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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Friday, October 21, 2016

Himalaya Botanique Complete Care Toothpaste - Review for Moms Meet

*I received this product for free from Moms Meet who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are all my own unless otherwise noted.

Today's topic is toothpaste...

A lot of toothpastes out on the market today have several things in common and that would be that they are actually bad for your body. Why do we need added ingredients in our toothpaste that do more harm than good?

Recently my family and I were given the opportunity to test out a brand that has been around since 1930 and is family owned. We had never heard of them before but were willing to see what they were all about.

Himalaya Botanique Complete Care & Whitening Toothpastes are fluoride, carrageenan, sodium lauryl sulfate, & gluten free.

You can read each ingredient and look up it's benefits online. Some of those happen to be neem leaf, pomegranate, triphala, and xylitol.

Retailing at $5.99 you can find these toothpastes here on their website: www.himalayatoothpaste.com

  • Full line of flavors include: Whitening Complete Care Simply Peppermint, Whitening Complete Care Simply Mint, Complete Care Simply Peppermint, Simply Mint, Simply Cinnamon, Simply Spearmint and the Original Neem and Pomegranate toothpaste. 

Our personal testing experience...

We took a family vote after trying each variety and did not really enjoy the flavors all that much. I was told it kind of tasted like old or expired toothpaste and it almost had a medicine type flavor. For me since I have really sensitive gums and teeth right now, the cinnamon variety made my gums bleed a little bit. I think the mint was just okay but it took a lot of getting used to. I will say that it did pretty well in the whitening department.

Would we as a family consider buying this product in the future? I really don't think so. As far as I know, the toothpaste is only able to be purchased online and I don't make that many purchases online especially for toothpaste. Also, we all enjoy different flavors and we like it to taste good, not leave a weird aftertaste in our mouth.

Would I recommend to friends and family? Only if they came to me asking what I thought about toothpaste and healthier options. For the whitening side of toothpastes I would for sure recommend these to anyone that asked.

The cute tote bag, zipper pouch, and toothbrush were a nice touch to this kit. I am now going to be looking into the entire range of products that the site offers and you can do the same at: www.himalayausa.com/products














Sunday, October 9, 2016

Cottonelle Mega Roll VoxBox from Influenster - Review

* I was given a complimentary Cottonelle #OnAMegaRoll VoxBox from Influenster and Cottonelle
All opinions are my own unless otherwise noted!



  

As a family of 5 and sometimes sharing a bathroom with more than one person throughout the week, we are bound to go through some toilet paper. We all have a specific preference in what we like and don't like when it comes to toilet paper. I think I speak for my entire family when I say that we enjoy our toilet paper roll lasting a bit longer, that it be soft but strong enough to not tear on you as you wipe, and that it does a great job cleaning up the first time. 

That's where Cottonelle Clean Care comes in!

4 rolls in 1...the package says...

I was impressed and it takes care of all of our toilet paper needs.

The clean ripple texture is designed to clean better and it really did it's job!

Why use any other toilet paper when these mega rolls last longer, are softer, and do their job the first time around?

*Thanks again to Cottonelle and Influenster for sending this #OnAMegaRoll VoxBox for me to test and review free of charge!

{Pics coming tomorrow!}



Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Bobs Red Mill - Taste Test Review for MomsMeet - Unboxing Kids

*I was selected to be a Bob's Red Mill Influencer as a part of the Moms Meet community. I am a Mom Ambassador & also a Mom Blogger there. I was given a few coupons, (8) single serve oatmeal cups, a bobble head of Bob, and a few informative items to read over, all for free for testing and reviewing purposes!*

As part of this new program on Moms Meet, I was asked to submit a product review video. I left this up to my 'Unboxing Kids' to do a taste test review.

I like oatmeal but normally don't eat it a lot for breakfast, especially in the summer months. I was curious about this program as I had never tried Bob's Red Mill products apart from some flour I recently bought at my local grocery store. I had made my own oatmeal very similar to the ingredients in these little portable cups but I really liked the idea of having a very easy way to do this with little effort on my part.
Upon opening the box, I inspected the following contents:
 *2 of each of the following oatmeal cups - Gluten Free Apple Cinnamon,
 Gluten Free Blueberry Hazelnut, Gluten Free Brown Sugar & Maple, & Gluten Free Classic
*a few coupons
*a bobble head of Bob
*2 pieces of paper with more information about the oatmeal cups

I glanced over these papers and here is the information that was found on them:
"Bob's Red Mill Good, To Go. These on-the-go hot cereals are made from a delightful blend of gluten free quick rolled and old fashioned oats, stone ground Scottish oatmeal, wholesome flaxseeds and nourishing chia seeds. Simply add hot water and your delicious, whole grain power breakfast will be ready to eat in just a few minutes. Choose your flavor and take it with you anywhere you roam for work or adventure.

Reasons to ♥ our new Gluten Free Oatmeal Cups:

*Ready in THREE minutes - add hot water or pop in the microwave
*Gluten free (R5 ELISA tested)
*Whole grain
*High fiber and protein, at least 7 grams each per serving
*Hearty - keeps hunger away

#bobsredmill                                                                                                             www.bobsredmill.com

Take Bob With You. Anywhere.
Now it's even easier to enjoy the goodness of Bob's Red Mill just about anywhere, thanks to the new Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Oatmeal Cups. The convenient carry-anywhere cups feature hearty and healthy blends of whole grain gluten free oats, flaxseeds, chia seeds, fruits, nuts and spices. Available in four delicious flavors and ready in just minutes, Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Oatmeal Cups are GOOD, TO GO."

Watch 'Unboxing Kids' do their taste test review for an honest take on these oatmeal cups.



Honest opinion from me, Blogging Mama...

Likes:
*Easy to follow instructions (my children could do it, if they wanted to!)
*Single serving cups
*Very filling
*Variety
*Healthier option than some other brands out there
*Easy to pronounce ingredients and I could understand what each one was. (no surprises!)
*Very quick to make
*Portable
*Can make them your own with fresh fruit, honey, syrup, or other add-ins

Dislikes:
*Caution, Hot! (yes, should be common sense but it can still burn you if you're not careful!)
*Not very flavorful for everything that has been added for flavor
*Following instructions and one was watery more than others

*I would say that the likes outweigh the dislikes by a mile. Since the things that bothered me/us can be avoided by making it how we like it. I still enjoyed these oatmeals a lot more than others out there claiming to be good for you and no hidden ingredients.

So what do you think? Will you give these a try?

Make sure to follow the Youtube video link to actually give the girls a like if you liked their video and if you would like to see them do more taste tests along with their unboxing videos.

We really enjoyed our taste test and hope we will be selected for more in the future for different companies.

(Hopefully adding photos tomorrow!)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Country Crock Campaign - VoxBox Review & Unboxing

* I received a custom VoxBox for free from Influenster and Country Crock. This product was given to me to test and review. All opinions are my own unless otherwise noted!


When you think of butter, what comes to mind? For me, it's Country Crock! Why? The answer is simple, because it reminds me of simpler times, baking in the kitchen with my grandma. Also, every time you would come over to her home and open her refrigerator for whatever reason, you would see butter containers all over. Inside these containers you wouldn't know if you were going to find leftovers or butter. It was something that always made me laugh and another sweet memory of grandma. 


Now, back in the day, I don't remember if there was just one size that the butter came in or not. I don't even remember the flavor it had. It has been a very long time since I have had Country Crock. What I do remember about it is the memories that were made in the kitchen with grandma and hopefully I will be able to pass down some recipes to my children in her honor. Now that's what I call, "memories that will last a lifetime!"



















Since growing up and having a family of my own, I've used unsalted butter in recipes with the occasional  pinch or two of salt, when needed. I didn't think I was missing out, but one taste of the Original Spread - Country Crock and I was hooked! I couldn't believe how spreadable it was, straight out of the refrigerator, and the salt was balanced quite well. I looked for all kinds of items to spread the butter on and recipes to use it in.


Check out our Youtube Video below for a full "unboxing and review" brought to you by Bakin' Katelyn. Make sure to subscribe to us as well!

        

I will be making followup posts on this that will include some recipes passed down to me from my grandma, our very own #MakeItYours cookie recipe, and quite possibly a secret craft I thought of that would go great with Country Crock.



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