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 always appreciate a follow or like on my Facebook and if you follow to the right you'll get e-mail updates.  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

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     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.

Reusable Cloth Wipes Giveaway from Binky Monster 10/11 - 11/2



     Reusable wipes are very popular among cloth diapering parents. Once you start using cloth diapers, and see how easy and great they are...the next step is often wipes! Once you use cloth wipes, disposables will never compare. The ability to clean and care with a reusable wipe good for baby and the environment. Weather you use just water, a special cloth wipe mix or regular soap these wipes are easy to care for and go right into the wash with regular cloth diaper laundry.


     One lucky US winner will take home this beautiful set of 4 terrycloth/flannel reusable wipes from Binky Monster!! This WAHM shop makes everything from blankets to mobiles, and is well known for custom and character binky clips. Visit her shop on Etsy to see what products are in stock or to request a custom item.


     Giveaway will be open from 10/11-11/2 2014 and winner will be chosen at random by rafflecoptor. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to an e-mail and prize information will be requested and provided to the sponsor. Entries will be verified, no spam accounts please!

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Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post, photos are Binky Monster's and prize will be provided by Binky Monster Inc. Bloggers participating are not responsible for fulfillment and have not been compensated. This is in no way associated with facebook, twitter, etc. Thanks for stopping by!

Safety 1st Car Seat Giveaway 10/10-11/1

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

     Getting into a car with little ones can be scary. Unfortunately, not everyone is driving properly, paying attention to the road, or following speed limits. If we have to take our babies out into traffic, the best we can do is be cautious...and use a good carseat.
     This giveaway is sponsored by Safety 1st for our guests of honor Nichole and Davin of Mommy By Nurture. Event coordinator for the #MommyMeBirthdayBash is Tales From A Southern Mom with Co-Hosts to this giveaway being Joyful Gifts by Julie and The IE Mommy Car seat safety is one of the utmost important things you can focus on when planning for a new arrival or upgrading your children to their next car seat. Safety 1st is offering one lucky winner their choice of either the onBoard 35 Air+ or the Advance SE 65 Air+ convertible seat in the plumberry print! You can see a full review of the Advance SE 65 Air+ and also check out Rear Facing Guidelines to see specifications for both car seats thanks to Mommy By Nurture. (If for any reason the Plumberry print is not available at the time of winner announcement, another color will be chosen) Retail value varies from $169-$189 depending on seat chosen.


Terms of service: One person may enter per household, Open to the 48 Contiguous States age 18+. Void where prohibited. One winner will be chosen at random from all valid entries. Winner has 48hrs from time of contact email to reply or another winner must be chosen. Mommy By Nurture will need to provide the sponsor your full name, address, and phone number for shipping purposes. This information is never sold or given to anyone else. If you wish to sign up for any newsletter as an entry to the giveaway, your information will only be provided to the newsletter you signed up for and never sold or given away as well. We respect your privacy. Product will ship from sponsor and normally ships within 2-6 weeks. You may come back daily to get additional entries for the Daily Secret Word, Daily voting, or Tweets. Refer your friends for even more entries. Good luck!
Disclosure: This website was not compensated for this post. My website/blog is not responsible for fulfillment of this prize. Prizes will be shipped by each individual sponsor listed. This giveaway and post are not affiliated, endorsed, or sponsored by Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or any other social media platforms. If you have any questions, or would like to see your product featured on Mommy By Nurture, in the next product review or giveaway, please contact Nichole at Mommy By Nurture

Reusable Squeasy Snacker Set of 3 Giveaway 10/10 - 10/24



MBA is participating as a promoter for this giveaway, please read these words from Practical Parenting who recently tried Squeasy Snackers, and this is what they had to say:

Squeasy Snackers are a new favorite product for our family! I love how budget-friendly they are compared to pre-packaged kids snacks. We make our own smoothies and shakes almost on a daily basis, and before we got these my 2 year old typically ended up with some down her shirt. But no more!

My kids love the fun, bright colors and will eat pretty much anything I put in them. What's great is the unique design with no-spill insert allows them to be used with both thicker and runny liquids. So far we've filled them with fruit smoothies, chocolate protein shakes, apple sauce, fruit/vegetable juice, and yogurt.


Squeasy Snackers stand on their own for easy filling. A pitcher with a lip or funnel work well for transferring the food to the snacker. When it comes to washing them, I found hand washing them using a bottle brush works great. Then I leave them out to dry till we use them again.


My kids and I are big fans of Squeasy Snackers! They're handy for snacking at home, on-the-go, or as a side in a lunch box. Squeasy Gear is available for purchase in 6 oz and 16 oz sizes at SqueasyGear.com


Squeasy Snacker Giveaway

Practical Parenting, via Squeasy Gear, is giving away a set of three (3) Squeasy Snackers FREE to one (1) lucky winner! Good luck!! 


Disclosure: This blog was not compensated for this post nor is responsible for fulfillment of this prize. Prizes will be shipped by the individual sponsor listed (Squeasy Snacker). This giveaway and post are not affiliated, endorsed, or sponsored by Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or any other social media platforms. If you have any questions, please contact Debi with Practical Parenting

Practical Parenting received a set of three Squeasy Snackers in exchange for her review. She only promotes products she recommends, and as such, all thoughts in this review are honest and her own.

Sugar Bowl Bakery Giveaway!! 10/10- 10/24


Welcome to the Sugar Bowl Bakery Giveaway!
You've come to the right place for tasty treats!! One (1) lucky winner will receive: 2 boxes of Petite Brownie Bites, 1 sugar bowl bakery mug, and 2 boxes of Madeleines! Woohoo!


     MBA is participating as a promoter for this giveaway, please check out the review from Practical Parenting; Practical Parenting recently had the opportunity to try the Petite Brownie Bites from Sugar Bowl Bakery and absolutely loved them! Read the review here. All of their amazing treats can be bought at several retailers nationwide. Sugar Bowl Bakery desserts are perfect for any occasion, including holiday parties and gifts!

Satisfy your taste buds by entering our giveaway. Good luck!!



Disclosure: This blog was not compensated for this post nor is responsible for fulfillment of this prize. Prizes will be shipped by the individual sponsor listed (Sugar Bowl Bakery). This giveaway and post are not affiliated, endorsed, or sponsored by Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or any other social media platforms. If you have any questions, please contact Debi with Practical Parenting.

MommyCon Philadelphia 2014 Highlights

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post, there are some affiliate links, I have linked to some of these great products for sale on Amazon so if you see something you love you can find it! If someone can help me with the white squares I'd appreciate it! Many of these are iphone photos, so please excuse some blurriness.

     The night before MommyCon I debated going....We had a rough past few weeks and are running very low on sleep. Our 2 year old is now 7 weeks out from his bone tumor surgery...and it was almost 3 hours away... and I had work early the next day.
     The alarm went off at 5:30 and hubby offered to drive! I packed a wrap, our cloth diapers (which we pushed around in our stroller) and we hit the road!! It was one of the best experiences I've had and I can't wait to go again!! I wanted to put together some highlights for you and share some of the fun and exciting products we saw and experiences we had. (Here come the Photos)

Babywearing Record Setting

 
Toddler Carriers! 
      A new line of Toddler carriers from Beco is scheduled to launch! They raffled off testers at conference for $5 a chance to raise money for a good cause; Vesta Garcia was diagnosed with ALS recently, and proceeds from the raffle as well as a general donation page have been put together to help out with her expenses. If you are familiar with the babywearing world, then you know that she has been a pioneer of sorts...and it's fitting for the industry to give back to her.
     If you already love Beco baby carriers, this is for you. It has the same fabric, shape and structure of the original, but offers a wider support for larger babies/toddlers. The rep saw my baby in our wrap and said "you need to try this now!" Awesome right?

    
     If you love LilleBaby then you're going to love this! It's a high-performance toddler carrier that is made from awesome fabric. I had to feel it! It's clearly very airy and even allows some light to pass...but it's also bouncy and has squish to it. The Lillebaby rep  said it's going to be offered in a few different colors...and is coming to the market soon!

  
     Looking for a walker? This Combi Police Car Walker caught my eye! The hood unclips to reveal a snack tray, and it comes in several colors. Definitely the best looking walker I've seen!


     I love a challenge! Although I was hoping to meet Mrs. Spraypal...and see the spraypal demo toilet, playing a find-the-spraypal Instagram challenge is the next best thing! Conference attendees were challenged to take a photo of the SprayPal, Instagram it and be entered for prizes!! The Spray Pal - Cloth Diaper Sprayer Splatter Shield is one of my favorite cloth diaper accessories!


     If you're a breastfeeding Mom then you know that finding 'nursing tops' can be challenging. Often there isn't a big selection, they're hideous, or not very functional. This line from Latched Mama has many options including a lift up flap in combo with a pull down nursing opening inside and peek through holes in the side to nurse discretely. I even found some on Amazon!


     We stumbled upon this geneleman, founder Hector Cruz, taking photos and a studio setup right in the exhibit hall! If you're not familiar with Project Breastfeeding then you need to be! It's a great movement designed to "Destigmaitize public breastfeeding" educate men and empower women! Visit their site for info, babywearing and a gentle side of Men supporting breastfeeding. Amazing. Seriously, go sift through the site.


     As an OT I'm always looking for 'toys' that have other benefits. These balance boards can be used in any way a child (or adult) imagines. These skate-board style toys offer balance challenges, vestibular input, and a whole array of sensory stimulation that comes with the curved base and movement. They can be used in standing, sitting or lying and encourage constant movement.
     These Biddle and Bop Spooner Boards come in seven colors, offer an anti-skid surface to keep feet in place, and as I watched conference attendees come up and stand on them....no one wanted to get off! Great 'toy' for adults and children alike.


     I'm a fan of ZoLi teethers! We discovered these molar teethers (seen below in four colors) with my first son and I regularly recommend them to others. The Zo-li Gummy Stick Baby Gum Massagers and these super cool Zo-li Bot Straw Sippy Cup that has a straw that "follows the liquid." So if the cup is tipped upside down, the straw base falls to the top to suck up all the liquid! 
  

     Major event higlight...meeting Alisa from Tekhni Woven Sling Studio!! My review of our beautiful Ceres Wrap has some great company information, but if you have been wondering about this shop owner...I can attest that she is as wonderful in person as she is online. It would be soooo easy to spend the whole conference looking at the beautiful wraps she brought !!


     MommyCon is one of the only places where doing this (below) in the lobby doesn't elicit strange glances!! Instead I had a few Mamas come up to ask about this carry and to feel this amazing wrap. We brought home a beautiful Tekhni tester with Tussah Silk and Cotton..full review to follow...but let me tell you, this is not your Grandma's silk! This is serious support and the soft sheen gives this wrap amazing character!!


     We traveled around to the back tables at the conference and I got my first in-person look at Cari Slings. My stash needs yellow and this wrap Madeline will be released soon! It does look a little more green then it shows up in this photo, but if you love this brand this conference exclusive will be available to you soon!

    If you follow the wrap world, then you know this is Natasha...Pavo Textile celebrity!! Read more about the company and my Pavo in my review. I had to get a photo, I was like 'honey, hold the camera!'...and yes...that is a not-yet-released Pavo soft-structured-carrier SSC!



     Another amazing find I know will be a huge hit, is this Embrace Life Babasling Baby Carrier. It comes with a Padded shoulder...and not one, but two clips in the back! A buckle ring sling you say? I think this will meet the needs of many parents who want the carrier, without the wrapping and adjusting that comes with standard slings and wraps. More to follow including a full review!


     All conference attendees took home a Kiinde Breastfeeding Starter Kit!! I haven't tried ours out yet, but this system allows you to pump directly into the bags that baby eats from. The company rep said other attachments that allow you to use any nipple area available, a warmer, as well as a system to make home-made baby food pouches! I'll let you know more when I take this system to work!


     Milkin' Cookies Lactation Cookieswas at the event (if you haven't tried their cookies...they are deeeelicious!)...and offering a fantastic coupon code (LOSTCOOKIES) for 10% off cookies orders. Why lost cookies? Their shipment of conference cookies never made it to Philly! I imagine someone is sitting on a huge pile of cookies...making lots of milk :) Visit their website HERE to learn more about this wonderful brand, owned and operated by wonderful Mamas.


     One item that my boys will L-O-V-E is this adorable is the Crane Train Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier - Black!! It's carried by Amazon and I don't know if you can tell from this photo, but the mist comes out of the front stack on the train car! This hand is of the little girl next to us who was so excited to see it too. We have a frog and a penguin....this will be next!


     Overall, I'm still reminiscing about the fun I had at MommyCon! There were two big conference rooms running. One was for lectures, the other for the expo and I'm so glad I went with my instinct and spent most of our time in the expo. I hope to go again and loved meeting all of the companies, fellow Moms and babywearers, and had such a great time! As always, thanks for stopping by. I always appreciate a 'follow' on any of my social accounts and have a wonderful day!