7 Random Summer Must-Haves & Tips for Moms

This blog post is sponsored by Boiron® and PTPA

Summer means lots of fun time with family. As a new mom, I found myself buying things that I completely didn’t think about before having kids. So, I have this blog post to sum up what I think would be needed for moms with kids or family in general, especially during summer time. Let’s jump right in.

  1. An Igloo cooler for your car. We live in the desert, so we would like to have cold drinks while being on the go. Having a cooler in the back of the car saves us money, by bringing our own homemade tea or smoothie instead of stopping at Starbucks or any places to get expensive drinks ALL THE TIME. We also have one to use in our backyard when we have a BBQ. 
  2. A natural safe-for-kids-and-pets backyard spray. You can easily find some good options on Amazon. You don’t want the fun time to be annoyed by mosquitoes or bugs, since children are around. I have a whole blog post on how I keep my daughter safe from insect bites while being outside. An Igloo cooler for your car. We live in the desert, so we would like to have cold drinks while being on the go. Having a cooler in the back of the car saves us money, by bringing our own homemade tea or smoothie instead of stopping at Starbucks or any places to get expensive drinks ALL THE TIME. We also have one to use in our backyard when we have a BBQ. 
  3. A jumper for your kid at the pool. It looks like the picture below. It’s not very expensive. You can have more peace of mind letting your toddler wear it and play more freely at the pool.
  4. Fun outdoor/backyard toys for kids. Kids love playing in water. A water table or a sprinkler would be the best. Also, a bubble machine, or a sandbox would be amazing too.
  5. Drink dispenser. It will be so handy to have especially for family backyard dinner or BBQ. I would prefer a plastic one over a glass one, just to be safe while kids are around.

6. Fun and cute compostable dinnerware. I love collecting the cute items to make BBQ time more fun and appealing. I sometime use melamine dinnerware because they are durable and easy to clean. There are so many cute options for melamine dinnerware too.

7. This last must-have is so important. I would highly recommend having some Boiron® Acidil® and Gasalia® ready at home. With all the summer foods, especially after having a BBQ, you can easily get indigestion

Boiron® is my favorite homeopathic medicine brand. Acidil® and Gasalia® are made for you to treat yourself at home when having indigestion symptoms.* They are made with natural active ingredients that works with your body. Plus, there are no drug interactions when taking them.*

Gasalia®  is suggested for use for in adults and children 6 years of age and older. Acidil can be used for adult and children 12 years of age and older. You can take Gasalia® when having the first sign of gas, and take Acidil® at the first sign of indigestion.* I also shared 10 ways to avoid and treat indigestion in a different blog post. Make sure you didn’t miss it. 

Summer is the time to have fun, not to be worry. So, I hope you keep yourself and your family healthy and happy. Let me know your tips if you have one. It’d be so helpful. 

Thank you Boiron® and PTPA for sponsoring this blog post. All the tips and opinions are based own my own experience.

*Claims based on traditional homeopathic practice, not accepted medical evidence. Not FDA evaluated.

5 Tips for Better Wellness in Your Life

Far too many of us take our health and wellness for granted, until an illness or injury happens. But living a healthy life often means leading a happy life and a longer one too.

For greater wellness, follow these five tips and you might be surprised to find that relatively small changes can make a major difference.

Aim to Take Frequent Breaks in the Fresh Air

If you work indoors, you probably don’t get outside often enough but going outdoors and enjoying the fresh air can actually raise levels of the feel-good hormone known as serotonin to make us feel better. Aim to get out for at least a few minutes once every hour or two. You’ll not only be giving your eyes a break from the glare of the computer screen and harsh lights but it will reduce your stress levels, enhance energy, strengthen your immune system and even improve blood pressure.

Move More

While getting outside regularly will get you moving at least a bit, try to move as often as you can. Even brief periods of exercise can help. Take 10 minutes to walk the stairs or walk around your building, with a goal to get at least 30 to 60 minutes of cardio exercise a day. It’ll go a long way in helping your waistline, relieving stress and reducing the risk of countless health problems from migraines and depression to heart disease and diabetes. It will instantly put you in a better mood and provide an energy boost too. According to Harvard Medical School, the secret to better health is exercise.

Eat More Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

They say at least three-quarters of your health is linked to what you eat, which means it’s important to feed your body with what it needs for total wellness. Greens are one of the best sources of vitamins, minerals and fiber, but aim to eat a rainbow of colors from purple grapes and orange carrots to yellow squash and green spinach. If you don’t like veggies, toss some into a smoothie with a banana or another sweet fruit and you probably won’t even notice they’re there. Your body will thank you with a healthier weight, better cholesterol levels, improved digestion, more beautiful skin and a stronger heart.

Breathe

Obviously if we don’t breathe, we don’t live, but did you know there is a significant difference between actually breathing properly and the shallow breathing that most of us do automatically without a second thought. Taking just a few minutes to check to see if you’re breathing the right way can almost immediately transform a poor mood into a better one and even ease anxiety and sadness. You should inhale deeply, from the belly and then exhale deeply which aids the body in eliminating carbon dioxide while helping to replenish it with oxygen. Check periodically to see if you’re breathing the right way.

Embark on a Wellness Retreat

Travel is a great way to enhance wellness as it often brings opportunities for more exercise, and usually in fun forms. Take that up a notch by embarking on a wellness retreat in Queensland, Australia or perhaps another destination you’ve been dreaming of. Retreats like these not only help to motivate, but often they bring the chance to learn more about nutrition while enjoying all sorts of outdoor adventures too.

Stock Up and Give Back!

This is a sponsored post for Always

It’s truly the best feeling when you get to stock up for that time of the month while helping other girls to be as confident as you are.  At this point, you might have already heard of the Always Live #LikeAGirl campaign. If you have not, it’s a meaningful campaign from Always & Walmart to help #EndPeriodPoverty. I have talked about this campaign on a previous blog post. I also shared my experience about my difficult life 10 years ago in Vietnam. Be sure to read it! (provide link to post here) It is tough for me to think back but I think it is important to share because it relates to the Always Live #LikeAGirl campaign.

Period poverty is a real problem in the U.S. Nearly 1 in 5 girls have missed school because they can’t afford period protection. They do not just only miss school, but also the activities they love. And the side effects of missing out on their activities outside of school can be just as real.


These activities help build a girl’s confidence and skills, and missing out can limit a girl’s potential and opportunities far beyond puberty.

Always Live #LikeAGirl is all about helping girls stay confident by encouraging girls to stay in sports and to persevere through failure—both of which are key confidence boosters.

Always and Walmart are donating a year’s supply of period products to 50 teams in 50 states. Also, during January, for every purchase of a 3-pack box of Always Pads, Always will donate a pack to girls in need across the US. This donation will only be triggered via purchases from  smarturl.it/WalmartAlways during the month of January.

You can get involved and help, too! Simply go to smarturl.it/WalmartAlways to purchase a 3-pack box of Always Pads and Always will donate a pack to girls in need. It’s a win-win – you stock up AND help a girl stay in the activity she loves.

Stay Active #LikeAGirl

“This is a sponsored post for Always.”

When I was a teenager living in Vietnam, my family was having a terrible time economically. My mom moved to the United States when I was 15. She was moving with nothing but hope for a better life for her children. We, a 15-year-old girl, a 12-year-old girl, and a 9-year-old boy, were left with my dad who had never had that responsibility.

By that time, both my little sister and I were teenagers. Nobody taught us about what was going to happen when we grew from little girls to teen girls. By then, we were uneducated about having a period and we weren’t able to afford pads all the time. We were unprepared most of the times. It was a lot better when we got to come here to the United States and live a better life with my mom 3 years after that.

However, whenever I think back about those days, it’s terrifying to me especially since  I am amom of a girl now. I had tears running down my face as I was watching this video from Always Live #LikeAGirl.

The video brings me back to the memories of those days. I also used toilet paper when I didn’t have pads. I know the exact feeling when being unprepared. Everyone knows that being prepared and ready in any life situation is important, but in the case of having a period, it’s a lot more important for a girl.

Now I know it’s not only in my home country, Vietnam. Period poverty is a real problem in the U.S. Nearly 1 in 5 girls have missed school because they can’t afford period protection. The Always Live #LikeAGirl campaign is all about helping girls stay confident. Their previous campaigns have done that by encouraging girls to stay in sports and encouraging them to persevere through failure—both of which are key confidence boosters.

This year, Always Live #LikeAGirl campaign is aimed at keeping girls involved in the confidence-boosting activities they love—by helping tackle period poverty. Always and Walmart are donating a year’s supply of period products to 50 teams in 50 states to help #EndPeriodPoverty . With my real-life story, this campaign is so important to me. I’m so proud to be partnered with Always and Walmart to support it.

Let’s get her back in the action by sharing the new Always Live #LikeAGirl YouTube video and creating awareness of period poverty.

This new Always Live #LikeAGirl video is a must-watch. Everyone should watch it, especially if you are a teen girl or are a parent to girls.

Again, as a mom myself, I work hard to provide my daughter a wonderful life no matter which age she is. But life is hard, things may happen. I adore and 100% support meaningful campaigns like this. I highly encourage you to do so and spread the word about it. That one little act from each of us would mean so much for someone’s daughter.

10 best gifts for new moms

Tis the season for gifting, everyone loves receiving gifts, especially those with a new baby at home , those who needs some cool gears to make mom life a little easier.

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As a mom myself with a 2 years old daughter. I have been using and experiencing so many of the coolest items made for mom and baby. Here I’m creating a gift guide especially for new moms, based on things I’ve been using or have used in the past.

I’m seperating 2 groups of gifts: Affordable Gifts (Under $100), and Fancy Gifts ($100 and Up). Gifting doesn’t have to be overwhelmed, anything below in my gift guide is very helpful and whoever receive these will totally love them and use them a lot. So no matter it’s pricey or not, let’s take a look closer to 10 gifts hand picked by me !!!

 

AFFORDABLE GIFTS under $100

 

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  1. Aucutee Fan White Noise Macchine

A white noise macchine is always a safe choice. This Aucutee one is my favorite since it’s a pure fan sound that is very comfortable. I did post a review about it on instagram. It is $30 on Amazon with Prime free shipping.

 

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2) Natural Spa Basket

A nourishing and complete spa experience awaits the body, mind and soul with this abundant and expertly curated basket of wholesome, all-natural, organic, dye-free bath and body essentials. This gift basket is perfect for self-care time. It’s $100 plus shipping. Use code AFFGT10off75 for $10 off.

 

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3) Mommy and Baby–Cute as Can Bee

A plush bee holds a collection of all-natural body care products from Burt’s Bees to soothe and nourish mommy and baby’s sensitive skin. Presented in a keepsake wicker basket, everyone will “bee” happy with this adorable gift. This basket includes my favorite brand Burt’s Bee products for both mommy and baby, plus a cute bee plush toy. This gift basket is $70 plus shipping.  Use code AFFGT10off75 for $10 off.

 

giftguide214) Trtl Travel Pillow

The genius travel pillow that everyone is talking about on youtube. They are super soft and hold your neck in a better position than a standard U-shaped travel pillow, while being half the size of a U-shaped travel pillow for easy carrying. Traveling especially traveling with baby is a challenge, giving this item to a mommy would make her holiday trip a little more relax. It’s $30, very affordable and reasonable.

 

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5) Mountain Buggy Bagrider

Speaking about traveling with baby/kid, this amazing luggage is a must. It expands to a 2-in-1 luggage/stroller so your baby/toddler can sit securely on top of it while you’re easily pushing it around. That is the smartest idea. This luggage is $100 on Amazon.

 

 

FANCY GIFTS ($100 and up)

giftguide136) VTech VM4261 – Video Baby Monitor

This $150 baby monitor has 170-degree wide-angle lens that captures the baby as they crawl, play and explore around the room. It comes with a high-resolution, 4.3-inch color LCD screen that can pan, tilt and zoom the camera from the parent unit. It also has soothing sounds and lullabies; two-way, talk-back intercom; and vibrating sound-alert on the parent unit. Overall, this one is a good one that mommy will love.

 

giftguide157) Tula Baby Toddler Carrier (in Blossom)

I’ve been using this carrier a lot. My daughter Misa actually loves being carried and lots of the times she asked me to wear her. So I totally amazed by babywearing. I have the toddler size since Misa is a big toddler. It is $169 each. For new moms with new born babies, I recommend getting the Tula Baby Standard Carrier . There are so many cute prints to choose from. The standard size is $139 each.

 

giftguide118) Dockatot Grand in Carrara Marble

Many moms swear by Dockatots. I doubted it. But then I got it when she turns 1 years old and I regret that I hadn’t bought it when she was born. It is amazing and surprising how much Misa loves it. I don’t have to say much about this since there are tons of great reviews and youtube videos about Dockatot. I have the Grand Dock and recommend it over the Deluxe size. It is pricey so I think go with the bigger size would be a lot better.

 

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9) Milo & Gabby Nap Mat

A set of sleeping bag/ nap mat is ideal for traveling with toddler. These adorable sleeping bags are designed to look like your child’s favorite Milo&Gabby animal characters, with useful details such as a removable duvet insert, detachable pillow and blanket, and a handy storage bag. These are also great to bring for preschool, daycare, and for overnight trips to grandma’s and grandpa’s. They are $168 each.

 

giftguide1910) JetKids BedBox

The one I show here in the photo is the classic one that is currently sold out. They have a new line with new colors and the same features which called BedBox® . The new colors are absolutely beautiful. They would make awesome gift for traveling moms with toddler. With this gear,  a standard economy seat is turned into a first class seat for children in 5 steps. You can click here to see how it works. This item is $200.

 

Those are the 10 items I believe a mom who receive them will be totally obsessed. Hope this gift guide is somewhat helpful during this gifting season. Also, this is my fist gift guide ever so hopefully you guys love it. Another gift guide for toddler will be up live Monday. Stay tune !!!

Reduce back pain and headache in 15 minutes

…without using any medication.

Are you a mama? If so, you probably experience back pain, headache, and distress. You could have those problems even if you are not a mom yet.

Being a mom that is running everything as a single mom, I need to take the best care of myself in order to run the whole house with a toddler by my side. I’m a short mom while my clingy daughter is big, so there is no surprise I got so much back tension. I sometime feel worst at my lower back especially around those days of the month.

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Adding Pranamat ECO mat + pillow in my daily routine

So glad I found Pranamat ECO set (mat + pillow) and it has been such a game changer. I have been using them for a week (15 minutes each day) and I already feel the difference. The most obvious feeling after each use is that I feel like having more energy, back tension relief especially the position where you usually get hurt after sitting too long in front of computer. Magically, when you feel more energized, you feel less stressed.

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I love to throw myself on and relax

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Red skin on the back after 15 minutes, it’s time for the bottom

The little pillow is perfect for wherever you want like head, bottom, legs, feet, ect. When use as a pillow for head, it helps with headache as well as muscle tension in the neck. And it helps improving quality of sleep which I really need.

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I also use them while doing makeup if I’m in a little rush

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Your feet need some massage too

I was gifted this set of Pranamat ECO mat and pillow in exchange for my honest review. Head over to Pranamat ECO to learn more about how to use them and benefits.