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Friday, October 31, 2014

RejuvaWear Compression Leggings Review and Giveaway ends 11/21 @RejuvaHealth

Metro Detroit Mommy blogger: Gwendolyn Mulholland - Finding Sanity In Our Crazy Life

Gwen received free product in exchange for this promotional post.  All opinions are her own.  Your experience may differ. 

People turn to compression stockings for many reasons including, diabetes, leg health, pregnancy, joint problems, shapewear and more. However, when asked about options most people can only picture the plain pantyhose or sock styles. These styles don't appeal to many people especially if they want to look fashionable and not appear to be wearing compression stockings. That is where RejuvaHealth steps in and puts a new face to the compression stocking industry.

RejuvaHealth delivers quality compression stockings in a variety of types including men's, maternity, diabetic, athletic, arm sleeves, thigh highs, leggings and more. Many of their styles are also offered in opaque, sheer, patterned or an athletic finish so no one has to know if a person is wearing compression stockings or not. They are bringing a new face to the world of compression.

My mother received a pair of the New RejuvaWear Compression Leggings in black. She has lost a lot of weight and was looking for something that would provide a gentle compression and provide coverage. She is also a runner so she was looking for something that would fit under her running pants without having to go with a pantyhose style. The RejuvaWear Compression Leggings are footless so you can switch them up different shoes and wear whatever socks you want depending on your outfit.

The key to obtaining a good fit on any compression garment is to pay careful attention to the size chart for that item. All items are created differently so you will want to size yourself for each item that you buy. She found that the RejuvaWear Compression Leggings were true to size and was happy with the length. She is 5'3" so she did have to fold the bottom up a little but it didn't affect the wear of the leggings at all.

The thing to remember when putting on any compression stocking is to read the directions first and put them on exactly how you are instructed to. Trying to put them on the way you normally would pantyhose or leggings is going to result in a much too tight fit and you will never get them fully on. Once the leggings were on there was a heavy compression feeling that got better after a few minutes. Wearing the RejuvaWear Compression Leggings alleviated the tired feeling that can happen in your legs after being on them all day or working out.


The best part is due to the material that is used, you are left with a nice smooth feeling when wearing the leggings. They also have a 4 inch wide waistband that smooths without rolling down and causing bunching. They are versatile and can be used for working out or flattening your trouble zones under your favorite outfit. They are thin enough that you can even wear them under other pants. My mother is looking forward to wearing them during the winter on her outside workouts to keep her warmer than just wearing her regular workout pants.

She has spoken so highly of them that I have put them at the top of my Christmas list and hope that Santa will bring me a pair. You don't have to wait until Christmas to get a pair because you can enter to win a pair of RejuvaHealth Compression Leggings below.

To find out more about Rejuvawear Compression products visit them online at RejuvaHealth.

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Gwendolyn is a homeschooling, mom of a 10 year old daughter and 15 year old son in the Metro Detroit Area. She enjoys reading, writing, cooking, organizing, and traveling. She blogs over on her personal blog Finding Sanity In Our Crazy Life. She shares her travel adventures on Vacation Maybe. She juggles all of this among doctors appointments for her father-in-law and disabled husband.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Honey Lemon's Chemistry Concoction: #BigHero6 #ScienceFun #BayMaxScience

In anticipation of Big Hero 6 opening  on 11/7, we will be featuring a few fun activities for the kids.

For a detailed explanation of the chemical reaction you can visit this site:
Basically, this reaction produced water (liquid) and carbon dioxide (gas)

In our experiment, we used a glass bowl, 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 3 tablespoons of vinegar.
I recommend 1/2 tablespoon of baking soda, so it will all dissolve in the reaction.

You can also modify this experiment by performing it in a clear bottle and placing a balloon over the top of the bottle directly after the vinegar is added.

Try the experiment with water instead of vinegar.

Some great questions to ask: 

  • Before:
    • The baking soda is in which state (solid, liquid, gas)?
    • The vinegar is is which state?
    • What do you see (observe)?
    • For older children you can weigh the baking soda and vinegar.
    • What do you think will happen when you mix these two? Form a hypothesis. 
  • During:
    • What do you see (observe)?
    • What is happening?
    • What states of matter do you see?
    • What do you hear?
  • After:
    • Is there more, less or the same amount of solid baking soda left?
    • Where did it go?  
    • What happened?
    • For older children you can weigh the mixture and compare it to the weigh of the baking soda and vinegar.  Why is there a difference?  

Extension - Baking Soda in cooking: 
We use baking soda in cooking as a leavening agent.which means they are added to baked goods before cooking to produce carbon dioxide and cause them to 'rise'.
Try this recipe with and without the baking powder:
Compare the results

vocabulary words: 

See more #BayMaxScience: 
Balloon Fun:

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BIG HERO 6 opens in theaters everywhere on November 7th!

Holiday Craft and Vendor Show - 11/8 in Chesterfield

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Vander Ark Furniture $200 GC #giveaway Ends 11/12

This giveaway was sponsored by Vander Ark Furniture. Opinions are my own.

Simple, handcrafted, made in Michigan, this is right up my ally for sure.  If you’re looking for hand-crafted furniture to spruce your child’s room, made right here in Michigan, than look no further than Vander Ark Furniture. Vander Ark Furniture For Kids offers a variety of handcrafted, custom built, and affordable furniture that your little ones will love.


The Series
There are three types of series Vander Ark furniture offers. Craft, Castle, and Pet. The Craft Series includes a twin bed, bookshelf, desk and bench, and nightstand. The Castle Series includes a twin bed, desk and bench, and nightstand. The Pet Series includes a pet stand, pedestal, and raised dog bowls.

VanderArkFurniture Hand-Crafted Vander Ark Furniture is handcrafted out of Yellow Pine and Douglas Fir. It takes around three to four full days to build and paint one set of furniture and orders are completed in the order that they are received. The furniture is made for children between the ages of 3 and 8 years old, however if you are looking for furniture for your child between the ages of 8 and 14 years old, you can contact them for more details on custom build and pricing on larger furniture.

Customized Since these are hand crafted pieces, you can have the choice to customize your furniture in the colors you want. You can choose a stain and paint color from what Vander Ark Furniture has on hand, or if you prefer a different paint or stain color you can send them the name and they will use that for an additional fee. Of course if you have your own special paint or stain, or prefer to mix it yourself, you also have the option to drop it off at their shop and they will use those for your furniture free of charge.

Meet Jake and Mariah of Vander Ark Furniture!
You can also visit them on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest!


$200 Gift Card Giveaway!

One lucky reader will receive a $200 Gift Card from Vander Ark Furniture! PLEASE NOTE that you must live within a 100-mile radius of Spring Lake (that covers at least half the state) to ensure delivery of your furniture. If you live in the Detroit area/East side, you would half to meet them halfway to pick up your furniture. To enter the giveaway, use the GiveawayTools widget below.

Super Science Experiment with #BigHero6 #MeetBayMax #BayMaxScience

This is a super fun experiment you can try at home with your little ones.

You can modify it by connecting the other end of the string to another solid object.

You could have a race.

You could measure the distance the balloon travels when the balloon is filled up all the way. Then have the child(ren) estimate how far it will go when it is filled a little.

Which will travel farther a big or small balloon?
Which travels faster? A smaller or bigger balloon?

Some other great experiments/games with balloons:

Balloon Power
Materials needed:
20 to 30 small balloons
A Large garbage bag
Fully inflate a small balloon. Ask your child what will happen if he/she sits on it. Let your child try it. If it doesn't pop have your child jump on the balloon to pop it. Inflate enough of the small balloons to fill the garbage bag. Seal the bag and have your child sit or even jump on the bag. You may want try Jet Balloons and Singing Balloons (listed below) while inflating the balloons for this activity.

Jet Balloons
Inflate a balloon. Ask your child, "What will happen if I let go?" Let go!!!

Singing Balloons
Inflate a balloon. Stretch the neck of the balloon so the air escapes slowly causing the balloon to "sing" or vibrate.

Balloon tap
Count how many times you and your child can tap a balloon before it touches the ground. If you have a stopwatch, time yourselves to see how long you can keep the balloon in the air.

Static Balloons
Learn about static electricity by rubbing a balloons on a child's head, then stick it onto the wall. Children think this is the best game, because they can do it themselves too.

Square Balloons
Fill a balloon half full with water. Place the balloon in a square container, then place in the freezer. When frozen take out of the freezer. Show the children what you have done. Ask them what will happen when the ice melts. Find out.

Confetti Balloons:
For older children only.. with close adult supervision!!!! Fill a balloon for each child with some confetti and blow it up. Allow each child to pop a balloon! BANG!!!!

Fill it UP
Ask the children, compared to an empty balloon, will a balloon weight more, less or the same when it is filled with air?
Try it out and see what happens.

Candy Free Halloween?!? You bet your chocolate bar!

So, my family is pretty much sugar free.  I say pretty much because once a year it creeps into our birthday cakes and it's occasionally found in the very once-in-a-blue-moon-desperate-stop-to-starbucks organic apple juice box.

For us, Halloween is a little different.

We get our group of like minded family and friends together and do our own trick or treat.  One of my friends has a great big round driveway that is perfect for this.  Our kids get dressed up, walk around the driveway to the little stations we have set up where we are handing out treats, minus the sweet. We do fun activities (pinatas filled with little trinkets and toys, crafts, etc) and let the kids play with one another, acting as they are dressed.

In our goody bags this year were: Halloween stickers, plastic spider creatures, organic fruit strips, individual bags of popcorn, home-made fruit snacks with fruit and vegetable juice, fruit, crafts, toys and organic, no sugar added, non-gmo chocolate pieces.

I know that Halloween is only once a year and most people would argue that one night of sugar indulgence wont hurt anyone, but in my opinion it does.  Sugar is addicting so allowing ourselves and our children to consume it like this will cause cravings and withdrawals.  Also, sugar suppresses the immune system which is something we definitely don't need with the colder temps and illnesses lurking around the corner.

Whatever your reason for avoiding sweet treats and sugar around Halloween time is, you can certainly pull off a sugar free Halloween and have even more fun doing it!  Try our recipe for homemade fruit snacks with orange and carrot juice!

You will need
  1. Simmer juice in a saucepan for 3-5 minutes until warm. Do not let the juice come to a boil.
  2. Remove from burner, stir in honey.
  3. Add gelatin, stir gently.
  4. Pour into molds.
  5. Refrigerate for 2 hours.

Happy Halloween!

Cheers from Robin,

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Detroit Zoo - Outback Steakhouse Give Back Event 11/6 #OutbackZooNight

Outback Hosts Detroit Zoological Society Give Back Night Fundraiser
When: Thursday, November 6th, 2014
Where: Detroit Outback Restaurants
Time: Open until 10pm (check your local Outback for hours)

(some locations open for lunch)

Outback invites you to join them at any Detroit area Outback Steakhouse location for the Detroit Zoological Society Give Back Night fundraiser. Relax and enjoy the fresh flavors at Outback and they’ll proudly donate 15% of your total check to the Detroit Zoo!

Just say “Zoo Night!” to your server!

As a thank you for sharing this event with your friends and family, Outback Steakhouse is giving one Metro Detroit Mommy a $20 gift certificate.  How fun is that? You must be a resident of Michigan to win.

Disclaimer: I have received a product of value in exchange for this promotional post.