Parenting Healthy

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Lugz Empire Ballistic Boots Giveaway


Host: Here We Go Again...Ready

Sponsor: Lugz

Co-hosts: Michigan Saving and MoreRamblings Of Mama & Sweepstakes Fanatics

About Lugz
Are you looking for the perfect gift for the dad on your list? Look no further! Lugz Empire Ballistic Boots are perfect for the man in your life. To read the full review click here. One lucky reader will win a pair of Lugz Empire Ballistic Boots!  

The Giveaway
This giveaway is US, 18 or older. Only one entrant per household. Giveaway ends on 6/22 11:59 9M EST . Winner will be notified by email and has 24 hours to respond. If there is no response during that time a new winner will be chosen. Good Luck Everyone!!

The bloggers promoting this giveaway are not responsible for prize distribution. The sponsor is responsible for distributing the prize. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media.

Buffy Meets the Zoonicorns in her dreams

This is a promotional post for Zoonicorns. Opinions are my own.

When you combine a book with a toy or plush, it makes the story and journey for your child come to life in some fun and engaging ways! The Zoonicorn series introduces this fun cross between a unicorn and a zebra. These Zoonicorns travel with young zoo animals into their dream world and guide them through lessons they learn during their adventures. The quote below was fun and represents best what this story and the Zooniorns is all about.

"Dreams are one place that parents can't go to help their children," said creator Mark Lubratt. "The Zoonicorns exist to take anxious young zoo animals on fantastic and encouraging adventures in their dreams in ways that teach them an important lesson that helps them."

These Zoonicorns have names and personalities! Let's meet them all:

  • Valeo (Blue): The Zoonicorn leader who overcomes his shyness when meeting new friends and loves hanging out with his buddies near the Africa exhibits!
  • Promithea (Purple): Reliable and shy, Promithea epitomizes intelligence and gentleness and is the perfect secret keeper for all of her pals.
  • Aliel (Pink): Spunky, fun, and always zooming at full speed, Aliel is friends with every animal at the zoo and makes a great companion for any child too!
  • Ene (Green): A charming practical joker who loves mischief and his naps! Great for snuggling when catching some Z’s.
In this book Buffy Meets the Zoonicorns, Buffy finds herself feeling larger than the space she is confined in at the zoo. She dreams of running free in plains and fields and when she closes her eyes at night,  that is exactly where she finds herself.  But perhaps she would miss her family and zoo friends if she were to end up alone and in bigger spaces. The Zoonicorns visit Buffy in her dreams to help her feel comforted and return home to her Mama.

Buffy Meets the Zoonicorns is the first of more Zoonicorn stories to come! Watch for them.

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Umoro Shaker Bottle is a must-have companion for your supplements #Giveaway

This is a promotional post for Umoro. Opinions are my own.

Welcome to the Umoro Shaker Bottle Review & Giveaway
Sponsor: Umoro

Several weeks ago our 17 year old son came to me and asked if I had seen these Umoro Shaker bottles where he could use it as a water bottle and store his protein powder in the lid only to release it when ready to drink. I had told him that I came across this on Kickstarter back then and that I really though this was a great concept. So I went on a hunt and found Umoro who graciously sent me (and my son) a Umoro Shaker Bottle and then offered to give a few away! My son is in weight training at school and a classmate showed up with one he said was ordered and that was where our son discovered the Umoro he wanted. It now goes with him everywhere because even if he does not need protein that day, he uses it as a water bottle.

Your Umoro Shaker Bottle comes with the cup marked with measurements, a shaker ball and lid. The lid has a powder compartment that will hold up to 50g of supplement powder meant to be mixed with liquid. The blender ball is designed as a sealer to hold that powder in the lid. Use your Umoro as a water bottle and when you are ready for some supplement such as a protein powder , simply press the red button up top and the shaker ball releases along with the mix and you shake away. Now your shaker ball is released and helps stir your supplement mix so it blends and you are ready to drink!

The Umoro Shaker Bottle comes in blue, pink, black and titanium grey. It makes the perfect companion for your supplement!

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The Giveaway
2 lucky readers will win a Umoro Shaker Bottle in your color of choice. Enter below. Open to US. Ends on 6/8. Good luck!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Stay Cool & Dry While You Sleep with Lusome Spring Collection Sleepwaer

This is a promotional post for Lusome. Opinions are my own

Summer Guide Feature
Lusome's 2015 Spring Collection

It seems the older I get, the less sleep I manage to get. Not because I am busier, but because I can't seem to stay asleep. There are little changes I notice such as having a more active bladder at night and getting too hot in my sleep. I know I am not the only one as 80% of women experience night sweats while they sleep. Many factors give us this high percentage from menopause, pregnancy, cancer treatments that will commonly cause night sweats and hormonal changes. There are many changes we can make to help us avoid those night sweats or at least tame them a bit. 

Tips to a cooler night's sleep
  • Room Temperature: have a fan in your room or even a window air conditioning unit so you can keep cool air circulating at night
  • Bedding: Choose fabrics such as linen or organic cotton with a lower thread count. Too high a thread count means it is tightly woven and that means heat stay trapped under your sheets. 
  • Keep water and a towel nearby-this gives a quick relief if you should wake up in a sweat
  • Clothing: Avoid flannel and polyester fabrics as they trap heat. Use sleepwear that is breathable or is made with the right moisture block technology

Lusome has their new 2015 Sleepwaear collection and you will not sacrifice style for fabric that will keep you cool and dry at night. Lusome founder, Lara Smith, created dryLon™ technology that pulls hot perspiration away from the body. You can find any style to fir your desire from men-inspired shorts and tops to feminine nighties. With a house of boys, I wear sleepwear that is non-revealing like the Ava night top. I will wear these over stretch pants or capris in the mornings around the house. I love that jersey look and feel. The fabric is so soft and it really does keep me cool and dry at night. 

dryLon™ Technology

Sleep is one of the most important times of day for our well being and taking the time so that we have the correct room temperature, bedding and clothing will help ensure we get the most restful sleep we can. Because Lusome wants you to understand the importance of a cool, dry sleep for many health benefits, they have an active Blog where you can go read more about tips regarding hot flashes. 

Learn more and see all of these great styles and start getting a better night's sleep!

Curb that Appetite with MealEnders and a Giveaway

This is a promotional post for MealEnders. Opinions are my own.

MealEnders Giveaway
1st Place: 2 bags of MealEnders-flavors of choice
2nd Place: 1 bag of MealEnders-flavor of choice

About MealEnders

MealEnders are flavored lozenges that will help you rid those cravings from your mouth and mind. They are low-calorie, stimulant-free, gluten-free, kosher and contain no herbs, HFCS or drugs. It has a duo-sensory taste which means it both rewards and resets your taste buds. It rewards your taste buds with a sweet outer layer such as chocolate or citrus flavor. It resets your tastebuds by releasing a gentle, cooling tingling sensation that stimulates the trigeminal nerve (the trigeminal nerve contributes to the overall flavor of foods) on the tongue which will get rid of that urge to overeat.

For 20 minutes, your brain is occupied as you dissolve the lozenges. This is the time in which overeating occurs before your food settles and you feel full. Take one after a small meal or even at night when you have cravings, but don't need to snack.

I love the flavors and tend to grab the mocha myself. The tingling sensation only stays on your tongue. Swallowing saliva with a lozenge does not transfer the sensation down your throat. The flavor choices are Citrus, Mocha, Cinnamon and Chocolate Mint. I love that they are individually wrapped so you can take some anywhere you go-to the campground, to your office or out for any event where you may tend to overeat.

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The Giveaway

There will be 2 winners. 1st place wins 2 bags of MealEnders in flavors of choice. 2nd place wins 1 bag in flavor of choice. Enter below. Ends 6/8-open to US. Good luck.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Celiac Awareness Month: Alter Eco Chocolates are Gluten Free

This is a promotional post for Alter Eco

Alter Eco products are Gluten Free

If you or someone you know suffers from Celiac Disease, you know how important it is to avoid many ingredients in the foods they eat! Whether you suffer from gluten or soy sensitivities, Alter Eco wants you to know that you can still enjoy their delicious chocolates!

I was not the first to taste the Alter Echo Dark Salted Burnt Caramel Organic Chocolate Bar when they arrived. I always place product that comes near my workspace above. I was upstairs folding some laundry and when I came down, not only did my son steal my computer, he was devouring the chocolate bar! I should have known better to keep dark chocolate away from him! He loves the fine chocolate like me and when I say fine I mean this 6 year old rarely eats a standard candy bar, but I buy organic or fine chocolates and he knows those are the best!

We love the saltiness of this chocolate bar! I wish I could give you a sample through this computer-sorry! 

About Alter Eco

Alter Eco is a sustainable and fair trade brand who brings in the finest ingredients for their chocolates, sugar and quinoa products. The products are organic, Non GMO Project Verified, gluten and soy free. If you are like me, you seek out to hear from and meet the brand to hear what they have to say so I found this video and you get to see for yourself that this brand is as fair and sustainable as they come.

You can find Alter Eco products at Whole Foods and Target stores nation-wide!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Diono Monterey® Convertible Booster Seat grows with your child

This is a promotional post for Diono. Opinions are my own

With so many styles and choices of car seats and booster seats, it may be hard to find the right one for you. The most common way we decide on the best children's products is word-of-mouth. We ask friends and family what have worked for them and read online reviews about how others experience using such products. Diono has a convertible Booster Seat-the Monterey- that is a PTPA Award Winner (Parent Tested Parent Approved). There are several things to consider when finding a quality booster seat
  • Does is grow with your child in height?
  • Is it comfortable for your child?
  • Does it contain the safety harness systems?
  • Does it protect on impact?
  • Does it contain accessories-cup holders, removable/washable coverings?
  • How portable is it?
The Diono Monterey® passes all of these with flying colors! It does grow with your child with an 11 position headrest that raises up to 6.5" with one hand. You can also detach the whole back rest and have the booster seat for the older child. It fits children weights from 40 lb to 120 lb and heights of 38" to 63".

Their ride will be very comfortable and with good airflow due to the energy-absorbing AirTek™ foam. The shoulder width can also be adjusted for comfort up to 20" wide. The bottom will not slide because it is designed with an angled reinforced seat bottom. The seat is also extra long for better leg support.

Their is a LATCH system for secure installation if you use that. The Monterey also has extra-deep side walls that are reinforced with aluminum and lined with EPS foam for side impact protection.

Each side of the Diono Monterey® Booster Seat has a cup holder that you can pull in or out as needed. Large cup holder to fit most sized containers or bottles. It also packs flat for travel and storage. The fabric is washable too!

Take it from Mom Testers that the Diono Monterey® Booster Seat checks off all of your criteria and it comes in the Heather (above) as well as pink or blue pattern.