Unraveled: What Do The Wash Symbols Actually Mean?

July 29, 2016

Chances are, you’ve probably done laundry a few times in your day. And chances are, you’ve stared at the labels on your boutique clothes wondering if you’re supposed to be washing them differently from your regular t-shirts! You’ve got to protect all of your favorite boutique deals clothes—one washing mistake and you could be left with a discolored dress or shrunken shorts.

These laundry symbols, called “care symbols,” are meant to demonstrate the proper washing and drying method for a garment. For example, the number of dots in these images indicates the temperature. An additional line beneath the symbol means you should use a “permanent press” setting. Two lines means to use a gentle cycle. Keep this amazing chart handy whenever you do laundry!

Waterproof Watches You’ll Want for the Summer

July 28, 2016

Have you ever taken a quick dip in the pool only to think “Oh God! I forgot to take off my watch!” only to come out and see that it no longer works properly? Thankfully, those days are long gone. Although no watch is truly, one-hundred percent waterproof, more and more designs have become more aware of how useful it can be to have water resistant watches that fight off inconveniences such as that one — without looking bulky or unfashionable. Here’s four different styles that won’t force you to pick function over form this summer.

1. Rose Rebel by Swatch

rose rebel by swatch waterproof

Swatch has been in the business of making classy, functional watches for years. Its silicone strap is soft to the touch, and the pop of color makes it the perfect accessory for any of your summer activities. Pair it with a fashionable midi-dress, a floral romper or any blouse-jeans combo you’ve bought from your favorite online boutique and you’re ready to head out the door.

2. Gwynn Chronograph Light Brown Leather by Fossil

fossil gwynn chronograph light brown leather waterproof

Indulge your inner tomboy with this classic watch that doesn’t look like you’ve stolen it straight off your boyfriend’s nightstand. With a couple of diamond adornments, this instant classic is perfect for swimming in shallow waters or your day to day grind around the office.

3. Polar A300

polar a300 waterproof watch

Sports lovers rejoice! Polar’s water resistant watches do much more than just tell time. With built-in caller ID, this watch also tells you how many steps you’ve walked, the number of calories burned and it even tracks your sleep. Summer’s the perfect time to be active! Buy a new workout wardrobe and let yourself get into the fitness mood with a watch to match your needs.

4. Jaryn Silver-Tone and Silicone Watch by Michael Kors

jaryn silver-tone silicone watch michael kors

This gorgeous watch is perfect for any day to night transition. Minimalism is in right now, and this MK watch is a perfectly sleek accessory that feels great on your wrist.

Activities To Keep Your Kids Engaged All Summer Long

July 27, 2016

Don’t let your kids fall into a summer slump–there’s plenty of fun ways to keep them learning and engaged before they go back to school in the fall! We’ve rounded up some of our favorite ideas to keep their minds and bodies active.

1. Read the book, then watch the movie. Scroll through Netflix and see which kids’ flicks started out as paperbacks. Take a family trip to the library, give your kids time to read the books, and then watch the movie together. Ask them if they noticed that parts of the book were missing from the movie, or weren’t as they had imagined. If your child isn’t an avid reader, the promise of a movie is major incentive!

2. Get busy in the kitchen. Baking is a great way to practice math skills and measuring, and knowing how to make delicious chocolate chip cookies is a great talent to have! Check out this site for recipes and safety tips.

3. Make a Sugar Writing Tray. This Montessori-inspired teaching tool is perfect for pre-schoolers to practice their letters and numbers.

diy sugar writing tray

Photo: Hello Bee

4. Grow a garden. Show your kids where their food comes from! Give them the responsibilities of watering and weeding, and help them understand how sunlight and nutritious soil help the vegetables grow. Added bonus: they get to eat the end product!

5. Play a game of giant Bananagrams. Your kids will grow their vocabulary AND leave the mess outside!