Saturday, July 30, 2016

Weekends with the Wigglesworths- Weekend Getaway


Happy Saturday! I was struggling earlier this week, with a few things, but mostly with the fact that this is the last weekend in July! In just a few more weeks, both girls will be going to school and I feel like we didn't really get to do much of anything. 

We decided to plan a little impromptu family trip to Mystic, CT. I don't really have an exact itinerary, but I'm hoping that we get to check out Ocean State Beach ParkDenison Pequotsepos Nature Center, and of course Mystic Aquarium.

Although we don't have much of a plan, and that makes me a little nervous, I'm also really excited for the memories we will be making!

What are you up to this weekend?  




Friday, July 29, 2016

Get Snackin' with Good Health and Drazil Tea for kids #review #giveaway



I feel like Aiden and his friends are eating me out of house and home this summer!!  I'm keeping an extra 3 to 5 kids, depending on the day and they are hungry all day long.  I want them to be able to have healthy snacks to grab.  The sample box of Good Health snack bags were perfect.  We took the pretzels with us to the pool.  They didn't care that they were veggie pretzels and healthy.  They just thought they were pretzels and ate them up.  I felt better about them than just a bag of regular chips or pretzels.  And they loved the Darzil tea...to them it was just a juice box.  So glad they are 35% less sugar and made from herbal teas.  I did take a sip and they are really good!!  These samples were gone quickly because they were so good.  The kids ate and drank them all.  I am happy that Aiden really loved the veggie sticks and chips and so glad that I can purchase these and Drazil tea juice boxes for lunchbox packing when school starts back.  


Box of Good Health snacks

Aiden loves the veggie chips and straws.  I liked the sweet potato chips.  

These pretzels were really good!!  

Better than regular chips

Aiden's favorite



These are really good pretzels

Veggie pretzel

I like seeing this on a snack bag

Drazil tea boxes


These get a thumbs up

Drazil Kids Tea is a blend of herbal teas infused with real fruit juices. With 35% less sugar, it’s a healthy alternative to most kids drinks. Herbal teas are perfect for kids as they are naturally caffeine-free and rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Refreshing, delicious and oh-so-healthy. There’s no better choice for your kids!


Since 1994, our mission here at Good Health® has been to provide tasty, innovative snacks you crave, by creating crispy, crunchy choices for every occasion... snacks like our category-creating Veggie Chips, air-popped Half Naked® Popcorn, steam-popped Crisps and Olive Oil and Avocado Oil Potato Chips.

As a trailblazer in common-sense snacking, we’re passionate about making life — and good snacks — even better. 


Want it? Buy it!
Check out all that Good Health has to offer on their webpage.  You can find Good Health snacks in most grocery or department stores.  Click here to find the retailer nearest you.  You can also connect with them on Facebook  and Pinterest. If you want to learn more about Drazil Tea, check out their webpage.  Click here to find the retailer nearest you.  And connect with them on Facebook, Twitter  and Pinterest.


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Four lucky readers will win Good Health Pretzels and/or  Drazil Tea products! Open to US residents, 18+, only. No PO Boxes. Just use the RC entry form below to enter for your chance to win. This contest is in no way affiliated or endorsed by any social media platform. Mommy's Block Party is not responsible for prize fulfillment or shipment. Please see our policies page for our full disclosure and contest rules.

Special thanks to my friends at Good Health and Drazil tea for these wonderful, healthy products and for offering these awesome giveaways for our readers.  It was a pleasure to work with you. 













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Cute, Natural & Organic Gifts for Baby & Mom: Lilly Pilly Baby #Review, #Giveaway & Discount Code!



Thank you to Lilly Pilly Baby for providing me with product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions shared are my own.

What's not to love about summer vacation? The kiddos are out of school, and we're able to spend lots of family time together. I love being with my kids, whether we're hanging out at home, or hitting the road as a family. We recently took a family roadtrip to NJ, and when we came back, I was exhausted. Fifteen hours riding back in the car with a screaming three-month-old (and vey patient five-year-old) was not the trip we envisioned. I felt like I needed a vacation from that vacation- or at the very least, a little mental break.

I was pleased to see a lovely package waiting for me from Lilly Pilly Baby, a natural and organic boutique for baby and mom.



Lilly Pilly Baby is based in Florida, and offers a wonderful variety of unique, natural products for babies and moms. I fell in love with natural and organic baby products when B was a baby. I never knew there was such a big difference in baby products, until I discovered natural & organic products. Using them made such a difference with B, who had sensitive skin. We want the best for our babies (and ourselves), and providing our loved ones with excellent products is a wonderful way to show how much we care.


I received a beautiful gift box from Lilly Pilly Baby. I wasn't sure what all would be included, so I was in for a bit of a surprise. Good thing I love surprises!


The contents of my package were wrapped in this adorable dragonfly tissue paper, and sealed with a Lilly Pilly sticker.

I couldn't wait to open my package to see what was inside. I had made a few suggestions, but knew that what was sent would depend on availability. I poured over the Lilly Pilly Baby website, and had so much fun looking at all of the adorable organic baby apparel and accessories. I could sweet Baby S in just about everything on their website. Plus- they had lots of fun gifts for moms, as well.


All of the items in my Lilly Pilly Baby box were color-coordinated! How thoughtful!

I loved the color choices I saw once I opened up the box. I had originally selected the cute Kate Quinn Organics onesie for S, and the Lilly Pilly team hand selected the other items to go along with it! Also included in the box was a Silicone Nursing & Teething Necklace, a natural pacifier, and loose tea.


Baby S in her Kate Quinn Organic Kimono



So, so pretty!

I absolutely love Kate Quinn Organics. Their apparel is so beautifully made- soft and natural, perfect for a sweet little baby's skin. Their designs are so lovely, and I just love the colors in the print of this kimono. Honestly, I wish all onesies were made this way. This kimono opens all the way up. It crosses over the body on both sides and snaps on the sides, and on the bottom. The bottom snaps make diaper changes easy, and if there happens to be a blow-out, I can remove the kimono without having to pull it over S' head. So, so smart! The fabric is lightweight- which is perfect for these almost 100 degree days in NC. It keeps S nice and cool when we're out and about.

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Sleeveless Kimono Bodysuit – Field
$22.00

Classic kimono bodysuit is available for your little one in our beloved essential prints and color palettes to make dressing baby oh so fun. features side and bottom snaps with a kimono wrap style.

Made from the softest 100% organic cotton jersey.

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The other product that I received which I truly love is the teething necklace. I wasn't sure if I would wind up wearing one a whole lot, because I was worried about S getting all caught up in it while nursing. Truthfully, it's a wonderful necklace to have. Not only is it stylish, it's 100% safe for baby to chew on or grab onto. I wear it often while feeding S, especially when we're out and about. I like for her to have something within reach to grab onto or teethe on without me having to rifle through the diaper bag, and manage handling her. The necklace is colorful, and made from food grade silicone, so it's safe for S' little mouth. Right now she is teething and chewing on everything she can get her hands on, so I make sure to take this necklace with us wherever we go. It's important to note that I wear the necklace- I never ever (nor would I ever) slip it over S' neck- that's a strangulation risk. I know I shouldn't have to say that, but- there, I said it.

I love this necklace so much, and would love to have some others like it to coordinate with other outfits. S is starting to become easily distracted while breastfeeding, so this necklace gives her something to focus on- other than her silly brother, the TV, outside noises, etc.

Details

Beautiful and trendy silicone necklaces for momma and baby.

This necklace slips right over moms head and also has a breakaway clasp in the back just in case baby pulls a bit too hard.

These gorgeous necklaces are made with silk cord for comfort and BPA free, food grade silicone beads. These beads are 100% safe for baby to chew on when teething.

These necklaces are also great for breastfeeding moms who have fidgety babies to help get them to focus.

***PLEASE NOTE***
These necklaces are for adult use only. Please inspect the necklace before each use to make sure it is safe for you little’s hands. If necklace is damaged in any way, please discard. Your baby’s safety is priority!

$17.50



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I love teas, and have been drinking two cups of tea a day for nursing support. The Woman's Balance Tea is a lovely blend to sit down and unwind with at the end of a long day. Motherhood can often seem overwhelming, and as much as I cherish time with my children during the day, I look forward to a little 'me time' after they go to bed. It's my time to hang out with my husband, enjoy a warm beverage, soak my feet in the foot spa, and maybe even watch a little Netflix. This tea blend has some of my favorite flavors, like ginger, lemon and raspberry, in one harmonious blend. It's smooth, and a nice way to wind down a long, tough day!

Details

Woman’s Balance Wellness Tea is a wonderful nourishing herbal synthesis that enhances a woman’s ability to balance her modern life. Blended with adaptogenic, immune-boosting, and deeply nourishing herbs that support a strong immune system, graceful moods, and an overall feeling of balance.

Women’s Balance Wellness Tea Suggested Use: Drink 1 teabag per 8-ounce cup; steep for 10-15 minutes. Drink 1-3 cups per day as needed for daily wellness.

Proprietary Blend of Organic Herbal Ingredients: *Red Raspberry Leaf, *Nettle, *Lemon Balm, *Echinacea, *Ashwagandha, *Ginger Root and *Elder Blossoms. *Organic or Wild Crafted

Serving size: 1 Tea Bag

Servings per Container: 24
1.3 ounce net weight

% Daily Value is not established.Wom
$13.47



Natural Pacifier for baby

The search for the perfect pacifier can be tedious. Every mom out there has an opinion as to which one is best, based on what did or didn't work for her own baby. My first baby became addicted to his pacifier, and was almost two years old before he gave it up. Baby S doesn't seem to want to take a pacifier, so I don't try to push it on her. I am glad, however, to have received the Natursutten pacifier. It's 100% natural rubber/latex, and is as close to mom as you can get. The pacifier is allergen-free, and is designed to press up against baby's nose to provide extra comfort, just like breastfeeding. I love that's it's super close to nature- so if S does decide to take a pacifier, this is what we'll give her. These beautiful pacifiers are made in Italy.

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Details

Natursutten Natural Pacifier – Orthodontic Original

• Made with 100% natural rubber from the tree Hevea Brasiliensis.

• No BPA, PVC, phthalates, chemical softeners, or artificial coloring.

• Uniquely hygienic, one-piece design, with no joints or cracks where dirt and bacteria can accumulate.

• Made in Italy—by a family business manufacturing rubber baby products for 3 generations (see video).

•Allergen-free. (The protein that on rare occasions can provoke a latex allergy is completely eliminated during production.)

• Larger shield touches the nose, comforting baby and more closely simulating breastfeeding.

• Softer than silicone—unlike conventional pacifiers, won’t leave marks on baby’s face.

• Just like toothbrushes, pacifiers should be replaced every 6 to 8 weeks.

• Conforms to pacifier-safety requirements as determined by European standard EN 1400 and CPSIA.
$9.00


Lilly Pilly Baby has so many wonderful products to choose from!


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Baby Clothing


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Cloth Diapers


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Doll Carriers


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Baby Gear


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Gifts for mom


Want them? Get them!

Head on over to Lilly Pilly Baby to browse all of their wonderful products for babies and moms! If you're heading to a baby shower or you're looking for a gift for baby, this is the place to shop! Connect with Lilly Pilly Baby on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!



Want them? Win them!

One lucky MBP reader will win a Lilly Pilly Baby Prize Pack, including:

Avanchy Bamboo Stay Put Suction Bowl + Baby Spoon (Orange)
Carley Barley Giraffe Swaddle Blanket
Lenny Lamb – Doll Carrier – Colors of Friendship

Giveaway is open to US residents, 18 and older. Giveaway ends at midnight on August 10th, 2016. Enter through the RC entry form below for your chance to win. MBP is not responsible for prize fulfillment. Please see our policies page for details,

Thank you to Lilly Pilly Baby for allowing me to review these wonderful items, and for offering this lovely giveaway for our readers!

Good luck!



Late Summer Fun in NC


I love summertime, and usually, it's filled with a lot of fun adventures. This summer has been a lot different from all of the rest. With a 'still new' baby at home, the days are long and the extra help is sparse. It's been so blistering hot outside (near 100 degrees every day!), that we haven't been able to go out for walks or go out to play. We're not used to spending so much time inside, especially this time of the year. 

We're trying to make our own fun and stay cool and comfortable. B is busy reaing, playing with LEGOs, watching the occasional show, or play fighting with his action figures. I am busy managing the house, the chores, and caring for my family while nursing the babe *still* every two hours. I have a power snacker on my hands boob. While we play, we take pictures and hope for the occasional visit of a family member or friend- mommy needs adult conversation to stay sane.

Here are some of the latest pics from our daily life...

Baby S, napping the afternoon away...


Shining brightly on a Monday morning!


Can you tell that she loves her Sophie teether?

Big brother B isn't much into having mommy take his picture these days. Every now and then he'll pose for one with his sis. We're basically just winding down these last few days until school starts, and trying to continue to survive life as a family of four.

How are you spending your summer?



Counting Down to Disney... Disney Challenge Day 10... What's your favorite Disney song?


We are counting down to our Disney trip and including you in the fun!! The kids and I can't wait to hear what you have to say. Today is day 10 in the challenge.... Favorite Song!

Disney has sooooooooo many songs. So many AMAZING songs!!!! Songs for every mood and emotion. A few notes of certain songs can make me smile, make me cry, or make me laugh. Like some of the others so far in this challenge... this one was HARD!!!!

But after thinking long and hard... I am going with "Under The Sea" From Little Mermaid.



and coming in a VERY close 2nd place for me...

"Be Our Guest" from Beauty and The Beast


and a very close 2 way tie for 3rd place.... ;)
When You Wish Upon a Star from Pinocchio <3


AND of couse "A Dream is a Wish your Heart makes" from Cinderella <3



So now we challenge you... Of all the Disney movies... which one has your favorite song?!? Or like me, you may have more than one! I could have easily turned this into a top 20 list!!! We can't wait to hear from you... Comment below!


Thursday, July 28, 2016

Pick A Sport Then Wait For Sunset! Reactorz Line Of Balls And Discs Delivers A Burst Of Light With Every Touch, Tap, Throw Or Kick #Review #Giveaway






COOP Sports offers so many ways for kids to get outside and move that’s there never an excuse, even if it’s dark! Their newest line is Reactorz, made with Reactive Light Technology, so a kicked soccer ball or a tossed football becomes illuminated on contact. Like Isaac Newton’s law of motion, for every action – toss, throw, kick – there’s an equal and quite bright reaction when kids play with one of eight Reactorz products. From regulation-sized basketball and soccer to football (throws just like a real, regular football!) and disc, these awe-inspiring sporting goods are priced an allowance-friendly $5.99 to $19.99.

Imagine the added surprise to a kickball or four square game with the Reactorz 8" Playground Ball. Built-in LEDs create a flash of light with each toss and catch. Textured, semi rigid construction makes the ball easy to grip, throw and kick.




I couldn't wait for my two little monkey's to open this one!


They were clearly SUPER EXCITED! Look at those faces =)


They could not wait to get it out of the package to play.



Look at it GLOW!!! How cool is that?!? Everytime they bounced, kicked, or hit it, it lights up!


It is rigid and easy to grip. They thought the look of it was awesome. Not like any ball they hade ever seen. The fact that it lights up is just a huge bonus! This is the COOLEST Playground Ball EVER!


They started playing immediately!


My pictures of them playing with it at night are all super blurry and don't do the ball justice what so ever. It is such an AWESOME toy!! Your kiddos will LOVE it!

How does it work? Don’t look for the on/off switch because there isn’t one! COOP designers, prized for their attention to detail, took a whole year of product development to get this just right!  The secret is the long-lasting battery life built in each ball, and the micro prism core that refracts light. Then they put their focus on the exterior. Each Reactorz boasts one of three core colors – Atomic (lime) Ice (blue) and Lava (red). Covering the balls is a contrasting shield color.

There are several different balls and colors. 



The specs:
  • 8 inch diameter ball is a great size for kids and teens.
  • Super-bright LED lights shine day or night.  
  • Powered by long-lasting batteries.
  • Micro-prism inner core refracts light for a cool effect.
  • Semi-rigid outer shield adds texture, making it easy to grip and throw, and soft to catch. 
  • Available in three colors: Atomic Core/Plasma Shield, Lava Core/Laser Shield, and Ice Core/Fire Shield.
Light up your kickball, wall ball and four square games with the COOP Reactorz Playground Ball!





The specs:
  • 9 inch football is a great size for kids and teens.
  • LED lights shine super bright, day or night.  
  • Powered by long-lasting batteries.
  • Micro-prism inner core refracts light for a cool effect.
  • Semi-rigid outer shield adds texture, making it easy to grip and throw, and soft to catch. 
  • Available in three colors: Onyx Shield/Lava Core, Biogreen Shield/Ice Core, and Laser Shield/Atomic Core.
Just try and get the kids off the field once they've got a hold of this ultimate light-up football!



The specs:
  • 8 inch diameter soccer ball for kids and youth.
  • Super-bright LED lights shine day or night.  
  • Powered by long-lasting batteries.
  • Micro-prism inner core refracts light for a cool effect.
  • Semi-rigid outer shield adds texture, making it easy to grip and throw, and soft to catch and kick. 
  • Available in three colors: Atomic Core/Plasma Shield, Lava Core/Laser Shield, and Ice Core/Biogreen Shield.
Soccer practice and games with friends will never be the same after you've played with this cool light-up soccer ball!


The specs:
  • 29.5 inch circumference regulation size basketball.
  • Super-bright LED lights shine day or night.  
  • Powered by long-lasting batteries.
  • Micro-prism inner core refracts light for a cool effect.
  • Semi-rigid outer shield adds texture, making it easy to grip and throw, and soft to catch. 
  • Available in three colors: Atomic Core/Laser Shield, Lava Core/Onyx Shield, and Ice Core/Blaze Shield.
Light up your pick-up games and basketball practice with the COOP Reactorz Basketball!
The specs:
  • 10 inch diameter flying disc.
  • Super-bright LED lights shine day or night.  
  • Powered by long-lasting batteries.
  • Semi-rigid construction adds texture, making it easy to grip and throw, and soft to catch. 
  • Available in four colors: Atomic Swirl, Laser Swirl, Atomic Tribal, and Atomic Swirl.
This light-up disc is great for backyard, park and beach play!


I promise with any of these Reactorz Balls, your child will be the hit of the field or playground!!! And you will be a hit in your own backyard for getting it for them!

WANT IT?!? BUY IT!!!!!
Reactorz are available ONLINE and in store at Toys R Us



Keep up with creators Coop Sports on
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WANT IT?!? WIN IT!!!!!
One lucky reader will win your choice of a Reactorz Ball (based on availability at time contest ends) This giveaway is open to US residents, 18+. No PO boxes. Enter below for your chance to win. MBP is not responsible for prize fulfillment. Please see our policies page for complete details.

Good luck!