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Sloths are some of the slowest moving creatures on earth. But for some reason, many of us are fascinated by these adorably lethargic creatures! From My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear, comes the brand new Vintage Sloth heartbeat bear, an adorable stuffed animal that features a recording device that captures the sound of your baby’s heartbeat in utero during an ultrasound appointment.
How cute is this sloth? My daughter-in-law absolutely adores sloths. She is expecting a baby in January, so I got her one of these cute little guys so that she can record her unborn baby's heartbeat at her next appointment. What a precious keepsake! I wish I had one of these when I was pregnant with my children.
You can find this precious sloth as well as many other adorable plush friends at My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear .
I fell so much in love with these "My Baby's Heartbeat Bear" critters that I actually got my daughter-in-law a Vintage Bunny before I bought her the sloth. Yes, I am spoiling my soon-to-be grand baby already!
My son and daughter-in-law actually used the bunny in their online baby announcement photo. (See it below in the photo. The bunny is on the rocking chair. Isn't it sweet?)
Each animal comes with a heart-shaped recorder to capture your baby's heartbeat during an ultrasound. They are perfect for snuggling and have a velcro closure on the back so that you can insert the recording. My Baby’s Heartbeat Bear kits make excellent baby shower gifts or pregnancy keepsakes. Also available at many 3D/4D ultrasound studios.
I love My Baby's Heartbeat Bear plush animals. What an amazing way to keep the cherished memory of that tiny little heartbeat close at hand. An unborn baby's heartbeat is the happiest sound on earth!
Enter to win! Two winners will be chosen to receive a Vintage Sloth recordable stuffed animal from My Baby's Heartbeat Bear. (ARV: $39.99 ea.)
How? It's easy! Enter to win by filling out the Giveaway Tools form below. Good luck!
To learn more about My Baby's Heartbeat Bear or to check out their variety of heartbeat friends, go to: http://mybabysheartbeatbear.com
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
It seems like everyone is pregnant right now, or have just given birth. There are so many sweet little babies all around me. Maybe I am just noticing them more because.....guess what? I am going to be a glam-mother in January! My oldest son, Jonathan, and his wife, Cassidy are expecting a little one.
One of the best gifts that you can give to a mommy-to-be is baby care essentials that are chemical and toxin-free. I have been stocking up on Thinkbaby products in preparation for our newest little family member. I love their Baby Body Care Essentials Set!
Baby Body Care Essentials Set
What's inside the set?
Thinkbaby Shampoo & Body Wash~ Each ingredient of these body care products features the Environmental Working Group (EWG)’s Skin Deep safety rating. The no-tear formula also features a pump top so you can keep one hand on your little one at all times.
Thinkbaby Baby Lotion~ This light and unscented baby lotion is great for daily use. The natural formulation will also not leave your little one oily.
Thinkbaby Bubble Bath~ You can’t really have an effective baby body care line up without having a bubble bath. Formulated with safe ingredients.
Thinkbaby Safe Sunscreen SPF 50+ First sunscreen to pass Whole Foods Premium Care requirements. Highest SPF, water resistance and UVA/UVB coverage allowed by the FDA. EWG rated “1” since 2010.
In addition to stocking up for my grand baby-to-be, I also use Thinkbaby products for my son, Braxton. Braxton is ten years old, but absolutely loves taking baths, thank goodness. No matter how big he gets, I will never stop worrying about harmful chemicals affecting him. The bubble bath foams up so nicely and smells amazing! The body wash/shampoo is perfect for his hair. It is very gentle on the eyes.
Braxton loves to put lotion on after he gets out of the tub, and thankfully this lotion does not have fragrance. I even use it, and it is very rich and moisturizing. It leaves my skin baby soft.
We have been using the sunscreen all summer long and it is amazing. I am so happy to know that I am not applying toxins to my family's skin when I am using Thinkbaby products.
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Snooze Your Alarm and Still Look Fab
Who doesn’t want to pop out of bed, walk out the door and still look great? With school almost back in session, it’s time to grab your go-to products that will help you feel like you’re back-to-school ready. Kneipp, Hairdo and Ban make it easy for you to get ready quick in the morning while still looking picture-perfect.
Kneipp Lime, Mint & Guarana Body Wash – “Jumpstart” (Kneipp.com, $14)
Give your morning a jumpstart with fresh verve and new vigor. Consisting of lime, mint and guarana, this body wash perks you up and refreshes your senses with its lively scent. The plant-derived, soap-free and pH-balanced formula cleanses gently and improves skin during and after showering, leaving the skin soft and supple.
Hairdo Simply Straight Pony (Ulta.com, $49)
This new school year, don’t bother spending time primping and prepping your hair, just pop in a sleek pony! Instantly adding length, life and volume, you can take your typical ponytail from blah to beautiful. Feel like changing it up? This piece can also be flat-ironed, curled or blown out.
Ban Roll-On Antiperspirant Deodorant ($4.99, drug and mass retailers nationwide)
Tackle your toughest days with this strong, long-lasting and invisible roll-on deodorant. With its breakthrough technology, Ban specifically targets and virtually eliminates odor. The rollerball glides easily across skin, delivering round-the-clock protection against odor and wetness.
Keep it in your backpack or your locker to freshen up throughout the day.
I despise aging. If I could turn back the hands of time, I certainly would. I'm not talking about a do-over. I am talking about wishing I could tell my younger self to take better care of my skin. I would tell my younger self to stay out of the sun, and to always wear SPF. I can see the damage that has been done to my skin through years of laying out in the sun, and years of laying in a tanning bed.
Finally, there is a product that I have discovered which truly helps reverse the damage the sun has done to my skin. This miracle product is called Tresor Rare's Zumi Mask.
What: Tresor Rare is a high-end luxury skincare line featuring the Intensive Recovery Japanese Binchotan Zumi Mask. This $5000 beauty mask is made from Japanese Kishu Binchotan charcoal which is the highest quality charcoal. This is the same charcoal used for water filtration. Avid campers and mountain climbers use it and… it is expensive and rare.
Why the hefty pricetag?
The Kishu Binchotan has unparalleled detoxifying benefits. Kishu Binchotan charcoal is the best in the world due to its unique structure and origin (Japan). It comes from a tree that grows there since 1688. When the tree is grown, hard wood is collected from it then burned. The remaining natural powder is then carbonized in a traditional Japanese carbonizing technique at 1200 Celsius which give it this rich, dense, pasty texture. It's knows as "the golden charcoal."
Products containing activated charcoal are usually more expensive. In fact, the more expensive products out there have two things warranting the price first... great packaging and secondly... higher amounts of binchotan activated charcoal. Porous binchotan has a solid structure with irregular holes which maximizes its ability to absorb toxins (hence it's use in water filtration). This Tresor Rare mask is made of 100% Kishu Binchotan and it offers the highest level of skin detoxification on the market. The price…$5000.
This mask does not appear black as it dissolves into the skin. The mask is gold and once the serum is applied to the skin, the gold mask is applied on top.
The product was produced with natural plant extracts and emollients, organic ingredients, essential oils, natural plant and seed based oils and no artificial colors.
I received a Tresor Rare Zumi Mask to review. I use it once per week. After two months of using it, I have noticed that my skin is more radiant, much firmer and my fine lines are simply gone. It is so easy to use, and it feels luxurious on my skin.
Additional Information :
This ultra-precise, high-performance, intensive age defying treatment mask is perfectly adapted to the skin. Its excellent fit assures ultimate penetration of unique double-layered specialty ingredients into the skin. An incredible formula with advanced technology that helps in detoxifying, lifting, refining skin texture and reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Once applied to the face, this mask made of active charcoal, releases negative ions also known as "Vitamins in the Air." They can balance the skin and returning its natural balance. Skin looks younger and more radiant.
This amazing serum starts off black and disappears into the skin - containing active charcoal; Mother Nature's natural skin purifier.
Bottle~ This luxurious, active charcoal mask is saturated with beneficial ingredients and moisture. Leaves skin feeling amazingly smooth, detoxified and younger looking.
Mask~ Structure of the skin
This double-layered mask contains positive ions and excellent age defying and lifting plant extracts for a complete over all skin treatment.
Application~ Use once a week. Onto clean skin, open the single mask pack and apply to the face, allow it to infuse the skin for 10 minutes or more. To fully experience, massage the mask with your fingers, this will cause more negative ions to be released, rinse with warm water.
The mask is made from 100% pure, mild, skin friendly plant fiber, and is 100% fully biodegradable. Contains 12 masks.
About the company
Tresor Rare is not just another luxury perfume and beauty brand, it’s a philosophy,
a statement and a state of mind, to be worn with pride to show the world you’ve arrived.
Trésor Rare, French for "Rare Treasure" is composed of the refining effectiveness of gemstones, exfoliating diamond dust and the smoothing properties of deep water pearls all meticulously mixed with plant stem cells, liposomes, phospholipids and selected minerals sourced from around the world to form superb skin potions to form one of the rarest skincare in the world. Laboratory manufactured with Swiss expertise under health department license exclusively for Tresor Rare.
The Trésor Rare elite team of skin-care experts have pushed for over 7 years to set a new standard in superb, age-defying skin care products with one aim in mind: restoring skin to its most youthful appearance. The Tresor Rare line of products was selected as a finalist in the HBA (Health Beauty America) Skin Care Prestige Category for 2015.
Retail Price: 5k
Available at Tresor Rare Stores Nationwide
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
JOHN FRIEDA HAIR CARE HELPS YOU FIGHT THE HUMIDITY
We’re in the heat and humidity of the summer. This August, try these John Frieda Hair Care Frizz Ease must-haves below to fight the frizz and make your statement with hair that’s uniquely yours.
John Frieda Frizz Ease Daily Nourishment Leave-In Conditioner
Fighting frizz starts right out of the shower! This leave-in conditioning spray that instantly adds shine and detangles hair. The formula contains a blend of vitamins A, E, C and green extract, and helps safeguard hair from heat styling and sun exposure- common culprits when it comes to frizzy hair.
John Frieda Frizz Ease Extra Strength Six Effects Serum
Instantly transform your frizz to ultra-sleek, purely polished, super-shiny hair with this cult-classic serum. It will not only block your frizz and repel against the humidity, but will also leave your hair extremely supple, easy to manage and healthy-looking. Another advantage, it has sunscreen in it!
John Frieda Frizz Ease Moisture Barrier Firm Hold Hairspray
Create an instant barrier that helps seal out humidity and combat frizz with this hairspray. No matter what style you’re going for, this firm-holding product holds even the hardest-to-handle styles, all day long. It has a fast-drying, shine-boosting formula.
*You can find these products at Food, Drug and Mass Retailers Nationwide
Can you believe it is almost time for getting your kids ready to go back-to-school? I dreaded those words my entire childhood. In fact, I am not too fond of 'back-to-school' even now. I wish summer could last forever, but alas, it won't. It is time to shop for school supplies.
My son, Braxton is going into fifth grade, and two of the top items on his classroom supply list are EXPO markers and Elmer’s glue. These are definitely the brands I trust for quality and affordability. You can't go wrong with these brands. I was excited to see that each one has a few new products this year! They are as follows:
EXPO Dry Erase Markers with Ink Indicator With its clear ink barrel, teachers – and their students – can see exactly how much ink is remaining. Other product features include high visibility and low odor ink. Also available in six bold and bright colors: Black, Blue, Red, Green, Purple, and Lime.
Elmer’s is taking craft projects to the next level with Disappearing Purple Liquid School Glue that goes on purple but dries clear so teachers can see exactly where students are gluing, and its Re-Stick Glue Stick allows for the repositioning of items for up to five minutes to make sure projects come out great!
Check out how a few creative teachers are already using the products!
Enter to win! 3 winners will be chosen to receive a back-to-school prize pack which includes: EXPO Dry Erase Markers, Elmer’s Disappearing Purple Liquid School Glue and Elmer's Re-Stick Glue Sticks.
How? It's easy! Just enter to win by filling out the Giveaway Tools form below. Good luck!
These products are available at nationwide retailers like Walmart, Target, Staples, Office Depot, and Amazon and all under $10.
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Did you know that August 1 – 7 is NATIONAL CLEANSE YOUR SKIN WEEK? I didn't either, but now that I do, I am going to celebrate it by washing the heck out of my face with my new CeraVe® skin cleansers. The weather is hot and I am sweating! I could definitely use a deep facial cleansing, among the rest of my body.
NATIONAL CLEANSE YOUR SKIN WEEK was created by CeraVe®, America’s fastest growing skin care brand, to make consumers aware of the importance of cleansing and understanding how ingredients can impact the skin. To gain full insight, CeraVe® conducted a national study, entitled the CeraVe® Skin Survey, with over 1000 adult men and women
18 and over to look at overall awareness and general habits and practices solely focused on facial cleansing. The study reveals that, despite the abundance of skin care products available and information dedicated to the topic, most Americans don’t take proper care of their skin. Also apparent is the huge need for education on ingredients as well as the critical role of proper facial cleansing to maintain healthy skin.
Key findings of the CeraVe® Skin Survey reveal that:
- 60% of men and 48% of women admit they often skip face washing before bedtime
- 66% of men and 40% of women admit that when they simply use body wash or hand soap to wash they face
- 63% of Americans don’t understand the purpose of the ingredients in the skin care products they purchase
- 65% have no idea what ingredients to look for when purchasing a facial cleanser
Only CeraVe® delivers ceramides through an exclusive patented, controlled-release unique technology that penetrates the skin’s surface to help rebuild the skin’s protective barrier and lock in moisture. Your cleansing routine is the first step in building and maintaining healthy, strong skin. CeraVe® tapped into top dermatologists to provide tips for better cleansing.
I was given the chance to review CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser, Makeup Removing Cleanser Cloths, Hydrating Cleanser Bar, Hydrating Facial Cleanser.
CeraVe® Foaming Facial Cleanser:
“Skin oil and skin water content are two separate issues,” says Dr. Joshua Zeichner. “While foaming cleansers can effectively remove oil, a squeaky-clean feeling after washing the skin actually represents harmful post-wash dehydration. When the outer skin layer becomes disrupted, the skin can become dry and irritated. Look for a cleanser that helps effectively removes oil but maintains hydration and a healthy outer skin layer. Ceramides are like natural mortar that sit between skin cells bricks to help the skin maintain water content and prevent loss of natural hydration.”
For oily to acne prone skin, Dr. Dendy Engelman states that CeraVe® Foaming Facial Cleanser is ideal. “This cleanser helps remove oil, makeup, and impurities while still hydrating the skin and maintaining the skin’s protective layer”, says Dr. Engelman. “Apply to damp face, massage into skin in an upward and outward motion, and rinse.”
CeraVe® Makeup Removing Cleanser Cloths:
“I always keep a pack of CeraVe Makeup Removing Cleansing Cloths in my bag for makeup touch-ups throughout the day and quick cleansing after the gym or travel,” says Dr. Sherry Ingraham. “During the hot Texas summers, I will keep a pack in my refrigerator at home for a refreshing makeup removal before I cleanse. The cloths are great because they are gentle without over-striping or disturbing the protective skin barrier."
CeraVe® Hydrating Cleanser Bar:
“For normal to dry skin, CeraVe® Hydrating Cleansing Bar cleans the skin while providing sustained hydration throughout the day,” says Dr. Dendy Engelman. “Apply to damp face, massage into skin in an upward and outward motion, and rinse.”
CeraVe® Hydrating Facial Cleanser:
“ Over washing our hands with soapy cleansers and when we wash our dishes washes away our evolutionarily designed protective skin barrier,” says Dr. Sherry Ingraham. “Repeated daily this seemingly “normal” hand washing can lead to “hand washing dermatitis” which manifests as dry, rough, itchy patches on the tops of our hands and may even lead to painful cracks and fissures on our fingers. I recommend daily, and whenever possible, to wash your hands with synthetic liquid cleansers such as CeraVe® Hydrating Facial Cleanser and avoid classic bar soaps. Also, always wear gloves when doing dishes.”
“For drier or more mature skin, CeraVe® Hydrating Facial Cleanser is great for gentle cleansing without risk of drying,” says Dr. Dendy Engelman. “Apply to damp face, massage into skin in an upward and outward motion, and rinse.
CeraVe® Renewing SA Cleanser:
Exfoliates and cleanses while ceramides help restore your skin barrier. Good for normal skin as well as acne or psoriasis prone skin. Exfoliates, detoxifies and gently cleanses the skin of dirt and oil without the use of harsh microbeads. Enriched with antioxidant Vitamin D, it’s hydrating, fragrance-free and non-irritating.
“The skin on your elbows, knees, and heels are among the thickest on the body,” says Dr. Joshua Zeichner. “Subject to wear and tear, the skin there commonly becomes thick, rough, and often uncomfortable for many patients. Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid that helps exfoliate dead cells that accumulate on the surface of the skin and contribute to the thick skin that develops.
For optimal results, apply to the skin, sing the alphabet while the cleanser sits on the skin to do its job, then rinse off.”
National Cleanse Your Skin Week, now in its second year, is officially listed on the National Day Calendar with the sole mission of bringing heightened awareness to the importance of proper skin cleansing.
I have been using CeraVe® products for several years, and they are the brand that my daughters and I always go back to. CeraVe® is high quality, effective and very affordable. Plus the bottles of product are larger, and last a long time!
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
As summer starts to come to a close, Chuck E. Cheese wants to keep the fun going. During the month of August, Chuck E. Cheese is rolling out their most exciting gaming offer yet. On weekdays only, guests who purchase $20 or more in games (Play Pass points) will receive $20 of FREE gameplay.
I spent many a child's birthday party at Chuck. E Cheese as my children were growing up. Thankfully, my ten year old still enjoys it, or I would be a little sad. The weather is so blazing hot in Oregon right now, so this is a great time to go visit our local Chuck E. Cheese. I will never get tired of watching my son play all of the fun games and winning his tickets. He will only be little for so long, so I am enjoying it all while I can. I absolutely love Chuck E. Cheese pizza, and their salad bars offer a delicious variety of fresh salad fixings.
And the staff? They are always so polite, and friendly. I love it when Chuck E. himself comes out and greets the children. What more could you ask for in a place that caters to our precious little ones?
Beat the Heat, head over to Chuck E. Cheese for $20 in FREE games when you buy $20 in games! Coupon is here: http://bit.ly/2ucpkuR
If you are like me, you enjoy a lot of quality time outdoors, especially when the weather is beautiful and sunny.
However, many women, (myself included until recently) are unaware of proper sunscreen usage guidelines. Sun exposure is the biggest cause of skin cancer. Over the past three decades, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined.
NO-AD would like to change that. Orlando-based NO-AD, is the sunscreen brand that costs less per ounce because "no advertising" means the brand doesn't buy expensive TV, print or radio ads, passing the savings on to consumers. I think that is a brilliant concept! Advertising by not advertising.
As a mom of four children, I thought I knew everything about applying sunscreen properly to myself and my family. It turns out that I wasn't doing things quite correctly. The infographic below gives a useful guideline for proper sunscreen application. Studies have shown that fewer than half of well-meaning parents know the correct amount to apply and more than half think the proper time to apply sunscreen is "as soon as they start feeling their skin burning."
I sure wish I had this information when I was a teenager. I was one of those girls who applied baby oil to my entire body and laid for hours in the sun without any form of sunscreen. I received many sunburns and I now suffer from sun spots and plenty of freckles. (Not many wrinkles though, thankfully!) I am sure that I will face skin cancer at some point in my life. At least it is not too late protect my children from the sun's damaging rays.
No-AD has a great variety of sun protection products. I have tried a few of them, and I completely trust this amazing brand. I have been using it for years now.
I love No-Ad's Ocean Potion sunscreen. Ocean Potion is known for easy application and a memorable orange-cream fragrance. This brand pioneered the use of innovative ingredients such as sea kelp extract and Vitamin D3.
I also love Clear Zinc Oxide Face Potion SPF45 . This creamy zinc makeup artist fave goes on clear, dries matte and works wonderfully under makeup. Provides SPF45 protection. Hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, and very affordable!
If you're thinking self-tanners, Ocean Potion EverGlow Extreme Self-Tanning Lotion has a terrific mango-lime fragrance. Ocean Potion Protect & Nourish Lotion is amazing as well.
Enter to win! Five winners will be chosen to receive a set of three NO-AD and Ocean Potion suncare products.
How? It's easy! Just fill out the Giveaway Tools form below for your chance to win. Good luck!
What SPF do you use?
Available at www.walgreens.com
August 15th is National Relaxation Day! Did you know that? I didn't either, but I am happy to celebrate it! Who doesn't love to relax?
Indulge in a moment of pure tranquility and keep the relaxation going with Le Couvent des Minimes Eau Sereine Relaxing Pillow Mist.
The scent blends essential oils with florals for a fragrance that evokes a sense of calmness. Spray the fragrance onto your sheets or into the air in your bedroom, and allow the soothing scent to provide an instant feeling of well-being and allow you drift away to peaceful relaxation.
Available for $18 at ULTA Beauty
AUGUST 15TH- CELEBRATE NATIONAL RELAXATION DAY WITH KNEIPP
National Relaxation Day is coming up on August 15th, and Kneipp is here to help you slow down, unwind and relax.
From relaxing to muscle comfort, Kneipp’s Massage Oils contain essential oils and give off enchanting fragrances, the perfect addition to your stress relieving massage. The key ingredients in each oil offers something special to help you relax.
Kneipp Arnica Massage Oil – “Joint & Muscle”
Consisting of arnica and ginger extracts, shea butter, sunflower oil and almond oil, this massage oil nourishes, relaxes and moisturizes the body. In addition, it is one of the best post-workout remedies as it helps relieve pain and inflammation from joints and muscles, while also relaxing the body.
Kneipp Lavender Massage Oil – “Relaxing”
With natural lavender essential oil, this intensely pampering massage oil unfolds its balancing, aromatherapeutic effect on the body and mind while massaging.
The lavender is also known to help calm and relax the body and mind, improve mental well-being, promote better sleep and ease pain and tension.
Complete with jojoba oil and almond oil to nourish and hydrate the skin, the oil spreads easily and absorbs slowly to allow the maximum benefits of a relaxing massage.
Kneipp Almond Blossom Massage Oil – “Soft Skin”
Best suited for those with sensitive skin, the almond oil has a high level of essential fatty acids, providing intense nourishment to the skin and supporting the natural regulation of skin moisture. The special fragrance enchants your senses and ensures pure relaxation.
Price and availability : $23 and available on Kneipp.com or Kneipp locations in Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C.
**In honor of preparing for International Relaxation Day, there will be a promotion where ALL Kneipp Oils will be 50% between August 11th and August 13th.