CONGRATS DENISE! I have emailed you and you have 48 hours to respond!!
Friday, December 31, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Charter. All opinions are 100% mine.
If you are like me, you like to have control over what your kids watch and listen to on TV. I don't want Sophia to be "hooked" on the tube and unaware of the "family unit." We, in general, do not watch much TV. Sophia is allowed 30 minutes of Sid, Super Why, or Sesame Street once a day. Some days we are just too busy for TV. I personally DVR a few shows per week, but find most TV programs are full of "junk." (Ok, so I know Glee is a bit scandalous at times, but who doesn't love all the singing and dancing!)
The little television Sophia is allowed to watch I demand it to be educational programming with a side of "no commercials." I find some of the cable TV shows for Sophia's age just appalling and quite inappropriate for that age.
I have always wished for input and a choice in programming ... well, my wish has come true.
Charter Communications has recently launched a Mom's Panel on Facebook. Charter Moms cares about what mom's like you and me think about programming and entertainment for our precious little ones! The Charter Moms Panel wants to serve as a sounding board for mom's ideas. Who better than the people who are (for the most part) spending most of the hours/day in the home with their kids thinking about these things?
By "fanning/liking" the Charter Mom's Panel, you will be among the first to know about the new programs and services. Also, I was informed by the fact they have a Twitter Customer Service@UMatter2Charter if you have a question or a comment.
If you are curious like I, head on over to their Facebook page and join in on the panel discussion.
Note: Charter Communications, Inc. is a Fortune 500 company and the fourth-largest cable operator in the US. Due to their high status, they are privileged to provide advanced video, high-speed Internet, and telephone services to approximately 5.5 million residential and business customers in 27 states.
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Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Cloth Diapers (MT and Budget Bottoms)
Diaper Accessories (Extender tabs to make your diaper bigger, wet bags, pail liners, changing pads)
Diaper Covers (Look similar to her other cloth diapers)
Feminine Products (Mommy's cloth)
Potty Time Trainers (I am going to really look into these for the near future!)
Soakers and Inserts (hemp and microfiber)
- Generous pocket opening for insert (it is VERY generous!)
- Color Matched Touchtape on Front an Industry First! (blends right in)
- Super Soft Non Irritating loop tape on Inside is inset so that no edges are exposed to the skin (very soft)
- Crossover tabs for adjustability (sweetness!)
- Top stitching for durability
- Custom milled fleece keeps baby dry (super super soft)
- Mini-gussets help hold in the messiest of messes (elastic is tight, which is awesome to prevent messes and leaks)
- Waterproof outer layer in many colors and prints
- Laundry tab is split to help it stay closed in the wash (my fav laundry tab of all my pockets!)
- Easy Clean Opening allows for soiled insert to come out in the wash (another awesome perk)
|Check out the laundry tabs ... they close and stay closed to prevent dryer diaper chains! HA!|
|Ready to go on ...|
|Nice size insert and the biggest setting really will fit a bigger kid! Some |
of the pockets really have a hard time stretching to fit 30+lbs! (Believe me, I know first hand! HA!)
|A picture of both openings ... the bottom pocket is very large so the inserts are sure to come out in the laundry ... another perk ... you don't have to touch anything ... just toss into your diaper pail!|
Finally, the customer service at Crunchy Angel is WONDERFUL!! I am a big customer service person, so if I am not impressed with that, I have a hard time enjoying the products and recommending them to my faithful readers!!
I hope you will head over to Crunchy Angel and check out her products! I promise, you won't be disappointed by her excellent service and quality products!!
BUY IT: HERE
WIN IT: Wendy has most graciously offered ONE very lucky Go Long! Go Green! reader a Mommy's Touch Hook and Loop Pocket Diaper in the color of their choice!
Links you will find helpful for the giveaway:
Go Green Go Long on Facebook
SGsMama on Twitter
This giveaway is open to the U.S. and will end on Sunday January 9, 2011 at midnight. The winner will be drawn via random.org and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be drawn. Please, no PO Boxes.
Monday, December 20, 2010
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Headaches & Migraines
- Neck and shoulder discomfort
- Joint paint (associated with chemotherapy)
- Menstrual Cramping
- Teething Discomfort
- Sensory Tissues
- Growing Pains
- Restless Leg Syndrome
- Orthodontic Brace Adjustments
- … and more!
- The amber must make direct and continuous contact with your skin. They should be tucked under the shirt, not worn on top.
Here is an economical must-have for your parenting needs: A large Dex Baby DURA-Bib!
Most of you probably remember reading my most recent post on this bib and my frustrations with finding a quality BPA/PVC/Phthalate free bib that won't leak, break, or come off easy! After trying these dura-bibs (after a recommendation from a dear friend) and this bib I won't ever go back to standard bibs! I plan to garage sale or donate all other bibs in my stash!! :) It just makes me sick to think how clean some of Sophia's baby clothes COULD have been if I would have started with these bibs from the get-go! Oh well, we live and learn, right??
It is so easy to review these bibs b/c they just plain ROCK!! Have you ever had a bib that is so easy to clean off and hang to dry for the next meal? For you SAHM's, don't you feel like you are in the kitchen already long enough? 3 meals/day, 7 days/week? I know I was getting frustrated with the time it took to do little tasks! Thanks to these amazing bibs, just unsnap, wipe, and hang to dry for the next meal!
|They unsnap and lay flat ...|
|This is one of her favorite bibs ... she calls it her "Twinkle, Twinkle Bib" |
b/c she loves the song Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star!
|Laying flat ... check out all the snaps! :)|
|A good view of the wide-mouth catch-all pocket! :) Now that is a mouthful!|
|I wanted to snap a picture of the 4 snaps on each side! It is easy to snap together for a wide mouth,|
but is flexible enough so it doesn't get in the way at the table!
- Patented “Catch-All” pocket. The pocket catches food your child may drop while eating.
- Our pocket has snap closures. It it's the only bib on the market that has snap closures. These snaps allow you to easily open the pocket to clean the bib.
- Free of phthalates, PVC, and BPA.
- Machine washable. This is one of the best features. The design on the bib does not fade or crack when washed and dried.
- A lifetime guarantee. Dex Baby stands by all of their products.
- Fun designs. Artist Sally Huss has been commissioned to create some of our designs. Other designs not by Sally Huss include the Geo Bib, Bad to the Bib, Cool Baby Bib, and Big Mouth bibs.
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This giveaway is open to the U.S. and will end on Tuesday January 4, 2011 at midnight. The winner will be drawn via random.org and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be drawn. Please, no PO Boxes.
Disclaimer: I received this product free of charge. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not monetarily compensated for this review.
The Little Green Books winner is .....
Friday, December 17, 2010
Most of you know about my struggles with diaper rashes. Sophia has the most sensitive skin of anyone I know of. Heck, she even broke out in a full body rash with Burt's Bee's All-Natural Baby Lotion. Can you believe it? Her bum is no exception and that just kills me at times! Ever since we have started "solid" food back at 5 months, it seems like we have at least 1 rash every month or more! I have tried everything under the sun! Seriously, everything! I usually am pretty good at deceifering the source of the rash, thus using my pharmacy knowledge to know what product is best to apply! This last rash, I have tried all my normal stand-by's and NOTHING has worked. You would think since we are in the heart of potty-learning her rashes would go away with all the "dry" time, but no... not this one.
Two days ago, I was FB chatting with Megs over at Cow Pattie Cloth Diapers seeking help on Sophia's latest rash. I had been putting prescription nystatin/triamcinolone cream on multiple times/day and it didn't help worth squat. Honestly, the rash looks just like yeast. Why wouldn't it work? I mean seriously, nystatin is one of the best topical anti-fungals out there! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!
Any who, one of her fans suggested I apply coconut oil multiple times a day. Each time Sophia peed on her little potty, we would "pat" dry with a cloth wipe and then apply this coconut oil! I have to tell you that after using it for two days, her rash has had significant improvement! I am just thrilled!!!!!!!! (I know it is crazy the satisfaction and joy that comes with healing a diaper rash! HA!) I also love it b/c it is a natural product and is not a drug!!
Here is what we purchased at Walmart in the HBC section for $10!
Everyone has also told me it is safe for cloth diapers and I don't need to use any fleece liners .... although, to be honest, I still get nervous when anything touches my cloth diapers, so I still use my liners!!
Here is an awesome article to check out .... It discusses the benefits coconut oil has on yeast ...
Here is my favorite excerpt (if you don't have time to read the whole article):
"In countries where coconuts are regularly consumed, candida occurrences are surprisingly low, as noted by Dr. Bruce Fife, a strong believer in the healing power of coconut oil. Although many people in these regions live in conditions that typically promote candida overgrowth, they rarely suffer from candida.
This is because coconut oil is high in both lauric acid and caprylic acid, which both have antiviral, antimicrobial and antifungal properties. These components of coconut oil target harmful bacteria but leave friendly bacteria alone, which helps balances the flora in the digestive system. They also kill off excess yeast and other fungal overgrowth in the body. Studies in Iceland and Nigeria show coconut oil is an effective agent for killing off candida yeast."
If you have a rash that just won't go away, I recommend trying this out ... or if you live close to me and would like to try a sample, just shoot me an email or comment on this post! I will hook you up!!
Have a great weekend!!!
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
I have noticed that Sophia has really begun to enjoy putting on other people's clothes (ie. my shoes, shirts, socks, etc). She has a cute little hat and matching purse she wears all the time! She goes to the "grocery store" (in our living room) with her purse so she can pay for her items.
Recently I was given the awesome opportunity to review a Girls Disney Deluxe
I knew she would love any Disney Costume, but I had to choose a Princess Costume because she loves being a princess! Her Aunt Sarah has greeted her with "Hi Princess" from day one and now Sophia looks at me and says, "Hi Princess!" It just melts my heart!
|The packaging is minimal and super easy to open!|
|All of the pieces included in the Girls Disney Deluxe Cinderella Costume|
You don't have to wait till Halloween to make an order, check out the Costume Super Center for all your "dress-up" needs! Other perks from ordering at the CSC include they have free size exchanges, free replacements on shipping errors and damaged goods, and free product exchanges!
If you have a little boy, which one of the Disney costumes would you choose?
If you have a little girl, of all the princess costumes, which would you choose?
I sure have my eyes on the Minnie Mouse Child's Costume for our next dress-up outfit!
Disclaimer: I received this product free of charge. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. I was also given the opportunity to review this product because of my membership at The Product Review Place.
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Todd Moore saw technology was beginning to minimize family time, so he designed THE WOW TOWEL, with one overarching concept in mind: FAMILY TOGETHERNESS! Wouldn't you love a product that provided an easy way for family time? You don't have to live close to a beach to enjoy this product? We have been using it for over a week and have created some awesome family memories on it!
The WOW towel is the only beach blanket truly designed for families of all sizes and is currently the largest in the world. It includes a unique design so you can place your beach umbrella directly in the middle of the towel, which also offers four convenient large velcro pockets! The pockets are a great storage place for cell phones, MP3 players, and other items you need to keep out of the mind and the sun!
|Sophia on the WOW towel!|
|Pocket laying flat|
|Well-designed hole for a beach umbrella!|
The WOW towel is 7 ft 4 by 7 ft 2 (or about 50 sq ft)! You can fit 7+ people on this one massive beach towel! It takes up most of the space in my living room!! With its enormous size, you could technically fit 4 NBA plays on it without their feet hanging over! What a great visual huh?
In today’s current market, there are only 2 person towels out there and you barely can fit two people on them! The biggest size available is only 3 1/2 ft wide! Seems so small compared to the WOW towel, doesn’t it? The is the first large towel created with tall men (like my hottie hubby) in mind! Nate completely stretch out and not have to decide which body part will burn ... his head or his feet.
The WOW towel is made of terry-loop cotton, which increases absorbency while most towels these days are made of velour, which has minimal absorbency. It is also made in Malaysia, NOT in China.
Sophia just loves it! It provides a large, yet secure, defined space for play (For any babywise mom readers out there, it is perfect for blanket time). We keep it out in our living room and each day she asks for the "pink wow towel!" The morning after we opened out box, her first word was "Wow Towel" ... not mama, not hi, not good morning. I know it made a lasting impression on her. She loves playing Connect Four with Nate while they both are relaxing on it.
|Connect Four is one of Sophia's favorite games right now ...|
Todd has many awesome products in the pipeline to make your beach experience complete! He is working on an over the shoulder strap to free up hands for your children or beach umbrella’s! He also is working on a solar umbrella that is 7 foot and will block the vast majority of the harmful ultra-violet A and B rays.
|With their inventive strap, it is easier than ever to carry your 30 lb child, umbrella, and wow towel!|
|A picture of my system ...|
|Up close picture of the clip ... see it is quality so you know it won't break nor come undone!|
Head on over to the WOW towel blog and check out the picture gallery. You will find real, unphotshopped images of real people enjoying spending time with each other on the WOW towel! See how large the WOW towel truly is while in action on the beach! Can’t you just see yourself now on your own WOW towel, with your favorite college (Go Butler!) or favorite sports team (Go Colts!) logo on the pockets? If you were a family of four, you could have each person’s name on a pocket of the WOW towel. This way each family member will have their own spot to place their cell phone, blackberry, or iPod!
Can you see Todd’s vision for this towel: FAMILY TOGETHERNESS creates amazing family memories! It is hard to create memory through a text or Facebook!! Put those cell phones away and have real interactions with the ones you love!
BUY IT: WOW Towel Online
WIN IT: Todd has graciously offered to give ONE very very lucky Go Long! Go Green! reader a PINK Wow Towel ($59.95 value)
Links you will find helpful for the giveaway:
Go Green Go Long on Facebook
SGsMama on Twitter
WOW Towel on Twitter
Monday, December 13, 2010
Pelican Bib (very low entries -- great chance to win)
Little Green Books (low entries -- great chance to win)
Storyland Yoga by Playful Planet (very low entries -- great chance to win)
Grubbie Style Thermal Long Sleeve T (very very very low entries -- awesome chance to win)
Do you need a miracle for your cloth diapers? Check out this giveaway for your miracle ...
ROCKin Green FUNK ROCK: Natural Ammonia Bouncer
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Watch and explore as you walk through the exhibit - five trains wind past the local treasures of downtown Indianapolis, including the Eiteljorg Museum, Monument Circle and Union Station, through the national parks of the American West, passing legendary sites, including grand railway lodges, Northwest Coast Native villages, and wonders both natural and human-made—Mount Rushmore, the Grand Canyon, Yosemite Falls, Old Faithful and more.
Every canyon and mesa, every lodge and geyser even the replica of Indianapolis’ own Monument Circle—are made with natural materials by Paul Busse and his company Applied Imagination. Busse’s inventive holiday creations are rare and only seen in cities like New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C….and now Indianapolis.
• Five ultra-sized G-scale/gauge model trains
• Nearly 600 feet of track
• Six main train lines and a trolley line
• Nine overhead walk-under bridges
• More than 30 nature-inspired buildings. Highlights include:
o Soldiers and Sailors Monument,
o Union Station, Indianapolis
o Mt. Rushmore
o The Grand Canyon
o Western National Park lodges of Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Glacier National Park, Old Faithful (lodge and geyser)
• A walk-thru tunnel
• Working waterfall feature
|Allyson, Sophia, Nate, Chad, Libby (baby bun), and Maeve|
|Allyson and Libby playing dress up with the girls! I don't think people would |
believe we were Native Americans! Funny thing
is we were the only ones that actually dressed up! HA!