22 Beach Hacks for a Perfect Day at the Shore

What’s not to love about the beach? You’ve got the soothing and gentle roar of the ocean, soft sand to dig your toes into, and a perfect panoramic paradise on all sides. Still, even when you’re in your happy place, you can usually find a few sneaky tricks to really improve the experience. Consider these seashore savvy beach hacks to keep your day going your way.

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20 Fun Father’s Day Ideas: Gifts of Experience

Father’s Day is almost here! Are you ready? Most of us are not. Father’s Day always seems to sneak up on us in the shadow of Memorial weekend, graduations, the end of school, and the start of summer. Somehow it seems Dad’s day doesn’t have quite the same commanding presence as Mother’s Day. What’s up with that? Dad is just as loved and just as important, and thankfully the time is almost here to show him.

You did get Dad a gift, didn’t you? Oh, you didn’t? That’s okay – we have some ideas to help you along.

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Where to Get Boxes for Kids’ Activities

From birthday party props to rainy day fun, parents can find so many creative uses for cardboard boxes. Most of the time the problem isn’t coming up with exciting ideas—it’s more along the lines of figuring out where to get boxes for kids activities. The good news is, as long as you give yourself enough time, you can usually find some boxes in time for your project.

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Polaroid Zip Zink® Instant Printer Review

When welcoming a new baby into the family on the earliest days at the hospital, family members and close friends often come to meet the little one and share in the joy. This is a special time to capture these early moments in a format that can be treasured forever. The Polaroid Zip Zink® Instant Printer offers a quick and easy way to share hard copies of photos immediately with your visitors, printing out digital images sent via Bluetooth on a smartphone to the printer itself. Continue reading Polaroid Zip Zink® Instant Printer Review

#GivingIsMyStyle – Thanks and Giving for the Holiday Season

November all through the holiday season is an important time to be thankful, but it’s also a great time to give back to others. Whether you donate to charity, volunteer, or simply perform random acts of kindness, paying it forward as you are able, the little things we do in life really do matter. These simple, selfless acts can put a smile on someone’s face, lessening their load, or really making a big difference in their life. From the smallest kinds of giving to the most involved, every little bit helps to make our world a better, more beautiful place. Continue reading #GivingIsMyStyle – Thanks and Giving for the Holiday Season

Puckababy® Gogo Newborn Swaddle Wrap Review

Newborns are cute, cuddly, and they have that intoxicating new baby smell that makes you want to just snuggle them for hours. With all the cuddling that’s in store with family and friends, some soft baby blanket wraps can be the perfect baby gift idea, especially this time of year. New babies deserve a soft and snuggly swaddle wrap to keep them warm and comfortable from their earliest days. Whether you wrap them up for snuggles with loved ones or swaddle your infant at night for a better sleep, a newborn swaddle wrap is an essential for any family’s new addition. Continue reading Puckababy® Gogo Newborn Swaddle Wrap Review

Baby Skin Issues: Baby Skincare Product Reviews

As a mom, I’m no stranger to a variety of baby skin issues. Our daughter has gone through everything from eczema to cradle cap. She’s had an occasional pimple, extremely dry skin, and even a small patch where it looks like she never developed pigment. (We still don’t know what that is, but the doctor isn’t concerned.) I’ve watched other baby skin issues occur too, like the development of birthmarks and even moles that didn’t use to exist. Like I said, we are no strangers to baby skin issues, and now, toddler skin issues.

For every baby skin issue, you can likely find a dozen or more skincare products designed to treat it. I’ve had some success with some products, while in some cases, other treatments recommended by the pediatrician also seemed to work wonders. Here’s my rundown of a few baby skincare products and their effects on various baby skin issues.

Gentle Naturals Baby Therapeutics

What mom doesn’t appreciate baby skin products that are paraben-free, dye-free, and fragrance-free, along with being gentle for continued use as needed? I received a couple of products by Gentle Naturals for the purpose of review. I never knew I would need the Gentle Naturals baby eczema cream and baby eczema wash until one day dry, scaly, patches of red skin appeared behind my daughter’s knees.

We switched out our normal baby wash for the gentle naturals, and sometimes just pure water. We also applied the Gentle Naturals cream—a rich, emollient skin cream similar in texture to Aquaphor. I found that the cream helped to care for the eczema, but my daughter’s case was relatively intense, so we did pair it with other treatments. I found that a little bit of 1% hydrocortisone cream mixed in with the Gentle Naturals or the Aquaphor seemed to do the trick after a couple of days.

I also received Gentle Natural’s Cradle Cap treatment. I did not get to use it as my husband quickly learned to use cotton balls and baby oil to remove the dry skin from the top of our daughter’s head. He had the cradle cap fully under control before I even had a chance to worry. However, the cradle cap treatment is a light, non-greasy solution that includes natural, healthy ingredients like calendula, Vitamin D, and Vitamin E.

Shea Moisture Organic Baby Care Products

Most of the time, moms love to see the words “natural” and “organic” when it comes to choosing products for their babies and children. Shea Moisture, established in 1912, contains certified organic ingredients, like raw Shea, chamomile, and Argan oil. The products are rich, emollient, and leave even an adult’s skin feeling great for hours after applying the lotions and creams. (I do admit I probably used more than half of the one lotion product on my hands alone during the winter.)

I received a generous selection of organic baby products from Shea Moisture, including Organic Raw Shea Chamomile & Argan Oil Baby Head-to-Toe Ointment with Frankincense & Myrrh, Organic Shea Butter Baby Eczema Therapy with Argan Oil and Extracts of Frankincense & Myrrh, Organic Red Bush & Babassu Baby Head-to-Toe Lotion with Carrot Oil and Shea Butters, and finally, Organic Olive & Marula Baby Head-to-Toe Lotion with Avocado & Shea Butters.

The creams have pleasant scents that are a bit earthy and certainly organic. They go on smoothly and absorb nicely into the skin. I really enjoyed the pump bottle Head-to-Toe lotions on myself as well as on our daughter. The eczema therapy product has a pleasant scent but I did find it a bit tricky to apply, as it is more of a waxy solid in a small cylinder tub. The severity of my daughter’s eczema had me applying creams constantly, so I did not get around to using this product as much as I think I would have, had her eczema been milder. The Head-to-Toe Ointment is useful for everything from chapped lips to cheeks, hands, arms, legs, and even to baby’s bottom during a diaper change.

Weleda Baby Calendula Weather Protection Cream

Babies are known to get very dry skin, especially on their faces and especially during the colder months. Weleda Baby Calendula Weather Protection Cream is a 100% certified natural baby care product designed to protect delicate skin from the harsh cold. Key ingredients like beeswax, Lanolin, Sweet Almond Oil, Chamomile, and Calendula soothe sensitive skin and add moisture to overly dry skin. This product absorbs easily and is dermatologist tested and recommended for sensitive skin. Calendula Weather Protection Cream is suitable for use from birth onward through adulthood. I received one bottle of Weleda Baby Calendula Weather Protection Cream for the purpose of review.

pHisoderm Baby Tear-Free Gel Wash

We have tried lots of different baby wash products, including popular Johnson’s brand and even the basic, fragrance-free Dove bar. Phisoderm Baby Tear-Free Gel Wash is a phthalate-free formula that is designed to gently and effective cleanse baby from the top of her head to the sole of her foot. The powder fresh scent is subtle and pleasant, especially for a new baby just getting acquainted with all the new sights and smells. pHisoderm Baby Tear-Free Gel Wash is allergy tested, dermatologist-recommended, and it is pH balanced to moisturize in addition to cleansing. The formula is also soap-free and specially crafted to gently cleanse even the driest baby skin. I received one bottle of pHisoderm Baby Tear-Free Gel Wash for the purpose of review and have enjoyed the formula and its results.

The wide range of baby skin issues constantly has moms and dads jumping through hoops to find what’s right for baby, whether it’s a simple moisturizer, cleaner, or an actual treatment to a specific baby skin condition. I hope this review of various baby skincare products is helpful in your quest to keep your little ones comfortable.

Disclaimer: I received a number of products for the purpose of review. The opinions here are my own and receiving products did not change or color my thoughts.

Dove Advanced Care Deodorant Review

In case you didn’t know, I am one of those people who stands resolutely next to my preferred brands in a number of things—particularly ketchup, Qtips®, toothpaste, and deodorant (anti-perspirant). I have my favorite brands, and in a pinch, or sometimes just for kicks, I will use a different product in lieu of my own. It’s funny how you come to be a strong supporter of certain products in life, based on their fragrance, flavor, performance, or a combination of the above. It’s definitely a good thing to try new products and brands, especially since that is how new favorites can arise. And in this case, it is how I came to find a new favorite deodorant for running and working out. Keep reading for my Dove Advanced Care Deodorant Review.

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Bottle Feeding Baby: Dr. Brown’s, Philips Avent, Mimijumi, and Similac

For some parents, bottle feeding baby quickly becomes a battle. If your infant is used to breastfeeding, he or she may not accept a bottle as a natural alternative. This can be a bit troublesome, especially for moms going back to work and parents looking for a night out to a special event, like a wedding, where tiny infants may not be super welcome.

Many moms go through the same trials and tribulations when bottle feeding baby, or at least when attempting to do so. Baby prefers to nurse and refuses a bottle. Mom and Dad buy every bottle they can find to satisfy the little one and help ease the transition. Still, the whole process may take more time and energy than you were planning on expending.

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Product Review: Caress Forever Collection Body Washes

When choosing a body wash, fragrance choice is typically one of the key factors of consideration. From florals to fruits, ocean scents, and everything in between, there’s surely no shortage of choices when it comes to picking out a delightful shower scent. Caress launched its latest body wash line, the Caress Forever Collection, with a new spin on shower fragrances—scents that last.

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How to Appear More Attractive: 10 Steps to a Sexier You!

When you meet a new guy for the first time, can you tell right away whether he’s a one-night-stand or more of a take-him-home-to-mom kind of guy? Maybe he isn’t either, in fact, maybe you’ve got your best friend calling you in, oh, about five more minutes to save you from a dud date and some potentially regrettable decisions. Whatever the case, you can probably tell fairly early on if you’re attracted to someone and whether or not you have chemistry together. Sex appeal is a two-way street. Men are quickly figuring out the same thing as they’re meeting you for a first date or simply seeing you walk by.

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Pretty Pink Cocktails for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day can be fun no matter if you are married, dating, divorced, or single–it’s another day on the calendar, meaning the day is all that you make of it. Whether you plan to have a romantic cocktail with your sweetie or a sassy sipper with your best girlfriends, some pretty pink cocktails for Valentine’s Day can be the perfect way to celebrate this weekend.

Here are some of our favorite pink drinks for Valentine’s Day, with a few inspired back from Breast Cancer Awareness last October. You can enjoy these pink cocktails exactly as written or add your own special twists.

Feel free to try these delightful and beautiful pink alcoholic beverages and let us know what you think and which ones turn out to be your favorites!

PRETTY IN PINK

Ingredients

  • 1 oz. Van Gogh Citroen Vodka
  • 2 oz. Chilled Lemonade
  • 1 oz. Cranberry Juice
  • Squeeze of Lime Juice

Instructions

  1. Build vodka, lime juice, lemonade, and cranberry juice in a Collins glass with ice.
  2. Top with a squeeze of fresh lime. Garnish with a lime wedge.
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La Vie en Rose

Ingredients 

  • Vodka 1.5oz
  • Strawberry 3
  • Rosé wine 1.5oz
  • Lemon ¾ oz

Instructions

  1. Squash the fruit.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients with ice.
  3. Shake and strain.
  • Courtesy of The St. Regis Mexico City and The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort’

Mrs. Pink

Ingredients

  • Montelobos mezcal 1.5oz
  • blueberries 10
  • Rosemary 1
  • Lemon juice ¾ oz
  • Natural syrup ¾ oz

Instructions

  1. Squash the fruit and the rosemary.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients with ice.
  3. Shake and strain.
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Pink Ginger


Ingredients

  • Gin 1.5 oz
  • Ginger syrup ¾ oz
  • Lime juice ¾ oz
  • Raspberries 5
  • Rosé sparkling wine 2 oz

Instructions

  1. Squash the fruit.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients (except the rosé sparkling wine) with ice.
  3. Shake and strain.
  4. Add the sparkling wine on the top.
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