Sugar Sisters Body Scrubs – Review

 

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Let me introduce you to the Sugar Sisters.  The Women behind these products – Michel, Rachel, Leah and Lauren have over 30 years of experience in the cosmetic and beauty products industry.  The Sugar sisters offer all natural scrubs, body butters, body mists, lip scrub balms, organic body washes and room deodorizers.  The scrubs are paraben, phthalate, formaldehyde and nitrate musk free.  They never use petroleum or fillers of any sort in their handcrafted products. The products are not tested on animals, are safe on sensitive skin, environmentally safe and maintain a shelf life of 1-2 years.

I tried Sugar Sisters scrub in Bare Truth.  Their website describes this scent as honeydew, strawberries, with a hint of coconut.  It’s bright and fresh and tropical to my nose.  This scrub gave off the most heavenly scent in the shower.  I did have to mix it around a little with my finger to distribute the oils, but the scrub exfoliated my tough shins with just the right amount of scrub and left my skin truly feeling soft and not sticky at all.  Unlike other scrubs I’ve used in the past, this kept my skin feeling soft all day.  The scrub is 6.7 oz. and retails for $26.00.

 

Sugar Sisters Sugar Scrub Contains:

  • Grape Seed Oil – boosts skin’s regenerative properties
  • Coconut Oil – allows skin to maintain moisture naturally
  • Sweet Almond Oil – rich in omegas, Vitamin E and nutrient rich lipids
  • Meadowfoam Seed Oil – repairs and hydrates the skin naturally

I chose to review the Body Butter in Pink Teddy, a soft feminine sweet raspberry inspired scent.  The body butter smelled good enough to eat!  Oh my goodness I loved this!  It was a pleasure to use, making my skin felt, soft, smooth and moisturized and glowing. The scent lasted a good long while, so you may want to keep that in mind if you were planning to wear perfume on the same day. Sugar Sisters Body Butter is 6.7 oz. and retails for $24.

Body Butter contains:

  • Jojoba Oil – non-greasy, quick absorbing oil that hydrates the skin naturally
  • Hemp Oil – allows skin to retain moisture, glow and naturally shine.
  • Borage Seed Oil – restores moisture and smoothness to dry and damaged skin

 

I also tried Sugar Sisters Organic Body Wash in Daydreaming, a warm vanilla and pure lavender scent enriched with aloe.  The website claims this is a low sudsing body wash, and I would agree with that.  I wasn’t as wowed with this product and I was with the scrub and body butter.  My personal preference is a body wash with more sudsing action.  Yes, it did get me clean, but I didn’t find it to be very moisturizing on my skin.  The bottle I received also had a packaging flaw that made using the body wash a frustrating experience.  The cap was mis-aligned making it difficult to dispense the product.  I’ve included a picture below.  Overall, this wasn’t my favorite Sugar Sisters product.  The body wash is 8 oz. and retails for $16.

 

I enjoyed trying Sugar Sister’s products!  Find them at https://www.sugarsisters.me

After all, life’s a little sweeter with sugar in it!”  –  The Sugar Sisters

 

 

Always full disclosure here!  Although some items are sent for review, compensation of any kind is never accepted in exchange for a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own and not edited by any companies mentioned.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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3 Business Ideas for Busy Moms

It isn’t easy being a mother and we all know that it’s a full-time job. However, once those initial years are gone, you may just find a little more time on your hands than you are used to by now. If you are thinking about going back to your job but worried at the same time about restarting your career after such a long break, then know that you may not really have to go through those grueling hours ever again. Instead, you can start a business from home to work according to your own convenience, while never really being away from your family. It would help though if you had a bit more knowledge about business and marketing in general, and you can do that from the convenience of your home too. Just get an online MSM degree from the highly praised New England College and at the end of the course, you should be able to turn any venture into a profitable business in no time.

Blogging

It is a somewhat saturated field but nevertheless, blogging continues to be one of the prime sources of income for stay-at-home moms. Choose a topic that you have both knowledge and interest in and post content to your blog regularly. Once the blog begins to pick up, your earnings will come via affiliate marketing, advertisements, and product promotions primarily. However, in order for it to pick up in an extremely competitive market, SEO optimization, social media marketing, guest posting and other forms of content marketing might be necessary.

Virtual Assistant

The job of a VA is to provide assistance to businesses primarily in terms of marketing, technical support and running administration. This is one of those jobs where you will get the best opportunities if you complete an online master of science in marketing management and put it on your CV. The advantage of being a VA is that instead of being tied down to a full-time job for just one person or company, you will have the opportunity to work for multiple companies and get paid for every hour that you provide them with your services; not to mention, you will be doing all that from the comfort of your home and your own laptop.

Food Business

This one requires a lot more funding than the two ideas above and getting a food license for operating a food business from home can be a tricky affair. However, once you acquaint yourself well with the rules and regulations that govern the prerequisites of getting the license and manage to invest some money into your business, a bakery or something similar can be a very profitable business, especially if you are good at cooking. When the business starts to see some profits, you can hire someone to help you so that you can get even more time for yourself.

In case you would like some more options, don’t worry because there are plenty! You could be opening up a child day care facility if you have sufficient spare space in your house. If creativity is your forte, then you could use your artistic skills to make and sell unique gift items or art online.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Children and Jewelry: Avoid Making These Health Mistakes

Ear piercing has become an unspoken global rite of passage for girls. In some cultures, the practice of ear piercing is performed during infancy. In the U.K., the average age for ear piercing is seven, while in the U.S. the most popular time for piercing varies but usually hits during the impressionable pre-teen years.

My first ear piercing was in kindergarten…I was five, and I’m actually still donning those original studs (faux opals!). In kindergarten, all my friends were getting their ears pierced. Many sported tiny gold hearts and stars. I still remember going to the jewelry store, picking out my first pair of earrings and having two ladies (one on each ear) shooting those studs in my ear. I honestly don’t remember the pain, but I know I cried. I can say that the stress of piercing was much worse for my second set of holes…in my adult years!

In an article for Vogue, writer Patricia Garcia discussed the pressure she felt in having her infant daughter’s ears pierced. In Latina culture, Garcia said that the tradition is to pierce the ears in early infancy, and the piercing usually happens in the hospital. Garcia’s own piercing was performed during her first days of life, and her family expected the same for Garcia’s daughter (who also received many gifts of earrings!). Garcia’s interviews within the article reveal that infant ear piercing also is a cultural norm in the Sephardic Jewish tradition. And, sometimes, infant piercing has nothing to do with culture, but, rather parents’ personal preference.

Ear piercing during infancy and toddlerhood, however, means that the piercing care falls to the parents—not the child. Piercings require daily care—especially as the holes are healing. For many parents, the care isn’t an issue. And the care of the piercing seems to pale in comparison to the thought of their child remembering the pain of the piercing.

 

Caring for jewelry and piercing holes must be a priority for those who elect to have ears (or any body part) pierced. Dirty jewelry creates a breeding ground for bacteria and increasing the risk of infection. For parents opting for early piercings for their little ones, or for parents whose kids love their jewelry, follow these guidelines to ensure good hygiene, proper care and to help lower the risk of infections and skin sensitivities or irritation.

Opt for Surgical Steel

Many people have sensitivities to certain metals, and, unfortunately, discovering those sensitivities is through trial and error. Ear piercings should first be performed using surgical steel posts. This type of metal is typically hypoallergenic and safe for sensitive ears.

Keep All Earrings Spotless

Earrings end up with smelly mucky gunk when they are worn for too long and not cleaned. New piercings cannot be removed for a designated period to ensure the holes don’t close, so be sure kids disinfect around the piercing and wipe off the earrings! Use rubbing alcohol or witch hazel. When ears are healed, remove earrings and clean them thoroughly…scrub out all the gunk from the backs, too. Never allow kids to sleep in hoops or other larger earrings…they will irritate the holes!

Rings

A child’s jewelry collection isn’t limited to earrings! Keep rings clean, too. And be sure to opt for natural metals…like sterling silver. Plated metals can leave a green residue on the finger. To clean rings, soak in mild dish detergent and then scrub gently with a toothbrush. Make sure to get all the debris out of nooks and crannies. Any residues from soaps, lotions and even dirt and dust can irritate the skin and cause itching and discomfort.

Necklaces & Bracelets

Most kids usually don’t have many issues with their necklaces or bracelets, but you should help kids keep them clean in order to avoid skin irritants from building up on metals. Again, soak in a mild dish soap and use a soft toothbrush to wipe away any build-up and grime.

 

 

For many young ladies, pierced ears are not only a rite of passage but also a cultural tradition. Piercings must be kept clean to keep bacteria away and decrease infection risk. But while earrings and piercing sites must be sanitized, don’t forget the rest of the jewelry box! Skin irritation and infection isn’t just limited to piercings but anywhere that comes into contact with jewelry. Parents should help kids wipe and disinfect all jewelry to preserve the life of metals and protect sensitive skin.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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How to Cope with Home Renovations when You Have Kids

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Coping with a major home renovation project is never much fun at the best of times, but if you have small children, the stress is magnified by a thousand. As adults, we can learn to live with no hot water, no electricity, and no internet, but for kids, the novelty of having no TV or games console access soon wears off. If your kids are at school, it won’t be quite so bad, as they won’t be around through the day, but if you have pre-school kids, you are in for a rocky ride. Here are some useful tips to help you cope with the extra stress of renovating a property and managing children.

Hire Reputable Tradesmen

Home renovation problems are often caused by incompetent tradesmen. It’s always better to go with a personal recommendation when hiring tradesmen. However, if this is not an option, read reviews on local tradesmen before you make a hiring decision. Most people are quick to leave negative reviews if they have had a bad experience, so scour social media and Google the name of anyone that you are considering hiring for a project.

Find out What the Job Entails

Speak to your contractor before work begins and ask for a detailed timetable of what you have in store. Any contractor worth their reputation will be happy to discuss the project in greater detail so you can plan around for the different stages of the job. For example, if you are having a new kitchen fitted and you won’t have hot water or cooking facilities for a week, it is better to know in advance so you can make alternative arrangements.

Kids are usually happy to eat at fast-food restaurants, but this will soon wear thin if you are looking to save some cash. In some cases, it might be a good idea to vacate the property for a while, in which case you need to find somewhere else to live. However, unless you speak to the contractor, you won’t have a clue until the power goes off or the toilet is ripped out and you are left high and dry.

Plan the Project Carefully

Try to do as much forward planning as is humanly possible. Choosing new appliances, ceramic floor tiles, and even paint colours all takes time. The more you can do in advance of the start date, the faster the renovation will be completed.

Be Aware of Safety Issues

Renovating a home with kids around is difficult from a safety perspective. Young children are curious and completely immune to the dangers of power tools and other dangers. Keep your children out of harm’s way at all times and never let them play in a work area unsupervised until the project has been completed.

Lastly, consider moving out to speed things up. It’s a lot easier to get the work done if you are not living on-site. Take a holiday or go and stay with friends or relatives to minimise stress.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Tips To Keep Kids Entertained and Engaged During A Tour

 

A guided tour is a wonderful source of both entertainment and education. However, a tour may not always be captivating enough for your little one. If you are gearing up for a family tour, make sure you have activities and gadgets that can supplement the fun. Whether it is an art, architecture, restaurant, wildlife, nature or city tour, there are effective ways of keeping your kids entertained and involved. Here are some tips to help you keep your children occupied and engaged during a summer guided tour:

Fun Family Games

When you are on the tour, have some games at the ready. There are classic games that may keep your kids entertained if they are of a younger age, like iSpy or a quantity game where they keep track of specific entities. You can also create a scavenger hunt before you go on your tour, so the experience is one that has an air of competition and mystery. For example, you could create a scavenger hunt for an art museum, where you children must identify different works of art — i.e. paintings by a specific artist, a style of art, a type of sculpture or a piece that’s from a certain time period. This kind of scavenger hunt should be scaffolded, so they are still involved with the tour but also have a side project they can use as additional entertainment. You can also play a quiz game to be administered throughout the tour or at the end of the tour. The quiz can consist of questions related to the tour, which will help fuel your children’s motivation to engage in the content of the tour. Make sure you provide a worthy incentive — a coveted prize — if they perform well on the quizzes.

Essential Gadgets

Your digital natives will crave technological stimulation while they are on the tour. Luckily, there are ways you can integrate tech devices into the experience. Ask the tour company that is guiding your experience if they have any devices your child can use during the tour. Museums and city tours will often have tour guide headsets that let your children explore in-depth information about what they’re seeing. This kind of gadget is perfect for children who have a natural curiosity and are active learners. However, if your children aren’t stimulated by straight-forward knowledge and require a more creative outlet, you can provide them with a tablet where they can create a visual depiction of what they are seeing. Tablet art and drawing programs make it easy for your child to draw their own art in response to the content of the tour.You can also provide them with a smartphone for looking up relevant facts and streaming videos. Avoid having to worry about data overages and bring a phone featuring a 4G LTE network.

Designated Photographer

Have your child act as the official photographer of the tour. You want a documented account of the experience, and this is a great way you can preserve your memories, as well as involve your child. A smartphone camera is probably the most age-appropriate option as it is a user-friendly device with an easy-to-access camera. Lend your kids a durable smartphone that can capture quality photos and video. Provide your child with some direction of the kind of photos they should aim for, so their photos are tour-focused. You could brainstorm this list with your child before you embark on the tour, involving them in the planning process. You could also map out video plot frames, representative of events that will likely occur on the tour. They can then record the tour with intention, so they may later edit the video and present it to the entire family.

 

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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