Best Gifts for Mom

Best Gifts for Mom Avid Book Reader

Each year, the challenge of what to get for mom seems most heightened as Mother’s Day and birthdays approach. We all want to get the best gifts for mom, and maybe even get better gifts than our siblings! Here’s a list of great gifts for mom depending on the type of mom you’re buying for this year.

Best gifts for mom – Stylish

Stylish Great Gifts for Mom. Small Harmony in Straw

Small Harmony in Straw (more expensive than regular Small Harmony but beautiful!)

One of my favorite hand bags is the Small Harmony by Kate Spade. I do not treat purses with care, often overloading them with water bottles, snacks, along with a host of other items. They hold up very well, look great, have the look of a very expensive stylish bag, but the price still comes in as pretty reasonable for the value of the bag. If you are comfortable paying a bit more, you can get the Kate Space Cedar Street Small Harmony bag (see photo) as it’s a gorgeous bag with a lot of life.

If your mom isn’t into bags or purses, many of the stylish items Kate Spade offers are great gifts for mom as they hold up great, and look simple yet sophisticated.

Best gifts for mom – Book Lover

The new kindle - for mom!If your mom loves books and has had a Kindle for awhile, this is a great upgrade for her – with a battery that lasts for months instead of weeks, a lighter weight, and all the same great benefits of her current Kindle, the new Kindle Oasis is a great option. They are not in stock until June 1, but you can pre-order it now, and show her that the order is on its way soon (you know mom secretly wants it first!).

If your mom loves books and hasn’t tried out the Kindle yet, this is a Kindle as a Mother's Day gift ideagreat low-cost option to try. Every avid reader I know who has tried the Kindle has loved it! It’s lighter weight than holding or carrying around a book, and it’s much easier to read at night with a built-in light. In addition to these benefits, if she’s off to a vacation and will read more than one book, the Kindle can be stocked up with hundreds of books without adding any bulk. There are a number of different Kindles out there now, but the basic one is still my favorite escape (I use my iPad for everything else – my Kindle is for my me-time with the books!).

If you do go with the Kindle – be sure to get her the 30 days of Kindle Unlimited – it’s like access to a virtual library via Amazon! Join Amazon Kindle Unlimited 30-Day Free Trial

Great Gifts for Mom – When You’re on a Budget

Great earrings for Mother's Day giftOne of my most favorite pair of earrings look like pearls with small diamonds and are absolutely stunning. Best of all, they cost less than $20. No one ever would guess! I’ve bought these multiple times as gifts, and have a pair myself. I love them! Definitely a great low cost gift idea for mom.

Best Gifts for Mom – Fitness Fun

FitBit bracelet for mom
For the moms who want it all and want to track it, the fitness market has opened up a great range of opportunities. From the FitBit clip on (my favorite, and great for women who don’t want to wear the bracelet style – hint: clip on bra so don’t throw in wash) to the many stylish bracelets, the fitness tracking and now sleep tracking opportunities are just getting started. I see this market continuing to grow as an ever-growing number of people continue to work to better their fitness. Mom will love to challenge herself to take even more steps and compare with friends.

Hope these ideas help you find the best gifts for mom this Mother’s Day!

 

Better Skin – How to Get Better Skin and Keep it

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It’s only taken me about 40 years to figure out the secret to getting better looking skin. From breakouts, to minor acne, to eczema to dry skin and dark spots, my skin has not been easy. But I have learned a lot, and hopefully my hindsight can be your foresight so you can benefit now, and not have to cake on the makeup or feel self conscious like I did for years wondering how others had such beautiful skin. So here are my tips on how to get better skin fast!

Top 4 ways to get better skin fast

1. Stop washing it so often! I know when I heard of this a few years back I rolled my eyes, but bear with me a moment. Unless you’re sweating or getting pretty dirty overnight, you really don’t need to wash your face every morning. Let those natural oils stay on your face from overnight into the following day. If you have breakouts, just apply a thin layer of the product of your choice before applying sunblock, foundation, etc. As you’ll see in number two, I swear by Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Vanishing Acne Treatment Cream.

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2. Find your breakout solution and stick to it. I’m a big fan of benzoyl peroxide. The Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Vanishing Acne Treatment Cream goes on clear and really works wonders. If my skin is even starting to appear like it’s going to start giving me trouble, I apply it under makeup and/or before bed as needed. It doesn’t dry my skin out as other products (especially if you follow the washing advice in #1 above), and really does work fast.

3. Find a great exfoliation tool. I mean one of those that says only to use it up to 3 times a week max. You can use one of the weaker ones as your daily face wash,great skin but I’m talking about a good strong one to renew your skin. I recently found Rodan & Fields’ Micro-Dermabrasion Paste and I’m obsessed with it. My skin has never looked better and I’m psyched! I use it every three days or so in the morning after showering and before drying my face (my skin can be sensitive so I use a limited amount and gently rub it into my skin while it’s still wet). If you’re not up for trying this one, I used to use the Olay Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System 0.68 Fl Oz, 1-Count and St. Ives Fresh Skin Invigorating Apricot Scrub, 10 Ounce, and they work pretty well together (until you try the Micro-Dermabrasion paste and compare!).

4. Use a good sunblock or light foundation with sunblock. I like a light foundation or tinted moisturizer. My current favorite for better skin is Smashbox CC as it has dark spot correcting added right in, as well as sunblock. If you’re not sure on your coloring, stop by an Ulta or Sephora if you have one nearby and the people there will help you pick. I use the color fair and love it. It includes an spf, which is great for everyday use. I use it all through the winter – don’t forget the sun is out then too, even when there’s snow on the ground! Then in the summer stock up on other sunblocks to make sure you’re protected all over (review of best aerosol sunblocks). If you’re a sun worshipper (I am myself), or even if you’re not, don’t forget to moisturize!

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Best Sunblock Aerosol Sprays

Let me start by saying I absolutely love the aerosol sunblock sprays. I don’t know how anyone cannot love them. They are the best sunblocks – easy to use, easy to reapply, and they work great! Yes, you have to make sure you spray all over and don’t miss a spot, but you have to do that with sunblocks that get rubbed on too, and this way the sunblock is not all over your hands too! Below are the Best Sunblock Aerosol Sprays on the market.

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Coppertone Kids – the best sunblock for kids.

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Coppertone Sport – best sunblock for active fun in the sun.

Best Sunblock for the Kids

Coppertone Sunblock. Period. First, there is Coppertone Water Babies, which is fantastic – great coverage, works great even on sensitive skin, and I think you can start using it when your baby is only six months old. It has been a lifesafer for me and my kids. I have two pretty pale kids, and one has blond hair and blue eyes, so I’m extremely diligent about sun protection. I swear by the Coppertone brand. Now that the kids are a little older, they don’t want to be seen with me applying the water babies sunblock, so I changed to the Coppertone Kids a few years ago.

I spray it on once a day and they’re covered. If we’re in warmer climates (Carribean) or in stronger sun zones, I reapply it after lunch. Even with swimming, tubing, beach fun, toweling off and more swimming, I’ve never had an issue with either kids getting a sunburn. If I can’t find the Coppertone Kids, I grab the Coppertone Sport, which also works great. None of these rub off onto your swimsuit or towel like some other brands do. I even spray them right onto my kids faces (they are old enough to squeeze their eyes shut, pull in their lips and exhale as I spray). The spray doesn’t get into their eyes and works great.

Best (non) Sunblock for you? 🙂

Bain de Soleil Tanning Spray. For those who want to expose their skin to a bit more of the sun, and get that golden glow despite the known risks, the Bain de Soleil Spf 4 works great. I can’t help but worship the sun on those winter getaways to warmer climates, and the Bain de Soleil kept me from burning, but still allowed me to get a nice golden tan.

I’ve tried the Banana Boat, Neutrogena, No Ad, and generic Target aerosol sunblock sprays, and still find the above to be the best sunblock aerosol sprays.

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Great Watches for Men Under $200

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If you’re looking to step up your watch game to the next level, these great watches for men are a great place to start. Although many great watches for men are offered at higher and lower levels, a watch just under the $200 price point offers a lot for the money.

One of my most favorite watch brands at any price is Citizen. They are smart, sleek, sophisticated, priced fairly, and built to last.

Seiko: Great Watches for Men under $200

. Seiko, a well-known watch brand, offers many different price points for their watches, and when you spend in the $100-$200 range, you get a lot for the money.

The Seiko SKA413 Adventure stainless steel kinetic diver watch is an excellent choice for divers. It is not only rugged, but high quality and sophisticated. It’s resilient to bumps and great watches for men Seikoscratches, and the strap is ample and comfortable. It’s not quite Omega diver quality, but the price isn’t Omega style either. And it’s quite precise! After three months of daily wear the watch has gained only 5 seconds. Its style, workmanship, quality are all superior to others in similar price points. It’s a great watch at a great price, especially for divers.

The Men’s Seiko SNA411 Flight Alarm Chronograph watch is a beautiful watch for the pilot or aviation lover – or the engineer or anyone who loves things precise! At less than 5% of the cost of a Breitling watch, the Seiko SNA411  is a wonderful alternative. The photo does not do it justice – the face has depth and it has much more pizzazz than the photo offers. Seiko great watches for menThe face is almost 1/2″ thick – so it’s very substantial. The look is classy, and the raised sides likens the watch to a much more expensive version. It features an alarm, date window, and a stopwatch that can measure in 1/5 of a second increments. The face is Hardlex crystal, and very scratch resistant. Water resistance is to 200 meters, so swimming, showering, snorkeling, and even skin diving or water sports are not a problem with this great watch.

Citizen: Great Watches for Men under $200.

Citizen, known throughout the world as a high-quality watch, offers great watches under the $200 price point. And the newish Eco-Drive uses the power of light from the sun or other sources of light and converts it into energy so the watches never need a battery.

The Citizen Mens AT0200-05E Eco-Drive stainless steel watch  was inspired by the military, with its green canvas band and round dial and red contrasting second hand. As great watches for men citizenan eco-drive watch, it runs on natural sunlight or indoor light and does not need batteries. It’s water resistant to 330 feet – great for snorkeling, swimming or showering, but not for scuba diving. It’s very easy to set and forget – and because it’s an eco-drive watch, you don’t have to wear it every day, and the light will help it keep it’s charge. The lighting is subtle for viewing in the dark. The wristband isn’t very big, so those with larger wrists may need an upgrade on the watch band. All in all, it’s a great watch for under $200.

Another great Citizen watch is the AO9000-06B Eco-drive stainless steel watch. Its simple beauty lends to a timeless look of sophistication and class. Most people will guess you spent about $1,000 on this watch, it’s that gorgeous.  This is a simple watch for telling time without all the fuss and ruggedness of other watches. Like a fine piece of jewelry, it must Citizen great watches for menbe catered to, but only to protect it from water. Otherwise it’s fairly rugged, and as an eco-drive, no batteries are required. This is a great watch for someone who appreciates simple sophistication and has class without the excessive bling. The watch looks great with business casual or professional attire. The price point is excellent.

Want something under $100, try these watches for men under $100.

Great Watches for Men under $100

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There are a number of great men’s watches for under $100

Seiko Watches for men under $100. Offering a number of options, Seiko is a timeless choice that ignites a love of watches for many men. They are durable, look great, and last. When you buy a Seiko, you know you’re getting a good quality watch.  There are a number of options for under $100, and many options for if/when you’re interested in spending more. Note – the retail value of many of these watches is over $100, but they are often on sale for the price point under $100. As of this publish date, all are under $100.

The Seiko SNK805 green / SNK807 blue / SNK809 black is a great watch. As with most watches, the photo online doesn’t do it justice. The watch has a nice weight to it, and is a great bargain for a Seiko. The luminous hands last for a good 20 minutes, and the watch comes with a three-year warranty. With a slight military influence, it has a rugged yet sophisticated look and feel.

The Seiko SNDC33 with the chronograph dial watch is another great option for a Seiko under $100. If you want a chronograph but one that isn’t the size of NASA, this is a great option. Most men will find this the perfect in size – not huge, but not too small either. The time and date are easy to set, the luminescence is great making the three hands easily visible in the dark. The band is stiff as you need to break it in a bit, but it’s built to last, and is a great first “real” watch.

The Seiko SNE098 two-tone stainless steel watch usually hovers right around the $100 price point, and offers the sleek bracelet styling. This is a gorgeous watch with the gunmetal sun ray dial and steel band. It’s water resistant to 330 feet, so great for pool play and showers or snorkeling. It’s also a great choice if you want something beyond the metal or canvas band, as it’s a great comfortable choice. If you prefer a Seiko with all silver or all gold coloring, those are available as well.

G-Shock Watches for Men under $100. Casio has made a great comeback with their G-Shock watches hitting the style market not long ago. They are sleek, fun and very practical as they are extremely rugged.

If you want a watch for under $50 that’s easy to read and rugged, the Casio Men’s DW9052-1V G-Shock Black Stainless Steel and Resin Digital Watch is a great choice. It has a great durability, excellent time functions, it’s easy to read the display, has a comfortable band, and is an overall fantastic value. The battery is rated for two years, and the water resistance includes recreational scuba diving and water sports. It’s a great first watch, or a great simple reliably rugged watch.

 

The Casio GA-110TS-1A4 G-Shock analog digital watch  is another great G-Shock under $100 to consider, and especially for those who travel frequently and who prefer an analog watch. It’s shock-resistant like all the G-Shocks, but also features 29 time zones (48 cities), daylight savings on/off, home city/world time city toggling, plus five daily alerts with one snooze alarm. It’s water resistance goes to 660 feet, so serious water sports are not a problem.

 

The Casio G-Shock Limited Edition GA110GB-1A men’s watch is usually hovering around the $100 price point, and offers a lot of watch for the money. Its rugged and stylish look offers a lot of watch for the money. If having a statement watch on your wrist is important, this is a great watch to consider. It has multiple alarms and a snooze alarm, all the bells and whistles of a typical G-Shock, and it looks great. For all the flash included, it’s actually not super easy to actually read the time, so it may be suited best for those who don’t need reading glasses quite yet.

Still not sure what to get? There are many watches for men under $100 to choose from, and this blog simply focuses on watches for men under $100 – willing to spend a little more? Here’s a list of men’s watches under $200!

 

 

Best Yoga Mat

When it comes to yoga mats, personal preferences go a long way. Some people prefer a thicker yoga mat, with a firm cushiony feel, while others prefer something thin and firm. One thing is for sure across the board – we want a non-slip surface and a great comfortable mat. Although there may not be a one-mat-fits-all, we think these yoga mats stack up as the best overall.

Overall: Best Mat for Yoga

1.Manduka PROlight Yoga and Pilates Mat. As the name suggests, this mat is lightweight, but it also offers stability and cushion without feeling too soft. It’s sticky Best Yoga mat #1enough to stay put on the floor, and the cushion offers less stress on your joints than cheaper, mats. The PROlight yoga mat feels supportive without too much thickness, and features the closed cell technology, making it less likely to capture bacteria and spread germs. Manduka has excellent customer service, and offers a lifetime warranty on their mats. This mat can’t be beat.

Seeking Additional Grip? 

2.The Combo Mat. If you’re looking for a mat that will allow you to glide through your workouts and grip more as you sweat, The Combo Mat is the best choice. The mat is unique in that it includes a built-in microfiber towel-like top layer. Even better, it’s machine washable, so you can really feel like it’s clean and ready for your next workout. It’s made with biodegradable natural tree rubber and water based print inks! If you sweat like a fountain, you may still want that extra towel for hot yoga!

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3.Jade Harmony Professional 3/16 Inch Yoga MatJade Yoga is a well-known name in yoga mats, and the Harmony Professional is well liked among many professional yoga instructors and frequent yoga participants. Made with open-cell, natural rubber, it offers excellent stickiness, with slip resistance even while you sweat. Known as the mat that keeps yoga teachers confident and secure sticking poses, many instructors argue this is the best mat for their students. Jade is well known for good customer service, and the mats are made in the United States . If that’s not enough, they plant a tree for every mat sold, and they are biodegradable!

4.PrAna E.C.O Yoga MatThe ECO mat is more anti-slip than a standard mat, adhering well to the floor and your feet. They have great designs and a good amount of cushion to lift you from the Best Yoga mat #4solid floor below. If you sweat a lot, you may still need a towel, although most users will be fine without one. The two sided mat benefit, cushioning, toxic-free production, nice grip and great price led us to choose this as the best mat from prAna’s Earth Conscious Offering collection.

Best for Less – Why Pay More?

5.Gaiam Print Yoga Mat. If you’re looking for a good, cheap mat, the Gaiam is the best yoga mat for you. Priced at a very reasonable $20 or so, the mat Best Yoga mat #5 cheapwill hold up well for the occasional yoga practice, and look great on the floor. It’s non-slip traction holds up well, and it’s pretty lightweight. There are more than a dozen designs to choose from, and they clean easily with soap and water. They are sticky and thin, which work well for beginning or infrequent yoga.

Looking for more yoga accessories? Yoga bags are a great way to store your yoga mat when it’s not in use – be sure to order the right size to matchbest yoga mat - yoga bag your yoga mat’s width! A larger yoga bag may be needed best yoga mat - yoga mat slingsdepending on the size you use. Another accessory you may enjoy having from day one is a yoga mat sling to carry your mat with. You’ll notice most people who frequently practice yoga are fanatics about two things – their mats and their slings!

There are a number of additional accessories, such as Yoga Wheels, DVDs, Books, Pants, Socks found on Amazon’s most highly recommended yoga list.


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Best electric toothbrush

A good electric toothbrush can make your mouth feel really clean and fresh. Great toothbrushes are an important part of good dental hygiene, and may help make those dentist visits a little less painful (both for you and your pocketbook!). Which is the best electric toothbrush? These are our top picks.

Overall Winner

1.The Philips Sonicare 2 Series Plaque Control Sonic Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush, HX6211/30Best electric toothbrush overall winner made it squarely on the top of our list for the best electric toothbrush. It’s light, convenient, and very simple and easy to use. Most Sonicare toothbrushes are similar – they vibrate and use the same brush heads. The way this one stands out is in its simplicity. You don’t need all the bells and whistles to have a great toothbrush that cleans well, doesn’t break easily, and holds the charge a good long time.

They are built to take a beating, so they’re also great for the kids. They last much longer than the average $20 or less disposable electric toothbrush. They’re well worth the additional investment. The simple design leaves less to break, and they stand up well.

Best Value

2.Philips Sonicare Essence Sonic Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush – It’s easy to see why this model often tops the list for Best Electric Toothbrush as it’s simple, inexpensive, and works well. If you’sonicare best toothbrush overall valuere looking for the cheapest good electric toothbrush, this is likely your model. It cleans the teeth well, helping to reduce gum disease, tooth decay and tartar build-up – all table stakes for today’s electric toothbrushes.

It holds a charge well, and works like a charm. The only complaint is around the handle, as it does seem to get dirty and need to be cleaned. This was still a seemingly small price to pay for a cheaper version of a great toothbrush.

Best Connected Toothbrush

3.Oral-B Pro 7000 SmartSeries Black Electronic Power Rechargeable Battery Electric Toothbrush with Bluetooth Connectivity Powered by Braun – The Oral-B Pro 7000 is one of the latest electric toothbrushes in technology with its Bluetooth connectivity. If you love your FitBit, wait until you get a hold of this gem! The only brush on our list to reach up to the $100 club, the Oral-B Pro 7000 is sophistication in a brush.

The Bluetooth technology allows you to track your brushing habits and customize your brushing experience. It’s a great way to get more involved in understanding your brushing. Yet even without connecting it to your phone, the brush alerts you to move on from that same area you like to get stuck in to make sure you’re brushing all of your teeth well. It also will slow down the pulsations if you’re brushing too hard. This feature is a great way to help train users on the proper use of an electric toothbrush, no app needed. If you want clean teeth with some insights, this is the brush for you.

Now that you’ve got those teeth in shape, how about protecting your skin with the best sun protection out there?

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