Boken Bag Review and Giveaway

boken-bagIf traditional diaper bags are not your style, a convertible Boken Every Day Bag might be just the ticket.  It’s made from machine-washable, water-resistant material that easily wipes clean and can be worn as a cross-body messenger, tote or backpack.  For great pictures of the bag in-use, visit the Boken website.

The multipurpose bag features detachable messenger and backpack straps, a big mesh pocket and zip pocket on the inside, a baby bottle pocket and mesh water bottle pocket on the outside.  It has easy access pockets on the front and comes with an extra large diaper pad.

boken-bag-2As if it weren’t versatile enough, the Boken Every Day Bag folds into a small zip pouch perfect for storage and ideal for traveling since, when worn as a backpack, it distributes weight evenly to reduce back strain. That said, don’t confuse this for a travel backpack.  The straps are not padded and the bag isn’t structured enough to make it replacement for a traditional day pack.  Of course, it is much more compact and lighter than a day pack.
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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas For Kids

Chuao Chocolate

chuao-chocolateWe usually stick to non-edible gifts at our house, but it’s hardly Valentine’s Day without chocolate!  Lucky for us there’s a lot of great chocolate available these days, since we’re going for quality over quality. One of our new favorites is Chuao Chocolate.  They have a great variety and fun flavors that appeal to grownups and kids alike.

Our current favorite is Chuao’s Oh My S’mores.  It combines two of our favorite treats, chocolate bars and s’mores; no campfire required!  Waffle Wild Strawberry is another great choice for kids, or how about Potato Chip?  Or Firecracker? As if chocolate needed help being more fun!
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Book Review: Spending The Holidays With People I Want To Punch In The Throat

Spending-The-Holidays-With-People-I-Want-To-Punch-In-The-ThroatThe first thing I did when I got my hands on Jen Mann’s book of holiday essays, Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Yuletide Yahoos, Ho-Ho-Humblebraggers, and Other Seasonal Scourges, was look at the chapter titles. Right away I could tell I was going to thoroughly enjoy it, I mean, how could anyone not like a book filled with chapters like “Why You Wont’ Be Invited To Our Chinese New Year Party This Year, Or Ever” and “Like A Neon Virgin In Guess Jeans And Swatch Watches”? Well, maybe you…you probably don’t have the refined sense of humor that I possess. Even if you aren’t as funny as I am, you still might get something out of this clever book.
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Stocking Stuffer Ideas and Giveaways!

Mineral Fusion Nail Polish

mineral-fusion-nail-polishA jar of Mineral Fusion Nail Polish is the perfect size to fit in a stocking.  Their formulas are 100% Vegan, Toluene Free,  Camphor Free, DBP Free, Formaldehyde Free, and Cruelty Free.  Plus, they have some really sparkly colors that are perfect for New Year’s Eve!

For extra variety, choose a Mineral Fusion Mini Polish Set and get three coordinating colors in one!

 

Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups

justins-peanut-butter-cupsAlthough we try and stay away from stuffing our stockings with sugary treats, it’s cruel to exclude them all together!  That’s why we love Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups.  Not only are they 100% Organic, Gluten Free, Non-GMO and have Zero Trans Fat, they are made with “Rainforest Alliance Certified Cocoa”.
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Holiday Gifts for Kids and Giveaway!

Strider Bike

strider-bikeWhat’s more classic than finding a bicycle under the tree Christmas morning?  If your kid is old enough to walk but not ready for a bike with pedals, there’s no better introduction to bicycling than a Strider Balance Bike.

Since both feet are on the ground, the rider gets to move at the pace that makes them feel comfortable, whether that be at walking pace or faster.  The best part of the balance bike is that the rider masters the fundamentals of balancing, leaning, and steering without the distractions and complications of pedals or training wheels.bell-helmet

If you’re going to give a bike, don’t forget to include a helmet!  We like the Bell Toddler Helmet because you can adjust it for the perfect fit and it has extended rear coverage for extra protection.
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Holiday Gift Ideas for Teachers With Giveaway!

dsenyo-greeting-cards

Dsenyo Greeting Cards

I come from a family full of teachers and have seen the best and the worst gifts possible.  Generally speaking, they really do feel like it is the thought that counts, which speaks to the altruistic nature of teachers. Unlike your postal carrier, hair dresser or garbage man, society doesn’t expect you to gift teachers and the holidays.

It’s certainly most common for elementary teachers to receive holiday gifts, so keep in mind that your thoughtfulness will even more appreciated by secondary education teachers, teacher aids, and any of the support staff.

If you’re compelled to show your appreciation for their dedication and hard work, there are a few do’s and don’ts.  Just remember that nothing is expected, and sometimes the best gift is just a heart-felt handshake and verbal thank you. Oh, and don’t be offended if they decide to re-gift it to their hair dresser.
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And The Silicone Teething Jewelry Winners Are…

Teething Bling Set from Smart Mom Jewelry

Teething Bling Set from Smart Mom Jewelry

Nyme Organics Necklace

Nyme Organics Necklace

Congratulations to J-me Nico and Sharon! You’ve won Silicone Teething Jewelry from Smart Mom Jewelry and Nyme Organics!

Not only are these Medical Grade Silicone Accessories stylish, but a must-have for any teething baby.  Read our full review for more information on these great products.

Thank you to everyone who participated, and to our sponsors Smart Mom Jewelry and Nyme Organics!

Nyme Organics Silicone Bracelets

Nyme Organics Silicone Bracelets

If you didn’t win, be sure to take advantage of the Nyme Organics discount for our readers!  Use GREENBABY15 to get 15% off all teething jewelry. The code is valid from through December 31, 2015.

And The Travel Must Haves Winners Are…

Congratulations to our winners Caroline, Michele F, Dolores and Laura!

Thank you to everyone who entered our giveaway!  We appreciate your support and readership.  Another big thanks to our sponsors, Kidz Gear Headphones, Boogie Wipes, Wildkin, and refresH2Go!  We have so much fun giving away great products.

To read more about these great travel products (and holiday gifts!) please see our review.  We recommend other must-haves, just in time for more Holiday trips!  If you didn’t win this time, today is the perfect day to check out deals on these items!  For example,  refresH2go is offering 30% for Cyber Monday!

 

26oz Grey Curve

26oz Grey Curve


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Must Haves For Holiday Travel with Giveaways!

If you’re heading out of town for the holidays, here are some great products to make your trip a little easier! Check out our recommendations, then enter to win!

Wildkin Kids Luggage

wildkin-duffel-bagWildkin has just the bag for your kids, no matter how many days you’ll be gone.  The Rolling Duffle is perfect for longer trips, especially if you’ll be wheeling your luggage through an airport.  There’s also a Traveller Duffle that is a similar size but with straps that allow it to be carried on your back (as well as handle straps and a shoulder straps).

For shorter trips, the Weekender is a good choice.  It has a padded shoulder strap for comfortable carrying, and a little exterior zippered pocket. If your kid is really into pockets, the Weekender Duffel has an even bigger front pocket, and a zippered pocket on each end.
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Silicone Teething Jewelry Giveaways!

Must Have for New Moms: Teething Jewelry

As soon as baby is old enough to reach out and grab something, it’s inevitable that glasses and jewelry are among the first line of assault. Instead of forgoing accessories all together, we like to wear necklaces and bracelets that are dual purpose and baby-safe!

The best part about these products, aside from being stylish, is that they are great for those moments when you didn’t bring your arsenal of baby toys. Maybe you are at the store, or grabbing a quick bite to eat or a cup of coffee. In the short-term, they provide a great distraction.
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