It’s the first Tuesday of June, and it’s time for another Weekly Roundup post where share some of the best new family-friendly products on the market.
Every week companies, publishers, developers, and inventors around the world send us their products for evaluation. Only the best earn our distinction.
The products you see below won a Mom’s Choice Award last week, between May 28 and June 3, 2017. For more information about a product, click the image or purchase link.
Written by Lauren Hudson
Desdemona, Felix and Jinx live as only children in their ordinary houses with their ordinary parents. But on their fifteenth birthdays, at the stroke of midnight, they come to realize nothing is as it seems. Thrown into a world completely unknown, they learn the identity of their biological mother, Jane Anchor, a member of the mysterious Asterian race and a woman whose goal is terror and destruction.
As the Anchor kids enter The House, a group of Asterians who secretly co-exist with us to help mankind, Jane sets a plot in motion to lure her progeny to a fortress atop Truchas Peak. Seven days is all the Anchor kids have to liberate Asterians from Jane’s threatened reign of terror. Can three naïve, yet powerful kids confront evil and preserve a community of guardian angels on earth?
Young Adult Books:
New Age & Indigo Topics
Sleepy Glow Bear™
The Sleepy Glow Bear features a soft glow and comforting sounds and music that will soothe little ones to sleep. This cuddly plush bear has a soothing light that slowly fades in and out with sounds and music. Press the heart button to hear adorable and loving phrases, and press the music button to hear 40 lullaby melodies or the nature sounds. button to hear soothing nature sounds. Choose from two levels of light intensity or turn the light off.
Toys, Games & Puzzles:
Present Moment Parenting: The Guide to a Peaceful Life with Your Intense Child
Written by Tina Feigal
Nationally acclaimed parent coach and trainer Tina Feigal returns with this revised edition of her book, formerly titled The Pocket Coach for Parents. With new content on trauma-effective parenting, Present Moment Parenting: Your Guide to a Peaceful Life with Your Intense Child will help you:
— Understand the connection between the child’s heart and brain
— Recognize how the brain responds to stress and trauma
— Learn effective parenting strategies to decrease intensity and create peace at home
There are many reasons a child doesn’t respond to typical parenting techniques–a mental health diagnosis (such as ADHD or ODD), a life challenge (such as divorce or removal from home), autism, attachment issues, giftedness, physical or emotional trauma–or simply being ”hard to handle.” Whatever the root cause of the intensity, Present Moment Parenting will give you the tools you need to create a peaceful life.
Parenting – General
Original Dooky Universal Stroller and Car Seat Cover
With the Original Dooky Universal Cover you can easily create a quiet and peaceful environment for your child, protected from light, wind, sun, noise, light rain and other surrounding influences. The Dooky is universal and installs in seconds easily to any infant car seat, stroller or bassinet (each sold separately). Because of its unique and patented design, the Cover is easily adjustable in height. Simply roll your cover up and down using the VELCRO® brand closure strips, keeping the sunlight away from your child’s face. When your child is asleep, simply roll it all the way down to create a dark and quiet environment. With the additional ties on the bottom you can easily secure the cover, shielding your child from strong winds. Made of 100% washable cotton that provides SPF 40+ UV protection for your child and reduces harmful UVA and UVB rays.
Gear & Accessories:
Sports / Outdoor
OK Now What? A Caregiver’s Guide to What Matters
Written by Sue Collins & Nancy Taylor Robson
This book focuses on what truly matters between human beings while taking care of the business of living at the end of life. It offers practical, experienced-based advice and tips on handling physical changes. It gives you resources for finding help when you need it. But it also tells some of the stories of others who have made this journey as caregivers, as family, friends, partners, spouses and neighbors, stories that will to help calm and encourage you and let you know you are not alone.
Body, Mind & Spirit
Irreconcilable Differences “The American Patriots Series”: Profiles of the Founding Fathers 1750-1776
Written by Leslie M. Mironuck
Discover who the Founding Fathers were, what they believed, and why they were willing to pledge their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor in pursuit of America’s potential. A study of their lives is a study of the history of their times—a time that is the Founding Era.
This volume in The American Patriot Series spans the period of 1750-1776. It includes the exciting life stories of fifty of our Founding Fathers and chronicles how they came to grips with their Irreconcilable Differences with Great Britain.
Readers will benefit from the author’s extensive research. The facts revealed in these pages were derived almost exclusively from primary sourced material —and listed in the bibliography. Timeline and index are included. Strong endorsements from High School US History Teachers, home schooling parents, Historians and public & school librarians.
Non-Fiction – General
Hopping to America: A Rabbit’s Tale of Immigration
Written by Diana Pisher Walker and Illustrated by Ashley Teets; Illustrated by Ashley Teets
It’s a Rabbits Tale of immigration from Italy to the United States and landing on Ellis Island to be processed for entry to the USA. The rabbits venture on to Clarksburg, WV, taking their Italian heritage and culture to their new home.
Children’s Picture Books:
Peoples, Places & Cultures
Entering the Thriver Zone: A seven-Step Guide to Thriving After Abuse
Written by Susan M. Omilian JD
Author Susan Omilian has used her seven-step motivational process to assist hundreds of women on their journey over the last fifteen years. Now in book form with easy-to-use worksheets, invigorating writing exercises and inspirational “thriver” success stories, readers will see their journey from struggle to transformation to happy ending. Learn to quiet critical voices and awaken your Happy Person Inside!
The innovative material in this guide is valuable not only for victims of abuse but also for their families, friends, counselors, therapists, crisis center staffs, and attorneys. It is a resource for these helpers and supporters, offering a process for the journey to thriving for those caught
in this web of abuse.
Written by Sylvia M. Medina
Saige J. Bullock-Dixon; Illustrated by Joy Eagle
The Green Kids Club books are about three children, Victor, Maya and Tiago who gain the power to communicate to animals by drinking water from a magic spring. Other children who also drink this water will gain those same powers. In the Desert Mirage, Maya has a dream to warn her about the disappearing water in Arizona. Maya and her brother, Victor set off to the desert to recruit another Green Kid – Alo. As the kids ride through the arroyos of the canyon lands, they find themselves in trouble as a rain storm rolls in. Can the Green Kids make it out of the floods alone or will someone come to help them?
Children’s Picture Books:
Written by Dayle Dabney; Illustrated by Ashley teets
Corinne’s Fin is a story for young children about courage and adaptability of a champion swimmer, Corinne, who thought life would always be the same at Lavender Lake. When things change unexpectedly, she must use her inner determination to begin the struggle to find and accept her new life, maintain her positive outlook on her circumstance, and keep smiling from Fin to Fin!
Children’s Picture Books:
Values & Life Lessons
Written by Amanda M. Thrasher; Edited by Jody Amato
Love, Trust, and Betrayal!
They say there are two sides to every story, and somewhere in the middle lies the truth. There’s no exception to this one. Impaired decisions, questionable actions, and consequences with irreversible damage destroy the lives of two young teens. High school junior Payton Phillips is dating the boy she knows she’s going to spend the rest of her life with: Reece Townsend. An opportunity for the dating teens and their friends to have the night of their lives–an invite to Stacie Wiggin’s party–will go down in the books as epic. But when things escalate and emotions run high, the evening of their dreams turns into a nightmare of he said, she said. Who did exactly what that night? As teens tweet, Snap, and play their stories out online, social media threatens to ruin more than the teens’ reputations. Relationships, scholarships, and entire families are at stake. Whose side of the story will you choose to believe, his or hers?
Bitter Betrayal demonstrates how the simplest actions in the name of fun can have devastating consequences. Some results are everlasting and can’t be undone. Often circumstances and decisions themselves due to the maturity level of impressionable teens is confusing and leaves lasting emotional scars that can take years to overcome, if ever. Consequences of reckless actions can put kids, families, friends, and communities at risk. Decisions made while impaired change relationships and lives forever. Tough choices and situations that can too often destroy a teenager’s life brought to life in such a way that teens will enjoy the book while being forced to think twice about their actions.
Young Adult Books:
Fiction – General
BelleMa Effective Pro with IDC ™
Maximize Efficiency and experience success in breastfeeding with the Bellema Effective Pro with IDC. The first Closed-System Electric Breast Pump in the market that has an Independent Dual Suction Control for the left and right pump. Suction Power goes up to 250mmHg with 9 adjustable levels. Experience double pumping with no suction reduction. Whether you are a novice or expert in breastfeeding, the Effective Pro works just perfect for anybody. With its Dual Phase Mode, this breast pump has a pumping rhythm that mimics a baby’s suckling motion on both the Stimulation and Expression Mode. The Effective Pro is a ‘Closed System’, designed for the breastmilk not to enter the tubing, so you can leave your worries of contamination behind. It is highly hygienic, FDA approved and all the parts are BPA-Free. BelleMa breast shields are all designed Anti-Backflow and comes with comfortable silicone cushions. Experience tranquility on expression with this very quiet system and just let your breastmilk flow!
Personal Use Products (Skin Care, Health Care, etc.):
Believe in Yourself: Coloring Book
Written and illustrated by Samantha Snyder
Believe in Yourself shares 50 fun doodle designs of inspiring sayings, quotes, and words that are sure to inspire the spirit and relax the mind.
Quotes from famous authors include Charles Dickens, Emily Dickinson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Helen Keller, Eleanor Roosevelt, William Shakespeare, Socrates, Walt Whitman, and more. The book also includes sayings and words from Have Faith and Patience to Dear to Be Brave, I Am Enough, and You Are Worth It.
Designs are printed on one side of the page for all ages to color.
Each doodle design has been carefully selected to provide plenty of enjoyment, inspiration, and relaxation.
Doodle Art Alley Coloring Books are so much fun and are perfect for adults and older teens along with younger kids. Coloring isn’t just for the kids anymore! There is something for everyone, so take a minute and explore the magic of it all!
Inspirational / Motivational
Baxter’s Busy Day
Written by Donna Roberts and illustrated by Ashley Teets; Illustrated by Ashley Teets
Baxter has a busy, busy, day! What’s a dog to do? After he gets Sam on the school bus in the morning, Baxter goes over his check list and doesn’t miss a thing…even scaring the neighbor’s cat! Illustrated by Ashley Teets, this fun book will entertain and educate as author Donna Roberts includes tips on caring for your dog and getting a proper collar and license to keep him safe.
Children’s Picture Books:
Domestic Animals & Pets