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Making Homemade Baby Food: As Simple as ABC’s

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Thanks to Cuisinart for sponsoring today's discussing about making homemade baby food.  All opinions expressed are my own. When Sophia was ready to start eating solid foods, I read a lot about making homemade baby food.  I knew the pros - it's cheaper, healthier and fresher, and just really all around better.  But it didn't seem easy.  I was a first time Mom and I needed all the shortcuts I could get so we bought organic jarred baby food. Then Moreaya came and it was her time to start eating solid foods.  Although you would think I would have been busier... since I had a 6 month old and a 2 year old, I challenged myself to make homemade baby food the 2nd time around.  You see, I had started reading even more and realized making your own baby food is actually really simple.  I would even venture to say making homemade baby food is as … [Read more...]

Innovation Appreciation – Freemie Freedom Breast Pump Giveaway – US

Freemie Giveaway

Welcome to the Innovation Appreciation Giveaway Hop!  Have you ever found a product that's so great it makes you want to stop everyone you meet and tell them about it? When I find something that makes my role as a mom easier, I just feel so thankful someone invented it! That's what the "Innovation Appreciation" giveaway is all about. That and a chance for you to win over $450 in fabulous prizes - YES!!! We're celebrating those products who have made our lives a whole lot easier - even in the crunchy world!  I am so excited about the product I'm featuring too because I know it could really make a difference for lots of women! The Freemie Freedom Breast Pump system is a huge advancement in electric breast pumps as far as innovation goes.  This unique system makes pumping easier and much more discreet for women - especially those … [Read more...]

VTech Safe & Sound: Perfect Video Monitor for Toddlers

VTech Video Monitor Review

I received a VTech® Safe & Sound® Pan and Tilt Video Monitor to facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed, including the opinion that this it is the perfect video monitor for toddlers, are my own. Do you have a Video Monitor? I bet if you don't you think "I'd love to have one, but I really don't need one."  And I bet if you do have one, you think "There's no way I could live without our video monitor - it's a must-have for parents."  I have been on both sides of that question.  We didn't have one when Sophia was a newborn, I felt like audio was enough and I just couldn't justify one with our budget when I kept convincing myself that audio was enough. Then I got our first video monitor and I figured out why people love them so much, but it still had it's drawbacks.  It had to be plugged in at all times and the screen was … [Read more...]

Presenting Aluminyze: A New Kind of Art to Preserve Memories

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Thanks to Aluminyze for sponsoring this conversation and for the portrait that helped facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed are my own. There are so many ways that families can choose to preserve family memories - printed pictures, digital frames, canvas prints, and one of the newest forms, to me, is on aluminum plates. Aluminyze is a totally unique and revolutionary form of artwork for your walls... or desk or phone or... well, the possibilities are almost endless!  I chose to have a picture printed from our recent family beach vacation to cherish the memory and have a more recent photograph of the girls in our home. I ordered our print easily on the Aluminyze.com site.  I simply uploaded a picture from my iPhone [although they suggest you use higher quality images, I was pleasantly impressed with the quality of my plaque … [Read more...]

Take a Stroll Through Murphy, NC with a Summer Infant Stroller #3DLiteStrollerTour

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Thanks to Summer Infant for providing a Summer Infant Stroller for the Stroller Tour to facilitate this post and to Jamie from Momma Without a Clue for this review! There's nothing I like more than going for a walk at the end of the day with my family. It helps bring us closer together, winds the kids down so they're ready for the bedtime routine when we get back home, and is just a peaceful way to end our hectic days. Recently. we were sent a 3D lite Stroller from Summer Infant to review, and not a moment too soon I might add. While my baby girl is still little compared to other 15 month-olds, toting around 18 pounds on my hip gets heavy after a while. Of course, I could let her walk since she's perfected the toddle-toddle-wobble, but the goal of our evening walks is to relax. There's just something less-than-calm about having to … [Read more...]

Four Stages of Swaddling

Summer Infant Swaddles Giveaway

I received product in exchange for this post about the Four Stages of Swaddling.  All opinions expressed are my own. Is there anything lovelier than seeing a beautiful, new baby swaddled up so comfy?  Perhaps it's because my mind goes back to how much better my girls rested as newborns when they were swaddled or perhaps it's because it seems like it's been so long since my girls were ever that little! It seems that swaddling babies is pretty common knowledge to parents these days.  The nurses at the hospital taught us how to swaddle both of the girls and I know for a fact it helped them sleep so much better, especially in those first few weeks of life.  For that reason alone, I'm a huge promoter of swaddling which means if I get invited to a Baby Shower - you can about bet my gift will be some type of Swaddle Blankets! Summer … [Read more...]

No-Cry Solution Book Reviews: Picky Eaters & Potty Training

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Thank you Elizabeth for the books to help with this review.  Special thank you to Michelle from Mama’s Baby Cupcakes for this review. Parenting educator Elizabeth Pantley is president of Better Beginnings, Inc., a family resource and education company. Elizabeth frequently speaks to parents at schools, hospitals, and parent groups around the world. Her presentations are received with enthusiasm, and praised as realistic, warm and helpful. Out of the eleven book offered from Elizabeth's website, the two books above interested me the most. Our 5yr old daughter has always been a picky eater after having reflux issues as a baby, and developed texture issues from the delay. We also have a 2yr old that I've been wanting to potty train and the less issues the better in getting to a successful road of yet another potty trained … [Read more...]

Spending Mothers Day with Oprah [Teavana Oprah Chai Tea Lattes, that is!]

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I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Starbucks. I received a promotional item and a gift card to facilitate my review. Have you heard about the new collaboration between Oprah and Starbucks?  I have to say anytime someone mention Starbucks, my ears perk - it's a total treat that I like to indulge in every once in awhile.  But when someone mentions Oprah, my whole body turns to listen.  Now put them together and I was at Starbucks waiting to hear about Oprah five minutes before you stopped talking about the collaboration! But seriously, I am a huge fan of Oprah so when she speaks, I listen.  And lately she's talking Chai Tea.  Now, I admit that when I treat myself to Starbucks I usually bypass the teas and go straight for a Java Chip Frappucino, but I couldn't pass up on … [Read more...]

Organic Mineral Sunscreen from Bare Belly Organics

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This is a sponsored conversation about organic sunscreen, written by me, on behalf of Bare Belly Organics.  I received products to facilitate this review, but as always, all opinions expressed are my own. I'm obsessed with sunscreen, which is why you'll often find me blogging about different kinds and religiously lathering my kids.  Today, I'm super excited to share with you a new brand, to me, that I am really, really excited about... Bare Belly Organics! In case you are pretty new around here and you don't know all of my back story, it's appropriate for me to share that... I'm a Melanoma Survivor. In fact - tomorrow will mark 5 years from getting the call that totally changed my life.  I still get sick to my stomach hearing the nurse tell me on the phone [yes, it was a horrific way to learn] that my biopsy came back with a … [Read more...]

Transition Your Toddler to Cups with Silikids

Silikids Giveaway

Even though we celebrated Earth Day a couple of days ago, it's a Holiday that we really should be thinking about every day, right?  There are so many easy ways to go green, which is what I focus on here on So Easy Being Green and today I'm continuing the list of 7 Easy Ways to Make Your Toddler Green. We were recently sent a couple of new products from Silikids, free in exchange for a review.  This new line of silicone based products are a great alternative to plastic sippy cups, drinking cups, and more.  Why are plastic alternatives advantageous in the green world?  Sure, plastic is mostly reusable, but glass has far less chemicals.  Unfortunately, glass isn't always the most kid friendly, which is where the silicone comes in with Silikids. How fun are these glasses!?  I am a bit embarrassed to admit that I still give Sophia a … [Read more...]

Stonyfield Organic Greek Yogurt Fuels My Mommy Marathons #StonyfieldSuperFan

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I am a #StonyfieldBlogger and often get perks for being one.  I only share the brand because I am completely in love with their yogurt and all opinions expressed are 100% my own!  I count myself as quite the #StonyfieldSuperFan.  Not only do I absolutely love their yogurt, but I feel good about standing behind such a stand-up brand, which is why I am proud to call myself a Stonyfield Yo-Getter. I'm even more proud of the fact that  one of my favorite brands stands as a face of the Boston Marathon today! Seeing Stonyfield Organic represent thousands of their loyal consumers at the Boston Marathon today is heartwarming.  I've enjoyed following Stonyfield's instagrams and tweets today - sharing some of the runners they've sponsored, as well as handing out organic yogurt at the finish line - no doubt earning even more fans today! And … [Read more...]

7 Easy Ways to Make Your Toddler Green this Earth Day

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We all know that going green should be an every day choice, but sometimes special Holidays like Earth Day help those choices become more evident.  Products are marketed to be great choices for Earth Day, lots of blog posts on how to go green start circulating, and the warm, fresh air outside make us want to live more naturally. Today I comprised a list of 7 Easy household replacements that will help turn your toddler be more green this Earth Day... and every day after!  The list can be changed up to fit babies, older kids, and even adults!  I'd love to hear from you if you have another great tip about how to help your kiddo go green, share it with me in the comments!   Organic Food and Snacks It works for any age - replacing those often, numerous snacks that a toddler consumes will have a huge health benefit that is often seen … [Read more...]