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Whether you first got to know Shawn Johnson East from her memorable gold medal-winning balance beam routine at the 2008 Beijing Olympics or her historic victory as the then youngest ever winner of Dancing with the stars When she took home the Mirrorball Trophy in 2009, there is one thing everyone knows about her: she takes on every new challenge with precision, poise and perseverance. This applies to her work as an author, entrepreneur and mother.
While raising a toddler and a newborn (alongside her equally athletic husband, Andrew East) would be enough to keep anyone entertained, East has found the keys to having fun, feeling refreshed, and bringing the family in style. to feed. Here are her favorite discoveries:
“It entertains my daughter for hours,” Johnson East says of this fun karaoke mic. Amazon’s #1 Bestseller Bonaok Karaoke Microphone is a wireless Bluetooth gizmo that makes karaoke at home easier than ever. And if you’re concerned that you might be a little spicy, it also makes home karaoke easy on the ears with built-in autotune. With the Bonaok Karaoke MicrophoneEveryone from toddlers to adults can feel like a superstar and the whole family can enjoy a concert without even leaving the house.
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“We probably went through 20 of them,” East says of her family’s newfound love for puzzles. It’s true that during the pandemic lockdown, many of us finally had time to practice the age-old amusement (the first jigsaw puzzle dates back to 1762!), and rediscover how mentally stimulating and they can be relaxing (funny how that works). It even helped friends and neighbors bond during a time of social distancing, according to Johnson East: “Our neighborhood was in a puzzle rotation where we would barter.”
If you’re looking for the best brand in puzzles, East recommends Ravensburger. Offers a wide range of track numbers and difficulty levels, Ravensburger Jigsaw puzzles are renowned for their beautiful, detailed graphics and offer a striking reward for all your hard work.
Anyone who has ever dealt with a toddler knows that these little people are not bound by societal rules like “Keep off the grass” and “Don’t roll in the mud” and are not inclined to answer questions like “If You’re crying”. if you got your new clothes wet in the puddle, why do you go back to the same puddle and splash again a little later?” All that to say, parents know that things like new shoes rarely survive to the “terrible twos.”
Johnson East chooses the Freedom Moses two strap sandals as the perfect solution for any adventurous toddler. “Because they’re rubber, you can just wash them off,” she notes, sparing every parent the ruined-new-shoe blues.
Although Johnson East first made her name in an exhibition pioneered by the ancient Greeks, namely the Olympics, today she practices an art first conceived by the ancient Romans – bread focacius; now better known around the world as pizza.
East says the Ooni Pizza Oven is “probably my favorite thing,” she discovered during the quarantine, saying, “You get Italian-style pizza right in your backyard!” And if anyone would know, it is the woman who spent time in 2008 in Jesolo, Italy to represent the Italy-Spain-Poland-USA Friendly. So when the athlete and her family want a pop-up Perla Nera in their own backyard, they just order some dough, slide it into the Ooni Pizza Oven, and it’s ready in 60 seconds. That’s right; 60 seconds.
Johnson East’s latest entrepreneurial venture with husband Aaron is an adorable way to turn kids’ clothes into multi-purpose entertainment. Cuddly bear are adorable mismatched animal socks that come in all different sizes (yes, adults, we can join in too!). More than just footwear, these fun socks are fully embellished to function as sock puppets so you can put on a show for the family and then have your pet pour “take five” into the laundry basket.
“Our daughter is obsessed with them,” Johnson East says of daughter Drew’s love of socks/dolls. “Even in the car she will take off her socks and put them on her hand.” Call them socks, puppets or in East’s words, a “multi-use fashion statement”. Cuddly bear socks show that there are so many ways to simply have fun at home for any budget.
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