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Pet allergies can raise a good deal of potential problems for people who are trying to become pet parents. However, by following the advice of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the welfare of animals, comprised of in-home pet care professionals, you can avoid being hampered by your allergies, and live in harmony with your furry friends.

According to the Humane Society of the United States, there are several ways for potential pet parents to prepare themselves for life with a furry new roommate. If you are considering becoming a pet parent, don’t let allergies stand in your way; NAPPS urges you to follow these tips for creating an animal-friendly environment:

1. Create an "allergy free" zone in your home—preferably the allergic person's bedroom—and strictly prohibit the pet's access to it. Use a high-efficiency air cleaner and consider using impermeable covers for the mattress and pillows. Contact your veterinarian regarding products available that can help decrease shedding and reduce pet dander.

Potty training can prove to be a messy business and the thought of starting it a daunting one!

The Victoria Chart Company, a leading developer of children’s reward charts, is very familiar with this challenge.
After all it is the No. 1 reason a parent will buy My Big Star Chart, our toddler reward chart.

We would therefore like to help and guide you through this process.
Below are 10 steps to successfully potty train using My Big Star Chart as a rewarding tool for kids.

BALTIMORE, MD – ( – Parenting a child with autism can be both rewarding and stressful. While parents know their child best, they may not be aware of easy-to-use interventions that can help make a meaningful difference in their child’s behavior. Parents who educate themselves about tools for teaching children with autism also help alleviate many of the stressors that are common in a family with a child with autism.  Below are some simple interventions that parents can use throughout the day.
1: Support Pivotal Response Treatment

get REAL for kids™ announced that actress Selma Blair (Cruel Intentions (1999), Legally Blonde (2001), Hellboy (2004)) has joined the get REAL Revolution™ designed to change the way parents feed their children, treat children’s illnesses, and parent.  To announce Blair’s support of the mission, released new photos of Blair with her six month old son Arthur Saint Bleick, her first child. (Photography by Melissa Hutchinson)

“As a mom I want the very best for my son Saint and get REAL for kids™ makes it easy with practical advice on how and why we should feed our children local organic foods, heal our kids from the inside out, and parent in a way that allows them to thrive,” said Blair. “Celebrity moms have a wonderful opportunity to set an example for how to get REAL for kids™. I hope other celebrity parents will join me in sharing and supporting this wonderful resource and get REAL™ with their own children.”

Most moms will do anything to make everyday tasks more efficient to balance out their hectic schedule. Working out is no different. Between maintaining a grueling calendar of activities for the kids, running errands and traveling to play dates with friends and family, working out is not always easy to squeeze in to a jam packed week.

Fuse Pilates DC Playground co-founders, Roxanna Hakimi and Sormeh Youssefieh understand the struggle to stay fit amongst the chaos well. Roxanna is a mother of two and Sormeh is a busy mother of three. “Working out is important for my sanity. It’s my one hour of "me" time,” says Hakimi.

The Fuse team created a few mini muscle-blasting workouts for parents and busy students to follow when they can’t always make it in to class at the Fuse Pilates DC Playground. Try these tough exercises to tone-up and de-stress at home when making it to a class is not an option.

A bunny with temper tantrums? 

An irritable, over-active rabbit who could not concentrate long enough to sort Easter baskets? “That’s what the Easter Bunny would be like if he ate the brightly colored candies he brings children every spring,” said Jane Hersey, National Director of the Feingold Association (, a charity that helps children with learning and behavior problems.   “Most parents would be shocked to learn that these candies’ vibrant colors come from petroleum-based dyes linked with hyperactivity, inattention, and other problems” said Hersey, whose own daughter's behavior was helped by eliminating these additives. In fact, many synthetic food colorings are produced in Chinese petrochemical refineries, according to Hersey.  “European families have an advantage over American ones in choosing healthier candy, because most synthetically colored foods sold in the European Union must now carry a label warning that these dyes ‘may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children,'” she said.  

For years, cash-strapped schools have turned to fundraising opportunities in an effort to help make ends meet. This has become a controversial topic with many parents, because the fundraisers often tend to be unhealthy, including such items as candy bars and cookies. In fact, according to a report in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, the use of foods high in fat and sugar remains prevalent in school fundraising, which they concluded requires further attention.

“The parents likely feel as if they have their hands tied, when it comes to school fundraisers,” explains Jolly Backer, the chief executive officer of Fresh Healthy Vending ( “They want to support the school, but they are not comfortable with what is being offered. There are healthier ways to raise the needed funds, ways which will also help everyone feel better about chipping in.”