Keep Organized This Fall with These Smart Storage Solutions

Eliminate the morning madness with some simple storage solutions to keep the whole family on track. Here are a few of our favorite items to keep you organized from the living room to the kitchen and everywhere in between.

Baxton Studio 'Marsha' Modern Double Shoe Cabinet
Keep shoes out of sight, out of mind, and out of the way with this chic double shoe cabinet. The pullout compartments allow you to double-stack your footwear, keeping it concealed behind a set of doors. Its slim design fits in anywhere, too.
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Inter Design Linus Pantry Organizer Pullz with Dividers
Get your refrigerator and pantry ready for the after school snack dash with these dividers. Divvy up juice boxes, string cheese, and yogurt in the fridge, and granola bars, raisins, and crackers in the pantry for easy access.
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6-Cube Organizer Shelf 13"
This cube organizer shelf accommodates storage bins, books, toys, games, and everything else hanging around the house. Keep all your family’s belongings in one central location for easy access.
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5 Signs That Your Ex May Be Neglecting Your Children


In the best-case scenarios, both parents in a divorce strive to make sure the interests and needs of the children are paramount – lessening the impact of the parental split as best they can.
But scenarios aren’t always best case, and in some instances the parent who is awarded custody neglects the children – putting those sons and daughters at risk of emotional harm, physical harm, sexual abuse or even death.
That means it’s important for the other parent or other adults to watch for red flags that indicate the children aren’t getting the care they need, says Yoni Levoritz (www.levoritzlaw.com), an attorney who specializes in matrimonial law, including divorce, child custody and child neglect cases.
“Kids don’t always talk about what is happening to them,” he says. “That could be because they are afraid of further abuse, they want to protect the abuser, or they simply believe no one will listen to them.” 
Levoritz says some red flags include:
  • Failure to thrive. This is a general term that addresses a child’s failure to gain an age-appropriate amount of height or weight. Slower development may also include inability to master the skills and abilities already demonstrated by their peers, such as talking and socializing.
  • Poor hygiene. Matted hair, dirty skin, and prevalent body odor are all signs that a child’s physical needs are not being attended to at home. “If the child says that Mom or Dad never makes him take baths, you have to wonder why,” Levoritz says.
  • Malnutrition. Malnourished children are easy to spot. They are thin in a way that has nothing to do with high energy levels, and go to great lengths to steal or hoard food. “If your son has a huge appetite and his pockets and backpack are loaded with his favorite foods prior to leaving your home,” Levoritz says, “that’s a sign he’s not getting much nutrition at his other home.”
  • Frequent illness. Neglected children are often sick because they aren’t eating enough at home, their clothing may be inappropriate for the season, and any physical or medical problems are being ignored by the primary caregiver, Levoritz says.
  • Comments about being alone. Sometimes a child will confirm your suspicions by letting it slip that no one is ever home to care for them or that they are left unsupervised for long periods. “If your son says that your ex is out every night with her new boyfriend while he puts himself to bed, the child might be living under the wrong roof,” Levoritz says.
“If you become worried that a child is being neglected, you should share your concerns with your attorney or the proper authorities,” Levoritz says. “Fortunately, most children in divorces do get the proper care, but it’s critical that those who are at risk get the help they need as quickly as possible.”


About Yoni Levoritz
Yoni Levoritz, founder of the Levoritz Law Group (www.levoritzlaw.com), practices matrimonial and family law, business law and civil law, and is an AV-rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell. He has an undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland and a law degree from Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. In 2008, Levoritz was named Professional of the Year in Matrimonial Law by Strathmore’s Who’s Who. At the time, he was the youngest attorney to be awarded this honor.

7 Techniques For Keeping Your ‘Thought Life’ Healthy And Your Stress Level Low


Life gives people plenty of reasons to be stressed.
Relationship problems, child-rearing issues, job woes and a lack of money are just some of life’s complications that can weigh people down – and cause health problems.
“It’s difficult to stay healthy and energized when stress is a daily reality,” says Dr. Greg Wells (www.drgregwells.com), author of The Ripple Effect: Eat, Sleep, Move and Think Better.
“Chronic stress can damage your body, threaten your mental health, put a strain on relationships, and take the joy out of life.”
But there’s no reason to surrender to stress, Wells says. He suggests seven techniques that can help you have a healthier “thought life” and recover from chronic stress:
• Move your body. Rhythmic, repeated motion is particularly soothing to the mind and body. A long walk, cycling, swimming, or running will all work, but any kind of movement relieves tension, improves circulation, and clears your mind.
• Get into nature. Head to the garden, the park, or the woods to lower your blood pressure, strengthen your immune system, reduce tension and depression, and boost your mood. “It’s stunning how good it is for your health to be in nature,” Wells says. “And I recommend you leave the cell phone and earbuds at home.”
• Practice yoga or Tai Chi. Therapy, yoga and Tai Chi are good ways to decrease stress and anxiety, increase energy, and boost the immune system. They also give you more stamina—needed in stressful times—and improve the quality of your sleep.
• Have perspective. Don’t be so quick to conclude that you “can’t handle” a stressful situation. “This is truly a mind-over-matter opportunity,” Wells says. “Believing that you are strong and resourceful actually makes you stronger and more resourceful.” Don’t give in to negative self-talk about not having what it takes to manage life, he says.
• Change the nature of your response. Research indicates that taking an active, problem-solving approach to life’s challenges relieves stress and can transform it into something positive. If you withdraw, deny the problem, or spend all your time venting, you’ll feel helpless. Instead, Well says, be determined to make a change, put effort into it, and plan for better results.
• Practice slow, deep breathing. Start applying the power of deep breathing each day. It will make a huge difference. Wells recommends you start small by taking three deep breaths each time you sit down at your desk—in the morning, after breaks, after lunch, and so on. It will help you become more patient, calm, and relaxed.
• Block time for single-tasking. Each day, schedule time in your calendar for focusing exclusively on one task. This task should be something that is important to you. “People love to talk about multi-tasking, but while doing several things at once might make it seem as if you are working hard, it’s an illusion,” Wells says. Your body and mind are not designed to work that way and it causes extra stress.
“Ultimately, it’s important to remember that your thoughts have a strong influence over stress levels,” Wells says. “What you choose to think about, or not think about, dictates how your body and mind react to everyday life.”


About Dr. Greg Wells
Dr. Greg Wells (www.DrGregWells.com) is an authority on high performance and human physiology. Wells’ latest book, The Ripple Effect: Eat, Sleep, Move and Think Better, hit shelves earlier this year. Dr. Wells is an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Toronto where he studies elite sport performance. He also serves as an Associate Scientist of Translational Medicine at The Hospital for Sick Children, where he leads the Exercise Medicine Research Program.

Dance with Me #mermaidmonday

Little Mermaid by kaleogradilone
Dance with me, I want to be your partner
Can't you see the music is just starting?
Night is falling, and I am falling
Dance with me
Fantasy could never be so giving
I feel free, I hope that you are willing
Pick the beat up, and kick your feet up
Dance with me
Let it lift you off the ground
Starry eyes, and love is all around us
I can take you where you want to go
Dance with me, I want to be your partner
Can't you see the music is just starting?
Night is falling, and I am falling
Dance with me
Let it lift you off the ground
Starry eyes, and love is all around us
I can take you if you want to go
Dance with me, I want to be your partner
Can't you see the music is just starting?
Night is falling, and I am falling
Dance with me


Songwriters: Johanna Hall / Johanna D Hall / John Hall / John J Hall
Dance With Me lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Why Drowning is Not Like the Movies




Drowning is not what we are used to seeing in the movies – with someone splashing around and calling for help. It is usually silent, especially with young children who do not realize they won’t be able to breathe underwater.
That’s why it is important to assign one person as a designated Water Watcher and change shifts every 15 minutes when children are in the pool. Active supervision means:
  • Sitting close to the pool with your full attention on the child/children
  • No phones or reading materials!
  • Do a regular headcount
  • Step in when there is too much horsing around
  • If you have to step away, another adult must be designated as the Water Watcher
Do not leave a toddler or young child in the pool area without adult supervision. Older children are not always as sensitive to the dangers of drowning, and my not recognize the warning signs.
Warning signs someone is in trouble
The Instinctive Drowning Response – so named by Francesco A. Pia, Ph.D., explains why there is very little splashing, no waving, and no yelling or calls for help. A person who is drowning is simply in survival mode.
Except in rare circumstances, people who are drowning cannot physiologically call out for help. When someone is gasping for air they cannot speak. While they may be able to pull themselves up momentarily above the surface of the water, they are not above the water long enough to exhale, inhale and yell for help.
Someone who is drowning also cannot wave for help. They cannot voluntarily control their arm movements, as they instinctively extend their arms laterally to press down on the water’s surface to try to leverage their bodies and lift their face out of the water.
Look for these signs of drowning:
  • Head low in the water, mouth at water level
  • Head tilted back with mouth open
  • Eyes glassy and empty, unable to focus
  • Eyes closed
  • Hair over forehead or eyes
  • Body is upright and vertical, but there is no leg kick
  • Hyperventilating or gasping
  • Trying to swim in a particular direction but not making headway
  • Trying to roll over on the back
  • Appear to be climbing an invisible ladder.
Sometimes the most common indication that someone is drowning is that they don’t look like they’re drowning. They may just look like they are treading water.
One way to be sure is to simple ask them, “Are you alright?” If they can answer, they are probably okay. If they return a blank stare, you may have less than 30 seconds to rescue them.
That’s also why every parent, babysitter, and teenager should be trained in CPR. This training is essential to get oxygen to the brain and can make the difference between life, permanent disability, and death.

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How to Tell if You're Overfeeding Your Baby

4 Signs That You're Overfeeding Your Baby




Do you think that your baby is overfed? I’m going to try and answer this question in this article!  Below are some of the things that may suggest that your little ones may be eating more than they should.


According to an article, overfeeding a baby is rare, but it can happen. Aside from signs
that you should take note of, I’m also going to provide ways on how to prevent it.


I hope the items below would be helpful to you!


  1. Your baby is showing signs of discomfort.
One of the most common reasons why babies get fussy is stomach discomfort due to overeating, so watch out for this! Pay attention to their movements and see if they appear uneasy and uncomfortable.


My daughter, when she was three months old, would usually appear irritated every time she’s had too much milk to drink. My advice is to focus on how your baby reacts when he/she stops feeding - they’re smarter than you think! Most babies stop eating when they’re full, and react when they need more.


Tip for those who breastfeed: babies who are getting full usually take longer pauses between sucking, and would turn away from the breast.


  1. Your baby is having trouble sleeping.
This is no different to what adults experience. For instance, every time I eat too much (or drink more liquid than I should), I sometimes have a hard time falling asleep or wake up a couple of times in the middle of the night.


Of course, poor sleeping habits don’t always suggest overfeeding, but it’s something that you should look into if you think your baby is overfed.


  1. You’re changing your baby’s diaper more often than usual.
If you’re changing you little one’s nappy for around eight times or more each day, you might be overfeeding them.


Babies older than six weeks and older use about four to five diapers every 24 hours. If you notice that yours urinates more frequently than this, then you may be giving them extra milk.  


  1. Your baby passes gas a lot.
Does your baby fart or burp a lot? This, too, can suggest overeating. The culprit here is the milk - it’s possible that they’re not able to break down all of the lactose they take in, and their little stomachs still aren’t able to process everything at once.


When fed too much, there is a possibility that your baby is swallowing air (which in effect produces gas). You don’t have anything to worry about - flatulence is completely normal!


There you have it!
I hope this article was helpful! Don’t worry too much if you feel that you’re overfeeding your baby because chances are, you aren’t. Hopefully these tips will make you less anxious!


While these things could help you observe your baby, I still highly recommend that you consult your pediatrician if you’re worried. It’s always best to consult a professional!


Leave your comments and suggestions below if you have any! I’d love to hear from my readers. Good luck, and thank you for visiting!


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Bio
Hey there! I’m Stacy Belk. I’m a mother of two girls aged two and six, and wife to a loving husband. I bake, do a lot of DIY projects for our home, and love being outdoors! See more at my blog MomWoot.Com

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How to Build a Healthy Family in 6 Tips

6 Tips To Build A Healthy Family



With the obesity problem of children in the United States, parents are more concerned than ever. While most parents say they want to raise a healthy family, few actually do it. In the tips below you will see that the parent who wants to create a healthy lifestyle works with their child. They teach and participate. This is why they are successful when so many others fail.


  • Teach children to understand their bodies while you control portion sizes.

Parents will prepare a meal of meat, vegetables, fruit, and bread and they will put all of it on their child’s plate. The parent seems to have a misconception that if their child eats all of this healthy food, they will be healthy. Even if the parent takes great care in the preparation of food by limiting fat, sugars, and salt, the volume of the food placed on their plate is unhealthy.


Instead: When a child is young feed them small portions. If they ask for more, ask them if their tummy feels comfy. If they feel hungry give them a half portion.  When a small child asks if they can leave the table, ask them if their tummy feels comfy and not hungry. The questions help the child understand you eat when you are hungry and stop when you are not.


  • Only water at the table
Everyone needs to drink fresh, clean water. Children do what their parents do. By drinking water with your meals, you teach your children that water is the correct choice.


  • Include them in family duties
Kids today are too connected electronically. Toys are electronic. They get cell phones early. They use the computer even in elementary school. While this can be good intellectually, it is bad physically. Children should be included in the work the parents do. Have the children help with the cooking, dry some dishes, or set the table. If dad is washing the car, they can help. If there is housework to do, give them a job. This allows forces them to move more and keep a connection with you. A family is a unit that must stay close to be healthy.


  • Offer selections, but do not make anything off limits
If there is a holiday party or a birthday party coming up, your kids want the same sinfully sweet desserts that their friends have. While a huge cake with ice cream is not a great choice, one small serving would not hurt them. However, it is the leftover cake and ice cream that ruins the week. Instead, offer them a fantastic candy buffet. You can order bulk wholesale candy. You can mix sugar-free, gluten free, fat-free candy with standard candy to lower the children’s sugar intake. At the end of the party, bag up the leftover candy and give it to the guests as they are leaving. Your child has a great party and everything is gone in one night.


  • Eat at least one meal per day together
It is a difficult world to grow up in. Every day the family should come together and share life. Find out what is happening in school. Let them know when something did not go right at work. Of course, you do not include children in an adult problem, but let them know that bad days happen and we deal with it as a team.


  • Build each other up

When someone in the family unit eats the wrong thing, doesn’t get outside all day, or stays up too late. It is okay to acknowledge it. But never make them feel like they are bad because of it. This lowers their self-esteem and they relive that bad feeling every time they make a mistake. Over a lifetime this creates an unhappy person. This is important because it is teaching your family that every member is human and every member is valued even when they make a mistake.


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Keeping your Kids Safe Before & After School

Life Saving Self-Defense Tips for the Most Dangerous Time of Day




With the school year kicking off, many children are spending their mornings and afternoons unsupervised as they travel from home to school and back again. Bullies and other predators can pose a threat to the safety of a child who is waiting for the bus or walking with just one or two other children which is why parents need to make sure their children are physically prepared for their new found independence. In addition to pencils, pens, paper and a backpack, parents also need to make sure they have taught their children basic self-defense and safety skills that could save their life if they are ever attacked. Krav Maga Worldwide, a leading self –defense organization has created a list of tips on what parents need to be teaching their kids now to make sure they stay safe throughout the school year.


These unsupervised hours pose unique dangers for different age groups.


Grades 1-5
Lack of proper supervision is rare for this group except for very short periods of time. Children of this age are most commonly left alone during a short walk to and from school. Here are a few practical tips to ensure that this time is as safe as possible.
  • Always walk with a buddy who lives very close by.
  • Be sure to go straight to school or home. No detours or goofing around.
  • If a stranger says, “hello” they can smile, make eye contact, waive, and say “hello” back, but they should always keep walking toward either the school or home no matter what.


Grades 6-10
Lack of supervision is relatively common in this group. At this age children take on more responsibility and are less susceptible to the dangers faced by younger children. However, the dangers that children in this age range encounter are more commonly imposed by friends and acquaintances.  These peer pressure based dangers are experienced by every child in this age group. But the risk can be mitigated by ensuring that your children’s time and attention is occupied during these key hours. Here are a couple practical tips for this age group:
  • Get them involved in after school activities that they genuinely enjoy
  • Schedule the time after school for them to complete their chores or homework. Ensure that you hold them to that expectation when you come home from work.

  • Communication Is Key … Make sure your children understand that there is no such thing as communicating too much. By letting them know that you expect regular updates you will feel better leaving them unattended.  Before leaving them for the first time set expectations. Let your kids know what you expect whether it be staying inside while you are gone or coming straight home after school.

  • Talk to kids about knowing their surroundings. By explaining to them that they need to be fully aware of what’s going on around them can avert dangerous situations from happening.
    • Confidence in speech (projecting, clear) and body language (posture, eye contact, etc.) are the single most important factors that can increase your child’s chances of safety. Regardless of the dangerous situation or the age, a child with a strong presence is less likely to be at risk than those that project shyness or aloofness.
    • Children should always listen to their instincts, if something doesn’t feel right they should leave the area immediately without hesitation or fear of getting in trouble.


Matt Romond is a 3rd Degree Krav Maga Worldwide™ Black Belt, the Director of Krav Maga Worldwide's™ KM-X Kids program and has over a decade of experience teaching children and adults Krav Maga self-defense and fight classes. 


About Krav Maga Worldwide
Founded in 1997 to promote Krav Maga throughout the United States and around the world, Krav Maga Worldwide trains and certifies instructors and licenses over 150 authorized Krav Maga Worldwide training centers in the United States, Canada, Japan, Mexico, South America, and Europe, as well as over 800 law enforcement agencies and military units. Krav Maga offers the highest caliber of instruction to thousands of people, supporting the company’s core commitment to improving and saving lives. Krav Maga Worldwide continues to develop, promote and implement self-defense and fitness programs. For additional information, visit: www.kravmaga.com.

Crashing Waves #mermaidmonday

Wave Splashes Over Marloes by pcurto
I'm still here, kicking around. Check out this amazing photo. Follow the link to check out the photographer.

Darkness #mermaidmonday

Dark Mermaid by Nefru-Merit
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