27 April 2017

Why is Family so Important?

Have you ever thought about the importance our families have in our lives? It may not seem like it, but while your parents are arguing where you should all go for a summer vacation, while your widower grandpa is thinking about senior dating and while your sister is constantly yammering about some boy that may or may not like her, you’re all affecting each other in some way without realizing it.

We think that we would be alright on our own, but in truth, our families play a larger role in our well-being than we might think. With that in mind, here are four reasons why family is so important.

1. Love and Understanding

The first and most important thing that you family brings to your life is love. Nobody will love you in the same way as your parents and your siblings, which is why we rarely hesitate to go to our family members for consolation and support.

Furthermore, you can usually count on your family to understand you. Even those people who have been completely rejected by society for looking like this or doing that can always rely upon the fact that their family will embrace them no matter what.

2. Home is Where Your Family is

Not only do people like to travel, but there’s a lot of us that tend to move from place to place while living an independent life. However, what happens when your plans fail and everything you hoped for goes to ruin?

In these (and many more) scenarios, you can always count on your family to be there for you. When you lose all your money, your possessions and your living space, your family will be there to take you in and give you a roof over your head for as long as it takes.

3. Decisions, Decisions…

It doesn’t matter if you’re good at making decisions or not, because even the most resolute people sometimes have trouble making up their minds on certain matters, which is also where family comes in to save the day.

In many cases, people will turn to their family members over partners and friends for advice and opinions on a dilemma their having. Decision-making isn’t always an easy process, especially if many things depend on the outcome of that same process – that’s why it’s always good to have a family you can rely on for advice.

4. Your Family Shapes You

Finally, we’re getting to the fact which not everyone likes, but which makes our family (or a lack thereof) one of the most important aspects of our lives. Be it good or bad, constant or inconstant, your family is largely responsible for shaping you as a person.

What happens to us from the moment we’re born to the moment we die helps carve out a person from a chunk of clay, in the manner of speaking. Both supportive and toxic families most definitely influence us and our personality, but it’s up to us to channel that influence and make ourselves into a
good or a bad person.

13 April 2017

Creating an Eco-Friendly Nursery

Earth Day is just around the corner and it’s a great time for parents and expecting parents to think about how they can make their nursery safe and healthy for baby. The folks at Lorena Canals, home of eco-friendly rugs for the home, have some suggestions for creating the perfect eco-friendly nursery for your baby.

Go Green with Bedding and Flooring: There are a few items in the nursery that are best purchased in organic cotton and eco-friendly fabrics and materials. Think mattresses, beddings, rugs, and paint. If flooring is optional, choose bamboo or hardwood over carpeting which contains allergens and chemicals. Carpeting is harder to clean and keep out dust and dirt. Choosing organic, eco-friendly products are free of toxic compounds and chemicals, and much better for baby.

The Perfect Palette: Babies respond better to soothing paint and nursery colors in a soft palette like greens, aqua blues and pale pinks. Paler colors are calming and help induce sleep. Bright, bold colors are patterns can be fun, but are stimulating, something to keep in mind when the purpose of a room is to sleep. When selecting paint, choose one free of VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds containing carbon chemicals).

It’s Play Time: Designate a specific area to the room for reading, listening to music, snuggling and bonding in baby’s nursery. If you make an area for this, baby will soon learn that pleasant things happen here. This area could include a rocking chair, small child’s chair, a basket of toys, a bookshelf (anchored to the wall) or basket for books and a plush rug for the floor. Anywhere that you and baby can spend time awake together is perfect. Opt for an organic, hypo-allergenic rug like Lorena Canals since baby will be spending much tummy and play time on the floor.

The Ideal Feeding Area: There’s nothing like a nice glider or overstuffed chair with an ottoman for feeding baby. Daytime, and especially night time, feedings will be much more comfortable and relaxing in a great chair. Add a cozy pillow for your lower back and a nursing pillow to support your arm that holds baby. Whether you’re nursing or bottle feeding your little one, support and comfort for you is key. If you’re relaxed, baby will be too. Keep a basket nearby for items like burp cloths, baby wipes, books or magazines, extra pacifiers, and any other items you may require while feeding.

Time for a Change: Before you know it, you’ll be a quick (diaper) change artist like most parents. This can be a changing table or a dresser with a changing mat. Before purchasing a changing table, consider your needs beyond diaper changes and think about you can use this piece of furniture when your baby is out of diapers. Keep essentials like diapers, wipes and diaper cream close by so that the important things are always within arm’s reach. Invest in a high-quality diaper pail to place right next to the changing table to keep baby’s room smelling fresh.

The Importance of Air and Light: A few weeks before baby is expected to arrive, open the windows and air out the room, especially important if you’ve been painting and wallpapering. Lighting may not top your list of nursery needs, but it is no less important. It’s a great idea to have a night light or small lamp in the room to check on baby during the night and for middle of the night diaper changes and feedings. It’s also nice to have a lamp near the feeding and play area. Choose soft, less harsh lighting that’s soothing to baby. Make sure to place the crib away from the window as bright sunlight or street lamps may hamper baby’s ability to sleep.

Lorena Canals is the founder of the Spanish lifestyle brand by the same name and is making her eco-mark in the North America with gorgeously designed, eco-friendly and exceptionally-made, washable rugs and cushions in adorable shapes, designs and colors. They are also all natural, hypo-allergenic and functional. Lorena is a mom of two and has been designing and creating products for children’s rooms for 25 years.

10 April 2017

Take the School Breakfast Challenge: Munk Pack

Did you miss National School Breakfast Week (March 6-10)? We did too! Never fear as Iowa Mom is here to help you get back on track and get down to business with "Take the School Breakfast Challenge." This challenge was created to encourage parents, students and school officials to start their morning with a healthy breakfast. As a busy mom, I know how hard that can be. So, follow along as we offer a tip a day to get you off to school quick, easy and the healthy way.

Day one starts off with an on the go option since Mondays can be especially hard, oatmeal and fruit in a squeeze pack! When you're rushing to get the kids out the door, Munk Pack Oatmeal Fruit Squeezes are the perfect healthy, on-the-go breakfast. The ready-to-eat oatmeal fruit squeezes are packed with grains and fruit bites, and they're gluten-free, non GMO, vegan and high in fiber.

We do on the go packs often when heading on a roadtrip and event just to the park for a day. With that being said, not all are created equal. It took a lot of trail and error to find a selection that my wee ones would eat and do so gladly. I for one an excited to be able to add Munk Pack to that list. Even more so, that this option is full of grain and fruit making it a great choice for one and done breakfast moments.

Our youngest, Elliot, absolutely is wild about Munk Pack Maple Pear Quinoa. From silly faces to squeeze, he is all boy when it comes to breakfast. Always on the move, these are a great choice for those that have trouble sitting still long enough to eat a full meal before getting side tracked.

Oatmeal is our go to during the colder months. It is nice to be able to offer it with acceptance year round. Munk Pack helps me to do that. Maple Pear Quinoa offers a hint of pure maple syrup in every bite, while enjoying traditional oatmeal you know and love anywhere, anytime. Yay!

Munk Pack Oatmeal Fruit Squeezes are available in five delicious flavors, including Apple Quinoa Cinnamon, Maple Pear Quinoa, Blueberry Acai Flax, Raspberry Coconut and Peach Chia Vanilla, they are gluten-free, non GMO, vegan and high in fiber.

12 March 2017

How To Make Your Business More Successful

How To Make Your Business More Successful

If business growth is one of your primary objectives for 2017, you should put your strategic plan together right now. Thinking and operating in a systematic, organized fashion can empower you to work in the effective, expedient way that makes expansion inevitable. Below you will find just three techniques that you can incorporate into your strategic plan in order to make your business successful this year:

1. Find A Great Disaster Restoration Company.

One great way to put your business on the road to success is by finding a great disaster restoration company. Taking this course of action will empower you to attain prompt, effective services in the event that a disaster transpires in the corporate setting. Companies like DKI are pleased to offer clients a diverse array of proven disaster restoration services, some of which include:

• Water, Fire and Storm Damage Restoration
24 Hour Emergency Services
• Mold and Environmental Remediation
• Tree Removal Services
• Contents Pack-Out
• Storage and Cleaning

2. Develop A Strong Online Presence.

In addition to finding the right disaster restoration company, make sure that you develop a strong online presence. Taking this course of action will empower you to interface with online audiences in a dynamic, organic way that can expedite the relationship-building process that leads to conversion. When you start looking for the ideal digital firm to create and optimize your online presence, try to choose a team of professionals who can offer all of the following brand-building services:

• social media optimization
• web design and development
• link building
• online reputation management
• target market research
• blog work
• keyword analysis

In addition to seeking out a team of digital experts who offer the aforementioned services, try to locate an online advertising firm that can also provide public relations services like crisis communications, press releases, and media kits.

How To Make Your Business More Successful

3. Focus On Employee Development.

One final strategy that will empower you to keep your business growing in 2017 is focusing on employee development. This approach is immensely important because it will ensure that you have the most skilled, confident employees working on your behalf. There are multiple strategies you can use to ensure that your staff members grow personally and professionally. One of them is by signing them up for training, workshops, and/or online educational courses that will sharpen their skill set.

Don't Delay: Start Moving Your Business Forward Today!

2017 can be your business's most successful year. If you're determined to make it happen, now is the time to start implementing business-building strategies that can take your company into a new dimension of excellence and prestige. Use some or all of the strategies outlined above to start moving your business forward today!

26 February 2017

PAW Patrol: Pups Save the Bunnies

Just in time for spring, Ryder, Chase, Rocky, Skye and the rest of the gang are back with PAW Patrol: Pups Save the Bunnies, a new collection of exciting adventures that releases on March 7, 2017. The number-one kids' TV on DVD franchise, this latest PAW Patrol collection features seven new heroic rescues, including a double-length mission to save Adventure Bay's Easter Egg Hunt. Fans can watch as the pups try to protect Farmer Yumi's vegetable garden, save Mayor Goodway's tulip garden, investigate the disappearance of the songbirds and look for the lost sheep.

PAW Patrol: Pups Save the Bunnies includes the following episodes:

  • Pups Save the Easter Egg Hunt - At Adventure Bay's annual Easter egg hunt, the search for a special egg leads the PAW Patrol on an exciting adventure.
  • Pups Save the Bunnies - When hungry bunnies invade Farmer Yumi's farm, Ryder and the PAW Patrol must save his carrots from their furry friends.
  • Pups Get Growing - When fertilizer causes Yumi's crops to sprout humongous veggies, Ryder and the PAW Patrol must corral the stampeding produce before someone gets squashed.
  • Pups Save the Mayor's Tulip - Mayor Humdinger uses his Kit-tastrophe Crew to sabotage Mayor Goodway's perfect petals for the tulip contest, and night guards Rocky and Chase come to the rescue.
  • Pups Save a Stinky Flower - Mayor Humdinger drops off a gift, a flower that spreads a horrible stink when it blooms, to Mayor Goodway. When she tries to return it to him, she runs into trouble and has to be rescued by the PAW Patrol.
  • Pups Save the SongBirds - When all of Adventure Bay's songbirds go missing, super spy Chase leads the PAW Patrol on a mission to bring them home.
  • A Pup in Sheep's Clothing - The pups gear up and work together to find Farmer Al's missing sheep and catch the culprit who keeps letting them loose.
PAW Patrol: Pups Save the Bunnies