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!

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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.

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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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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Product Review: Aketta Cricket Powder

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Cricket Powder

It’s that time of year again! World Edible Insect Day was October 23rd! What? You forgot to celebrate this exciting event, you say? You’ve never even heard of it, you say? Eating insects is disgusting, you say?

It may be time to reevaluate our relationship to insects and entamophagy (the eating of bugs). The fact is, most of the world actually eats insects on a regular basis, and because they are cheap, easy to grow, and use infinitely less resources than any other form of protein, bugs may be the wave of the future for us all.

Thanks to Aspire Food Group, located in Austin, TX, I was able to try my hand at using their finely milled cricket powder in my everyday cooking. The product is pure cricket, ground to a powder comprised of 68% protein. I was pleased to find out that these insects enjoy a better diet than most humans. Aspire’s crickets feed exclusively on local, organic fare, and drink only reverse-osmosis filtered water. Reverse osmosis, people. Let that sink in for a moment.
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Cloth Diaper Review and Giveaway: Glow Bug

flowerworks-glow-bug-diaper We’ve been using cloth diapers since Franci was born and have tried a variety of types and brands.  Our motley collection includes everything from homemade insert diapers to Chinese pre-folds to designer prints.  We certainly have our favorites, but as eco-consious diaperers, we’re not going to get rid of any unless they are leak prone.  If we were new to cloth diapering and ready to invest, Glow Bug Cloth Diapers would be on the top of our list.

The most important feature of cloth diapers, for us, is that they don’t leak.  I don’t care how cute they are!  We’ve been using our Glow Bug Diaper for months, and have never once had a leak or blowout (which is more than I can say for Charlie Banana, which we had to stop using it was so bad).
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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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