Sweet Tiny Blessings

Month: August 2013

NurturMe Organic Baby and Toddler Food {Review and Giveaway}

I wrote this post on behalf of NurturMe and received promotional items to thank me for my time.  All views and opinions regarding NurturMe and Yum-a-Roo’s are my own and were not influenced by other sources.

I’m always on the look out for the best foods for my daughter.  If it’s not homemade, I try to make sure it’s organic and free from preservatives.  This is not always easy and it doesn’t always happen, but I feel much better when I can provide Baby C with the best.

We recently tried Yum-a-Roo’s, snacks from NurturMe.  Yum-a-Roo’s are organic fruit and veggie snacks that are quick dried to lock in the essential nutrients every child needs.  Though Baby C didn’t enjoy the veggies (I’m not surprised by my picky eater), she chowed down the fruits.

Yum-a-Roo’s come in four different flavors, including Tropical Twist (Banana, Mango and Pineapple), Caribbean Crop (Pea, Banana, Pineapple), Happy Harvest (Pea, Sweat Corn and Apple) and Bountiful Bites (Banana, Apple and Broccoli).

Yum-a-Roo’s are certified organic, gluten free, non-GMO verified, Kosher, free from added preservatives, sugars and salts and made in the USA.  They are perfect for children ages one year and older.  Great to take on the road or a quick snack at home.

Visit NurturMe.com to learn more about pricing and a location near you.  NurturMe Singles and Meals are now available at Target.  Stay connected with NurturMe on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news, special promotions, new products and more!

NurturMe is generously giving away a medium infant feeding pack to one blessed reader.  Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter!


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Tortle {Giveaway}

I wrote this post on behalf of Tortle.  Tortle supplied me with the information in this post.
Awareness of positional plagiocephaly has increased since 1992, the year when parents were first encouraged to have healthy babies sleep on their back to help combat Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).  While infant death from SIDS has decreased by 50 percent, there has been an increase in Flathead syndrome, a condition where an infant’s head becomes flattened or misshapen from too much time on their backs in the first months of life. 
“This most recent study further validates the increasing incidence rate of Flathead Syndrome and the need for greater parent education about prevention,” said Dr. Jane Scott, Pediatrician, Board Certified Neonatologist.  “By incorporating some simple repositioning strategies parents can help prevent development of Plagiocephaly.”  Dr. Scott whose specialty is pediatrics and neonatology is recognized as an expert in the areas of Plagiocephaly and Torticollis.  In her nearly 30 years as a practicing physician Dr. Scott has counseled and educated parents to help prevent as well as treat the many problems associated with Flathead Syndrome.  In 2012 she introduced Tortle, an FDA-cleared patented Class 1 medical device which provides parents a cost effective and simple solution to prevent the Syndrome in babies 0-6 months of age. The Tortle, a lightweight knit beanie promotes proper head and neck movement, which is essential for appropriate development.
Some of Dr. Scott’s guidelines for repositioning strategies include:
Correct Positioning is imperative; we suggest you reposition your baby’s head every 2-3 hours during your waking hours. Encourage the infant to turn their head in the opposite direction from the preferred side.
In addition, try the following:
Feeding – alternate the arm in which the infant is held for both the bottle and breast feeding.
Diaper Changes – stand on the opposite side of the changing table each time to encourage baby to turn their head to a different side in order to see you.
Sleeping – Place baby’s head at opposite ends of the crib on alternate nights. Baby can wear their Tortle for optimal alignment during any supervised sleep time throughout the day.
Tummy Time – The more time baby can spend playing with supervision on their tummy, the better. Get down on the floor at baby’s eye level, and play stimulating games during tummy time. While most babies are resistant to tummy time at first, it should become more enjoyable as they become more familiar with the position. Starting tummy time when your infant is very young will help with this.
Travel  – Make sure baby is wearing their Tortle while riding in car seats, strollers, etc., and switch the side of the support roll from time to time.
More than a million babies each year will be diagnosed with Flathead Syndrome in the USA alone.  This number has increased over 600% since 1992, and affects nearly 48% of all babies 0-6 months old.  This is largely a consequence of the combination of lifestyle changes in families and because babies now sleep on their backs.  If not corrected in early infancy, expensive and unpleasant treatment options can sometimes follow.
Founded by Pediatrician and Board Certified Neonatologist Dr. Jane Scott in 2012, Tortle Products, LLC is located in Denver, CO.  Tortle Products manufactures Tortle, an FDA-cleared patented Class 1 medical device, a stylish knit beanie that provides parents a cost effective and simple solution to prevent Flathead Syndrome, a condition that is prevelant in babies 0-6 months of age.  Tortle is available in three sizes and in a variety of colors and designs.  Recommended retail is $19.99.  For more information visit http://www.tortle.comWatch the videos,  Check out the “How to” video, Follow Tortle and Dr. Scott on Facebook, Twitter and on Pinterest!
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Living A Sustainable Life



Welcome to the August 2013 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Living Sustainably.
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and The Pistachio Project through the Green Moms Network. This month, our members are talking about steps their families have taken, or hope to take, to live more sustainably. We hope you’ll find inspiration for your family’s journey towards sustainable living, and share your tips with us as well!

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A few years ago, sustainable wasn’t even in my vocabulary.  But now, it’s one word that pops up throughout my day.  Sustainable living, in short, is living a lifestyle that reduces the use of the Earth’s natural resources.

It’s when I was introduced to Shaklee, that I became more aware how important sustainable living truly is.  In fact, Dr. Shaklee found the company in 1956, and based it on Living in Harmony with Nature.  He was committed to developing products to improve the health of people and the planet. And he did just that.

I could go on with a list of milestones from the past 55 plus years, but I’ll just list a few of my favorites:

  • 1960 – Shaklee introduces Basic-H Concentrated Organic Cleaner, one of the first nontoxic, biodegradable cleaners.
  • 1972 – Shaklee introduces Basic-L, one of the first biodegradable laundry detergents without phosphates, nitrates or borates.
  • Skip a few years and many milestones, in 2000, Shaklee became the first company in the world to obtain Climate Neutral certification and totally offset its carbon emissions, resulting in a net-zero impact on the environment.  In addition, Shaklee opens its World Headquarters, one of the first green, energy-saving, award-winning buildings designed using sustainable materials, including certified sustainable wood, recycled carpets, and recycled plastics.
  • And in 2007, the largest study of long-term supplement users, conducted in collaboration with researchers from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, determines that people who took Shaklee supplements had markedly better health than people who took either no supplements or other brands of multivitamins.  
When I became a customer of Shaklee, they provided me with my own member site, which provided me with information and courses on how to live a more sustainable lifestyle.  I started switching from the products I normally use, to Shaklee products.  And as I saw my family’s life improving and heard dramatic testimonies of other people’s health improving, I knew I wanted to be a part of  The Shaklee Effect.  I am now a Shaklee distributor and it has been such a blessing!
What influenced you to live a more sustainable lifestyle?
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Visit Happy Mothering and The Pistachio Project to learn more about participating in next month’s Natural Living Blog Carnival!
Please take some time to enjoy the posts our other carnival participants have contributed:

The Prodigal Pig {Review and Giveaway}

I 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 Prodigal Pig are my own and were not influenced by other sources.   

I’m always on the lookout to find fun ways to teach Baby C about the Bible and living a christian life.  We usually choose a book each month, but this time, we chose a fun Bible story on DVD, On The Farm with Farmer Bob: The Prodigal Pig.

This DVD teaches children the Parable of the Prodigal Son in a fun and entertaining way.  It also teaches kids to be thankful and forgiving.  The Prodigal Pig features the voices of Amy Grant, Vince Gill and Randy Travis.

Baby C thought the movie was pretty funny and silly.  Since Baby C loves music, she enjoyed the band singing and playing their instruments.  Though this movie is perfect for children ages 4 – 7, Baby C still liked it.

Movie Synopsis:

Wacky animals and their hilarious antics will have kids rolling with laughter as they watch the story of Porkchop (Randy Travis), a pig with dreams of making it big in the music business—no matter the cost! 

Farmer Bob gives Porkchop the money he needs to follow his dreams, but the friends Porkchop makes in the big city don’t turn out to be as nice as he thought. When Jenny the sheepdog (Amy Grant) and some of the other animals save the day, Farmer Bob welcomes Porkchop home with open arms, and even Hercules the tough-talking rooster (Vince Gill) learns the value of forgiveness. 
You can purchase the same DVD Baby C has for $7.99 at TommyNelson.com or choose from a variety of other faith products.  Tommy Nelson is offering one blessed reader a copy of The Prodigal Pig for your little one.  Stay connected with Tommy Nelson on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest.   

Easy Canvas Prints {Review}

I wrote this post on behalf of Easy Canvas Prints and received a promotional item to thank me for my time.  All views and opinions regarding Easy Canvas Prints are my own and were not influenced by other sources.

We have so many pictures on our phones, computers and thumb drives that we have never done anything with.  Our walls are bare and I anxiously want to fill them.  So when I had the opportunity to review Easy Canvas Prints, I was so excited but wasn’t sure which thousands of pictures I should choose from.

Once I finally decided on a picture from Baby C’s first birthday party, the rest was a breeze.  Just as the name states, Easy Canvas Prints makes it, well, easy.  With the click of a mouse, I choose my canvas size, uploaded a picture from my computer, and then selected my border and color.

Another benefit from ordering from Easy Canvas Prints, is that you can upload your pictures from Facebook and Instagram, as well.  Which is perfect, because that’s where most of my photos are saved. Their prices are reasonable and they always seem to have great deals going on.

We received our gorgeous print right to our door about a week later.  It was packed very nicely to protect it and prevent any damage.  Now for the hard part.  Which bare wall should I choose to hang my beautiful baby girl!

You can purchase the same size 8×10 canvas print we received for $44.71 or choose from other variety of sizes.  Be sure to stay connected with Easy Canvas Prints on Facebook for great sales and deals!