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My son, Braxton is eleven years old, and still has problems sleeping at night. It doesn't take much for him to 'show up' in my bedroom at any given time of any given night. It might be that he had a scary dream, but most likely, a scary thought of some sort. Braxton is a deep thinker.
I was thinking about getting him some sort of a comfort pillow that he could cuddle with during the night when he is frightened, and thankfully I got the chance to review Squishmallow plush toys.
Since 2017, the Squishmallows™ collection has offered comfort, support and warmth as a couch companion, pillow pal, bedtime buddy and travel teammate. No need to feel alone, you’ll have a buddy for the movies, the bedtime stories, the laughs and more!
Kellytoy has created a line of loveable buddies made from super soft marshmallow-like texture and polyester (and they’re easily washable).
Squishmallow plush toys are the softest plush animal pillows I have ever felt! You just cannot help but give them a squeeze as soon as you see one! Braxton chose Hoot the Owl, James the Fox, Milly the Monkey and Piper the Penguin (for his new baby niece, Reylin.)
Each character has its own name and its own little character description on the Squishmallows website. You can even register your Squishmallow to become an exclusive member of the Squishmallow Squad!
From the moment he received his Squishmallow pals in the mail, they have been Braxton's constant cuddle buddies ever since. I am so glad he loves them, and I am so happy that he is still at that age where he enjoys stuffed animals. (I know that it won't last, so I am enjoying every moment of his childhood!)
Braxton's Squishmallow pals have already gone camping at the beach with us! They make the most perfect road trip companions because they are the perfect size, shape and softness to lay your head on in the car as you travel.
There is just something special about Squishmallows. I feel as though they were made with love. Braxton has been sleeping with them every single night. They have replaced his normal pillows because of how soft they are.
(He is sleeping with his eyes partly open in this picture. I think my camera flash woke him up a bit.)
Braxton has definitely been sleeping better ever since he received his Squishmallows buddies. They are seriously the most adorable, softest, squishiest and most cuddly plush animal pillows you will ever find! They are perfect cuddle companion for your child, and the perfect gift idea for any special occasion. (Think Easter!)
Enter to win! One winner will receive a random assortment of Squishmallows cuddly plush animal pillows. (ARV: $100)
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Squishmallows are available at Walgreens.
Follow the #squishmallowsquad on their adventures!
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
A couple of weeks ago, I received my Degustabox for February. Since my two daughters got married, there's nobody in my house to help me unbox it! Well, unless you count my son, Braxton, but he is never enthusiastic like my daughters were about the Degustabox and it's contents. That's okay, though. That means I get to claim all of the goodies.
The theme for February's box is "The Big Game Box" I am assuming because of the Superbowl. It contained products to help create yummy snacks in which to devour during these sporting events. However, I never watch sports......so let's get down to business and reveal what was in this month's box:
Sir Kensington’s Spicy Ketchup
I love spicy ketchup! I love ketchup on scrambled eggs, fries and especially on home-grilled hamburgers. I can bet that this bottle of Sir Kensington’s Spicy Ketchup will be very much enjoyed in my home. Only by me, I might add, since I am the only one who enjoys spicy ketchup. That's okay, though. More for me!
Goya Refried Black & Pinto Beans
I had never tried the Goya brand before. On the day I received this month's Degustabox, I was making homemade burritos. I opened these refried beans, and was very impressed with how delicious and creamy they are. They taste amazing!
Mrs. Renfro’s Texas Red Craft Beer Salsa
This delicious salsa is perfect for enjoying with chips, and eating with burritos. It has a great flavor, and my whole family enjoyed it.
LUNA Lemon Bars
I love all things lemon, and so I was excited to try out LemonZest bars! They are the perfect on-the-go snack for a quick energy boost. Since they are full of nutrition, you don't need to feel guilty! I am into eating healthier, and so I will be stocking up on these.
Lundberg Family Farms White Cheddar Red Rice & Quinoa Chips
Made with a Red Rice, Quinoa, a hint of garlic, and aged white cheddar, these chips are packed with flavor and nutrition. They are crunchy and are delicious with hummus.
The Spice Hunter Coriander Lime Spice
I haven't tried this spice yet, but I will add it to my collection of spices I want to try out. I think I will look up a recipe that I can use, and hopefully my family will enjoy it, too!
Boboli Thin Pizza Crust
I love Boboli pizza crusts! My son, Braxton and I made a cheese pizza together. He spread on the sauce and added the cheese. It was very easy to make, and a fun bonding activity for me and Braxton.
Boboli Tomato Pizza Sauce
Boboli pizza sauce is delicious! It was fun to make pizza with my son. He enjoyed spreading the sauce onto the crust and did a really good job!
Tiger Tail Classic Mustard
This mustard is perfect! I always get worried when I see a bottle of mustard that doesn't resemble my store bought brand, because I despise hot mustard! I can eat anything else that is spicy, but not mustard! On the day this Tiger Tail Classic Mustard came in the mail, we were headed out camping, and one of the items on my list was mustard. I quickly opened the lid and tasted the Tiger Tail, and it was....perfect! Better than perfect, I loved it! We used it on sandwiches all weekend long, and it was much tastier than my normal brand.
Please visit https://www.degustabox.com to get your Degustabox subscription started today!
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
PUR ATTITUDE™ LAUNCHES ADVANCED CELL RENEWAL NIGHT CRÈME
An Overnight Skincare Product with Natural Polymer Time-Released Technology, Bio-Advanced Peptides and Fermented Oil
PUR attitude™ announced the release of Advanced Cell Renewal Night Crème, a high-performance anti-aging cream that delivers key ingredients into the skin overnight via a natural polymer time-released technology. The cream also leverages bio-advanced peptides that oxygenate the skin and promote cell renewal, and fermented oil to improve youthful suppleness of the skin.
“The beauty of the PUR attitude brand is that we can deliver such advanced technology using safe ingredients,” said Jerry Rayman, President of PUR attitude. “The science behind anti-aging skincare is developing at a rapid rate. The products have better performance than ever before. PUR attitude is delighted to deliver yet another high-performing product to the marketplace.”
Advanced Cell Renewal Night Crème is enhanced with the power of natural Hyaluronix™ technology, which delivers up to one thousand times its weight in water, binding moisture deeply into the skin. This night cream uses a complex of three different molecular weights of Hyaluronic Acid—combined with glucosamine and ceramides—to create a delivery system that encapsulates and time-releases key ingredients deep within the lower layers of the skin. The cream also delivers a bio-advanced peptide technology along with Acetyle Hexapeptide-3, which has been proven to help reduce the signs of aging.
While the health benefits of eating fermented, probiotic foods are widely accepted in the food industry at this time, their use in skin care is relatively new. Fermenting natural oils restructures complex molecules, transforming them into tiny “superfoods” for the skin, providing faster absorption that results in healthier, younger-looking skin. Advanced Cell Renewal Night Cr ème uses a fermented olive oil for superior performance.
Each product in the PUR attitude line is dermatologist tested and approved, backed by independent clinical studies, and follows the brand’s standards for “Safe Beauty,” avoiding harsh chemicals, parabens, PEG’s, glycols, sulfates, petro-chemicals, synthetic fragrances and artificial dyes.
Advanced Cell Renewal Night Crème is available in 1 fl oz at a retail price of $59. (This is approximately a six-week supply, when used once daily).
My thoughts: I received a full-sized jar of Advanced Cell Renewal Night Crème to review. I apply it every night after I wash my face, before going to bed. The creme goes on smoothly and is absorbed completely by my dry skin. I love the lightweight feel of this product. It is rich and luxurious, but never sits heavily on my skin, and never leaves a residue or a shine. I apply it on my forehead, face, neck and decolletage right before bed. (I also appreciate that it doesn't have a strong fragrance.)
Each morning after using my Advanced Cell Renewal Night Crème the night before, my skin looks firmer, especially around my jaw line, and my neck. My skin looks very youthful, and I am often told that I look to young to have a grand baby! That is always nice to hear.
About PUR attitude
Based in Boca Raton, Fla., PUR attitude products contain only safe beauty ingredients and are not diluted with water. More than 1,300 chemicals have been banned from the company’s lab, which adheres to strict EU standards. All formulations for the brand were developed by David Pollock, a beauty innovation chemist with more than 20 years of experience formulating products for some of the most recognized names in the industry.
Enter to win: One winner will receive a full-sized jar of PUR attitude Advanced Cell Renewal Night Crème (ARV: $59)
How? It's easy! Enter to win by filling out the giveaway Tools form below. Good luck!
For more information, visit www.PURattitude.com.
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
Be the Parent, Please: Stop Banning Seesaws and Start Banning Snapchat: Strategies for Solving the Real Parenting Problems
Toddlers on tablets. Pre-teens on Tumblr. Thanks to a variety of factors—from tech companies hungry for new audiences, to school administrations bent on making education digital, to a culture that promotes everyone as the star of their own reality shows—technology is irrevocably a part of childhood, and parents are struggling to keep up. What should be allowed? What should be denied? And, given the ubiquity of technology and its inherent usefulness, what do sensible boundaries even look like?
A noted columnist and mother of three, Naomi Schaefer Riley fully understands the seductive nature of screens. For example, an afternoon of finger painting equals enormous cleanup of both house and hands. But an afternoon of iPad games? Just a swipe and a charger. Or what about car rides around town? Always having toys and books on hand isn’t a given, but your game-loaded smart phone is.
Riley draws us into her story and then walks us through the research on technology’s encroachment into each stage of childhood. She then offers "tough mommy tips": realistic, practical, applicable advice for parents who recognize that unlimited technology access is a problem, but who don’t know where to start in taking back control. These tips cover everything from placating an antsy toddler at your local favorite restaurant to best practices for keeping your teens safe from unsavory sites.
Any parent knows the effects of screens on their distracted, cranky, sedentary, and incessantly anxious-about-what-might-be-going-on-without-them kids. Naomi Schaefer Riley brings her experience, research, and no-nonsense candor to help parents prevent the children from falling under the destructive spell of technology.
Drop the Call
by Naomi Schaefer Riley,
Author of Be the Parent, Please
Excerpted from Be the Parent, Please: Stop Banning Seesaws and Start Banning Snapchat. Published by Templeton Press. (c) 2018 Naomi Schaefer Riley:
When it comes to technology, parents must examine not only how they want their children to relate to the devices or how much of their time they want kids to spend texting or emailing or gaming or surfing. They need to decide something more fundamental—how their children are going to interact with the rest of the world.
It is not an exaggeration to say that giving your kids a cellphone is giving them the keys to the kingdom. There is a whole world out there that they can now access without your knowledge. That world, which will be constantly beeping at your child, will forever change him or her. It may change how your child views friendships, how he or she interacts with the outdoors, how he or she experiences time alone.
When we hand over phones and tablets to children, we are likely to be changing not only the information they can access but also their habits, their personalities, and their tastes. And while they may see their online life as a privilege -- if not a right -- we should also be honest enough to understand it as a burden. For the sake of our own convenience and their entertainment, we are giving up their freedom and perhaps even some of their happiness.
Tips for Cutting Back
Buy your child a watch and teach him or her how to use it. You may think that you need your kid to have a phone in order to arrange pickups and drop-offs, but you don’t. Agree to meet at a time. You are not Uber. If something goes wrong, teach your child how to ask the adult present to contact you.
Play the memory game. If you’re tempted to give kids technology because you can’t figure out how else they would entertain themselves or communicate with you or their friends, ask yourself how you did it as a kid. The answer won’t always be the right one, but it will give you perspective.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Naomi Schaefer Riley is a weekly columnist for the New York Post and a former Wall Street Journal editor and writer whose work focuses on higher education, religion, philanthropy and culture. She is the author of six books, her most recent titled, The New Trail of Tears: How Washington Is Destroying American Indians, (Encounter, 2016). Her book, ’Til Faith Do Us Part: How Interfaith Marriage is Transforming America (Oxford, 2013), was named an editor’s pick by the New York Times Book Review. For more information, please visit http://www.naomiriley.com/
I love makeup. Makeup is one of my greatest obsessions in life! I love makeup because it allows me to completely transform my looks, or simply enhance my natural beauty. The right makeup helps me to feel really beautiful and gives me a boost of self confidence.
When looking for a new brand of cosmetics, there are two important things that I look for. First, I read the label to find out whether or not the ingredients are vegan. Second, the brand must be cruelty free!
Lime Crime Vegan & Cruelty Free Makeup definitely passes the test!
Founded by Doe Deere, Lime Crime is a 100% Vegan & Cruelty Free Makeup brand. Lime Crime loves their furry friends! They offer cruelty free cosmetics, which means they do NOT test on animals and they certify that all of their makeup products are 100% vegan. Lime Crime is proud to be certified by both PETA and The Leaping Bunny Program.
Lime Crime’s mission is to revolutionize makeup, from the way you shop for it to the way it makes you feel. As one of the first digitally-native beauty brands, Lime Crime has become a cult favorite and leader in the social + digital space. They set trends that take the internet by storm - while setting new standards for performance and quality. From their trail-blazing beginnings, they have changed the face of beauty with category firsts other brands have raced to imitate. (Who ever dreamed our blue Unicorn lipstick would become a mainstream must-have?)
They want you to express yourself unapologetically, so they create kick-ass products you can create looks with as individual as your moods. Whether you’re looking for a new go-to color or a special occasion sparkle, Lime Crime's collections are designed to put the perfect shade - and a smile! - on your face.
Founder and CEO of LimeCrime Cosmetics, Doe Deere
Vegan & Cruelty Free Makeup 101:
- Vegan Makeup - Does not include animal ingredients or byproducts such as beeswax, lanolin, whey, and carmine
- Cruelty Free Makeup - Cosmetics products and ingredients that are not tested on animals
What is Leaping Bunny Certification?
Leaping Bunny began with the creation of the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC), 8 national animal protection groups, such as Humane Society of the United States, coming together for the protection of animal rights. The Leaping Bunny Standard is also internationally recognized and partners with animal protection groups in Canada and Europe. They have created the cruelty free makeup standard, strict background testing including third party manufacturers to assure that all cosmetics are not tested on animals. Lime Crime has been independently verified as through stringent certification guaranteeing all of our cosmetics are cruelty free.
What is PETA Certification?
PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, has certified Lime Crime Cosmetics as both vegan and cruelty free as part of their commitment to preventing animal cruelty and testing. PETA is the most widely recognized organization in the United States dedicated to preventing animal abuse. You can find Lime Crime listed in PETA’s cruelty free and vegan shopping guide, a database of companies who are dedicated to the humane treatment of animals.
Lime Crime HQ is full of animal lovers of all kinds. Most employees actively adopt and foster furry friends who need our love. Everyone at their company is committed to creating animal-friendly cosmetics for everyone. It’s a part of their culture about which they’re most passionate and proud!
Learn more about Doe Deere here: http://www.doedeere.com/
To learn more about Lime Crime go here: https://www.limecrime.com/
My hair is so unpredictable. In fact, I feel that my hair has a mind of its own. Some days, it is full of volume, shine and softness. Other days, my hair is thin, fragile, dry and brittle.
As a busy mom, I don't have a lot of time to go to the salon and get my hair cut as often as I should. My ends get dry and brittle, and start to break off. I had always wished for a miracle product that would make my dry, damaged hair look healthy so that I can make the time between salon visits last longer. (My hair has blonde highlights, so it has more than its fair share of damage.)
I also wished for products that were made of natural ingredients that would be safe for my entire family. Thankfully, I was introduced to MONAT Global hair care.
MONAT Global is an emerging leader in the hair care industry and the very FIRST NATURAL HAIR Direct Sales company in the world. They have a naturally-based, safe, pure, cruelty-free, and sustainable solution for all types of hair.
MONAT Global is a recent arrival to the hair care scene and has a lineup of award winning products that will help everyone achieve their hair goals, whether it is to improve hair manageability, density, and fullness or to decrease the substantially decrease the thinning process & hair fallout.
I had always heard good things about MONAT hair care products, and so I was excited when I was given the chance to review them! I was sent MONAT'S RENEW Shampoo and REVITALIZE Conditioner.
These formulas were exactly what my parched and damaged hair was needing. I immediately put them to use. Following the directions on the bottle, I shampooed my hair with the RENEW shampoo, which I could tell was going to be something different from the thick, rich and luxurious lather. I left it in my hair for 3 minutes, massaging it into my scalp, and making certain that every strand of my hair was saturated. Then, I rinsed. I immediately re-applied and repeated the process.
Before applying the REVITALIZING Conditioner, the directions suggested towel drying my hair before applying the conditioner. So after gently towel drying, I applied the rich and creamy conditioner from roots to the ends, and left it in my hair for five minutes before rinsing.
After allowing my hair to air dry, and then styling it as usual, I was amazed at the transformation of my hair. It was immediately healthier, shinier and my split ends were no longer noticeable. It looked as if I had gotten them cut off! My hair was completely transformed.
I have since been using MONAT every three days whenever I wash my hair, and I haven't needed a hair cut to trim my dead ends, frankly because my ends no longer look dead, nor do they break off. My hair has grown at least two inches in that period of time since I have been using MONAT.
MONAT products can be bought online three ways: retail, VIP customer or as a Market Partner. For more information, please visit: www.MonatNews.mymonat.com
*This has been a sponsored post. However, all opinions are my own.
A visit to the spa is one of the most relaxing and rejuvenating experiences ever. You can take in the soothing scents of essential oils that calm the senses and help to lift toxins out of the body. You’ll enjoy the sounds of nature or tranquil music that helps to put you in a sleep-like state as you receive a facial that will leave your skin glowing and youthful.
Unfortunately, most of us don’t have time to visit the spa as often as we would like. However, there are some spa treatments you can try at home that are just as relaxing. It’s also important to give your skin spa-quality treatment as much as possible because of the pollutants that are found in the air that affect our bodies daily. To find out more about how to improve the condition of your skin at home, read more at Facing Acne. These treatments are also designed to give you glowing skin, so you’ll look like you had a spa weekend without leaving the comfort of your home.
Chocolate Face Mask
Not only can you enjoy some of your favorite gourmet chocolate as you indulge in your homemade spa, you can save a little for your facial as well. Chocolate has properties that renew and hydrate the skin, and there are also antioxidants in chocolate that help to combat cell damage and the negative effects of free radicals on the skin. To make this chocolate mask, you’ll need cocoa, honey, heavy cream, cottage cheese and oatmeal. The cream and cottage cheese contain lactic acid, which can even your skin tone and deep-clean your pores. Mix the ingredients together until the mixture looks similar to a batter. Use a facial spatula or brush to apply the mask to your face and let it sit for about 20 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water. When rinsing, use small circular motions to take the mask off and to get the exfoliation benefits of the oatmeal.
A scrub made from sugar or salt is often used in spas as a way to exfoliate the face and body. If you’ve ever experienced a scrub before a facial or massage, you know how soothing it can be. Now, you can make your own scrub at home using brown sugar, oatmeal, and olive or coconut oil. Brown sugar is beneficial for the skin because it protects the skin from bacteria and can get rid of dark circles under the eyes. Oatmeal contains beta glucans which are beneficial for tightening the skin, and the oats gentle exfoliate to remove debris and dead skin cells so that newer skin cells can thrive. Use a cup of each ingredient to create the scrub, and apply it all over your face and body, using small circular motions. Rinse the scrub off in the shower using lukewarm or tepid water. You’ll notice a difference right away – your skin will be smooth, supple and soft to the touch.
Papaya Enzyme Facial
Papain, the enzyme in papaya has the ability to improve the texture of the skin and help to reverse some of the effects of aging and sun damage. Papaya enzyme also serves as a gentle exfoliator and leave your skin glowing after use. You can take the enzyme internally, but you can also apply papaya to your face in the form of a DIY spa treatment.
After washing your face with a quality cleanser, put a pot of water on the stove to boil and mash up half a papaya to form a paste. Once the water gets hot, remove it from the stove and place your face over it to feel the steam for about five minutes. Then, apply the mashed papaya to your face. You can move away from the steam and even go lie down for about 10 minutes while the fruit enzyme does the work of lifting impurities from your skin. This is actually a treatment that is used in actual spas, so you can save money and be completely comfortable while you give yourself this four-star treatment.
Now that you know some of the beneficial spa treatments you can try at home, you can set aside time for a spa day without having to travel anywhere. This may make it easier to make time for quality skin treatments. The more you treat your skin with quality ingredients, the sooner you’ll see a youthful and glowing complexion.
A New High for Topical Pain Relief: Sacred Mind & Body’s New Products Include a Hemp Oil-Infused Lotion and Balm
Non-Psychoactive Hemp Oil-Based Body and Personal Care Line Tackles Aches and Pains…Naturally
The high-quality hemp oil-based body and personal care line, Sacred Mind & Body, introduces two topical pain relief products designed to soothe common aches and pains, including joint discomfort, sports injuries, and skin rashes, using only natural ingredients. The brand’s Pain Relief Lotion and Pain Relief Balm leverage ingredients such as Hemp Oil, Ginger Root-Infused Oil, and Turmeric in a luxurious skin-penetrating formula designed to ease soreness, cramping, and aches without the need for chemicals or potentially irritating ingredients like menthol. But don’t trip out over its use of hemp oil: the products are completely non-psychoactive.
“These pain relief products are the result of years of dedicated research, and we couldn’t be prouder to share them with the public,” says Silvia Orizaba, founder of Sacred Mind & Body. “We have embarked on a new era in self-care, one where consumers have become much more mindful of the ingredients they put on and in their bodies. Our pain relief lotion and balm answer the call for 100 percent natural external-use pain relievers that are actually affordable. These products are not only good for mollifying pain, but they happen to be really great for your skin too—that is something most menthol-based topical pain relievers cannot offer.”
While non-psychoactive hemp seed oil creates the basis for all of Sacred Mind & Body’s products, it is not the only star ingredient. In addition, the body and personal care line also harnesses the powers of several more of Mother Nature’s most healing ingredients and essential oils. While the brand offers a wide range of products, from massage lotions to personal lubricants, Sacred Mind & Body’s two newest products are its topical pain relief formulas:
Pain Relief Lotion by Sacred Mind & Body is a hemp-enhanced lotion rich with Violet Leaf-Infused Olive Oil and therapeutic essential oils, such as Myrrh, Frankincense, Tumeric, and Ginger. The silk-like lotion not only nourishes skin, but also penetrates deeper to ease irritation, inflammation, and aches.
Pain Relief Balm by Sacred Mind & Body is an entirely natural and carefully balanced hemp cream that can be used to treat stiff and aching muscles. An anti-inflammatory blend of Tumeric, Chamomile, Lavender, Ginger, and Frankincense essential oils are combined with other natural soothers, such as Violet Leaf-Infused Olive Oil, Ginger Root-Infused Oil, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, and of course, Natural Hemp Oil.
The kicker: both products retail for under $20.
From soothing tired feet to easing back pain to nurturing sore muscles after a high-intensity workout, the new Pain Relief Lotion and Pain Relief Balm from Sacred Mind & Body are serving up self-care the way nature intended.
About Sacred Mind & Body
Sacred Mind & Body introduces a premium line of hemp oil-based body and personal care products designed to heal, nurture, and relieve using Mother Nature's purest ingredients. Mindfully crafted formulas leverage the naturally healing properties found in hemp seed oil and essential oils to stimulate circulation, promote cellular regeneration, reduce inflammation, relax sore muscles, and coax toxins out of the body. Products range from topical pain relievers to relaxing salt soaks to personal lubricants and massage oils. As part of its mission to promote peace and health in others, Sacred Mind & Body donates 10 percent of all proceeds toward breast cancer research.
For more information or to purchase Sacred Mind & Body products, please visit http://www.hempsacred.com/
There is a new skin care company on my radar! I am intrigued by ERBORIAN! Check out some of their top-sellers below, and you will see why I am excited to be trying them out in the very near future. There is definitely something unique about Korean skin care products. Korean women never seem to age! (Stay tuned on a future review!)
Don’t miss out tonight on QVC, beautyIQ Channel. Tune it at 10pm to see all that Erborian has to offer, from their top-selling CC Crème to scrubs and masks. Get a sneak-peak at some of their best-sellers below!
Erborian CC Crème ($44)
With a color correcting formula, this crème instantly transforms your skin to a flawlessly smooth, even and radiant finish. It utilizes unique color-changing technology, which allows the crème to adjust to your skin tone and enhance your skin’s true radiance.
Erborian Solid Cleansing Oil ($39)
Start and end your day with the Solid Cleansing Oil, a double transformation cleanser that turns into an oil, and then a lotion for maximum effectiveness. Formulated with coconut and sunflower seed oils, it gently cleanses and purifies the skin and removes traces of makeup.
Erborian Pink Perfect Crème – 4 in 1 Primer ($16)
Let your skin appear smoothed and radiant with this wonder cream. Acting as a 4-in-1 primer, it provides an instant blur by giving a soft-focus looking effect to the skin, it visibly minimizes the appearance of pores, it helps enhance the appearance of your skin tone with a pearly glow and it prepares your skin for makeup, acting as a primer.
Erborian Bamboo Waterlock Moisture Mask ($43)
Bamboo has been used for centuries in Korea because of its amazing moisturizing benefits. This mask replenishes moisture for parched skin, and can be used as a mask or as a moisturizing treatment for extra thirsty skin.
Once the kids are off to school, many former stay-at-home moms are looking to re-enter the workforce. Some have degrees and careers from pre-mom days while others are looking for jobs they’d be good at, even if they need a little training. When it comes to being a mother, there are just some things you are naturally good at, so what is it you liked most about being a mom? That would be a very good place to start. Here are some examples that moms are just naturally great at.
As a mom, you are a caregiver extraordinaire. Why not consider going into nursing? You can begin as an LPN and work towards becoming an RN online while you’re on the job. Nursing is a great career for those moms who want to bring their sense of compassion and caring to a whole new level.
2. Vet Tech
Another job perfect for those who love caring for others would be to explore the possibility of becoming a vet tech. While not working with people, if you love animals, this would be perfect! You can check out the best vet tech schools around the nation, find one near you, and before you know it you will have a job that suits you – and brings in an income, of course.
3. Life Coach
Ah, the trials and tribulations of parenting. Once you have gone through the many challenges of managing a family, it isn’t much of a stretch to help others find their own calling. We have too few life coaches who actually have experience in the real world and so, this might be a perfect opportunity to fill a void. A degree in social work wouldn’t hurt, but it isn’t absolutely necessary. Help others discover their true purpose in life.
Do you remember the days of sending your little girls off to school with their braids, ponytails, and ribbons? There’s just something so satisfying when you can make someone look so pretty. Why not get your cosmetology license in your state and get a job making everyone who sits in your chair look their very best? How rewarding is that?
5. Retail Sales
The great thing about retail sales these days is that you don’t even need to leave the home to enter the world of retail. You can set up shop online in marketplaces like Amazon or eBay, or you can simply develop your own online marketplace, become an affiliate marketer, and work your way around the web selling products from the comfort of your home. Still a stay-at-home mom? This might be the perfect job for you.
6. Daycare Operator
Now you have experience with kids. Why not open your own daycare center? If you miss little ones around all the time and you have a real love for those little people, opening a daycare would be ideal. Most states require you to be licensed and some states require some level of education before you can be the owner of a daycare center, but if you love working with kids, it’s worth a little extra effort to qualify to run your own daycare.
Stereotypical as it may sound, moms are simply natural in some professions. Look at your passions and then pursue a career. If you love what you do, then make a career out of it! In time, you’ll find your niche, but when you do – watch out world!