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2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Babies & Kids

Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Babies & Kids

~This post contains affiliate links, in which I may receive compensation for your purchase.~

Balance Beans by ThinkFun$17.99

Recommended for ages 5+.

This and many other games and toys hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

Balance Beans is a logic game, great for introducing children to elementary algebra. Using challenge cards and beans, balance the seesaw using trial and error, and learn math and reasoning skills in the process.


The Story Box – $17.99

Recommended for ages newborn to 6.

This and many other games and toys hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

What’s better than the gift of reading? The Story Box helps young imaginations grow by adding new adventures to children’s home libraries.


Educational DVDs from NCircle Entertainment$5.99+

Recommended for ages 1 to 92 (see what I did there, haha?).

This and many other games and toys hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

NCircle Entertainment offers a large assortment of educational movies, shows and holiday specials on DVD. With characters your children already love, there’s sure to be a selection they’ll enjoy having handy.


LeapFrog LeapStart$27.96

Recommended for ages 2-4. Version for ages 5-7 is also available for $27.99.

This and many other games and toys hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

The LeapFrog LeapStart interactive learning system prepares preschoolers for kindergarten and covers a variety of topics, including STEM, creative thinking and life skills.


KidKraft Transportation Station Train Set – $39.99

Recommended for ages 3+.

This and many other games and toys hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

This interactive train set with play mat is sure to get the kids on the right track, train track that is. As they put their conductor hats on and choo choo through the city, their imaginations will ride the rails.


Fisher Price Stroll Along Walker – $19.99

Recommended for ages 9+ months.

This and many other games and toys hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

The Fisher Price Stroll Along Walker is great for little girls learning to take their first steps. In addition to learning to walk, the walker offers features that are fun and entertaining to smaller children as well – a bear that plays 3 musical tunes, flip book, roller bar and spinners.


 VTech DigiArt Creative Easel – $43.99

Recommended for ages 3+.

This and many other games and toys hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

From a light up dry erase board, to a chalkboard, to a drawing table, the VTech DigiArt Creative Easel will definitely bring out a child’s creative side. The light up feature even teaches young minds how to write their ABC’s, 123’s and even how to draw 100 objects and shapes.


Fisher Price 3-in-1 Musical Activity Gym – $23.88

Recommended for ages newborn+.

This and many other games and toys hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

Whether used for lay and play, tummy time or as a take-along, this 3-in-1 Musical Activity Gym will stimulate your baby’s senses while keeping him nice and comfy. Playtime couldn’t be more fun for baby!


 VTech Touch and Swipe Baby Phone – $10.99

Recommended for ages 6 months to 3 years.

This and many other games and toys hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

There’s nothing baby’s want more than to play with your cell phone. Well, now they can have their own without destroying yours! The VTech Touch and Swipe Baby Phone features a touchscreen with 12 apps that respond to touch with music and lights. This little toy is full of role play fun and even teaches hand-eye coordination.


Playskool Love2Learn Elmo – $39.99

Recommended for ages 18 months to 4 years.

This and many other games and toys hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

What’s not to love about Elmo? He’s a childhood favorite of everyone, even today’s generation of children! Love2Learn Elmo is an interactive plush that when customized will call your child by name and has 350+ responses to the Love2Learn Elmo app games.


Radio Flyer 4-in-1 Stroll ‘N Trike – $62.99

Recommended for ages 9 months to 5 years.

This and many other games and toys hit the mark this year and are part of the Making Time 2016 Holiday Gift Guide. Visit the blog to check out everything that made the cut! #giftidea #HolidayGiftGuide

The 4-in-1 Stroll ‘N Trike grows with your child from an infant trike, to steering trike, to learn-to-ride trike and then a classic trike. Three wheels that are so versatile and save you money as your little one quickly grows before your eyes!

Would a child on your holiday shopping list enjoy one of these?

*This post contains affiliate links, in which I may be compensated for your purchase. I did receive some of these items for review throughout the year, but others are items I have personally bought my children or would like to buy for my children. My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brands. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brands. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Dresses Are for Cold Weather Too

Don't let the cooler weather discourage you from dressing your little one in a dress. With layering and the perfect dress, your little one will stay warm and still look her best. #jxstarkid
~ Thank you to Jxstar for providing product for my review. Opinions are 100% my own.~

As the weather changes, many of us tend to turn to pants and sweats, especially when it comes to our children. We want to keep our kids warm in the cold and rightfully so. For little girls that typically means goodbye cute and adorable dresses. But not all dresses are made equal!

All your little one needs during this cold season is a Baby Girls’ Long Sleeve Cotton Ruffle Top Dress from Jxstar. It’s just so stinking cute AND helps keep your little one warm.

Don't let the cooler weather discourage you from dressing your little one in a dress. With layering and the perfect dress, your little one will stay warm and still look her best. #jxstarkid

The dress comes in sizes ranging from 6 months to 4 years and I would say it fits very true to size. This isn’t a dress you can buy in a store, but is available online, and I know how hard it is to really know the true size of clothing when ordering online. I’ve had my share of many ill-fitting items bought online, but was very pleased with the sizing of this dress for my daughter.

In other clothing she wears sizes ranging from 12 months to 2T, depending on fit. So for this Jxstar dress I chose to go with size 18 months-24 months to be on the safe side and it was the perfect fit. The sleeves did need rolling up just a tad and the length itself was longer than other dresses she has, but I love it! And even as fast as babies grow, she’ll have plenty of time to enjoy this dress in the coming months.

Don't let the cooler weather discourage you from dressing your little one in a dress. With layering and the perfect dress, your little one will stay warm and still look her best. #jxstarkid

We visited a local park a few days ago for a little fun time and Sadee got to wear her new dress, layered over some floral leggings. It was pretty chilly so I added a sweater and hat as well, but the additional layers over the long sleeves of the dress helped keep her warm. Nonetheless, Sadee had a great time and looked super cute!

Will you put your little one in a dress this cold season?

Shop this dress ($16.99)

*Thank you to Jxstar for providing this dress and inspiring me to continue dressing my daughter in cute clothes throughout the cold season. My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.


GERBER CEREAL Provides the Iron My Little One Needs

GERBER CEREALS provide a great source of iron for little ones, as they grow and develop in their first year. #GerberCereal @Gerber #babyfood
 

Sooo, have you figured out yet that we are totally a Gerber family? I’ve been talking about our love for Gerber for a few weeks now. My mom has told me that I grew up on Gerber baby products, my son grew up on Gerber baby formula and purees, and now my daughter is in love with just about every Gerber food that exists. Yeap, I think it’s safe to say we’re a Gerber family.

Because I have two kids, I tend to compare them when it comes to reaching different milestones and while my kids are like two peas in a pod and look like twins born 3 years apart, they still have their own personalities and differences. One such difference is as I just mentioned, my son was given baby formula, but my daughter has been breastfed.

So while my son was getting all the nutrients he needed through his baby formula, one thing my daughter is lacking from being breastfed, is not getting enough iron. No matter how much iron intake I have, it doesn’t affect the amount of iron in my breast milk.

Where is my daughter going to get the iron she needs? She’s going to get it from GERBER CEREALS! Told you we are a Gerber family, haha.

Did you know iron was important to your baby’s diet?

 

Adequate iron intake is important in supporting healthy brain development and overall growth, especially within baby’s first year. Breast milk naturally contains iron, but many times exclusively or partially breastfed babies are started on an iron supplement at around the age of 4 months.

My daughter is getting her iron supplement in the form of GERBER CEREALS. Just 2 servings of GERBER CEREAL a day provides her with 90% of the daily iron she needs to help support her learning ability.

GERBER CEREALS provide a great source of iron for little ones, as they grow and develop in their first year. #GerberCereal @Gerber #babyfood

We recently made our weekly trip to Walmart to restock on her GERBER CEREALS and chose to stick to the basic ones like Single Grain Oatmeal, Single Grain Whole Wheat, Single Grain Rice and also Multigrain. The GERBER CEREALS were very easy to locate in the baby section and my local Walmart even had a large end cap display of nothing but our favorite GERBER CEREALS.

Since we’ve restocked, my daughter has no problem getting her daily amount of iron intake and now that she’s 12 months old, she likes when I mix in a little Gerber puree. I mix in some of the fruit flavors when she has GERBER CEREAL for breakfast, and in the evening for dinner, I mix in some of the vegetable flavored purees. She loves the taste and I love that she’s getting the iron she needs to continue healthy growth and learning.

GERBER CEREALS provide a great source of iron for little ones, as they grow and develop in their first year. #GerberCereal @Gerber #babyfood

Have you spotted GERBER CEREALS at Walmart?

Connect with Gerber Lil' Beanies are a nutritious, yet tasty snack your toddler will love! Learn how to save $0.75 when you buy them at Publix! #GerberWinWin @Gerber: Website / Facebook / Pinterest

*Thank you to Gerber for sponsoring today’s post and allowing me to ensure my little one has the iron she needs. This is a sponsored post in which I will receive compensation.  My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Just a Girl and Her Shoes

As my toddler learns to walk, Stride Rite Soft Motion shoes provide her with stability, comfort and the protection her little feet need. #StrideRite #SoftMotion @StrideRite

There’s no doubt women (or men for that matter – I live with a sneaker head) can have a special bond with their shoes. I know I have a few pairs (okay maybe more than a few) that I just could never live without. Whether our personal preference is comfort or style, some shoes just hold a special place in our hearts.

Not only that, but think about the shoes you put on this morning. What do they say about you? Are you wearing a comfortable pair of sneakers that have good traction? I might guess you’re athletic, are going for a run, or simply just want to be comfortable. Are you wearing a high pair of sexy pumps? I might guess you’ve got a really hot date or are headed to have lunch with the girls or a girls’ night out. You get my point, right?

Our shoes say so much about us personally and even give others an indication of what type of mood we’re in. On any given day you can find me wearing a pair of sandals or flats. I’m usually in full on mom mode with the messy bun, leggings and kids in tow. I need something simple, quick and easy, and that’s what sandals and flats are to me. But get me on a day where I’m going to take on the world and you’ll find me wearing some of my hottest pumps or wedges. And watch out because here I come and nothing is going to bring me down!

As my toddler learns to walk, Stride Rite Soft Motion shoes provide her with stability, comfort and the protection her little feet need. #StrideRite #SoftMotion @StrideRite

I like to think the same goes for my kids. My daughter has recently started learning to walk and just like the rest of the family (mom, dad and brother included), she loves getting new shoes. She sees that little shoe box and knows exactly what’s in store. She’s a true shoe lover in the making.

Her newest addition is a pair of Stride Rite Kellen Soft Motion shoes. What exactly do THESE shoes say about her? Everything you’d expect of a toddler who’s learning to walk. She’s ready to get up and go, but needs gentle comfort because it’s all so new to her.

As my toddler learns to walk, Stride Rite Soft Motion shoes provide her with stability, comfort and the protection her little feet need. #StrideRite #SoftMotion @StrideRite

Soft Motion Features:

  • Rounded soles for improved balance.
  • Flexibility for natural movement.
  • Oversized openings for easy on/off.
  • Memory foam interior footbeds for comfort.
  • Secure closures to keep shoes on.

The new Stride Rite Soft Motion shoes have quickly become my daughter’s favorite pair. Once she took them out of the box, being the little independent kid she is, tried to put them on herself and she hasn’t wanted to take them off. Every time I tried to take them off she’d grab my hand and put the strap back down. She’s making time to explore the world of walking, with or without mom.

As my toddler learns to walk, Stride Rite Soft Motion shoes provide her with stability, comfort and the protection her little feet need. #StrideRite #SoftMotion @StrideRite

As my toddler learns to walk, Stride Rite Soft Motion shoes provide her with stability, comfort and the protection her little feet need. #StrideRite #SoftMotion @StrideRite

As a parent, my favorite thing about Stride Rite Soft Motion shoes is that they are soft and flexible, but still durable enough to protect my daughter’s little feet. Not to mention, they are THE easiest shoes to put on. I remember having such a tough time trying to get shoes on my son’s feet when he was smaller, simply because of how they’re made, but Stride Rite Soft Motion shoes, or at least the Kellen style, slide right on with no fuss.

As my toddler learns to walk, Stride Rite Soft Motion shoes provide her with stability, comfort and the protection her little feet need. #StrideRite #SoftMotion @StrideRite

What’s your favorite feature of Stride Rite Soft Motion shoes?

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*Thank you to Stride Rite for inspiring my toddler to learn to walk in comfort. I received a pair of Stride Rite Soft Motion shoes compliments of Stride Rite and BzzAgent. My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Snack Time with Gerber Lil’ Beanies

Gerber Lil' Beanies are a nutritious, yet tasty snack your toddler will love! Learn how to save $0.75 when you buy them at Publix! #GerberWinWin @Gerber

Snack time in my house could very well be my kids’ favorite time of day. They run ragged all day, so when snack time rolls around they’re more than ready to be refueled. My toddler now thinks she can eat everything her older brother does and she certainly wants to.

The problem is that he’s such a picky eater to begin with and only eats certain foods – junk foods (hopefully he’ll grow out of this stage soon). So while my toddler may be able to handle the consistency of some of the foods her older brother eats, they’re not the healthiest foods for her.

One of my son’s favorite snacks is cheese puffs and it’s also a snack my daughter enjoys as well. Definitely tasty (who doesn’t like cheese puffs?), but certainly not very healthy.

Gerber Lil' Beanies are a nutritious, yet tasty snack your toddler will love! Learn how to save $0.75 when you buy them at Publix! #GerberWinWin @Gerber
Beep, beep! My mom’s saving $0.75 on Gerber Lil’ Beanies, my favorite snack!

 

Luckily, Gerber Lil’ Beanies is the perfect substitute for my toddler. They may not have the exact same cheesy taste as cheese puffs, but they have the same consistency and their very own delicious taste.

The best part? They are so much healthier for her and she loves them! It’s a win-win for both of us!

Gerber Lil' Beanies are a nutritious, yet tasty snack your toddler will love! Learn how to save $0.75 when you buy them at Publix! #GerberWinWin @Gerber
Mom, do you think 3 is enough?

 

Made from navy beans, Gerber Lil’ Beanies are a baked bean-based snack (say that 3 times fast, haha) that provide 2 grams of protein, 1 gram of fiber and 10% the daily value of Vitamin E, per serving.

Gerber Lil' Beanies are a nutritious, yet tasty snack your toddler will love! Learn how to save $0.75 when you buy them at Publix! #GerberWinWin @Gerber
Ooooh, here comes another mom and her kids! Tell her how to save on Gerber Lil’ Beanies!

 

And with two available flavors, Original and White Cheddar Broccoli, you’re toddler will surely enjoy one or the other, if not both. My daughter loves the White Cheddar Broccoli Lil’Beanies and when we visited our local Publix last week to pick some up, she couldn’t even wait until we got home to dig in!

Not only do I prefer my daughter to enjoy Gerber Lil’ Beanies as a snack over cheese puffs, I also like that they’re very affordable. Publix has them for just $2.00 each and to make it an even better deal, Ibotta is offering a $0.75 rebate! So if your toddler hasn’t yet tried Gerber Lil’ Beanies, now is the perfect time to head to your local Publix and pick some up.

Gerber Lil' Beanies are a nutritious, yet tasty snack your toddler will love! Learn how to save $0.75 when you buy them at Publix! #GerberWinWin @Gerber

Gerber Lil' Beanies are a nutritious, yet tasty snack your toddler will love! Learn how to save $0.75 when you buy them at Publix! #GerberWinWin @Gerber

Just look at my daughter! The other day I realized she had gotten kind of quiet and when little ones get quiet you know that normally means they’re up to no good. I looked around and found her sitting under the table with one of her Gerber Lil’ Beanies snacks.

Gerber Lil' Beanies are a nutritious, yet tasty snack your toddler will love! Learn how to save $0.75 when you buy them at Publix! #GerberWinWin @Gerber

I guess she was making time for her own snack break. This is definitely the type of quiet I can get used to! Now I just need to work on my picky eater of a son.

Which Gerber Lil’ Beanies flavor do you think your toddler will enjoy?

Connect with Gerber Lil' Beanies are a nutritious, yet tasty snack your toddler will love! Learn how to save $0.75 when you buy them at Publix! #GerberWinWin @Gerber: Ibotta Savings / Website / Facebook

*Thank you to Gerber for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring my toddler to snack healthier. This is a sponsored post in which I will receive compensation.  My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

#SharetheLuv with Double the Savings on Luvs Diapers

There are two upcoming opportunities to save on Luvs diapers. Check your Sunday newspaper on September 25th and October 9th for a $2 Luvs coupon on both days! That's double the savings! #SharetheLuv

This review was made possible by iConnect and Luvs.  I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine.

There is no question that buying for baby’s everyday needs can get pretty expensive. Just yesterday I went grocery shopping and purchased almost 60 jars of baby food. 60! Adding diapers into the mix, which I also bought yesterday, the register total just kept climbing.

We are basically a one income household so when I buy everyday essentials for the family, I do anything and everything I can to save money. Where I save the most money is by couponing and I always make time to browse for relevant savings. Whether it’s adding electronic coupons to a store card, printing online coupons, or clipping coupons from the Sunday paper, coupons are a really big help in sticking to my budget.

There are two upcoming opportunities to save on Luvs diapers. Check your Sunday newspaper on September 25th and October 9th for a $2 Luvs coupon on both days! That's double the savings! #SharetheLuv

And if there’s one type of coupon that I love the most, it’s diaper coupons. There’s no getting out of purchasing diapers, no matter how much they cost. And as far as diaper coupons go, I get really excited when they’re for diaper brands I love and trust, like Luvs.

Why I choose Luvs diapers:

  • Contour to my little one’s curves and movements throughout her daily activities.
  • Nice snug fit without compromising softness and comfort.
  • Large, refastenable stretch tabs make for easy, yet secure fastening.
  • Super Absorbent Leakguards and NightLock Plus lock away and absorb more wetness than regular Luvs, ensuring we both get a good night’s sleep.
  • Luvs offers a Money Back Guarantee if at any point I’m dissatisfied with leakage protection.
  • I save up to $150 annually, compared to other leading diaper brands, and this doesn’t include any additional coupon savings.

Now for the exciting news! In the Sunday newspaper on September 25th, you can expect a $2 coupon valid on any one package of Luvs diapers. But that’s not all! Again on October 9th, there’s going to be another $2 coupon for the same thing! Woohoo! Bring on double the savings! The couponer in me is doing a little happy dance in anticipation of these newspapers coming.

There are two upcoming opportunities to save on Luvs diapers. Check your Sunday newspaper on September 25th and October 9th for a $2 Luvs coupon on both days! That's double the savings! #SharetheLuv

Many diaper coupons have restrictions as far as the size you have to purchase, but in this case the only restriction is that they can’t be used on trial/travel size. That means you can use these coupons on a large box of Luvs or even one of the smaller packages. And just a heads up, each coupon is valid for 2 weeks so don’t let them expire! I sure won’t!

Do you have a little one who wears Luvs diapers?

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*Thank you to Luvs for sponsoring today’s post and helping me save on baby essentials. This is a sponsored post in which I will receive compensation.  My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Mom & Baby Ecocentric Mom Subscription Box

Every mom needs an Ecocentric Mom subscription box. And with 3 options - Pregnancy, Mom & Baby, or Mom - there's something for EVERY new or veteran mom. #ecocentricmom #subscriptionbox #ad

You may remember just a few weeks ago I introduced you to Ecocentric Mom subscription boxes. I got my first Mom & Baby box about 2 weeks ago and have had a chance to try some of the cool products that came in it, and want to show you what all was included in my box.

Every mom needs an Ecocentric Mom subscription box. And with 3 options - Pregnancy, Mom & Baby, or Mom - there's something for EVERY new or veteran mom. #ecocentricmom #subscriptionbox #ad
Upon opening my Mom & Baby Ecocentric Mom subscription box, I was wowed by the cute and thoughtful wrapping.

 

Every mom needs an Ecocentric Mom subscription box. And with 3 options - Pregnancy, Mom & Baby, or Mom - there's something for EVERY new or veteran mom. #ecocentricmom #subscriptionbox #ad
With a card inside the box that detailed everything included, I knew I was in for a treat when I actually got to see the products.

 

Every mom needs an Ecocentric Mom subscription box. And with 3 options - Pregnancy, Mom & Baby, or Mom - there's something for EVERY new or veteran mom. #ecocentricmom #subscriptionbox #ad
Wow! Look at all of this cool stuff I get to try for the first time! Some of the products were full size and others were sample size.

 

Every mom needs an Ecocentric Mom subscription box. And with 3 options - Pregnancy, Mom & Baby, or Mom - there's something for EVERY new or veteran mom. #ecocentricmom #subscriptionbox #ad
My Mom & Baby box came with products for both myself and my child, and even a few things we both can use!

 

My Mom and Baby box included:

  • Kosmatology Foaming Hand Soap – full size.
  • Fresh Wave Fresh Odor Pod – full size.
  • Dandelion Daisy Natural Laundry Detergent – sample size.
  • GLOW for a Cause Baby Butter – full size.
  • Silikids Silimap Placemat or Bib – full size.
  • Dang Coconut Chips – sample size.
  • FizzWizz Cleaning Tablets and Wipes – sample size tablet and full size wipes.

Everything included are “simple switches for a healthier home” and they couldn’t be more perfect for saying farewell to summer. I’m ready for fall weather, but still trying to hang on to as much of what’s left of summer, as possible. And the best part is I don’t have to make time to use them. They’re all everyday items that get tons of use and take no extra effort.

Straight from the card included in the box:

This month’s mom & baby box will help you discover healthier habits by avoiding plastics & harmful chemicals in your daily routines, from laundry to hand washing to feeding baby. To care for your little one, we’ve also included a fragrance free baby butter to soothe sunburns and other summer skin irritations.

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The Fresh Wave Fresh Odor Pod is perfect for masking stinky odors from my trash can.

 

Every mom needs an Ecocentric Mom subscription box. And with 3 options - Pregnancy, Mom & Baby, or Mom - there's something for EVERY new or veteran mom. #ecocentricmom #subscriptionbox #ad
Dang Coconut Chips are a fresh, delicious and familiar taste of summer.

While I don’t necessarily have photos of the other products in use, they’re certainly getting their fair share of love. The Kosmatology hand soap is almost gone with all the hand washing we do around here, and GLOW for a Cause Baby Butter is great for hydrating my daughter’s horribly dry skin.

So I ask you – what’s not to love? I had never heard of any of the brands or products that came in my Mom & Baby box, so it was nice to be exposed to those and have the opportunity to try them before deciding they were perfect for me and my family. I’m sure this is no different for many other new moms or even veteran moms.

Ecocentric Mom subscription boxes are available in 3 different stages – Pregnancy, Mom & Baby, and Mom – and they’re all perfect for ANY mom. They would make absolutely great baby shower gifts, or even just an appreciation gift to a mom you want to provide a little attention to. And I have to admit, there’s something about receiving “surprise” mail that just makes my day, and that’s exactly what Ecocentric Mom subscription boxes are. You never know exactly what you’re getting until it arrives.

Shop Ecocentric Mom + Freebie Offer!

Still going on is a really great offer from Ecocentric Mom. When you sign up for a subscription using promo code BESTBOTTLES, you’ll get a FREE ThinkBaby All-in-One Bottle Set worth $25! If you know a mom who would love an Ecocentric Mom subscription, don’t delay and get the subscription ordered for her. The free gift will just be icing on the cake!

I can’t wait to see what this month’s Mom & Baby box has in store!

Which Ecocentric Mom subscription box would you choose?

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*This post contains an affiliate link and I will/may receive compensation in exchange for this post.  I also received a sample free of charge.  My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Making Time for Mom: Ecocentric Mom Subscription Box

The Ecocentric Mom Subscription Box is a gift that keeps giving, even as baby grows. With 3 boxes to choose from (Pregnancy, Mom & Baby, or Mom), there's something in all of them to celebrate the true hero - mom. #babygift #ecofriendly #pregnancygift #subscriptionbox #giftbox #giftidea

Becoming a new mom can bring on a lot of feelings and emotions.  Everything from excitement and happiness, to being scared and unsure.  But one thing is for sure, there’s nothing like a mother’s love for her child.

One of the things about being pregnant that’s pretty fun is the baby shower.  I mean, who doesn’t want to be showered with lots of cute baby stuff for their little one?  But you quickly learn that your baby is going to grow out of those cute clothes, swings and jumpers in no time at all, and soon those gifts just aren’t giving anymore.

The Ecocentric Mom Subscription Box is a gift that keeps giving, even as baby grows. With 3 boxes to choose from (Pregnancy, Mom & Baby, or Mom), there's something in all of them to celebrate the true hero - mom. #babygift #ecofriendly #pregnancygift #subscriptionbox #giftbox #giftidea

So why not ask for a gift that keeps on giving?  Or if you’re buying a gift for a new mom, why not think of something that will be useful for months to come?  Hmmm, now exactly what type of gift keeps on giving?  It’s easy – an Ecocentric Mom subscription box!

With 3 types of boxes to choose from – Pregnancy Box, Mom & Baby Box, or Mom Box – an Ecocentric Mom subscription would be great for a mom-to-be.  Each box contains 5-9 sample and full-size products, tailored to mom’s stage in pregnancy or any stage thereafter.  Just take a look at some of the past months boxes.

Pregnancy Box (May 2016)

  • The Ecocentric Mom Subscription Box is a gift that keeps giving, even as baby grows. With 3 boxes to choose from (Pregnancy, Mom & Baby, or Mom), there's something in all of them to celebrate the true hero - mom. #babygift #ecofriendly #pregnancygift #subscriptionbox #giftbox #giftideaEvolvh Smart Start Leave-In Conditioner
  • Orglamix Eye Shadow in “Beachy Keen”
  • Meow Meow Tweet Baby Body Powder
  • Blum Naturals Oil Absorbing Tissues
  • Happy Family Organics Happy Mama Probiotic Mix-In
  • Kutoa Whole Food Bar
  • Goddess Garden Baby Natural Sunscreen
  • Bonnie Marcus Collection Magnet Sonogram Frame

 Mom & Baby Box (July 2016)

  • The Ecocentric Mom Subscription Box is a gift that keeps giving, even as baby grows. With 3 boxes to choose from (Pregnancy, Mom & Baby, or Mom), there's something in all of them to celebrate the true hero - mom. #babygift #ecofriendly #pregnancygift #subscriptionbox #giftbox #giftideaKosmatology Foaming Hand Soap
  • Fresh Wave Works Fresh Pod
  • Dandelion Daisy Natural Laundry Detergent
  • GLOW for a Cause Body Butter
  • Silikids Silimap Placemat or Bib
  • Dang Coconut Chips
  • FizzWizz Cleaning Tablets and Wipes

Mom Box (June 2016)

  • The Ecocentric Mom Subscription Box is a gift that keeps giving, even as baby grows. With 3 boxes to choose from (Pregnancy, Mom & Baby, or Mom), there's something in all of them to celebrate the true hero - mom. #babygift #ecofriendly #pregnancygift #subscriptionbox #giftbox #giftideaNoos Tree Bamboo Tissue Pack
  • Vana Bergamot + Tea Tree Facial Oil
  • Radha Beauty Coconut Hair Mask
  • Birds and Bees Family Immunity Tea & Muslin Tea Bag
  • Wow Butter
  • Fire and Flavor Chicken Rub
  • Vine Street Stars and Stripes Bag
  • Cultivar Organic Rosemary and Lemongrass Body Wash

 

 

 

 

 

And you’re not required to commit to a year’s worth of boxes, or even 6 months, but you can start with a 3 month subscription for the new mom.  If she loves it, just think of what a grand gesture it would be to extend the subscription for her.

The cost per box each month is $24.95 and right now, when you start a 3, 6 or 12 month subscription of Ecocentric Mom, you get a FREE gift – a ThinkBaby All-in-One Bottle Set ($25 value).  Just use promo code BESTBOTTLES at checkout (valid through August 15th).

The Ecocentric Mom Subscription Box is a gift that keeps giving, even as baby grows. With 3 boxes to choose from (Pregnancy, Mom & Baby, or Mom), there's something in all of them to celebrate the true hero - mom. #babygift #ecofriendly #pregnancygift #subscriptionbox #giftbox #giftidea

Parenting is no doubt very tiring and getting a special box just for you is something every mom deserves.  I’m a mom myself and would have loved to have gotten an Ecocentric Mom subscription when I was pregnant and in the months following delivery, but I do have one coming my way any day now and can’t wait to see what’s inside!  It’s like a small monthly celebration with tools for helping us be the best moms we can be.  Because let’s face it – momming ain’t easy.

Do you know a mom who could use an Ecocentric Mom subscription box?

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Making Time for a Fashionable Babe

Making Time for a Fashionable Babe

I love my son to death, but I have to admit – it is so much fun having a daughter to dress up.  I love putting her in dresses and cute little girly outfits and headbands and bows and frilly socks and cute shoes and – well, you get my point.

It amazes me at the fashion options available for little ones now.  While there are still very baby appropriate options, there are also some very fashionable ones.  I’m sure you’ve seen ads or even just photos of child models (and some who aren’t models) wearing some of the most fashionable clothes available and styles that adults would wear.  And though some of those styles aren’t appropriate for all occasions as far as a child goes, they are still very cute on babies and young children.

This is exactly how I feel about this floral three piece girl’s outfit from Leiwo.  Sadee gets so many compliments every time she wears it.  I mean, just look at how cute!  Florals are very in right now so that adds to it’s stylishness.

Making Time for a Fashionable Babe

The set comes with floral print pants and a matching headband, and a simple black tank top.  Sadee is now 9 months and I ordered this a little over a month ago.  I ordered size 9-12 months and the fit is absolutely perfect.

The headband is a little tight and I would prefer that it be just a tad (and I mean a tad) looser, just so that it doesn’t cut into the back of her head after wearing it for so long.  But because it’s snug, it stays in place and she’s not able to pull it off.

Making Time for a Fashionable Babe

My little chunky monkey is going to soon be too big for the outfit, so I kind of wish I had sized up to 12-18 months.  I could have easily rolled the pants legs up a little bit if I needed to.  So I would definitely suggest sizing up one size if you want to get more wear out of it because babies grow just so darn fast.  But as I said, it fits very true to size if that’s what you’re looking for.  Available sizes start at 9-12 months and go all the way up to 5-6 years.

The best part?  The outfit is only $12.99!  Yes, you read that right – $12.99!!!  To shop this outfit go here.

I’m actually thinking about ordering a larger size for when she gets a little bigger and is walking.  I can only imagine how cute she’d be walking around in it.

Do you keep your little one dressed in the latest fashions?

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Making Time to Run Errands with #Mamaway

Making Time to Run Errands with Mamaway

I usually dread having to run errands with the kids, mostly because I have to haul the stroller everywhere we go.  If we have three or four stops to make, that’s three or four times I have to take the stroller out of the trunk, unfold it, get everyone situated, and then put it all back when we’re done.  Who has the time (or patience) for all of that?

Now, rather than hauling the stroller in and out of every place we go, I use my Mamaway Ring Sling to carry Sadee around.  It was absolute love at first try and there’s no turning back!

Mamaway Ring Sling Features:

  • 100% Pima cotton.
  • Comfortable for parent and baby (doesn’t kill your back).
  • Variety of positions for baby – upright, lying down, in front, on the hip, behind the back.
  • Durable ring sling design offers safe and secure, hands free carrying of baby.
  • Easy set up and adjustment.
  • Multi-purpose (can be used as a nursing cover).
  • Compact, self-storage.
  • Prints to make mom AND dad happy to use.
  • One size fits all.
  • Machine washable.

Just today, we needed to run a few errands and the Mamaway Ring Sling made it a breeze to carry Sadee around.  Although it was nice not to have to get the stroller in and out of the car, I’d have to say the best part was having both of my hands free to do what I needed to without having Sadee fuss the entire time.

Making Time to Run Errands with Mamaway

Once I got her in the position I wanted her in, it was very easy to pull the material through the rings and ensure she was supported in every way possible.  After that, there was absolutely no slipping and she stayed very securely in place, all while very supported.

And I could definitely tell Sadee loved it.  She was calm and quiet the entire time we were running errands.  At one point she even fell asleep while in the ring sling.  Being close to mom was a huge plus for her because she’s usually in her stroller, carseat, or the buggy when we’re out and about.

Another great thing about the Mamaway Ring Sling is the variety of prints that are suitable for both mom and dad.  Many times, different types of baby carriers come in prints that dad will just flat out refuse to use, making running errands with kids hard for him.  But dad will be happy to carry baby around with Mamaway’s variety of parent-neutral prints (and give mom that much needed break).

Making Time to Run Errands with Mamaway

Worried if it will fit your body type or frame?  Don’t.  As you can see, there is more than enough material to fit any body type.  Personally, I’m not a small person and had so much unused sling material.  I could have tied it in a knot so that the extra material wasn’t hanging or swaying around, but it didn’t really bother me so I left it.

And don’t mind my no makeup look today (I mean, we are running errands) and Sadee’s granny face, haha.  I don’t know what was going on with her during this picture.  Plus, the angle is a little weird because my four year old was taking it.  Gotta love it!

Making Time to Run Errands with Mamaway

From here on out, the Mamaway Ring Sling is an essential in our diaper bag, along with other necessities.  Since it can have a dual purpose and be used as a nursing cover, I no longer have to carry one in the diaper bag.  And because the ring sling folds so nicely into itself, it’s compact size is perfect for carrying along wherever you go!

How do you run errands with kids?

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