Evenflo Feeding's Classic Vented Bottles #Review: #WombtoWalking

This post is sponsored.  More details at the end of the post.


I am so excited to share with you guys Evenflo Feeding's new update to their Advanced bottle collection - now featuring Proflow™ Nipples: the superior, one-piece vented nipples that rapidly vent air bubbles into the bottle and not baby’s belly.  This means less gas, less fussiness, and less less incidences of colic.

Simple Spring Salad Recipe {Guest Post}

Thanks to some amazing ladies who are providing some guest posts - I will be able to focus on my school work this week!  

First up is Kristen from Cat Eyes and Baby Cries with a delicious, and simple, salad recipe for spring.  I don't know about you guys, but I'm pretty sure I know what I'm having for lunch today!

About Me: My name is Kristen. I am a stay at home mom to a sweet, rambunctious baby toddler. In my spare time, I like to drink wine and pretend to be an excellent cook and DIY'er. (the wine helps!) I love to write and stay active. I also enjoy pretending to be a fashion expert and fitness guru. Most of all, I love to spend time with my boys, and enjoy every little precious moment that is motherhood.


Spring-Inspired Spinach Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette Recipe

 

It hardly feels like spring when you look out the window and snow is still falling; so here is a great recipe to put you in the spring mood. Not only is this salad easy, but it's very nutrient rich and only takes minutes to make!

Ingredients:
For Salad:

Handful of Spinach
Two Strawberries, Thinly Sliced
Sprinkle of Feta Cheese
Thin slices of Cucumber
Handful of Dried Cranberries
Half of an Avocado Diced
Slivered Almonds
 

For Dressing:

1/4 Cup Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
½ Cup of Olive Oil
1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
1 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
3/4 tsp Black Pepper

I always begin by making the dressing. First, I whisk together the lemon juice and Dijon, then add my salt and pepper. I then whisk in the olive oil until well blended. The dressing keeps for a few days and can also be used as a marinade for chicken. Once your dressing is made, cool it in the refrigerator and chop your spinach into smaller pieces. I find this step to be very important, as you don’t want to be gnawing on massive spinach leafs! I then cut the strawberries and cucumber into thin slices to top the spinach, dice my avocado, and top with the dried cranberries, almonds, and feta. This salad is a major hit for dinner parties, and is very refreshing on a warm summer day. Serve with a few pieces of fresh baked bread (and by fresh baked I mean from the grocery store!)

After drooling over this recipe like I have been, head over to Cat Eyes and Baby Cries and give Kristen some love!

A Procrastinator's Guide to Getting Motivated {with free printable!}

I'm a procrastinator by nature.  I don't mean to be, and I always have every intention to do things, but somehow I never seem to get anything accomplished.  Matt is always nagging me, telling me that I lack motivation - and he's right.  It isn't that I'm lazy, I just can never get into the right mindset to get up and get started on things...
Procrastination is the bad habit of putting of until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday. -Napoleon Hill 

My biggest problem lately has been housework.  It gets done, little by little, but for some reason it seems to take me all day long.  I feel like if I had a kick in the pants to get me going, I would do so much more - faster.  And then there's homework - I keep putting assignments off until the last minute, and then have to scramble to get it turned it on time, often resulting in less-than-quality work.  Then throw in writing?  I am having so much trouble getting motivated to write posts... more than simple writer's block.  I have ideas, I have things to write about - but as soon as I get near the computer, I change my mind and decide to go play with the kids instead.  Or watch Netflix.  Or read a book.  Or play Temple Run... You get the picture.

So today I got my butt in gear and actually worked on getting motivated.  It was amazing how fast I was able to get the house clean, get supper cooked, and write some.  I probably got more accomplished today that I've been able to force myself to do in a week's time.


Here are a few tips to find motivation when you're feeling a little less than excited about doing things.


Kanga Boo #Giveaway

Welcome to the Kanga Boo Giveaway!


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If you have ever tried using a shopping cart cover at the grocery store and been disappointed, the Kanga Boo is for you! To read the full review on the Kanga Boo Click Here . This giveaway is hosted by CoastalKel and sponsored by Kanga Boo.

One lucky reader of CoastalKel and Momma Without a Clue will receive the Kanga Boo support belt valued at up to $43.00.

Things You Can't Do as a Mom

So you've had a baby.  Now you've entered that "Mommy" role, the one that doesn't come with a handbook of "What-to-do's."  But you can bet there's a whole list of what not to do now that you're a mom.


Things you can't do as a mom:

1.  Take a sick day.
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That's right.  Now that you're a mom, you can no longer enjoy the luxury of laying on the couch all day just because your nose has turned into a faucet and you're coughing up bits of lung.  No ma'am - someone has to get the little ones their snacks and change diapers and kiss boo-boos.  And if someone else in the house is sick too, well you're expected to take care of them.



2.  Go out.
Sure, you can leave the house to go get groceries. You may have to carry a crying baby through the entire store with you and tell your toddler "no" about a million times when he's trying to beg for Spongebob gummies.  But that's about the only luxury time you'll get to spend away from the house, because you can't afford a babysitter that is actually up to your standards and the family members that you trust to babysit for you are all suspiciously busy every single weekend.

3.  Use the bathroom by yourself.
Yup, even that one little moment of the day where you thought was completely private will now be invaded by little people wanting to watch.  And you'd almost rather them be in the bathroom with you anyway because then you know they're not killing each other or burning the house down.

4.  Finish a complete meal. 
It doesn't matter how much you really want those french fries or that last bite of pizza - one of your kids is going to want it more.  There's something appealing about mom's plate to kids - it doesn't matter if they have the same exact thing on their plate, they're going to want your's instead.  If by chance you are able to eat your own food, the baby will still have a melt-down or the toddler will have an accident that causes you to have to leave the table early.  By the time you are able to come back to your plate, the food will be so cold and inedible that you end up giving up and throwing it out.

5.  Watch a grown up show
You and your hubby are all cuddled up, thinking you'll finally get to turn something on T.V. that isn't animated now that the little ones are in bed.  You flip on Breaking Bad or a horror movie that you've been waiting for months to watch.  About ten minutes into the show, the toddler will come out crying wanting to snuggle so you have to flip the channel to keep from giving him nightmares.

6.  Deny your love for your children
No matter what happens, no matter how stressed out you are from lack of sleep and hunger pains - you can't ignore that intense love for these little people that you brought into the world that makes every bit worth it. 

Cree and Scooter #Giveaway

Welcome to the Cree and Scooter $40 Amazon GC/Book Giveaway!

Sponsored by: Cree and Scooter

I have a great opportunity to introduce you to Cree and Scooter today, and offer you a fabulous giveaway!

Who is CREE AND SCOOTER?


  • Aid in the development of global-minded kids, which will navigate their minds with Cree and Scooter through the crevices of each continent
  • Expose kids to the things they wouldn’t normally get from standard schooling
  • Stimulate kids worldly curiosity
  • Take kids on global journey
  • Enable kids to learn different languages, foods, cultures, history, landmarks and geography
  • Promote excitement on the curious minds of kids
  • Enable kids to travel the world without leaving their home, school, city, or country
  • Educate without kids knowing they are learning
  • Ignite a passion for kids to learn not only about their cultures but other cultures

Combi Coccoro #Review: #WombToWalking

Editor's Note:  A photo was removed from this review due to improper buckling.

Disclosure: I received the Combi Coccoro at no charge in order to facilitate an honest review.


Wow, has it almost been a year already?  My baby girl is still pretty little, but it was definitely time to upgrade her car seat.  The infant car seat she was in getting too heavy to carry her around in, and at almost one I needed to stop carrying her around in it!  Not only that, but the handle kept catching and worried me that it wasn't completely locked.  So I went to the Internet to find her a safe, compact, convertible car seat that wasn't going to cost an arm and a leg.  That's when I discovered the Combi Coccoro.

The Coccoro comes in four delicious colors:  chestnut, keylime, cherry pie, and licorice.  Each one is bright, colorful, and gorgeous!

We were sent the Combi Coccoro in Cherry Pie to review:


I have a smaller car (a Mazda6) and three kids in the backseat.  So it was imperative for me to find a car seat that would leave the 7 year old some room when she was in the car.  At only 15 inches wide, the Combi Coccoro takes up very little space and I was excited to see how it worked for the other kids.

Stress Free Kids by Lori Lite: Book Review





I received the following book, free of charge, in order to facilitate this honest review


I live a high-stress life.  Not because of my career (non-existent at the moment), not because of my fiance (we have a drama-free life), and not because of outside stressors (again, drama-free bubble here) but because of my own mind.  Living with panic disorder keeps me on edge, makes me worry about everything, and keeps me in a constant state of stress.

It is not what I want for my children.  When I see my three year old son get upset about something and "flip out," it worries me that I'm not providing the tools that he needs to be an emotionally balanced human being.  When my seven year old step-daughter tells me that she "can't" do something that I know she is completely capable of (like bringing her reading grade back up from a D-,) I'm scared that we're not teaching her better stress-management techniques and self-esteem tools.  As a parent, it's my job to teach my children - and being able to handle stress is included in said curriculum.

That's why I was so excited to be given the opportunity to read and review Lori Lite's Stress Free Kids: A Parent's Guide to Helping Build Self-Esteem, Manage Stress, and Reduce Anxiety in Children.  You see, I wasn't given the proper guidance when it came to stress management and self-esteem.  I struggle every day with my own anxiety and I don't want that for my children.


This book is a fantastic tool for teaching parents how to help their kids deal with not only "toxic stress" like what I face, but also provides coping tools for everyday stress like school, family, and sports.  Stress Free Kids teaches relaxation techniques like deep breathing and positive affirmations, encourages "self-talk" to help build up self-esteem, and even provides common scenarios as examples of how to teach children to work through things.

I love that Lori Lite wrote, "Stress is contagious."  Because it is!  You know how when you've had a bad day and your stress level seems higher than normal, and then it's almost as if everyone else in the house instantly starts complaining, whining, fighting, and crying?  That's because when you're stressed, the people around you can feel it too.  That's why the first chapter of this book teaches parents how to relax.  How can you teach your children to live a peaceful life, if you yourself are incapable of calming down?

Each chapter is laid out in a very comprehensive way, with the introduction to the subject, "Lori's Lesson," Sanity Saver tips, and Parent's Point-of-View.  I loved how each section really seemed to pop out and let you know that there is hope for teaching your kids, and yourself, how to relax and be well-rounded individuals.

I would definitely recommend this book to any parent.  There are helpful tips and lessons not only for young children, but for life in general.

You can find this book on Amazon

About the Author: Award-winning childhood stress expert Lori Lite created her Stress Free Kids® curriculum to alleviate her children’s stress and to help them sleep peacefully. Lite is author of the Indigo Dreams series, which has been awarded the CNE Award of Excellence, and has been featured on several media outlets, including CBS News, USA Today, Web MD, Mind, Body, and Soul, and Prevention Magazine.

Disclaimer:  I was given a free copy of this book in order to provide this review.  However, all opinions are my own

Baby Bullet Complete System #Giveaway

Welcome to the Baby Bullet Giveaway hosted by The Parenting Patch and sponsored by Baby Bullet.
For more information about the Baby Bullet Complete Baby Care System, check out the Baby Bullet Review from The Parenting Patch!



One lucky reader of The Parenting Patch and Momma Without a Clue will win one (1) Baby Bullet Complete Baby Care System valued at $59.97.

To enter for your chance to win the Baby Bullet Giveaway, simply use the following Rafflecopter form. Good luck! Happy cooking!

Turning One... and a Giveaway Teaser!


In a little more than month, 5 short weeks, my baby girl is going to be a year old.  Gone are the days of having a baby in the house: no more mixing formula, no more tummy time, no more baby food... She's growing up!  I have to admit, I'm actually kind of sad.  You see, Matt and I have decided not to have any more kids.  He had a vasectomy, and I am on birth control, and that's that.  No more babies.  So here I am, all emotional about my baby girl getting so big - realizing that I will never hold my own newborn baby, I will never nurse, I won't be doing any more two and four A.M. feedings... ever again.

I'm sad, but still so overjoyed at the idea that I made her.  She is my very own baby girl and she is getting so big... She just started saying "ma ma" not too long ago and I can't even tell you how special that is to me. She's been chanting "da da da da" for a few months now, and even though I know it's just babbling and that she isn't identifying the sound with any specific person, I was still jealous.  But now she says, or rather growls, "ma ma" and I couldn't be more proud!

Oh, and get this:  she's trying to walk!  Not unassisted yet, but she will pull up onto furniture and cruise along - working her steps out and being oh so careful.  She has this really cute push toy that my sister gave to her, and just in the last couple of days she's started walking behind it - so happy and proud of herself for being a big girl.

She's still tiny; the other April babies at daycare make her look like she's several months behind them, but she's growing steadily.  At a whopping 14.9 lbs and 26 inches tall, she looks so silly trying to cruise around - almost like she shouldn't be mobile at all yet.

But mobile she is, and so curious... She wants to see everything there is to see, bang it on the floor, taste it, and then decide if it's worth coming back to once she's checked something else out.  It's fascinating to watch her explore, and I can spend hours on end just observing her at play.


My little Kaya is growing up, and I want to share this wonderful time with all of you.  That's why I'm putting together a  guide for our favorite products from her first year, and having a giveaway to celebrate on April 14th!  I hope you all are as excited as I am, and I can't wait to show you all the wonderful things that you can win!  (just a teaser: expect Combi, Luvs, Uncle Goose, live clean (baby), and a few more!)


Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 #Giveaway

Welcome to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Giveaway! 


Hosted by:

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One lucky winner will win
a

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 – 16GB – White 

with one year insurance


   



Dates:
March 5 12:01am to March 26 11:59pm
All entries are optional
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10 Ways You Definitely Screwed Up as a Parent {Repost}

10 Ways You Definitely Screwed Up as a Parent (via JoRoNoMo)
We all make mistakes as parents. It’s just part of the deal. But what most new parents don’t realize is that the most far-reaching, life-altering mistakes you make are not the little things like putting a diaper on wrong, poorly baby-proofing your…

#DisneySide @HomeCelebration Princess Party!

I received promotional items to host this party



I was so excited to learn that I was chosen to host a Disney Side Home Celebration!  When I received the party kit in the mail, it was full to the brim with all kinds of awesome stuff to have a great party, including Mickey Mouse cups, plates, and napkins; Disney tattoos and stickers; a Disney vacation planning DVD; HP photo card packs; Craisins; Measuring cups from ABC's The Chew; and so much more - all neatly packed into a fantastic hostess gift: a large piece of rolling luggage from American Tourister Luggage.  I knew this was going to be so much fun!

My first idea was to throw a great Disney party for my son's daycare class.  What three-year old doesn't love Mickey??  We had the opportunity to host their Valentine's Day party, and I brought all of the decorations and games... but then the weather delayed everything and I wasn't able to get permission from the parents to take pictures.  They still had a fantastic time, with yummy cupcakes and lots of Mickey Mouse, but I felt like I wasn't able to do enough to actually write about it here.

That's when an amazing thing happened.  Out of the blue, my nieces' adopted mother contacted me.  My three precious nieces whom I haven't seen in over 7 years wanted to reconnect.  Without sharing too much, they were placed in foster care when they were one and two years old - and me only being 17 at the time, there was nothing I could do.  I love those girls though, and they were like my own babies.

So with that in mind, I decided to throw a Disney Princess Party, and have them come!

Princess Party Punch #DisneySide

I just wanted to share a quick post of the awesome punch that I made for our Disney Princess Party that I hosted earlier today.  It's quick, simple, and delicious!


Just make sure you have some fancy glasses, and a bunch of little girls to enjoy feeling like a princess with this yummy, fuzzy, foamy drink!



2014 Ultimate Baby Shower #Giveaway!

Amy from This Mamas Life is expecting a little bundle of joy! What a better way to celebrate than to offer a great Baby Shower Prize Package to our readers!

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