Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Kiss Me Organics Ceremonial Grade Matcha Green Tea Review


So when my Ceremonial Grade Matcha came, I was so stoked to try it that day.  I just couldn't wait!


It was lovely!  I don't use the word lovely much....not sure why.  But it was fitting for this.  What do I love about Kiss Me Organics?  First off, they have over 100 years of organic farming experience!   Their certified organic family-owned Japanese tea farm has been operating since 1915 and has been run by the same family for over 3 generations.  I love family owned and operated businesses.  Why else do I love Kiss Me Organics?  Because their Matcha is awesome!  So flavorful and full of antioxidants.  It provides great energy and metabolism boost and its great for healthy skin too.



I tried their Organic Matcha Green Tea powder before and not only can you use it to make green tea drinks but you can also cook and bake with it.  Its really versatile.  But this Ceremonial Grade is typically brewed with water.  You can do other things with it but this is my favorite method for making it.  It was great!  This tea tin would make a great stocking stuffer for a tea lover!



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

IntelliGLASS Hardened Glass Screen Protector Review & GIVEAWAY!

The one thing that bothers me the most about all of these new and expensive devices, is the fact that I am super clumsy!  Its hard for me to imagine investing so much in technology because the thought of breaking something so valuable is just terrifying to me.  But there are products out there to help us protect and preserve our precious technology so that we don't have to do so much worried!


I recently discovered intelliGLASS from intelliARMOR.  They are a new line of screen protectors that are crafted with a very unique and cool layering process that combines an advanced silicone base layer that adheres to your phone or tablet without bubbling and without leaving any gross, sticky residue.  Plus an ultra hardened glass layer that is scratch resistant.   They actually have a greater scratch resistance than steel!  You can run your car keys across these things with no scratching.


They are also resistant to oil and smudging so you don't end up with oily finger prints and marks on your screen.  The screen remains clear and clean and cleaning the screen is easier.


 I always seen people with busted and cracked screens on their phones and it makes me so paranoid to take our devices out with us.  But theres no way to enjoy them when they're locked up at home for safe keeping.  So the new intelliGLASS is my new best friend!  Ours is so durable and makes our screen look amazingly crystal clear and clean!  No messy fingerprints from my toddler and super strong!

You can order yours on the intelliARMOR website!  They have intelliGLASS for tons of different devices, smart phones and tablets.

You can also WIN ONE for your own device!

One lucky winner will win an intelliGLASS for their device!

Giveaway ends 12/9/2014.  Open to US only.  Must be 18+ to enter.
One winner will be randomly selected.  Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize.
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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Dr. Song Hyaluronic Acid With Vitamin C Review

I love pampering my skin and love trying new skin care products.  I've become pretty familiar with Dr. Song products and have tried several recently.  I had the opportunity to try Dr. Song Hyaluronic Acid With Vitamin C.

This has been one of my favorites so far.  Its a different consistency than others I've tried.  Others have the consistency of water but this has more thickness to it so it feels nice on my skin.  Its also a 4oz bottle and most serums I use are smaller bottles.  So this bottle will last me a long time.  It makes my skin feel smooth and moisturized and really looks healthy.  My skin has looked pretty tired lately thanks to stress but my face is looking more full of life and my skin has been nourished.  Its not greasy or oily.  Its light and refreshing and made my skin feel smooth and hydrated.

If you're interested in trying Dr. Song Hyaluronic Acid With Vitamin C Professional Serum,
you can order it on Amazon!

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

Sunday, November 23, 2014

My Baby's Got Smart Bottoms! Smart Bottoms Smart One 3.1 AIO Organic Cloth Diaper Review + GIVEAWAY!

My baby's got Smart Bottoms!  Smart Bottoms Cloth Diapers that is.   I guess you can call her a SMARTy pants.  I am so proud to be a cloth diaper mom!  I love talking about cloth diapers, love using them on my baby and love seeing other parents inspired to try them too.  And I especially love telling all my friends and family about our favorite cloth diapers brands.  One diaper that we are new to and definitely new fans of, is the Smart Bottoms Smart One 3.1 All-In-One Organic Cloth Diaper!


The fantastic Smart Bottoms team sent us one of their Smart One 3.1 diapers to try.  I was so excited when it came!   The print is just to die for. Not only do I absolutely LOVE plaid.....but look closer!


Its not just an adorable plaid.....its like a multicolored plaid hounds tooth!  The mamas in my babywearing group are going to love this diaper.  Some of my babywearing mommy friends have an intense undying love for hounds tooth.  But all hounds tooth aside, that's not the only cool thing about our Smart One 3.1.


I love AIOs (All-In-Ones).  They are just so convenient!  When Emma's Daddy is helping with diaper laundry, he often gets hung up on the stuffing part.  Hes got big daddy hands and sometimes has trouble getting his hands in pockets to stuff.  He also gets pretty stressed out when he has to figure out what inserts go with what.  I always used to tell him that for most of them, it doesn't matter too much but he'd still get flustered.  So AIOs are awesome because its all there, in one diaper and you don't have to decide what goes with what.  Great for relatives that aren't used to cloth diapering day after day too!


I really love the lining of this diaper.  Its really soft and smooth.  The lining is made of 100% certified organic cotton but the cool thing is that there are 10 layers of organic cotton to make this diaper really absorbent.  The smooth organic cotton reminds me of a broken in tshirt.  Its really soft against my baby's bum.  This has become one of my favorite diapers for nighttime because of the fact that its so soft and the fact that its so stretchy.  My baby is a tosser.  She tosses around in her sleep constantly so having a diaper that stretches to accommodate her crazy sleeping positions is something you don't always think about.  Some diapers are too stiff and she ends up with marks on her tummy if she sleeps curled up in a ball for too long.  But this one is so soft, stretchy and has nice wide leg elastics so she doesn't end up with red marks. 


The fully attached insert is also made up of layers of organic cotton and you can fold it up to customize your absorbency.  Fold it more in the front or center, depending on what your baby needs.  You could still add an extra insert if you needed it but Emma is a heavy wetter and we were able to use this diaper on its own without having any leaks.  We tested it at nighttime too and she did great in it.  She didn't have any leaks by morning.


Its a one size diaper too so its got a snap down rise made up of sturdy, good quality snaps.  They snaps are good and secure!  That's the extra awesome factor.  Some diapers I've tried have snaps that easy come unsnapped.  That's fine for me but once your toddler figures out how to undo snaps, you suddenly find your house being taken over by teeny tiny spontaneously naked person and sometimes its not always cute.   Emma knows how to get snaps undone. But so far, she hasn't managed to get her Smart Bottoms off.  So these snaps are good and snapped so mama doesn't have to worry.


And since its one size, your baby can wear this diaper from 10 pounds to potty learning.  I love one size diapers because I can use them for the entire time my baby is in diapers.  And not only does cloth diapering save money over disposables but it saves me money not having to buy bigger sizes later on.  Cloth diapers for the win!


This diaper is not bulky either which is a huge plus for me.  Cloth diapers don't always work so well with certain styles of pants.  And now its November in Iowa.  We've already had our first heavy snow fall and we've had a full cover of snow for a week now.  Its been freezing out so pants are mandatory.  This diaper works great with pants because the design is so trim.  My kiddo doesn't have what looks like such a big booty in this diaper like some others.   It dried pretty quickly too.  Its got several layers of the organic cotton but its slim because the cotton is thin.  Its still crazy absorbent but the cotton dries really fast which is super awesome since we air dry all of our diapers.


Overall, I was really happy with this diaper.  I'm hoping to get a few more soon because I love the diaper and there are several other prints I'm just dying to have.  They have some really nice solid colors too.  And the diapers all have different contrasting snap colors.  I love colored snaps!  I would definitely recommend trying this diaper!  We've become big fans of these diapers and I've heard a lot of moms talk about how much they love the diapers and the service.  It seems like Smart Bottoms just has a really great reputation for great products and great service.  And did you know that Smart Bottoms is 100% made in the US?  Awesome right!  And they offer free shipping on all regular prices items on their website.  So many reasons to love!  So many good reasons to order too.


Check out the rest of the Smart Bottoms diapers, other products and accessories on their website.  You can also connect with Smart Bottoms on social media by liking them on Facebook and following on Twitter. You can also follow them on Instagram! There is also a Facebook group called the Smart Pants- Fans of Smart Bottoms Facebook Group that you can join and don't forget to sign up for their blog feed so you'll be the first to know about everything going on at Smart Bottoms.


And remember that sweet service I mentioned?
Well the Smart Bottoms team is so sweet I must add, that they are offering one lucky 
The Bee Hive Buzz reader, a chance to WIN
a Smart Bottoms Smart One 3.1 AIO Cloth Diaper!

Winner will receive
Winner can choose any in stock pattern or color!


Giveaway ends 12/8/2014.  Open to US & Canada.  Must be 18+ to enter.  One winner will be randomly selected.  Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize.  If prize is not claimed, a new winner will be randomly selected.  Good Luck!

Enter using the Rafflecopter form below!

Disclosure:
I was provided with a sample product free of charge to facilitate this review.  I was not compensated for this review or for hosting this giveaway.  This post may contain affiliate links.  All opinions expressed in this post are my true and honest opinions!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Make Cleaning A Little Safer With EcoDiscoveries #EcoDiscoveries

I've been working hard to get rid of the toxic cleaners in our house.  Ever since Emma came along I've become more concerned about what we bring into our house, especially when it comes to cleaning products.  I recently tried some cleaners from EcoDiscoveries and really liked them!



EcoDiscoveries sent us 4 of their cleaners.  We tried the Airzyme Air and Fabric Deodorizer,MoldZyme Mold & Mildew Cleaner, the Pet Odor & Stain Remover and their Multi-Surface Cleaner.  They all worked great and I felt better knowing that they were safer to use in my house around my family because they are plant based.


The Airzyme was great!  I used some of this on a couple of rugs.  We have rugs in our house that are hard to wash and dry.  We air dry everything in our house because we don't have a dryer so sometimes, we manage to get our rugs clean but they take so long to air dry and end up smelling not so fresh. I misted them with the Airzyme and the musty smell was gone once it dried!


The MoldZyme was like a miracle worker.  I used some of this to clean some mildew stains off of a cloth garbage liner.  I had tried other products on it with no luck but this took the mildew spots off easily.  I also spritz a bit of it around our bathtub where we had a few mildew stains and it looks so much better now.


The Pet Odor & Stain Remover was great for the carpet in our living room.  We have a doberman and although shes not a stinky dog, we do get dog smell in our house, especially where she spends the most time sleeping.  It worked great for the dog smell and I cant wait to try it in the basement where the cats hang out.


The Multi-Surface was probably my favorite.  I used this to clean the sink and counter tops in my kitchen and bathroom.  I had some goop stuck to my kitchen counter after we had made a meal.  There was some honey and some dried pasta sauce splattered where we were plating our meals.  Later that night I used the Multi-Surface spray and it immediately wiped clean.  I didn't even have to let it sit and soak.


The cleaners are fragrance free so none of them really had much of a smell.  Nothing overpowering and no heavy chemical smell like other products Ive used in the past.  I hate it when I clean and it makes my lungs hurt.  I felt much better using these.  Plus they are all biodegradable and non-toxic!

The product packaging uses less waste as well.  The cleaner is sold in small refill bottles of concentrate and you reuse the spray bottle and cut down on waste by just ordering refills.

Overall I was happy with EcoDiscoveries and would recommend them if you're looking for safer cleaning products.  You can order EcoDiscoveries on their website!

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

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Tula Baby Carrier Giveaway! Win a Standard Lil Rascals Tula Baby Carrier!

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Welcome to the Lil Rascals Tula Baby Carrier Giveaway!
You have no idea how excited I am about this amazing giveaway!
We have a Tula in this same print, and its absolutely beautiful in person and we are huge Tula fans! 
I am delighted to offer you the chance to win this amazing carrier!

Tula baby carriers are one of the most popular on the market, and for good reason!  A Tula carrier is made with 100% Oko Tex Standard cotton, is highly adjustable with  comfortably padded (for both mamas, daddys and baby), and includes handy features like hip pockets and a removable hood. And getting to choose from a wide variety of designer prints and colors makes owning a Tula even more fun! Tula baby carriers are made in Poland and Mexico. They can be used with infants and toddlers from 15-45 lbs, or with little ones 8 pounds and up with the addition of an optional Tula infant insert.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

My Baby's First Seizure....And Hopefully The Last

Having to take your baby to the hospital by ambulance would be a terrifying situation.  But getting a phone call when you're 45 minutes away from your baby.....and hearing the words "shes having a seizure, the ambulance is coming" I must say, is far far worse.  That's what happened Saturday and I hope to never ever have to live through that ever again.

Emma was fine early on in the day on Saturday.  She was great!  We went to our local Babywearing moms meet up and Emma was running around, giggling, playing peekaboo, and playing with other kids.  She was happy and was doing just great!  Afterwards we headed over to my parents for a visit.  She took a late afternoon nap while my dad anxiously waited for her to wake up so they could play, while my mom and I ran a few errands.  We got home and her Papa got her up and when he did, we could just tell that she wasn't quite right.  Her eyes were droopy and you could tell in her face that she didn't feel good.

We had gotten our first real snow of the season and the roads were pretty slick.  Her daddy and I hate driving with her in the winter.  Were good drivers but the fear is the other drivers.  Around here, people are not as careful as they should be on the roads and when the roads are icy, things get pretty dangerous.  Emma had just a slight temp, but shes also cutting a couple of new back teeth.  Shes gotten a temp before when cutting teeth and we assumed this was a repeat.  We gave her a dose of baby Tylenol to keep the fever down and decided that it was best that she spent the night at grandma and papa's house rather than brave the slippery roads for the 45+ minute drive home.  She loves having sleepovers with grandma and papa and they love having her.  So we got her dressed in a pair of comfy PJs and left.

We had just walked in the door at home when I got a phone call from my mom.  She wanted to let me know that Emma was getting worse and she was worried.  In just a few hours, her temp had gone from normal to over 103.  I was just about to tell my mom that we would get back in the car and head back to their house and that I think it would be best if they take her into the ER just to be safe.... when my mom started to yell.  "I have to go! I have to go!  Somethings wrong!  Oh my god, somethings wrong!"
Click.

I immediately dialed back.  The line was busy.  I dialed again several more times.  Busy.

I grabbed my coat and told Mr. Bee that we needed to go.  That I didn't know what was wrong, but something was wrong and we had to go NOW!  We got back in the car.  My mom called back.  She said Emma was having a seizure and the ambulance was coming.

My baby, not even 2 years old, was having a seizure and I was more than 45 minutes away from her.  That's 45 minutes on clean, dry roads.  It had taken us an hour to get home.  Now, I had an hour drive to get to my baby who was being rushed to the hospital in an ambulance.  My baby had a seizure and I wasn't there.

So many thoughts crossed my mind.  Thoughts I cant bare to put in writing.  What if kinds of thoughts... Because I didn't know what was happening or what was going to happen.  In those moments I hated myself.  Mr. Bee was driving but I made him pull over so that I could drive.  He gets nervous driving in winter and the thought of Emma I knew would make him more nervous.  I was in mama bear mode.  Get to your baby! Get to your baby!  That's what was playing over and over my head.  I got in the drivers seat and thought "F**k the snow!"  We got to the hospital in 30 minutes.  We got to the hospital only minutes after Emma had arrived in the ambulance.

When we got there she was out of it.  She couldn't see straight.  She was crying.  She couldn't focus her eyes or control her body movements.  She had thrown up.  Her cries made my bones ache.  The sound of her poor little cries.  It didn't sound like her.  The doctors told us she had something called a Febrile Seizure, which thankfully isn't something severely dangerous as long as its handled properly.   The seizure was a result of her sudden spike in temperature.  Not from the high temp itself but from her brain being shocked by the drastic and sudden increase.  They told us that after 45 minutes or so, we should see her acting normal again.

Well after several hours in the ER, she was not snapping out of it.  The doctors ran blood work and ran tests and all came back normal, but she still wasn't snapping out of this.  The ER doctor said that he felt we needed to do a spinal tap to check for Meningitis.  So we did.  She had very little reaction to it.  He told us that normally it takes a couple of nurses to hold a child down for a spinal tab and they normally (even small kiddos like mine) will thrash around.  But my baby just sat there crying.  That's not normal.  So that was even more reason to run these tests.  The doctor told us we were welcome to leave the room while they did the spinal tap.  He said most parents leave the room because if they stay, they cry because its awful to watch.  I couldn't leave!  I couldn't even think of the idea of leaving my daughter alone for this.  She was not in her right mind, and she may not even have been coherent enough to realize what was happening.  But the thought of my 20 month old daughter, terrified and in pain, having to watch her mommy walk out of the room and then be held down by strangers and had painful things done to her and not understanding why.  I couldn't do that to her!  I couldn't leave her!  I'm her mother!  I just couldn't leave her.  No matter how horrible it was for me to watch.  It was worse for her and would have been worse if her mommy had abandoned her.   Because she did not move, the nurse allowed me to hold her hands to comfort her.  I don't know if she recognized me or not, but we never broke eye contact.  I told her over and over that mommy is here, mommy is so proud of my brave big girl.

After the spinal tap was over she was admitted to the pediatric ward for observation for a few days.  She spent her stay in the hospital hooked up to monitors and an IV.  It took 7 tries to get an IV into her tiny veins.   The last attempt to get an IV in her, they came and got her from her room at about 5am.  They told me I was welcome to stay behind and get some sleep.  Well that wasn't happening, no way in h*ll were they taking my baby and poking her with needles while I peacefully slept.  So I carried her down the hall myself to a brightly lit room with a bed where I layed her down.  By this time, she was able to recognize me.  She had become coherent enough to know that her mommy had her.  They stuck needles in both of her feet and her hand.  She screamed "Mommy! Mommy! Mommy!" the entire time.  I didn't let the tears out because I didn't want my tears to frighten her anymore than she already was.  I stroked her hair and told her she was so much braver than mommy could ever be and that I was proud of her and that I love her.  "Mommy is here! Its almost over sugar!  Mommy is so proud of you!"


After she got back to her room, I rocked her to sleep and stayed there rocking her till about 7 in the morning.  I put her down in her crib and tried to sleep for a few minutes but didn't.  I couldn't.  I just layed there watching her sleep.  My baby was hooked up to tubes in what looked like a cage.  There was no rest for me.


Over time, she got better.  Slowly, Emma came back and she started to act like her self again.  We still battled the rising temps in the hospital and at one point almost got to 103 again but managed to bring it back down.  Thankfully, the meningitis culture came back negative.  The doctors said that her fever must have been from something viral as all of her labs came back negative.   And she eventually got to come back home.


My poor parents are traumatized.  Imagine being a grandparent and your grandbaby having a seizure in your arms.  But it could have been a lot worse.  Emma had been in bed asleep before the seizure but my mom's wiener dog (the baby's guardian weenie, Oscar) kept scratching at the door.   Emma has her own room at my parents house.  Oscar is head over heels in love with Emma.  Hes such a good boy and never leaves her side when shes there visiting.  When she was a tiny baby, he would sleep at the foot of the spare bed in her room by her crib and he would protect and guard her while she slept.   That night, he managed to push the door open at one point and got into Emma's room.  He actually poked at her through her crib bars with his nose and woke her up.  That's when my mom got her up and took her to the living room to snuggle and try to get her relaxed and back to sleep.  Then her eyes rolled back in her head and the seizure happened.  He whole body went limp at first.  Then her whole body stiffened up and she began to shake.  It went on for several minutes and she was unresponsive. She vomited a lot during the seizure but didn't make a sound.  My mom said the whole ordeal was silent. She was talking to Oscar one second then having the seizure the next, and not a peep.  The doctors said that if she hadn't been woken up by the dog and had the seizure in her sleep on her back and vomited, she could have aspirated on her vomit and no one would have known till morning. They said the biggest complication of these seizures is when kids have them on their back and aspirate on vomit.  You always here people talking about rolling a drunk person over on their side if they vomit so they don't drown in their own puke.  Well the same thing can happen with these seizures.

Oscar knew something was wrong and knew he needed to get the baby up.  And if he hadn't, who knows what would have happened.  So many things could have gone wrong.  If we had taken Emma home with us, she might have had the seizure in the backseat in her car seat.  Shes still rear facing so we wouldn't have seen her face.  We wouldn't have known.  So leaving her at my parents was absolutely the right thing.  I hated myself in the moment but looking back, I'm so thankful that's where she was!  And theres no one else I'd trust to take care of my baby more than my parents.  They are both amazing and shes so lucky she has them both.  They are the best grandparents a little girl could ever ask for.

I'm so thankful that shes ok!  Theres a chance this could happen again.  She might or might not have another.  Theres no way of knowing and no way to prevent it.  But I'm so thankful my baby is ok and hope she never ever has to relive that!