Celebrating International Literacy Day with Incredibundles

Incredibundles Literacy is so important, and I believe you can never be too young to enjoy a good book. That’s why it’s important to teach children to have a love for reading and writing even in their early years. This month, on September 8th, you can celebrate your love for literacy on International Literacy Day! Incredibundles has made it easy for kids to love reading by providing bundles of different books. You can collect classic books, fun toys, and gifts in bundles that are shipped to your or a friend’s door. Incredibundles and Melissa and Doug Blocks Incredibundles is an amazing company that has drastically changed the way people give gifts for baby showers and more. They’ve revamped the baby gift basket by opting for a reusable storage container that is oh-so-cute. You can enjoy award-winning products and books shipped in these wonderful storage containers by ordering them through their website. One thing that I love about Incredibundles is that for every bundle you purchase, they donate to charity and they have several charities that they work with. The Tale of Peter Rabbit book The process for ordering is simple. You can either pick an already made bundle from their website, OR you can create your own bundle. I created my own bundle and I found that purchasing everything à la carte worked wonderfully for me.   SkipHop Zoo Stack and Pour Cups My order was shipped quickly to me and it was packaged beautifully! Everything arrived in a very cute container. There was a bow around the container, bubble wrap to keep anything from shifting around, and there was tissue paper inside with a metal seal on it. Right away, I was impressed with the quality Incredibundles put into the packaging alone. Avery couldn’t keep her hands off anything I ordered for her, as you can see from the pictures. Haha 🙂 That let me know that what I picked for her was perfect. Incredibundles and Peter Rabbit Plush

So what did I pick for her?

Brown Bear and Friends Board Book Gift Set

Brown Bear & Friends Board Book Gift Set by Bill Martin, Jr. and Eric Carle

Some of the first books I ever remember from school. I especially remember “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See”. I think that book and “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” are probably two of the most known and loved children’s books.

SkipHop Zoo Stack Cups

SkipHop Zoo Stack and Pour Cup Set

These all have different sized holes on the bottom so your child can put water in them and let the water pour out. They can also stack the cups as well.

Melissa and Doug ABC 123 Blocks

Melissa and Doug ABC/123 Wooden Blocks Set

I thought these would be fun for Avery to play around with. She can’t exactly make words out of the blocks yet, but in time she’ll be able to. In the mean time, she can toss these around and stack them.

Harold and the Purple Crayon

Harold and the Purple Crayon Illustrations

Harold and the Purple Crayon book by Crockett Johnson

Again, I remember this book from my early years in school. The illustrations will always be fresh in my mind. I love this book and I know Avery will too. I thought it would be fun to read this to her.

Incredibundles Peter Rabbit Plush

Peter Rabbit Plush Jacket Embroidery

Peter Rabbit Plush

To go along with her Peter Rabbit book, I got this beautiful, soft, plush bunny.  I love the quality of this plush. He has “Peter” embroidered onto his coat, as well as some other embroidery. He’s also a decent size. I thought he’d be fairly small, but he is a nice, medium size. Perfect for snuggling. Avery has already tried to poke his eyes more times than I can count. :’D

Good Night, I Love You book

Goodnight, I Love You book by Caroline Jayne Church

A super cute book for putting little ones to bed. It’s one of those classic, feel-good books.

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The Tale of Peter Rabbit book by Beatrix Potter

My brothers and sisters and I used to read these books and watch the movies they made of them all the time. Our family loves Beatrix Potter books! When I saw this book on Incredibundles website, I had to get it for Avery. 🙂 I hope to keep this book in our family for a very long time.

Incredibundles Gift Set

All-in-all, I had a very pleasant experience with Incredibundles services. I think they’ve done an incredible job finding quality products for babies and children. Everything shipped quickly, was in excellent condition, and my daughter loved all the products. I’d definitely recommend Incredibundles to anyone who is looking to get presents for a baby shower or birthday.

You can check out Incredibundles website HERE and their social media below.

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Zipadee-Zip Swaddle Transitioner Blanket + Giveaway

If you’ve swaddled your baby for a while but they’re starting to turn over, you may want to get a swaddle transitioner. I’ve been using the Zipadee-Zip for a few months now, and I love it. My daughter had been swaddled since birth so, naturally, I was worried about taking a swaddle away from her. The swaddle was comforting to her and also it was familiar.

I starting using the Zipadee-Zip when Avery was 4 months old – but that proved to be too soon for her. With teething going on, and so much mental transitioning, she just wasn’t ready for it. I decided to try it months later at 6-7 months and Avery slept wonderfully in it. I would say the biggest thing is to not compare your child to anyone else’s. Do what works for your child.

As far as transitioning Avery when she was older, it was seamless. I’m glad that I waited a bit to use a transitioner with her. Her first night (at 6-7 months) with the Zipadee-Zip she slept with no problems. The nights thereafter, she slept great too.

What I love about the Zipadee-Zip is that Avery has a blanket to keep her warm. I don’t have to worry about the material covering her face or anything scary like that. Because Avery used to take naps with me nearby, I’d let her use a blanket. So she became comfortable with a blanket. At night, that posed a problem. Thankfully, the Zipadee-Zip solved that problem for me. I love that it’s easy to put on to her. I simply put her arms and legs in and I zip it up. If she happens to turn over in the night, it’s no problem because she is able to use her hands and arms to move around. One thing that is great about the Zipadee-Zip is that it helps with the startle reflex in babies. It has a wing design so there is a slight resistance if the child puts their arms out.

I’d definitely recommend the Zipadee-Zip to moms whose children have been swaddled. It’s the perfect way to transition your child to sleeping without the swaddle.

The makers of the Zipadee-Zip also make teethers! My daughter absolutely loves hers. I clip it to her outfit and she’s able to grab it and gnaw on the silicone shapes. There is also a piece of fabric with a snap button on the opposite end of the clip so that I can attach a binky to the teether. Let me just tell you now that I have tried numerous teethers with Avery and she will hardly ever touch them. This one is one of her absolute favorites! 🙂

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Also, the folks at Zipadee-Zip are very kind and wanted me to do a GIVEAWAY for my followers. Enter at the link below with your name and email. There’s also a chance for extra entries. 🙂 

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Four Green Cleaning Brands That are Safe for the Family

Four Green Cleaners That are Safe for the Family

Since I’ve had my baby, I’ve been wanting to buy more green cleaning products and fewer products with harsh chemicals. It’s amazing how much your mindset changes once you have a little one to look after. You only want the best for them. Not to mention, little kids get into everything. I want to share with you four brands that I love. Their products are all mostly comprised of plant-based ingredients so they’re safe for both humans and pets.

Nature’s Magic

Nature's Magic

The first green cleaning brand I want to mention is called Nature’s Magic. I found this brand while on Instagram (a place where I tend to find a lot of my favorite brands lately :D). I was super intrigued when I read that there were few ingredients and that the ingredients were all natural and safe! They have essential oils in their products, which I think is really nice. There are loads of great benefits to using essential oils. On top of that, the products are powerful enough to actually work. Score!

Nature's Magic Deep Clean

Starting with my absolute favorite product of all of Nature’s Magic’s products is Deep Clean. This stuff smells amazing!! I want to use it everywhere because I just love it so much. I feel like it does work well to clean counters, floors, the stovetop, etc. I’ve used it to mop with a few times. The ingredients are as follows: water, organic almond castile soap, pure essential tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil, a blend of other essential oils, and grapefruit seed extract. Tea tree oil is powerful for getting rid of germs and so is eucalyptus oil.

Nature's Magic Glass Cleaner

Next up, we have Glass Cleaner. The only ingredients in this are water, vinegar, a blend of pure essential citrus oils, and grapefruit seed extract. Vinegar is a great household cleaner and can be used to do everything from removing odors to removing stains and polishing. I think this Glass Cleaner works totally fine and gets the job done. I’ve used it on both my mirrors and windows. 🙂 Of course, the smell of vinegar isn’t all that appealing at first, but that goes away fairly quickly — so no worries.

Nature's Magic Multi-Purpose Cleaner

Multi-Purpose. You can use this stuff for dusting, cleaning counter tops, toilets, appliances — anything really. Ingredients in this include water, vinegar, organic castile soap, pure essential rosemary oil, peppermint oil, and grapefruit seed extract. Again, I would say this serves its purpose. It cleans and gets rid of odors, which is nice!

Nature's Magic Wood Polish

Lastly, for Nature’s Magic, is their Wood Polish. You can use this on both wood and leather. I have used this to wipe down my couch and had no qualms with it. I also have polished wood and I think it does a great job. The ingredients in this are water, olive oil, organic castile soap, pure essential lavender oil, a blend of other essential oils and grapefruit seed extract. The only thing I would say I don’t like about this product is the scent, but that’s not that big of a deal.

Mrs. Meyer’s

Mrs. Meyer's Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner

Mrs. Meyer’s is my next green cleaning brand mention. I actually saw an ad on Facebook that mentioned if you spent $20 at Grove Collaborative that you got a bunch of free product. I ended up with a really nice haul of green products that I love. One of them is this Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner. I’ll be the first to say that I would not personally have chosen the Geranium scent for myself, but to be honest, I love it! I feel like whenever I use this, it lifts my spirits and the whole house smells great. Ingredients in this include Birch bark extract, Geranium flower oil, Rose flower oil, and Clove flower oil, just to name a few. I think this is a great everyday green cleaner. I use it in my kitchen and bathrooms a lot.

Dr. Bronner’s

Dr. Bronner's Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner and 18-in-1 Hemp Citrus Pure Castile SoapI absolutely am now a complete Dr. Bronner’s fan! They make green cleaning so easy. Not only are their products effective, but they smell and feel incredible. Dr. Bronner’s products are made with certified Fair Trade and Organic Ingredients. I have to brag about these two products because I absolutely love them! Firstly, I want to tell you about Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner — you can use this product for SO. MANY. THINGS. I’ve used it to wash dishes in the sink .. ummm amazing. I don’t know how, but all of the gunk on the plate literally feels like it slides right off. It is an excellent grease cutter which makes dish washing so effortless.  It’s effective and powerful yet you don’t need to use a lot because it’s concentrated. Also, it’s gentle on your skin.

Other uses for this cleaner are general house cleaning, stain removal, dish soap, laundry soap, floor cleaning (including wood!), car cleaning. You can also use this as a scouring paste by mixing it with baking soda. If you want an all-around cleaner, this is the one! I can’t say enough about it. Plus, it smells amazing. Some of Sal Suds ingredients: Siberian Fir Needle Oil and Spruce Leaf Oil (which give Sal Suds its amazing smell), Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Coco-Betaine, and Decyl Glucoside (these three are for grease cutting and cleaning).

Dr. Bronner's Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner and 18-in-1 Hemp Citrus Pure-Castile Soap

The second Dr. Bronner’s product that I can’t get enough of is their 18-in-1 Hemp Citrus Pure-Castile Soap. You can use this soap for everything! Here’s some of the things you can use this soap for – washing your body, hair rinse, washing dishes in the sink, laundry, mopping, washing the dog, cleaning fruits and veggies, all purpose cleaner, getting rid of bugs on plants,  and shaving.

I love the smell of citrus. It is such a relaxing scent to me. This soap smells like orange oil and it transforms my showers! I’m not kidding. I can have the most stressful day ever, and as soon as I get this soap out and use it, the smell just takes my mind to happy places and I feel at peace. You don’t need to use a lot of this at a time because, like Sal Suds, it is concentrated. I like how it lathers, I think the scent is to die for, and I feel clean without my skin feeling dried out, which I love. What I think is funny is that my husband, who loves his old spice scented body washes, has used this soap on numerous occasions. He, too, likes the scent and how well it works.

Norwex

Norwex Envirocloth and Cleaning Paste

Last but not least, Norwex! You may have seen some of your friends on Facebook selling these products. I was introduced to Norwex from my friend Jessica who sells it. What is unique about Norwex products is that you only use WATER with them. I know you’re thinking that doesn’t sound sanitary at all. And trust me, I am a germaphobe so thinking of not using bleach on everything makes me stop and wonder if it actually is cleaning /disinfecting everything. These products do work though. They use silver to disinfect as you clean. Silver smothers germs.

I especially love the Window and EnviroCloths. They are made of microfiber and you can use them on anything really. When I first got my EnviroCloth and  Window cloth, I cleaned my entire kitchen. I’m talking microwave, stove, fridge, countertops, and cabinets. It removed grease, dirt, and everything I needed it to and with the EnviroCloth and Window Cloth mixture, you are left with no streaks and nice, shiny surfaces. I would definitely recommend checking out some of their products. They have everything from cleaning products to laundry and body products.

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Are you still with me? I know this has been a long list, but I promise these products are amazing! I am so glad that I switched to green cleaners. They smell much better than ones with a million chemicals and they’re safe for my whole family so I don’t have to be scared if my child or pet get into them. Definitely, check them out!

*Some products in this post were sent to me free of charge for my honest opinion. All opinions are my own. Also, some links are referral links. 

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