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We Try It: Something for baby, something for mom

We Try It: Something for baby, something for mom

We Try It: Something for baby, something for mom

Summer tanks, onesies, a toddler book… and more! Check out today’s products that are perfect for mom and baby! 

The Little Years Toddler Book, LucyDarling.com

We Try It: Something for baby, something for mom

Darling moments don’t stop after the baby’s first year, which is why Lucy Darling created The Little Years Toddler Book! Starting with baby’s first birthday and ending before their sixth birthday – these busy years fly by and Lucy Darling doesn’t want you to forget them! Catering to mom’s every need, this memory book makes it easy to document all the moments mom will forever cherish. With a design for girls and a design for boys, each year features a unique creative theme to encapsulate the year.

Want a simple and beautiful way to document all the darling moments of your little one?

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A Go-To Tank

We Try It: Something for baby, something for mom

Rock a no-fuss look with Life’s Rad. These cool, comfy tanks and shirts will be your go-tos for chilling near the sea all day long. Life’s Rad uses local artists’ unique designs as they cater to all sea seekers, young and old.

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Lorena Canals: Galaxy Wall Hanging

We Try It: Something for baby, something for mom

The Galaxy Wall Hanging follows the trajectory of the space theme, and is ideal for the walls of living rooms, bedrooms, corridors and children’s rooms. Hanging from five cotton cords, joined to a plastic pole covered in cotton thread, are small cushions (a star, Mars, Saturn, a rocket) and several balls and tassels. The various elements provide the color on a black background. The cushions have 100% cotton exteriors and 100% polyester stuffing, hand-made by craftspeople. This mobile-type wall hanging combines with Milky Way and Universe rugs, with Mars, Moon, Saturn and Rock.

About Lorena Canals: 

Lorena Canals designs and produces 100% all natural cotton, handmade rugs and home accessories that are machine-washable, anti-allergen, and made with non toxic dyes—meeting the needs of modern families.  The company also donates a portion of the proceeds to help finance the education of children in Northern India where their products are made.

A mom makes a house a home. Give her a helping hand in making your home even cozier with Lorena Canals. Perfect for baby’s room, the living room, her office, or any room in your home. For over 15 years, Spanish Designer Lorena Canals has been the leading brand in the rug market and a pioneer in the concept of quality washable rugs. Lorena Canals’ hypo-allergenic and functional rugs and accessories are made with non-toxic chemicals, natural dyes and without environmental hazards. The result is beautifully designed, eco-friendly and exceptionally-made rugs. Celebs fans such as Penelope Cruz, Jessica Simpson, Michael Phelps, and Kim Kardashian love Lorena Canals!

To learn more, visit https://lorenacanals.us/.

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Hamilton County’s ‘Wellness Unit’ part of nationwide effort to improve mental health among officers

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (WISH) — An initiative to improve employee well-being at the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is among a spate of efforts across the nation to address mental health concerns among officers.

Sheriff Dennis Quakenbush announced the department’s new “Wellness Unit”  — devoted to the physical, mental and spiritual health of its deputies, correctional officers and civilian employees — Friday in a Facebook post.

“Our guys really care about the public,” he said Monday in an interview with News 8. “When you see somebody who’s injured or victimized, it really impacts us… We’re only human.”

The Wellness Unit launched in January with funding approved by county council members and commissioners.

Appointments are held off-site at undisclosed locations to protect the privacy of employees. Supervisors are not briefed on which employees seek counseling or what they discuss during sessions.

Information gathered during counseling sessions will not be used to demote or discipline employees, and will only be disclosed if required by law, including when somebody poses an immediate danger to themselves or others.

The department’s entire staff will receive training related to suicide prevention, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, critical incidents, addiction, mindfulness and officer wellness, the sheriff said.

Nearly 1 in 4 police officers has thoughts of suicide at some point in their life, according to the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI); the suicide rate for police officers is four times higher than the rate for firefighters.

Years of daily exposure to stress, trauma and tragedy can have other devastating consequences if appropriate coping skills are not developed, according to Susan Sherer-Vincent, a licensed clinical social worker, certified alcoholism counselor and licensed marriage and family therapist involved in launching the Wellness Unit.

“Think of the hurricanes that come in, in Florida, and think of the palm trees where they bend,” she explained. “But then, what happens afterwards? They go back up. That’s called resilience. We want our officers to bend, not break.”

Until approximately 3 to 5 years ago, officers were often conditioned to “pull [themselves] up by the bootstraps and go to the next call” instead of addressing personal struggles, Sherer-Vincent said.

Cultivating resiliency can be difficult within a law enforcement culture that equates mental health challenges with “weakness,” she said.

“[Officers] are trained to have the warrior mentality,” Sherer-Vincent told News 8. “Truly, they would have been made fun of [in the past for seeking counseling].”

She compared strong, silent officers with underdeveloped coping skills to California’s famed redwood trees.

“They’re pretty sturdy. But what would happen if you took an ax and hit those every single day, day after day, for years? They would eventually fall,” she said.

Quakenbush credits his wife, church and non-law enforcement friends with providing “a really good support system.”

“But sometimes, you need a professional,” he said, urging employees to “talk through” negative emotions instead of turning to alcohol and other substances for temporary relief.

Several internal cases that resulted in disciplinary action during his year-long tenure as sheriff may have been prevented with wellness-focused intervention, Quakenbush said.

He was unable to comment on personnel matters. 

Sources within the department indicated some of the cases involved employees with substance abuse issues that had escalated over time, possibly as a result of work-related stress that had gone unaddressed. 

“I wouldn’t say that [disciplinary action] was happening often,” Quakenbush told News 8. “But seeing it happen and knowing that we probably could have done something about it made it impactful and something that we wanted to make a priority.”

Hamilton County announced its Wellness Unit days after New York City police officials revealed plans to hire a team of psychologists to combat a spike in officer suicides.

On Feb. 13, Indianapolis police officials said they planned to swear in the department’s first full-time therapy dog by the end of March.

  • FIND SUPPORT: Learn more about supporting law enforcement wellness on NAMI.org

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