Category Archives: Baby

How to Get a Free Baby Box

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from having kids, it’s that they are expensive. We want our kids to have the best gear and anything they could want or need, but the reality is, they don’t need it all. One of the things on most parents’ baby registries is a crib or bassinet. That’s fine. In fact, we are still using the convertible crib we got when my first was born. My daughter is currently using it as a toddler bed. But a crib isn’t needed right away and many times can be dangerous for newborns and infants. So as a soon to be three time mom, my advice is to start with a baby box. Save the crib expense for later and focus on other things. Besides, many of you can get a baby box for free and I’m going to tell you how!

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What is a baby box?

To my knowledge baby boxes are a fairly new concept to the U.S., but have been around for a long time in other countries, especially Finland. It’s literally a cardboard box for baby to safely sleep in. It comes with a firm, box fitted mattress and a sheet for the mattress.

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How to Get a Free Baby Box | #free #babybox #TheBabyBoxCo

I know it sounds weird to have your baby sleeping in a box, but other countries have found a reduced number of infant deaths from using them. Some reasons for reduced deaths include things like:

  • Not placing blankets, pillows, and stuffed animals in the box with baby.
  • Firm mattress eliminates risk of suffocation.
  • It’s portable and can easily be moved from room to room (don’t move it with baby in it), which makes parents less likely to place baby wherever is convenient.
  • Just a reminder – no matter what baby is sleeping in/on, he should always be sleeping on his back.

How to Get a Free Baby Box:

People living in certain states have the ability to get a baby box for free from The Baby Box Co. All you have to do is “attend” Baby Box University. Don’t worry, it’s literally just watching about 20 minutes worth of online videos.

Even as a third time mom, I found the various videos to be great reminders. Of course, I was already aware of most of the info, but it was nice to have a refresher because after having your first child you get comfortable, and know what to expect and what works for you. Quite frankly that can sometimes put your child in an unknown danger. And as a first time parent, the info in the videos is even better.

Once you’ve completed Baby Box University, simply place your order. You’ll be given options in your area to pick up the baby box for free from places like local libraries, or for $3 you can have the box delivered. I paid the $3 and just had mine delivered. So for free (or even $3 for convenience) your baby can have a safe and compact place to sleep.

To find out if your state or facility qualifies visit The Baby Box Co.

Has your child ever slept in a baby box?

*This is not a sponsored post and Making Time is in no way affiliated with The Baby Box Co. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

How to Know Your Breastfed Baby is Eating Enough + Giveaway

As if breastfeeding weren’t hard enough, if you’re not pumping there’s no way to tell how much your baby is actually eating. So how do you know she’s getting enough? This was the same question I asked myself as I breastfed my daughter (my first breastfed child). There are clues that us moms can look at get the answer, but if you’re still not sure, I have a solution that will ease the concern.

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~This is a sponsored post on behalf of EatSmart and The Hopping Bloggers. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

I feel saddened when I see stories in the media where an infant has died because the mom wasn’t producing enough breast milk. It brings up the question, just as I have wondered myself, when exclusively breastfeeding how do you know your baby is getting enough milk? Without going too far into the topic because it’s not the focus of this post, but many moms are pushed to breastfeed because “breast is best.” But if a mother isn’t producing enough milk to feed her child and the child just isn’t benefiting from it, then “fed is best,” even if that means switching to formula.

For those mom’s who choose, or plan, to exclusively breastfeed (I did this with my second child and plan to do the same with my next), you may think the only way to know your baby is getting enough food is by weighing in at the doctor’s office. This is certainly one way of knowing, but when you have a newborn the last thing you want to do is go to the doctor multiple times a week for a weight in. So here are some things you can look for at home to ensure your baby is eating enough.

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Know What to Expect

It is typical for newborns to lose some of their birth weight in the first week. For breastfed babies, a 7-10% weight loss is normal during that time, and it can take 2-3 weeks for the baby to put that weight back on. So don’t be surprised if your newborn sheds a little weight in the first week.

Feeding Pattern and Satisfaction

One thing to look for is your baby’s feeding pattern. When first latching on, your baby will suck in a rapid manner, which helps release the milk. Once the flow is started the baby will start a more slow, pulling pattern and then swallow. If you don’t notice the slower pulling motion and then swallowing, but more of the rapid sucking, it may mean baby isn’t getting enough milk.

Another thing to look for in the feeding pattern is how often your baby wants to feed, and if he seems full and satisfied after. This can be a little difficult for some because some babies want to feed ALL the time, whether they’re getting enough milk or not.  Once in a routine, most babies feed 8-12 times per day.

Personal experience: During the first week of breastfeeding my daughter, she wanted to feed all the time and for long periods of time at that. She never seemed fully satisfied. In addition to breastfeeding, I was supplementing with formula because I was concerned she wasn’t getting enough milk from me, but that too seemed to be an issue. After talking with the pediatrician, she determined my daughter was tongue-tied and sent us to a specialist. My daughter ended up getting her tongue clipped. The little piece of skin under her tongue (not getting all medical terminology here) was holding her tongue too tightly and she wasn’t able to stick her tongue out enough to get a good latch and sucking motion. So in this case, it wasn’t that my milk supply was low, but was actually a simple fix.

Soiled Diapers

How To Know Your Breastfed Baby is Eating Enough + Giveaway | #EatSmart #babyscale #giveaway #breastfeedingAnother thing to look for is how many soiled or dirty diapers your baby has each day. After a few days of being in a routine, babies should have 6+ pee diapers and 4+ poop diapers. These are figures I’ve been given by my kids’ pediatrician, but I don’t think my kids ever had 4+ poop diapers per day. As long as they were going regularly, I didn’t worry and the pediatrician didn’t seem to either. So as long as your baby is soiling diapers regularly, I wouldn’t be concerned.

Outgrowing Clothes

Is your baby continually outgrowing his clothes? If so, he’s gaining weight and is getting enough milk. My kids didn’t last in newborn sizes for very long. In fact, the newborn outfit my daughter wore home from the hospital was the only time she wore it. And ever since then both of my kids have been wearing clothing that’s larger than suggested. For example, within the first month I’m pretty sure my kids were already wearing size 3 months and it just continued from there.

Gaining Weight

The most obvious sign that your breastfed baby is getting enough milk is from verifiable weight gain. Sometimes these other signs are difficult to assess, but actual weight gain on the scale is unquestionable. But like I said earlier, when you have a newborn, the last thing you want is to be at the doctor’s office every few days for a weigh in. So why not measure and monitor this at home?

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You can with the EatSmart Precision Baby & Pet Check Scale.

  • Track baby’s growth between doctor’s visits (from newborn to toddler).
  • Measures in pounds or kilograms.
  • Measures in 0.5 ounce increments, up to 44 pounds (20 kg).
  • Easy to clean platform.
  • Deduct the weight of a toy, diaper, or blanket with the Tare function.
  • Save and track weight with the Memory function.

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I even have the chance for one of you to win an EatSmart Precision Baby Check Scale, so you can track your breastfed baby’s weight gain at home. It doesn’t get more definitive than numbers on the scale! Enter using the giveaway form below.

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One lucky winner will receive an EatSmart Precision Baby & Pet Check Scale!

This giveaway is open to US Residents, ages 18+ and ends on March 15, 2018 at 11:59 pm est.  Random winner will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours or prize will be forfeited. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.

 

 

*This is a sponsored post on behalf of EatSmart and The Hopping Bloggers. As always, opinions are still 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.

Kids Tulle Skirt | C’est Ça New York

With some precious holidays coming up, like Valentine’s Day and Easter, I have been looking for the perfect, versatile fashion piece for my daughter. When I came across C’est Ça New York and its kids tulle skirts, I knew I had found exactly what I was looking for.

Kids Tulle Skirt by C'est Ça New York | #kidsfashion #tulleskirt

~I received a sample to help facilitate this post. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

What initially drew me to the kids tulle skirt at C’est Ça New York is the semi-puffy nature. When I think of tulle skirts, I immediately think of a tutu, which can be pretty full and puffy. And while they are adorable, in my opinion they aren’t as versatile in nature.

C’est Ça New York kids tulle skirts have four layers of high-density soft tulle. Just enough to give a little flare, but not over the top puffy. I find it to be just the right amount of flare to keep the piece versatile and a part of my daughter’s everyday wardrobe. We can dress it up or dress it down on any given day.

The other thing that attracted me to the kids tulle skirt is all of the beautiful colors it comes in. The more pastel colors, like champagne, blush pink, and blush peach are all perfect for spring and summer time. (Also available in white, ash gray, navy, black, and beige.)

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I put together a cute Valentine’s Day outfit for my daughter and it’s definitely a hit. I decided to give the blush peach skirt a little bit of a rocker kick with black leggings, black leather jacket, and of course, her heart-shaped glasses. Rocker-chic, it’s just a prime example of how versatile the piece it.

And since the first time she tried it on, she has gone into her room and put on her tulle skirt and leather jacket every day since. So I think it’s safe to say she loves it. I can’t wait to put together an Easter look!

Kids Tulle Skirt by C'est Ça New York | #kidsfashion #tulleskirt

The actual fit of the kids tulle skirt is spot on, too. My daughter is currently wearing 3T, which corresponds with C’est Ça New York’s kids size medium (3T/4T). I’m always a little concerned when ordering from somewhere new that the sizing may be off a little, whether too small or too big, but this skirt fit perfectly. (Available in sizes 6m-8.)

The flat stretchy waistband also makes it a comfortable fit. Even as my daughter grows, the stretchy waistband will allow her to fit this tulle skirt for at least a couple of years to come.

Kids Tulle Skirt by C'est Ça New York | #kidsfashion #tulleskirt

If the kids tulle skirt isn’t fun enough alone, they also come in Mommy and Me sets! If you want to match your daughter anytime soon, you can order your own tulle skirt in the exact same color as your child’s. You’ll both be too cute to handle!

Get $10 off + free shipping on any purchase, with promo code MAKINGTIME10!

How would you style a kids tulle skirt from C’est Ça New York?

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*I received a sample to help facilitate this post. As always, my opinions are still 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.

Medications You Can Take While Pregnant

One of the worst things about pregnancy is getting sick. You can’t just go to the store and pick up any over the counter medication you want, but there are some medications that are safe for you to take. This list of symptoms and medications you can take while pregnant will help when that time comes.

Medications You Can Take While Pregnant | #pregnant #sick

~I am not a medical professional and the info provided here is info that was provided to me by my OB/GYN. If you have questions or a serious illness, please visit your doctor.~

I’ve gotten sick at least once with every pregnancy, including right now with my third. And while I’ve been through it before, I still find myself looking online and asking my doctor what is safe to take.

Luckily, this time around my doctor gave me a list of medications that are safe to take while pregnant. This was the first time in three pregnancies that I’ve received a list like this and it has been a lifesaver. It has saved me from finding incorrect information online and also saved me additional visits to my doctor.

I know I’m not alone, so I want to share with you this list of acceptable medications to take while pregnant.

No matter what, don’t ever take Aspirin, Advil or Motrin while pregnant.

Nausea/Vomiting

  • Pepto Bismol
  • Emetrol

Remember that nausea and vomiting are typical in pregnancy, but anytime you experience excessive nausea/vomiting, call your doctor. If you’re unable to keep liquid down for more than one day, are weak or dizzy, you need to make a visit to your doctor.

Cold/Flu

  • Aches/Pains – Tylenol
  • Congestion – Sudafed
  • Coughing – Robitusin
  • Sore Throat – Chloraseptic/Cepacol Lozenges; Listerine gargle

One of my favorite home remedies for a sore throat is hot/warm honey chamomile tea. Add a teaspoon (or more) of honey to the steeped tea and you’re good to go. Adding a little lemon helps too. This has been my go-to for a sore throat for all three pregnancies.

Medications You Can Take While Pregnant | #pregnant #sick

If you have a fever over 101 degrees, are coughing up a lot of phlegm, or have no improvement in 2-3 days, you need to make a visit to your doctor.

Heartburn/Gas

  • Mylanta
  • Maalox
  • Tums
  • Rolaids

If you experience severe abdominal pain, you need to make a visit to your doctor.

Allergies

  • Benadryl
  • Zyrtec
  • Allegra
  • Claritin

Constipation

  • Senakot
  • Psyllium
  • Konsyl Easy Mix – stool softener and natural laxative
  • Milk of Magnesia/Colace – Take twice a day if stool is hard. It takes one week to be effective.
  • Include salads/leafy greens in your diet and drink plenty of water.

Diarrhea

  • Kaopectale
  • Pepto Bismol
  • BRAT Diet – bananas, rice, applesauce, tea or toast

Headaches

  • Tylenol (regular or extra strength), two tabs every 4 hours

Hemorrhoids

  • Konsyl Easy Mix
  • Preparation H or Anusol
  • Tucks

Leg Cramps

  • Oscal 500 mg or similar over the counter calcium, twice a day
  • Massage area and apply light heat.

Dental

  • It is okay to see your dentist:
    • Get x-rays with abdominal shield
    • Receive novacaine
    • Take antibiotics and/or pain meds
  • Gum bleeding is common. See your dentist if it persists.
*I am not a medical professional and the info provided here is info that was provided to me by my OB/GYN. If you have questions or a serious illness, please visit your doctor. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

OXO Air Stroller Giveaway

Are you or someone you know looking for a truly compact stroller? This is the giveaway for you! Let’s be real, strollers are one of the bulkiest baby items parents own, but if you had one that folded down not just easily, but super compact as well, why wouldn’t you want it? That’s exactly what OXO’s Air Stroller does and MamatheFox is giving one away!

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Co-Hosted by: Homeschool Insights, Love, Mrs. Mommy , From Moms to Grandmas

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Enter for your chance to win:OXO Tot Air Stroller

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Open to: US

OXO: OXO makes 1,000+ products covering numerous areas of the home. Their big philosophy is Universal Design; basically, creating products that almost anyone can use. OXO tot brand was inspired after a baby boom in the office. When their employees faced parent pet peeves firsthand, they decided to start problem solving. OXO tot line covers a number of products such as feeding, seating, and on-the go for your littles one.

Read more about the Air Stroller Here

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From Grief to Joy: Giving Hope to Infertile Couples

From Grief to Joy: Giving Hope to Infertile Couples | #infertility #IVF #eggdonor

Today I have a guest post on the topic of infertility, and the option of egg donors and IVF. This is not something I personally know anything about, as I have not had to deal with infertility myself, but I’m happy that my guest poster has graciously agreed to share some information about the options of egg donors and IVF treatment, for those readers who are going through infertility themselves. While I have no experience with it, I do have friends who struggle with infertility, so I’m happy to have this topic covered today.

Regardless of the life plans we make, the unexpected is bound to happen. Finding out your eggs aren’t viable for conception – or you’re unable to carry a pregnancy to term – is about as unexpected as it gets. Women struggling to get pregnant never imagine they’ll hear from their doctor that they are infertile. However, a couple’s dream of having a child and family reaches far beyond their diagnosis. This is why the egg donation process gives hope to couples struggling with infertility.

Emotional Turmoil

The emotions following such monumental news can be very intense. Negative emotions such as grief, anger, a sense of inadequacy, hopelessness, and depression are normal responses in such a stressful situation. Many couples seek professional counseling to deal with the resulting shock and emotional fallout.

Choosing Donor Eggs – a New Hope

For couples coping with infertility, choosing IVF using donor eggs can be a solution leading towards parenthood and a happy family. Nevertheless, the thought of a future child not being genetically connected to the mother can be quite challenging to deal with. So, coming to terms with the decision to use this method is very important for the mother’s overall well-being. In some cases, feelings of resentment towards the partner might develop as he would be the biological father to the child – thus having a ‘closer’ or ‘more real’ bond. Biological connection doesn’t equate to a stronger bond, however!

But this, too, is a normal part of the grieving process, and doesn’t make you a bad person in any way. Some couples even decide to use donor sperm as well. Honest and open communication between the partners is imperative for making a healthy compromise.

Choosing the Right Donor

Finding the right donor is perhaps the hardest and lengthiest step of the process for many couples. The criteria which are important to each of the partners may differ significantly. Therefore, it could take up to a few months for the couple to reach a mutually acceptable decision. Some women may also choose a close relative to be the donor, so they feel genetically closer to the future child.

Fresh or Frozen Donor Egg Cycle

Though largely similar, there are some key differences, including pros and cons, between these two methods.

Fresh donor egg cycles require the donor to be localized in your area and available at your convenience. This considerably limits the pool of available donors. Next, the donor’s medications, costs of travel, as well as other relevant costs make this method much more expensive than a frozen donor egg cycle. However, it offers slightly better chances of a successful pregnancy.

On the other hand, frozen donor egg cycle offers a substantially larger donor pool – at the fertility clinic, you are able to choose a donor from a national egg donor registry. Frozen donor eggs are more available and easier to obtain, plus all costs regarding the donor are already factored into the price of the cycle. This makes this method significantly cheaper than fresh.

Legal and Ethical Concerns

It is important to have all legalities on paper before implantation. Thankfully, if using a donor egg bank, they take care of this for you. Otherwise, you need a lawyer to draft a contract regarding the donor’s rights and involvement in the child’s life.

Quick Overview of the Implantation Process

After the initial interview, you will undertake several tests to determine if your uterus can carry a pregnancy to term. If all is well, you may begin the journey of donor egg IVF. Depending on the donor egg cycle you’ve chosen, the process of implantation differs.

In a fresh donor egg cycle, you and your donor are brought to the clinic and undergo a cycle synchronization treatment before the donor’s eggs are extracted, fertilized, and implanted into your uterus.

In a frozen donor egg cycle, the cryopreserved eggs are transported to your clinic where they are thawed and fertilized with the sperm of your partner or donor. After a period of 3 – 4 days, the most viable embryos are implanted inside your uterus.

The Big Moment and Happily Ever-After

After two weeks, you’ll be called back to the fertility clinic to take your HCG pregnancy test. This period of ‘calm before the storm’ can be accompanied by mixed feelings of anxiety, hopefulness, eagerness, or even a sense of impending doom if prior IVF treatments weren’t successful. Proper counseling and emotional support from your partner is vital to prepare yourself for the final outcome, whatever it may be. Nonetheless, when all is well and you are preparing bottles or cleaning up after your bundle of joy, you won’t be spending time thinking about genetics.

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The journey to parenthood can be long, hard, and costly – both emotionally and financially – but it pales in comparison to the immeasurable happiness and fulfillment of having a child. The latest advancements in medicine offer hope to many couples who might otherwise give up on their lifelong dream of becoming parents. There’s always hope!

*This is a guest post. Infertility, egg donors, and IVF treatment are not something I have personal experience with. Should you have serious questions about any of these, please consult with your physician. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

6 Tips for Teaching Kids Oral Hygiene

6 Tips for Teaching Kids Oral Hygiene #MouthWatchers #oralhygiene
~Thank you to Mouth Watchers® for providing product to the Making Time family and to Dr. Ronald Plotka for these amazing tips.~

With it being back to school season and all, it’s a good time to think and talk about routines. One thing that should be in everyone’s daily routine is oral hygiene. As adults, we know the importance of oral hygiene, but getting our kids on board can be a little difficult to say the least.

Dr. Ronald Plotka, the founder of Mouth Watchers®, has a few tips for us parents on how to teach our children that good oral hygiene is essential to their health and well-being.

1. Stay away from sugar.

Okay, I’ll be the first to admit this one is hard. While sugar is an awesome treat for the taste buds, it’s definitely not a treat for teeth. So keep candies, cakes, ice cream, and pastries limited to special occasions.

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2. Skip soda.

For some this may be hard, but for my family it’s actually not. My kids are ages 2 and 5, and to this day neither one of them has had soda. On the other hand, I do enjoy a nice fizzy soda every now and then, but right now my kids recognize it as mommy’s drink and know they can’t sip from my cup. If your kids want something with a little flavor, try offering them flavored water or juices that are low in sugar.

3. Fill up on fluoride.

Fluoride is good for little pearly whites. In fact, fluoride toothpastes reduce cavities in kids from 15% to 30%. Even the fluoride in public water supply reduces cavity rates by up to 40%. Good thing we drink the filtered water from our fridge!

4. Set up a schedule.

Oral hygiene should be part of any good routine. Try making it a family affair and have everyone brush their teeth at the same time. I’m not saying get the whole family in the bathroom at once because hey, that just ain’t happening, especially in this house. But while you’re brushing your teeth, have your kiddo practice brushing his. All it takes is a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on his Mouth Watchers® Youth Manual Toothbrush.

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My son is so used to me brushing his teeth that he doesn’t even want to try it himself, and that is not going to fly anymore. He needs to learn how to properly clean his own teeth and take control of his own oral hygiene.

5. Make it fun to floss.

Let’s take a poll. How many of you actually floss on a daily basis? Or even floss at all? I’ll admit that I am definitely slacking in the floss department. Make flossing fun by creating a fun flossing activities or a reward chart.

One activity I saw not too long ago, that peaked my interest, was using a Mega Block and putting some peanut butter between the pegs. Then give your child a string of yarn to floss the peanut butter out from between the pegs. It’s just like flossing teeth, but on a bigger and obviously more fun scale! If you want to make it more challenging, try using a LEGO and letting them use actual floss.

6. Say goodbye to pacifiers.

Now, I’m not one to judge the way other parents do their parenting. We’re all different and I respect that, but I will say that when I see kids who have to be at least three years old still with a pacifier in their mouth, I start to question things. The presence of a pacifier can harm the development and growth of the mouth and teeth. Prolonged use can cause changes in the shape of the roof of the mouth and create problems with tooth alignment.

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So get rid of that pacifier as soon as possible! Luckily, my son was done with his by about 15 months and my daughter never even took to a pacifier, so we never had a problem there.

Start teaching good oral care at an early age. Encourage your kids by practicing healthy hygiene habits at home and with help from Mouth Watchers®! With the antimicrobial and flossing bristles that make up Mouth Watchers® toothbrushes, the whole family will feel like they just visited the dentist.

How are you teaching your kids good oral hygiene habits?

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*Thank you to Mouth Watchers® for providing product to the Making Time family and to Dr. Ronald Plotka for these amazing tips. My opinions are still 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.


Build Your Own Bundle at Ecocentric Mom

Ecocentric Mom has done away with the Mom and Pregnancy subscription boxes, and are now offering Build Your Own Bundles instead! Check them out! #EcocentricMom #subscriptionbox #ecofriendly
~Thank you to Ecocentric Mom for providing product for review. As always, opinions are still 100% my own. This post also contains affiliate links, in which I will receive a small commission for your purchase.~

To all of my fellow Ecocentric Mom lovers (or future lovers), there’s a fun new feature on the website that I just know you are going to enjoy – Build Your Own Bundle! Today I’m going to give you the low down on how Build Your Own Bundle works and share with you my first one.

First off, if you’re not familiar with Ecocentric Mom, it is hands down THE best eco-friendly subscription box around. At least that’s how I feel about it. With nothing but all-natural, organic, non-toxic products for mom, baby, and your family/home in general, there’s no better way to try new products. And if you get something in your box that you can’t live without, chances are it can be purchased individually at Ecocentric Mom too.




Let’s get into the new Build Your Own Bundle feature! It never fails, no matter type of subscription box you have, there will always be times you get something in the box that either you can’t use, or just isn’t something you want to use. Ecocentric Mom has eliminated that problem with the Build Your Own Bundle feature.

You choose every item that comes in the box, so when it arrives on your doorstep and you open it up, there are no surprises. On the flip side, I understand surprises are sometimes fun, but what’s not fun is spending money on products you won’t use.

Ecocentric Mom has done away with the Mom and Pregnancy subscription boxes, and are now offering Build Your Own Bundles instead! Check them out! #EcocentricMom #subscriptionbox #ecofriendly

Right now Ecocentric Mom has phased out their monthly Mom and Pregnancy subscription boxes, and replaced them with a Build Your Own Clean Lifestyle Bundle (for mom/$29.99) and a Build Your Own Pregnancy Bundle (for expectant moms/$39.99).

But never fear, the Mom & Baby monthly subscription box is still available. So moms with infants/toddlers up to age 2 years, are still covered.

So, how do the Build Your Own Bundle boxes work? It’s super easy! You go to the desired Build Your Own Bundle box and from drop-down menus choose the products you want. I recently created a Build Your Own Clean Lifestyle Bundle and got to choose full size products from each of these categories:

  • Luxury Skincare/Beauty
  • Clean Beauty/Makeup
  • Health & Wellness
  • Eco-Lifestyle Accessory

Ecocentric Mom has done away with the Mom and Pregnancy subscription boxes, and are now offering Build Your Own Bundles instead! Check them out! #EcocentricMom #subscriptionbox #ecofriendly

In each category you have at least five products to choose from and sometimes more. Every month new items are added, so you don’t have to worry about lack of  variety to choose from. This time around, for my clean lifestyle bundle, I chose:

  • Marine Granules Exfoliator by Previse
  • Lip Locked Stain by Mana Kadar Beauty (I have one of these from a previous Ecocentric Mom box and LOVE it! It’s my everyday go-to color, no matter what kind of mood I’m in, so having a backup doesn’t hurt.)
  • Simply Organic Sunblock by Z Skin Cosmetics
  • Snack Happens Reusable Snack and Everything Bag by Itzy Ritzy

Ecocentric Mom has done away with the Mom and Pregnancy subscription boxes, and are now offering Build Your Own Bundles instead! Check them out! #EcocentricMom #subscriptionbox #ecofriendly

When my box arrived, which was just like three days after placing my order, that’s exactly what was in my box. I even had a little added bonus snack bar by MadeGood. It was delicious, by the way.

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5 Reasons SnackPals Are a Snack Time Essential + Giveaway

5 Reasons SnackPals Are a Snack Time Essential #WowGear #SnackPals #snacktime #portioncontrol

~Thank you to WOW Gear for providing SnackPals for review and helping me take control of snack time. As always, my opinions are still 100% my own.~

I want to talk about snack time today. Do you like snack time? I love snack time, mostly because it gives me a few minutes of quiet in the mid-afternoon while the kids (and I) munch on something. And of course they love it because their little bellies are satisfied between meals.

But the reality is, sometimes snack time gets a little messy. If I portion too much, my daughter ends up spilling whatever she doesn’t eat. She starts playing with her food and the next thing I know her bowl is upside down and her crunchy snacks scattered across the floor. And it won’t be long before someone steps on and crunches them, creating even more of a mess.

On the flip side, if I don’t portion enough for my son, he’ll go grab the bag or box of whatever I gave him to snack on and will sit and eat way too much. Then when dinner time rolls around he’s not hungry, but wants to raid the fridge right before bed. I don’t think so!

Hmm. Now that I’m talking about it, I’m starting to rethink how much I like snack time.

5 Reasons SnackPals Are a Snack Time Essential #WowGear #SnackPals #snacktime #portioncontrol

Just as my snack time woes were getting the best of me, I got the opportunity to try the new SnackPals from WOW Gear. They have completely changed the dynamic of snack time in my home, from solving my portioning issues to keeping snack time mostly tidy.

Take a look at these five reasons why SnackPals are a snack time essential in my home and then enter to win some for your kids too!

1. Portion Control

I already mentioned the issues I have with snack time portion control between both kids. SnackPals have a creative design that takes care of this problem so there’s no over eating.

I simply fill the SnackPals container with my kids favorite snack and for them to access the snack, they have to flip the SnackPals upside down and give it two shakes. When they turn it back over and open the lid, they “magically” have a nicely portioned amount of snack in the cup.

5 Reasons SnackPals Are a Snack Time Essential #WowGear #SnackPals #snacktime #portioncontrol

5 Reasons SnackPals Are a Snack Time Essential #WowGear #SnackPals #snacktime #portioncontrol

5 Reasons SnackPals Are a Snack Time Essential #WowGear #SnackPals #snacktime #portioncontrol

The way it works is when in an upright position, there’s a flow gate/interior flap that stays in a closed position. No snacks can get in and no snacks can get out. But when flipped upside down, the flow gate opens so snacks can slip through to the top cup. Shaking the SnackPals twice allows just a mouthful of snacks to become accessible in the cup.

Now my son gets only what I give him and he has to take it slow when eating because SnackPals will only allow him so much at a time.

2. Fewer Spills

The design of SnackPals also creates snack times that are much less messy. Since in a closed container and not having open access to every crunchy piece, if my daughter happens to drop it or it falls off the table, I’m left with possibly a few snacks on the floor that may fall out of the top cup, but certainly not a whole bowl of snacks scattered everywhere.

And just imagine the mess it prevents while snacking in the car. No more cleaning the car and finding two month old cereal laying around.




3. Clean Snacks

Using SnackPals also helps keep the snacks clean. My daughter is guilty of pouring her drink into her food and playing with it. But she’s not able to do this when using her SnackPals. Her food stays clean and doesn’t end up in the trash.

5 Reasons SnackPals Are a Snack Time Essential #WowGear #SnackPals #snacktime #portioncontrol

Or if she’s snacking at her brother’s soccer practice and drops her SnackPals on the ground, only a few snacks fall out and with a couple of shakes she can continue to eat those that are clean and enclosed in the bottom. Otherwise, she’d try to pick up what spilled and continue eating them. I understand a little dirt never hurt anyone, but I have to draw the line after a certain point.

Clean Snacks = Less Waste

4. Take Anywhere

SnackPals can go ANYWHERE! Use them at home, in the car, on plane rides, while camping, on vacation, to grandma’s house, to school, to daycare, the park, the beach, the mall – anywhere. Who doesn’t love easy, on-the-go snacking?

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5. Fun Snacking

SnackPals are tons of fun for kids. Both of my kids love to turn them upside down and give them a few shakes. It’s like they’re performing magic. Start with no snacks and a few shakes later – voila! – the snacks magically appear.

Sometimes they get a little crazy and shake their SnackPals like maracas, but it’s all in the name of fun snacking.

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One lucky Making Time reader will win two SnackPals! GOOD LUCK!

This giveaway is open to US Residents, ages 18+ and ends on July 10, 2017 at 11:59 pm est.  Random winner will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours or prize will be forfeited. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.

 

*Thank you to WOW Gear for providing SnackPals for review and helping me take control of snack time. As always, my opinions are still 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.

Yookidoo Gymotion® Robo Playland #Giveaway ($100 RV)

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Yookidoo Gymotion® Robo Playland Giveaway! ($100 RV) ~ Ends 7/22

Deliciously Savvy is hosting a giveaway in which 1 lucky winner will receive a Yookidoo Gymotion® Robo Playland Baby Mat & Play Gym (ARV $100). Find out more and enter to win below!


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1 lucky winner will receive this fabulous Yookidoo Gymotion® Robo Playland with 3 stages of play & a retail value of $100!

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