11.28.2014

All Natural Disposable Training Pants & Pull Ups: Are They Worth the Money?


Potty training is upon us. It's gotten to where he will not go #2 in his diaper, but peeing is a whole different story. We used natural disposable diapers with my son and have now ventured into the world of training pants and pull ups. There are significantly less options when it comes to disposable natural training pants, but there are some really good options. I have purchased some washable training pants, but we're just not there yet for those and to be honest, I've become used to using disposables so this is what works for us right now.

I've decided to review 4 brands that are somewhat easy to find (some are sold in stores) and one that isn't completely natural, but is a good alternative to the completely non-natural brands like Huggies and Pull ups. All of the prices are based on a size 4T-5T.

11.26.2014

Give Forward this Year on Giving Tuesday by Helping Others

This post was written as part of a Giving Forward Campaign.

Thanksgiving is almost here and soon the masses will be standing in lines on Black Friday (or even Thanksgiving evening) ready to buy televisions, toys, and anything else that comes at an amazing price. Then everyone will recover over the weekend until Cyber Monday rolls around and we'll all be online snagging even better deals without even having to leave the comfort of our own home.

But what happens on Tuesday? 


Many people don't know this, but the Tuesday after Thanksgiving is Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back. Whether it's helping a friend, someplace in your community, or a family overseas, gather your friends and family together to help and then share about it with others. How you choose to give is up to you; it could be something small like buying a meal or coffee for the person behind you, getting things out of the attic for your grandparents, or even volunteering your time with a local organization. 

Sometimes we don't always know of people in need or the best way to help someone, but Giving Forward makes it simple to find ways to help. You can search through different causes to donate to like people with cancer, helping to cover medical expenses, or even giving money to help with living expenses after an accident or injury. One story that really touched my heart was the about the Shah Family. Their son, Andrew, has cancer and unfortunately after he received treatments ordered by his doctor, their insurance refused to pay. Now they have $21,000 in medical debt and a lot of unnecessary stress from creditors. While we can't take away Andrew's cancer, we can certainly help this sweet family by easing some of their stress through contributing to his medical bills.

This Tuesday, please help the Shah Family or any other family or cause close to your heart in need. If you're looking for ways to contribute or to set up your own fundraiser, visit Giving Forward and see how you can help.

11.25.2014

Penwizard Personalized Book Giveaway #MPMHGG 12/9


Sponsor:  Penwizard

Personalized books are great for getting kids involved in reading. You can choose from our range of personalized childrens books and see your child in the pictures and story of their own personalised book!

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Penwizard is an amazing company. They offer a wide variety of books for both little boys and girls. The nice thing about their books is that you can literally customize the books to fit whatever your child looks like AND put in their name! These books are so easy to create and order. They are also pretty reasonably priced. They range in the 14.99 to 19.99 UK (so about 30-40$ Canadian). Considering your child is going to be able to have that book for the rest of their lives thats a pretty good deal! Check Penwizard out HERE Penwizard has offered 8 fans a chance to win a personalized Peppa book for themselves (a 30.00 Canadian Value each!) Rules:
    • Open to USA/CAN
    • 18+
    • ends Dec 9, 2014
    • one person per household can enter
    • Facebook, pinterest, twitter etc are NOT responsible or liable in anyway for this giveaway
Disclaimer: Participating Blogs were not compensated for this post. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per address. Void where prohibited by law. Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. Penwizard will be responsible for product shipment to winners of this sweepstakes. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. Contact natasha@mompoweredmedia.com if you have any additional questions or comments.

11.24.2014

Upcycled Tin Can Holiday Candle Holders


In one of my many trips to Target, scouring the back end caps for clearance stuff, I found these really cute candles. 


Super cute, but sadly not on clearance and I just didn't feel like spending the money on one. I got home that night still thinking about the candle and tried to figure out how to recreate. Then it struck me to get a can and some Mod Podge and get to work. 

Supplies:

11.20.2014

Maty's All Natural Cough Syrup Helps You Feel Better Naturally

I received a sample for this review. All opinions are my own.


The holiday season is my favorite time of year; we visit with family, eat great food, and get a few presents or two. Unfortunately it's also the time of year where my family tends to get sick. Normally, my husband brings some sort of "funk" home, but this year it's been my toddler. 

He's in school 3 days a week and he's already started up with the runny nose and a slight cough. Thankfully it's not the full blown flu or anything major that he won't get through quickly, but he definitely prefers to feel his best. During the day he's fine, but during nap time and at night is when he starts coughing. Unfortunately, that means both him and mom are awake. 

As many of you know, I do not like to put any old product into my or my families bodies. We try our best to eat unprocessed foods and avoid chemicals at all costs. Medicine is no exception to that. There are so many wonderful herbs and plants that can help heal you and make you feel better naturally that I just don't see the reason to use drugs for something like a cough or cold. Now when we're feeling a little under the weather, we turn to Maty's and their All Natural Cough Syrup to help us feel better.

Before I became a mom, it never really occurred to me to look at what was really in the things I used on a daily basis, but now I read the labels on everything. Have you ever looked to see what's in your cough syrup?


Maty's All Natural Cough Syrup contains 10 immune boosters in every spoonful - some of them are things I use often in my home like apple cider vinegar and honey. Their All Natural Cough Syrup has no side effects and no drug interactions so it's safe for both you and your children. 

My son started taking this the second day of his cold and it worked quick and well. That night he didn't wake up once coughing and I knew it helped his throat feel better too because he didn't complain about it hurting in the morning. I love knowing that there are products out there like Maty's that help my family feel better naturally without the use of any drugs or chemicals. This is something I plan to keep stocked in my house all winter long to help us feel our best when any sickness comes.

Maty's is available at CVS, Walmart, Walgreens, and other stores near you

You can connect with Maty's on their website, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, Google+, and @MatysHP on Twitter

11.19.2014

Hot & Creamy Spinach Artichoke Dip

Although desserts are my true love, appetizers come in a close second, especially when there's cheese involved. My husband's grandmother makes a truly delicious spinach artichoke dip, but she uses mayo which The Hubs refuses to eat. I decided to surprise him after work last night with my own version of his grandmother's spinach artichoke dip and it did not disappoint.



Hot & Creamy Spinach Artichoke Dip

Ingredients:
  • 1 8oz package of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can artichoke hearts
  • 3 cups fresh spinach (could also use 5oz of frozen chopped spinach)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup shredded Italian blend cheese
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. butter
Directions:
  • Melt butter in skillet (medium heat) and cook garlic for about one minute. Add the spinach and cook until it wilts, about 3 minutes. Add artichoke hearts and cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Put garlic/spinach/artichoke mix into food processor and pulse until spinach and artichoke are well chopped.
  • Mix together cream cheese, sour cream, and cheese in a bowl. Gently mix in the spinach artichoke mix.
  • Grease a small baking pan and add the mixture. You can sprinkle more cheese on top if you'd like. Bake for about 20 minutes.
Serve with bread, chips, vegetables, or anything else that makes for a good dipper.

This is a hearty dip that is sure to please any crowd. I plan to make this for our big Christmas dinner this year and hopefully Hub's grandmother likes it ;)

What's your favorite party appetizer? Do you have a special appetizer recipe you like to make for or bring to parties? 


11.18.2014

Traveling Tuesday: Touch a Truck

Every year there is this great event in Orlando called Touch a Truck that's put on by one of the local schools. The Downtown Orlando Touch-a-Truck is a community even that provides families the opportunity to learn and explore about trucks, construction vehicles, and public safety equipment. Each truck has a driver present to answer questions, help kids sit in the truck, and let them honk the horn. 


"Nugget" is absolutely obsessed with all forms of moving vehicles, plains, boats, etc. It's gotten to where it's second nature for me to point out different vehicles that drive by and I now know the names of far more construction vehicles than I ever thought possible. This event was basically made for a kid like him. 


We were one of the first people there at 9am because the first 300 kids get a free Hot Wheels car. Obviously we could not miss out on that not to mention having an already planned activity in the morning with a toddler makes for a good day. When we walked in he immediately ran over to the giant CAT construction machines.


The Oscar Meyer Wienermobile was there! I was probably way more excited about this than him because I've never actually seen it in person. I'll admit he was a little confused by the term "Wienermobile" given that he has a wiener. I had to explain that's another word for hot dog...and again, more confusion and a lot of laughing on his end. They even gave him a wieny whistle! He would not stop blowing it - so now it's "lost" indefinitely. 


I think he was probably most excited about the monster trucks. He loves all things monster trucks (that's even the theme of his party this year) so he couldn't believe when he got to see it and touch it up close. These were like mini monster trucks and honestly they were kind of cute. I actually would love if he wanted to drive one of these when he was 10 or 12 or whatever the age is for it. 


There were so many different cars there. They had a stretch bug limo of the Truly Nolan mouse car that he sat in for a good 5 minutes. We got to see a lot of service trucks like garbage trucks and dump trucks for the city. One thing I thought was really cool was a mobile farmers market. They basically took a bus, removed the seats, and filled it with shelves that hold fresh fruit and veggies. The bus will be driven into low-income areas. I think this is absolutely genius.


Another awesome thing we saw was this hamster wheel sno-cone maker. The kids run on the hamster wheel to make the ice crushing machine work to crush the ice and fill their cup. There are lots of other levers and what not that go with each step of making the sno-cone. It was really cool and "Nugget" loved it. He couldn't wait to get in that big wheel and run.


There is so much to see and do at this event. This is a great way for kids to learn and have fun - we saw how the different trucks worked and learned more about what they did and "Nugget" was beyond excited to "drive" the trucks like a big boy.

Downtown Orlando Touch-a-Truck is held in November of each year and runs from 9am-1pm. Cost is $5 per person ages 4 and up. The weather was gorgeous and we couldn't have asked for a better day to learn more about different trucks and what they do.