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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving 2015!

May you have a Blessed Thanksgiving.  My family and I are taking today to thank Our Lord for all the bounteous blessings that He has bestowed upon us.  We are thanking Him for giving us the strength and grace we needed to persevere through hard times.  I am also thanking God for blessing me with all of you.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

#HolidayGiftGuide: Thinkbaby All-In-One Bottle System & Safe Baby Care Essentials Set Review

My oldest daughter has now graced me with two grandchildren, a little girl born last year, and just a few months ago, a little grandson.  Oh, how thrilled I am as I was there when he arrived.  My top job while visiting her was to take help take care of my granddaughter.  It has been a while since I took care of a toddler, and was a little tiring on me, but just having her near me almost all the time made all the aches and pains worth it.

While visiting, my daughter and I had a chance to check out some great products from Thinkbaby.  They kindly sent us the All-In-One Set and the Baby Care Set.  My daughter just loves them!

The All-In-One Set from Thinkbaby will grow with your baby from infant to 4+ years of age.  The Thinkbaby All-In-One comes with:
  • Two x Stage A nipple (for 0 to 6 months and marked with a number 2 on the nipple)
  • Two x Stage B nipple (for 6 to 12 months and marked with a number 3 on the nipple).
  • Two x 9oz bottle bases made from polypropylene
  • Two x Travel tops
  • Two x The Sippy Handles
  • Two x Stage C - Sippy Spouts (9 to 24 months)
  • Two x Stage D - Thinkster Tops (18 to 48 months+)

My little grandson is a fully fledged breastfed baby, but due to some problems that my daughter had, thrush in her mammary glands, my granddaughter ended up being bottle fed.  I wish that she grew up with the Thinkbaby bottles.  Because of Thinkbaby's unique one-piece venting system, she would have had a lot less gas and spitting up.

This is a system that grows with your baby.  It starts our with the perfect baby bottle with the softest of soft silicone nipples.  Once your child get's old enough, don't throw out that bottle, just replace the nipple with a sippy spout.  You can even add a handle for your child.  One your child gets bigger, and ready for a straw cup, just screw on the Thinkbaby Thinkster top. The straw features a cross cut design so they do not spill when held upside down, which obviously happens quite often.  The top of the bottle features a easy to close cover to keep it from coming into contact with foreign substances.  This is definitely one of the best systems that both my daughter and I have looked at.

When my husband and I got to my daughter's, she was having a bit of trouble getting our granddaughter away from her bottle to go to a sippy cup.  My granddaughter was unhappy with each and everyone that my daughter got for her until the Thinkbaby arrived.  We came to find out that she did not like that handles on the cups.  She really likes the to sip out of these bottles with the sippy top.

My daughter has found that she prefers the Thinkbaby system over the other vented baby bottles that she had used for her daughter.  She loves the ease that it is just a one piece venting system rather than several pieces.  I don't know how long she plans to breastfeed her son, but I do know that when she is ready to wean, she has the Thinkbaby All-In-One System on hand.

The other package that we received from Thinkbaby was their  Baby Care Essentials Set.  This is an affordable set of items that one would use almost everyday for their baby:

  • Shampoo and Body Wash
  • Baby Lotion
  • Bubble Bath
  • SPF 50+ Baby Sunscreen (an award winner)
This gift set contains full size products.  All the bottles are a full 8 ounces with a convenient pump, and the baby sun screen is a full 3 ounce size (which can go on the plane with you when you travel).  All of these products are formulated on Whole Foods Premium Care ingredients which means that they are all free of Parabens, phthalates, 1,4 dioxane, sodium lauryl sulfate and harmful chemicals.  

The Shampoo and Body wash is great for the little ones.  I really gave my grandson a good head washing with this shampoo and body wash, and, with a little help from some baby oil, got all the cradle cap off his head - with no screaming either.  The Thinkbaby Shampoo and Body Wash left his bit of hair fuzzy and soft.  My daughter really loved the light citrusy scent and how it cleaned his head.

The Baby Lotion left both my of my grandchildren with wonderfully soft skin.  I tried it on myself, and loved the silky feel it left my skin.  The Thinkbaby Baby Lotion is also formulated on Whole Foods Premium Care ingredients which means that it is free of Parabens, phthalates, 1,4 dioxane, sodium lauryl sulfate and harmful chemicals.  I like that the lotion is fragrance free.

Here's one that my granddaughter just loved every single night - the Thinkbaby Bubble Bath.  My granddaughter loves taking a bath, and when she got into a tub full of bubbles, she just went after them.  It's great that the bubble bath is non-toxic as she wanted to eat the bubbles.  It was so much fun watching her playing in a tub of bubble trying to find all of her bath toys.

I would have loved to have had my grandchildren try out the Thinkbaby SPF 50+ Sunscreen, but it was just too late in the year for too much sunlight in their little area of New Jersey.  Other sunscreens for children just cannot compare to the level of safety that Thinkbaby's sunscreen, plus the tube is made of environmentally friendly packaging that does not contain BPA, vinyl, or phthalates. The packaging and contents are totally environmentally safe.  Here's why I think that this sunscreen is so wonderful:

  • First Sunscreen to pass Whole Foods Premium Care Requirements
  • Top Rated by EWG with a “1” rating in 2010, 2011, and 2012, 2013 - Baby, Beach and Sport
  • Free of biologically harmful chemicals. No Avobenzone, Oxybenzone, or UV Chemical absorbers.
  • Highest SPF 50+ (per FDA 2012 Rules - any sunscreens boasting higher are falsely marketing)
  • Highest level of Broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection (per FDA 2012 Rules)
  • Highest level of water resistance (80 minutes) (per FDA 2012 Rules)
  • Non-nano formulation – Average particle size >100micron
  • Non-aerosol formulation (High concern of both ineffectiveness and particulates being inhaled)
  • Paraben, phthalates, PABA and 1,4 dioxane free
  • Applies and absorbs easily.  Non-oily feel
  • Sunscreen produced in the USA
  • Does not have an obtrusive smell that many organic sunscreens have.
  • A member of the Safe Cosmetics Campaign Compact

Thinkbaby was created to address the growing concern of harmful chemicals in baby products.  With a team of scientists and doctors, the company approaches the creation of safe alternatives through use of relentless research testing and the Precautionary Principle.  Since Thinkbaby's launch in 2006, Thinkbaby and Thinksport have generated a healthy list of first-to-market solutions.  First 100% BPA free baby bottle line.  First, BPA free insulated sports bottle.  First sunscreen to pass Whole Foods Premium Care requirements. 

My granddaughter loves her Thinkbaby products!  Any of Thinkbaby's items would make great gifts for new or expectant parents for this holiday season.  Be sure to visit to see their entire product line.

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Disclosure: I received the above baby products from Thinkbaby in exchange for an honest review.  No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own - with a little bit of my daughter's point of view.  

Monday, November 23, 2015

Treasure Hunt Tuesday Giveaway Link Up - November 24 to 30, 2015

Time to link up your Treasure of a Giveaway
Dig up some Treasure for yourself!

A few rules:

  1. Linked posts but be linked directly to the giveaway
  2. Giveaways must be Family Friendly! No adult oriented giveaways. Watch those covers of some of those romance books, girls. Please no almost nude covers, thank you.
  3. Please list Geographical restrictions aka US, US/CAN, or WW (World Wide)
  4. Giveaways must include an End Date in Title

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May God Bless You this Thanksgiving

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