Family Travel Ideas: Best Resort Kids’ Clubs

 In what will be welcome news for harried parents desperately in need of a break, HotelsCombined, the world‘s leading hotel discovery and price comparison website, has announced the hotels around the world boasting the best kids clubs.

“A great kids club is a win-win for parents and their children – kids have a ball and parents can enjoy some much deserved quiet time. When ranking each kids club we considered offerings like type and range of activities, whether the staff are qualified child-care workers, opening hours and age range of children welcome at the club,“ said HotelsCombined‘s Head of PR and Community Relations, Kristen McKenzie.

“The kids clubs on our list offer activities ranging from camel riding to ice skating, glass bottom boat cruises, cooking lessons, reggae jam sessions and everything in between. Some kids clubs are happy to look after babies and others will keep teens aged up to 18 years amused.

“Travellers with young children really do have a wealth of choice – whether it be a glamorous family trip to Barbados or a getaway to Australia’s Gold Coast.“

Winners for World’s Best Kids Clubs:

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Resort, Honolulu: The Camp Penguin club offers supervised activities for children aged five to 12 years with a focus on Polynesian life. Every day of the week has a different theme and different activities. Children learn the “Hawaiian Word of the Day” and can enjoy excursions to Honolulu Zoo, the Waikiki Aquarium, Bishop Museum and Children’s Discovery Center. A lending library provides books, toys, and games. There’s also a children’s swimming pool and a large outdoor pool with water slides.

Beaches Turks and Caicos: The all-inclusive resort offers an infants program, toddlers program, pre-teens and teens program led by certified nannies that are members of the International Nanny Association. To become accredited, nannies at this resort must have met the minimum of 2,000 hours of child care services.  Three to five year-olds can enjoy shell collecting, treasure hunts, magic shows and sand castle building. Pre-teens are offered sailing, snorkeling, beach volleyball, glass bottom boat rides and reggae jam sessions. Teens can take part in water sports, boat cruises, karaoke and dance parties. Children with special needs can have a one-to-one coordinator arranged.

Martinhal Beach Resort and Hotel, Portugal: Raposinhos Creche and Kids Club looks after children in segmented age groups aged from six months to 18 years. “Raposinhos” means “little fox” and at the club children are encouraged to be the same – active and inquisitive. The Club provides wind-surfing, dolphin watching, junior lifeguard courses and bike trips. There is also a tennis academy and football (soccer) academy.  The Club’s “Blue Room” allows older children to absorb themselves in the latest video games or table football. There is also a baby concierge, offering babysitting and baby equipment such as door protectors, baby cots, baby baths and prams.

Badrutt’s Palace, St. Moritz, Switzerland: The Kids ‘Club Palazzino’ offers a slide, a sandpit and swings and two tennis courts, which are converted into a skating rink the winter season. Children are offered cooking classes, horse carriage tours, dogsled excursions, tennis lessons (summer), theme days, painting competitions, craft competitions, dance lessons, children’s disco, walking and cycling excursions, gymnastics, swimming and figure skating (winter).

Liss Ard Estate, Cork, Ireland: Liss Ard Country Estate is a haven for family trips, encouraging day long interaction between parents and their children. Parents don’t go without a break though, with the Estate’s Oisin’s Kids Club operating daily from 9.30am – 1pm. Oisin is the club’s ambassador, a five foot long dog otter who lives in the Estate’s lake. The Kids Club caters for children aged four to 12 years with sports, treasure hunts, creative play, painting, baking and activities such as Ping Pong. Each night the club reopens from 6.30pm – 8.30pm so parents can enjoy dinner together uninterrupted in the Estate’s dining room.

Paradise Resort, Gold Coast, Australia:  Facilities that will appeal to kids include a brand new ice-skating rink, giant Zone 4 Kids Waterpark, Zone 4 Kids Club. The resort‘s Z4K holiday care program offers a range of fully supervised sessions daily for babies aged up to 12 years. Z4K is a mini fun park featuring themed play spaces such as Tiny Town with pedal powered cars and working traffic lights, Under Water World with submarines and slides, and the Magic Garden with its colourful ball pit. All staff are qualified.

Sandy Lane, Barbados: The Treehouse Club at this five-star Caribbean resort offers plenty of fun for little ones with pool parties, outdoor movies and specially themed children’s dinner parties. The Den, located on the lower level of The Treehouse Club, is especially for teenagers. Teens can enjoy their own lounge with adjoining games room, featuring pool tables and foosball – not to mention popular electronic and board games, jukebox and computer stations. Two large screen televisions and DVD selections are available. Additional activities for teenagers include island tours, sports clinics, water sports and coastal cruises.

Kingfisher Bay Resort, Fraser Island, Australia: Children can feast their senses on all kinds of adventure and educational activities at Kingfisher Bay, such as low ropes course and canoeing, sand sculpture, art and craft, spotlighting for bats, sugar gliders and frogs, stargazing and campfire songs and telling of Aboriginal legends.  

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9 Creative Ways to Help Kids Say I Love You

Guest Post by Susan Marcus, coauthor of The Missing Alphabet: A Parents’ Guide to Developing Creative Thinking in Kids

Got a tactile-learner? A kid who loves to dance? Or maybe your child really loves color? While every child has a constellation of Sensory Alphabet strengths (shape, color, movement and sound are just a few), your child probably has one or two that really stand out — that you notice in his or her artwork or in elements of his or her collections and activities. Valentine’s Day crafts provide ways for parents to nurture these strengths and help kids say I love you in fun creative ways. Below are craft ideas designed for each element of the Sensory Alphabet.

SHAPE: Is your child’s art always full of shapes? Cut out cookies! Make the process easier and faster by using dough from the grocery store refrigerator case. Find imaginative cookie cutters and combine shapes and words to say I love you in new ways.

SOUND: Let sound-oriented kids make a Valentine’s wind chime with metal, glass and wooden craft store finds. Throw in everyday household items like bowls and plates to create loving symphony.

COLOR: Make “stained glass” cookies with color-loving kids, using bread stick dough. Shape it to make the “leading” on a cookie sheet topped with foil. Use crushed colored sugar candies in the spaces, cook at 350 degrees and let the candies melt. Let cool before peeling off the foil. Experiment with the colors and explore what else can represent love besides red.

MOVEMENT: Have your kids spell out the letters of “I Love You” with their bodies, and then take pictures. These can be used to create a sweet card or frame.

LIGHT: Appoint the light-loving child as the official photographer for holiday events. A lesson in digital app photo editing (PhotoPad is free for the iPad) or in designing digital slideshows or print-on-demand books puts this creative eye into action.

TEXTURE: Make a Valentine’s card that focuses on touch rather than sight. Use bows, ribbons, homemade tassels and other textured embellishments. Feathers and sponge-and-paint prints are fun to cover things with.

SPACE: For little builders, create a giant heart using recycled boxes wrapped in plain paper or Popsicle sticks. Decorate it with stickers, markers, doilies and colored paper. When it’s done create a set of keys, and have your child give them to family and loved ones.

RHYTHM: With your rhythm kid, fill small glass jars (such as baby food jars or small jelly jars) with a tablespoon of different shake-able items such as beans, rice, red-and-green beads, and metal washers. Decorate the lids with foil tied around the tops and stickers for patterns. Shake along to Valentine’s songs.

LINE: A linear thinker loves stories. Put him or her to work making handmade Valentine’s books using photos that tell a story about the great love stories in your family. Start with folded paper with a construction paper cover, hole-punched and tied with string or stitched down the center on the sewing machine for the binding.

Matching a creative thinking strength to the right set of materials and a fun challenge can make it more fun — and help your child build from his or her strengths.

Article by By Susie Monday, educator and artist and co-author of The Missing Alphabet, A Parents’ Guide to Developing Creative Thinking in Kids, with Susan Marcus and Dr. Cynthia Herbert. http:/www.themissingalphabet.com.

The Missing Alphabet: A Parents' Guide to Developing Creative Thinking in Kids
The Missing Alphabet: A Parents’ Guide to Developing Creative Thinking in Kids
 

New Giveaway: Quest Cravings

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We just launched a giveaway on our sister site, BestSelfHelp.com, which brings you all the latest coupons, freebies, deals and discounts on health & fitness, beauty, wellness, self help, seminars, and more. And we wanted to share it here, as well!

quest-cravingsQuest Nutrition recently sent us a box of Quest Cravings Protein-Packed Peanut Butter Cups to try, and we want to give you a box, too!

Quest Cravings are as healthy as a protein bar. With 20 grams of protein, 4 grams of active carbs and no added sugar, you can eat Cravings every single day. These are high protein products that are actually good for you.

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Things We Love – Shred: The Revolutionary Diet

Shred: The Revolutionary Diet: 6 Weeks 4 Inches 2 Sizes
Shred: The Revolutionary Diet: 6 Weeks 4 Inches 2 Sizes

From the bestselling author of The Fat Smash Diet comes this helpful new diet book promising big results for people who are struggling to lose that last 20 pounds.

Many of us know firsthand how it gets more difficult to lose weight as we get closer to our goal. This book is designed to help you push through the plateaus when your previous weight loss efforts have stopped working.

Dr. Ian K. Smith has created this program, which combines a low Glycemic Index diet with meal spacing and meal replacements. (Dieters on the Shred Diet plan will be eating every three and a half hours, so it helps you keep your blood sugar – and moods – in check). The diet is composed of 6 week cycles, which you can repeat as often as you need to get the results you want. Dr. Ian puts the average weight loss for a cycle between 18 and 25 pounds.

What we love about the Shred diet is its inherent flexibility. Dr. Ian offers solid education about what works to push through frustrating plateaus and he provides specific guidelines to follow, but he emphasizes that, once you get an understanding of the Shred philosophy, you’ll be able to eat anywhere and know that you have the ability to both enjoy yourself (and food) while staying lean.

We also love that the focus is on eating a variety of healthy foods and on paying attention to meal spacing. As Dr. Ian says “the timing of your meals and snacks can be a reason why you are or aren’t losing weight.”

Dr. Ian has launched “Shredder Nation,” which you can get a taste of online. Get free tips by following Dr. Ian on facebook (facebook.com/shreddernation), Twitter (@doctoriansmith) and via his website: doctoriansmith.com. The book is available at amazon for preorder (with a release date of January 10).

Disclosure: An advanced reading copy of Shred: The Revolutionary Diet was provided to Momscape free of charge for review purposes. The opinions expressed are our own.

New Giveaway: The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2013 {Contest Closed}

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Congratulations to Amber H., who won our World Almanac Giveaway! Find more giveaways here

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An entertaining read, news archive and reference source all-in-one, The World Almanac® and Book of Facts remains a classic compendium of the most notable people, places and events, trusted and enjoyed by everyone from children to adults, presidents to parents, teachers to journalists.

Always timely, yet timeless, this latest edition of America’s bestselling reference book boasts brand-new features including 2012 Election Results, London Olympics coverage and NCAA Football facts.

Meanwhile, popular sections like Offbeat News Stories, Time Capsule, Top News Topics and Year in Pictures make their return.

You can pick up a copy wherever books or sold or on the following sites:

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Hairstyle Ideas for Girls: Creative, Cute Hair for Your Little One

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It’s easy to keep your little angel looking cute, coifed and camera ready with simple yet stylish hair looks featured on The Today Show from Cozy Friedman, author of Cozy’s Complete Guide to Girls Hair.

The Heart Braid

Cozy’s signature style, this is a must-have look for the holidays – and beyond.

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What You’ll Need: Wide-tooth comb, fine-tooth comb, decorative hair clip, ponytail holders

Step 1: Starting with damp hair (either towel-dried or misted), use a wide-tooth comb to detangle the hair.  Then, using a fine-tooth comb, part the hair down the middle of the head.  Clip one side up right above the ear.

Step 2: On the other side of the part, use the fine comb to gather a thin section of hair from the crown.  This section should measure about 2 inches from the hairline to the top of the head.

Step 3: Divide this section into three, and begin a French braid starting at the crown and curving toward the temple, then toward the back of the head, like the top lobe of a heart.  You will be lifting hair into the braid only from this side of the part.  Leave no loose hair in front of the ears.

Step 4: When you reach the center part at the back of the head, secure the braid with a ponytail holder.  If the hair is very long, end the braid about mid ear; the ends will hang down the back.

Step 5: Unclip the hair on the other side of the part and repeat the process.  Secure with a ponytail holder.

Step 6: Join the ends of the braids together in the back with a decorative bow or ponytail holder to form the bottom point of the heart.

 

The Present Bow

This adorable style will make your child’s hair the talk of the town.  It’s an easy style that can be used for everyday wear as well. Note: the hair should be long enough to create a bow.

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What you’ll need: Brush/wide-tooth comb, spray bottle of water, fine-tooth comb, hair spray, spary-on hair glitter, hairpins

Step 1: Starting with dry hair, brush or comb the hair to smooth and detangle it. Lightly mist it with water so it is slightly damp. Using the fine-tooth comb, part hair in the center.

Step 2: On one side of the part near the hairline, pick up a 1-inch section of hair to create a long strand.

Step 3: Repeat on the other side of the part, to create a second strand of hair. Join the two strands together by creating a loose knot. Spray the knot and pin it in place. Then loosely create the perfect bow, tying the two strands together. Pin each bow in place and spray with hairspray to secure the bow. For a finishing touch, cover the bow with spray-on hair glitter; be generous with the glitter if you really want your bow to sparkle!

The French Braid Headband

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Besides being a great way to keep hair off the face, this braided headband makes its own accessory. Girls can wear it with their hair hanging down in back, or with a ponytail.

What You’ll Need: Wide-tooth comb, fine-tooth comb, ponytail holders, jaw clip, decorative bobby pins

Step 1: Start with damp hair (either towel –dried or misted) and use a wide-tooth comb to detangle the hair.

Step 2: Use a fine-tooth comb to draw a horizontal line across the crown from the top of one ear to the top of the other ear. From the line, comb the hair forward to the face. Pull the hair in back of the line into a ponytail holder or jaw clip so it stays out of your way.

Step 3: Choose which ear you want the braid to start from. Tilt the head so the ear you’ve chosen is facing up toward the ceiling. With your child’s ear tilted up, being making the braided headband using the hair in front of the part.

Step 4: Once you’ve reached the other ear, secure the braid with a ponytail holder. If you like, tuck it behind the ear and pin it in place with a few bobby pins. Remove the ponytail holder or jaw clip use in Step 2 and style as you like. Finish by adding sparkly or decorative hairpins through different parts of the braid.

 

The Braided Bun

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This simple way of scooping hair up always makes girls feel grown-up. And the braided bun is extremely versatile – it can be adorned with a fun clip or headband to dress it up, or worn alone as a stylish and effective way to keep hair off the face.

What You’ll Need: Ponytail holder, bobby pins, beaded/decorative pins, decorative hair band.

Step 1: Gather hair in a loose ponytail. Make a braid with the ponytail, tying it off with a ponytail holder.

Step 2: Twist the braided ponytail into a tight rope, coiling it around itself at the base.

Step 3: Tuck the ends of the coil into the ponytail holder at the base. Then secure the bun by pushing bobby pins into the hair at the bun’s base on all sides.  Lightly spritz the bun with hair spray or spray-on hair glitter to lock in the style.

 

The Quadruple Twist

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A quick flick of the wrist creates this cute coif that only looks complicated. You can fancy it up with pretty beads or barrettes to go with your child’s special outfit.

What You’ll Need: Spray bottle, fine-tooth comb, hair clip to section hair, small ponytail holders, mini- clips, hair gel or light styling cream

Step 1: Mist the hair with the spray bottle to make it damp but not wet. Part in the middle with a fine-tooth comb, and gather a section of the hair on one side of the part, from the part to the outer eyebrow.

Step 2: Divide this section in half, with one half near the part and on half away from it. Clip the half closest to the part out of the way.

Step 3: Hold the remaining half and begin twisting it on a diagonal path toward the part. Twist firmly, gathering additional hair as you twist, but not so tightly that it hurts. Twist till you reach the part, then secure the end with a ponytail holder, letting the excess hair hand down.

Step 4: Unclip the half-section closest to the part and mist again. Using the same method, twist this section firmly in the direction of the part. Secure with a ponytail holder.

Step 5: Repeat the process on the other side of the part to create tow more twists, for a total of four.

Step 6: Attach pretty clips to the ponytail holder on each twist, be creative with these as it’s a holiday style. Rub a pea-sized amount of gel or light styling cream between your palms and scrunch the curls to finish.

To see Cozy talk about these fabulous styles on The Today Show please visit: http://video.today.msnbc.msn.com/today/49917555
For more information on Cozy Friedman, So Cozy products and more, please visit www.cozyscutsforkids.com

Or check out the book!

 Cozy's Complete Guide to Girls' Hair (Spiral)
Cozy’s Complete Guide to Girls’ Hair (Spiral)
$15.95, Target.com (Get Target Coupons here.)
Presents a comprehensive guide to maintaining and styling hair for girls, including guidelines for identifying hair type, instructions on hair maintenance and products, and tips for hair styles and cuts.

Christmas Quotes

christmas quotesHow I love Christmas! Here are some of our favorite Christmas quotations, from short Christmas Quotes, to classic Christmas quotes, and even a few from Charlie Brown and friends.

Short Christmas Quotes

“Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.” Charles M. Schulz

“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” Charles Dickens

“Christmas is not an eternal event at all, but a piece of one’s home that one carries in one’s heart.” Freya Stark

“Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most.” Ruth Carter Stapleton

“If there is no joyous way to give a festive gift, give love away.” Author Unknown

“Christmas, my child, is love in action.” Dale Evans

“Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind.” Mary Ellen Chase

“Peace on earth will come to stay, When we live Christmas every day.” Helen Steiner Rice

“Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling.” Edna Ferber

Classic Christmas Quotes

“But I am sure that I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round… as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely.” Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

“I heard the bells on Christmas Day. Their old familiar carols play. And wild and sweet the words repeat. Of peace on earth goodwill to men.” Henry. W. Longfellow

“May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace,
The gladness of Christmas give you hope,
The warmth of Christmas grant you love.” Author Unknown

“Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat.
Please put a penny in the old man’s hat.
If you haven’t got a penny, a ha’penny will do.
If you haven’t got a ha’penny, then God bless you.” Traditional Christmas Rhyme (England)

“Love came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely, Love Divine;
Love was born at Christmas;
Star and angels gave the sign.” Christina Rossetti

“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.” Laura Ingalls Wilder

“From home to home, and heart to heart, from one place to another.The warmth and joy of Christmas, brings us closer to each other.” Emily Matthews

“One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don’t clean it up too quickly.” Andy Rooney

“‘One can never have enough socks,’ said Dumbledore. ‘Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.’” J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?” Dr. Seuss

“Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer,but always it will be a day of remembrance -a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved.” Augusta E. Rundel

“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?” Bob Hope

“I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Charlie Brown Christmas Quotes

“I think there must be something wrong with me, Linus. Christmas is coming, but I’m not happy. I don’t feel the way I’m supposed to feel. I just don’t understand Christmas, I guess.” Charlie Brown.

“Charlie Brown, you’re the only person I know who can take a wonderful season like Christmas and turn it into a problem.” Linus Van Pelt

“I never thought it was such a bad little tree. It’s not bad at all, really. Maybe it just needs a little love.” Linus Van Pelt

“We all know that Christmas is a big commercial racket. It’s run by a big Eastern syndicate you know.” Lucy Van Pelt.

“It’s too early. I never eat December snowflakes. I always wait until January.” Lucy Van Pelt

And here’s my favorite Christmas quote of all:

“The best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear!” Buddy the Elf, Elf.

Merry Christmas from my home to yours.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes

Five Fun, Free Christmas Apps

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If you have a long winter’s drive to grandmother’s house this holiday season, help your child to download one of these five, fun Christmas apps – sure to entertain the entire family.

Hungry Santa
Fatten up Santa before Christmas. Tilt the device to move Santa’s mouth under falling treats, but watch out for the healthy broccoli. Santa gets fatter and fatter as he chomps on all the goodies. Give him some fatty bonuses by bouncing the treats off his belly before he eats them, or eating long strings of treats all in a row. Go for the elusive “Crazy Chomp” bonus. You can’t play this one without laughing out loud.

gingerbread-crazy-chefGingerbread Crazy Chef Cookie Maker
The tradition of leaving cookies for Santa has never been as fun and no-fuss as this. Gingerbread Crazy Chef is an innovative app that kids and parents can use together to create the most colorful, playful and crazy holiday cookies to leave for the Jolly Old Elf on Christmas Eve. Choose the shape, mix the ingredients and make “digital cookies” for Santa. Best of all? No mess and no clean-up! Great for kids, families and parents with children.

Cut the Rope: Holiday Gift
From the creators of Cut the Rope, comes the Special Holiday Gift game, which combines all the outstanding physics, devilishly tricky levels, and bright colorful visuals of the original — with a festive winter feel. SHAKE your iPhone for a special surprise! Swipe your finger to cut the ropes and feed Om Nom candy. Don’t forget to collect stars as you play. Think before you cut, and be sure to avoid spiders, spikes and other obstacles … getting that candy to Om Nom won’t be easy!

Santa’s Village
The perfect game for the whole family. Help Santa by building a bigger and better village, and save Christmas from being ruined by the Grumpkins. Start by building homes for Santa’s elves, create a toy factory and make lots of toys, teach reindeer how to fly, and meet magical neighbors like Yobo the Yeti. Unlock special buildings and colorful decorations to make your village even merrier.

Snowman Maker Plus
The weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful … and since we’ve no place to go, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. Yes, you can sit by the fire AND build an adorable, realistic looking snowman when you play Snowman Maker.

 

Things We Love: Weight Watchers 360

You might have read our Weight Watchers review here. Now, WeightWatchers.com has introduced a brand new program called Weight Watchers 360.

Here are the details:

Weight Watchers 360° gives you the power to lose weight like never before!

Nobody’s perfect, and neither is the world we live in. Temptation is everywhere, and science shows us that our brains are hardwired to give in to it. That’s why Weight Watchers has created a new program, built on their proven PointsPlus® plan and backed up with 50 years of helping real people in the real world lose weight. And it’s changing the face of weight loss.

With Weight Watchers 360° you will:

* Eat real food. Really. Learn to make the smart choices that let you eat the foods you love, when you want to. Nothing is forbidden.
* Learn new routines and great habits. Pretty soon you can find yourself making healthy choices without even thinking about it.
* Learn how to take control of temptation. At home, at the office, out on the town. Anywhere and everywhere.

You will learn all about the Weight Watchers 360° Program after joining a Meeting or signing up for Weight Watchers Online. Learn more about Weight Watchers 360° and get Get Weight Watchers Coupons here.

Things We Love: Holiday Cards that Help End Childhood Hunger

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Just in time for the holiday season, Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign is offering a holiday card that embodies the true spirit of giving.

Purchase just one, and you can help connect a kid with up to 100 meals.

The No Kid Hungry Campaign is helping to end childhood hunger by connecting kids to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals. Visit the No Kid Hungry website to take the pledge to end childhood hunger, donate or become a community advocate. Every little bit counts. In fact, just a $10 donation can help connect a kid with up to 100 meals!