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Month: May 2013

Sprout Organics Toddler Snacks {Review and Giveaway}

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I’ve mentioned several times before that my daughter is a very picky eater.  Though she hardly ever eats much “junk” food (except on special occasions), I have to be very creative about getting her to eat fruits and veggies.  Sprout has made my job a little bit easier with their new line of toddler snacks.

Sprout is an organic children’s food company founded in 2008, when a group of friends wished to create wholesome and organic baby food products.  Spout provides a unique variety of purees, meals and snacks for babies and toddlers.

Baby C is a super snacker, so she was thrilled to receive Sprout’s newest toddler products to test out.  She received the Toddler Fruit and Veggie Crispy Chews, as well as, the Fruity Yogurt Bites.  As a mom of a toddler, I appreciate the convenience of a healthy snack on the go.  Though Baby C doesn’t care for the chewy textures, she absolutely loved the Fruity Yogurt Bites.  We took a few on playdates as well, and her little friends loved them too!

You can purchase the same toddler snacks Baby C has from Diapers.com and local retailers or choose from a variety of other snacks!  Sprout is graciously giving away a Sprout Organic Food sample pack, featuring NEW toddler snacks – all four flavors of the Fruit and Veggie Crispy Chews and Fruity Yogurt Bites.  8 samples total!  Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter.  Be sure to stay connect with Sprout on Facebook and Twitter too! 

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I don’t know of any baby that isn’t fascinated by technology.  And Baby C is no exception.  Technology is the only thing that will grab her attention for more than 2 minutes.  She loves rocking out with her headphones or working with daddy on the computer.  She probably knows how to work my phone and the tv better than I do!

What’s your child’s favorite piece of technology?

{Encouraging Healthy} Women

In our 20’s and 30’s there are so many new beginnings.  We’re balancing careers and family.  Times of changes happen in our 40’s and 50’s with hormones and health.  And in our mid 50’s and beyond, it’s a time to live well.

Diet, genetics, activity and stress levels will determine our ultimate health.  As women, we need to eat a healthy diet, maintain a healthy weight, be active, manage stress and supplement wisely.

Step one: Our Diet
Eat a variety of fruits and veggies
Eat plenty of whole grains
Add in vegetarian protein choices
Eat healthy fats and avoid trans fats
Cut back on fast food or eliminate it
No sodas
And read labels
Avoid fad diets – your brain functions on sugars and fats
If you have a gluten sensitivity or allergies, you may actually have Irritable Bowel Syndrome.  Try improving your digestive system with probiotics and fiber.

Step two: Healthy Weight
Know your BMI.  Many health problems such as back pain, arthritis and hypertension can be eliminated when you are at a healthy weight.

Exercise has many benefits.  With 30 – 45 minutes a day, you can manage stress, reduce risk of disease, achieve and maintain a healthy weight, reduce depression, anxiety, and promote psychological well being.  You’ll build and maintain healthy bones, muscles and joints, as well as, promote flexibility and balance.

Supplement wisely!  It’s impossible to get all nutrition from food.  A multivitamin and protein should be your core foundation.  Shaklee 180 has a wonderful program to get you started.  It includes Vitalizer, which is the core foundation with real research and proof of benefits.  It gives you the right nutrients and absorption, to the right place, at the right time.  Soy protein is important because it helps lower the risk of breast cancer and other cancers.  Survivors who take soy protein have a lower rate of recurrence.

If you are passionate about healthy living or just want to keep up to
date on healthy tips, recipes, giveaways and more, please join our
Facebook page – Encouraging Healthy.

What other tips can you share to encourage women to stay healthy?

DIY Magnets

I don’t normally write about craft projects, because let’s face it, I’m not good at them.  And usually anything I start, never gets finished.  But a couple of months ago, I was introduced to a fun and easy craft at my MOPS group.  Even I could do it!

DIY Magnets are not only easy and fun, but they make great gifts too.  Ready to learn how to make these cute magnets?  Than head on over to She {hearts} it where I share how!

Nuby Wash or Toss Cups {Review}

wrote this post on behalf of Nuby and received a promotional
item to
thank me for my time.  All views and opinions regarding Nuby and
the Wash or Toss Cups are my own and were not influenced by
other sources.

There isn’t any way around it, we go through sippy cups frequently.  Pieces get lost or caps become dirty in those little areas that nothing can reach to clean it.  That’s when Nuby’s Wash or Toss Cups come in handy.  

Nuby’s Wash or Toss Cups are durable enough to use again and again or affordable enough to be disposable.  These cups are perfect for an afternoon in the park or everyday at home use.  Additionally, the cups and spouts are easily stackable for travel or home storage.

Baby C enjoys her “baby milk shake” every morning in her Wash or Toss Cup.  And I appreciate the minimal parts and easy to clean design.  It’s also convenient to throw in the diaper bag when we are on the go.  

You can purchase the same Wash or Toss Cups Baby C has for $7.99 from Amazon.com, Babybungalow.com, Bestbabygear.com or Babyearth.com.  Stay connected with Nuby on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram!

The Love Of Grandparents

When it comes to grandparents, Baby C has a plethora of them. She is certainly blessed with so much love.  Unfortunately, because they live across country, we don’t get to see them nearly as often as we would want to.  Thank goodness for FaceTime and Skype!

How many grandparents does your child(ren) have?  Do they live near or far?

Spark Of Amber Necklace {Review and Giveaway}

Disclosure: I
wrote this post on behalf of Spark of Amber and received a promotional
item to
thank me for my time.  All views and opinions regarding Spark of Amber and
the Baltic Amber necklace are my own and were not influenced by
other sources.

Baby C never had a problem with teething until she turned one.  I remember the excruciating pain she had and the only relief she received was from her pacifier.  She only wanted to be rocked by mommy.  We spent all day in that rocking chair, praying for some relief for Baby C.  I wish I had the a Baltic Amber necklace at the time.  I’m sure it would have helped and brought some much needed relief.

Baltic Amber is 100 percent natural and is said to provide relief of pain, calmness, help with teething and relieve inflammation in the throat, ear and stomach.  With my daughter’s molars popping through, this is exactly what we needed.  Baby C received the a Baltic Amber necklace from Spark of Amber, a company based in the United States and run by a work at home mom.

Instead of using big factory companies, Spark of Amber outsources her products to three different women in Lithuania, who make the jewelry to support their families.  Spark of Amber jewelry has been tested and verified to be authentic.

Baby C is an accessories girl, so she loves wearing her amber necklace all the time, everywhere we go.  The necklace provides a turn clasp, which makes it easy to take on and off.  It is very light and the perfect length.  And I love that I can have a peace of mind, knowing that it’s providing calmness and relief of pain.

You can purchase the same teething necklace Baby C has $16.99 or choose from a variety of other Baltic Amber products.  Spark of Amber provides great prices and free shipping! Stay connected with Spark of Amber on Facebook and Twitter.  Spark of Amber is giving away a teething necklace to one Sweet Tiny Blessings’ reader.  Fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter.

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My Princess Bible Purse {Review and Giveaway}

wrote this post on behalf of Tommy Nelson and received a promotional item to
thank me for my time.  All views and opinions regarding Tommy Nelson and the My Princess Bible Purse are my own and were not influenced by
other sources.

We have created a new bedtime routine to help Baby C settle into bed a little easier.  After her bath, I create a dim room and turn on her sound machine.  As she brushes her teeth, we read two books of her choosing.  One of her new, favorite books is the My Princess Bible Purse.  

With simple text and beautiful illustrations, My Princess Bible Purse provides kid-friendly examples of the characteristics that God develops in our lives.  It explains God’s Holy Spirit in each of us, including qualities such as love, joy, peace and patience.  The purse handle is perfect for little hands to carry the purse book wherever they go.

I always wonder if my daughter understands who God is and struggle with how to teach her about Him.  This book is so helpful to teach Baby C about God’s fruits of the spirit.  This sparkly, pink purse is perfect for little girls ages 2-5.

You can purchase the same book Baby C has for $9.99 at TommyNelson.com
or choose from a variety of other faith products.  Tommy Nelson is
offering one Sweet Tiny Blessings’ reader the My Princess Bible Purse book for your little one.  Stay connected with Tommy Nelson on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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Blessings For Mother’s Day

This Mother’s Day was exactly what I needed.  It was low key and relaxing.  I didn’t have to do any chores, such as laundry, cooking, dishes or even change dirty diapers.  And I got to spend the day with my family.  But the best part of this Mother’s Day was a hug from Baby C.

Baby C is not the type to give hugs and kisses freely.  You have to ask her first.  But after my husband secretly worked very hard with her, teaching her to say, “Happy Mother’s Day,” what came out was unexpected.  Instead of saying the words to me, she ran to me with arms wide open and embraced me tightly.

And the rest of the day, she proceeded to say, “I want to go to Happy Mothers!”  Ha ha ha!  You are already here, baby girl!

What made your Mother’s Day special?

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