Monday, December 30, 2013

Winter Learning Corner

            Hey folks! Now that I'm not working, I've finally had some time to revamp and spruce up Myka's "learning corners". It was long overdue. I've been really bad about putting toys away more often so she doesn't get bored or overwhelmed with so much stuff sitting out, not to mention I haven't had a theme going since Halloween/Thanksgiving.
            I'm sure I've mentioned it before, but I feel like most of this organization/Montessori type stuff is more for me. I know she could care less about cute little themes among other things. However, she doesn't seem to cause as much trouble and stays focused on one thing for longer when "everything is in it's place". So, there's that. :)
            As usual, I get tons of ideas for the crafts I make for Myka on Pinterest. That's where the sensory tree cards came from below. (For once, not that it's a competition, but...I think mine turned out better than the original pin. It's supposed to be a sensory book, but a hole punch is just about the only crafting supply I DON'T have.)
She's trying to hand one of the magnets to me. You know, from across the room and all because I have Go-Go Gadget Arms. ;)

            I think I may hang up the magnet/chalk/dry erase board (how cool is that?!) above the alphabet and numbers at some point. Speaking of the letters and numbers, all of the cute little winter printables came from the 1+1+1=1 blog, which you can check out HERE and it will take you directly to the page I got them from. I might also print out some of the Polar Lands items from the 2 Teaching Mommies page HERE. (I may have a problem. lol)
            Here is a closer look at the snowman alphabet and penguin numbers. There were extra snowmen that you can do whatever you want with, so I decided to use them for colors/matching. The snowmen and snowflakes are living in the green tray on the bottom left at the moment.

            Now, for my next project: Learning to be more patient and reminding myself that my child is only 1 and she is learning a lot more than it may appear! lol

Friday, December 27, 2013

SAHM Again, SAHM Again, Jiggity Jig

            Some of you may have seen the other day that I am a TRUE sahm again. I am staying home...In MY house. And I could not be happier!
            I've been through some interesting times in the past year since having my daughter. Well, as far as the "to work or not to work" debate goes. This time last year I thought I wanted to go back to work, and maybe I really did (you know how hindsight can be). I had already had an interview or two and was actively seeking work. We were really broke this time last year (we always seem to be having a rough financial time in the fall/early winter, and this year has been no different), and as I've said a million times before, I like being able to help out financially.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Yummy Yogurt Toddler Treat

            Hey folks! I'm continuing the baby food theme somewhat today. I felt like sharing this because 1) I am always seeing new yogurt "smoothies" in pouches marketed for toddler and kid snacks at the store and 2) who couldn't use something different to mix their kids meals up with, right? (This would make a yummy, healthy snack or breakfast for an adult too!) So, before you buy those seemingly convenient smoothie pouches the next time you're at the store, don't! Buy these four ingredients instead (you get more for your money anyways):
-plain, all natural yogurt (we get Dannon)
-oats
-fruit of your choice (apples/applesauce and bananas are great)
-cinnamon
-fruit juice (optional)

            This "recipe" isn't an exact science, so that's why I've included pictures. It's all about personal preference too, of course. Just add the yogurt, oats, and fruit to whatever size bowl or container you want (this one pictured is 8 oz.), sprinkle some cinnamon on top (cinnamon makes everything better in my opinion), and mix it up!

            Myka loves this! (Which is saying something since she is SO picky about textures.) It has really helped her get more used to chunky food too. In case you're wondering about the optional fruit juice, we add prune or apple juice sometimes if it seems too thick. (Yes, we use REAL, 100% fruit juice. Not that sorry excuse flavored sugar water they label as fruit juice.) For the fruit, we're usually lazy and use applesauce or bits of banana.
            One of my favorite things about this is it's quick and easy to mix up the night before or in the morning. It can be hard finding quick, healthy options for breakfast. What is your (or your children's) favorite breakfast food?

Friday, December 20, 2013

Laughing Tree Organics Giveaway


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Baby Food Revisited-Part 2


            Hello again! I'm not going to lie: This was supposed to be included in part 1 of this post, but felt it would have turned into a short novel if I hadn't split it up. I know, I know. I'm too long-winded for my own good and, as you can probably guess, a horrible storyteller. Onward, before I get sidetracked even more...
            If you didn't read the prelude to this post, you can read it HERE. Today we really ARE going to talk about baby food, I promise! As I mentioned, Myka is and has been eating purees for what feels like FOR-EV-ER. Other than making our own, we try to only buy the ones that have no unnecessary extras. Here are my 3 favorites...
            It seems as if almost everyone has heard of PeterRabbit Organics these days, which is great because they are my favorite (and Myka's, I'm pretty sure). Reasons:
1) Simply fruits and veggies. Guess what the Raspberry, Banana, and Blueberry one has in it. You guessed it. (To be fair, it DOES also have organic lemon juice concentrate, but I'd MUCH rather have that than fake ascorbic acid. I don't understand why companies do that. Just add some kind of citrus juice to it instead. But that's a whole other story.)
2) The texture/consistency is perfect. It's not too thick, it's not too thin. That's just my opinion, of course.
3) Yummy blends. Peter Rabbit's mixes really appeal to babies (and adults. The Mango, Banana, and Orange is freaking amazing!)
            Ella's Kitchen is probably my second favorite, although I will admit I prefer these to Peter Rabbit Organics for older babies because...
1) They are thicker and chunkier, which helps get older babies used to eating more solid of food.
2) They come in a wider variety that includes meats. If you had seen Myka's face when we gave her bites of turkey on Thanksgiving, you would understand why this is important to me.
3) Also no unnecessary extras that I can remember being in any of the ones we've gotten for her.
            Sprout is also a good option, especially for younger babies who are just being introduced to "regular food". Why?
1) Sprout pouches (at least the level 2's and under) are very runny. This is actually the main thing I DON'T like about them. Mealtime can already be messy enough. I don't need any help in that department.
2) Interesting combinations. Even for the level 1's, there are some interesting combos with veggies you don't usually see in baby food very often (at least I haven't), such as zucchini, white beans, and potatoes. Variety is good.
3) The levels are pretty accurate for age. Although I complained about the 1's being runny, it makes sense since babies will just be learning to eat food at that stage so you obviously don't want to be giving them something that is super thick or chunky. The 3's aren't NEARLY as bad, so they're acceptable for older babies.
            I think it is great that healthier options for store bought baby food are becoming more readily available. Whether you're a fan of Gerber baby food or not (I think it goes without saying that I am NOT), let's be honest: They have had a monopoly over the commercial baby food industry for quite awhile. In fact, aren't they the ones who started mass producing baby food? Regardless, it's nice to see other (healthier) companies taking away at least some of their business. ;)
            What is your (or you baby's!) favorite brand of baby food?

Combi High Chair Giveaway

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The Combi High Chair is designed for comfort, style, and ease.Its five-position height adjustment allows your child to be positioned properly at any table and the three-position, one-hand reclining seat will ensure that your child stays comfortable.Your growing child will sit safely and securely with an adjustable, five-point harness and cushioned shoulder pads.The padded seat can be quickly wiped clean and the removable tray features a dishwasher-safe insert for simple cleanups. The High Chair folds compactly and provides convenient mobility with molded rear wheels for easy transport and storage.
This Sleek and Functional Highchair comes in three great colors!
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With the versatility in positions, this highchair is the perfect addition to any home.
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I would have loved to have had one of these for our daughter! We fed her in her swing when she first started eating solids and moved on to the booster chair when she could sit up better. lol 
To find out more you can Check out Conservamom's Review here. One lucky winner will get their very own Combi High chair in choice of color. Just fill out the rafflecopter below and enter for your chance to win. Open to US residents only and ends on 1/6 at 11:59pm  
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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Baby Food Revisited-Part 1


            Hey folks! Do you remember my Baby Food Fridays series? I've been meaning to "revisit" it for awhile, but am just now getting around to it after my husband brought the idea up the other day. lol (I hadn't said anything about it to him before. I swear he reads my mind sometimes.)
            I know a lot of you are already at least familiar with them, but I thought I would go over some of the baby food pouches you can purchase from the grocery store. First of all, while I obviously am not, I kind of feel like a baby food connoisseur. Why? Well, let's just say my husband and I both have some food quirks, especially when it comes to textures, and Myka has definitely picked that up from both of us, unfortunately. So, while she is starting to get more adventurous and try "big people food", she still mostly lives off of chunky homemade purees and store bought baby food pouches. (And milk, of course.)
            Now, while the whole homemade baby food making business was fun at first, we hadn't expected her to STILL be eating mostly purees at 14 months old. Needless to say, around the time she turned 1, it was starting to get a little old, as terrible as that may sound. (For the record, I still highly recommend making your own if you choose to go that route instead of baby-led weaning.) While we still do make up some chunkified fruits and veggies for her, we rely heavily on store bought pouches now.
            What's so special about pouches? Nothing. It just turns out that all of the baby food companies that make REAL food with no extras in it just happen to use the pouches for packaging. I am self-proclaimed baby food snob. If it has so much as added ascorbic acid, I'm probably not going to buy it. I am REALLY into reading ingredient labels when it comes to my daughter's food. And that, my friends, is why I feel like a bit of a baby food connoisseur...plus it sounds a lot nicer than "food snob".
            Be sure to come back Friday for part 2 of this post!...Where I actually explain what I like about 3 different baby food pouches. :D

Monday, December 16, 2013

Fitness Update!


            Hey folks! You may remember a few weeks ago I had several posts about how I started working out...again...finally. lol I'm happy to report that I've actually been sticking to it for once, so I thought I would share a little update!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Cost of Cloth Diapering vs Disposables




            Hey cloth diapering or cloth curious parents! I'm sure you've probably seen one of  of these cost comparisons at least once in your cloth diaper research, but I still felt the need to share one of my own. Why? Well, while the ones I have seen elsewhere on the web definitely help give you a good idea of how much cloth diapering can cost if you decide to go with pocket diapers or All-in-Ones (AiOs), those numbers are quite a big inflation over the cost of going with covers, pre-folds, and flat-fold diapers, which is what we use. Most sites I have seen suggest the cost for starting out cloth diapering to be around $300. I don't know about you, but that's a little daunting still, even considering how much money you're still going to save by not buying disposables over time. That, my friends, is why I have gone to the trouble of figuring OUR expenses to share with you the cost of using cloth diapers vs. disposables from a more frugal stand point. I hope you find this helpful and be sure to share it with any of your friends who may be considering making the switch to cloth!

Svan "Play With Me" Toddler Table Set Giveaway

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Sometimes kids just need kid-sized stuff. Kid-sized food, kid-sized clothes, and even kid-sized furniture. Svan's Play-With-Me Toddler Table & Chairs is the perfect size for your child, and designed to promote child and parent interaction. The set includes a beautiful bentwood table, three chairs for children, and a stool sturdy enough for Mom or Dad to join the fun. Crafted of high-quality, solid birch wood, this table set is built to stand the tests of time and kid use – art projects, tea parties, games, and other activities. Its modern Scandinavian design complements any décor – from a bedroom or playroom to the living room or home office. This set is the perfect addition to any kids furniture collection. To find out more about this gorgeous set you can check out Conservamoms review here
I LOVE child sized furniture and wish we had more of it in our house! I also love anything that promotes parent involvement. This would be a great item for anyone with children to have. :)
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Thanks to the wonderful people at Svan you have an opportunity to win one of these sets in your choice finish! Just fill out the rafflecopter below for your chance to win. Giveaway ends on 12/28 at 11:59pm. Open to US & Canada.
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Holiday Crafts on Pinterest!


            December is here already and the holidays are a great inspiration for craft projects! I don't know about you, but I love any excuse for doing something crafty. I know not all of you have jumped on the Pinterest bandwagon, so I thought I would share some of the neat holiday crafts I have found on there with you here! Hopefully some of these will help get your creative juices flowing and in the Christmas spirit. :)

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Getting (or Staying!) in Shape for the Holidays

Photo Credit: Christine Matthews

            Many of us, whether we regularly exercise or not, have a tendency to put on some unwanted extra weight this time of year. Let's face it: It's hard to resist all of those delectable desserts and candies and over-indulge in them. While I'm not suggesting you should go nuts and eat your weight in baked goods, it's ok to treat yourself some. However, if you are wanting to stay your current weight or (in my case) are in the middle of trying to lose some extra pounds already but still want to enjoy some yummy goodies, fact is you're going to need to do something to burn those extra calories back off.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Join Hyland's Holiday Challenge!

       
            Hey folks! We're quickly approaching that time of year when we start thinking about New Year's resolutions. This year, why not get a jump start on those resolutions by joining in the Hyland's Holiday Challenge?
            This holiday season Hyland's is challenging you to set healthy goals for yourself, such as eating healthier foods, taking time out to get some exercise, de-stressing, etc. However, with the Holiday Challenge, YOU get to set your OWN goals! (And share them with family and friends, if you're so inclined.) So, other than being healthier, what's in it for you?
            When you sign up for the challenge app at the top of Hyland's Facebook page, you will receive encouraging tips, special discounts on select products, coupons, AND be eligible to win a gift basket that will include their new DEFEND Severe Cold & Flu Powder! (Who couldn't use some of that this time of year?) Hyland's will be giving away 2 gift baskets each week during the course of the challenge. Not a bad deal, huh?
            Hyland's Holiday Challenge begins TODAY, so be sure to sign up HERE and set goals for a healthier you this holiday season! Just look for the Holiday Wellness Challenge tab near the top, follow the instructions, and you're all set! Best of luck with your health and fitness goals this season. :)

Disclaimer: I am a Hyland’s Homeopathy Ambassador and receive various products and gift cards from Hyland’s and promotional partners at no cost to me. All views and opinions expressed on this blog post and corresponding social network mentions are my own and are not to be interpreted as medical advice.

My Thoughts on Parenting Books...

            Here's kind of a funny little anecdote to explain a little about what brings the subject of parenting books up:
            Several weeks ago, I posted something on my personal Facebook page about how I had the whole baby thing figured out (even though I already knew what I was doing for the most part) and that I was used to 3 year olds and up, but had no clue what to do with a kid between the ages of 1 and 3. (Which, if you're new here, is where my daughter happens to fall at the moment.) I also said something semi-jokingly about how I wondered if there was a manual on that age out there somewhere.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

"The Mouse and the Meadow" Children's Book Review


            Welcome to our last review of Dawn Publications Spring 2014 book releases! I hope you all have been enjoying these sneak previews as much as I enjoyed reviewing the books! Again, these books will be available in the spring of next year, most likely around March or April, so be sure to check their website when the time gets closer at www.dawnpub.com.
            Today's book is The Mouse and the Meadow, which was written and illustrated by Chad Wallace. I have to admit that this was my favorite. I think the main reason for this is because I feel like the author did a great job of writing the story in such a way that you can't help but feel empathetic towards the mouse.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

YBike Giveaway

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Sponsored by Y Bike and Hosted by It's Peachy Keen
I used to love riding a scooter at one of my aunt's house. It's nice to see that they are still around for today's children! I really like that it has special raised gripping so that children are less likely to have their feet accidentally slip.
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Surfing down the pavement has never looked this cool! Check out the bright, fun, neon colors of the new, updated YBIKE GLX scooter! The practical “Lean and Steer” three wheel design of the award winning GLX is the best scooter for little ones still learning to balance. Features include a super wide rear wheel for extra stability, built-in raised grip surface on the scooter deck, light weight aluminum handlebar, and easy to use rear brake. Perfect for kids ages 2 – 5 with maximum weight of 44 lbs.
The Y Bike GLX Scooter is a great toy and my kids really have enjoyed it!
"My girls had a blast on it. My 3 year old had to get warmed up to it at first but after that she was "crazy" on wheels. She even went as far as asking me to ride in the road. With supervision she felt like a rock star as the other kids down the road watched her zoom on her GREEN Scooter. High light of her night was when a few 8 year old boys said "cool scooter" to her! This made my 5 year old want to ride it! While she can ride it, it was more of a perfect fit for my 3 year old. The only down fall is I wish it folded up so I could store it away for winter."
• Age 2 - 5 years • Max. Weight 20 kg / 44 lb • Colors Green, Blue, Pink
 
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Friday, December 6, 2013

"Seashells by the Seashore" Children's Book Review


            Hey folks! Welcome to day 3 of our Dawn Publications Spring 2014 releases sneak preview series! I have another wonderful book written by Marianne Berkes to share with today titled Seashells by the Seashore.
            First of all, no, it is not about a girl named Sally selling seashells by the seashore. It IS about a little girl named Sue who spends the day gathering shells along the beach to give to her grandma as a gift. This is a fun book to help children learn numbers 1-10 and about different types of shells and where some of them come from.
            One of the great things about this children's book is that it keeps track of the shells as Sue finds more and more. On the left side of the left page, it visually shows what types of unique shells are added to her collection on each page. For example, Sue finds a Periwinkle shell to begin with then a Kitten's Paw which is added above the previous one, and so on and so forth. Not only does it help children learn to count to 10, as I mentioned, but they will also learn how to identify some basic shells and learn the names of them.
            Again, I love the rhyming in this book as well. It flows nicely and I really believe it helps younger children to remember what they're learning. (Even if they don't realize consciously they're learning. ;) )
            Seashells by the Seashore is actually already available in paperback and hardback copies, so be sure to check out its page on Dawn Publications website HERE. (This would make a great holiday gift for children, especially to read on a cold winter night together!) It will be available sometime around March or April in board book version.

Kohl's Gift Card Giveaway


Welcome to the New Year Kohl's $100 Gift Card Giveaway sponsored by the Indyposted and hosted by The Parenting Patch

 With the new year approaching, could you use a little extra to spend on yourself or your family? To help celebrate the coming new year, one lucky reader of The Parenting Patch will win one (1) $100 Kohl's gift card. To enter for your chance to win the New Year Kohl's $100 Gift Card Giveaway, simply use the following Rafflecopter form. Good luck! Happy new year! 

It's probably a good thing the closest Kohl's to us is an hour away. I would have (and probably still would) spend so much money on clothes for Myka. Don't they have the cutest baby clothes?!

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 The New Year Kohl's $100 Gift Card Giveaway is open worldwide. An international winner will receive $100 via PayPal in lieu of the specified prize. The New Year Kohl's $100 Gift Card Giveaway ends at midnight CST on December 20, 2013. One winner will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter. The winner will be sent an email and will have forty-eight hours to respond. If no response is received within forty-eight hours, another winner will be chosen. The Parenting Patch and other participating blogs are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Naturalmat & Tortle Giveaway

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This is Sponsored by Naturalmat USA and Tortle - Hosted by: It's Peachy Keen

I have a great pair of products for one lucky winner out there. Both are wonderful and really great for your kids. Having a baby whether it's your first or 6th, you still want the best for them. Here's a few products to take a look at and get to know a little better.

These both look like great products, especially for parents with a brand new baby! Be sure to read all of the information on each company. You know what they say: You learn something new every day. ;)

The Naturalmat Mattress Collection:
* Spring Mat-Dual Support mattress, ideal from newborn to older babies ($499)-NEW!
* Coco Mat-Gentle support, ideal for newborns and small babies. ($399)
* Latex Mat-Medium support, ideal for newborns right through to older babies. ($525)
* Mohair Mat-Firm support ideal for older and heavier babies. ($599)
Twin Latex Mat ($849)
Top Mat: Organic overlay turns a regular crib into an organic one! ($135)
Organic Fitted Sheets: Soft and breathable pure organic cotton crib sheets. Available in crisp cotton percale ($45) and soft flannelette ($46)
Organic Mattress Protectors: Breathable waterproof organic crib mattress protector designed to provide the best level of comfort for baby and the best protection for a Naturalmat mattress. ($70)
The Naturalmat Collection is available at www.naturalmatusa.com. Visit the website for a full list of Naturalmat retailers.
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* Founded with the aim of helping babies and children sleep safely and comfortably in the best, most natural environment possible.
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About Tortle

What is a Tortle?
A cost-effective, stylish and comfy beanie for baby specifically designed to help prevent positional plagiocephaly and torticollis, or flat head syndrome. Tortle encourages a healthy range of head motion while keeping baby’s head from flattening. Tortle can be worn whenever the infant is supervised and resting in a crib, car seat, bouncer, swing or stroller. Available in Classic White, Sweet Pink Flowers and Whimsical Blue Elephants, solid Pink and Blue and now in stripes. There are always more designs being added so be sure to check them out!
* Machine washable, lightweight knit beanie (95% cotton/5% spandex)
* Three sizes to fit infants up to 20 pounds
o S 0-2 months / 5-10 lbs
o M 2-4 months / 10-15 lbs
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Every infant is at risk of developing Flathead Syndrome-prevention is key. If parents do not actively reposition the infant’s head from side to side, positional plagiocephaly and/or torticollis progress rapidly – many infants already have a significant problem by 2 months of age. Incidence of plagiocephaly is increasing and now affects nearly 48% or 1 out of 2 babies by the age of 5 months. Premature infants with prolonged hospital stays, and multiples (twins or triplets) are at particular risk unless nursing staff address the problem. Medical treatments to correct the condition include physical therapy and custom helmets and may exceed $5,000 in cost.
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Didymos Didy Tai Baby Carrier Giveaway

 
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This giveaway is unique. The Didymos Didy Tai is a wonderful marriage between a woven wrap and a Buckle carrier. It's Super fast (and easy to learn) like the buckle carrier and snugly like a wrap. The DidyTai (or wrap-tai) has a criss-cross back for weight support. This is the only Mei Tai style carrier that Caribou Baby recommends for newborns because of the tremendous back support - and the ability to carry the baby legs out in a deep squat - from day 1.
The DidyTai is versatile. Its toggle base allows for a great newborn hold and for the mobility of an older baby.
 
Other features of the Didy Tai include:
  • Reversible two-color carrier
  • Anatomically correct squat-spread-position
  • Special, diagonally stretchable cloth
  • Lightweight and handy
  • Free from any toxic materials
  • Pure organic cotton
  • Non-toxic dyes
  • Made in Germany
  • Machine washable
  • Long-lasting and resistant
      This would be a great item for any new mom to win! Who wouldn't want to snuggle up close with a warm, snuggly baby this time of year anyways? ;)

      Please enter the Giveaway below for your chance to win a Didymos Didy Tai From Caribou Baby RV $190. US and CAN residents only.    
       
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"The Swamp Where Gator Hides" Children's Book Review


            Welcome back to my mini sneak preview session of Dawn Publications Spring 2014  book releases! We're continuing our theme of special ecosystems today with a children's book by Marianne Berkes titled The Swamp Where Gator Hides. In this wonderfully and colorfully illustrated book, we meet many of the creatures living in the Florida Everglades. Aside from the main focus of the story, which is obviously the alligator, children will also be introduced to egrets, voles, bobcats, white-tailed deer, and many other interesting characters.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Ozeri Instavac Food Storage Set Review



            Hey folks! I'm excited to be bringing you a review of the Ozeri Instavac Food Storage Set today! What better time than the holiday season too, am I right? Who couldn't use some extra containers for all those wonderful leftovers?!
            The Ozeri Instavac Food Storage Set comes with 8 pieces, 4 lids and 4 containers, and are BPA free! As you can see from the pictures, they are clear so you won't have to worry about forgetting which one you put the mashed potatoes in and having to take the lids off of each container until you find them! They are also stain-resistant and waterproof. Plus, one of my favorite aspects of these, is that they are freezer, microwave, AND dishwasher safe!
            So now you may be wondering what the big deal is about the Ozeri Instavac containers and what makes them any better than other brands. Short answer: Several things! Let's start with the most obvious: Instead of just being "air tight" like a lot of food storage containers, Ozeri Instavac containers form a vacuum seal, which is even better! Without going into a full blown science lesson, a vacuum is the absense of an atmosphere or "air". Without "air" in the container, there are no particles, gases, chemicals and other things needed for bacteria, fungi, etc. to live and breed.
            With that being said, there's not really such a thing as a "perfect vacuum". However, since there is LESS air in the Ozeri Instavac containers than almost any other brand out there, bacteria, fungi, and other nasties are less likely to grow. Moral of my story: Your food stays fresher for MUCH longer!
            Speaking of "staying fresh longer technology", each container also has a wave pattern on the bottom to keep fruits and vegetables away from water and juices. Liquids can become a breeding ground for mold and faster food deterioration. No one wants that!

            Another great feature of the Ozeri Instavac Food Storage Set is that on the air valve there is also a date dial. It's a simple little knob that rotates easily. Now all you have to remember is to set it when you put your container in the refrigerator or freezer. I don't know about you, but I'd much rather have to remember to do a simple thing like that than rack my brain over how many days that leftover pot roast has been sitting in the fridge!

            My husband and I both are loving our Ozeri Instavac containers so far. They couldn't have come at a better time to try out either, since it was right before Thanksgiving! Since it is just the two of us (Myka doesn't eat enough "real people food" to count in this instance.) we almost always have leftovers with any meal, let alone a big Thanksgiving dinner! John prepped some onions and celery 3 or 4 days before Thanksgiving and they were still nice and fresh when we went to mix them in with the stuffing and roast with the turkey.
            I almost forgot to mention the different sizes. Starting with the smallest, there is a 3 cup, 6.3, 12.7, and 21 cup container. With such a wide variety of sizes, you're always sure to have one just the right size for your needs. I love when John makes our "granola crack", but it makes an absurdly large batch. The 21 cup container came in handy for storing it this time!

            I also thought it would be fun to share with you a couple of videos of how easy it is to use these containers. Just click on the short videos below to see.
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To get a good seal, simply make sure the green valve is down and press down on the container to push extra air out. You will know it's sealed properly when the little nubbin pops inward. Simply lift up on the green part to release the seal! (Don't be like me and forget to do that last part then wonder why it's so hard to get the lid off. lol)
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Just another example. :)

            Be sure to check out their Amazon page HERE to order your own set! Don't forget: These would make great Christmas gifts too! 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Fujifilm Digital Camera Giveaway

Welcome to the Fujifilm Digital Camera Giveaway!


Hosted by Happy Home and Family & Beauty and Fashion Diva

Sponsored by Buydig.com


Prize details: Fujifilm XP170 Compact Digital Camera with 5xOptical Zoom Lens – Orange worth $249.99
  • The 4-way Protection x "Wireless Image Transfer" function camera -Fujifilm FinePix XP170
  • This camera features a 14MP CMOS sensor that can shoot at up to 10fps, mounted behind a 5x, 28-140mm equivalent zoom lens.
  • It is shockproof to 2m, waterproof to 10m, freezeproof down to -10 degrees Celsius and dustproof.
  • With the FinePix XP170, fast image upload to social networking sites no longer means low quality pictures. You can share the experience with easy image transfer to SNS!
  • The camera can be connected with any Android smartphone/tablet or iPhone/iPad via the simple download of the "FUJIFILM Photo Receiver" free app to their device, which includes easy to follow instructions to get them quickly connected.
Giveaway Date: Dec. 3 – 17, OPEN to US residents only.

Who wouldn't love to win a new camera for the holidays?! Be sure to enter the giveaway form below for your chance at winning this great camera and capturing those special moments for years to come!



Disclosure: Getting Green with Baby is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment. Buydig.com is responsible for shipment of the prize . This event was organized by Happy Home and Family. Contact Jade at admin@happyhomeandfamily.com with questions or if you want to be featured on our the next Giveaway event!

Monday, December 2, 2013

"On Kiki's Reef" Children's Book Review


            Hey folks! Do you like sneak previews? Finding fun AND informative children's books? Both? Me too! This week I will be sharing FOUR "sneak preview" reviews with you of the upcoming Spring 2014 book releases from Dawn Publications!
            Dawn Publications offers a variety of nature related books for children in hopes of instilling a better understand and appreciation of our natural world and the creatures that live in it. You may remember my reviews of the Dawn Pub board books Over in the Jungle: A Rainforest Rhyme and Over in the Ocean: In a Coral Reef  from several months ago. These are wonderful books to introduce younger children to different habitats and the exotic animals that live in them. Today's book up for review, On Kiki's Reef, is no different!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Mohawk Valley Trading Company Giveaway

Mohawk Valley Trading Company Giveaway


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As many of you may have read over the past month or so, we've really been trying to kick start our own small business. We don't use anything unnecessary and love using as many natural and organic ingredients as possible! I am definitely going to have to look into the Mohawk Valley Trading Company the next time we need honey or beeswax! I bet their soap and maple syrup are amazing too!

✿ Read the Mohawk Valley Trading Company Raw Honey Review
✿ Read the Mohawk Valley Trading Company Beeswax Review
✿ Read the Mohawk Valley Trading Company Soap Review
✿ Read the Mohawk Valley Trading Company Maple Syrup Review

We at Green Organic Mamas support the handmade and small business community, and promote the importance of buying handmade goods. We hope you will also!

Giveaway Details:

This giveaway ends December 15, 2013
One winner will win a Mohawk Valley Trading Company Prize Bundle
worth over $80 (including shipping) which will include the great Mohawk Valley Trading Company items listed in the reviews:

✿ One, 1 lb Glass Jar of Raw Summer Wildflower Honey
✿ One, 1 lb Glass Jar of Raw Autumn Wildflower Honey
✿ One, 16 oz. Glass Bottle of our Grade A, Robust, Dark, Pure Maple Syrup
✿ One, 1.5” x 2.5” Beeswax Candles
✿ Two 1 oz. bars of Beeswax and
✿ Two bars of Natural Handmade Soap (1 Castile Soap & 1 Goat’s Milk Lavender Soap)
Exciting right!! What an amazing prize package!!

You must be 18 years or older to enter.
The Mohawk Valley Trading Company will ship the prize to the winner within 30 days of contest end. Physical address required for shipping; no PO boxes, US recipients only residing in one of the 48 contiguous states.

Enter the giveaway on the form below



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Holiday Sensory Box (BLT)


            Hey folks! You may remember me making a Fall Sensory Box a couple of months ago. Well, since Myka seems to think they're as fun as I do, I decided to make a Holiday one as well! I didn't really want to call it a Christmas one to 1) Be politically correct and 2) I'm hoping to add more "winter in general" type items to it if I find or make any, like snowflakes of some sort. But, that's not really of importance. I just felt like sharing. ;) 
            Anyways, I'm not going to go into all the details like I did with the Fall one. If you'd like to read more about sensory boxes, you can check out my Fall Sensory Box post HERE. Just for fun, I will share with you what is in our Holiday box so far:

Holiday Tots Giveaway Event

Welcome to the Holiday Tots Giveaway Event

Hosted by Conservamom and VivaVeltoro
There will be 3 winners who will each win a great gift packages for the Tots in their life!

There's a little bit of something for every toddler in these prize packages. Plus, 3 winners means more chances of winning!

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Each winner will get one of the following Packages!

The Snow Baby Gift Pack
Retail Value $617.72
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The Sugar Plum Fairy Gift Pack
Retail Value $268.88
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The Little Nutcracker Solider Gift Pack
Retail Value $283.39
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So enter below for your chance to win one of these great gift packs! Make sure and stop by Conservamom everyday for a Spotlight post where you can get extra entries for this giveaway!
Open to US only, ends on 12/20 at 11:59pm
Good Luck!

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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Creative Teaching Press Giveaway

Tis the season of gifting and Mommys Craft Obsession is featuring some of the hottest products of the season! Each giveaway is placed into one of four categories; gifts for mom, gifts for dad, gifts for the littles, and gifts for the whole family! Click here to be redirected to MCO's holiday gift guide quick reference guide & giveaway list!!




Welcome to the Creative Teaching Press Giveaway! 
You can never go wrong with the gift of education and with this awesome giveaway there will be FIVE winners!


Creative Teaching Press has a plethora of items to choose from for the classroom or at home learning, such as decor, books, workbooks, and more. They even offer decorations for senior living facilities, which I think is the cutest and best idea ever! Let's face it: Those types of places can sometimes be depressing for everyone involved, so who wouldn't enjoy a little color to spruce it up here and there?



The Giveaway will close late on the evening of December 14th. The winner will be chosen at random through Giveaway Tools. The winner will be announced both on Giveaway Tools form as well as notified by email and announced on Mommys Craft Obsession’s Facebook. The winner will have their prize sent to them by Creative Teaching Press. Mommys Craft Obsession and Getting Green with Baby are not responsible for prize shipment. Must be 18 years and older. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google are in no way affiliated with this giveaway. No Purchase Necessary. US Only.
*This blog has not been compensated for the promotion of this giveaway*

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Update 11/27

            Hey folks! I hope you all are enjoying all of the giveaways that have been going on! I have to admit, although I didn't plan it to work out this way, all these giveaways going on at the same time have been a happy accident of sorts because I've run into some writer's block again. Booo!
            I've also been busy trying to get some stuff in order for our Etsy store. I'm really REALLY wanting and hoping it will take off enough so that I can stay home with Myka (and future children. Have I mentioned I've had baby fever lately? lol) and still be able to contribute financially. Yes, I am one of THOSE. Don't get me wrong: I don't undermine the importance of raising children. But, I've always been the type of person who doesn't like relying on others financially. I want to at least be able to help out a little bit.

Pink Lemonade Shop GC Giveaway

Tis the season of gifting and Mommys Craft Obsession is featuring some of the hottest products of the season! Each giveaway is placed into one of four categories; gifts for mom, gifts for dad, gifts for the littles, and gifts for the whole family! Click here to be redirected to MCO's holiday gift guide quick reference guide & giveaway list!!




Welcome to the Pink Lemonade Shop Giveaway! 
As we all know, most women get a slightly unpleasant monthly visitor, and that week of our lives can be uncomfortable. This holiday season, give a gift that is not only comfortable, but beautiful and eco friendly as well!

Sponsored by Pink Lemonade Shop

Pink Lemonade Shop is a great place to get reusable menstrual pads if you're looking for quality at an affordable price. They offer a variety of sizes, including post partum pads, and ones made from hand-dyed fabrics!



The Giveaway will close late on the evening of December 11th. The winner will be chosen at random through Giveaway Tools. The winner will be announced both on Giveaway Tools form as well as notified by email and announced on Mommys Craft Obsession’s Facebook. The winner will have their prize sent to them by Pink Lemonade Shop. Mommys Craft Obsession and Getting Green with Baby are not responsible for prize shipment. Must be 18 years and older. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google are in no way affiliated with this giveaway. No Purchase Necessary. US Only.
*This blog has not been compensated for the promotion of this giveaway*