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

Father’s Day Gift Guide and Giveaways!

 Stojo Collapsible Reusable Silicone Coffee Cup and Travel Mug

Stojo Cup

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.

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.

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.

Mother’s Day Giveaway Winners!

Thank you to everyone who entered our giveaway, and congratulations to our winners: Rosie, John and Amanda B.!

And a big thanks to our sponsors, Truly’s Natural, Good Earth Beauty and Numi Tea!  Please check out our review of their products and other great Mother’s Day Gift Ideas!






If you missed out on this giveaway, or weren’t a winner, be sure to enter our next giveaway later this week!

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas and Giveaways!

Mother’s Day becomes twice the holiday after you have kids.  We still get to honor our own moms with a thoughtful gift they can actually use, and receive some macaroni art or undercooked pancakes from our own kids.  Whether you’re looking for something your mom will appreciate, or (like us) treat ourselves to something special in celebration of being a mom, here are some great ideas!

Oh, and don’t forget to enter the giveaways!

Mad Hippie Oil

mad-hippie-oilAntioxidants aren’t just good for your diet, they’re good for your skin, too!  That’s why we love the Mad Hippie Oil from Mad Hippie Skin Care.  Despite being an oil, this moisturizing blend doesn’t leave your face looking greasy. It has a light, pleasant scent and a little goes a long way.  The dropper makes it easy to extract just the right amount for your face and neck.

Easter Basket Gift Ideas and Giveaway!

Who Loves Me? Personalized Book

who-loves-me-bookIf you’re looking for a gift that is more meaningful than a new dress and more lasting than a plastic egg full of jelly beans, we recommend the personalized book, Who Loves Me?, by I See Me! This colorful and thoughtful read includes the name of your child in the title, for example, “Who Loves Emily”.

Upload a picture of your child to be displayed on a dedication page along with their full name, and choose up to 6 names of those who love your child best to be incorporated into the story.  Each of these names is featured on a page spread along with a lyrical rhyme of that emphasizes the depth of their love.  For example – and this is a paraphrase – ” Mama loves you more than the mountains and more than the streams…”.  The sentiments are nature based and accompanied by a collage-style illustration that reminded me of Eric Carl.  Think colorful hand-cut painted papers that are layered to create vibrant images.

And The Boken Diaper Bag Winners Are…

boken-bag-2Congratulations to Alicia and Kelly!  They have won a Boken Every Day Bag in their choice of color.  Thank you to everyone who entered for your participation and support!

boken-bagIf you didn’t win, you can still purchase this versatile, compact diaper for yourself.  We think this bag is perfect for busy parents, since it can be worn as a messenger bag, backpack or carried as a tote and is compact and machine washable.  The design and variety of colors are such that even Dad can carry it without feeling like he’s lugging around a “diaper bag”.

Check out our full review here.

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.

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!