Saturday, March 27, 2010

Environmentally Friendly Sandwich & Snack Bags

Finally I found a reusable bag that I like! We are a recycling and reusing family, but it is so hard to wash out your plastic baggies-knowing that they are really clean. I just couldn't come up with a good solution to our baggie problem. Then I found Reusies, which are so great. Using one Reusies bag can save 100's of bags from being thrown into landfills. Each bag is 100% cotton and lined with leak resistant nylon (BPA, Lead, Phthalate Free). You can then close them with the velcro fastener. They come in snack and sandwich sizes and are available in about 40 different patterns too! They can be machine washed and dried, put in the dishwasher or washed with soap and water, left to air dry.

We love Reusies! We use the bags more for dry snacks than sandwiches, which is great for Baby G. She loves that they velcro closed (me too!) and that they are easy for her to open as well. I can't tell you how many snacks are saved not that they are not being spilled all over the floor. We also love the cute patterns they come in and each person can have their very own set of baggies. They are pretty inexpensive as well, when you compare it to how much you spend on plastic baggies that are thrown out. You can get the snack size bags for under $7 and the sandwich size for under $9.

Daddy Scrubs

When Baby G was born, all my husband wanted for the hospital was a pair of scrubs. He always had this image that all dads get to wear scrubs when their child is born. I don't know what the fascination was with this, but needless to say, he was very disappointed when he realized he didn't get scrubs when Baby G was born.

Two years later, I found Daddy Scrubs! These scrubs are for father's at all stages of fatherhood. Being especially perfect for the Dad's stay at the hospital. These doctor-like scrubs let everyone know who the Dad is, with fun lettering across them saying "I'm the Daddy!" You can also get T-shirts with the same "I'm the Daddy!" on them. My husband was so excited to get these, and of course, can't to have another little one, when he can where these scrubs in the hospital. He tells me how comfortable they are and (he is going to kill me) has made up a dance with Baby G, that he calls "the Daddy" dance, that he can only do when he is wearing his scrubs. Daddy Scrubs was nice enough to give us a complimentary pair for a review, but I know I am going to have to buy him another pair! They come in green, khaki or blue and are under $40.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Looking for a warm, cuddly and breathable swaddle blanket?

My Little Guppie has found the perfect swaddle blankets for your little one! Aden + Anais Muslin Swaddles were brought to us by a mother from Australia, who decided to share her family tradition with us. When she came to the U.S from Australia, she was not able to find the same type of cotton muslin blankets that she remembered from her childhood. She created an oversized swaddle blanket, large enough to be a stroller cover or even used as a blanket for tummy time that was made out of the gentlest muslin she could find.

Muslin is a unique material that promotes warmth and coziness, but also lets air circulate around your baby, keeping her from getting overheated. Aden + Anais has created several fun and whimsical patterns for you to choose from! You can buy a 4 pack for under $45. You can also visit their site to see all the great products that are offered.

Our reviewer has been using the Aden + Anais Muslin Swaddles for a little over a month and has given her approval, 100 times over! Her little one was born 6 weeks ago and the only way to soothe her is to swaddle her. Of course, with the cold winter months we have here in Chicago, she was worried about her little one being cold, so she would swaddle her in heavy blankets, but to her dismay, she always found her little one all sweaty! Once she switched over to the muslin swaddles, she noticed a big difference! Baby Rae seemed more comfortable, feel asleep and stayed asleep and was never sweating. She also uses the oversized swaddle as a nursing cover, which also keeps her from getting overheated! Be sure to check out Aden + Anais for some fantastic products.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Joovy, UltraLight Caboose

The Caboose Ultralight by Joovy has us wishing Spring was here, with warmer weather and more time to take walks through the neighborhood! We couldn't wait to get out this weekend and try it out!
The Caboose can accommodate two children and is car seat compatible. It was super easy to put together, we did it in about 10 minutes. You can either use the front seat for an older child and connect the snack tray or snap on the car seat adapter and it becomes a great ride for your infant. While using the Caboose with a car seat, the back seat can accommodate a toddler in a standing position. Without the car seat, the child in the rear can sit as well. The new 2010 model has some improved features too! It now has 4 wheel suspension, which means a smoother ride for the back seat passenger. There is a 3 position seat recline for the front rider, versus the only 2 positions that were offered in previous models. It does come with a detachable canopy, an over sized basket underneath (which has been made much larger than it was in previous models) and an organizer that attaches to the handle bar that can store your drink, cell phone or keys.
The seats are cushioned and very comfortable for the little ones. It was a bit warmer this weekend, but snow still on the ground and the Joovy Ultralight Caboose maneuvered around, and sometimes through the snow very well. Our favorite feature was how light this stroller was! It beats most double strollers, weighing in at only 21 pounds, it is almost as light as our single stroller! It was super easy to fold up, pick up and stow away in the back of my very tiny Nissan Versa! You can purchase this stroller for under $275, a great deal for an excellent double stroller! You can view all Joovy products at their website.

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