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?

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!

 

Great Watches for Men Under $200

best watches for men

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

Men's watches under $100

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 Valentine’s Day Gifts For Men 2016

great gifts for men

I’ve found that the best way to find the best Valentine’s Day gifts for men is to ask other men! Luckily, I have a brother and great coworkers, making my Valentine’s Day gift shopping much easier. Men are hard to shop for! And I don’t care what others say, they are often much more picky than woman. Give me some chocolate and I’m happy!

Here are the Best Valentine’s Day Gifts for Men:

#1 I think the hands down Best Valentine’s Day Gifts for Men is a watch. It’s a great way to give a thoughtful gift, the price range is up to you, and you can buy upgrade as time goes on! My husband has more than a dozen watches now, and he’s super picky. See our post about men’s watches under $100 if you want to help keep the price point down.

#2 Go electronic. Mos guys love gadgets and electronic toys. My husband recently got me great gifts for menthe Amazon Echo and I love it. And I know he does too. If you know anyone who owns one, I’d bet they love it. The commercials are horrible; the product is great. [update! the newer commercials are much better and finally selling the value of the product!]

#3 Techie with fun. Guys love technology (see #2), and any excuse to play with new

Best Valentine's Day Gifts for men

GoPro Hero 4 Photo

technology is a great one. If you want to up the price point a little this Valentine’s Day, consider the GoPro HERO4 SILVER. I got this for my husband this Christmas, and he loves, loves, loves it! I got the Neewer 50-In-1 Sport Accessory Kit along with it – it includes most of the items he could ever want with the GoPro and will keep him busy for days if not weeks or months! Seriously, he will love it. Read more about the GoPro reviews here.

 

#4 Got a huge sports fan?  How about a Denver Broncos 2015 AFC Conference Champions Framed 23″ x 27″ Collage with a Piece of Game-Used Football – Limited Edition of 100 Not great gifts for men sportsa Broncos fan? How about baseball – a MLB Series 31 Derek Jeter Figure Or check out the other sports collectibles available online – if he’s a true sports fan, he’ll want some mementos of the big day.

 

#5 Not a sports fan? There are how about Star Wars items? There are dozens of options – great gifts for men star warsfrom a Darth Vader Signed Helmet | Autographed Star Wars Memorabilia item to a Darth Vader Signed Return Of The Jedi Poster. In Gift Box  – there are options for every fan!

#5 Already exhausted the ideas above? How about a Watch Box 10 Mens Black Leather Display Glass Top Jewelry Case Organizer? Yes, it’s a jewelry box for watches, but bear with me a moment – it’s a case for all of those great watches you’ve bought! I think my husband was a little surprised at first, but after he went over 10 watches, he asked for another one!

When in doubt, add chocolate.

I hope this list helped you find Valentine’s Day Gifts for men a bit easier this year! Have a great day, and hope you find the Best Valentine’s Day gift – and get one yourself!

Best Suitcase Organizer

suitcase organizer

Hello beauty blog lovers! Have I got a great suitcase organizer tip today! I just found the best suitcase organizers ever – I’m always over stuffing my suitcase and wondering how others can pack so neatly and easily! I pack items I don’t use and don’t have items I want. Not anymore!! This suitcase organizer is awesome!

Suitcase Organizer

I’m so excited about these new ebags I had to share them with you immediately! They best suitcase organizercome in a lot of different sizes and shapes, I bought one with the three size options – one for my socks, underwear and bras (yes they all fit in the smallest size!), one for bathing suits, cover ups, workout clothes if you’re so inclined, and/or sleepwear, and the largest for pants, shirts, etc. I was able to use these three and pack for a 7 night vacation overseas with still room for my shoes in the suitcase!! And room for souvenirs!! Oh, and I had to get one of these beauty suitcase organizer because it folds flat, holds everything that my giant square one holds, and fits much better into my suitcase – another best suitcase organizer! I could not believe best travel beauty organizerhow much more the beauty organizer held versus my old one – I have contacts and glasses, and of course want to bring my razor, toothbrushes for me and two kids, toothpaste, mouthwash, floss, plus makeup remove and makeup – and it all fit!

 

I am thinking about getting the whole suitcase from this company I love the organizers so much, but I haven’t quite jumped yet – the price is a i want this suitcaselittle steep, but if I love it as much as I love the suitcase organizer, I know I’ll love it. One of these days I’ll jump! I hope you love the organizers as much as I do! I love these best suitcase organizers ever!!

The photo below is the beautiful view we saw when traveling in Spain!

Spain

Back to School Supplies by Grade

It’s hard to believe that back to school supplies are going to be needed again so soon, but the summer will be over before we know it, so here are supply lists by grade so you can buy those coveted items online, and sit back and enjoy the rest of the summer!

Back to School Supplies by grade:

Kindergarten Back to School Supplies  – Kids entering kindergarten still need supplies! Usually the teacher will ask for items such as paper, tissue paper, glue sticks, crayons, washable markers, kid scissors, dry erase markers, hand sanitizer, and perhaps paints, colored pencils, a pencil holder, folders or other similar items. They like to have enough for the whole class for the entire year, and will likely give you a back to school supply checklist prior to school starting. Crayola has put together a great kindergarten back to school supply kit if you don’t want to try to find everything individually. The items would all be used even if not at school by the looks of it!

First Grade and Second Grade Back to School Supplies – Kids entering first or second grade usually need a few more supplies than kindergartners, including notebooks, highlighters, erasers, rulers and art paper.  The other items likely to be asked for include white lined or unlined paper, tissue paper, glue sticks, crayons, washable markers, kid scissors, dry erase markers, hand sanitizer, and perhaps paints, colored pencils, a pencil holder, folders, and regular #2 pencils. Crayola has a great supply kit meant for first to second graders as well!

b2s

Third Grade, Fourth Grade, Fifth Grade Back to School Supplies – Kids entering third through fifth grade need pretty much the same supplies that first and second graders need, with the addition of maybe some index cards, and possibly a calculator. Crayola has a supply kit that’s pretty similar to the first and second grade one, so price shop to see which one offers the best deal! There are plenty of other supply kits available, but the Crayola ones tend to be the best quality.

Sixth through Eighth Grade Back to School Supplies  – Kids entering middle school tend to be a bit more grown up, but definitely still enjoy a lot of stuff going into the new school year. I’ve found this back to school supply kit to be a nice balance of not too kid focused, and not too grown up yet.

High school and College Back to School Supplies  – For the older children headed off to a high school or college level setting, the supply checklist changes significantly. Gone are the colorful markers and pencils, and in are more and more notebooks, index cards, folders and more. This is a great kit to get you started. For those off to college, there are additional items they will need, including a hamper of some sort (great to get one that holds detergent and can be used to transport clothes to the wash), a container to carry bathroom essentials to the shower (like shampoo, soap, etc), bed lifts (to create under bed storage), power strips, and some personal effects – like a unique table lamp for studying, a photo display idea, and a dry-erase calendar.

I hope these back to school supplies ideas help – keep an eye out for the lists from the teachers, and enjoy the rest of the summer!