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Thanks to Disney Books for sending me a copy of Feminist Baby and providing a prize pack!

Girls or boys, whatever gender your children are, they all have their own distinct personalities! Addison has a very strong personality. Jonah was always easy going, literally from the day he was born. He would go to anyone, smile at every stranger and just go with the flow.

Boys are busy, wild and full of energy. He physically drains me on a daily basis, but the emotional drain from a little girl is unlike anything I have ever experienced! When people meet her, it doesn’t take long to get her number! She let’s you know who she is and what she’s all about! Despite my efforts, she runs the show! If you are a stranger, don’t look at her, and if you are someone she knows, you should also probably watch out! She marches to the beat of her own drum and let’s you know who’s boss.

Addison is a Feminist Baby. I’d have to ask the author, Loryn Brantz, but I think her new book Feminist Baby was written about my daughter! Meet the irrepressible Feminist Baby in this refreshing, clever board book about a girl who’s not afraid to do her own thing, and wants to make as much noise as possible along the way! This book hit the shelves April 11th at a book store near you!

Do you have a Feminist Baby?

What I pick out for Jonah, Jonah wears. When it comes to getting Addison dressed, I wouldn’t be dumb enough to try and pick clothes out for her, because Addison wears what Addison wants. If I don’t like it, she doesn’t care! Addison is a Feminist Baby. When she doesn’t like what’s for dinner, she throws her food and makes a mess. What do I think about it? Oh, Addison doesn’t care! Addison is a Feminist Baby!

Now, do you have a Feminist Baby?

Don’t you worry. There are consequences that fit the crime, like cleaning up the food that is covering the floor, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. (Well, maybe sometimes I would!) Everyone who meets her, tell me the same thing. I may not like it now, but when she grows up, she will shatter glass ceilings and make her voice heard. She’ll be whoever and whatever she wants to be, because Addison is a Feminist Baby!

Feminist Baby Gift Pack

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Both kids love Feminist Baby. Jonah thinks it’s hilarious when the baby runs around with her pants off and Addison identifies all too well with it! If you have a Feminist Baby or have a friend who does, you absolutely need to read this book. We are giving away a Loud and Proud Feminist gift pack which includes a copy of Feminist Baby, a branded tote bag and pin and a $100 Visa gift card to buy whatever your little feminist picks! Head over to our Instagram page to enter!

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I’m in my mid-30s… my, erm, later-middle-30s, which means skincare needs to be serious. No more “Oh that smells nice!” or “Oh, I like that packaging!” or “It was on sale!” Late-mid-30s means I need ingredients I know will help me protect and preserve what I still have and help repair what has started to slip. We’re talking the big guns: retinol, collagen, hyaluronic acid.

Advanced Clinicals: A secret skin-care weapon

While you know I love a good trip to Sephora, skincare doesn’t have to be outrageously expensive to be effective, which is one of the reasons I’ve been loving trying out some of the products from Advanced Clinicals. I hadn’t heard of the brand, but I learned a team of cosmetic chemists developed Advanced Clinicals to create affordable and effective formulations using the most advanced technology available. I found all of the things I’m looking for in this collection of skin and body care products: proven skincare ingredients + simple no-frills packaging + a wallet-friendly price.

Advanced Clinicals - affordable anti-aging skin care products

Incorporating Advanced Clinicals products into a skin care routine

I’ll admit it. I felt a little skeptical when I first heard about the brand. How could they have these big name skincare boosters like retinol and AHA and cost only $10-$25? Then I tried them out. I’ve integrated a few Advanced Clinicals products into my beauty routine for the last few weeks, and I’m impressed.

The benefits of Advanced Clinicals serums

Two of my favorite products turned out to be serums: the CoQ10 Wrinkle Defense Serum and the Collagen Instant Plumping Serum. I love how serum tends to absorb quickly and lets you layer on skin-boosting benefits. I’ve been mixing a dropper-full of the CoQ10 and Collagen together and patting them into my skin morning and night. The serums haven’t irritated my skin in any way and have made my skin feel more moisturized and firmer. (Check out all their serums here.)

Advanced Clinicals - affordable anti-aging skin care products

I’ve also been intrigued by their spa-size bottles of powerhouse-ingredients lotions like Hyaluronic Acid Skin Hydrator or Vitamin C Advanced Brighten Cream or Retinol Advanced Firming Cream. To be fair, these key ingredients are not at the top of the product’s ingredient list. But here’s why I still like them: they cost $15 for a whopping 16 ounces of product.

I’m not one to rub a $75 retinol cream onto my chest or the back of my hands. I’m just not going to use it in that way. But a $15 lotion that contains retinol, collagen or vitamin C? No problem! Even if it does have a lower percentage of the product, I’m now putting it on body parts that never dreamed of getting a luxury ingredient like that! (Sorry, back of hands.)

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And wait, wait, wait… I just looked and these 16-oz spa sizes are also available at Walmart for — wait for it — $5.99! I’m not surprised to see that some of the varieties are sold out!

From masks and oils, to serums and creams, check all the entire line of Advanced Clinicals products at www.advancedclinicals.com. Now, please excuse me while I go slather my neck with vitamin C.

Win an Advanced Clinicals giveaway

We’re giving away the following to one lucky reader!

1x Retinol Advanced Firming Cream
1x Collagen Skin Rescue Lotion
1x Retinol Anti-Wrinkle Serum
1x Collagen Instant Plumping Serum

You must be at least 18 years old and a U.S. resident to enter and win. All entries will be verified. Winner will be contacted by email via Rafflecopter and must respond within 24 hours.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Advanced Clinicals. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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We have such a thing for Valentine’s Day! Not that we need an excuse to spend an entire day gushing about the ones we love and showing them how much we adore them, but we can’t help ourselves with this holiday. Whether your valentine is your husband, your wife, your kids, your baby, your mom, your best girlfriend, or your favorite mom friend, use Valentine’s Day as an excuse to get a little gushy!

Will you be our gal-entine? (Valentine Giveaway)

Be our gal-entine in our Valentine giveaway

To show our love for you, our readers, this Valentine’s Day, we’ve put together this sweet little Valentine giveaway filled with some of our favorite things right now. 

The first step in getting ready to smooch your valentines next week? A fresh and clean mouth! (Only a mom would say that, right?) You’ve likely heard about the cleansing and whitening powers of coconut oil when you use it as “mouthwash” and now YALA makes it easy and convenient. YALA Peppermint Coconut Oil Whitening Mouthwash and Lemon Coconut Oil Whitening Mouthwash are the perfect way to get started if you’re new to swishing with coconut oil — just squeeze a half teaspoon into your mouth and swish for about 15 minutes. Each tube contains enough to last 30 days and we’re sure you’ll notice how white and bright your smile is before the tube runs out! ($40 total value)

2017 is in full swing and if getting organized was on your list of resolutions, we’re here to give you a little push in the right direction. The Erin Condren Life Planner is certainly the best way to get started. Filled with features that moms can appreciate, if you’re spending Valentine’s Day in this year, we wouldn’t blame you for spending the evening on a romantic date with your Life Planner. And, don’t worry… they’ve included all of their best planner accessories, too! ($100 approximate value)

The Dripo is like a dream come true for moms who need a little afternoon caffeine fix because let’s face it, coffee is life for parents. Recently funded via Kickstarter, this coffee maker is unlike any other. It is a 2-in-1 system, acting as both the iced coffee maker, as well as the tumbler. Just add coffee grounds and their special filter to the coffee section and ice water to the top. Then, let your cold brew drip its way through the system for two hours and ta-da, cold brew coffee, ready to drink! ($35 value)

From one of our favorite things to another… flowers! We’ve tried many a flower delivery service over the years and we can certainly say that we’ve never received blooms in the mail that have been as fresh and gorgeous as the ones from Bouquet in a Box. Fresh from the farm to your doorstep, their Sweetheart Valentine’s Bouquet is gorgeous… you had us at ranunculus. ($50 value) 

If you have a little one who is showing their love this Valentine’s Day by chewing on anything and everything in sight, you’ll appreciate these favorites from Chewbeads. Add one of their 100% silicone teething necklaces to your Valentine’s Day outfit — the Perry Teething Necklace is our top choice — and make sure Baby’s pacifier is close-at-hand with their adorable “Where’s the Pacifier?” Heart Clip so you aren’t spending your Valentine’s Day scouring the floor. ($50 total value)

For a little something for your little valentines, Seedling kits are a hit for both moms and kids and we’ve picked out a few of our favorite kits to give away this Valentine’s Day. The Love Hearts Beading Kit makes a super sweet gift and includes everything you need to make some special pieces to wear out for a Valentine’s dinner date. (Wink!) We’ve added some other favorites in there, too, including their Eye Spy Folding Binoculars and the We Scream for Ice Cream Paddleball. ($24 total value)

End the day on a sweet note by cuddling your tiny Valentine in a super snuggly Gunamuna Gunapod. Their bamboo duvets give your baby the same luxury feeling you get when you slip into your own duvet at night, but with all the baby-safe sleep features of a sleep sack. You’ll all sleep better after a long day celebrating Valentine’s Day with your little one fast asleep in a Gunapod! ($50 value)

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You may already know and love OXO Tot brand products from their sippy cups to the Sprout highchair, but they’ve recently entered the stroller game, and let me tell you, they’re coming in hot!

OXO Cubby+ Stroller Review (+ Giveaway!)

My 18-month-old and I recently had the pleasure of cruising in the OXO Tot Cubby+ Stroller and I don’t know who was more excited – her, for the novel pleasure of stuffing Cheddar Bunnies into a fresh, clean canvas, or me, for the absolute delight in finding a dreamy hybrid of my current two-stroller fleet.

At present, I own both a hefty luxury stroller for every day and a super lightweight umbrella stroller for day trips and travel. Straight out of the gate, I find the OXO Tot Cubby+ to provide the best of both rides. It’s solid on its wheels without feeling bulky, it has a simple, streamlined profile with tons of tucked-away little features and it looks like a million bucks with only a $399 price tag. I’m smitten.

The easiest open/close function in the game

Let’s be real, every stroller claims to have the easiest open-and-close feature: “In just seven easy steps, using both arms and both legs and making sure you have a spotter for your toddler so you can give it all the focus you can muster on four hours’ sleep, this stroller closes in a SNAP!” Ha! Yeah right!

I am here to tell you that the OXO Tot Cubby+ has no doubt the simplest, smoothest, sweat-free open/close I have ever seen in the wild. It is an honest to goodness one-handed maneuver. To open, you push a release lock with your thumb and pull up the handle (bonus points for the fact that you can’t possibly do it backwards so you don’t need to worry about opening the stroller into yourself and sporting shin bruises for the rest of your life). To close, pull the small (but totally visible and accessible) release tab and handle in the base of the stroller seat and the whole thing just collapses in a graceful, non-finger-amputating way. So simple!

OXO Tot Cubby+ Stroller Review

The cherry on top? Once it’s folded, it stands up straight. On. Its. Own. No need to lean it up against a wall or worry it’s going to roll into traffic while you wrestle anyone into her car seat. Even if you forget to push the brake (guilty!), it will still stay put. OXO, you have answered my prayers.

OXO Tot Cubby+ Stroller

Hallelujah for extra pockets

And speaking of prayers, next up on my dream stroller wish list would absolutely be some extra pockets to stash keys, phone, wipes, and a snack – the small items you want to take along on a trip to the park without lugging the whole darn Mary Poppins diaper bag.

The OXO Tot Cubby+ is for sure the first stroller I’ve seen that has not one, not two, but three (!) additional built-in pockets located in the canopy and seat back. I like to keep short outings as minimal as possible so this is perhaps my favorite feature of them all. They even went the extra mile of lining the canopy pocket in a bright color so you don’t have to fumble blindly for your black phone in a black pocket. Now that’s attention to detail, people!

Let’s talk about storage

Storage is super important for me too. Even if I’ve managed to ditch the diaper bag, a girl’s gotta have her sand toys for the park and some space to peel off those outer layers when the sandbox action heats up! And then there’s the “let’s stop for milk” plan when you inevitably remember five or six other items you need and there’s a box of cookies you totally don’t need but your toddler already ripped the box top off so now you have to buy it anyway and hide it from her and then end up eating them yourself instead of dinner after she goes to bed.

But I digress. The OXO Tot Cubby+ storage basket situation is pretty perfect. It’s not incredibly deep, so those with diaper bags resembling a small duffel might have trouble stuffing everything under there, but there is ample room for the aforementioned sand toys and grocery pit stop. An additional cool function, which I’ve never actually seen before, is a fold-out component to the basket, which adds a little extra room and easier access under the seat. When folded in, it provides extra security for loose items in the basket when walking over bumpy terrain.

OXO Tot Cubby+ Stroller Basket

Seat recline

In terms of the seat function, the recline mechanism in the OXO Tot Cubby+ is a strap as opposed to the common click-lock position, which I see as both a positive and a negative – the positive being that you can recline to any position (you aren’t limited to a few standard positions), but I did find it a bit tricky to slide the strap while my toddler was seated in the stroller.

Reclining back fully wasn’t such an issue, but tightening it back up to a seated position was not easy without cooperation from her, and we all know the (very true) stereotype about toddlers and cooperation! This was the only function where the hefty luxury brand has this stroller beat, as I did have to crouch down and put a little effort in. Not a deal-breaker whatsoever, but worth a mention as I found this to be a function more similar to a travel/umbrella-stroller design.

Other notable details

Didn’t I mention that this stroller was packed with delightful little features? The foot brake definitely gets honorable mention for being both easily-accessible and sandal-friendly. The open/close functions click audibly so you know if it’s open or locked properly (love that!).

The chest straps and buckles are super simple and straightforward to adjust, as is the cinch harness feature – one strap between the legs that you can pull to tighten the chest harness evenly. It’s a common feature for car seats, but I’ve never actually seen it done on a stroller. So smart and simple!

The stroller’s canopy comes with both an extension for really sunny days and a peek-a-boo window to check on your kiddo. The chest straps and buckles are super simple and straightforward to adjust, as is the single-pull tightening feature – no need for an engineering degree here!

New Strollers for 2017

Overall, I would absolutely recommend the OXO Tot Cubby+ Stroller for anyone searching for either the luxury look at an affordable price (yes!) or a size/function hybrid between a hefty everyday stroller and lightweight travel stroller (yes!). This beauty pulls double duty at an incredible price and the good people at OXO have obviously thought through and delivered on numerous details any parent would appreciate.

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Win your own OXO Tot Cubby+ Stroller

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What features are highest on your dream stroller wish list?

OXO is dedicated to providing innovative consumer products that make everyday living easier. At OXO Tot, everything we make – from our Sprout™ Chair to our Sippy Cups, is tested (and retested) – in real homes with real parents and children – including our own! Our thoughtful, “question everything” process and relentless attention to detail uncover the best solutions to help parents guide, nurture and care for their little ones. Learn more at www.oxo.com/tot.

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We’ve been swooning over all of the gift ideas and travel must-haves in our 2016 Holiday Guide and we’re excited to share a few of our favorites in our 2016 Holiday Giveaway! 

Baby's First Christmas Giveaway (Over $1000 value)

For Baby’s first Christmas

Is there anything more special than celebrating your little one’s first Christmas? Whether they are nearly a year old or just coming into the world this winter, these sweet prizes will make her first Christmas rememberable. 

b.box Diaper Caddy ($60 value)
Skip Hop Gift Bundle ($40 value)
Lulujo Blanket and Card Set ($23 value)
Pediped Shoes ($40 value)

See our entire list of gift ideas for Baby’s first Christmas in our 2016 Holiday Guide.

Win Holiday Travel Favorites ($1000 value)

For holiday travel

Hats off to families who are traveling this holiday season! These must-haves for family travel will get you there in one piece… or, at least as close to one piece as possible.

Splash About FloatSuit ($40 value)
Bumkins Nixi Bags by Coveted Things ($60 value)
The Brushies Gift Set ($30 value)
Babymoov Traveller Diaper Bag ($83 value)

Traveling this holiday season? Don’t miss our entire list of travel gear for kids in our 2016 Holiday Guide.

Win Toddler + Kid Gift Guide Favorites ($1000 value)

For toddlers and kids

In our opinion, the most fun group to shop for, we have an entire list dedicated to great toddler gifts in our 2016 Holiday Guide and if you win, your toddler is going to have a super awesome winter!

Name Bubbles Labels ($26 value)
theMINIclassy Dino Leggings ($50 value)
Little Partners Easel ($120 value)
Svan Ice Cream Shop ($32 value)
jujube Itty Bitty Be ($40 value) 
fluf Designs Lunch Tote ($21 value)

There are gift ideas galore in our 2016 Holiday Guide. Don’t miss these and so many more for toddlers and kids of all ages!

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For moms

Last, but certainly not least, some prizes for moms to reward you for making it to the other side of the holiday season. 

The New Primal Sampler Pack ($42 value)
Bravado Body Silk Nursing Cami and Body Silk Bra ($105 value)
Belabumbum Eva Tunic and Pant Set ($79 value)
Erin Condren Clutch and Notebooks ($50 value)
Petunia Pickle Bottom Powder Room Case ($28 value)

See our entire list of stocking stuffer ideas and travel must-haves for moms in our 2016 Holiday Guide.

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Britax, a name synonymous with safety and quality, has given their best selling B-Ready Stroller a few key updates for 2017 and they’re going to knock your socks off. Between the seamless convertibility from single to double, the quick fold feature, and the insanely huge storage, the 2017 Britax B-Ready will be the last and only stroller your growing family will ever need.

What's New About the 2017 Britax B-Ready Stroller

Key features

The 2017 Britax B-Ready stroller can be used as a single or double stroller with 12 different seating configurations. Have an older sibling who still likes to hitch a ride? Snap on a Britax Stroller Board and now all three of your children will be riding in style. The large foam-filled tires and suspension will offer your little one the smoothest ride on any terrain. I tested it out on grass, park sand and even the desert landscaping in my front yard and the B-Ready Stroller handled all with ease and stability.

This full-sized luxury stroller measures 44-inches from front to back when unfolded (just about 5-inches longer than its closest competitor) and 25-inches wide at its widest point. Overall, this is pretty standard for a stroller of this size, but I found that due to its incredible maneuverability, it was perfectly able to squeeze into tight spaces with very few issues. If you’re worried about height, don’t be — this stroller is ideal for taller parents with a fully-adjustable handle grip for making the transition between different height parents simple. I am 5-feet 4-inches tall, making the standard height for the B-Ready a bit too high for me, so I keep it lowered. Parents who are on the taller side will love that even the standard height is on the taller side.

2017 Britax B-Ready Stroller: What's New

As a single stroller

As a single stroller, the 2017 Britax B-Ready offers the signature Britax Click and Go System, which means it will accommodate any Britax car seat or bassinet without the need for adapters. It is also fully-compatible with any other major infant car seat brand with the use of the Britax Infant Car Seat Adapter (sold separately). The interior reversible seat has a width of 12-inches and depth of 9-inches — your child will probably reach the weight limit before they ever grow out of it. My personal favorite feature about the B-Ready is the completely flat recline (4-position options available) that adjusts with the flip of a tab at the top of the seat. No more digging around the back of the seat for buttons or pulling flaps, tabs, or straps. It is, hands down, the easiest recline adjustment I’ve seen so far.

Meet the 2017 Britax B-Ready Stroller

As a double

Probably the most impressive part of this stroller is its ability to go from a single to a double without adding bulk (with both seats, the stroller still folds down to an impressive 19 inches) or losing maneuverability. With 12 seating options, you can configure and reconfigure to fit your changing needs. The rear seat portion can accommodate a forward-facing seat and the infant car seat without getting the way, all with the bonus of the rear seat also having four different recline options, including completely flat! My one issue with double strollers has always been the loss of storage access with the added seat, so I was very happy to see that Britax addressed this with a zipper to remove the front mesh portion of the storage basket, giving full access with an opening large enough to slip a full-size diaper bag through with no problem.

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Breaking down the features

Over all, I would have to say my favorite features include the absolutely massive canopy that has a large mesh window and flap (with genius little magnets that hold it open or closed), allowing for plenty of air flow (and peek-a-boo) — a necessary feature if you live in warmer climates, like myself. The second feature I love is the ridiculous amount of undercarriage storage accessible from the front or the back. I was able to do an entire grocery trip using just the stroller, which was magical as I had a grumpy, sleepy toddler with me. Other key features to look forward to with the 2017 Britax B-Ready are the always appreciated flip-flop-friendly one-step linked parking brake system, the large array of accessories including the snack tray, stroller board, bassinet, and five color options.

Now, for the parts you should also keep in mind. It’s a little heavy at 28 pounds with a single seat attached, slightly heavier than your average travel system. On the plus side, it feels very sturdy and well made so it’s a trade-off, depending on what’s most important to you. It’s also on the longer side when folded at 42-inches (as far as I can tell the longest when folded in it’s class). I have a crossover SUV (Jeep Latitude) and it just barely fits in with some wiggling. You might want to do some trunk measurements before you bring it home. Lastly, my giant pet peeve with stroller companies… no cup holders. (They are available for purchase separately, but still.)

If you’re still wondering if the 2017 Britax B-Ready is for you then hang on to your hats moms because I saved the best for last, the price. This fully equipped, luxury stroller travel system is at the lowest end of the single-to-double stroller price range, starting at just $500 with a single seat.

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Our team of three hit the 2016 ABC Kids Expo in full-force last month, searching for new products for kids and babies for you to love, as well as getting to visit with some of our longtime favorite brands face to face.

While you’ll be seeing some of our new favorite products popping up as upcoming holiday gift ideas and in posts as we move into the new year, we couldn’t resist letting you get your hands on a few goodies now!

2016 ABC Kids Expo Giveaway on Savvy Sassy Moms

1. Rachel’s Remedy Breastfeeding Relief Packs

It was so fantastic to meet with the founder, Rachel Jackson, at ABC Kids and to see this new product in person. This is the only product on the market that is FDA-approved, as well as being waterproof (moms know how important this is!) to give both hot and cold relief when you need it. Forget having to use a hot wet washcloth to ease your breastfeeding pain or try to figure out exactly how to put cabbage in your nursing bra for good.

Giveaway: Rachel’s Remedy Breastfeeding Relief Pads ($60 value)

2. Skip Hop Stroll and Go On-Call Hand Muff

New from one of our favorite brands to work with and visit at ABC Kids is this cozy stroller hand muff that will keep you warm during winter walks, as well as give you easy access to your phone. Because let’s be honest, we’re all checking it every other second. There’s even a port for headphones for the mamas who really want to get moving on their walk with Baby.

Giveaway: Skip Hop Stroll and Go On-Call Hand Muff, winner’s choice of colors ($35 value)

3. Finn and Emma Play Gym

Admittedly, we love everything from Finn and Emma and their play gyms are no exception. We so appreciate that they find a balance between creating a toy that our little ones love to play with and that looks chic in our home. Plus, with special attention to the materials used to make each play gym — organic cotton toys, non-toxic dyes, lacquer and stain that’s free of lead, mercury, VOCs, nickel and phthalates and more — we can’t help but love this brand.

Giveaway: Finn and Emma Totem Play Gym, winner’s choice of finish ($135 value)

4. Lorena Canals Washable Rugs

We’re not sure why it took so long for someone to invent truly washable rugs, but we’re so thankful that they did. And, that they did it so well. The Lorena Canals booth at the ABC Kids Expo was a sight to see and with their newest designs on on full display, including the Round ABC design and Azteca Collection. We love that each rug is free of toxins and chemicals, so you never have to worry about Baby’s safety.

Giveaway: Lorena Canals Washable Rug, winner’s choice (up to $300 value)

5. Dock-A-Tot Deluxe and Play Arch

If you were following the coverage of the ABC Kids Expo on social media, you probably saw the incredible balloon-ceiling booth from Dock-A-Tot. It was even more magical in person! This beloved brand announced the addition of their new Play Arch, which will launch in 2017. The new mobile toy arch allows babies to safely play and be engaged when they’re laying in their Dock-A-Tot, a brilliant add-on to an already brilliant product.

Giveaway: Deluxe Dock-A-Tot, winner’s choice of patters, plus a gift card to use for the Play Arch when it’s released (over a $200 value)

6. Just Born Sparkle Collection

Let me tell you, there was a lot of ohhing and ahhing when we visited the Just Born booth at the expo. We all fell in love with these gorgeous collections of bedding, layette pieces, nursery accessories and more, including the new Sparkle Collection, which is currently available. Everything was so luxe and soft, but at prices that didn’t make us cringe.

Giveaway: Sparkle Collection Plush Toy and Cuddle Plush Blanket, winner’s choice for both ($50 value)

7. ergoPouch SleepSuits

There were so many sleep sacks this year! But, parents know all too well that not every sleep sack is created equal. (We’ll leave it at that!) It was great to get to see the ergoPouch up close and personal at the expo. There were so many unique features we loved, including the grippy feet on the bottom of the suit for walkers and the 4-way zippers that make it easy for us to get it on and off… and not so easy for our little ones!

Giveaway: ergoPouch SleepSuit, winner’s choice of patterns ($60 value)

8. Pediped Shoes

Getting to see the team from Pediped, along with all of their adorable new shoes for babies, toddlers and kids, is always a highlight of our trip to Las Vegas. We even got a sneak peek at their new limited edition collection that launches this week and, let me be the first to tell you, you’ll want these for holiday.

Giveaway: Pair of Pediped shoes, winner’s choice (up to $60 value)

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As educators, we are always keeping up to date with the best books for our kids. There is nothing we love more than a trip to the bookstore to see the newest picture books on the shelves, then bringing them home to read to our children.

Oldies, but goodies

There are some books that we read to our kids that are just as good as when we heard them when we were children! I remember listening to If You Give a Mouse a Cookie over and over again. The story always sparked my imagination and encouraged it to run wild. Reading this book to my own children, years later, does the same thing and I love watching my kids guess what Mouse will want next! While Jonah is only 4-years-old, we have read the book countless times because when we finish reading the book, he always asks me to read it again. My kids are huge fans of the series and are no stranger to all of the characters: Dog, Moose, Pig and Cat.

When we put our teacher hats, this book brings forth classroom activities that stimulate language, mathematic skills and sensory-motor activities. I have used this book to bring families into the classroom as part of my school outreach program. Parents and children always see to get something out of this series and, of course, the children want to hear the stories again and again.

New release

We were thrilled to hear about the release of the newest addition to the series, If You Give a Mouse a BrownieMouse is back in this delicious new story in the #1 New York Times bestselling “If You Give” series, which has sold over 14 million copies, from author and illustrator duo Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond. This book is also the first one to feature Mouse in 14 years, which we couldn’t be more excited about! With its rhythmic text and circular tale, If You Give a Mouse a Brownie is perfect for beginning readers and story time for both my children. As we read the book over and over again, they are able to use the beautiful pictures to help them predict what will happen next.If you give a mouse a brownie

Books aren’t just for bedtime

Reading books is one of the best ways to interact with your children, but when you can take it to the next level of interaction, your kids really love a book. When the word “brownie” is in the title, you can just guess what’s coming next! After reading the newest addition to the series, we were in the kitchen in no time, mixing up our own batch of delicious brownies! Books bring families together and the list of benefits of reading to your children goes on and on.

If you haven’t read any of the books in the “If You Give” series, you are missing out! If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is a must, and as of October 18th, you can purchase If You Give a Mouse a Brownie to add to your collection.

We love the series so much that we will be giving away a copy of both books on the Savvy Sassy Moms Instagram account, along with a $50 Visa card for you and a friend to help build your library! Thanks to Harper Collins for sending us a copy of the books and providing the prize pack for the winners. Enter now by clicking on the image below.

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Disclosure: Post sponsored by Sunbeam Products, Inc. but all opinions are my own. 

Last spring I began going to a local barre studio and discovered how much I love working out in group classes. For years I spent my workout time in solo pursuits, running on the treadmill, ducking into the small weight room at the gym running through our neighborhood or on nearby trails, and I was a little surprised by how much inspiration I found by surrounding myself with strong, enthusiastic women. Their energy and support make getting up well before dawn worth it, and the classes are a part of my morning that set the tone for my day. I can’t imagine giving them up.

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Adding workouts meant adding muscle soreness

I missed running, though. I missed checking off miles for a training schedule, seeing the sun rise over the horizon and matching the pounding of my feet to the beating of my heart and the music in my earbuds. Slowly, I began adding runs after my classes and on the weekends. The combination of classes and running provide the balance I crave in my days, but they also push my body to limits I haven’t felt in many years. As I contemplate training for a half-marathon, I know I’ll be adding more and more miles to my schedule, and my muscles are already complaining a bit. 

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