Rainy Season is Here – Do you Know the Best Umbrella for You?

Umbrellas for everybody

 

I live in Florida and we are in full rainy season…The climate of the north and central parts of the US state of Florida is humid subtropical, which can be translated as hot and humid, while the South of Florida which is specifically where home is has a tropical climate. This mean in all twelve months we have temperatures of at least 64 °F for the most part with the occasional cold front during the winter time.

Tropical climates like Florida’s, usually have two seasons: the wet and the dry season. The rainy season is fully on right now (May through October ) and as a result the weather can change on a dime…That’s why in Florida we say, “if you do not like the weather, just wait 10 minutes.”

The sad reality is that for the next several months, an umbrella is a must have every time I leave the house…Now experience has taught me that the best way to be prepared for a rain shower, is to know what umbrella works best for the weather you are experiencing and your life style.

Be prepared at any time

Now that it is the rainy season and that the weather can go from sunny bright to stormy in no time, a compact umbrella that can fit in my bag, stroller or diaper bag is a must.

There are many different types of compact umbrellas, but one that is small enough to fit virtually anywhere, is the way to go.

 Mini Compact Umbrellas by ShedRain

Perfect for those days that you need protection from a light rain with not much wind, a RainEssentials  compact mini umbrella by ShedRain with auto open and close will make your life easier and drier…. This handy and super compact umbrella folds up to an 8″, opening to a 40″ arc. This is perfect to provide you with protection for rainy days with a moderate rain fall.

Super cute designs with matching printed case, this super compact umbrella is very easy to carry anywhere you are and thanks to the really compact design, the umbrella can easily fit in small spaces with no problem at all …. your jacket, purse or even your pocket are some of the possible spots to carry the umbrella, and the auto close and open mechanism makes it a breeze to use!

Since our car has a pocket in the door and the umbrella has auto-open and close, it makes this the perfect umbrella to have in the door of the car.

Bigger umbrella for a bigger weather

When you need extra rain and wind protection, a bubble umbrella is what you will need to stay dry. Because not all umbrellas are designed the same and do not offer the same amount of protection against the elements.

The bubble design offers more protection than other designs but the same dome design that provides you with extra protection, can limit your visibility, so a see through canopy is always a great option for days with bigger precipitation and wind.

Bubble Umbrellas by ShedRain

The auto open feature on any umbrella is always a good thing to look for when shopping for any umbrella.

For the younger members of the family

Because you want to keep the little ones dry, a kid’s umbrella with an appealing design for kids will encourage the kids to actually use the umbrella when they need it.


What do you need to look for when shopping for a kid’s umbrella?

First off, make sure you are getting a visually attractive design that is age appropriate. The same way you have a preference for shapes and colors, kids at a very early age can decide what they like and what they do not like.

 Kid's Umbrellas by ShedRain

Trust me, if your kid doesn’t like the umbrella, it doesn’t matter how much they need it, they won’t want to use it.

Kid’s character umbrellas can encourage your little ones to carry and use their umbrella a lot better than they would with a plain umbrella.


Win it:

Get ready for the Rainy season with the ShedRain umbrellas:  win a mini umbrella, a bubble umbrella and a kid’s umbrella!

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Comfortable Canvas Sneakers for Dad this Summer

Canvas sneakers for dad

We are going to be quite active this summer as well as the rest of the year. We have already booked and planned a couple of family getaways and I am gearing up and making sure everybody has all they need for the different trips. That does not only include the kids, but also the husband and the very first thing I looked for him to wear was comfortable shoes.

Finding any piece of clothing for the husband is always a challenge as he can be extremely picky. Getting anything for him has the tendency to be quite an experience, but this trip is off to a good start with the apparel selection as I found a pair of Lugz canvas sneakers.

Lugz Sneakers

When I think of Lugz footwear I always think of boots, but they actually have a lot more than that and these canvas sneakers are not only very comfortable, they look really nice.

The preferred shoes for the upcoming summer are the Lugz Seabrook Canvas sneakers which are available for both men and women and as a matter of fact I own and love a pair of the Seabrook Canvas Sneakers for women.

Both the men and the women canvas sneakers are available in a variety of colors to match your clothing style and needs.

Lugz footwear- Seabrook Canvas Sneakers

Great for summer

Versatile classic canvas sneakers with a modern appeal and comfortable fit, these sneakers are fun and stylish.
Crafted from quality materials, the Seabrook  feature textile upper, cotton drill lining, waxy finish laces, metal eyelets & classic Lugz hardware along with hard-wearing rubber outsole to complete the look which is very similar to the women’s design.

Lugz Seabrook Canvas Sneakers

I love my Seabrook sneakers and was confident the husband would feel the same way… He wore his pair the same day we got them in, so needless to say, he loved his canvas sneakers as much I love mine.

 

The Seabrook canvas sneakers are one of the latest additions to the Lugz catalog and are available as I mentioned before in a variety of colors including a burgundy…I loved that color but the husband wanted to keep it a bit more traditional and opted for a black pair for himself.

Lugz Seabrook Canvas Sneakers for men

The sporty design of these canvas sneakers is perfect for the summer time apparel and the comfortable fit is certainly a big plus.

Another big plus?

The Seabrook  sneakers retail price, is only $39.99 which is really good for a pair of comfortable summer shoes!

Win it:
Lugz has kindly offered one lucky Jen’s Fun Finds the chance to win a free pair of the Seabrook  sneakers for men in color of choice!

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The Health and Beauty Benefits of Collagen and HA

 

Some of the benefits of collagen for exercising

Collagen is well known for all its beauty benefits, but there are a lot more benefits to collagen.
Collagen is the most plentiful protein in our body, and It’s found in muscles, bones, skin, blood vessels, digestive system and tendons … As a matter of fact, collagen helps to give your skin strength and elasticity (beauty benefits I mentioned before). It is also great for your hair and nail’s health, plus it also helps replace dead skin cells.

But did you know that Collagen is also very important for our joints and tendons?

While in our early years the body usually produces the right amount of collagen, the collagen production naturally begins to slow down as we age.

Neocell Collagen Sport, Ultimate Recovery Complex, Belgian Chocolate

Collagen is also very important for the gut health as well as muscle and joints!

Collagen protein for fitness

I have been running as a way of getting fit and realized very quickly I could use some help and decided to start taking a collagen recovery complex and this is where the Neocell Collagen Sport, Ultimate Recovery Complex, Belgian Chocolate, come into play.

Neocell Collagen Sport, Ultimate Recovery Complex, Belgian Chocolate for runners

I am what you can say a picky drinker, but this chocolate flavored complex is actually tasty and easy to mix.
The recovery complex, has no sugar, gluten, or artificial flavors, or lactose. What it does have is 30 g of protein, 15 g of pure whey protein isolate,15 g of super collagen peptides, 4.5 g BCAAs & L-Glutamine, along with multi-vitamins and protective antioxidants.

I love the benefits and the ease of use and preparation and my sore muscles and joints certainly welcome the extra help.

Collagen is also a great way to boost the gut health…Needless to say I am really happy I added the collagen shake to my fitness routine.

Hyaluronic Acid

Another import element in skin health along with joints and even eyes health is the Hyaluronic Acid as it is an important disaccharide found in every tissue of our body and works as a lubricant. Therefore, the importance of this acid to maintain healthy joints, skin and eyes is obvious.

NeoCell HA

The hyaluronic acid often referred as HA is very important to feeling and looking good and a great way to nurture your skin from the inside out. HA is spread broadly through connective, neural, and epithelial tissue, and it is considered as a main constituent of the tissue that provides structural support to cells.

Both the collagen and the HA have been a great addition to my daily routine not only for the fitness benefits but the beauty aspect as well.

Neocell Collagen Sport, Ultimate Recovery Complex, Belgian Chocolate and HA

Win it:
Neocell has kindly offered one lucky Jen’s Fun Finds readers, the chance to win a free 3 lb. Collagen Sport Ultimate recovery complex and a 60 capsule Hyaluronic Acid bottle.
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How to Get a Gel Nail Polish Mani- Pedi at Home

Gel nail polish manicure? Yes please!

The official start date for Summer 2017 is June 21st and I can’t wait… I am looking forward to sundresses, shorts and all the fun clothing possibilities that come along with the summer weather!

Of course one of the very first things I wasn’t waiting to have ready for summer are my hands, as I quite often let life and “mother duty” get in the way and my hands get neglected. But I am making an effort to change that and to keep my hands not only hydrated, but also manicured, at least as much as possible…Yep, I’m talking about the mommy duty again!

How do you get nice looking hands for summer?

It is actually easier than you think. Hydration is vital and you should try to keep your hands properly hydrated year around.

The next step would be taking care of your nails, (always a good idea to use a cuticle cream).

I love having my nails painted as they can complement any outfit you are wearing and let’s be honest, nice, painted nails just look good. I prefer the gel nail polish just because it tends to last longer and resists chips more than regular nail polish.

Get organized

In order to make the best out of your do it yourself manicure experience, the very first thing you need to do, is gather all the materials you are going to use and select the best spot for you to sit down and start with the process.

 

Once you are all set and ready to start, wash your hands and dry them thoroughly. Then use the slanted side of a manicure stick to gently push back your cuticles. There are two reasons to do this, one: you will get a cleaner surface for the gel to stick and 2: you create an even longer nail to work on.

I have very thin easy to push cuticles, but I know that this is not the case for a lot of people, so if you have hard to push cuticles, simply soak then in warm water for a few minutes and then push the softer cuticles back.


The right shape for you

There are many different ways to style your nails, some of the more popular methods are square shape which is how I do mine, but you also have the round / oval shape, the squoval and the pointy stiletto nail that is trending right now.

Once you have figured out the best shape for your nails, file the edges to create the desired style. After filling the nails, you should buff the nail surface with the pink side of your buffer while always being careful not overdo it to avoid weakening your nails.

Once the buffing is done, your nails will look a bit dull as this process removes the shine and helps the polish to adhere better. Pay special attention to the sides of the nails and around the cuticle as these are the most common spots where lifting tends to occur.

At this point, you might need to wash your hands one more time, to remove the thin dust from buffing your nails.
The next step is to start working on your hands. I find that it is easier if I do 4 fingers, then the other 4 fingers, and leave the thumbs for last.

Use a lint free wipe to clean your nails using some gel cleanser and let it dry for about 15 seconds.


You are ready to apply the color

You are now ready to start applying the color you have selected…I fell in love with the MelodySusie’s Sweet Reverie which is an easy to apply one- step gel nail polish.

The set has 6 different pastel color polishes that are just perfect for summer.

Make sure to shake the gel nail polish before you start with the application. Then apply a thin even layer and then cure the gel nail polish using an LED or UV lamp. Make sure you know the correct cure time for your gel nail polish as it is not the same for all brands.

For the MelodySusie gel nail polish, I set my lamp to 15 seconds. Depending on how you like the depth of your gel nail polish, you can use anything between 1- 3 coats.

You need to make sure to cure each coat and keep in mind that the same way not all the gel nail polish works the same, the lamps are also different. I use a MelodySusie 24W LED Nail Lamp which eliminates the guess work.

Once you have applied all layers, use a clean lint free wipe and some gel cleanser and wipe each one of your nails to remove the sticky moisture layer. Some of the color might come off, but do not freak out, that is normal and will not affect your final result.

If you decide you want to be a total rock star and have your pedicure done, do the same process on your feet and do one foot at the time!

Win it:
Ready to get beautiful nails for the summer? MelodySusie has kindly offered one lucky Jen’s Fun Finds reader the chance to win a free set of their Sweet Reverie!

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Disclosure:

The product(s) provided for the review were sent to me free of charge from the company or the PR agency. I did not receive any compensation for this review. The product(s) offered for the giveaway are free of charge, no purchase necessary. My opinions are my own and not by any means influenced by any other part. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.