Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Weleda Calendula Body Cream is a Poolside Must Have

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When you have those long hot days in the sun, no amount of sunscreen can keep you or baby's skin fully protected. Sunscreen does work to alleviate exposure to sun rays, but the humidity and sweat does its own number on your skin. Babies and toddlers have such sensitive skin and that soft skin of theirs gets stressed from the inside out. This is where Calendula comes to the rescue.

If you are not sure what the benefits of a calendula lotion are, consider the benefits in Weleda's Calendula Body Cream. I have them listed below. Weleda's products are made with natural ingredients that contain botanical ingredients so it is safe for even the youngest members of your family.

  • Calendula Flower Extract - A gentle and nourishing botanical that possesses powerful healing and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Sweet Almond Oil – A mild oil that contains essential fatty acids to hydrate skin and improve its natural barrier function.
  • Chamomile Flower Extract – An herb that produces small white flowers that helps to calm and soothe the skin.
  • Lanolin - A hydrous wool wax that has the unique ability to absorb twice its own weight in water. When applied to skin, it protects against moisture loss.

  • Learn more about the Weleda Calendula Body Cream at http://usa.weleda.com/our-products/shop/9652.aspx and while there, see all of the other natural skincare and products for your body.

    Max One is the Emergency Device Every College Student Needs

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    In a few weeks we will drive the middle son across state to move him into his College dorm room as a Freshman. It is scary to think he will just be dropped alone and we take the 6 hour drive back home without him. We have made lists and been checking them off buying everything we feel he'll need in his new adventure. We know space its limited in his dorm he will share with a friend and fellow student, but we still want to pack him with the safety items that give us peace of mind.

    "Guys, I won't need that?" and you say "Honey, please take it. For me." Sound familiar? Ease your mind by packing him or her the Max One. It is the emergency device that should be in every dorm or apartment. The Max One is a smoke alarm, emergency flashlight and motion sensor in one.

    The Max One is so easy to set up. You simply plug it into an outlet. There are 4 modes-off, motion, security and nightlight. We set ours to nightlight and it did not turn on right away because it was daylight. Once the room got dark at night it came on but the night light kept blinking. I got it to stop by moving it to a new outlet. My youngest son still likes the hall light on and I tried it out in his room and since I had it facing the hallway it was competing in a light/dark atmosphere. It was not annoying at all to me to have to find the right spot due to its sensitivity to mirrors and outside light because sensitive is exactly what you want it to be when alerting your child of a fire or motion.

    What does the Max One do? It searches out the high frequency pitch that smoke and carbon monoxide detectors emit and lets off a lower frequency alert. Why? Because many studies show that a teenager/college-age child may not respond naturally to the higher pitch. It takes a lower pitch for their maturing ears and if they are drinking (which of course your child is never going to do), the rate doubles to teens who will not wake to a traditional alarm. How do you know those sleeping logs will wake to a unit out in a dorm hall? The Max One will get them up.

    The Max One is going off, now what? It will light your way. The emergency light kicks on illuminating and when grabbed from the wall becomes a flashlight from the top end to guide the way. When set to motion, your child will be alerted by the same flash and sound when motion is detected when none was expected. Peace of mind for all of you with daughters, I must say!

    It is a no brainer and it's as easy as heading to your local Home Depot for this life saving device. If the outlet situation is not convenient to plug it into, it does come with a stand so you can set on a table or desk and use a USB cord to keep charged from a computer or laptop. A few other features are it has a separate USB plug in so your student can still charge their device from the unit when the outlet is occupied by it. It also holds its own charge and lights up for a flashlight in a standard power outage. How much does this cost? $39.95. That's it to save a life. Buy online at http://www.maxsmarthome.com/Products#HD1 or visit a Home Depot before move-in day.

    Monday, July 25, 2016

    Ecos Natural Laundry Products Tackles Your Stains

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    No matter the time of year or age of your children, laundry is a constant. If we could take all the stains we have seen and put them into words we'd have memories and stories to tell. As great as memories are, stains are not wanted and they need to go. As a Mom I only want to use safe ingredients on the clothes my children wear on their bodies everyday and this is why I love Ecos. It is affordable and offers environmentally friendly cleaning products with high quality, plant-derived agents safe for the entire family. Let's take a look at some....

    The only spray 2 bottles you'll need! The Ecos Plant Powered All Purpose Cleaner is great for washing down the laundry room, kids toys, counters, table tops, stainless steel, stone, wood and more. This is the Orange Plus scent and you can find Parsley and Ginger scents too. 

    The Eco Breeze Fabric Refresher comes in Lemongrass, Orange Blossom or Mint scents. They smell so good that you'll want to take them anywhere to freshen any space or fabric.

    My favorite clothes brightener cannot be found in a bottle of detergent. It is the added oxy power to include in your wash. I use this Oxo Brite that has natural Oxygen power and is color-safe with chlorine free ingredients.

    Baby Ecos is a must for infants and toddlers. It is a hypoallergenic detergent free of formaldehyde, petrochemicals and is pH balanced. It has a built-in fabric softener so you don't need a second product in your load. It is made to protect your baby's sensitive skin.

    I love the Free & Clear Ecos. Not only is it fragrance free, it does not contain dyes, formaldehyde, phosphates, dioxane or other harmful ingredients. It works for hot or cold loads in HE or non HE washers. If I want a scent to a load, I add a drop or 2 of my favorite essential oil.

    You can find Ecos products at most major retailers. Use the best on your family while doing one of the most common chores in your home. Visit http://ecos.com/ to learn more and make sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

    Organize Your Work Space with 3M Products at Shoplet

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    Throughout the past year I have upgraded some work space equipment from new computer and even a new printer. But what I had not done yet was make my workspace function ergonomically and aesthetically for me. I had to wrist protection at my keyboard and was using some motor oil mouse pad I got at a fair years ago. I was looking down a bit at my computer screen and it was not doing my neck and shoulders any favors. 

    Why did I wait? My new 3M desk accessories arrived from Shoplet and it not only transformed the look of my workspace but I look at my screen, not down and my wrist is supported whether using my mouse or typing.

    Shoplet offers products from office furniture to cleaning supplies. You can also find restaurant products and medical supplies as well. Starting with a simple and common product for any business-let's look at the assortment of 3M products at great prices from Shoplet. 

    My 3M mouse pad with gel wrist rest is so sleek looking. I love the wipeable mouse surface and the gel makes the rest so comfortable. I have an optical mouse and it moves fast and with no hesitation on this surface. Underneath is a nonskid surface. It stays put all day long.

    With my mousepad I also have the 3M keyboard with gel wrist rest pad. It is also non skid and stays in place very well, but it gives my wrist the same comfort as the mousepad when I am typing away. I am able to work with good wrist and arm form.

    What is so great for me ergonomically is the 3M adjustable monitor stand. I have 4 height options with simple block fitting at the 4 feet. I also now have more work space because so many items I use fit underneath the stand. My post-it notes, business cards, chargers all fit underneath clearing my worktop.

    If you have been looking to bulk order and save as you schedule future orders, I highly encourage you to visit Shoplet. If you know a business owner, this is worth a share for them. 

    Sunday, July 24, 2016

    When Disaster Strikes and the Kids are Home Alone #Tips

    If you are like most households, you work and the children are home alone if old enough or with a caretaker all day. With summer here many are home with childcare or an older sibling. Would they know what to do if a disaster struck while you were away form home? It's a scary thought and a conversation you must have with your family today!

    Would your children call from a cell phone or a landline?  And does it make any difference?  Surprisingly, the answer is yes.  According to the latest data, if you don't have a landline in your home, it could be putting your children in grave danger. 


    According to an investigation by the USA Today, the chances of 911 dispatchers being able to find you based on your cell phone's GPS can be as low as 10% in some parts of the country.  With a significant share of cell phone-to-911 calls being placed from within residences—and 45% of Americans opting out of landline coverage at home—countless people are left vulnerable in emergencies.  The question then becomes not why you should have a landline in the home, but why haven't you gotten one yet?

    In the spirit of keeping you and your family safe, I recently partnered with Ooma leading Internet home phone service with reliable E911 technology—to deliver three tips for keeping your home safe this summer in addition to owning a landline. 


    Whether it's for a small scrape or something far worse, it's always a good idea to have a first aid kit handy.  People who call 911 from their cell phone are often surprised at how long emergency workers take to arrive on scene.  According to the recent Ooma.com 911 Emergency Response Study, more than one in five cell phone callers feel it takes too long—that's seven times higher than for people who call from a landline.  If you're often in situations when only a cell phone is available, consider keeping a first aid kit nearby.  


    Make sure that no matter where you are, it's easy for the people around you to call your emergency contacts. Consider posting your own number, as well as first response numbers, on your fridge so your kids know how to reach you and your family, family members who live close by, or the authorities.  Post the name and number of a trusted friend or neighbor, too.  With Ooma's home phone system, up to three of these contacts can be notified by text message automatically when a 911 call is placed.  In situations when every second counts, this reliable Internet-based technology could save tens of thousands of lives. 


    Educate your kids about the sights, smells, and sounds of danger.  If they hear a smoke alarm or see an appliance overheating, advise your children to get outside as quickly as possible.  Planning an exit strategy is key to getting a safe distance away from the house so you can alert a neighbor and have them call the fire department.  Consider making a detailed fire plan with multiple escape routes and keeping a printed copy of your fire plan on visible walls around your house.

    For many people, money is understandably a legitimate concern—but when it comes down to it, we really can't put a price on ensuring that the people we love are safe.  Luckily, first aid kits are both lightweight and budget-friendly, while the price of a secure Ooma landline pays for itself in just three months and costs less than a Netflix subscription on a monthly basis.  

    My Natural Disaster story

    I remember being in the Loma Prieta Earthquake in San Francisco bay area as a child. We were home with my Mom and it happened at rush hour. We knew my Dad was do to cross over the Bay Bridge and as we got the radio going as TV was out we heard about its collapse. We were so panicked. We tried calling his office but lines were down. It was 2 hours of panic and even flagging down an officer to say we suspect him on or near the collapsed bridge and how do we know? At about 7pm my Dad pulls into the driveway-I get tears now just thinking of the relief we had. Turns out he decided to leave work a tad early so he can swing by my Grandparents house to check a home fix they needed. In the end it worked out perfect because he easily could have been a victim on the bay bridge, but he actually was able to be present with my Grandparents when the quake hit and got them calmed down and secure before driving home. See, he did not have access to a radio or working TV or phones so he had no idea what we knew and the concern we were having about the bridge. 

    Armed with these tips and a plan for how to stay in contact when disaster strikes, you can feel more secure that the kids are as safe as can be at home without you. For more on Ooma, follow on Facebook and Twitter.
    If you've got a story you'd feel comfortable sharing, I'd love to hear about them!  Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments below. 

    Friday, July 22, 2016

    Kid-Approved Snacks from Pirate's Booty

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    For now it is days at the water park and camping trips and in about a month we are back to school and packing lunches. No matter the occasion, the popular snack that is baked and never fried is here in snack size pouches for easy packing. Pirate's Booty is made with real ingredients-puffed rice and corn with real aged white cheddar.

    You can find Pirate's Booty by the bag for handfuls of snacking or in pouches. The pouches are easy to open-my 8 year old was able to open with no problem. I had these shipped to my door and no packages came open in shipping so it stores very well. The 1/2 oz packages are the perfect snack size.

    Pirate's Booty is gluten-free and does not contain any artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. They are also kosher and the Pirate's Booty Smart Puffs and Original Tings are Non-GMO. Bored while snacking? Find some Pirate Activities on their website. Fun activities you can use if you have a pirate-theme party coming up.

    Remember these fun pirate snacks for the summer and back to school. Visit http://www.piratebrands.com/ to learn more.

    Thursday, July 21, 2016

    Subscription Box for Teacher: Teacher Peach's A Note From the Teacher

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    Recently, I introduced you to the Subscription service with teachers in mind. Teacher Peach is a great gift for teachers and the classroom. You can get a subscription sets or oder one-time gifts. This particular subscription box can be bought with 1, 3, 6 and 12 month options. Your initial box is the starter kit and thereafter you get additional cards, stickers, stamps and more. This is the A Note from the Teacher subscription box at Teacher Peach.

    Box 1 contains greeting cards, postcards, seals, stamps, AnecNOTES and more. There is a fun tip sheet for writing ideas. The focus of the box is to keep yourself connected to students and families with hand written notes. There is no better personal touch than the thought of such notes. 

    There is a little bit of everything in the sets. You have cards that recognize achievements, parents, celebrations, good work and more. There are blank card options for write-ins and the seals and stickers add an even greater touch. YOU also get the organizer in Box 1 to store all the cards in. It is a gift that can give all year long.

    Start your school year off with a personal touch and consider the subscription gifts from Teacher Peach for you or a teacher you know. Teachers-veteran or new will appreciate the encouragement to hand write to students and parents.

    Visit http://www.teacherpeachboxes.com/ to see all that is available for the classroom.

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