Thursday, August 30, 2012

Beaba Review



I had heard of the brand Beaba plenty of times before, but I never had a chance to try any of their items in the past, until now! 

I had the chance to try out the Set of 4 First Stage Spoons


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

8 months old!



Haven't done one of these in a little while. Emerson is 8 months old today!! I can't believe he's 2/3 of the way to a year!!!
He got his first tooth on his 7m birthday and just got his second tooth on his 8m birthday!!
 Getting so big!
 This is how the end of most photo shoots go these days!
 I get the best smiles when my flash is off
He is right around 17 pounds and about 29.5" long!!! He's so tall and skinny.
At 6m and at 7m he was just 10oz bigger than Avery at that age, but a whole 2.5" longer!!! At 6 months he was 80% for height and 30% for weight.

Getting way too big. He will most likely be walking by 10 months. He's attempting to stand on his own already. He'll barely hold on to something and turn completely around. He tries to let go, but then falls.
He's been crawling for almost 3 months now. Look how red and beat up his poor knees are :(
Kids at the zoo. Emerson's first trip
 He is a bully towards Avery!




Monday, August 27, 2012

Little Bee Co Review & Giveaway *CLOSED*



We have reviewed for The Little Bee Co. once before. We received a OS diaper and a newborn diaper for that review. I used the heck out of that newborn diaper. It did take a while to dry, but it was super absorbent and fit him wonderfully until he was about 10-11 pounds. We still use and LOVE our Bamboo OS diaper.

Little Bee Co. has released a new kind of diaper. They came out with an Ultra Cool diaper in solids and prints. This diaper is in the NB and OS sizes. 

We received the Ultra Cool in the MooRockin' Cow print!


Friday, August 24, 2012

Milk Unleashed Giveaway *CLOSED*





With handy single-serving shelf safe milk there’s no need to ever run out!  You can take it anywhere at anytime!  Milk Unleashed goes wherever your family goes, whether it’s a lunchbox, a cooler, purse or a diaper bag!

GIVEAWAY
Milk Unleashed wants to offer one reader the chance to win a Gift Pack including: Four Shelf Safe Milks (white and chocolate) from: Hershey's, LaLa, Horizon and  Organic Valley

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Take the quiz above and post your results!

Giveaway ends 9/1 at 11:59pm est

Jack & Lily Review & Giveaway *CLOSED*



I contacted this company in December 2010 with no response. You can imagine my surprise when I was contacted by them in Late June in response to my original email!! It was great timing though. Although Avery has outgrown the Jack & Lily shoes now, they were perfect for Emerson. 

We received the wonderful Grey/Black Trainer from the My Shoes line in a 6-12 month!


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

A Very Green Back to School Giveaway Hop *CLOSED*



SimpleCityLife

Welcome to A Very Green Back to School Giveaway Hop hosted by Simple City Life and Mommy's Favorite Things. We have teamed up with several other bloggers to bring you some great back to school items to help you green up you childs back pack. Each  blog will have a unique prize valued at $20 or more! You will find the whole list of giveaways at the bottom of this post. Once you have entered my giveaway have fun hopping around and entering all the great giveaways. We are also excited to have a Grand Prize Giveaway sponsored by The Ultimate Green Store. One winner will receive A Very Green Back to School Bundle- everything things you need including the Backpack. You can enter the Grand Prize Giveaway here.
The Ultimate Green Store | Back to School Giveaway!


A Very Green Back to School Grand Prize Giveaway



Welcome to A Very Green Back to School Grand Prize sponsored by The Ultimate Green Store. We are very excited to bring you this great back to school bundle to help kick start your green school year. The Ultimate Green Store is your one stop shop for all things green and eco friendly for your whole family. As you head back to school this fall think about taking a few steps to green up your school year. Enter below for your chance to win this backpack filled with eco friendly school supplies. When you are done entering for this amazing prize, check out the other blog who are also giving away green school supplies and accessories. You can find the list at the bottom of this post.
The Ultimate Green Store | Back to School Giveaway!




Burt's Bees Review



I have done a review for Burt's Bees twice now I believe. I love all of their items equally really. I have never tried a Burt's Bees item that I didn't like. Truly! 

This time around I received 2 new items from the Intense Hydration line for my review. I got the Cream Cleanser and the Treatment Mask


LEGO KidsFest is coming to Novi Michigan!!! GIVEAWAY



We've been invited and I have the wonderful opportunity to give away 2 tickets to this wonderful event as well!!! Here's some info!

LEGO® KIDSFEST MICHIGAN: OCTOBER 12 – 14
THREE FOOTBALL FIELDS OF HANDS-ON EDUCATIONAL FUN FOR ALL AGES

THE LEGO® KIDSFEST NATIONAL TOUR STOPS IN MICHIGAN AT THE SUBURBAN COLLECTION SHOWPLACE IN NOVI, OCTOBER 12 – 14, 2012, BRINGING ALL OF THE CREATIVE HANDS-ON, MINDS-ON FUN OF LEGO BUILDING AND EXPERIENCES TOGETHER IN THIS THREE FOOTBALL FIELD ACTIVITY- AND  ENTERTAINMENT-PACKED FAMILY EVENT FOR CHILDREN OF ALL AGES AND BUILDERS OF ALL SKILLS AND INTERESTS.
   
AMONG THE MANY LEGO ATTRACTIONS, FAMILIES WILL FIND:
•         LEGO MODEL GALLERY: DOZENS OF LIFE-SIZED MODELS MADE ENTIRELY FROM LEGO BRICKS
•         LEGO MASTER BUILDERS: LIVE DEMONSTRATIONS AND ACTIVITIES FROM THE CREW WHO GET PAID TO PLAY
•         CREATION NATION: BUILD YOUR OWN CREATION TO ADD TO A CUSTOM MAP OF THE U.S.
•         RACE RAMPS: BUILD YOUR OWN CUSTOM CAR, THEN RACE IT DOWN THE RAMP AGAINST FRIENDS AND FAMILY 
•         LEGO GAMES ARENA: ROLL THE DICE TO PLAY LEGO BOARD GAMES
•         CONSTRUCTION ZONES: CREATIVE FREE BUILD, PLAY AND DISPLAY AREAS
•         LEGO DUPLO®: YOUNGER VISITORS CAN EXPLORE IMAGINATION THROUGH BUILDING
•         LEGO RETAIL AND KIDSFEST MARKETPLACE: PURCHASE LEGO MERCHANDISE AND OFFICIAL KIDSFEST TOUR GOODS
•         BRICK PILE: A GIGANTIC PILE FULL OF LEGO BRICKS FOR CREATIVE PLAY AND ENJOYMENT
•         MONOCHROMATIC BUILDS: BRICKS OF A SINGLE COLOR TO FOSTER GROUP CREATIVITY
•         BRICKSCAPES: FANTASTIC DISPLAYS THAT COMBINE LOTS OF LEGO AND DUPLO SETS
•         AND MUCH MORE, COVERING OVER 150,000 SQUARE FEET OF SPACE

“ANY FAMILY WHO LIKES TO BE INSPIRED, GET HANDS-ON AND HAVE FUN TOGETHER WON’T WANT TO MISS LEGO KIDSFEST,” SAID VINCE RUBINO, LEGO EVENTS MANAGER. “WE’RE BRINGING SO MANY ACTIVITIES FOR MICHIGAN FAMILIES TO TEST AND SHOWCASE THEIR CREATIVITY AND BUILDING SKILLS IN WHAT IS SURE TO BE A FAMILY EVENT TO REMEMBER.” 

BASED ON SELL-OUT ATTENDANCE IN PREVIOUS MARKETS, ADVANCE TICKET PURCHASE IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED.
FIVE SESSIONS – ALL IDENTICAL – ARE AVAILABLE FOR THE MICHIGAN OCTOBER 12 – 14 TOUR STOP.  LEGO KIDSFEST TICKETS ARE $20 FOR ADULTS AND $18 FOR CHILDREN AND CAN BE PURCHASED ONLINE AT WWW.LEGOKIDSFEST.COM

THE LEGO KIDSFEST 2012 TOUR STOPS: CINCINNATI (MARCH 23 – 25), DENVER (APRIL 27 – 29), MILWAUKEE (JUNE 15 – 17), TEXAS (AUGUST 31 – SEPTEMBER 2), MICHIGAN (OCTOBER 12 – 14) AND PITTSBURG (NOVEMBER 30 – DECEMBER 2).   


FUN FACTS
MORE THAN 400 BILLION LEGO® BRICKS HAVE BEEN PRODUCED SINCE 1949.

THE LEGO® MINIFIGURE REPRESENTS THE WORLD'S LARGEST POPULATION OF PEOPLE! OVER 4 BILLION MINIFIGURES HAVE BEEN PRODUCED IN THE LAST 30 YEARS. THIS IS ALMOST 12 TIMES THE POPULATION OF THE UNITED STATES!
LEGO® MINIFIGURES ARE OUT OF THIS WORLD, LITERALLY. THE 2 MARS ROVERS HAVE AN IMAGE OF THE LEGO® MINIFIGURE ETCHED INTO THEIR FRONT GRILL.
APPROXIMATELY 7 LEGO® SETS ARE SOLD EACH SECOND.
THERE ARE ABOUT 62 LEGO® BRICKS FOR EVERY ONE OF THE WORLD'S 6 BILLION INHABITANTS.
LAID END TO END, THE NUMBER OF LEGO® BRICKS SOLD IN A YEAR WOULD REACH MORE THAN 5 TIMES AROUND THE WORLD.
THERE ARE 915 MILLION WAYS TO COMBINE SIX EIGHT-STUD LEGO® BRICKS.

CHILDREN AROUND THE WORLD SPEND 5 BILLION HOURS A YEAR PLAYING WITH LEGO® BRICKS.
WITH A PRODUCTION OF ABOUT 306 MILLION TIRES PRODUCED A YEAR, THE LEGO® GROUP IS THE LARGEST PRODUCER OF TIRES IN THE WORLD.
LEGO® IS THE CONTRACTION OF TWO DANISH WORDS, "LEG GODT" WHICH MEANS "PLAY WELL".
THERE ARE ABOUT 62 LEGO® BRICKS FOR EVERY ONE OF THE WORLD'S 6 BILLION INHABITANTS.
19 BILLION LEGO® ELEMENTS ARE PRODUCED EVERY YEAR. 2.16 MILLION LEGO® ELEMENTS ARE MOLDED EVERY HOUR, OR 36,000 PER MINUTE.



Pretty awesome right?? We personally can't wait to go to this wonderful event. Avery will have a BLAST I'm sure!! And secretly Jon and I are wanting to go and have some fun too!!

GIVEAWAY
I am hosting a giveaway for 2 Tickets to the opening day (October 12th 4-8:30 pm) for you and your child! 
Please use This Link to enter to win your tickets!!!
Winner will be chosen on Friday September 28th and your tickets will be emailed to you!
Don't forget to Like Lego KidsFest on Facebook and/or Twitter


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Krimson Klover Review & Giveaway *CLOSED*



I've worked with Krimson Klover in the past. I did one last winter with a gorgeous sweater of their's. This time around I received a summer tank top that I also love! I received the Day Dreamer Reversible Stripe top for review In the Charcoal/Poppy color


A Very Green Back to School Hop Sponsor Spotlight LUNCH SKINS



SimpleCityLife
Now that Avery will be starting school (2 more WEEKS!!!) it is time to think about lunches. At home I just make her a sandwich, give her some fruit and throw it on a plate or her placemat. But now that she'll be heading to school I need to pack more for lunches/snacks and I need to think about cost and garbage. 
A great way to save some money AND garbage is reusable bags. So Lunch Skins sent me a Sandwich and a Snack bag for my review.


A Very Green Back to School Hop Sponsor Spotlight ECO VESSEL



SimpleCityLife
I always look for more natural choices when I'm shopping for any product. I look for healthier options. Now it has been banned to put BPA in baby bottles, but what about other plastics? So for this reason I usually opt for Stainless Steel for drinkware. It doesn't contain all of those chemicals and it's easier to clean. So I contacted Eco Vessel and they were kind enough to send me the Kids Insulated Bottle with Straw Top in the Purple Butterfly for Avery

 It is a straw cup, and it comes with an additional straw
I'm loving this cup for Avery. It is insulated and keeps drinks cold for up to  12 hours I think it said. So this will be perfect for her to take juice or milk to school with her. 

We tested it out. I Gave her ice water and 9 hours later when we woke up the water and the outside of the cup were still cold. It worked and kept her drink cold for a LONG time. So this will truly be great for school. 

The lid on it closes up too. There's the little drinking spout, you push it down into the lid to keep it sealed and then pick it up to drink from it. 

I love the purple color and the butterfly that are on there. I just love the look of this cup and the stainless steel on it is great too. I do find SS to be much easier to clean than plastic. 

This cup comes in 4 other colors. 
Orange with a tree
Black with Flames
Blue Glow
and Silver Express
The cup is 13oz so it's the perfect size for children.

Price: $21.95 for this cup. It is a little pricey, but it's so worth it and this cup will last for years!

Overall: *****

 A VERY GREEN BACK TO SCHOOL HOP
For the Very Green Back to School Hop, Eco Vessel has offered one Mommy's Favorite Things reader the chance to win this same cup in the color of your choice!
*Disclaimer* I received an item directly from  Eco Vessel in exchange for a review. I was not paid to try out these products*
A big thank you goes out to Eco Vessel for allowing me to review this product and for offering a giveaway


Sunday, August 19, 2012

Woolzies Review & Giveaway *CLOSED*



Dryer balls are a great way to cut down drying time. Therefore making laundry go quicker and saving you electricity and money in the long run. 
We have most recently gotten a clothes line for outside, but I still like to fluff everything and I know that what I do dry all the way and for those rainy days that my dryer balls will cut time down significantly. 
I received a package of the Woolzies dryer balls for my review. They come in a pack of 6.


Conscious Box Vegan Giveaway *CLOSED*



I have done a review for the wonderful Conscious Box before, but now they offer an all Vegan box!


Conscious Box has teamed up with Brendan Brazier, former pro Ironman triathlete, bestselling author of Thrive, and formulator of Vega. Brendan Brazier is known as a top authoritative source for the vegan, plant-based diet, and has used his experiences to help create one of the most incredible Conscious Box experiences yet!

Which is just wonderful I think!!! I love that this company that was already offering healthy items in their boxes now offers a vegan option. So many are choosing this lifestyle lately and I think that's really great!
So without further ado, we're going to do a giveaway for the wonderful Vegan Conscious Box!!


Saturday, August 18, 2012

A Very Green Back to School Hop Sponsor Spotlight MILKDOT



SimpleCityLife

My very first spotlight for the Very Green Back to School Hop is milkdot
When you're children are going to school brown bags are not very green. They produce a lot of waste and aren't very pretty. Yes you can color on them and write notes for your kids on them, but you can also write a note on a piece of paper and put it inside a Lunch Tote like milkdots! We received the tote in Plum for Avery and we're both so excited for her to start taking it to school. 


Friday, August 17, 2012

Evenflo Bebek Review



Now that Emerson is older, it's time to start using sippy cups. He's at the age where he should start getting some water in a cup and I don't want him to have it in his bottles, so it's time for the bigger cups! Evenflo Bebek contacted me asking if I wanted to review this cup and I jumped at the chance. It was perfect timing!!

We received the blue cup and Emerson loves it!


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Barrel and a Heap Review & Giveaway *CLOSED*



I review a lot of diapers, but covers are few and far between. I don't have a need for a TON of covers, but it's always nice to have options. Since prefolds and flats are some of my favorite diapers, it's nice to have a range of covers to use as well. 

Barrel and a Heap sent us an adorable cover to try out! We got the Medium size which is from 18-28 pounds, but I didn't want a cover that was only going to last us 2 pounds!


Monday, August 13, 2012

Victoria's Secret Giveaway



Victoria's Secret 72 hour flash giveaway is brought to you by Mom Blog Society.

Special thank you to our lovely co-hosts: Coupon Nurse, Everyday Erica, Mom Does Reviews, Powered by Mom and Mom to Bed by 8

One lucky reader will receive a $50 Victoria's Secret Gift Card.

Giveaway ends August 16th at 11:59pm, open to US residents only, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!
Disclosure: I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. Mommy's Favorite Things is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment.  




Sunday, August 12, 2012

Carmex Review & Giveaway *CLOSED*



I love being a part of the Carmex blog squad. I love getting new products in the mail from them for review. 

This time I received a tote bag FULL of their Sticks, plus their new Pomegranate flavor!


Saturday, August 11, 2012

Just for Baby Hop WINNER



The winner is.....



Friday, August 10, 2012

Ubokia Marketplace




Hello everyone, I wanted to tell you about this great new site that I found called Ubokia.com.
Ubokia was founded in November of 2011 with the mission to put the buyer first. It is an online marketplace where people can buy, trade, and sell with each other, with one difference: It’s in reverse. 
Ubokia is the advocate for the buyer — empowering consumers to take control of the buying process. At Ubokia, buyers say what they want and sellers come to them on the buyers’ terms, not the other way around. That means instead of searching through things for sale, you can post what you want to buy and the sellers come to you. In addition to posting Wants you can also list your items for sell and instantly get matched up with people who want what you have.
Ubokia has built a number of trust features on top of their marketplace such as private uGroups and uTrust verification which allows users the option to verify their profile. This uTrust feature is the world’s first trust verification system for ecommerce to eliminate the risk of buying online. Ubokia is committed to providing the ultimate buying experience in which buyers and sellers can transact with confidence. As an optional process for users on Ubokia, uTrust disables potential scammers from hiding behind anonymity for a safe, secure online marketplace for users to buy and sell.
Check out the Ubokia marketplace and post a few Wants to get started getting what you want. You can also browse all the posted Wants to see if you have something someone wants.

*Disclaimer, I received compensation to write this blog post. All opinions are 100% my own*


lil Helper is having a Flash Sale!



lil Helper Bamboo Cloth Diapers
Purchase either any combination of their Original Diaper or Organic Bamboo Diaper and for every two in your shopping cart, they'll send an Organic Charcoal Bamboo Cloth Diaper FREE!!!
Sale Ends Sunday August 12th and While supplies last! 

Note color preference for your free diaper in the order comments area of the checkout.
MUST use savings code buy2get1 at checkout, your free diaper(s) will be added during the shipping and processing. You will not see this free diaper in your cart at all. But it will arrive at your house :)
During this sale the Charcoal Bamboo diapers will not be for sale as they need to reserve inventory for the sale.
FREE Shipping over $80 in Canada and over $100 to the US!

This code right here will also get you 10% off your order!! momsthings10 and by using the code above for the sale you'll get a bonus of $1 off shipping! This really is a great deal!! 


Thursday, August 9, 2012

Nuby's Complete iMonster Giveaway



When babies begin to show interest in feeding themselves, having the right equipment is a must! Nuby feeding accessories are made to withstand the challenges of daily use and retain their bright color. The same is needed for kids that are experienced eaters but not quite ready for glassware!
iMonster Toddler Plate: This Toddler Plate is fun and functional. Suitable for warm or cold foods and it is microwave safe! This plate is the perfect size for both snack and meal time! iMonster Toddler Bowl: The bowl is much like the plate- but bowl shaped! It is suitable for warm or cold foods and is microwave safe. Perfect for popcorn, soup or cereal. The one eye looking at your little one makes it that much more fun! iMonster Snack Keeper: No more messy snacks! Nuby's unique Snack Keeper cup keeps kid-sized snacks inside the container instead of on the floor or car seat. The soft silicone 'teeth' make it easy to grab snacks without spilling. Finally a way to let little ones eat cereal and snacks while on the go- with out the mess! iMonster Fork & Spoon: Not only is it important to have utensils that are safe for the baby, but they should be specially designed to be easy for little hands to hold and use. Nuby's colorful forks and spoons are designed to meet all of these special needs for either left handed or right handed children. iMonster Gripper Cup: The iMonster No-Spill Cup has a unique one piece, No-Spill soft silicone spout that is easy to use and easy to clean. The spout promotes the natural drinking action and healthy oral development. The newly designed valve opens with minimum pressure and doesn't require constant sucking that can damage new teeth and soft palates. It also features an Easy Grip base that is perfect for your child’s transition to self feeding. iMonster 2-Handle Cup: The iMonster No-Spill 2 Handle Cup has a unique one piece No-Spill just like the Gripper Cup! It also features easy-grip handles which are perfect for a child’s transition to self feeding. The durable handles are designed for small hands and are comfortable and easy to hold. Win It: Nuby has offered one lucky reader the entire iMonster Feeding and Drinking set! Giveaway is open to US residents only. Please make sure you read the Giveaway Rules before you enter!
Disclosure: I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own. Mommy's Favorite Things is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment.  



Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Zinny Jane Review & Giveaway *CLOSED*



We all know I use cloth diapers here. They are awesomeness and all :) Along with that comes another realm which is wool soakers! I use them once in a while, I have knit Emerson a pair of shorties and I use longies in the cooler months, but I haven't actually knit a wool soaker. I have a couple wool wraps that I use though so I wanted the chance to try out a soaker. I came across Zinny Jane and knew she was the one to contact. 

She sent me a Rugby Stripe soaker in a Medium.