Breastfeeding Awareness Month + Lansinoh SmartPump, Bessie’s Best Lactation Cookies, & Mason Bottle GIVEAWAY!

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With a second baby on the way, nursing is going to be making a comeback in my day-to-day life! This time around, I am working full-time and pumping will be a big part of my routine. I always get excited when National Breastfeeding Awareness Month rolls around because I know how many moms truly struggle with this aspect of motherhood and it is HARD. And mamas who don’t nurse, I still love you, too, and, support you on your journey of motherhood! You’re all amazing.

From my pictures and stories, it may seem like breastfeeding came so easily to me and my daughter. It sure started out easily in the hospital – perfect latch, ate like a monster, plenty of wet diapers. I was convinced something had to be wrong… it can’t be THIS easy can it? The answer? NOPE. It cannot be that easy. When we got home from the hospital, it was like my daughter totally forgot what the heck she was doing. Her latch hurt, she cried, I cried. It was a mess. I was exhausted and convinced I was doing something so wrong. Some days, I lost my determination to keep going and bottles looked SO appealing. My husband was and is my rock. His encouragement is literally one of the biggest blessings in my life. He saw me struggle and he knew I was struggling. I’m sure he thought it would be easier to just give bottles instead. But, he also knew how badly I wanted to breastfeed and he encouraged me to keep fighting for that. So I did. We did. My daughter did. And we succeeded. We finally got back into a groove and a routine. We had some hiccups along the way, but, we did it. We nursed until she was 2 years old and I am so proud! I think if I hadn’t gone back to work, she probably would have still nursed at least a couple times during the day and night for a bit longer. I have such a special place in my heart for my nursing mamas, whether you’ve nursed for 2 minutes or 2 years.

So, with National Breastfeeding Week wrapping up and it being Breastfeeding Awareness Month , I am so excited to show you some of my favorite products for nursing mamas and there’s an AMAZING giveaway thrown in here too ;) Woo hoo!

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Must Have Apps for Preschool & Kindergarten + GIVEAWAY

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*GIVEAWAY! 5 lucky winners will win a 90- Day Subscription Pass to the PlayKids App! Click here to enter!*

Before we got pregnant, and, once we did get pregnant, I swore I would not let our kiddo play with unnecessary technology at a young age. Television? No way! Play on my iPhone? Not a chance! 

And then, reality set in. It started with a quick episode of Sid the Science Kid so I could get the dishes done without a million interruptions. Next, I downloaded a drawing app on the iPad and my iPhone so my daughter could scribble to her heart’s content! “75% of kids have access to a “smart” mobile device at home!”

Now, let’s be honest. Parenting is a much different game once you’re actually THE PARENT and you have a kiddo who needs you every minute of the day. You can say you won’t do “this” or “that” as much as you want, but, I can guarantee you will break that promise to yourself more than once. The best part? IT’S OKAY. Seriously. Yes, you should limit the screen time, but, your kiddo won’t be scarred for the rest of their life because they watched a few episodes of Bubble Guppies so you could keep your sanity :) You do what you have to do! 

So, when our daughter DOES watch television or play on our phones, it’s not just whatever she wants. We always choose the more educational shows that either teach skills, morals, lessons, or things like colors, etc. Also, screen time should NEVER replace good ole’ playin’ outside and getting fresh air!

By the way, she LOVES calculators so when she comes up to me and says “Calc? Calc?” in her sweet baby toddler voice…I open the calculator up and she balances our check book and budget. Just kidding ;) A mom can dream right?

Now that she is getting older and learning everything around her, we wanted to branch out and find some more educational apps appropriate for her age! Our top favorite- PlayKids. It’s educational shows, activities, books, and music all rolled into one. AMAZING.

So, which apps are the best for your little ones who want to know everything they can? Check them out below!

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1.) PlayKids* by Movile Internet Movel S.A.- FREE w/in-app purchases & subscriptions: Best for children ages 3 & up!

This is our favorite app. Our daughter LOVES it and I feel good about letting her use it. We use it as a positive “treat” throughout the day and at potty time. 

– Kid Safe & COPPA Certified 
– Education Shows & Videos
– Developmental Games & Puzzles
– Books, Nursery Rhymes, & Lullabies
– Language Learning

Kids will be able to play games that help develop important skills such as motor coordination, memory, language development, and school-age skills. This app is also always ad-free which is great as a parent- no worrying that your kiddo is seeing inappropriate ads or that they will end up downloading something they shouldn’t! The entire app is age-appropriate all the time. It also supports offline access–perfect for car rides or trips to grandma’s. You can download it free and they also have a full subscription so you can view EVERYTHING. This app is so easy to use and has customization for your kids.

We’ve been using it for a few weeks now and my 20 month old daughter’s understanding of so many things has improved dramatically. I think she’s a smarty pants anyways, but, this app definitely helps reinforce what we teach her. We also use the PlayKids app for potty time! Our daughter expressed interest in her potty early on so we always gently encouraged it. Lately, she goes “shi-shi” and “doo-doo” in the mornings right after she wakes up. Toddlers are not known for being patient or for staying put so I’ve been using the app to keep her occupied long enough to sit. She gets to listen to a few audiobooks or watch an episode of Daniel Tiger while she goes potty and I get a chance to do my morning face wash and other things! 

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2.) AlphaTots Alphabet by Spinlight Studio- $2.99 

The alphabet is one of the first things we teach our kids. This app uses action words to teach the letters of the alphabet. Not only are letters reinforced, language skills can become stronger as your kids learn more new words! This app has “26 fun preschool puzzles and mini-games that helps kids learn the alphabet!”
• An engaging alphabet sing-a-long song.
• An interactive alphabet that helps kids recite their ABCs.
• Upper- and lowercase versions of every letter.

3.) Daniel Tiger’s Grr-ific Feelings by PBS Kids- $2.99

Little kids usually have big emotions and they don’t always know how to express them in the best way. When your kiddos are interacting with other kiddos and adults, it’s important that they can share how they’re feeling in a positive and constructive way. This Daniel Tiger app helps young kids learn about different emotions and how to handle them. With several games and activities, your kids will be “grr-ific” at expressing themselves! 

4.) Park Math by Duck Duck Moose- $1.99

Math is an extremely important subject growing up and it seems that it’s only gotten more difficult for our kiddos! This app focuses on numbers, counting, addition, subtraction, sorting and patterns by using several fun activities. Park Math was created for kids ages 2 through 7 so it’s extremely versatile! This app makes math fun to learn for kids!

5.) Word Wagon by Duck Duck Moose- $1.99

Spelling tests are introduced early on for kids in school! I clearly remember studying for spelling tests, and, when you’re a little kid, that can be kind of intimidating! Word Wagon focuses on letter names, sounds and spelling of 4 and 6 letter words. This is a great app for kids 2-7 as it focuses on easier words and then more difficult ones. A great tool for your kiddos while they’re in school!

 

Have you heard of any of these apps or used them before?
Tell me about your favorite educational app(s)! :)

 

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*I received a complimentary subscription to PlayKids in return for an honest review of the app. All opinions are my own and I received no other compensation. 

The Crunchy Mamas Natural Beauty, Skin, & Wellness Products + Giveaway!

As a part-time crunchy mama, I am always trying to find alternatives to our every day products, especially when it comes to things we put on our skin!

I love finding companies run by fellow crunchy mamas who feel the same as I do about the products we use. Even better? Natural and chemical free products for a reasonable price. With kids, it’s hard to justify forking over a ton of money for the natural alternatives to our beauty and skin rituals. Believe me, I get it! We have enough expenses with kids as it is :)

I was so excited to find this amazing company, The Crunchy Mamas, run by two mamas based in Oregon. Not only are their products great, so are they! Some of the nicest mamas you’ll ever have the pleasure of knowing.

When we connected, I couldn’t wait to try some of their stuff!

When I received the goods, of course I tried them IMMEDIATELY ;)

Her Pit Natural Deodorant, Mint Lip Balm, & Honey-Lemon Lip Balm
Her Pit Natural Deodorant, Mint Lip Balm, & Honey-Lemon Lip Balm

Now, I’ve tried pretty much every “natural” deodorant out there and none of them have ever worked for me. I’m serious, you guys. Like, I want to smell as good as the next person and I have nothing against the previously tried deos, but, I’m pretty sure they were made to do the opposite of deodorant. I was way more self-conscious and felt way smellier when using said previous deos. So, I was a little skeptical to try out ANOTHER natural deodorant.

MIND BLOWN. I was completely shocked by how well the Her Pit Deodorant works. You only use a pea sized amount for each underarm and it smells so good! We went to our local rodeo and it was HOT out. Like, sweat as soon as you walk outside, hot. I wore the Her Pit all day and never had to reapply and I smelled good all day. My family appreciated that I smelled good all day after wearing natural deo ;)

What’s even better is the ingredient list- seriously so simple and effective!
“organic unrefined coconut oil, organic cocoa butter, organic shea butter, redmond clay, arrowroot powder, baking soda (aluminum free), vitamin e, organic lavender essential oil, organic sweet orange essential oil.”

YES. That’s it!

Next, I tried the lip balms (not at the same time, promise).

Mint Lip Balm & Honey-Lemon Lip Balm

I’m always cautious when using mint lip balms because every time I do, my lips are not happy. This was NOT the case with the lip balm from Crunchy Mamas! For once, my lips were happy and tingly- not swollen and ouchy! Plus, the mint smells so refreshing without being overpowering. These mamas have got their mix down just right! This minty delight is a perfect lip balm for summer’s hot days!

The Honey-Lemon lip balm is AMAZING as well! Subtle scent, but, still potent enough to smell delicious. You kind of want to eat it…but, you shouldn’t ;)

Both lip balms go on super smooth and keep your lips hydrated for a long time before reapplying is necessary. These lip balms have become my new favorite and I am crazy picky about lip balms!

The ingredients in these lip balms are just as great as the deo!

  • Honey-Lemon: organic unrefined coconut oil, beeswax, raw honey, organic lemon essential oil
  • Mint: organic unrefined coconut oil, beeswax, organic peppermint essential oil, organic rosemary essential oil, organic spearmint essential oil

Seriously you guys! How amazing do you feel when the stuff you put on your skin, face, and lips is this natural and clean without tons of chemicals you can’t pronounce?


Since these mamas are so awesome, they’re letting us do a giveaway with the above products!

Enter and you could win:

(1) Her Pit Natural Deodorant

(1) Mint Lip Balm

(1) Honey-Lemon Lip Balm

The giveaway is running from Wednesday 7/29/15 through Wednesday 8/5/15 and you can enter below or through our Facebook page by clicking here!

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*Disclaimer: I received the above products to test and review at no cost to me in return for my honest and truthful opinion. All opinions are my own. Products provided for giveaway will be sent to a randomly selected winner by Crunchy on the Weekend at no expense to the winner.*

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Sprouting Threads- A Mom’s New Best Friend + GIVEAWAY!

Our kids need to wear clothes…well, at least need to be clothed in public (I’m lacking in patience for disapproving stares just as much as the next mama)…and Sprouting Threads is changing the way parents shop for their kids’ clothes.

How many times have you bought an adorable new outfit for your kiddo, and then, it’s outgrown in a few weeks or months? I mean, kids grow like weeds! I know, as a mom of a toddler, that clothes do not last long in terms of sizes and I feel like this kid has a wardrobe that would fit in the closet of a Kardashian sister. But, she can’t wear half of it because she never.stops.growing.

Sprouting Threads is your solution :) Not only do they have a simple process in place that takes the work off your hands (Woo hoo! Mommy win!), they carry some of the most fashionable and adorable clothing you can find. The BEST thing? You send back the clothing that your kiddo(s) outgrows and you receive a credit towards your next order so you can save money (another mommy win!).

So, here’s the deal!

You head over to Sprouting Threads’ website , enter in your kiddo’s details (you can add more than one kiddo!) and complete their Style Survey (based on your tastes and how you like to dress your kid(s)! It’s quick and gives you a great look into the clothing you will receive- NEW and RETHREADED!

Decide how many outfits you want to receive, if you want ALL NEW threads or 1/2 NEW, 1/2 RETHREADED, and how often (monthly or seasonal). Make sure you read all the terms and details below your choice- you don’t want to miss any of it!

Enter into the Checkout Phase and complete all those fun details that get you one step closer to adorably dressed babes :)

Check out the video below for a visual walkthrough!

 

So, what do you do when those adorably dressed babes no longer fit into those clothes you received a few short months prior?

YOU.SEND.THEM.BACK. 

No, seriously. You send them back to Sprouting Threads as RETHREADED clothes (some restrictions apply such as no stains, tears, excessive wear, and on the acceptable brand list)! Now, another kiddo can get some awesome wear and tear outta the clothes while you get a credit towards more clothes for YOUR kiddo!

Before subscribing, you can send in any qualifying pieces and get a credit towards your first purchase!
YES PLEASE!

You can even send in pieces that aren’t from Sprouting Threads as long as they meet the guidelines! If the pieces aren’t accepted, you have the option of them sending the duds (pun intended) back to you or having them donated! Talk about reuse and recycling :) Eco-friendly is always a huge plus in my book!

Are you hooked yet? I hope so!

The current brands that Sprouting Threads is currently accepting, sending, and rethreading can be found here! They accept over 80 different brands!

If you aren’t sure about a brand or have a question, give the lovely people over at Sprouting Threads a shout at rethread@sproutingthreads.com and they’ll take good care of ya!

Now, are you ready for the BEST part of this entire post!? 

One lucky person (mama, dad, gramma, aunt, grampa, whoever you may be!) is going to win a box from Sprouting Threads with the following:

2 (two) outfits- 1/2 New & 1/2 Rethreaded
Valued at $100.00!

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Enter below and good luck! :)

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Giveaway Details: Giveaway begins at 5:00am Mountain Time on Friday, May 22, 2015 and ends at 11:59pm on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Prize Details: Free box from Sprouting Threads with 2(two) outfits (1/2 new clothing, 1/2 rethreaded clothing). Winner will be selected by Random.org and be notified by email as well as posted to our social media and blog accounts:
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Winner has 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. Please note that Crunchy on the Weekend is not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. I have represented each sponsor with the expectation they will fulfill their prize and in a timely manner. I will contact the sponsor regarding your prize(s). The sponsors, in most cases, are shipping their items to you directly. I will make every effort to assist you in obtaining your prize. If there is an issue with a sponsor, please notify Crunchy on the Weekend within 30 days for assistance, after that we may be unable to assist you. The product offered for the giveaway is free of charge, no purchase necessary. My opinions are my own and were not influenced by any form of compensation. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or WordPress are in no way associated with this giveaway. By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to me and me alone. I do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner.

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