My blog has moved!

You should be automatically redirected soon. If not, visit
and update your bookmarks.

ANNOUNCEMENT: I am going to be making the leap and switching to Wordpress! While I am doing so I am going to be changing the name of this blog to FAMILY FOCUS BLOG. I think this will be more reflective of its nature. I will still report on family fun, eco tips, giveaways, products, and causes that you may find helpful or interesting with a focus on going green and saving money! This process will be begin 1/28 and should be done by 1/30

NEUMA Beautiful Sustainable Haircare Review

>> Tuesday, August 31, 2010

natural haircareNEUMA is a new luxury haircare brand totally focused on health, beauty, and sustainability.

NEUMA haircare heals and protects hair, sustaining vibrant color with UV Guard™ - leaving it soft, silky smooth and full of shine. Free of synthetic fragrance, often used to conceal harmful chemicals, NEUMA uses essential oils that soothe the senses to infuse hair with life, bounce and a healthy radiance. NEUMA uses only renewable, beneficial plant-based ingredients.

NEUMA's philosophy- "Simply the best for your hair… for you… and our environment."

NEUMA haricare can boast certified organic extracts, 85% post consumer recycled bottles, 100% certified wind power, 100% recycled fiber containers! You can also sure that NEUMA is FREE OF synthetic fagrance, sulfates, parabens, 1,4-dioxane, phthalates, glutens, neurotoxins, aluminum compounds, glycols, formaldehyde donors, ureas, and environmental pollutants.

NEUMA offers a full range of systems that deliver sensational results:
moisture – Infuses life back into dry, damaged hair, improving condition.
volume – Enhances volume, fullness with long-lasting body.
renew – Ideal for normal hair, as well as clarifying.
repair - Restores and strengthens overworked, over-processed hair.
styling – A variety of stylers to complete your look.

I tried out NEUMA moisture shampoo and moisture condition. I really, really, really like it! There is absolutely no trade-off of performance here. In fact, NEUMA works just as well as my previous salon favorite and it is natural so it is my new favorite! I love the lather you get with this shampoo! It is really a thick rich lather that I usually only get at the salon. I was amazed how it lathered up so much and at the same time felt moisturizing. Here are a few of the interesting ingredients I found on the label- Oolong tea leaf extract, soy yogurt filtrate, and Hibiscus flower extract. The moisture condition was very nice as well. I then applied the argan treatment to my damp hair when I got out of the shower and it feels really great too. The defrizzers I have used in the past are more like a lotion kind of look. The NEUMA argan treatment is clear and has an unusual feel, not at all sticky. I really enjoyed the light fragrance of the essential oils in the products. I would be more than happy to use these NEUMA products again!

NEUMA products are only available at Spas and Salons.

NEUMA did provide me with samples in the hopes that I would share my opinions with others. I received no monetary compensation and the opinions expressed are my own.


Pedia Lax Fiber Gummies Review and Giveaway Plus Healthy Eating Tips

>> Monday, August 30, 2010

Reports Show 90% of Kids Don’t Get Enough Fiber.

Shocking, huh? That is why I am pleased to offer a review and giveaway of Pedia-Lax Fiber Gummies. Some of you may remember that I actually already did this but I am glad to do it again because my kids LOVE these Pedia Lax Fiber Gummies, they are dentist-approved, and they help them get an extra serving of fiber in.

Pedia-Lax Fiber Gummies are a daily fiber supplement for kids ages 2-11 they support better digestive health and stay regular. The penguin-shaped, great tasting Pedia-Lax Fiber Gummies are:
· made with natural fruit flavors
· sugar-free
· calorie-free
· gluten-free
· dentist-approved

Here are a few tips from Liz Weiss, a top dietitian, to help you slip more, healthy, fiber-rich foods into your kid’s daily diet:

· Go with Guacamole: Kids love to dunk foods, so introduce a new dip. Create a kid-friendly guacamole by combining at least ¾ of a mashed, ripe avocado with some coarsely chopped fresh cilantro and a dash of freshly-squeezed lime juice. Offer sliced raw veggies or whole-grain tortilla chips on the side for even more fiber grams!

· Fiberlicious French Toast: Many kids shy away from “brown bread,” but if you disguise it as something else, you can easily add more fiber at the start of the day. Make French toast by switching from traditional white bread to 100% whole wheat bread, and top with ¼ cup of naturally-sweet fresh strawberries or try a sliced banana for a few more grams of fiber (complete recipe at

· Penguin Power: Boost your child’s fiber (age 2-11) with Pedia-Lax® Fiber Gummies; just three delicious, penguin-shaped gummies add 6 grams of fiber to your child's daily diet. They can be taken together or given one per meal.

· Makeover Delight: Meatloaf is a staple on most family dinner menus. Take your favorite meatloaf recipe and upgrade it with more fiber by adding 1/3 cup of ground flaxseed, one shredded carrot and a 15 oz. can of drained black beans (complete recipe at Your delicious meatloaf just got better!

· An Apple a Day: Parents tend to peel apples, but leaving the skin on a medium sized apple and slicing it up for easy eating keeps it to five grams of fiber. Add a tablespoon of peanut butter on the edges (if kids balk at the peel) for an extra gram of fiber.

· Smooth it Over: Choose a fiber-rich yogurt with at least 5 grams of fiber and blend with your favorite fruit. The enriched yogurt alone is a great fiber source, but the fruit adds even more.

My kids love the fiber gummies. I give them two each night after dinner as their desert along with their multi-vitamins. Anticipation of getting their gummies also helps them finish up their food!

Winner will receive one bottle of Pedia Lax Fiber Gummies.

Giveaway Dates: August 30- September 13, 2010 Midnight CST

How to enter:
To enter this Giveaway, you need to do one or more of the following and post a comment below about each action you took. Each comment will count as a separate entry so your chances of winning increase but only the #1 entry is required.

1. Required: Visit Pedia-Lax and leave me a comment telling me something you learned (while you are there, you can print your $1 off coupon)
2. Follow Moms Wear Your Tees Blog in right margin w/ Google Friend Connect or with RSS
3. Like the Moms Wear Your Tees Blog Facebook page in right margin
4. Tweet and leave URL:
Enter to #win Pedia-Lax Fiber Gummies #Giveaway @MWYT @fibergummies

Giveaway Rules:
GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! Winner selected through #12, fdigsby.

Pedia-Lax did provide me with the Fiber Gummies in the hopes that I would share my honest opinions. I received no monetary compensation and the opinions expressed are my own.


Autumn Gardening

>> Sunday, August 29, 2010

This is a guest post. I think gardening is a great way to go green and grow your own organic vegetables. It is also fun for me and my kids love to help dig, plant, water, and pick! Of course, flowers make a beautiful addition to any yard. Start out with a small patch and add to it each year!

Autumn Gardening Tips

After all the bloom and activity of the spring and summer, autumn is a moment of calm in the garden. If you’re lucky, the first few weeks of autumn will be an Indian summer making it a pleasant time to potter in the garden and get everything sorted ready for a winter rest. This article guides you through some of the main areas of autumn garden care enabling you to prepare your garden for a healthy fruitful spring.

Fall Gardening Tips-

If you have a green house, early autumn is the time to use it to house plants which are vulnerable to frost and the winter cold. If you do not have a green house, then a conservatory or utility room are suitable alternatives.

Autumn is a good time for clearing and tidying the garden. If you continue to dead head your bedding plants and perennials you can prolong their flowering further into autumn. As it is a great time of year for planting spring bulbs, autumn is a good time to consider whether you want to make rearrangements or changes in the garden. If you want to make major changes, you could dig up some lawn to make a new bed for spring bulbs, or tackle that part of the garden which has never been a success and plant some bulbs there. In terms of landscaping, autumn is also a good time to lay new lawn; however, this is only advisable if the soil is relatively dry and not too wet.

If you have tall and long reaching plants, autumn is the time to reinforce their support to ensure they can survive the strong winds of autumn and winter. This may require more than just a single support, so it could be worth considering investing in some sturdy supports such as ring or maypole structures.

It’s great to get garden maintenance over and done with in the autumn. Clear out gutters and water butts in preparation for heavy rainfalls. If you have canes or nets you required in summer but no longer need in autumn, take them down, clean and store them. Sharpen tools and fix ladders, sheds, or other equipment in preparation for their heavy use in the spring and summer months.

Clear and collect falling leaves throughout the autumn as these are great to add to your compost. Try to avoid burning or trashing any of your autumn garden waste and instead compost as much as you can.

Grant performs Garden design in Surrey. He loves to give advice on gardening throughout the seasons for beginners or even experts.

If you can't grow everything, you may also like to read Why Buying Local Food is Important and Go Green with Essential Oils.


5 Simple Ways to Make Your Marriage Last

>> Saturday, August 28, 2010

This is a guest post by Liberty Kontranowski.

Somewhere between the flurry of excitement surrounding your engagement and the
Hokey Pokey at your reception, someone failed to tell you how hard marriage actually can be.

So how do you avoid the trap that is boredom during marriage? And if you’ve already
fallen into it, how do you get out? Here, 5 Tips for Making Your Marriage Last (and for
re-igniting a slow-burning spark):

1 . Laugh together – Not only is laughter the best medicine (don’t you just love
clichés?), it is also a bonding mechanism. When you and your partner share a
laugh, you’re sharing a moment of realization: both of you agree that the same
thing is funny. This might be the first time you agreed on anything in months, so
enjoy the moment. Moving forward, make sure to giggle along when your hubby
snickers over something or be diligent about creating opportunities to share a
good guffaw (watching home movies of your Aunt Thelma shaking her groove
thang at your wedding reception or catching a show at a local comedy club, for

2 . Text your way to Flirtsville – Sometimes it’s hard for couples to reconnect after
a little “time off” in the bedroom. If you’re raring to get things rolling again, but
the thought of hand-holding and other one-time displays of affection would now
feel out of place, start small. Instead of texting your bestie about your fab new
fish recipe, text a little something naughty (or nice) to your hubby. Didn’t get a
reaction the first time around? No worries, he probably just blew it off as a one-
time thing. Try again. In fact, keep trying until he either jumps on board or tells
you to stop (and we seriously doubt he’d do that!)

3 . Get a life – Let’s be truthful. After many years of marriage, conversation (if you
can work any in between the demands of kids and work, that is) can be a little
dull. If you can’t think of anything to say to your spouse that doesn’t have to do
with household obligations or your children, it’s time to get a life. Try talking
about something you can both relate to, but that shows you have interests outside
of your home life together. It’s always fun to get to know someone, so take that
cue and get to know a side of your hubby you’ve never really explored…and let
him do the same for you!

4 . Watch the tube – Sure, there’s all kinds of chatter these days about how
technology is ruining marriages and families, but let’s face it, when you sit down
to watch a show with your husband, you are both present and engaged in the same
activity at the same time. Bonus: you’ll have something to talk about after the
show is done…and you might even share a laugh. So make a date to tune in to an
awesome show and enjoy the “side-effects” of a little escapism.

5 . Celebrate your marriage – There is a certain day each year carved out just for
you two to celebrate your union….it’s called your anniversary. Remember? While
many couples forgo any amount of hoopla surrounding the day, be sure to take
the time to actually celebrate what you’ve accomplished together. Select a great
card, then add your own sentiments. Compliment him on all the positive attributes
that keeps you lusting after him. Tell him how much you appreciate what he’s
done for you/your family/the dog he rescued from certain death. Tell him what
he means to you and how your life is positively affected by his presence. Most of
all, remind him that he’s special, and we think that he’ll be so touched, you can
expect the same kind of treatment next year.

Marriage might not be cake, but it sure can be a brownie. Take time and make the
effort to stay connected (or reconnect) with your spouse and reap the rewards of a
solid and long-lasting marriage.

Liberty Kontranowski is a freelance writer, providing high quality content to, a US located online pharmacy, selling only FDA approved medications and providing comprehensive research, such as the Skin Resource Center.

I remember long before I was married, I asked my grandmother who recently had her 60th anniversary what the secret tip was. She told me that sometimes, it isn't always easy, that sometimes "marriage is work." I think all marriages hit rough patches and when I have one, I remember to work though it. It is worth it after all!

Thrifty Jinxy shared her best tip-"(I have been married a little over 8 years.) Learn when it is better to just agree to disagree rather than to argue. There are certain issues/circumstances where you and your husband may never see eye to eye. You can choose to either keep revisiting the same issue over and over again and continue to argue, or you can accept the fact that you each have your own opinion and may never convince the other to change their mind, so it is better to be respectful of each other’s view and live in harmony, rather than to argue."

What's your best marriage tip?

You may also like to read Fun Family Time Activities.


CafePress Personalized SIGG Water Bottle Review and Giveaway

>> Friday, August 27, 2010

CafePress offers the best selection of personalized gifts and unique gifts such as t-shirts, clothing, mugs, art & posters. That is why I am so psyched to tell you about their personalized Sigg water bottles. These are really awesome because SIGG water bottles are top of the line and being able to personalize them is just fun!

Why a SIGG water Bottle?
You are probably already aware that a reusable bottle helps cut down on waste tremendously and they save you money too! Now you can help save the planet while you rehydrate in style with an eye-catching water bottle from SIGG. Made from a single piece of aluminum with an EcoCare BPA-free lining, it's ultra-lightweight (yet rugged and crack-resistant). To minimize unwanted tastes and scents, the inside is lined with a water-based, non-toxic epoxy resin that exceeds FDA leaching requirements.
* Comes in .6L or 1.0L
* Recyclable & reusable
* EcoCare BPA-free lining
* Lifetime warranty
* Most orders ship within 24 hours.
* All custom SIGG Bottles come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Now here is the fun part! At CafePress, you can personalize your SIGG water bottle! You can upload your own image and personalize it with your business logo or a family photo. Or you can choose from tons of designs and and a slogan or a name. You can even do a cute gift option and pick one that says "World's Best Mom" and put a photo of you and her together on it. My mom would love that. I decided to get for my son. His sister just started school and got lots of new school goodies so I wanted to make him feel special. He loves spelling his name so I got him an adorable whale bottle and put his name in the bubble. He loves it! I love it! I was surprised at how super light it is even though it said it would be. I love that it keeps his drink cool and doesn't leave any aftertaste. You want of these custom SIGG bottles?

CafePress will allow the winner to choose one .6L or 1.0L personalized SIGG bottle.

Giveaway Dates: August 27- September 15, 2010 Midnight CST

How to Enter:
To enter this Giveaway, you need to do one or more of the following and post a comment below about each action you took. Each comment will count as a separate entry so your chances of winning increase but only the #1 entry is required.

1. Required: Visit Cafe Press and leave a comment with what other product you like
2. Follow Moms Wear Your Tees Blog in right margin w/ Google Friend Connect or subscribe to RSS feed
3. Like the Moms Wear Your Tees Blog Facebook page in right margin
4. Follow MWYT on Twitter and CafePress on Twitter
5. Tweet and leave URL: Enter to #win Cafe Press Personalized SIGG Water Bottle GIVEAWAY @MWYT @cafepress #eco
6. Vote for me at Top Mommy Blogs by clicking here and then clicking "click to vote"
7. Grab my blog button and leave a URL I can visit to see it
8. Blog about this giveaways with a link to it and leave URL (+2 entries)

Giveaway Rules:
GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! Winner selected through #43, jakiesmom.

CafePress provided me with the SIGG in the hopes that I would share my honest opinions. I received no monetary compensation for this and the opinions expressed are my own and those of my son.


Organic Coconut Peanut Butter by Tropical Traditions Review and Giveaway

>> Thursday, August 26, 2010

OK, I just had to try Coconut Peanut Butter because I was so curious! I had never heard of this and I had to see what the flavor combination was like.

Tropical Traditions Organic Coconut Peanut Butter is made from organic peanuts and organic coconut. Two ingredients: nothing else! No fillers, no binders, no sweeteners, and no preservatives. The peanuts are 100% organic Valencia peanuts grown organically by family farmers in New Mexico and Texas. Grown in the dry climate of the southwestern United States, these peanuts are certified organic and free from aflatoxins. They use premium dried coconut containing no additives or preservatives, and it is not sweetened. Unlike most dried coconut on the market, Tropical Traditions dried coconut products are not treated with sulfites to keep them white. Together, these two premium organic roasted peanuts and the premium organic dried coconut are ground together to make a delicious and nutritious spread! You gotta love the simplicity of just two good things.

When it arrived, I realized that I was not sure what to do with it! I usually make peanut butter sandwiches with jelly but I wanted to get the full flavor of the spread by itself so I tried it solo on bread. Pretty yummy but it made my mouth a little too dry by itself so I experimented with other ways to eat it. It was delicious dribbled on my chocolate ice cream. Perfect, easy, good for me addition!

I also discovered that Tropical Traditons has a recipes site loaded with great recipes! These Inside-Out Coconut Peanut Butter Cups were ridiculously yummy and easy! All you need is four ingredients and 15 minutes.

I have a few more recipes on my list to try out such as the Roast Chicken with Coconut Peanut Butter Sauce, Coconut Peanut Butter Granola, and Coconut Peanut Butter Meltaways. You want to try it too, don't you?

Tropical Traditions will provide one winner with one 16 ounce jar of Organic Coconut Peanut Butter.

Giveaway Dates: August 26- September 14, 2010 Midnight CST

How to Enter:
To enter this Giveaway, you need to do one or more of the following and post a comment below about each action you took. Each comment will count as a separate entry so your chances of winning increase but only the #1 entry is required.

1. Required: Visit Tropical Traditions and leave a comment with what other product you want to try
2. Follow Moms Wear Your Tees Blog in right margin w/ Google Friend Connect or subscribe to RSS feed
3. Like Tropical Tradition's Facebook page
4. Like the Moms Wear Your Tees Blog Facebook page in right margin
5. Follow MWYT on Twitter and Tropical Traditions on Twitter

Giveaway Rules:
GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! Winner selected through #138, ShesAnAngel.

Tropical Traditions provided me with Coconut Peanut Butter in the hopes that I would share my honest opinions. I received no monetary compensation for this and the opinions expressed are my own.


Delingos and other Unique, Educational Toys at Oh! Toys

>> Wednesday, August 25, 2010

unique, educational toys
Oh! Toys awesome toy store was started by Ken Kahn, a father who fell in love with a toy and it changed his life! He discovered the Swiss toy Cuboro in a gift store and brought it home to his daughters. Cuboro's wonderful design and it's developmental and educational qualities wound up fascinating him as much as it did his children. He wound up starting Oh! Toys with a simple purpose- to provide "cool toys that are hard to find." Ken also believes strongly in excellent customer service and he knows his toys inside out and backwards and really enjoys offering suggestions. He is a fun and funny guy believes in having fun and helping families find enriching toys.

Oh! Toys offers a wide variety of educational toys and you can shop by various activities such as build, roll, imagine, spin, create, and think! You can also shop by age or popular picks so it is always easy to find what you want, even when you don't know what you want!

You may be curious about what a Cuboro is, since it is the toy that launched the store!
Cuboro is a eco-friendly, high-quality, building block and marble track system. Cuboro elements feature functions on the surface as well as tunnel functions. Countless combinations are possible - starting from simple two-dimensional ones up to highly complex three-dimensional ones. There are also several sets that can work independently or together for building even more complex marble runs.
CuboroOh! Toys also has some fun toys that are great for younger kids like Delingos quirky, highly tactile, stuffed animals. The Deglingos are an artist-deigned collection of French plush. They are a unique species of contagiously quirky animals whose names all end with 'os'. The name is a play on the French word 'deglingue' which roughly translates to 'crazy' or 'wacky'. Deglingos are made from 48 different kinds of fabric and string, creating a tactile and visual feast! Their eclectic look endears them to kids and adults alike, whether to cuddle or collect. My kids just adore them as you can see!

If that is not enough to love about Oh! Toys, here is more:
1. Birthday Club
Join the birthday club for a birthday special.
2. Scavenger Hunt to win $50
Find the answers at the Oh! Toys web site, and you have a chance to win a $50 Gift Code to the site. Scavenger Hunt details.


Five of My Favorite Family Time Ideas

>> Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Family time is fun time! There are so many great ways to spend time together as a family but here are a few of our favorites family activities.

1. Read a book.
Sometimes it is many, many books. Sometimes it is the same book over and over. Sometimes it is a chapter from a big book we are reading together. Reading never gets old. Plus it is relaxing for my husband and I when we may feel low on energy to keep up with them.

2. Family sport.
We love to play soccer and football or just plain wrestle. They love being active. Sometimes I just referee and sometimes we all get involved.

3. Trip to the park.
My kids always love the playground whether it is in my backyard or the big huge neighborhood Red Caboose playground. We almost always play tag while we are there!

4. Trip to the Nature Center.
We love to go exploring together hiking the trails and checking out the creek and pond for critters! We have spent countless hours doing this.

5. Game Time.
My kids are just getting old enough to enjoy playing games all together and this is something I look forward to doing more and more! They love memory, Uno, Zimmbos, and Guess Who. Game time is a great after dinner activity.

So many ways to have fun with kids! Crafts and pretend games just missed my list but they are right up there too. What is your favorite fun way to spend family time?

You may also like to read Kids Playing in the Dirt and Mud.


Nature’s Hand Granola Introduces Go>Nola and a Big Granola Giveaway

natural granola
Some of you may remember that awhile back I had the pleasure of reviewing Nature's Hand Granola. I love granola because it is yummy and full of protein and fiber. Plus, it is so easy! Easy breakfast, easy snack, easy sprinkled on desert and easy added into my baking.

I love Nature's Hand Granola because they are committed to producing a tasty and healthy granola. All six of the Nature's Hand delicious blends are made with roasted oats and wheat along with nuts and seeds, delicately sweetened with caramelized brown sugar and honey. Nature's Hand natural granola is made entirely in the United States. I really appreciate what they leave out of their granola too!
- No artificial colors or flavors
- No preservatives
- No cholesterol
- No trans fats
- No sodium

As you can imagine, I was very excited to get to try Nature's Hand Go>Nola. I thought Go>Nola might come in extra handy for packing with my daughter's school lunches and it sure has. She loves it. Go>Nola is a single-serving (1.75 oz) of Nature’s Hand Granola contained in a convenient, hand-held package that’s just right for snacks, lunch boxes, toppings and more. It is available in two unique blends, Vanilla Almond and Maple Pecan and they contain 7-8 grams of protein per packet (depending on the flavor).

In general, I will just measure out some granola from Nature's Hand granola bend bags and pack it in a to go container for my kids. But it is nice to have the Go>Nola packages on hand to keep a few in my purse and in the car for unexpected snacks. Go>Nola makes for a very convenient, healthy snacking option. Nature's Hand is available at supermarkets, specialty grocery stores, and online.

One winner will receive a Nature's Hand prize pack with a complete assortment of Nature's Hand full size granola blend pouches and Go>Nola packages. That is 6 Natures Hand Granola Pouches and 2 Natures Hand Go>Nola packages!

Giveaway Dates: August 24- September 13, 2010

How to Enter:
To enter this Giveaway, you need to do one or more of the following and post a comment below about each action you took. Each comment will count as a separate entry so your chances of winning increase but only the #1 entry is required.

1. Required: Visit Nature's Hand Granola and let me know your favorite blend

Extra Entries:
2. Follow Moms Wear Your Tees Blog in right margin w/ Google Friend Connect or subscribe to RSS feed and leave a comment letting me know you did so
3. Like the Moms Wear Your Tees Blog Facebook page in right margin
4. Like Nature's Hand Facebook page
5. Vote for my blog as a top mommy blog by clicking here
6. Follow naturalgranola on Twitter and MWYT on Twitter

Giveaway Rules:
GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! Winner selected through #65, Kathryn.

Nature's Hand did provide me with Go>Nola in the hopes that I would share my honest opinions. I received no monetary compensation and the opinions expressed are my own and those of my children.


For Your Bug-A-Boo Now Offers Kathe Kruse, Beautiful Hand-crafted Organic Baby Items

>> Monday, August 23, 2010

baby boutique

I am excited to say that For Your Bug-A-Boo Baby Boutique now offers Kathe Kruse beautiful handcrafted organic baby items! Each and every single Kathe Kruse toy is made by hand with loving attention to detail. The Kathe Kruse organic line uses only organic materials such as 100% organic cotton and sheep wool. Cultivated according to biodynamic economics and free of all synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Picked by hand and mechanically cored. Spun in a modern mill without chemical agents. The thread is either natural or dyed with chemical-free, naturally reactive colors, free of heavy metals and organic halogens. Plus, wait till you see how cute this stuff is!
Kathe Kruse hedgehog
Cherrystone Pillow, Hedgehog by Kathe Kruse
This darling hedgehog pillow looks is made from all natural organic ultra soft distressed cotton terry and cotton velour. It looks so super soft and cuddly for your little one. It also features lots of tags which babies always love to play with and explore. It is great for tactile stimulation, visual interest and motor skills development.

The Hedgehog Pillow also has a separate removable pouch insert that is safely stitched shut and filled with little cherry stones. The purpose of this is that the cherry stones are are excellent in retaining temperature, whether hot or cold, so the pouch can be removed to heat or chill and then reinserted back in the hedgehog’s safe and secure velcro closure. This is really unique and I think it would be super comforting to a little one, especially on a cold night.
Kathe Kruse bunny
Ikibab Bunny Towel Doll by Kathe Kruse
This cute little Ikibab Bunny towel doll is an ultra soft, which babies instantly feel attracted to, and is made of 100% organic cotton and the lambs head is stuffed with wool. It features lots of tags that babies love to play with and explore. The bunny is natural soft cotton velour and cotton flannel and has a sweet and delicate hand embroidered face. This is a great first snuggle doll for any baby.
Kathe Kruse doll
Organic Gugguli Baby Toy by Kathe Kruse
This precious Gugguli has a super soft, floppy, unstuffed body/gown made of beautiful pink striped organic cotton knit. Its flat body is wonderful for snuggling and the nubby hands and knotted cap is fun for babies to chew on. It is made with 100% organic cotton and organic wool. Her head and hands are stuffed with wool. The knotted hat and removable collar are made of ultra soft organic cotton flannel.

If you are looking for snuggly, organic baby dolls or pillows, For Your Bug-A-Boo has just the Kathe Kruse baby items to fit the bill. For Your Bug-A-Boo also has some really great organic clearance you might want to check out! I'm talking half off and more!

Want to be in the know when some more goodies get marked down to clearance? Just like For Your Bug-A-Boo on Facebook.

Plus, For Your Bug-A-Boo is extending a special 20% off discount for my readers- MOMSWYT20. Sweet, huh?


Mother Nature Network and Green Lifestyle

Have you heard of the Mother Nature Network yet? I just discovered it and I think it is great. It is basically a community driven site that desires to help "improve your world." They have a very broad definition of "world" and use it to encompass many different aspects— your family, your health, your lifestyle, your business, your community… AND your planet. I think they do a great job of being informative and fun!

About Mother Nature Network:
"With a goal of providing the most accurate and up-to-date news and information available, we cover the broadest scope of environmental and social responsibility issues on the internet. And, we do so in a way that is engaging and easy-to-understand. As opposed to scientists, activists or experts—MNN is designed for the rest of us—everyday people who simply want to make our world better."

Special features include:

* THE DAILY BRIEFING: Get a speed read of the morning headlines: From politics to health to transportation, our green cowboy ropes in the most interesting, must-read stories from around the Web every weekday.
* ASK MOTHER NATURE: Get guidance and tips from our advice team on everything from safe cookware to raising a green pet.
* ECO-GLOSSARY: Definitions for hundreds of terms—from the simple to the most complex.
* TRANSLATING UNCLE SAM: Information on government sites can be confusing to say the least. This feature translates that information into much simpler language—using interactives and engaging graphics.
* STATE REPORTS: State-by-state news and information. Find out what’s happening in your own backyard.
* NEWSLETTERS: Get daily tips and solutions sent straight to your in-box with free newsletters that offer coverage on green innovation, seasonal recipes, clean air, and the best ways to lead a sustainable lifestyle.
* FEATURED BLOGGERS: Get ideas on transportation, food, home, travel, and business by following some of the most respected personalities in their field.

Speaking of featured bloggers, you can check out my 6 Everyday Green Tips on Mother Nature Network. You can also like the Mother Nature Network facebook page if you want occasional highlights brought to you!


Teaching Kids How to Take Proper Care of Their Teeth

>> Saturday, August 21, 2010

Guest post that I hope is useful to everyone. I know that this is really an important thing to focus on. When I was little, my mom didn't follow up on me every night so I just didn't do it. Then I had four cavities at once! Of course, reducing sugar intake is also helpful!

Few kids know how to properly take care of their teeth, and
fewer actually enjoy it. Here are some strategies to help make
taking care of your kids’ teeth educational and fun!

Build a routine

A routine for caring for your children’s teeth can start when
they’re babies, by wiping down their gums with a clean cloth
after feedings. As they grow into toddlers and teeth appear,
exchange the cloth for small toothbrushes to use twice daily.

As toddlers grow into preschoolers and beyond, you’ve already
established that brushing their teeth is part of your family’s
everyday routine. Make sure that your children brush their
teeth twice a day, preferably in the morning and evening, and
that they practice flossing in between teeth. As your kids grow
older, schedule visits to the dentist twice a year for regular
cleanings and checkups.

Explain Why

Kids need to know that taking care of their teeth is important,
and that there are long-term consequences if they don’t. My
boys – ages eight and five – love to hear about how when they
eat, bacteria come out to play on their teeth, building plaque
that turns to acid. It’s the acid that eats away at their teeth,
rotting them and making them fall out. My kids imagine that
they’re superheroes, fighting plaque with all their might! This
explanation might work for your kids too, but if it doesn’t,
find one that helps explain why taking care of their teeth is

Let Your Child Choose

It’s fun to have a variety of products for kids to choose from

when it comes to taking care of their teeth. Have two or three
toothbrushes available, and allow your child to choose which
toothbrush they want to use when it’s time to brush their teeth.

Other kid-friendly products to consider include plastic cups
for rinsing, different colors of floss, and a variety of
toothpaste flavors. Let your child put the toothpaste on the
brush (emphasizing that the toothpaste should be the size of a
pea), and then have your child choose who starts brushing his/
her teeth first if you’re taking turns.

Take Turns

I would love it if my children could brush their teeth on their
own...but they can't. They’re not able to reach those tight
spaces where plaque has their parties, and kids don't take the
time necessary to properly brush their teeth.

One way that works well for my kids is if I brush their teeth
for fifteen seconds, and then they have a turn. After taking
turns brushing a couple of times, we take turns flossing their
teeth. This helps train them in the proper ways to take care of
their teeth for years to come!

Kelly Wilson is a mom, freelance writer, and expert in frugal living who visits her General Dentist in La Center, Washington twice a year and consequently has excellent teeth.


Citizenpip Waste Free Lunchbox Kit Review, Discount, and Giveaway

>> Friday, August 20, 2010

Today, I'd like to introduce you to Citizenpip reusable, waste-free lunch gear. As you know, doing what I can to protect our environment is important to me and I am totally committed to a waste free lunch! The folks at Citizenpip make this easy with some super cute lunch kits and as well as all the separate options to use if you already have a lunch bag.

Citizenpip was created by a mom of three who found herself packing and tossing out a few too many plastic bags. She made it her goal to encourage more families to ditch the disposables and go reusable. At Citizenpip®, waste-free lunces goes hand in hand with muck-free - no lead, BPA, or phthalates. After all, who wants to worry about chemicals leaching into their food?

So I was super, duper excited to be able to try a Citizenpip waste free lunch starter kit for my son Leo. His sister just started school and he has been watching her get all equipped with lots of goodies so it was really nice to be able to give him his own waste free lunchbox. He was so excited! I let him choose and right away he pointed as the skull! I asked him, "You like the skull one?" "Yes," he declared, "because I like pirates!" Not only will we be ready when he starts school soon enough, but we can get lots of use out of it in the mean time to pack his snacks in when we are on the go. We love our Citizenpip Starter Kit!

What's to love about Citizenpip waste free lunch Starter Kit? Well, let me tell you:

* waste-free: eliminates waste from disposable food wrappers, baggies,
plastic utensils, paper napkins, etc.
* muck-free: tested by a CPSIA certififed lab to be free of lead, BPA, and
* flexible: accommodates other containers and food items. go ahead! throw in
that banana or orange!
* practical: easy to clean, airtight, leakproof, protects food from getting
smushed, the bag interior and exterior wipe clean easily
* made for kids: fun colors, easy to open and close, perfectly sized for
snacks, lightweight and durable
* insulated to keep food cool

There's more to love too, because Citizenpip has some nice extras that I totally want! They have a great stainless steel insulated wide mouth food jar perfect for keeping foods warm or cool. Citizenpip also has bright kids cotton cloth napkins. Available as a complete lunch system or as individual items, Citizenpip products are color coordinated and sized to fit together nicely, but flexible enough to accommodate other containers and food items.

Inspired by the belief that making small changes in your daily habits can make a big impact, Citizenpip makes it fun for kids and easy for parents to ditch the disposables and go reusable!

Go ahead and get your own waste-free lunch kit or add the pieces you are missing from yours because Citizenpip has generously allowed me to offer a 10% discount to Moms Wear Your Tees Blog readers, just use coupon code MWYT10!

Citizenpip will provide one winner with a Citizenpip waste free lunch Starter Kit of choice. The Starter Kit includes, 1 insulated lunch bag, 1 stainless steel water bottle, and 4 airtight airtight food containers, a $42 value.

Giveaway Dates: August 20- September 10, 2010

How to Enter:
To enter this Giveaway, you need to do one or more of the following and post a comment below about each action you took. Each comment will count as a separate entry so your chances of winning increase but only the #1 entry is required.

1. Required: Visit Citizenpip and let me know your favorite Starter Kit Design
2. Follow Moms Wear Your Tees Blog in right margin w/ Google Friend Connect or subscribe to RSS feed and leave a comment letting me know you did so
3. Like the Moms Wear Your Tees Blog Facebook page in right margin
4. Like Citizenpip Facebook page
5. Vote for my blog as a top mommy blog by clicking here
6. Follow Citizenpip on Twitter and MWYT on Twitter

Giveaway Rules:
GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! Winner selected through #162, Everyday Rambling's.

Citizenpip did provide me with the starter kit in the hopes that I would share my honest opinions. I received no monetary compensation and the opinions expressed are my own and those of my son.


The Happy Magpie Eco-Friendly Maternity T-shirt Giveaway and Discount

>> Thursday, August 19, 2010

organic maternityToday it is my pleasure to feature a company that was started by two eco-friendly mommies who got bitten by the entreprenurial bug- The Happy Magpie. They offer organic, eco-friendly, and made in the U.S.A. maternity t-shirts.

"The Happy Magpie's purpose is to offer pregnant mothers and babies a stylish, comfortable and afforable option for a more healthy and natural lifestyle. We're inspired by mothers helping Mother Nature for the next generation. "

Why choose organic cotton and non-toxic ink?

Fact: Each t-shirt made from 100% organic cotton saves one-third of a pound of synthetic fertilizers and farm chemicals. (source:

Fact: Conventional cotton is one of the most chemically-dependent crops, sucking up 10 percent of all agricultural chemicals and 25 percent of insecticides on 3 percent of our arable land; that's more than any other crop per unit. (source: World Health Organization)

The Happy Magpie tees are cut for stylish comfort and full belly coverage. They are made with super soft organic cotton and a touch of spandex to stretch with your growing baby belly. They are pre-shrunk and they only use non-toxic dyes and inks.

The Happy Magpie offers several different t-shirt designs. The Happy Magpie Logo Tee is hip, eco-preppy and is based on Asian folklore that calls the magpie the “bird of joy” and the magpie birds are thought to foretell good news and the arrival of cherished guests. On this t-shirt, the happy magpie sings on a cherry blossom branch and brings happiness and good fortune to expecting mommies (and their babies on the way).

Like what you've read about this great eco-friendly company? Then you are in luck! The Happy Magpie would like to offer a discount to my readers while this giveaway is open. Just enter coupon code: MAGPIE for 25% off! Plus, you can enter to win a Happy Magpie t-shirt too!

One lucky winner will receive a Happy Magpie organic maternity tee of their choice in any size. (Up to a $44 value)

Giveaway Dates: August 19- September 9, 2010

How to Enter:
To enter this Giveaway, you need to do one or more of the following and post a comment below about each action you took. Each comment will count as a separate entry so your chances of winning increase but only the #1 entry is required.

1. Required: Visit The Happy Magpie and let me know your favorite t-shirt
Extra Entries
2. Follow Moms Wear Your Tees Blog in right margin w/ Google Friend Connect or subscribe to RSS feed and leave a comment letting me know you did so
3. Like the Moms Wear Your Tees Blog Facebook page in right margin
4. Like The Happy Magpie Facebook page
5. Vote for my blog as a top mommy blog by clicking here
6. Subscribe to The Happy Magpie newsletter for sale updates
7. Tweet and leave URL: Enter to #win The Happy Magpie Organic Maternity T-Shirt #Giveaway (up to $44 value) @MWYT
8. Grab my blog button and leave a URL I can visit
9. Blog about this giveaway with a link to it and and leave a URL I can visit (leave 2 comments for 2 entries if you blog)

Giveaway Rules:
GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! Winner selected through #62, codi


Blog template by

Back to TOP