Monkey Moves Game Gets You Moving

We got to try out Monkey Moves, a card game where you earn points for completing acrobatic yoga moves with a partner. You take turns pulling cards from a deck of 33, and the harder the moves, the more points you get.

With moves that range from the simple to more complex requiring skill and balance, Monkey Moves will challenge you while improving strength, flexibility, trust and balance.

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Since my partner was my three-year-old son, every move was a bit challenging! Just getting him to stand in one spot is a challenge… The game is recommended for ages 8 and up, but we still managed to have fun giving it a try.

Here’s our best effort, starting with the “waterfall:”

Monkey Moves is on sale now for $10.50 with free shipping! Click here to for info on purchasing a deck for yourself.

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Getting a Good Night’s Sleep with Weighting Comforts Blankets

I recently got to try out a unique weighted blanket from Weighting Comforts. They sent me the CoolMax style in light grey. I requested this version because I’m in Florida so I was worried I’d be too hot otherwise. They also come in soft cotton and snuggly flannel versions.

 

The idea behind the blankets is that they increase serotonin and melatonin in your body, which helps you relax, feel more calm and fall asleep much easier. They are recommended for people with anxiety, insomnia, PTSD, restless leg syndrome and depression. I’ve always had a bit of anxiety and sometimes it keeps me awake at night. I tend to toss and turn and wiggle my legs around.

The blanket is impressively heavy! It’s comprised of many little pockets filled with weighted beads made from a non-hazardous PVC compound. It’s a nice size too, and easily covered my king size bed from side-to-side.

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At first I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it. I tried it directly on me, like a regular blanket cover. It was just too much. Then I noticed a card had fallen out of the package and on the back was instructions on how to use the blanket. It always helps to read the instructions! The card says to give it a week before deciding if you don’t like it. And if you don’t, they have a great 30-day return policy.

The Instructions:

We recommend trying the blanket for ONE WEEK  in the following ways:

  • Place the weighted blanket on top of your comforter, covering your whole body from chest to toes.
  • Use the weighted blanket on top of your sheet, with no comforter.
  • Place the weighted blanket only on the lower half of your body.
  • Place the weighted blanket only on the upper half of your body.
  • If you have a feeling of anxiety with the blanket on you, take a deep breath and remind yourself, “I can remove this blanket at any time.” Some people find it takes several nights to adjust to the weight.
  • Consider exchanging for a lighter weight blanket.

It took a little work to find the right way to use it for me. My perfect combo is over the covers, just on my lower half. It calms the urge to fidget and flop around while drifting off to sleep, and makes me feel a little more secure and snug. I find even just from the knees down makes a difference. When I wake up in the middle of the night and find it has bunched down at the end of the bed, I’ll stick my feet back under it and fall right back to sleep.

You can learn more at WeightingComforts.com, and visit their social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Pinterest

 

10 Ways to Celebrate Your Nanny During National Nanny Recognition Week September 23-29

*Article contributed by the Amslee Institute. Training Nannies and Babysitters, Trusted by Families. Follow @AmsleeInstitute to see weekly childcare care articles and faculty chats to help Nannies, Sitters, and Families better care for kids.

nanny-appreciation-weekNational Nanny Recognition Week has been celebrated since 1998 so families, agencies and communities can champion the work of nannies and childcare providers. As the last week in September is coming up, now is a great time to acknowledge and thank nannies for their contributions.

 

Here are a few ways you can celebrate and show appreciation for your Nanny:

1. Provide an extra paid day off or a financial bonus. Often, we have time but are short on funds or have money but are working so many hours that we are short on time. Ask what your nanny would prefer and help your nanny break this cycle for a day with a gift of time and/or extra income.

2. Make a card. Have the children write a card for their nanny and include a gift card to a favorite store. When children write thank you cards, they learn appreciation and your nanny has a treasure to keep that memorializes the time they invested to support your family and help your children thrive.

3. Invest in your nanny’s professional development. Professional and career nannies can better care for children and advance their career through continuing education. Programs at Amslee Institute offers courses and training leading to childcare diplomas and certifications (www.amsleeinstitute.com).

4. Create a memory book. Younger children can create a book using construction paper. Computer savvy children can create a memory ebook or use online stores to build a professional bound album (www.shutterfly.com).

5. Subscribe to Nanny Magazine. Nanny Magazine is the premier publication for childcare workers, with nanny tips, advice, and articles suited to the professional nanny’s career (www.nannymagazine.com).

6. Give Nanny Merchandise. Nanny tee shirts, water bottles, and coffee mugs are a great way to show appreciate and can be found on Amazon and Etsy. Our favorite is Nanny Tees (www.nannytees.com).

7. Personalize a gift. An engraved charm or necklace is a wonderful keepsake. Customized holiday ornaments, journals, and picture frames are also great gifts to show your appreciation (www.thingsremembered.com).

8. Schedule a day at the salon, spa, or a massage. A day of pampering can include nail services, facials, and massages based on the preferences of your nanny. A gift card to their favorite spot can provide service and scheduling flexibility (www.spafinder.com).

9. Make a video. Grab your phone and ask the kids several questions about their nanny. Capturing genuine responses and sharing them with your nanny will create new memories and commemorate their time together.

10. Order a gift basket. If your nanny loves chocolate, fruit, nuts, or popcorn, there is a gift basket available. You can order pre-made baskets or build one of your own. Add some fresh flowers or balloons to make it more festive (www.harryanddavid.com).

Nannies work hard to care for our children and this is a great opportunity to show them our appreciation. Writing cards and telling nannies how valued they are to the family will ensure they feel appreciated.

ameliaAbout Amslee Institute ~ Amslee Institute provides the only licensed online childcare classes with diploma and certification programs based on a curriculum specifically designed to advance the skills of Nannies and Sitters. Amslee Institute has over 30 adjunct faculty with a passion for education and childcare, bringing them together to help childcare providers gain practical skills and certifications that benefit their careers and the children in their care. Amslee Institute is licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education, License No. 5951 and is a member of the International Nanny Association (INA). Amslee Institute partners with industry leading agencies to help families connect with Amslee graduates.

For more information, visit https://www.AmsleeInstitute.com.

Book Review: What’s Making Walter C. Laugh? by Ginny Jordan

What’s Making Walter C. Laugh? is a fun and colorful children’s book that will get you and your child engaged in the story as you giggle about unicorns on unicycles and ice-skating ladybugs.

It’s a collection of whimsical illustrations of animals and objects doing silly things that will give you plenty to talk about, and giggle about, on each page. The pictures are eye-catching and the captions engaging. And it ends with blank pages so you and your child can doodle pictures about what makes you laugh!

What’s Making Walter C. Laugh? is rated 5 Stars on Amazon and available in both paperback and Kindle editions.

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This is the first book written by Ginny Jordan, who lives in New York with her Havapoo, Mio. While teaching in New York, she was the only teacher in her school to earn the Outstanding Service Award and gained plenty of experience making children laugh!

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