The Best Belts and Pouches for Insulin Pumps

When you have to wear an insulin pump, there are plenty of ways to do it.

Belts and pouches can be worn around different parts of your body (on your waist, leg, thigh or arm) while keeping the pump discreet under your clothes.

Here are a few options to help you choose a case that lets you wear your pump the way you want it.

The Best Insulin Pump Belt for Kids

SPIbelt Kids Diabetic Belt

This expandable and low-profile belt is perfect for active children who need to carry medical supplies such as Type 1 Diabetes insulin pumps, inhalers, EpiPen, or CGMs (continuous glucose monitoring systems).

It accommodates insulin pump cords and infusion tubing through a reinforced pass-through hole, while keeping them secure and discreet.

Its bounce-free design comfortably holds insulin pumps close to the body with no tangling or bouncing.

The SPIbelt was made for playing, running, sports, and more – whatever each new day brings. It fits waist size 18″ through 24″ (generally fits children ages 2 to 10 years old) and comes in a crazy array of colors!

SPIbelt also makes a great belt for adults: the SPIbelt Adult Diabetic Belt.

This comfortable pouch has an expandable, secure, low-profile pocket and fits waist size of 25 – 47 inches.

The Best Insulin Case for your leg or arm

Athletic Insulin Pump Case

This pump case will held the pump in an accessible location without slipping.

It has an insulated neoprene sleeve and adjustable elastic hook and loop strap with non-slip backing while allowing you easy access to the insulin pump features.

It comes in 10 sizes, giving you the flexibility to choose where to wear your pump (arm, waist or leg) and, because it’s adjustable, so you can put in anywhere you want: you just have to adjust it.

The Best Insulin Pump Case to wear under a dress

Stretch Lace Garter for Insulin Pump

For women looking for a way to wear dresses with a pump, this semi-sheer stretch lace slip-on insulin pump pouch it’s a must have.

With 6 color choices and 4 different sizes, this sexy yet discreet case make using your insulin pump super easy with a dress on.

The leg slip is very discreet, thin, and breathable. It stays in place with the use of elastic lined with non-slip silicone.

The Best Heavy Duty Insulin Pump Case

AGOZ Heavy Duty Rugged Vertical Canvas Case

If you are looking for a CASE/POUCH to wear on your hip/belt, look no further.

With a strong metal belt clip and two belt loops( to use vertically and horizontally), this case provides excellent protection from the elements while protecting your insulin pump from dirt and scratches.

Holds insulin pumps and CGM devices up to 4″ x 2.2″ x 1, and has a secure velcro closure.

It is rugged and lightweight. The clip is tight and doesn’t slip off the waistband.

The Best Foot Massagers

A foot massager at home not only will help you relax, relieving aches and improving your mood, but it’ll also bring you relief from almost every condition that’s foot related: from standing on your feet all day, cosmetic’s related ones (like wearing high heels for long periods of time), sport’s injuries (runners, athletes) and medical issues that affect the foot (plantar fasciitis, diabetes, arthritis, among other conditions).

We have listed the top 5 overall foot massagers to soothe your feet every day and improve your health at the same time.

Our top pick

MedMassager MMF06

Angled to be used in the floor while sitting on a chair for most comfort while getting the massage, this massager was first used by doctors since is CSA and FDA certified for therapeutic use.

This is a very powerful device created to help with circulation stimulation, fight joint pain, and relax foot and leg muscles by reducing tension.

This massager has 11 speeds to accommodate the sensitivity of each person, and it’s highly recommended to start at the lowest levels to became accustomed to the vibration.

It has a full size oscillating foot pad to ensure that all pressure points of the feet are massaged and the arch bar stimulates toes, arch and hells.

Most reviews on Amazon show why people love this massager and how they notice the enhancements in aches and pains, circulation and overall foot health.

Dimensions: 16 x 12 x 9.5 inches

Weight: 11 pounds

Why we like this product: Easy to use, this device stimulates blood circulation with deep vibration and quite a few intensity levels to choose. Also, the foot pad is set at an angle for most comfort while massaging

What’s no so great about it: this massager can be very loud when in use. It’s also one of the most expensive home massagers on the market.

Best Runner-Ups

Homedics Shiatsu Foot Massager

With an easy to use toe touch control, this massager combines deep kneading action with four counter-rotating massager heads, soothing heat and full-foot coverage.

If you change the pressure of your feet on the massager, you’ll change the feeling of the massage. If you feel the massage to be too strong, just lighten the pressure of the foot on the unit.

If you like to activate the heating function, it’ll take just a moment for the unit to warm up.

This massager gives the user the option to select a plain massage or a massage and heat combined.

Easy to clean, it also has a 15-minute auto-shut off as a security feature.

With 4 stars reviews on Amazon, this little massager is a good option to take care of tired and aching feet.

Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 12.4 x 4.2 inches

Weight: 4.4 pounds

Why we like this product: This massager can massage tired feet with or without heat, which makes it a great choice for couples or families that want to share it.

What’s no so great about it: The covering’s fabric may wear out to soon, and the motor may start making a loud noise after long usage.

uComfyShiatsu Foot Massager with Heat

This small massager fits under your bed, is ergonomic and portable.

It works on the pressure points of your feet, massaging top and bottom of the feet to relax and get a feeling of well-being in tired feet.

It has 5 levels of intensity and heat option to warm muscles and relief tension, and provides two different types of massages: kneading shiatsu-style massage and a vibration-style massage.

Very easy to maintain by wiping it with a damp cloth and the foot covers are removable and machine washable.

Amazon reviews rate this massager with a 4 star average.

Dimensions: 17.7 x 15 x 18.1 inches

Weight: 12 pounds

Why we like this product: this foot massager gives a deep kneading massage that mimics a reflexologist’s hand motion and with five levels of intensity every user can choose the right pressure applied to their feet.

What’s no so great about it: It only fits small sized foot (up to a man’s size 12). Anything larger will missed the massage on the heels.

SPT AB-762R Reflexology Foot Massager

This massager offers a vibrating plate that targets the sole of the foot (with high and low percussion settings), three kneading modes on the sides and infrared light (with two settings) all around.

This device also has an auto shut-off feature and its detachable fabric covering makes it easy to clean.

This is a three-in-one action massager: kneading, vibration and heat.

Although the heat provided by this massager is not on the high side, Amazon reviews give it a 4 stars.

Product Dimensions: 20.5 x 17 x 9.5 inches

Weight: 21 pounds

What we like about it: It massages the entire foot with a kneading action coupled with heat that produces a relaxing and energizing massage. It also squeezes the feet to a certain pressure so that regardless of foot size, the same pressure is applied to the feet.

What’s no so great about it: This product is a bit heavy, which make it hard to move around. It’s not suited for highly sensitive foot, since the massage can be a little intense compared with another massager.

How to potty train your toddler

One of the biggest and most rewarded milestones for your baby is the moment he left diapers behind and start using the bathroom.

For moms means the end of the “carry a huge diaper bag everywhere” era and the beginning of “always be sure where the nearest bathroom is” time.

Most toddlers are ready to start potty training around their 2nd Birthday, some as early as 18 months old and some delaying until they are almost 3 years old.

And yes, usually girls are ready a few months ahead of boys.

You’ll notice when your toddler is ready: he may hide while he is “going “, he may ask to be changed out of a dirty diaper at the first sign of being wet, or he may tell you he wants to use the bathroom as soon as he have just gone on his diaper.

On my own experience, is never wise to try to push them to use the bathroom if they are not ready. Save yourself (and your kid) a lot of stress waiting a little bit until they are ready!

That being said, you can get prepared while waiting for the right moment to start the potty training. And because every child is different, I may give you a lot of different options for you to choose the “one” that may work for your kid.

Potty training books for mom and dad

Potty Training in 3 Days

This step by step book includes a plan with useful tips to help your kid succeed on the conquest of the toilet. It also has a lot of information for you to stay calm through every accident.

It’s a quick, easy book to read and will help you navigate the potty training basics (accident management included).

While three days is long enough to introduce something new, it definitely isn’t long enough to create a new habit for your child. If you can maintain perspective on that point, then you can stay calm trough the process and say “bye bye diapers”.

P is for Potty!

A favorite among kids, this sturdy lift-the-flap board Sesame Street’s book tells little girls and boys ages 1 to 3 all about how to use the potty.

While toddlers practice sitting on the potty, this sturdy lift-the-flap board book with more than 30 flaps, it’s the perfect mix of fun and learning.

It’s a long book to have your toddler sitting on the potty while you read it, so I would recommend to start reading it with your kid before making him go, so he will know what to expect and play his favorites parts while on the potty.

Potty Time! (Daniel Tiger)

If your little one is a fan of Daniel Tiger, then this is the best book for you!

The picture icons will prompt your kid to press the buttons and play the sound effects. The three sounds go along perfectly with the Daniel Tiger potty song.

It is a good book for children familiar with Daniel Tiger and nervous about potty training.

You can also get Daniel Tiger’s Stop & Go Potty app, where children will practice stopping their play when they have to go potty and learn about their important bathroom routines at the potty and s

Toilet trainers

Summer Infant My Size Potty

Summer Infant’s My Size Potty features the look and feel of an adult toilet to help ensure your child has a comfortable and confident transition to the real thing.

Realistic features include a toilet handle with a flushing sound to encourage your child while potty training. The clip-on splash guard and flip-up lid help boys in the potty training process, and the built in wipe dispenser is perfect for promoting good hygiene.

A removable bowl makes clean-up easy.

The biggest issue I personally had with this product? It takes a little bit of space in your bathroom.

Potty Training Seat

This Toilet Training Seat fits most standard toilets securely.

The Toilet Training Seat by Jool Baby is the ideal way to start training your child how to use the toilet. It has a non-slip ring around it to ensure you child is secure as possible while learning how to use the bathroom.

Featuring a smooth, sleek surface, this Potty Training seat is easy to clean with a quick wipe. It also has a Splash Guard that prevents messes from happening out of the toilet!

Training underwear

CottonTraining Pants

Before you start your toddler on regular underwear, it’ll be a good option to try this training pants. This transition underwear have extra pad in the front and back. They are water resistant and better water imbibition than normal undies.

This washable and reusable underwear is made of 100% cotton with absorbent polyester lining offering the most comfortable and softest touch.

More absorbent than normal training pants, their inner pad lining is perfect for containing small accidents and avoid leakage.

They are great on a daytime routine at home, but they’ll leak a little on naps or long car drives.

The Best Life Jackets for kids

Sumner is around the corner along with beach visits and pool parties. When you add a young kid on the mix, safety comes first as a Life Jacket.

Of course, nothing is easy when it comes to choose the very best life jacket for a kid. Age and size of the kid is a must when choosing the life jacket, but (as I discover whit mine) kids also have a way to show what they like and dislike.

Here is a list of the Best Life Jackets on the market along with a short review to compare and help you pick the one best suited for your child.

The Best Life Jacket for Toddlers

Stohlquist Toddler Life Jacket

This Coast Guard Approved Life Vest for Infants was designed to keep your child safe and comfortable. As your young one begins to paddle and kick in the water, this PFDs design allows for freedom of movement.

The Stohlquist allows full arm mobility so kids can play and swim. Its fully adjustable straps and easy entry front zipper with security buckle ensure the best fit for your kid. Its double collar offers great mobility and comfort, on top of supporting the infant’s head in the water.

This great life jacket specifically designed for kids 8 to 30lbs is secure enough to do not allow little fingers to undo a strap and defeat the safety purpose of it. Is also adjustable and accommodate their growing body, and have a good neck support.

Stohlquist also offers the Stohlquist Kids Life Jacket that fit kids from 30 to 50lbs and also come in great bright colors.

The best life jacket for kids learning how to swim

Speedo Kids’ UPF 50+

These life jacket is specially designed for a child already familiar with the water who is learning to swim.

It gives every child the extra confidence to get in and try to start swimming without the fear of sinking.

This Speedo jacket is minimalist enough that it allows full arm movement and simply serves as an aid in learning to swim.

Its full front zipper allows for an easy on and off and its safety closure helps secure the zipper in an upright position.

It comes in different colors and two sizes:

Medium: 2-4 Years, 22″ max chest, 33-45 pounds
Large: 4-6 Years, 24″ max chest, 45-60 pounds

The best life jacket for infants

Stearns Classic Series Infant Vest

Specially fitted for infants under 30 lbs, this US Coast Guard approved life jacket is great for a day on the boat or beach and in the pool.

Its closed sides adds a feeling of warmth and security to the baby, a must for them!

A rescue handle allows adults to easily move the infant from the water or the boat and it has one adjustable chest belt, a zipper and an adjustable crotch strap for a tight and secure fit.

The shell is treated with antimicrobial protection that inhibits the growth of odor-causing bacteria, mold and mildew.

The best Floaties for kids

Stearns Puddle Jumper Deluxe

This US Coast Guard-approved life jacket can be used instead of a Type III PFD to help keep your child safe while they play in the water. The premium construction is made from woven polyester, a softer fabric for less chafing.

Designed for children 30 to 50 pounds, the Stearns Puddle Jumper Deluxe, comes in a wide range of colors.

Its adjustable buckle at the back offers a secure fit, and is certified for use on boats.

This kids floatie offers the flexibility of water arm bands and the security of a life jacket.

Some considerations before buying a life jacket for your kid

It’s always a good idea when buying a life jacket to consider the US Coastguard’s recommendations with safety. They advise to test immediately on a swimming pool any Type 11 Infant PFD purchased, before using it on a boat, lake or beach.

Also, you may want to weigh-up the cost-per-use: kids and infants grow at a incredible fast pace and may need a bigger size after a short period of time. You may not be able to use the same life jacket next summer.

As with all things with babies and toddlers, size, comfort and convenience really depends on your individual child.

The Best Air Fryer

Basically, an Air Fryer is a counter top appliance that will fry food using 70% to 80% less oil than a conventional fryer.

The Air Fryer  cooks by circulating hot air around the food using the convention mechanism. This cooking system provides a healthy alternative to deep frying.

Ready to try? Here are our top choices for an Air Fryer.

Bagotte Air Fryer

This 3.7qt  capacity Air Fryer is perfect for a family of 1 to 3 people. You can see the time (0-60 minutes) and temperature (180℉ to 380℉) of cooking clearly on the digital touchscreen.

Take the guesswork out of cooking with the built-in touch screen menu featuring 6 cooking presets: frozen fries, fries, nuggets, steak, poultry, and fish.

You can adjust the time and temperature according to your preference. The cooking time of the included recipe book is only for reference.

What we like most about it: very easy to use and clean up!

What’s no so great about it: I find hard to believe it, but some people complains about letting the Air Fryer cool down before cleaning it.

Ninja Air Fryer

This Air Fryer offers a wide temperature range (105°F–400°F) giving you the ability to roast, bake, air fry, reheat, or dehydrate foods.

Whit a one touch panned, you can choose between 4 programmable cooking functions, and manually control cook time and temperature.

And, with extra-large capacity, its 4-quart ceramic-coated basket fits 2 lbs. of fries.

What we like most about it: very easy to use and clean up!

Habor Air Fryer

This 3.8QT capacity air fryer is perfect for a family of 2-4. The temperature is adjustable from 275℉to 400℉ and time from 0-60 minutes.

The Intuitive LCD screen clearly shows the time and temperature of cooking, solve the problem of difficult to control time  and temp of the heat when using an traditional oil fryer.

Equipped with a cool touch handle and button guard to prevent accidental detachment.

What we like most about it: Non-stick pan and removable basket equipped with cool touch handle are dishwasher safe and easy to clean.

What’s no so great about it: There is an issue with the  release of the basket for clean up.

OMORC Air Fryer XL

This air fryer has 7 cooking presets: fries, rib, shrimp, cake, chicken, steak, and fish.

Intuitive LCD Control Screen, Timer and Temperature Settings, PUSH button (rotate to adjust and push to start) will greatly simplify your operation. And you can touch the Heat Preservation button to let the food keep warm for 120 min.

What we like most about it: Equipped with a cool touch handle and button guard to prevent accidental detachment.

The Best Coffee Makers

Every morning, you start your day with a cup of coffee, and the most important item in your kitchen at that moment, is the coffee maker.

Retail stores don’t help you on your selection of a good coffee maker, so here you can explore the goods and the flaws of the most popular models.

The Best Drip Coffee Maker

Cuisinart DCC-3200

This 14 Cup Programmable Coffeemaker can give you hotter coffee without sacrificing taste, allowing you to set the brew-time up to 24 hours ahead. You can brew as little as 1-4 cups or up to 14 cups.

Super easy to set, this coffee machine has some improvements over other models, like the BOLD setting on the display panel than will really get you a great full coffee flavor . Also, the heating element is a great quality allowing  you to get a truly hot cup of coffee.

This machine also has an easy changeable charcoal water filter in it and a Clean Button that will indicate when is time for you to decalcify it.

What’s no so good about it:  It’s difficult to pour water into the tank and some people complained the carafe was dripping when filling.

The Best Coffeemaker with Thermal Carafe

If you are tired of breaking glass carafes (I personally went trough 3 glass carafes on 6 months), it makes sense to switch to a coffeemaker with a thermal stainless steel carafe.

The Black+Decker CM2035B 12-Cup Thermal Coffeemaker  is a great choice to stop breaking carafes and get you fresh, hot coffee for hours.

The 12-Cup Thermal Carafe is double-walled and vacuum-sealed to keep your coffee at optimal drinking temperature for hours.

Features like the brew strength selector and the option for small-batch (1-4 cup) brewing  to maintain all the flavor of a full brew are favorites among coffee lovers.

The carafe is designed with a wide opening for fast, easy cleanup.

What’s no so good: Some users complained about grounds getting inside the coffee pot when trying to use the coffee maker at full capacity (12 cups).

The Best Espresso Maker

Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine

If you are looking for a top of the line espresso maker,you’ll love this Espresso Machine.

The Barista Express allows you to grind the beans right before extraction, dosing between 19 and 22 g of ground coffee to achieve that full, rich taste of coffee.

It also uses digital temperature control (PID) technology to ensure the temperature is kept at its optimum range every time and uses low pressure, pre-infusion to evenly soak and expand the ground coffee, delivering a sweet and creamy extraction.

And the automatic steam wand for the Barista Express, turns your milk into a silky smooth micro-foam, essential for latte art.

What’s no so good about it: the worst complaint is related to Breville’s customer service when clients try to reach them.

The Best Stove top Espresso Maker

Bialetti 6-Cup Stovetop Espresso Maker

If you are a fan of the original  way to make authentic espresso coffee in your home, this is the coffee maker for you.

This model makes 6, 2-ounce cups of delicious and strong coffee.

With more than 80 years in the market, Bialetti  has become iconic and has allowed millions of consumers to enjoy great Italian coffee.

The Moka produces a rich, authentic espresso in just minutes. The aluminum pot features Bialetti’s distinctive eight-sided shape that allows it to diffuse heat perfectly to enhance the aroma of your coffee.

What’s no so good about it: there were  minimum reports of corrosion issues.

The best single serve coffee maker

Keurig K55/K-Classic Coffee Maker, K-Cup Pod

This basic model of Keurig will cover all of your requirements on a coffee machine. When you drink only one cup of coffee every day, or do you want fresh brew coffee trough the day, or even if you drink coffee and somebody else wants tea or hot chocolate, the Keurig K55/K delivers.

You can brew multiple K-Cup pod sizes (6, 8, 10 oz.) to achieve your own taste: the 6oz brew size gives the strongest brew, and the 10oz the weakest.

It’s large, removable 48 oz. water reservoir allows you to brew 6+ cups before having to refill, saving you time and simplifying your morning routine.

It has simple control buttons and you can go for the re-usable cups compatible with Keurig instead of the originals, saving a few dollars.

What’s no so good about it: there are reported issues with the inside pump.

 

 

The Best Baby Carrier

Using a Baby Carrier, or “Babywearing” your baby, is becoming a favorite practice among new parents. A Baby Carrier not only helps the bonding process, making feel the new parent more confident and deepening the mutual attachment between parent and baby, but also is a great way to get around with your baby while you are hands free and maneuvering at your own pace.
Best Baby Carrier for a Newborn

Lalabu Soothe Shirt

There are a lot of baby carriers on the market, but a shirt? Yes, and what make it interesting is the fact that Lalabu comes on different sizes and models (for moms and dads).
This moms all on one shirt, is a cozy carrying pouch for your baby (use is only recommended for babies 7 to 15 pounds), allowing a wonderful baby/mommy (or daddy) bond. It has a head support that flips out and holds your baby’s head while he is sleeping and can be easily tuck back in the pouch when is not in use.
The Soothe Shirt features an easy-to-use nursing bra, making breastfeeding convenient and allowing you the comfort and coverage you need when your little one decides is lunch time. The shirt covers your stomach while nursing and you don’t need to wear a separate bra underneath.

The dad shirt is designed for dads to expend quality time with their little one without too much complications: nothing to tie, wrap or fasten.
This short sleeves shirt with a sporty v-neck and slim fit, will help daddy bond with the baby keeping both calm and stylish.

The shirt is not mean to carry your baby hands free, but it is a great option instead of traditional baby carriers, and also allows your baby to look around and see things from a different perspective while feeling safe and comforted by your closeness.

Why we like it: ease of breastfeeding, ease of hands-free activity  and bonding with the baby. All in one!

What’s no so good about it: sizes run on the small side, so it’ll be a good idea to order the next size up.

Best Wrap Carrier

Boba Wrap

Using a wrap, you can distribute and support your child’s weight evenly, while carrying your baby hands free.
The Boba Wrap has a simple tying style (the instructions are easy to follow) that allows for an easy on and off.
Made of soft and strong cotton knit, is woven with spandex for durability, clinging support and shape retention that doesn’t sag with all-day use, plus is machine washable.
This budget friendly wrap can hold babies from newborn up to 35 lbs. It creates a custom fit every time you tie so you can safely and comfortably accommodate your baby’s growth and your own body’s unique contours.

Why we like it: It is 5.5 yards long which enables moms of all sizes to wear it. It’s machine washable and you can also trow it on the dryer!

What’s no so good about it: It is 5.5 yards long: for petite moms, that means yards and yards around their waist and in hot climate it makes wearing the wrap very hot.

The best Soft Structured  Baby Carrier

Ergobaby Omni 360

This soft structured, lightweight carrier allows you to wear your baby in four positions: forward facing, inward facing, hip and back carry.  Easy to adjust bucket seat supports your baby in an ergonomic natural “M” position in all carry positions from baby to toddler.

Its exceptional lumbar support waist belt has double adjusters for easy tightening ensuring maximum comfort by providing the support you need to prevent lower back pain. The carrier’s padded shoulder straps allow for a crisscross option, great for a snug fit or for those who prefer easy buckling on the front.

The Omni 360 carrier is designed to fit all parents. It easily adjusts to fit different wearers from petite to larger body types. All parents can share the joy of baby wearing.

If you plan on babywearing for long periods of time, this baby carrier provides the comfortable support and freedom you and your baby want.

Why we like it: Made of soft cotton, is easy to clean, durable and versatil, you can adjust this baby carrier to your growing baby from 7lbs to 45lbs.

What’s no so good about it: some users found it too complicated to put it on without help.

The Best Budget Friendly Baby Carrier

Infantino Flip 4-in-1 Convertible Carrier

Along with it multiple carrying options and grow with baby flexibility, this convertible baby carrier offers an ergonomic seat for optimal baby hip positioning, a super supportive waist belt and adjustable padded straps for long term wear ability.

4 ways to carry: Facing in narrow seat for newborns, facing in wide seat for older babies, facing out narrow seat for babies with head control and back carry wide seat for older babies and toddlers.

The material is breathable and the carrier itself does not weigh much. You’ll be able to wear for long periods of time in the summer heat without overheating yourself or the baby.

Why we like it: very easy to buckle by yourself, comfortable for mom and baby.

What’s no so good about it: the shoulder straps are padded,but it’s not terribly thick or overly soft padding. It works great for little babies, but it gets uncomfortable if you have to use it for long periods of time once the baby hits 17-20 pounds.

 

 

 

 

 

The Best Shiatsu Foot Massagers

The Shiatsu Foot Massager uses rotating heads and vibrators to target certain pressure points on the soles of the feet, simulating the pressure a therapist would apply using their finger or thumbs.

Our Top Pick

uComfyShiatsu Foot Massager

This small massager fits under your bed, is ergonomic and portable.
This massager works on the pressure points of your feet, massaging top and bottom of the feet to relax and get a feeling of well-being in tired feet.
It has 5 levels of intensity and heat option to warm muscles and relief tension, and provides two different types of massages: kneading shiatsu-style massage and a vibration-style massage.
Very easy to maintain by wiping it with a damp cloth and the foot covers are removable and machine washable.
Amazon reviews rate this massager with a 4 star average.

Dimensions: 17.7 x 15 x 18.1 inches
Weight: 12 pounds

Why we like this product: this foot massager gives a deep kneading massage that mimics a reflexologist’s hand motion and with five levels of intensity every user can choose the right pressure applied to their feet.
What’s no so great about it: It only fits small sized foot (up to a man’s size 12). Anything larger will missed the massage on the heels.

Great choice

Belmint Shiatsu Foot Massager with Switchable Heat

With two independent foot chambers this massager delivers Shiatsu massage to bottom and side of the feet while its deep-kneading and vibrating motions with 3 vibration intensity levels, relieve tired muscles and improve blood flow. It also has an independent heat function to warm up tired muscles gently.
Its different settings allows the user to get a complete massage under the feet as well as the sides and top.
Amazon reviews give this massager a solid 4 stars.

Dimensions: 17.7 x 15 x 18.1 inches
Weight: 12 pounds

Why we like this product: With a good quality and fast shipping, it provides a very relaxing massage for sore feet.
What’s no so great about it: With only one node that massages the heel, the massage feels incomplete, specially for those standing on their feet for prolonged periods of time.

Good and inexpensive 

Homedics Shiatsu Elite FMS-200H

With an easy to use toe touch control, this massager combines deep kneading action with four counter-rotating massager heads, soothing heat and full-foot coverage.
If you change the pressure of your feet on the massager, you’ll change the feeling of the massage. If you feel the massage to be too strong, just lighten the pressure of the foot on the unit.
If you like to activate the heating function, it’ll take just a moment for the unit to warm up.
This massager gives the user the option to select a plain massage or a massage and heat combined.
Easy to clean, it also has a 15-minute auto-shut off as a security feature.
With 4 stars reviews on Amazon, this little massager is a good option to take care of tired and aching feet.

Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 12.4 x 4.2 inches
Weight: 4.4 pounds

Why we like this product: This massager can massage tired feet with or without heat, which makes it a great choice for couples or families that want to share it.
What’s no so great about it: The covering’s fabric may wear out to soon, and the motor may start making a loud noise after long usage.

Some considerations about Shiatsu Foot Massagers

Based on techniques originating in Japan, Shiatsu is a manipulation therapy that applies pressure in different areas of the body to maintain a general feeling of body-mind well-being, relieve pain or treat diseases.
With this principle in mind, shiatsu foot massagers have been developed. From the experience of some people with chronic foot pain, shiatsu massagers help them deal with the discomfort. Also, shiatsu foot massagers have gained a very good reputation of helping to relieve stress, improve sleeping problems, gastrointestinal problems, arthritis, muscle aches and tension, among others.
The shiatsu massager exerts a correct acupressure and stimulation of the feet, and it is mainly indicated for cases of plantar fasciitis. It’s also especially indicated for people who work on their feet all day and for women using high heals, because, besides facilitating the blood circulation, 10 to 15 minutes a day of using a shiatsu foot massager reduces the inflammation of the feet, soften corns and relieves joint pains and cramps.

The Best Insulin Cases

Managing diabetes in a daily basis means that you have to carry all of your supplies (insulin, syringes, monitors, test strips, lancets, etc) with you every where you go. You can’t risk to run into an unexpected situation and don’t be able to access your supplies.
Whit an insulin cooler you can keep your insulin at the right temperature for extended periods of time (some insulin coolers can keep the insulin cold for days at the time without refrigeration) and also have all of your supplies securely packed in the same place.
The Best Insulin Cooler Case for Daily Use

Chillpack Double Bag Diabetic Travel Organizer Cooler Bag for Insulin, Supply Kits with 2 Ice Pack Included

This insulated cooler bag allows you to carry your insulin (vials or pens), needles, testing supplies and meter while keeping your insulin cool for more than 8 hours. It comes with two ice gel pack included, and have large compartments to hold your supplies in. Most of the complaints about this product is it size, but with smaller insulin coolers you won’t be able to pack everything you need into one bag.

The Best Insulin Travel Cooler

Insulpak Insulated Medication Travel Bag with Electronic Temp Display

If you are going on a long trip, this cooler is our best recommendation.

This 10in by 7 ½ in by 2.5in travel insulin cooler comes with a shoulder strap and a 24oz ice block to put on your freezer and re use it every time you need to. The temperature display on the front allows you to check your insulin temperature without having to open the insulin cooler.
Also, this insulin travel case cooler has several pouches to put any other insulin related supplies (such as needles, alcohol pads, meters, test strips) and it holds the right temperature up to 24 hours.

The Best Insulin Portable Cooler

NEWTALL 35.6-46.4℉ USB Insulin Cooler Case Portable Reefer Car Small Refrigerator

If you are in the look up for an insulin portable cooler, you must take into consideration this insulin cooler box. It will work up to 8 hours after fully charged, without recharging or using ice packs. It can hold 3 or 4 insulin pens or up to 6 insulin vials.
This small portable insulin cooler uses a standard USB port to charge, runs on batteries and has adjustable temperature.

The Best Insulin Cooler Bag

Goldwheat Portable Insulin Cooler Bag Diabetic Organizer Medical Travel Cooler Pack

This compact and efficient insulin pen cooler comes with two reusable ice packs. It holds two insulin pens or three vials and still have room to carry other supplies (syringes, needles).
It keeps the insulin cool for more than 10 hours (some users reported up to 20 hours while traveling) which make it a great insulin cooler for travel. It’s compact design allows it to fit in a medium sized purse and its liner (made of high quality aluminum foil) provides a great insulation.

The Best Ice Pack Free Cooler For Insulin Pens

GetBacktoBasix Medical Wallet

This wallet has two non removable, built in panels in the sides of the bag filled with non toxic saline. You just need to trow this insulin cooler bag into the freezer for about 12 hours before use and you are ready to put your medication in and hit the road.
This clutch sized insulin cooler wallet can hold two pens or vials and also has two zipped pockets to carry needles and wipes. It keeps insulin refrigerated for up to 24 hours, making it a great insulin travel cooler.

Great Insulin Cooler Wallet

Chill Pack Diabetic/Medication Cooler Travel Case for Insulin Pen/Syringes

This insulated cooler bag comes with an 8oz ice gel pack included and it will keep your insulin cool for about 8 hours, winch make it a nice insulin wallet cooler to carry around when you are going to work.
It can hold up to 4 pens, and, since is larger than the average insulin cooler bag for diabetics, can hold all the needed supplies.

The Best NO ICE PACK insulin pen cooler case

Frio Insulin Cooling Case

The Frio insulin coolers don’t depend on an external source of refrigeration (like an ice pack) to keep your pens cool: they activate with water and keep insulin (and any other medication needed to keep refrigerated) at the proper temperature for up to 48 hours.

To activate a Frio insulin cooler, you just need to soak the bag in water for 5 to 10 minutes, then let it dry for about half an hour and it will keep your medications cool and safe for long periods of time.

This reusable Frio insulin cooler bags are reusable and come on several colors and sizes, and because there are not ice packs, they are very ligh.

What you must take into consideration before buying an insulin cooler

First and most important think to consider is for how long you’ll have to keep your insulin into the insulin cooler case: will you use it only for a set amount of time every day, like going to school or work; or do you need a more flexible time management (traveling oversees and having to consider that you may encounter a delay on your fly). It’s also a good idea to consider if you’ll have access to a refrigerator while you are away from your home, or if, by the contrary, your insulin may have to be keep into your portable insulin cooler all the time.

It’s also a good idea to consider how many supplies (and what kind) will you need to carry with you: would you need extra syringes, or pen needles, test strips, glucose tablets?

If you’ll be flying, it’s also a good idea to have a written note from your physician indicating that you MUST carry your diabetic supplies on an insulin cooler bag with you. I never hear of anyone being stopped by TSA when carrying an insulin cooler bag for diabetics, but you can never be to careful when it comes to your own health.

Best Locked Medicine Boxes

According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) more than 150 children a day are treated in the ER for uncontrolled drug use. And we are not talking about prescription drugs only. Many OTC medicines and vitamins can cause dangerous poisoning if consumed in high doses.

A lot of grandparents are taking care of young kids, and a great percentage of them take medicines on a daily basis. A curious child (it will be accurate to say all of them) may be tempted to try whatever his caregiver is having without realizing the possible outcomes.

To keep your child away from unsupervised access to medicine you can choose a locked cabinet medicine, like the ones you can see below:

Best Medicine Cabinet

Glosen Lockable First Aid box

With 3 different sizes to choose from, this sturdy and durable key looked cabinet will help you classify the pills, medicine, first aid kits and other personal items. Made of MDF, Aluminum Alloy Frame and Plastic, has a removable three compartment tray for better organization and will protect your medical supplies from moisture damage.

Runner Up

eoere Combination Lock Medicine Cabinet

Easy to use at home, this plastic box with an interchangeable combination has enough space to contain medicine pills, drug bottles and cosmetic tools while preventing the kids open it by accident. Made of a high quality ABS material, this medicine cabinet is very lightweight and durable.

You can also get the eoere Lock Medicine Cabinet in pink.

Best Travel Medicine Cabinet

EVERTOP Combination Lock Medicine Cabinet

With separate compartments and a four number coded lock will provide a safe and easy way to store medications on a secure way. The locking mechanism is made up of metal so the medication lock box is strong enough for casual use, and the medicine box’s body is with upgrade-Quality ABS material, very lightweight and durable for a long-term use.

A few tips to prevent your kids from “trying” medicines

– Choose a place that your child can not reach, even climbing. If the chosen place is one where your child does not see the medicines, much better.

– Put away medications each time you use them. Even those used daily or the ones needed to be administered every few hours.

– Educate your child about medicine safety! Explain to your child what it is medicine and why is necessary to take it. If you say lightly it’s nothing , or is candy, your child will be tempted to try it on his own! It’s also a good idea do not encourage playing doctor by putting candies inside a pharmacy bottle.

-Make sure the lid is properly closed. Your pharmacist provides you the medication in a vial with child resistant cap. This does not mean that a curious child can not open it. In addition to properly close the vial, be sure to store it in a place out of reach of the child.

– Make sure your guests and caregivers always follow these tips. Guests who keep their medicines in their bags or the pockets of their jackets, should put those items in the place you designate away from the reach of children.

If you suspect your child has consumed any drugs or vitamin, immediately contact a Poison Control Center (800-222-1222).