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Natures Baby Organics & Giveaway

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We are pleased to share another company which offers NATURAL Organic products for children.

This company developed their products specifically for children with skin irritants. Thus, they avoid using any ingredient in their product line that might irritate skin!
We were able to review five of their products. The products came well packaged and they are nice large sizes so you get quite a bit of product for your expenditure in natural products, which is delightful!

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Children will look forward to jump into the tub with this fun new Bubble Bath. Made with 70% certified organic and the highest quality botanicals, essential oils and luxurious moisturizers. Our Bubbles are long lasting and extremely gentle so they will not dry or irritate baby’s tender skin, while the natural scents fills the air. Great for Babies and kids of all ages. Also Paraben free, SLS Free, 1-4 Dioxane Free, Synthetic Fragrance Free, Gluten Free & Vegan.

 

 

 

 

This was such a great bubble bath! My children really enjoyed being able to use a bubble bath again! The traditional bubble baths i buy in the store ALL irritate their skin and we have just forgone the pleasure of a sudsy bath time…but now I am pleased to say my children can bask in a sudsy bath once again with this product! …and boy are they delighting in bath time now that there are bubbles!

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A Healing Balm for Minor Ouchies, Eczema and Irritated Skin.

Organic Tamanu Oil, Shea Butter, Sunflower Oil, & Coconut Oil.

Use Organic Soothing Stick to treat minor cuts, scrapes, burns and any dry patches. Rub or touch lightly onto skin to soothe and promote healing. A roll-up tube for easy application, it can go with you in your pocket, diaper bag or purse. Ideal even for chapped lips and winter cheeks – you’ll be surprised by how many uses you find for this convenient skin-soothing product. Gentle enough for baby, effective enough for the whole family. Fragrance Free Scent.

This was an interesting and exciting product! This worked wonders on my daughters Eczema outbreaks! We also found it worked well on skinned knees from bike rides and outdoor play. Cannot wait to see what uses winter brings!

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Calms Dry, Sensitive Skin.

With Organic Aloe, Organic Chamomile, & Calendula.

When it comes to moisturizing and soothing the skin, nothing surpasses Aloe. It’s even ideal for those hard-to-treat irritations. Jojoba Oil and Aloe absorbs quickly, retains moisture and restores elasticity, leaving skin very soft to the touch. Calendula promotes healing and is gentle for delicate skin.

 

 

 

 

We liked that this product did what it said…without irritation and NO greasy feel! We also LOVE the fact that it is usable on the face. I have found that some products irritate or dry out the face if applied…NOT this one!!! It is AWESOME for sensitive and delicate skin!

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Made with the highest quality botanicals, essential oils and luxurious moisturizers like shea butter to pamper you and your baby’s tender hair and skin without drying. You will love how this luxurious shampoo and body wash will bathe your skin in luxury. Also available in Vanilla Tangerine and Lavender Chamomile, in both 8oz. and 16oz

 

 

 

 

We LOVED that this is a combination shampoo and body wash! This makes life so much easier! We can use this product at home or at the gym when we take the children to swimming lessons… having a combo product certainly makes life easier when showering on the go at the health club!

 

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This Conditioner uses organic & natural ingredients to provide an incredibly soft and manageable finish for your babies’ hair. Using ingredients such as Organic Aloe.

 

 

We LOVE that this product is a leave in or shampoo out product. My daughters’ hair is so easily tangled and this product is AWESOME at relieving those tangles and making brushing a breeze. We have used the product both as a leave in and have shampooed it out…either way it worked wonderfully! I can say that for hair that is severely tangled this worked well as a leave in conditioner to help alleviate the knots! My youngest is so pleased that the brushing routine in our house has gotten much easier with this product. No more crying when time to detangle!

Overall, Nature’s Baby Organics is doing a wonderful job at providing consumers with products that are Natural, organic and family friendly! We really enjoyed the product and hope you will take a moment to peruse their website and find your favorite products!

Natures Baby Organics Giveaway

In case the prize does not show up correctly in the rafflecopter, here’s the complete list of products you could win -
One winner for all five of these products:

1 – 16 oz. Shampoo & Conditioner Coconut Pineapple (New Scent!)

1 – 16 oz. Conditioner & Detangler Coconut Pineapple (New Scent!)

1 – 8 oz. Face & Body Moisturizer Fragrance Free

1 – 0.63 oz. Organic Soothing Stick Fragrance Free (USDA Certified)

1 – 12 oz. Bubble Bath Tangy Tangerine

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck!

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Ripple or Sorbet? Cool Recipes for Frozen Treats

Ripple or Sorbet? Cool Recipes for Frozen Treats

On a sweltering hot day, there’s nothing like digging through the freezer to find a chest of buried, icy treasure hidden in the freezer – especially if it’s homemade. It’s now possible to make your own ice cream in almost any flavour imaginable!

Case in point: Perry’s have brought out a chicken wing flavor, while rumor has it that it is possible to indulge in a pint of cheeseburger flavored ice cream in Venezuela. We’re not suggesting you try to top such taste insanity – instead, you can cool off with the following delicious treats, which the kids can help to make!

The Healthy One: Frozen Yogurt

For a lower calorie treat, try yogurt as a healthier base for your flavors rather than milk, cream and sugar. Bung some natural Greek yogurt, honey for sweetness, and a fruit or two of your choice into the ice cream maker for 30 minutes and await the perfect results. Peach, banana, kiwi and strawberry make for kid-friendly flavors that aren’t too tart.

The Chocolate One: Nutella

Fact: the number of Nutella jars sold in a year could cover the Great Wall of China eight times. Thankfully, for a swirl of chocolatey heaven in your vanilla, you’ll only need about half a cup for this recipe, which should be combined with whipping cream, milk and eggs once the ice cream maker gets going. Add crushed walnuts caramel sauce and banana for a banoffee spin.

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The Takeaway Option: Popsicles

Your kids won’t want to miss a moment outside if it’s sunny, so opt for popsicles for a quick-fire cool down. Blend ripe watermelon with lemon juice and sugar and pour into popsicle molds for a healthy snack, or freeze chunks of banana and strawberry on skewers dipped in chocolate for irresistible fruit kebabs.

There are of course an endless number of different flavour combinations to create, so why not do some research, create a wishlist, and start making your own ice cream today! You’ll never turn back to store bought, once you’ve had the first bite….

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Photo Copyright: foto66 / 123RF Stock Photo. Used with permission.

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Week #32 Saturday Top Five Laughs

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A little late in posting my Saturday Top Five Laughs post this week. We are once again joining Mel over at The Mommyhood Chronicles for week #32 (for us) in our Saturday Top Five Laughs of the week.

5. “The cat ate the frog!”

That is what I heard our children say this evening. They have had it in their bug box and left it in the garage where our mama cat is staying with the new kitten. It should be an interesting evening to say the least.

4. “Pretzels don’t eat bacon!” Ok, it’s one bizarre evening here. We just thought our oldest said, “Pretzels don’t eat bacon!” Not just me but the two younger ones thought that is what she said too. She smiled and corrected us (or herself) saying, “No, pretzels don’t need yeast​, they need baking powder.”

I’m still shaking my head.

3. My pinky hurting mommy….

Jr. is telling me his pinky is hurting….and he has two clothes pins on both of his pinkies! Take them off then, I tell him….and he keeps them on. Sigh.

2. “Do you want to go on a date with me?”

My four year old just asked my 14 year old this! I asked how does he know what a date is and one of the other children said, “He doesn’t!”

Too cute!

1. My oldest lightened her hair with peroxide and after all that decided she likes it her darker color! Silly girl! She claims she was bored of her hair.

What are some silly things your children do?

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Garden Harvest – Wordless Wednesday

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The little ones raided the garden one day and found these organic veggies! Can you say yummy garden harvest?

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Week #31 Saturday Top Five Laughs

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I have been trying to keep track of all our funnies and laughs and doing ok with it but may come up short this week for my Saturday Top Five Laughs post this week. Without further adieu… we join Mel over at The Mommyhood Chronicles for week #31 (for us) in our Saturday Top Five Laughs of the week.

5. O, our 14 year old has been cracking us up lately. It all started a couple of weeks ago when we were weeding in the garden and she started making up words, which she has continued to do. So I had her sit down so I could write a couple of them down to share here.

Her words: If you have a sudden aching in your lower legs, in your calf muscle, if you have a sudden increase in heart rate, then you probably have read-i-obia – the fear of running.

4. If you have a sudden increase in your temper coming out and you don’t fell like doing your work outside, then you have weed-i-obia – the fear of weeds and work.

3. We had a customer stop by for eggs but we were all sold out so she asked what else we had for sale and I told her chicken and maybe a few vegetables. She chose tomatoes. She didn’t want grape tomatoes, which we have a ton of, but the larger sized tomatoes. Our oldest son went out to pick them and the look on her face when she saw they were odd shaped and one was red with speckled zebra lines, which is an heirloom tomato but for the life of me I cannot remember what kind. Her response was, “I guess I’ll take them since I had you pick them.” People are just too funny.

2. I was talking with some colleagues on Thursday and I was sharing something and said, “My husband had to go pick up chicks.” They all burst out laughing because of the play on words. He actually went to pick up broiler chickens but I just said chicks!

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1. Our family went to a local small airport for a Young Eagles rally and our children got to take a flight for free. And I just forgot what funny occurred! Oh, anyways, my husband ran into a guy he use to work with. This guy owns his own plane and invited Robert to go flying with him. I think they had a 40-50 minute flight. They even went over our farm. Robert said they buzzed down over our farm and made the chickens scatter. So when we arrived home I open the truck door and all our young pullets come running out from out under the front yard bushes. I said to my husband, “Didn’t buzz down too close, eh? Then why were the chickens still in hiding!” Or something to that affect, giving him a hard time, of course!

How was your week? What things happened to bring laughter into your life and home?

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Week #30 Saturday Top Five Laughs

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I have been trying to keep track of all our funnies and laughs and doing ok with it but may come up short this week for my Saturday Top Five Laughs post this week. Without further adieu… we join Mel over at The Mommyhood Chronicles for week #30 (for us) in our Saturday Top Five Laughs of the week.

5. I was out somewhere and there was a expectant mom who had three other children. In the course of the discussion something was said to which her 2-3 year old exclaims, “That means it’s a girl!” ;) It was too cute!

4. Hubby and I were kissing, which we try to do once in awhile in front of the children for their benefit of a healthy relationship/marriage and it was normal kiss not anything passionate or anything, and our youngest daughter who is eight goes, “Ewwww….you are swallowing each other!” We have said that during movies before and the older children have picked up on it and now use it on us!

3. O, our 14 year old, was doing something goofy and then asked me if she made the cut for Saturday Top Laughs. I said, “No, but that did.” She’s happy to have the mention this week! ;) I believe it is now the most popular “column” in our family.

2. This week Robert took the children to the county fair for the very first time (the older girls went to another county fair when they were toddlers). We agreed we would get one bag of cotton candy (that stuff goes for $6/bag nowadays!) for them to try and share. Guess what? Only ONE child liked it out of all of them! That was our oldest. The rest said it was too sugary and sickening! Score one for us as parents, right?! lol! It’s ok to rejoice is small victories once in awhile, isn’t it?

1. So I said to my oldest son that I needed one more funny for this week as he walked buy to check the zucchini bread/cake he is making for tomorrow’s breakfast. This is what he said, quite seriously, I might add, “Dogs go wolf. Cats go meow. Cows go moo.” Silly boy!

That’s all for this week, folks! Chime in with your funnies of the week and give us a laugh!

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The Big Book of Symptoms: A-Z Guide To Your Child’s Health

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Reviewed by B, my 15 year old daughter.

I thought The Big Book of Symptoms: A-Z Guide to Your Child’s Health
was very informative. I liked the fact that it had both natural and traditional preventives and treatments. I wish it hadn’t had so much of the “take your child to the pediatrician if he/she has such and such a symptom.” I completely understand taking them to the doctor for what you think could become/be life threatening i.e. Leukemia, A Brain tumor, TSS and others like these, but I would have liked to have known what to do in the meantime to ease my child’s symptom(s).

I like that it was written by a mom and a pediatrician.

I found this book to be really informative and easy to read. The illustrations were handy and easy to understand (especially to a non-picture reader like me :)) I loved the 3-in-1 First Aid, Choking, and CPR chart you can take out and hang up, I thought that was a nice touch.

About the Authors

Edited by two esteemed members of AAP, Steven P. Shelov, MD, FAAP, and Shelly V. Flais, MD, FAAP, The Big Book of Symptoms is an A-Z directory and ultimate guide to over 100 of the most common childhood symptoms from infancy to adolescence. From bee bites and colic to fever, sleep and skin problems, the new guide is designed to help parents evaluate their child’s symptoms and distinguish minor every day concerns from more serious conditions. It also includes an illustrated first aid manual, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) chart, and age-specific safety and injury prevention tips.

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Week #29 Saturday Top Five Laughs

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Quite a few funnies for my Saturday Top Five Laughs list this week. So once again we join Mel over at The Mommyhood Chronicles for week #29 (for us) in our Saturday Top Five Laughs of the week.

5. Our eight year old daughter asked to play with my walking doll – which will be 42 next month on my birthday, got her when I was two! – So dear daughter takes her out of our closet and exclaims, “There’s my other suit!” She had dressed walking doll in her alternate bathing suit and left it on the doll when it got put away!

4. Eavesdropping on children (great way to gather Saturday laughs…hee hee!):
Six year old son playing with eight year old daughter and three year old son, “Get out or you are going to be unfriended!” Too much social media influence or just life as a blogger’s child???

3. Jr. was caught singing a song from my childhood, “Nobody likes me, everybody hates me, I’m going to eat some worms!” I tend to break out singing this song when our children get the “Woe is me” attitude or pout and say, “Nobody loves me!” I have forgotten many of the words to that song, so here’s my refresher:


Nobody likes me, everybody hates me,
I think I’ll go eat worms!
Big fat juicy ones,
Eensie weensy squeensy ones,
See how they wiggle and squirm!

Down goes the first one, down goes the second one,
Oh how they wiggle and squirm!
Up comes the first one, up comes the second one,
Oh how they wiggle and squirm!

I bite off the heads, and suck out the juice,
And throw the skins away!
Nobody knows how fat I grow,
On worms three times a day!

Nobody likes me, everybody hates me,
I think I’ll go eat worms!
Big fat juicy ones,
Eensie weensy squeensy ones,
See how they wiggle and squirm!

This song was originally posted at:

http://bussongs.com/songs/nobody-likes-me-worms.php

Here’s a video, but we didn’t sing it quite this fast!

2. Jr. says, “There’s ants on the table.”
Me: “Kill ‘em and eat ‘em.” (joking!)
Jr. very distressed facial expression: “Ewww.”
He continued to look worried, I told him I was just teasing and his face relaxed! Poor boy, I had him fooled! (to my amusement!)

1. The two younger boys were going through the clean laundry pile looking for clothes. Then Jr. came to us with one of his sister’s bras on! Silly boy! The girls said he came to them first and actually struck a pose to show them his new garment!

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Mickey Mouse Squish App Review

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Mickey Mouse Squish App

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This fantastic new Disney app is perfect for the child that loves to play with dough! Now they can squish and create on the go!  Squish: Mickey Mouse Club House is the perfect app for you! It is available for an iPad or iPhone.

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Mickey Mouse will greet you and walk your child through clay play and making options. Your child will have an option to pick a “clay” Mickey, Minnie, a ball, or square. There are also 8 color options to choose from. Once at the clay play station you can add different shapes to your squish mold, there are 5 different categories to choose from and each has approximately 8 clay shapes to choose from.

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There is a texture tool as well as a scoop tool, this is an app that will let your child’s imagination soar! There is also an eraser button that looks like a magic wand. Your child can take a picture of their creations.
Once they are finished they can “melt” or “blow up” their creation and start a new one!

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This is a great app for car rides and keeps them busy. It is recommended for child 4 and over. My daughter is 5 and just loves this app in the car.

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Week #27 Saturday Top Five Laughs

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This week was a “barrel” of laughs from our three year old and our six year old, yet again! So without further adieu, we are joining Mel over at The Mommyhood Chronicles for week #27 (for us) in our Saturday Top Five Laughs of the week.

5. Three year old: ” Me take a bath? Me smell like soap!” He wanted to smell like soap. Gotta get that boy out of the “me” habit.

4. Six year old: “Mommy was I born with big eyes?”
Me: “Yes, you were born with big eyes.”
Six year old: “Yay! I was born with big eyes!”

3. Three year old: ” I want to walk to nanny’s house.” I laughed, my mom laughed and hubby laughed and all said that’s a loooonnnnngg way to walk…..1600 miles or thereabouts!

2. Three year old: “Mommy put in a pony tail!” His bangs were too long, but hubby cut them after this photo was taken.

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1. And Saturday top laughs wouldn’t be the same without a pet story. We are pet sitting and there are several different animals, but the funny is the outside dogs are fed in the mud room and allowed in the house, unless they are dirty. Well, last night we did not think to close the door from the mud room to the main area of the house but neither did we know how hard it was going to be to get them out when it was time to leave! Both dogs hid in the living room at first and just barked at us, then we coaxed the male out with dog treats but the female hid in the bedroom and wouldn’t come out. Treats were not a motivator. Finally, B just took her by her collar and walked her out. Novel idea, use the collar!

How was your week? Did you remember to laugh and enjoy your children’s antics? Or pets for that matter? Do tell!

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