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Purrfect Pet Presents for the Pet or Pet Lover

This holiday don’t forget about the furry friend on your list.  Recent scares of salmonella and contaminated treats and food has us fearful of feeding our four-legged family members anything but the best stuff.  Some of the brands that we thought were “natural” are no longer (check out this list of recalls). We have some purrfectly eco-friendly, natural, and healthy pet presents for the pet or pet lover on your list.

 Pet Presents

pet presentsBarkBox

My pup knows when our BarkBox is outside the door, its the gift that keeps on giving all year long! When you sign up for BarkBox, every month you will receive a box in the mail with four or more carefully selected products and presents for your dog – anything from toys, bones and all-natural treats to hygiene products and innovative new gadgets! Eco-friendly and natural products with a portion of proceeds from each box will go to help doggies-in-need.

Eco Friendly Toys

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This isn’t an ordinary mouse, the original cat toy from West Paw Design has evolved! With an eco-fabric coat, filled with USDA certified organically grown catnip and a tinkling bell and genuine leather tail, your cat won’t be able to leave it alone! Small enough to bat around, yet big enough to really sink some claws into, this is a purrfect present for the cat on your list. This hand-crafted mouse carries all the signature characteristics of authenticity your cat will go crazy for! Dog toys are all natural too!

Woof Worthy Treats

Only the good stuff for your furry friend. My local pet food store calls Stella and Chewy’s “dog crack”. I couldn’t get my pup to eat his kibble and sprinkled some of this raw, natural food on it. Within seconds he devoured the whole bowl! This isn’t just another treat that’s full of additives for your dog or cat, it’s natural and healthier than most dog foods on the market! Their commitment to quality starts with their ingredients. Every Stella & Chewy’s product is made with raw, naturally raised meat, poultry or fish, sourced from USDA-inspected facilities, without added hormones or antibiotics.

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Emily Roberts MA, LPC is the clinical therapist for the Neurogistics Children’s Program. She has worked with Neurogistics for over a decade. Emily is also an award-winning author of Express Yourself: A Teen Girls Guide to Speaking Up and Becoming Who You Are, Psychotherapist, TV & Media Contributor, educational speaker and parenting consultant.  Express Yourself is available at bookstores nationwide and on Amazon. To learn more about Emily click here.

 

 

 

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No Batteries Needed! Cool Gifts For Kids

Day 9: Cool Gifts For Kids With No Batteries Needed

This season, don’t give the little one on your list something that drains their brain.  Digital toys and apps can be great, but studies show that too much technology is never a good thing for growing brains.  Instead of buying batteries or making a trip to the Apple Store, try giving a toy that gets their imagination flowing, boosts creativity, and is super cool according to some of the kiddos we know. Here are a few of our favorite creative cool gifts for kids.

Design Your Own Wooden Shield

cool gifts for kidsCreativity and adventure collide with this DIY Wooden Shield Kit from Seedling. A blank wooden shield is included, along with acrylic paints and brushes. Imagine your child going to battle and slaying dragons all while being protected by their personally designed brilliant wooden shield. Protects from less dangerous foes too, like friends, pets and siblings – whatever is dreamed up!

The coat of arms design is designed for illustration of four things that represent your child, paints and ideas are included, but we are sure your child will come up with their own unique ideas and designs.

Pull and Stretch Bounce Balls

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These Pull and Stretch Bounce Balls have the look of a regular bouncing ball but when you squeeze it, a new shape takes form. They are sold individually, measures 2 1/4 inches and come in their own netted bag in a colorful display box including an assortment of blue, pink, green and orange. The Pull And Stretch Bounce Balls make the perfect stocking stuffer or gift to help children manage sensory overload and build the creative muscles in their minds.

 

Doc McStuffins Operation

Fans of the Doc will love getting to play this version of the classic Operation game! Remove Lambie, Chilly, and Hallie’s boo-boos and put a bandage over every empty spot. With easy to grab pieces and a fun, colorful board, it’s sure to be a favorite while advocating diversity. The female, African-American Veternarian provides an empowering role model for girls and boys.  cool gifts for kids

Money Savvy Pig

cool gifts for kidsOne slot piggy banks are things of the past. Now, teach kids this new financial system, a system whose complexity has outstripped the ability of most adults, many of whom grapple with credit card debt, even bankruptcy. Personal finance education needs to start young. How? With the same universally loved childhood toy, the piggy bank….but with a 21st century twist!

The Money Savvy Pig piggy bank is available in a variety of different colors and has four chambers, one for each of the four money management choices a child should be taught from the time they are small. They are Save, Spend, Donate, and Invest.

Make Geography FUN!

cool gifts for kidsAn art and geography lesson in one cool present! Learning about world geography is interactive and fun with the Color Chart of the World Kit. The kit’s Activity Booklet features interesting facts and questions about animals, landmarks and cultures throughout the world, and a picture hunt that helps kids develop a deeper understanding of the continents. From coral reefs and ice castles to pink dolphins and Komodo dragons, they’ll discover remarkable things that make our world amazing. Kit includes a 40″ x 28″ fold-out world map, Activity Booklet and 12 markers. There is a USA map too, with capitals and fun facts about each state.

 

Magformers Rainbow 30-Piece Set

Magformers are fun and help to develop coordination and creativity.  Easy to use and the patented intelligently designed Magformers magnets are housed in colorful, high quality ABS plastic. They always attract and never repel, so the moment any two pieces touch they connect. High quality magnets that instantly connect are sure to spark curiosity and play time is creative, stimulating, and constructive. Not only does it help get out sensory overload, frustration, but they are fun! cool gifts for kids

Eco Kids Non-Toxic Natural Finger Paint

cool gifts for kidsLet your child discover their inner artist with Eco Kids Non-Toxic Natural Finger Paint. No need to worry about your child “tasting” or accidently ingesting toxic materials during arts and crafts with these safe alternative for finger paints for young children.  These powder based exploratory finger paints are handmade with natural and organic fruit, plant and vegetable extracts from annatto seed, beets, carrots, curcumin, purple sweet potato, red cabbage and spinach, flour, cornstarch, wheat paste and earth clay. Hand made in the USA. Recommended for children 2 years and older.

 

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Emily Roberts MA, LPC is the clinical therapist for the Neurogistics Children’s Program. She has worked with Neurogistics for over a decade. Emily is also an award-winning author of Express Yourself: A Teen Girls Guide to Speaking Up and Becoming Who You Are, Psychotherapist, TV & Media Contributor, educational speaker and parenting consultant.  Express Yourself is available at bookstores nationwide and on Amazon. To learn more about Emily click here.

 

 

 

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