Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sun-Protective Playwear by Little Leaves #product #review

As mothers we have an intense desire to protect our children in all areas of their lives, and when we learn of a product that will assist with that then we’re gung-ho to try it. That’s why when I heard about Little Leaves Sun-Protective Playwear I had to check out it myself.

The below referenced product was provided by Little Leaves to facilitate this review. As always opinions expressed are my own. For more information review my complete disclosure policy.

The playwear, which blocks 99 percent of skin-cancer causing UV radiation, was developed by a dermatologist and a pediatrician, doctors Carlos and Carley Gomez-Meade. The material is soft to the touch, made of hypoallergenic bamboo fabric resulting in a breathable, lightweight, odor-blocking and moisture-wicking item. With the knowledge that chronic sun exposure and sunburns are directly linked to the development of skin cancer, it seemed a smart choice to give this product a try.

CAM01054~2My son’s favorite color is green and since he’s in the pre-teen stage I chose the shark design for him. I explained to him the benefits of the shirt and asked him to wear it on a very sunny and hot day when he had to ride his razor ride-on toy to take the trash out. Andre’s first response when he returned from doing his chore, “Whew, it’s so hot out there.”

“How do you feel,” I said, “did the shirt help?”

He thought for a moment and answered in the affirmative. He said that although he was sweaty the shirt helped him to feel a little cooler. Even with the intense 90-degree sun the shirt picked up the faint breeze. As a matter of fact, he cooled down much quicker than his sisters did who accompanied him on his ride to the dumpster. His overall review: Two thumbs up.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Saving money, finding deals like Stacie Sayz So

My sister friend and fellow blogger is always making me jealous about the deals and freebies she scores. A few days ago I received an envelope from her,  along with one of her sweet notes and a gift, that contained five coupons for free products. Useful, definitely gonna need products: laundry supplies and yogurt drinks for the kids. Receiving the coupons from her reminded of this post I’d already started about my shopping adventure that I compare to one of Stacie’s deal seeking missions.

During a trip to a new Target for some party supplies I spotted their end caps about six of them had deeply discounted items. This is what I scored:

2014-03-27 12.59.49-1I’m not going to even talk about the fact that I went into the store for two things and left with all of this. However, I didn’t spend more than $25.





Thursday, July 10, 2014

Kids & Money: 5 tips to ease public school costs

Go ahead: Take the moment you need to adjust to the fact that, for some of us, school resumes before the second weekend in August. Now, another second to digest the words public school + costs together.

Ready? Smile

kids & money pic widgetIn the past, I’ve expressed my extreme displeasure over expenses required for public school. Like many others, I have more than one child in primary school so that means three supply lists, three sets of uniforms, school appropriate shoes, field trips, backpacks and extra snacks. The school supply lists include the norm: papers, pencils, crayons and glue, and other requested items are tissues, small and large Ziploc plastic bags, hand sanitizer, dry erase markers and/or erasers, snacks and numerous other niceties that my brain refuses to recall right now.

The issue for me is that the supplies are used for the entire class and thusly stored in the teacher’s cabinet. I understand my children don’t mind sharing and other children may not be able to bring anything, but I’m providing for my three on a dime and a prayer, and I need their supplies to last an entire school year. The expenses don’t end there: We still pay for field trips that DO NOT involve leaving the property. Every event is attached to a fundraiser. And in order to go to afterschool parties and dances there is an entry fee plus snacks for sale. (Snacks are always for sale.)

This constant thought has pricked my brain all school year for the past five school years, and is magnified because I always say: ‘When Amber was little we didn’t have to do xyz or abc.’ Yea, I’ve developed the old-person ability to mull over the same thing for years to come.