Lunchtime Must Haves and Giveaways!

Press Pouch

press-pouchOne lunchtime item that we can’t live without is the Press Pouch Reusable Squeeze Pouch. It works just like the ones you buy at the store, but has a zipper and bottom for filling it with your own smoothies or purees. I usually fill ours with Greek yogurt mixed with green powder for a nutritional snack.  I love that these allow my 15mo and 3yo to eat yogurt without making a mess, but also that it frees me up from sitting there with a spoon coaxing them to eat and not play.

I’ve also filled these with my Peanut Butter Banana Milkshakes and different savory purees.  After they’re empty, it’s a cinch to rinse them out and run through the dishwasher.  The Press Pouch is BPA Free, Phthalate Free, PVC Free and also freezer safe.  Just be sure to put a label on it saying “DO NOT THROW AWAY” along with your kid’s name if you send to to daycare with them.
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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.

snu:mee Baby Monitor and Music Player

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snu:mee Baby Monitor and Music Player

My kids are lucky enough to fall asleep to a live acoustic guitar set most every night, courtesy of their father.  They get to dance to a song or two, and then it’s into bed and they drift off to increasingly relaxing songs.  This arrangement works great for me too except when he’s out of town!  I have recordings of him playing on my phone, but it’s very distracting to find and play the songs since my phone lights up each time I play a new song.

I couldn’t believe my luck when I was sent a snu:mee Baby Monitor and Music Player to review!  The first thing I did, after setting it up, was create a playlist of his songs.  After the set plays, snu:mee turns into a Baby Monitor (via my phone).  They just started their Indiegogo campaign, so for the next month you can get a big discount on your own snu:mee by donating to their crowdfunding project.
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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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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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Book Review: Doodle Lit

2015-06-29 16.54.07We like to mix it up a little here at The Green Baby Guide, so this book review was written by our 9-year-old correspondent, Audrey.

Doodle Lit By Jennifer Adams and Alison Oliver is a book for ages eight to really anyone. The people who like authors, fun drawing, quizzes, and different strange activities would prefer Doodle lit.

Doodle lit is about literature (the lit is italic because of doodle lit get it!) and activities that have to do with the authors life time and books. In parts of the book scissors are needed, but I preferred to not cut, paste, or glue anything (a sign of laziness). But that’s your choice.
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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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And the Mineral Fusion Winners Are…

Congratulations to Nataly, Elizabeth and Blythe!  You’ve won a bronzer and a blush from Mineral Fusion!  Thank you to everyone who entered our giveaway and for supporting our blog!

Bronzer

mineral-fusion-bronzerAdd a hint of warm glow to your skin with a hint of this gentle bronzer that blends flawlessly and lasts all day. Not only do Mineral Fusion Bronzers add contour and definition to the facial features when applied, they provide skin benefits with its mineral-based ingredients including Pomegranate, Red Tea, White Tea, Aloe Vera plus Vitamins C and E.

This silky, lightweight powder provides natural UV protection and defends against free radical damage.

Blush

mineral-fusion-blushGive your cheeks a hint of color with Mineral Fusion Blush by applying to apples of your cheeks and provide contour by applying along your cheekbones. Use just a little create a healthy, youthful glow, or build layers of color until desired intensity is achieved.
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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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