5.22.2015

Review: SoapSox


Have you ever watched the show on ABC called "Shark Tank"? I love it. It's so fun seeing what people come up with when they have a problem that needs solving. I especially love all the products created by Parents. We are problem solvers. We see what our kids need and we make it happen.  I have discovered several life changing products because they were featured on the show. I was watching one night and saw a product called SoapSox and thought it was the cutest thing! I was super excited to find out that I would have the opportunity to review it!

My Kids love their stuffed animals. Each of them have at least four that they absolutely have to have in their bed with them when they go to sleep at night. I'm often scouring the house for that missing one who's absence is causing my child to have a panic attack. My Kids also love baths. They would spend hours and hours in the tub if they could (a big reason I am looking forward to the pool this year). So why not put their two favorite things together? SoapSox were an instant hit in our house. We have the Sting Ray called "Ray", the Duck called "Emma", and the Hippo called "Harper". One of my favorite things about SoapSox is their main goal: to make your life easier and more enjoyable. Music to every Mommy's ears.







Although my kiddos love the bath, they don't always love taking time away from having fun and splashing around to scrub down those little bodies. SoapSox puts the Fun, back into Scrub. Okay Fun was never in the word Scrub but you know what I mean. You squirt the soap right into the mouth or pouch of the SoapSox and lather up those cute Little bodies until they are squeaky clean. They don't even realize that playing with their little splash pal is actually making Mommy's job a little easier. Yes. Please and Thank you.

Not all kids love the bath as much as mine do. Some Littles struggle with the prospect of the tub and parting with their favorite stuffed animal while they are getting sudsy. The idea of SoapSox was born to allow kids with tub-time apprehension the ability to bring their fave toy into the water with them to ease the trauma of separation.
Turning bath time, into play time!



There are several choices of animals to choose from so every child can find a Tub-Time splash pal they can truly love; keeping kids Clean and Happy everywhere.





Disclosure:
I received these products free of charge.
This in no way affected my opinion.
This review has been written in my own words.



5.21.2015

Review and Giveaway: Baby Bling

I am that mom that always has my girls with some sort of decor on their little heads. We have millions of hair bows and headbands. My husband looks at our collection and just shakes his head. As a Daddy to three little girls, he has come to understand the importance of headbands and hair bows. It is not necessarily something he condones spending money on, but he has on occasion asked me why one of our children is not adorned if I have dropped the ball that day for whatever reason.
So, he gets it. Although he'll never willingly admit it.


My girls know that when we leave the house, they get their hair fixed. This is the worst five minutes of their life, every single day. You would think I was water boarding them. The screams and terror of the hair brush fill the whole house. The child to go second has already found a hiding place before the screams of the first begin. They have already learned the term, "Pain for Beauty", and recite it while the hair ties go in. Even my newborns get their hair fixed, i.e. wear headbands.



Which is why I have come to LOVE Baby Bling. The Baby Bling Headbands are so soft and adorable, keeping even the most sensitive and new skin safe and comfortable. There are so many styles and colors to choose from. Each headband is uniquely made and is durable enough to withstand even the strongest tugs and pulls from baby. They are just the right fit and will stretch as baby grows. I have purchased some headbands that are so sung that they leave indentations on my baby's head. This usually makes me feel a little bad... just a little. Pain for Beauty, right?? Don't judge. You won't have the over-squeeze problem with Baby Bling; the headbands have just enough give. I love them!
And because I love them so much... I have to give a few of them away!!! Want some?? I know you do. Enter the Giveaway to get some Bling for your Baby asap.
-Ashley

Giveaway!
Baby Bling Headbands
u.s. residents only please
enter after the jump

5.20.2015

Review: Snuggle Fresh Spring Flowers


      Growing up I remember my Aunt using Snuggle fabric softener on all of her laundry. I recall coming over to her house as a young child and snuggling down into soft sheets to smell the delicious scent that only Snuggle fabric softner can give. Having a family of my own I always imagined using Snuggle fabric softner. Sadly, I have been a bit hesitant to try it with my own family because everyone in our home has sensitive skin.  When I had the opportunity to try Snuggle's new Fresh Spring Flowers fabric softener I jumped at the chance. I wasn't sure if it would irritate our skin or not but I decided it was worth a try. I have longed for the smell of fresh flowery laundry that only Snuggle can bring. 


Snuggle's new 'Fresh Spring Flowers' scent will keep your fabrics smelling fresh and feeling comfortable for more Snuggle-up moments. Fresh release scent droplets add that extra touch to laundry, keeping clothes looking, smelling and feeling irresistible.

My Review
    I received a bottle of NEW Snuggle Fresh Spring Flowers fabric softener to try out. After my load of clothes was washed and dried I took it out of the dryer and just stood and smelled my laundry. The scent was fresh, clean and my laundry was extremely soft. I noticed that the laundry detergent caused no averse reactions with my husband or children (hurray!). All of them remarked at how good the laundry smelled and my kids asked that I keep washing their clothes in the "blue bottle with the bear." No need for them to even ask--I plan on using Snuggle fabric softener from now on!

Download your .50 Cents off any Snuggle product coupon by clicking here.

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Disclosure:
I received a bottle 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.

5.19.2015

Review: Benebone


    My one year old miniature poodle, Hermes loves life, loves treats, table scraps, our family and bones. In fact, Hermes loves bones so much I buy a new one only to replace it a day later. When I found out about Benebone-a bacon-flavored nylon wishbone chew for dogs I knew I had to have Hermes give it a try.



A bit about Benebone
     Benebone is a New York City based small business, producing top-quality dog chews
Made in the USA – their manufacturing, design, material and ingredient sourcing, design work, and tooling are all in the USA. Benebone is committed to supporting small businesses in the US. They believe in simple, honest products. Their nylon chews have only natural flavoring, such as real bacon and real peanuts. Benebone donates at least 1% of our sales to animal welfare causes including animal shelters that are close to them in NYC

 The Benebone comes in a curved shape and deep grooves allowing for a firm grip and the ability for dogs to pop-up one end for chewing (helpful for arthritic dogs). Benebone is available in mini and regular sizes and is made using state of the art equipment, creating a constistent and safe product. I love that Benebone includes real ingredients for flavor including bacon and crushed peanuts. Benebones are not just great for young dogs but are perfect for older dogs as well. Benebones are curved to allow dogs to pop-up one end for their chewing pleasure (which is helpful for arthritic dogs). These bones are chew toys (not to be eaten) and made of super strong nylon. 

My Review
     We were given the opportunity to review Benebone so as soon as I received it in the mail I put it to the test with Hermes. When I presented the Benebone to Hermes he sniffed it for a few minutes and then grabbed it and trotted off to his favorite place-the couch (with the packaging still on...he was very excited!)



 I was finally able to grab the Benebone and remove the packaging. Hermes literally laid on the couch for three hours chewing away. I was nervous what the Benebone would look like after so much chew time and was surprised that when I picked it up there was hardly any wear on the bone! The Benebone is not only going to save us money in the long run, but it is definitely going to outlast so many toys and bones that Hermes has. Hallelujah for the Benebone! We will definitely be purchasing many more in the years to come.


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Disclosure:
I received samples 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.

5.17.2015

Review: SoCozy

  “I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for SoCozy. I received Target gift cards to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.” 



“Red hair, short hair, pink, curly hair. Being you is SoCozy’s idea of cool. Be you!”


     Back in March I wrote a post telling you all a bit about SoCozy hair products. I have always struggled finding affordable, safe and non-toxic hair products for my children. When I found SoCozy a brand that offers salon quality hair products for children at Target I was extremely excited. I purchased the following products when I went into Target; 

  • SoCozy Cinch (Detangler+Leave In Conditioner)
  • SoCozy Cinch (2 in 1 Shampoo and Body Wash)
  • SoCozy Cinch (Super Hydrating Conditioner) 
Just an FYI, I was looking in the children/baby section of the haircare but ended up finding SoCozy in the family/adult haircare aisle.





SoCozy is “So Smart, So Safe, So Easy, and So Cool”
  • So Smart: SoCozy serves as an extensive resource for moms, kids, stylists, and salon owners.
  • So Safe: SoCozy products are safe and effective – and completely non-toxic
  • So Easy: Simple, fun multi-functional SoCozy products streamline tub time, as well as solutions targeting specific hair concerns
  • So Cool: SoCozy makes it a mission to build confidence and inspire originality for any kid

A bit about SoCozy
    SoCozy was created by Cozy Friedman...yes, that's her real name. In 1992, Cozy became concerned when a friend of hers told her about her nephew's awful experience getting a haircut at an adult salon. The little boy was scared and began to cry--and guess what the salon did? They asked the little boy and his Mother to leave! The nerve! After Cozy heard this story she began to research the industry (knowing nothing about the salon industry, children or parents--she wasn't married, didn't have any children and had no retail experience). After all of her researched she was amazed that someone hadn't thought to open a salon for children. She wanted to create a place that kids would love and that would employee the highest level of experienced stylists who liked working with children. 

   On December 10, 1994 (after Cozy obtained her barber's license) the first Cozy's Cuts for Kids opened on Madison Avenue in New York City. Twenty years and multiple salons later her business is still going strong. In keeping with her customer's requests, she has created SoCozy Professional Hair Care for Children. This is the FIRST ever professional line of hair care products made with the finest ingredients gentle enough for kids. 


My eight year old daughter has long hair that tends to get knots no matter what. I have tried special brushes, serums....you name it...nothing has helped. That is until I started using the SoCozy line of hair products. I started with washing her hair with SoCozy Cinch (2 in 1 Shampoo and Body Wash)-I love the smell of all of the products and that this shampoo doubles as a body wash. A little of this shampoo goes a long way and leaves hair smelling SO yummy! SoCozy Cinch (Super Hydrating Conditioner) is a thick conditioner that instantly smooths the hair and gives it luster and shine. After washing my daughters hair I apply the SoCozy Cinch (Detangler+Leave In Conditioner). SoCozy Cinch has been a lifesaver for my daughters hair. Just look at the before and after;

No more tears or wincing or crying when I go to brush my daughters hair. I also love how shiny and soft SoCozy products have made my daughter's hair.  They also keep frizz at bay, which is a huge problem in the hot and humid summer. 

Hair tips:
A few tips I can share for tangly hair--spray SoCozy Cinch (detangler and leave in conditioner) all over wet hair and let sit for about a minute. Take a fine tooth come and slowly comb through knots starting at bottom of hair and work your way to the top. 

If you are looking for high quality, affordable, non-toxic hair care I highly recommend heading into your local Target and picking up some SoCozy products. The products smell great, work wonderfully and keep my children's hair looking amazing. What more could you want from haircare? In my opinion, nothing!
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5.15.2015

Review: Mabel's Labels

I love Mabel's Labels. My goodness. My kids have so much on their minds they just can't be bothered with keeping track of useless details like where they left their sweaters and lunchboxes. Since jumping on board with Mabel's Labels I haven't had to keep buying replacements. When things do get forgotten they always make it back home eventually. This has unfortunately not been my experience in the past. Like I said, I love Mabel's Labels.

This summer Mabel's Labels is re-releasing their popular Limited Edition Summer Camp Combo Pack which I had the opportunity to review. As we know, school isn't the only place where children's items hide forever. Toothbrushes, towels, backpacks, sleeping bags, water bottles, even that ubiquitous camp shirt, label them all and you'll be set. Especially the camp shirts -- if there are one hundred of them how will your child ever be able to keep track of his own?

The Camp Combo includes:
  • 10 Personalized Name Stickers: 70mm x 16mm (2-3/4" x 5/8")
  • 24 Mini Custom Name Stickers: 38mm x 8mm (1-1/2" x 5/16")
  • 8 Custom Shoe Stickers: 33mm (1.3")
  • 50 Tag Mates™ Stick On Clothing Labels: 21mm x 10mm (13/16" x 3/8")
  • 2 Personalized Bag Tags: 57mm x 32mm (2-1/4" x 1-1/4")
Bonus! Get a set of five fun postcards so your child can keep in touch the old fashioned way. *While supplies last.






I was so excited about the exclusive images with the camp set, but made the mistake of letting my 10-year old selecting. He chose the skull.  Instead of thinking about summer fun I think he's already looking ahead to middle school. Sigh. It happens too quickly. Next time I'm getting labels for me and they will be adorable.



Mabel's Labels are so durable, they hold up to washing machines, dishwashers, microwaves, and distracted little boys. The shoe labels easily outlast the shoes, on our lunch boxes they still look great even after the schoolyard scuffs on the boxes themselves. The stickers look as good as the day I stuck them, maintaining shape, color, and texture. Don't buy replacements, label the originals.


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Disclosure:
I received samples 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.

5.14.2015

Review: Zoonicorns and Buffy Meets the Zoonicorns

The toy industry is calling 2015 the year of the unicorn... but what about the Zoonicorn?? What is a Zoonicorn, you ask? A Zoonicorn is a mix between a Zebra and a Unicorn; an adorable and loveable character that lives in the dreams of a restless little Bison named Buffy that lives in the Zoo.




The story begins with Buffy feeling restless and is running around her cage feeling like she needs to run free. Her family keeps telling her that she needs to calm down and relax but she feels like she just wants to break free. She doesn't want to eat. She doesn't want to sleep. She just wants to Run. She finally find solace in her mother's embrace, and her dreams take her away where she meets the mystical Zoonicorns and goes on an adventure with them. She realizes that she loves running free, but loves being with her family even more.

My girls loved the book and especially loved the cute little plush Zoonicorns that accompanied the book. Each Zoonicorn stands about 7 inches tall and comes in pink, purple, blue, and green. Each one has it's own name and personality, making them a perfect companion to any child. My girls immediately split them into twos (my oldest claimed both the pink and purple) and have been sleeping with them in their beds each night. I imagine them dreaming away and enjoying their own adventure with the Zoonicorns, having fun roaming free and learning an important life lesson on the way. Right now you can find "Buffy Meets the Zoonicorn" and her Zoonicorn counterparts here, and there are more fun books featuring the Zoonicorns to come!

-Ashley



Disclosure:
I received these shoes free of charge for the purpose of this review.
This has in no way affected my opinion.
The opinions presented in this post are mine and have been written in my own words.

5.13.2015

Bruno- The Smart Trash Can

We all know how annoying it can be to take out the trash. I have one of those monstrous things from Costco (of course) and it seems like the garbage sack rips when you pull it out every other time. I hate it! And of course there isn't a a bag that actually fits in my garbage can, it's either three sizes too big, or way too small so we have to improvise with one of those in-betweeners and it's just not pretty.



But what if using your garbage can was actually... fun?? What if it synced to an app on your phone and reminded you that it was trash day so you no longer have to shove two weeks of ripped, filled to the brim garbage sacks into your outside garbage can? Look no further. I have recently been introduced to a new Smart Garbage Can: Bruno. I can almost hear all the moms shouting for joy.



This Smart TrashCan does it all. It even has a vacuum on the bottom so you can sweep your piles right into it. No more bending over to use the dustpan. Now I can hear all those pregnant moms shouting for joy. You just sweep all your scraps into the base and Bruno will deposit them right into the bag. Don't you hate it when you take the garbage out and then come back in to realize you are fresh out of garbage sacks to replace the one you just removed? That is literally one of my biggest pet peeves. Thankfully with Bruno, I will no longer have this problem. All the replacement sacks are stored inside Bruno so he (I'm assuming the Smart TrashCan is a he.... Bruno is a masculine name, right??) So Bruno will let notify me via my smart phone that he is getting low on garbage sacks so that I can refill them before they run out.



The creaters of Bruno are working hard to launch him to the public so he can start a new life in kitchens around the world. Right now they are working hard to get on Shark Tank! So keep an eye out for them there. In the meantime, check out their website to watch a video, or even pre-order yours today. I will keep you posted on Bruno as I am hoping my review is soon to come! See? You never knew taking out the trash could be so fun :)

-Ashley


Disclosure:

This post is a Shout Out to a Start Up Company.

This post is my opinion and has been written in my own words. 

5.11.2015

Review and Giveaway: SwimWays Baby Spring Float

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for SwimWays. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.


I love the summer time. It has by far been my favorite season for my whole life. Summer would come and the sun shining and warming my skin brought me true joy. I spent hours at the beach and the pool, swimming far passed the point of "prune-y" skin, until the sun went down for the day. As I have become a Mother, my love of the summer has slightly changed. I am still in love with the sun and all things water, but now there is a level of panic that never existed before. The POOL. As a mom it can be a little terrifying. Families everywhere spend countless summer hours there. I know that I need to now focus less on tan skin, and focus more on Pool Safety and sunscreen so that panic will start to subside. I need to keep my babies safe and healthy! I also want to make sure that the way I introduce them to the Pool isn't going to cause fear in their little eyes. I want them to feel like the pool is a fun and safe place to be (we'll just leave the panicking to me for now). 

Start the summer off right this year by practicing Pool Safety and celebrate National Learn to Swim Day on May 16th! This day is designed to educate and help kids to be safe in the water. Learning to swim is so important. It's a life skill that every kid deserves to learn. Knowing how to swim could quite literally save their lives. You never know what situation they might catch themselves in when you aren't there, but even when you ARE there! Knowing how to swim will keep them safe. 

SwimWays has been helping to teach kids to swim for over 40 years. They have created the "Swim Steps" products to help train kids to be confident little swimmers.  Sometimes that first introduction to the pool can be a little scary for a baby. It's super important to provide a smooth transition for them so they can develop a love for the water. The SwimWays Baby Spring Float is the best baby float on the market and using it with baby can be a great way to bridge that gap and make baby feel safe and comfortable. 

My little loved the Baby Spring Float. She loved it so much that when it was time to get out, she decided she wasn't quite done and used all her might to climb out of the pool and back into the Baby Spring Float! She was so proud of her accomplishment that I had to document it. 


The Baby Spring Float comes super compacted so it will fit easily into any beach or pool bag. We got to try the Baby Spring Float with Sun Canopy, and the Baby Spring Float Animal Friends. She really loved sucking on the Monkey Head in the Animal Friends float, let's be honest here, everything goes in that child's mouth. The Monkey was so big that I couldn't hardly see her sweet little face behind it! I can see how the Monkey would be a great help in distracting a more nervous little baby into the pool. It also gives them a little toy to play with to keep those little minds busy and happy. The Sun Canopy is my favorite feature. Keeping that soft baby skin in the shade and protected is so important! If you want to remove the canopy, SwimWays has made it super easy with snaps. You can even remove it while baby is still in the Float. 



The Baby Spring Float has a wide, deep seat so you, as Mommy or Daddy, can feel comfortable and secure when placing baby in. It allows the baby to be in the water, but keeps their heads safely out of the water. My little had a blast in the Baby Spring Float and we look forward to having a Fun and Safe summer, splashing our days away at the Pool :) We are having a Pool Party in June featuring more fun SwimWays products, so stay tuned!

-Ashley


We want everyone to have a Fun and Safe summer this year and what better way to do that than with your very own Baby Spring Float?? Giveaway time!  Contest entrants are only eligible to win once per sweepstake, per household as part of a campaign sponsored by Influence Central. 

The Giveaway!
U.S. residents only please

Baby Spring Float

~enter after the jump~

5.10.2015

Review and Giveaway: Jack and Lily My Mocs


Babies are wiggly. It is nearly impossible for them to find a comfortable position and just sit still. And what is it with them fighting sleep? As I am writing this, I can hear my tired little one year old singing to herself in the room next to me. It's sweet, I know, but go to sleep already! As adults, we know the coveted "nap" is only a distant memory... somewhere back in our twenties... before children, and laundry and that smelly diaper genie that is no longer doing it's only promised job correctly. Those little wiggle worms not only fight sleep and won't sit still for more than 30 seconds, that wiggling makes it dang near impossible to get a shoe on that chubby little wiggling foot.

With leather baby shoes all the rage these days, I was super excited to find a baby shoe that is not only leather, but adorable and functional and able to take on the octopus tentacle baby leg and wiggly foot fiasco. Jack and Lily My Mocs baby shoes take the cake here folks. The durable and super soft leather is comfortable to baby and will withstand even those littles ((like mine)) that are still crawling after the age of one. But let's be honest here, with Baby #3, I am in no hurry to push that little wiggler to her feet. She crawls everywhere and drags along her little shoes on every type of terrain since she no longer will allow me to hold her. She has to get down and do her own exploring these days. Her little shoes have been wearing out quickly where the drag hits on the top of the toes. She has been wearing the My Mocs now for about a week and there is not a single scuff mark or break in the leather. There was a little dark rubbed mark that came off quickly with a little Mom Magic, i.e. ((spit)).



I chose the ANGELINA shoe for my little. I figured they looked fancy enough but could also be casual. My baby has the tiniest feet ever. She is 14 months old and is still in size 0-6 month shoes! So how can I trust that sizing? Not accurate for my house and all the tiny feet that live there. It's really hard for me to guess on what size to get, especially when shopping online. One of my favorite thing about ordering from the Jack and Lily website is the shoe sizer you can actually print from your computer! You just put that little foot right on the printout and you can be sure the size you are ordering will be the perfect fit. Voila.

My absolute favorite feature of the cute little shoe is the ability to unstrap and pull back the tongue. Um, can we say Genius?? That wiggly little foot slides right on in with ease and stays put with the velcro closure. No more lost shoes at Costco! I also love the hard bottom sole so when she does start walking, she'll have a little more stability to help her along the way. There are so many choices at Jack and Lily, you will definitely find something that fits yours-- and baby's-- style, and you'll know that you are getting a high quality product that can withstand endless wiggles.


There is another thing that I love just as much as chubby baby feet... a GIVEAWAY! Hooray! Enter below and get a pair of your choosing from Jack and Lily! I know what you are thinking, winning the Giveaway would be awesome, but only one pair??? Don't you worry. I've got you- and those feet- covered. Use the coupon code BLOG at checkout and save 25% off your purchase at the Jack and Lily website. Please note that your coupon code cannot be combined with any other coupons and needs to be used for regular priced items only. You're welcome. :)
-Ashley


Giveaway
open to U.S. and Canada residents only
Jack and Lily Baby Shoes
~enter after the jump~



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