Healthy Family Giveaway

Willy B Mum is excited to partner with Mommy Scene to celebrate Autumn and the launch of a new product — Sudsy Dough moldable soap. What better way to celebrate than with a Healthy Family Giveaway featuring some great family focused products. Be sure to check out the Sudsy Dough Kickstarter Campaign and all the other prizes below and enter to win.

Heathy Family Giveaway Prizes - Mommy Scene

Sudsy Dough
Prize: 2 tubs of Sudsy Dough moldable bath soap, 12 ounces each

0915healthy-family-sudsy-doughSudsy Dough is an interactive bath toy that doubles as a moldable scented dough and a cleansing sensory soap! Sudsy Dough is a mom made product, created to make bath time fun for her own daughter. Children can squeeze and squish Sudsy Dough in the bath, rub it on as a cleansing body wash, or take it outside the tub and make custom shapes that will dry into soaps. Each ball also has a surprise bath toy hidden inside. Sudsy Dough is offering some great rewards to thank their kickstarter supporters — all deliverable before the holidays for a great gift.

Piggy Paint Hug Life Gift Set & SOPHI Nail Polish
Prize: Hug Life Gift Set with 3 shades of non-toxic nail polish including Let’s Flamingle, Wild Child, and Periwinkle Little Star & 2 shades of SOPHi natural nail polish for adults plus SOPHi’s PRIME + SHINE + SEAL System

0915healthy-family-piggy-paintPiggy Paint is a natural, eco-friendly nail polish for kids. It’s non-toxic, hypoallergenic formula makes it safe to use on all piggies. Piggy Paint dries to a hard, durable finish that can easily be removed with the eco-friendly, low odor Piggy Paint nail polish remover. Both are made in the USA! See more at piggypaint.com

SOPHi is a natural nail polish in SOPHisticated colors for adults. These polishes are virtually odorless, eco-friendly, hypoallergenic, and made in the USA. SOPHi is free of all harsh chemicals and does not cause nails to yellow or become brittle. See more at sophinailpolish.com

Baby Comfy Care
Prize: Baby Comfy Deluxe Safety Nail Clipper

0915healthy-family-baby-comfy-careThe patented single-blade design of Baby Comfy Nail won’t cut baby’s skin. Baby Comfy Nail Deluxe safety clippers have only one blade! The bottom flat plastic ledge pushes baby’s skin out-of-the-way while the top blade cuts the nail… and only the nail. The unique ergonomic design and larger size makes it easier to hold and operate safely, protecting from cutting too closely to the sensitive nail bed. See more at babycomfycare.com

Leaf Therapeutic
Prize: Leaf Skin Therapy Lotion – 2 ounces

0915healthy-family-leaf-therapeuticLeaf Skin Therapy Lotion features a formula that is both hydrating and healing for damaged skin, without using toxic preservatives. Leaf Skin Therapy Lotion uses natural and safe (and expensive!) fermented radish root and golden seal extract. It is safe enough to use on babies and, although this lotion was specially designed for people with eczema and other dry skin conditions, it works great on normal skin, too. Best of all, it has an extremely low toxicity rating on the Environmental Working Group website. If you are looking for an hydrating, hypoallergenic, unscented lotion, this is the lotion for you! See more at leaftherapeutic.com

Little Standout
Prize: 100% Silicone Diamond Teething Toy

0915healthy-family-little-standoutAdd a little bling to your day with Little Standout’s 100% silicone Diamond Teether! Made for tiny hands and achy gums, this silicone teether is non-toxic and free of BPA, PVC, phthalates, lead, cadmium and all that other yucky stuff you don’t want to see your baby putting into their mouth. It is dishwasher safe, making them super easy to clean. See more at littlestandout.com

Young Living
Prize: One Bottle of OrthoEase massage oil, one Oola Book + samples from Young Living

0915healthy-family-young-livingOrthoEase massage oil soothes and warms tired and stressed bodies, helping to combat the damaging effects of everyday activities. With a calming blend of oils, it will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed. OrthoEase contains: coconut oil, wintergreen, peppermint, juniper, eucalyptus, lemongrass, marjoram, thyme, vetiver, sweet almond oil, and olive oil.

Baby Buddy
Prize: Baby Buddy 360 Toothbrush (Step 1 & Step 2)

0915healthy-family-baby-buddyThe Baby Buddy 360 degree toothbrush is truly innovative – it is the world’s first 360 degree designed toothbrush. Developed in the Osaka University Dental Hospital of Japan, it has unparalleled cleaning power thanks to over 10,000 micro fine bristles – 10 times more than the average toothbrush. Works great for cleaning the tongue and for massaging gums. Available as Step 1 for ages 4 months of age through 24 months of age, and as Step 2 for 2 years of age through 12 years of age. See more at Smile4BabyBuddy.com

Genesis 950
Prize: Gallon of Genesis 950 & spray bottle

0915healthy-family-genesis950Genesis 950 is a green, all-purpose cleaner that makes cleaning your home safe. Free of harsh chemicals working as a concentrate with water to break the bonds of stains by making them water-soluble. When a stain becomes water-soluble, it can then be broken down and flushed from the surface. In doing so it removes the toughest stains and biggest messes. genesis950.com

Babycook Pro
Prize: Babycook Pro Original Baby Food Maker, prize color may vary – winner may be able to select preferred color if in stock

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The babycook pro is the original baby food maker. It makes almost 5 cups of food in a sleek, patented counter top appliance that steam cooks, blends and reheats all-in-one. Steam cooking locks in vitamins and nutrients, a multi-purpose mixing blade provides just the right texture, the timer has an audible alert to tell you when meals are ready, and all of this with total one-handed operation. This appliance has helpful features making any parent a “pro” in baby food preparation. See more at beabausa.com

Sip & Spin
Prize: Sip & Spin Straw Cup

0915healthy-family-sip-n-spinThe Sip & Spin straw cup has a unique fun-factor – a pin wheel in the lid that spins as you sip. Playful artwork on the pin wheel disc coördinates with the cup art, creating an engaging drinking experience for your child. The racing trucks and soaring butterflies can encourage playing kids to take a water break, cheer up and hydrate. As parents, we know what a pain it can be to clean kids’ cups, so we made sure all the components come apart easily for cleaning and are dishwasher safe. The Sip & Spin straw cup is a cute gift and a fun way to keep kids hydrated… Hydration Motivation! See more at nuspinkids.com

kidSTAT
Prize: kidSTAT First Aid Kit

0915healthy-family-kid-statkidSTAT was created with active children in mind. This kit is equipped with hospital-grade products to treat the most common childhood emergencies: aches+sprains, bites+burns, and cuts+scrapes. kidSTAT has easy-to-follow, first-aid instructions to reassure you when your child is in distress. Together with “red flags” warnings on when to seek medical attention, this comprehensive kit was designed by moms, who just happen to be ER doctors. See more at threemommydoctors.com

Pacific Baby
Prize: Natural Feeding Starter Set – Green

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Made from Natural Bamboo. Safe & Healthy. Machine Washable and Biodegradable. pacificbabyworld.com

Yummi Pouch
Prize: Yummi Pouch Brights Reusable Food Pouches

0915healthy-family-yummi-pouchYummi Pouch Brights (Set of 4) combine style and convenience in an eco-friendly container you can fill with homemade smoothies and blended snacks! Easy to fill and clean through the top zipper opening and enjoyed by drinking from the side spout, Yummi Pouch reusable food pouches are great for kids taking healthy snacks on the go. Includes set of 4 assorted patterns. See more at revelae.com

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Eco-Bonk toy for the win

The Eco-Bonk is a classic take on an old-school toy, with a modern green twist. Created by a mother of 2 boys, it is durable and long-lasting, providing hours of entertainment for your Little One. It encourages physical activity, while enhancing balance and reaction time. Not forgetting, strategic thinking and so much laughter.

Eco Bonk ToysSo, what is it?

Sometimes the simple things in life are often the best, and this is surely so with the free-standing Eco Bonk. At 36 inches tall, the toy it is weighted with dry rice (beans work too) inside the bottom of it to keep it stable. When knocked down, it bounces right back up again – it is that simple.

My 4-year-old Son is always trying to figure out, how to win over his Eco-Bonk! So far, no luck, but I love his enthusiasm.

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This toy is perfect for a child who has boundless energy, and for a parent who is looking for an outlet to help get some of that energy out! I also like it because during long winters here in New York City, living in an apartment with no outdoor space, the Eco Bonk is a really nice thing to have up your sleeve when you cannot go outside.

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Things you need to know

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This Eco Bonk has a removable plush cover

The Eco Bonk has to be set up once it arrives to you, however it is a little bit of a different scenario to your average toy! You have to fill up the bag with dry rice or beans first, and then blow the toy up. Depending on which kind you buy, you will place the plush character cover on top of the plastic cover or, the plastic cover will have the character image embedded on it.

The Eco-Bonk comes in fun characters like the wildlife series which has an owl, whale, gibbon and bear. Or the real life hero series, which has a soldier, a doctor and a fireman.

By the way, the Eco Bonk is not just for children, my husband (for example) loves playing with it too. Hearing this call, maker of the toy, Pueri Elemental, are hip to this by offering more adult-like Bops. Highlighting the political frenzy for the presidential place here in the United States next year, they are offering hilarious characters like Donald Trump, Hilary Clinton, Marco Rubio and President Obama. If you have ever felt like knocking one of these guys down, here is your chance.

Additionally, there is a custom option, upload your own design to be made into an Eco Bonk – love this idea!

Jackson the Eco Bonk bearThe Eco Bonk is made in the United States from ingredients that do not contain phthalates and Bisphenol A (BPA). There are 2 varieties of the toy – one kind is made completely with recycled plastic, and the other is made with a plush cover which goes over a recycled plastic cover. The plush covered toys are really easy to clean, just throw it in your washing machine with warm water on your fragile setting.

Where can you find one?

Head over to newly launched, Twined.com being a thoughtful website, where you can discover reviews from people you trust (like Willy B Mum). If you like what you read, you can then express interest in buying that product, not just the Eco Bonk, but a whole range of sort-out
goodies, with pricing discounts eventually
being unlocked to you. Go You!

We hope you enjoy the Eco Bonk as much as we do in our home. Thanks for stopping by Willy B Mum.

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The Learning Tower, love it so much we have 2

The Learning Tower, is one of those must-have items that I always recommend to parents of a toddler-ish aged child. It is not so known, as say a stroller or a crib, but it should be. It is a clever invention which helps children “join in” on grown-up activities, or on its own is a safe and sturdy contraption where a child can spend time enjoying activities. My 5-year-old Son, has used his since he was 2 years of age, and he is still happily spending time in it.

So, what is it?

The Learning Tower is a confined and easily adjustable platform, which elevates children to the perfect height, where one can take part in play with confidence and security. My Son, particularly loves to stand and eat in his. He also enjoys helping me in the kitchen cooking, and just observing the chores I do like wash the dishes.  Unfortunately, he is not helping me do the dishes yet – ha!

in his learning towerSurely, this tower is well used in our kitchen. Being a passionate foodie family with dietary requirements, my husband and I have encouraged and taught our Son about healthy foods, how to prepare them and where food comes from, since he was quite young.

Being a Stay At Home Mum having to find activities to fill the days, this helpful piece of furniture, has allowed me to expose him to a whole range of exciting and educational culinary experiences, all while letting me concentrate on my part. It sure makes it a lot easier to get through a recipe, without worrying about whether my Son is going to fall or slip off an alternate option, like a chair for example.

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  • It comes in a variety of colors including – natural, soft white, red and green. We have the white one, which over the years has accumulated growing stains which are challenging to remove. This is probably the only downer you will read here, and I am sure it only occurs with the white one. If you are worried about this, I suggest going with a different color
  • It is finished in a non-toxic lead-free paint, and is made from the wood of the birch tree, all natural
  • It grows with your Little One, being recommended for ages 18 months of age and up, until 6 years of age
  • The platform is easy to move up and down, adapting with your child’s body size
  • photo-3-1It is sturdy with a 4 sided railing and an ample 15″ by 18″ platform which offers a ton of support, this also assures that your child can independently climb in and out of the tower safely
  • It is an affordable piece of furniture, which is long-lasting and, I think, worth every cent at around $200 USD mark
  • It is reasonably lightweight and easy to move around from place to place, just be careful not to place it down on your toes, my husband has done this a few times – not pretty
  • You can purchase fun add-ons like an attachable art easel with a blackboard and white board. And, a one piece playhouse cover, to open up the magical world of imaginative play

So, what else do you need to know?

The helpful piece of furniture does need to be assembled by human hands, yes alas it arrives in a big box with many pieces. However, speaking from experience, it is really easy to do. I have put together 2 of them, with the help of my then 2-year-old child. In fact, I turned that whole experience into a fun activity too.

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One of the things I am appreciative for, is that this has given Miles Storm and I so many opportunities to bond together while engaging in learning experiences. Being a Mum, you learn pretty quickly that the days are long but overall time flies by, and these simple little moments like making kiwi-fruit covered icy poles or placing vegetables on a roasting tray, are actually really B-I-G moments. I am not sure I would have been able to spend so much time in the kitchen doing the things we do on a day-to-day basis, without the Learning Tower. It boosts creativity and confidence; not just in a child, in a parent too.

 

Get it!

Head over to newly launched, Twined.com being a thoughtful website, where you can discover reviews from people you trust (like Willy B Mum). If you like what you read, you can then express interest in buying that product, not just The Learning Tower but a whole range of sort-out goodies , with pricing discounts eventually being unlocked to you. Go You!

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$400 Medela breast pump giveaway

Medela Breast Pump Giveaway

Medela recycles and you win! This program encourages Mothers who have finished using their pumps to recycle them through a special program so that Mothers-in-need, with babies in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) have access to a pump to aid in nourishing their infants.

Each pump Medela received through this program supports the donation of new hospital-grade, multi-use breast pump which is then supplied to charity. Specifically women who have newborns in the NICU unit who have moved out of the hospital, and are nearby in an out-care facility to be close to their baby. The goal is to provide Mothers with the same high-quality equipment they used at the hospital during their stay, being one less thing to worry about it, in an already stressful time.

Returning my breast pump

Returning my breast pump

I returned my breast pump this week and it was so easy. All you have to do, is pull your pump apart, recycling with your rubbish provider the tubes and suction cups. Take the actual pump part, and put just that in a box. Keep the carrying bag if you have one. Print your free-postage prepaid slip on the Medela website HERE, and then drop it off to your post office to be on its way to help another Mother in need.

Medela has so far, received 4270 pumps from people like you and me, who have sent them back to be recycled.

I was so happy when I read about this program, as I just could not bear to throw my old breast pump in the rubbish to go into a landfill. Not to mention, this simple act of returning it, and knowing that it is going to help another Mother has put a huge smile on my face.

If you are interested in recycling your pump you can read more HERE.

Otherwise, it is ……

GIVEAWAY TIME

We are giving away a brand new Medela Freestyle Pump worth around $400.
Entries close on August 3rd 2015, and is open to US residents only.
Spread the word, and Good – Luck!

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Sleeping with the wolves, upstate New York

If you are looking for something unique and different to do with your children in New York, look no further than heading upstate to South Salem, to spend a night camping under the stars, at the New York Wolf Conservation Center. Here, you will be up close and personal with these majestic critically endangered creatures, which is an experience like no other. On top of all of this, It is a wonderful opportunity, to encourage understanding in children of how to live in harmony with nature and animals.

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Last summer, my husband and I took our then 3-year-old Son to camp overnight on a nocturnal adventure with Mexican Gray and Red Wolves, and he loved it! As you can imagine, me being such an animal-lover I was very excited about the opportunity too, and it is something that I highly recommend as a must-do activity in the New York State area.

Sleeping with the Wolves, which promotes wolf conservation by teaching about wolves and their role in our world, is offered from the warmer months of July through October, and fills up fast. The night we were there, I met people who had booked well in advance and had traveled from other countries to be up close with the wolves. Given, they were hardcore wolf fans, however the point is, is that it is a good idea to plan in advance.

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The cost is $285 for a tent which sleeps comfortably 4 people, and this is set up in advance for your arrival. However, you must bring your own bedding. The event starts at 6PM, and you are cordially asked to leave the next morning by 8.30AM. Once you are settled in, you are free to walk the property and view the wolves, from behind a fence! I was under the impression that we would actually get to interact with the wolves, like pet them, however as it was pointed out to me, they are wild animals and the caretakers do try to keep them in as natural as a habitat as they possibly can. Fair enough.

Attachment-1The evening is broken down, into firstly a welcome and educational talk by one of the caretakers, which includes a Q&A time. Food is then served (included in the cost), being pizza and soft drink. If you want healthier food or if you have food restrictions, make sure you bring it in yourself.

A movie is then offered, shown on an outdoor screen about wolves, their history, their beauty and the diminishing lives they live in the United States. I will add here, that this may be upsetting to some, I know for me it was and I had to leave. Given, I feel the struggles of what animals go through on a profound level and I become very upset when faced with the reality of how it really is. Otherwise, the movie was wholeheartedly educational and interesting.

Once that is all done, a camp fire is set up, where you can chat with others, talk to the caregivers and roast marshmallows, or just howl along with the wolves like my little munchkin did! Guests are free to walk around the compound as they please, and attending the activities is by no need mandatory. It is a very mellow setting. If you want to take a walk down one of the paths and just sit watching the wolves this is okay too.

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Hanging out with Zephyr (meaning “light or west wind”)

Some of the wolves are definitely friendly than others, and seem comfortable to come up close to the fence to say hello, like Alawa who kept giving me kisses through the fence. She is so beautiful.

Others though, keep their distance.

The wolves at the conservation center come from different backgrounds, some were born at the facility, like Zephyr and Alawa. While others, like Atka, arrived from other places. One of the caretakers told me that he has been there almost daily for many years, however there is one wolf in particular who just really does not like him, even though he feeds him. Because of this, he always has to be very careful.

The caretakers that I spoke with at the conservation center, clearly have a love, deep understanding and respect for the wolves, as it should be of course. I just wish more people were educated enough or brave enough, to understand that these animals really mean no intentional harm, and that we can live in harmony with them. There is no need to act out of fear and kill them, which unfortunately happens a lot in this country. We have taken so much from them, how are they meant to survive without a pristine environment as once was?

Attachment-1Being in nature, and hearing the wolves howling so close by is really amazing, especially as you know you are safe and sound behind a fence! We had a really wonderful evening, and it is something that as a family plan we on doing again sometime soon. Surely, my Son has fond memories and is eager to visit with all the wolves again soon. If he had his way, we’d sleep there every night.

The Wolf Conservation Center offers a live web cam of the wolves, so if you cannot make it there personally, this is the next best thing. Check out beautiful the Arctic Gray Wold, Atka HERE. Or, If you want to do more, you can find information HERE on what you can do to help with the preservation of these beautiful creatures.

If you do make it out to Sleeping with the Wolves, do not forget your bug spray. You are going to need it.

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Cantaloupe smoothie with tofu, sure why not

Let’s talk tofu – it can be grilled, baked, scrambled, broiled and eaten raw. Tofu also known as Bean Curd, is an adaptable food which is a good plant-based protein source. Additionally it is low in calories, has zero saturated fat, is cholesterol-free and provides minerals like potassium, magnesium and calcium. In this article, we are highlighting, a more unique way to consume tofu and thus protein in one’s diet, in smoothies!

How Much Protein Should You Have A Day

The Recommended Dietary Allowance for protein here in the United States, is a modest 0.8 grams per kilogram of body weight, which translates to multiplying your weight in pounds by 0.36. The RDA, is the daily amount of protein one should consume to meet basic nutritional requirements, so the minimum amount to keep you healthy and not the targeted amount you are meant to reach each day. Nancy Rodriguez, a registered dietitian and professor of nutritional science at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, suggests taking it up to twice the RDA of protein  “ is a safe and good range to aim for.”

It is important to remember that protein requirements also vary from person to person, with factors that need to be considered, like your sex, how active you are, and what age you are? Additionally, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you will need more protein. Try this online protein calculator to figure out the amount you should be consuming every day. And, if you have a child you can also see what their protein requirements are too.

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Silken Tofu is the tofu of choice when it comes to making smoothies, just as it is a lot smoother and easy to blend up in a more liquid form than harder types of tofu available. Tofu is made from soy beans, specifically by coagulating soy milk and then pressing the curds into blocks.

Try this Smoothie

With summer days officially here in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s time to start thinking about healthy and delicious treats to help you cool down in the sun. Smoothies are a perfect snack that will keep you full without feeling stuffed. Instead of reaching for protein powders to add to your favorite blended recipe, try tofu instead as the protein additive.

Loved it!The brand that I used is packed with 12 grams of protein in 3 ounces, making tofu the perfect protein addition to any smoothie. Still hesitant to try? Well, to be quite honest, both my 4-year-old and I were both a little-bit-on-the-unsure-side, too. But, we were pleasantly surprised, you could not taste the tofu at all, it was all about the cantaloupe!

Adding tofu to your smoothie is a fantastic way to obtain protein in your diet, especially if you follow a plant-based diet, or are just trying to cut back on eating our precious animals we share this Planet with.

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Cantaloupe and Tofu Smoothie

What You Need, and What To Do

  • 2 cups of fresh chopped cantaloupe
  • 16 ounces of cashew milk
  • 1 scoop of vegan vanilla ice-cream, I used organic Vanilla Island from Coconut Bliss
  • 1/3 of a packet of silken tofu (just over 5 ounces), I used Nasoya organic, non-GMO silken tofu
  • 12 cubes of ice, give or take

 

  • Mix everything in a blender and serve ice-cold

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Low in calories, and high in the powerful anti-oxidant Vitamin A, cantaloupe it is a fresh, colorful and uplifting ingredient to a summer smoothie recipe. But, if cantaloupe is not your thing, be inspired by searching “tofu smoothie recipes” on Pinterest.

Next time, I plan on making it without the ice-cream to make it a little healthier. Honestly, I just wanted to try this idea out first, as tofu in a drink is out of my comfort zone, and I wanted to make sure it was flavored well so I could drink it and not waste it.

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Medela Freestyle Pump Giveaway

Screen Shot 2015-06-30 at 11.13.02 AMWelcome to the Medela Freestyle Pump Giveaway sponsored by Medela and hosted by The Pistachio Project.

Thankfully recycling has become a pretty common activity in our everyday lives. We recycle at home, we recycle at work, we even have recycling bins on the streets. But what about the bigger items that we no longer need? Take for instance, breast pumps. Besides throwing them in the rubbish bin, what can we do with them once our breastfeeding experience is over?

Introducing Medela Recycles

Medela has heard the voices of us Mothers and taken the initiative to create Medela Recycles. Medela Recycles is a program which takes old breast pumps and uses each one to support the donation of new hospital-grade, multi-use breast pumps for charities. Mothers who have babies who need to stay in the NICU (neonatal intensive-care unit) are given breast pumps while in the hospital but once their time is up, they often move on without a pump. Medela wants to help change that. Medela are giving Mothers one less thing to worry about, during an already stressful time.

Personally I love this idea, I have had my Medela pump sitting in the back of my closest for 3 years now, collecting dust. I just could not throw it away to go into a land fill. I plan on recycling mine to this program as soon as possible.

If you also have a breast pump lying around and want to donate it, you will be happy to know that sending in your used pump to the Medela Recycles program is free. And, it gives you peace of mind that it has been properly recycled as well as knowing that you are helping support other Mothers on their breastfeeding journey.

Want to recycle your old breast pump? Click Here! 

To help promote this amazing program, Medela has graciously offered to giveaway one Medela Freestyle Breast pump!

Introducing Medela Recycles + Medela Freecycle Giveaway

The Freestyle is a compact, lightweight double electric breast pump with a rechargeable battery. Developed with the 2-Phase Expression technology, the Freestyle works more like breastfeeding babies to help you get the most milk.

Open to the US only, ages 18 and up. Ends July 14, 2015 at 11:59pm EST

To enter, use the entry form below. Good luck!

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Have a baker make your Little Ones’ birthday cake this year

That time of the year is here again, your child’s birthday. And, besides pondering on how the last 12 months flew by, you have another celebration to plan. A monumental moment for your Little One is having “Happy Birthday” sung and blowing out the candles on a cake, so as long as you can get that part right, everything else should be smooth sailing. To keep it easy, why not have the birthday cake made and delivered, keeping in mind these helpful pointers.

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Vegan Vanilla Birthday Cake from The Cake Merchant

There is a time and a place to ask vital questions about a cake you are going to have delivered – and it isn’t at the delivery point five minutes before you are supposed to have the cake in your hands! To keep special occasions from suffering last-minute cake disasters and to keep things sweet for everybody involved, here are some questions you should think about asking before you get a cake delivered.

Dietary Restrictions?
Right from the beginning if you have dietary requirements or restrictions, you should make sure your cake-maker understands exactly what that means. Whether that is gluten-free, dairy-free, using only organic ingredients, all-raw ingredients or limited sugar, it is advisable to have a face to face discussion about it. Speaking from experience, mistakes and accidents happen. If I had a dollar for every waiter who insisted they understood what a vegan diet is, but then brought me out a dish with animal products in my ordered meal to eat, I’d have a million dollars.

Kid Approved Healthier Birthday Cake

Kid Approved Healthier Birthday Cake by Chocolate Covered Katie

Can I get a preview of the cake?
While you can’t see your cake and eat it too, try to get the best preview you can of the cake as soon as the cake has been made and delivery is confirmed. This will save last-minute hassle, alterations, or even disasters like incorrect “Happy Brithday” inscriptions- this happens by the way! For special cakes, your baker should have already given you a sketch of the planned cake in advance? However, to be super organized ask to have a photo sent over as well. In this day and age, and with smart phones, it is a small thing to ask.

Make sure the spelling on the cake is right

Make sure the spelling on the cake is right

When was it baked?
Obviously, you are going to want to have the freshest cake you can, but at the same time, it is common practice to have a cake delivered the night before a big event to minimise hassles on the special day. Ask how soon before delivery the cake was baked to make sure your young guests don’t end up eating stale cake. Alternatively, and dependent on ingredients that will be used to make your child’s birthday cake, you can request that the birthday cake is made a certain time frame out of the actual cake cutting ceremony. For example, cakes with eggs are not going to have as long as a shelf-life as a vegan cake not made with eggs.

Vegan Strawberry Cake from My Vegan Cookbook

Vegan Strawberry Cake from My Vegan Cookbook

When is it going to be delivered, realistically?
For our Australian readers, Cake delivery Sydney wide and in other cities in Australia can be a major hassle when traffic gets in the way – and since a delicate touch is required, cake delivery can be a tricky business even without traffic! Actually, no matter where you live in the world, your baker will need to take into account factors including rush hour and whether the driver is familiar with the delivery area before he can give you a realistic window for when it can be dropped off.

 

Who can I call in case of emergency?
An emergency contact number is an essential thing to have when a lack of cake will ruin the occasion – and while non-delivery is the biggest emergency, there are plenty of other hazards that can arise, so it can be worth your while checking whether an emergency cake repair kit will be on hand.

How much is this all going to cost?
You would be surprised how often bakers prepare a cake and schedule a delivery while question of cost and payment are still up in the air. To make sure no last-minute sourness over price and payment – including extras like delivery or alteration charges – surfaces when you already have too much on your plate, make sure the bill is settled long before your child’s cake is set to be delivered.

Rainbow Surprise Cake by Speed Bump Kitchen

Vegan Rainbow Surprise Cake by Speed Bump Kitchen

What about assembly?
The bigger and more intricate the cake, the more details there are going to be to look after, and this is especially so with custom designed children’s birthday cakes. Avoid, at all costs your child having a meltdown on their special day, by not losing the Lego guy from your Son’s cake, or not losing the sprinkles off your daughter’s pony cake!
As the cake experts say, structuring is key and a badly structured cake is unlikely to get to the party in one piece anyway, but some cakes do require assembly at the scene. Find out if yours is one of them and if some assembly is required, make sure the deliverer won’t require tools and/or space that you are unable to provide.

With these pointers and by being prepared, you can free up some time to focus on other important things, like not looking frazzled when your guests walk through the door!

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Plum Print for all your child’s art work

Sometimes ideas come along that are pure genius, and Plum Print is one of them. Plum Print is an extremely easy service to use, which combines all of your child’s art pieces in a beautiful coffee table book to keep for years to come. If you are drowning in your child’s artwork, and you are running out of room on the walls, then Plum Print is going to be like the most amazing thing ever to you!

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After my Son turned 1 year of age, I figured out pretty quickly that we were going to accumulate a lot of art pieces. At first I started tacking them inside our pantry on the walls, and when I ran out of room the art pieces moved to inside cupboard walls, and eventually I just started putting them in a big bag in his closet. I tried throwing some of the art pieces out, you know the ones that were a few scribbles on a piece of paper, but I could not bring myself to do it.

Does this sound familiar. Ah yes, the art struggle is real. It happens to many of us parents out there. What are we going to do with all these creations that our children make?

And, then I found out about Plum Print!

How it Works

  • First you go to the website www.PlumPrint.com and for a $39.99 deposit (which is deducted from the price of your final product), a big box is sent to your door
  • Now this is the hardest part, choose and fill the box with your child’s artwork. You will also add a blurb and a photo here for the introduction to the book, as well as choose a back and front cover. This took me awhile, as I had to gather my Son’s pieces from the various places around our home, and also had to decide which pieces we wanted in the custom art book – decisions decisions!
  • Pack up the box and stick the enclosed prepaid shipping label to pop it back in the mail and return to Plum Print
I started with this!

I started with this!

  •  Once the Plum Print design team receive your box, you will be sent an email to let you know that it is safe and sound. At this time, the company will suggest what size book will work best, in relation to the amount of art pieces you sent, as well as other options to customize. You can choose either a soft cover or hard cover, add captions, order more than one book, and decide whether you want the original artwork returned to you, or not
  • Not too long after that, Plum Print will email you a link to a proof of the book for you to approve or make changes too. See below.

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  • Once all that is organized, all you have to do is wait for your book to excitedly arrive on your doorstep – too easy!
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Very happy with the cover we chose, being my Son’s imprint of his feet

I am very impressed with our custom art book, it is beautifully made, and Master 4 is so proud of it. In actual fact, everybody who has looked at his book, is captivated! And, of course now we want to have additional copies made for both set of Grandparents. Graciously, Plum Print offer 50% off the price for all duplicate books.

Thinking outside of the box, my husband plans on gathering all of his artwork from when he was a child and having it made into a book too. Yes, this is not just for Little Ones, Dads can get in on the action too.

We are a BIG fan of Plum Print, for a few different reasons. Besides producing an impressive keepsake of my Son’s life, this is also because of how easy and streamlined the process was. Being a Mother is constant with never enough time in the day, and honestly if this process was not as straightforward, I do not think we would have such a lovely memento of my Son’s artwork.

** Using code SUMMERFUN you will receive 10% off all orders placed before July 4th

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8 baby shower gifts (under $60) for the eco-friendly mum-to-be

Deciding on a baby shower gift can be challenging, especially if you do not have a lot of  money to spend. It is nice to remember that thoughtful gifts, will surely be more appreciated than spending additional money on something a Mother may not use.

Think Green, with our 8 baby shower gift ideas, all priced under $60 USD. If you are looking to spend a little more money, you can always mix and match and make a baby hamper instead.

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556256_406757729368197_1138574861_n11My First Cuddle Plush Toys
RRP $22 USD
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Keeping it Green –  All of the Greenpoint Brands soft toys are BPA, PVC, Lead and Phthalates free, and are made from child-friendly cotton. This means, cotton not sprayed with harmful pesticides, and with exposure to these chemicals killing thousands of people in developing countries a year, this is not something to shy away from. Little ones explore shapes, textures and tastes by putting things in their mouths, so providing safe toys is incredibly thoughtful on your part. Not to mention, they are adorable! My Son, loved these toys when he was a baby, Victoria the Bunny was his favorite.

Teething Bling Donut Shaped Pendant Necklace
RRP $20 USD
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Keeping it Green – This Teething Bling pendant is a helpful gift which is made from a food-safe, phthalate-free, and federally approved silicone, designed for a Mother to wear as a necklace to sooth a teething baby. Generally, a baby will start showing teeth around 4-7 months of age. However, on the rare occasion a baby may be born with a tooth! And, on the other end of that, as with my Son, a baby may not start showing till a lot later on. Personally, I always had one of these around my neck when my Son was teething, they really work!

Sesame Street Reusable Bags
RRP $45
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Keeping it Green – Single use plastic bags, even the recyclable ones, are clogging our water ways, and killing millions of innocent wildlife every year, and that is just to start! However, with more and more people becoming aware, hopefully, one day soon they will be a thing of the past – fingers crossed. In the meantime, a Mother on-the-go can never have enough bags, with all the “stuff” we have to cart to and fro, and we love these child-approved Sesame Street themed pack of 5 pack reusable bags.

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Top 100 Baby Purees by Annabel Karmel

RRP about $18
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Keeping it Green – Not only is making baby food more economical than buying commercial brands, one can be assured that their baby is eating only the freshest and organic ingredients. And, let’s not even get into all the package-waste that commercial foods come are sold in!
With a newborn, there are going to be many moments when a Mother will be waiting for the baby to wake, or waiting to feed the baby etc., and this book will be an inspiring read while preparing for a baby’s first meal. Full of helpful information, it is sure to please with quick and easy recipes for healthy and happy meals.

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il_570xN.667229557_afc6Organic Reusable Baby Wipes
RRP $34
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Keeping it Green – Disposable wipes, even if a brand claims to be eco-friendly unfortunately, are not. Many “green companies” use the  controversial chemical polysorbate 20 as an ingredient, and once you do a little research you may change your mind about encouraging such use on a newborn’s untainted skin. Give these beautiful reusable wipes from Etsy designer Curly Monkey instead, and really get the baby shower conversation going about the steps we can all take to live a kinder life on our precious Planet.

Starstruck Organic Swaddle
RRP $26 USD.
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Keeping it Green – Okay, maybe we are bias also being Australian, but Aden + Anais surely have the most beautifully designed and soft swaddle blankets out there. We chose this one as it is made from 100% organic cotton muslin. Once baby is not a little baby anymore, they also double as a perfect bathing suit cover-up by the water. 5 years later since having my little boy, I live in mine at the beach and pool during the warmer months. Love them!

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Wearing one of my Son’s Aden + Anais swaddles

Newborn Cloth Diaper Bundlecloth diapers
RRP about $58 USD
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Keeping it Green – Unfortunately mainstream disposable diapers are NOT biodegradable, which means that they sit in landfills forever. And, with it said that an average little human can use up to 6,500+ diapers before they are potty trained, this is a genuine concern for an eco-friendly Mother.
These cloth and reusable diapers are designed for a newborn, and are a perfect introduction to the world of diapering the “green” way.

Screen Shot 2015-07-02 at 5.49.42 PMUnscented Body Cream
RRP $19 USD
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Keeping it Green – Forward-thinking Nine Naturals make plant-based personal products which are smart and safe for moms and moms-to-be. Besides this decadent body cream, they craft their products using only natural and organic ingredients, which include shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, deodorant, body wash, sunscreen and lip balm.

We hope you enjoyed and are inspired to buy eco-friendly baby shower gifts in the future, small steps will manifest into big change, and together we call all work towards living a more sustainable life here on Mother Earth. Thanks for stopping by Willy B Mum!

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