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Rave and Review

  • freshHearty breakfast for cold mornings: Huevos Rancheros with pico de gallo
    I hope you enjoy this sponsored post and recipe on behalf of Bush’s Beans. As always, all opinions are 100% my own. I've talked before about how much I love beans for feeding our large family, and I discussed how they can make a great appetizer, lu…
    - 11 hours ago, 25 Sep 17, 10:09pm -
  • Where we were: Country Village in Bothell, WA
    Have you been to Country Village in Bothell, WA? I grew up going to Country Village with my mom and my aunts, and I have vivid memories of going to Harvest parties each fall and watching Santa ride in each winter. My favorite store there closed years…
    - 1 day ago, 25 Sep 17, 3:06am -
  • Where we were: a ferry adventure with kids
    One thing I love most about living in Washington State is that we're literally surrounded by water. I love just sitting at the beach and listening to the waves crashing, I love running around and taking pictures while the kids play, and I love explor…
    - 4 days ago, 22 Sep 17, 6:30am -
  • Limitless fun with Antsy Pants Build And Play kits
    If I was describing the perfect toy, it would be something that was a project. Something that took a while to set up, provided customizing opportunities so the kids can get creative, and it would have an ambiguous design that allowed for almost limit…
    - 5 days ago, 21 Sep 17, 4:32am -
  • Matching Girls Monday: American Girls
    It was a momentous occasion: the first American Girl matching shirts, ever. We bought these over a year ago a few months after Kit's new "meet" outfit was released and then this shirt arrived in the Seattle store. Those who know me know that I would…
    - 7 days ago, 18 Sep 17, 11:49pm -
  • Squamish, BC: a day at the Britannia Mine Museum
    When researching places to visit during our recent Squamish, BC trip, we were told over and over again not to skip the Britannia Mine Museum. With two kids squarely in the Mine Museum's target demographic and one child who can literally find fun anyw…
    - 9 days ago, 17 Sep 17, 4:57am -
  • New from American Girl: the aloha spirit with Nanea Mitchell
    I want to raise global kids, so I must show how in times of crisis we help each other. Whether that's our neighbors, our friends, our community, fellow countrymen, or it's those around the world in places we've never been that need our help, I want t…
    - 13 days ago, 13 Sep 17, 5:54am -
  • Matching Girls Monday: shopping shoes
    You may have noticed how my girls and I almost always wear our Salt Water Sandals throughout the spring, summer, and fall. My oldest has gone through so many pairs of these throughout the years and we just keep buying her the next size up, but this s…
    - 14 days ago, 12 Sep 17, 5:57am -
  • Squamish, BC: experiencing the Sea to Sky Gondola with little ones
    Nothing is better than experiencing the world through the eyes of your children. In their short time on earth, my kids have developed a wanderlust that has encouraged my husband and I to seek out and explore as much of the world as we possibly can wi…
    - 17 days ago, 8 Sep 17, 11:52pm -
  • Back to campus with the lightweight and rugged Altitude Backpack from Solo
    Have a college student that is heading back to campus this year? If so, you're going to want to listen up because I think I found the best backpack ever for college living. Hey, even if you're not buying for college and instead just want a super cool…
    - 18 days ago, 8 Sep 17, 3:48am -

Products & Prizes (Momformation)

  • Traveling with a baby? 5 hotel chains that make it easy
    by Joyce Slaton posted in Products & Prizes Traveling with your baby can be glorious or difficult, but one part that's never fun: dragging all of your baby's stuff along. Even the most storage-heavy cars generally can't handle a stroller, travel crib…
    - 22 Feb 17, 4:54pm -
  • 7 great wet/dry bags and why you need a bunch handy
    by Joyce Slaton posted in Products & Prizes Wet/dry bags (zip-up pouches with a waterproof lining) are one of those parenting accessories you may not realize you need until you get one. Then all of a sudden a million uses occur to you. Naturally, the…
    - 21 Feb 17, 4:17pm -
  • 9 mom-approved cheap birthday party favors
    by Sabrina Garibian posted in Products & Prizes I was going to share a list of birthday party favors NOT to give away at your next party, but wow is that list long! Most moms agree to just say NO to party favors! With that said, kids really love part…
    - 17 Feb 17, 12:23pm -
  • 7 baby-gear knockoffs that look like expensive brands
    by Joyce Slaton posted in Products & Prizes No one wants to use ugly baby gear. But since most baby products, like cribs, highchairs, and car seats, have to pass the same strict safety regulations no matter how upscale or inexpensive they are, the on…
    - 16 Feb 17, 11:32pm -
  • 7 strollers that fold up so easily it's like the whole world smiles
    by Joyce Slaton posted in Products & Prizes Life is hard. Your stroller shouldn't be. Here are 7 strollers that fold up smartly when you want them to, snap to attention when you're ready, and just give you one less thing to worry about. 1. Recaro Eas…
    - 13 Feb 17, 2:00pm -
  • 6 last-minute Valentine's Day surprises for your kids
    by Sabrina Garibian posted in Products & Prizes I think Valentine's Day is dumb but my kids think it's awesome. Their love of all things L.O.V.E. has rubbed off on me and I'm excited to celebrate love with them this year. My oldest even helped make t…
    - 10 Feb 17, 12:55pm -
  • 3 new travel products for parents who have somewhere to go
    by Joyce Slaton posted in Products & Prizes Traveling with kids can be amazing. You're spending long stretches of quality time with your child, showing her new things, having new experiences as a family. But when you leave home, you leave your stuff.…
    - 9 Feb 17, 4:11pm -
  • 15 gorgeous new strollers and car seats you'll see in 2017
    by Joyce Slaton posted in Products & Prizes There's no need to restrict yourself to blah baby gear if what you want are brilliant and sophisticated colors, specialty fabrics, and thoughtful design. Here are some new-and-lovely designs to feast your e…
    - 7 Feb 17, 9:26pm -
  • Making safe sleep work at your house, even at 3 a.m.
    by BabyCenter Guest Blogger posted in Products & Prizes Being a parent is hard. Being an exhausted parent is impossible. When faced with new infant safe sleep recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), many parents want to run for…
    - 6 Feb 17, 7:55pm -
  • 5 things I bought late at night from Amazon Prime
    by Sabrina Garibian posted in Products & Prizes You know you've done it. One day I came home with my three kids to find four gigantic boxes at my front door. Surprised, I opened them and found four adorable kids' chairs. I looked for a gift receipt,…
    - 3 Feb 17, 12:30pm -

Babble (Style)

Little Ones

  • Children’s Books for St. Patrick’s Day
    'Tis lucky to find such a wonderful assortment of children's St. Patrick's Day books! With St. Patrick's Day just around the corner, it's a perfect time to introduce your child to Irish culture. Whether you are Irish or not, it is important an…
    - 9 Mar 15, 12:24pm -
  • Halloween Recipes for Your Little Ghosts and Goblins
    Halloween Recipes Looking to whip up some Halloween fun?  Here are some great Halloween recipes that are perfect for parties, lunch boxes and the entire family.  So gather around the cauldron and cook up some Halloween fun!One of our…
    - 10 Oct 14, 11:34pm -
  • Magic Tree House Children’s Series: Leprechauns in Late Winter
    Leprechauns in Late Winter (Magic Tree House Series), Mary Pope OsbourneJust in time for St. Patrick's Day! Take a trip with Jack & Annie in their magical tree house to learn about Irish culture, traditions and a bit of history too!   Get whisked…
    - 2 Mar 14, 9:06pm -
  • Children’s Valentine’s Day TV Specials 2014
    Enjoy watching children's Valentine's Day TV specials starting on Monday, February 10th on PBS Kids. PBS will be airing a variety of Valentine's Day episodes starring all of your child's favorite PBS characters. Tune in during your regularly schedule…
    - 1 Feb 14, 7:53pm -
  • 2013 Top Holiday Toys For Babies
    We've updated our list of highly recommended and top-notch baby toys from birth-2 years guaranteed to thrill the little ones on your holiday list. Each of these top selling baby toys have won prestigious toy and parenting awards based on quality,…
    - 28 Nov 13, 1:19pm -
  • Thanksgiving Books for Children 2013
    Thanksgiving is an American holiday rich in history and traditions. It is the perfect time to give your children an appreciation for the true meaning behind this special day of thanks. Thanksgiving books & DVDs are wonderful tools to teach childre…
    - 6 Nov 13, 12:53am -
  • Amazon Introduces Kindle Fire HDX and Lower-Priced Kindle Fire HD for Kids
    Amazon has officially announced the new 2013 Kindle Fire HDX and new lower prices for the Kindle Fire HD!  These products keep getting better, and Amazon continues to add features for parents and their kids.  Amazon has improved these kid-friendly…
    - 25 Sep 13, 7:09am -
  • Back to School Basics: The Importance of Routines
    The school year has officially begun. Teachers spend a good amount of time the first few days of class explaining classroom routines as well as their expectations. Why do they do this? In short, it makes the year run smoothly. It helps children know…
    - 14 Sep 13, 10:26pm -
  • Dr. Seuss Classics Are Coming to eBooks!
    Get ready to experience Dr. Seuss like never before! Random House has announced that many of the Dr. Seuss classics like The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham are coming to eBooks starting September 24, 2013. These eBooks will have the same memor…
    - 6 Sep 13, 2:54am -
  • Adorable School Backpacks for Younger Children: Just the Right Size!
      Crocodile Creek has designed a unique and adorable line of backpacks with young children in mind. These colorful and sturdy backpacks are the perfect size for nursery, preschool and kindergarten age children. They are small enough for young chi…
    - 21 Aug 13, 1:55am -

Graco Heart to Heart Blog

  • Graco Santa Hat Giveaway- Official Rules
    GRACO® SANTA HAT GIVEAWAY   OFFICIAL RULES   No Purchase Necessary to Enter or Win.  VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW OR REGULATION. PARTICIPANTS MUST BE 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER AT THE TIME OF ENTRY.  A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND WILL NOT INCR…
    - 6 Nov 15, 12:00pm -
  • 5 Tips for Securing Your Child in a 5-Point Harness
    As many as 7 out of 10 children are not properly buckled in child safety seats (According to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). Follow these easy tips to help your child ride safe!
    - 30 Mar 15, 8:24pm -
  • Precious Cargo
    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle crashes continue to be the leading cause of injury-related death for children ages 1 to 12. Greatly reduce the likelihood of injuries while your little one is in a vehicle by…
    - 30 Mar 15, 8:23pm -
  • Get Inspired in 2015
    Fashion starts early with these cute new Graco styles, inspired by adorable, mom-approved trends. Affinia: Inspired by bold design and cool geometry. Azalea: Inspired by airy flowers and pretty prints. Stratus: Inspired by blue skies and puffy, soft…
    - 15 Jan 15, 6:51pm -
  • Boost Up for Back to School
    It’s that time again – your big kiddos are going back to school! Along with back-to-school shopping for the latest fashions, Sharpie ®markers, Papermate ®pens, Rubbermaid® LunchBlox™ and pencils, you may be gearing up for another back-to-sch…
    - 19 Aug 14, 8:15pm -
  • Graco Recalls the Harness Buckles on Select Infant Car Seats: What You Need to Know
    As some of you may know, we’ve been working with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to address issues that some consumers were having difficulty opening the harness buckles used on select infant car seats. As a result, we ar…
    - 1 Jul 14, 1:01pm -
  • 2014 Baby Bucket List
    Longer days and warmer weather just beg for exploration – and with your little one in tow, there is so much to experience! This Summer, we’ve created our own #BabyBucketList to get you started thinking about all of the fun, new things you can do…
    - 1 Jun 14, 3:01pm -
  • Relay™ Click Connect™ Stroller: Everything You Need for a Run (Except Running Shoes)
    As a parent, it may seem like there’s always more “stuff” you need: more diapers, an extra pacifier, wipes, a change of clothes… And, if you purchase a lot of popular performance joggers on the market, you’ll have to purchase more accessori…
    - 12 May 14, 6:01pm -
  • Keep Your Family Safe: Take Home Messages from a National Safety Meeting
    What’s new in car seat designs and features? How are they becoming easier to use and more protective? What is the real-world side of the new Federal regulations being put in place? Many of these questions were answered at a gathering of safety lead…
    - 9 May 14, 2:00pm -
  • Spring Has Sprung –Time to Spruce Up Your Car Seat!
    It’s no surprise that your little one can make a big mess (it’s a universal fact, as any mom will confirm), so sometimes it’s necessary to deep clean your Graco, particularly your car seat. After a winter full of snack crumbs, sticky little han…
    - 30 Apr 14, 8:22pm -

Rated by Mom

  • freshPlaying When the Power Is Out
    Earlier this year, a severe thunderstorm blew through my town and knocked out the power. (My daughter was taking a bath at the time—talk about freaked out!) As we sat around in the dark realizing just how many things we do require electricity, I wa…
    - 4 hours ago, 26 Sep 17, 5:28am -
  • To the Mother who Put Me in my Place–Thank You
    We all hate when our parenting is called into question, either by a complete stranger or even a close family member. We all hate the judgmental, unsolicited advice. We all hate when other adults try to parent our kid, especially when it’s the oppos…
    - 1 day ago, 25 Sep 17, 3:30am -
  • NEW IPHONE 8 PLUS UNBOXING!!
    NEW IPHONE 8 PLUS UNBOXING!! ***Savannah’s BRAND NEW CHANNEL*** – http://www.youtube.com/TheSavvyLife Subscribe ► http://bit.ly/sub2babygizmo FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM: http://www.instagram.com/juniorgizmo FOLLOW ME ON MUSICAL.LY: @SMS_Gracie Othe…
    - 1 day ago, 24 Sep 17, 11:05pm -
  • TEEN REACTS TO OLD YOUTUBE VIDEOS OF HERSELF! 😂
    TEEN REACTS TO OLD YOUTUBE VIDEOS! Savannah from The Savvy Life and Baby Gizmo reacts to old videos of herself on Youtube as far back as 10 years ago. Yes, we have been on YouTube for a very long time (since the beginning) and it’s funny to go back…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Sep 17, 8:12pm -
  • Stop Apologizing to Unexpected Visitors about your Mess
    “Hey, come on in! Sorry about the mess, it’s been a crazy couple of days. I was going to get to the dishes but then the baby wouldn’t stop screaming unless he had my undivided attention. Here, let me move all those clothes so you can sit down.…
    - 4 days ago, 22 Sep 17, 3:05am -
  • Teacher’s Bread Experiment Shows Importance of Hand Washing
    Back when I was teaching, I loved these types of lessons: the ones where no curriculum or textbook mentions the topic, but it’s a life lesson that kids need to remember. The ones you get to use a visual that emphasizes your point. It’s all part o…
    - 5 days ago, 21 Sep 17, 1:20pm -
  • Hospital Staff Capture Themselves on Camera Mishandling Babies
    It can be an uncomfortable thing to trust your most precious new baby to the hands medical personnel—usually strangers—but we do it. Why? Because they are supposed to be professionals. They are supposed to care for our newborns as delicately as p…
    - 6 days ago, 20 Sep 17, 4:40am -
  • JuJuBe XY Collection Vector Diaper Bag Giveaway
    It’s time for another giveaway, my friends! Yep, like we promised, we have another one of the new JuJuBe XY Collection diaper bags up for grabs. This time one winner will receive the brand new Vector Diaper Bag in the new print “Gene”. This awe…
    - 6 days ago, 19 Sep 17, 11:53pm -
  • Play Dough Fun
    Did you know that there’s a National Play-Doh Day? It takes place each year on September 16th. I may be a little bit late in getting a play dough post out this year, but better late than never! Let’s explore some ways to have fun with play dough.…
    - 7 days ago, 19 Sep 17, 5:04pm -
  • 20+ Oatmeal Toppings That Will Make Back to School Breakfasts Extra Fancy
    Oatmeal is a fall staple. The perfect breakfast to kick off back to school mornings. It is warm, filling, and for many of us, a comfort food. Slowly, but surely, I’m convincing my children that oatmeal is the greatest when it comes to breakfast cho…
    - 9 days ago, 17 Sep 17, 3:05pm -

Stuff Parents Need

  • Changing the World, One Glass of Milk at a Time
    This conversation is sponsored by Heifer International. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.  One of my all-time favorite non-profits is Heifer International. Are you familiar with this amazing organization? It facilitates community deve…
    - 7 days ago, 19 Sep 17, 11:41am -
  • Strategy Games as Teaching Tools for Understanding Other Perspectives
    Recently I was watching my two girls engaged in a board game we were recently sent to review called Crozzit. It’s a very fun game with a simple objective: build an uninterrupted road from one end of the board to the other. The first player to do so…
    - 11 days ago, 15 Sep 17, 6:21pm -
  • Special Birthday Messages on Demand: That’s The Power of Netflix!
    I’m a Netflix Stream Team member, and receive complimentary streaming services. All thoughts and opinions are strictly my own. Did you know that September 16th is the most popular day to be born? Yes, it’s true! The odds are really good that you…
    - 11 days ago, 15 Sep 17, 3:15pm -
  • How to Teach Kids Good Money Habits: A Year-By-Year Guide
    Thanks to PSECU for sponsoring today’s content, and for providing such valuable resources to parents.  Occasionally I find some parenting advice that is so spot-on, and that is put together in such a helpful, that I just print it off and put it so…
    - 14 days ago, 12 Sep 17, 1:56pm -
  • The New Meal Kit Service for the Budget-Conscious: Introducing Dinnerly
    I’ve tried several different meal kit services over the past 2 year years. They all promise to make putting a meal together so much easier for you, and overall, they do deliver on that promise. All of the ingredients you need to put together 2-3 me…
    - 16 days ago, 10 Sep 17, 1:06pm -
  • 5 Reasons Why Chores Are Considered “Part of the Curriculum” Here
    Special thanks to today’s blog post partner, Force of Nature. As always, all thoughts and opinions are completely my own.  Over the past month I’ve been charting a course, of sorts, for our upcoming journey into homeschooling. I’ve spent a lot…
    - 19 days ago, 7 Sep 17, 5:03pm -
  • 5 Ways I Use Cars.Com As Someone Not Looking to Buy or Sell a Vehicle
    Thanks to Cars.com for making today’s post possible. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.  I remember using Cars.com to help us gather information on vehicle makes and models the last time we were shopping for a new (to us) car, which…
    - 25 days ago, 1 Sep 17, 9:23am -
  • Parental Controls on Netflix: How to Enable Them!
    I am a Netflix Stream Team member and as such, receive complimentary streaming service. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.  One of the things I absolutely love about Netflix is the amount of original content they have to offer. These s…
    - 33 days ago, 24 Aug 17, 1:35pm -
  • Physical Education for Homeschool: Lower Elementary Grades
    This week I’ve been getting up early each morning to work on plans for homeschooling, which will begin for the first time for our family in just under a month. One area I’ve been giving some thought to is physical education and what I can do to m…
    - 40 days ago, 17 Aug 17, 5:56pm -

Cool Baby Kid

  • How To Save Money When Buying Prams
    As a first time parent, you are in most cases new to the idea of baby essentials and their cost. The process is however made easier after a few research sessions and advice from family and friends who have been there and done that. When it comes to p…
    - 10 Mar 17, 1:23pm -
  • 3 Ways to Save Money When Shopping For Baby Clothes Through a Catalogue
    More shoppers now purchase baby clothes from UK catalogues. This way, they can spread the cost of their order and have their items delivered to their door. Here are some tips on how to save money on baby clothes when using catalogues. 1. Use a Discou…
    - 28 Feb 17, 1:22pm -
  • Why Teething Toys Are Needed & How They Work
    So, maybe you’ve wondered whether or not teething toys really matter. Are they important? Is it an item worth purchasing in the long list of things that babies’ need? What will a baby do without a teething toy? Not to worry. We have some answers,…
    - 6 Jul 15, 6:53pm -
  • Proper Installation of Booster Seat
    The best protection you could ever give your child whenever you’re inside a car or any transport vehicles such as planes, and trains, is a properly secured child safety seat. Using an age-appropriate child restraint that is properly installed is th…
    - 5 Jul 15, 5:48pm -
  • FAQs About Baby Toys
    Playing with the different kinds of toys is part of a kid’s childhood – without these, it’s like you’ve taken away a big important part of their life. Not only, it is fun and enjoyable, but also it has a lot of benefits to your little one as…
    - 5 Jul 15, 11:19am -
  • Should You Buy A Used Highchair
    Want to have feeding comfort for the infant, high chair becomes essential.One of the many things on a money conscious parent’s mind is the high cost of the essentials for a baby.  Those small, wondrous creatures come with a large price ticket when…
    - 4 Jul 15, 4:29pm -
  • How to Go Eco-friendly Using Cloth Diapers
    Have you considered using cloth diapers, not because it will not cost too much of your money unlike the disposable ones, but because you want to be environment-friendly, and you’re concerned about our Mother Earth? Well, you made the right choice t…
    - 3 Jul 15, 2:24pm -
  • Jogging With Your Infant
    The usual dilemma active parent’s encounter is deciding whether to buy a jogging stroller or not. If you have decided to buy the joggers instead of the regular ones, normally, you’re still lazy and don’t have that enough energy to jog around th…
    - 3 Jul 15, 8:02am -
  • How to Recycle Teething Toys
    Once baby has lost interest in the teething toys and has moved on to other ones, you may be tempted to simply throw the old toys away, but there may be a few ways that the toys can prove useful to you yet. With a bit of creativity, it is possible to…
    - 2 Jul 15, 6:43pm -
  • Baby’s First Tub Bath
    Bathing a baby can absolutely fill a new parent with so much excitement and at the same time anxiety. Of course, you are still not comfortable carrying this little delicate creature, and it kind of feels awkward for you getting her in and out of the…
    - 2 Jul 15, 6:19pm -