Posts Written By Yvonne Kai

Summer Coconut Bliss! Beauty Must Haves

Packed with saturated fatty acids, the skin quenching properties of the rich oil are undeniable. Overall, coconut oil brings a wealth of revitalizing potential to the beauty table.

From ingestible collagen to face wash and toner, here are 5 coconut-infused beauty products that are sure to perk up your summer beauty routine.

 

NeoCell Ceramides Skin Hydrator ($37, Amazon.com)

This unique blend of beauty-enhancing nutrients promotes skin hydration, elasticity and cellular turnover for glowing, supple skin. The star ingredient of this formula is rapid action CeramosidesTM Ceramides which are plant-based lipids clinically shown to increase moisture and elasticity in just 15 days. Additional beauty-enhancing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, pine bark, astaxanthin, lutein and coconut water make this the ultimate skin hydration supplement.

Arbonne Botaniques COCONUT Body Butter ($30, Arbonne.com)

Island vibes in a nutshell. Infused with sustainable shea butter and coconut oil, this body butter is whipped to luxurious perfection and leaves skin deeply moisturized. Vitamin E moisturizes to soften and nourish while Coconut oil soothes by moisturizing skin and Olive oil conditions and moisturizes to smooth the look of skin.

 

 

Sky Organics USDA Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil ($10, Amazon.com)

Cold-pressed from wild-harvested coconuts, our USDA Organic Coconut Oil is full of the key vitamins and nutrients that help condition and repair dry damaged hair. Coconut oil’s natural antibacterial and antioxidant properties help boost scalp health and combat itching and dryness, all while strengthening hair, supporting healthy growth, and making strands easy to manage.

Nelly De Vuyst Micellar Foam BioTense ($59.26, LuxuryOrganik.com)

Ideal for people on-the-go looking for efficiency and simplicity in their skin care routine. This 100% certified organic cleanser is composed of micelles, coconut oil and hyaluronic acid. The dual solution effectively cleanses and easily removes excessive sebum, make-up and pollution while respecting the skin’s physiological pH.

 

jane iredale BeautyPrep™ Face Toner ($35, janeiredale.com)

The high-performance daily toner, is designed to restore and prepare the surface of the skin to help makeup go on smoother and last longer. Infused with Herbasome, a Fruit Extract water that contains organic Lemon Grass, Apple, Pear, Carrot and Coconut Water to restore the surface of the skin and balance pH. It refines the appearance of pores and moisturizes to help makeup go on smoother and last longer. Awarded ECOCERT’s Natural Cosmetics certification.

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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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Smart Hemp™ CBD Can Help Mitigate Pet Allergies

Using Smart Hemp CBD for Cami has helped her knee surgery recovery, and she has been sneezing less. Around this time, she usually will have eye discharge from pollen and sometimes a rash on her belly. We have been using Smart Hemp CBD for almost a month now! I just put about 10 drops in her food in the morning and this season has been better than ever.

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Allergy season! Like their human owners, pets can suffer the same discomforts of allergies in many of the same ways.  Spring can be a difficult time for pets with allergies.  Blooming trees, high pollen counts, even grass can affect our pets. Smart Hemp™ CBD has sixteen product options; specifically formulated for pets, veterinarian approved, sourced from carefully screened suppliers, and trackable from seed to final product. From tinctures, to soft bites, and even topical balmsSmart Hemp™ CBD has your pet covered with the highest-quality ingredients that contain no pesticides, artificial chemicals, or other contaminants.

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“Lucy, our six-year-old white lab, was always getting ‘hotspots,'” said Lori M. from Bloomington, Indiana. “We started using Smart Hemp tincture twice daily. This really helped with her scratching. It wasn’t until I started using the Smart Hemp topical pet balm that I really started seeing some great results. The hotspots stopped oozing and smelling. I would recommend Smart Hemp CBD products and will continue to use them with Lucy.”

 

Developed under the direction of a veterinarian, these products are specifically crafted to support relief in our treasured cats and dogs. Each product is produced from high-quality hemp and is THC free, non-GMO, organically grown, and manufactured in the United States.

“Seasonal allergies can be hard on a pet and we want to provide an option for owners,” said Bill Hansen, founder of Smart Hemp CBD.  “Alleviation of allergy conditions will only help the pet have a better quality of life.  Tinctures are a good option to consider as the drops begin to absorb into the system at the tongue or gum line.  So support happens quickly.  Balms are a great option for specific hot spots, itching and bug bites.”

Whether seasonal or annual, Smart Hemp™ CBD products can help your pet out in their time of need.

Smart Hemp CBD products are supplements and should not be substituted for medications your veterinarian is prescribing. And always, consult your veterinarian before starting a CBD program in place of a prescribed medication. Learn more by visiting MySmartHempCBD.com.

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Free STEM Program in Partnership with The Franklin Institute to Reach 26,000 Students Nationwide This Year

According to a recent article by Oxford Learning, students lose 2-3 months of reading skills over the summer on average. “A majority of students (56 percent) want to be involved in a summer program that “helps kids keep up with schoolwork or prepare for the next grade,”” said Ruth Peters Ph.D. With summer almost in full swing, there is a program dedicated to STEM education among children that will help keep their brain active all summer long, called GSK Science in the Summer.

This year’s summer enrichment program “The Science of Me”, sponsored by global healthcare company GSK and administered by one of the nation’s premier centers of science education, The Franklin Institute, engages children in science, technology, engineering and math through hands-on learning and exploration. Overall, this program will aid 26,000 students nationwide during the summer months.

 GSK Science in the Summer™, a free STEM program for students in underserved communities across the country, announced its new curriculum for summer 2019: The Science of Me. This summer enrichment program—sponsored by global healthcare company GSK and administered by one of the nation’s premier centers of science education, The Franklin Institute—engages children in science, technology, engineering and math through hands-on learning and exploration.

“At a time of skyrocketing demand for STEM skills in our nation’s workforce, GSK Science in the Summer™ continues to bridge a gap in access to science education where it is widest,” said Marti Skold-Jordan, Manager of US Community Partnerships at GSK. “We’re proud of our joint efforts with The Franklin Institute, as well as every parent and educator, to instill a love of learning in all of our students.”

Over the past 33 years, GSK Science in the Summer™ has brought free science education to more than 300,000 students nationwide. This summer alone, 26,000 children across the U.S. will discover how food fuels our bodies, where oxygen goes when we breathe it, how our brains interpret the world, and the role DNA plays in making us who we are.


“Engaging students in STEM at an early age is critical to fostering the next generation of scientists and innovators, and one of the best ways we can prepare students for lifelong success,” said Dr. Darryl Williams, Senior Vice President of Science and Education at The Franklin Institute. “We are extremely proud of this program, and of the partnership with GSK that makes STEM learning accessible and fun for students across the country.”

 

GSK Science in the Summer™ was created by GSK scientist Dr. Virginia Cunningham to encourage young girls and minority students to pursue careers in STEM. Learn more about the program and find an enrollment site near you atScienceInTheSummer.com.

ABOUT GSK:

GSK – a science-led global healthcare company with a special purpose: to help people do more, feel better, live longer. For further information please visit www.gsk.com.

ABOUT THE FRANKLIN INSTITUTE:

Located in the heart of Philadelphia, The Franklin Institute is a renowned and innovative leader in the field of science and technology learning, as well as a dynamic center of activity. Pennsylvania’s most visited museum, it is dedicated to creating a passion for learning about science by offering access to hands-on science education. For more information, visit www.fi.edu.

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A Primer on Anti-Aging Tools and Treatments

Aging is a process that occurs naturally for everyone. Your skin is outside your body, so it takes
ongoing damage from chemicals, sunlight and other environmental elements all the time. It also
takes damage from internal forces. For example, smoking can damage it, as can a poor diet.
Naturally-occurring hormonal changes also affect the health of your skin. With all of those
influencing factors, fighting back may sound impossible. However, you can fight back against
Mother Nature a bit using certain anti-aging tools and treatments.

The Best Ingredients in the Anti-Aging Battle
To begin the process of restoring health to your skin, you must make sure any applicable
procedures you undergo or skincare products you use contain the best anti-aging ingredients. For
instance, several acids are used in the skincare industry to exfoliate the skin. Among them is
salicylic and glycolic acid. Antioxidants like Vitamin A and vitamin C are also essential for skin
health because they promote collagen growth and strengthen existing collagen bonds that help
tighten the gaps between your skin cells.

Exploring Laser Treatments for Various Skin Issues
If you have skin problems requiring clinical treatment, chances are lasers can help you. A laser is
a focused light beam that also produces hear. Depending on the type of laser, the intensity and
purpose of the treatment can vary. The skincare industry has used medical-lasers to help rejuvenate skin for years. They can dos o by getting rid of sun spots, treating
broken blood vessels and stripping away debris that clogs skin pores. There are also lasers that
can perform specific treatments like a scar, wrinkle or tattoo removal, as well as generalized and
widespread revitalization.
When signing up for laser treatment, there are a few things you need to know. For instance,
different lasers have different purposes. For widespread revitalization, a non-ablative laser not
affecting the surface of your skin is a good option. For surface treatment, an ablative laser that
can perform a laser peel may be a better choice. You also have to talk to a clinician to make sure
you can have laser treatment. Your skin type may make you more prone to side effects, in which
case you may want to pursue alternative treatments.

Chemical Peel and Microdermabrasion Procedures for Quick Results
When you are looking for quick treatment of a surface or near-surface skin problems, peels are
often the best options. They come in several forms aside from the previously mentioned laser
peels. Two top options are chemical peels and microdermabrasion.
Chemical peels use specific combinations of acids approved for safe use on the skin. Those acids
get rid of dead skin cells. They also remove other foreign materials that may be irritating your
skin. Acids used, such as salicylic acid, influence the depth and strength of each peel.
Microdermabrasion performs a similar service of revitalizing the surface of your skin. However,
that procedure only uses a hand-held tool that “sands” the skin. No chemicals are required.

Injections to Make Your Skin Look Plump

Injections are also popular skincare methods. However, some techniques, such as laser
treatments, are useful in many parts of your body. Injections are primarily used only on the face.
If you have wrinkles and fine lines, you can use injected fillers to make your skin look more
plump, round and smooth. Some injected materials also contain collagen or other skin-
strengthening agents to help repair your skin internally.

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Taco Tuesday Accessories by Prepara

We celebrated Cinco de Mayo in style this year with Prepara’s amazing Taco Accessories. Prepara has everything you need to make your taco meal a state of perfection!

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We have taco’s at least once a week in our household because it is fast, yummy and so much fun to make your own. Using the Single and Multi Taco Holder to fill your tacos changes everything. No longer are all the contents squished or falling out.

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First, the Taco Spoons to help load up your tacos, the 3 Section Taco Tray for piling up the fillings, and the Taco Savor for keeping the tortillas warm. Every day is taco day with Prepara’s Taco Accessories.

We made ground beef and poke/avocado tacos using Prepara accessories 🙂

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Prepara’s brand mission is to create high-quality kitchenware products that are ingenious, novel and utilitarian: each one designed for the enjoyment of people looking to eat and prepare healthier, tastier food while embracing a lifestyle of well-being and longevity.

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The Single and Multi Taco Holder has a beautiful soft shape for cradling your yummy tacos. The decorative holder has the look of traditional ceramic with a durable melamine construction. Works with both soft and hard taco shells. Available in blue, red and yellow with unique graphic patterns. (Single $3.99 and Multi $6.99).

The Taco Spoons (Set of 2) are uniquely designed and make filling and packing tacos easy. Perfectly sized to fit between shells, these spoons ensure less mess and more taco enjoyment. Available in yellow, blue and red ($4.99).

The 3 Section Taco Tray has connected bowls for serving all the taco fillings. Perfect for passing around the table and pairing with Taco Spoons. Made from melamine construction. Available in blue and yellow with unique patterns ($24.99).

The Taco Savor is great for tacos, burritos and fajitas. The Tortilla Savor keeps your warmed wraps ready to eat. Holds up to 24 corn or four tortillas. ($26.99).

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