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Nature’s Playground

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

I’m not sure where you are located, but the temps here in New York have dropped. It’s the perfect time of year to take a sunbreak, and last year I found just the place.

St. George Island, a 28-mile barrier island, sits four miles off the mainland, with the Apalachicola Bay on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other. According to Dr. Stephen Leatherman’s (aka Dr. Beach’s) annual survey, the tiny island claims to be the sixth best beach in the world! I have to agree…it’s breathtaking. The nine miles of undeveloped shoreline features some of the best shelling. If the kids are lucky, during May and August, they might get a glimpse of a loggerhead sea turtle.

Besides the beaches, there’s great fishing, nature trails, canoeing, and kayaking in shallow Apalachicola Bay. Journeys offer some great kid-friendly adventures. For $40, you can hop on a boat to scout for dolphins and visit Little St. George for a hermit crab race. Snacks and drinks are included. Local rental agencies such as Resort Vacation Properties offer loads of private accommodations. For $5 (per person, per night) you and the family can also rough it and camp at Gap Point in the island’s state park. Watch out for the “cat faces” left over from when the pine trees were turpentined. Hope y’all get to visit!

Photo: Lou Kellenberger, Franklin County, TDC

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Shop For a Cure

Friday, October 21st, 2011

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but other forms of the disease still need our attention. That’s why Lancôme named October 21st Genes Day. For every sale made today of Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate, Lancôme will donate $7 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Synonymous with treating pediatric cancer and other serious childhood diseases, St. Jude relies heavily on public contributions for its daily operating costs, which are in the millions of dollars. Every little bit helps, and this is one cause we know you care about.

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Lipstick That Improves Lives

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

GiveJOY_LipstickIt’s a sad fact that one in four women will experience domestic violence. And it’s not just them who suffer:  According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, children are victims in 30 to 60 percent of cases. In an effort to help change these stats, Mary Kay has created three limited-edition Beauty That Counts Creme Lipsticks in Give Joy (a playful peach), Give Dreams (a tropical pink), and Give Hope (a shimmery red copper). From now until December 15th, one dollar from each sale will go to The Mary Kay Foundation and its endeavor to break this cycle of abuse. Go to to make your purchase—and a difference.

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A Sweet Reason to Tweeze

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Tweezerman, a company known for its precision grooming tools, has partnered with Starlight Children’s Foundation, an organization that provides entertainment, education, and family activities to seriously ill children. Now through the end of the year, the company will donate a dollar to the charity when you buy the Reach For The Stars Mini Slant Tweezers and 50 cents when you buy a Reach For The Stars Zip File.

How’s that for incentive to spend a little extra time on your beauty routine?

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Vote in the American Baby “Best Awards”

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Our sister publication, American Baby, wants to know your favorite bottle, baby carrier, and much more. Please vote by clicking here to help new moms find the best brands out there!

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Do we smell?

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

hugosoapMmmh…French lavender. Hugo Naturals, obviously, want us to smell good this year! Check out the GIANT soap they sent us! Their  soaps are made by hand with a blend of jojoba, shea butter, vegetable glycerin, botanical extracts and essential oils. Now, what to do with it?

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Contest Alert: Facial Expressions

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

You’ve seen your baby cringe at the sight of broccoli, giggle uncontrollably because of a game of peek-a-boo and delight at the sight of Elmo. Show us your kid’s personality whether angry, happy, surprised or just plain silly by uploading a photo. Our contest runs through July 17, 2010 and you’ll need to vote daily for your chance to win $250! Click here to enter.

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Contest Alert: Kids in Hats

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

It’s summer and you know your little one is sporting some fabulous hats. You should check out our Kids in Hats contest. Upload a picture of your child wearing his or her favorite hat and you could win $250. Readers will decide on the cutest pic. Click here for rules.

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