Bella Organics

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Keeping my family healthy is very important to me in many aspects.  My husband and children have very sensitive skin so I have to be careful what I buy.  Whenever possible I try to find natural and organic products for them.  I find that organic products are worth the investment for the better of my family.

Bella Organics is a great company that has created an entire line of skincare products that are naturally organic. They contain no synthetic chemicals or toxic ingredients.  They use only the best plant-based essential oils and extracts and their packaging is 100% recyclable.  Bella Organics offers an array of products from lip balm, to body scrub, to deodorant, to baby items.  I had the pleasure of trying Bella Organics Raspberry Lip Balm and Iced Lemonade Deoderant Crème.

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First of all, I love that I can read all of the ingredients in the Raspberry Lip Balm; shea butter, almond oil, beeswax, coconut oil, raspberry extract, and stevia.  It goes on smooth and made my lips feel silky.  I was surprised that the lip balm lasted a couple of hours before needing to reapply.  Their lip balms are available in a variety of flavors including mint, pina colada, and vanilla tangerine.

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I wasn’t sure what to expect with the Iced Lemonade deodorant crème. Upon opening, I was immediately in love with the aroma. It instantly reminded of summer.  I have never tried organic deodorant and never realized how toxic anti-perspirants are to the body.  Bella Organics deodorant crèmes work simply by fighting bacteria and providing a pleasant scent to the underarms.

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Overall, I would highly recommend Bella Organics. With so many organic skincare products to choose from, they have a product for everyone in the family.

http://lovebellaorganics.com/

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Veggie-Go’s

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My kids eat very few vegetables. I either have to add a lot of cheese to mask the taste, or puree vegetables and sneak them into casseroles.  Even then, my kids notice them.  I have yet to find a way for them to eat vegetables willingly.  That is until they tried Veggie-Go’s.

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Veggie-Go’s are the original fruit AND veggie strip.  These amazing strips provide half a serving of fruit and half a serving of vegetables.  They are also GMO free, organic, gluten free, dairy free, soy free, vegan, and have no added sugar.  The best part of all, they taste delicious! My kids had no idea they were eating vegetables or fruit, just a tasty snack.  They even asked for more!

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Veggie-Go’s come in some really unique varieties including Mountain Berry Spinach, Carrot Ginger, Cinnamon Spiced Beet, TropiKale, and Sweet Potato Pie.  My son said his favorite one was the Mountain Berry Spinach.  There is no way he would eat another one if I told him it was made with spinach and sweet potatoes!  Veggie-Go’s are individually wrapped so they are great for on the go.  They are available at your local Whole Foods as well as online at

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I highly recommend them, and definitely plan on buying more of them.

 

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Silly McGilly

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Are you Irish? I’m a little bit of Irish, but our family is always Irish during St. Patrick’s Day!  We like to celebrate the holiday by hanging up shamrocks, sticking leprechaun window clings on the bedroom windows, and eating corned beef and cabbage. We don’t do too much, but would love to add more fun to the month of March.  I cannot wait to share Silly McGilly with my family this St. Patrick’s Day season.

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Silly McGilly is a fun Leprechaun who likes to play silly tricks on children during the St. Patrick’s Day season.  Read the Silly McGilly book to your children and place the doll by a window each evening you want Silly to play a trick.  At night Silly will do some shenanigans in the house.  Some tricks can be leaving shamrock stickers around the house, turning the toilet water green, dying milk green, and anything else you can think of.  Then in the morning the kids get to wake up and see what crazy tricks their leprechaun played.

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The book is absolutely adorable, very relatable, and easy to understand for little ones.  The pictures are very colorful and the story is fun to read.

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The Silly McGilly doll is very cute and great for kids.  The plush is soft and easily sits on a window.  This would be a great tradition to begin in any family or classroom.  The Silly McGilly website offers some really great ideas for tricks that can be played. I cannot wait for March 1, when I can introduce Silly McGilly to my family!

http://www.sillymcgilly.com/home.html

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Hoodsbee: The Hoodie That Becomes a Friend

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Hoodsbee is an innovative hoodie that transforms into a plush friend or a plush friend that transforms into a hoodie. With Hoodsbee, there are so many options. This unique patented technology allows your little one to carry their travel plush buddy, put it on when it is cold, fold it back up into a plush and use it as a head pillow for when they are tired. It’s as easy as 1,2,3! Fold, roll and snap! Now, not only do you have a pillow and a travel companion, but you also have a nicely wrapped up hoodie that is easy to store or travel with.

Hoodsbee was created when the design team at HLL design was trying to come up with a new kind of character hoodie jacket that could have a rolled up function into the hood.  After seeing the shape it created, they added arms, legs, eyes and ears to the hood to make it look more like a plush toy.  But it was still just a jacket rolled into the hood.  They found that by pulling the sides tightly together and fastening them in a specific spot, along with the front of the hood being fastened as well, that it kept everything nice and compact, tight and clean looking. And thus, hoodsbee was created.

Our Review:

We were able to review the boys Hoodsbee character “Clobber the Wrestling Monster” in size 7

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Clobber the wrestling monster is made of black Polar Fleece with Charcoal grey 2×1 Cotton/spandex rib cuffs and hem band. The hood is lined with charcoal grey Polar Fleece so that it is warm and soft on the inside too.  The red zipper is a heavy duty, molded plastic and matches the taping around the neck for a clean look and feel. 

The blue, green and red arms and horns are also made of Polar fleece and stuffed with goodness (and poly filing). Clobber’s blue nose is felt with a satin stitch embroidery along the edges. The teeth are felt as well, double layered with edge stitching and a cool raw edge finish. The eyes are double layered as well and accented with a thick hand stitch look embroidery in contrast thread. The button eyes have blue stitching to match the blue horn and make this jacket a “monster” of a good time to wear.

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This is such a confortable and fun hoodie for children! it is made of nice soft materials so no complaints of “itchiness” and the colors are wonderful! As you can see in the photo above the Hoodie was well received! It will be a favorite to wear until it is outgrown. We did get a size larger than we normally wear just in case the size ran small. But as you can see he has room to spare so sizes are pretty much on target with national brands. If you are looking for the item to be an exact fit … it does run true to size. But when i doubt order one size up like we did and they will have plenty of room to grow into the cute hoodsbee!

Here is a picture of the character our hoodsbee rolls up into…can it be any cuter?

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Hoodsbee is such a neat product and guess what???? They have girls and adults hoosbee’s too! (The limited edition Hoodsbees come in adult sizes) Check out their many hoodsbee characters at the following links you will not be disaapointed!

Hoodsbee’s for boys : http://www.hoodsbee.com/#!boys/c1izd

Hoodsbee for girls: http://www.hoodsbee.com/#!girls/cl07

Limited Edition Hello Kitty: http://www.hoodsbee.com/#!hello-kitty/c1ifn

Limited Editition Paul Frank: http://www.hoodsbee.com/#!paul-frank/ckpw

For more on Hoodsbee or to purchase this FUN hoodie, please visit:

www.hoodsbee.com

 

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Children’s Book Review

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We are pleased to introduce the next installment to the Captain No Beard Series by Carol P Roman.

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What a great book! Our children just love reading about the Captain No Beard adventures! We (the parents) love the valuable life lessons that the book series teachers our children!

In this installment Fribbet the Frog has gone missing! The crew searches for the excitable frog and finally find him troubled and cying in the stern. Fribbet is very upset,and it is up to Captain No Beard and the crew to find out what is wrong.

Fribbet the frog and the Tadpoles is another great voyage into problem solving abd friendship, as well as an adventurous trip into the imagination.

Join Captain No Beard and his friends as they learn the value of sharing our troubles with others and that help is always there when we need it.

About the Author:

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Award winning author Carole P. Roman is a formaer teacher turned businesswoman. She has successfully run a family business with he husband. Her most favorite job is being a grandmother to her many grandchildren. She currently lives on Long Island with her husband.

Her first book, “Captain No Beard: An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life” has been named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012 as well garnered the star of remarkable merit and was just named as one of Children’s Indy Best – The Pinnacle Award of 2013. “Strangers on the High Seas” was named Readers Views Kids Award ~ Best Children’s Book of the Year.

You can visit Carole’s website to find more about her and her books at caroleproman.com

 

You can find this book and ALL of Carole’s books on Amazon.com

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If You Were Me and Lived In…~ Series Installment Book Review

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IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN … : A Child’s Introduction to Cultures Around the World, is the latest exciting new children’s series of children’s books from Carole P. Roman. Roman takes young readers all over the globe to explore different countries and cultures. With each book covering a different nation, Roman opens up a world of wonder while highlighting the fact that underneath it all we are far more alike than we might have imagined. Focusing on what life would be like for children if they were to live in another city or country, she examines the diversity around the world and the value possessed by each different culture. Think of the series as a children’s version of the travel Channel that is filled with entertaining and educational facts.

We reviewed two more exciting books in Carole P. Roman’s series

 

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IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN … SCOTLAND

In short we are in love with the idea of this new series! What a wonderful way to introduce young children to cultural diversity. The text of the books are simple yet powerful. We liked that the book was written for children … I did not have to summarize or paraphrase information because the text was outside of their knowledge grasp…what a plus! The vibrant illustrations were also a plus. My children not only loved listening and learning but took the book after we were done reading just to look at the pictures.

On a cultural note… this book really hit home for us. Our dear friends are of Scottish heritage and we are forever hearing of their Scottish traditions.  I thought this was very poignant for our family because it let the children learn about our friends’ cultural identity.

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IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN … HUNGARY

The books are geared toward Pre-K through age eight… well… my 5, 8, and 10 year olds all LOVED the books! Love of literature and cultural awareness is a must in our household, so this series was a hit!

Wow! What an excellent read! This is such a lovely book and we look forward to the next installment of the series!

For more information about the author or her books please visit www.carolproman.com

These books and the entire series can be found on Amazon.com

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Cave in Nova Scotia – Wordless Wednesday

This is a cave in Nova Scotia. We passed it while traveling to look at a some properties about an hour or two from my mom’s house called Folly Mountain Cave. The children thought it was cool!

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Kohne Kollars For Dogs

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Dogs are cute enough without added accessory, but Kohne Kollars make them look even more adorable.

Kohne Kollars are cute, snap on collars for dogs that can be worn all year round. They come in a variety of prints and sizes that will fit every dog from Great Danes to Chihuahuas. If their range of sizes won’t fit your pooch, they’ll make something custom for you!

Their products are one hundred percent made in the USA and a portion of every sale goes to help animals in shelters.

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We got a cute collar for Padfoot to review and it was easy to put on him. You simply snap the fabric around your pooch’s neck and make sure it’s secure. The collars are comfortable for dogs to wear and aren’t too tight around their neck.

Padfoot loves his new collar and we love how adorable he looks in it. Kohne Kollars are a great way to show support for shelter animals and a great way to make your pooch look super cute this winter!

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Kaboom Scrub Free – Smiley360

 

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What’s one spot in your home you just dread cleaning?  Mine is the toilet.  Ugh! Cleaning the toilet is just the worst!  Then once you clean it , it’s tough to keep it smelling and looking fresh.

Well, let me introduce you to Kaboom Scrub Free Continuous Clean with Oxi Clean.  Yes!  I said scrub free and continuous clean.  Excited yet?  You should be.

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The Kaboom refillable toilet cleaning system is super easy to install as well as the refillable tablets.  Each pouch lasts up to 3 months and has stain fighting power to kepp your toilet clean with each flush.  The box mentions it is safe for septic systems and won’t harm toilet parts.

Check out how easy the installation is!

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I’ve been using the Kaboom system now for a few weeks and have noticed a great improvement.  My bathroom smells clean with each flush.  I’ve done less scrubbing too!  I really like this cleaner.

Check out the Kaboom website, they have coupons too!

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Mattel Fisher Price Community

This is a sponsored post. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

Are you currently expecting? Join other expecting Moms in a private online community to discuss the joys and challenges of motherhood, as well as advise Mattel about their toys and games.

Mattel is relying on these Moms to help them gain a greater understanding of the lifestyle and needs of their consumers as it relates back to the world of play, and is opening up this invitation to you.

In addition to the opportunity to impact the brand, members will receive a $5 Amazon gift code for joining and an additional $10 Amazon gift code each month for participating.

See if you qualify here: http://mayweask.com/fisherprice8

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