My two year old and I were able to try the Toddler Mum-Mum Organic Rice Biscuits in Mango & Kiwi and Sweet Potato & Pomegranate flavors. The first thing I noticed is that these are a great snack for on the go, they are packaged with two biscuits in a pack, so they are easy to grab and go. Next, the ingredients are all organic and there is a short ingredient list- all foods I recognize. They are also low calorie and low sugar with 40 calories a serving and 2 grams of sugar. To top it off, my toddler actually likes to eat them. I might help that I called them 'cookies,' but this is a snack that he likes and will eat anytime. The flavor is similar to a rice cake with a sweet hint of fruit for each. Both flavor combinations work well, with the mango kiwi being a little sweeter. The texture easily melts and chews, but is still suitable for a good chewer. Overall, a responsible and healthy snack choice.
Quadrillion is a fun but challenging problem-solving puzzle game that can be played with one player or a team. Players must complete a puzzle by filling in all the spaces with the different shaped bricks, it reminded us of Tetris! Our team of educators enjoyed the different levels that they game can be played on from less challenging to more challenging in order to reach a wide age range or build on skills. As we played the game, we enjoyed the easy set-up and compact size. Quadrillion also worked on a variety of skills such as spacial relations, shapes and area as well as team building, creative thinking, perseverance. We will be using this game in classes and camps to work on problem solving and team building.
Penguins on Ice
Penguins On Ice is a demanding puzzle game that can be played with one person or a team. Players must find out how to fit all the penguins on the ice board as shown with puzzle pieces that are able to shift shapes. This game is able to be adjusted for different levels and age groups. Penguins On Ice took the concepts of spacial relations, area, critical thinking and teamwork to another level as we watched ideas grow and solutions arise. Compact, portable, great for the road or to get brains warmed-up.
Trucky 3 is a block games aimed at the preschool and early childhood ages. Children are given the problem of how to fit certain blocks into a truck without the blocks spilling over the top. This game has different levels as well and can help to reinforce concepts such as shape, size and color and then move on to spacial relations and fit. We were excited to use this within our Preschool as a facilitated activity.
Color Code is a coding game that uses different color and shape disks to solve a problem. Players must figure out the order in which to place the disks to recreate a picture. From easiest to hardest the variety of challenges grows with age and ability level and works on a diversity of skills such as color, shape, order of operations, orientation, coding and problem solving. Our educators loved this as a puzzle challenge in order to get students' brains working.
These games were received for free in return for an honest review.
I was able to try the Barley + Toasted Museli Pink Lady Apple & Macadamia. I have always liked adding granola or museli to my yogurt, so adding this to my daily routine was no problem. I was very interested in their 28 day reboot and welcomed the chance to loose a little weight just by switching out my breakfast. I am very pleased with the taste of the Barley +, the pink lady apples and macadamia nuts added just the right amount of sweetness to the barley. Barley + was easy to eat as a breakfast food either as cereal or in a yogurt. I was careful to follow their serving suggestion of 2/3 cup every day in order to get the right amount of both soluble and insoluble fibers as well as resistant starch. I felt good knowing that by eating Barley + I was helping keep my cholesterol levels low, helping my digestive tract and getting my whole grain serving for the day.
My group loved the Finlandia Cheese Sticks. We were able to sample the Gouda & Parmesean and the Cheddar & Gruyere flavors. We all agreed that there were great flavors! Everyone thought the flavor combinations wso different from the regular mozzarella, cheddar or colby that we are usually stuck with. This is perfect for expanding little one's pallets, and better yet, our kids liked these too. Also, the calories count is slightly less than the typical cheese stick. I loved that they are all natural with no GMOs or added hormones. These are perfect for an on-the-go snack or to cut up on crackers or apples.
I used the Seventh Generation Free and Clear Laundry Detergent Packs when washing my 2-year-old's laundry as well as my own. We both have sensitive skin and 'free and clear' detergents tend to work best for us. I did a wash of our cloth diapers and a wash of clothes to test out this detergent. I have a high efficiency washer and do most wash in cold water. The detergent packs are convenient and worked well in the HE washer with cold water; there were no stains and did not irritate our skin when worn again. For clothes with food stains, I did use a pre-treatment. Most of all, I enjoyed that we had no skin issues and that this 94% bio-based detergent is better for the Earth, it is EPA Safer Choice Certified and the packaging is recyclable as well.
This product sample was received for free in return for an honest review.
We tried Baby Mum-Mum Rice Rusks in the Blueberry & Goji and Sweet Potato & Carrot Flavors. Baby Mum-Mum's are an easy to feed, all natural teething biscuit that is perfect for the baby that has started solid food and can self feed. My little enjoyed these even though he is just getting his last teeth in. Baby Mum-Mum Rice Rusks were a great option when I knew he just wanted something to chew on. The rice rusks dissolve easily and are trouble-free to hold. He really enjoyed the flavor and would ask for the 'oval cookie' whenever he wanted one. I felt great giving Baby Mum-Mum to him knowing that they are organic and have no added sugar. I tried both flavor myself and the Blueberry & Goji has a light sweet and fruity flavor while the Sweet Potato & Carrot has a light sweet potato flavor. I would recommend this product for anyone looking for a high quality, all natural teething biscuit. We will also be trying the Toddler Mum-Mum biscuits.
This cucumber melon bath bomb smelled so good, even before I put it in the bath. This was a great addition to a nice relaxing bath time. The scent combined with the feel of the oils was perfect for my dry skin in the winter. I loved that there are only seven simple ingredients. Everything is all natural and made in the USA. Great for a fun, relaxing, worry-free bath time.
If the idea of tampons isn't scary enough, many tampons are made with chemicals that can interact with our body negatively and mess with our body chemistry. So wouldn't you want to know exactly what you are putting up your vagina?
Well, tampon and pad manufacturers aren't actually required to tell you what exact ingredients make up the entirety of their product.
Seventh Generation's pads and tampons are made from organic cotton, are chlorine free and fragrance free.
Their ingredient list is as follows:
Components: Certified organic cotton (absorbent material, cover and string), water repellent wax (string), cotton (sewing thread).
*Processed 100% totally chlorine free (hydrogen peroxide).
Product Manufactured in: Germany
Ingredient Origins: Globally Sourced
If you want a tampon or pad that won't screw with your body and works just as well as some other brands without giving your vagina a scent, try Seventh Generation.
I used the Coconut Care lotion on my one year old son who has some patches of dry skin. We used the lotion for several days after a bath and before bed. First, I noticed that it smelled wonderful, a really pleasant coconut smell. There was a little grit to the lotion that took a bit to rub in, but I just turned it into a massage. Some small white bits were left on the skin after a while a rubbing, but came off with a soft cloth. After several days of use my son's skin seemed to improve. I really enjoyed the natural ingredients and how gentle and effective it is.
A sample of this product was received for free in return for an honest review.
Carrot Tiny Wafers
At eleven months old my son is just getting in his two top teeth. He has been eating solids for a while now, but has taken a strike to vegetables now that they are not in puree form. So, when I saw these tiny wafers, I thought they would be great to try. My son was instantly interested in them, the bright colors and new shape and texture helped. He was able to pick them up easily and had no trouble mashing them with only three teeth. I'm pretty sure he ate half a box in one sitting. For some added calories for my skinny boy, I dipped these in some hummus. I tried one myself, they're pretty good!
I love that these carrot wafers are all organic with an easy list of ingredients such as organic wheat flour, organic carrot puree and organic banana powder. They are a healthy, lightweight and easy snack for around the house or on the go. I really like that they offer a convenient way to get vegetables into my tiny human. They also work well to practice fine motor skills with self-feeding and a great snack for teething little ones.
Apple Tiny Wafers
My son has always loved anything with apple, so I knew these apple tiny wafers from Sweetie Pie Organics would be a hit. These wafers are a great snack on-the-go when applesauce or apple piece are too much to handle. The wafers are great for little hands and practice for self-feeding. For a little calorie boost, I add some peanut butter. Right now, they are wonderful for teething offering a healthy, organic alternative to some other teething treats.
I tried one myself and the apple flavor is not overpowering and there is a bit of cinnamon taste so these are also a good way to open up flavor profiles. I love that all of the ingredients are organic and things that I know such as organic wheat powder, organic apple juice, and organic cinnamon.
Sweet Beet Tiny Wafers
The sweet beet wafers took a little getting used to. They definitely have a unique flavor, not bad, but different. These are a great for introducing different flavors to your child's palate. We put a little cream cheese on the wafer and they were a huge hit. Great for teething and learning how to self-feed, the wafer shape is just wonderful. Light weight and not very messy, these are great for snacking around the house or on the go.
I love that these are certified organic, have a full serving of vegetable and offer a great way to get veggies down my little one without a struggle. With ingredients such as organic parsnip powder, organic beet juice and organic carrot puree I also know exactly what I am feeding my little one.
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