Little Balance Box Update and Giveaway!

Little Balance Box

Little Balance Box

We first heard about the Little Balance Box a year ago when they started their Kickstarter campaign.  After trying both push walkers and seated walkers with our girls, with frustrating results, we were excited to learn that there was a different option on the market. Finally, there’s a single product that lets babies practice all the skills that lead to walking! The Little Balance Box is the one item we suggest to all the new parents we meet.

The inventor of the Little Balance Box, Dr. Shannon Davis PT, DPT, is a mother of two with Doctorate and Masters degrees in Physical Therapy and over a decade of working with developmentally disabled children.  The design of the Little Balance Box was born out of her unique experience as a mother and a Doctor of Physical Therapy, and the success of her Kickstarter campaign made it a reality.
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WaterWipes Review and Giveaway!

WaterWipes

WaterWipesWe’ve tried many different baby wipes over the years, and all of them give my girls diaper rashes after a few days. Even the sensitive versions with lanolin or aloe still contain a list of other chemicals.  That’s why we were so excited to discover WaterWipes!

WaterWipes contain only two ingredients. And that’s it! Just 99.9% purified water and 0.1% grapefruit seed extract. Nothing else.

Why grapefruit seed extract? Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) is known for its skin conditioning and moisturizing benefits. It is also a natural antimicrobial agent as well as an anti-fungal, and  anti-viral.  And it helps combat yeast infections.

The best part is that WaterWipes works as well as any other baby wipe, but is safe enough to use on hands, noses, faces, or whatever else needs a good wipe down.  We use them all over the house, since GSE is non-toxic, environmentally safe and is becoming the go-to disinfect and sanitizer for hospitals in the US and Europe.  WaterWipes are manufactured in Ireland.
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And The Toxin-Free Home Winners Are…

Thank you to everyone who entered our giveaway, and congratulations to our winners: Stephanie, Lauren, M.E., Julie, Laura, Holly, Angela, Katrina, Sharon and Rachel!

And a Big Thanks to our sponsors: The Toxin-Free Home: A Guide to Maintaining a Clean, Eco-Friendly, and Healthy Home, Fresh Wave, NatureZway and Nixall!

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Check out our review of these products and other Non-Toxic Cleaning Solutions on our review.

If you missed out on this giveaway, or weren’t a winner, be sure to enter the current giveaway!

Keeping a Clean House without Toxic Chemicals – Plus Giveaways!

We’ve tried cleaning with just Vinegar and Baking Soda, and it wasn’t for us.  The smell alone was enough to make us switch back to natural products we’ve liked in the past.  Here are a few of them, plus the only book you’ll need as a reference!

The Toxin-Free Home

toxin-free-homeKnowledge is power, so if you want to keep your home clean and free of toxins, you might need to hit the books.  There’s always the internet, but we prefer a more reliable source when it comes to something as important as our family.  That’s why we keep a copy of The Toxin-Free Home: A Guide to Maintaining a Clean, Eco-Friendly, and Healthy Home by Alison Haynes on hand to help us navigate everything from VOCs, eco-friendly materials and cleaning supplies, allergens and stain removal.
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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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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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Outdoor Cooking for Summer

Outdoor Cooking

Outdoor Cooking

Sandwiches and cold cereal might be fine and well for breakfast and lunch, but many of us prefer a hot meal for dinner.  Or at least a meal that has been cooked over a heat source at some point! Cooking outside doesn’t have to be an activity reserved for camping trips, especially when you have a fully stocked kitchen just inside the door.

Maybe you’re trying to keep your cooling bill down during the summer, or perhaps you don’t have AC to begin with, but setting up an outdoor cooking station might be worth the effort.

Barbequing

Grill pan

Grill pan


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How to Fix the Sound on a Stuffed Animal

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The beloved Pony

One toy that has been popular in our house is a little blue pony that, when hugged, makes a galloping noise followed by a whinny.  After much love, the sound got shorter and shorter until all you would hear were the first gallop.  It’s a tiny little toy, and wouldn’t be that expensive to replace, but I didn’t like the idea of throwing a perfectly good toy away just because the battery needs to be replaced.

Also, the idea of all those batteries ending up in the landfill just because the toy stopped making noise, made me uncomfortable.  I mean, how many of us tear a toy apart to remove the little batteries when they stop making noise?  Especially when it requires a tiny screwdriver and a bit of patience.
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Kids and Backyard Chickens

chickensWe have had chickens in the past, along with goats, turkeys and ducks, but only when we lived in rural areas. We left our quasi-homesteading life three years ago so we could stop commuting and we now live in town and within a mile of our son’s school and our jobs. We love walking and biking everywhere and really like our neighbors but the thing we missed the most was chickens. So a few months ago I impulse purchased five baby chicks from a feed store when out and about with our son.  Three were Rhode Island Reds and the other two were unknown breeds but we were told they were cold-hardy and good layers.

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Product Review: Bitty Foods Cricket Flour

Bitty Foods Cricket Flour and Cookies

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1lb bag of baking flour blend

Ever since the United Nations published a report in 2013 touting the massive benefits of edible insect consumption and urging Western Nations to get on board, interest in the subject has surged. You are probably thinking “Has it?  I hadn’t noticed”.  As a former biologist and insect lover (aka:nerd) I have definitely noticed this particular trend and apparently so has Bitty Foods.

Bitty Food’s mission, according to their website, is simple. “We make delicious foods with cricket flour”. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some of their products. The idea of eating insects as a source of protein is something I have been interested in and excited about for some time now and I was delighted to receive a bag of baking flour blend and a package of cookies from Bitty Foods. At $20 per pound for the flour blend and $10 for a bag of cookies, it’s not cheap. I was curious to find out if their products were worth the money.
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