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And we’re back… with a giveaway!

June 22, 2011

It is amazing just how much you can get done during a six-week blog break. I’m back just in time for our biggest East Sacramento event (the 4th of July parade), another media appearance (more on that in a minute) and a perfect-for-summer set of giveaways. Thank you for your continued support of East Sacramento Mom, and a HUGE thanks to Courtney, Kristen, and Paige and Jessica for their contributions and understanding during the hiatus.

On to the television spotlight, I (June) will be on News 10 on Friday morning at 6:15am reviewing products for summer fun at the park. Check out the segment, but more importantly, watch it to check out the cool stuff you can enter to win! Here’s a preview…

Aquajogger Junior

 The AquaJogger Junior is a fantastic in-water device that allows kids to learn to swim, play water games and have fitness fun. The Aquajogger Junior is worn like a belt and comfortably suspends the child wearing it at shoulder level in deep water allowing her/him to breathe normally and move freely while performing a wide variety of water activities. Contoured to fit a child’s body, and both fully adjustible and secure, the Aquajogger Junior is easy to use and comfortable. Also available for older children are in-water exercise tools, like dumbbells and leg weights. Includes a Splash Club Handbook featuring water games, swimming tips, and safety information. For ages 3 and up. $24.95.

Peekaru Ozone

 Peekaru Ozone lets parents take their baby out in the sunshine without worrying about sun damage or having to apply chemical sunscreens. The Peekaru Ozone is a uniquely breathable and lightweight baby carrier sun cover that attaches securely over any soft baby carrier, keeping baby shaded and cool. Can also be attached to any standard car seat or stroller. The super soft, moisture-wicking fabric blocks 95% of the sun’s UVA and UVB rays while keeping baby cool and comfortable. Fits babies from birth through two years with an adjustable bottom that easily and securely cinches up for use with small babies, and lets out to accommodate babies’ legs as they grow. $44.95.

Sport-Brella

 The Sport-Brella XL gives the whole family instant protection from the sun, rain, and wind with its domed shape, side flaps and 125 SPF. Its umbrella action open mechanism allows it to be set up in just three seconds and fits the family, fully 9 ft. wide. Includes top wind vents, side zippered windows for efficient airflow and additional visibility, internal pockets for gear and valuables, convenient carry bag and tethers/ground stakes for use when necessary for additional stability. $69.99

Sport-Brella Chair

 The Sport-Brella Chair is the ultimate chair for any outdoor setting. It is a portable fold-up sport chair, but unlike other fold-out sport chairs, it has an attached 360 degree swivel umbrella which can be moved from one side of the chair to the other and can be swiveled at 3 different points at the push of a button to offer complete coverage from the sun and wind at any conceivable angle. The umbrella opens out to 46 inches wide and has a UPF 50+ lining for maximum sun protection. The Sport-Brella Chair also has a built-in cup holder, bottle opener and item pouch. Folds down instantly and fits into a compact carry bag. $39.99

So there you have it, East Sac Moms. Check back on Friday to find out how to win one of the cool items above. In the mean time, I’ll be working on cleaning up the calendar page, and scheduling some cool East Sacramento activity posts for you. Thanks again for your patience, and I look forward to hearing from you and sharing East Sac events and activities for you.

We’ll see you there!

KCRA 3 on 58 + a GIVEAWAY

February 10, 2011

As I mentioned yesterday, in just a few short minutes I’ll be on KCRA’s morning show (which airs on channel 58) sharing hassle-saving and money-saving items with KCRA viewers. If you’ve stumbled across East Sacramento Mom as a result of the segment, welcome! You can learn a little bit about the contributors by clicking HERE.

So, not only did I get to share some cool items with you, you have the opportunity to WIN them! All you need to do to enter is leave a comment below telling us what product you’d most like to win. If you missed the KCRA feature, you can click HERE to read about each of the products. Make sure to leave an email address so we can contact you if you win. The giveaway will run until midnight on Thursday, February 17th and winners will be announced on Friday, the 18th.

The contest is open to anyone with an U.S. address and please, only one entry per person.

Check back tomorrow for the Week End Wrap Up post, and if you’re doing anything fun this weekend and want to share, be sure to email us at eastsacmom{at}gmail{dot}com. If you need ideas, check out the East Sac Mom calendar page.

We’ll see you there!

East Sac Mom on KCRA

February 9, 2011

Big news! East Sac Mom “June” will be on KCRA 3 tomorrow morning! I’ll be doing a segment featuring money and hassle-saving items for the NBC morning show. The best part? Besides getting to put a face to my (pen) name, East Sacramento Mom readers will have the chance to WIN the items featured! Keep reading for a sneak peek at the items I’ll be reviewing, and check back tomorrow for details on how to win.

Baby B’Air Infant Flight Vest (babybair.com) – Safety harness for babies in airplanes, keeping them safely and securely anchored to their parents when lap-seated. Allows more parents to lap-seat, saving money, and makes lap-seating hassle-free. (I really could have used this when East Sac Toddler was an infant, sleeping ever so peacefully in the Snugli carrier he was NOT allowed to rest in during a flight in ’09.)

 

Ulubulu Baby Bib (ulubulu.com) – Non-toxic 100% silicone baby bib that makes meal times a breeze. Easily wipe clean and reuse; no need to bring multiple bibs everywhere or have mess soak through bib. Hands down, the Best. Bib. Ever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sport-Brella (sklz.com) – No need to find a covered area or bring hosts of umbrellas. Sport-Brella gives you instant protection from the elements. Its umbrella action open mechanism allows it to be set up in just three seconds and fits the whole family. Don’t hate me when our family sets this up in the grass at the River Cats games all summer…

 

BabyBriefcase (babybriefcase.com) – Briefcase-shaped file organizer specially designed to store all of a baby’s documents and information in a way that can be easily kept track of and accessed by parents whether at home, at the doctor on during travel. Whose baby doesn’t need a briefcase? I mean, we want to prepare our children for the “real world”, right?

 

 

 

 

Drink N’ Plate (drinknplate.com)  – Durable reusable, dishwasher-safe combo plate and drink holder that is perfect for all your outdoor and indoor food and drink needs. Held with one hand, the Drink N’ Plate is a combination of plate and drink holder, allowing the entire meal to be carried conveniently and easily. No more buying vast quantities of disposable plates and cups. Perfect for this East Sac Mom, who is constantly chasing a toddler while simultaneously trying to inhale a day’s worth of nutrition in between bath time and bed time.

 

Snack-Trap (snacktrap.com) – Minimizes wasted snacks and clean up time with its patented, unique slitted lid that allow toddlers to see and retrieve food with ease themselves but automatically closes when the toddlers remove their hand. Before the Snack-Trap, you could collect an entire box of loose Cheerio’s from the back seat of my car. After, you might have enough to satisfy a cranky kid on the way home from Fairy Tale Town if you’re lucky.

Wish me luck tomorrow, and we’ll see you there!

ESM on FOX + a GIVEAWAY

July 20, 2010

In case you missed it, or you know me and just want to watch it again and laugh, HERE is the East Sacramento Mom segment on FOX news from yesterday.

The FOX 40 crew was so much fun to work with and they made the whole experience easy. As I mentioned during the segment and last week’s Week End Wrap Up, you have the opportunity today to *WIN* some of these items! First, here are the descriptions of the kids’ travel and summer gear East Sac Mom got to test out, as well as our impressions of each one.

SillyBibs ($8.99)

Silly Bibs are 100% silicone bibs, a non-toxic alternative to the various plastic and vinyl bibs on the market. 11 different shaped styles, including Hippo, Elephant, Frog, Tiger, Cow, Shark and more, make SillyBibs the cutest and most fun bibs on the market. Each SillyBib has an adjustable neck and nifty crumb-catching pocket. Can be safely washed in the dishwasher or easily wiped clean. Rolls up for easy storage. 100% silicone lets parents rest assured their child is not being exposed to lead, BPA, phthalates, latex or PVC, as with other products on the market. For children 6 months and up.

These are our family’s favorite bibs now! SillyBibs are everything they say they are– easy to clean, adjustable for pretty much any neck size, and was effective even when my toddler was feeding himself yogurt! No kidding. I removed the bib and discovered that it had caught every last drop. Rinse and done. 

The Snack Trap ($4.99)

The Snack-Trap is a child feeding product (designed for toddlers/kids ages 1-5) that minimizes wasted snacks and saves associated clean up time while promoting the development of self-feeding skills among infants. Consists of an attractive, colorfully imprinted, tip-resistant, handled cup that allows toddlers to grasp and hold the cup themselves with a unique, patent-pending lid with slits that allow toddlers to see and retrieve food with ease themselves but automatically closes when the toddlers remove their hand. Available by calling 248-828-7460 or at retailers throughout North America.

We would have saved literally boxes of Cheerios and bags of dried fruit if we had been using these cups all along. Some of them even have suction cups on the bottom so you can attach them to a stroller or high chair tray, or to a table if you’re out at a restaurant. The Snack Trap will make you say, “Why didn’t I think of that?”

Baby B’Air ($34.95)

Baby B’Air is the only safety solution for lap held children while traveling in an airplane. FAA-approved. The Baby B’Air is the perfect solution for all babies, securing them safely to their parent so that both baby and parent are comfortable and there is no potential for baby falling. The Baby B’Air is worn by the infant like a vest. Constructed of 100% cotton and comfortable to wear for baby, the Baby B’Air is used by simply connecting it to the seat belt of the adult. The baby can then he held, fed and even changed while both parent and child remain securely fastened in their seat. The baby is more comfortable than they would be in a baby seat, but is just as securely fastened and unable to fall or pull away.

Oh, how I wish I had known about the Baby B’Air when I was a new mother flying for the first time with my 3 month-old. I’m sure the look on my face when the flight attendant told me that my soundly sleeping infant would need to be removed from his Baby Bjorn was one of sheer horror. “But, he’s sleeping! You want me to risk waking up a sleeping newborn because I can’t have him attached to me on the plane???” If you plan on boarding an airplane with a child who is going to sit on your lap, save yourself the trouble and invest in the Baby B’Air. You’ll thank me.

The AquaJogger Junior ($25.95)

The AquaJogger Junior is a fantastic in-water device that allows kids who are not yet proficient swimmers play water games. The AquaJogger Junior is worn like a belt and comfortably suspends the child wearing it at shoulder level, allowing her/him to breathe normally and move freely while performing a wide variety of water activities. Contoured to fit a child’s body, and both fully adjustable and secure, the AquaJogger Junior is easy to use and comfortable. Includes a Splash Club Handbook featuring water games, swimming tips, and safety information. For ages 3 and up. The AquaJogger Junior can be purchased at retail stores nationwide.

Okay, at first I had to laugh. I had visions of swim classes for the elderly when I saw the AquaJogger Junior. Then I had a friend whose child is taking swim lessons tell me the swim instructor uses AquaJogger Juniors to help the kids learn to swim! It makes perfect sense. Young swimmers are more confident while wearing it and can focus more on learning the skills rather than fight to stay afloat. As soon as my little guy is old enough for swimming lessons we’ll be taking advantage of the AquaJogger Junior.

Treasure Chest Pets ($19.99)

Treasure Chest Pets are the first and only organizers that make putting things away fun and a great way for kids to keep their special things safe. Designed to look like cuddly stuffed animals, each TC Pet has a magnetic, detachable, pillowy stuffed animal head and stuffed animal bodies that contain external and internal compartments for organizing and storing children’s (and grownups!) treasures. Treasure Chest Pets are a great way for kids to keep their special things safe. Six different stuffed animal designs to choose from in 3 three different styles – Accessory Chest Dog and Accessory Chest Pig have a hidden drawer and two secret pockets on the outside, along with secret pockets in both ears. Treasure Chest Monkey and Treasure Chest Cow have one gigantic pocket inside that opens like a treasure chest. Media Chest Bear and Media Chest Horse have a secret pocket inside the head and 3 compartments in the body to store CDs, DVDs, speakers/cables, MP3 player and more.

While my son is a bit too young to appreciate the hidden storage pockets in the Treasure Chest Pet, he did enjoy pulling the head apart from the body and laying on it. I can see this as being helpful for travel. School-aged kids can keep their iPod, crayons, whatever, in the body and when they aren’t using those items they can rest their head on the pillow part and their feet on the body. Now that I think about it, I could probably use one for myself.

There you have it! Five Real Mom Reviews of some pretty neat travel and recreation kids gear. Questions? Leave a comment or email me at eastsacmom{at}gmail{dot}com.  Have your own review of any of these items? Do tell! Now then, on to the good stuff. As a reward for getting to the end of this post, you have the chance to win the following:

  • Baby B’Air – toddler size
  • AquaJogger Junior & Splash Club Handbook
  • Treasure Chest Pet – Accessory Chest Pig

To enter, just leave a comment below telling us WHICH item you’d like to win, along with your favorite East Sacramento summer activity.  The giveaway closes at 11:59PM on Thursday, July 22 and winners will be selected at random and announced on Friday, July 23. There will be THREE winners, one winner for each item. I have to also let you know that I was not compensated in any way by the makers of any of the products or by FOX 40. They did send me samples of the items to test out and review– I did, and that’s why I’m not giving away the SillyBibs or Snack Traps (unless you really want used stuff with my kid’s bite marks all over it…)

Thank you for your continued support of East Sacramento Mom, and for your comments and emails– we truly do love hearing from other East Sac Moms (and dads) in our community.