Endless Summer Package Review and Giveaway!

Chicago in February might be the last thing that would make a person think of summer, but a little bit of warm weather fun came to our northern Illinois home recently in the form of “The Endless Summer Package” by Idea Village. The package consists of three fun products that definitely bring summer to mind: Hover Ball, Snackeez and Squishy Sand.

Endless Summer Package

Hover Ball

Hover Ball

Hover Ball is by far my favorite of the Endless Summer Package items. It is basically one half of a soccer ball with a smooth, flat bottom. It glides effortlessly across carpeted floors (can be used on hard floors, though doesn’t work quite as well). I have two ball-loving kids and we’ve had a lot of fun playing with this hover ball in our basement.
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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas and Waxelene Giveaway!

Forget the candy hearts, those are so yesterday! There are plenty of other gift ideas that are bound to bring a smile to your loved one’s face.

Plantable Valentine’s Day Cards

For your Valentine

For your Valentine

These Valentine’s Day cards aren’t just for show. If you plant them in soil, they will turn into flowers! You can get a whole pack to hand out, or a couple just for your sweetheart. Either way, it’s a delightful change from the usual.

 

 

 

Fair Trade Chocolate

Try not to eat it the whole bag at once!

Try not to eat the whole bag at once!

If you’re going to give chocolate, why not make it Fair Trade and Non-GMO? barkTHINS are delicious and come in several different flavors.  I’ve seen the Dark Chocolate Almond with Sea Salt at Costco, or if you’re really in love buy the pack of 6 different varieties (Dark Chocolate Almond; Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed; Dark Chocolate Mint; Dark Chocolate Pretzel; Blueberry Quinoa with Agave; Dark Chocolate Toasted Coconut with Almonds)  You can also buy them .
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And The DrainWig Winner Is…

Glamor Shot

Glamor Shot

Congratulations to Cindy! She has won herself a package of DrainWigs containing two for the shower and two for the tub.

A big thanks to everyone who entered. We are going to be doing giveaways throughout the year, so please try again next time!

If you didn’t win, and are still hoping to try out this chemical-free hair-clog prevention solution, you can buy your own set using the Promo Code FIZZ5 to get $5 off. That’s just $15 and free shipping!

I know it says to throw the whole thing away, but since we’ll all about being thrifty and reusing, we’re going to try and salvage our DrainWig after it fills up. We’ll let you know how it goes!

DrainWig Giveaway!

DrainWig

DrainWig

Over the years, we have tried a bunch of different solutions to prevent our shower and bathtub drains from clogging. We’ve tried all different styles of hair catchers, and none of them seem that great. If the holes are small enough to catch all the hair, then they quickly clog up with lint and soap scum. Concave designs with suctions to keep them in place never seem to stay suctioned.

No matter what the drain catcher, we periodically end up plunging the shower drain. Eventually that doesn’t do the trick, and we resort to pouring chemicals down the drain. We’ve tried “bio-enzyme” solutions that claim to be better on the environment and when those don’t work, follow it up with industrial strength Drano. Despite all these measures, the drain needs attention after just another month.
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Cuppow Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Megan for winning a regular size Cuppow canning jar lid, Cuppow wide mouth canning jar lid and BNTO lunchbox adapter!

Thank you to everyone who entered!  If you didn’t win this time, you can buy your own Cuppow products over on Amazon or the Cuppow website.

Wide Mouth Cuppow Lid

Wide Mouth Cuppow

Cuppow-regular

Regular Mouth Cuppow

BNTO Canning Jar Lunchbox Adaptor

BNTO Lunchbox Adaptor

Cuppow Canning Jar Lids and Lunchbox Adapter Giveaway!

Smoothie Time!

Smoothie Time!

By now you might have gathered that glass is my favorite reusable container material.  Especially with the news about BPA-Free plastics, I’m trying to use glass as much as possible.  My quest just got a little easier now that I’ve discovered Cuppow canning jar drinking lids.

I was looking for an easier way to give Franci her smoothies when I came across this new product. Since smoothies are too thick to drink through a sippy cup, I started using reusable straws (I like the glass ones best, but metal is a bit more practical). This was better than trying to spoon the smoothie into her mouth, but it was still a little messy. That’s when I turned to the internet and discovered Cuppow canning jar drinking lids.
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Amber teething necklace winner

And the winner is…Chris DeHart!

Thanks to everyone for participating in our latest giveaway! And a big thanks to Amberbeata for providing the amber teething necklace. Please make sure to check out all the different amber teething necklaces on their website. If you’re shopping for a unique gift or something for yourself, check out all the beautiful jewelry on the site as well.

Amber Teething Necklace Giveaway

Win this necklace!

Win this necklace!

Everywhere I go I see toddlers and younger wearing amber teething necklaces.  Since Frances is entering the “teething zone”, I became fascinated by this new trend.  Well, new to me anyway.  Not only have people in Europe been using these forever, but Rebecca posted about it back in 2010!

(For those of you who haven’t heard of amber teething necklaces, the theory is this: amber contains succinic acid, a natural pain reliever and anti-inflammatory that’s supposedly absorbed into your skin. The child is not supposed to chew on the necklace, a common misconception.)

After asking everyone I knew about their experiences, I decided I must try one for myself.  I didn’t come across a single mom who didn’t rave about the reduced drool and, although it’s pretty hard to communicate with a baby, these moms were convinced the baby’s discomfort was lessened as well.  That’s good enough for me!
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Aquasana Giveaway Winners!

Congratulations to Michele F and  Seth for winning their very own Aquasana Glass Bottle with Silicone Sleeve and Cap. Expect an email from us shortly so you can pick your color.  If you didn’t win this time, be sure to check back for more giveaways later this summer.

Last week I brought four different glass water bottles on a trip with us to do some real side-by-side comparisons, and the Aquasana bottle was declared victor by both my husband and me.  Two of the other styles kept getting stuck in our car’s drink holder and were harder to drink out of, and one didn’t have the silicon sleeve.  Of the four, the Asquasana’s cap went on more easily than the others, which meant it was less apt to leak.
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Aquasana Glass Water Bottle Giveaway

Aquasana Glass Water Bottle

When the whole BPA=bad trend started, I traded in my plastic water bottles for  stainless steel.  That didn’t last long because I hate the metallic flavor even lined stainless bottles add to the water.  Then I noticed that companies were starting to come out with glass water bottles so I gave them a try.  The first generation broke too easily, so I was pleased when companies started adding silicon sleeves to make them more sturdy.

I won’t name names, but I spent way too much on glass water bottles with silicon sleeves but leaky caps.  So I was really excited to see that Aquasana has a reasonably priced reusable glass water bottle with a silicon sleeve in a variety of pretty colors.  I decided to give one a try.
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