Here are three really cool ideas that I kind of wish I had invented- the next time you take the little ones with you on a trip or outing, keep these things in mind and become the Super-Mom (or Super-Auntie) that you always wanted to be! Okay, I admit that I’m the first person to cringe when I see headlines like “Three Little Things that will COMPLETELY CHANGE YOUR ENTIRE LIFE,” but these three little things really are cool and could totally make a difference in at least a major part of your life! Check these out:
THE TEXT HOOK
Does this sound familiar? You’re pushing a stroller with your right hand while searching for a binky with your left hand, and the phone rings, so you quit looking for the binky to look for the phone (which upsets the binky-seeking baby who now escalates his cry from anxious whimpering to Pavarotti-lung-capacity-shouting) and by the time you get your hands on the phone, it stops ringing just in time for you to not get the call? Here’s your solution: Texthook is a smartphone holder that attaches to any handlebar (think stroller etc.) providing a convenient and safe place to store your phone. The mount rotates so that it can be secured to either a single or double handlebar. No more digging through your bag for your phone! I’ll let you numerate all the ways in which this invention could improve your day… in the meantime, go to www.thetexthook.com to get one.
And how about this scenario? You’re in the car with a four-year-old. That’s it- enough said. If you’ve ever been in a car with a four-year-old, you know that the entertainment potential of playing “I Spy” is less than stellar even in the best of circumstances, let alone if the trip is an especially long one or the four-year-old is an especially bored one. Try this: Entertain little ones in the airport or in the car with Kneebouncers, an innovative website that lets babies and toddlers play computer games- without a mouse. Just tap on the keyboard and magic happens on the screen! The site has 20+ games from letter and number learning to balloon pop and more for hours of endless entertainment and no downloading, software or equipment required. Hint: You don’t have to be in the car or airport for Kneebouncers to be fun! Try it with your little one at: www.kneebouncers.com
Okay, these are really cool- kind of like that space-age food they make for astronauts or those little dinosaur sponges that soak in water and expand in size. DiaperBuds are individually wrapped, vacuum-packed disposable baby diapers for on-the-go. Because of their patented packaging, they are 70% smaller than regular diapers. When opened they ‘bloom’ into a full-sized premium diaper. Just like the dinosaur sponges, but way more useful when applied to a baby’s bum! Remember the last time you traveled with diapers and the diapers took up the whole suitcase? It doesn’t have to be that way! (You can pack more than one shirt on your next vacation…) Get yours at: www.DiaperBuds.com.
You’ve Heard How Woman Have That Special Glow… They do it with Mamamio.
Hollywood is looking really bumpy lately, and I don’t mean the hills! In the wake of the recent Hollywood baby-boom, red carpets have been flooded with a plethora of baby bumps! Pregnant celebs such as Kate Hudson, Victoria Beckham, Natalie Portman, Selma Blair and the newly pregnant Jessica Alba are sure to get plenty of notice for their maternity style. And how will they perfect their looks? With none other than celebrity skincare expert Mama Mio, of course! While all of these products are especially formulated with glowing mothers-to-be in mind, you don’t have to be prego to appreciate them!
Boob Tube Bust and Neck Firmer: While expecting Honor in 2008, Jessica Alba embraced her pregnant physique and notably stellar style by highlighting her assets on the red carpet. We know she’ll do the same this time around by using her favorite Mama Mio product: Boob Tube Bust and Neck Firmer ($45; www.mamamio.com). This crinkle-fighting formula promotes firmer, fitter, glowing, dewy, youthful skin from the neck down, a must when preparing for a revealing neckline on the red carpet. CoQ10 helps defy gravity while Omega 3, 6 and 9 keep your neck and décolleté looking firm and plump. Milk Thistle, Evening Primrose Oil and Sweet Almond Oil maintain moisture for healthy, brilliant skin!
O-Mega™ Body Oil: The amazingly beautiful Selma Blair showed off her maternity glow at the recent Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. You too can achieve a soft sheen like Selma’s by using her favorite Mama Mio product: O-Mega™ Body Oil ($35; www.mamamio.com) Free of carriers and emollients, this formula is 100% replenishing moisture. Truly superfood for the skin, Mama Mio’s magic mix of natural Argan, Safflower, Sweet Almond and Jojoba oils delivers much-needed Omegas 3, 6 and 9 to nourish and elasticize the skin for a noticeable and immediate difference. Thirsty skin drinks up the quenching blend instantly as it quickly sinks in, locks in moisture and throws away the key!
Lucky Legs: The always fashionable Victoria Beckham never lets her pregnancies get in the way of style! Pregnant with her fourth child, the Mama Mio Skincare fan was recently spotted in Heathrow wearing her signature stilettos. At this year’s Oscars, other pregnant celebs also braved the red carpet in heels with the help of Mama Mio Lucky Legs ($19; www.mamamio.com). Developed to relieve legs and feet when exhausted, swollen, heavy, and in need of intense refreshment, this mini-spa treatment glides on to instantly cool and ease weary limbs—from knees to tippy toes. Lucky Legs is formulated with V-Tonic, a blend of safe, essential oils handpicked to relieve pain and lighten heavy legs with a tingly cool sensation. 80% of women tested reported immediate relief! Menthol and Spearmint cool and refresh as Aloe Vera and Chamomile calm and Yarrow helps skin tone.
Hey Little Mama…