Reviews & Giveaways
I now post Review and Giveaways on my Home page. Look out for upcoming reviews and exiting giveaways!
I don’t want this blog to become a review blog, but I do post reviews and giveaways about great products once in a while, preferably green or organic or eco-friendly products. I only review products I think would interest my readers.
Silicon Valley/New York City Moms Blog Blogger Event
Last week I was invited to an amazing event by Silicon Valley Moms Group to a fab Brand/Blogger Party with these companies: Bit Defender, Lifetime Television, Stonyfield Farms, Ebay Classified, Army of Women, JDub Records, Yoplait Kids, MobiStories, 23andMe, Panasonic, iGo, Cirque du Soleil, Mabel’s Labels, Lawry’s, Daymon Worldwide, Wicked, and BusyBodyBooks.
Stonyfield Organic Yogurt:
I love all the Stonyfield products because they use only organic ingredients, their philosophy is about being green and sustainability, and they all taste so good! So I was exited that they were one of the brands represented at this SV event.
Landon’s first yogurt was their yobaby yogurt, and I only buy him Stonyfield yogurt because it’s the only one that is purely organic. I was given a sample of their Oikos non-fat Greek yogurt with caramel flavor and was instantly hooked: That stuff tastes like ice cream — without the guilt! If you haven’t tried it yet, do yourself a favor and pick it up the next time you are getting groceries!
I received several products for review purposes during this event but no other monetary compensation. This is my honest opinion.
KinderCone — A German Tradition to Celebrate Your Child’s First Day of School
You have no idea how exited I was to learn about the KinderCone.
Growing up in Germany I was given a “Schultuete” on my first day of school, filled with little gifts.
It’s a big deal for kids in Germany to get a Schultuete, and I remember standing next to my best friend Danja in front of the school with our Schultueten that were as big as we were while my dad took a picture of us. I wish I had the picture to share, but it’s in Germany.
One clever German mom, Vivian Lie, brought the Schultueten concept to America and I couldn’t be more happy to spread the word about it! I should have thought of this :)
I felt so strongly about wanting to give Landon a Schultuete for his first day of preschool that I bought a little one for him on our last tip to Germany. See?
I’m so exited that KinderCones are now available in the U.S. and hope that this sweet tradition will also start to be celebrated here.
The KinderCone comes filled with Karli the Cat, a little KinderJournal, five pencils, and temporary tattoos. You can add your child’s favorite treat or toy to personalize the KinderCone.
L is going to graduate to the “big kids” preschool class in a month and I plan to make that day memorable with giving him this KinderCone.
I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central on behalf of KinderCone and received one KinderCone sample. Mom Central will send me a gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate.
Bread Art Project – Fighting Childhood Hunger
Landon and I were invited by Jennifer James from Mom Bloggers Club to attend a special blogger event for the Bread Art Project. Melissa d’Arabian from Food Network’s Ten Dollar Dinners was also at this event, and I wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity to meet both of these amazing ladies.
You can see more pictures of our fun trip here: Trip to New York City.
Did you know that one in six children have to worry about their next meal? That’s 12 million children in America!! I didn’t know that.
Hearing Melissa d’Arabian, mother of four, talk about her own story of going hungry as a child in a single-parent household was very touching, and it was so nice to be able to talk to her afterward for a moment.
Landon was happy with getting a balloon doggy and his first fake tattoo from “Miss Christine,” and he loved the ride into New York City.
Here is Jennifer’s wonderful writeup about this worthy event on her Mom Blog Magazine.
Simply Breastfeeding DVD by Shari Criso, MSN, RN, CNM, IBCLC
Breastfeeding isn’t that easy for most moms in the beginning. It wasn’t for me, and too many moms give up after just a short time because it hurts them too much or they are afraid that their child is not getting enough milk.
I am always frustrated when I hear that moms give up breastfeeding because they didn’t get enough support or correct information — that’s why I started writing Dagmar’s Home — and now I have one more excellent resource to point moms to:
Shari Criso’s amazing DVD Simply Breastfeeding that teaches you everything you need and want to know about breastfeeding.
Watching Shari’s DVD is like chatting about breastfeeding with a trusted girlfriend – only Shari’s got the education, experience, and credentials to back up what she says. She is a registered nurse, certified midwife and board-certified lactation consultant who recently released this brand-new, HD version of her DVD, Simply Breastfeeding.
She has almost 20 years of experience and now owns The Birth Boutique, a specialty store and learning center in New Jersey.
I was given the opportunity to review the DVD and am so impressed with it! This DVD really addresses every question and concern moms, and dads, have about breastfeeding.
You will learn about:
- Benefits of Breastfeeding
- Latching and Positioning
- Preventing Nipple Soreness
- Signs Your Baby is Getting Enough
- and much more (this DVD is about an hour long)
Bonus: Shari offers a free workbook you can download for your hospital bag that provides useful reminders and quick tips when you need them the most. She also supplies a list of things she believes will help you breastfeed successfully — she mentions the My Brest Friend pillow, which was my best friend for over a years!
Ideally, you would watch this DVD before your baby even arrives, because that is the best time to absorb all the information, not when you have a screaming, hungry newborn to take care of!
I received one Simply Breastfeeding DVD but was not paid for the review. This is my honest opinion. I am so glad Shari made this DVD!
Nutella Blogger Breaksfast
When I received an e-mail that Nutella wanted me to come to NYC to talk with other blogging moms about the challenges of a nutritious breakfast, I jumped at the opportunity. I grew up in Germany eating Nutella — with a spoon instead of on bread most of the time. For anyone who doesn’t know, Nutella is a hazelnut spread that was created in the 1940s by Pietro Ferrero, the founder of the Ferrero Company.
At the breakfast I met and sat next to Vanessa from ChefDruck Musings. After communicating via Twitter, it was so nice to run into her and to find out that she grew up in France with Nutella! We shared how hard it is to raise bilingual children.
I actually learned a lot about Nutella during the presentation given by Connie Evers, a nutritionist, and Karl Krohn (he’s originally from Hamburg and I got to talk in German with him) . Did you know that Nutella is made with more than 50 hazelnuts in every jar, and that it is a nut butter, not a chocolate butter — NUTtella, get it?
It does not contain any artificial colors or preservatives, peanuts or peanut ingredients. The spread is also gluten-free, and the ingredients are simple: sugar, hazelnuts, skim milk, and a hint of cocoa.
I gave the second jar away after the first jar survived only three days in our kitchen. I love Nutella, but I can’t have it in the house all the time, it’s just too tempting.
Have you tried Nutella on bananas? Heaven. You kids will like it too.
I received a bag of Nutella goodies at the event. I did not receive any other compensation and this is my honest opinion. Would I lie about how much I love Nutella?
Book Review: Blast Off! by Allison Maslan
“The secret is to spend less time doubting, and more time doing.” Allison Maslan
I had the opportunity to read Allison Maslan’s new book Blast Off! The Surefire Success Plan To Launch Your Dreams Into Reality and I would whole-heartedly recommend it to anyone who wants to change their life for the better and pursue making a living with what they are truly passionate about.
Too many people get stuck in a rut and are unhappy with their job but fear change, and that is so sad to me. As Allison pointed out in the guest post she wrote for my blog, it is NEVER to late to change course and follow your dreams!
I already found my calling — I love nothing better than to write about what I am passionate about: motherhood, breastfeeding, attachment parenting, green and frugal living, and my addiction to social media. I love sharing my life and my experiences on my blog.
I love connecting with my amazing readers and fellow bloggers and getting invited to exiting blogging events. And as a freelance editor and proofreader and writer, I have the best job in the world: I am able to work from home and get to be with my little boy a lot because my schedule is flexible. And yet I learned a lot from Blast Off!
Do you want to create positive change in your life? You can — regardless of your age. In Blast Off!, Allison tells motivational stories about her own life and gives you strategies and specific action plans to help you to tap into your life’s purpose.
She wants you to “achieve abundance in all areas of your life” (business, health, finding the love of your life), and that’s how this book differs from other self-help and entrepreneurial books. Since Allison is also a homeopathic physician, she wants to make sure you take care of your health while pursuing what you love, and she included a whole chapter on a “Healthy Body and Mind.”
I was given one copy of Blast Off for this review and no other compensati0on. This is my honest opinion.