The Levana Ayden Video Baby Monitor Lets You Do More While Baby Sleeps

When my oldest was a baby, I never would have thought about getting a video baby monitor. It would have seemed like a somewhat needless expense when I was with my son so much anyways and when I already had a standard audio monitor to use when he was sleeping. But I never realized just how often I would think that I’d heard my son through the monitor, only to rush upstairs and discover that he was still sleeping.

That’s why ever since, I’ve been a huge advocate for video baby monitors. I’ve seen a few being used and the ease and security they provide are absolutely priceless. No more wondering if you really did hear your baby, because you can check the video and confirm he’s awake. And while a basic video monitor is great, there are also some with a variety of other features that will make them an essential in your house in no time!

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Babies Have Sweeter Nights with Live Clean Baby Calming Bedtime Bubble Bath and Body Lotion-Giveaway

When it comes to helping a baby to sleep through the night, most parents are willing to try anything and I was certainly no exception. From regular routines to soothing music to aromatherapy, I found all kinds of ways to try to maximize my boys’ sleep time. And for me, the most helpful tip I tried was setting a bedtime routine that included a warm bath and a soothing scented lotion.

Of course, I’ve always been a fan of natural products because easily-irritated sensitive skin is so common in our family. And Live Clean Baby was a line that I used even when my boys had reached the preschool and grade school years because its products were free of parabens, phalates, and petroleum while also being 98% plant derived with certified organic botanicals.

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Our Family is Smiling Brighter Thanks to Philips Sonicare! #SonicareSmile

About two weeks ago, Philips Sonicare challenged my boys and I to change our smiles with the help of the new Sonicare DiamondClean adult toothbrush and the Sonicare for Kids power toothbrush. In just two weeks, the brushes promised to improve our smiles and as a family that’s had plenty of dental concerns already, that was a claim we couldn’t wait to put to the test!

My boys loved the Sonicare for Kids toothbrush from the very first use and with its kid-friendly design, it’s easy to see why! Since young children can have trouble brushing properly, using an electric toothbrush just makes sense since the brush provides a much more thorough clean. My boys had already been using electric toothbrushes but I could tell from the way they reacted to this one that the feeling was completely different. Both boys spent quite a bit of time giggling about how much the toothbrush tickled!

benjamin with sonicare for kids brush

But that tickling is helping to remove up to 75% more plaque than a manual toothbrush with 500 brush strokes per second, and so as much as Zackary and Benjamin enjoyed the new toothbrush, I think I enjoyed it even more because every time they brushed their teeth, I knew they were getting the best clean possible. And with a built-in timer that gradually increases to the two-minute mark to help kids learn how long to brush, I knew they weren’t rushing the job either. [Read more...]

Organize Your Household and Preserve School Memories with the Fellowes Saturn2 95 Laminator-Giveaway

There are some devices that I don’t even realize I need until I try them, and then I wonder how I ever got by without them. Recently I added just such a gadget to my household: the Fellowes Saturn2 95 Laminator. While I remembered how much I loved having school projects laminated when I was young, and still love having my boys bring home laminated artwork now, I never would have thought I needed one in the house.

fellowes saturn2 95 laminator

But I was wrong! This little laminator is incredibly compact, easy to use and lets me preserve so many precious memories and important papers that might otherwise be lost or destroyed over time. The Saturn2 95 works with simple laminating bags so I just slip in the paper or art project I want to laminate, send it through the machine and admire the results. With school starting soon, it’s the perfect way of saving all the extra special projects that kids will soon be bringing home!

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Back to School is a Snap with Labels from Stuck on You-Giveaway

While I love back-to-school season, there is one aspect of it I have never enjoyed, and that’s writing my children’s names on all their school supplies. Our local school tends to be a bit excessive both in the amount of supplies my boys need and the amount of labelling those supplies require. In fact, I still have memories of the long, agonizing process of writing my name on my own school supplies when I was younger!

That’s why I’ve been a loyal customer of Stuck on You ever since Zackary was in Kindergarten. This personalized label and gift company is one I’ve written about frequently and considering the beauty and durability of its products, that’s not likely to change any time soon! This year Stuck on You was kind enough to send me a 5+ Label Value Pack just in time for back to school and once again, the company’s products turned the process of labelling school supplies from a pain into a pleasure!

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Evenflo SecureKid DLX Harnessed Booster Keeps Kids Safe During Family Travel

Our family does a lot of travelling so it goes without saying that keeping my boys safe on the road is a top priority for me. Zackary recently outgrew a booster seat and now sits properly with just a seatbelt when we drive, but Benjamin still needs that extra safety and support that a car seat provides. Since my boys were infants I’ve trusted the quality of Evenflo car seats and strollers, so when I got the chance to act as an Evenflo Ambassador and review one of the company’s top car seats, I was thrilled.

boy in evenflo securekid dlx car seat

Benjamin is at the stage of transitioning from a five-point front-facing car seat to a booster seat, so I was sure the Evenflo SecureKid DLX Harnessed Booster would be the best choice for him. This versatile car seat is perfect for children that have outgrown a rear facing car seat since it’s appropriate for children between 22 lbs. and 110 lbs, and it’s a great choice for parents as well because it grows with a child right up until he no longer needs a booster seat. [Read more...]

Get Ready for Back to School with EnviroKidz Crispy Rice Bars and an Amazing Costa Rica Contest-Giveaway

I absolutely love EnviroKidz products because they’re natural, organic, delicious and come in a variety of flavours that my boys love. In fact, for the last few months EnviroKidz cereal has been almost the only variety on our shelves. And with back-to-school season fast approaching, new EnviroKidz Crispy Rice Bars are going to be a hit in the classroom too! These gluten-free cereal bars come in a variety of delicious flavours and are a perfect morning snack or lunchtime treat once school starts.

envirokidz crispy rice bars

My boys have had the chance to try a few different varieties of EnviroKidz crispy rice bars before but that didn’t dampen their enthusiasm to test out a few of the varieties they hadn’t had. The Peanut Choco Drizzle Crispy Rice Bars were a favourite with both of them thanks to the tasty peanut butter cereal and creamy chocolate topping. And the Koala Chocolate Crispy Rice Bars were a close second; Zackary and Benjamin both enjoyed the combination of crispiness and chewiness in the chocolate-flavoured bars. [Read more...]

Try Karma Wellness Water and Enter the Push Good Karma Contest to Support Your Favourite Charity-Giveaway

Some time ago I discovered Karma Wellness Water, an innovative new health water available in five delicious and vitamin-enriched flavours. The innovative beverage uses a special UV-blocker cap to ensure that vitamins are kept at maximum potency by keeping the active ingredients out of light and moisture. When it’s time for some extra energy, I just pull off the top of the cap, press down in the center to release the vitamins into the water and then shake the bottle to mix it up.

airtight KarmaCap karma wellness water

In addition to being a delicious and hydrating beverage, Karma Wellness Water is naturally sweetened with stevia so that it has just twenty calories per bottle. And the five different formulations are specifically designed to provide just the health boost I’m looking for. From the orange mango flavour that encourages sharper thinking to the acai pomberry flavour that boosts immunity, the essential vitamins in each bottle have me charged up and ready to tackle my day no matter what I’m doing! [Read more...]