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MIRA Stainless Steel Container Set {Review}

Disclosure: This could be a sponsored post or contain affiliate links (which means I earn a percentage of the sale), but all opinions are strictly my own.

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Sometimes I hate every piece of ‘tupperware’ in my kitchen.  What isn’t stained or cracked is usually missing a lid or is just the wrong size.  After trying out these stainless steel containers from MIRA, I wouldn’t mind throwing everything out the window and stocking up on these beautiful containers.

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This set contains a large container (16-ounce), medium container (8-ounce), small container (5-ounce).  These make great tools for portion control and still hold a decent amount of food.

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My first favorite feature is that this stainless steel is, of course, unbreakable.  You could crunch these in the bottom of your gym bath, drop them on the floor, or even let your little one use them as drums with a spoon.  The bowls are made of unlined 18/8 food-grade stainless steel, while the lids are made of non-toxic LDPE number 4 plastic.  They are BPA-free, toxic-free, and kid friendly.

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Ok, food containers MUST be able to nest inside eachother!  Check.  They must be unbreakable and they must be leak-proof!  Check and check.  I even filled one of these full of water and left it upside for a morning to test for leakage, and only noticed a few drops.  I’d trust these filled with food in the bottom of my purse.  Bottom line: I think these are fantastic.  Besides being durable and easy to cover/uncover, they are beautiful!  I’ll never stop loving that shiny silver that will never become stained from spaghetti sauce.

You can purchase your own MIRA Stainless Steel 3 Container Set on sale HERE on Amazon for $17.95.

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.

MAM {Giveaway}–CLOSED

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“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.

Liberty Bottleworks {Giveaway}–CLOSED

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What’s the one thing you can’t ever leave the house without? Mine is my water bottle. I started carrying around a water bottle 24/7 in college because one of my roommates swore by it to help lose weight (it works, by the way). Through the years I’ve been through many iterations of bottles. I’ve used and refilled bottled water bottles, I’ve bought really expensive ones from sporting goods stores and I’ve bought really cheap ones from the Dollar Store. But while the bottle has changed, what hasn’t is the fact that I am attached at the hip to my water bottle! So naturally, I was anxious to try out  the only American made metal water bottle by Liberty Bottleworks.

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Liberty Bottleworks considers itself a “vintage American company.” Not only do they support jobs in the USA, they pledge 1% of their sales and 1% of their working hours to helping large, local and grass roots efforts, such as the National Park Service, the Conservation Alliance and Keep America Beautiful.  They are also extremely committed to protecting the environment. Their production factory in Yakima, Washington, is filled with state of the art equipment which uses less energy, cleans waste water, and conserves resources. They even melted down their own scrap and made it into more bottles! They are truly Green all the way.

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All Liberty Bottleworks’ bottles are made  from 100% recycled aluminum, are BPA Free, non-toxic and non-leaching. In addition to supporting the environment, Liberty Bottleworks also supports local artists. The Artisan collection features designs by artists who stand behind a cause, and a portion of the sale supports their cause. There are seven pages worth of designs on the Artisan page alone, and all are unique and interesting–there is definitely a bottle for everyone! There are several other cool collections to choose from including the Mass Transit collection, the Topography collection, the Freedom collection, or you can design your own Custom bottle!  They also have a Kids collection with bottles in 12 and 16 ounces and designs kids would like.

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I chose to review the Blossom bottle from the Artisan collection. It arrived safely in a small, (most likely) made-from-recycled-materials box. The color of the bottle is beautiful though slightly darker than the picture shown on the website. The design on the bottle is raised, which is due to the cylindrical printers used at Liberty Bottleworks. I like it because it gives me a little something to grip as I constantly drink my water. The metal is smooth and strong; I have dropped it accidentally a few times since receiving it and have yet to see a scratch or a dent. The metal keeps my cold water colder for longer, which I love.

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My water bottle goes wherever I go. This is where it lives at night, right next to my bed.

I chose the Sport top as opposed to the Standard cap with an O-ring because I am a straw drinker all the way. I love the easy flip top and the wide loop for holding it when the straw is down. The mouthpiece is smooth and doesn’t leave a weird taste in my mouth like some plastic straws or mouthpieces do. My only complaint would be that while it’s really easy to open the top to fill it, it’s almost too easy and I worry that my kids will pop it open and spill all over themselves or that it will pop off in my purse and soak everything inside. It hasn’t happened yet, but we’ve come close.

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After a day at the pool, what I need is some cold water!

If you’re not a fan of the straw-type bottles, never fear! Liberty offers both the Sport top (in black only) and a Standard cap with O-ring in seven different colors to match whichever bottle you choose. Bottles can be purchased  in select, local retailers or online. Prices are really reasonable and start at $15 for the 12 oz. Kids bottle, $18 for 16 oz., $19 for 24 oz. and $20 for the 32 oz. bottle. Connect up with Liberty Bottleworks on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter, or apply to be a Sustainability Officer and spread the word in your home town!

THREE lucky winners will get to pick a Liberty Bottleworks water bottle of their choice!

(Winners are limited to bottles in stock)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of July 29th, 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 Liberty Bottleworks, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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