Skincare has become more important to my beauty routine as the years go by. Now that I am wiser, and know there is more to keeping the skin I have been blessed with healthy than moisturizing, I want to develop a routine that works for me. For a while, that was not so easy. With so many products, regimens, promises and advertising aimed at my age group, I honestly had no idea where to begin.
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The Y’our approach factors in environmental, age, lifestyle and stress in your daily life and pairs natural and effective products to give you the best results. Each Y’our skincare set includes a cleanser, a day cream, a night cream and a serum selected with you in mind.
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Being a busy mom of three boys I rarely have time to spend in the bathroom but I wanted to make time to use Yo
Do you suffer from acne? Check out these tips on how you can be on your way to clearer more radiant skin.
I have been more than impressed with the Y’our skincare line. If you to are not sure what your skin needs other than a moisturizer, I would highly recommend taking the skin quiz and creating your own routine with the experts at Y’our.
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Einstein said, “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but
imagination.” When it comes to kids learning through play, the old fashioned
way of showing kids how to use a toy or kids learning through reading instead
of experiencing has faded away in the wake of a new (and more effective) type
of learning called STEM play.
is an acronym for “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math” (also
known as STEAM if you include art in there as well).
before your child knows how to do math or completes science projects, STEM
skills are developed naturally in babies and toddlers by exploring and learning
about the world. (Source
– Baby Savers)
Hub Education explained each element of STEM very well:
“Science is a way of thinking
through experiments, observation, making predictions, asking questions,
and deciding how things work.
Technology is a way of doing. With
learning tools, kids become inventive, identify problems, and make things
Engineering is also a way of
doing. A child can solve problems with a variety of materials – they
design and create. Little learners build things that work.
learning does not mean a complicated DIY science experiment where you need a
ton of time and materials. It can be as
simple as going outside in nature with your child.
Ask “What” questions when exploring:
are those ants doing?
What shape is that rock?
What is on the branch?
What is under the rock?
What do you see in the sky?
babies, try to not say “no” often and instead let your baby explore more freely.
For example, our son used to get into this cupboard in the kitchen that was
located on the ground level (all the other cabinets had safety locks), but this
particular cupboard was filled with old baby bottles, plastic containers, lids,
and things like this so we left it unlocked.
son LOVED opening this cupboard and taking out everything inside and then he
would even climb in the cupboard and play in there (the door was always open). Yes,
it made a huge mess on the kitchen floor, but instead of saying “no,” we
allowed him to play and explore. Afterwards, I just cleaned it up – no big
cupboard would keep him entertained for a good 45 minutes! With a baby’s short attention span, this was
amazing and proves that STEM activities and toys are more engaging for kids.
toddlers, STEM gets even more fun when we can talk with our kids, listen to
what they have to say, and watch them imagine and figure things out.
projects for toddlers help children explore a variety of thinking skills that
boost both their creativity, logic, spacial awareness, fine motor skills, and
gross motor skills. Toddlers who engage these systems, versus toddlers who
largely learn from screens an immobile activities have a huge advantage once
they reach school-age.” (Source
minute to think about your child’s top three favorite toys. I bet they are interactive in some way,
right? We just donated two trash bags of
toys to our son’s pre-school because we noticed he only played with three main
His cars / hot wheels (he loves to line them up and one by one he looks at each car carefully, it’s really cute. Especially when he says, “Look, Camero!” or “Mama, Hummer!” Also, he sorts all his cars by color in piles)
Savers published an amazing list of ideas and activities for parents to refer
to when choosing STEM toys:
“Seek out toys that encourage one or more of the following ideas or activities:
Additionally, here are some great tips to follow when introducing your baby / toddler to STEM toys:
Keep it simple.
Don’t use battery operated toys which tend to guide the
child on how to play instead of the child exploring and learning on their own.
Make it fun.
Follow your child’s imagination – there’s no right or wrong
Switch it up a bit – dad can be cooking and mom can be
mowing the lawn.
Here are our top five STEM toys for babies and toddlers:
#1 People Blocks – Magnetic Building
People Blocks are GENIUS and it’s
cool that their toy designer is the brainchild designer of the -world-famous
Magna -Tiles. These magnetic blocks get babies and toddlers building earlier
and learning while having fun. This is the epitome of STEM play.
“Most toys today are designed to
only keep the attention span of a child for a short period. We are changing that by creating toys that
grow with your child, not outgrown by your child like you typically see,” says
Rudy Valenta, CEO of People Toy Company (aka People).
Throughout the toy development
process, People looked for ways to take the developmental milestones
acknowledged by the medical community around the world and find clever ways to
incorporate the skill development in play.
They have their own private studies and research with parent groups and
child industry experts to ensure their toys are not only fun but have high play
value with STEM features.
Their newest People Blocks
collection are their Working Cars, a magnetic click and stick car set with 18 new automotive inspired shapes.
Your child can build cars and discover how to fit the blocks together to build
different shapes. Remember with STEM there is no right or wrong and it’s all
new People Blocks set we love are the Zoo Animals Clear Magnetic Blocks – perfect
for light tables and a fun way to explore colors and light. This set comes with
17 new creature inspired shapes.
They say this is a great Easter gift
and we agree, but my son loves playing with this year round. Kids love anything
to do with food. These eggs are not just any eggs though. Once opened, tiny
shapes are revealed and to put the egg back together the child must match the
extending shape with the shape hole from the other egg half.
#4 Bug Catching Magnetic Puzzle Game by
Melissa & Doug
watching my son play with this toy. There’s a bug net with a magnet at the end of
a string and when it touches on of the bugs, the puzzle piece comes out. Once
all are out, he then fits all the pieces back in the right place.
first, my son realized the magnet on the string would not easily go to where he
grabbed the magnet at the bottom and placed it on the puzzle piece. Instead of
me saying, “that’s not how you are supposed to use it” I said, “that was smart
of you to realize you had to hold close to the magnet to get it where you want
faster. This is an easy way of doing it. Now let’s try the harder way. Try with
one hand only holding the fishing pole and I know you can do it with just a
little bit of patience.”
then tried again and slowly lowered the magnet on the string as it swung back
and forth. As he lowered it more, it finally clicked on to the magnet. He was
so excited he did it with only one hand.
STEM play is
not just a hype word; it’s a very important part of how our kids should be
learning on a daily basis. Remember that STEM play can be done using anything
around you like nature, a bunch of empty dishes that fit into one another or
have covers that snap on, to more advanced STEM play using the best
developmental toys for babies and toddlers.
By introducing STEM play early on, your child will be ahead of the curve when they go to preschool and school so get out and get your STEM on!
I have gone through many vacuums over the years, and one brand I love is Shark! I find their vacuums last and the suction and cleaning quality can’t be beaten! Today I am excited to share the Shark Rocket Complete with DuoClean Technology, one of the top vacuums on the market right now.
I received this vacuum awhile back, and I have been putting it to the test. I am so impressed with how well this vacuum works, it really picks up all the dust and debris that has embedded into my carpet. It offers a DuoClean Technology, which means it has 2 powerful brushrolls spinning in unison, to pull in small and large particles from the floor or carpet! It really has a wonderful suction power that does an exceptional job of cleaning the floors!
The LED light works great for seeing any food items you have on the floor that need to be vacuumed up. I was shocked at how well it lit up our floors, so you could really see what you are cleaning!
Shark Rocket Is Self-Propelling Vacuum With Ease
This is a very lightweight vacuum which makes it easy to move room to room and clean, and won’t pull on your back when you vacuum! The one thing I find that really sets this vacuum apart is it can clean floor-to-ceilings! This Shark vacuum can clean your couch, ceiling fans, air vents, hard wood or linoleum flooring, carpet, you name it, this vacuum will clean it! Plus it is self-propelling, so as soon as you turn it on, you feel it gently pulling at the flooring, which makes vacuuming so much easier.
We have a mix of flooring in our home, and I love being able to go from vacuum our carpet to our linoleum floors in the kitchen and hallway. It saves me from having to get a broom and dustpan out, and as a busy mom, I will take any short cut I can get!
Shark Rocket Complete with DuoClean Technology Has Amazing Suction Power
I am able to clean under my kitchen appliances, in the crooks of our couch and chairs, and so much more. We couldn’t be more impressed with this vacuum! I love that the filters are washable, so when you go to clean, you can reuse them for a lifetime! Shark really put a lot of time and thought into this vacuum. Everything is easy, from dumping the collection bin, cleaning the filters, cleaning the rollers, and the list goes on!
If you are interested in a Shark, check out their site and order one today! I highly recommend Shark, they are a top leading brand, with vacuums you can truly trust!
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With 3 on the go, growing boys, snacks are a frequent part of our lives. Keeping the boys fueled for their action packed days of learning, playing and practicing is a challenge sometimes. We don’t always have time to prepare from scratch treats and convenience is important when time is of the essence.
We recently got to try out something new and super yummy, that is delicious and nutritious. Slammers snacks are more than just an applesauce pouch. They are portable, packable superfoods for growing bodies!
Offering my boys Slammers Snacks in their lunches and afterschool is a great way to give them a serving of fruits, veggies and vitamins in one easy to easy and totally enjoyable package. There are several flavors available and my boys loved them all.
I loved them too because I could give them a treat when we are the busiest without turning to junk food. I had no mom guilt over this option, and the boys had no complaints about the snack option either.
Slammers Snacks are available in flavors like Epic, which is mango, carrot, orange and greek yogurt. Awesome flavor is a berry, banana, beet and acai blend that smells amazing. Chill’n has yumberry, yogurt, butternut squash, blueberries and bananas. As you can tell, Slammers Snacks are packed with good stuff for growing bodies, or anyone looking for healthier on the go options.
These are perfect for a lunch box, a quick pick me up in the car after school, or as an addition to breakfast. These are so nutritious and delicious kids or adults would welcome a Slammers Snack any time or place.
Slammers Snacks are one of our favorite ways to eat better on the go. Do you think your family would like Slammers Snacks as an addition to their routines?
School is almost here and I am ready to update my look for the season! As a very busy mom of three active boys, I am used to being on my toes. So, when I think about updating my wardrobe, I am looking for function, fashion and comfort. Shoes are one of the first things I look for when I shop for a seasonal wardrobe.
This year I found the perfect shoe for back to school. No matter where life takes us, to school, to the beach, the mall, a ball game or on a picnic, the Piper in Peach from Lamo Footwear will carry me there and keep me comfortable. I love that these are completely cute and will pair perfectly with so many of my outfits!
The Piper in Peach is a slip on sneaker. It is easy to get on or off, and these are so comfortable to wear. They offer the ideal amount of support and are great for walking, or even chasing after boys. The shoes are washable as an added bonus to keep them looking great all year long. Knowing my shoes can be washed when needed is important to me because life with boys can get adventurous!
Retailing at under $33 this is a great shoe to add to your collection for summer. If peach isn’t your favorite color, you can browse the selection of Piper styles, there are 8 fantastic colors to choose from. I know I will be adding a few more colors before the season gets underway.
If you are looking for an affordable yet stylish pair of sneakers for school or just to wear, I would highly recommend Lamo’s Piper. I have been totally impressed with the fit, the look and the comfort of this pair of shoes and I know you will be too!
With the holidays comes some stress. From staying on budget to accomplishing everything on your to-do list, it is easy to get overwhelmed and maybe a little tense. When given the opportunity to review a few Napio massagers, I knew this was perfect timing and just what I needed to relax a little and keep the holidays super jolly!
The Naipo Shiatsu Kneading Massager Neck & Shoulder Massager with Heat is just what Santa’s helper needs to unwind after a long day of Merry Making. This is a super relaxing way to relieve tension in your neck and shoulder area. Retailing at under $60 this is truly a gift that will keep on giving! The Christmas Shoulder Massager wraps around your shoulders to massage away aches, pains, and stiffness. I love that it gives a deep massage while being remarkably quiet and that it is made with leather. It heats up and mimics an amazing, relaxing hug.
The Naipo Massager is one of my favorite gift ideas for the special guys in my life. It wraps them in a warm hug as it heats between 96 and 104 degrees while offering a deep massage to melt his pains, aches, tensions, and stiff shoulders. Made with PU leather, this is a handsome massager that will be well received by any guy on your shopping list. Retailing at under $60 this is a must have relaxation tool in my opinion.
I was very pleased with both of the Napio shoulder massagers and loved how easy they were to use and how great the results of the shiatsu massage were. I would highly recommend this brand for holiday shopping and beyond.
Have you ever used a shoulder massager? Do you think you could benefit from a gift like this? Tell me about it in a comment!.