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Hotslings Adjustable Pouch Carrier {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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The other day at the commissary (on-base grocery store), I was getting the boys into the special rocket cart that has seatbelts and steering wheels for two kids, and I started thinking about how this routine would have to change in the next several weeks when Baby Boy #3 arrives.  My four-year-old has been dying to use one of the carts that has room for four children and stretches out  about 12 feet, but I absolutely refuse to attempt pushing that massive thing through the store — in all honesty, I’m not exactly sure that I even could push that massive thing through the store. 

In thinking of how I could still use this special rocket cart (which also has an upper basket part and a lower basket part — my favorite for keeping produce and bread from being smashed by cereal boxes and meat!), I determined that I’d have to break down and get some sort of carrier or sling to wear the baby on me.  I’ve tried a couple over the past few years, but I always feel like I’m not wearing it correctly or like I have way too much fabric wrapped around my body. 

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I discovered the Hotslings website after quite a bit of searching through all the options available, and I figured that it had all the makings for a successful baby-wearing experience for me: not too much fabric, the ability to adjust sizes, and choices for wearing the baby in different positions.  And, the bonus?  Super classy and stylish designs! 

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My initial thought was how much I loved the compact size of the Hotslings Adjustable Pouch Carrier — the entire carrier fit snugly inside a cute case that can also be used to hold a wipe container and 1-2 diapers.  I received the Silhouette design, and I like the versatility of the pattern along with the practicality of not showing every single stain or mark that may get on the fabric.  It was easy to adjust and easy to shift into new positions.  I love it!

Semi-Reclined / Cradle Carry (8 lbs to 4 months)

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Front Carry (2 to 8 months)

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Hip Carry (6 to 8 months and up)

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Hotslings can be found on Zulily this week, and you can enter below to win a Hotslings Adjustable Pouch Carrier in your choice of design!

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

** The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the evening of Saturday, August 3rd, and 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 Hotslings, but all opinions are strictly my own.

 

FRUCHI {Giveaway} — CLOSED

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When the summer comes, we all pretty much live off of popsicles and ice cream.  We buy popsicles in the huge bulk-sized bag, we make lots of popsicles in our 30 different popsicle molds, we have an entire freezer full of cartons of ice cream, and we put our 20-minute ice cream maker to good use!  In all of our frozen treat eating, though, I love to try and get in some healthy foods — we’ve found some great sorbet recipes that use all fruit and minimal sugar, and our favorite popsicles have been made from 100% juice.

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 When I came across FRUCHI and had the opportunity to review their products, I knew that we would love them since they’re right up our alley.  However, I had NO IDEA how much we would love them!  I can honestly, honestly say that these have been our favorite treats over the past few weeks!   I have grabbed a couple to take out to the beach with us, we’ve eaten them while the boys ride bikes and play outside, and I actually even used them as a side for dinner a couple of nights ago when a grocery store run was sorely needed…  I love that these can be eaten on the go since they’re in a pouch, or they also make it easier for my boys (ages 2 and 4) to eat right here at home without any other utensils or mess.

 We were sent four different flavors to try, and it just worked out well that my husband, oldest son, and I each inevitably claimed a different favorite flavor.  I was shocked to find that I loved the Island Splash more than any of the others since I’m usually drawn to berry flavors, while my husband liked the Berry Blast the best and my oldest son asked every time for the Raspberry Splash.

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Berry Blast — Antioxidants abound and blueberries lead the way in this powerful dark berry blend with raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries.

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Strawberry Banana — Strawberries and bananas combine with our 100% all-natural fruit juice blend to make this one unforgettable smoothie.

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Island Splash — Escape to the Caribbean with this refreshing mix of oranges, peaches and mangos with our all-natural fruit juice blend.

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 Raspberry Rush — Zing your taste buds with this tangy blend of raspberry juice, strawberries, blackberries and other power-packed juices.

“Also, if your organization is looking for an original product for fundraising, FRUCHI® smoothies are the perfect choice!  All-natural FRUCHI® smoothies are the only ready-to-eat  real fruit frozen smoothies in the country, which means your fundraiser can  feature an innovative, better-for-you product that tastes great.  Kids love FRUCHI® smoothies for their great taste and how  much fun they are to eat. Parents love them because they deliver a full serving  of fruit in each environmentally friendly package.  Our fundraising program is designed to maximize your  profitability while minimizing the hassle and headaches of running a successful fundraiser.”

Starting a FRUCHI® smoothie Fundraiser is as easy as 1-2-3

1. Place an order by completing the online form or  calling 1-855-4FRUCHI

2. Pick up your order or have it shipped to you

3. Sell FRUCHI® smoothies at your event or concession stand

 Now that all of our review FRUCHIs have been devoured, we’re searching for the right place to buy more!!  FRUCHI can be found in grocery stores at Cub Foods, Festival Foods, Kowalski’s, and Hy-Vee, but they can also be purchased through Schwans.com — we were especially happy to find this since we don’t have any of those grocery stores near us!

 One Dandy reader will win two 6-packs of FRUCHI — enter below to win!

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

** The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the morning of Friday, June 28th, and 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 FRUCHI, but  all opinions are strictly my own.

Little Green Pouch {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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I was joking with my husband the other day that it feels like most of my “modern” pregnancy and infant parenting choices are not so modern anymore.  I beg for an epidural when I walk through the door of L&D rather than birthing naturally, I nurse for only a couple of months before switching to formula and bottles, I prefer to have my babies in their own cribs without any blankets or crib bumpers rather than in bed with me, I use disposable diapers, and the list goes on.  The only thing that I’ve done with my boys that is semi-“modern” is make my own baby food.  I LOVED being able to throw fruits and vegetables into the Magic Bullet and come out with great, fresh baby food in just a couple of seconds.  One of my main problems, though, was transporting it and feeding them when we were out of the house.  Frankly, I think this is concern even with store-bought food — it’s just not easy to find a suitable high chair substitute and then to use a spoon with the little containers.

Meet my new favorite modern product, Little Green Pouch!!  The Little Green Pouch is a reusable food pouch that can be filled with healthy foods of your own choosing, that can save money, and that is a green alternative to disposable food pouches.

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I absolutely love these Little Green Pouches!  While their use for baby food is obvious, they are easily used for older kids as well.  I can’t even begin to count the number of times my four-year-old asks for sugar-filled Gogurt or another pricey applesauce pouch after he’s completely downed one in record time.  We’ve used them for our boys (22 months and 4 years old) in the past couple of days, and they work like a charm.

openA friend of mine mentioned that she’s freezed food in them so they can thaw out throughout the day and be ready for lunches or snacks on the go.  These would be perfect to keep food cold in lunch boxes at school or day care.

And, another one of my modern-but-not-modern choices is to use the dishwasher instead of washing by hand, so thank heavens that these Little Green Pouches are dishwasher-safe!

Enter below to win a Little Green Pouch 4-Pack to try at your house!

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

** The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the evening of Saturday, March 9th, and 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 Little Green Pouch, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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