Valentine's Day is the best excuse to take a break from the kids and spend some quality time with your spouse. If you're looking for gift ideas for her or him (or even your littlest Valentine), check out some of my finds below as seen on KTLA Morning News this morning!
First up I have a gorgeous chemise and robe by Triumph of Europe. There are many moms, myself included, who admittedly wear sweatpants and a t-shirt to sleep and while that’s comfy, nothing makes a woman feel more beautiful than a luxurious chemise and robe. It’s the perfect classy, yet flirtatious, Valentine’s Day gift that will make a mom feel lavish. Triumph offers a beautiful selection of intimate apparel for every woman – all shapes, sizes and ages – for any occasion from day to evening, even working out. They are best known for their gorgeous designs and amazing bra fit, so be sure to check out everything Triumph has to offer!
First up I have the perfect keepsake Valentine’s Day gift for the expecting mom or dad. Hearing your baby’s heartbeat is an unforgettable moment and now you can give the gift of hearing it over and over. These baby heartbeat stuffed animals allow you to record and store the sound of your unborn baby’s heartbeat in these plush stuffed animals. Simply record the sound on the cute heart-shaped recorder found inside the plush animal. There are several animals to choose from and even cute accessories like this Valentine’s Day bow tie and tutu. Buy it online or you can find it at many 3D ultrasound offices.
This iconic oceanfront resort is the ultimate Valentine’s Day escape. Start the day with some sparkling wine and a luxurious duet couples massage at their world-class spa or enjoy it on the rooftop terrace with breathtaking ocean views. End the day with a romantic dinner overlooking the ocean at their Angel Oak restaurant and indulge in their five-course Valentine’s Day menu featuring lobster tortellini and butter-poached king crab and choose a bottle of wine from their collection of 12,000. It’s the ideal setting for parents to getaway and rekindle their romance.
Before you head out on your V-Day getaway, why not gift your Valentine with some stylish new luggage! These are beautiful his & hers suitcases that will last a lifetime because Briggs & Riley is the only luggage brand to offer a lifetime performance guarantee on all bags. The model here today is called Transcend VX and it’s the world’s first zipperless expandable luggage that enables you to customize the capacity of the suitcase. It offers up to 2.5 inches of extra packing space – perfect for bringing home souvenirs! Best of all, from now through the end of the month, Briggs & Riley is hosting a charity luggage trade-in program called A Case for Giving. Simply take your gently used rolling luggage to participating retailers in LA and you’ll get a $100 credit if it’s a Briggs & Riley suitcase or a $50 credit if it’s another brand. Used luggage will be donated to someone in need from one of their 100+ participating charity partners.
Before you crack open that bottle of wine on Valentine’s Day, you need to know about the Ullo wine purifier. Ullo is a revolutionary wine purifier that filters out sulfites to restore wine to its natural taste. Sulfites are artificial preservatives that are added to virtually all wines to prevent oxidation and bacterial spoilage. But sulfites are no longer needed once the bottle is opened and they also happen to be a common allergen. An estimated 3 million Americans are sensitive to sulfites resulting in allergic reactions or respiratory problems. Thanks to Ullo, you can enjoy wine the way you would if you were right at the vineyard. Some people even say removing sulfites can help to prevent a hangover the next day, and that’s something all parents would love!
Zelda Matilda, the must-have accessories for children, is a chic yet affordable line for children for newborns and up. Their designs include a variety of trendy and comfortable hair accessories, bandana bibs, wash cloths and pacifier clips. Zelda Matilda rethinks the way moms buy accessories. The women behind the brand are a community of moms, who believe every mom should be able to experience the joy of accessorizing. Zelda Matilda allows you to have a choice of color and style for every outfit, every mood, every day.
You guys. I'm kind of, a little bit, really freaking out. My baby starts preschool next week! I can't believe how quickly time has flown by. Lucy is a little over 2 years old so it's not a full time preschool yet. She will be going 2 days a week for 3 hours a day, so it's kind of like a pre-preschool. I'm so excited for all the amazing experiences she will have, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't nervous about dropping her off and leaving. My heart says she'll do great, so I'll go with that!
I've been going over all the paperwork from her school to get ready for her big day. One of the main requests from the school is to label everything. Clothes, socks, shoes, backpacks, lunchbox, water bottle... Basically if it's coming to school, it needs to be labeled with her name. That's why I am so glad I found Stuck on You! They make the most adorable personalized backpacks, bento-style lunch boxes, labels and more.
I ordered Lucy her own personalized backpack with the cutest little song bird decal.
I also couldn't resist the unicorn bento box! How stinkin' adorable is this? I also love that they label each section to remind me to pack a variety food groups.
Lastly, I got Lucy a ton of name labels. Stuck On You has a great value pack that comes with every label type you might need from stick-on clothing labels and iron-ons to shoe labels.
BUT WAIT! There's more. I just saw on their website that they launched a new clothing name STAMP! I wish I knew about the stamp before I placed my order because WHOA this is a game changer! The convenience of being able to stamp her clothing on our way out the door is everything.
Time for me to get labeling! And wish me luck for my daughter's first day. I think I may shed more tears than she will LOL.
We are well into the first month of 2018 and whatever your resolutions are for the year, I hope you're succeeding! One of the most popular resolutions among families is to live a healthier life. That's why I went on KTLA this morning to share some of my favorite products to jumpstart a healthy lifestyle for the whole family.
Watch the segment by clicking HERE and learn more about the products by reading below!
Nanobébé Newborn Gift Set
Nanobébé is the first bottle that actually preserves breastmilk's nutrients by preventing it from overheating. Breastmilk warmed in standard bottles is routinely overheated, which kills many of the vital nutrients baby needs from breastmilk. Nanobébé solves that problem to ensure baby is getting the healthiest breastmilk possible. Nanobebe is just launching this month and has already won global innovation awards. It heats evenly and safely 2x faster than a standard bottle. Today I have their Newborn Gift Set on display but the bottles are also available individually. The gift set comes with everything a newborn could need and it’s sure to be a hot baby registry item this year.
Studio SWEAT onDEMAND
If you want a healthy family, the key is exercise! As a busy mom, finding time to exercise is more challenging than an intense workout itself. That's why I love Studio SWEAT onDEMAND. SSoD provides an in-studio experience unparalleled by other fitness apps and offers the flexibility of completing classes anywhere, any time. Now, I can get my workouts in while my daughter naps or, sometimes she gets in on the fun and does the exercise moves alongside me! Not only am I demonstrating healthy habits, but I'm also getting her moving too. What I love best about SSoD is that the videos are filmed during real classes at Studio SWEAT in San Diego featuring real people, not fitness models, so it feels like I'm actually part of a class rather than just following another exercise video. The classes require little to no equipment and an unlimited membership costs a fraction of what most gyms charge.
Oral Essentials Clean & Fresh Mouthwash
There hasn’t been much advancement in the mouthwash industry over the years. They all seem to have the same artificial blue or green color and burn the inside of the mouth so badly that most of us can’t even last a full 2 minutes of swishing. The burning is from the harsh amount of alcohol in mouthwash, which is actually terrible for your mouth because it kills all the good bacteria that keep your mouth healthy. This year, switch the whole family to Oral Essentials Clean & Fresh Mouthwash. It’s the only mouthwash made from natural ingredients like salt and aloe to clean teeth, freshen breath and keep gums healthy. It’s clinically tested, non-toxic, enamel-friendly, and safe for everyone in the family.
Eating a plant-based diet was a huge food trend in 2017 and it’s only gaining more momentum this year. Many families are trying to incorporate more plant-based meals into their diets, but there haven’t been any plant-based, protein-rich baby and toddler foods on the market until now. Sprout Foods has just released a new line of plant-based purees and snacks chock full of protein. Sprout Foods is the first company to introduce a complete line of plant powered purees and snacks using vegetable-based proteins from organic chickpeas, lentils and beans. Best of all, Sprout’s convenient, mess-free, environmental-friendly packaging makes it easy to give my daughter healthy foods on-the-go.
For all the mamas out there who made it their New Year’s resolution to be more active, you need to get your hands on Avocado Athleisure. Avocado specializes in seamless apparel and their leggings never pinch or pull. They are so comfortable, they feel like a second skin! The leggings offer a 4-way stretch with the ability to conform to all shapes and sizes and truly move with you, something every mom needs. I especially love Avocado for the post-partum moms out there since they are so stretchy and will fit as your body changes. I even know some pregnant mamas who love wearing them! Avocado is the perfect athleisure to wear every day for low-impact workouts like yoga, walking, or just chasing the kids around! Best of all, they are hand-dyed and made with love right here in Los Angeles.
It's Christmas Eve! This holiday season sure has flown by. I've been busy scoping out what's on everyone's holiday wish lists this year and I went on CBS LA this morning to show off some of the top holiday gifts that moms, dads, and kids are hoping to find under their tree tomorrow morning. I'll post the segment link soon, but for now check out the products I featured below. Happy Holidays!
Biba M Strollers
First up I have an item that’s on the wish list of every expecting millennial parent out there: A practical, affordable, high-quality stroller. Biba meets all those criteria and more. The Biba M stroller grows with baby and can be use from infancy with their car seat adapters, all the way up to 33 lbs. It’s lightweight, folds with one hand, and is compact and space saving. It’s available in a single for $199 or a double for $299. Finally there’s a stylish stroller that’ll last through toddlerhood and won’t break the bank!
Artistry by Amway Ultimate 10-Minute Facial Indulge
One of the top gifts on my wish list this year is to be pampered and I love a spa day but it’s not always possible, so I love the idea of being able to be pampered from the comfort my own home. The Artistry Ultimate 10-Minute Facial Indulge is the perfect way to give mom a professional-grade facial without having to step foot outside her house. The luxurious skincare experience begins with a creamy foam cleanser, followed by a renewing peel, and ends with their incredible regenerating cream. In just minutes, this facial will help turn back the clock and regenerate the skin’s youthful appearance.
If a baby could make a holiday wish list, Go Shins would be on it. Go Shins are new soft rubber sock shoes for babies and toddlers. They are great for every stage from crawlers to toddlers. When baby first starts to crawl, they protect their feet and delicate toes. Then, when baby starts to walk, they provide protection and slip resistance for a more stable stride. Once you have a toddler, they are awesome for playzones and daycares that don’t allow shoes and they keep your child’s feet free from bacteria. They’re machine washable and are made from non-toxic virgin rubber foam that is super lightweight, squishy and flexible. Both babies and parents love these!
After the kids tear through all their presents, they can’t wait to get to the stocking. One of the hottest stocking stuffers this year is from Cubd COLLECTIBLES. These 3D mini cloud pillows look just like your favorite characters in a cute, cube-shaped pillow. They’re super soft and stretchy and they are totally giving me flashbacks to the days when I would collect beanie babies! There are tons of characters to choose from including Elsa and Olaf, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, The Avengers and more. Best of all, they cost less than three bucks at Walmart so you can stock up on all the kids favorites.
Available at Walmart stores
We can’t forget about stocking stuffers for mom and dad too! As busy parents, my husband and I are always looking for on-the-go healthy snacks and meal-alternatives so I am really glad I discovered ONE Brands protein bars. I eat a ONE bar at least once a day when I’m running out the door. ONE Brands makes bars that don’t taste like your traditional protein bar and they come in tons of delicious flavors like Birthday Cake, Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake, Maple Glazed Donut and more. They have 20g of protein and one 1 gram of sugar, so I can feel good about grabbing one of these to satisfy my sweets cravings. And you better believe I’m stuffing my own stocking and my husbands’ full of these!
Crate Creatures Surprise
Next up I have a brand new toy that kids are clamoring for: Crate Creatures Surprise. Kids love that they get to use the included crowbar to break out their mystery creature and find out what special feature it has. Some creatures vibrate or scream, some have glowing eyes. Kids can also feed them their favorite food and hear them chomp away or pull their tongue for some silly monster noises. You can even record and yak back phrases with your creature. It’s a must-have toy that every kid will love getting silly with.
Lynx Sonoma Smoker
Lastly, I had to feature the gift that’s on my husband’s wish list this year. The Lynx Sonoma Smoker. Not only is he obsessed with smoking meats, he’s also really into cool tech products and the Lynx Sonoma Smoker marries the two for the ultimate dad-gift. The Lynx Smoker comes Wi-FI and app enabled so users can monitor the smoking action via the Sonoma Smoker app and thermal meat probe. Best of all, the Sonoma Smoker is super easy to use. Whether dad is a beginner or a barbecue master, smoking meat has never been more easy and flavorful. They also offer tons of other products from grills to pizza ovens and more.
The holiday season is here and if you haven't started your holiday shopping already, it's time to get moving! Check out some of my favorite holiday gift ideas of the season as seen on KTLA this morning. Watch the segment by clicking HEREand check out more info on the products I featured below.
BOXFOX Holiday Boxes
BOXFOX is my favorite new way to gift give this year and they are totally reinventing the gift box industry. BOXFOX offers beautiful, handcrafted gift boxes full of items your friends and family will actually want and use. They have pre-curated boxes for both men and women or you can build your very own customized box online or by visiting their store at the Century City Mall. The deadline to order online for Christmas delivery is 5pm on December 18th. Each BOXFOX is hand-packed and comes with a handwritten note for that extra special touch. BOXFOX makes it easy to choose thoughtful gifts for everyone on your list and for every budget.
Artistry Intensive Skincare 14-Night Restore Program
This powerful kit comes with everything mom needs to boost skin’s natural ability to repair the signs of damage and restore skin. It's essentially an at-home alternative to a photo-facial for a fraction of the price. Best of all, it only takes 14 days! That's a regimen any mom can stick to. Skin emerges smoother, glowing, more hydrated, and more toned – which is essential especially in the drying winter months. It restores brightness and improves skin clarity by a whopping 261%. 99% of users said they saw improvement in the appearance of fine lines and 98% saw improved hydration.
CharMinis Deluxe Jewelry Studio
Next up I have a toy that every crafty kid is going to love. CharMinis by RoseArt is a brand new mini charm maker. Through the magic of water-activated fusing materials, CharMinis Deluxe Jewelry Studio lets kids create their own adorable mini charms to wear and share with friends. With themes like "sweet treats" (cakes, pies, and ice cream cones) and "fashion icons" (hearts, stars, and bows), each kit comes with hundreds of options to make colorful, sparkly tiny charms. Kids select the charm pieces they want to combine, fuse them together with water, then stack and watch as they magically stick together. A fun Glitterizer globe allows girls to add sparkle and gloss. Once the charms are made, they can be added to bracelets and necklaces (parts included) or display on the included stand.
People Blocks are magnetic building blocks for kids 1 and up. Think of them like a supercharged lego set. Before tiny hands can build and connect legos, these blocks stick together magnetically for easy building. As soon as babies start clapping objects together, People Blocks can be introduced. They will feel the power of the magnets and develop problem-solving skills. Little ones will be able to go from basic color sorting and stacking at the age of 1 and then be able to build anything they can imagine as they get older. There are several different varieties and today I have their Zoo Animals collection. It's perfect for travel, cleans up easy, and inspires creative play that's fun for kids and parents alike.
Denon AH-C160W Bluetooth Headphones
Last up I have some wireless headphones from Denon that are perfect for active dads or moms. Wireless headphones are one of the hottest gifts of the holiday season and Denon has one of the best. These were built for comfort, durability and superb sound. Plus, the convenience of wire-free Bluetooth connection to your phone or music player means you never have to worry about dangling cords during your workout. The sleek design uses Earhook technology that was developed with a leading hearing aid specialist to ensure the earpieces stay in place, even while running or during heavy workouts. They are super durable thanks to the mechanical structure and are coated with Nanofics technology for superior sweat resistance. They even come with three ring sizes to make sure you get the best possible fit.
I had the pleasure of attending the ABC Expo last week to get the scoop on the latest baby and kids products. There were so many brilliant products, it was hard to choose my favorites! I narrowed down my 5 favorite new products and shared them on KTLA this morning. Check them out below!
About ABC Expo: The ABC Kids Expo is a private trade show for the juvenile products industry and is not open to the general public. It is the premier juvenile products specialty show in the world, with over 900 exhibitors utilizing 3000 booths.
The CDC recently released guidelines for washing infant feeding supplies and breast pump equipment which states that these items should never be placed directly in any sink when being cleaned because of the risk of a contaminated sink basin. Thankfully, a physician's assistant and mom of 3 invented the SINKBOSS to make your life easier and more sanitary. SINKBOSS is a portable, space-saving solution for washing and drying baby bottles, pacifiers, breast pump parts and more when you're on-the-go. The inventor came up with the idea when she realized how unsanitary it was to wash her baby's bottles in a hotel room sink and dry them on the counter. SINKBOSS can be used anywhere, hotels, offices, campgrounds and of course, at home. The hook and strap system allows you to hang the SINKBOSS from various overhead and adjacent structures, like a hotel room towel rack. But SINKBOSS isn't just for baby items! It's great for nursing moms to use at work or anywhere you need to wash while on-the-go. Plus, SINKBOSS is offering free shipping!
Every parent knows the literal pain of lugging a heavy infant car seat. The position of the car seat handle is awkward and not a natural way for our arms to carry heavy objects. A study found that nearly half of all parents have experienced shoulder, back or neck pain as a result of carrying a car seat. That's why a clever dad has invented LugBug. LugBug is a sturdy, reliable and easy-to-use handle that attaches to almost any infant car seat to prevent strain-related injuries on parents. It's a comfortable attachment for any baby carrier that eases tension on the wrist, forearm, and shoulder. The handle promotes a neutral wrist position that increases grip stability and decrease lifting effort.
Before BabyDoppler, the only way to listen to your unborn baby's heartbeat was at a doctor's office or purchase your own fetal doppler costing hundreds of dollars. After a mom of 4 went through a scary pregnancy experience, she set out to give all pregnant moms some peace of mind by creating a company that provides fetal dopplers for a fraction of the price. Starting at just around $40, moms can listen to their baby's heartbeat in the comfort of their own home. BabyDoppler is the #1 retailer of fetal dopplers and they offer tons of other products for babies and pregnancy. They also has a great blog to educate consumers about all aspects of pregnancy.
When I saw the Baby Banana booth at the ABC Expo, I knew I had to talk about them today. The Baby Banana Toothbrush is one of the most identifiable baby products on the market and like millions of other babies, my daughter was obsessed with it. Everyone I trust from my pediatrician to reputable baby educators recommended the baby banana infant toothbrush because it soothes gums while also keeping teeth and gums healthy. Plus, the design ensures it's not a choking hazard! Once I got chatting with the folks at Baby Banana, they gave me sneak peek at their next product to be released next year -- Smoothie Soothers. These lightweight, easy-to-grasp teethers feature stimulating textures to soothe sore teeth and gums.
$8.95 & $13.95, www.baby-banana.com
This is another one of those ingenious baby products I wish I came up with. Snacks are a must to keep my daughter happy in the car, but the mess it creates can be a real headache. I've tried bags and snack cups, but they always seem to fall, spill or be dropped where she can't reach it while I am driving. Travel Tray solves this problem! It's a portable tray that you place inside the car seat's cupholder to keep snacks handy and mess free. It holds a bottle or cup and features a tray to put food or snacks on so that a parent can stay focused on the road.
I'm always looking for fun activities that my daughter and I (or her dad) can do together in the comfort of our own home. That's why I went on CBS LA's KCAL9 to give some fun ideas for parents of kids of all ages to do together! Whether you have babies or teens, finding time for bonding activities is important for their development.
Drones have taken the world by storm the last few years and kids are now getting in on the fun. HobbyTron is America's largest online retailer of drones and they have tons of options that are perfect for parents and kids to fly together. Teens will love flying around the Mini Orion or the Striker and seeing the live feed or taking videos. And the younger kids will love this Jetpack Spiderman drone. Check out everything Hobby Tron has to offer. They have a huge selection of RC cars, helicopters, boats and more.
Little Tikes is a world-leading toy brand and they’re all about imaginative play for kids of all ages. I have their Waffle Blocks here today and they make it easy for little hands to build big and with the help of mom or dad, kids can build anything their hearts desire! These creatures I have here today were built using the 100 piece set. But there’s tons of things that can be built. From steam trains, school buses and fire trucks. You can create in 3D or stack them wide or tall. The Waffle Blocks bags double as storage for easy clean up.www.littletikes.com
Monoprice Select Mini V2
Next up I have the Monoprice Select Mini V2. It’s the world's #1 selling 3D printer and for good reason. It's one of the only 3D printers that comes ready to print right out of the box and costs a fraction of the price of other 3D printers on the market. It's super easy to use, making it a great activity for parents and kids to do together. Kids can let their imaginations run wild and create all sorts of 3D objects with the help of mom or dad. It's a great way to give children the confidence to explore new technologies and develop a love for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).
Studies have shown that cooking with real food is better for a child's development than using play food and a play kitchen. That's why I love Real Cooking Kids' Princess Cakes. These are real cakes that kids and parents can make together in a real kitchen and oven. You simply take the mix and combine it with your own eggs, milk and butter, bake the cake, and then decorate it using all the ingredients and tools that come with the kit. It gives you step by step instructions so it's super easy whether you have baking experience or not. Plus, they taste great and look professional!
It's also great to get the kids involved in cooking their meals to encourage healthy eating. My daughter loves to help me cook pasta and it's an easy meal to prepare. To make her pasta more nutritious, I use lentil pasta and toss it in Bertolli olive oil and parmesan. Bertolli is the number one olive oil brand in the world and has several varieties. Not only does olive oil add rich flavor, but it's also packed with nutrients like Vitamin E, antioxidants, and healthy fats which are important for my toddler to get since she can be a finicky eater. Bertolli olive oil is organic, which I like, and can be used in a number of recipes from meats, dips, pastas and vegetables. Find it at your local Vons or Albertsons.
Let’s end with talking about newborns! They can’t do a whole lot in those first ew months but it’s a crucial time for bonding and a great way to do that is by having them sleep in a co-sleeper next to your bed. The Arm's Reach Co-Sleeper Versatile Bassinet has adjustable heights and accommodates all types and heights of beds to keep your baby close and safe. You can actually position the sleeping nest so that it rests on top of your mattress or alongside your bed, which makes it much easier for breastfeeding, bonding and nighttime comforting. The Sleeping Nest is lightweight and has wheels so you can easily move it between mom's side of the bed and dad's.
Now that my daughter is approaching 2, she wants to do everything herself. Even though she has her own play kitchen, nothing beats cooking with me and my husband in our real kitchen. That's why I went on KTLA to talk about some of my favorite products that we use in the kitchen with our daughter to get her excited about kid-friendly cooking!
Real Cooking Kids Princess Cakes
Baking with your kids is so much fun, but it can be a mess and a lot of work! Real Cooking Kids Princess Cakes makes it super simple to bake professional-looking and tasting princess cakes right at home! Unlike other kid's baking sets on the market, Princess Cakes uses real ingredients that you combine with your own fresh eggs, butter and milk before baking them in your own real oven. The easy-to-use utensils and instructions make both baking and decorating a cinch!
Kids love fizzy drinks but soda and juice drinks are loaded with sugar and unhealthy ingredients. Get the kids excited about a healthier option by encouraging them to make their own fizzy drinks using Crystal Geyser Sparkling Water. The company is celebrating their 40th anniversary this year and in celebration we have a Ruby Red Pomegranate Spritzer that kids will love making. It's made with Crystal Geyser Orange Sparkling mineral water, a splash of pomegranate juice, a handful of pomegranate seeds and ice. You can even set up a fun sparkling water station with fruit and garnishes and let kids go to town
Handstand Kitchen offers the perfect products for kids to learn to love food through a real, hands-on cooking experience. Handstand Kitchen provides children their own domain in the kitchen that empowers them to eat healthy and delicious foods. From baking sets to aprons, cookbooks and pizza-making kits, Handstand Kitchen has everything a family needs to get the kids excited about real cooking.
I'm always looking for creative, fresh snacks that my daughter will love and SunButter has some great ideas. Today I made their recipes for apple sandwiches and pretzel bites that are super easy and tasty. These are great for the whole family and specifically great for kids' lunches since SunButter is nut-free and school-safe. Plus, SunButter contains just as much protein and more micro nutrients than traditional nut butters and contain less saturated fat. I love how easy these recipes are too. Even my 2 year old can help me make them!
My favorite place to take a quick weekend getaway is The Parker Palm Springs. It’s just a short 2 hour drive but you really feel transported thanks to their lush 13-acre estate. There are tons of activities for the whole family. There’s 3 swimming pools, four tennis courts, giant chess, croquet, table tennis, everywhere you turn there’s something new to do. A great hack when visiting The Parker is to book their Spa Junkie package. For an extra $50, you get $250 to spend on spa treatments. My husband and I always take advantage of it and it’s a great deal.
When traveling with my family, I like to pack small products that pull double duty. This tiny Macaron for Hair is a hairbrush that packs a lot of power. It detangles, adds shine, and reduces flyaways. Plus, it works on all hair types and works wonders on tangles so you can use it on the whole family. It also has a mirror so you can primp on the go.
I always try to pack toiletries that my whole family can use to save luggage space. One of my favorite kits is the Fairy Tales Sun & Swim Hair Care Kit, especially when we’re spending a lot of time at the pool or beach. It comes with a Clarifying Shampoo, Lemonaid conditioner, and Coco Cabana Sun Spray to restore hair after swimming. They’re made from natural citrus extracts, coconut oil and banana leaf and are allergen-free. All products are safe for color treated hair, so mom can use it too!
Right now I have at least 4 different kinds of wipes in my bag. Baby wipes, sanitizing wipes, makeup wipes… When I travel though, I like to pack the Jet Set Kit from Savvy Travelers because it comes with all the wipes you might need in convenient travel sizes. They are especially useful in those situations where you may not have access to water for rinsing. Plus, they are biodegradable and natural so you can feel good about using them.
I always travel with a monitor to keep my daughter within earshot while she’s sleeping. But my main monitor is a pain to pack, it’s bulky and unnecessary now that Beaba has just released their MiniCall Audio Monitor. It’s tiny, weighs nothing and has a really long range – 1000 feet. So that means you can get some sun on your patio while your child naps and stil be able to hear them. Plus, it’s shock and water resistant so it’s way more durable than most monitors.
Next I have kids shoes from VIVOBAREFOOT. These are great shoes to take on vacation because they’ll withstand any adventure. Here’s the hack with these shoes: They feature soles that are 5x more puncture resistant than regular soles, but they are ultra-thin so kids can actually feel the ground they’re walking on as if they were barefoot, and that’s really important for healthy foot development. Plus, they’re super lightweight. The Ultra Kids are great for water activities and the Mini Primus for all their dry adventures.
Flying with babies and toddlers can give even the calmest parents anxiety. I just flew across the country with my almost 2 year old and thankfully I found the Jet Kids BedBox before we left. It’s a carry-on sized suitcase that transforms into a bed or leg rest for kids. You simply set it up after take off and it makes for an extremely comfortable flight. My daughter slept for 3 hours and really loved the space to stretch out. All the flight attendants thought it was such an amazing idea.
The summer season might be winding down, but here in Los Angeles we still have months left of beautiful warm weather. Why not celebrate by enjoying the final days of summer with some outdoor water fun! As seen on KTLA Thursday August 16th
We all remember the rush of sliding down a Slip 'N Slide on a hot summer day as kids, which is why I'm so happy the Slip 'N Slide is making a comeback! Wham-O is the original maker of the Slip'n Slide and it's better than ever. We have the original Slip 'N Slide set up here today to give us all some nostalgia, but Wham-O has also come out with several new variations including the Triple Racer where three kids can race each other. It's hours of outdoor fun guaranteed!
Hydro Games from COOP Sports
COOP Sports has turned your favorite land sports like Lacrosse and football and made them water-friendly! These 100% waterproof toys are made from neoprene, the same material used in wetsuits. We also have their super-cool Wake Breaker that kids will love. It's a ball that you skip across the water and goes up to 60 feet!
When we think of summertime and water most of us think of the pool and the beach, but the most important summer water is the kind you put into your body. Waiakea is my favorite bottled water brand not only because it tastes the best, but also because of where it comes from. Waiakea is naturally filtered through porous volcanic rock in Hawaii which makes the water naturally alkaline and full of electrolytes. But all of that doesn't matter if it doesn't taste great and this water is hands down the best.
$23 for 6-pack of one-liter bottles , www.waiakea.com
Mermaid Magic at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach
Could there be a more perfect way to end the summer than with mermaids!? Book a night (or more) at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach to take advantage of Hyatt's Mermaid Magic Hour. Every Sunday at noon, kids can swim with a real mermaid. The 90-minute experience includes swimming instruction from certified “Mermaid,” mermaid tail rental, water games and story time of exciting underwater adventures. Spend the rest of the day at the pool going down waterslides before enjoying s'mores on the beach in the evening. It's the ultimate end-of-summer staycation!
$25 with hotel stay, www.huntingtonbeach.regency.hyatt.com
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