Shield your skin, naturally

Months upon months ago, Laura and I were asked to try out Skin MD Natural. We've taken our time testing out the product and have found that it really DOES make a difference in the condition of your skin.

To be honest with you, I get a little tired of all of the fruity-tootie fragrance lotions out there. I have to wonder really what are they doing for my skin? Obviously, there are chemicals in these lotions that can't be THAT good for my skin, right? Sometimes, I just want to get back to the basics and use a product that might not have pretty packaging but one that I know my skin is going to benefit from.

Several reasons why we like Skin MD Natural so much:

• No animal products or testing
• Dermatology tested
• Fragrance and colorant free
• Hypoallergenic
• Paraben free
• Non-comedogenic

Skin MD Natural is over 93% "natural". If you are looking for more information on the ingredients contained in this product, click HERE.

A 4 oz. bottle of Skin MD will run you about $25/bottle. That's enough for roughly 1-2 months of daily use. Girlfriend, you can even buy it by the GALLON. I'll let you check out the price on that one yourself. Hey, maybe you work in an office and you think your coworkers would benefit from this product. The company also offers these sample packets for $2.00/2 packets.

This product has been VERY GOOD to my skin. I can hear it cheering right now. In the past, I have been known to have some severely dry and itchy skin. I can vouch that Skin MD has helped out quite a bit in that department. There is a lot of useful information on their website, so stop by and check it out if you have a chance.


The folks at Skin MD online would like to offer MTW readers a discount on orders placed through their website. Receive $5 off your order when you enter the word "garden" in the gift certificate code box.

Sit Down and Get Comfy!

If your children are anything like ours, they are constantly trying to get on your computer-banging the keys, turning it on and off, getting grubby prints on the know the drill. Now, with the insertion of a USB cable, your child can actually use your computer, without disaster ensuing. In fact, he or she will probably learn something! Comfy is an educational learning system that quickly and easily hooks up to your PC. Load the CD onto your desktop, and wham! Endless amounts of fun.

The software ranges in skill level and age. Hailey and Noel have First Steps (beginner 1-3 yrs.), Let's Imagine (intermediate 1-3 yrs.), and Birthday Party (Advanced 1-3 yrs.). After playing with this for a few weeks, Let's Imagine seems on par with Noel's age and skill level (20 mo.). I think he'll enjoy Birthday Party more in a few months. Honestly, he just seemed bored with First Steps after just a few times using it (this parent also found the characters a little irritating).

I like the "keyboard" with it's big, colorful buttons, each of which makes something new happen. Your child can pound away on these and you don't have to fear it breaking. The one thing I don't like is the "telephone" that's attached to the keyboard. Noel has picked it up and dropped it a few times, and it came apart at the seams. I did manage to get it back together, but he (and I) can't really figure out how to "talk" to the characters. It just seems like an unnecessary feature. My one other complaint is the plastic overlay that comes with the other software sets. You're supposed to lay this over the top of the keyboard and it corresponds with the new game & characters. However, Amy & I have both discovered that our kids would rather just rip this right off and continue to press the buttons that are already there. My thought is that perhaps the buttons could be a bit more generic so that this piece wasn't necessary.

Overall, I like the Comfy, and Noel sure does LOVE it. He climbs up into his chair every day and waits patiently to play on it. I do think I would probably wait just a few more months (when he's 2 or older) to introduce it though. Because kids this age have a hard time understanding and following instruction, I don't know that I would really recommend it for a child under two. On the other hand, he has definitely learned a lot from the Comfy, including shapes, colors, and new songs! This fun & educational learning tool is something I would definitely recommend, for children that are just a bit older than mine.