Category: Health

A Natural, Tasty Way for Kids to Prevent Cavities

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 by No Comments

Recently, my son went to the dentist and discovered he had his first two cavities. To avoid a repeat performance on our next visit, I’ve been searching for a way to encourage him to brush his teeth more often. This means buying products he will be willing to use without serious persuasion on my part.

Since he’s not a fan of mint flavored toothpaste, I was excited to try the Berry Smart toothpaste from Kiss My Face.

Berry Smart toothpaste cleans your child’s teeth naturally with ingredients like aloe vera leaf extract and tea tree oil. It is subtly sweetened with stevia, xylitol, and cranberry fruit powder. Berry Smart toothpaste, like most other Kiss My Face products, is made with gluten free and vegan friendly ingredients and is not tested on animals. It contains no parabens, phthalates, or artificial flavors.

My nine-year old said he preferred the fruity taste of the Kiss My Face Berry Smart toothpaste over all of the others in our medicine cabinet. As a mom, my only complaint is that I wish it came in a squeeze bottle instead of a tube. When the tube of toothpaste is half empty, my son tends to make a huge mess in the bathroom attempting to squeeze out the remaining product!

Kiss My Face Berry Smart toothpaste comes in fluoride and fluoride-free varieties. If your child is under two or prone to swallowing toothpaste, you should use the fluoride free version.

Exposure to too much fluoride can cause dental fluorosis, which is a mottling of the tooth enamel, and most children are already exposed to fluoride through their city’s drinking water. There are also some other potential health concerns associated with fluoride exposure, which you can read about on the Fluoride Alert website.

Visit the Kiss My Face website to buy Berry Smart toothpaste, as well as natural personal care products for the entire family.

Disclaimer: Product samples were provided by the manufacturer for the purpose of preparing this review.

Photo credit: Kiss My Face

Kiss My Face Spray Sunscreen Is Handy for Active Kids

Posted on Jul 22, 2014 by No Comments

Kiss My Face Kid’s Defense Air Powered Spray sunscreen goes on clear and doesn’t need to be rubbed in, so it’s ideal for applying sunscreen to a small, wiggling child who wants to run off and play. The sunscreen provides broad spectrum SPF 50 protection against UVB and UVA rays and is water resistant for up to 40 minutes.

Kiss My Face Kid’s Defense Air Powered Spray sunscreen is gluten free, vegan friendly, and not tested on animals. It has no parabens, phthalates, SLS, or artificial fragrances. It’s also air powered, so you don’t need to worry about harmful chemical propellants.

The active ingredients in this product are:

  • Homosalate 10%
  • Octocrylene 10%
  • Octinoxate 7.5%
  • Octisalate 5%
  • Avobenzone 3%

Kiss My Face Kid’s Defense Air Powered Spray sunscreen also contains goji berry, vitamins C & E, and aloe vera to naturally nourish delicate skin.

The product has a faint citrus smell that I really like, although the smell isn’t too noticeable after 20 to 30 minutes. It feels soft and smooth on the skin, somewhat like a light body oil.

The only potential downside I can see to the Kiss My Face Kids Defense Air Powered Spray sunscreen is that it’s hard to determine if you missed a spot when the spray is clear. My son, like my husband and I, is very fair skinned and tends to burn easily. If your child is the same way, you’ll need to be careful with your application to make sure all exposed skin gets covered.

Visit the Kiss My Face website to purchase the Kids Defense Air Powered Spray sunscreen or any of their other suncare protection products.

Disclaimer: Product samples were provided by the manufacturer for the purpose of preparing this review.

Photo credit:  Kiss My Face

Link Round-up: Sweet Rolls, Tie-Dye, Calm Toddlers, and More

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has cherry limeade sweet rolls, a tie-dye how-to, tips for a calmer toddler, and more.

It Bakes Me Happy shared a recipe for cherry limeade sweet rolls.

Army Wife to Suburban Life showed us how to make a cute princess bird ring (think Snow White!).

Sand in My Toes shared seven tips for a calmer toddler.

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Crafts by Amanda taught us how to make a sunshine ombre shibori tie-dye top.

Delineate Your Dwelling taught us how to make a prisma wall décor knock-off like the ones sold in stores for a lot more money.

Seasoned Homemaker told us how to make homemade bug spray.

Beautify showed us how to make a duct tape beach or pool bag.

Photo credit: It Bakes Me Happy and Crafts by Amanda

Organic India Turmeric Supplements Offer a Range of Health Benefits

Posted on Jul 10, 2014 by No Comments

Turmeric has been used medicinally for at least 4,000 years and is a popular supplement in Ayurvedic medicine due to its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, and antioxidant properties.

In addition to promoting healthy skin, turmeric supplements have been proven to support healthy joint function, support a healthy inflammation response, and improve digestion.

Cooking regularly with turmeric offers some important health benefits, but the slightly bitter and slightly hot peppery flavor may not appeal to your taste buds. If you would like to add turmeric supplements to your diet, I suggest you look at Organic India turmeric.

Organic India supplements use turmeric that is organically grown by tribals in Orissa and has been thoroughly tested for heavy metals.  The supplement also uses ginger instead of black pepper to improve absorption, since black pepper can irritate the digestive tract.

I have not been taking Organic India’s turmeric supplements for very long, but I do feel like they are helpful in dealing with my chronic joint pain. I like that they don’t have the strange aftertaste that fish oil pills, another common joint pain supplement, often seem to have.

Organic India turmeric supplements are GMO-free, gluten-free, vegan, and kosher.  However, you should not use turmeric supplements while pregnant or nursing without seeking a physician. Turmeric can also cause interactions with certain prescription medications, so you should discuss this issue with your doctor if you are already taking one or more daily medications.

There are 90 capsules per bottle. The recommended dose is one capsule, twice per day taken with food and water.

Visit the Organic India USA website for additional details or to purchase.

Disclaimer: Product samples were provided by the manufacturer for the purpose of preparing this review.

Photo credit: Organic India USA

ENDEVR Introduces New Medical ID Bracelets

Posted on Jun 27, 2014 by No Comments

If you have a condition that requires a medical ID bracelet, ENDEVR has introduced three new lines of stylish, yet durable medical ID bracelets for you to consider: MyID Sport, MyID Sleek, and MyID Luxe.

In the event of an emergency, each MyID Series ID bracelet quickly provides a complete medical profile to first responders. They can access the profile with a smartphone QR scan, through the 24/7 call center, or by using an online lookup service.

New ENDEVR bracelet styles include:

  • The MyID Sport ID Bracelet is made from silicone, which makes it perfect for athletes. It is available in nine different color combinations with a retail price of $19.95.
  • The MyID Sleek Medical ID Bracelet is available in six different color combinations with additional steel and laser engraved condition specific sliders covering issues such a peanut allergy, epilepsy, autism, or a heart condition. It is great for those seeking a more fashion forward medical ID solution. This bracelet retails for $39.95 and sliders can be added for $4.95
  • ENDEVR’s fashionable MyID Luxe ID bracelet is available in five different color combinations with far-infrared bio-ceramic blend, pure germanium, and naturally energized tourmaline. The MyID Luxe sells for $79.95.

The medical profiles associated with MyID bracelets are stored on an encrypted server to protect sensitive information and can be easily set up and updated via your computer or smartphone.

A free lifetime online health profile is included with the purchase of your bracelet, plus a free 1 year Premium Subscription that allows you to add unlimited lists of medical conditions, emergency contacts, allergies, medications, physicians, and insurance information.

For more information about ENDEVR or to view their entire product line, visit www.endevr.com.

Photo credit: ENDEVR

Elemental Herbs Updates Classic Zinc Oxide Sunscreen for Kids

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 by No Comments

If you’re trying to reduce the amount of potentially harmful chemicals your family is exposed to, it’s important to choose your sunscreen carefully. Many sunscreens include problematic ingredients such as oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate that can cause hormone disruption and cell damage.

To keep your family safe, dermatologists recommend choosing a pure non-nano zinc oxide mineral sunscreen.

Elemental Herbs recently introduced a new, improved formula for its popular All Good Kids Sunscreen that would be the perfect addition to your family’s beach bag this summer. In addition to having new packaging, this SPF 33 zinc oxide sunscreen now contains skin soothing calendula, chamomile, and sunflower oil.

Calendula and chamomile both have calming properties that are ideal for people with sensitive skin while sunflower oil is a natural emollient high in vitamin E that can help prevent skin cell damage caused by the sun.

All Good Kids Sunscreen offers broad UVA/UVB protection that is safe for kids, as well as Mom and Dad. The hypoallergenic and biodegradable formula is GMO, paraben, gluten, and PABA free.

I like the way this product smells because I love the smell of chamomile and hate the coconut smell that most sunscreens have.

It blended into my skin and my husband’s skin fairly easy, but I had a little more trouble getting it applied to my son. He has extremely dry skin and I had to really rub to make the product disappear on his arms and legs. It did not feel greasy once it was applied, however.

Our first test of this sunscreen occurred during a family vacation to a waterpark and amusement park. We’re all very fair skinned. I applied the same product to myself, my husband, and my son. None of us burned, although I should point out that we did take the time to reapply throughout the day. (Experts say most burns with sunscreen are caused by people forgetting to reapply every couple of hours and thinking they can go all day with just one application.)

All Good Kids Sunscreen can be purchased in a three-ounce tube for $15.99. Visit the Elemental Herbs website for further details about this product and other sunscreen options designed to keep you safe all summer long.

Disclaimer: Product samples were provided by the manufacturer for the purpose of preparing this review.

Photo credit: Elemental Herbs

Preggie Naturals Chews Offer a Natural Way to Ease Morning Sickness

Posted on Jun 5, 2014 by No Comments

As far as I’m concerned, morning sickness is the worst part of pregnancy. My morning sickness lasted pretty much all day into the middle of my second trimester, so I wasn’t really feeling that pregnancy “glow” you hear so much about.

If you’re expecting and struggling with morning sickness, it might be worth checking out Preggie Naturals Chews. This is a new product from the makers of Preggie Pops, lollipops made with essential oils and natural ingredients designed to fight nausea, such as peppermint, papaya, green tea with lemon, and ginger.

Preggie Naturals Chews taste like Now & Later candies and would be a good alternative to the lollipops if you’re looking for something discreet to help with the nausea while you’re working. Preggie Naturals Chews come in peppermint, raspberry, green apple, and ginger flavors. A pack of 15 chews sells for $3.95.

I haven’t personally tried the Preggie Naturals Chews, since it’s been almost 10 years since I was last pregnant. But, I do think many remedies with essential oils can be just as effective as modern medications. They’re also a lot less risky when you’re pregnant, since it seems like we’re always finding out about dangerous side effects of prescription medications.

You can purchase Preggie Naturals Chews on the Three Lollies website. If you’re all done having kids, keep in mind that Three Lollies also makes products designed to treat general nausea and motion sickness as well as natural lollipops for people who are trying to quit smoking.

If you’ve tried Preggie Pops or Preggie Naturals Chews, I’d love to hear what you think!

Photo credit: Three Lollies

Aveeno Stress Relief Lotion Has All the Advantages of the Regular Version Plus a Delightful Fragrance

Posted on May 7, 2014 by No Comments

Warning: Only use this in the evenings because the scent will lull you into a fantastic, relaxed state that will inevitably end in sleep, and you don’t want that to happen at your desk. I guess if you’re incredibly stressed out, this might lower you down to a level where you can function more easily without face-planting on the keyboard.

Right now, I’m trying to finish up some work after slathering this lotion all over my legs and hands, and it’s getting tougher to concentrate. I didn’t start out stressed; I just started out itchy. It’s good for that, too.

This version of the Aveeno lotion so many of us with chronically dry or dehydrated and sensitive skin have come to know and love is quite the improvement. The regular Aveeno has “no” scent that’s actually a faint, slightly unpleasant smell.

This one has a mix of lavender, ylang-ylang, and chamomile that I can only describe as divine. It’s a sweet, floral type of scent rather than the masculine, herbal type some lavender products tend to take on. The moisturizing and itch-relief capabilities are the same as they are with the regular Aveeno lotion. I got almost instant relief. There’s still colloidal oatmeal, just like there is in the original, and the consistency feels about the same.

Twelve ounces is around $8.50 and 18 ounces will cost about $11.00. If you struggle with eczema or just relentlessly dry, itchy skin, you’ll soon find that this is worth every penny (you’ll probably say the same if you’re stressed or often have trouble sleeping, too).

If you’re familiar with that intense stinging sensation that happens when you put other lotions on dry, irritated or chapped skin, you’ll want to try this. I can only speak from my own experiences, but the stinging—when there is stinging—is much less intense and lasts a lot less time with Aveeno lotions. I use this on my daughter, who was “lucky” enough to get skin like mine (we hate winter), and she loves it.

Photo credit: Aveeno

Fabletics Is Actually Fab

Posted on May 5, 2014 by No Comments

I really like the idea of getting a discounted outfit per week, and I’m a sucker for workout clothes. I especially love it when there’s no surprise involved and I get to have a say in what I get. A serious say, not just something someone else picks out for me based on my stated preferences in their database (though that can be fun, too).

I gave Fabletics a try because they let you get your first outfit for $25. You get to pick it out. After that, it’s $49.95 plus free shipping every month. And again, you get to go and choose your outfit (some cost a little more than that, especially if they come with a third piece, like a jacket or scarf).

You go in, choose what you want, and place your order. If you don’t want to buy anything that month, you can skip that month online (no need to call) as long as you let them know before the 10th of the month. If you don’t order anything or tell them you want to skip, your card will be charged and you’ll be able to spend it when you’re ready.

The quality of the workout clothes rivals anything I’ve purchased from Kohl’s, TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, Victoria’s Secret, or Old Navy. I received my outfit within 10 days. I really have no complaints. I loved the clothes, I love that you have choices, and I love that they make it easy to skip.

I’ll get nit-picky and say these negative things, just so you get a balanced view:

  • I wish their clothing was a little more exciting. These are basics. They have pretty colors in some styles, but overall, there’s nothing that will make you stand out.
  • They could use more long leggings in the place of some of the capris, especially paired with long-sleeved tops.
  • You do need to read the reviews to see how the pieces have fit other customers. I went by the size chart and probably would have gone up a size had I read the reviews first (and if that size had been available, which it wasn’t, so I couldn’t exchange it). You’re able to add a whole outfit to your cart at one time, but to see any reviews, you have to click on the individual pieces and look for them there. That’s why I didn’t know there were even reviews on the site at first.
  • It took me a few days to get a response when I emailed them. I expected a quicker response, but when they did get back to me they were polite and friendly.
  • At first glance, it looks like you can cancel your account online, but you do have to call them. That’s an inconvenience.

From my experience, I recommend this company. I haven’t been disappointed. These are good quality, inexpensive clothes that quickly make it to your door. They seem to switch up the styles every month, too, so that keeps things fresh.

Photo credit: Fabletics