Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Kidlutions Affiliate Program

We Can't Wait to Have You Join Us!

You're Invited!

We are pleased to invite you to Kidlutions' Affiliate Program. If you've known us for a while, chances are you've retweeted us, pinned our content, posted it on facebook, instagram and other social media outlets...and for that we are grateful! 

Now, we've found a way to repay you 
for all you've done for us...

The Kidlutions' Affiliate Program

Most of us are on social media throughout the day, chronicling our daily lives, updating friends and relatives on our kids happenings, curating content of the things we love and sharing information with others about products and services we adore and find helpful. Now, we want to pay you for spreading the word about Kidlutions! It will be our joy to cut checks for you at the end of each month for any sales that are made as a result of your sharing. Be sure to read all of our Terms of Service, which are all outlined at sign-up.

What is an affiliate?

An affiliate is simply a person who is affiliated with a particular business (in this case, Kidlutions) that allows them to share resources and products of said company and be rewarded for the same. Each affiliate gets their own unique affiliate id link, which is then tracks sales made from those links. All affiliate links and sales are tracked by a third party program, Affiliatly {affiliate link}, which means there is no second-guessing sales from your links. That makes easy work for you and me! Plus, you'll have your own affiliate dashboard that you can check on anytime you'd like, to see how things are going and keep track of your own sales. Share a little, share a lot. It's really up to you!  

How Much Does It Cost?

It is absolutely FREE to join our affiliate program. You'll sign-up, see our terms of service and wait to receive your approval back from us to join our affiliate program. Then, simply start sharing your links (and images we provide, if you'd like) to your social media outlets, blog, with friends, whomever. Share wherever and whenever you go online. There are more details about it all, once you get inside. You'll find a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)  and a Terms of Service (TOS) page on the inside, too. You can also scroll down to see our FAQs. You can remain a member of our affiliate program as long as you'd like, or discontinue your membership at any time. 

There are no quotas to meet and you can be as active as you'd like promoting your links. We are a family-friendly company and we ask that our members demonstrate professionalism, respect for others and common decency online. 

YES! Sign me up!
Just click on the link above or the button below!

Sign up HERE!

The Following is From our FAQ Page:

What percentage of will I earn on sales from my referrals?

Our affilates earn 25% of all sales generated from their affiliate link, minus any returns.

What is your payment threshold?

Kidlutions pays its affilates when the $50.00 threshold is reached.

How do I get paid?

Payments are made through PayPal. 

What exactly do I get paid for as Kidlutions Affiliate?

As a Kidlutions' Affiliate, you are paid 25% for sales that are made when someone purchases through your unique affiliate link. Kidlutions does NOT pay any other commission, nor do they pay affiliates for social media promotion. When the social media promotion results in a sale, the commission is then earned.

What if I don't have a PayPal account?

Accounts are free to set up. See more at PayPal.com. We have successfully used PayPal for our business for close to a decade. We have had no complaints about their service.

How do you track sales coming from my site?

Once your application is accepted, you will be given a unique affiliate ID as well as custom-formatted links that will ensure that traffic coming from your site is properly tracked. We maintain a 14-day cookie, meaning that if a visitor clicks on a link from your site, you are credited with the sale as long as the visitor purchases within 14 days.  

How often am I paid?

Once your earnings reach the $50.00 threshold, payments are made at the end of each month, for the month prior. For example, if your earnings reach the $50,00 threshold in the month of June, you will receive your payment at the close of the month in July.

What if I want to leave this affiliate program?

You may leave the Kidlutions' Affiliate program at any time you desire. There are no contracts to keep you longer than you wish to stay. Kidlutions also reserves the right to block you at any time, without prior notice, if you are engaging in activities deemed to be inconsistent with the terms of service, or abusing the affiliate program in any way. Our payout policy still remains the same in both of the above given scenarios. Your final payment, if any is owed, will be sent at the close of the month after you close your account with us (or after which we block your account), at which time, the balance in your account will be paid in full. Any discrepancies, questions of account balances and/or payouts will be handled with Affiliatly's confirmation of the balance amount in the account at closing. 

What if Kidlutions switches to a different affiliate program or dissolves this program?

You will be notified if we switch to another affiliate program, or if we dissolve this program, which we may do at any time at our sole discretion. If we dissolve the program, you will be paid out what is in your account, minus any returns, at the end of the month following the month we delete the account, regardless of whether you have met the $50.00 threshold or not. If we switch to a new program, you will be welcome to join and we will make every effort to transfer your data at the time of the switch, if allowable. We won't switch without letting you know. In the event we cannot transfer your data to any future program, we will invite you to join us and provide the requisite links. 

How will I receive information about Kidlutions' sales, events and promotions? Will we get any support?

YES, support will be available. When you sign up for our affiliate program, you will also be prompted to sign up for our affiliate newsletter, which you must opt into, if you wish to get our flyers, promos and other information to help you best enhance your earnings. Newsletters will include all the information included above, as well as some tips and tricks to increase your performance. You'll be part of the Kidlutions' team, and as such, we'll keep you in the "loop". These newsletters will come out occasionally. We promise not to inundate you with emails. We will communicate when necessary to let you know about sales, specials and promos.

Help me understand my affiliate dashboard.

Homepage - 
When you sign in, your dashboard will open to your homepage. On your homepage, you'll find your earnings information, as well as how many visitors clicked through, along with the percentage of conversions (purchases). From your homepage, you'll be able to navigate across the through the dashboard via the menu you find close to the top. The page you are on will be visible on your screen.

Profile -
One tab over to the right from the homepage screen you will find your profile. Here, you can update your personal information such as email, phone number and the like. You may also change your password from this page. 

Information Page -

One tab over to the right from your Profile Page will be the Information Page. This page is where you will find your unique affiliate link, which you can use for all of your promotions. This page also has a hyperlink to the link generator, which is the next tab on the menu.

Link Generator Page - 
This page will provide you with a place to paste any links you specifically choose as a landing page for any promotion or product you wish to share with your affiliate id. The link generator will automatically add your unique affiliate id. It takes the guesswork out of it!

Orders Page -
This one is pretty self-explanatory. It will the orders that were made through your links. It is searchable by date, if you so choose.

Payments Page 
This page will track your payments.
Banners Page - 
This is where the fun comes in! It all comes alive on this page! Currently, our banners are available in two sizes:

Twitter/Blog Post/Web Images
1024 x 512 pixels

Instagram/Blog Post/Pinterest/Facebook/Web Images
1080x1080 pixels

If you are uncertain what size the image is, you can find that right above the picture in black text. It shows you right by "Dimensions". This program does not allow us to organize our pictures by type and we apologize for that. We will be trying to see if they can create that option. We are keeping our fingers crossed. 

How Do I Use the Images on Social Media?
For Social Media use (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.), you'll want to right click on the image and save it. Then, simply upload the image to your social media and use your unique affiliate link in the text of the post to drive traffic. 

For the generic images, you can use your common affiliate link. However, if you are tweeting or pinning a specific product that is pictured, it would be really smart to go to that page in our shopify store, copy the link and put it in the Link Generator, so it will add your unique affilate code. That just makes it easier for the shopper. 

This might seem a bit cumbersome to you in the beginning, but it goes quickly once you get the hang of it. If you save all of your links in a document, it makes it easy for future use.
If this part is too confusing to you, simply use your common affiliate id for everything. That will get people to our store and they can poke around once they get there.

Simply go to the Banners Page and click on the image you wish to use. The image will open up larger and you will find a blue button that says "Generate". Press that and the HTML will be created for you. Now, simply grab that and paste into your website using the HTML pasting tool. (We are sorry, we cannot provide internet/computer support any further than these directions.)

Finally, this brings us to the FAQ Page.

FAQ Page

This page will be updated as we move forward. Click this tab on the menu if you get stuck or need support. Most common problems will be addressed here.

That about does it!

Happy posting! 

We are so glad to have you as 

part of the Kidlutions' family! 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Managing BIG Feelings the Key to Success

Managing Big Feelings

Feelings come in small, medium, large and super-sized. Helping kids manage them all is the task of parents and caregivers. It's not just a "good idea" to invest time and effort in this endeavor, it's absolutely essential for kids' success!

What We Know

It's no secret that social schools loom large when it comes to being happy, well-adjusted and successful. Information from PBS to Harvard extol the virtues of social-emotional development and the ability to utilize these skills in relationships, work and play. And these skills are becoming increasingly more important, not less so. 

How You Can Help Kids Develop These Crucial Skills

Here are some of our posts that help you support burgeoning social skills:

Help your child develop Emotional Fitness.

And now, you can save up to 50% on our resources 
that support social-emotional development! 
Our Back-to-School special is going on NOW!

We'll see you at the sale! ;)

Friday, August 12, 2016

Happy Middle Child Day

Happy Middle Child Day!

I got a text from my daughter this afternoon, wishing me "Happy Middle Child Day". You guessed it...she's my middle child. I also happen to be a middle child. We "middles" often get a bad rap, but my girl and I have often relished the thought of being the "in the middle". 

All the best things sometimes come in the middle...like the sweet stuff in an Oreo, the good stuff on a cheeseburger, the middle of a bubble-gum sucker...and sometimes, even the monkey in the middle...the list goes on and on. It's never been a better time to be a middle child, as far as I can tell. First borns, last borns, and anywhere in-between borns are pretty spectacular in my book, too!

Famous Middle Children

Here are some famous middle children: 

Abrahma Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, Angelina Jolie, Natalie Morales, Bill Gates, Jennifer Lopez, Warren Buffett, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Jessica Parker, Julia Roberts, Madonna and more.

The Research on Birth Order 

There's plenty of research on birth order, and while it's true that where you are born in a family's constellation impacts your experience in the family, nothing is carved in stone. We all become about as successful as we set out to be. This article helps dispel some of the myths about birth order. It also cancels out the idea of falling back on prescribed roles in the family. Birth order isn't destiny...and we all can be whomever we set out to be...responsible, kind, sociable, engaging, studious, successful and every other trait under the sun. I guess it's true what has always been said about practice makes perfect. Whatever we work at most, we become better at.

What will you work on today?

MORE for Parents

If you are a parent, and you happen to have a middle child, that tells me you have a minimum of three children, which means you are no stranger to sibling rivalry! So...here is one of our archived articles on creating a calm family. It links to twelve articles that are helpful for all families. We think any parent can benefit from them, but parents of more than one child can find solace and peace with some of the techniques we share! 

Everybody Calm Down: More Than a Dozen Ideas

Happy Middle Child Day to all you other "middles" out there...especially to my girl!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Easing Your Child's Emotions Through Your Divorce

Easing Your Child's Emotions Through Your Divorce

I'm looking forward to being a guest on Split Decisions Radio tomorrow (over the lunch hour from 3-4 pm PT, 6-7 pm ET), talking about how to best support kids through a divorce. 

If you aren't in the Sacramento area to listen in live on KSAC-FM Money 105.5, you can catch it streaming live on money1055.com and the free Money 105.5 mobile app!

Split Decisions Radio/Erika Englund

I'm so happy that Erika Englund, of Split Decisions Radio, reached out to me on twitter to invite me to be her guest. Here's more on Erika:

Cooperative Divorce Attorney Erika Englund is one of Northern California’s most innovative and effective divorce mediators. Split Decisions was conceived by Erika after she was approached by Money 105.5 FM to host a show based upon her positive, productive, affordable and efficient approach to divorce resolution. As the only divorce mediator in the nation with an FM radio show, Erika is proud to be working with Money 105.5 to provide a totally new take on divorce in the modern world. Funny, irreverent and smart (or, at least she thinks she is), Erika is looking forward to sharing her experience, your experience, and the opinions of the area’s top divorce professionals with everyone who seeks to make better Split Decisions.

If you are unable to attend live, I'll see if the show is archived and share it here when it's available.

In the meantime, here are some of our resources on helping kids through your divorce:

Also, through the remainder of the week, we will have 
our divorce resources on sale for half off!

50% OFF NOW!
Ends Friday 8.12.16
@11:59 PST

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Happy Parenting & Teaching,

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

The Benefits of Coloring for All Ages

National Coloring Book Day!

You may think it's August 2nd today, and in that you'd be correct, but it's something MUCH bigger than that! Oh, yes...today is National Coloring Book Day, and in honor of that, we're offering ALL of our coloring book resources at 60% off! That's right! You can find out more HERE.

The Benefits of Coloring for All Ages

1. Coloring is a rhythmic activity that calms the limbic (emotional) brain. Calming limbic systems is a pretty big deal. This is especially true if you have kids who are anxious, angry or over-the-top! In today's stressed-out world, we need all the relaxation we can get!

2. Research in both psychology and neuroscience support that doodling and drawing
help with focus, memory and retention. If you're a teacher, we hope you encourage doodling and drawing for your students! Do you already do this? Tweet us and tell us!

3. May promote creativity and flexible thinking. Who doesn't want that? One psychologist believes it can provide people with a way to flex their creativity. He's not alone, if you continue to explore the studies that are available. 

4. Relaxed states can lead to more discussion of important topics. If you're a parent, why not try coloring together as a family and experiencing the relaxation benefits that are to be had? In addition, you may just find that these sorts of moments lend themselves to conversation and connection you hadn't planned on. We'd love to hear what you discover! Just tell us over on our facebook page!

5. It's fun! No explanation needed!

We've Been Doing This for Over 25 years

We've been long-time fans of the coloring craze...way, way before it hit mainstream and we've been using coloring techniques in therapy for over 25 years. From toddler to teen and BEYOND, there is no denying the calming, wonderful benefits that coloring brings! 

What Makes Our Coloring Resources Unique

If you intend to use coloring in your home, classroom or therapy office, and I hope you do...we encourage you do get the most bang for your buck! Always! What makes our coloring resources unique is that one buyer pays one time and can print as many sheets or booklets as they need for their kids, students or as many therapy clients as they wish. (If using with multiple teachers or therapists, please contact us for special pricing!)

To grab any of our coloring resources for use in your home, classroom or therapy office, see below!

You'll find all the details HERE!

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Here's to Your Relaxation

Here's a more relaxed and creative family, classroom and therapy practice! 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Backyard Oasis on a Dime: Intex PureSpa Portable Hot Tub

Scroll to bottom for links to numbered items!

Backyard Oasis on a Dime

Parenting can be tough! Stressed out? Want to create a little Backyard Oasis in a little nook in your yard, but don't have oodles of money or time? Would you maybe like to just try a hot tub "on for size" to see what all the fuss is about without making a huge investment? For years, Mr. Kidlutions has talked about wanting to have a hot tub of our own, yet with three kids in multiple sports and being on the road more than we've been home, it just never seemed to be the right time. Now that two of our kids are in college, and one not far behind them, it seemed like a great time to create our own little relaxation station in a nook in our yard. Follow along to see how easy it was, get our affilate links to the products we tested out and see exactly how we did it.

An Easy Peasey Choice

We did not want to spend thousands of dollars (remember, it's the college years), so we opted for a portable, inflatable hot tub. I was more than a bit skeptical, but I ended up agreeing to give it a whirl. It all started with a little order place through Amazon Prime (a huge amount of our shopping is done here because we are so rural and shopping is limited in these parts). We decided on an  Intex PureSpa Bubble Massage 4-person Portable Hot Tub. It arrived in just a few days, and we set it up on our side patio which had never before been utilized. The complete cost of the hot tub and all the supplies we needed to get started (included in the boxed set) came to under $400, not thousands as would be the case with a traditional hot tub. This tub is economical and well-constructed! It was an easy peasey choice. So, depending on how many bells and whistles you'd like to add to your outdoor oasis, you can easily complete this project for under $500.00.

This picture courtesy of Amazon/Intex.

Looks Aren't Everything

I have to say, the hot tub looked cute online, but we just had no idea what the quality and craftsmanship would be like. Things often look so much better on commercials and online than they do in person. My thought was that it might look good in the pictures, but would it work? What use would a hot tub be if it looked good but didn't work? We were about to find out.

Everything You Need is in the Box!

Once our tub arrived, we set to work to get it inflated (the pump comes with it), get it filled and start heating it. Within an hour, all was said and done and we anxiously awaited it heating up so we could take our first dip. Set-up is fairly easy and straightforward. It comes with directions and a DVD. In addition, you can find videos online that explain the set up.

A Pleasant Surprise

We were extremely pleased with the quality of the hot tub. It was sturdy and well-constructed. When inflated, it appeared just like it did online...and is durable enough to sit on the sides when properly filled.

We checked the temp hourly, mostly because we were so excited. It went up about 1.5-2 degrees per hour. By the next morning, it had hit 98 degrees and the youngest Kidlutions Kid took the first dip.

But, That's Not All...

That hot tub was just the beginning. We needed to do a bit to spruce up the area...remember it had been a forgotten, tucked-away side yard that was mostly neglected. There was no landscaping, color or "jazz" to it, so we set out to remedy that with things we had on hand already, and a few extra purchased items (again, from Amazon). With some plants from a local drugstore, resin wicker furniture (ours was already on hand), a bistro table (again, we had this on hand) and some tiki torches with citronella oil (a must in our mosquito-magnet town), solar lights and LED, battery-operated lanterns, outdoor rug (wasn't sure at first about this, but ended up LOVING it...you can hose it down to clean it) and twinkle lights in the shrubs, we were all set!

Mr. Kidlutions and I got to try it out that evening. It's magical at night, with all the ambient lighting! It's like being away at your own private retreat (with a teenager thrown in for good measure)!

Our Thoughts on the Hot Tub

When the Mr. and I finally got a turn to try it out, we were beyond thrilled with the hot tub. It was truly sturdy and comfy. I was a bit worried because this portable hot tub does not have seats in it (you just sit on the floor of the tub). I thought it would be a bit uncomfortable, especially since it was on a cement slab. However, Intex includes a round mat with air bubbles for insulation purposes (think bubble wrap, only sturdier) to put under the tub, which does an amazing job of making sitting in the tub (even for an hour) a pleasure. The bubbles from the jet spa are great, too. Stronger than I imagined. The fact that it comes with a locking, insulated cover (also inflatable in the center) makes it safer to use around younger children and animals (however, never leave children unattended by bodies of water). 

It Was Still Missing Something

It seemed like our little oasis was missing something, but I wasn't quite sure what it was. When Mr. K was out of town, he picked up the finishing touch...the thing that tied it all together. Bamboo Straw Fencing that just made everything pop! We attached it to the existing chain link fence in about five minutes with cable ties. That made it all come alive! 

Our Final Thoughts: We would have even paid more more this hot tub. We love it that much. It went beyond our expectations. Our only regret: We wish we had done it sooner! Our other regret is that we didn't take a "before" picture of our desolate patio! One important thing to know about this hot tub, is that you have to take it down when the temperatures dip down below 39 degrees. We figure we'll be able to enjoy it into the cooler fall days before packing it away in its carry bag for the season!

Some wicker we already had and 
flowers (on sale) from the local drug store
added the finishing touches.

Our local drugstore was the perfect place to
buy some foliage and pops of color! Best part? They were
all on sale! SCORE!

To reach our new flora and fauna (and even to fill the pool), we needed a hose that would reach far distances. Our old one was just not going to cut it. Enter the 75 ft expandable garden hose...the best we've ever had. It seems to go on for miles and miles and stretches easily without crimping!

So, there you have it...our own little Backyard Oasis on a Dime! 

Pictured Above

Not Pictured

What's your favorite outdoor space?

Do you have a favorite outdoor space? Where is it? What makes you love it so? We'd love to hear about it over on our Kidlutions Facebook page! Even (and especially) if you don't see this until the middle of winter (when we'll be under a minimum of 3 feet of snow), please share your little slice of heaven oasis with us! You can even tweet a pic to us @kidlutions We can't wait to see how you like to de-stress!

And here's a little reminder for life in general:

Drinking coffee out on the patio in the morning
makes it just a bit tastier than usual, too! 

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