Posts Written On January 2020

Nugget Sofa Alternative with Lucid Mattress

One of my goals for 36 and the new year is to really get w handle on finances. As a stay at home mom, endless cosleeping and contact napping turns to online browsing and shopping. With making zero dollars and wanting something new everyday it’s really not a good thing. But I’ve been on a cardboard diy kick recently and Pinterest is just amazing for that – but that for another post and another day!

So the Nugget has been on everyone’s list since I was pregnant and it comes in fun colors and can be built into different configurations like forts and bridges etc. it’s essentially foam shapes with colorful covers. They are always sold out and it’s $229! My friends that have it love it and use it endlessly.

But since Niko’s room and our house is overflowing with baby stuff as is, we are not getting anything else for a while. In fact I’m trying to Marie Kondo purge as we speak!

There is just a crazy amount of stuff you can accumulate over time. Especially gifts, gift bags, stuff my husband brings home from conventions etc. I’m secretly yet adamantly getting rid of stuff we don’t use everyday.

When we moved to Vegas in 2015, our furniture was being shipped from New York and it took nearly a month. The air bed was killing our back just a week in so we got a Lucid off Amazon! We called it the tatami mat and slept well on it. The coolest thing is that it is a trifold and relatively easy to store. We keep it for our many many different visitors and guests that came to visit.

Fast forward to today! A one year old Niko who loves to climb. I made a hill for him which he can also crawl under and slide down. It’s also his floor bed when we are not in play mode! I put two toy storage boxes under to make a hill and the bounce turtle to make an incline.

I went on the Lucid site to see if I could get a replacement cover since there are coconut oil stains everywhere and I saw there is a recall on this mattress – they are sending free mattress covers to make it compliant to fire safety regulations so I’m in luck! So I’ll update once they arrive.

We had a very fun morning – now off to first nap!

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Life is Short! Say “I Love You” with a Valentine’s Day Gift

We all have someone we want to show our love to, whether that someone is a significant other, a family member, a friend, or ourselves. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, this is the perfect time to share your love and appreciation with your beloved. Give your loved one the gift of joy and happiness in the books below or take advantage of the advice and wisdom in them to improve your life and love for years to come.

Life is short. Don’t wait to show people how much you love them.

Say It Now:
33 Ways to Say I LOVE YOU to the Most Important People in Your Life
by Sherry Richert Belul

We never know how much time we have left with our loved ones. If there’s someone you care about deeply―a parent, grandparent, child, friend, colleague, teacher, or neighbor―don’t wait to express how you feel.

But sometimes it’s difficult to find the right way to say “I love you” to the people you appreciate the most in life. The emotions are there, but the words don’t come.

Say It Now shows you how to put your feelings into words―and actions, too. From activities that take just a minute to love letters, joy jars, tribute videos, surprise parties, and more, this book helps you celebrate the most important people in your life in the best ways. View this book on Amazon!


u & i:
A Love Letter in Illustrated Poetry
 by Michael Hall

The illustrated poetry of u & i begins with a physical attraction that blossoms into a full-blown love affair. iimagines a marriage with that includes world travel, children, and the joy of watching the kids grow. But things don’t go quite as planned.

Follow the relationship’s ebb and flow in a series of frank, funny, and surprising typographic illustrations paired with brief text that tells the story of attraction, marriage, family, frustration, antagonism, and ultimately, the deep appreciation of a lifelong partner.

u & i offers a comforting and realistic perspective on marriage. It takes you through the ups and downs of a long-term relationship in a whimsical, raw, and creative way. As a gift to your sweetheart or newlyweds on their first Valentine’s Day, u & i is a reassuring glimpse of the enduring spark of love. View this book onAmazon!

The “I Love You” Book:
More Than 500 Ways to Show the Ones You Love That You Care
by Cynthia MacGregor and Vic Bobb

Saying “I love you” is not always easy. Luckily, the sentiments of this beautiful phrase can be expressed in many ways. Let Cynthia MacGregor, Vic Bobb, and The “I Love You” Book expand your heart and spread the message of love to those you truly treasure.

The “I Love You” Book is filled with suggestions for activities, gifts, and projects. This book contains over 500 ways to show your loved ones how much you care. It is designed to be a resource for thoughtful gift-giving and loving actions that you can take every day to express your love for friends, family, and significant others.View this book on Amazon!

I’m So Full of Happy Today: The Hygge Wisdom of Children
by Martin Andersen and Moira Tuffy

Is there anything more likely to make you laugh and put a smile on your face than the innocent and funny remark of a child? The Danes have a word for the feeling of happy delight that you get from simple things in life, such as the funny things kids say: hygge.

I’m So Full of Happy Today is a heartwarming collection of the remarkably observant, funny and wise things said by children. All of the stories are real and personal, and include the name and age of each child. These playful, sometimes tongue-in-cheek tales straight from the minds and mouths of kids will have you learning, laughing, and sharing the love long after you’ve turned the last page.View this book on Amazon!

You Are an Awesome Woman:
Affirmations and Inspired Ideas for Self-Care,
Success and a Truly Happy Life 
by Becca Anderson 

You know what they say about happiness—it comes from within. Use the affirmations, quotes, and ideas in this book as a set of tools for your own inner work. Incorporating positive thoughts as a daily practice will build mental muscle and help you achieve the all-important optimistic way of thinking.

Author Becca Anderson is a champion of undertaking the inner journey of working toward a better you. She is also a strong advocate for believing in yourself and loving yourself more each and every day. These are habits that can be reinforced by practices such as journaling, creating your own affirmations, and talking to yourself positively. Like an engine driving you toward greater things, self-belief brings you closer to your life’s purpose, your personal mission, and will absolutely make you a happier camper. So, give it a try! It’s as easy as pie and just as sweet. View this book on Amazon!

It’s Your Weirdness that Makes You Wonderful:
A Self-Acceptance Prompt Journal 
by Kate Allan

Depression and anxiety are topics that can be uncomfortable to talk about, but that doesn’t mean they should be avoided. If anything, it means we need to be more aware and have more conversations about them. With the help of her adorable illustrations, art blogger Kate Allan, author and illustrator of the bestselling book You Can Do All Things, urges us to be mindful of our mentality.

Kate, who suffers from anxiety and depression herself, understands what it’s like to deal with feelings that are difficult to fight through. In It’s Your Weirdness that Makes You Wonderful, she provides the kind of loving encouragement that she herself needs to hear. These encouraging words, along with writing prompts and illustrations, can help readers sort through and express their feelings.

Kate Allan’s creative journal meets us where we are―in the midst of the feelings that say we’re not enough, we can’t handle this life, we won’t make it. Her whimsical art and simple words lift trampled spirits and combat thoughts that lead us to believe our weirdness makes us weak. Instead, we are encouraged to love ourselves exactly as we are. View this book on Amazon!

365 Days of Love by Daphne Rose Kingma

There is love to be found in each day of our lives if we know how to look for and practice it. Daphne Rose Kingma provides daily meditations for each day of the year, perfect for starting or finishing our days. By reflecting on the words she shares about love, we are provided with a guide for living out the journey of life with a heart brimming with compassion. Each day brings with it a new opportunity to share in and spread love.

With the help of Kingma’s words, readers are able to see clearly the many-faceted possibilities that love brings. This little book serves to inspire, affirm, remind, encourage, support, and comfort each person who picks it up. With her characteristic prose and heartwarming style, Kingma has crafted a source of love in it of itself to be shared with readers of all ages. View this book on Amazon!

Friendship Isn’t a Big Thing, It’s a Million Little Things:
The Art of Female Friendship 
by Becca Anderson 

The bond shared between girlfriends is like no other. Whether the friendship is decades old or just beginning, we share a unique, loving relationship with these women, a connection wholly different even from what we share with husbands or boyfriends.

Author and blogger Becca Anderson has long been moved by the inspirational quotes and stories of groundbreaking women. In this book, Becca reminds us just how valuable our bonds with our gal pals are. These are the women who answer the phone at 4 a.m., who drop everything to help a sister out. These women are there for both the tearful wine nights and the champagne-worthy celebrations. Following on the heels of her bestselling titles The Book of Awesome Women andBadass Affirmations, this book shares inspiring and encouraging female empowerment with us, reminding us of the love and joy we share with our friends.  View this book on Amazon!

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CYRx MD Announces New Hair Care Product Line

Mayo Clinic trained surgeon, Dr. Steven J. Cyr, of Houston, Texas, has just announced the unveiling of his hair regrowth system as part of his CYRx MD Skincare line. These products include a Hair Regrowth serum with a propriety mix of ingredients that extend the hair growth cycle, an eyelash/eyebrow serum, and a shampoo and conditioner that improve follicle thickness and health. This system can be used in the never ending battle against hair loss and thinning hair that faces men and women alike.

Dr. Cyr started research on his skincare line two years ago in an effort to alleviate the concerns many of his post-operative patients had regarding scarring after surgery. From there the company evolved into a full-service skincare line designed to address the most common and stubborn conditions affecting the skin: Melasma/Sun Damage, Aging, Acne, and Scarring. It began in an effort to treat his wife suffering from sun damage/melasma and his children suffering from teenage acne.

Dr. Steven J. Cyr and CYRx MD Skincare are proud to announce the unveiling of the hair regrowth system as part of the CYRx MD Skincare line.

The products are medical-grade, cruelty free, dermatology tested and free of many of the commonly known irritants such as parabens and sulfate.

“I created this skincare line for my family and patients so efficacy and safety were my primary focus. Not only are they scientifically-formulated and medical-grade but they are also free of common irritants, chemicals, and allergens so nearly everyone can enjoy the benefits of quality skincare products.” ~Dr Steven J. Cyr

The addition of his hair regrowth system includes:

Hair Stimulating Shampoo – Creates a clean and healthy environment for hair regrowth and restoration. Adds fullness to thin, lifeless hair by expanding the shaft of individual hair follicles, leaving the hair with healthy body, volume and shine. Gentle enough for daily use.

Hair Stimulating Conditioner – Nourishing, Panthenol-rich formulation reinforces follicle roots to prevent breakage, building fullness and body to thinning hair.

Hair Regrowth Serum – Contains brandMD®’s HRS-10, a biomimetic peptide combined with red clover extract rich in Biochanin A. This advanced formula supports the scalp’s natural microcirculation to create healthy conditions for new hair growth.

Rapid Grow Eyelash Serum – Clinically proven system utilizing a unique peptide complex, rich in Biochanin A, promotes thicker, fuller and more luscious lashes with results visible in just 2 weeks of regular use.

The roll out of his hair regrowth system is slated for January 2020.

Cover model for the products is Alayah Benavides, former Miss Texas and currently starring in ABC’s The Bachelor. LeAnn Cyr, CEO of CYRx MD Skincare, states that she chose Alayah because of “her long-standing reputation in the community and the charitable work that she has done to help educate our youth on the importance of literacy, in addition to her work to help fund literacy initiatives.”

For more information about Dr Steven Cyr, the hair care line, or any of CYRx’s other products, please visit www.cyrmdskincare.com

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Paradise in Fiji

Fiji’s Award-Winning Raiwasa Private Resort Emerges In Less Than Five Years As One Of The Most Exclusive, Luxurious & Sought-After Destination Hideaways In The World

      Ideal For Honeymooners, Couples & Executives, Raiwasa Offers Breathtaking Views, Five-StaService, Wide Array Of Activities & Unique Passport To Fijian Culture; Near 100% Of Guests Rate Resort Stay Among Top 10 Travel Experiences

TAVEUNI, FIJI – Sooner or later, the yearning envelops all of us. A yearning to escape from the routines of daily life for places unknown, people unmet and experiences unforgettable. A yearning to reward ourselves for a life well lived and a job well done. A yearning to celebrate our personal and professional accomplishments, indulge our whims, immerse ourselves in another culture, and re-discover who we are and where we belong. A yearning to explore someplace completely different and perhaps even become someone completely different along the way.

Whether you’re a newlywed ready to enjoy a honeymoon every bit as memorable as your wedding itself, a couple ready to re-kindle the passion that made you a couple in the first place, or an overworked executive ready to reward yourself for a lifetime of hard work, there’s one destination that will not only meet your highest expectations but deliver a few you didn’t even know you had: Raiwasa Private Resort in Fiji (https://www.raiwasa.com/).

Winner of consecutive Boutique Hotel Awards in 2017 and 2018 boutique, Raiwasa (“looking out to sea” in Fijian) has in a few short years emerged as one of the most exclusive and luxurious hideaways in  the world. An increasingly coveted destination for couples, business leaders and celebrities alike (Paul Simonconsidered his stay there “one of our best vacations ever”), Raiwasa is a private resort highlighted by a luxury villa that’s available for exclusive use and blessed with a breathtaking 180-degree view of the South Pacific’s Somosomo Straight.

Where Indulgence Comes To Stay                                                                                                                                                      

Situated on three acres adorned with stunningly-manicured gardens, Raiwasa is populated by a dedicated staff (including personal 5-star chefs) whose mission is not only to indulge you during your stay but provide you with profoundly special memories you will carry with you for life. On-site amenities include gourmet cuisine served in eight unique dining locations, a private car and chauffeur, a cultural attaché, Fiji trained massage and skin care therapists, private tour guides, activities coordinators and 24-hour security (not that you need it in Fiji!). All three of the resort’s VIP packages include breakfast, lunch and five-course dinners and year-round access to Raiwasa’s amazing three-sided infinity pool.

The ideal by-product of natural splendor and human ingenuity, Raiwasa invites its valued guests to seamlessly transition between relaxation and invigoration by offering such diverse activities as scuba diving, kayaking, fishing, hiking and much, much more.

Life At Its Very Best                                                                                                                                                         

Raiwasa’s Villa features two beautifully-decorated suites that are connected by a central living and offset kitchen area and designed to maximize the resort’s extraordinary ocean and garden views. The master bedroom offers large bi-fold doors that open onto the wraparound deck, while both bathrooms provide twin honeymoon showers and outdoor bathtubs (imagine soaking in the fresh open air with an unfettered view of the stars with the soothing sound of the ocean waves in the background and you begin to get a sense of what everyday life at Raiwasa is like!).

What’s more, Raiwasa provides amazing cultural experiences right in the privacy of the property. Here, you’ll experience the traditional Lovo (underground cooking experience), native Meke (Fijian dance), and a completely authentic Kava ceremony that’s usually reserved for the chiefs and honored guests of Fiji. 

Replete with lush rainforests and pristine waterfalls, Taveuni island invites guests to experience majestic hiking and bird watching, coastal fishing and horseback riding. In addition, scuba diving and snorkeling are only a short 15 minute boat ride away at the renowned Rainbow reef, often referred to as the soft coral capital of the world.  

No wonder a remarkable 99.3 % of Raiwasa’s guests proclaimed their visit as one of the top 10 travel experiences of their lives. And perhaps these comments from a recent visitor best sum up how Raiwasa has captured the hearts, souls and imaginations of so many so far:  “You will not need a vacation from your vacation after staying at Raiwasa, although I guarantee you have never vacationed like this before! The owners and the staff of this exquisite private resort have created a magical world where time stands still, natural beauty surrounds you, disconnection from the outside world is a possibility, connection with loved ones is a reality, and happiness is infectious!”

Family-Owned & Locally-Run

Raiwasa is owned by Patrick and Erika Janin, who discovered Taveuni while taking a break to travel the world after years of hard work and the shock of losing friends to untimely illness. Out of all of the places they visited during their global travels, they fell most in love with Taveuni and the Fijian people – so much so that they celebrated their own marriage on Taveuni Palms.

A successful entrepreneur who founded two medical companies later sold to Johnson & Johnson, as well as an avid scuba diver and world traveler, Patrick Janin came to realize a decade or so ago that “There is much more to life than work and success and money. After losing dear friends to cancer, I sat down with my wife and said, ‘I’m not going out that way.’” They made a decision that very night to embark on an extraordinary year-long journey around the world with their two children (ages 8 and 10 at the time), ultimately visiting some 30 countries along the way.

The experience was nothing less than life-altering. As Patrick says, “It had a profound impact on how I viewed the future. It changed the essence of who I am. Simply put, I think it made me a better person, husband, father, and friend.” Moreover, the experience prompted Patrick and Erika to find a way to offer others a similarly game-changing getaway, even one only lasting days instead of months.

The result: the opening of Raiwasa Private Resort in 2016 – an opening so auspicious the resort garnered a prestigious World Boutique Hotel Award little more than a year later and another one a year after that.

As Patrick sums it up, “There are no words to describe Raiwasa. It must be experienced. It is the future of luxury transformational travel. The food is special. The grounds are full of discovery. The cultural interactions are fascinating. There is an endless array of amenities for all levels of activity on the island. From the first moment of contact to the last wave goodbye, a stay at Raiwasa is designed to enrich and transform a guest’s life not merely in the moment, but a whole life long.”

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Help Save Animals Affected by Australian Brushfires with Nomad Cosmetics!

Nomad Cosmetics just announced their Sydney Save & Give Event in response to the Australian Brushfires. 
 
The founders of Nomad, Felicia and Antti Rintanen, traveled to Sydney in 2017 and have a great love and appreciation for the country. During their visit is when and where the Sydney palette was born, a palette that was inspired by the natural beauty of the country.  Nomad is hoping that with this initiative they will be able to help save animals with donations going to RSPCA Australia. 
 
How can you help the brand raise donations? 
 
SAVE: 30% off Sydney Palette, Only $19 (regularly $27)
GIVE:  $10 of every palette sold goes to RSPCA Australia
 
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TAHINI IN SQUEEZABLE BOTTLES IS A GAME-CHANGER!

SIX WAYS TO MAKE YOUR PARTY
A HEALTHY HIT WITH MIGHTY SESAME
–THE SUPERFOOD FOR 
SUPER BOWL

Recently, a food journalist/influencer wrote about Mighty Sesame Tahini Dressings in squeezable bottles. The verdict: “I was ecstatic,” said the hummus lover enthusiastically. “Tahini you don’t have to mix is a game-changer.”

That got the people at The Mighty Sesame Company thinking. With the Super Bowl right around the corner, squeezable tahini is an MVP when it comes to making any party easier, tastier, and healthier. After all, unlike other brands, Mighty Sesame doesn’t separate, so it’s always perfectly blended and ready to use. No mixing, no stirring, no problem!

American foodies know there’s a tahini revolution afoot. The creamy, decadent condiment usually takes center stage in Middle Eastern dishes like hummus and falafel. But in fact, it’s perfectly at home in a variety of sweet and savory dishes.

We recently spoke to Vicky Cohen and Ruth Fox, authors of the popular cookbook Tahini and Turmeric, and asked why tahini is such a great ingredient to work with?  They told us, “One of the things we love the most about tahini, besides its incredibly addicting nutty flavor, is its versatility.  It can be used in sweet and savory applications.  Besides using it to make hummus, tahini is great in salad dressings, as a sauce for sandwiches or tacos, or simply spread over toast with your favorite jam or date syrup!

Tahini also adds fabulous flavor to cookies, cakes, shakes, bars, mousses, and even granola. The possibilities are endless!” (Cohen and Fox are the authors of Tahini & Turmeric, 101Middle Eastern Classics Made Irresistibly Vegan and Founders of the Blog Mayihavethatrecipe.com).

And that’s where Mighty Sesame comes into play at your Super Bowl party. This year, kick off the fun with tahini dips like Sweet ‘n Sour Tahini sauce served with crunchy cauliflower , then score with halftime soups and salads such as Cucumber salad with Miso-Tahini dressing, Marinated entrees like Fish Tacos with Tahini and Siracha,  or Chicken Breast Baguette Hero sandwich drizzled with Tahini are sure to be tahini touchdowns. Extra points, of course, for tahini-based desserts like Tahini-walnut brownies or Tahini cookies.

Best of all, tahini is a superfood. Made from one ingredient, 100% roasted sesame seeds, Mighty Sesame Tahini is loaded with plant-based protein, calcium and other vitamins and minerals. All varieties (Original fine and Whole seed) are, vegan, gluten- and dairy-free, kosher, and halal.

Find squeezable tahini and other Mighty Sesame products at Walmart, Whole Foods, Wegmans, and other retail outlets. They are distributed by Kayco, the top purveyor of kosher foods in America.

Sure to be a Super Bowl crowd-pleaser, serve up this Chicken breast Tahini Drizzled Hero to serve four or forty. Healthy and delicious! Chicken Breast Baguette Hero sandwich drizzled with Tahini

About Kayco/Kayco Beyond

Kayco is one of the largest manufacturers and suppliers of kosher foods. Its expanded Kayco Beyond Division sources and distributes new products to the general market beyond kosher, to meet the demands of consumers looking for optional products that are healthful, convenient and/or for restricted diets and lifestyles. These brands include Dorot, Absolutely Gluten Free, Beetology, Mighty Sesame, Tuscanini Foods, Wissotzky Tea Co. and new Wonder Melon™. They are headquartered in Bayonne, NJ. (www.KAYCO.com).

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