Picnic Essentials and Giveaways!

Whether it’s at the park, beach, river or forest, we love summer picnics!  Our kids jump at any chance to get away from home, even if it’s just for an hour or two.  The break in routine alleviates summer boredom and they get to run wild without wrecking the house, which makes mom (and therefore kids) happy.

The best part about picnics is that you don’t have to go very far to enjoy fresh air and a bit of nature.  Oh, and all that running around wears the kids out while we get to relax in the shade on a blanket!  With the right essentials, a picnic can be a quick and low-stress activity for the whole family to enjoy.
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And the Weleda White Mallow Diaper Cream Winners Are…

weleda-white-mallow-diaper-rash-creamCongratulations to Amy Z., Sarah S. and Julie!  You’ve each won a tube of Weleda Baby Derma White Mallow Diaper Rash Cream!

If someone in your family suffers from eczema, we recommend trying out the White Mallow Body Lotion and Face Cream.  They are also perfect moisturizers for summer because they are lightweight and absorb quickly.

You can find our original review of the White Mallow Diaper Rash Cream, Body Lotion and Face Cream here.

A big thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway, and to Weleda for sponsoring.  Stay tuned for another giveaway soon!

Weleda Baby Derma White Mallow Collection Review and Giveaway!

We’ve been using Weleda’s Baby Products on our kids from the start, and have really liked their Calendula Line.  Well, we might have found a new favorite in Weleda’s White Mallow Baby Derma products!

The Organic White Mallow that sets this line apart from others was first used medicinally by the Egyptians.  Topically, it soothes irritated skin and helps moisturize sensitive skin.  All of the Weleda White Mallow products are safe on newborns, too.

Weleda White Mallow Diaper Rash Cream

weleda-white-mallow-diaper-rash-creamOur kids have both been susceptible to diaper rashes, so we’ve tried all the different creams.  Weleda’s White Mallow Diaper Rash Cream is one of the best we’ve come across, and clears up rashes with only a single use or two.  It has a consistency that not too thick or thin, and it glides on smoothly and evenly.
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Product Review: Peppy Pals App and Free Download

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Reggy’s Play Date

In May I was given the chance to try out a new app for kids by the Peppy Pals company. The ‘Reggy’s Playdate’ app was described to me as an opportunity for kids aged 2-8 to “learn about emotions”. Since both of my lovely daughters fall into this age range, and could probably benefit from a little education in this department, I went ahead and downloaded the app and let them try it on my iPhone.

Reggy’s Playdate has turned out to be one the best apps we’ve tried! Besides the fact that I’m now letting them play with my phone, my kids love tending to Reggy and making sure he’s happy, fed, well-rested, and not bored. Reggy lets you know what he needs by using his facial expressions and his doggie vocalization powers.
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And The Summer Must Have Winners Are…

Congratulations to our Summer Winners: Alison, Anna R, Tyneisha, Lisa F. and Debbie! If you missed out on our review of products we think everyone should have on hand this summer, be sure to check it out!  And stay tuned for more giveaways to come.

We’d also like to thank our sponsors, Stephen Joseph, Nixall First Aid Solution and Salonpas.

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Stephen Joseph Hooded Towel

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Stephen Joseph Beach Tote and Toys

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Stephen Joseph Flip Flops

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Nixall First Aid Solution

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Salonpas Pain Relievers

And The Little Balance Box Winner Is…

little-balance-boxCongratulations Alyce!  You and your baby will love the Little Balance Box. Our youngest used it to learn to stand up and walk six months ago.  Now that she’s running and jumping, she and her older sister use it all the time for pushing toys around the house, stacking blocks, and sharing snacks.

If you didn’t catch our Little Balance Box update review, we encourage you to read it as well as our original review from last fall.  The Little Balance Box is so much better than push walkers or seated walkers, you’ll be glad you didn’t spend money on the “usual” products.

Summer Must Haves for the Family and Giveaways!

Sunforgettable Brush

sunforgettable-brushIf you’re going to spend the day at the beach or a whole day in the sun, it makes sense to lather up the family with sun screen.  If you’re just going for a walk or hitting the park for half an hour, it’s tempting to just skip the sunscreen and save the time and effort.  Especially if you use “natural” sunscreens that are greasy or are a pain to rub in.

That’s why we love the Sunforgettable Brush!  We keep it in our purse all summer for quick applications or when we forget to put on sunscreen before heading out. It’s a brush-on powder sunscreen made with minerals and free of dyes, chemicals, colorants, and perfumes.  This means it can be used on adults, kids, and even family members with rosacea or eczema
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And The Father’s Day Winners Are…

Congratulations to our many winners! Read on to see who won what, and if you missed the giveaway please visit our Father’s Day Gift Guide for our full reviews of these and other Dad-friendly products.  Thanks so much to our sponsors, Aurorae Yoga and Twist and Seal!

Aurorae Towel and Deodorizer

Aurorae Microfiber Towelaurorae-deodorizing-shoe-foot-spray-2Kelley won the Aurorae Microfiber Beach and Swim Towel in the color of her choice AND a bottle of their Spa Foot & Shoe Deodorizer!

As we mentioned, the compact size, light weight and incredibly fast absorbency of the Towel make it ideal for swimming.  And the Deodorizer uses essential oils to combat odors in shoes or can be sprayed directly on your feet.
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Little Balance Box Update and Giveaway!

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Little Balance Box

We first heard about the Little Balance Box a year ago when they started their Kickstarter campaign.  After trying both push walkers and seated walkers with our girls, with frustrating results, we were excited to learn that there was a different option on the market. Finally, there’s a single product that lets babies practice all the skills that lead to walking! The Little Balance Box is the one item we suggest to all the new parents we meet.

The inventor of the Little Balance Box, Dr. Shannon Davis PT, DPT, is a mother of two with Doctorate and Masters degrees in Physical Therapy and over a decade of working with developmentally disabled children.  The design of the Little Balance Box was born out of her unique experience as a mother and a Doctor of Physical Therapy, and the success of her Kickstarter campaign made it a reality.
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Father’s Day Gift Guide and Giveaways!

 Stojo Collapsible Reusable Silicone Coffee Cup and Travel Mug

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Stojo Collapsible Silicone Travel Mug

Travel mugs have a reputation for taking up too much space in your commuter bag and being easy to forget at home. Besides the bulk, there are various drawbacks to traditional travel mugs. Either they are stainless steel, which may be great for insulation but forget about reheating in the microwave! Even BPA-free plastic travel mugs are bulky and can only be microwaved and dish washed (top rack only) so many times before they begin to crack. Ceramic travels mugs are dishwasher and microwave safe, but breakable and better left at home or the office instead or tossing in your backpack.
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