Friday, May 26, 2017

15 Summer Activities for Kids

What are your kids doing this Summer? For many of us Summer time with the kids is a time to enjoy the outdoors, the sunshine and if you're lucky the ocean.

As much as kids love Summer holidays, keeping them busy can be a real chore! If you've not got the luxury of a Summer camp then it's up to you as parent to find things for the youngsters to keep busy with.

Failing that, your kids might spend all their time in front of a computer, tablet, phone or other screen and research has shown that spending too much time in front of a screen can have a detrimental effect on the health and well being of children.

Yes my girls watch Netflix and YouTube but I am blessed because they would rather be outside playing then cooped up inside. They like to swim, bike, hike, build forts etc. 

Studies have shown that taking part in nature-based activities helps people who are suffering from mental ill-health and can contribute to a reduction in levels of anxiety, stress, and depression. In fact, a daily walk in nature has showed decreased activity in a region of the brain associated with a key factor in depression.

With what our family has been through in the last year this makes so much sense. So this mom is stepping up her game, introducing more nature-based activities, while not just turning fun into learning but also providing my children with new outlooks into the world. I may not totally enjoy nature, but I want to make sure that the opportunity for my child to make a decision in what they want to do with their lives is as broad as it can be.

One in four people are estimated to experience bouts of mental ill health and it's on the rise. Prescription medication of antidepressants are also at a record high level and the demand for more invasive treatments are also on the rise. Health and social care commissioners are examining and commissioning different options for cost effective services for mental health and one of these options is a daily walk of 90 minutes or more. We need to learn from the past when kids got excited to spend their time climbing trees and building dens rather than spending hours inside.

Joe at Nature Rated understands this all too well and has put together an info-graphic on 15 Summer activities to help your kids appreciate nature.

This is what it looks like:

15 Summer activities to help your kids appreciate nature

From baking a blackberry pie to constructing a pond or insect hotel, there's plenty for the youngsters to get up to. Head on over to his site for step by step instructions to get your kids out and about enjoying nature.

MarksvilleandMe has already taken a look and has big plans for summer time activities for my girls and my grand daughter. Here is to better mental health with the help of nature. 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Blogger Opp Starpath Dolls 18.5 Inch Doll Giveaway

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Lattes in 5 seconds



Yes you read that right, flavored Lattes in under 7 seconds. How do you ask? With International Delight One Touch Latte. You just make your coffee black, make sure to only fill 2/3 of the way full or use a large mug, then take out your One Touch Latte, give it a shake, stick the tip just below your drinks surface and squeeze nozzle for 5-7 seconds. Instant Latte with no hassles of making it yourself or spending lots of money to get one at the coffee shop.

Now you have Coffee Shop flavored Lattes right at your fingertips. Flavors available are Mocha, Vanilla, and Caramel. I love this in my Cocoa. I do warn you though that if you have coffee use it black until you taste the sweetness from the One Touch Latte. I know that for me when I use it in my cocoa I use either unsweetened cocoa or I put less Cocoa mix in so that it isn't too sweet while drinking.


Recently my internet was down so I was super excited to find it on this morning and quickly made my
Latte so I could catch up and enjoy my online time. Now my time has come to an end and I need to get the dishes made and towels folded and into bathroom. Enjoy having a Latte even if you only have a few minutes to do it.

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Disclosure:  MarksvilleandMe received one or more of the products mentioned above as part of a promotion with Crowdtap and International Delight One Touch Latte. Regardless, MarksvilleandMe only recommends products or services we use personally and believe will be good for our readers. Some of the links in the article may be “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive compensation.  If you would like MarksvilleandMe to review a product or service please contact us at marksvilleandme@gmail.com.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Sterline Counter Top Water Flosser


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This was an item that I was told by my dentist to get because my teeth are so close together. Regular floss gets stuck and we either have to pull it out when possible or even cut it out of my mouth. I have used dental sticks with little or no results. In steps a water flosser and my life is changed as was the cleanliness of my mouth. I am looking forward to a shorter cleaning time at my next dentist check up. 


This is awesome as it holds 600 ml of water, comes with a 3 standard nozzles ,1 tongue scraper, 1 Orthodontic Tip  head, and one pocket head. This also comes with a 2 year warranty. 

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Sterline Sonic Pulse Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush

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A manual toothbrush has been part of my life from the very beginning. Then when I became and adult I started hearing about rechargeable toothbrushes, then sonic toothbrushes. I asked my dentist and he suggested that I get one because of the iron supplements I have been on I have damage to my teeth from when they were forming under my baby teeth. Even with regular checkups a regular toothbrush just can't do for my teeth what a sonic toothbrush can. 

I already have a Sterline sonic toothbrush but added this one to my collection because it has the UV clean technology my primary physician suggested. I have a weak immune system and have to keep my toothbrushes clean and away from everyone else in the family. It has helped a lot in catching illness from their toothbrushes but this added security just may make an even bigger change in my quality of life. 

I suggest this for anyone who has immune problems or for anyone who just wants to make sure their toothbrush is clean. Before this I had to soak my toothbrush in bleach and then into boiling water to make sure it was clean. I also did everyone else in my families this way too but no more. This is so easy and it doesn't take any time out of my day to do it. I can brush, detach the head place it in the UV slot shut the door and go about my daily business knowing it will be clean for my next use. 

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Tools4Wisdom Planner

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I have a great planner you might like if you need one to finish this year out or if you need one for for the New Year. I like this particular Planner because it has a hard cover and will last up to bring taken here and there. You have a monthly calendar as well as a daily calendar, so you can see at a glance and then by the day when needed.

This is great for busy moms like myself, bloggers like myself, as well as anyone else who likes to keep a running hard copy of their schedule.

There is plenty of space for everything you need from appointments, goals, memories, shopping lists. etc.

The only downside to this planner is that it does not have a spot for phone numbers or addresses. which would be an added bonus and something maybe they will add on in the years to come. Since this is on the large size this is the one I keep at home while I have a smaller planner that I carry with me.

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Minos Teapot And Cup For One

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This set is so cute and so me. I often drink tea for my throat or just because, mainly the latter. I enjoy tea very much, I think it comes from my British side. Just seeing this made me giggle with glee. From the size to the pure awesomeness of it. You get your tea pot, infuser, and cup all in one little package. Great for gift giving for sure. 

My favorite part besides its looks is the interchangeable handles. You can change up the little silicone handles between, yellow, red, and blue. You can match your decor, outfit, or attitude, the choice is yours. Since this is stainless steel it is easy to use and care for. I am loving my Teapot and cup for one. 

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