Monday, December 5, 2016

Fun with Stitchables!



We are a crafting family.  I believe crafting gives children a life-long appreciation for arts and also helps tremendously with creativity and hand-eye coordination.  Fun with Stitchables is a fantastic new book by Suzy Altman that brings cross-stitch to kids from ages 5-10.
Fun with Stitchables introduces young crafters to the fun of simple embroidery. Quick and easy cross-stitch sewing cards are included with punched holes for easy stitching, as well as a 16-page project book with instructions for designing your own unique stitching patterns and color combinations. A project gallery shows examples of what the hand-stitched cards can become once they are complete: everything from ornaments to greeting cards! The simple stitching patterns taught in this book promote growth and development, hand-eye coordination, as well as creativity and imagination. Fun with Stitchables will entertain and delight crafters of all ages and inspire a lifelong love of embroidery.

This is a great gift for little crafters and so fun!  My daughter and I both love the colorful  illustrations and ease of learning embroidery.  The directions are simple and the materials are easy to find.  What a great way to learn and have fun.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Paper Trax

I know it is depressing, but summer is making its way out the door, and iffy weather might make for long hours of trying to entertain the kids.  For years, kids and adults alike have been enchanted with toy cars.  My nephew and even my daughter, spend hours zooming cars across my floor.  I have a very strong dislike for the tracks that go with these cars (step on one in the night and see what I mean).  I heard about Paper Trax and had to try them!

Paper Trax is a completely recyclable, all paper based race track created to race cars on Trax attached to your walls. Each Trax is designed by a local artist with your kid's imagination taken to heart, and truly meets Einstein's famous quote, “Play is the highest form of research.”

These are 100% recyclable, but with the hours of fun kids will have, you will never want to see these go.

I know a few little people who are definitely getting a set of these for the holidays.  There is so much fun to be had and these foster creation in such a great way.  I can even see these being a fabulous way to decorate a play room or even bedroom.  Vroom, vroom!

Hydro Flask a Hydration Saver


When I want to keep my family happily hydrated, there is really only once place I can go.  Hydro Flask bottles can legitimately keep up with the coldest winters and hottest summers.  I have left my bottles in a boiling hot car and got them the next morning to find the ice still in place.  They are honestly that good.

I made a pledge to keep myself hydrated.  I am not a soda and juice person, so water is my mainstay. I work in a place where I am constantly running around.  The 40 oz. wide mouth bottle with straw lid is my new best friend.  Here are some the things this baby boasts:
  • TempShieldTM Protected
  • Keeps cold up to 24 hours
  • Keeps hot up to 6 hours
  • 18/8 Pro Grade Stainless Steel
  • BPA-Free and Phthalate-Free
  • Durable, sweat-free powder coat finish (or our Classic Stainless option)
  • Lifetime Warranty


Yeah, so why don't you have one yet?  This lasts me all day at work and I swear it has become an extension of my own arm. 

We have reviewed the 64 oz. Growler, and we are equally in love with the 32 Oz. Growler

  • Hydro Flask created the first stainless steel insulated growler on the market
  • Fresh Carry System™ keeps beer cold and carbonated for hours
  • Streamlined handle for easy one-handed pour
  • Smaller size is ideal for stowing in a backpack - (why limit yourself to just one craft variety!)

My daughter grabbed this before I even had time to try it and made it her soccer game water bottle.  I ended up buying another for my craft-beer obsessed husband.  We love it!  This has won design awards for very good reason.  It actually keeps the beverage carbonated, and you look pretty fancy using it too.

Stay hydrated and happy!


Monday, October 17, 2016

Everything is coming up Roses!



I try to use only the purest ingredients on my skin.  Our skin is our biggest organ and the thought of putting unnecessary chemicals all over it, is less than appealing.  Evan Healy  is a holistic aesthetician with over 30 years experience.  She puts care, love and the purest ingredients into all she does. Her entire line is my opinion, unparalleled.  She has single-handedly saved my skin.


I was looking for a new cleanser.  I don't wear a lot of makeup, and what I do is all naturally-based, but I still need seomthing that makes my skin feel clean, and not stripped.  Enter Evan Healy with her Rose Cleansing Milk.

  • For all skin - especially dry, oily, or combination
  • Our creamy cleansing milk, handmade with regenerating plant oils, antioxidant-rich gotu kola and purifying white kaolin clay, leaves skin feeling clean, relaxed and refreshed
  • Vitalizing plant hydrosols combine with fresh steam-distilled rosy-leaf geranium to thoroughly cleanse combination skin
  The Rose Cleansing Milk smells like a garden in a bottle.  It keeps my skin toned, clean and never dry.  I cannot believe there was a time when I was not using this.  It draws out impurities and I can boast clearer skin since I have this in my arsenal.  And after washing my face, well, enter magic in a bottle...



What was originally a mistake of adding too much hydrosoul to the Rose Vetiver Moisturizer turned in to my favorite facial moisturizer ever!  Yes, a big statement, but this limited edition bottle of magic is the best!  The Limited Edition Rose Vetiver Fluid Moisturizer is light, smells like heaven and I am coveting every last drop.




  • A light-weight version of our beloved Rose Vetiver Day Moisture
  • With hand-pressed Argan Oil from the Al Amal Women's Cooperative in Morocco , and traditionally produced shea butter from the Kpersi Village in Ghana, and HydroSoul from family farms from the Columbia River Valley in Washington State.
  • Seabuckthorn, horsetail, mallow, kelp, elderflower and wild carrot seed work in synergy to smooth, soothe and beautify all skin.
  • Enriched with flower essences to address the whole being

The Limited Edition Rose Vetiver Fluid Moisturizer is both moisturizing while being balancing.  My horomonal combo skin drinks this up.  This is my official plea to Evan Healy; make this a permanent part of your line.  I can't live without it.




Sunday, October 16, 2016

Windsor Edwards Kisses

If you have ever read this blog, then you know I not only like natural products, but I also have a lip balm obsession.  Windsor Edwards lip balm is perfection in a paperboard tube.

Rumored to be the best lip balm out there, I am all natural and come in a generous 1/2 oz earth friendly paperboard tube.

It is a yummy blend of shea and cocoa butters with nourishing oils.  Plus is tastes and smells like a candy cane.  I adore the chic packaging and the fact that this keeps my lips kissable all day long.  If the lip balm is this good, I cannot wait to try more from this amazing line.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Aye, Aye Captain Blankenship

For "beauty wild with nature", there is only one place to turn to: Captain Blankenship.  I am having a Captain Blankenship love affair this summer.

Let me let you in on my new obsessions.  The Blue Chamomile & Lemon Oil Based Cleanser and Remover makes raccoon eyes a thing of the past.
A nourishing blend of light but powerful organic plant oils make this oil-based cleanser gentle yet effective at cleaning skin and removing makeup. This sweet citrus smelling multitasker can also be used as an eye serum. It will leave your face clean, soft, and glowing.

I use this to take of my mascara and as suggested, I use this as an eye serum and the results have been amazing.  My Uncle Fester eyes circles seem to be fading and those fine lines are softening, so yeah, I am in love.

The Mermaid Detox Face Mask is the perfect way to mermaid your day.
This mask deeply cleans your skin with a potent blend of organic seaweeds, organic plants, organic tea and clay. It is rich in antioxidants and minerals that help skin naturally detox leaving it radiant and firm. It is good for all skin types, but particularly combination and oily skin.

I use sunscreen year-around, but I double up in summer (even under my giant hat that embarasses my family).  This heavy sunscreen schedule causes breakouts (even in my mid-thirties).  This mask is a wonderful way to clarify my skin and force me to relax.  I pop this on before a bath, or even before cleaning, and my skin looks amazing after wards.  It is not too drying like a lot of masks.  Perfection!

Petal Gentle Flower Face Mask is great for those days when I need a quick exfoliant.  Because dear readers this can be used as a mask or exfoliant.  
A lightly exfoliating and hydrating mix of organic flower petals and French Pink Clay that can be used as both an exfoliant and gentle face mask. It will softly exfoliate and rejuvenate your skin, leaving it smooth and dewy. Good for all skin types but especially sensitive, dry and mature skin.

I use this in the shower and after a particularly long day in the drying chlorine pool, this mask gave me back the moisture I needed.

I am a huge fan of this line for very good reason.  You will also notice most beauty editors singing the praises of this amazing line.  So what are you waiting for?!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Tinybitz!


Whether you are a parent or not, you are bound to get stumped after your eighth friend has their kid.  What to get?  Well, TinyBitz founders and best friends Sera and Petina often struggled to find children’s gifts that were memorable, accessible, well made and affordable.  As the need to buy baby shower gifts for family and friends increased, they realized that babies outgrow most gifts before they have a chance to use them. For a mom, getting to dress their baby in something that’s ‘just SO cute’ to only have them wear it once can be frustrating.

With TinyBitz, you can buy kits for summer, or winter, and even kits where there are options for numerous sizes, so the clothing grows with the child.  These "Growing Kits" are genius.  I was able to review a summer set for my niece.  The clothing is well, made, comes in adorable recyclable packaging, and most of all parents adore them.

Take the hassle of trying to find the "perfect" gift and just click on TinyBitz and the job is done!


Sunday, August 28, 2016

Chalk on the Wild Side



Chalk on the Wild Side by Lorie King Kaehler is the kind of book full of so many ideas, that you start making everything you possibly can the minute you open it.  I love spending time outside and I hate hearing "I'm bored," by whichever kids happen to be at my house.  

The first half of the book details a bevy of chalk recipes, from glow-in-the-dark chalk, fizzing chalk, and scented chalk to chalk foam, chalk goo paint, and ice chalk. Readers will then discover a variety of activities and ways to use their favorite chalk recipes. From classic games to 3D chalk projects such as chalk volcanoes, chalk powder bombs, chalk rockets, chalk hair dye, and more, parents and children alike will be delighted by the multitude of exciting ideas. Playing with chalk has never been so fun--or so messy! Chalk on the Wild Side offers parents an opportunity to allow their children the freedom to express themselves in colorful, new ways--with a medium that easily washes away clean.

There are so many ideas to choose from.  We decided to make chalk paint, essential oil scented chalk and the large sidewalk chalk.  We had a ball making everything, and even more fun using them.   The directions are very easy and in most cases you have all of the ingredients in house.  I was like a little kid again.  My daughter and nephew were especially crazy for the chalk paint with which they decorated our driveway in splashes.  I was a fan of the scented chalk which smelled so amazing!

We even decided to make ice chalk which melted into amazing patterns all over the driveway!  You can pour your mixtures into molds and make fun shapes.  We chose a rabbit.

Summer may be slipping slowly away, but there are so many nice days left (and some of the chalks can be used on snow), so grab this book, create and go!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Sail Away with Captain Blankenship


One of my favorite companies I get to work with is Captain Blankenship.  If you have read past posts, you know this line is amazing for your hair, skin and body.  You also know that each bottle and jar is filled with pure goodness, rather than chemicals.  I don't know about you, but summer does a number on my skin.  I have to trap moisture in whenever I can.  I am loving the Sunshine Body Cream.
With a mix of oils and Cocoa butter and coconut oil, this baby packs some serious moisture.  It is even safe for pregnant mamas.  I use this after showering and my skin is incredibly soft.  It literally melts into your skin.  My husband has a tiny patch of eczema and this cleared it within 3 days!

Looking for a midday refresh, then spray yourself liberally with the Meteor Cosmic Freshening Spray. With a gorgeous mix of vetiver, ylang ylang and pine, this is a very earthy scent.  I was not sure how I felt about it at first, but it dries down so wonderfully that I use it daily now.  I keep mine on the bathroom counter and spritz whenever I need it.

The New Moon Smokeless Smudge Spray is definitely my fave of the bunch.  
  • Powerful wildharvested Palo Santo and White Sage essential oils purify and and cleanse your space
  • Organic Ruby Red Grapefruit Essential Oils and Wildharvested Sweet Orange add juicy freshness
  • Wildharvested Cade Essential Oil adds a touch of smokiness

For those of you who use sage to clean and clarify your home, this is a much better smelling and effective version.  I have done sage cleansing before, and to be honest, I had to tell the neighbors is was only sage I was burning because the smell was so overwhelming.  I use this whenever I need to cleanse myself or my space.  I think every home, office and car should have a bottle of this.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Dr. Eureka Experiments in Fun



Budding scientist, STEM devotee?  Well, then you have to check out Dr. Eureka, a wonderful new game from Product Mommy favorite Blue Orange Games.

The brilliant Dr. Eureka has important experiments for you to complete! Pick a challenge card, 3 test tubes and 6 colorful balls to solve his scientific formula. Carefully move your materials from tube to tube without dropping them, and position them as illustrated on the challenge card. This brainteasing party game can be played solitary or competitively. The high quality components and the creative concept make it a challenging game for the whole family.
It is the perfect way to hone your fine motor skills, as well as attention and visual perception.  This game is so much fun and even when you make a mistake, you are laughing so hard, you don't even care!  Full disclosure, I am terrible with puzzles and this game is great for me to figure out how to be quick and solve the puzzle.  We actually recently has a horrible flash flood storm.  Of course the lights went out and we were at a loss.  We took out this game and it got the family seal of approval.  My nephews keep begging to play it again. The object of the game is to pick a card and be the quickest to get your three test tubes in the right colored ball order.  Laughter and fun are an added bonus.




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Monday, August 1, 2016

Summer Hair


I have been an avid follower of Captain Blankesnship since she released her first few products.  This brand is truly "wild with nature".

Cold pressed organic plant oils, flowers, seaweeds, sea salt and organic essential oils bring us back to the primacy of experience with the land and sea.
 We formulate our products with only organic and wild-harvested ingredients that are domestically grown when possible. We never use synthetic preservatives, parabens, sulfates or “fragrance.” We use recyclable and reusable glass packaging, making a positive environmental impact.  

See?!  There is no reason not to love this incredible line.  That they happen to hail from the east coast and be inspired by the sea are totally added bonuses for this New England girl.  Their packaging is delectable and in shades of cobalt blue.  I have become obsessed and a little spray-happy with the new Ray of Light Sea Salt Sun Spray.  It smells like summer in a bottle and imparts the perfect amount of wave and subtle summer highlights I love.

  • Atlantic Sea Salt adds texture and gentle beach waves to hair
  • Organic Aloe Vera adds moisture and light hold to hair
  • Organic Lemon Extract gently lighten hair when activated by sun
  • Organic Essential oils of Chamomile, Lemon, Grapefruit and Lime gently lighten hair, add shine and create a beautiful floral citrus scent

I actually carry this in my beach bag and it makes my hair look wonderful.   I have wavy hair that goes flat and frizzy with heat and this brings back the waves I love without the crunchiness that some sea salt sprays can have.  Grab multiple bottles of this summer savior.

Be on the lookout for some reviews of Captain Blankenship facial products that rock and body products that obsess-worthy.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Fast Flip!

Summer is great for spending funny moments together.  We always try to have at least one game night a week.  It allows us to spend time together as a family and to have some fun.  My favorite gaming company is definitely Blue Orange Games.  We own so many of their fabulous family games and we are never disappointed or short on fun.  Fast Flip is a crazy match and find game gone wild.
Get ready to scramble for the match in this crazy fruit salad! Match your fruits to a number, or numbers to a fruit; you don’t know what match you’ll have to find next! Whether you play with the tokens or with the cards alone, all players of any age will be fast flipping for this brain teasing match up. The game comes complete in a tin for your cards and tokens, making it an easy travel item. The magic distribution of fruits on the cards guaranties that there is always one correct answer. You just need to be the fastest to find it!

It is fabulous for honing important skills like visual perception, processing speed and attention.  There are more than one way to play this game and we even take it with us on camping trips and doctor visits. Spending time together is more important than anything and with  Fast Flip, we have fun as well!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Quench

A new trend of handcrafting your own beverages is really taking the world by storm.  Quench by Ashley English may become your new bible.  It has recipes for both "soft" and "hard" drinks and is really an amazing way to expand your beverage horizons.

From homemade root beer to hard cider, fresh-squeezed ginger lemonade to handcrafted Irish cream, do-it-yourself beverages are gaining interest and intrigue across the culinary spectrum. Professional mixologists and amateur home cooks alike are looking for beverages to inspire and satisfy, sourced from a variety of natural and seasonal ingredients. Quench offers the solution, covering the entire beverage range with hot, cold, fermented, infused, and cured offerings. There’s something here for every palate, occasion, and need. Quench promises to help you pour a glass of whatever it is you're thirsting for.

We have made a few of the recipes including the throat-soother tea and a current daily favorite is the ginger lemonade which the whole family is obsessed with.  Ginger is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and just plain yummy.  Lemons are something I eat all of the time.  I am a lemon enthusiast who tries to sneak those yellow bundles of joy into everything.  Lemons are full of vitamin C and when you combine lemons and ginger, you get perfection!   For a treat, the decadent hot chocolate (made with organic cocoa and good-quality chocolate) is the perfect thing after a day of sledding and skiing.

Quench is a great way to literally get your creative "juice" flowing and ditch the disgusting sodas to create drinks of your own.


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