Gift Ideas, Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Sonic Forces and Sonic Mania Video Game Gifts

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Sonic fans rejoice because the classic video game along with gifts and an elevated version of the Sonic game are all available for the holidays. Sonic Mania is the classic version redone for you updated gaming systems – PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC. Sonic Forces is also available on those game systems and is more fast paced action as Modern Sonic, catapult past perilous platforms as Classic Sonic, and use powerful new gadgets as their own Custom Hero Character.

sonic mania

You can purchase the Sega Mania and Sonic Forces video game in the following ways to gift this season:

 

Sonic Forces 

Anthony has had the chance to experience both Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces and here is his review from this 9 year old. Keep in mind he is aware that his Dad and I experienced the original Sonic Era and he loves when we share our games and play with him, but he was not a part of the original Sonic. He is of a new Sonic era and that is why Sonic Forces is brilliant.

Anthony talks about the new Sonic video game

I hope you enjoyed watching Anthony demonstrate Sonic Forces for you. Keep an eye out on fun Sonic video game themed items too!

Sonic Hats

Food, Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Wine Gifts from Wine Down Box

I received product for feature from Wine Down Box wine gifts via US Family Guide

Wine Gifts from Wine Box Down

Every month, this monthly wine subscription service team hand-selects incredible wine, cheese and charcuterie pairings, which are delivered directly to your door. What brings people closer together than gifts and cheese?

pairings letter

From movie nights and date nights to parties and picnics, it’s that kind of time that’s genuinely irreplaceable. That’s what creates memories. That’s what truly lasts. And that’s what they work so hard to deliver in their monthly subscription gift you can order for you or someone special.

wine box

Save on Wine Gifts

Save $5 on your first order – Use discount code FAMILY5OFF and receive $5 off your first order at Wine Down Box for your monthly box of wine and cheese. Giving subscription gifts works great especially for those that are hard to shop for.

Beauty, Clothing, Gift Ideas, Holiday Gift Guide 2017

World Fashion Designers Products Available at Vida

Parenting Healthy has partnered with Vida for this fashion feature

World Fashion Designers Products Available at Vida

Who is Vida?

Notice I said ‘Who’ and not ‘What’ is Vida? Vida is a website featuring many manufacturers and fashion designers, creatives from all over the world. You get to shop unique fabrics, designs and gifts unlike any you will find in a mass retailer. I have shawls and pull overs, but none that are anything like my Magosja-Turkawski Sheer Wrap. I have many purses and none are like my 12th Man Seattle Building Clutch. Browsing the site is so much fun and there are so many great gift ideas for the fashion designers, art lovers and even just a woman who needs something extra special.

Seattle Pouch

This is the 12th Man Seattle Building Statement Clutch. Featuring a familiar skyline shot here in Seattle and for all of the Seattle Seahawks fans who are the 12th man I will be wearing this when we travel so I carry the spirit of my home city with me.

Vida Pouch 

Not just simply is it an image of the Seahawks, but the beauty of the skyline spread across the fabric. This piece is from Laurie Littlefieldwells’ collection. She is a photographer in Seattle and the print is on canvas and includes genuine leather. There is a small pocket inside for a storage compartment View her entire collection here!

Seattle Fashion

How beautiful is the fabric and colors below of my sheer wrap? This is from the Magosja Turkawski collection. Magosja is illustrator and designer from Amsterdam. All of her scarfs, tees and wraps have these gorgeous reds and blues.

Vida Sheer Fabric

This wrap is labeled as the Red Rocks Sheer Wrap. I love that it is so light and airy. It looks great even over a pair of comfy jeans. Instantly you are wearing elegance once you slip your arms through. Like wearing a piece of watercolor art stitched together by fashion designers.

Vida Top

Find a local artist or one for your favorite part of the world and you can wear and tote around pieces of inspiration and creativity from artists, fashion designers and illustrators, even photographers. Visit Vida and sign up as a member so you get sent the latest products and deals.

Healthy Living, Holiday Gift Guide 2017, Parenting

How We Helped Our Son’s Dentist Anxiety

Touchpoints has partnered with me on this story

How We Helped Our Son's Dentist Anxiety

Anthony’s Story: How We Helped Our Son’s Dentist Anxiety

Anthony is 9. He hasn’t always had doctor and dentist anxiety until about 3 years ago. He has a very crowded mouth and overbite. One day he came to me saying his tooth hurt and I saw his gums looked angry so I drove him into the Dentist. He hopped up on the table and come to find out the tooth is literally breaking apart and needs to come out due to overcrowding pushing on and destroying the tooth. They sent us home with an Antibiotic and told us to come back in the morning for tooth extraction.

That next morning his cheek was so swollen and that tooth was angry. They gave him novocaine and felt he needed a bit more. Well, let’s just say that tooth had gotten so angry we realized after a blood curling scream that the Novocaine couldn’t make its way past the infection. The tooth was out but he felt that. That was the day he lost trust in Doctors and Dentists and the anxiety over “what if pain” started.

The next month was his flu shot. They announced it was coming like all others in the past he would cringe about only this time he lost it. 3 nurses later, a kick to the Dr’s chest in the struggle and screams that could clear a building we stabbed him and he was vaccinated. Wow! At one point they asked if we should just reschedule but I really felt giving in would not make the ‘next time’ any better. He does not have low pain tolerance, he just has anxiety about the anticipation of pain. Two totally different anxieties. How do We Help Our Son’s Dentist Anxiety?

Over the past year I took a break on Dentist and Doctors and hoped this year would bring an older, changed Anthony. Wrong! This year we started Ortho. He made it through a cleaning, we moved and the Dentist we go to is his Aunt’s office so due to possible embarrassment by his cousins he sucked it up. The referral to the Ortho and the appointment to put on his expander was a whole different story. The 20 minute appointment took 1 hour and 15 minutes. Why?

He refused to lay down. He needed to know the exact plan, touch the device, see the tools they will use, give him a blueprint for this visit, etc. 3 techs later one gal finally did great with him and began asking him questions-like taking the control of asking questions away from him. He began to trust her and it took careful talk but he was finally laying on the chair, hands away from his mouth allowing her to put it in ONLY because he needed her to be precise about her every move. I regretted one thing that day…not charging our Touchpoints!

How Touchpoints reversed his behavior

In NYC this summer I met with the Touchpoints crew and was sent a pair of Touchpoints to try. This was my piece of heaven coming to the rescue. I knew right away this could help Anthony with his dentist anxiety as well as at the Doctors office. Only what I soon realized is it did so much more.

Touchpoints are best explained in the video below:

For Anthony’s follow up visit we had to turn his expander and then after watching them turn we were instructed to do so at home nightly for 21 nights. He was a champ. With Touchpoints charged I sat in the car a moment to get him into the right mindset. He had Touchpoints in his pocket and we practiced some self-talk. I also had a toy prize for him he got to see IF he could make it through. There was no pain involved with this follow up but his anxieties started anyways the night before. The office was almost in tiptoe mode with him yet played it well. I could sense they had that same bit of anxiety I was also having about ‘what if he..”.

He asked if he could ask 1 question-“what will this feel like?” The Orthodontit who came to him first tickled his nose and said “like that”. Then the cutest thing happened…he said “OK!” and lay down. Only his ‘OK’ was a high-pitched squeal, hence his nerves totally showing in his attempt to be cool. He allowed her to show me the turn and expressed he felt it a little but “it feels fine”. We turn it every night without struggle at home. Thank you, Touchpoints!

The funny thing! Anthony recently came to me an said, “Mom, Can I have my Touchpoints to help me fall asleep faster?” Why not! The next morning he told me…”all I could focus on was the Touchpoints, Mom and I fell asleep so much faster”. Honestly my thought was , “really?!” Could it be mind over matter? Every night since if he is still awake after so much time he asks for them. It isn’t every night but when he needs them he knows it and he really is asleep in no time! Now for the stressful video game play he expresses! Touchpoints, can you calm him down with his game play frustrations? There is no doubt these will battle that aggression too!

If this story resonates with you, I cannot stress the benefit of Touchpoints enough! From anxieties to sleep and anger it is definitely on for our parenting tool belt that can d wonders for anyone at any age.

Beauty, Clothing, Gift Ideas, Holiday Gift Guide 2017

4 Holiday Gifts For Mom

I have partnered with the following brands for this holiday gifts feature

4 Gift Ideas for Mom

Holiday Gifts for Mom

Some of the best gifts I get are those simple everyday products that I need to reach for but can feel guilty spending the budget on. Whether it is a comfy pair of lounge pants to end my day or a wine set to relax with, it is the simple gifts that get the best use. Consider these 4 holiday gifts ideas from American Made, Philosophy, Joico and Thoughtfully.

American Made gifts

Are you wondering why you would wrap Mom a pair of jogger pants? I’ll tell you why. Once Christmas is over and we have begun to put gifts away from the kids and family and have clean up to do, we look at our gifts and see those brand new, comfy pants. We grab those up, rip off the tags and put on those brand new joggers and we always feel great and relaxed in them. I can’t speak for every Mom, but I love looking in my room after a holiday and seeing brand new beauty products and comfy clothes sitting there waiting to be used. These are the French Terry Jogger Pants from American Made.

Joico Gifts

What is the first thing you do with a new shampoo or conditioner bottle in your hand? Do you open it to smell also? That is what I always do. Not that shampoo should be judged by its aroma, but a clean smelling shampoo is so refreshing at those 10 (I mean 2 or 3) minutes of shower time the kids give us. I love Joico and now there are gift sets available that gets Mom the Shampoo, Conditioner and other Joico products all in one gift box. JC Penney and Amazon have some available.

Thoughtfully Gifts

Thoughtfully. What a better name to give to these gift sets that are stories in a box. From gifts for men, women, wine lovers, readers and more these sets are beautifully packaged. Take this Cheers to Art set for wine lovers, it comes with wine glasses, canvas, paints, candies and more. Excellent holiday gifts under $50 packed with love and fine things for Mom. If you have to mail your gift this is a great way to shop. They will send it packaged beautifully for her.

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If you love getting bath and body holiday gifts but the aisles and aisles of brands and product overwhelm you, I can help. Philosophy can be found in many retailers and online and is a great brand! You really can’t go wrong with their products. Trust me! Mom will have a moment to herself and look over on her bathroom counter to lotions, bath wash and wipes calling her name for a moment of pampering. She will open them and use them. A shower gel and bubble bath called Pajamas? How can you go wrong?

Philosophy Gifts

Purity Wipes

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35 Handy Uses For Your Handheld Steamer

I have partnered with Nugeni for feature. Opinions and story are my own

With all the talk about the effects of harsh chemicals can you blame those of us who need alternative cleaning methods? I don’t want to use all of those in my home and I have spent a lot of time mixing essential oils to create my own cleaners when I have those extra messy jobs. Now all I need is my handheld steamer.

When I was sent the nugeni STEAMPAC+ Handheld Steam Cleaner I actually had to research how to use a steamer and what I can use a steamer on. I was a bit ‘steamer’ illiterate and I was amazed at what this lightweight, handheld cleaner can do and without any chemicals!

What can I clean with my Handheld Steamer?

  1. Sanitize Mattress
  2. Clean Draperies
  3. Clean Ceiling Fans
  4. Freshen Clothing
  5. Clean Windows
  6. Clean Tile & Grout
  7. Clean Around Toilets
  8. Shower Doors and Water Spots
  9. Bathtub Scum
  10. Vanity/Mirrors
  11. Toothbrush Holders
  12. Window Screens
  13. Pet Cages
  14. Litter Box
  15. Clogged Drains (Washer/Dryer)
  16. Dirty Desks
  17. Laminate Floors
  18. Disinfect Doorknobs
  19. Sliding Doors
  20. Mirrors & Frames
  21. Mini Blinds
  22. Sealed Hard Flooring
  23. Patio Doors
  24. Pet Stains/Odors
  25. Window Coverings
  26. Coffee Table Stains
  27. Sanitize Toys
  28. Ovens/Cooktops
  29. Stainless Steel
  30. Sinks and Faucets
  31. Backsplash
  32. Baked-On Messes
  33. Car Interior
  34. Window/Slider Door Tracks
  35. RV’s/Boats Interior

Tell me, which of the above surprise you most? Before we moved into our new home this summer I traded mattresses for my son with a neighbor. She had a full and needed a twin for her daughter and I had a twin and wanted to upgrade for my older son. I knew they were clean, didn’t smoke and it was in thee garage for a bit. It still has a musty odor anyway to me.

What a perfect test for the Nugeni Handheld Steamer than to see how well it eliminated that mattress musk. The best part is that I don’t need to use any chemicals or harsh products. I steamed using only the steamer.

contents nugeni handheld

I then went on to attack those hard water spots on my shower. I have been using 2 chemical products to keep these sports and bay. One to eliminate build up and one to clean as no matter how well you spray to protect the build up it happens anyway.

steam clean showers

nugeni steamer handheld

What a great gift! Think of how handy this would be to a family you are shopping for this season or all year long! PS-this steamer also is great to keep in RV’s while traveling away from home! nugeni also has lightweight vacuums too! Visit nugeni to learn more including where you can purchase.