As a parent, it can be hard to find the time to work out, so sometimes you've got to get a bit creative. I've been playing around with my kids doing acro yoga for a year or so now, and it's always so much fun! At the 2019 Toy Fair New York, I came across a new and fun game called Monkey Moves - created by a college student, that was right up our alley! She sent me the digital version of the game and I organized an acro yoga with kids Monkey Moves Challenge with The Baby Gang, who you may know for their jaw dropping "Mom vs. Triplets Plus Toddler" video (with over 54M views!!). They were totally game for the challenge, and I think you'll agree that the resulting compilation video is absolutely hilarious!! Watch it below and don't forget, you can get your own Monkey Moves card game on Amazon (affiliate link). Be sure to tag me (@usjapanfam) if posting anything on social media, I'd love to see your moves!!
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I recently posted about my concerns over the typical (quite revealing) swimwear options available for young girls these days (read more here) and my hunt for more conservative and sun safe options for my toddlers. I did find a few options, one of them being UV Skinz, who sent us some great children's sets for review, and will be giving away a full children's swim set (hat, top, bottom) to one lucky reader!! Watch our fun unboxing and swimwear fashion show, keep reading the rest of our review, and enter to win in the app at the bottom of this post!
Founded by Rhonda Sparks after losing her 32-year old husband to Skin Cancer in 2001, UV Skinz produces UPF 50+ sunwear for babies through adults, aiming to provide families with "peace-of-mind in the sun". You'll find great styles in everything from swim suits and rash guards to sun hats and cover ups to dresses and hoodies!
Our 3 year old twins received adorable swim sets from UV Skinz Girls' Seaside Breeze Collection. Emi got the purple-hued Hibiscus Floral Stripe design and Mia got the Pink Flamingo Stripe design in: Swim Shirt ($28.95), Swim Skirt ($29.95), and Sun Hat ($24.95). The skirts have built in bikini bottoms and an adjustable tie on the inside. The skirt provides extra coverage (from the sun, etc), as well as the "fun" skirt factor that some little girls (like my Mia) can't get enough of! We haven't had a chance to wear them in the sun or water yet, but they're absolutely in love with their new outfits and demanded wearing them around the house for 3 days straight, I kid you not, you can even see them donning their swimwear in our latest cooking video LOL!! That's definitely one perk of these modest swimwear - you can wear them in the water, on the beach, and once dried off, even straight into the shops and restaurants - no cover up needed!
Our 6 year old son received a set from the Boys' Seaside Breeze Collection - the Jaspe Royal Turtle Sport Sun & Swim Shirt ($31.95), Board Shorts ($26.95), and Snap Back Hat ($19.95). The board shorts have velcro and tie, are nice and long (knee-length) for maximum sun coverage, and are adjustable inside so you can make them snugger or looser, which is not something I've seen in swim shorts before and is great!! They also have built in mesh underwear which I know some people don't like (inspect before each use to make sure there are no holes that could entrap anything, or cut them if super paranoid), but they're required in NYC public pools so I was grateful to see it! The hat is adjustable in the back, and has a moisture-wicking terry cloth sweat band.
The designs and the quality are top notch, and the sizing seems to be correct as well. The shirts are a great length, we've had some rash guard shirts that were a bit short, leading to their bellies hanging out, but these are perfect! The only negative is that the necks are cut pretty small, meaning my kids aren't able to get them on and off over their heads by themselves, but on the bright side, they're fitted and tall, meaning more sun protection (without need for regular sunblock applications) for those delicate little necks!
You can purchase UV Skinz on uvskinz.com and Amazon (affiliate link), but you can also win some in our giveaway here!! Open to US residents ages 18 and over, one lucky winner will receive a hat, swim top, and swim bottom set for boy or girl in their choice of size. Don't forget, the more actions you take in the below app, the more chances you earn to win! Good luck!! Giveaway ends at 11:59PM EST on Thursday, April 11.
We are excited to partner with Create Play Travel to announce the Winter 2019 Eco Award Winners! Each of these products are sustainable or natural, easy to use and have a great design. You can find the full award details here!
Revelae Kids cloth snack bags - set of 3. These reusable snack bags are decorated with colorful, modern patterns. They're moisture resistant and have a zipper that's easy for kids to open.
Java Skin Care Full Body Routine & Bloom Duo. Collection includes body serum, body scrub, body wash, body bar soap, rose lip scrub and tinted lip balm. All products contain Java Skincare signature raw coffee-argan oil infusion, packed with nutrients, caffeine and antioxidants to make your skin look, smell and feel beautiful.
ergoPouch Cocoon swaddle & sleep bag - winner can choose boy or girl and size.
goSili $40 gift package of assorted goSili items.
Buttons Diapers (1) trainer & 2-pack of cotton boosters - winner can choose style based on availability.
Andy Pandy Organics (1) pack of bamboo diapers (any size), Organic baby body wash & shampoo (any fragrance) and Organic baby lotion.
This giveaway is coordinated by Create. Play. Travel. and is open to US entries ages 18 and older. One (1) winner will be randomly chosen and announced on Instagram on April 11th, 2019. This giveaway is not affiliated with Instagram. Create. Play. Travel. and the participating blogs are not responsible for fulfilling brand-sponsored prizes. Prizes will be shipped directly from each brand. No purchase required to enter. Have fun and good luck!
Enter for your chance to win in the app below, and don't miss our other giveaways running at the moment as well:
I ran across EzyRoller at the 2019 Toy Fair New York (check out my highlights post and video here!!) and knew it would be a hit for my whole family. I was thrilled when they offered to send us a couple in exchange for review, and even more thrilled that they are GIVING ONE AWAY to one lucky reader!!! Watch our fun demo & review video, keep reading, and enter to win your own EzyRoller Classic in the app at the bottom of this post!!
It's hard to explain exactly what an EzyRoller is, there is a great demo video on their website that will give you a better idea!! But basically it's low-to-the-ground ride-on that you maneuver with your feet, not by peddling, but by kind of swerving them left and right. It's so easy, even my 3 year old twins got the hang of it quickly!
There are 5 EzyRoller models:
Our EzyRollers were surprisingly pretty quick and easy to assemble, just a couple of minutes to snap and screw parts together (1 tool required and included). It was also easy to change the length of our classic on the go, meaning the adults and the kids could share it, just screwing in and out the extension rod in just a minute.
I believe your environment will have a big impact on how fast you're able to go. I expect you'd get the best performance on smooth flooring such as in a gymnasium. We took ours out for an inaugural spin at a local park with a roughly paved track, and it was VERY windy. Still, they did great, but I blame the terrain on my snail pace performance (I came in dead last in a stop watch race against my husband and 6 year old son). My 6 year old, however, was a pro. He won the race. He didn't get tired (yes, I found it a bit of a workout for your thighs, which is good!!!). One of my 3 year olds got the hang of it much quicker than the other, and it surprised me because the one who did better on her EzyRoller was the one who is still pretty terrible on her scooter! But, I guess it's a completely different kind of skill set and muscles / coordination at play here!
All in all we found the EzyRollers to be extremely fun, and unique!! So different from the traditional bike, scooter, skate board, or roller skates! The perfect addition to round out your collection of movin' and groovin' fun active toys!! They're also pretty easy to store since they are self-standing, they fit into our crowded closet no problem!
You can purchase EzyRollers on their website or Amazon (affiliate link), but wait, you can also win one!!
ENTER WIN A CLASSIC EZYROLLER BELOW!!
Open to US residents ages 18 and above. The more actions you take in the app, the more chances you earn to win! Some points are gained daily, so keep coming back!! Giveaway ends Wednesday, April 3 at 11:59 PM EST. WInner will be randomly selected, e-mailed, and have 48 hours to claim prize. Good luck!!!
In a nutshell, I want to better protect my girls from the sun, and the creeps. Watch my short video, then keep reading and be sure to comment with your thoughts on girls' swimwear, the YouTube "adpocalypse" / "commentpocalypse", or your take on clothing gender norms!
Why are 95% of girls' swimwear options teeny one-pieces and bikinis? Sure, many styles are adorable. Seeing a toddler wearing a little retro-style bikini, I mean, come on, SO CUTE! But... they are not being protected, from the sun or the creeps out there. It's not 1980. In this day of social media, we're sharing photos and videos like crazy. We're sharing our own, and perhaps strangers are snapping away and sharing them without you even knowing it!
Have you heard about the latest YouTube drama? Not Momo, that's a different type of terrifying. No, I'm talking about the pedophile wormhole ring that was discovered. Apparently they're commenting with time stamps of their favorite moments and sharing videos of girls doing gymnastics, toddlers at the water park, you name it. Innocent videos. Of kids. It's sickening.
So, YouTube, to protect children, or advertisers, or both, all of a sudden slammed on channels featuring kids. Demonetizing videos that show a bit too much skin, or touch on certain topics. And turning off comments on millions of channels, mine included. It's annoying, but they did it for a good reason. And it's eye opening. One of our vacation videos had about 30 seconds of me holding our baby twins in swim diapers. Demonetized. I hadn't had any odd time stamp comments, but does this mean it'd been targeted by the creepers? Or is it something Advertisers might not want to be associated with? Who knows... But it got me thinking.
Hoping to protect my girls from both the sun and creeps (online and in real life), I went looking for a cute tankini - board short type set. Couldn't find ANYTHING out there. Ended up getting the cute rash guard and shorts set shown in our title banner (affiliate link - only $15, great deal!!), and below are some other pretty good options that friends shared with me, but frankly, I'm still hunting for a great "girly" belly-covering tankini & board short option!! If you know of one, please comment below!! And if you're a clothing manufacturer, get on it, this is a niche that needs to be filled!!!
Here are some brands I've found with more conservative / skin covering options for girls:
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When my daughter and I both needed our first glasses recently, I quickly became aware of how expensive eye care and corrective eyewear can be. Even if you have vision insurance, it's not likely to completely cover the designer frames at your local optician, not to mention the added expense of lenses and exams! But don't worry, I'm here to share with you some tips I've come up with for getting glasses for cheap, or even FREE!! Watch this adorable video of my daughter unboxing and trying on her first glasses, and then read on!
1. Eye Exam Options & Tips
Check with your insurance to see what they'll cover. Most medical insurances should cover a full exam with an ophthalmologist for the price of a visit to a specialist. In our case, it's a $30 co-pay. Our doctor warned us that many insurances do not cover the cost of refraction, however, so call ahead to your eye doctor for their price for what they'll charge you out of pocket if not covered, ask them for the insurance code for the procedure and then call your insurance company to ask if it's covered.
An optometrist is not a medical doctor, but they are trained post-doctorate professionals at local vision centers and optical shops. Double check when making your appointment that they will provide you with a thorough exam, not just to determine your prescription, but also to dilate your eyes and check for signs of glaucoma. Since treatment in the early stages of glaucoma (when you have no idea you have it) can literally save your vision, it's highly recommended to get regular exams once you pass the age of 35!! Yeah, I didn't know this either, but you can be sure I'm going to add it to my list of annual exams to have now! Anyway, back to optometrists... these exams will likely not be covered by medical insurance, but if you have supplemental vision coverage they'll usually cover or reimburse you a set amount. Mine, for example, required me having the optometrist fill out the claim form, which I send in and can be reimbursed up to $50. So, I called around, finding some places charging as much as $75 for an exam!! I went with a highly recommended place that charged $45 and would do a full exam (yes, checked me for glaucoma, which I don't have, phew!!). If you're near Bay Ridge Brooklyn, check out Oasis Vision Center (7411 5th Ave, Brooklyn), they were great, and they were extremely respectful when I told them I was purchasing glasses online - not a single sales pitch!!
Children's Eye Exams
Our pediatrician does a really easy test using PediaVision, a camera that takes a quick photo of the child's eye. It measures all sorts of things and can determine certain abnormalities that need to be checked by a vision specialist. Our 3 year old daughter failed this, and our 6 year old son failed his school's exam. So we took both for a full exam at a highly recommended local Pediatric Ophthalmologist (Dr. Caryn Pearlstein in Bay Ridge, Staten Island, or NJ). Their vision charts varied depending on if the child knew letters or needed pictures, as you can see Mia demonstrating in the photo below. With 2 kids getting examined, we were there a while, and eventually every image she saw was "poopy". Gah. Kids...
Make sure your prescription, whether filled out by an ophthalmologist or optometrist, includes the PD or pupillary distance. This is required for ordering glasses online, and while you can measure it yourself, a trained professional will be able to do it much more accurately.
2. Buying Affordable Prescription Glasses
You may be able to find affordable frames at your local vision center, however more often than not you'll find labels upward of $200+ and that doesn't even include the lenses!! Check with your insurance to see what they'll cover before deciding on your budget. My insurance, for example, will cover $100 per frame every 2 years, and $50 per lenses once a year. It was not enough to cover the child-proof MiraFlex frames (no hinges!!) everyone recommended for my 3 year old, so my search continued online, and this is where it gets interesting!!
There are numerous websites where you can find very budget-friendly glasses online. I ended up finding the cheapest Miraflex glasses on discountglasses.com (affiliate link) - Just $100 for the glasses, including the frames, meaning they would be 100% covered by our insurance and save me about $150 extra out of pocket that our local optician wanted to charge me!! It also meant I still have my $50 in lens credit to use later in the year if/when her prescription changes! For myself, I got a pair of glasses for $117 included lenses and a pair of prescription sunglasses for $60 including lenses (though my 2 pair were complimentary as part of an Instagram campaign I worked with them on; side note, this blog post is not sponsored by or in cooperation with them or any brand).
Not only do they have glasses and sunglasses (prescription and non-prescription) for adults and children for about $20 - $150 a pair (with lenses, so cheap!!), discountglasses.com (affiliate link) also has a really cool app on their website that allows you to virtually try on most of their frames! You line up your face, it takes a picture, you turn left, turn right, hold a credit card to your forehead and boom, you're ready to roll!! Check out a couple pairs that I "tried on" from the comfort of my own desk!
Ordering glasses online can save you tons of money, but it's not a perfect system. They may not fit quite right (our nose bridges are different shapes and sizes, our face/head widths vary, our cheeks might not be comfortable under certain frames - these are not taken into account by our prescriptions), there could be a mistake in the order, etc. But for me, it was worth the risk, and thankfully we didn't have any issues. Discountglasses.com (affiliate link) does have free returns though, and if it's a small issue such as the ear pieces needing to be loosened, you should be able to visit any local optician to fix quickly and cheaply (or for free if it's the same place you got your exam, maybe?).
So, what do you think? Will you buy your next pair of glasses online? Leave a comment below with any tips I missed (I'm a newbie to this eyewear thing!!).
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Culturelle but all thoughts and opinions are my own. I am not a medical professional - please do consult one before you or your children take any supplements or medicines.
I was waiting in our pediatrician's office the other day (toddler twins with nasty colds, fun!) and overheard a new mom with an infant speaking to the receptionist. Apparently, the doctor had recommended probiotics for her newborn, and she was to purchase them up front. She asked the receptionist how long her little one should take them, probably thinking it was a quick fix, just a week or two. The receptionist looked at her kind of stunned, and replied "Well, um, forever?" I chuckled to myself because not too long ago, I hadn't really heard of probiotics myself. It wasn't until my first child was faced with his first round of antibiotics that our doctor encouraged us to start them, to help discourage some of the nasty side effects antibiotics can have on the tummy, and to help rebuild his healthy gut bacteria afterwards (these "good bacteria" are essential for a strong immune system and overall wellness). Once you look into the research and talk to doctors, you start to understand their possible benefits on specific ailments, immune system, gut health and overall wellness, and it becomes quite clear that everyone, from infants through adults, can benefit from taking them daily, for life!
Now, there are a TON of brands and types of probiotics out there - some have a single strain, others have a handful. Potencies vary, as well as price points. So, I urge you to do your research and talk to your care provider about what will be the best probiotic for you, and your children. But I'm here today to talk to you about the #1 pediatrician recommended brand†, Culturelle, who I learned first about through my child's pediatrician about 5 years ago, and learned even more about last week at Momtrends' Moms' Night Out influencer event (see my recap of the event here - at their booth, we were encouraged to pick out a diaper bag and pack it full of essentials for our kiddos, including Culturelle Probiotics, of course)!!
Culturelle has several lines and products, including 4 types for digestive health, 4 for overall wellness, 3 for kids (1 with fiber), and 3 for baby, which I'll discuss in detail below.
Culturelle® Baby Calm + Comfort Probiotic + Chamomile Drops, for ages 0-12 months, includes Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG®) and helps reduce crying and fussiness due to occasional digestive upset.
Culturelle® Baby Grow + Thrive Probiotics + Vitamin D Drops for ages 0-12 months or 12-24 months, includes Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG®) and Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis (BB-12™), and promotes the development of a healthy digestive and immune system and helps build strong bones.
Culturelle probiotics use safe and gentle ingredients that work naturally with your baby’s body*, and help build a strong foundation for your baby’s healthy growth and development.
You can shop for Culturelle products on culturelle.com, Amazon (affiliate link), and your local drug stores.
What do you think? Do you or your children take probiotics or other supplements? Leave a comment below!!
† Based on a 2016 survey among pediatricians recommending a kids probiotic brand
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease
One of the greatest things about being a "mom blogger" is learning about the latest and greatest products, trends, and innovations, and getting to share them with all of you! Momtrends has been such an amazing resource for me, both as a mom and as a blogger. Their influencer events are always a blast, helping us connect with brands and learn about them in fun and creative ways. This year's 3rd Annual Moms' Night Out was no different, and I couldn't be more excited to tell you guys all about it!! Read on for a glimpse of the event and the wonderful brands and products that were represented there!
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, but all thoughts and opinions are my own and completely unbiased. Amazon links below are "affiliate links" - you don't pay more, but I may get a small commission to help fund the blog, it's a win win!
The event was hosted by Parents Magazine at the Meredith Publications HQ in downtown Manhattan. There couldn't be a better match than Momtrends and Meredith, they totally run the parenting market in print with Parents and Parents Latina magazine (even if you're not receiving them at home, you're certainly reading them at your pediatrician's waiting room like I did yesterday), and digital on momtrends.com and parents.com (the latter did a piece on my twin pregnancy stop motion video that went viral 3 years ago!).
The night included fashion, food, massage, drinks, toys, giveaways, friends, and... being "moms' night out and all... no kids! YASSSSSS!
Now let me get down to the sponsoring brands, the great products they have, and the fun ways we got to learn about them!
The Culturelle booth was my first of the night, they had a selection of great diaper bags to chose from and asked us to fill one as we would for a family trip! Lucky for me I don't have to bother with diapers anymore, but with kids in tow you still have plenty to think about - snacks, entertainment, illness, etc! They had amazing must-haves to throw in there! I ended up going with some KIND bars and Happy Family Happy Tot Fiber & Protein bars, Aquaphor Baby lotion, Babyganics sunblock, Johnson & Johnson mini first aid kit, sippy cups, and of course, Culturelle Baby Calm + Comfort Probiotics and Culturelle Baby Grow + Thrive Probiotics!
Culturelle has probiotics for the whole family - for digestive health, wellness, and even an entire line focusing on building a strong foundation for your baby's healthy growth and development. It's actually the #1 Pediatrician recommended brand (based on a 2016 survey among pediatricians recommending a kids probiotic brand). Culturelle® Baby Calm + Comfort Probiotic + Chamomile Drops help reduce crying and fussiness due to occasional digestive upset. Culturelle® Baby Grow + Thrive Probiotics + Vitamin D Drops promote the development of a healthy digestive and immune system, and help them build strong bones. You can shop for Culturelle products on culturelle.com, Amazon (affiliate link), and your local drug store. Read more about Culturelle in my blog post here!
The next booth was deeeeeee-licious! Boiron USA wanted to provided a healthy and Instagrammable booth for us to enjoy, and they sure did, with a full smoothie bar!
Boiron USA is a world leader in homeopathic medicines, providing family-friendly products that work without causing drowsiness or drug interaction, and is best known for their top-selling flu medicine Oscillococcinum. Their baby & children's line features Children's Coldcalm Liquid Doses (multi-symptom cold relief for children 6 months and up) and Children's Chestal Honey Syrup (relieves all types of coughs). Boiron's homeopathic medicines have no risk overdose, won't interact with other medications, herbs, or supplements, and don't contain any of the ingredients questioned by the FDA for use in children under age 4. Amazing right!? You can purchase Boiron USA homeopathic medicines on boironusa.com and Amazon (affiliate link).
JCPenney's Peyton & Parker Collection
Now, I wouldn't call myself fashion forward or at all fashionably inclined. I struggle with this big time, so I was a wee bit intimidated upon hearing JCPenny's booth involved styling a mannequin family with items from their new exclusive Peyton & Parker Collection. They had a couple of racks lined up, and once I started flipping through, it was actually fun!! They have super cute stuff that coordinate quite easily! Check out me and my little mock-family below!
JCPenney's new lifestyle brand, Peyton & Parker, launched TODAY (October 19) and will be sold exclusively in select JCPenny stores and online. Designed entirely by their in-house Design Team, Peyton & Parker is a collection of classic womens, mens, kids and home looks that mix & match to create effortless, yet put-together style for the family. The pieces are classic and versatile - fresh, approachable trends that work for every family’s lifestyle, no matter the occasion.
Am I saving the best for last? Perhaps... VTech wanted to demonstrate that their toys will keep your children entertained and engaged enough to provide you with some much needed "me time". So what did they offer at their booth? Well, tons of great toys for us to play around with. But also, MASSAGES!!!
VTech is a world leader in developing high-quality, innovative educational products that enrich children's development and make learning fun! From Kidizoom smart watch (that I'm playing with above) to digital cameras, musical instruments, activity walkers, and more! Be sure to check out their Holiday Guide (sorted by age group) to make your shopping this year easy peasy! You can purchase at vtechkids.com, on Amazon (affiliate link), and at local stores.
Great stuff, am I right!? Are you already a using and loving any products mentioned above? Have you just added some to your shopping carts? Lemme know in a comment below!!
**Enter to win this in the $600 value Toddler Fall Faves Giveaway at bottom of post**
As a mom with 3 children under the age of 5, I've dealt with my fair share of snotty noses. I've tried a variety of baby nasal aspirators on the market, and while they all have their own set of pros and cons, there is one that I recommend hands down to all parents: the Baby-Vac! When we're talking baby nose suckers, this one sucks big time, in the best way.
The Baby-Vac is made up of a simple 3-part BPA & phthalate-free plastic design:
Now, you may be freaking out by the fact that it is powered by your vacuum, but don't worry, it regulates the suction so that it's strong but not dangerous or painful (hubby and I have even tested it out on ourselves). Because it's powered by your (800-1800 watts) vacuum, it doesn't require a plug, adapter, or batteries! It's better with vacuums that can be switched and left on (as opposed to some cordless vacuums that require you to hold the trigger).
Baby-Vac is easy to clean, small and lightweight for storage or even to travel with (assuming you have a vacuum to use at your destination), and its suction power is the best I've ever seen, outside of the doctor's office anyway! From newborn congestion to full blown toddler colds, there's no job too big or small. The collection chamber does a great job at keeping the snot contained, however I've had it escape a few times over the years so just keep an eye on it when suctioning or you might have an accident that will leave you with a messy vacuum hose to clean up later.
While their YouTube demo is not in English, it's still helpful to get an idea of how exactly it works, check it out here:
Nose cleaning tips, tricks, and safety warnings:
You can buy your own Baby-Vac on their website or Amazon (affiliate link) for $19.99, as well as Walmart, Ebay, and some pediatric offices.
You can also win a Baby-Vac in my $600 value Toddler Fall Faves Giveaway ending November 8 at 11:59 PM EST!!!
ENTER TO WIN HERE!!!
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Baby-Vac. I was compensated for writing this article, but all thoughts and opinions are my own and completely unbiased. Cuz hey, I'm no sell out!
I just got introduced to a great app that monitors numerous aspects of your daily life, and for a small fee will give you major insight into your genetic strengths and weaknesses through the raw data from your 23andMe or Ancestry DNA reports! This app is called Rthm The Life App and it's really cool, if you have an iPhone that is... unfortunately the Android version does not have all the cool features just yet (but stay tuned, they're working on it).
Check out my video below where I do a live reading of my genetic results - surprising, funny, and slightly worrisome things like sensitivity to stress, cardiac risk, sweet tooth, body odor sensitivity and dairy tolerance!! I also walk you through some of the other features, but I'll go into these here on the blog as well.
Even if you haven't done your DNA testing yet (what rock are you living under haha!!), the app still offers tons of helpful features. Here are a few examples:
Now, if you have done your 23andMe or Ancestry DNA testing, you can pay $10 to download the raw data into the app for the riDNA function to analyze 41 genetic traits related to skin, metabolism, nutrition, and more. It'll give you your specific genetic variant for each trait, what it means for your health or life, and ways in which you can improve yourself based on your variant. The app will then start sending you daily tips based on your genetics and trends for activity level, sleep, etc.
Many of the traits it analyzed were way beyond me, like seriously, what the heck is Catecholamine and Choline!? It gives explanations, but some were so far over my head that they weren't really of interest to me. Others were pretty obvious, like sun sensitivity. Come on, I'm 35 and have had countless sunburns, and thanks to 23andMe (see my and my husband's 23andMe unboxing and results here) I now know I'm 95% Northwestern European, so yeah, I know I'm sensitive to sunlight haha! Some were kind of crazy, like how could they possibly gleam this info from my DNA!??! For example, sweet tooth, stress reactivity, reward response, and hostility! And some gave me really fascinating insight into my genetics, like microbial immunity, cognitive benefit of caffeine, and circadian rhythm. Overall, really fun reading through them all and learning more about myself!
I'm totally bummed that they don't have the Android version fully functioning yet, as I couldn't give the app a good test and review since I only have an Android!! I was able to borrow my husband's iPhone for a few hours to upload my 23andMe raw data to his phone and read through my results live from his phone, and was able to play around a bit with the app, but I wasn't able to use it over a few days to see how it really does with tracking my activity and sleep, sending tips, etc. So, while I can't give you my personal experience there, it does look like it would be really helpful and fun! I'm looking forward to them unleashing the full version for Android, for sure!!
If Rthm sounds cool to you, get more info and download the app from their website! The app itself is free, it costs $10 to upload your 23andMe or Ancestry DNA report raw data, and they also have a premium subscription plan called Rthm Blue, that tracks your circadian rhythm to generate a unique Body Clock Score (optimal meal times, exercise times, work times, etc.), and your overall heart and nervous system health.
So, what do you think? Cool? Helpful? Overrated? Dangerous? Leave your thoughts in a comment below!!
Related: Discovering our DNA Ancestry with 23andMe
This review was sponsored by Rthm, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.
About Me ^_^
I'm a NY mom blogger (formerly of Brooklyn), Influencer, YouTuber, & Entrepreneur living just north of NYC in Hudson River Valley's town of Cornwall with my Japanese husband & our 3 kids (twins plus 1)! My blog is chock full of humor, honesty, family travel & product reviews, and giveaways galore! It's also home to Bay Ridge Families, with weekly local kids' events roundups and annual guides for families here in South Brooklyn!