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Saturday, July 5, 2014

TLC VoxBox Review

Here we go again. Another awesome VoxBox came our way from Influenster. This one is the TLC VoxBox and it was filled with all things Mommy!!

Here's what's inside:
Neosporin Neo To Go
Breyers Gelato Indulgences (coupon)
Ivory bar soap
AVON Anew Reversalist Express Wrinkle Smoother
Puffs To Go
Shell Fuel Rewards Network card



Starting at the top we tried out the Neosporin Neo To Go. I had the perfect chance to use this when one of the kids popped a blister on their foot playing outside. It wasn't bleeding but stung a lot and I couldn't get them to come inside to clean it off. So out came the Neo To Go and with a quick squirt the pain was gone. Worked really fast! It took a few tries to get it to spray the first use but once it came out it was easy to aim. It comes out looking like a frothy foam then dissolves away. I have added this to my purse first aid kit and it fits perfectly.



Next up Breyers Gelato. I had to go to a different store than normal to get this and then that store only had two flavors to pick from. I was nice and went for the kid friendly option of raspberry cheesecake. I want to say that I completely loved this because it was really good, but there was a huge negative in that it didn't taste like cheesecake at all. The raspberry sauce is very sweet, almost too sweet, and the gelato is very creamy. I don't think the graham crumble added anything to the flavor or texture so aside from the look of it when you open the package it really could have been left off. All in all it was very tasty just not how I expected it to taste.




On to the Ivory soap. Ivory has always been awesome. It floats, it explodes in the microwave, what more could you ask right?! Well unfortunately for me, I need a soap that doesn't strip you of moisture. I have dry sensitive skin and was itchy after one use. The rest of the family has used it just fine and I do enjoy the smell. So for those of us with skin issues, not so great, but for the average population this one gets a thumbs up.




Now for the AVON Anew Reversalist Express Wrinkle Smoother. First a How-To of opening this product because I seriously messed with the lid for several minutes before I figured it out. I felt pretty stupid but found out I'm not the only one! The lid slides open, like a slider phone. Okay, now on to the actual product. The texture of this is really nice. It goes on like a powder would and feels very similar. No need for blending and it can be used under or over makeup. You may notice there is no picture for this one and that's because I found no difference in my wrinkles to photo to share. Not to say this doesn't work but I don't have deep wrinkles. Not that I don't have my fair share of wrinkles just I'm still on the younger side of adulthood so not so many. So to give this a fair shake I passed it along to my mom to get her two cents. (She had trouble with the lid too!) She says that it does appear to smooth the deeper lines. We both like that the case is it's own mirror. Has a nice surface we may have to keep for later use after the product is gone.

Almost done we move to Puffs To Go (with lotion). I'm not sure if it's the lotion of just the tissue but these are extra thick. They are super soft and we tested them out a lot with both allergy season and a summer cold going through our house. Even after multiple uses they don't irritate the skin on the nose so you can keep right on being sick or allergic or crying and not have a bright red nose as well! One draw back to these is that the package opens at the top so you have to try and separate the folded tissue from the rest and pull it out the tiny opening. Much prefer front openings with pop up next tissue dispensing.

Finally we get to the Shell Fuel Rewards card. Normally I go out of my way to make sure I try out everything that comes in the VoxBox, but this one I just couldn't review. There is only one Shell station in my city and it's well out of my way to go to. On top of, we currently get our gas at Costco where we get both a lower price and earn basic simple cash back. I will pass the card on to someone who can use it, just unfortunately it will not work for us.





I received all products complimentary from Influenster.
The views and opinions expressed are purely my own.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Quick Banana Cookies

In the mood for cookies? Got a few ripe bananas? Then you're in luck, because these are the fastest, easiest 2 ingredient cookies you will ever make. Don't believe me? You will when you try them. Plus they are healthy and delicious!

Ingredients:
2 large over ripe bananas
1 cup of quick oats.
YUP--that's it!!

You can add in choc chips, coconut, or nuts if you'd like. We did some with chocolate chips and a few with Hershey kisses just for fun.

Mush together the bananas and oats (and anything else you want to add).
Place mix in small clumps on a cookie sheet.
Bake at 350º for 15 mins and ENJOY!




Friday, May 16, 2014

Broken, Burned, Bruised and Extracted

I have been less than consistent over the past couple months with my posts and it's time to fill you in on the the big why or rather whyS. Since February we have had 2 surgeries, 3 dental procedures, a near broken arm, a 2nd degree burn, allergies, colds, and something like the flu. To say the least the year has not started out great, but we're happy and "reasonably" healthy and what more could you ask for? So just for fun here are some photos of a few of the fun things mentioned above that we've been up to in our day to day lives behind the blog.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Hoppy Spring Giveaway

We are celebrating the coming of Spring and Easter with this fun giveaway from many great kids brands. Enter to win an amazing gift set of products that make life simpler and promote eco-friendly living!

Potting Shed Creations

Garden-in-a-pail kids! Living Easter Pail - Retail value: $28
Garden-in-a-pail kids! is a fun container garden project to plant and grow a living Easter pail with kids. A label is also included to personalize with crayons, paint or markers. Grass is ready in 5-7 days and makes a great centerpiece after jelly beans are collected or to display a few prized dyed eggs. Includes a recycled steel pail, bunny label to personalize, organic soil-les mix, organic coconut husks for drainage, and organic wheat grass seed with planting/growing directions enclosed in a easter egg.
Established in 1998, Potting Shed Creations designs and makes all of its products by hand, one piece at a time. Our design and production studio is a renovated 1970’s elementary school in Idaho. We use only the finest materials, are certified organic and inspired by nature, reclaimed objects, gastronomy, modern culture and Japanese minimalism. For more information visit pottingshedcreations.com.

Buncha Farmers Inc.

Buncha Farmers gift basket including our stain remover, manuka honey soaps, hand sanitizer and skin cream - Retail value: $45
Buncha Farmers Inc. is committed to the highest standards of quality, satisfaction and fair pricing. We put a lot of thought and care into developing our products so that YOU, our CUSTOMER, can benefit and truly appreciate our efforts. Our focus is to make day to day living a little more rewarding and put less stress in your life. We also want to make your life as healthy as possible without sacrificing little pleasures that everyone looks forward to everyday. For more information visit bunchafarmers.com.

Bert&Bratt

Battery powered, Portable Sterilizer for infant items - Retail value: $45
Battery powered, portable sterilizer for infant items! Sterilizes pacifiers, sippy cup tops, bottle nipples and small teethers with just the push of a button. Gets items germ free in 4 minutes and uses NO WATER, NO HEAT and NO CHEMICALS. Easily fits into diaper bags and purses and goes wherever baby goes. Never be without a clean pacifier or feeding item again.
Bert&Bratt is a 100% female owned Canadian company. The product was dreamed, designed and manufactured by the head moms in charge, Tasha Bertrand and Annemarie Brattland. "This is a product that we, as mothers with young children, would have loved to have. We both hated having to run and find soap and water whenever something hit the ground. This makes moms lives easier and helps keep babies away from potentially harmful bacteria. When something is easy people tend to do it more often. We made cleaning infant items as easy as pushing a button!" For more information visit bertandbratt.com.

Baby Buddy

Baby Buddy Universal Pacifier Holder and Size It’ Closet Organizers
Universal Pacifier Holder in 3 colors and Size It’ Closet Organizers in 3 colors - Retail Price: $35
Our NEW Universal Pacifier Holder works with all pacifiers! Still handmade in the USA, our Baby Buddy pacifier holders feature our cute bear design and strong grip clip, but now are also available in 26 new fashion ribbon patterns! A durable "super grip" metal clip attaches securely to baby's clothing, car seat cover or stroller. Use with button or ring pacifiers using either snaps or the NEW Silicone Adapter Ring. Buddy Bear helps to keep baby’s pacifier within reach and off the floor. HANDMADE IN USA. BPA FREE.
Size It’ Closet Organizers are a Baby Buddy Best Seller! It doesn't take long for a little one's closet to become a jumble of clothing in many different sizes. These size dividers make it simple to keep the whole wardrobe neat and orderly. Set includes five plastic size dividers, removable labels for 15 sizes and six blank, write-on labels. Now available in EIGHT colors. MADE IN USA. Great to organize Easter clothes, or encourage spring cleaning and clothing donation.
The Baby Buddy brand features creative, innovative and quality products designed for parents and caregivers to use for children, from birth through toddler years. Baby Buddy accessories allow all caregivers to organize closets, brush those precious teeth coming in, enjoy bath and meal time and keep toys and pacifiers nearby and away from germs. Baby Buddy is a unique product line originating from parent company, Compac Industries Inc. For over 30 years, Compac Industries Inc. has manufactured and distributed products as a family operated, small business and a certified minority supplier. For more information visit babybuddy.com.

Baby Spa

Baby Spa Baby Essentials Stage 1
Baby Essentials Stage 1 - Retail Price: $34.99
Includes: 3 in 1 Tearless Shampoo, Body Wash & Moisturizer, Moisturizing Body Lotion, Shea Butter Diaper Cream, Ultra Soft Baby Wipes (72 ct.), Travel Size Face Cream
Everything your baby needs for their first bath and diaper change comes wrapped in our nurturing Baby Essentials gift set. Just the right combination of wholesome skin and hair care essentials to keep tender skin healthy and nourished. Safe and gentle for sensitive skin in newborns through crawlers. Great gift for baby showers, coming home gifts or anytime. Contains organic enthnobotanicals, Songa, Kendi Oil, and Patented Swiss Moisturizer EG-28 to soothe, hydrate, and comfort tender baby skin. Includes ultra Soft Biodegradable & Organic Wipes.
BabySpa is a natural bath and body care collection for newborns through preschoolers made with special ethnobotanical blends that provide lasting hydration, soothing effects and sweet, comforting sensations. We believe natural is better, and therefore always use extracts and oils from plants, roots and flowers to deliver gentle, vitamin-rich skin care. Our bath and body care collection offers an easy to follow "stages" approach with products that are individually tailored to address the changing skin care needs for babies from infancy through toddlerhood. For more information visit babyspausa.com.

Yummi Pouch

Yummi Pouch Brights reusable food pouches - Retail value: $15 **WE LOVE THESE, CHECK OUT OUR REVIEW**
Yummi Pouch reusable food pouches encourage healthy snacks for active kids. Our eco-friendly food pouches are freezer safe, dishwasher safe, BPA-free, Phthalate-free, and can be filled with healthy blended snacks and easily taken on the go, no spoon required. Our vision is to help moms and dads prepare healthy snacks for their active kids. Yummi Pouches are perfect to be filled with nutritious smoothies and purees prepared in batches, frozen or refrigerated, and easily consumed on the go. For more information visit yummipouch.com.

Artterro

Art Doll Kit - Retail value: $20
This Art Doll Kit includes fun friends to design, dress and treasure forever! Cut, sew and glue four unique dolls and turn them into bookmarks, room decorations, gift tags or even pins to wear. Materials include natural wool felt, handmade recycled paper and more.
Artterro is all about creativity! Our Eco Art Kits delight and inspire, making it so easy for kids and adults to enjoy art together. Twelve titles offer perfect birthday or holiday gifts for someone special. These affordable kits feature natural and recycled materials and are assembled by hand in Wisconsin. For more information visit artterro.com.

JJRabbit

Frog Cuppie - Retail value: $8.99
It’s time to transition to a real cup; but, how do you do that without taking away the security and comfort of a sippy cup? With a hidden animal at the bottom of each CUPPIES, your little one will finish every time to see their favorite friend. Not only are CUPPIES the perfect training cups, they are made from plants. They are biodegradable and compostable.
JJ Rabbit is a design-first, eco-conscious children's feeding brand. We strive to thrill parents and kids with fun and functional products that make mealtime enjoyable and easy. We want JJ Rabbit to be the favorite cup or bowl or bib that your kid remembers when it's time for them to have kids. For more information visit jjrabbit.com.

Wishy Life Buddies

Wishy Life Buddies
An Easter Tradition Book + Buddy - Retail Price: $30
Book, Plush Bunny 'Buddy', 7 Easter eggs & Wishy Dust
'Wishy Life Buddies: An Easter Tradition' provides families with a sneaky, seasonal pal who gives treats, rewards and encouraging messages to well-behaved children during the Easter Season. Children bring their 'Buddy' to life by naming him and sprinkling him with Wishy Dust. The book includes 'Buddy' and seven empty eggs that are hidden and filled each day for a week leading up to Easter Sunday. Eggs can be filled with anything from stickers and treats to messages and small gifts, but bad behavior results in an empty, unhidden egg. 'Buddy' departs on Easter Sunday and promises to return the following year to watch after his new friends and family.
Wishy Life, is a mother and daughter-in-law team. We wrote the book in hopes to have a lasting tradition with our family during Easter. After receiving praise from family and friends we decided to publish the book and bring it to the public for other families to enjoy as well. For more information visit wishylife.com.

Rock-a-Thigh Baby

A pair of Rock-a-Thighs – WINNER'S CHOICE of size/design - Retail value: $14
Rock-a-Thighs are Made in USA, Eco-friendly, children's thigh-length socks (like legwarmers with feet). Developed by a Wisconsin mom of four daughters, these baby thigh highs are designed to cover those little ankles while staying up, and on, so no more missing socks.
Rock-a-Thighs are THE baby socks that stay on! They also make diaper changes a breeze, are a fashionable alternative to tights, and make excellent baby shower gifts. Available in six sizes from 0-6m up to 6-8yr. For more information visit rtbsocks.com.

San Diego Bebe

Double Blessings Who's Your Momma t-shirt
One "Who's Your Momma?" t-shirt, choice of size and color (red, turquoise, pink) - Retail Price: $25
San Diego Bebe is a deluxe nursing pillow that includes a cool built-in Privacy Cover and Comfort Bolster. Mom-inspired & patented, it is eco-friendly, hypo-allergenic, non-toxic, foam-free, and free of any fire-retardant chemicals or toxic glues. Available for singleton or twins! For more information visit doubleblessings.com.

Birds & Bees Teas

Birds and Bees Teas Easy Naps & Calm Nights tea tin
Easy Naps & Calm Nights tea tin - Retail Price: $18
Every family needs this tea in the pantry! A soothing and relaxing blend that encourages calmness and entices sleep. Perfect to sip after a bath on one of those restless preggie nights. It also makes our favorite drink for overstimulated toddlers, mix one cup of hot tea and a teaspoon full of raw local honey to a cup of cold organic whole milk for a lukewarm calming treat.
Our mission is to encourage the health and well-being of mamas and their families by offering 100% natural, organic and delicious herbal infusions. We strive to only use the best possible ingredients and share current information on safe, gentle and effective herbal tea use during pregnancy. Birds & Bees wants to share our love of loose leaf blends by encouraging mamas to create a daily self-care habit of sipping slowly. We believe that it’s important to support birth professionals, advocate for evidence based care and give back to the community through organizations that champion quality maternal health care for all. For more information visit birdsandbeesteas.com.

Wobabybasics

Wobabybasics Unders Unisex Briefs 3 Pack
Unders Unisex Briefs 3 Pack - Retail Price: $22
Wobabybasics new Unders Collection includes organic cotton brief and fitted boxer brief underwear styles for toddlers and kids up to eight years. Made from IMO/GOTS certified organic cotton with a touch of stretch, each unisex style is available in natural, bright primary solids and patterned fabric options. Each package of three underpants comes with a reusable cotton bag. Both the brief and boxer briefs have been designed to ensure the utmost comfort for next-to-skin wear with flat seams, printed care labels and encased elastic waistbands. With a generous, creep-resistant fit, parents and children will be sure to make these their go-to underwear choice.
Wobabybasics offers innovative organic cotton clothes for newborns to 8 years old. Inspired by children and their everyday movements, each collection consists of easy-to-wear, comfortable and practical organic basics, reversibles, accessories, layette, gift sets and kids underwear. As the healthiest option for babies and the planet, only certified organic textiles and non-toxic dyes are used. Naturally, Wobabybasics proudly supports local artisans and people-friendly production methods to uphold the highest social and environmental benefits. For more information visit wobabybasics.com.

Rhoost

Finger Guard and Cord Winder - Retail value: $20
Rhoost's Cord Winder makes dangling blind cords a thing of the past, keeping your loved ones safe and your personal style intact. Features screw free installation. Our Finger Guard protects little fingers from door and hinges, keeping your loved ones safe and your personal style intact.
Rhoost designs eco-friendly and stylish safety and grooming products for the modern parent. No screws or adhesives required. For more information visit rhoost.com.


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Monday, March 31, 2014

2014 Spring Green Scene Mom Award Winners

The Green Scene Mom Awards honor cutting edge children's products that promote Eco-friendly lifestyles, sustainable living, and creative innovation. We are very excited to announce the 2014 Spring Winners!


Baby Butz Cream Green Scene Mom Award Winner

Baby Butz Cream

Baby Butz Cream heals, restores, and moisturizes with the help of all natural ingredients. Free from preservatives, perfumes, chemicals, and alcohol, Baby Butz Cream was developed by a mom searching for a natural solution for her own child. Award Details »
Yummi Pouch Minis Green Scene Mom Award Winner

Yummi Pouch Minis

Yummi Pouch was created by a husband and wife team. Inspired by their daughter, they designed Yummi Pouches to help parents meet their children's fundamental need of good nutrition while making the feeding process simple, eco-friendly, and cost-effective. Award Details »
Funbites Cutter Green Scene Mom Award Winner

FunBites Cutter

FunBites is a simple kitchen tool that allows you to cut sandwiches and fruit into fun shapes for little fingers. FunBites was designed by a mom who was inspired by her own daughters to create kid-friendly snacks with one easy cutter. Award Details »
Toofeze Teether Green Scene Mom Award Winner

San Diego Bebe Eco-Nursing Pillow

San Diego Bebe was designed by San Diego native Sandy Clark, a passionate breastfeeding advocate, entrepreneur and mother of twins. Clark was inspired to design a product that would help resolve the issue of privacy while nursing. Award Details »
Simple Nature Natural Face and Body Lotion Green Scene Mom Award Winner

Simple Nature Natural Face & Body Lotion

Simple Nature Natural Face & Body Lotion features delightful all-natural ingredients without sacrificing any comforts. This amazing product is perfect for luxuriously pampering dry skin after doing lots of dishes, diaper changes, and other labors of love. Award Details »
Wristy Buddy Teething Wristband Green Scene Mom Award Winner

Wristy Buddy Teething Wristband

Wristy Buddy was designed by a mother and a teacher who was searching for a teething solution for her own son. Wristy Buddy proved to be very successful and is now available for other parents who are struggling to help their teething infants find relief. Award Details »
Simple Nature Natural Shampoo and Body Wash Green Scene Mom Award Winner

Simple Nature Natural Shampoo & Body Wash

Simple Nature Natural Shampoo and Body Wash is luxurious, smells delicious, and provides a refreshing finish to any hygiene routine. This product was developed by a mom who wanted to create a natural solution for her own family. Award Details »
Toofeze Teether Green Scene Mom Award Winner

Toofeze Teether

Toofeze was created by a mother and daughter who were inspired to develop and bring to market a sensible baby teething ring that really works. The pair is dedicated to helping soothe the pain of teething babies, thereby easing the stress of their caregivers. Award Details »
Toofeze Teether Green Scene Mom Award Winner

Buttons Cloth Diapers

Buttons Cloth Diapers were born at home. Designed by a husband and wife team, Buttons Diapers are easy to use and affordable for everyone — the way it should be. Buttons Diapers believes in keeping life simple, even when it comes to diapering. Award Details »
Baby Buddy Natural Bath Sponge Green Scene Mom Award Winner

Baby Buddy Natural Bath Sponge

This natural bath sponge is made from organic material found off the coast of Florida. Instead of scratchy synthetic materials, this sponge features soft sea wool fibers that clean and lather to create a spa-like experience for your baby. Award Details »


To learn more about the Green Scene Mom Awards, please visit greenscenemom.com/awards.