Tis the Season of Runny Noses #BoogieWipes #Giveaway

Boogie Wipes

I feel like I should be a spokesperson for Boogie Wipes because I LOVE them and have been using them for over 5  years on all the runny noses in my house! In fact, in winter I don’t leave home without a pack in my purse or bag because my kids have runny noses ALL winter! The minute that cool air hits my kids nose faucet turns on and there is no turning back. So if you are ever at a kids event or party with me and you need a Boogie Wipe, feel free to find me.

In the last two months, my mini has been sick three times and due to my extreme laziness (it’s winter give me a break) I had to use normal tissue because we ran out of our Boogie Wipes and let me tell you, that didn’t work out so well. After a day of constantly wiping his nose, it got so raw underneath and he would cry anytime I went near him with a tissue to wipe what seemed like Niagara Falls coming out of his nose.
Epic Mom fail!

Reason #1 to stock up with Boogie Wipes … your kid will end up love them too.

Boogie Wipes

What I love about Boogie Wipes
– Boogie Wipes are moistened with saline which actually helps break down those Boogies
– Moisturizes with Aloe, Vitamin E and Chamomile
– The wipes themselves are SUPER soft
– They come in great little travel packs with a hard cover so they don’t dry out
– Comes in three scents (well two really as one is unscented): Grape and Fresh Scent (Fresh Scent is my fave)
– The scent is not overpowering at all for those little noses
– They now have a hard case with refills for your “around the house” Boogie Wipes with a big easy-open button that kids can open themselves

GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!
Thanks to our wonderful friends at Boogie Wipes, they are giving away a Boogie Wipes Gift Pack full of all their wonderful products. The contest is open to residents of Canada only. Here’s how to enter:
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So don’t walk to stock your house up with Boogie Wipes … RUN!!!! Run as fast as you can, I promise you (well your little one really) will thank me 😉
Keep those little noses clean now that you know you are covered by Boogie Wipes

T.
xo

 

 

The Mist with a Twist #BoogieMist

Boogie Mist

Since my littlest one was born, I don’t think a month has gone by where he has not gotten a cold (thank you to his older brother who is a petri dish and brings home every little germ). Like any parent, I hate seeing him uncomfortable because he can’t breathe out of his nose and of course extremely miserable because of lack of sleep. I am no better when I am sick and at least I can blow my nose!

Over the years, in true Terri fashion, I have bought many saline sprays to test for my little ones (all of which I have used on myself first) and the spray’s were all seriously intense so I stuck with nose drops (which suck for the little guys) … until now!

I recently had the opportunity to try Boogie Mist from one of my favourite well know brands, Boogie Wipes and it’s perfect.

Why I love Boogie Mist
– most importantly it is a very light, gentle mist which won’t startle your little one when sprayed
– comes in two scents, fresh and grape (I really like the fresh – I just want to eat the grape .. weird i know)
– reasonably priced at $8.00
– uses natural saline spray which helps break up the boogies
– the mist applicator is scented (just an added little touch)

 Where to Buy: Toys R US

Happy breathing
T.
xo

Cold-FX was put to the Ultimate Test!

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True Story:

By day, I work in the promotional marketing business for a company called Universal Links and have been with them for almost 10 years. 7 years ago, both my bosses invited me to Vegas to attend our industries largest tradeshow as a fun perk and I have been going every year since then (minus two years when I had my boys).

No joke, the 5 years I have gone I have been sick EVERY single trip. Whether it be getting sick prior to leaving or getting sick after a day of being there, I have not had one healthy trip and if you don’t believe me you can ask my bosses.

It was two or three years ago that one of my bosses told me to take Cold-FX before going the next year to help boost my immune system and therefore preventing a cold, but truthfully, I didn’t believe in it so I never took it and just succumbed to the fact that I was just going to be sick every year in Vegas. It wasn’t until this year, 2 kids later that I promised my bosses this year would be different.

About a week and a half before leaving for Vegas, I swear I started to get sick; I felt like crap by night and kept sneezing (that’s how it all starts with me). Days later I was still feeling crappy, but I didn’t have a full blown cold, it just seemed to be lingering waiting until the day before I leave to come out, so I figured what the hell and gave Cold-FX a shot, no harm in trying right?! Well I have been home for almost a week, still taking Cold-FX and still not sick. Now if that is not a ringing endorsement, I don’t know what is.

What’s new with Cold-FX? Cold-FX First Signs

Cold-FX First Signs
– At the first sign of a cold, mix one daytime sachet with 1 cup of hot water every 4-6 hours (3 sachets max) or 1 nighttime sachet an hour before bed
– Helps to relieve the symptoms of upper respiratory infections, Coughs, Bronchitis, Colds & flu
– Natural lemon flavour

Go ahead give it a try!
T
xo

The GetSnacky Snacker Box & TC Mini Juices – Enter to WIN!

Get Snacky

So, I have the pickiest eater (as I have mentioned in many previous posts) and oddly enough finding new snacks and relatively healthy ones at that, is actually harder than finding new meal options. I often go to the grocery store and hope that one day there will be a new amazing snack on the shelf, though 9 times out of 10 with the new snacks I buy, he doesn’t like them and the rest goes to waste which I HATEEEEEE!

Here’s a good (and healthy might I add) solution … GetSnacky! This is a neat way of trying new things without the commitment of buying an entire box of one snack that your little one may or may not like. Open the box with your little one and get them excited about their treats for snack time. PS it also makes snack choosing for lunches SOOO much easier. I let my older guy pick one item from the box a day.

Get Snacky

Here’s what I love about GetSnacky:
– A box delivered to my door with delicious and nutritious foods
– Great alternatives to your regular high salt high sugar snacks (which of course both myself and my kid loves)
– They were great at catering the box around my son’s peanut allergy and there were still a lot of great snack options
– These boxes are not just for kids, there are a lot of great snacks for the little guys, mom and dad (as I eat my TCHO dark chocolate square)
– Lots of great options

To get more information about Get Snacky’s monthly subscription box or to order, check out their website

TC Mini

If you think that’s it, your wrong because Get Snacky is part of a brand called Total Cleanse which created a line of cold pressed juices for our mini’s called TC Mini and don’t tell your little one’s, the is a secret … the juices are healthy. Full disclosure: there was one my son wouldn’t’ try simply because of the colour, but there were two he absolutely loved and wanted more of and truthfully so did I, they were delicious (Hawaiian punch and the Very Berry).

TC Mini Cold Pressed Juices

Proof is in the pudding

Here’s what I love about TC Mini:
– With fresh pressed juices you get all the essential minerals and vitamins that the juices hold
– There are hidden veggies in some of the drinks, if your kiddo is a good eater this won’t bother them, for the pickier eaters it could
– No additional sugars, additives, fillers, preservatives or syrups
– 100% cold raw pressed
– Ingredients of juices are clearly noted (nothing hidden)
– Great for your little one’s and you!
– Delivered to your door

For more information about TCmini or to order, check out their website

GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!
Thanks to our friends at GetSnacky and TC Mini, they are giving away 1 GetSnacky box and 8 TC Mini drinks to TWO (2) lucky winners. The contest is open to residents in Toronto and the GTA (Greater Toronto Area). Here’s how to enter:

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Happy snacking
T.
xo

Kids Get Fit with the New LeapBand #FitMadeFun – Enter to Win a LeapFrog Prize Pack!

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We all know that the hottest ticket item right now for adults are the fitness bands. Leave it up to me and my love for testing, I have already tried out two bands. I keep being asked what is so great about them and I simply explain how it keeps me active. I am always watching my steps and trying to meet my daily goals (which fluctuates based on my activity) and it’s the days that I don’t hit my goal that I feel upset with myself and try to do better the following day. If it means parking my car further, than no problem!

As important as it is for us to keep active, it is just as important to keep our kids active (especially through the winter months) and not just plaster them in front of the television or their tablet. So what to do? Well LeapFrog has the answer: the LeapBand.

LeapBand

Words can not express the love I have for this product and from what I see, my son feels the same way (he doesn’t want to take it off)! I had an opportunity to have my big guy test it a few weeks ago and he he has not wanted to take it off since. It truly amazed me how my son actually listened to the instructions and followed them – for that reason this product deserves the reward of the century :)

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He wouldn’t let me take him out of the car until he finished his game

Here’s what I love about the LeapBand
– I love the high resolution digital colour screen
– Kids get to customize a virtual pet (picking colours and a name) that will assist them with their activities and challenges
– The LeapBand sets fun physical challenges like wiggling, jumping, dancing and running in creative and imaginative ways – the more active they are, the more points they earn for their virtual pet
– Your child can earn Joules (no I didn’t spell that wrong) with activity and gameplay, which are tracked on the home screen’s Energy Bar
– Joules can be used with the Petathlon app which can be downloaded on iPhone, Android or Wifi LeapPad
– Kids need to take care of their pet by grooming him/her, feeding him/her etc.
– Teaches kids about health and wellness
– There are 10 pre-loaded games and your little one can unlock more games and levels by earning points (some games were a little tough for my little guy to understand but once I showed it to him he was able to do it himself)
– Unlock 8 virtual pets (which they can customize) and each pet has levels to complete
– There is a clock so the LeapBand acts as a watch as well (digital or analog depending on age)
– There is a move mode  (the default mode) which is tracking kids movement even when they are not playing the games
– Rechargeable battery
– Water resistant (which means it is NOT water proof) … if some water gets on it, it will be ok but if its immersed in water .. well I don’t know what will happen

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Following the prompts to wiggle

If I had one wish for this product is that it has a volume control. When i’m inside I want to turn it down and when I am outside I want to turn it up … no buggy though!

GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!
Thanks to our friends at LeapFrog, they are giving away a LeapFrog prize pack (water bottle, tshirt and assorted LeapFrog products and/or accessories – $50 value) to one lucky winner. The contest is open to Canadian residents only. Here’s how to enter:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Stay Fit #FitMadeFun
T.
xo

The Sunshine Vitamin #Ddrops – Enter to WIN!

Ddrops

Who here made a list of “what to buy before the baby comes” list? I sure did and I must have spent hours googling, reading blogs and speaking to friends with kids to make my obscenely massive list and among many things, a common product mentioned was Ddrops. I am not sure I truly knew the importance of Ddrops until I took my little guy to his first doctor’s appointment and his paediatrician recommended it as he was a breastfed baby and shouldn’t be exposed to direct sunlight which is where we get our vitamin D. Still to date (almost 4 years later) he is still getting one Ddrop a day (though he doesn’t realize it).

What I love about Ddrops:
– Most importantly, Ddrops gives my extremely picky eater his daily dose of vitamin D
– Comes in a tasteless, odourless drop as opposed to a chewable which probably would taste pretty bad and therefore I would never get him to eat it
– Has a long shelf life
– Comes in a patent Eurodropper which provides the exact daily dose per drop
– For those with kids with allergies, it is wheat-free, soya-free and gluten-free
– Comes in baby, toddler, booster, adult and vegan

Did you know?
– Pregnant women should receive 2000IU of vitamin D daily according to the Canadian Paediatric Society and Ddrops has the solution to that Adult Ddrop (1 drop is 1000IU)
– 70% of children are not getting enough vitamin D on a daily basis
– Vitamin D has been associated with normal development and maintenance of healthy bones and teeth
– You can find vitamin D in foods like:

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GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!
Thanks to our friends at Ddrops, they are giving away 1 Ddrops kit (including baby, kids, booster and adult Ddrops + cloth bag, pen and coupons) to 1 lucky reader. The contest is open to CND and US residents. Here’s how to enter:

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Here’s your dose of sun on a rainy day
T.
xo

The Sun Shirt Woes #SwimZip

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Over the years, how many fights have you gotten into with your little one(s) because they don’t want to put on their sun shirt, then finally you win that battle, get it on them and an hour later when they get out of the water, those damn things don’t want to come off and only piss off your kids that much more and give them more reason to fight with you the next time you want to get it on them?! Oh and once that wet sun shirt is off, there is NO way you are getting it back on your little when its wet, that’s legitimately is torture for both them and us. Who knew that adding a zipper would completely change the world of sun shirts and make our world (as parents) a million times easier.

SwimZip

I am sure most did not realize (myself included) that “Research shows that a single, blistering sunburn before the age of 20 can double a person’s chance of developing melanoma,” says Annette Cyr, Board Chair, Melanoma Network of Canada – scary right?!!!

Here’s what I love about SwimZip:
– All the outfits have UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) 50+ sun protection which blocks 98% of the suns UVA and UVB rays
– There is a “zipper garage” which is a fold over piece of fabric that covers the zipper at the top so it doesn’t irritate your child’s skin or chin
– The fabric is a LycraNylon that is great for quick drying and it dries pretty quick
– Built in liner in the swim shorts
– There is a working drawstring and elastic band which a lot of cheap swim suits don’t have and make it tough to size
– The designs are BEYOND cute and very trendy (ruffles, stripes, polka dots and many more)
– Many styles to choose from, full body coverage, short sleeve tops, long sleeve tops, bathing suit bottoms

Don’t think it stops at just kids, there are rashguards for adults, sun hats including an adorable fedora and towel robes (for both girls and boys). It is so important to keep our kids safe from the sun and take extra steps beyond wearing sunscreen to cover our children from those harmful rays and this is one of them! 

Oh did I mention that after I was offered to review the line, I saw them on Shark Tank and although I have only spoke to the owner a few times via email, I felt so proud of her (she is due with baby #2 very soon) for everything she has accomplished and absolutely deserves it!

I am completely in love with SwimZip for all the reasons I listed above and many more and I encourage everyone to check out this amazing line of sun protective clothing.

To check out all the wonderful gear that SwimZip has to offer, go to www.swimzip.com. You can order online or if you are Toronto resident, go to Lil’ Niblets

Stay protected
T.
xo

 

Help Your Cold with HydraSense – Enter to Win!

We know that winter is synonyms with getting colds and we wait (impatiently) for the warmer weather to come thinking that cold season is ending, but with the onset of the higher numbers in the weather forecast the jackets, gloves and hats come off and just when you think cold season is over, the viruses re-emerge.

I have being using HydraSense since my oldest was a little baby. He got his first cold when he was 8 months old and naturally I panicked (he was my first what do you expect) because the poor little guy was so stuffed up and MISERABLE (which is an understatement) so I went into my trusty bag of samples that I got at a baby show and there were the many samples of HydraSense Easy Dose.

I, by no means am going to tell you he loved it because he HATED it, he screamed his head off when I put the drops in and sucked whatever was up there clogging the kids nose making him not able to eat, but I can tell you that the moment after I picked him up, put a bottle in his mouth, he realized he could actually breathe he was happy again and the cycle  continued with every cold. Now comes my second who got his first cold when he was only 3 weeks old (thanks to his older brother who was learning about sharing) and has had a cold every single month of his life .. actually! This kid hates the drops just as much as his brother especially now that I have added the nasal aspirator to the routine, but there is instant relief (that I can promise you) and lots of smiles .. what can be better than that?! Most importantly, it is made with 100% undiluted natural-source seawater.

HydraSense has something for everyone 
•             Easy dose (newborns and infants) – these little tubes makes it clean and easy to administer the drops
•             Nasal aspirator starter kit (newborns and infants)
•             Gentle mist  (age 2+)
•             Medium Stream (age 2+)
•             To Go (age 2+) – great for moms on the go to carry in their purses
•             Congestion relief kids (age 6+)
•             Congestion relief (age 12+) – this is what I use every day

HydraSense

For those that are prone to getting sinus infections (yup thats me), I highly recommend using their Congestion Relief Spray. It has a great pump that really helps hydrate the sinuses and reduce inflammation.

GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!
Thanks to our friends at HydraSense, they are giving away 4 products of your choice from the selection above to 1 lucky winner (you can tailer the prize back to your family). The contest is open to Canadian residents only. Here’s how to enter:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

For another chance to win a great HydraSense gift pack, make sure to visit Multi-Testing Mommy

Breathe Clean
T.
xo

FLINTSTONES™ Vitamin Revamped – ENTER TO WIN!!!

Flinstones Vitamins

Remember FLINTSTONES™ Vitamins?? I LOVED those vitamins growing up, in fact I would diligently ask my mom for one every morning and I got to pick my favourite colour (grape .. orange was always the last to go), I am pretty sure I didn’t even know they were good for me LOL!

With the upcoming current Cold and Flu season upon us my little guy comes home weekly with a new cold and it is only December. This is a great time to introduce everyone to FLINTSTONES™ Vitamins plus Immunity Support which will help our little one’s with their immune systems and get the nutrients needed for those picky eaters (vegetables .. what are those??!!)

Here are some fun fact sheets that I know we all can learn a few things from (the last one has great factoids)

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Flinstones Vitamins

 

Flinstones Vitamin

To celebrate the launch of FLINTSTONES™ Gummies Plus Immunity Support in Canada, the maker of your favourite children’s vitamin is offering one of my lucky readers an ultimate fun activity in the GTA (note: must be a resident of the GTA).  You can pick from a list of activities below:

Option #1
$75 worth of groceries delivered through grocery delivery service (three to four recipes to be provided)

Option #2
Go back to the Stone Age and learn about the dinosaurs who roamed the earth at the Royal Ontario Museum. Make sure the family is well fuelled by making healthy and delicious smoothies as morning or afternoon treat.
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Adult Admission (18-64) X 2
Child Admission (4-14) X 2
Smoothies for the family

Option #3
Travel back to the Stone Age and enjoy Fred & Barney’s favourite pastime – Bowling! Bring the family to Bathurst Bowlerama at Bathurst and Lawrence where you can have fun with the whole family.  Make sure the family is well fuelled for a fun afternoon by enjoying a healthy and delicious smoothies.
Bathurst Bowlerama
$23 per hour (6 people max, 2 hours), $3 for shoes per person (4 people)
Smoothies for the family 

Option #4
Bring the family together to learn about science at the Ontario Science Centre! The Science Centre delights, informs and entertains families of all ages.
Ontario Science Centre
Adult Admission X2
Child Admission X2

Here’s how to enter:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Yay for Vitamins!!!
T.
xo

Boiron Helps with Cold and Flu Season

Boiron

When it comes to colds and flus, I like to use all natural remedies. I have been using Boiron products since my older guy was born (my girlfriend swore by it), so when they asked me to review their line, I was happy to do so (and I got to test out new products that I hadn’t used before).

Boiron Products

Thanks Boiron for the great cold and flu pack, good timing #mommycold

As my 3 year old gets older, his colds seem to be getting more intense and those damn coughs last soooo much longer! Lucky for me, he went from one cold immediately to the next so it was a good time to try out the new Boiron products I had not yet tried. Even luckier for me, he passed along his cold to me so now I was able to try out the remedies for adults.

Well let me say that for the last four weeks I have had a lingering cough that has kept me up all night (and my husband). I have to sleep on a 90 degree angle just to stop coughing for a very small period of time. As I started to write this blog post, I remembered that some of the products I was sent were for adults and one specifically was for coughs (it’s like they knew) called Stodal and for real, last night was the first night I slept for four hours uninterrupted and I attribute that to Stodal and best part, it doesn’t taste awful like all the cold/cough medications on the market (cough syrup is disgusting). They also have a kids version ($10 kids, $15 adults)

Boiron Stodal

 

My first born was 7 months old when he got his first cold and a friend of mine, who’s daughter is older, told me she swore by Coryzalia and passed along a few samples for me to try out. Two and a half years later, I am still using it to help with decongestion, sneezing and runny nose. Now his nose runs pretty much all winter, but it did help with the continuous sneezing and the stuff nose along with a humidifier and being elevated. If your older one is like mine and comes home weekly with a cold and has gotten your little one sick, you can give this to your little guy starting at 1 month of age. $15 for kids, $14 for adults.

Coryzalia

Ok so these are a must buy, Fever Bugz! When you are concerned that your little guy has a fever, peel and stick on to their forehead and then show them in the mirror and you will be sure to get a laugh out of them. The image that will come up will show you whether they have a temperature. Best part, they are reusable. I have a pack of these on every floor in my house .. you never know when you need them.

Fever Bugz

I was just introduced to Oscillococcinum (that’s a mouth full) to relieve flu symptoms and is good for the whole family. Nobody has yet to get a fever (I hope I didn’t just jinx myself) but when the time arises, we will try this out and will let you know. $21 for 12 doses

OscillococcinumLastly, there is one more remedy for cold/flu season called Cicadermine which provides relief for skin and nasal passage irritation from all the nose blowing. Made with plant extracts to soothe irritated skin and mucous membranes, it can be used to relieve the dry, and red skin around the nose, as well as in the treatment of chapped lips, and dry cuticles (hey why not) $9

Cicadermine

Want to win a Babies R Us or Shoppers Drug Mart gift card to go buy the products? Click here to enter on Facebook

Good luck this cold and flu season, these products will sure be of help
T.
xo

Disclaimer: I was given these products free of charge to test out and review. All the opinions above are are my own.