Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Eco-Friendly Yummi Pouch Snack Bags Review

My children are constantly going through plastic baggies. They take a daily snack to school plus cookies, chips, etc. in their lunch boxes. I really hate being so wasteful so I was thrilled to learn about the Yummi Pouch. The Yummi Pouch is a eco-friendly reusable bag. They are available in two sizes, sandwich bag and snack bag. They are available in the cutest patterns. They are made of cloth and they are dishwasher safe and machine washable! They are perfect for lunch boxes, books bags, purses, etc. They are BPA free, phthalate-free, PVC free and lead-free nylon.



You purchase a Yummi Pouch online here. The sandwich bag (7 in. x 7 in.) costs $14.99 for a set of 3 and the snack bag (4 in. x 7 in.)  costs $12.99 for a set of 3. Free shipping is available for orders of $30 or more.

I highly recommend these snack and sandwich bags to anyone who has children. They are perfect for road trips (pre fill them with snacks and distribute to your children in the car, then fill them back up in a few hours with more snacks!), snacks at school, lunch boxes, etc.


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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Quick and Easy Curb Appeal Updates

We have lived in our home for just about ten years now. We have never thought about replacing the front door even though I had never really liked it. I had been thinking of ideas to try to improve our curb appeal and then it hit me! Replace the front door! This is such a quick and easy way to improve your home's curb appeal!

Here is our front porch and our old front door:
We take a ton of photos on our front porch (First day of School photos, holiday photos, birthday celebrations, etc.)

First of all we brainstormed what we were looking for in a front door. I wanted it to be pretty and I did not want a black front door any longer. We went to Lowes and found exactly what we were looking for! We purchased our new front door for just $300 and it brightened our interior hallway because it has a beautiful oval window. Here's the door we purchased from Lowe's.

It is frosted glass in the center so that you can not see completely through the window for privacy

The new front door has really improved our curb appeal and serves as a beautiful backdrop for our photos! 

Tips for updating curb appeal:

Plant some bright colorful flowers by your front porch
Hang a fern or hanging basket of flowers on your front porch
Give your front door a fresh coat of paint
Sweep the steps and give your porch rails a fresh coat of paint
Update your front door if you don't like your existing one
Add a cute plant or small potted tree to your front porch

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Eco-Home Giveaway Amazing Prize Set From Amazing Brands

We're celebrating the coming of spring with our Eco-Home Giveaway, sponsored by Mommy Scene and featuring products that help make life more Eco-friendly! All of the sponsoring brands offer products designed with families in mind, to encourage greener lifestyles. Check out these awesome brands and enter to win an amazing prize set below!




Thinkbaby | Thinksport

Prize: Thinkbaby GO2 Container + GO4TH 350ml + Stainless Steel Baby Bottle OR Sippy Cup OR Thinkster - winners choice + Thinkbaby Safe Sunscreen, 6 ounces
Thinkbaby and Thinksport's founder, Kevin Brodwick, brought his interest in health and preventative medicine and his background in biotechnology together to form a company whose sole purpose is to create alternative products for babies to athletes alike. With a team of physicians and scientists focused on the latest biological and chemical sciences, Thinkbaby and Thinksport continue to lead in the usage of safe, non-toxic materials for consumer goods. Thinkbaby and Thinksport's efforts are further energized by working with both leading child and health advocacy partners and like-minded individuals. Learn more at gothinkbaby.com.



Crane

Prize: Crane Grey Droplet Humidifier
Crane's Droplet Humidifiers are a half gallon cool mist humidifier that runs for up to 15 hours. They are whisper quiet during operation, do not require a filter and they are energy efficient requiring less energy than a standard household lightbulb to run. All Crane cool mist humidifiers use an anti-microbial material to help fight bacteria buildup. Crane USA was founded with the continuing goal to "Design for Better Living." For everything from natural cold and flu remedies to relieving croup in infants, Crane's cool mist humidifiers are the perfect addition to any child or adult's room. Learn more at crane-usa.com.


Fresh Wave

Prize: Full Size Set of Fresh Wave products
Fresh Wave natural odor-removing products use simple, pure and natural ingredients to actually remove odors from your life. No harsh chemicals. No harmful ingredients. No masking fragrances. Fresh Wave products remove the odor at its source - on the molecular level. With Fresh Wave, odors go away. Happiness stays. Products are available at Target, Bed Bath & Beyond and Ace Hardware. Learn more at freshwaveworks.com.

Little Dundi

Prize: 2 sets of Eco-friendly Hangers - choose from 6 designs
Little Dundi brings to life products inspired by baby. Our innovative line of Eco-friendly clothes hangers started with a cloud shaped infant sized model has grown to include hangers sized for toddlers & kids clothing. These hangers come in 6 attractive prints and are made of thick and sturdy recycled paperboard with an aqueous coating for a more polished look. All glues used are vegetable starch based and the inks are water based. Our hangers are our way of being friendly to the Earth. Learn more at littledundi.com.


Beachfront Baby

Prize: Recycled Beachfront Baby Wrap
Beachfront Baby makes fashionable water baby carriers! Each Beachfront Baby Wrap made with 100% Repreve PC polyester contains approximately 15 plastic water bottles! Each Recycled Wrap comes with its own matching drawstring carry bag, which is also made with Repreve, and our packaging for this wrap is printed on 100% recycled paper. Made in the USA, all our carriers are sewn with care by work-at-home-moms in the San Antonio, Texas area. Learn more at beachfrontbabywraps.com.


Wicks Beauty

Prize: Gift set of top sellers: Neem Skin Salve, Bentonite Clay Mask, Sea Salt Face Scrub, and Lavender Goat Milk Soap
Wicks Beauty is offering a gift set of a few of our top sellers: Neem skin salve, bentonite clay mask, sea salt face scrub, and lavender goat milk soap - a $36 value! Wicks features a family-focused array of products made with all-natural oils and butters that detox and heal skin while protecting its natural moisture. Our products help soothe and prevent eczema, psoriasis, and acne. Breathe new life into tired skin the natural way. Check out our line for babies and pets! Learn more at wicksbeauty.com.


Silikids

Prize: $50 gift set including newly released silicone cups, straws & universal fit straw and sippy tops
Siliskin Silicone Cups are made with 100% food grade silicone with an embedded stainless steel ring so they won't collapse when gripped. Dishwasher safe and great for indoor and outdoor use.
Siliskin Universal Silicone Sippy Tops fit over any size cup. The silicone top grips the cup top while air suction keeps it in place. The spout is free of intricate valves allowing for easy use and cleaning. Also dishwasher safe and perfect for on-the-go and indoor and outdoor use.
Siliskin Universal Straw Tops stretch over and grip the top of glasses of multiple sizes, while also kept in place with air suction. Use with a Siliskin silicone cup or a glass of your choice for an instant, no-spill straw top cup.
Silikids products are safe, modern & practical, easy to clean, and made from 100% food grade silicone. A great alternative to plastic! Learn more at silikids.com.



Sudsy Dough Moldable Soap

Prize: 12 oz. tub of Sudsy Dough with surprise toy inside! Fragrance of choice
Sudsy Dough is an interactive bath toy that doubles as a moldable scented dough and a cleansing soap. Kids can squeeze and squish Sudsy Dough in the bath, rub it on as body wash, or take it outside the tub and make custom-shaped soaps that will dry when left out in open air. Sudsy Dough is scented and infused with moisturizing ingredients such as Shea Butter and beeswax. Each ball also has a surprise bath toy hidden inside! Available fragrances include Merry Mango, Sassy Strawberry, Awesome Apple, and Bubbly Blueberry. Learn more at revelae.com.


Yummi Pouch

Prize: Set of 3 cloth snack or sandwich bags, style of choice
Take snacks on the go with Yummi Pouch cloth snack and sandwich bags. Our cloth bags are lined with a moisture resistant interior and decorated with colorful prints, choose from 16 cute patterns! Perfect for crackers, sandwiches, and dry snacks, or small items like bottle parts, teethers, and hair accessories! They open with a silent zipper that's simple enough for a child to use. Reduce the trash during lunchtime or organize your purse with our modern cloth bags. Learn more at revelae.com.


Back Buddy

Prize: Back Buddy Support Pillow
Back Buddy is an award-winning maternity and feeding support pillow, designed by a Chiropractor and nursing mother. It alleviates common back pain during and after pregnancy, and provides comfort and support for mom while holding or feeding baby. Made in the USA from high-quality structural foam that is certified to be made WITHOUT harmful PBDE flame retardants, phthalates, CFC's, formaldehyde, mercury, lead, and other heavy metals, and is tested for performance, durability, and emissions.
Learn more at back-buddy.com.


hipNgo

Prize: hipNgo - brand new, black on black design or color of choice
The hipNgo provides the ideal child carrying solution for the family with an active lifestyle and a busy toddler. The patented saddle seat centers the child against the adult hip and provides proper weight distribution, relieving strain on the arms, shoulder and hands. The simplistic shape, size and weight offer families on the go, a handy solution to the challenges of traveling with a toddler. The hipNgo can be adjustable for male or female versatility, left or right handed dexterity, as well as large and small build body types. Say goodbye to the bulky stroller and say hello to the 5-ounce hipNgo with its own storage bag. Available in several colors as well as classic black. Learn more at hipngo.com.


This giveaway is sponsored by Mommy Scene and is open to US entries. One winner will be chosen and displayed on the giveaway widget after the giveaway ends on March 28th, 2016. Mommy Scene and the participating blogs are not responsible for fulfilling brand-sponsored prizes. Prizes will be shipped directly from each brand.

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Sunday, March 13, 2016

I've Been Selected To Host A #DisneyKids Preschool Playdate

I am super excited to announce I have been selected to host a 2016 #DisneyKids preschool playdate!! I hosted a #Disneyside party the past two years and let me tell you, it is SO much fun! I just love sharing my families love for Disney with our friends and neighbors. When the package arrived my kids were bouncing off the walls with excitement. I received free products including the celebration kit in order to host the Disney Kids Preschool Playdate. The opinions expressed here are my own.





Wow!! Look at all of the party goodies that Disney World and BSM Media sent me!! Party plates, napkins, cups, Nesquik, Glad plastic baggies, My Very, Very Smelly Breath! from Banfield, Sofia the First rolling luggage from American Tourister, Tulip's Puffy Paint and Aleene's Tacky Glue for super cute #Disneykids crafts and all detergent for party cleanup.

Each party guest will receive this super cute Disney Junior drawstring backpack, an adorable Lion Guard poster and a Jake (or Sofia the First) crown.

My 4 year old Sofia The First lover absolutely loves the new Sofia The First rolling luggage from American Tourister


Our #Disneykids preschool playdate is planned for next weekend. Children are going to decorate the paper bags with Tulip's Puffy Paint and stickers and make Disney Junior puppets using special cut out design elements from various Disney Junior characters (ex. stethoscope, amulet, mouse ears, etc.). Another fun game we are going to play is called character charades. Children will pick a card with a characters image on it and act out the character for others to guess. These are all great games that you can play at home at your next party! The kids are going to play pin the smile on Mickey! Stay tuned for more details on our #Disneykids preschool playdate! 


I received free products including the celebration kit in order to host the Disney Kids Preschool Playdate. The opinions expressed here are my own.

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Easter Basket Must Have's

 I really love creating fun Easter baskets for my children each year. But it seems like now days everyone is going overboard with candy, candy and more candy! I really don't want to stuff my children's Easter baskets full of junk food and candy. No thanks! I always make sure that each child's Easter basket is similar.

Must have's for the Easter baskets include: a book, a chocolate bunny or eggs and of course an Itty Bitty from Hallmark! My children collect these and they even sell the cutest little egg's to hold the Itty Bittys.
My 4 year old loves Sofia the First so her Easter basket will include this new Sofia Itty Bitty and of course a Sofia book

How cute are these new Star Wars Itty Bittys?! My son is going to love these! 

Here's a peak at our Easter baskets from last year---Each basket contains an Itty Bitty, a Dvd, books, Peep's and M&M's for each child.


Easter Basket Must Have's:
Hallmark Itty Bitty
Dvd
Book
Peep's 
M&M's

Remember to keep it simple, keep it affordable and keep it fun! If it costs more than $10 it doesn't make the basket. It's not your child's birthday--it is a simple Easter basket! I try to only spend about $20/child on Easter basket goodies. How much do you spend?

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