Sunday, November 30, 2014

American Girl Books for History Homeschool

American Girl's BeForever line of historical dolls, books, and related accessories. (Photo: Business Wire)

If your child is learning about American History and enjoys American Girl Dolls you may want to check out their Historical Fiction series.  I would recommend these books especially if you are homeschooling since there are so many activities that you can expand on from the books. Classical Conversations has a list of different periods of history corresponding with the different dolls and books for each week of learning!

We are working on Samantha (1904). Visit here to check out all of the books and even play games with the American Girl dolls.

Here are some listed below: 

Kaya, 1764

Felicity Merriman, 1774

Caroline Abbott, 1812

Josefina Montoya, 1824

Marie-Grace Gardner, 1853

Kirsten Larson, 1854

Addy Walker, 1864

Samantha Parkington, 1904

Kit Kittredge, 1934

Molly McIntire, 1944

*disclaimer: Mom's Best Bets received a "Be Forever" book to aid with this review

Art Class for Kids in Hawaii

I made this quick collage on my iphone while waiting for my daughter in her art class. It's hard not to be inspired with this kind of beauty all around you! 
There are many art classes for children all over the island of Oahu.  Three classes that I recommend are:
Hawaii Academy of Art, Kroc Center, and Adventures in Art.  

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Summer activities outside for kids

outdoor gamesPlaying outdoors can be fun for the whole family.  While I love when children get to use their creativity and imagination independently, it's also fun to plan these easy 15 DIY outdoor games formulated by Kids Activities Blog

Play a backyard-sized version of memory with these DIY Lawn Memory Cards from Studio DIY.
Balloon Darts are made even cooler with an artsy twist by My Good Morning.
Use sidewalk chalk to create a Giant Checkers Board.
Outdoor Twister is sure to incite giggles, get the DIY details at Just Us Girls.
This simple Frisbee Tic Tac Toe by A Turtle’s Life for Me looks like a blast!
Giant Dominos by One Dog Woof on SYTYC are a great way to practice math skills AND enjoy to great outdoors.
This easy to make Giant Kerplunk from Design Dazzle promises hours of fun.
What’s more fun than pick up sticks?  Giant Pick-Up Sticks from I Heart Nap Time!
I can’t to make my family a Giant Jenga set like this one from A Beautiful Mess.
No room for horseshoes?  Try playing Washers by ECAB instead!
15 Outdoor Games
This DIY Ball and Cup Game can be played alone or together.
Everything is more fun in the dark, Flashlight Games are sure to make your kid’s summer.
These Water Balloon Games by Pars Caeli are a must on the hottest of days.
Bike Games are a great way to enjoy a summer evening.
Build your own Cornhole Set for some good old-fashioned family fun.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Sun Care Tips and Whole Foods Sale

It's so important to take care of your skin, especially in the summer! Living in Hawaii means that we are always in the sun, so having an ample supply of sunscreen on hand helps to protect my family from dangerous sunburns.  Because we are always applying sunscreen I want it to be chemical free and as natural as possible.
Badger SPF 30 Baby Sunscreen Cream - 2.9oz
What's my favorite brand? Badger Baby Sunscreen found at Whole Foods.  Whole Foods Market has natural skin care products on sale this weekend!  

Some Awesome Sun Tips:


This is an easy one. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that everyone wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, being in the sun too much can cause sunburn, freckles, skin texture changes, rashes and dilated blood vessels. Exposure also increases the risk of skin cancer and is the cause of 90% of wrinkles.
Here's how it works: If you are using a sunscreen with an SPF of 15, and it usually takes you 15 minutes to get a sunburn, all you have to do is multiply the two numbers together to figure out about how long your sunscreen should last. In this case, it would be 225 minutes, or 3 hours and 45 minutes.

While that seems easy enough, the formula doesn't necessarily hold true when you're dealing with SPF numbers that are higher than 30. And, unfortunately, there are numerous other factors -- including humidity, sweating and contact with water -- that can change that number by decreasing the overall effectiveness of sunscreen. So if you're planning on going swimming or doing any other sort of strenuous activity, you'll need to reapply often for your sunblock to be of much use.


Chemical sunscreens protect skin by absorbing the sun's rays and they do this by actually seeping deep within the skin. Some of the chemical sunscreen active ingredients have been shown to have endocrine disruption activity. Last up, most chemical sunscreens do not provide broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB.

Physical sunscreen utilizes zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as active ingredients. Physical sunscreens sit on top of skin and physically block the sun's rays, like a mirror. A great benefit is that they work immediately and do not seep into the skin. Zinc oxide is protective against UVA and UVB rays, unlike most chemical sunscreens.

Recently, nano-sized physical sunscreens have been developed which apply smoothly on the skin, but there could be concerns with this new technology. Nano-particles are basically very, very small particles of a particular substance and this could be problematic if nano-particles were to cross the skin barrier and get into the tissues of the body. The use of these ingredients is relatively new and long-term effects are unknown. Labeling is not required, so the only way to know for sure whether a particular mineral-based ingredient is nano-sized is to ask the manufacturer.

Whole Foods Market Premium Body Care prohibits chemical sunscreen active ingredients and are carefully screened for particle size. So even though these non-nano, physical sunscreens may apply with a slightly white film, you will be assured that these products do not contain chemical sunscreens or nano-particles.

In addition to applying sunscreen, wearing protective clothing and hats is helpful. Also, an adequate antioxidant and omega-3 fatty acid intake in the diet can also be protective to the skin. For post-sun soothing, nurture your skin by choosing products with nutrient-rich ingredients:
Green Tea, Soy, Milk Thistle, Shea Butter, Sea Buckthorn & Carrot Oil.
Visit the Whole Body Department in your local Whole Foods Market store to get more expert tips and product suggestions.

Stop by your local Whole Foods Market on May 23-26th where you can find 30% off on their safe sunscreen during their Sun Care 4 Day Sale! 

Also, don't forget to check out their scrubs and moisture lotions for glowing and radiant skin this summer!

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for Whole Foods Market.

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