Saturday, April 22, 2017

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How To Help Your Toddler Keep Their Popsicle Pushed Up

Summer time is right around the corner, even though the temperatures outside make it seem as if it's already here. As it gets warmer, and warmer outside, our toddlers tend to want to spend most of their days outside playing in dirt, with their bubble machines, on their slip 'n slides, or whatever else their little hearts desire. 

With all this fun being endured, they will most likely want to stop for a break, for a cool treat such as popsicles or snow cones (you can get cheap snow cone makers at Walmart for around $20). Although, you theoretically could go for the popsicles on a stick, you can save money, and get over three times the amount of icy, delicious treats and buy the ice pops you push up in the plastic. The downside? Your toddler is like mine and can't manage to hold it pushed up, and brings it to you every two minutes demanding to push it up and hold it for them. Worry no more, 

Here's a parent hack, just for you!

Fold the bottom up, and secure with a paper clip. This holds it securely, and if you explain not to take it off, or it'll fall - then it will stay held up and you can get your important yard chores done while they enjoy their snack without demanding you 'fix it' every couple of minutes. 

No need to thank me, but you're welcome!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Ahoy Matey! I See Me! {Review}

Ahoy matey! That's been the catchphrase of the last couple of months around here, along with 'Ahoy ship mates!'. My son has became a complete Jake and the Neverland Pirates fanatic recently, and therefore, when I seen the 'My Very Own Pirate Tale' gift set from I See Me!, I knew he would be ecstatic over it!

When we seen the box left on our porch, I pointed it out and got him excited. He kept saying it was a box, and it was a present. So in we came, and I sat him down with the 'present'. I opened the box enough that he could manage the rest and he started ripping it open!

The first thing he said was, 'It's a pirate book!', which to this day is still his pick of all the books in his room! This gift set comes with a personalize pirate hat as well, and that made his imagination go wild, as we read his book about the great ship mate Dallas, and he got to bring it even more to life with his hat!

I don't know if I have ever seen him this excited over anything I received for review. He's gotten a few books and gift sets from I See Me! before, but I firmly believe this one was by far his absolute favorite!

These sets are much fun for every child. The book tells a tale of a pirate captain looking for his destined deckhand, which results in your child's name being spelled out in the clues that are found. It's great fun for any child, and also is a great way to help them learn how to spell their name, if they don't know how yet. We did accomplish that, so it's good for way more than just great fun! There's also personalized stickers with your child's name on them as well, along with characters from the story. I won't lie, he was far more interested in the stickers before he was the book!

I love I See Me! and their ability to entice a child to be interested in reading, and in a way that doesn't seem like learning, or that's boring. This is a great way to get a younger kid more interested in a book, rather than a tablet or tv. This set cost a mere $49.99, but is so worth it as it will spark an immediate interest in reading, since they will be the star of the story!

*Disclaimer: I was sent this book for review purposes only. I was not compensated in any additional way. All opinions are 100%, my own honest opinions.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Ease Your Stomach With a2 Milk!

Many people in the world today suffer from a large array of digestive issues, but one thing many of you may not know is, if you're sensitive to the proteins in milk - that'll cause you a fair amount of discomfort on its own.

My son and I, we both suffer from discomforts brought on by milk - cow's milk. I personally suffer from water based acne-like bumps along my hairline on the edges of my forehead. He has no symptoms other than a bubbly sounding stomach, and constipation. We have tried so many products - such as: almond milk, rice milk, soy milk (for me), lactose-free milk, etc. Some helped solve our issues but had other issues that we didn't exactly like. For example, almond milk is too thick for me, and the original taste awful (but you can't use vanilla or chocolate to cook much of anything with), rice milk is like water and is just disgusting in my opinion...and lactose-free cost so much!

When I ran across a2 Milk Company, I was very curious as to how they were different from other milks, and how well we could tolerate it. So, what did I do? I sent them an email, of course! This is such a large scale problem among society that I felt like I would give it a try and share with everyone so they can try it for themselves. 

They were so very generous and sent us a few lovely goodies, which made us genuinely feel like a part of the a2 family!

We received 3 coupons for free 1/2 gallon cartons of milk, three of those cute little cows (my son is obsessed with cows so this really got him excited), two shirts, a hat, two reusable grocery bags (that's what I use them for anyways), and a travel bag.

As I gathered my information, I became more and more excited for us to try this - thinking, "This could really be the answer to our problems!". 

(Information below taken straight from the a2 Milk website)

"Ordinary cows’ milk contain a mix of both A1 and A2 proteins. Yet, only a2 Milk® comes from cows selected to naturally produce only A2 protein and no A1 – and that makes all the difference.
Independently published research support that the A1 protein in ordinary cows’ milk might cause discomfort in some of us. If that’s you, a2 Milk® may help. But for the unique benefits of a2 Milk® to work it needs to be the real deal – true a2 Milk®, from cows that naturally produce only the pure A2 protein and none of the A1 – nothing added and nothing taken away."
I won't lie, I was very skeptical as to if this would really help us to be able to once again enjoy real cow's milk. Regardless of my initial thoughts, I was very happy. When looking for a2 Milk, be sure to use their store locator, as I found that the closest store to me that carried it was nearly 30 miles away, in the Huntsville/Madison area. The only store near me to have this was Sprouts Farmers Market, which I had never in my life heard of, but thankfully my sister had. So, we packed up and went on a trip!

For those of you, who like me, had never stepped foot inside Sprouts, it's like an organic/healthy superstore. Everything healthy that you could think of - they have it! We went in, and pondered around until we ran across the milks. At first I was starting to get a bit bummed as I didn't see it!

After looking twice, we found the only kind they had left! I'm not a fan of 2% milk but that was the only kind of a2 they had left, which also told me, it must work some - for them to be nearly sold out! We grabbed up 3 of the 4 they had left and headed for checkout. 
Fast forward to that night, my son was wanting some cereal so I thought, "This is a great opportunity to try this out."....so that's what we did. I fixed me some as well, and I was very surprised. This milk was the same consistency as normal milk, and taste just the same! He absolutely loved it, constantly asking for some, and it felt nice to not have to turn him down. I personally have no tummy troubles at all! A complete shock. I am more in love with the fact that it's the same exact as any other cow's milk, just without the troubling protein. 
Although, at this moment, I am unable to make regular trips to Huntsville to get this delicious treat, I'm hoping that soon our local Publix will get some in where we can become an all out a2 Milk family, for good. Some may find $4.29 for half a gallon expensive, but I personally don't think you can put a price on your children's health, or your own for that matter. If you have problems with cow's milk, go try a2 Milk, but only if you have a sensitivity to it, if you are allergic, don't jeopardize your health to try it. Otherwise, a2 Milk has been a great find, and I think anyone who tries it will love it as much as we did!
*Disclaimer: I was sent these goodies in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are 100% my own, I was not compensated in any other way. 

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