Monday, September 22, 2014

#Giveaway KidzCanDesign & Pumpkin Party Giveaway Hop!!

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Welcome to the
Pumpkin Party Giveaway Hop
September 23 - October 8

Visit each of the participating blogs listed below
and enter to win prizes valued at $25 or more!

My prize is:

One free personalized jewelry product from KidzCanDesign!
(ARV up to $150)


Like many homes with kids, I have lots of amazing artwork that my kids make for me. I enjoy watching as their eyes light up, and I see the looks on their face as I accept each piece of artwork with enthusiasm and appreciation. I am one who likes to display my kids artwork, proudly, but like many, the only time that art gets seen, is when we have guests in the home. Well that is where KidzCanDesign comes in, because they turn those pieces of art, into wearable masterpieces that can be worn as jewelry for all to see! Making it so those special gifts the kids make for the holidays, birthdays, or any other special occasions, can be made into a gift of jewelry, memorializing those pieces of art so they become a keepsake, to wear and show off anytime I am away from home!


To get the party started at Mommy Katie with the Pumpkin Party Giveaway Hop, the wonderful people from KidzCanDesign, would like to give one of my amazing readers a gift code to get any of the KidzCanDesign products custom made! For a chance to win, enter below, and also be sure to enter all of the other amazing giveaways going on during this hop. You can enter each of the blogger giveaways by hopping through the list below the giveaway linky! 



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Veet Infini'Silk IPL Hair Removal

As a woman, there are many things we do in order to try and look our best, from the hours we spend in the salons, to those countless hours we spend in our own homes, torturing ourselves so we can get rid of any unwanted hair. Well like many others out there, I have been seeing those home hair removal products that do not use those painful waxes or razors that can leave cuts and razor burns behind. Instead they use a intense pulse light technology, that helps to reduce hair growth! Recently I was sent such a machine when I was sent the Veet Infini'Silk IPL Hair Removal to review.


Once out of the box, the process is very easy, and you can follow the guide that is right on the box, to ensure you get the most out of this product. To get started, they suggest you shave the area where you want to use this product, so that the light can reach the hair follicle.

When it is plugged in, start at the lowest energy level, then go up as needed, from there you just put it up to the part of the skin where you want to permanently reduce the hair growth. Then press the pulse trigger as you guide it along your skin. After about 10 treatments, you will be saying goodbye to the salons where you go to pay money for painful waxing, and saying hello to smooth skin! Making the Veet Infini'Silk IPL Hair Removal a great product to have if you are looking into the home laser hair removal machines!

Product received, thank you to the PR for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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5-hour ENERGY® “Yummification” Video Contest Winners! (Guest Post)

The winning videos and recipes are posted at http://5hourenergy.com/yummification.
·         First Place ($50,000 prize): “Pomelimelade” by Tim Merlau, Los Angeles, CA
o   This winning submission mixes a Pomegranate 5-hour ENERGY® shot with limeade, and then takes us on a musical journey through all that can be accomplished over several hours (spoiler alert:  it’s a lot). 
o   “Pomelimelade”
§  1 glass Limeade
§  1 shot of Pomegranate 5-hour ENERGY® 
·         Second Place ($30,000 prize): “Ramalamadingdong” by Mark Golembeski, Los Angeles, CA
o   The second place video helps us turn that 2:30 feeling frown upside down by mixing a 5-hour ENERGY® shot with lemonade.  This video has it all: a clown, a puppy, a guy in a tutu, and much more. 
o   “Ramalamadingdong”
§  1 glass Lemonade
§  1 shot of Berry 5-hour ENERGY® 
·         Third Place ($10,000 prize): “Arnold Power” by Zac Sheorn, Lugoff, SC
o   The third place winner reminds us that you don’t have to be good at sports, but mixing a Pink Lemonade 5-hour ENERGY® shot with decaffeinated iced tea helps keep you refreshed while practicing.  And practicing. 
o   “Arnold Power”
§  1 glass Decaf Iced Tea
§  1 shot of Pink Lemonade 5-hour ENERGY® 

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Friday, September 19, 2014

#Giveaway Baby Care products from Trend Lab


Preparing for a new baby takes a lot of time, so having the 9 months to get everything in place is nice to have. For me, since I have had to prepare for my own babies over the years, I have found that the list I have is one that I look over, add to, follow, and share with others, so when the new baby joins our family, everything will be in place to ensure that both mom and baby can relax and enjoy bonding without having to worry about running out to get those essential care products. One item that I see as a must have is a diaper bag, and I see that having a diaper bag on hand and packed for D Day, is very important. I tend to have a diaper bag in place and ready to go, at least 1 month before babies scheduled arrival, so when the day comes, mom can focus on delivery and not on the items that need to be packed for the hospital. Aside from the diaper bag, I also find that having plenty of burp cloths on hand is also a essential while preparing for a new baby.

So to help with preparing for the big day, we were sent a Trend Lab Deluxe Diaper Duffle Bag in Midnight Fleur to review along with a 4 pack of the Trend Lab Burp Cloths in the Perfectly Preppy design!

With the diaper bag, I noticed that this bag has a lot of space available and pockets, which is essential for when packing the diaper bag for the hospital. I like that it also comes with a changing pad, so when baby gets a little older and is ready to go out, we can change baby on a clean soft surface. I also like the exterior bottle pockets, which are a must have in my book when it comes to diaper bags. I found that with the shoulder strap, I can adjust it as needed, so I can carry the diaper bag comfortably while on the go. There is a clear dirty duds pouch, which is a great item to have, and the fact that this diaper bag wipes clean, I see the Trend Lab Deluxe Diaper Duffle Bag to be a must have for anyone who is preparing for baby!


Then with the Trend Lab Burp Cloths, I like that they are not only very fashionable, but they are soft, absorbent and machine washable, in all, making the baby care items from Trend Lab, a must have set of items to add to anyone's list who is preparing for a new baby! Well to help with preparing for your own little one, the wonderful people from Trend Lab would like to give one of my amazing readers their own Trend Lab Deluxe Diaper Duffle Bag and set of Trend Lab Burp Cloths!




Product received, thank you to Trend Lab for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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#Giveaway Tommee Tippee Fiesta Bottles Set

With a new baby, parents want to find the best products out there, so when baby arrives they can take care of them and ensure baby is comfortable. As we prepare for a new member to join our family, one of the choices parents make a decision on is the feeding aspect. Parents do have choices, for some it might be that they chose to breastfeed, or bottle feed, and for others to breastfeed as well as pump so others can bottle feed and bond with baby. Regardless of the choice, if bottle feeding is in the options, I look for bottles that will feed baby and offer comfort by reducing any gas, and for those who choose to both breastfeed and bottle feed, having a bottle that makes the transition a easy one is very ideal!



Recently we were sent the very colorful Fiesta! Fun Time! Collection of bottles from Tommee Tippee to review. This set includes 5, colorful bottles with the Closer to Nature bottle design. I like that the bottle colors are gender neutral, so they can be used for both boys and girls, and they offer baby a bright colored bottle, to make feeding time that much more fun!

Aside from the great colors that come in this set, I like that the nipples resembles a breast with the breast like design, so it allows baby a easy latch and transition for when others want to feed baby. With the Super-sensitive Easi-Vent valve, you find that baby is swallowing no air since the valve helps to eliminate excessive air flow. The soft natural feel silicone nipple, mimics the breastfeeding action, offering another great transitional feature for those who will both bottle and breastfeed. Then with the fact that it is BPA free, and easy to hold, I find that in all these bottles make for a great gift to give or item to add to your list of must have products for baby!

Well, to help with preparing for your own little one, the wonderful people from Tommee Tippee would like to give one of my amazing readers, their own Tommee Tippee Fiesta! Fun Time! bottles set!




Product received, thank you to Toppee Tippee for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Build-A-Bear's Beach Party Collection Toothy Shark

With Wyatt getting older, just as I did with his older siblings, I have found it is time to introduce him to the love he can find at Build-A-Bear Workshop. Wyatt really likes his stuffed animals, so showing him the collection that he can choose from, and personalize by dressing his new friends, is a given. Well to help celebrate Wyatt's 2nd birthday, we were sent a very special puppet from the Build-A-Bear Beach Party Collection, when we sent the very lovable and fun, Toothy Shark, to review.
Wyatt likes that his Toothy Shark is very soft and cuddly, and he also likes that mom can turn his Toothy Shark into a friendly puppet! With the hand opening in the back, I can turn this fun smiling stuffed animal, into a interactive friend to play with Wyatt as we do a story time, or want to have make believe fun with the puppets! Making the Toothy Shark from Build-A-Bear Workshop a great gift to give the toddler in your life, and also a great puppet to add to any puppet collection!


Also, be sure to follow Build-A-Bear on FacebookTwitterInstagram.

Product received, thank you to Build-A-Bear Workshop for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

#Giveaway Mamas & Papas Baby Snug

As the time gets closer and closer for the newest member of the family to get here, I find that I am on the hunt for the products that will help in the months to come, with entertaining and also with babies development. Like many parents out there who have had babies, I know all too well that those first few months with baby fly by, so having products, on hand and ready to use as baby grows is not only ideal, but also a stress reliever for new parents. 

Well to help with slimming down that list of must have products for baby, we were sent the Baby Snug from Mamas & Papas to review. With my babies, I have enjoyed having these infant floor support seats, not only for having a seat for baby to sit in as we coo and play on the floor, but also for helping with strengthening babies back so they can learn to sit up on their own. I also found that using the Baby Snug is great for when baby starts showing interest in foods, and with the tray, I can put both toys and finger foods on it when baby is ready for that stage.

One of the first things that really stands out for me as a parent when it comes to the Baby Snug is the extra wide base, which helps to provide back support as well as comfort and keep baby from falling over as they are on the floor in the Baby Snug. The middle post, also helps to keep baby from sliding down and out as they begin to develop those back muscles and learn to sit up. I also like that the insert comes out, so the seat grows with baby, and can accommodate baby from 3 months of age until about 12 months!


Another feature that I really like about the Baby Snug is the removable tray, which comes off and can be put right back on very easily. It is also very easy to clean up, after baby has been playing in the seat. The tray is optional, so it can be used for playtime for putting toys on or little finger foods on for older babies, or can be taken off and the Baby Snug can be used as a little chair for baby to sit in, comfortably on the floor! In all, I, like moms around the world, find the Baby Snug from Mamas and Papas to be a must have for any parent when preparing for baby!
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Well to help with preparing for your own little bundle of joy, the wonderful people from Mamas and Papas would like to give one of my amazing readers their own Baby Snug in winners choice of color!!




Product received, thank you to Mamas & Papas and the PR Group for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

#Giveaway VTech Go! Go! Smart Animals Zoo Explorers Playset

It is hard to believe it, but my little Wyatt is 2 now, and to help with celebrating his second birthday, we were sent a Go! Go! Smart Animals Zoo Explorers Playset from VTech to review! Over the years, with each of my kids, I have enjoyed the products from VTech, from the time they are little babies, learning those important cognitive and developmental skills and playing with those adorable developmental toys, to the time they get older and can enjoy some of the electronic devices from the VTech line of kids learning toys!
With the Zoo Explorers Playset from the Go! Go! Smart Animals line, I found that this set was not only easy to set up, but Wyatt was easily able to take it and reset the tracks how he felt fit. I find that being able to set the tracks is a great feature, so we can also add more of the Go! Go! Smart Animals sets to this one! We both also liked the adorable rhino which came with the playset, as he zooms around the zoo and talks along the way! The rhino also responds to phrases, music, and lights as he goes to the different SmartPoint locations, teaching my Wyatt cause and effect, first words, letters and more!



Wyatt likes that he can control where his rhino goes, and explore along side on the fun ride, as he rolls his rhino around and listens to what he says. I like, that aside from adding the other playsets to this one, that we can add more animals to our set, and watch as they interact! In all, making the Go! Go! Smart Animals Zoo Explorers Playset from VTech a must have item for the toddler in your life!
Well to make playtime with your little a little more fun, the wonderful people from VTech would like to give one of my amazing readers their own VTech Go! Go! Smart Animals Zoo Explorers Playset!!







Product received, thank you to VTech and the PR Group for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.

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My Little Pony Zecora at Build-A Bear Workshop


One of Estrella's favorite shows is My Little Pony, so knowing that she can collect the My Little Pony dolls from Build-A-Bear Workshop, helps make it so she can bring two of her favorite things together! Estrella has adored our trips to the Build-A-Bear Worshop over the years, and since she was little, she has found that her excitement for what we can find there is ongoing!

Recently we were sent the My Little Pony Zecora doll from Build-A-Bear Workshop, which makes for a very neat and unique edition to Estrella's collection of My Little Pony dolls from the Build-A-Bear Workshop! Zecora is one of the Build-A-Bears online exclusives, making her a pony that Estrella and her friends see as a must have.


Zecora is not just any pony, she is a zebra and she is a friend to all of the ponies in Ponyville.  And when you purchase Zecora online, you can personalize her to your liking with the clothing and accessories that you can find in the My Little Pony line. Making Zecora not only a must have item for my daughter and friends, but also a unique pony to give to and add to any My Little Pony collection which can be found at Build-A-Bear Workshop!


Also, be sure to follow Build-A-Bear on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

Product received, thank you to Build-A-Bear Workshop for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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#NewFromBetty Baking Memories with HERSHEY'S S'mores Dessert Bars & More!

I think one of the things I enjoy most when I am in the kitchen is baking. I find a lot of joy not only cooking for the family, but also baking those desserts, that fill the house with those oh so delicious aromas as they are cooking. Well with the seasons coming to a change, and the cooler weather already starting to make its presence known, I have found that making those fresh baked goodies is a great way to greet the new season and start preparing for all of the holiday baking that is just around the corner. To help with the baking in my kitchen, I was sent some amazing desserts to try from Betty Crocker!


With these Betty Crocker HERSHEY'S desserts, which can be found at Target, I can bake up those iconic S'mores that remind us of summer, in the form of a dessert bar, and from the comfort of my kitchen! The HERSHEY'S S'mores Dessert Bars are not only incredibly tasty and a reminder of those summer memories we made, but also very easy to make, so my daughter can take part in baking in the kitchen, making more memories as we bake together!


The other dessert bar we were sent were the REESE'S Peanut Butter and Chocolate bars to bake and review. Just like the S'mores, we found that classic taste in these bars, giving us that taste from eating a REESE'S Peanut Butter Cup in a baked dessert form, which is a must for any REESE'S fans! Estrella and I enjoyed not only eating, but baking these great products from Betty Crocker, and we also found them along with the HEATH Toffee bars, which we are able to find at our local Target, to be a great addition to our list of favorite desserts from Betty Crocker! So this year, as you start making more of those delicious baked goods, include your kids in the kitchen and make some baking memories with the kids with the products from the HERSHEY'S line from Betty Crocker!



Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through Platefull Co-Op.
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Be Prepared: Essential Bits and Pieces You Need In the Car for Your Family (Guest Post)

A kiddie potty here, a toy caddy there—your house may have all the essentials your children need, but when it’s time to go on a trip with your family, it’s close to impossible to fit everything inside your car to make it fun and comfortable for everyone.

One thing you must prioritize when going anywhere with your family is safety, so you should have first aid kits in both your home and your car. Keep the kit in the glove compartment so it’s always accessible and you won’t have to go out of the car when you need it.

Aside from a first aid kit, here are some other essentials you should never go on a drive without.


  • Child seats – car seats for children come in all sizes, and it’s important to have the right sizes for each of your children and that the seats fit your vehicle. Make sure your children are comfortably snug; a too-tight seat can make riding uncomfortable. Pay special attention to proper installation, as an incorrectly secured car seat can cause it to come loose while the car is in motion. 



  • Car seat protection – car seat covers go underneath the child seats to protect your upholstery from depression damage and scuff marks.



  • Travel organizer – let your children bring the toys that they want for the trip and stash these in a travel organizer to keep things tidy. Car organizers can also hold sippy cups and snacks, so your child can ride and dine in style.



  • Auto tray table – a long road trip can make kids restless, but with a fold-out tray table installed, your children can eat, play with their Legos, doodle, and fill out coloring books on the go.



  • Portable DVD players – you can have a whole entertainment system complete with headrest monitors installed in your car, or simply get portable DVD players and MP3 adapters. Bring along your child’s favorite cartoon or movie, pop it in the player, and enjoy driving without the distraction of kids asking “Are we there yet?” You can also plug in your MP3 player and sing along to the Frozen soundtrack—when your kids fall asleep you can then change to your favorite ABBA tunes.




  • Side pillows – most car manufacturers fail to consider children when they designed their airbag technology, so side pillows to cushion your child’s body in the event of a crash is definitely a must.



  • Floor mats – children get into all sorts of things and take these along with them. Protect your floorboards from mud, oil, and other gunk your children may innocently bring into the car. For best protective results, get a high-quality rubber mat that’s durable and easy to clean. Some floor mats are even designed with tall outer ridges that can effectively contain rainwater, mud, and minor spills from sodas and such.



  • Extra storage – going on a trip—or simply picking up your kids from soccer practice—necessitates plenty of storage for sports equipment, luggage, and other items you can’t leave home without. You may need roof storage and, for long camping trips, a hitch and trailer. 


Now that you have everything in place, pack up and get ready to go. Don’t forget the snacks (and the hand wipes)!


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What to Consider When Buying a Reliable Car for Your Family (Guest Post)

When you’re buying something that’s not just for yourself, you tend to think of a lot of factors: will the other person like it or suit his or her personality? Can it meet their needs? Is it reliable? Getting a car for your family is just the same, and the foremost concerns that we all have when we have our family with us are reliability, safety, and value for money. Used car dealers in NJ can help you pick out the model that’s right for your family, but before you head out, you should consider the following things first.

Budget

Families have a lot of expenses to think about: the mortgage or rent, food, utilities, clothing, daily allowances, and the like. Your budget for the car should be enough to cover not only its purchase but also the gas, insurance, and maintenance costs. It’s a good thing that the used-car market has plenty of options for you no matter how big or small your budget is, but it’s still important to stick to your budget. You can go online and have a look at the current market prices of the car models that you have in mind.

Size

The size or seating capacity of the model you’re getting should be appropriate for your family size and lifestyle. For instance, if you have a large family, a sports utility vehicle, a station wagon, or a van can be your best bet. If you have young children who all need to be in car seats, these larger models are ideal because your kids will have enough space and become more comfortable, especially during a lengthy ride.

Safety Features

When you have your family with you, safety is the top priority. The car you choose should have safety features installed, especially if you have younger children or if the car will be used by teenagers who have just learned how to drive. Must-have features include the airbags (front, side, curtain, and knee), anti-lock braking system, electronic stability program, reverse parking sensors, and of course, seat belts. Child locks on doors and windows are also recommended. Do a search for models with high safety ratings to narrow down your choices.

Accessibility

The easier you can access your child’s car seats at the back, the better you’ll feel when driving with your family in tow. Cars with sliding rear seats are a good idea, as you can adjust the seats to bring your child closer to you and attend to her when necessary. Wide-opening doors will also make it easier for you to get younger children in and out of the vehicle. MPVs or vans with sliding rear doors offer lots of accessibility and convenience.

Storage Space

The car’s storage area should be spacious enough for your child’s stroller, sports equipment, school bags, your groceries, diaper bags, and if you’re taking your pet along, a kennel.

The car is the family’s second-biggest investment after a home, so it’s only right to make sure that we make the right decision when buying our family car. Think everything through so you can have a peace of mind that wherever you go with your family, your precious ones are always snug and safe.


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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

#Giveaway Car Seat Canopy & Universal Blanket from Balboa Baby

As the time gets closer, I find that we are going over that list, ensuring we are covering all of the avenues, so when baby arrives, we can enjoy the little bundle of joy and not have to run out to get those items we might have forgotten. After having 3 of my own babies, I learned that having products on hand that help to keep baby comfortable, both at home and while on the go, is very ideal. And one way to help keep baby comfortable while on the go, is by having a car seat canopy, to help keep the warmth in as well as keep the sun and wind out of babies face.

Recently, I was sent the Car Seat Canopy & Universal Blanket from Balboa Baby to review. I found that I not only like the design selection from the Balboa collection, but I like that I can coordinate with other products, so I can have matching items for baby. I also like that this canopy is versatile and can be used not only as a canopy, but also as a play mat and blanket! It also has two unique design prints on it, so I can change it up as I choose.


Other great features include the fact that it is easy to attach and take back off, and it is machine washable, so I can wash as needed to ensure it stays clean, and since it is easily reversible, I can switch out the design as I choose! In all, making the Car Seat Canopy & Universal Blankets from Balboa Baby, a must have item when preparing for baby! Well to help with your own preparations with baby, the wonderful people from Balboa Baby would like to give one of my amazing readers their own Car Seat Canopy & Universal Blanket!





Product received, thank you to Balboa Baby for supplying me with a product for this review, all opinions are my own.
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Stepping out in Style with GB Child USA at Babies R Us

This post brought to you by GB Child USA. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Mommy Katie.
This post is brought to you by GB Child USA. All opinions are 100% mine.

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When we head out with the kids, we not only want to have the gear we need to ensure we are prepared for the adventures ahead, but like most moms, I want to head out in style. This is a simple request that many of us might prefer, but can not always afford. Well not anymore, because when I head to my local Babies R Us, I can find the bold and beautiful, Ellum strollers from GB Child, in very fashionable designs as well as selection of colors, at a price that is parent friendly! In fact, when I shop at Babies R Us, I can find both the exclusive designs from GB Child, with the Ellum and Zuzu strollers.

I like that with the Ellum strollers, I can get a stylish stroller, that maneuvers easily, with a slender design to it in a variety of bold colors to choose from, to give it that unique look that is eye catching!

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Aside from the look and easy maneuvering, I like that the Ellum is easy to fold up with the Kick n Lift Fold, it is light weight, easy to store away either with letting it stand up, tote it, or tuck away, and that it also offers the comfort your child might get from a full size stroller, in a compact style. You also get the smooth ride suspension, which is great for keeping that sleeping baby asleep when out, and the multi position recline is another great feature to help provide comfort to your little rider.

Other great features include the large basket on the bottom, which is something I look for in a stroller, and I like that the Ellum is compatible with some of the most popular infant car seats on the market, making the Ellum not only a great and comfortable stroller for my toddler, but also great to have when taking the new baby out and about!

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Then with the Zuzu from GB Child USA, which is also only found at Babies R Us, I can get a comfortable, light weight stroller, that will really come in handy for traveling. I like that the design gives this stroller a nice, sophisticated look, which has the umbrella stroller look, but is unlike your average umbrella stroller! With the Ultra Compact Slide fold, the stroller becomes a lot shorter once folded, than compared to the average umbrella stroller, and once it is folded, it is easy to store by either self standing, toting along with you, or by storing it away.

The Zuzu also offers a multi positional recline, premium comfort seating, storage basket, oversized canopy with ventilated window, and 360 swivel wheels, giving it easy one handed maneuverability along with the one touch brake! And, I like that I can use this awesome travel stroller not only for my toddler, but it is compatible with a number of infant car seats, so I can also utilize this amazing stroller for the new baby when traveling!

In all, I have found the strollers from GB Child USA give parents a great selection of strollers when shopping for baby gear, that gives them the styles they want at the prices they want all in one place when they shop at Babies R Us and all with that promise from GB Baby Gear which is, "Feel confident with every step” That's Me.

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All Hail the Hoover (Guest Post)

The humble vacuum cleaner has come a long way since its invention in 1901, while different manual versions were around before then, the first motorized model revolutionized how we clean our homes. The trusty vacuum not only helps keep the home in tip top condition, it’s an essential piece of kit that helps keep your families health in check; asthma sufferers in particular can greatly benefit from a dust free home. Below are a few of the top models on the market suitable for homes of all shapes and sizes.
Dyson cordless D56
This Dyson hoover is a great option for hard flooring and those short of storage space. The beauty of this particular model is that the upright design helps save the back ache that often comes with household chores. The double edged head cleaner and cyclone technology make light work of biggest household mess; something all mums with small children will appreciate! There is also a floor wipe attachment so the hovering and the wipe down can be done almost simultaneously.
Mop STMOP 12 Steam cleaner  
This is lightweight and affordable, perfect for those on a budget. If you don’t have much experience with a steam cleaner before you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the effectiveness of this model. You might wonder how it differs from a good old mop and bucket, but the level of cleanliness is far superior. The bacterial wipes ensure germs are neutralised at a high temperature and the mop heats up after about 10-15 seconds and comes with a cordless usage time of up to 35minutes.
Black & Decker 3.6v handheld bagless cleaner
This is a great choice for busy mums short on time and for little emergencies! Sweeping and then hovering after toddlers can be a bit of a nightmare, especially when you’re the only adult around and this gem takes the stress out of those situations. Granted it’s probably not your best bet as the only hoover in the home, the charge time isn’t the longest so it would be pretty much impossible to use for a deep clean. However its double filtration cleaning system does give you plenty of power and value for money.
Vax W90-RU-B Carpet Cleaner
If it’s an upright household cleaner for carpet surfaces you are searching for this could be the one for you. With rotating brush bars (a la car wash style) and water jets that guarantee a deep clean this beauty will unblock the deepest stains and dirt from your carpet fabric. The upright models are no longer clunky or hard to manoeuvre; the seamless transition and weightlessness make light work of any carpet.
Hopefully you’ll now have a better idea of what kind of hoover will do the job for you!


Image by James West, used under the Creative Commons license.


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Monday, September 15, 2014

#Giveaway Celebrate Child Passenger Safety Week with Safety 1st


This week is Child Passenger Safety Week, and like many parents out there, I want to be sure that I not only have the correct gear for my kids when it comes to the car seats, booster seats, and seat belts that are needed in my vehicles, but I also want to make sure that we are using them properly, to ensure our kids safety while we are in the car!



As a concerned parent, I can look into the car seat check places around my area, and also take advantage of this weekends car seat check event, that will be taking place nationwide, and at a facility near you. The list of facilities that will be taking part in the car seat check on Car Seat Check Saturday can be found by checking here: http://www.safercar.gov/cpsApp/cps/index.htm. Also, check out some of these great tips that the wonderful people from Safety 1st want to share with my readers:


Car Seat Safety Tips
By the experts at Safety 1st

Importance of Rear Facing
In March of 2011 the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated their car seat recommendations advising that children should remain rear facing until the age of two.  According to a study in the Journal of Injury Prevention children under the age of two are 75% less likely to die or be severely injured in the event of a car crash if they are rear facing. When a child is rear facing their head, neck and spine are better supported and in the event of an accident, crash forces are distributed over the child’s entire body.

Location
Typically the center rear seat is the safest place for a car seat, and never install a car seat in the front seat.  If your car does not have a latch connector for the middle seat, you can use the middle seat belt to properly secure the base.  When installing, make sure the base of the car seat moves no more than an inch from side to side. An easy way to test this is to hold at the belt path.

Car Seat Expiration
Car seats do have an expiration date, it is recommended that car seats be replaced every 5-8 years, or immediately after a crash.  The reason for an expiration date is because plastic can warp and materials can fray, which can make car seats not as effective in the event of a crash.  Additionally car seat technology and state and federal car seat regulations change over time.  Important warning labels may wear out and instruction books may get lost, which can lead to improper use of the car seat.

Safeguard the Car
Childproof the inside of the car and eliminate projectiles.  Anything in the car that is not secured is a possible projectile – even a child’s toy, or a water bottle. In a crash, objects take on greater weight due to crash forces.


Child Safety Seats by Safety 1st

·         onBoard 35 Air +Infant Car Seat
Air Protect + combines the advanced protection of the Air Protect® cushion system with patented GCell HX™ foam designed with hexagonal shapes for superior protection around the torso. TOGETHER they provide full body side impact protection.

For children from 5-65 pounds. In addition to Air Protect +, the Advance 65 Air + uses a steel-reinforced metal frame for extra stability and includes a 4-position recline for an optimal fit to your vehicle. We’ve also included color-coded belt paths and installation labels to help you install it quickly and correctly.

·         Summit® Booster Car Seat
Forward-facing: 22-40 pounds with Belt-positioning at 40-100 pound.  Fully loaded with ease-of-use features that parents will appreciate: Like the 4-position QuickFit™ headrest which adjusts without the need for rethreading and a 5-point safety harness with Center Front Adjust.

·         Incognito Kid Positioning Seat
A new category for car seats. The goal for Safety 1st is to help educate parents that any child under 4’9” (57”) in height should still be in a belt positioning seat. The Incognito blends into the car and prevents slouching to ensure comfortable and proper positioning of the seat belt.  The introduction of this seat has helped to extending child restraints to accommodate children 60 to 120 lbs. and up to 60 inches.

Well to help celebrate Child Safety Passenger Week, the wonderful people from Safety 1st would like to give one of my amazing readers a safety seat of their own! 

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