My Latest Fab Finds by Robin Gorman Newman

boogieboard2BOOGIE BOARD

I love this fun and totally cool product!  And, my 13 year old recently got his hands on it, and he now wants one.

Forget notepads or sticky notes.  Enter Boogie Board.  You write on the pressure-sensitive LCD screen with the included stylus, or even your fingernail, without wasting paper or ink. In this updated version, the stylus stores conveniently right in the top of the case. Tablet displays your notes until you erase them with the touch of a button. Durable case and recessed screen are safe for school, travel and home use. Sealed internal battery never needs replacing—lasts about 50,000+ erases.

It’s lightweight and fun for doodling or practical usage.  Great for long car rides or flights Comes in a bunch of colors, and makes for a unique gift.


HYDROCHIC: Sun Protective Active Wear for Swim & Sport

hydrochicHydroChic, celebrating its 9th year, is a line of modest swim wear for real women, that offers very cool and practical choices for those seeking more coverage.  But their line is so cute, it’s a great transition from pool or beach to physical activity in the sun or even the gym.

They offer a wide variety of coverage styles from sleeveless to long sleeve swim dresses, skorts, skirts, shorts and leggings in fashion forward colors and silhouettes.  The lightweight, stretchy fabrics offer comfort as well as built in sun protection and superior chlorine resistance. They come in missy and plus sizes to 4X, and they have offerings for girls.

I had the opportunity to sample  a pair of black capris, a sports bra, and the sleeveless color block swim ‘n tennis dress (pictured) ….and they really are adorable and comfortable.

  • 100% Chlorine Proof
  • Fabric: Polyester
  • Available in Missy XS- XL and Plus Full Cut 0X-3X
  • Quick drying
  • UPF 50+ sun protection
  • Swim/sports bra sold separately
  • Dress length is 35″ in size Medium

A total must pack for my upcoming vacation!  And, as a mom, they are also so practical for trips to the water park with your family when you’re walking around a lot and don’t want to be in your swimsuit all day.  And, you can purchase their comfortable swim/sports bra to wear under it.   Now, you can be stylish and covered, yet prepared to get wet at a moment’s notice.  Love that!


oxygenplusOxygen Plus: The New, Natural Energy Enhancer

O+ is a line of recreational, portable oxygen products that deliver 95% pure oxygen in sleek, lightweight, travel-sized canisters. The product info explains that taking 3-5 deep breaths of O+ helps boost energy levels, and muscles recover faster from fatigue. It also aids in increasing physical stamina and more. O+ products are available in three different flavors (Natural, Peppermint and Pink Grapefruit) and are assembled, quality-controlled, and filled in the USA. Retails $32.49 (for a pack of 3).

I had the opportunity to sample the Natural and Peppermint flavors. My 13 year old son tried them as well.  We loved the scent of the Peppermint.  For us, it was hard to tell the immediate effectiveness, but I love the concept, and will try it further.

These are great for hikes, workouts and active travel when you need an extra boost, especially if you’re visiting or live at a higher altitude.  I’m gonna be sure to pack these for an upcoming trip.


castanea_arcadia_night_cream_and_eyeKORRES — CASTANEA ARCADIA WRINKLE REWIND

Harnessing the power of the Castanea (Chestnut) tree extract, from Greece’s Arcadian forest, the Castanea Arcadia collection from KORRES brings you a global first in beauty.

Taken from the leaves of the chestnut tree, Lupeol is a powerful natural ingredient that contains incredible antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and skin-regenerative properties, but has never before been used as an active ingredient in cosmetics before. KORRES developed an innovative molecule known as HALupeol, which encases pure Lupeol in a hyaluronic acid shell. This new molecule creates a special system that allows the active to penetrate the skin, offering targeted wrinkle repair and over time, enhanced skin elasticity, resilience and youthfulness.

I’m a huge fan of Korres products, so I jumped at the opportunity to try a duo of their wonderful new anti-aging skincare products made in Greece.  The Wrinkle Rewind Night Cream felt smooth, silky, light, yet rich with a mild appealing scent. It is designed to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and restores skin firmness and elasticity.

The Wrinkle Rewind Eye Cream in a convenient pump dispenses felt refreshing, soothing,  This velvety eye cream is designed to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles.

It was a treat to apply these before bedtime and let them go to work.



goop skincare, part of goop, the company launched by actress Gwyneth Paltrow, provides pregnant women and new moms with safe, luxurious, effective, pure, non-toxic, organic formulas to help address dry, dull, patchy skin commonly experienced during pregnancy.

The Replenishing Night Cream is a highly active night cream that works to plump, brighten, and firm skin overnight. The nourishing formula aims to visibly improve skin texture, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and increase luminosity for a noticeable, healthy glow. Sandalwood nut oil helps boost elasticity, while linseed extract and hyaluronic acid hydrate, lift and firm. The cream is formulated with USDA certified organic ingredients and contains approximately 79% total organic content.  I had the opportunity to sample this cream, and it’s on the thicker side and very hydrating with a slightly earthy aroma.

The mindfully designed collection, made in the U.S.,  in simple, understated black/white packaging features six skincare solutions:

  • Luminous Melting Cleanser ($90)
  • Exfoliating Instant Facial ($125)
  • Enriching Face Oil ($110)
  • Revitalizing Day Moisturizer ($100)
  • Replenishing Night Cream ($140)
  • Perfecting Eye Cream ($90)


Note: The featured companies provided product samples, but our opinions are our own.

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