Monday, September 15, 2014

VTech’s Go! Go! Smart Animals Review and Giveaway

The wonderful people at Coyne Public Relations sent us another amazing product to try out.

We received the Go! Go! Smart Animals Treehouse Hideaway playset right before our vacation and Miss E's birthday.

Here is the information about the set:

Following the award-winning introduction of Go! Go! Smart Wheels in 2013, the new brand extension, Go! Go! Smart Animals, captures the best of both worlds: traditional role-play infused with modern technology, for an engaging, multi-sensory learning experience. Each playset features SmartPoint™ locations that can be recognized by every SmartPoint vehicle and animal in the lines. As a vehicle or animal is rolled over a playset’s various SmartPoints, it will flash and play greetings, fun sounds, short tunes and sing-along songs.

·         Learn about animals, play sing-along songs and more with the included SmartPoint™ panda or other SmartPoint animals (sold separately).
·         Crank the basket elevator to the top of the playset, play on the swing or lift the ramp and watch the panda ride the slide to the bottom.
·         The Tree House Hideaway Playset includes five SmartPoint locations and six manipulative features including a shape sorter that can help develop hand/eye coordination.
·         The colorful tracks can be connected to other Go! Go! Smart Animals or Go! Go! Smart Wheels playsets (each sold separately) to encourage children’s creativity.
·         Ages 1-5 years, MSRP: $29.99

Our daughter loved the Panda even before my husband had it all set up. She loves all the moving pieces and listening to the panda say so many things. We can't wait to get more animals for it. Also our 6 month old loved trying to play with it as well, she just thinks it is a giant teething toy, but that is ok for now!

Here is the best part, VTech is giving a Go! Go! Smart Animals™ Tree House Hideaway Playsetto a lucky reader. Comment below with your child's favorite animal and your email to enter. Please comment by Friday, September 19th!

** I was sent a Go! Go! Smart Animals™ Tree House Hideaway Playset™ from VTech Toys but all thought and opinions are my own.  

Monday, September 8, 2014

Listerine Naturals Sampling

Through my affiliation with Crowdtap I was able to sample the new Listerine Naturals.

I am not going to lie, the bright colors (that are so normal to see!) always make me wonder when it comes to mouthwash products, but I have never thought too much about it. However, in my continuing quest for more natural products in our lives, this was a nice change. Here is the product info:
  • A natural mouthwash that provides all the benefits of killing plaque and gingivitis germs just as effectively as LISTERINE® Antiseptic Mouthwash. LISTERINE® NATURALS Antiseptic Mouthwash cleans the whole mouth, killing 99.9% of germs that cause bad breath, plaque, and gingivitis.
  • No artificial flavors, sweeteners or dyes
I have to say I was surprise that the product seems in no way different to me, except for the color. It seems to work just the same which I love to see in  my natural products. This will be going on our to buy list for sure. 

*** I was not compensated for this post, just sent a bottle of Listerine Naturals form Crowdtap to review. 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Australian Tea Tree Oil Review

The wonderful people at Red Rover Naturals asked me to review there Australian Tea Tree Oil recently. Having just been reading up on eczema, since Little B has a mild cause on her checks and legs, I was very excited for this opportunity. Also Red Rover Naturals sends you a book with recipes with your purchase.

Here is the information about the Australian Tea Tree Oil from the site:

  • One of the most versatile essential oils. Naturally fight Acne, Toenail Fungus, Lice, Yeast Infections, Skin Tags, Cold Sores, Dandruff, Ringworm, Fleas, Warts, Psoriasis, and More.
  • Use to make your own Shampoo, Lotion, Soap, Face Cleaner, Body Wash, and Toothpaste. Stop polluting your home and make all natural Household Cleaners, Detergents, Shower Sprays, Bathroom Disinfectants, and Kitchen Sprays.
  • Every purchase comes with a FREE 100 PAGE GUIDE. We provide you with all the ways to use tea tree oil to improve your life, and replace harmful cleaners around the house. This is your's to keep even if you return the tea tree oil.
  • We Have the Tests to Prove Our Tea Tree Oil's Purity and Potency. Many essential oils are diluted to cut costs. We have the Gas Chromatography Report to prove our tea tree oil is 100% undiluted, and without impurities. Find out what the Aborigines have known for centuries about this amazing gift from nature.
  • Our Australian tea tree plantation has received awards for its industry-leading, conservation farming practices. They have the smaller carbon footprint of any producer of pure and natural Tea Tree Oil. The Australian Parliament has invited them to represent farming operators at a Carbon Farming Incentive forum. They were one of the first producers to be accredited under the Australian Tea Tree Industry Association Code of Practice. The nutrition program for the Tea Tree plants is based on organic fertilizers. When using pesticides (a necessity to ensure the health of the plants) they employ a shield sprayer to minimize any contact with the plant. Whenever possible natural crop protection products are used.

Once my bottle came and I read the AMAZING guide, I decided to try a Body Scrub to prepare for the beach!

The mix is as follows:
 ½ cup raw brown sugar
 8 drops Australian Tea Tree Oil
 1 tbsp. raw honey
 ¼ cup sesame oil

 Super easy to make and it went into a little jar:)

I can say I am truly enjoying this scrub and have been using the oil on Little B as well, and we are both seeing great results. Also this bottle should last a very long time so it is a great deal.

*** No compensation was received for this post all opinions are my own. I did receive the bottle of Tea Tree Oil to try and review. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Jersey Knotted Headbands

My toddler loves headbands, but only for a few days and then she is on to a new one or some other hairstyle (Princess Elsa Hair today mommy). So I like to have a number of headbands on hand for her, but do not want to spend a fortune on them. What is a momma to do? Go on Pinterest of course! I found this great link to make Knotted Jersey headbands and off to work I went.

I like to make quilts from our old tshirts, so I had a lot of jersey material laying around! I put my shirts into strips and set to work following the directions. These are so easy I made some for Miss E, Little B, and myself! I even added "sparkles" to a few for Miss E.

Here is one I made for me:

I am loving our new headbands, now how to store them....(coming soon!)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Jersey Tie Headband

I have been on a bit of a headband kick for the little ladies lately. So when I saw this tutorial I had to try these one as well.

I headed to my local Jo Ann Fabric (actually the one by work;) and got 3 different jersey fabrics to use.

Then I cut them into 3 inch wide pieces that are 26" long for the baby, 28" for my toddler, and 32" for me. I rounded off the edges and next was to fold the right sides together and run my zig zag stitch along them.
Then you will turn them right side out, finish stitching and you are done! It took me less then 30 minutes to make 9 (!) of these.

Here is Little Miss in her's the other weekend:

I am loving how easy these are!