Saturday, June 30, 2012

SwaddleLite Review & Giveaway

If you love to swaddle your baby then this review and giveaway is just for you. This is coming from SwaddleDesigns they sent me their new SwaddleLite which retails for $40.00 for a 3 pack.
I choose the Cute & Calm SwaddleLite - SeaCrystal (Set of 3)
SwaddleDesigns is proud to be selected by Dr. Karp, Author of The Happiest Baby on the Block, as a sponsor for his upcoming “Parents Night Out”

SwaddleLite contains a set of 3 lightweight breathable openweave high quality cotton Marquisette Swaddling Blankets in a gift box.

Especially during the warmer months, parents are looking for very lightweight cotton blankets. Marquisette is an ideal fabric for swaddling in warmer environments and climates. The open weave cotton fabric is breathable and allows for airflow.

SwaddleDesigns marquisette has a very soft hand. SwaddleDesigns marquisette is custom made using superior quality cotton yarns created from long, smooth, high quality cotton.
Moms love SwaddleDesigns beautiful colors and attractive prints. 
SwaddleDesigns products are known for their great quality and long lasting value that moms and babies love and enjoy for years. SwaddleDesigns is also well respected by the medical community – often recommended by pediatricians, nurses, doulas, newborn care instructors.

SwaddleDesigns is proud to be selected by Dr. Karp, Author of The Happiest Baby on the Block, as a sponsor for his upcoming “Parents Night Out” theatrical event. NCM Fathom, SwaddleDesigns and BabyCenter present a special live event, Parent’s Night Out with The Happiest Baby & Happiest Toddler, starring Dr. Harvey Karp, on Thursday, June 21 at 7:30 p.m. local time. Expecting moms and dads, parents of infants and toddlers, will want to visit their local movie theater to watch as Dr. Karp reveals the surprising tips and tricks that have made his celebrated books and DVDs among the top parenting guides in history. Audiences will enjoy live demonstrations, watch footage of parents in action, and take part in a hot-topic parent Q&A session. Families will learn simple solutions to help them raise happy, well-behaved young children – and get more sleep, too. Tickets are on sale.
“I founded SwaddleDesigns with the desire to help new parents calm and comfort their babies so everyone could get more sleep. Nearly ten years ago, I met Dr. Karp and I was delighted to discover that we shared a common mission to help parents prevent exhaustion and sleep deprivation,” said Lynette Damir, RN, CEO and creative director of SwaddleDesigns. “It’s an honor to partner with Dr. Karp at the first-ever nationwide Parents Night Out cinema event.”

SwaddleDesigns was founded by Lynette Damir, RN, Designer and Mom of two in 2002, and SwaddleDesigns was the first company to introduce the large square swaddling blanket to the US market and many markets around the world. SwaddleDesigns is known for their premium quality fabric, fabulous colors and prints, and the innovative 123 Swaddle® instructional label that makes learning how to swaddle so easy. SwaddleDesigns versatile blankets come in a variety of weights and are perfect for many uses such as a privacy throw for breastfeeding moms, a tummy time play mat, a cover over the stroller.
If you have never swaddled before visit this link and learn How to Swaddle.
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Friday, June 29, 2012

Episencial Organics 3 step Review

Today's review is a great one on a day like today when it is so hot outside. This review is from Episencial. They carry green organic natural baby skin care products. I was send their 3 step program for review. I will list each product seperatly.
First up is step 1 which is cleanse.

playful wash 8oz $9 2-in-1 shampoo + body gel moisturize + extra gentle
 Enjoy an ultra-gentle all-over cleanse with this fresh, sudsy bath-time favorite. The Episencial 2-in-1 hair shampoo and body gel blends the natural cleansing properties of pure thyme oil with calming and conditioning calendula and aloe for extra sensitive skin. pH-balanced to be tear-free and quick-rinsing.
Ages: 0+
Uses: 2-in-1 shampoo + body gel
Benefits: Moisturizing, extra gentle & quick rinsing
Safety: #1 organic wash chosen by hospitals, doctor recommended, EWG top rated for safety
Smells Like: A burst of bright, fresh orange (synthetic fragrance free, all natural scents)
Feels Like: Energizing, rejuvenating and creative
Actively Healthy(™) ingredients: organic calendula, oat extract, thyme oil
Brendan loves this and usess it every time he showers. He likes that he can use 1 product for his hair and body and the he smells really good afterwards.
Next is step 2 Nourish. Soothing cream $11 #1 for eczema as seen in Parents, Parenting, Shape and more.
Bring cooling comfort to red, dry, itchy, irritated skin. This all natural scent free formula with calming calendula, oat extract and raspberry butter restores moisture balance, while nourishing probiotics and neem oil fortify and soothe developing skin.
Ages: 0+
Uses: Organic, creamy lotion for itchy, bothered skin
Benefits: Comforting, balancing & soothing
Safety: Doctor recommended, EWG top rated for safety
Smells Like: Unscented, like fresh air
Feels Like: Healing, cooling and fresh
Actively Healthy(™) ingredients: organic calendula, neem, probiotics
We keep this on our sink and Brendan uses this after his showers. It goes on really smooth and it smells great.
Sunny Sunscreen is Step 3 in our 3 –Step System designed to support skin immunity and help with
skin conditions that could be dermatitis or eczema.
 This broad spectrum, lightweight, non-greasy moisturizer is water resistant for up to 80 minutes of sprinkler –proof fun! Safe minerals work to protect the skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays, while aloe and green tea extract keep skin cool and protected from IR damage.
Ages: 0+
Uses: Gentle face and body lotion with UVA/UVB protection
Benefits: Comforting, balancing and transparent
Safety: Doctor recommended, EWG top rated for safety, reef safe, water resistant for up to 80 minutes
Smells Like: Unscented, Like fresh air
Feels Like: Cooling, safe and hydrating
Actively Healthy(™) ingredients: Organic, transparent zinc, green tea
Description: This broad spectrum, lightweight, non-greasy moisturizer is water resistant for up to 80 minutes of sprinkler –proof fun! Safe minerals work to protect the skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays, while aloe and green tea extract keep skin cool and protected from IR damage.
This goes on really thick since it has the zink in it but it worked great. There was no sun burns on Brendans body when we used this I would really reccomend this in anyones beack bag or diaper bag.
I recieved these items for review purposes. My opinions are honest and I was not paid for this review.

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Itti Bitti Tutto Review & Giveaway from Dearest Diapers

Todays review is coming from Dearest Diapers. The mama that runs this great online store is named Rana she she is super sweet. She has all of your cloth diapering needs all in one place. I was sent the Itti Bitti Tutto and I have been dying to get one of these and I am super excited to show you all of the pics. The Itti Bitti Tutto is a one size diaper I choose the zeebra and this diaper retails for $26.95.
So this diaper is super cute and it is also really soft minkee fabric.
itti bitti are well known for changing the way you think about cloth diapers and have done it again with the brilliant new bitti tutto!
After being bombarded with requests for an itti bitti one size / birth to potty diaper, we've spent over a year developing the best fitting one size diaper you can get – in our humble opinion of course ;)

We've eliminated the bulk associated with a lot of one size options and this cleverly designed diaper, fits neat and slim from birth (8lb) right through to a 44lb child!
But we didn't just design the best fitting one size diaper, we have solved the most common issue – the dreaded 'pooplosion'.
The bitti tutto has a complete internal gusset, protecting the sides and back – it's our patented 'poo fence' which means you don't need to worry about leaks and can use this diaper with confidence!

Hip snaps help give a perfect fit at each size, for slim and cuddly babies, without bulk or wing droop.Each diaper comes with three soaker pads, so you can customise the absorbency to suit your baby. PLUS bitti tutto is brilliantly economical, as you can buy extra soaker pads separately (in the original super absorbent bamboo, or quick dry microfibre) and re-use the outer shell!
With luxurious, soft and waterproof minkee fabric on the outside for babies comfort, no cover is required.

Ok have I said how CUTE this diaper is? The fit is great and with al of the inserts I thought it would be really bulks but it wasnt.

One lucky TTGG mom will win a Itti Bitti Tutto diaper of their own!!! Thanks to Dearest diapers..

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Natures Hand Granola Review

Todays review is from Natures Hand Granola. I was sent 2 of their 13oz pouches and each retail for $4.99. First is their Cinnamon apple.
Crunchy oats, wheat, sunflower seeds and flavorful dried apples combined with cinnamon and natural flavors. Contains only 120 calories per serving, 3.5 grams of fat, 0.5 grams of saturated fats, 0 mg of cholesterol, 0 mg of sodium, and 6 grams of sugar.

Next is their Maple Pecan.
Crunchy oats, wheat, sunflower seeds and tasty pecans combined with maple syrup and natural flavors. Contains only 140 calories per serving, 4.5 grams of fat, 0.5 grams of saturated fats, 0 mg of cholesterol, 0 mg of sodium, and only 6 grams of sugar.

You can use these in many items or just eat them as is I like to put them in my plain greek yougurt and add just a tad of honey for sweetness.
Nature’s Hand is a great-tasting, all-natural, good-for-you-granola that your whole family will love. It features fewer, simple, natural ingredients with an evolving flavor profile and a pleasant aftertaste. Nature’s Hand only uses premium, all-natural ingredients – no artificial colors or flavors; no preservatives; no sodium and no trans fats. Nature’s Hand comes in six unique granola blends – Vanilla Almond, Cranberry Delight, Wild Blueberry, Raisin Hazelnut, Cinnamon Apple and Maple Pecan You can get this in supermarkets and specialty grocery stores.

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

Conscious Box giveaway

Awhile ago I posted a video review of Conscious Box and they just asked if I would like to host a giveaway for my viewers. Here is a video of the review. You will not be getting the same products as this was a few months ago but just to give you an idea.
Only lucky TTGG mom will win a Conscious Box.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Willow Store Hemp Prefold Giveaway

A few days ago I posted a review for The Willow Store and showed their Hemp Prefoldsd it HERE. They liked my post so they would like to offer a giveaway for the same 2 Hemp Prefolds.

One lucky TTGG mom will win 2 of these great hemp prefolds just enter with rafflecopter below.

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Giani Granite Countertop Paint Kit Review

When we moved into our house we knew it was a fixer upper. It was a great price and has alot of space. We have improved most of the upstairs but the basement is lacking. We actually have another kitchen in the basement and it is stuck in the 70's. That why I was excited to get to review the Giani Granite Counter top kit. This kit retails for $69.95 and comes with everything shown here. I choose the Chocolate colored kit.
This is a few photos of the countertop before..
These countertops are old and gross and so are the tiles on the wall...
The only a few steps and I will show pics for them. They have a demo that comes with the kit and shows everything to do and how long to let each step dry. The first thing you want to do is clean off the countertop. We decided to remove our sink since it was old and we ended up purchasing a new one. If you like your sink now is the time to tape off everything other than the counter. Then you will want to put the black primer on.
It is already looking better with only the primer. The next step is number 2. You want to take 2a,b,c and paint a color each time with the sponge.

The last step is to put the sealer on. You will want to do this step 2 times. Here is the after shots.

It worked and looked so good that we decided to get a new sink and paint the tiles. It looks so different and we cant believe how easy and how great it looks. We had a party and everyone wanted to see it and the all loved it.

That is so awesome doesn't it look great. I would recommend this kit to anyone who wants granite but cant afford it. This kit covers 35sq feet and we have enough to do alot more.

I received this item for review purposes. My opinions are honest and I was not paid for this review.

Monday, June 25, 2012

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The Willow Store Hemp Prefolds

If you are a prefold lover then you will love this review. This review is from The Willow Store. They have cloth diapers, natural feminine care, and laundry products. I was sent 2 of their Organic hemp prefolds in size 2 and they retail for $7.95 each. These fit from 15+lbs and measure 14x18.

Ultra-soft, organic cotton/hemp fleece—our signature of quality.

WillowSprouts are created with two layers of super-soft, plush fleece—perfect for baby's gentle skin. Superior fabric means enhanced absorbency, and even less bulk for baby. Why settle for less? Demand the softest, most absorbent, reusable diaper for your baby.

Easy to fold diapers, simply fold them in thirds the shorter way for smaller sizing or thirds the longer way for older babies.

You can use this with a snappi or lay it in a cover.
They are so soft and nice. Any cover will go over them nicely. They are a great company and they also have great customer service. I cant wait to try their reversible cover.

I received this item for review purposes. My opinions are honest and I was not paid for this review.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

By Nature Kitten Food Review

When we think about being eco friendy or healthy some times we forget about our pets. This review is from By Nature and they carry organic and natural food for cats and dogs. I was sent 4 bags of  By Nature for kitten and it comes in a 8lb bag and it retails for around $10 per bag.

By Nature Natural Kitten Food - 4 lb

In this bag there is no corn, wheat or soy. This is a great food and my little kitty I bottle feed and I am fostering loves it. We found out that she has FIV which is feline aids so eating great food is very important. She will live a normal life as long as her immune system is well. Help keep your pet feeling young with a powerful mix of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to promote a strong immune system. Formulated to help support your pet's natural defenses against the effects of aging, illness, physical and environmental stress. This food has multiple protein sources, whole grains and natural fiber, fruits vegetables and flaxseed. I love this and it is little bites for the little kitties. Her coat is so soft, shiny and silky. I would recommend this kitten. 

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Natural House Glassy Review

Today's review is from Natural House and I was sent Glassy for review. This bottle retails for 3.99.

Glassy Probiotic Glass Cleaner is a revolutionary new glass cleaner. Our professional strength formula powers through dirt, grime and germs while leaving a streak free sheen. Our probiotics continue to consume germs on the surface after you are done cleaning. Natural House is safe to use on any glass surface and leaves an ultra clean shine.
  • Industry-First, Cutting-Edge Probiotic Cleaning Product.
  • Convenient spray top nozzle for quick and dispersed application
  • Naturally digests odors at their source leaving a fresh botanical scent
  • Probiotics create a beneficial, odor eating ecosystem on any and all surfaces
  • Active ingredients keep working to maintain germ and odor free surface
  • Contains no VOC’s or other harmful chemicals Keeps dangerous pathogens off any surface


  • Safe to use on multiple surfaces including high-gloss surfaces, terrazzo, marble, slate, vinyl, tile, and finished hardwood surfaces
  • Formulated to leave Streak-Free Sheen
  • Use weekly to promote a healthy and safe home


  • Leaves no Dulling Residue
  • Scrubbing action scours dirt and lifts germs and grime, while driving out odors at their source
  • Eco-Friendly, non-toxic, biodegradable
I love the way that this smells. it works great and did not leave any streaks. I love using it on my vanity and it cleans all the makeup and smudges. I love that it is also  eco friendly with kids and animals in the house. I would recommend this product.

I received this item for review purposes. My opinions are honest and I was not paid for this review.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Camellia pain relief gel

Today's review is on Camellia warm therapy natural pain relief gel and it retails for $9.99.
Back pain, aching joints, sprains or sore muscles...all will feel the amazing instant relief that Camellia Pain Relief Gel can bring, simply by applying it to your skin over the affected spot. Natural ingredients like menthol, camphor, aloe and capsaicin synergistically deliver the combination of cold and heat therapy that doctors recommend, with results that last for hours.
First It Cools You Down
Immediately upon application, you'll feel the refreshing chill of camphor, menthol and aloe vera as they go to work calming inflamed or swollen muscles, tendons and joints.
Then It Warms You Up
Later, the soothing warmth of capsaicin (the "heat" compound in chili peppers) will take over, penetrating deep into tissues to speed healing and relax stiff or cramped muscles.
Natural, Botanical Ingredients
This animal-free, alcohol-free formula is made with the healing plants of Mother Earth, a gentle alternative to chemical-filled pain creams and vapor rubs that sometimes irritate or sting the skin. In fact, as a nice side benefit, your skin might actually benefit from Camellia's conditioning and moisturizing agents including aloe vera, green tea extract and vegetable glycerin.
Works with Your Busy Life
Pain shouldn't slow you down, and neither should your pain treatment. That's why Camellia gel is non-greasy and fast-absorbing, so you don't have to wait around for it to dry. It won't stain your clothes or towels, either.
Pleasant Citrus Scent
If you're put off by the overpowering camphor odor or clinical smell of some other pain products, then you'll love the mild, fresh fragrance of Camellia, derived from orange peel extract.

To me it gave me a cooling sensation. I get a stiff neck alot from sleeping wrong so this is great to have to relieve the pain. I apply a second layer when this is dry and that feels like it gets deeper into the muscle. I really like this and I will continue to use this.

I received this item for review purposes. My opinions are honest and I was not paid for this review.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

bluapple Review & Giveaway

Today's review is on the bluapple it is said to prolong freshness of your fruit and vegetables. I was sent the bluapple it comes in a 2 pack set and it retails for $9.95.

How Does the BluApple Work?

Ethylene gas is given off by all living plants, especially by fruits, vegetables and flowers, and acts as a chemical signal to speed up the ripening process. The release of this gas is thought to be a mechanism by which plants promote uniform ripening or opening, etc. In nature, the uniformity of these events attracts the maximum number of pollinators or seed disseminators, such as birds and insects. At home, however, when you store your fruits and vegetables in the refrigerator, ethylene gas builds up. As a result the ripening process is accelerated too quickly. This is a major reason we all throw out so much spoiled produce! The Bluapple is based on technology that has been used in ships, warehouses and trucks for many years to absorb and neutralize ethylene gas buildup. The Bluapple does not release any gas or chemical, but only absorbs, constantly removing this harmful gas from your produce storage area. The Bluapple is not a "magic" pill, but a scientific and essential part of keeping produce fresh. When produce was cheap, no one cared, but as prices have risen, it became apparent that a very beneficial product for the home could make a huge difference. There are three key elements to long produce life: a) temperature - keeping produce cold; b) humidity - using vented plastic bags to keep a moist, but not wet environment; c) ethylene gas management - using the Bluapple. Disruption of any one of these elements will cause premature spoilage. It may interest you to know that we provide a money back guarantee, which we are proud to honor. After selling many hundreds of thousands of Bluapples, we have processed only about 20 refund requests, to each of whom I have written a letter. The Bluapple is a proven, science-based technology that we have adapted for use in the home. With a single gourmet apple costing $1.25 these days, our produce is an investment worth protecting. It is our view that the Bluapple is essentially FREE. Users easily recover the purchase price in savings within a few weeks, and the Bluapple continues to deliver value for many months thereafter. I encourage you to read the attached white paper. Bluapple is more or less available nationally at retail locations such as Whole Foods Markets, Giant Foods, Stop & Shop, and many others.

I put each one in both of my drawers in the refrigerator. We have alot of fruits and vegetables that we keep to eat and this really works.

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Friday, June 15, 2012

Bayberry Naturals Review & Giveaway

Today's review is from BayBerry Naturals.

 About Us
I started Bayberry Naturals because I saw a need for a 100% all-natural skin and hair care products line for the whole family. As a new mom of twins, I made the decision to try to eliminate unnecessary exposure to chemicals and toxins in our household wherever possible.

I began investigating the labels of all of the shampoos, conditioners, lotions, and soaps in our house and was astounded by what I found. Every single product contained artificial and controversial ingredients. These are things we simply do not need to be exposing ourselves to - especially every day - when we are just trying to bathe and moisturize.

Thus began my search for natural, plant-based products that I felt safe having my family use, day in and day out. I was surprised at how hard it was to find products online or in stores that were actually natural. Many inferred that they were natural or organic, but really were not. This is what really convinced me to develop my own line of products made only with ingredients found in nature.

I discovered that when you strip down health and beauty products to the most natural, basic ingredients, they can be both incredibly effective and gentle at the same time. Something as simple as removing sulfates prevents hair and skin from becoming overly dry. Using only the purest essential oils provides amazing aromatherapy. Who needs artificial colorants anyway? Let's just stay away from parabens and phthalates, because they are totally unnecessary. And of course, why not use organic ingredients whenever possible?

From this philosophy came the Bayberry Naturals product line. Simplistic in its packaging and basic in its premise, I designed it for men, women, and children to cleanse and nurture their bodies without fear of toxins and unnatural ingredients. My friends and family have thoroughly vetted every product. Many had never used natural products - some were even skeptical. I loved seeing their amazement when they realized how effective everything was. They were hooked! I know you will find Bayberry Naturals products as wonderful as we do.
I was sent 4 of their products to try.

First is their soaps. I was sent 2 the first one is their Lavender Bar soap and for a full size it retails for $6.95 for a 4oz size.
Lavender Bar Soapis a true treat, with lavender essential oil providing naturally relaxing aromatherapy. Organic comfrey root helps soothe and hydrate dry and sensitive skin.
  • Gently cleanses with organic oils
  • Ideal for daily use, especially for sensitive, dry skin
  • Free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, artificial fragrances and dyes
  • Not tested on animals
This smells really good and it is a great sample size what I was sent.

The next one is their Lemongrass Bar soap and it retails for $6.95 for a 4oz bar.
Lemongrass Bar Soap provides refreshing aromatherapy through six citrus and herbal essential oils and organic rosemary leaf. Everyone loves this energizing soap.
  • Gently cleanses with organic oils
  • Ideal for daily use, especially for sensitive, dry skin
  • Free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, artificial fragrances and dyes
  • Not tested on animals
This is really nice and it smells so fresh. This one was also a sample size that was sent was was definitely enough to know that I love these soaps.

The next item I was sent is their Sensitive Skin Hand and Body Lotion and it retails for $17.95.
Sensitive Skin Hand & Body LotionThis simple formulation soothes sensitive skin with Roman Chamomile Essential Oil. It contains everything you need to nourish and soothe skin, without any unnecessary additives.
  • Moisturizes with Organic Aloe, Organic Coconut Oil, and Grapeseed Oil
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • 89% Organic
  • Free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, artificial fragrances and dyes
  • Not tested on animals
This lotion is really nice and it really helps my dry hands. It is also great for my son to use since he has eczema and it helps moisturize his hands without breaking him out. This is really nice and it is a good size at 8.7floz.

The last item I was sent for review is their Shea Butter cream and it retails for $15.95 for 2oz.
Shea Buttercream is a wonderfully emollient crème enhanced with rich, organic shea butter, organic aloe, and sweet almond oil. This is the perfect crème for soothing dry, irritated skin. It does not contain any essential oils, so it is perfect for those who prefer an unscented product.
  • Contains over 20% Organic Shea Butter, naturally nourishing for the skin
  • Moisturizes with Organic Aloe, Sweet Almond Oil, Vitamin E, and Meadowfoam Seed Oil
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • 70% Organic
  • Free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, artificial fragrances and dyes
  • Not tested on animals
I LOVE this I like to use it on my legs and it does wonders for my extreme dry skin. I love that it is unscented and I can use it and not attract bugs to my body with all the perfumes. This is a great company and I am in love with their products.

I received this item for review purposes. My opinions are honest and I was not paid for this review.