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. 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Save Money With Luvs Diapers (Get $1 Off!)

I'm not sure if I have ever mentioned, but I'm sure I have at some point or another. The brand of diaper you buy is seriously, a very big deal. Around here, our main brand is Luvs. Why? Because with Luvs Ultra Leakguards with NightLock Plus technology, we can make it all night with pure confidence that no one will have an accident and wet their clothes (and bedding). 

We support Luvs because not only are they super affordable, but they are a great diaper for the price. I have to buy diapers for not one child, but TWO. That can get expensive with most brands, and most of the time, those brands aren't even capable of holding up to sudden accidents. I tell you what, they have saved me big time with our one month old daughter. You think it's only boys who pee all over the place when you get their diaper off for a changing, well you would be wrong. My daughter will start to pee right as your about to take off the diaper, or right as you undo the tabs - getting ready to slide it out from under her. I can frantically re-position the tabs, and be rest assured that Luvs will absorb every last drip, no matter how much I think the diaper can't hold anymore (girls seem to pee so much overnight - way more than my son ever did between changes). 

Luvs are cotton soft, with super stretchy, and easy fastening tabs which are very ideal for your baby's comfort. They even have a money back guarantee if you aren't satisfied. Doesn't get much better than that, my friend. 

This month you can print a $1 off coupon for any Luvs (package or box). This is great when paired with store sales on them, or store coupons on Luvs - then you will come out with major savings! You can go to here to print your coupon at home. Keep an eye out, as I often use coupons and sometimes can find slightly higher coupons for Luvs. You can redeem this coupon at any mass, discount, or grocery store that sells Luvs. If you plan on buying more than one pack, I do believe you can print a coupon from that site once a day (worth a try for confirmation anyways).

*Disclaimer: This review was made possible by iConnect and Luvs.  I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Zipadee-Zip Review

Sorry for the delay everyone. If you currently follow me on Instagram, you know I have been sharing about the Zipadee-Zip for awhile now. I have had some family matters come up such as my husband's grandfather getting much sicker, very fast at the end of December to the beginning of January, and his cancer did ultimately end in him passing away. I took some time away from a lot of things to comfort my husband in this difficult time. 

Then, on January 26, our newest addition was finally born!

A princess at last, to accompany the prince. She was born at 3 pm and outweighed her big brother's birth weight at 7 pounds 14 ounces (he was 7 pounds 9 ounces). Although, when we finally left the hospital, she was even with her brother's weight when we left with him at a nice 7 lb 6 oz. Everything went smoothly, and quite quick if I must say so myself. The only thing we had to have checked up on was her bilirubin levels, as she had a touch of jaundice, but nothing significant. 

While we had everything we could possibly need for her, I had the opportunity to receive and try out a Zipadee-Zip for the princess from Sleepingbaby.com. I was a little skeptical at first because of the way it's made. I really didn't know how it could possibly be comfortable for her due to the design, but I will not lie, she absolutely LOVES it!

The design makes it very comfortable for baby. While keeping them nice and snug, they get a constant swaddle feel from it, while having the room to move around some. This is great because while she loves to be swaddled, she will always manage to wiggle her arms free. 

While in the hospital, the nurses in the nursery didn't like her having clothes or pajamas on because she was having to spend time underneath a jaundice light ever so often, so I slapped the Zipadee-Zip on her and they praised how easy it was, versus the rest of her clothes I brought, to get her out of for her light time. So, most of our hospital stay she spent warm in this. It's made of very soft material, light, but warm. This one was a size small, for 7 lbs and up a few pounds but it kind of swallows her from the belly down. Although, under the impression that they were for babies of any age/size, since it is more of an alternative to swaddling, to help ease them in the transition of moving away from swaddles, they are more ideal for babies 3 months and old (or 12 pounds and up). So, while not really for babies as small as she is, since she loves it, we will keep on using it! (We really love it!)

These can also be worn while on car rides, as you can buckle them into their strollers, car seats, etc. while in the Zipadee-Zip. This makes life so much easier on us parents. Although for my little one, hers is so long on her, we can't really buckle her into her car seat if she has it on, but I know we will quickly grow into that!

You can read here the list of wonderful perks that come from using the Zipadee-Zip!

They come in a variety of sizes, and very adorable designs! You can get them for older kids as well (not just younger babies). They have designs for boys, girls, or if you're waiting until birth to find out the gender, they have a gender neutral section as well. I really love the Zipadee-Zip and have really enjoyed trying this out as it's been amazing and it keeps her so soothed (and has really been a blessing with helping her stay asleep for most of the night, on her own!). 

These are absolutely fantastic, and I recommend them to all of you! If you wish to purchase a Zipadee-Zip, you can find them on their site for $31.95 and up.

*Disclaimer: I was sent this product in exchange for a review. All opinions are 100% my own, honest opinions. I was not compensated in any other way.

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