Win Pangea

@pangeaorganics is giving away a One-Year Supply of their incredible Ecocentric Body, Skin & Lip Care ($1,662 value). The more people who enter, the more prizes will be released – so feel free to pass it along. To enter, visit: http://bit.ly/FPFSweeps (U.S. Only). Drawing will take place on July 1st. Good luck!

Green Sprouts- Great Feeding Options for your kiddos! CONTEST!

Do you LOVE natural products?  I know I do.  I really try as hard as I can to stay all natural if at all possible.  With food containers- this can be tricky.  I use a lot of glass.  I don’t want my Little Man to deal with the side affects of BPA or other chemicals later in life!  (Nor do I, LOL)  However- there is a new option.  Green Sprouts, available from iplay!  It is made from plants– and while not microwave or dishwasher safe (Well, it is dishwasher safe, top shelf only, for up to 10 washes- so…), it is really great to have a NON-Glass option for food-to-go.  It’s easier and lighter, that’s for sure!  Plus, if it drops- it’s fine.  It is just better to hand wash them, because they will last longer that way.  They have flatware, cups, snack cups, and bowl/plate sets.  
You can use the plates as tops to the bowls- and that is how we have been using them pretty much every time.  I also love that there is three sections in the bowl- especially for fruit.  In the mornings, we bring a lot of fruit for Little Man to have with breakfast, and this is my new favorite container.

New! Petroleum free! Made from plants! Forks & Spoons that are right-sized for toddlers.  Twist-on spouts are easy to drink out of and interchangeable with Snack Cups  Deep, divided bowl has 3 sections and plate doubles as a travel lid. Multi-use disposable items are dishwasher safe, top rack only up to 10 washings; hand wash for longer life.

Since 1982, i play., Inc. has been developing bibs and feeding accessories to meet the needs of babies as they grow and develop through infancy.

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Homestasis Labs Contest (homeopathic medicine)

What’s up, bloggy buddies?   I just got to ty out a new line of products by a great company called Homeostasis Labs.  Homestasis Labs makes health products that are based not only on homeopathic medicine, but also tried and true home remedies.  They are also committed to making a difference, manufacturing wise, as well- they are both sustainable and produced in a carbon neutral environment.
All of Homeostasis Labs’ products contain active ingredients which are on the Homeopathic Pharmacopeia of the United States, IE- they are homeopathic and can prove it.  The products we gave a try out to were Stress Relief, Allergy Relief,  and Cough & Cold Relief.  All worked quite well, honestly.  The first thing you will notice is the box, the boxes for are quite distinct.  They pop up, and slide and open- kind of like an elegant mint box.  I know that sounds silly- but it is not untruthful!  It is very easy to get out the suggested dose, and close it back up as well.  The way they work is you take one or two little tablets and chew them completely, then swallow.  The tablets are a little sweet- but not sugary sweet, just pleasant.  Also there is no funny after taste.  The interesting thing is that they actually work.  Most of the ingredients on the cough and cold are longer then my arm, but of course after looking them up, (GO google!) wound up being the Latin names for some homeopathic medicines which have been around for ages.  For example the first ingredient is: alliuma cepa- or onion.  Onions are thought to have many medicinal properties from being an anti-inflammatory to functioning as a traditional household remedy for sore throat in India.  So even though the ingredients may look scary and chemically, they are actually very good for you and very natural.  Also quite effective.  We noticed a marked decrease in cold symptoms while taking the cough and cold formula, the stress relief formula also took the edge off the day and helped ease us into a relaxing evening or restful sleep more then once.  I would definitely suggest this to anyone trying an alternative to the stuff available at the trug store.  Another great feature of this product, the price.  Each box contains 50 tablets and each box is $9.  A pretty good price considering a box of 24 count Sudafed is $26 (on Amazon.com).
They are so sure you will love it, too, that they want to give 5 readers a chance to win a box of natural Homeostasis Labs products.  Want to try?
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My Sweet Boy- In a BIG BOY BED!!! (plus a contest)

This is a “sticky post”- meaning it will stay on the top of this blog for the whole month.  Why?  Because it’s super fabulous, that’s why, LOL!    🙂

Sigh- my big, big boy….Where did the time go?  5 minutes ago, you were in my arms, snuggling under my neck, a whole 7 pounds.  And here we are tonight, putting you into your very own Big Boy Bed.  Where did the time go?

I am resisting the urge to go super sentimental on this one….Let’s just say this is a VERY special bloggy event for me.  Most of you know that my Little Man is my only biological child.  We adopted Kamikaze when she was beyond the crib, and decorated her room without really “knowing” her.  It’s a downside of adoption- it’s kind of a guessing game, and it was sort of generic. 
Little Man’s crib was the one that my brothers and I slept in, that my mother and her siblings slept in.  So while it was steeped in family history- there was no “picking out the nursery”.  Not that I would trade it!
But this makes switching to his new room just that much more special- it’s the first time I get to do a room- with a particular child in mind. 

By now, I think you are all familiar with Heirloom Wooden Toys– who carry only the most fabulous wooden products for your children.  If you can think of it- they have it!  From fantastic wooden kitchens, to playsets, to bedroom furniture! 
Have you seen this bed?  It’s called the Safari Toddler Bed, and how adorable is it?  There was a mini-post the day it got here, and a few tweets and FB shares- seriously- I can’t stop talking about it!  I mean- there is cool, and then there is WICKED AWESOME!!!  This bed so falls into the latter. 
My Little Man LOVES animals, and he chose this bed himself. He has been talking about it non-stop since he saw it, and telling absolutely everyone about his Safari Bed!  Some kids love cars, some fire engines- my son is all about wild animals.  That is the beauty of Heirloom Wooden Toys– they have high quality pieces no matter what your child’s personality.  I mean really- does it get cooler then this?

Drooling?  Yeah, you know it!  You want one, LOL.  (Heck, I WANT ONE!!!) My Little Man is in LOVE with his new bed!  You guys can expect to see a LOT of this one- as we keep updating his room throughout the month, you will see more and more photos.

His new bed is made of super high quality wood, laminated Baltic birch wood- this bed is going to last!  Even through the immediate jumping-on that it got, LOL.  It came in only a few pieces- my husband thinks 6- and it was very easy to put together.  It took less then a half hour to assemble- even with the kids “helping”.  It has a great paint job, and again- original!  You can bet that you won’t see beds like this in everyone’s house.  Your child will have the best room EVER!  All his or her friends will be jealous. (and a cool piece of information?  it fits all standard crib mattresses- so no need to get a new one!) 
Little Man is all set to go on Safari in Africa- he has already pretended to drive it all over the place and told me about all the animals that he sees!
And on a side note- you really won’t find nicer people.  I had the pleasure to meet the owners of the store in person, and they were just dolls.  I have spoken to her on the phone and via email numerous times, and she is a very nice person who really cares about her store and her products.  But meeting them- they have this amazing calm, and they really go the extra mile to make sure that they are getting good products.  Literally!  Can I tell you how big Toy Fair was?  And there they were- on the opposite side of the country from where they live, going from place to place, inspecting all the toys.  I know that they place a huge emphasis on customer service, and that they want to make sure your shopping needs will be met.  Totally trustworthy company. 

“Your little one will be ready for the big wild open plains ready to explore the animals of Africa! Your child will love sleeping in their special bed, dreaming of tomorrows adventures.  This is an adorable wooden Toddler bed to carry out a fun and exciting bedroom theme.  This toddler bed is sure to make going to bed easier on everyone! 
The Just Kids Stuff Safari Toddler Bed Features:

  • Fits a standard sized crib mattress
  • All wood Construction – Laminated Baltic Birch (no MDF)
  • Hand Crafted in the USA
  • Entrance is 12″ – 13″ above the floor
  • Perfect for toddlers aged 18 months to 5 years old

Just Kids Stuff makes the most adorable Heirloom quality Toddler beds available.  All Just Kids Stuff toddler beds are all wood construction – hand crafted from imported laminated Baltic birch and other solid woods. No Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) is used. They all take a standard sized crib mattress for the ultimate in comfort (and fun) for your little one. Kids love having a special kid sized bed and they like the security of a little bed rather than being put in a full sized bed.
All of the toddler Beds measure 53 x 29 inches outside, and one inch smaller on the inside. The entrances are 12 – 13 inches above the floor.
All of our Toddler Beds and Toy Boxes are built in the U.S.A.  These are quality pieces of heirloom furniture that will be passed on to future generations.”

The bed has only been up for 2 days, so we are still working on the rest of the room.  I’m so excited to share all the updates with you as they happen.  My baby boy- growing up!
Heirloom Wooden Toys is also offering to give away an adorable set of toys to one of you- either the
Safari set or the Zoom to the Moon set- your choice!  🙂

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TheraBreath Review and Contest

I was given the pleasure of trying some new breath cleaning products made by Therabreath and Dr.Harold Katz. Dr Katz is the founder of “The California Breath Clinics”, and he has been on television shows like “The View” and “CBS Early Show” and has helped millions in his quest to vanquish bad breath.
The products I was given to try are Therabreath toothpaste, Therabreath oral rinse and the Therabreath mouth wetting lozenges. The toothpaste. Right off the bat, without even opening it up, take a look at the ingredients- you do want to know what you put in your mouth, don’t you? Well, most of the ingredients in Therabreath toothpaste are natural ingredients. Yay! Also, the packaging itself is “green”, both in the colors (green, orange, and white) but it is also environmentally kind. And it is even Kosher and safe for diabetics. Now, onto the important part- the taste and texture. No problems there! The taste is minty and fresh without any strange aftertastes or chemically enhanced “freshness”, natural mint, very nice. The texture is also good to the point where, when finished brushing, my teeth feel clean and smooth.
The oral rinse is meant to be used after the toothpaste. The rinse has the ingredient: OXYD-8, which is an oxidizer and destroys odor causing bacteria. The longer you swish it around, the better a job the rinse will do at getting all the little buggers before they give you bad breath. Doctor Katz suggests swishing and gargling for 30 seconds then spitting and gargling for another 45 seconds. Something to take note of is the lack of alcohol or chloride in both the toothpaste and the oral rinse. Alcohol gives rinses that familiar burn that usually turns people away, including Little Man. He LOVES the rinse. He is like his mommy, obsessed with teeth!
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ecomom Review and Contest!

Sweet dreams!  So, since we have already talked about fabulous beds, bedding, books, and stuffed animals, I feel like we are still missing something….AH!  I know.  A very important part of the bedtime routine!  Bathtime!  Who wants to go to bed dirty?  Not I!  (And not my Little Man, haha.)

Little Man helping me get the tub ready for his bath!

I really like ecomom.  It’s a really great place to find all sorts of organic, natural, safe for mom and baby products.  They have art products, books, toys, music, food, bath, beauty, home- just about everything you could want or need.
ecomom really stands behind it’s products, and has great integrity.  They really care about their products, their clients, and the world.  ecomom has a charity that they partner with, Healthy Child Healthy World, that  promotes healthy and safe living, prevents harm, from chemicals and toxins, and helps parents help their children have the healthiest and happiest life.

ecomom is about bridging the gap between making healthy choices and making easy choices. We created ecomom because we care and are concerned for babies and their moms, our families and our communities. We want every mom to be an ecomom because being an ecomom means making choices that are good for all of us, and the planet which we all share.”

ecomom also has really great “ecomom approved” icons  to help you quickly and easily view and figure out what you and your family will want, and how the product was made, as well as what it does (or doesn’t!) contain.
Of course, all the products they carry are “ecomom approved”, but the icons make it easy to see why.  For example, was it recycled?  Is it organic?  Sustainable?  Fair Trade?  Just look at the icons, and it’s easy to see. 

To help get my Little Man ready for bed, ecomom thought that the Episencial Sweet Dreams Bubble Bath would be a perfect fit! Made with organic lavender oil, it is sure to help him get a good night’s rest.  A fun way to end the day.  This bubble bath is also good for the planet, and of course good for your little one.  Some of the ways that it is ecomom approved include cruelty free, toxin free, organic, and fair trade.  Gotta love those icons!
We also received “The Prince’s Bedtime” one of the great books that ecomom carries.   This story was about a little price who just couldn’t get to sleep- and the kingdom tried everything!  Well, almost…
ecomom carries some fun and unique books, that will enrich your child and invite them into a whole wide world that we are not exposed to on a regular basis, and into cultures and events that we don’t know.  Get your child curious about the world around them- and beyond!

ecomom has graciously offered one of Have Sippy Will Travel’s readers a 15$ gift certificate to their store.  If you want it to be you, here is how to enter!

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Skin MD Review and Contest!

Skin MD Natural is a light and non-greasy lotion that works to prevent and heal dry skin. It does not have any heavy scents, so it is great for men, women, kids, anyone to use!
Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion + Sunscreen SPF 15 from Skin MD Natural is really fabulous. We all know we need to use sunblock daily- both for heath and for beauty. Sunblock keeps us looking youthful for longer, keeping the sun from damaging our skin and making us appear older. It also prevents harmful damage that can cause cancer and other unhealthy signs of skin damage, like skin spots. And moisturizing is so important to a fresh face and healthy skin. (Especially in this weather- YUCK!)
I never wear lotion on my face, except a few brands especially made just for faces with sunblock in them to moisturize. I get breakouts, rashes, or blackheads. Or, if I’m really “lucky”, all of them at once! I tried some Skin MD on a small patch of skin on my cheek to see what would happen, and I was pleasantly surprised. Nothing bad! And it felt smooth. So I tried it all over, and it was great. No breakouts, no oily-ness, no extra blackheads. Yay!
It has no heavy smell, so my husband and Little Man liked it as well. Little Man has that awful skin, so anything that may help is a good thing in my book!

A bit about why Skin MD is “Natural”

“Currently the FDA has no regulations concerning the labeling of beauty or skin care products as natural. Products containing toxic, even potentially carcinogenic, ingredients can label and market themselves as natural. Skin MD Natural is over 93% “natural” and the ingredients that are not “natural” are of food or medical grade quality and on the FDA’s most safe list.
Our lotions are made to be free of parabens, petrochemicals, dyes, and other irritating ingredients. They are also vegan, cruelty free, and eco-friendly. We don’t participate in animal testing or use any animal products in our lotions and Skin MD Natural is formulated in the United States in a facility that uses 100% solar power
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Reeds Natural Soda Review

Who loves being nauseous? Anyone? Not I! As a migraine sufferer, one of the things that can be the worst is the nausea that accompanies them. Reeds RX Natural Soda is made to combat nausea naturally. It is even safe for pregnant women (oh where were you 4 years ago, Reeds RX?) and children.
As luck would have it (or not! LOL) the day that the Reeds RX came, I was having an horrific migraine. I was vomiting, I was shaking, the whole 9 yards. I was laying in the bathroom on the floor when my husband came in to tell me I got a package. I’m thinking- and I care because why? He sits there, telling me what mail came, blah blah blah- I was too sick to tell him to be quiet and go away- and then he tells me that the package has Red Bull in it. I’m thinking “What? Red Bull?”
And he tells me, “oh, no- wait- it says Reeds Natural something, I don’t know, anyway”…
I shot my hand out and told him to give me one. He thought I was losing my mind, but I just left my hand out, so he gave it to me. (They do look a bit like Red Bull cans, haha)
The taste was terrible to me, I’m not going to lie. And it coated my whole mouth, tongue, and throat. I didn’t finish even half the can, just a few sips.
But- I felt better. And I stopped throwing up after about 20 minutes.
OKOK, I thought it was a fluke.
So, I left a can at work, and the rest at home. Two days ago, it was coming on. Migraine, complete with nausea. Took my meds. Nothing, it’s still coming, even a half hour later. Took more- stronger, and the anti-nausea medication. Nope, it’s still coming. I don’t want to take the shot, because I’m working, and it really makes me tired and a bit out of it. But I’m going to throw up. It’s coming, I can feel it. Anyone who gets migraines knows this feeling- you just KNOW. For me, once I’m vomiting, I’m a lost cause. I can deal with the migraine until the throwing up comes. Then…..not so much.
I grabbed the can, looked at it suspiciously (like it was going to bite me, LOL) and thought OK, lets see what you can do! Again- ugh! That taste! Blech! Didn’t take more then 3 sips- not only do I really hate the taste, but I’m really fighting that gag reflex at this point. But again, you know what? In 10 minutes, I felt better. And I never did throw up.
So, bad taste or no- it works. My mom says the medicine just kicked in- but I know my body. It was not the meds, they were lost on me by that point. Both times I drank the Reeds Rx Natural Soda, I either stopped vomiting or never stared.

Reed’s Rx

Ginger is a traditional herbal tonic for nausea. It has been in use in certain parts of the world for thousands of years. The earliest writings from China and India talk about ginger and its health promoting properties. Other cultures throughout history, including the Roman Empire, have used ginger extensively to settle stomach complaints. More recently, Vitamin B6 is being used for its anti-nausea properties. Reed’s Natural Ginger Nausea Relief uses both fresh ginger root and B6 to help alleviate nausea naturally.

I’ve had migraines since I was 9. I know them, we are old enemies. All the medicines I dump into my body every day would make your head spin. And they don’t always work. If the Reeds works even half the time, I’m a new buyer.
When you are sick, with the flu, with morning sickness (who ever thought of that term, anyway? ALL DAY sickness, LOL) with migraines, car sick, anything! I would totally try this.
If you want to have some on hand for your family, you can get some HERE– don’t forget the coupon!

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