{Closed} Healthy, Wholesome Snacks from Buddy Fruits {Review & Giveaway)

 

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If you’re like most parents (myself included), you’re concerned with making sure that the foods you feed your child go the extra mile in providing nutrition. When it comes to snacks, that can be especially challenging. If your kid is like mine, he or she probably enjoys things that are sugar-laden and generally unhealthy.

Fortunately, with Buddy Fruits, you can get away from the added sugar and high fructose corn syrup and provide your child with a healthy snack with no sugar added!

I recently received a set of Buddy Fruit packages for my family to sample. We received both the Pure Blended Fruit to Go and the Pure Fruit Bites. Both types provide one full serving of fruit per package with no sugar added, no preservatives, and nothing artifical added. The fruit bites have 95 calories per serving and the blended fruit has 50 calories per serving.

These are just a few of the samples we received.

The blended fruits come in varieties such as: Apple, Apple and Strawberry, Apple and Banana, Apple and Cinnamon, Mango Passion and Banana, and Apple and Multifruit. The fruit bites come varieties such as: Pomegranate and Acai, Apple, and Orange.

To give you an idea of just how natural these products are, the Apple & Banana blended fruit’s ingredients are: Apple, banana, concentrated apple juice, and lemon juice. That’s it! The fruit bites are generally the same ingredients – juice concentrates with fruit pectin, natural flavor and a glazing agent.

The Blended Fruit is also free of dairy and gluten, and both types are free of GMOs (genetically modified organisms), artificial colors, dairy, and fat. That means that these products also qualify as vegetarian! (My animal loving heart is jumping for joy!)

Both packages are resealable so if your kiddo doesn’t finish the package all at once, or he or she wants to come back to it multiple times while playing, you can just close it right up to keep it from spilling or getting contaminated.

The fruit bites packages are also BPA free! I’m always glad to see more products coming on the market that are eliminating the use of BPA.

Miss A is a big fan of gummies, so she loves the Buddy Fruits fruit bites.

She isn’t as much of a fan of the blended fruit, but surprisingly, my husband likes them and takes them to work as part of his lunch. It make sense — it’s an easy way for grown-ups to get a serving of fruit into their diets as well.

Buddy Fruits can be purchased at many grocery stores — I’ve seen them at our local Publix as low as $1 per package on sale!

Buddy Fruits has generously offered one of my readers a display of Buddy Fruits containing an assortment of blended fruits and fruit bites!

 

Contest ends on March 31, 2011 at 9 PM EST. Open to US Residents only and the prize cannot be mailed to a P.O. Box. Winner will be chosen by random.org and contacted via email. Winner must respond within 48 hours of the email being sent or another winner will be selected. (Please make sure you check your spam and junk folders frequently to make sure you don’t miss out!)

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this review in any way. Buddy Fruits provided me with a review package and will also handle prize fulfillment. Thanks to Buddy Fruits for providing the review package and giveaway prize! All content in this review is my opinion.

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{Closed} Delight Your Child With a Unique Gift From Kidorable {Review and Giveaway}

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Thanks to the quality and uniqueness of their products, I’ve had my eye on Kidorable for awhile.  Last summer we took a trip to a local park to see fireworks for the Fourth of July, and got caught in a rainstorm. Oh, what I would have given to have a raincoat and umbrella for Miss A then!

Recently, Kidorable sent me some adorable product samples that were just what we needed — a raincoat and an umbrella! The rainy season in Florida is right around the corner and I am so glad that this year we will be prepared.

The two samples I received were from Kidorable’s Butterfly line. I am really, truly impressed with the quality of both of these!

The raincoat is made from very durable PVC with a polyester lining, and will definitely keep my kiddo dry during a rainstorm. The raincoat also comes with a matching hanger, which is just adds a really nice touch to the service provided by Kidorable.

Even though Miss A is on the small side weight-wise and normally wears a 2T, I asked for the 3T and even though it’s a little big on her, it still fits really well and leaves plenty of room for her to grow into it. She really loves this raincoat — every time she sees it, rain or shine, she asks to wear it. She’s even figured out how to button it up all by herself!

 

Another awesome touch to the raincoat is the zippered pocket! If your kiddo has a pair of gloves (Kidorable sells some to-die-for knit gloves, by the way), he or she can put them in the zippered pocket and they’ll stay dry!

The umbrella is just a delight! We got the matching Butterfly umbrella and it is the perfect complement to the raincoat.

It is just the perfect kid-sized umbrella. As you can see, it’s lightweight enough for Miss A to be able to hold up on her own, and she’s even spent some time practicing opening and closing it by herself. She truly loves having an umbrella of her own (and quite honestly, I’m glad I don’t have to share mine anymore)!

 

Yeah, this is bad luck, right?

 

She’s still having fun with it!

In addition to the butterfly line, for girls, they also have: Fairy, Ballerina, Ladybug, Lotus, Lucky Cat, and Mermaid — and the new English Roses line by Madonna (which is just precious!)

Don’t be mistaken by this girly review, though. Kidorable has some great options for boys! Some of the boy styles include Fireman, Frog, Pirate, Dinosaur, and Space Hero!

Buy it: You can purchase Kidorable’s umbrellas for $13.50 and their raincoats for $36.00 from their website: http://www.kidorable.com.

Win it: Kidorable is offering one of my awesome readers an umbrella of their choice!

 

Contest ends on March 30, 2011 at 9 PM EST. Open to US Residents only and the prize cannot be mailed to a P.O. Box. Winner will be chosen by random.org and contacted via email. Winner must respond within 48 hours of the email being sent or another winner will be selected.

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this review in any way. Kidorable provided me with a review package and will also handle prize fulfillment. Thanks to Kidorable for providing the review package and giveaway prize! All content in this review is my opinion.

Tommee Tippee Explora Sippy Cups {Review & Giveaway}

In the two years that Miss A has been using sippy cups, we have gone through just about every brand under the sun. I have been tirelessly seeking a cup that truly does not leak. I’ve had a few cups that did okay, but over time either the valves clogged or they just didn’t hold up.

I wish I had found Tommee Tippee’s Explora truly spill-proof sippy cups two years ago!

First of all, these cups are super, super cute. I’m secretly happy that we got the two that we did, because Miss A had been asking for a flower cup, and a butterfly cup — of which we had neither. Enter Tommee Tippee — we now have both!

First, notice the super cool feature these cups have — a built-in cap! This can help keep your cups sanitary while sitting in your diaper bag, purse, car, or wherever you might keep them.

Second, these cups are durable! Miss A has a tendency to throw things (what two-year-old doesn’t?) and these cups withstand that abuse.

At 11 ounces, they can hold enough water, juice, or milk to keep your kid hydrated and satisfied.

Best of all, they’re BPA free! I am all about avoiding that nasty chemical in my cups.

The unique valve system that Tommee Tippee uses helps make these cups spill-proof, and, for people like me who haven’t yet made it to the 20th century and don’t have a dishwasher, the design is incredibly easy to hand-wash!

Most importantly of all, Miss A truly loves her Tommee Tippee Explora sippy cups. She prefers them over her Dora cups and her Toy Story cups, which is saying a lot! The spout is designed to be ergonomically correct for a child’s development, so I have to imagine that her preference for these cups means they are really comfortable.

For more information about Tommee Tippee’s sippy cups, and to see how easy it is to clean, check out this video:

Buy It! You can buy a two pack of Tommee Tippee Explora’s truly spill-proof sippy cups at Toys R Us or Babies R Us for $7.99.

Win It!
Tommee Tippee is offering a two-pack of Explora sippy cups to one reader!

 

Contest ends on March 15, 2011 at 9 PM EST. Open to US Residents only and the prize cannot be mailed to a P.O. Box. Winner will be chosen by random.org and contacted via email. Winner must respond within 48 hours of the email being sent or another winner will be selected.

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this review in any way. Tommee Tippee provided me with a review package and will also handle prize fulfillment. Thanks to Tommee Tippee for providing the review package and giveaway prize! All content in this review is my opinion.

Skin MD Natural {Review & Giveaway}

I have incredibly dry and incredibly sensitive skin. I’m a fair skinned, freckled, red headed lady and I have to be very, very careful about what chemicals I use if I want to avoid being itchy. Thanks to Skin MD Natural, I have a new go-to lotion!

First and foremost, Skin MD Natural is free of parabens and petrochemicals, which means that it won’t make me itchy! It’s also made in a solar-powered facility, which I really respect. They are truly doing their part for the environment! Their formula is also vegan and not tested on animals. Being a vegetarian, I can really respect that. Ethical treatment of animals is something very important to me and I feel good about using a product that doesn’t engage in animal testing or use animal products in its formula.

Skin MD Natural also has six times the moisturizing power of other lotions on the market. It is dermatologist recommended and uses a proprietary ingredient that, to their knowledge, is not being used in any other lotion on the market. It’s a shielding lotion, which means that it protects your skin from the harmful effects of the environment and helps your skin retain its own natural moisture. They even have a new formula which is SPF 15!

With Skin MD Natural, a little bit goes a very long way! The full-size bottle is four ounces but will easily last 2 months with regular use. I use about a dime-sized amount for my entire hands and arms, and about that much for each leg.

This lotion is good for those who have eczema, and can even be used to treat a baby’s diaper rash! It’s also wonderful for treating dishpan hands, which I used to suffer from due to our lack of a dishwasher.

Finally, Skin MD Natural is truly grease-free. I absolutely love the way it feels on my skin. It is like pure silk. It is absorbed quickly and doesn’t leave a sticky, greasy residue on your skin.

Buy It: You can order a full-size bottle of Skin MD Natural for $18 for the regular lotion or $25 for the SPF 15 version.

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this review in any way. Skin MD Natural provided me with a review package and will also handle prize fulfillment. Thanks to Skin MD Natural for providing the review package and giveaway prize! All content in this review is my opinion.

60 Quick & Easy Science Experiments with Every Day Items {Review & Giveaway}

I am all about providing opportunities to learn in our household. Miss A is exceptionally bright and catches on to things easily. I am very glad to have had the opportunity to review Touch of Home Learning‘s 60 Quick & Easy Science Experiments with Everyday Items e-book because it not only showed me a few new things I could teach Miss A, but it also proved that you don’t need to spend a ton of money to create a learning environment in your home.

The experiments in this book are geared toward kids aged 3-7, but even though, at 2 1/2, Miss A is slightly younger than the target age group, we still really enjoyed doing some of these experiments together!

Most of the experiments presented in this book can REALLY be done with items you have at home. (I have even learned through this book just how versatile and useful vinegar can be!) There are a few that you may need to run out and spend a couple of bucks at the craft store to pick up some items for, but really, most of the stuff you need is hidden in your cabinets.

The variety of experiments in the book is great too. It is divided into 12 themes, and most of the individual experiments within a theme only take a few minutes. Each complete theme can generally be completed in under an hour.

For older kids, this book can be a great way to get ideas for science projects for school, and for reinforcing subjects they may already be learning.

This ebook would be GREAT for:

  • Teachers, especially elementary school level, looking for inexpensive ideas for quick class projects.
  • Homeschooling parents who are looking for supplementary material for their science curriculum.
  • Stay at home moms of preschoolers looking for educational material that’s suitable for their little ones.
  • Daycare directors and teachers who want something simple but educational to entertain their classes.
  • Working moms of preschool and elementary students who want to enhance their child’s in-class learning on evenings and weekends (this is me!)

From this list, you can really see just how valuable this material can be for you and your children!

We had a lot of fun with the Bubbles theme. The pictures below are from the Vinegar and Baking Soda experiment.

This was all that was needed for the experiment!

(Note: there’s food on the table because the only time I can generally get her to sit still is during meal times. She was very excited to do this “game” though!)

Look! LOTS of bubbles!

Buy It: Touch of Home Learning’s 60 Quick & Easy Science Experiments with Everyday Items can be bought from their website for $54.99.

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this review in any way. Touch of Home Learning provided me with a review copy of the ebook and will also handle prize fulfillment. Thanks to Touch of Home Learning for providing the review package and giveaway prize! All content in this review is my opinion.

{CLOSED} Miss A Loves Petcakes! {Review and Giveaway}

This giveaway is now CLOSED! Thank you to all who entered! The winner has been contacted via email and has 48 hours to respond. Come back later this week when I’ll have more awesome giveaways just for you, my wonderful readers!

I first heard about Petcakes through the blogging community, where lots of my fellow bloggers were posting reviews and giveaways. I just knew Miss A would love these cute plush toys — and I was right! Ever since we got our Petcakes, she has insisted on taking them to bed with her every night! She even counts them to make sure they’re all there.

From the Petcakes Toys About Page:

Well Made™ Toy Manufacturing Corporation, introduces PetCakes™, a new collectible plush pet line that will be a sweet treat for children ages 3 & up. Each PetCakes animal features a “frosting” hat, comes nestled in its own cupcake wrapper and has its own whimsical backstory. At first look, children will see a delicious cupcake but will then be surprised by the pet they find snuggled inside! Combining sweet faces and cuddly plush with a clever cupcake theme, PetCakes are collectible and provide hours of open-ended imaginative play. PetCakes make perfect gifts for a special friend and for pet lovers. They are ideal for birthday party favors, stocking stuffers and as rewards for good grades. Most of all, PetCakes deliver the kind of fun kids eat up!

We received the set of four Petcakes from series 1: Randy Candy, Twinkle Sprinkles, Coco Coconut, and Blueberry Buddy. The fact that these are made by a company called Well Made Toys makes sense, because they are truly well-made! They are (deliciously) cute, soft, cuddly and durable. I know we’ll be enjoying them for quite some time!

As Miss A said just yesterday, “Petcakes are AWESOME!” (Those were her words, verbatim, though she sometimes calls them “Pet Cupcakes”, too!) I asked her which one was her favorite, and she said, Coco Coconut and Blueberry Buddy. I think they’re all cute, but I’ve got to agree with her on one…Coco Coconut is my favorite!

Just look at how much fun she’s having with her Petcakes!

Miss A and Blueberry Buddy

 

Looks cute enough to eat!

 

Petcakes are intended for age 3 and up (though at 2 1/2, Miss A seems to enjoy them) and are available for $13.99 at specialty toy shops, and through toysrus.com.

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this review in any way. Well Made Toys provided me with the Petcakes for review and will also handle prize fulfillment. Thanks to Well Made Toys for providing the review package and giveaway prize! All content in this review is my opinion.

{CLOSED} Yoplait Smoothies – Product Review & Giveaway

This giveaway has ended! The winner has been selected and contacted by email and has 48 hours to respond. Once he or she has confirmed, I will post the results. Thank you to EVERYONE who entered!

 

Remember how I said last week I was having a hard time tracking my food and losing weight? Well, thanks to the package I received from Yoplait Smoothies last week, I’m now headed in the right direction!

About Yoplait Smoothies (information provided by MyBlogSpark):
Including Yoplait Frozen Smoothies in your diet is a quick and easy way to help you get important nutrients, like vitamin C or calcium your body needs. And with seven out of every ten Americans not eating the recommended two to four servings of fruit per day, Yoplait Frozen Smoothies could help you reach that goal.

Each package of Yoplait Frozen Smoothies contains one full serving of fruit (1/2 cup) and 110 to 120 calories per serving. Not only does Yoplait yogurt contain live and active cultures, but when prepared with skim milk and made according to package directions, Yoplait Frozen Smoothies are a good source of calcium. So raise your smoothie glass and toast to a new you!

Found in the frozen fruit aisle of your local grocery store, Yoplait Frozen Smoothies come in four delicious flavors. Be sure to check out the newest flavor, Blueberry Pomegranate, along with other favorites like Triple Berry, Strawberry Banana, and Strawberry Mango Pineapple.

For the purposes of this review, I tried the Strawberry Mango Pineapple flavor. Each package makes two servings, so I shared with Mr Dad and we were both very pleased with the taste. In fact, being the smoothie lovers we are, the next day we had smoothies from a local smoothie shop and I still thought the Yoplait smoothies tasted better!

Yoplait Smoothies are also incredibly easy to make! I don’t have a blender, but I do have a Magic Bullet, and was still able to make them without any trouble. I added the smoothie package and one cup of skim milk to the Magic Bullet cup, turned it on, and in just about 60 seconds I had two delicious smoothies ready to drink!

I did notice on the label that this product is sweetened with sucralose, an artificial sweetener. I typically avoid artificial sweeteners (not due to the taste, but for other reasons) but Mr Dad uses Splenda. In spite of sucralose being an ingredient, I wanted to try the smoothies, and I’m glad I did. I didn’t notice the artificially sweetened taste like I do in some products, either. It tasted perfectly sweet without any artificial sweetener aftertaste.

Note to my vegetarian friends: If you are abstaining from gelatin as part of your vegetarianism, please be advised that these smoothies do contain gelatin. I don’t completely abstain from gelatin (though I do limit my intake), but I know many vegetarians do, so I wanted to put that out there.

The package I received also came with a drawstring bag, a fitness & diet journal, and an aluminum water bottle (pictured below). I have to say, I have already gotten a ton of use from the journal and water bottle. Remember how last week I said I was having trouble tracking my calories? This journal has been a great solution to that. The water bottle is great too – it seals well, doesn’t leak and I can take it everywhere to make sure I stay hydrated.

Contest ends on February 10, 2011 at 9 PM EST. Open to US Residents only and the prize cannot be mailed to a P.O. Box. Winner will be chosen by random.org and contacted via email. Winner must respond within 48 hours of the email being sent or another winner will be selected.

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this review in any way. Yoplait provided me with the review package through MyBlogSpark. Prize fulfillment will be handed through MyBlogSpark as well. Thanks to Yoplait and MyBlogSpark for providing the review package and giveaway prize! All content in this review is my opinion.

{CLOSED} Boogie Wipes — Review and Giveaway!

Contest over! Congrats to susansmoaks, entry #116! You’re the winner!

 

Today we’re discussing Boogie Wipes. Any of you have kids who get that one boogie stuck to their face and you just can’t get it off without rubbing at it or, worse, picking it off? (Daycare moms, you know what I’m talking about!) Gross, right? Boogie Wipes uses natural saline to moisten the little booger (literally) so it comes right off!

Here are a few fun facts about Boogie Wipes (From their website, http://www.boogiewipes.com):

  • Boogie Wipes are made with natural saline to dissolve boogies (mucus) caused by the common cold, allergies or otherwise booger-filled kid moments.
  • Extra soft, alcohol, phthalate and paraben free.
  • Available in Great Grape, Fresh Scent, Magic Menthol and Simply Unscented.
  • Unique Formula Moisturizes with Added Chamomile, Vitamin E and Aloe.
  • Recommended by pediatricians as a gentle, effective alternative to a dry tissue.

I was fortunate to receive our sample of Boogie Wipes right before the yuck hit our house. All three of us were down for the count and I certainly didn’t have the energy to go chasing Miss A around with a tissue or baby wipe (and even baby wipes take a bit of rubbing to get that boogie off the kid’s face) so I was glad to have these Boogie Wipes to try out.

The sample package we received had a full-size package of unscented Boogie Wipes, as well as individual packets of their grape, fresh, and menthol scent.

Now, my kiddo hates having her nose wiped. She always has! But the first time we opened up one of the individual packets of the grape wipes, she is constantly asking for more! Whenever she sneezes, or her face gets messy, she will say, “Mommy, I need a Boogie Wipe!” I wish I could make this sound less commercial-like, but it’s true! Our days of face wiping struggles are over!

And what’s better? They actually work! Those boogies, or any other messes that might be on her face, come right off, without irritation.

Boogie Wipes also has a Save the Sleeve website which helps teach your kids about the value of using a wipe for your messy nose instead of your sleeve. Check it out at http://www.savethesleeve.com!

Pros: Useful, practical, kid-friendly light scent, non-irritating and the packaging is small enough that it fits easily in a purse or diaper bag.

Cons: The menthol scent didn’t go over very well with Miss A, but, the scent did work well to relieve our stuffyness! Aside from that, I have no complaints and wouldn’t hesitate to purchase these in the future, especially the Grape scent!

 

Disclaimer: This is my honest opinion. I received a package of Boogie Wipes and Boogie Wipes samples at no cost for the purpose of writing this review. No other compensation was received. A big THANKS to Boogie Wipes  for providing the giveaway prize!