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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Fall Styles for Kids with Pediped Shoes

Welcome to the Happy Harvest Giveaway Hop event hosted by MamaNYC. All participating bloggers have come up with fun prizes of all kinds, valued at a minimum of $25! The event runs from October 1-12, so don't wait! After you've entered MY giveaway, hop on over and enter to win more. Good luck!

**Product received for review.

When I found out I was having a little girl, I could not wait to start shopping for her. The pretty dresses, the fun hair bows and of course, the SHOES!! So many cute baby girl shoes! I couldn't wait to get them onto my daughter's itty bitty feet. There was just one little problem... her feet and shoes did not mix. You see, her feet were small in length but VERY thick in height. We tried many different styles and just could not find any that would feet onto her chubby feet without being much too long. No big deal, babies don't NEED shoes right? We'd hoped they'd thin down by the time she began walking- which happened at 10 months. Still super chubby, still no shoes. But it was summertime and the only time she was walking on her own was in our own yard so we just opted to let her go barefoot. With her becoming more and more of a walker and the cooler weather making its arrival, we knew that we had to find SOMETHING. Anything. So, I was thrilled to be given the chance to receive a pair of Pediped shoes to try...though admittedly still quite skeptical that they'd actually work out.

For this review, we received a pair of Pediped Flex in the Giselle- Chocolate Brown style. First of all, how absolutely adorable are these? They are simple and cute...and will go with just about everything! I loved them. But would they fit on my daughter's feet?

One of the great features that make Pediped Flex so unique is the Fex Fit System. Let's take a look:

With the Flex Fit System™, each pair of pediped Flex® closed-toe shoes comes with an additional 2 millimeter insole to customize the fit of the shoe so it is just right for each child. These insoles can reduce a shoe size by almost half a size.

To use, simply lift the colored insole that comes inside the shoe and place the white additional insole underneath. Afterward, be sure to replace the original insole as this will be the layer next to your child’s foot. Check the fit: shoes should fit snug, but not tight. When there is no need for the extra white insole, simply take it out and use the original insole by itself. This insole should remain in the shoe at all times to ensure comfort for your child.

How genius is this? They truly allow for the perfect fit for those hard to fit babies...like my Finley! She wears them with just the original insole and they work wonderfully! They go on her chubby feet without being too tight...or too long! The perfect fit. And seemingly comfortable too! To be honest, I worried about how she would adjust to shoes having gone barefoot for so long, but after a little practice (an hour or so overall), she had it down and is now walking as naturally in her shoes as she would without.  From the style to the fit to the comfort, I truly love EVERYTHING about these shoes.

And I'm not the only one. Everywhere we have gone since my daughter started wearing her Pedipeds, we have received comments on them! Everyone LOVES the cute polka dot design and it seems the quality is evident as well. And this is only one of the MANY adorable designs! Pediped just released even MORE fun styles as part of their fall collection! From boots to slip ons, there are styles for everyone!!

You can see everything Pediped has to offer and connect at the links below:

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And as part of the Happy Harvest Giveaway Hop, one very lucky reader is going to win a pair of Pediped Originals (0-24 months). Winner can select size and gender, but style will be determined by sponsor. Enter using the Rafflecopter form below:
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Winner will be contacted via e-mail after giveaway ends, and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. One entry per household, winning entry will be verified. Odds of winning depend on valid entries received. A Modern Day Fairy Tale is not responsible for prize delivery.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Green Scene Mom Fall Award Winners Giveaway!!

The Green Scene Mom Awards celebrate niche, eco-friendly products and innovative product designs. We are very excited to announce the 2014 Fall Award Winners! Many of these great companies have also contributed prizes to Green Scene Mom's Fall Awards Giveaway. Enter to win below!
Green Scene Mom 2014 Fall Award Winners
Baby Buddy Tooth TissuesBaby Buddy Tooth TissuesTooth Tissues make cleaning a baby's teeth simple and easy to introduce regular oral care to a young child. Tooth Tissues are the natural first step to brushing a child's teeth after every meal and they're a simple way to ensure a baby isn't negatively affected by oral bacteria. Award Details »
bambu natural utensilsbambu natural utensilsbambu's natural feeding products are an eco-friendly twist on conventional baby utensils. Each product is created to meet a need within the various stages from infancy to childhood and each item is shaped to be easy to use by kids learning to feed themselves. Award Details »
Bumkins Finer Baby ProductsBumkins Finer Baby ProductsBumkins has a huge selection of eco-friendly products that are available in coordinating prints. Bumkins waterproof bags and cloth diapers are easy to use and clean and help reduce household trash. Award Details »
Buttons Cloth DiapersButtons Cloth DiapersButtons Cloth Diapers make diapering easy and Eco-friendly. Their new prints are so adorable and feature quality details, sturdy leg gussets, and a simple adjustable snap system that allows the diaper to grow with your baby. Award Details »
Cache Coeur Signature Maternity LingerieCache Coeur Signature Maternity LingerieCache Coeur offers elegant solutions for pregnancy and nursing to make life more comfortable and stylish. Their lingerie line includes designs that are functional and embellished with feminine details. Award Details »
Cupcake Organic Nursing PadsCupcake Organic Nursing PadsCupcake Nursing Pads are made from high-quality cotton and are easy to assemble and clean. They offer great coverage in preventing leaks and provide peace of mind while breastfeeding. Award Details »
Cushy CloserCushy CloserCushy Closers are an innovative and streamlined way to keep a door from latching. They are ideal for use on doors to rooms where kids are napping, since the cushion allows the door to be closed but muffles any door closing sounds. Award Details »
Eepples MilkCharmsEepples MilkCharmsEepples MilkCharms are designed to help moms easily label, track, and organize their breast milk supply. The MilkCharm is a reusable dial system that lets moms quickly and easily set and read the day and time when breast milk was pumped. Award Details »
Emily Press Write Your Own LabelsEmily Press Write Your Own LabelsEmily Press waterproof labels are an innovative way to create your own personalized labels. Write on the labels with a permanent marker then seal in your writing with the built-in laminate. These dishwasher-safe labels make it easy to personalize or label your items. Award Details »
It's The Balm Pregnancy Pamper KitIt's The Balm Pregnancy Pamper KitIt's The Balm Pregnancy Pamper Kit includes belly balm, cooling foot scrub, whipped foot balm, and peppermint lip balm, each created with a combination of natural and essential oils formulated to heal and soothe. Organic raw shea butter, peppermint, eucalyptus, and tea tree oil are among the natural ingredients used in this natural pampering kit. Award Details »
Lotus Everywhere CribLotus Everywhere CribThe Lotus Travel Crib by Guava Family is an everywhere crib designed for easy portability and set up. It has mesh breathable sides all the way down to the mattress and a zipper opening in one side for easy access into the crib. The crib can be set up in 15 seconds and it fits into a compact case small enough for a carry-on. Award Details »
Milkies Milk-SaverMilkies Milk-SaverThe Milkies Milk-Saver collects leaking breast milk as a mom nurses, allowing them to store extra breast milk effortlessly with each feeding. The Milk-Saver collects the milk that is leaked when breast milk lets down. It's slim and portable, minimizes leaks and comes with a durable case. Award Details »
Poncho Baby Roly BlanketsPoncho Baby Roly BlanketsThe Poncho Baby Roly Blanket is a super-soft blanket that rolls into a compact clutch for easy carrying. The blanket is made from a double layer of soft cotton. It rolls up and attaches with a snap fastener. Award Details »
Rubber Ducky & Friends Kids' ShowerheadRubber Ducky & Friends Kids' ShowerheadRubber Duckie & Friends showerheads are a fun way to introduce showering to young children. The character shower heads look like bath toys and help parents transition their kids from bathing in the tub to taking showers on their own. Award Details »
Shaikoo Hands Free TowelShaikoo Hands Free TowelThe Shaikoo Towel Wrap was designed to simplify bath time and make baby bathing a fun, safe and relaxing experience. With a simple and durable Velcro-brand fastener around the neck, parents have both their left and right hands available to safely lift, cradle, and dry their wet baby. Award Details »
Strider Sport BikeStrider Sport BikeStrider Bikes are easy to use by toddlers and kids who can't pedal yet. They also allow kids to "skip" the tricycle stage and advance to mastering gliding and balance skills that will help them eventually ride a standard bike. Award Details »
Tubby TableTubby TableThe Tubby Table is an educational bath play surface for toddlers that suctions in the middle of the tub, giving kids a sturdy and safe surface while keeping water and toys inside the tub. Award Details »
Yummi Gear LunchboxesYummi Gear LunchboxesYummi Gear lunchboxes make it easy to take lunch on the go. They are designed to be easy to open for little fingers and keep lunch organized. Yummi Gear lunchboxes have 3 compartments to keep a sandwich, snacks and fruit separate and ready to enjoy. Award Details »
Zipadee-Zip Wearable BlanketZipadee-Zip Wearable BlanketZipadee-Zip helps a baby have the cozy, enclosed, womb-like feel of the swaddle but it allows a baby push up, roll over, and wiggle around safely and freely. It encourages self-soothing and longer, sounder sleep, prevents scratching, and keeps little hands warm all night long. Award Details »

Enter to win this amazing $400 prize package of award winning products!

Baby Buddy Tooth Tissues
Milkies Milk-Saver
CupCake nursing pads + insertable liners
Eepples MilkCharms set of 3
2 Zipadee-Zip wearable blankets
Bumkins 2 Nixi wet bags, 2 reusable snack bags, and 2 Snap-In-One cloth diapers
2 packages Emily Press Write Your Own Classic labels
It's The Balm Vanilla-Sandalwood Spa Kit
Yummi Gear lunchboxes set of 4
Rubber Duckie & Friends Duckie the Duck Bath & Shower Wand
Poncho Baby Roly Blanket
Tubby Table bathtime play table
Buttons Diapers 1 one-size diaper cover and 2 hemp/cotton diaper inserts
bambu Hemp Denim baby bib
Fall Awards Giveaway - Green Scene Mom
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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Want To Try the NEW FuzzieBunz Diapers? Enter to Win!!

FuzziBunz Cloth Diaper Trial Starter Pack Giveaway
Hosted by: mama pure
Sponsored by: FuzziBunz

FuzziBunz Cloth Diapers is under new ownership and they are launching an exciting new diaper, the One-Size Adjustable Cloth Pocket Diaper! This diaper comes in size Small and size Large to give you the absolute best fit but will still fit your baby up through potty training. The diaper also features amazing custom sizing options with adjustable leg and waist elastic not found on other diaper brands. mama pure had the opportunity to test out both diaper sizes so you can see the difference in fit to help you choose which would work best for your baby. Be sure to read the full review to learn more details about this diaper!


 To celebrate the new One-Size Adjustable Cloth Pocket Diaper mama pure has teamed up with FuzziBunz to give away a Trial Starter Package which includes 2 one-size adjustable cloth pocket diapers and a hanging wet bag! This giveaway will run from 9/28 at 12am EST through 10/15 at 11:59pm EST. It is open to the US & CAN. Void where prohibited. Please use the rafflecopter below to enter.

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This blog was not compensated for promoting this giveaway and is not responsible for prize fulfillment. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, or any other social media. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this giveaway or the Milk Makin' Mamas Event please contact Laura at www.mamapure.com

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Saving Money on Christmas for the Kids {Deals from Family Christian!}

**This post contains affiliate links, but all thoughts are my own!

With the holidays quickly approaching, I am always on the lookout for deals for fun gifts for my kids! I am also always looking for ways to keep Christ in Christmas. Today I am excited to share with you a few deals that do BOTH! Check them out:

Fisher-Price Little People Nativity

I just LOVE this Fisher Price Little People Nativity!! Use it to teach your little ones the story of Jesus' birth, or as a fun decor that is kid friendly (because we know that nativities seem to be an open invite to little hands anyway, right?). This is certainly on my wishlist for my children this year!!! And for just $30!? Yes, please!!

Iesodo: The Way of Jesus - new DVD JOY

New from Iesodo the wise white dove and his feathered friends! Journey with the three wise owls from the East as they visit King Harold the peacock to tell him about the birth of a new King. Watch as the Christmas story unfolds, as hilarious characters paired with a meaningful story make this film a Christmas keepsake. On sale for just $12.97, plus prebuy purchase includes a FREE The Joy of Christmas CD, a $7.99 value!

This looks like a fantastic, fun way to bring the true meaning of Christmas to your little ones! And if your kids are like mine, they'll love listening to their favorite songs from the DVD at anytime with the FREE CD! What a deal!

Prebuy the newest Veggie DVD: Beauty & the Beet, available October 11

Mirabelle and her family band, the Veggie Tones, are on their way to a gig at Vegetable Square Garden when a fierce winter snowstorm strands them at a run-down restort. Mr. Beet, the grumpy manager, makes them sing-and clean- for their supper. Why is Mr. Beet such a beast? Can Mirabelle's kindness change him? Stars Kellie Pickler as Mirabelle.

This is one of my FAVORITE deals! In fact, I love it so much, I've already taken advantage of it for MY kids this Christmas! Preorder Beauty and the Beet for just $12.97 and get Lord of the Beans for FREE! I cannot WAIT to see them both!

$6.97 Veggie DVDs

Want more Veggie Tales options? Family Christian has a selection of titles on sale for just $6.97!! (Yes, I've already taken advantage of this deal as well!!). We love our Veggie Tales!! Truly the perfect holiday (or anytime) gift!!!

Want more kid-friendly options to keep Christ in your holiday season! Family Christian has tons of options! Be sure to connect with them at the links below:

Follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FamilyChristian 
Follow on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/familychristian/ 
Like on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FamilyChristian?ref=bookmarks 
Follow on Tumblr: http://family-christian.tumblr.com 
Follow on Instagram: http://instagram.com/familychristian

And don't forget, there is still time to ENTER TO WIN a $25 Gift Certificate!!!!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Time to Play: Vtech Go! Go! Smart Animals Tree House Hideaway {A Review and Free for Fall Giveaway}

Welcome to the It's a Free for Fall Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network.
The days are getting a bit cooler and Fall is just around the corner! We're celebrating the upcoming season with a fun giveaway hop. Each blogger in the hop has a prize for you worth at least $25, so don't forget to hop around to them all in the linky at the bottom of this post.

**Product received for review. 

Keeping a one year old occupied can be a little tricky! My daughter loves to be on the go- into everything she's not supposed to be into. Needless to say, I'm always on the lookout for toys that will keep her attention. So, when I was asked to review the VTech Go! Go! Smart Animals Tree House Hideaway Playset, I jumped at the chance! Here's a brief look at what this playset is all about:

Learn about animals, play sing-along songs and more with the included SmartPoint™ panda or other SmartPoint animals (sold separately). Crank the basket elevator to the top of the playset, play on the swing or lift the ramp and watch the panda ride the slide to the bottom. The Tree House Hideaway Playset includes five SmartPoint locations and six manipulative features including a shape sorter that can help develop hand/eye coordination. The colorful tracks can be connected to other Go! Go! Smart Animals or Go! Go! Smart Wheels playsets (each sold separately) to encourage children’s creativity.  Ages 1-5 years, MSRP: $29.99.
When my son was about my daughter's age, he had a few VTech toys and found that they were his absolute favorites, so I was excited to see if my daughter would feel the same. Immediately, she was intrigued. The bright colors and fun sounds and songs immediately grabbed her attention. She could not wait to get it put together! The instructions were fairly easy to follow and we were able to get to playing pretty quickly (though certainly not quick enough for my anxious girl). With so many ways to play, this tree house keeps play interesting... my son got into the action and loved seeing panda race down the tracks. My daughter loved the basket elevator, though she couldn't quite figure out how to make it go on her own just yet (she's only 13 months old after all). I personally loved the shape sorter and the fun Smartpoint locations to which the Panda (and any other animals, sold separately) react to. Very fun!

When my son was a toddler, he loved anything with connecting tracks. Though my daughter has not yet shown much interest in that yet, I know that had this to been around when he was that age, he would have loved that these sets can connect to create one mega playset and offer even more fun learning experience! We are looking forward to seeing what other adventures we can add to the tree house to keep the fun coming.

As a mom, I love that not only is this toy incredibly entertaining, it's also developmentally appropriate (as we have found all VTech infant toys to be!). My daughter can stay occupied while learning valuable lessons like hand/eye coordination, cause/effect and even all about animals!

You can see more great toys from Vtech and connect at the links below:

And one very lucky reader is going to win a playset of their own! How exciting! Enter using the Rafflecopter form below:

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Winner will be contacted via e-mail after giveaway ends, and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. One entry per household, winning entry will be verified. Odds of winning depend on valid entries received. A Modern Day Fairy Tale is not responsible for prize delivery.
So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Free for Fall participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Cloth on a Budget: Buying Used

When it comes to cloth diapering on a budget, there are MANY ways to help you save money. One way I often suggest is buying used. If you look in the right places, you can often get your diapers MUCH cheaper than buying brand new! Personally, I prefer to buy used diapers in person so I can see exactly what it is I'm getting, and can generally get them cheaper since I don't have to pay for shipping. If you have an option to buy local, awesome. Unfortunately, I know for many this isn't possible. So today, we're going to look at a few tips to buying used diapers online.

Research/Know the Value. While this post will primarily focus on buying online, this is a tip that goes for buying used all around. I have many times seen or heard of 'china cheapies' going for the same price used as they do new, and new to cloth mamas paying it thinking it's a deal. So, my first piece of advice is to see how much the diapers you are looking at go for new. Some brands/styles do hold their resale value more than others, so decide on how much YOU are willing to pay for used vs new.

Ask Questions. When interested in buying used diapers, never worry about asking too many questions. Because you cannot see the quality in person, you want to get the best idea possible of exactly what you are getting into. A few specific questions to consider- PUL condition? Stains? Elastic condition? Hook and look condition? First or seconds quality? Any leaking/stink/issues? How were they washed? How long were they used? Also ask for detailed pictures. The more you know about what you should be getting, the better. It's also a great idea to save these descriptions in case there should be any issues! If possible, look for feedback on sellers as well.

ALWAYS use Paypal. Unfortunately, there are many cloth diaper scammers out there to watch out for, so always be sure to pay for your purchase via Paypal using an invoice or paying for goods. This will insure that both parties are protected should you come across a scam. You don't want to be out diapers AND money, so Paypal is an absolute must. NEVER send money as 'family and friends' or as a gift unless you personally know the individual you are purchasing from, as these transactions are not protected.

Don't Get Caught Up in HTF. Don't get me wrong, if you like the thrill of the hunt and have the money to do so, by all means, buy all the diapers. But if you're using cloth to save money, a solid diaper holds pee and poo just as well as a Jules. I know I am personally in many BST groups that are filled daily with HTF going WAY above retail value...and as a new cloth diapering mom trying to save money, I can only imagine how overwhelming that must look. (How is this going to save money if people are paying $50+ for ONE diaper!?) They may be cute, but they aren't a necessity!

If It Sounds Too Good To Be True... Well, you know! Every once in awhile, you truly WILL stumble upon an amazing deal that you cannot pass up. But more often than not, be cautious. Follow the steps above to make sure you know what you're getting and are protected in case of issues.

Wanting to SELL your used diapers? Stay tuned for some tips from the OTHER side!

What other tips do YOU have to buying used diapers?

Friday, September 19, 2014

Finley Grace, 13 Months.

To be honest, I wasn't entirely sure if- after the one year mark- I should continue with these monthly Finley updates. I went back and forth. Should I keep them monthly as they had been? Every three months? Longer? Ultimately, I'm still not 100% certain how I will continue throughout the next year, but for this month, I realized that Finley was advancing in leaps and bounds, and I wanted to keep record of that, if only for myself. So, here's a look at what Miss Finley is up to at 13 months.

  • Finley weighs about 22 pounds.
  • She is currently in 18-24 month clothing. She can still actually wear 18 months for the most part, but when we recently updated her wardrobe for Fall, we opted to move her on up so she could wear them longer through the winter!
  • Finley's vocabulary is already picking up...which, as a mom to a child with autism/speech delays, is really quite astounding to see. In addition to mama, daddy, bubba, Anna and Elsa, she has also added hi, bye, nananana (Frozen- this is the opening song and how she asks for the movie or aknowledges that something is from the movie), mimi (milk/nursing). She has also repeated a few words (like dog), but doesn't seem to say with regularity yet, so we won't count them just yet.
  • She can appropriately nod in response to some questions. (Do you want milk? Do you want to watch Frozen?) She waves and blows kisses. She is just starting to shake her head, but doesn't seem to be with intention yet.
  • She can point to some objects when asked- like nose, Anna or Elsa. (Again, astounding to see as Shaun did not point at all until 3 years old.)
  • She can 'ask' for songs by doing her 13 month old variation of the hand motions (clapping for patty cake or pressing her index fingers together for Itsy Bitsy Spider). Likewise, she will respond to the names of both by performing the same actions.
  • She has been walking since she was 11 months old, and by now has mastered it! There's no stopping her. She likes to be into EVERYTHING! We recently had to convert our dining room into a blocked off play area for her to keep her out of bubby's playroom (Legos!) or from climbing the stairs!!
  • She is a climber also. Toys, stairs, onto the couch...if she can climb it, she WILL climb it. Getting down on the other hand...well, that's a work in progress.
  • She still adores Frozen. And by adores I mean is obsessed with. Seriously.
  • She's still a great eater, but we've discovered she's not a meat fan. She does however LOVE beans. Of any kind, but especially black!

As you can see, this month has been another huge one for Finley. As a mom to a child with autism, it is really interesting (and quite honestly a sigh of relief) to see our girl flourishing in areas of communication and social development (her pediatrician actually said she is ahead of where they expect a 13 month old to be). I so enjoy watching her learn and discover the world around her. Each day is something new, and it's so fun to watch!!