Nûby™ Booster Seat Review & Giveaway

With Rob’s work schedule and deployments Parker and I have many meals on our own. I don’t make breakfast or lunch ahead of time so I would usually cart Parker’s highchair into the kitchen. It was a little annoying to move it back and forth not to mention the space it took up in the kitchen.

We have been using the Nûby™ Booster Seat for about 2 months now I am so excited to share our review of it. It certainly is one of my favorite products right now and use it daily. We have a breakfast bar in the kitchen so we keep the booster there. Parker and I eat breakfast and lunch there most days.

What I love most is that I can get meals ready, clean up the kitchen and do dishes while Parker eats and watches. Sometimes he also gets a little work done 😉

When it comes to high chairs and booster seats I always first look at the safety features. Even though the Nûby™ Booster Seat is compact, it still packs in all of the safety features that matter.

The sturdy base is small enough to fit on most chairs, that we have tried, yet wide enough to balance nicely.

There are two safety straps to keep the booster seat secure on the chair. One wraps around the back and the other underneath. Both straps are rather long to accommodate different size chairs. When used properly, the booster is extremely secure and stable on a chair.

Belts are a must for highchairs in this house. So many things can go wrong in a matter of seconds. The crotch belt has a loop that secures through the waste belt providing a 3-point harness.

At his 18 month check up Parker weighed in at a whopping 30 pounds 3 ounces so I am very happy that the Nûby™ Booster Seat can safely hold children up to 65 lbs. We’ll be able to use it for quite awhile.

The Nûby™ Booster Seat is available in a variety of colors on Amazon for $22.99.

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Nûby™ Hot Safe™ Feeding Spoons Review

I love how independent Parker has become in just the last few months. It seems like every moment of everyday is spent figuring out something new in the world. One of my favorite new tricks is eating with utensils. I don’t know why but it just seems so grown up to me.

We didn’t really set out to transition to silverware, it just kind of happened. He started showing an interest so we would give him one to play around with. He would spend most of the time holding the spoon in one hand and picking up the food with his other hand. Slowly his fine motor skills have improved and he is pretty sturdy with them.

I know that the Nûby™ Hot Safe™ Feeding Spoons had a lot to do with how quickly he picked up using utensils. The long handle allowed him to learn the motions and then practice on his aim. The small shallow bowl of the spoon allows for the right amount to fit into his mouth limiting messes.

Another nice feature is the color changing bowl to indicate when food is too hot (approximately 110˚F/43˚C or above). This was a great feature back when we were using them for purees. I’ll admit, I didn’t really “try” many of them!

You can find the Hot Safe™ Feeding Spoons at Amazon for $5.99 as well as several local retailers.

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Amber For Babies Review & Giveaway

Forget the midnight feedings, diaper explosions and transitioning to the crib… In this house teething has been one of the hardest milestones so far. Even though Parker has been taking it like a champ, I can tell he is in pain. I usually get the hint a new tooth is coming in when there is a difference in sleep pattern, increased attachment, occasional fever and a whole lot of drool.
Since I try to stay away from medications when possible, there wasn’t really much that we did in the beginning. Just lots of cuddles, cold teethers and frozen wash cloths. When I started hearing about Baltic Amber Teething Necklaces around the mommy circle, I was certainly intrigued. Shortly after, I was asked by Amber For Babies to do a review of one of their Baltic Amber Teething Necklaces. Although Parker has a fair amount of teeth at this point, I still saw value in giving it a try especially with those pesky molars coming in.
What is Baltic Amber?
Baltic Amber is fossilized sap found in ancient trees surrounding the Baltic Sea 25-50 million years ago.

What are the benefits?
Baltic Amber has been used for centuries for it’s natural healing and anti-inflammatory properties. It is believed that when the Amber comes in contact with the skin it can help reduce pain, drooling and irritability in a teething baby. Some have claimed it has also help with eczema, aid in organ repair, help memory and relieve abdomen pain.

Are they safe?
As with anything baby related, these necklaces are safe when used properly in the correct situations. Necklaces should not be worn when unsupervised especially during sleep time. The also shouldn’t be long enough to reach the mouth. The homeopathic benefits of Baltic Amber necklaces are from contact with the skin and are not meant to be chewed. Only use when you are close and can monitor this. Any parent knows that accidents do happen. With the Baltic Amber Necklaces made by Amber For Babies, there is no need to panic if the necklace breaks because the string is knotted between every bead.

Product Information.
Baltic Amber Necklaces are lightweight and almost undetectable when worn. They run about 11.5 – 12 inches long, come in a variety of colors and can be purchased polished or raw. Most importantly, they are unisex and it’s perfectly acceptable for boys to wear them! Amber For Babies understands that every minute matters while teething that is why they provide fast service and ship via USPS Priority Mail and offer same day shipping on orders made before 2:00pm EST.

I proudly wear the crunchy momma name tag while cloth diapering, shopping at the local farmers markets and buying toys made in the US from recycled materials. After doing more research on what Baltic Amber necklaces really are I realized that they are right up my alley. I love the story behind the origin of Baltic Amber and the ways it’s been used to naturally heal over centuries. My philosophy with natural healing is that if there is no risk, why not try it.

Parker has been wearing his for just about a month a few hours each day during supervised active play. I have seen a decrease in irritability and discomfort in his demeanor when he has it on. He could tell it was there and played with it a little in the beginning. Now he tilts his head forward to make it easier to secure and doesn’t bother it at all. I actually wonder if he realizes it makes him feel better which is why he doesn’t bother it.

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It is important that you purchase a genuine necklace made of Baltic Amber. Amber For Babies is currently running a 20% sale on all of their Baltic Amber jewelry in the month of January. Choose from a variety of colors and types here!

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KIDZ BOP Christmas #Giveaway

When I became a Mom I thought I would have to say goodbye to my music in the car. Luckily for me, when I was attending a blogging conference in Chicago this past summer, I was introduced to KIDZ BOP music. The KIDZ BOP kids take current popular songs and recreate them for a young audience. Parker loves when I sing along to a song, especially when it has a beat! We LOVE our KIDZ BOP 24 and jam to it in the car all the time, especially Thrift Store since we are constantly scoping out crazy finds there 🙂

There are so many things I love about Christmas. The shopping for the perfect gift, time with family, decorating, baking and especially the music. It just gets me in such a great mood and really excited about the holidays. I love traditional songs that current artists sing with their own unique style.

You can imagine my excitement when I received the KIDZ BOP Christmas album in the mail to review. It really got me into the holiday spirit and was perfect to listen to while decorating and baking. Parker must have been watching me closely because he started shaking his butt and swaying his head!

The KIDZ BOP Christmas album showcases some classic Christmas songs including:

All I Want For Christmas Is You  |  Santa Claus Is Coming To Town  |  Up On The Housetop Winter Wonderland  |  Must Be Santa  |  Silver Bells  |  Mistletoe And Holly
It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year  |  Christmas Wrapping  |  I Saw Three Ships
The 12 Days Of Christmas  |  Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer  |  Jingle Bell Rock
Go Christmas  |  Auld Land Syne

It’s tough to pick my favorite but if I had to choose it would probably be All I Want For Christmas Is You. Rob just got back from deployment yesterday and having my family whole again is the greatest gift ever.

Check out some of their other catchy collections here! Keep up on the latest KIDZ BOP news by following on FacebookTwitter and YouTube! Even as an adult I love their videos and that they will be appropriate for Parker to watch as he gets older!

More about KIDZ BOP:
KIDZ BOP is more than just music, they are a social network and video site for kids. Through close moderation the KIDZ BOP website provides a, “safe environment where kids can make and upload their own photos and videos, create their own webshows and fan pages, enter contests, play games and listen to music just for kids.” You can check out more on how they keep KIDZ BOP safe here.

You can buy a copy of the KIDZ BOP Christmas album for $11.99 here.

KIDZ BOP is spreading the holiday cheer and offering one of my lucky readers a copy of the KIDZ BOP Christmas album. Just enter below!

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Nûby™ Step Up Stool Review

One of Parker’s latest favorite phrases has been, “I do Mama”… It was hard to hear but I know it’s just part of his developing independence. I try to let him to things himself as much as possible, of course with my close supervision! I was very excited when I received the Nûby™ Step-up Stool to review. It was the perfect solution for the bathroom. We have low sinks and this was all Parker needed to reach the sink. He loved brushing his teeth before but now, during our night time routine, I constantly finding him in the bathroom standing at the sink just waiting.

Nûby™ did a great job designing this stool to be simple but very safe.
– You may not believe it by it’s size but this still and holds up to 800lbs.
– The no skid base making it safe to use in bathrooms and kitchens.
– The no slip top makes it safer to climb up on and stand. 
Built in handles make it easy to grab and move around, even with one hand. 
– It’s small size still gets the job done and allows for easy storage under the sink

The Nûby™ Step-up Stool comes in several vibrant colors and available for $19.95, free shipping with Prime and free returns on Amazon.

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