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SIGG {Make Summer Hydration Fun!}

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Pool season is officially HERE and our family could not be more excited!!! Now that preschool is officially out for the summer, we are ready… SO READY to spend our days at the pool! Lots of time in the sun though, means staying hydrated and I don’t know about you, but getting my kids to take a water break in between cannon balls and dives isn’t always on the top of their priorities.

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Lucky for us.. SIGG makes it so.much.FUN! These new designs for summer are sure to get your kids excited for water breaks and moms like how durable they are! We cart these cups to soccer practice, the pool. in the car – everywhere! I love how much water they can fill (traditional zippy cups normally are much smaller and my five year old chugs that all in one sip!)

My daughter literally wants to be a mermaid, so she is infatuated with this fun design! And my son is all about dino’s and truck’s and cars, so he of course thinks this green dino cup is the coolest of them all! The fact that they’re BPA and phthalate free, durable, AND leak proof (you can’t tell me you haven’t shouted out at those sippy cups that literally seem to spill EVERYWHERE!) I know I have.. and SIGG has done it right! These literally fit the bill all the way around and there’s a SIGG design to meet every occasion!

Stay hydrated all summer long and have fun while you do it! What design would your kiddos enjoy the most? Check out SIGG on Facebook and Twitter and let me know!

BabyElan {daily} Sample Disclosure: The opinions expressed above are honest, accurate, and not encouraged anyway by monetary donations. A sample free of charge was received from said company, as stated within the editorial.

Get Greener with Bumbleride® Strollers

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Eco-Conscious Stroller Company Reduces Eco ‘Footprints’ with Recycled, Sustainable Materials

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As much as we talk about our love for the Bumbleride® Strollers, for how amazing they are doing the job as a STROLLER, we’ve never touched base on how amazing they are as a company. Did you know that the quality materials behind Bumbleride® Strollers were shifted last year to more eco-friendly?

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Every Bumbleride is now made with 50% recycled PET exterior fabric and 50% bamboo charcoal interior fabric.

Below you will find the early 2014 Press Release but first, our thoughts on the material that surrounds the Bumbleride Indie we own.

To be able to push around our beloved daughter over the past several months in a stroller that is not only top in it’s class in durability, stability, style…but also environmentally cautious, is a true pleasure! Gigi is riding on fabric that is chemical-free. That’s an amazing feeling to be able to provide that as a parent. The fabric has a luxury all it’s own, it’s soft and easily cleaned and managed, so from the outside it’s superb! And from the inside, well…the Bumbleride brand has truly embraced the day and age and driven their products to where we all want to be as parents making the world healthier for our children:

SAN DIEGO, CA (March 27, 2014) – Offering a smooth ride for babies and a chic, modern aesthetic for parents,Bumbleride continues to raise the stroller standard this Earth Day by reducing families’ carbon-footprints as they stroll.Bumbleride strollers and accessories boast a unique blend of eco-conscious recycled plastic and bamboo-derived rayon fabrics in bright, fashionable colors to give parents anenvironmentally-friendly, yet stylish, stroller option in which to explore Mother Nature.

Available in vibrant hues like Cayenne Red, Aquamarine, and Green Papyrus, Bumbleride’s 2014 all-terrain, joggingtravel and urban strollers feature a dual-faceted eco-construction: the exterior fabric is made with 50% recycled PET from plastic bottles, and the interior fabric consists of 50% renewable bamboo charcoal. 

“Bumbleride proves that parents don’t need to make sacrifices in personal style, comfort or philosophy when shopping for strollers,” says Marketing Coordinator Ryan Willson. “We work tirelessly and exercise the utmost discernment in selecting fabrics and materials that satisfy modern parents’ concerns—for the planet, for their babies, and for themselves.”

RECYCLED: 14 Plastic Bottles = 1 Stroller

Bumbleride’s exterior fabric is made in part from recycled PET (or polyethylene terephthalate), a polyester commonly used in plastic packaging such as water bottles. Willson explains that instead of using polyesters made from newly constructed synthetic fibers, Bumbleride’s exterior fabric puts existing synthetic resources to use, therefore conserving material and reducing plastic waste. Their unique PET/polyester blend employs the sterilized plastic from 14 water bottles to produce the stroller fabric in one Bumbleride Indie stroller, for example.

SUSTAINABLE: Chemical-Free Bamboo

For the interior stroller fabric, Bumbleride uses a soft material that is comfortable and healthy for kids while environmentally clean and responsible, Willson explains. The distinctive bamboo charcoal blend harnesses the innate properties of bamboo grass (a renewable resource that naturally grows fast without the need for fertilizers, nutrients or pesticides) to provide soft, durable, moisture-wicking, temperature-regulating and antibacterial qualities to the seat and interior of the stroller. Unlike the typical chemically-manufactured bamboo fabric, Bumbleride’s eco-fabric blend is made with raw grass fibers that are broken down into tiny nano-particles and then infused into polyester fabric. 

About Bumbleride:

Founded in San Diego, California in 2004, Bumbleride strollers balance superior function with luxury design to provide sophisticated, active families with lasting value. Streamlined and intuitively engineered designs make life easier and more comfortable for babies and parents, while fresh, fashion-forward color schemes, fabrics and silhouettes offer discerning parents a heightened stroller aesthetic. Along with informed, inspired and ergonomic designs, social and environmental responsibility and personalized customer care are at the core of the Bumbleride experience.

Next time we visit the Bumbleride Stroller brand, we’ll introduce you to the new Indie 4!!

BabyElan {daily} Sample Disclosure: The opinions expressed above are honest, accurate, and not encouraged anyway by monetary donations. A sample free of charge was received from said company, as stated within the editorial.

Glass Dharma {free straw!}

Monday, April 7th, 2014

IMG_7841I am in love with glass straws, especially Glass Dharma’s Decorative Dots! My 7 year old loves drinking from a straw. Several years ago, I got tired of throwing out disposable straws and I went on a search for reusable options. That’s when I found Glass Dharma. I was a bit skeptical about glass and a 4 year old, but thought I’d try anyways. The straw is made with borosilicate glass, which is resistant to thermal shock. They can still break, but it isn’t an easy task.

We have only lost 1 straw in 3 years, and all Glass Dharma straws have a life time breakage warranty! Glass Dharma has a variety of sizes in their Simple Elegance collection, Beautiful Bends straw, and my favorite- the Decorative Dots.

1978641_10152038273208733_730470463_nI was sent a gift card from Glass Dharma, so I decided to purchase the Decorative Dots Ice Tea 4 Pack. It comes with 4 straws with a blue dot, amber, green, and red. They have a 5.5mm diameter and are great for most beverages. The Decorative Dots also has the Sipper, Smoothie, and Bubble Tea straw size. You can get the set for $44 or purchase singles for $10-$12.

IMG_7840For Earth Day 2014 Glass Dharma is (has already) giving out over 1000 glass straws!! This is their 6th annual event to bring awareness about alternatives to single use plastics. Here is some info on how you can get your free straw!

“Disposable” plastics have a large impact on our environment and this Earth Day you can learn how easy it is to make different choices to sustain our Planet. GlassDharma’s Earth Day trivia activity went live on March 10th and in the first 24 hours they had over 1000 entries! That’s ok, they are still giving out more! Since they have already reached the first 1000 straws to give away- with free shipping, they are now in the second phase. This is where you will receive a coupon code that can be used on their website for an Earth Day Straw or towards something else with you paying any difference and shipping. Shipping in the US for 1 straw usually is around $3. Inspiring others by example makes a lasting impact that multiplies over time. When you get your straw, show it off!

Be sure to sign up for Glass Dharma’s newsletter, FB, Earth Day FB event page, InstagramTwitter, and Pinterest

BabyElan {daily} Sample Disclosure: The opinions expressed above are honest, accurate, and not encouraged anyway by monetary donations. A sample free of charge was received from said company, as stated within the editorial.

 

 

 

Healthy & Nutritious #JuicePlusLife #ad

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Being a mom of two young kids and on a crazy schedule of preschool drop off and pick up, fitting in working out, blogging, and everything in between at home; it’s so hard to keep my health.. let alone the whole family’s in check! There are so many companies out there today deceiving us too and claiming they are good for us, when in reality; they really aren’t.

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Finding Juice Plus has been a lifesaver for me! I haven’t even taken a daily vitamin in such a long time, because every time I thought I found one that was healthy and providing me the nutrients I needed in a vitamin, I would find out it wasn’t. I also have been struggling to find something for my kids that is free of dye’s and other junk. My precious babies deserve something so much better than that!

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I had the amazing opportunity to chat with Dr. Bill Sears (author of The Baby Book among other best sellers) and his son, Dr. Jim Sears (of the hit tv show The Doctors) about the benefits of Juice Plus. While I was absolutely star struck (I’ve read almost ALL of Dr. Sears’ books throughout pregnancy and raising two toddlers,) I take both of their advice so seriously and it was truly an honor to pick their brands and learn more.

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What Did I Learn?

  • Juice Plus has been around longer than most of the other companies out there
  • Juice Plus is one of the most reputable and health barring companies there is
  • There is more science and studies behind these products than meets the eye
  • Juice Plus promotes blood vessel health (according to Dr. Bill Sears, blood vessel health is one of the most important aspects of our health we should be paying attention to.) Every organ is only as healthy as the blood vessel supplying it….. & the list goes on and on

There are so many positive things I learned about these products (and I can back up since I’ve been taking them) that I honestly can’t even share it all in one blog post, so I’ll be featuring several parts to this so you can really learn about how truly amazing these products are.

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Juice Plus consists of some different options, chewables, capsules, and Complete Nutrition Shakes. I’ve been not only drinking a shake a day, but taking six capsules (two of the Garden Blend, two of the Vineyard Blend, and two of the Orchard Blend once a day) and my kids have been taking the chewables. I feel so great! I have more energy and feel healthier just knowing I’m taking these vitamins, which are literally crushed up fruits and vegetables on a daily basis!

Dr. Jim Sears talked about drinking a shake for breakfast and sometimes even twice a day due to their high source of nutrition. Taking these daily Juice Plus supplements takes the worry away from being a mom and wondering if I’m feeding my kids enough healthy foods. Each person needs ten fistfuls of fruits and veggies a day; it’s very rare that someone is eating that many fruits and veggies; which is why taking a supplement like these is so important for our overall health.

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So many positives come with eating fruits and veggies, such as :

  • Better vision
  • Healthier heart
  • Smoother skin… and the list goes on!

Introducing Juice Plus to my family has been the start of a complete change in our health. Being a mom who cares so deeply about the ingredients in the food I’m preparing, I have such a feeling of ease knowing I’ve found this company.

 

Stay tuned, because I’ll be sharing some fun recipes and ways to get creative with introducing Juice Plus and fruits and veggies to your kiddos along with some more useful information you won’t want to miss!!

 

BabyElan {daily} Sample Disclosure: The opinions expressed above are honest, accurate, and not encouraged anyway by monetary donations. A sample free of charge was received from said company, as stated within the editorial.

i play: Green Sprouts Easy To Go

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

I love shopping locally and there are a ton of great NC based companies. One of my favorites, i play, was founded 32 years ago and they design their products in Asheville, NC. They have 2 lines, i play which focuses on outdoor play and green sprouts which focuses on inside. All green sprout items are products are free from PVC, BPA, and formamides.

You can find items like raincoats, boots, swimwear, water shoes, layette, winter wear, feeding items, personal care items, toys, and more!

Now that the weather is warming up, we are planning more day trips and activities. We went to the zoo last weekend and we got to test out our new green sprouts easy to go goodies!

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We were sent the On Safari Backpack, Safari Bento Box, and Safari Snack Bags. Which both easily fit into the lightweight backpack. The Safari Backpack has a magnetic closure with drawstring and adjustable straps. It is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers to carry books, a change of clothes, toys, snacks, rocks, or whatever treasures they may pick up along the way. The backpack is available as a monkey, lion, hippo, alligator, or elephant for only $19.

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The Safari Bento Box is perfect for small appetites! It has 3 compartments- the bowl bottom and a nesting divided tray. The bowl will hold crackers, a small sandwich, or fresh fruit and veggies. The divided tray is great for bite size snacks like freeze dried fruits or veggies, puffs, mini rice cakes, Annies Bunnies. It has a locking lid to prevent spilling. It will fit easily in your diaper bag, or you can get the matching backpack! You can get the Safari Bento Box for $8.

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The Safari Snack Bags are made with a waterproof EVA material that is easy to wipe down or wash in the sink. The bags are great for crackers, nuts, small sandwiches, dried fruit, or any other small snack. They are sold as a 2 pack with 1 large and 1 small snack bag which both will fit into lunch bags, purses, diaper bags, or backpacks. They are available in each animal option for only $9.

The Easy To Go line also includes placemats, insulated food travel, lunch bags, cups, utensils, wipes, chillers, and more.

Be sure to follow i play on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

BabyElan {daily} Sample Disclosure: The opinions expressed above are honest, accurate, and not encouraged anyway by monetary donations. A sample free of charge was received from said company, as stated within the editorial.