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Baby Marohn’s Holiday Gift Guide: Flashlight Friends Review and Giveaway

One product that I think would be great for the holidays would be a Flashlight Friend.  The Flashlight friend is a soft cuddly stuffed animal that has a flashlight on it’s belly.

To turn on your flashlight friend, you press the light twice (like doing CPR on your stuffed animal).  Once the flashlight is turned on, it says on for 10 min, and then automatically turns it’s self off. The flashlight stays cool throughout use so you don’t have to worry about it burning your little one.

Your little one will have six characters to choose from.

We got the green dragon, and Goose loves to cuddle with him while going to sleep.  
If you would like to get one for your child, you can do so one their website. They are only $19.99 + shipping. 
I am also doing a giveaway for one of your choose.  The giveaway will run from now until December 21st.  That way you have plenty of time to enter.  

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Baby Marohn’s Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers

One of my favorite traditions of the holidays is hanging stockings.  Now a days we don’t have a fire place to hang them on, so we just lay them by the tree after “Santa” stops by or we hang them on the wall.  Still, I love seeing all the exciting little things we can fit into the stockings.

One exciting thing that I came up on for stockings is called the bites & pieces crust cutter by Fred & Friends.

At first, I wasn’t too sure about the Bites & Pieces crust cutter.  I just thought it was cute because it looked like game pieces.  So, I tried it out.  I started with peanut butter, jelly, and whole grain bread.

My bread was a little squished, so the Bites & Pieces crust cutter didn’t really fit well on my bread.

Goose really enjoyed the Bites & Pieces sandwich I made.  I recommend this stocking stuffer for pretty much anyone who enjoys having fun. 

Another product that I found that would be great as a stocking stuffer would be Gold Toe socks.

I have really enjoyed wearing these socks since they are super comfortable and easy to find.  Going to a certain store just to buy socks is not on my “to do” list, so being able to buy these socks at places like Kohl’s, JC Penny’s, or Amazon is just great.

With Gold Toe socks there is pretty much a style to fit anyone’s taste. Gold Toe has styles for men, women, and children is just about every color you can imagine.  Which is good for holiday shopping.

One product that I recently tried is Energems, and I think this would be awesome for an adult holiday stocking. 
Energems are great tasting chocolate candies (kind of like M&M’s but bigger) that have extra caffeine and some B vitamins.  Each box of Energems contains 9 chocolate energy filled candies.  However, you only need to eat 3 to equal the amount of caffeine you would get from a cup of coffee.  My hubby and I did not read this before we tried them, and ate a box and a half of the Energems.  We were wide awake ALL night.  
You can get Energems in three awesome flavors; mint, milk chocolate, and peanut butter.  I think hubby and I agree that the mint was our favorite.
If you would like to try Energems for your self, you can buy them in a 3-pack variety and in bulk on their website or you can try to locate a store near you to buy them in individual packs.  Or you can try to win your very own 6-month supply by going to this link http://ptab.it/1FKfy, but get your entries in quick because the giveaway ends today!

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If you all know anything about me, you know I am all about child safety.  That is why I think it isn’t a bad idea to include outlet covers as a gift.  The coverPlug is an awesome product when it comes to the safety of your child.  These outlet covers are paintable so that they can blend into your wall making the dangerous outlets almost invisible.  The coverPlug does cover the entire outlet with the prongs fitting into the ground plug, to hold the coverPlug securely and safely to the outlet.  
There is only one thing I don’t like about the coverPlug, and I don’t think that it would even be a deal breaker for me.  With the coverPlug, if you need to use the outlet at anytime, you have to take the whole coverPlug off leaving one outlet completely exposed.  
If you are interested in getting some coverPlugs for your home, the only place I have been able to find them is Wrapables.com.  Wrapables.com also has them listed on Amazon.  coverPlugs will cost you about $12 + shipping for a two pack.  
My last holiday stocking stuffer idea is the JavaJig by Melitta.  This is a really great idea for Keurig lovers who may not love the my K-cup. This little cup is great…once you learn how to use it.
To use the JavaJig you have to have 4 pieces.  The green cup, the filter insert, the filter, and the lid.  
To use you have to put the filter insert prongs up and put the filter on top.
Then on a flat surface, push the green cup down on top. 
Fill with esspresso ground coffee.
And snap the lid down.
The thing I got wrong the first 20 times, was I didn’t know that there were two green cups in the kit.  They were stuck together in a way that made it look like one piece. So then it would not fit in the normal black insert for the k-cups or in the grey insert for the my k-cups making a HUGE mess.  Only after really looking at the photos on Amazon, did I realize that there were the two green cups in the kit.  
Another problem I have found with the JavaJig is finding the filters for it.  I looked at several local stores this weekend, and could not find even the Melitta brand regular filters.  The filters are for sale on Amazon for about $2, and if you are a Prime member, then you will get free shipping.  
Personally, I like the my K-cup better, but this is nice if you are going to be making a lot of coffee for company or you don’t like washing out the reusable filter in the my k-cup. 
The above products were provided to me free of charge for review.  I received no monetary compensation for my review, not did I promise to do a positive review in exchange for products. All opinions are 100% my own.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Baby Marohn”s Holiday Gift Guide: Buttons Diapers Review

If you are looking for a great gift for a family that uses all natural products and who has a baby in diapers, why not consider getting the baby some cloth diapers for a holiday gift.

Recently, I had the privlage of trying out a cloth diaper from Buttons Diapers, a small cloth diaper company owned by a husband and wife team. Their diapers are super cute, and seem to work really well.

This one size diaper features three sizes in one diaper.  The size shown above is the smallest size which you can start using at about 9 pounds.  This life size doll weighs about 5 pounds so the diapers is actually a little too big for it.  I love the button on the rear too; very cute.

The sides feature mess containing double-gussets, which help prevent compression leaks and blowouts.

The front has the size snaps down the middle and the waist snaps across the front.

The inside is laminated PUL fabric, so it makes it water proof.   It also has two snaps on either end so that you can snap in your cloth liner.

The cloth liners that come with these diapers are super soft, and will feel very comfy on your baby’s tush.  They are made from fleece and 4 layers of microfiber, which makes them very absorbent.  

To test their absorbancy, I took a cup with about two cups of water in it.  I poured in on the diaper which had not been washed yet, and the diaper held almost every drop of water.  The water that the liner did not hold was contained in the diaper by the double-gussets.

I was very impressed with the Buttons Diapers, and at $9.00-$11.00 for the covers and $3.50 for the inserts you really can’t beat that price.

If you would like to connect with Buttons Diapers, you can do so on of the following links.

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Baby Marohn’s Holiday Gift Guide: Roku Streaming Video Player Review

If you are like me, then you don’t like commercials to interrupt your favorite tv shows.  That is why the hubby and I decided a few years ago to do away with our satellite TV and just do online streaming.  After looking at a few options we decided that we would go with Netflix, and later we got Amazon Prime.

For a while we used our laptops and blu-ray player to watch the videos, but we soon we wanted something that would do play both Amazon Prime and Netflix along with play music on Pandora.  So after doing some research we came upon a little black box called a Roku.

A Roku is a black box that is about 4″x4″, hooks up to your existing high speed internet connection, and can offer you 1,000+ channels to your TV.  Roku even offers games that you can play on your TV even Angry Birds (on some Roku Players).
When it comes to choosing a Roku player, you have four different options starting with the Roku LT.  The Roku LT offers you a lot of options for the less expensive option. What the video below for more infomation about the Roku LT.

Your next Roku option is the Roku 1.  Costing about $59.99, it really has a lot of awesome features and will play in 1080p HD!  It really is a great little player.  Here is a video on the Roku 1 so that you can learn a little more about it.

The Roku 2 is a lot like the Roku 1 but with a couple extra features.  First of all, the remote comes with a headphone jack so that you can listen to your favorite TV or play a Roku game, and not bother anyone else around you.  It also come with dual band wireless.  If you would like to know a little more about the Roku 2, please watch the video below. 
  

Lastly, we have the Roku 3.  The Roku 3 comes with a ton new features.  It has a motion control remote and comes with Angry Birds Space.  The Roku 3 also comes with a processor that is 5 times faster, and Ethernet, USB & microSD slots.   Here is the informational video on it.

I love the Roku players, and even though our Roku XS is no longer made, I plan on keeping it around until we ware it out.

I would like to thank Roku for allowing me to do this review.  No product sample was provided for this review.  This is a product that I really like and believe in.  If you have any questions, please feel free to use the contact form on the right side.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Cosywoggle Review and Giveaway

Did you know that having your child wear a winter coat under their car seat could actually be dangerous?  If you don’t believe me, put your child in their car seat with the straps all the way loosened, tighten the harness to where you think it should be, then take your child out of the seat, take their coat off, and then put them back in.  Is the harness now as snug as a hug?  If you answered no, then your child should not be wearing that winter coat in the car seat. Here are some photos of the wrong way…

As you can se the harness is over a bulky winter coat. (She wasn’t thrilled about being my model and I had to give her a cookie and let her hold the dino)
Now, I have taken off the winter coat and buckled her back into the car seat.  If I had left her in the coat, and we had been in a car crash, there would have been a good chance that Goose would have been thrown from her car seat.  
So, a few weeks ago when it started getting cold in my part of the USA, I decided to do some research and find a coat that was safe to use in car seats with the harness.  The only one I could find was the Cozywoggle.  
The Cozywoggle is a great little winter coat that unzips on both sides so you can lift the back up and buckle your child in under the coat. Kind of confused?  Well here are you so photos that might help explain it a little better.

When the child gets out of the car seat, just sip back up the sides so that it converts back to a normal winter coat.

The Cozywoggle also comes with a hood, a nice fleece lining, and great pockets.  Here are some more photos for you.

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Baby Marohn’s Holiday Gift Guide: Babi-Kini Review

Another product I recommend for your holiday shopping list, is a swim suit from Babi-Kini.  Yes, I know it is winter, and yes I know your lucky little boy or girl won’t be able to really use a swim suit right now, BUT… you have to think, this is probably something NO ONE else will get him or her.  
Babi-Kini is a USA based company who makes all of their adorable swim suites in the USA!

I have to say that this is one of the most adorable swim suites I have seen.  They offer several different styles: Bikinis, full cut bikinis, one pice suites, sun-shirt sets, and boys swimwear (currently not in stock though).
For Goose, I choose a one pice suite called Shazam.  My thought when choosing it, was that since it is winter here, we could put a tutu with it and she could wear it to dance class.  
But when we got it, she changed my mind about the whole thing right away.  She put it on, and wore it around all day with black knit pants.  She looked ADORABLE!!  Later that day, I let her get in the tub with it on.  She had a blast!  The suite held up really well, and she said that it was really comfortable.  I was very pleased with how it looks.  
I would like to thank Babi-Kini for offering me this swim suit for free to review.  

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Baby Marohn’s Holiday Gift Guide: Presto Photo Book Review

A few weeks ago I decided that this year I would try to bring my readers a small holiday gift guide.  I thought I would start with something that could be used for any family member.  Photo books have always been a hit in my family, and I know Goose loves to look at them over and over.  I was so happy that Presto Photo let me do a review on one of their photo books.

Presto Photo was very nice and gave me a $50 gift card to their site.  At first I was worried that it wouldn’t be enough, because in the past when I have looked at prices on other sites of the kind of photo book I’ve wanted, the price has never been right.  Thankfully, Presto Photo has a nifty little pricing guide right on their website so that you will have a very good idea what you are going be spending before you even get started.  So, with my budget in mind and an idea of what I wanted, I set off.

After I clicked on “Photo Books” on their website, I saw that there is actually two ways you can make a photo book with Presto Photo.  First, you can use a third party and make a photo book in a PDF file format and upload it that way, OR you can use their photo book designer.  I chose to use their photo book designer.

I chose a paid them for like $4 or $5 which I thought was a pretty good price, then after uploading my photos, I got to work.

As you can see from the screen shots below, the whole process is pretty easy.  The only thing that confused me what the whole pink and yellow cropping area.  I never did really figure that out.

I was very pleased with the whole process, and in fact, I decided after I placed my order for the photo book, that I would go back and order some photo sheets on their new photo paper.  I even contacted Presto Photo’s customer service via email so I could combine the two orders after they were each placed.  They were very pleasant, and I was very happy with their service.    

Here are the finished results…

Here is the cover photo (sorry for the blurred out part, I decided after I got them that I didn’t want Goose’s full name broadcasted on the blog right now).  The top one is the photo that I sent them, and the bottom one is the printed version. 
First inside page
Page 2
Page 3 (Goose was helping me scan the images, and this one got a little off, sorry.  Even after trying to tweak it, I couldn’t get it right.)
Page 4 (I think this might be one of my favorites)
Page 5
There are a few more pages, but I think you get the general idea.  The good part is, for this one paper bound photo book I can no where close to my $50 limit.  I think for this one book it was about $14 plus shipping.  
If you are ready to make your own photo book with Presto Photo, head over to http://www.PrestoPhoto.com and get started.  I really do believe you will be pleased with the outcome. 

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iCaughtSanta.com Review and Coupon Code

Are you looking for some Santa fun to play for the littles who are true Santa believers? This website, iCaughtSanta.com is really fun, and you can make some great Santa photos like the one above.  I got to play around with it today, and I had so much fun I couldn’t find background photos fast enough.

Here is how you use their website, iCaughtSanta.com.

  1. Go to http://www.iCaughtSanta.com
  2. Click on the Christmas Bulb that says “Click Here to Get Started”
  3. A back box will appear and then it gives you three choices.
    A) To jump right in with a personal photo and get started
    B) You can watch a Video on how to make one of the photos, or
    C) You can try it free with a sample photo that they have provided.
  4. I chose the first option so that I could use my own background. When you first get on the next page, before you can do anything else, you will have to click on the bright green box and to choose the photo you want to upload.  On this page you will also have to enter your first name and email address.
  5. Your photo will appear on the screen with a few instructions.  I just click the “X” on the top right of the little silver box and then go to the right hand side of the screen and choose the grid looking square on the side above the Santa.  That is where you can choose your own Santa Image
  6. There are like 20 different Santa or Rudolph poses you can choose from.  Once you find the Santa or Rudolph that you like, just click on it once and it will be added to your photo.
  7. After you Santa is added, you can resize him, darken/brighten his color, and flip him around.  On this screen you can also, change your background size, rotate it, and add a border.  
  8. When you are finished playing around, click the silver oval on the bottom right and confirm that is how you want your photo to look.

  9. After the program is done generating your image, you will be taken to the part that talks about payment.  Right now, if you use coupon code #SantaShare, you can make as many of these photos as you like for FREE!! The next two photos show the part where you put in your information and coupon code.

  10. When you are done, just click checkout, but don’t worry, if you use that coupon code, you won’t have to pay anything.
  11. You will be asked to confirm that they have the correct email address and some more information will be on the next page. 
  12. The last page is where you can view your photo, share it, and download it.  Then you are all done!
I hope you enjoyed making your Santa or Rudolph photo.  Here are a few more I made. 
(apparently Santa sleeps on park benches some days)

(Santa built us a Snowman!!)
See I had fun 🙂
Right now, if you go to iCaughtSanta.com they are doing a huge giveaway for an iPad Air and a bunch of gift cards.  The giveaway can be found at the bottom of their first page.  

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Omega Infusion Shots: Review & Giveaway

There are so many health benefits to Omega-3s (explained here in this WebMD article), but not everyone likes the Omega-3 pills.  I was super excited when I saw that Omega Infusion now makes it in a quick and easy to drink “shot”.  
To be honest with you, I was so afraid that this was going to be an oily, fishy, and nasty drink.  I even surprised myself by trying it.  Even more to my surprise was the fact that I didn’t hate it!  The flavor I tried was the pink grapefruit, and that is exactly what it tasted like.  There was no fishy or oily taste at all!
There is one thing that I don’t like with the pills.  That is the afterwards (sorry if this is TMI) fishy burping.  I’ve tried every which way to take it, and freezing the pills helps a little.  With the drink, there was none of that.  That made me super happy too. 
If you are thinking that you would like to try the Omega Infusion Shots, you can buy them at some local stores or on their website.  A two pack will run you about $3 or $4, but I think they are great.
You can also enter to win your own Omega Infusion Shots in the Tomoson Giveaway form below.

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I would like to thank Omega Infusions for providing me with a few samples of their Omega Infusion Shots free of charge to facilitate my review.   Even though I was provided with the samples, I was in no way paid (either monetarily or otherwise).  All opinions are 100% my own.  If you have any questions, please use the contact form on the side. 

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The Potty Boot Camp: Review and Giveaway

When I first started thinking about potty training Goose, I had no clue where to start.  I had never trained a child to use the potty, and I figured I could just lean on what I have learned in my years of helping house break puppies.  HAHAHA right?

Well, soon into training, I found myself and my toddler very frustrated.  She would go to the potty just fine and then a few days later, she would start peeing and pooping like she was still in diapers.  Then one day, I had enough, and just went back to cloth diapers.

She was not even two yet, and so at her 2 year old check up, I talked to her doctor about what was happening.  He told me not to worry about it, and that she would eventually potty train.  Well, I wasn’t 100% convinced on what he was telling me, since for days she would do great and then suddenly regress.

So this went on until she was like 2 1/2, and that’s when I asked a mom’s groups how they potty trained their kids.  They all agreed that introducing the potty, then letting the kids run around without any pants on for a few days really worked.  So I tried it.  Goose was already familiar with the potty, but I just let her run around necked for a few days, and she finally caught on.  When she started telling me that she need to go potty, I put her in undies, and didn’t look back.

Then recently I heard about an eBook called “The Potty Boot Camp” by Suzanne Riffel.  Suzanne Riffel has taken all the most recommended potty training methods and put them all into a book that is only 40 pages long!  I read it while Goose was taking a nap, so it is very easy to read.

The book starts off my explaining what the author found while doing research on potty training.  Then it moves onto explain what potty boot camp is, psychology and timing with potty training, how to prep for potty training (yes you have to prep before you start potty training), then you move on to what to do on day one and so on.

“The Potty Book Camp” also offers advice for the stubborn child (which I have) and the child who has a fear of the potty.  If you still need more help beyond what the book offers, Suzanne will even provide one on one coaching via email.  What other potty training program offers that?!

So after reading this book last night, I am pretty much kicking myself for not reading it when I started the potty journey with Goose.  At $14.99 for the program, things on our part could have been so much less stressful.

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I want to thank The Potty Boot Camp and Suzanne Riffel for proving me with this eBook free of charge to review and then a copy to give to one lucky winner as well.  The words in this review are 100% my own, and even though your opinion may differ from mine,  I was in now way paid to write a positive review.  The Potty Boot Camp will be responsible for prize fulfillment.

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