{REVIEW} Cozywoggle – The Car Seat Friendly Winter Jacket

coat 1 Meet the Cozywoggle, a car seat friendly winter jacket.

Why do I say “car seat friendly“?  We all know how annoying it is to put our children in heavy, puffy winter jackets and then trying to stuff them in their car seat.  It’s like a task, they hate to be confined and then adding the heavy winter coat makes it even more uncomfortable.  So to appease them we tend to loosen the seat belts, which then puts them in harms way of getting injured if you get into an accident.  As the coat compresses from an accident it now makes the seat belts very loose, as you have originally tightened them to fit the coat and not the child.  Think of the coat like a pillow.

“As a general rule winter coats should not be worn underneath the harness of a car seat. A bulky coat under a child seat harness can result in the harness being too loose to be effective in a crash.” from the Consumer Reports News.

So what are you to do?  You can turn your child’s coat around but if it were my son that would never fly.  See Jacob has special needs, if I turned his coat around he would have a fit.  Why?  Because it’s not the right way you wear a coat and would completely throw him off.  Or you can pile a few blankets on, but again for my son that wouldn’t work either.  So enter the Cozywoggle.  The ability to still have your child wear a winter coat safely.

How Does It Work?

Basically it’s just like any other winter coat.  It’s made from heavy-duty wind/water resistant polyester, and is lined with cozy fleece.  But it has two side zippers, as you can see in the pictures below:

coat 2 You can see I unzipped the one side.

  coat 4 Now both sides of the coat are unzipped, making it more like a poncho.

coat 3 My silly guy playing peek-a-boo, but really showing the fleece on the inside of the coat.

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As you can see the Cozywoggle goes all the way up to a 6T (Comes in sizes 12 months, 18 months, 2T, 3T, 4, 5 and 6.)  Which works very nicely for some kiddos who have special needs that are still in car seats or strollers.

Can be used with any 5-point harness car seat – either forward or rear-facing.

To get a better idea of how great this coat is, check out the video below.

To order this coat, please visit the Cozywoggle site here, to order directly from them.

To sum up this review we love our Cozywoggle.

(Disclosure: I was given a Cozywoggle coat to facilitate this review.  No compensation was given.  All opinions are my own.)

 

 

 

{GIVEAWAY} “Today I Ate A Rainbow” Review

Rainbow Kit I love eating vegetables and fruits.  My mother always had us eating vegetables when we were little.  We had a garden in our backyard so fresh vegetables were always available to us.

So I am trying to instill that into my family, but it’s been difficult.  My husband has such a limited palette for vegetables and basically refuses to eat anything new, which doesn’t bode well when I am trying to introduce new things, especially fruits and vegetables to my 7 yr old son.  He has a very limited palette as well.  He basically loves lettuce and cucumbers, and believe it or not will eat Edamame with my husband, but that’s it.  As far as fruits the only fruit he gets is in his apple juice.

I had a therapist come and work with him at home trying to introduce different fruits and vegetables to him.  But it’s been difficult, see my son has special needs and because of his oral hypersensitivity, makes it challenging to introduce him to different textures and tastes.

In this video you can see the therapist working with him, having him nibble on different fruits and vegetables:

I was hoping this chart would help and it has but again only for the things he likes.  We are getting there, just not “eating a full rainbow yet”, but I am optimistic that one day he will be able to apply all of the stickers.

So what exactly is “Today I Ate A Rainbow”?

today i ate a rainbow2 “Today I Ate A Rainbow” is an interactive nutritional game that makes eating a rainbow of fruits and vegetables fun for kids! Designed for children ages 3 and up, this product is made up of a colorful rainbow chart and bright colored magnets that allow up to 4 children (or two children and their parents!) to easily track the fruits and vegetables they eat throughout the day.

The package contains the following:

  • 1 Magnetic Today I Ate A Rainbow chart
  • 4 sets coloured magnets
  • 4 achievement magnets
  • 2 fridge magnets for the free Today I Tried Chart (download)
  • The Rainbow Bunch book
  • Access to print unlimited rainbow shopping lists
  • Access to print our Rainbow Eaters Certificate

Kia Robertson the creator of Today I Ate A Rainbow Chart needed a way to keep track of the produce her daughter was eating. Kia found that when life got busy she wasn’t always ensuring that her daughter was getting all the proper fruits and vegetables each day. So she created this colorful visual chart.  It’s also a great way to practice colors and shapes too.  There are magnetic stars, squares, triangles and circles.

(Disclosure: I was given a pack of Today I Ate A Rainbow to facilitate this post.  All opinions are my own.)

Buy Now:  Don’t want to wait please click here to purchase directly for $18.99

GIVEAWAY:

One lucky reader to win the above listed products from Today I Ate A Rainbow!  US Residents only, must be 18+ to enter.  Enter every day.  Ends 12/24.  Use the form below to enter.  Good luck!

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{REVIEW} EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale

scale   EatSmart Digital Food Scale

I was so excited when asked to review the EatSmart Digital Food Scale.  I have never had a food scale and have always wanted one.

I have all intentions of using this food scale for exactly what it’s supposed to be for, weighing food and watching my calories.  But there has been so much going on in my house and with the holidays coming, just recovering from shoulder surgery a few weeks ago and family being in town that starting a diet now would be useless.

So in the meantime I am going to also be using this food scale to help me with my new hobby …soap-making!  I took a class in soap-making, so you can see the Peppermint soap I made in class on the EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale.

I was hoping to make my first batch of Lavender and Lemongrass soap for this review using my ingredients pictured below.  But there are not enough hours in the day to get it all done.  eat smart 2

So in order to not hold up this review for the Holiday Guide. I wanted to post for you all what I can.

The EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale is an economically priced multifunction home scale, perfect for everyday tasks from weighing food or ingredients to calculating postage. Along with our Precision Pro, you will also receive a FREE Calorie Factors Book making it easy to achieve goals such as portion control and calorie counting.

Features

  1. Compact Design and Easy Two-Button Operation
  2. Tare Feature; Subtract the weight of any plate or container
  3. 4 Measurement Modes: Grams / Ounces / Kilograms / Pounds
  4. Max Weight: 11 pounds / 5 kilograms
  5. Graduation: .05 oz / 1 gram
  6. 3 minute Auto-Turnoff
  7. Includes 2 AAA batteries

Buy Now: Available for purchase on Amazon.com at $25.00, with free shipping.
Available in 5 colors;  Silver, Red, White, Black Chrome and White Chrome

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{GIVEAWAY} Udderly Smooth Cream Review

udderly smooth I was fortunate to have met Linda the Director of Operations at a blogging conference this year.  We received some great samples of Udderly Smooth at the conference and I feel in love.

So I was so excited to do a review and giveaway of their fabulous cream to my readers.

Made in the USA for over thirty years, Udderly Smooth® products contain rich moisturizing ingredients. Not your average moisturizing lotion- Udderly Smooth® can be used on Dry Skin, Cracked Skin, for Diabetes Foot Care, as a Facial Moisturizer, as a General Moisturizing Lotion and many other uses.

It was originally developed by a pharmacist for use on dairy cows (udders) during extreme weather conditions, but it was soon discovered that its rich moisturizing ingredients also helped to heal extremely dry, chapped and cracked human skin. Soon, Udderly Smooth made the transition from barnyard to beauty counters and homes across America!

I don’t know about you, but my hands take a beating in the cold weather.  They get dry and cracked.  I can’t leave the house without applying my Udderly Smooth Hand Cream.  My husband loves the foot cream.

I love the way it feels.  The cream is so rich and creamy, it feels like silk being applied to your skin.  It soaks right in without any sticky feeling on my hands.

Buy Now: you can visit Udderly Smooth’s website and purchase their product directly by clicking here.

Or enter in our giveaway to win.  Udderly Smooth will be providing one winner the following product:

12 oz Udderly Smooth Body Cream

8 oz Udderly Smooth Shea Butter Foot Cream

4 oz Udderly Smooth Hand Cream

2 oz Udderly Smooth Hand Cream

(Disclosure: I was given a pack of the Write On Labels to facilitate this post.  All opinions are my own.)

GIVEAWAY:

One lucky reader to win the above listed products from Udderly Smooth!  US Residents only, must be 18+ to enter.  Enter every day.  Ends 12/20.  Use the form below to enter.  Good luck!

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{GIVEAWAY} Name Bubbles Personalized Name Labels

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Name Bubbles are vinyl labels with ultra-durable adhesive that are designed to last through the rough-and-tumble of everyday life. They are waterproof, stylish and durable.  They are dishwasher and microwave safe and freezer friendly.

So when I was notified by Name Bubbles that they wanted me to do a review and giveaway for my SpecialMoms Holiday Guide, needless to say I was very excited.

I ordered the Round Write On labels.  I love the quality of the label.  You can see why it’s so durable.  I am redoing my kitchen and I wanted to organize my spices.  I purchased the glass spice jars at Bed Bath and Beyond for .99 cents. I had a white turn style spice rack, but I didn’t like how it took up counter space and you couldn’t see how much spices was in there.  So the labels worked perfectly on these jars as you can see by the picture above.  Here is another picture from their website of what the labels look like close up.   namebubbles 3

The color combination I got was Bear Claw as my colors in my kitchen are browns, bronze and cream.

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I love them it matches so nicely in my kitchen and makes my cabinet look so much more organized.

But when you go to their website they also do “Allergy Alert” labels, which I thought might be very handy for some of you.

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(Disclosure: I was given a pack of the Write On Labels to facilitate this post.  All opinions are my own.)

 If you have someone in mind who would love this gift, you can :

Buy Now: Go here to start creating your very own pack of labels.

 

Giveaway:

 

But Name Bubbles is letting one lucky reader to win their very own pack of Allergy Alert Labels!  US Residents only, must be 18+ to enter.  Enter every day.  Ends 12/20.  Use the form below to enter.  Good luck!

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{GIVEAWAY} The Pink Monogram Clog Review & Giveaway

pink monogram4 The Pink Monogram Clog

I have started to like monogram things, so when I saw the monogrammed clogs by The Pink Monogram I feel in love.

I love wearing my Crocs, but they aren’t really dressy shoes, so when I was approached from The Pink Monogram to do a review and giveaway for my guide I jumped at the opportunity.

They looked so classy and warm and I liked the that they had a heel.  They are super comfortable and unique.

The Pink Monogram, is an online company with over two thousand monogrammed and engraved gifts available, and has a large selection of monogram options that include allowing you to choose your thread color, font design and more.   pink monogram So there is sure to be something for that special someone on your list.

When I first received the box I absolutely feel in love with the packaging.  As you can see it was in this beautiful lime green geometric shapes (almost resembling the spots on a giraffe), and their company name “The Pink Monogram” embroidered on the bag.  I love it.  I will definitely be using that probably when I travel.  So another bonus!

The clogs I ordered to review (pictured above) are the Monogrammed Anthricite Wool Clogs with Teal Monogram in the Curlz font.  I think they are so cute.

I will have to let you know they are exact to size, so if you plan to wear warm, bulky socks you may want to go up a 1/2 a size.  I wished I did, but I love them anyway.  They fit great.  I just like to wear bulky socks in the winter.

(Disclosure: I was given the Monogrammed Clogs to facilitate this post.  All opinions are my own.)

Buy Now: Go here to start creating your very own clog.

Giveaway:

But The Pink Monogram is letting one lucky reader to win their very own clog!  US Residents only, must be 18+ to enter.  Enter every day.  Ends 12/20.  Use the form below to enter.  Good luck!

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{Holiday Guide} Review: YumEarth Organics

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I couldn’t wait to review these. I love fruit snacks and lollipops, but the fact that these are organic made it even more exciting.

I had hoped my son would try them, but he doesn’t like anything sweet.  The nice thing is these don’t actually taste artificially sweet, they taste REAL!

So with family in town (young teenagers), I asked them to try the fruit snacks and lollipops.

This was their response:

 

 

 

(Excuse the noise it was a little loud in my house)

Here is a great video of from the owners of YumEarth that talk about how they make their candy.

 

So where do you buy these great candies?  Here is a short list of some of places you can purchase YumEarth Organic snacks/candy:

Also available at
Walgreens – 7,000 stores
Whole Foods
Meijer
Earth Fare
CVS – not all locations
Fred Meyer
Sprouts
Healthy Home Market
Toys R Us
Babies R Us
Shop Rite
Kings
Harmon’s
Stop & Shop
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Wegmans

I have to say my personal favorite is the Wet-Face Watermelon lollipop.  It truly is YUMMY!

 

 
 

 

 

 

{Giveaway} The Chat Bag

chatbag3 The Chat Bag

 

We had the great pleasure of reviewing this product from Lori Holbrook.  This bag makes carrying an Ipad or other tablets easy and accessible for children with special needs who rely on a communication device to speak.  But keep in mind my son is verbal, but he loves using his Ipad to watch movies or for educational activities.  So in other wards you don’t have to have special needs to have a CHAT bag.  If you want a creative cover for your Ipad that you can carry over your shoulder or even attach to the car seat, then the CHAT bag is for you.

The CHAT Bags currently fit Apples IPads 1, 2, 3 and 4 or an Ipad Mini, but if you don’t have an IPad you can special order a bag for other tablets.

Benefits:

  • It allows the child or adult access to the screen
  • Portable with shoulder strap
  • Customizable
  • Fashionable cover
  • Can be used over certain Otter Boxes so your Ipad is protected
  • New strap now allows it to be used in the car

There are a lot of great fabrics and she is still coming up with some unique ways to use the bag. As you can see she has recently added an additional strap so that it can be used in the car.

Since my son loves watching videos in the car.  What I also liked about this is that it gives him the flexibility to pick the shows or activities that he wants to do.  Whether it be watching a movie or doing educational activities.  He knows how to use the Ipad and this just allowed him to have more options by allowing us to bring the Ipad in the car.  Then if you need to bring the Ipad into a doctor’s visit or a restaurant, you can just unclip it and bring it in.

Watch my video review so you can see what I mean:

Buy Now:  Have someone who you would like to purchase this as a gift for.  You can order directly from her site by clicking here!

 

Giveaway

One lucky winner will receive their choice of any CHAT Bag.  US Residents Only! Must be 18+ to enter.  Enter every day. Use form below.

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