Saturday, August 27, 2016

[Review] Peppermint Oil #NewYorkBiology



This is my first time trying an essential oil from New York Biology. My sister swears by some of their skin care products so when I found them on #Tomoson, I thought I should give it a whirl and try them out.

If you know me, you know I am in love with Essential Oils. Today that opinion did not change. I am very careful about the quality I use however because I have little kids and pets to consider.

I was asked to review a peppermint oil from New York Biology. It smells great, but next to my other peppermint oil (which I use for cooking) it doesn't quite smell like what I am used to. It also reads not to take internally... so no Peppermint Chocolate Chip cookies with this.

I also love to diffuse my oils, but I am not sure I want my children inhaling this oil since inhaling oils sends them straight to the olfactory system and into the lungs, which is technically "internal."

I do fully intend on cleaning with this oil and I am sure it will smell lovely! I will do so when my kids are no home and make sure I can air it out with plenty of time.

I really appreciate that NYB gives the chemical component percentages on the front of the bottles. I like that they are clear and honest, when I see so many cheaper oil companies skimming by. I look forward to trying many more of their oils!

If you want to talk more about oils, please email me! BeaDandelion at gmail

Disclaimer: I am reviewing this through Tomoson and this post contains affiliate links. All opinions are completely mine and not influenced by anyone.

Friday, August 26, 2016

[Review] Magic Cube

So sometimes your kids open the mail before you do and you can't do an "unboxing" video. And sometimes, you think they break the item... most of the time that is the case, apparently this time it was not.

This was what I was supposed to have:

This is what I found...
EEK! Right? I turned the box around and apparently it is salvageable... after all when *I* am done playing with it, it has to withstand the kids! 

This Magic Cube is a really fun brain toy, much like the original cube, but this one moves easier. I think it must be the design. I also really love that there are no stickers to lose, but I can not promise I will EVER get it back into it's original color scheme once we mess it all up. But I will let the kids enjoy playing with it and trying to. Anything to get them off the TV and Tablet!!!


Other details about the Magic Cube:

  • The Puzzle is made of safety ABS material and it can be quickly returned,you can adjust tension in screws point on six sides.
  • This speed cube puzzle game, very educational and exercises brain.
  • The cute speed cube fits for beginners. Bright colors can stimulate their senses, make their brains thinking more active.
  • The best gift for your children ,it can keep your kids far away from the video games,to protect their visual health.
  • he speed cube is easy to carry.When you are on the way, you can play this speed cube puzzle rather than doing nothing.
UROPHYLLA also makes a bunch more brain toys in other shapes that look like a lot of fun!


Disclaimer: I am reviewing this through Tomoson and this post contains affiliate links. All opinions are completely mine and not influenced by anyone. 

Monday, August 15, 2016

[Review] NeilMed - Saline Nasal Irrigation Systems

I hate snot. I hate seasonal irritants. I really hate constant sniffling, not only does it sound gross, but it doesnt sound comfortable. I want my babies to feel good. Plus *I* want to feel clear with no congestion.

I was contacted through Green Moms Meet to review NeilMed Sinus Rinse and Nasal Irrigation items for both adults and children. I will be the first to admit it was a little scary to use it on my 6 year old. I'm not even sure he liked it, but he likes breathing air, so win/win!


My 4 year old was more hesitant to let me try the Naspira. When she was a baby I used the same type of item on her, but from another company, she clearly didnt remember that. The Naspira is a silicone bulb that has a tube that you suck through. It comes with 7 disposable filters, so it isnt as gross as it sounds. It is highly effective though! And you can take it completely apart to clean and sterilize it.


I have been using NeilMed rinses for a few years and I have gotten comfortable with it. The first time I tried it, I think I almost drowned myself. I also didnt realize you were supposed to use distilled water ONLY. That is very very important. Now I boil a pot of water for 5-10 minutes and then let it cool before pouring into the bottle with the saline solution.

NeilMed now makes products for babies too! The PediaMist keeps the baby's nose moist instead of flushing it out like one of the larger volume irrigation systems. It can help alleviate such things as sinus issues, post nasal drip, and allergens in and around the home. Hopefully you'll no longer have a snotty baby!


If you visit the NeilMed.com website, they tell you exactly how to use these products and they demonstrate in videos too. You can order directly from their website and get free shipping! Use promo code "MOMSBLOG" for $3 off. You will also find various other products: ear care, first aid, and many different types of sinus rinses in case you arent comfortable with one type or another. I personally like the Sinus Rinse more than the Netipot, but that is just me.

Find NeilMed on Facebook and on Twitter

Disclaimer: I was given these products to try out in return for my honest opinion. All opinions are 100% mine and not influenced by anyone else. 

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Freebies for baby!

Whole Mom
Whole Mom Baby Samples


Sign up HERE for a FREE Trial kit of Diapers & Wipes and/or our Family Care essentials from EverydayHappy, just pay $5.95 for shipping and handling.
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Right now you can get this adorable Nursing Pillow for FREE (a $40 value) with coupon codeENBABY, just pay S&H. You can upgrade to the minky style for just $5 more.

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Get a FREE Nursing Cover (a $35 value) by using coupon code: ENBABY at checkout, just pay S&H.
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Get a FREE Carseat Canopy (a $50 value) by using coupon code: ENBABY at checkout, just pay S&H.
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Sunday, July 24, 2016

[Review] Super cute shoes



I'd love to post a review today, but they are not here, so I cant. But I will. I want to know if these shoes are comfy. I NEED to know if I can walk in them and them not leave a crease, or worse, in my ankle. I think they are adorable and want to wear them as soon as possible!


Saturday, July 23, 2016

[Review] Petite Namaste

Move over fancy gauze baby swaddle blanket things!!!

When I told my sister about this review and sent her a link, she basically begged me to let her do the review. Nope! I made her buy her own blanket. And I am really really glad I did. Pretty sure she isn't regretting buying her own too.

This blanket is much bigger than I expected.  It is 42" by 42". I was thinking it was just another swaddling blanket with a pretty pattern. I was wrong. They have pretty patterns, but this is a much bigger and thicker and softer blanket!
 We acquired so many blankets and afghans and knitted things when the kids were first born. They were beautiful and my-hoarder-self can never get rid of them (more sentimental than hoarder... but there are too many). I wish I had had a favorite, gotten 3, moved on, gotten gift cards.

This blanket is amazing. It is 3 layers. I thought that would feel hot. Nope. It is a great lap blanket, but it is not anything like a fleece or the fancy couch thing my MIL crocheted us. Obviously I would use it for a baby... but I would use it after-baby, too.

I'm currently using it! LOL. I am at my desk and it is draped over my legs. It is super soft and not flashy in colors and I keep trying to figure out how it is 3 layers? The fabric is HAND pressed from hand carved blocks. That seems like a lot of work! This blanket is beautiful. The work was clearly worth it.

And I dont want to give it away to an infant. Or my sister. I assume it will end up on my kiddos bed when one of them find it. If that happens, I will have wanted to get the bird print... I was really trying to deter them by getting a grown up print. We shall see.

I am blown away by this blanket. I was thinking it was something for the kids. It might be. They can't have it.

You can check out their website here.
Follow them on Facebook here.
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Disclaimer: I received this item for free to review it with my honest opinion. All opinions are 100% mine. I would never endorse a product on my blog that I did not like, without telling you fully why I was not impressed with it. I was given free range to pick the item I wanted to try, so I am only able to speak of the actual item I picked. 

[Review] YooToo Nursing Bra

Hey, moms! Finding a comfortable way to nurse anytime you want to is not an easy task. I didn't wear a dress for well over 5 years while nursing my kids. No, that isn't true, I wore a dress ONCE. My son was being Christened and I even went out and bought a dress. I wore it about 2 hours. It is beautiful. I can finally wear it again!

I am no longer nursing, but I know a LOT of moms that are so I was thrilled to be asked to review this YOOTOO Nursing Bra!
 There is so much going on when you have a demanding little one ... forget looking attractive. So we give that part up, but we still want our clothes to look good. I tried on this bra (no you don't get a picture) and it was totally un-noticeable or bulky under my shirt or tank top. You'd never know it was a nursing bra. It wasn't bulky.
 The inside of it is virtually not there... so you unsnap and nurse. Not much to move over. And it seems to be durable... it doesn't seem to be cheap material that will stretch out for 18 un-snap and pull-overs a day. My goodness I had hungry babies... always in the 85-95 percentile for size. I am fairly small so this was always baffling and back breaking.
I would wear it even NOT nursing. It feels very supportive and doesn't feel like my normal big box store bras that I usually bought. I'm cheap. But even my nursing bras were pretty expensive. I am sure I would have shelled out the $49 to have had this bra. (gahhh I MUST share this bra with my friend or I can't live with myself. Here is hoping we are the same size)

The support, the coverage, ... probably don't even need the leak-pads (or baby socks... yeah that happened).

I laughed, the recommend 3 bras while nursing. One to wear, one is probably dirty, and one for those accidents... Seems accurate to me.

You can check out their website here.
Follow them on Facebook here.
Follow them on Twitter here.


Disclaimer: I received this item for free to review it with my honest opinion. All opinions are 100% mine. I would never endorse a product on my blog that I did not like, without telling you fully why I was not impressed with it. I was given free range to pick the item I wanted to try, so I am only able to speak of the actual item I picked. 

[Review] SOZO Monkey Blanket

When I was first asked to review this SOZO Cuddle Mat blanket, I thought, "These might be for infants, not my 4 year old... but I know infants if it doesn't work out for us." FAST FORWARD I am NOT giving this one away. I should say, "My little girl is not letting me give this one away."

 When I told my 4 year old this Monkey Cuddle Mat wasn't hers she told me I was wrong and then laid down and said, "It is as big as me. Mine." Can't argue with that.
 She has one of those fancy dancy cribs that are supposed to last from birth until marriage. I have no idea how to convert it and I haven't looked it up. Same thing happened with my son and I just gave in and got him a twin bed. One day I hope to get a bunk bed for them (can I review one?!!?!?).

When my little one took the Cuddle Mat to bed, it was pretty much the same size as the crib mattress. I know you aren't supposed to have blankets and whatnot in with infants, so this might be a great option for a nice rug for tummy time for your bitty baby.
The backing is really sturdy. It claims to be machine washable, I haven't needed to yet, but I'm certain it would hold up for many many washings. I told my little one that it would be softer to have the fuzzy side on her at night. She finally agreed and began hugging her new friend just after I took this photo. It's also super warm... so if you outgrow tummy time and do use this on your little kids bed, don't do it in July.

In the Summer months, use the loop and hang it on the wall. The backing is thick enough that it wont crumple like a regular blanket would. They also have Terrier and Ladybug Cuddle Mats!

Check out all the SOZO items here!
Follow them on Facebook here!
Follow them on Twitter too!


Disclaimer: I received this item for free to review it with my honest opinion. All opinions are 100% mine. I would never endorse a product on my blog that I did not like, without telling you fully why I was not impressed with it. I was given free range to pick the item I wanted to try, so I am only able to speak of the actual item I picked.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Heimlich saved her life

I know it has been a while since my last post, but I have been doing the mom-thang and hangin' with my kiddos. Usually at the water park. Busy, fun, tiresome Summertime :)

Please read this post. It was a frightening day. 
I'm a pro. I don't want to be, but I am.

Heimlich. Learn it. If you have ever played with kids, babysat, birthed kids, seen kids in the park, if you know what a kid is... learn it. I have used it no less than 5 times.

Today was the worst one.

I don't let my kids eat in the car, much less candy. I can't turn around to get them if they start coughing without wrecking and killing us all, so no. When my 6 year old handed my 4 year old a hard peppermint on the way out of Vacation Bible School, he asked if they could eat it yet. I told them absolutely not in the car, but if they would wait until the water park, then they could eat it before getting into the water. No complaints at all. They know my rules. They have both also almost died from choking before. The first time was here... AWFUL! Since then we have choked on kale, hotdogs, and clover to name a few. The clover wasn't even my kid, but I snatched him up and somehow got it out. 


We are walking from one side of the water park to the other to get to the wave pool and I am dragging the little one along, trying to keep up with the big one and then the little one STOPS. I look at her and her eyes are drifting off and the hand I had been holding moves to her chest. I tried to get eye contact, but she just kept opening her mouth.

Then I stepped out of my body and watched myself ball up my fist and, since she is so tiny, I had her whole body weight pressing down on my fists while I bounced her especially hard onto my fists. Up and down a full 3 times. I have no idea when I realized what I was doing was actually me and not just me seeing myself do it... I just knew I was doing it... but I felt like I was watching myself. That image is strangely ingrained even though I know it was not a real image.

It felt like an eternity and I didn't know if I was doing it right or not. I just kept wondering why no one was running over to help. I had tunnel vision and I think the 6 year old was walking in circles around us. I looked up to see a table with 3 teenage girls watching... but no adults or (Heaven forbid) lifeguard rushing over.

I later asked my son and he said that no one looked over other than a little girl that was walking by.

I set my baby girl down and turned her towards me, she was still coughing and crying. Thank God she was crying... she was breathing. Cry away. We hugged. I figured it had gone past her windpipe. Then she started gagging again and coughing and I thought for sure it would get caught again. Instead she threw it up into her mouth and I almost lost it again. I reached for it and leaned her forward and then she spit it (and a lot of gunk) into my hand.

Of course the 6 year old old was like, "ew gross... do you see what she just did?" I threw it in the nearby trash and still no one stopped or looked or asked if everything was OK. I must have sat there hugging her for 5 minutes while she wept and tears drizzled down my cheek. I was shaky and suddenly drenched in sweat, but so happy that she was OK. I saved her life. What if I hadn't known what to do or where to press? I wouldn't be sitting right here typing, that is for sure.

This was taken after leaving the wavepool...
so about 45 minutes after nearly dying. 

Kids are terrifying. They are gross, stinky, mean, filter-less, manipulative, part-barbarian, narcissistic, and the most wonderful gift from God. Thanking God extra tonight. 


More resources you should watch and then save:
American Red Cross
How to do INFANT CPR
How to do ADULT CPR
How to do the Heimlich Maneuver on Adults 


Disclaimer: I am not a life saver person. I have no qualifications other than my own life experiences. I am not endorsing anyone or claiming anything. Everything you learn should be from your own research and experience. Learn everything. And the FDA has not said that anything I have said will cure, treat, or prevent anything. All opinions are mine. 

Saturday, July 16, 2016

FREE - Things for baby

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Whole Mom Baby Samples


Sign up HERE for a FREE Trial kit of Diapers & Wipes and/or our Family Care essentials from EverydayHappy, just pay $5.95 for shipping and handling.
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Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Baby freebies

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Sign up HERE for a FREE Trial kit of Diapers & Wipes and/or our Family Care essentials from EverydayHappy, just pay $5.95 for shipping and handling.
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Right now you can get this adorable Nursing Pillow for FREE (a $40 value) with coupon codeENBABY, just pay S&H. You can upgrade to the minky style for just $5 more.

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Get a FREE Nursing Cover (a $35 value) by using coupon code: ENBABY at checkout, just pay S&H.
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Friday, July 01, 2016

Free things for baby!

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Whole Mom Baby Samples


Sign up HERE for a FREE Trial kit of Diapers & Wipes and/or our Family Care essentials from EverydayHappy, just pay $5.95 for shipping and handling.
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Right now you can get this adorable Nursing Pillow for FREE (a $40 value) with coupon codeENBABY, just pay S&H. You can upgrade to the minky style for just $5 more.

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Get a FREE Nursing Cover (a $35 value) by using coupon code: ENBABY at checkout, just pay S&H.
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Free Family Fun - 7/1/16


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Thanks Lori for the email!


Bank of America Museums on Us
Saturday, July 2nd and Sunday, July 3rd
Bank of America’s Museums on Us is offering free admission to more than 150 museums nationwide. Simply present your Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card along with a photo ID to gain free general admission to any participating institution. Cardholders only; guests are not eligible for free admission. For more information about Museums on Us, visit: http://museums.bankofamerica.com.
Octicorn
Saturday, July 2nd at 11 AM
Storytime and Activities featuring  Hello, My Name is Octicorn
Contact your local Barnes & Noble store to verify participation.
summer camp 2016 bass pro
Now through  July 24th
Family Summer Camp – free workshops, crafts, activities and more. Ongoing outdoor workshops in stores. Check your local Bass Pro Shop store for specific events, times, and details.
disney store play days
Now through September 5th
Summer Play Days for kids ages 3 and up with activities such as Art of Animation, Trivia, Story Time and Showtime. At select locations. Contact your local Disney Store for details.
guitar center free classes
Saturday, July 2nd at 10:15 AM – Free Group Guitar Lesson
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Saturday, July 2nd from 9 AM to 12 PM
Kids make and take an Ice Age Bowling Game. Get more information and register at Home Depot workshops .
star spangled wreath
Saturday, July 2nd from 11 AM – 3 PM and a few locations offer crafts on Sunday.
Kids design and take a Star Spangled Wreath craft. Get more information from Lakeshore Learning Free Crafts for Kids.

michaels july 2nd
Saturday, July 2nd from 10 AM – 12 PM
Kids make and take a Craft Stick Flag Craft. Cost is $2 per kid. Get more information on theMichael’s website.
Saturday, July 2nd from 1-3 PM
Everyone can make a red, white and blue tie-dye t-shirt and decorate festive 4th of July cookies.
williams sonoma kids july 2

Saturday, July 2nd at 10 AM
In this super-fun class you’ll learn how easy it is to make your own ice cream—and it will taste way better than the store-bought kind. Suitable for ages 8–13.
Get more information at your local Williams-Sonoma store.

Find more things HERE!