Summer

2021 Summer Series – Travel, Beauty, Backyard Fun

2021 Summer Series - Travel, Beauty, Backyard Fun

Welcome to the 2021 Summer Series

Once again, I have partnered with some great brands to bring you many Summer-themed brands and topics so you can make this 2021 Summer, an epic one after a long year for all of us!

Keep checking in as I add more…..


Nature’s Beauty — a plant-based line of cruelty-free bath and body care products — launched three new collections at Walgreens nationwide. Get your skin summer ready!

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The Ayurvedic Sun Cream is a thick blend of antioxidant rich herbs and plant oils that have high natural SPF factors, then mixed with zinc and rose hydrosol.

Shop Vedic Botanicals!


Stomp Rocket The Original Magne-Darts – 1 Dartboard with 6 Magnetic Darts for Kids – Great for Outdoor and Indoor Play, Safe Party Games and Toys

Buy on Amazon.


French Blue Wine 2020 Bordeaux Rosé has an American twist on French rosé. What is American about it? It is in the blend of fresh-cut flavor of watermelon, strawberry, and cherry. It is crisp and so refreshing for a hot summer day or evening or any time of year that you need to feel warm again.

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comfiGo by ClypX is the most comfortable booster seat that travels a lot better than the bulky seats we are used to!

Learn more!


Speedy Scribbles is a must for the summer game nights with the family! Keep that mind sharp during the summer break.

Buy on Amazon!


Stay PROPERLY hydrated with Jovē Alkaline pH Water. What does it mean to be properly hydrated? Read below!

Learn more about hydrating with Jovē!


New SNASI Battery-Powered Motion-Sensing LED Stick-Anywhere Warm Nightlight pack are great to take camping, use in the RV or briung to summer rentals when in an unfamiliar space.

Buy on Amazon!


How to Smoke Sirloin Steaks on the Traeger Step by Step with Images

Recipe here!


The Arm & Hammer™ Fruit and Vegetable Wash cleans 4x better than just water, it safely eliminates over 90% of pesticide residue.

Buy on Amazon!


Keep learning all summer with Merka Educational products that make learning fun! Their flashcards travel well!

Shop on Amazon.


This Ida Body Care line is clean and natural, vegan, and cruelty free. It brings back moisture to dry and tired skin! The

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Education, Kids, Summer, Toy Reviews

Pickup Sports starter kits + live virtual coaching for young kids age 3-6

Pickup Sports starter kits + live virtual coaching for young kids

This COVID-19 can’t stop our kids but closing group classes will. This is why Pickup Sports is a great way to teach your child a sport, at home with all the gear they need. You buy the box and the access to virtual coaching classes are free.

sports box

My neighbor is busy with 3 boys and I gave her my Pickup Sports Soccer Box. It comes with all your child needs to attend the virtual class with his/her coach and more. There are basic branded balls, markers, cones, a scarf, stickers, whistle (if you dare), playbooks, pump and more. Once your box arrives head to the website, choose your sport and fill out a short form to get your child connected to virtual coaching classes.

learn soccer

Foe soccer, the classes are Mondays. Each session is 4 weeks long at one 15-25 minute class a week. The lessons are short enough to keep your child’s attention. Then they spend the week practicing what they learned before next class.

You can even choose sessions best for your child’s age: Starters (ages 3-4), Explorers (ages 4-5) and Ballers (ages 5-7). The bracket you choose depends on the time you will sign in to class.

soccer lessons for kids

More than just soccer, you can choose to have virtual coaching from the following sports for your child:

  • Intro to Tennis
  • Intro to Basketball
  • Intro to Soccer
  • Intro to Baseball/Softball
  • Intro to Flag Football
  • Intro to Volleyball
  • Motor Control, Ball Control Skills for Kids
  • Adaptive Fitness FUNdamentals (for kids with physical limitations)
family sports

This unique product is a great way for parents to teach kids how to play, improve their physical literacy, and just get outdoors and have fun! My neighbor said it was easy enough for the 3 year old to follow along too with big brother. The entire family will have fun exploring the box and playing outdoors. Buy your Pickup Sports box today to get started with virtual coaching of your favorite sport!

Coronovirus 2020, Education, Kids, Parenting, School, Summer, Tips and Tricks

5 Tips to Help Kids Overcome the COVID Learning Slump this Summer

5 Tips to Help Kids Overcome the COVID Learning Slump this Summer

I won’t forget the date, it was March 13 (Friday the 13th) when they announced that school will be closing due to Governor’s orders for at least 2 weeks and that we don’t know when they will re-open. Here it is July and they never went back. There was a spontaneous online learning set up, but they were not being graded so many kids struggled to stay motivated. It was a COVID learning slump. It looks like a mix of classroom and home learning again next year so this time it counts and they need to be ready to learn in a new way!

Many students lost much of the academic skills and knowledge they’d gained throughout the school year before the pandemic changed life as we knew it. The fact is, learning loss due to coronavirus school closures, dubbed the ‘COVID Slump’ by experts, is becoming a common phenomenon for many students across the nation– and one that’s actually preventable if the right measures are taken.

Consider this: About 84% of U.S. parents are worried that this COVID learning slump changed their child’s education schedule and routine and negatively impacted their learning, and 61% are worried their child’s college and career prospects will be negatively impacted, according to a recent Brainly survey of 1,600 moms and dads.

So how can parents prevent their children from backsliding during school closures?  Eric Oldfield, Chief Business Officer of Brainly, the world’s largest online learning community, and father of two school-age daughters, is well aware of the risks of two months out of the classroom can have on students, and he has tips aimed at combating it. 

Here are Oldfield’s 5 tips to help prevent COVID learning slump

1. CREATE HAND-BUILT PROJECTS. With all the screen time kids are getting from online learning (not to mention their non-educational screen time), sometimes the best thing you can do to get kids flexing their brain muscles is to have them physically design and create something with their own two hands like a 3D puzzle, creative board game, pop-up storybook, or time capsule, to name a few examples. 

2. TAKE UP AN EDUCATIONAL HOBBY. Now is the perfect opportunity for students to take up a new hobby. Learning a musical instrument, taking a coding class, or joining an online trivia league can help students of any age stay sharp through the pandemic days to help avoid the COVID slump.  

3. MOVE THE LEARNING OUTDOORS. It may seem basic, but a little sunshine and fresh air are excellent for everyone’s mental health and can help bored students reinvigorate their learning by helping them escape the monotony of their home learning space. Physical activity can also help memory recall and increases mental dexterity. Try passing around a soccer ball in the backyard while learning the state capitals, or playing hopscotch while reciting new vocab terms.  

4. ENROLL THEM IN AN ONLINE EDUCATIONAL COURSE. Think of it as a virtual summer camp. But before you blindly sign up for some online program, look for some specialized programs designed to keep children learning with engaging activities and personalized instruction, and take advantage of these slower months boost problem areas.

5. ENCOURAGE THEM TO KEEP THEIR CURIOSITY PIQUED. Even inquisitive children can use some coaxing to keep learning over the summer. There are many services, like Brainly, where children can ask questions, learn new things, and keep stimulated to prevent the COVID slump.

Regardless of what you choose, staying mentally active during school closures (and throughout summer) can give your child a leg up come September. For more information and ideas on how to prevent the COVID learning Slump, visit www.brainly.com

Healthy Living, Summer

Bug Bite Thing Suction Tool is a Chemical Free Option

Bug Bite Thing

Tis the season for bug bites and bee stings! It comes along with camping trips, lake swimming, outdoor BBQ’s. When you have had a good bite it swells, itches and is even painful for days. The best way to reduce symptoms is to catch the bite right away so you can tend to it before the swelling an d stinging occurs. Bug Bite Thing is a suction tool you use as soon as you recognize you have been bit or stung.

chemical free bee sting relief

You simply hold it over the bug bite or sting area and pull up to create a suction you will hold for 10-20 seconds then push down to release suction.

This painlessly and effectively extracts insect saliva/venom from under the skin so that you don’t react to it and get the pain and swelling as fierce. It is reusable and safe to use on all ages.

bug bite tool

How easy is that? No chemicals, no greasy or smelly creams and it works for Mosquitoes – Bees – Wasps – Ants – Biting Flies – Splinters & More! If you flip the cap you get a smaller surface to treat places like finger tips and toes. Plus you can even use this to bring splinters closer to the surface for easier removal. The suction handle is also a sting scraper. Make sure you wash the cap as that is where saliva and venom collects when you suction. You can find The Bug Bite Thing online by visiting their website as well as on Amazon.

Also see this Bug Bite Identification article.