6.30.2015

Review: Boulder Organic! Soups


Soup is one of my favorite comfort foods. I mean, what is better than eating a big hot bowl of delicious soup while reading a new book? In my opinion, nothing! Sadly, I don't often have the time to make homemade soup because I am too busy keeping up with my two kids, husband and dog. I was intrigued when I was introduced to Boulder Organic! Soups

So soup....what's the big deal?
   The big deal AND the big difference between Boulder Organic! Soups is that they only use whole, organic produce (much of it is local) and savory spices. They don't use any artificial ingredients or preservatives...because honestly, who wants to eat something that's been sitting on a shelf for a year? Not me. 

My Review
  I was able to review two of Boulder Organic! Soups (sadly, my local Fresh Market only carried two flavors our of the seven they offer); Red Lentil Dahl and Garden Minestrone Soup


My husband is a HUGE fan of lentils so he was really excited to try out the Red Lentil Dahl soup. The color is bright and fresh and the soup is full of flavor. The curry gives the soup the perfect amount of kick. I honestly could eat this soup hot or cold. 

My favorite out of the two was the Garden Minestrone. Being Italian, this soup is 'home' for me. The pairing of tomatoes, beans, potatoes, fresh Italian spices in a delicious and hearty broth was absolutely delicious. 
We really enjoyed the Boulder Organic! soups we were able to try. My husband actually had me go purchase a few more of the Red Dahl soups so he could bring them with him to work. I hope to try more of their soup flavors in the future but for now the Minestrone and Red Dahl are keeping us full and happy.
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Disclosure:
I received these products free of charge for the purpose of this review.
This has in no way affected my opinion.
This review is my opinion and has been written in my own words.

Review and Giveaway: The Good Ones Clothing Co.


Boys will be boys...

I love small, honest to goodness companies that make clothing FOR kids to live in and play in and that is exactly what The Good Ones Clothing Co. clothes are all about. Creativity, adventure, catching a snake and putting frogs in pockets, homeruns (and strikeouts) and rock and roll. 

The Good Ones Clothing Co. was founded in the Spring of 2012 in Fort Wayne, IN. It started as a creative partnership (and a brand-new company) by the founders of One Lucky Guitar (a design and marketing boutique) and Matilda Jane Clothing (an all time favorite of mine). 

My Review
    First off, let me explain that The Good Ones Clothing is based on a make-believe band that plays in make-believe locations and loves make believe things. How fitting is that for kids clothing? Perfect, if you ask me! I was sent a few items of clothing from The Good One's new line they just released; Gravity-free tee, Adventure club jacket, Zoo over Zurich Cardigan and Frank Pantalones. 


The Gravity-free tee features a Astronaut floating in outerspace trying to grab a slice of pizza. My four year old son thought the teeshirt was a "cool shirt for dudes!" As a Mom I love the cool graphic on the front (totally rad) but even more so I love the saying on the back "My very excellent Mother just served us nine pizzas." Put the first letter of each word together and you've got the perfect way to remember the planets M-ercury V-enus E-arth M-ars J-upiter S-aturn U-ranus N-eptune and P-luto. Education for the win! The tee is super soft and features contrast stitching. 

The Adventure Club Jacket is a cross between a cross-country/soccer warm up jacket. It features 'The Good Ones' across the chest with contrast stripes, a zippered front, a front and arm patches and embroidery. This jacket is perfect for those chilly summer nights. It looks absolutely adorable paired with a pair of slacks (Frank Pantalones...I'm talking to you!) shorts, and/or the Gravity Tee.

The Zoo over Zurich Cardigan is super soft and super cute. Your little man will look very dapper in this stylish button up cardigan. The back features a fun song/poem from 'The Good One's' World Tour-Zoo Over Zurich. This cardigan has lots of fun features including thumb holes, a sewn-on patch, printed poem and embroidered paw. 

Frank Pantalones are absolutely darling (but don't tell my son I said that). These pants feature an elastic waist band (that looks like the top of boxer briefs), a drawstring waist tie, and fold up-reflective cuffs with a loop. The pants are super soft and feature a BMX and guitar string accent inner. These are seriously the cutest pants-super detailed and super cute for your little dude. 

All of the items from The Good Ones washes beautifully and I am absolutely in LOVE with the high quality of their items. You can tell that the utmost care and respect goes into each item of clothing from the design to the fabric choices. All of the items are easily able to mix and match creating a wide variety of outfits to choose from. 





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6.29.2015

Review and Giveaway: Zipadee Zip


One of the biggest challenges of parenthood is that sleep becomes a distant memory. I learned quickly with my first pregnancy that I would never sleep again. I feel like pregnancy is God's way of preparing you for what is to come. (Along with a lot of other important roles pregnancy plays...) A newborn baby is the sweetest, most cuddly little blob of love. BUT, parents also know that our little newborns love to sleep during the day, and scream their sweet little guts out All. Night. Long. What saves me is swaddling my littles. Keeping their little arms locked in close to their bodies keeps them feeling safe and secure, and also gives me small blocks of sleep.

When my babies are about four months old, they start to roll over in their cribs. This creates a problem since they are swaddled tightly and I would like them to live until the morning. As soon as I start to take them out of the swaddle, sleeping again becomes a memory that I can only daydream about. I needed something that would help my baby ease into crib sleeping with out the swaddle. All my dreams came true one Friday evening when I was watching Shark Tank.



The Zipadee Zip. The most amazing mother-originating invention that exists on this planet. If you don't have one yet, you need one like, yesterday. The idea of the Zipadee Zip began with a mother faced with the same issue I think most Moms struggle with. How can I get my baby to sleep without the swaddle?? The Zipadee Zip is a swaddle transition blanket so baby can "find her ends" when she stretches out. If the baby is loose and free in the crib, the 'Moro' or startle reflex comes into play. The baby fidgets and squirms and if they can't feel the ends at their hands and feet, they wake themselves up and it is so hard to get them to find that sleep again. The Zipadee Zip creates the "ends" (think being in the womb for nine months... every time they stretch out they feel something holding them in) for baby to feel calm and relaxed, and they can more easily put themselves back to sleep. Amazing!!! I know. See, you need one like, yesterday. Go get one now. Right now. Your life, as a mother and craver of sleep, will be changed forever for the better. My baby is an incredible little sleeper. We have been using the Zipadee Zip since she was about 6 months old, she is 15 months old now and we plan to continue well um, forever :)


They also have what they call "Flying Squirrel Pajamas", because well, they are certainly reminiscent of a flying squirrel. These cute PJs achieve similar results to the Zipadee Zip, but are made for bigger ((little)) bodies. One thing that I loved about them is you can have their little hands and feet out and free, or snuggled in and covered. It's up to what the kiddo wants and feels comfortable with. But you know, as Mommy, that they will be safe and secure with their little wearble blanket pajamas. I got size 2T/3T and there was definitely still some room to grow with my three year old wearing them so I tried it on my almost five year old and without the hands and feet tucked in, it still fit her! These PJs and the Zipadee Zip Blankets are made to last and with room to grow, you'll be able to continue using them as the child gets bigger.



The creative thinkers at Zipadee Zip know that another trying time in baby's life is when all those little teeth start to pop through that gummy smile at the same time: Teething. For this reason, they have designed an adorable line of pacifier clips, teething clips, and necklaces for Mom so baby can chew away without ruining jewelry or biting off the binky nipple (yes, I actually had a teething baby do this. It was terrifying). Plus they are super cute and made me feel super fancy at the Zoo. A multi-tasking necklace? Mommy can't go wrong there. Who knew teething jewelry could look this good! Yes. Please and Thank you.

I love love love all the products from the makers of Zipadee Zips and recommend them to every family on the planet. You will not regret this purchase! Did I say it was life changing?? :) We love to treat our Readers and since I love and adore the Zipadee Zip, I really want you to have one too. Enter our giveaway for your chance to get your own Zippy; and your sleep back! No more daydreaming. You can also "like" Sleeping Baby on Facebook and you will be entered for their monthly giveaway! Use the coupon code SLEEP to take an extra $2 off one, or ZIPPY for $5 off when you buy two! Start getting your sleep again. Thank you, Zipadee Zip. We love you :)



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6.28.2015

Review and Giveaway: Marbles the Brain Store

The summer is the best, but it can also the worst. It has been so hot in Idaho this week. Like, insanely hot. Yesterday it was 110 degrees!! Praise the Lord above for the air conditioner. My goodness, it's even too hot for the pool! Sometimes the summer can also be one long lull of boredom when the kiddos are out of school. I am always looking for ways to keep the littles happy while powering up those little minds at the same time.

So, we have to get creative. It helps when you are trying to be creative to have other minds running the creativity. That's why we turned to Marbles the Brain Store. We got to try out two of their fun new games: Sock Puppet Charades and Tugie


Sock Puppet Charades is exactly as it sounds; charades using sock puppets! It was really fun but a little advanced for my kiddos since the game requires acting out what you read on your card (and my oldest just finished preschool). But we just split into teams, one kid with each parent, and Mom and Dad whispered the objective into their sweet little ears so they could do the acting. We had a great time acting out the cards together and I love that my littles had to really use their brains to convey their category; either person, action, or thing. 

The real hero of the evening was Tugie. This game is a tower of round, colorful pieces stacked up one on top of the other. You roll the dice to see what color you have to pull, and if you succeed, the tower remains and the next player takes their turn. If you fail, and your piece takes down more than your piece pulled, you have to keep the pieces that drop with you. The first to keep six pieces is out. Simple enough, but oh so fun. We played and played, and played some more. And then played again and then again and again. 

I am so excited to have these fun games to play on those days this summer that are even too hot outside to go to the pool. Make sure to check out Marbles the Brain Store to find these two games, or choose from the many others available to keep your family cool, happy, and thinking this summer :) Make Sure to enter our giveaway for your chance to win your own Tugie game!!!!


Giveaway
Tugie Game
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BJ's more than just a Wholesale Club

   

   
   When I was introduced to BJ's Wholesale Club in late November of last year I learned quite a lot about their offerings. BJ's carries the MOST product variety of any other wholesale club with more than 7,500 items, including smaller packaged staples in addition to bulk sizes. So if you need a gallon of milk-BJ's has it. Don't want to buy ten bags of potato chips? At BJ's you can just go home with one bag!  BJ's is also the only wholesale club to accept all manufacturers' coupons in addition to in-club coupons and for greater convenience, offers the MOST payment options including Apple Pay and EBT. 




  As a Mom I was thrilled that I could walk in and out of the store without purchasing 10 almond milks for my family of four. Over the past few months I have done a bit more exploring and learning about all that BJ's Wholesale Club has to offer and I was astounded at what I found. BJ's not only offers savings in-store but out of store as well. When you are a BJ's Wholesale Club member you can save money on car rentals, cruises, hotels and vacation packages. Need a customized outdoor shed? BJ's has you covered with free installation. How about Home, Auto and Health insurance? You can go through BJ's for that too! Have a big party, baby shower or wedding coming up? Then BJ's deli and bakery party planning is perfect for you.  BJ's Wholesale Club also offers services for check printing, auto buyingstationery, optical, Directv, hearinghome improvement, Verizon Wireless and much, much more. 
   
   My family and I have been actually thinking about taking a trip later this summer and I have been looking at vacation packages across a few websites. When I learned that BJ's offered vacation packages as well, I was surprised to see how great their rates were in comparison to the others I had been looking at. I now know that being a BJ's Wholesale Club member opens a door to so much more than just amazing savings in the Wholesale Club but around the world as well. 
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Disclosure:
This is a sponsored post for BJ's Wholesale Club.
This has in no way affected my opinion.
This review has been written in my own words.

Review: BSensible

Before you have your first child and people try to warn you of middle of the night changes, were you thinking diaper changes? I sure was. So I figured that was simple enough and temporary enough. And I figured quite wrongly.

Sometimes the mess doesn't stay in the diaper. Sometimes the mess doesn't even come from that end. It's a guarantee that you'll be changing bedding in the middle of the night long after your precious bundle is out of diapers. Changing bedding in the middle of the night is a whole lot bigger deal than just changing a diaper.

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Even after your kids are potty trained it's still important to have a waterproof mattress cover. Things happen. Just the other day my friend was lamenting that while food is not allowed in the bedroom somehow chocolate milk was spilled on the bed. Naturally this was right after Grandma had taken the plastic cover off the mattress. She's the most careful person I know, but it really doesn't matter how careful you are. Things happen.

Liquids aside, mattress covers keep mites and other undesirable things that could be lurking in your mattress from coming in contact with the sleeper. Mattress covers are good, they are helpful, and if you have allergies they are necessary.




I was excited to review the BSensible waterproof fitted sheet when the opportunity arose. A mattress cover and sheet in one makes bedding swaps a whole lot easier!

Unlike the plastic sheets of my childhood, the BSensible felt very space age-y and flexible. They weren't stiff and they weren't noisy. I was especially excited to discover that the sheet is also stretchy, so if you happen to have a foam mattress topper you can still magically make the bed and make everything fit. (Much to my husband's great shock.)

In addition to sheets they also sent me matching pillowcases which zip close for optimal protection, great news for families where nose bleeds and vomit are bigger concerns than bedwetting!


As for the waterproof capabilities? Check out this picture! I poured water on the bed and the drops immediately welled up and stayed on the surface. It was amazing! How will this work with nosebleeds and vomit? Only time will tell, but I'm optimistic. Fortunately I haven't needed to test that out yet.


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Disclosure:
I received these items free of charge for the purpose of this review.
This has in no way affected my opinion.
This review is my opinion and has been written in my own words.

6.27.2015

Review and Giveaway: Recess Monkey "Hot Air"

This isn't my first Recess Monkey review, I always get excited when a new CD shows up in my mailbox. And honestly, the new albums sing to me as old friends. This new one was no different in that regard. As fresh and new as "Hot Air" is, there was a lot of vintage vibes as well. It plays much like their earlier album, "In Tents," which is still one of my all-time favourite kindie album. There is also a strong Beatles influence in the music in this album, which I loved.



The boys liked the penultimate track, Lando, the story of the relationship of Han Solo and Lando Calrissian as narrated by Han. It's not every day they hear a Star Wars song in the music I review.

Beatles and Star Wars? Big thumbs up from our family. And as always, this band of teachers know how to keep things smart and keep things fun, making every album feel like the unrestrained freedom of extended recess. A perfect summer album.

BONUS! This album comes with a 40-minute DVD!

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6.26.2015

Chick-fil-a Cow Appreciation Day!!

One of my most favorite guilty pleasures is breakfast, lunch, or dinner at Chick-fil-a. Just thinking about it makes my mouth water. We love Chick-fil-a. We spend tons of time there especially in the cold months because they have an awesome play area for kids. It's my favorite "play date" location with my friends because we can chat away in silence while watching our littles play behind the glass and safely closed in with the door shut. Fabulous.

Chick-fil-a is always doing fun events year round that my kids always look forward to. We've had breakfast with Santa, lunch with Ana and Elsa, and one of our favorites is Cow Appreciation Day.



Cow Appreciation day is super fun because you dress up like a cow and go in to Chick-fil-a for a Free meal! Not only is the food ALWAYS out of the world delicious ((and free)), but Chick-fil-a really knows how to do it right. When we went last year there was a balloon guy going around to each table making any balloon animal the kids could think up, there was the Chick-fil-a Cow there walking around hugging all the kids and posing for pictures, and did I mention your meal is Free???



This year we wanted to go all out for Cow Appreciation day on July 14th so we're preparing early. We got some supplies and started getting into the "save the cows, eat  more chicken" spirit right away. The girls had a total blast painting cow spots on their shirts, and even Daddy got into it! It's so fun to see my girls spreading their wings and letting the creative juices flow. It's so fun to see the differences in their little personalities shine through doing an activity like this. Can't wait for the mooing fun to start!



Don't forget to join in the fun and make your own Cow costumes and head to Chick-fil-a on Tuesday July 14th for Cow Appreciation Day :)


Flexible Summer Fashion for All, Even Shape Shifters

Many of you may remember how excited I was to order my GeorgieWear skirt from their Indiegogo campaign over the new year. At the time I was exercising five days a week and eating clean and feeling great. I ordered a size I couldn't have worn a year ago but that I knew would look great with my healthier self and while I waited for my skirt to arrive I found out I was pregnant.

I was really sad to think that I'd have to shelf my favourite new skirt till fall -- I really loved the skirt! But guess what? The GeorgieWear clothing is made from such forgiving, wonderful material (think yoga pants) that at 20 weeks I was still rocking my Uptown skirt. It felt good to not have to abandon all of my favourite wardrobe pieces for the year. (I hate the idea of needing a whole new wardrobe for only a couple months of shape shifting.)

At 28+ weeks I am STILL wearing it! Paired with a kimono summer wrap from the new Magnolia's West I feel so comfortable and fashionable. I felt so frumpy at this stage in both of my previous pregnancies but I feel absolutely fabulous in this outfit and get tonnes of compliments. Best of all, these pieces will look and fit just as well when I'm not pregnant, too.



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This is a non-sponsored post, I just really love the versatility of these items and think everyone needs to know about them!

6.25.2015

Review & Giveaway: LATHER


One by one, I have been trying to get rid of my skin care products that aren't all natural.
 A drastic change? Yes, but an important one. 

What you put on your body is just as important as what you put in your body. The skin is the largest organ on the human body and absorbs 60% of what is put onto it. That statistic was frightening enough to make me decide to change my ways. I had been quite hesitant to do so, because I was afraid that all-natural products might not work as well as the other products I had previously been purchasing. 

I am happy to report that I have finally found a company whose products work even better as the non-natural products I have been using for years. This company is called, LATHER. 

Lather's mission is to offer a superior body care experience by creating products using the highest quality, effective natural ingredients, and providing exceptional sevices that not only treat the skin but educate the consumer. 

Since LATHER's inception in 1999, they've strived to inspire a healthier, more radiant life. By taking a holistic approach to skin care, placing their focus on souring natural ingredients and essential oils, as well as drawing upon the benefits of aromatherapy, LATHER provides high quality products that care for the skin as well as the mind. 


LATHER makes body and skin care a whole body experience. 



My Review
I was sent the following products from LATHER to review;
LATHER's Sun Essentials Kit- This kit contains everything you will basically need this summer-whether its lounging by the pool, taking a trip to the beach or having a picnic or playdate at the park. The kit has personally went with my family and I to our community pool and to the park. It is the perfect size so that I can throw it in my purse and go. No more forgetting sunscreen! I love that all of the products are all-natural and soothing. This kit

comes in a mesh, drawstring travel bag and contains;
  • Daily Defense Facial Sunscreen (broad spectrum SPF 30) - This sunscreen won't clog pores and is formulated for the most sensitive skin. It combines mineral sunscreen (Titanium Dioxide) with Octinoxate to deliver SPF 30 broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. I have touched on this topic many times here but protection from the sun is very important. My sister is a skin cancer survivor and I lost my great grandmother to melanoma. Protect your skin against early aging, sunburn and skin cancer with this SPF. It is enriched with natural botanicals to hydrate, protect and soothe sun exposed skin. It is also free of color, parabens and synthetic fragrance.
  • Coconut Creme Body Whip-This body creme is so luxurious and it smells absolutely divine! I will be honest, I am not a huge fan of lotion especially because of the greasy feeling most leave on my skin. LATHER's Coconut Creme Body Whip absorbs instantly and doesn't leave any residue or greasy feeling. The coconut oil moisturizes while added aloe vera provides relief to chapped, irritated or sunburned skin. Tonka bean, patchouli, geranium and vanilla essential oils help create a sweet, soothing scent. Paraben-free. 
  • Cucumber and Ginseng Facial Mist- This pick-me-up is perfect for refreshing the skin after a long morning or evening. It complements all of LATHER's face washes and is gentle and alcohol-free. The cucumber, ginseng and algae extracts tone while the ginseng strengthens and revitalizes. Can also be used as a toner. Paraben-Free.

  • Unscented Lip balm (broad spectrum SPF 15) - This lip balm combines certified organic sunflower seed, extra virgin olive & hemp seed oils with aloe vera to hydrate, nourish and soothe dry, chapped lips. Paraben-free.
I also received a full size of LATHER's Cucumber-Ginseng Facial Mist (which I detailed above) and LATHER's Sea Kelp and Ginseng All-Over Mask. The Sea Kelp and Ginseng mask can be used in the hair or on the body or face. Sea Kelp and ginseng extracts draw out any impurities while restoring moisture. Sea algae oil is added for its natural anti-aging properties. The mask is perfect for sunburned skin (the aloe vera cools the skin while the oat proteins help ease the irritated skin). Paraben Free. I have used the mask on my hair and my skin and it leaves both so soft it's unreal. The scent is very soothing and it doesn't irritate my sensitive skin at all. 

LATHER just opened up a brick and mortar store right around the corner from me in the Mosaic District in Fairfax, VA! They offer free hand scrubs and samples so stop by and try out some LATHER. To find your nearest LATHER store click here. You can also purchase products online at www.Lather.com. 

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Enter to win all the items that I got to review from LATHER!
 LATHER's Sun Essentials KitLATHER's Cucumber-Ginseng Facial Mist and LATHER's Sea Kelp and Ginseng All-Over Mask
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