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Wine, Dine & Toddler

We all love eating out. We love being treated to a gorgeous meal. But what about that child over at table 6 who just won’t stop screaming?

1919195_1272576540344_3706681_nHaving a family is endlessly rewarding, but being a parent is challenging. You want to be a role model to your children. Of course sometimes being a parent isn’t as straightforward as you had bargained on. As a child grows up, he or she must adapt to many things, it’s a big & new world… & it’s not always a simple one. Children aren’t always aware yet of their environment & how to respond to external stimuli. Understanding another’s needs requires a certain amount of empathy & empathy takes time for children to learn. Empathy can only come from observation & social interaction.

Before you bring your child into a restaurant, try practicing eating out at home first. If you have the option, eat at another table in the house from where you normally share family meals. You’re setting a new scene. Next practice talking at different volumes. Start with loud & go all the way down to a whisper. You can make a fun game of it. Then demonstrate the appropriate speaking level so not to disturb other diners. Favorite plush toys make great restaurant guests. You can even be creative and make a mock menu. Have your child practice reading while learning how to order.

Many factors can lead to arguments, tantrums & frustration, from a simple lack of sleep to certain disorders. How a parent is able to control their child during a spat or tantrum can determine the outcome & severity of the problem. Practicing at home can alleviate a lot of stress. It might seem a little silly to play ‘restaurant’ but the lessons your child learns will make your & their experience more fun when they join you at the restaurant for the first time. For children who suffer from a disorder, you might want to practice with a professional caretaker on hand.

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Becoming a Super Hero Family…

 

Thanks to #FamilyForward, Mom It Forward , #UniversalMoments & Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals for creating a New Superhero Family! Stay tuned to MotherStucker.com this Fall for exciting Family Forward 2015 Features. Meanwhile, create your own family adventure complete with custom artwork by Alex Belomlinsky. Offering a vast, high-quality portfolio of over 45,000 original royalty-free vector stock illustrations — Black & White — Color — Simple — Complex — Iconic from an award-winning graphic designer, illustrator & advertising art creative director. Every image is available for sale on a royalty-free basis exclusively at iStockPhoto.com. See how one of his images can help you with your next project…

Without a Shadow of a Doubt: Nature’s Bounty® Earthly Elements™

Photo-3With the kiddos back in school, MotherStucker has managed to find time to accomplish a little antique shopping. Ok, a LOT of antique shopping. Silhouettes are my antique shopping obsession & I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. One of my latest finds is an incredible display box, but it had a sticky blemish on the mirrored surface. I was nervous to use a harsh cleaning product, but wanted the gunk off ASAP.

This morning I took a break from antique shopping to tackle the laundry (piling up….) & the silhouette solution was solved 😉 I use Nature’s Bounty® Earthly Elements™ Eucalyptus 100% pure essential oil to keep laundry smelling fresh at MotherStucker Headquarters (3 – 4 drops added to the detergent dispenser). Feeling inspired from the refreshing Eucalyptus scent, I grabbed a nearby non-abrasive rag then dabbed a few drops of this laundry secret right on the silhouette decorative display box.  A couple passes later… clean perfection! 

Nature’s Bounty® brings balance to busy lives with Earthly Elements™, 100% pure aromatherapy essential oils, now available at Walmart stores nationwide. Earthly Elements™ lets you experience a harmonious balance for your mind, body & wellness needs. Each essential oil has its own unique aroma, effect & “personality,” just like the people in MotherStucker’s silhouettes!

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This post has been sponsored by Nature’s Bounty®. All opinions are my own.

Mother to Mother: GET Safe Cough™

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The creative geniuses behind a leading name in innovative companies, MacVrs Group, is ready to launch their one of a kind germs spread stopper named “Safe Cough”™. Safe Cough is a lightweight, recyclable, compact filtering device which helps stop the spread of germs & other air borne viruses & bacteria associated with the common cold & influenza.
ef7de906188c092cc62f05ee17eaef1a_originalYou simply wear it on your middle finger allowing the compact unit to rest inside your palm. Then, when you feel a cough coming on, you cough into the mouthpiece of Safe Cough™. Once your cough enters the unit, 99.9% of your germs will be divided through 100 air holes & filtered through an activated bamboo charcoal reduction filter (which are commonly used in air purifiers or a water bottle) that will ultimately result in safe, clean air exiting the SafeCough™. When not in use, SafeCough™ just rests snug & comfortable on the inside of your palm, not interfering with any of your daily activities. Check out the Indiegogo Campaign & all the latest updates on Twitter & Facebook! Join me & Support!

Guide Doggie: Learn How Guide Dogs Help The Blind In This Coloring Book

GuideDoggieFrontCoverThis fun & unique coloring book by legally blind writer Daniel Saynuk, is a great way to introduce children to the world of a guide dog. Help educate your child while they have fun with Guide Doggie! Meet Guide Doggie when he is a puppy, then follow him on his adventures during guide dog training. Learn what a guide dog does during the day, including the chores he completes for his handlers in order to keep Guide Doggie ready to serve. Your child will learn how guide dogs help the blind live more independently & how dogs can be heroes too! With narration of the book done by a guide dog, each page is a fun an educational adventure for all ages. Your child can color the pages, making it an interactive as well as educational learning experience. Fill in the blank pages let your child get involved in telling the story & fun bonus games including a word search, crossword puzzle & word jumbles based on the story will help your child remember what they learned!

Daniel Saynuk’s own beloved guide dog helps him more easily live his life in his home town of Baltimore, Maryland. Daniel began writing stories while pursuing his Business Administration degree & established his own company to bring this book to life. He is passionate about educating others about the valuable services guide dogs provide to the visually impaired. http://danielsaynuk.com/guidedoggielearn.html

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Mother to Mother: Money Munchkids

The Back to School Season of 2015 is in the books! Good job MOM &  A+!  How did you accomplish it all? With financial knowledge – that’s how! Teach YOUR kids YOUR skills about deposits, withdraws, & balance inquiries plus credit & debit card transactions, work & tax forms, plus proper change! MotherStucker wants a family full of young pro’s at all things $$$$. I’m making it happen with Money Munchkids Activity Book! Appropriate for kids age 5 & up, Money Munchkids Activity Book is dedicated to helping children learn financial literacy & money management. What a perfect weekend activity! http://www.moneymunchkids.com/products/

White Hot Video Review Board: Younique 3D Fiber Lashes

YouniqueLogoHello friends! Ok, so here lately, I’ve been seeing this Younique 3D Fiber Lashes Mascara popping up all over Facebook. I admit I was both a bit curious & a bit skeptical about the claims being made about this product. It’s pretty new to the market & I didn’t know anyone selling it yet. Until now & my friend Kris (www.youniquebykris.com) sent me some to try. She gave me a few simple tips & tricks on how to use it & I was off to the races.  In all the advertising, you will see photos of women with 3D on one eye & either their normal mascara, or no mascara on the other eye. And I gotta tell you, WOW!!! I’m shocked at how well this mascara works. Younique’s 3D Fiber Lash Mascara is everything it’s cracked up to be, and a bit more. YES…this IS mascara, NOT false lashes. Not only is it hypoallergenic & free of chemicals, oil & parabens but it is gentle on sensitive eyes & contact lens wearers. The mascara is made from natural green tea fibers & comes right off at the end of the day with warm soapy water!

[youtube]http://youtu.be/VC0tn7SOuIQ[/youtube]I’ve now used it many times & I have pretty much become an expert by this point in time! I’m pretty much wearing it every day. Depending on how much time I have determines how I apply this Younique Mascara. You can wear this by itself, or you can wear it over a coat of your normal mascara. I have found that if I am going out & getting dressed up, that is how I use it. It amps up your eyelashes something fierce!! For around the house, working out, running errands, I don’t necessarily use my old mascara. Maybe just one coat of the Younique product.

In order to really get the best results, if you apply a small amount of your normal mascara first & build off that, it really will impress your friends. Believe me, they WILL NOTICE!! It really does make my eyes pop & I love that! You can pretty much use whatever mascara you were using before as the base coat if you choose to use one, but you don’t have to.

mascaraThe way you apply this is a 3 step process. Each set of mascara comes with 2 tubes. 1 tube is the Fiber & 1 tube is the Gel. First you apply a coat or two of the gel. Then you immediately apply the fibers. Then one more coat of the gel to seal the fibers on.  NOTE: just work on one eye at a time. Finish the one eye then go to the next. If you do want to wear one coat of your regular mascara as a base, you would apply that first, THEN Gel, Fibers, Gel. It’s so easy!

While the first eye is drying, you can repeat the cycle on the second eye. After I got used to this, I can now apply this in multiple coats in no time! Just took some getting used to.

eyesIf you want to do multiple layers of the Younique 3D Fiber Lashes, you put another layer of gel on and then add more fibers. Once you are stunningly beautiful, you seal with a light coat of the gel so that the fibers don’t fall off. If you weren’t born with long lashes, you will find that you may want to do 2-3 layers to get the super long lashes you can find in many of the online photos. If you ever experience any clumping, it’s real easy to brush that out with an eyelash comb.

 

Ladies, I’m in love! This is now my go to Mascara & I really can’t imagine not using it. Whether I’m heading out & want a fancy look, or just heading out for normal daily routine, I really prefer these now.

The other neat part is that Kris was so helpful when I first got it. She really went above & beyond to make sure I was all taken care of, knew how to use it & that my questions got answered.

Here is a link to her website: www.youniquebykris.com  and on there, you will find that Younique is actually much more than just this 3D Fiber Mascara. They have an exciting line of other makeup products and they have 10 new products about to hit the shelves. In fact, Kris tells me they are going to be selling this into the UK starting October 1, 2014!

For you enterprising MOM’s in my audience, Kris is looking to help other motivated women create their own business as well. Younique is one of the fastest growing direct sales companies out there & you can take advantage of that! Find more details about that at her site – Easy access to everything through Younique ad to your right 😉 XO, MotherStucker

White Hot Review Board: Beautiful

imageAs a woman in my late thirties, I have been using facial skin care products for 25+ years. As Mrs. U.S. of A Globe 2005 and Mrs. Kentucky 2009 please realize I experimented heavily with any product I could get my hands on. I needed perfect skin – no exceptions. At the very least, I wanted the best possible skin I could achieve. As you might imagine, I was disappointed with every single product I tried.

Without any good options, I settled onto products that bounced my skin from one extreme to another. Does dry/unexplained breakout/skin fading/too oily/premature wrinkles/hyperpigmintation/blackheads look familiar? I struggled with at least 2 issues at a time (up to all 7 simultaneously sometimes) and thought I would just have to put up with it.
image I never imagined a facial skin care product that would have my name (YOUR name too) on the bottle itself. More shocking is that what is inside the bottle actually makes skin beautiful.

Skin care has been revolutionized with “Beautiful”, the world’s first skin supplement. It actually feeds my skin (and yours!) what it needs in order for it to be luminous and healthy. Beautiful uses a rare combination of live fruit, nut and plant extracts to feed your skin cells and promote youthful, moist skin.

In all honesty, the use of “Beautiful” requires a brain shift. Thinking of applying oil to my skin seemed extremely unconventional. Soon, other shifts began to happen. I noticed that I didn’t feel the need to wear make-up as often (because I had less and less to cover up!). Even when I did apply make-up for a special occasion I realized I was using less makeup — due to having less to cover up overall — plus the make-up itself now reacted better with my skin.

beau-333x329When I wear make-up it now glides and blends over my skin instead of sitting on top of my skin like a mask. I use only 2 products on a daily basis – the Beautiful AM Moisturizer and the Beautiful PM Revitalizer. Both products can be purchased together in a .5 oz set for $44.94. I use approximately 3 drops of Beautiful AM in the morning and Beautiful PM in the evening, meaning this size/set will last you at least 2 months.

What a perfect gift for all the beautiful people in your life – Mom (HELLO MOTHERS DAY 2014!), sister(in-law), aunt, BFF, daughter – don’t forget YOU. Order yours by clicking picture directly above. XOXO!