Ah, not rain again! Finding things to do with kids on rainy days isn’t always easy, especially if the showers keep on coming. Gloomy days can put a major damper on your plans. You’ll have to think twice if you had hoped to do something outside, like go to the beach or go for a hike. When making plans with toddlers, rainy days can be especially problematic. If you are unprepared, many toddlers won’t understand why they can’t still do whatever activities you originally planned together. A thoughtful conversation can help. Thankfully, you can still find a variety of fun and memorable rainy day activities to enjoy with your little one. Consider these suggestions for fun rainy day things to do with toddlers age one and up.
Did you know that you are considered “petite” if you stack up 5’4” or shorter? Many women don’t mind being a shorter height, “good things come in small packages,” you know. But ask yourself this: Have you ever worn high heels and wound up with terrible foot aches within hours? If you’ve ever wished you could look taller, read on for tips to creating an illusory image that conveys tallness.
Rock out with vertical stripes and lines!
Whether you choose pleats, patterns, or plain old stripes, you’ll love the illusion of added height you get from fashions boasting vertical lines. They elongate your body while also giving you a slimmer, trimmer appearance.
Add other vertical elements into your wardrobe.
Try button-down shirts and sweaters, zip-front apparel and racing stripes. Get a little sexy with a slit in your skirt – front, back, or side will do just fine. Pinstripes are totally trendy, but you can also sport beads, embroidery, pretty patterns, corduroy, and any number of creative customization options in a vertical format. Ribbed patterns and pleats also add to the vertical aspect.
Wear a v-neck shirt or sweater for the appearance of added height.
The v-neck gives an illusion of a longer torso, a perfect help to those wanting to use fashion to help them look taller. A v-neck also draws attention to the bust, which can be a plus for those looking to appear thinner.
Introduce accessories that will add height to your image or distract from your “problem areas.”
Silky scarves, dangling earrings and long pendants, pearls or necklaces should give a nice boost to your stature. Accessories like sunglasses, hats, barrettes and shawls can also add to the height factor as well as making your overall appearance more interesting.
When selecting pants, choose those that fit properly and brush the tops of your shoes.
Your pants should definitely cover your socks, creating an appearance of longer legs. Some trendy pants of varying lengths (for example, capris or floods) may not be the best for you if you are trying to add the illusion of height to your physique. Find pants that fit comfortably but give the illusion of a slimmer figure. Dark pants, especially black slacks, can help to trim down your curves.
Create a few true extra inches with platforms or high heels.
Depending on the rest of your outfit and the particular shoe types in style at the moment, you can judge if the chunky heels, stiletto heels, or platform sandals will work best. Don’t forget about the timeless value of a nice pair of boots! Every girl’s wardrobe should contain a staple of shoes – blacks and browns, summer and winter styles, open-toe, closed-toe, and boots. If your feet become sensitive to pressure easily, consider wearing platforms over heels, or just skip the stylish shoes altogether and opt for flats.
Worry less about the things you can’t change and focus on the things you can change.
Finally, when everything is said and done, the perfect dress or suit can really make the occasion. Put your main focus on coordinating the perfect outfit – from the clothing itself to the best shoes, purse, and accessories you can find.
Keep Reading for Tips to Help You Achieve a Thinner Look…
Staying fit and healthy is just as important for people as it is for dogs. A daily dose of exercise can positively impact one’s health, not to mention mood and outlook on life. Different breeds of dogs often benefit from different types of exercise. Certain intense exercises may not be appropriate for all breeds of dogs, while other types of exercise, like going for a walk, can be just perfect for people and dogs of all ages.
The right amount of exercise can help improve the quality of life as well as increasing the lifetime of dogs and humans. Consider these exercise ideas for people and their dogs to enjoy together:
• Go for a walk. Try different walking routes a couple times a week to keep things interesting.
• Go running or jogging together. Training for a 5k race or just trying to get back in shape can be a lot more fun when you have company. If your vet approves, consider taking your pup along for your jog.
• Play fetch in the yard. Sticks, tennis balls, and other toys can serve as the perfect distraction from a dull day. Play fetch in the yard to give your pup some much-needed exercise. Toss the toys in different directions and teach your dog to bring the items all the way to you with commands like “closer” and “all the way”.
• Play Frisbee. Teach your dog how to do a number of Frisbee tricks, whether you make them up as you go or you watch YouTube videos for the coolest tricks to replicate. Remember to keep your dog’s safety in mind at all times.
• Run around at the park. A trip to the park can be fun for any dog. Explore a park with a lake or reservoir, a boat landing and marina, or a lot of ducks, fishermen, or other interesting features. A park with a running trail or course can be a lot of fun to experience with your dog.
• Check out a local dog park or dog beach. Your dog will likely love a trip to the local dog park or a dog beach, even if you have to drive a little bit to get there. You can meet other dogs and allow your pup to be as social as he wants.
• Host a puppy play date. Get the neighborhood dogs together or have your puppy’s friends over for a fun day in the yard. Set up a doggie obstacle course or plan for some Frisbee throwing, ball, and plenty of water and treats.
• Try out a dog sport like agility or fly ball. Depending on where you live, you might be able to find a center that offers agility courses or maybe even sheep herding. It can be a fun experience for you and your pet, so give it a shot.
• Go for a hike. Find some trails or a mountain that has popular hiking trails. Take your dog, along with a picnic lunch, and enjoy all that Mother Nature has to offer.
• Take a swim in a nearby lake. Some dogs love to swim, but you’ll never know if yours is one of them if you don’t give your pup a chance to try it. Toss the Frisbee a few feet out into the water to get your dog to brave it, but expect you might soon have a tough time getting your dog out of the water, too, once she sees how much she loves it.
These are just a few ideas for fun activities you can enjoy with your dog as a form of exercise. Before you begin an exercise regimen with your pet, consider speaking to your dog’s veterinarian. A good vet can advise on whether you dog can keep up with your mile pace or your preferred distance, as well as commenting on other activities you may tend to enjoy with your pet.
You can find fun and exciting, active things to do with your dog all year long. Some of the most fun activities seem to take place in the warmer seasons. Consider these suggestions to enhance the quality of life of your favorite pet.
Keep Reading: Top 10 Summer Activities to Enjoy with Your Dog…
Warm weather is here and it’s the perfect time to spruce up your daily routine. Dove go sleeveless is teaming up with Life Love Beauty to bring you a chance to win your very own Dove go sleeveless antiperspirant/deodorant product to try. As soon as the contest concludes, we’ll announce five winners in the US who will each get their own full-sized sample of Dove go sleeveless.
The older my daughter gets, the more she loves bath time and playing in the water. Now that she’s been crawling and pulling herself up to stand, we’ve taken extra measures to ensure her safety and to protect her from potential mishaps. Bath time is no different – we have a soft foam spout cover for our bathtub to protect our baby from injury. We received a sample of the Puj Snug Ultra Soft Spout Cover free of charge for the purpose of review.
The Puj Snug Ultra Soft Spout Cover is made of a soft, durable, high quality EVA foam material that is protective and forgiving. The one we received is a pretty green color and all Puj made of 100% reclaimed material, making this product a nice choice in favor of green living. This spout cover is shaped like an adorable elephant whose trunk hangs down over the spout to protect baby’s delicate head and skin from bumps and scrapes.
The Puj spout cover is very easy to install onto the bathtub’s spigot and it has a hole at the top to allow you to adjust the shower and water settings. The foam is very easy to clean, yet it seems to stay relatively dry and clean on its own. A good wipe and rinse every so often keeps it clean and hygienic.
I did not notice any unusual odors or anything that could be considered a “con.” This spout cover took only seconds to fit over the spout, and I highly recommend it.
You can find this product in a pretty green (Kiwi) or blue color (Aqua), and also in white. The Puj Snug Ultra Soft Spout Cover retails for around $9.99 to $15 at Puj.com, Amazon.com, Diapers.com, BabyEarth, AlbeeBaby.com, and Newegg.com, to name a few. For additional information on this and other Puj products, check out www.puj.com.
I don’t know why I didn’t register for a pacifier clip when I picked out all those other things for our baby daughter on the way. I guess it probably blended in with the 85 different styles of pacifiers at the baby stores, to the point where I didn’t even realize I was missing it. By the time my daughter hit the seven month mark, I’d lost enough paci’s to see the errors of my ways. I swiftly added a pacifier clip to my online shopping cart and life has certainly been a little easier ever since.
I think sometimes a pacifier clip can be one of those things you don’t realize you are missing until you have one. Similar to, how did we ever life without cell phones? Now that we have them, we seem to feel naked if we leave the house without ours or if we misplace it. The pacifier clip I bought offers so much convenience to my life now. I almost can’t understand how I survived without it.
I have personally lost pacifiers at the supermarket and countless other places, sometimes having to buy them on the spot or being reduced to my daughter’s “least favorite” paci’s while waiting for the new ones to come in the mail.
I’ve also lost them in the car while driving, and either had to pull over or listen to a screaming baby all the way to where I was going. Or if my husband was driving, I’ve climbed into the back seat to retrieve a tossed paci.
Pacifier clips come in a wide variety of colors and patterns, making it fun to choose a special one for your little one. You can pick a design you like (I chose pink cupcakes ), or simply get a colorful one you think the baby will enjoy.
Now that my daughter is into the fun throwing and tossing stages, she often throws things out of her car seat or stroller without me even knowing. Can’t tell you how many times this has happened at a drugstore, supermarket, or other location. And, to be honest, some places are just too gross to pick up the paci and reuse it, even if you do sterilize it. At least as far as I’m concerned…
So there you have it, from my own personal experiences, the reasons why I believe a pacifier clip is truly a necessary baby accessory. If you still aren’t convinced, you can get a pacifier clip for $5 to $7 on Amazon with free shipping and that easily saves you the cost of replacing just two pacifiers. And, my friends, if you think your baby isn’t going to lose just two pacifiers, please invite me to your dream world, because I could sure use a vacation like that. J
Running can be challenging enough on its own, but add in a 50-pound jogging stroller and an unpredictable infant and you could be in for quite an experience! Jogging strollers can be a true boon in helping you get back to pre-pregnancy size and weight, but don’t dive in head first. You should know a few things about working out with a baby jogger, and you’ll find it definitely gets easier over time.
Before my daughter was even born, I bought myself a BOB Revolution SE since I love to run, I’m a former high school and college cross country athlete, and I’ve been itching to do a couple of 5k races each year. Plus, I wanted to hasten my journey to getting back in shape after baby. I picked out the BOB jogging stroller for its awesome reviews and the rugged construction. I also liked that I could get it in orange, my husband’s favorite color and one of mine, and I loved that it seemed like a good fit for our needs. The basket underneath is plenty big enough for my phone, keys, water bottle, and numerous things for the baby. I also feel the hood provides ample shade and protection from the elements, a little drizzle here and some serious sun there.
Still, when I first took the jogger out a couple of months after having my daughter, I think I surprised myself with how challenging it was on the first use. My upper body really felt it, plus, it was weird running without my arms. I’ve noticed a few things in the nine months or so since then, which seem to help my jogging stroller runs along a little better. Not only that, but the better I do with the jogger, the better my times and runs are without it. I’ve even taken my dog along for 3-mile jaunts with the jogging stroller around my neighborhood. It takes more coordination than I usually feel comes naturally, but she enjoys it and the baby does, too, so it’s worth it to me. Of course, I have a very well-behaved dog. I wouldn’t recommend running with a jogging stroller and just any dog. You’ve got to remember all the squirrels and other dogs out there, causing enough distraction to derail your whole operation!
So, without further ado, here are my favorite tips for running with the jogging stroller:
· Plan your runs around your baby’s schedule. Ensure she’s fed and changed and comfortable. You’ll get more running time before she gets fussy in most cases.
· If your baby will sleep in the jogger, you can also time your runs a little before naptime so she gets to enjoy the fresh air, but also doesn’t interrupt your run when she’s ready for bed.
· Keep some of your baby’s favorite snacks and a few toys in the basket below in case you need a distraction.
- Take advantage of a pacifier clip to ensure your little one doesn’t lose the paci (nuk, binky, pacifier, etc.). These things are well worth their weight in gold!
· If your baby starts to get really fussy and you aren’t on a loop that allows you to turn back early, try singing one of his or her favorite songs. It is challenging to run and sing, especially on mile 3.5 of a 4-mile run, but it’s worked for me on several occasions.
· Even though you can’t use your arms as you would without a jogging stroller, you can still alternate arms as you jog around your neighborhood or favorite trail. Hold the stroller’s handle with one arm and pump the other a few times, then switch. I noticed my friend and personal trainer Jessica Rapp of Unique Physique for Life doing this when we went running together as she gave me a break from the stroller. I tried it a few times later and noticed an immediate and unmistakable improvement in my overall time and my mile pace.
As always, ensure your infant is properly dressed for the weather and that you’ve applied sunscreen to keep his or her skin safe. Avoid crossing busy intersections or running along highways and other busy roads. You can never be too careful, especially with the rate of people texting while driving despite common sense.
Remember to always put your child’s safety first, above and beyond all else. As your little one grows, he or she may enjoy your runs more and more, and you may even find that your son or daughter wants to run with you after outgrowing the stroller!
Sometimes you just don’t know what to get someone for Christmas, birthday, or any other special occasion. Some people are just too difficult to shop for, no matter what the occasion. Thankfully, every once in a while, a special gift item comes out on the market, making it so much easier to check those people off your shopping list. I found Acase’s Black Diamond III Bluetooth Speaker by Yantouch to be the perfect item to fit the bill.
I originally purchased one of these for my brother’s Christmas present when I first learned of these cool music gadgets that interact with your smartphone. More recently, I received one of my own from the company to test and check out for the purpose of this review. The Bluetooth speaker actually lights up with ambient lighting or pulses to the beat of the music—totally too cool to let it pass you by. The Black Diamond III comes with a small remote controller that fits sleekly into a tiny opening in the back of the speaker. Use this remote to change the music, volume, and light settings.
The BlackDiamond 3 (BD3) by Yantouch, introduced by Acase, sparkles and shines just like its namesake, and creates the ideal mood for any setting and any mood you choose. Play some pulsating music like Schism by TOOL and enjoy the “music you can see” as the speaker syncs with the tempo, or play something more melodic and easy going like David Gray’s Sail Away for a relaxing light show of the flowing style of music.
The speaker is shaped like a diamond; its base is black and the upper half is angled and faceted with bright LED lighting inside. The construction is sturdy yet sleek, and this item looks and feels of great quality. The bottom of the speaker features two clear left/right 3Wx2 stereo speakers as well as a resonant bass tube. Visually, the speaker is capable of displaying up to 16,000,000 colors according to product documentation (Are our eyes even capable of seeing this many shades?? Wow!).
BD3 also features a built-in equalizer for improving audio response and the ability to choose multi-color special effects, like Rainbow, Aurora, or Purple. We tested our Android smartphones and found the speaker very convenient to pair with our devices. (The Bluetooth is auto-pairing and auto-linking and works without the need for a password.) YouTube, Pandora, and even cell phone conversations transmit easily and quickly over the Bluetooth speaker. (So be sure you aren’t paired if you hope to have a private conversation!) As a totally separate perk, it’s a very cool feature to try if you want to do a family conference call when many members are in the same location as the speaker.
Compatible with all Bluetooth devices, the BD3 speaker worked wonderfully with my HTC Sensation as well as my husband’s Samsung Galaxy S3. This device is outfitted with an AC adapter and a USB power cord and audio cable (combined), and though I’ve not tried it, I’ve heard that you can daisy chain the speaker so that it has even more power! Maybe not a widely known feature, but definitely worth noting!
As for the vibrant lighting show, our baby daughter loves it. She enjoys watching the colors switch through blends of millions of hues in the flowing mode as well as from one color to the next or in line with the tempo of the songs. We’ve begun using the Black Diamond III Bluetooth Speaker by Yantouch to help teach her the colors as well. By turning off the lights, the LED colors become even more vibrant and attractive, making it fun for the whole family. This item would be a great addition to any home for ambient lighting and music mood setting, but also as an attractive accent in a place of business such as a fitness studio.
The Acase Yantouch Black Diamond III Bluetooth Speaker would be the perfect gift for dads and grads this season, especially for those who never want anything special and the ones who already seem to have everything. The speaker’s MSRP is $120. You can get the speaker at http://www.apluscase.com.tw or on Amazon.com for just $99 – I paid $120 for the one I got for my brother around Christmas, so don’t miss this great deal !
Whether for warmth and comfort or function, socks come in many shapes, sizes, colors, and styles. You can find great socks for working out and truly comfortable socks for lounging around. Some socks have a medical purpose or benefit while others are purely for fashion or to keep your feet warm inside your shoes. Incrediwear offers a wide variety of socks ranging from cozy and supportive diabetic socks to top performance athletic socks and everything in between.
I received three pairs of Incredi-socks to check out for the purpose of this review – athletic socks, diabetic socks, and fashion boot socks. Each pair of socks had its own benefits. I especially love the Incredisocks PRO-3 thin sport socks, as I am a runner and also spend some time working out doing strength training and other exercises. The Incrediwear athletic socks felt great on my feet from the moment I put them on. I noticed they immediately fit to my foot as if I had no socks on at all, a great feature that makes you feel lighter on your toes and ready to work out! I also noticed they did a great job with moisture-wicking properties, keeping my feet dry during my workouts. I am going to have to invest in some new athletic socks after trying these – it will be hard to go back to old cotton socks! (Even if they are Adidas.)
The Incredisocks PRO-3 thin athletic socks work hard to increase circulation, regulate body temperature, and wick away moisture. They feature ANOIN technology, which essentially means that negatively charged atoms absorbed by the body help to increase circulation and “molecular vibration.” Basically, these socks are made of a unique blend of bamboo carbonized charcoal, allowing them to set free some therapeutic anions while increasing the blood flow and speed up to 17%, according to studies.
In my humble opinion, these socks are a fabulous addition to any workout wardrobe! Product literature also reveals that Incredisocks can also reduce swelling, speed up recovery time, decrease fatigue, and improve range of motion, among other benefits.
Diabetic socks offer special support and protection for diabetes patients’ feet, but they also bring a nice list of other benefits. The Incredisocks Diabetic Crew sock is helpful in regulating temperature and encouraging greater blood flow to the desired area. These diabetic socks are superb at compression and they have a nice texture that is comfortable to the skin.
These socks are nice and long, offering great compression for the feet through the ankles and partially up the leg. The marbled appearance of the socks themselves is pleasant. The socks have just the right amount of give to stretch and conform to the foot, ankle, and leg.
I received one pair of the diabetic socks in a grayish green hue with a tan stripe and one pair of Incredisocks PRO-3 thin sport socks, as well as one pair of Incredi-Femme socks in knee-high length. These charcoal colored socks stretch comfortably to fit the entire leg up to the knee. They are warm and the fabric is ultra soft and comfortable. These are my new go-to boot socks! I also love them for a comfortable sock under jeans or work slacks, which means they can be worn just about any time.
The Incredi-Femme women’s dress socks are also designed so that your feet don’t sweat, smell, swell, or get tired. The close fit of the socks recalls feelings of being cuddled up nice and snug, but the cut and style keep ‘sexy’ in the picture. The weave of the sock is also quite lovely, not to mention tightly knit so that the socks feel like one cohesive piece of fabric. They look a tad bare just around the ankle, but that might just be my pale winter whiteness showing through. These socks are feminine, fashionable, and admittedly, my first pair of socks this tall. I love them! It just goes to show that you don’t know what you don’t know – I might have gone my whole life never enjoying the benefits of knee socks were it not for Incredi-Femme socks. I might just have to increase my collection.
The Incredi-Femme socks retail for between $13.50 and $20, while diabetic socks come in at $24.95 and below-ankle style athletic socks at $13.50. You can learn more about Incredisocks and Incrediwear products at www.incrediwear.com.
As a new mom, I have a newfound appreciation for shower time. Even more than before, I enjoy products with rich lather, intoxicatingly wonderful fragrances, and no-nonsense results. I don’t have time to mess with products that don’t offer at least one, if not all three, of these desirable characteristics.
I recently received Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy Shampoo and Conditioner products (from Unilever) as well as a beautiful brush to set me up for Clear’s 7-Day Scalp & Hair Challenge. The challenge aimed to help women achieve stronger, more beautiful hair in 7 days, guaranteed (due to less breakage when combing vs. non-conditioning shampoo). The challenge also informed us that the scalp provides 99% of hair’s natural strength and beauty. The products in this challenge, Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy™ shampoo and conditioner, contain a rich blend of vitamins and nutrients, 10 to be precise, known as Nutrium10.
On first use, I really enjoyed the fragrance of the Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy shampoo and conditioner products. The scent reminds me of old school herbal essences in the yellow bottle. I believe I may have said this after a previous experience with the Clear products, but it’s true! I really enjoy using them for that reason. Each day I enjoy the fragrance as well as the other benefits these products provide.
The shampoo produces a rich lather that leaves my hair and scalp feeling super clean. The suds work their magic and then wash effortlessly out of my hair. Same with the conditioner, which smoothes onto my hair so nicely and rinses out cleanly. It’s rare to find a product that leaves your hair just feeling “wet” when you step out of the shower, but this duo does it. No greasy residue, no weighted-down feeling.
As far as whether these made my hair stronger and more beautiful, it’s hard to say. I have to admit my hair seems a bit dry lately, so I think the winter has really wreaked some havoc on my locks. No way to blame that on products or expect products to do a miraculous turnaround in just a week of use. I don’t think I’ve ever had a real problem with breakage, though, which is a great thing. I’ve seen a conditioning mask by Clear and I’m curious if something like that might be the answer to the dryness my hair’s suffering right now. Will keep you posted if I find a suitable fix!
All in all, I am very pleased with my experience in using Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy™ shampoo and conditioner. I would recommend this team of products for anyone who wants a shampoo and conditioner that smells great, lathers well, and rinses away clean, leaving hair very soft and manageable. You can find Clear products starting around $4.79 and up at your favorite mass market retail stores, pharmacies, and on Amazon.com. For more information, check out http://www.clearhaircare.com and https://www.facebook.com/clearhaircare.
Disclosure: CLEAR Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy provided product free of charge for this post. Opinions expressed are entirely my own.
A baby’s first year flies by so quickly, bringing tons of memories and exciting things to share with family and friends. Before you know it, your little one is 10 months old and her birthday is just 8 short weeks away. Planning a first birthday party can be a lot of fun if you approach it the right way. Saving it all to the last minute can be stressful, so get started in planning your little one’s party ahead of time!
To give yourself a head start, bookmark the websites featuring the themes you want to consider for your little one’s party and start a Pinterest board for your kiddo’s first birthday well in advance. This makes it easy to collect ideas you find as well as those shared by other people.
Some first birthday parties can be Consider these fun and memorable first birthday party ideas for your little one’s big bash:
1. Rubber Ducky Birthday
2. Under the Sea Birthday
3. Wild Animal Birthday (Zebra, Cheetah, etc.)
4. Sesame Street (or Character) Birthday
5. ABC Party
6. Mickey & Minnie Mouse Party
7. Puppy Party
8. Circus Party
9. Princess Party
10. Colorful Party Theme – Red, Blue, and Yellow or All Bright Colors
You can also customize the party if your child shows a particular interest in a character, animal, or toy. You can have a racecar or truck party, a monkey party, or tropical party. Something else unique about the first birthday – if you don’t have a theme in mind for your child based on his or her favorites so far, you can always pick out a theme that you like. So bring on the Hawaiian luau or the Angry Birds party! Happy First Birthday to your little loves!
Feel free to share other ideas in our comments below.