Have you ever purchased a product or invested in a
service only to be disappointed in the end. I have.
There's nothing more frustrating than paying for something
only to find out that you could have spared yourself the time and
This week, I'm sharing three of my "mom-approved"
must-haves in the areas of beauty, social apps and kid friendly
LVX Nail Polish
While pregnant, my doctor kindly suggested I take a
break from my weekly manicures and pedicures to avoid exposing
myself to the toxic fumes often found in nail salons. Disappointed,
I resorted to buffing my naked nails with hopes of giving them a
little natural shine. Had I done a bit more research I would have
discovered that there are toxin free polishes available which allow
you to maintain your manis and pedis while preggo! Although no
longer pregnant, I still find myself making better choices when it
comes to purchasing certain products; which leads me to
Made in the USA and based out of Chicago, this vegan
(cruelty-free) polish is the answer to all your nail needs. It is
free of the five toxic chemicals commonly found in polish and it's
gel like formula makes it chip resistant. I've been using it for
some time now and it is quickly becoming one of my
There's something to be said about a trusted
source. Someone whose opinion can be valued is a characteristic we
can all appreciate as parents.
If you've ever been in need of a service or product but
were unsure of where to find it, rest assured, PlumWise has got you
Created by two moms, Plumwise is a selective community
which will connect you to providers who have been recommended by
members of the site. Contrary to similar sites, you will not find
endless reviews, ratings or vendor influence. Categories range from
health, fitness, children and beauty just to name a few. The fun
part is you can search by service and narrow it down to
neighborhood. I was able to find some pretty great recommendations!
If you value quality and honest reviews this may just be the site
Kid Friendly Technology
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (for
We all know that most kids are extremely fascinated
by technology. My daughter knows how to work my iPad better than I
can. As fascinated as I am by her ability to swipe her tiny index
finger from left to right, I felt that the time had come for her to
get her own "kid friendly" tablet. The decision was based on two
factors. The first one being that I needed my iPad and secondly, I
got tired of apologizing for sending out emails that read "
We opted for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 for a number of
reasons. For one, the size was perfect for her little hands; the
one we purchased came with a protective rubber cover which not only
gives her a better grip but also protects the tablet.
What I like most about the Samsung are the features. The
parental control is a personal favorite, you can create a password
to disable purchases, set time limits as well as monitor
The specialized user interface (or home screen) is
extremely easy to use. Swipe and touch. There are also tons of
interactive, educational games and books that can be downloaded for
free in the kids store via Google Play.
As your child gets older and no longer wants to play Toy
Story Smash It, no need to go buy a new tablet. The Samsung
converts to the Galaxy Tab 7 mode making it user friendly for kids
of all ages. That includes you.
Do you have any suggestions on mom or dad approved
must-have products? If so, share them below.
Charlotte Betts is a Canadian expat, wife and mother adopted by the Windy City. Fluently bilingual in French and English, Betts is a fashion connoisseur with a slight obsession to red lipstick. She also curates milknhonee an inspirational mommy and me style blog.
See more of Charlotte's stories here.
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