Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Valentine's Gift Guide 2018

While I love Valentine's Day I don't usually do it big at my house.  A small gift or two for everyone and we are done. I would have loved it to be bigger but funds after Christmas was always a little tight. With that being said, I love the idea of a big celebration of love and I know many friends who really do it up including leaving the Christmas Tree up and making it a Valentine's tree with lots of hearts and reds. Whatever your budget is, hopefully I have an idea for everyone.

Stranger Things Fans will love this Stranger Things Valentine's Day Beauty Basket

Avail on Etsy
Unicorn lovers or poop lovers will get a kick out of this

You cannot go wrong with Two Dozen Roses. 


Everyone needs a peanut butter spoon!

Avail on Etsy
Men and some WOMAN love Jerky! They can also both be jerks. How about instead of chocolate you gift them with a Jerky Heart from Man Crates.

Avail at Man Crates
Who doesn't love pink? Bet you don't love it as much as Pinkalicious loves pink.

Roses are great but maybe they prefer Corgis!

Think Geek

Who hasn't etched their initials in a poor in the wrong place at the wrong time tree once in their life. I have!  Check out this wall plaque to remind you of the time.

Avail at Personalization Mail
Harry Potter Fans or just people who like to pretend they have wooooo magical powers will go wizard crazy over this remote control.

You cannot go wrong with a box of Godiva but if you think you may want a piece you better buy two.

I know exactly which of my friends would love to receive this on Valentine's Day.

Avail on Etsy
What a wonderful tribute to the love for your daughter.

On Amazon
We love our sons! This is a wonderful day to let them know. They may not appreciate until you are gone but....
Available on Amazon
Valentine's Day Berries from Edible Arrangements look and taste fantastic!
Edible Arrangements
Kids love Shopkins. I love this cute collection of Valentine's Shopkins.

Avail on Amazon

And....feelingn sexy? Here are some must haves for your bedside table. Look for my review coming up.

Give your partner the gift of organic pleasure this Valentine’s Day. Good Clean Love’s personal lubricants, love oils, and fragrances are made with all natural ingredients. While other intimate products contain heavily concentrated petrochemical ingredients that disrupt the natural salt balance and immune protection in vaginal area and have proven harmful to skin. Good Clean Love offers the below natural products as a great solution and a perfect gift for your Valentine!

Almost Naked ($15.99):
·         Made with aloe Vera and agar (seaweed)
·         Responds to your own internal moisture  
·         Dries without any sticky cleanups

.     Naturally deodorizing and moisturizing
.         No petrochemicals, no parabens, no hormones
.   Compact and complete with hands-free applicator

·       Made with pure, high-quality essential oils sourced from all over the world
·       Made from organic and wild crafted oils whenever possible
·       Free of petrochemicals, parabens, and glycerin
·       Safe to use all over your body
·       Nourishing to the skin
·       100% Vegan & Cruelty-free

·       Petrochemical-, solvent-, and fixative-free
·       Responds to your unique body chemistry
·       A healthy alternative to synthetic fragrances

Teaching Our Kids How To Reduce The Spreading Of Germs Can Start At 2

With Colds and Flu Predicted To Rise This Year
Super-Nurse Offers Practical Prevention and Coping Techniques
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NYC, JAN 31, 2018 -- A prominent consultant who assists school nurses throughout the country in helping students stay well has practical, easy-to-follow advice for parents seeking to reduce the frequency of illnesses during this year’s especially intense cough, cold and flu season.  If your child gets a cold or the flu, preventing other family members or classmates from becoming ill, helps to control the spread of these viruses.

“Prevention is so much better, especially for children with working parents, than dealing with nasty cold symptoms, says Sandra Moritz*, M.ED, BS, RN, CSN, with some 30 years in school nursing. “Unchecked, bacteria and viruses quickly spread among classmates at school and siblings and friends at home. Sneezing, coughing and runny noses are the primary carriers of respiratory illnesses, and these symptoms may last for up to two weeks per illness.

“Sneezes transport droplets with flu viruses, and travel up to six feet. Germs live for hours on books, toys, desks, screens and doorknobs. So, when children wipe their noses on their hands, touch something or sneeze into the air, there is a good chance of infecting another child – or adult.”

The good news, Moritz says, is that there are four simple steps teachers and parents can teach children, as young as age three, to reduce the spread of their germs:
  • Wash hands with warm, soapy water after using the bathroom, before eating and after playing with others. Wash for as long as it takes to sing the Happy Birthday song twice. It’s fun and ensures that children wash long enough. Place a stool at the sink to make it easier for smaller children, and show them how to point their hands downward, starting at the wrist and working downward in-between the fingers.
  • Cough and sneeze into sleeves, as the Centers for Disease Control recommends. Not the most appetizing thing to do, but very effective. Where possible, wear an anti-microbial Sneeve (, to absorb mucus and phlegm and kill germs. Less gross, and even more effective.
  • For older children, use tissues and hand sanitizer after sneezing and coughing and before touching anything. Apply hand sanitizer (about a dime’s-size), making certain that hands are rubbed in all areas, including fingers, until dry.
  • Try (ha!) keeping other children separated from children who have symptoms. No guarantees here, but it’s certainly worth a try.
Moritz counsels parents to keep their children home from school or daycare if they have a fever of 100F or more, and to keep them at home until the fever has subsided – without the aid of medication – for 24 hours. If a child has a sore throat, earache or does not seem to be improving, or has flu symptoms, contact your child’s healthcare provider for further guidance or an evaluation.

Moritz emphasizes that all children age six months and older should get a flu shot annually. And children six months through eight years should have two shots (initial immunization requires two). The flu can be dangerous, especially for children with allergies or asthma or other conditions where respiration may be compromised.

Moritz directs parents and other caregivers to the CDC’s website ( and the American Academy of Pediatrics website, ( to learn more about how to treat children’s colds, flu and other illnesses. When it’s time to visit the doctor is a personal decision, but Moritz counsels parents to be alert to these warning signs and to contact their healthcare provider or go to the emergency room if a child has any of these symptoms:

  • Difficult or rapid breathing
  • Excessive wheezing
  • Gray or blue skin color
  • High fever
  • Thick nasal discharge that is yellow, green or gray
  • Worsening cough
  • Extreme tiredness or listlessness, especially during times when a child is normally active

*CV - Sandra Moritz, M.ED, BS, RN, CSN (she hails from the PA area)