Posts Written By Yvonne Kai

Outdoor Summer Fun for Babies and Kids with Starlux and bbluv

bblüv and Starlux Games have everything you need for all day activities that keep babies, toddlers, and kids happy and engaged

 

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As summer comes along, parents want safe, engaging ways to keep kids outdoors and playing. With younger children, safety is the paramount concern, and with older kids, it’s about finding ways to have fun that don’t involve a screen!

 

bblüv and Starlux Games have the latest and greatest ways to make sure that this is the summer of getting dirty, playing hard and creating good memories for everyone from the littlest one to Grandma!

 

Babies and toddlers are safe with bblüv products

 

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The bblüv Nidö Mini is a 2 in 1 play tent with full UVA / UVB protection, that keeps baby safe from harsh rays, wind and sand at the beach, or just when hanging out on vacation with the family. The comfortable removable mat helps baby catch a nap wherever they are, and the canopy with retractable mesh keeps the sun and bugs at bay.

 

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The Arenä is a pop up beach pool that can help little ones stay cool on a hot day, while keeping them safe and out of the waves. With its instant set up and durable waterproof fabric, this little paddling pool will keep them entertained for ages.

 

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The Sunkitö pop up tent helps bigger kids take a break from the sun, sand, wind and mosquitoes. With full 50+ SPF protection, netting that can be fully opened and a quick pop up system for easy set up, this is the perfect accessory for a beach vacation. No missed naps, no whining!

 

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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, keep little feet protected at the pool, on the beach or by the lake. With non-slip soles that protect from rocks, shells, hot sand and more, these easy to put on shoes have the added bonus that they float. No chance of losing them! Available in Aqua or Grey for kids 1-4 years old, these are a fun accessory that the kids won’t mind wearing at all!

 

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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!

Kids of all ages (and even mom and dad) can enjoy outdoor games from Starlux

For anyone who has ever been to camp, games like Capture the Flag were a staple of everyday play. Starlux Games has created games that are best played at dusk, with fabulous glow-in-the-dark accessories to add a fun twist to an old favorite.

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Capture the Flag REDUX — This game for ages 8+ can accommodate up to 20 players for an hour or more of energy burning fun! With 12 alternate ways to play, glow bracelets, jail markers and glowing orbs to use as the flags, getting a group together from some serious outdoor fun will be easy!

 

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Glow in the Dark Swimming Pool Games — Who says a pool is only good for fun in the daytime? 10 different games in one kit, complete with glowing accessories to add a thrill to the fun. Whether to up the level of the pool party or just because it’s a Tuesday, these games will allow family and friends to get more use out of the pool this season, and less time spent staring at a screen!

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Glow Battle — Whether a Star Wars like battle scene is the goal, or perhaps a game of Gladiators, the Glow Battle games will help kids of all ages ten ways to work as a team, use strategy, and build their wits all while having a tremendous amount of fun! Suddenly, a slumber party becomes an activity filled night that will have everyone sleeping soundly later on!

There’s something for every age and stage to add to the summer fun, all while being safe and enjoying the great outdoors!

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Keep your paws off politics! People would rather hear about your pets

Survey: Pet photos beat out selfies, kid updates & politics for social media content

 

(April 25, 2019,) Jeffersonville Indiana – Want to get a lot of likes on social media? Bust out the pet photos!

A recent survey of PetFirst Pet Insurance policy holders found that almost 84 percent of people preferred to see photos of their friends’ pets on social media. In fact, pets easily beat out other common categories like lunch photos (2.3 percent) and – gasp – cute kid stories (7 percent.)

The number of people interested in your selfies was a tiny 3.5 percent – the same as the number who want to hear more about your politics. Ouch!

“Of course, we at PetFirst know firsthand how important pets are to the families who love them,” said Katie Blakeley, CEO of PetFirst Pet Insurance. “But it was interesting that the survey found that we also love other people’s pets. We never get tired of looking at our friends’ pups and kittens!”

About 3 out of 4 survey respondents said they follow at least a couple pet-focused social media channels – and more than 40 percent think their own pets are potential Instagram stars. About 13 percent have started accounts for their pets, and another 30 percent have considered it.

“The results are pretty clear,” said Blakeley. “Think twice before posting about your lunch or even your kids – bring on the pets!”

About PetFirst

Founded in 2004, PetFirst is dedicated to removing personal financial considerations from pet care. By providing affordable pet health insurance to families, PetFirst provides them “peace of mind” that their pet is covered in the event of an accident or illness. PetFirst is the most recommended pet insurance to new pet families. To learn more about PetFirst, please go to www.petfirst.com.

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National Lingerie Day with TellTale Bras and Undies

The TellTale line will launch exclusively at mytelltale.com on April 24 and will feature bras in six silhouettes in sizes 32A to 40DD and XS to XL and matching panties in sizes from XS to XL. Bras will range in price from $39 to $49

Comfortable is the new cool.

We’re committed to bringing you radical reliability: bras sized consistently—season over season, across styles, prints, colors and materials—so you can find the fit that feels great, time after time. Oh, and we only believe in comfy, cozy, stretchy, yummy fashion. If it’s not easy and comfortable, it’s not for us—or you.

COLLECTIONS INCLUDE THE INNOVATOR, THE INFLUENCER, THE CREATOR, THE DAREDEVIL, THE ROMANTIC, THE LOVER, THE GHOSTER, THE DREAMER

The Innovator | Demi | Dolce Vida Dark Nude

The Influencer | Demi | Peekaboo Light Nude & Blackout Black

The Creator | Demi | First Blush & Blackout Black

 

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Napping in the Sun with Gold Paw Series Sun Shield Tee

When we moved from New York City to Las Vegas, it was a complete opposite in concern for the weather! We had to buy all kind of boots and coats for Jacob when we lived in NYC because of the winter and here in Vegas, Cami keeping cool and sun safety is our #1 concern for her. She loves getting into the pool once it gets above 85F and the summer sun is crazy. We have to walk her at 5 am and after dark in the middle of the heat wave. Even the pavement is burning hot when it gets to over 100F here.


Before Swim season and during Spring, Cami’s favorite thing to do is to sit by the pool. She gets overheated and has to come inside. Letting her wear this Sun Shield Tee by Goldpaw Series has given her more outside time this morning! She has been so bummed since her knee surgery 🙁 I thought this will surely cheer her up! Thank you to our friends from Goldpaw Series for sending Cami this in size 28 Coral.

Sun Shield Tee Fabric – An ultra smooth, lightweight, breathable athletic jersey that features a UPF 50+ rating and blocks 98% of harmful UV rays. This is achieved through a tight mechanical weave, so sensitive skin won’t react to a chemical wash. It significantly reduces heat absorption by reflecting heat away from the body, and is efficient at wicking away moisture. A soothing and cool to the touch feel. Found in: The Sun Shield Tee

Find out more about Gold Paw Series Sun Shield Tee on www.goldpawseries.com

Our Sun Shield Tee is silky soft, lightweight stretch jersey with a UPF-50 rating that blocks 98% of the sun’s harmful UV rays. It is not a chemical treatment – it’s a mechanical quality of the yarn so the protection won’t diminish with washing. Super comfortable indoors and out and perfect for all sorts of applications beyond sun protection too: skin conditions, wound care, topical medications, works great as an anti-anxiety calming aid that can be worn all day.

They really reduce heat absorption too: We tested our black Lab, Luke, out in the sun with an infrared thermometer gun and found his fur was more than 40 degrees cooler under the Tee than without – it’s wearable shade! Want extra cooling? Get it wet and your pup can enjoy the evaporative cooling effect!

Recommended For: Sun protection, regulating body temperature, indoor wear, outdoor wear, protecting skin conditions or wounds, mild anxiety, increasing cuteness

Wear Tip: The center chest seam is designed to be on the outside – we want pets to enjoy maximum comfort, especially in that tender area.

Harness Help: These close fitting pullovers are perfect worn under a harness, with no adjustment needed. No fussing with ill-placed harness openings in this snuggy wonder! Plus, wearing this under a harness has an added benefit of reducing or eliminating chaffing!

Washing Instructions: Machine wash warm, tumble dry low or hang to dry.

Proudly made in the USA!

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First Time Mom – Baby Wearing Using a Wrap

So many new things to learn as a new mom and this officially marks the end of my fourth trimester! Having Niko has been amazing and learning so much with him has given me the confidence to be a good mom.  One of the best things for Niko and I is babywearing. Babywearing reduces crying by 40% and is way easier than just carrying the baby. So I really took it upon myself to learn all about babywearing.

The first type of wearing I did was with the traditional wrap style. It is a bit intimidating in the beginning with this super long cloth and how it works but if you practice a few times and you can get it right. There are 3 main types I tried so far and here are some insider tips I didn’t find anywhere on Pinterest or IG but only in doing it myself.

There are so many brands and price and designs out there but for the sake of this post, the JERSEY one I used is the Cuddly Wrap – Made in Canada. It is 100% organic cotton but it does have some stretch to it. It is longer than the Moby and it is a bit harder to go around and around your waist. But the stretch helps it keep the baby comfy.

The Cotton one I used it Moby wrap. It is thicker with not much stretch and I found this one sometimes got too hot. That when I took Niko out, my belly and his will be wet from sweat. I think Moby is the most classic one and I think the density will be great for colder days.

The Bamboo one is Beluga Baby – Made in Canada. This one is super-super stretchy and I found Niko drooping down as we walked. The trick to this one is to really stretch the fabric over your shoulder before inserting it. And to start at your chest instead of the belly like the others. I love this one for summer days since it is breathable but it is really stretchy so a lot of bounce when walking.

Wrapping is one of the fasting ways for baby to fall asleep. When we are walking Cami, Niko almost always instantly falls asleep.  I also wore him to sleep at the beginning of our co-sleeping so he won’t fall off or slide off. It worked really well and now he can sleep beside me without being on me!

Also! I tried a Ring Sling! I had it professionally sewn using a Pinterest DIY post and my own Money Fabric! I haven’t mastered the ring sling yet but more to come!

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THE ADVENTURES OF LILY HUCKLEBERRY IN SCANDINAVIA

Audrey Smit, recently published a children’s book called THE ADVENTURES OF LILY HUCKLEBERRY IN SCANDINAVIA, the first in a series (next stop is Japan), providing a strong female role model who encourages children to be brave and adventurous.

In this book, kids will learn about Scandinavian traditions such as the Midsummer celebration, with its flower crowns and maypole dancing, to historic landmarks, like the Little Mermaid of Denmark and the stunning fjords of Norway. Nordic characters like elves, vikings and the Swedish horse, Dala, appear throughout the journey, and common Scandinavian words, like “Mormor” or “Fika,” are introduced with helpful speech bubbles for proper pronunciation.

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About the Authors

Audrey Smit is the founder of This Little Street, a design company with a colorful and happy aesthetic. Audrey grew up in a small village in France and has lived all over the world. Her design inspirations are fused from these beautiful places and their people. She now lives in Berkeley with her Danish husband and their four adventurous little girls.

Jackie Knapp, who works as the Director of the Children’s Ministry in Albany, has mentored and taught kids worldwide. This is her first children’s series, inspired by a Thursday Adventure Club created for Audrey’s girls, and from her own gypsy spirit.

About This Little Street

Founded in 2017 in sunny Northern California, This Little Street is an original brand by designer Audrey Smit – a whimsical world filled with happy, colorful products and fanciful stories for children. This Little Street is also the home of Lily Huckleberry, the hero of a new book series that empowers kids to be brave, imaginative, and curious about the world. This Little Street is on a mission to make people smile more and help parents raise good little humans. For more about This Little Street, visit www.thislittlestreet.com

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