Little Swappies event, May 31, NYC

Having children means having a lot of stuff! Often times parents don’t know what to do with the gear, clothing and toys that they no longer need/want. Little Swappies is a company that makes it easy to get rid of the things you don’t need and possibly pick up so new things you do!

Little Swappies asks moms to donate 8 items (books, toys, clothes) or more that is swapped among those that attend.  Any items that aren’t swapped are then donated to local charity partner. 

Little Swappies kid’s clothing, toy, and book swapSaturday May 31, 2014
10 AM – 12PM
Avenues: The World School, 259 Tenth Ave. (at 25th St.)

Bring a minimum of 8 pieces of the following:
kids’ clothing (size 0-6) ** books **  toys **  maternity wear
In exchange, take home up to 20 pieces of new treasures for your family

           All remaining items will be donated to our charity partner, Room to Grow.

FREE Stroller Cleaning  
FREE Mommy & Daughter Manicures
FREE Family Photo Booth with Bellamy Blue 
(see how cute below!)
FREE Babysitting with Urbansitter (18 months and older)
Arts & crafts, music, raffle prizes, gift bags, food & drinks, and more.

Thank you to Exhale Spa and Swerve Fitness who will be offering FREE class passes exclusively to event attendees.

American kid’s wear brand, RUUM (see images below) will be attending as our clothing partner, and will be offering Premier Ticket holders 2 vouchers to exchange for brand new pieces from their line (size 2-8).  They will also be offering huge savings at their pop-up sample sale, with clothes and accessories starting at $5.

     

To purchase tickets and for more information visit us at: www.littleswappies.com.

Images/flyer copyright Little Swappies 

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Nanoblock Build It Your Way Competition & Giveaway

We first learned of nanoblock® when Big B was too little to manipulate the tiny pieces. Nanoblocks® , as the name says, are super small! Now that Big B is nearly six, he is really enjoying the challenge of creating something using the Nanoblocks®  bricks. It takes a lot of patience, perseverance and steady hand movements to get the tiny bricks just where you want them. It is incredible to see the Nanoblocks® come to life and form miniature sculptures.

Looking to put your creativity to the test? nanoblock®, the world’s smallest building block system from The Ohio Art Company, makers of the famous Etch A Sketch®, invites nano-enthusiasts of all ages to participate in the first-ever national nanoblock® Award: Build It Your Way Competition. 

Put your imaginations to the test and build your very own unique creations using only nanoblock® bricks. The winner will be crowned TATSUJIN: Master of nanoblock® along with many other fabulous prizes!

How the nanoblock® Build It Your Way Competition works:

  • Entry Phase: From February 16, 2014 to September 1, 2014, parents/applicants can upload a photo of their original nanoblock® creation in one of two categories, under 500 pieces and over 500 pieces.  There is no limit to the number of submissions per applicant. Submissions are accepted at www.YourNanoblockCreations.com.
  • Judging Phase:  All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges consisting of a mixture of toy industry opinion leaders and Ohio Art representatives. The top five finalists will be selected and notified on or around September 15, 2014.
  • Winner Phase: One grand prize-winner will receive a $4,000 travel voucher.  A first and second prize winner will be selected in each category (under 500 pieces and over 500 pieces).  Two first prize winners will receive an iPod nano and nanoblock® sets (one set per month of their choice) for a year.  Two second prize winners will receive nanoblock® sets (one set per month of their choice) for a year.  Winners will be announced, on or around, September 21, 2014 and featured on The Ohio Art website and the official nanoblock® Facebook and Twitter pages.
To promote the contest and share our love for Nanoblocks, we are giving away a nanoblock® set. To be entered to #win, click on the rafflecopter form.

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The Talking Caillou Doll Review and Giveaway #cailloudoll

Do you have a preschooler? If you do, then they most likely love Caillou. Caillou is a lovable little preschool boy who shares his experiences, feelings and the world around him in a way that is comforting and familiar to children. I love that he uses his imagination and speaks in a kind, gentle manner that supports how we relate to our children. Caillou looks at everything from the eyes of a curious child looking to learn more about everything!   The series teaches life lessons that address fear, anger, consequences, loneliness, anxiety and empathy to help children understand those emotions.


Now Caillou can be part of your child’s every day play. The Caillou Talking Doll is now available and is a fun way to incorporate this special friend into your child’s imaginery play.

A bit about the Caillou Talking Doll:

The Caillou Talking Doll proposes a fresh new look for this world-renowned character, with bright new school gear including a removable backpack and hat.  The doll allows a whole new level of interaction between kids and Caillou, offering ten educational interactions meant to spark children’s creativity, including two quick and easy French words to learn and say.

 

  • Caillou has consistently ranked as one of the top 10 television series for preschoolers nationwide since its première in 2000.Caillou has won multiple awards, including two Parent’s Choice Awards, in consecutive years.
  • The Caillou Talking Doll is the first licensed product that will hit shelves as the Caillou brand leads into its 25th anniversary and celebrates 15 years on the air on PBS in 2015.
  • Caillou apparel, books, home video and other merchandise are sold online and in mass and specialty retail stores nationwide.
  •  The Caillou Talking Doll is currently available. MSRP: $34.99.
  • Check out Caillou on Facebook and Twitter
Enter to #win your own talking Caillou Doll. Simply enter via rafflecopter form below!
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Don’t forget to check our Caillou and Gilbert at the White House Easter Egg Roll on April 21st!

I was not compensated for this post. We did receive a Caillou talking doll for review purposes.

The Little Rockers Band, “Count Me in!” CD

 

The Little Rockers Band

Count Me In!, Little Rockers Music

15 April 2014

We love to listen to music in the car, at home and even on the go.   Our older two children have grown out of their “baby” CDs yet still love to sing along and be silly to good tunes and catchy lyrics.  (I feel like an old lady, but listening to “pop” music with the kids in the car can lead to conversations I am not ready to have with the under 20 crowd!) The Little Rockers Band latest CD, “Count Me In!” is due out April 15, and the kids and I just love it. The songs are fun, offer a variety of sounds and beats and are easier on the ears than other CDs geared towards kids. My 4-year-old prefers the CD over our nearly 6-year-old and I think it is a perfect CD for the toddler to preschool crowd (although the songs are catchy and I enjoy them too!) “Count Me In” offers an eclectic range of songs that get better and better with each listen! “Count Me In!” is not your typical “kids’ music CD, it’s a creative set of songs, with cool beats and memorable lyrics touching upon subjects that interest your little ones!

Click for more information about The Little Rockers Band !

Photo Credit: Photography by Rebecca

With a Parents’ Choice® Award for their 2012 album Playing in the Band proudly in hand, New Jersey’s The Little Rockers Band takes the next step in their rise to national prominence with the band’s third kids’/family CD, Count Me In!

Photo Credit: Photography by Rebecca

It’s a rocking dance party all the way on this album. Count Me In! stays the course, with The Little Rockers Band remaining true to their commitment to creating music that speaks to children’s real life experiences through songs as varied in style as their subjects. On Count Me In! families will hear a ’90s rocker, a ’50s style rave up, a honky-tonk country tune, a Motown scorcher, a beachy/acoustic cover of a Paul Simon classic, and more.

About the The Little Rockers band:

Co-founders Chris & Jessie Apple bring a little bit of Broadway (Jessie) and a little bit of rock & roll (Chris) to The Little Rockers Band. Both worked extensively as performers by night and pre-school music teachers by day before teaming up to create music for kids and their parents as full-time teaching artists and family musicians.

The husband-and-wife team of Chris & Jessie Apple started Little Rockers, cool kids music classes™ in 2009, beginning with about 30 families. More than 500 families now take their classes (35+ classes a week in 13 locations, and counting), and they employ 16 additional Teaching Artists. Chris & Jessie teach together during the day, deal with administrative matters in the afternoon, and write at night.

The Little Rockers Band, which also began in 2009, was originally conceived as a laboratory ensemble that would design music and curriculum for Little Rockers music classes. The band has since grown to become the focal point of a number of creative/educational projects, including live shows, webisodes, and school assembly programs.

 

Count Me In! will be available at LittleRockersMusic.com, amazon.com, and iTunes.

Check out The Little Rockers Band website at http://littlerockersmusic.com.

Click more information about The Little Rockers Band and to stream or download music!

 

I was not compensated for this post. We did receive a complimentary CD to review.

 

Giveaway for Pumping Breastfeeding Mamas

As a fellow breastfeeding mama, I am so excited to share this giveaway hosted by one of my own “go to” blogging mamas, Emily from Our Knight Life, Family and Life in Las Vegas. Although I work from home and am usually able to feed my daughter myself, I still pump so that I have plenty of milk stored. I was so happy that I committed to pumping once a day because I had the flu and needed the extra milk when my supply dipped down. Pumping mamas need a stash of supplies to make the experience more comfortable, and convenient, whether she pumps once a day or  multiple times a day.

Emily rounded up her 5 top picks for pumping moms, products that she uses herself. I am sharing an amazing giveaway chock full of the recommended pumping products specifically geared towards pumping moms!

 

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Thanks to the generosity of several awesome companies who know who hard moms work at pumping milk I have put together a prize packaged designed to help you meet and exceed your pumping goals with comfort, function, and style in mind!

Amazing Prizes:

GRAND TOTAL: $593+ in Pumping Products that will help you rock your milk production!

Please use the below rafflecopter to enter this giveaway. Giveaway is open to US/CAN and ends on 4/24/14. All entries will be verified. Must be 18+ to enter.
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Prizes are as pictured above.  Winner will be able to choose pattern for Bebe Au Lait muslin cover, size for NuzzleHUG, and pattern for The Nurse Purse.  Lillebaby carrier will be the Original Designer COMPLETE Kimono Black.  Pumpin Pals comes with all sizes. Our Knight Life is not responsible for prize distribution, lost, or stolen prizes.

 

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Pediped Shoes Review & Giveaway

Looking for adorable, comfortable shoes for your little one? We love the cute styles from Pediped. I like the structure the shoes provide and know they will give our littlest B the support, comfort and stabilization she needs when she starts to stand up. Right now? Pediped Originals shoes are the perfect adornment for her little kicky feet! (We love the signature stitching and that they do not constantly fall off!)

Lil Bee helps teeny tiny Bee with her first Pediped Shoes!

Why Choose Pediped?

Inside every purple pediped® box is an outstanding pair of shoes. Our stylish designs are the ultimate in comfort, and each pair is specifically engineered to promote healthy foot development. Our award-winning shoes come in over 130 styles from newborn to size 4.5 youth.

Kids can feel the difference!

We can’t count the times parents have told us how much their children love pediped® shoes and even refuse to wear other footwear. We know kids can feel the difference that healthy footwear makes. From day one, our mantra—comfort, quality and style—has been the same.

Comfort

pediped® footwear is made with premium grade, non-toxic materials. Foam insoles & cushions provide a comfortable fit, while padded heels absorb shock.

Quality

Unsurpassed quality and craftsmanship have earned pediped® footwear a loyal following. Premium grade leather, distinctive styling and remarkable attention to detail have resulted in truly exceptional shoes.

Style

With fashion‐forward styles to choose from for every walking stage, pediped® strives to give parents the look they want, at a price they can afford, all the while being healthy for children’s feet.

Healthy Foot Development

pediped Originals, Grip ‘n’ Go, and Flex have been officially recognized by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) as being beneficial for children’s growing feet. In fact, our shoes were among the first children’s footwear to be awarded the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Acceptance for promoting healthy foot development.

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Follow Pediped Footwear on Twitter and Facebook. Pediped is not just for babies, they have three lines available, first steps:pediped orginals, next steps, pediped grip & go, and big steps, pediped flex for older children.
Heard about Pediped Footwear and would love to give them a try? Enter via rafflecopter form below to enter!

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I was not compensated for this post. We did receive a complimentary pair of Pediped shoes to review. All opinions are, as always, as honest as can beeeee
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#Evenflo Platinum Car Seat Takes us to #Woodloch Pines Family Resort

Thank you to #Evenflo and @theMoms for Sponsoring our wonderful family getaway to the beautiful #Woodloch Pines Resort.

Our life has been quite a whirlwind for the last few months. Our oldest started Kindergarten, our middle went off to preschool full time and our baby girl made her appearance nearly a month early. Add in sickness, bad weather and house renovations, and you have one crazed mama. Thanks to @themoms, and Evenflo, off we went to Woodloch Pines Resort where we were able to reconnect and spend three glorious days together.  No cooking, cleaning, chores, homework, or schedules and it was JUST what this family of 5 needed.

Woodloch Pines Resort  is a family centered, all inclusive resort located in the beautiful Poconos (PA). Even the car ride through the beautiful scenery rejuvenated us. Woodloch has so much to offer, from planned activities for all ages, to an indoor swimming pool and splash park to bumper cars, and an indoor playground, there was always something to do. We found the room to be clean, neat and the rooms were modest in size but easily fit a pack n play while easily accommodating the rest of us (and all of our things!). We thought the layout of the space was just right ~ offering both a living room as well as a nice sized bedroom. This was perfect for our family as we were able to tuck all the children in the bedroom and the hubs and I were able to cozy up and watch movies together in the living room.  Our room had two bathrooms, a well-appreciated fridge, as well as plenty of closet and drawer space. We thoroughly enjoyed waking up to the beautiful view, and especially loved our little balcony where we took in the fresh mountain air.  Each meal offered a variety of food choices and if nothing was to your liking, the staff was more than willing to find something that suited your needs be it preference or dietary restriction. But being at Woodloch Pines Resort was not about the room, or the pool or the dining hall, it was all about family togetherness. I loved that we sat down for each and every meal, three times a day, with zero distraction and lots of time to chat, laugh and just be together and enjoy the stunning view of Lake Teddyuskung. The staff was friendly, willing to go the extra mile to make sure we were having a good time and met our every need and request with patience, kindness and efficiency. Woodloch is just a happy place to be.

A bit about Woodloch Pines Resort

  • Woodloch is nestled in the picturesque wilderness of the Pocono Mountains lake region, just 90 miles from midtown Manhattan.
  • Woodloch was just named the number TWO large hotel for families in America by TripAdvisor.com for the second straight year.
  •  Woodloch offers an endless variety of activities and adventure for all ages,all year long.
  •  From our zany Woodloch Winter Olympics and Cupcake Wars to ice skating on our pristine lake and snowshoeing through the nature trails, there’s something for everyone.
  • Woodloch’s sister properties The Lodge at Woodloch, a destination spa resort, and Woodloch Springs, a championship style golf course
    offer a different experience, making sure our guests will find exactly what they want in a destination vacation.
  • 1-800-966-3562 to make reservations
To make our three hour drive to Woodloch Pines Resort comfy, cozy and safe, Lil Bee, 4, had a chance to put the Evenflo Platinum Symphony™ DLX All-In-One Car Seat to the ultimate test. The first thing you notice about this car seat is how it envelops your child. I tried it my nearly 6 year old as well as my 4 year old and it fit them both extremely well and they both noted how comfortable they were in it and how easy it was for them to get in and out. I have already had two moms stop me and inquire about this awesome car seat. I loved sharing with them all that I love about it, but my daughter chimed and said, “It is comfy and I have two cup holders!”
The top 6 things I LOVE about the Evenflo Platinum Symphony™ DLX All-In-One Car Seat:
*it offers amazing technology to keep my child safe, protected, cool and comfortable with the OUTLAST® Performance Fabric
* it was SUPER easy to install CORRECTLY
* it adjusts to accommodate different height children in seconds WITHOUT having to remove and rethread the harness (YIPPEEE)
* *** FAVORITE! The unique and one of a kind Buckle pockets to prevent the buckles from getting too hot and potentially burning your child (didn’t get to try these yet as it is still frigid here, BUT I always have to cover the kids’ belts with a cloth to avoid burning them when they return to their seats, I am SO glad I don’t have to remember this step anymore-GENIUS!!)
*the expandable cup holders that fit any size bottle or cup (such a simple thing, but so convenient and appreciated!)
*it fits a child from 5-110 lbs, can be used rear and forward facing and as a booster

A Word from the folks at Evenflo:

The new Evenflo Platinum Symphony™ DLX All-In-One Car Seat is among our award-winning car seats that carry forward our passion for products that foster a safer, more peaceful ride.

Featuring OUTLAST® Performance Fabric that absorbs hot and cold temperature, releasing as needed. Balancing your child’s body temperature for a safer, more peaceful ride. Our new Buckle Pockets protect from hot buckle burns and eliminate digging under your child for lost buckles. Advanced SureLATCH® Technology helps provide a secure installation in less than 60 seconds! Simply click the LATCH into your vehicle and push down to hear and feel the seat auto tighten.

Evenflo continues to go above and beyond government standards to provide car seats that are 2X the Federal Crash Test Standard. In addition to this, this seat includes e3 Side Impact™ Protection, which is designed and tested to reduce side impact forces up to 50%.

Features: OUTLAST® Performance fabrics, Buckle pockets, e3 Side Impact™ protection, converts to booster, 65 lb. harness weight rating, SureLATCH® connectors, Infinite Slide™ harness, upfront harness adjust, machine-washable pad, energy-absorbing foam, cup holders, made in the USA

The Evenflo Platinum Symphony retails for $249.99 and can be found at Babies r Us!

 

I was not compensated for this post. Thank you to the moms and Evenflo for a complimentary night stay at Woodloch Pines Resort. We chose to extend our weekend on our own dime and it was the best decision we could have made.

4Moms, aden + anais & Skip Hop Bath Promotion!

4moms, the maker of the Rockaroo, is hosting a fantastic giveaway in partnership with aden + anais and Skip Hop.

ALL you have to do is visit the 4moms facebook page and leave a comment to the question posed and then enter via their rafflecopter form.

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You will be entered to win a prize pack filled with all the goodies you will need for baby’s first bath, including the 4moms infant tub as well the best baby bath needs from two of my favorites: Skip Hop & aden + anais. Click the 4moms facebook page to win all you need to take the question out of baby’s first bath experience, then click the Rafflecopter entry form that’s hosted by 4moms

Good Luck!

 

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Earth Mama Angel Baby Review & #Giveaway

Thank you to Earth Mama Angel Baby for this amazing giveaway!

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As a mama, I focus a lot of my time on making sure that the products I use on, with or for our children are safe, non toxic and contain only the best ingredients. Reading product labels can be a daunting (not to mention extremely time-consuming!) task especially when it comes to bath and beauty products. I use the EWG database, Skin Deep,  (my “go- to” reference) when I am contemplating a new product but for a busy mama, it is much easier to stick with products that I know work, am sure are safe and healthy for the littles. One such line is Earth Mama, Angel Baby. I love all of their all natural products not only for the things they contain, but all the things they don’t! I first heard about EMAB from my “lil” sister, during my first pregnancy she gave me Earth Mama’s Organic Morning Wellness Tea to help me through my tough “all day” sickness. It certainly helped me get out of bed and I have not tried a product of theirs that I have not found to do what it says it will do, from the EMAB organic teas I drank to ease my queasy morning sickness belly to the yummy smelling Orange Vanilla shampoo and body wash that I use on all three children. I even packed EMAB products in my hospital bag so that I could use only the best on baby girl from the beginning. ( I have started to use their products full-time as well and have received many compliments on the “scent” I am wearing!)

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I love Earth Mama Angel Baby products because the products are effective, work naturally with your body and are safe and 100% chemical free!

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EMAB has products for every stage of pregnancy from prenatal care to postpartum healings for mamas of c sections. You can find their full line by clicking here. Major retailers have started to sell EMAB and you can check that out HERE. The Earth Mama Angel Baby website has so much to offer, advice, healing products and lovely gifts. Sign up for their newsletter HERE, I love it and always find something new! You can even set up a registry to receive EMAB all-natural, toxin free certified natural and organic products.

One lucky winner will win an amazing prize pack from Earth Mama Angel Baby, chock full of all things heavenly for baby. Enter via rafflecopter below.
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I was not compensated for this post. Samples were received, but all opinions expressed are my own and as honest as can beeee.

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Canyon Bakehouse Gluten-free Breads Review & Giveaway, 2 winners!

We are not a gluten-free family but we do cut out gluten when possible. Gluten free products come in all sorts of varieties, but it has been hard to find tasty bread until we tried Canyon Bakehouse. Canyon Bakehouse breads are absolutely delicious. My children have even asked for the cinnamon raisin bread as an afternoon snack, it’s that good. My favorite is the 7 Grain. Canyon Bakehouse keeps all the yumminess you love about bread but without the gluten. Perfect for those that need to avoid gluten or like us, just knowing that cutting out gluten (even a little) can impact the way you feel in a positive way.

Canyon Bakehouse breads are made with 100% whole grains and only clean ingredients, so you can feel good about loving bread again! Their products include 7-Grain, Cinnamon Raisin, Mountain White, Deli Rye Style, Rosemary & Thyme Focaccia, Hamburger Buns, Hot Dog Buns and Cranberry Crunch Muffins. Oh, and the breads also happen to be gluten free – an added benefit for families with a range of dietary needs, or anyone looking to transition to a gluten free lifestyle. The best part? They taste and feel like ‘real’ bread! We doubt anyone will even notice they’re missing one ingredient – gluten. Here are some other features:

  • Certified Gluten Free
  • Made in a dedicated gluten free bakery
  • Dairy, nut & soy free
  • GMO-free
  • Family-owned, located in Loveland, Colo.
I can’t wait to try the Foccia Stuffing recipe listed on their website (See their gluten free, yummy recipes HERE ).
You can purchase Canyon Bakehouse breads by clicking here (you’ll find a coupon there!) or to find a store, CLICK HERE
Reminder: bread keeps fresh for a few days, but keep in freezer to preserve freshness NOT fridge as it will dry it out !
TWO Lucky Winners will win a box of breads to see for themselves just how yummy Canyon Bakehouse breads really are!
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