Monday, July 20, 2015

HALO Promotes Safe Sleep from the Start {+ a HALO Bassinest and Sleepsack giveaway!}


Disclosure: We received complimentary product in exchange for this sponsored post and promotion.  We also only promote companies we truly believe in, that have products that we believe will be beneficial to our readers, and have wonderful customer service.  Since we choose what is shared with our readers, we ensure the best, most well-rounded companies!


So, for any of you that know me in real life and have been on the receiving end of one of our many gifts, whether it be for a baby shower, welcome home baby gift, or holy crap they left me alone with a baby HELP! gift, you would know I like to go big or go home.  Maybe its because as a mommy blogger, I have experienced the good, the bad, and the ugly as far as baby gear, companies, and whatnot goes, but I know what you need.  Like, I know. I'm not going to give you that gift that is a pain and a half to return or exchange because you'll never use it or its completely impractical, just like I know what people really want and need (when they think they want something else that is a total clunker). 

I'm going to add a Sophie la Girafe to your gift basket that'll save yours and your teething child's sanity, not a $4 teething toy that only gets the front or sides (but not those killer back molars!).

I'm going to add a My Brest Friend breastfeeding pillow to your basket (and probably a Mombo too), not the Boppy that everyone swears by.  Boppys are terrible.  Well, they aren't really, but they're like that throw pillow that just annoys you and disappoints after you've slept on the real thing; Boppys are excellent baby loungers, but they're only popular because people don't know any better and don't know there's soo much better out there.  Go ahead, try breastfeeding in a My Brest Friend then in a Boppy.

I'm going to add a HALO SleepSack to your basket.  I could name off ten other sleeping bag brands and that still wouldn't cover them all, but trust me they're great.  They're so great, it was the first we chose to snuggle our own son in within the first hour after birth! They have so many fabric options that you're guaranteed to find one that fits your individual wants and needs.  They don't have just five basic designs and then do different color variations among those, there are tons (plus new designs every season!).  They offer ready-to-go gift bundles that look superb on a registry or gift bag (just saying -wink-), and the quality is there.  They're so well made that we'll be using the same SleepSacks for multiple babies; no loose threads, ripped stitches or fabric holes, or unsticky velcro here! We love them, and know you will too!

Now, a great product is only as great as the company, right?  Let me introduce you to the (friendly!) masterminds behind HALO:
HALO Innovations is dedicated to putting the health, safety and well-being of babies first. In fact, over 1,400 hospitals use HALO® SleepSack® wearable blankets through the HALO Safer Way to Sleep Initiative.  The HALO family of products, including HALO SleepSacks and SleepSack Swaddles, SwaddeSure and the best-selling HALOBassinestTM Swivel Sleeper, help children from newborn to toddler age sleep better and safer.

Safe Sleep Tips

ALWAYS
  • Place baby to sleep on his or her back at naptime and at night time
  • Use a crib that meets current safety standards with a firm mattress that fits snugly and is covered with only a tight-fitting crib sheet.
  • Remove all soft bedding and toys from your baby’s sleep area (this includes loose blankets, bumpers, pillows and positioners). The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests using a wearable blanket instead of loose blankets to keep your baby warm.
  • Offer a pacifier when putting baby to sleep. If breastfeeding, introduce pacifier after one month or after breastfeeding has been established.
  • Breastfeed, if possible, but when finished, put your baby back to sleep in his or her separate safe sleep area alongside your bed.
  • Room share, but don’t bed share. Bed sharing can put a child at risk of suffocation.
NEVER
  • Never put your baby to sleep on any soft surface (adult beds, sofas, chairs, water beds, quilts, sheep skins etc.)
  • Never dress your baby too warmly for sleep; keep room temperature 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Never allow anyone to smoke around your baby or take your baby into a room or car where someone has recently smoked.

HALO has always been passionate about 'Back is Best', and now they want to bring awareness and promote their new campaign: Safe Sleep from the Start.  There's no better time to practice safe sleep than the beginning, so be sure to checkout HALO for more great advice and products to give your own precious little safe sleep from the start.

Oh, and be sure to enter their super duper awesome giveaway! You can win their new Bassinest AND a SleepSack! Its like winning the sleep lottery.  
Be sure to enter here


We love Halo and know you will too! They post helpful advice for new parents, great giveaways (and often!), and you'll be on the frontlines when they announce awesome new products like their new Bassinest!


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Monday, May 4, 2015

Going Reusable One Product at a Time: Sunsella Silicone Cupcake Liners Review!

Disclaimer: I have received free product to review, but all comments and opinions are my own. I only recommend products I believe would truly be of interest and a good fit for my readers.

We've always been huge fans of all things reusable, 'green', or 'less' in the artificial ingredients and toxins department, so we've started a new routine of taking one item a week and replacing it with something better for ourselves or the environment.  We've had great success so far with our our coffee creamer, reusable 'swiffer' dusters, and even reusable coffee filters I sewn from muslin.  This week, we chose silicone cupcake liners because we've been encouraging portion control (which lets face it, is all out of whack in the great U.S. of A.), sensory play, and fun bento lunches.  There's a million to choose from nowadays and I really wanted some that were true to color.  I've had a few friends receive various brands and were disappointed when their colors fell flat, so after some research I stumbled upon the vibrant Sunsella Little Gems and crossed my fingers I found a winner.  Just look at those colors!!

It didn't take long for Buddy Doo to fall absolutely in love with them.  As a toddler, he loves sorting everything he touches; adding a pouch of gummy snacks to the liners kept him busy long enough for mommy to actually finish her coffee while it was still warm - a huge win in my book!  It amazes me what toddlers find fun and intriguing; He stacked and unstacked, sorted the gummies by color with their matching liner, played with the table apples, and then matched the liners themselves. We chose them for portion control in our lunches and snacks, and for cooking our different favorites (like homemade blueberry muffins or meatloaf and mashed potato muffins!), but the way he was having fun you would've thought they were intended as another toy.
I wish I would have thought to snatch a picture of our lunch date at the park as these little gems truly sparkled against the stainless steel of our PlanetBox bento lunchboxes. Even though our bentos had separate containers and the little gems weren't entirely necessary to separate the food, I love adding them because their color adds that little something that make homemade lunches a little more cheery.

We love these and are so glad we tried them.  They're so versatile, and clean up is a breeze! We make a lot of food from scratch to cut back on waste, so it just makes sense to redo the tools we cook with as well.  

More about Sunsella Little Gems:

Make healthier, low fat baking with no more sprays, greasing or oiling required!

No more mess or waste, your baking will pop right out with professional looking crinkled edges. 
Do away with food sticking to paper and aluminium baking cups and cupcake liners.

No More Throwaway Paper or Foil Muffin Cups!!!




Other benefits of Sunsella Little Gems include...
- Evenly distributes heat for perfect moist baking
- Dishwasher, oven, microwave and freezer safe 
- Reusuable and durable
- Space-saving stacking
- Fun and vibrant colors
- Easy to clean
- Resists stains and odors 
- Many other uses beyond baking
- Meets FDA standards and BPA free
- High quality silicone with no nasty fillers


Use as food dividers in kids lunches (bento lunch boxes) eliminating the need for 
separate plastic bags to divide and contain food. Also great for controlling serving sizes.

Our baking cups can also be used for...
- Food dividers in kids lunches (bento boxes)
- Portion control
- Making frozen treats
- Making gelatine
- Fun and colorful desserts
- Teething infants
- Fill with treats at kids parties
- Art projects and creative displays
- The options are endless!

BUY IT:  Right now you can grab your own set of liners for 20% off at Amazon with coupon code: JJORSB8D
That makes them only $6.40 shipped if you have Prime :)

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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Blu-Ray Giveaway: The Hobbit The Battle of The Five Armies!

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If you fell in love with the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and then learned the adventure continues (so to speak) in the Hobbit trilogy, well good news! The exciting new adventure awaits in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.  Because we love you all so, we've compiled a fun list of thrilling activities to do in the meantime, like a fun new app, a quiz to test your bravery, and two bonus features!

The final installment of The Hobbit is here! Warner Bros. is proud to bring you the Blu-Ray release of The Hobbit The Battle of The Five Armies! Mouse over the Interactive map of Middle-Earth and take the quiz to find out if you're Brave like Bilbo!


From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpieceThe Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world.
Curious about how The Battle of the Five Armies was made?




Check out some fun behind-the-scenes action in New Zealand!

Special Features on the Blu-Ray combo pack include: 


• New Zealand: Home of Middle-earth Part 3 

• Recruiting the Five Armies 
• Completing Middle-earth: A Six-Part Saga 
• Completing Middle-earth: A Seventeen-Year Journey 
• The Last Goodbye: Behind the Scenes 
• Music Video 
• Trailers



#TheHobbit

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Charge Your Mobile Devices, Where Ever You Are! {Coosh Review}





As you all know, I prefer to write real reviews, with real pictures and thoroughly reviewed products.  Unfortunately, not only did I receive the wrong product to review, but I also must submit the review by midnight (and it finally came in a couple hours ago) so this review will be short, sweet, and not as detailed.  So, I apologize in advance if I am unable to answer all of the questions you may have before purchasing this product as I feel I wasn't able to fully review it to the best of my ability.

The product I was suppose to receive was the Coosh 20,000 Mega Power Bank for laptops and electronic devices.  You can see it pictured below:


Stock image found on Tomoson.com

I received the Coosh powerbank for mobile devices, such as phones, tablets, and bluetooth.  We actually have all of those mentioned, so we will definitely be able to use the product in the future and it wasn't a total waste.



When I took it out of the box, I was really impressed with the smooth and sleek design.  There's nothing poking out, or rough textures.  Its a great compact size and about the same height as my iphone with the Otterbox on, and about half an inch wider.  It fits perfectly in my back pocket and is easy to store in my purse, diaper bag, or carryon while traveling.  We actually just had a last minute appointment with our dentist before our big move, and as I was worried it was too close to our son's naptime for him to be well-behaved I made sure to grab his tablet as a 'just in case'.  As soon as I clicked my seat belt, though, I realized it was almost completely dead and would most certainly die before we arrived.  Instead of stressing, I realized this was the perfect opportunity to try out the new Coosh powerbank, so I put all of my faith into this little device and plugged it in.  

It was a 30 minute drive to the dentist and I knew this would be my make-it-or-break-it moment on whether this product would be worth it for parents on the go.  I'm sure there are many out there that commute for longer periods, but I don't know many who spend more than 30 minutes at a time in a vehicle.  Those 30 minutes need to count.  Now remember, I had just received this product.  Like, I caught the mailman as I was loading our son up just received it.  The product hadn't been charged fully; I didn't even have time to look at the instructions. But you know what? It may not have fully charged the tablet, but it charged a good 25% and that would've been more than enough for us if we needed it.  We didn't, my son loves the dentist and did great, but it was such a stress-reliever having the tablet charged if I needed it.  And, it didn't even seem to put a dent in the power left in the Coosh powerbank. 

Even though we were sent the wrong product, even though we only had a few hours to review, for a product that I can literally take out of the box and plug into a device as I rush out the door.....to know I can count on that....its worth it.  My opinion may change later, and if it does I'll certainly update this review, but for now I can certainly see this as being a staple in my bag in this modern world of always-dead mobile devices.



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