Holiday Gift Ideas for Teachers With Giveaway!

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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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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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Evenflo Bottles and Sippy Cups Reviews and Giveaways!

Evenflo has been coming out with a lot of new drinking products for kids, and we’ve liked the ones we’ve tried. We’ve used glass bottles exclusively, and can’t help but like the tinted glass ones (they’re so pretty!).  The Triple-Flo cups are easier to keep clean than other sippy cups we have, and we like the adjustable flow valves.

Glass Bottles

evenflo-tinted-glass-bottlesLike their other glass bottles, the Evenflo Tinted Glass Baby Bottles come with Proflow Integrated Venting Nipples. Basically, they are silicone nipples that rapidly vents so air bubbles are sent into the bottle, not the baby stomach.  We all know how fussy a baby (and parent) gets when she has gas bubbles in her system.  We like that the bubble vent is built into the nipple, so there aren’t extra parts like with our other glass bottles.  This means less to clean and keep track of.  And we love the two colors: Teal and Lavender.  They’re available in 3 packs in both 4 and 8 ounce sizes, but are new enough that it’s hard to track them down (that is, you can’t buy them on Amazon yet)
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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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Halloween Candy Exchange Ideas

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No thanks!

Our girls are a little young to be trick-or-treating, but that hasn’t stopped me from thinking about what we’ll do with all that candy once we do! Last year we wrote about our decision to stop giving out sweets and giving out alternitives to candy. We’ve actually been blogging about non-edible Halloween treats for years, which leads me to believe we’re not the only parents figuring out what to do with all that candy.

I was about to write up my own list of organizations that accept Halloween candy and other uses for the candy, but it looks like Kid’s Health has already done it for me.  One of the most well known and best organized programs is Operation Gratitude that encourages you to send your kids’ candy to our Troops. Find out how on their website.
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Product Review and Giveaway: I See Me personalized children’s book

The personalized I See Me book my five-year-old, Katie, received recently entitled ‘Katie Can Change The World’ might be one of the most delightful things I’ve ever seen. Katie has asked to read this book every other day since she received it two months ago. She loves searching for her name throughout the book and pointing out her favorite details on each page. Maybe it’s the beautiful and endearing illustrations or maybe it’s the message (spread loving kindness as far as you can), but somehow I haven’t grown tired of this book yet either.  i-can-change-the-world-personalized-book-4

I was amazed at the large assortment of personalized items available for purchase on the I See Me website. Besides books of all types (for babies, toddlers, big sisters and brothers, etc.,) I See Me offers personalized placemats, growth charts, stickers, even lunch boxes. You can choose an item based on a theme (fairies, dinosaurs, farm, etc.,), holiday, age or gender. Or just do what I did and spend way too much time ogling each and every beautiful item and planning out gifts for nieces, nephews and my friend’s kids for the next 5 years.
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