Thursday, June 23, 2011

First Little Gripper Cup


This is a great sippy cup.  It’s easy to use, easy to clean, and has easy to grip handles.  The best part is how easy it closes.  Just slide the top closed and the straw folds down!

Visit to learn more about the First Lil’ Gripper™ Straw Trainer Cup.


Sippy Cup Dos…and Some Helpful Don’ts!

By Dr. Bill Sears

Are you thinking it may be time to say bye-bye to bottles?  (They do grow up so quickly!) Expert pediatrician Dr. Bill Sears and Playtex have some tips and cups you’re sure to love—specially created for this exciting stage of baby’s development. If you’re considering a cup, consider this:

  1. Do enjoy this wonderful milestone with your baby who will proudly master a cup at her own pace.
  1. Don’t be in a hurry. Wait until baby can sit up and hold an object with both hands — usually between 6 to 10 months.
  1. Do choose a first cup with easy-to-grasp handles and a soft spout that’s gentle on baby’s sensitive gums — like the Playtex® The First Sipster® cup, designed with a feeding specialist and pediatrician.
  1. Do make it fun for your baby by playing a little game. Sit face to face with him and place an empty cup within his reach. Drink from your cup and see if he grabs his sippy to mimic your actions.
  1. Do consider a cup that your child can hold and control easily and can help them transition from bottle to cup. The First Lil’ Gripper™ Straw Trainer Cup was designed with a child development expert for just this purpose. This easy-to-use cup helps moms teach their babies how to suck and drink from a straw. It’s ergonomically designed with easy grip handles for little hands and also has a squeezing feature, such that a parent can squeeze, but a child could not easily do so.
  1. Don’t overfill the cup when baby is first learning to use it. Start by adding water or diluted juice into the cup only to about one quarter-full until baby’s skills mature.
  1. Don’t worry about spills or leaks as babies graduate from trainer cups. With the Playtex® Twist ‘N Click lid — you’ll see and hear it click closed — and you’ll know it’s Leak-Proof Guaranteed!
  1. Do enjoy every moment of your baby’s newly blossoming independence as he makes his way up to the big-kid cups.

Friday, June 17, 2011

MeSoap- Help Save Lives!

A good friend recently got involved in a GREAT cause- getting soap and clean water to those in need- and started MeSoap.


Please check them out at and like them on facebook

“Your support through purchasing MeSoap products allows us to not only provide soap, but to train communities in the proper hygiene that will ultimately save lives.”

“For every bar of MeSoap you purchase we will donate one to a child in need.”

“While testing out a few ideas we surprisingly discovered that the biggest need in our world is access to clean water and soap, and that these items could save and improve the lives of more people than medicines, doctors or peace treaties. Something so simple. It still amazes me.” –Mike, Co-Founder

“What it comes down to is, the world sanitation problem is gut-wrenching, but 100% reversible, and we have the skills and drive to fix it.” –Garth, Co-Founder

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Win a $10 Amazon Gift Card!

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Alright, this one’s pretty easy.  I need some followers for my new blog, so all you have to do is . . .

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Contest ends at 11:59 PM EST on Wednesday, June 29, 2011.


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Win an e-reader Cover!

After I got my Nook Color, I was searching and searching for the perfect cover.  I like to have things that are unique and suited to my style and personality whenever I can find them.  So I was very happy to find the BDoodles shop on!  She made me a custom cover and shipped it quickly. 

nook covernook cover 2

When I decided I wanted a new laptop bag too, I contacted BDoodles and asked if she could make a bag to match my new Nook Cover.  Not only did she make it match, she added a couple extra pockets and a key hook for me.  I absolutely love this one too! 

Win an e-reader cover below, or head on over and get one now!

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