New family members!

The end of July we went on our annual vacation to Lake Powell.  It’s in Utah/Arizona and always a family reunion of sorts.  ALL of us stay on a houseboat for an entire week and there are A LOT of us.

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This time around there were 28 of us.  Again… all on one house for a week.  Fortunately for us it’s a big houseboat.  :)

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It’s always a fun trip, but this year it was also very eventful!  The second night we were all surprised when my niece’s boyfriend (who joined us at the lake this year…brave boy) proposed!  It was great news and we were all very happy.  After that how could the trip get even more eventful you ask???

Well, the very next day my brother-in-law and his wife received a phone call (on the boat) from the adoption agency they have worked with in the past.  They have been on the waiting list for quite a few years to adopt again and to no avail.  Out of nowhere a birth mother selected them to adopt her 10 month old twins!  It has been over 5 years since their last adoption and we were all ecstatic by the fabulous news.  So now in addition to their two girls they have another girl and a boy!

My friends over at Joovy wanted to be involved in the blessed union of adoption and welcoming the newest additions to our family.  They are the experts on baby gear and knew that twins require double the gear.

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Joovy was nice enough to send my brother-in-law and his wife a fantastic welcome home gift for their twins.  The Caboose Too Ultralight!

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Aren’t they adorable?  My sister-in-law said that it’s the perfect stroller for doubles.  It’s really light weight and the back seat can easily be converted to a tandem for when the babies are older.  Most importantly due to the positioning of the seats the babies aren’t able to pull each others hair!  We were able to officially meet the little cuties last weekend at the wedding of our niece.  They of course had their Caboose stroller in tow.   :)

Oh and here’s a picture of the bride and groom with the happy parents of the bride looking on admiringly at all of their children.

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Love them all!

Thanks again Joovy for sending the stroller to my family and helping to congratulate them on their newest additions!

MAM {Giveaway}–CLOSED

“Parenting is hard. We make stuff to make it easier.”

Isn’t it nice to know someone understands you and has your back as a parent? Today’s set of helpful parenting tools comes from MAM, an innovative company that develops baby products that are not only approved by parents, but medical professionals and developmental psychologists as well.  So basically, you know their products are going to be the most effective and the best for you and your baby.

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I chose to review two products by MAM, the Bite and Relax Phase 2 Teether, and the Learn to Brush Toothbrush Set. First I’ll start with the teether. Since I no longer have a teething baby, I gave the teether to a friend whose baby was having major teething issues and she gratefully accepted. Here’s her review:

 ”The teether is awesome. She really struggled with it for a couple weeks. She wanted to put the whole thing in her mouth like a pacifier, because it is made to be able to do so. She choked on it a lot at first. But she’s never taken a pacifier. Once she got the hang of it she loves it! She loves the different textures that she can rub on her gums. The different textures keep her interested much longer than if it was one texture. Developmentally it is definitely easier for her to use now that she’s 6 months, as she now has better control of her little fingers.”

And here’s her little cutie!

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I have a baby who (oddly enough) LOVES to brush her teeth, so I kept the toothbrush set for myself. The toothbrush set comes with two toothbrushes; the Training Brush with a long handle so parent and baby can brush baby’s teeth together, and the First Brush with a shorter, fatter handle for baby to brush by herself. Both brushes are meant for ages 6+ months, but I don’t think my daughter was wanting to brush on her own until she was at least a year old.

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My daughter loved both brushes, but especially loved the First Brush because the chubby, knobby handle was easy for her to hold and use on her own. I liked the long handle on the Training Brush because it made it easier to help her get to her back teeth. MAM makes oral care products for infants through toddlers, and you can get some great oral care advice on their website here.

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MAM products can be purchased at both online retailers and stores nation-wide. Sign up for the “MAM Club” at mambaby.com today to be the first to know about special promotions, new product introductions and more. In fact, right now there is a coupon for $3.00 off of any MAM anti-colic bottle on MAM’s Facebook page. The coupon will expire on 11/30/2013 and there will be a limited amount of downloads available for this great deal from MAM, so head over there and download it now! You can also enter to win the same Toothbrush Set and Teether that I reviewed by entering below!

Enter to win a Toothbrush Set and Teether from MAM!

  

** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of October 14th, 2013, and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by MAM, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Banz Swimwear Giveaway – CLOSED

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Banz is all about protecting kids.  Keeping them safe for sun and more!  In the past I’ve featured Banz sunglasses, Banz Ear Muffs (hearing protection), and more.  I love how this company takes care of me kiddos.  This summer they sent us some UV protection swimwear and it came in such handy.  Sure it’s wonderful for any outdoor setting of water:  pool, lake, slip n slide, etc.  In our case we headed to Lake Powell last month to spend a week on the family’s house boat.  Lots of time in the sun let me tell you!

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So…  We went aboard, found a nice beach to play on the entire week, and got into our protective swimwear!  Here’s our little goofball modeling his Banz swimwear:

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DSC_1068He thinks the sharks all over them are ultra cool and the whole ensemble allowed him to have fun while being protected from the dangerous rays:

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Banz even has great swimwear for the little girls:

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Toddlers:

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And babies:

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Ready to enter to win???

One lucky winner is going to receive a children’s swim set of choice from Banz!  If your child is under 2 years of age then you can opt for a one piece suit and swim nappy.

Enter on the Rafflecopter below.

*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.
*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Banz, but all opinions are strictly my own.
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Twitter party with Joovy UPDATE!

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Joovy.  You’ve heard that name lots on this blog.  It’s by far my most favorite company for baby gear.  Most importantly I love being a Joovy Blogger!  All of their products are high quality and the perfect necessity for a family on the go.  A few months back I was in charge of being a liaison between sponsor and a Twitter party with Revolt Fitness and Larry King!  It was a fun party, but a lot of work!  Fortunately Joovy wanted to be involved with the getting healthy evening, because they donated a Zoom 360 to be given away during the party.  What a fantastic prize, right?  It’s made from aircraft grade aluminum.  Making it super light and truly the perfect jogging stroller to own:

 

 

 

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How cool are the features on this jogger:

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Plus, it comes in a multitude of colors:  Blue, Red, and Black.

And who won that dream of a jogging stroller at the Twitter party???  Well, that would be Shannon Schleif!  She bloggers over at byrdy1999.  What does she have to say about her prize?  “I love it both me and my sister use it.  It works great for jogging and walking!”

Thanks again Joovy for being involved in the Twitter party and giving away such a great prize!

Joovy Nook Highchair {Review}

How I wish this high chair had existed in 2008, because we would have bought it:

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Fortunately for us my friends over at Joovy sent us our newbie in 2013!

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I love how they take just such good care of me!  :)

The high chair we purchased when Banjo was a wee babe has definitely not withstood the test of time.  If someone had told me that the plastic would turn yellow I would have listened.  Also, the seat of our first high chair wasn’t quality looking at all, so I should have known that it wouldn’t hold up.  But the Nook from Joovy?

Now it’s high quality and is quite stylish.  It’s sleek design fits perfectly in our little nook in our kitchen!

This beauty is definitely not just a highchair.  The seat is far too comfy for that!

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It’s not just a place to eat either.  It’s also an entertainment chair.

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Can you tell that Ruby love it, too?

My favorites about this sweet chair…

The cup holder and removable tray insert.

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Also, how with just the press of a button the tray swings open making my life so much easier when getting Ruby in and out of the chair!

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Plus, the leatherette seat cover comes off and can be put in the washing machine!

Yep so much to love about the new Joovy Nook Highchair.  It folds flat for travel:

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And like all the Joovy products the Nook comes in a bunch of fun colors:

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We love you, Joovy!

 

Chic Bebe Creations {Giveaway} – CLOSED

Have you ever seen a small diaper bag?  Of course not.  I mean diaper bags aren’t just for holding diapers.  Those baby bags need to be plenty big to hold all of mommy’s moms need those bags to hold lots of items!   Two things that every mom needs in her diaper bag?  A wipes case cover and bib.  And if both items are super cute then that’s even better!  Like these cuties from Chic Bebe Creations:

 

Really cute, huh?  All would be perfect in any diaper bag.  Plus, the wipes case cover also works great as a cover for face cleansing wipes.  So it’s more than just for the babies!  :)

 

One very lucky winner is going to receive either a small bib or a wipes case cover from Chic Bebe Creations.  It’s winner’s choice on which one!  :)

*This giveaway is open to US entries only.

*Winners are not notified through email, so you have to check back to find out if you won! The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the evening of Monday, September 10th. Be sure and check back then to see if you won, so you can claim your prize.

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This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Chic Bebe Creations, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Dr. Brown’s {Giveaway} – CLOSED

With Banjo, and now with Ruby, we used Dr. Brown’s bottles.  Their bottles are great at controlling the air pressure when a baby drinks.  When we were told that they helped to reduce ear infections my Audi said they were a must.  :)   But did you know that Dr. Brown’s has more than just bottles???  Yep.  Lots and lots more!

Recently Dr. Brown’s sent us some of the new items from their Designed to Nourish line:

The food storage pods, freezer tray, and Dots storage labels are wonderful for the baby food we make for Ruby!

And…

The Snack-A-Pillar is perfect for holding snacks in the diaper bag.

This week Dr. Brown’s is giving away the Food Storage Pods & Stackable Freezer Tray, My Dots Storage Labels, and Snack-A-Pillar Stackable Snack & Dipping Cups to one very lucky winner!

*This giveaway is open to US entries only.

*Winners are not notified through email, so you have to check back to find out if you won! The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the evening of Monday, September 10th. Be sure and check back then to see if you won, so you can claim your prize.

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This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Dr. Brown’s, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Jellystone Designs {Giveaway} ***ENDED***

Ruby is teething.  As I type this she is in fact not sleeping very well.  Audi has been holding her as we have been doing at night for the last week.  Just until she falls asleep soundly and then wakes up screaming again.  Poor baby.  Those 2 bottom front teeth decided to appear on our vacation within days of each other.  Fun time for us, eh?  Fortunately for us we are well equipped with this bangle from Jellystone Designs:

I know, right?  You are thinking, “A bangle???”.  Well, it’s not just any old bangle.  It’s BPA free, lead free, and non toxic.  Ruby can hold onto the circular shape really well and when she’s done with it I can just slip it on my wrist.  Making it the best teether, because it doesn’t get lost in the bottom of my diaper bag!  It’s dandy and handy!  :)

All of the jewelry from Jellystone Designs isn’t just safe for your little one, but it’s also extremely wearable, too!   It’s got that trendy look with all the right now styles.  Check out these fun owl pendants:

 

And how cool is this necklace?

And this one:

 

All of the pieces at Jellystone Designs come in multiple, fun colors!  Want to own something from Jellystone Designs?  One lucky winner is going to receive an Organic Bangle in color Blueberry from Jellystone Designs:

*This giveaway is for only one bangle.  Not the two that are shown above.

 

*This giveaway is open to entries in the US only

*Winners are not notified through email, so you have to check back to find out if you won! The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the evening of Monday, August 13th. Be sure and check back then to see if you won, so you can claim your prize.

 

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This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Jellystone Designs, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Cats Meow Creations {Giveaway} ***ENDED***

Two things about me:  1.)  I love designer handbags and  2.)  I love designer wallets.  So the thought of a diaper bag made me nervous.  Not because I would have to go without the designer bag.  I got a designer diaper bag.  :)  But the contents of the diaper bag was what made me nervous.  For instance…  How was I going to find designer baby accessories to fill it?  Have you ever spotted a designer baby wipes case at the regular department store?  Nope?  That’s because they don’t exist at a regular store.  Now just because you become a diaper bag carrying lady doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice your sense of style or need for unique accessories to fill it.  I’m going to tell you where you can get a designer baby wipes case.  Ready?  Are you sure you’re ready?  I know the suspense is driving you crazy, so there’s no need to delay this any further…

Cats Meow Creations is the place to get designer baby wipe cases.  And seriously they are all super cute!

There are…

Cases with popular geometric shapes:

Chevron is totally in!

 

Gorgeous rosettes:

  

 

Animal themes for baby girls:

And boys:

Aren’t they great?  You can get that designer look at Cats Meow Creations!

What’s more is there’s unique hair accessories:

All at Cats Meow Creations!

The winner of this giveaway is going to have a dandy time picking something out from Cats Meow Creations, because the winner gets to pick any one item from the shop!  Now that is super dandy!

 

*This giveaway is open to entries in the US only.

*Winners are not notified through email, so you have to check back to find out if you won! The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the evening of Monday, August 6th. Be sure and check back then to see if you won, so you can claim your prize.

 

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This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Cats Meow Creations, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Snuggy Baby {Giveaway} ***ENDED***

Having two children in our midst has been quite the adventure.  There’s so much to learn about being a parent to two kiddos.  Why did no one warn me about this???  I’ve decided that mostly it’s learning how to handle a baby and a 4 year old.  The baby is easy.  Ruby is, after all, quite the good baby.  She goes with the flow.  She doesn’t cry very often and smiles a lot.  However, having a baby still throws complexity into the mix when there’s an active Banjo around.  How could it be so different from before the baby?  I mean if she’s such an easy baby then there shouldn’t be a difference.  Well, before the baby we could keep up with the 4 year old.  Having a baby has made traveling anywhere to be majorly complex.  We had forgotten the days when our child wasn’t old enough to walk!  Sure Banjo still likes to take a ride in the stroller (if he’s super tired), but for the most part he’s off and running.  Basically leaving momma and baby in the dust.  Places where a stroller should be easy to maneuver have now become difficult.  The zoo.  The botanical garden.  The park.  It’s no longer easy, because Banjo chooses to leave the beaten path and areas that the stroller cannot venture.  What’s a momma to do to keep up?  Carry Ruby in a baby wrap!  Recently Snuggy Baby sent me this grand looking baby wrap:

Ruby loves it (obviously from that happy face) and I love the convenience of carrying her along in it.

Plus, I just love the fabric as I’m all about damask!

The instructional dvd was informative and easy to follow.  I literally could use the wrap right away!

The baby wraps from Sunggy Baby are all about fashion, but also the functionality of being wearable.  Perfect for carrying your baby with you on all sorts of terrain!

Here are just a few of my favorite fabric options:

 

Okay so I love all of the fabrics that they have!!!

There really areso many options to choose from at Snuggy Baby!

 At Snuggy Baby you can even get a sling for your little girl to carry her dolls in:

So cute!

Who wants a deal on items from Snuggy Baby???  Well, between now and August 16th when you enter coupon code DANDY you will get 10% off!  Now…  Who wants to win something from Snuggy Baby?  Then you gotta start entering, because one very lucky winner is going to receive a $45 gift certificate to spend at Snuggy Baby!

*This giveaway is open to entries worldwide!

*Winners are not notified through email, so you have to check back to find out if you won! The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the evening of Monday, July 23rd. Be sure and check back then to see if you won, so you can claim your prize

 

 

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This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Snuggy Baby, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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