>U Mom Knows Best: 2022

Thursday, June 23, 2022

BONELESS SKATERS FOR SUMMER FUN

Introducing #Boneless Skaters – mini, electric-powered skateboards with hyper-poseable skaters and crazy stunt playsets.  


#Boneless is a line of electric-powered, mini skateboards with poseable skaters and stunt playsets. Kids can use the figures and the skateboards to do stunts. The skateboards come with a power charger that quick-charges the board in seconds. Kids can twist and bend the #Boneless skaters and pose them in different positions until they find the optimal position for each trick they attempt.

  The boys have been out of school for three weeks and the boredom is here. The fun of being on their computers and phones all day is starting to be boring for them. One child has declared that he can't wait for school to start. Who are these kids and where have my boys gone?

 Summer vacation started out fun for the boys but this summer has been different for them. So many factors have made their summer fun not so fun. The city ended the free lunch program at our neighborhood park so my boys have not been going to the park to see their friends. I have suggested that they bike a couple of miles to another park but they complain that it is too hot out and that the food is gross. Then the nearby forest fires postponed my son's sailing camp till July. The boys have a bad case of the covid slide

I am not on the entertainment committee

 My boys are teenagers so they really don't like doing things like visiting museums or the pool. Plus I don't have a car most days as the tough times have delayed our purchase of another car. Shopping for a car in the year 2022 is quite a challenge I kind of like that they are bored as they are eager to do their chores and do yard work for neighbors. My job keeps me busy and I don't feel one bit guilty that they are on their devices. I have tried to be the device police but it is quite hard when that is how they communicate with friends. 

So instead of monitoring device time, I instead look for activities that might lure them away from their video games. So I was happy when a brand reached out to me and wanted to send me some BONELESS SKATERS.


Let the fun begin!

 My boys were eager to check out the Boneless Skaters skateboard action toys. The big box of toys arrived when my husband and I were in New York for our middle kid's graduation. When I got home the teen boys could not wait to try the skateboard toys out. In typical mom blogger fashion, I stalled the boys with the "I have to take pictures first" line. 

A couple of days later, I had time to take photos of the skateboard playsets and skater dudes. I, of course, used mom bribery first and had the boys do some chores like take out the trash and fold the laundry. It is amazing how quickly my boys move when they get to play with new toys.

Easy to assemble

 The nice thing about having teens when doing toy reviews is, that they assemble all the toys for me and set up my photos. The Boneless Skaters and Boneless Skater playsets were easy to assemble. We only needed 3 AAA batteries and a screwdriver. The batteries were for the power charger and the screwdriver was to open the back of the charger.


We received 3 Boneless Skaters and 2 Boneless Skater playsets.

 There are 6 different Boneless figures to select from. and 4 different playsets. Each figure set includes a skater, skateboard, charging base, and collectible deck (3 AA batteries not included). My boys liked that the skater dudes twisted and bent ~ like they’re boneless!

~ Stunt playsets do NOT come with Boneless Skaters. Skaters are sold separately.

The charging base is what makes the skaters move. You simply put the skater on the base for 15 seconds. My boys had to, of course, see what happens when you leave the skaters on the base for a long time. The skaters get more speed for longer times!


The skaters are fun to play with by themselves and we had fun making them go fast on the table. Then my boys put together the skater playsets.

CrayPlay SuperStreet Skate Park


The CrayPlay SuperStreet Skate Park included ramps, fences, and stickers so we were able to make a skateboard park for the Boneless skaters. I liked that there were suction cups to keep the fences in place. The electric-powered, mini stunt skateboards with the skateboard guys on them had a place to have fun. My boys had fun making the skaters go fast up and down the ramps.

~ Easy to assemble, adjustable fencing. 

~ Customize your park with graffiti stickers.

~ Stunt playsets do NOT come with Boneless Skaters. Skaters are sold separately.

CrayPlay Big Air Mega-Ramp


The CrayPlay Big Air Mega-Ramp was my favorite playset for the Boneless Skaters. It was fun to let the skaters loose down the tall ramps. Of course, like a beginner skater, my skater had epic fails but it was fun to watch the skater fly off the skateboard ramp.

~ 3-foot-long quarter pipe ramp with a drop-in platform for maximum drop-in speed. 

~ 3 adjustable ramp settings – for flips, long jumps, or short jumps. 

~ You can customize your ramp with graffiti stickers.

~ Stunt playsets do NOT come with Boneless Skaters. Skaters are sold separately.

No devices are needed for this fun

My boys had fun playing with the Boneless Skaters with the playsets. Then they explored other ways to have fun with the skaters. My boys raced the skaters on the floor and posed the skaters in many different positions. You can even have the skaters skate off a stack of books. These Boneless skaters will be fun to take to the park. The basketball court would give the skaters plenty of room to skate.

Sold at Target

The Boneless Skaters and playsets are sold at Target stores and online at Target.com. These Boneless Skaters remind me of those mini finger skateboards that my older boys played with many years ago. The best difference is the Boneless Skaters are supercharged with bendy skaters. 

 #Boneless is a line of electric-powered, mini skateboards with poseable skaters and stunt playsets. Kids can use the figures and the skateboards to do stunts. The skateboards come with a power charger that quick-charges the board in seconds. Kids can twist and bend the #Boneless skaters and pose them in different positions until they find the optimal position for each trick they attempt.




Pregnancy: How To Decide When You Are Ready For The Big Step

 Most women consider motherhood to be one of the most beautiful roles in the world. Some moms point out that they could not imagine life without their children. Motherhood changes your view of the world. The baby is the source of your joy, and caring for it becomes a really important obligation.

 There are a few things to think about when you start wondering if it's time to have a baby. One thing is for sure: you will never be completely ready, no matter how much you know or don't because what really awaits you is often beyond your wildest expectations. On the other hand, you will love that little being more than you ever expected to love someone. 

Are your life goals in order?

 Graduating from college, finding employment, training, traveling to exotic destinations, or maybe a wedding? Whatever your goals, if you are satisfied with your achievements and successes, and you also want a baby, this is certainly the right time for its arrival. Motherhood will become your favorite achievement. You will enjoy every moment spent with the baby without a shred of remorse.

You are practical and know how to save money

 
You take care of every penny and save carefully to be ready for life's surprises; it is a sign that you are responsible and caring. If you are the type of person who is cautious and who easily solves daily obligations, that is another indicator that you are ready for the role of a parent.

You love looking at baby gear

Generally, if you catch yourself watching baby equipment, whether online or in shopping malls, this might be a subconscious sign that you are thinking of becoming a parent. Babies are a lot of work. You’ll need to think of diapers, doctor’s appointments, the right trolley, and a million other little things. It will also take a toll on your mental and physical health at the beginning. As a result, one piece of advice to mothers is that if your first association with pregnancy is love for your kid and a willingness to take care of it deeply, that is the best indicator that you are ready to become a mother.  Excess weight and hormonal changes are something to be expected, but with the right knowledge and a healthy diet, which is necessary for the health of the future mother and the baby, you can enjoy your motherhood. 

 Also, when it comes to gear, make sure to be more selective. Don’t just buy everything under the assumption that you’ll need it eventually; rather, go for things that are a necessity now. Thankfully, this aspect of the industry is flourishing, and you’ll have everything you need. 
You enjoy playing with children

  If you enjoy the time you spend with children and you have no problems when you think about changing diapers, bathing, and all the other obligations that parenting requires, it is an indication that you may be ready to become a mother of your own. Also, if you immediately take an interest in the baby of your friends and relatives, this is another in a series of indicators that you are ready for a baby.


The baby will not solve your problems! 

 Many couples decide to have a baby to save their relationship or marriage, which is wrong in so many ways. The relationship between the two must be emotionally and mentally stable at the moment when the couple decides to expand the family. For those who think that the baby will occupy them so much and will divert attention from their quarrels and problems, the only truth is that it will only add to them, which in time can only deepen their gap.


Don’t listen to what others are saying!

 Don't be guided by other people's rules - the fact that someone told you that you have to become a mother before the age of 30 should not play the slightest role in your decision. Create your own life, and of course, together with your partner, decide when that big next step is.

The decision should be mutual 

 Deciding whether it's time for a baby is a joint decision between you and your partner; neither of you should unquestioningly obey each other's wishes. Therefore, it is important to talk honestly about this topic when you are in a serious relationship.

 It is important to be aware that parenthood in general is a lot of work. It won't be easy at all-yes, you will have many sleepless nights, and it will go on for months. You will take care of your baby, there will be moments when you will go crazy and it will seem that you can't do it anymore, but it is also important to know that you can do it together. And having a partner who is willing to go through all that with you should be reason enough.
 



Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Dairy Free S'mores Fluff Dip & Lekkco Giveaway

 Skip the campfire and enjoy s'mores any time of the year. This S'mores Fluff Dip is perfect for parties.


 Love the taste of s'mores but have no way to toast marshmallows. Now you can enjoy the taste of s'mores year-round with a simple easy dessert dip. The best part is no cooking is required. This dairy-free dessert dip can be made in minutes and it is the perfect dessert for your next party. Keep reading to discover an amazing giveaway to win the ingredients to make this delicious dessert.

 Kids and adults both love the taste of gooey s'mores. There is just something special about marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers. The problem with traditional s'mores is you need an open fire to toast the marshmallows. Sure you can try to cook the marshmallows in the microwave but they never taste the same. Then there is the problem of the graham crackers breaking when you try to make indoor s'mores.

A delicious way to enjoy the taste of s'mores without a campfire

 I discovered a delicious way to enjoy s'mores any time of the year and the best part is you don't need a campfire. So skip the camping trip and learn how to make a delicious s'mores dessert that will be enjoyed by all. All you need are 3 simple ingredients for this easy dessert. 


S'mores Fluff Dip is

+ Dairy-Free

+ Delicious

+ Gooey

+ Creamy

+ Fluffy

+ Best Party Food

+ Perfect For Potlucks

+ Gluten-Free ( use gluten-free graham crackers)

+ Plant-Based

Ingredients for S'mores Fluff Dip

To make this delicious dairy-free dessert, you need to buy a jar of marshmallow fluff,  Lekkco Belgian Dark Chocolate Spread, and a box of graham crackers. Then grab a bowl and a spoon.

 The magic ingredient to this delicious dessert is a delicious dairy-free dark chocolate spread. Lekkco Belgian Dark Chocolate Spread can be found at most grocery stores or online at https://www.lekkco.com. This delicious vegan chocolate spread is available in 4 delicious flavors. Lekkco Belgian Dark Chocolate Spread is also nut-free and gluten-free. My favorite Lekkco flavor is salted caramel. This rich chocolate spread is so delicious on ice cream and stirred into coffee.


 How To Make S'mores Fluff Dip

 In a serving bowl combine the jar of your favorite flavor of Lekkco Belgian Dark Chocolate Spread and a jar of marshmallow fluff. Swirl the ingredients in the bowl. Scoop or spoon the dip on a graham cracker. Place another graham cracker on top and enjoy! If you are bringing this dessert to a party, place the bowl of dip on a platter and place graham crackers around the bowl. 

Enter to win a Lekkco s’mores kit

 Now for the best part. You can enter to win a s'mores kit, so you can make your own dairy-free s'mores. The prize package contains Graham Crackers, marshmallows, Lekkco, and a portable campfire. If you want to make this delicious S'mores Fluff Dip, you will have to buy a jar of marshmallow fluff. Entering the giveaway is easy. Just leave a comment below telling me which flavor of Lekkco chocolate spread you want to try.  For additional entries, complete the tasks on the giveaway form.


Wednesday, June 15, 2022

JERRY & MARGE GO LARGE Go Large On Paramount+

 Based on the true story about couple Jerry and Marge Selbee, who win the lottery and use the money to revive their small town.

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Mom Knows Best & Review Wire Media for Paramount+.

 Are you looking for a movie to watch this weekend? You need to check out and stream JERRY & MARGE GO LARGE. This movie premiers on Friday, June 17 exclusively on Paramount+ and is rated PG-13, PG-13, for some language and suggestive references. This comedy movie is based on a true story. I think my favorite movies are ones that are based on a true story. After I watch the movie, I always have to know more about what inspired the movie that I just enjoyed.

JERRY & MARGE GO LARGE is inspired by the remarkable true story of retiree Jerry Selbee, who discovers a mathematical loophole in the Massachusetts lottery and, with the help of his wife, Marge, wins millions and uses the money to revive their small Michigan town.


Quick brief about JERRY & MARGE GO LARGE

  For decades, Jerry Selbee dedicated his life to his job at the local factory, maintaining a stable and satisfying routine that, upon retirement, is thrown out the window, leaving him feeling purposeless and lost. Despite the nudging of his lovingly supportive wife, Marge, and adult children to explore hobbies unknown, he resists…until a happenstance recognition of a completely legal loophole in the lottery system catches his eye and his head for statistics. Realizing there is more than enough money to be won, Jerry clues their local friends into the secret in an attempt to help revive a town and its citizens ailing from economic decline. Unfortunately, a brilliant but smarmy Ivy Leaguer trips upon the same systemic mistake and makes a play for Jerry and Marge’s grassroots gameplay.

In addition to Cranston and Bening, the cast includes Larry Wilmore, Rainn Wilson, Anna Camp, Ann Harada, Jake McDorman, Michael McKean, and Uly Schlesinge.

Watch the official trailer of JERRY & MARGE GO LARGE

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JERRY & MARGE GO LARGE will be available to stream on Friday, June 17 exclusively on Paramount+

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How To Make The Best Homemde Snow Cones With Hawaiian Shaved Ice

  Summer is here and that means we’re doing all we can to stay cool. One of the best ways to stay cool is with ice-cold drinks and snowcones.


 Kids and grownups love shaved ice and snowcones. Just head to any summer event and you will see plenty of people enjoying frozen snowcones. There is just something special about crushed ice covered with delicious sweet syrup in pretty colors. Snowcones are so refreshing and are a perfect way to cool down on a hot summer day.

 Snowcones are so fun to eat and I just love watching the vendor make the snowcone. Seeing the ice get shaved and placed into a paper cone. Then the fun begins with selecting your favorite flavors of snow cone syrup. From grape to cherry to blue raspberry to even flavors like lime and pineapple, it can be hard to choose a fruit-flavored syrup to put on your cone of shaved ice. I think that is why so many people love rainbow snowcones.

I received samples from Hawaiian Shaved ice to facilitate this article and it may contain affiliate links

Skip the summer event and make snow cones at home

 Now you can save time and money by making your own snow cones at home. No more having to wait in a long line at a summer celebration to enjoy a delicious frozen snow cone. With an Electric Shaved Ice Machine from Hawaiian Shaved Ice, you can treat the kids and yourself to snow cones all summer.  


Hawaiian Shaved Ice is the Premier internet retailer specializing in affordable home shaved ice and snow cone machines with over 90 delicious syrup flavors! From home machines to enjoy all summer long to heavy-duty machines to please a crowd, Hawaiian Shaved Ice has you covered.

 For my family, snow cones were only enjoyed on special occasions. Money was tight with raising 5 kids. Plus being the frugal mom, I had a hard time spending money on ice and syrup. So my children were overjoyed when they were treated to a snow cone on a hot summer day. I discovered a way to treat my kids to shaved ice with sweet flavored syrups anytime without having to leave the house. This snow cone magic is possible with a shaved ice party package from Hawaiian Shaved Ice. 

Get your Hawaiian Shaved Ice Party Package now


Create delicious, authentic shaved ice at home 

 The Hawaiian Shaved Ice Party Package from HawaiianShavedIce.com includes all of the supplies and serving tools you’ll need to make shaved ice just like they serve at carnivals and county fairs. All you need is ice! You can also create delicious, authentic shaved ice at your next party Shaved ice is a refreshing treat that your guests are sure to love, and you’ll be the only one who knows how easy it was to make!

 The Shaved Ice Machine is a cool machine! This electric snow cone maker produces soft, fluffy shaved ice from round blocks of molded ice. The Hawaiian Shaved Ice Party Package includes an electric shaved ice maker, 3 ~ 1-pint bottles of cherry, blue raspberry, and grape syrups, 25 spoon straws, 25 snow cone cups, and 3 bottle pourers. If you want an authentic shaved ice setup without spending a fortune, this convenient kit is a perfect choice.

Homemade snow cones that are so easy to make

 The electric ice shaver is so easy to operate. With a push of a button, this unique snow cone maker turns ice into fluffy shaved ice in seconds. The machine is safe to operate, so even kids can make their own delicious snow cones on a hot summer day. The hardest part of making snow cones will be choosing which snow cone syrup to pour over your shaved ice.

Over 90+ Flavors of Shaved Ice And Snow Cone Syrups 

The snow cone maker package that we received came with three bottles of flavored shaved ice and snow cone syrup but when we need more we can select from over 90+ flavors! From pineapple to chocolate to cake batter and cotton candy, Hawaiian Shaved Ice has the best syrup flavors for snow cones and shaved ice. They also have many different sizes of syrup containers! Hawaiian Shaved Ice also has all the snow cone supplies like cups and straws so you can recreate the best snow cone experience for your next party.


My family was super excited about the snow cones

When the snow cone party package arrived at my house it was a hot summer day. So I let my husband unbox the snow cone maker. My husband filled up the included cups to freeze the water to make the shaved ice. TIP: Add ice to the cups of water before placing them in the freezer. This will help the water freeze faster.

 Then we had to water to freeze into blocks of ice. After a couple of hours, it was time to make the snow cones. We took the lid off the snow cone machine and added the frozen round block of ice. Then with a push of a button, in seconds the ice was transformed into soft fluffy shaved ice. I loved that this machine was electric, so there was no need for cranking a handle. One round block of ice made plenty of shaved ice so the three of us could enjoy a snow cone. My husband poured plenty of sweet cherry snow cone syrup on his shaved ice, while my son and I enjoyed the grape snow cone syrup. These snow cone syrups were full of sweet flavor.

 Clean-up was super easy! After we enjoyed our snow cones, I opened up the top of the ice shaving machine and place the shaved ice maker on the kitchen drying mat to dry. 

Get your Hawaiian Shaved Ice Party Package now and enjoy homemade snow cones at home




Parenting Tips: How To Prepare For The Future The Right Way

  It's never too early to start preparing for the future. In fact, the sooner you start, the better off you'll be. There are a lot of things you need to do in order to make sure you're ready for whatever comes your way. No one knows what the future holds. But, by preparing for it the right way, you can rest assured that you and your loved ones will be okay. In this blog post, we will discuss some important steps that every parent should take in order to prepare for the future. So, without further ado, let's get started.


Purchase Life Insurance 

 One of the most important things you can do to prepare for the future is to purchase life insurance. This will ensure that your loved ones are taken care of financially in the event of your death. Life insurance policies cover things like funeral costs and outstanding debts. They can also provide your family with a financial safety net in case of an unexpected loss of income. There are a lot of different life insurance policies out there. So, it's important to do your research and find one that best suits your needs. You should shop around for life insurance quotes since most companies offer different rates. By doing so, you can find the most affordable policy for your budget. 

Take Care of Your Health 

 Another important step you need to take in order to prepare for the future is to take care of your health. This includes things like eating healthily, exercising regularly, and getting regular check-ups. Healthy diet and exercise habits will help to improve your overall health and well-being. They can also lower your risk of developing chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. In addition, you should make sure to get regular check-ups with your doctor. This way, you can catch any health problems early on and get the treatment you need. And, if you do unfortunately develop a chronic condition, you'll be able to manage it more effectively. 

Invest Your Money 

 One of the best ways to prepare for the future is to invest your money. There are many different ways where you can invest your money. For example, you can invest in stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. Or, you can put your money into a savings account or a retirement fund. Investing your money is a great way to grow your wealth over time. It's also a good way of protecting yourself against inflation. Just make sure to diversify your investments. This means that you shouldn't put all of your eggs in one basket. By diversifying, you can minimize your risks and maximize your potential for growth. 


But Leave Some for an Emergency Fund 

 Even though it's important to invest your money, you should also leave some aside for an emergency fund. This is because you never know when unexpected expenses will come up. Having an emergency fund will help you to cover these unexpected costs without putting yourself into debt. Ideally, you should have enough money in your emergency fund to cover three to six months of living expenses. This way, you'll be prepared for anything that comes your way. You can start building up your emergency fund by setting aside a fixed amount of money each month. Or, you can set up a separate savings account specifically for your emergency fund. 

Plan Your Retirement 

 Another important step you need to take in order to prepare for the future is to plan your retirement. This includes figuring out how much money you'll need to have saved up and when you want to retire. You should start planning for retirement as early as possible. This way, you'll have more time to save up. You can use a retirement calculator to figure out how much money you'll need to have saved. And, you can use this information to create a retirement plan that best suits your needs. There are a few different types of retirement plans to choose from. For example, you can choose a traditional IRA or a Roth IRA. You can also choose a 401(k) plan if your employer offers one. 

Never Stop Learning 

 One of the best tips we can give you for the future is to never stop learning. This includes things like taking courses and reading books. Learning new things will help you to stay sharp and improve your skills. It can also make you more marketable in the job market. And, it can give you a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. There are many different ways where you can learn new things. For example, you can take an online course or participate in a MOOC. And if you didn't have a chance to get a degree, now might be the perfect time for that. You can also read books or listen to podcasts. Whatever you do, make sure to never stop learning. 

Give Your Life Meaning 

 Last but not least, it's important to give your life meaning. This can be done by setting goals and working towards them. It can also be done by helping others and making a difference in the world. When you give your life meaning, you'll be more fulfilled and happier. And, you'll also have a sense of purpose. There are many different ways where you can give your life meaning. For example, you can volunteer for a cause you're passionate about. Or, you can start your own business or nonprofit organization. You can also choose to work in a job that you're passionate about. Whatever you do, your life should be meaningful.

 So, these are some tips for preparing for the future. By following these tips, you'll be on your way to a brighter tomorrow. Just make sure to take action and put these tips into practice. And, don't forget to enjoy the journey along the way! Hopefully, these tips have given you some insights on how to prepare for the future. If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to leave a comment below. 


Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Decorating Your Child's Room To Encourage Independent Play

  If you live in a home without a lot of extra space, it can sometimes be hard to set aside a space for 

your young children to play in, which is why many parents often double their child’s bedroom up as 

their play space.


 But, when decorating and furnishing bedrooms, we mainly think of how everything affects sleep and 

tailor bedrooms to sleep above anything else. This is all well and good but can lead to your child’s 

bedroom not being set up in an ideal way to encourage independent play. So, we’ve got some advice 

to share on how you can decorate your child’s bedroom in a way that creates a safe space for 

independent play.

Open Floor Space To Create A Play Area

 If your child’s bedroom doubles up as a play space, then floor space is at a premium. Until children 

are old enough for video games and more grown-up types of play, most of their play will be done on 

the floor, so by maximizing floor space in their bedroom, you maximize their area for play and ensure 

they always have a space to play.


 A simple solution that most parents use is swapping out their bed for a bunk bed. With a bunk bed, 

you elevate their bed from the floor, leaving behind a nice chunk of usable floor space. As an added 

bonus, most children absolutely love bunk beds and enjoy the novelty of sleeping up high.

Keep The Room Well Lit For Playtime

 When using your child’s bedroom as their playroom will require you to keep the room appropriately lit 

during the day, if your child’s bedroom is dark during the day that will discourage independent play in 

the room and if the room is too bright at night, that will make it harder for them to sleep at night. So a 

happy medium of lighting between day and night is needed.


 An easy solution to this is to use both natural light and artificial light in your child’s room during the 

day but retaining the option to make the room dark at bed and nap times. For the natural light, a set of

day and night blinds would be perfect, as they can be partially open during playtime to let in light and 

fully closed at night to keep the room dark. Then for natural light, a ceiling light may be enough, but 

having a small child-friendly lamp will ensure that they can play unimpeded by darkness. 

Use Child-Friendly Storage Solutions

 An issue that often arises when trying to introduce children to independent play, is that they can still be reliant on their parents to help them play. Usually, this dependence is formed as they cant easily access their toys themselves, which means that any time they want to change what they’re playing with, they need a hand from an adult.

 To resolve this common problem, you should look into child-friendly and accessible storage options

for their toys. When toys are stored on shelves or in cupboards, young children can’t reach them and 

sometimes ground-level storage like chests can be hard for a child to open themselves. So, you 

should look for storage which can be placed on the ground and is light enough for your child to use. 

By doing this, you’ll find that your child can play and tidy up after themselves much more independently.

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Fathers Day Gift Guide For The Backyard

 It’s almost Father’s Day and I have some great gift ideas to show dad that you love him.


 Father's Day will be here soon, so you better get shopping. Finding the best present for dad does not have to be hard. Just think about what makes dad happy when has a day off and then buy a gift that reflects how dad would spend his time. Father's Day is the perfect time to show good old Dad how much you love and appreciate him. 

What really matters most to dad is spending time with his family and the perfect gift for dad is one that involves food, fun, relaxation, and family. So take all those items and buy a Father's Day gift that dad can use all summer. I am talking gifts for Dad for the backyard. For Mother's Day, I gave you 6 Garden Gift Ideas For Mothers Day and now I give you the Fathers Day Gift Guide For The Backyard.

Food and Relaxation

 Whether your dad likes roasting marshmallows over a fire pit, relaxing in a hammock, or cooking up tasty meals on the grill, you are sure to find the best gift for Father’s Day from Sunnydaze. I rounded up some gift selections that dad will love and they are perfect for your backyard celebration on Father's Day.

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Fire Pits

 Give dad the gift of a fire pit. Fire pits are the perfect item for backyard relaxation and roasting marshmallows. Sunnydaze has a wide selection of stylish and durable fire pits. Add a food grill rack and dad can use the fire pit to cook his favorite barbecue dinner like hamburgers or steak. Check out the selection of fire pits from Sunnydaze.


Hammocks

 Let dad relax on Father's Day with the gift of a hammock from Sunnydaze. From comfortable hammocks on a stand to hammocks that can be hung between two posts or trees, Sunnydaze has a wide variety of sizes, colors, and styles to make dad smile. So give dad the best seat in the house and let him take a nap on his special day.


Backyard Lights

Create the perfect spot for dad to relax and add backyard lights to the yard. From decorative lights to ground lights, Sunnydaze has a selection of lights to make your backyard special. Many of the backyard lights from Sunnydaze are even solar charged. 


Patio Umbrellas

 Don't let the sun spoil dad's day in the backyard. So give dad the gift of a patio umbrella. Sunnydaze has a wide selection of outdoor umbrellas in many colors and sizes. Sunnydaze also carries umbrella stands and lights for outdoor umbrellas. A patio umbrella from Sunnydaze would be perfect to place near dad's hammock or on the patio table. 


Outdoor Yard Decor

Make the backyard look special for Father's Day and all summer. Sunnydaze is my favorite place to shop for outdoor yard decor. From garden statues to metal yard decor to patio rugs and accessories, Sunnydaze is the place to shop for the most unique outdoor decor. Sunnydaze also has amazing prices on decor for the yard.

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Outdoor Fountains

 An outdoor fountain is the best gift for relaxation for Father's Day. The sound of water always adds a special touch to the backyard. The selection of outdoor fountains at Sunnydaze is the best. From small table water fountains to ones that look like stone with many in between, I know that you will find an amazing water fountain for a Father's Day gift.


Sunnydaze for Father's Day Gifts

 This is just a small selection of items that Sunnydaze has in stock for gifts for Father's Day for the backyard. Sunnydaze Decor's mission is to bring relaxation, style, and convenience into people's lives through high-quality indoor and outdoor decor products. Their goal is to transform your living space into a relaxing and stylish area through excellent customer service, fast shipping, and top-quality products.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Allergy Shots and Asthma Update

 Are you considering allergy shots but need more information before you start an allergy shot treatment plan? Keep reading to discover my experience with receiving allergy shots.


 It has been a while since I wrote about my allergy shot appointments. Life has been busy and my appointments for the allergy shots have been pretty much the same. The last three allergy shots, had me experiencing the same side effects as the previous allergy shots. That is a good thing as I was worried about my asthma symptoms. My asthma symptoms, thirty minutes after receiving the vials of allergens for allergy shots, were mild. I also experienced some burning in my arm, where I received the seasonal allergy shot. 

 It was allergy shot number 6, that I learned that my weed and grass allergy shot was causing the burning in my arm. That makes sense as it was the weeds and grass that tested high, when I did my allergy testing. I decided to have the allergy doctor test my son, so I could get him started on allergy shots. My son also has asthma and for the past couple of years, his asthma gets severe when things start growing here. My son has missed several days of school due to his asthma.

Allergic To New Mexico

 After my son had allergy testing. the doctor looked at the allergy shot testing results and said, "you are allergic to New Mexico." The allergy testing caused some huge hives and redness on my son's back. For the allergy testing, the nurse pricked my son's skin with many different allergens. Things like weeds, grass, trees, plants, mold, and animals. When I compared my son's allergy testing results to mine, we are pretty much allergic to the same items. He also scored higher on most of the weeds and grasses. I also discovered that the type of mold that my son is allergic to is not the one that you find in your home. That explains why my son did not experience mold sickness when we had mold in our home.

Severe Asthma Symptoms After I Traveled

 My asthma started to get out of control after I traveled to see my mom. My asthma was so bad that I had to sleep sitting up on the couch for several nights. My asthma symptoms had not been this bad since 2018 when I discovered that a dairy allergy was causing my severe asthma.

 Many things were causing my asthma to be out of control. While I was visiting my mom, I stayed at my brother's home. My brother has a cat and the cat was peeing on the carpet. So my brother was cleaning the carpet on a daily basis with a chemical cleaner. Then when I returned home, I became sick with a miserable cold. My husband also had a cold, so I think him kissing me caused me to catch his cold. Then there were the nearby forest fires that caused poor air quality.

 So many things were triggering my asthma. Every time I had to cough, I struggled to breathe. So for two weeks, I had to do nebulizer treatments for asthma and sleep sitting up. Once I felt better, I had my 6th-month allergy doctor appointment. The allergy doctor reminded me about using my allergy nasal spray. I also got some not-so-good news at my allergy appointment.

Sixteen More Build Up Allergy Shot Appointments

 I had allergy shot number 8 the week before my appointment with the allergy doctor. I thought that I had only 4 more Build Up Allergy Shot Appointments but the doctor looked at my chart and said that my build-up phase was a year-long, instead of the typical 6 months. Due to my asthma, the other allergy doctor decided that it would be best to do my allergy shots every 2 weeks instead of once a week. I was glad that I was on a slower build-up treatment as a couple of the allergy shots caused me to have some breathing issues with my asthma.

Air quality is improving but weeds are growing

 I am still having seasonal allergy symptoms that are triggering my asthma as the weeds are growing here. The air quality is improving as the firefighters are starting to get the forest fires under control. The forest fires may be far away from my town but the smoke and pollution drift over here. So I have been staying inside for the most part.

The worst part is having to exercise indoors. Exercise has been shown to benefit those with asthma so I make sure to exercise every day. I just can't run outside with the poor air quality. If you have asthma check out these Ten Tips For Exercising With Asthma. I am so looking forward to the day when my allergy shot treatment allows me to run outside again. 

 My allergy shot treatment will be a rough ride but at the end, when my seasonal allergies are cured, it will be so worth the misery. While the allergy shots will not cure my asthma, they will cure my seasonal allergies. Seasonal allergies are a big trigger for my asthma, so it will be a big layer removed from my asthma causes. You can read more about my allergy shot treatment plan HERE.



Healthy Natural Beauty and Cleaning Products

Check out my healthy natural finds for the month of June. From a natural solution for scalp care to safe sunscreen, these are natural beauty and cleaning products that you need to know about.

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 As a kid, I grew up with eczema. I remember many winters when my hands were so raw and inflamed. The skin on my hands was dry, cracked, and bloody. My hands did not look nice and I remember hiding them in my pockets so kids would not say to me ~ "what is wrong with your hands?" I am sure that I had eczema on other parts of my body but my hands were what others could see. 

 I remember the doctor recommending cream after cream, which was supposed to help the painful dry skin on my hands. None of the creams helped my hands. When kids made fun of the way my hands looked, I thought that maybe I was to blame for my disgusting skin. I had people tell me that my hands looked that way since I washed my hands in cold water and did not dry them enough. Back then, my mom had no knowledge of my food allergies and mold allergies.

 When I moved out of the house, the eczema on my hands cleared up with a prescription steroid cream. It was not until many years later that I discovered my mold allergies were one cause of eczema. My skin was still sensitive and I thought that applying tons of lotion was the way to tame the eczema on my body. 

 Then my youngest son had worse skin problems than me. My other children had eczema as babies, as well as contact dermatitis. Apply baby lotion to their skin helped and they outgrew their skin problems. My youngest child was a different story. I would apply baby lotion to his dry itchy skin and he would scream that it burned. My son would try to wash the lotion off and I remember telling him, the burn would go away. 

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Natural Beauty Products Cured My Sons Eczema

 It was attending a Moms Meet Event in 2016 that I learned about natural skin care products. My son's skin cleared up after he stopped using beauty products that were filled with chemicals. I discovered that ingredients in regular toothpaste were causing my son's mouth sores. I slowly started to switch out all of our personal care products to ones that were made with natural ingredients. I saw slowly, simply because natural skin care costs more money. 

Does Toothpaste Cause Canker Sores?

 Once I stopped using traditional beauty products that were filled with chemical ingredients, my skin was no longer itchy. I also discovered that I had curly hair after I switched to natural shampoo without sulfates. I discovered many benefits of using natural beauty products, beyond skin health. Natural beauty products even helped my asthma symptoms. I later learn that chemical fragrances were a big asthma trigger for me. So now, I only buy natural products. I love discovering new healthy natural beauty and cleaning products and sharing my natural finds with others.

Check Out These Healthy Natural  Products That I Discovered

1. Petal Fresh Pure Hair ResQ Scalp Treatment

 Son number three has struggled with scalp problems since he was a baby. The doctors used to call this flaky scalp condition ~ cradle cap. I would apply coconut oil to my son's scalp and then try to comb all the dry flaky skin off. This hair treatment would help but it never solved the scalp problem. It was having my teen son switch out his man-scented shampoo to natural hair products that finally gave my son a healthy scalp. My son also discovered he had curly hair and now follows the no-poo method.


 So my son was excited to try hair care products that will keep his scalp healthy.  Hair ResQ  is a scalp treatment that targets the root of scalp issues by gently cleansing and purifying the scalp of any buildup, then moisturizing and soothing away irritation. These products are made with tea tree, menthol, witch hazel, and apple cider vinegar. I love that the hair care products are registered with PETA as cruelty-free, with no parabens, sulfates, or phthalates. Petal Fresh also sent me their hair-thickening shampoo and conditioner.

Dry Scalp Moisturizing Treatment - Features functional ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid, Aloe Vera, and fast-absorbing Jojoba Oil to provide all-day hydration to the scalp while Tea Tree, Zinc, and Vitamin E leave the scalp feeling balanced and refreshed. 

Extra Strength Scalp Itch Treatment - Made of Witch Hazel and Cooling Menthol to soothe scalp itch and irritation, while Aloe Vera and Vitamin E leave your scalp feeling calm, moisturized, and refreshed. 

 Ultimate Thickening Shampoo - Organic Peppermint extract works in tandem with Rosemary and Green Tea extracts in this uniquely formulated Ultimate Thickening Shampoo to remove impurities and stimulate hair follicles. The result? Thicker, fuller, stronger hair–all year round!

Ultimate Thickening Conditioner - Green tea is good clean energy for your body–and your hair! This Ultimate Thickening Conditioner harnesses the power of caffeine for thicker, fuller, and more volumized strands from roots to ends. Peppermint and Rosemary extracts remove scalp impurities for clean, shiny locks!

 You can find Hair ResQ products online through Amazon and in Walmart nationwide and local HEB locations. 

2. Mudita Earth Face Care 

 I only use 100% natural skin care products on my face. I used to think that I needed to use those fancy beauty creams to keep away the fine lines but not anymore. My skin still looks amazing with the use of natural face care products. I think that my healthy lifestyle of exercise and healthy eating also play a huge part in my young-looking skin as well as an amazing facial laser device


 Mudita Earth Face Care products are made with botanicals– nettle, rosemary, blueberry, papaya, and pomegranate oils. These botanicals are proven to be good for the skin and they add amazing scents to these natural face creams, serums, and facial cleansers. I just love how my skin feels and looks after using the Mudita Earth skincare products. My skin is soft and has a nice glow. The Mudita Earth line that I sampled was ~ Bamboo Exfoliating Cleanser, Blueberry & Papaya Rejuvenating Serum, and Pomegranate and Papaya Revitalizing Day Cream. I love that the products are also designed to reduce wrinkles and discoloration.

 Mudita Earth uses ethically produced ingredients that are Cruelty-Free. The face products have No Artificial Color or Fragrance, Non-GMO, No Parabens, No PEGs, No Silicones, No Soy, and No Sulfates. They even use 100% recyclable packaging! You can find Mudita Earth on Amazon.

3. Sunny Skin Mineral Sunscreen

 Mineral-based sunscreen has come a long way. I remember discovering mineral-based sunscreen many years ago and how few products were available. Now the selection of safe sunscreen is huge as more people are realizing the dangers of traditional chemical sunscreen. More people are trying to reduce cancer risk the natural way.


 Sunny Skin is a mineral SPF50, antioxidant-rich sunscreen created for daily use. This mineral sunscreen contains the highest level of protection from UVA, UVB, Blue Light, and Infrared radiation, while still being healthy and nutritious for the skin. Sunny Skin is free of all potential irritants, including Chemical UV filters, fragrances, parabens, and preservatives It is perfect for sensitive skin. I just love the packaging and how the sunscreen glides on the skin, making it easy to apply.

4. AspenClean Plastic-Free Detergents

 Many years ago, my youngest son with very sensitive skin experienced hives on his skin after he took a bath. At first, I thought that maybe it was the soap he was using but later discovered it was the laundry detergent. So I started using fragranced-free laundry detergent. I then discovered a laundry detergent that was scented with natural essential oils. Now I am using a natural plastic-free detergent.


 AspenClean, is a line of plastic-free detergents that are made with only natural and organic ingredients. The laundry detergent pods, dishwasher pods, and oxygen bleach powder, and stain remover, are all packed in plastic-free packaging. I just love the colorful packages!

All of the ingredients in the AspenClean products are biodegradable, plant-based ingredients. The plastic-free line includes ~ Unscented Laundry Pods, Unscented Dishwasher Pods, and Oxygen Bleach Powder and Stain Remover. AspenClean offers 100% ingredient transparency and every formula is made without toxic, or even potentially toxic, ingredients. They are cruelty-free, Ecocert® certified, and have received an A-rating from the Environmental Working Group (EWG).  All AspenClean products are 100% recyclable.

 So check out these Healthy Natural Beauty and Cleaning Products that I discovered. 


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