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.

Friday, December 5, 2014

CAMP

CAMP Skincare is hand-crafted, amazing skincare.
CAMP is a small-batch luxury skincare line from Toronto, Canada. The products use high-performance, 100% natural, plant-based ingredients to give you gorgeous, healthy skin.CAMP not include?: ▼dyes ▼artificial fragrances or perfumes ▼ starches, emulsifiers or fillers ▼alcohols or solvents ▼ surfactants ▼ preservatives ▼ parabens ▼ sulphates



 I got to try a few amazing products and was duly impressed.  The Coconut Beach Face Scrub sounded too good to miss and it has become a staple for me.  You can use it as a mask, a scrub, and you can customize it to your skin's needs.  It rids your face of dead skin.  Using Rhassoul clay it detoxifies, reduced redness and impurities while the can sugar and oatmeal polish your skin.  Coconut Milk hydrates and leaves your skin with a "I just came back from vacation" glow.  I adore the packaging and the soft coconut scent leaves me feeling like I am actually on a beach (which I could really use right now).



The Desert Island Wonder Balm is one of those products you will ask yourself how you did without. You can use this as a cleanser, moisturizer and a decadent treatment.  It virtually dissolves makeup and plant oils nourish and moisturize parched skin.  This is a soothing balm that does it all.  You can even use it on cuts and scrapes.  It is lightly scented with lavender.  It is a product you will want with you at all times because it replaces so many other ones.  Yeah, I fell hard for this.  I am like the father from My Big Fat Greek Wedding, but instead of Windex to cure everything, I grab Desert Island Wonder Balm.

I am in love with everything I have tried from this line.  Tell a loved one to treat you right with a glorious package from CAMP Skincare this holiday season.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Hungry Monsters

My daughter is a huge fan of board games.  We have a pretty decent collection, but none have made her laugh in quite the way that Hungry Monsters has.

Hungry Monsters board game is suitable for little monsters and children of all ages! These monsters are very hungry… So hungry, that they’re tearing the kitchen apart while looking for food! It is your job to collect food tiles to fill their wide open mouths. Move around the kitchen, complete fun tasks and try to keep up with the messy, hungry monsters. Hamburgers, Doughnuts, Pizza, Hot Dogs… The first player to collect 15 food tiles into their monster’s mouth wins the game! 

Children (or adults) get to design their monster with the fun, included stickers.  The tasks are hilarious and yet simple enough for young children to grasp.  It is a zany and wonderful game that
your child is sure to love.  These monsters want to feast on all the food!

Maya and the Turtle


Many of us are aware of the story of Cinderella, but have you heard of Maya and the Turtle?    Maya and the Turtle by John C. Stickler and illustrated by Soma Han is a beautiful Korean fairy tale that will resonate with young and old readers alike.

WINNER OF THE INTERNATIONAL 2013-2014 MORNING CALM MEDAL
Poverty is all Maya has ever known, but she doesn't allow it to stop her from caring for her father, and others, as best she can. Kind and gentle, she is a lovely young girl who always puts others first. One day, she finds a little turtle and takes him home, raising and loving him, never knowing that he will play an instrumental part in her destiny.
Similar to The Korean CinderellaMaya and the Turtle, is an original Korean fairy tale by authors John Stickler and Soma Han that teaches children that the road to greatness lies in selflessness and that the loving kindness of a pure heart can awaken great love and power in another. Beautifully illustrated by Han, this book contains fascinating bits of information about Korean culture and is a poignant tale about the rewards of kindness, patience and courage.


It explores the idea of filial piety and the gorgeous illustrations with the text teach us a great deal about Korean life.  It is a beautiful tale that we have read many times in our home.  It inspires children to care for others and respect their environment and living beings.  Maya is rewarded for her goodness.  This tale has been passed on for generations and we are all lucky to share in the magic and beauty of  Maya and the Turtle.  

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Yarok Feeds Your Moisture

One of my favorite haircare brands, Yarok has launched some new products to "Feed Your Moisture".

Each YAROK formula is a powerful blend of organic and all-natural botanicals that are consciously sourced and responsibly harvested. YAROK uses primarily "certified organic" ingredients. Very few hair care companies can say that every one of their products meet 100% of all vegan requirements. Even fewer can claim that their entire hair care line is free of alcohol, paraben, sulfates and cruelty to animals, and that they work beautifully, too. Yarok can say all of the above.



The new Feed Your Moisture Shampoo is a treat for distressed hair.
Now you can cleanse your hair gently with this creamy, moisture-rich shampoo made from Vitamin Infused Water and Organic Fair Trade African Black Soap, without stripping it of its own natural oils. You can infuse your tresses with earth’s most hydrating, detoxifying and restorative oils, including Argan, Organic Coconut and Organic Hemp Seed.You can luxuriate in the heavenly aroma of Organic Herbal Extracts of Orange, Ylang Ylang and Rosemary.
This is the shampoo your grab for hair that needs your to show a little sensitivity (I am talking to my curly haired friends).  I thought it would be too heavy for my fine, wavy hair, but it works really well.

The Feed Your Moisture Masque   is exactly what curly hair and color-treated hair has been waiting for.  It looks like a thick mustard, but it smells amazing (herbal and fresh) and it works even better.
This formula is packed with rich moisturizing botanicals like Organic Coco Crème and Aloe Vera Gel, Wild Harvested Seaweed Extract and essential Oils of Rose and SandalwoodWatch your curly, color-treated hair bounce back and shine like never before. Just massage in and let this intensely moisturizing, restorative masque made with Organic Virgin Coco Crème, Organic Oats, Organic Aloe Vera Gel and Wild Harvested Seaweed Extract work its therapeutic magic on your tresses and scalp. Luxuriate and hydrate in the aromatic mélange of healing, nurturing, soothing botanicals, including Organic Essential Oils such as Rose, Sandalwood and Lavender.

I slap this on on a Sunday and let it soak right in.  I usually wear my shower cap and power clean my house while reviving my tresses.  I have bouncy, soft hair  and the house is clean (win-win).

My favorite product from this new launch is Feed Your Curls  which is a sculpting paste, but really can do everything.  It can straighten, curl or style your hair.
With Vitamin-Infused Aloe Vera Gel, Organic Oils of Jojoba and Grapeseed. Essential Oils of Orange and Ylang YlangEveryone wants what they don’t have. And now you can have the curls they all want. By locking in moisture, healing split ends, putting an end to frizz and defining each and every sumptuous ringlet. Just nourish and twirl damp curls with this moisturizing, healing styling crème made of Organic Oils of Jojoba, Grapeseed and Meadowfoam, Vitamin-Infused Aloe Vera and Argan Oil and Essential Oils of Sweet Orange, Bitter Orange and Ylang Ylang. 

This is perfect for all hair types.  It does not weigh my hair down at all.  A little does go a long way.  This feels less paste, and more light lotion to me.  It smells citrusy and really holds curls all day.  I use a tiny amount after showering. As someone who abhors drying her hair or really making any effort, this is the product for me.  I rarely straighten because I cannot be bothered, so this product does the work for me.  I love it!  I have used products like this before, but they were so overly thick that they left me with the "Seinfeld broken-shower head look".  Feed Your Curls  revives your hair.  Curls bounce all day long.

I am loving this new trio and am so happy that YAROK  is here for eco-beauties.

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