Monday, July 29, 2013

Bal Yoga for KIds

My Burritos, especially the little Miss got so excited when I told  them that  they will be getting  a yoga book and DVD soon.  As soon as the Bal Yoga for Kids kit has arrived, she immediately opened it up and read the book. She played the DVD with the book in front of them, they sing with the music at first then they did the yoga poses.  
Bal Yoga is an easy and fun interactive method in teaching the kids  yoga poses.  It is a complete  compilation of yoga poses that every  kid would like.  The book  and the DVD illustrates  alphabetical poses of yoga from A to Z which is  a fun way  for kids to stay in shape.  Bal Yoga for kids also offer training workshops so if you are interested in  getting your child involve with it, check them out.
According to my daughter (she wrote and typed this in here herself):

I like Bal Yoga because,it is very relaxing for me, it keeps me fit and, is so much fun. The music is very joyful and I love singing along. My favorite poses are the tortoise pose, the rabbit pose, the camel pose and, the airplane pose.

If you want to get in touch with them, LIKE  them on Facebook or visit their website through the  link provided above.  Thank you very much Bal Yoga for Kids for sending me the complete set to review.  My kids certainly  enjoy doing it.  I even join them to motivate the  little Mister who thinks some of the poses are hard lol.

Disclaimer:  The author/s of this  blog was NOT financially compensated in writing this review.  The products mentioned above was  provided for FREE for evaluation purposes.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Daddy Swag Gift Box from DaddyScrubs

I received a  Daddy Swag Gift Box from Daddyscrubs.com.  DaddyScrubs has gifts and apparel for dad and dad-to-be, check out their daddy diaper pack, the Daddy Swag Gift Box, the new daddy ties, and the I'm the Bag O' Books at the website.

My husband grinned when I handed him the  swag gift box.  He immediately joked "Did you decide to  have another baby again?" I just laughed and said "No, thank you!" 

The  set of scrubs could have been a perfect one that he could have worn when I delivered my babies in the hospital.  It could have been a perfect photo of him wearing the scrubs instead of the disposable  gown that he was wearing in the photo below.
I love this quote that DaddyScrub has:
"Any man can be a father but it takes someone special to be a Daddy!"
I totally agree with this.

Love how they  packaged everything in the swag gift box.

Everything in it has "I'm the Daddy" which is very special for  Dads-to-be.
A set of  scrubs and a shirt.
A cap, perfect this summer.
A coffee mug, two  bracelets, three pens, and a sun glasses.

Thank you so much DaddyScrubs for these  beautiful set of "I'm the Daddy" products!

Disclaimer:  The author of this blog was NOT financially compensated for  writing this review.  The products mentioned above was provided for FREE  for evaluation purposes.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Massage Parlor

I have never experienced going to a  massage parlor  and have a massage or something.  I don't think  I would be comfortable  having a deep tissue massage in chicago or anywhere else.  But then again I love being massaged  by my husband whenever my back aches or whenever I have migraines, but you know that is a different case.  I am not  good with  having other people  do something for me especially if it has something to do with my body.  I even   feel awkward going to my OB GYN lol.  But I am sure that this is something that you  have to get used to, right?

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Despicable Me DVD Movie

On the  early morn of Ms. Burrito's birthday, we let her open the gifts we got for her before we went on our road trip going to Cleveland and  Mentor Ohio.  Mr. Burrito  made something for his sister, he said it isn't a store bought but  he said it is a special one.  He even wrapped it by himself so no one will see it.

We asked what is it and he said it 's a mini  trash bin so her sister  will have something to put her little mess when doing an art.  Oh what a  practical thinking for the little mister lol.

We got her some board games, Dispecable Me movie, and curlers.
We have been playing the monopoly and scrabble, a great family  games.
One of the gifts we got for her is a pack of  different sizes of curlers.
She has been using it since.  I showed her  once how to use it and  she does it now by herself.  She reminds me of myself when I was a kid as  I always wanted a curly hair.
Thank you also to the Howells family, the Dias family, and the Fancher family for the   precious gifts.  I will be posting it one by one here in Ms. Burrito's blog.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Slip n Slide at the Backyard

We bought  a Slip 'n Slide at the store.  It gives my super active kids something to do whenever it is so hot.  They have been using this  since we bought it.  For $5,  children get to enjoy  the  outdoor fun to beat the heat.




Mr. Burrito  goes crazy sliding in it while the  little Miss is always cautious.

Having a Baby? Here's What You'll Need to Buy…

If you are expecting a miniature bundle of joy to pop into your life any day now, you will likely have a billion different things to think about. One of those is bound to be the various goods and supplies you’re going to need to get you through the first few weeks, then the ones you’ll need for the rest of the 18 or so years…

Luckily for you and your busy, busy schedule, we are on hand to save the day. So that you don’t have to worry about compiling lists and cross referencing with your various parental advice pamphlets, we have gone to the effort of making a handy list for you.

And so, without any further ado, may we present to you the following, the Finest Baby Prep List in All the Land™.

General Supplies
Okay, there’s no real “set menu” when it comes to supplies – you’ll just have to buy everything and in large quantities. You won’t know how many nappies and what-have-you you’ll go through in a standard week, so it’s always better to have too much than too little.

You’ll have to stock up on nappies, baby wipes, talcum powder, and a wide range of baby-friendly toiletries. Once he or she starts getting a little older, you will have to start buying baby food, but until then you might want to get some infant formula milk.

Bottles and bottle brushes will of course be necessary, and you may find a breast pump to be of use. A nursing pillow can be a godsend for your poor, strained neck, and breast-feeding accessories like lanolin ointment can help.

For feeding, a highchair (freestanding or attachable) will be needed, as will baby bowls, baby spoons, bibs and sippy cups. Just look at the mess they can make if you’re not prepared!
Other essentials include dummies, a play mat, and – of course – plenty of toys and clothes!

Out and About
To get around, you’ll want a pram or pushchair. Keep in mind that the latter is only suitable for a newborn if it can be fully reclined – don’t keep a baby sitting up! For some inspiration, take a look at the pushchairs from Cosatto; the travel systems are particularly useful, as they recline all the way back and can even be used as a car seat, meaning there’s one less thing to buy!
A baby carrier will also be useful: you can keep your little loved one close and warm!

Snoozing Away
Of course, you babe in arms will need somewhere to sleep, so you’ll have to invest in a cot. For safety, look for the British Standard mark 1753. You’ll need a firm mattress and some light blankets – pillows and duvets are unsafe. For more safety info, visit the NHS site.

Everyday Safety
Childproof your home. This is of vital importance; it stops any nasty accidents. Put safety gates at the top and bottom of the stairs, and invest in a few plug socket covers. Apart from those, you might also want a toilet seat lock and some cupboard/drawer latches.

Get hold of a digital thermometer for any moments of illness, and some baby monitors to keep you updated on the sleeping situation.

…that’s about it, really! No list can ever be truly exhaustive, as you might decide you need other bits and bobs (like baby nail clippers), but we’ve tried our darnedest! All you have to do now is await the arrival!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Polka Dot Leg Warmer from Taddle Tell

Hip Wink sent me a pair of this polka dot leg warmers for review.  Ms.  Burrito can definitely use this during   Fall or  Winter times.  She's a cold-natured girl just like me so even  the  air condition inside our home can really make her cold so she uses this once in a while.  She love the color combination of hot pink and brown.  

Hot Pink | Brown Polka Dot Leg Warmers
Hip Wink not only sell beautiful leg warmers but they also has beautiful designs and colorful tutu skirts and dresses,  birthday dresses, bubblegum necklaces, leggings, and seasonal items.  So if you want to get something  pretty for your little girl, check out Hip Wink..

Disclaimer:  The author of this blog was NOT financially compensated to write this review.  The product mentioned above was provided for FREE for evaluation purposes.

Natural Alternatives to Prescription Weight Loss Medications

Prescription weight loss medications can be effective, but they can also cause harmful side effects. Furthermore, they are not an effective cure for weight problems, as they do not get to the root of the problem. In order to not only lose weight but also keep it off, a person will need to make lifestyle changes that include eating right, getting enough sleep at night and exercising on a daily or near-daily basis.

At the same time, those who want to lose a large amount of weight in a relatively short amount of time will find that here are some herbs and natural remedies that boost the body's metabolism and help it to shed unwanted pounds. Following are some of the many natural alternatives that one may want to consider.

Chilies

Discovery Fit and Health recently noted that chili peppers are a natural appetite suppressant help the body to lose weight, especially if a person eats these peppers right before working out. Chili peppers increase heat and oxygen consumption in the body for up to twenty minutes after they have been eaten, thus helping one's body to burn more calories than would have otherwise been possible. All spicy peppers are effective to a certain degree, but those who want the spiciest peppers on the market should look for small ones.

Herbs

Certain herbs are also known to have a positive effect on one's metabolism rate. ABC 15 notes that ginger, cayenne and cinnamon are some of the best options, as they not only boost a person's metabolism but also improve circulation. Other herbs that have been recommended by various experts include ginseng, ginger, black pepper, cayenne pepper and cumin. These herbs can be used in many dishes and a person will want to include generous helpings of the herbs on his or her food even after losing unnecessary weight and getting in shape.

Teas and Other Beverages

Green tea and Chinese Oolong tea are also known to be effective in helping a person lose weight. At the same time, these teas also provide an energy boost, making it easier for a person to get regular exercise.

Black coffee also has a positive effect on a person's metabolism. Like green tea and Oolong tea, black coffee also boosts a person's energy levels. However, it is counterproductive to drink black coffee or the above mentioned herbal teas too close to bedtime, as getting a good night's rest also helps to keep one's metabolism working well.

Water is perhaps one of the best liquids for weight loss. Many individuals reach for a snack when they are in fact thirsty and would be satisfied with a cup or two of water. Water has no calories and not only suppresses the appetite but also cleans harmful toxins out of the body. Many medical professionals recommend that the average person drink about eight cups of water a day.

While there are many medications that help to curb the appetite and boost one's metabolism rate, most commercial medicines have unpleasant side effects, some of which can be quite serious. The best way to lose weight is the natural way. It may take longer but it brings about longer lasting results. Nature offers some very potent herbal cures that boost one's metabolism, decrease hunger and enable a person to lose weight faster than would have otherwise been possible.

Drew Littlejohns is in partnering with athletes and others together to help them achieve their goals from weight loss to muscle building. You can find him on facebook, Google+, and Twitter

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Difrax Classic Pacifiers

Difrax sent me a pack of this pacifier.  Yeah I know, you might be thinking what do I need this for.  I don't  need any of it as I don't have small baby anymore but I know someone who does.  Difrax is unique  and different from  other pacifiers because they are designed  specifically to soothe your baby.  and it also help break the habit of using one when your  baby does not need it anymore.  It has  round nipples that most resembles the breast so it feels more like the Mom is the one soothing the baby.

I had some pacifiers given by friends when my kids were still babies but I never really let them use it.   I read an article once that it could affect  baby's  teeth so that's why I stay away fro m pacifiers.  I am not against using pacifiers as I know that it helps some babies to get calm when they are feeling agitated but sometimes, when baby got used to   using them, it is very hard to  break them away from using one.

How about you, did you let your children use pacifiers?

Key Attributes of the Difrax 3-Stage Pacifier System:

  1. The 3 stage pacifier system has newborn to 6 month, 6+ month, and 18+ month styles designed with features/benefits unique to the needs of that baby's age
  2. Unique butterfly shape keeps nose free and allows for extra air circulation, reducing risk of skin irritation 
  3. The pacifiers come in a wide array of fun and trendy colorful patterns
  4. The Classic pacifiers have round nipples that resemble a breast, making them perfect for babies who are breastfeeding

Additional Info

Difrax Pacifier System from The Netherlands-the trendy, fun, innovative pacifier system designed for every stage of your baby/child's development.  One size does not fit all.  The classic style offers a round nipple that most resembles the breast, so it feels more like mommy while the orthodontic style stimulates the development of the palate and the muscles of the jaw and mouth.  Each collection comes in newborn to 6 month, 6+ month and 18+ month styles that are specifically designed with different features and benefits unique to the needs of that baby's age .  The 18 month pacifier is even designed to wean baby off.  In addition, the unique butterfly shape, the result of years of research and development, allows for extra air circulation, reducing the risk of skin irritation and keeping the nose free. You'll love all the fun colors and patterns available too! http://www.difraxusa.com/

Disclosure:  The author of this blog was NOT financially compensated in writing this review.  The product mentioned above was provided for FREE i for   evaluation purposes.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Snooze Shade

Snooze Shade sent me this Sun and Sleep Shade for babies on the go.  I wish that I have one of this when my kids were still little but I am glad that I have one because I have a friend who needs it.  This can be used for single and double strollers.  You can also attach this in an infant car seats.  You can even use this when you and your baby just want to enjoy a  relaxing and peaceful time in the backyard.  

This  sun and sleep shade is a must have  for parents with small babies  to keep your  little one cool during  hot weather days.  It has a built in pockets for you to put like your baby's  pacifier or milk bottle.  I bet babies would sleep right through when you take them for a walk and their  stroller is covered with this sun and  sleep shade.

Disclaimer:  The author of this blog was NOT financially compensated in writing this review.  The product mentioned above was provided for FREE  for evaluation purposes.

Could You Help Children and Young People Rebuild Their Lives?

If you’re thinking about fostering or adopting, then there are a number of things you will have to consider before you make your final decision. Although in legal terms fostering and adopting are different, they both represent the same challenges – being responsible for a child in need. No matter what type of care you decide on, you must always talk it though with your husband, wife or partner, it’s a decision that will greatly affect both your lives.
If you are seriously considering foster care or adoption, then there are various local government training classes to prepare you for your application. Not all applications are accepted first time around, and that’s because (quite rightly) the screening process is very strict. These training classes will also prepare you for the rejection of a foster child (the child has to want to stay with you), as well as many other elements that will test your emotions, personality and even your relationship with your loved one.

Family and Friend Support
One of the things that social services will take into account is the support you’ll be able to receive from family and friends that are close to you. Being a foster parent can be extremely stressful and emotionally overwhelming at times, and the social services need to know that you’ll be able to count on people you trust to help you out in times of need.
If you don’t have any type of support system in place, whether it’s just you going for lunch with a friend while your partner looks after the child, then things will get too much – every foster parent needs a vent. If you don’t have anyone, then there are support groups put in place by local governments and councils, so there’s always a place to turn.

Patience
Fostering isn’t for everyone, and one of the biggest indicators that you won’t be able to succeed is patience. If you’re not a patient person, and you have the type of personality where you like to see instant results, then you probably won’t be accepted as a foster parent. It takes time to build up a relationship with a foster child, just like it would any other person that you’ve just met, so if you’re not willing to see though the tough times that come with the good times, then fostering isn’t for you. Contact Capstone Foster Care if you would like to know more about becoming a foster parent.

Knowing How To Communicate With The Foster Child
Sadly, there are a large amount of foster children that were physically or emotionally abused by their parents before being put into care. One of the biggest mistakes a new foster parent can make is to assume that that the child is thankful to be out of an abusive home, and grateful to be in a safe and secure environment.

In actual fact, this is not the case, and with many foster children, abuse and emotional neglect is all they know – it’s actually abnormal for them to experience love and attention. This is why you can’t smother a new foster child, and provide them with countless things that they’ve never had. As a foster parent, you’ll need to examine your expectations, and social workers will help you to do this. You’ll rarely see positive results straight away in foster care, however over time you’ll be able to gain the trust of your foster child.

David is a passionate advocate about fostering and adoption and looks to raise awareness when possible.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Celebrating Life, Beautifully with Isabelle Grace Jewelry

"Live it.  Love it.  Cherish it."  A beautiful line that  Isabelle Grace Jewelry puts in their finely crafted jewelry pieces.  I am very fortunate to have given a chance to  review one of their  beautiful necklaces with an engraved "Mom" on the front and  says "You hold my heart" at the back.  Isabelle  Grace is all about celebrating life beautifully.  You can share  some stories  and  be an inspiration to others.  


I would love to give this  beautiful piece to my dearest mother who sacrificed a  lot of things in order to  raised  me and my 8 siblings.  When I was younger, I saw how my mother worked so hard just to make sure that all of her kids are  cleaned and fed everyday.  She could have easily left because  of my father's drinking  problem but she stuck around because she  didn't want us to  grow up in a broken home.

The admiration and respect   I have for my  mother  unfolds a gazilion times when I became a mother myself.  I only have two children and I feel like my motherhood  world is crashing sometimes so I can't  imagine how stressful it was for my  Mama with 9 kids.  I always tell myself that if my mother  successfully raised her  children  very well, I can do it as well.

I am so blessed that I have a very patient, understanding, passionate, and loving mother.  I love you so much Mama and I  miss you terribly.  I wish that I could fly and see you every so often.
Photo was taken in 2005 when I was leaving our country, Mama cried a river and so did I!
I was 7 months preggy in the photo.


Isabelle Grace Jewelry also has  other designs aside from Mom necklaces, you can order a customized name   in a pendant as well, just like the ones in the selection  at the photo above.

Disclaimer:  The author of this blog  was NOT financially compensated in writing this article.  The product mentioned above was provided  for FREE  for evaluation/review purposes.

Forest Drums

My kids are having a blast today. We stayed at our backyard playing for about two hours and when we came in, my daughter played the piano while my son sung the song "Forest Drums". It feels good to listen and watch these two does music together. Sometimes, I imagine them growing up playing in a bad together with the band clamp and other instruments. You may watch the short video below.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Bubble Bum Booster Seats

I was given an opportunity to try two booster seats from Bubble Bum.  They sent me  purple and black  for my daughter and son to use.  My kids are really happy in  getting these  booster seats because they are getting  tired of using the  car seats.

They said that they are "Big Enough" not to use it but as required by law, they have to.  Now that we have these  booster seats, we can remove the car seats.  What I like about these products is the portability.  You can easily transfer it from one  car to another  as needed.
It comes with  a container and a bag for each  so you can easily store it too when not needed.  These inflatable car booster seat in a bag is cost effective, lightweight, and comes in   bright colors that  is very attractive for kids.  This can be used by children  from ages 4 to up to  11 years old.

This is a great alternative   when traveling with kids as you do not  have to  bring those bulky car seats and avoid the hassle of checking them in.  Mommies like me can easily pack this in our carry on luggage when traveling.  You can buy this for $39.99.
Thank you so much Bubble Bum for sending us these booster seats!  You can check them out by visiting the link I have provided above.

Disclaimer:  The author of this blog was NOT financially compensated in writing this article.  The products mentioned above was provided for FREE  for review/evaluation purposes.

"Take Your Children to Work" Day

My husband works at Industrial Scientific, the leading provider of gas detection service and portable gas detectors.  I love that they are ...

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