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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Nuby Pop Up Cup Review


If you have a child ages 2 and up, this is a great cup to try for him or her. It comes in a variety of colors and is also BPA free. If you have read recent post about food and drink containers, you probably know by now that BPA free containers are a big deal to me.



I like the rubber grips on these cups, which make for easier handling for children and also the pop up tops which are designed for older children. A lot like the sports bottles you find for yourself, but designed for smaller hands.


This is a pic of my four year old holding his Nuby Pop Up Cup. It fits perfectly in his hand and he really loves it. It's great for at home and on the go and it holds up to 20 oz. of fluid which is a great way to ensure he stays hydrated.

The Nuby Pop Up Cup can be found online at BuyBabyDirect.com and Amazon.com, and in Walmart and Target stores.


As a Nuby Mom, products are provided to me for review. No further compensation has been received and the opinions expressed are my own.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

#NubyComfort Twitter Party Tonight!

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Giveaway: Celebrating $525 Million Earned for Schools with Box Tops for Education

It started in 1996. General Mills began an experiment on boxes of Cheerios in California with the first year earning $1 million. Since, it has grown to include more than 240 participating brands that provide
needed cash for 90,000 enrolled K-8 schools and has raised $525 million.

In celebration, the program is offering a variety of bonus Box Tops on more than 50 million packages at grocery stores and at btfe.com which means that consumers can double their earnings with select products. Schools can earn up to $20,000 every year through collecting box top coupons which are valued at 10¢ each.

With the pantry stock up gifts that I received, I learned and was amazed at how many products these points can be found on, some of them were truly unexpected such as the Scott brand paper towels and tissue and even on a nice Avery dry erase weekly calendar I received. I really appreciate the products specifically chosen to bear these points, because they are products that can be used daily, throughout the day and beyond being something you would grab just to collect points, these are things that you actually use. It's no wonder the Box Tops for Education program is the largest when it comes to fundraising.

In celebration of this accomplishment, I've been provided the opportunity to offer a giveaway where of one you will win a prize pack to restock your pantry. These items include:

  • New Peanut Butter Toast Crunch cereal
  • Nature Valley Chewy Trail Mix Dark Chocolate Cherry and Protein Salted Caramel
  • Fiber One Protein Bars
  • Progresso Recipe Starters
  • Food Should Taste Good Chips
  • Green Giant Fresh Box Tops for Education pencil pouch
  • Hamburger Helper Sweet & Sour Chicken and Parmesan Crusted Chicken
  • Betty Crocker Mac & Cheese and Au Gratin Potatoes
  • Kleenex wallet pack and 184 Count Box
  • Scott Toilet Paper (4 roll) and Paper Towel Roll
  • Avery Dry Erase Weekly Calendar
  • Ziploc Bowls and Bags
  • Yoplait Frozen Yogurt free product coupon













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Information, products and promotional items have been provided by General Mills and Box Tops for Education and its program partners.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Kohl's Cares and Dr Seuss


Watching my daughter struggle to read was a challenge. It's like she understood the sounds of the alphabet, but didn't always understand how letters worked together. What made it even more difficult was the way she seemed to hate reading. It really did my heart good this year when somehow she developed a determination to read and has even taken it on herself to keep a journal.

Reading matters to me so much because I know that is the basic foundation for being able to get anywhere and accomplish anything in life. Kohl's has found a way to combine encouraging kids to read in a way that is enjoyable to them, while at the same time contributing to kids health and education. This is through the Kohl's Cares program.



Through this program, consumers can purchase very good quality hardback books and stuffed animals that correspond with these books for only $5 dollars each. 100% of the net profits are donated to ensure the well being and education of children in communities around the country. Since 2000, over $208 million has been raised nationwide. These funds are also used to better the environment and also support the health of women residing in Wisconsin. It's as simple as making a purchase of something you and your children can enjoy together.


This spring, Kohl's is featuring Dr. Seuss books and stuffed animals. There are several to choose from which include The Cat in the Hat with the corresponding Cat in the Hat plush pictured above, Dr. Seuss's ABC along with Aunt Annie's Alligator, Horton Hears a Who along with Horton the Elephant among others. Each book and plush is sold separately. Look for these in stores as well as online.

Products were provided to facilitate this review. Any opinions expressed here are my own.


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Nuby Step Up Stool Review


One of the first things that resounded in my mind when reading the description of the Nuby Step Up Stool was the fact that I read that it can hold up to 800 (!) pounds. Once we received it, some of the things I noticed was the durability and the thoughtfulness that went into the top and the legs that  have a rubber type material to ensure safety from slipping.


It also has slots for to make it easier for carrying around.



I had no idea that once it arrived, my children were going to absolutely love it. And when I say love, it's that love that you want kids to have for the toys that you put so much thought into when shopping for Christmas or birthdays kinda love. Up the stairs, down the stairs and all in between, they treat it sorta like a new family member. This cute step stool is a way to get something that may be a little out of reach as well as a seat and a balance trainer and a foot rest as i've learned from watching my children along with my own interactions with it. It feels great to know that even I can use it for a boost without wondering if it will support my weight.

My hubby, who was skeptical about it holding up for him, also seemed impressed when he stepped onto it and it supported him. It's a great and useful piece to have around.


The Nuby Step Up Stool is available for purchase online at Buy Baby Direct.

A sample was provided to me to facilitate this review.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Nuby Mommy Blogger


Maybe by now you've noticed the badge? Yup, I was selected to be a Nuby Mommy Blogger which means I now have the opportunity to receive exciting products from Nuby and share my thoughts with you. As a mom of 5, soon to be six, baby and toddler products are a very significant part of who I am. As I receive these products for review, i'm looking forward to testing them out and sharing them with you. It is my hope that as moms that follow this blog, or to those of you who are looking for product recommendations for other moms or even perhaps things for baby showers, birthdays or just because, you're going to come across something significant to you! I'm looking forward to sharing!!

Giveaway: Making Lunch Stylish with Black and Blum

Black and Blum is a company that I recently learned of that takes lunch on the go to a more stylish level. One of the things anyone can appreciate is that the kits, which are designed for lunch, have a convenient place to store the eating utensil that comes included. I was privileged to review the lunch pot pictured below:


This is actually a set of two cups, which again includes a, what we call around my house, spork. I took a picture of the two separated so that you can get a view of what you get with this set:


And just to get a better idea of the sizes, I took a pic holding the larger one:


These definitely don't have to be limited to lunch. Some of the things I pictured great to put into these are oatmeal and fresh fruit, or even soup and oyster crackers. I think they're a pretty great size if you're looking for portion control as well.

I like the fact that this set I have feels really sturdy. I expect that it's going to last for a really long time. It's BPA free, and is also microwave safe (which i've personally decided to cease using, but stay tuned for more on that) and also dishwasher safe. You can select from a variety of color options as well. Now of course if the cups are not your style or you want even more options, they have those too. Here are just some of them:


And of course it doesn't end there. If style is your thing, i'd definitely recommend checking these guys out. Their products are really unique and beyond being eye candy you can put them to good use.

One winner will receive a Lunch Pot like the one pictured that I received to review.
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A product was provided to me in exchange for this review. No further compensation was received.