Sunday, September 14, 2014

Feeding Baby Cookbook Review Plus Huge Giveaway

Disclosure: I wrote this post on behalf of Clancy Cash Harrison and received a promotional item to thank me for my time.  All opinions regarding the Feeding Baby book are my own and were not influenced by other sources.

Little M began eating solids this past month.  I was really nervous that he wouldn't respond well, mostly because he is behind in his gross motor skills.  But the Feeding Baby Cook Book gave me the confidence I needed to explore with my little guy, instead of trying to take control of his feedings.

Clancy Cash Harrison is the wonderful author behind this book.  Feeding Baby is more then just a baby cookbook.  She teaches her readers how to help your baby enjoy food using different senses through taste, texture and aromas.

One mistake I made with my daughter is giving up on foods she initially didn't like.  With this, she became a "picky eater."  But Clancy says, "If a child does not like carrots one day, don't give up.  Just cut or prepare them differently the next time you serve carrots.  In other words, carrots can be cut into long spears, coined, mashed or diced.  The idea of providing variety is not limited to serving new foods, but offering the same foods different ways.  As the child becomes accustomed to the food he will become more apt to eat it."  With each food item, Clancy provides a chart of different ways to serve them.

Throughout the book, Clancy gives great tips to feeding your baby.  Some examples include, making meal times stress free, avoid forcing your child to eat certain foods, be a positive role model, and so much more!  She also gives helpful strategies for each age and stage of your baby, taking the guess work out of what's appropriate.

When it comes to the recipes in this book.  Oh my goodness!  They are amazing.  There is everything from the first steps purees to recipes that I would cook for the whole family.  They are so simple, fresh and delicious.

This book book has been a blessing to my family and I hope it will be the same for yours!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Nuby Floppers {Review}

Disclosure: I wrote this post on behalf of Nuby and received a promotional item to thank me for my time.  All opinions regarding Nuby and the Flopper are my own and were not influenced by other sources.

Little M has definitely started teething.  Even though I've seen a huge improvement with his teething necklace, he still loves to put everything in his mouth.  So he was very excited when I gave him his new Flopper from Nuby.



Floppers are toys and teethers in one.  They have multiple teething surfaces to soothe baby's sore gums and are very easy for small hands to hold.  Floppers come in 3 different and fun characters. Little M received the turtle and loves it!

Floppers are BPA free and are perfect for babies 3 months and up. Stay connected with Nuby on FacebookTwitterPinterest and Instagram for all their latest products and giveaways!  

What are your tips for teething?

Monday, September 8, 2014

Good Night Little Pumpkin Children's Book {Review and Giveaway}

Disclosure: I wrote this post on behalf of Tommy Nelson and received a promotional item to thank me for my time.  All opinions regarding Tommy Nelson and the Good Night Little Pumpkin children's book are my own and were not influenced by other sources.

Fall is in the air.  I love everything about Fall.  The changing of the leaves, the cooler weather, pumpkin.  Everything pumpkin.  So when Big C and I had the opportunity to review Good Night Little Pumpkin, we were thrilled.



The main character, Milo, reminds me so much of Big C.  Never wanting to miss out on anything, Milo makes his rounds at the harvest party until he wears himself out, falling asleep in the hay bails. Such a wonderful alternative to scary Halloween books.

This book is perfect for children from 1 to 4 years old who love dressing up and playing games. With beautiful illustrations by Claire Kaey, this board book will be loved by little hands for a long time.

You can purchase the same book Big C reviewed for $8.99 at TommyNelson.com or choose from a variety of other faith resources.  Stay connected with Tommy Nelson on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for all their latest products, updates and giveaways.


Enter to win a copy of Good Night Little Pumpkin by filling out the Rafflecopter form below.  This giveaway is open to US residents only.  Good luck!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Create An Eco-Friendly Home With Rug Pad USA

Disclosure: I wrote this post on behalf of Rug Pad USA and received compensation to thank me for my time.  All opinions regarding Rug Pad USA are my own and were not influenced by other sources.

Very few rug pads are made to last.  And most are made with very low cost plasticizers, which could eventually create "out-gassing."  These same pads will mark or stain your hardwood floor and do not come with much of a warranty, if any at all.

Quality rugs deserve quality rug pads.  Rug Pad USA is a retailer based outside the Greater New York area and use the most eco-friendly materials available.  They always test their rug pads to ensure safety and protection.


The rug pads are cut fresh from the factory after every order, which is most important with Persian rugs.  Every order is custom cut and shipped within 24 hours!  Rug Pad USA provides many different styles to choose from, including non-slip, rubber, felt, memory foam and more.

To make searching for the perfect rug pad even easier, search by the type of floor you have.  Rug Pad USA creates rug pads for hardwood, laminate, stone, carpet and even outdoor.

You can purchase your eco-friendly rug pad at RugPadUSA.com and connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

What type of flooring do you have in your home?

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Six Months Postpartum

After 6 months of giving birth to Little M, I'm starting to feel more human again. Little M is sleeping for longer periods of time at night, giving us a little more rest, as well.  And I'm still praising God for putting the Baby Merlin's Magic Sleep Suit in my path.

My hair has stopped falling out.  Woohoo!  New hair is starting to grow back in, giving me lots fly-aways, but I'll take them.  The skin above and below my c-section scar is still a bit numb and wearing anything but yoga pants or leggings is irritating, sometimes causing pain. I'm hoping my body will eventually heal.

Though I'm not back to my pre-pregnancy weight, I'm okay with where I'm at.  I just want to tone up a bit.  Gravity has definitely taken over.  And, I have very few clothes that actually fit my new shape. So you'll probably be seeing me in this outfit often.

Check out our first family photo!


How did you feel six months postpartum?

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Shaklee MindWorks Free Samples #ShakleeEffect

Many of you know that I'm a Shaklee Distributor and I love it.  I love it because they make such incredible natural health products that have helped to heal and protect my family in so many ways. And recently, they released a new, incredible product called MindWorks.

Scientific studies have shown the key ingredients in MindWorks work in 3 ways.  It improves cognitive performance, protects against age related mental illness and supports healthy circulation.

If you would like a FREE SAMPLE or learn more information, visit startsampling.com/mindworks and use promo code WZ04177 (that's a zero).  Shaklee will be donating a percentage of all the sales to brain research.


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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Family Preparedness Giveaway Hop {Sage Spoonfuls}

Disclosure: I wrote this post on behalf of Sage Spoonfuls.  I received promotional items to thank me for my time.  All opinions regarding Sage Spoonfuls are my own and were not influenced by other sources.  



Welcome to the Family Preparedness Giveaway Hop, hosted by Happy Mothering, Easy Green Mom and Brittleby’s Corner through the Green Moms Network! In honor of National Preparedness Month, we’ve teamed up with a group of bloggers to bring you the chance to win prizes that will help your family become more prepared in the event of an emergency or disaster. After entering my giveaway, be sure to hop around and enter all of the other #FamilyPreparedness giveaways listed on the linky at the bottom of this post for your chance to win more eco-friendly and healthy giveaways! 

Being a mommy to a new baby, I have been so excited to make our little guy's baby food.  I want to start him on the right path to healthy eating.  So I did my research and found Sage Spoonfuls.

Sage Spoonfuls was created by a mom who wanted to make creating homemade baby food simple and healthy.  They also wanted to make it easy to serve, store or take on the go.  Liza thought of everything for her line, including immersion blender, food processor, storage jars, labels, stackable storage trays, coolers and cookbook.  


Liza is a proud parent of a preemie, just like me.  I felt she understood that the little accomplishments, like feeding a baby, is really a huge feat for a preemie.  Her cookbook provides not only recipes month by month, but also the perfect combinations, how long the food can freeze or keep in the refrigerator, and even the the right spices to add in to each recipe.  Liza's book is easy to follow, even if you aren't a chef.  And my goodness, my family knows I'm not.  

Little M's first food with the food processor was applesauce.  I can't even put in to words how easy this was to make.  Just clean, cut, steam and puree.  Then I added my labels and stored until Little M was ready to eat.  Other foods Little M has tried includes bananas (his favorite), avocado (least favorite), carrots, pears and butternut squash.


The Benefits of making your own baby food: Homemade baby food is even more nutritious then purchasing organic baby food from the store, because they add preservatives for shelf life.  Making your own baby food is less expensive.  Not to mention, tore brands are very bland.  Once baby is used to eating bland foods, they won't be as adventurous to try new foods.  Making your own food creates less waste.  And it's just as convenient as purchasing from the store.  

You can purchase the same Glass Homemade Essentials Package that I reviewed for 69.99 or choose another package or accessories from SageSpoonfuls.com.  Stay connected with Sage Spoonfuls on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube and Instagram for healthy tips, new products and updates!

Sage Spoonfuls is generously giving away a Glass Homemade Essentials Package to one blessed reader.  Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter.  This giveaway is open to US residents only.



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Be sure to enter the grand prize giveaway! One winner will receive a Wonderbag non-electric slow cooker; a Plant Therapy Essential Oil First Aid Kit and a Food Storage Made Easy ebook - a value of approximately $130! Enter here.