Dunkin Donuts #BurnBright with the New York Liberty Contest – Girls Basketball

Dunkin Donuts #BurnBright with the New York Liberty Contest – Girls Basketball

Hey Tri-State (NY, NJ, CT) area families. Have you heard, The New York Liberty and Dunkin Donuts have collaborated to bring you an amazing opportunity for your daughters who play basketball?  It’s the Dunkin Donuts #BURNBRIGHT with The New York Liberty Contest. If your daughter is on a girls basketball team in the ti-state area, then this contest is for them. Her basketball team can win a clinic with The New York Liberty. That’s right a personal clinic with some of the best female athletes in this country. The grand prize actually includes the Clinic, Swag from Dunkin Donuts and New York Liberty and a meal prepared by the New York Liberty Team Chef. How cool is all of that? So, who’s ready to enter?

Once you’re ready to nominate a team just head to the contest website and fill out the entry form and write in 100 words or less why you believe your team deserves the clinic with the New York Liberty. Good Luck to all of the families who take of advantage of this amazing opportunity. Click the link for the contest page here, http://www.ddliberty.com.

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~Monica J~

Disclaimer:  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I always review products on my own and turn into a big kid with my teacher hat on.   

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SkinCare for Teenagers & Parents

SkinCare for Teenagers & Parents

In today’s post I’m introducing you to two skin care devices on the market.  The first device definitely has me speaking to parents of teenagers who suffer from acne. However, parents you can use this product too. Teenagers go through so many changes, especially during their high school years. Acne happens to be one of those annoying, frustrating and often times challenging thing they have to deal with. With so many products on the market what do they use? What’s the best and what works? Let me introduce you to a new product on the market called Silk n’ Blue. It’s not a cream nor is it a pill. I find it to be even better than both. The Silk N’Blue is a device that destroys acne causing bacteria for clearer skin in a few weeks using its blue light system.  For more information on this product visit www.silkn.com.

For adults who are looking to obtain younger looking skin, then the Silk’n ReVit Microderm is a device you may want to explore.  While at a Momtrends beauty event, Dr. Judith Hellman gave an informative presentation on two at-home devices and the ReVit was one of them. She explained the benefits of using the ReVit and directions on how to use it. I was able to talk with her one on one and she was so sweet. I started using the ReVit right away and I do feel a difference after 3 weeks. I don’t use it everyday, maybe 2-3 times a week. I feel as if my skin is slightly softer. I don’t have many fine lines nor wrinkles, so I can’t really speak to that. However, I feel it’s important to take care of your skin now, which will help with the prevention of those wrinkles. Here’s a little recap video of the event and Dr. Hellman’s presentation.

Visit www.silkn.com for more information on the Silk’n Blue and the ReVit Microderm. For more family fashion, products, games, crafts and toys, jump on over to our new Weekly Favorites with Monica J Youtube channel.  For more on family events and products visit the So Family YouTube Channel, www.youtube.com/sofamilyonline. Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channels and our site for weekly and daily updates. Join the family!

~Monica J~

Disclaimer: All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I attended a Momtrends media event and received the Silk’n Blue and ReVit for review purposes.  

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Picky Eaters – New Pediatric Research on Picky Eaters

Picky Eaters – New Pediatric Research on Picky Eaters

Picky Eaters are common in young families, but what does it mean to be a picky eater? There’s new research that suggests that being a picky eater can signal emotional troubles in a small portion of kids. This particular study focused on about 900 children aged 2 through 5 who were recruited from primary care doctors affiliated with Duke’s medical center in Durham, North Carolina. The study found that preschool-aged children who were extremely selective about their food are more likely than others to have underlying anxiety or depression. However, only 3 percent of the children studied were that picky.

Here are some facts taken from the research (AP):

Less severe pickiness, dubbed “moderate selected eating” in the study, was found in about 18 percent of kids. These are children who will only eat a narrow range of foods. Kids with either level of pickiness were almost two times more likely than others to develop anxiety symptoms within two years, the study found.

More typical pickiness, including kids who just refuse to eat their vegetables, is probably merely “normal dislike,” said eating disorders specialist Nancy Zucker, the lead author and an associate psychiatry professor at Duke University’s medical school. These are the kids who typically outgrow their pickiness as they mature.

I’m definitely not a picky eater and I’ll try almost anything once, so I’m wondering what that says about me. It seems that most of the picky eaters will grow out of their pickiness, but I’m really interested in knowing what studies say about children who are open to try almost anything. Should they be a little pickier? Any thoughts?

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~Monica J~

Disclaimer: All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I love supporting children’s products that promote learning through play.

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Kids State Dinner – Healthy Lunchtime Challenge

Kids State Dinner – Healthy Lunchtime Challenge

Today was the Kids’ “State Dinner” at the White House. There were 55 very deserving Healthy Lunchtime Challenge winners who took take part in the annual dinner. These children were chosen out of almost 1000 entries.  The entire country was able to watch this special event live not he Lets Move Blog. As each young guest entered the White House their name, state and winning dish was announced. How special and fun that must have been for each child. Some of their dishes made me hungry just by listening to the names of these winning dishes. It’s always important to honor children that commit to things that they believe in or are passionate about. These children sent in essays about their family’s health challenges, importance of their cultural dishes and more. We here at Sofamilyonline.com congratulate all of the winners and celebrate all of the mini chefs out there.

One special young lady, Abby Cornwell, who was the winner of last years Lunchtime Challenge was given the opportunity to speak to the all of the mini chefs in the audience and introduce the First Lady. Wow, what an experience. This young lady decided to pay it forward by serving all of the kids in her school system her winning dish. She also helped many of the children in her school, who didn’t eat breakfast, by filling apple baskets in each classroom for students to take when they felt hungry. By the end of her school year she shared 9,000 apples. In my eyes that’s absolutely extraordinary.

For more on family events and products visit the So Family YouTube Channel, www.youtube.com/sofamilyonline. Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channels and our site for weekly and daily updates. Join the family!

~Monica J~

Disclaimer: All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I love supporting children’s challenges that promote healthy living.

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Girl Scouts Camp Out at the Whitehouse – #GSOutdoors

Girl Scouts Camp Out at the Whitehouse – #GSOutdoors

A childhood memory of camping out at the Whitehouse is an experience I wish I had.  Yesterday the Girl Scouts of America participated in the ultimate campout on the South Lawn of the Whitehouse.  Dozens of tents were pitched and sleeping bags rolled out for this fun sleepover.  The campout is part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative, which fights childhood obesity.  The agenda was filled with lots of fun activities that got the girls moving, learning and having fun at the same time.  Climbing a wall was one of the physical activities and knot tying was a classic Girl Scouts task.  The First Lady asked some of the girls to show her how to tie a knot.  I can’t forget to mention the girls even made s’mores. Yum!  I remember my Girl Scouts days and those memories are filled with positive experiences.  So, if you’re wondering if the girls earn a badge for their Whitehouse Campout, they do.  Engaging in the campout activities will help girls earn one of the new Girls’ Choice Outdoor badges. Cool right?  Check out some of the pictures from this amazing campout below.

Head to the Girlscouts.org for information on this fun day and also to find out how your child can become a Girl Scout. For more on family events and products visit the So Family YouTube Channel, www.youtube.com/sofamilyonline. Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channels and our site for weekly and daily updates. Join the family!

~Monica J~

Disclaimer: All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I love supporting children’s products that promote learning through play.

*All Images From Girl Scouts.org & NBC News

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Childhood Cancer Fundraiser – Ciara Chanell Howard – NYC

Childhood Cancer Fundraiser – Ciara Chanell Howard – NYC

Just over a year ago 10 year old Ciara Chanell Howard told her mother that she wanted to give back to children, specifically children battling and beating pediatric cancer.  Her organization Children Making Strides Against Childhood Cancer was born soon after.  In 2014 Ciara and her mother hosted a fashion show for a cause and raised money for these special children.  This past weekend she did it again, but even bigger and she even had a few of celebrities on hand to help her do it.  This year’s event was hosted by radio personality Angela Yee with honored guest Yandy Smith and Eden Duncan Smith (from Annie).  One very special honorary was Leah Still, daughter of NFL player Devon Still, who is making strides against childhood cancer.  Leah was unable to attend the event, but her mother Carmen accepted the award on her behalf.  So Family is all about the kids and this was definitely about the kids, from the cause to the fashion.  This was an important event to support and I’m extremely happy that we were able to be there.  Just watching all of the children walk the runway, with big smiles, for other children made the evening.  Team SO Family is proud of you Ciara Chanell Howard for making a difference in the lives of children and families making strides against childhood cancer.  You are a true So Family Kid!  Check out some of our pictures from the special evening below.

To donate to Children Making Strides Against Childhood Cancer please visit http://MSKCC.CONVIO.NET/GOTO/CHMSAC.  For more kids fashion, products, games, crafts and toys jump on over to our new Weekly Favorites with Monica J Youtube channel.  For more on family events and products visit the So Family YouTube Channel, www.youtube.com/sofamilyonline. Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channels and our site for weekly and daily updates. Join the family!

~Monica J~

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The amazing Ciara Chanell Howard.

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Hanging backstage with several kid models. We had so much fun dancing backstage. Aren’t they all beautiful and handsome?

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One of the beautiful kid models. Look at those eyes.

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Two of our So Family event’s host Nailah Ni’Mat and Ameenha Lee.

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Little Mendeces and another beautiful model.  These kids are amazing.

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One of the many adorable kid models.

 

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Angela Yee and Ciara Chanell Howard

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