Thursday, April 26, 2012

Check Out What Cheerios Has Done to Warehouse Size Bulk Packaging!

Stay tuned for a giveaway!

Disclosure:  Cheerios® cereal information has been provided by General Mills through MyBlogSpark

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Baby Updates

Just wanted to give some more baby milestones. Our little guy is quickly approaching 7 months. It's just amazing to me how time flies! He's a momma's boy. I must admit that it's my fault for carrying him around so much. I'm trying to enjoy his baby-hood, because once it's gone, it's gone.

I recently noticed he's getting two teeth. It was hard to capture it on camera, but I managed.

This was taken some weeks ago, so they're showing even more now. It's made breastfeeding a bit more challenging since he seems to think he has a human teether, but we're making it.

I've also started our little man on cereal.

I'm pretty sure that at his size had many thinking he was a regular foodie already, but in actuality, he'd just been a taster here and there. This one was taken about a couple of weeks ago. Oh and by the way, that was Alicia Silverstone style, because I don't have a problem with using my mouth as a baby food processor here and there.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Our Kiwi Crate Adventure

My kids and I had an absolute blast working the projects that came on our Kiwi Crate box. In case you didn't catch the video, Kiwi Crate is a monthly subscription that you can purchase for $19.95 per month (shipping included). We were sent one to review, and the video was basically an unboxing so that you could see the items that were included. I think it's so thoughtful and wonderful that everything that you need is already included in the kit (except for something like the water that was needed obviously).

We had a choice between doing an experimental project or one that was designed to be more fun.

I had the kids vote on which they wanted to do first, and surprisingly 3 to 1 they chose to do the experiment first. It involved using fresh water vs salt water. They had to use observation cards to draw their predictions before seeing if they were correct.

Afterwards, it was on to the fun part of mixing salt water in one cup, and leaving the other as ordinary tap water.

And on to prove their theories.

And now it was time to move on to the fishing game. We punched out the underwater creature shapes together and then they colored them. We attached velcro to their creatures and also to their fishing poles.

After that was completed, it was time to go fishing. 

This was so much fun, and a memory I really enjoyed creating with my children. I learned something myself, as the books contain little facts to share with your little ones. I also appreciate the fact that I know they had fun learning with this hands on experience.

And finally, I would like to let you know about a contest going on where you can win your very own Kiwi Crate box or even a $500 Plum District Dollars. All you have to do is like the Kiwi Crate and Plum District pages and complete an easy entry form. Check out the contest ending April 30 here.

*I received this Kiwi Crate box in order to facilitate this review. The opinions expressed are my own.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Little Angels Giveaway

If you are looking for a great way to introduce letters, numbers and animals to your preschooler or kindergartner, I would like to recommend this collection of Little Angels dvds. One of the things I noticed when I put one of the Little Angels dvds in for my children was the vibrancy of the colors used in creating these educational cartoons. Not only was the attention of my preschooler captured, but my older children who are far beyond this level were silent and very much into these cartoons. 

I personally really appreciated the innocence of these videos. They make use of angels who come alive and interact with a set of twins, Alex and Zoe. There's singing and learning about some Bible characters and stories and some life lessons can even be learned when watching these videos.

One feature I was really excited about was the ability to digitally download a copy to Apple devices via iTunes at no additional charge. A code is enclosed in the DVD case and all you have to do is insert your disk into your computer and enter that code for access to watch these videos on your iOS device or even your computer. 

I think the prices are really reasonable at just under $10 at Walmart. You can also purchase cds, books and apps to go along with the dvds. Activity pages can be downloaded from the site for free to keep your little one further occupied. Little Angels is MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) approved.

One reader will win a set of Little Angels dvds

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*This prize is being provided by the sponsor. The opinions expressed are my own.

Little Angels Introduces Letters, Numbers and Animals to Your Children

If you are looking for a great way to introduce your preschoolers and kindergartners to alphabets, numbers and animals I would like to suggest the Little Angels Collection to you. I was sent some awesome favors, along with some dvds for myself and to give to the children in attendance to have a party and the kids had plenty of fun.

We were also sent activity sheets and wall decals. The older children enjoyed receiving mazes and word find activity sheets and I think they all enjoyed the coloring sheets.

Be sure to check out the next post for how you can win a set for your preschooler!

*I was provided with party favors and dvds to host this giveaway. Opinions expressed are my own.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Collect All 6 Curvy Straws from General Mills Cereals. Get Your Money Saving Coupon Too!

Have you ever noticed milk left over in your child's cereal bowl after they were finished? I have one son who has this habit that has seemed to grow worse lately. It's a waste of milk and therefore money, and it's also a loss of calcium and vitamin D that his body needs. I'm sure he'd love the curvy straws that can be found in specially marked boxes of General Mills cereals for a limited time.

What's even more is that there are 6 of these colorful straws. They're connectable and they feature Big G characters.

These cereals that you can find these straws in include:

  • Cinnamon Toast Crunch (17 oz)
  • Lucky Charms (16 oz)
  • Reese's Puffs (18 oz)
  • Honey Nut Cheerios (17 oz)
  • Trix (14.8 oz)
  • Cocoa Puffs (16.5 oz)
If you also like a coupon with which you can save $1.25 off of 2 boxes of Big G cereal, you can download a printable one here.

*This information and coupon has been provided thanks to General Mills and MyBlogSpark.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Treat Coughs and Flu Symptoms Homeopathically with Chestal and Oscillococcinum

True story. My husband and I had gone to an event. We left our children with my mom and sister and her kids. When we got back, everyone should have been sleeping. My mom wasn't. I don't know how long she'd been up,  but it seemed she wouldn't be getting any decent sleep anytime soon. My niece was coughing, and my mom says that when she coughs she grits her teeth. Mind you, when I got home and I heard the coughing, not knowing if it was one of mine, i'd made up in my mind that whoever was coughing was about to be the first one to try this Chestal that i'd received to do a review.  I gave my niece the recommended dose, and shortly after, the coughing subsided and everyone was able to rest.

Chestal is a honey based cough syrup. It's designed to temporarily relieve  throat and bronchial irritation and loosen phlegm and thin bronchial secretions in order for coughs to be more productive. It can be safely used in children starting at age 2. It's non-drowsy, dye free, has no drug interactions and works naturally along with your body. Chestal is available in honey and berry flavors.

Then there's Oscillococcinum. I don't have an amazing story to tell you for this one, because i've not yet used it for definite flu symptoms. I thought maybe my hubby was coming down with the flu, and gave him some on one occasion, but he wasn't diagnosed with the flu when we ended up taking him to the hospital. I will say that it's nice to have it around for just in case. Oscillococcinum is designed to help your body fight those flu-like symptoms; body aches, headache, fever, chills and fatigue. A way to head things off before they get serious. I would like to point out that it is supported by clinical studies and has been used for more than 65 years throughout the world. This formula is also non drowsy, has no side effects, no drug interactions and it works naturally along with your body. This product is also safe for children and adults starting at age 2.

Wondering where you can buy these products? Just check out the Boiron Where to Buy page. You can also download a print a $1 off coupon for Chestal and there's one for Oscillococcinum as well. 

*I received free products to facilitate this review. Some information was taken from the respective sites featuring these products. Otherwise, the opinions expressed are my own.