Posts Written By Yvonne Kai

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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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-Star Service, Wide Array Of Activities & Unique Passport To Fijian Culture; Near 100% Of Guests Rate Resort Stay Among Top 10 Travel Experiences Ever

 

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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Baby Purée Recipes

These recipes are brought to you by the creators of teetherpop®, a patented, freezable teether designed for children six months and older. 

A good time to start feeding your baby purees is when he or she is around 6-8 months old. (Consult baby’s pediatrician when in doubt.) The first recipe, Easy Home Made Sweet Potato Purée, takes advantage of the health benefits of sweet potatoes, a rich source of fiber and loaded with an array of vitamins and minerals including iron, calcium, selenium, Vitamins B and C and beta-carotene.

Easy Home Made Sweet Potato Purée

Prep Time: 5 min. 

Cook: 20-30 min.

Ingredients

  • 2 sweet potatoes peeled and cut into quarters
  • Water* to cover

Directions:

1. Place sweet potatoes in a saucepan. Add water so sweet potatoes are covered. Bring water to a boil and cook until sweet potatoes are tender enough to smash easily with a fork.

2. Transfer sweet potatoes to a food processor or immersion blender cup. Add 3/4 cup of cooking water and finely blend.

3. Allow purée to cool. Puree can be served in teetherpop, if desired. Jar and refrigerate remaining purée.

*Breastmilk or formula can be used in place of cooking water.

 

The second recipe, Homemade Peas & Carrot Purée, uses the protein power of peas, a great source of protein and rich in fiber and Omega 3, and carrots another great source of beta-carotene.

 

Homemade Peas & Carrot Purée

 

Total Prep and Cook time: 15 min.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup frozen peas and carrots
  • Water/Breastmilk/Formula to thin

 

Directions:

1. Steam peas and carrots in a saucepan over medium-high heat for 8-10 minutes or until very soft.

2. Transfer peas and carrots to a food processor or immersion blender cup. Add 1/4-1/2 cup of water/breastmilk/formula and blend well.

3. Pass the purée through a fine mesh sieve to remove any pieces of skin. 

4. Allow purée to cool and then serve (in teetherpop, if desired.) Jar and store remaining purée in the fridge. 

 

teetherpop can be filled with the above purées, as well as homemade smoothies, freshly-juiced fruits and veggies, Mother’s milk, water, or baby’s favorite drink. When frozen, teetherpop offers soothing relief for teething babies and is a less messy substitute to traditional popsicles for toddlers. It is also a creative option for storing breastmilk.

 

Made in the U.S.A. of high-quality, medical grade, non-toxic silicone, teetherpop has small, flexible slits in a unique reservoir allow liquids to flow as baby teethes. teetherpop is free of BPA, PVC, latex and phthalate, so parents can be assured that what their children are putting in their mouths is safe. The product has recently been awarded The National Parenting Center’s Seal of Approval and a Tillywig 2019 Toy Award for Parents’ Favorite Product.

 

teetherpop is made in Ashland, Ohio using U.S.-sourced and FDA-approved medical grade materials. Dishwasher safe and the teether reservoir does not retain odors or stains. Available in an array of five fun colors. 

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Feb. 4 is National Hemp Day — Celebrate with High Hemp

All papers are not the same – these are made in France!

The OCB X-Pert Slim Fit Rolling Papers – 24pc Display – features ultra-refined papers designed for rolling experts. Ultra-thin, transparent, finest quality gummed papers that always stick. The convenient countertop display contains 24 booklets, each with 32 leaves. Made in France.

High Hemp: Organic Herbal Wraps: the first ever all organic herbal wrap company. 

The company prides itself in creating tobacco-free organic wraps that contain zero traces of nicotine, tobacco, or toxic additives.

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Ceramiracle for Valentine’s Day

It’s hard to believe that it’s the year 2020 already and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. If you didn’t get what you wanted from Santa, be proactive and give yourself the gift of clear skin… by eating chocolate?
Ceramiracle founder Eugene He has amazing skin – follow is IG @itseugenehe
Ceramiracle, innovative K-Skincare Brand, will do just this and more with the launch of their dynamic duo Gift Sets!
With the belief that good things come in twos, Ceramiracle has thoughtfully paired their products to maximize inside out beauty.  Whether you want to give the gift of brighter eyes, ageless skin, or a supple, dewy glow these three sets will offer just this:

  • AMAZON EXCLUSIVE!  First Light Duo Pack includes The Serum and Ceramides Skin Supplement for perfect skin, inside & out. $99 ($124 value)  
  • BRIGHT EYES SET:  Know someone on their iPhone or computer too much? This set of the Flowerberry Eye Illuminating Cream and Supplement will help brighten lackluster eye areas, lessen the appearance of fine lines, and even filter harmful blue light emitted from digital devices. $89 ($35 off)

  • INDULGENCE SET:  Need a little self-care?  The Indulgence Set will get you relaxing with the award-winning Ageless Delight Beauty Chocolates and First Light The Reboot Mask. $89 ($35 off)

  • JOLLY SKIN SET:  Who doesn’t love a little glow?  First Light The Serum & Ceramides Skin Supplement will keep skin supple, dewy and hydrated from the inside out and create the perfect base for any makeup look!  $115 ($49 off)

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