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Review: H.O.P.E box

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I was sent a H.O.P.E. box to review and I must say that it is an impressive pick me up when you are down and a fantastical reminder that you are loved.

The H.O.P.E box that I was sent was the Hope in a box for Dad and it is fantastic! it contained:

  • Cap: Brown Flex Fit
  • T Shirt
  • Hope coffee tumbler
  • Hope Key Chain

the box retails for $53.96 but it is currently on sale for $49.00 (Find it here). It is a fantastic deal. The items are wonderful quality and carry a beautiful sentiment on them, reminding you to hang on pray everyday.

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My husband quickly took over the hat and the shirt loving them both. The T-shirt is super soft and the hat is worn and looks awesome! I quickly feel in love with the coffee mug and key chain. The mug is fantastic quality, doesn’t leak and there is no hoping that it will keep my coffee toasty, IT DOES! The key chain it just a fantastical reminder that everything will be okay.

Don’t think the Dad box is for you? No worries! There are several other boxes you can choose from. They have the following themes:

  • Hope in a box for a teen girl
  • Hope in a box for Dad
  • Hope in a box (perfect for anyone)
  • Hope in a box for a Student

They all have a fantastic mix of gifts that are sure to lighten someones day. I believe this would be perfect for the person who is just feeling down. The first thing that popped into my mind is the home sick college student.

To find out more visit Hope In A Box and check out all of their amazing products!

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Ten Myths about Child Sexual Abuse: How to Keep Children Safe at School

I was sent an email with ten myths about child sexual abuse from author  Joelle Castiex. Since this subject hits close to home for me I thought it was important to share these ten myths.

Myth #1: Knowing about “stranger danger” will save my child.

Teaching stranger danger is important, but strangers account for less than than one-tenth of child sexual abuse. The other 90% of child sexual abusers are people that a child already knows and loves. That’s why experts encourage parents to start early: teach your children good communication skills, strong body boundaries, and the importance of reporting crimes and suspicious behavior.

Myth #2: Women don’t abuse kids.

Yes, women do sexually abuse kids. While women are far less likely to abuse than men, law enforcement has stepped up and is prosecuting more women who target children. As a result, more female predators are spending time behind bars.

Our society has also been much better at fighting harmful stereotypes that say women should “break in” young boys or that male victims of sexual abuse by women enjoy the abuse.

Myth #3: Children can’t sexually abuse other kids.

The recent Josh Duggar scandal has opened the public’s eyes to the harm that predatory children can cause. Bullying experts are also educating parents about how bullying can escalate into child-on-child sexual abuse. The best way to help your children is to ensure that your school follows strong anti-bullying policies and that you talk to your children openly about the problem.

Myth #4: It’s okay to make young children hug and kids adults, even if they don’t really like it.

When we force a toddler to hug or kiss someone when he does not want to (even if it’s Grandma), we are telling the child that he is not in control over who touches his body. We are also telling the child that he should not say no an adult who may want to touch him in sexual ways.

Don’t worry about hurting Grandma’s feelings. Instead, teach your young children to shake hands, make eye contact, and say hello. That way, they learn respect—not only for Grandma, but also for their own bodies. And if you’re honest with Grandma, she’ll understand.

Myth #5: It’s embarrassing to hear children say words like “vagina.” It’s fine if they don’t learn the real names of their genitalia until they are older.

Yes, it can be embarrassing hear words like “penis” and “vagina” from a child. But children believe that only silly things are called by silly names. By using the proper names for body parts, you are telling your child that their genitals are important, should be respected, and are not silly or shameful.

Proper name usage will also discourage predators who want to blur sexual boundaries by minimizing the important of a child’s genitals.

And if—heaven forbid—something does happen to your child, he or she will be able to properly explain what happened by using correct language that law enforcement and prosecutors can use to punish predators.

Myth #6: Children lie about abuse to get attention.

If a child comes to you to report seen, experienced, or suspected abuse, immediately call 911 or your local social services hotline. It’s not your job to investigate abuse or establish the credibility of victims or witnesses.

It’s very hard for a child to come forward. Don’t make it worse by doubting him or her.

Myth #7: I checked the sex abuse registry, so my kid is safe.

According to Darkness to Light, less than one-tenth of victims ever report to the police. Even if a child sex predator is prosecuted, there is no guarantee that the predator will show up on your local registry. Check out the registry, but take the next step and empower yourself and your children against all predators.

Myth #8: I don’t need to monitor my child’s phone/tablet/computer/Xbox. I trust him/her.

Monitoring your child’s Internet-enabled devices is not a matter of trust. It’s a matter of safety. Predators are cunning and use all kinds of manipulation to earn entrance into your child’s world. Keeping an eye on texts, chats, photos, email and social media is the best way to make sure that a predator is not targeting your child. It’s also a great way for you to make sure that your child is not a target or aggressor in cyber-bullying.

Myth #9: Children don’t need to know about sexual abuse.

Victims of child sexual abuse will usually disclose their abuse to their closest friends: other children. You do not need to go into explicit detail with your child about sex or abuse. But you do need to tell your children that if a friend comes to them and talks about abuse, they should come to you—the parent—immediately.

Myth #10: The justice system will be more traumatizing to my child than the actual abuse.

Law enforcement wants two things: to put predators behind bars and to protect young victims of abuse. That’s why there are special programs across the country where police, prosecutors, and social workers come together to create safe, child-friendly victim interview procedures. The interviews, which are recorded so that the child is only interviewed once, are conducted by specially trained forensic specialists who understand children and who create a natural environment where children can speak safely.

Social workers also closely engage with the victim and non-offending family members to make sure that the victim and the entire family gets therapy, services, and continuing care.

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Review: One Fur All Pet House Candle

pumkinspice_1logoI had the amazing pleasure of testing out Pet house candle by One Fur All in the Pumpkin Spice Scent. You can find this candle as well as other amazing products at the One Fur All website. They currently sell three different candles .

  • Fresh Citrus
  • Lavendar Green Tea
  • Pumpkin Spice

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Bringing attention to a good cause: Fur Fun Rescue

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Don’t get me wrong I love doing reviews however there is only so much good I can do in the world by doing another review for a Vitamin C Serum… and by good in the world I can help you figure out how to get your skin silky smooth and sexy. But I wanted to start a new Feature where I bring attention to a fantastic cause. I would like to start out with this amazing cause.

Fur Fun Rescue is a group that is based in Cedar Rapids Iowa and they rescue dogs from all over Iowa and foster them until they can help find their fur-ever home.

The dogs come directly from the shelter because they are in danger of being put down. These dogs end up at the shelter for a variety of reasons,

  • Strays
  • dumped in a drop box at the shelter during the night
  • surrendered by owners no longer able to care for them

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