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L'Occitane UV Shield, brightening, anti-aging serum

Combating Winter Dry Skin with L’Occitane

Dry Winter Skin Banished with L’Occitane

Whenever I am at the mall, L’Occitane stops me dead in my tracks with a welcoming waft of lemon and lavender. It smells like sunshine and flowers and I find that I can’t resist going in. I was pleased to find that they have a new line of brightening, anti-aging products for face care. Now that I am staring down 50 in a few years, I am much more interested in anti-aging, brightening products than ever! My pick would be this and the UV protection is an added bonus: Read more…

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GoPro Camera (Valentine’s Gift Idea for Your Active Man!)

Video Camera for Those on the Go

The GoPro Camera is this tiny versatile camera that you can strap to yourself, your helmet or a metal pole to shoot underwater or while you are actively moving. It has a gyroscope so that the video shot is stable and focused even if you are in motion upside down (as in the skiing video below). It’s very cool and it turns out that my Mom Friend Shelby’s brother-in-law invented it with his friend to capture themselves in action while surfing. My husband is not an extreme sport participant but he still wants it. Read more…

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Cool Tech For Moms from CES

Best Tech Gadgets for Moms

I read a newsletter called Engaged Moms and this was the report back from the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES), a playground/trade show for techy types. Stephanie Azzarone reports back on cool tech for mom and indeed, this stuff is cool! Makes me wish I still needed a stroller. Anyway, I was thinking this might be right in time for Valentine’s gift for mom — thoughtful, high techy, practical and useful (and so much better than a vacuum or blender!). Read more…
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Toys My Kids Played with for Years

Best Toys Worth the Money

I have always lived in small spaces with my family.  Baby 1 lived in a 550 square foot, one bedroom apartment and two parents.  Baby 2 lived in an 1100 square foot condo with baby 1 and two parents.  Now my family of 5 lives in a small house.  I still find it necessary to purge toys at least four times a year.  In fact,  as a rule, I find that for every incoming toy, there must be an outgoing one. Read more…

Fill in the Blank Thank You Notes

Easiest Thank You Notes for Kids

Sometimes the hardest part of a birthday  or present-receiving holiday is the thank you cards afterwards! We insist that our kids write thank you notes. Sometimes it’s the only way their relatives who don’t live nearby know that they’ve received their gifts! Read more…

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Retrofit Data Driven Weight Loss Program

Retrofit Diet Program and Why It Works

I ran into my old boss the other day. Not in real life — he lives in Chicago and I live near Boston — but on social media. I noticed that he had started another new company, a weight loss company, called Retrofit: Data Driven Weight Loss. My college roommate has a new weight loss company too which I posted on and did a giveaway. Was this a coincidence? Were they similar concepts? I was intrigued and determined to get another great giveaway for my readers! Read more…

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The Gift of Sleep with Zeo! and Enter to Win!

Helping Insomniacs Sleep with Zeo

A friend of a friend works at Zeo and they are based where I live, so I wanted to learn more about this sleep management tracking device. It turns out that I have many friends who despite (or because) of hectic schedules, find it difficult to unwind and go to sleep. Read more…

The Only Baby Gear You Really Need

Minimalist Baby Registry of What You Actually Need

Every new parent seems to get caught in the baby equipment trap including me.  The amount of baby equipment we bought and used minimally for our oldest could sink a ship.  We didn’t think we’d have a third kid so we had given away all our baby equipment after the first two.  This was the list we bought the third time around, and I would still trim down if I had to do it all over again. Read more…

Introducing Foreign Languages to Your Kids (Spanish and Chinese)

Easy and Fun Ways to Teach Kids Spanish and Chinese

I  find that learning a foreign language is very similar to dieting.  Changing my family’s lifestyle was key to successfully incorporating foreign language into my children’s hearts and minds.  Like dieting, crash diets (a.k.a. immersion) is wonderful in jump-starting foreign language acquisition however, without proper maintenance, it’s back to square one.  Again like dieting, there are times when I notice that great strides are being made, but there are also discouraging plateaus in which it seems like my children seem to be forgetting large chucks of what they used to know.  Fear not, just like the tortoise and the hare, perseverance will eventually win the race.
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