Soda Stream Giveaway

I have a fantastic opportunity for you guys!  Enter to win a Soda Stream Starter Kit!  This giveaway is hosted by NYSavingSpecials and has a value of $200!  You can see the details below:




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Soda Stream Revolution Black Starter Kit Value $199

  

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Mother to Mother: A Rockin' Baby Sling Review


It isn't often that you come across a company that makes great products AND gives back to the world.  Recently I was given the opportunity to work with a company that does just that, Rockin' Baby.  Not only do they make beautiful slings and pouches, but they also have a mission.

Did you know that Haiti currently has the highest infant mortality rate in the Western Hemisphere?  Infant mortality refers to the death of a child before their first birth day; In 2010, Haiti had 250 infant deaths per 1000 births.  Rockin' Baby's Mother to Mother mission is to help educate mommas in Haiti on the importance of keeping their babies close, and teaches them how to use babywearing as a way to help prevent infant deaths.

For every sling sold, Rockin' Baby will donate another to a woman in Haiti.  The Orange Hero Sling is the sling donated to Haitian women so that for every documentary Haiti is featured in, for every time they are on the news, and a woman walks by wearing a baby in an orange sling - you will know how you helped that woman.




For the review, I received their Orange Hero Sling - the same sling that the mothers in Haiti are given.

Rockin Baby Sling

I have never used a sling before, but I have to say - the design is amazing.  The rings are sturdy, and unlike the sling I tried (and failed) to make, they are sewn and reinforced into the sling itself.  At the end of the sling, there is a handy dandy pocket, perfect for carrying my wallet or Kaya's pacifier.

Kaya loves for me to hold her close, and I like that I can still use my arms when wearing the sling.

I love how the red rings stand out against the gorgeous orange fabric.  Everywhere we go with this sling, we have people stopping us to ask where we got it.  And I am proud to say, Rockin' Baby!

Rockin Baby Sling



Be sure to check out the giveaway here for a chance to win your very own sling from Rockin' Baby!


Disclosure: I was provided with the above mentioned product in order to facilitate this review.  I was not compensated for this post.  All opinions are my own.

A Newborn Collective

     

Welcome to "A Newborn Collective", 
a giveaway event hosted by A Mama Collective and Viva Veltoro.

In honor of Jenna's newest addition, a sweet baby girl, we've put together an amazing prize package for new moms and babies!  

One winner will take home a wonderful $422 bundle which includes:

Tiny Prints: 50 Birth Announcements, valued up to $150.  Tiny Prints is thrilled to help you celebrate your new arrival with hundreds of unique, stylish birth announcements.  You can personalize your announcements with your very own photos, which will surely become lasting mementos of those precious newborn moments.  Tiny Prints ensures that your cards are printed with the best photo quality possible on the highest quality paper, all at a wallet-friendly price.  To see Jenna's adorable newborn and her review of Tiny Prints, just click HERE

aden + anais: A 4-pack of swaddles in the winner's choice of print.  For countless generations, mothers have swaddled their children with natural muslin to keep them warm in the winter and cool in the summer.  You'll get to continue this tradition with the softest swaddles and fashion-forward prints from aden + anais!  Check out Jenna's review of these cozy swaddles HERE.  

mum + bub skin care: The winner will receive the entire line of mum + bub skin care, including Soothing Ointment, Hair + Body Wash, and Ultra-Gentle Lotion.  mum + bub is a naturally-derived, pawpaw fruit infused skin care collection for baby and you.  It's gentle and perfect for that delicate baby skin.  You can see what Jenna thought about mum + bub HERE.  

Jellystone Necklace courtesy of Kissed by the Moon: The winner will get to choose between two beautiful necklaces, either this fabulous necklace or the Troika. Not only do these necklaces look great, they are also non-toxic and safe.  Kissed by the Moon has all of your natural parenting needs - be sure to check out their awesome selection of cloth diapers, carriers, and more!  You can see a full review HERE

Boba Wrap: Winner will take home a classic Boba Wrap, perfect for keeping your baby close. The Boba Wrap is ideal for carrying babies from birth until around 18 months.  No buckles, straps, or snaps to deal with, simply tie the soft material snug against your body for a perfect fit every time.  

Comotomo:  Winner will receive (1) 5oz bottle, (1) 8oz bottle, replacement nipples, and (1) teether; a package valued at over $40.  These are baby bottles, evolved!   Comotomo bottles are a bit soft and skin-like, made of 100% medical grade hygienic silicone.  They are designed to be as close to breast-like as possible with a super-wide mound and naturally shaped nipple.  They also feature an anit-colic vent.  Their teethers are also constructed out of 100% medical grade silicone which means it can be boiled for sterilization and they are perfectly sized for little hands to hold.  

Piyo Piyo Baby Food Processor:  The winner will receive this innovative food processor that comes with seven pieces, including a pestle, mortar, grinding lid, grinding board, filter, juicer, and feeding spoon.  The pieces are perfectly designed so they can all be stacked together for easy storage too!  

GroVia: The lucky winner will receive (1) newborn all-in-one cloth diaper and (1) one-size all-in-one cloth diaper.  GroVia is an industry leader in modern cloth diapers. They combine better designs with better materials for better functionality.  With a newborn in tow, you'll be looking for easy diapering options and GroVia has just the diapers for you!  Their newborn diapers offer a trim fit, soft materials, and are super easy to use.  Once your little one has outgrown their newborn diapers, you'll have a one-size all-in-one to use!  Featuring a super absorbent, organic cotton inner with a soft layer of water resistant TPU outer, this AIO is simple and easy. No stuffing, no doublers - just snap on baby and go!  Check out Jenna's review of the GroVia all-in-one HERE.

One lucky person is going to win ALL of these fabulous prizes!

Open to the US only.  Ends 10/7/13 at 11:59 PM EST.


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Rock 'N Learn Alphabet DVD Review and Giveaway



Sammy loves educational shows and songs.  Lately, we've been watching a lot of "KIDSTV123" on youtube because he likes to dance and sing along with the cute little phonics songs they have.  I can't tell you how sick of hearing "A is for apple, A A Apple" I've been getting!  Then we were sent Rock 'N Learn's Alphabet DVD to review.

Verdict?  Definitely Momma approved.  My favorite thing about this DVD is that they give a fun tune to the alphabet song; they spice it up so it isn't the same old boring song we all grew up with.  Not only that, but they show kids different words that start with each letter, words that aren't in every other phonics song.

Here's a sample video clip to show you what I mean:



See?  Isn't that fun?

Their product description states:
Children sing along with catchy tunes for each letter, play musical games, and learn old and new alphabet songs as they reinforce letter recognition skills, learn letter-sound relationships, and develop a richer vocabulary. As a special bonus… on the alphabet DVD version, children learn to print each capital and lowercase letter, as well as numbers 0 through 9. Plus, the recently revised DVD now features exciting animation.

You can find Rock 'N Learn DVDs on their website: http://rocknlearn.com/ and connect with them on facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/RockAndLearn

And here's the best part.  They are offering one lucky reader their own copy of the Rock 'N Learn Alphabet DVD, with an ARV of $19.99.


Be sure to enter the giveaway using the form below.  Giveaway is open to US only, 18+.  This will run from now (9/21) until midnight 9/28.

Good luck!


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.

Alphabet Soup: Nursing Necklace Review





Alphabet Soup is a Canadian company that specializes in hand-made, personalized pacifier clips. Their signature product is their ‘Baby Beads’ which can be used to hold a pacifier, favorite toy or sippy cup.  They use classic materials like crocheted embellishments and natural wooden beads to accent their very practical baby items, keeping them beautifully stylish.  And since it’s the alphabet that makes the soup so much fun, their products can all be personalized with your child’s name.


The last two weeks...

Having the babies in daycare has been so weird.  I'm able to go to the grocery store, get errands done, and clean the house without having anyone yelling "Momma momma momma."  It's been hard too; I feel like I have to find a purpose in life again. 

So much has happened in the last two weeks.  Kaya is now 5 months old, and trying so hard to roll.  She's succeeded a couple times, but almost on accident.  I'm not sure if I'm ready for another mobile child!  Sammy is working really hard on the potty training thing, he can go all day at daycare without wetting his diaper.  We tried the big boy underwear and he had an accident, so we're trying to work up to that again.  Matt finally got his own vehicle, so I no longer have to drive the extra hour every day to bring him to work - I can't begin to tell you what a relief that is.

I had an interview yesterday that went extremely well, I'm hoping that by this time next week I will be a "working momma."  It's for a part time position as a bank teller, but at this point it would be perfect.  

I have so much work to get caught up on: school, reviews, and a couple of giveaways... I'm excited to finally have the time to sit and write again!

How has your week been?

Flat Head Syndrome: Guest Post

What every parent needs to know about flat head syndrome in babies


Flat head syndrome is a phrase that many parents are unfamiliar with until a diagnosis is made. If your child has a flat spot on their head, you might not know what to expect. Today, however, treatment is relatively straightforward, and long-term effects of the condition can be greatly minimized.

What is Flat Head Syndrome? Flat head syndrome occurs when your child develops a flat spot on part of their skull. You, or another caretaker, may be the first to notice this spot. In some cases, however, your child's pediatrician will notice it first. Children with flat spots should always be evaluated for more serious conditions such as craniosynostosis before treatment begins.

How is Flat Head Syndrome Treated? Flat head syndrome, also known as brachycephaly, plagiocephaly, or scaphocephaly, is treated differently based on severity. In most cases, treatment begins with tummy time and repositioning therapy at home. This helps your little one to strengthen their neck and back muscles, and keeps the pressure off of the existing flat spot, preventing it from getting worse. If your baby doesn't respond to repositioning therapy or tummy time at home, physical therapy may also be required. This type of therapy can cost a few hundred dollars, and may just be a stepping stone to the next level of treatment. In moderate to severe cases of flat head syndrome, helmet and band orthotic devices may be prescribed. These devices help your child's skull to resume normal growth patterns, and may need to be worn for several months. They can cost several thousand dollars, due to the cost of the device itself, the need for maintenance appointments, and the length of treatment.

Is Surgery Ever Necessary? Surgery for flat head syndrome is not recommended. The skull can generally be molded to return to its normal shape without the need for surgical intervention. Surgery would put your child's life in danger, and may cause more harm than it does good. For more information on the treatment of Flat Head Syndrome, please visit www.babyflathead.org.

About the Author:
Sarah is a 40-something mom to a 21 month old boy who had flat head syndrome.   She ended up using a helmet to treat his condition when it was continuing to worsen at 8 months, but her blog advocates trying natural methods such as repositioning and tummy time as a first option.  Unfortunately not all babies respond to repositioning.  She has a full time day job in technology marketing, and this blog is a side project and a real passion of hers.

Appliance Art, Inc. Locker Wallpaper Giveaway

Do you have a pre-teen or teenager who likes to stand out from the crowd at school? Appliance Art, Inc. has just the thing for them.  Magnetic locker wallpaper - their Locker Designz deco for your kids' lockers are awesome!


I have a niece who just transferred schools this year and is having a hard time making friends.  She has always been one of a kind, standing out in any crowd and making her statements.  Last year it was pink hair.  This year, she wants to try to fit in and get attention at the same time - to be noticed without being thought of as weird.  We were playing around on the computer and found these - magnetic wallpaper for her locker at school.  

They have 11 different designs that fit any new student's style. These locker wallpapers are very popular and because they easy to apply and remove, you can change your accents any time you want to!  Her pick was the Cowbell print seen in the picture below:



Seriously - where was the cool stuff like this when I was in school?  

Want to win magnetic wallpaper for your student?  Simply enter on the rafflecopter form below.  Open to the US only, ages 18+.  Giveaway will run from 9/9 and will end on 9/17. Good luck!

You can buy your own set of Appliance Art, Inc. Locker Designz from $33 to $49.


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.

Preparing for the First Day of Daycare

You know those back-to-school jitters you would get the night before school started?  How you would stay up all night simply because you had too much nervous energy to sleep?  Yeah, I have that going on tonight.  Thing is, it isn't me going to school!

That's right, my little man and baby girl start their first day of daycare tomorrow and I am a basket case.  I have read through the Parent Handbook twice, packed their diaper bag, and even laid out their clothes for the morning.  I'm so excited for them, especially Sammy - he's going to get to play with kids his own age, play with things we don't have here at home, and get to go outside to play on their playground.  Kaya I know will be in good hands as well: they have very strict guidelines for infant sleep, feeding, and other regulations surrounding care for babies.

So now that I have everything set up for them and I'm still going crazy, I figured I would write a post helping other mom's making the transition from stay-at-home mom to working mom.


First off, here's a checklist of things you'll need to send:

  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Extra set of clothes (everything: extra outfit, socks, underwear for the bigger kids, etc.)
  • Feeding supplies
    • Now with this one, our daycare offers a specific formula for babies that they will provide, but if your baby is on a different formula than you will need to prepare bottles ahead of time for them to place in the fridge.
    • If baby has started solids, send jars of baby food or cereal for that day with their formula.
    • For breastfed babies, check with your center.  Many allow mothers to come to the daycare to breastfeed.  If that isn't possible, be sure to send bottles labeled with your baby's name and the date.
  • For toddlers, many daycare centers will provide their meals and snacks and no other food will be necessary to send with them.
Be sure to label extra clothes and whatnot with your child's name to make sure there isn't any mix-ups.  

When dropping your little one(s) off for their first day, be sure to arrive a little bit early.  That way you can help get them used to the idea instead of just handing them off and leaving.  This is the part I am most nervous about - Sammy-man has been with me every day of his life, except for the two days I was in the hospital after having Kaya.  I expect tears and clinging, but I'm bringing Matt with to help pry me off of him.  Really though, I think he'll do fine, and I will try my best to save my tears for after I leave.  

I'll write some more in the morning after I get back home to let you all know how it went!  

Wish me luck!