The ORBit Relaxation Lamp for more peaceful bedtimes, plus a giveaway!

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“My daughter just turned 5, but still can have her share of issues falling asleep on her own…[The ORBit] has been a great tool in helping her fall asleep. There is something soothing and calming about this light.” -Marysa of A Nation of Moms

Did you know that light can enhance relaxation?  Moms, dads, and children alike can greatly benefit from certain types of light to help unwind from the day as well as make bedtime transitions more peaceful. Read on to see how these mothers’ stories speak volumes about how much relaxing light can reduce stress at bedtime and enhance sleep.  Also, check out details below on how to enter to win your own ORBit Relaxation Lamp!

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“Ava who usually has a really hard time falling asleep at night… was fast asleep within 10 minutes. It was a pure bliss to not have to deal with getting them to be quiet so the other kids could sleep!” -Janine of Six Time Mommy

“Bedtime at our house can often times be a huge, stressful mess,” shared Janine of Six Time Mommy. “One kid wants the light on in the hallway, the others complain it’s too bright…WHEN WILL IT END? In comes the ORBit Relaxation Lamp! With its calm, soothing lights, this lamp has quickly taken the place of a bathroom light left on and opened up a whole new, smoother bedtime.”

Janine also added, “Ava who usually has a really hard time falling asleep at night and tends to keep Kyla awake (they share a room and bunk beds) was fast asleep within 10 minutes. It was a pure bliss to not have to deal with getting them to be quiet so the other kids could sleep, but also so they could get some rest!”

ORBit for late night visits A Nation of Moms

“[The ORBit] is also great in the morning (or the middle of the night) when I go in my daughter’s room, so that I don’t have to turn on the main light. We have blackout curtains in our bedrooms, so the white light is gentle enough to wake up to without being blinding.” -Marysa of Nation of Moms

Marysa from A Nation of Moms also found the ORBit to be a seamless and helpful addition to bedtime at her house. “My daughter just turned 5, but still can have her share of issues falling asleep on her own…This light has been a great tool in helping her fall asleep. Like clockwork, she turns the light on at bedtime. There is something soothing and calming about this light and she is able to lay in her bed and relax with the light on. I think sometimes it is hard to wind down when you have a lot of distracting thoughts, and the lamp serves as its own distraction. I think my daughter finds it mesmerizing!

An additional benefit of the ORBit is its white light setting. “Surprisingly, this is also great in the morning (or the middle of the night) when I go in my daughter’s room so that I don’t have to turn on the main light,” added Marysa. “We have blackout curtains in our bedrooms. The white light is gentle enough to wake up to without being blinding.”

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Photo credit: Momsicals.com

When many people think about using light to enhance mood, they think of lights that help increase energy. However, as these moms know, it is also really helpful for relaxation. The ORBit transitions through a calming array of hues of the three primary colors or, with its crisp, Natural Spectrum® white illumination, it is also a convenient, mini-lantern in places where you need some extra light.

Stephanie of Mom Among Chaos immediately appreciated the ORBit’s dual use. “My 12 year old daughter has problems falling asleep at night. The ORBit light is soft and relaxing.  The next morning my daughter was using the natural light setting to apply her makeup.” 

ORBit Relaxation Lamp Giveaway

The ORBit Relaxation Lamp

The ORBit Relaxation Lamp

Bedtime rituals create memories many parents and children cherish for a lifetime.  Tell us about what you do or did for your children to make bedtime special.  Or, if you already use an ORBit to help bring more peace, quiet and rest to bedtime in your home, we’d love to hear about it!  Each comment on this blog post is an entry to win one of five ORBits! We will choose a winner at random by Wednesday, March 25th 2015.  *Entrants must be at least 18 years old to enter with a valid shipping address in the US or Canada.

 

 

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A mom’s best ally against germs: Verilux CleanWave wand sanitizes in seconds without chemicals

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“I think my favorite thing about the sanitizing wand is that it sanitizes without any chemicals, irritants, or fumes. I regularly use sanitizing wipes and I always wonder just what chemicals I’m exposing myself and my family to, but with the wand, I don’t have to worry anymore!” -Shannon F.

Germs are a frequent concern for many of us, particularly this time of year.  It can be stressful to find ourselves in situations where it seems impossible not to come in contact with germs, such as when we are traveling or at the doctor’s office.  Also, even when we can disinfect the things we come in contact with, have you ever thought about the potentially harmful chemicals in cleaning products?  Combining a worse than usual flu season with children, the elderly, or those struggling with other illnesses makes keeping areas clear of germs, but also harmful chemicals, even more important.  However, there is an elegant solution to this problem– UV-C light!  Read on to learn more about how the Verilux CleanWave Sanitizing Wand, which uses UV-C to kill up to 99.9% of germs and even allergens on hard surfaces, gives many peace of mind while traveling or at home.

VH03-airplaneChristine from Mama Papa Barn wasn’t concerned about germs until she became a mother and loves the sense of security having a sanitizing wand provides while she’s traveling. “I never really thought about all the germs and bacteria that could linger in places when I was fit and child-less, but now that I have two children, their health and mine are a top priority. What can you do about all those buttons/knobs and assorted shared-space things that you touch every day, or at least on your current journey? Carry the Verilux CleanWave Portable Sanitizing Wand.

The CleanWave Sanitizing Portable Wand utilizes advanced UV-C light technology to significantly reduce viruses, odor causing bacteria and certain molds and other allergens, on surfaces at home or while traveling. Perfect for smaller items like cell phones, remote controls, keyboards, faucets, toys, music players, ATMs and more, the CleanWave fits easily into your purse, diaper bag, briefcase or luggage. Sanitize bathroom and hotel surfaces, plane and train headrests, steering wheels, toys and other surfaces in the doctor’s office waiting room, shopping cart handles and more. The Verilux CleanWave wand sanitizes quickly and easily without chemical residue, harsh liquids or odors. Whether at home, work, dorm, hotel, public restroom, car, bus, train or vacation, this little powerhouse is ideal for everything you touch except people, pets or food.

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The Verilux CleanWave Portable Sanitizing Wand

Jenny from Jenny at Dapperhouse and her family know all too well how important sanitizing surfaces can be. “My husband has a weak immune system because of his recent kidney transplant surgery. He has to function in normal society by taking the train into the city for work, traveling on airlines to business trips and going to the gym each day in an area that has high cases of flu and other contagious diseases.”  By using the CleanWave Sanitizing Wand on the go, Jenny’s husband has additional protection against germs in his environment.

Moreover, the benefits of using the sanitizing wand over other disinfectants mean a lot to moms concerned about toxins in their environment.  Shannon F. from I’m No Domestic Goddess says, “I think my favorite thing about the sanitizing wand is that it sanitizes without any chemicals, irritants, or fumes. I regularly use sanitizing wipes and I always wonder just what chemicals I’m exposing myself and my family to, but with the wand, I don’t have to worry anymore!  I love that the CleanWave Portable Sanitizing Wand sanitizes quickly and easily and kills up to 99.9% of germs, viruses and other micro-organisms.”

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“Back in 2008, I learned about these ultra-violet wands you can carry with you when you travel that kill the germs. I finally got one! And it is the perfect time to get one…” -Rebecca C.

The germs and allergens we come into contact with can be an even greater concern when we leave home.  “Back in 2008 I learned about these ultra-violet wands that you can carry with you when you travel that kill the germs, ” says Rebecca C. from Purify Your Body. “I finally got one!  And, it is the perfect time to get one because it is right in the midst of cold and flu season!”

The Verilux CleanWave Sanitizing Wand has been tested by a United States independent, third party laboratory and is proven to eliminate up to 99% of H1N1, Influenza A and MRSA to name only a few.  For more information on how this exciting technology works and how to buy, visit Verilux.com.

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Random acts of kindness brighten lives & warm hearts, plus a giveaway!

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 is Random Acts of Kindness Day!  We at Verilux are inspired by the random acts of kindness we’ve seen and heard about from various nonprofits, our consumers, as well as within our own walls.  To celebrate this year, we are taking stock of some of our favorite recent acts of kindness and would love to hear from you about some of yours!  Also, for details on our Random Acts of Kindness Day giveaway and how you can win, scroll down to the bottom of this page or visit us on facebook.

A drab shelter space is transformed into a beautiful, functional space for shelter residents.

Before and after: a drab shelter space is transformed into a beautiful, functional sewing room for shelter residents.

Our first favorite organization improving the lives of many women and children is Enchanted Makeovers. It’s an organization on a mission to “transform women and children’s shelters from surviving to thriving spaces,” based in Taylor, Michigan. Enchanted Makeovers staff and volunteers work their magic in shelters across the US using donated handmade crafts, original art, and DIY ingenuity. They create one-of-a-kind living environments that inspire women to discover, develop and celebrate what makes each of them a unique, valuable individual. Verilux is currently working with Enchanted Makeovers to bring healthy lighting and sanitizing solutions to their new headquarters, the Detroit Rescue Mission, as well as other upcoming shelter projects to be determined.

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Before and after: a bedroom becomes a gorgeous, inviting space for mother and child at the shelter thanks to EM.

“Handmade is healing,” says Terry Grahl, Enchanted Makeovers founder. “When you receive something handmade, it has special meaning, because you know the giver took the time to make it for you, and you know there’s a bit of love in that gift. When you make something yourself, it may not be perfect, but you did it, and that gives you a sense of accomplishment and pride.”

And there are some exciting acts of kindness happening abroad, as well. Every day, a few minutes on either side of 6:00 p.m., when the sun goes down on the 31,000 residents of Cahabon, Guatemala, the majority of them enter a world of darkness that endures until the sun returns the following morning. With no electricity available and no money to buy even candles – let alone oil lamps or flashlights and batteries – the residents of Cahabon live 12-hour days that last 24 hours. Its location, as the crow flies, is about 85 miles northeast of the capital of Guatemala City, or just 15° north of the equator. For them, every day of the year brings just 12 hours of sunlight.

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Bonnie Tout, left, with residents of Cahabon. Right, a Verilux solar flashlight hangs in a protective plastic bag.

On one of her dozen humanitarian trips that began 15 years ago, Bonnie Tout recognized that for these Guatemalans, extended available light could translate into improved quality of life. Her solution was to take and distribute 60 solar rechargeable flashlights – and later another 96 – provided initially by another company and subsequently by Verilux, Inc., at a heavily reduced price.

“The flashlights have made an enormous difference in these people’s lives,” Tout
explained. “They extend the time people have to do chores, prepare meals, read, study, enjoy each other, and engage in activities that make an impoverished existence a bit more fulfilling and livable.”

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Left, students in Tanzania line up for class. Top right, a guard is armed with his new Verilux solar flashlight to help him make his rounds. Bottom right, Verilux solar flashlights charge in the sun.

Verilux solar flashlights are making a big difference in another part of the world, as well. Working with The Image Project, a Rush City, Minn.-based organization that “works to empower Maasai girls and women in Tanzania through education and economic opportunities,” Verilux donated solar rechargeable flashlights to help keep the students safe while walking at night, help them study at night, as well as light the way for the guard who watches over them.

“The girls absolutely loved the solar lights. The lights are used in the evening as the girls are studying, and we gave one to the guard who watches over the girls at night. He was thrilled, as you can see by the photo!” said Deb Pangerl, Executive Director of The Image Project. “I really appreciate all of your help on behalf of the girls involved at our school! Together we can make a difference in the world!”

Random Acts of Kindness Day Giveaway

Now, we want to hear about your favorite random act of kindness!  Have you ever received an unexpected gesture of great kindness or witnessed one?  Tell us about it on our facebook page to enter to win by either commenting on our Random Acts of Kindness Day post or just directly to our page.  Three winners will be chosen at random to win a HappyLight Liberty 5k Natural Energy Lamp!*  Keep it for yourself, or in the spirit of the day, donate it to a worthy person or organization!

*Entrants must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid US or Canadian shipping address. Enter by 5pm EST on February 18th.

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