Tag: healthy living

A mermaid pillow so mesmerizing, your kids just might choose it over an iPad.

Mermaid fever is at fever pitch for my kids and probably yours too. So when we heard about mermaid pillows, well. Turns out, they’re truly magical in the most unexpected of ways. Mermaid Pillow Co. calls its puffy creations (which, by the way, are not all mermaids) positivity pillows because of the positive action-driven words on the front (imagine, believe, discover). But the real draw is the silky sequins on the back that change color when you run your fingers over them. The sequins are super responsive to touch, so you can easily write or draw anything you want. And...

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In memory of the 11 year old who died at summer camp from meningitis this week

“Were your kids vaccinated for meningitis?” my father asked as I picked up the phone tonight. He’s always asking me questions like this after seeing something or other in the news or on Facebook. He’s a good Grandpa that way. “Sure,” I said with some relief. “Our doctor strongly recommended it before camp. Turns out a lot of sleepaway camps require it if you go more than a few days. So both of my girls got them done. Why do you ask?” “Your stepmother is paying a condolence call to a friend,” he said. It was not at all what...

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Should you really avoid SPF over 50? We’ve got facts, and we’ve got answers.

Growing up as a fair-skinned, redheaded kid, I’m no stranger to the intricacies of SPF labels. Or sunburns. Like lots of us, I always believed that the higher the SPF, the better the sun protection I’d get, but that’s not necessarily the case. In fact, the EWG warns against sunscreens with very high SPF over 50, and that goes for kids and adults. In fact, they say flat out to avoid SPF over 50. But, why? Related: 2017 EWG best safe sunscreens for kids and babies: Which is the most affordable? First off, what is SPF? SPF, or Sun...

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8 important tips to help families store medicines safely from the kids | Sponsored Message

This is a sponsored message from the Consumer Healthcare Products Association Educational Foundation While medicines help families feel better and stay well, it’s important to keep those bottles safe from curious kids. Wherever you may be. Every year, about 60,000 young kids are brought to emergency rooms because they got into medicines that had been left within their reach. With June being National Safety Month, and travel at its highest, Up and Away and Out of Sight is offering these 8 tips to help parents safely store medicines whether you’re on the go, or in your own home.  ...

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The one surprising thing that happened when I switched to a natural deodorant.

I’m the kind of person who needs the prescription strength-type antiperspirant, so for me to make the switch to a natural deodorant is a big deal. Granted, it’s not the first time I’ve tried, and while it was pretty successful (yay Primal Paste), I did end up getting a bit of a rash from the baking soda, so, I went back to the heavy duty stuff. Related: A natural deodorant that really works.  But I never felt really great about it, and figured, why not give the natural stuff another whirl? So, I grabbed some Schmidt’s natural deodorant at...

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Could the Kiddo wearable health tracker help kids make better choices? | Sponsored Message

This is a sponsored message from Kiddo If you want a way to keep track of your child’s health and well-being in real time, meet Kiddo, a new wearable health tracker designed to do just that. This wearable gadget gives you real-time insights about your kid’s well-being, including health status, activity, stress levels, even daily sleep quality, with the goal of helping families make better, healthier choices. – Don’t miss a special offer on Kiddo below – Using 4-in-1 sensor technology, the Kiddo measures vital bio-signs, including skin temperature, heart rate, skin perspiration and motion, all in one cute, kid-sized wearable wristband. It’s water-resistant and...

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#MyYoungerSelf campaign puts kids’ mental health first with videos from celebrities who have suffered from anxiety and depression.

Would you believe me if I told you that out of 74 million US kids, 17.1 million of them have or have had a mental health disorder? That’s a huge percentage! So huge, in fact, that the Child Mind Institute (CMI) has noted that more kids are dealing with mental health and learning issues than they are with cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined. Which is why CMI’s new #MyYoungerSelf campaign for kids’ mental health is so important: It seeks to raise awareness and end the stigma of mental health disorders so that kids can get the help they need. The first step: Hearing from prominent people like...

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The quick-fix, natural bug bite remedy that really works. Really!

With the weather getting warming and my kids spending the afternoons playing outside, we’re starting to see a lot more bug bites on their tender, sensitive skin. Mean ones. The kind that turn bright red, itch like crazy, and keep them up at night. Ugh! But, I’ve found an incredibly easy, quick-fix, natural bug bite remedy that I’m itching (ha!) to share. Because, it really works! And you most likely already have everything you need to make it right in your pantry at home. Related: Your essential guide to the best, safe tick repellents for kids this spring. Because, eek. All you need...

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Damn you, Facebook ads: We tried the FLEX disposable tampon alternative, and here’s how it worked for us. In full detail (sorry).

I’m coming up on my 25thish anniversary of my first visit from Aunt Flo. And over that those 2.5 decades, I’ve had the same exact routine every month: tampons and pads. I wasn’t necessarily looking to spice things up in that department, but when I saw the ads on Facebook for a free trial box of FLEX disposable tampon alternatives, I figured, why not give them a try? And then share every sordid detail with the entire Internet. So, here’s how my tampon-free week went, so you can see if making the switch is right for you. FLEX: What is it? (No, really.) Okay, so...

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The panicky mom’s guide to removing ticks from kids — yikes!

You may be wondering just how to remove ticks from your kids, should the need arise. And we don’t blame you one bit. With the warmer weather comes longer days spent outdoors and kids running barefoot in the yard. Also, increased warning about ticks and Lyme disease thanks to a booming tick population this spring. Eek! So to put anxious minds at ease — including our own — we’ve done the research for you and put together this handy guide to removing ticks from kids. Just know we’re not trying to set off any alarm bells here; please know that some experts put your children’s risk of getting...

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Your essential guide to the best, safe tick repellents for kids right now. Because, eek.

We’re not alarmists around here, but we admit, we’ve been researching safe tick repellents for our own kids. The data we’re seeing on the booming tick population around the country this spring is a little disconcerting, and overall, Lyme disease has been on the rise — at least tripling since the 1990s. Kind of scary for those of us with kids who love to be outdoors. So, I’ve been rolling up my sleeves to scout out the best, safe tick repellents for kids. Because yes to kids playing outside all day — but a massive no to any associated parental anxiety. CMP...

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The Fit Tower Home Workout System lets you achieve all your fitness goals, no gym membership required. | Sponsored Message

This is a sponsored message from Fit Tower If you’ve been looking for a full body workout to help you achieve all of your fitness goals right in your home — without having to join a gym or pay for expensive classes — Fit Tower may be just what you’re looking for. Combining elements of yoga, ballet, Pilates, cardio, and traditional strength training, the Fit Tower comprehensive Home Workout System takes the popular barre workout phenomenon to a whole new level. Created by top personal trainer and fitness hall-of-famer Cathe Friedrich, the Fit Tower system is designed to target the entire body,...

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Beyond Tarot cards: Even skeptics find guidance and clarity with these 4 methods of divination.

I confess that when I’m struggling with an issue or looking for guidance, wisdom or just calm, I have always been a fan of various oracles and methods of divination. And I don’t mean the fortune teller at a street fair years ago, who looked at my palm and told me I would have nine children. I know, this topic may sound a little nutty to some of you. But take it from a science-loving skeptic: when life feels overwhelming, these are the tools that have helped me focus, find clarity, stay mindful and often feel more empowered and in control of my...

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Here’s what happened with I tried Hubble, the company that sends daily wear contacts to your door.

I’m a long-time contact wearer here, especially in those glasses break now and then moments (or when a style moment hits hard). And as much as my optometrist has tried to get me to try daily wear contacts because they’re waaaay better for my eyeballs, they dry out by mid-afternoon. No, thanks. And so, I’ve stuck with the ones I take out at night, wear for a couple of weeks (or um, months, shhhh), and pay a pretty penny for. That is, until Hubble send me a pack of their daily wear contacts a try. Related: The best mascara for contact wearers. And...

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A simple skincare regimen for busy moms, and 5 things I learned after sticking to it for 10 days

I’m pretty sure I can’t be the only mom who barely has enough energy to wash her face at night and slap some moisturizer on, since I’m so darn tired I just want to brush my teeth and hit the sack. Yes, the 30 seconds it would take me always seems like 30 seconds too long. Let alone the time I can spend in the mornings. Yeah, nope. So as you can imagine, the idea of sticking to an actual skincare regimen twice a day for 10 days — like, not just washing but using actual serums and ointments — seems pretty unlikely to me. But when our...

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9 immunity-boosting super foods you might already have on your grocery list

If you’re like us, your family is getting bombarded with all sorts of viruses this winter, so we’re all for doing whatever we can to boost our immune systems. Turns out, there are lots of super foods that might actually help, many of which you could already have on your grocery list. Take a peek at these 9 fantastic super foods, plus easy recipes to get your family to eat them (that’s the kicker, right?). Here’s hoping these help us all kick the bugs. Spring just can’t come soon enough! Image: Feel good chamomile drink | Healthy...

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How much water should you be drinking? This smart bottle can help.

Our whole staff pshaw-ed the idea of a smart water bottle until our Editor Kate gave it a try for a week. Turns out, it can actually help you drink more water, which so many of us really need to do. Not only does the Hidrate Spark track your water intake with its companion app, but it will also give you reminders to drink more water. Granted, a smart water bottle is an investment, at least compared to what you might be using right now, but if you’re like us and tend to reach for the coffee or tea...

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All you do is eat tacos on this diet. Cue angels singing.

If you’re looking to drop some pounds in 2017, there are no shortage of diet plans out there, many of which we’ve tried ourselves. (Hello, Whole30). But when we saw this new diet in which all you do is eat tacos, well, you can bet it got our attention. The Taco Cleanse doesn’t come without rules, which I suppose I should have known I wouldn’t just be able to eat tacos all day and all night, but hey, if you’re looking for something that involves eating tasty food and lots (and lots) of it, this might just be the...

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The first reusable tampon applicator: Would you? Could you?

Our Facebook fans pretty much went nuts discussing (okay, debating) our thorough, honest review of THINX Period Underwear this past year, and now the woman-run period innovation company is back with the upcoming launch RETA, the first reusable tampon applicator. Yep. Reusable. Tampon applicator. And hey, why not? Related: The Dot Girl First Period Kit: a lifesaver for moms of tween girls Whether it grosses you out or seems like one more smart step toward ending menstruation squeamishness while helping you save money and be kinder to the earth, it is a pretty fascinating concept. Especially considering the medical grade silicone will likely be way more comfy than...

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Tips for tackling the most common New Year’s resolutions | Spawned Episode 63

If you’re like us and you love to make New Year’s resolutions but can never seem to actually keep them, well, this is the Spawned podcast for you. On this episode, we’re taking a closer look at the most common New Year’s resolutions, and sharing our own advice, plus tips and tricks from the experts, on how to actually tackle them. Whether you want to finally drop that baby weight or want to get a grip on your finances, you’ll want to listen to this episode. Plus, don’t miss Kristen’s big news! What a wonderful way to start off...

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