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5 Great Subscription Services to Spend Your Holiday Cash On

5 Great Subscription Services to Spend Your Holiday Cash On

Did you survive the holiday?

I can assure you I'm quite thankful that they are over.  I'm ready to rock the new year for sure!  As someone who loves to give gifts that give way more than just the holidays.....I went on a mission to find some great gifts that you can give all year long.  Plus, mama has GOT to gift herself from the hard work being home with kids the entire winter break, right? #RealMomProblems

Subscription gift boxes are all the rage right now.  In fact - I've found my new fave website to fuel that addiction!  (And seriously-the site is called 'MY SUBSCRIPTION ADDICTION'!  TRUTH.)  

Each month, a box is shipped to your front door filled with new products.  They can be anything from sample sizes of clothing & shoes to renting runway fashions & even RENTING TOYS!  Everyone loves to get packages in the mail. There is always something great about getting something new & fun at your doorstep!

 


ECOCENTRIC MOM BOX

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Ecocentric is one of my faves too!  I am not 'granola' if you will. lol I love to support the Earth when I can though and with this box of 5-9 hand selected products you'll discover great new finds!

I love that they send you larger than the usual sample sizes.  They even include full sizes!  Each box has a $24-$50 retail value to them.  You will discover new types of natural, sustainable, organic, and ethical products with each box.


BRICK LOOT

For the LEGO fans, you can’t go wrong with Brick Loot . Brick fanatics!  Subscribers get receive a monthly box filled with unique, custom and never-before-seen items that work with LEGO bricks and custom building. Each month your Brick Loot box is filled with 4-8 items that were hand picked by Brick specialists who scour the world for the newest and coolest products for you to collect.

What I LOVE about Brick Loot is the UNIQUENESS that comes along with their products.  There isn't a giant LOGO (or should I say LEGO logo) screaming at you.  It's unique, cute, convenient and a HUGE gift for any building fans in your house!

Brickloot_Review

BIRCH BOX

BirchBox.  I actually have seen quite a few different bloggers & vloggers doing unboxing videos of BirchBox.  It's a fun diddy of unique products.  They sent me one for review and I immediately signed up my husband for the dude deliveries!!  He is very into smelling and looking good.  (That is of course a GOOD THING that he's like that.  He is a pretty boy and I love that about him!)  He really liked the idea and that he was getting three more boxes.  The one thing that I'll say is that the boxers in the box they sent for review were a size M.  What guy is a medium??? lol I'm not sure if they personalize that better.  I hope so cause he loved the boxers - but ahem.  Said his 'bits won't fit'.  Ok & alrighty then. lol TMI, right?


FOR THE MAKERS

Many moons ago when my 6 year old was a baby I use to get a monthly subscription of scrapbooking stuff.  I loved it until I stopped scrapbooking and my house filled with STUFF.  lol.  The great thing about these kinds of crafting boxes is that they can be gifted too.  And they teach you a serious step by step learning of simple and cute crafts.  

So, I came across a very cool crafting subscription service called For The Makers.   This isn't just your average "here's a bunch of beads now go build something service"!  They have some serious art projects!  At For the Makers they give you all the materials to make 4 DIY projects for $29 a box. What's really fun about this service is that you can shop the collection pending your personality!  The boxes range from products like making lip balm to shoe clips.  What's interesting to me with this service was that they actually sell the finished products on the website and for a LOT more than the $29 investment you made to handmake them.  And if you are someone who loves to do handmade gifts - you'll LOVE this!


BLUUM

This is a box that I tried out a couple years ago.  It is the PERFECT box for any new mom, mom to babies, baby shower, etc.  VERY motherly with BLUUM.  =)  They have gotten a lot better over the years.  I did enjoy this particular box when I was pregnant with Hudson - because there was a lot of great natural products in there. 

Now they send from pregnancy to preschool including some very fun games!  Bluum also is a great service that lets you try before you buy.  You know as a new mom - the products you buy trying to find the right one is soooo expensive! lol

VTech Baby Monitor #VTechSafeandSound

VTech Baby Monitor #VTechSafeandSound

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I'm busy.

Like, all the time busy. I'm a full-time mom, a full-time wife and I work (you guessed it) full-time. Waking up some mornings, it is a rush from one thing to the next. There is school, lessons, meetings, activities and sometimes we even manage to have a homecooked meal together!

Every parent laments the idea of "missing out" on their kids growing up. It's difficult - they grow so fast! But in the day-to-day, I've become more aware of missing out on the little moments - and sometimes that can be a safety issue!

With 2 boys (ie: Big Trouble and Little Trouble), I have to always be alert. It's amazing how quickly they get into things, make a mess or put themselves in a potentially harmful situation. Parents need multiple sets of eyes to keep track of their kids nowadays!

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While we may not actually have eyes in the back of our heads, we can embrace devices that help us keep an eye on our little ones. It really is amazing the products that has come along from my oldest to the youngest days!  From a 6 year old to a 15 month old - the technology is a LIFE SAVER!

I have been super impressed with theVTech Safe & Sound Pan and Tilt Baby Monitor   I have had the fortunate opportunity to review many baby products over the years and when i found out I was pregnant with Hudson, I knew that BABY MONITORS were the BIGGEST thing I needed to get right!

I was recently sent my major GO TO MONITOR that I am FOREVER going to have attached to my belt buckle.

This little camera does it ALL! The camera can pan 270 degrees side-to-side and tilt 124 degrees up and down. It can also zoom in. I love that you have the ability to adjust the camera position, whether the kids are playing or sleeping, to see exactly what you need to see.  I love this product so much that because we are on three levels in our townhome - I went out and got ANOTHER camera!!  I have one of them set up on the baby crib with the viewer by my bed. The other viewer is set up all the way to the very downstairs in our house so I can hear the baby when he wakes up from naps.  Otherwise, I have to drag the monitor all over the house.  It really has become a lifesaver.

Even better, the VTech system has a "multiple view option." What does that mean? It means you can support up to 4 cameras on one parent unit. So if you want to keep an eye on the bedrooms as well as the playroom, VTech has you covered (literally!).  And TRUST ME when I tell you - I LIVE by the dual views!!

Another huge addition to this product is that is has a great range to it.  I can step outside and grab my oldest from the school bus while the baby is napping!  I can play outside with the oldest and have the baby inside.  It allll works out and I do not have to run up and down 500 stairs!!  

VTech has never let me down and they have gone above and beyond with this baby monitor.  

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As part of a program I'm working on with Mom it Forward & VTech, I was sent this monitor for review.  

Easy Riding with the Joovy Qool

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Part of being a mom is research.

Really, moms should be earning another degree with how much studying is required of us! The moment we see those pink lines on a stick, we are researching: car seats, high chairs, bottles, pacifiers, cribs, feeding utensils, diaper bags, toys. We assess the safety, the quality, the overall rating, the durability, the flexibility, the usefulness. We scour books and the internet, trying to discern what is best for our babies.

From day one with Boston, one of the brands I have learned to trust is Joovy. Everything about their products appeals to me. They are highly-rated, made from quality material and they just look chic. Now that I am a mom to two cute (but crazy) little boys, I appreciate the qualities of Joovy products all the more deeply.

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Most recently, I have been impressed with one of Joovy's newest products: The Joovy Qool. This stroller has been a lifesaver for me since Hudson came around! Where do I begin? The design of the Qool is amazing, from the leather-wrapped handlebars to the aluminum frame. Using it on a daily basis, I can feel the durability.

Also? I love that it is compact. Raise of hands from the mommas and papas who have wrestled with some of the ginormous and clunky strollers on the market. Oh my goodness. Those strollers are hard to push and even harder to fold up and put in your car after a day at the park (did I mention they are also as heavy as an elephant?!). The Qool is small, light-weight (I'm saying it again: LIGHT. WEIGHT. Hallelujah!) and easily folded or broken down (the seat can be removed and stored separately!) after your walk in the park.

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With one click, the stroller can be forward-facing or back-facing, and so many of the parts are adjustable. It screams flexibility as well as maneuverability. It is the perfect stroller for the Parent-on-the-Go with energetic kids!

The Joovy Qool retails for $549.99.

Connect with Joovy online.

 

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Real Mom Media has worked with Joovy on many occasions.  Not only do they have amazing products - but the family connection within this company is an awesome American story.  The founder and family all work there in their Dallas offices.  AMAZING people to work with.  Joovy has only supplied products for review but all opinions are definitely my own.

Blooming Bath Review

I happen to come across this product a while ago and thought it was the coolest thing ever!

Blooming Bath is the cute, cuddly and convenient way to bathe your baby. Unlike traditional baby bath tubs, Blooming Bath is made from incredibly soft, plush materials — providing a safe, soft, and unbelievably adorable bathing experience for the most important person in your world.

The Blooming Bath is so soft and unique! It's such a simple concept but totally makes sense! Bathe your baby on soft and comfy plush material! 

By the time I got this product to review - Hudson was already too big.  I tried him in the sink with it once and it was just too awkward for him! haha.  BUT-I have been able to put it to GREAT use in my house.  I sit it on the carpet and he loves it.  For the longest time he wouldn't move off of it.  It's so soft and adorable and makes a fabulous play mat.  

Check out Blooming Bath for yourself at www.BloomingBath.com

Tubby Table

Tub time is one of my kids' favorite times of the night! They would literally spend hours in the tub playing! We have tried a ton of bath products that are on the market but we have never come across something like the Tubby Table.

The Tubby Table is the perfect solution for entertaining kids in the bathtub and keeping the water off the floor. The Tubby Table provides a play surface in the middle of the bathtub for children to play with their own toys, or to play with the removable shaped cups on the table’s surface.

The Tubby Table is recommended for children 18 months (should be able to sit on their own) and older. This is perfect for siblings and helps them get along in the tub! I don't have to worry about a wrestling match breaking out in the tub anymore. They are too preoccupied with the toys on the Tubby Table.

One of the best things that we love about the Tubby Table is that it helps keep the toys in the tub! By having a place to play with their toys on, they aren't just throwing them out of the bathtub as a game. Which means less clean up for me!

The Tubby Table retails for $39.99 and can be found at www.tubbytabletoys.com.

Be sure to support this mom invented product we love!

BubbleBum

Many parents are faced with scenarios where their child has to be picked up by another adult who may not have a booster seat. And uninstalling those seats can be a pain in the bum! 

Enter the BubbleBum!

BubbleBum is the cost effective, portable, lightweight, brightly colored, inflatable car booster seat for children aged between 4-11. It easily deflates and folds flat so that kids or moms can carry it in a backpack or purse, making it perfect for vacations, rental cars, taxis, school pick up or car pooling.

BubbleBum was a winner at the Mother & Baby Travel Item Awards in the UK, the Practical Parenting Magazine Awards and the Ulster Bank Business Achiever Awards in 2010-2011.


Oogaa Product Review

 I'm at the stage now where feeding an infant involves much more than a bottle with some milk in it!

Recently I was sent some great feeding products to review from a company called Oogaa.

This company has some fabulous feeding products.  I love their unique bowls and spoons!  The spoons have little bumps on the bottom so they rub little gums.  Plus they are shaped like steamboats and airplanes.

Cute right?

Plus, they are all about creating products that is healthy for the environment, not filled with toxins like BPA to phthalates.  That is a GREAT sign for sure!

They are an up and coming brand so your best bet to buy the products are on their website, Amazon and some Babies R Us stores. 

 

 

Celebrate Mother's Day with Vera Bradley Baby

Mother's Day is coming up fast (this weekend in case you needed a reminder!). If you are still looking for the perfect gift for that special Mom in your life, Vera Bradley has you covered. 

Vera Bradley has recently launched their very firt Vera Bradley Baby Line to much excitement and buzz! The new collection is full of goodies for both mom and baby. You can count on Vera Bradley to make everyday baby needs fashionable and convenient.

Shopping for Mom? Choose from a number of diaper bags of all versatile shapes and sizes, in addition to stylish changing pad clutchs, receiving blankets, hooded towels, pacifier pouches, and baby bottle caddys.

Vera didn't leave baby out! Match baby to mom with fashion pieces including adorable onsies, dresses and bloomers, bib, Mary Jane Soft Shoes and Baby Socks. 

 

Other adorable items that are the perfect gift included stuffed bunnies and bears, the Bunny and Bear Book for baby and the Lil' Piggy Bank. 

 

All items are available at VeryBradley.com and range in prince from $8-$150. Perfect for any price point!

 

Disposable Bottles called Steri-Bottles

Wow!  Wish they had these when Boston was little.

Maybe they did-but I didn't know about them!!  I had my girlfriend try out these disposable bottles.  They are BPA free and totally make life for 'moms on the run' a lot easier!  They are called Steri-Bottles. 

These bottles were first sold in England and are most recently sold in the U.S. 

I've always LOVED the take and toss plastic cups for their convenience and these are great for bottles!  My girlfriend loved them.  She begged me to get more! ha.  She said they are easy to assemble and her baby took to them right away.

You can buy these at BabiesRUs.

 

iPad Case & Blue Bird Clutch

If you've never been to the website Uncommon Goods, then PREPARE YOURSELF! =)

 

This site has some of the coolest of all things ever.  Things you just don't find really anywhere else.  

 

The sent me this awesome iPad case (see all here) to review that was made out of an old Mailbag.  And I LOVE IT!  My son has his iPad all safe and secure but mine just flys around the house.  (Yes he's spoiled and yes mine has been cracked before.  Sigh)  So now it's nice to have it in a SAFER place.  Cute and trendy doesn't hurt either!  The iPad case costs $55. 

 

The little clutch is felt and so much fun.  It's great with summer colors but warm and cozy for winter, spring and fall too! It costs $32

 

Uncommon Goods has some great (like these!) a
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Happy Shopping!

 

 

Pocket Purifier

Pocket Purifier

How many times have you found yourself grossed out when your kids bring home their lunch boxes and you think "GERMS!!!"

Since I've become a mom I've found myself to be 1,000 times more anal aware of germs with my kid.

I also get freaked out when we travel or when I stay in hotels. And that is OFTEN in my world.  

This very cool product actually kills germs from the same UV-C light used to sterilize surgical instruments to elimnate 99.9% of germs that cause colds, flu, e-coli, salmonella, mold, fungus and MRSA staph!!!

EWWW.  Are you TOTALLY grossed out now?  I know I am.

Heck.  I just slather on disenfectant this is the HARD CORE killer of those nasty germs.

The Purely Products Pocket Purifier retails for $19.99 and is available in black and pink. For more information or to purchase the Pocket Purifier, please visit www.purelyproducts.com

AllerMates

Does your kid have allergies?

You totally have to check out these very cool products!

I'm totally blessed with a very healthy kid.  But I can't even imagine the scare that comes about if they didn't have something like these!

I have to give them huge kudos on their creativity!  They use their characters soo well!  LOVE the Peanut Guy. =)

 

AllerMates

Allermates are an award winning line of colorful allergy awareness dog tags and adjustbable wristbands featuring original cartoon characters.  Perfect for school, daycare, babysitters, sleepovers and playdates.. the AllerMates are armed and ready to help identify and protect kids with allergies. Waterproof and hypo-allergenic.

BLUUM

BLUUM

 

VERY cool idea!  You know how you buy things that you don't end up liking and wish that you could have bought it in a 'trial size'?

Well BLUUM does just that for you!

You can purchase a one time box or a subscription and they scour the Earth the find the best of the best in products and gets them to you in a 'trial' basis.  AWESOME, right?

The subscriptions start at about $11 a month.  Think about what an awesome baby gift that would be?!?!  A gift that they think of you everytime it arrives!

Here's what the BLUUM website says:

a bundle of joy in every box

  • discover 4-5 baby care and mom wellness samples to pamper you and your baby
  • bluum's curated monthly box themes make discovering new products fun
  • each month's selection stays a secret until your box arrives

Butch and Harold Stickr Pockets

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Stickr Pockets

This company has some of the funnest finds around!  There are often times that long for something simple to just change up my walls in my house a bit. 

You know, give it some life!  And this company, named after two childhood dogs that these 2 sisters grew up with, is all about simple.  Fun.

They sale all kinds of stickr stuff from trains to frames.  

I personally like the frames ones best but they sent me the pockets to review.  

For about $15 you've got a simple place to stuff some of your stuff!  A good way to organize fun things or momentos.   

Teamson Sunny Safari Bookshelf

 


Teamson Sunny Safari Bookshelf

I was sent this super adorable bookshelf from Teamson to review.  

It's very cute and fun for any boy or girls' bedrooms!  I picked the Sunny Safari because I have an obsession with safari stuff! ha  

Teamson makes gorgeous kids furniture from bookshelves to toy boxes to even prince and princess castles!

Check out my video review of the bookshelf:

NiNi Toy Bungee, Crayon Bungee & NiNi Paci Bungee

NiNi Toy Bungee

Toy Bungee is a multi use strap, designed to keep baby/toddler toys, cups, and bottles from falling to the floor.

Toy Bungee`s child resistant button design means peace of mind for parents while baby or toddler drinks or plays comfortably.

Great for use in strollers, car seats, high chairs, airplanes and more!

Product Features:

  • Child resistant button design means small fingers can`t unbutton the strap
  • Clip in the middle allows you to leave the strap anchored to your favorite objects, such as a stroller or car seat, while easily removing the part of the strap attached to the cup, bottle or toy
  • Award winning design
  • Universal fit to toys, bottle and cups
  • Easily hand washable in warm soapy water
  • Non‐toxic, including BPA, PVC, Lead and Phthalate free
  • Available in a variety of chic & modern designs matching the Paci Bungee

NiNi Crayon Bungee

Crayon Bungee is a colorful, functional, portable, durable, non-toxic tether strap that is designed to keep crayons from rolling or dropping to the floor.

Crayon Bungee brings a new fun factor to coloring, while keeping the crayons nearby. Just twist in the included crayons, and anchor the strap. Functional, educational, chic, safe and fun - all in one!

Great for use in restaurants, airplanes, highchairs, and more!

Product Features

  • Two ways to anchor tether using either suction cup for table tops, or looping strap for other surfaces. Crayons fit snugly, limiting removal by toddlers. Holds 3 standard crayons (included)
  • Clasp feature allows altering between suction cup and strap anchors while keeping crayons attached to tether. Anchors also attach to Toy Bungee toy and cup tether
  • Vinyl package can be used as a carrying pouch
  • Easily hand washable in warm soapy water
  • Non‐toxic, including BPA, PVC, Lead and Phthalate free

NiNi Paci Bungee

Paci Bungee is a durable and ultra modern strap designed to keep baby/toddler pacifiers from falling to the floor.

Great for use in strollers, car seats, high chairs, airplanes and more!

Product Features

  • Universal fit to all pacifiers
  • Velcro-free
  • Highly durable clasp for a firm grip without damaging baby’s clothes
  • Non-porous design allows for easy hand washing in warm soapy water
  • Non‐toxic, including BPA, PVC, Lead and Phthalate free
  • Available in a variety of chic & modern designs matching the Toy Bungee
  • Pacifier is not included

 

These NiNi Bungee's are absolutely the neatest invention. I finally don't have to bend over 15 times at a restaurant because Boston drops his crayons! And I know every mom gets frustrated when a toy magically disappears at the mall, and if you have a little one, you won't have to constantly wash off your baby's pacifier. Woohoo! Purchase your NiNi products for you or as a gift for a friend here: Nini-baby.com.

Pura is a very cool stainless steel drinking bottle.

They have now branched out to a children's line!

Pura Kiki ((Found HERE)) is the 'safe modern feeding system for infants & toddlers'.

I was sent a pink one for review-and since I have a boy-I gave it to my girlfriend to check out. And.. she LOVES it.  I never thought of a bottle, nipple & all-but in a stainless drinking system!  It's an awesome product to check out!

Shutterfly Review & Coupon Code

Pictures mean a million words.  I'm the absolute worst at taking 2,000 pictures and oh so afraid to delete them!  You should see my scrapbook room.  Yeah.  There are zillions of pictures in there.  Not to mention I'm so late at scrapping them!!!  Pretty bad...but this winter I'm hoping to kick that hobby into high gear and catch up.  At least

Tommee Tippee ((Review))

No...that's not my little dude in the pic-but he sure is cute, isn't he?!?!?

So, Boston is 2 years old now.  And feeding time-I have to admit is a LOT harder than when we was one!  Now...he refuses to sit in his high chair.  Yeah. That idea is out the window.  And he is so crazy picky-it makes me NUTS!