Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Birthday Goodie Bag Perfection

5 simple tips for the perfect birthday goodie bag

Birthday parties are an exciting time for all, from the party games to the presents and delicious cake, birthdays are an occasion for family and friends to come together and celebrate. There are so many ways to make a birthday party special, but why not kick it up a notch and make your next birthday party even more memorable?

Just because the party is over, doesn't mean the fun has to stop. Send your guests home with a fun and specially-crafted goodie bag. All it takes is a little creativity and some custom supplies to match your theme. Send guests home with the ultimate party favor. Your guests will thank you for the surprise and you can be sure they will be looking forward to your next party!

Keep it simple, that's the secret to the most successful goodie bag. Try these five tips for your next birthday party:


  1. All in the family. Party favors are more exciting when they involve the whole family. Include an activity that everyone will enjoy like a classic card game or a packet of flower seeds to plant as a family.
  2. Follow the theme. You've managed to successfully bring your child's birthday theme to life at the party, so why end it there? Pair a party treat with your themed decorations to give each partygoer a treasured memory in their bag. For example, Hershey birthday products, available at Wal-Mart retailers nationwide, come in a variety of fun colors to match your child's birthday bash. Whether it is pink for a princess theme or blue for an astronaut theme, you can choose from a variety of colored treats to send home with your guests.
  3. Keep contents age appropriate. Make sure to tailor goodie bag contents to match the age of attendees. While 5-year-old party guests might appreciate stickers and pencils, older children might prefer something more high-tech, like a gift certificate to a mobile app store. If you have a mix of ages among your party guests, choose items that can be enjoyed by all ages, such as craft kits.
  4. Include an engaging item. Rather than including trinkets that may get thrown out, choose items that your party guests can actually use. Bubbles are a crowd-favorite for all ages, and coloring books are great to have on hand for long road trips.
  5. Seal it with a "KISS." Make your guest feel appreciated by including a hand-written thank you note paired with some of the new HERSHEY'S KISSES Birthday Cake Candies. Nothing leaves you with the top hostess title quite like a well-crafted thank you and a sweet treat to take home.


To find all the supplies to make your next birthday party a hit, stop by the Hershey Birthday display in the Celebrations aisle at your local Wal-Mart and visit www.hersheybirthdays.com for recipes, crafts and other sweet birthday inspiration.

Courtesy of BPT

Friday, October 14, 2016

Heimlich Maneuver Anyone Can Learn

Learn the Heimlich Maneuver life-saving skill with these 4 steps

Choking is the fifth leading cause of unintentional deaths in the Unites States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 


While choking is more likely to occur in children 3 years of age or younger, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, choking emergencies can happen to anyone, at anytime.

Choking is unpredictable, but preventable with the right tools. Heimlich Heroes, a Deaconess initiative based in Cincinnati, Ohio, trains young people ages 7-14 how to recognize, respond to and prevent a choking emergency.

"We have trained more than 40,000 kids to date since our inception in 2013," says Program Manager Terri Huntington. "Our specially-designed 42-inch training dolls give kids hands-on practice to help cement the steps when performing the Heimlich Maneuver."

Here are four simple steps to properly administer the maneuver from the experts at Heimlich Heroes:


1. Make a fist with one hand.

2. With the palm-side of your hand facing up, place your hand at the belly button, and then roll your fist up. This places your fist correctly at the diaphragm.

3. Place your free hand around your fisted hand.

4. Begin thrusting inward and upward, like a "J" stroke. Repeat thrusts until the blockage is removed.

Heimlich Heroes' mission is to equip young people with the skills and knowledge to reduce preventable choking deaths. And that's what they did when Taylors Creek Elementary in Hinesville, Georgia, used their training program.


Putting new skills to work


In August 2015, fourth graders Mariyah Carter and Ryan Lippy went through the training program alongside 250 classmates. Several months after the training, Mariyah put her new skills to work.

"Ryan was choking. He started gagging and his face was turning red," Mariyah said in a statement made to personnel at Taylors Creek Elementary.

When Ryan began choking on a piece of bread at lunch, Mariyah asked him if he was choking, walked around the table and performed the Heimlich Maneuver on him.

"Mariyah saved my life," Ryan says. "I think all kids and adults should know how to do the Heimlich."

School nurse Melissa Lanier ran the program with help from the school's PE Staff: Coach Brennan, Coach Polk, and Coach Flowers. When news spread about Taylors Creek very own Heimlich Hero, Lanier took pride in her student.

"Aside from just being super proud, I was humbled by her actions," Lanier says. "She just blew me away and showed me how young people can change the world in the blink of an eye with the right tools."

Heimlich Heroes is now used as part of the school's ongoing curriculum to teach students preparedness for a choking emergency.

"We have had two teachers save someone using the Heimlich and one student save a friend," Lanier says. "Those three lives saved are why we will continue to train as long as we can. We all benefit."

The Heimlich Heroes program is accessible to anyone in the world through their training-in-a-box. It provides all the necessary materials, including a video lesson and training dolls for hands-on practice.

To expand the program's reach, Heimlich Heroes also has released a Spanish program translation.

To learn more about Heimlich Heroes or how to register your group for training, visit www.heimlichheroes.com.

Content courtesy of BPT