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Infusing Some Nostalgic Fun Into Your Holiday Season

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(StatePoint) First sold in 1967, Lite-Brites have been entertaining kids – and kids at heart – for over 50 years. And now, a new twist on this classic toy is making waves, just in time for the holidays.

Named one of the 100 greatest toys of all time by “Time” Magazine, today, a new Lite-Brite T-Mobile Edition is brightening the dark days of winter. In addition to all the original colored Lite-Brite pegs that generations of children have used to create rainbow-colored fish, sailboats and unicorns, this new edition introduces 184 new magenta pegs. The boxset also includes wireless-inspired templates, like a cell tower and 5G map of the United States, and enthusiasts can even download and upload design templates to get inspired, get creative and enjoy hours of fun.

“Toying with the mobile industry has always been at the heart of T-Mobile. So who better to partner with than Hasbro to come up with what I expect to be the holiday gift for 2021,” says Mike Sievert, CEO of T-Mobile.

While the initial batch sold out in less than 30 hours, if you didn’t get a chance to add this piece of nostalgia to your virtual cart then, there’s still a chance to snag one of these iconic toys in time for holiday gifting. The teams at T-Mobile and Hasbro worked quickly to restock it, and T-Mobile has extended its offer to cover standard shipping costs through Dec. 25.

As part of T-Mobile’s campaign to expand its 5G network to small towns across the country, it is also teaming up with its long-time partner, the national nonprofit Boys & Girls Clubs of America, to host toy drive donations and to bring the gift of Lite-Brite T-Mobile Edition to thousands of youth across the nation.

“We are constantly thinking of fun and creative new formats for old and new fans to connect and engage with our brands,” says Casey Collins, general manager and senior vice president, Global Licensed Consumer Products at Hasbro. “More than five decades later, we’re excited to keep the classic Lite-Brite alive through our collaboration with T-Mobile.”

To learn more or to download and upload additional Lite-Brite templates, visit www.t-mobile.com/5GLiteBrite.

During the darkest days of the year, “lite” up your holiday season with some nostalgic fun.

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Coolest Tech for Kids This Holiday Season

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(StatePoint) Kids’ tech is getting more creative and fun, just in time for the holidays. Here are a few of the coolest gift ideas available this season in three tech categories:

Wearable Tech

One of the best-selling kids’ smartwatches of the past three years has come out with a next-generation model boasting new, on-trend features. The KidiZoom Smartwatch DX3 from VTech now includes “School” mode and the ability to play games with other DX3 users. Packaged in a kid-friendly, sleek design, the smartwatch features two cameras for pictures, selfies and videos, and an LED that doubles as a camera flash and flashlight. Kids can play single-player games or link up with friends who also have a DX3 to share preset messages or play games like Treasure Hunt, Find the Diamonds and Tic-Tac-Toe. Additionally, kids can create custom clockfaces from their photos or swipe through more than 50 animated faces.

With all these cool features, parents might worry about time management. But they need not fear. The DX3 offers adults the ability to set daily reminders to help kids stay on track. Plus, they can even switch the device to “School” mode for watch-only use. With additional, free games, clockfaces and camera effects available for download, this is one gift that will keep kids engaged long past the excitement of the holiday season. Recommended for ages 4 years and up and available in variety of colors, the KidiZoom Smartwatch DX3 is available now at major retailers. For more information, visit vtechkids.com.

Drones

Is your child ready for their first drone? The X20 RC Drone Helicopter Toy is a good place to start. Suitable for indoor and outdoor use, kids will love its 360 degree stunt flip and auto-hovering features and its streamlined, easy-to-operate remote control. And just because it’s small doesn’t mean it’s fragile. Weighing in at just half a pound, this drone is as stable as it is compact.

Cameras

Recommended for ages 4 years and up, the KidiZoom PrintCam is so much more than a standard camera. It allows kids to take photos, selfies and video, then review, click and immediately print regular or panoramic black-and-white photos. Kids can let their creativity loose by adding stickers, filters and borders to any image or video, or turn photos into drawings they can color themselves.

The included paper roll prints up to 80 images, and refill packs feature more paper rolls, plus adhesive paper to turn photos into stickers. Beyond these cool features, the camera also has more than 110 templates and activities, including small greeting cards and printable games, as well as video games for playtime between photoshoots. An included USB cable lets kids transfer full-color photos and videos to a computer at an adult’s discretion. Finally, the ability to set daily time and printing limits can ensure kids are using their cameras only when it’s appropriate.

To brighten the holiday season for kids, let the coolest, cutting-edge technology do the trick.

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Menopause Affects Your Skin, Too. Here’s How to Fight Back

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(StatePoint) By 2025, there will be over 1 billion women experiencing menopause in the world, which will be 12% of the entire world population. Most women hit menopause by their 50s. However, changes in the body start to appear earlier than you might think, often many years before a woman officially hits menopause. This time in a woman’s life can bring bothersome and debilitating symptoms which can significantly affect a woman’s health and daily routines.

Women may notice physical changes in their skin as one of the first symptoms as they age. “When you’re young, your body produces an abundance of collagen, the main skin-supporting protein that keeps your face supple and hydrated, ” said nationally renowned natural health physician and author, Dr. Fred Pescatore. “Studies show that women lose about 30% of their skin’s collagen during the first five years of menopause due to hormonal shifts.”

With collagen loss, skin becomes thinner and prone to wrinkles. It also loses the ability to protect itself, maintain hydration, and produce strong collagen the way it once could. Many women see these changes reflected in increased bags under the eyes, sagging neck skin, and increased hyperpigmentation in the face and hands.

There are several ways for women to minimize and manage skin health concerns that appear during this period.

Minimize Sun Exposure

Try to avoid direct sun exposure. Some women experience increased hyperpigmentation on their face and hands, often referred to as dark spots, leading up to and during menopause. This is caused by a combination of hormonal changes and sun exposure. “You can help minimize your skin’s exposure to the sun by wearing SPF, hats and gloves when outdoors,” said Dr. Pescatore.

Take Shorter Showers

Keep showers short and not too hot. “Spending too much time in water, especially hot water, strips natural oils from your skin, leaving it dry,” said Dr. Pescatore. In the time leading up to and during menopause, your skin is at increased risk for dryness, so try to take short, lukewarm showers to keep skin optimally hydrated.

Add a Proven Supplement

Look for ingredients that can stimulate collagen production and help improve the health of your skin from inside and out. Numerous clinical studies have shown that daily supplementation with the super-antioxidant Pycnogenol (Pic-noj-en-all) French maritime pine bark extract can help minimize various skin concerns middle-aged women experience.

Pycnogenol binds with existing skin proteins, collagen and elastin, stimulates the genesis of new collagen and hyaluronic acid, and protects skin from various harmful enzymes, helping to rebuild elasticity for a smooth, younger look. Additionally, Pycnogenol has been shown to reduce hyperpigmentation for a more even complexion. A recent study, published in 2021, found that those who supplemented with 100mg of Pycnogenol for 12 weeks during dry winter months experienced a 13% improvement in both skin elasticity and skin firmness.

“Pycnogenol is one of the most studied ingredients on the market, with decades of research showing the benefits of this natural extract for a variety of health applications,” said Dr. Pescatore. “In fact, the extract has specifically been studied on menopausal women, so the skin benefits complement its additional women’s health benefits nicely.”

Available in more than 1,000 dietary supplements, topical creams, and health products worldwide, more information about Pycnogenol can be found by visiting pycnogenol.com.

As women enter the middle phase of life, a host of new skin concerns can appear. Evolving one’s skin care routine and making natural lifestyle changes can help women meet the challenges of menopause.

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