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Rave and Review

  • Potluck star: Jalapeño and lime black bean dip
    Having a large family living in close proximity is truly amazing. The kids have built-in best friends, I am never lacking for friends to hang out with or to help with kiddos, and when we all get together it's always a huge party. I wouldn't trade it…
    - 9 days ago, 15 Jul 17, 12:51am -
  • Fit frozen desserts from Arctic Zero
    Wouldn't you love to have dessert any time you like without sabotaging your healthy diet? It's actually possible with Arctic Zero frozen desserts. Now you can enjoy all the flavor and sweetness you love without all the fat and calories - yes, really.…
    - 10 days ago, 14 Jul 17, 8:04pm -
  • Sharing our love of Cars 3 {Fandango and Cars gift pack giveaway from Autotrader}
    For the past few years, we've been mega fans of the Disney-Pixar Cars franchise. It started when my son saw the first movie when we was tiny and he was so smitten with things that go and the fact that the films gave backstories and personalities to h…
    - 11 days ago, 13 Jul 17, 6:30am -
  • Matching Girls Monday: advice from a matching girls mom
    Want to know my absolute best advice for matching clothing for siblings? Here it is: Buy two outfits for the little one. Why, you ask? I found out the hard way that babies grow a heck of a lot faster than their older siblings do. Having to pack away…
    - 14 days ago, 10 Jul 17, 5:43pm -
  • American Girl debuts Create Your Own dolls and accessories this July
    Having blond hair and blue eyes as a child meant that just about every doll looked kinda like me. I never had to search the toy shelves or special order a doll just to find one that I could relate to, and I never really realized how lucky that made m…
    - 14 days ago, 9 Jul 17, 8:52pm -
  • Summer loving with Entenmann's Little Bites {prize pack giveaway}
    Entenmann’s® Little Bites® provided us with information, coupons to redeem product, and a gift card so that we could try the new muffins and share our thoughts with our readers. As always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% our own and do not ref…
    - 17 days ago, 7 Jul 17, 5:57am -
  • Matching Girls Monday: Happy Fourth of July!
    This was our first Matching Girls Fourth, ever. They also wore these same dresses last year even though they were a bit short, so I just added leggings. This year? I totally blew it on Fourth outfits, so they will just be rocking one of their normal…
    - 20 days ago, 4 Jul 17, 6:10am -
  • Flower Fairies add whimsy and fun to any fairy garden
    Fairy gardens are serious business at our house. Just ask our neighborhood kids whom my daughter has fully convinced that fairies live in our garden. We currently have a gorgeous backyard fairy garden that is out from spring to fall, which is where m…
    - 21 days ago, 3 Jul 17, 1:24am -
  • Corolle dolls are adventure-ready
    Our vacations almost always include water, which isn't that surprising considering we're literally surrounded by water here in the Pacific Northwest. The one problem with spending so much time at the beach and lake is that there are certain things th…
    - 23 days ago, 1 Jul 17, 1:08am -
  • Matching Girls Monday: hello, summer!
    I remember the glorious summer days of my youth spent pedaling around the neighborhood from morning until night. Days spent running from house to house and only stopping home to eat and grab swimsuits. I'm trying to give my kids a similar summer, and…
    - 26 days ago, 28 Jun 17, 12:40am -

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

  • fresh“Flybraries”Are a Thing Now, Thanks to EasyJet Airlines
    The mission: to get books into the hands of more children and teens in order to foster a love of reading, expand imagination and provide positive entertainment. EasyJet Airline: Accepted and accomplished! The awesome European airline, EasyJet, launch…
    - 2 hours ago, 24 Jul 17, 6:41am -
  • freshDNCE “CAKE BY THE OCEAN” PARODY Family Music Video Spoof Featuring GOLD SLIME
    DNCE “CAKE BY THE OCEAN” PARODY Family Music Video Spoof Featuring GOLD SLIME ***Savannah’s BRAND NEW CHANNEL*** – http://www.youtube.com/TheSavvyLife Subscribe ► http://bit.ly/sub2babygizmo FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM: http://www.instagram.com/…
    - 14 hours ago, 23 Jul 17, 6:54pm -
  • 5 Year Old Given Hefty Fine for Selling Lemonade
    Take a drive and count how many kids have set up their own little lemonade stand on the corners of their neighborhoods. It’s basically a rite of passage within our childhoods, isn’t it? I remember doing my own stand with my best friend and feelin…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Jul 17, 3:57pm -
  • The Sacrifice of Motherhood: Why I Won’t Give Up Every Last Piece of Myself Anymore
    Sacrifice is something we all do, every day, in big and small ways, no matter our parental status. So why do mothers shoulder the ultimate sacrificial role? Mothers get so caught up in the giving, giving, giving that comes so naturally in this role t…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Jul 17, 4:38am -
  • 5 Shows to Binge Watch (and 5 to Skip) During Rough Late Night Hours
    When you have a baby, you’re basically signing up for late nights with little sleep for the first 3-4 months, maybe more. The long nursing sessions and then the intricate dance you perform to get the baby back to sleep will take anywhere from 20 mi…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Jul 17, 2:47pm -
  • Mom Tells Kid: No Perfect Attendance Award for You
    I just came across a post titled: “Why my son won’t be accepting his 100% attendance award.” When I read the title, I swear my eyes rolled so hard that I could see the back of my skull. I thought back to my own time in elementary school in the…
    - 4 days ago, 19 Jul 17, 10:57pm -
  • $10 TARGET CHALLENGE | The Savvy Life
    $10 TARGET CHALLENGE. Lots of people have requested this challenge, and it was a little harder than I expected to buy a bunch of things for under $10 for my friend Hannah. Watch the video and see what we picked out for each other and me know in the c…
    - 5 days ago, 19 Jul 17, 8:00pm -
  • Baby Names Inspired By Nature
    When it comes to baby names, I’ve always been a dreamer. During my elementary school days, I fell in love with the name Chrysanthemum. I just knew that someday I’d gift a daughter that amazingly long and beautiful name inspired by nature. Alas, I…
    - 5 days ago, 19 Jul 17, 4:05am -
  • Pregnant News Anchor Body Shamed For Her Maternity Clothing Choice
    “I’m pregnant, hormonal, currently not allowed to drink wine, and feeling extra in touch with my feminist side.” That’s what 27-year-old reporter, Laura Warren of Augusta, Georgia wrote on her personal blog after a TV viewer left her a scathi…
    - 6 days ago, 18 Jul 17, 12:00pm -
  • 13 Delicious Hot Dog Recipes
    Last month was National Fruits and Vegetables Month: a great way to celebrate seasonal produce. This month, though, things get all summer-official because July is National Hot Dog Month with National Hot Dog Day on July 19th! So of course I’m going…
    - 6 days ago, 18 Jul 17, 4:42am -

Stuff Parents Need

  • Have Netflix, Will Travel
    Friends, I’m currently enjoying life on a different continent, spending 25 blissful days in beautiful Switzerland with my family. I’m seeing some of the most gorgeous landscapes that the world has to offer and I’m doing a whole lot of unpluggin…
    - 5 days ago, 19 Jul 17, 12:57pm -
  • Is There a Veterinarian in the House? The Perfect Kit for the Vet-in-Training
    I think a love of animals is a very common thing for children to have. Both of my girls currently state that one of their career goals is to become veterinarians. My youngest is still holding out hope that she can physically transform into a tiger, b…
    - 6 days ago, 18 Jul 17, 3:46am -
  • Following the 80/20 Principle for Saving Money on Groceries
    Are you familiar with the 80/20 rule (also known as the Pareto Principle)? It states that 80% of the effects experienced comes from just 20% of the causes. Let me give you a simple example: most people wear only about 20% of the items in their closet…
    - 14 days ago, 10 Jul 17, 9:53am -
  • How to Make Friends: 3 Strategies to Teach Your Children
    Please enjoy today’s guest post on the topic of teaching kids how to reach out and make friends, which is a critical life skill!  Top Three Ways for Kids to Show They Want to Be Friends By Eileen Kennedy-Moore, PhD Maybe you’ve heard your child…
    - 16 days ago, 8 Jul 17, 9:03am -
  • Keep Slowing Down. You’ve Got a Race to Lose
    I’ve been listening to the audio book version of blogger Erin Loechner‘s book, Chasing Slow, over the past week, and it has been giving me so much food for thought as Tim and I have decided to make some big shifts in how we do this whole life thi…
    - 17 days ago, 7 Jul 17, 9:01am -
  • The Must Have Guidebook for Chattanooga
    Affiliate links may be included at no cost to you. All thoughts and opinions are my own, as always. Last week I completely devoured a new book that was sent to me to review called 100 Things to Do in Chattanooga Before You Die, written by Alexi Ruth…
    - 21 days ago, 3 Jul 17, 1:32pm -
  • 5 Reasons Why Amber Teething Necklaces Are Amazing
    Thanks to Jen Sanders for partnering with me for today’s post. I wish I had known about amber teething necklaces when my little ones were teething, and it’s cool to learn that it’s actually not too late to get great benefits from them! Have you…
    - 25 days ago, 29 Jun 17, 3:35pm -
  • 6 Important Tips to Keep Pests Out of Your House While You Vacation
    Thanks to Arrow Exterminators for partnering with me for today’s post. I love being a customer of this company and give them my highest endorsement!  My “to do before summer vacation” list is starting to get really long, despite feeling like I…
    - 26 days ago, 28 Jun 17, 9:42am -
  • Education Options for the Stressed Out Family (and Our Surprising Choice)
    Grab your beverage of choice, friend, and sit with me for a minute, because I’ve got some news to share with you about some exciting changes happening with my family. Goodness knows I’ve got my iced coffee by my side as I take deep breaths and wr…
    - 34 days ago, 20 Jun 17, 4:27pm -

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 -