Nov 132012
 

This collection received an overall grade of:

A

Shea butter — is one of my addictions! It is better than vaseline, in so many different and healthier ways! It’s very rare — for me to have a product that I would use on myself, and not trust enough to use on my lil ones! I was super excited to do a review of the new Shea Moisture Olive & Marula w/ Avocado & Shea Butter — baby collection by another favorite and trusted brand, Shea Moisture! As a mom ambassador for Moms Meet — I can’t get enough of the partnered brands, as they are often trusted by fellow mom bloggers worldwide!

My group, which featured (this round) 8 moms…Angela, Kenyatta, Porsha, Jocelyn, Melissa, Jacinda, LaWanda and myself & 10 kids…Noelle…1, Makayla…3, London…2, Lamir…2, Anjoleena…19 months, Elijah…4 weeks, Syncere…5 months, Isiah & Elijah…6 week twins and Ayden…21 months — had such an amazing time doing our “Mommy & Me” Spa Ritual. We each took turns bathing our precious ones — using the samples of Organic Raw Shea Olive & Marula w/ Avocado Head-to-Toe Body Wash & Shampoo — then lavishing in the matching lotion & Organic Raw Shea Chamomile & Argan Oil w/ Frankincense & Myrrh Head-to-Toe Ointment. It works great as a diaper cream for some additional pampering. Everyone LOVED the scents of the products. The shampoo and body wash left their hair (each adorning different textures) soft and full of life. Their little skins were smooth and silky soft.

Our only concern was that the shampoo & body wash wasn’t tear-free! I highly recommend the Shea Moisture Baby collections — for any eco-friendly, green and organically conscious mom — or if you are in need of some natural TLC for you and your babies! This collection works great on eczema and other sensitive skin concerns!

Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Olive & Marula w/ Avocado Head-to-Toe Baby Collection

Shea Moisture Baby is available online at Target.com, CVS.com, Walgreens.com, and Harmondiscount.com.

Oct 222012
 
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Halloween is one of my favorite holidays of all time! This Halloween, UNICEF invites you lovelies — to participate and share in the fun filled activities…with their annual Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign — boasting with an amazingly new beauty makeover — introducing six new Halloween characters featured on individual collection boxes.

The new design encourages children to express their support through choice!

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF — happens to be one of the longest running youth volunteer initiatives in America, for the past 62 years…helping to motivate kids to become active global citizens as they learn about the fundamental value of helping others. Kids of all ages — are encouraged to raise funds for their peers in developing countries, as they journey door-to-door on Halloween night — or via other festive fundraising activities.

More than $167 million has been raised over the years, providing kids in 190 countries and territories — world wide with much needed health care and immunizations, clean water, sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and much more!

In 1950, during the aftermath of World War II, the original Kids Helping Kids Campaign® launched as girls and boys across the nation collected coins to aid children still affected by the war. Today, the mission to save and improve children’s lives is more important than ever.

For more information, check out the following:
facebook.com/UNICEFUSA
twitter.com/UNICEFUSA #ToT4UNICEF
Instagram
@UNICEFUSA #ToT4UNICEF
google.com/+UNICEFUSA #ToT4UNICEF
pinterest.com/UNICEFUSA #ToT4UNICEF

Oct 012012
 
Clear, concise, and easy to read, BREASTFEEDING, Keep It Simple answers the breastfeeding questions parents ask most often. Now available in its third edition, BREASTFEEDING, Keep It Simple gives parents confidence in their ability to breastfeed and makes breastfeeding easier for the whole family. $5.75; babygooroo.com

One of my favorite accomplishments, or achievements I should say — is being a mom! As a Mom Ambassador, I find great pleasure in searching and seeking out the greatest and latest — in parenting innovations!  I recently stumbled upon a chic new site called Baby Gooroo– geared at helping parents and babies grow, all thanks to the amazingly talented Amy Spangler, world-renowned expert on breastfeeding & nutrition, president of BabyGooroo.com, and author of various books!

This site boosts tons of tips & how-to’s on everything to do with being the best mommy ever! Here are some chic product finds — that I know you will love, for that little heart stealer — in your life!

Pima cotton and French terry combine to give our burp cloths the perfect combination of softness and absorbency. Seven burp cloths make up this collection. Each cloth is imprinted with one of our original animal designs and a short message about the importance of mom’s milk. $79.95; babygooroo.com

Two layers of French terry and Pima cotton combine to make our bibs super soft and absorbent. Each bib is imprinted with one of our original animal designs and a short message about the importance of mother’s milk. $79.95; babygooroo.com

Clear, concise, and easy to read, BREASTFEEDING, Keep It Simple answers the breastfeeding questions parents ask most often. Now available in its third edition, BREASTFEEDING, Keep It Simple gives parents confidence in their ability to breastfeed and makes breastfeeding easier for the whole family. $5.75; babygooroo.com

Aug 162012
 

  The world-renowned fashion icon, supermodel and mom of four — Heidi Klum — has created a distinctive and unexpected collection for kids – from newborn to 5T. To celebrate the upcoming launch of this new line, Babies”R”Us is unveiling an engaging online look book and providing eager customers with an opportunity to enter for a chance to win a visit by Heidi to their hometown. The launch of Truly Scrumptious is the beginning of a long, collaborative relationship between Klum and Babies”R”Us — and will be including multiple new collections each year.

“I always knew that I wanted to create great items for children – but I wanted to find a home where all of my ideas for babies and kids could be under one roof with a company that is truly the authority in the world of babies and kids.  I finally found that with Babies”R”Us and am so excited to partner with them to launch my Truly Scrumptious collection,” said Heidi Klum. “I designed this first collection not only with adorable kids in mind, but I thought of all the little details to make things easier on moms, too. From cool and stylish mix-and-match apparel, to fun and colorful floor-to-ceiling room decor, my Truly Scrumptious line has it all.  I’m really proud of what we’ve created and can’t wait to share it on September 15th.”

Parents and gift-givers –you are sure to adore the Truly Scrumptious apparel and accessories, which range from $4.99 to $39.99, available in all Babies”R”Us stores across North America, as well as online at Babiesrus.com/HeidiKlum starting Saturday, September 15.  Signature characters and whimsical designs, such as pink and purple butterflies, googly-eyed monsters, and green and blue dinosaurs, the assortment includes layette for little ones, sizes newborn to 24 months, as well as playwear and separates for kids, sizes 2T to 5T, made with a combination of fabrics for functionality and comfort — all adorn the collection.

“Heidi Klum is known for her undeniable fashion sense, but she’s also a hands-on mom of four who is representative of the millions of mothers who shop with Babies”R”Us for the coolest mom must-haves, newest apparel and the latest gear,” said Neil Mulhall, Vice President, Divisional Merchandising Manager, Babies”R”Us. ”We’re thrilled to partner with Heidi to bring our customers the Truly Scrumptious collection of trend-right apparel, accessories, bedding, room decor, furniture, gear and more that are sure to stand out when they arrive in our stores on September 15.”

When the Truly Scrumptious line launches,you can choose from three fun, colorful patterns of bedding with matching room decor. The motifs include Butterfly Wonderland, Dinosaur Tracks and Boho Harmony, and features paper lanterns, flowing canopies, enchanting paper mobiles, detailed lamps and decorative rugs — even elaborate wall art packages featuring 2-D and 3-D decals to create murals of trees, grass with flowers, dinosaurs or butterflies, will also be available.

The line will also launch with the Scope stroller, which comes in three colors, Blue, Raspberry and Black, for $79.99. The stroller offers a simple, sleek style and enough storage for all of mom’s needs.

Here’s an exclusive back stage access to behind the scenes of Truly Scrumptious:

Dec 012011
 

Hello Mommistas,

I know you can all agree that keeping baby socks on can be a challenge.  They slip off easily from your bouncy baby’s kicks and tugs, and in my case – pulls -_-! A new and adorable mom-invented innovation helps to keeps socks snug on baby’s feet. I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing Sock Ons for my 10 month old Ayden Shayne; they are worn over your lil one’s pair of socks, locking the socks firmly in place. After reviewing these must-haves, Sock Ons are an essential baby item that no parent can and should do without!  They are Ayden proof and that works wonders for me. In fact, it make a perfect little baby gift item.

Sock Ons was under review by Media Maven

Nov 302011
 

Hello Parents,

Media Maven here and I wanted to share some of Pediatrician Dr. Alan Greene’s tips on Chemicals and Household Toxins to keep your home baby-safe!

Chemicals and Household Toxins

There are about 80,000 chemicals in the marketplace today – more than enough to make parents who are concerned about chemicals pull out their hair. Simplify and pay attention to just 3 ways your child might be exposed.

1)       What goes in the mouth? Choose clean food and drinks, and pay special attention to the plastics that go in the mouth, especially those used to store, heat, or serve food and drinks. Chemicals in the plastics can leach out and enter your child. Notice the recycling symbols on the bottoms of many plastics. Opt for symbols 1, 2, 4, or 5. Or choose brands like BornFree, where the entire line of toddler sippy cups, pacifiers, baby bottles and plastic water bottles are free from BPA, phthalates and PVC. Or skip plastic, and go with something like glass or stainless steel.

2)       What goes on the skin? Chemicals in lotions and creams can be absorbed through the skin. We read the ingredients on food; it’s time to learn to read ingredient lists on skin products as well, and choose those you trust. Sunscreen is a great place to start. I prefer sunscreens that rely on minerals, like zinc or titanium, rather than relying on chemicals that might act as hormones in the body.

3)       What goes in the nose? Clean air may seem overwhelming. After all, you don’t have much control over other people’s exhaust pipes and smokestacks. But the air that matters most is the air in your own home, where your child sleeps at night. Indoor air is usually more polluted than outdoor air, so you can often make a big difference just by opening the windows. Replace cleaning products that have harsh fumes or artificial fragrances (anything that says, “Use in a Well-Ventilated Space” probably isn’t good for your child). And you might consider houseplants or an air filter to help clean your air.

Dr. Greene is the author of Raising Baby Green, Feeding Baby Green, and is a consulting pediatrician for BornFree.

Nov 222011
 

Ola Mommistas,

Psst…looking for the perfect gift for new parents among friends and family?  Well, Coyuchi – the first company to bring organic bedding to the United States have added a few items to its collection just in time for the big holiday shopping rush.

Coyuchi products are produced using fair–labor practices and natural fibers, free of the toxic dies, bleaches and finishes used in conventional textiles. All Coyuchi cotton is 100% organic, produced using a nontoxic production process certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) – perfect for the ultimate eco-friendly baby holiday.

 

Striped Linen Mini Blanket - Softly striped linen backed in lush cotton flannel keeps baby perfectly warm and snuggly. Finished with rounded corners for a casual touch.

This blanket is make from the softest organic cotton, hand crocheted in delicate openwork diamonds, wraps little ones in a light layer of comfort

Nubby, soft cotton, woven in alternating diamond and pointelle stripes, makes our double-layer blanket light, lofty and warm. Edged with a percale flange that is dyed to match and neatly mitered at the corners.

Nubby, soft cotton, woven in alternating diamond and pointelle stripes, makes our double-layer blanket light, lofty and warm. Edged with a percale flange that is dyed to match and neatly mitered at the corners.

We lined smooth, substantial cotton/linen sateen with organic cotton mini terry to make a supersoft hooded towel that’s specially designed to grow with your child, from baby baths to swim lessons. Set also includes a linen-bound washcloth and adult-sized bath mitt.

 

 

 

 

 

Bedding for Baby

The George, Thor, and Jingo Collection–On a background of the softest natural white organic cotton, George, Thor, Jingo and their faithful friends bring colorful personality and playful details to the nursery. Each hand-embroidered piece in the collection-from the receiving blanket to the bumper cover-showcases an incredible attention to detail that is only matched by Mother Nature herself.

Baby Apparel

Coyuchi’s 100% organic cotton basics are oh- so-soft against baby's skin, and get softer still with every wash.

Bath Basics

Saying Coyuchi’s hooded towels are super-soft and cuddly is an understatement-don’t be surprised if you find yourself wishing they made one for grown-ups.

 About Coyuchi

As the first company to bring organic cotton bedding to the United States, Coyuchi was founded 20 years ago in Point Reyes Station, a small town on the Northern California coast. There, surrounded by ocean, forest, beach and bluff, Coyuchi’s “aesthetic ecosystem” philosophy of design was born, leading to a line of home textiles rooted in the innate qualities of nature.  This rustically sophisticated style has become the hallmark of Coyuchi, with every product, color and detail designed to fit harmoniously and evolve repeatedly, for effortless mixing of colors and textures from room to room and season to season.

Coyuchi products are produced using fair–labor practices and natural fibers, free of the toxic dies, bleaches and finishes used in conventional textiles. All Coyuchi cotton is 100% organic, produced using a nontoxic production process certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). Coyuchi can be found at fine retailers across the US and Canada, as well as available for purchase online at www.coyuchi.com

 

Nov 152011
 

Hello Lovelies,

Some baby gifts are way more interesting and talk worthy than others. Check out BestBabyShower.com for some truly noteworthy ideas.

Practical! Daddy Diaper Tool Bag  

 

Appropriately designed and constructed to look and feel like a tool bag Daddy would want to use and take everywhere, this tough and durable diaper bag is ornamented with silver rivets and made of faux suede. It measures 17.5″ x 6″ x 12.5″. The bag has a Velcro closure, 7 outside pockets, a small zipper pocket inside and optional adjustable shoulder strap. $46.99

 

Cute!  Sozo Baby Swaddle Blanket and Cap Sets

Swaddle blankets are made of 100% interlock cotton. Fabric stretches for easy swaddling. Cap fits newborn to 6 months. Blanket can be used as baby grows. Select from Cow / Dog / Watermelon / Bumblebee / Monkey / Ladybug. $23.99

 

Vintage Welcome Signs

These signs are artistically finished to create the illusion of a vintage, aged signs. They are a tempered hardboard with the graphics bonded, sealed & hand finished. Each sign is custom made so each has it’s own character. Measures about 8″ x 10″.  Three styles from which to choose. $12.99

 

Sweetie Pie Baby Shower Favor Candle

The Sweetie Pie Cherry Pie Candle looks just like the real thing–only smaller! Adorable “pie crust” beige and cherry-red cherry pie. Candle realistically designed with fluted edges and lattice work on top. Candle measures 1″ h x 2″ in diameter. Bakery-style gift presentation with sage-green base and sage green-and-white-striped background and awning, accented with a white-satin bow on top. Gift box measures 2 1/2″ h x 2 1/4″ w x 2 1/2″ d. $1.99

 

There are more wonderful keepsake items at BestBabyShower.com.

For more information visit www.bestbabyshower.com

 

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Nov 082011
 

 

Hello Lovelies,

Media Maven here, and I would like to invite you to “Fall into Comfort” with Maty’s. Now in its second week, with a winner being drawn today, check out Matys newest Facebook contest:

Maty’s “Fall Into Comfort” Photo Contest

Hot cocoa on a cold night, family dinners, retail therapy after a bad week – what is your favorite comfort moment? Celebrate National Sleep Comfort Month with Maty’s “Fall Into Comfort” Photo Contest!  Submit a photo of your favorite comfort moment for a chance to win a three-month supply of the popular Maty’s All Natural Vapor Rub. Every Monday, during the month of November, three winners will be selected – YOU can be one of them!

 

Grand Prize

The grand prize is a THREE-MONTH supply of Maty’s All Natural Vapor Rub, PLUS 25% off your next purchase from Maty’s online store, http://www.matyshp.com/!

 

2nd Prize

The second place winner will receive the All Natural Vapor Rub, PLUS 25% off your next purchase from Maty’s online store, http://www.matyshp.com/!

3rd Prize

The final winner will receive the All Natural Vapor Rub.

The Official Rules

The rules are simple:  Share an image of your favorite happy, cozy moment on Maty’s Facebook page; the photo can be of food, loved ones or a favorite pastime.  Encourage your entourage of family and friends to vote by commenting and/or “liking” your picture!  Every Monday at noon, the three photos that receive the most comments and likes will be announced as the weekly winners.

 

 Prize Eligibility

Only persons 18 yrs+ residing in U.S. can submit photo; one submission per week

Photo Uploading and Voting Begins:

Every Tuesday @ 8AM (EST) (Nov. 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd)

Photo Uploading and Voting Ends:

Every Sunday @ 11:59pm (EST) (Nov. 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th)

Nov 012011
 

 

Hello Darlings,

Media Maven here, and I’ve created a blissfully FAB hub of all things organic, natural & eco-friendly baby, beauty & skin care for the savvy Lifestylista who wears many hats (mompreneurs, wife, boss, employee, etc) or simply put – Goddess; Wonder WOMAN! Click the links (above & below) and as always, Enjoy…

P.S. Here is an Amazon Exclusive Preview for their Holiday Toy List, Holiday Countdown to Black Friday Deals & Gift Cards: *smooches;-)*

XOXO,
Media Maven

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