Saturday, August 19, 2017

Jarro-Dophilus Probiotics for Women and Children - Moms Meet Review

*I was given the products discussed below from Moms Meet in order to test and review. Although I may be compensated for my review all opinions are my own unless otherwise noted.*

So, the word "probiotic" is completely new and different to me. I really don't go out of my way to research products with them in it and why it may or may not benefit me or my family. I have a lot to learn apparently. 

I would like to help my children and I stay healthy so I decided we would try these out. Please do your own research to form your own opinion of these products.

What are probiotics? Why do we need them? What do they do? Are they safe? 
These are some questions that came to mind when I received the Probiotics Collection that contained: JARRO-DOPHILUS® WOMENFEM-DOPHILUS® SHELF STABLEJARRO-DOPHILUS® INFANT DROPS, & YUM-YUM DOPHILUS®.

According to my very limited research, the reason you may take a probiotic product is to help with digestion. It provides live healthy bacteria to replace harmful bacteria in the body which helps protect and quite possibly prevent diseases and other harm to you.

At first, I was worried about the safety of these products but later felt more at ease when I did a little of my own research. I have a baby and 3 other children so I always want to make sure that what I am giving them will not cause any harm.

The JARRO-DOPHILUS® INFANT DROPS were easy to give to my then 5 month old as I just put the required amount of drops in his bottle with formula sometimes and other times I mixed it in with his baby food.

 The YUM-YUM DOPHILUS® actually tastes great and is easy to chew. My 3 older children and I enjoyed these. My oldest son normally has digestion problems and I think this actually helped him out when he needed it. If nothing else, I think he will continue using these chewable tablets.

As for the JARRO-DOPHILUS® WOMEN & FEM-DOPHILUS® SHELF STABLE capsules, I do not currently have an issue that I would really need these and did not notice a difference in my body after taking them. I do not see myself buying them really in the future. I also did not like the smell that these put off right from the container.

With each product there was some things I liked and things I did not. While the Yum-Yum Dophilus tablets had to be refrigerated they were in a nice aluminum foil packet where each one was sealed. The raspberry flavor was actually pleasant to taste. The Infant Drops seemed to be the texture of just coconut oil and flavorless. I kind of wish you didn't need to shake the bottle to get the drops out and maybe have used a little dropper with exact measurements. When shaking I could not always tell if I was getting all 10 drops out or more at a time. It wasn't too big of a deal though. These did not need to be refrigerated which was nice. The Jarro & Fem Dophilus did not need refrigerated and were in a bottle and blister package individually contained. I do not see paying the amounts I am seeing online for any of the products but I would recommend these to others. 

(Photos added tomorrow hopefully)

Friday, August 11, 2017

Chick-fil-A Mom Panel Advice Questionnaire

With the closing of the 2016-2017 Chick-fil-A Mom Panel coming to an end I wanted to show my appreciation to Chick-fil-A by participating in this mom survey that was posted in the Facebook group yesterday. I thought I would share my answers with my audience as well so you can get a bit of insider scoop of some activities we get to participate in during the year. I will be sharing a few more things here and there now that I have a little time again.

Answering these questions for Chick-fil-A was an honor and if they choose some of my answers they may feature it in an article they will put up later on https://thechickenwire.chick-fil-a.com/.


  • Q1. - What is your child’s favorite way to eat Chick-fil-A, and how do you get your child to make healthier choices there? Do you order or do something specific in order for your kids to eat healthy? For example, cut up the food in a certain way, or combine different foods to get your kids to eat it? Do you stack up the grilled nuggets to make it fun?

  • Al. - Since everyone but the baby is able to eat Chick-fil-A we really don't have to do anything to make them eat there. As far as the fruit, it's been mushy and or sour so they don't tend to want it or don't eat much if they get one. They do love trading in their toy for icecream after they've eaten and played. My 6 year old asks for her free icecream in a cup and gets chocolate sauce on it and they happily oblige. My oldest 2 got jealous when she did that so now sometimes they get it that way too. I think a fun way to eat nuggets and waffle fries would be to make the fries be the bread and put the nuggets in between then make it into a sandwich.

  • Q2. - How do you deal with picky eaters?

  • A2. - I taught her how to use and make simple meals on the foreman grill. She actually wants to learn to make food so why not start now? She's almost 7 and can now make quesadillas, grilled cheese, mini tortilla pizzas, and a few other small things. Nothing fancy or hard but simple enough for her to make with my supervision and she doesn't go hungry because she's made something she will want to eat.

  • Q3. - What is your child’s favorite after-school snack, and how do you get your child to eat healthier snacks instead of junk food?

  • A3. - They are not big snack eaters and normally don't want junk food after school. I normally will serve a big bowl of cut up fruit or veggies with a little something to dip if desired. This tends to keep them happy until dinner but the older 2 do not get home until 5 so usually just go straight into dinner.

  • Q4. - What is your favorite on-the-go breakfast?

  • A4. - We have been trying some healthier protein bars just for kids recently. They don't have added bad ingredients so you know what you're giving them. They sometimes like a little drinkable yogurt, fruit like apple or banana, or a boiled egg or two.

  • Q5. - What’s your favorite “me time” activity, and how do you make time for yourself?

  • A5. - Haha! What's that?! With 4 kids it's nearly impossible to have me time and with a baby it's even harder. I do try and get a warm bubble bath and let dad take over with the kiddos for at least 30 minutes. I will also try and get a walk or run in. My 2 oldest children were playing Pokemon so I found it a treat to just get out of the house and go walking with them around our community catching Pokemon with them just to spend more time with them. I also hunt for free things online, grab a bowl of icecream, go out with a friend, play an online game on the phone or computer, or indulge in a show or  movie I've wanted to see.

  • Q6. - How do you transition your kids for bedtime? (For example, at the beginning of the school year.)

  • A6. - During the summer they do not have a set bedtime but once school time comes we try to do a week or two in advance. They need to start turning in their phones and being in their beds by 8 or 8:30 for the 6 almost 7 year old and 9:30 or 10 for the 12 and 13 year old. This just gets them in the habit of having a bedtime again and going to bed a little earlier then wakeup around the time they will start for school in the morning without being too grumpy because they stayed up too late.

  • Q7. - How do you avoid over-scheduling?

  • A7. - We typically take a poll with the kids and see what they are interested in that year to participate in. For now my oldest daughter is only interested in choir and art. She might participate in clubs for them but this year she has them as classes. As for my oldest son he has Boy Scouts on Monday and shooting club on Wednesday. In the past when we had something every night or more than one thing built up it just stressed us out. We try to avoid this as much as possible and it leaves more time for family and down time which we need to not be overly stressed from a busy schedule.

  • Q8. - What is your child’s favorite Chick-fil-A menu item?

  • A8. - They all like different things for different reasons. Of course the nuggets but for dessert they like the frosted lemonade, watermelon mint lemonade, and icedream in a cup with chocolate syrup. They always like their treats after they have played and finish their meal then trading in their toys for their treats.

  • Q9. - What is your best time-saving tip or trick? Both for eating a meal with little time to spare, or for saving time in general?

  • A9. - Ordering at home with the app then pickup is fast and easy! Ordering with the app in the restaurant is just as fast and easy as well. As far as any other tips for saving time...I wish I had the answer but would love to hear from others that know how. 

  • Q10. - How does your family do dinnertime?

  • A10. - When things get busy and hectic or we just don't know what to do for dinner and everyone starts getting hangry we just head to Chick fil A. There's something there for everyone to choose from and make us all happy again. We get to spend time together as adults while the kids play and then as a family. The more meals we can sit down as a family to enjoy together and share our day with one another the better and we can thank Chick fil A for helping achieve that if even just once a month.

  • Q11. - Any other must have advice you’d like to offer to other moms?

  • A11. - I always try to keep baby wipes on hand. It helps clean up messes in a pinch. I also use them for other things like after I've sneezed or need to wipe someones hands. I also keep hand sanitizer with me to help fight germs on the go. A small snack like Cheerios or a snack bar for when you're on the road and not near a Chick fil A just yet. Sometimes when we are in Chick fil A they have Cheerios for the little ones which is great to have. When my kids get a disposable placemat for their food sometimes I grab one for me. I like my food to be on a clean surface and you don't always know if someone just finished eating at the table you were at and if it is clean. This goes for any restaurant so why not take a few with you to have on hand in a questionable situation like that. We sometimes use them the mats at home for a messy craft for easy cleanup and would be perfect for a high chair to make it easier to clean after a baby has had baby food or finger foods. I could think of so many situations I might use the disposable mats for and I am glad they are almost always available at our local Chick fil As. 
You can sign up for MomSelect today and participate in fun panels like Chick-fil-A Mom Panel too. They will send you a registration survey to fill out and if you are a good fit then they will send you another email later letting you know that you are in the panel.

It has been so much fun participating in the 2016-2017 Chick-fil-A Mom Panel this year and I hope I am selected to participate for yet another year. If you get to apply then I hope you are selected too!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Sophie la Girafe infant teether by Vulli - Trybe Review

* I was given a gift card to purchase Sophie the Giraffe on Amazon as an influencer for Trybe. All opinions are my own unless otherwise noted and not influenced by the incentive.*

Well, I've been with Trybe almost a year now and just a couple months being an influencer with them. In that time I have tested and reviewed Philips Avent PacifiersGerber Childrenswear Burp Cloths, Sophie, and 3 other products I will be posting reviews about in the upcoming weeks. I am enjoying testing the products with my family and sharing my opinions with everyone. I so appreciate everyone taking the time to read my reviews, it really does mean a lot to me. Thank you!

I was so very excited when I got the original invitation to apply for testing on Sophie the Giraffe. Why you may ask? It's only because I have seen and heard so much about this popular infant teether and was hoping my little drooling 5 month old would get to test it out for himself.


I stalked my email often, and once I got accepted, I purchased her right away with an Amazon gift card that Trybe provided for me. This gift card not only covered the price of Sophie la Girafe or a variety of other Vulli products but also any extra cost for shipping.


I remember the day Sophie arrived so clearly. I was super happy my package was delivered and I opened it right away. My son, Jonathan, couldn't take his eyes, hands, or gums off of her once I gave the giraffe to him. He would sling her around and bop himself on the head, it was quite funny! He's been chewing, drooling, and playing with her ever since and I think he's played with her the most out of all the other toys he has.


As a mom, I'm happy that the teether is soft and doesn't hurt him when he's swinging it around as some toys actually do make him cry if it hits him. I love that when he's whiny and teething, he will chew on her and seems happy again. Every part of her can be chewed on and grasped quite well. She's pretty to look at and I feel better about giving him this toy as it's made with 100% natural rubber and painted with food-grade paints. Plus, she squeaks in several places when she's squeezed and even when he smacks her around and gums her to death, poor Sophie! I love that her squeak is gentle and doesn't make me want to pull my hair out or throw her out the window like some other obnoxious toys we've had in the past. He just loves her because she's new and interesting, I do believe.


I read the reviews concerning mold which made me think twice about this purchase. I'm hoping that the reviews were from people who sterilized her when the packaging clearly said not to. I'll wipe her down with a cloth if needed. Please be my guest and do your research before deciding on if you should or shouldn't purchase Sophie the Giraffe. Also make sure to always read the instructions. You may think you're doing something to prevent mold when quite possibly it would be the opposite. Here's how to clean your Sophie.



My only real gripe is that probably not even a week of having Sophie, I noticed that the paint was being gnawed off or fading. He doesn't have teeth yet so I guess that's just bound to happen eventually. I don't really need to worry though because like the Sophie the giraffe website says, she's made with safe food-grade paints.


Want free products to try out and review as well? Follow this link and sign up! 



Can't you tell that Jon & Sophie are best buds now? 💓


Sunday, July 16, 2017

NEW Go & Grow pouches by Similac at Walmart - SheSpeaks Review

*This post was developed in partnership with Similac. All opinions are my own unless noted otherwise.*

As a SheSpeaks blogger I sometimes get opportunities to test and review products and this time I was asked to purchase a new product from Similac called Go & Grow with a Walmart gift card. 


I was unaware that Similac even made baby food so I was curious to find out more and let my little guy try it out.


Off to the store we went...


After arriving at our local Walmart, we headed straight to the Baby section where the baby food is hanging out. It was super easy to find!


We picked out some yummy goodness for our little one to try but it wasn't until after we got home that I realized I had gotten 3 for baby 6+ months and 1 for toddler. I decided it really wouldn't be an issue since he would be trying small amounts of each in a little taste test and getting his reactions to each pouch.


* Blue Bowl - Go & Grow by Similac Pouches with OptiGRO™, Sweet Potato, Apple, Carrot Puree, For 6+ Months, Organic Baby Food, 4 ounces
* Clear on Right - Go & Grow by Similac Pouches with OptiGRO™, Pear, Mango, Spinach Puree, For 6+ Months, Organic Baby Food, 4 ounces
* Clear on Left - Go & Grow by Similac Pouches with OptiGRO™, Pumpkin , Banana, Carrot Puree, For 6+ Months, Organic Baby Food, 4 ounces
* Yellow Bowl - Go & Grow by Similac Fruit and Veggie Pouches with OptiGRO™, Apple, Butternut Squash, Banana, Blueberry Puree, For Toddlers, Organic Baby Food, 4 ounces
(make sure that the pouch matches the description if you are ordering online/plan to use the free pickup option!)

Baby's 1st Baby Food Feeding


Since this was his first real pureed fruit and vegetable experience, I wanted to document the occasion. His big sissy wanted to feed a real baby so I thought why not?! It was precious seeing her bond with him and how she would get him to open his mouth for a bite or lick the spoon in his case.

1st Reaction Video


He totally loved each and every lick he took off of the spoon and I got to admit I thought the pouches all tasted pretty yummy myself. I know that once he gets older he will also enjoy slurping up the pureed goodness. He didn't protest one bit and I won't either but I am sure my reasons are very different than his.

Here's a closer look into what you're getting from each pouch:

* 3-4 servings of combined organic fruits and vegetables! (Wow! I wish it were that easy for my other children! I'm a bit jealous!)
* Non-GMO and Gluten Free
* Packaging does not contain BPA
* One pouch can help meet at least one third of daily recommended intake of fruits and veggies.

So what's OptiGRO™?

According to each pouch, you're not only giving the fruits and vegetables your child needs but also DHA for their brain, LUTEIN for their eye health, and Vitamin E for their growth and development. These things are found in foods that children do not normally eat much of like fish, spinach, and broccoli. Follow highlighted links in my post to find all the nutritional facts.

So if you're looking for basically a healthy smoothie for your little one to get the fruits and veggies they need, I definitely recommend heading to your local Walmart or ordering them online. Go & Grow by Similac pouches were so delicious that they got the approval of not only my son, Jonathan and I, but also my 3 older children.

Check out this #GoAndGrowAtWalmart Giveaway over at SheSpeaks.com! You can win a custom photo book from Walmart Photo to remember all your family outings this summer.

Find exactly what you're looking for on Walmart.com by checking this link out here: Go & Grow by Similac

Ibotta Offer - $0.50 back on any one Go & Grow by Similac Pouch

*Although this post was developed in partnership with Similac, all opinions are my own unless noted otherwise.*   

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Gerber Childrenswear Burp Cloths - Trybe Review

*I was given a gift card to purchase the products mentioned below in exchange for my honest review. Although I might have received free products, all opinions are all my own and not influenced because of the incentive.

So I recently joined an Influencer site called Trybe where you get to review products for free. Click the highlighted link to join Trybe with me!

The cute designs of these burp cloths were hard to resist. When shopping online I noticed that all the styles offered were totally different from the ones in the original invitation to try them out. I went with the cute hippo and alligator prints. I noticed they also had the same styles in a more traditional burp cloth that covers the entire shoulder which is more ideal with a floppy baby during burp time.



The material feels like a bath towel and is not soft which I would have thought it would feel like. Besides it being cute and smaller, (which makes it look a lot better than a giant white cloth on your shoulder) I still prefer and would buy the same prints in the bigger cloth versions as it covers more area and if the baby spits up on you it's likely to stay on the cloth than get on you and your clothes. I mainly used these like a bib while my son drank his bottle and he also used it like a little lovie blanket to cuddle with.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Philips Avent Pacifiers - Trybe Review

*I was given a gift card to purchase the products mentioned below in exchange for my honest review. Although I might have received free products, all opinions are all my own and not influenced because of the incentive.

So I recently joined an Influencer site called Trybe where you get to review products for free. Click the highlighted link to join Trybe with me!


I was selected to review Philips Avent Pacifiers and was sent a gift card to purchase them online or at a local store.

I purchased 2 sets. A Soothie Pacifier set for 0-3 months and a Nighttime Pacifier set for 6-18 months.


So...my son has been testing these new pacifiers out for about a month now and I still don't know what to think of them. He's not been one that just has to have a paci 24/7 and he keeps spitting them out. About the only time he will keep them in is when he's ready for bed.

What I do like is that the one set is glow in the dark. As you can see in the photos, they really do glow! That could come in handy but we really haven't needed these in a situation where he has to have one to be soothed.



The other set I decided on getting to see if he liked them better without a stuffed animal attached. Didn't matter to him, he just didn't want it!

He's 3 months old right now so I got a newborn set and another set as he grows a little bit more.

I'm not really liking the shape the pacifier has above his mouth. It just seems a bit bulky and I think that could be why the result is that he constantly spits it back out.

Overall, I'll give these a little bit more time for a final verdict but currently these are just okay and we will probably continue using the ones we had before our test just because he's familiar with them.



Update:

Well I hate to say it but he just really does not like these pacifiers. They are flat and don't hug his face like all the others I've given to my children. The edges just stick out and it doesn't even look like he can keep the whole thing in his mouth. For the soothie ones I really don't know why they don't work for him. Maybe they are too slippery. He's okay for a second and then they both come out. He sometimes will take them at night but only as a last resort. Even then he's likely to spit them out. Their bottles on the other hand work just fine but I don't think we will be buying pacifiers from this brand based on his personal preference.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

DIY Upcycling Challenge


*I am part of the Chick-fil-A Mom Panel. From time to time I'm given promotional cards and other items for participating in various ways with the group. I love being a #ChickfilaMom!


 Around Valentine's Day I was sent 2 cards for soup and 2 cards for breakfast items at Chick-fil-A. The enclosed letter challenged me to use the cards for the soup and keep the containers to upcycle into something new.


Being that I just had a baby, it's been pretty difficult with 4 kids to get up to Chick-fil-A like we had been able to previously. I was just now able to get to the restaurant today and pick up my soups as well as my New Mommy Meal (more about that at a later time!)


I already had several ideas in mind and I was given another card for soup in a separate envelope. My kids helped me come up with a seed starter or mini greenhouse for one container. This will have our milkweed sproutlets growing in it. I also thought a baby bank would be cute for another. The last container I came up with was for a wipes dispenser or maybe even a container for trash bags.








I really enjoyed this challenge as I like to get crafty when I can and I am always saving items to use in projects later. This got me and my kids thinking outside the box and helping to reduce, reuse and recycle things into something useful around the house that we didn't know we needed.

I've taken a few pictures for this post but still need to finish eating the soup and creating the diy projects since I am barely getting any extra time for myself right now with a newborn. Pictures and anything extra I may need to add will be up after lunchtime tomorrow and no later than 6 tomorrow night.

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