Sunday, February 27, 2011

Mom's Best Bet Monday

There are so many great ideas, reviews, and giveaways going on around the blogosphere that it is hard to remember them all. There is something new going on here every Monday that you can be a part of.

Let's share our 
BEST BET on the Linky or in the comments section below. It could be something you read about, an outrageous recipe, or maybe a product that is outstanding, or an amazing giveaway that you want to share about.

Whatever your best bet is, please share below and we will choose a few to shine in the "
Mom's Best Bets Spotlight!"
Here are some best bets from last week to enter:
$75 giftcode to CSN Stores 3/20  


Wooden Doll-2/28-no entries


MAMG - $100 Sweet Peaches Kids' Bedding GC - 3/16  
   



Thursday, February 24, 2011

Hassle Free and Money Saving Products and Giveaway


Aloha Hawaii KHON 2 Morning viewers! Mahalo for watching this morning and stopping by for more information about these products that were featured.  
Here is the link to watch: CLICK HERE

You can  win these products by entering a comment below. 
Baby B'Air Infant Flight Vest (babybair.com) -  safety harness for babies in airplanes, keeping them safely and securely anchored to their parents when lapseated. Allows more parents to lapseat, saving money, and makes lapseating hassle-free.
Ulubulu Baby Bib (ulubulu.com) - These cute non-toxic 100% silicone baby bibs make meal times a breeze. Easily wipe clean and reuse; no need to bring multiple bibs everywhere or have food soak through the bib.

BabyBriefcase (babybriefcase.com) - This baby briefcase-shaped file organizer is specially designed to store all of a baby's documents and information in a way that can be easily kept track of and accessed by parents whether at home, at the doctor on during travel.

 
Sport-Brella (sklz.com) - There is no need to find a covered area or bring hosts of umbrellas. Sport-Brella gives you instant protection from the elements. Its umbrella action open mechanism allows it to be set up in just three seconds and fits the whole family.


Drink N' Plate (drinknplate.com) - The durable, reusable, dishwasher-safe combo plate and drink holder is perfect for all your outdoor and indoor food and drink needs. Held with one hand, the Drink N' Plate is a combination of plate and drink holder, allowing the entire meal to be carried conveniently and easily. No more buying vast quantities of disposable plates and cups.

Giveaway

You can win one of four fabulous items:
  • Ulubulu bib 
  • Ulubulu pacifier (pink or blue)
  • Baby B'Air flight vest
  • 2 Drink 'N Plate
Four winners will be randomly chosen, each person winning one item.
To Enter: leave a comment and tell me which two of these products you'd most like to win.
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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Undercover Spaghetti Sauce with Vegetables


Adults and children cannot seem to get enough vegetables these days. This is partially due to the lack of vitamins in them from depleted soil and increasing pesticides used.

I found that giving my daughter raw veggies but also adding them into sauces, smoothies, etc. would ensure that she would be getting enough daily. Also, if your child doesn't like to eat his/her veggies, and meal time is stressful, then this is an easy recipe that your kids can enjoy.
Spaghetti Sauce:


1 jar of organic tomato sauce (or homemade)
1/2 cup of sliced carrots
1/2 cup of spinach or kale
sprinkle of oregano fresh basil and parsley


When it has cooked down puree with food processor
*if your child likes a chunkier sauce then add some sauteed zucchini and mushrooms as well.

Gaiam Balance Ball Chair




I have a new blogging chair: The Gaiam Balance Ball Chair System.


Working on a computer can easily equate to poor posture and a sore back. It's also tough to keep your back straight using a regular chair.  To help my posture I use the Gaiam Balance Ball chair and love it.  The removable, anti-burst Balance Ball (55cm) is free of latex and the six most harmful phthalates. The base  cradles the ball with easy-glide casters an air pump and exercise guide.

MY THOUGHTS:

I chose the deep plum color but it comes in a variety of hues including: sage, pool, plum or classic charcoal, each on black base.  I also like that you can burn a lot of calories using the three dynamic, body-shaping workout tools: a medium resistance cord with handles, medium body band and a Balance Ball workout DVD with two complete workouts. Now, after a little bit of typing I pull our the resistance cords and work out for a while. The chair is lightweight and my back feels great after sitting for long period of time. I remove and use the exercise ball a lot which is a nice feature. The guide book was helpful and the assembly took me less than 2 minutes to put together. All and all, I use it everyday and highly recommend it.

Easy assembly required. 
 31½ "H x 20½ "W x 25"D; 13 lb. China.
Included in your Balance Ball Chair System:


A 55cm (22") Balance Ball, removable for exercise on its own.
  • Resistance cord, toning band and 105-minute Balance Ball workout DVD
  • Easy-glide, lockable, castor wheels
  • An air pump
  • Desktop exercise guide to get you moving
Benefits of the Gaiam Balance Ball Chair System  which  was designed by a Chiropractor, Dr. Weinzoff
  • Helps to improve spinal alignment and reduce nerve compression
  • Get a total body, muscle-sculpting workout without weights or a personal trainer
  • Comes with a removable, eco-friendly, 6P-free Balance Ball (55cm)
  • Strengthen your core as you sit in ergonomic comfort
  • Uses professional-grade anti-burst ball that's free of latex and the six most harmful phthalates
  • Redesigned base that cradles your ball for added stability and durability
  • Includes easy-glide, lockable casters, air pump and exercise guide
  • Includes a medium resistance cord with handles
  • Includes a Balance Ball workout DVD
  • Included medium-resistance body band tones your arms, legs and midsection
  • Easy, 1-tool assembly
    Visit Gaiam to purchase your Balance Ball Chair or to view all of the other healthy products they carry.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Mom's Best Bet Monday



There are so many great ideas, reviews, and giveaways going on around the blogosphere that it is hard to remember them all. There is something new going on here every Monday that you can be a part of. 

Let's share our BEST BET on the Linky or in the comments section below. It could be something you read about, an outrageous recipe, or maybe a product that is outstanding, or an amazing giveaway that you want to share about.

Whatever your best bet is, please share below and we will choose a few to shine in the "Mom's Best Bets Spotlight!"
Here are some best bets from last week to enter:


MadameDeals - L’Occitane Skincare (2/20)


ORGANIC BABY CARRIER (PEA POD CREATIONS) US & CAN 3/1  







Moon Dough Barnyard Review

Moon Dough Magic Barnyard Play Set


Kids just love the feel of moon dough in their hands.  Moon Dough is a molding compound for kids ages 2-4. It  claims to never dry out. This dough is soft, wheat free, hypoallergenic, and it cleans up easily. It is very easy to mold and comes in eight different vibrant colors.  There are many play sets available, such as the new barnyard play set that we tried out. The Moon Dough barnyard set comes with molds for a pig, sheep, cow horse, and hay bale.There is also a fence an cute play mat.  The Moon Dough Barnyard retails for $19.99.
Moon Dough™ Barn Play Set

Kids love the texture of moon dough.  It's squishy without being too sticky.  
I like that kids can create animals independently  with a little bit of pressure and without feeling frustrated.  If their molds don't come out right it's easy to squish it and remold again. 
One negative is that the moon dough does crumble, which is why I save it for a picnic table toy.  This way children can play freely without parents panicking  about pieces of moon dough falling on the floor.   
I especially recommend this as a great spring activity for kids that is a lot easier to clean up for parents outside. Also, if you have old playdoh containers laying around, I recommend storing your colors in these because they can be resealed. *product provided  for review purposes by  Spin Master

Moon Dough is available at Toys "R" Us, Target, Walmart, Amazon.com, and many other retailers. 

Organic Raw Honey Review and Giveaway

Organic Canadian Raw Honey - 17.7 oz.Organic Canadian Raw Honey - 15 lb. pail
A Raw Product from the Wilderness
Tropical Traditions has Organic Raw Honey that comes from the frontier areas of Canada, and is only harvested during a 6-week period in the summer. 
I was able to try this sweet treat and made some baklava that was simply delicious.  I like that this honey isn't pasteurized in high heat and filtered, removing many of the beneficial nutrients and enzymes.
Tropical Traditions Organic Raw Honey has not been subjected to the heat of processing, only warmed enough to flow (same temperatures the honey would see inside the hive). 

It contains live yeast and enzymes, because it has not been processed. It also contains pollen because it has not been filtered—merely screened.

One thing I learned from their website is that truly raw honeys do not deteriorate with age, but like fine wines, continue to age and develop into more complex tastes. Very neat!

There are many sweeteners on the market.  I like to use honey because it's natural and  unprocessed.  Raw, organic, Canadian honey, available exclusively in the US through Tropical Traditions is a perfect pick!
Now you can have a chance to win!

GIVEAWAY
Tropical Traditions is giving away 1 jar of Raw HONEY
to one Mom's Best Bets reader!

TO ENTER Visit Tropical Traditions and tell me what other product that you like and why.

EXTRA ENTRY:

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*This contest ends 3/05
Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm Pacific Time. Winner will be notified via email. Open to US  and Canada only.
*Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me a sample of this product to review.  I was under no obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Kidorable Umbrella Giveaway


Have you heard of Kidorable? They are best known for their bright and fabulous umbrellas! They also sell matching rain boots, raincoats, beach towels, backpacks, and more.   I first heard about Kidorable when I saw their beautiful umbrellas on the cover of People magazine below.  Then, a few of my friends had various products bought from Kidorable. I thought, hmmm...this is a pretty popular company with kids!  Let's face it, kids love the rain and having bright colored "cute as a button" umbrellas and rain gear is going to be sought after.
Above is a picture of my daughter in their Pink Ballerina Boots that I was sent to review, another great product for all of the little dancers out there!  They are super cute and perfect for splashing in rain puddles.  I also loved that there was no yucky plastic smell to them. 
They also have a sweet Ballerina umbrella, backpack, hangers, and rain coat in their collection.
Now you can have a chance to win your very own Kidorable umbrella!

GIVEAWAY: Kidorable Umbrella


To Win Visit Kidorable and follow on facebook.


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*Giveaway ends March 15

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Tea Collection Girls Dresses

I love tea and not just the drinking kind. The Tea collection is much like the drink, that is shared in many cultures offering inspiration, warmth and mindfulness. Their children’s fashions bare the tagline “for little citizens of the world,” celebrating the beauty found in cultures around the world.

Tea finds it's beauty through places around the world. Those colors, shapes, sounds, and movements found in these different cultures are exemplified in their pieces.  Tea Collection is inspired by the beauty of cultures around the world and channels those inspirations into apparel with a modern, global vibe.
Songbird Banded Dress $27.00




Tea Collection has also designed a collection for women, which features  sweaters, scarves, and a versatile effortless style you can wear anywhere. The Tea collection has Children's clothing,  Girl's clothing, Boy's clothing and Baby Clothes too!



Plumas Scalloped Dress $39.00

What I like about Tea is that it is that their clothing is not only fashionable but ultra soft, breathable and movable. It is also machine washable. Yes, I am a big fan!

My favorite are their Girls dresses and mix and match sets.  they also carry  tops, leggings, pants, shorts, sweaters, and even outerwear, pajamas, and shoes.

Check out their stunning collections here: http://www.teacollection.com
BUY IT: You can visit their website to order or check out their store locator to find a store that carriesTea near you!
*product provided for review purposes.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Chiropractic and Fertility Connection


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In case you haven't heard every first and third Wednesday is "Wellness Wednesday" here at Mom's Best Bets.  I invite you to learn more about getting healthy with Lifetime Family Wellness Center. 

Chiropractic and Fertility
Is there a connection between receiving chiropractic care and becoming pregnant?  Yes, there actually is.  There are a few studies, one in particular who followed 15 women, who ranged from 22-64.  They were adjusted using a variety of techniques to remove nerve interference that might affect their ability to conceive.  They found that 14 of the 15 subjects became pregnant within 2-20 months of starting this chiropractic care.  
So, why can it help?
The nerves that regulate and control the reproductive system exit from the spine.  I have known more than one person who has seen these kind of results after a only few months of chiropratic adjustments.  Chiropractic care isn't a treatment for infertility, but nervous system interferences may be a factor. 
Just another reason to schedule an appointment today!  
 *For all of my Hawaii Readers check out http://lfwchawaii.com/ to learn more about how you and your family can live a healthier life. 

*If you don't live in Hawaii please check out Bonfire Health which is a collaborative website with Dr. Bruce and two other notable doctors who will give your free tips and information on how to adopt this healthy way of life.

You can learn more about getting a check-up by contacting http://lfwchawaii.com/   

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Zucchini Boats Recipe


The last one left...not for long...
Yummy! Zucchini Boats are just yummy and a lot of fun to eat and make. I enjoy making these for my daughter. 
They are also an excellent source of manganese, vitamin C,magnesiumvitamin Afiberpotassiumfolatecopper,riboflavin, and phosphorus. 

When purchasing zucchini, look for ones that are heavy, shiny, and an average size (not overly big or small). 
There are many different recipes for Zucchini Boats. You canGoogle it, but I use my mom's recipe which is heavenly!
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