Wednesday, April 23, 2014

T is for Teething, A to Z Challenge

As I sit here writing this, I am fairly confident my daughter is cutting her 2 year molars. Or at least she is acting like it. She has started eating her fingers, chewing on her hands and even chewing on her knees.

It seems to strike her randomly, and when it happens she is pretty inconsolable about anything that is considered undesirable to her. For example, she is cruising along and having a swell time, but needs her diaper changed. She doesn't usually like this activity, but will follow me to the diapering area and reluctantly give in. 

During a sore tooth incident she will lose her mind entirely. She will scream bloody murder, smack her arms on the wall and lose her mind entirely. This is usually followed up later with hands in the mouth and drooling. 

Sometimes the drooling starts first. It is certainly not comfy for her. I will give her 



Hyland's Chamomilla, 30X, 250 Tablets (Pack of 3)
or if it is bedtime I will go with ibuprofen to make sure she is able to sleep. She has actually woken up several times over the past few nights, and thinking back, I am pretty sure the ibuprofen had worn off. 


We are still nursing, and during teething times there will be more biting. I can tell you that she used to chomp a lot harder with no teeth, and it was painful, but an errant chomp with teeth doesn't need to be hard to hurt!  I am always surprised, and no matter how much people say not to scream, I haven't learned a way not to. At least now she responds to my screech.

I have heard from a friend that her daughter around the same age cut hers not long ago and it was a nightmare. I am glad this is the last really bad round of this... teething has been so hard on us!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The New Samsung Galaxy S5 is Out! Earn $10 Extra on $50+ Trade-Ins at Gazelle

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Trading in a phone for a new one is sometimes a necessity. If you are considering changing phones, be sure to check out Gazelle to see if there is any value to your old phone. You will be pleasantly surprised that there is!




The New Samsung Galaxy S5 is Out! Earn $10 Extra on $50+ Trade-Ins at Gazelle... Ends 4/30!

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is rumored to be a fan favorite with a faster camera, amazing screen, better battery (not to mention the cool heart rate monitor and fingerprint scanner) and a clear contender for your pocket in 2014. Considering an upgrade? What will you do with your old phone?

For only a few more days, Gazelle is giving an extra $10 on devices traded in valuing $50 or more. This deal comes at a perfect time since the latest upgrades scheduled for multiple smartphones (Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z2, LG G3, etc.) are hitting the market now. Gazelle offers trade-ins for everything from smartphones to laptops to tablets.... the list goes on, so go trade in something old and get some extra cash to buy something new.

 But you had better hurry, because this deal only lasts until April 30th

5% Off SmugMug Professional Subscriptions Until 4/30

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Monday, April 21, 2014

S is for Swimming , A to Z Challenge

Swimming is a lot of fun in Phoenix, assuming you are in the shade anyway.

We have a 10' x 30 Intex Easy Set Pool" with an upgraded pump and we love it. We set it up when the temps get into the 90's or so, and with a cover and diligent cleaning and chlorinating we can usually keep it running for the whole summer.

Monsoons are our enemy no matter what happens. Even the best covers are going to let in some dirt and debris, and usually the monsoon will just rip the cover clean off when the wind is strong enough. Since our pool is pretty small though, we can empty some water and get it back into shape quick enough.

Although we have shade sails over the area where we put the pool we still get a lot of sun on it. We have to be certain to sweep and such often. If we are swimming a lot it isn't as big of a deal.

We do need to watch it on super hot streaks- 110 is brutal on the chlorine levels. Keeping the chemistry can be tricky. When it is that hot though, we let out water and run in some cooler water. Getting into a pool that is 100 is not that soothing though, so mostly we stay out of it, and even if we do get in, it is after the sun goes down.

We aren't quite ready to get it up and running yet. The 90's are about to be our regular temperature, but I am not ready. The toddler will love it, and will want to be in it constantly once it goes up!

Origin Studio Wallet Giveaway

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I am pretty excited to be able to host a green giveaway today. This one is a company that makes green products that are useful for every day use. I have never seen anything quite like this product. It is a green wallet! If you are in the market for a wallet and like to do green shopping, this is the item for you- enter below!

The Go Mamas Welcomes you to the 

Origin Studio Wallet Giveaway 


http://www.originstudio.com/



The GO Mamas have a wonderful, exciting opportunity with Origin Studios, just for our blog, they are giving away 2 wallets per week, for
5 weeks to our readers! WOOT WOOT!



That means that you get to try 5 times to win 2 awesomely designed ecofriendly wallets of your choice!







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The winner would choose 2 designs of their choice, of the 5 styles available.


Hosted by: The Go Mamas
Sponsored by: Origin Studio Wallets


A special thank you goes out to our Sponsor and Co-Hosts. 

Please kindly visit their pages above.






 We at Green Organic Mamas support the handmade and small business
community, and promote the importance of buying handmade goods. We hope
you will also!
 
Giveaway Details:

Open to US residents
Giveaway (Week 1): 4/21/14 - 4/28/14)


The winner would choose 2 designs of their choice, of the 5 styles available. 

Click the link below for your opportunity to win TWO (2) Origin Studio Wallets
Enter the giveaway on the form below





Remember that ALL entries are optional and each entry only increases your chance of winning. You are under no obligation to enter this giveaway.



Disclosure: This giveaway is
not associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google or any of
their affiliates. The Go Mamas may have received the products mentioned
above for their honest opinion. Participating bloggers received no
compensation for this publication. The opinions expressed by The Go Mamas are their own, and may differ from yours or this blog's. The Sponsor listed above is responsible for prize fulfillment or shipment.


Ola! Foods Granola Giveaway

We try to eat healthy here at Itzybellababy, but sometimes we just want something that feels like a snack. Granola can often fit the bill for us. It can be sweet and yummy and satisfy that urge! We also like to eat something that comes from a company we respect and feel good about- this is on!

The Go Mamas Welcomes you to the 
Ola! Foods Granola Giveaway

Hosted by: The Go Mamas Sponsored by: Ola! Foods 

Ola's provides simply delicious, addictive flavors to their granola, making small handmade batches of goodness. Plus the company is charitable to boot!

 Read More in The Go Mamas Ola Granola review

We at The GO Mamas support the handmade and small business community, and promote the importance of buying handmade goods. We hope you will also!



Giveaway Details:



One Winner will win their own 9oz bags in four flavors, and a tray each of Ola! 9 pack trays of 1oz Grab-n-Go Singles in two of their flavors. (ARV $58.00)



This giveaway ends 05/5/2014
Open to US residents
Enter the giveaway on the form below


Disclosure: This giveaway is not associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google or any of their affiliates. The Go Mamas may have received the products mentioned above for their honest opinion. Participating bloggers received no compensation for this publication. The opinions expressed by The Go Mamas are their own, and may differ from yours or this blog's. This blog is not responsible for prize fulfillment or shipment.


Tea Collection's Friends & Family Sale: 20% Off Everything

The clothing at Tea collection is so beautiful. I am personally loving this swimwear collection in purple. We always have our daughter in a rash guard to keep more of her covered from the sun, and it is awesome to have a choice of one or 2 piece suits to match! With these deals it is a great time to pick up the swimwear for summer!







Tea Collection's Friends & Family Sale: 20% Off Everything
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Nothing better than spreading love to friends and family, and that is just what Tea Collection is doing! For just two days only (4/22 and 4/23) you can receive 20% off everything on Tea Collection during their Friends & Family Sale. Take advantage of the sale and pick up twirly dresses, colorful Tees and sweet baby items for summer. Also check out Tea's new sporty selection of swimsuits for your little water bug. Feel free to tell your friends and family, because there is always enough Tea Collection love to go around. 

R is for Rooster, A to Z Challenge

The other day I set my phone alarm for something or other. I have a rooster ringtone, and it amuses me greatly. It is what I use for an alarm clock for waking up on the rare occasions when I need to wake up at a certain time.

So one day this week, the toddler wanted to let the dog out. I was working on something, so I didn't want to lose my train of thought, so I told the toddler that I would let the dog out when she heard the rooster. She didn't entirely understand what I meant, but she went with it. When the rooster crowed, she squealed and we let the dog out.

The next day she wanted to let the dog out and she tells me she wants to hear the rooster. It has become a thing now, when I tell her we need to wait for something. It cracks me up. I love how she puts things together now, it makes the day so much fun!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Reed & Barton Gingham Bear Baby Water Globe Gift Review + Giveaway

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
When you think of classic baby gifts, it is hard not to envision products like silver spoons, beautiful picture frames and snow globes. At least that is how I feel.

I was asked to review an item from  Reed & Barton and I was pretty excited. I was asked to select an item from the gingham collection. It was a pretty easy choice for me. My daughter loves water and snow globes, and she also likes music. 
Gingham Bear Waterglobe
I also wanted to have her help select the item, so I showed her the pink bunny and the blue bear. She picked the bear, so that was what I got. ( In know- blue is for boys, but we are not a pink family here- and the globe doesn't SAY boy or girl on it;)

Here is the item description from their page:

"Rotating to the soothing tune of Brahms' Lullaby, the Gingham Bear Waterglobe from Reed & Barton is sure to delight baby boys. The Gingham Bear sits amidst sparkling glitter, while the silverplated base spells B-A-B-Y in soft enameled colors. Elegantly packaged for gift-giving. Part of the Gingham Bear Collection.
  • Adorable Gingham Bear revolves with music
  • Plays: Brahms' Lullaby
  • H. 6 1/2""


The package arrived very quickly to our home. It was in a solid well packed box, with the item boxed in styrofoam to protect it. It was in perfect condition. It is a heavy piece between the metal, glass and water so it is important that it was protected during shipping.

When I opened it, my daughter squealed in delight. She really wanted to run around the house with it, but of course I didn't let her. I managed to get it back without too much fuss to show her it also played music. She was really excited now. 

We have a few other snow and water globes for the holidays. I have paid varying amounts of money for them, but I would say that the craftmanship and quality on this product is much higher. Clearly these are meant to stay with a child for years, and be passed on to the next generation when the child grows up. I can see her delighting in this for years, and then reflecting fondly as an adult of when she used to play with it. 


Reed and Barton  was kind enough to offer my readers a giveaway of a bear waterglobe. 




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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Pretty Mommies Maternity Skin Care Review and Giveaway

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
I was recently offered the chance to review Pretty Mommies Maternity Skin Care products. Now don't get excited, I am not pregnant, however, I am still nursing my daughter, and my skin is still all weirded out from the hormones. I struggle with a skin regimen that works. I was VERY happy to try this.



Here is the collection I was sent.





Let's Be Clear Facial Cleanser - 4 ounces






Truth Be Told Skin Brightener - 2 ounces 






Protect & Reflect SPF 30 - 2 ounces





Here is the info they sent me:


"Pretty Mommies Maternity Skin Care is safe, all natural and highly effective.  It is the #1 Physician Recommended Pregnancy Skin Care Line.  Our three-step system covers all the basis of a comprehensive skin regimen, delivering measurable results.

Let's Be Clear Facial Cleanser - 4 ounces, 

Truth Be Told Skin Brightener - 2 ounces 
Protect & Reflect SPF 30 - 2 ounces.

ALL PRETTY MOMMIES PRODUCTS ARE
´ PABA FREE
´ Formaldehyde FREE
´ Paraben FREE
´ Fragrance FREE
´ Phthalate FREE
´ Dimethicone FREE
´ Petroleum FREE
´ Ammonium FREE
´ Sulfate FREE 
´ Phenoxyethanol FREE
´ Oxybenzone FREE
´ Colorant (Coal Tar Dye) FREE"






Here is a picture of my skin before I used the products. Not terribly inspiring.




I followed a basic washing process with the cleanser. It smelled really great. I think I smell oranges and I like that a lot. 







Here is my skin after the cleanser and brightener


I was a little warm after being caged in the bathroom with the baby, but the skin is looking good.
I was not sure what to expect with this product, but my skin looks clear and clean.


Finally, the most important part of this regimen. During pregnancy your body is very sensitive to spots and again from the sun. (melasma -hyperpigmentation) A sunscreen is a great way to protect your skin and still get outside.  No harsh or weird chemicals here- this is a zinc based cream, which is a physical block as opposed to a chemical reaction like "regular" sunscreen.







Here I am after the sunscreen application. You cannot see it, and that is great!

Overall I am pretty satisfied with this skin care system. I love the lack of toxic chemicals in the products. I had no rashes or reactions to any of the three- and that is actually pretty unusual for my skin. I used it quite a few days in a row to make sure it was a trend, and my skin was looking great.  Zinc sunscreens may feel a little different on your face if you are not used to them, and this one is no exception. However, you will want to use this during pregnancy. You need that coverage! You don't need chemicals. 

I found a lot of useful information on their website. Each product is described, and then the ingredients are described too- with almond oil, orange oil etc- it is easy to understand what you are putting on your skin. I wanted to know EVERYTHING about anything I put on my skin when I was pregnant. I was really careful about exposing my daughter to anything nasty.

I will be very happy to keep using this once I am done nursing (whenever that is) so don't feel like this is just for these times. The products are solid on their own, and I think if you stop using them your skin will feel sad!

Thanks so much to Pretty Mommies for letting me try these products! They would like to share some product with you- enter to win!




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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.