Archive - 2020

COVID-19 and at-risk children
Review: Social CBD drops
Review: Kids Smart High DHA Fish Oil Chewable Burstlets
Five birthday treats to send to school when cupcakes aren’t allowed
Let them be little… and have conflicts

COVID-19 and at-risk children

The work I’m blessed to be a part of professionally reaches around the globe. You can imagine the impact something like COVID-19 has on such work. We can’t currently reach our partners physically but thanks to technology we can check in on them frequently and support from afar. This perspective has given me some serious things to ponder and share. Just yesterday I saw some amazing little infographics for kids circulating on Facebook. This is the graphic that literally stopped me in my tracks:

Using this graphic parents, grandparents, guardians and other caregivers can talk to their children about the virus and assure them that they will be safe, that there is an adult who will keep them safe. The child is prompted to write the caregivers name there on the line.

Why did this excellent and therapeutic exercise stop me in my tracks? Because I know thousands of kids who don’t have a name to write on that line. I know thousands of kids who haven’t even heard that COVID-19 is a threat to them. And honestly, they are hungry, they lack security… COVID-19 is the least of their concerns. Whether that child is in this country or one across the ocean, we must not forget them in our panic and toilet paper searches.

Doing our part now, to flatten the curve and continue to support our economy in creative ways here ultimately affects vulnerable populations served through nonprofits and even government programs. That means yes, I think taking a second to distance, to clean more to halt some travel to pull back is the best option in the short term to affect the long term. Without measures now, the economy continues to dip, travel is suspended further… funding for nonprofits and programs suffers and ultimately at-risk kids and teens who don’t have a name to write on that line have little hope.

Let’s be good neighbors… globally and locally. There is no me without you, there is no us without them.

Review: Social CBD drops

We all need a bit of support when it comes to our immune system and stress levels. Our pain levels, inflammation and even our mood link directly into how well these things are supported. I typically look to whole foods, teas and vitamins to support immune systems and overall health but recently looked into how CBD oil could benefit me as well.

And I’m so glad I did.

Enter Social CBD drops. Perhaps it would help if I break this down a little for you before launching in to what I, personally, gleaned from use. After all, I had some concerns around the product in general and a little bit of education went a long way in helping me understand why CBD oil really is a great fit for moms like myself.

First of all, CBD is not a substance that can give you a high. There are no psychoactive effects whatsoever. It is a substance made from the hemp plant and contains 0.0% THC. Social CBD, specifically, is third-party tested 5 times for CBD, THC and pesticides. The suppliers are farms located in Oregon, Kentucky and Colorado and are all registered with the USDA.
CBD supports the endocannabinoid system, which is the second largest neurotransmitter system in the body and present in the central nervous system. It’s obvious a substance that interacts with this system may be useful in supporting mood, immune system, stress and a host of other things. On to my experience!

I started with a lower dose than recommended as I’ve read CBD can have different effects based on dosage for different people. Over a few weeks I worked up to the suggested dose and found the most benefit at that level. I specifically struggle with typical headaches and inflammation which lead to difficulties finding rest. After using Social CBD for some time I found my rest and peace multiplied and felt very supported in tackling my busy days as a mom of four. Hopefully my experience takes some of the stigma out of CBD usage for you! Let me know if you have questions in the comments below.

If you are looking to add CBD to your wellness regimen I recommend picking up some Social CBD, in fact, you can grab a 25% discount by using code MOMSMEET25 on your order. Click here to shop. CBD drops start at prices as low as $35, which makes my wallet happy. 

I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet. com) to use and post my honest opinions. Compensation for this post was provided and this page may contain affiliate links.

Review: Kids Smart High DHA Fish Oil Chewable Burstlets

We love good supplements around our house. In fact, if you’ve hung out around here before you’ve likely read several posts from me on how to choose great supplements for every member of the family. It’s always a treat to discover a new supplement that will benefit my kids while adding something playful to their morning routine.

Kids Smart Chewable Burstlets are just about the cutest little things ever. Each burstlet is shaped like an adorable little fish. Kids simply chew the little fish OR give the fish a little squeeze and twist to pop a fruity tasting, omega-3 filled little treat directly into their mouths. My youngest promises that the purple fish tastes the best.

Why take DHA? DHA and EPA can support healthy brain and eye function as well as the nervous system. I feel good sending the kids into a long day of school knowing that these vital systems will be supported after taking Kids Smart. Our bodies don’t produce DHA and EPA on their own so it’s important to either eat foods that provide this or take supplements. Kids Smart has 10 times more DHA than most brands on the market.

Where can you find these adorable little fish? Amazon of course. Simply click here to grab a bottle for your family. At $9.99 (and sometimes less on sale!) this fun and healthy buy won’t break the budget. Use promo code 20MM20KS at check out to get an additional 20% off!

I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet. com) to use and post my honest opinions. Compensation for this post was provided and this page may contain affiliate links.

Five birthday treats to send to school when cupcakes aren’t allowed

I began my career, fresh out of college, as a teacher. I didn’t spend a long time in that field but I lingered long enough to realize that birthday cakes were a disaster in the classroom. They crumbled, kids licked only the frosting off the top and the resulting sugar high made the afternoon super pleasant. As a mom, I see the cupcake issue from yet another angle. Food allergies are a real issue for many kids and cupcakes have a lengthly list of ingredients, lots of sugar and often artificial food dyes. Perhaps food treats aren’t the best choice to send off to school and into the hands, and mouths, of children we don’t know well. Today I’m proposing five options for elementary aged kids that aren’t food and won’t break the bank. Each item is linked for you convenience.

Squishy Mochi Animals

What’s not to love? These adorable little guys are squishy (sensory input!) and tradable. They come in at $12-15 for sets of 20 or 30 and your child and their classmates are bound to have an extra fun recess that day squishing, stretching and sharing their new little creatures.


Play Doh is a classic and these mini, party size options give each child just a little bit to enjoy. The party packs also come with little stickers that allow your child to add the names of each friend in class. The price is right at five dollars for 15 mini tubs.

Novelty Food Erasers

Your child’s teacher will be pleased with this “treat” that doubles as a school supply! For $14 you can snag 50 erasers that span every food group. From pizza, to pie and popsicles there will be a favorite (or 2) in the mix for each child in the class.

Mini Rubiks Cubes

My 11 year old chimed in with this option! These little cubes are adorable and will keep hands busy during transition times, recess or the bus ride home. The price point is right at $9 for 18 cubes and it’s just a really fun and cool little treat to share. Great for older elementary.

Friendship cord bracelets

This little treat serves a dual purpose. It’s fun AND it promotes friendship and unity in the classroom. This $12 fifty pack comes with styles that will work for both genders and has plenty of colors to choose from. Bonus points for not being a distraction! This is another treat that could work well for older elementary.


Let them be little… and have conflicts

Mom… the neighbor is coming to talk to you. Elliott yelled this in a hurry as he and a neighborhood buddy came bursting in the front door. What did you do? I asked. The conversation that followed included some details about a tomato from his friend’s garden, and how they were tossing it and then some older boys entered the scene and somehow this tomato ended up being tossed at/to one of these kids. So did it ruin his shirt, was he hurt somehow? My questions continued. Both boys answered that no, neither had taken place. I told them not to worry and to just go play, and to keep their tomatoes to themselves.

About twenty minutes later I went out to the driveway to retrieve something and I saw the parent  coming full speed toward me. This man had an intentional stride, body-builder arms and probably 150 pounds on me. And yet he came, bowed up, like he needed to make an impression on his 5 foot 3 inch neighbor in yoga pants.

Is that your son? He pointed to Elliott. I believe so, I said. He proceeded to tell me how the boys had been throwing rotten tomatoes at his boys. He wasn’t present for this bloodbath, he was simply retelling a story without either party present. And his boys? They are older than the boys I was currently representing. But what was particularly amusing is that this daddy proceeded to tell me he was trying to pay it forward, one parent to another because it seemed that my son could care less.

Well neighbor. I bet he doesn’t care. Because it’s summer. And boys throw things. And no one was hurt and their clothes aren’t stained. This certainly wasn’t a charge to your neighbor’s house event and I’m concerned about what will happen if we ever do have one of those!

Parents I’m worried that we’ve driven our helicopters a little too close. We are literally clipping the hairs on their heads with the propeller at this point! Bullying is all over the news, and certainly should be dealt with. But what will happen if our children grow up without these little summer break conflicts? If we handle ever scrape and mean word and tomato for them… man, good luck with your first job. Good luck navigating interpersonal relationships in college and the Comcast guy who comes to your door when you buy a house. We are cutting their legs out from under them.

At some point he headed back before I could say much, because really, I didn’t have much to say. I gathered the boys up and explained that while I expected them both to be respectful to the adults in our neighborhood I wasn’t upset with them. I suggested that perhaps they stay clear of the older boys for now, as it didn’t seem like a good fit and they agreed. And then I thought about it again, and shouted to them as they ran off with some random concoction that resembled a bunny trap… play with who you want, but think about what you do and be prepared to deal with the consequences! They exchanged a look that said she is such a weird mom, but yelled okay! and went on their way.

I’ll sleep easy tonight knowing that hopefully, someday, these kids of mine will make choices, reap consequences and handle conflict with grace. Besides, a little tomato never hurt anyone anyway.

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