Thursday, June 27, 2013

Suppori Baby Carrier Review #redwhiteblue {Sponsor Spotlight}

 
 
It's hot in Florida!  And although baby wearing can be a lot more convenient than a stroller, sometimes it just gets too hot to have on a bulky carrier.  That's one reason I was excited to try the SUPPORi Baby Sling.  It's environmentally friendly and does not retain heat due to its permeable design which reduces the threat of heat rash that other carriers may cause.  It's very breathable! So, it is great all year round, even during the hot Florida summers.
 
Baby Boy and me on the way to the Zoo.
The SUPPORi sling is so great for quick trips and outings or when your baby wants to be carried around a lot.  Baby Boy doesn't usually mind the stroller, but sometimes he just gets fussy and wants to be carried.  Not to mention it's super easy to just keep in your purse or diaper bag so you have it wherever you go.  It's so light- lighter than an iPhone!  You can be wearing your baby in less than a minute- anytime!  I pulled it out at the Zoo and the first thing my sister said is, "I want to borrow that for sure with my next baby!"
 
Here's how easy it is to use:
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  The SUPPORi is capable of supporting babies up to 28 pounds.  Baby Boy is now 9 months old and a little over 21 pounds and fit perfectly in the SUPPORi.  The material that the sling is made of is very strong and stretchy, but I definitely had to make sure that the sling was fully covering his bottom and hips all the way to under his knees to prevent the hem from digging into his chunky little legs.  As long as I did this, he was comfy.  
 
Like Step 3 says, you do need to support the baby with your hand.  I would not consider this a totally hands free baby carrier.  The opposite shoulder strap does support the weight of the baby and takes a lot of pressure off of my arm under the baby. No weight is put on my arm,  I am just using it to support my baby's back and keep him upright. The best thing about this sling is that I can definitely carry Baby Boy for longer periods of time without having my arms feel like they're going to fall off.  (My child seriously feels heavy after even a few minutes!)  Keep in mind though that SUPPORi is not meant to be used continuously for more than 2 hours.  

SUPPORi is fashionable and stylish too!  It's available in a wide variety of trendy colors to choose from.  So, whether you’re a mom or dad, I'm sure you can find whatever color will work for you best- red, white, or blue!  There is even a limited edition USA design.  Check out the more than 15 colors that are available here.
Photo via LuckyBabyWorld.com

Follow & Connect:  You can Like Lucky Baby World on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.
 
Buy It:  You can buy the SUPPORi on their website.
 
Win It: Come back July 1st and enter to win a SUPPORi in the Red, White, & Blue Giveaway Hop!
 

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

4th of July Kids Crafts Ideas


Here's a compilation of some fun looking crafts for kids to get your creative juices flowing for 4th of July.

All photos via sources listed below.

1. Hand Print Patriotic Wreath from Activity Village

2. 4th of July Parade Wand from Crunchy Frugalista

3. Popsicle Stick Flags from Gingersnap Crafts

4. 4th of July Heart Pin from Preschool Krafts for Kids 


All photos via sources listed below.

5.  Red, White, and Blue Fan from All Kids Network

6.  Pasta Firecrackers from Brimful Curiosities

7.  Firecracker Hat from Lille Punkin

8.  Construction Paper Firecrackers from 99 Crafting

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Summer Time= Break Time

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First of all a HUGE THANK YOU, THANK YOU to all of my AWESOME readers and followers out there!  
Who knew that my little blog would be such a success in a such short amount of time!  I love being able to 
bring you some fun reviews and great giveaways!  With that said, I am planning on taking a little break 
this summer from so many of those for a little bit so I can focus on bringing you some more fun crafts and 
delicious recipes, along with the occasional baby fun stuff and "advice".  I'll still be sprinkling in a review 
or giveaway here and there, but I hope you'll enjoy reading all of the other good stuff! 

Don't worry though- I'll be back in September with an awesome special giveaway event!

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HAPPY SUMMER!
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Friday, June 21, 2013

Petite Lemon Review & Giveaway


Ever since my nephew was born my sister has had his bedroom perfectly decorated.  Even when her little family found out they were going to have to move to a new city 6 weeks after he was born, she made sure he came home to an adorable nursery.  Six months after that they had to move to a new place again.  Then, six months later, my brother-in-law's job moved them back home.  Every single place my nephew, Henry, had a super cute bedroom.  One thing that was missing though was a fun cute growth chart to keep track of how fast Henry grows!  Most likely, they'll be moving again since my sister is always talking about they're outgrowing their town home.  So, I knew that a growth chart from Petite Lemon would be the perfect addition to his bedroom.   Not only do they have a ton of super cute options for growth charts, but they are extremely durable too.  I knew that it would be able to take another move (and any rough wear and tear from a curious toddler)!

 
Petite Lemon is a super adorable company that designs personalized decor, clothing, and stationary for your home and little ones.  They offer an exclusive, modern collection of decor, baby keepsakes, and gifts including personalized growth charts, alphabet posters, and lots of cute personalized shirts and keepsakes to help celebrate any special occasion.  All of their personalized growth charts, posters, baby keepsakes, and personalized tshirt collections are created with craftmanship, care, and love.  Plus, they are printed and created in the USA.

 My nephew is really into trucks right now.  Well, he's actually into anything that moves.  Whenever we are out on a walk he points out every truck, van, motorcycle, school bus- you get it.  He loves it!  There were a couple of really cute options for a personalized growth chart for boys that are interested in transportation, but ultimately, I decided on the On the Go Growth Chart in Primary Colors since it would match the colors in his bedroom now and most likely match any bedroom decor he would get in the future.  This particular design  is also available in teal & orange, sky blue & lime, or navy & red color hues. 



The quality of this growth chart is superb.  It's custom printed on a really thick heavyweight 100% cotton canvas with aluminum grommets for hanging.  Personally, I would use those Command hooks so that you can just hook the growth chart on the wall with no damage.  This fine artist canvas material will definitely be able to withstand a move or two without having to worrying about any damage to the chart.  You can use a permanent marker to keep track of your child's height through the years.  My sister and nephew were both very happy with this growth chart!  I would definitely recommend Petite Lemon the next time you're looking for a special personalized gift!  In fact, I think I might have to get one of their personalized tshirts for Baby Boy's upcoming 1st Birthday in September!

Follow & Connect: You can Like Petite Lemon on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

Buy It:  To purchase any personalized growth charts, tshirts, posters and more visit their website.

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Low Fat Zucchini Brownies

 
 I crave chocolate- a lot.  Probably too much really.  Since I have this problem I had to find a way to get the chocolate, but not feel so guilty about indulging.  I saw this recipe on Spark and was skeptical.  I mean a brownie that has more fruits and veggies then chocolate- how could it be any good?  But, they are.  Now, do they taste exactly like a gooey chocolate triple chunk Duncan Hines brownie?  No, they don't.  But, we all know the "healthy" stuff never does.  What these are though 
are really good for a healthier brownie option.  Personally, I thought they tasted kinda of like super chocolate 
chip banana bread.  I don't know about you, but that sounds pretty good to me!  I couldn't taste the zucchini at all, 
so these would be a great way to sneak in some veggies for your littles.  Plus, the zucchini, banana, and applesauce really make these super moist. 
 
Ingredients:
1/2 cup applesauce
1 large banana mashed
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups finely shredded or grated zucchini
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
 
 
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  
Grease and flour an 9x13 inch baking pan.
In a large bowl, mix together the applesauce, mashed bananas and sugar. 
Add vanilla and cocoa and mix together. 
Then add baking soda, salt, and zucchini and mix together. 
Add flour and mix together. 
Spread evenly into a prepared pan. 
Sprinkle mini chocolate chips on top of batter all over.
Bake for 25-30 minutes until brownies spring back when gently touched.
 
 
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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Slow Cooker Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches

This is a great easy recipe that can cook while you're at work or out and about all day.  Or just while you're sitting around playing with your kids in the house:)  



This will serve 4-6 depending on your hoagie roll size.

Ingredients:
1 1/2 lbs beef round steak
1 onion, sliced thin
1 green pepper, sliced thin
1 envelope Italian dressing seasoning
1 can (14 oz.) beef broth
Provolone cheese slices
Hoagie Rolls

Directions:
Spray your crock pot with Pam or use a crock pot liner like I did.  

Cut your meat into strips and place in the slow cooker.  

Add the onion, green pepper, Italian dressing mix, and beef broth and kinda mix it up a little.  


Cover and cook on low 7-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.

I usually turn on my oven to 350 right before I'm going to make the sandwich so it can heat up a little.

Spoon the meat mixture on to the hoagie roll and top it with a slice of Provolone.

Stick it in the oven and bake until the cheese melts and the rolls crisps up a little. 

Top with any condiments you would like.


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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Help your child learn a new language with Little Pim!

My husband's family is Cuban and are all Spanish speakers, so it's an important part of my son's heritage.  I would love for him to be bilingual!  His Abuelita pretty much only speaks to him in Spanish to help him start learning. I though, unfortunately, don't speak much Spanish.  (Those three years spent in high school Spanish class have long since been forgotten.)  So, I am always looking for ways to help encourage my son to hear and learn Spanish since I'm not a lot of help.  Since he is only 8 1/2 months old he is definitely at the age that is perfect to begin learning another language.  The most current scientific research has shown that babies, toddlers and preschoolers are uniquely equipped to learn one or more languages with ease. Because of this, I was so stoked at the opportunity to review Little Pim!
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Little Pim provides foreign language education to children ages 0-5. The Little Pim program is available in Spanish, French, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Hebrew, Italian, German, Arabic, English (ESL), and Russian. The videos are created so that children can watch either the entire 35 minute DVD or watch five minute episodes, which are helpful for children with brief attention spans. The videos present everyday situations where the foreign language is spoken and the words are printed on the screen in English as well.   Only the foreign language is heard on the DVD.  

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There are many products available for each of the languages, including DVDs, iPhone Apps, and phrase cards. 
Six DVDs are available for each language, including the following: 
Disc 1: Eating and Drinking 
Disc 2: Wake Up Smiling 
Disc 3: Playtime 
Disc 4: In My Home 
Disc 5: Happy, Sad and Silly 
Disc 6: I Can Count! 

Little Pim was originally created in 2008 by Julia Pimsleur Levine. Pimsleur Levine grew up in a bilingual household and understood the benefit. When she wanted to teach French to her son, she was disappointed by the language programs and set out to create her own. Little Pim was created and went on to earn 24 consumer and educational awards! 


  I was given Disc 5, “Happy, Sad, Silly”, from the Spanish series.   Baby Boy was able to pay attention for most of the short segment videos.  He really seemed to like the video.  It shows lots of other babies and kids throughout and I think the real people helped to keep his attention.  After the initial introduction to the new words from a segment, they were all repeated again.  I think this was really useful as repetition is really key to learning any new thing.  In between each smaller segment was a little animation with the Panda, Little Pim, and his friends.  Baby Boy seemed to like these too. I was excited because this not only was great for my son, but also for me!  Now I can use the new words and phrases I learned when I speak to my son to help reinforce the language skills. Obviously, I don't know if Baby Boy is learning any of the words since he isn't talking yet, but I know that this certainly won't hurt his learning.

Follow & Connect: You can Like Little Pim on Facebook or follow them on Twitter or Pinterest.

Buy It: You can buy the Little Pim DVD's or Gift Sets at their website.

Win It:  Stop by tomorrow for a chance to win a DVD in the language of your choice!


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Monday, June 3, 2013

Nuby Tub Time Turtle Review



The new Nuby Tub Time Turtle is another super fun and interactive bath time toys.  Recently, Nuby unveiled all of their new bath collection and so far I think all of them rock!  This little Tub Time Turtle floats on the surface of the water so it's always in easy reach for your little one.  It's also super easy for little hands to grab and to put in those teething little mouths.  (I know that's where ALL Baby Boy's toys go- straight to the mouth!)  We love the super bright colors too!


The Tub Time Turtle is even more fun than your average bath toy- just lift it out of the water and you have a little waterfall.  Every time I lift the turtle up out of the water Baby Boy smiles and loves watching the water falling from his shell!  I'm sure as he gets older he will totally love lifting him out and doing this himself.  This little waterfall feature of the toy would also be great to use as a fun way to rinse out your little one's hair.  

This isn't just a bath toy though.  We also love to use this to play in the pool- both the inflatable one in our backyard and the neighborhood kiddie pool.  My 19 month old nephew loved playing with this too.  I really think it would appeal to kids of all ages.  The only thing I don't love about this turtle is that sometimes water gets stuck in his head if I don't squeeze it out before putting it away after bath time.  So, I'm a little concerned about mold or mildew building up in there.  I'm going to make sure I try storing this upright from now on to see if that helps the water drain out on its own.  As always with Nuby products, the Tub Time Turtle is BPA free.
 

Follow & Connect:  You can Like Nûby on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

Buy It:  You can buy the Nûby Tub Time Turtle at BuyBabyDirect.com, diapers.com, amazon.com, bedbathandbeyond.com, cookieskids.com,  BuyBuy Baby, Tuesday Morning and Bealls.

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