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10-Year-Old CEO with Cerebral Palsy Makes a Difference in Local Community

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Keith's Ice Cold Lemonade Stand

Keith Boyd and Arthur Greeno

One special boy is doing incredible things in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Keith Boyd, 10, is currently on a mission to raise $250,000 this summer for The Little Light House, a local development center for children with special needs. Keith was born with non-verbal cerebral palsy and went to school at the center until age 6. He is now able to verbally communicate after receiving the Tobii EyeMobile as a gift from The Little Light House. The tool allows users to type a message by interpreting the gaze of their eyes, which is then read aloud. The Tobii is just one of many new tools to help kids with disabilities

And while the gift of communication is invaluable, Boyd is doing what he can to give back.

“[The Little Light House] has done so much for me; I want to give back so other kids can go to that school without paying any money,” he said.

But raising that amount of money in one summer is no easy feat, so Keith crafted a business plan to set up lemonade stands around his community. He presented the plan to Thrive15, an online educational resource for entrepreneurs. Moved by his proposal, local businessman Arthur Greeno stepped in to help make this charitable idea a reality.

Now, Keith’s Ice Cold Lemonade Stand is open for business.

Thanks to donations from local businesses, he’s off to a good start. Before the first lemonade stand opened, $70,000 had already been raised through donations. The local Chick-Fil-A franchise, owned by Greeno, also donated lemons. In his list of ingredients, Keith noted he would require lemons, water, and hugs to make the summer favorite. It can’t get any sweeter than that!

Check out Keith’s website to learn more about his mission, to donate, or to just read some good news. Because you know what they say: When life hands you lemons…

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Parents Goody Giveaway: Enter for a Chance to Win the LEGO Movie and a New LEGO Play Set

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Everything is awesome! You saw The LEGO Movie in theaters with your kiddos
and they loved it (and they can’t stop talking about it, right?). Today, LEGO releases the movie in a Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack and DVD (with two hours of extra content!), right in time for road trips and backyard movie nights. Own the Blu-ray™ Combo Pack or Digital HD now and you’re set for the summer!

To celebrate, LEGO is offering ONE grand-prize winner a chance to receive his or her own UltraViolet Digital Download of The LEGO Movie (worth $19.95) and the exclusive Rescue Reinforcements toy set (valued at $70 and recommended for ages 8 to 14).

And LEGO is giving NINE other lucky readers the chance to win his or her own copy of the UltraViolet Digital Download of the movie.

To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day on June 23. Be sure to check back on June 24 and scroll to the bottom of the post to see who won. We reach out to winners via Facebook message (it goes into your “other” message folder on Facebook), so if you win, look for us there as well. We’ve also posted all the Official Rules. Goody luck!

Violet Digital Download of The LEGO Movie; each worth $19.95.

© 2014 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. LEGO, the LEGO logo and the minifigure are trademarks and/or copyrights of The LEGO Group. © 2014 The LEGO Group. All rights reserved.

Includes UltraViolet™. Limited-time offer. High Definition not currently available on all devices. Other restrictions and limitations apply. Go to ultraviolet.flixster.com/info for details.

Congrats to our ONE grand-prize winner, Joy Person. You have won an UltraViolet Digital Download of The Lego Movie and the exclusive Rescue Reinforcements toy set! Please check your “other” message folder on Facebook!

Congrats to our other NINE winners who will receive an UltraViolet Digital Download of The Lego Movie:

  • Bernie Wallace 
  • Kalie Glines 
  • Beth Elder 
  • Kim Lish
  • Laura Muro 
  • Lauren Portmann
  • Jodi Brown
  • Vivian Sun 
  • Emma Walpole 

Please check your “other” message folder on Facebook to claim your prize!

 

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Parents Goody Giveaway: Enter to Win a $129 Cars or Planes Mobo Tot Cruiser

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Now that it’s summer, kids are out of school and ready for some outdoor fun. Although sidewalk chalk and jump ropes are classic favorites, let your kid beat the heat in a brand-new Disney Pixar Mobo Cruiser, coming out in July. This is a first look at them; we love those jaunty flags!

Mobo Cruiser is offering TWO lucky GoodyBlog readers the chance to win one Disney-Pixar Cars or Planes cruiser in the style of their choice. Each is valued at $129. To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day June 16. Be sure to check back on June 17 and scroll to the bottom of the post to see who won. The winner will receive their Mobo Tot Cruiser in July. We reach out to winners via Facebook message (it goes into your “other” message folder on Facebook), so if you win, look for us there as well. We’ve also posted all the Official Rules. Goody luck!

Want the kids to come in and cool off? Have them help you make these snow-cone cupcakes.

Congrats to our TWO winners, Carmen Van Deursen and Natalie Shmigelsky! Please check your “other” message folder on Facebook!

Snow Cone Cupcakes
Snow Cone Cupcakes
Snow Cone Cupcakes

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Kardashian Kids (and Family?) Growing!

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Whether or not you watch Keeping Up with the Kardashians you need to see the three older sisters’ amazing Kardashian Kids collection at Babies “R” Us, which launched in March and has new, super-on-trend girl clothes hitting shelves June 15th. Here’s a first look at some of the pieces!

Kourtney says that her daughter and niece (Penelope and North) inspire a lot of the ideas, and some of the prints and styles are spinoffs of the Kardashian Kollection at Sears. Kourtney and Kim, like many other moms, want to dress their children in something fashionable and comfortable.

One thing Kourtney has not talked to us about: Whether she and longtime boyfriend Scott Disick are expecting their third child together. We suspect she’s hiding her bump, but we won’t have to wait much longer to know for sure; her mom says all will be made clear on this Sunday’s episode, E! Online reports.

Maybe if Kourtney adds another son to her family to join little Mason we’ll see baby-boy clothes added to Kardashian Kids. Until then, it’s for girls newborn to 24 months, though Kourtney tells us that she’s seen fan pictures of preschoolers wearing the clothes too, for instance wearing one of the baby dresses as a top. When you look at how sophisticated the clothes are (the color-blocking! The pleather!) it’s no surprise that families are making them stretch into older ages. Side note: The spring collection, on sale now that the summer stuff is coming out, was pretty much all under $30 and we expect the summer clothes to be very affordable too.

Want additional tips on how to keep your baby cool and comfortable in the summer?

How to Keep Your Baby Comfortable in the Summer Heat
How to Keep Your Baby Comfortable in the Summer Heat
How to Keep Your Baby Comfortable in the Summer Heat

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American Baby’s Baby Booty: Enter for a Chance to Win a $595 All-Terrain Stroller from Quinny

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

For the new mom who loves adventures, it can be hard finding a simple way to transport an infant around, especially with trips to the beach and boardwalk this summer. That’s where a stroller like Quinny’s Buzz Xtra can be a big lifesaver.

Despite being on the expensive side, this premium stroller may just be worth it for the all-terrain tires, which will help you maneuver more rugged paths (think sandy shores and hiking trails!). Plus, it easily unfolds with a special hydraulic system, and the large canopy will provide some extra protection for your little one. Sweet!

This week, Quinny is giving ONE lucky GoodyBlog reader the chance to win a Buzz Xtra stroller in the style of their choice (pending availability). It’s one of our highest giveaways ever, with a value of nearly $600!

To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day May 28. Be sure to check back on May 29 and scroll to the bottom of the post to see who won. We reach out to winners via Facebook message (it goes into your “other” message folder on Facebook), so if you win, look for us there as well. Goody luck!

In the meantime, learn some tips for smart stroller safety!

Stroller Safety
Stroller Safety
Stroller Safety

Click here for official rules.
*NOTE: Because of the value, winner must complete an affidavit before receipt of prize.

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Parents Goody Giveaway: Enter for a Chance to Win a Premium Kids’ Bike Helmet from Bern

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

May is the perfect time to encourage your kid to get back on that bike, not just for the nice weather, but also because it’s National Bike Month. Getting your child to be more active outdoors is great, but never forget the key rule of bicycle safety: Always wear a helmet.

Every year, about 300,000 kids go to the emergency room because of bike injuries, so encouraging your little one to protect his noggin during every ride is a must. With a sleek helmet from Bern, though, you can keep his mumbling and grumbling to a minimum.

Bern’s Nino helmet for boys and Nina for girls looks good and provides some serious head protection. The Zipmold® foam inside each one is made from a liquid injection process that provides a better weight to strength ratio for a less bulky fit. If your child’s into all kinds of sports, this premium helmet can be worn for other high-action activities, too, including skateboarding, skiing, and snowboarding. Kids will especially love playing with the visor, which flips up and down!

For your budding cyclist, Bern is offering TWO lucky GoodyBlog readers the chance to win one Nino or Nina helmet in the style of their choice. Each is valued at $45. To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day May 26. Be sure to check back on May 27 and scroll to the bottom of the post to see who won. We reach out to winners via Facebook message (it goes into your “other” message folder on Facebook), so if you win, look for us there as well. Goody luck!

If your youngster comes across some rocks while biking, use them to make these fun craft mushrooms!

Rock Mushrooms
Rock Mushrooms
Rock Mushrooms

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7 Shocking Things I Learned From Fed Up

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Fed Up - Childhood ObesityOver the years we have heard a lot about the childhood obesity epidemic in the United States. But Fed Up, a new documentary produced and narrated by Katie Couric, suggests that we’ve been battling this disease in all the wrong ways.

Instead of blaming a lack of will power and pushing kids to exercise more, Fed Up puts the responsibility squarely on the sugary processed foods so many kids and families rely on for their daily nutrition.

The doc follows four overweight children who are struggling with their weight, and, frankly, it’s heartbreaking. These kids desperately want to be healthy and accepted by the other students at school. They are afraid of getting diabetes or cancer or even dying young. But they are confronted at every turn—at school, at home, on TV, and online—by the foods that are making them fat. As one of the kids says, alcoholics don’t have to keep liquor in the house, but everyone needs to eat.

Here are just a few of the shocking things I learned while watching:

A calorie is not a calorie. One hundred and sixty calories of almonds is not equal to 160 calories of soda. One provides healthy fats, vitamins, and fiber. The other is absorbed instantly by the liver and turned immediately to fat. Guess which is which.

Based on lab studies, sugar is eight times as addictive as cocaine. For this reason alone parents should go easy on the added sugars given to babies and toddlers. The more sugar kids consume at this age, the more they’ll crave it as they grow up.

In 1980 there were no reported cases of Type 2 diabetes in the U.S. In 2010, that number was 57,638.

There are 600,000 packaged food items in America. Eighty percent of them contain added sugar. As Dr. Robert Lustig recently told Parents, naturally occurring sugars in fruits are perfectly healthy since they come with fiber to balance it out. But most added sugars enter our bodies with little fiber and go straight to our liver where they’re turned into fat.

One can of soda contains 10 teaspoons of sugar, and 80% of America’s public schools have a deal with Coke or Pepsi. Mark Bittman, New York Times columnist, calls soda “the cigarettes of the 21st century.”

When it comes to school lunches the federal government considers tomato paste a vegetable; thus a slice of pizza can help meet a lunch’s produce requirement. I love pizza, but it doesn’t look like a vegetable to me.

It is possible to be “TOFI”, or thin on the outside and fat on the inside. Meaning, thin people who eat junk food are still at risk for major health problems.

What does this mean for me and you and our families? The prescription is simple: eat more real food. Cook at home and rely less on processed foods that are typically sugar-laden and nutrient-poor. Home-cooked food doesn’t need to take a long time or be fancy. Here are some of my favorite recipes from Parents.com:

Get recipes for three weeks of easy, weeknight dinners, plus a grocery list.

Try a stir-fry kids will love.

Make ahead parts of your meal for easy family dinners.

Fed Up opens in movie theaters today. Learn more about the film and how we can feed our kids better.

How to Eat Healthy: Raising Nutrition-Smart Kids
How to Eat Healthy: Raising Nutrition-Smart Kids
How to Eat Healthy: Raising Nutrition-Smart Kids

Image via Fed Up

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Kevin Durant Calls Mom ‘Real MVP’ in Tear-Jerking Acceptance Speech

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Kevin-Durant-Mom-Wanda-Pratt-Grandmother

Kevin Durant with his mother and grandmother

Professional basketball player Kevin Durant accepted the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award Tuesday, which was the first of his career. In an emotion-filled speech, he thanked everybody who helped him along his journey, from coaches to teammates to fans. As he began to thank his mother, Durant, Mama Durant, and practically everybody watching broke down in tears.

Durant was raised by Wanda Pratt a single mother of two in Washington DC. As Durant said in his acceptance speech, he never thought he would make it to the NBA, and without Pratt’s sacrifices, he might not have. Even now, Mama Durant still goes to almost all the Oklahoma City Thunder home games, and win or lose, Durant always gives her a post-game hug and a kiss.

In the sweet speech Durant is overcome with emotion recalling the mother-son journey. “We weren’t supposed to be here,” he said talking to Pratt. “You made us believe. You kept us off the street, put clothes on our backs, food on the table. When you didn’t eat, you made sure we ate. You went to sleep hungry. You sacrificed for us. You’re the real MVP.”

Watch it below, but be sure to have multiple tissues on hand.

 

Photo via Instagram.com/easymoneysniper

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