Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Why Summer is the Teenager Season


Summer Frame of Mind

With summer starting in just under a week, I started thinking...

If one equates spring with renewal and birth, it's logical to see how winter might be a stand-in for the Golden Years and fall might represent middle age and adulthood. Summer is a little more challenging to draw those kinds of parallels to categorize it though, don't you think?

Woman Riding Bicycle With Wicker Basket

Summer as the Teenager

When I began considering what stage of life makes sense when thinking about summer, I automatically thought of that no man's or woman's land between baby and grown up called the teenage years.

Exploring new territory for the first time, the lack of real pressures of responsibility and deadlines, a feeling of both fearlessness and immortality -- when I think of all these, they apply equally to both being a teen and in general, the lazy and more forgiving pace of summertime for us all.

Mother Son Quality Time Together

True, I may be far past those teen years myself and have raised four teenagers of my own to become independent, successful young adults. 
Still, I recall the great anticipation of seemingly endless lazy days with which I once greeted each new summer during my own Baby Boomer childhood.

These reflections about summer as the teenage season of life make me contemplate, understand and ultimately appreciate two very important lessons learned about living. The promise of summer ahead is definitely meant for every teenager's enjoyment. But everything good that each new summer brings is also intended for everyone of every age, young and old, to savor, to experience new things and to grow.

woman straw hat backyard garden picking rose

Wishing everyone a wonderful summer: however you choose to spend it. A summer of personal growth, health, and happiness, as well as an abundance of quality time and fun doing what you really enjoy on your own as well as with family and/or friends.

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Mothers Day Cards Last Minute Mom Gift

Mother's Day

MBE partnered with Lovepop for this review & giveaway

Mother's Day Cards Double As Keepsakes

Ask just about any Mom what she really wants for Mother's Day. More often than not, she'll say she doesn't want any gifts and just wants to spend time with her family. But, when miles separate you and you can't be there with the mother in your life on her day, there's nothing better than sending her a card from the Lovepop Mother's Day card collection delivered to her door that's as unique and special as she is.

Lovepop Mothers Day Card

My Mother's Day Tradition

I've made a tradition out of mailing my own Mommy, now in her 90s, a different Mother's Day Lovepop card annually for more years than I can count. Watch as Mom opens and unfolds the basket of flowers card I sent her this year. The look of magical wonderment and smile on her face says it all.

This brand's cards are so much fun to give and to receive. In fact, the heirloom quality of these cards make lovely mementos to extend the joy they give long after a holiday has passed.  So, whenever I go to visit her it gives me great pleasure to see how much she enjoys showing me all the past years' cards I've sent her since she has saved every single one.

Lovepop Mothers Day Cat Tree House Card

The Lovepop Mother's Day card assortment changes from year to year with both popular perennial favorites (like the flower basket design I gave my Mom) returning each season and new cards being designed and offered each year. From cat lady moms to dog fans and nature lovers, and many other styles of cards to choose from, you'll likely find the perfect card to match your own mother's interests and personality.

About Lovepop

Lovepop cards are available online, in dedicated retail stores and from partners both in-store and online such as Amazon. Beyond Mother's Day, Lovepop has a seemingly endless array of popup cards for Father's Day, Graduation and all other major holidays year-round. 

From Birthday, Get Well, to Love, Thank You, Sympathy, Friendship, Anniversary, Retirement and many more, there are cards for just about any occasion one can imagine. They even have cards which are blank inside so you can give a Lovepop card for any other reason you may think of.  Additionally, they offer a variety of unique and special gift items such as beautiful paper flower bouquets, gift tags, ornaments and other items. 

Learn more by visiting Lovepop's official site, as well as following the brand on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.


Enter MBE's Exclusive Giveaway for chance to WIN an $80 Lovepop Gift Card 

Mothers Day Paper Flower Basket Card

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

AIRROBO Air Purifier Family Review


MBE partnered with AIRROBO, post contains affiliate links

Improving Air Quality In Your Home 

Dust and wind storms, pollen season, wild fire smoke, city smog. We’ve all thought about how air conditions like these might affect our lungs and impact overall health. But, as a mom with children, have you ever considered this? Even when members of the family attempt to escape unhealthful outdoor air by going indoors, the quality of the air we breathe inside our homes can still potentially make our kids and loved ones sick causing or aggravating seasonal allergies and other respiratory problems. 

How to Improve Air Quality Inside Your Home

AIRROBO AR400 Home Air Purifier Review 

That’s where a quality air purifier, such as the new AIRROBO AR 400 True HEPA Air Purifier which just launched today, can make a difference to help filter out the dust, pollen and other potential irritants, improving the indoor air at home that your family, friends, and even pets breathe in.

A Mom Tests the AR400 Air Purifier 

For this hands-on review Mommy Blog Expert received the AIRROBO AR 400 from the manufacturer. I know as a mom of four in a family of six, each of us suffers from allergies to some extent. So I was excited to try this air purifier to see if it would help us. Out of the box, this took me less than 15 minutes total to read the directions and get this easy-to-operate air purifier up and running. 

Home Air Purifier With Filter

MBE’s Thoughts on AIRROBO AR400 

  • Includes a well-written user manual, with directions and diagrams that are easy to understand 
  • Comes in stylish white to easily blend in with just about any d├ęcor style from traditional to modern 
  • Arrives fully assembled, with a replaceable HEPA air filter already installed 
  • Moving the air purifier room to room for use is easy, because the product is lightweight, weighing just over 7 lbs.
  • Operates most efficiently and is specifically designed to stand directly on the floor or carpet, removing the household dust and pollen that mostly collects on the ground 
  • Works well thanks to Tres Air™ Filtration technology which filters and blocks fine particles, more than 99.97% allergens, VOCs, and odors
  • Runs quietly while sleeping or working so as not to disturb your usual routine
  • Takes up minimal floor space thanks to its compact design, measuring a sleek 14.65”H x 8.7”W x 8.7”D

Set-up, Usage and Maintenance

After choosing a suitable well-ventilated location (such as a bedroom or home office) with adequate circulation space around the air intake vents and air outlet, all you do is insert the power cord into the unit’s back and then plug into a regular electrical wall outlet. Once plugged in, you push the power button to turn it on, then choose from three fan speeds (or the fourth fan speed called sleep mode), then set the timer (you can choose anywhere from 1 to 8 hours) for the desired automatic shut off time.

Cleaning and maintaining the AIRROBO is easy too: every 6-8 months when it’s time to remove and replace the 3-in-1 Filter, the Filter Replacement Reminder will light up on the control panel, then with a simple turn and twist to unlock the bottom you can take out the old filter and insert the new one and lock in with a twist.


More Tips to Keep Indoor Air As Irritant-Free As Possible 

  • Read the product's user manual carefully before using your air purifier to get the most efficiency out of  it and save the directions for future reference
  • Keep windows closed on high pollen count days and on days/nights when the air quality outside is unhealthful 
  • Avoid excess dust accumulation on clothing, stuffed animals, and other clutter, by being sure to close closet doors and dresser drawers when not in use 
  • Dust all surfaces and vacuum thoroughly and regularly using a good quality vacuum floor cleaner equipped with a HEPA filter to capture the maximum particulates from the air 
  • Wash bed sheets, pillow covers and other bedding weekly using hot water which will kill dust mites
  • Vacuum, wash or dry clean window treatments as often as required during each season
  • Ensure your air conditioning and heating vents are well-maintained and cleaned as needed 

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AIRROBO Air Purifier on Desk Table

About the AIRROBO Air Purifier 

AIRROBO AR 400 Air Purifier, listing for $149.99, comes in white and is intended for residential usage in 600-1000 square foot spaces. It works to remove pollutants such as particulate matter, gaseous pollutants and microorganisms from the air inside homes. The product utilizes a replaceable 3-in-1 Filtration System (Pre-filter + HEPA filter + Activated Carbon Filter) which is included in the box. Other features include an easy-to-operate LED touch control panel, an air outlet on top of the product, and air inlets on all for side of the unit. Additional tech specs include Wattage: 35 Watts, Noise: 23-50 decibels, Weight: 7.05 lbs., Size: 14.65”H x 8.7”W x 8.7”D. 

Available direct from the manufacturer’s AIRROBO website and from Walmart. The brand also offers replacement True HEPA Filters, as well as a Toxin Absorber Filter and a Pet Allergy Filter each which are available for purchase separately. Stay up to date on all AIRROBO news by following the brand on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.