Don’t Let Broken Bones Spoil Your Summer!

hp2.jpgBaseball, pool and bike. Baseball, pool and bike. As a kid, those were the only things on my mind when summer arrived, school let out and very little stood in my way of a great time. While the kids I grew up with had mixed summer interests, the one thing we all had in common was how much we loved going to the pool. It didn’t matter what you were doing before the pool and it didn’t matter after. All we knew was that going swimming at some point during the day was one of summer’s inalienable rights. I think that’s true for most kids today. Maybe not for all, but certainly most children think of water when they think of summer.
As a kid, that always made the words summer and fun synonymous to me. And as far as I was concerned, there were only two possible things that could happen to a kid that could make summer miserable. The first was a summer school death sentence. Fortunately, I didn’t know too many kids ​who ​​met that fate. The second one, which unfortunately seemed way too common, was being stuck in a cast for the summer. Each year, those casts always seemed to find a way on to one my buddy’s arms at the most inopportune time imaginable. How each friend broke his arm was irrelevant. The only thing we all knew that was swimming for the summer was out of the question. Sure the unlucky friend could still hang out by the pool with all of the kids while they were swimming and still try to feel included. But their looks of despair knowing that they could not actually participate in the water activities are unforgettable.
Kids of each generation always seem​ed​ to have it so much easier than kids of earlier generations in almost every aspect of life. And now that even applies to the poor kid in a cast for the summer. Those forlorn faces from the past could have been spared had there been an easy and safe way for kids to still go in the water while keeping their casts completely dry. Thanks to a company called DRYPro, a cast is no longer a summer prison ​sentence for kids or even adults for that matter.
Manufactured by Dry Corp. DRYPro is a high quality surgical rubber sleeve that fits over and protects casts, bandages, and wounds from the water. It uses a patented vacuum to assure the most advanced waterproof protection, even when fully submerged in water. The rubber can be stretched by up to 600 percent without tearing and for those using one of the leg products, DRYPro uses a Non-Skid Grid on the soles to prevent slipping.
I am hoping that neither me nor anyone in my family is going to have a need to use DRYPro products anytime soon, but I do have a couple on hand if the need arises. When I tried one on over my arm, it was amazing to see how well the rubber sealed against my skin with the help of the built in pump to take out any air. I fully submerged my arm into a tub of water and not a single drop ended up on the covered area of my arm. So it’s easy for me to see why DRYPro would be perfect for anyone who wants to swim, bathe or shower and needs to protect the respective body part during the water activity.
There is no longer a reason for a cast to stand in the way of summer fun. Whether it’s a matter of going to a beach, waterpark, a pool or even a bath, water no longer has to be feared when getting something wet isn’t an option. The DRYPro products are suitable for just about anyone, ranging from kids young as two years old to adults as tall as 6’6”. Like insurance, DRYPro products are something that you hope you won’t need to use, but will be so glad that you have it if the time ever arises when you do indeed need it. If you or a family member has a need to keep something dry but doesn’t want to be deprived of water fun, then be sure to give DRYPro a try. It can be purchased at www.drycorp.com or in local dealers nationwide at www.drycorp.com/dealer-locator/.
If you or your child has broken any bones this summer or has a need for a DRYPro cast, just visit their site and entire the code ROLEMOMMY and you’ll get a 15% off discount!
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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by DRYPro. However all opinions and nostalgic stories of my childhood are entirely my own.

The Girdle Chronicles: Summer Sob Story

Weight-Gain-Pills.jpegIt happened again. It’s nearly June and the 15 pounds I’ve been trying to lose since my son was born (he is now nine), is still attached to my thighs, hips and posterior and now I’m headed into the most self conscious time of the year…summer.
Summer, the season for short shorts, mini skirts and dare I say, bikinis. Summer when women with really nice legs get to flaunt them and women with really bad legs search high and low for a great sarong that will cover them from head to toe.
Summer is the time for barbecues, great fruit, and fruity drinks with incredibly high caloric content that do nothing to help you as you attempt to lose weight. So here I am, thisclose to June 1st vowing yet again that I will be happy with the way I look this season. Despite the fact that I’m not fitting into the size I’d like to be, I am determined to do some form of exercise every day. In fact, I recently invested in a hers and hers bike. What’s that, you ask? Simple. When you go to a bike store with your daughter to get yourself a bike and she likes it so much that she begs you to get her one too, you acquiesce and voila, you now both have the exact same bicycles.
Tonight, we actually took our very first family bike ride of the season, complete with visiting friends in the neighborhood – I even turned down a piece of pie with whipped cream – what’s the point of riding a book and burning some calories only to slap them back on your body by inhaling a slice of raspberry pie. Instead, we left our friends’ house and rode some more until the sun set. We then headed home and I inhaled a few scoops of Edy’s low fat Fudge Tracks while watching summer re-runs.
Here’s hoping that by Independence Day, my newfound desire to get in shape will not just be a passing phase. I remember one July 4th getting so depressed after seeing the size of my butt in a store window. Well I say, this year that’s not going to happen. I’m going to eat right, exercise, drink a lot of water, ride my bike and maybe even jog. Maybe I’ll even try yoga and pilates. So check back with me in a month – I’ll share my progress and hopefully by then I’ll be a few pounds lighter. Either that, or I’ll be the one avoiding store windows.

Keeping Kids Occupied with Mind Games

Child expert Wendy Toone offers fun ways to expand your child’s mind during the dog days of summer.

Thumbnail image for iStock_000009022880XSmall.jpgWe may be knee deep in those lazy, hazy days of summer, but that doesn’t mean we still can’t keep our kids active with challenging games and activities that will keep their minds buzzing. In fact, here are some great rainy day and car ride activities that will challenge your kids to think on their feet!
1. Mind games can keep boredom away as well as physical activity. Even small children can follow an adjusted version of “I Spy.” Just be sure that the clues are age appropriate and not too tricky. Look for easy to spot shapes, bright colors, or unique characteristics (animals, common objects such as pencils, etc.). Remember to let them give you the clues, too, to really work their brains. Finding an object is different than coming up with a clue for an object.
2. Once your child is a little older, around 4 years or so, theme games can be played. A favorite (still) of my kids is the animal game. “I Spy”-like clues can be given, but your child must rely on their memory and knowledge of animals instead of looking for pictures or representations of them. These types of games are great for long car rides, and you can make them more challenging, as your children get older. Go in order through the alphabet…”I have a long nose and tongue” = Aardvark (or anteater, both will work in this case); “I’m totally white and live in the cold” = Beluga whale. Get it?
3. READ, READ, READ. Reading to your child, no matter how young, increases their vocabulary, imagination, and overall cognitive abilities. Hearing language creates synapses – the connection of brain cells. Most of us parents think that reading at bedtime is sufficient. And while bedtime stories create a wonderful bonding time between parent and child, so can reading a story with your child snuggled on your lap in a waiting room. Granted, you can’t be expected to tote a small library around with you at all times. But if you know your day will include a little waiting time, why not pop your child’s favorite book in the day bag. Or maybe a story you haven’t yet read to them? Or take advantage of digital children’s books that can be downloaded to your cell phone or iPod? These digital books can do double duty, as oftentimes they are books that are enhanced with narration (sometimes even music and sound effects are added), so your little one can hear the book as they see the words on your phone or iPod screen.
So the next time you find yourself exasperated trying to tame the savage beast that is a toddler with nothing to do, try a few of these tips. Not all of them will work at all times or in every situation. But hopefully if nothing else, it will spark your creativity to engage your child and use your waiting time as teaching time. For there is no better teacher for a child than his or her own parent. Good luck!!!
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The Last Day of Summer

This is it. The final day before summer is officially over and the kids head back to school. As I hear them fighting in the other room over a waffle that one child purposely took a bite out of so her brother would be grossed out and not eat it, I have to say, I cannot wait until I pack them up and ship them off to school tomorrow morning. Granted, it’s only for half a day but I have to admit, it can be pretty exhausting trying to figure out what you can do to keep your kids busy when they’re not at camp and not at school and none of their friends are around for play dates.
Today I thought I was going to get a reprieve since my babysitter was returning from vacation but something suddenly came up and I had to figure out how I was going to juggle work and keep my kids entertained in the process. Note to parents: HBO on Demand works incredibly well in these situations. They are currently watching Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, my son is noshing on his new waffle and no one is arguing. Ah, heaven.
Unfortunately, the silence will only last about another hour before the kids come in asking me what else they can do today. Make that 10 minutes – my daughter just came in to ask me what’s on the agenda. Luckily, I do have one friend coming over for a play date which means my son is the odd man out so I’ll have to think of something to keep him happy while the girls head off to my daughter’s room to pick out her outfit for her first day of school. I’m finding that Pokemon card bribery works well in these situations.
After the outfit is selected, I’m sure the girls will hang around upstairs for at least 10 more minutes until they call out asking what else they can do. Lucky for them, my friend and I have agreed to take them to Bellizi – a restaurant nearby that features a supervised game room. That way, we can order salads and catch up on our respective summer vacations while the kids come over to our table every five minutes or so begging for more quarters.
By 3 pm, we’ll take the kids to the playground or bike riding or some activity away from a computer or television screen and then afterwards, it’ll be ice cream truck time. If I have time, I may squeeze in a haircut for my son’s unruly mop top and a mani/pedi for me and my daughter (ah, dare to dream). And before we know it, it’ll be 6 pm and their dad will walk in the door and take over so I can get back to work.
Less than 24 hours and counting before the first day of school. Yippee!

Win a Trip to Disney with Hanes!

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