I don't know about you, but I LOVE to cook. One of my favorite things to do is experiment with different recipes and flavor combinations. My husband loves this, because pretty much everything I make is from scratch, and full of flavor. Well, my mashed potatoes aren't from scratch, but that's because we all legitimately prefer the instant kind. And I doctor them up to make them delicious. Anyway, when I was pregnant with Xander, I tried guacamole for the first time. I was at my father-in-law's house and one of his friends made some home made guac and brought it over for everyone to enjoy. The guy actually looks JUST like Alton Brown who you may know from several Food Network shows, such as "Good Eats" or "Iron Chef America". Well, being that I was 4 months pregnant and would eat random things I had never tried before, I decided I would give it a shot. Oh. My. Gosh. I loved his guacamole!
I actually shoveled it in and made little moaning noises because it was just that good.I have been on a mission to perfect my guacamole recipe.
I have now succeeded in this mission. The absolute KEY to making the perfect guacamole is all in the herbs. I use fresh Cilantro. Paired with the tartness of the lime juice, the savory garlic, fresh tomatoes and roasted corn, the minced jalapenos, salt, freshly ground black pepper and cayenne, the freshness of this herb truly is the star of the dish. There is just something about Cilantro that makes it a natural standout. I add this herb to many dishes, but it truly shines in my guacamole. If you're nice, I just might post my recipe! But why go to the grocery store to find your fresh Cilantro when you can easily and effortlessly grow your own in the comfort of your own home? That's right! With The Simple Garden
, anyone can grow wonderfully fresh and flavorful herbs, fruits and vegetables indoors! This is a wonderful family project as well. We are doing our Simple Garden with my 11 year old's assistance. These kits are so simple to use, and come complete with everything you need for a successful indoor garden. There are even helpful grids to show how far apart to plant the seeds! Yep, they have thought of literally everything! You can use this system outdoors, too, by the way! I received a complete kit to review. It came with an easy to understand garden manual
, soil mixture, potting containers, and I even received a special lid to create a simulated greenhouse to keep the budding plants at a contant ideal state for maximum growth!
Also included for my review were the LiteStik
, an indoor growing light that acts like the sun, and the WaterStik
that allows you to visibly see the current level of hydration in the Simple Garden! They are even color coded so you can tell at a glance whether or not the plants are in dire need of watering. It even tells you if the soil is TOO moist! How cool is that?!
We're actually growing a melon using this, since that's what Dan wanted to do. I am eager to see how it turns out! Next I think I will do some banana peppers and some cherry tomatoes! I love the versatility this product offers. You can plant almost anything with this handy kit. Since you can grow indoors, you'll be enjoying fresh delicious herbs and produce even in the dead of winter! Now that is something I am looking forward to. This will be wonderful for cooking great dinners with! I also received The Simple Garden Junior
. This is a wonderful kit that is ideal for growing fresh herbs. I love the compact size of this product. It fits perfectly on a sunny windowsill, and it's a cheerful addition to any kitchen decor. The Simple Garden Junior Herb Garden Kit gives you everything you need to start your own Herb Garden. The Simple Garden Juniors unique self draining system protects against over watering. The Herb Garden Kit comes with the planter and tray, seeds, soil, planting template and a planting guide. I am growing Basil and 2 Cilantro plants in the 3 pack Simple Garden Junior I received. Here's what the kit looks like:
Doesn't this look awesome? This whole system is easy to use and the kids will love helping. No need to worry about having a green thumb. This is so easy, a caveman can do it! I love The Simple Garden, and I look forward to growing many more kitchen essentials with my kit! Plus, growing plants in containers, like the Simple Garden, improves air penetration, nutrient absorption and water management. Plants grown in a raised container typically produce 1.5 to 2 times as much fruit as plants in a traditional garden.Want some good news? Fertile Earth will be offering 3 lucky winners a chance to win The Simple Garden Junior packages as a part of my For The Home package in my Birthday Bash event! That's right! One GRAND PRIZE winner will receive TWO 3-Pack Herb Kits
! Two additional winners will receive ONE 3-pack Herb Kit! In the meantime, here's how to learn more about The Simple Garden!HOW TO CONNECT:You can learn more about these products at The Simple Garden website.You can also follow The Simple Garden on Facebook and on twitter to stay on top of new products and promotions! FYI: Doing so NOW will put you ahead of the game when the giveaways start on June 1st! BONUS FROM ME:As if you weren't already excited enough about The Simple Garden, I would like to share my perfect guacamole recipe so you can make it using your The Simple Garden Junior Kit to grow the Cilantro!
Brandy's Simple Garden Guacamole
- 3 Haas avocados, halved, seeded and peeled
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
- 1/2 cup roasted corn
- 1 minced jalapeno or serrano chile *Grow this with your Simple Garden!*
- 2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced *Grow this with your Simple Garden!*
- 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro *Grow this with your Simple Garden!*
- 1 clove garlic, minced
In a large bowl place the scooped avocado pulp and lime juice, toss to coat. Drain, and reserve the lime juice, after all of the avocados have been coated. Using a potato masher add the salt,pepper, cumin, and cayenne and mash. Then, fold in the corn, tomatoes, cilantro, and garlic. Add 1 tablespoon of the reserved lime juice. Let sit at room temperature for 1 hour and then serve. YUMMY!
***Disclosure: I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
With 2 babies, a sloppy preteen and an equally messy husband in the house, sometimes it's very difficult for me to keep our wooden furniture and flooring looking nice. My toddler always has something sticky on her hands, it seems, and she loves nothing more than grabbing things on our coffee table. So of course, she leaves behind a tacky trail of indistinguishable goo behind her... Unfortunately, it often ends up covering my beautiful $500.00 dark wood coffee table. Even after scrubbing her fingerprints away, the wood looks dull and lifeless. Not like it was before the babies came, that's for sure! My kitchen cabinets also seem to acquire a "film" from regular cooking activities. Even after I scrub them down with a degreasing cleaner, they don't shine as brightly as they should. They end up looking dingy and worn no matter what I do. I have tried oil soaps and polishes, and have had limited success with these products.
Not all wood cleaners
are created equal! Another problem area in my house is the wooden floor in my foyer and dining room. These are high traffic areas where muddy kids, a dog, and filthy work boots travel daily. Grass and pollens even get tracked onto the floor after mowing the lawn! (Yes, I really wish people would take their shoes off RIGHT when they enter, but try telling that to the hubby and oldest son.) Even though I sweep this area regularly and I mop it once every two weeks or so with our steam mop, the finish still leaves a lot to be desired. That's why I jumped at the chance to review Scott's Liquid Gold products. I was familiar with the brand, as I think that a grandparent had some in their house when I was growing up. I am surprised I hadn't tried it before now! I received the Scott's
Liquid Gold Wood Cleaner and Preservative and the Scott's Liquid Gold Wood Wash for review. What a wonderful excuse to catch up on some housework! I actually enjoyed testing these products! I turned some music on and sang out loud while I cleaned the cabinets and the wooden floors! Thank goodness no one was were to see me but the babies!
I think these products definitely live up to their name! They are simple to use, don't smell too terribly bad, and they left a nice, shiny finish to the surfaces they cleaned. They instantly breathed new life into my tired old wood! I would call it Extreme Makeover: Wood Edition!
See how rich and warm my floors look?
Even my kitchen cabinets look newer and refreshed!
If you would love to see your wooden surfaces renewed, restored and beautiful again, I would highly recommend this powerful wood cleaner
. It works quickly, is super-effective, and I truly feel like my home has had a "facelift" since using these wonderful products. Want to learn more? Here's how to connect!BUY IT:You can learn more about these helpful products on the Scott's Liquid Gold website.
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This giveaway will end at 11:59PM EST on June 9th, 2011. Winner will be chosen using random.org and will be contacted via e-mail. The winner will have 48 hours to reply to my notification or they forfeit their prize.
Does anyone here like unique, eclectic jewelry and accessories? I sure do! I am pleased to tell you all about yet another sponsor contributing something special to my For Mommy package in my upcoming Birthday Bash Event, The Katrese. This company specializes in striking, bold accessories that definitely make a statement. Delightfully modern yet graceful, these pieces are definite conversation pieces! Here is more info about this little boutique: Katrese
is a small company dedicated to offering dapper accessories for women with an edge. They are located in Massachusetts, a stone's throw away from the beaches of Cape Cod.
Most of their pieces are handmade, and they strive to deal primarily with fair trade vendors and indie designers. Now, that doesn't mean that if they see a piece they just have to have for their customers they'll toss it back like a bad fish! It just means that we believe in giving back and supporting creativity. We also offer pieces from our own handmade accessory
Remember to shop fierce! Here are a couple of items from Katrese that I especially love:
Aren't those cute and trendy?! I know I would be proud to wear these beautiful yet simple designs. These would look great with some skinny jeans, a halter top, and a nice pair of sandals or heels! Instant date night!
I am pleased to announce that Katrese is offering this unique puzzle ring as a prize during my Birthday Bash! It is a size 8, but runs slightly small.
I love the look of this rather unusual ring. It would be perfect for anyone with very modern, eclectic tastes! This will be included in my For Mommy prize package! How awesome is that?! In the meantime, here's how you can connect with The Katrese!HOW TO CONNECT:You can purchase these and many other unique items on The Katrese website.You can also connect with The Katrese on Facebook. Doing so NOW will put you ahead of the game once the giveaways begin! ***Disclosure: As I did not receive a physical product for review, this is strictly a website review based on the content shown there. I did not receive any compensation, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
My husband is on his feet for sometimes up to 12 hours a day. He works in a very busy automotive shop, so there is no sitting down. As a matter of fact, he spends most days running around like a chicken with its head cut off....In boots...On hard, concrete floors. Needless to say, after spending years doing this, he has had some pretty significant foot problems. Once it was so bad, the friction from his boots actually caused an open sore on his foot that took months to properly heal! Ouch!
Okay, so that was an extreme isolated incident. But it just proves that taking care of our feet is very important. Especially with the demands put on us everyday. If you don't have proper foot support in our shoes, it can cause a host of problems throughout the body. Joint pain, knee and leg pain, and even back problems can occur from improper foot support. If you stop and think about it, this makes perfect sense. Our feet are what take us through our day and support the weight of our entire bodies, so naturally, if this is hindered, a logical result would be pain and discomfort.
Have you all seen the new Dr. Scholl's Custom Fit Orthotic Inserts? You know the ones I mean...The super-duper fancy ones with the high-tech machine at their display that "maps" your feet to find the perfect fit? If you have been inside a WalMart in the past couple of months, I'm sure you have seen these. My husband had actually been wanting a set of these for months to ease the pain in his feet, legs and back. I wouldn't let him spend the $50.00 on them, though, since I wasn't sure if this was a costly gimmick or not.
So when I got the opportunity to review these inserts, my husband demanded I take advantage of it. Seriously, he was downright giddy about it! So we went to the In-Store Custom Fit Orthotic Kiosk to determine his ideal fit. If you haven't seen this cool display, this is what it looks like:
Pretty neat, huh? The system uses foot mapping technology
which uses over 2,000 pressure sensors to create an analysis of the feet. It creates pressure points, arch type and foot type. Pretty crazy! (In a good way!) He followed the instructions on the screen, and after performing a few stupid human tricks, we had a perfect analysis of his foot, including his arch and various pressure points. These can be shown in colors red, blue, greenish, and yellow. It was pretty neat to see the anatomy of his foot! Once the analysis was over it recommended that we get the CF130. When this arrived, my hubby was like a kid at Christmas. He even bounced up and down saying "Goodie, goodie!" He eagerly read the instructions and put the inserts into his work boots. Please not that these are NOT full inserts. They are designed to be put in the back of the shoe. The first couple days of wearing the Dr.Scholl's Custom Fit Orthotic Inserts, Dan said they weren't very comfortable. He kept using them, though, and by the 3rd or 4th day, they were broken in properly and his tune changed dramatically. He has been wearing them about 2 and a half weeks now, and he absolutely loves them. All of his aches and pains have dissipated, and he says his feet don't get tired feeling nearly as quickly anymore. He has actually come home from 12 hour shifts and said his feet did not hurt. At all. This is something that has never happened before, and we have Dr. Scholl's to thank for it! I wish I would have purchased these as soon as we noticed the Kiosk. I will admit, the hefty price tag deterred me. But now, seeing the wonderful results my husband has had, I think $50.00 is a downright bargain for the relief they offer!
You could potentially save HUNDREDS of dollars at the podiatrist or chiropracter's office by giving these a try. Now isn't that worth the small investment?Now for the FUN part....Dr. Scholl's would like to GIVE one lucky follower a pair of their revolutionary Custom Fit Orthotics in their ideal size!
But if you just can't wait, here is a great deal on these awesome inserts:
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This giveaway will be open until 11:59PM EST on June 12, 2011. I will choose a winner using random.org. They will have 72 hours to reply WITH THEIR NEEDED SIZE or I will have to draw a new winner. Good luck! ***Disclosure:
I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting
on behalf of Dr. Scholl’s and received a Custom Fit Orthotics from Dr. Scholl’s to facilitate my review.***
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Thanks to all who entered. Only a few more days till my HUGE Birthday Bash Event! Are you excited yet?
Anyone who knows me knows (probably all too well) that I am a huge advocate of cloth-diapering
. Not only is it the more environmentally responsible choice to cloth-diaper my babies, it is a HUGE money-saver, too! I have two babies well under the age of 2. Can you imagine what the cost of disposables for two very different sized babies would be? OUCH! On one income, that would be a huge expense! One that this family, like many, could not comfortably afford. So when we found out we were pregnant AGAIN when my daughter was just shy of 4 months old, switching to cloth diapers was inevitable. Once we started learning more about cloth and debunking the common stereotypes, it was a change we made with great enthusiasm!
There are so many great cloth options out there, and in so many different prints and colors and fabrics. I was so glad to see that modern cloth is more than simply prefolds and squeaky plastic pants! We have been using cloth for over a year now, and it's official: I am a FLUFF ADDICT!
I love cloth-diapering and am always excited to try new systems and brands. I usually use One Size pocket diapers, since with 2 babies this is the most economical choice for us, but I also like having some good fitteds and covers on hand as well. That's why I was so excited when I got the opportunity to review Sandy's System from Mother-Ease
cloth diapers! I had read many reviews of this wonderful LEAK-FREE diapering system, and I was eager to put this claim to the ultimate test: My super-heavy wetting toddler! Before I get into my review, let me tell you more about the award winning Sandy's System from the trusted folks at Mother-Ease.
Sandy's System consists of 3 different parts: A SUPER soft and stretchy fitted diaper, an equally soft Sandy's cloth diaper liner that is comfortable against baby's delicate skin, and a specially designed cover. The Air Flow™ Snap Cover
is available in several fun eco-themed prints as well as a few reliable solids.
These cloth diapers are made from the same soft stretchy terry cloth Mother-Ease is famous for, but they have an extra layer of absorbent terry sewn to the inside of the diaper. The fit of the cloth diaper is slightly roomier. Elastic at the waist front and back as well as the leg openings, together with the snap closures at the sides create a clean pant-like look. A serged edge finishes the diaper. The large Sandy’s™ cloth diaper is one of the most absorbent cloth diapers ever, and holds a whopping 15 oz. When used together with the Sandy’s™ Cloth Diaper Liners it makes an extravagant nighttime cloth diaper.
Here is the Sandy's System. Left to right: Air-Flow Cover, Sandy's Liner, Sandy's Fitted
All 3 components, ready to go!
Here is the diapering system intact. The liner is inside the fitted diaper, and the fitted diaper is covered by the Air-Flow Cover!
My Experience: I have to say, I am definitely impressed with the Sandy's System! Not only are the fabrics in the fitted diaper and liner incredibly soft, they are very absorbent as well. I wish I had bath towels made of this wonderful terry cloth! It has such a luxurious feel to it! First, after prepping the diapers as directed by Mother-Ease, I allowed Sophie to play wearing JUST the Sandy's Fitted Diaper. Brave of me to let her go coverless, don't you agree? But what better way to really test the effectiveness of this product? Sophie played for well over 2 hours in JUST the fitted diaper with the liner placed in it, and while she did tinkle quite a bit, the outside of this diaper was not damp.
Which in my book, is pretty darn amazing! Most fitteds do not hold up against the "Sophie Tsunami" on their own. With no layer of PUL, I wouldn't expect them to. But the Sandy's Fitted Diaper passed the test. However, just to be on the safe side, I don't think going without a cover will be a regular occurrence in my home. I don't want to anger the Cloth-Diaper-Gods or disturb the natural order of things,lol. Here's Sophie in JUST the Sandy's Fitted Diaper: (It's not the best picture, since she was so busy jumping on her Pillow Pet and running around, I could not get her to hold still!)
Notice the exceptional fit in the waist and legs. This is due to a high-quality elastic that allows for the perfect fit!
Sandy's Diapers come in a rainbow of fun, vibrant colors!
I cannot say enough good things about the Sandy's Fitted Diaper. It turns out, many other moms agree that these are superior diapers for daytime and are even fantastic for night time use when paired with the Air-Flow Cover! These wonderful diapers even won the PTPA Seal Of Approval in 2009! While I received the standard white diaper to review, these diapers also come in a vibrant rainbow of color options for a small additional charge. Just look at the Aqua colored diaper! I LOVE this color! It's perfect for the summer time, and is completely gender neutral. Guess I will have to add this to my Cloth-Diapering Wish List!
Check out their latest print! I LOVE this one!
The next component of the Sandy's System I would like to talk about is the specially designed Air Flow Cover. Finally! A leak-free cloth diaper cover that refuses to compromise breathability! The folks over at Mother-Ease searched for over a year to find just the right fabric that would meet their stringent quality standards. The fabric needed to be soft, durable and waterproof. The Air Flow™ Snap Cover, with adjustable snaps at the waist and leg openings has an air ventilation system between the snaps. This allows for maximum air circulation as baby moves, reducing the risk of bacteria by keeping the temperature inside the diaper down. And, unlike Velcro, the curious baby can’t undo them, so they stay on until you take them off. This is a HUGE plus for us, since Sophie is just now learning how to take some of her diapers off. True story, Cliff's Notes Version: I was busy cleaning the other day, and I heard Sophie laughing hysterically in her playpen. I looked over, and there she was, in all her naked glory, waving her diaper around like a lasso. What did I learn? I cannot use Aplix diapers anymore unless she is in a one piece outfit that she cannot get out of. Thankfully, the diaper she was insanely waving did not contain poop, but still, it was alarming to see her naked as a jaybird! It's nice to know that she can not get this cover undone. Mother-Ease gets some major brownie points from me on this one!I tested this complete system 5 times overnight, and after each use, washed it immediately so I could use it again. I wanted to make sure I could get an accurate opinion, and one use just isn't enough to testify to the ongoing performance of a product.
I am happy to say, in 5 very heavy wetting nights, 2 of which included poop as well, this diapering system DID NOT LEAK. Not once! And Sophie's skin was surprisingly dry, as well. I think this has something to do with the unique air-vents in the cover. It kept the fresh air circulating and she didn't get any irritation of dampness on her skin. Don't get me wrong, the diaper was FULL. It must have weighed a good 5lbs or so. But her skin was eerily dry! I think this is one of the best nighttime diapering
solutions on the market, and I suspect that in using Sandy's System, I will see a lot less diaper rashes! My babies don't get them often, but when they do, it's difficult to treat as most diaper rash creams are not cloth-diaper friendly and can actually leave a build-up on cloth that can cause them to repel rather than absorb. NOT GOOD! With this unique air-flow system, there is a lot less moisture to irritate the skin, which makes for a happier, healthier, comfier baby! (And, I will be honest, a happier baby also means a happier, more relaxed, more SANE Mommy!)
One thing I will point out is that this system is a bit bulkier than some of the pocket diapers I am accustomed to using. But being a 3-part system, that's to be expected. And it's not TOO bulky. I can still easily fit clothing over this with no issues. I don't feel that the slight bulkiness deters from this diapering system at all. I actually love the little "Fluff-Booty" my kids get in diapers when I double stuff them. Mother-Ease actually has a new OS diaper, the Wizard UNO
that I would love to try, as well. This awesome new all-in-one diaper has a much slimmer fit to it, if the bulkier nature of fitteds and covers is something you're not a fan of. And the prints are to DIE for, too! This is definitely going on my Must Try list! Anyway, here is Sophie wearing the complete Sandy's System, including their amazing Air-Flow cover:
Xander is smiling in the background!
Notice the little frogs? So cute!
Overall, I think that the Sandy's System from Mother-Ease is a definite must have for nighttime diapering. I have tried MANY different brands and diapering combinations, and I only have a few that I prefer. This system is on that very short list. If you have a heavy wetter, or a baby that is prone to rashes due to inadequate air-flow, or if you simply want to give your baby the softest, plushest diaper ever, give Mother-Ease a try! You definitely won't be disappointed! I am thrilled to announce that Mother-Ease will be giving a complete Sandy's System to
one of my very lucky followers in during my upcoming Birthday Bash as part of my HUGE For Baby Package! You will choose the size and the print of the Air-Flow Cover! The fitted will be white though, as colors are extra. So mark your calendar for June 1st when my Birthday Bash Celebration begins!In the meantime, here's how to connect with Mother-Ease.HOW TO CONNECT:***Mother-Ease is currently having a 50% off sale on their NEW Wizard Uno and Wizard Duo Diapers that I mentioned above!, starting May 26th! (Limit one per customer.) Why do all the REALLY great sales happen when I JUST paid the electric bill and am broke? :(***You can purchase Mother-Ease diapers on their website.You can also join the Mother-Ease forums.You can also follow Mother-Ease on Facebook and on twitter to stay on top of all the newest products and promotions. FYI: Doing so NOW will put you ahead of the game once the giveaways begin!***Disclosure: I received a complimentary product to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
Apple Pie legwarmers from the BabyLegs Bake Shop!
It is no big secret that WE LOVE BABYLEGS!
I think some of my neighbors may have overheard me shouting this from the rooftops on more than one occasion! BabyLegs
are functional, adorable, and let's face it: BabyLegs are FUN! These adorable legwarmers, socks, and tights can really make an outfit stand out! I have based entire ensembles around what pair of BabyLegs I wanted to dress my children in. And now that Spring is in full swing and the Summer is rapidly approaching, what better time to snag a few (dozen) pairs for your little ones? These are PERFECT for chilly mornings or evenings and can be taken off easily during the heat of the day. They also make diaper changing a snap, since there are no snaps to fumble with or pants to pull on and off! Oh, and did I mention, they're CUTE?! I'm so excited to let you all know that BabyLegs has an AWESOME Memorial Day sale going on right now! Select styles are a whopping 30%-50%
OFF! This is a HUGE savings! I mean, you're going to buy them anyway, since you just can't get enough of chubby little legs covered in vibrant colors and fun prints. What better time to buy than now when they're offered at a deep, deep discount?Take a look at just a few of these adorable styles that are ON SALE NOW!
These are my FAVORITES! I have the tights and they're adorable!
For the All-American Baby!
LOVE this shade of blue! These are perfect for summer!
These Leaping Leopard BabyLegs are on sale, too! Click this photo to take a look!
So as you can see, we love our BabyLegs
! Hurry on over and see what all the hype is about and take advantage of their awesome Memorial day sale! If I didn't JUST pay the electric bill, I would have budgeted in a few more pairs for my babies! I mean, who can resist all the fun, whimsical prints there are to choose from?
If you DO go BabyLegs shopping, I would love to hear about what you selected and what fun outfit ideas you may have! ***Disclosure: I received nothing in exchange for this post. I just wanted to share this wonderful promotion with my readers and revisit the awesomeness that is BabyLegs!***
As the mother of 3 kids, I am quite familiar with fevers, tummy-aches, sore throats, teething pains, and all of the other common discomforts that can occur during childhood. Ahh, the joys of parenthood! There is nothing worse than having a sick, uncomfortable child, and as a mama, it is my first and foremost priority to ease my babies' pain when they're not feeling well. Tylenol is a name I have grown to trust over the years as a leader in children's pain relief and fever reducers. Whether it be teething, colds, post-immunization fever and crankiness, Tylenol has had MY back from day one. I have always experienced fast, dependable relief using Children's Tylenol Products, and these same products have helped my children feel better, time and time again. You may have noticed recently that Children's Tylenol products have been somewhat scarce on the store shelves. I can still find it readily, but not in the quantity and range that I am accustomed to seeing.
There is a good reason for this: Tylenol has been hard at work improving not only the formulation of their children's and infant acetaminophen products, but the dosage methods as well. Tylenol products were subject to recall due to some quality issues, and they have been working tirelessly to resolve these issues. Tylenol's primary concern is the safety of our children, and I am happy to share some of these exciting upgrades with you all!
The makers of TYLENOL® will be making product enhancements to both Infants’ and Children’s TYLENOL® products. In an effort to help ensure the following enhancements are widely implemented, the company has worked closely with the Consumer Healthcare Products Association to share its plans with other manufacturers. What’s New?Product Enhancements
As early as the upcoming cold and flu season, Infants’ TYLENOL® will include a new, enhanced bottle with a protective opening and push-in syringe which will:
- Provide even better dosing accuracy and ease of administration to infants
- Allow for better control when dispensing the medication and reduce spillage
- Further reduce the risk of children being able to get to the medicine in the bottle
We will also be introducing enhanced bottles with the protective opening on Children’s TYLENOL® products.The Concentration
There will be new dosing directions related to the change in concentration on Infants’ TYLENOL® as early as this upcoming cold and flu season.
- Infants’ TYLENOL® will have the same concentration of the active ingredient, acetaminophen, as Children’s TYLENOL®, which will standardize dosing across our products and age groups.
- We have been working closely with other manufacturers of pediatric acetaminophen products to encourage an industry wide transition to one concentration across infants’ and children’s acetaminophen products.
- There will be a time period when more than one concentration of infants’ acetaminophen products will be available in stores and parents and caregivers might have both in their medicine cabinets. Caregivers should be mindful to always read and follow the dosing directions on the package that is being used.
- When Infants’ TYLENOL® products return to store shelves, they will include these changes.
- As always, Infants’ and Children’s TYLENOL® products will continue to include specially designed dosing devices appropriate to the age of the child.
- Parents and caregivers should contact their child’s healthcare provider if they have questions about dosing instructions.
These changes to pediatric TYLENOL® products will be available as early as this upcoming cold and flu season.Helpful Tips for Giving Medicines to Infants and Children
Simply remember to NURSE
- Never give adult medicines to children.
- Use the measuring device (syringe, dropper, dosage cup) that comes with the medicine every time you use it. Don’t use kitchen spoons (teaspoons or tablespoons).
- Read and follow instructions on the label. Never give more than the recommended dose and do not give the medication more frequently than recommended.
- Store all medicines out of the reach of children. Immediately following use, always restore the child resistant cap and put the medicine back into a high and out of sight location.
- Every child grows. Know the infant’s or child’s weight and/or age to help determine the appropriate dosage.
I am personally very happy to hear about these changes to the Children's Tylenol product line, and will continue to be a loyal customer. It is a relief to know that there is a company that has such a commitment to the health and well-being of my children, and that they are willing to constantly improve their products to ensure their safety.
For more information on availability of Infants’ and Children’s TYLENOL® products, please visit this page.
***Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting
on behalf of Tylenol and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.***
As I'm sure you're well aware of by now, I am a huge skin-care and beauty junkie. I have had several reviews of high-end skin care products that are organic and designed to improve the condition of the face. But one's face is not the only part of the body that needs pampering! The skin is the largest organ in the body, and it covers the whole entire body. What does that mean? Simply that our whole body needs care to be in tip top condition. Sure, people will see your face first, but what good is a youthful face when the rest of a person looks like leather or has dry, cracked skin? I would like to tell you about a line of products that can pamper the entire body with deeply moisturizing and soothing ingredients. Udderly Smooth has a wonderful line of products that can help heal cracked, irritated skin. It's no wonder these products are so effective. Udderly Smooth was created in Ohio for use at Dairy Farms. Yep, the farmers actually applied this to the udders of cows to soothe them from the constant friction from milking! Now, you don't need to apply this to your own udders unless you're really insistent on it, but it works wonderfully
on the rest of the body! Sometimes the most effective products come from the most unglamorous of roots!I love their Moisturizing Lotion especially. This goes on nice and
light, but has a deeply moisturizing effect. I love this after a nice long bath. The smell is nice, too. It is very lightly perfumed and has a nice, clean scent. It is not strong or offensive smelling at all, so feel free to layer your signature scent over top of it. This lotion does not interfere with the smell of most perfumes and body sprays! I also love their classic Udder Cream. This is a much richer lotion, which is perfect for just shaven legs to make them ridiculously soft, and it's also wonderful for problem areas like elbows, knees, and ankles. You know, the places where skin can easily become rough. Udder Cream takes away even the slightest hint of dryness and leaves beautifully soft, supple skin. This is also lightly scented with the same clean scent as the Moisturizing Lotion. Just a tiny dab of Udderly Smooth Udder Cream goes a long way! Say goodbye to dry, itchy skin and say hello to baby-softness! With summer coming, I'm willing to bet your family is breaking out the sandals and flip flops. Are your feet in good shape, or are they dry, cracked, and rough from the cooler weather? Udderly Smooth also offers a fantastic Shea Butter Foot Cream!
I have used this on my feet to get them ready for the summer, and my feet are definitely much softer and in better condition. This foot cream helped to heal the damage that Old Man Winter left behind! This is lightweight yet rich, and has the light scent that Udderly Smooth is known for! So take off those heavy socks, put away the Uggs, and pamper those feet! Do I see some killer strappy sandals in your future? With Udderly Smooth, your tootsies will be tantalizing and ready for that pedicure! Overall, I think the whole range of products from Udderly Smooth are just perfect. No, they may not have the glitz and glamour of the high-end skin care brands, but I DARE you to find me a product that does its job as well as these products. More expensive does NOT mean better in this case. So please try these great skin-care products from the most humble of beginnings. Your skin will thank you! Plus, they're from Ohio! Great things come out of Ohio....Like ME! Wouldn't you like to put this line to the test? I'm pleased to announce that Udderly Smooth is offering one lucky follower a very nice assortment of Udderly Smooth products as part of my For Mommy prize package during my upcoming Birthday Bash!
So stay tuned because on June 1st, the giveaway fun begins! All 3 prize packages are worth HUNDREDS! In the meantime, here's how you can learn more about Udderly Smooth and the many other uses for Udder Cream. Some aren't so conventional, either!HOW TO CONNECT:You can learn more about these and more great products at the Udderly Smooth Website. You can find out where to purchase these products using their handy retail locator. You can also follow Udderly Smooth on Facebook and on twitter to stay on top of the newest products and promotions! FYI: Doing so NOW will put you ahead of the game once my giveaways begin on June 1st!
***Disclosure: I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
Well, it's official. Xander has gotten the go-ahead from the pediatrician to start exploring the wonderful world of solids! At 4 months, he has definitely been showing the signs of readiness. He can sit well while supported, he has good head control, and he watched us oh-so-intently while we eat. He even tries to make "chewing" faces to mimic us!
Sophie, my 17 month old, eats mostly table foods now, but I will still give her the occasional puree, since she seems to enjoy the texture of pureed fruit and vegetable blends. I think she likes playing with her food more than eating it! While plenty of food gets to her mouth, a lot ends up on her face, in her hair, on her clothing, and anywhere else she chooses to fling it! She still hasn't quite mastered the art of utensils. On the go, that can be a problem! It's not like I can give her a bath while going grocery shopping, and I hate having to change her outfit several times while I am out. She gets cranky and it can be quite a struggle.
That's why I am so happy I discovered Ella's Kitchen Organic Baby Food
Pouches! Ella's 1 baby food range is a completely different concept in baby food, bringing together carefully chosen organic natural fruits and vegetables including many superfoods and extremely convenient and easy packaging for babies' and toddlers' tiny taste buds to explore and enjoy! The vividly colorful packaging and fun names makes Ella's Kitchen stand out to both mom and kids alike! Kids love them because we are yummy in their tummies and fun to eat! Moms love them because they offer 100% organic baby food in easy-peasy packaging which makes Ella’s Kitchen the perfect fit for your family!
They’re healthy AND handy. In my household, that means a lot! I love these awesome pouches! They are super portable and Sophie can easily feed herself without making too much of a mess! I can even squeeze these pouches into a serving bowl and spoon feed Xander. I can always feel good about feeding my babies this wonderful food. It's totally organic and free from chemicals, additives, fillers, and preservatives. At Ella's, they don't even add water. So your children are only getting pure, natural, 100% organic fruit! Yum! Plus, Ella's Kitchen offers really unique, fun flavors that are sure to please your tot! These are truly some of the very best organic baby foods
on the market today!
Their flavors include:
apples + bananas
carrots, apples and parsnips
broccoli, pears + peas
peaches + bananas
strawberries + bananas
sweet potato, pumpkin, apples + blueberries
spinach, apples + rutabaga
butternut squash, carrots, apples + prunes
Ella's Kitchen also has Smoothie Fruits in 4 tantalizing flavor medleys. And yes! They're organic,too!
The Red One: Organic Bananas, Organic Strawberries, Organic Apples, Organic Raspberries, Organic Lemon Juice Concentrate
The Yellow One: Organic Bananas, Organic Apples, Organic Mangoes, Organic Apricots, Organic Lemon Juice Concentrate
The Green One: Organic fruit puree (apples, bananas, pears, kiwi fruits) and organic lemon juice.
The Purple One: Organic fruit puree (bananas, apples, blackcurrants, blueberries) and organic lemon juice.
Just look at a very sleepy Sophie enjoying a right-before bedtime snack from Ella's Kitchen!
She may look half-asleep, but I she really loves these pouches! She wolfed this down in no time flat and went to sleep happily and with a full belly! She especially enjoyed the "Yellow One" Smoothie Fruit! I will admit, I took a teensy taste of every flavor I received so I could more accurately review these products. I have to say, these taste GOOD. I have tasted plenty of baby food in my time, usually while trying to coax a skeptical baby to try something. I have usually been forced to taste your standard jarred foods. While those aren't completely awful tasting, they are pretty bland and taste processed. This is not the case with Ella's Kitchen. Not at all. These packed a big, flavorful punch and tasted just like biting into a fresh, juicy, nutrient-rich piece of fruit! No wonder Sophie likes these so much! They taste good, and they're good FOR her! Ella's Kitchen
gets an A+++ from this family!
Don't you want to try Ella's Kithen Organic Baby Foods for yourself? I thought you might...So I am thrilled to announce that the super-generous folks over at Ella's will be offering one VERY lucky follower a 12-pouch sampler, including EVERY FLAVOR as part of my For Baby Prize Package during my Birthday Bash Event! How cool is that?!
So be sure to mark your calendars for June 1st! That's when all the awesome giveaways will begin! Along with Ella's in the For Baby prize pack, a little birdie told me there might be things like an ERGOBaby Carrier, A Tea Collection GC, Tommee Tippee bottles, Fluff from envibum, a hanging wet/dry bag from Planet Wise, and MORE!
Are you excited? I sure am! In the meantime, here's how you can learn more about Ella's Kitchen!HOW TO CONNECT:
You can learn more about Ella's Kitchen Organic Baby Food on their website
You can use their handy retail locator
to find out how to purchase these awesome foods!
You can also connect with Ella's Kitchen on Facebook
and on twitter
to stay on top of their newest products and promotions! FYI: Doing so NOW will put you ahead of the game once my Birthday Bash giveaways start on June 1st!
***Disclosure: I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***