Category Archives: For the Dad

Spark of Amber Hazelwood and Baltic Amber Necklace Review!

Spark-of-Amber-Review

Spark of Amber carries a wide variety of amazing and authentic Baltic Amber products straight from Lithuania and the Baltic region.  With fast and FREE shipping, Spark of Amber has something for everyone!

I have always believed in the powers of Baltic Amber.  When my 3 year old was teething, she always had on her Baltic Amber Teething Necklace.  Even now when she complains of her molars coming through, I’ll stick a Baltic Amber Teething Necklace on her to help take away the inflammation and pain.  You’ll see my little Olive with a Baltic Amber Teething Necklace on almost always as well.

I was excited to get my hands on one of Spark of Amber’s Tranquility Hazelwood and Baltic Amber necklaces.  I’ve heard so many great things about Hazelwood that combined with Baltic Amber, I knew this would be a powerhouse necklace.  Hazelwood has long been used in Europe as a traditional remedy to help with such ailments as eczema, heartburn, morning sickness, acid reflux, headaches, heartburn, and arthritis.  The healing oils of Baltic Amber, which is a fossilized resin, is said to relieve teething pain, tame baby’s irritability and relieve inflammation in the throat, ear, and stomach.  Baltic Amber is also greatly prized by Europeans for its claimed 100% natural anti-inflammatory, pain relieving, and calming properties.

The quality of this necklace is outstanding.  This necklace was handcrafted with authentic Baltic Amber rounded beads and naturally grown Hazelwood from Lithuania.  It’s a comfortable and lightweight necklace that my 10 month old wears constantly.  She doesn’t even notice it is there most days.  I have noticed she sleeps better at night and her demeanor is much more relaxed and calm throughout the day.  Since the oils are released through contact with the skin, it’s working the whole time she has it on.  She just recently popped 4 teeth without the need of any tylenol or pain relievers!

You’ll notice that the necklace features a twist screw clasp which I find to be incredibly durable and safe.  Baltic Amber and/or Hazelwood Necklaces are not meant to be sucked on or chewed on.  They are meant to be worn against the skin to receive the most benefit!  I just tuck it in my daughter’s shirt and you’d never know it was there!

A lot of places sell Baltic Amber but Spark of Amber ensures their Baltic Amber is authentic.  They even quality test all jewelry before shipment.  Plus they offer FREE shipping.  How awesome is that?!  Since A LOT of my friends enjoy the benefits of Baltic Amber for themselves and their children, you bet I’m going to be telling the all about Spark of Amber’s quality and craftsmanship….and FREE shipping!

 

BeKOOOL Itch Relief Patches Review!

Itch Relief Patches are fast-acting, medicated patches that help relieve pain and itching from pesky bug bites and other skin irritations.  These little miracle patches have been life savers for us.  My 3 year old, Amaya, swells up terribly over insect bites and itches them until they bleed.  I’ve done creams and gels and find them to either not work at all, or worse, cause her more pain from the  harsh ingredients.

I’ve been able to really put BeKOOOL Itch Relief Patches to the test on myself, my daughter, and my daughter’s friend.  As soon as my daughter knew I had these in the house, she suddenly became “itchy” all over.  I, of course, did not cover her in patches but explained to her that these would help if she got a naughty mosquito bite.  Low and behold, after a busy afternoon playing with the neighbor girl outside, they both came in with mosquito bites.

Knowing that I had these awesome miracle workers in the bathroom cabinet, my daughter grabbed the box, brought it over to me, and we got to work.  I carefully peeled off the circular patch from its plastic backing and placed on each one’s bite.  Instant gratification and relief!  Goodbye messy itch creams and gels!  These patches effectively covered the mosquito bites and neither girl itched once.  They are great in the fact that they are nearly invisible once placed on the skin.  I love that each patch offers the bite protection from scratching and bleeding.  Plus, they are totally noninvasive.  I can put these on my kids and they forget they are even there!

I even used a BeKOOOL Itch Relief Patch on a bee sting I received on my finger.  It’s been YEARS since I’ve gotten stung by a bee and there was one stuck to the handle of my cloth grocery bag.  When I grabbed the handle, I felt a pain in my finger and sure enough, there was a bee sting on my finger.  I knew right away that I could use a BeKOOOL Itch Relief Patch to assist in the pain associated with bee stings.  It worked like a charm!  And even though the sting was on an awkward part of my finger, the patch stayed in place and held up well.  It’s generous size relieved the pain from all around the site of the sting, not just the wound.  I was amazed!

Enter for your chance to win the entire line of BeKOOOL® products, a year-long subscription to FamilyFun Magazine, the book, The Travel Mamas’ Guide, and a BeKOOOL tote!
Must be 18+ to enter.  Open to US only.
Giveaway ends 11/1/13 at 11:59 pm.

Crock-Pot Slow Cooker and Seasoning Mixes Review plus Recipe Contest!

If you haven’t fallen in love with the ease of slow cooking with your Crock-Pot, then you don’t know what you are missing!  Whether you are a busy stay at home mom or working mom, Crock-Pot Slow Cookers and Crock-Pot Seasoning Mixes will guarantee a delicious dinner for you and your family at the end of your hectic day.

I am excited to try all these wonderful mixes that I received.  I’m going grocery shopping right away because as the weather turns colder, a big bowl of Hearty Beef Stew or Chili sounds delicious.

I have a large family (6 of us total) so I need a BIG crock pot.  With a 7 quart capacity, I can easily serve 9+ people.  The flat digital panel, brushed stainless steel exterior, and black accents are pleasing to the eye.  I also love the easy to use one touch digital controls.  There are 2 high and 2 low cook settings and my favorite part that NONE of the other slow cookers I have do – an automatic shift to warm setting!  Have you ever been out and about and realize OMG I think the slow cooker might be done and the food is going to go bad?!  I have!

The removable oval stoneware and glass lid are both dishwasher safe – SCORE!  I even love the included recipes.  With so many expertly blended seasoning mixes for use in slow cookers, even if you can’t cook, you can’t possibly mess these recipes up!  From slow cooker to table, you can choose from Beef Stroganoff, Original Chili, Savory Herb Chicken, Hearty Beef Stew, Savory Pot Roast, or BBQ Pulled Pork Seasoning Mixes.  What seasoning mix sounds the most appetizing to you?  Perhaps every single one?!

I know our dinners are going to be filled with delicious, easy to make meals thanks to Crock-Pot and Crock-Pot Seasoning Mixes!

The contest Grand Prize winner will win a year of free groceries worth $8,500, including a year’s supply of Crock-Pot® Seasoning Mixes. Also, he or she will be featured in product/brand marketing efforts.

Here are the contest details:
  • The entire contest will take place on www.Facebook.com/CrockpotSeasoningMixes
    ·         Kicked off on October 1st
    ·         Recipe submissions will be accepted through Oct. 21st
    ·         Ten semi-finalists announced on Oct. 28th. Public voting begins
    ·         Voting ends on Nov. 18th
    ·         Grand Prize winner announced on Nov. 25th. The contest judges will judge all the finalists and take into consideration public voting.   They will select the top entry for a total of three (3) potential winners based on the following criteria: (a) creativity and inspiration; (b) appearance/presentation, and (c) taste.

Gumdrop Drop Tech Series iPad Case Review!

Keep your iPad safe with a Gumdrop Drop Tech Series iPad Case!  An affordable and rugged case that offers maximum protection for your device.

My 3 year old is addicted to my iPad.  This means, I need a case that can withstand the bumps and bangs of being lugged around all over the place by a rather clumsy little girl.  She loves playing educational games and letting her creativity flow on drawing apps so I don’t want to hold her back because I don’t want my expensive iPad broken.  Since receiving our Gumpdrop Drop Tech Series iPad Case, my mind has been put to ease when the occasional drop occurs.

An extremely easy to snap on case makes adding the Drop Tech Series Case a “snap”!  This case offers protection for your iPad and it’s delicate screen.  The dual material construction conforms to fit the iPad and features multiple layers of shock absorption plus reinforced rubber bumpers for each corner.  I also have the security of knowing each port is safely covered so sticky hands or random toys can’t get shoved into places they shouldn’t go.
The superb quality of the Gumpdrop iPad Drop Tech Series Case is unmatched by anything else I’ve seen.  I have been using it for almost 2 months now without any issues or concerns.  The durability has amazed me through several pretty serious drops, including one out the back of a stroller onto concrete.  I can safely say that I no longer bite my nails and sweat over each time my 3 year old feels the need to run with iPad in hand.  I’m confident that the Gumdrop Drop Tech Series iPad Case has got my back (and my iPads)!

Gumdrop features cases for phones, iPads, Macbooks, and Tablets!

One lucky reader will win their own Gumdrop Case of their choice!
Must be 18+ to enter.  Open to US only.
Giveaway ends 10/22 at 11:59 pm.