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A Special Thanks

You might remember that MomFuse put out a notice asking for donations for a fall auction Mothers & More was planning to hold. Unfortunately, due to some internal issues and lack of participation, the organization has regretfully decided to cancel this event.

However, I feel that it is important to recognize those generous companies that did step up to donate goods. So, excuse me for just a moment while I provide some shameless plugging.

Mad Gab’s Wildly Natural Body Care
Mad Gab’s SPF Face Stick has been named as a fab find and their  lip balm is scheduled for a future Average Parent fab find. They are an independently-owned company with a mission to create and market all natural products that are unique in appearance, effectiveness and quality. This environmentally-friendly company strives to produce, package and promote their products with minimal waste and encourages consumers to use simple, natural products which will enhance natural beauty and healthy lifestyles.

Atkins Nutritionals Inc.
Whether you’re trying to lose weight, maintain weight or live a healthier life, the delicious Atkins Advantage bars are the perfect for you. Each bar is packed with protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals to help satisfy your hunger and help you eat right.

Sirjj Organics
Sirjj Organics is a small growing company whose very roots are in solutions. With a commitment toward minimizing effects on the environment, SIRJJ Products are formulated solely for a balance of nutrition that serves to eliminate blemishing bacteria, even tone and balance moisture.

The Joyful Bath Company
The Joyful Bath Company’s signature luxurious bath salts are based on the healing powers of the ocean and inspired by bathing rituals and remedies from around the world. Natural ingredients including mineral-rich salts from the Mediterranean and Dead Seas mix with honey, buttermilk, ginger root, green tea, oats, coconut milk and pure essential oils. No synthetic fragrances. No parabens or preservatives. No artificial colors or dyes. No animal testing. Pure, natural and healing–for men and women.

Author and Artist Jan Bethancourt
Jan Bethancourt’s new inspirational book, Be Empowered! Eat Chocolate with Breakfast will touch hearts and motivate women of all ages to recognize gifts, identify goals, and trust in their abilities. Bethancourt combines her original sayings with cheerful watercolor artwork of her own creation, blended to create uplifting messages she hopes will empower women to look at old situations from a fresh perspective.

Author , stress management, health and fitness expert Debbie Mandel
Stress management expert and radio personality Debbie Mandel presents her highly original program for stress reduction. She explains that women who are constantly stressed out have forgotten the dreams of the free-spirited girl living inside them before they became somebody’s wife, mother, or workplace colleague. This book, the inspiring and humorous story of successful recovery from stress addiction, outlines her seven steps that have proven to help women overcome daily stressors and reclaim a life of joy and spontaneity.

Wysong offers health information and a variety of all natural human health products including health food and healthy snacks, health supplements, water quality and personal care.

A Food Allergy “Pioneer” Linda Marienhoff Coss
As a food allergy author, support group leader and speaker Linda Marienhoff Coss has written and self-published three books for the food allergy market. “What’s to Eat?” and “What Else is to Eat? “provide a huge selection of recipes (over 260 altogether!) that your entire family will enjoy and your guests won’t believe are allergy-free.  Her allergy management book, “Managing Your Child’s Life-Threatening Food Allergies” provides the potentially life-saving information parents need to create a safe and enjoyable home, school and social life for a allergic child.

Cookbook Author Sheila Lukins

Sheila Lukins is one of America’s best-known and best-loved food writers. She was cofounder of The Silver Palate take-out shop, which inspired a series of cookbooks and food products that changed the way we eat. She is the food editor of Parade magazine and recently released “Ten: All the Foods We Love and Ten Perfect Recipes for Each,” which a recent favorite of The Average Parent.


Cookbook Author Holly Clegg

Holly Clegg, the “Queen of Quick,”reigns supreme when it comes to healthy, delicious everyday meals and party fare. Holly’s books include: Holly Clegg trim&TERRIFIC Gulf Coast Favorites; Holly Clegg trim&TERRIFIC Diabetic Cooking, ADA; Holly Clegg trim&TERRIFIC Freezer Friendly Meals; The New Holly Clegg trim&TERRIFIC Cookbook; Eating Well Through Cancer: Easy Recipes & Recommendations During & After  Treatment; Holly Clegg trim&TERRIFIC” Home Entertaining: The Easy Way; and KIDS COOKING for Mommies

Scrap Tunes
Scrap Tunes are the first pre-recorded musical embellishments for the scrapbooking industry. These embellishments will delight audiences young and old.

The Feel Good Bag

The Feel Good Bag is embroidered on the front with the Feel Good Bag logo and is made of velvety soft, plush purple cloth inside and out and feels very warm and comfortable as you either hold it or are reaching in for a stone. Each Feel Good Bag is filled with 10 pure Zinc-Alloy cast metal stones with special positive messages carefully engraved on each one. The stones are soft to the touch and feel very strong and powerful in your hands.

Author Aaron Cooper
Millions of loving parents say that their children’s happiness is the most important thing. But what these well-intentioned moms and dads don’t know is that a certain kind of devotion to the happiness creed hurts, rather than helps, both generations. It’s perhaps the leading cause, the authors argue, of the increasing incidence of youth worry, anxiety, and depression. We all want our kids to be happy, but there’s a secret behind making it happen that every parent should know. This surprising and highly readable book, drawing from twenty years of research in the happiness field, reveals that secret, and gives parents a blueprint for aiming their kids toward authentically happy lives.


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