New MAM Perfect Designs and $40 Prize Pack Giveaway


Looking for a pacifier that is cute, functional, and accepted by 94% of babies?  The new MAM Perfect Night Pacifiers may be just what your baby needs!  MAM recently introduced some adorable animal and starry night pacifier designs for their amazing Perfect Pacifier line.  However, most note worthy is the new glow in the dark design.  Who here has crawled around in the dark in search of the elusive pacifier? I can’t even count how many times my hubby and I crawled on the ground, digging through furniture looking for our kids’ pacifiers.  This feature is a life changer for parents of pacifier loving babies!


MAM Perfect Pacifiers are the most flexible and thinnest pacifier on the market today.  In fact, the neck of the MAM Perfect Pacifier is 60% thinner and 4 times more flexible.  The ultra thin neck of the MAM Perfect allow more room for teeth to grow reducing the risk of misalignment.  The nipple of this pacifier with MAM’s Skinsoft silicone surface feels soft and more like mom.  The flexible neck makes soothing easier for baby as well. 

A recent independent study by Dr. Yvonne Wagner, a pediatric dentist at the Jena University Hospital (GER)* examined the effects of the MAM Perfect pacifiers on the development of the teeth and jaws. The study shows that switching from a conventional pacifier to the MAM Perfect minimized the risk of developing an open bite and an increased overbite. The University Clinic of Dentistry in Vienna, Austria carried out another series of independent tests** on the MAM Perfect and has reported similar results. “In my opinion, the MAM Perfect is the tooth-friendliest of all pacifiers tested”, remarked Professor Hans-Peter Bantleon, Head of the Department of University Clinic of Dentistry Vienna (Austria).

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The MAM Perfect and MAM Perfect Night Pacifiers are both sold in single and double packs.  MAM Perfect Pacifiers are available for purchase exclusively in stores and online at Babies R Us.

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One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is also going to win a $40 gift package of assorted MAM items!

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Giveaway will end at 12:01 a.m. (Est. time) on August 23, 2017.  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 this promotion and host a giveaway for my readers.  Facts and prizes provided by MAM Baby.

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Groupon Coupons: Free and Easy Way to Save

grouponenvelopeJuly is almost over and back to school shopping is officially in full swing.  By now you have most likely noticed the school supplies taking over stores.  I like to make back to school shopping fun and exciting for my kids but this process can be quite painful for the bank account.  We tend to buy most of our school supplies at Target so I was thrilled to come across a back to school Target coupon on the Groupon website.  This back to school coupon is just 1 of 64 coupons that Groupon currently has available for Target alone.  Groupon coupons are free and available for nearly any store you can think of for back to school shopping and more!


Target has a great selection of both school supplies and clothing for back to school.  The selection ranges from preschool all the way up to college.  No matter what age your student is, Target conveniently has a great selection for each age group.  Target food sales right now are even focusing on the conveniently packaged foods that kids can toss in their backpacks, pack in their lunches, or keep in their dorm rooms.  Groupon coupons currently has a 10% off school supplies coupon, $5 of a $50 online purchase with free shipping, and much more.  They even have a coupon for creating a College Registry at Target that will allow college students to save even more on school supplies!


If you prefer to shop online, you will love the Groupon coupons for as well as coupons and free shipping codes for many other retailers.  There are currently 158 Groupon coupons for which include back to school sales.


Back to school shopping always results in a large sum of my money going towards shoes.  My kids always need to new shoes to wear daily as well as gym shoes to leave at school.  The Groupon coupons for Famous Footwear are going to be a great saver for us this school year!

Have you tried Groupon yet?  Groupon is free and easy to use.  Groupon Coupons can help you save money on clothing and school supplies but is most definitely not limited to back to school.  Find discounts on restaurants, travel, movies, and much more with Groupon.


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Ice Excavation Experiment


Looking for a fun activity to entertain your kids on a hot summer day?  Toy ice excavation may be the easiest activity you could to do this summer!  Best of all….it is free!

What you will need:

Ice tray or baking dish

Toys that will fit in the dishes you choose to use.




Once you have decided on the dishes or ice trays you will be using, send your kids on a toy hunt.  This alone kept my kids busy for quite some time.  My kids seriously dug through all of their toys before deciding on what toys were the best fit for our ice tray and silicone baking dishes.  My kids enjoy the hunt for the perfect toys almost as much as excavating them later.


Let your kids poor water over all of their toys and they will quickly discover which of the toys they chose will sink and which ones will float.  My kids like to have a variety of toy sizes as well.  Once they are done looking at all of the toys in the water, place the trays in the freezer.  My kids purposely chose some toys that were too big for the tray because they thought it would be cool to see the toys poking partial out of the ice.


Once the water is frozen excavation can be done in many ways.  On a hot sunny day you may choose to watch some of the ice melt away from the toys.  The small ice tray created small enough ice cubes that my kids could simply throw them on the ground and they would break apart.  They had fun doing that for a few toys but I think watching them melt in water may haven been everyone’s favorite.  Toy tools and kid safe kitchen utensils such as tongs are great for chipping away at the ice as well.  The tools will most likely be a must if you use a larger pan to freeze all of the toys into one large ice block.


My kids ages ranging from 4 to 9 all love this activity so much that they immediately request to freeze more toys after the excavation is complete each and every time we do this activity.  It never gets boring for them because they are constantly thinking of ways to freeze different toys.  Ice excavation has been a great way to get my kids to be creative and have fun together.


The beads were especially fun to excavate!  What else would be fun to freeze?


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Smart Planet Pure Glass Bento Meal Container Review & Giveaway


SmartPlanet has been offering innovative ways for us to take and store our food for years.  This year they introduce the new Pure Glass Bento Meal Container.  The Pure Glass Bento Meal Container by Smart Planet is made of thermo temp glass.  Allowing you to take this food container directly from the fridge and right into the oven.   This container also boasts a food divider so you can conveniently keep two portions in the same container without them mixing together.  This feature is a huge selling point when preparing meals for my kids since no unrelated food items are allowed to touch or meal time is ruined.

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This glass container is very sturdy.  My kids love picnics and the new Pure Glass Bento Meal Container works great.  It is easy to travel with and the divider makes it perfect for serving up dishes for everyone to graze from during our picnics.


The Pure Glass Bento Meal Container has a lid that seals at four points.  Press down and close to get an air tight seal and keep your food fresh.

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The Pure Glass Bento Meal Container is available for purchase online at Smart Planet Home.

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One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win a Pure Glass Bento Meal Container by Smart Planet.

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I received a Smart Planet Home Pure Glass Bento Meal Container for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.

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Patriotic Party: Red, White, and Blue!

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Planning a patriotic themed gathering this summer?  Fill your party with fun, food, laughter, and a whole lot of red, white, and blue with a few of these Oriental Trading goodies!  Keep your guests both young and old busy with outdoor games and activities.   Patriotic decor and food will also have your guests celebrating along with you this July.  Glow in the dark accessories will at to your festivities as the sun goes down.

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Add a little fun and excitement to your barbeque with potato sack races!  These races are sure to have your guests falling down laughing.


I was really impressed with the quality and durability of the Pony Express potato sacks from Oriental Trading.  Our yard is pretty wet yet after a week of nonstop rain.  After the race the outside of the sacks were covered in mud but I simply hosed them down and hung them to dry in the sun and they are good to go for another race.  No tears or any damage of any kind happened to these sacks after multiple races.  Oriental Trading has a wide variety of potato sack styles.  The Pony Express are really fun and the red and white design works great for a patriotic themed party!


Paper Appetizer Plates are a great way to get a festive look and make clean up a breeze when the party ends. Red, white, and blue edible crayons and Rice Krispies Stars are fun treats for guests both young and old.  My kids absolutely love eating food off a stick so it is a must for me to make some type of treat kabob for any summer picnic, BBQ, or any other they can come up with!  Truthfully, I kind of get their love of kabob treats.  They look so fun!  This is also an easy way to get them to eat a lot of fruit.  My oldest simply loves the combo of cheese and strawberries on a stick.  The great thing about treat kabobs is that if you have unexpected guests you can simply use anything you have on hand.  I wanted to create a treat kabob using only red and white foods so I used strawberry, marshmallow, licorice to create this afternoon snack since they were all conveniently in my house already.  The blue patriotic fruit kabob sticks are part of set of 25 that also include red and white star sticks.  These sticks are really durable. In fact, I ordered this set from Oriental Trading a couple years ago and they are still a party favorite.

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The Captain’s hat from Oriental Trading may be one of the best purchases you will ever make.  This hat fits an adult but my kids can easily wear it as well.  Not only does the hat create fun photo opportunities but it is an accessory that both adults and kids will all want to give a try.  Since we only have one captain’s hat, we deemed the winner of each game we played was rewarded the right to wear the Captain’s hat.  Since no BBQ is complete without some fun yard games.  This reward was a big hit.


The Washer Toss Game from Oriental Trading is a great party game.  This game can be played with two or four players and is scored similar to the game of horseshoes.  This game is great for both adults and kids.  Simply move the boxes closer together for younger children and let the washer tossing begin!  The washers are made of a weighted plastic so you don’t have to worry about kids tossing them.  On a rainy day this game is even great indoors.


The washer toss game is not very big or heavy so it is easy to travel with as well.  Bring it to the park or your next party.  The red, white, and, blue coloring of this game also adds to the festive feel when hosting a patriotic party!


When a little down time is needed for the kids, I often pull out sticker scene sets.  Oriental Trading has these sets in a wide variety of themes and the Peanuts Patriotic Sticker Scenes set is perfect for the 4th of July!  This sticker scenes set are a fun way to encourage kids to sit down and get creative and they are always so proud of their creations!  The Peanuts Patriotic set comes with 12 flag pages for the background as well as 12 sticker sheets.  Each sticker page has a large selection of patriotic stickers featuring many Peanuts characters.


Sticker scenes are a fun party activity for kids that really provides little to no mess.  This makes them one of my go to party activities.  The younger kids simply love the act of peeling stickers off one sheet and sticking them to another.  The older kids really get into decorating their flags.  At the end of the day you will have a dozen patriotic flags proudly being displayed by your little party guests.  The sticker scenes sets are especially great in case of rain!

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Add to your festivities with patriotic gliders.  Oriental Trading offers a few different styles of patriotic themed gliders.  The Jumbo Patriotic Gliders have the head of an eagle and patriotic wings.  These freedom flyers are made of foam and are fun for kids and adults.


Glow in the Dark accessories are a must for any patriotic party that continues after sunset.  Oriental Trading has an amazing selection of glow products.  We order glow products every year for the 4th of July.  The patriotic tri-color premium glow sticks have been my go to choice for years.  We love the look and quality of those glow sticks but this year my little Star Wars fans begged to try the patriotic light-up flashing batons.  These plastic batons come in a set of 6 and provide a lot of entertainment for kids.  These batons have 3 different light up features and can be turned off as well so we have been able to use them more than once.  The light-up flashing batons are also a great way to keep track of your littles in the dark!



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Shop the Patriotic Sale at Oriental Trading to score great deals on your decor and party supplies!

I received the patriotic items featured here for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.

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LabelDaddy Shoe Labels


Want an easy way to track your kids belongings?  Use customizable labels!  Label Daddy has customizable clothing labels that you simply peel and stick.  They even have special labels just for shoes!  Label Daddy shoe labels are easy to apply and have proven to last an entire school year for my kids.  Label Daddy labels are perfect for summer camps as well.  While your little ones are experiencing new adventures they can easily forget to keep track of their belongings.  These labels help avoid confusion when friends may have the same items and make it easier to find belongings they misplace.


Every order of Label Daddy labels will come with Helpful Hints that will help you to use and care for your labels correctly.  The stickers easily peel off the package backing and are not too flimsy so they don’t collapse over your hand when applying to the shoes.  Overall these are quick and easy to use.

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Label Daddy labels work great and are available in a variety of fun designs that appeal to kids.  Label Daddy recently introduced a new set of emoji icon designs to add to their great selection.  My son is a Golden State Warriors fan so he was thrilled when we came across the NBA labels at Label Daddy.  He is quite proud to have has name linked with his favorite team.

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Save 25% on your entire Label Daddy order!  This is the best discount available anywhere. Use code USFAMILY25 at checkout.

I received Label Daddy shoe labels in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are mine alone.

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MAM Baby #DaddysDay Giveaway….Plus a Blog Giveaway!

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This Father’s Day, MAM will be selecting one lucky person to win a $500 prepaid card or tickets to a Major League Baseball game of your choice! Share a story that shows what makes the dad in your family a great father with the #DaddysDay hashtag and MAM will select their favorite story to win! Enter for a chance to win this MAM giveaway here:


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One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is also going to win a $30 gift package of assorted MAM items including their I Love Daddy pacifiers!

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Giveaway will end at 12:01 a.m. (Est. time) on July 1, 2017.  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 this promotion and host a giveaway for my readers.  Facts and prizes provided by MAM Baby.

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Nested Bean Review & Giveaway

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Have you ever tried to sneak away from a sleeping baby only to have that sweet baby wake up immediately after your arm slips away from his or her little body?  I can’t even begin to count how many times I wished my arm could stay with my baby while I just checkout for a few hours of sleep.  The Nested Bean may just have a solution for all of us tired parents and care givers.  The Zen Swaddle is designed to give baby the soothing feeling of  your gentle touch all night long!  The cute chick on each swaddle contains a lightly weighted non-toxic filling to simulate the gentle pressure of your palm on their chest.  This design encourages baby to self soothe and sleep easily.



You can swaddle with baby’s arms in our out. My babies always preferred to swaddle with arms out so I love having this option with the Zen Swaddle.  Before baby begins to roll over it is recommended to place baby on his or her back to sleep.  Therefore from ages 0-6 months the Zen Swaddle should be used with baby sleeping on his or her back and the chick gently resting on baby’s chest.  From 6-12 months if baby prefers to sleep on his or her tummy, the Zen Swaddle can be worn backwards with the chick resting on baby’s back.  This 2 in 1 design allows this swaddle to last twice as long as the swaddles I had for my babies in the past!


During the first few weeks of baby’s life, those tiny legs and feet stay snug inside the small pouch.  Once baby grows, the baby’s legs will rest over the pouch.


Next the weighted pouch is placed over baby’s chest. Then you can cross the left wing followed by the right. You can choose to wrap the wings over or under the shoulder depending on how baby likes to be swaddled.


The Nested Bean Zen Swaddle Classic not only has a smart design but is also made of soft cotton with adorable pattern choices.  They are available in solid colors, as well as pattern choices like the cute Puffin Party featured here.  The Zen Swaddle is also available in a Premier design that is made of 70% bamboo and 30% cotton.


The Zen Swaddle is easy to use with Velcro closure and a helpful how to video on the Nested Bean website.  My daughter loves to bundle up her baby doll for nap time!  Letting a future big brother or sister help bundle up a doll is a great way to get little one’s excited for a new baby as well.

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Turn sleepless nights into sweet dreams with the Zen Swaddle Classic.  The Zen Swaddle is available for purchase online at the Nested Bean website.  Free shipping on all U.S. orders!

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One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win his or her choice of a Nested Bean Zen Swaddle or Zen Sack!

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I received a Zen Swaddle for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.

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Moana Birthday Party


Since Moana hit theaters in 2016 the ocean has been calling for Moana birthday parties all over the country.  Finding party supplies can be challenging when your child chooses a party theme based off of such a new movie.  Thankfully many luau party supplies work great for a Moana themed party!  Oriental Trading has an amazing party supply selection dedicated just for a luau party theme so you will find everything from party supplies, favors, and décor in a variety of luau themed designs.  Oriental Trading also has several Moana themed party supplies.  With all of these choices, Oriental Trading was a convenient choice for shopping for my daughter’s Moana birthday party.

FVWF0915The Leaf Headwreath  and wristlet set works great for party décor, photo booths, and dress up fun for guests.  This set gives your guests the look of an islander who is ready to set sail with Moana!  When my daughter wears this set she loves to clip on a few of flower clips we got from Oriental Trading as well.  The flower hair clips is another great set you will find under the Luau party tab at Oriental Trading.  These flower clips obviously are great hair accessories but the clips allow you to easily add them to décor at your party as well.  We clipped several of these flowers to the top of our back drop.  I used two Natural Raffia Door Curtains from Oriental Trading to cover up our fire place.  It often ruins pictures with reflections so these curtains were the perfect way to cover it up while providing a fun back drop for photographs!  The curtains are pretty thin so I used two to provide a thicker backdrop.

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If you have a little Moana fan in the house, you are most likely familiar with the phrase, Shark Head!  This Shark Photo Prop allows all of your Moana fans a chance to get a Shark Head just like Maui.  This photo prop was so much fun for all ages.  It is made of thick cardboard so its sturdy enough yet lightweight so even our little guests had no problem holding it up.


A great way to keep to a budget when planning a party is to mix basic party supplies such as tablecloths and forks with more expensive party specific items.  Oriental Trading has a wide variety of affordable party supplies in vibrant colors perfect for a Moana Party.   The Palm Leaf Table Décor with Flower is so pretty and a simple orange, light blue, or hot pink tablecloth accent the centerpiece perfectly.


The Hula Girl Stress Toys from Oriental Trading are super cute.  These cute little Hula Girls are fun decorations that your young guests can handle with no worries of anything getting broken.  They are soft and can be squeezed like a typical stress ball.  No party guest young or old can resist squeezing them!  The Hula Girl Stress Toys come in a pack of 12 and make fabulous party favors.


The Luau garland adds a festive flair to the party and create cheap and easy wall art by covering your exiting wall art with a plastic tablecloth and cover it with pictures of the birthday girl!


The pretty purple jewelry on my daughter is actually from Oriental Trading as well. We ordered a pack of beaded lei anklets last year for a luau and they work great as bracelets as well.  The beading and flowers are really pretty and they come in a pack of 12 in a variety of colors.

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Oriental Trading Luau and Moana party supplies are available for purchase online.  Plan your Moana party today…..the ocean is calling!

I received several party supplies featured in this post from Oriental Trading for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.

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MAX 2: White House Hero Blu-ray Review & Giveaway!

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment recently introduced the new original family film, Max 2: White House Hero.  Duty calls again, and our hero, Max, returns to action in this new film.  His new assignment brings him to Washington, D.C. to serve on the U.S. president’s Secret Service detail. When a foreign leader arrives with his precocious daughter Alex (Francesca Capaldi), tensions arise between both countries. First Son TJ (Zane Austin), along with Max and Alex, uncover a dangerous plot that puts both kids and both nations in jeopardy. A highly-sensitive mission will push Max’s specialized skills, intelligence and loyalty to the test.

To celebrate the release of Max 2: White House Hero, this fun game was created where you can help Max save TJ and Alex! Click on the game screen via the app to jump over obstacles and make your best time.  The game is fun and fairly easy but I have a feeling you will all easily beat my time!

My kids and I watched this action packed film last night and it had my kids squealing in delight.  Max amazed us over and over again with his rescue skills.  Hint: Be sure to keep watching after the film is over because several of our past presidents are pictured with their own real life pups!  My kids loved seeing those pictures.  Max 2: White House Hero is a great family film.  My 9 year old son loved the movie and Max even managed to keep my 4 year old engaged throughout this 83 minute film.

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MAX 2: White House Hero is now available for purchase on DVD and Blu-ray!  This new original film is also available on digital HD.  Visit the Max 2 movie website to learn more about the film and see video clips from the movie!

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One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win a copy of Max 2: White House Hero on Blu-ray!

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Giveaway will end at 12:01 a.m. (eastern time) on June 7, 2017.  This giveaway is open to U.S residents only.  The winner will be selected by and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

Warner Bros. will be providing the winner of the giveaway Blu-ray.  The prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS. No P.O. Boxes please.

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