Giveaway: Sun Angels Sun Protection Sleeves for Babies/Kids

 Sun Angels

sun angels

Sun Angels are UPF 50+ sleeves for babies and kids to help protect them from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Sun Angles started with one simple goal in mind: to create kid-friendly, fashionable gear that protects kids from the sun. Sun Angels are an adorable and convenient way to protect your kids on sunny days and are made using a 60% polyester/35% cotton jersey/5% spandex (latex-free) fabric blend, which is comfortable and stylish, while also achieving the highest possible UPF 50+ rating. The sleeves are perfect to slip on when your little one will be exposed to the sun, and then take off when it’s time to go back indoors. 

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First-hand Testimonial

Blake and I had the opportunity to test out some Sun Angels sleeves for ourselves and I was so happy with the outcome! Even though I’m constantly slathering her up with sunscreen, she still manages to get a farmers tan. The Sun Angels sleeves were easy to slip on before we headed outdoors to draw with some sidewalk chalk, and then slipped right off when it was time to go back inside. The best of all? Blake LOVES them! She thinks they’re a fun accessory and will even bring me the sleeves to put over her pajamas in the morning. Ha!
Bottom line – anything that keeps Blake’s skin protected from harmful sun rays gets an A+ in my book. See ya later farmer’s tan! :)

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Enter to Win

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Enter to win a pair of sun sleeves in the size and style of your choice (size range: infant – 6 years old).  Winner will be randomly selected via the Rafflecopter tool below, on Wednesday, May 6, 2015. Good luck! 
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Everything You Need to Know About Essential Oils + Giveaway

I’m very excited to introduce you to my guest blogger today, Shelby Nowak. Shelby is a friend, a fellow mom and an expert on the hot topic of essential oils. I learned so much by reading her article and I hope you find it useful as well. Plus, enter to win some Essential Oils by entering the giveaway at the end of this post! Without further ado, here’s Shelby:

Hi! I’m Shelby.  Wife and mom to 2 beautiful little ones.  Life is hectic and crazy, but fun.  Our family is not the ultra-crunchy granola type.  But while I was pregnant and having problems with reflux, I found essential oils to offer amazing relief without having to resort to medications.  This led to our family using oils for all sorts of other problems.  Oils are a part of our everyday life now, and I love it!  I use frankincense for my skin, which helps with skin tone, aging and breakouts. I use lavender for my kids when they have minor injuries. I love the Thieve’s cleaner for our house, eliminating the need for toxic chemicals while still killing 99.6% of household germs.  Essential oils are great for families with children looking for clean alternatives to many products for children, and to help mamas with stress, sleep, and other concerns.  Interested but overwhelmed?  Here’s an introduction for you:

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Essential Oil Basics

What are essential oils?

Essential oils are highly concentrated aromatic compounds from plants.  A wide variety of different essential oils are available, and may be produced from seeds, bark, leaves, flowers, roots or peels of some fruits.  Essential oils are more than just pleasant smells though, and can provide many therapeutic benefits.

What kinds of things can you use essential oils for?

Anything really!  Oils can be beneficial to anyone, for a variety of physical and mental health complaints as well as for general wellness.  Some of the most common uses for oils include  helping with sleep, skin conditions such as acne and eczema, pain complaints, cold/flu symptoms, anxiety or depressed mood, promoting relaxing and relieving stress.

How do I use them?

Oils can be used topically, diffused into the air, and some oils can be ingested.  Oils can also be used for making personal care and cleaning products.  In general when used topically oils should be diluted with a carrier oil such as coconut oil, almond oil, olive oil or jojoba.  Use the same quality of oils that you can cook with and consume, as the oils are absorbed through your skin.  If diffused it is best to use an ultrasonic diffuser that does not use any heat as this can destroy many of the therapeutic properties of the oil.  Take particular care with ingestion of essential oils.  If you are not well versed in aromatherapy I suggest consulting with someone who is prior to ingestion of oils.  In particular be very careful about the brand you choose to ingest as oils are not regulated and many are contaminated with chemicals, pesticides or synthetics.

Safety precautions for oils?

In general oils should be diluted.  There are some exceptions to this rule.  Oils should generally not be used for babies less than 6 months of age, with the exception of a diffuser in the general area of an infant which is considered acceptable.  There are some exceptions to this as well, for example lavender and chamomile. Certain oils should be avoided with seizure disorder and during pregnancy. Please consult with someone comfortable with aromatherapy, or your medical provider or a naturopath for more details.

Great!  Where can I get oils?

Please be careful, do your research, and find a company that you can trust. Oils are not created equally!  There is a wide range of prices for essential oils, and this is because quality and purity vary greatly.  Unfortunately “100% pure” on a label does not necessarily mean the oil is really pure. Consider how the oils are distilled – steam distillation or cold-pressed are preferred.  Many of the cheaper brands obtain oils by solvent extraction, using chemicals to obtain the compounds. These types of oils should never be ingested and I wouldn’t recommend using them topically either.  My personal favorite and what I choose to use for my family is Young Living Essential Oils.

After extensive research I chose Young Living oils for the following reasons:

1. Young Living has a Seed To Seal Guarantee. They are the only company in the world that owns their own farms and distills many of their own oils.  They’ve been around for 20 years.  The farms are open to the public and you can see how they operate and even participate in harvest or distillation if you choose!  I love this transparency.  Every other company buys their product from third party growers usually in foreign countries where they give 2nd, 3rd, and even 4th distillations whereas Young Living only gives 1st distillations so their oils are much more potent and provide many more therapeutic benefits.

2. Oils from the health food store are aroma-grade oils and may smell good, but they do not offer the same therapeutic benefits because most of them contain less than 5% pure essential oil. YL oils are 100% pure with nothing ever added, or taken away.

3. Many essential oils have expiration dates, YL oils do not. Properly stored 100% pure essential oils (excluding citrus) won’t ever go bad and will last indefinitely. If an essential oil has an expiration date, it isn’t pure or has been cut with a carrier oil which will eventually go rancid.

4. Over 50 hospitals in the USA are now using YL oils, including the Cleveland Clinic.

5. YL carries 87 single oils and 70 blends (with more coming!) But, if an oil doesn’t pass YL’s strict quality standards they won’t offer it for sale so sometimes not all of these oils are available until they can get more.

6. Only 2% of essential oils sold in North America are suitable for medicinal/therapeutic purposes, and Young Living makes 98% of them!

7. Young Living oils meet all industry AFNOR and ISO standards and are subjected to isotopic ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS) analysis which determines whether a particular essential oil is naturally sourced or synthetic (created in a lab).

8. I saved the BEST FOR LAST: Apothecary Society. This is a fabulous secret Facebook group for people who use, or are curious about using YL oils. Without the people in this group, I would be so completely lost with what to do with all of my little bottles of oils! Great information – tips and tricks, recipes/etc. Come join us!|

If you are interested in learning more, I teach free classes at Ollie and Me in Carlsbad, CA:

Shelby.Nowak@gmail.com

760-420-8859

Facebook – Shelby Nowak

Enter to Win:

Enter to win a lemon or pepermint essential oil! Two winners will be randomly selected next Tuesday, October 7, 2014.
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Giveaway: B. toffee

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably realized that I’m no stranger to sweet treats. I love them, can’t live without them, and MUST document them! That’s why I was pretty excited to try B. toffee. A pretty and delicious sweet treat!

B. toffee is hand crafted toffee created in Newport Beach, California. Founder Betsy Thagard began her confection company in 2009 with a passion for toffee that wasn’t too sticky or chewy – just the right consistency. With an elegant balancing act of extravagance and pure simplicity, B. toffee exemplifies the ultimate indulgence made up of savory butters, fine domestic sugars, premium Guittard and Callebaut chocolates and topped with superior quality pecans. Is your mouth watering yet?

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B. toffee is so divine it’s even won several awards including the Gold in TasteTV’s 2014 ‘Best Toffee’ Award.

B. toffee is perfect for: unique gifts for your loved ones on birthdays and holidays, delicious corporate/client gifts or simply, a sweet treat to indulge in all your own!

And, San Diegans – we’re in luck! B. Toffee is now available at Whole Foods Del Mar! (Consider this added to my weekly grocery list!)

Enter to Win:

Enter to win a gift set of 2 signature toffee canisters (one milk chocolate and one dark chocolate) in an adorable burlap reusable bag.

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Disclaimer: I received complimentary product to review this business. However, all opinions are my own and the Mommy Project, San Diego only features products that we can truly recommend

Sous Kitchen: Healthy Dinners Delivered + Giveaway

As busy parents it’s sometimes hard to plan out your grocery shopping, meal prep and cooking – especially if you’re hoping for gourmet, healthy meals. That’s why I was excited to learn about Sous Kitchen, a California-based kitchen that delivers healthy, gourmet, family dinners straight to your door. All you have to do is defrost, cook and serve. Forget about the meal planning, shopping, chopping, measuring and prepping! And the best part? They use all-natural, local California ingredients so the meals are always fresh and delicious.

About Sous Kitchen

  • Areas served: California, Oregon, Washington, Utah, Colorado and Arizona.
  • All ingredients used are 100% natural, fresh, anti-biotic and hormone-free delivered daily from local farms and suppliers. No additives or preservatives are used in any part of their process.
  • Meals can be ordered online from the Seasonal Monthly Menu.
  • All meals are family size and serve 3-4 people at an average of $5 – $6 per serving.
  • Meals come in convenient, insulated boxes filled with dry ice (that can sit on your door step for up to a day).

I was able to try a couple of meals from their menu, and they truly did not disappoint! I chose to try the BBQ Chicken, Green Beans with Garlic Butter and Southern Baked Beans, the Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas and the Lava Cake for dessert (yes, please!)

Every meal comes with easy instructions on how to defrost and prepare, so literally all I had to do was throw the green beans and baked beans in a pan, the enchiladas in the oven or the chicken on the grill.

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Sous Kitchen

And the final outcome was delicious and ready within 30 minutes!

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 Enter to Win a $100 Gift Card to Sous Kitchen

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Disclaimer: I received complimentary food to review this business. However, all opinions are my own and the Mommy Project, San Diego only features services that we can truly recommend. 

Giveaway: San Diego Mom’s Night Out Relax in Style Event Tickets

I’m so excited to give away 2 Tickets to the San Diego Mom’s Night Out Relax in Style event!

San Diego Mom's Night Out Relax in Style

Event Details:

Date: Thursday, July 10, 2014

Time: 7-9pm

WhereBoConcept Modern Furniture Store in San Diego 
1550 Front St. San Diego, CA 92101

Parking: Street parking (free), multiple lots available.

Attire: Casual Chic

Cost: $25 Early bird registration through Wednesday June 27
$30 online through midnight on Thursday, July 10
$35 at the door

Click here to register and purchase your ticket. (Enter Code: MPSD5 for $5 off your ticket price!)

Ticket includes:

  • Entrance to Relax in Style event at BoConcept San Diego
  • Personal shopping with M Boutique, fine clothing and accessories
  • Complimentary sparkling wine provided by Bon Affair
  • Fantastic appetizers by Isola Pizza Bar and Monello
  • Dessert Bites from Nothing Bundt Cakes
  • Hand and chair massages and polilsh changes with Sè Spa
  • Exclusive preview of BoConcept San Diego’s summer furniture line
  • BoConcept swag bag filled with goodies
  • Opportunity to win amazing prizes, including this ottoman for your nap time

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Westfield North County’s VIPink ‘Mommy & Me’ Weekend + Giveaway

Mommy & Me Weekend Event at Westfield North County

Enjoy some extra-special mom and daughter time as you primp and shop for a cause at Westfield North County’s VIPink ‘Mommy and Me’ Weekend.

When: May 3rd and 4th from 11AM-5PM.
Where: Westfield North County, 272 E Via Rancho Pkwy. Escondido, CA 92025. The event will be on Level 2 near Nordstrom.
What: Event offers a festive afternoon of interactive activities including:

  • Mini-manicure services
  • Braid bar
  • Photo booth
  • Keepsake handprint ceramic tiles
  • Candy bar and sweet treats
  • Look-a-like contest
  • A chance to win a $1,000 Westfield shopping spree

Receive FREE entry to the VIPink Mommy & Me Weekend with your purchase of the VIPink Card ($10), benefitting Bright Pink, a national non-profit that offers education and support programs to empower young women to be proactive with their breast and ovarian health. The VIPink Card offers an exclusive 20% discount from many of Westfield North County’s premier retailers, valid on May 3rd and 4th.

VIPink Card, benefitting Bright Pink, can be purchased by CLICKING HERE or enter to win below!

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VIPink Westfield North County Giveaway – Enter to Win!

Givaway is open now through April 30, 2014 at 12:00 AM. Winner will receive:

  • $50 Westfield North County gift card.
  • $20 donation in their honor to Bright Pink.
  • Entry for two to the VIPink ‘Mommy & Me’ weekend event on May 3rd/4th.
  • VIPink Card with 20% discount from premier Westfield North County retailers.

How to Enter:

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