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Coconut Oil has so many amazing and useful qualities! No wonder there is a holiday named for this miracle made by mother nature. World Coconut Day is September 2nd, and I seemed to have missed out on that. No problem, however! Every day is coconut oil day for me, and millions of other people who rely on it for its countless uses.
UpSpring's 100% Pure Virgin Coconut Oil is the perfect go-to organic skin care hack that can easily replace a dozen products in your bathroom cabinet. Just put it to the test!
UpSpring's 100% Pure Virgin Coconut Oil is USDA certified organic, making it perfect for babies, toddlers, kids, moms, dads, grandparents and everyone in-between. Its soothing and protective qualities are ideal for dry skin and hair, chapped lips, stretch marks, scrapes and cuts, and so much more!
In fact, I just applied some to my eyelids to soothe them, because they are dry and flaky. I just found out (the hard way) that I am allergic to one of my new eye shadows, darn it! Most other products would further irritate my sensitive eyelids.
- Soothes, protects, moisturizes, and supports healing
- Is absorbed quickly with no greasy residue
- Made with USDA certified organic coconut oil
- Cold pressed to retain natural healing compounds
- Does not contain lanolin, petroleum, paraben, gluten, or GMOs
My baby grand daughter, Reylin just turned eight months old, and we use virgin coconut oil on her delicate skin. Baby Reylin has flaky skin on her precious little head, otherwise known as 'cradle cap.' Pure virgin coconut oil is the only product that we use to help soothe her skin and get rid of the dryness.
Baby Reylin and her Daddy, (my oldest son, Jonathan)
For moms, by moms, UpSpring is where innovation meets tradition. Made with love and backed by science, the brand was created to provide clinically-backed solutions for mom and baby from preconception and beyond including products that are accessible and affordable, while not sacrificing quality. UpSpring was founded in 2005 to help women better meet the everyday health and wellness challenges and frustrations of motherhood so they can simply enjoy the experience.
Throughout it all, mom inventors have continued to be a vital part of UpSpring's success working with leading scientists, microbiologists, chemists and other dedicated professionals who share the brand's goal of taking care of mom so mom can take care of baby. http://www.upspringbaby.com/
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It is time to do a shout-out to one of the most fabulous anti-aging face-saving MIRACLE creams on the market! Here is my Beauty-Fave-of-the Day, The Better Skin Co MIRAKLE CREAM!
When I discover a skin care product that goes above and beyond its duty of making my skin look and feel radiant, young, healthy and beautiful, I feel that the world should know!
Better Skin Co. Mirakle Cream
THE CULT FAVORITE CREAM: Genius in a jar, THE BETTER SKIN CO MIRAKLE CREAM is a one-stop, skin-saving, problem-solving, all-purpose cream that transforms skin. This antioxidant-rich recipe, imported from the Republic of Uzbekistan, is handcrafted in the USA with love and beautiful ingredients such as coconut oil, sea buckthorn, shea butter, cocoa butter, aloe, and soothing algae to help moisturize, soften, balance and brighten skin. Peptides and hyaluronic acid help skin appear smoother, more youthful and radiant. For all skin types, women & men.
* Reduces the appearance of visible signs of aging
* Reduces appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
* Increase in radiance and luminosity
* Assist in hydrating the skin
* Soothes dry skin
* May reduce the appearance of sun spots, age spots and dark spots
* Paraben-free, gluten-free and vegan
Why I LOVE Better Skin Co. Mirakle Cream:
Better Skin Co. Mirakle Cream has saved my skin in more ways than one! It is the only facial cream that I take with me on trips because it has everything I need in one jar. I don't mess around with serums or any additional products when I have my Mirakle Cream with me. It makes my skin look youthful, it tightens my neck and jawline, it hydrates my skin and makes it dewey and supple. I use it as a day cream and a night cream, too!
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It is never too early to be shopping for the holidays! I always try to start in late September/early October! (But even then, sometimes I am not even close to being done in time for Christmas. I am always on the lookout for unique gifts to buy for my loved ones, and I was excited to come across this really cool home decor site called Axent Home Goods.
Axent Home Goods brings you beautiful, affordable home accents from around the world. From the modern to the exotic, from the locally-produced to the globally-sourced, they carry an eclectic array of décor pieces, each with a distinct sense of place.
Their selection is constantly changing, so please visit their website often for the latest décor finds. (And if you see something you really like, you must grab it fast. Many items are rare or one-of-a-kind!) Fill your home with gorgeous creations from Brooklyn artists, Chinese potters, Turkish weavers, Haitian metalworkers, Danish designers, and much more.
You are sure to find that perfect gift for someone special! Take a look at this gorgeous vase (below). Can you imagine the look of pure delight on your loved one's face when they receive this elegant and tasteful piece?
Musical Maidens Handmade Blue and White Ceramic Vase
This traditional Chinese vase, this lightweight classic piece features a happy scene of maidens playing musical instruments at a picnic. Great holiday gift idea! Made in Jingdezhen. Ceramic. 10″ height. You can enter to win it below!
Enter to win! One winner will receive a Musical Maidens Handmade Blue and White Ceramic Vase! (ARV: $50)
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Axent Home Goods founder Eva Dilmanian brings you her favorite home decor discoveries from travels around the world. Follow her on Instagram @axenthomegoods.
There are plenty of reasons to smile more often, such as creating better first impressions, raising your vibration, spreading positive energy, and being more approachable.
Studies have proven that men are attracted to a woman with good teeth and a woman with a beautiful smile, so if you’re single and on the market, know that your pretty smile and those pearly whites can build attraction.
Smiling more can also enhance your mood and contribute to your career success. It’s natural that employers want to hire and promote those with a positive attitude, and smiling more will communicate your positive attitude.
Is there a reason why you don’t smile as often as you should? Our friends at Truedent Family Dentistry remind us that if you’re not happy with your smile, something as easy as professional teeth whitening can help beautify your smile, making you feel more confident and more willing to smile. They explain: “Professional tooth whitening is an effective and simple method to obtain a whiter and brighter smile. Tooth whitening is the most common dental cosmetic procedure in the world and generally provides the most benefits as part of a smile makeover plan.” If you feel that you need a smile makeover in order to feel confident smiling more often, then get a smile makeover. Smiling more will change your life for the better. Here are 5 reasons you should smile more often:
1. Smiling Improves Your Mood
If you’re ever in a bad mood, or you’re feeling overly stressed, try smiling. The physical act of smiling tricks your brain, and releases endorphins that cause you to feel happier. Since smiles are contagious, you’ll also cause the people around you to smile and feel happier. This means that by smiling, you can change your environment by getting others around you to smile, leading to a wave of positive energy taking over. Smiling will therefore improve your mood and your environment.
2. Smiling Makes You More Productive and More Creative
Smiling can positively affect the way you work, both at home and at the workplace. Since smiling helps your brain to release endorphins and feel happier, you’ll naturally find yourself being more productive when you’re happier. Studies have found that our happiness has positive effects on productivity. Positive emotions invigorate and energize us, while negative emotions cause us to feel de-motivated and hopeless. Further studies have shown that positive moods lead to more creative and more comprehensive approaches to solving problems in life. Positive moods give you more mental clarity and more control over real-world situations.
3. Smiling Helps You Make a Great First Impression
Smiling makes you appear more confident, trustworthy, positive and attractive. In many ways, a smile is one of the best ways to create a great first impression. That’s why you should always smile during a job interview, a first date, an important meeting or at a social gathering. You’ll make a good impression and you’ll instantly be more likeable.
If you’re single, know that smiling on a first date instantly makes you more attractive. Your positive mood is infectious, and your date will have a much better time if your positivity rubs off on him. During a job interview, a smile communicates the fact that you’ll bring a positive energy into the workplace, be more productive, and you’ll be easy to work with.
4. Smiling Makes You a Better Role Model
If you’re a mother who wants to be a great role model for her kids, know that smiling more makes you a better role model. By smiling every day, and smiling consistently around your children, you’re creating a positive environment for them. You’re spreading positivity. Remember that smiles are contagious and positive vibrations surround those who smile. You’re creating a better home life for your children, allowing them to feel safe in a positive space. Plus, the best role models are confident, happy women who feel comfortable in their own skin. Smiling communicates these qualities.
5. Smiling Leads to More Opportunities
One of the reasons why smiling leads to more opportunities in life is because smiling makes you more approachable. More people will want to talk to you at networking events, for example, because you look friendly and non-threatening if you’re smiling. You’ll naturally get more opportunities offered to you if you smile more. Another reason smiling leads to more opportunities is because you seem more level-headed and more trustworthy due to your positive vibrations.
I have such a hard time finding healthful snacks that my twelve year old son will eat. I mean, if it isn't spicy Doritos, he'll ignore it. But thankfully, I was given the chance to try out NEW Pistachio + Plum Chewy Bites from Setton Farms, and my son actually liked them! What a miracle!
These chewy bites are a great snack for busy parents on the go and hungry kids! The all natural, bite-size bars are packed with over 50% pistachios that were all grown in California’s Central Valley. Pistachios are super healthy and are loaded with protein, fiber, potassium, antioxidants, and Vitamin B6. Pistachio + Plum Chewy Bites are an easy way to get your daily dose of pistachios. Ideal for a mid afternoon or on-the-go snack, the individually wrapped bars are easy to toss in lunch boxes, gym bags, or in the car.
They are so delicious, I could eat them all day long! As you can see in the picture below, they can get a little messy, so be sure to have plenty of napkins, and/or wet wipes on hand. But every morsel of this ooey-gooey goodness is purely delightful!
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With cell phones always in hand, capturing everyday moments has never been easier. However, as convenient as it is to snap a pic and share it socially in today’s digital age, the art of exchanging physical photos with friends and family or framing images to display has been all but abandoned, until now!
KiiPix ™ from TOMY is a portable, affordable and easy-to-use instant film printer, requiring no special apps and no batteries, making it a “snap” (pun totally intended!) to capture, print and share. This compact instant film printer turns your smartphone snaps into retro-stylized printed photos in three easy steps.
- Decorate a locker or dorm room
- Photobooth for a special occasion: birthday, wedding, baby shower, bridal shower, etc.
- Baby’s milestones to send to a grandparent
- Or just a fun night out with friends!
Here’s a few things about KiiPix:
- KiiPix from TOMY (pronounce toe-me) is an easy-to-use instant film printer that does not require any special apps or batteries
- Get printed photos in a “snap”:
~Simply open KiiPix
~Place your phone on top
~Push the button and turn the knob to watch KiiPix turn memories into physical, sharable photos to give to friends and family
- Take it anywhere! Compact size folds flat
- For best results when printing: make sure your screen lock is on and that you turn your phone’s brightness all the way up. Align the KiiPix frame to your phone and then place on top of KiiPix. Use the reflective mirror to make sure the photo is lined up the way you want it.
- Suggested Retail: $39.99 (film not included—printer uses Instax Mini Film)
I love my KiiPix film printer! It is so easy to set up and use. I am having a lot of fun printing up some of my favorite pictures from my phone. I am pleasantly surprised that the photos turn out so clearly and beautifully!
I am looking forward to using my KiiPix to create fun family memories, such as Christmas tree ornaments and photo collages to give as gifts. The possibilities are endless!
KiiPix is available on Amazon
I was recently given the chance to review a new product that sounded rather intriguing to me. A fruit spread that is sweetened with all natural Pure Golden Maple Syrup! I was actually thinking that the flavor of maple would overpower the taste of the fruit, but I was wrong! All I taste is delicious fruit.
I received samples of Polaner Fruit & Maple Premium Fruit Spread in peach and raspberry.
It is made from delicious fruits and real (pure) golden maple syrup – from Polaner, a food company that is over 100 years old. Their ingredients are so clean and simple:
Raspberry: raspberries; maple syrup; raspberry juice concentrate and fruit pectin.
Peach: peaches; maple syrup; peach juice concentrate, fruit pectin and citric acid ( natural preservative in the peach)
I opened each jar to sample them as soon as I received them. I enjoyed the most delicious sweetness of raspberries and peaches. Each flavor tasted as fresh as homemade. I couldn't detect the maple syrup at all, just pure, sweet fruit.
I have used these spreads in peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, on my toast and as a spread on pancakes.
You can even use these spreads in baking. See the recipe below for these delicious raspberry lemon bars!
Raspberry lemon bars:
yield: MAKES 16 BARS
prep time: 10 MINUTES
cook time: 15 MINUTES
total time: 1 HOUR 25 MINUTES (INCLUDES CHILL TIME)
For the Crust:
- 1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
- 6 tablespoons salted butter, melted
- 1/4 cup sugar
- Zest of one lemon
For the Filling:
- 2 large egg yolks
- 1-14 oz. can fat free sweetened condensed milk
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 6 ounces fresh raspberries
- One jar of Polaner raspberry Fruit & Maple premium Fruit Spread
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Spray a 8 by 8 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, sugar, and lemon zest. Stir until graham cracker crumbs are moist. Press crumbs into the prepared pan, pressing the crust mixture one inch up the side of the pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool to room temperature.
- Once the crust is cool, combine the egg yolks and condensed milk until well mixed. Stir in the lemon juice and lemon zest. Stir until mixture begins to slightly thicken. Gently fold in the raspberries. Fold carefully so you don’t break the raspberries.
- Spread the Polaner Fruit & Maple premium Fruit Spread evenly over the graham cracker crust in a nice, thick layer
- Pour the lemon raspberry filling evenly over the fruit spread layer. Bake for 15 minutes, or until just set.
- Cool to room temperature, then chill for at least one hour before serving. Cut into bars and serve. Keep bars in the refrigerator-up to five days.
- Top with powdered sugar and fresh raspberries for garnish (optional) *Note-use fresh raspberries and make sure you gently fold the berries into the lemon filling or you will have pink bars.
For more information go to: https://polanerspreads.com
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
School is back in session! If your child is anything like my picky youngster, then you know what it is like to try everything under the sun to get them to eat something they like!
Thankfully, Smucker’s, Jif and Uncrustables products provide parents with easy and delicious lunch time and after school snack solutions. I have never been so happy that my son enjoys peanut butter and jelly sandwiches!
Here are some fun and interesting facts that about peanut butter and jelly sandwiches that I have gathered:
- The Average American Eats 1,500 PB&Js Before Graduating High School
- 30% of Parents Make a PB&J for Themselves When They Make One for Their Kids
- 68% of Americans Prefer Creamy Peanut Butter to Crunchy
- In 1998, The J.M. Smucker Co. introduced Goober, a jarred product which combined alternating vertical stripes of peanut butter and jelly.
- February 12th and April 2nd are both National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day.
- During World War II, it is said that both peanut butter and jelly were found on U.S. soldiers’ military ration list.
- November 13, 2010, the World’s Largest PB&J Sandwich was made at the Great American Peanut Butter Festival in Grand Saline, TX. The new record stands at 1,342 pounds! 720 pounds of bread, 493 pounds of peanut butter and 129 pounds of jelly.
My son, Braxton has started sixth grade this year, and his favorite daily school lunch is a peanut butter and jelly sandwich made with Jif natural creamy peanut butter and Smucker's natural strawberry or raspberry fruit spread.
Jif and Smucker's are the favorite brands for my family, and have been for as long as I have been a mother! (Going on 25 years now.)
I can always rely on Jif to provide the best tasting, rich and creamy peanut butter, and Smucker's has the most delicious variety of fruit spreads I have ever had! We are also fond of Crustables, and Jif's new Natural Creamy Peanut Butter To-Go cups, which are perfect for dipping pretzels and celery sticks.
Tips for Stress-Free Day Trips with the Kids
Wondering how your day trips with the kids could be a little less stressful? Our article dishes out tips on how to make your next day trip stress-free!
Kids love day trips; there’s no denying that, but they do have a tendency to play up on them, especially as the day draws on. It leaves you, as a parent, with a tough decision to make: do you head out on a day trip with your kids and withstand the stress that is sure to follow, or do you not head out at all and instead choose to stay at home?
You need not choose either of these courses of action, because there are ways to head out on a day trip with the kids without having any stresses creep up as the trip progresses.
Plan, plan, plan!
As nice as spontaneous day trips might be, if you want to make sure it’s as stress-free as possible with your children, then planning needs to take place. The night before your planned trip, you should be doing everything to get the day in order, such as making delicious, nutritious lunches and getting the correct clothing for everybody to wear in order. You should also be resolving to give the house a tidy up before you leave it, too, because coming home to a dirty home after a day trip can ruin your day completely.
Taking the stress out of lunchtime
Whether you've got the budget to head to a restaurant or not, the best day trips include everybody sitting around outside to eat their lunch. It’s time to shake off that old blanket, pack your lunch, and have a proper picnic!
Fear not, as doing so doesn’t have to be as stressful as it usually is. You no longer have to worry about bringing plates for everybody and then subsequently finding a bin where you can dispose of them. Instead, you can find out more about lunch bags here that double up as placemats, meaning you can all eat with ease wherever you may be. There are also reusable sandwich bags on the market, too, and using these will help you to play your part in helping the sustainability of the environment.
Pack some surprises
Your kids are liable to get bored and tired at some point during the day trip, no matter how fun it might be, which is why you need to be packing some surprises for them. Doing so, and then unveiling these surprises when your kids are becoming restless, is the best way to distract them through their tantrums, which in turn helps you to remain stress-free.
Don’t miss nap time
Younger kids need their nap time, and your little ones missing theirs because of the day trip you've taken them on has the potential to ruin the adventure completely. For this reason, you should try to travel during the time that your children are likely to fall asleep, as this will help them to stay refreshed for the day ahead going forward.
The summer is nearly over, but that doesn’t mean that you can't squeeze one final day trip into it. When you do, for your sake, make sure to follow the advice above.
I absolutely adore chocolate! Not just any chocolate, mind you. If I am going to eat chocolate, it has to be worth the indulgence because I don't need wasted calories. I need my chocolate to be luxurious, rich and decadent. Well, I found it! I found the kind of heavenly chocolate that only dreams are made of in the form of tinyB Chocolates.
I was given the chance to try out tinyB Chocolate's brigadeiros. tinyB Chocolate's brigadeiros are a heavenly Brazilian cousin to the chocolate truffle, with a smooth, creamy texture but no hard shell.
They taste as delicious as they look! Is your mouth watering yet?
Brigadeiros have an interesting history. They were invented by Brazilian women in the mid-1940s as a product to sell to raise funds for the women’s rights-conscious presidential candidate—Brigadier Eduardo Gomes. They were the Brazilian MAGA hats or HOPE posters of their day! Brigadier Gomes didn’t win the election, but “brigadeiros” became a national tradition and are still made across Brazil to this day. Now, San Franciscan and tinyB founder Renata Stoica (a Sao Paolo native) is using her old family recipe to bring the tradition to America. Renata infuses the brigadeiros with flavors that remind her of home, like passion fruit, pineapple, cayenne pepper, and Brazilian coffee.
Brazil. Bossa nova. Beaches. And now brigadeiros! That’s the essence of tinyB chocolates. They capture the excitement, romance and richness of Brazil in the magic of its favorite national chocolate treat.
Made fresh to order with two-day delivery guaranteed anywhere in the continental US, tinyB offers the hands-on care and service of a local family-owned business blended with international charm and panache.
But at its heart, tinyB is about the happy love story between Renata, a beautiful Brazilian chocolatier, and Andrei, a San Francisco tech entrepreneur. They fell in love, got married and started tinyB in their kitchen as a way to share their love for each other and for brigadeiros with San Francisco and the world.
Renata’s special recipe heightens the chocolate intensity, without the bitterness of dark chocolate or the sweetness of extra sugar. Hand-dipped coatings offer a variety of sensational taste treats.
Just as Renata fell in love with Andrei, I fell in love with tinyB after the first taste! (Of course my husband grabbed the box and we fought over them, which is not a very romantic story, but we did learn to share.) I have never tasted chocolates so fresh, as if they were just made!
Each tinyB is handcrafted and gently placed in gift boxes that are detailed with care because they want you feel that they're made just for you - which they are.
Perfect for sharing, giving and enjoying. Client gifts. Wedding favors. Holiday gifts! Enter to win a box below!
Enter to win! One winner will receive a 15-piece box of brigadeiros from tinyB Chocolates(ARV: $34)
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For more information, visit tinyB at: https://www.tinybchocolate.com