Monday, September 29, 2014

Green Scene Mom Fall Awards Giveaway






The Green Scene Mom Awards celebrate niche, eco-friendly products and innovative product designs. We are very excited to announce the 2014 Fall Award Winners! Many of these great companies have also contributed prizes to Green Scene Mom's Fall Awards Giveaway. Enter to win below!
Green Scene Mom 2014 Fall Award Winners
Baby Buddy Tooth TissuesBaby Buddy Tooth TissuesTooth Tissues make cleaning a baby's teeth simple and easy to introduce regular oral care to a young child. Tooth Tissues are the natural first step to brushing a child's teeth after every meal and they're a simple way to ensure a baby isn't negatively affected by oral bacteria. Award Details »
bambu natural utensilsbambu natural utensilsbambu's natural feeding products are an eco-friendly twist on conventional baby utensils. Each product is created to meet a need within the various stages from infancy to childhood and each item is shaped to be easy to use by kids learning to feed themselves. Award Details »
Bumkins Finer Baby ProductsBumkins Finer Baby ProductsBumkins has a huge selection of eco-friendly products that are available in coordinating prints. Bumkins waterproof bags and cloth diapers are easy to use and clean and help reduce household trash. Award Details »
Buttons Cloth DiapersButtons Cloth DiapersButtons Cloth Diapers make diapering easy and Eco-friendly. Their new prints are so adorable and feature quality details, sturdy leg gussets, and a simple adjustable snap system that allows the diaper to grow with your baby. Award Details »
Cache Coeur Signature Maternity LingerieCache Coeur Signature Maternity LingerieCache Coeur offers elegant solutions for pregnancy and nursing to make life more comfortable and stylish. Their lingerie line includes designs that are functional and embellished with feminine details. Award Details »
Cupcake Organic Nursing PadsCupcake Organic Nursing PadsCupcake Nursing Pads are made from high-quality cotton and are easy to assemble and clean. They offer great coverage in preventing leaks and provide peace of mind while breastfeeding. Award Details »
Cushy CloserCushy CloserCushy Closers are an innovative and streamlined way to keep a door from latching. They are ideal for use on doors to rooms where kids are napping, since the cushion allows the door to be closed but muffles any door closing sounds. Award Details »
Eepples MilkCharmsEepples MilkCharmsEepples MilkCharms are designed to help moms easily label, track, and organize their breast milk supply. The MilkCharm is a reusable dial system that lets moms quickly and easily set and read the day and time when breast milk was pumped. Award Details »
Emily Press Write Your Own LabelsEmily Press Write Your Own LabelsEmily Press waterproof labels are an innovative way to create your own personalized labels. Write on the labels with a permanent marker then seal in your writing with the built-in laminate. These dishwasher-safe labels make it easy to personalize or label your items. Award Details »
It's The Balm Pregnancy Pamper KitIt's The Balm Pregnancy Pamper KitIt's The Balm Pregnancy Pamper Kit includes belly balm, cooling foot scrub, whipped foot balm, and peppermint lip balm, each created with a combination of natural and essential oils formulated to heal and soothe. Organic raw shea butter, peppermint, eucalyptus, and tea tree oil are among the natural ingredients used in this natural pampering kit. Award Details »
Lotus Everywhere CribLotus Everywhere CribThe Lotus Travel Crib by Guava Family is an everywhere crib designed for easy portability and set up. It has mesh breathable sides all the way down to the mattress and a zipper opening in one side for easy access into the crib. The crib can be set up in 15 seconds and it fits into a compact case small enough for a carry-on. Award Details »
Milkies Milk-SaverMilkies Milk-SaverThe Milkies Milk-Saver collects leaking breast milk as a mom nurses, allowing them to store extra breast milk effortlessly with each feeding. The Milk-Saver collects the milk that is leaked when breast milk lets down. It's slim and portable, minimizes leaks and comes with a durable case. Award Details »
Poncho Baby Roly BlanketsPoncho Baby Roly BlanketsThe Poncho Baby Roly Blanket is a super-soft blanket that rolls into a compact clutch for easy carrying. The blanket is made from a double layer of soft cotton. It rolls up and attaches with a snap fastener. Award Details »
Rubber Ducky & Friends Kids' ShowerheadRubber Ducky & Friends Kids' ShowerheadRubber Duckie & Friends showerheads are a fun way to introduce showering to young children. The character shower heads look like bath toys and help parents transition their kids from bathing in the tub to taking showers on their own. Award Details »
Shaikoo Hands Free TowelShaikoo Hands Free TowelThe Shaikoo Towel Wrap was designed to simplify bath time and make baby bathing a fun, safe and relaxing experience. With a simple and durable Velcro-brand fastener around the neck, parents have both their left and right hands available to safely lift, cradle, and dry their wet baby. Award Details »
Strider Sport BikeStrider Sport BikeStrider Bikes are easy to use by toddlers and kids who can't pedal yet. They also allow kids to "skip" the tricycle stage and advance to mastering gliding and balance skills that will help them eventually ride a standard bike. Award Details »
Tubby TableTubby TableThe Tubby Table is an educational bath play surface for toddlers that suctions in the middle of the tub, giving kids a sturdy and safe surface while keeping water and toys inside the tub. Award Details »
Yummi Gear LunchboxesYummi Gear LunchboxesYummi Gear lunchboxes make it easy to take lunch on the go. They are designed to be easy to open for little fingers and keep lunch organized. Yummi Gear lunchboxes have 3 compartments to keep a sandwich, snacks and fruit separate and ready to enjoy. Award Details »
Zipadee-Zip Wearable BlanketZipadee-Zip Wearable BlanketZipadee-Zip helps a baby have the cozy, enclosed, womb-like feel of the swaddle but it allows a baby push up, roll over, and wiggle around safely and freely. It encourages self-soothing and longer, sounder sleep, prevents scratching, and keeps little hands warm all night long. Award Details »

Enter to win this amazing $400 prize package of award winning products!

Baby Buddy Tooth Tissues
Milkies Milk-Saver
CupCake nursing pads + insertable liners
Eepples MilkCharms set of 3
2 Zipadee-Zip wearable blankets
Bumkins 2 Nixi wet bags, 2 reusable snack bags, and 2 Snap-In-One cloth diapers
2 packages Emily Press Write Your Own Classic labels
It's The Balm Vanilla-Sandalwood Spa Kit
Yummi Gear lunchboxes set of 4
Rubber Duckie & Friends Duckie the Duck Bath & Shower Wand
Poncho Baby Roly Blanket
Tubby Table bathtime play table
Buttons Diapers 1 one-size diaper cover and 2 hemp/cotton diaper inserts
bambu Hemp Denim baby bib
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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Frozen On Ice Review

I surprised my 7 year old daughter with tickets to Frozen On Ice at the Richmond Coliseum this past Saturday! This was our first "Disney On Ice" experience and let me tell you, it was amazing! The show lasted about two hours and started out with Mickey and Minnie appearing for a few laps around the ice.

Hey Mickey & Minnie!!

We grabbed an icee before the show started. I was really hoping for a meetngreet area but they did not have one. They had the regular pretzels, hot dogs, soda's and super cute Olaf Popcorn with a Olaf hat. People were also selling cotton candy for $15. I felt like the best value was to purchase the icee as our 'snack' and it would serve as a souvenir also :)


 Super Cute Souvenir icee cups $12 each 


There were a few Disney princesses and princes that made a special appearance! 


Frozen icee was a hit


Anna & Elsa 


Sven and Kristoff made an appearance too!

Olaf was SO adorable and funny!


One of my favorite scenes of the whole show---Elsa singing and it started to snow! People in the first few rows were getting snowed on!

Things to bring to Frozen On Ice:
  • blanket for your little one (it can get cold)
  • sweatshirt
  • money for a snack
  • camera
  • something that glows (glow wand, glow necklace, spinner toy, etc.) this will save you from having to spend $20+ on a glowing for your little one



Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Review Of Disney's Frozen App



Welcome to those of you joining me from I Am A Mommy Nerd and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 2nd stop on our Magical Blogorail.



This week we are exploring the various types of Disney Apps that are available. An App is an online game for your Ipod, Ipad or Iphone. Some games are even free and some cost money each month. There are SO many awesome Disney apps available. My 7 year old daughter absolutely loves to earn time on the Ipad for good behavior. Her favorite game to play is the new Disney Frozen app called Frozen Free Fall. You can download the game for your Ipod, Ipad or Iphone here on itunes. Best of all this game is FREE!



Frozen Free Fall is an easy to play game and somewhat educational. I really love the graphics. You can unlock rewards, collect flowers and even get a tan with Olaf in the game! The more flowers you collect the higher your score. You can move up to a more challenging level and it really is fun. Kids of all ages would love this game but I would recommend it for ages 5+.




Disney has many wonderful apps and many that are even educational. I reward my 7 year old with time on the Ipad each week if she has had a good week and good behavior.



Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Disney Mamas

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:



1st Stop ~ I Am a Mommy Nerd - Disney Animation App
2nd Stop ~ Disney with Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers - Disney's Frozen App*You are here*
3rd Stop ~ Disney Mamas - Lines App By Touring Plans
4th Stop ~ Capturing Magical Memories - Live-365
Final Stop ~ Frugal Mouse- My Disney Experience



Monday, September 22, 2014

The Ultimate Disney Baby Wish List

Disney has partnered up with Walmart to bring you the most adorable Disney Baby items! The Disney Baby collection includes many must have baby items for new Mom's and Dad's. Walmart offers a baby registry too which is perfect for expectant Mom's.







  • Every new Mom needs a cute diaper bag! 





  • Disney Baby Minnie Mouse Bow's and Butterflies Walker $49


This is one cute walker!! I love how there are three different seat positions allowing room for your baby to grow. There are even lights and sounds which will provide hours of entertainment for baby!
  • Disney Baby Minnie Mouse Coral Flowers Care Center Play yard $99

The care center play yard includes a diaper changing area, a separate storage space for the diapers and wipes and an open view newborn bassinet for babies up to 15 lbs. The care center play yard is easy to move around from room to room so you can get the laundry or dishes done while baby plays safely nearby.
  • Disney Baby Travel Luxe System: Floral Minnie pattern $161 


The travel system  includes an adorable floral pink patterned baby carrier and matching stroller. This is the cutest stroller I've seen! I really love how it can grow with the baby. As the baby gets older and no longer requires the baby carrier you can still use the stroller. It is also lightweight which is nice.



Disney Baby at Walmart also offers great products for toddlers:

Mickey Umbrella Stroller- light weight and perfect for a day trip 

Minnie Umbrella Stroller Just $21 


Disney Baby products help to make potty training your toddler a fun and easy process! Check out these adorable Disney Baby potties:



 

Affordably priced at just $22 each the 3 in 1 Grow With Me Celebration Potty features a removable potty seat that can be used as children grow taller and can access a bigger toilet. They can also convert to a sturdy step stool with the lid closed! Such a great idea!



This post was sponsored by Disney Baby and I was compensated to write it. Regardless, what I have written is my own opinion and experience and I hope you find it of use. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Look What I Got In The Mail...

Most of ya'll know I'm going on my very first Disney Cruise in May! I am sooo excited and have been busy planning and visiting the DIS boards. I have been shopping on Etsy recently for my upcoming cruise too! Check out what goodies arrived this week in the mail:


Here is an example of a short sleeved custom made shirt from Spirit and Sparkles Etsy shop:


I was SO excited when the package arrived with this adorable super cute custom made tank top for my Disney Cruise!! I love the sparkly rhinestones. I plan to wear this many times before the actual vacation and of course I plan to bring it on the cruise. I will probably wear it on the day we embark on the ship! You can purchase one too at Spirit and Sparkles Etsy Shop They have other adorable designs for their shirts and various style shirts available, short sleeve, tank, spaghetti strap tanks, etc.


The mailman made my day when this package arrived the other day! This adorable Bon Voyage tote will be perfect for my travel bag. I am planning to bring this as a carry on when I board the ship. It is the perfect size to hold all of my important documents, camera, sunscreen, autograph books, etc. It has a zipper and a nice sized interior pocket. You can purchase one of these adorable tote bags at: Little Stars 11 Etsy Shop. They have other adorable designs for the tote bags too!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Celebrating At Disney


What better place than Disney World to celebrate a special occassion? Be sure to stop by the guest services booth located at all of the parks to pick up your complimentary button! The buttons are a great way to let cast members know that it is your special day. Buttons are available for "first visit", "anniversary" and "birthday". When we went to guest services everyone in our family was given a button to place on our backpacks, to save, etc. The button really brought special attention to my special birthday girl on her 5th birthday. Several characters even signed her autograph book "Happy birthday".

I made sure to have a fun action packed birthday for my birthday girl. We had breakfast at Chef Mickey's and my daughter was given a complimentary chocolate cupcake with the best icing I have tasted. It was such a rich chocolatey cupcake that my daughter could not even finish the whole thing! Next up we went to Magic Kingdom and I surprised my daughter with an appointment at the Bibbity Bobbity Boutique! She was given a special 'birthday' sash to wear which was really cute. She loved every second of this experience. Then we rode more rides, met the Disney Princesses and Tinkerbell (the line for Tink was almost 45 minutes!). We had dinner with Cinderella at 1900 Park Fare located in the beautiful Grand Floridian. We hopped on the monorail from Magic Kingdom and were at the restaurant in just a few minutes. The meal was amazing and Cinderella spent quite a while visiting with my children, posing for pictures. The buffett was wonderful and this was probably one of our favorite meals of the week! My daughter received a complimentary birthday cupcake and a keepsake placemat that all of the characters had signed. What a special birthday!
 
Birthday breakfast at Chef Mickey's


Birthday dinner at 1900 Park Fare


Yummy complimentary cupcake
 
If you want to make the special day even more special contact the Disney Florist to arrange a delivery of a special present or gift basket. Want to order a custom cake? Call the Walt Disney World Resort at (407) 827-2253 (48 hours notice is required). If you're on a budget, I recommend bringing your own princess costume for a trip to the BBB to save money. They are much cheaper at a big box store like Walmart or Target. Also, bring a few surprise birthday presents and leave them in the room for when you return from your day at the parks.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Perfect Age For Your First Disney Visit


Is there really a perfect age for your first visit to Disney? I have been asked this question too many times to count. I always tell people, it just depends on what type of experience you want to have. It also depends on how many times you plan to visit Disney World. If you want to visit just once or twice in your child's life then I would recommend waiting until they are at least six years old. At six years old your little princess or prince will remember the special memories later in life and at six years old they are still young enough to believe in magic.



The youngest age that I have taken my children to Disney World was when my youngest was just 11 months old. She had a blast and it was such a fun vacation. We did not however go there just for her, she has older siblings who were 2 and 5 at the time. We were unable to ride Space Mountain, Thunder Mountain, etc. but that's ok. We knew ahead of time that we would have to skip those rides. But if you have a grandparent who can stay with the children or you want to ride alone then you can easily make arrangements to ride these rides that have the height restrictions. Surprisingly at just 11 months old my little princess was able to ride many rides and had just as much fun as her older siblings. Would I do it again? Yes. Would I encourage you to visit with an 11 month old? Yes. Would I plan a Disney vacation for just an 11 month old and no older siblings? No.


If you absolutely can not wait to experience the magic of a Disney vacation until your little princess or prince is six years old then I would wait at least until he or she is 3. It was a lot of work for me personally to change diapers, nursing the baby and worry if she was getting too hot, etc. The Baby Care Centers are wonderful and I spent a lot of time there. But it was all worth it to see her little face when she met Mickey and all of the other characters. I would never have considered leaving her at home with grandparents and missing out on our family vacation.



11 months old and loving Chef Mickey's!


Meeting Piglet for the 1st time!

She took many naps in the stroller at Disney!