Back to School with Oré Originals

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Oré Originals has everything your little one needs to be prepared for lunch this school year.  With fun new designs, the SugarBooger Zippee! Lunch Tote and Flip & Sip cup add a little fun and a whole lot of functionality to meal time.

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We have the Ocean Zippee! Lunch Tote as well as the Ocean Clear Flip & Sip Cup. They are both great quality items.  The Zippee! Lunch Tote easily holds our larger food containers.  This lunch tote has an inside mesh pocket to hold an ice pack or other food items.  You will also find an ID tag on the inside for convenient labeling.  The Zippee! also has an outside pocket that will conveniently hold a snack item or a special note to your little one.  The inside of the lunch tote has an insulated interior that can be easily wiped down if food spills inside.

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The Ocean Clear Flip & Sip is made of high quality Tritan making it impervious to odors and stains as well as shatter and scratch-resistant.  This cup is also clear so your curious little one can see what drink is in the container.  The images on the cup are super cute and my little one gets compliments on his cup wherever we go with it.  The cup has a nice slender design that fits nicely in my diaper bag and other cup holders.  The Flip & Sip also comes with a removable carabiner that allows you to quickly clip the cup to a bag or stroller.  Sugarbooger thought of everything when designing the Flip & Sip.  The bottom of the cup is shaped perfectly so the straw can reach the bottom allowing for my son to actually drink all of his beverage.  I have actually noticed that my son has been drinking more fluids since we got the Flip & Sip.  The drinking spout is easy to use and he simply loves to drink from his Ocean cup!  Sugarbooger even included an extra straw with each Flip & Sip.  I love this!  Now if a straw is lost or damaged, the cup is not useless.  Each and every one of these brilliant design features help make that mad rush out the door so much easier.

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The Zippee! Lunch Tote and Flip & Sip are both available for purchase online at Oré Originals.

Oré Originals provided me with a Zippee! Lunch Tote and Flip & Sip cup for review purposes only.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the product I reviewed.

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Silikids: Silicone Accessories for Kids Review & Giveaway

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Silikids, Inc. is the first mom-founded brand which focuses on creating children’s products that are toxin-free, hypoallergenic, and made entirely out of silicone.  Therefore, I was thrilled to learn that Silikids recently introduced an all new product line of silicone accessories made just for kids.  This innovative line of feeding products includes the Siliskin Sippy 8oz., a Siliskin Top, Silibib, Siliskin glasses, Siliskin Bowl, Silispoons, Silibags (snack bags), and Silimap!

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We had the opportunity to try the new Siliskin Sippy this summer and I am in love with this product!  The Siliskin Sippy comes with an 8oz Siliskin glass as well as a Silitop.  My baby girl is now 16 months old and she has been using this sippy for several months now.  The Silitop has a small slit on the center of the drinking spout that opens with just the slightest pressure.  This cup seems to provide the perfect flow of liquids for my little girl.  She loves to drink out of this cup and does so with ease.

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We have actually been using Silikids Siliskin 6oz glasses for years.  These silicone skins are amazingly durable.  Our oldest siliskin is as looks as bright and new as our newest siliskin.  It has not faded or stretched out in any way.  My son loves the fun design and bright fun colors of the siliskins.  As a mama concerned about what chemicals may be found even in BPA Free plastic cups, I personally love that these Siliskins allow my little man to drink from an actual glass cup!  Not to mention, I find the design and colors of the Siliskins to be pretty fun as well!  The 60z Siliskin glass allows my son to drink from a “big kid” glass while providing a much safer experience than a bare glass.

Connect with Silikids on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter to stay informed of new products and promotions.

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The Silikids collection is available at specialty juvenile products stores nationwide including Giggle and online at 2modern.com, diapers.com, amazon.com and at www.silikids.com.

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One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win a two pack of the 6oz Silikids Cups!

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Giveaway will end at 12:01 a.m. (Est. time) on September 11, 2014.  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 the Silikids 6oz glass and Siliskin Sippy for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the products I reviewed.

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The Good Ms. Padgett: If We Must We Must CD Review & Giveaway

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The Good Ms. Padgett has been mesmerizing my children with her songs for years now.  You may recall we featured The Good Ms. Padgett Sings The Little Red Hen CD a couple years ago and I am happy to let you know that The Good Ms. Padgett has released yet another fun album my kids love to sing along to in the car.  Her latest album, If We Must We Must, is a collection of playful and sweet songs that are easy to sing along with and full of fun lyrics.   In fact, the first time I played this CD for my kids, my son was already singing along to, Trees Don’t Need Sippy Cups, before the song was even over!  As you may have guessed by the title of the sippy cups song I just mentioned, the song titles are just as fun as the lyrics!  This is a great album that my family enjoys from beginning to end.  In fact, singing along to the last song on the album, Bedtime Castle, is the perfect way to get ready for bedtime with little ones!

The If We Must We Must album has become a part of our car ride routine almost as much as seat belts!  Between The Good Ms. Padgett’s beautiful singing voice and her soft words spoken during some of the songs, she always keeps my children’s attention.  Each song has either a beautiful melody or a fun beat that I enjoy and I often find myself dancing in my seat and singing along with my kids as well!

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The If We Must We Must album is available for purchase on CD as well as streaming at The Good Ms. Padgett website.

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One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win a copy of The Good Ms. Padgett If We Must We Must CD!

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Giveaway will end at 12:01 a.m. (Est. time) on September 17, 2014.  This giveaway is open to residents in both the U.S and Canada.  The winner will be selected by random.org and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

I received The Good Ms. Padgett If We Must We Must CD for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.

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GinnyBakes: Delicious Gluten-Free Organic Treats

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Ginny must really bake because the variety of different flavors and products available from GinnyBakes is impressive!  GinnyBakes offers lovely organic, gluten-free bake mixes and baked treats to help you satisfy that sweet tooth.  I have had the opportunity to indulge in GinnyBakes cookies, muffins, brownies, and bars and I must say this has been one tasty review!

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The first box to be ripped open was the Chocolate Chip Love Cookies.  My kids love chocolate and I must admit that their mama does too so I was secretly excited when my kids chose to try these cookies first.  These cookies did not disappoint.  They are loaded with delicious dark chocolate chips and everyone liked them.  This says a lot because my kids may seriously be the pickiest eaters on the planet!  We moved onto the coconut and butter crisp varieties.  However, to my surprise, the hubby and I were soon fighting over the Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bliss Cookies.  We simply love them and may be guilty of not sharing any of them with the kids.  Oops.

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Don’t feel too bad for my kiddos, I recently made the Ginny Bakes Lovely Brownie Bliss Bake Mix with organic coconut oil and my kids found their own bliss with these brownies.  They hounded me for a Ginny Bakes brownie treat several times per day and even after they were gone they were still asking for more.  In fact, weeks later my boys are still asking for more of these brownies!

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GinnyBakes treats are free of Ginny Fruit bars and Ginny Minis are fun and convenient treats you can quickly toss in a backpack or lunch bag.  However, these treats are so yummy that many of them do not make it out of my kitchen before being gobbled up.  My hubby and I have a serious addiction to the chocolate chip oatmeal bliss minis.  Each tiny cookie is loaded with flavor and organic goodness I enjoy with every bite.

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Each Ginny Fruit Bar is packed with love and yummy ingredients.  With names like Happy Chocolate Bliss and Peace, Love, & Apple, snack time has turned into a moment of bliss.  There are no regrets when I am consuming an organic Karma, Love, and Apricot bar!

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Every product from GinnyBakes is gluten-free, organic, non- GMO, and kosher.  Ginny Bakes products are available for purchase online at the GinnyBakes website.  Also, be sure to enter your zip code in the store locator to find a store near you that carries GinnyBakes products.  Whole Foods is one of the closest locations to my home town.

I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms MeetSM program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer.  As a Moms Meet blogger, I agreed 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 the product.
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Orkin Fact or Fake Blog App and Prize Pack Giveaway!

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“Daddy longlegs are poisonous.”

“Mosquitoes prefer adults over children.”

“Ants can survive underwater.”

You’ve heard the myths about bugs before. Do you know what’s fact and what’s fake?

Take Orkin’s Scientific Fact or Scientific Fake™ Quiz to test your knowledge, and be sure to watch every clip for the scoop on these infamous bug myths.

Orkin uses the latest technology and unparalleled training to develop a treatment that’s right for your home and your needs. To learn more about pest control that’s based in science or to schedule an inspection, visit orkin.com or call (844) 503-8251.

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One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win an Orkin Back-to-School Prize Pack including:

- Clip-on Fisheye Lens (iPhone, Galaxy, Android compatible)
- Orkin On-the-Go Drink Tumbler
- Orkin Drawstring Bag
- Orkin “Field Notes” Notebook w/ Pen

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Giveaway will end at 12:01 a.m. (Est. time) on September 1, 2014.  This giveaway is open to residents in the U.S only.  Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.  The prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS.  No P.O. Boxes! The winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

This post is sponsored by Orkin.  I will receive a back to school prize pack for this post.  Orkin provided product information as well as the prize for the giveaway.  All opinions are mine alone.

 

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Nurture Your Baby with Well Beginnings from Walgreens

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Well Beginnings is a Walgreens exclusive baby care brand.  The entire product line consists of a variety of quality baby products that are conveniently available at all Walgreens stores.  Since diapers are one of the bigger expenses we have had to endure for the past 6 and a half years, I was excited to try the Well Beginnings more budget friendly diapers.  Well Beginnings diapers are available in sizes ranging from newborn all the way up to size 6 and are 100% satisfaction guaranteed.  The Newborn, size 1, and size 2 diapers have a wetness indicator feature and turn blue when wet.  This feature makes it so much easier to determine if your infant actually wet his or her diaper!  Since my baby girl is no longer in those tiny diaper sizes, her Well Beginnings diapers do not have this indicator.  However, my active 15 month old has put these diapers to the test and they performed great.  We have had no leaks while wearing these diapers.  The tabs are easy to use and allow me to secure the diaper to my wiggly daughter quite nicely.  Plus, the design is pretty cute!

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My daughter moves comfortably in these diapers and they stay snug against her body while she wiggles and climbs.  In fact, my baby girl immediately put on her princess shoes after I had put on her first Well Beginnings diaper.   Apparently, Well Beginnings diapers are fit for a princess!

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Well Beginnings Sensitive Wipes are made with a 3 layer fabric called Tri-form.  This unique design makes for strong wipes that won’t easily tear.  Well Beginnings Sensitive Wipes are hypoallergenic, alcohol free, and dermatologist approved.  These wipes have performed great during my baby girl’s diaper changes.  They are strong and thick enough to clean my baby’s bottom well and sensitive on her skin.  Her bottom is clean and dry after each diaper change when using Well Beginnings Sensitive Wipes.

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Well Beginnings Baby Wash is made of a tear free formula and may be used to wash baby from head to toe.  This baby wash is super convenient since you can use it to wash baby’s body and hair.  My daughter has pretty sensitive skin and Well Beginnings Baby Wash is gentle enough to be used on her hair and body.  This baby wash leaves her hair and skin soft, fresh and clean.  Well Beginnings Baby Wash is paraben and phthalate free.  It is also 100% soap free, dye free, and pH-balanced so it won’t dry out baby’s skin.  Well Beginnings Baby Wash is actually milder than baby soap!

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Walgreens offers a variety of other well products for families including a Pediatric Oral Electrolyte solution.  I love that the fruit flavor solution is dye free.  So many other Electrolyte drinks available are loaded with dye.  If I have a little one with an upset stomach, I would not want them drinking or throwing up a drink full of red dye!

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Well Beginnings products are made in the USA and are sold exclusively at Walgreens.  Retail price for a 31 count pack of Well Beginnings size 4 diapers is $8.99.  However, I often find these diapers on sale for an even better price!  Keep informed of promotions and new products by following Walgreens on Twitter and Facebook.

I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms MeetSM program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer.  As a Moms Meet blogger, I agreed 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 the product.
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Chiquita Bites Review & Thirty-One Thermal Tote Giveaway!

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Chiquita Bites make healthy snacking as convenient as it gets.  The fruit and veggies are clean and ready to eat and range from 30-80 calories per serving.  Plus, Chiquita Bites are available in a variety of sizes to suit your needs.  The multipacks and family packs are perfect for recipes and parties.  The individual size serving bags are perfect for salads, picnics, and school lunches.  Best of all, the apples are already cut in easy to bite slices.  If you have a little one who still struggles with the tough apple peel, no worries!  Chiquita Apple Bites also come in a peeled variety.  If you have a child entering Kindergarten or 1st grade, you may want to stock up on the peeled apples.  My son lost 8 teeth last year when he was in Kindergarten!  The poor kid had such a hard time eating crunchy foods and the employees serving school lunch were not allowed to cut the apples served at school.  I had a major pinterest fail by trying to dice up his apple and wrapping it with a rubberband in hopes it would prevent the apple from turning brown.  The apple ended up in the garbage because it did not stay fresh.  Thanks to Chiquita Apple Bites my near toothless 6 year old can actually enjoy one of his favorite fruits at lunch.

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When I get a craving for a sweet treat, I love to dip my apples into caramel dip.  Needless to say, I was thrilled to find that Chiquita even offers Apple Bites with caramel dip!  Something about being to dip your food makes it more fun and extra special.  I simply love how convenient Chiquita makes this little treat!

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During the summer months we are super busy with sports and other outdoor activities so convenience often wins out when it comes to snacking on the go.  No matter what your family’s interests, I am sure you can all relate!  I have learned to pack a small insulated cooler with healthy snacks such as Chiquita Bites and string cheese to prevent us from filling up on less healthy options.  When we are on the go, I love to pack the Chiquita Bites Juicy Red Apple and Grapes so my kids have a little variety in their snack.  When we are actually at home, my kids cannot get enough fruit and one of their favorite snacks is an apple car.  My kids are always impressed with my craftsmanship when creating this fun snack but truthfully it is super easy to prepare.  In fact, if you have Chiquita Apple Bites on hand, this snack takes a matter of seconds to throw together!  Simply cut a small slit in each grape and fit the apple slice inside two of the grapes.  If your kids are like my boys they may want to play with their fruit cars.  When they want to “drive” the cars on their snack plates, I cut both the grapes and tooth picks in half.  Two halves of a tooth pick will serve as two axels for the apple car.  Each half grape serves as a wheel and the cars can handle a little more pretend play before being eaten.  I would only recommend giving the toothpick version of the apple to kids that can handle pulling tooth picks out of their food before eating.  Both options are fun and very easy when using Chiquita Bites!

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Be sure to like Chiquita Snacking on Facebook and enter the Chiquita Moms Rule Back to School Contest for a chance to win a $1000 shopping spree and a years worth of Chaquita Bites!

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Want some Chiquita Bites?  Of course, you do!  Check out the Chiquita Snack locator to find a store near you that carries them!

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One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win a Thirty-One Thermal Tote!

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Giveaway will end at 12:01 a.m. (Est. time) on August 17, 2014.  This giveaway is open to U.S. residents 18 years and older.  The winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.  The prize will be shipped directly to the winner via the sponsor.

I was provided product information as well as Chiquita Bites for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the products I reviewed.  My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the manufacturer of the product.

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IMAGINE GreenWear Sets a New Standard for Eco-friendly Clothing

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IMAGINE GreenWear makes the greenest garments in the industry.  They also have some of the coolest organic clothing designs I have ever seen!  IMAGINE GreenWear uses a new technology that sets a new standard for eco-friendly clothing for all ages.  This revolutionized screen printing which uses a similar process used to print fine silk is now being used to create organic clothing for babies, kids, and adults. Here are few reasons why GreenWear clothing is so unique:

  • We are totally made in the USA;  knitting the material, cut and sewing of garments, and all decoration including printing and dyeing.
  • We are a green manufacturer.  Here’s a press release about our sustainable manufacturing set up:  http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/6/prweb10787335.htm.
  • Our garments combine 100% organic cotton and eco-processing to make  “the greenest garment in the industry”
  • Unlike other screen printed apparel, organic or otherwise, we do NOT use screen inks, either plastic or water based.
  • Screen inks have a rubbery or scratchy hand feel and have PVC’s, resins, pigments, binders, solvents, and high impact emissions
  • GreenWear dye prints are SUPER SOFT, and safe for baby’s or sensitive skin. They feel just like the combed cotton they are printed on.
  • GreenWear dye prints will not fade or crack after washes like all universally used printing inks.
  • GreenWear dye prints are totally eco-friendly unlike screen inks. GreenWear dye base is edible!
  • GreenWear garments are pre shrunk.
  • We decorate our garments with graphics on the front AND back of the garments- everybody’s seen from the back too!
  • Best of all, GreenWear has had a great response to its styles, designs and colors. The GreenWear mission is to promote “green” apparel by making hip fashion that looks and feels great!  

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My three-year old son has the IMAGINE GreenWear Zoom long sleeve tee.  This is one of those shirts that everyone comments on when they see it.  The combination of the vintage plane and pops of color make this shirt classic and edgy all at once.  Then when you catch a glance at the back side of the tee, you can’t help but notice the colorful parachute and pilot.  I have found IMAGINE GreenWear clothing to run true to size.  My son is mostly a size 3 and just inching his way into a size 4.  I ordered his zoom tee in a size 4/5 and it runs just a little big.  That is exactly what I would expect and it should fit him perfectly this fall when the weather cools down.

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My little man A, has the pirate shirt by IMAGINE GreenWear.  I love everything about this shirt.  It is made with 100% organic cotton and printed with seaweed based dyes. This makes it safe for the most sensitive skin!  The color scheme is fun and colorful which makes the black silhouette of the pirate image even more interesting.  The treasure map on the back of the shirt is simply awesome.  My son loves the shirt and it inspires creative play every time he wears it.  I must say it is hard to resist joining in on his adventures when he has his very own treasure map!

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My baby girl finds the IMAGINE GreenWear carousel romper to be super comfortable.  She tends to have more sensitive skin so the seaweed based dyes and lead free snaps make for a perfect baby romper.  The design on this romper is also very colorful and fun and of course continues onto the back side as well.  The IMAGINE GreenWear dresses for little girls are just as colorful and fun as the baby girl rompers.  The long sleeve dresses would go perfectly with leggings or tights and would make for some adorable outfits for fall.  It is hard to believe it is time for back to school shopping already!

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Get 15% off your IMAGINE GreenWear purchase with the coupon code: PRE15

I received the carousel romper, zoom, and pirate tees for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the products I reviewed.

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Nuby Fun Feeding Section Plates Review & Giveaway

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Nuby Fun Feeding Section Plates can be used for both warm and cold foods.  The plate has three sections making it easy to keep your little one’s different foods from touching.  Nuby Fun Feeding Section Plates are available in a variety of bright colors and designs.  We actually have Nuby Fun Feeding cups, bowls, and plates and they are the most durable dishes we own.  They get used for meals and snacks and clean up well.  In fact, this Nuby Fun Feeding Section Plate still looks new after months of use. 

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The Nuby Fun Feeding Section Plate is BPA Free.  The embossed design is super cute and has not scratched off or been altered in any way over time.  I prefer this embossed design much more than the melamine dinnerware design of some of my kids’ other plates.  The images scratch off over time and those plates are less durable than the Fun Feeding Section Plate.

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The Nuby Fun Feeding Section Plates can be purchased online at Diapers.com and BuyBabyDirect.

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One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win a Nuby Fun Feeding Section Plate!

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Giveaway will end at 12:01 a.m. (eastern time) on August 19, 2014.  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 am proud to be a Nûby Mommy Blogger!  I received a Nûby Storage Bowls and Feeding Spoon set for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.

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Nuby Charms Teether Ring

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Looking for a teether for you baby but not sure what style will appeal to your little one?  The Nuby Charms Teether Ring offers baby a variety of shapes, textures, and colors to explore.  This teether is loaded with charms that offer a variety of different angles to help baby sooth those sore gums!  My baby girl seems to favor the charm in the middle and the colorful striped fabric pieces on the other end of the handle.  I love the different choices this single teether offers my baby.  After all, why should your baby have only one toy to soothe those sore gums when the Nuby Charms Teether Ring offers so many options?!

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The Nuby Charms Teether Ring has an easy to hold handle and it also serves as another uniquely shaped surface for baby to chew on as well!  This charming teether is perfect for babies 3 months of age and up and is BPA Free.

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The Nuby Charms Teething Ring can be purchased online at Amazon.

I am proud to be a Nûby Mommy Blogger!  I received a Nûby Charms Teether Ring for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.

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