A New Way to Score the BEST Back to School Deals and Up to 80% Off

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It’s back to school time already!

Around the country and the globe, many parents are getting ready to send their kids back and some early birds are already assessing their needs and taking inventory of school clothes, supplies and equipment they already have so they know what they need to get.


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Fortunately for today’s modern parents, coupon sites make it even more cost effective to find deep discounts and deals on everyday items.

I am happy to have discovered GroupOn coupons recently when I needed to get my break pads changed. I conducted  a simple Google search and discovered a deal and a coupon and knocked $30 off the cost of new break pads! Sweet!

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When  I took a look around, I quickly discovered that GroupOn has curated coupons for many other retailers that would come in handy for school shopping in its new GroupOn Coupons offerings.  For example, there are coupons where you can take up to 80% off already reduced items at JC Penny!

There are also massive deals and coupons available for the following merchants that you can review:

Hop on these deals because a lot of them are available for a limited time and for limited quantity so you don’t want to miss out.

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Parenting Hacks for New Parents

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Congratulations!

You just brought your precious new baby home from the hospital! It is hard to believe that after nine long months of growing this brand new person, your little one is now sleeping soundly in the nursery for the moment, that is!


To say that the next weeks will be an exciting and sleep-deprived blur is probably an understatement. Fortunately, there are a number of tips to try that will help make the daily challenges of taking care of an infant to go a bit smoother. Check out the following three new parent hacks:

Turn to Technology to Help with Your Calendar

It is amazing how the smallest member of your home can have such a full calendar. From well-baby checks and photo shoots to keeping tabs of when grandma and grandpa are coming to visit, keeping a well-organized calendar will help you to feel on top of things. To make this as easy as possible, turn to your phone for help. If it’s been some time since you have upgraded your smartphone, you may want to head over to T-Mobile with your napping baby to check out their selection of affordable phones; look for one that features a virtual assistant for quickly adding and organizing your calendar. A virtual assistant, like the iPhone’s Siri, can also help you with your grocery lists and keep tabs on your daily to do list. When you are snuggling a sleeping infant, it will be much easier to quietly say “Siri, add diapers to the grocery list” instead of trying to juggle a pencil, baby and your little bundle of joy.

Use the Neck Hole of a Onesie as an Escape Hatch

You probably have a pretty decent stack of onesies for your infant; the cotton outfits are comfy, easy to put on your infant and wash up well. As Pop Sugar notes, they also feature a huge neck hole and shoulder flaps that are designed to do more than fit over your infant’s bobble head. If and when your baby has a massive diaper blow out, the head opening was designed so that you can slip it down off of your baby’s body, thus avoiding getting any poo where you don’t want it to go.

Invest in a Car Seat Cooler

As you have probably already noticed, car seats can get really hot, especially those metal clips and the buckles that hold your infant safely in place. In order to help keep the car seat as cool as possible, you can purchase a car seat cover; Amazon sells the Mommy’s Helper Car Seat Shade for around seven bucks; place the cover over the seat when you are back home and at the store or mall; it should help reduce how much heat the seat absorbs. If you live in a really warm climate, there’s also the COOLTECH Car Seat Cooler that works like a giant ice pack. Keep the car seat cooler in the freezer when not in use and then around 10 minutes before you head out, place it on the empty car seat; in the time it takes you to gather up your baby, the diaper bag and put your shoes on, the car seat will be cooled down. Remove the cooler before placing your baby in the seat; you can fold up the cover and bring it with you in the diaper bag.

 

 

These are the Key Tests You Can’t Cut When Downsizing Health Insurnce

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With the healthcare system is crisis, tons of red tape and fewer doctors accepting insurance, managing one’s health has become a major challenge.

More and more women are skipping key exams simply because getting appointments are a hassle and obtaining coverage isn’t always guaranteed. That said, there are some key tests and exams that ever woman must have at various times of her life.


If you’re going to put a preventative care plan together for yourself it’s important to know which tests are necessary to maintain optimal health. Dr. Christopher Calapai, a NYC board certified expert in osteopathic medicine specializing in longevity, recommends these tests.
Blood and blood pressure screening: Starting at age 18, every woman needs to have her blood pressure checked at least every two years. Having annual bloodwork done is the way to tell if organs are functioning properly. Doing the basic blood panel between age 18 and 39 is a great start. After age 40 additional testing for things like fibrinogen which impacts blood clotting and C-Reative Protein which looks at inflammation in the body are key tests to consider. “As a longevity specialist, bloodwork tells a detailed story about health patterns and future predictions that can then be addressed and even reversed with early care,” says Dr. Calapai.

Cholesterol screening/lipid profile:

Cholesterol is a type of fatty protein in your blood that can build up in your arteries, so knowing how much cholesterol is present is a good predictor of your risk for heart disease. It’s important to start monitoring cholesterol starting at age 20 to establish a history. As women age cholesterol levels tend to rise so having a solid basis of comparison decade to decade is helpful in preventing heart disease down the road, explains Dr. Calapai.

Pap smear:

A pap smear is an important test for women to get annually if they are sexually active and over age 21. The test is designed to detect infection, inflammation or cellular abnormalities in the cervix which may lead to cervical cancer. “This is certainly one of those tests that must be done every year. Some women diagnosed with HPV who may have had abnormal results are often monitored even more closely. The more a woman knows about the health of her reproductive organs the better she can integrate foods, vitamins and minerals to keep herself healthy,” advises Dr. Calapai.

Mammograms and breast exams:

Women should begin administering monthly self-breast exams monthly as early as age 18. “It’s so important for women to understand that breast tissue changes during the month. They want to do the self-check in their shower or lying down just after their period ends when breasts are less tender, sore or swollen. This is when to feel around for any lumps, pain, tenderness, inflamed skin, and any issues with the nipple such as blockages or discharge. A mammography is an x-ray of the breasts. As of 2017, the American Cancer Society screening guidelines advises women to begin getting annual mammograms by age 45 and then can go to every other year by age 55. This guideline is for a woman of average risk. Women with a family history of breast cancer or with had cystic breasts with benign cysts should obviously have mammograms at an earlier age. “The self-exam is so important because early detection is key. If a woman is in her 20’s or 30’s and feels a lump she can follow through with her doctor for a closer look. When a woman goes in for a pap smear a breast exam is often done as well. However, you can’t hold off and skip the self-exam, cautions Dr. Calapai.

Skin cancer screening:

Skin cancer, while less deadly than other kinds of cancers, is the number-one cancer diagnosed among Americans; and one type of skin cancer, melanoma, is deadly. The number of women under age 40 with basal cell carcinoma, one type of skin cancer, has more than doubled in the last 30 years and women under 39 are almost twice as likely to develop melanoma as men.

A skin cancer screening involves a full examination of the skin with focused attention on any moles, skin lesions or any other changes to the skin. It is advised to begin skin cancer screenings at any age and the fairer the complexion the more vigilant one must be. Annual screenings are normal and doctors may recommend twice annually if there are more moles and you’re on hypertension medication. “The skin is the largest organ in the body and a great indicator of overall health. Even if you have darker skin any rash, growth or skin issue should be taken seriously so the underlying cause can be determined quickly,” adds Dr. Calapai.

Eye exam and vision screening:

According to the American Optometric Association people with normal, good vision should have their eyes examined every 3 years. For people who needed glasses or contacts at an earlier age an annual exam is recommended. By age 40 those with healthy, strong eyesight will begin to see changes either when driving, reading or watching TV. Women are at a slightly higher risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, one of the most common eye health problems. A vision screening tests how well you can see; an eye exam checks for glaucoma, macular degeneration, retinopathy, and other eye diseases. Make sure you’re having both kinds of exams. If you have diabetes, you’re at much higher risk for eye problems and should be checked more often. “When you get an eye exam and a prescription for glasses is give follow through and get the glasses. It’s amazing how many people put this off which only leads to further eye strain and headaches. Besides, glasses these days are a stylish accessory. There’s no need to compromise eye health for vanity,” says Dr. Calapai.

About the doctor:

Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O. is an Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine, and anti-aging medicine. Proclaimed the “The Stem Cell Guru” by the New York Daily News, Dr. Calapai is a leader in the field of stem cell therapy in the U.S. His stem cell treatments have achieved remarkable results in clinical trials on patients with conditions as varied as Alzheimer’s, arthritis, erectile dysfunction, frailty syndrome, heart, kidney and liver failure, lupus, MS and Parkinson’s. He has worked with Mike Tyson, Mickey Rourke, Steven Seagal, and Gotham’s, Donal Logue; and as a medical consultant for the New York Rangers. Connect with him via twitter @drcalapai or at www.drcal.net

How to Identify if Your Kid is Being Bullied and Take It On

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Once upon a time, bullying was regarded as a natural part of childhood and frequently attributed to “kids being kids.” These days, however, bullying is making headlines. Awareness of bullying and the inherent dangers it can pose has risen dramatically, but that doesn’t stamp the problem out altogether.

With modern technology making it easier than ever for bullies to access their victims around the clock, it’s important for a parent to understand and recognize signs of bullying. Bullying can range from physically attacking someone to verbally assaulting them and from gossiping about people to cyber bullying them


Cyber bullying includes harassing or intimidating behavior via emails, text messages or social media sites. Because you can’t protect your child from everything she’ll encounter when you’re not there with her, it’s best to teach your child appropriate ways of avoiding such encounters or, if necessary, standing up to a bully without physical retaliation.

Recognize

Children who are bullied are at an increased risk of depression, anxiety and low self-esteem. According to a study published in the Archives of Pediatric Medicine, children who are bullied are also more likely to contemplate suicide. If you notice your child complaining of aches and pains as a way of avoiding school, or if you notice abnormal bumps and bruises, it’s time to start asking questions. If they can’t explain certain injuries, missing articles of clothing or poor school performance, a bully might be the culprit. If your child is old enough to use social media sites, check in with them in regards to online accounts as well. Set boundaries and request access to the sites if things aren’t adding up.

Vocalize

If you suspect that your child is being bullied, start a conversation that allows him to speak freely without fear of judgment. Encourage him to speak up about his concerns regarding what’s going on at school. Ask him to describe the occurrences, how often they happen and who is involved. Ask him if any other children or adults have witnessed the accounts and find out what he has done so far to try and stop the bullying. Brainstorm ideas of how to avoid encountering harassing situations. Involve your child in this conversation; it will help them visualize appropriate ways of responding to a pestering bully. Be supportive in the discussion, but remain calm. It might be heart wrenching to hear your child talk openly about these types of situations, but it is important to be a calm influence, rather than another angry voice.
Socialize, Mobilize, Empathize

Encourage your child to stick with a group of friends when walking home from school, riding the bus or eating lunch in the cafeteria. Let your child know that it’s okay to ask adults or other school officials to accompany them. Bullies tend to target kids that stand out. Encouraging new hobbies and interests might help your child make new friends and find a circle of people with similar interests. If the bully is persistent, don’t endorse verbal retaliation or physical violence. Teach them and encourage them to maintain their composure, tell them to turn and walk away.

Children start to learn to empathize at an early age. Encouraging your child to empathize with the bully is a way of teaching compassion. If compassion is present, forgiveness is soon to follow, which can remove much of the emotional burden of being bullied. At the very least, it may help reduce the long term psychological effects of having been bullied as a child.
Follow-Up

Keep checking in with your child, even if it seems the bullying has subsided. Sometimes kids will become embarrassed that the harassment has continued and may feel both hopeless to stop it and mortified that they are repeatedly a target. Keep the lines of communication open. If the bullying hasn’t ceased, contact the appropriate authorities.

Getting the school principal, bus driver or class teacher involved and aware of the problem is a good start, and will provide extra sets of eyes and ears when you can’t be with your child. It is also worth an attempt to contact the parents of the bully. Be prepared for a defensive response or outright denial, however. Many parents find it difficult or impossible to believe that they could raise a bully and may refuse to accept the situation on principle. By making them aware of the problem and attempting to calmly enlist their help in remedying the difficult situation your child is in, you may be able to get the parents of your child’s bully involved in a way that will have a lasting impact.

These Kids, Maternity & Baby Stuff Deals Are going FAST!

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So Groupon wasn’t interested in letting Amazon Prime have all the fun! It is hosting its own doorbuster mid season sale and today is the Friday.

The deal site is offering its  usual up to 85% off on select local deals, activities, goods and more.


During this week and ending on July 15 for some offers and July 18 for others, the Black Friday Bonanza, has even deeper pricing cuts across tons of deals from tech, toys, home, auto, beauty and also… gifts! It’s really never too early to start shopping for holidays gift and beat the rush.

Just a heads up though, hot deals will have an earlier end date (noted in red text).

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We scoped out the hundreds of items on sale and picked out a few steals for parents, moms and expecting women.

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  1.  Children’s Urinal Pottty Removable Toilet Pee Training – $39.42 down to $6.99

2. Spectra S2 Hospital-Grade Double Electric Breast Pump – 180 down to $116.99 (ends 7/15) – $119.99 down to $74.99
3. BenBat Kids’ Hardshell Backpack and Lunch Bundle (2-Piece)
4. Striker-X 720p HD Camera RC Drone – from 159 to $49.99
5.  Adelina Designer Double Stroller – From$199.99 to $84.99
6. Licensed Maserati 6V Children’s Ride-On Car from $299 to $154.99

7. Ergonomic 360 Cool Air Breathable Baby Carrier from $179. to $89

  1. Motorola Digital Video Baby Monitor with WiFi from $179.99 to $129.99
  2. Portable Toilet Potty Training Ladder Step Seat with Anti-Skid Feet From $59.99 to $18.99

  3. Kids Infant Lil’ Loo Potty Training Toilet From $19.99 to $8.79

  4. Let’s Learn to Read 10-DVD Collection by Rock ‘N Learn From $129 to $29.99

12. Nursing Bra for Breastfeeding with Bra Extender for Maternity Clothes From $35.99 to $19.88

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13 Carter’s Boy’s Water Sneakers From $30 to $15.9913. 

14 Over-the-Shoulder Maternity Dress From $69.99 to $29.99

15. Women’s Maternity Ruched Tunic Tank Tops (3-Pack) From $69.99 to $34.99

  1. Women’s Cowl Neck Ruched Maternity Dress From $79.99 to $24.99

17. Women’s Maternity Maxi Dress with Tummy-Support Band From $76.50 to $24.99

 

National French Fry Day: Take this Quiz on Fast Food Fries

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Thursday was National French Fry Day and Friday is Bastille Day, a celebratory holiday in France, America’s oldest ally. In honor of National French Fry Day, a bunch of chains gave away free french fries.

If you missed it, you can still get free fries from McDonald’s through September 29 after downloading its app. You get an order of free medium fries Friday and every Friday through Sept. 29 at participating McDonald’s. Also, for the entire month of July you can get $1 off an order of chili cheese fries at Wienerschnitzel using this coupon.


We thought we’d celebrate both holidays by testing our readers on their knowledge of French Fries. Take this quiz and see how well you know America’s favorite golden tasty crisp comfort food.

 

Educator Schools: Two Ways East Asian Parents Are Different From Us

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Editor’s Note: I’m still reading The Drive to Learn: What the East Asian Experience Tells Us about Raising Students Who Excelbut in the meantime, its author, scholar Dr. Cornelius Grove offers this guest post to school us American parents on two ways East Asian parents approach schooling and educating children differently:

You’re the parent of a young child. You know that a solid education is critical to their future. But, right now, the U.S. ranks 17th in education, behind not only Asian nations but many Western nations too – even Russia. So what, as a parent, can you do?


For your child, you are probably taking all the steps recommended: You read to them; you require them to finish their homework; you communicate regularly with their teacher. You hope to instill in them, during these impactful early years, the habit of attaining academic excellence.

However. there are additional things you should be doing. But basic to what you do is how you think about your child’s learning. Americans have a distinctive way of thinking about these things, quite different from how people elsewhere think about children’s learning, like in East Asia. Their children learn more than ours. So how do people in nations at the top of the school rankings think differently?

For decades, East Asian students have excelled in the international rankings, Here are two ways in which East Asians think differently from us:

1. Children should “fit” schools; schools should not “fit” children. In the U.S. during the early 1900s, the idea grew that schools should “fit” the desires and interests of their students.  Educators’ focus shifted from teaching skills effectively towards teaching them appealingly.  Parents began to expect “child-centered” learning and, recently, began worrying that students are stressed by homework. Americans came to expect schools to adapt to, or “fit,” their students.

In East Asia, making schools fit students has not been a goal. Citizens believe that what schools teach is very important and must be taught thoroughly. Students are expected to strive for mastery.  These beliefs are motivated both by concern for students’ futures, and by concern for their standing as worthy members of their education-focused families. For instance, when children finish their homework, they continue studying using parent-purchased workbooks. In these and other ways, parents help children adapt to schools’ stringent expectations.

The East Asian perspective leads to parental behavior rarely seen in the U.S.:

  • East Asian parents view academic learning as each child’s most important responsibility within the family.
  • During each child’s first years of schooling, parents think of themselves as actively sharing that responsibility with their children.
  • Parents don’t simply encourage children’s studying; they coach, train, and drill them so that academic excellence is assured.
  • If a child performs poorly, her parents participate with her to diagnose what had not been done correctly, and then to master that skill.

2. Children perform well academically, or not, depending on their effort. East Asians know that individuals have – or lack – a range of inborn abilities, but they don’t consider this important in explaining children’s school performance.

American parents focus on inborn abilities. At first they don’t know what these are, but they think it’s vital to find out. They provide the child with a range of experiences so that unique abilities can emerge. Parents assume that each child must rely throughout life on the abilities he’s been given. They see each child as shaped much more by inner factors than by anyone’s effort.

East Asian parents focus on a child’s effort. They view children as malleable, which means “able to be changed, without breaking, into a new shape through the application of effort.” Parents believe it’s their responsibility to shape each child and direct her onto an advantageous life course.  They should do this because they understand their community’s values. They can do this because their child is malleable – and capable of persevering effort.

The East Asian perspective leads to parental behavior rarely seen in the U.S.:

  • East Asian parents govern children’s use of time, insuring that a majority of their waking hours are devoted to academic learning.
  • Parents never pump up their children’s self-esteem; they know that self-esteem grows naturally as the result of outstanding performances.
  • Parents actively instruct, mold, direct, and train children, insuring that they know the “how to” of academic skills.
  • Parents don’t worry that persevering academic effort will harm their child physiologically or psychologically.

As the parent, what can you do? If you believe that masterful capacity to learn is your greatest gift to your child, be guided by East Asians’ ways of thinking and remember these five tips:

  1. You and your child are responsible for his academic prowess.
  2. The habit of persevering study must be set early in life.
  3. Insure mastery of basic processes; do not fear drilling.
  4. Pay relentless attention to correcting each learning shortfall.
  5. Don’t inflate his self-esteem; instead, insure that he earns it.

Dr. Cornelius Grove, managing partner of the consultancy Grovewell, is also an independent scholar and author of iconoclastic books on education including his latest, The Drive to Learn: What the East Asian Experience Tells Us about Raising Students Who Excel. For more information, please visit, www.thedrivetolearn.info and connect with Dr. Grove on Twitter, @corneliusngrove.

Don’t Forget to Get in On Crazy 8’s End of Summer Deals and Free Shipping

 

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Also, don’t forget about the Goodbye Summer SaleUp to 75% Off, 30% Off New Arrivals, 50% Off Markdowns and $3.99 Deals!

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Amazon Prime Day: Get My Style Looks for Under $50!

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We are wrapping another Amazon Prime Day, a day when Prime members of the popular eCommerce website get access to tons of deep discounts and deals. It is an anticipated shopping day for deal seekers, that rivals Black Friday and Cyber Monday even!

This year, I scored a few electronic deals as there were many tech and small business items available for 20% off! There are also several deals for baby products that new parents and parents to be can scout out. Check those out here!


I wanted to get in on all the fun and thought to share a curated list of pieces I’ve worn and shared on my Style Instagram page, @Wahmstyle.  I recycle pieces and get a lot of items from vintage stores and while thrifting. I also keep items for long periods of time and thus have quite a bit of discontinued selections. But I did my best to pore over the offerings and came up with some picks. All items are available for FREE next day or two Day. It also comes with access to Amazon’s catalog of movies and TV shows, and unlimited photo storage — among other perks…if you have a Prime Membership which you can sign up for here!

Oh and Follow Me at @WAHMSTYLE! 

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Cop a similar jacket by Zeagoo, its Womens Classic Quilted Short Bomber Jacket  for $16-$34 or  getRothco’s Women’s Woodland Zip-Up Sweatshirt for $15 to 20.

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Replicate this look with BAISHENGGT Women’s Floral Print Elastic Waist Harem Pants for $19-24and Zeagoo Women’s Cute Basic Short Sleeve Loose Crop Top for $12-14

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Copy this wrap dress with Grapent Women’s True Wrap 3D Blue and White Floral Knee Length Dress Formal Work down to $33 from $69

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A replica of these camo pants and jacket are available with Exocet Womens Cotton Cropped Camo Jogger Pant for $28 and in Fashionazzle Women’s Lightweight Sleeveless Military Anorak Utility Jacket Vest for $20-$30

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This blouse by TheMogan, its Off The Shoulder Chiffon Blouse Bishop Long Sleeve Flowy Top for $12-$27, is a dead ringer.

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Glam Preggers Tutorial Series: The Winged Eye

editor-picmonkey-s-photo-editor-free-online-image-editingWe started a series sharing tutorials on little things you can do to look glam during your pregnancy just like the celebs. It is based on Stylcaster‘s breakdown of the best celebrity pregnant looks.

Last week, we shared tips on how to achieve a bronzed glow and today, we’re offering our picks of the best tutorials to help you get a winged eye. As usual, we offer a tutorial for persons with lighter and darker and olive toned skin so you can see how it would look on different tones.
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Enjoy!