April 16, 2014

Urbini Touri Travel System #Review

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Urbini. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and as a thank you for participating.



My family is always on the go.  It seems like there's always something to do, somewhere to go.  But on those occasions where we are able to spend family time together, there is nothing better than taking a stroll in the park.  To accomplish this, without breaking my back now that my baby girl is getting too heavy for her carrier, we definitely needed a baby stroller.  

Thankfully, we were introduced to one of the best travel systems that I think I've ever used - the Urbini Touri Travel System.  

The stroller itself is lightweight and folds up into an extremely easy to carry umbrella-style fold.  
I loved that the stroller has a handle on the side so you can tote it around with just one arm, leaving that other arm free for the baby you have to carry on your hip.


April 14, 2014

#WombToWalking #Giveaway Event

Welcome to the Womb to Walking Giveaway Event

My baby girl is turning one, and to celebrate, I wanted to bring you all a round up of all my favorite baby products!  She's having a party, so why cant we?  


co-hosted by Addicted 2 Savings 4 U

Spring is in the air, everything is blooming... It's definitely baby shower season!  What better way to bring in Spring than with a giveaway??  We've brought together some of the top baby products that you would need from womb to walking - the best for baby's first year - into a great product guide and now we're giving those items away!
Check out the Baby's First Year Product Guide and see what you can win!

Prizes include:
Combi Coccoro convertible carseat - ARV $200
BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier One - ARV $170
Ju-Ju-Be - Better Be Diaper Bag - ARV $120
$100 Gift Certificate to Mimi and Maggie - ARV $100
One month supply of Luvs Diapers - ARV $30
Classic Alphabet blocks from Uncle Goose - ARV $35
Evenflo Feeding Bottle Set - ARV $20
Baby's First Book Set - ARV $25

For a grand total of over $700 worth of baby gear!

April 13, 2014

Product Guide for Baby's First Year: #WombToWalking

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#WombToWalking: Momma Without a Clue's Picks for Baby's First Year

Babies don't come with an instruction manual, but at least you can get them the best products to help make that first year a little easier!  Here are a few of my favorite things for baby's first year.

Diaper Pick for Baby's First Year: Luvs Ultra Leakguards


Luvs is a brand that cares about moms (and dads!) and know that value, comfort, and reliability are huge factors in choosing a diaper.  That's why their Ultra Leakguard diapers are cheaper on the budget, while offering superior protection.  You can read my in-depth review here.

Ultra Leakguards Diapers - Choose Your Size - $15.97 Available at Walmart.com

Carseat Pick for Baby's First Year: Coccoro Convertible Car Seat


Designed for comfort, the extra padding and infant inserts make sure your little one is super comfy for any ride in the car. The Combi Coccoro is lightweight, compact, and still offers amazing protection for any baby from 3-40lbs.  You can read the full review here.

Coccoro Convertible Car Seat - $199
Available at Walmart.com


Baby Carrier Pick for Baby's First Year: BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier One


With easy buckling and extra back support via an adjustable waistbelt, the BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier One makes carrying babies from 5-33 lbs easier for parents and baby.  5 different carry positions means that "one is all you need."  Check out the review here


BABYBJORN Baby Carrier One, Cotton Mix - $199.99 at Walgreens.com






Adorable Clothing Pick for Baby's First Year: Mimi & Maggie

With a vintage, bohemian style, Mimi & Maggie clothing sets themselves apart from the countless number of companies offering baby fashion by their unique designs and handmade feel.  "Clothing for spirited girls" is their motto, and you can guarantee that your little one will stand out from the crowd in these adorable outfits.
You can read my review here.

50% off all sale items at MimiAndMaggie.com if you enter the code: BIGSALE at checkout




Diaper Bag Pick for Baby's First Year: Ju-Ju-Be's Better Be


Made with Agion®, a natural antimicrobial treatment that inhibits and reduces the growth of odor-causing bacteria, mold, and mildew, and Teflon® to reduce stains - the Ju-Ju-Be: Better Be Diaper Bag is one made with a mom in mind.  Tons of pockets ensures you have room for everything you need, and Thinsulate™ by 3M™ side pockets means you'll be able to keep bottles warm or cold.
Read my review here

Ju-Ju-Be Better Be Diaper Bag retails for $120 at Ju-Ju-Be.com




Toy Pick for Baby's First Year: Uncle Goose Classic ABC Blocks

Crafted from sustainable Michigan basswood, then embossed and printed with a colorful range of non-toxic inks, Uncle Goose blocks are a beautiful way to teach your child.  From reading to sorting, nothing beats the timeless classic of a good set of alphabet blocks.

Sold at Uncle Goose for $36






Book Pick for Baby's First Year: Baby's First Books






Brand new to bookshelves, the My First Book series includes four  board books, specially dedicated to infant’s developmental growth milestones.  Each of the four books, Fruits, Sky Wonders, Shapes, and Musical Instruments include high contrast, black and white, and bold color illustrations that promote visual and speech stimulation. 


The My First Book series seems simple at first glance but each one in the series was developed based on the ultra-complex and rapid development of newborns, babies, and toddlers.

Available at NurseryBooks.net for $5.99 each.


Be sure to keep an eye out for the amazing giveaway for all the products shown above!  Starts Monday, April 14th!





Disclosure: Momma Without a Clue received the products mentioned in exchange for her honest review.  This guide is an extension of those reviews.  This post contains affiliate links, which means purchase made via those links will earn a commission for Momma Without a Clue and help fund this blog.  

April 12, 2014

Ju-Ju-Be: Better Be Diaper Bag #Review - #WombToWalking


I received a free Better Be diaper bag from Ju-Ju-Be in order to facilitate an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

Let me tell you a story.  Shortly after my second child was born, we decided to go to the in-laws' house.  Of course, the pro-mom that I thought I was, I only grabbed an extra bottle, a couple of diapers, and some wipes.  We weren't going to be gone but for a few hours and I had long ago retired the bulky diaper bags when they were no longer necessary after my first.  We hadn't been gone for more than an hour when my baby girl spit up all over her outfit, big brother had had an accident in his pants, and I got a migraine.  Ever since that day, I try to carry everything we could possibly need, everywhere we go.

That's why I love my new Ju-Ju-Be: Better Be diaper bag.  It's lightweight, has a comfortable strap, and has pockets for everything.  


Not to mention, it's super cute!  I received the Silver Ice pattern, and it just screams spring-time diaper bag to me.  The yellow accents stand out against the silver and white, creating an eye-catching, gorgeous bag.  

So what makes a great diaper bag, especially when you have more than one kid?  For me, a diaper bag has to have a nice, big center pocket for extra changes of clothes; bottle pockets; a pocket for smaller things like teething tablets, gas drops, fever reducer, and a pacifier; somewhere to put mom's stuff like extra ibuprofen and chapstick; and has to be comfortable when you're toting around everything but the kitchen sink.  Added bonuses if it's easy to clean and comes with a changing pad.

The Ju-Ju-Be: Better Be bag has all that and more.  First of all, it's made with Agion®, a natural antimicrobial treatment that inhibits and reduces the growth of odor-causing bacteria, mold, and mildew. How awesome is that?  Now I don't have to worry about setting y bag down on a public bathroom floor, because I know that the diaper bag is going to repel any yucky germs.  Oh, and the material contains Teflon® to reduce stains.  Kid spills juice on the bag?  No problem, just wipe it down!


The best part is that there are tons of pockets.  The center area is big enough to put extra clothes for those "uh-ohs."  I able to fit an outfit for both kids, plus a pair of shoes in the center area.  The outside pockets are holding: (from the top, going clockwise) a pack of wipes, three diapers, a sippy cup, hairbows, medicines, and baby food.  And I still could have put more in there if I needed to.  I ran out of ideas of what to add to the diaper bag before I ran out of room!

The front outside zipper holds a special "mommy pocket" with sunglass case, lipstick loops, and a pen loop. Plus two zippered pockets … one with mesh so you can see what's inside.  There's even a long clip for your keys!


Now, I didn't take a special picture of just the strap, but let me tell you how much I love it.  Messenger bag style, the strap has a memory foam shoulder pad for comfort.  So important when you're carrying twenty pounds worth of baby stuff on your shoulder.  It also has a textured underside to prevent the strap from slipping off your shoulder.  I have tiny shoulders that straps are always falling off of, so that was an awesome feature to me!  Oh, and everything is attached with metal hardware.  Extra stability to make sure it wont fall apart like some cheaper diaper bags I've used.

Some other great features include the exterior bottle pockets, insulated with Thinsulate™ by 3M™ - great for keeping warm bottles warm and cold juice cold.  And the changing pad?  It's made with memory foam. Yeah, your baby can lay on a cushy, comfy pad instead of a cold, hard plastic changing table.  It's made with the same Teflon® material, so it's easy to clean.

I can honestly say that this is the best diaper bag I have ever used.  Or seen for that matter.  At $120, it is a little pricey, but worth every penny in my opinion.  Especially if you want a diaper bag that will last for years, through several kids.


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Disclosure:  I received the aforementioned product in order to facilitate an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

April 8, 2014

New Purex® Crystals Limited Edition Fabulously Fresh #Review

I received a sample in order to facilitate an honest review.  All opinions are my own.


So you've actually managed to sneak your little guy's lovey away from him so you can throw it into the washer.  How long will it be before you get this chance again?  To get rid of the stench and make sure he'll have a Fabulously Fresh blankie for weeks, check out new New Purex® Crystals Limited Edition Fabulously Fresh.

And while you're there, be sure to enter their $1000 shopping spree giveaway on their Facebook page!


My Review:


April 6, 2014

Kiss Me Organics: Organic Matcha #Review

Disclosure: I received the following product as part of an advertorial.
One of my favorite memories is drinking hot tea with my sisters as a little girl.  I've always loved tea - there's just something so relaxing about curling up with a book and a warm cup of tea.  I'd never heard of Matcha before, so I was pretty intrigued to try it.  

So what is matcha?  It's a loose, green tea powder that's very fine.  It offers multiple health benefits, including 137x the amount of antioxidants found in regular brewed green tea.  Increased focus, energy, and a metabolism boost are also included in the health benefits of matcha.

I received a 4 oz packet of Kiss Me Organics Organic Matcha - a culinary grade green tea powder that can be used in anything from baking to smoothies.  

Now my mistake was that I didn't fully read the packet before trying the matcha.  I decided to try it brewed into a tea.  Although the color was a bright, vibrant green and it smelled delicious, it was bitter and pretty nasty.  Then I noticed that it is culinary grade - intended to be added into foods and drinks as an ingredient, not to be made by itself.

Along with the packet, you also get a cookbook with 50+ recipes for matcha.  

I decided to make my own smoothie, with strawberries and blueberries, and of course - the organic matcha. It was delicious!  It had a subtle hint of green tea, while not overpowering the other flavors.


I definitely noticed the increased energy - and as a mom that is a total bonus.  I would recommend this to anyone looking for an added health regimen, as I've been drinking smoothies with organic matcha for about a week now and I feel great!

You can find Kiss Me Organics' Organic Matcha on Amazon - and check out my Amazon review here: http://www.amazon.com/review/RMEZB7ZXCT8DY


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

April 5, 2014

Twist on Taco Night: Easy Taco Layer Bake Recipe

So you have hamburger meat thawed out for supper, but your kids are yelling, "Not meatloaf again!"  What's a mom to do?

How about a quick, easy hamburger meat recipe that tastes delicious and beats the humdrum of your normal menu?  Introducing one of my favorites:  Taco Casserole Bake!


What you'll need:

1 pound of hamburger
packet of taco seasoning
2/3 cup water
pack of flour tortillas
cheese sauce
shredded cheese
toppings (salsa, sour cream, tomatoes, lettuce, etc.)

Dress Your Kids in Style with JOE'S Jeans

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Free Shipping and Free Returns at JOE'S
I have recently discovered one of my new favorite clothing companies.  JOE'S Jeans is a Los Angeles based company that was founded in 2001.  They offer a range of styles from premium denim to handcrafted collection pieces and contemporary accessories to footwear - Timeless clothing that look great.  

At first, I was drawn to their Women's Line - after receiving a newsletter about their Festival Fashion. The Coachella Music Festival is coming up soon, and I know everyone is trying to figure out what to wear.  This Vonny Patchwork Lace Dress is gorgeous, and would look great with a pair of tan boots and that cute sunhat you've been dying to wear.  Check it out:

Shop the Coachella Music Festival Collection from JOE'S!
Shop the Coachella Music Festival Collection by JOE'S

I am so in love with the Laure Dress:

Get this though - they have kids clothes too!  Like these Neon Jeggings with white piping (left) - My 7 year old wants these so bad... I'm thinking we're going to surprise her with them soon (shh don't tell!)  And their jeans for boys are so handsome - like the Coated Brixton (right).  I could definitely see my 3 year old sporting them!                                                           


Check Out Kids Apparel from JOE'S Jeans


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April 3, 2014

Do Something About Child Abuse

This post may come out offensive to some.  There is some graphic details of abuse, physical and emotional. If that isn't something you can read, please note that this post may not be for you.

I am a stupid, worthless wh*re.  At least that's what I was told at least once a week between the ages of ten and eighteen.  I couldn't do anything right, I broke everything I touched, and the only reason I was allowed to live in that house was because my father didn't want me.

I read so much today about how bad bullying is, and how we need to stop it.  Kids are being called names, being pushed around, and losing their self-esteem at school.  Yeah, but what about what's going on at home? Why isn't there more talk about child abuse and neglect?  Those are so much more detrimental to children than some bully taking their lunch money.

Don't get me wrong, bullying is bad and proactive steps should be taken to prevent and punish bullying.  But what about the bullies that are in the home, pushing the child around before they even get on the bus in the morning?
source: technorati


April 2, 2014

Easy Roasted Asparagus Recipe {Guest Post}

I have another great guest post recipe for you guys today, coming from Becky over at Midwest Cornfed Mom!

About Becky:   I spend my days juggling my job as a Public Health nurse, a wife, and mom of two boys at home. I love to run and blog in my free time, but mostly I enjoy spending time with my family. Over at my blog, I write about parenting, cloth diapers, "paleo" food, and life in general!

Roasted Asparagus Recipe

Since Spring is finally starting to peek it's head out and say "Hello!", I've decided to share a recipe with you all that is a favorite in my house. We love to grill and do most of our cooking on the grill from February to November.  This recipe is so simple and quick that we have it at least once a week.  Even my husband who doesn't eat many vegetables will eat this!


Ingredients:
Fresh Asparagus Spears (Skinny spears work best)
Olive Oil
Black Pepper
Season Salt


Directions:
Rinse the asparagus and cut the bottom 1/2 inch off. Place spears in a bowl. Toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/4 tsp. black pepper, and season salt to taste. After coating all pieces, place in a grill basket and grill over low-medium heat for 3-5 minutes. Turn spears over, and grill another 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat, serve with your favorite main entree and enjoy!

These go well with pork chops or steaks on the grill!