Little One’s Organic Toddler Pillow: The Perfect First Pillow!


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Looking to introduce your little one to a pillow?  I can’t think of a better first pillow than the Little One’s organic toddler pillow. This pillow is made in the USA out of 100% organic cotton that was grown and woven in the USA.  This cotton is not treated with fungicides, pesticides, insecticides or GMOs.  The Little One’s pillow is 100% hypoallergenic.  These features along with a functional design make the Little One’s pillow the perfect first pillow for little ones.

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The size of the Little One’s toddler pillow is perfect in every way.  The length of the pillow is significantly smaller than a regular sized pillow yet there is still extra space on either side of my toddlers head so she can roll around in her sleep without losing the comfort of her pillow.  The pillow provides a soft yet firm cushion for my little one’s head yet the width of this pillow is less than the width of any standard pillow in our home.  I love this!  Her head rests much more naturally on this pillow than other standard sized pillows.  My daughter finds this pillow to be very comfortable and prefers it over her old pillow.

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Little One’s also offers an organic pillow case for the toddler pillow.  This pillow case is a neutral cream color and of course, chemical free.  It has a great feel to it and washes well.  I wash this pillow case on the gentle cycle in warm water and it still looks like new.

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I love knowing my baby girl is sleeping on a pillow and pillow case that were both handcrafted here in the USA and made of organic cotton.  We found the Little One’s Organic toddler pillow to be the perfect pillow for our toddler.  The size and comfort of the design are perfect for her size and the quality materials make this the perfect pillow for a good nights sleep, nap, snuggling on the couch, in the car, and much more!

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The Little One’s organic toddler pillow and pillow case are available for purchase online at Amazon.

I received a Little One’s toddler pillow and pillow case in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the products I reviewed.

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Giveaways Ending Soon!

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Summer has us all busy so I just thought I would send out a quick reminder that we have a couple fabulous giveaways ending this week.  In honor of our love of squeaky shoes, Wee Squeak is offering a $50 gift certificate to one lucky reader here at The Children’s Nook.  Simply use the link provided to enter your email address and you entered for a chance to win!  We also have a Tiggly app giveaway that will be ending in June.  My kids can’t get enough of Tiggly apps!  If you have not had a chance to enter yet, now is your chance!

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tiggly words app Giveaway (ends 6/30)

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WEE SQUEAK $50 GIFT CERTIFICATE GIVEAWAY (ends 7/1)

 

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SmartPlanet Portion Perfect Meal Kit Review & Giveaway

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SmartPlanet may have created their smartest product yet when they came up with the concept for the portion perfect meal kit.  Maintaining a balanced diet can be challenging for me as an adult as well as a parent.  Portion control is often my biggest challenge when trying to maintain a balanced diet for myself and my kids. The SmartPlanet Portion Perfect Meal Kit has four food compartments that are measured and labeled so you can easily create a lunch appropriate for any diet.   The portion perfect meal kit, like all other SmartPlanet meal kits, expands to double the size when in use.  When it is not in use this meal kit collapses into half the size allowing for convenient storage.  The spork and condiments dish even store inside the lid of the meal kit.  Everything you need to create your next portion perfect lunch is stored in one place and ready to use!

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The pink Portion Perfect Meal Kit comes with a custom pink spork and a built in condiment dish.  My kids are big fans of our SmartPlanet sporks as well as the vibrant colors they come in.  In fact my kids often like to switch up the colors of the spork they use with each meal.  My daughter loves to eat outside so our portion perfect meal kit gets a lot of toddler time.  Pictured below is my 2 year old daughter’s lunch from the other day.  My little rabbit stole a handful of carrots before I took the picture but you get the idea of how easily this meal kit can be customized for any meal.  I often collapse the 2 cups portion of the kit when using this for my daughter since her portion sizes are usually smaller.  Plus, that section of the kit works great when it is collapsed for small items in her lunch.  During this meal I even collapsed one of the 1/2 cup portions of the meal kit.  I found as long as the 1.5 cups portion section and one of the 1/2 cup portions are open completely this meal kit sits nicely on the table during my daughter’s meals.  This meal kit truly allows me to serve my kids customized meals in a snap.  This is great since my kids are not the most patient when waiting for their lunch!  The SmartPlanet Perfect Portion Meal Kit

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The SmartPlanet Perfect Portions Meal Kit allows you to easily customize your lunch to suit any meal plan.  This kit even comes with a few meal suggestions!

School Lunch Portions:

  • 2 cups of fruits
  • 1.5 cups of grains
  • 1/2 cup protein
  • 1/2 cup of veggies

Calorie Conscious Portions:

  • 2 cups veggies
  • 1.5 cups veggies
  • 1/2 cup protein
  • 1/2 cup protein

Strength Training Portions:

  • 2 cups of veggies
  • 1.5 of protein
  • 1/2 cup of protein
  • 1/2 cup of grains

Carb Control Portions:

  • 2 cups of protein
  • 1.5 cups of protein
  • 1/2 cup of veggies
  • 1/2 cup of veggies

The Perfect Portions Meal Kit is BPA free and is top rack dishwasher safe.  The base of this meal kit is also microwave safe.  The SmartPlanet Perfect Portions Meal Kit is simply easy to use, clean, and store.  Try one today and start eating healthy portions every time!

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The SmartPlanet Portion Perfect Meal Kit is available in three fun colors.  You can purchase the Portion Perfect Meal Kit online at the SmartPlanet website.  Connect with SmartPlanet on Twitter and Facebook to stay informed of new products, promotions, and giveaways!

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One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win a SmartPlanet Portion Perfect Meal Kit!

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Giveaway will end at 12:01 a.m. (eastern time) on July 15, 2015.  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 the SmartPlanet Portion Perfect Meal Kit for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.

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Xlear Care Kit Review & Promotional Price

xlearkitLooking to improve your oral and nasal care?  Xlear has an entire line of products that are prefect for enhancing your oral and nasal health.  These products are made with Xylitol, a healthy natural sweetener that can improve oral health as well as maintaining upper respiratory and sinus health.  The Xlear brand put together a care kit that is loaded with great products to meet your dental and sinus needs.  The Xlear Care Kit is made up of several Spry oral care products as well as Xlear nasal products.  This kit offers a variety of different convenient products that will make it easy for you to improve and/or maintain your oral and nasal health.

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I love that Xlear has introduced me to the idea of a bamboo toothbrush. I honestly never thought about how wasteful plastic toothbrushes are until the very moment I received my new earth-friendly Spry toothbrush. The Spry gum and mints are super convenient.  I tend to keep them in my purse or diaper bag so my mouth gets an easy dose of fresh breath and xylitol any time its needed.  The Spry peppermint xylitol toothpaste has a mild flavor that is not too overpowering yet it leave my teeth feeling clean and mouth refreshed.  I have never been one to use mouth wash of any kind but I come to really enjoy the Spry oral rinse.  This has become a new addition of my oral care routine.  It is simply refreshing!

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The blossoming trees and flowers are a beautiful sight this time of year; however, the air quality often suffers.  The Xlear Nasal Spray is great to have on hand this time of year to relieve congestion and help rinse away allergy irritants.  Xlear Nasal Spray is made up of a non-addictive natural formula and may be used as often as needed.

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You can purchase the Xlear Care Kit for only $25 now through June, 30th 2015! This kit is valued at $65!

I received an Xlear Care Kit for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the products I received.

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The Ultimate BBQ Grill Brush


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I received this grill brush in exchange for an honest review.

Alpha Grillers The smart design of this grill brush allows you to easily clean between the bars.  Our old grill brush had more of a rectangular shaped wire pad that could only scrub the top of the bars.  This heavy-duty Alpha Grillers grill brush has twisted steel bristles that fit between the bars on our grill grates.  This twisted design also allows the brush to scrub the grates from all sides.  Corners that were impossible to reach with our old grill brush are now easily reached and cleaned with the Alpha Grillers Brush.  This twisted bristle design is my favorite feature!  The stainless steel bristles are designed to last and not flatten so they are quite rough on skin.  I simply keep the brush covered when we are not using it to avoid coming into contact with the bristles.  Not only does the Alpha Grillers brush allow us to clean our grill quickly but the brush itself cleans us easily by simply rinsing it in hot water after use.

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Since it is best to clean your grill while it is still hot, the 18 inch handle is an excellent feature on this brush.  No more burning your hands from the steam you create when cleaning a hot grill!  The handle is made of strong plastic and reinforced twisted wire so it does not bend under pressure.  This is one heavy-duty grill brush.

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The Alpha Grillers Stainless steel BBQ grill brush is available for purchase online at Amazon.  A FREE downloadable cookbook is also included with your purchase.  This e-book is loaded with yummy BBQ recipes for you to try.  This amazing Alpha Grillers grill brush is safe for all grill types and would make an excellent Father’s Day gift!

I received an Alpha Grillers Stainless steel BBQ grill brush for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the product I reviewed.

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Huggies Snug N Dry #UltraHug Diapers and Grants

My oldest son is now 7 years old, so I have been buying Huggies diapers non-stop since 2008.  I imagine many of you can relate to not knowing what it feels like to simply carry a purse with you when you leave the house!  Over the years the Huggies brand has been the most reliable at keeping my babies dry and providing a comfortable fit to their active little bodies.  My baby girl is my last child in diapers and I will continue to buy Huggies Snug N Dry until she is potty trained.

I would love to nominate the Alzheimer’s Association Greater WI National Chapter.  Not only do people with Alzheimer’s Disease suffer with the symptoms of this disease but their friends and family suffer as well.  My grandmother suffered from Alzheimer’s disease for many years.  She passed away this spring leaving me with a sense of relief that she is finally at peace but beyond sad that she is gone.  This association could greatly use this grant to educate as well as offer people support and resources when Alzheimer’s changes their lives.

My baby girl and I took a selfie of her wearing purple (and a Huggies diaper) in honor of Alzheimer’s Awareness and the Huggies #UltraHug Campaign.  Since humor was a major asset for myself and my family throughout the years this disease slowly took my grandma away from me, I wanted our selfie to be fun and playful.

The Huggies #UltraHug Campaign is all about spreading the love.  Anyone can nominate his or her favorite project by taking an #UltraHug selfie.  Voting will begin on July 6th, 2015 and the 10 projects to receive the most votes will receive a $2000 grant from Huggies!  So grab your little snuggle bug and smile big for a quick selfie and you can nominate the project near and dear to your heart.

 

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Wee Squeak New Arrivals Review, Discount, and Giveaway!

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Two of my favorite things about summer are sundresses and sandals.  I tend to start shopping for sandals before the snow even melts here, so I have put a lot of time and energy into my search for the perfect summer sandals for my baby girl by the time summer arrives.  Wee Squeak recently introduced several new styles of shoes that are oh so cute and of course, oh so squeaky!  When making the choice as to what sandal would be best for my daughter, I always consider her wardrobe, functionality, style, and color.  If there is one thing I have learned from my children it is not to be afraid of color. There is nothing they love more than bright and colorful clothing and shoes. The new arrivals at Wee Squeak are fun and playful and sure to catch your little one’s eye.  When your little one is squeaking down the side walk this summer in cute Wee Squeak shoes, your neighbors will be smiling and you may even hear a few meows and ooh ooh aah aahs along the way.  That’s right, I spy a kitty and a monkey among the new collection of Wee Squeak shoes.

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Happily testing out her new Wee Squeak sandals.

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Turquoise is my favorite color so nothing gets me more excited than summer fashion with a turquoise color pallet!  Needless to say, I could not resist the new Wee Squeak Jenny sandals. These adorable sandals are a vibrant turquoise color with a soft leathery feel.  The flower on each shoe simply screams summer is finally here!  My daughter especially loves the the little bling at the center of the flower. Every wardrobe could use a shoe that goes with everything and Wee Squeak has some great neutral choices as well.  In fact, we featured their adorable ruffle sandals last year in an ivory color. These are a favorite of ours.  We bought another pair for this summer as well!  The new kitty shoe may be the most genius neutral shoe design yet.  The color and look of this shoe would look great with any outfit yet your little one will be begging to get those cute kitties in her feet!

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My 2 year old daughter has been wearing Wee Squeak shoes since she began walking at 8 months old and we have a serious addiction to these shoes.  The squeaks are so practical when we are in loud busy places and my daughter’s eyes light up every time she takes a squeaky step.  The ability to silence the squeaks is equally great and makes these shoes perfect for any situation.  My daughter finds Wee Squeak shoes to be very comfortable.  The air pocket in the heel that helps create those adorable squeaks seems to provide her feet with extra cushion.  Every pair of Wee Squeak shoes we have ever owned either had a zipper or Velcro strap allowing us to easily get them on her feet.  The Jenny sandal provides full coverage on the heel so these have been great for the park.  Less area for wood chips to slide inside the shoe!  Plus, how can you not love that color!

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These photos speak volumes as to how comfortable my 25 month old is in her Jenny sandals. One second she appears to be a sweet little angel resting on a tree branch in the shade and the next she is attempting to climb a tree like the big kids.  Thank goodness she squeaks when she steps so I caught her red-handed before climbing any higher!

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Run.   Squeak.   Sleep!

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The adorable Jenny sandal is available in white, turquoise, and hot pink.  You will find this sandal along with all other Wee Squeak shoes for both boys and girls available for purchase online at the Wee Squeak website.  Follow Wee Squeak on Instagram to stay informed of new arrivals and fun giveaways!

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Want to win a $50 gift certificate to Wee Squeak?  Silly question…..of course you do!  Wee Squeak is offering a $50 gift certificate giveaway as well as an exclusive 25% off discount code for The Children’s Nook readers.  Fill out this form to receive your discount and you will also be entered into the giveaway for a $50 Wee Squeak Gift Certificate!  Which shoes would you buy if you won!?

This giveaway is open to  residents in both U.S. and Canada.  Giveaway ends July 1, 2015.  The winner will be selected by the sponsor and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.  The prize will be emailed or shipped to the winner via  the sponsor.

I received a pair of the Jenny sandals for review purposes. All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the product I reviewed.

 

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Tiggly Words Review and App Giveaway!

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Looking for a fun way to keep your kids learning this summer?  Tiggly Words Learning System will have your kids developing and working on phonics, memory, problem solving, word building, and much more!  Best of all they will be engaged in these learning apps while having fun.  My kids love all of our Tiggly toys. It combines two of their favorite things, toys and apps.  Tiggly toys add a new level of fun and interactive play to their tablet time.  The fine motor skill development alone is fabulous yet these apps expand on how kids think as well.  Tiggly Words is the newest addition to the Tiggly family and this new set of vowels is challenging kids to ask questions, learn new skills, and get creative.

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Tiggly Words consist of the five vowels in the English alphabet.  Each vowel is a different color and made of easy to hold silicone.  The bottom of each vowel has soft pads to protect the screen on your device.  Like all Tiggly interactive toys, Tiggly Words comes with a super soft carrying pouch so you can easily take these letters wherever you go.  My 2 year old spends a lot of time simply practicing taking the vowels out of the bag and placing them back inside.  My son on the other hand, loves these new letters so much that they spend more time in his hands than in the pouch!

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Tiggly has created three new amazing word apps. With the new line up of Tiggly Tales, Tiggly Doctor, and Tiggly Submarine apps, .  All three of these apps can be enjoyed with the use of your child’s finger tips just like any other app; however, these apps also work with the new Tiggly interactive vowel toys!

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Tiggly Tales has already been featured as a best new app in the app store and is a top pick in the education section.  This is no surprise to us since this app encourages creativity and learning with and allows kids to build words with their own hands and minds!  Kids get to be the Tiggly Town doctor in the new Tiggly Doctor app.  Check up on their verbs while learning short and long vowels and work on flexible thinking while learning over 100 verbs.

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Tiggly Submarine is the new line up of Tiggly apps and they are focused  is a fun app that works on spelling.  It introduces your child to different vowel sounds through fun interactive play.  Your little one will be a word hero and can rescue trapped animals with the submarine in the Tiggly Submarine app. My daughter loves create vowel fish and to feed the octopus!  My son thinks it is hilarious to visit the turtle’s house and catch him on the toilet.  This seems to be the favorite Tiggly Words app for my 4 and 2 year old so far.  When they are using the iPad, this is the game I will often find them playing.  If one of them hears the other one playing Tiggly Submarine, the other one usually plops down and joins in on the fun.

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All of the new Tiggly words apps have so much to offer that it will take my kids quite a long time to explore each and every one of these apps.  This is great news for any parent.  I have introduced my kids to far too many apps that are extremely limited and my kids lose interest before my credit card bill arrives with the app purchase.  Tiggly apps are the complete package for kids.  The animation is awesome and the colors are fun and engaging.  These apps challenge my kids and keep them coming back for more.  My 4 year old has already learned to spell many new words since he started playing with Tiggly Words.  Plus, you cannot resist enjoying the sounds of all of those learning giggles and squeals of excitement with each new discovery or creation.

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Tiggly Words is recommended for children ages 4-8 years old.  This is the target age yet my 2 year old loves these apps as well.  Therefore, don’t be surprised if younger siblings want to join in on the fun of Tiggly apps.  Tiggly Words toys are available for purchase on the Tiggly website.

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One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win a FREE code for his or her choice of the Tiggly Tales app or the Tiggly Submarine app!

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Giveaway will end at 12:01 a.m. (eastern time) on June 30, 2015.  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.  The prize will be shipped to the winner via  the sponsor.

I was provided Tiggly Words for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the product I reviewed.

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Celebrate Father’s Day with the Gift of Walkers Shortbread

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Looking for a delicious treat to give to an amazing dad this Father’s Day?  Joseph Walker developed the one fine recipe for shortbread back in 1898.  His legacy is being carried on through the work of his kids and this recipe is still being used today, 117 years later!   Amazingly enough this delicious recipe only uses a small list of quality ingredients which includes; butter, flour, salt, and sugar.  Walkers Shortbread is one of my daughter’s favorite treats and I love knowing it is made up of the same ingredients as it was over 100 years ago.  The Pure Butter Mini Shortbread Fingers and Rounds make the perfect size treat for little ones.  She also loves getting to enjoy one of her favorite treats in different shapes!  I always ask my kids what gifts and treats they think daddy would like for Father’s Day and this year my 2 year old was sure daddy would want cookies….the rectangles and round ones.  In other words, Little Miss C thinks daddy would like Walkers Shortbread Fingers and Rounds.  I think she may be hoping he will share with his little girl!

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Despite my daughters love of the rectangles and circles, this pure butter goodness is not limited to those shapes.  Walkers Shortbread is also available in a variety of fun shapes and sizes.  Walkers also offers a variety of different gift boxes, tins, and bags of shortbread goodies.  Walkers Shortbread is not only a delicious ready to eat treat but it can also be used as an ingredient in many recipes.  If you will be celebrating a dad who loves to cook, he will enjoy using Walkers Shortbread to create a yummy appetizer, dessert, or even a main course!

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Walkers Shortbread was created by a family man, so why his creation with a great dad this Father’s Day?  Fill up a gift basket with Walkers Traditional Scottish Shortbread for the special dad in your life or simply serve them at your Father’s Day celebration!

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I received a sample of Walkers Shortbread for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the product I reviewed.

 

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Vespiral Paleo Zucchini Noodle Maker

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I am always looking for ways to sneak more veggies into our family’s diet.  My kids will eat fresh fruit all day long but they are a little pickier about what veggies are allowed to touch their taste buds.  The Vespiral Paleo Zucchini Noodle Maker is the perfect way to introduce my family to new foods and make some of those much loved comfort foods a lot healthier.  My daughter absolutely loves noodles, but the nutritional value is a bit limited.  The Vespiral Vegetable Spiralizer helps decrease our carb intake and add the nutritional value of the veggies to our meals!

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When I made my first batch of zucchini noodles with my Vespiral noodle maker, I was venturing into unknown territory.  I had never tried a device like this before and have never seen anyone else use one either.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that the Vespiral Paleo Zucchini Noodle Maker is easy to use and even easier to clean.  Creating those spiral noodles was super easy and quick.  The Vespiral Paleo Zucchini Noodle Maker has made me a big fan of “zoodles” and has encouraged me to try new healthier recipes.  I found that this noodle maker as does a great job with cucumbers as well.

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The Vespiral Paleo Zucchini Noodle Maker is available for purchase online at Amazon.

I received the Vespiral Paleo Zucchini Noodle Maker for review purposes. All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the product I reviewed.

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