Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Rebecca Foundation: Operation Fluffy Bums

I just posted on The Rebecca Foundation Cloth Diaper Closets Blog page about a new program we are doing for military families!  To read more go to the page below and if you have the means please be a supporter!

The Rebecca Foundation: Operation Fluffy Bums: We just launched a new program that we are really excited about sharing with you!  It is called Operation Fluffy Bums. Basically, we kn...


-Miranda :)

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

A Little Announcement!

As this Christmas Season is approaching I hope everyone remembers the reason for the Season!

I just wanted to share a little news about our family of three!  We will be adding on in July!!

I am prego with number 2!  I was waiting until our first ultrasound to announce and I wanted to make a cute picture with little girl but I couldn't hold it in any longer!





If you have noticed I haven't been online as much just because I have definitely felt the nausea and have just not felt like doing much at all besides keeping up and playing with little girl.  I have been feeling so tired this time which I do not remember at all the first time around!

We are so excited to see and experience a second child coming into the world.  My midwife is considering me high risk because of my weight which I am a little sad about and she also is wanting me to take baby asprin starting at 12 weeks to prevent blood clots.  I am doing research on this because I really don't like taking medicine.  So if any of you have done this I would love to know!  Also, baby number 2 will be most likely another c-section.  I was torn about this at first but the way my pelvis is (And my mom tried a V-Bac with my younger sister after me and failed)  That I am pretty much okay with it for now but we  have time to think about it.

Thank you all for reading!

-Miranda :)






Friday, December 13, 2013

Nocciolata Organic Hazelnut Spread from Rigoni di Asiago USA Review and Giveaway






I love Hazelnut spread and most of the time I find myself wanting something sweet at home and we do not normally keep sweets in the house.  We always have a jar of Nutella but I have something even better to share with you!  It is an organic version (not even comparable) with only a few simple ingredients called Nocciolata!

Just a little about the company Rigoni di Asiago is a family based company that has been around over 90 years the company has offices and production based in Italy.  You can read more on the company here.

Normally, I just have mine on a piece of fruit that way I feel like I am still eating healthy (with the addition of chocolate :)!




It was so rich and creamy and had a very fresh taste of hazelnut which I love!  I did see the recipes on the Rigoni di Asiago USA Facebook page also on the Nocciolata site and I definitely would like to try some of them!

What I like about the Nocciolata spread:

-It is made with the freshest organic ingredients

-It is organic certified by the USDA standards

-It also has higher nutritional value

-The Great taste doesn't compare!

Overall, I loved the taste and can't wait to try it in a cookie recipe I found the other day!

You can connect with Rigoni di Asiago USA on Facebook and on their website.  You may purchase this and many other products they have including honey and specialty jams at the following stores and online shops.

Rigoni di Asiago USA has offered one reader the chance to win a box just like the one I received which includes two bottles of Nocciolata and other goodies!  Simply by entering below on the Giveaway Tools form.  This is open to the US only and you must be 18 or older.  The winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be drawn.

Thank you for reading and entering!  I received the product mentioned for my own personal opinion and yours may differ from mine.  Mommy Miranda is not responsible for prize fulfillment.



Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Seeds Now Winter Garden Update

It's almost been a month since starting this winter garden journey!  I just went to my dads house today to check under the tarp on my plants.  I wish I had taken a picture but there were tons of sprouts popping up from where we scattered the seeds left from where I had planted the pods.

The pods themselves don't seem to have grown too much.  I have not watered this but my dad has had tons of rain this past week with freezing rain in the mix which is why I wanted to check on it!  It was quite muddy!

This is a short update but I did want to update to let you all know they are still alive (Yay)!

Just like before I did receive my seeds from seedsnow.com in exchange for my garden experience.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Milk Diapers Nursing Pads Review and Giveaway


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 My sister received the mentioned product for review and this is her own opinion.  This is a guest post.

Milk Diapers was created when Felicia Gowrylow had trouble with milk leaking after her first child, and found other nursing pads on the market to be unsatisfactory.   She sewed her own pads after her second child was born.  Over the past 30 years, she has redesigned and perfected the pattern and named them “Milk Diapers” due to them being made of non-treated cotton diaper fabrics.

Photo courtesy of Milkdiapers.com

I was sent the Sampling 8 pad pack of nursing pads to review.  It included moisture guard, 5 layer natural, 4 layer white, and white lace pads.  They all have a patented crossover dart, which contours to the breast, causing them to lay flat under clothing.  Overall, I was really pleased with all of the styles. 

Moisture Guard- This was the most absorbent pair.   I found them to be great for overnight use.  It is a 5 layer white pad with a terry backed polyurethane laminate and has a diameter of 4 ¾- 4 7/8”.  It is also topped with a cream lace to make it pretty.   And let’s face it, who doesn’t need to feel more sexy when you’re leaking?!


5 Layer Natural- This was my favorite pair because the fabric seemed to be more soft than the others, and they were very absorbent.  It has 5 layers of fabric; 100% unbleached cotton birdseye cloth and 100% unbleached cotton flannel cloth.


4 Layer White- This pair is made with 4 layers of 100% cotton birdseye cloth and 100% cotton flannel.  The average diameter is 4 7/8”.   These worked well for daytime use.


White Lace- This is simply the 4 layer white pad topped with white lace.



All of the nursing pads are breathable and comfortable to wear.  A moistened pad will dry while wearing, however, if it becomes soaked, it needs to be changed.  An itchy pad indicates too much dried milk.  Caring for the pads is simple: wash and dry with regular laundry. 


Milk Diapers offers a variety of nursing pad packs, so you can choose one to suit your needs.  They also have some nursing bras to choose from.


Check them out at their Website and if you go on their Facebook page you will find a coupon!
Milk Diapers Nursing Pads is giving away the same set of pads to one winner!  To enter simply fill out the Giveaway Tools form below.  This is open to US and you must be 18 or older.  The winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be drawn.

The product reviewed was in exchange for my sisters honest opinion.  Mommy Miranda is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Yummi Pouch Review



Yummi Pouch sent me products to review and this is my opinion of them!


If you have been following me you will know how I love the concept of reusable food pouches for my daughter.  I like that fact that you can make your own food or buy larger quantities of organic applesauce or yogurt (both of which we always keep in the fridge)!  The cost is also a major factor for me in using these type of pouches.  Sometimes the organic single serve from the store in our area are around $1.00-$1.50 or sometimes more.
What I like about the Yummi Pouch:
-You can easily fill the pouch with a spoon
-My daughter can hold it herself
-They are easy to clean you can either throw it in the dishwasher or hand wash (I used a bottle brush to make for easy cleaning)
-They are freezer safe.  This is great for busy moms as you can make food ahead to take places and freeze then just pull out whenever you need it!
-They are BPA and Phthalate free as well as recyclable
For my review I was sent three different sizes of pouches to try out!


The YP Sport is the blue color and these hold up to 10oz so they are rather large but are great for freezing batches of food or for older kids on the go (I think my hubby would even use this)!  The zipper is on the top.
The middle picture are the Yummi Pouch Brights (hence the pretty colors) they hold up to 6oz. and these also come in all white.  Like the blue YP sport these also zip on top making for easier filling.
Lastly pictured are the Yummi Pouch Mini.  I probably like these the best because they only hold a snack size portion (2.5oz.) and are great for small hands.  These have the mouth spout on top which little girl is used to and the zipper is on the bottom. 
How did little girl do with them?

If you look closely at this picture you will see a tear...she had a slight melt down before this because I didn't get the yogurt in fast enough for her!  Ernie and her pouches made it all better!  To fill the Yummi Pouch Mini I simply opened the bottom and spooned in the yogurt and sealed it!

This is the Yummi Pouch Bright and as you can see I used our yogurt again!  I do like the fact that these stand up once you start to fill them.  It took little girl a second to figure out the spout was on the side but once she did she was happy!

Overall, we are pleased with these pouches that Yummi Pouch sent us.  The Yummi Pouch website is full of recipes and tips on making your own food and how to clean with ease.  I like that you are saving money buy only buying pouches once and refilling them. 
You can connect with Yummi Pouch several ways including:
Mommy Miranda received a product mentioned for review purposes and my opinions are my own. 


Monday, December 2, 2013

For Your Bug-a-Boo Toy Review and Santa's Little Helper Giveaway Hop

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Welcome to the Santa's Little Helper Giveaway Hop, hosted by Viva Veltoro and So Easy Being Green!
We all know that everyone could use a little help around the Holidays, so for this Event I've teamed up with over 50 other bloggers to be your Santa's Little Helper... giving away prizes that anyone would want to see under the tree! You might find the perfect gift for a little one on your list - or even for yourself, so hop around to all the blogs, including the GRAND PRIZE, on the linky at the bottom of this post!

Happy Holidays!

For this giveaway hop I will be reviewing a toy from For Your Bug-a-Boo.  It is an online shop that is full of cloth diapers, baby bath care items, organic baby bedding, organic baby clothing, cloth diapers, natural baby feeding accessories, or organic baby shower gifts, and more!  You can read more about them on their About Me page! 
 
http://www.foryourbugaboo.com/servlet/StoreFront
 
 
 
Of course this toy is for Christmas but I had to go ahead and let little girl open it!  Honestly, she is still too young to know if Santa came or not. 
 
For my review I got to choose which toy I wanted to review (how awesome:) so I picked something that could help her learn numbers and colors!  The Rainbow Numbers stacking wooden toy.
 
Below is information from the For Your Bug-a-Boo website:

Rainbow Numbers Stacking Toy

    This colorful educational toy will help teach children how to count and recognize colors. Comes with 15 doughnut shaped blocks in 5 bright rainbow colors to be stacked up on 5 colored rods!

Size: 3 3/4 x 10 x 4 3/8 in

For Ages:  2 years and older

About the Manufacturer:

 
Voila toys are carefully designed to stimulate children’s imagination as well as to support their physical and mental development. Voila toys are also well crafted, with attractive colors, and are made with safe, non-toxic materials.
 
 
What I like about this toy is that it is safe to use not like a lot of our plastic overseas products.  I also love how it is a learning tool and will help little girl with her colors and numbers! 
 
 How did little girl like it?  She could hardly wait for me to open the box when the Mail Man arrived! 
 
 
She has been playing with it everyday since we got it!  I have to help her get the colors on right and sometimes she just doesn't quite get the hang of it yet but it is fun trying!  The numbers coordinate with the amount of stackable rings per color. 
 
Overall, the customer service I received at For Your Bug-a-Boo was fantastic and as are all of their products!  I am wanting the Spuds Seedling Gift Set for little girl as well!  We really need some plates and utensils that are safe and that she can eat on without breaking.
 
For the giveaway the winner will receive a $30 Gift Certificate to help with Christmas time!  You can spend it on what ever you want (pretty awesome)!!
 
The giveaway is open to residents of the US and 18 or older.  To enter simply fill out the Giveaway tools form below.  The winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be drawn.  Mommy Miranda is not responsible for prize fulfillment.
 
I did receive the mentioned product for review and I gave my honest opinion of it!
 
 
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The Hosts of this Hop have put together a Grand Prize Package for a lucky little one! This Santa's Little Helper is going to deliver to one lucky reader... a $100 Gift Card to jrfashionista.com and a $100 Gift Card to Pediped.com to get that little one styling, a $75 Gift Card to Hearthsong.com and a $50 GC to Build-a-Bear to satisfy their Toy List, and a Crane USA Adorable Cool Mist Humidifier and Nightlight so they can sleep soundly waiting on St. Nick!

Enter the Grand Prize Here.

So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Santa’s Little Helper participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.