Spring Baby Gift Roundup and Giveaways!

Spring is in the air, and babies are on their way!  We can’t wait to meet a bunch of littles ones in the next few months, and these are some of the gifts we’re busy wrapping!  If you’re shopping for baby shower gifts, look no further!

Merino Sleep Bag

merino-kidsIt might seem like there are no alternatives out there to synthetic sleepwear, but there is! Merino Kids makes all sorts of natural fiber sleep bags and pajamas that keep your baby warm and safe. We love that they sell a variety of sleep bags in different weights and materials that are perfect for every season and climates.
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And The Jojoba Company Baby Oil Winners Are…

jojoba-baby-oilThe lucky winners are: Crystal, Heather, Via, Nancy and Amanda!  Each of you will be receiving a bottle of The Jojoba Company Baby Oil.

Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway, and a big thanks to The Jojoba Company for sponsoring it.

If you haven’t checked out the amazing benefits of Jojoba and how gentle, soothing and restorative this baby oil is, check out our review!

If you didn’t win, check back soon to see the results of our WaterWipes giveaway, and stay tuned for another giveaway later this week!

 

WaterWipes Review and Giveaway!

WaterWipes

WaterWipesWe’ve tried many different baby wipes over the years, and all of them give my girls diaper rashes after a few days. Even the sensitive versions with lanolin or aloe still contain a list of other chemicals.  That’s why we were so excited to discover WaterWipes!

WaterWipes contain only two ingredients. And that’s it! Just 99.9% purified water and 0.1% grapefruit seed extract. Nothing else.

Why grapefruit seed extract? Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) is known for its skin conditioning and moisturizing benefits. It is also a natural antimicrobial agent as well as an anti-fungal, and  anti-viral.  And it helps combat yeast infections.

The best part is that WaterWipes works as well as any other baby wipe, but is safe enough to use on hands, noses, faces, or whatever else needs a good wipe down.  We use them all over the house, since GSE is non-toxic, environmentally safe and is becoming the go-to disinfect and sanitizer for hospitals in the US and Europe.  WaterWipes are manufactured in Ireland.
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The Jojoba Company Baby Oil Review with Giveaway!

 The Jojoba Company Baby Oil

jojoba-baby-oilWe use olive oil on our own skin, but once we read about the similarities between Jojoba oil (actually a liquid wax) and the protective wax produced in baby’s own skin and eyes, we were sold on The Jojoba Company Baby Oil for our baby. It turns out that vernix, the white stuff that covers a newborn baby, is made of the same wax esters as Jojoba. So aside from leaving baby soft and moisturized, Jojoba adds an extra layer of protection to their sensitive skin.

The Jojoba Company Baby Oil contains 100% Australian Jojoba Oil, as well as Organic Lavender Oil and Organic Chamomile Oil which act as antiseptics as well as providing a calm and soothing scent. It also contains Moringa Oil which is rich in vitamins, antioxidants, fatty acids, palmitoleic, oleic and linoleic acids. It is also antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory. This nourishing combination of oils is perfect for new skin.
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Keeping a Clean House without Toxic Chemicals – Plus Giveaways!

We’ve tried cleaning with just Vinegar and Baking Soda, and it wasn’t for us.  The smell alone was enough to make us switch back to natural products we’ve liked in the past.  Here are a few of them, plus the only book you’ll need as a reference!

The Toxin-Free Home

toxin-free-homeKnowledge is power, so if you want to keep your home clean and free of toxins, you might need to hit the books.  There’s always the internet, but we prefer a more reliable source when it comes to something as important as our family.  That’s why we keep a copy of The Toxin-Free Home: A Guide to Maintaining a Clean, Eco-Friendly, and Healthy Home by Alison Haynes on hand to help us navigate everything from VOCs, eco-friendly materials and cleaning supplies, allergens and stain removal.
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Preparing For Cold and Flu Season

We started this post last November, but then we spent most of winter fighting off the colds and flues we should have been preparing for!  The winter storm we got last week reminded us that the season isn’t over yet!  If anything, it can be even harder on the immune system to go from snow pants to shorts in the span of a few days.

Here’s what we’ve been keeping on hand to help us through cold and flu season!

Chyawanprash

chyawanprashThe best way to make it through cold and flu season is to not get sick in the first place!  That’s why we love products like this Chyawanprash from Organic India that provide a daily immunity boost.
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Product Review: bloom BABY Sensitive Wipes and Giveaway!

bloom-baby-wipesWe’re always on the lookout for non-irritating wipes for our baby’s sensitive skin.  At home, we use our own cloth wipes and homemade diaper spray, but on-the-go we use packaged wipes.  If we’re out of town for a week, the exposure to the so-called “sensitive” wipes usually results in an angry bottom.

bloom BABY Wipes is one if the new ones we’ve tried, and after a week of use we’re irritation free!  I’m always skeptical about claims of being “sensitive” or “gentle”, since it’s not always the case.  But bloom Baby has taken a lot of care to achieve a “Skin Safe Rating”, and includes the risk level and benefit of each ingredient on the outside of the packaging. The Skin Safe Rating is based on the Handbook of Green Chemicals and Whole Foods Premium Body Care Standards, which rates each ingredient based on evolving scientific and regulatory data to ensure their safety.
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And The Bath Time Fun Winners Are…

Tubby Table, Aqueduck, Kandoo and Cantu Giveaways

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Bath Time Giveaway! To read all about these great products, check out our review!

tubby-table-newThe winner of the Tubby Table is Nicole!  We hope your kids have as much fun as ours with their new and improved model.

 

 

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The Aqueduck Bath Spout Extender winner is Mandy! Now you can rinse hair easily and protect fragile heads from the hard spouts.

 

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The winner of the Kandoo bottle of Kandoo Hair Detangler and a package of Kandoo Flushable Wipes is Darice! We haven’t tried the wipes, but the detangler certain does the trick!
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Products for Bath Time Fun With Six Giveaways!

We’re mostly a shower family ourselves, but every once and awhile we treat our kids to an evening bath. Since it doesn’t happen often, we pull out all the fun stuff and turn it into an activity. Here are some of the toys and accessories they are enjoying right now!

Tubby Table

tubby-table-newThe new Tubby Table is kept in place with an improved large suction cup at its base.  The table height can be adjusted, and it comes with a set of colorful cups in different shapes.  There are cutouts in the top of the table that the shapes can be inserted into, but my kids mostly like to pour water in the holes.  They also enjoy pretend play at the table, and sometimes ask to play with it outside the bath.
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Cloth Diaper Review and Giveaway: Glow Bug

flowerworks-glow-bug-diaper We’ve been using cloth diapers since Franci was born and have tried a variety of types and brands.  Our motley collection includes everything from homemade insert diapers to Chinese pre-folds to designer prints.  We certainly have our favorites, but as eco-consious diaperers, we’re not going to get rid of any unless they are leak prone.  If we were new to cloth diapering and ready to invest, Glow Bug Cloth Diapers would be on the top of our list.

The most important feature of cloth diapers, for us, is that they don’t leak.  I don’t care how cute they are!  We’ve been using our Glow Bug Diaper for months, and have never once had a leak or blowout (which is more than I can say for Charlie Banana, which we had to stop using it was so bad).
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