Friday, September 19, 2014

Little Passports Fall Sale: 15% Off All Subscriptions

**The links in this post are affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link.

Great news! Little Passports, the exciting global learning adventure for kids, is now on sale! For just a few days you can receive any of the Little Passports subscriptions for 15% offLittle Passports brings traveling adventures across the US and the globe right to your door with a monthly subscription that will have your kids running to the mailbox. Monthly packages feature two new states or two new countries, and include an activity-packed travel journal, stickers, postcards, pop-out models and more. Perfect for ages 7-12. 

Simply use the promo code: FALL14 at checkout. Get a jump on your holiday shopping, but don't wait… this sale ends September 26th.


Fine print: *This promotion is valid on new subscriptions only and cannot be combined with any other offers. Promotion applies only to the first month on a monthly billed plan. This promotion is not valid on Back-To-School items. This promotion excludes shipping and taxes. Offer valid from September 22nd at 8:00 AM EST through September 26th, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Baby Proofing with the COVERPLUG (+GIVEAWAY)


Keeping a child safe is always a parents top priority.  So when you are expecting, baby proofing is a must.  Now, it may seem odd to baby proof your home when your baby can't even roll over yet, but you may be surprised at how soon they will be getting around.  It's never too soon to start. I must admit baby proofing can often times be a daunting task.  And with our second baby on the way, we need to start thing about it AGAIN…


Although we proof everything under the sun the main worry we have in our home are exposed electrical outlets.  When Little Miss M was smaller, we used those cheap little plastic pieces that you press into the outlet (as shown in the photo below).  Little did we know/realize at the time but those can be easily removed by a child and then potentially become a choking hazard.   Thank goodness she was never interested in playing with outlets or the plastic pieces meant to cover them up.  After trying a many other products, I discovered that I’m not a huge fan of the ones that take 6 different types of screwdrivers and 2 sore fingers to remove.  So I am happy to have found the COVERPLUG


To install the COVERPLUG you remove your face-plate and stick the 2 prongs into the ground openings of the outlet, and viola, outlet covered!  Although a few have stated that the COVERPLUG fits perfectly over the entire face-plate that does not apply at our house.  While I was a tad hesitant removing the face-plate, the cover plug does fit securely.  Using 2 hands to pry and a little force it is easy enough to be removed by an adult but secure enough that a child cannot pull it out.

But that’s not all…


Not only does the COVERPLUG prevent your baby from electric shock but with its specially designed plastic it is completely paintable so you can paint it to blend in with your wall.  Making it out of sight out of mind.  So even if you do not have any babies in the home here is your chance to cover those unsightly unused outlets.

Are you expecting or do you know anyone with small children? Want to cover up those unsightly used outlets? 
Here is your chance to win and try the COVERPLUG for yourself!!

Just use the Giveaway form below.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Best Giveaways Around ~Giveaway Linky~ {9/15}

Welcome to "Oh, I Want One Monday!" weekly giveaway Linky. 
Feel free to list your giveaways. 
                     Comments are always nice , but are not required.

                  **Don't forget to check out my current giveaways**



Sunday, September 14, 2014

Bring Your Toddler To The Dinner Table with the Tidy Table Tray! +Giveaway!

Mealtime can be a super messy experience when you have a toddler.  When Little Miss M was a little smaller and just learning to feed herself, I was not only finding food on her lap and the table, but I was also finding a ton of food that had fallen to the floor.  A huge mess that I dreaded cleaning after every meal.  Now that we are expecting our second child, I have been searching for a solution. 


Here’s what I found…


Bambinos! Tidy Tray Table +Flexi-Diner.  This innovative tray is designed to clip securely onto your dining table and is guaranteed to make your life easier at mealtime.  The Tidy Table Tray is both BPA & Phthalate free making it safe for your child to eat any dropped food.  Its patented top dishwasher safe insert can be easily removed for a quick and painless clean up. The tray also includes a cup holder and 2 compartments for snacks or veggies. 

The main thing that I love about the Tidy Table Tray is that it completely eliminates the need for a bulky, expensive high chair and brings the child to the table with the rest of the family.  Moving your child to the table leaves them feeling included and gives them the opportunity to observe and learn the dynamics occurring at the dinner table.  

Need proof that this tray actually works? Below is a picture of the mess that could have been...there would have been ketchup on M's shirt and noodles on the floor. Instead, the mess was all trapped on the tray!  All I had to do was remove the green tray and wipe it down in the sink. Totally AWESOME, Right?!



Unfortunately, my current dining table sticks out some around the edges (as shown in the picture), so the Tidy Table Tray does not fit very securely.  I do have a relatively old table and I am hoping that when we upgrade soon it will fit better.  It does however fit on M’s little picnic table PERFECTLY.

The Tidy Table Tray insert was designed to be used with boosters and most restaurant style highchairs.  With Little Miss M being 4, she is still able to use this tray but is no longer in a booster (because she refuses).  So the green lip that keeps the food from falling into the lap and on the floor is a bit too high when she sits at the kitchen table (which does not stop her from wanted to use it).  However is does make for easier clean up when she eats at her picnic table and the lip sits at the perfect height. 

I love that with you can easily transition from mealtime to play time by removing the top green tray.  So while you are cleaning up after dinner, your toddler can keep busy by coloring or creating.  They also have a Flexi-Designer craft insert, which is sold separately, to make craft time more contained and easier to clean.  This particular insert includes little nooks and compartments, perfect for all your child’s art supplies.
                       
Snack/Meal time
Play/Create Time
Overall, I think that Bambinos! Tidy Table Tray +Flexi-Diner is a super great alternative to your traditional bulky high chair.  It is easy to use, easy to clean, and your toddler is guaranteed to love it.  Although some may want to “travel” with this table (18”Wx14”Lx5.87”H) it does not break down small enough for me to want to take it with me.  I am however considering buying one for my moms house, so we have one there on holidays and when we visit.  I would definitely recommend this product to any parent with a toddler. 

To learn more about the Tidy Table Tray and other Bambinos! products please free feel to visit their webpage or follow them via Facebook.  

Please stop by Bambinos! Kickstart Campaign page to view their new up and coming products, such as their Lock=on Table Tray!! 

Want to WIN one?

Our awesome sponsors over at Bambinos! have offered to send the Tidy Table Tray +Flexi-Diner to one lucky Party of Three reader.  Entry form and details below.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Fresh Ingredients and Recipes Delivered Right to Your Door!

Having a hard time fitting hearty, home cooked meals into your busy schedule?   Sometimes you just need a little reprieve.  Constantly dining out can put a dent in your wallet and cooking that quick macaroni and hotdog dish all the time is not the healthiest choice for your family and can adversely affect your health.  Well, relief is here.

This past week I was given the opportunity to review the fabulous weekly meal delivery service, Home Chef, formally known as Relished.  Let me tell you, this is no ordinary meal service.  With Home Chef you receive chef prepared portioned kits packed with fresh locally sourced food along with instructions on how to prepare each meal!   The ingredients, anything extra you may need (i.e. salt/pepper/oil), calories per serving, drink pairing and a step by step instructions with pictures are all included on the recipe sheet provided for each meal.  The recipe is printed on glossy card-stock and is meant to last but if you happen to lose it or it somehow gets ruined you can visit the Home Chef site, chat with one of their knowledgeable & super friendly customer service reps, and they will send you the link to your recipe.


With a weekly subscription you can receive up to 5 meals with your choice between 2, 4, or 6 servings.   Each menu consists of about 9 different meal choices, including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, and dairy-free options.  So there is definitely something for every family.  At $9.95 per serving, Home Chef can totally fit into any budget, if used as a supplement to your regular meal plans (ordering 2-3 meals a week).   If you find yourself having a hard time fitting this service into your budget after signing up, skipping weeks and canceling is super easy.

For my review, I was sent three 2 serving meals. The timing of this review could not have come at a better time considering Little Miss A’s arrival in just 6 short weeks, I have not really felt like shopping or cooking.  Here are the meals we chose:

Hoisin Glazed Salmon
with Snow Pea Stiry Fry and Micro Greens

Jumbo Stuffed Shells
with Tufu Ricotta and Fresh Herb Tomato Sauce

Dijon Crusted Pork Tenderloin
with Quinoa & a Creamy Mustard Mushroom Sauce

Because the Hoisin Glazed Salmon contains seafood, I decided to cook that first (all ingredients are fresh and not frozen).  Preparation was fast and simple.  The entire recipe including plating the dish took about 30 minutes.  Hubby was impressed with the look and most of the taste.  He stated that while the salmon was fresh and tasted so it also tasted farm raised, not a problem for some but we prefer wild caught.    Although this meal was not a favorite, I am glad we tried it.


The next dish was by far the favorite; Dijon Crusted Pork Tenderloin.  This recipe was a little more complex then the first but it was still pretty simple.  Hubby does not like mushrooms so I just omitted them.  While he said that it was hard to taste the Quinoa, it was the perfect “healthy” filler for this particular dish.  Cooking according to the directions, the pork came out nice and moist and was very flavorful.  This recipe is definitely going in to our monthly meal rotation.


The third and final dish was the family favorite.  Although it was only supposed to feed 2 people, it actually fed 3 and there were plenty of leftovers for Hubby’s lunch.  This meal was super filling.    Since I am unsure of the “dangers” of tofu during pregnancy, I stuffed mine with mozzarella (yum!).  I will not always cook it with Tofu but it is nice to know that Home Chef now offers such a diverse menu, for people with restricted diets.

Overall, this is a great service and well worth it.  Home Chef not only does the shopping for you but they guide you through the entire recipe; from prepping all the way to plating the dish to make it look professional.  And bonus, they now list all of the ingredients needed, so you can make your favorite dishes time and time again.  I appreciate that there is minimal measuring too.   I absolutely love that I did not have to shop for the ingredients…I cannot even begin to count the times I have forgotten an ingredient or two that has ruined my meal plan for the week.  With these recipes, I prepared restaurant worthy meals.   Coming from someone who does not necessarily enjoy cooking these recipes are super awesome and actually a joy to prepare!  Saving me the trouble of having to plan every single meal, shortening my grocery list, and making my measuring cups nearly obsolete…sign me up!

Disclaimer:  I was provided one week (3 meals) of service for the purposes of review.  All opinions are 100% my own and may differ from your own.