{CLOSED} Boogie Wipes — Review and Giveaway!

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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!

Weekend Review: WordWorld

If you don’t believe kids can learn from TV, stop reading here!

If you do, then read on.

For Miss A’s birthday, her aunt Tarah bought her a WordWorld video. We hadn’t watched it before, but I had seen books and toys at Target so I had a general idea of what it was. I also knew that a Department of Education funded study showed that WordWorld did increase early reading skills. Since she is so gung-ho for Dora, Diego, Mickey Mouse, and other action-packed characters (which, believe it or not, she did learn from as well — who do you think taught her to count to nine in Spanish?), I was really hoping that this slightly more educational viewing material would appeal to her.

And it did. Oh boy, did it. Her favorite character is Duck, and I cannot tell you how many times a day she wants to watch “Duck video!” or dances and hums the theme song and then yells, “I’M A DUCK VIDEO!”

The basic premise of the show is that the characters live in a world where everything is made up of the letters that spell them. The characters are animated words…for example, if you look at Duck’s body, it spells Duck. Not only that, but a lot of times the characters, when building a word, will sound it out, so it demonstrates phonics at the same time. This is kind of the same premise you see in daycares and preschools, where the items in the classroom will be labeled (for example, a chair is labeled, “chair”). I read a study in college (I minored in psychology, part of it having to do with the psychology of childhood education) that showed this was an effective way of promoting literacy, but I cannot find it online.

Now, I don’t want to call it “reading”, but sometimes, when Miss A sees the words “Duck” or “Book”, she knows what they are. Not every single time, but sometimes. Could be coincidence, but she sure does get excited when it happens. I particularly enjoy this, because I’m running out of things to challenge her mind…she’s got counting, alphabet, colors, shapes, and sizes all perfected…so the only thing I can do is encourage (but not push) reading.

If you’re open to letting your child watch television, I would recommend introducing them to WordWorld! Even if they don’t directly “learn” from it, it’s still a really cute cartoon.


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Weekend Review: Method Baby Wash, Lotion and Bubble Bath

 

Sensitive skin runs in my family, as I mentioned in my post about Burt’s Bees Naturally Nourising Body Lotion. Johnson & Johnson’s products dried Miss A’s skin out, as did store brands, Aveeno, and even the Burt’s Bees baby wash. In search of something that wouldn’t have that effect, and wanting to stick with a more natural product, I decided to give Method’s baby products a try.

First of all, the more natural body care products tend to be more expensive. This had kept me from trying California Baby and Weleda, which were both recommended to me. At about $4.99 each (give or take a dollar depending on the product and the store — I buy them at Target), the Method products were significantly more affordable.

So far, the products we’ve used are:
Fuzzy Peach 3-in-1 Shampoo
Squeeky Green Rice Milk & Mallow Body Lotion
Squeeky Green Rice Milk & Mallow Bubbly Bath
Squeeky Green Rice Milk & Mallow Hair + Body Wash

First of all, the cup that comes with the Hair + Body Wash is a lifesaver. It’s got a little hole cut in the side of it that you can pour the water through so it comes out slow and gentle. Great for my daughter, who is terrified of having her hair rinsed.

Second, all four products smell great! The fuzzy peach product smells like a real peach!

Finally, and most importantly, they work! Her skin is no longer dried, cracked and itchy. It’s soft and smooth, just like a baby’s skin should be!

The one and only complaint I have is with the bubbly bath. I know it’s probably due to the fact that there are no sudsing agents added to the formula, but it doesn’t foam up nearly as much as the Dora the Explorer bubble bath we used to buy. It’s really a minor issue since we only used bubble bath for awhile to get Miss A over being tired of the bath…and since she’s not anymore, we don’t need to use it anymore.

Other than that, I recommend Method baby to anyone who has a child with sensitive skin. They also make adult products (I use their Water Flower body wash), cleaning products (I normally use Seventh Generation but the Method glass cleaner is awesome) and laundry products (I use their Fresh Air laundry detergent and it works well and smells nice!)

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Weekend Review: Crayola Kids Paint

 

Once upon a time, we had a weekend morning with nothing to do. A trip to Target and less than $10 later, we had all the tools necessary for two hours of fun!

How did that happen? At Target, we purchased a 10 pack of Crayola’s washable Kids Paint, paintbrushes and a pad of paper! I love these paints…but probably not as much as Miss A does!

I had a hard time deciding which paints to buy. They had a four pack of finger paints for the same price as these, but I liked the variety of colors that came in the package we purchased. Although Miss A pretty much learned her colors (the only one she still has trouble with on occasion is yellow), the variety of colors that come in the 10ct box kept the dialogue of conversation about colors open. As I pour the paints for her, she always yells out which color I’m pouring. I love it!

The day we bought them, I wrote a blog post about our fun with Crayola’s Kids Paint. And here are some pictures of the fun we had!

 

Here are some examples what I love about these paints:
  • They’re every bit as washable as they claim, unless you let the shirt covered in paint sit for a week or two without being washed. (I did this when we were without a washer & dryer…even then a good amount of the paint came out!)
  • You get a good amount of paint for your money. For $4.99, we got 10 colors and she has painted with them probably 10 times now…and we still have a ton of paint left over.
  • They’re non-toxic…this came in handy when Miss A painted her hand and then decided to lick it. (Note: Non-toxic doesn’t mean it tastes good…I wish I had a picture of the face she made!)
  • The colors are really bright!
  • The paint has a good consistency…not too thick but not runny…just right to pour onto a plate for individual paint sessions.

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Weekend Review: Orlando Organics

 

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” -Michael Pollan

This week, I’m owning my Earth-friendly, organic food eating, crunchy granola mommy persona. I can’t deny it anymore!

Here’s one just for the locals!

A couple of weeks ago, I read about Orlando Organics on my really awesome friend Cara’s blog. We eat a lot of fresh produce these days (since I’m a vegetarian and all) and seeing as how it’s hard for me to make it out to Whole Foods to get organic produce, and the variety and freshness of Publix’s inventory varies so much, I decided to give it a try.

We got our first shipment today and I am in love.

Here are all of the wonderful things I have to say about it.
1. Convenience! It was so quick and painless to sign up for the service, and they bring it right to your door! Even if you’re not home…you just leave out a cooler and some ice packs, and they come and fill it up for you.
2. It’s customizable! Don’t like a particular fruit/veggie? Add it to your dislikes list and they’ll attempt to replace it with something from your “favorites” list. For example, kale was on the list this week, and it reminds me of the food I got served in the hospital (since one of the menu options was, “Grape on kale”). I put it on my dislikes list, and I got bananas instead!
3. The produce is organic, and when possible, grown locally!
4. It’s affordable. I opted for the Harvest Blend Regular produce package ($32.99), and when I added up just about what it would cost to buy that produce in the store, it worked out exactly the same, if not cheaper. And that’s buying conventional (non-organic) produce.
5. The produce is fresh! And if it’s bad for any reason, they’ll make sure to put extra in your next shipment.
6. The produce tastes really, really good!

Here’s what was in our shipment this week:
Bananas
Valencia oranges
Blueberries (grown local)
Carrots
Bicolor corn (grown local)
Cucumbers
Gala Apples
Garlic
Haas avocado
Tomatoes
Peaches
Pears
Romaine lettuce

So far, I’ve eaten a peach (which was delicious!), and Miss A literally devoured the blueberries. We got a half-pint and they are gone. I may have eaten 3 berries. She ate the rest of it and yelled at me if I tried to take one! And then insisted I put the plastic container (which was plastic #1) in the “recycle bin!” (Smart girl!)

If you live within their delivery area, and you’re inclined to eat organic produce, give Orlando Organics a try! You won’t be disappointed.

Disclaimer: This opinion is my own. I am writing this review without the request of the company. They have not contacted me in any way, did not provide me with the product, nor did they compensate me for my time.

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Weekend Review: Chobani Greek Yogurt

 

This week, I’m reviewing the deliciousness that is Chobani Greek Yogurt!

I had been hearing and reading hype about greek yogurt, but hadn’t really paid much attention since I enjoyed the Stonyfield Farms fat free regular yogurt. As a vegetarian, I have to find good ways to work protein into my diet that don’t involve meat, and earlier this week I read that greek yogurt has about twice the amount of protein as regular yogurt, so I had to try it.

There were lots of options for Greek yogurt at the grocery store, but I ultimately settled on Chobani because it was fat free, free of artificial sweetners, and on sale! It’s a little more expensive than the yogurt I regularly buy (A little over $1 per serving) but I have to tell you, it is work every single penny of that.

It was like eating a dessert. It was rich, thick, and creamy, like full-fat yogurt! It was a “fruit on the bottom” kind of yogurt, which I typically don’t like, but it mixed really well and was absolutely delicious. If you’re comparing to other fat-free yogurts, it has more calories (I know Dannon’s fat-free is 60 calories, and Yoplait’s is 100 calories — Chobani is around 140 calories), so if you’re budgeting calories, you might have to make some adjustments — but since it’s higher in protein, it stays with you longer, too!

There are lots of benefits to choosing Chobani Greek Yogurt as well. From their “About” page, the benefits include:

  • All natural. No preservatives. No artificial flavors.
  • No synthetic growth hormones: No rBST-treated milk.
  • Includes 5 live & active cultures, including 3 probiotics.
  • Made with real fruit.
  • Twice the protein of regular yogurts.
  • A good source of bone-building calcium.
  • Gluten-Free and Kosher-Certified.
  • Safe for people with corn, nut and soy allergies.

If you’ve been thinking about trying Greek yogurt, you can try Chobani’s for free! (I paid for mine before I saw this coupon!) They’re offering a coupon for a free cup of Chobani yogurt.

Next time I buy yogurt, I’ll buy this kind again.

Disclaimer: This opinion is my own. I am writing this review without the request of the company. They have not contacted me in any way, did not provide me with the product, nor did they compensate me for my time.

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Weekend Review: Tag Jr.

For her second birthday, Miss A got a special gift from Mommy. (Okay, not really from Mommy. We had some Target store credit which allowed me to buy it, thanks to wonderful friends!) A Tag Jr! She loves books almost as much as she loves chocolate, but I was nervous about this gift. I wondered if she’d understand how it worked. I wondered if the technology would work as good as it claimed. I wondered if she would play with it for ten seconds and then forget all about it. For $34.99, plus $10.99 per book (at Target), it’s a pretty significant investment, especially if you plan to grow their library.

Here is where I would have inserted a cute picture of her using the Tag Jr., except that she was in an unusually cranky mood tonight and only wanted to lay on the floor and cry scream. So here’s a picture of the Tag Jr. itself and her books.

The package came with the Tag Jr. device and the “If I Were…” book. (Note: I purchased the purple one, but it also comes in green.) I bought the Dora 123 and Monster Faces books separately.

Shocking that she got a Dora book, right? (Note the sarcasm!) I’m pleased to say that the Tag Jr. not only met, but exceeded my expectations. It connects to the Leapfrog Connect, where you download the book audio, as well as customize the device for your child. It says “Hello Miss A!” or “Welcome back, Miss A!” when it turns on and “Bye bye, Miss A!” or “See you later, Miss A!” when it turns off.

As far as functionality goes, it also exceeded expectations here. It doesn’t just read the book. The amount of responses it has varies book by book, but I know one of ours has over 150 ways it responds. I find myself playing with it just to see what else it will say sometimes. (Fun for childlike grown-ups? Check!)

Most importantly, though, Miss A LOVES it. She loves hearing it say her name. She loves moving it around on the pages to see what it does. I really only had to show her once how it worked and she understood it from there.

I’d definitely say this is a toy worth the price tag for a two year old (and maybe some 29 year olds as well).

Disclaimer: This opinion is my own. I am writing this review without the request of the company. They have not contacted me in any way, did not provide me with the product, nor did they compensate me for my time.

Weekend Review: Burt’s Bees Naturally Nourishing Milk & Honey Body Lotion

At the risk of coming across as crunchy, I’ve got another all-natural product being reviewed this week: Burt’s Bees Naturally Nourishing Milk & Honey Body Lotion. I will admit up front, ever since I tried their lip balm about seven years ago, I have been hooked on Burt’s Bees products, and this one is no different.

I have sensitive skin, and very, very dry skin at that. This makes it hard for me to use a lot of products…the sulfates dry my skin out instead of moisturizing it, and the perfumes make me itchy. I got a trial size of this lotion once in a gift basket and have loved it ever since.

The lotion is really light. It leaves no greasy residue on your skin. It’s absorbed really quickly and makes my skin feel super soft. It’s also got a really light fragrance that I love (and Mr. Dad does too…every time I use it, he says, “Mmmm, you smell nice!”)

The lotion is 98.3% natural, certified by the Natural Products Association, and is free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates and petrochemicals.

I believe I got a dual pack that had an 8 oz bottle of this lotion and their Milk & Honey body wash for around $10 at Target. Not a bad price for two products!

At this point, I think I’m going to just own my crunchyness. I love natural products!

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Weekend Review: Yummy Earth Organic Fruit Lollipops — Plus, a Giveaway!

Disclaimer: This opinion is my own. I am writing this review without the request of the company. They have not contacted me in any way nor did they supply me with the goods for the giveaway.

Miss A loves lollipops. And by that, I mean that she asks me for one every single time we get in the car. This started after her daycare started doing lollipop Friday.

I try to feed her the best foods possible, avoiding high fructose corn syrup and buying organic when I can. One day a few weeks ago, I was at the checkout counter at the grocery store when I realized that I forgot to pick up lollipops for the week! Uh oh!

Lucky for me, right there on the endcap, there were these Yummy Earth Organic Fruit Lollipops. Now, when it comes to candy I’m always wary because I’ve purchased organic candy that tasted awful before. But, the package was only $1.99 so I figured it wouldn’t hurt to give them a try. (It sure beat getting out of line to go find another kind!)

Once we got to the car, I buckled Miss A in and gave her a lollipop. It smelled wonderful! Not at all like I expected. She kept saying, “YUM! Lollipop!” so I knew she liked it too.

So the next day, I did the evil mommy thing. I ate one of her lollipops. And it was good. It tasted just like a regular piece of candy, not at all like the watered down undersweet candy that I came to expect from an organic product. It was really, really good!

Funny how so much joy and excitement can come from something so small.

For $1.99 you get a bag of 15 lollipops in four assorted flavors: Mango Tango, Pomegranate Pucker, Tooberry Blueberry and Wet-Face Watermelon. I’ve tried all four and they’re all really good! According to the package, they are certified organic, vegan, GMO free, nut-free, soy-free, wheat-free, dairy-free, casein-free, gluten-free, and made without corn syrup or artificial dyes.. There are only 22 calories per lollipop.