Monday, September 29, 2014

Fall Awards Giveaway - Tons of Great Products for Babies and Toddlers

The Green Scene Mom Awards celebrate niche, eco-friendly products and innovative product designs. We are very excited to announce the 2014 Fall Award Winners! Many of these great companies have also contributed prizes to Green Scene Mom's Fall Awards Giveaway. Enter to win below!
Green Scene Mom 2014 Fall Award Winners
Baby Buddy Tooth TissuesBaby Buddy Tooth TissuesTooth Tissues make cleaning a baby's teeth simple and easy to introduce regular oral care to a young child. Tooth Tissues are the natural first step to brushing a child's teeth after every meal and they're a simple way to ensure a baby isn't negatively affected by oral bacteria. Award Details »
bambu natural utensilsbambu natural utensilsbambu's natural feeding products are an eco-friendly twist on conventional baby utensils. Each product is created to meet a need within the various stages from infancy to childhood and each item is shaped to be easy to use by kids learning to feed themselves. Award Details »
Bumkins Finer Baby ProductsBumkins Finer Baby ProductsBumkins has a huge selection of eco-friendly products that are available in coordinating prints. Bumkins waterproof bags and cloth diapers are easy to use and clean and help reduce household trash. Award Details »
Buttons Cloth DiapersButtons Cloth DiapersButtons Cloth Diapers make diapering easy and Eco-friendly. Their new prints are so adorable and feature quality details, sturdy leg gussets, and a simple adjustable snap system that allows the diaper to grow with your baby. Award Details »
Cache Coeur Signature Maternity LingerieCache Coeur Signature Maternity LingerieCache Coeur offers elegant solutions for pregnancy and nursing to make life more comfortable and stylish. Their lingerie line includes designs that are functional and embellished with feminine details. Award Details »
Cupcake Organic Nursing PadsCupcake Organic Nursing PadsCupcake Nursing Pads are made from high-quality cotton and are easy to assemble and clean. They offer great coverage in preventing leaks and provide peace of mind while breastfeeding. Award Details »
Cushy CloserCushy CloserCushy Closers are an innovative and streamlined way to keep a door from latching. They are ideal for use on doors to rooms where kids are napping, since the cushion allows the door to be closed but muffles any door closing sounds. Award Details »
Eepples MilkCharmsEepples MilkCharmsEepples MilkCharms are designed to help moms easily label, track, and organize their breast milk supply. The MilkCharm is a reusable dial system that lets moms quickly and easily set and read the day and time when breast milk was pumped. Award Details »
Emily Press Write Your Own LabelsEmily Press Write Your Own LabelsEmily Press waterproof labels are an innovative way to create your own personalized labels. Write on the labels with a permanent marker then seal in your writing with the built-in laminate. These dishwasher-safe labels make it easy to personalize or label your items. Award Details »
It's The Balm Pregnancy Pamper KitIt's The Balm Pregnancy Pamper KitIt's The Balm Pregnancy Pamper Kit includes belly balm, cooling foot scrub, whipped foot balm, and peppermint lip balm, each created with a combination of natural and essential oils formulated to heal and soothe. Organic raw shea butter, peppermint, eucalyptus, and tea tree oil are among the natural ingredients used in this natural pampering kit. Award Details »
Lotus Everywhere CribLotus Everywhere CribThe Lotus Travel Crib by Guava Family is an everywhere crib designed for easy portability and set up. It has mesh breathable sides all the way down to the mattress and a zipper opening in one side for easy access into the crib. The crib can be set up in 15 seconds and it fits into a compact case small enough for a carry-on. Award Details »
Milkies Milk-SaverMilkies Milk-SaverThe Milkies Milk-Saver collects leaking breast milk as a mom nurses, allowing them to store extra breast milk effortlessly with each feeding. The Milk-Saver collects the milk that is leaked when breast milk lets down. It's slim and portable, minimizes leaks and comes with a durable case. Award Details »
Poncho Baby Roly BlanketsPoncho Baby Roly BlanketsThe Poncho Baby Roly Blanket is a super-soft blanket that rolls into a compact clutch for easy carrying. The blanket is made from a double layer of soft cotton. It rolls up and attaches with a snap fastener. Award Details »
Rubber Ducky & Friends Kids' ShowerheadRubber Ducky & Friends Kids' ShowerheadRubber Duckie & Friends showerheads are a fun way to introduce showering to young children. The character shower heads look like bath toys and help parents transition their kids from bathing in the tub to taking showers on their own. Award Details »
Shaikoo Hands Free TowelShaikoo Hands Free TowelThe Shaikoo Towel Wrap was designed to simplify bath time and make baby bathing a fun, safe and relaxing experience. With a simple and durable Velcro-brand fastener around the neck, parents have both their left and right hands available to safely lift, cradle, and dry their wet baby. Award Details »
Strider Sport BikeStrider Sport BikeStrider Bikes are easy to use by toddlers and kids who can't pedal yet. They also allow kids to "skip" the tricycle stage and advance to mastering gliding and balance skills that will help them eventually ride a standard bike. Award Details »
Tubby TableTubby TableThe Tubby Table is an educational bath play surface for toddlers that suctions in the middle of the tub, giving kids a sturdy and safe surface while keeping water and toys inside the tub. Award Details »
Yummi Gear LunchboxesYummi Gear LunchboxesYummi Gear lunchboxes make it easy to take lunch on the go. They are designed to be easy to open for little fingers and keep lunch organized. Yummi Gear lunchboxes have 3 compartments to keep a sandwich, snacks and fruit separate and ready to enjoy. Award Details »
Zipadee-Zip Wearable BlanketZipadee-Zip Wearable BlanketZipadee-Zip helps a baby have the cozy, enclosed, womb-like feel of the swaddle but it allows a baby push up, roll over, and wiggle around safely and freely. It encourages self-soothing and longer, sounder sleep, prevents scratching, and keeps little hands warm all night long. Award Details »

Enter to win this amazing $400 prize package of award winning products!

Baby Buddy Tooth Tissues
Milkies Milk-Saver
CupCake nursing pads + insertable liners
Eepples MilkCharms set of 3
2 Zipadee-Zip wearable blankets
Bumkins 2 Nixi wet bags, 2 reusable snack bags, and 2 Snap-In-One cloth diapers
2 packages Emily Press Write Your Own Classic labels
It's The Balm Vanilla-Sandalwood Spa Kit
Yummi Gear lunchboxes set of 4
Rubber Duckie & Friends Duckie the Duck Bath & Shower Wand
Poncho Baby Roly Blanket
Tubby Table bathtime play table
Buttons Diapers 1 one-size diaper cover and 2 hemp/cotton diaper inserts
bambu Hemp Denim baby bib
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LifeLock Ultimate - Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft

A couple of weeks ago I went to get on my banks website to balance our money and I couldn't get on. It had a warning that it was shut down because of a recent Data Breach at Home Depot.  

I wasn't exactly sure what a data breach was, so if you are like me here is what it is in short…  
A data breach occurs when confidential information, like your SS number, credit card number, or health info, is exposed or accessed by an un-authorized person.  That can be scary.  We don't really use credit card, but we use a debit card and we have had some issues when we had some charges on them that were not ours.  Thankfully they were taken care of, and our identity wasn't stollen.  Studies show that individual who receive a data breach notification letter are more than four times as likely to become victims of identity theft.  

Let me tell you bout LifeLock.  They claim they can help with this issue.  The new LifeLock Ultimate Plus program offers several new activity alerts that add peace of mind against identity fraud in a digitally connected world.  

When news of a potential Home Depot breach was released, LifeLock shared these tips:

  1. Monitor your transactions: Keep an eye on the activity on your credit and debit card accounts, looking for any charges that don’t seem to be yours.
  2. Report suspicious transactions immediately: If you see a card transaction—even a small one—that doesn’t look right, contact the card issuer immediately. The phone number is on the back of your card.
  3. Order a new debit card: If you believe your debit card number was compromised, don’t wait for fraudulent charges to start appearing on your statement. Request a new card from your bank. This way, you reduce the chances of a criminal depleting your bank account, and you avoid potential challenges in recovering your funds. Credit cards offer more protection and less risk because funds are not directly withdrawn from your bank account as they are with a debit card. 
  4. Follow the story: Investigation of this crime is still under way. Watch for news and communication from Home Depot.
  5. Consider using an identity protection service: LifeLock provides identity protection products and services you can count on. In fact, with LifeLock Advantage™ and LifeLock Ultimate Plus™, we can help you detect fraudulent activity with alerts for cash withdrawals, balance transfers and large purchases within our extensive network. 

If that has been a problem in the past or is something that makes you uneasyYou can get LifeLock for as little as $10 a month.  Life lock gives you 3 layers of protection.  They Detect, Alert and Restore! If you want to understand more watch this video...

If you want to know more Lifelock check out the LifeLock Site where they have videos that will help you understand their services a little better.  Also here is a link to LifeLock to get stats on how data breaches occur or costs the costs of a breach.  Right now LifeLock has a promotion for 10% off if you use promo code databreach



Saturday, September 27, 2014

Harvest Snaps Review

This post was created in partnership with Harvest Snaps. I have been compensated for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

We absolutely loved Harvest Snaps! The Snapea Crisps were my favorite but my husband loved all of them especially the Onion Thyme Lentil Snaps.

We have been working really hard to buy healthy snacks for our family, and these were great! A great snack that is guilt free and quick to grab when you are on the run!  My husband ate most of these because he loved them and took them to work.

Harvest Baked Snaps are baked, gluten-free, high in fiber and protein, and low in sodium and fat. Check out their Lunchspiration site where you can win a Harvest Snaps coupon!

Friday, September 26, 2014

My New Favorite Hair Care Line - Living Proof PhD

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Living Proof. I received product samples to facilitate my review and to thank me for my participation.”
About a year ago I cut my hair….it was the saddest day ever. I cut it from the middle of my back to a long bob.  Short in the back and longer in the front. I couldn't even put it into a pony tail. I have no clue what I was thinking :(  I think I was going through some kind of an after baby, emotional, I need a change crisis, so I took it out on my hair.  It has taken forever to grow out, but now it is finally grown out and I am a lot happier.  I'll tell you another reason I am happier.  I was asked to try to this new Shampoo/Conditioner and 5-in-1 Styling Treatment made by Living Proof called PhD {Perfect Hair Day}.  These are sulfate-free, oil-free andsilicone-free.  Guess who is co-owner of this company?  Jennifer Aniston!  I have always loved her hair!  
According to the claims from Living Proof they say that your hair will be more smooth, have more volume, conditioning, strengthening and polishing!  This Shampoo/Conditioner duo also keep your hair cleaner longer, reducing the need to wash your hair as often. It also says on their site that their shampoo is a "revolutionary shampoo that lets you wash your way to beautiful, healthy hair, powered by their patented Healthy Hair Molecule (OFPMA) which:
  • delivers the five benefits for a perfect hair day—smoothness, volume, conditioning, strength and polish
  • helps you wash your hair less often
  • improves hair health instantly and gets better over time"
I am a once every three days, wash my hair person, which usually means down the first day, half up the second day and ponytail the third day, but with this new stuff I am hoping I can keep it down longer and that it won't get oily.  I have curly hair that I straighten a lot and I don't want it to try to go curly during the day, or when it is curly I like it to stay curly, so I am hoping this will help.  I also hope that it give my curly thick hair more volume so I don't have to thin it out!  My hair also looks really dry when I straighten it and get frizzy.  I am hoping this product will get rid of that.  

I have only been using Living Proof PhD for a week and someone walked up to me today at our market and said, "Did you do something different with your hair?" I said "beside actually doing it, I cut some swooping bangs!"  She said, "no it just looks more full and really pretty!" I told her about Living Proof and that it must be my awesome new stuff I am using because I haven't changed anything about my hair.  

That being said after only using the product for a week, I have seen a huge improvement in my hair. It is super soft, stays the way I style it all day long and holds the volume.  I have also seen a HUGE improvement in using the 5-in-1 styling cream on my daughters hair.  We went camping this last weekend, and I put the 5-in-1 styling cream on her wet hair.  The next morning she was brushing out her hair and said, "mom my hair feels so different. It is so soft!"  Since then she asks me to put it in her hair every couple days and has just started using the Shampoo and Conditioner and her hair looks gorgeous!

Here is our before and after! LOL.
They are a little crazy, but as you can see our hair gets frizzy and looks dry when straight and looks oily when curly (not pictured).  I have already noticed a difference in this issues in just a week, but I am going to use this product for a month and then show you the after pictures, because they say if you keep using it, it will just get better!

So now that I have told you about this, you need to go enter the Living Proof hair challenge with me by trying out the products and signing up to win a set of PhD products on the Living Proof Website here:  If you join the challenge here are a few tips from their site…

  • After using the PhD shampoo and conditioner, apply 5-in-1 Styling Treatment to damp hair and blow dry or air dry to create smoothness, volume, strength, conditioning, and polish as well as heat protection, UV protection, and static control. 
  • For the most volume, blow dry your hair with a round brush to enhance volume and body or blow dry with a flat brush to create a smooth, polished blowout.
Also check out these videos or Pinterest boards as references for styling your hair using PhD!  

Thursday, September 25, 2014

M is for Me - Personalized Children's Books

You all know how much I love children's books.   I started buying them before I even had any children!  I just heard about this great company that makes children's book, but makes them very personalized.  This new book from I See Me called M Is for Me is a personalized alphabet book made just for your child! It is beautiful and colorful with delightful and unique illustrations.  
The special thing about this book is the qualities and characteristic for each letter of the alphabet that it shares with your child.  My kids love to hear that they are smart, joyful, imaginative and more!

Not only is your child's first name on the cover but all thoughout the book. Also, when it gets to their letter it personalized it and say T is for Talented and for Taylor.   Your child will learn the ABC's in a fun new and uplifting way!  I know Little Mister and Jack Jack would love these books! They would make great grandparent gifts {hint hint} or even birthday or Christmas presents!  

Have you heard of Gramzies?

I am all about digital pictures.   I do my scrapbooking online and print them that way.  I never print pictures, but I still LOVE getting prints.  The problem is I always forget to print them.  I have a board in my house that I put printed pictures on, but most of them are very outdated! Another thing I love is Instagram!  I just heard about this new company called Gramzies that brings Instagram and printed pictures together!  Let me tell you about it...
Each month you get a package with 10 prints taken from your Instagram feed. They are automatically selected based on most likes or more recent, printed and shipped to your door each month automatically. They are size 4"x4" on high quality paper with no brand stuff at all.

I know not only me, but my kids would love to get this in the mail.  I have this plan to put them on foam board and create a little wall in my house with all our Instagram pictures.  Wouldn't that be cute!

No reason to feel guilty about not getting your memories printed anymore. Plus you have 10 prints each month to put in a photo album or on the wall or fridge for your kids and for generations to come.

Gramzies is your own little personal photo printer.  Your own personal assistant that gets your photos for you and all you have to do is go to your mailbox to pick them up.  If you post more than ten times a month and might not want all of the photos, no worries, you can take control by tagging your photos with #gramzies and it goes to the top of your priority list. They send them on the same day each month, but the cool thing is, right when you sign up you will get your first set of pictures printed.  

And just in case you were wondering, cuz I was wondering the same thing, here is what they have to say about privacy on their site
We don't store your login or password. Instagram gives us a token to usePayment. We don't store any payment information. This is a standard best practice. Your private information- What is private... everything. We don't sell or share data.

So what are you waiting for go sign up.  I am super excited to get my first 10 pictures!!!


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