Friday, July 26, 2013

It's a Big Deal to Turn Your Car Seat Around!

Daniella feels like such a big girl! We recently turned her car seat forward facing. She is now 2 years and 8 months old and is 36" tall and weighs 33 lbs. I personally wanted to wait until she turned three, but my husband had wanted to turn her when she turned two. We compromised that when she reached at least 30 lbs AND 36", then we would turn her car seat forward facing.

She is so excited about seeing things out the windshield!



Thursday, July 25, 2013

PB Crave Review with Giveaway (Continental US Only, Ends 08/15/13)



Disclosure: I received one jar of each flavor of PB Crave in exchange for my honest review.



They are as delicious as they sound!


This one tastes like peanut butter cookies!


I did notice that the texture was a bit different than the natural peanut butters that we typically buy. It was not as firm as we are used to. Refrigerating them made them too hard though.





We found them all to be very delicious. But, we did find that they were a bit too sweet for our preferences. They DO have less grams of sugar than most jellies do, though! Also, I would love to see a version made without soy lecithin as an ingredient. However, the rest of the ingredients were great - HONEY, PEANUTS, and other healthy things!

CoCo Banana was my favorite. Both of my children preferred the Cookie Nookie. I would say that Razzle Dazzle was our least favorite.


PB Crave is Now available at Walmart!

  PB Crave is excited to announce that they are NOW available at Walmart Supercenters across the country! You are now able to find Razzle Dazzle and Cookie Nookie at most Walmart stores and Choco Choco and CoCo Banana in select stores.


Check www.pbcrave.com for a store locator to find it near you!

PB Crave has a Back to School promotion coming soon so keep an eye out on their Facebook page and website for more details on that.

Check out Celebrity Chef Andrew Zimmern's OpenSky Page and video review on PB Crave
https://www.opensky.com/pb-crave!


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The Importance of Literacy/Nordic Naturals Announces its Back to School Essentials Product Promotion!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored Post by Nordic Naturals. I received free products in exchange for writing this post.




Literacy is extremely important to me. My son began reading at the age of four and I have a feeling that my daughter will be reading before that age. As a parent, I feel that it is one of the most important tools that I give my child. After all, how can you read about history and science and other subjects without first conquering reading? I cannot imagine what life must be like for people who can't read or read well. It must be a daily struggle.

I truly believe that kids who read succeed. Kids who read can have such a creative imagination and can feel like they can travel the world by simply picking up a book! Not to mention just everyday life. Menus, employment applications, street and store signs, and nutritional labels are all things that need to be read on a fairly regular basis. Not to mention Facebook. Not sure what I would do without Facebook. :)


This picture makes a good point about whether or not our children are reading well...it also proves a point about something else that goes hand in hand with literacy - spelling. Notice that "According" is spelled "Acording"? Makes you wonder if the person who created it did not have good literacy skills themselves.






Nordic Naturals, the leading manufacturer of omega-3 supplements for kids and adults, announces its Back to School Essentials product promotion, which supports the U.S. Literacy Program for the non-profit Save the Children (http://www.savethechildren.org/site/c.8rKLIXMGIpI4E/b.6115947/k.8D6E/Official_Site.htm). From July 1 through September 30, $1 will be donated for every bottle sold at retail stores of the following products: Baby’s DHA, Children’s DHA™, Omega-3.6.9. Junior™, Ultimate Omega Junior®, and Nordic Berries™.
Here are the items that this promotion works with so that you can try to find them more easily at your store!








“Supporting learning in children has always been a passion for us at Nordic Naturals,” notes Keri Marshall, Chief Medical Officer for the company. “Omega-3s have proven themselves as important building blocks not only for overall health in children but in supporting a child’s ability to learn. We are proud to be associated with Save the Children and to support their meaningful work to improve childhood literacy in this country.”



Nordic Naturals has generously sponsored a giveaway! One person will win:
1) 1 box of Omega-3 Jellies
2) Nordic Naturals coloring book
3) Children's Swag Bag
4) T-shirt

The total product value for this prize is: $35



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Teeccino - America's Favorite Coffee Alternative! Review with Giveaway with 16 Winners! (US Only, Ends 08/13/13)



Disclosure: I received free products from Teeccino in exchange for my honest review.


I received the Teeccino Mediterranean Herbal Coffee, Teechia Super Seeds Cereal and Teeccino Chocolate Organic Herbal Coffee to review. 


Hazelnut - YUM!


Super yummy!!


CHOCOLATE COFFEE??? YUP!!!


This is what the Teechia looks like.


Served out into bowls.


Mixed with hot water.


Mixed in some plain Greek yogurt for creaminess.


Mmmm...


Stirred it all up! Then we enjoyed it! It definitely has a unique texture. Sort of like oatmeal, but definitely not oatmeal. More flaky, I guess would be a good way to describe it. We added no additional sweetener as this was just before we started the Maximized Living Advanced Plan Healing Diet so we were cutting back on sweeteners at the time to prepare.But it was plenty sweet enough. Dates are pretty sweet fruits. Now that we will begin transitioning to gluten free soon from grain free, this will be a staple for me, I think! I really enjoyed it.

The Teeccino Chocolate Herbal Coffee is very unique. It literally tastes like chocolate tea. SO delicious! 

The Mediterranean Herbal Coffee was a very good hazelnut blend and it was a light flavor and oh, so good!

Here is what Teeccino says on their website:
Coffee drinkers blend Teeccino with coffee to reduce caffeine and acidity or drink Teeccino in the afternoon and evening.

People who are motivated by health to quit coffee kick the caffeine habit with Teeccino.

Kids love Teeccino as a healthy alternative to caffeinated drinks like coffee and hot chocolate.

They even have samplers of various flavors available that ship for free - if you would like to try more than one flavor. There's a store locator on teeccino.com as well - but TeeChia is not in stores yet.

During the month of July, receive a free sample of Southern Pecan with orders over $25 and their Flavor of the Month is Chocolate Mint, so all pack sizes are 15% off .

Plus Teeccino has generously offered discount code for my readers! Receive 20% off all Teeccino & TeeChia products - expiring on August 31st at midnight. Use Code: GROWINGUP2013


Teeccino has VERY generously decided to hold a giveaway with SIXTEEN winners!!! WOO-HOO!!

Grand Prize: 11oz bag of Teeccino, 10-ct box of Teeccino, 6-Serving bag of TeeChia

Small prizes (15): 1 Teeccino tee-bag + 1 TeeChia single-serve sample


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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Love With Food - A Monthly Subscription Box Service - Review with Giveaway! (US Only, Ends 08/20/13)


Disclosure: I received one free box of Love With Food's subscription service in exchange for my honest review.




I was so excited when my Love With Food box arrived! I couldn't wait to open it up and see what was inside!


It was jam packed full of stuff!


Yummy deliciousness!!


Such great foods.



It was hard to decide which items to try first! There was a cookie, dried tomatoes, jelly, seasonings, coffees, various snacks and more! It was kind of a bummer that each item was so small as it left me wanting more, but I guess that it the point - to introduce you to new foods that you will want to try more of! And this wasn't junk, crap food. It was healthy good for you with real true ingredients food! I was very excited about that!

Something else that I really like about Love With Food is that they donate one meal for every box sent. Plus they help subscribers discover great food for a great cause! Love With Food also makes a great present, as well as a care package for college students! 


New subscribers can try their first box for free (with only $2 shipping fee) with code FBGIFT.




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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

BabyLegs! Review WITH Giveaway! TWO WINNERS! (US and Canada Only, Ends 08/10/13)



Disclosure: I received two pairs of BabyLegs in exchange for my honest opinion about them.

I don't know about you, but I am totally in LOVE with BabyLegs! We have owned quite a few pairs since Daniella was born and I was so glad to add more to our collection. I have normally only cared for solid colored ones so that they are easy to mix and match but the pairs that I was sent to review opened my world to so many more possibilities!

BabyLegs are arm and leg warmers that are wonderful for layering, wearing in place of tights or leggings, and are a WONDERFUL addition to cloth diapering! It is so easy to change any diaper though if you child is wearing BabyLegs as you can leave them on while changing the diaper. And BabyLegs are for girls AND boys!



A pink floral pair and an organic pink striped pair!





Aren't they adorable? Trust me, they are even cuter on!




Noticed how they roll down a bit from her chunky thighs? :) Makes me want to squeeze those rolls! :)



I love the little frill at the bottom.


                                                        I love how she struck a pose here!

The great part is that both of these BabyLegs could easily mix and match with either of these dresses!

Each pair was worn a couple of times and washed and they both held up well through the washing cycle, as have all of our other BabyLegs.

What I love best about BabyLegs is that they can be used for several years making them a great investment! Daniella started wearing hers around 9 months old and can still fit into them and I am sure they will fit her until she is at least 6! And even when they no longer fit as leg warmers, she can use them as arm warmers!

 In their upcoming Fall 13’ Line they are introducing a Gender Neutral collection that is organic and latex free! I <3 anything="" gender="" nbsp="" neutral="" p="">


BabyLegs has a current sale running for their Back to School Sale- New Styles at 3 for $15.00!

They will have another sale August 19th-21st for 20% off Varsity warmers!


BabyLegs has a sister company named TicTacToe- TTT has a wide assortment of basic, fashion and special occasion legwear ranging from booties, crew socks, knee socks, leggings, and tights in sizes from newborn through teens. Currently they are offering 50% off all graphic socks and spring tight colors + free shipping. There is no coupon code needed. Offer is valid until 7-14-13. www.tictactoesocks.com


BabyLegs has generously offered a great giveaway with two winners!!

Boys- Pick Up Sticks Warmer: Five...Six...Pick up sticks! Bring the games of your childhood back to life this spring with our Pick Up Sticks legwarmers and arm warmers. They make every outfit a winner!  Fun & Games Socks- Just like your little one, our Fun and Games legwarmers are programmed for play! Pair them with any outfit and you'll come out a winner!

Girls-  Serenity Warmer: Peaceful spring days are the perfect time for our Serenity legwarmers and arm warmers featuring a graceful and simple floral pattern. Peace Socks: Calm and peaceful, these socks will improve the aura of any outfit with their beautiful colors and simple flowered patterns.

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Rudi's Organic Bakery - Review with Giveaway - (US Only, Ends 08/06/13)


Disclosure: I received coupons for three free products in exchange for my honest review.



If you have been following my blog for very long, you know that my family is on a quest for true health. My husband and I are grain free currently but will soon be transitioning to gluten free. Our children started off on whole grain products and have been transitioning to gluten free. They are now mostly gluten free. Rudi's Organic Bakery has helped with this transition!


Rudi's Organic Bakery breads can be found in your grocer's freezer. We personally bought ours using the coupons (and a couple of loaves since then!) at Publix. With the coupons, we initially purchased 1 Organic Harvest Marvelous Multigrain loaf and 2 Original Gluten-Free Sandwich Breads loaves.



We started with the Organic Harvest Marvelous Multigrain loaf.


Grabbed some bruschetta sauce from Trader Joe's.

And added mozzarella cheese to make the kids some pizza bread!

They devoured it very quickly!!




Next, we used an entire loaf of the Original Gluten-Free Sandwich Breads.


Mixed some spices, vanilla, and eggs in a bowl.


Soaked each slice of bread in the mix


and fried them individually in coconut oil.


The kids enjoyed this delicious and healthy french toast!


A couple of the slices broke while frying though.

I made french toast from the entire loaf and froze the leftovers. The kids ate french toast about 4 or 5 times before the entire loaf was gone! 

Overall, we have been very pleased with Rudi's Organic Bakery breads. As stated earlier, we have gone on to purchase more loaves out of pocket. Rudi's Organic Bakery has LOTS of varieties! Rudi's Organic Bakery is the #2 distributed Gluten Free bakery in the US! Udi's is #1, however, unlike Udi's, all of Rudi's Organic Bakery products are 100% GMO-Free. Additionally, their products have consistently received more positive reviews than Udi's. They make three loaves of bread (Cinnamon Raisin, Multigrain and Original), three critically acclaimed tortillas (Fiesta, Plain, Spinach), a frozen-pizza crust, hotdog rolls and hamburger buns ALL GLUTEN FREE!
For more information please visit: http://www.rudisbakery.com/gluten-free/

 Rudi's is one of the only companies that distributes a full line of bakery products (breads, buns, rolls, tortillas, flatz, bagels, english muffins and organic soft pretzels (new!)) nationwide.

I am totally jealous because Rudi's Organic Bakery has very generously offered for a giveaway of a 2-month supply of Rudi's Organic Products!!!





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