The Original Squeeze Company

My children go crazy for smoothies. We have a “Smoothie Party” almost every time we have a play date which is most school days. Recently though my kids have been asking for a smoothie they can take to school with them. So I had to think of how I was going to pack said smoothie and get it to school with them. Well I didn’t have to think very hard about it because The Original Squeeze Company did most of the thinking for me. All we had to do was pick my kids favorite smoothie recipes and scale them to the right size. So here they are.
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This is a particular favorite of my boys who love everything chocolate.
Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie
Makes: 6 oz with a little extra for tasting
Ingredients:
1 cup milk of your choice (we used coconut milk)
1/2 cup frozen or fresh strawberries
1/4 chocolate chips (we used semi sweet)
1/4 cup kale (optional) I usually sneak this in when the boys aren’t looking
Directions: Put all ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth.
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I like to rest the pouches in a measuring cup when I fill them. It leaves me both hands to navigate and fill the containers.
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Again my boys love anything chocolatey and this smoothie is one that packs some yummy protein too.
Nutty Choco Monkey Smoothie

Makes: 6 oz with a little extra for tasting
Ingredients:
1 cup milk of your choice ( we use coconut milk)
1/2 cup banana (fresh or frozen)
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1-2 tbs nut butter ( we generally use almond butter or sunflower butter)
Directions: Put all ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth.

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And my daughters favorite. She loves fruit and yogurt. So this smoothie was her creation and she absolutely loves it.

Pineapple Yogo Berry Smoothie
Makes: 6 oz with a little extra for tasting
1/2 cup milk of your choice (we use coconut milk)
1/2 cup yogurt (we used mixed berry)
1/4 frozen or fresh pineapple
1/2 cup frozen or fresh blackberries
1/4 cup kale

Directions: Put all ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth.
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Berry Yogo  Smoothie
Makes: 6 oz with a little extra for tasting
1/2 cup milk of your choice (we use coconut milk)
1/2 cup yogurt (we used mixed berry)
1/4 frozen or fresh strawberries
1/2 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
1/2 a banana fresh or frozen

Directions: Put all ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth.

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And now you can design your own Original Squeeze! That’s right. Choose any of the amazing squeeze bodies and rings. You can mix and match and make an Original Squeeze that is Originally Yours!
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The bottles are so easy to use and to clean I do really prefer the free-flowing spout™ over the sport spout. It is just much easier to clean. And I do look for ease of cleaning in the products I use. Especially in products we use as often as these. My kids will make smoothies at least once a day and sometimes twice if I let them and they always like to use the Original Squeeze pouches when drinking their smoothies.
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Buy It: You can purchase The Original Squeeze products in store or online at buybuy BABY.
Also make sure to check out the RECIPES on The Original Squeeze Company Site

Disclaimer: I received Original Squeeze products. All opinions are my own.

infanttech smarttemp bluetooth thermometer

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Having a sick kiddo is so hard. Waking them up to take there temperature  constantly throughout the night is so stressful but necessary to make sure your child keeps their fever down keeping a trip to the emergency room unnecessary. But while checking their temperature you are waking them up so they don’t get the sleep needed to heal also getting them back to sleep can be difficult and dealing with a sick crying kiddo all night is night my favorite way to spend an evening. I wish the Iinfanttech smarttemp bluetooth thermometer was around when my first child was born. I am so glad  I have it now and can tell you it is really easy to use, I can also tell you that every family member or friend who has a baby will be getting this product from me. It is one of those products that you hope you never need to use but that inevitably everyone will need to use and are SO thankful you have when the time comes. Some info about this product it has WIRELESS MONITORING VIA BLUETOOTH: smarttemp is an FDA Approved smart Bluetooth baby thermometer that allows parents to track their child’s body temperature in real time through their smartphone. You will also RECEIVE ALERTS: The app will alert you once the temperature rises beyond the threshold. It will also remind you when it’s time for another dose of medicine. When you have to remember to wake up at 2am to give another dose of meds you will thank this little reminder. It is so hard to remember those early morning doses having a little reminder is so nice. You are not alone there is an app to help you remember and keep your babies temp on track. SHARE DATA WITH DOCTOR: The smarttemp app stores up to 7 days of medical history and can be shared with caregivers. This is such a biggie! When you are sleep deprived and taking your kiddo into the doctor and they ask you what there temp has been and when the fever started you can show them in real time when it started and what it is. When my kids get sick like this  I can barely remember my own name let alone the exact date and their exact temp during this time. So no guess work just check the app and you have all that info at your fingertips.
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When Fever strikes, infanttech’s new smarttemp provides parents a new high tech way to track your child’s temperature through your smartphone. Using Bluetooth technology, a parent can keep baby close, but not disturb them when checking their temperature. Using a traditional digital thermometer requires parents to frequently monitor their children’s temperature manually, and especially at night. This often comes with stress, sleeplessness and exhaustion to parents and often causes the babies to feel uncomfortable and resistant. Here’s an easier solution.
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Get alerts when the temperature rises beyond the threshold
– Receive medicine reminders when it’s time for another dosage
– Parents can share the temperature graph with their Doctor
– Easy placement underarm with adhesive pad (10 patches included)
– Rinse with soap and warm water after each use to keep it clean for years of use
– Place back in carrying case to automatically turn off thermometer, preserving battery life
– Get up to 3 years of battery life with no charging required!

Smarttemp is easy to use. Simply download the smartphone app (Available for both iOS and Android), place the thermometer under baby’s underarm with adhesive pad, and monitor your baby’s temperature. Smarttemp comes with the thermometer, a carrying case, 10 adhesive pads, and has up to a 3 year battery life with no charging required.

Buy It: You can purchase the infanttech smarttemp bluetooth thermometer at Kohl’s online only.

Disclaimer: I received a infanttech smarttemp bluetooth thermometer all my opinions are my own.

Mothers Day Gift Guide: Kelly Moore Bags

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Like many woman I absolutely love handbags. I am kind of picky though. While yes I want my handbags to be pretty on the outside it is also what is one th inside that counts. Meaning I need there to be room to store everything I need to take with me and I need it to be functionally accessible and organized. I am still in the diaper bag stage of life but I am not really into the huge diaper bag size if I can help it. That is why I absolutely LOVE the Ruston bag by Kelly Moore. It is not only exceptionally gorgeous it is also so functional. It is not a huge bag but they way it is set up the organization is amazing. Everything is at your finger tips easy to find and accessible. If you are dropping off for daycare or even dropping off at a friends house you can simply lift our the basket area and all your child’s necessities are right there easy to find and you don’t have to dig around your bag for them or place them in a pile some where everything is neatly together and organized.
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As your kids grow and you no longer need the diaper bag aspect of this purse you can obviously change how you pack and keep the organization or simply remove it and use the bag without it. Either way you have a gorgeous bag that is so classically fashionable and versatile. I cannot say enough good thing about this bag.
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Removable Padded Basket

Which includes:

3 – padded, removable, adjustable dividers
2 – smaller, padded, removable, adjustable dividers
2 – spaces on either side of the basket to store i-pad, notebooks, magazines, etc.
1 – inside zipper pocket
2 – clear envelope pockets
1 – envelope pocket

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1 – removable long messenger strap ( up to 45″)
2 – drop straps (6″)
Crafted with our CAMBRIO material. Exclusive to Kelly Moore Bag, this vegan friendly material is also abrasion & water resistant
Bone/Shadow – Silver Hardware, Red – Gold Hardware
Weight: 3.6 lbs
Will hold up to a 9″ lens
Will hold a camera body with lens attached
Will hold a pro camera body or standard body + grip

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A British study famously found that women get more pleasure from buying a handbag than any other item. Kelly Moore, creator of a line of well-designed bags for moms, women photographers, travelers and students, today releases a new collection of classically styled bags to tap into that joy.

Kelly Moore Bags’ Classic Collection features eight styles hewn from Cambrio, a new material produced exclusively for the company, that is water resistant, abrasion resistant and vegan friendly.

“Luxe and beautiful,” touts company founder and designer, Kelly Moore, “While still strong and functional, these bags offer the best of both worlds.
model_9d8545a7-0edc-4e74-a640-258c31b82948_grandeThese first-ever, luxurious yet affordable bags range from $139 – $249. All styles include the signature removable basket and ample camera body and lens capacity, adjustable dividers, and plenty of pockets, features guaranteed to fit an active lifestyle.
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Buy It: You can purchase the gorgeous Ruston Bag or any of the other beautiful Kelly Moore Bags from the Kelly Moore site.

Disclaimer: I received a Ruston Bag from Kelly Moore all opinions are my own.

HABA Expedition Tent

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Pretend Play is so important for children the creativity and problem solving that flourishes during pretend play extends into real world applications that promote confidence and positive social interactions. My children as well as the many children I have cared for have all absolutely adored pretend play in fact I have never met a child who does not in some way love using their imagination to extend play into something extraordinary. Play tents and forts can be great imagination starters and the HABA Expedition Tent is no exception. It is one of the largest play tents I have ever used. It is tall and its circumference gives plenty of room. My whole family and our dogs can fit inside. The kids love going inside and curling up with a book as well as creating elaborate stories and scenarios in which they are caring for injured animals, rescuing princesses and princes or just camping in the woods. There is no limit to their wonderful imagination and the plethora of creativity this tent exhumes.
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The HABA Expedition Tent has created hours of entertainment in our home. It is so inviting and I just love watching my children getting along and working together to create lasting memories of adventures they create together. As for the setting up and taking down of this tent it is very simple and I am very happy to say that it stores very easily. It comes with a carrying case and folds small and flat which makes storing super simple. You can store it under a couch or in a closet. We have left it up because honestly the kids love it so much and it is so cute I have not felt the need to take it down.
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This rugged, free-standing adventure-themed tent is the perfect addition to any child’s home. Measuring 75″ high and 59″ wide it provides ample play or relaxing space for you and your little ones. Go inside and read a book together, pretend it’s a cave or just sit and play a board game; either way this tent will be used over and over again. High quality printed and applique designs are complemented by an entrance that can be opened and secured with ties and a window on either side. The Expedition tent has two flexible support rings that can be twisted and folded into a neat space saving, storage tote. Pop the tent open, easily slide in the high quality support rods and plop the decorative cap on top and voila! Sewn of the finest cotton and polyester blends and mesh and free from harmful chemicals such as fire retardants, water repellents, BPA, PVC and phthalates.
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Buy It: Visit the HABA site to purchase the Expedition Tent

Disclaimer: I received a HABA Expedition tent for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Mixed Pears BiteSizers

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It happens to us all we are out and about with our kids and its time to eat. The only thing is we need to cut up the food for our toddler or are older kids both want the hot dog you packed in your lunch bag and you only have one. BiteSizers to the rescue. Instead of having to tear everything apart with your fingers which is unsanitary plus just plain messy you can use these nifty little scissors that come in their own carrying case. I use them both on the go and at home. Sometimes they are just easier to use then a knife and when we are out and about they are really all I use because we are mostly on the go and I don;t always have prep time. Mostly I just grab things throw them in a lunch bag and my toddler snacks throughout the day. I can now cut things up quickly without the huge mess which makes me so super happy. It’s the little things in life that make your day easier that can make such a difference .
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BiteSizers are easy-to-use, convenient portable kitchen shears that are perfect for cutting up baby food faster than a fork & knife. Designed by parents to withstand the rigors of parenting and raising toddlers. They are designed to also be held upright and cut vertically which holds the food down so it doesn’t run away. Cut one handed! Prep and share your food with your child anywhere you eat, quickly and easily. Promotes healthy eating by exposing kids early to foods. Establish good eating habits early with a wider variety of healthy flavors and textures – right from your own plate. Certified Food-Safe: The only baby food scissors certified by the NSF Home Products Certification. Free of BPA, Lead, PVC, Phthalates, and Formaldehyde. • Snap-On Cover • Built-In Sizer Guide: In the middle of the scissors is a 1/2″ circle as an always-with-you reference • Comfort Grips: fits Moms & Dads hands • Rounded Tips: Utensil grade Japanese 420J2 Stainless Steel blades have rounded tips for less poking and scratching • Soft Food Cutting Grooves: Makes it easier to keep small chunks of soft foods like cheeses and tofu from sticking to the blade.
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Safe for Food. Certified by NSF International. BPA-Free, Lead-Free, PVC-Free, Phthalates-Free, Formaldehyde-Free.
Best tool for baby led weaning, starting solids, and first foods.
Great for DIY babyfood, bento boxes with fun bites, and cutting meal prep time so you can enjoy a hot meal again.
Perfect after outgrowing puree pouches, a food masher, or a baby food maker / machine.
Buy It: You can purchase BiteSizers on the Mixed Pears site.

Disclaimer:  I received a pair of BiteSizers for review purposes. All opinions are my own.