ROBIN’S PICKS: Cool Stuff for Moms and Kids

GAIAM YOGA MAT – Launching this month, just in time for Breast Cancer Awareness month, Gaiam has introduced a new Pink Ribbon Yoga Mat. This lightweight and durable 3 millimeter mat was specially designed by Yogi Colleen Saidman, wife of yoga guru, Rodney Yee, and comes with a Yoga Workout Download. It’s available on,,, and in select Target stores. $1 from the sale of each mat will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Love the color and feel of this mat.  It’s elegant and eye-catching and cushy. 


 ARTIFACTS WOODEN PUZZLES – Based in Seattle, Artifact Puzzles uses clever designs and vibrant artwork to craft laser-cut wooden jigsaw puzzles that will be treasured for generations.  Along with the stunning graphics provided by the rich selection of artwork and the designers’ craftsmanship, the puzzle pieces themselves are extremely unique and interesting.  These puzzles promote spatial relation development, art appreciation, creativity, and team-working skills.

Whether or not Artifact Puzzles replace video games as your kids’ favorite toy, they certainly will provide a much needed alternative.

This featured puzzle is 422-piece (16″ x 10.75″, pictured is one of John James Audubon’s famous illustrations, the Carolina Parakeets.  Puzzle includes includes parakeet and bird-life whimsy pieces.  

This has become a new family pasttime.  It’s challenging, and we can’t wait to assemble it.  It’s a welcome change of pace from television and the computer.  They make for beautiful gifts.


WORX TOYS™ allow kids to discover how vehicles work. Look through the transparent exterior to see the parts inside. Then learn all about it with the included interactive story book adventure, that includes a tour guide Howie Works. Throughout the book, special codes are revealed to see each part light up and come to life.

You punch the codes in either directly on the toy, or using the optional Worx Storybook Transmitter (patent pending). Various models are available –  Speedster Race car, Apex Police Helicopter, and Torch Fire Truck.

Worx Toys was started by three fathers who had an idea for a revolutionary new type of toy that combines stimulating the natural sense of curiosity in children, focusing on ages 6 to 9, with discovering how things work and learning in a fun way.

My son is totally fascinated.  We have the Speedster, and he’s itching for the fire truck.


ESSENCE CONCEALER – Essence makes a wide range of products.  I had the opportunity to test out the new stay all day 16h long lasting concealer with light-reflecting pigments.  It works well….minimizing dark circles, redness and shadows.  Available in natural and soft beige.  It’s sold nationwide at Ulta stores and online at








DOMINO RALLY – This classic brand from the 80’s is being reintroduced with all new tricks and stunts. It includes 100 dominos and 50 specially crafted speed dominos that fall at lightning speed. In addition there are two loop de loops, two domino race cars, a ring of fire, custom domino tracks, and one tall launching bridge. Players can start together and race to see whose car goes through the ring of fire first. All Domino Rally sets work together to help make very cool domino creations. Visit

My son is having a blast with this game, and I’ve played it with him, and it’s loads of fun!



 BlingDots and BlingWraps by BlingGuard are effective, innovative “fashion fixes” that make your jewelry look and feel fabulous, while also giving you the peace of mind to wear it all the time.

BlingDots are discreet and disposable earring backs that relieve the weight and pressure of your pierced earrings, while positioning them perfectly on your ears.

BlingWraps keep your rings fom turning, twisting or slipping off your finger. These wraps can add up to 1+ ring sizes and are easy-to-use, transparent and disposable.





Note: Thanks to the above companies/brands for providing  product samples.