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.
The Go Pro 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.
I read a newsletter called Engaged Moms and this was the report back from the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES), a playground/tradeshow 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!).
I wish that I ponied up the money for these expensive toys that stand the test of time: wooden toy kitchen from Community Playthings, large wooden blocks from Community Playthings, and MagnaTiles.
I think it’s ok to use Thank You notes that are easy to use like these from Excited2Learn. True, a ten-year-old can’t get away with these, but Exited2Learn has cute note cards for the older set too like these teddy bear cards!
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 comany, 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!
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. For friends, husbands, parents with newborns, insomniacs and other frustrated sleepers, this device helps them take control of their sleep by tracking it, finding pesky ‘sleep stealers’, and getting sleep improvement tips . It’s a gift that is priceless.
It is easy to go overboard when buying for baby the first go around. Here’s the short list that Pragmatic Mom would buy.
Suggestions of how to incorporate foreign languages into your child’s daily life, especially if your child is studying Spanish or Mandarin Chinese.