Friday, March 30, 2018

#Giveaway Luxury Sheet Sets from Mellanni Fine Linens

The spring weather is upon us and like many, I have been busy cleaning and decluttering my home. Along with the decluttering, I also like to revamp various rooms in my home as well, where I might change up the curtains, add new light fixtures, and add new linens to bedrooms. So when we were sent some new bed sheets from the Mellanni Fine Linens collection, I was excited to add them to the beds in my home and also share about the linens with our readers!

With the bed sheet sets that I can get from the line up at Mellanni Fine Linens, I can not only choose from a selection of colors but also get sheets to add to the beds in my home that are silky soft. This is because the sheets are made from the highest quality 100% brushed microfiber. I also like that aside from the look and feel, that the sheets are wrinkle free, will not fade, are stain resistant, and hypoallergenic. Then when it comes to the fit on the bed, I like that they offer deep pockets for that luxury fit, and include the flat sheet as well as the pillow cases needed to complete the set. Giving us sheets that are soft and breathable, and are designed to keep moisture, dust mites, and other allergens away. Which in all, makes the Mellanni Fine Linens Luxury Sheets, a great selection to add to the beds in your home when revamping the rooms as you do your spring cleaning. And to help with bringing those silky soft sheet sets home, the wonderful people from Mellanni Fine Linens would like to give one of our amazing readers their own set of Luxury Sheets!

Product received, thank you to Mellanni Fine Linens as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.

#Giveaway Spring Reading Line Up from Downtown Bookworks

With the weather warming up and many of those Spring and Summer travel plans either taking place or being planned out, I find that when it comes to the kids, I like to have books on hand to keep them occupied with. For me, I have found that whether we are at home or traveling, that having a great collection of books that each of my kids can enjoy is ideal. This helps to keep their minds going, and also expands their reading skills and vocabularies. So when we were sent the DC Super Heroes Little Library to review, I knew that this collection would be perfect for my youngest to enjoy as we read the books together!
In this collection, we get 10 of the bestselling DC Super Hero concept board books that are perfect for preschoolers and beginning readers. The books include those super heroes the kids adore like Batman, Superman, and so many more! I also like that with each book, they have amazing illustrations and teach concepts such as letters, numbers, shapes, colors and more! Making the choice to add the DC Super Heroes Little Library along with other great books from the selection at Downtown Bookworks, a choice that you and your kids will be glad you made. And to help with adding to those spring and summer reading lists, the wonderful people from Downtown Bookworks would like to send one of our amazing readers a fun pack of books from the Downtown Bookworks collection.

Product received, thank you to Downtown Bookworks as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.

#Giveaway Easter Basket Gift Ideas from Whiffer Sniffers

The time is here, the time for that last minute Easter shopping for not only the meals we will be serving during Easter brunch, but also for those Easter baskets for the kids. Like many kids, mine enjoy those toys that they can collect and of course, that offer those mystery surprises. We have also found that when it comes to some of those toys they all enjoy collecting, that those adorable yet quirky, sweet smelling toys from the Whiffer Sniffers line up are on the top of the list. So when we were sent some of the new Whiffer Sniffers from the Series 6 Part 1 and Part 2 Super Sniffers collection, I was excited to add them to this years Easter Baskets for the kids!

With the new additions to the Whiffer Sniffers line up, the kids can continue to add to their collections, and even collect even more of those mystery packs they enjoy getting. These new Whiffer Sniffers include a chocolate dipped strawberry, waffle, Easter Candy, rainbow slushy and more scents that are not only very cute but very collectible! Making the choice to add the Whiffer Sniffers to those Easter baskets as you seek those last minute gifts, a choice that the kids will be glad you made! Also, to help with adding to your kids collection of Whiffer Sniffers, the wonderful people from the Bearington Collection would like to give one of my amazing readers 3 Whiffer Sniffers from the new Series 6 line up!

Product received, thank you to The Bearington Collection as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.

Puppy Dog Pals on DVD

When it comes to that family movie night fun that my family and I look forward to each week, we find that aside from the time we enjoy together, that we also look forward to adding some of those new movies and shows we come across. For my family, we like to allow everyone a chance to contribute to the line up, which includes those shows from my youngest son's favorite selection at Disney Junior. So when we were sent the new, Puppy Dog Pals DVD to review, we were excited to check it out and add it to my son's collection of Disney Junior DVD's!

In this DVD, we get those adorable puppies, who, while their owner is away, go on lots of adventures and missions. These missions take place in a number of places, from their own backyard to places all over the world! Along with the pups in the home, they seek out the help from other pets in their neighborhood as they take on the missions ahead, where the animals assist with their high tech gadgets. Making the choice to bring the adventures home when you head out on April 10th to bring home your copy of Puppy Dog Pals on DVD, a choice that your Disney Junior fans will be sure to appreciate!!!

Product received, thank you to Disney Movies as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.

Easter Treats with Welch's Fruit Snacks

As we prepare for those Easter brunches and get the kids Easter baskets together, I find that I like to seek out treats that the kids will be excited to get. Like many parents, I have found that when it comes to those snacks and treats that the kids enjoy, that the Welch's Fruit Snacks are a favorite in my home. So when we were sent the Welch's Easter Fruit Snacks to review, I was excited to add them to our baskets and Easter egg hunts this year.

With the snack sized bags that come in the box of the Welch's Easter Fruit Snacks, I can put them in the plastic eggs for the kids to find during their hunt. I also like knowing that after the hunt is over and the kids go to open their eggs, they can enjoy a fruit snack that is made with real fruit, contains no preservatives, and is a excellent source of Vitamin C! Making the choice to add the Welch's Easter Fruit Snacks to those Easter baskets and plastic eggs this year, a choice that the kids are sure to appreciate!

Product received, thank you to Welch's as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.

Farberware Knife Armor Dishwasher Safe Knives and Knife Block Set

The spring is upon us and like many who are excited about the changing weather, I am one who also likes to revamp many rooms in my house. I do this by getting rid of the items we no longer use or need, and by adding the new items we will be able to use regularly. This includes not only the clothing that we might have outgrown or no longer wear, but also the items we use in the kitchen, where I get excited to seek out the new tools and gadgets I can add to the kitchen. So when I was sent the Faberware Knife Armor Dishwasher Safe Knives and Knife Block to review, I was very excited to not only add the set to my kitchen, but also begin using them for everyday meal prep and serving.

With this set, I get many of those tools that I use when preparing and serving meals. Where I can use the all purpose shears when cutting the fresh herbs to use in dishes, the chef knife for cutting and chopping foods, and even the bread knife when serving fresh bread to my family. I can also utilize the tools easier due to the new ergonomic handles, where the grips are designed for comfort and to help give me better control when using them. Then when it comes to the cleaning and storage of the various tools that are included, I like that they are simple to clean up by just rinsing them off and placing in the dishwasher, and once clean, placing them back in the included block. Making the Farberware Knife Armor Dishwasher Safe Knives and Knife Block Set, a great choice to add to any kitchen!

Product received, thank you to Faberware as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.

Google Pixelbook from Best Buy

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

When it comes to the finding the newest products for the home and for the home office, I like knowing that I can head to my local Best Buy store. There, I can find those new must have devices like the tablets and computers that we need for both school and our home office, and I can also learn more about the products I am interested in while there as well. And like many who have been curious about the Google Pixelbook, I was pleased to find that I could not only learn more about the Google Pixel from the experts at Best Buy, but also save $100 right now (until April 7th) when I purchase from Best Buy!

See when we add the Google Pixelbook to our line up of tablets and computers in the home, we get the new high performance Chromebook that is also the first laptop to have Google Assistant built in. Where in order to utilize the Google Assistant, you can use the dedicated key that is on the keyboard, using the "Ok Google" wake word, or by using the Pixelbook Pen. To utilize the Google Assistant feature on the Pixelbook Pen, you can do so by simply pressing and holding the button, then tapping the pen on Pixelbook’s screen. Giving you multiple ways to access the information you seek when you go to use the Google Assistant feature.

Aside from the fact that the Google Pixelbook is the first laptop to have Google Assistant built in, I like that the Pixelbook is slim and sleek, at just 10.3mm, making it Google's thinnest laptop ever, and is made to easily adapt to your lifestyle. It does this by offering a faster and smarter system that is also powered by Chrome OS, which makes it so you will always have the latest security and software features. I also like that with the features which include the slim design, that we can sketch and edit photos, stay productive with GSuite apps that Drive automatically backs up to our device, and enjoy on-or-offline access to movies and TV shows with apps like Google Play Movies and YouTube Red. Which in all, when you add in these features as well as the many others that you can get with the Google Pixelbook, makes the choice to head to Best Buy and pick yours up today, a choice you will be glad you made!


Thursday, March 29, 2018

How to Ensure That Your Wedding Goes Off Without a Hitch

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Your big day is just around the corner and your nerves are on overdrive. You want to make sure that
everything is perfect, and you just may be driving yourself a little insane with all the planning and attention
 to detail.

Does this sound like you? If so, fret not. Thousands of people are in the same situation as you are - worrying
about their weddings and wanting things to be perfect on their special day. Thankfully, there are some handy
tips out there that will help you ensure that your wedding goes off without a hitch. In this article, we will look
at 5 of our favorite tips, so read on to find out more!

1. First and Foremost, Insurance!

The best way to ensure that your wedding goes off without a hitch is to equip yourself with wedding insurance.
Weddings can be a massive investment of not just your money, but also your emotions and hard work. This is
why it is so crucial to plan for peace of mind. Wedding insurance can cover event cancellations, loss of data
such as photos, damage to your wedding dress and so many other things that just may creep up on your big
day. Rest assured that with wedding insurance in Australia, you won’t have to worry about forking out
thousands more should something go wrong on your special day. Whilst ideally, everything goes to plan,
it never hurts to be prepared for the worst.

      2.    Hire A Wedding Planner

Weddings are insane - the amount of planning that goes on behind closed doors is enough to send some people
over the edge. This is why hiring a wedding planner to assist you in planning for your big day is always advised.
Wedding planners help take some of the load off your shoulders, and can assist you in budgeting, coming up
with innovative ideas, guest seating and so much more. Most wedding planners have been in the industry for
years and years, so you can ensure that you will have an expert with all the inside knowledge working alongside
you. When in doubt, hire a wedding planner!

      3.    Select An Appropriate Venue

Are you planning a winter wedding? If so, you will want to ensure that the venue you choose is
appropriate for the weather. With unpredictable weather conditions, you will want to make sure that you
choose a venue that isn’t going to be rendered useless should it be raining or even snowing. Consider choosing
a venue that allows you to hire a marquee which will assist in sheltering your guests from any unpredictable
elements. Another think to keep in mind is how accessible your venue is - is there going to be enough parking?
Is it wheelchair-accessible? Ensuring that you have planned for all scenarios is key to making sure the day
goes off without a hitch.

      4.    Book The Best Photographer

There is nothing worse than setting up the perfect wedding, only to realize that the photos you have of them
are sub-par. This is your big day, and you’ll want to have hundreds if not thousands of high quality,
professional photos that you can keep for the rest of your life. The only way to make this happen is to hire
a professional photographer who knows what she or he is doing. Photos don’t come cheap, but this is one
aspect of your wedding that you don’t want to be stingy with. Find someone who specializes in wedding
photography, and let them know exactly what you are looking for.

      5.    Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help

Whilst it can be tempting to try and be superwoman or superman when it comes to planning your wedding,
we all need a little help sometimes. Don’t be too shy to ask your friends and family to assist in the entire
process - this is your day and you should be able to kick back and relax as well, without stressing over every
minute detail. You close friends and family will want this for you too, and we are certain that they will be
more than happy to help wherever they can.


We hope that these 5 tips have helped you in ensuring that your wedding goes off without a hitch. Best of luck,

and congratulations! 


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

#Giveaway Lotus Premium Yoga Set Kit

When it comes to those daily routines, we find that we tend to have a lot that we do each day. As a mom, I have learned that this can include all of the activities from school and after school activities, the household needs, and our own schedules for work and school. And like many, I find that the time to head to the gym, does not always fit in that schedule. Which is why for me, I have found that having the products I might use at the gym, at home, can be the way to go. So when we were sent the Lotus Premium Yoga Set Kit to review, I was curious to check it out and add it to my list of great health and wellness products to have in the home.
I say this because this kit includes the items I need, so that I can fit my daily Yoga routine in my busy day. Where I not only get the mat I need and can take along with me on those days where I can make it to the gym, but where I also get the tools I can follow and use in the home as well. These tools include the yoga mat, 2 yoga blocks, 2 towels that can really come in handy, 1 stretch strap, 1 carrying strap, and a bonus professional DVD teaching video! Giving me not only the tools that I might find at the gym and can use at home, but also a intermediate video instruction that has been created by a professional yoga instructor which is great for both beginner and well seasoned yogi's!

Then when it comes to the materials that I get with this set, I like that the mat is larger than other mats I have used and that the knee pads are thicker as well. The towels are a microfiber material and lightweight, and the blocks are made from a high density EVA foam, and with all of the materials used they are healthy, easy to clean and durable! Making the choice to add the Lotus Premium Yoga Starter Set Kit to your daily routines, a choice that you will be glad you made. And to help with making it a bit easier to get your yoga routines in, even with a busy schedule, the wonderful people from Levoit would like to send one of our amazing readers their own Lotus Premium Yoga Starter Set Kit!

Product received, thank you to Levoit as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.

Monday, March 26, 2018

#Giveaway Outdoor Creative Fun with RoseArt Chalk Paint

The spring is upon us, the weather is warming up, and the kids are heading back outside to enjoy their fun in the sun. Like many parents, I like to have the toys and activities on hand that can help make that playtime a lot more fun. And like many, I enjoy not only having outdoor games on hand but also the outdoor art supplies for when the kids want to draw on the driveway and sidewalks. So when we were sent the Outdoor Fun Chalk Paint Set from RoseArt to review, I was excited to add it to our collection of outdoor toys and activities.
With this set, the kids get 6 chalk powder colors, 8 jumbo chalk sticks, mixing trays, roller brushes, flat brushes, stencils all in a convenient storage bucket. Giving the kids a great selection of colors that are vibrant and tools that can allow their imaginations to soar as they enjoy creating and playing outside! The tools that come with the set give them kids fun stencils that they can use as they make their designs, and with the roller and brushes, they can expand on those designs even more. I also like that with the colors, they are washable, allowing the kids to create many masterpieces without worrying about the mess. Making the choice to add the Outdoor Fun Chalk Paint Set from RoseArt to your outdoor creative fun with the kids, a choice that you will be glad you made! And to help with bringing some of that outdoor fun home, the wonderful people at RoseArt would like to give one of our amazing readers their own Outdoor Fun Chalk Paint Set!

Product received, thank you to RoseArt as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.

Baby Shower Registry Checklist from Pampers

This review was made possible by iConnect Influencer Management, and Pampers was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

From the moment we find out that we are expecting a new member to the family to that first moment when we finally get to meet and hold our precious babies, we find that there is so much to prepare for. This includes setting up those registries for our baby showers, ensuring we have all the gear, clothing, and Pampers Swaddlers needed to help us get started on our journey into parenthood. Like many parents, I learned that when I had my first child, that my registry did not include everything that I needed. I also found out, shortly after having my baby, that when it came to the diapers I chose, I did not choose the sizes that I would later need. So when I learned that I was not alone when it comes to those first time registries and that I can turn to the Pampers site to ensure I have everything needed when it comes to the registry checklist, I felt relief and also found that it was great information to share with our readers as well.

See, I recently found out that when it comes to those registries, that 9 in 10 moms wish they had included more diapers in their registry and that 40% of moms, which include myself, did not include enough diapers of different sizes. For me, I was faced with the reality that I had way too many of the Pampers Swaddlers Newborn size diapers, after finding that at just 2 weeks old, my baby had outgrown the newborn size. I was then faced with the reality once again when the size 1, only lasted another month or so before we were in size 2. Which is something that I was not told about or warned about when it came to preparing for my first born, and left me with plenty of the newborn and size 1 diapers that were unused, and having to purchase a lot more of the size 2 diapers. But as a mom, I have taken that first experience and learned from the mix up when it came to the diapers needed, so that when I had more babies, I was more prepared.

Which is why, when I meet new and expecting parents, I like that I can encourage them to utilize the Pampers site. There they can find that there are so many tools available which includes the baby shower registry checklist. Where parents can go down the list, ensuring that they include both the basic necessities and the extras they might want for the nursery and more. And I like that with the Pampers Baby Shower Registry Checklist, it is simple to use, by first signing up then going over the checklist. Making the choice to add Pampers as your go to when preparing for baby as well as when it comes to the information and tips they provide, a choice that you will be glad you made!


Sunday, March 25, 2018

Tips from the Experts at Petcurean on Protecting Your Pets

This post is sponsored and written by me on behalf of Petcurean through a campaign managed by their PR. All opinions are my own.

When it comes to our fur babies and making sure they are healthy, as pet parents, we take many of the same precautions we take with our kids, with our pets. These precautions include the visits to the vet to get check ups and ensure they are up to date on their shots, the pet foods we give them along with the exercise they need, and watching out for their well being. And when it comes to watching out for our pet's well being, I like to ensure that I am aware of what is good for them and what is not good for them, especially when it comes to the foods we give them. So when I was sent some great tips from the experts at Petcurean on how to protect our pets, I was curious to learn more and share the information with our audience.

See with this selection of tips provided by the experts, I can not only follow a list what to avoid for both my dogs and my cats, but also read about the potential risks and dangers that go along with each item. Giving me as a pet parent, a better understanding and knowledge when it comes to caring for my fur babies.

·                     Chocolate – Most pet lovers know that chocolate is a big no-no for Fido. Chocolate is harmful because of a toxic agent called theobromine, which can make your pup extremely ill and even lead to death.
·                     Grapes – A lesser known fact, grapes can lead to kidney failure in dogs. If you want to give your pup a sweet and healthy treat, opt for blueberries instead. 
·                     Mushrooms – If you have a dog that spends a lot of time outside, it’s crucial to check your yard for mushrooms. There are many species of mushroom that are toxic to pets, such as the Amanita phalloides or ‘Death Cap’ mushroom, a potent poison at only 3 grams. Since there’s a multitude of other species that can harm your pet, it’s best to keep your lawn clean of any mushrooms just to be safe.
o        If you suspect your pet has ingested a poisonous mushroom, take them to the vet and bring the mushroom so the clinic can identify what type of toxin or poison they are dealing with.

·                     Tuna – Although tuna is the classic delicacy for a cartoon cat, you should only feed your cat tuna when it’s produced in a cat food format. Tuna made for humans can cause digestive problems in your cat if fed as an occasional treat. Feeding them tuna on a more consistent basis can cause a painful condition called steatitis, or inflammation of the body's fat.
·                     Dairy products – Perhaps as iconic as cats and tuna, cats and milk are also a popular pairing. However, as cats age, they can become lactose intolerant causing them to vomit or have diarrhea after ingesting dairy.
·                     Lilies – The most common type of lily is toxic to cats only. If your cat eats a lily, it can lead to kidney failure which, if not treated quickly, may result in death.

HARMFUL PLANTS: Many common household plants can have negative effects on your beloved pet. Check your home and make sure you don’t have any of these around!
·                     Aloe – There are more than 500 species of aloe vera, all of which are poisonous to your pet. Its toxin, saponin, acts as a defense mechanism and will harm your pet if ingested.
·                     English Ivy – English Ivy is one of the most common forms of ivy to grow along the sides of walls and fences, making them easily accessible by outdoor pets and therefore, especially dangerous.
·                     Sago Palm – This plant is also a common landscape feature, but a little more difficult for your pet to eat. However, Sago Palm is highly poisonous to pets and can even be fatal.
·                     Shamrocks – While relatively harmless in small quantities, a large consumption of shamrocks can lead to kidney failure in your pet.

Some foods, such as grapes, chocolate, and onions, are dangerous to both cats and dogs. If your pet is exhibiting any of the below behavior, they may be reacting to something poisonous and should be taken to a vet for immediate attention. You can also call the Animal Poison Control Center 24/7 at 855-764-7661 for less urgent concerns or questions.
·                     Vomiting or Diarrhea
·                     Abdominal pain
·                     Weakness or Lethargy
·                     Yellowing of the skin (jaundice)
·                     Uncoordinated movements
·                     Excessive drooling (ptyalism)
·                     Seizures

·                     Coma

Making the choice when it comes to adding Petcurean to your pets diet, not only a great one when it comes to the foods and treats they enjoy, but also a great choice when it comes to the information provided by the experts when it comes to your pets health!


Friday, March 23, 2018

Top 3 Things Hidden Inside Our Mattress

I am a real proponent of getting the right amount of quality sleep. Why? Simple really. It’s good for our health in so 

Outdoor Fun with the ESPN Future Pro Football

Spring is here and the weather is finally starting to warm up for some and will be doing the same for others in the coming months. With that, I find that the kids want to take their playtimes outdoors, where they can enjoy the sun and practice some of their favorite sports. Like many kids who enjoy playing football in the fall, both of my sons look forward to the summer practices that are coming up. And as they anticipate the beginning of the practice season when the football camp opens up in a few months, they like to practice together to improve their skills. So when we were sent the ESPN Future Pro Football to review, I was excited to share it with my kids as they take it outdoors to strengthen their skills.

With the line of ESPN Future Pro products for kids, we get equipment that has been designed by professional athletes to help kids up their own games. With custom designs to help improve both on skill and performance when it comes to football, baseball, soccer, softball, and basketball. They do this by having specially placed markers right on the balls, that help with finger placement and striking zones. Where the kids can create top ten worthy moments in the sports they love and want to master, right in our own backyard. Giving my kids the tools they can practice with while enjoying the warmer weather, and anticipating the upcoming summer camp and practice for the fall PeeWee Football season!

Product received, thank you to ESPN Future Pro as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.

STEM Fun with Learning Resources City Engineering & Design Building Set

The Spring has sprung, and we find that those spring and summer breaks are on the minds of many kids as well as the upcoming Easter holiday. With that, as parents we find that we like to seek those fun STEM toys that engage and encourage the learning through playtime. And one company that I have enjoyed over the years when it comes to finding those learning toys that the kids adore is Learning Resources. So when we were sent the City Engineering & Design Building Set from the line up of STEM toys at Learning Resources, I was excited to check it out and share it with my kids!

With this building set, my kids can engage in endless building fun, where they can build and develop their fine motor skills, engineering skills, critical thinking, problem solving, following directions and more! The set includes 10 engineering activity cards that the kids can follow to build a variety of structures with the 89 pieces, and also includes 1 sticker sheet they can utilize as well. Giving the kids what they need to not just build fun structures, but build their own city, where they can create skyscrapers, cranes, bridges and so much more! Making the choice to add the City Engineering & Design Building Set from Learning Resources to your kids educational fun, a choice that you will be glad you made!

Product received, thank you to Learning Resources as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.

How to Reduce Stretch Marks During Pregnancy: 6 Essential Tips

Being with child is an incredible and unique event in the life of any woman. The opportunity to give birth and bring new life into this world is the closest to magic we can get in real life. Unfortunately, it also comes with a few physical and mental side effects that discourage many from pursuing such an experience.

One of the first that comes to mind is stretch marks. A lot of ladies out there fear that bearing an infant for nine months will ruin their skin, but that’s hardly the case. In fact, these can be diminished and kept under control with ease. Here are six essential tips to help you reduce stretch marks during pregnancy.

1.    Use a Targeted Cream

Ointments are hands down the most prevalent treatment for stretch marks. In fact, studies have uncovered that as much as 78% of pregnant women resort to using a targeted product in order to diminish their appearance. By far the most widely-encountered choice was Bio-oil. Cocoa butter-based creams and lotions were also very popular among participants.

Putting on a specialized ointment is the most popular method of encouraging pregnancy striae to fade away. Find the best stretch mark cream that suits your personal needs, and you will most likely achieve visible results in no time at all.

These variations occur because women tend to seek advice on this from family members and friends, according to the same aforementioned research. Furthermore, it also depends greatly on what each person is comfortable with the most. Thus, depending on every woman’s preferences, differences are bound to become observable.

2.    Try Homemade Remedies

Although the market is ripe with creams and lotions, sometimes the best treatment can be found in your pantry. There are plenty of organic ingredients that can be put together in order to produce an incredible homemade remedy for stretch marks. For example, a few teaspoons of lemon juice, lavender oil and sugar can turn into an effective scrub.

For an at-home lotion, use equal parts mango butter and coconut oil, and apply the resulting mixture topically as you would any other store-bought ointment. Shea butter is also great because it helps treat scarring as well. And let’s not forget about the all-time favorite natural skin regenerator, aloe vera.

By combining three parts aloe vera oil with one-part castor oil, a handy promoter of skin elasticity, and applying it directly onto the affected area, the quality of your skin will discernably improve almost immediately. When the options are so many, not trying at least one of them would be counterproductive.

3.    Gain Weight Steadily

Topical ointments and home remedies diminish the appearance of pregnancy striae once these occur, but they do less in terms of prevention. Although hydration is a must and keeping the skin plump and elastic does indeed keep damage at bay, its beneficial effects are null if other requirements aren’t met.
According to Healthline, most experts agree that the best way to impede stretch marks from forming is by gaining your baby weight steadily, instead of all at once. The best way to achieve this is by consulting with your doctor and coming up with an appropriate diet plan that provides your body with the right amount of nutrition. 

4.    Drink Plenty of Water

As previously mentioned, hydration is essential in protecting the skin. The biggest drawback in using topical creams as far as this is concerned is that they work locally. Fortunately, there is a straightforward way to keep up moisture levels in the body, namely drinking plenty of water. You already have to do that to ensure the health of your baby, the glowing skin is just a plus.

5.    Consult a Dermatologist

Usually, the best moment to treat stretch marks is immediately after they appear on the skin. And when hydration fails, consulting with a dermatologist can be of great help. A medical professional can prescribe you advanced treatments, such as retinoid, microdermabrasion and even laser sessions.

6.    Wait It Out

If all else fails, just remember that pregnancy stretch marks eventually fade on their own post-partum. Although they will never be fully gone, they won’t stick out like a sore thumb either. Don’t forget the importance of embracing the changes your body is going through during this beautiful and challenging time of your life. After all, they are natural.

Although stretch marks can rarely be prevented during pregnancy, hydration through topical ointments that are either natural or store-bought is a great start. Drinking plenty of water is also recommended, as is consulting with a dermatologist if you feel the need to try something new. And at the end of the day, try to remember that they will fade away sooner or later.


A Guide to Choosing Men’s Underwear

As a man, it is easier to buy an underwear when you have decided the type you want to buy. There are two options available in the market: briefs and boxers and choosing one of these options will help you make a wise decision. However, this is not to mean that you will find only one type of boxer or brief.

No, there are hundreds of men’s underwear styles with each of them having its unique design, fabric, and attribute. Choosing an underwear that’s right for your style and comfort can seem like a daunting task as there are many options to choose from. However, worry no more as this article is here to help you know how to find a good underwear that will suit your needs.

Tips for buying men’s underwear
1. Briefs
Many men love briefs because of many reasons. First of all, briefs are standard go-to underwear in the market. They come in a wide range of colors, designs, and rises. One of the major benefits of briefs is that they are comfortable and can be worn under most of the clothes as they can cover your package and back completely and leave the upper thigh and side of the leg exposed.

Briefs are ideal for those who want to keep everything in place and need support. Briefs are perfect for everyday dressing and moderate sports and you don’t have to worry about the excess fabric found in boxer briefs, boxers, and trunks.

2. Low-Rise Brief
Low rise briefs usually sit on the hips just below the natural waistline and provide enough fabric to cover you up. Some of the low-rise briefs usually enhance the package.

3. Mid-Rise Brief
These briefs usually sit on the natural waistline. They are perfect to wear with board shorts, regular cut jeans, and dress pants.

4. High-Rise Briefs 
High rise briefs usually provide a more traditional fit and will perfectly sit below your belly button. They are perfect to wear with high rise pants. They will smooth out your stomach, streamline your waist and reduce the appearance of love handles.

5. Boxer Briefs
Boxer briefs usually cover about half of the thighs in a beautiful way. However, some of the boxers cover about 1/3 of the thighs. They are ideal for sports and workouts and protect you from chaffing.

Just like standard briefs, they provide great support and complete coverage. They can either be worn for everyday use or for workouts. Boxer briefs should be paired with coarse fabric paints like winter wool or selvedge denim and gym shorts.

6. Boxers
A boxer is a loose fitting underwear with little or no support at all. However, they allow the body to breathe more compared to other men’s underwear. Most of the boxers usually come with an open fly which enables the person wearing them an exit route with the utmost of ease. Boxers are available in different designs and slim fit cuts. They can either be worn on a daily basis or when playing sports. The likes of these SAXX Anti-Chafe Underwear will prevent chafing and other similar painful issues.

7. Trunks
Trunks are becoming more and more popular because of many reasons. They are a hybrid of a boxer and brief without the mounds of fabric and look like boxer briefs with a square like appearance and short legs.

Trunks are ideal for those who like briefs with something different. Trunks can either be worn for day to day use when going out, when going to a business meeting or when playing moderate sports. They can be paired with about any clothing.

8. Jockstraps
Jockstraps offer a complete package support and protection. They offer a cooler experience than ordinary briefs as lift the package upside and keep it away from the rest of the body.

Jockstraps can be paired with uniforms, high-intensity sports, bike shorts and tight pants. Those men who would like maximum leg comfort should consider J.Crew jock straps as they provide a more relaxed fit. They can also be worn with loose pants, pajamas, and shorts.

I hope that the tips above will help you find an underwear that will suit your needs. Knowing about the different types of underwear is all you need to determine whether a certain underwear will be ideal and make the process of looking for an underwear an easier one.


Benefits Of Water Features

Water fountain, wall fountains, and a backyard pond all have one thing in common; they add a pleasant spectacle to your home. The water dripping down the rocks and steps produce pleasant sounds that add a sense of tranquility and peacefulness to your home. Many people find relaxing beside these water features quite helpful and especially after a hard day at work. Adding a water feature to your home, or even a water fountain brings about more benefits than just the beautifying effect. Some of these benefits include:

1.         Water features purify the air we breathe
Having a water feature in your house improves humidity levels in the same, and particularly in dry and cold weather. The mist releases negative ions into the air, which also plays a considerable role in purifying the air around by attracting toxic gases and dust from the same. This reduces the risk of allergies due to dust mites significantly.

2.         They bring about a calm and sereneness in the house
The sound of flowing water, and water drips for that matter have a calming effect on our minds. Simply watching the water flow on the rocks or steps, and listening to the sounds produced as the water splashes on stones brings about natural beauty and sereneness.  You can transform your backyard into an oasis of life and fresh air for relaxation. This mainly comes in handy with the many pollutants in the world today.

3.         Great for sound therapy
According to research, our bodies are affected differently when exposed to various sound frequencies. The sound of flowing and dripping water induces relaxation to the mind, hence quite useful in sound therapy.  These sounds bring about inspiration, calm, and healing. You can therefore use these water features for sound therapy and especially when you need something to calm your mind and nerves.

4.         Can be used for art therapy
Water features can be incorporated into home, office, and community space designs as well. Humans have been known to love and appreciate art. Designers today have taken to using water features for art therapy as a way to enhance spiritual connection and stimulate creativity. Ponds, fountains, waterfalls, and streams of water can be used to add a visual element to your home décor, garden, and even the backyard garden.

5.         Water features induce the flow of positive energy
According to Luxe Water Walls water features were an essential element in the science of Feng Shui and ancient Chinese art. The flowing water and water waves balance out harsh shapes and textures to create harmony and peace. Many spiritualists believed that water features not only promote good health but also bring prosperity in life. This is because they induce the flow of positive energy either in the workplace or at home. Adding a bird bath feature at the gate or entrance of your house can invite positive energy to your home as well.


Springtime STEM Fun with Botley the Coding Robot

Spring is here and with that we find that the kids are gearing up for those spring and summer breaks. Like many parents, I have learned that having toys on hand that are both fun and educational can help make those days a lot more fun for everyone. These toys include the building toys and such toys that encourage STEM learning through play. So when we were sent the very adorable, Botley the Coding Robot to review, I knew that it would make for a great gift to add to those Easter baskets as well as add to your spring and summer line ups this year!

The future now. Botley the Coding Robot from Learning Resources is an amazing robot that kids are sure to enjoy playing with over and over again. To get started, we were excited to find that Botley is ready to use right out of the box. Making it so there is no assembly required, and the fun can begin right away. Aside from the ease of use, we like that there are so many features, making it so the kids will ever run out of fun things to do with this adorable and fun robot. 

In the box you get the following...
  • Botley - The Coding Robot
  • 100% screen free Remote Programmer
  • Detachable Robot arms
  • 40 Coding Cards
  • 6 double-sided tiles
  • 27 obstacle building pieces
  • Starter guide with coding challenges
Botely the Coding Robot continues to grow with your coding skills, which is great for that STEM learning that is encouraged through the play that the kids get. The more the kids learn, the smarter Botley gets. From black line following to object detection, this 77 piece activity set will quickly become the favorite. I don't want to call it a toy because honestly, it's so much more than that and a toy that I would recommend to anyone who is looking for coding fun to add to their spring and summer fun with the kids. Making Botley the Coding Robot a great choice to go with as you seek out those STEM related toys for the kids this Easter as well as a great toy to have as we head into the spring and summer breaks!

Product received, thank you to Learning Resources as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.

Fill Their Easter Baskets with Smooshins

When it comes to seeking out those gifts to put in the Easter Baskets this year, both Heather and I have found that seeking those toys that offer creative fun for the kids can be the way to go. This is especially true when it comes to Heather's daughter Megan, who loves to collect those surprise toys and blind bags as well as play with sets that offer a creative aspect as well. And over this past holiday season, when Heather shared the very adorable Smooshins with Megan, they found that the Smooshins became a new favorite toy for Megan. They found that the Smooshins cover many of the aspects that Megan enjoys in the toys she likes, which includes the surprise and collectible aspect along with the creative aspect. So when we were sent more of those Smooshins which include the refills for Heather to review, she was excited to check them out and add them to her list of great Easter Basket gifts to give this year. You can read Heather's review below.

Spring is here and that means Easter is right around the corner, which also means it is time to get those Easter gifts for the kids!! And after seeing Megan with the Smooshins over the holidays, I am positive that they will be a great addition to my kiddos Easter basket this year. Megan had so much fun getting them and making them at Christmas, and she will sure be surprised and over joyed to have more to make and add to her collection. Which includes the various refill packs that we can add to her collection, because with each refill pack comes more excitement and surprises. Giving her that mystery of who she you smoosh up next. Along with the different Smooshins, and the many many different accessories, Megan likes that no two will be alike. The Smooshins are soft, squishy, and fun to make and I know, just like at Christmas, my kiddo is sure to be excited to see these in her Easter Basket. Yours can too when you hop on down to your nearest store and help the Easter bunny out by picking up the very adorable, collectible and fun to make surprise Smooshins to add to those Easter Baskets this year!

Product received, thank you to the MGA Entertainment as well as the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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