Product Review Little Balance Box

allison-balance-box We’ve been keeping our eye on the Little Balance Box since its Kickstarter campaign earlier this year, and we’re excited that the first production run has turned out such a great product!

The inspiration for the Little Balance Box was a frustration with seated walkers, which inhibits mobility and doesn’t let a baby practice standing up and sitting down, and a push walker, which can be hard to maneuver and tip over easily.

Little Balance Box is made from sustainable bamboo with nylon feet and a clear polycarbonate top.  It’s BPA and PVC Free, and wipes down easily.  Just keep in mind that you might want to lightly oil the natural bamboo on occasion to keep it looking nice, and any spilled water or drools show up clearly.
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Super Undies Giveaway!

Reusable Nighttime Pullups

We’re excited to be hosting a giveaway from Super Undies! One lucky reader will receive their choice of Super Undie by entering the Rafflecopter Giveaway below.  Here are the different reusable training pants they offer:

  • We give their Nighttime Trainers two thumbs up (check out our full review from last week).  They are durable, extra absorbent and come in sizes for up to 10 year-olds.  You can add in extra layers for heavy wetters, and choose between cotton or microfiber, both in a variety of colors.
  • We have also been using their Hybrid Undies, and haven’t had a leak yet.  The idea is that they can pull off and on, but also have snaps in case of a big mess and have extra snaps so they will grow with her just a bit. They are too small for our toddler, but they fit our 11mo just right.
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Product Review: Super Undies Nighttime Undies

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Reusable Nighttime Pullups

Cotton Nighttime Pullups

I must admit that we have not been as committed to cloth diapering at night as during the day.  Actually, we exclusively use disposable at night because our girls have a propensity toward diaper rash if left in a wet cloth diaper and, more importantly, we don’t want to jinx their habit of sleeping through the night.

Once Franci started having dry diapers most mornings, I felt it was time to try a reusable nighttime diaper.  Especially since you can only reuse an un-soiled disposable so many times, and throwing dry diapers away was starting to cause a case of eco-guilt.  Of course we use chlorine-free, biodegradable diapers that use corn fiber for absorption, but still.
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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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Zutano Review and Giveaway

Booties that stay put!

Booties that stay put!

I first heard of Zutano kid’s clothing and accessories when I noticed my cousin’s 6 month old daughter wearing the best little booties.  Unlike all of Allison’s socks, these booties actually stayed on her feet!

It turns out that all of the kimono-style onsies I see his daughter wearing are Zutano as well!  I don’t understand while all infant tops aren’t this sort of wrap style.  I would much rather do up a couple of snaps than struggle with pulling shirts off and on.

A perfect fit!

A perfect fit!

Now that we have our own Zutano Booties, Allison’s feet have gotten plenty of notice from other parents. It turns out we aren’t the only ones with sock issues!  The booties have snap closures at two settings, so no matter the size of your baby’s ankles, they stay in place.  And the Cozie Booties are especially nice in winter.
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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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Recipe: Peanut Butter Almond Date Balls

Snacky Goodness

Snacky Goodness

Now that Allison has started solid foods, Franci has become more open to trying new things and has even become a huge fan of foods she refused to eat for the last year and a half, such as avocado and sweet potato.

Although I don’t want to complain about the fact that she is eating a wider variety of vegetables, and even meat, than her baby days, there is still one challenge we have yet to overcome: daycare lunch. It seems that no matter what I pack as the main course, it comes back untouched. Even if it is something she will eat at home, such as grilled cheese or the aforementioned sweet potato.
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Book Review: Nick’s Very First Day of Baseball

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I have an almost-four year old and we recently discovered the book Nick’s Very First Day of Baseball, by Kevin Christofora. Baseball is a big topic around our house even though neither my husband nor I are big fans. I think our son hears about it in school a lot. The book follows a little boy named Nick from when his mom signed him up for baseball to the end of his first practice. The book has little activities in it too. There is one page where the child has to find all the baseballs and at the end is a list of words that might be new and a quiz.
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Recipe: Wholesome Organic Peanut Butter Banana “Milkshake”

Healthy "Milkshake"

Healthy “Milkshake”

I’ve been trying to find ways to sneak protein into Franci’s diet since she stopped eating the super-purees I used to make her.  She won’t eat tofu, fish or beans, and only keeps meat in her mouth long enough to suck out all the flavor before spitting out the fibers.

After doing a little research on non-dairy milk, I decided Non-GMO organic soy milk was a good source of protein to begin incorporating into her diet. Then I decided to add a little of this, a little of that, and the High-Protein Peanut Butter Banana “Milkshake” was born.
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Fun With Babywearing

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