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Vaccination Schedule – What we need to know

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“Children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future” John F. Kennedy

To many parents out there this will sound like I am against vaccines, but I am not.  I am however, against the unbelievable amount of vaccines injected into our children before the age of 5.  If we took a minute and went through all of the ingredients that comprise these vaccines we would be absolutely shocked.  Many of these vaccines contain metals which interfere with brain cell development; that alone should be a huge concern, not only for parents, but for doctors as well.

As parents we are constantly worried about whether or not we are protecting our children or providing the best welfare for our children.  Many times we rely on the opinions of others or the scare tactics that surround us or our children’s doctors, we are supposed to trust our doctors.  At the end of the day the best thing we can do is be informed and make well-informed decisions for our children; they depend on us.  The following video is very informative.  It is the 1st video of a 7 video series.  Please watch it, and be on the lookout for the following 5.  It is extremely important to be informed, especially if you are a first time mother or father with questions about the vaccine schedule.

I know many parents are absolutely for vaccines and they rigidly follow the CDC schedule without question.  Or sometimes they do their research except that what is out there is only the half of the truth; the half the CDC wants us to see, the half that keeps every parent in fear, the half that convinces us we must vaccinate our children with an array of toxins before they are 5, before their brains are fully developed, before we allow their own bodies to immunize themselves against such things as allergies or common colds, ect.

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The sad part is that most doctors are not well-informed either, they are just following rules; they are just programmed since medical school to just follow the book.  Which is why it is our duty as parents to do our research. Although money drives many paths in this country, for the most part “most doctors are good people who are just trying to help, but they are hamstrung by a broken system  which discourages questioning medical dogma and even encourages physicians to coerce patients into accepting medical procedures which they do not consent.” The Truth About Vaccines

From one parent to another, I ask you to please be informed, educate yourself in order to make the best decision for your child/ren – They are our future, we must protect them.

Kari Aragon

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3 Fun Things to do this Easter Weekend!

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1. Egg Decorating: This is a must-do with kids. Egg decorating can keep your kids or nieces and nephews busy for a few hours. My daughter loves to decorate Easter Eggs, she absolutely loves painting and being creative. Not only is this a time for them to put their creativity to work, but it includes them in the Easter spirit even if it is not for religious reasons. If you are a stay at home parent you can get this project started on Friday, or on Saturday if you are a working parent, whatever is easier. You can certainly use this time to get other things done around the house or join in the decorating fun.

Links for Decorating Ideas:

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2. Egg Hunt/BBQ: No Church Sunday morning? No problem! You can start your morning with some Easter Egg Hunt fun. If you have a backyard, plan this Easter Egg Hunt in your own backyard, invite some guests and get the kids hunting. While the kids are playing and hunting their eggs, prep for a nice and simple BBQ for everyone to enjoy. This is a such a great way to spend time with friends and family! If you don’t have a backyard…you can do this hunt with your own kids inside the home or join an Easter Egg Hunt event around town. The Spruce (Egg hunt ideas)

Easter Egg Hunt Events in New Jersey

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3. Find an Easter Day Event in your town (or nearby): For those of you who prefer to get out of the house all together, this weekend is jammed packed with events in our area. You can join events like Breakfast with Easter Bunny, Easter Parades, Easter Festivals, Park Events and more. Check out this link for a list of tons of events going on in different New Jersey areas.

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Wishing you all a safe and Happy Easter!!

Kari

The Internet, TV and Our Toddlers

While there are many benefits to navigating the internet or watching TV, there are also many problems when it comes to allowing our children to navigate these means independently. Our children are becoming obsessed with watching cartoons online or on TV, it’s almost a sickness. I noticed my 4 year old would throw these random tantrums or be rude or talk back to me or just plain act bratty and I was becoming very concerned. I would wonder, what is she so angry about (she’s 4)? or why is she being so rude or acting up (she knows better)? Until one day I noticed one of the kid’s YouTube channels she was used to watching was of this girl (about 8 or 10 yo) acting up and doing the rudest things to her parents…screaming at them or throwing things at them, ect. The parents filmed and were also part of the “skits”.  They acted as if it was funny or as if it was ‘ok’ for her to treat them disrespectfully. I found it so odd and immediately told her she was not allowed to watch that channel and told her mimicking the wrong things of others is not right and gave her a whole speech as to why the little girl was acting wrongly. Since I prohibited her from watching that channel, she’s no longer acting this way…she has her moments of acting up, like most 4 year olds, but it is not nearly as bad as during those days of her watching that channel.

I also noticed that when it came time for me to take away the phone or the tablet or if I didn’t want to turn on the TV, she would cry, as if it was the end of EVERYTHING in her world. That actually made me so upset because it showed a type of obsession. I would tell her “if you cry you will not be able to watch anything for a long time.” Now she gives me the back the phone or tablet as soon as her time is up or doesn’t give me such a hard time about keeping the TV off or even asks if she can watch something. Basically, monitoring what they watch and setting up rules is something we need to be adamant about.

There are cartoons that look perfectly safe and cute and we would never think anything negative about them, but if we actually sat down and paid attention to them we would find some pretty disturbing things being ingrained in our kids. For example the Peppa Pig cartoon which many parents believe it is wrongly influencing our children.  Thankfully my daughter doesn’t watch Peppa Pig, but I know this cartoon is very popular. Check out this particular article HERE where a mother reveals some of the negatives of the Peppa Pig cartoon.

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But it doesn’t stop there; recently an extremely disturbing Mickey Mouse video surfaced in the YouTube Kids App.  This particular Mickey Mouse video shows normal Mickey Mouse cartoons singing the “Finger Family”song.  TODAY better describes it was follows, “one channel available on YouTube Kids, Superkidz Finger Family, has offered a dark take on the “Finger Family” song. Recently, some moms have shared on social media their shock at finding graphic images of Mickey Mouse and his family, shooting one another — and themselves — in the head with guns.” How crazy is that?!  See full article HERE

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As crazy as it may sound, we have to monitor everything; all of the kid’s YouTube channels and even the cartoons on TV have to be reviewed by the parent(s) first.  Oftentimes I sit down with my daughter and analyze what she’s watching whether it is on TV or YouTube to see if it brings anything valuable to her life.  Even if it is strictly entertainment, I make sure it is typical kid humor and entertainment.  I would say, sit down with your kids from time to time just to get a feel of they are watching.

xoxo

Kari Aragon

-a concerned mom-

 

Kiddle.co  – The New Search Engine For Kids

As parents, we always strive to protect our children as best as possible; including, but not limited to their protection from the craziness of the internet. Nowadays our technology is part of our everyday lives and the majority of us have access to at least one medium of technology that allows for our connection to the internet.  Our children are now growing up in our more technologically advanced world and can easily maneuver a cell phone, a tablet, a laptop or computer from a very early age, whether it is to use a kid friendly app or to watch or read something on the internet.

With my now almost 4 year old, I often find myself constantly checking in on her while she is using her tablet to watch kid-friendly YouTube channels, because it is very easy to end up on a different channel that is absolutely not kid-friendly.  I recently came across this post which talked about a new kid-friendly search engine called Kiddle which filters searches to only show kid-friendly results.  Even though my daughter is still not reading or searching for anything on the internet, when I heard about this new kid-friendly search engine I thought, “wow, a fabulous idea” for when she does start using the internet for her own searching

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Although, I think this is a great idea for kids between the ages of 7-14 who are constantly on the computer, who read and write and can maneuver their way around the internet,  this might only work if parents can really restrict access to other search engines and still monitor their kid’s searching habits. I don’t really believe there is any true way to restrict our kids from searching the internet, however, this idea is fantastic, as I strongly believe kids need to be kids first and foremost and our internet certainly exposes kids to all sorts of negative things at an earlier age than necessary. I figured that once she starts using the internet to search I can take away access to the other search engines and download Kiddle for her to use.  And even though there’s only so much I can control and keep away from her, I think any little bit helps to keep her mind as innocent as possible for as long as possible.  After a certain age I don’t think there is much you can do as far as restriction on their searching, but I think that if this search engine can really develop this idea and do more than what it claims it can do now, it can give some parents some peace of mind, at least for a little while. However, at the end of the day, our parenting skills is what is most important and what takes precedence over any negative exposures to our children.  If we are always doing our best as parents and teaching them as best as possible, right and wrong, good and bad and just being a good human being overall, they will be able to make good decisions in their lives regardless of what they see.

But if you would like to know more about this new search engine you can check it out here or check out this other article which goes into more details about the pros and cons of it. It definitely gives you a better breakdown of what to expect.  If you  are a parent of a child who is beginning to use the internet on their own, maybe you can check out this new search engine and see how it works for you and your kid(s).  I would love to hear about your experience.

XOXO
Kari

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KIDS EAT FREE – NEW JERSEY RESTAURANT GUIDE PARENTS WILL LOVE

Ever wonder where your kids can eat for FREE in NJ?  Here’s a guide parents will love.  I have compiled a list of restaurants where your child(ren) 12 and under can eat for free on different days of the week.  Make family night an awesome one for your kids and your pocket!

Please keep in mind these offers are subject to change at any time (the day of the week or times may vary).  We suggest you call and confirm prior to your visit. You must purchase an adult meal to get deal.

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Cheeseburger in Paradise Secaucus Tuesday (after 4pm) 201-392-0500www.cheeseburgerinparadise.com  
Buffalo Wild Wings Locations: Brick, Bridgewater, Eatontown, Linden, North Brunswick, Parsippany, Rockaway, Secaucus, Watchung, Woodbridge Wednesday (3-7pm) 732-475-7645www.buffalowildwings.com    Various Counties
Chevy’s Fresh MexLocations: Clifton, Linden Monday (after 4pm – kids under 5yo) 973-777-6277www.chevys.com  
Brother Jimmy’s BBQNew Brunswick Monday, Tuesday, Friday 732-249-7427http://www.brotherjimmys.com/new_brunswick  
IHOP All locations – various nights Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 866-444-5144www.ihop.com ** Contact for specific day and time Various counties 
IKEA Elizabeth, Paramus Monday – (everyone free breakfast until 11am) Tuesday – kids free 888-888-4532http://www.ikea.com    
Ariang Hibachi Steakhouse and Sushi BarMountainside, Parlin Monday and Tuesday 908-518-9733www.partyonthegrill.com   
McCormick & Schmicks Sunday      
Bennigan’s Sunday    
Willie McBride’s, Branchburg & Hoboken Sunday Willie McBride’s, Branchburg & Hoboken  
Smashburger Monday & Tuesday    
The Brick Oven of MorristownMorristown Monday & Thursday 973-984-7700http://www.brickovennj.com  
Denny’sLocations: Avenel, Bordentown, Carney’s Point, Clementon, East Brunswick, Galloway, Northfield, Turnerville, Vineland Tuesday 732-634-4160www.dennys.com  Various Counties
MIller’s Ale House Mount Laurel

 

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Arthur’s, Hoboken Wednesday    
TGI Friday’s Thursday    
Jake’s Way Back Burgers, Voorhees Thursday Jake’s Way Back Burgers, Voorhees  
MoonShineMillburn Sunday, Monday & Tuesday 973-218-6042
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O’Reilly’s Pub & GrillNewton Monday 973-383-4091
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Toro LocoSouth Orange Sunday & Monday 973-761-1515www.toroloco.net  
Stage House TavernSomerset Wednesday (nights) 908-322-4224www.stagehousetavern.com  
Blue Moon Mexican, Wycoff Tuesday Blue Moon Mexican, Wycoff  
Pizza Hut Tuesday    
Pizzeria UNOLocations: Clifton, Deptford, Hamilton, Maple Shade, Metuchen Tuesday 973-574-1303www.unos.com  
Hooter’s Saturday    
The Famished FrogMorristown Monday 973-540-9601www.famishedfrog.com  
MemoireRidgewood Sunday 201-857-8899www.diningatmemoire.com  
Applebee’s Tuesday    
Baja Fresh Wednesday    
Cold Stone Creamery Tuesday    
Uproot Warren Monday 908-834-8194www.uprootrestaurant.com  
JalapenosGlen Rock Sunday 201-445-5566www.jalapenosmexgrill.com  
The Pop ShopCollingswood & Medford Saturday (free Breakfast 7:30-10:30am) 856-869-0111www.thepopshopusa.com   
JasmineMedford Monday & Tuesday & Thursday 609-654-8818www.jasmineorientalcuisine.com     
RoccaGlen Rock Thursday 201-670-4945www.roccanj.com  
Friendly’s Wednesday    
Escondido’s Mexican RestaurantFreehold Tuesday 732-577-0200www.escondidonj.com   
Al DenteMoorestown Monday 856-437-6593www.aldenteitaliana.com  

 XOXO

Kari

Breakfast with Santa – 2014 Guide

What is Christmas if you don’t BELIEVE…specially on the big white bearded man in the red and white suit!  As we all know Santa Claus is a big part of Christmas celebration and without him it would just be simply strange and boring. So for those of you who play on the tradition of Santa Claus I am sure you will love to know where you can take the kids to have “Breakfast with Santa.”  My sister and I took our kiddos to one last year and it was super cute.  The kids get to take pictures with Santa, do arts crafts, play and eat.  It was a fun little outing and a great experience for the children.  So in case you are interested in some “Breakfast with Santa.” There are many going on and here is a list of some that I found in our area.

Christmas is about the kids….let’s make it as fun as we can and keep the spirit of Christmas ALIVE!

 

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA!

The Sea Grill or Rock Center Cafe

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Enjoy a fabulous time at the Sea Grill or Rock Center Café while having breakfast with Santa and his elves.  All kids receive a special gift from Santa and families enjoy VIP admission to the staking rink.  Reservations required.

Where:       The Sea Grill at 19 West 49th Street and the Rock Center Café at 20 West 50th Street, NY, NY

When:         Dates and times vary. Visit the website for the complete schedule.

Cost:            The Sea Grill: $110-$140 for adults, $75-$95 for children under age 10

Where:       Rock Center Café: $80-$125 for adults, $50-$85 for children under age 10

Macy’s

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A classic holiday tradition Breakfast with Santa at Macy’s at Stella 34 Trattoria and Bar.

The magic begins on November 29 and continues until Christmas Eve.

Reservations required – Space is limited.

When:        November through December (see below)

December 13 at 9 and 10:30am

December 14 at 9am only

December 20 at 9 and 10:30am

December 21 at 9am only

December 22, 23, 24 at 9 and 10:30am

Where:Macy’s Stella 34 Trattoria & Bar 151 W 34th Street 6th Floor, NY NY

Cost:$40 children, 3-10 years, $55 adults

Contact:212-967-9251

Website:http://www.patinagroup.com/stella_bws/

Ages:3-10 years

Breakfast with Santa in Old Tappan

Enjoy a small breakfast sponsored by the Woman’s Club of Old Tappan. Take pictures with Santa and delight in a fun- filled time with arts and crafts, games, goodie bags and more.  Reservations required.

When:          December 6, 2014 at 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Where:         Old Tappan Fire House, 231 Old Tappan Road, Old Tappan

Contact:       201-750-7365

The Bernards Inn

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Delight in an extravagant Breakfast with Santa at The Fenwick Ballroom. The children will also get to indulge in a desserts table.

Featuring a Traditional Gingerbread House by Executive Pastry Chef Elizabeth Katz will be on display.

When:            Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 9:30 AM to 2:30PM

Where:           The Bernards Inn – 27 Mine Brook Road, Bernardsville, NJ 07924

Cost:                $39 Adults, $20 Children, fee under 2

Website:        http://www.bernardsinn.com/inn-events/136-sunday-breakfast-with-santa

 

At Imagine That

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Bring the kids and enjoy a super fun breakfast with Santa and his elves. Each child receives a special gift from Santa. Oh what fun you can take a picture with Santa too!

When:              Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 10:00 AM Repeating every 14 days through December 21, 2014

Where:             Imagine That!!! A NJ Children’s Museum  – 4 Vreeland Road, Florham Park, NJ 07932

Cost:                  $13.99 for adults, $15.99 for children

Contact:           973-966-8000

Website:         Imagine That

Fred & Ethel’s Lanternlight Tavern

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Enjoy a buffet breakfast and picture with Santa at Fred & Ethel’s Lanternlight Tavern. Reservations accepted.

When:           Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 9:00AM (Repeating every week s through December 20, 2014)

Where:          Fred & Ethel’s Lanternlight Tavern 1 North New York Road, Absecon, NJ 08205

Cost:               $14

Website:       http://historicsmithvillenj.com/towne/events-festivals/25-breakfast-with-santa/event_details

 Camden Children’s Garden

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 Children’s tickets include brunch, printed photo with Santa, free ride on carousel and train, holiday crafts. Reservations must be made in advance. Tickets are $26 per person, $20 for members. Children 2 and under free.

For more information, please contact the Camden Children’s Garden at 856-365-8733 or info@camdenchildrensgarden.org.

When:          Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 10:00AM to 2:00PM Repeating every week through December 13, 2014 (two seatings 10am and 12pm)

Where:        Camden Children’s Garden 3 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ 08103

Cost:             $26

Contact:      856-365-8733

Website:     http://www.camdenchildrensgarden.org/events/

Los Amigos

Los Amigos is hosting its Annual Breakfast with Santa! For more information call 856-767-5216 or visit our website www.losamigosrest.com

When:       December 7, 2014 at 9:00Am – 1:00PM

Where:      Los Amigos 461 Rt. 73 North, West Berlin, NJ 08091

Contact:    856-767-5216 or info@losamigosrest.com

My favorite time of the year…The Holidays! Gift Guide For The Family 2014

My favorite time of the year is almost here! The Holidays! Thanksgiving, Chanukah/Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, etc., all revolve around happiness, love and peace for one another.  A time when we focus on all of the blessings we have received throughout the year and take the time to be grateful; a time that is filled with Love, Laughter and Magic! It is a time when we forget the everyday hustle and we focus on celebrating, giving, family and friends.  This time of the year really fills my heart with JOY and it should be like this all year round!

Friends and family find the time out of their busy schedules to see each other and spend some quality time.  Holiday parties all around.  And who can forget the exchanging of gifts to show appreciation for one another.  It’s just a joyful time!  I have always loved giving to my loved ones and this time of the year makes it even more fun!  But I know that it can also take a toll on our pockets which is why I have compiled a few gift ideas that are for every pocket size and can help you in choosing gifts your friends and family will surely love.

Gift ideas for the kids:These handmade crochet items are unique, stylish and one of a kind.  Can be made in the color(s) and size of your choice.  There are hair-ties (crochet balls), hair-clips made with crochet flowers and embellishments, headbands, hats for boys and girls (can be made in any size), blankets for babies or toddlers, and more. Price ranges from $6-$70.  Items such as the hair-clips, hair-ties, headbands make perfect stocking stuffers! You can shop directly through JBlueCreations

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Gift ideas for the women in your life:  When gifting something to your mom, grandma, sister, friend, child’s teacher or any special woman in your life, you can never go wrong with accessories! These crochet essentials (scarves, hats, ear-warmers) will never go out of style and can be made in their favorite color(s).  And jewelry?! You know you’ll make that lady very happy!  With the variety of items Stella & Dot has to offer from beautiful and simple studs, rings, and bracelets to statement pieces, wallets, purses and more… You can also give it a special touch by getting them an engravable necklace and personalizing it with a sweet word or special date. Prices vary from $12-40 for the crochet items and $19 and up for Stella & Dot – There a gift idea for every pocket size.

 

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Gift ideas for the men in your life: Men love accessories too and we have the perfect items! A beautiful and delicate crochet hat, scarf or scarf and hat set in a neutral or bold color, whatever his preference or a beautiful set of personalized cuff-links from Stella and Dot will give him the perfect accessory touch.   Crochet hats, scarves and scarf and hat set range form $15- $40 and cuff-links are $95 (engraved) .

 

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In celebration of the Holidays I would also like to give back to a family I hold dear and have been following for over a year now.  The Halstead family’s then two year old son Tripp was involved in an accident, where a tree limb fell on his head and crushed his skull.  The doctors did not think he would make it, but the strong and brave little boy pulled through. And now two years later he is making progress with the help, love and dedication from his parents.  I have created a Stella & Dot online Trunk Show for which as an independent stylist, I will donate 95% of my commission of the sales to the family, which will contribute to the continuous recovery of Tripp.  So when doing your Holiday shopping please consider shopping through the trunk show as your purchase will make a difference in Tripp’s life this Holiday Season!

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*You can follow Tripp’s journey via his facebook page www.Facebook.com/TrippHalsteadUpdates

Hope this post makes your Holiday Shopping a breeze this year!

 

XOXO

Kari De Jesus