Modern with an Em

Go with the Flo September 11, 2008

Filed under: The Modern Home,The Modern Mom — modernwithanem @ 2:34 pm
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Even if you don’t have kids, I think that this is a wonderful invention.

Boon Inc. — which designs some awesome products for the modern parent — has come up with Flo, a water deflector and protective faucet cover with bubble bath dispenser. Now, I realize that the colour and design may not appeal to absolutely everyone, but I love it.

If you have kids, this is a great alternative to all of those animal-shaped polyester faucet covers that can often be easily pulled off. Flo has a spring-activated grip that easily attaches to all standard faucets (with or without a shower diverter) and many non-standard faucets that are of a similar size and shape to the standard ones.

There is NO assembly or special installation required! Flo is also covered in a soft material around the edges to prevent any bathtime injuries.

The waterfall effect of the spout on Flo is great for washing kids’ hair, and the bubble bath reservoir can be filled up prior to bathtime, allowing for bubbles to be easily dispensed at the push of a button.

And if you’re childless (like myself), think of it this way: Picture yourself relaxing in the tub after a hard day at work or school, surrounded by bubbles and candles, listening to the soothing sound of a luxurious waterfall. Now that sounds pretty darn good to me.

Flo by Boon Inc.

 

For the Modern (Green) Mom August 22, 2008

I was just visiting a site called MomGoGreen.com (very informative!), and I came across a post for the new Wee Generation Diaper Bag. The bag is a “green” diaper bag, with fabric made from recycled plastic water bottles, which is a GREAT idea!

The not-so-great part is that these bags tend to run about $200 US, plus shipping.

Luckily, I came across a cheaper alternative not too long ago when shopping for a shower gift for my VERY pregnant best friend.

Introducing Fleurville Re-Run Messenger Bag (runs about $75 US), for all of your baby-related needs! (Also comes in tote, hobo, and yoga bag formats, as well as binders and meditation pillows!)

These diaper bags are both mommy- and eco-friendly, with the following wonderful features:

  • Re-Run exterior, made from ten (10) 600-mL recycled water bottles
  • adjustable shoulder strap
  • contrasting lining, making it easier to find things
  • 2 external side pockets with magnetic closure
  • internal fleece-lined sunglasses/iPod pocket
  • earbud pass-through badge on flap (the Fleurville symbol)
  • 3 elastic-topped interior pockets
  • Re-Run changing pad
  • Fleurville see-through wipe case
  • carabiner/key-clip
  • PVC-free
  • Teflon-free

www.fleurville.com

 

Natural Beauty

Everywhere I go lately, I hear: Go Green! But what does that even mean? For skin care and cosmetics, it means organic or biodynamic (a system of farming beliefs and practices in which sustainability and self-sufficiency are key) ingredients, no chemicals, no animal testing.

Sound too good to be true? Well, let me introduce you to Saffron Rouge.

The staff at Saffron Rouge hand-pick all of the products available on their website, based on purity, quality, and effectiveness. You won’t find any chemical preservatives, petroleum, or diluted ingredients here. These products are guaranteed ALL-natural, unlike many cosmetic companies that tout their products as natural, when they only contain one or two natural ingredients.

The website itself is easy to navigate, and lists all of the products under categories and sub-categories, making it easy to find exactly what you are looking for. There are clear pictures of each product, along with a detailed description, name and location of the manufacturer (so you know exactly where in the world it is coming from), and a list of ALL of the ingredients contained in the product.

The downside is that you will be paying a bit more than you would at your local drugstore, but you get the security of knowing that your skin is being exposed to only the most natural of materials. With a wide product range including every form of face care (cleansers, exfoliators, masks…), all of the cosmetics you could ever need (even mascara!), aromatherapy, body and sun care, bath products, hair care, and special lines for both men and babies, Saffron Rouge is the modern-day organic lifestyle holy grail.

www.saffronrouge.com

 

Mac and Cheese Revamped August 21, 2008

For all of you moms on the go with limited time, who don’t want to feed their kids something out of a box that involves powdered cheese, this one is for you! It’s quick and easy, it encompasses all of the major food groups, is filling and kid-friendly, and is a great way to use up your leftovers. You can substitute any veggies you like (or that your kids will eat!) Bon appétit!

The Modern Mac And Cheese

Ingredients:

3 cups of whole wheat penne (you can substitute your favourite pasta, but fatter noodles work best)
1 cup of chicken, cubed (or whatever you have left over in your fridge. You can substitute sausage or ham, as well)
1/2 cup of mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup of red pepper, diced or sliced
3 tbsp. pesto sauce (store-bought works great)
1 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 cup to 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese (put in as much as you like!)

Directions:

  1. Fill a medium pot with water and bring to a boil.
  2. Add pasta to the pot and reduce heat, boiling on medium-high for 7 to 9 minutes, or until pasta reaches desired tenderness.
  3. Strain pasta and drain all water from the pot; return pasta to pot, but do not return to burner.
  4. Add olive oil to the pot and mix pasta until coated.
  5. Add pesto sauce and stir until pasta is coated evenly and thoroughly.
  6. Return pot to medium-low heat and add chicken, mushrooms, and red pepper.
  7. Slowly add grated cheese while continuously stirring pasta. Continue stirring until cheese melts completely.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

Serves 4 – 6.

 

Will Cook For Shoes

Filed under: The Modern Entertainer,The Modern Home — modernwithanem @ 7:02 pm
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If you’re reading this blog, I can only assume that, like myself, you are a modern woman (or modern man, for all of you gents). A domestic diva such as yourself has the right and the privilege to look just as irresistible as everything she cooks (or orders in… Don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone). If you thought aprons were a thing of the past, think again!

Domistyle is THE place to go for cooking attire. Ladies, these are not your grandmother’s aprons! With flattering fits, a wide variety of colour options, modern patterns, and various phrases to emblazon the bib, such as “Caution: Hot Dish”, “Yummy Mummy”, and “Will Cook For Shoes”, Domistyle has cornered the market on this one. Even better, their prices average around $40 per apron, so they won’t break the bank (or infringe upon your emergency shoe fund!). These Canadian women are slowly expanding their product range, and now offer aprons for the wonderful men and children in your life, as well. These are high quality, high fashion, and the perfect compliment to your fabulous culinery masterpieces!

Domistyle.com