Pacific Baby World {Giveaway}

We live in Boston, and since we live in a big city having a car is a bit of a headache so instead we take public transportation and do a lot of walking. In the summer it can get really hot and I often get concerned about how Dmitri is going to handle being out in the warm weather. I sunscreen him up, he wears a hat and I try to keep him in the shade, but it’s still so hot.

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I’ve found the Pacific Baby all-in-one cups to be a pretty amazing addition to our summer outings, since they are not only super versatile but the are amazing at keeping Dmitri’s drinks cold. Ice cold. In fact, if I add ice to his drink, 4 hours later there are still ice cubes in his cup… Pretty fantastic right?

Let me tell you a little bit more about these cups, because they are great for a lot of reasons:

  • They keep drinks cold or hot for up to 7 hours! 
  • They are a great transition cup and you can upgrade it to meet the needs of your child simply by switching out the mouthpiece on the cup; they have bottle, sippy cup, and straw tops. 
  • They are environmentally friendly (and you only need one cup for a baby through a 5 year old).
  • It’s made out of stainless steel which is good for sanitation. 
  • It’s super easy to clean by hand and they are dishwasher safe. 

Dmitri never took a bottle, so we didn’t end up needing the default top that came with the cup and instead we went straight for the sippy cup top. Dmitri loved it. It’s soft and flexible, but we’ve had no issues with spills and the cup really is amazing at keeping a drink cold… like to the point I’m a little bit jealous of it. I also love that it comes with lid to cover the sippy cup spout and I can add hand grips to the side if I want them.

It’s been a great bottle to have over the summer, and I’m looking forward to being able to use it this winter as well. If you’re looking for a really great outdoor bottle that will work for years and years then check out Pacific Baby and their fantastic 3 in 1 bottles! Check them out:

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And for the best part! Pacific Baby Worlds has offered one lucky Dandy Winner a 3 in 1 Pacific Baby Bottle!!!

Pacific Baby Worlds has offered one lucky Dandy Winner a 3 in 1 Pacific Baby Bottle!!!

*This giveaway is open to US entries only

*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Sept 6th and will be emailed. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.

Juggle Bubble {Giveaway} Closed

Have you seen, heard about, or played with Juggle Bubbles?! It’s this new bubble solution that lets you blow a bubble and then play with it if you’re wearing the special gloves. You can bounce it, pass it back and forth to another person, and even combine two bubbles into one large bubble.

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Munchkin and I tried it out today. After several attempts we finally got a chance to see what the fun was all about. I decided to take a video of it so you could see for yourself! (Baby Cakes was trying to tell us something :D)

It didn’t last very long but it was pretty entertaining while it did. The pack comes with one Mega Blower, one pair of Magic Bubble Gloves, one bottle of No-Pop Bubble solution, one bubble tray, and instructions.

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Overall I’m not a huge fan of the product. I think it’s definitely geared towards a bit older children. It says 5+ on their website and I feel like that is pretty accurate. Personally, I felt like getting the bubble off of the blower was tricky and kind of hard to get the hang of.  However, I do think that once you get it blown and start playing with the no-pop bubble it can be pretty fun. For Munchkin though it kept being a bit of disappointment if it popped. Also I think if you buy one set you could totally use some winter gloves (you know those extras that seem to linger around the house all spring, summer, and fall but then you can’t find them when the snow starts to fall) for other kids that want to play too.

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That being said, I am excited to work with Juggle Bubble on a giveaway. I think if you have any children over the age of 5 in your life this could be a really fun product for them to use!

The winner of this giveaway will win one set of Juggle Bubbles.

*This giveaway is open to entries in the US only.
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of August 25th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway are sponsored by Juggle Bubbles, but all opinions are my own.

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Keep Onn {Giveaway} – Closed

 

I hate to say it, but it seems like summer is wrapping up it’s stay. Living on a college campus I see hints of it all around. Graduated students who extend their stays through the summer are moving out, the family dorm is filling up with new faces, undergraduates are popping back up on campus, and the brand new college students are being lead on campus tours with their eager and proud parents trailing after them. It’s exciting to feel everything picking up again but sad to see the end of the season approaching, but it’s the perfect time for a Too Cool for School Giveaway Hop!

This giveaway hop will run August 18-24, 2014 and is hosted by BloggerPR. After you’ve finished entering this giveaway be sure to check out all the other awesome blogs participating in the hop! Their links are at the bottom of the page!

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One of the best things about school starting up again is an excuse to stock up on school supplies, especially the fun stuff like clothing, accessories and dorm decor and to do that you should check out Keep Onn.

Keep Onn is a cute online boutique/etsy shop specializing in these amazing button earrings! Shalae, the owner, is fantastic and really goes out of her way to add a personal touch to both her store and products. She started making button earring for friends as part of a ‘thank you’ following a baby shower and had such a positive response that she decided to open an etsy store. She sent me two pairs to try out and I love them! They are cute, stylish and a little bit whimsical. Thankfully they don’t dangle so Dmitri doesn’t try to tear them out of my ears, and they are a fun way to add a bit of pizazz to my everyday t-shirt style.

 

 

It seems like the etsy shop is working out because Shalae also has an online store that sells a lot more than earrings. She sells cute and affordable fashion, like the sequin pocket shirt. The shirts itself is so comfortable and lightweight, perfect for a hot summer day and I love the sparkly pocket. This shirt also comes in black and white and it’s a nice way to change up the casualness of a t-shirt without having a cumbersome get up or losing out on comfort.

 

 

Keep Onn has a bunch of cute clothes to brighten your wardrobe, some great prints to add a touch of personality to your home or dorm, and fantastic accessories. Check out Keep Onn and get ready for back to school!

 

 

 

 

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Shalae has offered one lucky Dandy reader a $100 gift card to spend at Keep Onn! Check out this fantastic store and stock up for school!

 

*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of August 26th and will be emailed. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.

$50 Amazon Giftcard Giveaway from Dunkel Bros!

Who doesn’t love a big, fat gift card giveaway?!  Today’s prize is sponsored by Dunkel Bros, which is a machinery moving company.  They specialize in using forklifts, cranes, air-ride truck and trailers, etc. to crate and transport your equipment!  They can handle domestic or international shipments and they have over 200,000 sq. ft. of space in their warehouse to store whatever it is you need moved.  They’re pros in dealing with sea containers of all types, as well as bulk freight.  They serve aerospace contractors, auto racing development, food and beverage plants, theme parks, universities, and laboratories, to name a few.  If you need any machinery moved, Dunkel Bros.’ machinery moving services are going to take care of you!

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And now for our killer prize:

One winner will receive a $50 Amazon Gift Card!

This giveaway is open to US and Canada!

Thank you, Dunkel Bros.!!!

Dandy Giveaway is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Our World Boutique {Giveaway} – Closed

Welcome to the 2nd Annual “Off to School We Go!” Giveaway Hop hosted by Heather from Mommy’s Favorite Things and Michelle from Mama’s Baby Cupcakes. This hop is focused on items you’d want/need for your children to get ready for school! Each blog has a minimum prize package of $25 per winner and after visiting my giveaway, make sure you use the linky below to take a look at the other blogs to see what they have to offer for you!

There was a time in my life when I worked in the corporate office for a large company. Working in the corporate office meant that I needed to dress nicely for work and my wardrobe included lots of button down shirt, slacks and skirts. One day I had the bright idea to wear a pencil skirt to work. The skirt was black, semi stiff, and had a three inch slit in the back so that my legs could move a little bit and I could actually walk in it. I remember getting into work and feeling fancy. That lasted right up until the moment I plopped in my chair and heard a terrifying “shhriiip”. Suddenly that friendly three inch slit had expanded itself into an embarrassingly revealing twelve inch slit. Feared any clients I met with that day would not remember me for my awesome Powerpoint slides, I rushed home to change.

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I’ve always loved the sleek look of pencil skirts but since that incident they have not been included in my wardrobe. However when I saw that Our World Boutique had a new generation of pencil skirts, ones made to be super stretchy and hopefully rip resistant I was intrigued.

I was sent the Royal Blue Stretch Scrunch Skirt, the Double Delight XL Statement Necklace, and the Heart Infinity Pendant Silver Necklace to review. I tore into the box the moment it arrived and had a very girly run to my room to try everything on. Ha.

The pencil skirt was so much better than I even dared to hope. It’s a stretch skirt and a one size fits all deal which I was a little unsure about. My jeans are somewhere between a size 28-30 depending on the day, and the skirt looked fairly narrow which brought back some semi concerning memories, but once I slipped it on all of those fears disappeared. The skirt was super stretchy! The wavy line designs on it were amazing for blending bunching and other potential imperfections and the skirt was really comfortable. I even put it through the ultimate test of walking (just over a mile) in it and it was fantastic, and absolved all of my fears that this thing would split up the back, it was just too stretchy.

The skirt is made of nylon and spandex, which makes it a soft jersey feeling fabric.  It’s super comfortable, but (I found out the hard way) very bad for little boys with exposed Velcro shoes. The first day I wore it Dimitri was on my lap and twisted around to look at me effectively locking his shoe into my skirt. By the time I got it unlatch the skirt threads had been pulled up and looked fluffy. I was able to give the skirt a hair cut of sorts, but keep it away from Velcro and anything else that is prone to snag.

The statement necklace comes in tons of colors and I thought it was fun to have the fabric ties in the back. It’s a semi heavy necklace and the fabric seemed nicer to have resting against my neck than a chain would have been. It also the necklace the fun accent of cascading down your back, and it looks great paired with a solid colored shirt.

The infinity symbol seems to be making a big step into vogue. I see it all over and I like it… it might have something to do with it being a math symbol and me getting my husbands attention in a high school calculus class… but I digress. I think it’s sweet to have it pair with a heart and it makes me think of eternal love. The necklace itself if dainty, subtle but substantial enough to survive the toddler jerk test.

Our World Boutique has tons of great fashion and jewelry. My awesome scrunch skirt is currently being sold for only $15 and it comes in a bunch of colors, and Our World Boutique has a weekly giveaway of their own for anyone sporting their clothing on Instagram. Check out their website and find something you love.

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Now for my favorite part!

Our World Boutique has offered one lucky Dandy Winner a $25 Gift Certificate to their online store!!!

Plus you have a chance to win a whole bunch of other great stuff to help you prepare for back to school!  Check out the rest of the blogs participating in the ‘Off To School’ giveaway hop! 

The Grand Prize sponsors for this blog hop event is Zoey’s Attic Personalized Gifts, Spark & Spark and Umi Shoes! With the $35 Gift Code from Zoey’s Attic you can purchase cute back to school shirts among many items they sell. Michelle’s review highlights their school shirts and items available for purchase. Spark & Spark has offered a metal lunch up for grabs that is available in a variety of different themes, as well as customized with your child’s name on the front. Michelle also posted a review of their lunch box in which she uses for her daughter who started Kindergarten this year. Last but not least is Umi Shoes who is offering a $60 Gift Card. Children are always growing and in need of new shoes, but with Umi Shoes you can get tennis shoes and others in a variety of sizes ranging from baby to school children. Retail Value for this package is $131 and you purchase directly from their websites. Be sure to visit Mama’s Baby Cupcakes to enter for a chance to win this fabulous Grand Prize!

*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of August 25th and will be emailed. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.
*Mama’s Baby Cupcakes, Mommy’s Favorite Things and the “Off To School We Go!” participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

GrooveBook {Giveaway} – CLOSED

I’m a picture taking fiend.  Okay I used to be.  Well, I still am…  Just in a different stage of life with my picture taking.  See back in the day I actually took photography classes.  I’m talking college level photography classes.  I used (still own ‘em) fancy cameras.  As in plural.  More than one fancy camera.  There are even some fancy lens to go with those fancy cameras around here somewhere.  The Audi and I traveled to these exotic places.  To Belize.  To Europe.   And I took pictures.  I liked to photograph architecture.  Or beautiful scenes.  Not people.  I detested people pictures.  Well, then we had children.  Our exotic vacations became trips to a certain magical theme park.  Nothing wrong with that.  We are loving this time in our lives.  Our vacations are now magical, because our children are having a magical time.  Do I have time to whip out my fancy camera on our magical vacations?  No.  The kids are way too fast for that.  Who has time to mess with the camera of my dreams when the kids will bolt?  I have to snap pictures In. The Moment.  What do I always have on hand?  This:

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Pay no attention to the fact that I have a few text messages that haven’t been viewed yet.  Also, pay no attention to the fact that I have over 60,000 emails…

So now I take pictures with my cell phone.

Hey, it’s still fancy, does a good job, and I preserve the memories!  :)

Before GrooveBook my photos would just hang out on my phone.  Until I had no memory left.

Now I get them put in a book once a month:

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What’s GrooveBook you ask?  Well, here you go…

 

The app is so easy to use.  You just upload your pictures each month (up to 100 photos) right from the convenience of your very own phone.  Then you get a dandy photobook instead of a full memory card.  Plus, each book is only $2.99 and that includes shipping!

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More?  A way dandy cover!

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I cannot wait to see which cover I get this month.

Try out GrooveBook for FREE!

Use coupon code ‘SMITH11′ and get your very own FREE GrooveBook!

Ready for the giveaway?  It’s a great one!!!  :)

One very lucky winner is going to receive 12 months of GrooveBook!!!

An entire year of GrooveBook!!!  How dandy is that?!

(Enter to win on the Rafflecopter below.)

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 *This giveaway is open to US entries only.
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Monday, August 18th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway are sponsored by GrooveBook.  I received 12 months of GrooveBook for doing this posting and giveaway, but all opinions are strictly my own.
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Simply 7 Snack Squad {Giveaway} – Closed

In high school my husband had a thing for fancy chips. As a matter of fact he had one friend whose house he loved to hang out at above all others because their pantry was constantly stocked with great chips that were all sorts of interesting and different flavors. The first time I saw Simply 7 chips, all I could think of was how excited my husband was going to be with the variety of chips and chip flavors coming to our door.

 

Simply 7 is a lot more than your average snack company, rather than deep fried mystery ingredients they’ve made a point to make their snack ingredients both pronounceable, and tasty. The chips are all natural, gluten free and have about half the fat of regular potato chips, they also have more than 30 chips in a serving. Am I hearing bells for a winner? You bet! Camille thought so too, you can read her awesome review of Simply 7 here.

So Simply 7 created the Snack Squad to keep all us chip lovers in the loop with their great products. By signing up you can be sent member only coupons, birthday surprise, product updates and sometimes even prizes (like a personalized Simply 7 Winners Box!)

 

I was sent a Snack Squad Winners Box to review. It comes with winnery things like four bags of Simply 7 chips, chip swag like a bag clip, a dry erase magnet, and a dry erase marker, and best of all a customized chip bag, complete with your name, photo, and bio – which I’m not going to lie, is pretty sweet.

Since my customized bag was for Sea Salt chips, I thought I had better pick a picture of me at the sea! (FYI – The customized bag does not contain chips)

Reading over their website I thought all the healthy stuff sounded great, but how did they actually taste and really compare to your regular chips?


Simply 7 Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Chips

The first bag I tried was the Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Chips. They are light and textured and kind of reminded me of Bugle Chips (you know, the ones you put on your fingers and pretend you’re a witch… I’m not the only one who still does that am I?) I think these chips taste a little more like garlic than red pepper and they definitely are not spicy flavored, but they are tasty, especially paired with hummus! Ha.


Simply 7 Sea Salt Pomegranate Chips

These were a bit bigger of a deviation from your standard bag of chips and I was a little hesitant to dig in, I just don’t generally think of sweet fruit mixing with chips. They were different. They were really light weight, I would say down right fluffy for a chip. The sweet pomegranate flavor was faint and you mostly taste it at the end of your chip, and the more you eat the less peculiar they taste. Have any of you ever had those veggie straws? I think you can find them at Costco? They reminded me a lot of those, light, salty initially with a hint of flavor at the end. If you’re looking for something a little wild these might be the chips for you.


Simply 7 Cheddar Quinoa Chips

These chips were firmer than the two previous kinds, kind of hearty sun chip. I thought the flavor was amazing, you can taste a little bit of the nuttyness from the quinoa but I thought it actually went really well with the cheddar flavor (who knew?). Actually, I’m a big fan of the flavor of quinoa to being with so that might be tainting my judgment a little. You know what else is kind of amazing about these chips, a single serving has 9 grams of protein… so I can pretty much call this a post work our food, right?


Simply 7 Jalapeno Lentil Chips

I saved my favorite for last. I thought the flavor of these were amazing, but they have a little bit of a kick to them so if you’re not into spicy food these probably aren’t for you. If you like your salsa medium spicy and above I invite you to dig in. These chips are light weight and seem to be on the airy side, they’re curved which makes them great for dip and they’re spicy but not so much so that you have to drown your mouth out with milk after eating a handful.

Simply 7 has some simply great snacks and if you’re looking to mix up your pantry a big I would suggest adding a bag or three. If you want to keep in the loop and get some awesome swag along the way then you’ve got to join the Snack Squad. You can also find these great chips at your local grocery store using the store locator.

And the moment you’ve all been reading for. :) Simply 7 has offered a Winner Box, complete with custom personalized chip bag to one lucky Dandy Snack Squad Winner.

To be entered into this giveaway you MUST sign up for the snack squad.

*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Aug 17th and will be emailed. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.

Sort It Out Jr. Board Game {Giveaway} – Closed

Calling All Young Inventors! University Games has an amazing contest going on right now where children ages 5-12 have the chance to invent a game and see it manufactured by University Games!!! How cool would that be?

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I know I would have loved to know about this contest when I was little. Somehow, when I was about 10, I had it my head that I was going to create an amazing board game. I actually spend a good part of one summer creating “Dogopoly”, which was a combination of my some of my favorite things… Dogs, Littlest Pet Shop Pieces, and Monopoly (this was also before Monopoly had any variations besides Monopoly Jr.) . I drew the board, came up with all these ideas about how each square you landed on would give you the chance to buy a dog, and rent was equal to buying a puppy etc. I thought I was brilliant. But I never submitted my game anywhere, and some time in my late teen years I was walking through Target and saw “Dog-Opoly”, the same name for the same game idea and everything. I think I still might be a little bit bitter about it. Ha.

Anyway, if you know any children who might have a sparkle of inventiveness in them you’ve got to pass on this contest to them so in ten years they don’t see their idea produced by someone else and wonder what could have been. Hopefully that wasn’t too sappy.

CONTEST DETAILS:

Enter for the chance to win exciting prizes including the opportunity to have your game manufactured by University Games! Click here for more information: www.NYGIC.org.

Leading board game manufacturer, University Games invites young game inventors with an original board game idea to participate in its 22nd annual National Young Game Inventors Contest #NYGIC for the chance to win exciting prizes including:

  • The opportunity to have their game manufactured and included in the University Games 2015 lineup!
  • A family vacation to San Francisco, CA;
  • A savings bond for college;
  • A complete library of some of today’s hottest board games from University Games and MORE!

The contest is now open to children between the ages of 5-12 years old. Complete rules and entry forms can be downloaded at www.NYGIC.org.

You have to have a prototype done and submitted by October 15th, 2014 so share this with those awesome kids as soon as possible.

In addition to this fantastic chance to spread the word to inventive young minds comes the chance to win a Sort it Out Jr. (a University Game)

About Sort It Out Jr.

Can you sort a list of animals by the number of eyes they have? What about by the number of bones or teeth? Or even how long they each can hold their breath! Can you pick which sports us a ball and which don’t? Or can you sort your favorite cartoon characters by height? Well, in Sort is Out™ Junior, everyone gets to find out! There are hundreds of topics specifically for kids…inviting families and friends to laugh, learn and sort each other out!

FYI – Sort it Out! (the Adult Version) won the “Game of the Year” award at the TOTY Awards.

Sort It Out Jr. is a trivia type game but the categories are so different that it didn’t seem like any particular age group was favored, meaning you can have fun playing as a whole family. One of my favorite things about the game is how quickly you can get started with it. There were literally 4 easy steps to understand the game play and it took less than five minutes to get started.

The gist of the steps were everyone plays every round. You flip over a card and then using your scorecard you arrange the colored dots in the order that you think is correct, sometimes you’re arranging from tallest to shortest, highest to lowest, biggest to smallest, etc.

The different cards made me laugh and there were a few of them that I had absolutely no clue and just had to do a random guess… like which order did the caterpillar from Eric Carle’s “A Very Hungry Caterpillar” eat the fruit… Ah… I guess he started with an apple? Anyway, I had no idea, but I also would be willing to bet a younger child would know. Then there were questions that were a good middle ground for everyone, cards that you choose two of the options that were true, and cards that required some of the gamers participation, such as sort the people playing the game from tallest to shortest.

I think trivia games can be kind of hard (as an adult) and especially difficult as a child to play and this game did a good job of making the trivia fun and keeping everyone involved during the whole game. I think it would be great game to play for a family night and a fun introduction to trivia games and there are enough pieces for up to six players to play.

If you can’t wait to play, then it check it out Amazon: Sort it Out Jr..

Want to share the contest with your friends?

TWEET ABOUT IT: @NYGIC2014 #NYGIC

Suggested Tweet: University Games is accepting original board game ideas for its National Young Game Inventors Contest #NYGIC #CONTESTwww.NYGIC.org

OR Share/LIKE The CONTEST ON FACEBOOK

Enter for your chance to win Sort it Out Jr.!

*This giveaway is open to US entries only

*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Aug 8th and will be emailed. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.

Reflo – The Alternative to the Sippy Cup {Giveaway} – Closed

My sweet baby Dmitri, is growing up way too fast and he’s getting restless with his sippy cups.  He’ll drink his milk from them just before bed and naps but other than that he want’s nothing to do with them, at least not when he can see mom drinking from something much more interesting, like a cup.

It’s adorable that he wants to just like me, but teaching my young toddler to drink from a cup without drowning himself is stressful.  A cup just has so much liquid suddenly rushing at him that it often ends in a confused, soggy, splutter.

(This post may contain affiliate links. Dandy Giveaway receives free products for review purposes and may sometimes be compensated for posts but all opinions expressed are 100% my own. See Dandy Giveaway’s disclosure policy for more details.)

I know eventually he’ll learn to drink from a cup and he’ll be a pro at it, the problem is that he wants that eventually to be right now.  So I did some searching online and came across Reflo – The Alternative to the Sippy Cup.

Reflo - The Alternative to the Sippy Cup

It’s perfect!  It looks like the cup mom is drinking from, but it has a little insert in the cup that keeps the water from rushing out when the cup is tipped.  Instead, regardless of what angle the cups is at, only a little trickle comes out. It’s perfect for my little guy who’s still trying to figure out how to transition to the big kid drinking utensils.

Reflo - The Alternative to the Sippy Cup

It’s also super easy to put together and super easy to take apart to clean, but firm enough that it’s not going to come loose while your tot is playing with the cup.  Dmitri even tried to pull the insert out a few times, but gave up when it didn’t budge.

Reflo - The Alternative to the Sippy Cup

Since my cups at home are similar shape I wondered if the insert would work in them, so I tried it out a few times.  If I was using a narrow enough cup the insert worked alright, but it definitely did not stick in my other cups as securely as it did in the original one, and Dmitri was able to pull it out easily, which ended up in a soggy mess.  You could play with it and maybe get it to work with others, but for now I’m just going to stick the the original one.

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Dmitri loved playing with the cup, and he was thrilled that I would finally let him hold it and manage it by himself.  He eagerly drank the water and didn’t sputter a single time. I think this is a perfect intermediate step in the transition to big kid cups.

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Total success!  And look how proud he is of himself.  If you’ve got a toddler working on the transition to a big kid cup then you’ve got to check these out!

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One lucky winner will get the green Reflo cup pictured above!

 

 

*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of June 26th and will be emailed. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.

Leanlix {Giveaway} Closed

This is our furry family member Reese. He’s a Catahoula and LOVES to lick! Seriously this dog is a licking machine. It’s just his way of saying “hi!” and “what are you doing?” and “oh, hey I see you moved to the couch!” and and and! Ha! When I found Leanlix I knew it was going to be a surefire hit with him!

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Have you ever heard of Leanlix? Leanlix is “a low calorie dog reward system that will leave them drooling for more… The actual treat has been inspired by true life events but has been formulated by a leading professional in the pet industry.  leanlix, a treat for yourself AND your dog!”

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The whole idea behind this is that basically you can carry a treat around with you, your hands don’t smell like dog biscuits, and your dog gets to have a reward that won’t go straight to his/ her hips!  Reese’s particular flavor was Grass Fed Beef. He couldn’t get enough.

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Did I mention that he is afraid of the camera? Oh gosh, that was a trick getting pictures of him. We’re not forcing him to lick the stick, he was just super afraid of the flash! His particular stick is from their new natural’s line. It’s made with brown rice syrup and all natural flavors.

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They also sent us the Littlelix Spring Training 6 pack which has the flavors: Grace-D-Luxe with Cheese, ½ Eaten PB&J, Day at the Beach, Run-a-Way Frank, Barq-BQ, and my personal favorite (because it rings so true) is Cupcake on the Counter. Aren’t the names so clever!

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All in all Leanlix have been a great addition to Reese’s training. If he could he would just eat the entire stick whole. Maybe that will be their next flavor, “Stolen Leanlix from the Cupboard!” I’m so excited to work with the fun people over at Leanlix on a giveaway for you!

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The winner of this giveaway will win one Leanlix for the special pooch in their life!

 

*This giveaway is open to entries in the US only.
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of July 21st and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway are sponsored by Leanlix, but all opinions are my own.

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