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The KNIFEdock Makes it Easy to Organize Your Kitchen Knives

Posted on Sep 23, 2014 by No Comments

Quality kitchen knives are a must for any cook and the KNIFEdock is a handy way to make sure your knives stay protected and neatly organized. Most knife blocks use pre-sized slots, but the KNIFEdock has flexible cork-like dividers. This means the system can accommodate almost any size of knife.

The knives rest vertically in the trays with the blades facing down, so you can easily see what you need. The KNIFEdock is made from bamboo, which is a renewable and eco-friendly material.

kdI love the KNIFEdock because it makes it a snap to organize different sizes of knives and prevents me from having to waste valuable counter space on storing my most-used kitchen knives. I was able to put nine knives in my KNIFEdock with no problems, although my knives do not have bulky handles and most of them are fairly small blades.

The KNIFEdock is not childproof, however. The knives are easy to remove from the dividers, so you need to be certain it’s located in a spot where curious little ones aren’t going to get to it. (If you need some kitchen babyproofing tips, Baby Center has a great article regarding common safety hazards.)

The KNIFEdock  retails for $29.99.  It can be purchased at Amazon.com, Bed Bath & Beyond, The Container Store, Crate and Barrel, and Williams Sonoma.

For more information about the KNIFEdock or any of Base 4’s other unique home organizational products, visit www.ebase4.com.

Disclaimer: Product samples were provided by the manufacturer for the purpose of preparing this review.

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Belli Offers Natural Skin Care Options Perfect for Expecting Moms

Posted on Sep 22, 2014 by No Comments

If you’re looking for a natural facial cleanser that is safe to use when you’re pregnant or trying to conceive, Belli Anti-Blemish Facial Wash is an excellent option.

Pregnancy can wreck havoc on your skin, but many healthcare professionals recommend avoiding salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and benzoyl peroxide while you’re expecting.

Belli Anti-Blemish Facial Wash features lactic acid to cleanse and gently exfoliate acne prone skin; lemon peel oil to act as a natural anti-bacterial and skin brightener; and antioxidant rich cucumber and green tea extract.

The cleanser can be used after Belli Fresh Start Pre-Treatment Scrub or followed with Belli Acne Control Spot Treatment.

I’m not currently pregnant or trying to conceive, but this cleanser is a great option regardless of the reason you’re trying to avoid salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and benzoyl peroxide. It smells wonderful and is especially invigorating in the morning.

It doesn’t dry out your skin, which is a common problem with many anti-acne face washes. It is clear to apply, so you won’t accidentally stain your clothes or towels like you would with a product containing benzoyl peroxide.

You can also use it as an intensive facial mask by leaving it on for five minutes, which means you’re essentially getting two products in one.

If you’d like to try Belli Anti-Blemish Facial Wash for yourself, now is a great time! From now until September 23, Belli is having a Birthday Bash promotion. Visit the Belli website to enjoy 30% savings sitewide on Belli Skincare products with promo code (BDAYBASH30).

Enter daily to win exciting sponsored product giveaways from prestige mom and baby brands. Participating brands include Healthy Mama, Pretty Pushers, Guava Family, Birds & Bees Teas, Angelcare, Swaddle Designs, and Sticky Bellies.

Each day a different prize and/or gift certificate will be featured from a variety of brands. On the final two days of the event (September 22nd and 23rd), there will be registration for a Grand Prize Package which features prizes from all of the Belli Birthday Bash event sponsors. One lucky winner will take home the Grand Prize package valued at over $1,200 in mom and baby products.

Disclaimer: Product samples were provided by the manufacturer for the purpose of preparing this review.

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KIND Healthy Snacks Celebrates National Literacy Month

Posted on Sep 22, 2014 by No Comments

Do you believe every child should be able to experience the joy of a good book? Do you love KIND Healthy Snacks? If so, I have a great National Literacy Month promotion to share with you.

In honor of National Literacy Month, KIND Healthy Snacks has teamed up with First Book, a nonprofit organization that helps get books in the hands of low income children. To date, First Book has donated more than 115 million books to over 100,000 schools and programs serving needy kids.

Statistics show that 42% of children in the United States live in low income households. Many of these children have no age appropriate books at home and attend schools or day care programs without the resources needed to stock a proper library.

For every $5 donation you make to First Book on September 22-28 via www.firstbook.org/kind, two new books will be donated through First Book.

As a “thank you” to the first 1,000 people who make a donation of at least $5, KIND will send a copy of its own limited edition “book” stuffed with delicious KIND Healthy Grains bars and a 25% discount code to purchase more on kindsnacks.com.

Since 2004, KIND has been committed to providing healthy yet tasty snack options the whole family can enjoy. Their current product lineup includes 22 bars and six healthy grains snackable clusters.

The Caramel Almond & Sea Salt and Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew bars are my personal favorites, but the KIND website has several different variety packs if you’re a newbie who wants to try a bunch of different flavors before you commit to just one.

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Juice in the Box Offers a Convenient, Eco-Friendly Alternative to Disposable Juice Boxes

Posted on Sep 19, 2014 by No Comments

Do your kids love juice boxes? Do you hate how expensive and wasteful juice boxes are? If so, you need Juice in the Box!

Juice in the Box containers are recommended for children ages 3 and up. Each contain is made from BPA and phthalate free Tritan plastic that is nearly indestructible and easy to clean.

Juice in the Box containers are easy to open, but close securely so they won’t leak in your child’s lunch box. In addition to being better for the environment than disposable juice boxes, they are also less messy since your child can’t squeeze them in the middle and send juice flying across the room.

I also like that the Juice in the Box container is bigger than a traditional purchased juice box. Most juice boxes I’ve purchased for my son in the past are about 4 ½ ounces, which means he drinks them two at a time. The Juice in the Box container is 8 ounces, which is the perfect size for his school lunch.

If health is a concern, you can make your child’s drink more nutritious by watering down 100% juice for a drink that is sweet but not overly sugary. Most nutritionists suggest a 50/50 juice and water mixture, but you can make your juice with 1/3 water if your child balks at the taste of a more diluted drink.

Juice in the Box containers come in several different colors and are each sold separately. If your juice box valve gets lost or your child gnaws apart the straw, you can purchase a kit of replacement parts. Visit the Juice in the Box website for details.

Disclaimer: Product samples were provided by the manufacturer for the purpose of preparing this review.

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A Stylish Way to Organize Your Child’s Library

Posted on Sep 18, 2014 by No Comments

If you’re planning to redecorate your child’s room and are in search of a sturdy, well-designed bookcase, I absolutely adore this Little Sloane leaning bookcase from Land of Nod.

I think ladder style bookcases look best in smaller rooms and I love how this design features bins to hold books and toys instead of flat shelves. Children’s books are so awkwardly sized that I feel like my son’s bookcase is always a mess. The bins would also make it easier to contain stuffed animals, action figures, Legos, and other miscellaneous items.

bookcase02The Land of Nod Little Sloane leaning bookcases can be purchased individually as stand-alone pieces or you can buy multiples for a wall-to-wall room storage solution.

There is also a matching desk that you can purchase if you’re trying to create a study area for your child. Mending hardware is included to attach multiple units and there is a tip restraint kit to use to secure the bookshelf to the wall to prevent your child from tipping it over.

Customer reviews for the bookcase seem to be quite positive, with most reviewers stating that the product was easy to assemble and durable enough to withstand regular use by active children.

The Little Sloane bookcase is part of the Land of Nod Boy’s Adventure Fall Trends collection, which features menswear inspired patterns and bold colors to help you stylishly redecorate your little man’s room.

This collection is bright, cheerful, and something your child won’t tire of right away. With a few accessory swaps, it could easily work as a room for a teenager.

What cute children’s room ideas have you seen lately?

Photo credit: Land of Nod

Be Prepared to Evacuate Your Home

Posted on Sep 17, 2014 by No Comments

In the event of an emergency, how prepared are you to evacuate your home? If your answer is “not very”, Mary Rowbury can help. Rowbury, an insurance professional for 25 years, created Grab ‘N Go to help others be prepared for emergency evacuations after she was forced to quickly leave her home in 2011 due to a fire.

Her family document organizer is designed to help you be prepared for fires, earthquakes, tornadoes, and other types of emergencies where you need to have important medical and financial information at your fingertips.

Grab ‘N Go helps you create your own emergency binder filled with essential family information, important contacts, financial documents, passports, and medical records. There’s even space for information about your wills, trusts, and funeral planning.

Although some of the information and items you’re asked to gather in Grab ‘N Go seem fairly obvious, others are ones you might not think of on your own.

For example, Rowbury recommends keeping a hair sample from each person in your family in a plastic bag in case you’re ever in a situation where DNA identification would be needed. There’s also space for home fingerprinting, which is something I can see the value of but have never bothered to do on my own.

It’s going to take some time to gather all of the information, but filling out your Grab ‘N Go organizer is a smart investment in your family’s future. Pick up your copy on Amazon today.

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Travel Origami Shows Kids How to Create Their Own Vacation Souvenirs

Posted on Sep 16, 2014 by No Comments

If you’re planning a family vacation soon, toss a copy of Travel Origami in your suitcase to give your child something to do while you’re traveling to your destination and to curb requests for overpriced souvenirs.

Author Cindy Ng is an experienced paper folder and the creator of the bestselling Girligami origami book and kit. In Travel Origami, she shows how to use origami techniques to create special keepsakes from travel-related memorabilia.

Travel Origami’s projects are designed to be folded with candy wrappers, maps, brochures, shopping bags, postcards, and other types of paper memorabilia picked up on vacation.

So, this is a low cost way for your child to explore paper folding as a hobby and a creative way to put some of the vacation-related odds and ends you’re bound to collect to good use. (If needed, however, you could also fold these designs from old magazine pages, junk mail, or colored construction paper.)

Despite the name, Travel Origami contains many projects that can be enjoyed long after your vacation has passed. There are envelopes, picture frames, gift bags, and business card holders, as well as designs for origami jewelry and pretty little flowers.

If you have a daughter, the comic strip bracelet and modern money ring are likely to be a hit. My nine-year-old son likes the postcard star design in Travel Origami because he says it looks like a ninja weapon!

The instructions for the individual projects are easy to follow and the full color photos of the finished design give your child a clear idea of what the model is supposed to look like when it is complete. I would guess that most children ages 10 and up could fold the designs in Travel Origami with minimal adult assistance.

Disclaimer: A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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A Fun Way to Introduce Little Ones to Classic Greek Myths

Posted on Sep 16, 2014 by No Comments

Greek mythology is no longer just for college students. With the new Mini Myths series by Joan Holub and Leslie Patricelli, children ages 1 to 3 can learn about classic Greek myths in an age appropriate way.

Each 24-page board book features a noted character from Greek mythology humorously portrayed as a small child. The first two books in the series are Play Nice, Hercules! and Be Patient, Pandora!.

Play Nice, Hercules! follows young Hercules as he knocks over his sister’s block tower and works to repair the damage after feeling guilty when his sister cries. A brief explanation of the classic myth The Twelve Labors of Hercules is provided on the last page of the book.

Be Patient, Pandora! follows young Pandora as her mother gives her a wrapped box and tells her that she must not open it. As any curious girl is prone to do, Pandora touches the box, leans on the box, sits on the box, and finally opens the box.

The box was filled with cupcakes and all except one is ruined thanks to Pandora’s actions. Pandora tearfully apologizes to her mom before they enjoy the last cupcake. A brief explanation of the original Pandora’s Box story is included on the last page of the book.

The Mini Myths board book series is a refreshing change of pace from the typical books for this age bracket. If you’re tired of reading about the alphabet and all the colors of the rainbow, this series is just what you need for your little one’s library to make story time fun for the both of you.

Play Nice, Hercules!  and Be Patient, Pandora! can be purchased on Amazon.

Disclaimer: Review copies were provided by the publisher.

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Clif Mojo Trail Mix Bars Are a Tasty Afternoon Treat

Posted on Sep 15, 2014 by No Comments

I’m a pretty big fan of Clif bars in general, but I’m totally in love with the new Clif Mojo dark chocolate almond sea salt trail mix bar.

This bar is a blend of almonds, pecans, cashews, roasted soybeans, and dark chocolate. It’s amazingly rich and decadent. I have to keep them far away from my desk to prevent myself from eating more than one at a time!

One Clif Mojo dark chocolate almond sea salt trail mix bar has 200 calories, 13 grams of fat, 3 grams of fiber, and 5 grams of protein. The bars are gluten free, low glycemic, and made with 70 percent organic ingredients.

My son loves these bars too, although I’ve noticed that we sometimes have trouble with the chocolate chunks falling off and ending up on the carpet. This is something to keep in mind if you plan on sharing with your kids and don’t feel like scrubbing melted chocolate off your carpets.

They do hold up well in backpacks and lunch boxes, however.

I’ve been picking my Clif Mojo bars up at Target. There are five bars in a box and one box is regularly priced at $5.89. If chocolate isn’t your thing, they also make cranberry almond and wild blueberry almond versions.

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