Wednesday, July 1, 2020

July 4th Weekend Sales Family Savings

Savings

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Save 20-70% off , The Loft, Wayfair, Carter's, Adidas, JCPenney, Details below

July 4th Family Discounts On Now


In these uncertain times, I need to make a serious effort to be very conservative on spending, saving money wherever I can on the things I need to buy this summer. You too? Good,you've come to the right place. Read on since you are not going to want to miss all the July 4th savings you can rack up on purchases for yourself, family and friends this summer.



Womens Summer Accessories Hat Bag Sunglasses Blue White


Styles for Moms


Take 60% off all sale items right now during their Flash Sale and 40% off full-priced items at The Loft, through July 2, 2020. I've been shopping this brand for years for both work and casual clothes, shoes, and accessories and I continue to love all the ways this brand brings a modern twist to the classic styles I gravitate toward. With styles including those who everyday as well as maternity wear, you'll find items starting at just $8. Simply put, this is a great place to find really good deals on quality fashion items. Shop Now


Red Womens Summer Accessories Bag Earrings

House Wares to Accessorize Your Home


Another brand at the top of my shopping list is Wayfair. With the chance to save up to 70% during their July 4th clearance sale, definitely check them out. In fact, this is my go-to source for just about everything I buy for our house and garden, like indoor and outdoor furniture and lots more. Most recently, I bought new bath fixtures for our master bathroom here and I was even able to take advantage of their service that connected me with a local plumber to install our new sink faucets. Shop Now


White Farmhouse Country Kitchen

Cute Outfits for Babies and Kids


For the little ones, from newborn through size 14 kids, Carter's is the place to go. Their July 4th sale with 40% off Carter's and Oshkosh brands is going on now with adorable and well-made summer styles for babies as well as older children. Kids clothing items start at just $5 and they have some really sweet red, white, and blue separates for both boys and girls. If you enjoy dressing your kids in coordinating outfits -- like I did when my triplets + 1 more child all born within a year were younger -- this is a great source for finding just what you're looking for in a variety of sizes all in one place. Shop Now


Boy Jumping on Bed


Athletic Footwear and Apparel


Here's another popular brand you know and love for men, women and kids: Adidas. Now, through July 6th take 25% off sitewide. That's big savings on not only their iconic running shoes and specialized footwear for every sport from tennis and basketball to soccer and more, but also their branded cutting edge apparel and accessories for those of us who enjoy an active lifestyle. They even sell stylish cell phone cases, watches, balls, and you can save a full 25% on everything on buy on the site right now. Shop Now

Clothes for the Family & Appliances for Your Home


Another excellent source for quality items for the family at affordable prices is JC Penneys. In fact, my own mother shopped for me here when I was a kid and  I've relied on this family friendly department story since I became a growup raising my own children. This is another great one-stop shop for so many things from clothes, shoes, and accessories for the whole family  to decorating items for your home and small and major kitchen appliances. Right now you can get an extra 30% off purchases over $75 and 25% off purchases under $75 through July 5, 2020. Shop Now


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The Loft - 60% Savings
Wayfair -  70% Savings
Carter's -  40% Savings
Adidas  -   25% Savings
JC Penneys - 25-30% Savings

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Twitter Party Calendar With Prizes Includes Facebook Live + Instagram Parties

Social Media Parties


Master Social Media Party Calendar - USA & Canada


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Twitter Party Facebook Live Calendar


Here's how to find parties on Twitter, Facebook Live, Instagram and Pinterest offering great prizes. Get all the details in this free constantly updated Master Party Calendar listing tons of family friendly parties including specifics on prizes you can win and links to RSVP and participate. Includes social media parties for U.S. and Canada residents with multiple updates daily as new parties are announced.

Find out about new parties added to this listing multiple times daily by subscribing to this blog and following MBE on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. Unless indicated otherwise, parties are for U.S. residents only. Parties for Canada residents are highlighted in purple.


THIS WEEK

Monday, June 29

TBA

Tuesday, June 30

Give Out Day Twitter Party at 12:30 pm ET with @clever_network. Prizes: SIX (6) $100 VISA e-giftcards, ONE (1) $200 VISA e-GC. #GiveOutDay RSVP 

Bib Chat Twitter Party at 8 pm ET with @bibrave. Prizes: TBA. #BibChat Details

Smartphone Photography Workshop Twitter Party at 8 pm ET with @rickgriffin. Prizes: ONE (1) Galaxy S20 5 GUW smartphone, ONE (1) $250 Amazon giftcard. #SmartPhotoContest RSVP

Wednesday, July 1

Financial Independence Credit Chat Twitter Party at 3 pm ET with @experian. Prizes: TWO (2) $50 Amazon gift cards. #CreditChat RSVP

Walt Disney World Wednesday Twitter Party at 5 pm ET with @thepositivemom_ @carolkneece and others. Prizes: TBA. #WDWwednesday RSVP

Thursday, July 2

Wise Bread Chat Twitter Party at 3 pm ET with @wisebread. Prizes: TBA. #WBchat Details

Friday, July 3

Black Pink Twitter Party at 11 am ET with @thetoyinsider @jazwares and others. Prizes: FIVE (5) winners get fun toys, see RSVP for prize descriptions.  #BlackPinkParty RSVP


NEXT WEEK

Monday, July 6

TBA

Tuesday, July 7

Bib Chat Twitter Party at 8 pm ET with @bibrave. Prizes: TBA. #BibChat Details

Wednesday, July 8

I am Organic India Twitter Party at 1 pm ET with @naturallysavvy @organicindiausa and others. Prizes: SIX (6) prize packs ARV $40. #IAmOrganicIndia Details

Credit Chat Twitter Party at 3 pm ET with @experian. Prizes: TWO (2) $50 Amazon gift cards. #CreditChat RSVP TBA

Walt Disney World Wednesday Twitter Party at 5 pm ET with @thepositivemom_ @carolkneece and others. Prizes: TBA. #WDWwednesday RSVP

Thursday, July 9

Benefits of Plant-based Formula Facebook Live Party from 2 to 2:30 pm ET with Moms Meet. Prizes: TEN (10) winners get prize packs ARV $40. RSVP

Wise Bread Chat Twitter Party at 3 pm ET with @wisebread. Prizes: TBA. #WBchat Details

Friday, July 10

The Toy Insider Twitter Party at 11 am ET with @thetoyinsider and others. Prizes: FIVE (5) prizes, see RSVP for prize details. RSVP


COMING SOON

Monday, July 13

TBA

Tuesday, July 14

Bib Chat Twitter Party at 8 pm ET with @bibrave. Prizes: TBA. #BibChat Details

Wednesday, July 15

Credit Chat Twitter Party at 3 pm ET with @experian. Prizes: TWO (2) $50 Amazon gift cards. #CreditChat RSVP TBA

Walt Disney World Wednesday Twitter Party at 5 pm ET with @thepositivemom_ @carolkneece and others. Prizes: TBA. #WDWwednesday RSVP

Thursday, July 16

Wise Bread Chat Twitter Party at 3 pm ET with @wisebread. Prizes: TBA. #WBchat Details

Friday, July 17

The Toy Insider Twitter Party at 11 am ET with @thetoyinsider and others. Prizes: FIVE (5) prizes, see RSVP for prize details. RSVP



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Friday, June 26, 2020

Mom Back Pain Prevention Tips

Wellness

Guest Post

By Emmanuelle Lehat 
Ergonomics Specialist & Mother of 3 Kids

Readers Note: This guest post is for informational purposes only and it is not intended as a substitute for professional wellness and medical advice.

Moms: How to Prevent Back Pain During Quarantine

My son was only a year old. I was driving about two hours every day between home, day care (my parents home), and work. The drive was just killing my back. Combine this with constantly bending to lift my son, my back just felt like it was going to give out. Fast forward a few years and two more children later. I have learned some tricks of the trade. I've also made some minor adjustments to my lifestyle and now rarely experience back discomfort.


Mom Tips to Lift Your Child Without Back Pain


A Real Mom's Guide to Avoiding Back Pain

With the new reality of homeschooling and quarantining, us moms have assumed many more childcare duties. From home arts-and-crafts projects to more diaper changes, childcare burdens keep on increasing. Where mothers who sent their kids to daycare spent 10-12 hours with their children, they now spend 16-18 hours caring for their kids.

What can this increase in childcare do to our backs? Furthermore, when lifting infants and young kids, what positions should we avoid and which postures can we integrate into our new lives? Based on my first-hand experience as a mother as well as an ergonomic professional, in this guest post, I'll be explaining some strategies to aid back pain prevention.  These tips are supported by research in the field that every mom caring for young children should be aware of whether you work outside the home or you are a stay-at-home mom.

What is Wrong with How I Lift My Child? 

Between the 2 AM feeding sessions and getting the kids to come to the dinner table, mothers often feel that life is out of their control. I often feel this way, especially at this time Staying at home for long hours, I don’t have enough time to complete my daily chores and, at the same time, take care of myself.

Overwhelmed and weary with long hours of childcare duties, mothers awkwardly reach during baths, bend at the back when lifting infants, or tilt or twist the spine when playing with toddlers on the floor.

Most mothers tend to lift their kids using what’s called the “scoop lift” – bending at the waist and keeping their knees straight. Despite the increased tension, mothers believe that the “scoop lift” is the safest and most efficient way to lift their children (Sanders and Morse, 2005).

In reality, the “scoop lift” places increased stress on the lower back. Rather than using your hips and knees to assist with lifting, with the “scoop lift” you only use the back muscles. Additionally, with the “scoop lift” mothers lift away from their core, placing increased stress and weight on the lower back. 

Researchers have long established that the “scoop lift” is not great for us. In fact, women who used the “scoop lift” are four times more likely to experience a herniated disc. For women trying to manage their careers from isolation while simultaneously caring for children, the stress on our back is even greater (See Sanders and Morse, 2005).

What Can I Do to Avoid Back Pain or Injury? 
 

Steps to Lifting Child Without Back Pain


Tips for Properly Lifting Kids

TIP #1: LIFT FROM THE HIPS AND KNEES 

The best way to lift ergonomically is to bend at the hips and knees. Before lifting, you want to come close to your child. Keep your feet a little more than shoulder length apart and pointed in the direction of your kid. You want to then lower yourself with your knees and hips. Finally, grasp the child safely and slowly elevate your body. Lifting from the hips and knees distributes the child’s weight more evenly across the different muscle groups and places less stress on your lower back. 

You might need to adapt this method when lifting a toddler out of the crib (Unless you are extremely tall, you cannot fully bend at the knees and hips when lifting over the bars). When lifting out of a crib, I encourage lifting with the “stand-lift method” This method can be used for children who do not stand on their own but are starting to crawl. 

To perform the “stand-lift method,” bring the child from the mattress to the standing position. Parents should keep the child’s feet on the mattress when bringing the child closer and to the standing position (don’t lift the child off the mattress just yet). Once the child is standing while resting their feet on the mattress and closer to you, you want to look up and gently lift your toddler. With the child standing before lifting, mothers can lift the child from a higher position and limit stress placed on their lower back.

TIP #2: STRUCTURE YOUR DAY 

There is also a mental health component to back pain. When parents perform meaningful activities and structure their day, they are less likely to experience lower back discomfort. Additionally, believing that your actions – whether exercise, stretching, or pain management techniques - improve your health can alleviate back pain (See Keedy et al., 2014 and Harkappa et al, 1991).

In this respect, try as much as possible to structure you and your kids’ day. During this trying time of COVID-19 and quarantine, you should make a little schedule for yourself.

For your morning routine, try something like this:

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM - Wake up and Prepare for the Day 
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM – Breakfast 
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM – Song and Dance Time
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM – Free Play
10:00 AM – 10:15 AM – Snack Time 
10:15 AM – 11:00 AM – Arts and Crafts 
11:00 AM – 11:15 AM – Stretch with the kids 
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM - Lunch Time 
12:00 – 1:00 PM – Kids Nap/Mommy Indoor Aerobic Exercises 

Try making a schedule that is customized for your unique family lifestyle, one that incorporates both your and your children’s’ needs. Right now worry is at an all-time high and there is a fear of getting sick. However, try to focus on what you can control – namely you and the kids' routine. With your day planned and structured, you can increase your sense of control, prevent back pain, and make the most of your time in isolation. 


4 Step Scapular Stretch
4-Step Scapular Back Stretch Technique


TIP #3: STRETCH AND RUN 

Once the kids are asleep, try to perform some light aerobic exercise and back stretches. If you can, try running on an elliptical, performing Pilates in a standing position, or, if permitted, walking briskly outdoors. Exercises while standing upright, like jogging, can help protect against lower back pain (See Woolf & Glaser, 2004). 

One stretch that I often recommend is the 4-step scapular stretch described here

1) Keep your shoulders at your side and bend both elbows so your hands are in front of you 
2) Make a fist and pull both shoulders back while looking up 
3) Try bringing your shoulder blades together and hold that position for 5 seconds 
4) Repeat the stretch as tolerated 

This is a great stretch because it promotes muscle groups that are rarely used in childcare. Mothers often bend forward when bathing, lifting, or holding their kids. The scapular stretch does the exact opposite – stretching those muscles used for extending the back and shoulders. 

Conclusion 

You are probably spending more time with your kids now. With increased childcare duties, you can experience more back pain. In this post, I reviewed several tips to help alleviate and prevent back pain. 

First, try to maintain good posture when lifting children. You want to bend at the hips and knees rather than solely at the back. As much as you can, try not to “scoop lift” your kids. 

Second, try to structure your and your children’s day. There is a lot of fear out there. Try to organize those things that are in your control - your daily schedule. 

Third, you want to stretch and perform aerobic exercises daily. 

It doesn’t have to be as elaborate as your pre-quarantine routine. Try exercises that feel right for you and fit into your daily schedule. In these crazy times with the increased burden of childcare, these tips should help alleviate discomfort and protect your back.


Mom Dad With Two Kids
Emmanuelle & her hubbie with 2 of 3 kids
 

About the Author

Emmanuelle Lehat is Associate Ergonomics Specialist at Ergonomics Advance, Beverly Hills, California and the mother of three children ranging in age from 1 to 5. An ergonomic specialist with advanced certification from Colorado State University, Emmanuelle conducts office ergonomic assessments to decrease discomfort at work. She is passionate about creating a culture of wellness and detail-oriented when addressing each client's needs. She is comprehensive when analyzing each employee's workstation and making individualized ergonomic recommendations. For more information about ergonomics and to request a consultation, please visit ErgonomicsAdvance.com; you can also learn more by following the brand on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

References

Keedy, N., Keffala, V., Altmaier, E., & Chen, J. (2014) Health Locus of Control and Self-Efficacy Predict Back Pain Rehabilitation Outcomes. Iowa Orthopedic Journal, 34. 

Harkapaa, K., Jarviskoski, A., Mellin, G., Hurri, H., & Luoma, J. (1991) Health locus of control beliefs and psychological distress as predictors for treatment outcome in low-back pain patients: results of a 3-month follow-up of a controlled intervention study. Pain, 46 

Sanders, M.J., & Morse, T. (2005). The Ergonomics of Caring for Children: An Exploratory Study. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 59. 

Woolf, S. K., Glaser, J.A. (2004). Low Back Pain in Running-based Sports. Southern Medical Journal, 97 (9)

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