Surviving the Holidays with Safety 1st

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I have to admit holidays seems so much better with children but the stress is multiplied by a thousand!  It seems like it gets worse with each child too!  I love to visit family and take trips during the holidays but I worry about safety above everything.  First, the weather worries me most.  I live in the Midwest and it isn’t unheard of to get six inches of snow or for it to be 60 degrees and sunny!  The snow isn’t going to stop me from seeing my family here.  However, when you have out of town guest on your roads that aren’t comfortable with driving in the snow it makes me more nervous.  A lot of my stress though is relieved knowing that my girls are safely in their Safety 1st car seats.  My Safety 1st Car seat of choice is the Elite 80 Air + 3 in 1 car seat.   The main reason is the safety features it offers but it will also protect my girls up to 100 pounds.

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Here are some tips from Safety 1st to help you survive the holidays:

“According to AAA last year 94.5 million people were on the roads, train tracks or in the skies during the holiday season.  That’s a lot of people! Then add your own kids into the mix of congestion and for some it can mean holiday headaches.  However, Safety 1st has some tips to help fight some of those headaches this season.

1.      Avoid peak travel days –Try not to fly or drive the days immediately before and after the actual holiday.  Those are the busiest travel days. However, if you fly or take a train you might save money by traveling on the actual holiday, the roads are less congested too.

2.      Prepare your child for the trip – Holiday parties can be overwhelming with sensory overload.  Especially for young children it’s good to talk about the upcoming trip days even weeks in advance.  This will help him or her get excited about the journey.  Show photos of family members or friends your child has not met yet, this way the new face might be a little familiar on arrival.

3.       “Are we there yet?” - To help avoid that dreaded phrase an hour into your six hour trip reserve a bag just for the kids, include books, toys, diapers a change of clothes and snacks.  Pre-load a tablet or smartphone with kid friendly apps or games. If you are driving keep all necessary items such as wipes, hand sanitizer or tissues easy to reach in a second – there are times you may not want to be digging through the bottom of a bag for such items. The Safety 1st Car Door Sanitation Station is a great solution.

4.      Car Seats – If you are flying check to make sure your car seat is FAA certified. If it’s not clearly labeled contact the manufacture. For parents with older children the Safety 1st BoostAPack can double as a kid survival kit, it’s FAA certified, and will fit in the plane overhead bin.

If you are driving make sure your car seat is installed correctly. If it’s been awhile since you visited a car seat check, it’s recommended to check your seat with a Certified Child Safety Technician in advance of your trip. Safercar.gov is a great resource.

5.      Prepare the guest room – If your child will be sleeping in a Play Yard during the trip, use that for bed or nap time the entire week before. This will help him or her get used to a new sleep environment.  Also if your infant or child sleeps better in a dark room or tends to wake up early with the morning light, bring garbage bags or dark fabric to tape over windows.”

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Most Fire Departments have a certified car seat technician on staff and if there isn’t one at your local department, they will likely be able to direct you to one close.  Take the time to make sure your children are safe and the car seats properly installed.  The holidays are always a rush for families, so chances are the cars on the road will be rushing and not as concerned with your children as you are.    Follow the tips above to relieve some stress and have a more enjoyable holiday with your loved ones.

 

Keeping Stress Out of Thanksgiving With HoneyBaked Ham + Win $500

I don’t know about you but for me it’s hard to be thankful for Thanksgiving each year when you have a house-full of friends and family coming and an endless amount of cooking to do!  I am not the best cook but I am a decent one.  Even with having a little experience in the kitchen, I am still bound to screw something up.  I have a house for of three children, two dogs and an adorable husband to keep me distracted from what’s going on in the kitchen.  honeybaked ham

When I was contact by HoneyBaked Ham to trust them to take all the stress out of my Thanksgiving, of course I was more than thankful!  This year we planned a Friendsgiving and while we are all amazing moms, none of us are chefs.

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So, my two year old and I ran to the HoneyBaked Ham Store in Colerain (Cincinnati, Ohio) after a fun play date with some friends and before our midday nap.  We spent less than 7 minutes inside the store.  We were waited on immediately, even though there were several people in the store, all of whom were being helped already.  I let them know that we had a gathering with about 20 people, they helped me pick the size ham and turkey.  So, we walked out with:

Whole Sliced and Glazed Turkey Breast;

8 lb. Half Ham;

Sweet Potato Souffle;

Green Bean Casserole;

Turkey Gravy; and

Pecan Pie.

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As I stated earlier, we expected 20 people for our Friendsgiving.  Since there were going to be so many children very little cleaning was done and even less cooking.  I love the fact that I only had to pop the Ham and Turkey in the oven to heat and then serve.  There was no basting, waking at the crack of Dawn and most importantly, there was no stress!  The cost of the food was $122 but I used coupons and brought that down to $112.  That’s $112 to feed 20 people (and an eight month old baby).

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Of course the main dishes were the Turkey and Ham.  Everyone loved both and there was so much left over that three families took some home to have for later.  I didn’t want to get to close to the Turkey at the end of the night since one mom already called dibs and she might have stabbed me with a fork if I got to close (disclosure:  Confessions of a Messy Mama and HoneyBaked Ham do not condone stabbing anyone during any meal…or after…or before – am I covered?).

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“Each HoneyBaked Ham is smoked for over 20 hours for unparralledled tenderness.  Then it is spiral-sliced to make to make serving a breeze.  Finally, each ham is coated in our signature sweet-crunchy glaze by a Master Glazer right there in your local store for an incredible taste that’s second to none.  Gluten Free.

Bone-In Half Half:  7-11 lbs., Serves 12-20 (Quarter Ham: 4-5.99 lbs serves 7-10; Half Boneless Ham serves 6-10; Ham slices are available by the pound).

Nothing is as delicious and full of flavor as our fully-cooked Sliced & Glazed Turkey Breast.  Available Oven Roasted or Gently Smoked, 100% breast meat, gluten free and hand finished in-store with our sweet, crunch glaze (2.6 lbs. serves 6).”

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From now until 1/11/15 you can enter to win a $25,000 HoneyBaked Kitchen Makeover when you buy a Ham and Turkey Breast bundle.

Check out this limited time coupon for $7.00 off any Sliced and Glazed Whole Turkey and 4lb Quarter Ham (Or Larger) from HoneyBaked Ham to help you make your holiday dinner easy and delicious! (Offer Valid at Participating Retail Locations: Forestville, Silver Spring, Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fields Ertel, Beechmont, Kenwood, Colerain, Florence, Salem, Centerville, Sawmill Road, McNaughten, Louisville, Lexington, Fern Creek, Glendale, Paradise Valley, Superstition, Tucson East, Tucson North, Overland Park, Independence, Barry Road, Norristown, Parma, Willoughby, Rocky River, Strongsville, Maple Heights, Canton, Fairlawn and Chapel Hill.)

HoneyBaked Ham is giving away a $500 Gift Card! You can enter below!

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Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or Services mentioned above for free or monetary compensation in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

UrbanHalo Headband Review

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When I was offered an UrbanHalo Headband to review I said yes, of course, or else I wouldn’t be writing this.  I didn’t realize how much I would enjoy it.  I try very hard to exercise on a regular basis and I fail an awful lot.  I do find it easier to stick with my goal when I enjoy the attire I wear when I exercise.  I am not a runner but I so badly want to be.  It is still a goal and I haven’t given up, despite my age youth.  I know that someday I will have the time to dedicate to myself.  For now, I will focus on the souls I am preparing to make the world a more beautiful place and get a run around the block here and there.

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The creator of UrbanHalo Headands was of course looking for a solution to the drab, boring headbands that she would use to keep the sweat out of her face from her workout.  She would come across some stylish ones but they never did their job or some not so stylish ones that would do their job.  The result from her work was the UrbanHalo Headband.

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About:

“UrbanHalo designer, Jen, believes that accessories should be as much functional as they are fashionable. As a runner, stay-at-home mom, and group fitness junkie she was always on the lookout for the perfect headband, one that was stylish enough to take her from the studio to preschool pickup, yet functional enough to stay in place without causing headaches. After much searching and even more disappointment, she sat down in front of her sewing machine with the cutest fabric she could find and the first UrbanHalo was born!

A lot has changed since that first headband was sewn. Jen discovered that the right material is key to the function of a headband. So after endless searching, samples and tests, her persistence paid off with the perfect fabric.  Now, this perfect, buttery soft signature fabric is custom printed {in the fabulous USA} in each season’s hottest prints and colors. As Jen began sharing the “Halo Love” word quickly spread and today UrbanHalos can be found in some of the finest boutiques, studios and salons across the US and Canada!”

I gave it a chance one Saturday morning and broke into a nice sweat.  I jog/walk for my “runs” but it is still more work than sitting around eating donuts, right?  The UrbanHalo Headband stayed put the entire time.  I didn’t have to adjust it once.  I tend to stay away from headbands because most of the time I do have to adjust them, even when I’m not working out.  It didn’t fit too snug on my head either.  I didn’t have sweat running into my eyes either, so it did an excellent job.

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I would most certainly recommend UrbanHalo Headbands for anyone searching for a stylish solution to add to their workouts.  My favorite is the one in the picture above and it doesn’t have a name just yet.  What do you think they should name this one?

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Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or Services mentioned above for free or monetary compensation in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

 

 

alternaVites Kids Review

Now that everyone is settled back in school and a regular routine we tend to let our guards down a little.  However, with the upcoming cold and flu season on the rise we have to be diligent about making sure our children are healthy.  So I was happy to agree to a review from alternaVites KIDS.  I was sent a box of Strawberry Bubble Gum from alternaVites KIDS to see how my kids liked it.  We also received one sample (one serving) of the Raspberry Cotton Candy flavor.
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alternaVites KIDS is for children four years old and older.  I did try to get FB’s opinion on taste by just giving her a tiny sample but she wanted no part of it.  Drama and Diva liked both flavors.  I think they liked the thought of dumping into their mouth like a pixie stick more than anything.  I tried both flavors also, just to see.  I loved the Strawberry Bubble Gum and liked the Raspberry Cotton Candy.  Mr. Messy liked the Raspberry Cotton Candy flavor more than the other but liked the Strawberry Bubble Gum also.
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One thing that I really enjoy about alternaVites KIDS is that I can mix it into a drink and give my children the vitamins they need without a fight.  I am lucky and don’t have the kids that fight to take their vitamins.  I have witness events like these and for a parent who struggles in this area alternaVites KIDS would be a life saver!
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ABOUT:
“alternaVites Kids has revolutionized the children’s vitamin category as they no longer have to be the chalky chewable we grew up with, or a sugary gummy that’s missing essential nutrients, and can stick in between our children’s teeth.
alternaVites Kids® contains 17 essential vitamins and minerals specially formulated for children ages 4 and up.   Designed with both you and your children in mind, alternaVites Kids is remarkable not only for what it does contain, but also for what it doesn’t.
Unlike many other kids’ vitamin products, alternaVites Kids :
  • Is truly delicious!  Available in two awesome flavors:  strawberry bubble gum and raspberry cotton candy.
  • Contains 0 grams of sugar (free of aspartame and high fructose corn syrup)
  • Gluten- free*
  • No artificial sweeteners, colors, flavors, or preservatives
  • Vegetarian
  • No GMO ingredients
  • Contains no egg, milk, peanut, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish or shellfish.*
  • Certified kosher (OU)
  • One per day
  • Endorsed by pediatric dentists
*However, we encourage all parents of children with food allergies or sensitivities to consult with their child’s doctor or pediatrician before use.  MADE IN USA.”

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alternaVites KIDS can be purchased at alternavites.com or at your local Walmart or Whole Foods Market.
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Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or Services mentioned above for free or monetary compensation in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Secret Sisters by Sandra Byrd Review

Secret Sisters: (se’-krit sis’-terz) n. Two friends who choose each other to be everything a real sister should be: loyal and loving. They share with and help each other no matter what!
 
I have to disclose that Sandra Byrd sent my daughter, who is seven, the kindle edition of this series to review and give her opinion free of charge.  I also have to inform you that this review is not written by a seven year old but by her mother based on her opinion, actions and reactions. 
 
Secret Sisters is a six volume series of books that are written with girls between eight and 12 years old in mind.  My daughter, Drama, is only seven but reads on a much older level.  She still has the maturity level of a seven year old.
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She started off with the second book.  We wanted to know if a girl would be confused by not reading the first story.  Drama did not have any issues reading series out of order.  She loves Secret Sisters and has filled me in on the stories many times over.  I hear her talking about which one of her friends will be her Secret Sister.  I have heard all about Tess losing her mother’s jewelry and Drama promises me she will never do that to me.  I know it will happen though, it is almost a right of passage to lose your mother’s jewelry.
Each of the six volumes in this exciting series for girls aged 8-12 contains two complete books. Come along with Tess and Erin and they visit a dude ranch, spend time at the beach, sign up for modeling school and have the surprise of a lifetime at an Indian reservation.
Each volume includes everything tweens want in a book: fun, friends, family, faith and a fast-pace. Go ahead – give them a try! Click links to download a sample read from any volume.”
I don’t think your daughter has to be eight years old in order to read an enjoy the Secret Sisters series.  However, don’t try to throw your kindergartener or first grader in here if she is struggling to read.  You should pay attention to your daughter’s skill level.  There are a few other series by Sandra Byrd that I will be adding to our library since I have three girls in my house.  I don’t think you can have enough books!
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Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or Services mentioned above for free or monetary compensation in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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Or, In Which You See My Messy Kitchen!

By Messy Mama Traci

There are less than 100 days until Christmas! I know I love to savor every season and the holidays they bring, but there is also a lot to be said for planning ahead. If you are looking for a fun and memorable gift for a hard to buy person on your list, I think the Soda Stream could be a great fit. Also, at 25 cents per serving, it could be a fantastic investment if you already enjoy carbonated or flavored drinks on a regular basis.

I am so grateful to the folks at Soda Stream for allowing our little family to enjoy their fantastic product! Since we are not big soda drinkers and only a few of our kids enjoy Sprite some of the time, it was quite a novelty to have a huge amount of flavors we could make in any amount, big or small, on a whim. If we were big soda drinkers to begin with, I could easily see purchasing another down the road both for ourselves and as gifts. I have since noticed Soda Streams available for sale at my Kroger near the other kitchen gadgets.

It is slim, light, easy to handle whether you leave it on your counter or put it away until you are entertaining.

Just so that I can keep my Messy Mama status real here, I will show you where it landed in my kitchen, conveniently shown with the cereal box to give you point of reference as to size and scale. To my credit, Cuddle Bear was home sick with me this particular morning with a pesky virus and my youngest, Wild Cat, not yet in preschool, was happy to have a buddy to “home school” and thus the lovely artwork you see drying on said counter top! Also, this is the only area of my counter that doesn’t have cabinets above, so I did find myself wishing it was a few inches shorter somehow just so that I could keep it in different places, but other than that it really is a very convenient and slim design.

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Extra credit if you spy the little orange inhaler! Ugh that was a Messy Week!

And it hides nicely in one of my lower cabinets when not in use.

Anyhow, we have already brought it along to an afternoon football game gathering with friends as well, which was fun to share, especially since it was easy to transport and set up with the rest of the food and drinks. It just added a festive element that was fun conversation piece and a huge hit with the kids especially.

For me, the most appealing part was not standing at the store debating how many varieties and how many of each variety of drinks to bring along! So much less hassle buying heavy 2 liters at the store since with the Soda Stream, you just set out the flavors and simply use cold tap water or filtered water. This way we only make servings as needed and even at your preferred level of carbonation with three options available. I am really thrilled to be well stocked with drinks for entertaining without having an assortment of heavy 12 to 24 packs or 2 liters in my basement pantry!

They have over 60 flavors way beyond the typical soda flavors (although I really liked their root beer!) including flavored teas, Splash V8 and Crystal Light, just to name a few, here is a link to their flavors page for their whole line up. Flavors can be added either by individual caps per 1 liter of water or by capfuls from their larger Soda Mix bottles that provide flavor for 12 liters of soda. I found both to be very convenient and they are both recyclable.

Their regular flavors contain no high-fructose corn syrup, and are lower in calories than national brands. Diet flavors are sweetened with Splenda® brand sweetener, not aspartame.

Less waste is another thing I really appreciate about the soda stream, both less packaging and less transportation costs in getting the traditional soda options from the store. Our kids keep us very environmentally conscious and I like having another way to make environmentally considerate choices.

Of course water is always the healthiest, cheapest, mostly environmentally friendly option but I would bet that most of us or someone we know does enjoy soda or flavored drinks on even just an occasional basis. I would highly recommend visiting their website if you think you or someone you know would enjoy this product, it is very easy to use and very well designed!

 

$50 Amazon & Old Spice Fiji Head to Toes Prize Pack

$50 Amazon & Old Spice Fiji Head to Toes Prize Pack
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Kids Embrace Combination Car Seat Review + Win It!

Since all the children are heading back to school we as parents tend to update a lot. WE update school supplies, shoes, clothes and other items. Why not check to see if you need to update the car seat you are using also? Kids Embrace sent me a free Combination Toddler/Booster Seat for FB and me to test out and report back to you what I found. She is very girly when trying to keep up with her big sisters or when pretending to be a princess. However, she has fallen in LOVE with her Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle (TMNT) car seat from Kids Embrace.

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Prior to having the TMNT Car Seat she would hem and haw about getting into her seat. Once or twice there were a few tears. Now, once she is in her seat she stays but it is a hassle trying to get her there with a handful of grocery bags or other items in tow. Since we’ve installed the TMNT car seat she races to the seat even calling out to her sisters “I get the Turtle Car Seat!”

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I like how simple it was to install. I might have a leg up though, in the past eight years I have installed dozens of car seats in cars for my children. I do recommend that you check with your local fire department as they usually have one or two staff that are certified to install car seats properly. I should be certified with all the experience that I have. The five point harness position offers features like a one-handed harness adjustment. The five point harness is for children 22 to 65 pounds, while the combination booster car seat accommodates children 30 to 100 pounds. I feel safer with the deeper headrest with EPS foam for improved side impact protection.

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I’m that crazy overly cautious mama who will keep her children the five point harness car seat for absolutely as long as safely possible. Please be careful, if you are like me, not all combination seats allow you to have your child in a five point harness up to 65 pounds. As much as we mamas want to keep our children safe, if you are going against the manufacturer’s suggested uses then you are most likely putting your child at risk for injury or death. If the car seat is only good for a five-point harness up to 40 pounds, do not use it through 45 pounds because you feel better. The seats are made specifically for certain sized children.

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Another score for me on this car seat is that the cover is removable and machine washable!  Win for mama!  I don’t generally allow my children to eat in the car.  However, FB will find any pile of dirt or mud and make it her home as long as possible.  So, needless to say, I have had to clean a lot of car seats in the past.

How can you not love the TMNT Car Seat? I mean, I grew up with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles saving the day and now my children know who they are. Plus, if your eight year old is embarrassed to give you a kiss when you drop them in front of school then chances are they don’t want to climb into a car seat in front of their friends. However, give them a car seat with their favorite character featured and they will race to get in the seat before their sibling gets there. Oh, yes, if you have more than one child, you’ll want to get more than one character car seat from Kids Embrace otherwise, you’ll just have bickering.

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For now we have the TMNT Kids Embrace seat, but Mr. Messy hasn’t seen the newest Spiderman Car Seat recently released by Kids Embrace! One lucky reader will win a TMNT Car Seat from Kids Embrace! Must be 18+ and a resident of the Continental U.S.A. Good Luck!!!!

So tell me, who do you think would like to have the combination TMNT car seat from Kids Embrace above?

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or Services mentioned above for free or monetary compensation in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

 

Back to School Week: Smoobee Review

By Messy Mama Traci

School starts this week!! For my four sweet children, like many of yours, returning to school means we all must be out the door at 8 a.m. sharp with backpacks and lunches packed, teeth brushed, and presentable clothes and for my only daughter, presentable hair.

However, this summer the sun and chlorine have taken a toll on her hair to the point where she insisted she liked how it looked “curly” when she didn’t brush it. We twirled buns and twisted ponytails out of the tangled mess, plopped a headband on top and kept moving through our busy summer days. I knew this was not going to fly for school mornings but milked summer for all it was worth.

This lovely package came not a moment too soon and I was so excited to open it!!

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But I did not, because Little Miss Sunshine could do that herself too. This was 100% all hers, no mom needed and for this category that was a welcome change of pace.

Even the packaging is kid friendly. Two pieces, no staples nor fused seams, no sharp edges, just cardboard backing with plastic cover that slides off.

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I received this product for free to review and I was both excited and nervous, this is my first review and I was hoping I would only have good things to say but concerned this adorable brush was up against one tough test subject.

A few weeks prior, Messy Mama Amy had brushed and braided my daughter’s hair at her house with her Smoobee without so much as a peep of complaint but she also had some fancy oil to smooth the tangles. Plus kids are always nicer to adults that are not their parents. Now it was just me, the brush and Little Miss Sunshine with her freshly chlorinated tangled mane after yet another afternoon of swimming, flipping, jumping without a care in the world.

I had a feeling the maker of this product must be a pretty smart lady and likely a mother of daughters. For about $3 an irresistible bag of “bling” can personalize this amazing tool. Little Miss Sunshine has never met a craft she doesn’t love, particularly ones that involve pink and sparkles.

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I forgot to get a before photo to show just how crazy her hair started, but I figured I could just give this a shot first and then if it flopped I would level the playing field by at least washing her hair and give the poor Smoobee a fighting chance. Shower averted for yet another day because Little Miss Sunshine jumped right into using her personalized treasure and I still had not touched a bit of it!

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Done! If I had more daughters I would have more Smoobees. I received this one free to review but I know what I am getting for the next little girl gift on my list. It is a gift to the whole family. We have no more tears, no more dreading when I can catch her still to make her hair presentable, I just remind her to grab her Smoobee to smooth out her hair and it looks great, I am just thrilled! It is made of solid wood and ceramic so it is high quality and durable, it feels like a special treasure and it showed in the princess like manner my daughter handles it, it is much more than just another hairbrush. School mornings just got a lot easier and with two weeks of summer left the timing was absolutely perfect. Thank you Smoobee!!

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Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or Services mentioned above for free or monetary compensation in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Back To School Week – Go Green Lunch Box Review & Giveaway

School starts tomorrow for the Messy Girls and we could not be more giddy. My favorite back to school product so far is lunch box that I was given to review from Go Green Lunch Box. When I first opened the boxed my immediate thought was that it was too nice to send with my second grader. I mean look at just how pretty it is! Then I started opening it and I thought “wow, what have I been missing?”

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Let me explain what I’m talking about. Last year I purchased a special character lunch box for almost $20. Within five months of using it for school lunches alone it had several rips and tears and I was really nervous about it lasting the rest of the year. I spent money on zip lock bags, water bottles and other snack sized products. Plus, all of this is thrown into landfills! According to Go Green Lunch Box the average American child can generate 67 pounds of lunch packaging waste each school year. WOW! Let’s stop that now and save some cash!

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The Go Green Lunch Box only costs $34.99. That might seem a little steep for a lunch box, at least it did to me at first. However, when you add up what you spend in one year on lunch boxes and packing materials, it’s either the same or less. Then, this is high quality. It will more than likely last more year. I can’t actually state that it does since I haven’t actually had it for a school year, but I’d be willing to bet that if you check with me in August 2015 we will be using this exact Go Green Lunch Box again. Plus, if something does go wrong with it, they sell replacement parts right down to the cap for the water bottle.

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“In 2008, Go Green Lunch Box was founded simply out of “frustration.” Packing two lunches everyday, I was appalled at the amount of waste generated by the packaging of single-serve items (sandwiches, juices, snacks, desserts, etc.). All of that – plastic baggies/wrap/cups, paper cartons/bags, cellophane bags – eventually wound up in our landfills. Upon reading a statistic about a typical American child generating 67 pounds of lunch packaging waste each school year, I knew I had to make some changes. After buying food containers and trying, unsuccessfully, to fit all the containers into the lunch boxes we already owned, resulting in either the lids or containers (or both!) not being brought back home from school, I decided to solve the problem . . . hence, Go Green Lunch Box!”

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I am so in love with the Go Green Lunch Box I’ve received that I am purchasing a second for my first grader. It hasn’t arrived yet but we are watching for it everyday. My second grader has no problem opening and closing her Go Green Lunch Box. I like the way it locks. There is a little arrow on the top that turns from “open” to “closed” and if it’s pointed towards closed you can’t open the lid. That’s awesome! It’s just a little extra measure to make sure your children don’t do what children do and spill the contents all over.  I really love the dry erase board too.  I can write a different note for my sweet girl everyday!

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One very LUCKY reader will win their own Go Green Lunch Box. Enter on the form below – winner must be 18+ and a resident of the continental U.S.A. Good luck!!!

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