EZ Tails Makes Ponytails Easy and Painless in Just Two Steps

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Disclosure: I received product samples to assess. All opinions stated are solely my own.

EZ Tails makes ponytails easy!
Photo: Maria Adcock
Like most great kids products, they are created to fill a need. That was the case with Michael Lei and his family. The founders - a husband and wife team - both worked and found that during busy mornings it was hard to get their young daughters ready for the day. A particular frustration was Michael’s failed attempts to put ponytails in his daughter's hair as she prepared for school.

He knew there had to be a better way rather than struggling with knots and hurting his daughter with "ouchy!" moments. So Michael and his wife Lisa created an easy to use single pull ponytail holder that eliminated knotting and snagging to form a perfect ponytail every time. EZ TailsTM was born and is now available in the market.

I had the opportunity to try EZ Tails with my daughter. I always have had the hardest time putting in ponytails in my daughter’s hair. The ponytails tended to be lopsided, too loose, or just messy. Plus my daughter would say, “Ow! Mommy, that’s hurts!”


Holiday Hidden Treasure Cookies Recipe

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It’s time for holiday baking, and I got in the mood and created this Holiday Hidden Treasure Cookies recipe which the whole family will love. Kids love surprises, so I wanted to have a “hidden treasure” within each cookie. The “treasure” I chose was chocolate hazelnut spread and crushed candy canes. So when kids bite into the middle they will find a sweet surprise inside!

For the chocolate hazelnut spread I used Nutella, but there’s also Hershey’s Spreads. I figured the chocolate hazelnut spread would elevate the flavor a bit versus plain chocolate. However, if your kids don’t like chocolate hazelnut spread, you can always substitute with chocolate chips which will melt inside the cookie when baked.

The crushed candy canes soften when baked, so no worries about sharp pieces there. Just make sure to crush the candy well. I used a mortal and pestle for easy crushing. For best results I recommend using Krusteaz Sugar Cookie Mix. That’s the base for what I used in this recipe.

The recipe is super easy to make, so even the kids can help. Making holiday cookies is great for spending family time together, plus it teaches kids how to create something they can be proud of (and enjoy eating!).

To print out the recipe, click on the green Print Friendly button at the bottom of this post.


How to Prevent Getting Colds and the Flu This Season

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Around this time of year, playdates are cancelled and kids are pulled out of school because “there’s something going around” and everyone is sick. With the holidays approaching soon, there’s no worse time to be bedridden and miserable.  

With all of the running around for the holidays shopping and meeting with friends and family, we come more into contact with germs and our bodies and immune systems get worn down. The dreadful common cold and flu symptoms often follow.

The infographic below from Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy provides some easy common sense things you and your family can do to steer clear of those dreaded cold and flu germs and stop symptoms in its tracks.


Join Me in the #SeizeTheKrusteaz 12 Days of Krusteaz Twitter Party for a Chance to Win Krusteaz Mixes

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Do you love holiday baking? Even better do you love a chance to win free Krusteaz baking mixes? Then join me as I co-host the 12 Days of Krusteaz Twitter Party on Monday, December 13!

As a Brand Ambassador and Baker’s Dozen blogger for Krusteaz, I’ll be chatting about the holidays, food, gift ideas and my own unique recipes created for Krusteaz. 

When you join the party, you’ll have a chance to be one of multiples winners who will receive free Krusteaz mixes!

To be eligible for the giveaways, please make sure to follow @Krusteaz on Twitter. Follow the hashtag #SeizeTheKrusteaz to participate in the party.

Date: Monday, December 15, 2014
Time: 4-5 pm EST
Krusteaz Twitter Handle: @Krusteaz
Bicultural Mama Twitter Handle: @BiculturalMama

In addition to the upcoming Twitter party this Monday, the next day on December 16 at 4 p.m. EST/1 p.m. PST, Krusteaz culinary specialist Malia Hasegawa will host a live holiday baking chat on the Krusteaz Facebook page. Malia will answer participants' holiday baking questions and share ideas for festive foodie gifts.

Hope to see you at the parties and Happy Holidays!


How Kids Can Directly Help Other Kids All Year Long

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Photo Credit: Family-to-Family
The holidays are known as a time of giving, but families in need are still in need after December. Giving to others is a great teachable moment for children, and teaching them how they can directly help other kids throughout the year is a life long lesson in empathy and volunteerism.

Family-to-Family is an organization offering a hands-on approach to match donors one-to-one with a family in need. It’s not about sending a check and wondering where that money goes to. It’s about putting a box of goods – food, toiletries and other necessities – directly into the hands of another family who needs help.


Four Popular Child Care Provider Websites

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Whether you’re a working mom or a stay at home mom, child care is something we can all use. With over 80 million moms in the United States, the family care industry is constantly growing – according to CareBooker.com, family care services are a $450B/year industry. Fortunately there are several child care provider websites available to help find that perfect caretaker.

Online care booking platforms have revolutionized the way families manage everything from childcare to pet care. These easy-to-navigate websites make peoples’ lives more convenient by allowing them to research and book the care services they need in a streamlined way that saves time and money.

From childcare to pet care, here are four popular online booking platforms to improve daily life:


Amazon Black Friday Deals 2014

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I am a big shopper on Amazon because I can always find whatever I need. With Black Friday coming up, I wanted to share Amazon’s Black Friday Deals which starts Friday, November 21. 

Amazon will be adding new deals as often as every ten minutes for eight straight days. Amazon will also introduce three coveted Deals of the Day starting on Thanksgiving at midnight, as well as three more on Black Friday – this is in addition to thousands of limited-time Lightning Deals at amazon.com/blackfriday.

Customers can shop Amazon on any device, including smartphones and tablets, and enjoy top Black Friday deals anytime and anywhere. Amazon Prime members will continue to receive 30-minutes early access to select Lightning Deals, including many sought-after Black Friday deals. By taking advantage of Prime early access, members will get the first pick of some of the hottest gifts and holiday essentials.  Start a free trial of Amazon Prime at amazon.com/prime.
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