The Kids

3 Bizarre Hotels the Kids Would Love!

Although we haven’t made plans for a trip somewhere amazing for a while, there is another way to let the wonders of the world take you and the kids away for a moment.
No, maybe you do not have the ability to pack your bags and run to a land far away, but you can sit at the computer with the kids and show them some of the most bizarre looking hotels around the world. Take an online trip with your family!
Or maybe, just maybe, you’re really looking for a cool place to take your children during their vacation. Maybe this was your year to take that fabulous, unique family vacation. If that’s the case, I envy you!
Anyhoo…Here are 3 of the most bizarre hotels that we could find around the world to show your children when you’re all antsy to take a vacation:
1. Utter Inn – Stockholm, Sweden – We you ever imagine that this was actually a hotel?

Well, this isn’t the actual hotel, because the majority of the actual Utter Inn is underwater. Yes, below this cute little red shack that reminds me of ice fishing, the guests will enjoy the following comfort:
Created by Mikael Genberg, artist and sculptor, the Utter Inn puts people who love to be on the lake for activities, like water sports, right in the middle of the lake. There’s more of a comforting, homey feeling to the Inn, so don’t expect the Ritz. If you choose to stay at this hotel, you will be transferred to it in a boat and your first impression will be the kitchenette and a small dining area in the red shack that is above the water. Surrounding the red shack is a small deck that guests can enjoy the views of the lake from. Underwater is where the guests will sleep, in a human sized aquarium.
Don’t be alarmed when the boat driver stops the boat, drops you and your family off, and drives away only to leave you and the family members you are staying with alone. There won’t be any bellhops, no receptionists, and no room service, however you can elect to order a dinner that is delivered by boat. Unfortunately, the Utter Inn does not have enough room for our humongous family – we’d have to leave most of the kids home and that’s no fun! – because there are only two twins beds for sleeping arrangements.
While the Utter Inn offers a unique experience, it doesn’t look all that comfortable, but you won’t have to worry about noise from other guests at this hotel, because you will be the only ones.
2. The Capsule Inn – Japan
Now, if I’m going to take my family to one of the most unique and crazy hotels in the world, it would not be The Capsule Inn in Japan. I’m just sayin’…
And here’s why:
For the record, this is where you sleep, in these little holes in the walls. It almost makes me think of coffins and I highly doubt I would get a good night’s rest in them. Plus, there would be strangers sleeping – and snoring! – right next to you or down the hallway…not my idea of comfort!
However
3. Free Spirit Spheres – Vancouver Island, Canada

Of course, not everyone can make it to Sweden or Japan, so we looked around Canada and we found the Free Spirits Spheres on Vancouver Island. You will walk on the 5 acre property to a staircase that is wrapped around a tree, and then climb the stairs to your “hotel room” that looks like this:

On the inside of this strange looking cabin (or pod, as they call it) in the woods, you will find a cozy place to stay, suspended between 10 and 15 feet in the air. One is cedar, one is spruce and one is made of fiberglass.

Inside will be a double bed, a microwave, and a refrigerator. And, even though you will be out in the woods, far away from civilization, each of the three pods also has an iPod docking station in it. Don’t be surprised if the pod sways on a windy day.

Reviews

EdenFantasys Lelo Flickering Touch Massage Oil – Review

If there’s anything in the world that I love almost as much as my children, it’s a massage from my husband. (If you’re not getting them, you’re not buying the right products!)

I bet the chances are that you’ll get one with my favorite massage oils from EdenFantasys. I’ve had the opportunity to try out some of the best massage oils in the past few years while working with EdenFantasys, and I’ve used every single one of them as an excuse to get a massage. (Of course, if having the product in hand and asking nicely doesn’t work, I recommend giving the massage first…give and you might receive.)

This time, I got to check out Lelo Flickering Touch Massage Oil, the Fresh Lily & Musk one.

For me, it’s the scent, the consistency, how it glides, and how it feels on my skin. Lelo Flickering Touch Massage Oil passed most of my tests with flying colors. The consistency and glide factor are perfect, much like most of my other favorite massage oils in the EdenFantasys shop. On the skin, it stays slick enough for a long lasting massage, but doesn’t leave your skin greasy. It actually moisturizes very well.

The scent, a light flowers in the meadow kind of smell that comes from the fresh lily mixed with a light musk, didn’t impress me much. I love, love, LOVE this massage oil that smells like bananas and another one that has a cinnamon spice smell – that’s what I like to smell when I’m getting those melt-your-body-down-to-a-gel-form massages that my husband so amazingly delivers. 🙂 But, this lily and musk didn’t really hit the spot for me.

I will say that, in all fairness to a product that is perfect in every other way, I ran the smell past my husband and he seemed to like it, because it was light and flowery, almost a powdery light scent, in his opinion. He’s the one that said it smelled like lightly scented flowers in the meadow, maybe with a little fresh air.

With a price tag of $38.99 for a 4 oz. bottle, you would think that it was made with gold! Right? Funny thing is, the packaging boasts “exquisite oils with 24-Karat gold flakes to lend an eye-catching shimmer”. We first used Lelo at night, so it was difficult to see the shimmer, even with the help of lighting from my hubby’s iPhone.

But, in the morning, I tried it out again. And, sure enough, there were teeny tiny gold flakes in the oil. This was actually one of the characteristics that changed my mind about the Lelo Flickering Touch Massage Oil, the 24-karat gold flakes. That makes a product worth its weight in gold! There isn’t an obvious shimmer on the skin once it’s rubbed in unless you use a whole lot of the product, but between the gold flakes and the way that this oil it made to absorb into the skin without leaving a greasy residue…it doesn’t leave you desiring much more.

My most favorite thing about the massage oils that I have reviewed from EdenFantasys is the fact that most are made with only natural ingredients (at least the ones that are on my “favorites” list are). That’s what I want on my skin! So, yes, the bottles are a bit on the expensive side, but it’s not like you’re paying for a bunch of liquid from who knows where. For example, the Lelo Flickering Touch oil is made of apricot kernel oil, grape seed oil, jojoba oil, perfume, and gold powder (mica, iron oxide, gold).

On a five star scale, I would give the Lelo Flickering Touch Massage Oil in Fresh Lily and Musk scent a 4 1/2 stars, and the loss of half a star is only because I’m still trying to get used to the scent. I would categorize it in the high-end category for massage oils.

Have you tried any good massage oils lately? Which ones are your favorites?

Reviews

Bonding Over Beauty – Book Review

Things have changed since we were teenagers. That’s no surprise, because every generation of moms and daughters experiences the same thing – change. Somehow, as moms of tween and teen girls, we have to figure out how to finagle past these changes and create lasting bonds so that our girls trust us and come to us, rather than their friends, for girl-talk and advice.
That’s where Bonding Over Beauty by Erika Katz comes in. And, she doesn’t just give moms a list of different activities that they can do with their daughters to bond with them, she has every sensitive topic and evrey beauty question covered in her book. From hair washing and trimming to shaving, dilapidating, waxing and tweezing to talking about menstrual cycles and that scary 3-letter S-word. These are just a few of the topics that Erika Katz has covered in her over 200 page book.
Additionally, you will find intricate details that help the not-so-beauty-inclined moms better understand how to do pedicures, make-up, hair, and skincare and help their daughters learn how to handle beauty issues in the most appropriate ways.
Then, of course, as promised, Erika Katz has included hundreds of beauty and other activities that we can use to create a lasting bond with our daughters. One example is to treat your daughter to an at-home spa experience.
What I also liked about Bonding Over Beauty were the pages with charts or definition boxes. They break up the reading and are great additions to the book. For example, one page has “Need To Know” definitions of the following words: Aromatherapy, Aromatic essence, Absolute essence, Aromatic oil, Diffuser, Spritz bottles, Wicker baskets. Another page has a chart with the headings “Not Great” and “Ideal”. In the “Not Great” column, there are examples of food and drinks that are…well, not great for you and your daughter’s skin, such as soda, juice drinks, chocolate milk, sports drinks. Then, in the “Ideal” column, seltzer, water, fresh juices, whole milk, rice milk, and almond milk are listed as the ideal alternatives for healthy skin.
You can tell that a lot of thought was put into this book over a long period of time. The thing that I like the most about Bonding Over Beauty is that although it is written in a voice that is addressing you, the mom, it’s not written in a way that makes you feel like you can’t sit down and share it with your daughter.
Although things have changed since we were tweens and teens, there are things that never change, like our daughters’ needs for mom-daughter bonding time and age-old beauty routines that will never be outdated, as long as moms and daughters exist. Bonding Over Beauty reminds us of the many different ways we can build and accentuate that bond that lasts a lifetime between mom and daughter.

Child Behavior

Potty Mouth Mommies

Our kids learn a lot from us, and that includes mimicking our choice of “naughty bad words”. You might be a stand-up parent, attend every school function, and you might even be President of the PTA, but we’re betting that you’ve used one of the words on our naughty non-no bad word list here at least once in front of your children!

We’re not even talking about curse words, swear words, or whatever you might call the worst of the worst bad words that you can use. We’re talking about regular potty words that you may even find in the dictionary that carry negative connotations that we don’t want our children running around saying.

Of course, you already know that if mom has a potty mouth, kids are going to be more inclined to let them slip out of their mouths, too. Along with our list of (non swear-word) naughty no-no words, we will give you some pointers to help you steer your children away from saying these words, both in the immediate moment and in the future.

1) God/Jesus/Jesus Christ – These words, unless the children are talking about what they heard in church, learned in religion class, or heard when they were watching Joel Olsteen on the television, should be off limits, not used in vain. We all know better! Even if you’re an athiest or part-time Christian, hearing one of these sacred words coming out of a child’s mouth should be like scratching nails down a chalkboard. “Gosh”, “golly”, “goodness” are all perfect substitutes that you can use and encourage your children to use.

2) Hate – “Hate” is a strong word. It takes some deep seeded anger and emotion to hate someone or something. Honestly, it’s best that we don’t let ourselves get to the point that we “hate” someone or something. It’s better to “strongly dislike” someone or something. Or “really not like” it. There’s enough hate in this world without our kids learning to hate, too.

3) Freakin‘ or Fricken’ – We parents know that these words are actually replacements for the well-known f-bomb. But, it’s become cute to use them, and our teenagers and tweens have caught onto these bad word replacements, too. It’s not too cute, though, when a little two year old says, “Freakin'” or “Fricken'”, though, especially in context. Well, maybe it’s kinda cute the first time, but…you know what we mean!

4) Shut Up – Where do they hear these things? Anyways, there are a lot of ways to get your point across with words and “Shut up” is one of the meanest ways of saying what you are trying to say. Sure, you might mean “Shut up!”, but wouldn’t it be nicer and more adult-like if you raised your voice and said, “Quiet the noise level!” or “I mean it! Quiet down!” or “This is my last warning! Lower the volume!” Certainly, our vocabulary is expanded past two word instructions and demands.

5) Stupid or Dumb – These are words with a purpose…and the purpose is to be hurtful or negative. There’s enough negativity in this world, and kids running around saying, “You’re stupid” or “Your brother is dumb” doesn’t make this negativity any better. Here, it is helpful to talk about feelings and let your child talk about their feelings, because these words are usually used when a child is upset. Instead of “This game is stupid (or dumb)!”, it’s usually “This game is really upsetting me, because I have to keep starting over!”

6) Fart – In my house, the little kids think that the f-word is “fart” (the older kids know the true f-word, but I have never heard them say it.) Fart isn’t a nice word. It’s just not. For us moms, just saying the word “fart” is simply not ladylike now, is it? And, it’s not nice for our kids to say it, either. Nobody really wants to hear a kid say, “I farted”. Nor do they want to hear: “Mom! You just farted!”. Point made.

7) What the…??? (Pronounced “What thuh?”) – Hearing this incomplete question really bothers me, because what it really means is “What the hell?!?”, the bad word phrase substitution of “What in the world?”. I mean, what’s wrong with that? Why did we have to change it to another place? What in the world was fine as is.

8) What. – This “bad word” pretty much feel into this category because it is so disrespectful. No matter which way this word is used, “What.” “What?” “What!” “Whuht?”, it never never carries an air of respect. Here’s an example. (I won’t mention names). One of my dear children will respond with, “What????” when you confront him about something. This, in other words, means, “What the hell do you mean?” or “Why the hell are you accusing me?” Then, there are the times when someone wasn’t paying attention to your conversation, they say, “What?” instead of, “Oh, I missed that. Could you repeat it?”. Or, someone says something surprising, and the other person respnds, “What!”, rather than “Really?”. Or, how about you call your child’s name and they respond, “What?”! None of it, I repeat, none of it sounds respectful. Whatever happened to, “Yes, Ma’am” or even “Yes, Mom”?

9) Crap – What exactly does a child need to yse the word “crap” for? As in “I took a crap” or “This music is crap.”? Either way, the connotation of this word goes right back to the S-word, and that’s not okay. Crap is an unecessary word. It’s just not nice no matter how it’s used. Whatever happened to poop, doo-doo, or even the proper bowel movement? There’s no reason to use “crap” as a word.

10) Fat/Ugly (and other negative adjective words) – You know where they picked it up, don’t pretend you don’t know. Somewhere along the line, you called someone “fat” or “ugly” or even the meaner combination of the two words, “fugly”. Anyways, I probably don’t even have to go into any explanations or reasoning on this one. Fat and ugly are mean-hearted words. They don’t have anything nice that comes along with them. They should be banned, along with all of the other mean and nasty adjectives that hurt people’s feelings.