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We’re Finding Ways to Fight Zika at Home – GIVEAWAY

I’m sure you’re as freaked out about the Zika virus as I am, especially now that it has reached America. Zika virus has been transmitted mostly by mosquito bite and can be passed from mother to fetus, causing birth defects including microcephaly. It also can cause fever, rash; and, in people with vulnerable immune systems, it can result in serious illness.

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We are always avoiding mosquito bites in our family, because they cause us to have huge welts on our bodies that are itchy and painful. With the spread of this virus, I’m even more motivated to shield my family from mosquitos. I’m definitely not planning on becoming pregnant in the next few years, but I still worry about our family contracting the Zika virus and becoming ill.

So, here are the ways we are limiting our risk of Zika exposure.

Mosquito Repellent: I have long been opposed to chemicals, like DEET, for protection against mosquitos. My new philosophy is “use what you’ve got.” However, I still can’t bring myself to spray that stuff on my children every night in the summer! I’m definitely not spraying it on my 1-year-old! (I tried one night and could only bring myself to spray the bottom of her stroller.)

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So, I rely on natural wearable mosquito repellent. I used a particular brand, Para’Kito all last summer, and I’m using it again this summer. I received a Para’Kito Refillable Band free for the purpose of review. Enter below for your chance to win one of your own!

We often wear the Para'Kito band on our ankles because it's a mosquito's favorite spot.
We often wear the Para’Kito band on our ankles because it’s a mosquito’s favorite spot.

Para’Kito’s wearable products contain a refill pellet in a snug mesh pocket. Each pellet remains effective for 15 days and they are even waterproof. The pellet’s natural oils (citronella, rosemary, geranium, mint, clove, and peppermint) fill the air around the body, masking bodily scents that attract mosquitos. My favorite thing about Para’Kito products are DEET-free, buzz-free, and smell so good.

Where's my Para'Kito?!
Where’s my Para’Kito?!

Travel: Not to worry! We don’t have any imminent travel plans. We spend most of our travel money on a beach club in the summer, so I don’t have to worry about our exposure in any exotic locales.

Air conditioning: Check! I have no problem shutting the windows and turning on the A/C at the first sign of warm humidity. And my A/C-hating husband can’t complain because…we are protecting ourselves from sneaky mosquitos.

Clothing: This took some conscious actions on my part. Putting the kids in pants, socks, and shoes when they are about to play outside in warm, humid weather feels counterintuitive, but we’re making it work. After a couple of arguments about wearing Crocs and shorts at dusk, they’re starting to anticipate my new dress code.

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Baby Mantra: Natural Baby Skincare Review and Giveaway

I received this product for the purpose of this review, however, I am not compensated for writing or obligated to write anything specific. These are my own opinions and they have not been influenced in any way by Baby Mantra.

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Enter to win all these Baby Mantra products below!

When it comes to anything that comes in contact with my kids’ bodies, I always look for natural products made by companies with environmentally responsible practices. Not only do I want to minimize my kids’ exposure to chemicals and other harmful ingredients, but my family all have sensitive skin and need allergy-tested products. That’s why I’ve been loving my new collection of Baby Mantra products.

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Happy baby after bath!

My kids share my dry, fair, and sensitive skin. Even many products marketed for babies and sensitive skin either dry out our skin or make us break out in a painful or itchy rash. The Baby Mantra products were friendly to our skin and left it soft and smelling heavenly.

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We both have super-sensitive skin.

About Baby Mantra

Baby Mantra’s earth-friendly range of extremely gentle personal care products for children (newborn to 8 years old) are made with all-natural skincare ingredients. Baby Mantra products have been certified by the Natural Products Association (NPA), are gluten-free, allergy-tested and cruelty-free.

You can find Baby Mantra products across the country at stores like Albertsons, Jewel Osco, Walgreens, Duane Reade, Babies ‘R Us, and Meijer. We recommend using the store locator on the company’s website to find a store nearest you. In addition, Baby Mantra can be found online on websites such as Amazon.com, Babiesrus.com,, Drugstore.com, Walgreens.com, and Diapers.com.

Be sure to follow and like Baby Mantra on Facebook for coupons and other offers.

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1.  3-in-1 Bubble Bath, Shampoo & Wash

2. Calming Lotion

3. Newborn Shampoo & Wash

4. Diaper Rash Ointment

5. Calming Massage Oil

6. Detangling Conditioner

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GIVEAWAY! Super Lice Solution

I received a Vamousse Mousse and Shampoo for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.

It’s the louse’s favorite time of year! Kids are coming back from camp and they’re on their way back to school. Their adorable little heads are just asking for lice to make themselves at home. And now news reports claim that lice are resistant to traditional over-the-counter insecticides. All the more reason to choose a natural prevention and treatment product, like Vamousse. We’ve used Vamousse and here’s our review.

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We experienced lice once, and it was one time too many. Even the idea of lice was something I refused to face, and I was completely blind-sided when it happened. I had received a free treatment mousse from Vamousse and kept it in the closet, thinking it was only taking up space. I was so very thankful to have that bottle in my closet when it hit because, instead of having to go drugstore shopping, I was able to treat the kids immediately.

There was nothing pleasant about treating lice; however, one 15 minute treatment and a few subsequent shampoos for good measure were effective for us. None of us experienced any unpleasant side effects either, perhaps due to the natural ingredients. Ever since then, I always keep at least a full Vamousse treatment bottle and prevention shampoo in the closet.

Vamousse Lice Treatment

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  • Kills lice and eggs fast
  • Single 15-minute treatment, no need to reapply
  • Quick and precise application with easy-to-use mousse
  • Safe and non-toxic
  • Pesticide-free

Vamousse Lice Protection Shampoo

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  • Gentle daily shampoo kills lice
  • Helps keep your entire family lice free
  • For use during outbreaks at school, prior to camp or sleepovers
  • Allows kids to return to school even after an outbreak has occurred

Vamousse Lice Treatment (MSRP $24.99) is available nationwide at Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, Kmart, and in some regional chains, including Harris Teeter, and online at Amazon.com and Drugstore.com.  Vamousse Lice Protection Shampoo (MSRP $12.99) is available nationwide at Walmart and online at Amazon.com, Drugstore.com and Walmart.com.

GIVEAWAY: Vamousse Lice Treatment and Protection Shampoo

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Para’Kito Natural Mosquito Repellent Wristband GIVEAWAY

I received a sample PARA’KITO wristband for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.

PARA’KITO is a new line of refillable mosquito repellent wristbands that use natural essential oils and are DEET, GMO and spray free. They can be worn on the wrist or ankle, fit adults and children, and are waterproof. The wristband comes with two repellent pellets. Once opened and inserted into the wristband’s mesh pocket, each pellet lasts for 15 days.

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The wristband I received is comfortable and stylish – I love the fuchsia! It’s comfortable and it fits the children and adults in the family well.

My tough girl wearing her Para'Kito well.
My tough girl wearing her Para’Kito well.

I’m really loving the smell. The citronella is identifiable, but it also has a floral scent from the geranium oil and a freshness from the mint, rosemary and clove.  We’ve been using it for about two weeks, which is the maximum time Para’Kito promises to be effective, and it still smells potent.

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The Para’Kito reifill in my little girl’s hand.

Does it work? I have to say…when I wore the wristband on my wrist, I noticed that I was free of bites on my arms, but had a bunch of bites on my legs. Perhaps my arms were protected because I was wearing it on my wrist. If this is evidence that it works, then I’d wear another one on my ankle! I’ll definitely check out the other products from Para’Kito like the Refillable Clip and the Role On Gel.

Enter to win and check out other products from Para’Kito.

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Blue Man Group Tickets Giveaway

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As a Blogger Bash NYC attendee, I was invited to see the Blue Man Group perform.  I’m so excited to offer a lucky reader 4 tickets to a Blue Man Group show in New York, Boston, Chicago, Orlando,  Las Vegas, or ANY of their North American Tour dates!

ENTER BELOW and DARE TO LIVE IN FULL COLOR!

Blue Man Group Blogger Bash Performance

Blue Man Group is comedy, theater, rock concert and dance party all rolled into one. This wildly popular phenomenon delivers an unforgettable multisensory experience. What an amazing, unique, and entertaining show fora broad range of age groups and cultural backgrounds.
The music and the setting are intense: original rock music with heavy drums and a dark and industrial scene. It gets the audience immersed in the show from the start, then warms us up as we get to know the simple and kind personalities of the Blue Men.
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The show is full of awesome surprises. If you sit in the first few rows, you’ll be given a poncho in case of splatter. But no matter where you sit, every audience member should be prepared to participate.

Creative Director Randall Jaynes taking questions at the Blue Man Group Blogger Bash Q&A

The biggest impression the show had on me was how talented the cast is. We met Randall Jaynes, an original Blue Man who currently trains new cast members. These guys must be exceptionally talented in music, especially drumming, and physical comedy even before the hours and hours of Blue Man Group rehearsal. Their talent really makes the show impressive.

Buy tickets here and enter below for 4 free tickets!

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T-Rex Trying and Trying Children’s Book #Giveaway

 

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I reviewed the hilarious children’s book, T-Rex Trying and Trying by Hugh Murphy, about the trials and tribulations of being T-Rex in the modern world.  See my review at Raising Three Savvy Ladies and enter below!

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Kick Off The New School Year with a #StrideRite #Giveaway! #BTS #Fashion #Win

My son received a free pair of kicks from Stride Rite so I could tell you what we think.  All opinions are my own (and his).  Stride Rite also set me up with a giveaway for TWO lucky readers! 

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I attended the Momtrends Back-to-School Event in the summer with Stride Rite and had the chance to check out their newest designs for back-to-school shoes.

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One thing I LOVE about Stride Rite, is that it’s one-stop-shopping. Not only do they sell Stride Rite brand shoes, but they have other top brands in the store and on the website.  Stride Rite brand is right-on with style and fit, especially in the early years; but when you have different kids, with different taste, you need tons of options.  I’ve been buying Stride Rite brand almost exclusively for my kids until this year when my 1st grader chose Saucony’s Excursion Lace.  He loves the comfort and the cool style, and we’re happy knowing that his feet are supported with quality shoes that are going to last.

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Saucony Excursion Lace $50.00

Plus, we didn’t have to shop somewhere else for his little sister!

A good sparkly choice for my little girl!  The Stride Rite SRT Lydia $46.00
A good sparkly choice for my little girl! The Stride Rite SRT Lydia $46.00

Go to the Stride Rite store to have your children’s feet accurately measured and try on lots of trendy styles like the Stride Rite character collections with Transformers, Star Wars, and Marvel.  Then check out the many top brands in stock, like Crocs, Merrill, Saucony, and Sperry.  Or, visit StrideRite.com and shop from home.  Don’t forget to use your Stride Rite Rewards card for benefits like a $10 reward for every $75 spent.

Giveaway!!

Earn lots of chances to win a free pair of shoes from Stride Rite below. Then, visit Raising Three Ladies for ANOTHER Stride Rite giveaway!

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Be ready for #BackToSchool! #Win Lice Treatment/Prevention Products from @Vamousselice! #Giveaway #BTS

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I received the following products for the purpose of review and giveaway. All opinions are my own.

Have you received the dreaded “lice letter” before? It’s the one notifying you of a lice outbreak in your child’s school. Immediately your skin crawls and your head starts to itch. What do you do next?!

If your family has the misfortune of a lice infestation, Vamousse makes an easy-to-apply mousse that works in 15 minutes to kill 100% percent of lice and their eggs. Instead of synthetic pesticides, Vamousse uses a non-toxic, pesticide free product with scientific support for its effectiveness in killing lice and eggs. Sounds good to me!

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Vamousse Treatment Mousse

Now, what if your family doesn’t have lice, but you think it’s only a matter of time if your kids are exposed at school? Or perhaps you’re sending your child to camp or to a sleepover and you know the chances of getting lice is greater than normal. You and your child may never get it but you want to do something to prevent it!

Vamousse makes a lice prevention shampoo for this scenario. It’s free of chemicals so you don’t have to worry about harming your children when they have been exposed to lice but might not be infected.

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Vamousse Preventative Shampoo

I received a bottle of the Treatment Mousse and a travel-size Prevention Shampoo at the Momtrends Back-To-School-Event. (See my post about the event at Raising Three Savvy Ladies!) They say that the best time to purchase Lice treatment is BEFORE they arrive, so I feel peace of mind having Vamousse in the house just in case. I don’t know what it’s like to use on my head, but it smells pretty good – like eucalyptus.

Vamousse can be purchased over-the-counter in stores, pharmacies, and online, including Walmart and Amazon.com.

Or, WIN a FREE full-size set of both products worth over $40! Enter below…

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