Stressed out? Can’t sleep? Having trouble focusing? Your troubles are almost over!

If you are anything like us, someone in your house is a terrible, terrible sleeper. As for me, there are two of them. My spouse and my youngest son are both terrible sleepers. We have tried so many different remedies, medications, oils, yoga, massage, pressure points- you name it. Nothing worked, and definitely nothing worked well.

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We recently tried TOUCHPOINTS™. I know you will love this new and effective method of helping to create calm, sleep as much as we do (created by neuroscientist Dr. Amy Serin).

TOUCHPOINTS™ are new breakthrough wearable devices that use BLAST (Bi-Lateral Alternating Stimulation-Tactile) technology to help to reduce stress by over 70% in as little as 30 seconds. The devices are non-invasive, drug free and have shown great success not only for day to day anxiety and stress, for cravings, to promote restful sleep, deal with anger, and help us to focus and therefore increase performance.

What a great holiday gift. Who wouldn’t want your significant other, close friends, family members and even kids more relaxed and less stressed?  It’s great for those with PTSD as well. This is the gift that keeps on giving throughout the year as everyday pressures, workloads, social situations, and family dynamics (not to mention reading the news) create stress on an ongoing basis.

The original TOUCHPOINTS™ work with an app and have six settings; the new, basic model has three settings and does not require an app, making it easier for children with ADHD or autism to use them in school or elsewhere more easily. Parents and teachers both rave about their effectiveness. TOUCHPOINTS™ basic and original are available at www.ilovetouchpoints.com and numerous other retailers and are reasonably priced to make them accessible, one of the goals of the company’s founders, Dr. Amy Serin and Vicki Mayo.

With school beginning, and many students (and their parents) are stressed out about heading back to school–without considering that cutting-edge neuroscience offers a quick, easy solution.  TouchPoints are a non-invasive, wearable devices that are worn on either sides of the body (on the wrists, pockets, socks, etc) and use patent-pending neuroscience technology shown to reduce stress by up to 70% in just 30 seconds.

Two models are available:

  • TouchPoints Basic: Manually controlled with three settings (sleep, calm, anger). This model is perfect for elementary and junior high students. ($160)
  • TouchPoints Original: Controlled via smartphone (iOS and Android compatible) with six presettings (calm, focus, sleep, performance, anger, and cravings). High school and college students prefer this model. ($250)

Here is a case study to show how TouchPoints can be used to manage stress, hyperactivity, lack of proactivity and focus while at school. As you are curating the best back-to-school gadgets for the 2018 semester, please consider adding TouchPoints to the list.

You can visit www.thetouchpointsolution.com to learn more. You can use the code EQUALITY for $30 off your purchase.

Bright Ideas for a Brighter Kids Smile

As a parent, it can be challenging to convince your children that brushing their teeth can be fun. With your kids home from school since forever and until who knows when, now is a great time to get them motivated. Heck, you have nowhere else to be! Kidding, but…only sort of.

  1. Maintain a Good Oral Hygiene Routine: Have your child brush their teeth morning and night with Firefly’s Ready Go Power Toothbrush to teach them the dentist-recommended time for proper cleaning of two minutes.
  2. Create a “shared vision” between parents and children. Create a shared vision with children by modeling your own brush time behavior and letting the child pick out his or her toothbrush color and toothpaste flavor. It’s also important to create a shared vision between parent and pediatric dentist during the initial dental visit to help reinforce good oral hygiene habits at home.
  3. Make it Fun: Let your child choose their favorite flavor or favorite character with Firefly’s Natural Anticavity Fluoride Toothpaste. It even comes with a mystery prize.

Firefly’s NEW! Ready Go Power Toothbrush ($6.98 at Walmart and Walmart.com)

The Ready Go Power Toothbrush combines Firefly’s famous Light Up feature with a soft rotating head that brought an innovation to kids’ oral care. The stop light timer counts down from green to yellow to red, helping children brush for the dentist recommended time for proper cleaning of teeth. This toothbrush has a soft rotating head that blasts away plaque, preventing gum disease and tooth decay. It has a massaging action which effectively cleans between teeth while stimulating gums.

NEW Natural Anticavity Fluoride Toothpaste ($3.48, Walmart and Walmart.com)

Carefully crafted for kids, this toothpaste is clinically proven to strengthen a child’s enamel while reducing bacteria and plaque buildup that cause cavities. There are no “nasties” (no artificial sweeteners, artificial flavors, dyes, or SLS/sulfates) and the less mess airless pump leads to more controlled dosage and a cleaner bathroom. What’s even more fun? The new toothpaste includes a FREE mystery prize with every purchase.

WIN! Eight Fungisaurs Identified By Clever Kids Around The World @Fungisaurs

What do you get when you genetically cross a Velociraptor dinosaur with a Chicken of the Woods mushroom? Why even ask? Because kids everywhere have discovered Fungisaurs ($10).  These imaginative collectible toys expect to be the next-big-thing with kids ages 4 and up.

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The whole family will soon dive into the topics of travel, science and biodiversity once they interact with Fungisaurs.  The irresistible combination of imaginative toys, games and animation will have youngsters naming a Mica Cap versus a Scaly Hedgehog.  And just like mushrooms, Fungisaurs’ spores disperse in the air, so the creatures quickly spread (in a good way) to all corners of the globe.

Like many collectibles, not knowing exactly which character is in the mystery box starts the fun.  Fungisaurs toys have an added bonus –free entry into an AR mobile game. Collect them, swap them and get ready to create imaginative play time.  All ages will be enchanted with the eight dino/mushroom mash ups.

Here are our thoughts on the Fungisaurs- our unboxing video.

One of you can win a 3 pack and app code. Ends end of the month, good luck!

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School Essentials Set from Starling Skincare #BackToSchool #Vegan #AllergenFree

Check out the Starling Skincare Back to School Essentials Set for all your “back to the classroom- virtual or not” needs. Finally – toxin-free, plant-based, and organic formulations that were created for those with allergies and sensitivities in mind. Or for those just trying to be sensitive to the needs of the planet and go Vegan. Starling Skincare has eliminated all common allergens, including nuts, gluten, soy, synthetic fragrance, and preservatives. For children, tweens and teens suffering from allergies, Starling Skincare offers peace of mind to parents when choosing the right skincare items for their child.

The set includes 2 of the best selling kid’s deodorants, Force Field and Birthday Cake, plus hydrating lip balm and a bottle of super safe orange punch hand sanitizer. Whether your children are heading off to school or learning virtually, start the school year off right…safe and smelling fresh.

All-Natural Kid’s Deodorant is perfect for late summer fun, back-to-school sports and more, allergen-free and chemical-free children’s deodorants from Starling Skincare keep children smelling fresh all day! Gentle enough for tweens and teens, each deodorant is made without aluminum or synthetic fragrances, so it is safe to use and non-irritating for kids. Three varieties are available, including Force Field, Birthday Cake and Birthday Cake Sensitive.

Starling Skincare’s all-natural, moisturizing hand sanitizers clean + moisturize in one easy step with effective plant-based ingredients. Starling Skincare’s hand sanitizers meet CDC recommendations and are effective against most common germs. The quick-drying formula is hypoallergenic and allergen-free, with no rinsing required — use anytime, anywhere. Safe for both adults & children. Gluten Free. Cruelty Free. Toxin Free.

You can’t start the school year without a moisturizing lip balm. It’s long lasting and healing, so that your child’s lips will stay healthy and non irritated throughout the day. Vegan and Allergen-Free, key ingredients include Blueberry Seed Oil and Mango Butter.

Visit the website to see more, or to get the basic Back To School Set for your kids. ($28)

Here are our thoughts on the products as we first opened and tried them!

Begin A Magical Tradition Around Birthdays With Happy The Birthday Bird @Happy_TheBird

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Move over Tooth Fairy and that elf lying on some shelf. Happy The Birthday Bird ($39.99) has landed! Happy is here to create an annual tradition for the one 24-hour holiday that every kid celebrates no matter where they live, how they pray, or family income. Incredibly, the toy industry has not come up with a Happy Birthday-centric toy until mompreneur Monica Goodson walked around the American International Toy Fair earlier this year. She just knew she had something special to share with children everywhere.In fact, it was one of those ideas that retailers and parents say in retrospect, why didn’t I think of that? Jersey Shore shoppers in Ocean City, NJ are the first to see Happy The Birthday Bird at retailer Salty Treasurers. Online and in-store orders are “flying” off the shelves.

About The Creators

Happy The Birthday Bird is a plush toy and book set inspired by my son Mylen for his 8th birthday,” explains Goodson. “Happy’s story creates a family ritual and countdown to every child’s birthday. Start a week or so before their special day to make this birthday the most memorable one yet!”

Happy The Birthday Bird • Ages 3+ • $39.99

Kids love the magic of Happy flying back to TuYu each night leading up to their birthdays, carrying wishes and memories back and forth. This beautiful gift set contains all you need to build a new tradition and make birthdays even more memorable! The set includes: 15-inch plush bird wearing metallic sneakers and a backpack with clip; 4-inch plushie balloon; 36-page full-color beautifully illustrated hardcover book, includes six memory pages and one pocket for storing extra photos and cards. Best of all, Happy arrives in a sturdy reusable box with a handle for safe storage year after year.

Beyond the hold-in-your hand gift set, Happy The Birthday Bird features creative multimedia extensions, such as two original birthday songs and a dance, fun animations, digital versions of the memory pages and online downloads such as party invitations.

Here are our thoughts on Happy The Birthday Bird;

Avoid the “Covid Slide”- Keep Your Kids Learning While Having Fun!

If you are like me, you are willing to try ANYTHING to keep your kids active and learning over the summer- not to mention, really, since Covid became part of our existence. It’s hard when they aren’t in school, and many of us don’t know what to do to keep them from losing knowledge (or from wanting to be in front of the TV and video games all day, ugh). Here are a few DIY kits we’ve really loved.

Solar-Powered Rovers

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Want to build fun solar-powered vehicles and devices that move using electricity generated directly from sunlight? With this kit, you can construct five motorized models. Build three types of solar cars, a solar fan, and a solar robot model. Conduct science experiments with each model to learn about gear ratios, solar cells, and more. The ultralight materials, including strong bamboo rods, make your models speedy and durable. A modular gearing system lets you test out three different gear ratios. Experiment with a solar cell, electric motor, gears, and ultralight materials. Build five different solar-powered models. Learn about how solar cells work and  about the energy from the sun. Ages 8+ MSRP: $19.95.

Creatto

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With CREATTO, you can design and construct illuminated, three-dimensional creations that literally light up your life! The kit includes flexible yet durable interlocking plastic tiles and a string of LED lights that you can piece together to make animals, decorations, or your own custom creations. Each set includes an illustrated manual with easy, step-by-step instructions for multiple designs, but the building possibilities are nearly limitless using your imagination. Creatto is available in 3 fun sizes: mini, medi, and maxi. Kids can choose to build: Moonlight Elephant Safari: Ages 6+ MSRP: $9.95; Magical Moose & Forest Friends: Ages 6+ MSRP: $9.95; Starlight Kitty & Cutie Crew: Ages 8+ MSRP: $19.95; Shimmer Shark & Ocean Pals: Ages 9+ MSRP: $29.95; Sparkle Unicorn & Friends: Ages 9+ MSRP: $29.95.

WIN GIFT CARD AND COOKIES! #LoveLittleBites #ChipChipHooray

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Celebrate National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day with Entenmann’s Little Bites® Snacks!

We’d like to tell you about the new Little Bites Soft Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies and the “ChipChip, Hooray Giveaway” they are doing- and we are hosting one too! You have double the chances to win stuff for you and your family and friends.

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    • Information about NEW Entenmann’s Little Bites Soft Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies:

      • Entenmann’s Little Bites baked snacks are delicious, quality choices for on-the-go or in the lunchbox – always soft and moist – the perfect portion of happiness for everyone!
      • NEW Entenmann’s Little Bites Soft Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies are deliciously soft baked and bursting with real chocolate chips and contain NO High Fructose Corn Syrup
      • Available in a convenient, easy snack-sized pouch, perfect for school lunches and on-the-go
      • Little Bites Soft Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies are perfectly portioned, containing 6 mini cookies per pouch

      Information about the Chip, Chip, Hooray Giveaway:

      • Timed to National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day on August 4, Entenmann’s Little Bites® snacks will give fans the delicious opportunity to celebrate with the “Chip, Chip, Hooray Giveaway!”
      • Fans will enter their name and email address via entry form  on www.littlebites.com/chocolate-chip-cookies between July 27th-August 27th.
      • Entenmann’s Little Bites baked snacks will randomly select 10,000 people to receive a coupon, valued at $5, for a free box of Entenmann’s Little Bites Soft Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies.

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One of you can win an Entenmann’s® $25 virtual Visa gift card and three (3) coupons for $5.00 off the purchase of Entenmann’s Little Bites® Cookies. Please feel free to use the RC below to enter to win. Ends Sept 18, 2020. Good luck!

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Creatto Toys- Build Your Own NightLight #Crafts

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Looking to keep the kiddos busy this summer? This endless quarantine? Forever until school is back to normal? LOL. Us too.

But I don’t just want to plus him into video games all day or sit him in front of the TV. Gaming has it’s place- but it can’t be ALLLLL day, you know? Yeah. So. We just tried out a new craft set from CREATTO, and he loved it. Like- had a really good time doing it. Actually. In reality. For real.

So why not try it with your kids too? It’s not expensive at all, between $10 and $30 each. And it comes in several different sets you can try if you have multiple kids, or just a reeeaaaally picky one.

Check out our thoughts below!

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“With CREATTO, you can design and construct illuminated, three-dimensional creations that literally light up your life! The kit includes flexible yet durable interlocking plastic tiles and a string of LED lights that you can piece together to make animals, decorations, or your own custom creations. Each set includes an illustrated manual with easy, step-by-step instructions for multiple designs, but the building possibilities are nearly limitless using your imagination. Creatto is available in 3 fun sizes: mini, medi, and maxi. Kids can choose to build: Moonlight Elephant Safari: Ages 6+ MSRP: $9.95; Magical Moose & Forest Friends: Ages 6+ MSRP: $9.95; Starlight Kitty & Cutie Crew: Ages 8+ MSRP: $19.95; Shimmer Shark & Ocean Pals: Ages 9+ MSRP: $29.95; Sparkle Unicorn & Friends: Ages 9+ MSRP: $29.95.”