Cutie Booty Box Review and Coupon Discount Code

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post, Cutie Booty Box did give me this coupon code and I get credit if you use it to save up for future boxes!

     Cutie Booty Box review and discount coupon code for 15% off first box! Imagine if you could send yourself a surprise of fluffy goodness every month. Or, send the perfect gift that arrives monthly, 3 months, or for 6?! Well....turns out you can! It's so exciting. Once I knew this box was on it's way...I was watching for the delivery man and got excited every time I heard a truck. (Small neighborhood, not that many trucks). I need to talk to the guy next door with the diesel pickup....he needs to coast down the road when I'm expecting a package!!
     So first things first, Cutie Booty Box does not come in a box. It comes in an envelope, and I am super impressed that this made it through the mail. Especially the bottle! I was thrilled that it smelled great and couldn't wait to open it. I am very impressed with the size and number of items in the package, as well as the cohesiveness and thought that went into it. I photographed it on a silver platter here (okay, well it's a pizza tray) but I thought serving it up on a platter was appropriate!

     Cutie Booty Box is a subscription service for cloth diaper lovers. While you can purchase on a month-to-month basis, it pays to subscribe because monthly rates are lower for package deals. Even better, these full size pre-selected product packages and range from:
$29.95 (month to month)
$85.95 (3 month)
$164.95 (6 Month)
FREE shipping for subscribers on all 3 levels!

     These prices include shipping for subscribers and boxes are valued well OVER their cost. There may be leftover boxes at the end of each month you can purchase, however shipping is not included for those. The January box pictured here has a retail value of $64. I'm very excited about all the products, and also like the cohesiveness of the items. It's easy to tell that a lot of thought and planing went into this selection! So what's in the box? (Keep in mind each month will be different!)
  • 1 Sweet Pea Diapers Bamboo AIO (all in one)
  • SofCheck water hardness test strip (I have always wanted to know how hard my water is!!)
  • Earth Mama Angel Baby bottom balm sample
  • Baby bits wipe solution bottle and 3 bits that make the solution 3x...and smell great! 
  • Whole roll if Sweet Pea disposable and flush able liners!!! 


      I am in the process of trialing out these products and I am so excited! Especially about the wipes and liners. Aside from helping with poop clean up, they are flushable. So cool. I'll let you know my thoughts on the products after we trial them for awhile, but as for the next Cutie Booty Box...get in line! What a great present too!! While all other presents end at the baby shower...if you get the 3 month subscription for under $100 you'll know that a wonderful surprise is coming in the mail month after month! What a nice pick me up after baby is born too.

Highlights:
  • Good value
  • Nice selection and variety of items
  • Well thought out and cohesive
     How do you Get it?
Coupon Code:  MAMA15

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Shutterfly Coupon Codes February Valentine's Day 2015

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links to Shutterfly, one of my favorite companies.

     Shutterfly Coupon Codes February Valentine's Day 2015! Valentine's Day is approaching and what better way to show how much you care then with personalized gifts! Okay, I know that sounds cheezy, but seriously. I have given photo mugs, photos and calendars and love knowing that special moments like the births of my sons are on the mug I have coffee with every morning! Here are some great coupon codes to get amazing deals from Shutterfly!

NEW customers quality for:


Rockin Green 3.2lb Bag Giveaway!! USA 2/9/15

Figuring out the best way to get your cloth diapers clean can be a daunting task.  I follow conversations online about the many different ways to wash cloth diapers and have found opinions differ.  It can be quite discouraging if you can't find the right washing routine.  There's many types of detergents available out there, and variants of washing machines, (e.g top-loading, front-loading) so how do you know what is the better choice for you and for the environment?
Visit the Environmental Working group to search your current laundry detergent's ingredients.   How many toxic chemicals are in your detergent?  During the Make it Green in 2015 series, we've discussed simple ways to make changes this year to make healthier, ecologically friendly choices.  A mother only wants the best for her baby, and choosing cloth diapers is a fantastic way to provide your child with a healthier alternative.  Being attentive of environmentally safe laundry detergents and using them is an impressive way to perpetuate your cloth diaper craze and eco-consciousness! Taking care of your family and taking care of Earth is an easy thing to do with Rockin' Green.  The ingredients in all of the Rockin' Green products are made with a biodegradable plant-based and petroleum-free surfactant.  Rockin' Green is committed to giving families a non-toxic, gentle formula with substantial cleaning power!
Click here to read the full review of Rockin' Green by Latched On Mom.
Here's a chance to win a 3.2 lb bag of Classic Concentrate Laundry Detergent!

Just fill out the competition form below to enter the giveaway!  The giveaway will run from 1/27/15-2/9/15.  Open to US only.  Void where prohibited.  Must be 18 years of age legal resident or older to enter.  Winner will be announced on this post, as well as emailed (so make sure to log into the competition form using the email address you use).  You will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be drawn.   
Mama Banana's Adventures is particiapting as a promo. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social media. Prize fulfillment is the sponsor's responsibilty, Rockin Green. Participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment and hope you have a wonderful day!

MommyCon Chicago IL February 21st 2015 Coupon Code!! MommyCon Coupon Code

 MommyCon February 21st 2015 Chicago IL Events, Location and Coupon Code Schedule of events, highlights, trust me...you don't want to miss MommyCon!! Use code MAMABANANA15 for $5 off General Admission Tickets! I had the opportunity to visit MommyCon Philadelphia last year and it was a-m-a-z-i-n-g to say the least! Read my review of the conference and see MommyCon conference review and highlights in my post!

MOMMYCON RETURNS TO CHICAGO 
FEBRUARY 21ST 
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont IL 
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Code: MAMABANANA15 for $5 off General Admission 
(Coupon Code Not Valid for Pre-Sale, Currently, MommyCon Orlando and MommyCon Washington DC are in pre-sale until February 28th, Use after Feb 28th for those Locations)

Highlight Sample:
Over 35 Exhibitors
Nikki's Diapers Pop Up Shop
Sleep Consultation Room
Full Activity Schedule
Cloth Diapering presented by Cotton Babies
Babywearing; Beco & ErgoBaby
Babywearing Wrapping; Tekhni and Ergobaby
Carseat Safety
Diva Cup; Menstruation Workshop
Potty Training
GIVEAWAYS with The Baby Guy NYC

      MommyCon returns to Chicago on February 21st at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont with an amazing line‐up of speakers and workshops. Shari Criso, IBCLC, a Registered Nurse, Certified Nurse Midwife, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), joins MommyCon this year to debunk breastfeeding myths and empower women to succeed in their breastfeeding journeys in her presentation, Breastfeeding Myths. Jennifer Labit, CEO and Founder of Cotton Babies, a leader in the cloth diaper industry, will be presenting Cloth Diapering 101 as she shares the Cotton Babies story and an introduction to cloth diapering products. Jessica Martin‐Weber of The Leaky Boob, a mom of six and breastfeeding advocate, will provide a humorous look at how nourishing babies and toddlers can nourish the mother in her presentation, Boobs & Bottles: Epic Milk. Jessica will also be joined by her husband, Jeremy Martin‐Weber, for Sex After Baby, an honest session about how to spark up a marriage after baby’s arrival. Abby Theuring of The Badass Breastfeeder is social worker turned mom, pro‐NIP (Nursing in Public) blogger and breastfeeding advocate. She will share her personal experiences in her presentation, Nursing in Public with the Badass Breastfeeder. Jamie Grayson, The Baby Guy NYC, is a Child Passenger Safety Technician, TV personality and baby gear expert. His presentation, Car Seat Safety with the Baby Guy NYC, is a factual and informative look at car seats for every budget, the importance of rearfacing and transitioning to the next seat style (Q&A included). Jamie will also host the highly popular giveaways at the close of Saturday’s event. Additional workshops at MommyCon Chicago include: Babywearing 101, Becoming a Babywearing Educator, Fitness for Moms, Sleep Consultations, Potty Training, Preparing for a Sibling, Reading with Your Baby, Environmentally Friendly Menstruation Products, Activities for Toddlers and a Session Specifically for Fathers who are Navigating Through the Natural Parenting Journey. Event attractions include 50 exhibitors, the Beco & Ergobaby Babywearing Lounge, the Cloth Diaper Resource Center with Dirty Diaper Laundry, Evenflo Feeding Lounge, Babyganics Clean Play Zone, The Baby Guy Gear Area and Baby Care Area with Baby Comfy Care. All events will take place at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center at 9301 Bryn Mawr Ave in Rosemont, Illinois. The event time is 9:00am‐5:00pm. Tickets are $40 and are available at www.mommycon. com.


      Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I get credit if you use my coupon code to buy tickets, and possibly may win a prize. Hopefully will get a top spot and a Tekhni Wrap!! So Please use it!!
     For more information, including a schedule and registration, please visit www.mommycon. com, email info@mommy‐con.com or find us at www.facebook.com/mommyconusa. MommyCon is a boutique style convention dedicated to bringing together modern parents and mothers‐to‐be. MommyCon focuses on natural and organic parenting methods while creating realistic expectations in this modern world. This year’s event features a full day of seminars and workshops geared toward parents‐to‐be, new parents and parents of toddlers and beyond. With over $10,000 worth of giveaways and gift bags for all attendees, this event will leave every parent feeling part of an awesome community.

Toddler Ladder Giveaway From Little Partners ARV $200 1/26-2/19 USA

Welcome to the Oh My! It's Twins Giveaway Event!
Hosted By: Ramblings of Mama


To kick off the event, our first giveaway is one of Ramblings of Mama's favorite kiddo tools.

HUGE thank you to our Sponsor Little Partner's for providing one lucky reader a Learning Tower (ARV $200)

Special thank you to Budget Earth for helping to co-host this event. 

Royal Fluff Pocket Diaper Giveaway USA 1/22-2/5

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Giveaway Hosted by: Tales From A Southern Mom and Mommy by Nurture Sponsored by: Royal Fluff Cloth Diapers Royal Fluff Diapers have some of the cutest prints on cloth diapers that I have seen. .Baby’s bum deserves nothing short of the royal treatment. Eco-friendly, money saving and ridiculously darling, this reusable pocket diaper caters to that cute behind. Every petite prince and princess will love its fleecy soft interior and ultra-comfortable trim fit. But better yet, this diaper is 100% waterproof and breathable, too! It’s equipped with durable snaps that offer several sizing options. Simply slip the included insert into the pocket or rest it inside the diaper and when it becomes soiled, toss both the insert and diaper in the wash. 
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You can get your own Royal Fluff diaper at their website, They are also giving away one in the winners choice of prints to one of our readers. Enter below and Good Luck!


Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. Open to USA legal residents 18+, void where prohibited. This blog did not receive any compensation for this giveaway. Sponsor is responsible for shipment of prize to the winner. This giveaway is no way sponsored, endorsed by, affiliated with, or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google or any other social media platform. If you have any questions please contact Julie at julie.talesfromasouthernmom@gmail.com Julie A Beveridge Tales From A Southern Mom http://talesfromasouthernmom.com/ who coordinated this fantastic giveaway!!

Tekhni Olympos Acadia Headband Giveaway USA 1/20-2/3/2015

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post, prize is being shipped out from blogger and Tekhni is not responsible.


     If you love babywearing then you are probably familiar with wrap scrap items! I have this beautiful Tekhni headband in the Acadia wrap fabric and would love to provide it as a giveaway item! Unfortunately it does not fit my big head...and I would love for it to go to one lucky winner!! Enter here and good luck!





USA entrants 18+ legal residents, void where prohibited. Winner will be contacted via e-mail and have 48 hours to respond. MBA is not responsible for lost or stolen prizes.This is in no way associated with facebook and Tekhni is not responsible.

Milkflow Breastfeeding Supplement Giveaway 1/19-2/2/15 USA

     Disclusure: This is not a sponsored post, it does contain affiliate links.

     Did you know that fear of low supply is the number one reason breastfeeding Moms stop nursing? Normal newborn behaviors like frequent nursing, nursing for long (sometimes very long) periods and difficulty pumping can all lead breastfeeding Moms to question their supply. I speak to many Moms who find themselves supplementing with formula as a result of this fear, which creates a fierce cycle that further diminishes milk supply. Breastfeeding is supply and demand, sometimes the demand is high (especially with young babies) but know that breast milk is extremely beneficial to your baby! The La Leche League has a great article on increasing supply on their website.
     How do you know if you're making enough breast milk? Most Moms are making enough milk, however consulting with an international board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC), attending La Leche League meetings, educating oneself, and speaking with other breastfeeding Moms is a great way to know that your nursing relationship is going well. What do you do if you experience a dip in supply? Maybe your period is returning, you're ovulating, under stress, or suddenly find yourself pumping a bit less at work. Many Moms turn to breastfeeding supplements to give their supply a boost! One such supplement is Milkflow Fenugreek - Blessed Thistle Drinkable Supplement. Here's a review of Milkflow Fenugreek Blessed Thistle Breastfeeding Supplement by Latched On Mom!
   
Milkflow Supplement ;
  • Fenugreek and Blessed Thistle to help stimulate milk production*
  • Herbal supplement in berry-flavored all natural drink mix form
  • Convenient to drink, only twice a day. Hydrating alternative to up to 12 pills/day. Helps you drink more water throughout the day.
  • Gluten-free, non-GMO and 100% vegan
  • Lactation Consultant recommended and pairs well with Milkmulti postnatal vitamin, specifically formulated for the optimal nutrition of breastfeeding moms



Would you like to win one box of Milkflow?
  All you have to do is fill out the competition form below!  Giveaway will run from 1/19/15-2/2/15.  Open to US only. Must be 18 years of age or older legal residents, void where prohibited.  Winner will be announced on this post as well as emailed (so make sure to log into the form using the email you use). You will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be drawn.  
Latched On Mom and Mama Banana's Adventures did not receive payment for the review which was given.  Review completed by Latched on Mom with a product sample from the company.  I have no affiliation to the company, unless otherwise stated. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social media. Prize fulfillment is the sponsor's responsibility. 
 These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please consult an IBCLC and as always your child's pediatrician for your breastfeeding needs.

Handmade Valentine's Day Project

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post, it contains my affiliate links for Kiwi Crate.

     Have you started to think about Valentine's Day? I think Kiwi Crate knew just what I was thinking!! They are offering this Limited Edition Valentine's Day Crate just in time!! With all the cards this set offers there are enough for my son's preschool...and to mail out to friends and family!
     "Delight your friends and family with special pop-up Valentine's Day cards! This set has everything you'll need to create unique handmade valentines all for $14.95 (I couldn't buy all of this stuff at the craft store for that!!):
  • 24 pop-up cards
  • 24 Valentine-themed punchouts
  •  glue stick
  • set of 10 washable markers
  • wiggly eyes
  • sticky-back jewels
  • plus 2 blank cards to use your imagination!
Valentine's Day Project for Kids

     How great would these be to hand out? Move over boring Valentine's cards and Hello creative! For a limited time only, start a Kiwi Crate subscription with the Limited Edition: Valentine's Day Pop-Up Kids' Project and save 25% on your 1st month PLUS free shipping with promo code: LOVE at checkout. HURRY supplies are limited!

*Your crate will ship within 2-3 business days with guaranteed delivery before Valentine's Day! Promotional code does not apply to non-subscription purchases


     Kiwi Crate has many crates to choose from! Check out this Space Hero crate, and Wild Safari project just in time for Spring! These crates come to your door and are a perfect way to beat boredom and encourage creativity and learning.

Space Hero

Wild Safari

Does Babywearing Cause Hip Dysplasia



     I see it in chat groups all the time. Someone posts a proud photo with baby in their narrow based soft-structured carrier (SSC) and the comments immediately blow up warning them about Hip Dysplasia. Also known as 'crotch danglers,' parents are often warned by well meaning individuals in the babyweraing community and advised not to use them for fear causing the musculoskeletal condition known as Hip Dysplasia in their child.
     While the exact cause is unknown Hip Dysplasia, otherwise known as Developmental Dysplasia, is thought to be developmental in nature (and the word thought is used because to determine for sure if babywearing causes hip dysplasia someone would have to run a study and subject one group of babies to something that may contribute to the condition...which is terribly unethical and won't happen.). What does developmental mean? Hip Dysplasia is theorized to occur as a result of the body's own processes and is typically not caused by something the parents do or did. (1)
      The hip joint is a ball and socket joint, and when dysplasia occurs the ball portion does not sit securely into the socket portion of the joint displacing it. Make a fist with one hand, and a 'C' with the other. Put these two together and you can get a basic idea of how the joint is shaped. The tissue, tendons and ligaments holding this joint together (like the shoulder) create a delicate balance allowing the joint to move in a wide variety of motions. Often part of a baby's exam at the pediatrician, your doctor should check to make sure babys' hips are developing properly and free from dysplasia symptoms.
     Hip Dysplasia may occur as the result of ligaments, tendons and tissue not being quite tight enough to hold the joint securely together, or may result from a joint that isn't quite the right shape, or a combination of these factors (1). In most cases, this occurs at birth or within the first year of life and may be symptom-less (1-4), or be accompanied by symptoms including:
  • Different leg lenths, one may seem shorter.
  • Extra or uneven folds of skin on the inside of the thighs.
  • A hip joint that moves differently than the other, may be more or less flexible on one side.
  • Walk on the toes of one foot with the heel up off the floor.
  • Walk with a limp, waddle or appear to walk like a duck. 
  • Pain   (1-4)
     While diagnostically impacting 1 or 2 out of 1,000 babies (1), treatment for Hip Dysplasia may include surgical or non-surgical treatment. The type of care depends on the severity of the dysplasia and a child's individual factors.Those with hip dysplasia more commonly are:
  • females (who have looser ligaments than males, historically known as double-jointedness)
  • first-born babies (whose fit in the uterus is tighter than in later babies)
  • breech babies (whose constrained position tends to strain the joint’s ligaments)
  • children in families where there’s a genetic predisposition for the condition 
  • Possibly an over-tightening in a swaddle position and or on a papoose board   (1-4)
     So, back to the question: Does Babywearing Cause Hip Dysplasia? Specifically narrow based carriers or 'crotch danglers'? The general answer is Uncertain; Can it contribute to it if your baby is already has the predisposition? The answer from experts appears to be Yes. Do you want to find out if your carrier will contribute to an underlying predisposition to hip dysplasia in your baby? I hope not, but that's up to you.
     Why are 'crotch danglers' blamed for Hip Dysplasia? Unlike a woven wrap, or more wide based soft structured carrier, they allow a baby's legs to be in a less then optimal position. In a newborn, the hip joint is typically more loose then an infant and dangling the legs may lead to malformation of the joint (1). In addition, the weight from baby's legs pull down on the hip joint...and should your baby be the 1/20 full term babies with some instability 1 or 2 out of 1,000 to have Hip Dysplasia...it could possibly make the condition worse or encourage laxity or looseness in the hip joint. (1-4).



"The most unhealthy position for the hips during infancy is when the legs are held in extension with the hips and knees straight and the legs brought together, which is the opposite of the fetal position" (1).


The most unhealthy position for the hips during infancy is when the legs are held in extension with the hips and knees straight and the legs brought together, which is the opposite of the fetal position - See more at: http://hipdysplasia.org/developmental-dysplasia-of-the-hip/prevention/baby-carriers-seats-and-other-equipment/#sthash.cDnRlmvB.dpuf
The most unhealthy position for the hips during infancy is when the legs are held in extension with the hips and knees straight and the legs brought together, which is the opposite of the fetal position. - See more at: http://hipdysplasia.org/developmental-dysplasia-of-the-hip/prevention/baby-carriers-seats-and-other-equipment/#sthash.cDnRlmvB.dpuf
The most unhealthy position for the hips during infancy is when the legs are held in extension with the hips and knees straight and the legs brought together, which is the opposite of the fetal position. - See more at: http://hipdysplasia.org/developmental-dysplasia-of-the-hip/prevention/baby-carriers-seats-and-other-equipment/#sthash.cDnRlmvB.dpuf
     If this is a concern of yours, certainly talk to your pediatrician. I personally would not use a narrow based carrier for many other reasons. I personally find them uncomfortable on my back and shoulders, find that baby sways around while I'm moving, and believe that the narrow portion of the carrier that sits in baby's crotch HAS to be uncomfortable. Think small bicycle seat VS nice wide bicycle seat. Which would you want to sit on for 2 hours?
     Local babywearing international chapters are a great resource to try carriers and get advice about positioning. As always your local Occupational Therapist is a great resource, but specialties in practice vary so call ahead of time and ask about knowledge about babywearing positioning. The International Hip Dysplasia Institute has a great resource of knowledge and accepts donations to further their research
    
1. www.hipdysplasia.org
2. http://www.webmd.com/children/tc/developmental-dysplasia-of-the-hip-topic-overview
3. http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00347
4. http://www.childrenshospital.org/health-topics/conditions/developmental-dysplasia-of-the-hip-hip-dysplasia-and-ddh

Here are some hip-friendly carriers you can find on Amazon:





 Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post, these are my thoughts and opinions. Please check with your pediatrician and Occupational Therapist for your child's individual needs. This is not meant to diagnose, replace medical advice, treat any condition and is simply food for thought. These are not my images, they are used with permission from the International Hip Dysplasia Institute which is a very well put together and quality resource. Being a visual person myself, I collaged them to give you an at-a-glance idea of positioning for babywearing and hip health and the writing beneath the photos is by Mama Banana's Adventures.
The information presented above is NOT to replace the advice of your physician and is for informational purposes only. Please speak with your physician or other medical providers prior to engaging in any routine concerning your baby's hip health. Please follow all manufacturers instructions for baby carriers. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Links enclosed may contain affiliate links. If you have any questions or would like your product or company featured on Mama Banana's Adventures please contact MamaBananasAdventures@gmail.com
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Cloth Wipes Giveaway Ends 1/26/15 Open to USA

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post, MBA is participating as a promoter. 

If you love cloth diapers, then chances are you love cloth wipes...or are searching for the right product to switch over. As consumers become more educated about the ingredients in every day baby products, reusable options like cloth diapers and wipes continue to become more and more popular. Visit the Environmental Worvking Group's Cosmetic Databse and do a search of the brand you use... it's pretty scary. Make sure to check out my Cloth Diaper and Green Mom Review List for great products!!  

"When you know better, you do better."
Maya Angelou

You can easily make your own cloth wipes. Changing over to cloth wipes will save you money, be better for your baby's skin and keep trash out of the landfill! A much better choice for our environment! Visit Latched On Mom for the full tutorial!


Latched On Mom made up a total of 10 cotton flannel wipes. 3 of them are double-sided with cotton terry and flannel for cleaning up those big messes. She's giving them away and all you have to do to enter to win is fill out the competition form below.
Giveaway will run from 1/14/15-1/26/15. Open to US only. Must be 18 years of age or older legal residents. Void where prohibited. Winner will be announced on this post, as well as emailed. You will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be drawn.
Mama Banana's Adventures did not receive payment for this article and is not responsible for prize fulfillment. Latched On Mom and other participating bloggers have no affiliation to the company, unless otherwise stated. Other participating bloggers did not receive compensation to promote this giveaway. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social media. The two banners below are affiliate programs I belong to.

The Perfect Valentine's Day Gifts!!

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post, it does contain my affiliate links.

     Valentine's Day is fast approaching! Here is a really great gift at an amazing price! As an affiliate for many companies I have the opportunity to pass on really great deals that show up to my inbox! This I Woke Up Like This Mystery Box is over $100 worth of quality beauty goodies from Julep for $24.99!! Seriously, what a great gift for friends, sisters, sister-in-laws, Moms, Nieces, Grandma's and more!! What else could you get for under $25 that's this fantastic?? Not even dinner. I know...So I had to pass on this info to you and wish you happy shopping!

January Mystery Box

Preparing for Spring; Growing Your Own Organic Produce

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post, it does have affiliate links. These are my thoughts, experiences and opinions.

     Here in the North East, in a chilly zone 5...with temperatures below zero today...I find my mind drifting to Spring Planting. I have been experimenting with starting my own seeds indoors the past few years and through trial and error...am getting better and better. I am always looking for ways to save money on organic groceries...and growing produce is certainly a fun way to do it!
     It's important to grow plants from seed so I know they are truly organic, and it's a great activity to do with my kids. What an amazing way to teach my babies about biology then to teach them through our garden, right?! It has the cycle of seeds, compost, animals and definitely insects. I keep my kitchen composting up all year round and will have even better soil in the spring.
     I'm always looking for ways to get a head start on the season, and thought this Garden Tower looked pretty fantastic. It composts and holds 50 plants! I avoided growing lettuce last year because the aphids the year before were terrible. I spent so much time washing them off the lettuce that I really didn't want to eat it when I was done. It was also really dirty from being on the ground. This looks like a good solution, right?!In addition to lettuce, this would be a great way to keep strawberries, parsley and basil close to the house for cooking!

      Terracotta Composting 50-Plant Garden Tower by Garden Tower Project

     So how are my garden plans blooming? Currently, I'm on the search for seeds. Last season the organic seeds I used worked great, the two packs I got from an heirloom company never sprouted. I wonder if I should give those another go; I love the idea that they're heirloom, organic and derived from other growers and am willing to try again. Looking through the seed catalogs I have certainly make bitter cold days like today feel a bit warmer and shorter. I also hope to expand our 30x30 to a 60x60 to allow for more root vegetable planting and cold crops.

Terracotta Composting 50-Plant Garden Tower by Garden Tower Project

     Thanks for stopping by! As always, I always appreciate a follow on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and love to network on Google and LinkedIn. Companies care about these numbers when deciding which bloggers to select to review products etc. (Below is my affiliate banner for Kiwi Crate)
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How Toxic is Your Home? Keeping Your Family Chemical Free.

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post, it does contain affiliate links.

Click here to Take the Toxic Test

     How Toxic is your home? We all know that household cleaners and self-care products contain chemicals that can be harmful to our health. Have you ever wondered just How toxic your products are? Here's a test! Take a few moments to really look at your products and see just how toxic your home is....you may be surprised. I am shocked that I scored an "F"...and we're trying to be toxin free!
  • It only takes 26 seconds for the chemicals from the products you use in your home to enter the bloodstream through your skin.
  • There over 80,000 chemicals in use in the US alone, thousands of which are banned overseas.
  • Our children are at risk. Babies are born with 200 chemicals coursing through their veins. Studies have found more than 287 chemicals linked to issues like birth defects, developmental delays, toxicity and even cancer.
  • Manufacturers of the cleaning products and laundry detergents you use every day to clean your home (unlike food, beverage, cosmetic and other personal care products) are not required by federal law to list their ingredients. (1).
     Take your score and make it a goal to improve. Removing toxins from our home helps not only those living there, but helps the planet globally, our waterways and ultimately our pockets. Please let me know your test score and good luck!

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Super Undies Giveaway USA/Canada Ends 1/15

Welcome to the Super Undies Giveaway! MBA is participating as a promoter and one lucky winner will win a Super Undies! Includes in this post is the option to enter the giveaway, and the photos are my affiliate links for Amazon where you can click through to purchase directly! Awesome right? You can read my continuously updated list of cloth diaper reviews and articles, as well as enter the amazing New Year New Boob giveaway ending 1/31 with over $850 in prizes including Cloth Diapers!
     Make sure to stop by and find out How Toxic Your Home is too? I can't believe I scored an "F", but if you're like me and trying to remove chemicals from your home (especially with cloth diapers) then you may be shocked too! 

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Making the Shower a Relaxing Experience for All; How to Prevent Falls in the Shower; Showering During Pregnancy

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     The shower. This is one area of the house that for many brings images of peace and relaxation. A nice hot shower or bath after a long day is a great way to unwind. However, as we transition through different phases of our lives...the shower can become a scary place where many adults fall annually, a tedious requirement to a tired and pregnant woman who can't quite reach her feet, or even a place totally off limits because of a wound dressing, surgery, or fear of falling.
     As an Occupational Therapist, focusing on the daily activities of persons I work with, bathing is often a primary focus. Adapting the environment in someone's bathroom to improve the ability to bathe takes adaptive equipment, an individual assessment and knowledge about the person's abilities and limitations. For example if someone is having difficulty with their balance, standing in a slippery shower and moving around to wash could prove dangerous and increase the risk of falling.
     Falls provide a major health risk to the public annually and The American Occupational Therapy Association produces evidence based practice guidelines for our intervention in this area. Evidence supports an OT's role in fall prevention in modifying the home environment, such as the bathroom, to both reduce physical risk of fall and decrease one's fear of falling (1). I know that bathing is often a focus of an evaluation and I have personal experience working with individuals bathing and also have had personal difficulties in this area; But problems bathing are for old people right?! Wrong. Anyone can have difficulty bathing.
     When I was expecting during my pregnancies, the thought of standing in the shower for  20 minutes trying to wash my lower legs while off balance and having trouble reaching past my pregnant belly was daunting. I dreaded having to get in. I finally got a shower seat and this in combination with our long-handled shower made the experience easy and actually enjoyable. When I was surprised with an emergency c-section, and long surgical recovery...the shower seat and long-handled shower head were the only way I was able to bathe.
     So where does one go for specialized bathroom faucets? When I saw the opportunity for this post I was thrilled. I have to share this fantastic bathroom invention with you...and if you haven't seen it before you will want one now! (I know I do!!) What is this pictured below you ask? This bathroom shower fixture is known as a Slide Bar and produced by Danze, a maker of high quality and versatile bathroom faucets. They are even carried on Amazon and this Danze Three Function Hand Shower with Slide Bar is very reasonably priced!
    

 

     This fixture, in addition to other adaptive equipment including a Shower Seat , Grab Bars and Non-Slip Safety Shower Treads can mean the difference between a fearful experience...and a relaxing shower you actually look forward to. How does the slide bar work? The Danze Slide Bar allows the long handled shower head to move up and down a range from 24" to 30". This means that you can sit on a chair and allow the spray to be positioned at the perfect height for rinsing hair, washing your back, or angled away from your feet while you wash up. 
     If you're sitting to bathe without this slide bar, one has to stand up and sit down to grab the shower head as needed and either hold onto it or let it dangle to have both hands free for washing. From personal experience I know it just sprays everywhere when left to dangle and an cool shower creation like this is a wonderful thing to have.
     In addition to helping people with disabilities, this bar allows for a lower shower for children, shorter adults and even pets. Okay...now I really want one! While installation of this may require help from a handy-man, or woman for that matter, once it's in the whole family can enjoy it. Here is a photo from the Danze website that shows how great it looks on the wall. Obviously not everyone has a hotel style shower like this one, but this would work great in a regular bath tub or stand up shower with the faucets placed under the slide bar as well.



     The Slide Bar and Long-Handled Shower Combo featured here has 4.5 stars/5 on Amazon reviews as I now check, and would be a great gift for parents who have everything, an expecting Mom or simply just a way to update a current shower and make it more useful for the whole family.
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1. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March/April 2012, Vol. 66, 149-160. doi:10.5014/ajot.2012.002733
2. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March/April 2012, Vol. 66, 149-160. doi:10.5014/ajot.2012.002733

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, MBA will receive a standard shower head for the publication of this post, but no monetary compensation or gift card etc. Mama Banana's Adventures is an Occupational Therapist (OT) and providing this information based on personal experience and opinion. Consult your OT or physician for an OT referral for individualized shower and bathing adaptations geared towards your individual needs. The internet is not a good place to diagnose or treat an illness, injury or other deficit.

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