Saturday, November 22, 2014

Free Holiday Toy Advice

The Holidays Are Here!

With so many toys and choices how do you choose the best toys for your your child?

Would you Like Help from a Developmental Expert to choose the best toys for your that are fun to play with, will help your child learn, and will last?

Well, help is here. Stephanie Puryear, a Developmental Expert of 15+ years and mother of two boys is offering free expertise for the holidays.

Just email Stephanie at with questions for free advice to choose the best toys for your child this holiday season.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Developmental Wonders~Baby/Tot Group is Here!

Sensory Steps, Inc.

In collaboration with
Fox Point Lutheran Church

Now Offering:


For parents and their babies and tots
8 weeks to 18-months
Developmental Wonders is a tailored developmental parent and baby/toddler playgroup that meets weekly to provide support, guidance, and developmental tips for the specific stages that you and your child are emerged in. Meet with other parents and their children in similar age groups and develop lifelong bonds while having a safe and secure place to answer your questions, provide your baby with opportunities to grow and develop, and receive consistent expert developmental unbiased and educated advice as you navigate through the wondrous developmental stages with you child.

Led by Stephanie Puryear,

Whitefish Bay Mom and Developmental Specialist

Location: Fox Point Lutheran Church
7510 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Fox Point, WI 53217
(414) 352-8990

Time: Sign up or Drop-by on Tuesdays 9:30-10:30 (Starting 10/28)
Cost: $10/session

For more information, please contact:
Stephanie Puryear

Sign Up Now!

Friday, September 5, 2014

CVS-The True Giant in Healthcare

CVS didn’t have to choose to stop selling tobacco products in their drugstores. Yet, they have chosen healthcare has their ultimate mission.  To stay true to this mission, they have focused their business on the health and the wellness of their customers. Thus, there is no place for tobacco or tobacco related products in their stores.  They are putting health and positive outcomes of people over profits.  They are estimated to lose $2 billion in annual sales but this has not stopped them. In fact, they put this practice into effect one month sooner than they promised.

This is the change that I challenged BIG Businesses to take. CVS was taking this challenge long before I wrote my Sensory Steps, Inc. blog article “What Should Be Done About Healthcare”.  While some state that having one retail pharmacy banning sales on tobacco will have little impact on reducing the use of tobacco use, it makes a statement. It also stands in line with their mission and shows that they are truly about healthcare and outcomes before the almighty dollar.  As well, children will not be seeing these products in the store; minimizing the use of tobacco products by underage children.

The long-term results of CVS removing tobacco from their shelves will hopefully forge the way for others to follow. The other major drugstore companies have yet to follow suit.  It appears they are too fearful to remove tobacco products since tobacco is such a major portion of the bottom-line.  These companies may advocate that they are all about health but truly they are all about the American dollar.  Being pharmacy health stores they should start practicing what they preach.  There should not be poisons sold alongside medicine.

CVS Health-good for you!  Good for you, for practicing health and wellness!  Good for you, for choosing to think about what is best for your consumers! I personally will now be a lifelong customer. I will go out of my way to shop at your store over other pharmacy retailers. Thank you for making the right choice and helping to make a step in the right direction by setting a cultural change, even if it may take a cut out of your bottom-line.  Yet, look! Now you've just earned a new lifelong customer as a result of this decision.

~Stephanie Puryear ~

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The American Dream…It Must Live On

"You don't have to see the first staircase, just take the first step."
            -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Currently we live in a culture where the “American Dream is dying”. It’s literally becoming something completely out of reach for the majority of the American population. Yet, this is the entire notion our country was founded on, an ideal:"If you work hard enough you, you and your family will have a live a good and comfortable life". It used to be that if you worked hard and saved your money you could work your way into the middle class.  Yet, the middle class is slowly disappearing.  Costs are rising, food and healthcare costs are too high, minimum wage still does not match the cost of living, housing prices are still depreciating, taxes continue to rise. And, while the job market is gradually improving, the recovery process is still too slow.  

Americans continue to grind it out each and every day with the hope of seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.  Yet, these hard working American families are struggling everyday to make ends meet with no end in site. The bills and debt are never-ending. 

As a country, we need to look to our future. We need to take a stand to build a better future for each other. And most importantly for our youth and the generations to come.  We can do this by refocusing our priorities and our goals.

We need to stop glorifying celebrities, fame, and million dollar salaries for professional athletes and movie stars. Yes, these people provide a wonderful service of entertainment and distraction. But what about our teachers, school janitors, firefighters, police officers, postal workers, EMT’s, therapists, nurses, non profit workers, and everyone else that goes to work every day to make our world a better place without any thanks and barely making ends meet? Why is our society so backwards? Why does television, Twitter, and social media glorify these people? Why does NBC Nightly News only cover one “feel good story” at the end of the segment, after all of the devastation from world recapped from the day? At least it's a start. When people watch these segments on television and social media, we always want more. Let's make these stories and our focus, be on the positive changes that we need to start making in our country. 


If we focus on education, we can focus on educating our children to have the knowledge to create, compete, and be successful in a global market. They can design better infrastructures for our roads and bridges. Improve healthcare, expand scientific research, fight & cure diseases, and even improve our technology and national security systems. As well, as focus on our environment, farming, and global policy.  Our children are our future. If we focus on education we can change not only our nation, but our international global position. As well, we can decrease our massively over populated criminal population by motivating children at a younger age by starting preschool age children in school and motivating them early. 
There is extensive research to support the benefits of this idea.

"We can't always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future."
           -Franklin D. Roosevelt

Besides education, we live in a country where there is no excuse for anyone to be without food, clothes, or shelter.  There is extreme poverty, within the United States and throughout the world.  This should not be acceptable to us, and we NEED to take a stand. We can repurpose, recycle, and redistribute our resources. We can set-up community involvement and advocate that we ALL get involved for the benefit everyone.  If we do this it will benefit the whole world. Look at the benefits of Global Citizen # and the excellent tactics they are using to get people involved.

Current Statistics (Only a few average household expenses to consider):
·      Currently since 2009, the federal minimum wage has been $7.25.  In April 2014, the United States Senate debated the Minimum Wage Fairness Act (S. 1737; 113th Congress). The bill would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA) to increase the federal minimum wage for employees to $10.10 per hour over the course of a two year period.[13] The bill was strongly supported by President Barack Obama and many of the Democratic Senators, but strongly opposed by Republicans in the Senate and House.[14][15][16] (Per Wikipedia).
·      Rent in the “10 Most Busy/Expensive Metropolitan Areas” average $769 for 240-450 square feet (BUT the benefit was great public transportation and easy walking).
·      Healthcare insurance premiums average $325/person for each plan (this is a very conservative estimate) and this does not account for doctor visits, medications, dental/vision costs, or an incidents.
·      Cost to feed a family of 4: According to the US States Department of Agriculture Center for Nutrition and Policy and Promotion- The Average Monthly Cost for a family of 4 with two parents between the ages of 19-50 and two children, one between the age of 6-8 and one between the age of 9-11 is about $965/month.
·      According to USA Today, the cost to raise a child born in the year 2013 is estimated to be $245, 340. This cost is meant to include food, shelter, and other expenses until the age of 18. 
·      Costs not included: Owning a home, car expenses (gas, insurance), television, cable, internet, college tuition, utilities, emergency expenses, leisure activities, fun outings, vacations.

****As you can see a family that has a family member out of work or that is trying to get by on minimum wage or a wage very close to it, is NOT getting by. NOT even close.  They are struggling and only surviving by assistance programs if available.  WE MUST DO SOMETHING.  

This is no way to live, and people are losing hope which is even worse.  You must always have hope and be able to feel like you can have a dream and a way out. Unfortunately right now this does not seem to be the sentiment. 

There are elections.  We can vote. We can write our representatives, congressman and women, senators, and become politically active in the causes we believe in. Please help me have a voice to make a change. I truly believe we can make a difference. It’s time we make fresh start and focus on what truly matters in our country. 

This is our future.  We can no longer afford the bickering about political parties.  We need to come together, to work together, for each other.  That’s it.

We may not achieve everything we dream, but we will not achieve anything unless we dream."
         -Author Unknown

We must find a way so that people feel like they can continue to dream.  We cannot let the American Dream die. If it does, our American culture and all it stands for will go along with it.  We are resilient, but something larger than life will be lost and future generations depend on us to regroup and #reprioritize what our nation is quickly losing.  

Throughout history there have been some inspirational speeches that have given people fortitude, hope, and yes, inspiration. Please read these words and find a way to envision your life as you would if there were no boundaries. Now LIVE IT!

Famous lines from speeches (My personal favorites), compliments of TIME and Wikipedia:
1.    Jim Valvano: On March 13, 1993, shortly before his death, Jim Valvano gave an acceptance speech for the Arthur Ash Courage and Humanitarian Award at the ESPY Awards, presented by ESPN. He said he was creating The V Foundation for Cancer Research. He then went on to say the foundation's motto would be "Don't Give Up . . . Don't Ever Give Up."
Even though he was told his time to speak was up, he kept speaking. And during this time, he said the following to a room full of people moved to emotions beyond this realm:
“To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special.[14]
Mr. Valvano's ESPY acceptance speech is legendary, to this day. He closed by saying, "Cancer can take away all of my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it cannot touch my soul. And those three things are going to carry on forever. I thank you and God bless you all." He received a standing ovation from the ESPY crowd.
2.   Patrick Henry, Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death, 1775: Patrick Henry: "Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! — I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"
3.    Fredrick Douglass, The Hypocrisy of American Slavery, 1852: "Whether we turn to the declarations of the past, or to the professions of the present, the conduct of the nation seems equally hideous and revolting. America is false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future."
4.    Abraham Lincoln, From the Podium at the Gettysburg Address, 1863: "Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."
5.    Susan B. Anthony, Women's Rights to the Suffrage, 1873 From the Podium: “"It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union. And we formed it, not to give the blessings of liberty, but to secure them; not to the half of ourselves and the half of our posterity, but to the whole people — women as well as men."
6.    President John F. Kennedy’s, Inaugural Address, 1961 from the Podium: President Kennedy “My fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country."
7.    President Lyndon B. Johnson, The American Promise, 1965 from the Podium: "There is no moral issue. It is wrong — deadly wrong — to deny any of your fellow Americans the right to vote in this country. There is no issue of States rights or national rights. There is only the struggle for human rights. I have not the slightest doubt what will be your answer."

"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living
someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — 
which is living with the results of other people's
thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions
drown out your own inner voice. And most
important, have the courage to follow your heart
and intuition. They somehow already know what 
you truly want to become. Everything else is 
            -Steve Jobs

 ~"Let's Dream the American Dream"~Stephanie Puryear 2014