Monday, January 12, 2015

Tangram Race


Like building blocks, tangrams can teach kids about spatial relationships.  They may help kids learn geometric terms and develop stronger problem solving skills.  They might even help children perform better in general mathematics.  I am the first to admit, that Tangrams never really came easily to me.  I wanted to make sure my daughter was better at them than me, so I was pretty excited to see Tangram Race by Tactic.  Anything that lets us have fun without my child realizing how much she is learning is always a good choice.


The ultimate fast-paced puzzle race! With three difficulty levels, Tangram Race presents fun challenge for both beginners and experts! Look at a puzzle card and try to form the same shape out of your tangram pieces. If you complete the puzzle first, you win the card! The first player to collect five puzzle cards wins the game.


We have so much fun playing this, and my daughter puts me to shame.  The pieces are made of sturdy wood.  This game is fast-paced and so enjoyable.  The race is on!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Kromland


Rooibos tea is made from a plant related to rooibos or red bush.  These bushes only grow in South Africa.  It has a slightly sweet flavor and is chock-full of antioxidants.  The leaves are green, but they turn red after fermentation.  One company has had the amazing foresight to capture the flavor that South Africans have been enjoying for centuries. Kromland Farm  captures this goodness and has been in my tea cup for weeks now.


Kromland Farm is a 100% organic, single estate Rooibos tea grown on a pioneering farm in the area of South Africa noted for producing the world’s finest quality Rooibos.We decided to work with one of the leading traditional South African growers to bring a truly authentic South African rooibos to the UK & USA.Our teas are naturally caffeine free, low in tannin & high in antioxidants made from 100% organically grown ingredients.

The range includes an Earl Grey, Vanilla, plain Rooibos, Berry and Chai.  I am particularly fond of the Chai because it captures the perfect spicy flavor and I don't even need to add sugar.  My daughter is in love with the  Berry and she drinks it every morning.  They are all naturally sweet and rich teas that anyone will love.

Grab a box of Kromland Farm  and makes someones holiday season a little brighter!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

New Year, New Skin with Tata Harper


Tata Harper has recently launched two new cleansers.  I had the opportunity to try both and I am a convert.

The Nourishing Oil Cleanser  is a rich treat for parched skin.  
This gentle formula thoroughly cleanses skin with a silky blend of biocompatible oils and esters that dissolves makeup and daily impurities from pores while leaving skin’s moisture barrier intact. This cleanser purifies while helping to nourish the skin with Beta Carotene, Vitamins A, C, E, Lycopene and Omega 3 and softening roughness for improved texture. Ideal for dry skin types, it leaves a refreshed, non-greasy feeling, and provides a perfect, smoothed surface for makeup application.
  • Thoroughly cleanses while providing vitamins and nutrients
  • Moisturizes skin and preserves natural hydration factor
  • Effectively removes makeup without stripping the skin
  • Ideal for dehydrated skin types and dry weather climates
I have combination skin, so this was a little heavy for me to use on my whole face, but I am in love with using it to remove my eye-makeup.  I get dry patches under my eyes in winter, and this has really eliminated them.  Plus, it takes off my eye-makeup with ease!  It smells really herbal and amazing.

 The Purifying Cleanser is way more my speed.  I am completely in love with it!
This cleanser combats the daily wear and tear of environmental exposure and pollution by effectively clearing pores of excess oil, dead skin, and buildup – while maintaining the skin’s moisture balance. A powerfully purifying cocktail of sugars, Broccoli extract and fruit enzymes thoroughly cleans the skin and refines pore appearance, while an invigorating blend of essential oils helps flush away impurities for a deeply refreshed feel. This soap-free cleanser has a cooling effect on the skin and helps to balance oiliness. 
  • Purifying enzymes act as natural exfoliants for a deeper clean
  • Soap-free foaming sugars clean the skin while maintaining hydration
  • Leaves skin feeling cool and refreshed
  • Helps remove excess oil for improved balance and minimizes the appearance of pores
I use this every single day, and it is never drying  It really does leave your skin feeling cool and refreshed and it removed every last trace of makeup.  It smells like mint and oranges and it has become a cleansing staple for me.  It does not foam too much, and I was skeptical when I first saw the consistency, but this packed a cleaning punch without drying my skin out.  I foresee many years of using this magic in a bottle.

Treat your skin for the new year.  New Year, New Skin!

Color me Pretty with Tata Harper


I am a huge fan of Tata Harper. There is nothing about this amazing natural and luxury brand not to love, so I was super-excited to see she was releasing makeup.  The new Volumizing Lip and Cheek Tints currently come in three amazing colors and i am officially addicted.



Our 100% natural & nontoxic Volumizing Lip & Cheek Tint delivers a more modern beauty experience, by combining lush natural pigments with the latest in antiaging skincare technology. These tints deliver the perfect pop of natural color to lips and cheeks while helping to fill the look of fine lines, for skin that has the irresistible flush and volume of youth. Long-lasting and multi-tasking, these shades combine rich natural color, softening moisturizers and nourishing minerals with Spanish Lavender and Lipoamino Acid Technology to promote a plump, volumized appearance. These smooth, easily blendable formulas adapt to compliment all skin shades. 

 Volumizing Lip and Cheek Tints  are the first lip/cheek products I have ever tried that work equally well on lips or cheeks. They are moisturizing without being greasy and they impart natural color.  Very Sweet is a shimmering peach.  Very Vivacious is a modern coral and Very Charming is petal pink.  So far (and surprisingly so as I am usually a coral girl), Very Sweet is my favorite and I carry it everywhere.  I made the switch to natural cosmetics long ago, and found that most lip to cheek were too dry to use on lips or too greasy for cheeks.  These are perfection!  They also smell amazing.  I carry them with me and I cannot get enough.  They can easily be layered to achieve that perfect color. The holidays are upon us, and whether you are looking for a last-minute gift or a way to spruce up your New Year look, grab these babies and color yourself pretty!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

First Sewing


Sewing is such a wonderful craft for children to learn.  It teaches wonderful hand-eye coordination and creating something with your own hands is always better.  Galt makes a wonderful First Sewing kit that has been a huge hit in our home.

Make a butterfly bag, neck purse, picture frame, notepad cover and pencil case. Stitch the pre-punched sections together with the cord and decorate with foam shapes and stick-on gems. 


The directions are super-simple to follow and my seven year old had no trouble creating her crafts.  She spend literally  hours making each one with care.  She uses the items daily too!  This is a great gift for anyone!

Sensational Sequins

As a lover of anything sparkly, my daughter was thoroughly enchanted with the Sensational Sequins set by Galt Toys.
Create 4 sparkly sequin pictures to hang in your room. Simply peel off the backing sheet, pick up a sequin with the clear wax crayon and stick on your picture, matching the colour of the sequin to the colour on the board.

These are so easy to create and this momma can attest that this is a wonderful and relaxing craft.  (I may have sat there and made my own pick on a particularly stressful night.)  We love the finished results and plan on buying these sets for a few birthday parties and holiday parties we have coming up.  Creating is so much fun and sparkly!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Cérémonie Tea Giveaway



If you remember my recent blog post about Cérémonie Tea, then you know I am a huge fan of this amazing brand.


Cérémonie Tea is Israel’s leading brand of premium tea. Established in 2003, Cérémonie has redefined the Israeli tea market by introducing whole leaf teas, highest quality herbs, spices, and flowers, in a wide variety of options that provide delightful taste and aroma wrapped in eye-catching designs.Cérémonie is a family-owned boutique company that places particular emphasis on providing distributors and clients of all types with personal attention and dedicated service. As a growing company, Cérémonie Tea is flexible and able to provide each customer with individualized solutions for specific tea needs.

Cérémonie Tea is offering a wonderful giveaway to Product Mommy readers.  You can win a 20 pack and 5 pack of the variety teas, plus two boxes of pyramid sachets!  Enter below to win!

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Monday, December 15, 2014

The Glow of Mun



I may have found the holy-grail of skincare.  Mun Skincare has single-handely changed my skin.  
First a little background on this brand:


International makeup artist Munemi Imai has always been in the vanguard of fashion and beauty, listing some of the fashion world’s most celebrated names among her clients... During a brief illness at one point in her career, Munemi discovered the powerful benefits of natural ingredients— Profoundly inspired, she developed a deep passion for green living and embarked upon a journey to unite the worlds of fashion and sustainability.A trip to the deserts of Morocco unveiled the secrets of the Prickly Pear cactus, whose seeds yield an exquisite oil that has been used for centuries to counteract the effects of sun and aging. Reflected in Munemi’s passion for natural beauty, MUN brings you a unique line of organic skincare products as pure as the plants they come from.Since the first fruits of the Prickly Pear rolled up onto the sands of Morocco’s coastline, they have become an essential element of the local Berber economy, especially for the cooperatives run by women. These are the cooperatives we have partnered with to supply the raw ingredients for our skin products. As a tribute to the Berber women with whom we share a passion for and philosophy of sustainability and green development, we have chosen No.1 Aknari as the name of our all-day serum.

 While researching facial serums, a certain product was mentioned every-single time.  No. 1 Ankari Brightening Youth Serum goes against everything I thought my combo skin would love and need.  It is a an oil that my skin literally gulps up.  I have seen lines disappear and my skin glow like it never has before.

No.1 Aknari Brightening Youth Serum revitalizes your skin. At its heart, three 100% organically pure anti-aging treasures of nature: Prickly Pear Seed oil instills radiance and resilience, while Rose and Argan oils transform the appearance of your skin. The look of wrinkles and fine lines gradually diminishes with the firming and refining of your skin. The complexion is more even-toned in appearance, glowing with the radiance and vitality of youth.
 No. 1 Ankari Brightening Youth Serum is magic in a bottle.  I only need a drop or two and my face is literally transformed.  This product will cost you, but it is worth every single penny.  The fountain or youth may just be at your fingertips.  This product delivers and now I cannot live without it.  It is also ECOCERT Organic.  It smells of roses in the most gentle way.

As if the No. 1 Ankari Brightening Youth Serum was not enough, Munemi developed the  No.11 Anarose Rejuvenating Rose Toner.   

Every day, 100% naturally pure No. 11 Anarose Rejuvenating Rose Toner inspires skin to bloom with lustrous beauty.The heart of this hydration and radiance toner is composed of new rose blossoms hand-harvested from Valley of the Roses, the famed flower region in Bulgaria. Their unique hydrating and soothing powers are steam-distilled into the essential oil that enriches our rose water base.Prickly Pear Stem Extract presents an abundance of essential amino acids, flavones and antioxidants that combine with the anti-aging properties of Goji Berry to transform skin, lending it radiance and resilience. The superior powers of Hyaluronic Acid help bind moisture to the skin, while a floral blend that includes Jasmine and Daisy delivers velvety softness, for a refreshed, rejuvenated and radiant appearance.

As a toner junkie, I can tell you, this one is a game changer.  It soothes my skin while making it glow.  I use it with the Serum and I have seen real results.  The rose-scent is luscious and to die for.   Finding a natural way to make your skin look this good is something I thought would be impossible.  I no longer suffer from hormonal breakouts.  My combo skin is dare I say, acting more normal.  My worry lines are non-existent.  Munemi Imai is my new best friend!

Please if you care at all about your skin, stock up on this wondrous delights and sit back laughing when everyone questions what you had done.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Japanese Stories for Children

I love to share the stories from other cultures with my daughter.  Though she is able to read on her own, I still cherish those nights when we cuddle up and I can share a story with her.  A great new favorite in our home is Urashima Taro and Other Japanese Children's Favorite Stories compiled by Florence Sakade and Illustrated by Yoshio Hayashi.

This beautiful children's book contains stories from Japanese folklore that have been passed down from generation to generation. Urashima Taro and Other Japanese Children's Favorite Storiesfeatures ten thrilling and funny adventures, including "The Fairy Crane," "The Dragon's Tears" and "Why the Red Elf Cried."

My daughter and I are both inspired by these stories of bravery and love.  The text lends itself to smooth and easy reading.  For a Japanese frined of mine, it brought back memories of her childhood.  The stories can be a little sad and scary for younger ears, but if you enjoy fairy tales (and we know how those can be), then these are just perfect.

 Urashima Taro and Other Japanese Children's Favorite Stories is a perfect choice for those doing the books for holidays advent event.  I love sharing these cultural gems with my daughter.

Choco


Memory games are fabulous for developing little minds.  Let's face it, I love playing memory games too.  Choco by Tactic Games is the perfect way to play and have fun.

Fun memory game for the little ones!Choco is a wonderfully funny memory game, in which the aim is to collect as many peanuts as possible. The Pop-O-Matic die will display, whether you should pick up a cherry or a peanut. But beware of the green bug - he wants to eat your pieces! 

The Pop-O-Matic die gives the game a fun twist on your usual memory games.  The pieces look like truffles and  might make you a little hungry!  We have hours of fun playing this game and all ages really seem to enjoy it.  The pieces are big enough for small hands to work with.  If you are looking for a fun gift for the kids in your life, then run and grab some Choco .

Monday, December 8, 2014

Doodle away!


Boys and girls love to draw (and who can blame them).  One of my daughter's favorite things to do is draw and create so Doodle books by Anita Wood with drawings by Jennifer Kalis have been a huge hit.  Pocket Doodles for Princesses 
offers a treasure chest of doodling prompts for every girl who considers herself royalty! Here she can create many magical kingdoms and become any princess she wants to be, from a mermaid in the deep blue sea to an exotic Arabian princess; because fantasy and make believe is where every little girl and princess loves to dwell. This adorable children's activity book is filled with creative prompts that encourage girls to name their enchanted kingdom, decide on their princess name, draw their castle or cottage for all seasons, and much more!

Fairy Doodles is another fabulous adventure full of magic.
So we’ve got a whole book of doodle activities that give you the opportunity to draw your very own fairies, elves, pixies, and other magical creatures—either from your imagination, or from a remembrance of that brief glimpse of one you thought you saw in the backyard that cloudy night last spring just as the sun was setting and the shadows were creeping in . . . 

These books are great for travel and we even bring us in the car with us.  They inspire your child to create and are small enough to fit into your purse or backpack with ease.  They create hours of fun with gentle prompting to create.

Our new favorite is the Fashion Doodles book.
Think you could design a cooler suit than Armani? A more elegant wedding gown than Vera Wang? A more perfect handbag than Prada? This doodle book lets you strut your stuff as a fashion designer. Let your imagination go wild as you draw skirts, dresses, jackets, suits, hats, shoes, hairdos, and accessories, and put together your very own fashion line.

No budding fashion designer should live without it.   Doodle away!

Cérémonie Tea


In recent years, I have become a real dedicated tea-drinker.  I love finding new blends that I can enjoy whether out and about or relaxing at home.  One of my new favorites comes from Cérémonie Tea.

Cérémonie Tea is Israel’s leading brand of premium tea. Established in 2003, Cérémonie has redefined the Israeli tea market by introducing whole leaf teas, highest quality herbs, spices, and flowers, in a wide variety of options that provide delightful taste and aroma wrapped in eye-catching designs.Cérémonie is a family-owned boutique company that places particular emphasis on providing distributors and clients of all types with personal attention and dedicated service. As a growing company, Cérémonie Tea is flexible and able to provide each customer with individualized solutions for specific tea needs.

Each  Cérémonie Tea is packaged like an exquisite present.  The blends are delicious and it is so easy to find one you cannot live without.  They come in loose leaf, pyramid tea bags and cubes (which hold mesh bags of tea) with options for you to enjoy.  My current favorite is the Moroccan Mint Tea which is the first Moroccan mint I have ever tried that captures that real taste of the this kind of tea.

It feels special to open one and these would make the perfect gift for a hostess or host as well as the tea-lover in your life.  With flavors such as Indian Chai, Ginger Peach and Jasmine Green, you are sure to find one that tickles your fancy.  Grab a cuppa of Cérémonie Tea and let your cares slip away.  

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Wee Can Too


When a company can promise that their art supplies are "safe enough to eat", then they get a big stamp of approval in my book.  Wee Can Too art makes art supplies for your little ones with plant-based ingredients.

Wee Can Too™ was founded with a mission to bring art supplies to babies and toddlers by offering the highest quality products made from fruit and vegetable powders, plus plant-based ingredients. Our products are all natural, and made from the safest ingredients without chemicals, preservatives, color additives, and are made from food based ingredients. Our colors come from nature! 
 Wee Can Too was founded in 2007 with our first batch of Veggie Finger Paint and today we offer an entire line of all natural art supplies, made for babies, toddlers, and young children.  Wee Can Too products are unique and we share a passion in introducing the world to these wonderful products that are practically safe enough to eat!

Product Mommy favorites include the Veggie Swirl Sidewalk Chalk  .   

Made with Organic Ingredients!  Wee ones, decorate the sidewalks... No Lead in this chalk! Our chalk is not made from gypsum or plaster of paris like traditional chalks. Safe enough for babies and toddlers and fun to use!  Made with Organic ingredients.  VEGAN, no wheat, no sugar, no preservatives, no dairy! 
I love that the chalk is so nice and bulky and that it is free of common-allergens that can keep parents from letting children get their art on.  The colors are bold and the design is fun.  We love creating masterpieces outside with this chalk, as well as on the easel. 

The other favorite is the All Natural Finger Painting Set.  
Created in 2007, our finger paint has become our featured product and is very popular with children and parents! Safe enough to eat, our veggie-based Finger Paints come in 4 colors! Purple/Blue made with REAL blueberries, Red/Pink made with REAL beets, Yellow made with REAL pumpkin and Green made with REAL spinach!  VEGAN, no wheat, no dairy, no sugar and no preservatives.

I love that these are made with real fruit and vegetable powders.  They provide such amazing natural colors that will keep your children entertained and creating for hours.

The season for giving is upon us.  Make your little ones happy and inspire them to create with Wee Can Too.

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