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Last Minute Gifts That Rock

Did you forget a special someone on your list? Don’t worry these last minute gifts don’t require leaving the house and are so cool no one will ever guess you waited until the 11th hour. Gifts of the months are so last year, how about gift boxes that are a perfect fit for anyone on your list. Wheather its your gluten-free gal pal,  fluffy your four legged friend, or your healthy hubby  there are unique gift boxes that give all year long and that you don’t have to step foot in a store to purchase. Simply print and put in a envelope and each month your recipient will really remember your amazing gift.

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For the Healthy Snacker: Nature Box

last minute giftsDid you know that the average American eats almost 25% of their calories from snacking? In fact, snacking is the leading cause of childhood obesity. NatureBox helps you get more out of your day without wasting calories on the bad stuff. Every NatureBox item is carefully sourced and nutritionist approved. Everything inside your NatureBox will be better for you so that you can feel great about what you’re eating. You can trust that our products will be made from wholesome ingredients and will be minimally processed, if at all.

For the Curious Kid and Hands on Mom: Kiwi Crate

Think of it as a house call from the summer-camp crafts instructor. Kiwi Crate’s deliveries include supplies and ideas for  a weekend’s worth of creative projects, all designed for open-ended, imaginative play. Each month they send you a new kit, filled with everything you need to create and complete a project.

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For the Foodie: Love With Food

last minute giftsLove With Food is on a big mission, To fill mailboxes with hard-to-find gourmet goodies packed in themed sets and to fill food banks across the country with meals for those in need. Every Love With Food box purchase buys one meal donation through the Feeding America Network and Share Our Strength—No Kid Hungry. tarting at $10 per month for 3-month plans (shipping $2), 6-month plans (shipping $1), or 12-month plans (free shipping).

 

For the DIY Diva: For the Makers last minute gifts

A pair of New York jewelry designers fills each For the Makers box with materis for four to six fashion-forward (but beginner-friendly)projects—and, thankfully, posts step-by-step instructions and how-to photos on their site. A recent edition held the components  for a geometric-stenciled tea towel, a decorative clay bowl, a leather-and-chain bracelet, and a trio of colorful elastic   hair ties—one project that’s literally as simple as tying a knot. Starting at $29.00 a month.

 

For The Coffee Snob: Craft Coffee

Give the gift of caffeine to a coffee lover on your list.  These monthly coffee samplers from top micro-roasters and boutique bean companies. Each set includes three four-ounce pouches with detailed tasting notes and brewing tips.

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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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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

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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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Natural and Neat Stocking Stuffers Under $10

Santa’s got to fill those suckers up with some good stuff so why not make them practicle and health-ful. Here is our list of natural and neat stocking stuffers all under $10!

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For The Sweet Tooth

neat stocking stuffersSure chocolates and candies are easy to come by, but what about organic, vegan and all-natural? Try Justin’s delcious candies and nut butters. As funny as it seems to give something to put on a sandwich, this is one memorable hazelnut chocolate blend or honey almond creation that is unforgettable.

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On the road survival can come in small packages. Case in point. This stainless steel money clip is fully equipped with emergency items like a file, small scissors, a flathead screwdriver, and more, that can truly come in handy during a time when you need it most.
To buy: $7, restorationhardware.com.

Keep Them Charged

A battery with a USB plug on it that fits in your purse for charging your phone when you aren’t around any outlets for under $10.00 perfect for anyone in your home.

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Farm Fingernail Artneat stocking stuffers

For the girly girl who likes her nails painted but doesn’t have the patience for a mani. This set of 35 animal stickers (chicken, sheep, mouse, more) will create a fast and fun look on fingertips.
To buy: $6, bibelotshops.com.

 

Encourage Clean Kids!neat stocking stuffers

For the little ones, Endangered Species Bath Crayons help support wildlife preservation and are made from soap so they clean while your child plays. $4.99-$6.50.

Nuun Natural Hydration Drink Tabs

Nuun tabs are one of the top hydration and elctrote picks out there. These dissolvable, stevia-sweetened, vitamin- and electrolyte-enhanced tabs come in craveable flavors such as Goji Berry Green Tea, Tangerine Ginger, and Lemon Chai. portable hydration neat stocking stufferswith three drink options to keep you refreshed and replenished all day, everyday. All three are ideal to help keep you hydrated and to make the most of the water you drink. Around $6.50 a sleeve.

 

 

 

 

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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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Great Gluten-Free Gift Ideas

On the fourth day of Christmas, give a gift that is as thoughtful as it is tasty.   Everyone has a gluten-free person on their list this year, and with the array of holiday gluten-filled and gluttonous options, give them something they can eat! Whether you are attending a party or want to make a gluten-free  pal feel extra special, check out these great gluten-free  gift ideas. » Read more..

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Neurogistics Holiday Gift Guide: Healthy Chef

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By: Emily Roberts

On the third day of our holiday gift guide, we share what to do with the French Hens, rather than giving them- we eat them! I recently became OBSESSED with the website vine.com they are your go-to site for natural foods and products. Shipped to you fast and with huge discounted prices, and more brands that your local health foods store.  Plus your first order is 20% off, not so bad for the holidays. There are tons of gift ideas for the culinary adventurer on your list. These days health conscious, nontoxic and eco-friendly cookware is a must.  Vine is part of the Quidsi.com family of brands, so you can mix and match from their sites and they often offer hefty discounts on popular products. including soap.com (for all your home needs), wag.com (for Fido and your feline) and many others including YoYo.com (for the little ones).  Vine has Natural Living delivery down.

For the Health Conscious Chef

What does the chef on your list do with 3 French Hens? Cooks them up of course, and with the best non-toxic, natural cookware and supplies. Some of vine.com’s healthy holiday gift guide will have your healthy chef happy in the kitchen.

Natural Home Products

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Created from 50-percent recycled content, Natural Home Eazistore cookware is scratch-resistant, dishwasher-safe and safe to use with induction heating elements. In addition, its manufacturing process is free of harmful byproducts, and produces a line of products which consume about 50 percent less energy per item to ship. The designs, which won the Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award, combines high-quality materials with modern construction. They are 70-80% off the listed price on vine.com

 

Snow River Cutting Boards

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Snow River is best known for producing premium wood cutting boards that are sustainable, hand finished by experienced craftsmen. Their products are different and unique making food prep easy. The wood is dried in a tightly controlled process to ensure a consistent moisture content which is critical in avoiding wood cracks and splitting. All sawdust from production is recycled into wood pellets for pellet stoves.

 

 

Broadway Basketeers

healthy holiday giftThe Organic and Natural Gift Basket from Broadway Basketeers is the ideal gift for anyone seeking a healthier option.  When looking for an organic and natural gift, sending this gift basket will be sure to please.  Organic gift basket contains cherry sweets, organic cinnamon apple chips, organic tea in two flavors, natural healthy mix, organic cheddar cheese sandwich crackers and organic peanut butter cookies. This gift basket is aesthetically pleasing and hand arranged for optimum design.  A hand-tied bow finishes off the gift basket.  This organic and natural gift basket is kosher, too, so no one has to feel uncomfortable receiving your gift.

 

Remember all these culinary goodies don’t have to break the bank. Vine has daily deals and your first order is 20% off!  I have also found that once you place your first order, the deals don’t end, weekly and monthly discounts come to your inbox all the time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Day 2: Healthy Holiday Gift Guide with Seedling Toys

Day 2 of our 12 Day Healthy Holiday Gift Guide focuses on the kiddos in our lives.  If you’re like us the idea of yet another digital device, plastic junk that kids get sick of in a few minutes, or gifts that encourage zoning out rather than tapping their creative sides, sounds like another dreaded trip to Toys R Us.  Instead give them something that makes them feel like a super hero, encourages outside adventures and creativity with our gift ideas below.

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Seedling products encourage children to think creatively, ask questions, and gain life skills while making something one of a kind. They have over 250 products and many are award winning toys and projects for kids. Founded by Phoebe Hayman, who struggled with finding great gifts for her two kids, this New Zealand mom has made an amazing brand that is sold all over the world. Seedling’s mission – “we supply the materials & let your kids supply the big ideas”. All toys encourage the natural process of thinking and doing, teach skills for creative thinking and problem solving, and encourage kids to seek answers and help from adults, building relationships and communication skills.

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Bring On The Turtle Doves

 

Instead of birds inside, why not learn to attract them outside?  Seedling Design Your Own Bird House teaches kids math, creativity, and encourages kids to get outside and learn about the birds in their habitat.

• Kit contents: wooden bird house, acrylic paints, paint brush, and instructions
• Recommended for ages 4 years and up

Want to get the kids outside looking for birds, bugs, and other creatures? Seedling Outdoor Explorer Kit will keep the kids outside and educated for hours by allowing them to explore the world of nature around them.

• Kit contents: A4 sketch pad, colored pencils, canvas carry bag, LED headlamp with batteries, magnifying glass, bug checklist, and tips on keeping a nature journal
• Recommended for ages 5 years and up

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Would your child rather learn to fly with the birds than look for them?  Seedling Make Your Own Kite Kit will get the kids working inside and playing outside.

• Kit contents: box kite, fabric paints, glitter glue, and instructions
• Recommended for ages 5 years and up

 

holiday gift guideEvery child deserves to feel like a superhero, so how about helping them act more like one too with another fantastic Seedling product: Design Your Superhero Cape!

• Kit contents: plain superhero cape, craft glue & brush, eva sheets & stars, felt sheets & shapes, colored pencils, design page, glitter glue, and tips for the design
• Recommended for ages 4 years and up

Inspire creativity for both girls and boys, help them to learn about design, and have fun with these great activity encouraging Seedling products.

Like this, share it.  Want more gift ideas that are encourage healthy living?  Check back with us tomorrow for day 3 of Neurogistics recommended Holiday Gift Guide!

 

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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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12 Days of Christmas Ideas: Your Healthy Holiday Gift Guide

What do you get the health nut on your list? What about the kid who could use a break from the screen? What is on your list to Santa this year? Here at Neurogistics we are giving you 12 days of great gifting ideas that will inspire friends and family all year long to live a healthier and happier life. Starting Wednesday December 4th follow our blog and posts on Twitter and Facebook to see what new gifts and ideas we have.

Day 1: Partridge in a Pear Tree Or An Aquafarm

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Since most kids and adults on your list aren’t exactly jumping at the chance to get a new partridge or grow a pear tree, what about an easy to care for pet and plant combination that educates and excites?   The Aquafarm  by Back to The Roots is a fantastic gift for a child or adult on your list. Experience the latest in sci fi farming in your own home. This self-cleaning fish tank uses fish waste to feed the plants that grow above the tank. In turn, the plants clean the water in the tank and teach everyone about how an ecosystem works. The unique design and minimal upkeep make it a great gift to teach everyone about eating greens, recycling, and responsibility.

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Not ready for a fish?  Back to The Roots has still go you covered. The two UC Berkely students who started the company strive to make an impact with their grow your own organic mushroom kit. Their mission is to make food personal again through the passionate development of tools that educate and inspire, one family at a time. The added bonus, new mushrooms growing year round! Science can be fun and tasty!

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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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