Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Mama Bird - Fleece Soaker Review

About Mama Bird:
Mama Bird was started by woman named Monica,  mother of four and avid cloth diapering enthusiast. She began making her fleece creations earlier this year. Her Facebook fan page has quickly gained fans [currently nearing the 900 mark!], no doubt due to an interest in her unique projects.

Hurley's Experience:
As a fellow cloth diapering products maker, I know how important it is to write a thorough review of products that come so close to your babies skin. I find that a lot of blogs write responses of diapering products on initial thoughts and experience. However, I think how a diaper [or soaker in this case] holds up to extended wear and tear is an important aspect for readers to see.
For the soaker that Monica from Mama Bird sent me, I was able to get a full months use out of it before writing. She wore it at least twice a week and it was washed at least twice a week in that time frame.
Here's a photo of Turtle wearing it the first time:
My first impression of the soaker was that is was so soft and clearly well made. After prepping and putting it on Turtle I did notice it was tad bit tight around the legs, but otherwise it fit wonderfully. I need to stress one fact to parents who plan on ordering fleece soakers: Make sure you measure your child before ordering. It probably wouldn't hurt to double check your measurements too. Its a common issue with diaper covers that are a fixed size to have them be too small or too big upon arrival.
The best way you can measure your child is while they are wearing a fitted diaper. Obviously, the fleece soaker would have to be large enough to fit over it. =]
Over the span of time I tested this soaker, we used it at all different times of the day. It held up to my heavy wetter without fail. Even overnight it held in the moisture. Considering my daughter typically sleeps for about 9-12hrs per night, I'd say this soaker earned my seal of approval.

When it came time to do diaper laundry, the fleece soaker would be amongst all of Turtle's other diapers. My wash routine consists of one cold wash without detergent, one hot wash with a small amount of cloth diaper friendly detergent, and one more cold cycle without detergent [which acts as a double rinse]. I always hang dry everything diapering related.

After a month of use, the Mama Bird fleece soaker has withstood all of my abuse and the only side effect was the slight piling of the surface. Piling is a common trait with all fleece.

Check out all her awesome fleece prints and other creations by visiting her Hyenacart shop HERE.

Monica from Mama Bird would like to give one of our fans a custom standard soaker (non-applique), from a print or solid colors, boy or girl!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Zulily Review & Zulily $25 Gift Card Giveaway!!!!!

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As one of our readers you may have visited our facebook and seen some posts about Zulily!
 First and foremost just to get it out of my system I must say I LOVE ZULILY!!!
Being on a budget is no easy task when you have four kids running around who constantly need and WANT things. Zulily offers amazing prices, you can enjoy savings up to 90% on top of the line brands! No this isn't last years style, or seconds, or factory imperfect products, this is real deal savings on items that you LOVE!!! All that you have to do to gain access to these savings is sign up for Free!
Zulily has each item on sale for 3 days, after those three days NEW items are on sale, most savings are above 60% off!!! I love getting their emails so I know what they have on sale each day! They sell items for kids and women as well, everything from womens apparel to cloth diapers!!!
Zulily Graciously gave MMR credit to purchase something from their store so we could experience the purchasing process, shipping, and quality of products. The purchasing is a breeze and they take paypal along with other payment methods! My shipping was relatively quick, I had my products within two weeks, though it can take up to three since the items ship from different locations. The items received were in excellent condition and packaged very nicely to prevent any damage. I love getting a wonderful deal on high quality items! We ordered Lilly a BeBe Pod from Prince Lionheart
Prince Lionheart - bébéPOD Flex Pink
She loves it!!! Especially during "Your Baby Can Read", TV, time, We also bought it at 50% off!!! Yes! For something that totally sells for regular price everywhere else!
I seriously suggest checking out Zulily and signing up!!!!
Zulily is such a gracious company that they are offering one of our readers $25 bucks to spend at their store!!! That can get you some pretty cool stuff with their awesome prices!!!

You must be a follow of this blog via Google Friend Connect to enter!!
This giveaway will end on April 18th, 2011 at 9pm CST, unless otherwise stated by Hurley or Nikki of MMR. At that time, the document with no longer accept responses. We will draw a winner via and then verify all entries. If any entries are found to be false, we will draw a new winner. Winners have 24hrs to respond to our email to claim their prize. Giveaway open to entrants 18 years and older.

Enter to WIN by clicking HERE!!!!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

me4kidz Smile Buddy Review and Giveaway!!!!!

About me4kidz from their site:
They strive "to provide purpose-driven & modern day solutions to everyday necessities in life. Their main goal at is to offer quality products that take the challenges of fixing owies, wiping tushies and brushing teeth fun for kids and easier for parents."

me4kidz, LLC is a family-owned & operated business. Their core focus is designing purpose-driven & modern day solutions to everyday necessities in life.  To keep jobs in our Country, our products are manufactured  in the USA. They donate product each year to various educational fundraisers and children’s organizations to better the lives of others that can't afford first aid products. me4kidz is very conscious of the environment. They do their part in keeping the earth green by using recycled, lead-free plastic. me4kidz™ is also proudly partnered with non-profit organizations to humbly provide consistent work for those of various disabilities; allowing them the opportunity to feel a sense of need in the community & increased self esteem. In doing so, all of their products are proudly put together by loving, caring and capable disabled individuals. These are all the little ways that their family is making a difference. They truly love what they do and they strive for you to love it too!

As Ghandi so famously said..."You must be the change you wish to see in the world."

me4kidz graciously sent us one of their exciting new Smile Buddy, Kids oral care kits! 
The Smile Buddy includes: 
(1) Kid- friendly Suction Cup Toothbrush
(1) Crest Toothpaste w/ fluoride
(12) Dentek Fun Flossers
(1) 2-3 minute kid-friendly brushing sand timer
(8) Kid-friendly fun stickers
(1) Reusable & Recyclable carry anywhere case

My Experience:

 We took it along on our vacation to Florida. The boys were super excited to have something new to try out. They of course all wanted to use the super cute tooth brush that comes with the Smile Buddy, but it wouldn't be fair to only let one use it so they used their own instead. As a mom I love the tooth timer, it keeps the boys at the sink brushing longer than they would normally brush without it. The flossers are great to makes flossing easy for little ones. The case that it all come is in very sturdy, but can be hard to open. I like that the kids need an adult to open it, it lets me know they aren't playing with it when they aren't supposed to(like boys do ). The  crest toothpaste is nice but I would love to see a brand like Tom's included instead, since its eco friendly. They really enjoyed having something new and fun to help them with their oral care, and I really enjoyed watching them have fun brushing! 

Oral care is super important, lets show our kids that it can be fun to brush!!! 
The Smile Buddy is great for travel or at home!
You can win your very own Smile Buddy by entering the super easy form below!!!
You must be a follow of this blog via Google Friend Connect to enter!!
This giveaway will end on April 18th, 2011 at 9pm CST, unless otherwise stated by Hurley or Nikki of MMR. At that time, the document with no longer accept responses. We will draw a winner via and then verify all entries. If any entries are found to be false, we will draw a new winner. Winners have 24hrs to respond to our email to claim their prize. Giveaway open to entrants 18 years and older.


Friday, April 8, 2011

Manhattan Toy, "Boysterous"Review and Giveaway!


Manhattan Toy graciously sent us a few of their Wonderful  "Boysterous" action figures 

and "Boysterous Extreme Sports Zone" playset for review. 

They are also offering one of their awesome Snowboarder action figures as a giveaway to one of our readers! 

Here is a super adorable video of theirs to show these figures in ACTION!

About Manhattan Toy — Imaginations at Play!

(from their site)
Play is discovery and exploration, and joy, and growth, and learning, and so much more. And for us play is serious work. So when we bring play to life, we do it with a commitment to the finest in craftsmanship and creativity. All of our products, from the newest concepts to our time-tested classics, are innovatively designed to inspire imaginative play and delight our consumers large and small.
OriginalityFounded in 1979 by Francis Goldwyn (grandson of motion picture studio owner Sam Goldwyn), Manhattan Toy pioneered the use of non-traditional fabrics in toy design and introduced delightful new body styles in soft toys. Although Goldwyn is no longer involved in the ownership of Manhattan Toy, we remain true to his vision of marching to the beat of a different (toy) drum.
Developmental Value
Play is not only fun, it’s essential to a child’s cognitive, emotional, and social development. Our design process blends science and whimsy to produce toys that offer children a rich array of visual and tactile stimulation and unlimited opportunities for imaginative exploration.
Quality & Safety
Our unsurpassed quality standards ensure that our toys are both durable and safe. Prior to manufacture, each Manhattan Toy design is thoroughly tested to comply with the most rigorous international standards for children’s products. Our quality assurance team continually reviews designs and procedures to ensure that products exceed both existing and new safety regulations.

We are committed to providing quality toys and products that enrich young lives and developing minds.  Safety has always been a focus at Manhattan Toy. Our toys are designed, developed, and manufactured with every child’s safety in mind.  Manhattan Toy ensures that each of its products comply with federal toy safety standards of the US and Europe.   Our products are manufactured to meet or exceed all applicable regulatory standards as well as voluntary safety standards.  Our toys meet the requirements put forth by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and the European Union (EN71), as well as additional safety tests when applicable.  These requirements include checking for the presence of lead in our toys.  We further ensure testing integrity by using only third party, independent accredited toy testing laboratories.

Manhattan Toy will continue to make safety our priority when designing and manufacturing toys.   All of our products are designed to meet or exceed the standards set forth by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).   For more information, please visit the Toy Industry Association website at or the American Society for Testing and Materials at
Our Brands
The Manhattan Toy family of brands — including Whoozit®, Groovy Girls®, Dr. Seuss™, and Manhattan Toy — offer more than 500 exclusive, original product designs distributed worldwide through more than 10,000 fine department and specialty toy and gift retailers. Each year we introduce hundreds of new toys, yet many of our original designs have remained consistently popular for decades.

We invite you to explore the world of Manhattan Toy, where you’re certain to find great toys and gift ideas that are not only exquisite, but exclusive as well. Ready for some imaginative play? Just check out our products.
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Our Personal Experience:
My boys were very excited when the Boysterous action figures arrived. They immediately opened them and explored them, figuring them out. They then opened up the Extreme Sports Zone and played with the figures for quite a while. They decided to make them even more fun they pulled out some of their own toys from their toybox and made a fun Extreme Sports World for them.
I appreciated the high quality of the figures. The boys play rough so I was worried about them ripping the limbs off or something else horrible like that, but the Boysterous figures withstood all of the rough play and came out just fine. They really are a wonderful travel toy as well. We had to go to the ball park for my older children's baseball game so my youngest asked to take the figures so he wouldn't be bored. We tossed them inside the Extreme Sports Zone and took them along. The other children(ages3-6) at the park LOVED them. They were all asking where we got them and discussing how cool they were. My youngest son was so proud of the new figures and shared them with another kid, they played with them for the entire baseball game!
The Boysterous figures sadly came home quite dirty from the park so we "gave them a bath". I just wiped them down with a warm washcloth and they were good to go. Super easy to clean! I am super impressed with the Boysterous products and would highly recommended them for your small boys! They would also make and excellent gift  you can get a figure and the Extreme Sports Zone for under $50!!!

If you would like to Enter to Win a  "Boysterous Snowboarder" please fill out the form below!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Little Lasso

A little about the company:
[from their website]

The Little Lasso is a mom-designed, mom-made solution to the age old problem of toddlers tossing take-along items. It easily secures sippy cups, bottles, and toys to car seats, highchairs, strollers, and shopping carts....preventing dropped items from getting dirty, broken, or lost.

Without snaps, Velcro, buckles, or clasps, it keeps sippy cups (and other take-along items) within the child's reach while the design makes it virtually impossible to be removed by little hands. Handcrafted out of 100% cotton designer fabrics, The Little Lasso is as functional as it is attractive. And, it's machine washable.

The Little Lasso is a product of Baby Goga LLC. Patent Pending.

Hurley's Experience:

The first time I had the chance to use The Little Lasso was at a restaurant after a day full of running around. I don't know about everyone else's toddlers, but mine was getting pretty frustrated. She was in a mood that was full of whining and throwing everything I tried to give her to calm her down.
I filled her sippy cup and looped it throught the bottom of the little lasso and hooked the lasso to her high chair.

It was actually really funny when she realized that if she threw her cup away from her... it bounced right back!  The Little Lasso has elastic along the length of the cord which allows for it to keep baby's toys or cups from hitting the floor. Not only does that save me from breaking my back by continuously picking up whatever toys she decides to toss but it also keeps her things clean. If anyone ever thought of all the germs that are any given floor... yuk.
The Little Lasso also offers many different prints to choose from to make your own little lasso. And they are all handmade in Texas. We received the Cabana Stripe Lasso like the one pictured above. I wish I could have gotten a really good picture of it action. Every picture was of Turtle launching her sippy cup and of her cackling over it.
However you should go check out The Little Lasso's website and see all the different places you can use it! Like the grocery store shopping carts, the stroller, the restaurant high chair...

Lucky you, fans! The Little Lasso has offered our readers an exclusive discount to thier website only. This discount code doesn't expire either! Just use the coupon code: MODIFIED for a 25% discount on your purchase of your own little lasso!

The Little Lasso has also offered a giveaway of a little lasso in the winners choice of print! Awesome!

Must be 18yrs or older. Open to US and Canada only. Please fill out the form below to enter. The winner will be drawn on April 13th, 2011 at 9pm CST.