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Prefolds

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Did you know prefolds are the most commonly used diaper in the United States?  Prefolds are simple to clean, absorbent, durable, inexpensive, and offer your baby a customized fit every time.

Unlike flats, prefolds come with extra layers of fabric sewn in the center for extra absorbency.  Different quality diapers will have varying layers.  Of course, the higher the quality of prefold, the longer they will last and the better they will work.

Prefolds come in many different weights, sizes, varieties, and fabrics.   There are organic, non-organic, bleached, and unbleached.

Unbleached prefolds tend to last longer since they retain their natural oils.  They also tend to be softer and more durable because their fibers have not been chemically weakened by bleach.

Organic prefolds tend to be on the expensive side.  Organic fabrics work better with babies that tend to have more sensitive skin or are prone to rash.

If you plan to use prefolds, you will also need waterproof covers or wraps.  Depending on how you plan to use your prefolds, certain folds require diaper fasteners.  You can use pins or Snappis.  Prefolds can also be used as doublers and pocket stuffers.

Prefolds might not be for everyone.  You’ll have to do some experimenting to see if they are the right fit for your lifestyle.  It’s important to get your hands on a few different types of fabrics to really see what you are dealing with.  Some babies are more sensitive to one type over the other.  Once you get the hang of prefolds, you’ll be showing all your friends and family members how they work!

Fabrics

  • Birdseye Cotton
    • strongest weave
    • longest lasting, will last multiple children
  • Gauze Cotton
    • softest of all weaves
    • not as long lasting
  • Cotton Twill
    • quilted appearance – helps with absorption
    • not as strong as birdseye but softer than birdseye
  • Hemp
    • durable, more absorbent than cotton
    • naturally antimicrobial – resistant to mold & mildew
    • expensive
  • Indian Cotton
    • soft, durable, absorbent
    • fluffs up after washing
  • Terry/Flannel Cotton
    • soft, durable

Sizing

  • Preemie/Newborn/Extra Small:  5-10 pounds
  • Small:  10-15 pounds
  • Medium:  15-25 pounds
  • Large:  25-35 pounds
  • Extra Large:  30+ pounds
Identification
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    • First and last number tell you how many layers are on the left and right side
    • Middle number tells you how many layers are in the center

Woolzies Dryer Balls Review!

Laundry is probably one of my least favorite chores in the world.  Not only is it time consuming but it’s expensive.  With a family of 6, I feel like I’m doing laundry all the time.  Woolzies Dryer Balls have dramatically reduced the cost and time I spend on laundry which means more time doing other chores things I love!

I must admit, I attempted to make my own dryer balls.  Let’s just say, never again.  I think I spent more time expanding my 3 year old’s vocabulary than making homemade dryer balls.

Woolzies Dryer Balls have been a huge blessing in my laundry routine.  I’ve noticed a significant reduction in drying time.  Even if you do one load of laundry a week, you’ll appreciate how great your clothes will look coming out of the dryer.  For me, I do a ton of laundry.  I have at least 6 loads of just clothes to do in a week and these are not small loads.  I used to use two dryer sheets in each load to reduce static and help fight wrinkles.  That’s a lot of money and not to mention, a lot of unnecessary chemicals being spread all over our clothes, bedding, and towels.  Now, I use my 6 Woolzies Dryer Balls.  If I have some static left, I throw in an aluminum foil ball.

Unlike plastic dryer balls or tennis balls, Woolzies Dryer Balls will not fall apart, will not melt, will not damage your dryer, and are PVC free.  They help in the reduction of wrinkles and static.  Another benefit, Woolzies can help you save time and energy by cutting down on your drying time by an average of 25% per load.  You can use them at home or take them with to a laundry mat.

Woolzies Dryer Balls are guaranteed to last 1,000 loads or your money back!  They are also hypo-allergenic which is great for anyone who has wool sensitivities!  Woolzies will not shed and are great if you have small children because they will not destroy the fire retardant qualities found clothing.

I’m extremely happy to know that Woolzies Dryer Balls are helping my family live a healthier lifestyle and also helping us to reduce our carbon footprint!

This giveaway is open to residents of the US only.  Must be 18+ to enter.  All entries will be verified.
Giveaway ends on 4/20/13 at 11:59pm CST.

mn8 Natural Period Pain Relief Review

Do you suffer from period pain?  How would you like to reduce or completely eliminate period pain month after month, year after year?  What if I told you the other benefits may also include softer skin, shinier hair, stronger nails, a reduction in water retention or bloating, less facial spots, breast tenderness, and/or a reduction in PMS or mood swings?

I was a bit skeptical of the mn8.  Granted, I am exclusively breastfeeding so I haven’t gotten my period back yet (thankfully) but I do suffer from ovarian cyst pain.  When I was around 21, I was diagnosed with ovarian cysts.  They tend to come and go and I was told that I would eventually “outgrow” them.  I’m 28 now and still receive the occasional pain here and there.  Sometimes it’s mildly uncomfortable, sometimes it’s pretty painful.  I’m not one to really load up on pills for pain relief so anything that is drug free is right up my alley!  I was intrigued to try mn8 and see if it really would help!

I’ve been wearing the mn8 for a few weeks now.  It’s effortless and to be quite honest, I don’t even realize it’s there.  I merely take it off and snap it back on my underwear when changing.  It’s neither invasive or distracting.  It is discreet and you’d never know I was even wearing it.

I’ve noticed that I haven’t had any significant pains since beginning to wear the mn8.  I also don’t feel as bloated either and that’s great because I’m always drinking copious amounts of water to keep myself hydrated with breastfeeding.  I haven’t noticed as many pains in my breasts and my nails are stronger than usual too.

mn8 has been reported to provide benefits for polycystic ovaries, prolapsed uterus, incontinence, and IBS.  If you suffer from normal period pain, you can wear the mn8 for a few days before your period and the whole time during your period.  If you experience breast tenderness, you can even place the mn8 on the inside of your bra.

mn8 is a completely natural, non-invasive, gentle, and safe alternative to drugs.  This would be perfect for yourself or even for young teens experiencing period pain.  I know I’ll be offering the mn8 to my 12 year old for pain relief!

Satchelles Custom Diaper Bag Review!

Diaper bags – A mom’s fashion statement and necessity.  But how many stores must you go to before settling on a bag that only half meets your needs?!  Look no further!  A custom diaper bag is exactly what you need!

Since I made the switch to cloth diapers, I have had an impossible time trying to find a diaper bag that fits our needs.  The one I have now has some features I like but in the end, I can’t fit everything in it!  It’s just too small!  So what is a girl suppose to do?  Decide what is essential to keep in a diaper bag and leave the rest at home?  No!  We all know as soon as we decide we don’t need that extra outfit or band-aids, the baby is going to have a blow out diaper and the 3 year old is going to scrape her knee.

I have to carry a lot of stuff.  I need lotions, diapers, band aids, change of clothes, wipes, iPad, toys, diapers, etc etc…I can’t decide what stays and what goes.  I need to carry it all.  When explaining my needs to Michelle, owner of Satchelles, she knew I needed a big bag and a big bag is what I got!

My custom diaper bag is awesome!  I was able to customize the bag to fit our needs – from the fabric and colors, length of the straps and size of the bag, right down to the font for my daughters’ names!  The bag is a durable canvas which means it’s going to be around for a while.  I’m in LOVE with the adorable owl fabric too.

The bag is so huge!  I have extra clothes for both girls, 3 cloth diapers, a couple emergency disposables, wipes, wallet, toys,  lotions, band-aids, changing pad, and more!  The inside pockets are great to store all those little travel baby necessities, hand sanitizer, chapstick, and Satchelle’s business cards to the people asking me where I got my bag!  Oh and I love this – it’s easy to clean since the bag was scotch guarded against stains!

Satchelles owner, Michelle,  has always loved the magic of color that fabric can provide.  After years of searching for the “perfect bag” she decided to start making them herself.  She always wanted to do something that would allow her to incorporate her business experience with the flexibility she needed to be the kind of involved parent that she desired to be.  With a great deal of love and support from her family, Satchelles began February 14, 2012.  During her first year in business, she has produced close to 200 custom bags.  Satchelles has also expanded to include accessories such as make up bags, wallets and more.  This summer, Satchelles added Jumping Jacks, a custom applique division for applique shirts (mostly for children) as well as personalized children’s bags.

Stop searching high and low for the perfect diaper bag.  Go to Satchelles and select the perfect bag for your needs or enter for your chance to win your own bag!

This giveaway is open to residents of the US only.  Must be 18+ to enter.  All entries will be verified.
Giveaway ends on 4/30/13 at 11:59pm CST.

It Works! Review!

So let me say this, I was skeptical.  Can a wrap actually help to tighten and tone my stomach after only 45 minutes?  Can my face look healthier and have an amazing glow after only 45 minutes?  Can a couple scoops twice a day really give me more energy and balance my body’s pH?  Yes, yes, and YES!

Jaree Kneller is a Double Diamond Executive with It Works!  She is also an army wife and mom of 3.  She has used these wraps to help tighten, tone, and firm her waistline so I thought, why can’t I do the same?

Jaree and her husband were kind enough to load me up with a great package to help me experience the It Works! products to the fullest.  Not only did we have a great phone conversation about all the perks that come with being an It Works! distributor, but we also discussed the benefits that come with each product.

Let’s start off with the It Works! product, Greens!  Greens are for those people who don’t eat enough fruits and veggies.  As a breastfeeding mother, it’s important for me to eat a healthy, balanced diet.  I try to do the best that I can but any extra help that I can get in assisting with my nutrition is an extra bonus.  I usually wake up pretty groggy in the mornings.  I co-sleep with Olive so my sleeping isn’t always the best.  After two scoops in my morning juice, I can feel myself perk up.  I don’t like to drink coffee or cappuccino since I’m breastfeeding so this is a much healthier alternative to caffeine!

The next thing up to try were the It Works! Ultimate Body Applicators.  I have done 3 out of the 4 wraps so far and let me tell you, I could tell right away after the first one that my clothes were fitting better and my pants felt a lot looser.  Granted, you must drink large amounts of water during the 72 hours of using the wraps but when you are a nursing mother, you tend to drink half your body weight in liquids anyways.  I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how well my skin and body look after 3 wraps.  My tummy feels smoother and I feel like I have more definition as well.  Kind of like I’ve been working out but without the whole sweating and going to the gym aspect.

The wraps are super easy to put on.  I didn’t have any saran wrap in the house to help hold the wrap in place for 45 minutes so I used a compression band instead.  That seemed to work very well and I hardly noticed I had the wrap on except for a menthol like smell and a cool tingly feeling.  I kept myself busy during the 45 minutes and drank some water.  As you can see, the wraps have made a tremendous difference.  I feel like I’m actually getting back that hourglass figure that I once had before having babies.  My stretchmarks are less visible and my skin feels super soft.

(Depending on your eating and exercise habits, you can expect to see results last anywhere form 2-6 months.)

I figured I’d save the It Works! Facial Applicator for the night before Olive’s baptism.  My husband said I looked like the “Man in the Iron Mask” with it on.  All I know is I put it on, waited 45 minutes, removed the mask, rubbed the remaining lotion into my face, and looked like a million bucks.  My face looked hydrated and refreshed.  It felt so smooth and I looked more like a youthful woman rather than a frumpy housewife.

All in all I think that the It Works! products helped to make this mom of 4 feel like a whole new woman.  I feel energized, healthier, toned, and refreshed.  I would recommend anyone to use any of these products that I tried from It Works! and to consider becoming apart of their loyal customer program where you can receive items for a discounted price.

 

Slap Koozies Review – Slap One On Today!

Slap Koozies have got to be the neatest thing ever!  I’ve purchased novelty can koozies in the past but find them to be too big and bulky.  The Slap Koozie can easily be stored flat or slapped onto a wrist.

Honestly, half the time I forget that I even own a can koozie.  I usually forget where I stuck it or it’s just too big and bulky to carry around.  This is definitely an innovative and fun way to keep your canned beverage cold without the inconvenience of carrying around a koozie once you finish your beverage.

My husband and I had a great time with these.  He’s a big can koozie fan so he was immediately ready to put one to use.  We had a little birthday party for my brother so we had a few adult beverages in the house to try them out on.

I would highly recommend these as a fun product to help market your business or give as party favors!  My husband always holds a big fantasy football draft party for his friends and these would make a great party accessory for the guys!

 

Medela Pump In Style Advanced Backpack Review

Like a lot of other moms out there, I had no idea how I was going to get $300 to buy one.  I had just spent $100 on a pump that didn’t do squat for me.  So I did what every desperate mother had to do, I got a used pump.  It was a Medela and I was on cloud 9.  It did the job and I was able to get a little freezer stash going.  I recently borrowed a newer Medela and I thought dang, can it get better?

Yes, it really can!

My OB’s nurse sent a note over to our local durable medical supply store last Wednesday and on Monday, I became the proud owner of the Medela Pump In Style Advanced Backpack.  I chose the backpack design because I do pump in about every room of my house (at my computer desk as I type this) and I had already had lugged around the other two tote ones before.  It was time for something different.

The pump comes in a nice black backpack and the pump is located in the bottom zippered compartment.  It’s definitely more backpack than pump.  If I were going to be returning to work, this would be awesome.  Lots of room to keep magazines, books, cellphone, iPad, pump parts, breast pads, water bottle, and snacks.  Basically whatever you need to keep you entertained while pumping.  Very roomy!

Included is:

  • 1 – Black microfiber backpack with integrated motor unit
  • 1 – AC adapter
  • 1 – Battery pack (8 AA batteries not included)
  • 1 – Insulated cooler bag and ice pack
  • 4 – 5 oz/150mL BPA-free breast milk bottles and lids
  • 1 – Double pumping kit with two – 24 mm (medium) PersonalFit™ breastshields
  • 2 – PersonalFit connectors
  • 2 – Valves
  • 4 – Membranes
  • 1 – Set of tubing
  • Instructions for use in English/Spanish/French
  • Breastfeeding Information Guide

I got everything washed up on Monday and air dried by pumping time on Tuesday.  Olive was napping so it was the perfect opportunity to hook the bad boy up.  I was AMAZED at how quickly milk was expressed and also how my lazy boob was really kickin’  butt!  You know, that one boob you HAVE to nurse off of but isn’t your baby’s favorite.  Usually lazy boob, on a good day, produces about 4 drops.  I got about an ounce outta each boob and I had only nursed Olive about a half hour prior.

Clean up is the same, hot soapy water and then air dry.  No big change here.  I was excited about the new bottles because it’s always fun to add to the collection of Medela bottles I have.  Everything is all shiny and new and fancy.  Truly like Christmas all over again for me!

What I can tell you is this, if you are in the market for a breast pump, really consider a Medela.  This model is intended to be a single-user pump so you probably don’t wanna share it with anyone but yourself since there is a “risk” of spreading disease.  This shouldn’t be a problem since everyone in America that makes the choice to breastfeed should be getting a free pump.

I hate to pump but this pump made it exciting again!  If you want more information about the different pumps Medela carries or any other information.

**I was not gifted any item for the purpose of this review.  I did not receive any compensation.  My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.**

Dermagist Ultimate Clarifying System for Acne Prone Skin Review!

Being a mom of four doesn’t leave much time for me.  I’m lucky if I can get a shower in most days.  My time is precious so I need a product that is worth my time and energy.  Between everyday stress and a not-so-great diet, my skin really suffers.  I’ve tried a lot of different skin care products in the past but they didn’t work.  The Dermagist Ultimate Clarifying System for Acne Prone Skin is different.  It’s made my skin look and feel completely different!

So get this, I’m 28 and still suffer from breakouts.  I thought this stuff ended after the teen years; I guess not!  Along with my breakouts is this overall redness.  I also have combination skin so it seems even more difficult to find that perfect balance.  Most skin care products have such harsh ingredients that it causes my face to dry out and become even more red and irritated.

The ingredients found in the Ultimate Clarifying System are natural but strong enough to tackle even the worst acne.  Not only does the system tackle acne breakouts but it also helps to reduce irritation and redness.  One of the ingredients, Resveratrol, is a world-renowned antioxidant that provides anti-aging benefits.  Those are all things I need and want in a skin care system.
The Detoxifying Cleanser with Resvertrol is so gentle.  It’s engineered to deeply cleanse and calm the skin all while removing dirt and oil.  All it takes is a small amount to create a rich lather.  It leaves my face feeling clean, hydrated, and healthy.
While I have active breakouts, I use the Clarifying Cream with Resveratrol.  It’s a powerful, lightweight cream that soothes any irritation I have and clears up the acne.  It leaves my skin feeling silky and a little goes a long way!  I love that it’s a creamy texture that is easy to apply.
When I’m not experiencing active breakouts, I use the Acne Scar Fading Creamwith Acai Berry Extract.  I had and still have a bad habit of picking.  I have some pretty bad scarring in a few areas so I cannot wait to continue using this cream and watch it work.  It also offers great coverage and also leaves my skin feeling silky and smooth.
After just a few days of using the Ultimate Clarifying System, I could begin to see a difference.  The redness was fading and my acne was drying up in record time.  My sister even made a comment on how great my skin was looking and asked what I was using.
I can confidentially say that after spending money on several well-known products for acne, I have never received results like I have with the Dermagist Ultimate Clarifying System for Acne Prone Skin.  It’s amazing!  Stop missing out on life and begin enjoying it with a face free of acne, redness, and irritation thanks to Dermagist’s Ultimate Clarifying System for Acne Prone Skin!

One lucky reader will win an Ultimate Clarifying System for
Acne Prone Skin from Dermagist (RV $95.99).

Must be 18+ to enter.  Open to US only.
Giveaway ends 5/18/13 at 11:59pm CST.

Prana SpaCeuticals Organic Hand Sanitizer Review!

Prana SpaCeuticals Organic Hand Sanitizer moisturizes, nourishes, and kills germs all at the same time.  Unlike most alcohol based hand sanitizers which leave your hands feeling dry, Prana Organic Hand Sanitizer is made with organic Aloe Vera and Vitamin E.  This leaves your hands feeling extremely silky smooth and hydrated.

Prana SpaCeuticals Organic Hand Sanitizer is also made with Tea Tree Oil and Peppermint Oil.  This combination helps awaken my senses and leaves my hands feeling clean.  I keep this bottle right next to my daughter’s diaper changing supplies so as soon as I’m finished changing her diaper, I can use it to help feel refreshed.  Plus it helps diffuse the smell around me.

What’s really great is a little goes a long ways.  I only ever use a small drop in my hands and it’s the perfect amount.  It also has a really nice consistency, not all watery like most hand sanitizers.  I’m not afraid to let my kids use it too since I know it won’t harm their delicate skin.  They enjoy the feel and the smell too!

Prana SpaCeutical products are inspired by Earth’s natural resources.  They carefully select sources from the most reputable origins and formulate with Organic Botanicals, Herbs, Nourishing Nut-Oils, Skin Loving Butters and Marine Minerals.

Visit the Prana SpaCeutical website and begin exploring all their great products!

 

Peek Away 4 in 1 Essentials Nursing Kit Review!

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The Peek Away 4 in 1 Essentials Nursing Kit is a must have for all on-the-go breastfeeding mothers.  Peek Away helps to make every nursing and diaper changing experience feel just as comfortable as if you were at home.

Peek Away is an award winning traveling nursing pillow and changing station.  Not only are the Peek Away Nursing Kits super cute and trendy, they are also multi-functional.  Once spring and summer hit, we are constantly on the move.  Between birthday parties, play dates, softball games, cookouts and walks to the park, I need something that is quick and easy to grab that stores exactly what I need.

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I love the built in pockets which hold exactly what I need when I’m on the go.  I don’t ALWAYS want to carry a large diaper bag and sometimes I don’t need to.  Even when we take a walk to the park or around town, it’s easy to just grab my Peek Away and go.  It holds everything I need.

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Have you ever been somewhere that doesn’t have a changing station?  I know when we are at our 12 year old’s softball games, it’s a huge rarity to find a bathroom with a changing station.  And let’s face it, those flimsy pads that come with diaper bags just don’t cut it.  With the Peek Away, I can change Olive comfortably on a picnic table, the ground, a bleacher, or even in the back of my mini-van.  The pad has a wonderfully soft foam layer and is super sturdy.  I love that I don’t have to rummage through a large diaper bag to find a diaper or wipes, it’s all right in front of me and within arms reach!

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Did I mentioned the nursing cover yet?  It’s huge!  When I feel I need some privacy, the nursing cover has got me covered.  I always have my little Olive with me when I teach Sunday School so when she’s hungry, I can slip on the nursing cover and feed her.  It’s 100% cotton and allows for easy viewing of baby’s every move.  Some nursing covers have flimsy necklines which don’t allow mom to easily guide baby to the breast or maintain eye contact.  When you have a great nursing cover, such as the one that comes in the Peek Away Nursing Kit, you can spend more time comfortably and confidently nursing your baby.  There’s even a large, super soft pocket found on the inside of the cover that doubles as a burp cloth.

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The comfort and ease of the Peek Away Nursing Kit is amazing.  Having the detachable shoulder strap double as a waist strap allows me to keep the nursing pillow in place – perfect for my squirmy nurser.  It’s the right size and allows me to feed Olive comfortably wherever I am without the need of other bulky pillows or blankets.  It’s also the perfect height too so I don’t have bend over and strain to nurse her.

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The Peek Away Nursing Kit features:
– Detachable shoulder strap which doubles as a waist strap to keep the nursing pillow in place
– Nursing Pillow
– Built-in 3 panel foam cushion Diaper Pad
– Built-in removable/refillable wipe case
– Oval Shaped Nursing Cover with adjustable strap
– Built-in pocket on Nursing Cover to use as burp cloth
– Built-in storage pockets/compartment for essential items
– Neoprene canvas/100% cotton which is easy to clean and care for The Peek Away 4 in 1 Essential Nursing Kit is the perfect Baby Shower gift or gift for yourself.  It comes in 3 great prints to choose from.  I love mine more and more each time I use it!

 

Upere Wedge Sneaker Review & Coupon Code!

Upere is a new fashion brand established in 2012.  They specialize in producing high-end, trendy wedge shoes and wedge sneakers.  Not only are they stylish, but they are comfortable too!

Now I must admit, after 4 kids I’m definitely more of the comfortable dressing housewife and mother than chic, stylish fashionista.  I don’t have a personal assistant, hair and make up artist, nanny, or stylist to tell me what looks good or what doesn’t – although my husband does fit in to a couple of those categories.  When I do get a spare moment to think about what doesn’t have boogers or baby food crusted to it, I like to look good and trendy.  Upere is that perfect fit for my lifestyle.  9 chances out of 10, you’ll see me wearing sneakers and that’s great because Upere’s Sporty Wedge Sneakers can be dressed up or down to fit my needs!

Without actually trying a pair of Upere wedge sneakers on, you’d never know how comfortable they really are.  I’m not a heel person and honestly, you would never know there was a 2 inch hidden heel!  I just picked up a new pair of skinny jeans so I knew I had to pair them with my new Upere Wedge Sneakers.  How do you think I look?  I love them!  I don’t feel like a mom of 4 in these shoes.  I feel really hip and trendy and sexy!

The wedge sneaker is comfortable to walk in and it was designed with daily walking in mind. The velcro straps mean no bending over to tie shoes while walking with a baby or toddler in your arms or carrier. I like the adjustability of the velcro straps too. I can tighten or loosen however I want so they are customized just for me. Unlike cheap imitation wedge sneakers you might see out there, Upere Wedge Sneakers are made of premium quality suede leather and sheep skin. They also feature an anti-slipping rubber sole.

My mind has been completely changed about shoes since wearing my Upere Wedge Sneakers.  They are stylish, comfortable, and they look great with skinny legged jeans or leggings.  I cannot wait to show them off even more once the weather gets warmer.  I should mention that the craftsmanship of the sneakers is amazing.  You get what you pay for with Upere – excellent quality!  They even come packaged in dust bags.  I don’t know about you but I’ve never owned a pair of shoes that come in such fancy wrapping.  I was highly impressed!

If you are looking to splurge on a great pair of shoes, I would highly recommend Upere Wedge Sneakers!  There are tons of great colors to choose from that will fit in with your style and wardrobe perfectly.  When it comes to ordering your first pair of Upere Wedge Sneakers and you are unfamiliar with European sizing, my only suggestion would be to order a half size bigger than your normal shoe size!  This will prevent you from needing to exchange them!

Join the many celebrities already rockin’ Upere Wedge Sneakers and order a pair today!
You can find Upere on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

Upere has offered Fun With Four readers a special 15% off code to use on a purchase of wedge sneakers!
Just enter UPERE at checkout!

Teething Bling Review!

Teething Bling is the original teething jewelry that allows moms to wear jewelry again.  You can safely allow your baby to grab and chew without the worry of small pieces or unsafe chemicals.  Let their curiosity get the best of them with Teething Bling.

Since receiving my Teething Bling Onyx Donut Shaped Signature Pendant, it’s become apart of my every day wardrobe.  If I forget to put it on, Olive seems so lost and quite honestly, so do I!  Olive not only loves to chew on it while in my arms or baby carrier, she also loves fiddling with it while nursing.  Even when there’s a lot of distractions around us, she grabs a hold of my pendant and it helps keep her focused on the task at hand.

I love knowing that Teething Bling is completely safe for Olive to chew on.  She’s in that fun age where anything and everything makes its way right into her mouth.  All Teething Bling products are made using FDA approved medical-grade, food-safe silicone.  Teething Bling contains no phthalates, BPAs, PVCs, lead or latex.  As an added safety measure, Teething Bling is hung on a cord with a break away clasp.  Plus Silicone is so easy to clean – just a little soap and water is all you need and you’ll never have to worry about fungus, mold, or bacteria.

Have you seen all the different color choices and jewelry styles that Teething Bling offers?  Honestly, you’d never know it was jewelry designed with teething babies in mind.  It soothes and entertains baby while being fun and stylish for mom.

Smart Mom Jewelry is working with Fun With Four on a giveaway!  One lucky winner will win a Teething Bling Gift Set of their choice!
Must be 18+ to enter.  Open to US only.
Giveaway ends 5/4/13 at 11:59pm CST.

 

Picture Collage Maker Review

Take your digital photos and create beautiful photo collages and more with Picture Collage Maker!

I usually struggle to find a collage maker that’s easy to use – not anymore!  Picture Collage Maker is extremely easy to use and allows me to create tons of projects without spending all day on the computer.  With a few clicks, I can create a beautiful photo collage using one of the thousands of professionally-drawn templates found in the library.  If there is something I want to change, I can customize it any way that I want.

Collage Wizard makes it even easier to use Picture Collage Maker.  All you have to do is upload however many photos you want to use, select a template, and let the wizard work its magic!  Don’t like the pictures it chose?  Click shuffle to be surprised with a new selection of photos in new positions.

You can use Picture Collage Maker to create custom calenders for your family, office, club or church group.  They can include everything from pictures to logos to text.  You can then decide to print and share or keep it for yourself as your desktop wallpaper.  Aren’t they amazing?!  These would make great gifts for Grandma & Grandpa!

Picture Collage Maker even has a greeting card maker.  Think of all the money you will save by creating beautiful, personalized keepsakes that will be treasured by friends and family.  No more boring store bought cards that lack meaning.  You can then decide to email it, save it as an image on your computer, set it as your desktop wallpaper or print directly.

If you want to give Picture Collage Maker a try before you buy, download a 15 day free trial before making a commitment!  At $29.90 for a single-user personal license, it’s extremely affordable.  Picture Collage Maker is available for Mac, iOS, and Windows.

 

Household Traditions All Purpose Cleaner Review!

Household Traditions offers a safe and non-toxic solution for all of your household needs!  Get rid of those harmful chemicals and make the switch to Household Traditions All Purpose Cleaner!

What if I told you there was a cleaner out there that was safe to use on almost everything in your house?  What if I told you it was also environmentally safe, non-toxic, dye free, and powerful enough to cut through the toughest grease and dirt?  Look no further because Household Traditions All Purpose Cleaner is an enzyme-based botanical formula that you can use for all of your household or commercial needs!

Kitchen – Use on counter tops, stove tops, ovens, refrigerators, and sinks!  You can even it as a dishwasher liquid either in the sink or dishwasher.  Try it in a soap dispenser and use as hand soap.
Bathrooms – Use to clean the bathtub, sink, and toilet.  Cuts through soap scum in minutes!
Automobiles – Use when washing your car, spray directly on tires, and even as an engine cleaner!
Fruits/Vegetables – Use to clean your produce!
Laundry – Use as a pre-spray on stains and spots or add to your wash cycle.

You can even use Household Traditions All Purpose Cleaner on carpets, walls, and floors!

Ingredients:  A botanical solution comprised of: purified water, amino acids, minerals and other ingredients derived from leafy green, edible and seed-bearing plants.

I’ve been extremely pleased with Household Traditions All Purpose Cleaner.  It does not have an overbearing chemical smell like most products out there.  I feel much safer using it around my house, especially on my counter tops.  I feel safer knowing it’s non-toxic and safe to use, especially since I’ve got a house full of kids!  Since we started juicing, I’m using it to clean our fresh produce.  I’m using it to pre-treat stains in our laundry.  Heck, I’m using it all over the house to clean anything and everything!  It’s my #1 household cleaner!

If you order by clicking on any of my links and have never ordered from Tropical Traditions in the past, you will receive a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil, and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you.  Please check out my review all about Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil.  There are hundreds of uses for coconut oil.

One lucky reader will win their own Household Traditions All Purpose Cleaner!
Must be 18+ to enter.  Open to US and Canada.
Giveaway ends 6/11/13 at 11:59pm CST.

Ultimate Flora Probiotic Review!

Are you looking for a dietary supplement made with naturally-occurring probiotic cultures to help with your digestive issues?  Look no further because Ultimate Flora Probiotics can help provide you with many health benefits for your digestive system and your whole body!

You might be thinking to yourself, what the heck are probiotics and why would I need them?  Probiotics are the good bacteria that help to keep you healthy by balancing your intestinal flora.  They help enhance digestion, prevent digestive upset, and even help your body absorb valuable nutrients from food during the digestive process.  Did you know that up to 80% of the body’s immune system is associated with the intestinal tract?  Probiotics help to stimulate the immune system by promoting a healthy gut.

Ultimate Flora is different from other probiotics out there.  Ultmiate Flora offers high-potency probiotics that ensure at least 10 billion active cultures per capsule serving.  Plus they offer a unique delayed release system which helps probiotics resist stomach acid. Just one capsule taken on a daily basis should help you to maintain a healthy digestive system.

Since my toddler and husband both seem to be the ones that experience digestive issues, I thought it best to have them both give Ultimate Flora Probiotics a try.  A lot of my friends around me have been talking about probiotics so this was perfect timing!  My 3 year old frequently experiences gas and tummy pains and my husband, oh man…he is just a big ball of gas, upset stomach, and diarrhea.  He is also a diabetic so he needs all the help he can get with his immune system too.

My daughter has been taking the Ultimate Flora Kids Probiotic 3 Billion.  It has a great tasting berry-licious flavor, which she loves, and does not contain any sugar or artificial sweeteners, flavors, colors, or preservatives.   Another feature is that it is dairy, soy, and gluten free!  We refer to it as Amaya’s “chewy” when it comes time to taking her probiotic.  We always take it between breakfast and dinner.  She actually looks forward to taking it and if I forget, she’s right there reminding me she needs her chewy!

My husband has been taking the Ultimate Flora Daily Care Probiotic 15 Billion.  It contains 15 Billion cultures and 10 strains of health-promoting Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli.  It contains no wheat, gluten, soy, dairy, eggs, shellfish, tree nuts, or artificial ingredients.  It’s an easy to swallow vegetable capsule too!

Since both have begun taking Ultimate Flora Probiotics, I’ve seen a significant change in both.  My daughter is less gassy and does not complain about an upset stomach on a daily basis anymore.  She also no longer experiences loose stools.  Come to think of it, my husband is the same too.  He usually comes home from work complaining of an upset stomach but he hasn’t complained in quite some time.  In fact, he also doesn’t clear a room anymore with his gas!  (Sorry honey!)

Overall, when anyone asks me to recommend a probiotic, I always suggest

One lucky reader will win an Ultimate Flora Probiotic of their choice!
Must be 18+ to enter.  Open to residents of US only.
Giveaway ends 6/7/13 at 11:59pm CST.