Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Juppy Baby Walker Review and Giveaway!

What parent doesn't know the joy that comes from holding your little pre-walker's hands so that he can explore the world from his own two feet?  Or that achy-back feeling that accompanies it?  Abel, who will be one on Friday, is my third time around.  I've logged a lot of stooped-over hours while my babies experiment with placing their own weight on their feet.

The Juppy Baby Walker has come up with an alternative--a simple aid that "is ergonomically designed to teach your baby to walk while eliminating your need to bend over."  All in a package that requires no assembly and is small enough to fit into your purse!

When I gave the Juppy a whirl with Abel, it was a beautiful summer day, and he made a beeline for his siblings and the wading pool.

He seemed comfortable in the Juppy, and it was a breeze to get him into.  Wading pool time has actually become the time I use the Juppy most for--he gets to play with his siblings, and I don't have to bend over the pool to make sure he doesn't drown!

On the move!

Abel enjoys time in the Juppy, and it definitely alleviates back strain for me.  My biggest obstacle is actually remembering to use it at times it would be helpful!  However, as he is more and more interested in walking, I'm thinking that I'll be remember to break it out more often.

The Juppy Baby Walker can be purchased online via their website.  And don't forget to follow them via twitter, facebook, pinterest, and the Juppy blog for all of the latest Juppy updates!

Juppy has generously offered to give away one personalized Juppy Baby Walker to a reader of Gluten Free Motherhood.  That's a $36.90 value!

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Wholesale Costume Club Girl's Costume Review and Giveaway!

My two and four year olds love to play dress-up.  Particularly when their imaginary play involves kings, queens, princes, and princesses--which it usually does these days!

The kind folks at Wholesale Costume Club have provided me to opportunity to review a girl's costume.  I wanted something that they could play "royalty" with, but that I also wouldn't have to help them in and out of.  When perusing the girls costume section I found the perfect item--the "King Queen Robe."

Though this review is for the robe as a girls costume, I can say that my boy loves it, too, and it is appropriate for both.  Bonus!  They are enamored with it.  It's a vivid red, has a lovely sheen, and they feel so special when dressing up in it.

I'm now hearing a lot of "your majesty" in my house!

Wholesale Costume Club has offered to give $30 worth of merchandise to one lucky reader of Gluten Free Motherhood.  Be sure to take a look at their website and check out their twitter feed.  Get your entries in today for a great costume!

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Potty Cover Review and Giveaway!

One of the things I dread most about being out and about with my little ones is taking them to do their business in a public restroom.  Public toilets can be downright gross, and I've heard horror stories from my husband about men's rooms.  In fact, their have been some occasions in which he's volunteered to take one or the other of our potty trained children to the bathroom, only to re-emerge saying "it's too gross in there.  You'd better take them this time."

But what is there to do?  When they've gotta go, they've gotta go.

I've recently discovered that there's a solution to putting your little one's tush on a dirty toilet seat--Potty Cover.  Potty Cover sent me a six pack to try.

My husband was the first to give it a test run.  He came out saying "it's huge!  It covers everything."  This was, of course, a good thing.  Not only did it protect our little guy from the yucky public toilet, but it also protected the toilet from additional yuckiness via 2 year old boy sprinkler action.

Next time around, it was my turn.  This time with our 4 year old daughter.  I, too, was impressed.  The Potty Cover was compact, but unfolded to cover everything you'd want to be covered.  It was easy to use, soft, and did the job.  Hurray for germ free relief!

Potty Cover can be purchased via Amazon, eBay, and Bed Bath and Beyond, to name a few.  Check them out and alleviate some of the anxiety surrounding potty training today!

The kind folks at Potty Cover are offering to give away a pack to one lucky reader of Gluten Free Motherhood.  Get your entries in via the Rafflecopter form below.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Tasterie Review: Discover, Eat Well, Allergy Free!

For those of us in the "special diet" community, a new, very exciting company, has arisen to help us meet our need for delicious, healthy food in the most convenient way possible--delivered right to our doors!

Meet Tasterie, a monthly subscription service that meticulously seeks out certified allergen-free foods and packages them into an attractive box full of delectable goodies.  Tasterie was started by a pediatrician and mom who was frustrated by the difficulty of finding foods that her child with multiple food allergies could consume.  Therefore, she set out to change the face of shopping for allergen friendly foods.

I live in an extremely rural area, which makes getting my hands on quality, gluten-free food difficult.  But what could be easier than having those hard to acquire foods delivered to my home monthly?  When Tasterie asked if I would like to try their service and write a review for Gluten Free Motherhood I jumped on the opportunity.

My Tasterie box arrived packaged in an appealing box and full of gluten free foods--some of which I had never heard of, and each with a sticker verifying its gluten-free status.

Here's what was included in my gluten free Tasterie box:
  • Yogavive Popped Fuji Apple Chips--these were delicious, organic, and a tremendous hit with my four year old daughter in particular.  She would have eaten both bags of them in one sitting if I would have allowed it!
  • Robert Rothschild Farm Roasted Eggplant and Pepper Hummus--I'll be honest here, I've never cared for hummus.  However, this hummus has changed my mind.  It was wonderful!  I had several generous helpings that first sitting.  The rest of family was impressed as well.  That's my two year old helping himself on the right.
  • Flamous Falafel Chips--I've always loved falafel, and these chips were the perfect compliment to the hummus.  It was really, really hard to share.
  • Enjoy Life Not Nuts! Seed and Fruit Mix--These came in really handy one morning when I didn't get the opportunity to eat breakfast before church.  I grabbed a pouch and loaded up into the car.  The mix of sunflower kernels, pumpkin seeds, raisins, apples, chocolate chips, and cranberries was perfect.
  • Barney Butter Almond Butter--I could eat this every day.  On toast, in a sandwich, by itself.  Smooth, rich, and full of flavor.
  • Amanda's Own Chocolates--Amanda's Own chocolates are dairy free, tree nut-free, peanut-free, egg-free and gluten-free.  These were slightly grainy, but bursting with sweet, full chocolate flavor.  My mom declared them to be the best chocolates she's ever had!
  • Love Grown Foods Sweet Cranberry Pecan Granola--This was the first gluten free granola that I hadn't made myself I'd had that was made with gluten free oats.  I can't begin to tell you how much better it was than the other gluten-free granolas I've had.  It tasted like real granola.  Perfect.  I'm pacing myself so that I don't run out too quickly.  This is great as a breakfast cereal, on yogurt, and just about any other way you can think of.
Tasterie also sent a couple of recipe cards, each with a delicious sounding recipe that uses at least one of the products included in the box.  I haven't had opportunity to try them yet, but I'm looking forward to it.

Tasterie offers more than just gluten-free foods.  You can select boxes that are top 8 allergen free, dairy free, dairy and egg free, dairy and soy free, egg free, gluten free, gluten and dairy free, gluten free and vegan, peanut and tree nut free, soy free, vegan, and healthy and nutritious.  

Signing up for the service is quick and easy.  Simply select whether you'd like a signature box for $20, or a snack box for $15 that is free of the allergens your family needs to avoid.  Right now, if you share Tasterie on Facebook at checkout you'll save an additional two dollars on your first box.

I can't recommend Tasterie highly enough.  Quality food, great customer service, and the ease of having it delivered to your home.  This is a company that I'm delighted to spread the word about.  Head on over and start your allergen-free subscription today!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Walker Edison Bunk Bed Giveaway!

I remember how easy it was to plan my ideal children's room before I actually had more than one child.  I always knew that I wanted bunk beds so that we could keep as much floor space open as possible.  I just had no idea how necessary that would be!

Fast forward to three children, two bedrooms, and 800 sq. ft.  We need bunk beds, otherwise there would be no possible way to get all three of them into one small bedroom.  I'm sure there are many of you who can relate--even if your space isn't quite so tight!  No matter what way you swing it, if you have fewer bedrooms than you do children, or just a love for space over stuff, bunk beds are the way to go!  The ability to bunk our children has been a lifesaver.

And that's why I'm excited to be a part of the Walker Edison Bunk Bed giveaway event, hosted by Children Teaching Mama and sponsored by BunkBedsAtoZ.  The Walker Edison Bunk Bed is is valued at $549, and would be a beautiful and practical addition to any child's bedroom!  This bed features sturdy construction, ladder and guardrails, and the ability to convert into two separate twins beds should you so desire.

This giveaway runs June 20 through July 10th.  Be sure to mention that Gluten Free Motherhood referred you to enter!

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Copy-Kids Eat Fruits and Vegetables DVD Review and Giveaway!

Before having children, I was determined that my kids would any fruit or vegetable I served them.  And like them.  It would be easy, right?  Right?


Because of our gluten-free lifestyle, pre-packaged foods have been an extreme rarity.  Therefore, though it may be inconvenient at times, overall I'm thrilled my children generally have an aversion to pre-packaged "kid foods."  However, that doesn't necessarily mean they'll eat any fruit or veggie I give them, either.  Especially Gilead.

Mercy, as a general rule, will gorge herself on fruit, and she'll eat moderate amounts of most vegetables, but there are exceptions.  Gilead, on the other hand, has been on a produce strike for some time, and I've tried everything I can think of to break it.

I think I've found the solution.

Copy-Kids Eat Fruits and Vegetables, a delightful DVD in which 12 fruits and vegetables (bell peppers, carrots, oranges, bananas, cucumbers, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, apples, tomatoes, avocados, and broccoli) are featured in six to eight minute segments.  In each segment several children are shown thoroughly enjoying eating a particular fruit or vegetable.  That's right.  Enjoying it.  The Copy-Kids press release says this about the DVDs inspiration:

"The genesis for the project came when Cai Dixon noticed her young daughter was more willing to try new fruits and vegetables when she saw another child eating them. Bella liked to copy. Dixon wondered if the experience had to be live, or if a video of children eating fruits and vegetables would also work?"

Copy-Kids has won two awards, the MACT award and one from Dr. Toy as well as being approved by the USDA and being added to their Education and Training Materials Database for preschool nutrition.

It seemed worth a try, so I put it to the test with my 2 and 4 year olds.

First viewing.  Gilead has been refusing to even try apples for months, so I thought we'd start with the apple segment.

He's definitely thinking about it.

By now, we'd actually moved on to watching the tomato segment.  Then, amazingly enough, he picked up an apple slice.  And ate it!  As soon as he took that first bite he said "mmm.  Delicious.  I love it!"

Mercy loves apples, too.  And she especially loves eating them while watching Copy-Kids.

A couple of days later I decided it was time to try something a little bit more foreign--cucumbers.  They were my favorite snack as a child, but as of yet, I had been unable to get my children to eat them.  So, I sliced one up, put in Copy-Kids, and waited to see what would happen.

After a few minutes Mercy tentatively nibbled.

And what do you know?  It's yummy!  She ate the whole bowl.

About half way through the segment Gilead got brave enough to touch his.  This, I'm sorry to say, was a big deal.  However, by the end, he actually took a bite, too.  I can't say that he's loving cucumbers yet, but he's trying them, and for now, that thrills me.

Bananas are a fruit that, admittedly, they both like, but seem to have fallen out of love with as of late.  Therefore, since we had bananas in the house, too, I thought we'd give the banana segment a whirl.

They each devoured a whole banana over the course of the segment and were begging for more!!!

So, it is without reservation that I tell you that Copy-Kids works.  I'm looking forward to continuing to introduce my children to even more fruits and vegetables with the DVD.  In fact, Mercy already studies the cover and asks if we can watch it while eat a particular fruit or veggie.  We're hooked!

You can read more great reviews here and order your own copy here so that your kids can experience the joy of eating healthily right away.  Keep up with the latest Copy-Kids happenings via facebook and twitter, too!

Copy-Kids has generously offered to sponsor a giveaway.  One lucky reader of Gluten Free Motherhood will win their own Copy-Kids Eat Fruits and Vegetables DVD.  Enter using the Rafflecopter form below.

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Monday, June 4, 2012

Bunk Bed Giveaway--Free Blogger Event Sign Ups!

Children Teaching Mama is pleased to present the Walker Edison Bunk Bed Giveaway sponsored by BunkBedsAtoZ!

Event Dates: June 20th to July 10th

Details: This is a FREE blogger event, open to US and Canada residents and accepting sign-ups now!

Sign up for this exciting event here!

Be sure to let them know that Gluten Free Motherhood sent you when you sign up.