Saturday, November 10, 2012

QUICK GIVEAWAY - $50 GC Shutterfly! (ENDS 11/19)


With Halloween that has just passed and Thanksgiving coming around, I am totally excited for Christmas - jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock!  One of my favorite things about Christmas is taking a family photo and making Photo Christmas Cards to share with loved ones.  Depending on the design and color theme of the card, I coordinate the family's outfit to match the card's theme.  Shutterfly has a wonderful new collection of Christmas Cards this year from traditional colors and embellishments to merry and bright colors for a modern feel.  They also feature religious based cards and cards that showcase your pets.  Shutterfly has a variety of cards to fit your style.   
   

This year, I think I might just go with the Pretty Pattern Christmas Card (1st photo shown above on the 2nd row).  I love the gorgeous flowers in the background that display the Christmas colors of red and green.  The Pretty Pattern is available in colors green or red and in formats 4x8, 5x7 or 5x5.  The flat stationary card is printed on a 110 lb. premium cardstock with a finish of matte or glossy.  The card allows for one photo to be uploaded and the back side may also be personalized with photos and text.  Blank white envelopes are included, but Shutterfly does offer mail options.  I can't wait to receive my bright-orange Shutterfly package!

I can always count on Shutterfly for an elegant and festive photo Christmas card (HSUper Parents-Approved)!

BUY IT!  The Pretty Pattern Christmas Card may be purchased for as low as $1.39 per card.  Remember to visit Shutterfly's Special Offers page http://www.shutterfly.com/special-offers for current discounts and savings.

WIN IT!  Shutterfly has generously offered a promo code for $50 off order of $50 or more (excluding tax and shipping and cannot be combined with any other promos) to a lucky HSUper Parents reader!  The promo code expires on 12/14/12 with no extensions.
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Disclaimer:  This review has not been monetarily compensated and is based on the views and opinions of myself.  Please note that the opinions reflected in this post have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.  However, for review purposes, I do accept and will keep the products reviewed. 

Friday, November 2, 2012

Happy Halloween 2012!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN 2012!


Baby Hsu in Popeye Toddler Costume from HalloweenWay.com


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Mixie - Formula-Mixing Baby Bottle Review



Mixie Baby LLC, a family owned and operated company based in Washington, recently launched its signature formula-mixing baby bottles - Mixie.  The dad-invented baby formula bottles provide a convenient solution to the challenge of formula feeding on-demand and on-the-go.   


Mixie is a one-of-a-kind formula baby bottle that can easily be prepared in advance and mixed later.  The BPA, phthalates, and PVC-free bottles are available in 2 sizes - 4 oz. and 8 oz.  The 4 oz. Mixie includes a slow (stage 1) nipple and the 8 oz. Mixie includes a steady (stage 2) nipple.  The fast (stage 3) nipple is sold separately.  All parts are dishwasher and microwave safe.  Mixie is ideal for childcare providers, daycare centers, busy lifestyles and on-the-go feeding. 

To Fix Mixie
  1. Add formula to compartment, tap compartment gently on hard surface to settle powder, and press the lid (agitator) to seal the compartment shut.
  2. Twist the compartment back into the bottom of the bottle.
  3. Fill the bottle with water and twist the nipple and cap back on.
  4. Push the button on the bottle bottom to release the powder.
  5. Shake until powder blends smoothly with water.  The formula compartment lid works as a free-floating agitator to mix the formula thoroughly to avoid any clumping.
Mixie will definitely come in handy when we travel with an infant (HSUper Parents-Approved)!

Stay current with Mixie Baby on Facebook and @mixiebottle on Twitter.

BUY IT!  The Mixie (8 oz.) may be purchased for $21.95 at specialty retailers nationwide in-store or online.  

Disclaimer:  This review has not been monetarily compensated and is based on the views and opinions of myself.  Please note that the opinions reflected in this post have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.  However, for review purposes, I do accept and will keep the products reviewed. 

Thursday, September 27, 2012

HalloweenWay.com - Toddler Popeye Costume Review



HalloweenWay has helped consumers find the perfect Halloween costume, mask and accessory at their local retail stores for about 10 years.  In 2009, they opened their online store to allow the convenience for people to shop online right in their homes.  HalloweenWay has a lot to offer - adult couples and group costumes, men's costumes, women's costumes, seasonal costumes, plus size costumes, kids costumes (from baby to tween), Halloween decorations, props and party supplies, and a whole bunch of accessories including hats, wigs and masks.


Halloween is just around the corner and Baby Hsu will be dressed in the Popeye Toddler Costume.  Ironically, Baby Hsu recently started to become a picky eater, picking out the spinach from his bowl and flicking it across the room (trying to make a statement that he does not like green veggies).  The polyester costume comes with a white sailor's hat, a black shirt with a red collar, blue pants, yellow belt, and a pair of padded muscle arms.  It is an officially licensed Popeye product.  This year, Baby Hsu will get to wear his costume several times - on Halloween day, singing Halloween songs at a senior center, pumpkin patch, and at a playdate with all the kiddies dressed in their costumes.  Baby Hsu is ready for some trick-or-treating as Popeye the sailor man - woot woot (whistle sound)!

At HalloweenWay, I can find awesome costumes to dress up the entire family, even our house (HSUper Parents-Approved)!

Stay current with HalloweenWay.com on Facebook and @halloweenway on Twitter.

BUY IT!  The Popeye Toddler Costume may be purchased for $27.99 on HalloweenWay.com.  Free shipping is offered for purchase of $100 or more.

Disclaimer:  This review has not been monetarily compensated and is based on the views and opinions of myself.  Please note that the opinions reflected in this post have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.  However, for review purposes, I do accept and will keep the products reviewed. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

aden + anais - For the Birds - Owl Cozy Sleeping Bag Review



The brilliant mom-preneur Raegan Moya-Jones created aden + anais, an Australian inspired company that specializes in muslin swaddles.  Cotton muslin is the world's oldest, most cherished loosely-woven cotton fabric with weaves to allow air to circulate around the baby's body.  Today, aden + anais has brought the legacy of 100% breathable cotton muslin and transpired into a line of breathable and fashion forward products, which has been spotted being used by many celebrities and parents.  In addition to their award-winning swaddles, aden + anais carries sleeping bags, bibs and burp cloths, towel and washcloth sets, mum + bub skin care, dream blankets, issie - security blankets, serenity star, changing pad covers, crib sheets and their very own swaddle love book!

Sleep Safety Tips from CJ Foundation for SIDS (proudly sponsored by aden + anais)
  1. Always lay your baby to sleep face up
  2. Remove all loose bedding, stuffed animals, bumpers and pillows from crib
  3. Don't let your baby get too hot
  4. Control room temperature where baby is sleeping
  5. Consider using a fan to increase air circulation in baby's room
  6. Lay your baby to sleep in an approved crib, on a firm-fitting mattress
  7. Don't share sleep surfaces
  8. Don't smoke while pregnant and never smoke near your infant
  9. Create a healthy lifestyle for you and your baby
  10. If possible, breastfeed your baby
  11. Offer your baby a pacifier at all sleep times
  12. Put your baby on his or her tummy to play when your baby is awake and supervised 
Durable and gentle.  Soft and strong.  Breathable and comfortable.  Time-tested and pure. 

I simply adore aden + anais For the Birds - Owl Cozy Sleeping Bag!  This is one of their newer designs.  The cozy sleeping bags consist of four layers of 100% cotton muslin designed to be worn over a baby's pajamas.  Muslin's light, open weave allows a baby's body temperature to regulate itself naturally helping to prevent overheating, which is one of the top causes of SIDS.  Each sleeping bag zips from the bottom, which allows for easy diaper changes.  With each wash, the sleeping bag gets softer and softer.  Baby Hsu has been kept warm through the chilly winter with aden + anais cozy sleeping bags.  Without it, I don't think he would've been able to cozily sleep through the nights.  He is now 2 years old and it is just too bad that he has already outgrown the largest size.  But, I will be saving this sleeping bag for our 2nd child (one day).
For a baby's safe and cozy sleep, aden + anais cozy sleeping bags are a must-have for parents (HSUper Parents-Approved)!

Stay current with aden + anais on Facebook and @adenandanais on Twitter.

BUY IT!  aden + anais For the Birds - Owl Cozy Sleeping Bag may be purchased for $45.00 on their website.

Disclaimer:  This review has not been monetarily compensated and is based on the views and opinions of myself.  Please note that the opinions reflected in this post have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.  However, for review purposes, I do accept and will keep the products reviewed.  

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

GIVEAWAY - $50 GC Minted - Art, Stationary, Invitations and More! (CLOSED)



Minted is an online store that consists of a global community of independent graphic designers that offer the best of their designs in the form of paper goods.  Their goal is to use technology to allow the work of great designers from all over the world to be discovered by the community and to create a place where designers can get exposure and build their careers.  Minted holds monthly design challenges for all graphic designers to enter and the Minted community selects the best designs.  Winning designers earn cash prizes, a place in the Minted collection, and commissions on all sales of their designs.  Minted believes in using fine paper stock, rich inks, and crisp printing methods.  


"Our purpose in life is to uncover exceptional design from all over the world and bring this to savvy consumers who won't accept anything else."

One of my favorites from the Minted collection is the Stache + Kiss Thank You Cards.  The 4.25" x 5.5" flat-printed, folded card is available in 3 colors - Creme, Tuxedo and Pure White.  Both lines on the card may be personalized to whatever you would like it to say and a free digital proof is offered per item ordered.  The thank you cards are printed on Minted's exclusive Signature Cover paper and come with blank white envelopes.  Penelope Poppy from Pittsburgh, PA is the designer behind this fun and quirky thank you card.  

Minted also has quite a few holiday cards selection for the upcoming holiday season (http://www.minted.com/holiday-photo-cards).  It's never too early to start personalizing your Christmas cards.      

I appreciate being a part of the Minted community that offers unique art and paper goods created by Indie designers (HSUper Parents-Approved)!

BUY IT!  Minted's Stache + Kiss Thank You Cards may be purchased on their site for a minimum of 25 cards for $76.00.

WIN IT!  Minted has generously offered a $50 gift certificate to their store to a lucky HSUper Parents reader!

Mandatory Entry - Remember to leave your comment on this blog post below (do not comment in Rafflecopter). 
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Giveaway open to worldwide and ends on 09/19/2012 at 12:01am EST.  A winner will be chosen with random.org.  The winner will be notified by email and posted on this blog.  Winners will have 48 hours to reply to my email or a new winner will be chosen.  Good luck!

Disclaimer:  This review has not been monetarily compensated and is based on the views and opinions of myself.  Please note that the opinions reflected in this post have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.  However, for review purposes, I do accept and will keep the products reviewed. 

Monday, August 27, 2012

Exederm - Ultra Sensitive Skin Care (Now Available at Walgreens) Review


Exederm offers ultra sensitive skincare products for adults, children, and babies who suffer from eczema, dermatitis, and sensitive skin.  Their philosophy is to avoid irritants that trigger eczema - always use the mildest ingredients possible.  Exederm baby and children's skincare line has been honored with a 'Seal of Acceptance' from the National Eczema Association.  All of their products have been specially formulated to avoid harsh chemicals, unnecessary additives and unproven herbal ingredients that may irritate sensitive skin.
~ No Fragrance
~ No Parabens
~ No Lanolin
~ No Propylene Glycol
~ No Color or Dyes
~ No Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS)
~ No Cocamidopropyl Betaine (CAPB)
~ No Phthalates


Unfortunately, Baby Hsu still suffers from eczema!  We were first introduced to Exederm when Baby Hsu was about 8 months old (may read previous post here).  Exederm has a new packaging with a 'Seal of Acceptance' from the National Eczema Association on the label.  And, their products are now available for purchase online at Walgreens.com. The Baby Eczema Cream (intensive baby moisturizer) works pretty well on Baby Hsu.  I religiously slather the moisturizer on him about 3 times a day or more and I notice that he tends to scratch less.  I have tried other lotions and he just scratches like a mad baby. The cream is light and non-greasy and is ideal for children of all ages.  The ingredients in the Baby Eczema Cream include water, petrolatum, glyceryl stearate, stearic acid, caprylic/capric triglyceride, glycerin, ceteareth-20, phenoxyethanol, caprylyl glycol, sodium benzoate, and palmitic acid.  The Baby Eczema Lotion (hydrating baby lotion) is the same as the Baby Eczema Cream, which contains the same ingredients.  The only difference is that the cream is in a jar where you have to scoop out the cream and the lotion comes in a bottle where you can squeeze the lotion out.  There's also a slight difference in the texture, but very similar.  The Baby Eczema Wash (cleansing baby bath) gently cleanses delicate skin and is ideal for children of all ages.  The ingredients in the wash include water, decal glucoside, disodium cocoamphodiacetate, disodium coco-glucoside sulfosuccinate, glycerin, xanthan gum, phenoxyethanol, caprylyl glycol, tetrasodium EDTA, and citric acid.  Exederm does not cure Baby Hsu's eczema, but it does help soothe his itchy skin.

After using Exerderm products, I am relieved to see Baby Hsu scratch less which means less bloody scabs (HSUper Parents-Approved)!

BUY IT!  The Baby Eczema Cream may be purchased for $14.99, Baby Eczema Lotion for $14.99, and Baby Eczema Wash for $12.99 on Exederm's website.  Currently, you can save 20% when you buy any 3 (use promo code save20) and free shipping is offered on orders over $50 (US and Canada only).  Their products are also available on Walgreens online, Amazon.com, Target online, Drugstores.com, and other retailers (locate retailer).  

Disclaimer:  This review has not been monetarily compensated and is based on the views and opinions of myself.  Please note that the opinions reflected in this post have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.  However, for review purposes, I do accept and will keep the products reviewed.

Monday, July 23, 2012

GIVEAWAY - Everyday Joyful Handmade Chic Gifts and Favors (Item of Choice)! (CLOSED)


Everyday Joyful is an Etsy shop created by Jenn Hsu who is a mother to a feisty yet affectionate toddler girl.  She believes "it's the simplicity of everyday life that brings joy - a handwritten note, a lit candle while reading a book, and the peals of childhood laughter."  Everyday Joyful offers one-of-a-kind handmade items and gifts that complete the details of a room, home, or special event.  She hopes her handmade items bring a little joy and warmth to your everyday life!



The hand-poured Soy Wax Floral Teacup Candle (Unscented) adds a warm and romantic touch to a room.  The teacup is 4" tall and 3.5" in diameter (not including the handle) with an approximate burn time of 40+ hours.  I love how the teacup has a feminine touch with a scalloped rim.  FYI, soy wax is eco-friendly, non-toxic and non-carcinogenic and has a cleaner, longer burn time than paraffin wax.  Once the the candle has completed its burn cycle, you may enjoy a brewed coffee or tea in the washed teacup - dishwasher and microwave safe.  

Everyday Joyful is definitely my go-to shop for unique and chic handmade gifts and favors (HSUper Parents-Approved)!

WIN IT!  Everyday Joyful has generously offered an item of your choice to a lucky HSUper Parents reader!

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Disclaimer:  This is a sponsored post.  This review has not been monetarily compensated and is based on the views and opinions of myself.  Please note that the opinions reflected in this post have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.  However, for review purposes, I do accept and will keep the products reviewed.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Shutterfly's Long Live Summer Photo Contest - Win Trip to Bahamas





Shutterfly is hosting a Long Live Summer Photo Contest on Facebook with a chance to win a trip to The Bahamas and a professional photo shoot!

Long Live Summer – Facebook Photo Contest details - 7/9 – 8/12 Multi-week summer themed photo sweepstakes with instant win prizes. http://bit.ly/sweepS

Win a trip for four to The Bahamas and a professional photo shoot so you’ll remember your vacation forever.  All you need to do is upload your favorite photo and caption based on the theme of the week.  Get a gift from Shutterfly just for entering! You can enter at any point during the 5-week sweepstakes period.

PHOTO THEMES
•       Week 1(7/9): Americana
•       Week 2 (7/16): Great Outdoors
•       Week 3 (7/23): Water Fun
•       Week 4 (7/30): Sports & Activities
•       Week 5 (8/6): Parties & Celebrations
PRIZES
       Instant win prizes just for submitting a photo!
       Weekly prizes (contestants can enter one time/week)
       Weekly featured photos: up to 5 weekly entries will be selected from the gallery and featured on the Facebook fan page and awarded a $500 gift card on Shutterfly and a copy of the new Lonely Planet travel photography book.
       Grand prize: trip for 4 to Bahamas, 4 nights, family photo shoot

Monday, July 2, 2012

GIVEAWAY - 25 Tiny Prints Party Invitations! (CLOSED)



Tiny Prints offer high quality products like chic photo cards, holiday cards, invitations, announcements, personalized stationary, gifts, and photo books.  The company first started out specializing in unique baby stationary and has now boomed into an online retailer of stylish designs for every occasion, including wedding and business stationary with the launch of Wedding Paper Divas and Tiny Prints Corporate.  Tiny Prints offers a large selection of party invitations to select from (view here), including baby shower, birthday party, religious, summer party, anniversary party, wedding, graduation, holiday party, and business event invitations.  Each card is reviewed by their professional team of designers and etiquette experts.


Summer is the time for parks, beaches and BBQ under the sizzling sun!  During the beginning of the summer, when the heat is still bearable, I like to take Baby Hsu to a local park and enjoy a family picnic on the grass.  I look for parks where it has adequate shade, which makes a total difference when it gets hot.  Some of the parks have a sand area and that's when I bring out his sand toys and trucks (which I keep in my trunk).  Other parks have a water play area, which is perfect for kids to run through the water in their bathing suits.  Towards the end of the summer, I find it more relaxing to take Baby Hsu to the beach with the ocean breeze.  BBQs are more of Hubby's expertise.  He gets a kick out of grilling juicy pieces of steak and sausages on the grill.  My number one request is for grilled corn, buttered with spices and lime juice - yummy!  The Cookout Collage would be an invitation I would send out if I were to host a BBQ or cookout party. But, if I were to host any type of a summer party, I would definitely use the Citrus Impression invitation.

Tiny Prints always has what I need to send out the perfect party invitation (HSUper Parents-Approved)!

WIN IT!  Tiny Prints has generously offered 25 Party Invitations to a lucky HSUper Parents reader!

Mandatory Entry - Remember to leave your comment on this blog post below (do not comment in Rafflecopter).
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Giveaway open to residents of US only and ends on 07/17/2012 at 12:01am EST.  A winner will be chosen with random.org.  The winner will be notified by email and posted on this blog.  Winners will have 48 hours to reply to my email or a new winner will be chosen.  Good luck!

Disclaimer:  This is a sponsored post.  This review has not been monetarily compensated and is based on the views and opinions of myself.  Please note that the opinions reflected in this post have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.  However, for review purposes, I do accept and will keep the products reviewed.

Friday, June 29, 2012

GIVEAWAY - SwaddleDesigns SwaddleLite (Set of 3 Marquisette Swaddling Blankets)! (CLOSED)




SwaddleDesigns® introduces SwaddleLite™.  SwaddleDesigns is proud to be selected by Dr. Karp, Author of The Happiest Baby on the Block, as a sponsor for his upcoming “Parents Night Out”.

SwaddleLite contains a set of 3 lightweight breathable openweave high quality cotton Marquisette Swaddling Blankets in a gift box.

Especially during the warmer months, parents are looking for very lightweight cotton blankets.  Marquisette is an ideal fabric for swaddling in warmer environments and climates. The open weave cotton fabric is breathable and allows for airflow. 

SwaddleDesigns marquisette has a very soft hand.  SwaddleDesigns marquisette is custom made using superior quality cotton yarns created from long, smooth, high quality cotton.

Moms love SwaddleDesigns beautiful colors and attractive prints. 

SwaddleDesigns products are known for their great quality and long lasting value that moms and babies love and enjoy for years. SwaddleDesigns is also well respected by the medical community – often recommended by pediatricians, nurses, doulas, newborn care instructors.

SwaddleDesigns is proud to be selected by Dr. Karp, Author of The Happiest Baby on the Block, as a sponsor for his upcoming “Parents Night Out” theatrical event.  NCM Fathom, SwaddleDesigns and BabyCenter present a special live event, Parent’s Night Out with The Happiest Baby & Happiest Toddler, starring Dr. Harvey Karp, on Thursday, June 21 at 7:30 p.m. local time. Expecting moms and dads, parents of infants and toddlers, will want to visit their local movie theater to watch as Dr. Karp reveals the surprising tips and tricks that have made his celebrated books and DVDs among the top parenting guides in history. Audiences will enjoy live demonstrations, watch footage of parents in action, and take part in a hot-topic parent Q&A session. Families will learn simple solutions to help them raise happy, well-behaved young children – and get more sleep, too.  Tickets are on sale.

“I founded SwaddleDesigns with the desire to help new parents calm and comfort their babies so everyone could get more sleep. Nearly ten years ago, I met Dr. Karp and I was delighted to discover that we shared a common mission to help parents prevent exhaustion and sleep deprivation,” said Lynette Damir, RN, CEO and creative director of SwaddleDesigns. “It’s an honor to partner with Dr. Karp at the first-ever nationwide Parents Night Out cinema event.” 

SwaddleDesigns was founded by Lynette Damir, RN, Designer and Mom of two in 2002, and SwaddleDesigns was the first company to introduce the large square swaddling blanket to the US market and many markets around the world.  SwaddleDesigns is known for their premium quality fabric, fabulous colors and prints, and the innovative 123 Swaddle® instructional label that makes learning how to swaddle so easy. SwaddleDesigns versatile blankets come in a variety of weights and are perfect for many uses such as a privacy throw for breastfeeding moms, a tummy time play mat, a cover over the stroller.


Learn "How to Swaddle" on SwaddleDesigns' website, where you may also find more information regarding sleeping environments and the benefits of swaddling.

The SwaddleLite - Cute and Calm - Lavender consists of three marquisette swaddling blankets in a gift box.  The 46" x 46" marquisette swaddling blanket is a lightweight, breathable, open weave blanket suitable for warmer weather.  A signature of SwaddleDesigns' swaddling blankets is the easy to follow swaddling instructions sewn to the edge of the blanket.  The swaddling blanket may also be used for sunshield, tummy time, privacy throw for breastfeeding, light stroller blanket, and other uses.  Although, Baby Hsu has outgrown the swaddling stage, I still use the marquisette swaddling blanket for his naps, in the stroller, and even as a changing station when we're out.  The SwaddleLite makes a great gift because a parent needs at least three swaddling blankets for their child.


SwaddleDesigns SwaddleLite is a must-have for moms and makes an excellent gift for moms-to-be (HSUper Parents-Approved)!

BUY IT!  SwaddleDesigns SwaddleLite - Cute and Calm - Lavender may be purchased on their site for $40.00.

WIN IT!  SwaddleDesigns has generously offered winner's choice of SwaddleLite to a lucky HSUper Parents reader!

Mandatory Entry - Remember to leave your comment on this blog post below (do not comment in Rafflecopter).
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Giveaway open to US and Canada and ends on 07/20/2012 at 12:01am EST.  A winner will be chosen with random.org.  The winner will be notified by email and posted on this blog.  Winners will have 48 hours to reply to my email or a new winner will be chosen.  Good luck!

Disclaimer:  This review has not been monetarily compensated and is based on the views and opinions of myself.  Please note that the opinions reflected in this post have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.  However, for review purposes, I do accept and will keep the products reviewed.