7 Must Have Natural Treatments for Babies

7 Must Have Natural Treatments for Babies

Before my son was born I knew what products I wanted to use on him and which ones I wanted to avoid. I was only going to use all natural products and homeopathic remedies as much as possible. When my son started teething I discovered Hyland’s Baby Teething Tablets at my local store and decided to give them a try. I much preferred these natural, soft tablets that dissolved is his mouth and provided pain relief to rotating Tylenol and Motrin every few hours.

Last year when my son was having cold symptoms I found Hyland’s Tiny Cold Tablets. These, too, dissolve instantly for easy, no mess, natural cold symptom relief. I recently discovered that Hyland’s has an entire line of natural remedies for babies, I wish I had known this 2 years ago, their whole line would have been great to have on hand.

So, here they are the 8 Must-Have Natural Treatments for Babies:

1. Teething Tablets – These are the  #1 parent favorite and have been trusted for nearly 85 years to work quickly to relieve irritability, redness, inflammation and discomfort on a child’s gums. It’s uniquely formulated for safety, effectiveness and quality, and contains no synthetic ingredients, artificial flavors, dyes, or parabens—and has always been benzocaine-free!

2. Teething Gel – This is another option for teething, great when massaged into the gums with a parent’s soothing touch.

3. Cough Syrup – This amazing natural cough syrup helps relieves various coughs from tickling to deep,
hoarse coughs.

4. Colic Tablets – One of Hyland’s top-rated products. Helps babies suffering from colic relax and fall
asleep.

5. Tiny Cold Tablets – Dissolves quickly and works fast to shoo away runny noses and congestion.

6. Vitamin C Tablets – These are also quick dissolving and provide 71% of the daily value of Vitamin C for babies under a year and 63% for kids between 1-3 years.

7. Infant Earache Drops – Works quickly and effectively to soothe throbbing ear pain—even the kind that
antibiotics don’t take away

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Hyland has recently launched a new bilingual (English & Spanish) Facebook page called MiHyland’s. The MiHyland’s Facebook Page has special offers, coupons, and sampling opportunities featuring Hyland’s products, be sure to head over and like their page!

“For over a century, Hyland’s has produced homeopathic medicines using the highest quality natural ingredients and in accordance with FDA Good Manufacturing Practices. Hyland’s homeopathic medicines provide a safe and effective solution to health care issues that affect the entire family, from infants to seniors.”

Giveaway time! Win a Hyland’s baby basket of $80 worth of Hyland’s Baby products!

>>>Click here to be taken to the giveaway form to enter to win this prize.<<<

This giveaway will start at midnight tonight and run from March 26- March 31 as a part of the Lucky Bunny Giveaway Hop! 

So, tell us…what are your must-haves for baby?

This review and giveaway opportunity is presented by Mami Innovative Media and on behalf of
MiHyland’s Facebook Page. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

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Kids Gift Set: Uncommon Goods

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Hey readers, we are back with more great gift ideas for kids. This gift set comes from Uncommon Goods and includes a table tennis game, tube toys truck and a stencil set. Each of these items can be purchased separately on their website.

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Portable Ping Pong

I love that this game is portable and can be set up virtually anywhere. The set up and take down of this game is simple and take little to no time at all. It’s easy to transport and store, so if you want to take it to the office, a friends house or a family get together it’s no trouble at all. This is something that kids, teens and adults alike can all have fun with. This would make a great family gift.
Age Recommendation: 6+
Price: $39.95

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Tube Toys

Not only are these fun trucks, trains and tractors, they’re also puzzles that put your little ones minds to work. For more gift ideas for boys visit this link.
Age Recommendation: 3+
Price: $15 -Sale-$9.99

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Stencil and Pens Set

For the budding artist in your life the creative Facebox and Zoobox sets are something fun that the whole family can enjoy. For more gift ideas for girls click here.
Age Recommendation 3 and up.
Price: $10

Uncommon Goods has a variety of unique and creative gifts for everyone on your holiday list.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

How to Make A Chore Chart

This is a guest post by the fabulous Shay from Mainly Braids.

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How to Make A Chore Chart

I think it’s important to teach our children cleanliness and the value of a dollar. Although I’m a stay at home mom I think there’s no reason I should pick up my son’s toy trucks 80 times a day when he’s perfectly capable of doing that himself. I’m a firm believer that a clean home is a happy home.. or at least in the case of my family anyway. My kids are 3 and 5 and I decided it was time for a chore chart that they could easily see and use by themselves.
I searched on Google and Pinterest (follow us!) looking for some cool chore chart ideas. I found a lot of them but I didn’t want to make anything too difficult, expensive and time consuming. I combined a lot of ideas and came up with one simple, cheap, and effective chore chart!

The items you will need are:
>>1 1/2 inch disc circles
>>magnetic tape
>>card stock or paper
>>mod podge (bought or homemade)
>>paint brush
>>scissors
>>printer
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Decide the chores you’d like for your kids and assign prices/prizes for each chore completed. I decided to add in things that my kids need to work on like reading, writing, and team work.
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You may use mine if you’d like, just print out and cut within the inside of the circle and it’ll be a perfect fit to your disc circles. If you don’t want those chores or prices you could easily white it out in paint or use picmonkey.com and fill in your own. I used font Quicksand on picmonkey if interested on keeping the same font.
From here it’s pretty easy work. Print, cut out and mod podge to the circles. Once they are dry do a top coat of mod podge and stick some magnetic tape on the back and voila! *To make homemade “mod podge” mix equal parts glue and water. I’ve used it to make our photo canvas pictures with no issues. I also used it to attach the mod podge label to that jar over a year and a half ago and it’s still holding strong!*
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To keep things easy my kids are allowed to pick no more than 2 jobs a day. It keeps them from getting overwhelmed and insures that they do their job accurately and not in a hurry just to earn extra money.
This project cost me a whole $2.97 before I used my coupon. The discs are $1.97 at my Michael’s and the magnetic tape was .97. They typically have a 40% coupon that you can print online so that makes it even cheaper!


Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Download the Weird Giveaway


Welcome to the 12 Days of Gift Galore Giveaway Hop, hosted by Tales From the Nursery and Mama’s Baby Cupcakes. This giveaway event will be running from Nov 25 – Dec 6! We are giving away the new Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Download the Weird book, you can see what we thought of the book here and enter to win on the entry form below. This giveaway is open to US and Canada.

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Gifts Ideas for Toddlers: Step2 Toys

Step2 has great toys for babies, toddlers and kids, here we are highlighting some of our favorite for the holiday season. These toys can be purchase from the Step2 website, linked below with each toy or from Amazon.

 

All Around Easel

 

All Around Easel for Two for ages 3+

 

 

 

 

All Around Wagon

 

 

All Around Wagon for Two for ages 1 1/2+

 

 

 

 

 

car bed

 

Corvette Bed with Lights for ages 2-10 – read our review here

 

 

 

Creative Cooks Kitchen

 

Creative Cooks Kitchen for ages 2+ (showcases modern features like recycling, pet feeding station, etc. Some of the new kitchens also feature baby-feeding stations)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easy Steer Sportster

 

 

Easy Steer Sportster for ages 18-48 months

 

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Gifts for Teens: Ripleys Believe It or Not! Download the Weird

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Download the Weird

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Download the Weird is the latest book of the wildly popular series that chronicles the weirdest, wildest stories from around the world.

But wait… there’s more! A brand new app allows readers of Download the Weird to actually download the weird.  and watch the stories come alive with bonus videos and images.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Download the Weird

Here’s how it works: simply point a smart phone or advanced iPod at the special oddSCAN™ logos in the book and see that story come to life with exclusive bonus content, including videos and images. It’s a one-stop portal that will transport readers deep into the hidden world of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! like never before.

>>Meet the world’s oddest couple: he swallows swords, hedge trimmers and umbrella handles while she hangs upside down and lifts lead weights by her hair!

>>Learn why a California man has experienced more than 950 violent car crashes.

>>See tourists risk life and limb to get their picture taken with an 18-foot-long crocodile!

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I actually think this is a gift that can be enjoyed by almost anyone, my daughter loves it, she is 7. The stories range from intriguing, hilarious and disgusting. This book has entertained our entire family, even grandma, for weeks.

Enter to win Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Download the Weird book in our 12 Days of Gifts Galore Giveaway beginning Nov 25 until Dec 6! Click >>HERE<< to be taken to the giveaway entry form! Good luck!

Find Ripley’s Believe It or Not! online and on Facebook

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Gifts for Kids: Sparkle Box Children's Christmas Book Giveaway

My kids love books. Even though my 7 year old brings home at least 3 books a week from her school’s library she still gets excited when she gets a new book all her own. I love that she is so into books and gets excited to receive new ones. Books are great gifts for kids and there are several books that will be under the tree for my kids this year, including The Sparkle Box.

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Synopsis
Sam can’t wait for Christmas! He’s excited about the parties and the food and, of course, the gifts. One present in particular has Sam curious—a sparkling silver box on the mantel. Sam’s parents will only tell him that they will open the gift together, but that they need to fill it first. Throughout the holiday season, Sam and his family participate in various charitable acts together. On Christmas morning, Sam finally gets to open the Sparkle Box, where he finds slips of paper recording the family’s good deeds during the holiday season. Sam’s parents explain that the things that they’ve been doing for others are, in fact, a gift for Jesus. Sam realizes how fortunate he is and how important it is to help others.

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The Sparkle Box Features:

>>10 x 10 picture book
>>32 pages
>>hardcover with jacket
>>includes fold-out glitter box
>>$19.99
>>Available in bookstores everywhere and on Amazon.

This book is written by, Jill Hardie, I was given the opportunity to ask her a few questions about herself and her book:

Can you tell us about your family tradition with the Sparkle Box, how did it begin and how did it change your Christmas?

To help counter commercialism at Christmas, my husband and I began giving gifts to those in need, in honor of loved ones. While people seemed to like these gifts, one family member good-naturedly confessed, “I loved the gifts you used to buy me for Christmas!” My husband and I had a heart-to-heart talk and asked ourselves, “Whom are we really honoring with these gifts?” The answer was clear. We were honoring Jesus by giving gifts to those in need. That Christmas Eve, a gift was placed under our tree for Jesus. On Christmas morning, we opened Jesus’ gift before we opened our own. A simple, small gold foil jewelry box with a few pieces of paper in it was perched on top of a pile of presents. A tag on the outside said, “Jesus, we give these gifts to you to honor you on your birthday.” I opened the box and read the pieces of paper that represented the gifts we had purchased. A gift of a goat that will provide milk to a poor family. Mittens for the mitten tree at school for people that don’t have money to buy them. A shoe-box full of toys and candy that will bring joy to a poor child somewhere in the world. A feeling of peace and love came over me as I read those pieces of paper. My husband and I were moved to tears and our children were also touched. It was a profound experience. We had honored Jesus on his birthday and that centered everything. Every gift that morning was twice as wonderful!

Since then, we have continued The Sparkle Box tradition every Christmas. We love choosing gifts for Jesus and talk about what we’re getting Him for weeks in advance. It centers the season on Jesus and remembering those who are less fortunate, and that puts everything in perspective. It makes the simple joys of the season even more enjoyable and melts away the pressures of the season. Our children have learned that they truly are blessed to be a blessing–and they’ve learned the joy of giving.

    – What are some practical and low cost ideas for how families can fill this box with gifts for others this holiday season?

You want to give something that is truly from the heart to Jesus. Something that shows Him you were thinking of Him when you chose The Sparkle Box gift. So while it doesn’t have to cost money, it should be something extra special. So for adults or families, they may want to do a service project. They could work at a soup kitchen, or volunteer to shovel a neighbor’s driveway every time in snows this winter. There are many lonely people at nursing homes. Adopting a person at a nursing home would be a beautiful gift. For children, the gift could be something small. Like Sam, they could purchase a pair of mittens. Or they could do chores to earn money and actually go grocery shopping to purchase 2-3 non perishable food items. Children love to earn the money themselves, so it’s not the cost of the item, it’s how it impact their hearts. There are more ideas on www.TheSparkleBox.com as well as a free printable chore chart, free Sparkle Jar craft instructions for children to make a jar to save money for Jesus’ gift and more. 

    –What do you hope readers will come away with after reading this book?

For adults, I hope they realize that there is a simple and beautiful way to center Christmas—honor Jesus on Christmas day with a gift just for Him. For children and adults alike, I hope they come away with the feeling that they can make a difference in the world by letting the light of Jesus shine through them, bringing light and hope into the lives of others.

 

Win it: Win your own copy of The Sparkle Box simply by leaving a comment telling us your best “Sparkle Box idea”, what gift or good deed could your family do together to help someone in need? The giveaway will end on November 28 and is open to US residents.

The giveaway portion has ended, our winner was selected via Random.org, comment number 11 (the 1st/top comment being #1 and last comment being #11) is our winner, congrats!

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Jingle Jubilee: Morphology Game Giveaway

Hey Hey Hey, it’s giveaway time! Remember our review of the game Morphology Jr? Now is your chance to win your choice of Morphology or Morphology Jr and lots of other prizes in the Jingle Jubilee hosted by A Helicopter Mom, About A Mom, The Kids Fun Review, Sunshine and Sippy Cups, and The Adventures of J-Man and MillerBug

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Enter to win a Morphology game of your choice using the Rafflecopter form below, US entries only, please.

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Step2 Corvette Toddler to Twin Bed with Lights

My son is now 2 (as of today!). You might recall about 2 months ago he started climbing out of his crib. We knew it was time to get him a “big boy bed”. I searched online for options and decided that a toddler to twin convertible bed would be ideal.  We wanted a bed that is not too big for him now but also one that can grow with him. Since he has really taken to cars lately and loves all things cars, we thought the Step2 Corvette® toddler to twin bed with lights was the perfect choice for my son.

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Delivery and Assembly

We received the bed via home delivery and when my son saw the box he smiled so big and exclaimed “car!”. He was extremely excited, the joy on his face was priceless. I have to admit I did wonder what assembling this bed would require, but it was fairly easy. The instructions were thorough and easy to follow.

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Here are some photos of our Step2 Corvette Toddler to Twin Bed set up process:

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The assembly of the bed was not difficult. It was a little time consuming as we were just using a regular screw driver. I recommend using a screw gun or automatic screw driver for a faster set up process, just be careful not to strip the plastic out.

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Toddler to Twin Conversion

As I mentioned above this bed is a toddler to twin convertible bed and can be changed simply by swapping out the mattress. For now we are using it as a toddler bed with his crib mattress. Once he gets bigger we can put a twin size mattress on there for him and he will be able to use this bed for years to come. There is actually a race track in front and up the sides of the bed and when using a crib/toddler mattress it can be accessed and the child play on this with his little cars (very cool, my son has a blast with his cars and this bed)…

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He even falls asleep on the race track ;).

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Lights

The lights on the bed are another feature that I love (my son loves them too, of course). The center light is a tap light that automatically turns off after 15 minutes to conserve the battery.

Safety

The bed is low to the ground, he can easily climb in and out of it without getting hurt. The “windows” and sides of the car serve as railing and prevent him from rolling off the bed while he sleeps.

Buy it: This bed can be purchased on the Step2 website for $329.99 plus $29.99 shipping. For more information visit the Step2 Corvette® Toddler to Twin Bed with Lights page. Check out the video below to see this bed in action:

 If you are looking for an entire themed bedroom suite they also have the matching Corvette® Storage ChestCorvette® Dresser, and Corvette® Room Organizer available that are sold separately on the Step2 website or you can purchase the bed, dresser and storage chest on Amazon for $545.95.

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Disclaimer: This blog is not affiliated with the Step2 Test Drive Mom program or This blog is independent of the Step2 Test Drive Mom program.

Christmas Gifts for Kids: Melissa and Doug Giveaway

zuuzsWith the holiday shopping season upon us, zuuzs introduces their holiday shopping page. We all have price points in mind while shopping for our friends and family, so zuuzs has made it easier for you to find the best deals according to your budget. Make sure to check it out! And as always, you get cash back on everything you buy through zuuzs.com.


KidKraft To help with your Holiday Shopping for your kids, zuuzs is offering the Grand Prize of a KidKraft Grand Espresso Corner Kitchen. Go over to Makobi Scribe and enter to win the Grand Prize! Then hop around all the other blogs participating in the Christmas Gifts Hop for kids below. *the grand prize may be substituted to a similar item to suit the winner’s child

Our Prize:

Melissa and Doug Magic Mine Wooden Train Tunnel Set – Read about their Terrific Twenty Holiday Gift List

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Giveaway runs from Nov 12-22, open to US only, enter to win on the entry form below:

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