Nohi Kids {Giveaway}

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When it comes to my kid’s clothing I’m kind of a fabric snob.  It has to be soft.  Scratchy?  Not happening.  It has to be functional and easy to take care of in terms of laundry.  Who really wants to take the kid’s clothes to the dry cleaners?  It has to be cute.  This means cute fabric that aren’t found everywhere.  That’s why I’m soooo very glad that I found Nohi Kids.  For starters… Their clothing is organic.  Translation:  Super soft.  Next… Their clothing is machine washable.  Excellent!  Lastly… The prints on the fabric???  Absolutely.  Adorable.

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See.  Told you.  Absolutely.  Adorable.

I think the above images are my favorite part about the clothing from Nohi.

1.) That fabric is too precious.

And…

2.) There are so many different styles all in that same fabric!

So you will definitely find the perfect outfit at Nohi Kids.

What did Nohi Kids send me recently???  These two outfits for my two littlest littles:

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Darling, right?  Definitely my newest favorites in my children’s wardrobes.

Who wants a deal at Nohi Kids?  Just enter coupon code ‘thankyou25′ at checkout on the Nohi Kids website and receive 25% off!

 Who wants to win something really dandy from Nohi Kids???

(Enter on the Rafflecopter below.)

One very lucky winner is going to receive either a dress or bodysuit from Nohi Kids!

It’s winner’s choice on which style and which print!

*This giveaway is open to US entries only.
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of April 28th 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 Nohi Kids, but all opinions are strictly my own.
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Tangled Tantrum {GIVEAWAY}

Today we are chatting a little bit about my favorite subject: HAIR! I am a hairstylist and am around hair for more then 40 hours a week. I love it all, coloring, cutting, the tools, and products. The key to having good hair is : Good tools and Great product. Product is key to keeping a style where you want it. Sometimes the product we put in our own hair may not work for kids hair. I’ve noticed that big time when I am working on my clients kids. That moose or gel just isn’t working in my 6 year old client.

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I have been following Tangled Tantrum for a while now and am so excited to finally test out their products! Tangled Tantrum is a line fully dedicated to kids hair. Trust me, it’s for kids only, my husband thought I bought him so new product and it just wasn’t cutting it for all of his thick long hair. Kids hair is just so much more fragile then adults and they definitely don’t have as much, which means they don’t need as much product.

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Tangled Tantrum is paraben and alcohol free, which makes is safe and healthy for kids. This is awesome for those independent kids who want to feel grown up like mom and dad and do their own hair. The product I was able to sample was the ‘Separation Anxiety- Styling Paste’ and it’s so easy to use. I had a few of my own kid clients grab it themselves and style their hair and they loved it. And the best part, the mess was non-existent. They just wiped their hands on a towel and out the door they went. Win Win in my book!

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Tangled Tantrum offers a few different products. They have the ‘Chaos Control Smoothing Serum’ , ‘Detangling & Conditioning Spray’ (every child needs this!), ‘The Wet Brush’ and the ‘Killer Swell Hair Gel’ . I love all these fun names they give the products. That’s the point of the product right? To make a kid thing it’s fun to do their hair, haha.

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I am also huge on my customer service. Tangled Tantrum emailed me right away and my shipment was at my door no later then 3-4 days after I placed my order. They left me a sweet note and some fun wristbands in the picture above. Their site is easy to navigate and gives quick explanations for each product. She makes the site look so fun that your kid can join you while you pick out your products. What I got out of  Tangled Tantrum is fun, safe, and easy to use.

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I really loved how the product held up in my little clients hair. It wasn’t sticky, it wasn’t heavy and best of all it smelt great! One of my little clients just sat there the whole time smelling the container. It didn’t bother me at all because it contains no Parabens or Alcohol. Smell away! I really like how Tangled Tantrum made a line specifically to be kid friendly. She really tried hard to point everything to the kids. The packaging, the names of the product and the smells.

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Today one lucky winner will get to have a container of there ‘Separation Anxiety- Styling Paste’ and 3 wristbands with Tangled Tantrum logo. I like more of a softer look, that’s why I went for the Paste rather then the gel. It still gives it that good hold but gives it that piecy look while holding back those fly aways and frizzy-ness.  You and your kiddy will love it! They are also offering free shipping on orders over $50, use code: ship4free

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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 Mar 9th 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.  

 

Rylee’s Collection {Giveaway} CLOSED

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The last time this darling shop was featured on Dandy Giveaway was almost two years ago!  Can you believe that???  Wow.  Time sure does fly by!  I remember back then that Rylee’s Collection had the cutest hair accessories.  Fashionable looks very similar to these…

Fabulous fabric flower hair clips:

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With that popular chevron pattern!

And…

Gorgeous headbands:

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Literally something for all ages of ladies can be found Rylee’s Collection!

 The additional cuteness that I’m seeing now?  Barefoot sandals!

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So little and cutesy!  Makes my heart melt.

There’s even adorably functional hair bow holders:

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My little girl needs these for her room!

 

One lucky winner is going to receive a $20 gift certificate to spend at Rylee’s Collection.

Enter on the Rafflecopter below.

*This giveaway is open to entries worldwide.
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of March 24th 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 Rylee’s Collection, but all opinions are strictly my own.

 
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DIY Burp Cloth Cupcakes REPOST

Shop BabyBunch.com Today! Remember the posting I did way back when on burp cloth cupcakes?  I’ve decided to repost it, because I came across the cutest shop that actually sells them!  Not mine, but ones that aren’t DIY and are super adorable.  Because not everyone can be all about the DIY.  And… to be honest the cupcakes took me quite a while to make, so I would probably just purchase them from here on out.  ;)   Baby Bunch is the place to get the baby gift cupcakes: blue_pj_cupcakes

But also lollipops made out of rompers:

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LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

Want a Dandy Deal?  Use Coupon Code: ‘bbafpj2011‘ and get 10% Off and Free Shipping On All Orders Over $100 At Baby Bunch! Now if you are up for the DIYer challenge then here you go… Back in the fall (of 2010) I helped my mom throw a baby shower for my sister-in-law.  Well, I guess I should start with something from a few years back.  When Banjo was a baby he spit up a lot.  It was seriously out of control.  Thank goodness for hardwood floors!  One thing that I learned fast was when it came to burp cloths the prefold cloth diapers made the best ones.  My mother-in-law sent me a tonof prefolds that she embellished with printed grosgrain ribbon.  Perfectly absorbed and perfectly cute!  So going back to the fall when I helped with the baby shower for my SIL…  I knew that  I wanted to make her some burp cloths using prefolds.  I also knew that I wanted to make them look cute for presentation and using my favorite among favorites… FABRIC!  So I created some burp cloths that incorporated all of the above!   In addition to the prefold cloth diapers and fabric I used these supplies:      – corrugated scalloped bulletin board border – thin ribbon – decorative long pins – felt – rubber bands I started by cutting a piece of fabric slightly larger than the center of the prefold diaper.  Then ironed the edges of the fabric in to make the seam creased for attaching to the prefold.     Using pins to secure fabric down the center of the prefold: Sewed around the fabric edge:   The finished burp cloths: Ready for creating a cupcake… First, fold the thin part of the diaper in on the fabric (or under if you would like the fabric to show in a swirl at the top of the cupcake):     Then fold in half (long ways) again:   Roll up like you would a sleeping bag: Secure with a rubber band: Cover around rubber band with the corrugated boarder:   Add on a felt flower with the long pin in the center:     Tie around a ribbon: Voila!  A Cupcake Burp Cloth! If you choose to fold the burp cloth with the fabric showing then you will get the swirl effect for the “icing”. These were fun to make and worked great for decorations on the cake table!

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!

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Boy, do I have one humdinger of a giveaway for you!  A winner of each gift set will be chosen, one per day from December 13th to December 24th.  Browse all these fantastic goodies and good luck!  There will be quite a few winners!!

12 days of Christmas giveaway - day 1

Day 1 Gift Set
Child to Cherish – Santa’s Choice Red Wool Stocking and a Letter from Santa
RiNGLEY – Sun teether
Pura Stainless – 11oz Infant Bottle, 1 insulating sleeve, 2 Pack of XL Sip Spouts
Crane – Belly Glow Night Light
Yummi Pouch - Brights reusable food pouches
Retail value: $117

12 days of Christmas giveaway - day 2

Day 2 Gift Set
milkdot – Popdots Go Pouch
Yummi Pouch - Brights reusable food pouches
Birds and Bees Teas – family immunity tin
thinksport – insulated sports bottle
Gibout Toys – set of 4 BigBlox
Simple Nature – Orange Smoothie lotion & shampoo
Retail value: $204

12 days of Christmas giveaway - day 3

Day 3 Gift Set
Baby Elephant Ears
Bamboobies – Multi-pack Nursing Pads
Ubbi – diaper pail color of choice
Yummi Pouch – set of 6 reusable food pouches
Wristy Buddy – cow teether
Imagine Baby – The Shade (car seat not included)
Retail value: $200

12 days of Christmas giveaway - day 4

Day 4 Gift Set
50 Things to Know Before Having a Baby
Greater than One Kids – Hold on Handles
ah goo baby – Ark changing pad
Yummi Pouch - Brights reusable food pouches
Yoomi - 8oz feeding system
Toofeze – teether
Retail value: $144

12 days of Christmas giveaway - day 5

Day 5 Gift Set
Buggy Brites – Stroller LED Safety Light
Poopsies – Shobi peppy pink and white
Think Baby – feeding set
Yummi Pouch – set of 6 reusable food pouches
Wishy Life Buddies - book and plush set
Honeybee Child – SwingEase
Retail value: $183

12 days of Christmas giveaway - day 6

Day 6 Gift Set
L’ovedbaby – $50 gift certificate
Pura Stainless – 11oz Infant Bottle, 1 insulating sleeve, and 2 Pack of XL Sip Spouts
Yummi Pouch - Brights reusable food pouches
Stroll Air – universal organizer
Green Toys – rocket
Avalisa – 18×18 I Love You Canvas Wall Art
Retail value: $250

12 days of Christmas giveaway - day 7

Day 7 Gift Set
Oogaa – mealtime set and placemat
Organic Belly Bandit
Crane – Belly Glow Night Light
Yummi Pouch - Brights reusable food pouches
Tivoli Couture - Shag-e Blanket
Toofeze – teether
Retail value: $213

12 days of Christmas giveaway - day 8

Day 8 Gift Set
Nuna USA – SENA crib in Navy
organicKidz – 9oz thermal baby bottle
Yummi Pouch – set of 6 reusable food pouches
Star Kids Products – Snack & Play Travel Tray
Babalu Baby – Bright Rainbow wooden rattle, adjustable suspenders and little sock monkey hat
LunchSkins – tote, sandwich sized baggie and two snack sized baggies
Retail value: $320

12 days of Christmas giveaway - day 9

Day 9 Gift Set
PaigeLauren Baby – $50 gift certificate
Buttons Diapers – 3 diaper covers, 6 daytime inserts, 1 pack of cloth wipes
Yummi Pouch - Brights reusable food pouches
FunBites – triangle cutter + placemat
Babiators – Black Ops Black and Limelight Lime glasses
Retail value: $179

12 days of Christmas giveaway - day 10

Day 10 Gift Set
aden + anais – New Beginnings gift set
Yummi Pouch - Brights reusable food pouches
MAM – Feed and Soothe gift set
Luca & Company – Funpod
Toofeze – teether
Retail value: $310

12 days of Christmas giveaway - day 11

Day 11 Gift Set
Baby Mushroom – Snug Square Play Mat
lillebaby – organic COMPLETE baby carrier
Mixie – 8oz Bottle
Chewbeads – Stack and Play set
Apple Park – Picnic Pal Plush
Yummi Pouch – set of 6 reusable food pouches
Retail value: $360

12 days of Christmas giveaway - day 12

Day 12 Gift Set
organicKidz – 9oz thermal baby bottle
Combi USA – Cabria stroller in Manhattan
Belly Armor – radiation-shielding blanket
Buggy Brights – Stroller LED Safety Light
Svan – Duux Baby Projector
Yummi Pouch - Brights reusable food pouches
Retail value: $345

Twelve winners will be selected, one per day from December 13th to 24th.

Follow the social media pages of your favorite brands to enter this giveaway! Have fun and good luck!

Tip! You are not required to follow all the pages. Each page you follow is simply an additional giveaway entry. If you would like to follow many of the pages, we recommend entering over the course of several days and liking a maximum of 20 pages per day so facebook doesn’t flag your account for unusual activity.

This giveaway is open to the US.

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Holiday Gift Guide (5th Edition)

The clock is ticking, folks!!  Its crunch time, and if you’re still looking for the perfect gift, but haven’t found it, let me share with you my next five recommendations for some of my favorite products that would make EXCELLENT holiday gifts!

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FOR THE JEWELRY LOVER, your DAUGHTER, your BFF, or anyone who loves PERSONALIZED GIFTS:

#1 R2C Couture

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Customize your own necklace HERE.

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FOR YOUR HUSBAND, BOYFRIEND, BROTHER, or BEAU:

#2 Real Mens Wallets

320wThese wallets from Real Mens Wallets are SO COOL, and pretty sexy if you ask me.  All of their skins are 100% genuine.  They hand pick skins directly from tanneries and oversee every step of the process in producing their wallets.  Nothing is “factory mass produced”, and each skin has undergone as little processing as possible.  Each is so unique and retains the natural character of the leather, “warts and all”.  Are these not incredible, and manly manly manly?!

Read my full review HERE.

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FOR your KIDS, TODDLERS, or GRANDCHILDREN who LOVE THINGS THAT GO:

#3 Shirts that Go

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Shirts That Go is a store of t-shirts for kids and toddlers with the most detailed and exciting prints of anything with wheels, wings, or sails!  They currently carry over 30 designs!  The owner and founder, Nick, created the company with his own little boys in mind as far as what they might like, but wasn’t available in stores.   More than a year later, my boy’s train shirt is his FAVORITE shirt!!
Also check out Nick’s site about intermittent fasting and calorie tracking: Calorie Pilot.
Read my full review HERE.
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FOR YOUR BABY, YOUR GRANDCHILD, or even the MOMMY TO BE:

#4 Bazzle Baby

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Bazzle Baby is a shop of cute baby necessities like their famous Banda Bibs, Big Bibs, Bitsy Bibs, burpers, socks, hats, leggings, etc.!  I’ve loved our Banda Bibs so much that gave some away as baby shower gifts for my best friend.  Everything is this shop is darling, useful, unique, and extremely affordable.  Every Bazzle Baby item we own has withheld the test of time and made me one of their biggest fans!

Read my full review HERE.

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FOR ANYONE who LOVES NATURAL SKINCARE and FRAGRANCES:

#5 Astrida Naturals

untitled copyAstrida Naturals is a store of indie skin care, body care, and fragrances, all made naturally using vegetable based oils, butters, essences, active botanical extracts, and other naturally derived ingredients.  Nothing is mass-produced.  Everything is made in small batches and crafted by hand.  My favorite products are their custom “made to order” options.  I’d love to try their Orange Mint lip balm and Carrot Seed & Geranium Toning Raspberry Leaf Moisturizer!

Read my full review HERE.
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Keep up the good work, shoppers!  Just a couple more gift guides to go, and then you’re on your own!  Take our advice!!

Baby-Kini {Review}

Wait, why are we advertising swimwear in November?!  Don’t tell me not one of you is going on a cruise or atleast flying to someplace warm during the holiday break!  I’m jealous of all of you!!  But really, have a blast.  And pack your cutest swimsuits.  Does your baby girl have one?  You’re probably not packing yet, but have you thought about swimwear for her?  Think about all the pictures you’ll be taking!  Good luck finding a toddler size swimsuit in any local store this month, let alone a cute one.  You’re gonna have to start looking online, and might I save you some time and trouble and direct you straight to Babi-Kini!?

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Babi-Kini is a custom couture children’s swim wear boutique with some of the most darling suits I’ve ever seen!  I love all of these!!  I really love that they aren’t the typical baby pink with ruffles or something smothered in Disney princesses.  These have so much personality in them!

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I was sent the Charm School One-Piece to review, and I can’t get over the cuteness!  Since its a bit nippy over here in Boston, and there ain’t no way we’re having a play date at the beach anytime soon, we made a little pretend beach at home :)

IMG_8486All of the Baby-kini products contain a blend of top quality swimwear fabrics and trims, and are manufactured in San Diego, California.  Given the 30+ hours I spent on sewing up swimsuits myself this last summer, I can attest to the quality of this suit.  Strong knits, excellent stitching, no imperfections.

IMG_8488Oh this tie in the back!  Darling, and just the perfect way to make this suit adjustable for growing bodies.  By the way, sizes range from XS (birth-6 mon) to XL (4-6yrs).  These little rosettes on the front?  Stop it.

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Go check out all the cute styles and prints, and be sure to follow them on the social media sites below.  Safe travels and spend a few hours at the pool for me!

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

CleverRelish WipesWraps {Giveaway} – CLOSED

Did you know the average newborn goes through 8 diapers/day?  EIGHT!  Even though the cost of a year of diapers is horrendous, I just can’t stomach the idea of cloth diapers and especially the idea of cloth reusable wipes.  As hard as I try to keep everything tucked away and hidden, the diapers and wipes are forever strewn across the living room, for easy access and because the baby thinks its just so fun to pull everything out of the containers.  Speaking of containers, that big ugly white or green tub, no matter where it is, screams “children live here”.  CleverRelish has designed the most fabulous wipes container covers so that you can make a fashionable statement, even with your wipes container!
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CleverRelish was founded by Jill Carreiro, an engineer, salesperson, and most importantly a mother.  After six years of diaper changing and staring at an ugly plastic baby wipes tub she had an “aha!” moment.  “Why don’t we just make it part of the décor!”  She made prototypes on the sewing machine she received as a 10 year old and WipesWraps was born.
I had never seen these before, so when I saw them for the first time, I thought they looked awesome and I knew I would think about wanting one every time I used the wipes.  Chances are, you have more than one container of wipes in your house.  Probably on every floor and in several rooms, right?  You never know when you’ll need them now.
Let’s let the cute designs speak for themselves and lure you in:
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I had such a hard time choosing, especially because so many of them are perfect for either gender and go great with lots of nursery styles.  I myself picked out the Gray Lace, and it is gorgeous gorgeous!  I think I will be intentionally leaving it out so that guests can notice it :)
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Doesn’t it look chic and so vintagely sweet?  Now notice one important thing: I have a Huggies box here, which still works great with the wrap, but these are ideally designed for Pampers boxes because these are sold 7x more than other brands.  (WipesWraps is very forward with this point because they don’t want anyone to be disappointed.  It’s on all of the packaging and definitely on their website too.)  A big difference is the shape of the lid.  Mine is oval, whereas these are designed for square lids.  Watch my video below to see it hands-on:
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With the extra fabric around the lid, I was having trouble keeping it shut, but by simply taking the lid cover off (I could dangle it behind or easily remove it with a seam ripper), the problem is solved.  OR I could just get a Pampers wipes box, no big deal!
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A good friend of mine and fellow blogger, Crissa from Real Moms Real Views, also got to try out these awesome WipesWraps.  Real Moms Real Views also has some fun reviews and sweet giveaways going on.  Check em out and win more goodies!  Crissa chose the Grey Zebra print:
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I love this grey zebra WipesWrap. It goes great in Beckham’s safari themed nursery. The grey color is soft and not a bright black and white pattern so it works without screaming “sassy girl”.  Who knew that wipes would become a nursery accessory!?  I use a wipe box for my makeup remover wipes so I am asking the hubs to get me a wrap for that box for Christmas. It will help make our bathroom a little cuter and hopefully I won’t get flack from my husband for leaving all my stuff out :).
And what is even MORE awesome about CleverRelish, in all their awesomeness, is that they donated a cover with wipes to our Mother’s Lounges at church!  Both Crissa and I were able to share this awesome product with dozens of women who frequent these rooms during our church services.
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Such a cute decoration in a room that has none.”
“It is such much cuter than a refill bag that someone left half opened on the counter.”
“Explain why I don’t have this in my house already?”
There you have it.  A LOT of us really love these things.  Thanks WipesWraps!  For $14.95, go stock up and take care of Christmas gifts for all your girlfriends with babies.  These would also make great baby shower presents!

CleverRelish, Dandy Giveaway, and Crissa at Real Moms Real Views are bringing you today’s giveaway:

One WipesWraps of your choice!

*This giveaway is open to US entries only
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Nov 9th 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.  

Ingenuity Washable Playard {Review}

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My sweet baby was born just after midnight a couple of weeks ago, which ended up working out perfectly for my husband to stay the night with me since our older boys were already asleep at a friends’ house.  When my husband got home the next day, he called me at the hospital and asked if I knew anything about the brand-new playard that was sitting on our front porch.  I was ECSTATIC to hear this news since I had applied to be part of a review campaign a few weeks earlier but hadn’t heard anything back yet — this was a very happy surprise!!

**Really, though, this is my very last post on Dandy Giveaway.  Being a mom of three young boys is a full-time job.  :)

We have a pack and play that we bought just over five years ago, and it’s been a trusty piece that we’ve used for just about everything — camping with a young child who is used to sleeping in a crib, watching a friend’s daughter who needs to go down for a nap, staying in a hotel that can’t promise a crib for the room, traveling and staying with family members, the list goes on.  We have loved our pack and play, but I have to admit that it was not in the cleanest condition after so much use.  We were able to clean it pretty well with some great natural cleaners a couple of months ago, but I couldn’t help but think that there must be an easier way to keep a playard clean on a day-to-day basis.

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“Ingenuity’s Washable Playard is a must-have for every baby.  This is the only playard that zips off completely to go into the washing machine, so every piece of fabric that baby touches can be machine washed to help reduce baby’s exposure to dirt, dust, spills, stains, allergens, germs and more. With a pivoting changing table, mattress, and side storage pockets, you’ll have everything you need at your fingertips. The innovative One Less Step feature lets parents quickly fold the play yard making it easier to transport or store. This playard can roll, so it can move with you from room to room. A neutral color scheme makes it perfect for both baby girls and boys.”

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We have LOVED using the Ingenuity Washable Playard with our youngest!!  Here are some of my favorite things about using this playard over the past two weeks:

I was somewhat concerned that my older boys might (accidentally or intentionally!) pull over the bassinet we had bought, but the Ingenuity Washable Playard is sturdy and would take A GOOD AMOUNT of strength to pull over.

Bassinets have not generally lasted longer than a month or so for our boys who grow incredibly fast — the bassinet insert is just as large as the playard itself, so I can easily see us using this for a couple of months.

My two year old is using our crib as a toddler bed, but I didn’t want to buy another crib — we’re only staying in this house for another couple of months, and I plan to move my two-year-old into a larger bed once we move.  In the meantime, though, we’ll easily be able to use this playard because of its size and durability.

I love having my babies in my room with me for the first several weeks, but I don’t want to bring in extra pieces of furniture.  This playard is the perfect size to fit at the end of our bed while still leaving lots of space (and not feel like a permanent fixture).

I never bought a changing table, thinking that it wasn’t necessary since I could just change them on the bed or on the floor with a changing mat.  This has worked perfectly for us in the past, but this new baby has already peed/pooped on us while changing his diaper more times than we’ve ever had with either of our boys combined!!

And, as mentioned earlier, the playard can be completely cleaned by unzipping covers and running them through the washer and dryer!!  Hallelujah!!  The changing table cover has already been washed, dried, then put back on just in time to be tossed back into the laundry pile.  :)

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We LOVE the Ingenuity Washable Playard and have been completely satisfied with this product.  I’d highly suggest this item to anyone who is looking for a playard to use for their infant or toddler!

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**This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Kids II. I was provided the featured product free of charge  to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.

NurturMe {Review}

When my son was a baby, I made all his baby food. I would cut up fresh fruits and vegetables, blend them or boil them if needed, and then freeze them in ice cube trays and store them in the freezer. It was a great way to save money and know I was giving him the freshest food possible. However, when Number Two came along, life got significantly crazier, and I opted for store-bought, jarred baby food. I wish I had known then about NurturMe, a better alternative to the stuff in the jar.

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NurturMe was created in 2008 by two moms in Austin, TX, who wanted a better way to feed babies than “pureed nutrition in thick glass containers.” After lots of messy experimenting in their kitchens, they partnered with experts in the freeze-drying organic farming community and launched their first line of products in a Texas store in 2010. Since then they have expanded to grocery stores nation-wide, national big-box retailers and online retailers, but their product goals have remained the same:  to create a product that is Certified Organic, Non-GMO verified, Kosher, perservative-, salt-, sugar- and gluten-free, AND made in the USA!

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NurturMe offers Cereals, Singles, Blends and Snacks. I was sent some Singles, some Blends and some Snacks. I’ll start with the Singles and Blends. The powders can be mixed with water, milk or breast milk to make better baby food, but since my youngest has been over “baby food” for at least a year, I knew I had to get creative in trying these powders. So I used some of their recipe ideas and got to work. First, I tried the Crisp Apple powder added to vanilla yogurt. Unfortunately, the powder didn’t mix in well and so the texture was grainy instead of smooth. The apple taste was great, but the texture was definitely off. My girl “Sunny” wouldn’t eat it. Next, I tried mixing in a Sweet Potato/Raisins/Carrots blend into our Ground Turkey Stroganoff dinner. The kids didn’t seem to notice that the flavor had been altered and ate it just fine. I tasted it and it was good! I could taste a bit of the sweetness from the raisins and sweet potato, but overall it was a good nutritional additive.

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Next we tried the Snacks. They are small bags of premium dried fruits and veggies cut up into tiny, bite-sized pieces. Bountiful Bites (apple, banana, broccoli) was a good combo with its sweet, tart and slightly bitter flavors. We all ate some and really liked it. Happy Harvest (pea, sweet corn, apple) was also a good combo, but the crunchy peas were occasionally too crunchy for my taste. I appreciated the fact that the dried fruit was definitely high-quality; every pea, corn kernel and chunk of apple was perfectly shaped and not wrinkled, shriveled or maimed in any way.

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NurturMe Blends and Snacks definitely seem more geared toward babies, and I don’t know that I would buy the powders just as a nutritional additive for my older kids, but as a substitute for jarred baby food these powders are great. I especially like that they are very portable; you could bring these camping, to the park, on a plane, etc. , and all you would need is some water or milk and you would have a nutritious meal for a baby! NurturMe foods can be purchased online or at select retailers, including Target, nationwide.

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*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 and not influenced by monetary compensation. 

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