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It isn't too early to start holiday shopping, or at least getting a few ideas of the perfect gift for your loved ones. One thing that I know for sure is that when you are selecting a gift for a special lady, you can't go wrong with jewelry! I love jewelry. It doesn't even need to be expensive. Some of my favorite gifts are bracelets, rings and necklaces.
The most meaningful gifts you can give to a woman is something sentimental, like a beautiful personalized necklace with the initials of her children! Van Der Hout Jewelry has elegant Initial Necklaces that she will cherish forever!
Simple, yet stunning. I also love rings, and I think that rings are a perfect gift idea. A ring does not have to be fancy, just something pretty, classy and stylish. One of my very favorite pieces of jewelry is my lovely 14K Diamond Bezel Ring. (Shown below.) It comes in gold, white gold and rose gold. Mine is white gold. I absolutely love it!
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About Van Der Hout Jewelry~
Karen Van Der Hout has earned her stripes in fine jewelry as a second generation industry veteran. In creating Van Der Hout Jewelry, Karen is excited to offer beautiful and affordable gold and diamond pieces to the community. Karen has an incredible eye for curating collections of modern pieces and she is heavily immersed in every aspect of product development and design.
Van Der Hout Jewelry was founded with three key principles in mind: attention to detail, excellence in craftsmanship and authenticity. With exclusive sourcing, a refined vision, and firm connections in the heart of Manhattan's 47th St. diamond district, Karen Van Der Hout is able to offer genuine value in each unique jewelry piece. Her chic selection of rings, bracelets, earrings, and necklaces are coveted by international trendsetters and classic fashionistas alike.
In her hometown of New York City, Karen supervised retail accounts for major jewelry wholesalers for 15 years, helping generate tens of millions of dollars in annual sales via partnerships with major global accessories chains and upscale department stores. Now based in Toronto, Karen has worn many hats during her career, from analysis and sales to public relations to inventory management, demonstrating a rare familiarity with every facet of the jewelry world.
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I have been learning so much about the important health benefits of probiotics. They are crucial to our body's well-being. But I had never really thought about how probiotics could be beneficial to our skin.
Just as probiotics taken internally work to reduce inflammation and boost the immune system, so do probiotics applied directly to the skin. Skin is bombarded daily with an excess of harsh pollutants, chemicals and free radicals, all of which put our skin – our body’s first line of defense – in a state of exhausted, constant crisis.
Live, active probiotics applied topically provide much needed reinforcements for the good bacteria in the skin’s microbiome while neutralizing the harmful bacteria. This allows the skin to find peace, rebalance and reset for an optimum level of health and vibrancy. It all makes sense, right?
LaFlore Skin Care uses the latest innovations in biotechnology to cultivate the power of probiotics, LaFlore™ ’s patent-pending Probiotic Technology delivers a suspended matrix of live, bioactive time released prebiotics, probiotics and postbiotics which activate upon application to bolster skin health. and intuitively balance individual skin microbiome. LaFlore products incorporate an impressive combination of nutrient rich – anti-inflammatory ingredients which get to the root of a problem.
Most probiotic lines have one or two probiotic essences in their products. LaFlore™ uses a multitude of diversified flora within all three products. This matrix of actives is then cultivated into three unique cocktails and custom blended to produce results in three distinct phases of application: cleanse-recharge, treat-recover and moisturize -protect. The more variety of bio-available flora, the more opportunity there is for the skin to achieve a state of peace, balance and better skin health.
I was given the chance to review LaFlore Skin Care, and received the following products:
LaFlore® Probiotic Cleanser – Softens, brightens and balances all skin types. The Live- Active Probiotics has Pineapple extract (Bromelain), Spearmint essential oil and Aloe. I use this moisturizing cleanser in the evening to remove all of my makeup, even my eye makeup. (It doesn't irritate my sensitive eyelids at all. It leaves my skin feeling clean and fresh.
LaFlore® Probiotic Serum Concentrate – Calms, smooths fine lines and wrinkles and boosts the skin’s natural defense system. I apply this serum immediately after cleansing in the evening. This powerhouse serum includes Perilla Seed oil, Sea Buckthorn Oil, Vitamins A, D, K, E, and Beta Carotene, as well as Hemp Seed oil, Jojoba, Avocado and Squalene. This serum can also be used as a spot treatment for acne and rosacea. (Over a dozen probiotics in the LaFlore Live-Active Probiotic Serum!) It gives my skin that boost of nutrients that it needs.
LaFlore® Probiotic Daily Defense Moisturizer – An aloe-based moisturizer packed with active probiotics, botanical humectants, super-antioxidants, hyaluronic acid and vitamin D3. This moisturizer primes skin for a flawless makeup application while protecting the skin’s barrier function from the degenerative effects of environmental exposure. I use this as both my night and day cream.
For my daily routine, I actually don't even wash my face because the products from the night before are still on my skin, doing their job. Sometimes, I just rinse it with water, and then add the serum and moisturizer before applying my makeup. My skin never breaks out, is never oily, and looks radiant and young!
To learn more about LaFlore Probiotic Skin Care go to: https://laflore.com/
*I received samples of these products to review. All opinions are my own.
ANTI -AGING PRODUCTS AND INGREDIENTS: DON’T GET CREAMED BY FALSE HOPE IN A JAR.
SEPARATING THE SKINCARE HEROES FROM THE ZEROES
Here's what is certain: There are no firming or tightening products whose results can duplicate what you derive from in-office procedures such as dermal fillers, Botox, lasers, or cosmetic surgery. Board - Certified Denver plastic surgeon Manish Shah says, “There are anti- aging products or ingredients that do perform significantly better than others and can make a profound difference in the skin’s appearance while others are simply “false hope in a jar.”
Why don’t most products work the way they claim? Almost without exception, when you buy a product claiming to tighten skin, its effects, if any, are due to ingredients such as film-forming agents. Just like the name states, film-forming agents form a film on the skin, and that can make the skin "feel" tighter. The effect is temporary and you won't see a noticeable lifting of sagging skin, but the sensation is often enough to convince women that the product is working. Dr. Shah stresses that “Skin "feeling" tighter is not the same as making a real change for the better in the tone or laxity of your skin. Using what really works will get you closer to the results you want.”
Dr. Shah says, “Sunscreen SPF 30 or above is the best antiaging cream you can use. It prevents skin cancer as well as UVA rays that cause loss of collagen and wrinkles in the skin. Reapply every 2 hours, use a powder sun block and carry in your pocketbook for quick and easy sunscreen touchups. My favorite powder sunblock is Colorescience, and my favorite base sunscreens have titanium or zinc oxide in them as active ingredients.”
Retinoids work great to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and help boost collagen production,” says Dr. Shah.” He adds, “Over the counter retinols are good, Neutrogena makes a good one or prescriptions such as Retin- A.”
Glycolic acid also reduces fine lines and wrinkles and helps fade pigmentary damage from the sun. “I often have patients alternate nights with retinoid and glycolic,” says Dr. Shah.
Vitamin C is a great antioxidant which reduces free radical damage and is great for anti-aging and helps brighten the skin. Dr. Shah often recommends it in the morning, underneath sunblock, or at night if patients are too sensitive to tolerate retinoids and glycolic acid.
Ceramides are a type of lipid found in the membrane of cells. Dr. Shah states that “They help hold skin cells together, forming a protective layer that plumps the skin and retains moisture. Ceramide levels decrease as we age which leads to loss of hydration, less skin turnover, and dryer, more damaged skin. Replenishing the skin's ceramide levels will help restore moisture and fortify the skin's natural barrier, helping skin look and feel younger.” So use a ceramide containing moisturizer for your whole body daily.
Hydroquinone works to even out sun spots, blotches, and mottled skin. A little hydroquinone goes a long way. "It's the most effective ingredient for bleaching skin," says Dr. Shah. Hydroquinone fades hyperpigmentation by blocking the enzyme that triggers melanin production in the skin.
Green Tea Extract is loaded with nutrients called polyphenols, which have been shown to fight free radicals. It is an amazing antioxidant. Studies have found that ingredients in green tea can reduce sun damage and may protect against skin cancer when applied topically. Dr. Shah offers that, “Using green tea extract under sunscreen can provide an extra dose of protection. Polyphenols in creams and lotions may help slow signs of aging, reduce sagging skin and decrease wrinkles.”
The majority of anti-aging creams are still based on moisturizers such as mineral oil. Wrinkles look worse when they are dry, so any kind of moisturizer helps, but it’s only temporary and doesn't address the root cause of the wrinkles such as collagen loss, free radical damage, sun damage, and environmental factors. Don't be fooled by the anti-aging labels. Unless there is an actual "active ingredient" such as retinol, the benefit is just moisture but nothing else.
B Vitamins Many forms of vitamin B (like B12) can only be absorbed in the small intestine, so no matter how much is loaded into your moisturizer or serum, it's not going to make a difference. "Vitamins like niacin can have an effect on the skin's texture and color, but your skin can't absorb them," Dr. Shah explains. If you really want to tap into the power of vitamin B to improve your skin's glow and appearance, stick to eating leafy greens like spinach, asparagus, beans, and peas.
Caffeine. Much like a Starbucks Latte for your brain, caffeine in skin creams can give a boost to your skin, too. Until it wears off. "Caffeine can temporarily reduce puffiness, especially around your eyes," explains Dr. Shah. "But don't expect permanent results."
Botanical extracts are ingredients extracted from plants (flowers, roots, stems, trees, etc.) for use in skin care for everything from healing blemishes to reducing fine wrinkles. They have been used for centuries and have anecdotal purposes in many cultures. The issue: Botanical extracts need to remain on your skin in order to work. Dr. Shah explains that “In cleansers, there is simply not enough contact time on your skin for any true anti-aging benefit to take place. Another issue is that most botanical extracts are water soluble, which means that the moment you wet your skin and begin to wash your face, they’re watered down and rendered useless.”
Collagen and elastin in anti-wrinkle products. Collagen and elastin in skin-care products can serve as good water-binding agents, but they cannot fuse with your skin's natural supply of these supportive elements. In most cases, the collagen molecule is too large to penetrate into the skin. But even when it is made small enough to be absorbed it cannot bind with the collagen existing in the skin, and there isn't any research indicating otherwise.
About Dr. Manish Shah
Plastic Surgeon Colorado | Dr. Manish Shah, M.D. | Denver https://drmanishshah.com/
Manish Shah, M.D., F.A.C.S. is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. After completing his formal plastic surgery training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Univ. of Tennessee College of Medicine, he moved to New York City and was selected for the prestigious Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship at Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital. He underwent extensive, advanced training in aesthetic surgery of the face, breasts, and body at the hands of some of the most renowned cosmetic surgeons in the world. Dr. Shah is one of only a select few plastic surgeons in the country who have undergone formal post-graduate training in aesthetic surgery.
Dr. Shah’s specialties include revision facial aesthetic surgery, rhinoplasty (“nose reshaping”), and aesthetic surgery of the breast (breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction). He is, however, well-trained in all areas of aesthetic surgery. Dr. Shah’s aim is to obtain a natural appearing transformation that complements the real you!
This has been such a beautiful and sunny Autumn here in the Pacific Northwest. I absolutely love taking my sweet little girl, Reylin (who is almost nine months old) out on walks where she gets to witness first hand the beauty of all of the breathtaking colors of fall.
We had a very warm summer, and my husband and I took Reylin on many hikes. We always carry her around in a baby carrier, because needless to say, you cannot maneuver a stroller out there in the woods, and a wiggly baby would make for very tired parental arms!
We have tried many types of baby carriers and slings, but most of them are not very good at keeping baby cool on warm days. Let's face it, both parents and baby can get kind of sweaty on long walks and hikes! Thankfully we came across the Ergobaby Mesh Baby Carrier.
We have found that there is no better baby carrier than the Ergobaby Mesh Baby Carrier for our adventures out in nature! The mesh fabric is completely breathable, keeping me (or my hubby) and our baby cool and comfortable even on the hottest, most humid days! It’s also lightweight, yet durable. Neither of us have experienced any shoulder or back strain, even as Reylin gets heavier. And the fact that this carrier grows with our baby means we can use it until she is at least four years old!
This carrier is also very stylish, and I love how my husband or I can each wear it and feel good in it. I also appreciate the detachable pouch that is has, in which we can keep baby essentials as well as our car keys and wallets safe and secure. Baby Reylin can easily face forward or backward, but I usually keep her facing me, because it makes it convenient for breastfeeding her right on the trail!
Mostly, we love how much our baby girl feels while she is in it! Our little one is always so happy and content when she is in her perfect element; snuggled up with her Mommy or Daddy, out in the woods or at the park, in her ErgoBaby Mesh Baby Carrier!
For additional information go to: https://ergobaby.com
*I received this carrier from Ergobaby.com to review. All opinions are my own.
Road trips can be one of the best ways to take a vacation together as a family. But diving with your children elbowing each other and screaming in the backseat is hardly what dreams are made of. To make your first family road trip a success, a few easy steps to prepare for drive can go a long way.
Shorter Trial Trip
Before you even decide where you’re going, get a sense of what a realistic distance is for your family. You will want to go on shorter trips before a cross-country adventure. Think of it as research. Collect the data before locking down your itinerary so you can factor in time-sensitive issues like how long you can drive without needing to stop for bathroom breaks. This way, you can tailor your trip to fit your family’s needs and expectations.
Prepare Your Car
It is recommended to have your vehicle inspected before you hit the road. Needless to say, safety always comes first. The last thing you need when traveling with children is to break down on the side of the road.
Drafting an inventory of what you take with you is a great way to stay on top of things, especially in case of an emergency. Be sure to include jumper cables, a flashlight and a toolbox in your car. You will also want to have a first aid kit, flares, toilet paper, wipes, soap, chargers for the electronics, blankets in case of a temperature drop, and any weather-specific accessories like umbrellas or bug repellent.
Limit the Electronics
While apps are useful and save on space, it is a good idea to print out your itinerary so you can still navigate should your technology fail. Lots of areas do not have reception, especially places that are popular for family road trips like national parks or mountainous regions. Physical maps are always good to keep in the car too.
We may live in the age of screens, but consider taking this chance to show your kids the highlights of living off-the-grid. Pack games like cards and books to keep them occupied. If you choose to let them have their screen time, pick movies or TV shows appropriate for all ages that will not have extreme sounds that may spook the driver. Also make earbuds and noise-canceling headphones available for those who wish to sleep.
Screens aside, looking out the window can be entertaining and calming, especially if your kid is feeling nauseous. Car sickness in toddlers is especially challenging because they may not give you very much warning before it is too late. You should plan for motion sickness by stashing trash bags in your car.
Of course, prevention is always preferable. Acupressure bracelets can help those prone to motion sickness. Ginger is also said to be more effective than over-the-counter medication like Dramamine. Taking regular stops and fresh air also ease the urge, so make sure every one of your kids gets out of the car when you take stops.
Snacks and Water
Load up on water and on-the-road foods that do not call for refrigeration. You know your children, so pack what they like to eat to keep their blood sugar stable. Trail mix, fruit, crackers, and baked goods are always great in a pinch. Depending on the gas stations where you travel, food can get pricey and uninspiring, so think of stopping at a grocery store on your way out of town.
Tell someone back home where you are taking your family. Give them all the details and even your itinerary, if you should feel comfortable sharing it. Make sure to include when you will be coming back, so they don’t worry about you.
Consider asking this person or a friendly neighbor to check on your home while you are away. It is not fun to come home to a burglary that could have been avoided. Some people like to leave a light on inside to keep thieves away. If you are going away for a while, you may want to set up an alarm system so all you precious belongings will remain safe and sound while you head out on an adventure.
Get your Kids Involved
Like all of us, kids like to feel useful and productive. Share the itinerary with them in advance so they can get excited about the trip. Turn it into a game: encourage them to put together a list of what they would like to do or see in the places you are planning to go (it could be as simple as “spot a bird” and as site-specific as catching a glimpse of a unique roadside attraction). Letting your child in on the details of the trip can help curb the dreaded question of: “Are we there yet?”
As is always the case with parenting, planning is your best friend. Take care of everything in advance so you can fully enjoy the family fun as you explore the world together.
Halloween is right around the corner! Below you will find some of my favorite products for that spooky night from Streekers, Smashbox Cosmetics, Mamonde and Sun Bum that can take care of everything from nailing the perfect costume to taking it all off at the end of the night.
Add the most-have essentials for your costume with temporary hair color from Streekers. Available in 8 colorageous shades. Streekers lets you create the absolute look without the commitment of permanent color.
Make a statement with Smashbox Cosmetics Be Legendary Liquid Metal Lipstick
Our studio pros infused the Be Legendary Liquid Metal with four new types of pearls for a never before-seen, fierce foil finish that gives lips killer color in a single coat!
Take it all off with Mamonde Petal Spa Oil to Foam Cleanser
A cleansing oil and foamy cleanser in one super gentle, rose-infused formula.
Give your hair a break with Sun Bum Revitalizing Deep Conditioning Masque
This Deep Conditioning Masque was specifically formulated to restore essential hydration and enhance overall softness and smoothness to dry, damaged or over-processed hair. This most decadent treatment is infused with Amla and Bamboo Extract that helps strengthen our hair, making it resilient and more manageable.
Ever notice how the first day your hair is colored it’s vibrant, shiny and has lots of depth? But just like your favorite jeans, cleansing washes color out. No need to have that happen to your hair as the Rahua Color Full™ Hair Care System is formulated with a proprietary plant derived color complex made with Amazonian oils and minerals that protects and preserves all shades of color-treated hair.
Simply said, after hair is colored it has a negative charge due to the chemical process of opening the cuticle to deposit color pigment, leaving hair rough and vulnerable to fading. With Rahua’s new Color Full™ color protection complex, the negative charge leftover from color processing becomes highly attracted to the positive charge of the super fine Amazonian Rahua Oil omega 9 molecules. This attraction helps push color pigmentation molecules deeper into the hair shaft for more color-staying power.
The other factor is that over time color treated hair becomes porous. Amazonian Clay contains natural color pigments that restore hair’s porosity, further locking in the hair color. (Amazonian Lilac Clay reduces brassiness.) Amazonian Morete (Buriti) encapsulates each strand with a color-fading barrier by restoring color pigments deep in the hair shaft for color preservation.
All shades of color treated hair benefit from our singularly glorious formula made with Symbiotic® (rainforest grown) oils and natural, plant derived and organic ingredients. Our products are free of parabens, sulfates and gluten and are vegan.
I was given the chance to review the Rahua Color Full Hair Care System. (Shown below.)
The Rahua Color Full Hair Care System consists of the following products:
Rahua Color Full Shampoo~ Unlike anything else on the market, this singular color-preserving shampoo is formulated from pure, plant-based ingredients. This exclusive color protection complex—appropriate for all shades of color-treated and highlighted hair—enhances and extends color while Rahua and morete oils from the Amazon rainforest nourish and strengthen each strand. Scented with the exotic fragrance of gardenia flowers, this formula keeps color at its peak and hair and scalp healthy and hydrated.
Rahua Color Full Conditioner~ The perfect complement to the Color Full™ Shampoo, our Color Full™ Conditioner is formulated from pure, plant-based ingredients. Infused with the lush scent of gardenia, this rich and creamy conditioner—suitable for all shades of color-treated or highlighted hair—uses an exclusive color protection complex to prevent fading and protect your color investment. Amazonian lilac clay reduces brassiness and Rahua, morete and flaxseed oils nourish and strengthen each strand, leaving hair soft, lustrous, and manageable.
Rahua Color Full Hair Mask~ This deep-penetrating hair mask uses pure, plant-based ingredients to fortify all shades of color-treated and highlighted hair and extend its vibrancy. Professional-strength and designed to work like an in-salon treatment, this mask uses our exclusive color protection complex to enhance and protect color while Rahua and morete oils from the Amazon rainforest nourish and strengthen each strand. Scented with the intoxicating fragrances of gardenia flowers, this treatment leaves color-treated hair soft, strong, radiant, and shiny.
I love the The Rahua Color Full Hair Care System! The products smell heavenly, like gardenia flowers. My color-treated hair is very dry, and the Rahua Color Full Hair Care System has brought my hair back to life, leaving it perfectly hydrated, looking shiny, healthy and beautiful. My hair color stays looking as vibrant as the first day I had it done at the salon!
For more information, please visit: https://rahua.com/us/
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
I am a lifelong book lover. I love to read! I am always on the lookout for new reads. I especially enjoy seeking out DIY books, cook books and books about beauty and health. RobertRose Books has brand NEW Fall releases, which I have listed below, as well as a few of my favorites from this past summer.
THE COMPLETE INDIAN INSTANT POT® COOKBOOK 130 Traditional and Modern Recipes Gone are the days when preparing Indian food just seemed too intimidating or for weekends only. Cooking Indian food has never been this approachable, fast or easy!Gorgeous photography with delectable and accessible recipes. Chandra Ram, Chicago
BEST OF BRIDGE WEEKDAY SUPPERS: All-New Easy Everyday Recipes The Best of Bridge ladies (established in 1975 with a group of 8 female friends) are back with another bestseller and 175 simple recipes with gourmet results for every night of the week. Best of Bridge
5-INGREDIENT INSTANT POT® COOKBOOK: 150 Easy, Quick & Delicious Recipes Dinner is about to get even easier now that you can cook mouthwatering meals in your Instant Pot® with five ingredients or less. Marilyn Haugen, Wisconsin
THE CHEESECAKE BIBLE, SECOND EDITION: 300 Sweet & Savory Recipes for Cakes and More This is the ideal guide for beginners and seasoned bakers alike, ensuring that they make the very best cheesecakes. George Geary, California
THE FONDUE BIBLE, SECOND EDITION: The 200 Best Recipes This updated edition offers 10 new recipes in an entire section devoted to throwing fondue parties. Ilana Simon, Winnipeg
CROHN’S & COLITIS, THIRD EDITION: Understanding & Managing IBD A valuable tool for improving quality of life for anyone diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease. Dr A Hillary Stein, Toronto
From Spring / Summer 2018:
AROMATHERAPY WITH ESSENTIAL OIL DIFFUSERS: For Everyday Health & Wellness Aromatherapy and essential oils are more popular than ever. Diffusing essential oils can improve your health and well-being. Karin Parramore, Oregon
150 BEST WAFFLE MAKER RECIPES: From Sweet to Savory Now home cooks can enjoy scrumptious restaurant-quality sweet and savory waffles. Marilyn Haugen, Wisconsin + Jennifer MacKenzie, Ontario
USING THE GAPS DIET: 175 Recipes for Gaining Control of Your Gut Flora A comprehensive introduction and 175 tasty recipes to help you gain control of your health and intestinal flora. Signe Gad, Copenhagen
RobertRose also has a number of skincare & beauty books , natural health & aging/brain exercise titles, sports & wellness books , BBQ + cook books, baking books and parenting books. They even have books focusing on autism , ayurvedic , recipes for camping and hiking , and everything in between! Happy book hunting!
To order any of the above titles, or to check out the amazing and vast collection of titles from RobertRose Books, simply visit: www.robertrose.ca
The holidays are around the corner! One of the things I love the most about the holidays is the delicious treats. I don't bake much, except for making fudge (the only thing I can actually make that turns out perfectly.) I always find myself craving brittle, and just praying somebody will make me some! (I cannot ever get that recipe to turn out!)
If nobody makes me homemade brittle this holiday season, it doesn't matter, because I have discovered the most delicious brittle I have ever tasted! It is called Softer than Brittle.
Softer Than Brittle is a unique, soft and flaky gourmet nut brittle hand-crafted from a 60-year-old family recipe. This “better-for-you-brittle” contains no preservatives, cholesterol, dairy, or hydrogenated oil and is even vegan. Not only is Softer Than Brittle an incredibly delicious and flakey nut brittle, it also features a clean label with just 6 or 7 basic ingredients. It is available in 4 varieties: Peanut, Cashew, Pecan and Almond.
I received samples of each flavor to review. I promptly opened the almond and the cashew. I was taken away from the first bite of buttery, sweet, rich flavor that was accented by the delicious nuts. I was utterly in love with the heavenly taste and soft texture of each bite.
I never like to hog a treat as delectable as Soften than Brittle for myself, and so I gave one to my sweet mother (she loves pecans) and sent the peanut flavor to my daughter, Myelie, who lives in Utah. Both of these precious ladies agreed that this was the best brittle that they have ever tasted in their entire lives! My mother, as well as my daughter admitted to eating the entire bag on their own without sharing, just like I did with my two bags. Well, technically, I did share with those two, but I did not share the bags of Softer than Brittle that I was eating at home.
Softer Than Brittle would be a great addition to a snack mix or as a topping for brownies. There are many ways you can use Softer Than Brittle in your baking, such as breaking them into pieces and adding them to your favorite cookie recipe! I prefer to just eat them as they are, right out of the bag!
I also plan to purchase a few bags as gifts and for stocking stuffers this year. I can imagine they would be very well received as gifts for my son to bring to his teachers, too!
To learn more, or to find out where you can purchase Softer than Brittle, go to: http://www.softerthanbrittle.com/
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Since becoming a mom, I’m constantly busy and I’m constantly looking for ways to make life easier. Since becoming a stay at home dad - my husband faces the same challenge. I’ve always been a big fan of baby-wearing. I absolutely love that closeness and comfort it brings to both baby and mama.
I didn’t start my baby-wearing journey until my babe was a little bit older but I so wish I would’ve had a sling when my girl was just a new baby. I love the ease of Sakura Bloom ring slings, the high quality, and the convenience of being able to put her sling in her diaper bag for on-the-go moments and not having to push a stroller everywhere (especially in crowds). I feel less anxious having my little girl close and she feels the same.
My hubby is a do- it-all kind of guy. He can play guitar, cook dinner and rock our baby to sleep. We are so fortunate to be able to have him stay at home while our baby is young! However, we quickly realized that all this extra ‘time’ he had at home really wasn’t extra at all!
Taking care of the home can be a lot of work especially with an adorable (but needy baby). My husband was looking for a way to be able to give her the attention she needs while also getting some chores done. Sakura Bloom ring sling is the best of both worlds.
When I first suggested baby-wearing to my husband he was a little hesitant, it’s not totally advertised in the dad community like it should be!! But the truth of the matter is, for all you dads out there, one of the sexiest things you can do as a new dad is care for your new baby and baby-wearing is at the absolute top of that list! He was more inclined when I showed him Sakura Bloom’s quality products in ‘dad friendly’ neutral colors to start and went with a ‘Black Currant Chambray’ (although they have a huge, gorgeous variety)!
The fabric is to die for, it perfectly molds to baby every time it’s worn and can be used from 8-35 lbs! My husband was surprised at how easy it was to put baby in a sling and loved how happy she was just hanging out with him in it. I also loved this companies amazing customer service, if you ever have any trouble they are right there to help!
I was so happy to share my love of baby-wearing with my husband and he’s become a huge fan as well. Sakura Bloom is definitely our top choice because it is made of the highest quality, softest linens, hand-dyed and tumble dried. We love supporting businesses we believe in and were happy to find the different baby-wearing options that grow with baby!
If you go on Instagram, baby-wearing is HUGE and us ladies have all realized that the best way to keep mama and baby happy is to find products we both love. Well, guys - I’m here to tell you that baby-wearing is also dad approved and a great way to make your wife fall in love all over again!
For more information, go to: https://www.sakurabloom.com/