Posts Written On May 2019

The Best Summer Kids Accessories with Canadian brand bblüv

Babies and toddlers are safe with bblüv products

I have never heard or this baby brand until recently and I love the design of everything they carry! Focused on kids aged 1-4 years old, their modern yet cute colors and characters put their products on my must have list for Niko. Even better, this company is family owned and Canadian too!

Let me show you what they have ready for this summer:

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The Näj neoprene swim vest helps kids stay warm, even when the water isn’t bathtub temperature, while they learn to swim! Available in Aqua or Grey, this swim vest comes with eight removable floats, to gradually reduce buoyancy as the child learns. With full 50+ SPF sun protection and a safety strap to keep the vest in place, little ones can take their first paddles in safety and comfort.

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These flexible water shoes, Shoöz, Size XS for Niko at 4 months old below

Protective Water Shoes

The Shöoz are perfect water shoes to protect baby’s feet at the pool, beach, lakes and any outdoor activities, while being as comfortable as a pair of socks. Let your baby safely explore his surroundings with these flexible shoes.

Features

  • Ideal for both the beach and the pool
  • Protect baby’s feet from hot sand, shells, sharp rocks, wood splinters, and rough surface around the pools
  • Soft, isolated and durable neoprene fabric that keeps feet warm
  • Ultra flexible and non-slip soles for reliable traction
  • Easy to slip on and take off
  • They float on water so they never get lost
  • Vibrant colors and stimulating patterns
  • Very light: only 77 grams
  • Machine washable & dry very quickly
  • Available in 2 colors (Aqua/Grey) and 4 sizes (1 to 4 years old)

Since we live in Vegas, something like this is important for the very intense summers we have. These safe and fun water shoes are awesome! I think Niko will be able to fit into these by July or August when it’s super hot in Vegas!

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Sölar are the perfect baby and toddler sunglasses: made to last! With ultra flexible frames, full UV protection and polarized lenses for added clarity, these sunglasses are a must have for days by the water. Available in Aqua, Lime or Pink, parents love them because they’re durable and reversible but kids will love them because they’re cool!

There is an additional strap you can use to ensure they stay on! We have used the Sölar sunglasses on our walks, by the pool, and in the car already. With his little nose, the strap really helps 🙂

  • Optimal protection against UV rays
  • Ultra-resistant and flexible frame
  • Reversible and polarized sunglasses for better clarity and comfort
  • 3 colors available (aqua – lime – pink)
  • Carrying/cleaning pouch and cord included
  • Dimensions (inches): 5.5 x 5 x 1.6
  • Ages 0+

Find out more about bblüv and shop for your summer vacation on www.bbluvgroup.com

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Anywhere, Anytime Art: Illustration — the perfect portable resource for art on the go!

Whether you’re traveling abroad or exploring near home, Anywhere, Anytime Art: Illustration, publishing in May from Bay Area artist Betsy Beier, shows you how to employ creativity as a means to document your experiences, capture your memories, and dream of new adventures.

With the approachable instruction and contemporary approach to drawing featured inAnywhere, Anytime Art: Illustration, aspiring creatives of all backgrounds can learn how to make illustrative art on the go using pencil, pen, colored pencil, and more. 

Learn how to make art inspired by your immediate surroundings, wherever you are—whether traveling abroad or exploring at home. Use your art and creativity as a means to document your experiences, capture your travel memories, and dream of new adventures.


After an overview of the suggested tools and materials, explore essential drawing techniques, such as mastering line art and gesture drawing, making quick on-location sketches, and working with color media to complement illustrations. Helpful tips include information for packing and traveling with art supplies, drawing in the open air, and working from photographs. Finally, easy-to-follow and customizable step-by-step projects show you how to creatively express yourself by combining color, pattern, texture, typography, and cultural experience with a variety of projects.

Packed with a plethora of fun and creative exercises, Anywhere, Anytime Art: Illustration is the perfect portable resource for creative types on the go.

Format: Paperback / softback, 128 Pages
ISBN: 9781633226999
Illustrations: 271 color illustrations
Size: 6.5 in x 9.5 in / 165.1 mm x 241.3 mm

In Anywhere, Anytime Art: Illustration you’ll find:

  • 12 fun and creative projects to tell the stories of your adventures at home and out in the world
  • Instruction for a variety of media including graphite, watercolor, markers, collage, and more!
  • Tips on creating “on-the-go” including how to pack and carry your supplies and how to stay comfortable while sketching.

The author

Bay Area-based artist Betsy Beier creates illustrations, patterns, and lettering that celebrate places, people, experiences, foods, and cultures from around the world. Her career as a designer has allowed her to explore a wide variety of artistic opportunities, from creating interactive games, software, and museum installations to illustrating puzzles, books and home products. She has worked with clients that include HarperCollins Publishers, Budweiser, Apple, Shutterfly, and ABC Studios. Learn more about Betsy at www.wanderlustdesigner.com.

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Buddha Gear-Planting the Seeds of Mindfulness

Buddha Gear, producers of Yoga and Meditation headbands, hats and beanies with a cool kick, launched their Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign on Monday, April 29. Buddha Gear’s campaign was fully funded in 6 hours and is #1 in trending fashion out of 27,800 campaigns! The Kickstarter funds will allow for brand expansion and more opportunities to clothe the Salt Lake City homeless.

Jason Latas and Joy Schade, co-founders of Buddha Gear, bring unique skill sets to their company. Jason has traveled and studied with spiritual masters across the globe.  “I have been an adventure guide and wellness coach for over 2 decades and bring my varied experiences to make BuddhaGear special,” says Latas.

Schade has been designing and selling hats for 12 years. “I’ve put hats on over 200,000 women,” says Schade. “This is my passion!”

Buddha Bands provide fashion and function, with moisture-wicking fabric and a hidden pocket that holds your chosen crystal over your third eye for better yoga, meditation and sleep. Every crystal has a different energy and vibration and facilitates a slightly different experience or journey when held over your third eye. A different crystal takes you on a different journey!

Buddha Gear always gives back a portion of all proceeds to help clothe the homeless. Buddha Gearrecently donated over 200lbs. of clothing to Salt Lake City Women’s Shelter and the Buddhist Temple.

About Buddha Gear:

Buddha gear is all about spreading seeds of kindness and mindfulness with a cool kick and awesome brand! Everyone wears hats, headbands and beanies with someone else’s logo on it. Buddha gear even pays other companies to advertise for them all over our bodies. Buddha Gear’s goal is to create a cool way to wear a symbol that people actually resonate with as opposed to being a walking billboard! Buddha gear likes to think of it as “an outward expression of an inner reflection…”

Who is Buddha Gear?

Joy has been designing and selling hats for 12 years, putting hats on over 200,000 women! Designing new styles and setting affordable trends is her passion. Jason has been an adventure guide and wellness coach for 3 decades. Helping people connect with their inner child and find peace through personal experience and mindfulness practice is his passion!  Together they have a combined passion for giving back and helping people find peace and balance in their lives, while having fun in the process.

Meditation headbands, beanies and hats are just the beginning of our meditation and mindfulness gear. As a guide and wellness coach, Jason has traveled and studied with spiritual masters across the globe in order to share this wisdom with his clients and the world. Joy has the heart, talent and artistic expression to imbue this energy into her headwear designs. “Together we have created a brand that in under a year is speaking to a wide and diverse audience, meeting our goal to plant the seeds of mindfulness across our beautiful planet!”

To learn more, visit Buddha Gear’s Kickstarter link http://kck.st/2GMuzEI,  find some interesting pledge packages, pick up some cool headwear and help clothe the homeless.

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Therapeutic Skincare Brand CeraVe® Launches Hydrating Sunscreen

While incorporating sun protection into a regular skincare routine this time of year seems like a no-brainer, dermatologists agree that consumers could use some improvement when it comes to protecting from the sun. According to a recent survey conducted by CeraVe®, only two percent of dermatologists say they believe their patients take sun protection very seriously. Whether it’s a lack of knowledge or just confusion on best practices, consumers are looking for products that deliver sun protection and skincare without making sacrifices.

To help them take better care of their skin without the tradeoffs, CeraVe® has launched new Hydrating Sunscreen, a mineral sunscreen formulated with broad-spectrum sun protection and three essential ceramides to protect your skin in the sun and lock in moisture long after.

CeraVe® Hydrating Sunscreen is a 100 percent mineral sunscreen that uses titanium dioxide and zinc oxide to protect against UV rays. Unlike a chemical sunscreen that absorbs into the skin, a mineral sunscreen uses mineral filters to form a physical barrier on the skin and reflect UV rays away. Like all CeraVe® products, the sunscreen also contains three essential ceramides, which help restore the skin’s natural barrier while locking in moisture. CeraVe® is the only brand to offer a product that combines SPF protection plus three essential ceramides, protecting from the sun and providing all-day hydration and delivering skincare without any tradeoffs.

Using a sunscreen like CeraVe® and following proper sun care measures can help protect skin from damage like sun spots, premature aging and hyperpigmentation; however, many people do not even realize that their skin is being damaged by the sun if not protected. In fact, half of dermatologists say that they find themselves talking to patients about their sun habits due to sun damage more than half the time, even when patients are there for unrelated topics. Moreover, many people don’t realize that sun exposure can dry out skin, which is why CeraVe® sought to create a product that could provide both sun care plus skincare.

“What many of my patients don’t realize is that just because they aren’t showing visible signs of sun damage, like a sunburn, it doesn’t mean the sun isn’t harming their skin,” said board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michelle Henry. “Though I recommend CeraVe® Hydrating Sunscreen to all of my patients because it offers both sun protection and hydration the skin needs, I especially direct my patients with who have conditions like eczema, rosacea and melasma to use mineral sunscreen because it is suitable for even the most sensitive skin.”

Since the mineral filters in CeraVe® Hydrating Sunscreen sit on the surface of the skin to reflect the sun instead of absorbing into the skin like chemical sunscreens would, it is both safe and ideal for sensitive skin. Further, the product is free of fragrances, parabens and oil. It has earned the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance and is recommended for daily use by the Skin Cancer Foundation, underscoring its efficacy and suitability for all skin types.

Despite regularly reinforcing the importance of sun protection, dermatologists fear that the advice is not being taken seriously or is not understood:

  • One-quarter of dermatologists (24 percent) believe that up to 75 percent of their patients are lying about how much sunscreen they use and how often they use it.
  • Three-quarters (75 percent) believe that less than half of their patients are reapplying sunscreen throughout the day.
  • More than three-quarters of dermatologists (76 percent) say that less than 25 percent of their patients understand the difference between UVA and UVB rays.
  • More than half of dermatologists (52 percent) believe the most confusing part about using sunscreen for patients is when to use it and how often to apply.

“This survey underscores a lack of understanding of the need for proper sun protection measures among consumers. CeraVe® knows there is a need for products with SPF that consumers not only understand, but will want to use,” said Derrick Booker, Vice President of Marketing at CeraVe. “We’re proud to offer a mineral sunscreen with moisturizing benefits that our consumers can feel good about putting on their skin every day.”

CeraVe® offers a wide variety of therapeutic skincare products that are developed with dermatologists and contain an exclusive combination of ceramides 1, 3 and 6-II, which are essential to restoring and maintaining the skin’s natural barrier. The Hydrating Sunscreen is available in face and body varieties in SPF 30 and SPF 50 at mass retailers nationwide and on Amazon.

For more information on CeraVe®, visit them on Facebook and Instagram.

About CeraVe®
Founded in 2005 and developed with dermatologists, CeraVe is the first and only brand to offer a complete line of products containing essential ceramides and patented MVE technology to help restore the skin’s natural protective barrier. CeraVe has a full line of skincare products to follow the dermatologist-recommended steps of: cleanse, treat and moisturize. The brand’s mission is to provide therapeutic skincare for all.

About L’Oréal
L’Oréal has devoted itself to beauty for over 100 years. With its unique international portfolio of 34 diverse and complementary brands, the Group generated sales amounting to 25.8 billion euros in 2016 and employs 89,300 people worldwide. As the world’s leading beauty company, L’Oréal is present across all distribution networks: mass market, department stores, pharmacies and drugstores, hair salons, travel retail, branded retail and e-commerce. Research and innovation, and a dedicated research team of 3,870 people, are at the core of L’Oréal’s strategy, working to meet beauty aspirations all over the world. L’Oréal’s sustainability commitment for 2020 “Sharing Beauty With All” sets out ambitious sustainable development objectives across the Group’s value chain.

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Ready, Set, Snack: MDW is Right Here!

Memorial Day and the accompanying long weekend is here! Probably you are deciding on the best snacks for the family barbeque or while you lounge by the pool, I want to introduce you a great holiday snacks for both you and your little ones.

As such, it would be a fun and timely roundup for a few MDW snack ideas- from toddlers to grown-ups to college kids and everyone in between, Welch‘s Fruit Snacks can cover it all!

Unroll the strawberry Fun® with Welch‘s® Fruit Rolls! Featuring Fruit as the First Ingredient, Welch‘s® Fruit rolls are also Fat-Free, Gluten-Free and contain no preservations.

Get the taste of strawberries in every bite with Welch‘s Strawberry Fruit Snacks! Welch‘s Fruit Snacks are made with REAL fruitcontain 100% of the daily recommended value of Vitamin C, 25% of Vitamins A & E, are Fat-FreeGluten-Free and contain no preservatives.

Made with real fruit and surrounded by creamy yogurt for a melt in your mouth taste, Welch‘s Blueberry Fruit ‘n Yogurt are uniquely delicious and perfect for the whole family to enjoy while celebrating the holiday weekend.

Made with REAL fruit, no preservatives and fat free, Welch‘s Mixed Fruit Fruit Snacks are perfect for the whole family to enjoy. Welch’s® Fruit Snacks feature Fruit as the 1st Ingredient, with 100% DV Vitamin C, 25% DV Vitamins A & E, No Preservatives and more! The Mixed Fruit variety is America’s Favorite Fruit Snacks. Featuring a delicious combination of flavors that the whole family loves: Strawberry, White Grape Raspberry, Orange, White Grape Peach and Welch’s® Concord Grape.

At Welch’s®, all of the snacks are made with Real Fruit AND you can really taste the difference. Welch’s® Fruit Snacks come in three distinct and delicious varieties: Welch’s® Fruit Snacks, Welch’s® Fruit ‘n Yogurt™ Snacks and Welch’s® Fruit Rolls. Each is made with Real Fruit for a mouthwatering experience the whole family can enjoy.

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Coming Summer Fun For Kids

Talking about summer, I guess kids are more excited than us. Of course, we will go to beach and have vacations for summer fun. But for kids, they are much easier than us – just a toy that they can play with water, they will feel very fun and happy. Here I have some good toys suggestions for you to consider for the Summer-expecting kids.

Pressman Hydro Strike Action Game

Get ready to make a splash with Hydro Strike!

In this head-to-head pinball game, you’ll need fast flipping fingers to shoot the ball into your opponent’s goal. Score and your opponent will get sprayed in the face with water! Since a sprayer is aimed at both players, strike quick when you play, or you’ll get the spray! The first player to score 5 times wins.

Simply squeeze the hand grips to activate the flipper, and send the ball shooting down the alley toward your opponent’s target! Watch out – sprayers are aimed at both players, adding suspense and excitement to the game. Score, and your opponent will get sprayed in the face with water!

Will you win or get wet?

  • Fast-paced pinball action for 2 players
  • Shoot the ball into your opponent’s goal, and watch them get sprayed!
  • The first player to score 5 times wins
  • Water feature adds excitement and surprise to the game
  • Recommended for ages 7 and up

Other the water games, kids are always loving to play interactive games with you! Sharing stories and know them better!

Stuff Happens Parent Edition

We get it – parenting is tough.

Is discovering your kid’s secret booger wall better or worse than a failed homework assignment that you helped with? Rank these funny and relatable parenting moments in our new Stuff Happens: Parenting Edition card game. If our Misery Index agrees with you, you get to keep the card. Correctly rank 10 scenario cards to win!

You’re going to read some messed up stuff on these cards that can happen to the best of parents, and then rank them based on how bad they really are. Is your kid spilling juice on your laptop better or worse than your teen getting suspended? Is it worse than 2AM feedings with your baby? Rank the card, and if our Misery Index agrees with you, you get to keep it.

This expansion can be played on its own, but if you’re ready for a diaper change, mix these babies in with any Stuff Happens deck!

  • Each unfortunate situation is ranked from 1-100 (100 being the absolute worst) using a “Misery Index”
  • Players guess where other situations rank according to their index – if you’re correct, you keep the card
  • Correctly rank 10 cards to win!
  • For 2 or more players, ages 13 and up

Enjoy the Summer!

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