Get Outdoors As Much As You Can With OFF! #TheOutdoorsMissesYou (Plus Giveaway)

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Even though summer may be winding down, there’s still some more time to get outdoors!  Take advantage of it while you still can. Before you know it, it’ll be too cold to even think about hanging on a hammock, going to the beach, taking a nice job in shorts and a t-shirt. While you’re planning your (maybe) last long weekend with family and friends—whether it involves a vacation or stay-cation— it’s important to remember that you still need to protect yourself from mosquitoes and ticks.

OFF!®, the trusted brand for insect repellents, has Americans covered from head-to-toe. Whether heading out for a weekend fishing trip, hiking a forest trail or relaxing in the backyard, there’s an OFF!® Insect Repellent to help keep families and friends protected from mosquitoes and make the most of their outdoor moments. It’s time to explore – The Outdoors Misses You

Most adults say they wish they could spend more time outdoors, but, bugs are a main barrier. This is really so true…it’s true for us and for all our friends, family, and neighbors. It’s just such pain to be outside getting eaten alive. It takes the fun out of it…and the kids REALLY hate it. It freaks them out big time.  Here are some amazing results from a recent survey conducted by OFF!:

It’s Time to Prioritize Time Outside 

Whether taking a refreshing dip in the pool, exercising or having a backyard barbeque, people enjoy spending time outside. Still, many Americans are not spending as much time outside as they would like:

  • 97% of Americans think it’s important to spend time outside, but two-thirds don’t think they get enough of it
  • More than 9 in 10 parents (92%) think that it’s important that their kids spend time outside
  • More than half of Americans are happier outdoors than they are indoors, but a lack of time is the biggest personal barrier to making it happen

Notably, those under 30 are the most likely to cite work and school obligations as a barrier to being outside as well as having difficulty finding friends to do things outside with them

Benefits of the Great Outdoors 

Americans almost universally love being outside, but the threat of bugs is a notable barrier. Getting outside with the help of OFF!® can lead to countless benefits:

  • Eight in 10 stressed people agree that being outside allows them to relax, and exactly three quarters think getting outside is important for their physical health 
    • Women are more likely to think that being outside is important to their mental and physical health; they’re also more likely to feel relaxed and happier outside 
  • 90% of Americans feel happy when they are outdoors, while more than 80% feel peaceful and energized
    • 40% believe the outdoors puts their life in perspective 
  • More than 60% of Americans take walks, grill and exercise outside
    • 38% feel the outdoors gives them more opportunities to connect with friends and family

What We Love To Do Outdoors Across America 

While it’s clear Americans love spending time outdoors, our favorite outside activities vary across the country:

  • Nose in a book or around a fire: When it comes to spending time outdoors, Midwesterners love reading or gathering around a bonfire
  • Playing host: Northeasterners enjoy inviting friends and family over for outdoor gatherings
  • On the waterways and picnic benches: Southerners prefer to spend their time outdoors boating or gathering to eat
  • Get out, explore and move: Westerners enjoy hiking, yoga/pilates and dancing outdoors more than any other region

You’d Rather Do What? 

  • Bugs are the number one factor (70%) that can spoil time outdoors, even more than sudden swings in weather (47%) and allergies (36%)
  • Women (62%) are more likely than men (47%) to be deterred from going outside by bugs.
    • OFF!® has provided trusted products and effective protection to families and individuals for more than 50 years.
  • One in five Americans would be willing to give up all technology for a week to get rid of bug bites, and nearly 40% would rather complete their tax return
  • If given the chance, six out of 10 people would choose to avoid mosquito bites over blisters (just 20%) for the rest of their lives

There are some great ways to tackle the outdoor bug issue and get outside! Remember, winter’s coming!!! Here are a couple of my favorites:

  1. OFF!® Clip-On™ is a personal mosquito repellent that doesn’t have to be applied directly to skin. A quiet, battery powered fan circulates an odorless repellent and within minutes creates head-to-toe protection for up to 12 hours. It’s a personal mosquito repellent that doesn’t have to be applied directly to skin, which is a huge win for people that don’t like to put it on them or their kids. This is the best of both worlds!!! Quick tip: If you move, allow a few minutes for the unit to rebuild its protection.  MSRP: $8.99 for Starter Kit, $4.99 for Refill.
  2. *NEW* OFF!® Explore™ Insect Repellent offers a refillable, portable, leak-resistant case with long-lasting protection from multiple insects during on-the-go adventures. Carabiner clip ensures easy accessibility. Case is crush-resistant. 25 percent DEET formula. MSRP: $12.99 for 1.2 fl. oz. Starter Kit, $5.99 for Two Refills.
  3. Here are a couple more: OFF!® Bug Control Backyard Pretreat and OFF! Deep Woods®.

Aside from just the nuisance-type of bugs that are out there, it’s more important than ever to take protective measures against mosquito bites with diseases like West Nile becoming more prevalent. As the industry leader for more than 50 years, OFF® has provided trusted products and effective protection for decades. Here are some great tips:

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You can find out more on Facebook (www.FB.com/OFF), Instagram (www.Instagram.com/OFFOutdoors), or online at KeepsBugsOFF.com. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #TheOutdoorsMissesYou!!

One (1) Babyrazzi reader will receive the following to keep them their loved ones protected outdoors:

  • Five (5) OFF! Clip-Ons
  • Five (5) OFF! Explore Insect Repellents

OFF! Repellent Pack – Babyrazzi

SOL REPUBLIC x Motorola DECK Wireless Speakers Are Fantastic (PLUS GIVEAWAY)

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Founded in 2011, SOL REPUBLIC is a global consumer electronics company dedicated to enhancing people’s lives through better-sounding headphones and accessories.  They are music fanatics who develop products from the ground up to make headphones and speakers that look, sound and feel unlike anything else in the market.

It shows. The product is awesome. From the packaging, to the style, to the colors, to the setup and the sound, SOL Republic  x Motorola DECK wireless speakers have it all going for it. The kids and I absolutely loved using this during the summer. It’s perfect when you and your family is outside playing, grilling, at the pool or beach.

Here are just a couple of the unique and amazing features of the DECK speakers:

  • 360° of full sound for perfect sounds anywhere in the room
  • Wireless range of 300 feet, which is up to 3x standard range
  • Heist Mode™ allows up to 5 friends to connect at the same time and take turns “stealing” the music
  • Extra volume for outside listening with Outdoor Boost
  • Works with Bluetooth, NFC or an AUX jack

The DECK is just a fun speaker with a lot of cool speakers and great sound. What more can you ask for from a speaker??

You can pick up the DECK speaker at the Sol Republic site or at BestBuy.com!!

To find out more, connect with SOL REPUBLIC online at:

One (1) lucky Babyrazzi reader will receive their own SOL REPUBLIC x Motorola DECK Wireless Speaker!!!

SOL REPUBLIC x Motorola DECK Speaker – Babyrazzi

Contest open to US and Canada residents, only. Entrants can only win one SOL REPUBLIC giveaway in a 6 month period.

“Get a Lift, Give a Lift” with Berocca and Joel McHale #MINDBODYBEROCCA

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There are just too many times where there’s just so much going on with the kids, or work, or the dogs, or your family and friends, or even keeping up with your overloaded and bloated DVR, that you just can’t seem to get it together. Right?

Well, now there’s Berocca – a tablet that, when dropped into a glass of water, unleashes a fizzy, refreshing, infusion of nutrients that provides support for mental sharpness and physical energy with key ingredients.*

Berocca –the brand long-loved by our friends abroad for years – is introducing a special formula and a new flavor made just for the U.S.  It’s powered with key vitamins and minerals, including B-vitamins to support physical energy by helping convert food to energy and both Guarana and caffeine to support mental sharpness.*

Actor and comedian Joel McHale has teamed up with Bayer HealthCare to introduce America to Berocca and share how it fits into his daily routine, as he juggles his acting career, high-profile hosting opportunities, and family. Does that sound familiar? Oh, indeed people, I think it most certainly does.

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As a part of his partnership with Berocca, Joel has kicked off the “Get a Lift, Give a Lift” Sponsored by Berocca campaign where consumers can get a free “lift” for their commute around NYC. For every free “lift” given to consumers, $10 will be donated to Every Monday Matters (EMM), a unique non-profit community that inspires, engages, and “lifts” people to shake up the world around them through the power of positive action…one person, one “Monday” at a time. Now, c’mon…don’t we all need a little help on Mondays? I’m on my third cup right about now, as we are speaking right here.

Not in NYC?  In that case, consumers can still help “Give a Lift” by liking the Berocca Facebook page to trigger a $1 donation to EMM!!! That’s not too shabby.

If you give it a shot, let me know what you think!

Now, check out Joel in this funny video clip:

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Crewcuts from J.Crew is Ready For Back-To-School

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Hey…it’s back-to-school season, as if you didn’t know that! Well, J.Crew‘s gorgeous line of children’s clothing, Crewcuts, is ready for you! 
 
Jenny Cooper (J. Crew’s Head Designer of Crewcuts and mother of two) has put together her top picks for boys and girls to make sure their picture day style is fresh and fun. Here they are:

Top Picks for Boys
  • Puma camo trainer
  • Puffer jackets
  • One World graphic tee
  • Zipper pocket sweatpants
  • Lightweight shiny puffer in burgundy & blue
  • Grey sweater fleece jacket
  • Graphic blue & brown plaid shirt
  • Camo trainers
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Top Picks for Girls
  • Navy flower print dress
  • Soft cat prints (esp. sweatshirt)
  • Indian touches in girls
  • Anything with stripes!
  • Avec Amour sparkle jersey
  • “Love” necklace
  • Bungi cord bracelets w/ stones
  • Heartfelt tee
  • Grey leopard fur vest
  • Olive in a fur coat sweater
  • Glitter gold McAllister boot
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We just love Crewcuts clothing. It is super well-made, which is so important when your kids just don’t want to take care of their clothes like you’d like them to. The styles are both timeless and trendy, never dated. They are fun and livable, never too staid or stuffy. Your kids will always look put together, ready for the world, and dressed to impress when they are rocking Crewcuts.

To find out a bit more, check out J.Crew on Film: “crewcuts quiz” here:

To find out more about J. Crew and Crewcuts, visit:

About Jenny Cooper
Jenny Cooper is currently the Head of Design at J.Crew’s Crewcuts, the kidswear collection launched in 2006.

With Jenny’s leadership, Crewcuts has become a go-to resource for parents (and anyone else in a kid’s life) looking to make sure their children are wearing clothes as effortless, cool and comfortable as their own, for picture day, play dates and special occasions.

Prior to her position at Crewcuts, Jenny was a Women’s sweater designer for seven years at J. Crew. She received a BA degree in Studio Art from Trinity College, in Hartford, CT and later obtained an Assoicates Degree in fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC.

Originally from Ottawa, Jenny currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband Holger Thoss, a photographer, and their two sons Walker and Miller.