Give Your Wellness A Lift

When it comes to wellness, I aim for natural methods. Keeping our household happy and healthy is my main goal! I also keep our home clean and disinfected. I find myself vacuuming and even shampooing the carpets when the need arises. Let’s look at ways to give your wellness a lift! 

Give Your Wellness A Lift
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I love using essential oils and an oil diffuser around our home. I can easily have one or two going, one for the living room and one in my bedroom. 

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Teacher Gifts After An Epic School Year

The 2020/2021 school year was one for the books! Learning during a pandemic was quite a challenge. My son loves school, so not being able to be on campus was such a bummer for him. When school finally returned to in-person learning, I think he really thrived! He and I were both very excited! I found teacher gifts after an epic school year we all went through! 

Teacher Gifts After An Epic School Year
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My son started a new school last year, which means a new teacher. His teacher happens to be a brand new teacher. Her first year of teaching, in a pandemic! I am so thankful he has such a caring teacher. 

I wanted to put together a sweet gift bag for her. I really appreciate how hard she worked, especially meeting my son over zoom instead of in-person! 

Restful sleep

Silken Pure Sleep Mask in pink

When I saw the Silken Pure Sleep Mask, I knew it would be the perfect gift for my son’s teacher! It’s been such a crazy year, a good night’s sleep is always welcomed. She works extremely hard and works well past school hours to prepare materials and lessons for her students. 

The Silken Pure Sleep Mask is made from pure mulberry silk, which makes it extra soft on your skin! 

Personalized Gift

I have been lucky enough to have a few pieces of art that represent the night sky for special occasions! Our most recent star map is from the day I got the keys to our home! The other special date I wanted to capture was the night my son was born! As you can imagine, both dates are very important to us! 

Well Told Night Sky Insulated Tumbler

I wanted to give the Well Told Night Sky Insulated Tumbler to my son’s teacher, knowing she drinks tea! I thought it would be perfect for her to use at home, on-the-go, or even in the classroom! 

Since it is a personal gift, I did have to spill the bean and ask for a special date she had in mind. She chose the day she got married! 

Learning toys

Originally, I wanted toys for my son to use during his ABA Therapy. However, I’m thinking they may be best for his classroom at school so all of his classmates can use them! I’ll wait until we start ABA Therapy again and see how it goes. 

Skoolzy Matching Eggs Color Sorting Toys

The first toy I chose, is the Skoolzy Matching Eggs Color Sorting Toys. I don’t like toys with a lot of pieces. But I also wanted something my son could use to learn colors, shapes, and assemble items together. 

The Skoolzy Matching Eggs Color Sorting Toys is fun exercise my son and I play with. I disassemble the eggs and mix them up. I then have him match the colors and shapes together and put them back in the carton. 

Skoolzy Shapes Puzzles - Educational Color Matching & Shape Sorter

Next, I chose the Skoolzy Shapes Puzzles – Educational Color Matching & Shape Sorter! I wanted something a little more complex for him to match shapes, numbers, and more. Next time I will have him assemble the foam puzzle pieces. This will come handy during his therapy as well! 

Sun Soul Silk face masks

We received silk face masks from Sun Soul. I chose black and purple, one for my son and myself! 

So far, I love how soft they are. They are sturdy and well made. We have other silk masks and they are flimsy and lose their shape. 

The Sun Soul silk face masks have adjustable straps, easy to clean and keep their shape. I love that they have a built in nose bridge thing, now I know which way the face mask goes! 

The mask is a bit big on my son’s face, which is fine, I can easily adjust the straps to make them fit better. 

With proper care (hand wash and hang dry), I see these lasting for a long time! 

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Making Snail Mail Fun Again

Making Snail Mail Fun Again
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In a time where technology rules the world, the time for mail is slowly falling out of style. When you can get something at the push of a button the term snail mail is true when you have to wait. Now with Sunny The mail snail, you can bring joy to your child’s face when they get their very own Snail Mail package!

Letter from Sunny

Snail Mail bringing smiles to your face!

Snail Mail

As a small child, I remember I used to feel like a million bucks when I would get something in the mail. The excitement of opening it up and seeing just what I had gotten! Which now isn’t so fun when most of its all bills. Keep an eye on your mailbox because now Sunny the Mail Snail, is making snail mail fun again for the whole entire family.

Tell me more about Sunny you say? Sunny will send your family weekly letters about his adventures around the world. Along with these letters are little mementos, trinkets, stickers and lots of fun. When we opened our box for the first time we were greeted with our very own stuffed Sunny plushie. Next, we found so many fun items; a fun and colorful map of the world with lots of fun animal pictures. There was also feathers from Sunny’s best friend “Bluebird” who gives him rides all over the world.

Sunnys Adventures

Our box also included Sunny’s passport with plenty of room for your kids to document all of Sunny’s travels. We have received a letter weekly from Sunny telling us all about his travels. He always includes some many fun items inside his letters. From pictures of animals to fun stickers all the kids love to document his progress around the world. It’s so much fun to see their smiles when we open the mailbox and find a letter from our little friend. To get your very own subscription to Sunny’s travels be sure to check out his website, Facebook, or Instagram.

Sunny

I think right now while the world seems to be on lockdown Sunny the Mail Snail is the perfect addition to your family. It gives your children a sense of adventure, and a chance to see the world when we are all feeling a little cooped up right now. It also is a great way to encourage reading and the love of animals.

Where would you live to see Sunny Visit?

Explore Your Artsy and Adventurous Side Indoors

When schools first closed, I realized I needed to keep up with school lessons and I wanted us to stay somewhat active. I bought a few art supplies and balls for us to play with! I made a few lessons for him to do each day and even incorporated little games where we tossed a ball to each other. Since we’ve been home for months, I’ve been adding games and trying to stay motivated with everything. We gathered items to explore your artsy and adventurous side indoors! 

Explore Your Artsy and Adventurous Side Indoors
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Since we prefer to stay home, which works since it’s keeping us safe with COVID, I wanted my son to try more art projects and find ways to be creative! 

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Easy (And Free) Way To Support Your Child’s School

Easy (And Free) Way To Support Your Child's School -- Coca Cola Give Program #beautybrite
Disclaimer: I am sharing my personal experience with the Coca Cola Give program. The Coca Cola Company is in no way endorsing, contributing to, or compensating Beauty Brite Blog for this content.

Easy (And Free) Way To Support Your Child’s School

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If you’ve read some of my previous posts on Beauty Brite you might have heard me mention my affection for Diet Coke. It’s one of my favorite drinks. I often have an icy cold glass of it next to me while writing, playing around on the internet, cleaning, reading or crafting.

Easy (And Free) Way To Support Your Child's School -- Coca Cola Give Program #beautybrite

They used to have a rewards program that I participated in. I entered codes from their products and traded those points for cool stuff. I think the coolest thing I received through that program was a silver tumbler with a lid and plastic straw. If I had enough points and there wasn’t anything else I was really interested in, I would trade points for a coupon for a free 12-pack of Coca Cola.

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Each code you entered earned a specific number of points. The only thing I didn’t like about that program was that you there was a limit on how many codes you could enter to earn points each week.

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First of all, several family members knew I was using that rewards program and would save all of their codes for me. In addition to the codes I had from purchased products, I often had some I couldn’t use until later.

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Also, I was pretty sporadic about remembering to enter codes. This resulted in the accumulation of zip loc bags full of caps as well as codes torn from 12-packs of Coke building up in my mudroom.

Then, the company announced their intention to discontinue that rewards program, which bummed me out a bit. I was very happy to hear that they intended to launch a different rewards program. So, I held onto the cap codes until I could find out if they would be able to be used with the new rewards program.

This summer has been a bit hard so far with all the unrest in the country and the coronavirus stuff going on. So, I decided it was a good time to check out the new rewards program and do something fun to get my mind off of everything going on in the world for a short time.

I like their Coca Cola Give program because there isn’t a limit on how many codes I can enter (at least that I’ve found, so far).

You probably think I’m joking about having a bunch of codes built up. I assure you, I’m not. Check it out, here are all the codes I had sitting in bags in my mudroom to use when they launched this new program.

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Yeah. Not joking! I had been collecting caps in quart-size zip loc bags, using gallon size bags only when I was out of the smaller size and even brown paper lunch sacks when I had no zip loc bags in the house at all. In the end, before taking this picture, I had nearly 30 various bags of caps. It was nuts! It took me about a week of working every evening for a couple of hours to get all of these codes entered into the website.

In looking at their new rewards program, I decided I was interested in using my codes to make monetary donations. To try it out, I chose the American Red Cross and entered a few codes. It is so easy and quick to do!

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Then I realized that you can make donations to schools! So, I have subsequently been entering codes with my daughter’s school designated to receive the donations.

If there isn’t a school you’re interested in donating to, here are the other organizations you can choose:

National Park Foundation

Boys and Girls Clubs of America

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Children’s Miracle Network Hospital

American Red Cross

Special Olympics

USO

And for all of you out there about to say I need to find a healthier snack — here ya go!

Easy (And Free) Way To Support Your Child's School -- Coca Cola Give Program #beautybrite

I thought an apple was a fitting snack while entering codes to benefit my daughter’s school, cuz teachers … apples … pretty neat little connection there. LOL

After entering all the codes you can see in the pictures above, here’s where my total donation history stood.

Easy (And Free) Way To Support Your Child's School -- Coca Cola Give Program #beautybrite

Yes, that’s nearly $65 donated to my daughter’s school. But, some time has passed since this I took these pics. I have gathered more codes to enter.

Easy (And Free) Way To Support Your Child's School -- Coca Cola Give Program #beautybrite

As it stands right now, I have donated a total of:

$71.60!!!

It feels good to do a nice thing for my community. Our children’s schools have always been appreciative of the different ways that parents have supported their efforts to provide kids with fun activities and additional educational opportunities that would otherwise be beyond their budgets to provide.

I think this is definitely a much more fun and consistent activity to support our local educational institutions than constant fundraisers. Our local Kroger also has a program that shoppers can sign up for to support schools, so I do that, also. I like these two programs because it’s easier for parents to do things like this. Also, if there were more programs like this, it would mean less time for school personnel researching fundraising efforts and more time doing what they love most — helping our kids to grow into successful, well-rounded adults.

What is your favorite way to support your schools? Alternatively, which of the organizations listed above would you donate to through Coca Cola Give?

Toys That Teach

My son is a teen with Autism. He started ABA therapy just before schools closed due to Coronavirus. Since he started ABA, I’ve been slowly adding toys to our household. Before, we didn’t have any toys because he would destroy them, throw them down the toilet, or throw them away! However, they use board games in his therapy! I found some cool toys that are perfect for children with Autism and beyond! Let’s take a look at toys that teach! 

Toys That Teach
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ABA Therapy 

I am so thankful I found an ABA Therapy company as it was a very difficult journey. I had to find a company that had openings, took our insurance, and served his age group! I found this to be very difficult. I called and emailed several companies over a period of a few years. There were times when I got discouraged because I always received a “no.â€Â 

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Helping To Make Virtual Learning Easier

Helping To Make Virtual Learning Easier
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With the world still reeling from Covid, virtual learning is now the go to way for kids to learn right now. Not only are teachers having to adapt we as parents and children are trying to figure out how to make this new way of education work. We are taking this day at a time and hoping at the end of the day we are doing our best.

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Add Character To Your Garden

It’s no secret that I love my houseplants! I remember one of my first houseplants was a mini african violet. One of my teachers gave it to me as a thank you for helping in her classroom! At the time, I didn’t understand the care but I kept watering it and it survived for awhile! These days, I am more aware of my houseplants and do the best I can for them. I can’t wait to show you how you can add character to your garden!

Add Character To Your Garden
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Little did I know that I would be so addicted to houseplants. I remember thinking I was a bit weird because I liked plants so much! My next plant was given to me by a friend of mine. She gave me one of her spider plant babies! After that, I knew I loved houseplants! 

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Spark Your Child’s Imagination With Hands On Science Experiments At Home

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Distant Learning Through STEM

To inspire children through science , sparking lifelong imagination and curiosity

Mad Science

Recent events around the world have left us living with uncertainty. Between working from home and finding unique ways to entertain and teach our children have left many parents overwhelmed and stressed. Thankfully there are many digital programs and subscription services to not only entertain our children during this precarious time, but educate them as well through distant learning.

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