• Health

    How to Keep a Healthier Work-Life Balance

    It’s not uncommon to have stressful times at work. Whether it’s staying up late, working weekends or evenings, or having a large number of projects, burnout might happen sooner than you think. If business at work has become normal for you, it might be time to reevaluate your priorities. Striking a better work-life balance can help you stay healthier.

    Consider a New Position

    Sometimes, you may come to a point where it is impossible to have a good work-life balance if you keep working in your current job. Maybe the company does not value taking time off, or maybe you have to work overtime week after week. In these cases, it can be beneficial to create an exit plan and look for another position. Going back to school can increase your job opportunities, so you may consider getting your degree. Student loans can make it easy to pay for college so you can get your degree as soon as possible.

    Physically Separate Home and Work

    If you work in an office, there is already distance between you and work. However, it’s becoming more common to work from home, and doing so can result in blurred lines between work and home. Working from your couch can be a great benefit of remote work, but if you turn your living space into your work area, you might have more stress. That’s because when it’s time to relax, you will think of your job when you are in your relaxing space. One solution is to turn a spot into a dedicated office space. This should not be in the same place you relax or sleep. If you don’t have a separate room, you can carve out part of a room into your work area. Even getting a separate desk can be helpful. The main thing is to have one spot devoted to work.

    Disconnect While Not at Work

    When you are not working, take some time away from your computer, phone, and other devices. You don’t need to check emails or texts all the time, as this can increase your levels of stress. It is harder to connect with your friends or family if you are always on your phone. Plus, being on your device all the time can affect your sleep. Even if you find it tempting to check your messages all the time, consider turning off notifications, putting it on mute, turning it off, or keeping it in another room. This removes some of the temptation to respond to your messages.

    Take Time for Self-Care

    You can’t stay strong and motivated to do your best at work if you are not taking time for yourself. Set aside some time to work out each day, and plan healthy meals and snacks to fuel yourself. Make exercise and eating well non-negotiables in your daily schedule. If your work gives you vacation days, don’t just roll them over or let them expire. Instead, use all the time off you are given. Even if you are just using it to take a mental health day to catch up on sleep and stay home, taking a break every now and then can help you recharge.

     

  • My dog Cami,  pet

    New Generation Pet Health Solutions for Todays Pet Parents

    Tackle Joint & Hip Pain – Immune/Gut Health/Digestion – Skin & Allergy – Calm & Focusing Issues & we even have a solution for those unfortunate accidents.

    Lively Paws™ is a New Generation Pet Health supplement company dedicated to today’s aware pet owners who strive to support, feed, and love their pets, like no generation before. We understand the importance of ethically sourced ingredients and sustainable methods!

    “Pets are very similar to us in that as they age their bodies don’t produce the same level of naturally occurring chemicals to help in various aspects of a healthy life,” explains Michael Stoeckle, president and CEO of Ark Naturals Company. “As a result, supplementing their diet with these naturally occurring ingredients (or something that works in the same way) allows them to live a healthier and more satisfying life by addressing the loss of that particular chemical that would otherwise be naturally occurring in their body.

    “It could be for stopping inflammation, assisting in digestion, providing moisture to offset a dry coat, boosting their immunity to help fight plaque and tartar etc…,” he continues. These products are not intended to be food, nor are they intended to prevent, treat or cure any disease or condition. Nevertheless, these types of products may support a variety of a healthy pet’s normal functions.”

  • Baby

    Tiny & Mighty Organic Essentials

    Tiny but essential… these organic must-haves for the youngest member of your family are the most commonly used items daily. From bibs to burp cloths, we’ve compiled a list of adorable and affordable organic finds from KeaBabies for little ones that won’t break the bank. With gorgeous designs that change seasonally, and plenty of gender-neutral options, these must-haves will keep your baby comfortable, dry, and clean.
    Cuddle Organic Bamboo Hooded Towels
    Wrap your baby up in comfort after bath time with these sweet towels made from premium bamboo. Ultra-absorbent and made for sensitive skin, KeaBabies Organic Bamboo Hooded Towels keep baby snuggly and warm. Not just for bath time, the hooded towel can also be taken to the pool, beach, and more. Pair it with KeaBabies Premium Bamboo Washcloths for the sweetest bath experience for your little one. Available in Grizzly, Polar, Bear or Lamb.
    Organic Bamboo Washcloths
    Incredibly soft, thick and absorbent, the Organic Bamboo Washcloths are excellent for baby’s delicate skin! Made for everyday use, bath time becomes a comforting, luxe experience for your little one. Available in 7 colors, each set comes with 6 washcloths.
    Organic Bandana Bibs
    Extremely durable and made for big messes, Keababies Organic Bandana Bibs cover more than half of your baby or toddler’s chest and shoulders, allowing their clothes to stay dry and clean after messy feedings or heavy drooling. The Bandana Bibs are made with ultra-soft organic cotton backed with super absorbent fleece to ensure your little ones’ clothes stay dry and fresh all day. Made in a variety of cute patterns and prints! Machine washable. Suitable for ages 0-36 months.
    Organic Burp Cloths
    Made with organic cotton for baby’s sensitive skin, KeaBabies Organic Burp Cloths are a must-have for feeding, spit-ups and messes! Sized generously and larger than most burp cloths on the market, they provide full shoulder coverage to protect clothing from being soiled from spit ups and messes. Available in 15 adorable prints and color patterns. Machine washable.
  • Baby

    Melabébé

    Melabébé

    Price: $15.99 – $19.99

    When faced with a skincare dilemma, such as dry skin, eczema, hyperpigmentation, or scarring, relief needs to be effective and calming, especially if we’re talking about babies. Melabébé delivers that relief in plant-based formulas intentionally made for melanin-rich kids that’s safe enough for the entire family for the head, shoulders, knees, and toes (just like the song goes!). Addressing common issues, this inclusive skincare brand for children is long-lasting, locking in moisture for all-over deep dehydration. Understanding their specific needs and skin characteristics makes all the difference in helping provide appropriate, gentle care. Founded by Kelli, a mom of color, she formulated clean, moisture-rich skincare initially to help nurture her baby’s sensitive skin. She found it was also perfect for all skin types and shades. It turns out that what’s good for baby is just as good for mom and dad, too! The vegan brand’s all-natural ingredients nurture, heal, and protect.

  • Children's Books

    When I’m An Entrepreneur books

    When I’m an Astronaut: Exciting New Picture Book Inspires Kids’ Dreams To Reach For The Stars

    Written to break career gender stereotypes, this third book in Samantha Pillay’s Inspirational Careers for Kids picture book series, ‘When I’m an Astronaut’  delights and informs as it offers youngsters a giant leap forward in their understanding of what it takes to be an astronaut

    Following on from her hugely successful When I’m A Doctor and When I’m An Entrepreneur books, Dr Samantha Pillay adds a third title in her Inspirational Careers for Kids series with the publication of When I’m an Astronaut.

    Written to break gender stereotypes, and to encourage youngsters to dream big and aim high, this immersive picture book is supported by an activity book, bursting with fun activities that delve deeper into what’s involved in being an astronaut, whilst stressing the importance of embracing STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, maths) in order to fulfil their dreams.

    And with NASA’s planned test launch of Artemis 1 scheduled for the end of this month (August 2022),When I’m an Astronaut is the perfect vehicle for learning more about what’s involved in taking those first small steps towards a career with NASA or another space agency or organisation.

    A gem of a book, parents and kids everywhere will have one request for Dr Samantha Pillay – please keep adding to this inspiring and transformative series.

     

    Synopsis

    What does it take to be an astronaut?

    The simple images in this unique picture book allow children to ponder over the wonders of space while building their self-belief.

    Career gender stereotypes and self-efficacy start to form in early childhood. This book encourages children to Dream Big and Aim High.

    Find the references for the grown-up astronaut hidden within the images on the author’s website: https://bit.ly/3vVjkEv

    Expand your child’s imagination with the companion Activity Book.

    Read the other series titles:

    Book One: When I’m a Surgeon

    Book Two: When I’m an Entrepreneur

     

    The author says:                                                   

    “Maths and physics were my favourite subjects at school. I loved solving problems and could spend hours lost in thought. This was not work but pleasure. I would fall asleep and dream about equations and derivations.

    “Career gender stereotypes can be embedded by age seven, long before young girls make subject and career choices.

    “Reshaping our ideas about femininity, providing STEM role models and challenging stereotypes will help address the gender imbalance in STEM careers.”

     

    Applauded by those involved in the space sector, reviews include:

    “The influence of a book like this may be ‘one small step’ in a child’s development, but for some, it will also inspire them to take the next ‘giant leap’.”

    Andrew Thomas, NASA Astronaut (retired).

     

    “This one-of-a-kind book brilliantly displays accurate space travel that will spark imaginations, inspire dreams, and delight space lovers, young and old. Look closely at the illustrations for hidden insider details that encourage readers to ask questions and discover even more!”

    Andrea Boyd, International Space Station Flight Controller and Deputy of Astronaut Operations for European Space Agency

     

    Garnering five-star reviews from Amazon US readers, these include:

    “This beautiful picture book may be directed toward STEM education, but it will reach many others, too. It shows how work and inspiration can take a person toward their dream profession.” – Sunny Sue

    “What a great find! Dr. Samantha has done a great job creating a beautifully illustrated book to inspire children, especially young girls, to reach for the stars. When I’m an Astronaut: Dreaming is Believing, has vivid, detailed illustrations that make ME want to go back to school! She even throws in a little whimsy for the kids who love animals, and so clearly shows that realizing your dreams takes hard work and study. I can see her passion in the pages, and was quite amazed when I read her personal story (About the Author), to see how she also, has followed her dream.” – yellow

    “This story is simple but very beautiful and inspiring. The illustrations are also out of this world (pun intended). I got the kindle version but plan on getting the hardcover version for my daughters.”  – Teneil

     

    Independently published, When I’m an Astronaut is available in paperback (£10.99/$17.99) and Kindle format (£2.99/$3.99 or free via Kindle Unlimited) on Amazon at https://amzn.to/3Sx0mhf and on Amazon US at https://amzn.to/3Pfs3Id

     

    About the author:

    Samantha Pillay, a urological surgeon, is no stranger to overcoming adversity to achieve her goals. She was born with hip dysplasia and underwent several operations, spending about 18 months in hospital from age two to four years. She then started school in a wheelchair, taking years to learn to walk. She completed school age 16 and became the first female to complete urological surgical training in South Australia. In 2021 she published When I’m a Surgeon – Book One in the Inspirational Careers for Kids picture book series. Samantha aims to break career gender stereotypes and instil a belief in children that they can fulfil their dreams.

  • Children's Books

    Doggyland

    Today, Snoop Dogg, Claude Brooks, the Emmy nominated producer and creator of the children franchise, Hip Hop Harry, and singer/songwriter, October London, announced the official release of the new animated kids series, Doggyland – Kids Songs & Nursery Rhymes, on YouTube and YouTube Kids. The original series features a colorful cast of dogs set in a vibrant world where the characters sing, dance and rap educational songs that teach social, emotional and cognitive skills for toddlers to 8yr old children in a positive and upbeat environment. Doggyland is released by Doggyland Media LLC. The series can be found on YouTube and YouTube Kids. In addition, there is an accompanying album, Doggyland – Kids Songs & Nursery Rhymes on all streaming platforms. At launch, there are four Doggyland – Kids Songs & Nursery Rhymes episodes available, with new episodes dropping every week on Tuesday. Check out the episodes here.

    Doggyland – Kids Songs & Nursery Rhymes brought together award winning singers, rappers and producers to create original songs and lyrics that focus on the positive social and emotional development geared towards toddlers to 8yr old children. The series will cover a wide range of topics, including letters, numbers, colors, animals, good habits, with a core message of acceptance, diversity and inclusion. The family friendly show encourages kids and parents to come together to learn new skills, as well as spread joy and love to one another.

    The cast of vibrant characters is led by Bow Wizzle, voiced by Snoop Dogg, the main character who serves as the adult mentor to the rest of the cast; including Wags, voiced by October London, who is always cheering his friends on and a voice as smooth as Usher; Yap Yap, the high-spirited character who is known for her positive and cheery personality; Chow Wow, an empathic team player and Barks-A-Locks, the curious one of the group who is always discovering new adventures.

    “As a father, grandfather and longtime youth football coach, it’s always been important to me to build positive and educational environments for all children. We wanted to bring our show to YouTube and YouTube Kids which provides free access to everyone, so all the kids can enjoy it.” said Snoop Dogg, Co-Creator, Doggyland – Kids Songs & Nursery Rhymes. “I’ve always wanted to create a kid friendly series that lets kids be kids and is truly representative of the Culture with everything from the music to the characters. When I started to build my team, it was only right to partner with Claude, who created the iconic series, Hip Hop Harry, which built the blueprint to diverse kids programming, and October London, a talented singer and writer.”

    Snoop Dogg has a long history of creating spaces that positively impact youth. In 2005, Snoop Dogg founded the Snoop Youth Football League (SYFL), a 501c3 non-profit organization founded to provide the opportunity for inner-city children to participate in youth football and cheer. The SYFL serves children between the ages of five and thirteen, teaching them the values of teamwork, good sportsmanship, discipline, and self-respect, while also stressing the importance of academics. In 2018, Snoop launched Snoop’s Special Stars, a division of SYFL that focuses on special needs children who want to participate in football and cheerleading. Since the start of the Snoop Youth Football League, thousands of kids have participated in the program and several of the kids have gone on to play in D1 colleges and NFL.

    “Snoop and I are excited to make an animated children’s show that’s musically based and promotes social, emotional and cognitive learning in an innovative way that both kids and parents alike will be learning together,” said Claude Brooks, Co-Creator, Doggyland – Kids Songs & Nursery Rhymes. “I’m a father of a 7yr old daughter and one of the things we are most proud of is having age appropriate songs about “Being Different”, “Not Being A Bully”, “Good Manners” and one of my personal favorites, “Affirmations.” These kinds of songs will hopefully lead to meaningful conversations and help everyone be the best they can be.”

    “Working with Snoop, you know our music has to be top notch and make all the kids and families get out of your seat and dance,” said October London, singer and songwriter. “While the Doggyland – Kids Songs & Nursery Rhymes show is created with kids as the priority, the whole family will want to watch it and bump it!”

    To keep up with Doggyland, visit:

    Website

    Instagram

    Tik Tok

    Twitter

    Facebook

    About Snoop Dogg

    An Entertainment Industry Mogul and Entrepreneur, Snoop Dogg has reigned for nearly three decades as an unparalleled force who has raised the bar as a globally recognized innovator. Snoop Dogg is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, DJ, media personality, businessman and Icon. In addition to his extensive work in music, Snoop Dogg is a serial entrepreneur with endeavors in Web 3.0, tech, entertainment, lifestyle, global consumer brands and food/beverage industries.

    About Claude Brooks

    Claude Brooks is the CEO of C To The B Productions. Claude Brooks started his career as an actor with notable success. He starred in a few series and has over 300 episodes as an actor under his belt. After creating, starring and producing “Claude’s Crib” for Paramount, Paramount Network Television gave him a production deal, which thrived for eight years. In the children’s arena, Claude Brooks created and produced The Discovery Kids’ Emmy Nominated children’s show, “Hip Hop Harry”, for which new content is currently being produced for over 15 digital platforms, and has spawned a live touring show and successful merchandising program.

    About October London

    October London is a multi-genre singer/songwriter, producer and actor born and raised in South Bend, Indiana. In 2016, October London was introduced to Snoop Dogg in Los Angeles and they creatively hit it off. That monumental moment would lead to a two year US/Canada tour with Snoop and a two part debut album Titled “Colorblind: Hate and Happiness.”