Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.
When Summer rolls around we all start thinking about sunscreen.  Maybe you are like me and use sunscreen year round.  Protecting your skin is very important, but do you give equal thought to protecting your children’s eyes from harmful UV rays?
My husband and I always wear sunglasses so it is natural for us to get them for our kiddos too.  However, finding quality, affordable sunglasses for kids was challenging.  Real Kids Shades can help with that.
Real Kids Shades offers affordable eye wear protection for kids.  They offer sizes for your baby and trendy styles to keep your Tween happy.  For US orders, they offer free shipping on orders over $25.  They have so many styles and colors to choose from!  You know you will find something you and your kids love.  Finding the perfect pair is easy because they have a simple sizing system that is broken down into age groups.  We simply followed those guidelines and each pair fit our kids perfectly!
We have our kids keep their Real Kids Shades in our van so where ever we are they have stylish protection for their eyes.
I urge you to go check out their website and then leave a comment here with your favorite pair!
Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.
Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

It’s hard to believe summer is approaching with all the cold weather we’ve had this season.  We actually  had SNOW this week here in Tennessee!  However, the signs of warm weather are appearing and the kids are counting down the days til summer vacation starts.  We spend a lot of time at the pool and at the lake during the summer so I started looking for a swimsuit for Little Miss.  When I found Chichanella Bella, I instantly fell in love with their vintage inspired swimsuits!  These super cute swimsuits have influences from the 20s to the 50s and have a nostalgic feel.  I was thrilled to receive the Candy Pink Confection Suit and matching bonnet for Little Miss!

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This swimsuit is absolutely adorable!  The pink dots and stripes are so cute and the ruffles and bows add some sweet girliness to the suit.

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The quality of the swimsuit is excellent.  It is completely lined and all of the stitching is really well done.  Changing a baby or toddler’s diaper while they’re wearing a swimsuit can be challenging.  However, this one piece suit has snaps at the crotch to make changes quick and easy!

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I couldn’t wait for the weather to warm up so Little Miss could wear it.  I literally squealed when I got it on her.  It was seriously one of the cutest things she has ever worn!

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I love the nostalgic look of the suit.  I’m all about dressing my little girl like a little girl.  This suit is so sweet and girly.  I love that she not only looks adorable but it also covers more of her sweet baby skin to give a little extra sun protection.  I also really like that this suit is just as cute from the back as from the front.

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I just couldn’t stop smiling as I snapped her picture.

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The suit is super cute by itself but the matching bonnet was perfection!  It really completed the look and was just plain adorable!  It also helps keep the sun out of Little Miss’s face.

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I can’t even tell you how much I love this suit!  I can’t wait for our first trip to the lake.  I can just imagine all the cute pics I’ll get of Little Miss playing in the sand in her new suit!

Most of the swimsuits at Chichanella Bell come in sizes 12 month-10 but there are a few styles that start at 6 months.  There are both one and two piece styles to choose from.   See all the adorable suits at ChichanleaaBella.com and be ready to ooohh and ahhh over them!

One very lucky reader will win a swimsuit for their little one!

 

Belinda is a wife, mom, blogger, and Brand Ambassador. She has six children including 5 boys and 1 girl. Belinda enjoys reading, photography, crafts and DIY projects, and watching her boys play soccer. You may contact Belinda at mudpiesand tiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Belinda

I participated in this sponsored campaign on behalf of One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own.

If I could give advice to new parents, one thing I would suggest would be to really research your car seat options.  There are many, many seats available that boast many options.  What we look for in a car seat is safety.  We paid a lot of money for some really safe car seats that worked great.  The problem was….they outgrew them.  That’s why I want to share with you the Evenflo Symphony™ DLX car seat that we are reviewing with Jack.  **Please excuse his grumpy face.  The poor boy is getting all four of his one year molars**

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I want to point out the benefits we have discovered with our Symphony!

1. The Buckle Pockets.

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The buckle pockets provide a place for you to insert the chest clip.  This serves two purposes.  First, it keeps it in place until you are ready to secure your child.  Secondly, you can cover the entire clip inside the pocket and it keeps it cool under the hot sun!  You will never burn your fingers or your child on a hot clip thanks to these new buckle pockets.

2. Fabric.

The fabric is made from Outlast Performance Fabric.

Absorbs hot and cold temperatures and releases them as needed, ensuring that your child is comfy and not too hot or cold.

3. Reminders.

Reminders? Yes. Reminders.  I loved this bonus on our Evenflo Symphony™ DLX!

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It is a wonderful reminder to take those extra seconds and make sure the buckles are properly placed every single time you drive.  Also, for grandparents who may not be familiar with buckles, it gives them a crystal clear idea of what they need to do.

Finally, the NUMBER 1 REASON we LOVE this????

4. This All-In-One seat accommodates children ranging from 5 – 110 lbs.

Yep. This seat works for your child from 5-110 pounds.  You can use this from birth, until they are front facing and beyond!
And with a price tag of $249.99, I don’t think you will find a better deal!

You can purchase your Evenflo Symphony™ DLX  today!  Take a peek and let me know what you think! #EvenfloPlatinum #ad

 

I participated in this sponsored campaign on behalf of One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own.

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

 

Little Miss loves bath time! All I have to do is mention the word bath or tub and she goes running for the bathroom.  I’ve been wanting to get her some fun toys for the tub and since she loves baby dolls, the Nenuco Bath Time doll set was perfect for her!  This fun doll is made to go in the bath tub with little ones and even comes with her own squirt toys and inner tube!

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The first thing I noticed about this doll is that it is made with a special fast dry material so it dries really quickly.

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I also noticed that there are holes in the feet of the doll to allow water to drain out.  This is an ingenious feature in my opinion!

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Little Miss couldn’t wait to get in the tub with her new doll.  The accessories were an added bonus.  She loved it when I squirted water on her tummy with the little squirty toys.

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Baby girl LOVED the doll!  She especially enjoyed putting the doll into her little inner tube.  The dolls soft body was perfect for hugging.

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She spent 20 minutes splashing around and playing with the doll.  When I tried to take it away from her so I could get her out of the tub, she started crying.  Thankfully, I was able to quickly drain the water out of it and after wiping it with a towel, the doll was good to go and Little Miss was free to carry her new baby around the house!

I’m a big fan of Nenuco dolls but I think this dolls is my favorite.  I love how it can be played with both in and out of the tub and the quick dry design is fantastic!  Nenuco’s Bath Time Doll retails for $24.99 and is perfect for little ones who love to play in the bath and could even be taken to the pool for summer swimming!

 

Belinda is a wife, mom, blogger, and Brand Ambassador. She has six children including 5 boys and 1 girl. Belinda enjoys reading, photography, crafts and DIY projects, and watching her boys play soccer. You may contact Belinda at mudpiesand tiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Belinda

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

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I’m always on the lookout for healthy snacks for my family.  Thankfully, my kids aren’t super picky and eat a pretty good variety but it scan still be tricky getting them all the recommended servings of veggies.  We all love muffins though so we I was asked by Veggie Lites to try out their Garden Lites Veggie Muffins, I jumped at the chance!

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Each muffin is made of 1/3 fresh vegetables!  They’re gluten-free, vegetarian, low in calories, high in fiber and Kosher Parve.  Veggie Muffins are available in 5 great flavors:

  • Veggie Blueberry Oat Muffins
  • Zucchini Banana Chocolate Chip Veggie Muffins
  • Zucchini Chocolate Veggie Muffins
  • Carrot Berry Veggie Muffins
  • Golden Corn Veggie Muffins

 

The muffins come frozen and are individually wrapped fro convenience.

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The muffins can be eaten at room temperature or heated in the microwave for 35 seconds.  I tried them both ways and preferred them heated just a bit.  I love chocolate so the  Zucchini Chocolate was my favorite although I have to say they were all really tasty!  I liked that they had just enough sweetness to satisfy my sweet tooth but I wasn’t having to compromise on nutrition.

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The Carrot Berry and Veggie Blueberry muffins were moist and filled with berries.  My 3-year loved them!  I heated up the Golden Corn Veggie Muffins to have with soup for lunch one day.  They were delicious and the kids gobbled them up!

I love that these muffins are not only delicious but healthy as well.  They make excellent snacks for when you’re on the go!  They’re especially great for kids (or adults!) who aren’t big on veggies.  You get the nutrition of vegetables in the delicious goodness of a muffin!

Garden Lites Veggie Muffins come in a box of 4 with an SRP of $3.99.  They can be found in the frozen section of stores nationwide, including: Target, Publix, Foodtown, Wegmans, Whole Foods, Stop & Shop, Costco, Fresh Market, Martindales, and more! For more information, and a full list of retailers, on Garden Lites products, visit http://www.garden-lites.com/.  Also, be sure to connect with Garden Lites on Facebook and Twitter!

 

Belinda is a wife, mom, blogger, and Brand Ambassador. She has six children including 5 boys and 1 girl. Belinda enjoys reading, photography, crafts and DIY projects, and watching her boys play soccer. You may contact Belinda at mudpiesand tiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Belinda