Blogger Opportunity for VTech Giveaway; Hosted by The Fully Caffeinated Mama


Blogger Opp: VTech Giveaway

VTech Giveaway Event    
     Blogger opportunities are a great way for bloggers to increase followers by promoting a giveaway to their followers, and also a great way for companies to really get fantastic reach for a giveaway. It's a win:win for everyone involved. With the Holidays fast approaching this giveaway will be very popular and I can't wait for it to begin!! 

Hosted By:
The Full Caff Mama
Reviews 411
and...
Up All Night Blogging
Prize Information:
One winner will receive 4 prizes -
  • (1) VTech Chomp & Count Dino (Ages 12-36 months): Your child will learn about colors, numbers, and food with the adorable new Chomp & Count Dino.
  • (1) VTech Sit-to-Stand Smart Cruiser (Ages 6-36 months): This 2-in-1 toy grows with your children and transforms from a floor play toy with detachable steering wheel activity panel to an exciting toy.
  • (1) VTech Grow-Along Music Center (Ages 12-36 months): Your children can pretend to be musicians and sing along to the music with the Grow-Along Music Center.
  • (1) VTech Smart Shots Sports Center (Ages 12-36 months): You can cheer on your little sports stars with the Smart Shots Sports Center. This electronic sports center features a soccer goal and basketball hoop for a fun 2-in-1 experience.
Total Prize Value: $130 Announcement HTML Code     Sign Up Now!

Diva Milano Essenza Wrap Review; How to Care for a Diva Milano

Disclosure: I received a product sample to facilitate this review, this is not a paid post. The opinions here are my own, the photos are of the actual sample (except for this rainbow of wraps which is from Diva) and thanks for stopping by!


     Diva Milano. If you're familiar with babywearing, then there's probably a Diva wrap you're lusting after. If you're new to woven wraps it's definitely a company you'll want to follow. Diva Milano offers babycarriers including woven wraps, Mei Tais and Ring Sligns. Diva Milano products are designed in Milan Italy for two company divisions; Diva Milano and Diva Essenza. 
     Diva Milano are higher priced, more limited and complex jaquard pattern wraps...and Diva Essenza are readily in-stock and lower price-point carriers with an easier access to babywearers from all budgets. Diva Milano Wraps are woven with Egyptian Cotton and produced in Italy while Diva Essenza wraps are woven using Indian Cotton and produced in India. (1). Items such as Ring Slings and Mei Tais are made on the spot at warehouses in Portugal and Russia. These warehouses are also responsible for product shipments.


    Diva Essenza offers a permanent stock of wraps in a wide array of colors and lengths (see rainbow above). Products include woven wraps, ring slings and Mei Tais and fabric in 100% cotton or cotton/linen blend. The wrap featured here is Oltremare (6th from left in the rainbow above) Mare meaning the sea in English in 100% cotton. How much do these wraps cost? Wrap prices are in Euros so I used a google converter to get a price range into Dollars. Essenza wraps go from $116.24 for a 4.2m to $133.93 for a 5.2m woven wrap (92 - 106 Euros) but please check currency rates before purchasing for the most accurate prices. View their whole line by visiting their website. (1).
  

     I was nursing my baby when I heard a faint knock at the door. When I had an opportunity to look through the window....the porch was empty. I attributed it to lack of sleep and thought I must be hearing things. I later found an orange package slip in the mailbox. "Russia" it said with a tracking number....Russia I thought?!! I could-not-wait until the post office opened the next morning to pick this package up! In the weeks prior, I had received an e-mail that my blog was selected to complete a review (thanks to your mentions!!) and I knew this had to be our Diva Milano sample!!


     When I opened the box I was immediately impressed with this color. I quickly unpacked the wrap and felt the fabric between my fingers. I thought it would fall on the thinner side of the woven wrap database scale and was surprised to find that initial measurements worked out to 252 g/m2 which is a medium thickness woven.
     The pre-wash width was 27.75" (.705 m), and 187" long (4.75m). I couldn't wait to wash and prep the wrap to reveal it's fluff; With a density like that I predicted that the wrap was going to plump up nicely! I knew the paisley design was going to come to life and it certainly did. The wrap is nearly iridescent and has a beautiful color on both the right and 'wrong' sides of the woven.


     Post care I was soooo happy with how this wrap fluffed! I brought the tape measure and scale back out to discover that the new width was 25" (.635m), and the length shrunk a whole 16.5"... and came down to 170.5" or 4.33m making the new density 279 g/m2 moving it up to a 'thick' wrap.
      Not only did this process change the wrap's density, but the colors became more alive and revealed cush and bounce I didn't expect from a budget friendly line. Because of this shrinkage, I do recommend purchasing a longer wrap if you plan on completing more supportive carries. In a double hammock I must tie at the tippy tippy tails in the 4.6m size with both my infant and toddler. It wraps well for both my infant and toddler, however is too narrow to get a good seat with my 3 year old (who wears a 6-7T!) so not a big surprise there.


     Although Diva Essenza wraps undergo a pre-treatment to make them "soft right out of the box"(1) pre-use wrap care instructions for Diva wraps include cold water wash with low spin and liquid detergent without brighteners, bleach or softeners. Post wash you should line dry (no dryers) and cool iron. I set ours below the 'cotton' blend because the wrap was fairly wrinkled out of the wash and the cool setting didn't impact it's appearance. I've also noticed that if I fold or roll the wrap after use...most of the wrinkles go away on their own and or are barely noticeable.


      I accidentally left a white microfiber diaper insert in the washer and when I discovered it (stuck to the roof of the washer) it was definitely blue. Due to this I recommend washing your wrap alone to ensure the dye doesn't bleed to other fabrics. When this Diva Essenza wrap isn't in our diaper bag or being used I keep it folded, much like it is seen here, on a hanging shelf organizer in my closet to allow for optimal air flow and organization of wraps...and plan on continuing the cold wash routine to ensure this color stays as permanent as possible.

 
      The wrap overall is fairly floppy (not as floppy as our Pavo), but does require some breaking in. In addition to softness, this pattern provides a good amount of grip. How does grip impact a carry? More grip means that tying a knot can take some finesse and planning. It also means that sliding the second pass of a carry might need a little adjusting because the wrap nearly sticks to itself. Although this isn't the 'grippiest' wrap I've used, I do find that it has a nice adherent quality and thus doesn't need much adjusting after being wrapped.
   
     The wrap presented with some very small pulls and nubs pre and post wash, perhaps weavers knots or normal occurrences in the cotton fibers...all which I anticipate will work in and/or nearly vanish as we continue to wear this beauty. If I wasn't closely inspecting the wrap, I probably wouldn't have noticed them at all. The paisley designs is eye catching and I have received a lot of compliments on the wrap when we're out and about. This is comfortable for me and I haven't noticed any 'diggy' marks on my wrap-ees under their knees or on the thighs where they would typically appear.


     I hope you've enjoyed reading this as much as I've enjoyed reviewing this wrap!! As always thanks for stopping by as always I appreciate a follow on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and love to network on Google. Please make sure to follow Diva Milano on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and visit their Online shop to see this beautiful wrap and others!!


1. http://www.diva-milano.com/diva-essenza/

$75 Mia Mariu Giveaway!! 10/25 - 11/4

mia mariu Mineral Makeup Giveaway
Hosted by: mama pure
Sponsored by: mia mariu
     I have a Mia Mariu compact and it's my favorite! I carry it in my purse and put a bit of eye shadow or blush on as needed, and when I'm running late I have zero worried about looking great even if I didn't get to prep at home!
     Mia mariu puts beauty and healthy in harmony. They offer a wide selection of botanical skin care and mineral makeup sourced with the highest quality and natural ingredients. The mineral makeup is free of free of oil, talc, parabens, and fragrances. Here is your chance to Reveal Your Glamorous Look with a Mineral Blush, Mineral Eye Shadow, Intense Black Eye Liner Pencile, Volumizing Mascara, and Hydrating Stick Gloss. To learn more about each of these amazing products read the full post at mama pure. mia mariu is generously giving away a Reveal Your Glamorous Look makeup package ($75 ARV) which includes a blush, eyeshadow, lipstick, eye liner (black) and mascara (black) in winner's choice of colors.
     This giveaway will run from 10/25 at 12am EST through 11/4 at 11:59pm EST. It is open to United States residents age 18 and older. Void where prohibited. Please use the rafflecopter below to enter. a Rafflecopter giveaway This blog was not compensated for promoting this giveaway and is not responsible for prize fulfillment. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, or any other social media. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this giveaway or the Milk Makin' Mamas Event please contact Laura at www.mamapure.com.

Baby Outfit Giveaway from Debest Baby! US & Canana 10/22-11/4


Debest Baby Clothing Giveaway
Hosted by: mama pure
Sponsored by: Debest

     Debest garments are made with natural cotton so it is free of bleach and harmful dyes that are bad for the environment making them totally safe for baby's skin. It is also much softer than cotton that has been bleached white since the fibers are undisturbed. They run in sizes 3-12months but are a tad on the large side. Read the full review of the "Ruffles In Bloom" Two-Piece Set pictured below (with the pink) by mama pure. Debest offers a selection of short and long sleeved bodysuits, sleepers, two-piece sets, and blankets. Their pricing ranges from $12 to $36 (based on current stock).  
      If looking for high quality, natural & eco-friendly baby clothing then be sure to check out Debest! Debest is generously giving away an outfit of the winner's choice (up to $36 ARV). This giveaway will run from 10/22 at 12am EST through 11/4 at 11:59pm EST. It is open to United States & Canadian residents. Void where prohibited. Please use the rafflecopter below to enter.
     This blog was not compensated for promoting this giveaway and is not responsible for prize fulfillment. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, or any other social media. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this giveaway or the Milk Makin' Mamas Event please contact Laura at www.mamapure.com.

Tekhni Meandros Chai Tussah Silk and Cotton Review; NOT your Grandma's Silk

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post, the opinions here are  my own, this is an awesome wrap. These are photos of this tester and it is even better in person. My 9 m/o enjoys this wrap so much he is literally jumping up and down in the photo directly below.


     Our first Tussah wrap was carefully selected for a relative's wedding and I wanted something 'fancy' to carry baby in. When it arrived I took great care washing it, followed the cold wash, no spin, air dry instructions and hoped it came out okay! It'seasy to see how delicate our Didy Tussah Cherry Blossoms presents...and I feel as though I have to be extra careful when wrapping with it. The weave is most loosely bound, it's ultra thin and can't even be ironed...it even arrived with 3 pulls. It's in the stash for special occasions but honestly I feel as though it's too delicate to use.... then along came this....


     I love Tekhni woven wraps! When I was given the opportunity to try this Meandros Tussah Silk and Cotton blend in Chai I was so excited!! This is NOT your Grandma's silk... The weave is tight, the grip strong, and support amazing. It's comfortable for me after 2 hours and typically after 15-20 minuites my 9 m/o is sleeping peacefully. It has a soft sheen that changes with the light giving this wrap a very unique character and appeal. All around it's an amazing wrap.
     Although I was not the first tester for this wrap and can't account for it's initial length, it arrived to me at 1055g, 25" (.635m) Wide, 190" (4.826m) Long, making this a whopping 344 g/m2!! Yes..I said 344 g/m2...Woohoo! Did I saw awesome? Yes. Awesome.


       What is Tussah silk?  Tussah silk is prized for its "rich texture and natural gold deep color." It's considered a forest crop because it's found and harvested from the wild. Cocoons are collected and boiled to retrieve silk which is often used to make saris and other fine fabrics. Tussah silk is more textured then mulberry silk, secondary to having shorter fibers, and thus may be less durable...but is sought after for it's beauy. The bulk of Tussah Silk production is in India. (thanks Wikipedia). It's presence is stunning and the sheen it produces when the light hits it just right really gives this fabric it's own identity.
     How do you care for a Tekhni Tussah Wrap? The company recommendations in the etsy shop include an "...initial wash in warm water with low spin is recommended with subsequent washes on a gentle cycle with cool water. Use of natural detergents without any optical brighteners will also help keep colors from fading. Do not use bleach or fabric softeners, as these can break down the fibers. Wraps can be tumble dried on low, followed with an optional steam iron to reduce wrinkling and soften up after a washing."


     I was asked to describe this wrap in 3 words. I would have to say; Strength, Grip, and Comfort. Okay, wait 3 isn't enough...I also have to give attribute to the sheen this wrap has. It's the oooooo ahhhhh kind of sheen and you don't always see it...but when the light hits right the character is stunning. This is a strong, dense wrap yet still has moldability. The first few times I wrapped with it I noticed crease marks (diggy marks) under my son's knees. This wrap is teaching me to be a better wrapper! After some attention and smoothing post-wrap I haven't seen them again.


     This wrap has a notable knot. In combination with the grip it's sometimes challenging to tie. However, that shouldn't deter anyone from giving this wrap a try. It's really impressive and definitely worth adding to your stash. 
     This wrap is a game changer for silk. It's certainly not the thin, transparent silk I grew up with...making up fancy blouses, unable to be really used. This silk is strong, thick, grippy and still somehow moldable and certainly beautiful. Would I recommend this for wrapping a newborn? I would. I believe that whatever wrap you start with is a base for learning. Weather it's a stretchy cotton knot wrap, or a beefy Tekhni Tussah learning is still learning. 
     As always thanks for stopping by! I hope you've enjoyed reading this as much as I've enjoyed reviewing this wrap!! As always thanks for stopping by as always I appreciate a follow on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and love to network on Google. Please make sure to follow Tekhni on the Facebook, Twitter, Instagram as well as visiting the Website and favoriting her Etsy shop for wrap updates and releases. Happy babywearing!



Pink Lemonade Shop Mama Cloth Giveaway 10/19 - 11/4 Open Worldwide!

Disclosure: This is not a compensated post, MBA is participating as a promoter for this giveaway.

Pink Lemonade Shop Reusable Menstrual Pads/Mama Cloth
$30 Gift Card Giveaway
Hosted by: mama pure
Sponsored by: Pink Lemonade Shop

     Have questions or concerns about getting started with mama cloth?? Have no fear, mama pure has assembled a collection of informational posts from some great bloggers & mama cloth lovers to help you get started and answer your questions. Be sure to check out all the great info!  As a cloth diapering Mama, I believe that it only makes sense to use Mama Cloth as well. The chemicals found in "feminine" products are undisclosed by companies and their potential risks for diseases are unknown. Check out my cloth diaper review list and read more about natural must have's for nursing Moms here.
      If you still have questions be sure to like the Pink Lemonade Shop Facebook Page and also join the Pink Lemonade Shop Exclusive (Members Only) PRIVATE Facebook Group to ask your questions and share your love of PLS pads. Pink Lemonade Shop is generously giving away a $30 Gift Card. This giveaway will run from 10/19 at 12am EST through 11/4 at 11:59pm EST. It is open worldwide. Void where prohibited. Please use the rafflecopter below to enter. a Rafflecopter giveaway This blog was not compensated for promoting this giveaway and is not responsible for prize fulfillment. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, or any other social media. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this giveaway or the Milk Makin' Mamas Event please contact Laura at www.mamapure.com. This post contains affiliate links.

Lil Threadz T-Shirt Giveaway up to $40 10/18-11/1

Disclaimer: MBA is participating as a promoter for this giveaway and this is not a compensated post. One person will win a Lil Threadz t-shirt valued at up to $40! Thanks for stopping by and good luck!

Photos courtesy of Lil Threadz Etsy store.

Welcome to the Lil Threadz
T-Shirt Giveaway

Sponsored By: Lil Threadz
Hosted By: Mixed Bag Mama

            In honor of Mixed Bag Mama's daughter turning 2, she has put together a giveaway event to celebrate! All week long, you will have a chance to win a variety of nifty kid products, gift cards, and birthday decor for your own little one's party! 
            Welcome to the final day of Mixed Bag Mama's Birthday Extravaganza Giveaway Event. I hope you all have enjoyed this week's giveaways and reviews! We're closing with a t-shirt giveaway from Lil Threadz on Etsy. According to their website, they specialize in providing "custom eco-friendly clothing for children and adults for a special occasion or everyday". If you're looking for clothing that is unique, eco-friendly, and made in the USA, look no further! Whether you're looking for an every day outfit or special birthday shirt, have a son or daughter, you are sure to find something you and your little one will love!
            To check out all of the shirts Lil Threadz offers and to stay up-to-date, you can visit their Etsy store, Facebook page, Twitter, and Instagram. Also be sure to read Mixed Bag Mama's full review of her daughter's special birthday shirt!
            Now for the fun part! If you would like the chance to win a special shirt (up to a $40 value) for your own little one, simply enter the Giveaway Tools form below. Only your email is mandatory, but remember that the more entries you have, the more likely you are to win! Good luck!
Disclaimer: Mixed Bag Mama and all participating bloggers were not compensated for this post, nor are they responsible for prize shipment. The sponsor of this giveaway is solely responsible for prize shipment. All opinions expressed in this post are those of Mixed Bag Mama's and may differ from your own. This giveaway is in no way affiliated with any social media websites, including, but not limited to, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram. If you would like to feature your business or product in a review/giveaway on Mixed Bag Mama or have any questions regarding this giveaway, please contact Alicia at alicia owen 6814 at yahoo dot com.

High Quality Hand Made in PA; 3 High Quality Shops #CDLocal2Me Giveaway 10/17-10/31

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post.


     As a Mom to 3 babies, 3 and under...I really appreciate high quality WAHM shops. When I was starting our cloth diaper journey my budget was small. I feared that purchasing something from a small hand-made business would have quality issues, or have poor customer service compared to bigger businesses. The total opposite is true for these shops. You are speaking directly with the owner, artist and salesperson. You get personal responses and know that these items were hand made with quality, care and love!
    After watching the cloth market, and having experience with brands personally...I love sharing high quality hand-made shops with you!! This feature included in #CDLocal2Me Giveaway Hop is about shops local to bloggers. Because bloggers are PR experts, and boosting small businesses is not only a socially ethical, but also a really fun venture!!
     The shops featured here are The Purple Unicorn Clothing Store, Little Sunshines, and Paper Vs Glue. All 3 shops are located in Pennsylvania and product USA Hand Crafted items you'll want to have!

Paper Vs Glue

      Paper Vs Glue is a truly one-of-a-kind shop! These hand made vintage cigar boxes are crafted with often vintage and hard to find pages depicting vintage characters and themes! I saw a Sesame Street Box a few weeks ago and it was gone in a flash! So if there is one you see...get it because there won't be 2 items that are exactly the same. She has everything from pinup girls to a line of Vintage Children's Book boxes.
      In addition to this fantastic shop Samantha, a dear friend of mine, she's creating Hook Vs Yarn and she posts the most uplifting photos of her Pug wearing ties, hats and even a crochet crown!! Weather you're choosing a vintage box to hold recipes, headbands and bows, or your teething necklace(s)...know that each item is specially created.
      In addition to creating these fantastic items, Sam is working on educating the population on some medical challenges she has recently encountered. Follow her on youtube for video updates, and videos showing a brief look into her life. She is definitely one artist you'll want to follow!






Little Sunshines

      A teething necklace is something I wish I had with my first baby! After having babies, and a few broken necklaces...I discovered that wearing jewelry was going to be re-thought. I now need jewelry that I like, can be chewed and pulled on, and is safe for baby. We purchased our first teething necklace from Little Sunshines and I have been so happy with it! If you sift through my blog and instagram photos you'll see it in many of the pictures. For those of you who babywear and deal with a hair-pulling baby a necklace is a great way to reduce hair pulling and keep baby happy.
      Little Sunshines is a shop operating out of Dallas PA and like me the Mom has 3 beautiful baby boys! The hand made necklaces are composed of 100% cotton fabrics, and natural wood beads and a teething ring coated with organic bees wax and olive oil. My little one certainly enjoys chewing on his!



Purple Unicorn Clothing Store

     I discovered Purple Unicorn at a local breastfeeding event. I was thrilled and also a little surprised to find someone sewing high quality hybrid fitted diapers and so close to my home! I had to feature the shop in my WAHM Spotlight (read the company review here) and I regularly recommend her diapers to other Moms.
     Purple Unicorn Hybrid Fitteds are made from a cotton jersey knit outer and the pattern choices are great! These hybrid fitteds are one size (OS) and feature a hidden layer of poly-fleece, a cotton velour lining (purple here), and a 5-layer petal style organic bamboo insert topped with cotton velour. The bamboo is super absorbent and unlike Wind Pro which has a higher repel rate, poly-fleece repels and allows liquid to pass to help with an even distribution of moisture throughout the diaper.


 
     In really exciting news, master seamstress Elizabeth from Purple Unicorn Diapers is now doing embroidery!! Yes, as a close friend would say...Amazeballs. Here's a sample of her initial work! Make sure to join her BST page for a heads up about new fabrics, custom orders or general chatter from a great group of cloth diapering Moms.


     Thank you for stopping by and please show some love to these wonderful shops!! Now for the giveaway! One lucky US winner will take home a teething necklace, hand made vintage cigar box, and $15 shop credit to Purple Unicorn!! Over 18 Winner will be contacted via e-mail and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is drawn. No spam accounts please. Good luck!

#CDLocal2Me Giveaway Hop Event



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     Welcome to the #CDLocal2Me Giveaway Hop Event, hosted by Mama Loup's Den and Our Piece of Earth. Mama Banana's Adventures is excited to be participating and featuring shops local to me! We have teamed up with some amazing bloggers who love supporting local businesses and are excited to share these products and companies that we love with you. Each participating blogger will be showcasing cloth diaper or natural living products and stores local to them. This is a great way for you to find out where some of your favorite products are made and discover some that you may not have heard of. Be sure to hop around to all of these fantastic blogs and enter to win.
 


Disclosure: Mama Loup's Den, Our Piece of Earth and the participating #CDLocal2Me bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill their prize shipments.

Cupcake Toppers Giveaway 10/17-10/31

Disclaimer: MBA is participating as a promoter and this is not a compensated post. One winner will receive a set of 24 cupcake toppers!! Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

Photos courtesy of The Birthday House's Etsy store.

Welcome to The Birthday House
Cupcake Topper Giveaway 

Sponsored By: The Birthday House
Hosted By: Mixed Bag Mama

            In honor of Mixed Bag Mama's daughter turning 2, she has put together a giveaway event to celebrate! All week long, you will have a chance to win a variety of nifty kid products, gift cards, and birthday decor for your own little one's party! 
            Welcome to the 7th day of Mixed Bag Mama's Birthday Extravaganza Giveaway Event! Today's giveaway is brought to you by The Birthday House on Etsy. If you are looking for one-of-a-kind, matching, and affordable decorations for your child's birthday, look no further! You can find everything from party invitations to banners with themes ranging from superheroes to gymnasts!
            To see all of the wonderful themes and decorations The Birthday House offers, you can visit her Etsy storefront. You can read what Mixed Bag Mama thought of their adorable Farm Buddies Cupcake Toppers in her full review here. Then be sure to stay up-to-date with The Birthday House on Twitter and Facebook!
            Now for the fun part! One lucky winner will receive their own 24 set of Cupcake Toppers from The Birthday House! For your chance to win, simply enter the Giveaway Tools form below. Only your email is mandatory, but remember that the more entries you have, the more likely you are to win! This giveaway is open to residents of the United States age 18 or older. Good luck!
Disclaimer: Mixed Bag Mama and all participating bloggers were not compensated for this post, nor are they responsible for prize shipment. The sponsor of this giveaway is solely responsible for prize shipment. All opinions expressed in this post are those of Mixed Bag Mama's and may differ from your own. This giveaway is in no way affiliated with any social media websites, including, but not limited to, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram. If you would like to feature your business or product in a review/giveaway on Mixed Bag Mama or have any questions regarding this giveaway, please contact Alicia at alicia owen 6814 at yahoo dot com.

Nursing Bra Express Giveaway; Enter to Win a Nursing Tank $38.50 ARV !! 10/16-11/1

Nursing Bra Express
La Leche League Intimates Nursing Tank Giveaway
Hosted by: mama pure
Sponsored by: Nursing Bra Express
     Do you love the La Leche League? Did you know they have their own line carried by Nursing Bra Express?? Read more about my top 10 Breastfeeding Must Have's for Moms and enter to win a nursing tank!!  MBA is participating as a promoter for this giveaway, good luck and thanks for stopping by!
     Nursing tanks are a staple wardrobe piece for any breastfeeding mama. They easily allow you to expand your wardrobe when wearing them under other tops you already have by allowing easy access for baby while still covering your midsection. The Nursing Tank by La Leche League Intimates is soft, breathable and comes in a variety of colors and sizes from S-3XL. It retails for $38.50 (ARV). Read the full review at mama pure. When looking for a wide selection of nursing bras, tanks, apparel and other breastfeeding accessories be sure to visit Nursing Bra Express! They carry an amazing range of sizes and the top brands in nursing wear.

 
 
      Nursing Bra Express is generously giving away a Nursing Tank by La Leche League Intimates. This giveaway will run from 10/16 at 12am EST through 11/1 at 11:59pm EST. It is open to the US only. Void where prohibited. Please use the rafflecopter below to enter. a Rafflecopter giveaway This blog was not compensated for promoting this giveaway and is not responsible for prize fulfillment. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, or any other social media. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this giveaway or the Milk Makin' Mamas Event please contact Laura at www.mamapure.com

Healthy Halloween Trick or Treat Bags; Addressing Sensory Motor and Visual Skills at Home

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post, I made these for my sons class.

     With Halloween approaching I have put a lot of thought into what kinds of snacks I want my children to have and also what type of snacks I want to provide for their friends in treat bags. With my 3 year old now attending Nursery School two days a week, he has an upcoming Halloween Party that his teacher said bringing goodie bags for his classmates to was acceptable. I searched our local Wegmans for items that fit both the holiday and my desire to stay away from typical candy and came up with these fun treat bags.
     Not only is this a great activity for Halloween, but it also addresses many skills preschoolers (and other age children) may be working on. If your child is receiving therapy you can ask the therapist which skills could use some reinforcing at home, I have noted skills my son's class is working on and want to address them in our daily activities too. Skills include, but are not limited to: fine motor, visual motor, sensory, visual perceptual skills, sorting and counting, cutting with scissors, attending to task, altruism, functional grasp, proprioceptive input and also is a fun way to spend time together as a family.



Our Supplies List:

Halloween Cardstock Weight Paper
Orange Cardstock Weight Paper
1.5" Scalloped Punch
Single Hole Punch
Halloween Stickers
Clear Treat Bags (24/$1 at our local Dollar Store)
Sparkly Yarn (for tying bag tops)
Colored Crinkled Paper
Safety Scissors

Bag Fillers:
Organic Individual Rasin Boxes
Halloween Stickers
YumEarth Organic Lollipops
Orgaic Kidz Clif Bars
Bag of Halloween Toys

     I started this activity by having my 3 year make scalloped punches with the 1 1/2 inch punch. Because this punch requires a good amount of force to punch through cardstock, we sat together and I had my 3-year old kneel and push down with 2 hands (almost like someone doing CPR). Based on your little one's abilities you may need to do this part (and some of the others), or help out to varying degrees.

     
     After punching the desired amount, we practiced sorting and counting the circles. We also identified those circles that were not completely round and mis-punched. Many circles were left over and we have been using them for other October crafts including making cards for friends and family.


     After we finished sorting and counting our circles, we used a single hole punch. The punch uses one hand and requires a good amount of grip strength to operate. One hole was punched into each circle. This will allow them to be threaded onto the yarn in the last step.
     Pieces of this sparkly yarn we already had at home were measured and cut for each bag using our child safe scissors. I wrote "Happy Halloween" on our plain tags, but if your child is able to this could easily be completed by the child too.


     We took our sticker sheets and identified paths to cut inbetween the characters. This worked on our scissor, attention and fine motor skills


     After all of our supplies were prepped, it was time to stuff the bags. I had my 3 year old place the items into the clear bags which supported each other in a 9 x 13 baking pan. This addressed sequencing along with many other areas by putting the items into the bags in a designated order. Each bag was filled one at a time to achieve this and went: Crinkle confetti, Halloween favors, clif bar, rasin box, stickers and was repeated until all of the bags were filled.

     After each bag was filled, the yarn is tied to the clear bag and two of the circles we made in the beginning threaded onto the yarn, and then tied again. Using less knotting makes the bags easier for opening, more knots makes them more difficult. 


     While I was finishing tying the bags, I had my 3 year old practice writing the letters "H" and "h" and then Halloween to reinforce the activity, work on pencil skills and give him something to attend to while I finished the bags.


     As always thank you for stopping by! It's easy to turn any activity into one that addresses many of the skills and components that our little ones are working on. Making sure to supervise and participate in the task as a parent also allows for good quality time and to monitor skill development and assist with reaching goals.