Hail Merry Merry Bites #MomsMeet


Hail Merry is a food company that specializes in the unique techniques of food dehydration rather than typical baking.  Thanks to these techniques Hail Merry offers consumers conveniently packaged treats that are actually made from organic ingredients.  Hail Merry Merry Bites are award-winning snacks made with Certified C.L.E.A.N. ingredients and healthy fats, including energizing organic virgin coconut oil, and sweet almond flour. Hail Merry uses a unique process of dehydrating Merry Bites at low temperatures to protect the delicate raw fats in the organic virgin coconut oil and almond flour.  This helps maintain freshness and leaves the dough super moist.


When Hail Merry states that their Merry Bites are FRESH unlike the average shelf-stable packaged cookies, they mean it. Hail Merry is not trying to sell you on a low -fat snack experience.  They simply use healthy plant-based fats that balance the total carb load in the Merry Bites.  This is the miracle behind Hail Merry guilt-free snacks and desserts.   They use pure ingredients that result in great flavor and texture.  I was amazed at how moist these yummy treats feel and how fresh they taste.  Since they are made with coconut oil, I do taste a hint of coconut in the Merry Bites.  I am not a huge coconut fan myself, but I truly enjoyed these Merry Bites.  Each bite is soft and full of flavor.


Merry Bites are available in six decadent flavors, including Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Caramel Sea Salt, Salted Brownie, Pure Vanilla Macaroon, Lemon Macaroon, and Dark Chocolate Macaroon. • The Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Salted Brownie and my personal favorite….Dark Chocolate Macaroon.  These delicious flavors are made using Fair Trade Certified™ dark cocoa.  All flavors of Merry Bites™ are Certified C.L.E.A.N. which means they are Certified GlutenFree, Certified Vegan, Certified Kosher, Dairy-Free, Grain-Free, Peanut-Free, Paleo-Friendly and Non-GMO Verified.  They are also free of highly-refined sugars and flours.  Each yummy flavor is conveniently packaged so you can easily enjoy a fresh treat wherever you go.  A 3.5 ounce bag of Merry Bites typically contains 8 Merry Bites.  These bags fit nicely into lunch boxes, diaper bags, purses, picnic baskets, and much more!  Which flavor do you want to try first?


ALLERGY WARNING: All Hail Merry® products contain nuts. Make sure ALL children are asked for nut allergies before they eat these products. The Dark Chocolate Merry Bites are almond free.

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Hail Merry Bites are available for purchase in the grocer’s refrigerator section.  Visit Hail Merry to find a retailer near you that carries Merry Bites. Connect with Hail Merry online on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to see their latest products and get exclusive access to discounts and special offers!

I received Hail Merry Merry Bites via Moms Meet for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the product.

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Educational Insights GeoSafari My First Telescope

DSC_0220Whether a child expresses an interest in outer space or simply wants to count the stars, a telescope is a great way to encourage exploration.  The GeoSafari Jr. My First Telescope offers an easy to use and  fun way to introduce your little ones to astronomy.  A clear starry night lit by a full moon has always held a certain allure that most kids can’t resist.  My kids can spend hours postponing bedtime by looking out their windows at the night sky.  Unlike traditional telescopes that require you to look through one eyepiece, the GeoSafari Jr. My First Telescope has two eyepieces for easy viewing.  This makes it much easier for young children to get comfortable with looking into the telescope.

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Outer space is a fascinating topic that many kids love to explore.  I will never forget the night I had just tucked in my oldest son, who was 4 at the time, and he called me back to his room to ask me a question.  I assumed he would request a drink of water, but was I ever wrong.  He simply wanted to know what the inside of the planet Venus looked like.  After a brief pause on my part as I tried to think of a way to answer his question, I promised him I would take him to the library in the morning to check out some books on the planet Venus.  Over the years, my and kids and I have read tons of books on the solar system but looking at pictures is never as exciting as viewing the real thing.


The GeoSafari Jr. My First Telescope is simple to assemble and easy to use yet I think it’s a great idea to have kids practice during the day time so they get comfortable using the telescope.  Kids get excited and tend to jump and move around a lot which is not ideal for keeping a precise location for viewing.  Therefore, it was helpful for my kids to practice during the day time at finding an object in the distance to focus on through the telescope lens.  My kids chose the silos located on a farm off in the distance to focus on viewing through the telescope.  They learned that they can’t move the telescope around or even bump it or their view will quickly change.  Once you find the object you wish to view, you can turn the small round knob to reduce the range of movement and avoid losing your location.   Since the goal was to view the moon and stars and night (when my kids are sleepy and less patient), so it was very helpful to get some of the how to lessons out-of-the-way during the day time hours.

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The two eyepieces truly make this the ideal first telescope.  The purple goggle style material helps the child comfortable lean into a good view.  The material has give to it so your child can comfortably press his or her face against it.  There is also a cutout for the nose.  The GeoSafari Jr. My First Telescope offers 10x Magnification with wide field of vision and a built-in diagonal mirror.  The lens cap is also conveniently attached to the telescope by a string so it won’t get lost during exploration.  Since the lens is focus free, my kids can even search out objects such as the moon, silos, trees, and a couple rather bright stars without any assistance.  I love listening to their squeals of delight when they are able to find these objects all on their own.  They are so proud after each new discovery.


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GeoSafari Jr. My First Telescope is available for purchase online at Educational Insights as well as Amazon.com.

I received a GeoSafari Jr. My First Telescope for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the product I reviewed.

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MAM Celebrates 40 Year Anniversary with Giveaway!


We are big fans of MAM products here at The Children’s Nook, so it gives me great joy to share in the festivities of celebrating their 40th anniversary!  MAM combines technological innovation, medical function and contemporary design to develop superior baby care products that support a baby’s development from day one. Since MAM developed its first pacifier in Vienna in 1976, it has evolved to become a global authority on baby care product design and quality.

“We understand and love babies.  For the past 40 years our top priority has been the development of products for the well-being, safety and health of babies that make life easier for parents and allow them to focus on the joy of family,” said Jennifer Mitchell, CEO, MAM North America.  “We are proud of our heritage and will remain committed to developing products that unify design, technological innovation and medical know-how.  In commemorating this special 40 year milestone, we also celebrate our MAM parents and thank them for helping to make MAM the trusted and admired brand it is today.”

MAM is hosting a special anniversary giveaway all week-long where they will giveaway two ultimate MAM prize packages full of award-winning MAM products to two winners each day this week from 6/13-6/17 Entrants can head to MAM’s Facebook page to enter and for further details.

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Plus, one lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win a $30 gift package of MAM pacifiers and pacifier wipes!

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Giveaway will end at 12:01 a.m. (Est. time) on June 30, 2016.  This giveaway is open to residents in both the US and Canada.  The winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

I received no compensation for this post. I simply wanted to share these awesome giveaways with my readers!  All product info and prizes are provided by MAM.

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Hallmark Father’s Day Giveaway


We recently featured several awesome Hallmark gifts that would make great Father’s Day gifts and I am excited to share with you that we are hosting a giveaway for a prize pack consisting of all of the items featured in our review!   The giveaway went live yesterday, so be sure to enter for a chance to win this amazing Hallmark prize pack!  This prize pack includes two Ken Sheldon pieces as well as two Life is Good items! Go here to enter today!

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Hallmark Father’s Day Gifts Review & Giveaway


Whether you are looking for a sentimental gift or something fun and lighthearted, Hallmark has a great selection of Father’s Day gift items and cards to best fit each and every dad.  Hallmark has several special Father’s Day offers now through Father’s Day, June 19th.


The Hallmark Life is Good collection is unique and fun.  This collection includes games, wooden frames, ceramic mugs, and much more.  Life can be stressful, and these items will remind us that life is good whenever we look at them.  It will truly be the gift that keeps on giving!

DSC_0215 Hallmark currently has an amazing collection of gift items created by artist, Ken Sheldon.  This collection consists of framed art, mugs, journals, and much more.  These items feature black and white drawings that simply evoke emotion.  Sheldon’s sketches are inspired by his love of his daughters.  Each piece from the Ken Sheldon collection makes me smile for different reasons.  The Holding on…..letting go framed art piece portrays parenthood well.  This art piece is 6.25″ W x 8.125″ H x 1″ D and can be displayed standing on a flat surface or hung on the wall.   The Love shows the way decorative tile comes with an easel for an easy and attractive display.  This ceramic tile measures 6″ W x 6″ H x 0.375″ D.

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Hallmark’s Ken Sheldon and Life is Good collections would make excellent Father’s Day gifts.  Items from these collections can be purchased online as well as at Hallmark stores.  Hallmark has a special for the Life is Good Mugs going on now through Father’s Day.  You can get Life is Good Mugs for $9.95 each with the purchase of three Hallmark cards! hallmarkkensheldonWin It!

One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win a Hallmark Father’s Day Prize Pack!

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Giveaway will end at 12:01 a.m. (eastern time) on June 24, 2016.  This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.  The winner will be selected by random.org and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

I received a couple of items from the Ken Sheldon and Life is Good collections for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.

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NeilMed Naspira Nasal-Oral Aspirator


When young children are suffering from a stuffy nose, it can be a huge challenge to safely relieve their discomforts.  The NeilMed Naspira Babies & Kids Nasal-Oral Aspirator provides quick relief for your little one’s stuffy nose.  This nasal aspirator is made of high grade silicon and is Latex, Phthalates, and BPA Free.  The 2-in-1 design allows you to either use it as a NeilMed Nasabulb aspirator or as a nasal-oral suction device.  This design makes this ideal to have on hand to use with babies and toddlers.

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I am a huge fan of how effective the NeilMed Naspira Nasal Oral Aspirator is as a nasal suction device.  There are days when I feel like all I do is wipe my poor child’s nose.  It seems to never end and my little one’s skin gets so sore in the process!  The NeilMed Naspira Nasal Oral Aspirator allows me to suck out a large amount of mucus with just a couple of intakes of air.  It is quick and effective.  My toddler thinks it feels weird but not necessarily bad and it sure beats having to have her nose wiped every two seconds!  Plus, I am able to suction so quickly that I am usually done within seconds.  This is a must have for parents of little kids.  I only wish I had owned a NeilMed Nasal_oral Aspirator as soon as my first child was born!


The first time my husband saw me using the nasal-oral aspirator on our daughter, he was completely grossed out because he thought I was going to end with the mucus in my mouth.  He had no idea that the NeilMed Nasal-Oral Aspirator contains an in-line filter that helps prevent mucus from inadvertently entering the tubing and reaching the user’s mouth.  I have used this aspirator many times and the filter has always functioned properly and kept the tubing clean and clear of mucus.  The transparent design of the device makes it easy for you to see what comes out of your little one’s nose as well as allowing you to easily see that your aspirator is truly clean after washing.  The aspirator pulls apart easily so cleaning it is quick and easy.

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The purchase of a NeilMed Naspira Nasal-Oral Aspirator includes one aspirator, seven filters, and a netted carrying bag.  The retail price of the NeilMed® Naspira® Nasal-Oral Aspirator ranges from $9.99 to $14.99.  NeilMed products can be purchased at Babies R Us, Toys R Us, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, Harmon, Kinney Drugs, Shop Rite, Brookshire’s, amazon.com,  drugstore.com, neilmed.com, and myotcstore.com.   Use promo code “MOMSBLOG” for $3 off the purchase of NeilMed® Naspira® Nasal-Oral Aspirator through NeilMed’s web store.

I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program (greenmomsmeet. com), May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product.


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Exclusive AdoramaPix Hexagon Metal Print Coupon


AdoramaPix offers a variety of quality products that can be customized and created with your favorite images.  AdoramaPix allows you to turn your favorite photographs into wall art that will last a life time.  I was especially excited to find that AdoramaPix can infuse images into metal creating a very durable and stylish way to display and preserve your favorite images.  The result is truly beautiful. It still amazes me how AdoramaPix could turn a simple photograph I took on my phone into such a high quality metal print.  Thanks to this amazing AdoramaPix metal print, I will always remember the fun I had one rainy day in Ephraim with my family.


The AdoramaPix website is easy to use.  When creating wall art from one of your favorite photos, you simply place your cursor over the words, Wall Décor, on the AdormaPix homepage.  A drop menu will appear listing all of your options.  If you would like to create a cool Hexagon metal print with one of your photographs, simply click on the metal prints option and then select create now.  AdoramaPix offers eight different shape options for you to choose from when creating your metal print.  The hexagon shape is the last one on the list since it is the newest.  Simply select your shape and then choose from the three different size options.  The hexagon metal print can be created in the sizes 7″ x 8″, 9.5″ x 11″, and 13″ x 15″.  The wall art I created is a 9.5″ x 11″ hexagon metal print.  Next you choose the image you would like to use.  You can easily move the image around to have it centered just how you would like it on the hexagon print.  AdoramaPix offers several choices for mounting your print.  You can choose an easel, magnet, acrylic pedestal, wall mount, or simply leave it free of any fixture.  I chose a wall mount for the back of my print.  The wall mount leaves your print floating about a 1/2 inch off the wall and gives the print an even more striking look.  All four of the corners of the wall mount also have a clear rubbery pads that help keep your image from shifting on the wall. 

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The quality and attention to detail is present in both my hexagon metal print as well as the wall mount on the back of the print.  AndoramaPix takes great care in making your creation a reality.  AndoramaPix even provides a cleaning cloth with your metal print to help keep your image looking spotless.  This already came in handy since my daughter was very excited to point herself out on fun shaped wall décor.  Creating several hexagon metal prints would be a beautiful and creative way to display your favorite images.  A collage of several hexagon metal prints is eye catching and would make a great feature on any wall. 

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Score 25% off hexagon metal prints at AdoramaPix now through June 15, 2016 with coupon code PXHEXMTL25.

I received an AdoramaPix Hexagon Metal Print for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.


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Cave Tools Digital Cooking Thermometer


No more guessing if your meat is ready to eat!  Cave Tools has a quick reading thermometer that helps you easily prepare your favorite foods with mouth watering results.  The Cave Tools Quick Read Digital Cooking Thermometer provides a temperature in only 4-6 seconds.  This quick read device is easy to use and conveniently small in size.    Its small size as well as the white plastic storage case with a clip allow you to easily clip the thermometer to your shirt pocket.


The Cave Tools Quick Read Digital Cooking Thermometer can be used on any type of meat as well as fish, casseroles, liquids, and with deep fryers.  I recently prepared a roast in the oven using the Cave Tools Thermometer.  We normally like to eat our roast medium rare but we were using this roast for sandwiches so I decided to prepare it more on the medium side.  By rule of thumb I usually cook the roast 6 minutes for every pound at this temperature.  This roast was less than 2 pounds so after rubbing it in blend of salt, pepper, thyme, Montreal Steak Seasoning, I baked it in the oven at 500 degrees Fahrenheit for 12 minutes.  I then turned the oven off and let the roast continue to cook in the oven for 2 more hours.  After those two hours, I pulled it out of oven and used the Cave Tools thermometer to check my roast.  The reading was quick and easy to read on the display.  Thanks to the help of my new Cave Tools Quick Read Thermometer this roast came out perfectly.  The piece pictured below is the outside edge so the center was more even more tender.


This digital cooking thermometer measures temperature in both Celsius and Fahrenheit.  When you wish to determine the temperature of your food, press the ON/OFF button to turn the thermometer on.  Insert the clean tip into your food and press the HOLD button.  An “H” will appear in the LCD and will hold the temperature reading until pressed again.  If you would like to determine highest temperature detected in your food, press the MAX button.  MAX will appear in the LCD while reading the highest temperature. If you press this button again, MIN will appear in the LCD and the lowest temperature will be detected by the thermometer.  Press the MAX button a third time to exit the MAX function.


The Cave Tools Quick Read Digital Cooking Thermometer is not intended to be left in a hot oven or microwave.  This thermometer should be hand washed only since there are electronic componenents to this device.  When the LCD display begins to dim, simply install a new watch (LR44) battery with the positive side up.  The Cave Tools Quick Read Digital Cooking Thermometer will automatically shut off after 10 minutes so this greatly helps the battery life.

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The Quick Read Digital Cooking Thermometer can be purchased online at the Cave Tools website as well as at Amazon.  Score 15% off the purchase of the Cave Tools Thermometer with code: LH58KB66.  This would make a great Father’s Day gift for dad!

I received a Quick Read Digital Cooking Thermometer for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the product reviewed.

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Smart Planet Iced Coffee To Go Review & Giveaway


The Smart Planet Home recently introduced an amazing new bottle that allows you to enjoy homemade iced coffee on the go!  The new Iced Coffee To Go bottle has a smart 2x chill technology design that allows you to turn your regular brewed hot coffee into a yummy cold beverage.   Simply follow these five easy steps.

1. Pre-freeze the “Coffee To Go”

2. Add fresh brewed coffee

3. Allow to chill for 5 minutes

4. Remove “Freezer Rod”

5.  Add ice and enjoy

DSC_0586Once you fill the freezing rod with water, screw on the black cap and place in the freezer along with the tumbler.  Allow to freeze for 4-6 hours if the rod is inside the tumbler.  I place them in my freezer separately and found they freeze in less than recommended time.

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Once both parts of the bottle are frozen and ready to use, brew you the coffee of your choice.


Fill the tumbler about half way full with your brewed coffee.  If you do not add very much cream, milk, or sweetener to your tumbler, you will most likely be able to fill it with a little more coffee.  I filled mine a little more than half way because I just add a little organic half and half to my coffee and one pump of Torani Irish Cream Syrup.  Of course, you will be able to perfect this, the more you use it.  Then add the straw and fill with ice.  Twist on your cap and enjoy!


We finally have warm weather here in Wisconsin and that means I am officially switching to iced coffee for the summer!  I am loving this Iced Coffee To Go Bottle because it is so quick and simple to use.  Plus, this time of year our schedule gets a little crazy with sports and other events so be able to drag my coffee along with me is so convenient!  I enjoyed my son’s baseball yesterday with a nice cold coffee thanks to this bottle and its clever design.

IMG_8558Always hand wash and never microwave the Iced Coffee To Go Bottle.  The double wall contains freezer gel and is intended to only chill beverages.

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The Iced Coffee To Go Bottle is available for purchase online at the SmartPlanet website.

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One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win the new Iced Coffee To Go Bottle from Smart Planet Home!

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Giveaway will end at 12:01 a.m. (eastern time) on June 14, 2016.  This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.  The winner will be selected by random.org and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

I received an Iced Coffee To Go Bottle for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the product I reviewed.

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Nuby Bite Resistant Spout No Spill Cup

DSC_1044Looking for a fun cup to keep your little one hydrated this summer?  Nuby No Spill Easy Sip Cups are both fun and functional.  They have a hard drinking spout that is bite resistant.  These cups are great for children 9 months of age and older.  The base of each cup is insulated to help keep your child’s beverage cold and feature a fun Nickelodeon print.  My daughter has this Nuby cup with a Dora print and loves it.  She has used it at meal time as well as on the go but she must have it filled with water each night so it can be in her room through out the night.  Needless to say, this cup gets tipped over a lot and left on its side yet it has never leaked.


The Nuby No Spill Easy Sip Cup is perfect for my toddler.  She loves the vibrant colors and Dora print and the insulated helps her water stay cold longer.  The spout has proven to truly be spill proof yet easy to drink from.  The Nuby No Spill Easy Sip cup consists of three parts and cleans up quite easily.

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The Nuby No Spill Easy Sip Cup even has a “This Cup Belongs To” are on the base of the cup so you can easily label your child’s cup.  This is super convenient for kids going to daycare as well as an easy way to keep your own kids from getting their cups mixed up.  Labels are a huge help for my husband since he never knows which cup to grab when one of our kids requests a drink.


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Nuby No Spill Easy Sip Cup can be purchased in a variety of prints featuring Dora, SpongeBob, or the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  These cups can be found online at Amazon.

I am proud to be a Nûby Parent Blogger!  I received this Dora Bite Resistant Spout Cup from Nuby for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the product I reviewed.

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