also come in a peeled variety.  If you have a child entering Kindergarten or 1st grade, you may want to stock up on the peeled apples.  My son lost 8 teeth last year when he was in Kindergarten!  The poor kid had such a hard time eating crunchy foods and the employees serving school lunch were not allowed to cut the apples served at school.  I had a major pinterest fail by trying to dice up his apple and wrapping it with a rubberband in hopes it would prevent the apple from turning brown.  The apple ended up in the garbage because it did not stay fresh.  Thanks to Chiquita Apple Bites my near toothless 6 year old can actually enjoy one of his favorite fruits at lunch.

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When I get a craving for a sweet treat, I love to dip my apples into caramel dip.  Needless to say, I was thrilled to find that Chiquita even offers Apple Bites with caramel dip!  Something about being to dip your food makes it more fun and extra special.  I simply love how convenient Chiquita makes this little treat!

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During the summer months we are super busy with sports and other outdoor activities so convenience often wins out when it comes to snacking on the go.  No matter what your family’s interests, I am sure you can all relate!  I have learned to pack a small insulated cooler with healthy snacks such as Chiquita Bites and string cheese to prevent us from filling up on less healthy options.  When we are on the go, I love to pack the Chiquita Bites Juicy Red Apple and Grapes so my kids have a little variety in their snack.  When we are actually at home, my kids cannot get enough fruit and one of their favorite snacks is an apple car.  My kids are always impressed with my craftsmanship when creating this fun snack but truthfully it is super easy to prepare.  In fact, if you have Chiquita Apple Bites on hand, this snack takes a matter of seconds to throw together!  Simply cut a small slit in each grape and fit the apple slice inside two of the grapes.  If your kids are like my boys they may want to play with their fruit cars.  When they want to “drive” the cars on their snack plates, I cut both the grapes and tooth picks in half.  Two halves of a tooth pick will serve as two axels for the apple car.  Each half grape serves as a wheel and the cars can handle a little more pretend play before being eaten.  I would only recommend giving the toothpick version of the apple to kids that can handle pulling tooth picks out of their food before eating.  Both options are fun and very easy when using Chiquita Bites!

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Be sure to like Chiquita Snacking on Facebook and enter the Chiquita Moms Rule Back to School Contest for a chance to win a $1000 shopping spree and a years worth of Chaquita Bites!

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Want some Chiquita Bites?  Of course, you do!  Check out the Chiquita Snack locator to find a store near you that carries them!

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One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win a Thirty-One Thermal Tote!

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Giveaway will end at 12:01 a.m. (Est. time) on August 17, 2014.  This giveaway is open to U.S. residents 18 years and older.  The winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.  The prize will be shipped directly to the winner via the sponsor.

I was provided product information as well as Chiquita Bites for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the products I reviewed.  My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the manufacturer of the product.

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IMAGINE GreenWear Sets a New Standard for Eco-friendly Clothing

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IMAGINE GreenWear makes the greenest garments in the industry.  They also have some of the coolest organic clothing designs I have ever seen!  IMAGINE GreenWear uses a new technology that sets a new standard for eco-friendly clothing for all ages.  This revolutionized screen printing which uses a similar process used to print fine silk is now being used to create organic clothing for babies, kids, and adults. Here are few reasons why GreenWear clothing is so unique:

  • We are totally made in the USA;  knitting the material, cut and sewing of garments, and all decoration including printing and dyeing.
  • We are a green manufacturer.  Here’s a press release about our sustainable manufacturing set up:  http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/6/prweb10787335.htm.
  • Our garments combine 100% organic cotton and eco-processing to make  “the greenest garment in the industry”
  • Unlike other screen printed apparel, organic or otherwise, we do NOT use screen inks, either plastic or water based.
  • Screen inks have a rubbery or scratchy hand feel and have PVC’s, resins, pigments, binders, solvents, and high impact emissions
  • GreenWear dye prints are SUPER SOFT, and safe for baby’s or sensitive skin. They feel just like the combed cotton they are printed on.
  • GreenWear dye prints will not fade or crack after washes like all universally used printing inks.
  • GreenWear dye prints are totally eco-friendly unlike screen inks. GreenWear dye base is edible!
  • GreenWear garments are pre shrunk.
  • We decorate our garments with graphics on the front AND back of the garments- everybody’s seen from the back too!
  • Best of all, GreenWear has had a great response to its styles, designs and colors. The GreenWear mission is to promote “green” apparel by making hip fashion that looks and feels great!  

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My three-year old son has the IMAGINE GreenWear Zoom long sleeve tee.  This is one of those shirts that everyone comments on when they see it.  The combination of the vintage plane and pops of color make this shirt classic and edgy all at once.  Then when you catch a glance at the back side of the tee, you can’t help but notice the colorful parachute and pilot.  I have found IMAGINE GreenWear clothing to run true to size.  My son is mostly a size 3 and just inching his way into a size 4.  I ordered his zoom tee in a size 4/5 and it runs just a little big.  That is exactly what I would expect and it should fit him perfectly this fall when the weather cools down.

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My little man A, has the pirate shirt by IMAGINE GreenWear.  I love everything about this shirt.  It is made with 100% organic cotton and printed with seaweed based dyes. This makes it safe for the most sensitive skin!  The color scheme is fun and colorful which makes the black silhouette of the pirate image even more interesting.  The treasure map on the back of the shirt is simply awesome.  My son loves the shirt and it inspires creative play every time he wears it.  I must say it is hard to resist joining in on his adventures when he has his very own treasure map!

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My baby girl finds the IMAGINE GreenWear carousel romper to be super comfortable.  She tends to have more sensitive skin so the seaweed based dyes and lead free snaps make for a perfect baby romper.  The design on this romper is also very colorful and fun and of course continues onto the back side as well.  The IMAGINE GreenWear dresses for little girls are just as colorful and fun as the baby girl rompers.  The long sleeve dresses would go perfectly with leggings or tights and would make for some adorable outfits for fall.  It is hard to believe it is time for back to school shopping already!

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Get 15% off your IMAGINE GreenWear purchase with the coupon code: PRE15

I received the carousel romper, zoom, and pirate tees for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the products I reviewed.

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Nuby Fun Feeding Section Plates Review & Giveaway

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Nuby Fun Feeding Section Plates can be used for both warm and cold foods.  The plate has three sections making it easy to keep your little one’s different foods from touching.  Nuby Fun Feeding Section Plates are available in a variety of bright colors and designs.  We actually have Nuby Fun Feeding cups, bowls, and plates and they are the most durable dishes we own.  They get used for meals and snacks and clean up well.  In fact, this Nuby Fun Feeding Section Plate still looks new after months of use. 

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The Nuby Fun Feeding Section Plate is BPA Free.  The embossed design is super cute and has not scratched off or been altered in any way over time.  I prefer this embossed design much more than the melamine dinnerware design of some of my kids’ other plates.  The images scratch off over time and those plates are less durable than the Fun Feeding Section Plate.

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The Nuby Fun Feeding Section Plates can be purchased online at Diapers.com and BuyBabyDirect.

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One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win a Nuby Fun Feeding Section Plate!

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Giveaway will end at 12:01 a.m. (eastern time) on August 19, 2014.  This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.  The winner will be selected by random.org and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

I am proud to be a Nûby Mommy Blogger!  I received a Nûby Storage Bowls and Feeding Spoon set for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.

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Nuby Charms Teether Ring

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Looking for a teether for you baby but not sure what style will appeal to your little one?  The Nuby Charms Teether Ring offers baby a variety of shapes, textures, and colors to explore.  This teether is loaded with charms that offer a variety of different angles to help baby sooth those sore gums!  My baby girl seems to favor the charm in the middle and the colorful striped fabric pieces on the other end of the handle.  I love the different choices this single teether offers my baby.  After all, why should your baby have only one toy to soothe those sore gums when the Nuby Charms Teether Ring offers so many options?!

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The Nuby Charms Teether Ring has an easy to hold handle and it also serves as another uniquely shaped surface for baby to chew on as well!  This charming teether is perfect for babies 3 months of age and up and is BPA Free.

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The Nuby Charms Teething Ring can be purchased online at Amazon.

I am proud to be a Nûby Mommy Blogger!  I received a Nûby Charms Teether Ring for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.

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Duck & Goose Go to the Beach

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Duck & Goose are going on another adventure and guess what?  We get to read all about it in Tad Hills’ latest Duck & Goose book, Duck & Goose Go to the Beach!  Duck needs a vacation.  Now there is one sentiment many of us can relate to!  Duck wants to go on an adventure but Goose is less than excited about the idea.  Why leave when the meadow is such a wonderful place?

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Going on vacation can be very exciting but the anticipation of a new adventure is often accompanied by a few nerves.  Sometimes leaving home or stepping out of your personal comfort zone can leave you feeling nervous and hesitant.  Duck & Goose Go to the Beach is a great example of how we learn so much about ourselves with each new life experience.

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Thanks to Duck & Goose, my baby girl loves birds.  Since we started reading Duck & Goose Go to the Beach, little miss Charlotte excitedly quacks through this story on a daily basis.  I enjoy reading this story as much as my kids do and I am delighted to find that Duck & Goose are as charming as ever in this new adventure.

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You can purchase Duck & Goose Go to the Beach online at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

I received a copy of Duck & Goose Go to the Beach for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.

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Nuby Storage Bowls and Feeding Spoon Set

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The Nûby Storage Bowls with Feeding Spoon set is a super convenient food storage solution that help make feeding babies and toddlers easier.  The Nûby Storage Bowls with Feeding Spoon set comes with four bowls and lids and a coordinating feeding spoon.  This set gets used on a daily basis in our home.  I absolutely love the convenient size of these bowls.  They are perfect for storing baby cereal, baby food, and more.  My daughter usually eats half of a yogurt each day, so I always store the second half of her yogurt in a Nuby storage bowl.  These Nuby storage bowls are dishwasher, microwave, and freezer safe.  These bowls work great for many non-baby food items as well.  I love to fill these cups with small trail mixes or my son’s favorite treat, yogurt covered raisins!  These storage bowls will be used long after my baby girl is too old for baby food!

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The feeding spoon that comes with the storage bowls has a long handle that makes it easy to scoop food out of taller jars.  I love the long handle simply because my hand does not end up in the food when I am scooping out the bottom of the container.  Little conveniences like these make feeding time so much easier and less messy!  My baby girl also loves to try to feed herself.  This spoon is easy for her to hold and the narrow scoop fits nicely in her mouth.

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The Nuby Storage Bowls with Feeding Spoon can be purchased online at Baby Earth and BuyBabyDirect.

I am proud to be a Nûby Mommy Blogger!  I received a Nûby Storage Bowls and Feeding Spoon set for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.

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ENJOY Sulfate Free Hydrating Duo Review & Giveaway

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Quench Your Hairs Thirst with ENJOY Hydrating Hair Care!  If you really think about it, there are several different ways we can dry out our precious locks.  Heat treatments such as curling irons, straighteners, and blow dryers can leave hair crying out for moisture.    This summer I started using ENJOY Sulfate Free Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner.  This dynamic duo is perfect for dry, coarse, curly, or chemically treated hair.  ENJOY Sulfate Free Hydrating Shampoo helps eliminate frizz and moisturizes my hair.  While the conditioner leaves my long wavy hair feeling smooth and easy to comb.  This hydrating duo helps moisturize my hair and the sulfate-free formula is an added plus.  I started using sulfate-free hair care products a few years ago and now that is all I use.

ENJOY Sulfate Free Hydrating Shampoo contains Guar Hydrxypropyltrimonium. Naturally derived from the Guar tree, this cationic conditioning agent is used to soften hair and scalp. Soy protein works to smooth and hydrate while silk protein seals and smoothes the cuticle. Dimethicone adds smoothness and shine and avocado oil soothes the hair shaft, locks in moisture, lubricates and helps detangle hair.

ENJOY Hydrating Conditioner contains Wheat Amino Acids, which attracts and locks in moisture to the hair shaft while Hydrolyzed Soy Protein acts as a smoothing and moisturizing agent. Avocado oil smoothes hair locks in the moisture and works as a natural detangler.

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Visit the ENJOY website to find a Salon near you with ENJOY products.  Connect with ENJOY via Facebook and Twitter to stay informed of new products and promotions.

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One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win an ENJOY Prize Pack which consists of Hydrating Sulfate-Free Shampoo & Conditioner!

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Giveaway will end at 12:01 a.m. (Est. time) on August 12, 2014.  This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.  The winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

I was provided product information as well as ENJOY Sulfate Free Hydrating Shampoo, and Conditioner for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the products I reviewed.

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RUUM American Kid’s Wear Summer Sale!

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RUUM fun fashionable clothing for both boys and girls.  The best part about this stylish clothing line is that the clothing feels soft and fits comfortably.  RUUM has a great selection of clothing online but if you have a store near you, I highly recommend shopping there as well.  It is the one store my kids actually get excited about shopping in and I can’t say I blame them.  The sales people are great and the store atmosphere is fun.

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Both of my boys have a closet full of RUUM tees.  They are super soft and my boys love to wear them.  This is extremely important because my kids will not wear clothing if they find it uncomfortable.  I love knowing when I buy a shirt at RUUM, my kids will definitely wear it.  No more battles over clothing or wasted money!  Not only do my boys love RUUM clothing, but they also love their accessories.  My boys have spent the entire spring and summer playing outside in RUUM Sporty Slip On shoes.  These shoes are available in three fun colors but my boys both chose the bluefish color.  They are easy to put on and take off and can be worn with or without socks.  The white decorative edging rubs off of the shoes with wear but we still like the way they look and my kids constantly get compliments on these shoes.  I hope RUUM carries these shoes every summer because we love them!

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Since I had my baby girl last year, I have been having so much fun shopping the girls clothing at RUUM.  My baby girl wore a RUUM dress on her first birthday and she has been sporting several cute RUUM outfits throughout the past year.  In fact, she just wore an adorable stars and stripes RUUM swimming suit for the 4th of July.  I am also loving the denim shirts and dresses at RUUM.  My baby girl has been wearing the Denim Lace Top all summer long.  It is so adorable.  I am secretly jealous that I can’t get this same top in my size!  RUUM recently sent my baby girl the Denim Shirt Dress and this denim piece is equally adorable.  The dress is a tad big on her yet because it is a size 2 and her Denim Lace Top is only 18 months, but you can’t deny its cuteness even being a little big yet!  Also, judging by Little Miss C’s behavior, I think it is safe to say she is quite comfortable wearing this dress.  She spent the morning reading, singing, and climbing and never once was bothered by the dress or the belt.  When she took notice of the belt on her dress, my little fashionista just went searching for necklaces to wear as well.

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Music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs earned an honorary doctorate degree in Humanities at Howard University.  Daughter D’Lila congratulated her “Dr. Dad” in a RUUM American Kid’s Wear sweater and Nina purse. I saw that sweater in our local RUUM store and it is the perfect companion to any cute top or dress.

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Such a sweet picture. Years from now they can hopefully capture the same picture but with D’ Lila sporting the cap and gown!

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RUUM American Kid’s Wear is available online at the RUUM website as well as in RUUM stores.  Be sure to check out the Summer Sale going on right now.  You can score 40% off some great items so this is a great time to shop!

I was provided RUUM American Kids Wear shirts and dress for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the products I reviewed.

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MAM Trainer Cup Review & Giveaway

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I am a huge fan of MAM products.  We use several different oral care items as well as a variety of MAM sippy cups.  My baby girl and recently fell in love with the MAM Trainer Cup…for different reasons of course.  My one year old loves how easily she can hold and drink form this cup.  As a mom, I find this cup design to be simply brilliant.  This innovative cup has two different styles spouts to help your little one master his or her drinking skills.  Both of these spouts are soft which I find to be a must have for a first sippy cup.  The first spout is quite similar to a baby bottle nipple and/or breast nipple.  This truly makes this a great first cup for any baby.  Since my baby girl never took a bottle, I was surprised at how quickly she took to this cup.  We now only use the second spout for the MAM Trainer Cup since my baby girl is technically a toddler now.

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The MAM Trainer Cup is extremely easy to fill and clean.  The handles make the Trainer Cup easy to hold and when your child does not need them any more, you can easily remove they can simply come off.  The MAM Trainer Cup even comes with a dust cap.  This has come in handy since my daughters Trainer Cup goes everywhere with us!  I always like to have a cup of water for my little girl and having a cup to keep over the drinking spout helps keep her cup clean and ready to use.  One of my favorite features of this cup is the spill-proof spout.  When a sippy cup does not leak and the child can actually get liquid out of the spout, that makes for a winning combination.

MAM knows life as a parent can get hectic.  With summer finally here, MAM is going to give you a much deserved chance to relax for a change.  Head to their Facebook page and share what your ideal staycation would be – date nights while a babysitter watches the kids?  Luxurious days at the spa and shopping sprees at the mall?  – and you could win a $2,000 Staycation package on MAM!

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Enter here: http://bit.ly/MAMsummerstaycation Deadline to enter is 7/31/2014.

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MAM Trainer Cups are available for purchase online at MAMBaby.  All MAM products are BPA-free, lead-free, PVC-free, Phthalate-free and CPSIA compliant.  Sign up for MAM Club to receive info on exclusive contests, new product introductions and more!

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One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win a MAM Trainer Cup!

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Giveaway will end at 12:01 a.m. (Est. time) on July 31, 2014.  This giveaway is open to residents in both the U.S and Canada.  The winners will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

I received product information as well as a MAM trainer cup for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of the experience I had with the product I reviewed.  Prize is provided by MAM and will be shipped via the sponsor of this giveaway.

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Keep Momming

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Shire. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

The relationship that exists between mothers and daughters is unlike any other. It has many unique moments, memories, and yes, even challenges along the way. The relationship dynamic can be even trickier when your daughter is in those tween-age years. What can be even more difficult is when some people dismiss certain behaviors as “typical tween girl behavior” when those behaviors can be symptoms of something more serious. Research suggests that girls are more likely than boys to report having mostly inattentive Attention- Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) symptoms. Since inattentive symptoms can be less noticeable than hyperactive and impulsive symptoms, it is important that moms know what to look for.

 

I’m proud to be joining forces with Shire, CHADD and Holly Robinson Peete to announce the launch of keep momming, a new public service initiative geared towards the moms of tween girls to raise awareness of ADHD.

 

The campaign is anchored within a new digital hub, KeepMomming.com, where you’ll find tips, tools and other go-to resources for moms, including a checklist to help recognize the symptoms of ADHD – inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity – and then encourages moms to talk to their daughter’s doctor. The keep momming initiative can help moms learn about ADHD and provide ideas on how to spark a conversation and stay connected with their tween.

 

Don’t miss Holly’s message about the keep momming initiative http://goo.gl/3tqd5q, and be sure to check out the website at KeepMomming.com.

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