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One thing that sets Angela Addington apart from many other writers is her sincere interest in people’s stories.  There’s a sense that she loves her work because it brings her into contact with so many fascinating people!  When Angela reviews one of my clients’ CDs, for example, more often than not she becomes curious about the artist behind the music and is inspired to “go the extra mile” by pursuing an interview.   Angela’s lucky readers learn not only about the music, but also about what went into creating that music.   In my experience, it is rare to encounter a writer with such dedication to telling the whole story.  Angela’s thoroughness and professionalism are to be admired.  What’s more, she’s a joy to work with:  good humored, organized, accurate, and, best of all, great fun.   I recommend Angela Addington without hesitation and only wish I could clone her!
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  • Feel The Festival Vibes with Cate & Chloe

    Feel The Festival Vibes with Cate & Chloe

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    Shop their Be Bold Collection for the Ultimate Festival Look

    Can’t wait for Coachella, or are you stoked for Stagecoach this year? No matter what kind of tunes you love, festival season has begun, which means it’s time to bust out the vintage shorts, flower crowns and fringe. Channel your bohemian beauty with eclectic jewelry from Cate & Chloe’s Be Bold Collection ranging from earring, necklaces and bracelets. Pile on the best pieces for every music preference while staying true to your chilled out vibe. Their jewelry will make any outfit pop and be sure to match the musical wonders of your wild weekend adventures.

    Jewelry is what completes your outfit—by combining simplicity with neutral colors, the Be Bold line will have you dancing like no one’s watching. Conjure up images of the mystical and pair any piece with your favorite festival attire to ensure the number one look of the weekend.

    Shop these festival ready pieces to amp up your accessories:

    Margaret “Protected” Necklace ($45.00): A classy, subtle statement providing just the right amount of pop to your festival getup. The Margaret necklace features a black or white marble synthetic stone with a gold plated trim. The 18” chain can also extend an extra 3”, making sure this fashionable piece is seen by everyone!

    cate and chloe2Ila “Beautiful” 3-in-1 Earrings ($45.00): Talk about diversity! These earrings can be worn beautifully in THREE different ways—in front of the ear, behind your ear lobe, or just as simple as studs! These boho chic earrings feature turquoise stone, synthetic opal studs & cubic zirconia accents, giving you plenty of options for your look.

    Jordyn “Independent” Necklace ($60.00): Be fierce with this marble crescent moon stone necklace featuring cubic zirconia accents and gold plated chain, up to 21”. You’ll be adding complete sass and style with this flawless, fun necklace.

    cate and chloe3Accessorize your next musical adventure with the strikingly beautiful Be Bold Collection from Cate & Chloe. You’ll be making all the Coachella and Stagecoach headlines with these eye-catching fashion statements!

    Cate & Chloe is a growing company who continuously strives to provide women with high quality jewelry fit for their budget. They carefully hand select every piece to ensure it meets the standards of the Cate & Chloe vision for timeless design.

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  • Weekday Night Gourmet: How to take your Dinner from Frozen to Fabulous

    Weekday Night Gourmet: How to take your Dinner from Frozen to Fabulous

    Red's Natural Foods, Burrito BowlsI don’t know about you, but our days are packed with the school year winding down and summer gearing up. Some nights, I just don’t have time to cook dinner and I don’t want to go out, especially for fast food. Even if you do have the time to cook, you may be looking to give yourself a break from cooking on weekday nights! Why not give Red’s a try? Red’s is committed to revolutionizing the frozen foods category by delivering Mexican food made with real ingredients that you can actually see in your food. Red’s currently offers Burritos, gluten-free Burrito Bowls, Enchiladas and Taquitos. They even offer organic and vegan options in their burrito lineup.

    Most meals can be microwaved in under 5 minutes- perfect for nights when convenience is key.

    We decided to try the Burrito Bowl for dinner last week.  Thanks to Red’s for providing us with coupons to pick up 4 of these amazing bowls!  They really are very easy to make and they taste delicious.  We are big fans of Chipotle, but some nights we just don’t have time or the energy to drive over there and wait in line.  We need something at home and convenient.  We had the Chicken and Steak Burrito Bowls and they were magnificent.  The size of the bowl was plenty for a child or adult for dinner and the ingredients plentiful and varied to produce a top-notch flavor.

    About Red’s Founder:
    Red’s Natural Foods Founder and CEO Mike Adair comments, “The popularity of burrito bowls is exploding nationwide; in fact, 50 percent of Chipotle’s sales are burrito bowls. Red’s Burrito Bowls are essentially everything we love about our burritos just without the tortilla. They’re such a perfect extension of our existing line of burritos—and the flavor profiles are amazing.”

    Red's Burrito BowlsHow the Burrito Bowl Came About:

    Before he was Red’s Natural Foods’ founder and CEO, Mike Adair was enjoying a homemade burrito created by his wife, Paige, when he realized it was a meal so perfect and delicious it just had to be shared. With the approval of their trusty dog, Red, Mike launched Red’s Natural Foods using Paige’s original recipes. Red’s is now the fastest-growing brand in the frozen natural Mexican category with distribution in almost every grocery store across the country including Kroger, Publix, Wegmans, and Whole Foods. Red’s burritos and new burrito bowls are preservative-free and contain only antibiotic and hormone-free meat and rBGH-free cheese.

  • How parents can get back in to education

    How parents can get back in to education

    Mom studying onlineAdults often feel the need to re-enter education, for several reasons. Often it is to complete an unfinished degree, or to top up existing education to advance career prospects. Many adults have no formal education and feel that they can improve their lives by enrolling in a program that builds their intellectual capabilities, understanding of the world and ability to do their jobs. But for parents, this can be difficult, as formal education has time and funding requirements that conflict with the responsibilities of raising children.

    Hurdles to gaining qualifications as a parent
    Parents have responsibilities other adults simply do not have that can make it difficult to get into education. You need to stay in your job, earning an income so that you can take care of your family, and your spare time is not your own: raising kids is a time-intensive activity and parents rarely have evenings and weekend to themselves.
    Education can be expensive and for parents on tight budgets, the idea of paying for an expensive educational program is a non-starter. The difficulty in funding learning is often the biggest obstacle for parents. It can also be difficult for an adult who has not studied for a while to regain a sense of academic proficiency, as you can feel out of practice when it comes to studying.

    Easier alternatives
    Millions of adults are in the same boat when it comes to parenting and wanting to learn, and educational providers have developed offerings that make it a lot easier to combine the two. Some universities and colleges offer night classes, which spread out the time it takes to gain a qualification, making the financial burden lighter than it would otherwise be and putting less pressure on your free time.
    Online learning is another good alternative – instead of physically attending class, you receive your learning material online. Interaction with academic staff and peers happen over the Internet, and you can study at your leisure. Many leading educational institutions, such as Maryville University, offer excellent online learning portals that allow you to study everything from single courses to entire degree programs.

    Qualifications you can earn as an adult
    Adult education opportunities cover the entire range of academic qualifications. Though some qualifications, such as medical degrees, would be very difficult to gain as an adult, typical two to four-year degrees in accountancy, law or computer science are very accessible for adults. Typically, a parent would stretch a two-year degree into a three to five-year learning experience, taking modules at half the pace of a full-time student.

    Parents can also top up their knowledge with shorter courses. Diplomas and certificates in a very wide range of topics can be earned by attending classes or via online learning, and can be very useful to fill gaps in your knowledge. Some adult learners simply wish to keep their mental acuity by continuing to study, and there are many online courses on the Internet that provide an excellent way to study without entering into any commitment – or laying out any cash.

    Benefits of adult learning
    Getting additional education while you’re a parent has a broad range of benefits. It is an excellent way to develop skills in many areas, including verbal and written communication, as well as the ability to analyze situations and to think critically. These life-enhancing skills always stay with you and can make a big difference in the workplace environment. Learning as an adult also takes you out of your comfort zone, and often people in midlife can benefit from a fresh influence in their day-to-day lives.

    Staying in education also has health benefits, as keeping your mind in sharp, tip-top shape can help offset the effects of age. Though education is hard work, many adult learners say that their learning program has boosted their happiness and satisfaction with life, with an increase in confidence being one of the biggest benefits.

    Taking the first steps
    When deciding which educational program you want to enroll in, think about what you would like to achieve. Is your reason for seeking education mostly related to personal improvement, or do you have specific career objectives that you would like to achieve? If you have not been in formal education for a long time, consider taking a single, short course first just to test the waters – many institutions provide free lecture notes on some courses, so you could try the coursework to see how you get on.

  • Should You Put Obese Children on a Diet?

    Should You Put Obese Children on a Diet?

    obese children on dietAmerican parents are finally waking up to the fact that they may be raising obese children. The sad part is that 1 in 3 teens and children in America is already obese. Due to self-realization and social pressures, teens may accept their need to lose weight and begin dieting and exercise but how do you help obese children lose weight? Is it alright to put them on a diet?

    Diets require you to refrain from certain types of food groups but preventing children from eating particular types of foods can hinder their growth. Some parents resort to reducing portion sizes but research has shown that telling kids to eat less ends up making them heavier.

    Diets don’t work on children
    This happens with adults too but is more prominent in children. As they eat less, the body responds by slowing down metabolism which causes their way to remain stagnant or even increase. If parents do make their child go on a low-calorie diet, they may lose weight while they are on the diet but once they get off the diet, they will begin gaining the weight all over again.

    Fat-shaming has proven to be ineffective when it comes to adults and the same holds true when it comes to children.
    Also, parents need to acknowledge that although food is an important cause of weight gain, other factors such as genetics, socioeconomic status, and environment have an effect your weight as well.

    The better alternatives
    Adults usually have the motivation they need to drop the pounds, children, on the other hand, do not understand the need to lose weight; this is why an adult can go on a diet by themselves but children will need more support.
    Instead of making your child go on a diet by themselves, decide to lead a healthier life as a family. Your new diet should contain lots of foods and vegetables and a low amount of white foods such as white rice, white bread etc.
    Do away with sweetened/fizzy drinks
    Quit buying foods and beverages that are bad for your child. Stop picking up bottles of sugary drinks or jars of processed foods that are unhealthy for your kids (and you). Sugary drinks lead to an increase in weight of both adults and children; you’d be doing your family a favor by not having any at home.
    Tuck them in early
    If your child is not getting enough sleep they are likely to eat more the next day. Many studies have linked the lack of sleep to weight gain. When you don’t get enough sleep, your body produces the hormone ghrelin which makes you feel hungry and reduces the levels of leptin, the hormone that makes you feel full. In order to get through the day without feeling tired and having to turn to food, children should get at least 9 hours of sleep.
    Make your children play (not on the screen)
    As parents, you need to encourage physical activity. Ensure your child is getting plenty of exercise every day. You may not be able to put them into an aerobics class but you can help them get into swimming or take up a sport for example; they don’t need to be working out to get exercise.
    Lessen their screen time
    Spending too much time on technology is bad for adults and children. The more hours they spend sitting around using technology, the less time they are spending doing physical activities. The amount of time children spend in front a screen has increased exponentially over the last few decades and it is affecting their physical health.
    Experts suggest that children younger than 2 years old get no screen time. Older children should get 2 hours maximum per day.

    Lastly, you need to bear in mind that, like adults, children also turn to food when they are struggling emotionally, it’s important for you to have a healthy, open relationship with your child so you help them with whatever they are going through. Remember to praise them when they have done something well and show them plenty of affection too to build their self-esteem.

    Author Bio:
    Zyana Morris is a passionate health and lifestyle blogger who loves to write on trending topics. Currently, she is associated with Centra Care Kids, a pediatric urgent care provider in Lake Mary, Florida for their blog operations. For more updates follow her on twitter @ZyanaMorris

  • 9 Tips To Keep Your Child Safe  Around Water This Summer

    9 Tips To Keep Your Child Safe Around Water This Summer

    Water Safety for ChildrenFew things are as much fun as splashing around at the beach or in a backyard pool, but not every child is confident about taking the plunge.

    “For some children, the idea of getting in the water and trying to swim can be a bit frightening,” says K.J. Hales, author of It’s Hard to Swim, the second and most recent addition to the Life’s Little Lessons by Ellie the Wienerdog educational picture book series (

    “But with the proper positive reinforcement, they can overcome their fears and discover just how much fun swimming can be.”

    May is National Water Safety Month, a good time for parents to consider teaching their children how to swim. The American Academy of Pediatrics supports swimming lessons for most children 4 years and older. Water safety classes can also reduce the risk of drowning in younger children, the pediatrics group reports, but advises that because children develop at different rates, not all will be ready to swim at the same age.

    Hales, who offers teachers’ guides and educational activities to go along with the lessons in her books, says she chose swimming as one of Ellie the Wienerdog’s adventures because it’s a valuable skill that all children should learn.

    “Most children are around water in some form, whether it’s a pool, a river, a pond, a lake or the ocean,” she says. “So learning to swim isn’t just for fun. It’s also important for safety.”

    The Pediatric Academy cites several water-safety tips for parents, including:

    • Never – even for a moment – leave small children alone or in the care of another young child while in bathtubs, pools, spas or wading pools, or near irrigation ditches or standing water.
    • Empty water from buckets and other containers immediately after use.
    • To prevent drowning in toilets, young children should not be left alone in the bathroom.
    • Closely supervise children in and around water. With infants, toddlers and weak swimmers, an adult should be within an arm’s length. With older children and better swimmers, an adult should be focused on the child and not distracted by other activities. Bath seats cannot substitute for adult supervision.
    • If children are in out-of-home child care, ask about exposure to water and the ratio of adults to children.
    • If you have a pool, install a four-sided fence that is at least 4-feet high to limit access to the pool. The fence should be hard to climb (not chain-link) and have a self-latching, self-closing gate. Families may consider pool alarms and rigid pool covers as additional layers of protection, but neither can take the place of a fence.
    • Parents, caregivers and pool owners should learn CPR.
    • Do not use air-filled swimming aids (such as inflatable arm bands) in place of life jackets. They can deflate and are not designed to keep swimmers safe.
    • All children should wear a life jacket when riding in a boat. Small children and non-swimmers should also wear one at water’s edge, such as on a river bank or pier.

    “When Ellie finally swims, she realizes that learning something new is wonderful and if you give it a try, you can do anything you wish,” Hales says. “This is a lesson I hope all children will take to heart, not only when learning to swim, but also when facing any challenge that comes their way.”

    About K.J. Hales

    K.J. Hales ( is author of the educational children’s books series, Life’s Little Lessons by Ellie the Wienerdog ( The latest book in the series is It’s Hard to Swim. The purple wiener dog character is based on Hales’ own dachshund by the name of, you guessed it, Ellie.

  • Plant Your Pencil this Earth Day

    Plant Your Pencil this Earth Day

    Sprout Colored PencilsSprout has the only sustainable pencil in the world that you can plant after use. The vision is to become the global leader of green and sustainable consumer products. We sell both to businesses and to retailers in over 60 countries. The company is successfully developing rapidly and the sales and development potential is still relatively untapped. Sprout is now selling a variety of sprouting consumer goods.

    Being conscious of our footprint, we had to check out these pencils. We received a package of the colored pencils from Sprout to test out. The pencils themselves are light weight and the color brilliant. We loved them in our adult coloring book!! After we were done with them, we planted and sure enough, they sprouted. Our plant was a wild strawberry plant and is very happy and healthy.

    When you have sharpened the pencil down to the very end and no longer want to use it – just plant it!! Three students from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, came up with this idea for the task: “Design the sustainable office article of tomorrow” The students set out to create the first plantable pencil in the world. The Sprout pencil was designed to be made out of sustainable wood with a dissolvable end capsule containing seeds.

    wild strawberriesThe Sprout Color Pencil is the first plantable sustainable pencil in the world. The pencil has been given this dual function by replacing the eraser with a special seed capsule. The Sprout Color Pencil is made of natural materials. The body is sustainable PEFC- or FSC-certified cedar wood, which means that a new tree is planted each time a tree is harvested. The core is a mixture of clay and graphite. The seed capsule contains high quality, non-gmo seeds. It is water soluble, making the color pencil easy to plant after use. Delicious fresh herbs, crispy vegetables, or edible flowers, grow out of the color pencil, and each color has its own plant variety.