***Disclosure: I received a complimentary sample to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
When my two youngest kids were teething, they didn't get too miserable. (Lucky for me!) It seems like their teeth just magically appeared, sometimes several at a time, with no excess fussiness or obvious discomfort.
However, a lot of the moms I know had real problems with fussiness and discomfort then their little ones cut teeth. Many of them used all of the gels and teething tablets with varying levels of success. Even more chose to use Baltic Amber teething necklaces to lessen their baby's suffering. Why load a child up with medication when there are safe and natural remedies available, right?
Why choose Baltic Amber?
Baltic Amber is a fossilized resin found in the Baltic Region, primarily in Lithuania. It contains 3-8% of Succinic Acid, long prized for its medicinal qualities. Amazingly, the highest content of the healing Succinic Acid is found in the EXTERNAL layer of the Baltic Amber.
Europeans greatly prize beautiful Baltic Amber for its claimed 100% natural anti-inflammatory, pain relieving, and calming properties for babies and toddlers. The healing oils (Succinic Acid) of the Baltic Amber are said to relieve teething pain, tame baby’s irritability, and relieve inflammation in the throat, ear, and stomach. Authentic Baltic Amber is also used as an anti-toxic and anti-bacterial agent, for headaches, for skin irritations, for bronchial conditions, and for throat and thyroid conditions (along with many other uses).
Baltic Amber is very light-weight, making Baltic Amber jewelry extremely comfortable to wear for both children and adults.
***Disclosure: I received complimentary samples to facilitate my review. No other compensation has been provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
With babies that were born a mere 12 months apart, doing every day things like cleaning or going shopping has been tricky at times. After all, I cannot singlehandedly push a shopping cart and a stroller at the same time. It just isn't possible. And of course, not all stores have those massive carts with 2 kid seats.
Luckily, we discovered baby-wearing early on. Not only is baby-wearing convenient, it also has proven benefits for both the parent and the child. Babies are comforted and happy while all snuggled up, and Mommy can actually do the dishes. Not only that, but babies who feel safe and secure from birth tend to be happier, healthier and very well adjusted.
I have tried several different baby carriers, from slings to wraps to soft-structured carriers. Some I adore, some, not so much. The sling and wrap carriers are probably my least favorite because I just never felt confident that my babies were completely secure. I always worried that they would come tumbling out somehow. (That wouldn't be good!)
Yesterday was absolutely, positively terrifying for us. The day started out quite normally. We got up, bathed the kids, took them to the park, and went grocery shopping. It was a great day until we noticed something odd on Sophie's butt and thighs. Now mind you, she is potty trained and will run around in her panties as she goes to and from the bathroom. We see more of her little tushy than we probably should. So when we saw the scary, angry looking rash appear, we knew for a fact it had come out of nowhere. It wasn't there hours or even minutes before. Of that much, we were completely positive.
I remember being twenty years old, just newly setting up my first apartment. Most of my furniture had been rejected from Goodwill or manufactured from particleboard and cinder block, and I dreamed of a beautiful home with graceful furnishings and a graceful hostess (me) to match. The Bombay Company was the only store in our local mall that carried such fineries, and the store that inspired my decorative imagination.
I was the one standing outside of The Bombay Company before it opened in the morning, breath staining the glass with moisture as I eagerly took stock of the merchandise laid out in front of me behind the locked doors. I was the one who laid down on the couches that were so plush you felt like you would completely disappear into them; the one who pressed her small fingers into the softness of the pillows and let them disappear into the downiness. I was the one who petted the carved wooden giraffes and inspected rugs with patterns that would have been uncomfortable if they hadn’t been so unique, and I was the one who tinkled the decorative crystal ornaments at Christmastime.
There are other upscale furnishing and housewares stores; in fact, there seems to be a plethora of them lately. But I’ve never felt so much at home in any of them as I did in The Bombay Company. There my toes tingled with the possibilities hidden in the uniqueness of their products.
The Bombay Company is now primarily an online company, with an embarrassingly small number of partner stores serving as retail distributors for the brand. But that doesn’t mean that groupies like myself need to go directly into a panic. A quick glance at www.bombaystore.com proves that the company is still in business and still putting out the high-quality products that used to make me clap my hands in glee.
True, one can’t press one’s fingers into virtual pillows unless she has the urge to make some very odd-looking fingerprints on her computer screen, and trying to span vast distances just to pet a wooden giraffe is just plain silly. But the people at Bombay are obviously still working hard to bring us products that will make us gleeful.
It’s not an easy market in which to do it. Leave aside for the moment that most people are tightening their grips on any expendable income, Bombay is still competing with stores like Pier One, Cost Plus World Market, and Tuesday Morning, discount stores which offer globally-inspired decorations and household products similar to The Bombay Company’s for a fraction of the cost. And even competitors that are on par with regards to cost have the added advantage of maintaining physical locations, the lack of which is a potential drawback for Bombay, a company that makes a large portion of its money selling furniture—something people generally want to try before they buy.
As we move forward into an even more internet-centric society, however, it will be interesting to see how The Bombay Company embraces the 21st Century. The fact that it has succeeded in surviving where so many companies have failed is already a testament to its resiliency as a company. Where this resiliency will take it next is anyone’s guess.
Just as long as they keep selling my wooden giraffes.
Marvel’s "Thor: The Dark World" continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s "Thor" and "Marvel’s The Avengers," Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos...but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. To defeat an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor sets upon his most dangerous and personal journey yet, forced into an alliance with the treacherous Loki to save not only his people and those he loves…but our universe itself.
Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano and Jaimie Alexander with Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” is directed by Alan Taylor, produced by Kevin Feige, p.g.a., from a story by Don Payne and Robert Rodat and screenplay by Christopher L. Yost and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, and is based on Marvel’s classic Super Hero Thor, who first appeared in the comic book “Journey into Mystery “ #83 in August, 1962.
“Thor: The Dark World” is presented by Marvel Studios. The executive producers are Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Craig Kyle, Alan Fine, Nigel Gostelow and Stan Lee. The film releases November 8, 2013, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
There is a BRAND NEW CLIP AVAILABLE that just aired during MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Check it out below!
Do your kids like trains? Mine sure do! As a matter of fact, we live near some train tracks and whenever a locomotive makes its way through town and sounds its whistle, they are convinced that their favorite animated trains are coming to say hello to them!
If your littles are like mine, you might want to check out an exciting contest going on now for Chuggington fans. “Are You a SuperStacker?” invites Chuggington fans to show off their best build (using track they already own) for a chance to be featured in NYC’s Times Square!
The contest is open now throughOctober 6, 2013. Per the official rules, only Chuggington StackTrack purchased prior to 12:01 a.m. CDT on September 24, 2013 can be used in this contest.
Visit: www.facebook.com/tomy.toy and click on the SuperStacker fan page for complete rules and contest entry information.
Did you know that most Americans don't get enough fiber in their normal diets? It's recommended that a person gets 20-35 grams daily, but average consumption tends to only be about 10-12 grams. That's a pretty significant difference!
Why do we need fiber? Well, for one, it prevents "pooping problems" as my teen likes to call it. If you don't get enough fiber, bowel movements may not be as regular as they should be, causing painful constipation. (Yeah. I am talking about pooping. I am not at all shy here.)
In addition to keeping a body regular, fiber also helps promote good heart health, helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels, helps remove toxins from the body, and even helps to keep blood sugar levels in check. It even offers a "food source" to the good bacteria that live in our intestines. So as you can see, there are a lot of reasons that getting an adequate supply of fiber is essential for overall well-being.
I am a 35 year old mother with 2 kids and a loving husband. At my age, I still manage to keep my job as an advertising executive. Being a working mom is hard and rewarding at the same time because I get to enjoy the pleasures of family life while being involved with my career. And when it comes to corporate parties such as product launching events and other office events, I always get excited as I get to dress up with some to the lovely dresses to make myself beautiful in these evenings. Finding a dress that would fit my age is not that easy for most of the designs being offered to me are made for younger ladies. There are times that I have to shop extensively in order to find the right dress. I grew tired of it somehow, but all of that changed after I learned about this website which is thegreenguide.com. My friend recommended this website to me before and whenever I need a dress to wear at any occasion, I simply go to this website and buy a dress of my choice.
Here are some of the dresses I have purchased from them the past:
***Disclosure: I received a complimentary product to facilitate my review. No other compensation has been provided. All opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
Having 2 preschool aged children always keeps me on my toes. Sophie will be 4 on New Year's Eve, and little Xander will be 3 just 2 weeks later. (Can you imagine how crazy the Holiday season is in my home?!) My kids are very active, very curious, and love to learn. They really enjoy exploring the world around them, and are very quick to share all of the things they've learned every day. They're smart little cookies, too! They both know their ABC's and 123's, and Sophie can read better than most Kindergarten students. Why are my kids so smart? Well, I would love to attribute it to the fact that I am a super-genius and it's hereditary, but to be completely honest, it's due to lots of one on one instruction and incorporating learning into their play time.
Recently, I was introduced to a ground-breaking company called Creative Baby. They offer an ingenious product called the I-MAT, which comes to life when paired with the Voice Pen. This product turns play time into a digital learning experience where children can learn new words and practice identifying words visually, it teaches sounds, and even teaches little ones to be tri-lingual. (I am not sure if that's really a word, but we'll go with that, haha.)
Before I get into detail about how the I-MAT works, I'd love to tell you a bit more about Creative Baby and their philosophy on early learning.
I have LOADS of winners to announce! I have notified all by e-mail, and winners will have 48 hours to claim their prizes. Thanks so much to everyone who entered, and check back often for more great giveaways!
Without further ado, here are my lucky winners! Congrats!
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