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Our baby girl is almost four months old and has been drooling like crazy, chewing on her hands and been a little cranky - all signs of teething! I couldn’t believe it at first, she seems so little for that but our pediatrician said it’s very common for babies to start teething at this age.
She’s just recently starting really gripping things and of course that also means she’s starting to try to put everything in her mouth like babies do. I wanted to make sure that when it came to teething products I was giving her extremely safe products that we felt comfortable with. We came across Baby Banana Smoothie Soothers and found what we were looking for.
Not only are they extremely adorable, these teething helpers are perfect for baby fingers to hold. They are also are hollow on the inside which means I can help baby since her grip isn’t super great yet. She also loves the pacifiers that you can put your finger in so she loved these, too! I love that I can hook her pacifier clips on them and attach them to her shirt when we’re out and about.
As far as safety, baby banana products are made from food-grade silicone so they are definitely okay for baby to chew on! They are dishwasher and freezer safe - which is great because having something cold to chew on can really help a baby with hurting teeth.
These products definitely sooth our little girl as she goes through teething and give us peace of mind that she’s getting a high quality product that will hopefully make her feel a little better because teething is NO FUN!! Our sweetheart tends to love the ‘pineapple’ fruit best so we’ll have to see if she loves that when it comes to real food too, after all her parents did get married in Hawaii!
For more information go to: https://www.baby-banana.com
With Memorial Day Weekend coming up, make sure your glow is ready to go with Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun and Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer. Whether you are looking for a quick glow or a gradual build up, Jergens Natural Glow collection has the product for you.
Regardless if you are spending time in the sun or not, these products deliver sun-kissed skin, trip to the beach not necessary. I am headed to the beaches of sunny Florida next week, and I am as pale as a ghost. I know that I will quickly achieve some color when I get out in the sun, but until then, I am counting on my Jergens Natural Glow products to help me to make that transition.
Here is a bit of information about the products:
Jergens Instant Sun Tanning Mousse
I love this lightweight formula instant tanning mousse because it simply works very well. In fact, it works as well or even better than the more expensive brands! I am able to achieve a natural looking all-over glow without any streaking, odor or fake orange color.
Availability: Grocery, Mass Retailers
Jergens Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer (in fair to medium)
Jergens Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer (in medium to tan)
Specially developed for use on wet skin. When blended with water, Wet Skin Moisturizer glides on to instantly lock in moisture and gradually build natural-looking color each day. The wet skin formula feels like silk on my skin. It is so easy to apply and really seals in the moisture. I use the fair to medium skin tone moisturizer.
Shades: Fair to Medium, Medium to Tan
Availability: Mass Retailers and drugstores
Father's Day is almost here, but if you haven't picked out Dad's gift yet, don't fret! Nomad has technical accessories for mobile devices crafted from the finest materials. They recently released a ton of awesome gear that Dad is sure to love. For the Grad? Same idea!
From awesome leather iphone cases to multi functional wireless chargers, Nomad has you covered. They also have a whole line up of ultra rugged and convenient cables. These are engineered for any adventure. Fan favorites: their universal cables for any mobile device.
Listed below are a few of NOMAD's hottest gift ideas for Dads or Grads:
This Rugged Leather Case has a 10ft drop protection that will ensure your phone stays in one piece. No more cringing when you accidentally drop your phone! This case is made with leather from the renowned Horween Leather Co. of Chicago, one of America’s oldest tanneries. Over time, this raw, vegetable tanned leather develops a patina, creating a handsome, rich character unique to you.
The Universal Cable comes with integrated multi-tip charging options to charge any mobile device. The core cable is USB A to Micro USB, attached are two tips, an MFi Certified Lightning tip and a USB Type C tip. The multi tip feature enables you to charge all iPhone, Android and other USB powered devices.
This sleek designed wireless hub is capable of charging 5 devices at once, we created a hub that wirelessly charges your phone, while having 4 extra ports underneath, that fits in with your modern home. Now you can charge your headphones, iPad, bike lights, and powerbank, all at the same time, in style.
Enter to win! Three winners will be selected to receive a universal cable from NOMAD. (ARV: $34.95 ea.)
How? It's easy! Just enter to win by filling out the form below. Good luck!
For more information or to place an order go to: https://www.hellonomad.com
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
As a mom, one of your main priorities is to take care of your family. We are constantly trying to keep our children healthy, happy and away from harm. However, with rising inflation rates and cost of living, many families are being faced with the ultimate question every month: How do we make our limited budget last? The average household in America is carrying approximately $137 000 in consumer debt.
Interestingly, Americans aged 35 to 54 are the ones carrying the highest levels, aligning with people expanding their families and houses or paying college tuition for their children. With the rising debt costs, mortgages and costs of childcare it may seem impossible to manage family expenses on a tight budget much less to have some spare cash left over. However, with a few simple tricks, you can be better equipped to guide your family towards sticking to your budget.
Don’t Underestimate The Value Of Research
Often, we can get caught up with the convenience and ease offered by products or services. We see it in the grocery stores as we shop, when renewing our car insurance or even with our mobile phone contracts. Sometimes it can feel much simpler to get those prepped meals or renew with the same broadband supplier rather than take the time to shop around. However, those few minutes spent doing research and looking at other deals on the market can pay off, and in a big way.
The 2016 labor Statistics figures show that Americans spend 12 percent of their income on insurance and pensions alone and with record levels of student and credit card debt, more people are living beyond their means. Take some time to research the offers on your expenses including utilities and approach your current supplier to inquire about matching your quotes. Make use of the variety of online comparison websites to not only compare great deals but also keep on track with your credit score and finances. Finally, be sure to get a range of quotes so you are sure to make an informed decision and do not be afraid to negotiate!
Embrace The Environment
It may seem like an odd tip. How does becoming environmentally friendly filter into helping your family stay on track with a tight budget? Well, becoming environmentally conscious can mean great savings in many departments. While items such as plastic water bottles or disposable lunch storage containers can often seem like the cheaper option, in the long run, they do not work out that way. Reusable products may carry higher costs but it is also an investment for the future. With disposable items, you would have to continue spending cash on that items repeatedly. Before you know it, these items would have repaid their costs and more.
While we are on the topic of reusing, consider buying second hand as well. Garage sales and thrift stores are great sites to find second-hand kids clothing, toys and books. Often, there is a misconception about buying second-hand items but in truth, as long as the item is in good condition then the fact that it is preused is irrelevant to its function. Another benefit: you save a lot of cash by buying second hand, allowing you to put it to better use.
Spend More Time In Your Kitchen
Get to know your kitchen again. This room in your home is one of the most useful and best places to help you stay within your budget. The average American family can spend approximately 12.5 percent of their budget on food purchases while eating out accounts for about 43 percent of their annual food expenditures. To put that in numbers, that equates to about $7000 each year. Making changes in the food department is one of the most impactful and immediate ways you can stay on track.
Cooking at home tips such as batch cooking and meal planning are great ways keep busy families fed and save cash at the same time. As a bonus, cooking together with your kids can be a fun bonding experience for you both. However, be smart about your food usage and waste less. The United States of America is one of the country leading the food wastage epidemic currently. Sticking to a budget does not have to be overwhelming. With a little planning and a few handy tricks, you and your family can lead a healthy happy life, all on a budget.
As a mom I want the best for my kids. I want there needs to be met physically, mentally, and spiritually. I want them to have as much unplugged playtime as possible. That means requiring the means for them to do that.
My son is obsessed with being outdoors. He would live outside if I let him! He is such a boy that way. Playing in the dirt or water is his favorite!
We just received some John Deere Toys in the mail and he was so happy. Anything to get him outside to play is his favorite. We love the quality of the trucks. They seem like very good quality that will last and withstand lots of love. The sounds weren’t too loud and the actual toy wasn’t too big.
This John Deere Monster Treads 6" Lights and Sounds Gator and Tractor Play Set is officially licensed by John Deere. These off-road monster vehicles are ready to tackle any obstacle that lies in their path. Each one in this John Deere play set makes real-life sounds that mimic the real version. There are three functioning lights and sound action with LED lights.
With their all-terrain steering and super bouncy tires, these toys are not only realistic, but also fun. The kids' play set also conveniently includes a set of nine batteries, which allow your kids to get straight to the action right after they open up the package. This item makes a wonderful gift for any child.
John Deere Monster Treads 6" Lights and Sounds Gator and Tractor Play Set:
- Produced by Ertl
- •Officially licensed by John Deere
- •Each vehicle features:
- •3 function lights and sound action with LED lights
- •All-terrain steering
- •Super bouncy tires
You can find this John Deere play set at Walmart!
Disclaimer: I received products to review by Tomy. All opinions are my own.
Fathers Day will be here before we know it, and now is the perfect time to get an early start on looking for a great gift for a great dad. Many men work hard and deserve a nice pair of dress shoes.
I know that my dad loves Sundays because he gets that one day of the week to swap his work boots in for a shiny pair of dress shoes. But one thing I know about my dad, like many other people, is that his biggest goal in his shoe wear is to find the most comfortable pair while still finding a style that really looks nice.
My husband isn’t a father yet, but he was given the opportunity to review a pair of Deer Stags dress shoes for this post. Just like my dad, my husband loves Sundays since he gets that one day to dress a bit nicer. After a long week of wearing his military issued heavy boots, he looks forward to lacing up his lightweight Deer Stag shoes.
Pictured above and below, my husband is wearing Deer Stags 902 APT Oxford dress shoes, in black smooth, size 12 from the 902 collection. The features of this specific style include; a cushioned insole sock with memory foam for all day comfort; lace up closure for a secure and adjustable fit; padded heel collar for extra comfort, and a lightweight outsole.
With having flat feet, my husband said these were great shoes that hugged his feet very comfortably and that he loved how they looked as well.
Aside from this specific style in shoe, Deer Stags provides a large variety of classy shoes for men, women and children to wear daily or just to any special occasion. They also offer so many options and features such as: airport friendly styles, oil and water resistant, memory foam, and more!
They can really be worn to any occasion, and their all day comfort tops it all! Also, if you are looking for any shoes your dad can lounge around in on his day off, Deer Stags has comfortable designed slippers for that much needed day to relax.
Go check them out at: http://deerstags.com/
A lot of children struggle with calculus and mathematics; it has always been the case and always will be. It is no surprise though, as the mathematics syllabus gets harder and harder to combat grade inflation, more children are starting to struggle with this area of mathematics which stumps even the brightest of children and adults nationwide.
Many parents panic when their children appear to be struggling and ask them for help - it doesn’t help that many parents haven’t touched a mathematics syllabus since they were in school, and it goes without saying that the syllabus was very different back then! Whilst calculus is quite a difficult part of mathematics, it is not impossible to get your head around and parents can easily help their children in ways beyond helping them with their calculus homework.
Even if you struggle with calculus yourself, there are many things you can do to help your child get ahead with it.
#1: Speak to the Teacher
Don’t underestimate the power of approaching a teacher and having a discussion with them. At the end of the day, the teacher’s main concern is your child’s learning and development. If they are struggling with their calculus, the teacher should be made aware as soon as possible. The teacher should know your child quite well and is best placed to come up with a solution to help your child with their calculus, even if it involves some one-to-one time.
Start off by sending your child’s teacher a polite email explaining that you are trying to help with their calculus and that you would appreciate any assistance or tips which they have. In addition to helping your child personally, they may be able to point you in the way of some learning resources.
#2: Set Goals to Work Towards
You should avoid getting your child’s calculus out of the way and forgetting about it; this will not help them learn. Instead, set simple goals for your child to work towards, such as solving X amount of problems each night. As your child meets more and more of these goals, you will see their understanding of calculus develop and your child will become a stronger student as a result.
#3: Take Advantage of Free Online Resources
There are tons of free calculus resources out there, from online timetabled classes which take place over several weeks such as edX, to simple blogs which explain the fundamentals of calculus with easy-to-digest blog posts and high-quality videos such as Calculus Help. With all of the resources which are available on the internet, you are bound to find something which is suitable for your child’s age and matches their skill level.
Many parents panic when their children come to them for help with their homework, it’s bad enough helping your child out with their history research project, never mind calculus! It is a subject which baffles the best of us, but there are a number of things you can do to help your child and get their learning back on track.
The unofficial start to summer begins Memorial Day weekend! That means it is time to get ready for a highly anticipated long weekend at the beach or in the country. Avoid the last minute stress and pick up everything you need in advance from LAVANILA, IOPE by AMORE PACIFIC, KORRES, IMAGE Skincare, Curél and Bioré. Here is your checklist to summer weekend skincare must-haves:
Deodorant is essential to keep you fresh while you’re having fun in the sun and LAVANILA The Healthy Deodorant Elements Collection is the perfect solution. The deodorants provides superior, long-lasting odor protection and LAVANILA is committed to using safe, 100% natural ingredients. The Elements Collection features fresh, energizing deodorants where health and wellness collide, inspired by some of the core elements of nature:air, water and earth. These aluminum-free, healthy deodorants are infused with carefully curated blends of pure essential oils to awaken our connection to the Elements and the immense power within them. ($14 each; Sephora.com.)
Superior Protection against the sun’s rays is a must (because who wants wrinkles or a sunburn). IOPE UV Defense Sun Protector SPF 50+is here to provide protection against harmful UV rays, keeping you worry free throughout the weekend. It is a lightweight and grease-free formula that quickly absorbs into the skin and controls shine, while also refreshing and moisturizing the skin. Ideal for sports and outdoor activities, the sunscreen can be reapplied throughout the day as needed. ($32; Available for in-store purchase at Aritaum.)
You may have tried aloe before to help with a burn or to keep your tan fresh, but have you tried yoghurt? KORRES Greek Yoghurt After-Sun Cooling Gel should be applied to sun kissed skin for immediate comfort following exposure to the sun—allowing you to avoid the repercussions of a painful sunburn. The ultra-cooling cream gel provides long-lasting freshness and comfort to the face and body. The nourishing Greek Yoghurt hydrates the skin, instantly relieving excessive heat and stinging, while the Cooling Gel helps to reduce skin redness and prolong suntan. For maximum cooling effect, keep refrigerated. ($26; Sephora.com.)
Sun-kissed skin needs hydration and IMAGE Skincare VITAL C hydrating overnight masque does the trick. The treatment is like beauty sleep in a jar! The formula contains a triple mineral complex that energizes skin cells to help you wake up with a youthful, revitalized complexion. The luxurious crème 9600 formula delivers water to the skin and locks in vital nutrients throughout the night. Blue-Green Algae Extract, a natural retinoid alternative, helps smooth skin and diminish wrinkles while Hematite and Malakite go to work to restore skin tone while smoothing and energizing skin. The formula is ideal for dry, dehydrated, sensitive and/or irritated skin. ($55; IMAGESkincare.com.)
Keep your skin looking and feeling healthy and hydrated with Curél Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer. The wet skin moisturizer is the solution fo rcombating dry and dehydrated skin. It is activated by water on freshly-showered skin and penetrates deeply into the skin’s surface to heal dryness for soft, healthy skin you can only imagine. After showering, your pores are open, providing an easy pathway for moisture to absorb into just-showered skin. ($7.99 - $10.99; available at all mass retailers & drug stores nation-wide.)
No need to worry about sunscreen, dirty and oil clogging up your pores, Bioré Deep Cleansing Pore Stripshave you covered. The pore strips instantly lift dirt and oil from your pores, resulting in minimization of the pores—exactly what you need to look your best. The strips are made with selective bonding ingredients and work like a magnet by instantly locking onto and removing deep-down dirt that can cause blackheads. When used weekly, you will have fewer clogged pores and the appearance of pores will actually diminish. ($6.49; available at all mass retailers & drug stores nation-wide.)
If you’re a busy mother, then it can be tricky to develop and maintain healthy routines. The key lies in developing the right habits (easier said than done, we know). Even if you can just dedicate a small part of each day or week to the right activities, then you may experience significant physical and mental health benefits.
If you visit a bookstore, you will find a whole section dedicated to dieting. While some of the diets may work, others are just there so the authors can make a quick buck. It’s much simpler to skip the fad diets and just focus on natural produce, fresh meat, and whole grains. We already know what foods are good for us so just concrete on eating them as much as possible. You don’t need to take to extreme measures like measuring out portion size and nutrient ratios for every meal (you’re already busy enough being a mother).
You don’t have to jump out of bed and run a half marathon, however, a bit of activity a few times a week can be very beneficial. The problem is that hectic schedules often ruin the best intentions. The easiest way to make exercise a regular part of your life is to get into a routine. Aim to exercise at the same times each week, or each day. It may be hard at first, but as the habit strengthens, you will actually feel worse if you don’t work-out.
The other important thing to remember is that you need to pick activities that you enjoy. Forcing yourself to like an activity that you hate is a lot harder than focusing on those you enjoy.
While physical health is what most people focus on, it’s mental health that can really set you up for a long, successful life. The modern world is stressful, and juggling family, work and other commitments can get pretty hectic. That’s why it’s recommended that you delegate a time each week to switch off (easier said than done!).
If you have never tired mediation before then why not give it a go. It’s not for everyone. However, many practitioners have experienced benefits.
Another must do, to sharpen your mind, is reading: You could read a good book or simply research to view story about the latest news. Just make sure you read something more substantial than just social media posts.
If you’re stressed from your commitments (and just being a mum in general), then a great way to organize your thoughts is by writing. You don’t have to write a Steven King novel, however, jotting down some words that are about your life, goals, or problems, can actually help you find inner peace.
It may be hard but try not to take shortcuts when it comes to your health. Squeezing in the right habits can help you build on your health over the next few years. Good luck on your journey.
Sometimes it is so hard to know what to get Dad for Father's Day! What would make Dad happy? Despite our best intentions, Dad probably has enough ties that he will probably never wear, and enough "World's Best Dad" coffee mugs to last him a lifetime and beyond, right?
I have discovered two of the best gift ideas for a Dad who enjoys cooking and coffee. Do you know a Dad like that? Below are my top picks from Vremi, a home and kitchen company that has some of the greatest kitchen gadgets that Dad is sure to love!
5 ESSENTIAL KITCHEN KNIVES - 5 pc knife set in red, blue, purple, orange and yellow includes chef, serrated, paring, carving and utility knife. Quality chopping cutlery for thin meat cheese slices, peeling fruits or vegetables, cutting bread and more. They brighten up your kitchen! These highest quality knives are made with stainless steel, and each comes with its own matching blade guard. I love them because they are extremely sharp, and I have never owned such a bright and happy set of knives.
This electric coffee grinder is designed with easy one-touch control settings. Simply place the coffee-beans in the grinder, place the lid on top and press the button. A few seconds is all it takes for great ground coffee! It has sharp and durable double stainless steel blades for Dad to make a coarse or finely ground beans for his french press coffees, mocha or powdered espresso!
This coffee grinder comes in handy because I had always wanted to grind my own beans, but I wasn't sure how to do it. Now, I go to my local grocery store and buy any beans I want, and grind them up myself like a pro.
Enter to win! One winner will receive a Vremi Coffee Grinder and Knife Set!
*Products received for review. All opinions are my own.