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Friday, November 21, 2014

2014 Gag Gifts

Sometimes you just need a good gag gift and these are sure to get a few laughs at your next Ugly Sweater party!

  1. My favorite, Poo-Pourri Original Bottle - 2 Ounces Toilet Spray "Spritz the bowl before you go & no one will ever know!" 
  2. Canned Unicorn Meat-I honestly don't know what's in the can! 
  3. Fred S/4 Muffin Tops Baking Cups-muffin cups that look like pants so you have a literal muffin top.
  4. Bacon Lovers Combo Set-Perfect for the bacon lover in your life! 
  5. Fart Machine No need to say more!
  6. Chia Pets...because they're funny!
  7. Big Mouth Toys Toilet Mug perfect for a hot cup of coffee or maybe even candy :)
  8. A Christmas Story Nightlight Leg Lamp
  9. Fake Lottery Tickets
  10. Hutzler 571 Banana Slicer


Enter to win!

Free Marple Mountain or Skating Party for 10 children plus the birthday child a ($159 value) food is not included but can be purchased when booking party. Party slots are on Saturdays and Sundays at 12:00 and 3:00 (2 hr time slots). Coupon can be used up to a year after it is received. 

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Things to do the weekend of November 21-23

Things to do the weekend of November 21-23
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Friday 11/21
Saturday 11/22
Sunday 11/23

Free Mornings at Brandywine River Museum 

Chadds Ford Winery Fire & Spice Weekends 

Koziar's Christmas Village 

The Fairmount Park Holiday Gingerbread House Display  

Hershey Park Christmas Candylane

Franklin Square Holiday Festival and Electrical Spectacle

Flea It Up Flea Market

Rothman Institue Ice Rink at Dilworth Park

Yuletide at Winterthur

 Thursday 11/27

Philadelphia Thanksgiving Parade 

Comcast Holiday Spectacular 


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Volunteering with Give Kids A Smile

One thing I love to do is give back to the community. I do not have as many opportunities as I would like, especially with chasing a toddler around and currently housing another that will be here in April. So, when an opportunity comes along, I take it. 
I am excited to tell you that, on December 5th, Dr. Alex and I will be heading to Community Volunteers in Medicine for a Give Kids A Smile Event. 
I want to know about both of these amazing organizations. It is important to raise awareness for a need that is so pressing right in our very own area, and how these organizations help that need. 

In many areas, even those with mid to high income, there are underserved children going without dental treatment. Give Kids a Smile (GKAS) was launched over 11 years ago for this specific need. GKAS’s mission statement:

The American Dental Association launched the Give Kids A Smile program nationally in 2003 as a way for dentists across the country to join with others in their community to provide dental services to underserved children. The program initially began as a one-day event in February, but has since grown to local and national events year-round. Dentists and other team members volunteer their time, and services, to provide screenings, treatments and education to children throughout the United States. Each year, approximately 350,000 children benefit from more than 1,500 events, all because of the efforts of 40,000 or more annual volunteers. The ADA's Give Kids A Smile® program enhances the oral health of large numbers of needy children. Give Kids A Smile (GKAS) activities also highlight for policy

makers the ongoing challenges that disadvantaged families face in finding dental care.”

Community Volunteers In Medicine (CVIM) is a wonderful facility that I had the pleasure of volunteering my time during and after hygiene school. They are located in West Chester and provide dental care to low income families. CVIM’s mission statement:

“CVIM is a community-based, volunteer nonprofit organization providing primary medical and dental care to low income, working people in Chester County without insurance, enabling them to continue to be contributing members of the community.
The program is designed to provide services for those individuals whose income is at or below 300% of the Federal Poverty guidelines and are not eligible for Medical Assistance, Medicare, VA benefits or the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
CVIM welcomes clients without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, handicap, or ability to pay for health care services.”

We are looking forward to December 5th to give back to the community and we hope you will cheer us on! Like us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date and see some pictures from the event.

Baking Tips from Miss A Introduction!

Miss A will be giving us some baking tips this holiday season!  I wanted to share with you a little bit about her.  Please watch for her tips coming later this week. Looking forward to SWEETENING UP my holiday!  Take it away Miss A...
Growing up I always loved being in the kitchen. I can remember baking with my mom from a very young age, waking up early Saturday mornings to make pancakes pretending I had my own cooking show, and I even started my first cookie business in the 5th grade. (Wish I would have saved some of that money!) As I got older that love of cooking and baking stayed with me and I started college as a Hotel and Restaurant Management major. I had dreams of owning my own restaurant and being a wedding planner. As time went on I decided to move towards a more family-oriented profession, teaching. My other love and passion has always been working with children and helping them learn, which led me down the path of being a teacher.
I love being a teacher. However, when my son was born in January 2012 I knew I needed to find a way to be more present for him. I missed out on seeing all of the major milestones during his first year and I knew I had to make a change. My goal was to switch to teaching part time and I looked back on other things I enjoyed and had a knack for in order to make extra money for my family.  And so, on a bleary eyed morning before heading to school, Miss A’s was born! My original goal for Miss A’s was to provide customers with cookie trays and other baked goods for their special events. I specialize in traditional flavors, as well as Italian recipes and chocolate covered items. To incorporate my love for working with children I also launched “Bitty Bakers” which offers birthday parties, baking classes, and camps for children ages 4 and up.
 I have been in business for 2 years this month (November), and I am still learning and growing every day. I love the flexibility of making my own hours (which most times are late into the night after my little man has gone to sleep J). This past year it has been so exciting to see my business bloom and I am now reaching customers that are beyond the circle of my family and friends. I am so very grateful for all of the support I have received from my customers- those who have been ordering from the very beginning and those I am beginning to get to know! I am also forever grateful to the networking groups I am a part of via social media, especially the amazing ladies of “Bizzy Mamas.”  Not only have I reached a larger client base because of them, but I have also learned so many invaluable lessons about business! It is my hope to see my business continue to grow so that I can one day open my own bakery with space for children’s parties.

Please visit my website Miss A's Website Click Here

Monday, November 17, 2014

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Looks like the Kindle deals are starting today! Save $140 on the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9", HDX Display today. I know the box says $399.00 but if you click it, the price changes to $259! This kindle also has a camera. 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Gift Guide: Experience Gift Ideas 2014

I love experience gifts!  They don't add to the clutter in  my home (and trust me, there is clutter!) and these gifts can last all year long.  These are just a few of the great places you can take your family, but the greater Philadelphia area is loaded with family fun!  

Family Gifts: Great options for a one shot deal!

  • The Media Theatre close to home and lots of fun!

  • Arden Theatre Tickets My family loves going to the children's theater & my husband & I enjoy going without the kids! BLACK FRIDAY-CYBER MONDAY DEALFor just $50, you’ll get a gift certificate for a family four-pack to any Arden Children’s Theatre production OR two tickets for any Mainstage production (subject to availability).  This is a $50+ savings for either package!  

  • Tyler Arboretum MembershipTons of family fun throughout the year and plenty of room for energetic kids to run, the Tyler Arboretum offers something for everyone in the family.

  • Wilmington Blue Rocks :  A variety of game packages, the Blue Rocks will entertain your family all summer long.  Package tickets with t-shirts and hats to make a great winter holiday gift!
  • Longwood Gardens Fun for the entire family, all year round!  

  • For the Kids:

  • Please Touch Museum

  • Philadelphia Zoo

  • Upper Darby Performing Arts Center-get tickets to one show or buy an entire season!  

  • Marple Sports Arena Playdate! Check it out!

    Kids Zumba!!!

    The weather is getting colder and our thoughts race as to what we can do with our kids this winter?!?!  Marple Sports Arena has play dates for just $5 during the week.  It is a great way for kids to run off steam, jump, play, climb, and color.  There are tables so you can sit an enjoy a snack you bring with you.  

    Bounce Houses!

    Bats, balls, roller carts and more!

    Coloring to cool down.

    Climbing time!

    As you can see from my sampling of pictures there is a ton to do.  These two characters where worn out by the time we were done.  It was a perfect after Kindergarten activity or if you have a pre-schooler a great morning activity!  We brought our lunch and ate it at the tables.  It was a perfect playdate indoors!  The kids had a blast!

    For more information on dates and times, please see: Marple Sports Arena

    Friday, November 14, 2014

    Local Charities Gift Guide-2014

    For the person on your list who has everything, it can often be tough to find the perfect gift. In this case, I always consider making a donation in their name to a charity! I find that people love this gift & are more appreciative of it than a gift that you buy out of obligation.  

    Newly formed but an organization that is easy to support:
    Plaid Pajamas, you can go on the website & choose a child to purchase new pajamas for, that they will receive in time for the holidays.  My children open a new pair of pj's every year on Christmas Eve, so I have an extra special place in my heart for this organization.  It's also affordable. Have a $15 limit?  Buy one pair.  More to spend you can help more kids!  

    Local charities that I've supported in the past include:

    Kisses for Kyle
    Cradles to Crayons
    Delaware County SPCA 

    I like these organizations because my donation stays you have an organization that you support?  Let us know!

    Tuesday, November 11, 2014

    X-rays: Read Before You Decide

    It seems like the moment you hear your baby’s first cry you are going to do everything in your power to keep them safe. So many things, big and small, are out of your control and you do what you can to protect them. 

    The first time they cry and you can’t figure out what is wrong. The first time they fall and bump their head. The first time they cut their knee. Of course the second, third, fourth and so many other times these happen...they are out of your control but it doesn’t hurt your heart any less. 

    You bring them to all of their physical and dental appointments to keep them healthy and follow all the instructions given by their doctors. Then one day the hygienist comes into the waiting room to bring back your child and mentions that it may be time for X-rays and you think,
     “No radiation! It will hurt them!” 
    When this happens, it might be a good idea to consider the following before turning them down. 

    We are all exposed...
    Every day, all of us are exposed to small amounts of radiation from our environment. The radiation comes from several different sources, air, water, materials in buildings, outer space, and even the ground. The term for this is natural background radiation. Natural background radiation exposure varies from person to person depending on where the live. People living in higher elevations are closer to outer space, therefor are exposed to more radiation than those living near the sea. 

    Should you allow x-rays?
    With many things in the health care world, medication, procedures, treatment, etc...the benefit should always outweigh the risk. The benefits of what can be determined by the X-rays (ie: disease, decay, or delayed development) outweigh any risk of exposure to radiation. 

    Why are x-rays necessary?
    X-rays help us determine dental issues and the proper course of treatment. They also allow us to give information on a specific area that may have the beginning stages of decay and tell you what to do to prevent it from developing into something that will need treatment.

    When are x-rays necessary?
    X-rays become necessary when information needed is not directly visible, when a visual examination cannot provide adequate answers. Generally speaking, around age 5 children’s teeth begin to move closer together. This is usually a time when bite-wing x-rays are necessary so that the dentist is able to view the areas between the teeth since this area is no longer viewable to the eye. Areas between the teeth are more susceptible to decay, especially if flossing is not taking place during the home care routine. 
    The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s recommendation on X-rays is every 6 months for children who are at a high risk for tooth decay. Our office takes X-rays less frequently unless there is something of more concern. 

    My child has never had a cavity, why should they get x-rays?
    While x-rays are an important tool to determine cavities that are not visible during a visual examination, they provide much more information. X-rays are necessary to plan orthodontic treatment, to diagnose and treat conditions no directly visible, evaluate injuries that may have occurred, diagnose any disease present in the bone, as well as to evaluate teeth that have not yet erupted. 
    Many of these things observed with regular X-rays are found during early detection and can prevent costly, time consuming procedures down the line. 

    How safe are x-rays?
    As with everything else, our office takes the protection and safety of your child very seriously. We minimize the exposure of radiation by using safeguards like led aprons and thyroid collars. However, using digital X-rays significantly reduces the amount of radiation exposure. According to the American Dental Association, digital X-rays are 80-90% less radiation then those of the traditional x-rays which were already low.  

    Please consider the chart below provided by the American College of Radiology:

    mSv is the measurement of radiation. I realize this chart may be confusing, but consider that the natural background radiation is a 3 (the highest) and the 4 bitewings is a .005 (the lowest). Also, keep in mind that most of the time, children are only receiving 2 bitewings as opposed to 4. 

    Always express any concerns you have with dental X-rays and feel free to call our office with any questions. Just remember, all of us here at Rose Tree Kids has your childs best interest and safety in mind. 

    As always, if you have any questions, feel free to comment. If you have specific concerns about dental treatments for your children's teeth, you can call my office, Rose Tree  Kids, at 610-892-3825.

    Monday, November 10, 2014

    Educational Toy Guide 2014

    One of my absolute favorite trends this holiday season is a real push for toys that really allow children to be creative & scientific. It could be building a robot or making candy, anytime we pull our kids away from the tv & they use their hands to create is a huge win in my book. Learning while they play is a big bonus too!
    1. The Kindle Fire less expensive than Ipad, but still fun, be sure to add Kindle Freetime to the device to control how much time is spent playing games & watching movies...then you're not the bad guy!  For the younger crowd, you might want to look into the Leappad Ultra which is made for the younger crowd.  Little Scholar Educational Kids Tablet is another great option & comes loaded with apps, videos, books, games & songs plus has a rubber case included in the purchase!
    2. Sport Stacking with Speed Stacks Cups no batteries, no computer, just you against the clock & it's tons of fun! 
    3. Thames & Kosmos Crystal Growing but if crystals aren't your kids speed, they have a variety  of other educational but very cool, learning toys & games. 
    4. HEXBUG VEX Robotics Ant build your own Hexbug robotic ant that you use a remote control to maneuver.  There are multiple sets in this line & they can be mixed & matched to create you own bug!  I also like Laser Pegs they can be matched up with Legos but these blocks make your buildings & cars glow!
    5. Experience Gifts: So not exactly a toy, but still a great option!  Children will stop playing with toys, but the memories of going to a special place with a friend or family member, can last a lifetime.  My childrens' list don't include many toys this year but a few places they'd like to go instead.  I love these kinds of gifts because my kids get to spend time with someone they love AND they don't need another toy! 

    Sunday, November 9, 2014

    2014 Holiday Gift Guide-Toy Guide

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    2014 Holiday Gift Guide 
    Toy Guide

     As the holidays approach, I get the unique opportunity to see many of the year’s hottest toys & speak with companies about the latest & greatest trends in children’s holiday gift buying! It’s a tough job but someone has to do it! My favorite trend though, is a push by many toy manufacturers to challenge children’s creativity & push them to learn math & science concepts through play! I love toys that do more than just entertain (though there is nothing wrong with that either!)

    • You can’t be the hottest movie of the year & not be listed first! Frozen! If you want something from Elsa & Anna you better start looking now. Amazon has a lot, but not a lot on sale…and anything that does go on sale will be snatched up quickly. This theme I recommend snatching up as soon as you see it.
    • Doc McStuffins Mobile Cart  The good doctor makes the list again!  Last year her check up center sold out everywhere & there is some talk that it could happen to the Mobile Cart this year too.  
    • Bungees Battleground - Exclusive Master Arena This is a new toy that reminds me of Pokemon & kind of mix of Beyblades.  The arena is a little expensive but you can purchase additional "guys" for around $3 a pack.  Each player comes with a collectible trading card & disk.  
    • Pound Puppies...they're back & I loved mine, so my kids stand a good chance at getting one, because I want one!  If you want one, watch for sales, Target had them for 50% off just the other day!
    • It's My Biz This is an interesting product & not really a toy.  Geared towards older girls, there are a variety of guides to help you learn to promote a variety of businesses (bakery, vintage t-shirt designs, etc).  The sets include recipes, shopping lists, ledgers to keep track of incoming & outgoing expenses. 
    • Board Games...Yes board games!  I LOVE that games are making a come back---I've already purchased both Sorry!  and  Monopoly for my kids, at less than $10 each they're affordable & fun!
    • Now completely switch gears to the newest video game Skylanders Trap Team Starter Pack .  This game looks like a ton of fun & is on the wish list of a few kids I know.  I'll be on the look out for a deal too!  
    • Ninja Turtles...These green, crime fighting turtles are still popular & are on so many wish lists!  
    • Crayola Virtual Design So far there are two sets you can purchase, Car & Fashion designs.  Basically you color in a picture then you can take your drawing to a virtual world to race or walk down the runway, adding more customization along the way.  
    • Spaghetti Headz Charms are a fun way to decorate your child's hair with color & charms plus they can be reused!  These are a great stocking stuffer & come in a variety of themes (Christmas, Hanukkah, St. Patty's Day, etc.)
    Let us know what you're looking for this holiday season & we'll keep an eye out for great prices & deals. I'll also be posting additional guides for educational gifts, local stores we love & more!  Watch for those in the next few days.  

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