Category Archives: For The Toddler

Just Simply Baby One-Size Pocket Cloth Diaper Review

Upon receiving many questions about Just Simply Baby cloth diapers, Just Simply Baby provided me with one of their one-size pocket cloth diapers for review!  If you are just starting out with cloth diapering and are unsure if one-size pocket cloth diapers are for you, or you are an experienced cloth diapering parent looking to add a new brand to your stash, please read on and learn more about Just Simply Baby One-Size Cloth Diapers!

The Just Simply Baby One-Size Pocket Cloth Diaper we received is adorable.  I’m in love with it!  The fan designed “cute as a button” pattern is so cute.  The craftsmanship of the diaper is phenomenal.  I would recommend Just Simply Baby diapers to anyone looking for an affordable but excellent quality cloth diaper!
Not only is the diaper constructed with the double gusset feature but it also comes with two microboo inserts.  The double gusset is an additional row of  elastic at the leg of the diaper which offers an extra barrier to contain big messes aka poop explosions.  Microboo inserts are super thick, absorbent, and feature 2 layers of microfiber with 1 layer of  bamboo.
Have I mentioned how much I love one-size diapers?!  If you aren’t familiar with what a one-size diaper is, it means they feature a snap design on the front of the diaper which allows you to adjust from small to medium to large.  Just Simply Baby One-Size Cloth Diapers have snaps that adjust to fit a 7 lb newborn all the way up to a 38 lb toddler.  Not only are you already saving money by cloth diapering, you are saving even more by buying a diaper that will last you until your child shows signs that he or she is ready to potty train!
The fit and quality is great.  You can tell these diapers are constructed with great care.  The snaps, stitching, and elastic all offer a perfect fit for my Olive.  I usually run into problems by the legs since I have a skinny legged baby but not with this diaper.  It almost feels like this diaper was custom made!  The inside layer is super soft and so is the outside.  The  diaper itself isn’t bulky or intrusive.  I love it and I know Olive loves it too!
Have I mentioned the affordability of Just Simply Baby One-Size Cloth Diapers?  No longer do you have to break the bank to invest in quality cloth diapers.  You can choose between solid colors or fun prints.  You can choose to purchase your diaper without inserts, with the microboo inserts, or with a number of different types of inserts.  Solid colored diapers with 2 microboo inserts start at $11.50.  Fun print diapers with 2 microboo inserts start at $12.50.  What a steal!

Ready to go shopping?  Use code JSBAR57 at checkout.
Once your order has been confirmed, Just Simply Baby will refund you 10%!

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

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Verefina First Aid Ointment Review!

Verefina helps people live happier and healthier lives by creating pure and natural products.  Verefina’s First Aid Ointment is perfect for our start in a more natural direction with our health and beauty products!  Since I’ve begun the switch to more natural and homemade products, I was thrilled when Michelle Tilley, Verefina Independant Consultant, contacted me!

Michelle has battled for a long time with health issues that have plagued her 11 year old daughter’s life.  After 6 years of not knowing what was going on with her daughter’s health and seeing countless specialists, it was discovered that she has pesticides trapped in her cells and requires a complete cell detox.  And do you know how those pesticides got trapped in her cells?  You guessed it, artificially fragranced products that we use in our homes.  These chemicals have reeked havoc on Michelle’s daughter.  She was experiencing daily nausea, migraines, hives, shaking, low body temperature, and heart palpitations – just to name a few.   After eliminating all unnatural products, her daughter’s health greatly improved thanks to the help of Verefina’s natural products.

Do you or someone you know experience something similar to this?  Could it be that they have a similar undiagnosed condition caused by toxins in their cells?  By making small steps in the right direction, we can start cutting back or even eliminating the amount of chemicals we are exposed to every day!

So let me tell you about our small step in that direction with Verefina’s First Aid Ointment.  It’s made with 100% natural ingredients so I don’t feel guilty slathering my children’s boo-boos in this stuff!  With it being nicer outside and sports starting, the more and more boo-boos seem to appear!
Ingredients in Verefina’s First Aid Ointment: beeswax, extra virgin olive oil, sunflower seed oil, tamanu oil, calendula oil, shea butter, sea buckthorn oil, rosehip seed oil, loving baby essential oil proprietary blend, tea tree oil, rosemary extract, lavender essential oil, lemon essential oil, benzoin essential oil
I have used this stuff on just about everything!  Cuts, scrapes, burns, road rash, diaper rash, dry lips, eczema, stretch marks, bug bites, cracked nipples, and just about any and every skin irritation!  This is my new favorite item in my medicine cabinet.  I love the scent and the texture.  Did I mention that the ingredients are unfriendly to bacteria too?!  Exactly what every parent needs in their house!

Contact Michelle Tilley today to learn more about Verefina and their wonderful line of natural products!

Vision Bedding Custom Comforter Review!

Vision Bedding specializes in products and designs found no where else!  Choose between millions of designs that Vision Bedding has to offer or upload your own photo for a personalized item!

Vision Bedding literally has millions of designs to choose from to fit your unique style.  If you are looking for a personalized item, feel free to upload your own images and design your own product!  There are so many creative possibilities including free text, multiple collage options, and unlimited border colors, just to name a few.  Within 24-48 hours of placing your order, one of Vision Bedding’s professional graphic designers will have your preview available for your approval.  If there is something you want to change, they’ll work with you until it’s just right!  Plus they are so willing to help in any way possible, you’ll be sure to receive exactly what you want!

At Vision Bedding, you’ll find bath decor, flags, wall murals, baby/kids/teen/adult bedding, pillows, window curtains, backdrops, blankets, rugs, banners, fabric, and wall art.  You can even purchase gift certificates!  After going through all the amazing possibilities, I made the decision to give my 9 year old son the opportunity to create a custom collage comforter.  He’s almost 10 and in that in-between phase where he just can’t seem to find a comforter that he likes.  Some are just too kiddie for him and some are just too adult.  Plus he’s got such a quirky personality, it seemed only fitting to allow him the chance to let his creative juices flow!

Julien loves many different things but the 3 things that stick out the most are: anything army, penguins, and video games.  We were able to browse through the library of items and pick out 6 really awesome pictures for his comforter.  He has 2 army themed pictures, 2 video game controllers (Xbox & Playstation), and 2 penguins.  We were even given the option to add his name which was an added bonus.  We also chose the black 320 count sateen cotton for the bottom of the comforter.

It was like Christmas when Julien’s Vision Bedding custom collage twin comforter came.
He could hardly wait to open the box!

Once opened, we couldn’t believe our eyes.  Our masterpiece had come to life!  The comforter is approximately 2″ thick and is extremely plush.  The sateen cotton bottom is so soft and silky too.  I can tell you, this comforter is made to last and is of extremely high quality.  Julien says it is extremely comfortable to sleep with and loves everything about it.  It’s just perfect and exactly what we wanted.  Plus it’s machine washable!

Vision Bedding has been a dream to work with.  Their customer service is amazing!  They took my son’s ideas and brought them to life.  He’s so excited to have exactly what he’s always wanted in a comforter.  I love that it shows his fun, creative, and quirky side.  It brightens up his room and is such a beautiful piece of artwork!

The comforter just screams Julien , literally!  It’s so amazing what this company will do to make sure their customers are satisfied.  I know we are and you will be too!  A huge thank you to Vision Bedding!

JOLLY TIME Smart Balance Pop Corn Review!

It’s time to snack happy with JOLLY TIME Smart Balance Pop Corn!  This is a tasty and timeless treat you won’t feel guilty snacking on!  If you are health-conscious but love flavorful foods, you’ll be in for a real treat!

Instead of reaching for something unhealthy for you and your kids to munch on, try JOLLY TIME Butter and Butter Light Microwave Pop Corn made with the Smart Balance unique blend of oils.  Independent, online research found that consumers trust the Smart balance name.  I know I’m one of them!

Not only is this popcorn mouth-watering and buttery, it also naturally has ZERO grams of trans fat and absolutely NO hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils.  JOLLY TIME Pop Corn is even gluten-free and is an excellent way to add whole grains into your diet!  Imagine my surprise when my whole family couldn’t get enough of JOLLY TIME Smart Balance Pop Corn.  It’s delicious!

The Smart Balance blend is licensed exclusively for use in JOLLY TIME Pop Corn and contains a unique blend of polyunsaturated, monounsaturated, and saturated fats.  The Smart Balance brand provides superior tasting, heart healthier alternatives in many product categories by avoiding trans fats naturally, balancing fats and/or reducing saturated fats, and adding beneficial ingredients that people may be missing in their diets.  You can find JOLLY TIME Pop Corn made with the Smart Balance unique blend at select U.S. retailers in 3 pack boxes and individual trial bags.

Each week until July 15, fans of JOLLY TIME on Facebook, can enter to win a thematic prize or one of 75 free JOLLY TIME Popcorn made with Smart Balance product coupons.  Find JOLLY TIME on Twitter too!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Junior Monet Review!

Junior Monet transforms your child’s artwork into a precious keepsake that can be displayed on a customized product of your choosing.  Celebrate your child’s artwork with Junior Monet!

My children all have one thing in common and that is their love for drawing, coloring, or painting.  Whether they are doodling on their tablets, in color books, on plain paper, or in sketchbooks, it’s one thing they can do without fighting!  I have boxes and boxes filled with artwork created by my children that I just cannot bring myself to throw out.  It’s so amazing to dig out and reminisce on the days when they were little and just beginning to be able to draw.  I now love watching my 3 year old’s creativity take over a plain piece of paper.  She could paint for hours on a nice sunny day at our patio table.

It was a rainy morning.  My little artists, still in PJs, were excited to sit down and begin creating their one of a kind artwork.  Loaded with colored pencils, markers, crayons, and rulers, my kiddos were ready.  They were so quiet and so engulfed in their artwork.  It was nice to have a little piece and quiet – and no arguing except for the occasional tiff over someone having a color that the other wanted to use.

Junior Monet is great because I can proudly display my children’s artwork rather than store it in a box in the basement.  I simply mailed in their completed sheets to Junior Monet and in a few days received a code to view their artwork online.  Junior Monet scans the items online for easy viewing.  From there, I was able to view the many items they have to customize with my children’s artwork.  There are tote bags, ornaments, pillows, notebooks, magnets, and so much more.

The hardest part is picking out what keepsake you want your child’s item displayed on!

I chose magnets for Morgan and Julien’s artwork and an art apron for Amaya’s.  They thought it was SO COOL to see their items transformed from a sheet of paper to something they could touch and display.  And now every time Amaya wants to create more artwork for me, she can slip on her apron customized with her drawing and name!

Junior Monet also offers a great art fundraising program designed for schools, PTA’s, churches, and nonprofits.  There’s no paperwork or order forms involved!

Let your child’s imagination run wild with paint, markers, crayons…whatever they want to use to design a special piece of artwork and turn it into a keepsake with Junior Monet!

Epica 10″ Portable Battery Operated Fan Review!

The Epica 10″ Portable Battery Operated Fan with adapter is perfect for camping, power outages, or anywhere you may not have an outlet readily available!

If you are an avid camper, have children that attend summer camp, or are in need of a portable fan, the Epica Portable Fan is truly an asset.  When we received the Epica 10″ Portable Battery Operated Fan, it was perfect timing because my step-daughter was heading off to summer camp.  She was able to easily use it near her bunk without any problems!

The Epica Fan requires 8 “D” batteries (not included) to run or, if you are near an outlet, you can use the included AC adapter.  Unlike some battery operated fans, the Epica Fan is extremely powerful and will last up to 40 hours on batteries alone.  It’s perfect to take with to outdoor sporting events that offer little to no shade or even while sitting outside sunbathing.  It’s the perfect portable fan for my daughter’s bedroom where I don’t want to run an extension cord.  Plus it’s a great size – not too big and not too small.  And don’t let the 10″ size fool you, it’s packed with power!

There are two fan speeds, low and high, for you to choose from.  I love the built in handle too.  It makes for easy carrying.  The ability to tilt the fan in whatever direction you need is another great feature.  It is actually possible to position this fan and direct the airflow in the exact direction that you need and want it!  The unique U-shaped, anti-tip base, makes this fan extremely stable.  When loaded up with all 8 “D” batteries, it provides extra weight and stability.

All in all, this is the perfect fan for many different situations.  I feel extremely comfortable using this around my 10 month old (with supervision) who gets super fussy in hot, humid weather.  It’s truly proven to be a valuable accessory for our family!

Whether you camp, travel, attend sporting events, enjoy the white noise of a fan to fall asleep to, need a fan for the office, or do not have an outlet close by, Epica’s Portable Fan is the best fan for the job to keep you cool and comfortable!

 

Spark of Amber Hazelwood and Baltic Amber Necklace Review!

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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!