Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Nighttime feedings


3 Stages of Feeding Development
3 Distinct Nipple Shapes

The NaturalFit Advanced Feeding System grows with your baby.

NaturalFit adapts to the needs of babies as their natural suck-swallow
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If you’ve ever had a newborn, then you are all too familiar with late night feedings and sleepless nights.  If you’re a mom – you likely took on the majority of those duties while your partner somehow managed to sleep through them.  In the thick of all those sleepless nights, did you ever wonder how your loved one managed to sleep like a log? Or did you think maybe he was just pretending?  If it’s the latter… you’re not alone.

According to the 2014 Chicco Late Night Feeding Survey, forty-four percent of parents suspect their partners have pretended to be asleep to avoid late night feedings.  The truth? More than one-third of dads surveyed (38%) admit they have actually done so, but only 28 percent of moms say the same.

To celebrate the launch of Chicco’s NaturalFit Advanced Feeding & Soothing System, which is designed to simplify bottle feeding for parents and their newborns, Chicco USA polled new moms and dads to get the inside scoop on what goes on during the wee hours of feeding-filled sleepless nights.

Some additional findings from the survey include:

·         Queen of late night: A whopping 91 percent of moms surveyed agree they take on the majority of the late night feedings.
·         Worth the sacrifice: Although late night feedings put added strain on new parents, the bonding between parent and child during the wee hours is worth the lack of sleep.  The majority of parents (75%) report those late night feedings have deepened the bond between them and their babies.
·         Guilty of faking it: Forty-four percent of parents suspect their partners have pretended to be asleep to avoid late night feedings.  Those suspicions may not be too far from the truth: more than one-third of dads surveyed (38%) admit they have actually done so, but only 28 percent of moms say the same.
·         Feeding time = Facebook time: Nearly all moms (98%) and dads (94%) who check social media while feeding baby in the middle of the night report Facebook as the social network they are most likely to visit.  That’s where the similarities end, as half of dads are most likely to check Twitter (48% vs. 23% of moms) and YouTube (45% vs. 25% of moms) while baby is feeding in the middle of the night; whereas moms are more likely to check Pinterest (38% vs. 16% of dads).
·         Sports vs. Shopping: While feeding baby in the middle of the night, moms and dads surveyed are not visiting the same types of websites.  Three-quarters of dads who browse the Internet are most likely to visit a sports-related website (79% vs. 17% of moms), such asESPN.com, or general news site (73% vs. 48% of moms), while moms who browse are most likely to visit parenting (89% vs. 49% of dads) or retail websites (77% vs. 58% of dads).

**Information provided by Chicco, no compensation was received for this post.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Children's Advil coupon offer


When your child has a fever, it can be an overwhelming experience.  In fact, 52% of parents(1) have reported they feel anxious, fearful or helpless when their child comes down with a fever. Luckily, moms can count on Children's Advil® to supply fast relief and peace of mind when a fever strikes
Children's Advil® contains ibuprofen, the medicine pediatricians use most for their own kids' fevers(2).  Providing up to 8 hours of relief in just one dose, nothing relieves fevers faster* or keeps them down longer than Children's Advil®(3).

When used as directed parents can feel confident knowing that Children's Advil®
is both safe and effective, and will get their kids feeling like kids again. Children's Advil® is intended for use in children ages 2 to 11 years. It is available in great tasting Bubble Gum, Grape, Blue Raspberry, Fruit and Dye-Free White Grape flavors. It is also available in convenient Grape Chewables and an easy-to-swallow small tablet. For infants age 6-23 months, Infants' Advil Drops are available in a Dye-Free White Grape flavor.
 Click here for an online coupon link for Children's Advil® so you're prepared when a fever strikes!
(*Note: coupons.com installer required to print coupon) 
Below are some additional tips to help fight fevers!

Children's Advil® Fever Relief Tips
  • Dose fever medication based on the child's weight as this is the preferred method used by doctors.
  • Though it can be tempting, don't wake a sick child in the middle of the night just to give them fever medication. They need sleep!
  • Wait a full 24 hours after a fever passes to send your little one back to school or daycare.

Visit the Children's Advil® Feel Better Activity Center on Facebook which is full of ideas to help make a sick day a little bit better.
For more information, visit us at http://childrens.advil.com/.


(1) Based on two surveys of parents and pediatricians conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Children's Advil®
(2) Based on a survey of doctors
(3) Among OTC fever reducers/pain relievers  

*Based on reducing a fever below 100°F

**** information provided by Coyne PR, no compensation was received. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Baby/Toddler Products to Save Money and a Giveaway

As a recent new money again, I wanted to share some money shaving tips and a great products with everyone out there. We love store brand products in this house, so when this opportunity to try the products below came up I jumped at it. 

Here is the test pack we received!!!



About Perrigo Nutritionals
·         Many moms are not aware that they can save up to 50 percent on infant formula by choosing a store brand over a national brand
·         Store Brand Formula is nutritionally comparable to the national brands, yet are typically up to half the price, and can save you about $600 a year
·         Perrigo Nutritionals is the largest supplier of Store Brand Infant Formula and nutrition products in the world and one of only four companies recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for meeting the strict FDA requirements for safety, nutrition and quality for infant formula-manufacturing in the United States
·         Same standards and expertise used to develop infant formula applied to toddler foods
·         Toddler foods are appropriately developed for variety of stages of growth and motor skills with quality, nutritional ingredients to create foundation of good nutrition

Crystal Paine’s 5 Money Saving Tips for Families
Create a Budget
A budget gives you parameters and purpose, it gives you boundaries, and it gives you freedom to live creatively within those boundaries.

Shop With Cash
When you shop with a credit card (or even a debit card, for that matter!) you can have your budget in your head and you can do the best to stick with it when you check out, but it’s so much easier to go just a little bit over here and there when you’re swiping!
Plan a Menu
When you have a plan in place for what you’re supposed to be eating each meal and you’ve already purchased the ingredients for those recipes, it’s a lot harder to justify chucking the plan for takeout.

Use Coupons
Coupons are a great way to save a lot of money on your grocery bill, but they can be hard to keep up with. Clipping, sorting, and organizing coupons takes time — so enter a coupon database! You’ll have access to printable and other coupons currently available and it’s one of the most effective and efficient ways to save money on groceries.

Buy Store Brands
One way to save a great deal of money on your grocery budget is to learn to like and use a variety of brands. The sooner you can get over being a brand-snob, the more your pocketbook will thank you.
For example, while I breast fed my children, moms who choose to formula feed can save up to 50 percent by switching to store brand formula, which meets the same FDA quality standards as expensive name brands. There are also coupons available at a website - StoreBrandFormula.com (
www.storebrandformula.com).  This one simple change can save moms about $600 a year. 

Now the fun part, to get your own prize back including:
  •         A copy of “Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your  Passion for Life” by Crystal Paine
  •         1 container of store brand formula
  •         9 assorted Puree Pouches
  •         5 assorted Puffs
  •         4 assorted Yogurt Bites
Please leave a comment with your best money saving tip and your email by Saturday, March 22nd (Baby Girl's 1 month Birthday!)

Thanks to CoynePR and Perrigo Nutritionals for the information and products. 

**No compensation was received for this review, only the sample products shown above. 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Recent Projects

So things have been a little busy in our house as we gear up for arrival of Baby Girl # 2 in about 3 weeks (how did that happen!) That being said I have been working on a number of things for my girls around the house lately. First up was some belts for Little Miss!

Once we potty trained her in November we have had a problem with her pants staying up. Since she is still in 18-24 months pants and without a diaper the pants are not staying up. So out came the sewing machine and I made some ribbon belts like I made for myself years ago.

These are so simple, 2 pieces of ribbon and a pair of D rings at the end. Sew up all four sides and make a loop for the rings and you are done. Best part about these she can get them on and off herself as well.

Since I had some ribbon left from this project, I decided to make a Pinterest project I had on my list for the new baby.

I found this link about making a Crinkle Blanket for babies and just had to try one myself. This was also super easy and was made from all scraps of materials I had laying around. Good use of extra materials!

Finally, I have this obsession with doing cross stitches when I am pregnant. I did one for Baby Girl with her name on it this pregnancy (not showing it as the name is still a secret), but Little Miss saw me doing it and wanted one as well. Here is her's:

Little Miss has a Pooh Bear in her room with her name and the New Baby has a Tigger, so I told Little Miss this is her and her sister and she loves it! Just need to get a fun frame for it and we are all set to go.

So what projects have you been working on?

Thursday, December 12, 2013

San-J Sauces Review

The wonderful people at Naturally Savvy again provided me with some new products to try from San-J Sauces. As a household that LOVES Asian food (and healthy ones) this was a great opportunity. We are know to throw together a quick fried rice to use up extra veggies all the time!

  First up was the the Mongolian Sauce. Here is some info:

"MONGOLIAN BEEF STIR FRY AND MARINADE SAUCE - San-J’s newest luscious flavor that allows home gourmets to make restaurant-quality Asian meals at home. This all natural, gluten-free and non-GMO sauce is the fastest, easiest and tastiest way to make authentic Mongolian Beef in your own kitchen: Starting with 1/2 to 1 pound of flank steak, cut in thinly across the grain into strips. Coat the strips with cornstarch, then stir-fry in hot oil. To finish, simply add San-J Mongolian Beef Sauce, top with sliced green onions and serve.  All the delectable flavors of traditional Mongolian Beef are already in the sauce, including ginger, garlic, and just he right touch of sweetness. Also can be used with chicken, shrimp or tofu."


I marinated some chicken with this for a lo mein and the flavor is wonderful, not over powering and very tasty. My two year old was a huge fan:)

Next up was the Tamari Lite
For a family that uses a lot of soy sauce this was a nice change. Here is the info about the sauce:

"TAMARI LITE – A breakthrough for anyone who is concerned about the sodium content in available soy sauces. It is a flavorful Tamari that contains 50% less sodium than their regular Gluten-Free Tamari (Black Label), and made from 100% soybeans. Tamari Lite is ideal for the home chef who is trying to reduce the family’s salt intake without sacrificing on taste.  Like most San-J sauces, Tamari Lite is certified by the Gluten Free Certification Organization as well as Non-GMO Project verified and made form non-genetically-modified soybeans. It can be used in stir-fry, rice or noodle dishes, as a flavor enhancer in soups and sauces, as a marinade or a condiment. "

These sauces are great and much healthier for you. I would recommend  San-J Sauces for anyone that is a frequent user of Asians sauces like we are.

***No compensation was received for this review all thoughts are my own. Two bottles of sauce were sent to sample for the review.