Thursday, August 30, 2012

Family Outdoor Safety News Review

Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL
Aloha Hawaii CBS Morning News (KGMB, KHNL) viewers! Mahalo for watching this morning and stopping by for more information about these products that were featured. Click the link to watch above (see above).
1).  Safety Turtle (safetyturtle.com)


The Safety Turtle Wireless Wristband Alarm is an ingenious combination of wireless signal-outfitted wristband and a wireless base station receiver that sounds an alarm the instant a child falls or ventures into water. The base station can be positioned anywhere between pool/waterside and 200 feet away (depending on model desired). $235

2).  Baby Otter Pool Safety Awareness System (tenminutesforlife.com)
consists of two unique DVDs, an animated one for kids called Swimming Safety Rules for Kids and the other for adults, called "Is Your Child's Life Worth 10 Minutes?: A Visual Pool Owners Guide". The children's video is designed to teach young children the important points of pool safety in an entertaining way, helping them understand and remember as much as possible, while the parents' video uses a step-by-step approach to give parents the right tools to safeguard their children and keep them from becoming a drowning statistic. Included with the DVDs is a companion coloring book, designed to reinforce the content of the children's DVD. $20
3).  Aquajogger Jr (aquajogger.com)

Bridges the gap between kids who need inflatables and effective swimmers.  For children who are almost swimming on their own but not quite.  Worn like a belt and comfortably suspends the child wearing it at shoulder level in deep water allowing her/him to breathe normally and move freely while performing a wide variety of water activities.  $24.95.

4).  ThermaCELL Outdoor Lantern (mosquitorepellent.com)

The ThermaCELL Outdoor Lantern is the best option for keeping mosquitoes and other insects away. The Outdoor Lantern is both a powerful insect repellent device and a powerful outdoor lantern, with both functions being usable separately or together. Providing a 15x15 ft mosquito-free zone, it is 98% effective (tested and used by the Department of Defense and the United States Army), making it the most effective insect repellent device on the market. It is also non-toxic, safe and non-intrusive, being DEET-free, silent, portable and odor free. Retails for $29.99
5).  Flare Down (gratechef.com)

Flare Down is an all-natural, 100% food safe spray that quickly and safely neutralizes outdoor barbecue grill grease flare ups that can burn food or cause injury to people nearby.  Fire experts have always warned that water should never be used on a grease
Fire.  Flare Down is the only product on the market that can stop a grease flare up and keep food from burning without toxic chemicals or ruining the flavor of the food.  For use on any grill, gas or charcoal.  Flare Down is completely non-toxic, does not leave any taste or odor on the food, is FDA-approved and made in the USA.  $5.99

Family Outdoor Gear News Review



Aloha Hawaii KHON 2 Morning News viewers! Mahalo for watching this morning and stopping by for more information about these educational products that were featured. Click the link to watch(coming soon).

1.) Pediped (www.pediped.com) Pediped's Fall/Winter 2012 Collection has an innovative line of athletic shoes featuring Ultra Light Technology™, a collection of waterproof cold weather boots and more than 80 new design offerings. 

Engineered for comfort and built for speed, pediped's new line of athletic footwear has an ultra lightweight of just five ounces, flex grooves for maximum flexibility and are machine washable. The new line of waterproof cold weather boots, created as a result of customer demand, have a temperature rating of -20 degrees, self-cleaning soles and a waterproof exterior.

$49.99

2).  Flare Down (gratechef.com)

FDA approved food safe spray made from natural ingredients that neutralizes outdoor barbecue grill grease flare ups, keeping you safe and the food from burning without toxic chemicals or ruining the food.  $5.99

3).  Thermacell Outdoor Lantern (mosquitorepellent.com)

The ThermaCELL Outdoor Insect-Repellent Lantern is the best option for keeping mosquitoes and other insects in any outdoor setting. It is both a powerful insect repellent device and a functional and portable, long-lasting outdoor LED lantern, with both functions being usable separately or together. Providing a 15x15 ft mosquito-free zone, it is 98% effective (tested and used by the Department of Defense and the United States Army), making it the most effective insect repellent device on the market. It is also non-toxic, safe and non-intrusive, being DEET-free, silent, portable and odor free. $31.99

4).  Grate Chef Grill Wipes (gratechef.com)

Grill Wipes attach to the bristles of any grill brush and apply high heat grilling oil to any grill grate, preventing food from sticking.  Specially formulated accompanying grilling oil won’t burn off like conventional cooking sprays.  Specially designed fiber of the wipes allow them to be used on heated grill grates for optimal no-stick performance.  Easily give food distinct grill marks without any worry of food sticking.  Makes achieving professional results simple and convenient.  Not flammable like spray products.  No more using highly flammable paper towels which are ineffective in cleaning an abrasive grilling surface.  Grill Wipes are non-toxic and biodegradable.  $8.99/pack

5).  Sachi Insulated Handbags (sachi-bags.com)

Sachi Lunch Bags are insulated, fashionable handbags suitable for any setting. Stylish and roomy enough to double as a purse or handbag, while effectively keeping food hot or cold as desired. Easily wipes clean with a damp cloth. Handles fold down for easy fit in the refrigerator. Zips closed and handles fold down to the sides so that you may lay it flat, allowing for easy refrigerator storage. Comes in a variety of styles and colors. Retails for $9.99 - $24.99.

6).  Ten Minutes for Life Water Safety DVD (tenminutesforlife.com)
This DVD is a unique visual guide demonstrating the hazards found in the pool environment with step-by-step recommendations for how to avoid those hazards and deal with a pool related emergency.  An invaluable education resource for every parent or care-giver providing the information and skills necessary to prevent another child from becoming a drowning statistic.. $18

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Teaching Perimeter using Crackers


I bought a box of organic Cheese-its from Whole Foods the other day specifically for this activity.  Who knew how much fun computing the perimeter would be?  My daughter loved it and of course enjoyed munching on her squares after.  Now we will do the same activity for area tomorrow but I will have to find some way to incorporate veggies into our math assignments!!  

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Mom's Best Bets Monday


There are so many great ideas, reviews, and giveaways going on around the blogosphere that it is hard to remember them all. There is something new going on here every Monday that you can be a part of.

Let's share our BEST BET on the Linky or in the comments section below. It could be something you read about, an outrageous recipe, or maybe a product that is outstanding, or an amazing giveaway that you want to share about.

Whatever your best bet is, please share below and we will choose a few to shine in the "Mom's Best Bets Spotlight!"
Here are some best bets from last week to enter:
**Enter to #win a $200 Tea Collection GC! US Rafflecopter 8/31  

Friday, August 24, 2012

Gifts from around the world: Handmade Terracotta Necklace


My Terracotta necklace!!!
My #1 gift finding online shop in Novica.com! You won't be dissappointed.  Their stunning jewelry and other handmade gifts are sure to impress a love one.  

I have always had a passion for travelling and studying different cultures. I also love to buy gifts from different places that you cannot just buy at your local mall. A vase from India or a handmade bracelet from Sri Lanka is much more than a thing of beauty. It means more because there is a culture and a story behind the piece. It's not just a mass produced item that we are used to buying. This is why I am head over heels for shopping at Novica. They give artists and artisans around the world a global platform to express their true artistic talents and to spur their creativity.
Once you visit this website, I'm sure you too will fall in love with the merchandise, artist's stories, and unique gifts available. You will have access to unique, hard-to-find items at great values.

Here are 2 items from their vast jewelry department that I found to make perfect gifts.
Check out how it comes packaged:
I love the postcard, handwritten note, and little card that tells about the artisan's story.


Bauxite and ceramic beaded necklace, 'Blessing'

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Subtle colors evoke sensations of peace and blessings in this original design by Millicent Okine. Combining traditional bauxite beads with terracotta, she links six opulent strands in a necklace she namesNhyira "Blessing" in the Akan language.


An artisan story card will be included with your purchase. 
Buy it here for 59.95



Opal dangle earrings, 'Love's Tears



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Cool green teardrops reveal the glowing beauty of Andean opals. Set in silver, they find a complement in a hemisphere of reconstituted marble. These enchanting earrings come from Claudia Llaury.

.925 Sterling silver
An artisan story card will be included with your purchase. Buy Here for 52.95

Novica also sells 
womens shawls from Peru
silver floral bracelets and much more.

Be sure to check out Novica's new home party division where you can earn money and support artisans worldwide at 
Novica Live

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Is Cell Phone Radiation Safe?


With so many tech devices in our hands and on our bodies throughout each day; one starts to think about the damaging effects of this constant radiation exposure.  I definitely do and I have been taking steps in my own home to reduce exposure, especially when it comes to kids and their usage.One company has been trying to make cell phones and iPads a little safer. (watch out for future review) Read on for more:




Pong Applauds GAO’s Call for FCC to Review Cell Phone Radiation Guidelines, Callsfor Withdrawal of FCC’s “Safe” Designation Pending Further Review 

-- Pong Research Corporation applauds the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) report calling for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to update its cell phone radiation exposure and testing guidelines. According to the GAO report, the current standards—in place since 1997 (some 4 years before the first smartphones became commercially available)—“may not reflect the latest research,” “may not identify maximum exposure [to radiation] in all possible usage conditions,” and, notably, fail to test for use of phones against the body—which “could result in RF [radio frequency] energy exposure higher than the FCC limit.” 
 Since most people today use and carry their phones against their bodies, consumers likely are unknowingly and consistently exposed to radiation levels above the FCC safety limit.  The FCC’s web site however still informs consumers that cell phones tested by these very same FCC standards, are “safe.”  Pong today filed a letter with the FCC that elucidated that real radiation absorption actually experienced by consumers is likely substantially higher than current government limits, including from some of the most popular devices on the market.  Pong’s letter also explained how the FCC’s current device testing guidelines likely underestimate the real absorption rate of radiation by children.  Pong, finally, urged changes to the FCC’s web site consistent with the GAO Report and other recent developments, in order properly to inform consumers of the potential health effects of electro-magnetic radiation exposure, so that consumers can best exercise precautions. 

 Pong manufactures the only cell phone and tablet cases proven in FCC-certified laboratories to reduce users’ radiation exposure or “SAR” by up to 95% below FCC and international safety limits, while at the same time optimizing signal strength and conserving battery life.  Current FCC guidelines assume a one-size-fits-all measurement.  SAR limits, which measure only the thermal or heating properties of devices, are benchmarked against a 6’2” 200-pound man who would be much less vulnerable to mobile phone radiation than smaller adults and children.  A further and significant flaw lies with how the current guidelines are measured:  by holding the cell phone between 1.5 and 2.5 centimeters (or 1 inch) away from the body.  This method gives an inaccurate reading of radiation exposure, since almost all consumers hold their phones against their heads and bodies.  “If measured for real life situations, the results would likely show that devices such as cell phones and tablets routinely exceed the radiation exposure allowed by current limits,” Dr. Kennedy said.  “It was encouraging to see the GAO mention this FCC testing discrepancy in its report,” Dr. Kennedy said.  “If we’re going to be scientifically honest, SAR must be measured the same way most people use their phones.  In our experience, most consumers are surprised to learn that their iPhone manual tells them their phone may exceed FCC radiation exposure guidelines if they hold it less than 5/8 of an inch away from their body.”  

About Pong Research Corporation visit www.pongresearch.com.

Monday, August 20, 2012

The New American Girl Doll: Meet Caroline Abbot


As America celebrates the bicentennial of the second war for independence, I wanted to introduce you to the newest historical character from American Girl, Caroline Abbott. 

On September 4, Caroline's debut will inspire today's girls with stories of courage and kindness as she becomes a true hero by giving of herself without expecting anything in return. Caroline is a 9-year-old girl growing up near Lake Ontario (Sackets Harbor) during the War of 1812. 

It's exciting to have a character whose story takes place exactly 200 years ago and shows girls today how to stay steady and believe in themselves during difficult times.
My daughter loves American Girl doll books.  We read them together and these books are an amazing asset when teaching history while homeschooling.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Mom's Best Bets Monday


There are so many great ideas, reviews, and giveaways going on around the blogosphere that it is hard to remember them all. There is something new going on here every Monday that you can be a part of.

Let's share our BEST BET on the Linky or in the comments section below. It could be something you read about, an outrageous recipe, or maybe a product that is outstanding, or an amazing giveaway that you want to share about.

Whatever your best bet is, please share below and we will choose a few to shine in the "Mom's Best Bets Spotlight!"
Here are some best bets from last week to enter:
**$100 Sears Gift Card 8/30    

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Spice Cabinet Drawer Organization #DIY


There are two things that frustrate me in the kitchen.  One is Tupperware and the other is my spice cabinet.  My Tupperware drawer calamity has been partly remedied by switching to glass which fits inside of each other quite nicely.  My spice cabinet on the other hand was up a little too high and the spices would get lost behind other bottles.  
I decided to move my spices from the cabinet to a drawer.  I am really liking how they are tilted upwards so that I can easily grab them and each label is clearly displayed.  Now, I need to make some Indian food!

BEFORE:


AFTER:

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Mom's Best Bets Monday


There are so many great ideas, reviews, and giveaways going on around the blogosphere that it is hard to remember them all. There is something new going on here every Monday that you can be a part of.

Let's share our BEST BET on the Linky or in the comments section below. It could be something you read about, an outrageous recipe, or maybe a product that is outstanding, or an amazing giveaway that you want to share about.

Whatever your best bet is, please share below and we will choose a few to shine in the "Mom's Best Bets Spotlight!"
Here are some best bets from last week to enter:
**20 Winners! Saint Germain Paris Make Up! US/CA 9/1    

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Kids Polarized UV Protective Sunglasses


New! Junior Banz by Baby Banz
When your kids are spending time outdoors it's important to not only protect their skin, but their eyes too. Protecting their eyes from the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays can protect them from future cataracts and even macular degeneration. Buying polorized sunglasses that provide UV protection is key! 
Junior BanZ has beautifully patterned sunglasses for girls and boys! 
    Junior BanZ feature a UV400 Polarized polycarbonate lenses and sturdy frames, while offering new shapes and temples for the protection and style older kids want. Each pair comes with its own matching patterned carrying case, complete with zipper clip, and removable neoprene strap for use by kids on the move. 
My little one sporting her new shades at the beach today!

They are my favorite kid's sunglasses because not only are they cute an comfortable but I know my daughter's eyes are protected when she wears them.
She loved that the pair comes with a matching band to wear and case! She chose the Lilac stripe pictured above.

Features

Lenses 100% UVA/ UVB protection
Category 3 POLARIZED lenses offer high sun glare reduction and good UV protection
Durable polycarbonate Ophthalmic quality
Capable of being replaced with prescription lenses
Frame is made of shatter-resistant polycarbonate


Sporty, sleek designs! Buy one here!









Sunday, August 5, 2012

Mom's Best Bets Monday


There are so many great ideas, reviews, and giveaways going on around the blogosphere that it is hard to remember them all. There is something new going on here every Monday that you can be a part of.

Let's share our BEST BET on the Linky or in the comments section below. It could be something you read about, an outrageous recipe, or maybe a product that is outstanding, or an amazing giveaway that you want to share about.

Whatever your best bet is, please share below and we will choose a few to shine in the "Mom's Best Bets Spotlight!"
Here are some best bets from last week to enter:
**Princess Dress - 8/24    
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