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Archives for August 2014
I quickly learned when my oldest son started Kindergarten that back-to-school means back to germs for most families, as kids pass viruses and bacteria around their classes. My boys are hearty kids for the most part and rarely get very sick but I still want to do my best to make sure that they stay that way!
Boiron Canada products are the perfect solution for that since the homeopathic remedies are gentle, yet effective. And to help you stay healthy during the new school season, the company is hosting a fabulous #BoironFamily Twitter party on September 2 at 9pm EST! [Read more…]
A few weeks ago I shared some of the character traits that make me a Savvy Spender. Whether I’m buying or selling, it’s all about minimizing expense and maximizing profits for me! And that’s why I fell in love with UsedRegina.com as soon as I discovered it.
There are so many things that make shopping at UsedRegina.com a great experience for a shopper like me and the top one is that I can find virtually anything I need. Since it’s a local Canadian website, I don’t have to worry about paying for shipping and no matter what items are on my shopping list, I can always find something in my price range on the site. [Read more…]
With school almost back in session, having the latest tech gear to help stay connected can make life easier for parents and kids both. And this year Samsung has the perfect back-to-school solution for any family with the Samsung Galaxy Tab4 tablet!
This tablet features a vivid WXGA display with a 16:10 screen ratio that makes it perfect for watching videos, playing games and sharing content. And while it’s lightweight enough to take anywhere, it’s also solid enough that you won’t panic when the kids borrow it.
When my oldest was a baby, I never would have thought about getting a video baby monitor. It would have seemed like a somewhat needless expense when I was with my son so much anyways and when I already had a standard audio monitor to use when he was sleeping. But I never realized just how often I would think that I’d heard my son through the monitor, only to rush upstairs and discover that he was still sleeping.
That’s why ever since, I’ve been a huge advocate for video baby monitors. I’ve seen a few being used and the ease and security they provide are absolutely priceless. No more wondering if you really did hear your baby, because you can check the video and confirm he’s awake. And while a basic video monitor is great, there are also some with a variety of other features that will make them an essential in your house in no time!
When it comes to helping a baby to sleep through the night, most parents are willing to try anything and I was certainly no exception. From regular routines to soothing music to aromatherapy, I found all kinds of ways to try to maximize my boys’ sleep time. And for me, the most helpful tip I tried was setting a bedtime routine that included a warm bath and a soothing scented lotion.
Of course, I’ve always been a fan of natural products because easily-irritated sensitive skin is so common in our family. And Live Clean Baby was a line that I used even when my boys had reached the preschool and grade school years because its products were free of parabens, phalates, and petroleum while also being 98% plant derived with certified organic botanicals.
About two weeks ago, Philips Sonicare challenged my boys and I to change our smiles with the help of the new Sonicare DiamondClean adult toothbrush and the Sonicare for Kids power toothbrush. In just two weeks, the brushes promised to improve our smiles and as a family that’s had plenty of dental concerns already, that was a claim we couldn’t wait to put to the test!
My boys loved the Sonicare for Kids toothbrush from the very first use and with its kid-friendly design, it’s easy to see why! Since young children can have trouble brushing properly, using an electric toothbrush just makes sense since the brush provides a much more thorough clean. My boys had already been using electric toothbrushes but I could tell from the way they reacted to this one that the feeling was completely different. Both boys spent quite a bit of time giggling about how much the toothbrush tickled!
But that tickling is helping to remove up to 75% more plaque than a manual toothbrush with 500 brush strokes per second, and so as much as Zackary and Benjamin enjoyed the new toothbrush, I think I enjoyed it even more because every time they brushed their teeth, I knew they were getting the best clean possible. And with a built-in timer that gradually increases to the two-minute mark to help kids learn how long to brush, I knew they weren’t rushing the job either. [Read more…]
There are some devices that I don’t even realize I need until I try them, and then I wonder how I ever got by without them. Recently I added just such a gadget to my household: the Fellowes Saturn2 95 Laminator. While I remembered how much I loved having school projects laminated when I was young, and still love having my boys bring home laminated artwork now, I never would have thought I needed one in the house.
But I was wrong! This little laminator is incredibly compact, easy to use and lets me preserve so many precious memories and important papers that might otherwise be lost or destroyed over time. The Saturn2 95 works with simple laminating bags so I just slip in the paper or art project I want to laminate, send it through the machine and admire the results. With school starting soon, it’s the perfect way of saving all the extra special projects that kids will soon be bringing home!